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Interview with Gary Chetkof: Founder of Mountain Jam Festival and principal owner of Radio Woodstock 100.1

Interview with Gary Chetkof: Founder of Mountain Jam Festival and principal owner of Radio Woodstock 100.1
Interviewer/photographer: Vernon Webb


The history: What was your inspiration for Mountain Jam and how did it come about? What was the inspiration?

It is Radio Woodstock 25th year anniversary. I wanted to put on an outdoor party. Found Hunter Mountain and it’s a beautiful location. We had five bands and it was a one day event. After everyone said how amazing it was we decided to do it again the next year. The following year the festival was two days; the next year three days. The growth in size and sound was organic, it was unplanned and spontaneous. Gov’t Mule was the first headliner, they were onboard from the get go. I had been at Woodstock 94, 99; Bonnaroo and thought it was the coolest thing in the world to escape from the world and meet new people and experience new music. Michael Franti has been on the bill since the second year. The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter, almost every year. The community of musicians and fans that get together shows musical diversity, it’s a good mix of old and new. Ya, it’s incredible and bigger than we ever imagined. Mountain Jam I and II, started out with half a dozen people, now it’s probably thousands of people. Every year it’s like wow, I can’t believe it.

The town budget has increased. By year three Phil Lesh and Friends; year five Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule’s Levon Helm Tribute. Last year, we had the Black Keys and Robert Plant. Never imagined they would have this level of talent.



I’ve heard rumors of it being moved, is there any merit in that? If so any thoughts on a good place to move too?

It got big, we are constantly thinking of ways to make it good but not too crowded. We do not want to change location. You always look to see options but no intentions of moving. It’s an incredibly beautiful spot, green rolling hills, hiking trails, biking trails, it’s hard to beat. We’ve moved things around so there’s not as many hospitality tents. We want to keep it at Hunter mountain as long as possible.

What are some of the bands that represent the feel of Mountain Jam?

Gov’t Mule and Michael Franti are the soul of the festival. Warren is an amazing guitar player, they are the nicest guys. Franti is on a whole other level where he lifts people’s spirits. The combination of the two is very powerful. Franti has a way to make it stop raining, sunshine for Franti. There was one year there was a rainbow when Franti played. (In fact in stopped raining and the rainbow came out during The Sound Of Sunshine.)



How does rain affect Mountain Jam?

It doesn’t rain every year, you’re there for 4 days, it’s going to rain at least 1 or 2 days. Years 2 and 3 we had a lot of rain and you develop a reputation. Years 4 and 5 no rain but there is the reputation of rain. The perception isn’t really the reality, it is unpredictable. Franti said it’s the only festival where you get all four seasons at one festy. Everybody knows to come with all different clothes to the festival.


What do you like most about putting on Mountain Jam?

Putting the music together is the best part. You get some of your favorite bands together to create the festival. Seeing the creation come to life is my favorite part. There’s a million moving parts, improvisation things that happen where you have to deal with the unexpected. I have a large staff that takes care of most things and only contact me when there is really important things.

What advice would you give to someone who’s wanting to create a festival?

Don’t do it! (lots of laughter) It’s hard to start a festival now. There was a time and place where it was easy. Now it’s very regulated, competitive it was a lot easier and fun at the start. It’s an honor and a privilege to be creating the festival. I feel really lucky. You get to see your friends, like extended family, like a reunion. Cool thing to do but it’s hard to get it started now because of big competition.

Why you got rid of smaller stage on the side?

The only reason we got rid of the small stage was we simply ran out of room and needed the room for something else and issues with sound bleeding over. There’s not a lot of space so you have to compromise.

What are the plans for next year?

I’d like to have all the bands I couldn’t get to this year. I have pie in the sky dreams of who I have in mind.


Inaugural 2014 Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival Preview


String Cheese Incident


Widespread Panic


The inaugural 2014 Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival is scheduled to take place September 11th – 14th in the 3000 beautiful acre Kennekuk County Park located in south central Illinois. The POTM is rolling out a stellar line up for its first ever festival that includes two  nights of the String Cheese Incident; a Lunar Landing Conspiracy (all-star set curated by SCI);  two nights of Widespread Panic;  Grace Potter & the Nocturnals; Railroad Earth; Tedeschi Trucks Band; Gov’t Mule; JJ Grey & MOFRO; Leftover Salmon (with Bill Payne of Little Feat); Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe; Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Robert Randolph & the Family Band; Jackie Greene; Donavon Frankenreiter; Sam Bush Band; Cornmeal; Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers; David Gans (artist in residence) and many others.


Grace Potter & the Nocturnals


Railroad Earth


Tedeschi Trucks Band


Gov’t Mule/David Gans


Jackie Greene


Chris Robinson

The festival is geared to create a conscious awareness and express the uplifting power of music and its relationship with nature. Along with four unique outdoor stages there is also the Sanctuary, an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation where tired bodies can receive massages, energy work, sound healing, yoga, qi-gong, meditation and a variety of workshops and presentations.  Art is also a major component of the festival from large interactive sculpture to live art there will be several exhibits to intoxicate your senses. The organic festival will also offer a food court that will feature farm to table offerings and an organic farmers market as well as craft beer.


There are several special treats on the lineup, the Jeff Austin Band will be playing during the festival as well as a special late night VIP set of Jeff Austin & Friends. Cornmeal in the Kitchen also will be playing an additional set late night, the Cornmeal Ramble.


Jeff Austin


Cornmeal in the Kitchen

There will be several interactive activities from costume themed nights (Friday night is space jam & Saturday night power of purple) to coolest campsite contests where contestants will be entered in a chance to win tickets to next years POTM festival. Tickets for the festival are available at the gate and HERE.

Beale Street Music Festival 2013

Beale Street Music Festival
Memphis, Tennessee
May 3 & 4, 2013

Each year, Beale Street Music Festival seems to be plagued by weather issues. Without fail, it rains. However, 2012 was a perfect storm of…well…no rain storms. So, it was basically a given that 2013’s edition would have bad weather.

No one could have foreseen, however, that not only would there be the annual rain, but that temperatures would drop – no, plummet – into the 30s. The only thing missing was actual snow.

Nevertheless, music fans were once again treated to a solid line-up of music ranging from fest regulars like Gov’t Mule and Jerry Lee Lewis to the Black Keys and metal guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen.

Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Josh Mintz

Wish We Were Back at Wanee

This morning was a bittersweet start to the day. Today was the day that the Wanee wristband was finally snipped, stored among a box full of ticket stubs and plastic bracelets, destined to live only in memories.

The memories, however, are bright and beautiful – as days frolicking among the live oaks should be. The majestic wonderland that is the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida is difficult to describe in words, especially when it’s filled with brothers and sisters, music lovers, fans and families, and some of the greatest live musicians ever to assemble. There’s only one word that can even come close to epitomizing Wanee:  magic.

Although the festival did not “technically start until Friday, you wouldn’t know it by the throngs of RVs, vending booths, and glow stick-adorned body parts that had already filed in. Early campers were not only treated to the best camping spots nestled amongst towering oaks draped with Spanish moss, they were also rewarded for their promptness with Wednesday sets from Groves, Juke, Beebs and her Moneymakers, Kettle of Fish, local Florida favorites Cope, and a funkalicious Mushroom Stage jam session from New Orleans’ own Ivan Neville’s Dumstaphunk.


Thursday brought sunshine and a diverse line-up to the magical Mushrooom Stage, planted firmly amongst the oaks and surrounded by swinging hammocks and neon orbs hanging from the branches. British blues guitarist Oli Brown kicked the afternoon off, followed by psychedelic San Francisco soul outfit, Monophonics. Lead singer and keyboardist Kelly Finnegan wasted no time bringing the energy level up and getting the crowd going with choice covers from Curtis Mayfield and Funkadelic, sprinkled with tracks from their latest album In Your Brain.

wanee2013-4Monophonics was the perfect lead in to Tab Benoit’s supergroup of New Orleans musicians, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars. This group of musicians have made it part of their mission to help preserve the wetlands in their native state by raising awareness and providing education through music. The beautiful tune “Louisiana Sunshine” perhaps summed their intent up best, and guest appearances from Florida native Damon Fowler and Starship vocalist Mickey Thomas ensured the Wanee tradition of phenomenal collaborations would be continued in full force, a point hammered home  after the next group took the stage.

When Royal Southern Brotherhood frontman Devon Allman introduced his father and fans got their first look of the weekend at Gregg Allman, the energy was palpable. He joined his son and fellow RSB members on guitar for a rousing, shredding rendition of “One Way Out,” foreshadowing good things to come.

A solid set from electric Hot Tuna bid goodbye to the sunshine, and hello to the late night funk, courtesy of Karl Denson and the Greyboy Allstars. The Mushroom Stage was bouncing and glowing, the power pulsating through the eager crowd, just so ready to get down.


Friday brought the opening of the second stage – the larger and more prominent Peach Stage – and with that came more music and choices to be made by fans. The Peach Stage could have well been dubbed “Southern rock central,” as guitar slingers and long haired men in bell bottoms filled in the ranks for most of the day.

