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Ages 21+ / Our legendary, award-winning open mic features singer-songwriters, comedians, marimba players, storytellers—you never know who's gonna show up!
Ages 18+ / ***This is a rescheduled date. All tickets from the original date (3/6), including Will Call will be honored at this show. If you are unable to attend, refunds from 3/6 are available at point of purchase.***
Armed with homegrown lyrics out of the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the driving rhythm of well-worn guitar strings and the pulsating beat of a handcrafted cajon, SUNDY BEST, distill spirited music that is not compromised.
Their one of a kind blend is a rich mix of country, bluegrass, rock, soul, and rhythm and blues. Their songs describe the lives of their family, friends, fans, as well as themselves with themes of lost love and missing home to the high flying peaks of rowdy Saturday nights.
SUNDY BEST are storytellers and friends. They are crowd rockers and party starters.
The band’s incredible live shows have gained SUNDY BEST a fiercely loyal family of fans, known as “Kinfolk”, who organically evangelize the duo and their music to an ever growing legion of die-hard believers throughout the country.
The highly anticipated follow up album to their acclaimed and ground breaking “Door Without A Screen” 2013 album is called “Bring Up The Sun” and it is set for release on March 4, 2014.
Ages 21+ / James Funk of Red Beard's Revenge w/ special guests:
3/5 Hellcat Matt (Martin Luther & the Kings) and Ryan Malott (500 Miles to Memphis)
3/12 Harlot and Heather Hamlet
3/19 Josh Muddiman (Shoot Out The Lights) and Mike Kuntz (for algernon)
3/26 Joshua Howard (Shoot Out The Lights) and Hank Becker (Rubber Knife Gang)
Ages 18+ / Coming from the predominantly Irish neighborhoods of Southside Chicago, the Tossers have been expanding the boundaries of contemporary Irish music since the early '90s. The band chose their name for its derogatory meaning, “throw away.” The term dates to Shakespeare, and depending who you ask it also means commode, drunk, to agitate, disturb, or disquiet.
Although their name may be irreverent, their music is not. The heart of their distinct sound is derived through the melding of traditional Irish and Punk Rock roots. Combining the folk instrumentation of mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle, and button accordion with amphetamine fueled guitar, bass and drums, the Tossers play with a furious edge that teeters between rage and raucousness.
Possessing the ability to masterfully employ stark tempo changes, from the brink of the insane to the solemn Irish ballad, the Tossers do not disappoint. Their live shows come with a little bit of blood and sweat, and a whole lot of whiskey and beer. Their albums are dedicated to nuanced musicianship and emotional introspection.
The recent completion of the band's 7th full length album, The Emerald City (Victory Records, 2013), has raised the bar. According to T. Duggins, “There was a lot more preparation and care taken with the recording; and it's more about us, it's far more personal to me than anything before.” It was recorded at Million Yen Studios in Chicago by producer Andy Gerber, mixed by Ken Sluiter in studio, and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room.
Ages 21+ / Blue Caboose is railways, mountain tops, swimmin' holes and rivers. Dancing and singing on the front porch or in the basement or in the bar. Blue Caboose is an Americana- Folk- Bluegrass burrito topped with a tasty 3 part harmony.
Backstory, the way Sleepy Andy tells it:
I met Tony when my band, Eazy, was playing his band, Zen Lunatics', "Grateful to Garcia" festival. Not too long after that, I started to play drums with Zen Lunatics up through the end of that band. Tony and I did a few acoustic shows after that.
Sometime in there, Nick and I got together several times to work on songs together, but only made it out to open mics a few times.
And around that same time I met Marty when his band, Perfect Norm, started playing gigs with Eazy. When he left the Norm I started thinking about a good way to start playing with him.
So after all this time, we all finally found our way together in the back of an old train car. There's an old blue caboose down in Queensgate and, surprised as we were to find it there, it gave birth to something that we were all looking for...
Ages 18+ / Intro signal is a mix between digital and analog, a cross between electronic and guitar driven rock, a blend of old and new school progressive rock.
One day Chris Roscoe, an aquaphobic marine biologist, began writing songs on his guitar. He grew up with a heavy dose of the Beatles from old cassette tapes and Nirvana from saving up some cash and hitting up Everybody's Records. Chris was recording on his own but he met Jeff Brennan, a trillionaire playboy from east india and ,a percussionist, turned bass player. Chris and Jeff started working on the structures of the songs and adding bass parts. Realizing that they wanted a bigger sound than they were able to produce with just a bass and guitar, they posted an ad on craigslist. Originally from Cali, Jimmy King was lounging around northern Kentucky with his guitar and his MacBook, mixing music for local bands who could pay the exorbitant fee, but what he was looking for was some guys to jam with, to write with and to produce their own tracks. Mark Fuller, Owen Wilson's butt double in You, Me and Dupree, had heard some recordings that they had put together so he sat in on drums at rehearsal one night... and the rest, as they say, has yet to come.
Ages 21+ / Lagniappe, pronounced “Lanyap”, Cajun French for “a little something extra” is the area’s only traditional Cajun – Zydeco band featuring hot Cajun two-steps, waltzes, New-Orleans traditional jazz, blues, western swing and American roots with a twist of Eastern European Gypsy music!
The band features: Chico Converse on fiddles, saxophones & vocals; Dick Franz on accordion & bass; Yvan Verbesselt on drums & percussion including the Cajun triangle (‘ti-fer) & Zydeco wash board (frottoir); John Mooter on keyboard, trombone, cornet & slide trumpet; Michael McIntire on guitars & vocals; & Laura Sabo on bass & clarinet.
The band has been featured in the areas various bars/restaurants (Arnold’s, Southgate House, Andouille’s,…), festivals (Tall Stacks, Vinoklet, Celtic World, Old Timer’s in Rabbit Hash, …), schools, museums, inaugurations, Mardi-Gras events, etc…since 1992.
Yvan, who joined the band in 1992, along with Chico, who founded the band around 1990, both spent 10 years of their lives as French teachers, respectively in Lake Charles and Lafayette, Louisiana, where they picked up Louisiana’s “Joie de vivre” along with the sounds, melodies, rhythms and tempos of the bayou and New Orleans. Dick joined the band in 1998; John around 2007, Laura in 2010, and Michael in 2013.
The band’s first and only CD “Irrational Exuberance” was recorded in 2009.
Last but not least, We love to stroll!
Ages 18+ / Ray's Music Exchange has become a Cincinnati Jazz/funk/groove institution whose legend, roster of past musicians, and influence spreads from coast to coast. After the success of last year's inaugural Ray's Reunion Show, the first live show from the band in 5 years, yielded both excited fans and reinvigorated band members as well as a forthcoming DVD of the show, they have decided to make the reunion an annual event. This reunion will feature songs from the Ray's Music Exchange catalog as well as musical tributes and covers of their musical heroes like Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, The Beatles, The Meters, Stevie Wonder and more. The band this year will feature members from past Ray's Music Exchange albums/lineups as well as some new faces and special guests. Complete with visuals from Big Bang Productions this show is not to be missed.
Ages 18+ / 3 Piece Suit is a Rock and Roll band from Springfield, OH. They formed 2 years ago, when lead vocalist and guitarist Bj Krouse, sought after Dylan Schartz (lead vocalist/organist) and Barry Crabill (Drums). The idea was to form a band that incorporated the haunting tones from Dylan's vintage Lowery Organ with Barry's rock solid percussion. Along with the electrifying darkness of Bj's radical guitar, the band formed a great chemistry. From then on 3PS has progressed immensely. With a full debut album to be released through Pulp-Records, the recent independent label the band signed with, by the end of 2013. The band is currently playing shows in the Greater Ohio area, trying to get their name out along with their music to gain new fans. Make sure you check out the bands Reverbnation page (http://reverbnation.com/3piecesuitofficial) as well as their Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/sludgejammer). If you would like to contact 3 Piece Suit for shows, please contact J.R. Smith (Manager) at email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy the tunes, we will keep you posted throughout this strange journey- 3 Piece Suit
KURSK is a Post-Punk Country Space Rock Band. Dual Based in Newport, KY and Los Angeles, California.
KURSK: The Devil's Country Volume 1 - 4 QUAD Vinyl EP recorded in Los Angeles, CA. and Covington, KY is in final song selection status. According to High Life Magazine it is "a haunting exploration of the beautiful evil Americana." Songs include, "Death of the Dream", "The Last Love Song" and "Killing Fields of Texas".
KURSK: Eclipse mixing completed in Los Angeles, California. "Eclipse" is an epic production, including: "Blue Film", "Skeleton of the Waves" and "Bought Your Love". Mastering is currently being done in London, UK. Release is scheduled for 4th QTR 2013 in Europe and USA on LP, DIGITAL and CD formats.
KURSK: Dark Star EP recorded in London, UK @ Ascape Studios, July 10, 2008. Showcasing a "live" version of KURSK featuring members of Gary Numan's band , the songs evoke 1980 style industrial pioneers Killing Joke. Limited Release.
KURSK: Spectrum released August 12, 2007!! The long awaited return of KURSK finds the band in excellent form with 11 amazing new songs, including: "Bandit & Heartbreaker", "Whiskey Insane", "Night of the Hunter", and "Gnossienne". Recorded in Los Angeles, California in January 2007, it showcases the increasing songwriting and performance talents of MAY/CHAMBERS/MANSY and is destined to be a fan favorite. Built around cinematic lyrics, searing guitars, pulsating rhythms, and macabre live performance; Spectrum pays homage to the Coldwave 1979 era of the band while completely updating it for a new group of fans to enjoy. Admirers of Interpol, The Doors, and Joy Division have found a new favorite.
Maurice Mattei & the Tempers have been writing, recording and performing original Roots-based music for 20 years. Maurice and his band have been featured in publications such as No Depression (USA) and Cri Du Coyote (France). They are currently working on an upcoming CD of new material.
Ages 21+ / Here's the short story. Matt has been a figure in the East Tennessee music scene for the past ten years. Located in Knoxville, TN, he has performed in several bands as well as working as a solo artist. Matt has shared the stage with the likes of CAKE, Drivin' n' Cryin', Will Hoge, Kevn Kinney, Roger Clyne (of The Refreshments), Garrison Starr, Tim Lee, Mic Harrison (of the V-Roys and Superdrag), Doug Gillard (of Guided By Voices) , Two Cow Garage, Col. Bruce Hampton & the Code Talkers, Zac Brown, Graham Colton, Brian Vander Ark (of The Verve Pipe), The Features and a seemingly never-ending list of talented independent artists who aren't getting the widespread respect they deserve from points around the globe.
Matt spent his earliest years with a band called Magpie Suite, which received a bit of notoriety around the southeast and produced three albums. Until recently, he worked devotedly with his latest band Plan A, where he wrote songs, sang, played guitars, played cards, drank beers, and often drove from show to show along the east coast in a big, brown van named Daisy. Plan A released and supported two full length albums between 2004 and 2009. Through solo performances and band appearances, Matt has averaged over 200 shows a year for the past few years, an average that would be higher if it weren't for a very unfortunate thumb-wrestling accident in the spring of '06. At home, Matt also performs in a duo called Adapted Wood with long time friend Tod Sheley every Monday night, and in several other projects featuring a number of talented musicians. He can also be found sitting in from time to time at random shows in the Knoxville area.
Ages 21+ / Our legendary, award-winning open mic features singer-songwriters, comedians, marimba players, storytellers—you never know who's gonna show up!
Ages 18+ / Sprawling From East Nashville, Joshua black Wilkins blend of American music is helping define the new "alternative country" sound. Taking influences from across all genres of American music, his new album, Hellbent & brokenhearted showcases not only the sounds of Nashville's "lower Broadway" but more diverse instrumentation and song structures. Written with an acoustic solo record in mind, the songs are well grouped to shape the description of it's title. Using members (or former members) of bands like Agent Orange, Tarbox Ramblers, Rosie Flores' band, Bad Livers, Hank III and the Camaros, the musicians are challenged to Create a new sound for Joshua, and make it authentic. With the help of bass player Scott McEwen as producer, they have. Both intimate and moving at times, and forceful and cruel at other times, the record bridges Joshua's solo performances with the intense power of his band on stage. With little left to the imagination in his songwriting, his lyrics go straight for the throat.
Ages 21+ / James Funk of Red Beard's Revenge w/ special guests:
3/5 Hellcat Matt (Martin Luther & the Kings) and Ryan Malott (500 Miles to Memphis)
3/12 Harlot and Heather Hamlet
3/19 Josh Muddiman (Shoot Out The Lights) and Mike Kuntz (for algernon)
3/26 Joshua Howard (Shoot Out The Lights) and Hank Becker (Rubber Knife Gang)
All Ages / A musician’s musician, Ron Pope can do it all: sing his heart out, rip a guitar apart like his life depends on it, write a powerful anthem or a heartbreaking ballad, and rock a crowd anytime, anywhere. Likened to artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, and U2, Pope’s musicality allows him to satisfy listeners of all kinds.
Pope has garnered critical acclaim the world over for his gorgeous and unmistakable voice, electrifying stage presence, incredible songcraft, and high octane, blues-rock fueled guitar fireworks that hit listeners square in the gut. “First, I wanted to play just like Hendrix. Then, I wanted to create unique sonic landscapes, like Jonny Greenwood or the Edge. My inability to copy any of them exactly forced me to sound like something else…myself,” Pope says, of his explosive, definitive guitar style.
While studying at NYU, Pope became a fixture in the thriving Greenwich Village music scene with his band The District. After two albums and nationwide tours where they wowed fans from Charleston’s famed Music Farm to The Whisky in LA, the band went on an extended hiatus as Pope began to focus on his solo project. Within a year of stepping out on his own, he’d sold hundreds of thousands of singles and had offers from a number of major labels. He eventually chose to sign with Universal Republic, home of countless marquee artists, including Taylor Swift, Lil’ Wayne, Jack Johnson, and Amy Winehouse.
Pope received the benefit of nationwide television exposure as a musical guest on MTV’s TRL and through multiple placements on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Following one such placement, two of his albums exploded onto the iTunes top album chart at the same time, a feat that is very rarely accomplished by any artist, let alone one who isn’t a household name.
After finishing his successful tenure as a Universal Republic recording artist, Pope decided that it was time to step out and shape the next phase of his career on his own terms. His new album “Whatever It Takes” is a game changer, combining all the things that make Ron Pope’s music refreshing and special; part guitar hero, part introspective songwriter, he writes from a perspective that is always earnest and sincere and creates music with an overpowering sense of grandeur that you can’t help singing along to. "Whatever It Takes" combines rafter shaking, arena ready anthems, with ballads exploring the depths of human emotion, and everything in between to create something that is uniquely Ron Pope.
Ages 18+ / His last name is Tubb. His first name is Lucky. Both infer much to be known about the dynamic and distinctive musical artist from Austin, Texas blazing a new trail in old school country for the modern age. Yet they still don’t tell his full and fascinating story. The great nephew of the legendary Ernest Tubb, he’s certainly earned his first name as a genuine hillbilly cat with at least nine lives that he’s fortunate to have lived through and returned to sing about along with a whole lot more. And with his Modern Day Troubadours behind him, Tubb has established himself as a worthy inheritor of the Tubb family musical legacy.
On Hillbilly Fever, his third studio album, Lucky Tubb swings open the musical doors to the honky-tonk to enrich and expand the tradition. With his special guest and pal Wayne “The Train” Hancock, he co-wrote and sings the zesty album closer “West” and duets on the country chestnut title tune. On his songs and others written by uncle Glenn Douglas Tubb, Lucky offers carved from oak true country guaranteed to get listeners dancing as he sings real-life tales with the authority of a man who’s been there and back. Troubadour fiddler Natalie Page Monson wrote and sings “Honky Tonkin’ Is All We’ve Got,” and Tubb amends the set with a bonus track, “Looks Like Rain,” that showcases his bluesy chops and finesse on an impromptu studio composition virtually written as it was laid down that compares to the artistry of Tom Waits.
All told, Hillbilly Fever is a winning and energetic celebration of tried and true country music that promises to keep the real deal alive and kicking for years to come. For as Saving Country Music notes, “Lucky Tubb has that ‘something’ that stars are made of, which can’t be faked or equalized no matter how high the measure of talent.” He also has a life story that plays like the most vivid tales in song from back in the days when country music was all about people, places and lives that were as real as it gets.
And he has indeed lived a life that’s both real and surreal: A childhood bouncing between hardscrabble redneck dirt-poor struggle and family dysfunction with his parents and relative luxury and security with his grandparents. Teen years being raised by a wild pack of wolves, or at least the human equivalent — tough, no nonsense outlaw bikers. Then time in prison as he came of age. And finally redemption and triumph thanks to the strong strain of genetic musical gifts and indestructible willpower that run throughout the Tubb clan.
Born in the Fort Worth area, Lucky was passed off by his parents to his grandparents before he’d even hit the one-year-old mark. Their Tucson home was a haven for the young ‘un as well an am extended family gathering spot where he was surrounded on reunions by the music making and hard drinking that are family traits. Throughout his youth he split his time between there and attempts to live with his mother, a woman with a head full of wild hairs.
