On May 5, Chris Robinson Brotherhood is adding to Betty’s Blends, the band’s live recording series, ‘Betty’s Blends,’ with Volume 3: Self-Rising, Southern Blends. Continue reading New live Chris Robinson Brotherhood album on the way
Gov’t Mule has announced more dates to their 2017 calendar – the ‘Come What May’ Spring 2017 tour. Continue reading Gov’t Mule announces additional 2017 tour dates
This morning Memphis in May announced the line-up to the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival.
Held on the banks of the Mississippi River, headliners this year include a wide range of names, including Widespread Panic, Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Snoop Dogg, Sturgill Simpson, Death Cab for Cutie, and MGMT. Continue reading Beale Street Music Festival announces 2017 lineup
Before the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, along with friends like Robert Hunter, Sandy Rothman, and David Nelson were just folkies picking tunes in coffee-houses in Palo Alto and working on their bluegrass chops. Garcia, Hunter, and Nelson, along with Ken Frankel, and Norm Van Maastricht soon would form the Hart Valley Drifters, an acoustic band that played old-timey and bluegrass style songs. In 1962 the group woud record a session for Stanford University’s KZSU program Folk Time.
For the first time, this recording, the earliest known studio recording by Jerry Garcia will be released on November 11 through Round Records/ATO Records. The lost session resided in a closet for nearly 50 years before the reels were unearthed in 2008 by former Stanford student Ted Claire, who produced and recorded the original session.
The Hart Valley Drifters featured a 20-year old Garcia on lead vocals, banjo and guitar, Hunter on bass, Nelson on guitar, Frankel on banjo, fiddle and guitar and Van Maastricht on dobro. Years before Garcia and Hunter would form an iconic songwriting partnership, and Nelson would cofound New Riders of the Purple Sage, the three crafted soaring three-part vocal harmonies in the tradition of some of their American folk and bluegrass heroes. Around this time, Garcia had been educating himself on American folk and bluegrass tradition. After learning guitar and banjo, he became a self-taught multi-instrumentalist adding, mandolin, autoharp and fiddle to his repertoire.
The Hart Valley Drifters recorded spirited renditions of traditionals such as, “Roving Gambler”. “Standing In The Need of Prayer”, “Cripple Creek” as well as the Ralph Stanley composition “Clinch Mountain Backstep” and Earl Scruggs’ “Ground Speed” and “Flint Hill Special”. The session ends with a soulful version of the Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter classic “Sitting On Top Of The World”, which Garcia eventually evolved into the lively rendition that would wind up on the Grateful Dead’s debut album five years later. (See track listing below)
Pre-order Hart Valley Drifters’ Folk Time at: JerryGarcia.com
Hart Valley Drifters – Folk Time Track Listing
1. Band Introductions
2. “Roving Gambler” (Traditional)
3. “Ground Speed” (Earl Scruggs)
4. “Pig In A Pen” (Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith [traditional] arr. by J. Garcia)
5. “Standing In The Need Of Prayer” (Traditional)
6. “Flint Hill Special” (Earl Scruggs)
7. “Nine Pound Hammer” (Traditional)
8. “Handsome Molly” (G.B. Grayson/Henry Whitter)
9. “Clinch Mountain Backstep” (Ralph Stanley/Ruby Rakes)
10. “Think of What You’ve Done” (Carter Stanley)
11. “Cripple Creek” (Traditional)
12. “All The Good Times Have Past And Gone” (Traditional)
13. “Billy Grimes, The Rover” (Traditional)
14. “Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)” (Traditional)
15. “Run Mountain” (J.E. Mainer)
16. “Sugar Baby” (Moran Dock Boggs)
17. “Sitting On Top Of The World” (Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter)
The Dockery Farms Foundation has announced that the Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform this year’s outdoor show at the historic location on April 24. It follows their first annual show last year featuring Roseanne Cash.
Dockery Farms is considered one of the holy sites of the Delta Blues and draws visitors from all over the world. Located just east of Cleveland, Miss., it was the home of blues pioneer Charley Patton, who taught locals including Howlin’ Wolf and Pops Staples.
The non-profit Dockery Farms Foundation is focused on preserving the historic property and facilitating public interest in its musical and agricultural heritage.
TTB is touring on the heels of their new album Let Me Get By, which was released in January. The Dockery show provides a rare example to catch the band in an intimate and historical setting.
“This couldn’t come at a better time, soon after the release of the band’s latest album and at a time when they are playing to sold-out venues in Nashville, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.” said Carolyn Powers, co-chair of the Dockery Farms Foundation.
Bill Lester, executive director of the Dockery Farms Foundation, added, “The Tedeschi Trucks Band is just on fire right now, and we expect a high level of excitement that they will be coming here to play.”
One of the restored buildings on the grounds, the former cotton storage shed, will be the main stage for the concert, which is a fundraiser for the Foundation. The show will start at 7:00 p.m., with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. with a yet-to-be-named opening act.
More information and tickets are available on the Dockery Farms website.
Following a tour of Australia and Japan, Tedeschi Trucks Bands stateside Spring Tour dates are as follows:
April 17 Charleston, SC Southern Ground Music and Food Festival
April 20 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
April 21 Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium
April 23 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at The BJCC
with Widespread Panic
April 24 Cleveland, MS Dockery Farms
April 28 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 7 Buffalo, NY University At Buffalo Center For The Arts
May 8 Buffalo, NY University At Buffalo Center For The Arts with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers
May 10 Syracuse, NY Crouse Hinds Theater @ The Oncenter
with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers
May 12 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers
May 13 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
May 14 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall Arena
May 26-29 Cumberland, MD DelFest
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 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.
- Hey There Mister
- Mississippi Mark
- Edge of the Riverside
- You Bet He Was My Friend
- Eight Hour Haul
- Baby’s Got the Business
- Place You Used to Call Home
- Time I Let It Go
- Two Worlds
Check out Honest Tune’s exclusive premiere of “Hey There Mister” from Time I Let It Go:
For further information please visit: Calebstine.com
For ticket information please visit: Album Release Show Information
Brakemen photo by Michael Patrick O’Leary
The 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 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
After 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
4. Fallout Fields
5. The Garden
6. Will Carry On
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 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 14. These 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.