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Blind Pig Signs Commander Cody

Roots music label Blind Pig Records and Country-roots icon Commander Cody both originated in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now the two are teaming up to release Cody’s first studio album since 1993, tentatively entitled Drunks, Dopers and Everyday Losers.

George Frayne, aka the Ol’ Commander, said, "Looking to getting back in the studio after almost 15 years, Commander Cody has beamed down from the ozone just to partner up with old friends from Blind Pig."

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen was formed in Ann Arbor in 1967 (where they played on the tiny basement stage of the Blind Pig Café, among other places) and moved the following year (along with Asleep At The Wheel) to Berkeley, where they immediately immersed themselves in the vibrant Bay Area Rock scene. They were one of the first Country Rock bands to incorporate Western Swing and hardcore barroom Country into their music. The group was signed to Paramount in 1971 and released four albums for the label, producing several hit singles along the way, including "Lost In The Ozone" and "Hot Rod Lincoln." They went on to record albums for Warner Brothers and Arista before disbanding in 1976. Frayne continued to perform simply under his stage name or as the Commander Cody Band.

Blind Pig Records, which grew out of the aforementioned Blind Pig Café, released Cody’s Lets’ Rock! album in 1986, which the New York Times called "one of the strongest Rockabilly-based albums in some time."

Cody continues to tour frequently. Reviewing a 2007 show, BluesWax called it "another smoking Rockabilly, Country, Boogie-Woogie set from Commander Cody, with a great band, a fistful of cleverly evil songs, and a whole lot of boogie soul."

Recording sessions for the new album are scheduled to begin in late August at the LRS Recording Studio near Woodstock, New York. The producer, Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz, plans to utilize the members of the Commander’s current road band, which have been with him for almost twelve years, along with veteran studio musicians from the Woodstock area.

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