THE MUSIC IS YOU: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER OUT NOW ON ATO
ALBUM FEATURES COVERS BY DAVE MATTHEWS, MY MORNING JACKET, BRANDI CARLILE & EMMYLOU HARRIS, TRAIN, AMOS LEE, EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, JOSH RITTER, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW AND MORE
“The Music Is You shows that his songs maintain the power to reach new audiences—and, yes, make them cry.”—NPR’s All Songs Considered “First Listen”
“Famous fans like Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews pay musical homage to the late singer-songwriter on a compilation album. Come for My Morning Jacket’s ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ and stay for 15 more amazing renditions.”—Entertainment Weekly “Must List”
“J. Mascis, Evan Dando, Emmylou Harris and others contribute to this wonderful album of covers.” —USA Today “Popcandy”
“The 16 artists on this record bring plenty of heart and soul to their interpretations of John Denver’s songs.” —Magnet
“The album is heavy on Denver’s hits: Harris joins Brandi Carlile for a rootsy makeover of ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads.’ Train offers a sickly sweet carbon copy of ‘Sunshine on My Shoulders.’ My Morning Jacket gives ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ a spectral glow. And (Lucinda) Williams finds the stark joy in ‘This Old Guitar,’ an ode to the instrument that gave Denver (and Williams) a career.” —The Boston Globe
“This is the sort of musical moment when Denver’s songs might find new resonance.” —Relix
“Judging from the all-star line-up of musicians set to pay homage to him, it might be time for any haters to take a second listen.” —Paste Magazine
Fifteen years after his death and 40 years after the release of his widely beloved song “Rocky Mountain High,” ATO Records celebrates John Denver’s life and music with The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver out now. The album features covers of Denver’s most popular songs by a diverse group of artists including Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Train, Amos Lee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter and Barnstar!, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kathleen Edwards (produced by Jim James), Brett Dennen & Milow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Allen Stone, Blind Pilot, J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten and Evan Dando. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Wilderness Society in Denver’s name. Please see track listing below.
The album follows a recent resurgence in Denver’s popularity with his hits compilation Definite All-Time Greatest Hits being certified gold in 2011. Also in 2011 The John Denver Earth Day Celebration Concert sold out, initiating the current Rocky Mountain High Concert Tour.
John Denver, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter (and five-time Grammy Awards host) and the Poet Laureate of Colorado, released 23 studio albums in his lifetime. He is best known for the beloved songs “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song” and “Rocky Mountain High,” which is the state song of Colorado. Denver is the 53rd highest selling artist worldwide with over 33 million records sold and seven Billboard Top Ten Albums in the U.S. His catalogue continues to sell thousands of units per week. He has had seven multiplatinum, thirteen platinum and 20 gold U.S. Certified albums. Among his numerous awards and recognitions, Denver was instrumental in championing environmental causes and space exploration.
For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.
Track Listing for John Denver: The Music Is You
“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
“Prisoners” by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten
“Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
“This Old Guitar” by Lucinda Williams
“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
“Rocky Mountain High” by Allen Stone
“Annie's Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile & Emmylou Harris
“The Eagle and The Hawk” by Blind Pilot
“I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar!
“Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros