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Trace Bundy CD Release @ Boulder Theater

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Guitar wizard Trace Bundy celebrates the release of his new Studio CD titled "Missile Bell - Part 2" at Boulder Theater.

Trace Bundy must not only be heard, but seen. Listening is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed "Acoustic Ninja" play live, it becomes quite confusing how one man can do that with just two hands and ten fingers - harmonics, right-hand tapping, slapping, percussive, looping, multiple capos, lightning fast picking... you name it. Since Trace hit the road as a full-time touring musician, the exponential growth of his fan base resulted in sold-out shows with standing ovations at venues across the country and around the world (throughout the US and 13 countries). Video clips of his playing have quickly circulated across the globe, with views of over 2,500,000 on YouTube. Don't take our word for it, go to www.TraceBundy.com and watch the videos.  After all, Trace Bundy must not only be heard, but seen.

Eric Hutchinson sounds like...

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Eric Hutchinson shines with a unique brand of pop-soul on his debut album, Sounds Like This. Although the charismatic singer/ songwriter has been favorably compared to his early idols (Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Paul Simon), one of the most remarkable things about Sounds Like This is the sheer breadth of musical styles that Hutchinson effortlessly encompasses.
 
The record was released on Hutchinson's own label, Let's Break Records, at the end of August 2007 and overnight it was breaking records. One of his buddies emailed celebrity blogger Perez Hilton a link to his MySpace page, and Hilton was immediately impressed, recommending the music on his site. Soon after, Sounds Like This was ensconced in iTunes' Top 10 becoming the highest-charting album by an unsigned act in iTunes history.
 
Since then, the self-described student of pop signed to Warner Bros. Records, toured with One Republic, released the undeniably catchy single "Rock & Roll," snagged a spot on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Soundtrack, and recently became one of VH1's "You Oughta Know" artists. Hutchinson takes pride in the raw, vintage vibe of Sounds Like This: "I tried really hard to keep it organic," he says. "Music is human expression and what's more human than to make a mistake? So to record something and then take out all the mistakes leaves the project with no soul to it." With ska-inflected grooves, jazzy melodies and vocals that veer from a gritty growl to a shimmering falsetto, Sounds Like This might just be the most soulful thing you've heard all year.

Eric Hutchinson looks like the kind of guy you can trust – honest, approachable, somehow familiar. There's just something about him that invites you to give up your innermost thoughts. And complete strangers don't hesitate to do so, as he wryly details in "Oh!"

Riding the subway with the scent of her hair She took out a toothbrush started using it there She explained "I'm always sure today's the day I will die I wanna look good if I get to look God in the eye" And I said "Oh!"

"Oh" is one of 10 keenly observed songs from Hutchinson's self-released debut album, Sounds Like This. The CD, which showcases the young singer-songwriter's unique brand of soul, bowed at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart in September 2007. But "Oh!" was penned during a dismal period of his life. His deal with Maverick Records had fallen apart when the parent company shuttered the label. With the plug pulled on his nascent recording sessions, Eric hit the road again. "It was all about getting the exposure and the experience," he says. After a relentless touring schedule, Hutchinson, who began writing songs as a child in the DC suburb of Takoma Park, MD, put everything he had into making his album.

Sounds Like This was released on Hutchinson's own label, Let's Break Records, at the end of August 2007. Overnight it was breaking records – thanks largely to the efforts of a good friend. One of his high school buddies emailed celebrity blogger Perez Hilton a link to Hutchinson's MySpace page. Hilton recommended it on his site and soon, Eric's album was ensconced in iTunes' Top 10 alongside the latest releases from Kanye West and Dave Matthews. It peaked at #5 on the iTunes album chart, becoming the highest-charting album by an unsigned act in iTunes history. No small accomplishment for a record that almost didn't get made.

A flurry of press followed, including features in Billboard and the Washington Post, which said ""Hutchinson is undeniably charismatic, splitting his time between keyboard and guitar, crooning about stormy romances and everyday struggles."

