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Congratulations To Esperanza Spalding & The Decemberists!

It’s been an interesting, triumphant, and breathtaking year for HUSH alumnus:

On January 26th The Decemberists reached #1 on the venerable Billboard 200 Album Chart with The King Is Dead (as well as several other number ones in other chart categories).

Last night Esperanza Spalding, who released her first recordings for HUSH as a member of the trio Noise For Pretend (within a month of The Decemberists debut of the same year), was voted by 13,000 peers in the Recording Industry to win The Best New Artist Grammy.

If in 2002 you would have told me that the acts I ‘signed’ would go on to top the Billboard charts and win a prestigious Grammy within ten years do you suppose I would have believed you?

I dug up these photos (remember digital camera technology was still far from mainstream… let alone the iTunes store did not yet exist) so the quality is atrocious, but they are vestigal proof that these musicians started by playing half-empty rooms to their friends.

It’s really inspiring.  These are talented, hard-working, beautiful people and I’m honored to have played a really, very small part in their path to success.

-Chad Crouch.

Nick Jaina – Best of Sleeping On The Covers FREE

http://hushrecords.com/zencart/images/coversfree.jpg

Selected from a body of work playing court musician to Kickstarter patrons, these covers gather the best of the off-the-cuff sessions. Nick says: “I played all the instruments and recorded it all myself at my friend Lee Howard’s studio, so I hope you’ll pardon the occasional shuffling sounds in between songs or some hot instruments that clip a bit.”

Get it in the HUSHshop

01 – Everybody’s Talkin
02 – That Summer Feeling
03 – Fields of Gold
04 – Revelator
05 – Cloudbusting
06 – May You Never Be Alone
07 – Trainwreck
08 – I Lost You
09 – Killing Moon
10 – Human Nature
11 – Cupid/ Mexican Blue
12 – Into My Arms
13 – Me and the Devil

Hosannas Tour The West

From Hosannas:

We miss you California.  And we miss texas, and las vegas and colorado and utah (maybe most of all), and oklahoma and arizona we miss you too.
and so, we are coming to hang out with you and your sunshine.
play some music for you after the sun sets.

3/1–Portland @ Bunk Bar (free show!)
3/2–Eugene @ Tectonic Jelly Warehouse
3/4–Oakland @ The Uptown Nightclub (also a show at UC Berkley earlier in the day…)
3/6–San Francisco @ Hemlock
3/7–Santa Barbara @ Muddy Waters
3/8–Los Angeles @ The Smell
3/9–San Diego @ Soda Bar
3/10-Las Vegas @ Neon Reverb Music Festival
3/11-Pheonix @ Trunkspace
3/12-Alburquerque @ Winnings Coffee
3/13-Denton @ 35 Conferette
SXSW!
3/18-Dallas @ City Tavern
3/19-Tulsa @ Soundpony
3/20-Wichita @ Kirby’s Beer Store
3/21-Denver @ Hi-Dive
3/22-Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
3/23-Garden City @ VAC

Laura Gibson Embarks on Tour

(leaving her writing trailer behind…)

From lauragibsonmusic.com

In October, I traveled to New York and played a show with Sean Lennon’s new project with Charlotte Kemp Muhl called “The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger”.   I was endeared to Sean and Charlotte and their songs, and I am excited to be touring with them this month. I’ll be previewing (perhaps stumbling through) songs from my new record. Sean Ogilvie will be accompanying me on various instruments. The dates are listed below: (**indicates that the shows where we are supporting The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, all other shows we’ll be headlining). Many of the shows are close to selling out, so I recommend purchasing tickets soon:

Looking forward to seeing some old friends, and meeting new ones!

xo lg

January 14 – Slow Train Music, Salt Lake City, UT (VIP show – contact Slowtrain for details)
January 15 – Triple Nickel – Colorado Springs, CO (with the Changing Colors)
January 16 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO (with Hello Kavita and the Maykit)
January 17 – House Show – Lubbock, TX
January 18 – Dan’s Silverleaf – Denton, TX**
January 19 – Cactus Cafe – Austin, TX**
January 20 – Padre’s – Marfa, TX** (Trevor Reichman is also on this bill)
January 21 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ**
January 22 – Pappy and Harriet’s – Pioneertown (Joshua Tree), CA**
January 23 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA**
January 25 – Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA**
January 26 – Luigi’s – Sacramento, CA
January 28 – The Woods – Portland, OR**
January 29 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA**