Ike Reilly Assassination

Ike Reilly Assassination

Libertyville, IL native Ike Reilly is one of America's best contemporary songwriters. The former
gravedigger and hotel doorman made his major label debut in 2001 with the Universal release of
the stunning Salesmen and Racists. He has recently completed his seventh studio recording,
Born On Fire, and his live performances both as a solo performer and as the leader of the
ferocious Ike Reilly Assassination have garnered him a cult following and high praise from
critics. David Carr of the New York Times said, "Ike Reilly is a kind of natural resource, mined
from the bedrock of music. All the values that make rock important to people—storytelling,
melody, rage, laughter—are part and parcel of every Ike Reilly show I have ever seen. One of the
best touring acts in the country, Reilly's band takes it as a personal challenge to upend and
amaze every room they play in."
Reilly's new album, Born On Fire (Rock Ridge Music/ Firebrand Records) captures a songwriter
at his best, and a band nimble enough to serve a diverse group of songs that required both
recklessness and finesse. The songs on Born On Fire traverse R&B, punk, blues, folk, and rock &
roll but are wholly original. Reilly uses humor to combat despair as his songs tell tales of love,
lust, struggle, drugs, drinking and the underdog. Born On Fire was mostly recorded at IV Lab
in Chicago, IL. Reilly's longtime friend and Assassination guitar player Phil Karnats (Secret
Machines, Polyphonic Spree) worked with Reilly and the band on production and the result is a
group of rock & roll songs that would be hard to put in a specific era. Reilly said his hope for the
record was that it sound like it could have been made "somewhere between the mid '60s and the
early 2050's."
Tom Morello founder of Firebrand Records said, "There's something in the water in my
hometown of Libertyville. Marlon Brando, Adam Jones of Tool, my humble self, and now Ike
Reilly. Ike is not just a great, authentic songwriter of the highest caliber but he's always ready to
throw down at a union rally... or a bar fight. Ike's songs are a poetic cracked window into the
lives of the heartland heroes trying to get by, find and keep love, and carve a place for
themselves with humor and dignity. But we love him most because at the drop of a hat he'll
travel 1,000 miles to play one song for a dying anti-war veteran. We are very proud to have
heartland hero, Ike Reilly, on Firebrand Records."
The Ike Reilly Assassination is made up of David Cottini, Phil Karnats, Pete Cimbalo, and Adam
Krier.

Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls

Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls look for hope and life affirmation in that heart of darkness throughout their second album, Packed for Exile, released independently on Still Small Recordings. Firmly entrenched in organically American music, the band mines elements of rock, country and folk coupled with rich storytelling and the poking and prodding of emotional contexts both personal and worldly.


Packed for Exile follows Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls' first release, The Vain Hope of Horse, which PASTE Magazine called "a wonderful debut: ragged, soulful and well-written." The compelling collection included guest appearances by Tom "The Nightwatchman" Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Wilco's Nels Cline on lap steel. The songs resonated with strains of working class rock'n'roll and rustic punk, leaving Dave Marsh, legendary rock journalist and author, to comment, "Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls speak to the heartache and joy in the world, with the wisdom not to try to separate them, and the skill to make all of it beautiful." The Greedy Souls include the core of Heath, Jason Federici (son of late E Street Band member Danny Federici) on accordion and organ, guitarist Aaron Gitnick, Will Mack on upright and electric bass, and Heath's lifetime compadre Abe Etz on drums, as well as distinctive touches from, pianist Chris Joyner and fiddle player Ysanne Spevack.

"The band may be from the West Coast, but Heath's lyrical themes play to the American heartland. The songs deal with emotional, romantic and spiritual struggles. However, this is not an album stuck in some neurotic depression. It is about day to day struggles seen universally throughout the lives of everyday people. At times,the album is also upbeat and hopeful, capturing the circadian rhythm of the ups and downs of life." - Chip Frazier, Twangville

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