At age 14, Lucky decided it was time to get to know his father, who lived well outside the law and usual conventions in Fort Worth. “My Dad’s name is Lefty because he can’t do anything right. My name is Lucky because I didn’t have any,” he notes. When his father began leaving the teenager in barrooms and disappeared for days at a time, Tubb was adopted by a gang of bikers who inducted him into a life of crimes best left unmentioned while at the same time instilling in him their unusual yet still honorable moral code
By 17 he landed in the Texas prison system and experienced the full terrors and troubles of all that goes down behind bars. Undaunted by what might break lesser young men, he still managed to earn his high school diploma and some college credits plus master a trade.
By the time he was freed at 22, Tubb had learned enough to avoid any further life of crime, but also knew he wasn’t exactly cut out for the straight and narrow. An old Black inmate had taught him some rudiments of guitar playing in jail (and paid for it with his life by crossing the strict racial lines in prison). So Tubb decided to try his hand at the family craft of singing, songwriting and making ‘em dance out in the honky-tonks. He credits “God and faith and a lot of dreams” with getting him through his prison time. “I wanted to get out and play music,” he asserts.
“When I got out I had a big chip on my shoulder, and came down to Austin to start working on myself and getting my heart right,” Tubb explains. “I barely knew how to play guitar, much less sing or write songs. I never imagined I’d do shows with Junior Brown much less write a song with Wayne and tour with Hank III — all these people whose CDs I bought to learn how to play guitar to. And now they’re my peers.”
But that’s just what happened, thanks to a wide stroke of good fortune to counter his bad luck streak. Austin eclectic blues rocker Guy Forsyth took Tubb under his wing and tutored him in guitar, songwriting, and making the most of himself and his gifts. He started singing for tips in coffeehouses, and what he sang and how he sang it started to connect with the city’s community of true country fans.
Just as he’d accumulated enough seasoning and songs to be ready to cut an album, Tubb got yet another smack back when he came home on Christmas Eve to find his house had burned down with all his musical instruments and equipment in it. He brushed off the ashes, eventually reacquired gear, and hit the studio with Stevens to cut his debut album, Generations, which set a pattern of mixing his songs with those from the family catalog by uncles Glenn Douglas and Ronnie Wade (Billy Lee Tubb).
He later met Monson and the two started playing gigs in roadhouses in the Texas Hill Country and Austin club shows while building a band around their musical union. A live CD and second studio album, Damn The Luck — hailed as “a fabulous album” by Rockabillyvile — followed as Tubb set out on the road to forge a national following, playing shows with Ray Price and Dwight Yoakam. His audience further expanded when fellow country legend progeny Hank III invited him to open a national tour.
Tubb and his Modern Day Troubadours — Monson, bassist Brent Hazard and guitarist Nick Young — have branded a rep nationwide as a true-to-the-roots honky-tonk band with contemporary verve and cool. And following the release ofHillbilly Fever, they travel for the first time to Europe to play the prestigious Festival Country Rendez-Vous de Crappone in France and thrill Belgium and The Netherlands with the true cross of country music. For as Saving Country Music notes, “’tight’ doesn’t begin to describe the synergy and slickness of their show. I’m telling you, Lucky Tubb and the Troubadours have found their groove, and it’s Katy bar the door time. Lucky Tubb has arrived, and bands that have been around for years better keep one eye over their shoulders on who’s gaining on their ass.”
Despite the troubles and struggles he has faced, the man named Lucky ultimately concludes, “Life’s been real good to me. I wake up every morning I’ve got all my fingers and toes. And it just keeps getting better. I love my life. I love playing music.”
Ages 18+ / Houndmouth's electrified folk-rock sound calls the mighty Midwest home. The Ohio River separates their hometown of New Albany IN from Louisville KY. Matt Myers, Katie Toupin, Shane Cody and Zak Appleby formed the band in late 2011. Together they create colossal electric-American songs with bouncy half-time beats and punchy guitar riffs. They all like to sing, sometimes at the same time.
It's hard to pinpoint the moment that songs are born, the day casual hummers become singers or scribblers become songwriters. Rayland Baxter certainly can't, and he wouldn't want to. Though he grew up in Nashville to the sounds of his father's pedal steel, he didn't dream of being a rock star. He loved music, of course, but he liked other things, too: being outside, playing sports, working at the bait shop to make spare change. He'd always just let things settle into place naturally, following his gut from Tennessee to Colorado to Israel and back again, not knowing that when he returned home he'd have a handful of songs and the knowledge that, at the end of the day, he didn't want to do anything else but make music. He leads a life without reigns, his work always echoing the ease in which it came to be.
Ages 18+ / Fate is a very frightening word with far reaching implications. It contends there is a grand design moving you by forces you can’t comprehend. For The Harmed Brothers, fate stepped in and allowed them to embrace conviction much like a young Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar once did. Although the communion between those two may have dissolved, The Harmed Brothers’ Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido have created a similar dynamic fueled by many of Uncle Tupelo’s early offerings to the Americana movement.
Rising up from rural Missouri in 2009, Ray Vietti started the first incarnation of The Harmed Brothers with Ben and Zach Kilmer based on a mutual admiration of Ryan Adams, Wilco, and Avett Brothers. The fledgling group quickly took to the road and made their way eventually to Eugene, Oregon where Vietti met his musical soul mate Alex Salcido. At this point the two songwriters chose to forego the typical rhythm section and began to focus on the blueprint for their music to establish a menagerie of sound best described as “indiegrass”. After some line-up tinkering, The Harmed Brothers of 2013 offers up a membership of Vietti and Salcido along with Troy Broat on upright bass and Ben Kilmer on drums after a period away.
An emotional rollercoaster is a phrase often used when discussing The Harmed Brothers live events. They are loud, sweaty, romantic affairs that are high on energy and rarely fail to leave an imprint on the memory. This is a group that believes in the old fashioned drive to succeed by getting in a van and crisscrossing the country or traveling abroad, making friends, gaining experience, growing closer and realizing that making music is a calling that they had no choice but to answer. Those in the know will breathe a sigh of relief with the knowledge that this will remain The Harmed Brothers’ plan of action.
Better Days the upcoming long player, due out October 15th, showcases the band at the height of their powers as they immerse in blissful harmonies and their trademarked sound of banjo/guitar shuffling. The songs recall wistful romantic notions of times that are to be remembered kindly, but need to be closed if only for the sense of self preservation. “When You See Me” is a track that brings great clarity to a failed relationship. “Love Song for the Assumed” goes the distance as a call to grow up and mend fences and to let go of the pain and blame you’ve put on yourself. Fans of their previous efforts such as 2010’s All the Lies You Wanna Hear or 2012’s Come Morningwill embrace Better Days as a sorely missed lover. As for the uninitiated, Better Days will caress the musical palette and serve as an introduction to their earlier releases.
Ray Vietti likes to recall his early days with Alex Salcido with a sense of awe at what he perceives as his great fortune. “I know it sounds corny, but really we are from different places in life and from different places in the country and somehow these different worlds collided to make what we like to call ‘beautiful chaos’. It may of just been fate.” Thank you fate.
Ages 21+ / Folk/Americana artist based out of Toledo, OH. He has recently, released an independent full length album of heartbreakers and somewhat apocalyptic imagery titled "Post-Scarcity". Presently, he is playing/touring as a one man band. Incorporating, kick drums into his performance.
"Rather than blindly mine hoary folk and blues traditions that were getting stale 35 years ago, songwriter Ellis infuses his work with factory floor grit, edgy barroom menace, and a sense of confidence while still drawing on traditional roots. With a craggy, quirky, emotive voice he presents the songs with a fascinating combination of cockiness ("Fair Share of Violence") and sensitivity (the wonderfully simple but effective "Tail Lights.")” - Rod Lockwood, Toledo Blade
“After that wild and loud opening, blogspot readers, it was time to relax with the stories of love, heartache and lost by Andrew Ellis. This singer/songwriter troubadour from Toledo, OH told (or sung) his tales with heartfelt vivid that illuminated not only the words of each song but also picturesque imagery to make them pop to life. SouthSide was impressed by Andrew's strong vocal style to which she was easily touched by the emotional sentiments expressed while listening to him sing especially during his second song. It was truly amazing to feel his stories burst with colorful images in the mind in between listening to gentle vocal tone of his voice coupled with his acoustic riffs. For example, you could simply "feel" the remorse in knowing his mother would hate the song about being a bad boy during this rockin' country rockabilly ditty. The lively combo of Americana with this rockabilly sound did have this reviewer's feet tapping along to the upbeat acoustic rhythm.” - Tanya Vega, Southside Blogspot Chicago
Ages 18+ / Basic information:
Event: 80’s Pop…Rocks! V - Benefit for Caracole
Date: Saturday March 22, 2014
Time: Show 8:00 PM-2:00 AM (doors open at 7:30)
Location: The Southgate House Revival
111 E. 6th St.
Newport, KY 41071
Event Title: 80’s Pop Rocks V – Benefit for Caracole
30 of Cincinnati’s best original bands gather to pay tribute to the 80’s to benefit Caracole.
30 of Cincinnati’s finest original bands performing renditions of 80’s songs in the Sanctuary, 2 fabulous 80’s fashion shows and more, The 80’s Pop Rock’s V event promises to be the place to be Saturday March 22nd, 2014,
Starting at 8:00 PM until closing, 30 of Cincinnati’s finest original Bands will perform in the Sanctuary throughout the evening with DJ Empirical spinning 80’s records between songs. The second floor will feature 80’s Fabulous Fashion Shows, by Chicken Lays and Egg and Casablanca. A raffle, with tickets available for one dollar at the show, gives you the opportunity to win various merchandise; and also prizes set aside for best 80’s outfit, male and female and best band look
So get your skinny ties, safety pins, and day-glo colors out and get ready…
Totally bitchin bands, music and more, 80’s style…to support Caracole
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Individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS
80’s Pop Rocks Website: http://80spoprocks.com
80’s Pop Rocks Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/80spoprocks
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500 Miles to Memphis
7 Speed Vortex
A Continuous Now
Hot for Alice
Keith and the Makeshifts
Lift the Medium
Messerly and Ewing
Old City s
Sweet Ray Laurel
That, That Revolves
The Dirty Shirley's
Ages 21+ / Our legendary, award-winning open mic features singer-songwriters, comedians, marimba players, storytellers—you never know who's gonna show up!
Ages 18+ / Dan Bern is best known for his prolific songwriting and electric live persona. He has released eighteen albums and built a loyal following based on prodigious touring and output of songs in all forms. In 2012, Bern released two new studio recordings showcasing the American roots music that has made Bern one of the most compelling singer/songwriters of his generation: "Drifter," a vagabond’s journey through Bern’s musical universe featuring a duet with Emmylou Harris, and "Doubleheader," an 18-song tribute to baseball culled from close to 30 years of songwriting and recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios in Marin County. Both CDs feature longtime collaborators Common Rotation with whom Bern has also released two live recordings.
Since 2007, Bern has also focused his talent and sharp wit on writing songs for movies and other projects. He composed over a dozen songs for the Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow spoof-biopic "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" and composed songs included in Apatow’s "Get Him to the Greek," starring Russell Brand. Bern’s song "One Dance" was also included in Kasdan's first film "Zero Effect" starring Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, and Ryan O’Neal.
Bern wrote "Swing Set," a duet with Emmylou Harris, for the off Broadway production of "Family Week" directed by Jonathan Demme and wrote the title song for Demme’s documentary "Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains." In 2007, his album "Breathe" won Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter at the Sixth Annual Independent Music Awards. He has toured with Marshall Crenshaw, Ani DiFranco, and John C. Reilly’s country-infused band and in 2011 he contributed original songs for the television series Hellcats.
A talented and eclectic creator, he wrote a song with Hunter S. Thompson, gave Wilt Chamberlain tennis lessons, and released "2 feet Tall," an album of songs for very young kids. He also wrote and illustrated "Cleaver the Gronk" (2012) and the novel "Quitting Science" (2004) under the pen name Cunliffe Merriwether. Bern lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, he is looking forward to hitting the road once again!
Ages 18+ / Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He’s revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.
The records that Jonathan Richman has made over the past 30 years have long held a special place in the hearts of his fans. He began playing guitar at the age of 15, and in the early 1970s formed the Modern Lovers, whose raw, minimalist sound and emotionally forthright songs helped to lay the groundwork for punk rock. But by the time the group’s landmark debut album (including the much-covered “Road Runner,” a Top Five single in Europe) was released in 1976, Jonathan had already moved on to a quieter sound and a gentler lyrical focus. Since then, he’s continued to record and tour prolifically, first with a series of Modern Lovers lineups, later on his own, and eventually as a duo with drummer Tommy Larkins. Over the years, Jonathan’s music has absorbed a multitude of influences, from doo-wop to country to a variety of international styles, without sacrificing the artist’s effervescent personality.
Jonathan’s fans have remained fiercely devoted over the years, and his audience expanded substantially in the 1990s, thanks to his frequent guest spots on TV’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, his prominent appearance in the 1998 film comedy smash There’s Something About Mary, and the inclusions of his Modern Lovers classics “Ice Cream Man” and “I’m A Little Airplane” on Sesame Street.
For much of his career, Jonathan has toured almost almost nonstop around the world. “Traveling and playing for new people in new places is one of my favorite things,” he notes. “It’s great playing places that are off the beaten track. You can learn a lot when you play in a little town in Holland or Western Australia, and you learn different things than you would learn playing a big city. This year we’re going to try to play in Extremadura, which is the southwest of Spain–we might become the first American entertainers ever to play there. I’m hoping that we can able to play the Canary Islands soon.
“Playing shows and making records keeps been getting easier and more fun,” Jonathan states, adding, “Me and Tommy play totally different than we played two years ago. We already play a different style than we played on that live DVD, and the way we played then was totally different from the way we played three years before that. I still feel like we’re just starting out, and I still learn new stuff every night.”
Ages 21+ / James Funk of Red Beard's Revenge w/ special guests:
3/5 Hellcat Matt (Martin Luther & the Kings) and Ryan Malott (500 Miles to Memphis)
3/12 Harlot and Heather Hamlet
3/19 Josh Muddiman (Shoot Out The Lights) and Mike Kuntz (for algernon)
3/26 Joshua Howard (Shoot Out The Lights) and Hank Becker (Rubber Knife Gang)
Ages 18+ / Johnette: lead voice/writer/bass/guitars/keys/drums of L.A. bands Concrete Blonde and Pretty & Twisted (with the late Marc Moreland of Wall of Voodoo) is now a collaborator of UK group Catfish Scar and an indie composer/recordist/director and photographer of indie films as well as an environmental artist having studied in Mexico with Juan Quezada and Flamenco dancing and singing in Spain. Johnette has also worked with The (Talking) Heads, The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn, (from Australia) The Saints' Chris Bailey, Danny Lohner & Wes Borland (NIN, Limp Bizkit, A Perfect Circle, Black Light Burns and whatever else), The Twinemen (Morphine), Roc en Espanol's Maria Fatal, Bad Religion, Robin & Tom from Cheap Trick, Terri Nunn from Berlin, French artist Bernadette Colomine and many more...as well as co-designing a metal guitar with guitar maker James Trussart and contributing music to The Sopranos and other television shows although she does not own a television herself.
Ages 21+ / The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. In recent years, bands like Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and others have revived a sense of innovation in traditional American music. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. Run Boy Run exists in the tension between tradition and frontier. Three strong female voices weave a spectacular tapestry of sound. Award-winning fiddle cuts a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is – at it’s core – beautiful.
From winning the band contest at Pickin’ in the Pines in the first weeks of forming in 2009 to playing on stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival as band contest winners in 2012 to making a second appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul in 2013, Run Boy Run is spreading this special brand of music to all who would hear. With the release of the full length album So Sang the Whippoorwill in March of 2013, Run Boy Run is making more people dance, cry, and sing than ever.
Brother and sister, Matt (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), have fiddle music running through their blood. Raised with bow and rosin on every bedside table, Run Boy Run was a natural fit. Sisters, Bekah (fiddle, vocals, guitar) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals), grew up deeply rooted in the Bluegrass festivals of Arizona, so they too found a home in Run Boy Run. Jesse Allen (bass) was brought up on opera and western swing, and grew to love the natural fusion inherent in American music. The whole truly exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s unique sound.
Ages 18+ / If you’re not having fun at a Pinstripes show, brothers and sisters, check for a toe tag. Your autopsy may already be in progress.
Winners of the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band, The Pinstripes don’t merely play Ska and Reggae — they inhabit the sound like it’s a ramshackle house that’s keeping them alive. Tight but never slick, fun but never goofy, intense but never serious, The Pinstripes (a hard-touring band with a hard-won following) combine Ska, Reggae, Dub and Soul to create something that's genuinely lacking in a great deal of contemporary music: joy.
Throw out all the standard Rock crit hoohah; the Cincinnati sextet takes the raw ingredients of Studio One Reggae, first-, second- and third-generation Ska and an absolute flawless sense of Soul, seeds it, stems it and rolls it into an enormous spliff that's nothing short of pure, unadulterated exhilaration. You can tell that the Pinstripes are having an absolute stratospheric blast every time they’re on stage together and they transfer that feeling of unrestrained joy to the audience with an almost casual effort. But make no mistake; the Pinstripes are working overtime to generate that joy, and the work shows through every bit as clearly as the play. The band knows its shit and executes it with tighter-than-a-Republican’s-ass marching band precision but with swing and swagger to spare. If the Pinstripes are playing, you want to be there.
--Biography compiled from reviews by Citybeat staff writer, Brian Baker.
Ages 18+ / Sport Fishing USA
Sport Fishing USA, an album generated by a band of the same name, is a strange and beguiling work. Alternating between sincere and intelligent folk rock tunes and noodly emotional instrumental electro jams it feels disjointed, almost as if two albums were jammed into one space, but at the same time transmits as sense of cohesion and songwriting chops that remind me of kinks/modest mouse/DEJJ. There is a soul and sensibility behind this work that really gets me and this comes to the forefront on the closing track, “Proud and A Patriot” that weds the two disparaging threads of the work and then just abruptly disappears. Real Americana. Purchase and like. A+
- BAND CAMP DREAMZ
Fact: We are a rock band in Cincinnati that will play at your club, bar, concert hall, wind farm, petting zoo or house.
Ages 21+ / Jon Mosey is a compelling performer who presents a truly unique blend of original music - innovative yet familiar. He is equally at home playing pre-war Blues styles, Ragtime, Western Swing, Old-time string band music or a variety of other traditional American musics. Jon’s songwriting is firmly grounded in those traditions, yet distinctly contemporary. Widely acknowledged for his stunning, intricate guitar work, he has received international recognition for his mastery of the instrument as well as for his songwriting. He has released six critically acclaimed albums of his own as well as performing on a number of recordings with other artists. Described as “one of the great musical treasures of Northeast Ohio”, Jon’s warm voice, extraordinary guitar skills, distinctive songwriting, and powerful performances have earned him a reputation as a “must see”. Jon Mosey is a fresh, rootsy original.
Ages 18+ / The Dallas Moore Band plays Honky Tonk Music and Redneck Rock N Roll really loud while drinking copious amounts of Fine Kentucky Bourbon.They were recently named as a recipient of the GUARDIAN AWARD from the Outlaw Music Hall Of Fame (along with Hank III, Jamey Johnson, Whitey Morgan) and featured in the book OUTLAWS STILL AT LARGE by author Neil Hamilton.
The Dallas Moore Band has been "keepin' the roads hot" playing over 300 tour dates in the U.S. in 2013. Their music is played regularly on WNKU 89.7 and Sirius/Xm Satellite Radio's Outlaw Country Channel 60 while their #1 videos "Blessed Be The Bad Ones" and "Crazy Again" can be found at CMT.com and Yallwire.com. For more info visit www.dallasmoore.com
Ages 18+ / Clockwork Soul is a Five piece Rock/Metal/Alternative Rock band based in Dayton, OH. They are a culmination of diversified musical taste, theory, and experience. Over the last decade, they have devoted their time to other projects that have led them on a journey that has influenced and produced what is now known as Clockwork Soul. Clockwork Soul is comprised of Michael Anspach (Guitar), Dawn Rose(Vocals/Guitar), Joe Meadows (bass), Jason Anspach (Drums) and Mystie Rose ( Lead Vocals).
Clockwork Soul has preformed with national acts such as: Magni Fi, Lennon, Deconstruct, Soundevice, Bobaflex, and most notably Powerman 5000, Lansdowne, Adema. Saving Abel.
ClockWork Soul was formed in 2008 and they started playing out in 2009. Their singer and them parted ways, and they were on the search again for another singer.
The search took a different turn as this time they hired a female singer. They went back to rooted fundamentals of rock and metal. Mystie Rose fit the perfect equation. She has played in bands such as: Reverse 96, and Daughters of James. Mystie brings solid singing, and a creative work ethic the band has needed for a long time. She is an Internationally published poet, writer, and song writer, with a driving force giving her the ultimate edge in ROCK!
In 2013, Clockwork Soul added bassist Joe Meadows, who's dynamic playing style and energy has proven to be the final piece of the intrinsic Clockwork machine. Joe is involved in several music energies, however we plan to take him with us to the moon.
We were very fortunate to find metal vixen Dawn Rose. Dawn has 6 albums under her many belts, that she has released with other bands. Using her skill and experience in the music industry along with being hard-charging rock guitarist whose licks along with her backup vocals have given Clockwork Soul the exact sound they'd been looking for.
Now that Clockwork Soul is complete, and the process can begin to achieve the success they have worked very hard for all of their lives. Their goal is to achieve and to bring a musical experience that the world will appreciate, as well as to produce a sound that people can share with everyone they meet.
Ages 21+ / Lance Whalen's unconventional life of performing, spending time in nature, and haunting the smokey bars of Nashville truly make his life one that reads like a Charles Bukowski poem. Raised in Kentucky Lance settled in Nashville nearly a decade ago and has been thriving ever since , Lance Whalen has a presence like none other. Tall, intense, and habitually dressed in all black with matching boots and suspenders, his very presence commands attention. Likewise, his music is just as commanding, intense, and unique. Lance has had many successes as a musician, having performed in CBGB in New York City, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and Common Ground in Chicago. He has also shared the stage with Pokey Lafarge, Eerie Von( Samhain, Danzig), and his music has influenced hit songwriters like R.L. Castleman (“Paper Airplane” Alison Krauss) Lance has worked his entire life towards the dream of sharing his stories and life experiences through a music that can only be described as Americana Noir, a style that fits somewhere in between the folk music adapted from his Southern Roots and the music of Nick Cave and Tom Waits. Lance is not only a musician, but a man who loves to spend time with nature through camping, marksmanship, and sharing his living room with his 14 pet frogs. Lance reveals himself through his music and naturally sets him apart from others simply because he lives for his craft to express the romantic and the fascinating aspects of life that we all like to contemplate but cannot express as eloquently as he can.
Ages 18+ / SKATERS formed in NYC in 2012. The group's birth can be traced to a hectic 24 hours in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011, when singer and songwriter Michael Ian Cummings met English guitarist Josh Hubbard at a party at a "really fancy-ass house," as Cummings recalls.
A few months later, the still band-less Cummings got a call from Hubbard announcing that he'd be arriving in NYC the following day from the U.K. He'd be in town for a month and a half and wanted the group to play a gig. So they hooked up with Drummer Noah Rubin and local bassist Dan Burke, booked three shows, learned some songs Cummings and Rubin had been tinkering with (and a handful of Pixies covers), and SKATERS was formed. Later that year, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records.
Their debut record, MANHATTAN, shares stories of the city where they met. "We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band," Cummings says.
The disc was recorded by John Hill (Santigold, Wavves) in the API room at Greenwich Village's iconic Electric Lady Studios, named after its one-of-a-kind board, which Laura Nyro had custom-made to match the drapes in her NYC apartment.
"It's like short stories," Cummings adds, deadpanning, "It's Salinger's Nine Stories but it's Eleven Stories by SKATERS. "And the writing is much worse."
Ages 18+ / The Steel Wheels have enthralled audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound. Trent Wagler’s weathered tenor is joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by a shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise that The Steel Wheels have burst onto the Americana scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out venues across the country. "Americana music at its very best!" said Larry Groce of Mountain Stage www.thesteelwheels.com
Ages 18+ / After leading several popular ‘80s cult bands in and around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway where he co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR549. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act would build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. With BR on hiatus, Chuck formed The Hillbilly All-Stars featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2009, he released his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager, and toured clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.
As Music Director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, Chuck began crafting the music arrangements during the show’s original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for the show’s Tony Award-winning Broadway run, produced the original cast album, and oversaw the music for its smash 2011 premiere at London’s Noël Coward Theatre. In 2013, MDQ broke the Chicago record for longest running musical.
Chuck’s acclaimed 2012 release, Back At The Quonset Hut, was recorded at Nashville’s legendary Quonset Hut Studio where Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and more cut some of country’s greatest tracks. Produced by original BR549 producer Mike Janas and with the participation of students from Belmont University’s College of Entertainment and Music Business, the album of classic covers features surviving members of Music Row’s original ‘A Team’ studio musicians as well as guest appearances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Elizabeth Cook, Jamie Johnson and Bobby Bare.
2014 ushers in Free State Serenade, the new Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys release on Nashville-based Plowboy Records. Produced by long-time ally and friend Joe Pisapia (kd Lang, Ben Folds Five) and featuring BR549’s Don Herron, Old Crow Medicine Show’s Critter Fuqua, Alan Murphy, Will Rambeaux, and Mark Andrew Miller, Free State Serenade is Chuck Mead’s strongest effort yet.
“It’s been incredibly liberating to do all these things I’ve never done before. I’ve already gone from the bars of Lower Broadway in Nashville to the Broadway stage, and the upcoming album is one of the most unique and rewarding projects I’ve ever been a part of. I’m looking forward to where it all brings me next.”
Ages 21+ / Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky is a little town called, Paintsville, where the economy is dependent on the dying coal industry and a tradition of music thrives with the US 23 Country Music Highway Museum and Butcher Hollow. Carrying on the music tradition is native son and current Lexington, Kentucky resident, Tyler Childers.
Paintsville is located in the Big Sandy River Valley of Johnson County in Eastern Kentucky made famous for its lawlessness, religion, and booze, and a song about a horse thief, a rambling man, and an attempt to gain some good ol’ Appalachian self-justice is what “William Hill” is all about. Following his “Papaw” around to the Kentucky social institutions – church events and barber shops to name a few– as well as a lot of coon hunting with his dad, Tyler has heard a tale or two about the misadventures of a few good ol’ boys and he gives his own spin of these accounts behind a whisky-soaked voice well beyond his age of 22.
All Ages / From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo [lyrics, lead vocals, rhythm guitar] and Tony-Ray Jacobo [producer, keyboard player], Tribal Seeds now boats six members, including: Tony Navarro [lead guitar], Carlos Verdugo [drums], Jose Rodriguez [keys, percussion], and Victor Navarro [bass].
Tribal Seeds' unmatched musical talent and authentic sound has brought them to the forefront of the reggae rock genre, as their art form has reached people of all ages across the United States, and worldwide. The band's self titled debut album, "Tribal Seeds" was released in 2008, and their second album "The Harvest" was released in June of 2009. iTunes named both albums the "Best Of" in the Reggae genre, for their respected years. Their debut album helped garner them the "Best World Music" title at the San Diego Music Awards in 2008, and "The Harvest," which contained fourteen new and original songs, debuted at the number 5 spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The tracks, written and produced by Tribal Seeds, were recorded and mixed by Alan Sanderson at Signature Sound Studios in San Diego, and mastered by Erik Lobson at Universal Mastering.
On July 19, 2011, Tribal Seeds gave listeners a brand new EP entitled "Soundwaves," which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The band notes that the album was inspired by their life experiences, being on tour, and their desire to inspire youth to raise their voices and seek a higher
Tribal Seeds have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed in Mexico, Guam, Aruba, and Hawaii. They have shared the stage with artists such as Dave Mathews Band, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Skrillex, MGMT, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Matisyahu, Sublime with
Rome, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Pretty Lights, Pepper, Collie Buddz, The Wailers, Julian Marley, Stephen Marley, Gregory Issacs, SOJA, Rebelution, and many more.
Ages 18+ / After years of hard living and hard lessons learned, Nashville singer/songwriter Jerry Castle reflects on his path to Desperate Parade, his third solo release available June 25th, “I think 10 years ago I just wasn't equipped to deal with a lot of the emotions that I had coursing through my veins.”
Raised in the Appalachian town of Abingdon, Jerry Castle first flirted with fame in the regionally successful jam band Toast before going solo in 2004 with his debut Back Side of Down. But the hard living lifestyle on the road and a severe case of writers block lead to working behind the scenes with a foray into radio promotions, and brief stint as a writer on Music Row. In 2010, he returned to music with the aptly titled Don’t Even Ask. But so did his demons.
“You can't be aware of the things about yourself and your music that need to be corrected if you're in a thick fog at all times,” says Castle. But the past three years have brought clarity to his personal and professional life.
Encouraged by friends and colleagues Adam Fluhrer and Michael Dale, Jerry entered into the studio in the fall of 2011 with Dexter Green (Collective Soul, Cory Chisel). A year and a half later, he returns with his most uplifting and hopeful collection as reflected in tracks like “Calm,” co-written with Mando Saenz and Chad Brown, which creates an idyllic partner and relationship, “it helped me to escaped the reality of my life for a moment.” “Be The One” captures the excitement of that initial romantic connection while “Precious Time” is about living in the moment.
Ages 21+ / Legendary one-man band and musical enigma Scotty Karate has soaked up Michigan's blues, New York's gritty punk, Wyoming's country cries and plenty of the Southgate House's bourbon. He's a one-man rock 'n roll adrenalin kick, like the unholy crybaby of Hasil Adkins, Bob Log III and Scott H. Biram.
Ages 18+ / Langhorne Slim & The Law
There is nothing like the challenges and camaraderie of the road to inspire a songwriter who thrives upon the emotional energy and exhilaration only travel can deliver. Some singers are devoted to the pursuit of perpetual motion, and Langhorne Slim releases his wild soul in ways that come out of the discipline of live performance.
The 13 songs that compose Langhorne Slim & The Law's new "The Way We Move" are road-tested, rollicking and very rock 'n' rolling tunes that the songwriter perfected with his loyal band, and come out of the kind of good times and bad experiences that songwriters of Langhorne's lofty stature can turn into life-affirming rock 'n' roll. You could also call what Langhorne Slim does folk music, but then there's his sly, charming and open-hearted feel for pop music -- those summertime melodies that nudge you into a grin even when the song is about something bad.
For Langhorne Slim -- Pennsylvania-born self-taught guitarist who moves to Brooklyn at 18, begins feeling out his place in a burgeoning punk-folk scene, wends his way to the West Coast, and finds himself celebrated from Newport to Portland as one of today's most original singers and songwriters -- "The Way We Move" represents the sound of a band devoted to living in the moment. Riding the success of his 2009 full-length Be Set Free, Langhorne went through some changes over the last three years -- he lost his beloved grandfather, who is the subject of the new record's moving "Song for Sid," and moved on from a relationship that had lasted five years.
And there was the physical moving -- the literal side of the record's title. Pulling up stakes from his home of two years, Portland, Ore., Langhorne also has been touring non-stop with The Law. As he says, "I'm in a bit of a transitional period -- currently, the road will be home. That's just kind of my spirit, to be slightly restless." Perfecting their rangy sound out on the endless grey ribbon, Langhorne and The Law -- bassist Jeff Ratner, drummer Malachi DeLorenzo and banjo player and keyboardist David Moore -- went down to rural Texas in the summer of 2011 to work on new material. With some 30 tunes to consider, the quartet soaked up the Lone Star sunshine and developed arrangements and approaches for Langhorne's latest batch of songs.
Jeff Ratner had joined the group at the time of Be Set Free, and brought on multi-instrumentalist David Moore not long after. Moore and Ratner go way back, having moved to New York around the same time, and they've played together in what Jeff estimates are 15 bands. Langhorne's association with Malachi is equally deep. As the group played together through tours with the Drive-By Truckers and the Avett Brothers, and made appearances at the Newport Folk Festival and Bonnaroo, their bond became ever stronger, their music more confident. This is what you hear on "The Way We Move" -- forward motion meeting deep cohesion, all in the service of Langhorne's amazing songs and compelling vocals.
"We wanted Langhorne's songs to shine, and be as raw as the creatures that we are," Jeff says of the recording process. The band set up in the Catskill, N.Y. Old Soul Studio, a 100-year-old Greek Revival house retooled for recording. With studio owner Kenny Siegal co-producing, Langhorne & The Law fearlessly ran through an astounding 26 songs in four days, with Langhorne putting finishing touches on new tunes as they recorded. Langhorne says it was an intimate affair in Old Soul, with Moore's "banjo room" in a coatroom and the piano in the living room.
It comes through on "The Way We Move" -- the live feel of the sessions, which found Langhorne singing along with the band on every track. "Singing with the band that way, it's almost like I was performing on stage," he says. Cutting everything live to tape gave the band exactly what they'd been looking for: a super-charged evocation of their raucous, friendly stage performances. Langhorne and Jeff value in music for its rawness, and it doesn't matter whether that rawness -- the insurgent spirit that unites the Clash and Charlie Poole -- comes from in punk, country, soul or folk. Langhorne is a fan of Porter Wagoner, Jimmie Rodgers, Waylon Jennings, and early rock 'n' roll in general. But there's nothing referential or detached about the music Langhorne & The Law make. Langhorne writes songs that are yearning, sad, happy, defeated and optimistic, with hints of '50s rock 'n' roll balladry.