Blackberry Smoke carries the Southern rock torch from Atlanta, Georgia, and they gave the crowd a nice dose of their brand of American country/rock, despite their set being cut short due to a creeping rain shower. Their version of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” was too much for the clouds, and suddenly they opened wide and spilled their drops, as if on cue.

The Mushroom Stage saw early sets from rockers Flannel Church, New Orleans soulful up-and-comers The Revivalists, Jaimoe’s Jaissez Band, and the Wanee debut of Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang. Half concert, half comedy skit, Claypool’s pairing with guitarist and longtime collaborator, Marc Haggard (aka Mirv) kept the crowd laughing and stomping, intertwining jokes and audience haggling with tunes from Primus, Oysterhead, and Johnny Cash, to name a few. Warren Haynes joined the duo onstage for Johnny Horton’s classic “The Battle of New Orleans,” and closed the show with Primus classic “Jerry was a Racecar Driver” and Flying Frog Brigade’s “D’s Diner.”

wanee2013-3The rain cleared up just enough for Mr. Haynes to find his way back to the Peach Stage in time for his band, Gov’t Mule to get things rocking. Kicking off with choice originals “Outta Shape” and “Thorazine Shuffle,” Mule’s set gained momentum throughout, finally culminating in one of the greatest collaborations of the weekend. Members of Widespread Panic – John Bell, JoJo Herman, Dave Schools, and Jimmy Herring – joined and launched into an epic version of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer.” The trading of piercing guitar licks and wailing vocals once again brought the clouds, and the grey thunder rolled in as if brought forth by the music itself.

Widespread Panic was up next, and despite the now soggy conditions, the crowd swelled and was not disappointed. Starting with standard originals like “Ain’t Life Grand,” “All Time Low,” and “Space Wrangler,” once again the real treats came at the end, when the band was joined by Warren Haynes and Danny Louis for blistering renditions of ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago” and Parliament’s instrumental opus, “Maggot Brain.” Even though it was raining, the fans didn’t spare their bottled water during the “Chilly Water” closer, and it didn’t matter because everyone was already soaking wet.

Nothing would stop The Allman Brothers Band, however, and they turned out a set full of beautiful classic originals, and again, more collaborations galore. “Blue Sky” and “Rain” were the band’s homage to the tumultuous weather of the day, and the arrival of Widespread’s John Bell and Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle launched a soulful and lovely rendition of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Home.” Jimmy Herring reappeared for “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, and North Mississippi Allstars brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson made an appearance for a “One Way Out” closer, the second of the weekend for Papa Gregg.

Boombox and a late night set from reggae mainstays Steel Pulse rounded out the night on the Mushroom Stage, and sent fans off into the woods for a little damp rest.


After a long rainy night, the morning finally gave way to some relief, and the skies cleared up in time to provide goers with some much needed sunshine. No one worshipped the rays and the good vibes like Michael Franti and Spearhead, following a solid set from Leon Russell on the Peach Stage. Franti’s contagious energy and positive message had the crowd enjoying and making merry, complete with an onstage birthday party for the man himself. Birthday hats, beach balls, head stands, and celebratory sing-alongs (some upside down!) ensued, and not one frown was to be found anywhere near that stage. Even the most seasoned Franti fans were overheard whispering about how “special” this particular show was, and that energy could be felt by everyone.

The Mushroom Stage spent Saturday getting its funk on, with Sacred Steel gospel funk masters The Lee Boys, New Orleans horns The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, funk and soul jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker, and R&B brass masters Tower of Power keeping it rocking and bopping along all afternoon.

wanee2013-2Following Franti on the mainstage, Wanee family favorites Tedeschi Trucks Band felt just right for the moment, with their slinky, silky brand of gospel-flecked soulful blues. They highlighted tunes from their upcoming album, as well as favorites such as “Midnight in Harlem” and “Bound for Glory.” It also marked the arrival of new bass player, Bakithi Kumalo, who made his debut as replacement for Oteil Burbridge, who announced earlier this year that he would be taking some much needed time off after years of relentless touring with the Allman Brothers and various other outfits.

As with all the other acts of the weekend, their cover choices were on point and referential. “The Sky is Crying” by blues guitarist Elmore James, “The King of the Slide Guitar,” paid homage to those who came before, and so heavily influenced Trucks and his guitar brethren, including Skydog himself, Duane Allman.

Widespread Panic got another shot to do what they do, and this time, there wasn’t a raindrop in sight. They wasted no time, kicking it off with a loud and dirty “Imitation Leather Shoes,” fan favorite “Climb to Safety,” and the Robert Johnson blues standard, “Stop Breaking Down.”

