Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Phil Lesh and Friends WORLD PREMIERE Set with Warren Haynes and Jackie Greene 12-9-11 Orange Peel Xmas Pre Jam
Saturday, December 24, 2011
(photo: Erika Goldring)
Justin Townes Earle won the award for Song of the Year for "Harlem River Blues" from the album of the same title, during the 2011 Americana Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Released in late 2010, Harlem River Blues was also nominated for Album of the Year at this year's honors ceremony. In addition to Thursday night's win and nomination, Earle performed a rousing rendition of the song for the gathered crowd of peers and fans, a performance that can be heard HERE, courtesy of NPR. [Justin's performance can be found at the 35:35 mark, and his Song of the Year category announcement at 1:01:43.]
An edited version of the award show will be aired November 19, 2011 as a special episode of the new season of the highly-acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits (check local listings for exact local day and time). "ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011" will reach approximately 98% of American TV households via PBS stations nationwide.
Harlem River Blues has received critical and popular support since its release in September of 2010. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #47 and has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, SPIN, Mojo, and through the support of Justin's appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, NPR's World Café and Morning Edition, and Prairie Home Companion.
You can watch Justin Townes Earle perform the now-AMA decorated "Harlem River Blues" on The Late Show with David Letterman HERE.
See more of Justin Townes Earle at his website: http://www.justintownesearle.com/
Upcoming tour dates:
10/15 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House
10/21 – Knoxville, TN – Square Room (with Joshua Black Wilkins)
10/22 – Charlotte, NC – Whitewater Center (with Sam Bush)
11/13 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Calling Festival
12/2 – New York, NY – Zankel Hall
12/3 – New York, NY – Foothills Performing Arts Center (with Tristen)
12/4 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts (with Tristen)
12/5 – Lewiston, ME – Olin Arts Center/Bates College (with Tristen)
12/8 – Milford, CT – Daniel Street (with Tristen)
12/29 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
3/22-25 – Live Oak, FL – Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3/31 – Cascade, IA – Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center
2. Brantley Gilbert - Half Way to Heaven, Remixed, Remastered, Reactivated – An album that received fairly little attention, other than from Brantley’s fanatical underground fans, upon it’s initial release became an entirely different beast in the hands of producer extraordinaire Dan Huff. The songs, which were already potential hits, are now anthems that will be sung for decades to come. “Country Must Be Country Wide,” has become Brantley’s first Billboard #1. The song gives lead instrumentalist Jess Franklin (guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals to go along with a co-producer credit) the chance to shine, recalling his former band Tishamingo at their best, only this time fronted by an undeniable superstar, Brantley Gilbert. While most of the attention this album has received has come from country radio, that label is very deceiving. Half Way to Heaven is actually one bad ass, Southern outlaw rock record that deserves an overdue spin in your local music player.
3. Vince Gill - Guitar Slinger – One would think a man with 20 Grammy Awards would have a hard time topping himself. And yet Gill’s Guitar Slinger is arguably his finest work to date, highlighted by virtuoso guitar, filled with classic elegance. The real treat here, however, is how masterfully Gill blends flat out rock, harking back to the one and only Elvis, even with some of his vocals. If Gill’s name does not come to mind when you think of the best pickers on the planet, Guitar Slinger should be looked at as an introduction, or perhaps a reminder, to just how skilled this former Pure Prairie League member remains to this day. A true master, still at his best.
4. Warren Haynes Presents – The Benefit Concert Vol. 4 – Warren Haynes’ Xmas Jam in Asheville is known to feature numerous highlights each year. The fourth installment in his Benefit Concert CDs comes from 2002, a year filed with excitement. Jerry Joseph, “The Kind of Place” and “Climb to Safety,” and Robert Randolph, “Looking Out My Window” and “Shake Your Hips,” are standouts on disc one. CD two contains the show’s finest moments, namely songs from a Bob Weir & Friends set that sent the crowd in to a frenzy, then closing with three tracks from Gov't Mule’s Deep End lineup.
5. Dani Wilde – Shine – A relative unknown Canadian songwriter, Dani Wilde is a force to be reckoned with. An artist in total control, Wilde plays guitar with classic Claptonesque precision. Her true magic, however, is heard in her voice. Many of the tracks on Shine evoke the emotions of a church of music, in much the way as Chris Robinson or Mike Farris. “How Do You Do It” is perhaps the finest example, an angelic voice, straight from Motown, wrapped with gospel keys wrapping blankets of melody around a voice that seems a divine gift from above.
6. Galactic – The Other Side of Midnight, Live in New Orleans – If you are a fan of Galactic, then you already know The Other Side of Midnight is undeniably the group’s musical masterpiece. Recorded at legendary Tipitina’s in October 2010, the disc features the band performing tighter than ever, particularly when asking another performer on stage. Guests include Cyril Neville on an outright nasty version of the classic Meters’ “Gossip,” Trombone Shorty, and Corey Henry from the Rebirth Brass Band, members of the Royal Family doing New Orleans proud.
7. Booker T Jones – The Road from Memphis – Backed by a band featuring members of The Roots, along with Motown guitar Dennis Coffey, the legendary Booker T. Jones delivers his best release since 1962’s Green Onions. The former child prodigy is joined at times by guests ranging from Sharon Jones to Lou Reed to My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Throughout, the disc calls to mind the funk/soul sounds that Jones and his organ helped create, the sounds that propelled Stax Records to fame.
8. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong – The second release from the California roots-based rock band Dawes, one of few groups on the national scene keeping the Laurel Canyon sound alive. Nothing Is Wrong shows a band continuing to evolve, honing their skills while writing world class music. Perhaps not original, but a walk through days gone by in Southern California, grooving to perfect harmonies of fine 70’s pop rock, does one’s soul good, reminding of good times good done, and others yet to come.
