Tony-Winning Band Red Clay Ramblers to Release New Album Next Week
The Red Clay Ramblers, the celebrated, Tony Award-winning American folk music band, will release a new album, Carolina Jamboree, on Monday, September 1 on the Longleaf Pine label. The recording will be available on CD and download from amazon.com and cdbaby.com, also by download on iTunes.
The album, their seventeenth, features their traditional and newly written songs and instrumental music from Carolina Jamboree, an original dance show conceived by Tony Award-nominated choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett and The Red Clay Ramblers for the Carolina Ballet of Raleigh, North Carolina (Robert Weiss, Artistic Director).
The Red Clay Ramblers' previous album releases include the soundtrack to Far North, Sam Shepard's first feature film, and score for Mr. Shepard's hit play A Lie of the Mind, as well as original scores for Fool Moon (on Broadway in 1993, 1995, and 1999, Special Tony Award 1999), and the Ramblers stage musicals Kudzu and Lone Star Love.
Over their lengthy, celebrated career, the Ramblers have appeared numerous times on "A Prairie Home Companion" and have performed with such diverse figures as 1998 Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin (who was a Red Clay Rambler for most of 1987), Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Eugene Chadbourn, Ireland's Boys of the Lough, Randy Newman, with whom they recorded "Ride, Gambler, Ride" for the film Maverick), and Michele Shocked (who brought the Eagles' Bernie Leadon and a mobile studio to North Carolina to record "Contest Coming" with the Ramblers). The Red Clay Ramblers have toured widely in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The Carolina Ballet first staged Carolina Jamboree at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in February 2005 and then again in June 2008, and April 2013 with an additional show at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The UNC Center for Public Television first broadcast its filming of Carolina Jamboree in 2006.
Of the most recent staging, North Carolina's News & Observer wrote: "Lynne Taylor-Corbett has created many fine pieces for the company, but none more inventive and audience pleasing than Carolina Jamboree. Inspired by the music of the Triangle-based band Red Clay Ramblers, the three-part work exudes homespun sensibilities. . . . The finale has the entire company in a hoedown that builds to an exhilarating frenzy, sending the audience out beaming and breathless." Taylor-Corbett, a Drama Desk and Tony Award nominee, was the recipient of the 2008 Callaway Award for Excellence from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).