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Another single from Robert! This time in Australia. Debuting at #29 on the chart. "Is That All There Is?" by Kaylens Rain
Well we told you we'd keep you updated. Check out the new album from Every Avenue. And go to iTunes and download Robert's co-write with the band "I Can't Not Love You". It's awesome. Nice work guys, and good luck with the album!
REO headed north to New England for the month for a visit to Cape Cod, Nantucket, Maine and New Hampshire. He's been writing with a lot of great rock bands lately, like Every Avenue, Amely, A Rocket To The Moon, and Before You Exit. Check them out and we'll keep you updated on cuts as they come! Here's a picture of Petie Pizarro (REO's co-writer, along with Ben Jones) and his band Amely.
Robert has been in the studio working on three projects, all of which are nearing completion. There's the debut album from the little bear (and an EP that's out now on Plastic 350 Records!), the second album from Art Circus (this time featuring Halle Jane), and the new album from REO's band Monkey Bowl. It's called Space. Here's the EP and a link to Plastic 350 Records!
This being REO's birthday, we thought this might be an appropriate post. Or maybe it should wait until Fathers Day. Oh well, we can't wait. Ultra-hip music/fashion/pop-culture magazine VICE declares Robert "the best band Dad in the world" in this article in the new issue. And it's even in the Russian version, and how do we know that? Because sons Jake and Jamin just got back from a packed house crazy gig in Moscow and brought back the Russian edition. It's all written in Russian! These are the too-cute pics that accompany the story.
"Look It Up" goes top twenty on the charts! And that's not even the BIG NEWS: "JEFF the Brotherhood and Infinity Cat Ink Deal With Warner Bros." That's the big news. The Nashville Scene today announced what we've known here for months but couldn't say. "Yesterday, JEFF singer-guitarist Jake Orrall and Infinity Cat co-founder Robert Ellis Orrall confirmed with the Scene that the local punk torch-bearers have — in conjunction with their literal and figurative parent label — signed a deal with Warner Music Group. The agreement will give the band global distribution through the conglomerate’s Alternative Distribution Alliance (aka the ADA) and Infinity Cat a place among WMG’s Independent Label Group." Yep. Pretty awesome.
Back in the studio: This time, Robert has been putting the finishing touches on mixing the nest album from JEFF The Brotherhood, "We Are The Champions". We've been listening in and it sounds amazing. Classic rock for 2011. Also, he's been mixing tracks for the little bear, and recording songs for the next Monkey Bowl album. More on all this music later. In other news, the Ashton Shepherd single continues it's climb up the chart! It's all good!
Robert is a huge fan of his cousin Frank Orrall and all the creative things he does. His band, Poi Dog Pondering, is a musical treasure. You can get lost on their website for days. When he's not recording or painting or DJing or touring with Theivery Corporation, he will actually come to your house, cook dinner for you and your friends, and play your favorite PdP songs. Recently, Chicago TV program Fear Not Art did a story on him- watch the video HERE, it's a great way to get to know the world of Frank Orrall. And if you live in the Chicago area, be sure and experience the wonder of Poi Dog Pondering at the Vic Theater on February 4th and 5th.
Ashton Shepherd's new single "Look It Up", storms onto the chart as the Hot Shot Debut in the first week of the new year! Looks like another hit for Robert Ellis Orrall. This one written with one of his fave writers, Angaleena Presley. Robert and Angaleena will surely perform the song when they team up at Nashville's Listening Room Cafe (209 10th Ave S.) on January 19th.
We asked Robert what he thought of the single: "I've had a lot of cuts over the years. But this is one of the besr performances, best recordings, and best productions of one my songs I've ever had. When Buddy (Cannon, the producer) first played it for me I teared up. This is what it's all about. This girl is the real deal".
