Congrats to our good friend Walter Trout, the band and producer, Forty Below's own Eric Corne, for winning 2016 Blues Music Awards in two categories: Rock blues album and best song of the year. Walter was on the road, and his wife and manager Marie, Eric Corne, and son, Dylan picked up the award at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.
We couldn't agree more!
For a limited time, we're giving away 2 songs from Live in 1967, the never-before-heard live recordings of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, featuring Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie just before the formation of Fleetwood Mac.
'Live in 1967 - Volume II' is due out May 6.
"Sunken treasure doesn't get much better" - Classic Rock Magazine
Last year's release of Live In 1967 generated an overwhelmingly positive response and now, as promised, we are issuing a second volume of never before heard live recordings from 1967, featuring the historic lineup of John Mayall, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie.
Volume II is due out May 6, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon to add it to your CD, mp3, or vinyl collection as soon as it's available!
Praise for Live In 1967 - Volume I
"Sunken treasure doesn't get much better" - Classic Rock Magazine
"An immersion into musical history" - Reuters
After a pair of sold out shows in New York supporting Michael Kiwanuka and a sold out slot for Communion's Residency at Rockwood Music Hall, KaiL came back to LA Monday night to open for KT Tunstall at the city's venerated School Night, hosted by KCRW's Chris Douridas.
Check out Eric's interview with The Blues Magazine.
"Forty Below man takes the centre stage with John Mayall and Walter Trout's endorsement."
"a righteous composition with a classic crawling Tom Petty/John Hiatt vibe atop a refined finish mixed with raunchy blues that is pure Bill Carter. “Black Lion” is a dark mystery, a psychotic dream, or maybe drug induced hallucination,” says Carter. “It is an uncontrolled trip somewhere between reality and insanity.
It is with great pride that we announce John Mayall's induction into the Blues Hall of Fame! For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues.” The induction ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 4, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee.
John Mayall's Find A Way To Care, produced by John and Eric Corne, will be available on vinyl February 26. Pre-order now to reserve your copy!
Now you can add to your collection the album Living Blues Magazine calls "Earphone candy for the Mayall aficionado and a top of the playlist album for blues fans in general".
"Morrow’s excellent album, There Is No Map, lands closer to the alternative country and outlaw Americana of Steve Earle and Uncle Tupelo. artfully blending pedal steel and Southern-fried keys with psychedelic rock, gospel and classic rock." - LA Weekly
"Austin-based singer-songwriter Bill Carter has a long history as a composer in the music industry, having penned popular songs by the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, John Mayall, and Robert Palmer. And it just so happens you can hear the new track “Recipe For Disaster” below, which with its Warren Zevon-style narrative and wit, is an acerbic powerhouse." - Pop Matters
Don't miss your chance to purchase the limited edition vinyl + download of KaiL Baxley's new album A Light That Never Dies! "11 riveting songs that herald Baxley as a major talent. Most of this is like nothing we've heard before." - American Songwriter
Already available in the US and Canada, Kid Dynamite gets a European release on October 16.
“Steeped in Americana, New Wave and the blues, Kid Dynamite & The Common Man is a stunning musical polemic that uses a light touch to make heavy points” – STEREO EMBERS
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We are thrilled to announce this special edition double LP of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Live In 1967 (Never Before Heard Live Performances) from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, featuring the original members of Fleetwood Mac - Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
"Without doubt, Morrow’s freewheeling, experimental attitude, his self-assuredness mixed with self-awareness and his ability to bring people together in a creative environment makes him one of the exciting new fixtures in modern Americana." -Elmore Magazine
“[Morrow] offers ready comparisons to the inspiring melancholia of Springsteen’s Nebraska, Steve Earle’s Train a Coming and Jason Isbell's more recent Southeastern…a singular presence, an artist who can turn a slow moan into a song that’s truly compelling…clearly positioned to make a lingering impression – NO DEPRESSION
Featuring the original members of Fleetwood Mac, months before forming..."Live In 1967 could not be more like buried treasure if had it been found in an old wooden sea =chest beneath the floor of The Marquee Club" - The Blues Magazine
See the print edition of the Blues Magazine for the 6 page feature interview with John Mayall, Eric Corne, Tom Huissen, Mick Fleetwood and more!