The real treats, however, came when the band was joined by the lovely Susan Tedeschi on vocals, Derek Trucks on guitar, and Artimus Pyle on drums for a fantastic version of Van Morrison’s “I’ve Been Working.” Tedeschi and Bell traded vocal verses, and complimented each other while Trucks laid down the slide and made the sound even bigger. He stayed around for Tom Waits’ “Goin’ Out West” and the Panic classic, “Fishwater,” which quickly turned into a lick-trading musical cacophony, delighting the listeners and preparing the crowd for a final set from the Allman Brothers Band.

wanee2013-1ABB turned in a performance that was nothing short of perfection. Full of fan favorites like “Mountain Jam,” “Midnight Rider,” and “Melissa,” Gregg Allman sounded like a man on a musical mission and his fellow bandmates followed suit. Covers such as “Long Black Veil” and Albert King’s “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home” rounded out a set that ended with epic renditions of “Whipping Post” and “Southbound.” Brothers fans united in the music and basked in a solid outing from the band’s ninth Wanee appearance.

Funk soul masters Galactic promised to cap the festival on a wicked note, and boy, did they. The Mushroom Stage swelled as the band, along with some of their famous friends, treated the crowd to one final Wanee throwdown. Dave Shaw, frontman for The Revivalists, took on vocal duties and did not disappoint, killing the crowd with versions of “I Am the Walrus,” “I Am a Ram” and Galactic’s own “From the Corner to the Block,” complete with segue into ODB’s “Baby, I Got Your Money.” Saxophonist-at-large Skerik brought his horn out to play and his liveliness was felt throughout the crowd, eliciting jumps and screams from excited patrons. “When the Levee Breaks” appeared yet again, but this time, instead of bringing the rain, it brought the end.

The end of another magical Wanee. It was a gathering of the good, all in one place, that filled the hearts and souls of music lovers and merry makers to the brim for another year. And now, we wait……

Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz

Spring tour dates for Govt Mule

Govt Mule have announced spring tour dates leading to their late night Jazz Fest May 3 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts in New Orleans. New Orleans’ The Revivalists will be opening up for the entire run of dates before Jazz Fest. The run of spring dates kicks off with a stop at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida. Govt Mule has also confirmed their apperance at this year’s edition of the Hangout Festival on the Gulf Shores of Alabama.

Pre-sale tickets will be available at noon on Wednesday, February 20 through Mule Ticketing.

Govt Mule’s annual Mountain Jam will take place June 6-9 in Hunter, NY.

The band has also released European summer tour dates.

April 18-20 Live Oak, FL—Wanee Festival
April 21 Charleston, SC—North Charleston PAC
April 24 Wilmington, NC—Greenfield Amphitheatre
April 27 Cincinnati, OH—Taft Theatre
April 28 Columbia, MO—Blue Note
April 30 Kansas City, MO—Uptown Theatre
May 1 Springfield, MO—Gilloz Theatre
May 3 New Orleans, LA—Mahalia Jackson Theatre
May 17-19 Gulf Shores, AL—Hangout Festival
June 6-9 Hunter, NY—Mountain Jam
June 28-29 Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria, Spain
July 6 Roots In The Park Utrecht, Netherlands
July 14 Kunst!Rasen Bonn, Germany
July 15 Fabrik Hamburg, Germany
July 17 Hornberg Sommer Tuttlingen, Germany
July 18 Zeltspektakel Winterbach, Germany
July 19 Kulturbastion Torgau, Germany
July 20 Burg Herzberg Herzberg, Germany


Gov’t Mule (w/ Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharaoh’s Kitchen), 10/17/12

Written By Honest Tune & David Shehi/ Photos By Brad Kuntz


Gov’t Mule (with Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharaoh’s Kitchen)
Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA
October 17, 2012



Leading up to the release of The Georgia Bootleg Box, the recently released six disc set that takes fans back to a three night run across Georgia in 1996, Gov’t Mule celebrated with similar run, with one being held at the same venue, as it was way back when. That one was this night at the historic Georgia Theatre that, though recently restored and quite a bit nicer than it was in ’96, still holds that certain degree of special that can only be felt, not explained. (The other two stops were at Atlanta’s Tabernacle, as opposed to the Roxy in ’96, and Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre, as opposed to Elizabeth Reed Music Hall in ’96.)

Warming up the night was the pharaoh himself, Col. Bruce, who served up a  plentiful, even if a bit too short, set filled with soul-stewed Zambi alongside his kitchen stewards, that continues to include the blistering slide work from A.J. Ghent.

