Last week, ATO and the Newport Folk Festival announced that they will join forces for a series of new limited edition vinyls of ATO artists who will perform or have performed at Newport. The first of the series, which is available here for $6 and ships today, features two of New Orleans’ best: Hurray for the Riff Raff & Benjamin Booker. The 7” vinyl features an unreleased recording HFTRR’s “Daniella” – one of the first songs Alynda Lee wrote – and Benjamin Booker’s “Violent Shiver” live from Daytrotter.
In press materials, the Festival and ATO note that the series will consist of “unreleased material, b-sides, rarities and, of course, recordings culled from the festival.” ATO GM Jon Salter says “the plan is to do a few releases per year, focusing on the quality of the material and its collectible nature.”
Both HFTRR and Booker will play at Newport next weekend. HFTRR released Small Town Heroes in February – an album that continues to win critical acclaim and won the band a spot on Letterman in June. “Violent Shiver” is the first single off of Booker’s self-titled debut, which releases on August 19th (Amazon Pre-Order).