"We all love Wu-Tang Clan as much as we love Bowie, or Brazilian psychedelic pop," Langhorne says. On "The Way We Move," David's probing piano often provides focus for Langhorne's tales of love and loss. "On the Attack" begins with a delicate, watercolor section that turns into an ingenious variation on a classic soul ballad -- Solomon Burke meets punk blues in a smoky folk club. Langhorne addresses it to a current or past love. Similarly, "Past Lives" sports a piano introduction that gives way to a melancholy 6/8 ballad that perfectly supports lyrics about possible past lives and their interaction with the present.
It's a spirited, inspired slice of real rock 'n' roll -- exuberance meets hard-won experience in an explosive combination. David's banjo and Malachi's walloping drums add up to a new kind of folk music. The music drives, but there's no loss of subtlety. And when the group lays into the garage-rocking "Fire," with its funky electric piano and supremely callow lyrics about first kisses and the hot-burning passions of adolescence, it's clear Langhorne is one of the great rock 'n' rollers of our or any time.
Road-tested as the band is, the new music also shows just how far Langhorne Slim has come as a singer. He croons, exults and sings the blues throughout "The Way We Move." And there are his lyrics, which are about strange dreams featuring women who want him dead even as he desires them, the pressures of small-town life, ambition, and how much he appreciates his mother's love and support. That's all Langhorne and his life -- his mother, he says, really was amazingly supportive of his ambitions to become a musician, as was the rest of his family.
It comes through as you listen to his virtuoso demonstration of a singing style that seems alive to every fleeting emotional shade of meaning. Langhorne puts you in mind of John Lennon's singing from time to time -- it's nothing exact, and Slim doesn't do much music that is very Lennon- or Beatle-esque, but it's something in the timbre, and the openness of his vocals. It's worth repeating here that Langhorne learned Nirvana songs as he began to explore the guitar and songwriting, and Kurt Cobain's intense singing is another reference point.
But these guys don't play the reference game, and like to keep it raw. The new record moves in ways that are fresh for Langhorne Slim & The Law, and demonstrates all the ways we can go forward while keeping an eye on the mirror. They're laying down the law. It's very American, and when Langhorne Slim contemplates whether or not he fits in to any narrow-cast definition of this country's music, he replies with a perfect, laconic joke: "I think we fit in most places that would take us."
The Felice Brothers
God Bless You, Amigo is a collection of home recordings made in the spring of 2012. Due to a cloud of misfortune resembling in part the curse of Rocky Colavito, our home was nearly destroyed by a freak hurricane; our prized and seemingly immutable Winnebago was driven to the ground and mercy shot somewhere in Vermont (long may she stalk the golden highways of heaven); our singer and lead guitarist, Wall Street Panic Snopes, was hospitalized for an acute skin disorder in a foreign hospital; and then in what seemed a perfect finale, all of our amps sizzled out and died during rehearsal upon his return.
This made us go insane with laughter and play our favorite song, "Gulf Of Mexico" – which is also a known aid in exorcism – for what seemed like hours. The old fiddle tune had a strange power over the band, but our management convinced us that releasing a four-hour instrumental was a little too reckless, even for us. After much deliberation we all agreed that we should play more songs along with "Gulf of Mexico." We all spit in our hands and shook on it. This material consists of eight traditional folk songs and 12 original songs that we've always liked, but never had a chance to put on records.
The proceeds from God Bless You, Amigo will go towards a new tour vehicle so that we can come and play your town, or enable us to go into a studio and record a new album (as we have a lot of new material), or to fix our amps. It's only a $5 download, but you can give more if you are feeling philanthropic. God bless you, Amigos
– The Felice Brothers
Ages 18+ / *This show will be general admission with partial seating and partial standing room. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis*
Dom Flemons is the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.
Raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Dom’s involvement with music began by playing percussion in his high school band. After picking up the guitar and harmonica as a teenager, he began to play in local coffee houses and became a regular performer on the Arizona folk music scene. Dom wrote his own songs and produced 25 albums of singer-songwriters and slam poets in the Phoenix area, including six albums of his own, during this time. He took a brief break from playing music in order to pursue slam poetry (he majored in English at Northern Arizona University) and performed in two national poetry slams in 2002 and 2003. Aside from exploring slam poetry, he spent his early adulthood listening to records and discovering a love of folk music, blues, jazz, jug band music, country music and ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll. Dom became interested in folk musicians such as Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk and Mike Seeger, as well as musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins. After stepping away from the slam poetry scene, he rekindled his interest in music, this time focusing on the old-time blues music of the pre-WWII era.
A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. Dom’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also tenor and three-finger styles of playing. He first picked up the instrument when he borrowed a five-string banjo from a friend who had removed the instrument’s fifth string. As a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, Dom was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. The band won a GRAMMY for its 2011 album Genuine Negro Jig and was nominated for its most recent album, Leaving Eden, in 2012.
After recording two solo records with Music Maker Relief Foundation, Dom is set to work on his third solo effort, which is untitled as of yet. He says he would like to use the traditional forms of music he has heard and immersed himself in over the years to create new soundscapes that generate interest in old-time folk music. Focusing very much on creating music that is rooted in history but taking a contemporary approach, Dom hopes to reexamine what traditional music can become.
Ages 18+ / Louisiana’s own dark star and Orpheus of the underground, Dax Riggs – the fool in your tarot deck – trippin’ over his own tombstone, reaching into the atmosphere and pulling spirits from the air. An alchemy of all roots music, doom metal and glam-punk poetry. It sounds like voodoo, feels like redemption and puts off heat like a burning oil rig. In the service of tears and the ghost of all sorrows…say goodnight to the world.
Ex-deadboy and the Elephantmen and ex-Acid Bath’s Dax Riggs will release his sophomore solo album Say Goodnight To The World on August 3rd, 2010, on Fat Possum Records. Recorded over two weeks in his home insane asylum with dancing boys of Austin, TX, Charley Siess (drums) and Kevin Fitzsimmons (bass); co-produced with multi-instrumentalist Robbie Lee (Howling Hex, Baby Dee); and mixed with Eric Wofford (Black Angels, Bill Callahan).
Ages 18+ / This year will be a busy one for Mekon and Waco Brother, artist and producer, collaborator and soloist, father and husband, Jon Langford, as he prepares for a national tour supporting the release of a brand new solo album Gold Brick (ROIR), takes his multi-media performance piece, The Executioners Last Songs (commissioned by the National Performance Network), on a national museum tour (including Chicago's Museum Of Contemporary Art and Minneapolis' Walker Art Center) and publishes Nashville Radio, the first collection of his art and writings, through Verse Chorus Press.
Are you thinking what we're thinking Yup. Jon Langford is a true Renaissance man. His possibilities certainly seem endless, his creativity without bounds. The enclosed notes and biographical information will explain a lot, but if you prefer, just pop in his latest, Gold Brick (or Lies of The Great Explorers or Columbus at Guantanamo Bay), and soak up the grandeur of a man who has been making fun, important and relevant music for the past three decades. Boasting a truly wide range of sounds and influences everything from tinkling saloon piano atmospherics to roots reggae rhythms Langford has created a rich, epic album to help him kick off what looks to be a very busy 2006.
Ages 18+ / If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it's likely you’ll come back for more. The David Mayfield Parade’s April 1 release “Good Man Down” begs for that same repeated enjoyment.
With eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban cityscapes, the 12-track album feels like a game changer for a singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer who stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 solo debut “The Parade.” He likens “Good Man Down” to “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Like “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” his first album was lighthearted and fun with nods to the past. His second is darker, creepier, more bizarre and outrageous.
He made “The Parade” without knowing if anyone would hear it, but the stakes for a follow-up were raised when his Kickstarter campaign more than doubled his initial goal of $18,000.
With a successful crowd funding campaign raising expectations, Mayfield felt it was time to take chances musically and delve into more adventurous production while tapping into his bluegrass roots. While anchored in descriptive songwriting with beautiful instrumentation including strings and horns, “Good Man Down” throws its listeners numerous musical curveballs. As producer he didn’t rein in his weirder musical tendencies. Just like his lively sometimes comical live shows, “Good Man Down” illustrates a lot of character without seeming contrived.
“Good Man Down” features notable guests Seth Avett, Mayfield’s bluegrass hero Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and country star Dierks Bentley who duets with Mayfield on Marty Stuart’s “Tempted.” Bentley remembered Mayfield from seeing his family’s bluegrass band play long before the former was a country star. That’s the thing. Mayfield isn’t easy to forget.
David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. His knack for colorful performances was evident as a backing player in his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield’s band including their appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He oozed personality on stage - a trait that makes him a natural frontman. He took his skills and personality when he joined the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, playing sold out shows with British folk revivalists Mumford and Sons. Around then Mayfield began writing songs after hearing artists like Randy Newman and Simon & Garfunkel. Encouraged by his sister Jessica, Mumford & Sons, and other friends in music to record his original material, Mayfield released “The Parade” to much acclaim. Since that time, David Mayfield has toured almost non-stop including many appearances with The Avett Brothers both with his own Parade and sitting in with the Brothers, until taking time from the road to record Good Man Down in response to pleas from his fans for another record.
“Was It Only Me” was one of those early songs he shared with friends backstage. On “Good Man Down” it’s evolved into a grand, epic track. It’s a quiet, emotional and poetic song that crests into a wild psychedelic conclusion. While the showman in Mayfield is conscious of writing live crowd pleasers, “Was It Only Me” is one he wrote for himself. Yet it’s one that will undoubtedly connect with his audience.
Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer - something his father instilled in him in the family band - he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences coming back again and again.
Ages 21+ / Tilford Sellers and the Wagon Burners from Columbus, Indiana play straight-up original honky tonk dance tunes and hillbilly boogie. They are true country with a little Bakersfield sound and western swing attitude thrown in for good measure.
Go through Tilford Sellers’ swinging doors and find honky tonk so muddy you’re bound to lose your boots. They play cheating songs that won’t make you cry, songs of lament waiting for Saturday night, and songs that are slightly retro with an occasional hiccup. Their tunes embody the spirit of dancing, drinking, love gained and love lost.
Take time out of your every day and join Tilford Sellers and the Wagon Burners for one of their two-stepping, low down country shows. You are sure to catch their infectious passion for honky tonk and traditional country music.
All Ages / Particle created their signature Funktronic Rock sound in Los Angeles in 2000, and has since then played thousands of concerts in 8 different countries.
Los Angeles Jam Band, Particle, have rock and roll in their very molecules. With the driving grooves of the Disco Biscuits, and the high shredability of Umphrey's McGee; they've been a crowd favorite for the last thirteen years. Along with Bisco and STS9, Particle are one of the foundational bands in Livetronica, mixing sequenced electronica into a live - jazz tinged - highly instrumental band. They're prog rock influences frequently peak out through the sequencing creating a vibe somewhere between Pink Floyd and Drum and Bass. Since 200, core members Eric Gould, Darren Pujalet, and Steve Molitz have gelled into musical jet fuel, entertaining audiences across the U.S. and Europe, and joining forces with artists like Mickey Hart, Tea Leaf Green, Joe Satriani, and Robbie Krieger of The Doors.
Freekbass has released four full-length CDs, including the current "Junkyard Waltz" which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Also, national music DVD instruction company, The Rock House Method, recently released two Freekbass instructional DVDs "Learn Funk Bass with Freekbass (Level 1 & Level 2) " . Last year Freekbass connected with DJ Logic, and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz to form the funktronica trio, Headtronics. He also tours with the bass and DJ livetronica duo, "FREEKBOT", with DJ Tobotius from the group Science Faxtion, and winners of the DMC DJ Championships, the Animal Crackers.
Ages 18+ / To make music your life for over 10 years, it’s not just a beginning and an end, it’s a career…just writing, recording, and playing music for a living is what makes miggs who they are. You could line up the milestones of a road traveled: playing “Good Morning America,” touring over 150 dates a year, touring with artists like Plain White T’s, KT Tunstall, Cowboy Mouth and more, playing unique one-off events with artists such as Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, Maroon 5, Train and more, having two singles break the 80′s on the Billboard “Hot AC” chart, have music played on TV shows and commercials such as “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and major T-Mobile ad campaigns, performing on regional TV shows in all Top 10 DMAs and 35 other markets in support of tours and records, having your video for “Let The Games Begin” featuring Lindsay Lohan get over 750,000 views and be used in national ad campaigns for all Champs and Foot Locker stores…and finally, having your latest album produced by legendary producer Phil Ramone and mixed by Jim Scott. There is no better way to see what it takes to make music your Life unless you see it through THEIR eyes. THIS is miggs through the eyes of singer/guitarist Don Miggs: East coast, life, Rolling Stones, guitars, girls, local shows, euphoria, four-man band, death, heartbreak, no money, school, marriage, record deal, tour, tour, tour, ten minutes of fame, no more record deal, four band members down to one, U2, West coast, car and a trunk, three band members, tour, tour, tour, record deal offers, add a guitarist, lose a drummer, divorce, no money, school, lose a drummer, work, girlfriends, tour, little bit of money, van and trailer, national tours, record deal, marriage, become a three piece, have kids, lose a drummer, bus and no trailer, national tours, play in front of 10,000 people, play in front of 10 people, find the perfect drummer, add the right guitarist, same bass player, same singer, more drive, more ambition, better at the craft, ready for our close-up, hungrier for your attention — the list can go on and on and it does – end result – we are HERE. Our collective experiences all led to writing and recording the best work miggs has ever produced, thanks in part to Phil F-ING Ramone and Jim Scott – we can’t get to here without where we’ve come from. We embrace it. We are a band on the corner of a new crossroads, 15TH AND HOPE. - See more at: http://www.miggsmusic.com/info/bio/#sthash.Xi0eLjJE.dpuf
Ages 18+ / Up For Nothing
"Brooklyn’s own best kept secret Up For Nothing are back again with five new songs, a decade under their belt, an impressive list of new friends, and a new found understanding of their own sound. The “In Trance” EP offers the opportunity for this New York trio to flirt with the idea of mixing in their signature 90’s fast, catchy pop/punk sound with a new found level of maturation and structure. Up For Nothing (now over a decade old) have always put out records that can appeal to a wide variety of punks (and punk stylings in general) and this record just widens that spectrum in the best way imaginable. “In Trance” offers five songs that have been delivered with the positivity, unmistakable energy, and unique vocal melodies that have defined this band for it’s entire existence. Blend that in with the remarkable production of New York Hardcore legend Ernie Parada (Token Entry, GreyArea, Black Train Jack) and you have an end result that will take you back to a time when punk rock had more pride then eyeliner and skinny jeans. These songs will raise fists, raise voices, and raise the bar of their own expectations of what they can accomplish through them. It most definitely doesn't hurt Up For Nothing’s true value and stamp on the punk rock scene that these songs were recorded and mixed by Pete Steinkopf (The Bouncing Souls) and mastered by Stephen Egerton (The Descendents). Quite an amazing stat for a local Brooklyn trio that became punks in the first place due to the music created by those bands. It was already nearly impossible to not fall in love with Up For Nothing based on their overall positivity, and work ethic alone, but this recording equipped with the irreplaceable melodies and hooks that it encompasses just further enhance their ability to consume your heart. Through all the various trends that have engulfed and morphed the punk rock scene over the last 10 years Up For Nothing have always remained true to what they do and that formula seems to finally be playing off for them. “In Trance” will own you."
Radiating their impassioned brand of Punk with touches of Pop and old time Rock and roll, Brooklyn, NY's Step Aside were initially put together from the pieces of several other bands in 2004. With a tight rhythm section, a no mercy frontline, and some explosive personalities, Step Aside immediately won over the hearts of the New York City rock scene making a home for themselves at several local venues. They recorded the Dont Be Sad EP in 2005 and, in the following two years, began crafting a batch of new songs that would showcase their musical capabilities. In early 2007, the band entered the studio again with producer Mike Watts. (As Tall As Lions, The Junior Varsity) The result was the twelve song full-length Good News. Following the release, the albums first single, Falling Behind was performed live on Fox TVs Fearless Music.
All Ages / Guttermouth is an American punk rock band formed in 1988 in Huntington Beach, California and currently recording for Volcom Entertainment. They have released nine full-length studio albums and two live albums and have toured extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour. They are infamous for their outrageous lyrics and behavior which are deliberately explicit, offensive and intended to shock, though usually in a humorous and sarcastic manner. This behavior has sometimes resulted in high-profile problems for the band, such as being banned from performing in Canada for a year and leaving the 2004 Warped Tour amidst controversy over their political views and attitudes towards other performers.
In 2005 drummer Ty Smith left Guttermouth to focus on his new band Bullets and Octane and was replaced by Ryan Farrell. Bass player Kevin Clark departed the following year and founding member Clint Weinrich returned to the group. This lineup recorded the band's tenth album Shave the Planet, released in 2006 by Volcom Entertainment. The album found the band once again using their brand of humorous punk rock to poke fun at a number of subjects. Guttermouth continues to tour and perform in support of the album.