.The song will be available for purchase digitally on Tuesday, January 4. Ashton has a few things to say about it, too: “’Look It Up’ is a song about somebody who is officially done with something to the point that they are really over it. It’s almost like they aren’t that mad anymore, just ready to be through with it, just done. ‘Done’ is a good word. People are having so much fun with it. They are embracing the thought of somebody being in that place in their life that the song is describing, which I think is wonderful. Everybody’s reactions have been very positive, and they’re laughing and clapping their hands and just tickled over it. I’m just left smiling after singing it because people are grabbing a hold of it. This song is a real-people song. People go through it every day and people want to be over it. Even the people that aren’t over it and are still clinging to something, this is the song they need to hear to lighten their minds. I am looking at this record and going, ‘Wow! Look at the awesome songwriters on here —Bobby Pinson, Troy Jones, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Robert Ellis Orrall.' It’s a dream come true for me. It’s like watching a different kind of child grow. You’re watching it grow and you don’t know exactly what it’s going to do, but you have these great feelings about it and you can see it starting to move. It feels really positive.”
Robert co-wrote the new "comeback/farewell" single from country legends The Judds. They've been all over the tube promoting it, from Oprah to the Today Show. Also look for it to be the new theme song for their upcoming reality TV show on the Oprah Network. They did a video in honor of St. Jude Children Research Hospital. St. Jude internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with pediatric cancer, and all the proceeds from the Judds recording will go to St. Jude.
Last night Robert picked up his 11th ASCAP Award, this time as the Publisher of Love and Theft's hit song "Runaway". Co-written by Stephen Barker Liles (best-dressed attendee), Canaan Smith (coolest attendee), and Rob Blackledge, the song graced Billboard's Top Ten for three weeks. Highlight of the show: Steve Earle's performance honoring Alan Jackson.
Wo! What is this gem of an LP doing here? Well this is the debut album from Heavy Cream, and it's called "Danny". Robert mixed it and it is just plain awesome. You can get it at Infinity Cat right HERE. Says My Old Kentucky Blog: "If Those Darlins are the kinda Tennessee gals that tipped cows, went road-trippin', drank moonshine, and listened to Waylon Jennings and Jason and the Scorchers, then Heavy Cream are their garage-rock sisters that smoked cigarettes in the bathroom, made out under the bleachers, and listened to The Stooges and Jay Reatard. Nashville's Heavy Cream explode with fast, short, exuberant bursts of garage rock." If you loved REO's crazy shows circa 1981, you will fall in love with Heavy Cream!
BULLETIN: If you missed the Science Fair, you missed a crowded gallery enjoying wine, cheese, s'mores and buckets of Tater Tots. But you are still in luck, art lovers! Estel Gallery has decided to keep the show running another month, with a Closing Party on Monday, September 27. See you there!
If you are in Nashville TN on Aug 7, you won't want to miss the grand opening party for Robert's new art show, "Science Fair". Consider this your invitation!
never completing a Science Fair project in school, R. Ellis Orrall is
making up now with a whole bunch of them.
What's new? Well Robert just scored a Top Ten Hit with "Wrong Baby Wrong" (Martina McBride), and a Top twenty with "Dancing In Circles" (Love and Theft). And he just played two sold out shows at Joes Pub in NYC with James Otto, Bob DiPiero, and Chris Wallin as part of the CMA Songwriters Series. Thanks to all who came by to say hello. From NY he headed to Boston, MA to see his band Love and Theft play with Lady A and Tim McGraw on Tim's "Southern Voice" tour. Robert and the band headed to Fenway Park the next day to catch a Red Sox game. While in Boston, he wrote with superstar-to-be Casey Desmond. More on her in an upcoming post!
Apparently, Robert made quite a splash out there in L.A., because his double album "Mistakes/Gravity" is selling like crazy at CD Baby! Just click on the album cover below and it will take you to where you can get it for yourself. And for those of you who are new to this site, you may not know that REO has recorded two amazing pop albums under the band name Monkey Bowl. Click on those covers to buy them!
