Matt Nathanson has announced his North American tour with special guest Joshua Radin beginning this fall. The string of dates, kicking off on September 20th in Portland, OR at the Crystal Ballroom includes stops in Los Angeles, CA at the Wiltern Theater October 3rd; Oakland, CA at the Fox Theater October 4th and New York’s Terminal 5 on October 30. Tour dates listed below with additional dates to be announced soon. Visit www.mattnathanson.com for updates. The tour follows the July 16th release of Matt’s highly anticipated new album, Last of the Great Pretenders. The new album’s first single “Mission Bells” is already #10 on the Triple A radio chart. The Hitchcock inspired video for “Mission Bells” can be viewed here. Last of the Great Pretenders is the follow up release to 2011’s Modern Love which debuted at #17 on The Billboard 200.
Produced by Mike Viola and Jake Sinclair, Last of the Great Pretenders marks a dramatic progression for the acclaimed artist, who has created a richer and deeper work both musically and lyrically than any of his previous LPs – and that’s saying something considering the already rarefied level of his writing and performing. Songs like “Earthquake Weather,” “Kill the Lights,” “Kinks Shirt,” “Sunday New York Times” and first single “Mission Bells” are precisely cinematic as Nathanson stirs the material with deftly placed pop-cultural references and vivid details drawn from his keen observations of everyday life, while topping each song with an emphatic and seductive chorus hook.
Based in San Francisco, Matt Nathanson has evolved into one of the premier songwriters and dynamic performers on the music scene today. His 2007 album Some Mad Hope (his first for Vanguard) yielded the smash single “Come on Get Higher,” which has sold more than 2 million copies to date, as well as the subsequent hits “Car Crash,” “Falling Apart” and “All We Are.” The success of Some Mad Hope earned Nathanson a coveted spot as a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist, while also resulting in appearances on such national television shows as David Letterman, Ellen, Conan O’Brien, Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray and The CMA Awards to name a few. Additionally, his songs have been featured in numerous film and TV programs, including Good Morning America, NCIS, Private Practice, American Idol, X Factor, Vampire Diaries, American Pie and 90210. Modern Love, his previous studio album, debuted at#17 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and topped the iTunes Pop Chart. It featured the hit singles “Faster” and “Run” – the latter featuring Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. Nathanson’s legendary live shows, in which he displays a chic comedic flair, have resulted in sold-out tours across the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Last of the Great Pretenders 2013 tour dates:
September 20 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
September 21 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
September 22 Vancouver, BC Commodore
September 24 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
September 25 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
September 27 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
October 3 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern
October 4 Oakland, CA Fox
October 7 Salt Lake City, UT Murray Theater
October 8 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater
October 10 Dallas, TX House of Blues
October 11 Houston, TX House of Blues
October 12 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s
October 13 Mobile, LA Soul Kitchen
October 15 Birmingham, LA Workplay
October 17 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
October 18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
October 19 Orlando, FL House of Blues
October 22 Charleston, SC Music Farm
October 23 Louisville, KY Headliner’s
October 25 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
October 26 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
October 30 New York, NY Terminal 5
November 1 Baltimore, MD Rams head Live
November 2 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
November 5 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
November 7 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
November 8 Portland, ME State Theater
November 9 Boston, MA House of Blues
November 10 Pittsburgh, PA Palace Theater
November 12 Madison, WI Barrymore
November 13 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
November 14 Detroit, MI St. Andrews’s Hall
November 15 Chicago, IL Riviera
November 19 Columbia, MO Blue Note
November 20 St. Louis, MO Pageant
November 21 Lawrence, KS Granada
November 22 Tulsa, OK Cain’s
November 23 Austin, TX Bellmont
I A M G O I N G O N T O U R ! !
// LAST OF THE GREAT PRETENDERS FALL U.S. TOUR //
very psyched to announce the dates for my upcoming fall
U.S. tour!! i’ve got new songs, new stories, a white bengal
tiger and confetti canons! (ok, not the last two…)
special guest on all the shows will be joshua radin.
cities and venues are below. presale tickets go on sale at 10am
local time tomorrow, tuesday. links will be on my site in the morning.
the presale password where needed is: missionbells
it’s gonna be real fun.
see you there!