Ages 21+ / Now many years after drumming with promenade and subsequently recording two solo records, seaside and some sort of static, Cincinnati's Brian Ferry (who City Beat described as having boozy Tom Waits vocals) has eased back into the scene with a few other players under the moniker The W. Montys. The Montys are comprised of Ferry (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Denny Davis (fiddle), Graham Hentschel (tenor guitar, known from Jake Speed & the Freddies), and BJ Johnson (mandolin). With the Montys its a folksy, bluegrass-ish odyssey with two albums worth of original material, new originals, offbeat covers, and some righteous improvisational abilities.
Ages 18+ / Looking somewhat like Dracula's nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show, Unknown Hinson translates that vibe to his style of country and western-tinged psychobilly. The band is now touring nationwide, wowing audiences with outrageous and campy, white-trash persona and freewheeling, sleazy tone.
Hinson’s most recent CD release, "Live and Undead", melds weepy twang, searing guitar riffs and lyrics that speak of love-gone-bad. Recorded at a sold-out show, an enthusiastic honky tonk crowd sings along with the King on every song.
Raucous, theatrical and over-the-top, Unknown Hinson isn’t just for the trailer park set anymore!
Unknown is gaining notoriety in the 18-34 demographic as the voice of lead character "Early Cuyler" in the popular show from Cartoon Network - "The Squidbillies". The first four seasons were so well-received that an immediate green light was given to future seasons. Check website for dates and time slots. http://www.adultswim.com/shows/squidbillies/
Unknown Hinson is a winner in Independent Music Awards for his entry alternative Country track "Torture Town" from the album "Target Practice". http://www.musiciansatlas.com
Unknown Hinson is a featured artist for Reverend Guitars, representing them in many Guitar Player Magazine features. A signature Unknown Hinson guitar is currently part of Reverend's celebrity instrument lineup. http://www.reverendguitars.com
Rockabilly Magazine named Unknown Hinson as their "Find of the Year" http://www.rockabillymagazine.com
Live interviews with Unknown Hinson along with his music are broadcast nationally on XM Radio's National Lampoon channel. (XM 154 along with FM radio partners). http://www.nationallampoonradio.com/
Sirius XM - Outlaw Radio has Hinson's tunes in regular rotation.
He's toured with Hank3, Rev. Horton Heat, the Boxmasters and Willie Nelson. Appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and other syndicated programming round out the list.
Hinson seems to collect quite a few celebrity fans. Billy Bob Thornton names Unknown as "one of my favorite songwriters and a genius picker". Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) labels Unknown as a "guitar maniac (and funny as hell to boot!)" Hank3 has Unknown's face tattooed on his bicep! Unknown was asked to join The Rolling Stones for sound check at their last show in Charlotte, NC. You must witness the encounter with Ed King (Lynyrd Skynyrd) in Nashville (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbFx0STLKqQ). You'll find Unknown Hinson's music everywhere from Snoop Dogg's movie "LA Spectacular" to the newest version of the action-adventure open world video game "Saints Row 3".
Unknown Hinson - Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals Jimmy Church - Pedal Steel and Guitar Rick Cutshaw - Vocals, Drums; Percussion Hugh (Tuff) Blanton - Bass Guitar and Backup Vocals
21 Charttoppers (Uniphone Records) The Future Is Unknown (Uniphone Records) The Future Is Unknown (Capitol Records) RocknRoll is Straight from Hell (Capitol Records) Target Practice (Uniphone Records) May 2006 Live and Undead (Uniphone Records) October 2008 Untitled (Hinsong Records) Summer 2012
Ages 18+ / Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray is an Americana Rock Trio blending well-traveled vintage warmth with the exuberance synonymous with Rock & Roll. Known for the intensity of their live show, hauntingly emotive songs and evocative imagery, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray has an almost impossibly large and dynamic sound.
Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray set out from Chicago at the beginning of 2011 with dreams of the open road, and spent the year living in their Honda Element playing shows everywhere their travels took them. The adventure continued with the release of their debut album, "We're From Here" in September 2012, and the addition of Ben Tufts on drums. This expansive record garnered praise for its well worn familiarity combined with its imaginative exploration of the genres that make up American music.
Miss Shevaughn is often compared to Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell, not only for her effortless shimmering vocals, but for authenticity of performance and intimacy of storytelling. Yuma Wray weaves these tales into dynamic guitar-driven sonic magic with splashes of Ennio Morricone and bursts of Jimmy Page inspired power. Ben Tufts not only shapes each song with driving focus and percussive atmosphere, but also adds three part harmonies. Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray trade off on lead vocals, harmonies and a wide array of instruments, giving the band the versatility of Fleetwood Mac and the overarching musicality of 1960's California Cosmic Country and Rock. Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray songs are at once eerie and heartfelt, honest and compelling, tying the gothic storytelling of Miss Shevaughn's Deep South roots to Yuma Wray's windswept, mystical desert soundscape and Ben's D.C. rock aesthetic.
Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray recently released a live album, "Live@ DC9" on Bandcamp for 'name-your-own-price', and are touring the United States. They are working on a new album, which will most likely be released in early 2014.
Ages 18+ / Charlie Parr
Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota's Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic.
It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his long scraggly hair, father-time beard, thrift-store workingman's flannel and jeans, and emphatic, throaty voice, Parr looks and sounds like he would have fit right into Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music."
Parr uses three instruments, not including his own stomping foot. He got an 1890 banjo the first time he heard Dock Boggs. "I don't do claw hammer, I don't do Scruggs-style, it's just a version of me trying to play like Dock Boggs, I guess," Parr says.
He has two Nationals, a 12-string and a Resonator, which became an obsession when Parr saw a picture of Son House playing it. "The first time I got my paws on one, I went into debt to buy it," he says. "Nationals are fun because they are as much mechanical as instrumental, you can take them apart and put them back together again." On an overseas tour, the neck of the Resonator broke in baggage: he played the guitar by shimming the neck inside the body with popsicle sticks. "It solidifies your relationship with the instrument so much: It's as much part of you as anything else."
Parr's forthcoming album, Barnswallow (due January 2013), will be his eleventh studio release. Most of his recordings, including Roustabout (2008), Jubilee (2007), Rooster (2005), King Earl (2004), 1922 (2002) and Criminals and Sinners (2001) eschew typical studio settings. He has recorded in warehouses, garages, basements and storefronts, usually on vintage equipment, which gives his work the historic feel of field recordings. It's not because he wants to sound like he was discovered 75 years ago by Alan Lomax; it's because most modern recording studios make the reticent and self-effacing Parr feel uncomfortable. He often works with engineer and mastering master Tom Herbers of Third Ear Studios in Minneapolis to give his recordings true fidelity no matter what the format, from mp3 to 180 gram vinyl to whatever is in between. Yet his music sounds so timeless that you half wonder if there's not a scratchy Paramount 78 of Charlie Parr singing and strumming somewhere.
His inspiration is drawn from the alternately fertile and frozen soil of Minnesota. Parr grew up in the Hormel company city of Austin, Minnesota (population 25,000) where most of the world's favorite tinned meat, Spam, is still manufactured. And he hasn't moved far, drawing sustenance from the surprisingly large, thriving and mutually supportive music scene of Duluth: Parr's 2011 album of traditional songs, Keep Your Hands on the Plow features locals including Charlie's wife, Emily Parr; old-timey banjo/fiddle band Four Mile Portage; and Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of the renowned alternative rock band Low.
The combination of industrial meat factory where both of his parents worked proud union jobs, set in a largely rural environment, had a broad impact on Parr. "Every morning you'd hear the [factory] whistles blow, when I was a kid they had the stockyards and animals there, so you were surrounded by this atmosphere," Parr says. "My mom and dad would come home from work, their smocks would be covered by paprika and gore."
But out the back door were soybean fields, as far as they eye could see. "As a kid I thought it was kind of boring, but now I go and visit my mom and I think it's the most beautiful landscape there is."
What leisure time was available was spent at an uncle's farm a few miles away in Hollandale, where Charlie would pick the potatoes and other crops that would feed their families. Charlie's father and uncle would buy whole cows from a local cattle farm. The family rarely ate Spam.
Parr shows the same resourcefulness on the road, averaging 3 or 4 shows a week, year round. To stay in traveling shape, he eats home-prepared meals such as spicy lentil curry, black bean chili and mix vegetables that cook on the manifold of his van while he drives. "It's a good heat source and it's handy—25 miles on the manifold will cook about anything you want."
To many, Parr is considered a regional artist, which is another way of saying he doesn't like to travel far from his family's Depression era roots. "From Cleveland to Seattle and down to San Francisco and back is my area," he says, though the focus is unquestionably Minnesota and the Northern Plains. Yet he's built a big enough audience in both Ireland and Australia to tour both regularly. He's had especially good fortune Down Under, where his "1922 Blues" was used as the counterintuitive music behind a Vodafone mobile commercial and became a viral and radio success. Three of his songs added atmospheric resonance to the 2010 Australian western "Red Hill." On his last tour, his fourth of that continent, he was a guest DJ for three hours on a Melbourne roots music radio station, on which he played songs from his own mix CD. "The newest thing on it was some Bukka White recordings from the 1940s," Parr says with some incredulity. "People were calling all morning to say how much they like the music."
Quiet, thoughtful and humble, Parr has made two albums of spirituals, and a few traditional songs of the hard life and the hereafter are always in his live sets. Such music isn't necessarily rooted in the Methodist church in which he grew up: "It was more like, let's get the service over quick so we can get downstairs and drink coffee and have pie!" But faith, though undefined, underlines all of Charlie's music, both in the listening, the covering, the writing and performing.
"When you listen to Charley Patton playing something like 'Prayer of Death,' way over and above it just being a 'Charley Patton' song, or a 'spiritual' song, it's one of the most beautiful and haunting pieces of music you'll ever hear in your life. You can't quite put your thumb on it, you just want to do something like that so much...I don't think I ever have, but it's a weird, visceral thing. Any time I get a song like that right, I get kind of that weird feeling, you know?"
—Wayne Robins, April 2012
Wayne Robins has been writing about music since the 1960s, and lives in New York
Charlie and the Foxtrots
Nashville-born Charlie and the Foxtrots is a meeting of seven musical minds. Starting in January 2013, Chas Wilson (vocals/guitar) recruited each of the ‘foxtrots’ one by one into the current line up: James Varner (drums/vocals), Matt McClure (bass), Jeremy Webster (piano/vocals), Andrew Mcpheters (banjo/mandolin/trumpet , Josh Ramos (guitar/harmonica/banjo/mandolin), and Rob Hutchison (fiddle). The folk/pop group worked at a galloping pace to record their first EP in March 2013 after the support of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, officially launching the band in June 2013.
A melting pot of sounds, Charlie and the Foxtrots draw on its members influences to create poppy, energetic writing intertwined with country/folk instrumentation reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Local Natives. Blending their unique styles to create a dynamic alliance, the band is slated to release their first full-length album in 2014.
Honey & Houston
Honey & Houston is singer/songwriters Lauren Houston, Heather Turner (Tupelo Honey) with lead instrumentalist Mark Cretcher and Daniel Peterson on drums. Their original folk/americana music blends country and blues influences with sweet "sister" harmonies and a little taste of gypsy on the side.
Maria Carrelli is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. It's music, people! Come take a listen!
Ages 21+ / Americana is the perfect concoction of American roots music that comprises our musical ethos as we know it today. It is something so engrained in our history, folklore, tradition, and mythology that it is not as simple as just “becoming” Americana, but rather, it is something that you are born into. It’s that old cast-iron Coca-Cola sign that’s been in your neighbor’s shed for 50 years, a banjo and a Fender telecaster playing together, a 1955 Chevy with a modern stereo.
There are few artists that can truly encapsulate the essence and true range of Americana like Muscle Shoals artist Hannah Aldridge, whose musical pedigree precedes her and speaks for itself.
Hannah Aldridge is the daughter of Alabama Music Hall of Famer Walt Aldridge, who is one of the most prolific songwriters of the modern musical era. Twice named by Billboard magazine as one of the Top Country Songwriters of the year, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, and countless Number One and Top Ten hits recorded by the likes of Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, Travis Tritt, Earl Thomas Conley, Ricky Van Shelton, Ronnie Milsap, and Conway Twitty.
With sounds ranging from blues in the Mississippi Delta to the dusty, dixieland jazz sounds from New Orleans, the musical stylings of Muscle Shoals on up to the primitive roots of American Country music, Hannah Aldridge leaves no inspiration or influence untapped.
“I think people have forgotten what real drums and real voices sound like. We have been so overexposed to these pre-packaged “#1 hits” that when there is anything that has any glimpse of truth or rawness to it, it is like a fresh breath of air. Americana music really is lyrically driven and is meant to make people think, which is the total opposite of most of the stuff out there on the radio, so I think that naturally people are being drawn towards it.”, says Aldridge.
Besides being a seasoned staff songwriter for BAR Music with song placements in television shows like Hart of Dixie (CW) and recognition from American Songwriter as well as Relix Magazine, her vocal talents rarely go unrecognized, something that lends itself to being true to the Americana methodology of not using excessive “talent-enhancing” techniques in the studio or live. Both her natural and cultivated talent help her to emote with both listeners and musicians alike on a truly organic level.
Seasoned by both life events and musical events since the release of her first EP, “Wanderer” in 2011 (then “Unplugged and Unraveled” in 2012), Hannah’s upcoming release “Razor Wire” shows a stark difference of growth in musical sensibility, writing, and maturity.
Hannah has toured all across the United States and Europe gaining a grassroots movement of fans that wait in silent adoration of the return of their Americana Heir Apparent Princess of Muscle Shoals.
Look for “Razor Wire” in May 2014.
Ages 18+ / http://www.drivinncryin.com/bio
Ages 18+ / OXFORD, Miss.—Few studio albums have had a birth process like Jimbo Mathus’ new release, Dark Night of the Soul. To create his ninth album, the singer-songwriter spent nearly a year going to Dial Back Sound Studio, near his home in Taylor, Mississippi, to work on new tunes. Dial Back Sound, however, isn’t just any conveniently located studio, but one operated by Fat Possum Records’ Bruce Watson, who offered Mathus this extended opportunity to create the follow-up to his highly-regarded Fat Possum debut White Buffalo.
Like having a regular gig at a neighborhood bar, Mathus would drop by the studio every couple of weeks and hash out song ideas with engineer/instrumentalist Bronson Tew. Mathus ended up with around 40 songs and Watson heard them all. “He acted as my editor,” Mathus explains. “I really trust him. He would come in and say, ‘I like this or could we change a little of that?’”
Mathus enjoyed the casual, low-pressure studio environment but also felt challenged to bring new material to the table every week. “I would pull out scraps of paper from my wallet that normally I would dump in the trash and those would be the ones that Bruce liked.” The ones Watson would gravitate to be the darker songs — the ones, Mathus confides, he would typically keep private. “So collaboratively,” he says, “we brought them to life.” This process resulted in his most personal and hardest rocking album to date. While on earlier releases, the Mississippi-bred Mathus tended to showcase his encyclopedic facility with Southern roots music, this time, however, he really wanted to play his songs unselfconsciously — “letting them just fall off the bone.”
This emphasis on “more ultra chrome and less sepia tones,” as Mathus calls it, arrives on the title track that opens the album. Fiery electric guitars match the artist’s emotionally wrenching vocals as he pleads to be taken to his “sweet solution.” A similar search for salvation fuels the impassioned soul-rocker “White Angel,” while a more rollicking spirit imbues the ’70s Southern rock-flavored “Rock and Roll,” where the piano is pounded as hard as the guitars. “Shine Like a Diamond,” a love ode to Mathus’ wife Jennifer, sparkles like an old Van Morrison-style gem, complete with some “sha-la-la” near the end.
Dark Night grows funkier in its second half with tracks like “Fire in the Canebrake” and “Casey Caught the Cannonball.” Mathus’ take on the Casey Jones legend (which he wrote from facts he got off of a roadside marker) conjures up memories of The Band, as does another Dixie-based tale, “Hawkeye Jordan.” The album ends in a rather dark place with the closing tracks: the junkie lament “Medicine” and eerie eulogy “Butcher Bird.”
On most of Dark Night’s tracks, Mathus’ acoustic guitar is surrounded by the electric guitar played by his longtime sideman Matt Pierce and pal Eric “Roscoe” Ambel. (Ambel produced White Buffalo but on Dark Night he focuses exclusively on his righteous guitar playing.) The album’s raw, rock sound arose from the fact that most of the tracks were recorded live in the studio with Mathus’ band, the Tri-State Coalition, which he found “very liberating way of doing it.” Mathus feels very in synch with his bandmates (keyboardist Eric Carlton, drummer Ryan Rogers, guitarist Pierce and guest bassist and Drive By Trucker Matt Patton) since they have played together now for several years. “The intensity you’re hearing on this album,” he proclaims, “is the spirit of a band that is putting its shit on the line.”
As potent as the band’s recordings are, the album also contains several tracks — including “Casey,” “Medicine” and the swampy blues number “Tallahatchie” — that were actually studio demos. Watson, Mathus explains, didn’t find anything to change in them. It’s this level of trust between the two men that has brought forth and formed the heart of Dark Night. In Mathus’ words, Bruce is “someone who sees what I am capable of doing and wants other people to hear it too. The record is a testament of his vision of me — and an accurate depiction of the way I experience life with its high ups and its far downs.”