Eric recorded most of Sounds Like This with producer Will Golden (Joe Purdy, Ian Ball) in Los Angeles and two songs with Paul Kolderie (Radiohead) in Boston. "They were both really open to letting me do my own thing, but at the same time, were there to guide everything," he says. "They didn't involve their egos at all – they just wanted to make music they believed in."

Although he's been favorably compared to his early idols (Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Paul Simon), one of the most remarkable things about Sounds Like This is the sheer breadth of musical styles Hutchinson effortlessly encompasses. His ease is perhaps inherited from his grandmother, who played viola in a local orchestra, backing everyone from Tony Bennett to Aretha Franklin as they came through town. From the buoyant album opener, "Ok, It's Alright With Me" to the thoughtful "Back to Where I Was," depicting two friends at crossroads in their respective lives, to the soulful "You've Got You," the self-described student of pop music fuses divergent styles into a sound he alone owns. Hutchinson's vocals veer from a gritty growl to a shimmering falsetto on "Outside Villanova," which gives way to the jazzy "Food Chain," wherein the narrator comes to terms with a relationship marred by lies and broken expectations.

Fan favorite "Rock & Roll" follows a pair of players rolling their way through the bar scene and ultimately into bed with one another, while its lilting ska-inflected groove erupts into one of Hutchinson's rapid-fire bouts of wordplay. Eric takes pride in the raw, vintage vibe of Sounds Like This. "I tried really hard to keep it organic," he says. "Music is human expression and what's more human than to make a mistake? So to record something and then take out all the mistakes leaves the project with no soul to it."

Hutchinson moved to New York last spring and, eager to tour behind Sounds Like This, began putting together a band. With Jimmy Coleman on drums and Tom Craskey on bass, the trio hit the road in January 2008 with OneRepublic and will be touring non-stop as Eric closes in on his goal of playing each of the 50 states (he's up to 40) and embarks on his first international gigs. And, of course, he will no doubt find inspiration in the inevitable random conversations with total strangers along the way. He's already writing material for the next record. "I need to be able to road test songs before I feel comfortable putting them on an album," says Hutchinson, preparing to burn rubber.

The (Mighty!) Duhks Earn Love For 'Fast Paced World'

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Hailed by The New York Times as one of the artists at the forefront of the neo-folk movement, the Duhks continue the evolution with their fourth album, Fast Paced World, (August 19th / Sugar Hill Records). "We traveled from Winnipeg, locked ourselves in a Nashville basement, pooled our ideas together and invented a new sound," says new frontwoman and bilingual, budding soul queen, Sarah Dugas (she replaced Jessee Havey in 2007).

 

Produced by Jay Joyce, who joins an impressive line of producers (Béla Fleck, Tim O'Brien) before him, the Duhks have created their most energetic, fully realized, unearthly album to date. Seriously. "Jay's basement studio was like something out of the Star Trek Enterprise," adds founder and clawhammer banjoist, Leonard Podolak, who, in the past, "traditionally stuck close to the acoustic sound of our instruments. This record is a beautiful mosaic of different ideas and soundscapes."

 

Leonard, Sarah, Tania Elizabeth (fiddle, mandolin), guitarist Jordan McConnell and new worldbeat drummer Christian Dugas (Sarah's brother) have melded French lounge pop ("Toujours Vouloir") and scratchy soul meditations on the Galveston flood in 1900 ("Mighty Storm") and sleeping ("Sleepin' Is All I Wanna Do") with the soundtrack of the weirdest 1930s Marlene Dietrich movie you never saw ("This Fall"), and beyond. "We're all proud of this record and can't wait to release it to the world," adds Sarah.

 

In the space between the Grammy-nominated Migrations (2006, Sugar Hill Records) and now, the Juno-winning band has gained critical love ("overall virtuosity that could make them stars" - Boston Globe), toured the world and earned a solid fan base - no doubt due to their manic, spirited live shows. (Check YouTube for John Paul Jones joining the band for "Whole Lotta Love").

 

Environmental issues have always been a passion for the band, inspiring them to launch The Duhks Sustainability Project (www.greenduhks.com). The goal is to "tour as sustainably as possible - Biodiesel, local organic farmers, sustainable eco-conscious clothing," says Tania, who was recently invited by Bonnaroo to speak about sustainability during the 2008 festival.

