The Lone Bellow 2018 Tour Itinerary-
The Lone Bellow 2018 Tour Itinerary-
Music News - 2018 marks the 30th Anniversary of the release of Almost Acoustic, the out of print 1988 live classic from The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band. In honor of this milestone Almost Acoustic will receive a special limited-edition reissue for Record Store Day 2018 on November 23rd. The album will be made available on CD and as a double LP on 180-gram vinyl for the first time. The vinyl package will include two green and black marbled LPs with individually numbered foil-stamped gatefold jackets. Only 5000 copies of this limited-edition run will be available.
Recorded in 1987 at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, Almost Acoustic features Garcia (guitar & vocals) performing with some of his closest pre-Dead friends and collaborators from the early 1960’s – Sandy Rothman (mandolin, dobro & vocals) and David Nelson (guitar & vocals). Joining in were Kenny Kosek (fiddle) and long-time Jerry Garcia Band alums John Kahn (upright bass) and David Kemper (snare drum). Songs include influential folk traditionals, such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, “Blue Yodel #9” and “Diamond Joe”. The album also highlights songs that were consistently woven in and out of Garcia’s career as both a solo artist and with the Grateful Dead, including “Deep Elem Blues”, “Oh, The Wind And Rain” and the Garcia/Hunter classic, “Ripple”.
Much of 2017 and 2018 saw the year-long celebration of Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday, which culminated with the release of the historic and critically acclaimed boxed set Before The Dead. The 4-CD/limited-edition 5-LP collection shed a new light on the earliest period in Garcia’s journey starting as a young, raw and developing multi-instrumentalist coming of age during the early 1960’s folk-revival, to becoming one of the most revered and groundbreaking artists of the rock ‘n roll era. By the time The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band formed, Garcia had become a master of his instrument. Recorded and released during the apex of the Grateful Dead’s popularity, Almost Acoustic features the artist coming full circle by going back to his acoustic roots where it all began.
Music News- Dallas, TX-based indie-folk singer-songwriter Vanessa Peters will release her new album, Foxhole Prayers, on October 5, 2018, via Idol Records. In Foxhole Prayers, Peters’s already-considerable songwriting prowess has risen to its fullest stature, presented as a concise, gut-punching collection of songs composed of piercing observations of both the outside and inside worlds. Listen to her "Carnival Barker" track below.
“I’m a literature geek at heart and for years I’ve wanted to do an album somehow influenced by The Great Gatsby, but the idea seemed much too nerdy and abstract,” explained Peters. “But after I re-read it last year, it dawned on me that we were literally reliving the Gatsby years. Suddenly I could see all the corrupt and self-indulgent characters from the book all around me, with Trump as some kind of PT Barnum-meets-Warren G. Harding character. I was on tour in Europe at the time and had some time off between shows, so I holed up in a tiny apartment in Utrecht for four days and began writing the songs that would become the basis for the new album.”
Photo Credit: Brent Baxter Photography
Peters shines a bright light on the modern world, illuminating the perilous rise of populist politics, the seemingly incessant swirl of violence around us, the struggle to remain positive in dark times, and the need to stand strong against hate and desperation. The album is dark at times, but Peters reminds us on upbeat songs like “Lucky” and album opener “Get Started” that we forge our own luck from sheer determination and in finding gratitude even in the face of hardship. Never before have we heard Peters speak out as forcefully as she does in “Carnival Barker,” one of the album’s most pointed tracks which takes direct aim at not just populist politics but also the frightening way that history repeats itself. And it is impossible to remain dry-eyed throughout the starkly-honest “Fight,” in which Peters movingly bares her deepest fears as a songwriter.
In Foxhole Prayers, Peters demonstrates that she has not only reached an entirely new level of lyricism, but has vaulted into a new echelon of musicality. The album reflects a pleasingly diverse yet cohesive collection of styles, effortlessly weaving modern electronica elements and drum machines into more familiar acoustic and rock arrangements. The result is a splendid musical tapestry that unfolds from the first insistent notes of “Get Started” and keeps the listener sonically mesmerized throughout. For the record, Peters turned to producer Rip Rowan (Old 97’s, Rhett Miller), producer John Dufilho (Deathray Davies, Apples in Stereo), and what has now become her established stable of all-star musicians, including longtime sideman and Grammy-winner Joe Reyes (Buttercup) and Dallas guitar hero Chris Holt (Don Henley) on electric guitar. Dufilho and bassist Andy Lester form the rhythm section for most of the album, while Peters’s European bandmates (Federico Ciancabilla, Andrea Colicchia) also make an appearance on a couple of tracks.
