Future of the Past

The Litter

The hard rock and psychedelic sounds of the legendary Minnesota band THE LITTER come full circle in new release on Blackberry Way Records appropriately titled "Future Of The Past".

Blackberry Way Records is proud to announce the addition of THE LITTER to our roster with the new album: “FUTURE OF THE PAST” To be released September 2019. In the late 1960’s THE LITTER followed up their punk/garage classic hit ACTION WOMAN with the LP's DISTORTIONS, $100 FINE and EMERGE. EMERGE released on ABC’s Probe label, was awarded gold record status selling over 500,000 albums around the world. Along with DISTORTIONS, EMERGE has remained one of the most respected and collectible records from the psychedelic era. The Litter toured the nation playing shows with Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jethro Tull and Cream to name a few. The appropriately titled “Future Of The Past” is an out of the box vision of where rock was and should be going. Original member Tom Murray enlisted the help of some talented and enthusiastic young players, as well as original Litter guitarist Zippy Caplan, Larry Wiegand of Crow and original guitarist of The Revolution, Dez Dickerson, to add their magic to the recording. This is A HAPPENING!!!

. This is A HAPPENING!!! The Litter and Blackberry Way Records invite you to:

JOIN THE MUSIC REBELLION Nothing makes a person feel as good as listening to music. It makes up the soundtracks of our lives, we’re asking you to join us in supporting all musicians by actually buying their songs when the opportunity is there. Help artists get paid for their creativity and the work that goes into Bringing their music to you. Please encourage your friends to do the same and And thank you for being part of the Music Rebellion to help all Musicians everywhere be rightfully compensated for their efforts.
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The Litter "Future Of The Past"

Third

The April Fools

Guitar and vocal driven American Rock & Roll.

The April Fools return for a celebration of "Third", their highly-anticipated new release, engineered and produced by Mike Owens at Blackberry Way Studios, and mastered by Andy Walters at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Members of this all-star lineup have rich histories that include work with Lowell George of Little Feat, Link Wray, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Chuck Berry, Roy Buchanan, The Hard Left, The Flamin’ Oh’s, Tetes Noires, and Robert Palmer, AND have appearances on Austin City Limits and The Tonight Show on their credits.

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    The April Fools "Third" 

The Right Kind of Crazy

Michael Owens

An eclectic blend of blues based rock,pop & country from the man who founded Blackberry Way Recording Studios That Recorded Mpls bands including The Replacements,The Trash Men,Soul Asylum, Curtiss A, The Flamin' Oh's, The Castaways and many more!

MICHAEL OWENS first solo release The Devils Doorway garnered airplay and rave reviews around the world. The Right Kind Of Crazy is the second solo effort by Michael Owens. The album features an eclectic blend of Rock, Blues, Americana & Country based songs. The bonus track 14 South 5th Street Blues was placed in the documentary Jay's Longhorn and features members of Fingerprints and special guests including Mpls legend Curtiss A and The Suicide Commandos Chris Osgood. MICHAEL OWENS is a Singer/songwriter, Guitar player and Record Producer. He founded BLACKBERRY WAY RECORDING STUDIOS, the infamous Minneapolis Recording Studio , Record Label and Publisher. Blackberry Way Records has placed several songs in TV shows including "Red Oaks" on Amazon, "Wicked City"on ABC TV , "Stranger Things" & "The OA" on Net Flix and "Young Sheldon" on CBS as well as the Jay's Longhorn Documentary. Michael Owens was a founding member of Twin/Tone recording artists FINGERPRINTS. In addition to dates with Pere Ubu, Blondie and Peter Hammill, the band headlined at the legendary Longhorn Bar, First Ave and other venues in the five state area including dates at Duffy’s with Mitch Ryder and Dwight Twilley. The late Tim Carr A&R at Warner Brothers called Mike’s song Wasted On You, the best single song on the first three Twin/Tone EP’s. (The little Red Records-Fingerprints, The Suburbs and Curtiss A’s Spooks) The band also headlined at The Walker Art Center Presents “The Cream Of The Crop” supported by Spooks(Curtiss A) and NNB. Fingerprints was also chosen as the first band paired with a movie in The Walker Art Centers Band and a movie in Loring Park as well as the M-80 Music Festival. The band reformed for The Mill City Music Festival in 1999 that featured Prince as the headliner. The band also reformed in 2019 to perform two sold out shows at The Parkway Theater in MPLS in support of the documentary "Jay's Longhorn" about the infamous bar that in the late 1970's was the Minneapolis counter point to CBGB's. In addition to the track 14 South 5th Street Blues from The Right Kind Of Crazy Fingerprints has placed 5 songs in the documentary.
Mike along with Blackberry Way partner and Fingerprints drummer Kevin Glynn, formed THE IDLE STRAND. With Gary Menne on bass the band released two LP’s on Blackberry Way Records. The LP’s received rave reviews in Boston Rock, Rockpool and Cash Box magazines. The LP’s were released in Europe on LINE/WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS, and garnered tons of college radio- play in the USA. The Idle Strand has several songs placed in TV shows on ABC TV as well as Amazon Streaming TV. As a record producer/recording engineer and session musician Mike appears on countless projects over the years.Find more info @ www.blackberrywayrecords.com