THE DUHKS ~  US TOUR DATES

09/05/2008       Great Barrington, MA- Club Helsinki
09/06/2008       Hoboken, NJ- Maxwell's
09/10/2008       New York, NY- Joe's Pub
09/11/2008       Annapolis, MD- Ram's Head on Stage
09/12/2008       Philadelphia, PA - Tin Angel
09/13/2008       Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Café
09/25/2008       Oakland, CA - Yoshi's at Jack London Square
09/29/2008       Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
10/03/2008       Homer, AK - The Downeast Saloon
10/04/2008       Anchorage, AK - Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
10/05/2008       Kodiak, AK - Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium
10/08/2008       Blacksburg, VA - The Lantern
10/10/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/11/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/12/2008       Pittsboro, NC- Shakori Hills Grassroots festival
10/15/2008       Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
10/16/2008       Arlington, VA - IOTA Club
10/17/2008       Asheville, NC - Garage at Biltmore
10/18/2008       Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
10/20/2008       Atlanta, GA - Smith's Olde Bar
10/21/2008       Athens, GA - The Melting Point
10/24/2008       Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park
10/25/2008       Live Oak, FL- Spirit of the Suwanee Music park
10/29/2008       Somerville, MA - Johnny D's
10/30/2008       Norfolk, CT- Infinity Hall

Richie Havens' 'Nobody Left To Crown' Streets Today

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A sense of timelessness rings throughout Richie Havens' latest release, Nobody Left to Crown, as though the passing years have only strengthened the meaning of his soul-filled folk rock. Nobody Left to Crown, released to the US on Verve Records on July 29th, attests that Richie Havens has never been more relevant, necessary even, than he is today.

Gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, Richie Havens has a soulful singing style that remains as unique and ageless as when he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s.  It's a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993 - coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, "A Day In The Garden", in 1999. Richie Havens is not a man to easily abandon his hopes for a better world. "We are at the dawn of major change", he declares with a broad smile.  Nobody Left to Crown is his heartfelt and unwavering contribution to these fine aspirations.

For over three decades, Richie has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With more than twenty-five albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a higher one.  As he told The Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me.  I'm not in show business; I'm in the communications business.  That's what it's about for me".

Richie Havens tours this summer and fall in support of Nobody Left to Crown.  His current list of tour dates is as follows:

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

July 30 Sporting Monte Carlo - Salle Des Etoiles Monaco
August 02 Newport Folk Festival Newport RI
August 03 Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Empire MI
August 07 Brooklyn Academy of Music Metrotech Plaza Brooklyn NY
August 08 Reach Performing Arts Center Deer Isle ME
August 09 L. L. Bean Summer Concert Series Freeport ME
August 10 Nashua River Valley Folk Festival Lancaster MA
August 25-26 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT
August 29-31 Rhythm Festival 2008 Clapham, Bedfordshire, UK
September 05 The Ohio Theater Cleveland OH
September 06 Beverly Arts Center of Chicago Chicago IL
September 07 The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center Covington KY
September 13 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
September 15 Kentucky Theater Lexington KY
September 19 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY
September 20 Events Center at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel NY
September 26 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT
September 27 Jonathan's Ogunquit ME
September 28 Higher Ground S. Burlington VT
November 21 The Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
November 22 Patchogue Theater Patchogue NY
November 28-29 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME
December 05 Sun Music Hall Charlotte NC
December 06 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
December 07 The Community Church Concert Series Chapel Hill NC
December 11 Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga TN
December 13 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
December 20 Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts Boston MA

2009
January 16 One World Theater Austin TX
January 17 Historic Central School Lake Charles LA
January 23 Anthology San Diego CA
January 24 The Palmdale Playhouse Palmdale CA
February 06 The Firehouse Coffeehouse Littleton MA
February 07 Veritas Auditorium Chicopee MA
February 08 Carol Autorino Center / Hoffman Auditorium West Hartford CT
February 20 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland WA
February 28 Mariner Theatre Homer AK
March 1 Alaska Center for the Performing Anchorage AK
April 17 Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Clinton Township MI
April 18 Jasper Community Arts Jasper IN
April 23 Thrasher Opera House Green Lake WI
April 24 Stoughton Opera House Stoughton WI
April 25 ECC Blizzard Theatre Elgin IL
May 15 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York NY
May 16 Algonquin Arts Manasquan NJ

More dates to be announced.

Hal Ketchum's New Album, 'Father Time,' Streets 9/9

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Hal Ketchum recorded his new album, Father Time, without a net. He amassed more than a dozen new original songs plus a dream team of musicians and entered the studio to record the album live to two-track. There were no overdubs and only a few second takes. "When I went into this project, my mentality was that this is either going to work or not," Ketchum says. But at the end of the first day, with nine songs finished, he knew the experiment was a success.

The resultant album, which contains 13 Ketchum-penned songs plus a cover of Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl," will hit stores on September 9, 2008. It is the album that Ketchum's talents have promised since he burst onto the country music scene in 1991 claiming the #1 spot with his very first single, "Small Town Saturday Night."
 
The recording of Father Time as a live, direct-to-tape album originated from a conversation he had with some fellow musicians about how recording had lost some of its creative edge in this high-tech era in which players record apart from each other in separate rooms and booths. "By the end of that conversation, I said, 'OK, I'm going to cut live to two-track.' I went home that afternoon and got a yellow pad and put together a wish list of players. And almost everyone I called was available for the two days I had blocked out."
 
Reared in upstate New York in a musical family, Ketchum played drums in R&B bar bands at a young age, but discovered his real calling upon his move to New Braunfels, Texas — just a stone's throw from the legendary Gruene Hall, the old dance hall that has become the mother church of the Texas music scene. He didn't know about the venue at the time, but one day followed the sounds of live music up a hill. "And there," he says, "was Gruene Hall in all its glory, with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel playing." Ketchum became a mainstay of the hall and later released an indie album (Threadbare Alibis) that brought him to the attention of Curb Records. Since his first Curb release, 1991's Past the Point of Rescue, he has distinguished himself as a bona fide hitmaker, with 15 Top 10 singles to his credit and five million albums sold.
 
The songs on Father Time include some of Ketchum's recent compositions — most of them road-tested before audiences at his live shows — as well as the first song he ever wrote ("The Preacher and Me") and even one number ("Surrounded By Love") written on a lunch break on the first day of recording, plus some of his favorite collaborations with fellow songwriters that had yet to be recorded. As the title implies, the songs focus on life's essential matters, with characters that resonate with the believability of real people living (and dying). In "Yesterday's Gone," "Surrounded by Love" and "The Day He Called Your Name" family members face mortality with an enriching love and sweetness, and there are cinematic tales about everyday people ("Invisible" and "Ordinary Day") as well as the vividly unique characters that make life a rich pageant ("Millionaire's Wife," "Million Dollar Baby" and "Continental Farewell").
 
"I felt it was time to make a record like the first one I made where I wrote everything on the record," he says "I had the good fortune of having some hit records and developing a strong following as a live performer. But it was important at some point over all my years of making records that people got to see the essence of my songwriting and my voice as a singer and writer."
 
"It's a coming of age," he says of the new album. "This is what I do. I have a desire to be remembered as an artist, and whether somebody discovers this record today or 25 or 30 years from now, I want them to listen to this album and go 'Yeah, I understand.' The motivation here was to leave a little trail all my own."

Ketchum's friend Neil Diamond wrote in the liner notes, "I find it impossible to listen to it without smiling at the sheer exuberance of these tracks."

Old 97's Murry Hammond's first solo album due August 18

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On August 18, 2008, Old 97's bass player and co-frontman Murry Hammond will celebrate the national release of his first full-length album outside of the Old 97's.