Music News- Amy Helm's new record 'This Too Shall Light' (out today on Yep Roc Records), has been praised for its "gorgeous harmonies" by Billboard and "killer grooves" by Rolling Stone, the result of spontaneous performances culled together in just four days of sessions at the hallowed United Recording in LA. Ultimately, the goal was to recreate the enthralling energy of Amy's performances, described recently by NPR as "everything one hopes for in a live show...where everything comes together to elevate the room in the pure joy of music."
Partnering with three-time GRAMMY winning producer Joe Henry and masterful songwriters like Hiss Golden Messenger, Helm's 'This Too Light' weaves new compositions through decades of classics - drawing from blues, folk, country, gospel and R&B influences to create "a vibe that's introspective, reflective and beautifully heartfelt" (American Songwriter), and one that "takes you along for the ride of your life" (No Depression).
Listen to ‘This Too Shall Light’ here: https://lnk.to/amyhelm
“Amy Helm is one of the greatest singers of our generation,” says Hiss Golden Messenger’s Mike Taylor, who co-wrote the album’s title track with Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Bob Weir, Craig Finn) over a weekend with Amy at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY.
Among other highlights of 'This Too Shall Light' are fresh takes on Allen Toussaint ("Freedom for the Stallion"), T-Bone Burnett ("River of Love") and contemporary Americana darlings the Milk Carton Kids ("Michigan"). Helm honors her late father Levon Helm's legendary career with covers of some his earliest and latest work: the 1965 Levon and the Hawks cut "The Stones I Throw" and the traditional hymn "Gloryland," which remained a staple of Levon’s sets through his final performances.
Amy will bring 'This Too Shall Light' on the road this fall, kicking off with a sold-out release show at New York's City Winery next week. A full list of dates is below.
Amy Helm 2018 TOUR ITINERARY-
SEP 26 – City Winery – New York, NY (Sold-Out)
Sep 27 – Cohoes Music Hall – Cohoes, NY
Sep 28 – Center For The Arts Homer – Homer, NY
Sep 29 – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
Oct 4 – Kent Stage – Kent, OH
Oct 5 – Otus Supply – Parliament Room – Ferndale, MI
Oct 6 – Park West – Chicago, IL
Oct 7 – The Redstone Room – Davenport, IA
Oct 9 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 11 – Old Rock House – Saint Louis, MO
Oct 12 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, AR
Oct 13 – Knucklehead’s – Kansas City, MO
Oct 18 – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN
Oct 19 – Music in the Mill – Hickory, NC#
Oct 20 – Tin Pan – Richmond, VA
Oct 21 – Mountain Stage – Charleston, WV
Nov 24 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA^
Nov 28 – The Heights Theater – Houston, TX*
Nov 29 – The Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX*
Nov 30 – Gruene Hall – New Braunfels, TX*
Dec 1 – The Paramount Theatre – Austin, TX*
Dec 2 – Tower Theatre – Oklahoma City, OK*
Dec 4 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE*
Dec 6 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO*
Dec 7 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO*
Dec 8 – The Commonwealth Room – Salt Lake City, UT*
* with The Wood Brothers
^ with Railroad Earth
# with Yellow Feather
1. This Too Shall Light
4. Freedom for the Stallion
5. Mandolin Wind
6. Long Daddy Green
7. The Stones I Throw
8. Heaven’s Holding Me
9. River of Love
Music News- The Americana Music Association has named GRAMMY-nominated duo Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids as hosts of the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards show. The show will take place at 6:30 PM (CDT) next Wednesday, September 12 at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium and will also feature Musical Director Buddy Guy fronting an All-Star band including Don Was, Jerry Pentecost, Joe Pisapia, Ian Fitchuk, Lillie Mae, Josh Grange, Jim Hoke and the incredible McCrary Sisters. A live video stream of the 2018 Honors & Awards show will be webcast via NPRMusic.org. Additionally, CMT is set to broadcast a special featuring performance highlights on Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 PM CST; followed by a special broadcast of the television series Austin City Limits on PBS in February 2019.
Watch a special video message from Kenneth and Joey-
Music News- In honor of the 25th anniversary of Robert Earl Keen’s iconic album, A Bigger Piece of Sky, Keen and Dualtone will be releasing it on vinyl for the first time. Available on limited-edition sky-blue vinyl, this piece is a must-have for Robert Earl Keen fans. Scheduled for release on November 16, A Bigger Piece of Sky is available now for advance order at DualtoneStore.com, including autographed vinyl and exclusive merchandise bundles.
“A Bigger Piece of Sky was the most thrilling, hair-pulling, penny-pinching, cliff-hanging, scariest record I’ve ever made,” says Keen. “I love every song on BPS.”
