Bluegrass

Sarah Jarosz to Release “The New 45” on November 2nd

Sugar Hill Records and Sarah Jarosz are excited to announce the release of two brand new songs titled The New 45.  The songs were recorded in Nashville on the nineteen-year-olds’ summer break from New England Conservatory where she is currently a sophomore.  The New 45 combines the original composition “My Muse” (to be included on her upcoming full-length release) plus the Bill Withers’ chestnut “Grandma’s Hands”.  Both tracks are previously unreleased, and this will be the only chance for fans to purchase the crowd pleaser “Grandma’s Hands”.  The digital release date for The New 45 is November 5th; limited vinyl pressings to be made available at select outlets and on Sarah’s website later in the month.

Since her debut release Song Up In Her Head dropped in June of 2009, Sarah Jarosz has garnered the attention of fans and critics alike. The New York Times dubbed the project “an unretouched gem committed to the dark corners of bluegrass past” and USA TODAY describes Sarah’s original “Edge of a Dream” as “at once precocious and achingly pure”.  A contemporary improvisation major at NEC with a focus on vocal performance Sarah has successfully been balancing a full school schedule, national performances, while continuing to write and collect material for her sophomore release – due out Spring of 2011. Highlights over the last year include performances on A Prairie Home Companion, The Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo Music Festival and Austin City Limits as well as a nomination for New & Emerging Artist from the Americana Music Association.

Sarah’s Austin City Limits performance in which she’s paired with Steve Martin will air on Saturday, November 6th.  “My Muse” is one of the songs featured on ACL.  Check local listings for times. 

Be sure to check back soon for Grateful Web's coverage of Austin City Limits.

Mountain Standard Time featuring special guest Michael Kang

As a bluegrass band that's anything but traditional, Mountain Standard Time follows in the footsteps of such Colorado greats as The String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. While leading acoustically with guitar, mandolin, and banjo, MST brands its own style, boasting a big, full-band sound with saxophone, electric bass, drums, and electric effects.

The members of Mountain Standard Time hail from all over the country, yet their musical paths crossed in Nederland - a small, Colorado mountain town steeped in bluegrass music. Whether you chalk it up to fate or coincidence, music goers everywhere are coming together to enjoy the "explosive bluegrass" that these six friends and musicians have come to create. MST has performed all over Colorado and across the country, with appearances at Wakarusa Music Festival, 10,000 Lakes Festival, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival contest finals, among other events.

Mountain Standard Time's roots stem from late night "picks" among the bluegrass faithful, making music lovers dance from mountain towns to backwoods campfires. Rich lyrics, original melodies, vocal harmonies and driving back beats have been moving fans across the country, while the band's unique charisma has been winning hearts. More Info / Buy Tickets

Boulder Theater | October 21, 2010 @ 9PM

The Infamous Stringdusters + Trampled by Turtles Announce Tour

The definition of bluegrass is being challenged.  Ever since the "O Brother" bubble burst, string-bands have developed into the mainstream redefining bluegrass and shifting the limiting paradigm of acoustic instruments.  Divergent string-band worlds collide as thrash grassers Trampled by Turtles and virtuosic-jammers The Infamous Stringdusters team up to bring you the Fly Palomino Tour.

The Infamous Stringdusters are at the forefront of a new movement in bluegrass music and touring in support of their Sugar Hill release Things That Fly.   Their unmatched virtuosity has enabled them to take acoustic music to a completely new level. They wield an expansive repertoire touching on masters from Jimmy Martin to John Hartford, but their strength lies in their original compositions.  Dedication to arrangements sets them apart and extended improvisation makes every performance completely unique. The live Stringdusters experience is anti-formulaic, groove friendly, and mind-expanding - not your granddaddy's bluegrass. Unless your granddaddy was Jerry Garcia.


Trampled by Turtles continue touring in support of their latest release, Palomino, which in April became their first #1 debut on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart.  Separating the band from the pack is the contrast of their lightening fast, punk-influenced barn-burners and their lonesome, Townes Van Zandt-inspired ballads. Frontman/songwriter Dave Simonett’s vocals and lyrics capture  the stark MN landscapes and the mood of the North Country like no other current artist with his hauntingly beautiful songs. The bands' unique mixture of rock influences and authentic style have garnered them coverage from a wide range of publications from Daytrotter to Paste to Relix to CMT.
Fly Palamino Tour Dates:

11/04/10 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
11/05/10 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
11/06/10 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
11/08/10 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
11/09/10 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
11/10/10 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
11/11/10 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
11/12/10 Falls Church, VA @ State Theatre
11/13/10 Baltimore, MD @ 8×10
11/14/10 Charleston, WV @ Mountain Stage
11/16/10 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
11/17/10 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/18/10 Wilmington, NC @ Soap Box Laundro Lounge
11/19/10 Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
11/20/10 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Greensky Bluegrass Performs with Grateful Dead Drummers, Announces NYE Run in Denver

As summer fades and autumn arrives, the music of Greensky Bluegrass is piquing new ears and peaking out. This past weekend at the Hoxeyville Festival in Northern Michigan, the band offered the crowd of thousands two surprise guests to close out their Saturday night show by inviting the Grateful Dead drumming duo of Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart on stage for a bluegrass-infused version of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider”. The set closing sit-in was filmed and can be viewed on YouTube here:

Additionally, Greensky Bluegrass announced today that the quintet will be ringing in the New Year in Denver, Colorado with two nights of raging bluegrass at Cervantes' Other Side December 30 and 31. Tickets for both shows will go on sale September 6 at www.cervatnesmasterpiece.com or www.greenskybluegrass.com with special hotel rates available for fans at the band’s website.

To celebrate the New Year’s Eve announcement and the special guest appearance of the Rhythm Devils over the weekend, the band wants to share a free download from their most recent double live CD All Access: Volume 1. For a limited time, an extended 13 minute version of the song “Train Junkie” is available for a free download here.

Greensky Bluegrass Featured on CNN, Announces Nationwide Fall Tour

Greensky Bluegrass has had an incredible summer so far.  The Kalamazoo, MI-based ‘newgrass’ quintet tours nationally and were recently featured at the Rockygrass Festival in Lyons, CO, on the main stage at the legendary Grey Fox Festival in upstate New York and performed in front of an audience of thousands at the All Good Festival in West Virginia. The quintet delighted campers at the All Good Festival by performing a surprise midnight to sunrise ‘Guerilla Grass’ jam session that was captured by CNN and featured here.

Greensky Bluegrass has quickly become one of the most exciting touring acts on the road today performing their trademark sound nationwide at over 160 spirited shows a year to critical acclaim. This energy is captured perfectly on their new double live release, All Access: Volume One, the first in a series of recordings of select shows from the road.  With dates lining up for a fall tour across the West, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, South and Southwest, the future for Greensky Bluegrass is sure to be bright.

Greensky Bluegrass Fall Tour Dates:
August 21 – Hoxeyville Music Festival – Hoxeyville, MI
August 26 - Tres Hombres - Carbondale, IL
August 27 - Lindberg's - Springfield, MO
August 28 - River Jam Festival - Fort Smith, AR
September 1 - three20south - Breckenridge, CO
September 2 - Hodi's Half Note - Fort Collins, CO
September 3 - Ghost Ranch - Steamboat Springs, CO
September 4 - Agave - Avon, CO
September 5 - Electric Avenue Festival - Denver, CO
September 17 - Recipe Family Cookout - Terra Alta, WV
September 18 - RiverGrass - Ironton, OH
September 20 - Clementine Café - Harrisonburg, VA
September 21 - Canal Club - Richmond, VA
September 22 - Double Door Inn - Charlotte, NC
September 23 - Berkeley Cafe - Raleigh, NC
September 24 - Mellow Mushroom - Asheville, NC
September 25 – The Pour House - Charleston, SC
September 26 - Smith’s Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
October 13 - Fox Theater - Boulder, CO
October 14 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
October 15 - The Eldo - Crested Butte, CO
October 16 - Abbey Theatre - Durango, CO
October 19 - Orpheum Theater - Flagstaff, AZ
October 20 - The Compound Grill - Phoenix, AZ
October 21 – Winston’s - San Diego, CA
October 23 - Boom Boom Room - San Francisco, CA
October 26 - Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA
October 28 - Applegate River Lodge - Applegate, OR
October 29 - Mt. Tabor Theater - Portland, OR
October 30 - Mt. Tabor Theater - Portland, OR
October 31 - The Tractor - Seattle, WA
November 6 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
January 4 – 9 – Jam Cruise – The Caribbean

Jim Lauderdale at the Fox, Fri Aug 27

Jim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the first "Honors and Awards Show" held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.
He is among Nashville's "A" list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton. Vince Gill, and George Strait. He also contributed several songs to the successful soundtrack of the George Strait film, "Pure Country." Not content to just write hits for the stars, he's toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello, among others.
Jim's musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. He is a 2 time Grammy winner, winning his first in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for "Lost in the Lonesome Pines" (Dualtone). His next one came for his second "solo" bluegrass album, "The Bluegrass Diaries" (Yep Roc 2007) at the 50th Grammy Awards. His first CD with Dr. Stanley, "I Feel Like Singing Today" ( Dualtone/Rebel 1999) received a Grammy nomination as did his first solo bluegrass CD titled "Bluegrass"(Yep Roc) from 2006. His current release, "Patchwork River" May 11th, 2010 (his second collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist,  Robert Hunter) is currently climbing the Americana radio charts.
As a performer his credits include production, writing and collaborating on albums such as, "Wait 'Til Spring" (SkyCrunch/Dualtone 2003) with Donna the Buffalo, and "Headed for the Hills" (Dualtone 2004) his first total project with Robert Hunter. The remainder of Jim's 18 albums include: "Planet of Love" (Reprise 1991), "Pretty Close to the Truth" (Atlantic 1994), "Every Second Counts" (Atlantic 1995), "Persimmons" (Upstart 1998), "Whisper" (BNA 1998), "Onward Through It All" (RCA 1999), "The Other Sessions" (Dualtone 2001), "The Hummingbirds" (Dualtone 2002), "Bluegrass" (Yep Roc 2006), "Country Super Hits, Volume 1" (Yep Roc 2006), "Honey Songs" (Yep Roc 2008), and "Could We Get Any Closer?" (SkyCrunch 2009).
All Ages / GA  / $15.00 adv / $17 DOS
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Amelia's Mechanics Flies West: Colorado Tour Dates Announced

Amelia's Mechanics embarked on an extensive, inaugural spring tour performing from Florida to West Virginia immediately following the release of their debut album North, South. After taking a short break from touring in June, the band is excited to be back performing for fans this July and working on a new studio project this August.
Amelia's Mechanics debut album North, South is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon
Starting July 1st, Amelia's Mechanics will appear live on the 98.7 FM Simon morning show, the Fox 8 morning news, and the Fun Fourth Festival in the Triad area of North Carolina before flying west to Colorado to perform an extra string of tour dates in support of their debut album North, South produced by Jim Avett (father to the Avett Brothers.)
While in Colorado, the band will perform a special July 4th show at Quixote's True Blue in Denver, CO with regional favorite Oakhurst; will headline the D-Note in Arvada, CO on July 6th as part of the Colorado Music Business Association showcase; will perform with internationally touring bluegrass artist Steep Canyon Rangers (whose Deep in the Shade just moved back in to the Top 10 on Billboard's Bluegrass Album Charts) at Quixote's True Blue in Denver, CO on July 8th; and will be honored to perform as support to the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO on July 9.
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Upon returning east in mid-July, Amelia's Mechanics will perform with  Brooklyn-based Americana group Yarn at the Charleston Pour House on July 13th in Charleston, SC; will join JJ Grey & Mofro at the Pour House Music Hall on July 18th in Raleigh, NC; and Molly McGinn and Molly Miller (of Amelia's Mechanics) will perform a special acoustic set to headline a songwriter's showcase at the Old Social Club in Winston-Salem, NC on July 15. The band closes out July with a bang during "An Evening with Amelia's Mechanics" at the Founders Lawn of Guilford College on July 25th in Greensboro, NC as part of the Eastern Music Festival's Fringe Series.
This August, Amelia's Mechanics will head back in the studio with 3-time Grammy winner Steven Heller (producer of Doc Watson's Legacy and David Holt's Stellaluna) and Laurelyn Dossett (most notably the songwriter of "Anna Lee" which Levon Helm recorded on his Grammy-winning DirtFarmer album,) who was hired to assist the female songwriters with song cultivation and development. Pre-production work on the new studio project began about two months ago and a release date for this material  has not been announced.
AMELIA'S MECHANICS 2010: SUMMER TOUR DATES

