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Caleb Stine & The Brakemen new album due Nov 7; exclusive track premiere



Roots-rockers Caleb Stine & The Brakemen will release their latest album, Time I Let It Go, Novemeber 7.  The band will celebrate the release of the album with a show at the Mobtown Ballroom in their hometown of Baltimore, MD.   Brooks Long & the Mad Dog No Good, and the Weisstronauts will open.

Time I Let It Go  was recorded when the band decamped to Vermont over the winter.   The recording process was captured by filmmaker Michael Patrick O’Leary and will be released as a documentary about the band and what it means to make music.

THE BRAKEMEN – ‘It Would Not Let Me Be’ – Trailer from Michael Patrick O’Leary on Vimeo.

The new album showcases the band’s timeless style that is colored with deeply personal lyrics which lead one on a journey through the soul of American music.  Time I Let It Go  moves with ease from the foot-stomping funk of “Hey There Mister,” to the brooding intensity of “Edge of the Riverside,” to the unrestrained joy of simple pleasures in “Butter.”  It is an album for all four seasons and every mood.

Time I Let It Go--CoverTrack Listing for Time I Let It Go:

  1. Hey There Mister
  2. Mississippi Mark
  3. Voodoo
  4. Spirit
  5. Edge of the Riverside
  6. You Bet He Was My Friend
  7. Eight Hour Haul
  8. Baby’s Got the Business
  9. Place You Used to Call Home
  10. Butter
  11. Time I Let It Go
  12. Two Worlds

Check out Honest Tune’s exclusive premiere of “Hey There Mister” from Time I Let It Go:

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For ticket information please visit: Album Release Show Information


Brakemen photo by Michael Patrick O’Leary

Inaugural Great Folkgrass Happenstance

folkgrassThe inaugural Great Folkgrass Happenstance will take place October 17 in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania.  The festival will be held at Ruins Hall and will celebrate some of the region’s best folk and bluegrass musicians.  Ruins Hall is shell of the historic Enterprise Manufacturing building, which after years of neglect, has found renewed life as a unique space for music, arts, and popular events.

Glen Rock is a historic mill town in southern York County, Pennsylvania and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The early industries of Glen Rock centered on woolen mills, iron foundries, machine shops, and distilleries. Glen Rock is located 30 minutes south of York, in an area that was a hotbed of musicians who traveled down to Baltimore in the early formative days of bluegrass.  Topped by the Quimby Mountain Band and Caleb Stine, the line-up of the Great Folkgrass Happenstance will reflect that long, proud, tradition of the area.  The rest of the line-up is filled out with some of the surrounding areas premier bands including Swamp Donkey Newgrass, Mountain Ride, Shine Delphi, Muddy Creek Railroad, and more.

In addition to the music the day will feature arts and crafts and a wide selection of food.  Author Tim Newby will also be there signing his new book Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and its Legacy.

For full details and ticket information please visit: Great Folkgrass Happenstance

Trey Anastasio announces new solo album and TAB tour

trey bandPhish frontman Trey Anastasio has announced the release of his long awaited new album. PAPER WHEELS – the multi-talented singer/musician/composer’s first new solo album in three years – arrives October 30th via Rubber Jungle/ATO Records.
PAPER WHEELS will be offered as a deluxe limited edition that will include 180 gram 45 RPM 2x LP splatter vinyl and a die cut gatefold package with six unique sleeves. Only 4,000 of these special packages will be manufactured. A preorder is now available at Anastasio’s official web store,
Produced by Anastasio and longtime collaborator Bryce Goggin, PAPER WHEELS was recorded last year at The Barn, the Phish founding guitarist’s Vermont farmhouse-turned-rehearsal space/recording studio. Anastasio and the members of Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) developed the material on stage while touring and at soundcheck on the tour leading up to the sessions, allowing them to track the album in just under a week. Taking a cue from the energetic immediacy of classic Stax Studio recording sessions, TAB worked fast and loose, playing together live in The Barn and wrapping up tracks after one or two takes. Written and co-written by Anastasio alongside frequent lyric partners Tom Marshall and Steve “The Dude of Life” Pollak, songs like the funk-driven “Bounce” and the elegiac “Invisible Knife” (written solely by Anastasio) are among the legendarily diverse artist’s most infectious and inventive, alive with creative vigor, robust musicianship, and true soul power (see the complete tracklisting below).
PAPER WHEELS features the classic TAB line up of drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, augmented by a full horn section (including trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman, multi-instrumentalist James Casey, and longtime TAB trumpeter/vocalist Jennifer Hartswick). The album was mixed by 8x GRAMMY® Award-winning sound engineer Elliot Scheiner (Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Derek & The Dominos).
Anastasio’s 10th solo album and follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed TRAVELERPAPER WHEELS has been heralded in recent months by a series of new song premieres launched via his website featuring cover art shrouded in code, showcasing such tracks as “Bounce,” “Speak To Me,” and “Never.””Bounce” and “Never” were both originally featured on a limited edition 7″ single, released exclusively for Record Store Day 2015.
paperTrey Anastasio Band will celebrate the release of PAPER WHEELS with a headline tour set to embark October 16th and then continue through November 13th (see confirmed itinerary below). Highlights include a previously announced sold-out two-night stand at Las Vegas, NV’s Brooklyn Bowl slated for Halloween weekend, October 30th and 31st, as well as a two-night stand at Brooklyn, NY’s Kings Theater, which are the only east coast dates of the tour, and a two-night stand in Denver, CO at the Fillmore Auditorium. Tickets for all shows will be available through a real-time presale beginning Thursday, August 27th at noon eastern and ending Wednesday, September 2nd at 5pm eastern at  Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, September 3rd. Please visit for specific sale dates and times.