A breakthrough album for Keen, A Bigger Piece of Sky and its songs, such as “Amarillo Highway,” “Whenever Kindness Fails,” and “Corpus Christi Bay” are mainstays of his live set. The album was recorded in Nashville, TN, produced by Garry Velletri, and mixed by Velletri and Jeff Coppage. The project features an amazing lineup consisting of Garry Tallent (E Street Band) on upright and electric bass, Marty Stuart on mandolin, Dave Durocher on percussion, Jay Spell on accordion, Jonathan Yudkin on violin, and Maura O’Connell on vocals. It also features guest musicians George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt) on harmony vocal and electric guitar, Tommy Spurlock on guitar, Michael Snow on tenor banjo, Bryan Duckworth on violin, Dave Heath on upright bass, and Jennifer Prince on harmony vocals.
“Little did we know we were making what would become A Bigger Piece Of Sky, one of Robert’s finest records, and that it would stand the test of time as it has,” says drummer Dave Durocher.
“We had a blast recording this record,” adds producer Garry Velletri. “I remember working long into the warm sultry nights of a desolate Music Row. I’m quite proud of A Bigger Piece of Sky. I think it took Keen to the next level.”
Music News- Fleet Foxes have released a stunning short film for their Crack-Up album opener "I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar". Directed by Sean Pecknold, with art direction and production design by Adi Goodrich, both of Sing Sing, and choreography by Steve Reker. The film was shot entirely on 35mm film in southern California, creating a look that feels like an old technicolor movie, with everything hand-made and in-camera. It was made in partnership with WeTransfer who commissioned and helped produce the video. WeTransfer will be hosting the video on their editorial platform WePresent alongside a conversation between the Pecknold siblings Robin (lead-singer), Sean (filmmaker) and Aja (band manager) who have shaped the visuals, sounds and story of Fleet Foxes for a decade. Watch the video below
On making the film, director Sean Pecknold says, "For me, the song encapsulated the themes and feelings of the whole record like an overture; the darkness / lightness, the fast / slow, the tension between two competing voices and the unpredictable dynamic shifts of tempo and voice. I wanted to create a striking visual allegory that felt both intimate and lonely, grand and triumphant."
Music News- Brooklyn-based Americana duo The Brother Brothers have released the second single from their forthcoming debut album, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, out October 19 on Compass Records. They premiered "Mary Ann" today (listen below), noting the band's "natural harmonies and evocative lyricism that reflect a timeless sound and spirit". Today's release follows their first single, "Frankie", for which Billboard praised the brothers' "soulful folk". "Frankie" also appeared on Spotify's Fresh Folk (https://t.e2ma.net/click/1n7xu/9ttp2w/5iakzf) and New Music Friday (https://t.e2ma.net/click/1n7xu/9ttp2w/lbbkzf) playlists.
Adam and David Moss tell us of the song, "On its face, the song is a letter to our many friends who struggle with depression, letting them know that no matter how long they seek solitude or how far away their friends may seem, we’re always there and understand on many levels what they’re going through, and we’ll be waiting."
The Brother Brothers will support the critically acclaimed super-trio I'm With Her on tour this fall. The identical twins aren't new to sharing a stage with renowned talent, having recently opened for Big Thief, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves and more. In addition to the support run, The Brother Brothers will celebrate their record release with a show in NYC on October 19 at Brookyln Pool and showcase at AmericanaFest in Nashville on Tuesday, September 11. (Scroll down for complete dates.)
The Brother Brothers are Adam and David Moss, identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. Using minimal instrumentation, heartfelt lyricism, and harmonies so natural they seem to blend into one beautiful voice, the siblings draw on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York for their full-length debut album, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW.
Although young men, The Brother Brothers have boasted this sterling folk sound for decades. Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, they sang along as children to their father’s record collection of the Kingston Trio, the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys. “That's where we learned to sing harmony and then one thing leads to another,” says Adam. “All of a sudden we could harmonize to anything we wanted to. It was a very natural progression.”
The Brother Brothers’ acoustic project emerges from several years spent traveling the country, both separately and together, playing in varying ensembles and sometimes settling in separate cities. Though each writes his fair share of the discography independently, the brothers’ palpable fraternal bond produces a togetherness in these songs that few bands can offer.
The title, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, refers to the resonating personal nature of these songs. As David explains, “I think every song on the album is about a person or a character, and in a way, is a reflection of ourselves.” Track after track, this sentiment rings true; “Mary Anne” is an encouraging ode to a friend with depression. “Banjo Song” conveys a conversation with someone who gives up playing an instrument after a hurtful breakup. “The Gambler” honors an old man who makes his living at Atlantic City casinos.
Speaking about their live shows, Adam says, “I feel like there's definitely like a living room vibe. Most of our experience before we were performing as a duo was, you know, sitting around song circles with friends, playing and creating a very homey, small-room environment.”