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September 21, 2012 – With the upcoming release of their new album, Pilgrims & Prodigals, on the horizon, the Annie Moses Band wrapped filming on the new music video for their first single, “Blush”. Directed by award winning filmmaker, David Kiern, the music video for “Blush” is set inside the glamorous Rippavilla Plantation, a historic mansion infamous for its ghosts. “We shot the music video from sunset to pre-dawn,” says Annie, the Band’s lead singer. “It was a little spooky, but also magical. The mansion at night is a beautiful place to capture on film.” The historic setting provided the perfect backdrop for the radio single which marries a nostalgic message to a modern edge.
The song “Blush” was inspired by a quote. “I read this phrase ‘they’ve forgotten how to blush’, and the poetry of it hit me,” said Ben, the Band’s cellist. “I thought, “Wow. Doesn’t that describe the magazine racks in the checkout line?” After he shared the idea with the rest of the group, the Band’s lyricist, Robin, with the help of her husband, Bill, crafted a song that married nostalgic images to a modern aesthetic. “Blush questions our culture’s cynicism and speaks a timeless truth with powerful relevance,” says Annie. “It’s a song that yearns for a return to the beauty and dignity of innocence.”
On September 25th, Annie Moses Band will release a new concept album a decade in the making: Pilgrims & Prodigals, a two-disc CD/DVD package that explores the timeless theme of roaming and redemption. With breathtaking instrumental virtuosity and shimmering layered vocals, Pilgrims & Prodigals features 13 diverse tracks that blend the captivating styles of classical, jazz, folk and even a frisson of Celtic thrown in for good measure. Eight songs on the album were written or co-written by members of the group. Five other tunes receive inventive re-imaginings that bring fresh new seasonings to familiar standards like “Poor Wayfaring Pilgrim” and “Girl of Constant Sorrow.”
“Pilgrims & Prodigals is based on the idea that everyone in the world is going somewhere,” observes Alex Wolaver, who for the first time shares lead vocalist duties with his sister Annie. “We’re all on a personal journey. We are all either someone who’s finding our way back home or we’re someone who’s running away from home. Every song on this album tells one of those two stories.”
Recorded in the heart of Music City, Nashville, TN., Alex teamed up with award-winning producer Michael Omartian (Christopher Cross, Michael Bolton, Amy Grant,) to produce the new project that was originally imagined nearly a decade ago. Pilgrims & Prodigals will be marketed and distributed in partnership with Dream Journey, the television production company behind the many highly-popular Public Television Specials. The album is being packaged as a double-disc set, containing the CD plus a companion DVD showcasing the Annie Moses Band performing the entire album in concert.
“Video is very important to us, because what we do as the Annie Moses Band is very visual,” explains Annie. “By including the live concert DVD with the album, people can see us performing and playing each song on the album.” The band will be seen on PBS stations around the U.S. starting in October for their brand new Pilgrims & Prodigals Public Television concert that will air throughout the fall. The two disc set will be available in stores nationwide.
Launching September 14 in Corbin, KY, the Annie Moses Band will be touring their new album, Pilgrims & Prodigals, visiting 20 cities across the United States through November 25 in support of the highly anticipated new release on September 25, 2012.
The Pilgrims & Prodigals Tour will visit major markets including Dallas, St. Louis, Miami and Nashville (see complete list of tour dates below). In conjunction with the tour and album, the Annie Moses Band will be performing songs featured on their upcoming Public Television Special of the same name. The special programming airs on PBS stations across the country beginning in October with continual airdates throughout the season.
Annie Moses Band’s 12th studio project to date, Pilgrims & Prodigals is the first non-seasonal release from the prestigious group. On their new collection the family act developed 13 diverse tracks blending the captivating styles of classical, jazz, folk and even a frisson of Celtic thrown in for good measure. Pilgrims & Prodigals will be marketed and distributed in partnership with Dream Journey, the television production company behind the many highly-popular Public Television Specials. The album is being packaged as a double-disc set, containing the CD plus a companion DVD showcasing the bands live performances.
For more information on tour dates, check out the Band’s itinerary.
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