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“I wanted to make a record that could make you feel less alone, like someone else has been there before you,” Stamey explains. “I was thinking about records like The Ballad of Todd Rundgren and Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter and Robert Wyatt’s “At Last I Am Free” and Richard Thompson’s “Small Town Romance.” Those are all records that were a source of comfort to me at various points in my life.” –Chris Stamey

Download ‘Astronomy’ from “Lovesick Blues”

“Lovesick Blues” is Chris Stamey’s first full-length release since “A Question of Temperature,” his 2005 collaboration with Yo La Tengo, and follows on the heels of “Falling Off the Sky,” the long-awaited reunion album of The dB’s, as well as Stamey’s involvement as musical director and orchestrator for a series of all-star concert performances of Big Star’s classic Third album in New York, London, Austin and Carrboro, NC.

It was recorded at Modern Recording in Chapel Hill that Stamey has operated for the past two decades, with his fellow North Carolina musician/producer Jeff Crawford (Roman Candle, Max Indian, Old Ceremony). And… the album includes ‘You n Me n XTC,’ Stamey invited Andy Partridge to make a vocal cameo, ‘Occasional Shivers,’ the song previously appeared on a Christmas single in 1986, and the seven-minute “Lovesick Blues,” dedicated to the late North Carolina guitar great Sam Moss.

Due out on February 5th, 2013 release via Yep Rock.

Brett Harris – I Found Out   (via Paste Magazine)

‘I Found Out’ is taken from the first full length “Man of Few Words” of Durham, NC-based singer-songwriter Brett Harris. The album was produced by Jeff Crawford (artist/producer in Chapel Hill who has been a member of local bands such as Roman Candle, SpencerAcuff, and Max Indian) and Brett Harris, with additional production by Chris Stamey (The dB’s), recorded at Jeff Crawford’s home studio Arbor Ridge Studios, mixed by Jeff Crawford and Chris Stamey at Arbor Ridge Studios and Modern Recording. “Man of Few Words” combines Harry Nilsson, The Beatles, Brill Building Pop and Chris Stamey influenced Pop. Available via CD Baby and Brett’s Bandcamp site or iTunes.