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Los Angeles, CA: On January 22, Forty Below Records will release Forty Below Records & Friends, Volume 1, a 10-song collection that features tracks from blues legends John Mayall and Walter Trout, Americana veterans Tim Easton and Anne McCue, adventurous Taiwanese chart-topper Joanna Wang, emerging artists KaiL Baxley, Sam Morrow and Bonson Berner, and other friends and collaborators of Forty Below founder Eric Corne. The compilation will be available exclusively via NoiseTrade.

Eric recalls the genesis of the the label, "Forty Below Records was inspired by labels like Stax, Motown and Saddle Creek who had in-house bands. My original vision with the label was to provide a launching pad for new artists utilizing the incredible network of musicians and friends I've made in Los Angeles. Releasing more established artists like John Mayall seemed like a logical extension of this original vision. This sampler is a collection of songs from some of my favorite artists and productions."

On the production side, Corne is finishing full-lengths by KaiL Baxley, Sam Morrow and John Mayall, who tapped him to master some historic Bluesbreaker concerts from 1967 that feature Mayall, and Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. On the label front, 2015 will see sophomore releases by Forty Below artists, Bonson Berner, Baxley, and Morrow and also Eric, himself, whose very own critically-acclaimed 2008 debut album Kid Dynamite & the Common Man, had its song "Trampolines” featured on the HBO series True Blood (Season 4, Episode 38).
Forty Below Records & Friends, Volume I

“Don’t Matter To Me” is the lead off track to Baxley’s double EP, Heatstroke/The Wind and The War which was nominated for NPR 'Album of the Year' and featured on NPR’s World Cafe and All Songs Considered

"One of NPR's Top New Artists at South By Southwest" - Bob Boilen (All Songs Considered)

“One of our favorite new recent discoveries is Los Angeles based singer-songwriter KaiL Baxley. The album knocked my socks off. It’s simply enthralling... Seriously, I'm stuck on this one.” - Bruce Warren, WXPN

2. “Sure Thing” from Sam Morrow Ephemeral (Forty Below)

Co-written by Morrow and producer, Eric Corne, “Sure Thing” is an upbeat ode to heartbreak featuring Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan) on fiddle.

"Sam Morrow has crafted a sterling debut LP that offers ready comparisons to the inspiring melancholia of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, Steve Earle’s Train a Coming and Jason Isbell's more recent Southeastern." - No Depression

3. “Take A Little Time” from Walter Trout The Blues Came Callin’ (Provogue)

“Take A Little Time” is a Chuck Berry meets NRBQ flavored romp with inspired performances from Trout, pianist Sasha Smith (Jesca Hoop), bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Lucinda Williams) and drummer Michael Leasure (Edgar Winter). The album, co-produced with Eric Corne, was nominated by The Blues Foundation for 'Blues Rock Album Of The Year'.

“I’ve done many Chuck Berry’esque songs over my recording career,” says Walter, “but this one probably comes closest to having an authentic Chess Records feel. It’s inspired by the breakneck pace that everyone I know seems to be living their lives at these days. If you are unfulfilled and looking for love, you’re going to need to take a little time out from the rat race and take care of your own heart.”

“Walter Trout’s The Blues Came Callin’ is a fully rounded triumph in the face of adversity” - Classic Rock Magazine

4.  “Just A Memory” from John Mayall’s latest full length release, A Special Life (Forty Below)

Cut live in the studio in one take with Mayall’s touring band, this Mayall composition recalls some of his early Bluesbreakers classics. John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers were the launching pad for some of rock’s most iconic bands including Fleetwood Mac, Cream, and Mick Taylor era Rolling Stones. The blues icon is still thriving today with an internationally acclaimed new album and a 150 date world tour.

"I’d easily put this one among Mayall’s best efforts – and that includes Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, A Hard Road, and Blues From Laurel Canyon – so run, don’t walk, to your record store come release day for a copy of A Special Life!” - About .com

6.  “Running Days” from Bonson Berner Passport (Forty Below)

Bonson Berner is the brainchild of Argentine musician, photographer, painter and architect Lisandro “Pato” Aloi. Working with the production/mixing tandem of Guillermo Porro and Eric Corne, Bonson Berner is set to release their sophomore album, Reflection, on  February 24, 2015.

“Bonson Berner’s electro-charged rock bridges the gap between indie-rockers like The National and another well-known band with Argentine bloodlines, Diego Garcia’s Elefant. The first single “Running Days” is as urgent as it is concise.”  - Buzzbands LA

7.  “Adult Crap” from Joanna Wang The Adult Storybook (Sony)

Joanna Wang is an Asian American artist of incredible breadth and talent. Signed to Sony in Taiwan, where she reached #1 with her debut, Joanna has set off on an independent, adventurous and often experimental course. The path began with The Adult Storybook, disc two of her 2nd album. Recorded with Eric Corne and Joanna’s father, renowned Taiwanese producer Bing Wang, the music is credited to New Tokyo Terror, a moniker for the LA studio band who accompanied Joanna on the sessions. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (Beck, Jellyfish) contributes a keyboard solo worthy of a 1970’s prog-rock opus. He’s joined by Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan) on guitar, Paul Bushnell (Elton John) on bass, and Brian MacLeod (Sheryl Crow) on drums.

8.  “Bright Light Of Day” from Anne McCue Koala Motel (Messenger)

Heart’s Nancy Wilson makes a guest appearance on mandolin on this gorgeous Anne McCue track recorded by Eric Corne and produced and mixed by his mentor Dusty Wakeman at Wakeman’s famed Mad Dog Studios.

“Backed by an intuitive three-man ensemble that includes co-producer Dusty Wakeman (Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam), McCue performs as if newly liberated and determined to sidestep earlier critical comparisons to Williams and Bonnie Raitt. She's still best described as an (Australian-born) Americana artist whose fretwork marks her a student of the blues. But Koala Motel is so steeped in tuneful rock classicism that it has all the earmarks of a mainstream break-through.” - Stomp and Stammer

9.  “The Weight of Changing Everything” from Tim Easton Since 1966 Volume 1 (Dualtone)

Originally appearing on Tim Easton’s 2011 album, Since 1966 Volume 1, “The Weight of Changing Everything” was recorded live to analog tape at Elliott Smith’s New Monkey Studio with Eric Corne at the helm.

The stripped-bare, voice-and-acoustic guitar arrangements on (Since 1966 Volume 1) speak directly to Easton’s strengths: an affinity for early Dylan, a dusty campfire songwriting aesthetic, and adept rhythmic cross-picking. All over the album, Easton displays his gift for molding lyrics into the little top melodies he plays on guitar."  - American Songwriter

10.  “Boy Got It Bad” from KaiL Baxley Heatstroke/The Wind and The War (Forty Below)

Baxley channels his Southern gospel roots on this haunting a cappella performance from his debut, Heatstroke/The Wind and The War.

“Baxley’s music should please anyone who has fallen fleetingly for bands like The Black Keys. His focused approach to folk and blues outstrips those superstars in terms of melodic complexity and emotional impact. - Shuffle Magazine

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