Trey Anastasio Band Fall Tour dates below:


16 & 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

30 & 31 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl



1 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

6 & 7 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

9 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

10 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO

12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

13 – 14 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium

Elephant Revival Releases Live CD/DVD ‘Sands Of Now’ on July 24

ER coverAfter making their triumphant debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last summer, Colorado folk band Elephant Revival hired a full film crew to record their sold-out two-night stand at the venerable Boulder Theater. They’ve turned those homecoming shows into the CD/DVD Sands of Now, releasing July 24 on United Interests/Itz Evolving Records.

The 19-song collection, which debuts eight new songs, fully captures the joy-in-motion of a quintet known for their musical depth and kinetic energy onstage. The discs, also feature fan favorites, that reveal the band’s growth over their nine years together. The DVD finale, “Rogue River,” conveys the excitement of Elephant Revival’s first appearance at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks.

Sands of Now features Bonnie Paine on vocals, washboard, djembe, stomp box and musical saw; Bridget Law on fiddle and vocals; Dango Rose on bass, mandolin, banjo and vocals; Daniel Rodriguez on guitar, banjo, bass and vocals; and Sage Cook on electric banjo and vocals. Acrobatic dancers Ryan Hamity and Cassie Drew of Fractal Tribe join Elephant Revival onstage for “Ancient Sea” and “Echo’s Rose” (view the video here ), helping the band fulfill their goal of “closing the gap of separation between us through song and dance.”


The band will celebrate their 10-year anniversary in 2016 with a new studio album.

Sands of Now track list:


1. Shadows Passed

2. Sands of Now

3. Drop

4. Fallout Fields

5. The Garden

6. Will Carry On

7. Spinning

8. Stolen

9. Lost Creek

10. Cosmic Pulse

11. Echo’s Rose

12. Sing to the Mountain


1. Remembering a Beginning

2. Birds and Stars

3. Go On

4. Ancient Sea

5. What’s That?

6. Cosmic Pulse

7. Lost Creek

8. Echo’s Rose

9. Sing to the Mountain

10. Single Beds are Made for One

11. Rogue River (Live at Red Rocks)


Upcoming tour dates:

June 18 – Bourbon Theatre, Lincoln, Neb.

June 19 – Fairfest, Fairfield, Iowa

June 20 – Founders Fest, Grand Rapids, Mich.

June 21 – Taste of Randolph, Chicago, Ill.

July 3 – Sunset Concert series, Mountain Village, Colo.

July 10 – Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Mount Solon, Va.

July 11 – All Good Music Festival, Summit Point, W.Va.

July 12 – Green River Festival, Greenfield, Mass.

July 16-19 – Northwest String Summit, North Plains, Ore.

July 21 – Hudson Square Music and Wine Fest, New York, N.Y.

July 24 – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, R.I. (sold out)

July 25 – Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Hiram, Maine

Aug. 6 – Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge, Colo.

Aug. 9 – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Fest, Alta, Wyo.

Aug. 14 – NewWestFest, Fort Collins, Colo.

Aug. 15-16 – Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Salmon Arm, British Columbia

Aug. 29 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo. (sold out)

Sept. 1 – Lander Live, Lander, Wyo.