SHOW DATE  -  VENUE  -  SHOW INFORMATION  -  CITY/ STATE  -  BUY TICKETS          
July 3 - Fun for the Fourth - 98.7 FM Simon Stage - Greensboro, NC - TICKETS
July 4 - Quixote's True Blue - with Oakhurst - Denver, CO - TICKETS
July 6 - D-Note - Colorado Music Business Showcase - Arvada, CO - TICKETS
July 8 - Quixote's True Blue - with Steep Canyon Rangers - Denver, CO -
TICKETS
July 9 - Boulder Theater - with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Boulder, CO - TICKETS
July 13 - Charleston Pour House - with Yarn - Charleston, SC - TICKETS
July 15 - Old Social Club - Songwriter's Showcase - Winston-Salem, NC - TICKETS
July 18 - Pour House Music Hall - with JJ Grey & Mofro - Raleigh, NC - TICKETS
July 25 - Eastern Music Festival - Guilford College Lawn - Greensboro, NC - TICKETS
Aug 14 - Swing Into Wyndham Championship - Festival - Jamestown, NC - TICKETS
Aug 28 - Jack of the Wood - An Evening With AMC - Asheville, NC - TICKETS

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band @ Boulder Theater

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band formed in Southern California during the spring of 1966 as a scruffy, young jug-band. Forty-two years later, the quartet (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen) is still going strong.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s self-titled debut album, released in 1967, included the pop hit “Buy For Me The Rain.” But it was their 5th record, 1970's Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy, that would become band's breakthrough project, yielding 3 pop hits including their version of Jerry Jeff Walker's “Mr. Bojangles.” Among the many outstanding tracks on Uncle Charlie was a version of Earl Scruggs' “Randy Lynn Rag.” That cut set into motion what would become the Will the Circle be Unbroken album, a veritable summit of talent which included NDGB’s heroes: Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merel Travis, Roy Acuff and Mother Maybelle Carter. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Circle... album, a three-LP set,recorded live in the studio in Nashville over six days in 1971, became a landmark event and a multi-platinum success. Circle remains such a significant effort that 30 years later it was one of 50 recordings to be honored and preserved by the Library of Congress.
In the early 80’s, after a few more pop hits, the band returned to Nashville once again and began what would become a highly successful career in mainstream country music. Hits that included “Dance Little Jean,” "Workin' Man", "Long Hard Road", “Baby's Got A Hold On Me” and “Fishin' in the Dark” put them at the top of the country charts for over a decade. In 1989, the group revisited the Circle concept, gathering another impressive roster of performers (including Johnny Cash, EmmyLou Harris, Levon Helm, Chet Atkins, Bruce Hornsby, John Hiatt and Roseanne Cash) for sessions that had a pronounced country-gospel feel. Circle II would go on to win three Grammy Awards and the Country Music Association Album of the Year. In 2002 Circle III (with many current artists added to the previous cast) received similar accolades and attention, garnering the International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year award as well as leading to a 2005 Grammy for Country Instrumental Performance (with Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Jerry Douglas and the late Vassar Clements). With a career that spans five decades, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has gone from a hippie jug-band to pioneers of country rock, and their influence is still being felt today.
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Friday July 9, 8:00pm
NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND
Tickets will be on sale through the Boulder Theater box office | Internet 24-7 at www.bouldertheater.com | Phone: During box office hours 303-786-7030

Jack Grace Band & Luther Wright and the Wrongs

With a new CD titled Drinking Songs for Lovers, one might be forgiven for believing that Jack Grace should ease up a little. A singer, songwriter and guitarist who has made a career out of following no one’s rules but his own is probably going to keep doing his thing until his liver lays down the law.

He’s earned praise from press and peers, and even a couple of legends. Opening for Jerry Lee Lewis afforded him a quotable anecdote after Lewis, listening to the band’s set backstage at BB Kings in NYC, quipped, “he sounds like that Cash kid, only good.” After Lewis’ set, Jack shook his hand and told him it had been an honor to share the stage with him. Lewis leaned in and said, "I really enjoyed your set."

A consummate live performer, lyricist, singer and guitarist, Jack is at the helm of a powerhouse band that plays kick the can with any musical genre that it stumbles across. Intelligence, humor and unpredictable cross-pollinations of musical categories await. But don’t take our word for it. "If you don't laugh and cry at the same time as Grace and his gracefully loose band navigate their way through such gems as ‘If You're Gonna Raise a Drunk’ and ‘Morning Margaritas,’ you better check your pulse. You might be disgracefully dead." – James Reaney, London Free Press (London, ON)

Luther Wright has been writing, recording and performing music for over 16 years now. In 1994 he joined up with Sarah Harmer to play lead guitar in the Canadian, pop-rock band, "Weeping Tile" (WEA/Atlantic). During the next 5 years of full-on touring and recording Luther and his roots compadres formed the now-renowned, country/punkgrass road daemons, "Luther Wright & The Wrongs".

Known on one hand for their brilliantly executed, country/bluegrass reworking of Pink Floyd’s classic The Wall, Luther and the band have also recorded and released three all-original albums, Hurtin' For Certain (1997), Rogers Waltz (1999), the valentine gone awry, Guitar Pickin' Martyrs (2003), and the recently released, Instrumentality. Also to boot, they made two cds of original childrens music under the guise of Butterfingers.

Wednesday June 9, 8:30pm

JACK GRACE BAND & LUTHER WRIGHT + THE WRONGS
w/A Steak Show & Dave Houghton
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Tickets are on sale through the Boulder Theater box office | Internet 24-7 at www.bouldertheater.com | Phone: During box office hours 303-786-7030

Denver-Based Guitarist Grant Gordy To Release Debut Album May 11

Grant Gordy, the Denver-based guitar player whose lifelong study of music, from Bill Evans to The Beatles and beyond, has informed his own writing and arranging, will release his self-titled debut album on May 11.

“[He] belongs to the new elite family of American acoustic practitioners who are pushing the ever-expanding envelope of a musical frontier … Bluegrass, newgrass, jazz, classical and even ‘dawg’ are all audible influences in Grant’s musical vision,” says David “Dawg” Grisman, whose David Grisman Quintet Gordy subbed in and would ultimately join as guitarist. “[His] guitar stylings offer a rare blend of flat-picking virtuosity, jazz exploration and classical sensibility …”

“Pterodactyl,” “Grapes” and “Lila” are just three of the compositions on the new CD, which also includes Gordy’s “Blues to Dawg” that he invited Grisman to contribute his signature mandolin playing to. Each song in the collection exemplifies Gordy’s spirit of adventure and sense of self.

Gordy describes himself: “At heart, I'm really an improviser; that's what very first drew me to playing music — the idea that you can make things up as you go along — but I'm also very interested in composition. I like the idea of a group of musicians having as much room and freedom to explore and improvise as they want, but within a context of a compelling arrangement that can be exciting for, and draws in, the listener.”

Gordy’s touring behind the release include:

Friday, June 11, KRFC Radio-Fort Collins, “Live at Lunch” show
Saturday, June 12, Brewgrass Festival, South Pearl Street, Denver
Saturday, June 12, Little Church in the Pines, 536 Gold Run Road, Salina
Wednesday, June 16, Dazzle Jazz Club, 930 Lincoln St., Denver
Thursday, June 17, Bongo Billy’s Cafe, 300 W. Sackett Ave., Salida
Wednesday, June 23, Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, Mass.
Thursday, June 24, Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St., New York City