Sep 20 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sep 21 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Sep 22 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
Sep 24 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Sep 25 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sep 27 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
Oct 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
Oct 4 - Oakland, CA @ Fox
Oct 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
Oct 8 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Oct 10 - Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Oct 11 - Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Oct 12 - New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
Oct 13 - Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
Oct 15 - Birmingham, AL @ Workplay
Oct 17 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Oct 18 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Oct 19 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
Oct 22 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
Oct 23 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s
Oct 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Oct 26 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Oct 30 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Nov 1 - Baltimore, MD @ Ramshead Live (on sale TBD)
Nov 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 5 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Nov 7 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Nov 9 - Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
Nov 10 - Greensburg (Pittsburgh), PA @ Palace Theater
Nov 13 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Nov 14 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
Nov 15 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera
Nov 19 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
Nov 20 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant
Nov 21 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
Nov 22 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s
Nov 23 - Austin, TX @ Belmont
The Living Sisters (Becky Stark, Eleni Mandell, Inara George & Alex Lily)’s at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA last week.
“Make Love To Me” is from their 2012 EP ‘Run For Cover’ available on:
iTunes - http://bit.ly/UGXVpn
Amazon - http://amzn.to/11cp5Ki
VANGUARD DEBUT MARKS FIRST TOP TEN ENTRY SINCE 2003 / NEW ALBUM MARKS FOURTH TOP 10 DEBUT FOR THE MULTI-PLATINUM POP ROCK BAND.
BNL TEAMING WITH BEN FOLDS FIVE AND GUSTER FOR 2013 “LAST SUMMER ON EARTH TOUR” / TOUR LAUNCHES JUNE 17 IN DALLAS
It’s the BARENAKED LADIES’ 25th anniversary and the multi-platinum pop rock group has much to celebrate, including the arrival of new album GRINNING STREAK, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart selling 25,974 copies in its first week. The band’s first Vanguard release marks their first top ten debut since 2003 and fourth top ten debut overall for the radiant Ladies, who continue to not just survive, but thrive. The album’s breakout success showcases the new single “Odds Are,” which shot to No. 2 on the iTunes Rock Songs Chart. The band recently performed on both The Today Show and Live with Kelly and Michael.
Fans can also catch the band performing the single—along with a few surprises and plethora of classic hits—during the upcoming “Last Summer On Earth Tour,” which kicks off June 17th at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, TX, and will hit 30 arenas and amphitheaters across the country (tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com and full itinerary is below). Following last year’s “Last Summer On Earth Tour,” which Rolling Stone called “one of the ten hottest summer package tours of 2012” and Entertainment Weekly spotlighted on their “2012 Summer Must List,” this year sees BNL (guitarist/vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist/vocalist Kevin Hearn and drummer/vocalist Tyler Stewart) teaming with Ben Folds Five and Guster.
The songs on GRINNING STREAK unfold with the blend of immediacy, tunefulness and witty sophistication that made such BNL hits as “Pinch Me, “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000” and the chart-topping “One Week” modern-day classics. “Pop is a form that I love—it can be high-energy and intricate,” says Robertson of the genre the band has championed throughout the last quarter century. “When I think of pop music, I think of the Cars and Squeeze—interesting melodic rock is what I gravitate toward and what I’m always striving for. I want guitar-heavy pop/rock that’s intelligent, evocative and thought-provoking. I want it to be singable and relatable, and I want there to be other layers in there for the people who want to go deeper—because not everybody does. I’ve heard so many times, ‘I love you guys ’cause your songs are just fun and easygoing.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m glad you enjoy them, but there’s a dark underbelly that you haven’t mined.’”
Indeed, there’s much more to the Barenaked Ladies than initially meets the ear. Suck on the candy-coated surfaces of Robertson’s songs long enough and you never know what you’ll encounter in their “emotional centers,” as Robertson puts it.
He wrestled with the songs for the new album over an extended period as he plumbed the depths of his psyche in search of just those emotional centers. Along the way, Robertson experienced periods of stress, though not to the degree he’d endured while writing the material for the band’s previous studio album, 2010’s All in Good Time. That one was their first project following the departure of Steven Page, who’d founded the band with Robertson in 1988, reconfiguring the BNL as a four-piece.
“This is the second record since all of that turmoil,” Robertson notes, “but it’s still a part of what we’re going through and what informs who we are. On the last record, there were some songs that were directly about the band split, but this record is much more about the emotional rebuilding after that process. Looking back on the maelstrom of all that upheaval, I wanted to convey a sense of hope, reconciliation and healing with these songs. ‘Off His Head,’ for example, is about pushing through difficulty. There’s a double chorus at the end that I flipped, because I didn’t want it to end with, ‘Wishing you were dead.’ That’s part of being exasperated and at your wit’s end. But what I like about this song is that it says you just do it. You think it’s hopeless, but there’s a reason you’re pushing through it. The song says you can let all these things ruin you, or you can take it on the chin and stand up again.”