To thunderous applause, The Mule took the stage, thoroughly demonstrating what 18 years does for  a band’s musical maturation. Needless to say, many of the faithful recalled the days of Allen Woody, the eternal Mule bassist who co-founded the band with front man, Warren Haynes, as an Allman Brothers side project, and was as responsible for The Mule’s sonic foundation as was Haynes. (Woody passed away in 2000)

As many suspected, the night saw Bruce Hampton rejoin the stage alongside the aforementioned Ghent and another guest, Ike Stubblefield, to close things out during an encored offering of “Spoonful.” (Stubblefield and Ghent also guested during the soul and R&B classic, “Breaking Up Somebody’s Home”)

For Honest Tune‘s part, Brad Kuntz was on the scene to bring back the photo report.





Gov’t Mule


I: Dixie Peaches Jam > Temporary Saint > Gameface > Mountain Jam > Gameface > Trane > Eternity’s Breath > St. Stephen Jam > Presence of the Lord, Don’t Step on the Grass Sam, Birth of the Mule, Banks on the Deep End, Time to Confess

II: Goin’ out West > Bang A Gong > Goin’ out West >  Gonna Send You Back to Georgia, Beautifully Broken, Forevermore, I’m a Ram, Feel Like Breaking up Somebody’s Home*, Mule > Whole Lotta Love > Mule

Encore: Spoonful**

* w/ AJ Ghent and Ike Stubblefield
** w/ Col. Bruce Hampton, AJ Ghent, and Ike Stubblefield


Download an audience recording of Gov’t Mule’s set, HERE

(Includes Warren & Matt Abts’ rooftop set that preceded the show)


Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharaoh’s Kitchen


Fixin’ to Die, Feelin’ Good, Midnight Walker, Aint’ Nothin’ You Can Do, Surrender, There Was a Time, Right Now, Pharaoh’s Kitchen, I’m So Glad


Download an audience recording of Col. Bruce’s set, HERE


Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz





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A contest for every day of the week ft. some favorite guitarists! Enter here…



For every music fan, there is a favorite time of year. There are those that relish in festival hopping or the shed tours of summers. Others appreciate spring for its innate ability to bring its new life into our lives and thereby draw us from within the warm confines of our homes that, for the preceding months, had been almost solely about the NFL, network programming and financial belt tightening, courtesy of overdoing yet one more way overdone holiday season. But with that said, Winter isn”t all about icicles and houses that smell like forest fires; there are destination music events, like Jam Cruise, Mayan Holidaze, or newcomers like  (Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth) or Mountain Song at Sea(Del McCoury, Grisman, Punch Brothers). Destination gigs not your bag or a bit out of your wallet”s current comfort zone? Hit up Bear Creek, the event that relies on funk for warmth and hails from a host site, the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, that”s as good as any calendar at determining what time of year it is.

The fact of the matter is that there is something absolutely unique and awesome about each quarter of the year; and the one that we are currently experiencing is perhaps the best example of seasonal individualism of them all.


Perhaps John Keats described autumn best when he wrote, in part, that it is the…


Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;


This alignment of our Mother Earth with Helios yields a bountiful harvest that has every bit as much to do with beloved new music for fans and listeners as it does apples, butternut squash or sweet potatoes.  It is a season when well rehearsed bands hit the road, oftentimes on the heels of a fresh studio or precisely culled and mastered live release. It is when bands or solo artists have to compete, bringing nothing short of their “A” game. Sound issues cannot be blamed on lack of a thorough soundcheck or an unassuming chap working front of house at ____________ Music Festival and was “inept and therefore, missed his cues.” Nope, the onus falls squarely on the shoulders of the players and those within their production outfit. It is all intensely exciting.

This year, the harvest is abundant. Some of the greats from within our most tracked niche are out on tours, some of which are present quite a unique opportunity. Still others are either about to release a new album or have just recently done so. Because of this, we at Honest Tune have amassed quite a collection of awesomeness and since our primary job here is to share what we have — whether in the form of news, articles, reviews, videos, photos or in this case, goods — with you, the folks that give this little labor of love a purpose.

Over the coming weeks, the giveaways will be grand and therefore, we figured that we should get things underway in a large fashion in hopes that you will embrace us, share what we are doing and if nothing else, enter to win some free shit… some of which will make you yearn with  hope for a win, while one is just downright ridiculous, to the point that we should probably see a shrink before announcing the item(s) included.


It all began yesterday, with Warren Wednesday, through ________ Monday, 10/22/12 there will be a contest announced.


Each contest will recognize some of our most favorite guitarists. In most cases, names will coincide with days of the week. In one, it won”t, but the fact that we were celebrating guitarists overtook the desire to be cute… and any Honest Tune celebration of guitarists will always include the person whose name simply doesn”t fit with a day.


One word to the wise before beginning: READ EVERYTHING AND FOLLOW ALL CONTEST RULES in today”s contest, whether it be Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Monday. 