"With the release of his full-length A Light That Never Dies, the future is auspicious. Masterfully co-produced by Eric Corne, the new song series reveals a rich oeuvre both archaic and modern. Against urban inflected grooves, scratchy guitars, wailing harmonicas, Southern-fried horn sections, soulful choruses––and on “Better Days” what sounds like an electric bullfrog––Baxley’s songs illuminate a vivid tapestry entwined with deeply affecting narratives." - Music Connection
“It has been so long since soul music has pushed boundaries. Baxley gracefully and effortlessly combines gospel, blues, pop, tinges of harder rock and even classical themes with immediately distinctive vocals. The result is a riveting 11 songs that herald Baxley as a major talent." -American Songwriter
"He is a musical nomad that tells his tales in his music and his tales are some of the most fascinating you will hear. I got a chance to experience them first hand in our interview with Baxley where he discussed his upbringing, new record, his grandfather, and that time he danced in front of The Godfather of Soul - James Brown." - The Huffington Post
"On June 2, KaiL Baxley will celebrate the North American release of his sophomore LP, A Light That Never Dies, via Forty Below Records. The album is laced with rich, beautiful and haunting arrangements, all working together to showcase Baxley’s undeniable authenticity. Today (April 9), Diffuser is thrilled to partner with the South Carolina native to premiere his music video for the ethereal “Mirrors of Paradise”"
We are thrilled to announce the release of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Live In 1967, featuring never before heard live performances from John Mayall and the original members of Fleetwood Mac - Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. The album is available now for Pre Order in the U.K, with a U.S. pre order coming March 23!
Eric Corne is a Canadian producer, engineer and singer-songwriter. In 2004, he relocated his family to Los Angeles to work for widely respected producer, engineer and bassist Dusty Wakeman (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam at Mad Dog Studios. Working at Mad Dog, Eric engineered sessions for the likes of Glen Campbell, Lucinda Williams, Nancy Wilson (Heart), DeVotchKa, Walter Trout and Michelle Shocked.
Forty Below Records & Friends, Volume I features tracks from blues legends John Mayall and Walter Trout, Americana veterans Tim Easton and Anne McCue, emerging artists KaiL Baxley, Sam Morrow and Bonson Berner, and other friends and frequent collaborators of Forty Below founder Eric Corne, including Joanna Wang. A star in her native Taiwan, this adventurous songwriter pushes the boundaries with an American supergroup as her backing band.
Available 1.22.15 exclusively at Noisetrade.com
Congrats to FBR producer Eric Corne and blues legend Walter Trout, nominated for Rock Blues Album of the Year by The Blues Foundation for the album The Blues Came Callin'.
about.com has selected John Mayall's A Special Life as one of the Top 10 Blues Rock Albums of the Year for 2014. Also nominated was Walter Trout's, The Blues Came Callin'. Both albums were co-produced and engineered by Forty Below Record's Eric Corne.
At 81 years old, the British bluesman plays with a fire and enthusiasm that musicians half his age only wish they could muster. His live performances are legendary. On a warm Friday evening in mid-September in the tiny Long Island town of Bay Shore, Mayall's performance was exactly as billed: intense, dynamic and flawless. In short, legendary.
The esteemed David Dye features emerging Forty Below Records artist, Sam Morrow for World Cafe:Next on NPR.
Listen as David spins tunes from Sam's recent debut, Ephemeral and talks about what he sees in this exciting young troubadour.
"On A Special Life (Forty Below Records) John Mayall proves that he is still a vital musical force...“Just A Memory” is a slow and smoky piano blues that might be one of the best blues songs written by anybody in recent years."
