Demystify Facebook & Instagram Marketing To Rock Your Online Presence!

Are you a musician, band or singer-songwriter who has been struggling to understand how to get any real traction with your social media marketing campaign? Do you have a Facebook page and an Instagram account but you just can’t seem to get any significant engagement from your fans and have no real idea how to use those platforms to expand your audience? Well, I have just the stocking stuffer for you this Christmas. Let me help you to demystify Facebook and Instagram marketing so you can rock your online presence!

It has been a long time coming but I am super stoked to FINALLY announce the availability for purchase of my Facebook & Instagram marketing guides, in PDF format, on my website now. For only CDN$9.97 (via PayPal), you will receive some very helpful and up-to-date information that will demonstrate how to effectively utilize both Facebook and Instagram for marketing and make you a pro at using them in no time!

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70 Tips For Rockin’ Your Facebook Page

If you’re having trouble decoding the mysteries of Facebook Pages, this guide is for you! Christine Bode of Scully Love Promo has created an easy-to-read, numbered list of 70 ways that you can take your Page from demo to mastered.

CLICK HERE: https://scullylovepromo.com/services/products/ and follow the simple instructions to purchase this 8 page e-book and download the digital PDF file through PayPal.

CDN $9.97

 

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If your target audience is under the age of 35, you need to be on Instagram! Find out how to use this incredible mobile phone app successfully to give more exposure to your brand and your music in Christine’s easy-to-read, point form guide. #instasick

CLICK HERE: https://scullylovepromo.com/services/products/ and follow the simple instructions to purchase this 7 page e-book and download the digital PDF file through PayPal.

CDN $9.97

(Cover images created by Donna Wood of Enovations Designs.)

You don’t have to be a musician to receive benefit from these guides. They will assist anyone who is using Facebook or Instagram for marketing purposes and just can’t figure out how to get the most out of those sites. Always remember that with social media marketing, the emphasis should be on SOCIAL and not MARKETING. Be sure to adhere to the 80/20 rule and make 80% of your posts social, offering value or entertainment to your fans, allowing them to get to know you better, and keep your promotional (hard sell) posts to 20%. Your goal is to build relationships and make friends.

It’s time to demystify Facebook and Instagram marketing and rock your online presence! YOU CAN DO IT!

Dirt Road Angels Soon To Release Their Second Single to Canadian Country Radio

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Dirt Road Angels Soon To Release Their Second Single to Canadian Country Radio

From the dirt road to the main stage, the Dirt Road Angels have slowly but surely been paving their way towards success and have been performing up a storm!

The Dirt Road Angels, consisting of Shawna Lynne, Dahlia Wakefield, Shila Marie, Karen Claypool and Danita Lynn are five creative, seasoned and talented singer songwriters.  They are excited to announce the release of their second single “Paint The Town Red” to country radio across Canada off their brand new album of the same title on Monday, July 20th.

Produced by Rob Hewes and performed by CCMA award winning instrumentalists Chad Melchert, Ryan Davidson, Tyler Vollrath, Bart MacKay and Derek Stremel, their high-energy country rock song “Paint The Town Red” is sure to get your toes tapping and you dancing in your seat! “We are thrilled with the single and can’t wait to hear it on the airwaves!”

Since their “Paint The Town Red” CD release concert at Festival Place in September 2014, they have continued to take the main stage at many events and have a full 2015 year booked. Look for these Angels at many of this year’s summer music festivals, rodeos, galas and local venues where they will be sharing the stage with Kira Isabella, High Valley, Aaron Pritchett, Doc Walker, The Road Hammers, Gil Grand, Jack Semple, Tim Hicks and more!

With their brand new single off their brand new album, these Angels are sure to fly!

Shawna says, “Thank you to team DRA for all your continued support and guidance – we cannot thank you all enough!”

