We reported in November 2013 about Randall Deaton and Lonesome Day Records taking on a new partner, offering the small independent label the opportunity to record and release on a more aggressive schedule. It will also allow Deaton to expand beyond bluegrass, while still increasing his grassy output.
Today they have announced a number of new projects, and shared some more details about other upcoming albums.
Randall is especially excited about the August release of Silver Bullet Bluegrass: A Tribute to Bob Seger, which has been in the works for more than a year. It features a dozen Seger hits, performed bluegrass style by top grassers, including Tim Shelton, Darrell Webb, Tim Stafford, Jeff Parker, Josh Shilling and more.
Jeff Parker, of Dailey & Vincent fame, has just started production on a new solo record expected in the Fall. His previous effort for Lonesome Day was a 2013 holiday-themed album called Jeff Parker Christmas.
Also expected later this year is a new album from Jeff Clair, who signed with the label last Summer. Deaton says that he has brought on Gary Nichols from The Steeldrivers to produce Jeff’s CD.
“I met Gary at the bluegrass festival Rudyfest in Kentucky and we kept in touch. I was a big fan of the SteelDrivers and thought Gary was an excellent singer and was happy to get him on the Bob Seger tribute. He had expressed an interest in producing more and asked if I had any artists. I mentioned Jeff so Gary looked him up on YouTube, they had a few conversations and hit it off, and now here we are.”
Work will start this summer for a new album for Tim Shelton, formerly the lead singer with NewFound Road. Producing Tim’s project will be Paul Kolderie, known or his work with multiple pop artists. It should hit early in 2015.
Lonesome Day’s next release will be for Richard Bennett, whose In The Wind Somewhere is due May 27. It was tracked live in the studio with Adam Steffey on mandolin, Ron Stewart on fiddle, Mark Schatz on bass, and Shawn Lane providing harmony vocals.
On the non-bluegrass front, the label released Good Luck earlier this year for alt-country group Girls Guns And Glory, and will have Radio Sweetheart ready for rocker Sarah Borges on June 24.
A busy year indeed.