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ride me back home

Willie Nelson, Ride Me Back Home

Ride Me Back Home, the latest album by Willie Nelson of Local 433 (Austin, TX) is a reflective, upbeat journey through life, of love and time’s inescapable rhythms, as viewed from Nelson’s inimitable perspective.

Weezer (Teal Album) and Weezer (Black Album)

Weezer Weezer (Teal Album) and Weezer (Black Album) The American rock band Weezer released two albums within two months of each other early this year, both named Weezer, although one is known as the “Teal Album” and one is known as the “Black Album.” The band, comprising Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) musicians Rivers Cuomo, […]

the best of everything

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: The Best of Everything 1976 – 2016

The Best of Everything is the first career-spanning collection of all of Tom Petty’s hits with The Heartbreakers, his solo work, and Mudcrutch.

western stars

Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars

Bruce Springsteen’s first studio album in five years takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ’60s and early ’70s.

flying circus

Jim Self, Flying Circus: Music for Brass Quintet

In Flying Circus, tubist Jim Self of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) compiles the many quintets he has composed from 1996-2016.

john the blind

John Henry Ryan II, John the Blind

John the Blind marks the latest solo endeavor by songwriter-producer John Henry Ryan II of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA). This EP was preceded by three buzzworthy tracks “Hallelujah,” “Sticky,” and “Two Months.”

Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas, Chip Tooth Smile

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas of Local 389 (Orlando, FL) has released his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile.

glen campbell - the legacy

Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell – The Legacy [1961-2017]

Glen Campbell’s life and career is being celebrated with Glen Campbell – The Legacy [1961-2017], an updated and expanded edition of his long-out-of-print, career-spanning box set.


Blake Mills, Look

In his third solo album, Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Blake Mills offers five instrumental tracks composed entirely on vintage Roland guitar synthesizers.

second story

Andrew Synowiec, Second Story

With his creative life centered on writing and performing since the age of eight, all roads have led to the 2019 writing and recording of Second Story.