Friday, January 11, 2013

Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Steve Martin Unveil Upcoming Projects

Tour collaborators Brad Paisley and  The Band Perry each announced upcoming album releases this week as did actor/funnyman Steve Martin- who will be doing some collaborating of his own with Edie Brickell.

Brad Paisley revealed the name of his new album, Wheelhouse, Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The new album, which for the first time Paisley solely produced, is set to be released April 9.

Before Paisley revealed the name of his new album, Jimmy Kimmel suggested he name the new album Thriller to which Paisley said he liked but he’d decided on Wheelhouse. “It’s all about leaving your comfort zone,” explains Paisley about the album’s title. “It’s like what is my wheelhouse? You know, the baseball expression, sort of what is in your strike zone, your wheelhouse, where you’re comfortable. We really have tried to go out on a limb with this record and see how far we can stretch certain things.”

Hot sibling trio, The Band Perry, will release their sophomore album (title TBA) on April 2. If the lead single, “Better Dig Two,” is any indication, the family band’s upcoming project on Republic Nashville is poised for success. In a mere two months, the Top 10-and-climbing tune has become their fastest-rising single to date and has already sold over 650,000 downloads.

Rounder Records will release Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's inaugural duo effort Love Has Come For You on April 23. The remarkable new collaboration offers 13 eloquently rootsy compositions that combine Martin's inventive five-string banjo work with Brickell's distinctive vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics. Love Has Come For You is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists. 

"I fell in love with the banjo tunes because at first listen they evoked images and stories that were true to me," said Brickell. 

"The banjo can be so evocative when it's used sparingly, and that was in the back of my mind as we were writing," says Martin. "It's the way I've longed to play and hear the banjo, rather than it being present at every moment. In these songs, the point is to tell the story and get out." 

"I think that the goal of any collaboration should be to come up with something that each individual wouldn't have come up with on their own, and I think that we've done that here," says Martin. 

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