For two months prior to this street date, the album – I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm On My Way – was made available exclusively at Old 97's shows and through special mail-order. Hammond wished to capitalize on fan anticipation of the album's release in order to raise funds for the non-profit organization Project Mercy. Project Mercy builds basic housing in the poorest sections around Tijuana, Mexico (similar in mission to Habitat for Humanity) using volunteer labor provided by area churches. A group of men and women from Hammond's home church in Burbank, Calif. (where he performs roots gospel music weekly when he's not traveling) have adopted the organization as a primary mission. Hammond was in a unique position to raise funds quickly, and in time to fund fall building before the 2008 winter sets in. The strategy has already paid off, for as of July 1st generous fans purchased enough CDs to pay for one house.  The album will always be made available at Old 97's shows, with 100% going to charitable groups such as Project Mercy.

Hammond has played many memorable solo shows over the years, but it was certain events in his life, including the death of both parents, leaving Texas to start a family in California, and a renewed spiritual sense, that inspired him to record I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm On My Way. Hammond has been given the credit — and to some, the blame — for the persistent roots influence found in the 97's songwriting and sound, and that sound is found here in its distilled form. "Both in my own contributions and in co-writing with Rhett [Miller], I've always tended to push the chug of train songs, the soul of old-time songs and spirituals, the high-lonesome wail of mountain music, and the pure tuneful fun of singing cowboy music."  Hammond's contributions have been some of the group's most engaging, including the lament "Valentine" and "Color of a Lonely Heart is Blue," and with Miller he co-wrote some of the group's best-known songs, among them "Timebomb," "Indefinitely" and "The New Kid."

Hammond completed I Don't Know Where I'm Going but I'm on My Way over the course of 2007 in San Diego, California with producer Mark Neill, with whom Hammond worked on the Old 97's 2004 release Drag It Up. The album uses all acoustic instruments (six- and twelve-string guitars, a harmonium pump-organ), cowboy poetry-style spoken word and instrumentals, and lots of "period" reverb to paint a psychological journey through a world of spiritual trouble and triumph, restlessness, hope, loss, longing, regret, and wonder. Train songs and spirituals abound as Hammond displays his love of all things Carter Family, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, but with the twist of incorporating the moody approach of ambient artists such as Brian Eno. Like that of his heroes, the music has a minimalist heart, at once serene and severe.

Inspired by the grass-roots ethic of early punk record labels such as Dischord and Touch & Go, Hammond decided to operate DIY. He funded all facets of the CD from recording to manufacturing, and he distributes by dealing directly with independent music stores and mail-order houses. Although he also sells on Amazon.com, Hammond wants you to know, "I fill all my own orders personally. It gives me a chance to occasionally write something thoughtful or joke-y on the mailing box."

Hammond is also excited to have contributed a new track, "Bound for Canaan," to a compilation of Sacred Harp music (also known as "shaped note singing") that was produced by the filmmakers of Awake My Soul, a documentary film about the 200-year history of Sacred Harp worship singing in the U.S. The film was shown in 2007 and 2008 on 120 PBS stations, and was released this year on DVD.  The compilation also features Innocence Mission, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Jim Lauderdale, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Woven Hand (ex-16 Horsepower), among others. The Awake My Soul audio CD is due later this year. More information on Awake My Soul film and audio CD can be found here.

For the rest of 2008 Hammond will be performing solo dates between Old 97's touring, and has also begun work on a follow-up project with producer Mark Neill.

Richie Havens to Release 'Nobody Left To Crown'

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A sense of timelessness rings throughout Richie Havens' latest release, Nobody Left to Crown, as though the passing years have only strengthened the meaning of his soul-filled folk rock. Nobody Left to Crown, to be released to the US on Verve Records on July 29th, attests that Richie Havens has never been more relevant, necessary even, than he is today.

 

Gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music, Richie Havens has a soulful singing style that remains as unique and ageless as when he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s. It's a voice that has inspired and electrified audiences from the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair in 1969, to the Clinton Presidential Inauguration in 1993 - coming full circle with the 30th Woodstock Anniversary celebration, "A Day In The Garden", in 1999. Richie Havens is not a man to easily abandon his hopes for a better world. "We are at the dawn of major change", he declares with a broad smile.  Nobody Left to Crown is his heartfelt and unwavering contribution to these fine aspirations.

 

For over three decades, Richie has used his music to convey messages of brotherhood and personal freedom. With more than twenty-five albums released and a touring schedule that would kill many a younger man, he continues to view his calling as a higher one.  As he told The Denver Post, "I really sing songs that move me.  I'm not in show business; I'm in the communications business.  That's what it's about for me".

 

Richie Havens tours this summer and fall in support of Nobody Left to Crown.  His current list of tour dates is as follows:

 

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

 

July 05 Guilfest Surrey England
July 06 Solidays Paris France
July 11 Bluesfest Windsor Windsor ON
July 12 Bluesfest London Downtown ON
July 20 Stephen's Talkhouse Amagansett NY
August 02 Newport Folk Festival Newport RI
August 03 Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Empire MI
August 07 Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn NY
August 08 Reach Performing Arts Center Deer Isle ME
August 09 L. L. Bean Summer Concert Series Freeport ME
August 10 Nashua River Valley Folk Festival Lancaster MA
August 25-26 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville CT
August 29-31 Rhythm Festival 2008 Clapham, Bedfordshire, UK
September 05 The Ohio Theater Cleveland OH
September 06 Beverly Arts Center of Chicago Chicago IL
September 13 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
September 19 Le Poisson Rouge New York NY
September 20 Events Center at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel NY
September 26 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT
September 27 Jonathan's Ogunquit ME
September 28 Higher Ground S. Burlington VT
November 21 The Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
November 22 Patchogue Theater Patchogue NY
November 28-29 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME
December 11 Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga TN
December 13 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
January 16 One World Theater Austin TX
January 23 Anthology San Diego CA
January 24 The Palmdale Playhouse Palmdale CA
February 06 The Firehouse Coffeehouse Littleton MA
February 07 Veritas Auditorium Chicopee MA
February 20 Kirkland Performance Center Kirkland WA
February 28 Mariner Theatre Homer AK

 

More dates to be announced.

Ernie Hendrickson- Down the Road

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Ernie Hendrickson has journeyed a long way from his days as a fledgling musician in his native Rockford, IL to the mature singer songwriter you hear today. Cutting his teeth on Chicago's aggressive music scene in The Seed Band and The Make Believe to branching out as a solo artist, Hendrickson has traveled down the road and back again.

With a natural and fluent style, Ernie Hendrickson crafts beautiful gems straight from the heart of Middle America. His latest release, Down The Road, is a genuine blend of down home songwriting and campfire storytelling. While the new album is a departure from previous work, Hendrickson's venture into the realm of acoustic blues, bluegrass, folk, and pop is a seamless transition. Approaching a less is sometimes more mentality his songwriting style shines brightly. Drawing early inspiration from contemporary singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Tom Petty, along with experimental songwriters in the vein of Tom Waits, Ernie Hendrickson is able to harness their influence for his own usage. In later years, artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bela Fleck and various types of jazz, bluegrass and folk would figure prominently into Hendrickson's styling.

"This project feels like my first 'real' record," Hendrickson says. "The songs on this record were difficult to let go of, because the material is so personal and so special to me, and some of it I've carried with me a long time but it really feels right now." Songs such as "Down the Road" and "Seasons Change" paint vivid pictures with exceptional storytelling. "Lay Your Troubles Down" contains an unforgettable melody over an articulately picked guitar pattern. Crystal clear acoustic guitar arrangements and shimmering pedal steel lines contribute to the down home feel of Hendrickson's latest effort.

Featuring Howard Levy of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Brian Wilke mastering the pedal steel, Darren Garvey handling percussion, and Matt Ulery and Chris Clemente sharing bass duties, the album boasts a handful of prominent names in the music biz.

With Down The Road, Ernie Hendrickson has found his place amongst the finest singer-songwriters. He is fully committed to the path of the musician, wherever it may lead, in effort to recreate the passion and vision bestowed on him by the great artists and individuals that have come before.