While Mathus plays less of the musical historian role on his new album, his love and knowledge of roots music still radiates throughout his songs. “Knowing about some banjo part on a Gus Cannon record informs me on writing a song like ‘Dark Night of the Soul,’ believe it or not,” Mathus reveals. “It’s all in my frame of reference and my musical DNA.”
This musical DNA has been in him since birth. His father and relatives were all skilled musicians who filled the house with old folk, country and blues tunes. By the age of eight, Mathus was joining them on mandolin and by his teenage years had learned guitar and piano. High school led to playing in punk and new wave bands, the most notable being Johnny Vomit and the Dry Heaves and The End, with future Oblivian Jack Yarber. Post high school, Mathus studied Philosophy at Mississippi State University before leaving to travel around America. In doing so he worked various jobs, including an influential stint as a barge tankerman on the mighty Mississippi River. Settling in Chapel Hill, N.C., he drummed in the cult rock band Metal Flake Mother prior to starting the Squirrel Nut Zippers. This ahead-of-its-time retro roots band scored a hit with “Hot” and performed at President Clinton’s second Inauguration and the 1996 Summer Olympics. Following the Zippers’ split, Mathus worked with such noted artists such as Buddy Guy and Elvis Costello, and collaborated with North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and Alvin Youngblood Hart in the South Memphis String Band. He also recorded his own albums (including one dedicated to his childhood nanny Rosetta Patton, the daughter of Delta blues icon Charley Patton).
With the South being so central to his life, it’s no surprise that Mathus and his band are very popular there. “I could stay in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and never have to leave,” he admits, “but the point is I want people to hear this album — to bring a little gris-gris to the rest of America.”
All Ages / *This show is general admission standing room*
Frameworks are a melodic hardcore band from Gainesville, FL. Forming in early 2011, they released their debut EP Every Day Is The Same, in October 2011. They incorporate elements of post-hardcore and screamo/skramz together, promoting their own brand of melody driven hardcore.
After receiving a small following from their debut EP Every Day Is The Same, they gained backing from 13th Floor Records, an independent record label from Fort Mill, SC. Through them they released their latest EP, Small Victories in February 2013. They plan to release their debut LP with Topshelf Records in 2014.
There are not many bands that are able to sound desperate and at the same time positive. GATES prove that it is possible to combine passionate sounds with heartbreaking lyrics without sounding suicidal. When it comes to music like this GATES offer perfection. More honesty is simply not possible.
Ages 18+ / NORTHSIDE GARAGE (Cincinnati, OH) is throwing a launch party for their upcoming two-song EP. While working on their next LP, these two songs refused to stay in their cage until the album was finished, so those repairmen of rock were forced to let them out early. With a powerful return to their driving rock style, these songs will have even the most stoic of wallflowers nodding their heads to the beat.
Northside Garage plays infectious, dance-inducing garage rock, straight from the Queen City. Their high-energy live shows are filled with high-energy music to match, drawing influences from blues, rockabilly, and punk rock. Sleek, fast, and powerful, Northside Garage plays the sonic equivalent of a ’67 Buick 355 Wildcat with nitro.
"One of my favorite local bands in town to go out and see...everybody's cool, down to earth, and (they) put on a great show live.” ~Eddy Mullet, ClassX Radio
TIGER SEX is a four piece rock n’ roll band, born in Las Vegas, that brings the past and future together with their in your face sound. With influences ranging from the birth of rock n’ roll to dirty garage punk, they created their own music that will make your minds melt. Like an angry, dirty tiger that hasn't eaten, they’re Extra Wild!
THE MUDLARKS Witt-Guitar, Vocals, Pedals, Accounting, Lambert-Bass, Vocals, Veteran Barber, Davidson-Guitar, Pedals, ScientistCole-Drums, Medically Insured All four men were born into the mid-20th epochal time line to suburban to centaurian engineers, frontiersmen, marketeers, and of course geo-commons both above and within the Eight Great Ohio Underground Valley's in various unconnected counties near the Bay of Fundy.
Ages 21+ / Jeremiah Sammartano, the Los Angeles based, Emmy nominated Native American singer/songwriter who fronts the bluesy/Americana group, Jeremiah and the Red Eyes, has covered many miles over the past several years - taking the various roads spreading music influenced by the raw blues of Charley Patton, the lyrical and often raucous sounds of The Pogues, the twang of Willie Nelson, and some vintage rock and roll - "Delta Blues and Twangy Grooves" - from Los Angeles outward through the Southwest, Austin, St. Louis, Nashville (where he relocated for a spell in 2008-2009), Chicago - and overseas to the UK. In the past Jeremiah has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Southern Culture On The Skids, David Olney, Mike Stinson, SHURMAN and has performed on the radio shows: WDVX Blue Plate Special out of Knoxville, TN., The Live@Lunch show on KRFC out of Fort Collins, CO., and Chris Morris' Watusi Rodeo show out of Los Angeles. In Spring 2011 Jeremiah received an Emmy nomination for writing music for the documentary, Prison Through Tomorrow's Eyes. Three albums have been released - 2004's Red Eyed And Restless and 2010's Under Your Spell and in December 2012, a 10 song album called HOME - which was followed, in 2013, by local shows and a Southwest tour with friend Mikaela Dewar, from New Zealand currently living in Nashville, and shows across the Midwest and South. Plans for a Fall/Winter tour is in the works - and also to return to the UK.
Ages 18+ / The Lockland Brakes
Well, here’s the story. Opie and Jeff were in a band called Situation Red. J Duckworth has been the face of Duppy a Jamba, now the Newport Secret Six and he also plays an active roll in The DAAP Girls. And, Nick… I don’t know where we found this dude, but I’m glad we did. Holy crap, that might be the most boring story I’ve ever told. Are you still reading this?
"Third time I've listened to it ["G.C.R.P."] this morning. I'm one away from pounding beers and smashing everything on my desk." - Drisk Nation
Since our formation in the summer of 2011, we've played 190+ shows including two US tours and an East Coast/Canadian Tour; 18 weeks and over 26,000 miles in total. On our DIY label, BirdsEye Records, we self-released our debut full-length, "Class & Cruelty", in May 2012 and our sophomore 7", "When It Hits", in September 2013. Relentlessly devoted to punk rock, expect plenty of announcements in the coming months because we're dead set on making 2014 our best year to date.
Be sure to check out our website for updates, media, tour dates, and other stupid shit! - www.OC45sucks.com
Also, stream/purchase our albums at: OC45.bandcamp.com
Noisy Pop Dudes from Mardou and Dead North.
A Cincinnati-based band, influenced by punk, soul and garage rock. According to some reviews, we sound like Agent Orange meets the Midwest. Go figure.
Past members of Meeoow Motherfucker, Duggout, Busy Kids and Manaconda come together to fuck shit up again. Don't be surprised if you kinda like us.
Ages 21+ / AMERICANA FROM THE HEARTLAND
The Stampede String Band’s aggressive arrangements and powerful old-time harmonies mix Bill Monroe-style bluegrass with Mellencamp- flavored radio rock for a unique Americana sound. Featuring mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, and harmonica, this four-piece brings huge harmonies, improvisational instrumentation, and a lot of fun to every venue. The band is currently touring in support of their first album,“Moonsville.”
Ages 18+ / Long the bards of downward mobility, Southern Culture on the Skids have always embodied a sleazy, raucous, goodnatured, goodtime take on the culture of the South. Recently described by Dwight Yoakam (in Filter) as 'really on the outside, like Dick Dale meets Hank Thompson,' SCOTS have mixed high and low culture for decades, endlessly touring, serving up moonshine martinis and poultry picking for fans everywhere.
Since 1983, when they formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, SCOTS have played their unique hybrid of Americana, surf, R&B, rockabilly, and swamp pop (the band describes their sound as 'toe sucking geek rock kinda weird, but it feels good when youre doing it'), all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweatdrenched paroxysms of joy. Assisted by his cohorts in chaos drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff Miller and crew have been prolific and ubiquitous for over twenty years.
From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to the international smash, 1998s Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single 'Camel Walk'), and up to 2007s gender bending album of cover tunes Countrypolitan Favorites, Southern Culture on the Skids have continued to throw what Rolling Stone dubbed 'a hell raising rock and roll party.' Their 2005 live outing, Doublewide and Live!, captured all of this on tape, dirty, rough, wild and above all fun!! 2010 saw the bands first selfrelease, The Kudzu Ranch, plus the reissue of their classic 1991 album, Too Much Pork For Just One Fork. In 2011 the band released the out of print 1996 Santo Swings EP digitally for the first time ever on Cinco de Mayo.
Now this fall the band is gearing up for the release of Zombified Extended Reissue on September 27, 2011. Southern Culture On The Skids tribute to the horror and exploitation movies that populated Southern theaters and driveins during the 60s and 70s, Zombified is being released this fall on Kudzu Records. Originally released in Australia as an eight song EP in 1998, Zombified is now a fulllength album with the addition of five new tunes.
The new and improved Zombified has been remastered and repackaged with cover art by Sean Starwars and design by Yee Haw industries. Rick Miller, guitarist and singer for the band said, 'you know, the Zombified EP never had a proper U.S. release and the band is excited about it happening now as a full album.' The album will be available in all formats, CD, digital download and LP.
Ages 18+ / Noah's newest EP, called Family, pays homage to the people who have shaped his life--rather than the self-aggrandizing so common to the often homogeneous world of singer-songwriters."Family comes in many forms," says Noah. "It lives with us, for better and for worse. It shapes us. Thats what this album is about."
Fittingly, a member of Noah's family, his sister Abby Gundersen, plays violin and sings vocal harmonies on the EP. Her soft voice and lush string accompaniments compliment beautifully what are a magnetic and emotionally charged group of songs. The two have been playing music together since Noah was 15 and Abby was 12 years old, while growing up in the Seattle area. They've also performed in the local band The Courage together. "The musical communication I've had with Abby is unlike anything I've experienced elsewhere. It's a really special thing. Having her with me makes me so much more confident in what I'm doing," says Noah. (Also, Abby recently moonlighted as a tour accompanist for acclaimed singer-songwriter Jarrod Gorbel).
The songs on Family are consistently impressive and defy genre. Whereas roots-tinged songs like "Family" conjure up shades of a solo Ryan Adams, the sweeping and etherial "Fire," bears similarities to the lush harmonic feats of Fleet Foxes. Perhaps the album's standout track is the pulsating "David," which combines the haunting darkness of Tom Waits with the lyrical angst of Neil Young. "The song is about who I want to be, while realizing who I am. I want to be less like my Father and more like my Dad."
Family, produced with Daniel Mendez, will be released August 6th. Noah will be celebrating the achievement at Seattle's Columbia City Theater on the day of the release. (Advance tickets available at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/183641). Made in just a short week in Dallas, Family is only a brief taste of what's to come from Noah Gundersen. Production on a full band album will commence this Fall.
Ages 18+ / Naked, stripped down and aching with adrenaline is the rawness of Leopold and his Fiction. A revolving group of friends led by Daniel James (lead vocal/guitar), their essential make up sprouted from collaborations made on the road in the whirlwind cycle of touring. From San Francisco to LA to Austin various musical adventures had come and gone, until James found a common vision in the musicians he'd met along the way. Originally formed as an outlet for Daniel to exercise his virtues gained from years living in Detroit, Leopold and his Fiction absorbed pieces of the Motown catalog along with the protopunk resonance of Iggy's Stooges and molded them into a personal version of the rock 'n' roll dream. It's as if they, themselves, are connected directly into an electrical outlet. "The band elicits a power when it's time to perform that is unable to be harnessed in any other medium short of a fist fight," says James. "Whether that's on stage or in a recording studio it's almost hard to contain it. It's more life than I've ever felt before." It was that sonic fever that landed the group recent support slots for The Cult and ZZ Top. For the past year Leopold and his Fiction have been working with Grammy-nominated producer Chris "Frenchie" Smith (The Datsuns, Slayer, Jet, The Dandy Warhols, etc.) in recording and capturing a captivating musical journey that is as relentless as it is inspiring.
Ages 18+ / Timber Timbre is the brainchild of Taylor Kirk, the commanding persona at the fore of its spacious, weighted sound.
With Hot Dreams, Kirk and longtime collaborator Simon Trottier daub vibrant colour across the rest-less evolution of Timber Timbre's earthy, angular palette.
The elements – Kirk's singular intonation, quavered in slow, low register, over stark orchestration – combine in haunting resonance with rotation of music and time.
Normalized is the bedrock essence of folksy and fifties Timber Timbre, now cached in smoothed, viscous tonality: new sonic admissions, ringing sensuality and caprice, neon and haze.
On the acclaimed Creep On Creepin' On (2011) – nominated for two 2012 JUNO Awards and a spot on the Polaris Music Prize Short List – Timber Timbre transmuted the hollow grey tones of Timber Timbre (2009) into plaintive doo-wop through oblique, concrete passages.
With Hot Dreams, Timber Timbre transposes new definitions of historic ambience, unabashedly weaving unity between disparate, charted environments.
Timber Timbre's third full length on Arts & Crafts is its most cinematic work, connecting arid western to plodding horror with the pomp of Hollywood phantasm. Fittingly, Timber Timbre music from previous records has been heard on AMC's Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead OST.
On the title single "Hot Dreams", guitars chime melancholy and petulance, animating a sometimes reticent Kirk, singing "I want to follow through, follow through, follow through / On all my promises and threats to you".
The sustained consonance of Mika Posen's string arrangements mingle with vintage contributions from Olivier Fairfield on drums and Mathieu Charbonneau on keys: pivotal players in Timber Timbre's lineage returning on Hot Dreams. Atypically velvet saxophone lines of repeat guest Colin Stetson echo with the backing vocals of Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy, Austra).
The grooved insistence of "Curtains!?" – penned with Simone Schmidt (Fiver, One Hundred Dollars) – punctuates Timber Timbre's peculiar sound with soft violence and definite metre.
Culled from ideas born during a stint Kirk spent in Laurel Canyon, Hot Dreams coalesced throughout 2013 with Trottier joining Kirk as composer and producer. The pair arranged the new material at The Banff Centre, later adding an array of synthesizers from Calgary's National Music Centre. The record was engineered by Graham Lessard at the Banff Centre and Thee Mighty Hotel 2 Tango in Montreal, and mixed by Mark Lawson.
Hot Dreams immediately instills as Timber Timbre's most lush and focused, evocative and flourished work to date: so distinctly familiar though it precedes memory, recognizable only as itself, as woodsy evokes the exotic.
Ages 18+ / When it came time for the Dodos to begin writing their fifth LP, Carrier, singer/guitarist Meric Long wanted to start over.
The uncertainty of the band's trajectory as well as the passing of guitarist Chris Reimer brought about a reassessment of things within the band, and in particular Long's songwriting.
In need of a different vantage point, Long began writing words before music for the first time, enveloping himself in silence rather than sound.
When it came time to set these lyrics to music, Long started writing with only his electric guitar in hand — another first. The focus on this instrument was due in large part to the time Long spent with Reimer, the guitarist for Women who had joined Long and percussionist Logan Kroeber to become the third member of the Dodos throughout 2011 before unexpectedly passing away early the following year.
"Chris was a huge influence on the way I think about guitar, songwriting, and music in general," reveals Long. "Seeing how he could transform and shape sound with an electric guitar inspired me to explore more tones and use those tones to begin writing a song."
And so, when he began to formulate the tracks that would ultimately comprise Carrier, Long employed two principles he inherited from Reimer: patience to let a song develop and a judgment-free enthusiasm for sound.
To this end, Long and Kroeber decided to record in their hometown of San Francisco for the first time, allowing for less time constraints and a more pressure-free experience than past out-of-state sessions had afforded.
Although John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studio was initially selected for its analog-friendly set-up, the duo were happy to find themselves working within a supportive community of like-minded musicians that included engineers Jay and Ian Pellicci, both of whom assisted in the production of Carrier, as well as the Magik Magik Orchestra, which appears on several tracks.
As a result, the album the Dodos crafted is refreshingly sincere: no computers, no gimmicks — just eleven songs that are beautiful and solid and true and honest.
"Substance" effortlessly embodies all of these traits, from the crisp drumming that announces its arrival to the bright guitar lines that weave in and out before eventually joining forces with a triumphant burst of trumpets.
"Confidence" begins like a calm before the storm, its strong vocals over gentle guitar and drums soon erupting into a positively epic display of guitar riffs and hypnotizing percussion.
The record's second side is anchored by "The Current," on which an angular guitar tone loops over a chugging guitar rhythm to satisfying effect as Long declares in a moment of catharsis, "If this love comes unto me / I'm with it / I'm with it."
Much too soon, Carrier ends with "The Ocean" — though Long and Kroeber view the track less as a conclusion and more of a "to be continued" into this album's follow-up, which they have already begun working on.