Contact Shawna Lynne for more information
(780) 292-4154 / shawndal@telus.net
www.dirtroadangels.ca

Live Wire Music Series Presents Sarah MacDougall with Special Guest Ash & Bloom at The Octave Theatre, Fri. Oct. 24th

Sarah MacDougallLive Wire Music Series presents Swedish-born Sarah MacDougall on Friday, Oct. 24th 7:30 pm at The Octave Theatre in Kingston. Now based in Canada’s Yukon Territories, Sarah has been described by Rootstime in Belgium as “one of the greatest talents of our era”, and by 24 Hrs Vancouver as “one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since Abba.”  Known for her unique voice and passionate live performances, this two-time Western Canadian Music Award winner has just returned from Europe and The UK where she is considered a rising star.

Opening the evening will be the Toronto duo Ash and Bloom, playing songsAsh & Bloom from their 2014 release Let The Storm Come, a CD which has critics comparing their sound favourably to both Simon and Garfunkel and Iron and Wine, and which features songs co-written by some of Canada’s greats: Peter Katz, Caroline Brooks (The Good Lovelies), Julie Crochietere and Rob Szabo.  Their shows lean into synergy as their songs turn audiences into unsuspecting choirs.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Sarah MacDougall with special guest Ash and Bloom
Friday, Oct. 24 – 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston

Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

www.sarahmacdougall.com    www.ashandbloom.com

 

Recent reviews for Sarah MacDougall from around the world:

Thoughtful, strong, and spiritual – The Globe and Mail

This is a real breathtaking and touching record from one of the greatest talents of this era – Rootstime, Belgium

A downright intoxicating beauty! 5/5 stars! – AltCountry.nl, Holland

We’re not so specific about nationality when we declare Sarah one of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters – Nöjesguiden, Sweden 4/5 stars!

A near perfect collection of memories of love – Allgigs.co.uk 4.5/5 stars!

Sherman & Lee Were Just Meant To Be: Lost and Found on CD Baby Now

Sherman and LeeSome things are just meant to be.

At a time when most Baby Boomers are looking to retire, David Sherman and Nancy Lee packed up the van and hit the road, touring towns in Ontario to share their love of music — and each other.

A former journalist and editor, Sherman, 62, saw the writing on the wall when newspapers began downsizing and used his love for words to propel him into becoming a successful playwright and a songwriter musician Lee, 55, had been a professional musician songwriter in her early 20s, until settling down to raise a family. But when her husband died a few years ago, she picked up her guitar and began playing in cafes near her home.

That’s when serendipity stepped in — Sherman met Lee one frozen February night two years ago as they shared a bill playing a gig in farm country outside of Montreal.

“I just found her looks and soulful singing mesmerizing,” said Sherman, of the woman with whom he now shares his personal and professional life.

“And I found his songs and voice fascinating,” said Lee.

After exchanging email addresses, they met again, and again, and soon started performing together.

The result has been the creation of Sherman & Lee, a creative, collaborative team where they compose and perform songs of the magic and misery that is love, of disintegrating cities and broken dreams, of lost souls and magic moments.

“One night, at a sold out dinner show in Montreal, Guy Sprung, the artistic director of Infinitheatre where I am the writer-in-residence, suggested Nancy and I string the stories together into a narrative and do a musical theatre piece,” recalls Sherman.

“He called it ‘docutheatre.’”

The idea resonated with the couple; they had come from hard times, they were older and a little wiser and there were stories to tell.

“Mixed with a little fiction, we created Lost and Found,” explains Sherman of the 90-minute musical that will be directed by Guy Sprung and performed in Montreal next winter.

“We were lucky to have some of Montreal’s best musicians — Stephen Barry and Andrew Cowan of the Stephen Barry Blues Band and John McColgan, a former member of the band, a drummer and producer — who workshopped the play in front of an audiences. Lost and Found is the soundtrack CD to the play,” says Sherman.

Lost and Found is available now on CD Baby. A captivating and bluesy blendLost and Found by Sherman & Lee of folk, roots, country and pop that combines the sweet vocals of Lee and the edgy vocals and soul-touching lyrics of Sherman, creating an original sound that lingers long after the last note.

Whether they perform as a duo or are backed up by some of Montreal’s finest musicians, Sherman & Lee entertain with an entrancing combination of blues, folk, roots, and pop.

Their love is real, their stories are true and audiences are drawn in by their lyrics, their haunting harmonies and the duo’s captivating stage presence. A Sherman & Lee show makes them laugh, makes them cry and makes them come back for more.

Check them out at www.shermanandlee.com, LIKE their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @ShermanandLee.

Sills & Smith Release 4th Studio Album, “Etched”

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CONTACT: Frank Smith
sillssmith@gmail.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith

Sills & Smith Release 4th Studio Album, “Etched”

Sills & Smith is an independent, alternative rock/folk band based in Ottawa, Canada. 

Ottawa, Ontario – August 7, 2014 – With three previous, critically acclaimed independent alternative rock albums stoking the creative fire, Sills & Smith has released their fourth and most accomplished studio album of originals to date entitled “Etched.”  Etched is a powerful, melodic, 13 track musical and lyrical adventure.  The full-length recording explores the human experience and social justice issues to a hard driving, guitar-based sound.

Sills & Smith is an Ottawa, Canada based band led by singer-songwriters Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith. The music is a genre bending and blending stew that touches on folk, alternative rock and progressive rock styles.

Produced and recorded by the legendary Phillip Victor Bova at Bova Sound in Ottawa, the new album features an all-star cast of great players: Phil Bova (bass), T Bruce Wittet (drums), Kevin Breit (guitars, mandolin), Don Wallace (guitars), Roddy Ellias (guitars), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello). Jeremy Sills plays acoustic guitars, piano and crystal bowls. All songs on Etched were composed by Frank Smith and Jeremy Sills — Words and Music – Frank Smith; Music – Jeremy Sills. Both Sills and Smith handle vocals on the disc.

Track order:

Where You’ll Find It
Meet Out By the Lake
What You Deserve
A Love For All Seasons
Space Junk
To Be Embraced
Please, Please Save Me
In Dreams
Etched
End Times
The Sound
Give Us Peace
Endings and Beginnings

Sills & Smith’s Etched is available online through all major retailers including iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CD Baby etc.  A beautiful digipak CD edition will be sold online and in select box stores.

For further information: sillssmith@gmail.com / Sills & Smith band website: www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith / Twitter: @SillsandSmith

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Isn’t It Time You Discovered UK Singer-Songwriter Emily Maguire?

UK Singer-songwriter Emily MaguireAcclaimed singer-songwriter Emily Maguire is performing at Artrix Arts Centre on Saturday 28th September 2013.

Best-known for her strong, thought-provoking lyrics and ‘supremely expressive vocals’ (Rock’n’Reel Magazine), Emily’s songs have been played regularly on Radio 2 and have won her fans across the globe.

Classically trained on cello, piano and flute, Emily taught herself the guitar and started writing songs when she found herself stuck at home with a chronic illness.  A few years later, back on her feet and fed up with grey skies and concrete, she decided to give up her flat in London for a shack made from recycled wood, tin and potato sacks on a farm out in the Australian bush.  There she set up her own record label Shaktu Records with partner Christian Dunham, and for four years lived an eco-friendly, self-sufficient lifestyle, financing her music by making and selling goats cheese on the farm.

Following the release of her critically acclaimed albums ‘Stranger Place’ and ‘Keep Walking’, Emily returned to the UK touring extensively with some of the world’s great singer-songwriters including Don McLean, Eric Bibb, Paul Brady and Roddy Frame.  The title track of ‘Keep Walking’ was playlisted on Radio 2 in the UK and on ABC Radio across Australia.  Emily’s third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, won rave reviews in the music press with 2 songs playlisted on Radio 2.

After 7 months on the road in 2011 with the former lead singer of Dr Hook, Dennis Locorriere, Emily took time out from touring in 2012 to write and record her fourth studio album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’.  The album was produced by Nigel Butler (k.d. lang, Will Young, Robbie Williams) known to TV lovers as one of the producers on X Factor.  With its release funded entirely by Emily’s fans, ‘Bird Inside A Cage’ is a bold departure from her previous recordings while still retaining all the underlying trademarks of her emotive, lyric-rich songs.  The album was released in July 2013.

Emily will be performing at Artrix Arts Centre, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove on Saturday 28th September 2013.  Tickets are £10, available from the Box Office on 01527 577330 or online at http://www.artrix.co.uk.

www.emilymaguire.com
www.facebook.com/EmilyMaguireMusic
@emilymaguirehq

“Exquisite”
UNCUT MAGAZINE

“A class act”
THE MIRROR

“Assured…intelligent…enjoyable…a true artist”
R2 MAGAZINE

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Contact: Christian Dunham at Shaktu Records
Email: christian@shaktu-records.com
Phone: 07910 332393

High-res downloadable photos available from the press-pack at http://www.emilymaguire.com.

All Canadian booking enquiries:
Christine Bode, Scully Love Promo
Email: scullylovepromo@gmail.com
Phone: 613-531-9549 (office)
613-453-2419 (cell)

The Songs of Nick Drake Concert Tour Hits Kingston on Wednesday, November 7th!

THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE

Tour of Ontario and Quebec, November 3rd-18th, 2012

This fantastic concert tour hits Kingston on Wednesday, November 7th at 8:00 pm at Chalmers United Church.  Tickets are available at Brian’s Record Option and The Jungle, so don’t miss this opportunity to see so many brilliant musicians and singer-songwriters perform the gorgeous songs of Nick Drake in one evening of music magic or you will kick yourself!

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The Songs Of Nick Drake gives audiences in Ontario and Quebec a rare chance to experience Nick Drake’s music played by a host of Canada’s finest musicians, with a string quintet playing the original arrangements that were written for Nick’s albums by his friend Robert Kirby. To add to the intimacy and warmth of the music, almost all these concerts will take place in old churches.

The tour features Toronto’s alt-country darling Oh SusannaKevin Kane of The Grapes Of Wrath, and the tour’s organizer, British-born Luke Jackson along with a distinguished backing band featuring guitarist Kurt Swinghammer, drummer Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith), and double-bassist Jason Mercer (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Ani DiFranco). The string section includes Sahra Featherstone, Alex Cheung, Johan Lotter and Wendy Solomon. Special guests will be added in every town, making each concert a truly unique experience.

The Songs of Nick Drake was first produced by Jackson at Toronto’s Trinity St. Paul’s United Church in November 2010. It was a tribute both to Nick Drake and Robert Kirby, with whom Jackson had collaborated on his last album. Kirby had planned to fly to Toronto to conduct the string section at a similar concert a year earlier, but passed away unexpectedly a week before the show was to be announced. The 2010 concert was a huge success, receiving unanimous praise, and was recorded and broadcast by the CBC. Check out a clip here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QinMa1eXZU

To coincide with the tour, Kurt Swinghammer is releasing Two Portraits: a limited edition 12″ single of his version of Nick Drake’s “River Man” through Toronto indie label Heading North Music. It is backed with a version of Donovan’s “Sunny Goodge Street.” The sleeve features Swinghammer’s portraits of both singer/songwriters.

Keep up to date with the tour at:
http://www.TheSongsOfNickDrake.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheSongsOfNickDrake

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Show details:

Saturday November 3rd:
Stratford Knox Church
Special guests: Emm Gryner, Ron Sexsmith
Tickets: Fanfare Books, Anything Grows, Music in Sebringville, Encore Records and X-Disc-C Music in Kitchener, The Record Works in Woodstock or online at http://tickets.ticketwindow.ca/eventperformances.asp?evt=1372

Wednesday November 7th:
Kingston  Chalmers United Church
Special guests: Jeremy Fisher, Jim Bryson
Tickets: The Jungle, Brian’s Record Option, Tricolour Outlet or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5375

Thursday November 8th:
Montreal Ukrainian National Federation
Special guests: Caracol, Marie-Jo Thério, Louis-Jean Cormier (Karkwa), Kim Bingham
Tickets: Cheap Thrills, Phonopolis, Atom Heart Musique or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5376

Friday November 9th:
Ottawa First Baptist Church
Special guests: Jim Bryson, Marie-Jo Thério, Marc Robert Nelson
Tickets: Vertigo Records, Legends, Ottawa Folklore Centre, Compact Music Inc. or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5377

