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Stop by HORIZON RECORDS and enter to win two tickets to see the STEEP CANYON RANGERS in Asheville, or a signed test pressing of their new album, Out In The Open, produced by JOE HENRY!

Stop by HORIZON RECORDS and enter to win two tickets to see the STEEP CANYON RANGERS in Asheville, or a signed test pressing of their new album,  Out In The Open, produced by JOE HENRY!

THIS JUST IN: Stop by HORIZON RECORDS today and enter to win two tickets to the genre-defying bluegrass masters STEEP CANYON RANGERS at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville on Saturday, Jan. 27th. We’ll also be giving away a signed test-pressing of their new album “Out In The Open,” which will be released on January 26th. The drawing will be on January 24th!

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Horizon fave BELLE ADAIR releases a dream-rock gem called TUSCUMBIA, in-stock now from SINGLE LOCK RECORDS, straight outta Alabama!

Horizon fave BELLE ADAIR releases a dream-rock gem called TUSCUMBIA, in-stock now from SINGLE LOCK RECORDS, straight outta Alabama!

Combining mellow, atmospheric rock and swirling, retro power-pop, it’s more Big Star than Swampers, but it’s an ideal gateway into the blissed-out world of Belle Adair, a group that manages to make even worry and isolation sound inviting. Recorded at Muscle Shoals’ legendary FAME Studios with Wilco producer/engineer Tom Schick, Tuscumbia calls to mind everything from The Byrds to Teenage Fanclub as frontman Matthew Green’s meditative lyrics navigate a slew of major life changes, contemplate the meaning of home, and grapple with the realities of life on the road.

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NEW RELEASES, 1/19: BELLE ADAIR, JOHNNY GANDELSMAN, JACK WHITE, RON GALLO, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, GLEN HANSARD, BOBO STENSON & more!

NEW RELEASES, 1/19: BELLE ADAIR, JOHNNY GANDELSMAN, JACK WHITE, RON GALLO, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, GLEN HANSARD, BOBO STENSON & more!

After 10 years producing and recording albums for Brooklyn Rider and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, Johnny Gandelsman releases a debut solo album. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo are a magnificent repertoire for Gandelsman’s interpretations, which draw on his experiences with Silkroad, Brooklyn Rider, dance and non-classical musicians to add rich layers to Bach’s music. It’s an epic feat to attempt, but Gandelsman has created a mesmerizing, memorable marathon here, brimming with genial freshness and unaffected sincerity.

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THE WOOD BROTHERS return to grace us with “One Drop Of Truth” in a time when we’re desperately thirsty for it. Out Feb. 2nd on CD and vinyl LP!

THE WOOD BROTHERS return to grace us with “One Drop Of Truth” in a time when we’re desperately thirsty for it. Out Feb. 2nd on CD and vinyl LP!

This just in: The Wood Brothers new tour will bring them to North Carolina in April, with shows at the Songsmith Gathering in Brevard and Tuck Fest in Charlotte! The cover of The Wood Brothers’ 2015 album Paradise showed a donkey with a helmet-mounted carrot dangling over its head—the thing we all want but can never quite reach. The cover of the Americana trio’s new album, One Drop of Truth, shows a woman sinking into water, leaving her breath in bubbles as she falls.

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NEW RELEASES, 1/12: TINSLEY ELLIS, ANDERSON EAST, BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, JOE SATRIANI and some sweet live BIG STAR from the archives!

NEW RELEASES, 1/12: TINSLEY ELLIS, ANDERSON EAST, BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, JOE SATRIANI and some sweet live BIG STAR from the archives!

Winning Hand, the new album from Tinsley Ellis on Alligator Records, is the veteran bluesman at his finest as a songwriter and guitarist. The epic six-minute slow blues “Gamblin’ Man” is alone worth the price, but the album is packed with hard-hitting, groove-driven electric blues. In the very first track an unexpected key change introduces a wailing guitar solo that brings Jimi Hendrix to mind, and throughout the album Ellis’s titanic, elemental solos cut like a leopard’s fangs.