Each  contest will have its own set of requirements for entry, with some being only slightly different and one being entirely different. So please, for your sake, pay attention to everything you fill out and/or complete all steps in regards to what you are asked to do in order for your entry to be valid*.


Links to Days 1-3


 For Warren Haynes Wednesday, click HERE

For Trey Anastasio Thursday, click HERE

For Jimmy Herring Saturday, click HERE.



 UPDATE: Sunday”s contest will come out this Sunday, 10/29/12



Rules & Eligibility


1) All of the entered names will be collected from the survey site and pasted into a computer generated random name picker. All of this will be videotaped so that nobody can cry foul. To see examples of us using this tool, click here. If we are lucky, maybe we will bump into Col. Bruce and get him to draw names out of a beer pitcher again.


2)The deadlines for entry for each days” giveaways are as follows

Wednesday, 10/17/12: Deadline- 10/26/12 at 11:59PM CST – Warren Wednesday


Thursday, 10/18/12: Deadline- 10/27/12 at 11:59PM CST (Trey Thursday)

Friday, 10/19/12: Deadline- 10/28/12 at 11:59PM CST- Jimmy Herring Friday


3) For any contest that has tickets involved, such as today”s or “Warren Wednesday” did, the winner will be announced the following day. Other winners will be announced within 7 days from the entry deadline.



Eligibility requirements:


1) Only entries that conform to ALL of the specifications outlined in “How to Enter” will be considered.

2) No previous or current Honest Tune editor/staff may enter

3) Contributors (senior and otherwise) may enter.

4) Only one entry per person/ per “prize” will be allowed and IP Addresses are logged on the survey site.

5) Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and from within the continental United States.

6) All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry and may be required to prove age prior to prize being sent, particularly in cases when an album may contain explicit lyrics or when concert or festival tickets are being offered. 





** Winner is responsible for all travel fees, to include but not be limited by hotels, parking expenses, food, gasoline, other ancillary expense, etc. The winner will only receive complimentary entry to the show specified and NO NAME CHANGES will be allowed. “Entry” does not necessarily mean “ticket.” It may mean “guest listing” or other means of entry. In other words, don’t enter if you already know you cannot go. Lastly, entry to event(s) based upon winning entitles winner to a place in the venue and does not imply a “great seat” though it very well may be; it also does not imply “press, photography, other media or backstage access or privileges unless otherwise stated as such.
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Fine Print
This contest is solely the responsibility of Honest Tune and no purchase is necessary to win. Enrollment in any site is not mandatory, albeit preferred. In a case where a prospective entrant would like to enter without subscribing to a 3rd party site, he/she may send a postcard with information asked for in the official web entry form. ONLY postcards will be accepted and any envelopes will be discarded immediately upon receipt. In no case shall Honest Tune use any information provided by entrants to any second or third party. Information may only be kept for internal database and may be used for future emails directly and solely related to interest for which this site is categorized and only regarding interests expressed solely by Honest Tune. This contest is not affiliated with nor is it endorsed by any artist , band, group or venue featured or any other representatives, promoters, owners or management thereof. In each case, an agent of each has been notified of these proceedings as a courtesy, or in response to a promotional giveaway that may or may not be included in this offer. Odds of winning depend solely on number of entries. The winner will be contacted via his/her email address and must respond to the contact within 72 hours. If no response is received, it shall be deemed that winner wishes to forfeit his/her prize. All entries must be received from within the United States. Rules & eligibility requirements may be changed with or without notice within the first 72 hours of the contest’s launch. After 72 hours, any changes will be posted via Honest Tune’s Twitter or Facebook account. All entries must be submitted via the above listed criteria and Honest Tune reserves the right to disqualify entries based solely on its discretion and upon an entry’s lack of conformity to the standards outlined above. Postcards should be addressed exactly as follows: Contests c/o Honest Tune-Online 1 Independent Dr. Rainbow City, AL 35906. Prize Values will be listed within 60 days of contest closing due to the ongoing nature of this contest. Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to the the contact option on the Honest Tune Home Page.  





Hot August Blues 2012: Humble Beginnings to Blues-Party Throw Down


From its humble beginnings twenty years ago as an event held in founder Brad Selko’s backyard, Hot August Blues has grown from a two band (Charlie Musselwhite and Brett Wilson), 300 person event, to an annual ten band, 5000 person festival that has been recognized as one of the best midsized Festivals in the country (Tri-State Indie Award for Best Regional Festival 2011.)  Held at idyllic Oregon Ridge Park just outside the Baltimore City limits, Hot August Blues has separated itself from other festivals its size and in the area with its relaxed low-key atmosphere and consistently stellar line-ups that favors quality over quantity, with a schedule that features minimal over-lap between the two stages, and set lengths that give every band from the opener to the closer ample time to get up and stretch out their musical legs.



