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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.

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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.

joe jencks

Joe Jencks, The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures from the Pen of Si Kahn

All of the songs on Local 1000 (Nongeographic) member Joe Jencks’ new CD were written by his friend and American Folk colleague Si Kahn, also a member of Local 1000.

jack pearson live

Jack Pearson, Jack Pearson Live

Recorded at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, Jack Pearson Live showcases the versatility and musicianship of Pearson, a staple of the Nashville music scene.

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Nile Rodgers, The Chic Organization 1977-1979

In fall of 1978, Chic’s “Le Freak” sold more than seven million copies. This box set celebrates the song’s 40th anniversary and salutes Chic founders, guitarist Nile Rodgers of Local 802 (New York City) and the late bassist Bernard Edwards.


Scott Robinson, Tenormore

This album from Scott Robinson, known as a multi-instrumentalist and rare instrument collector, features his tenor saxophone.


Boston Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphonies 4 and 11 “The Year 1905”

This two-disc set is the latest in Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s complete Shostakovich symphony cycle.