ATO Records


One of HearYa’s favorite labels, ATO Records, has picked up two phenomenal acts in the last two weeks. First up is Kopecky Famil Band out of Nashville, TN. Their full-length debut, Kids Raising Kids, was on HearYa’s top 50 of 2012. ATO will be re-releasing Kids Raising Kids on 4/2/13. HearYa will be releasing their HearYa session in the coming weeks.

Next up is J. Roddy Walston and The Business. The boys from Baltimore will be releasing their 3rd album and ATO debut this summer. Subsequently I will be drinking too much beer at a live show this summer, most likely high-fiving friend of HearYa, El Jefe. I had a heard some of the new stuff last SXSW and it was damn good. In the meantime, you can dig into our HearYa session for a taste of what you’re going to get.

So congrats to ATO, J. Roddy Walston and The Business and Kopecky Family Band. Much like my sorties to Kebablicious, this was money well spent.


Lindsay Fuller, Live Session #104

by oz on July 2, 2012

Words I use to describe Lindsay Fuller’s debut album You, Anniversary: Aching. Heartbreaking. Devastating. Haunting. Beautiful.

The album is paradoxical with dark subject matter enveloped in a sound that is warm and inviting, like Gillian Welch singing passages from Edgar Allen Poe. If you’re unfamiliar with Lindsay Fuller, I’d urge you not to listen until you’re free from distractions and ready to pay careful attention to her lyrics. Like other great songwriters, her verses could be set into pages of a book and stand on their own as poetry. “Everything I Ever Had” is the lead track on the album:

Lost my mind when I met you.
Spent a night just feeling sick.
Wrapped in a blanket on the floor wishing I’d die.
Die before I gave you everything I ever had.
You’d no idea the spell you spoke.
When you would greet me every morn.
I’d chew my lips to bloody pulp so lost for words.
The kind of words that make one like you come back for more.
All bets were off when I met you
My junkie heart was shot right through
Cupid bought a shotgun
If I step off this stage I’ll hang
If I stay on it I will burn
Some folks can’t help but build a bomb or leave a wake
A wake of all the poison you’ve been pumping through my veins.
I’m gonna love you ’til I die.
Which might be sooner than you think
I’ll follow you to somewhere steep and be so sure
That the wings you’ve given me are strong enough for me to fly
All bets were off when I met you
My junkie heart was shot right through
Cupid bought a shotgun.

Lindsay’s sound is distinctive, pulling from her Alabama bible-belt upbringing, but confronting themes like religion and death with refreshing candor. Her vocals are natural in a way that may take you back at first, but  they weave in perfectly with her lyrics and music. Her voice feels fragile, but there’s a quiet intensity burning underneath, revealing itself in powerful moments like the 3:40 mark in “Sound of Regret” (found below).

I saw an interview with Katy Perry on Good Morning America over breakfast today. I thought to myself how Lindsay Fuller is the anti-Katy Perry. How her words are far more interesting than anything mainstream America craves on radio and television. I thought about how sad that is and how much more interesting society (and my breakfast) would be if Robin Roberts sat down with Lindsay Fuller. At least we’d benefit from something honest, originating from a place of authenticity. But I suppose that’s why we’re here, you and me. Guys like us that do this for no other reason than to evangelize music and readers like you that share the same passion for something authentic.

Most people shy away discussing the topics that Lindsay tackles in earnest, but this session has hit me at an appropriate time. Just last week I sat with my uncle on his deathbed for two hours and there wasn’t a word of small talk. This is a brilliant man who seemed fine eight weeks ago, but was just recently diagnosed with cancer in his brain and then throughout his body. We talked about religion, spirituality, family, lost love, regret, fleeting hope, acceptance, the indignity of these final days, and the journey from this place. Conversations I wish I’d had with him years ago, but now this same dialogue is ongoing in my family. It’s dialogue rarely had between humans, but found on the surface in Lindsay’s music.