For a band briefly in flux, it's clear now that the Dodos' outlook on the future has never looked more certain.
Ages 18+ / For the past eight years, Boston's rising stars Girls Guns and Glory have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring (about 200 gigs a year worldwide), the release of four critically acclaimed records, a slew of local awards, including being the Boston Music Awards first act of its genre to win Act of the Year, and international awards (Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards). And, now, the hard-working band is refining their focus to the roots of rock 'n' roll with a twist of country on their fifth album, "Good Luck," due on February 4, 2014 on Lonesome Day Records.
The foursome (Ward Hayden on vocals/guitar, Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass/piano, Josh Kiggans on drums/percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar/banjo) found inspiration for this record from early '50s rock 'n' roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
The early rock 'n' roll inspiration is somewhat of a full circle moment for Hayden. "This style of music was in the house I grew up in," explains Hayden. "My mom was a fan of the earlier country music and early rock 'n' roll, but I didn't have real taste for it until I was about 20. I had this beat up old Oldsmobile that didn't have a radio, only a tape deck. My mom would lend me her tapes of Johnny Cash or Hank Williams so I'd have something to listen to. I fell in love with the sound; it was everything I had been looking for."
Fast-forward to today and GGG is looking back to that era of music for a more rock 'n' roll-focused record with producer Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Nils Lofgren, Steve Earle, The Bottle Rockets) at the helm. "We were familiar with the work he'd done with Steve Earle and The Bottle Rockets and he was Joan Jett's original guitarist. Right after we made our fourth record 'Sweet Nothings' in 2011, he heard us on the radio and contacted us, asking about our plans. It's funny because we had been talking about trying to get in touch with him and there he is calling us out of the blue," explains Hayden.
It was this serendipitous coming together that really solidified the sound of "Good Luck." "One of the ways we really benefited from Roscoe was that he had seen us play live several times and was able to see what the audience reacted to the most," continues Hayden. "Even though we play a variety of styles of music, he saw that fans really reacted to the more rocking songs. We wanted to focus this album on making more of a straightforward rock 'n' roll record that would translate well to the live show and he really helped us accomplish that."
Of the band's musical evolution over the past few years, Hayden says, "Our sound has been evolving from country to where we are now. I label what we do now as American music. It's really rooted in various American forms of music whether it's rockabilly or hillbilly boogie or traditional country or rock 'n' roll. I consider us a rock 'n' roll band blended with classic country music, but this new album is really more of a straight up rock 'n' roll album."
The 10-track album kicks off with the heartfelt, feel-good rocker "All the Way Up To Heaven," which sets the tone for the album thematically. "It's about finally winning in love and feeling that thrill of getting something good and having a true appreciation of it. For a lot of our older stuff, my muse was a long-term relationship that had not ended well. For this record, I didn't have that same muse. I have an appreciation of finally having something good and developed that appreciation from having something that was less than good before. We went from 'tear in your beer' types of songs to the feeling of 'I own every star up in the sky,' a lyric from this song," says the singer.
The record was written over the past two years with the exception of two songs, "Shake Like Jello" and "UUU," which have been in the band's repertoire for about four years. "We never really had a place for those songs because we were viewing ourselves more of a country band than a rock 'n' roll band and those two songs are definitely more rocking. They fit perfectly on this album," he notes.
Another key track showing off the band's love and appreciation for all things rock is "C’mon Honey." "I think this is my favorite song on the record because it has these elements of punk and the Ramones mixed with Eddie Cochran rock 'n' roll. Roscoe and I both love the Ramones, so this sound is kind of the result of that," he says. Lyrically, the song was inspired by a night out with the band where every member had a lovers' quarrel with their significant other on the same night. The next day, "C'mon Honey" was born.
Another song close to GGG's heart and the band's Northeast roots is the ballad "Centralia, PA." "Chris and Paul are originally from Eastern Pennsylvania and we tour a lot in that area. We found out about this coal-mining town there called Centralia that was destroyed by a coal fire over 50 years ago. It's a ghost town now because it's unfit to live in. I became fascinated by the tragic story of the town and we kind of wanted to put Centralia back on the map with this song," he says.
While the band had the luxury of time while writing the album, recording it was just the opposite. They laid down 10 tracks in just six days of somewhat short recording sessions of just nine or 10 hours at a time. The speed of the recording is a testament to the band's musical prowess. "We went in there very prepared and knew to use our time effectively and efficiently. The songs were pretty much ready to go, with the exception of 'All The Way Up To Heaven' because having banjo wasn't originally the idea. Same thing with the saxophone on 'Be Your Man' - those were the missing elements for those songs," he explains.
Unlike on previous recordings where auxiliary musicians were brought in to play special parts, every instrument on "Good Luck" was played by the band members themselves with the exception of the saxophone of "Be Your Man." For instance, Hersch, who was rated one of the Top 20 Roots Guitar Players by the Alternate Root magazine, plays banjo on "All The Way Up to Heaven." Dilley plays piano on "Shake Like Jello" and "Built For Speed," and Ward traded in his trusty acoustic guitar for an electric six-string marking the singer's first time playing an electric. "We wanted to do as much ourselves as possible. That was another one of Roscoe's influences; he said these are songs for electric guitar not acoustic as we originally planned. It's made it so our live show now has electric rhythm guitar as well," says Hayden.
As for the album's title, each band member threw about 10 ideas into the hat and "Good Luck" was the only one that everyone could agree on. Hayden explains where it came from: "I picked up this really cool token that featured all these different good luck icons like a four-leaf clover, a wishbone, a swami looking into a crystal ball, and the all-seeing eye. And that's exactly what we wish for this album - good luck. But there's also the sarcastic way to say good luck and with the state of the music industry today it's kind of like, 'yeah good luck.' The guys liked both the literal and sarcastic meaning of it, so it stuck."
"Good Luck," which was produced and mixed by Ambel and recorded by Mario Viele at Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is available on CD, vinyl and iTunes on February 4, 2014 via Lonesome Day Records, an independent label that specialized in Americana and Bluegrass with previous releases including Fred Eaglesmith’s critically acclaimed Tinderbox and Cha Cha Cha.
And for a fitting close to a wild and wonderful 2013 Girls Guns and Glory took home Americana Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards and Ward Hayden won for Male Vocalist of the Year. And, Girls Guns and Glory is currently on the road...as usual!
Ages 18+ / Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been heralded since 2007 for delivering a fast-paced, horn-driven rock and roll experience - crashing, oohing, wailing, and perhaps even shredding. But how does it all work?
It's in the sound! Thanks to tastefully gritty guitars, bombastic drums and plunky bass -- not to mention the sweet vocal harmonies and fanfaric brass of trumpet and trombone -- HGTR delivers catchy, danceable numbers that will leave you humming and grinning time and time again. And it all comes straight from the heads and hearts of its talented young performers: six handsome gents from North Carolina who write dynamic, authentic songs and spend a whole lot of time traveling in a van together.
"You guys have really got something!" says Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. "A soul-rock horn band that recalls '60s and '70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz," declares NPR. Paste continues, "Soul-inspired rock, that maintains a rootsy sound, brightened by warm swells of horns and rich harmonies.”
"Thanks!" say Charlie, Hank, Kevin, Ross, Matt and Stephen. "Since 2009, we've played about one hundred fifty shows each year -- on both coasts and in many places in between -- even festivals like Shakori Hills, Belle Chere, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Floyd Fest and Wakarusa!"
Their third studio album, Sweat Like the Old Days, which was released in September 2012, reveals a group of songwriters producing mature, thoughtful lyrics atop lush arrangements. It is a wholly original sound which signals a bright and enduring future for years to come.
Fresh from recording their latest album in Philadelphia with renowned engineer, Bill Moriarty, the band is confident this batch of tunes will be lauded as their most musical musings yet.
Ages 18+ / Ed Ackerson is a local musician who is currently in complete renal failure. He is on dialysis while waiting for a matching donor kidney. Ed has been battling kidney disease for over twenty years. This will be his third transplant. Over the last two decades, Ed has played to thousands of people on hundreds of gigs with dozens of musicians. He has been in many of the tri-state's more popular bands including Hurricane, Stays In Vegas, Strangelove, and the Snowshoe Crabs.
Ed lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife Leslie and their four children.
A silent auction will also be part of this event.
All Ages / The dreamy, bittersweet music of Margot & the Nuclear So and So's is primarily the work of singer/songwriter Richard Edwards, who formed the indie rock collective in his native Indianapolis. Named after the Margot Tenenbaum character in Wes Anderson's sophisticated comedy The Royal Tenenbaums, the band took root in 2004, when Edwards decided to flesh out his scenic chamber pop sound with help from guitarist Andy Fry, cellist Jesse Lee, pianist Emily Watkins, trumpeter Hubert Glover, drummer Chris Fry, percussionist Casey Tennis, and bassist Tyler Watkins.
The Dust of Retreat The band's debut album, The Dust of Retreat, was issued on the local indie label Standard Recording in 2005. The picturesque, dozen-song set earned the band a loyal following, and Margot & the Nuclear So and So's signed with Artemis Records later that year. A remixed and remastered version of The Dust of Retreat was released in March 2006, but a series of label acquisitions (Artemis bought V2, Virgin Records effectively absorbed the band, and Capitol merged with Virgin) convinced the group to partner with another company instead. They relocated to the Epic roster in October 2007 while working on their sophomore release. After tracking approximately 25 songs, however, the band clashed with Epic over which songs to include in the final release. As a result, two versions of the album were released: Animal!, a vinyl and digital release of the band's preferred version, and Not Animal, a traditional CD release featuring those songs favored by the label.
Buzzard After touring in support of the Animal! albums, Edwards relocated to Chicago and began pruning the band's lineup, eventually dissolving it altogether and rebuilding it from the ground up. Margot & the Nuclear So and So's thus became a six-piece band featuring Brian Deck on drums, Ronnie Kwasman and Erik Kang on guitar, Cameron McGill on keyboards, and Tyler Watkins on bass. Watkins and Kang had both played in an earlier version of Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, while the other three were Chicago-based musicians who joined the lineup in 2009. After building a makeshift recording studio in an abandoned movie theater, the six explored a lean, rock-influenced sound on Buzzard, which became the band's third album after its release in September 2010. In 2012 the band returned with Rot Gut, Domestic, a stylistically adventurous album exploring more guitar driven 90's-styled rock and flirting with country-western influences.
Ages 21+ / Following an eventful year in and out of the studio and on the road consistently, Matt Poss Band are steadily proving that overnight success can take a while to accomplish. It's not unusual for new fans to think that this band suddenly just appeared out of nowhere, but in fact they've been paying their dues for many years, performing across the Midwest and continually improving on all fronts. New fans are drawn in by the songs, the musicianship and the dynamic live shows, but they're retained primarily by the affable personalities in the band, as well as the honest images and feelings conjured up by the song lyrics.
Matt Poss Band's most recent studio effort, entitled 'Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride', was released in November of 2011. Recorded in Nashville over the course of about a year and a half, it's the fourth album to spring forth from the Matt Poss Band camp since 2003. About the new disc, band founder, primary songwriter and lead singer Matt Poss says: "This record definitely shows our growth in terms of songwriting, as well as an improved depth of musicianship, and we think our fans will really like it. The progress from the first record to this one is tremendous and we're quite proud of it."
In 2009 and 2010 Matt Poss Band successfully headlined the "Pickup Truck Tour" across the Midwest, and also managed to squeeze in trips to Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan to perform for U.S. troops in and around war zones.
In between the headlining dates and USO/AFE tours, the band has managed to open shows and share the stage with some heavy hitters over the last few years. Some of these would include Shooter Jennings, David Allan Coe, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Georgia Satellites, Blackberry Smoke, Lady Antebellum, Pat Green, Miranda Lambert, Gary Allan and Brantley Gilbert. "If we're getting the calls," says Matt, "we'll continue to try to make it happen. We're not too picky – we like to play."
While the band strongly identifies with country music and continues to have success in that genre, it's not an easily categorized crowd that appears at the shows. Loyal country fans show up in droves, but the band also appeals to lovers of rock, bluegrass and everything in between. Upon listening to many of the songs, it makes perfect sense, because the music is not easily categorized either. Quite appropriately, the band say they've composed a new slogan that goes something like this:
"Sounds like Country, Feels like Rock, Tastes like Chicken."
Ages 18+ / Singer/songwriter of The Get Up Kids & The New Amsterdams plays melancholy folk tunes.
Ages 21+ / When Ben Daniels decided he was going to be a musician, it was more than a career choice. A natural poet, this young songwriter went to school on Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, and Jack White, among others. His lyrics speak directly to a younger generation that hears, sees, and thinks about the very things he’s writing. From their opening song to the finale of their set, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with their originality, musicianship, and a sound that spans blues, reggae, hip hop, and even jazz.
BDB has played throughout Michigan, as well as Nashville and New York City. As a solo artist, Ben has stepped on the stage in Austin, TX at the Cactus Cafe, as well as The Barns at Wolf Trap. He has even sang at the grave of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson in Greenwood, Mississippi. The son of actor Jeff Daniels, he has quietly monitored what it takes to live life as an artist. Beyond a passed down talent, the Ben Daniels Band believes in hard work, perseverance, and creatively challenging themselves and their audience.
Ages 18+ / Able Danger is a New Powerful Progressive Rock/Post Grunge/Rock band with Female Vocals. Hailing from Dayton, OH, Able Danger is a band with talented musicians who bring feeling and presence to the stage.
Ages 18+ / The studio environment for a working musician is equal parts laboratory, man cave, and holy place. On a steamy day in Austin, Texas at Yellow Dog Studios, there was a reverent hush that made it feel like a sacred service was underway. When the studio door opened, a song tumbled out. “Better get right, before the Lord gets ready,” a Gospel-drenched refrain; deliberate and soulful stuff. Through the glass, The Departed was playing live, facing each other in a circle, with Steve Littleton on Hammond B3 in a separate room, and Seth James singing with a world weary voice in the booth.
The guys came back into master control to listen to the track with co-producer Adam Odor. They all were looking down at their respective electronic devices while the music was on. Adam whispered that Cody Canada and The Departed were making a straight up rock record this time around, tapping into the eternal emotions and sonics that have informed the great American musical styles from the start. That album is called Adventūs, the Latin word for arrival.
The Adventūs album is fourteen tracks deep. The band members, Cody Canada, Seth James, Jeremy Plato, Steve Littleton, and new drummer Chris Doege, have never had the luxury before of starting the recording process with so many songs. They have worked collaboratively, bringing thoughts, phrases, verses and riffs together. This project, in fact this band, is a testament to the creative process. It is about playing what you want with whom you want, carving out a road family fueled by mutual appreciation for each other’s talent as well as the camaraderie.
Adam Odor put the process in perspective, "The Departed had the last year and a half to lock in, to find out who they are and what they are together. That’s the way they did it in the old days, when a band would get signed to a label. The A&R guy (Artist and Repertoire) would let them tour for a year or so, before he took them in the studio to record. That is what is happening with The Departed. These guys are all so good, the musicianship and the songs, and that is a rare thing when you have them both.” Cody explained further, “For this album, we were ready to roll. When we started practicing there was the feeling that we are honored to be doing this together. Doing other people’s songs for the first album, This Is Indian Land, gave us time to let the new stuff percolate. There are some really intricate songs, and so far, we have only played a couple of them out in public.”
Cody Canada was 16 years old when he arrived in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He found a creative nirvana of musicians who planted seeds that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Cody recalls, “I met Tom Skinner, Scott Evans, Bob Childers, Jimmy LaFave, Mike McClure, the Red Dirt Rangers and they were all playing this really, really good music. It was kind of in that same vibe as the Allman Brothers and The Band. But what came out of it was really diverse. There were more country acts like Jason Boland. The All American Rejects were the rock guys. Then you had the whole Red Dirt hippie thing…I didn’t even know what Red Dirt was until somebody told me. I got turned on to it all and it’s stayed with me ever since.”
Canada was front man for Cross Canadian Ragweed for fifteen years, where he tapped into those influences for their nine albums, four of which charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Country Albums Chart. They sold over a million albums and played to sell-out crowds, bringing the term “Red Dirt” to the nation. When Cross Canadian Ragweed decided to part ways, Cody resurfaced with a mission in mind, to pay homage to the Red Dirt writers and music that were formative. The Departed’s first priority was getting into the studio and cutting the Oklahoma tribute album that Cody had wanted to do for years. This is Indian Land came out last year, a 15-track “buffet of really kick-ass Okie songs,” Canada noted.
And so a seamless transition was made, Cody Canada and his long time Ragweed band mate, Jeremy Plato on bass and vocals; along with Seth James on guitar and vocals (Seth James Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard), Steve Littleton on B3 organ and keys (Live Oak Decline, Stoney LaRue & the Arsenals, Medicine Show) and Chris Doege on drums (Seth James Band, Nashville touring acts). The band members have known each other for years, and they know each other’s musicianship. They are excited to be playing together, stoked about the new beginning that their first studio album of original material provides.