"Chasin' Gus' Ghost" Jug Band Documentary Screens In Hartford, CT

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Fresh off the heels of a sold-out world premiere screening at the Woodstock Film Festival earlier this month, jug band documentary "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" is set to screen at the Hartford International Film Festival in Hartford, CT on November 10th at 7PM.

The film, directed by Todd Kwait, is labor-of-love documentary focused on one of America's beloved forms of folk music, the jug band.  Featuring a who's-who of 60s folk artists like Rock and Roll Hall of Famers John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead); David Grisman, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur and Stamford, Connecticut-born Jim Kweskin, "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" explores the history of jug band music and the influence it had on these legendary musicians.

Highlights of this "inspiring" (Allaboutjazz.com) film include Bob Weir recalling the first time he met Jerry Garcia and the eventual formation of the Grateful Dead, vintage performance footage of Lovin' Spoonful and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and newspaper clippings, photos and archival video footage of jug band musicians dating as far back as the 1920s.  All are rare treats for music and documentary lovers.

What: Screening of "Chasin' Gus' Ghost"
Where: The University of Hartford's Wilde Auditorium, Hartford, CT
When: November 10th at 7PM
Tickets: $10 for "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" screening, available at the Wilde Auditorium before the screening and online at http://www.capitolcinemacollective.org.

Richie Havens on Tour This Winter

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It has been since 2004 that Grace of the Sun was released. Now, Richie Havens is at it again, making finishing touches on his 27th album.  Recorded last month at Sear Sound Recording in NYC, Nobody Left to Crown will be released in Europe this fall on Polydor Records. The U.S. release date and label imprint will be announced soon.  Special guests on Nobody Left to Crown include Derek Trucks and Harry Manx. For more information regarding Richie's new album release, visit Brightcove.tv

Richie Havens first emerged from New York City's Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 60's, and in 1969 inspired and electrified an audience of over half a million with his legendary three hour opening performance at Woodstock.

Four decades later Richie Havens remains one of the most recognizable voices and universal lyricists in popular music.  A truly timeless performer, and a man before his time, today this Brooklyn Native celebrates the reissue of two album classics (Stonehenge and Wishing Well) by Sony RED. 

Haven's recently released his 26th album, Grace of the Sun, on his own Stormy Forest record label.  A testament to Havens' continued evolution as an artist, Grace of the Sun is being hailed as one of his most worldly and relevant albums to date. Billboard says, "…this acoustic soul giant truly seems to be getting more inspiring and graceful with age," and Guitar Player echoes, "…as vibrant and purposeful as ever."

Richie Havens' live performance is as captivating as always; a passionate and inspiring display of timelessness and spirit.  His concerts include music from Grace of the Sun as well as a broad selection of songs from his extensive repertoire. On a side note, Richie's 1981 hit "Going Back to My Roots" has hit dance floors in the form of a cool Afro-beat remix by celebrated remixer/producer and club DJ Danny Krivit. 

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

November 09 Lobero Theatre Santa Barbara CA

November 10 Napa Valley Opera House Napa CA

November 11 Van Duzer Theatre Arcata CA

November 17 The Birchmere Alexandria VA

November 23 Towne Crier Cafe Pawling NY

November 24 Sanctuary Concerts Chatham NJ

November 26 8th Annual "Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square New York NY

December 01 Tupelo Music Hall Londonberry NH

December 02 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield ME

December 07 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River MA

December 08 The Eighth Step at Proctors Schenectady NY

December 13 Boulder Theater Boulder CO

December 14 Sheridan Opera House Telluride CO

December 15 Fort Lewis College Community Durango CO

December 16 Wheeler Opera House Aspen CO

January 05 El Campanil Antioch CA

January 19 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield CT

January 26 Al. Ringling Theatre Baraboo WI

January 29 Riverside Theatre Vero Beach FL

February 08 McClohon Theatre Charlotte NC

February 09 The Melting Point Athens GA

March 27 Massillon Museum Massillion OH

March 28 Stuart's Opera House Nelsonville OH

March 29 Holland Theatre Bellefontaine OH

March 30 The Kent Stage Kent OH

More dates to be announced soon.