Robert returns tomorrow from Los Angeles where he performed the closing show at the ASCAP expo. He got to mix it up in the green room with Bill Withers and Justin Timberlake, who appeared on the same stage prior to Robert's performance. Joining Robert to sing their hits were Steve Diamond ("I Can Love You Like That", "Let Me Let Go") and Billy Steinberg ("Like A Virgin", "True Colors"). He sent us this email right before the show:
Hi everyone. Just did soundcheck. There will be 2000 people in these seats when I go on at 5:30. I'm following Justin Timberlake. Yup, that Justin Timberlake. Wish me luck! --love from Hollywood!
Check out the video for Robert's newest hit single, "Wrong Baby Wrong" from Martina McBride!
OK, so Heavy Days made it's debut on the CMJ Radio Chart and landed at #34 on the Top 200! And Love and Theft's "Dancing In Circles" is zipping up the chart. And Robert wrote the new Martina McBride single, which comes out on February 1st. It's called "Wrong Baby Wrong" and it sounds like a hit! All good. And thank you Jerry Antonelli for sending us these ancient backstage passes!
Remember that "Heavy Days" album that Robert mixed? Released in October on vinyl only, it comes out today on CD, with a bonus track, "Pleasure Centre". It was one of the most highly reviewed albums of 2009 and earned the band the cover of "The Year In Music" issue of the Nashville Scene. And yes, JEFF The Brotherhood's two members are Robert's sons, Jake and Jamin. Visit their tour blog HERE. And buy the CD right HERE.
Robert's long awaited pop gem "Gravity" has been released in a limited edition, hand-painted CD. packaged with a free copy of his (in my opinion) masterpiece "Mistakes", available together for the first time. More on this later, but you can find it at www.cdbaby.com. Just search "Robert Ellis Orrall"!
Love And Theft's Brian Bandas, Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles gathered on 5th Avenue in downtown Nashville in late November to shoot the music video for their latest single, Dancing in Circles, co-written by Robert.
Robert Ellis Orrall mixed the new album "Heavy Days" from JEFF The Brotherhood, which debuted on the vinyl chart at #1! Here's the amazing video for "U Got The Look"!
Love And Theft's debut album, "World Wide Open," bowed at number 10 on Nielsen Soundscan's Country Top 75 chart. Co-produced by Robert Ellis Orrall and Jeff Coplan, Love And Theft was the top-selling newly released artist album this week and had the third highest charting first week sales numbers for a new country artist this year.
Love and Theft continue to shoot up the charts with their debut single "Runaway", from their upcoming album "World Wide Open", produced by Robert with Jeff Coplan. Robert co-wrote 4 songs on the album, which drops August 25th. We're biased, but trust us, it's a fantastic album. Here's the hit video:
Robert has the number one song in Australia for seven straight weeks! Co-written with Angaleena Presley and recorded by Jasmine Rae on ABC/Universal Records. Here's the vid:
Robert has just finished mixing "Heavy Days", the 5th album from JEFF The Brotherhood. The album has a fall 09 release date. It's fantastic! JEFF The Brotherhood's mySpace is HERE. They are touring extensively, so check them out.
And Love and Theft's "Runaway" jumps from 43 to 38 on the Country chart. Congratulations to LnT on their first Top 40 hit.
Okay, this is pretty
cool. People Magazine reviewed both albums and singled out Robert's
songs as the BEST SONG on EACH ALBUM! Check it out... "McBride smoothly
goes from the upbeat (“Ride,” the driving first single) to the bittersweet
(“I’m Trying,” the best of the ballads). She even includes a timely nod
to the recession (“Don’t Cost A Dime”). But she shines brightest on
the breakup anthem “Wrong Baby, Wrong Baby, Wrong.”