As in years past the line-up was a diverse mix that was tied together through the loose thread of “the blues”, but that thread and label were stretched thin into imaginable directions with a line-up that boasted the classic blues-riff-rock of Govt Mule, the bombastic explosion of New Orleans funk of Trombone Shorty, to the heartfelt country-folk tunes of Justin Townes Earle on the main stage, and included the gritty real Chicago Blues of Magic Slim & the Teardrops and the soul-revival sound of JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound on the B-side stage.   The B-Side stage is still a fairly new weapon in the Hot August Blues arsenal, only being added for the first time two years ago, but it is an extremely welcome addition. This year it was dominated in the early afternoon by intensely powerful singer/songwriter Chris Kasper.  Kasper gave way to Chicago’s JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound who have been garnering much attention for their mind-bending cover of Wilco’s “I am Trying to Break Your Heart,” which has even gotten the attention of the song’s author Jeff Tweedy who invited them to appear at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival this year.  Magic Slim closed out the B-Side stage with a classic set of Chicago blues, that found Slim wailing through his set like a bluesman of old.   While Magic Slim keep the blues alive with their true to its root sound, on the main stage that blues thread was stretched on all directions with a line-up that was an intoxicating mix that careened from style to style.  The biggest departure from that blues thread was the second act to hit the main stage, Locos Por Juana.


 Billed as a bilingual jam-band, Locos Por Juana was born in 2000 in Miami Florida with roots that dig deep into Colombia (singer Itagui Correa and drummer Javier Delgado were both born in Colombia, while guitarist Mark Kondrat was born in Miami of Colombian descent.)  The band has been nominated multiple times for Grammy Awards, but still is generally off of the average music fans radar.  But if their set at Hot August Blues was any indication of the power of this band, it might be a good idea to stand up and take notice of them.  Led by dynamic vocalist Correa, who is an explosion of energy and swirling dreads that reach down almost to the ground.  Locos Por Juana sound is built around Latin rhythms, but there is a steady current of Caribbean flavor flowing underneath with a smattering of reggae riffs, dancehalls grooves, hip-hop beats, and rock-laden guitar work all bubbling to the surface at some point.   The core trio is usually augmented by additional musicians with some kind of combination of percussion and horns rounding out the deep, bouncing groove, and today was no different as they had a trombone and full percussion kit to provide a little more kick.  Their set is a high-energy ass-shaking party, and it was clear from the way crowd responded that the band’s request to “get up and move” did not go unheeded.


  Despite the Blues label, the real focus seemed to be on songwriting, with three of today’s best songwriters, in Cris Jacobs, Justin Townes Earle, and Warren Haynes, gracing the main stage throughout the day.  The day got started with the Cris Jacobs Band and a passionate set that dripped with a soulful intensity.   After ten years fronting roots-rockers The Bridge, who called it quits at the end of 2011, Jacobs has re-emerged with a new band with which to give life to his always timeless songwriting that seems to ring out with a deep, emotional, clarity.  Jacobs set was a bluesy mix, with him leading the charge with a guitar work out that recalled the southern-fried goodness of Little Feat’s Lowell George.  His band features the familiar drumming of Mike Gambone who provided the backbeat for the Bridge, the steady upright bass of Jake Leckie, the dreamy-textured pedal steel of Dave Hadley, and longtime musical co-conspirator, multi-instrumentalist Ed Hough who provides soaring harmonies to Jacobs’ soulful wail.  Their set pulled heavily from the band’s debut album, the sublime Songs for Cats and Dogs released earlier this year featuring “Dragonfly”, “Stoned on You,” “Be My Stars,” and “Saddle Up,” among others.  Locos Por Juana followed next, before giving way to Justin Townes Earle.



                Justin Townes Earle might just be the best young songwriter around right now, and with his set he made a strong case for just that title.  Starting as he says he always does, “alone”, Earle began his set with a couple of tunes by himself, “Lay That Hammer Down,” and “Wandering,” the latter of which took him a couple of false starts to get through before he finally remembered the lyrics, but this would prove to be the last hiccup Earle would have in what would prove to be a glorious set.   He related the stories behind each song throughout the afternoon, giving life to each tune  as he weaved the narratives that told of the birth of each song, explaining how it took six months for him to realize Brooklyn was not for him in, “One More Night in Brooklyn,” that a then girlfriend, not named Maria wanted to know, “who the ‘F’ is Maria,” before he launched into the song of the same name, that “Roger’s Park” came about from simply not having written a song in over a year, or warning a an ex-girlfriend who wanted a song about who to watch what she wished for as he used their break-up as fodder for “Nothing’s Gonna Change the you Feel About Me.”



