06/17 8:30 PM - $30.00
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER IAN MCLAGAN RELEASES FIRST NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS, ‘UNITED STATES,’ JUNE 17 VIA YEP ROC
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British rock legend Ian McLagan will release ‘United States,’ his first new studio album in five years, June 17 via Yep Roc Records. The album, his first since being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the Faces, alternates between lusty grooves and reflective musings, showcasing McLagan’s beguiling charm and timeless gift for crafting memorable hooks. Yearning standout “Love Letter” leads into the smooth and moody take-charge song “Who Says It Ain’t Love,” while “Shalalala” draws from classic soul and “How Blue” rides a boogie-woogie shuffle. McLagan will play the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia May 15 and NPR’s Cabinet of Wonders in NYC May 17. Check out the “slow-burning” album opener “All I Wanna Do” via The Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/1dOr4fD
The 10 original tracks on ‘United States’ feature McLagan on vocals, keys, and guitar, joined by his longtime collaborators the Bump Band (’Scrappy’ Jud Newcomb, Jon Notarthomas, and Conrad Choucroun), with Leigh Mahoney (David Byrne, the Tosca Strings) on violin for album closer “He’s Not For You.” McLagan recorded and produced the album at his own The Doghouse Studios in Manor, TX. The songs were mixed by longtime friend Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones).
McLagan recorded his 2009 album ‘Never Say Never’ after losing his wife Kim in a tragic car accident. CBS Sunday Morning hailed it as a “knock-out of an album,” and Mojo described it as “Pub Rock’s answer to ‘Blood On The Tracks.’”
McLagan’s musical career began in the 1960’s in the UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces. He has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Bragg among others. McLagan relocated to Austin, TX in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two decades. The Faces reunited (sans Rod Stewart) for a charity performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and performed select dates over the next three years, including their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2012.
To celebrate the release of ‘United States’ Ian will perform at The Iridium in New York City on June 17th and at The Mint in Los Angeles on June 26th.
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IAN ‘MAC’ MCLAGAN
Ian McLagan is a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool rock’n’roller. In fact, his smiling visage — he was, after all, a member of the Small Faces and the Faces— would serve as an ideal illustration in the proverbial Dictionary of What Is Truly Cool.
The man known to his many mates and even more fans and admirers as ‘Mac’ is the sort who shrugs off such puffery. And then he just carries on creating splendid and genuine rock’n’roll with his Bump Band as well as musically aid and abet a marquee line-up of truly blue ribbon talent that he has toured and/or recorded with: The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, David Lindley, Paul Westerberg, Billy Bragg and Patty Griffin, to name some of the notables that McLagan has worked with over his five decade career.
He has also etched his distinctive musical talents onto the playlist of rock’n’roll history co-writing such Faces hits as Cindy Incidentally, You’re So Rude and Three Button Hand Me Down. His Wurlitzer electric piano is heard on everything from Stay With Me by the Faces to the smash hit Miss You by The Rolling Stones, and Mac’s trademark Hammond B-3 organ is featured on the Small Faces classic Itchycoo Park and Rod Stewart’s Maggie May and You Wear It Well.
McLagan entered the music game in Swinging London in the mid-1960s, and you can read all about it in his vivid and delightful memoir, All The Rage, a book that The Express hailed as “One of the best music books in years.” He ascended from the Top of the Pops with Small Faces to the pinnacle of rock with the Faces when Rod Stewart and Ron Wood joined the band. The rollicking Faces ruled 1970s album radio and sales charts as well as the stadiums, arenas and festivals around the world, leaving countless satisfied fans, many wild tales and more than a few quivering hotel managers in their wake. Whether McLagan is singing, writing and playing his own music or as the go-to guy for a session or tour, he has been and remains the quintessence of rock’n’roll.
Since he cut his debut solo album, Troublemaker, in 1979 — with two Rolling Stones (Keith Richards and Ron Wood) and a Beatle (Ringo Starr) among the players — McLagan has been making music in his own right that carries on the British rock tradition that he helped establish with the Small Faces and Faces, on his albums Bump In The Night (1980), Best Of British (2000) and Rise & Shine! (2004). “It’s all raw, up front, in your face, rollicking greasy good-time music done by a master,” says All Music Guide of Rise & Shine!
In 2006, he released a touching tribute to his old bandmate, Spiritual Boy: An Appreciation of Ronnie Lane, acclaimed by the Dallas Observer as “a warm and fitting salute to one of rock’s sadly unsung master songwriters and a must-have disc.” Spiritual Boy has garnered chart success in Mojo and leaves a trail of glowing reviews in Rolling Stone, No Depression, Uncut, and Goldmine.
Awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award in 1996 for his outstanding contributions to British music and inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2004, McLagan is beloved by musicians and music lovers alike. He produced the Faces four CD boxed set, Five guys walk into a bar… for Rhino Records, and received a rare honor on April 6th, 2006, when it was proclaimed Ian ‘Mac‘McLagan Day in Austin Texas. But rather than rest on his laurels, Ian McLagan continues to do what he has always done best: rock’n’roll.
Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan and Glyn Johns, his old pal from Small Faces and Faces days, met at Sphere Studios in London to mix and master McLagan’s beautiful and emotionally raw CD, Never Say Never, which was released in 2008. The self produced album features McLagan’s award winning Bump
Band and includes all original songs written by one of the best-loved musicians of our time. Patty Griffin graces Never Say Never with her soulful vocals and she and the Tosca Strings can be heard on the final track, the heart wrenching When The Crying Is Over. 2012 saw The Small Faces and Faces receive one of the most coveted awards the music world has to offer, being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, joining an elite club of legends.
2013 marked the release of Ian McLagan & the Bump Band’s Live at the Lucky Lounge with 14 tracks featuring Ian on piano, organ & vocals; Scrappy Jud Newcomb, guitar & vocals; Jon Notarthomas, bass & vocals; and Conrad Choucroun, drums & vocals.
June 17, 2014 will see the release of their studio album United States. McLagan produced the album which will be his first on Yep Roc Records.