Don’t miss your chance to catch Barenaked Ladies live.
Tour dates are as follows:
June 17 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre
June 19 Denver, CO Red Rocks
June 20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amp
June 22 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
June 23 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
June 25 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery ●
June 26 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery ●
June 28 Boise, ID Botanical Gardens
June 29 Seattle, WA White River Amp
June 30 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewing Company
July 3 Fargo, ND Newman Field ●●
July 5 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
July 6 Cincinnati, OH Horseshoe Casino
July 8 Lansing, MI Commonground Festival
July 9 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion ●
July 11 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 12 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 13 Nashville, TN The Woods at Fontanel
July 15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 16 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion ●
July 18 Philadelphia, PA Mann Music Ctr
July 19 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 20 Holmdel, NJ PNC
July 21 Bangor, ME Waterfront Park
July 23 Lenox, MA Tanglewood
July 25 Charlotte, NC T W Cable Uptown Amp
July 26 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amp
July 27 Charleston, SC Family Circle Stadium
July 28 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheatre
July 30 Brooklyn, NY Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell
● = BNL & BF5 only
●● = BNL & Guster only
WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW VIDEO “VICIOUS CYCLE” ON ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’S ET ONLINE / DEBUT ALBUM ‘BABY CAUGHT THE BUS’ OUT NOW ON VANGUARD RECORDS
“In the era of Auto-Tune and prepackaged pop stars, Australian band Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes is a refreshing dose of real, raw talent, plus showmanship skills to boot.” —Marcy Medina, WOMEN’S WEAR DAILY-WWD (5/24/13)
Entertainment Tonight online has world premiered of “Vicious Cycle,” the new video from CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES. Watch the noir-style clip here: http://et.tv/164Etst.
In other online news, frontwoman CLAIRY BROWNE discusses her influences ranging from Etta James to David Lynch in an interview with ARTISTDirect out today. Read it here: http://tinyurl.com/ku2jlkg.
The Australian group recently released their debut album BABY CAUGHT THE BUS on Vanguard Records (May 21). Already breakout stars in their native Australia, the group which Scott Simon of NPR called “Rich in harmony…” (5/25) is taking the U.S. by storm.
The album—rooted in old-school R&B and soul, re-imagined for today— debuted at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart, Top 15 on the iTunes Overall Albums Chart, #2 on Amazon “Movers & Shakers” and #7 on the Amazon Overall Albums Chart. In its first week at radio, their single “Love Letter” was the #1 Most Added at Triple A Radio with airplay at Alternative stations across America as well. Expect the group to announce a late summer U.S. tour soon.
JOHN FOGERTY’s new album WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE has entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #3, selling 51,319 copies in its first week. This marks the Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s highest-debuting album of his career, (including Creedence Clearwater Revival releases). In addition, this is Fogerty’s highest charting record since 1985’s Centerfield hit #1. One of rock’s most important artists and a national treasure who’s sold over 100 million albums, FOGERTY has also announced preliminary tour dates for the fall (see dates below).
Produced by FOGERTY, WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE is generating widespread praise and has received Rolling Stone magazine’s highest rating—a rare 5 stars—in a lead review in the current issue: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/wrote-a-song-for-everyone-20130523?stop_mobi=yes
A celebration of FOGERTY’s iconic songbook, the album is a collection of 14 songs: 12 classics and deep tracks (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo material) from his remarkable canon of hits recorded in collaboration with today’s biggest superstars from the country, pop and rock worlds, plus two brand new solo songs including the new single and video “Mystic Highway.” WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE was released by Vanguard Records on May 28, FOGERTY’s birthday, when he performed a sold-out, intimate one-night-only album release and birthday bash concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles that was broadcast live on AXS TV and also simulcast on legendary radio station KLOS (95.5fm in Los Angeles)
On the concert front, JOHN FOGERTY will be rockin’ all over the world in 2013 and 2014. The preliminary tour dates are below, with more to come soon. In addition, FOGERTY has two festival sit-ins with Widespread Panic and Zac Brown Band. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 AM (local time).
