Grammy winner Marc Cohn releases his newest album, Listening Booth: 1970, on July 20th amidst a series of performances on television and national radio shows with additional support from Starbucks, which is stocking the CD in its stores across the country. Starting with an appearance on Good Morning America on July 22nd, Marc will perform on syndicated radio shows Mountain Stage and Acoustic Café, as well as the nationally syndicated television shows Daytime, Better TV and the WGN MidDay News through August. Marc will also be profiled during Nightline’s Playlist segment next month. In addition to Starbucks, Listening Booth: 1970 will be available at all major retail outlets, iTunes and Amazon.com via Saguaro Road Records.
“I couldn’t imagine how Marc and John Leventhal were going to tie the songs together given the wide variety of artists”, commented Mike Jason, Saguaro Road Senior Vice President, Retail. “Thankfully they did—warm, intimate, and drenched in laid back soul.”
Listening Booth: 1970 was recorded in the spirit of Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time and Alison Krauss/Robert Plant’s Raising Sand, where brilliant songwriters took on songs created by others and meticulously deconstructed them until they re-emerged as if they always belonged to them. The result is warmly familiar yet entirely fresh, with Marc’s vocals strikingly bare and placed thoughtfully into austere arrangements. “I’m singing in a different place in my voice on this record” explains Cohn. “It was ultimately extremely liberating to just be the singer, not the songwriter, and to try to find the most interesting, unforced way to approach what we already knew were such beautifully written songs.” Marc collaborated with producer John Leventhal (Roseanne Cash, Shawn Colvin) throughout the recording process and invited in India.Irie, Aimee Mann, Jim Lauderdale and Kristina Train for additional vocals.
Listening Booth: 1970 also stands as a remarkable testament to the groundbreaking songwriting and vastly different musical styles that emerged that year. From Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown” to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Only Living Boy in New York,” “The Letter” (made popular by Joe Cocker), Bread’s “Make It With You,” John Lennon’s “Look At Me,” Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” and Cat Stevens’ “Wild World,” 1970 remains one of the most influential in music even 40 years later, a rare moment in time when a single was as powerful as an LP. “Looking back, it was a pivotal year in music,” says Cohn. “It was not only the golden age of the single, but it was a window into the beginning of the golden age of the album, especially when it came to singer-songwriters. Even while all these deeply personal and poetic records were being released, there was this eclectic mix of pop music on the radio; it was great to be able to explore that range on this record.”