Check out Robert's songs on these brand new releases! "Crazier", by Taylor Swift on the Hannah Montana soundtrack, and "Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong", the lead-off track on Martina McBride's new album. Click on the album covers to buy these new CD's at Amazon.com, or buy the tracks at iTunes.
nothing better on the radio than Love and Theft! Follow their radio
tour right HERE
Robert says thanks to all who came out for the opening, emailed during the last month, and bought paintings! The show hung for the month at The Belcourt and so many of you went to see a movie and were surprised to see that Robert paints these crazy paintings. Check out more at www.orrall.com
The Gallery at
the Belcourt Theater presents: "Shark Club and Other Disasters" New paintings
by R. Ellis Orrall
Happy New Year! Robert is currently mixing Wizardz debut album for Infinity Cat, working on the third Monkey Bowl album, finishing new paintings for his upcoming art show at The Belcourt Theater in Nashville, TN, and writing with artists for their upcoming projects.
Soon we'll have an on-site store where you can buy collectible REO vinyl. We've put together a nice collection of those early 7" singles like "I Couldn't Say No", "Call The Uh-Oh Squad" and "Actually". Some U.S., some U.K., some promos, some with picture sleeves, some of everything! And a few copies of his first three RCA albums. And more. It's gonna take us a while to get it all together, but we're on it.
We've had several emails asking what Robert is producing now. Well, he's finishing up the debut album for Love and Theft. Production started in April, and now the record is being mixed. First single will drop in February on Carolwood/Lyric Street. In the meantime, check out Love and Theft (Eric Gunderson, Baian Bandas and Stephen Barker Liles) on their MySpace page HERE. Coincidentally, Taylor Swift wrote a song about Stephen on her wonderful new album "Fearless". Check out the People Magazine story titled "Guy Behind Taylor Swift Love Song Revealed" right HERE.
As a Producer, Robert Ellis Orrall recently enjoyed having albums at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the Billboard Country Album Chart! Robert produced three tracks on Taylor Swift's Walmart exclusive CD/DVD, Beautiful Eyes, which debuted at Number One, followed by Swift's deluxe edition of her triple platinum debut, on which he produced and co-wrote three tracks.
Okay, it's time we started putting up Robert's videos even if it makes him cringe. We'll get all of them up on the VIDS page eventually. But let's start with "Tell Me If It Hurts" from 1982.
The Book of Lies has been #2 on The New York Times bestseller list for two weeks in a row. Here's hoping it gets to number one! Meanwhile, thousands of you are downloading the Robert Ellis Orrall song "The Book Of Lies" from the SonyBMG/Victor soundtrack to the book at iTunes Thanks to all of you. If you want to hear the whole song before you buy it, MTV has posted it on their website, Splash Page MTV. Click HERE
OK, we're getting started on the picture page! This one from 1981 at The Ritz, New York City. The core lineup of Robert, Kook Lawry, Don Walden and David Stefanelli.
Some people claim that Robert Ellis Orrall and Bob Something from the alt-pop band Monkey Bowl are the same person! That's ridiculous. Bob Something wears glasses.
Anyway, Michael Moore's new feature film "Slacker Uprising" was released this week, and it features Monkey Bowl's Bob Something performing the song "Al Gore" and then introducing Steve Earle at the Sommet Center. The two were opening musical acts for Michael Moore as he traveled the U.S. in an effort to get out the vote. Click HERE to download the feature film for free! Click HERE to buy Monkey Bowl's albums "Plastic 350" and "Ultimate". Both of them feature a different version of "Al Gore"!
The Book of Lies SOUNDTRACK available NOW at iTunes!
Robert Ellis Orrall on MTV! MTV has posted the brand new Robert Ellis Orrall track "The Book Of Lies" on Splash Page MTV. Click HERE to check out a preview of the song, which is the title track of the "Book Of Lies" soundtrack.
Says MTV, "With a combo of popular and classical music, the companion CD to the “Book of Lies” is due out August 26 (available on iTunes and Amazon), a few days in advance of the book itself, which is due out September 2. Only one song is a new recording – the title track “Book of Lies” by singer-songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall, which you can hear exclusively here on Splash Page. “There’s nothing, just nothing like sitting in a room and hearing someone sing the title track to your own book,” Meltzer said. “That’s neater than Play-Doh.”
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