Sept. 2 – Faultline North, Bozeman Mont.

Sept. 3 – Myrna Loy Center, Helena, Mont.

Sept. 4 – Top Hat, Missoula, Mont.

Sept. 5 – Bumbershoot, Seattle, Wash.

Sept. 11 – El Korah Shrine, Boise, Idaho

Oct. 24 – Art Outside Festival, Rockdale, Texas

Dec. 4-5 – Ogden Theater, Denver, Colo.

Grace Potter, Peter Frampton, and Allen Toussaint Added to Dear Jerry Lineup

dear jerryGrace Potter, Peter Frampton and Allen Toussaint are the latest performers announced as part of the prestigious lineup of artists taking part in DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA, a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping honoring one of the most influential musicians of our time. The concert will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, DC, on May 14These superstar artists will join the extraordinary lineup featuring: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & the Kids, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Eric Church, Greensky Bluegrass, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Moe., O.A.R., Railroad Earth, The Disco Biscuits, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and Communion featuring Phil Lesh, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Jason Crosby.

The Merriweather Post Pavilion parking lot will open at 4pm. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the show will begin promptly at 7pm.

Charlie Hunter Trio – Let The Bells Ring On

Charlie HunterCharlie Hunter, Curtis Fowlkes and Bobby Previte share a long history, but they’ve never recorded an album together as a trio until now. Their debut, Let The Bells Ring On—due June 9 via the seven-string guitarist’s own label, Charlie Hunter Music—is gritty, greasy, and downright celebratory. The album features 10 Hunter original tunes designed for the trio’s singular, deep-pocket sound.

Previte and Fowlkes were both essential participants of the New York City “Downtown” scene in the 1970s. They’ve worked together in countless settings over the years. Fowlkes is a charter member of the Lounge Lizards and the Jazz Passengers, while Previte has over two-hundred plus original compositions and 25 albums to his name. Hunter and Previte have toured and recorded together in various all-star cooperative ensembles, such as Coalition of the Willing (with fellow renegades Steven Bernstein, Skerik and Marco Benevento) and more recently Omaha Diner, the de-constructivist quartet with Bernstein and Skerik. Their most extensive undertaking is the free improv project Groundtruther, a protean project that assumes a new form with each special guest (a list that encompasses more than three dozen players, including Greg Osby, John Medeski, DJ Olive, Peter Apfelbaum, Uri Caine and Jane Ira Bloom).

After several years of focusing on his stripped-down duo with drummer Scott Amendola, Hunter wanted to expand his textural possibilities both in the studio and on the road. Thus he made the call to Fowlkes and Previte to present the idea for this trio and its subsequent recording debut, Let The Bells Ring On.

With Previte in the fold, Hunter was looking to showcase a different side of the drummer’s playing. “He’s probably known as a composer more than anything else,” Hunter says. “But he’s always been one of my favorite drummers. He came up in the 1960s, and he has the beat. You have to have lived it to have that feel. Because of his composer’s mind, we can play the simplest groove and it becomes something really exciting and compositional.”

As for Fowlkes, he had previously called the trombonist for his 2003 quintet album Right Now Move (Ropeadope) and once again wanted his huge, soul-drenched sound and vivid palette for this new batch of compositions he’d been writing. “Conceptually, I’ve been doing a duo thing with Scott that I love, but I wanted to have that third voice,” Hunter says. “I wanted somebody with a vibe who understands free improv and Al Green and Frank Sinatra and Sam Cooke. I wanted someone who can sing on their horn. I needed Curtis.”

Exploring a variety of sonic spaces, the tunes range from the foreboding tension and release of “Anthem: USA” and the tautly cinematic “Fellini Farm Team” to the antic hoedown “Hillbilly Heroine Chic” and churchy waltz “Spence.”

“This trio can go anywhere,” concludes Hunter. “I envision it growing as we continue to get out on the road together. I think we’ll find it leads us to incredible places, musically speaking.”

Charlie Hunter Let The Bells Ring On is out June 2 on LP, CD and digital formats via Charlie Hunter Music.

Northwest String Summit 2015 Preview



Just outside of Portland, Oregon, nestled in a majestic old growth forest lies Horning’s Hideout, home to Yonder Mountain String Band‘s Northwest String Summit, a gathering of the finest pickers and grinners you’re likely to see.  Joining Yonder in the picturesque setting are legends like Del McCoury and David Grisman, modern masters Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, funksters The Greyboy Allstars, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Portland area home town heroes Fruition and The Shook Twins, east coast representatives like Town Mountain and flat picking guru Larry Keel and so many more.