JOHN FOGERTY TOUR DATES:
DATE CITY VENUE
9/5-8 Arrington, VA Interlocken Festival w/ Widespread Panic (exact date TBA)
9/27-28 Nashville, TN The Lawn at Riverfront Park w/ Zac Brown Band (exact date TBA)
10/10 Los Angeles, CA NOKIA Theatre
10/11 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/12 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
10/15 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
10/17 Tulsa, OK Hard Rock
10/18 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre
10/19 Austin, TX ACL Live
10/20 Houston, TX The Woodlands Pavilion
WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE marks the singer, songwriter and guitarist’s ninth studio solo album since disbanding Creedence Clearwater Revival. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, it was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville except for “Proud Mary” which was recorded in New Orleans with Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band. FOGERTY recorded “Fortunate Son” with Foo Fighters at their 606 studio using “the” legendary Neve recording console featured in the #1 iTunes documentary Sound City.
Available Now on:
iTunes - http://bit.ly/11lUiGL
Amazon mp3 - http://amzn.to/14bIF61
Amazon - http://amzn.to/141l8Il
GRINNING STREAK the new album from BARENAKED LADIES is out today! You can purchase/download from:
Amazon - http://amzn.to/18RwG4T
Amazon mp3 - http://amzn.to/17Xzr54
Note: If you have purchased tickets to the Last Summer On Earth Tour - you should have an email from Ticketmaster in your inbox with an album redemption code. If you would like to buy tickets to the tour (and receive the album with your purchase) view upcoming dates/purchase links here - http://barenakedladies.com/events.
From new album Wrote A Song For Everyone. Available now on:
Lee DeWyze will be releasing his Vanguard debut entitled Frames on August 20th. This new album will launch the momentous next stage of what is already a high-profile musical career. (Cover art is shown above and track listing below.) DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums during the recording sessions, during which he collaborated with renowned producer/songwriters Toby Gad, Drew Pearson, Matthew Wilder and Phil Allen, as well as mixer extraordinaire Jim Scott.
“I’ve never felt a connection with my music, more than I do right now,” DeWyze says. It’s a very real thing, and it feels right.”
The first single, “Silver Lining” will be impacting Triple A radio on June 10th and is available digitally now. Lee recently premiered “Silver Lining” when he made a triumphant return to the American Idol stage. Click here to view the performance. Following the live debut, the song soared to #8 on the iTunes Alternative Singles Chart!
Lee will be hitting the road this summer in support of his new album. Tour dates listed below with more cities to be added.
Frames track listing:
2. Fire Away
3. Silver Lining
5. Like I Do
6. Open Your Eyes
7. You Don’t Know Me
8. The Ride
9. Don’t Be Afraid
10. Stay Away
11. Little Did I Know
12. Who Would’ve Known
13. Breathing In
06-01 Chicago, IL – Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project
06-04 Columbus, OH – The Basement at Promo west
06-05 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
06-06 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
06-08 Indianapolis, IN – Rathskeller
06-11 Nashville, TN – High Watt
07-10 Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
07-12 Chattanooga, TN – Tack 29
07-13 Peachtree City, GA – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
07-14 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater
07-15 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
07-16 Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Tavern
07-24 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
07-25 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Arts Center
07-26 Osceola, IA – Lakeside Casino
07-28 Evanston, IL – SPACE (2 shows)
DEBUT ALBUM ‘BABY CAUGHT THE BUS’ HITS #1 ON THE iTunes R&B ALBUMS CHART, TOP 15 ON iTunes OVERALL! #2 ON AMAZON “MOVERS & SHAKERS” CHART AND #7 AT AMAZON OVERALL!
OUT NOW ON VANGUARD RECORDS!
NPR Weekend Edition featured CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES and their debut album BABY CAUGHT THE BUS just released on Vanguard Records. Listen to the full episode here.
Already breakout stars in their native Australia, CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES released their debut album BABY CAUGHT THE BUS last week (May 21) on Vanguard Records. The album is #1 on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart, Top 15 on the iTunes Overall Albums Chart, #2 on Amazon “Movers & Shakers” and #7 on the Amazon Overall Albums Chart. In its first week at radio, their first single “Love Letter” was the #1 Most Added at Triple A Radio with airplay at Alternative stations across America as well. Rooted in old-school R&B and soul, re-imagined for today. “What sets it apart is a dirty, electric guitar,” explains frontwoman CLAIRY BROWNE. “It’s our own sound, like a gumbo.”
Watch the official video for “Love Letter” here: http://youtu.be/irNtyaNHq5A.
Writing in the VILLAGE VOICE, Hilary Hughes says: “…love and lust-lorn brutalities break from anything you’d ever hear from Martha Reeves and the Vandelles or The Supremes or even Amy Winehouse. Yes, Baby Caught The Bus has a few sunny, swinging hits you can bop along to (the title track; ‘Frankie;’ ‘I’ll Be Fine’), but the songs with teeth—‘Love Letter,’ the record’s first single, ‘She Plays Up,’ ‘You Don’t Owe Me Nothing’—are the ones that leave bite marks, the kind that bruise and take too long to heal. ‘I want to write what I want you to do to me in a letter’ is hell of a statement to open the record with, and that’s just what Browne belts at the onset/With ‘She Plays Up,’ Browne takes to the microphone to eviscerate the other woman that’s doing her best to thwart a relationship that isn’t hers. ‘I don’t want to lose you/to a floozy who’ll use you’ she wails as a sinister bass line and creeping percussion overwhelm her, striking a chord that feels completely present in its brashness and no-bullshit mentality. The horns, handclaps and girl group vocals may be common soul staples, but this angst and the fearless desire to cast it out are entirely theirs—and it’s one American audiences have been vocally fiending for since the Bangin’ Rackettes officially landed.” (May 21, 2013)
Expect the group that the New York Music Daily described as “the great long-lost collaboration between David Lynch and John Waters” (April 1, 2013) to announce a late summer U.S. tour soon.
CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES and their debut album BABY CAUGHT THE BUS are gaining strong praise from the media. Check out a some of the critical reaction so far:
“Rich in harmony…” —Scott Simon, NPR “Weekend Edition”, (May 25, 2013)
“Big, soulful and undeniably retro…” —Phoebee Magee, BUST (March 2013).
“In the era of Auto-Tune and prepackaged pop stars, Australian band Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes is a refreshing dose of real, raw talent, plus showmanship skills to boot.” —Marcy Medina, WOMEN’S WEAR DAILY-WWD (May 24, 2013)
“The entire band gave us a show full of sultry ballads and clap-a-long jams. The new single ‘Love Letter’ was a highlight as was the killer encores with great sax solos by Darcy McMulty. Browne won me over with the medley of ‘The Boy Is Mine/She Plays Up to You’ which momentarily broke the 60s spell with a 90s guilty pleasure” —Debi Del Grande, LA RECORD, (4/11/13)
“Watching this band was like discovering the great long-lost collaboration between David Lynch and John Waters.” —Thomas Gerbasi, NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY, (April 1, 2013).
“…skillful blend of classic rhythm and blues, soulful jazz, blues and even some doo-wop vocal parts.” —PATRIOT LEDGER, (March 28, 2013).
“Melbourne’s Clairy Brown & The Bangin’ Rackettes is the best stuff to come along in decades. The dancing part of the Bangin’ Rackettes, who also sing, rivals the Raelettes or Ikettes. The instrumental contributors seem to have gobbled up all the grits, guts and soul from every big name ‘60s soul and r&b headliner, spitting it back out with their own twisted, banging spin on it while retaining the integrity of the original practitioners. This thing opens with a bang. …Baby Caught The Bus is a treasure trove for R&B lovers, a ‘60s time capsule, a show and dance ensemble concept that’s been away far too long. Import this one to your collection immediately for maximum satisfaction.” —Grant Britt, NO DEPRESSION, (March 20, 2013)
“Browne’s powerhouse singing fuels Baby Caught the Bus, but she’s only the most visible piece of this nine-piece Aussie aggregation, which contains three Bangin’ Rackettes backup singers, and a five-piece backing band that includes baritone sax master Darcy McNulty, whose blatty honks chase Browne’s vocals all around this eminently danceable set of grooves. …Browne makes the most of her Dusty Springfield-like alto on slow burners (‘Vicious Cycle’) 1950s-style ballads (‘Far Too Late’) and scorching 1960s soul stormers (‘Yellow Bird’). Even if all else fails, the pinpoint precision and sassy drive of ‘Love Letter’ will warm even the coldest of hearts. Put simply, Baby Caught the Bus is nothing but fun, a full-fledged party record whose reverence to its sources never gets in the way of nine people having a musical blast and sharing their joy with the rest of us.” —Sam Gnerre, THE DAILY BREEZE (May 20, 2013)