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Michael Owens "The Right Kind Of Crazy" 

Hands Of Time

Tom Bright

First released in 1985 Tom Brights “Hands Of Time” garnered airplay on the CMJ national college radio charts as well as FM radio stations around the country. The record received rave reviews as well as interest from major record labels including EMI, A&M Records & many more. Original recording at Blackberry Way in 1984-1985 and backed by the Idle Strand, the 1980's synth driven pop rock with attitude sounds just as fresh today as when it was first issued over 30 years ago. Recently Blackberry Way Records placed several songs by Tom Bright with Play Network & Mood Media two of the biggest providers of music for the retail environments internationally. Tom Bright- Keyboard, Vocal Gary Menne-Bass Kevin Glynn-Drums Mike Owens- Guitar Produced by Mike Owens/Kevin Glynn & Tom Bright Remastered by Michael Owens 2020 @ Blackberry Way

“Mr Bright has a knack for catchy yet substantive melodies. At his best on Lebanon, he is wonderful” Boston Sweet Potato

“A top ten record…a record that matters” Musician Magazine

THE HARD REPORT Thanks to Blackberry Way Records… we’ve played several of their artists in the past and we’ll play more, especially from Tom Bright and Swing Set. Ron Sorenson KBLE Des Moines

Program Director Scott Klohn. Hot Rockin’ 104 KJJO Mpls, adds new songs from Blackberry Way to their playlist including Tom Bright and Flamin’ Oh’s.
Hot Rockin’ 104 FM KJJO Minneapolis

I enjoyed listening to Tom Bright and would like to hear more material as well as information on this artist. Aaron Jacoves West Coast director of A&R A&M Records

Thank You for sending me the new release by Tom Bright. I’m delighted to be in touch with you regarding this new talent. I believe the record shows potential. You have a real good thing going on there in Minneapolis. Lets work towards finding something great together. Michael Barackmam Vice President A&R EMI Records

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Tom Bright "Hands Of Time"

Music of Ireland, Scotland and Beyond

Walking on Air

Walking On Air takes its name from the magical novel by Michele's father, Pierre Delattre. To him, and the fine musicians and friends who have inspired us, this album is dedicated. Traditional Celtic folk songs passed down through the generations.