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JB “the Indicator” aka John Byce picks the best of 2017’s hefty crop of new releases. Here’s how it works: John chooses 20 of his favorites, he rates’em, we stock em, you’ll like em!

JB “the Indicator” aka John Byce picks the best of 2017’s hefty crop of new releases. Here’s how it works: John chooses 20 of his favorites, he rates’em, we stock em, you’ll like em!

JB knows. As an avid music collector, a bodacious drummer, a true connoisseur of sonic wonderment trends in modern rock and related music each year The Indicator offers us his distillation of the year’s expansive releases dialed down to 20 must-haves. This is a veritable check list for 12 months of great tunes from High-Fidelity land, including stuff by KENDRICK LAMAR, DESTROYER, RUN THE JEWELS, TY SEGALL & more! They are all in stock, most of them on CD and LP. What could be better? Here’s the 2017 round up. Enjoy!

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The exciting and adventurous BROOKLYN RIDER have created another masterful collaboration with PHILIP GLASS, releasing his “String Quartets Nos. 6 & 7” on Orange Mountain Music.

The exciting and adventurous BROOKLYN RIDER have created another masterful collaboration with PHILIP GLASS, releasing his “String Quartets Nos. 6 & 7” on Orange Mountain Music.

It’s often said that the distilled essence of composers can be heard in their string quartets. And so it is with Glass, whose quartets here show a craftsman of considerable invention. String Quartet No. 6 begins as a bustling burst of dense energy, its second movement beautifully meandering, rich, and complex. The single-movement String Quartet No. 7 is almost Beethovenian in its restless questioning. Arranged for string quartet (with two violas), the Saxophone Quartet is warmly scored and yet shows Glass at his most forensic, with each bar stunningly sculpted.

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Our main in-store sound guru, Mr. STEVE MCGOWAN, lists his top five fave releases of 2017 (with a bonus pick) and breaks down the best live shows, too!

Our main in-store sound guru, Mr. STEVE MCGOWAN, lists his top five fave releases of 2017 (with a bonus pick) and breaks down the best live shows, too!

If you’ve ever been to an in-store show at Horizon Records, the odds are the man behind the board conjuring up that sweet live sound mix is our buddy, 70’s-style garage rocker and renowned local recording engineer Steve McGowan. In addition to making everything from solo acoustic shows to full-band blasts sound great, McGowan is a music aficionado of the highest order

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NEW RELEASES, 12/8: SUFJAN STEVENS, SHOVELS & ROPE, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, JIM JAMES, CHRIS THILE, a reissue of THOM YORKE’s debut solo album on vinyl and more!

NEW RELEASES, 12/8: SUFJAN STEVENS, SHOVELS & ROPE, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, JIM JAMES, CHRIS THILE, a reissue of THOM YORKE’s debut solo album on vinyl and more!

A timeless yet specific reflection on empathy and loss, Sufjan Stevens’ 2015 album Carrie & Lowell stripped away many of the singer’s flourishes to reveal something barren and reverent, compassionate and utterly human. Writing in the wake of his mother’s death, Stevens used Carrie & Lowell to grapple with their fraught and often absent relationship, only to locate pathways to empathy and forgiving kindness.

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NEW RELEASES, 12/1: CHRIS STAPLETON, U2, VAN MORRISON, THE ROLLING STONES, NEIL YOUNG & PROMISE OF THE REAL, MINUS 5, and some killer reissues from TOM WAITS, WILCO and RUSH!

NEW RELEASES, 12/1: CHRIS STAPLETON, U2, VAN MORRISON, THE ROLLING STONES, NEIL YOUNG & PROMISE OF THE REAL, MINUS 5, and some killer reissues from TOM WAITS, WILCO and RUSH!

Few would have predicted Chris Stapleton’s dominance earlier this decade, but he’s commanded the spotlight for long enough now — through show-stealing televised performances, major awards show wins and enviable album sales —to bring what it is about him that people are responding to into focus. The 39-year-old Kentucky native relies on Dave Cobb, Nashville’s leading studio naturalist, to capture the leathery twang and blues-basted analog brawn of his power trio, in which it falls upon Stapleton to supply both sinewy rhythm guitar and snarling lead licks

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