Sam Morrow has crafted a sterling debut LP that offers ready comparisons to the inspiring melancholia of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, Steve Earle’s Train a Coming and Jason Isbell's more recent Southeastern,"
Performer is excited to premiere the new video for “War” by the incredibly talented Sam Morrow.
Mayall is at the top of his game here, and the band comes together nicely, serving up some of the finest fare we’ve heard in a while. This music draws listeners in, and engages them on so many levels! The more we listened to A Special Life, the more we wanted to hear it. Superbly crafted and performed, it is at once earthy, elegant, and soul stirring. Listeners will wear this album out. - American Blues Scene
"The true troubadour musicians seem to be a gradually dying breed these days. If you look hard enough, you can find some truly exceptional ones, though, and one of those would have to be Sam Morrow.
The 23-year-old singer/songwriters' debut album, “Ephemeral”, was recently released on Forty Below Records, and moments into starting the listening experience you find it hard to believe Morrow isn’t two or three times his age, due to the depth and honesty that’s conveyed in his songs." - The Music Enthusisast
Blues legend, John Mayall's new album, A Special Life is out today in North America and May 19th in The UK/Europe on Forty Below Records.
"I’d easily put this one among Mayall’s best efforts – and that includes Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, A Hard Road, and Blues From Laurel Canyon – so run, don’t walk, to your record store come release day for a copy of A Special Life!" - Reverend Keith A. Gordon - about.com
Mayall recorded A Special Life, his first release for Forty Below Records, during a three-day session with his band, special guest CJ Chenier and co-producer/engineer Eric Corne during November at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood
Here is Billboard's exclusive premiere of the first single, "Why Did You Go Last Night".
LA Music Blog premiere Sam Morrow's song "14" of his debut album, Ephemeral, out April 29th in the US and June 23 in Europe.
As Sam tells LA Music Blog, "“My producer and co-writer, Eric Corne, kept challenging me to write a song that detailed my turbulent past. This ended up being that song. I wanted to offset the somewhat dark topic of the lyrics with a more upbeat, bright melody. I think that dichotomy turned out really cool.”
Blues icon, John Mayall recently completed his new album, A Special Life, engineered/co-produced by Forty Below founder Eric Corne. The album will be released on FBR on May 13th, 2014. John and his band will be touring extensively all over the world to support the release." - Nashville Music News
NPR has been a great supporter of KaiL Baxley's record, Heatstroke/The Wind and the War: Nominating it for NPR Album of the Year, featuring him on World Cafe with David Dye and All Songs Considered with Bob Boilen.
Listen to KaiL Baxley's poignant interview and performance live in the studio with host David Dye on NPR's World Cafe.
Bonson Berner’s electro-charged rock bridges the gap between indie-rockers like The National and another well-known band with Argentine bloodlines, Diego Garcia’s Elefant. The first single “Running Days” is as urgent as it is concise.
"One of our favorite new recent discoveries is Los Angeles based singer-songwriter KaiL Baxley. On March 19th Baxley will release Heatstroke/The Wind and The War. Baxley grew up in South Carolina where he got to know James Brown and was an amateur boxer. He got bit by the music bug when he was a senior in high school, honing his craft and recording his double EP debut. Baxley was recently chosen by World Cafe host David Dye for World Cafe: Next emerging artist series that you can listen to here. Below, download “Don’t Matter To Me.” - Bruce Warren (WXPN)
This installment of World Cafe: Next features two captivating singles — "Don't Matter to Me" and "Heatstroke" — as well as a link to download "Say Goodbye to the Night."
"Released today, the album Heatstroke/The Wind and the War — technically a double-EP — showcases the two sides of Baxley’s songwriting. One disc focuses on haunting folk songs, while the other is steeped in grooves and guitars, shining a light on his rowdier tendencies. “Legend of the Western Hills,” a swirling ballad filled with strings, vibrato and waltzing percussion, is one of the highlights from the folk disc."