While the stages fill with once in a life time sets and super jams honestly, the location itself is the most mind blowing thing you’ll experience.  Horning’s Hideout is a nature preserve, and it hosts only one or two events a year, to lessen the ecological impact and as such, any opportunity to commune with the surrounding beauty is one not to be missed.  Between the strolling peacocks, the pristine lake and the wooded hiking paths you will be hard pressed to find a better place to see live music.  There’s a natural amphitheater that faces the lake and when the lights paint their leaves and the music fills the air there’s a magic feeling that permeates the entire festival.  With a strong focus on family, there are lots of lil ones running around, with tons of activities for them to enjoy besides getting an early education in music appreciation.



Yonder takes their hosting duties very seriously, hosting workshops, sitting in with as many acts as they can, and just wandering the grounds sharing stories and love.  They help curate the line up as well, and having spent well over a decade on the scene have gotten to know so many of the finest players on the scene that they can pick most any band and know that they are bringing in friends they can count on to give their all for the musical cause.


With a stellar line up of incredible bands and players, a setting that truly defines the phrase “Natural Beauty” and a open, inviting vibe indicative of the Pacific Northwest, there is no finer way to while away a weekend than the Northwest String Summit.  See you there!


Purchase tickets HERE!

New Fiddle/ Banjo album due out from Brian Godchaux & Sandy Rothman

red banjo silver fiddleThe Red Fiddle & the Silver Banjo, the new album from Brian Godchaux and Sandy Rothman is out now.  The album is composed of thirteen traditional tunes played on fiddle and banjo only.  This duet form was known well in early Appalachian communities; after the 1940s advent of bluegrass it was preserved by some bands as a break in the show. In that setting, tunes were generally abbreviated to a couple of minutes. Godchaux and Rothman decided to play them longer.

Godchaux and Rothman first met when Rothman was playing with Godchaux’s older brother Keith in an R&B in 1964 in the Bay Area.  Keith would go on to play with the Grateful Dead for much of the 1970s, while Rothman – a longtime close friend of Jerry Garcia – would go onto to play with Bill Monroe in the mid 1960s and later was member of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band in the 1980s.

Rothman and Brian Godchaux reconnected in the early 1990s and have been playing together every since.

The Red Fiddle & Silver Banjo is out now and can be ordered here:  The Red Fiddle & Silver Banjo website


New Book Chronicles Influential Bluegrass Scene in Baltimore

CoverHonest Tune Features Editor Tim Newby’s new book will chronicle the history of the influential bluegrass scene in Baltimore.

Due to an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 50s, Baltimore found itself the recipient of an extraordinarily talented crop of musicians and for a brief time was the center of the bluegrass world.

Based upon interviews with many of the legendary players from this golden-age of bluegrass in Baltimore, who had moved to the city in hopes of a better future and found it in music, Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound & Its Legacy, is the first book to take an in-depth look into how the music that was played in Baltimore came to wield influence across a broad musical landscape.

The book will be published by McFarland Books and released May 2015.

Bluegrass in Baltimore looks in detail at the highly-influential scene in Baltimore that produced such key figures as Del McCoury, Earl Taylor, Walt Hensley, Alice Gerrard, Hazel Dickens, Mike Seeger, and Mike Munford and explores the impact the music they made had on a wide-range of musical luminaries including Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Pete Wernick, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, and many others.

The journey of these Baltimore musicians was not an easy one.  They struggled in the face of a music industry that viewed the music they made as the “poorest example of poor man’s music.”  There were missed opportunities, personal demons, and the always up-hill battle these pioneers had to fight because of the prejudice against their hillbilly backgrounds. Due to this many of these original Baltimore musicians found they were often resigned to the overlooked role of early innovator or forgotten influence, but the music they made and the influence they had has lasted forever.


Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and Its Legacy is available for pre-order now: McFarland Books


Hot August Music Festival releases line-up


Hot August Music Festival has released its line-up for this years edition. Topped by the Counting Crows and the Punch Brothers the line-up also includes Railroad Earth, Shakey Graves, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Revivalists, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Cabinet, Sligo Creek Stompers, June Star, Marah, Jarekus Singleton, Dennis Jones Band.  The festival features three stages set in the lush confines of Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now.  Click here for more info: 

Check out Honest Tune’s coverage of last year’s event: Hot August Music Festival: Short lines, long sets, stellar tunes