  1. Last Winter Was A Hard One Two Irish-American women discuss their husbands, the weather, unemployment and the bosses’ knack for playing one group of immigrants off another. Learned from Joe Hickerson (and composed in 1880 by Jim O’Neill and Jack Conroy, according to scholar-musician Mick Moloney). Michele, lead vocal.
  2. Manuel’s Jig/Skipper Lost His Guernsey/Les Patates/Brûlées à Gerald Thomas Jamie learned these three Newfoundland tunes from Kelly Russell of St. John’s, a great collector of traditional music of the region. The first two jigs come from Rufus Guinchard of the Northern Peninsula. The reel that follows was composed by the great fiddler Émile Benoît, who died in 1992.
  3. Come Boat Me O’er Bonnie Prince Charlie might have been king of Scotland and England.Instead he has inspired countless creative songs, including this anthem attributed to Robert Burns (learned from Jean Redpath). Ross, lead vocal.
  4. Isle of Man This bit of fiction, composed by Don, concerns a place none of us have ever been. Our apologies for any unintended slander. Don, lead vocal.
  5. Paddy’s Lamentation Even less fortunate than the average Irish refugee, the man in this song arrived just in time to fight in the Civil War. We first heard this sung by Paul Brady. Don, lead vocal.
  6. Constitutional Movement This strain of Irish politics seems to have vanished into obscurity, perhaps overwhelmed by violent events. We learned this from the McPeake family of Belfast. Ross, lead vocal.
  7. Heights of Alma This Scottish number with a calypso beat, from the singing of Nic Jones, celebrates mostly forgotten events in the Crimean War. Ross, lead vocal. 8.Schottishe/La Polka du Quartier/La Polka d’Arthon The untitled schottische comes from the playing of Gaston Pouget, from Correze in south central France. Jean Blanchard, of the well-known French group La Bamboche, was our source for the polkas that follow.
  8. Green Grow the Laurels An Irish cousin of “Green Grow the Lilacs” that we learned from the singing of Dolores Keane. Michele, lead vocal.
  9. Paddy on the Railway Irish hands helped lay the rails of Britain and America. We modified this well-known song a bit, and added mention of John Ireland, 19th century archbishop of St. Paul, Minn. Don, lead vocal.
  10. Lament for James Moray Esquire of Abercairney/Captain White The air that begins this medley was composed by the legendary Scottish fiddler, Neil Gow. “Captain White” is a popular jig in Scotland, Ireland and Canada. Jamie borrowed the combination from Johnny Doherty of Donegal.
  11. Broomfield Hill With the aid of a handy witch, a young lady triumphs in the classic wager with a young blade. This version comes from Martin Carthy. Michele, lead vocal.
  12. Capetown A song of peaceful protest. Words by Don, to the tune of “Bean Dubh an Ghleanna” (“Dark Woman of the Glenn”) as sung by our good friend Daithi Sproule. Don, lead vocal. Don Clark: mandolin, cittern, guitar, vocals Michele Delattre: concertina, dulcimer, vocals Jamie Gans: fiddle, viola, whistle, vocals Ross Sutter: guitar, bodhran, bones vocals Special thanks for John Anderson for playing bass on tracks 1, 5, 7, 8 and 9 Marcus Wise plays tabla on "Heights of Alma" Produced by Walking On Air Engineered by Mike Owens Recorded in 1984 at Blackberry Way Studios Minneapolis, Minn. www.blackberrywayrecords.com Thanks to Mike, Fred Waltz and Bob Hughes for helping convert the lp to digital form. Cover art by Mary Lofgren Band contact: Don Clark (donclarktunes@gmail.com)
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Walking On Air " Music Of Ireland, Scotland And Beyond" 

Colorwheel

The April Fools

A killer combo comprised of Twin Cities music scene veterans who blend rock, country, pop, and more into a cohesive and timeless groove.

The April Fools' self-released, self-titled debut in 2015 enjoyed airplay on over 140 radio stations across the US and Canada, including 90.3 KFAI and 89.3 The Current in the Twin Cities. The New Release “COLORWHEEL” is witness to the bands growth and musical breadth that can only occur after years of live performances and countless hours in the recording studio. So strap on your seat belt, kick back and enjoy the ride. The April Fools' Are: Brian Drake (lead vocals, guitar), Clay Williams (guitar, pedal steel/lap steel, vocals) Ben Kaplan (drums, vocals), Scott Hreha (bass guitar)

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