Cody Canada & The Departed continues to hit the road hard. As excited as they are about their gigs, they are taking it all very seriously. Canada continues, “Now it’s a new band playing new songs so we’ve got to learn everything, get our game together and practice. It’s a whole lot of fun. I can’t sleep at night. It keeps me awake, not from worry but from excitement. We’re just ready to tear it up.”
Cody Canada, Jeremy Plato, Seth James, Steve Littleton, and Chris Doege embrace the future with Adventūs. The music rocks, shimmers, simmers; amplified by the heat of the Texas sun. Adventūs signals the arrival of The Departed.
All Ages / It’s called ‘chemistry’, an elusive quality that can be part history, part mystery and all intangible until the moment that you feel it. It’s a meant-to-be melding of the emotional and creative that can happen between songwriters, performers, best friends or life partners. For Josh and Nicole Johnson – the duo Elenowen – that connection is all of the above and much more. And on their self-titled EP, the chemistry they share is as rare – and real – as it gets.
Though emerging from the same Nashville-based Americana-folk scene as The Civil Wars, Elenowen deliver a sonic glow all their own. Amidst haunting harmonies and elegiac lyrics, their songs flow with an undercurrent of yearning, surrender and unexpectedly sharp edges. “We strive to maintain a certain vulnerability in our music,” Josh says. “We write a lot about our own lives as well as the truths about relationships that we relate to. We think it creates an intimacy that’s totally connected to the music.” The sound itself is roots-driven, with accents of cello and pedal steel cutting a deeply evocative facet. Even the name Elenowen is an authentic nod to heritage, with Ellen being Josh’s mom’s middle name and Owen being the middle name of Nicole’s dad. “They’re the sides of the family we each got our music from,” explains Josh. “What’s in our hearts will always come out in what we do.”
The singular power of Elenowen comes from the bond that can only exist between two people who’ve known – and loved – each other for most of their lives. “We were 15 and 16 when we met,” explains Nicole. “We dated for a year, broke up for a year and a half, then got back together and have been together ever since. After that first breakup, I think we both still knew that we were meant for each other, but we also knew that we weren’t what each other needed at that point in our lives.” At 18, Josh moved from Knoxville to Nashville to be with Nicole, writing songs and pursuing a music degree at Belmont University while Nicole worked as a homecare attendant, back-up singer and barista. Within a year of Josh’s graduation, the starkly candid debut album Pulling Back The Veil chronicled their first year of marriage with songs that were subsequently showcased on TV shows like ‘One Tree Hill’ and MTV’s ‘World Of Jenks’. Josh and Nicole began filming impromptu performances in their small basement apartment, with the resulting clips – called ‘The Basement Sessions’ – quickly garnering a following on YouTube and the No Depression website. In 2011, Elenowen made their national television debut on the top-rated premiere season of NBC’s ‘The Voice’. But it’s the five tracks on their new EP that now mean the most to the couple and convey what’s most real to audiences.
“We wrote all these songs around the same time,” explains Josh, “when Nicole and I were walking through similar issues and feelings. Most marriages are not all lovey-dovey, like most love songs claim. For us, these songs are as much about love as they are about the struggle of keeping love alive.” The EP’s opening track, “Flying For The First Time”, is co-written with acclaimed singer/songwriter Trent Dabbs and soars with uninhibited vocal harmony and lyrical beauty. “Blood And Bones”, also co-written with Dabbs, is a towering paean to the physical and emotional bonds of desire. “Head To My Heart”, co-written with EP co-producer Philip LaRue, reconciles intuition with passion via Nicole’s potent vocals. “We Were Better Off” is a shimmering reflection of lost innocence and mislaid dreams. And “Bittersweet” is a hushed and moody twist on traditional love songs in which a couple affirm they are ‘all I want/and nothing that I need’. “I absolutely believe in true love,” explains Nicole. “I also believe,” she adds with a laugh, “that true love is never easy.”
More and more, Elenowen are discovering that the truth of what they do is bringing them new fans nationwide. “I think audiences respond to our honesty,” says Josh. “When we perform these songs, people get the feeling they know who we are, because that’s what we’re putting out there. We are the heart behind our music.” For Nicole, the journey both starts and grows in a place of instinctive sharing. “When it’s 3 AM and I have an idea for a song,” she explains, “my best friend/music partner/husband can grab his guitar and the idea takes off. The songs that come out of those moments are part me, part him, and all us. When we formed Elenowen, I realized that I’m no longer a singer in the shadows. I’m now a half of something that means so much not only to us, but to other people as well.”
But what about that thing called chemistry? For Elenowen, it’s a one-of-a-kind formula that is about to become bigger than the both of them. “I think our chemistry is what keeps us going,” says Nicole. “We fight for it in our marriage, in our friendship and our music. These songs are so much a part of us and the emotion is so real, that every time we sing them its almost as if we’re feeling them for the first time. What Josh and I ultimately want is for people to get inspired and connected by what we do.” And for Elenowen, it’s a promise you can take to heart.
Ages 21+ / Cincinnati Folksinger and His Uptown Band perform generic folk music from and about the Ohio River valley. Cincinnati Folksinger Michael Hoffman flatpicks and fingerstyles guitar, banjo, and harmonica. Greg Zoller plays the double bass. Lead instruments and drums are often integrated into their performance by a rotating selection of Cincinnati's finest musicians. Cincinnati Folksinger and His Uptown Band create tight vocal harmonies that encapsulate a barge on the muddy rivers that surround our city and the cogs and cranks of the industries that have kept us here for generations.
Ages 18+ / A little bit about Baby Money: "I grew up in Durango, CO singing old time/bluegrass music and in church. 10 years ago I moved to Chicago to pursue a career in performance, and have lived here ever since! After playing a few years with a rust belt/revival type band called Poor Elvis and as a former member of the 2010 National Jugband Champions, the Barehand Jug Band, I decided to strike out on my own with a bunch of scratch tracks and some lovely friends. I released my debut, ep length album, "Movers! Shakers! Moneymakers!" in May, and am now starting to travel a bit. I sometimes play with folks, sometimes by myself. I play washboard and ukulele and write and sing songs!"
Baby Money is the brain child of Chicago based musician, Pamela Maurer: a solo project involving friends from around the country. Sometimes appearing with a full band, sometimes with just a few lady singers, sometimes equipped with loop pedals and a handmade bass box, Baby Money is inspired by 1960s girls groups, old time american revival music and traditional folk. She hopes to remind you of treasures found on dusty records in your old man's basement.
Ages 18+ / Elk Creek is a new band based in Cincinnati, with influences of rock, blues, and folk. Our songs feature the overdriven harmonica solos of Jeremy Brown, guitar from classically trained Brad Smith, and the vocals of Aaron Price. Drummer Travis Estell and bassist Nick Whittenburg provide the underlying foundation upon which our individual influences coalesce into a uniquely familiar folk rock sound.
We are influenced by a wide variety of artists, including Neil Young, Blind Melon, Blues Traveler, Avett Brothers, Iron and Wine, Band of Horses, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Ryan Adams.
Ages 18+ / Heavy Hinges is a sublime ruckus… a beautiful collision of rock, soul, and gospel. When Heavy Hinges came about in early 2012, their jam sessions were taken on with very heavy hearts. Three of the five members had recently suffered heartbreaking and unexpected loss of loved ones and were still very much coping. While the music they were creating was conceived from a place of sadness, what came out of them was spirited and in a way celebratory… a revival of sorts. In fact, an early band name prospect was Heavy Hearts Revival because it seemed to tell the story of these early sessions. Initially, they gravitated toward playing old traditional songs, unearthed from field recordings of chain gangs, gospel groups, and fishing boat crews. They found the coarse and rustic nature of the music and the dark, yet hopeful imagery of the lyrics suited them rather well.
While songs from the past proved inspiring and fruitful, it was never their intention to travel down a musical path quite that narrow. So, they began writing their own songs, adding more layers to their evolving style. They frequently referenced the gospel groups, chain gangs, and fishing boat crews from those old recordings, but at the same time, remained true to their existing foundation of r&b, blues, and rock & roll…
In just over a year, Heavy Hinges have made their mark on the burgeoning Cincinnati music scene and have their sites set on promising new horizons. They were recently nominated for Best New Artist at the 2013 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and are currently in the studio capturing their raw and spirited sound for their debut album slated for release in spring 2014.
Ages 21+ / The Whiskey Charmers is the Americana Roots duo of Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Their haunting melodies tell stories of love, heartbreak, the open road, and of course, whiskey. A fan recently described their music as "riding through the Mojave Desert in a convertible with the top down." With Shepard on acoustic guitar and vocals and Daversa on lap steel, guitars and harmony, they create a unique sound that incorporates folk, blues, rock and country. Recently formed in 2013, The Whiskey Charmers have performed around the Detroit area, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Kentucky and West Virginia. They will be appearing on NPRs "Red Barn Radio" in January. Recent recordings of their music can be found at http://soundcloud.com/the-whiskey-charmers/sets.
All Ages / *This is a general admission standing room show*
"It has taken five records to make one that sounds the way we do onstage," says White Denim frontman James Petralli, explaining the band's new full-length "Corsicana Lemonade."
Set for release October 2013 via Downtown Records, "Corsicana Lemonade" puts White Denim's freewheeling stage ethos to wax and cements their position as a quintessential, unique American rock band. Featuring production on two songs and a full mix from iconic songwriter Jeff Tweedy, it's a revelation, merging the group's manic live virtuosity into a rollicking ten-song mission statement.
The Austin, TX four-piece is no stranger to mixing crunchy punk energy, scorched psychedelia, Southern rock and knotty funk, but "Corsicana Lemonade," the group's fifth studio album, naturally covers so many bases that it plays like the greatest lost mixtape you could find on your dashboard during a hot summer afternoon.
Since its formation in 2005 and first string of EPs in 2007, White Denim has steadily expanded its sound. From the rootsy classicism of "Last Day Of Summer" (2010) and noisy sun-soaked sizzle of "Fits" (2009) to the soft-edged riffage of "D" (2011), the group's commitment to fiery live performance, textured exploration and blissful interludes has never wavered. It peaks on "Corsicana Lemonade."
Album sessions started in Chicago at fabled Wilco compound The Loft with Jeff Tweedy (and frequent production partner Tom Schick) manning the boards and providing motivation. The record was almost entirely recorded live with full-band takes, ensuring a lived-in live feel.
"Before, we had kind of leaned on the ability to give the impression of a full live band on our recordings. That Protools Rock is way more common than people know," says Petralli. "On 'Corsicana Lemonade,' it was actually the band playing together and doing takes as a whole. Whatever sounded best was what we stuck with."
After the Chicago sessions, White Denim returned to their native Austin, holing-up in a house overlooking Lake Travis from a 100-foot cliff. There, with the help of local producer Jim Vollentine, the band designed a makeshift studio, wheeled in a bunch of crazy '50s gear and solidified the mixture of hard and classic rock elements that they began exploring on their fourth album "D."
The record's songs feel at home with the skuzzy rawness of contemporaries like The Black Keys or Jack White and the Americana experimentalism of Wilco, while the band cites the classic rock shuffles of Thin Lizzy and The Allman Brothers' instrumental ecstasy as primary influences.
And now, with the support of leading publications like the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Relix, as well as adoring crowds from Bonnaroo to their sold-out headlining tours, White Denim has fully arrived with a record to claim their own spot in America's great rock lineage.
"Corsicana Lemonade" is available in October 29, 2013 via Downtown Records. Catch the band at Austin City Limits this October and on tour with Tame Impala this fall.
Ages 18+ / A Midwest kid, from Chicago and Indianapolis mainly, one of Dan Janke's earliest musical memories was hearing Simon & Garfunkel's "Cecilia" percolating from the radio while his mom sipped coffee at a neighbor's.
On Saturdays while doing chores around the house, the 8-track usually spit out something by either Simon & Garfunkel, Glen Campbell, John Denver or Neil Diamond. That gave way to his and his siblings' 45s, albums and cassettes. Being the middle of five kids, it ranged from Abba to AC/DC, Bee Gees to Beatles, The Cars to Creedence Clearwater Revival ... and his tastes continued to diversify over the years.
Music has always been the one common thread, playing in the background of all his memories.
Dan, who has played in several Midwest bands -- including Traffic Jam Zombies and whoa!tiger (indianapolis) -- has formed his latest project after setting roots in Virginia.
Damn Jankes is primarily an alt.country / rock band (Old 97s and Traveling Wilburys), but it blends its original outlaw rock and swamp stompers with blues shuffles even a little reggae. Damn Jankes is as diverse as the soundtrack of Dan's life.
Ages 18+ / Roaring out of the Ozarks with a bottle in one hand and a bible in the other, Ha Ha Tonka mix sanctified four-part harmonies and blistering rock, carving out songs that evoke the dichotomies that define their home. The Springfield, Missouri natives dubbed their new album Buckle in the Bible Belt in homage to their hometown, so named for its position on the dividing line of the Ozark states. Their dark view of the realities of socio-economic hardship, backwoods prejudices and drug abuse is leavened by wry humor and a deep appreciation for regional storytelling traditions.
Ages 18+ / DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN RECORD FIRST ALBUM TOGETHER IN 30 YEARS: ‘COMMON GROUND: DAVE ALVIN + PHIL ALVIN PLAY AND SING THE SONGS OF BIG BILL BROONZY’ OUT JUNE 3 ON YEP ROC
“We argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy,” says Dave Alvin when explaining why he and brother Phil, who haven’t made an album together in almost 30 years, were inspired to record ‘Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy’ set for June 3 release on Yep Roc. The Alvin brothers, who founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, have shared a fascination with Broonzy since childhood. After an illness nearly took Phil’s life in 2012, they resolved to return to the studio and pay tribute to the blues legend.
‘Common Ground’ includes 12 songs that capture a 30-year cross section of Broonzy’s canon, performed by the Alvins’ in their signature style of rollicking roots and stomping country blues. Billboard has the premiere of album track “All By Myself” and an exclusive Q&A here
“He looked so slick,” says Phil about the cover of his first Broonzy album, which he purchased in a department store at age 12. Dave agrees, “I remember the day Phil brought that record home. It’s a strong childhood memory – like stealing a Playboy for the first time.”
The Alvins’ interpretations of Big Bill range from faithful to loose and Dave and Phil both play guitar and sing. They are joined on some tracks by Dave's band members Lisa Pankratz (drums) and Brad Fordham (bass) as well as The Blasters’ pianist Gene Taylor. Other tracks feature noted session musicians Bob Glaub (bass) and Don Heffington (drums). All tracks were recorded at Winslow Court Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Though this is their first album together in decades, the Alvin brothers collaborated last year on ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,’ the critically acclaimed “southern gothic supernatural musical” by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. They also sang a duet on “What’s Up With Your Brother” for Dave’s last Yep Roc release ‘Eleven/Eleven.’
Dave and Phil will tour extensively in 2014, including dates with the popular Roots on Rails series in April. A Record Store Day exclusive release of four songs from ‘Common Ground’ cut at 45RPM on two 10-inch records packaged as a 78-style album book will also be available via Yep Roc on April 19.
All Ages / An Evening with TERRY BOZZIO
North American Tour 2014
Drum legend Terry Bozzio performs solo drum music on the world´s largest tuned drum and percussion set
Terry Bozzio celebrates the 50th anniversary of his first drum lesson with "An Evening With Terry Bozzio" coast-to-coast North American tour. During the course of this tour, Terry Bozzio will hit over 40 cities from San Diego to Jacksonville to Montreal to Vancouver to Los Angeles and everywhere in between. This will be a night of solo drumming and include compositions from throughout his career, as well as improvisation. It is by no means a clinic or a workshop. Enjoy an intimate evening of Terry Bozzio and his monster sculpture of a drum kit together for the first time in seated venues across North America.
TERRY BOZZIO - An Evening of Solo Drum Music
"TERRY BOZZIO - An Evening of Solo Drum Music" is a unique, intense, dynamic, spiritualistic, melodic, orchestral, atmospheric, and musical performance on the largest tuned drum & percussion set in the world. Unless you have seen Terry, you have no idea what you are in for. Bozzio is an enigmatic, evocative, and engaging musician whose instrument just happens to be the drums. Terry Bozzio is able to accompany himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solo on top with highly developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set alone. Drawing from jazz, classical, & ethnic percussion styles from around the world, Terry Bozzio is "a storyteller," able to weave a hypnotic spell over audiences and enthrall them with an eclectic experience filled with contrast, variety, intimacy, excitement, & passion.
Terry has had tremendous success with his last two Terry Bozzio solo drum performance tours in Europe (2012 included his headline show a the Jazz Festival Frankfurt – the oldest jazz festival in the world – and 2013 which included sold out performances in Sweden, Germany, Eastern Europe, and France). Please note that this is not a bombastic 2 hour drum solo. This is MUSIC on drums, “an evening with Terry Bozzio.” In most of Bozzio’s works, he accompanies himself with bass lines while soloing over it melodically on the tuned toms. There is space, classical forms & structures, ambient electronic loops, and atmospheric percussion effects, as well as some exciting & fiery drumming that brings audiences to their feet!
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