9. Chris Cornell – Songbook- Preparing to hit the road for an acoustic tour, Chris Cornell recorded a striped down batch of material that includes classic tracks from his former bands Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog. Though he stays true to the essence of the original song, Cornell’s soft, clear vocal deliver provides a new insight to the author’s original mindset when penning the material years ago. When Cornell covers Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You,” the listener can not only hear, but also feel, the sincerity of the emotion in his voice, and guitar, making this song alone worth the cost of the disc.
10. Warren Haynes Band – Man in Motion – Stepping away fro Gov’t Mule for most of the year did not mean there would be no new CD from the hardest working man in the music business, Mr. Warren Haynes. This seemed to be the logical time for Warren let his funk and soul side shine, something he occasionally displays with Mule or the Allman Brothers, though never prominently. With a band that includes bassist George Porter Jr., keyboardist Ivan Neville, former Faces piano player Ian McLagan, and saxophonist Ron Holloway, Warren uses his guitar more sparingly than usual, allowing more time to sing from deep in his soul. When he does cut lose on that Gibson guitar, the licks are as heartfelt and passionate as they come.
11. David Bromberg – Use Me – Bromberg’s emergence from a 17 year recording hiatus was greeted with huge critical acclaim. For his follow-up, Use Me, Bromberg decided to take a completely different approach and ask some of his favorite musicians to compose or select songs tailored to his distinctive style. Amongst the finest taking this master up on his offer were Los Lobos (“The Long Goodbye”), Vince Gill (“Lookout Mountain Girl”), Levon Helm “”Tongue” and “Bring it With You When You Come”), and Widespread Panic (“Old Neighborhood”). Though some may look at this as another cover album, most lovers of fine music will find Bromberg’s uniquely tasty picking to add just enough juice to the mix to take the material to extremely new heights, all the while remaining true to the brilliance of the original. An interesting journey, for sure.
Friday, December 23, 2011
RCA Records is excited to announce the release of Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leonon November 1, 2011. The release will be available on both standard DVD and Blu Ray as well as digitally via iTunes. The DVD and Blu Ray editions will come with 45 minutes of bonus features including additional scenes not included in the film, two commentaries from the band and filmmakers as well as home-movie footage. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, garnered huge praise and was acquired by Showtime, premiering on the network on August 21.
When three teenaged brothers and their cousin rebelled against their strict, religious Southern upbringing to form Kings of Leon, their humble backstory garnered almost as much attention as their music. Many questioned if they were really related and if rumors of their father being a Pentecostal preacher were true. Since then, the band has achieved worldwide, Grammy®Award-winning success and Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon lies to rest the mystery and myths as it details the rise to fame from their bible belt beginnings.
The documentary kicks off at the annual Followill family reunion in the back woods of Talihina, OK, where the boys return to their roots and unwind with their family. First-time director and Followill friend Stephen C. Mitchell weaves personal home videos, unedited interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's journey from their small-town beginnings -- spent in poverty and touring the circuit with their father, a Pentecostal evangelist minister, and their devout mother -- to living the rock star dream.
Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon is produced by Casey McGrath for Phear Creative and executive produced by Nathan, Caleb, Jared and Matthew Followill.
VH1 has selected Dawes as their "You Oughta Know" artist for the month of September. Launched in 2004, VH1's "You Oughta Know" franchise introduces promising new artists on the rise to VH1's base of music lovers. Many "You Oughta Know" artists have gone on to win industry awards and accolades including "Best New Artist" Grammy Awards and nominations. This highly acclaimed franchise has helped break artists such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, The Civil Wars, Colbie Caillat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Foster The People, The Fray, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, James Blunt, Mumford & Sons, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor and many, many others.
Dawes are certainly a worthy and deserving selection for the "You Oughta Know" distinction given their road warrior ethic, their passionate and compelling live performances, combined with their beautifully crafted studio material that show depth and maturity in songwriting and performance beyond their years.
The current single, "Time Spent In Los Angeles" (music video directed by Sam Jones) showcases their heartfelt lyrics that touch upon the feeling of constant movement and endless fleeting moments spent from time on the road that endear the band to listeners from the restlessness and yearning quality in their music.
A self described "American rock 'n' roll band," Dawes is comprised of four talented friends (among them, two brothers)- Taylor Goldsmith singer/guitarist, Griffin Goldsmith on drums, Tay Strathairn on the keyboard and bassist Wylie Gelber.
'Nothing Is Wrong' is the follow-up to the band's 2009 debut, 'North Hills' (featuring their breakout anthem, "When My Time Comes"), an extraordinary record that was released quietly and soon became regarded among critics and fans across the country as a classic and must-own favorite.
A collection of songs that expertly builds upon the template laid by 'North Hills', 'Nothing Is Wrong' sees Dawes displaying strong growth and evolution while still manifesting their distinctive, unforgettable voice with their modern Americana sound incorporating warm guitars in gorgeous modern folk arrangements.
The album captures both Dawes' studio and stage approaches with their, matching the loose extemporaneity and crunchy dynamism of the band's live sets with finely honed arrangements and deft musicianship.
Dawes recently announced a North American fall tour, which they will be co-headlining with Blitzen Trapper. The 29-date tour will hit major cities across the US and Canada, including New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, and San Francisco, culminating with a stop at The Music Box in Los Angeles. Prior to their fall tour, Dawes spent the summer supporting Bright Eyes and M. Ward during the week of their album release, serving as Jackson Browne's opening act and backing band in Europe, and most recently, opening for Alison Krauss & Union Station throughout the US.
VH1's "You Oughta Know" package features music videos on VH1 and streamed music videos, interviews, original video programming, tour updates, photos and more on VH1.com.