Saturday November 10th:
Sherbrooke Centennial Theatre, Bishop’s University
Special guests: Marie-Jo Thério, Charles-Antoine Gosselin (Harvest Breed)
Tickets: Musique City or online at http://centennialtheatre.ca

Sunday November 11th:
Quebec City Chalmers – Wesley United Church
Special guests: Louis-Jean Cormier (Karkwa), Marie-Jo Thério, Kim Bingham
Tickets: http://www.billetech.com/event/ND121111

Friday November 16th:
Guelph Dublin St. United Church
Special guests: Rich Burnett, Matt Masotti, Amy McCann
Tickets: The Beat Goes On, Folkway Music, Encore Records and X-Disc-C Music (Kitchener), The Record Works (Woodstock) or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5378

Saturday November 17th:
Hamilton James Street Baptist Church
Special guests: Jacob Moon, Kirk Starkey, Andrew Aldridge, David Celia
Tickets: Art Gallery Of Hamilton, Dr. Disc, Cheapies, Records On Wheels (Dundas), Looney Tunes (Burlington) or online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5379

Sunday November 18th:
Toronto Randolph Theatre AKA Bathurst St. Theatre
Special guests: Mike Evin, Brent Jackson (The Junction) David Celia, Dave Matheson, Kathryn Rose, Todd Porter
Tickets: Rotate This, Soundscapes, Sonic Boom (Bloor) and online at http://ticketbreak.com/event_details/5287

Live Wire Music Series Presents Eliza Gilkyson + Special Guest Ariana Gillis on Fri. Sept. 21st

Hello music lovers & Live Wire friends,

Hopefully you already have your seats for the first Live Wire show of the new season. If not, get to Brian’s Record Option or Tara Foods soon as Eliza has built a large and enthusiastic following in Kingston.

I’m very happy to have become an official volunteer of the Live Wire Music Series, in charge of social media marketing.  This season’s line-up is stellar so you won’t want to miss a single show!

Cheers,
Christine

Live Wire Music Series begins the new season with one of our favourites – the magnificent, poetically gifted singer Eliza Gilkyson, from Austin, Texas. This is Eliza’s fourth visit to Kingston in the last decade and she always puts on a dynamic, politically charged concert that demonstrates why she is one of the most respected roots musicians in North America. She has appeared on Austin City Limits and Mountain Stage, been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and received a Grammy nomination for her superb 2006 release Paradise Hotel. Her latest CD Roses at the End of Time “continues to express her vivid vision of the world, full of both beauty and anger, inspiration and struggle, and wrapped in melodies so hauntingly beautiful that they seem to float.”

Opening the concert will be Ariana Gillis from Vineland, Ontario, one of the most powerful new voices in Canadian music today. Chosen as Young Performer of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, she is fulfilling the promise many people have seen since she put out her first EP when she was 17.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Eliza Gilkyson with special guest Ariana Gillis

Friday, Sept. 21st ~ 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and at Tara Foods.

www.elizagilkyson.com
www.arianagillis.com
www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Eliza Gilkyson Quotes:

Few folk singers, even those from the original folk revival, have been able to combine social consciousness with musicality as well as Eliza Gilkyson. She merges strong songwriting talent with commanding vocals to create music that has immediate appeal as well as lasting intellectual impact. – Vintage Guitar

Like the master writer she is, Gilkyson cuts through the jungle of posturing leftist verbiage and conservative spin…She packs a political punch that is as entertaining and blue-collar as the work of Woody Guthrie” – Houston Press

Intimate, delicate-voiced and given to musical introspection . . . her honest voice and understated, life affirming lyrics remain the core of her songs. – People Magazine 

Gilkyson doesn’t pull any punches. She graces the music with her lush and passionate voice; a dark and lonely sound, hope and satisfaction, and edgy lyrics with piercing imagery round out the whole. – New York Times

Raw, harrowing tales of shattered lives and immoral wars. She continues to make big statements… – Penguin Eggs

Her work is too good to be ignored. She sings with plaintive power and writes with soulful strength. – Dallas Morning News

Our email address and website are
livewiremusicseries@gmail.com  & http://livewiremusicseries.ca/

Up and coming shows


Eliza Gilkyson
Guest, Ariana Gillis

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre


Rose Cousins & Jonathan Byrd Co-bill

Sat., Oct. 20, 2012
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre


The Kruger Brothers
Guest, Jeremy Fisher

Fri., Nov. 30, 2012
7:30 pm
Chalmers United Church

Lyle Lovett’s Release Me Releases Him From Contract With Curb

CD Review
Title: Release Me
Artist:  Lyle Lovett
Label: Curb/Lost Highway
Released: February 28, 2012
Stars:  3.5

Release Me is Texan singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett’s 15th album.  I remember playing Pontiac (1987) when it was first released over and over…couldn’t get enough of his saddle smooth voice, wry sense of humour, and superb medley of genres.  I followed him quite closely throughout the release of his following four albums (Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Joshua Judges Ruth, I Love Everybody, and The Road To Ensenada), and saw him in concert in Vancouver in 1995.  However, for some inexplicable reason, he fell off my radar for quite a while and I’m not familiar with the music he made after 1996.  I guess I was missing him.  After giving Release Me a good listen I remember why I loved him so much.

While Release Me doesn’t mean as much to me as the previous recordings I mentioned, as Lovett mostly covers other people’s songs here, it does have a few gems among its generous 14 track listing, that span from dour to droll, as well as a couple of Christmas songs which were, truthfully, a bit mystifying.  The CD’s black and white artwork features Lovett looking forlorn, standing on a country dirt road, bound by a very long piece of rope which is more than likely a metaphor for the place he now finds himself in his career.

Release Me opens on an upbeat note with a rollicking country instrumental reel highlighted by Luke Bulla’s fiddle called “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom”.  Immediately your toes start tapping and they don’t stop as it segues into the title track, “Release Me”.  The country classic is interpreted by Lovett and k.d. lang, but for all intents and purposes is one of two throw away tracks on the album in my humble opinion.  I’m a big fan of k.d. lang too, but this is neither lang’s nor Lovett’s most memorable performance.  However, I’m completely captivated by “White Boy Lost In The Blues”, a sexy, cool blues number with harmonies by Arnold McCuller and Dean Parks’ slick electric slide guitar.  It’s my favourite track and I could push repeat on my iPhone and listen to it all day long!

Track 4, which I thought was a little out of place and could be classified as another one to toss, (though it’s certainly not bad) is the jazz standard, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, a Christmas duet with Kat Edmonson.  Later on in the album (Track 11), Lovett offers up his own Christmas song, “The Girl With The Holiday Smile”, a New Orleans style, boogie-woogie about a hooker in a grocery store.  Love it and will most certainly add it to my holiday playlist, but still can’t understand why he’d put Christmas songs on an album released in February.

Lovett is no stranger to the relationship blues and we hear more about them in the pretty and poignant ballads “Understand You” and “Dress of Laces”, a heartrending murder epic featuring harmony vocals by Sara Watkins.  He’s always been a master storyteller as well and spins more familiar yarns with “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” and “One Way Gal”.

“Night’s Lullaby” is exactly that, a lullaby with backing vocals by Sean and Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek) while “Keep It Clean” is a Traditional standard arranged by Lovett featuring upbeat jazzy blues with whimsical, jaunty lyrics.  “Isn’t That So” is exceptionally good swinging, soulful blues that scream classic Lovett and is another favourite of mine on the album along with “White Freightliner Blues”, a frenetic country blues duet with Keith Sewell & Luke Bulla, written by Townes Van Zandt and featuring some fantastic drumming by Ross Kunkel.  Release Me closes with the gospel piano ballad, “Keep Us Steadfast”, written by Martin Luther featuring Luke Bulla on harmonies, but it’s a track I could have done without as I’d rather the album ended on a more exulted note.

Singer-songwriters as intelligent and charming as Lyle Lovett are as rare as white tigers, but I prefer to hear him sing his own songs.  Regardless, I’ll love Lyle’s style forever.  Release Me is definitely worth listening to and it’ll be interesting to see what he does as a free agent, now that his contract with Curb has ended and a new chapter is waiting to begin.