Oklahoma natives St. Vincent and Vince Gill are team players in two new albums released today.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist St. Vincent, who hails from Tulsa, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne, best known as the former frontman for the Talking Heads, released today their collaborative album, “Love This Giant.” NPR is offering fans a chance to listen to the album; to hear “Love This Giant,” click here.
The album was recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, N.J. and is billed as a true collaboration, with Byrne and St. Vincent (AKA Annie Clark) co-writing 10 of the album’s 12 tracks. Each artist also penned one song individually. The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton’s drum programming.
Byrne and St. Vincent performed “Who,” the first single from “Love This Giant” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Monday night. To see the performance, click here.
Since 2010, Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, who was born in Norman and raised in Oklahoma City, has been an official member of the 11-piece Western swing supergroup The Time Jumpers, and the renowned Nashville-based ensemble today released its debut album on Rounder Records. The self-titled album also marks the group’s first studio effort; their 2007 live recording “Jumpin’ Time” was nominated for two Grammys.
“I think people at home — you know, in Oklahoma and Texas — will eat this band up. … It’s an 11-piece Western swing band that primarily does Western swing music like Bob Wills used to do with triple fiddles and accordion, upright bass and two electric guitars,” Gill told me in an interview last week.
“This is the kind of thing that’s born out of the love of the music.”
On Sunday, Gill will headline the grand opening benefit concert for the Hudson Performance Hall at his alma mater, Northwest Classen High School. For tickets and information, go to www.NWCFriends.org.
Look for more of my interview with Vince, specifically his thoughts on The Time Jumpers and his memories of Northwest Classen, on Wednesday and Friday here at BAM’s Blog.
Here is a list of the other new CDs, DVDs and books out this week, from Amazon.com and VideoETA.com:
The Time Jumpers, “The Time Jumpers.”
David Byrne & St. Vincent, “Love This Giant.”
Bob Dylan, “Tempest.”
Dave Matthews Band, “Away from the World.”
The Avett Brothers, “The Carpenter.”
Little Big Town, “Tornado”
ZZ Top, “La Futura.”
Pet Shop Boys, “Elysium.”
Various artists, “Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album.”
Kathy Mattea, “Calling Me Home.”
The xx, “Coexist.”
Kix Brooks, “New to This Town.”
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