Although not appropriate at the next cocktail party, these are topics that should be a part of our lives so that the inevitable makes more sense – so that we keep life in better perspective and suck more enjoyment out of the now.  Lindsay Fuller is paradoxical because, if you’re paying attention, these dark themes are not depressing. In fact, at least for me, her words have an opposite effect. The songs are uplifting. Shit, artists like Lindsay Fuller may just be one of the secrets to enlightenment.

You’ll find the songs below on her debut album, but make sure to check out You, Anniversary in its totality. Jeff Fielder accompanies Lindsay on guitar. I’d comment on Shirk’s incredible audio production and filming at the hands of Yuriy Chernin, but you’ll taste that when you play the tracks.

Lindsay Fuller Session Introduction

Exclusive: Lindsay Fuller – Sound of Regret

Exclusive: Lindsay Fuller – Everything I Ever Had

Exclusive: Lindsay Fuller – Martin Lake

Exclusive: Lindsay Fuller – One More Song

Download the Lindsay Fuller live session as a zip file.

Lindsay Fuller – Everything I Ever Had from on Vimeo.

Linday Fuller – Sound of Regret from on Vimeo.



San Francisco’s Two Gallants have been quiet for the past five years, but the silence has been broken with an announcement that they’ve signed with ATO Records and will be releasing a new album on September 4th.

The Bloom and The Blight was produced by John Congleton (The Walkmen, Explosions In The Sky, St. Vincent) and, despite the folky track offered as a free download below, the album claims have less folk and blues influence like past efforts and more explosive sounds steeped in punk and grunge.

The folk and blues on “Broken Eyes” is treating me just fine. You can hit play to hear it or enter your email to get the download.

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Drive-By Truckers just offered up the first single from their upcoming album, Go-Go Boots, in exchange for your email address. The album will be released on February 15th via ATO Records.

Video: Drive-By Truckers – Used To Be A Cop

Drive-By Truckers “Used To Be A Cop” from Jason Thrasher on Vimeo.

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Drive By Truckers to release Go-Go Boots, New Album + Documentary

November 9, 2010

Drive-By Truckers will release their 11th album, Go-Go Boots, on February 15, 2011 via ATO Records. Patterson Hood describes the album: We recorded nearly 40 songs last year and into this year and fairly early on divided it into two separate albums. The Big To-Do, released first, was the more straight forward “Rock” album. Go-Go […]

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Drive-By Truckers give up This Fucking Job from The Big To Do [new mp3, SxSW 2010]

January 27, 2010

Drive-By Truckers will be releasing The Big To Do on March 16th via the fabulous ATO Records. They’ll be touring in support of the album with a stop in Austin at SxSW 2010. The band and label were generous to release the first single as a free download with an explicit song title. Drive-By Truckers […]

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The Whigs announce new album, release new song [new mp3]

October 21, 2009

Athens, GA rockers The Whigs are headlining a tour, releasing a new album via ATO Records and giving fans a taste by giving away the title track. No word on a release date for In The Dark, but we’ll keep you posted. The Whigs – In The Dark Tour dates: October 28 -‚  Middle East […]

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Alberta Cross covers John Lennon, Steel and Glass [new mp3]

September 9, 2009

HearYa favs and live session alumni, Alberta Cross, just released a cover of John Lennon’s “Steel and Glass.” Their debut full length album, Broken Side Of Time, is coming out on September 22nd. Stay tuned for our review in the coming days and check out our Alberta Cross live session if you haven’t already. Alberta […]

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Get White Rabbits Album for $1.99 Today Only!

August 27, 2009

That’s one great album for less than a two dollar bill. Click here to purchase from our friends at Amazon. If you are really that stingy, here’s a free mp3: White Rabbits – Percussion Gun Video: White Rabbits – Percussion Gun (Live on Letterman) Tweet

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Alberta Cross releases first single from Broken Side of Time [new mp3]

July 17, 2009

The debut album from Alberta Cross, Broken Side of Time, is scheduled for release on September 22nd via ATO records. The first single is “Leave Us And Forgive Us” and it’s available as a free download on their site (in exchange for an email address). Here’s the HearYa Live Session version of the song: Alberta […]

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