OA: Rock Cesario Column January 09, 2009

Bruce Springsteen’s new album “Working on a Dream” has been set for a Jan. 27 release on Columbia Records.

The following information was sent to me from Columbia Records through Alliance Entertainment Corporation.

“ ‘Working on a Dream’ was recorded with the E Street Band and features twelve new Springsteen compositions plus two bonus tracks. It is the fourth collaboration between
Springsteen and Brendan O’Brien, who produced and mixed the album. ‘Working on a Dream’ song titles are, ‘Outlaw Pete,’ ‘My Lucky Day,’ ‘Working on a Dream,’ ‘Queen of the Supermarket,’ ‘What Love Can Do,’ ‘This Life, Good Eye,’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ ‘Life Itself,’ ‘Kingdom of Days,’ ‘Surprise, Surprise,’ ‘The Last Carnival,’ with the bonus tracks: ‘The Wrestler,’ ‘A Night with the Jersey Devil.’

“Bruce Springsteen said, ‘Towards the end of recording “Magic,” excited by the return to pop production sounds, I continued writing. When my friend producer Brendan O’Brien heard the new songs, he said, “Let’s keep going.” Over the course of the next year, that’s just what we did, recording with the E Street Band during the breaks on last year’s tour. I hope “Working on a Dream” has caught the energy of the band fresh off the road from some of the most exciting shows we’ve ever done. All the songs were written quickly, we usually used one of our first few takes, and we all had a blast making this one from beginning to end.’”

“ ‘Working on a Dream’ is Bruce Springsteen’s twenty-fourth album and was recorded and mixed at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, with additional recording in New York City, Los Angeles, and New Jersey.”

• On a local note, the series of live shows from Sandstone Concerts kicks off on Feb. 27 when Portland’s Todd Snider brings his great live show to the Mesa Theater and Club in downtown Grand Junction.

Snider’s first album, “Songs For the Daily Planet,” was released in 1994 on Jimmy Buffett’s MCA/Margaritaville Records after Snider was discovered by one of Buffett’s band mates at the Daily Planet Club in Memphis.

The album contained two of Snider’s most popular songs: “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues” and “Alright Guy.”

After three LPs with MCA, Snider signed with John Prine’s Oh Boy Records for his next four releases, highlighted by “Near Truths and Hotel Rooms Live,” released in 2003.

It all makes sense to me because I have always thought of Snider as a mix of both Buffett and Prine with a bit of Steve Earle’s brashness thrown in.

After the live recording, Snider released “East Nashville Skyline” in 2004, followed by his best record, “The Devil You Know,” in 2007. This past year brought his eight-song EP “Peace Queer.”

His Grand Junction show is a general admission seating, so there will be less than 400 tickets available ensuring that everyone will have a seat.

After Snider’s show, Tom Russell is in town April 3 at the Roper Music Ballroom, Bruce Cockburn is here on April 13, Arlo Guthrie on March 20 at Avalon Theatre and Steve Forbert on May 1 at the Roper Music Ballroom.

It’s a great lineup for the early part of this new year.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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