                Sandwiched in between Earle and the Fest closing set of Govt Mule, and hitting the stage as the sun began to set over the tall trees that flanked the large hill that served as a natural amphitheater ofr the day, was New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty.  Trombone Shorty’s set was an explosive affair, full of his trademarked boundless energy that found him pin-balling around the stage, dancing, singing, switching between trumpet and trombone, and leading his band through a set that was a non-stop blur of high octane funk.   This provided a nice contrast to Justin Townes Earle’s stellar set, which was a subtle, musical gem, as Trombone Shorty’s time on stage was a pure N’alwns throw down, giving every one license to cut loose and shake their ‘thang.’






  The day closed with a headlining set from Govt Mule and a dose of Warren Haynes’ classic bluesy-southern rock songwriting.  Govt Mule’s set featured the least surprising sit-in of the day since Warren Haynes sauntered on stage an hour before during Trombone Shorty’s set for a run of songs (really who didn’t see that coming?), as Trombone Shorty and longtime Haynes friend, collaborator, and Washington D.C. resident Ron Holloway (who shows up anytime Haynes is within a 100 miles of the Nation’s Capital) broke out his sax and joined the stage for a mid-set combo of The Box-tops “The Letter” and  Albert King’s “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.”  In addition to these covers, as is their norm, Govt Mule pulled heavily from their influences with the Beatles “She Said, She Said,” Led Zeppelins “How Many More Times,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House,” all showing up throughout the night.   It was a bit of a nostalgic set for The Mule as it was colored by older classic Mule tunes, “Blind Man in the Dark,” “Bad Little Doggie,” and “Mule,” that truly gave their Fest closing set its strength. These older tunes highlight Haynes strength as a songwriter, but it was the encore that truly showed how special a songwriter he can be. In a move that was even less surprising than the day’s various sit-ins, Govt Mule closed with the Warren Haynes standard “Soulshine,” that was aided by the return of Holloway’s always welcome sax work.  While sometimes derided for it’s all too often appearances, “Soulshine” with its all too commonality begs to ask the question, “If you wrote a song as good as ‘Soulshine’, wouldn’t you play it every night as well?”


                Despite the blues, the ass-shaking grooves, the explosive funk, the sit-ins, Soulshine, and the un-paralleled songwriting, the real star of the day was Hot August Blues founder and organizer Brad Selko.  Now in its 20th year, the one-time backyard party has blossomed into one of the premier midsized festivals around, and the credit for that growth goes directly to Selko and his tireless efforts year in and year out.  In the program that was handed out at the front gate as you entered the festival grounds, there was a picture of Selko taken at the very first Hot August Blues. He was leaning on the fence in his backyard smiling broadly at what he had created.  Selko was omnipresent throughout the day, this year as he always is, walking in the crowd, chatting folks up over by the front gate, hanging by the merch table, grooving on the side stage, and while he may be a little older, a little grayer than he was in that picture from 20 years, the smile was just as big, and the fest he first started 20 years in his backyard while it might be a little bigger, and host more bands, it is still without doubt just as special now as it was then.

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Gov’t Mule (with Dr. John), 6/9/12


Gov’t Mule (with Dr. John)
Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
Charlotte, NC
June 9, 2012



Gov’t Mule is back! Making their way across the country, it is as though Warren and company (Matt Abts on drums, Danny Louis on keys and Jorgen Carlsson on keys) never left the road, playing as tight as ever. On this night, the band welcomed legendary zydeco/boogie-woogie ivory man, Dr. John, a gentleman that can never be referred to as an “opener.”

To say that the folks in The Queen City of Charlotte were graced with a hell of a night of music would be quite the understatement.


Gov’t Mule Setlist


Hammer and Nails, Banks of the Deep End, Thorazine Shuffle, Don’t Step on the Grass Sam, Forevermore, Beautifully Broken, Is It My Body, Devil Likes It Slow, Bad Little Doggie, Red House, Slackjaw Jezebel, Goin’ Out West, Soulshine, Mule > Whole Lotta Love > Mule

Encore: Planet of the Ram Jam > Im a Ram > Love Me Do > I’m a Ram


Click HERE to download an audience recording of this set.


Dr. John Setlist


Lie Down, Ice Age, I Walk On Guilded Splinters, Right Place, Wrong Time, Save Our Wetlands, Big Shot, Food for Thot, Revolution, Indian Red > Down By The Riverside > Indian Red,  It Ain’t My Fault


Click HERE to download an audience recording of this set.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz