Zach Deputy Releases Debut Studio Album

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Out Of The Water (Deputy Records, 2008), Zach Deputy's much anticipated studio album, will be released on June 24th. After years of selling and giving away thousands live recordings, Zach Deputy and his musical partner Paul Kearns are excited to share this studio recording with fans. "At times it seemed like it would never come out," said Zach Deputy. "I was touring non-stop and couldn't find more than a day in a row to record in Atlanta." This album represents one of the many musical facets of Zach Deputy. Fans know that Zach and Paul perform as a duo, with Zach creating next generation live looping, accompanied by Kearns on percussion, to create a full band sound. Out Of The Water, on the other hand, features a full complement of some of the South's top musicians, including Mose Davis on Hammond B-3 organ (The Isley Brothers, Funkadelic, David Ruffin, etc.), bassist Sam Sims (Maxwell, Michael Jackson, kd Lang, etc.) and drummer Sonny Emory (Earth Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, B-52s, etc.). Despite the accomplished sidemen available to him, Zach Deputy still plays all of the instruments on some tracks, and is credited with vocals, acoustic, electric, slide and treated guitars, bass, keyboards, synths, drums, percussion and marimba on the recording, in addition to writing all of the words and music. He also lent a hand in the production, from engineering to mixing, and is the co-producer of the album.

Moving seamlessly from sultry R&B to soulful funk to love ballads, Out Of The Water offers 12 tracks that capture Zach Deputy's diverse musical and cultural influences. A South Carolina native, Deputy's family tree has Puerto Rican and Cruzan roots. Thus, the tropical sounds of Calypso and dancehall rhythms coexist happily with hip hop and rock beats, all forming a foundation for the dexterous guitar work and multiple octave vocal stylings of this talented young artist. Often at a loss for describing his own music, Zach Deputy addresses his influences in his comical way: "I was inspired by Bobby McFerrin and James Brown, but blown away by Ray Charles. I like to think of my music as the illegitimate bastard child of these three greats, raised by Michael Jackson in a beachside shack on St. Croix." Unheard in these references is Deputy's love of old school conscious hip hop, but this can be found live and on the record, as Zach can flow with the best of them, improvising smooth lyrical gymnastics as easily as he jams on his instrument.

Out Of The Water will be available online at iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, GrooveMobile and Groupy Tunes in time for the official release date. Out Of The Water will also be available at select retailers through the Homegrown Music Network's (HGMN) distribution service. Of course, the best place to buy it is at a show. Zach Deputy will be touring non-stop in support of the new release, from the Mississippi to the Atlantic, Miami to Minneapolis to Montreal and all stops in between. Pre-orders are available through, and For more info., a complete tour schedule and much more, visit

Esperanza Spalding on Letterman Tonight!

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Esperanza Spalding performs "Precious" TONIGHT (Wednesday, June 4) on the Late Show with David Letterman. This is Esperanza's network debut.

The song "Precious" is Esperanza Spalding's first single from ESPERANZA her debut on Heads Up International.

Esperanza and her band will perform this Saturday at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia. Press Quotes and Tour Dates are below.

For more info, including performance video, press release, bio, sound samples, photos, hi-res cover art and more:

NPR's All Things Considered
"There are many gifted singers in jazz today, and no shortage of accomplished acoustic bass players. But few jazz artists can be both. Esperanza Spalding's new album, Esperanza, blends her soaring vocals and her deep bass lines. At 23, Spalding has already built an impressive resume: She earned a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and graduated a year early to become the youngest faculty member in the school's history, and she's also played with jazz legends such as Patti Austin, Pat Metheny, and Herbie Hancock." To listen to the entire story, click here:

New York Times
"Esperanza has got a lot: accomplished jazz improvisation, funk, scat singing, Brazilian vernacular rhythm and vocals in English, Portuguese and Spanish. At its center is a female bassist, singer and bandleader, one whose talent is beyond question."
Billboard "Faces to Watch"
"Whether exploding into vocalese or making her bass solo sound like a horn, she's a spark plug who dances as she grooves through a funked-up and rocked-out repertoire."

Bass Player
"Esperanza, her debut for Heads Up, has the charismatic musician handily demonstrating her talents as a virtuoso instrumentalist, gifted multi-lingual vocalist, and potent songwriter. She plays and sings on a jazz-rooted program marked by catchy if tricky melodies, pliable grooves informed by Latin, Brazilian, African, and bebop rhythms, and multiple bursts of ripping fingerboard work and scat singing."

"There's a Latin-jazz revolution going on courtesy of young Esperanza Spalding...Spalding's voice slips through each of her intricately crafted arrangements as if imbued with the spirit of Flora Purim. Only Spalding's melodies are more punctual and sprightlier than the airy Airto-isms of Purim. But they never lack in dynamism."

"Esperanza is the hottest thing going in the world of bass playing. So why is her CD in Keyboard? Easy. The heavily Brazilian-influenced self-penned jazz instrumentals and vocals are fantastic. Her lyrics are heartfelt yet not clichéd. Her voice is really something special. She's a freekin' awesome acoustic bassist. She's got soul. And she's got a keyboard player in the band that you need to know about: Leo Genovese...this CD provides much to discover and delight."

Christian Science Monitor
"As her voice sambas over vibrant South American rhythms and her Elastigirl fingers climb up and down the double-bass's skyscraper neck, you'd swear the girl was from Ipanema, not Portland, Ore. Even people who think they don't like jazz may respond to the melodies on Esperanza."

"It's an album that borrows inspiration from others' past achievements, but is perfectly now-and completely Spalding's."

Bass Musician magazine
"A seriously gifted vocalist/instrumentalist is a rare breed. That ability, or should I say gift to have command of two voices interchangeably, that capacity to handle counterpoint, 'with yourself', can leave most people, much less musicians, quite speechless at times. That 'could' almost be enough said in my introduction of Esperanza. But there's much more to this young (24, I believe) musician than meets the eye. Her obvious love affair with music, her clarity insofar as her awareness of her evolution, and her sound, which she has thought out well, make her at this early stage in her career a force to be reckoned with, and a voice (voices?) that deserves attention, which will surely ensue with the release of her new CD Esperanza. Contrary to how it sometimes may feel within our culture these days, there 'are' some young players out there that are dead serious about creating a 'life' within the arts, and Esperanza is easily a shinning example of that."

Seattle Times
"Spalding is obviously star material of the first order, the kind of performer whose passionate, uninhibited absorption in what she's doing ineluctably lures you into her world."

"She's being hailed because of her voice and sound. She's being hailed because of her style and looks. Andy she's being hailed because she has all this talent at the age of 23...The CD gave me much more than I expected. This musical prodigy should get many more people talking."

All About Jazz-NY
"Esperanza demonstrates that Spalding is an artist in development who keeps an open mind, avoiding the trappings of niche genres. She is a talented singer, bassist and tunesmith who is willing to take risks and explore different influences as a tool for her creativity."

Latin Beat Magazine
"Set for worldwide release on May 20, Esperanza's bandleading debut serves to display her acoustic bass chops and angelic vocals, spanning three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese). This CD also showcases her composing and arranging skills, as well as her fresh and progressive approach to making music. Indeed, Esperanza is a bright, shining star to watch for."

Evening Standard (London)
"Young, gifted and black (plus charming, unaffected, intelligent and versatile), Esperanza Spalding is the brightest new star to swim into my ken for years. Scatting to her funky double-bass, she sings in Spanish and English and writes originals which tap into hip soul-jazz and urban-Latin trends. Her US group, with pianist Leo Genovese and handdrummer Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez prominent, is dynamite and standards ('Body and Soul', 'Samba Em Preludio') are no problem." *****

Urban Network
"...her brand new sophomore release is a knockout! 23 and already an instructor at the Berklee School of Music, bilingual Spalding is as powerful a writer as she is a player, intuitively melding Latin, Jazz and Funk with youthful gusto...She describes this project as a groove-oriented 'crossover date that has the integrity of jazz.' I call it a must hear CD and the lady a guaranteed breakthrough artist for 2008."

AbyssJazz Magazine
"For as bold a statement as Esperanza Spalding makes in her Heads Up debut album, the obvious truth by the end of twelve tracks is that what we're hearing is just a taste of what's to come from this bright young star."

Boston Globe
"The package of talent offered by Berklee College of Music graduate Esperanza Spalding portends great things for this young artist. A classically trained musician who became a sizzling bass player and singer/composer, Spalding covers jazz and Brazilian music on her debut album with verve and energy. Most impressively, Spalding does the improvisational singing of the high notes while her fingers pound out the rhythmic line on bass."

Baltimore Sun
"[Spalding's] debut on the Heads Up/Concord label is a highly accessible jazz album, heavy on groove and shades of Afro-Latin swing. The warm, organic feel of the record reminds me of the sounds that emanated from the Prestige and Blue Note labels in the mid-'70s - sans the wah-wah guitar and Fender Rhodes. Even the throwback cover shot of the smiling, gloriously Afro'd artist looks as if it were taken in 1975...Spalding's sunny, melodic voice (shades of Flora Purim) is as prominent throughout the breezy 12-cut CD as her deft bass playing...she's somebody to watch."

Kalamazoo Gazette
The multilingual Spalding is a child prodigy who grew up poor in Portland, Ore., and eventually became the youngest teacher at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. This bassist, who sings while she plays, comes at the listener from a variety of angles - straight-ahead jazz, light jazz vocals, Brazilian ballads and scat. The CD shows lots of passion and vision and includes world-class percussionist Jamey Haddad."

Hill Rag (Wash, DC)
"Vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding's debut album uses jazz standards, pop styles, soul moods, and Afro-Latin rhythms and harmonies to create unmistakably distinctive stylish sound of her own. With a fresh, youthful voice, the music radiates a vibrant Latin/jazz format with an occasional burst of sensual magnetism. It's a lovely, charming, carefree music that captures the imagination of something new. But first things first. It's a romantic album for falling in love with that special person. Oh, what the heck, let's be real. It's that Latin sound (Spanish or Portuguese, does it matter) that always gets me. Nonetheless, this is very young music that hints at a great future on songs like 'I Adore You,' 'Cuerpo Y Alma (Body & Soul),' and 'Samba Em Preludio.'"

"Esperanza is one of the most impressive debuts to come along in many a year. Her future is as bright as her jazz."

Philadelphia Daily News
"Esperanza Spalding has 'the X factor,' proclaims admirer Pat Metheny. She's a fresh, dynamic jazz bass player, composer and singer, with a throaty, imperfect voice that could grow on you. Her debut album is called (what else?) Esperanza (Heads Up, B), and it won me over with her first selection, a Milton Nascimento tune sung in Portuguese."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"The young bassist has performed with players as important as Joe Lovano and in a variety of styles, and that range shows in this album dominated by Latin-tinged originals. One of them, 'I Adore You,' features a wordless vocal in a bebop style that moves along like a creation of Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby McFerrin. Her use of words also is good, though, as on the sarcastic 'She Got to You.' She also does a fine cover of 'Body and Soul' in an Afro-Cuban sense. For those of us who have seen her only as a bassist, her voice is a surprise - and a good one at that. The album tends to be built around it, but her strong bass playing always is there, too. The recording has a pop-like feeling upon first listening, but the jazz rhythms flex their strength on repeated visits." ***

All Music
"In sum, Esperanza sounds like the work of a much older, more experienced player, singer, and songwriter. Spalding not only has these gifts in natural abundance but is disciplined in her execution as well. On this recording she seeks to widen her musical adventure at every turn, but she does it with such with taste, refinement, and a playful sense of humor that virtually anyone who encounters this offering will find not only much to delight in, but plenty to be amazed by as well."

Daily News (McKeesport, PA)
"Bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding has released a complex little album that should give jazz fans great hope for the future of the art form."

Albany Times-Union
"The jazz wunderkind bassist-vocalist Esperanza Spalding sports an Afro as big as her musical talent. Enrolled at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music when she was just 16 years old, Spalding scored touring and recording gigs with the likes of Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano and Patti Austin before she left school. On Esperanza (2008, Heads Up International), she focuses on her multilingual vocal stylings, tackling Milton Nascimento's 'Ponta de Areia' in Portuguese, the jazz war horse 'Body and Soul' in Spanish (and a bold 5/4 time signature) and her own intimate ballad 'Fall In' in English. Showcased in a variety of small
combo settings, the multiculti 23-year-old is obviously headed for big things."
"Music, like boxing, is more about interesting combinations than sheer brute force. Esperanza Spalding has a number of surprising combinations up her sleeves. First, her doubling on acoustic bass and vocals is an unusual mixture in the jazz world. Her songs also reflect an interesting combination of world music and jazz traditions. And even within the jazz sphere, she draws on both mainstream and crossover styles...She has a beguiling singing style, more pop than jazz, but with enough substance to satisfy the more reasonable members of the jazz 'authenticity' police. A gracious release by a promising talent."
"Blessed with talent, youth, training and outrageously good looks, Spalding is a young woman ready to make some noise, and is here to stay in the jazz world."

Urban Music Scene
"Ms. Spalding delivers a riveting display of special skill & talent unlike I have ever heard in this generation. Exceeding every expectation I had of this project from the reception of this CD. I'm glad to see Heads Up International providing her the chance for the world to finally receive a special, musically endowed, jazz centerpiece. Not only am I soliciting the album for purchase into your collection, I will also go out on the limb, to promote a chance of seeing Ms. Spalding live when she comes to your neighborhood, sometime soon I hope..."


Sat    06/07/08         Philadelphia, PA        Festival Pier At Penn's Landing
Tue    06/10/08         Los Angeles, CA         Catalina Bar & Grill
Thu    06/12/08         Oakland, CA             Yoshi's Oakland
Thu    06/26/08         Alexandria, VA          Birchmere
Sat    07/12/08         Copenhagen, DEN         Haveselskabet
Wed    07/16/08         Pori, FIN               Otava Factory
Thu    07/17/08         Pori, FIN               Porin Teatteri
Fri    07/18/08         Pori, FIN               Kirjurinluoto Arena
Sat    07/19/08         Stockholm, SWE          Skeppsholmen
Tue    08/05/08         Buffalo, NY             University At Buffalo
Wed    08/06/08         Cleveland Heights, OH   Nighttown
Sat    08/30/08         Detroit, MI             Detroit International Jazz Festival
Wed    09/03/08         Osaka, JPN              Billboard Live Osaka
Thu    09/04/08         Fukuoka, JPN            Billboard Live Fukuoka
Fri    09/05/08         Tokyo, JPN              Billboard Live Tokyo
Sat    09/06/08         Tokyo, JPN              Billboard Live Tokyo
Mon    09/15/08         Amsterdam, NET          Bimhuis
Fri    09/19/08         Bergen, NOR             Sardinen USF
Sat    09/20/08         Trondheim, NOR          Dokkhuset
Wed    09/24/08         Copenhagen, DEN         Jazz House
Thu    09/25/08         Skerninge, DEN          Giant Steps
Fri    09/26/08         Goteborg, SWE           Nefertiti
Sat    09/27/08         Stockholm, SWE          Fasching Jazz Club
Sun    09/28/08         Helsingborg, SWE        Dunkers Kulturhus
Sat    10/04/08         Falmouth, MA            TBA
Wed    10/22/08         Rio de Janeiro, BRZ     Marina del Gloria
Fri    10/24/08         Sao Paulo, BRZ          Auditorio Do Ibirapuera

Upcoming Boulder Theater Shows

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Here's what shows which are coming up at The Boulder Theater as of June 2.  All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted.

Tues, June 3                   Boulder Weekly Film Series
8:00pm                         STONES/SCORSESE
                               "SHINE A LIGHT"
                               GA / All Ages / $8.00

Wed, June 4                    Big UP Productions presents
8:00pm                         "DOSAGE VOL. 5" World Premiere
                               GA / All Ages / $12.00

Thur, June 5                   The Onion & KUVO present
9:00pm                         MACEO PARKER
                               w/ Byron Shaw Projex
                               GA / 21+ / $23.50

Fri, June 6                    Myth Magick Masquerade Ball
9:00pm                         KAN'NAL
                               w/ Lion Vibes, GSP & Raja Ananda
                               GA / 21+ / $19.50

Sat, June 7                    KGNU's 30th Birthday Benefit Concert
8:00pm                         TIM O'BRIEN, MOLLIE O'BRIEN & RICH MOORE
                               Reserved=$30.00, GA=$30.00 / 21+

June 10  &11                   Global Explorers presents
8:00pm                         "BLINDSIGHT"
                               GA / All Ages / $16.00

Fri, June 13                   97.3 KBCO presents
7:00pm                         E-TOWN
                               w/ Barenaked Ladies & Catie Curtis
                               GA / All Ages / SOLD OUT

Sun, June 15                   Craig King presents
7:00pm                         "WHAT ABOUT ME?'
                               plus Q&A with director Jamie Catto
                               GA / Advance=$10.00, DOS=$12.50 / All Ages

Tues, June 17                  97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                         JONNY LANG
                               w/ Dave Barnes
                               GA / 21+ / $32.00

June 20-22                     GAIA FILM FESTIVAL
                               VIP tickets available now / $100.00 / All Ages

Thur, June 19                  KUTANDARA & MBIRA MASTERS OF ZIMBABWE
7:00pm                         GA / Adult=$14.00, 18 & under=$9.00, Under 5 = Free

Wed, June 25                   Community Cycles 2nd Annual
8:00pm                         BIKE SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
                               GA / All Ages / $10.00

Fri, June 27                   Boulder Weekly, KGNU & present
9:00pm                         MIDNITE
                               w/ Dubskin & 21 Dread
                               GA / All Ages / $20.00

Wed, July 2                    Marquee Magazine & 102.3 KCUV present
8:30pm                         ROBERT EARL KEEN
                               w/ guests
                               GA / 21+ / $25.00

Thur, July 3                   KGNU presents
8:00pm                         An Evening with
                               GILBERTO GIL & the Broadband Band
                               Reserved Balcony=$43.50, GA=$38.50 / 21+

Tues, July 8                   97.3 KBCO presents
8:00pm                         STEVE EARLE
                               w/ Allison Moorer
                               Reserved=$30.00, GA=$23.50 / 21+

Fri, July 11                   KUVO & Colorado Daily present
8:30pm                         CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO
                               w/ guests
                               Reserved=$23.50, GA=$18.00 / All ages

Mon, July 14                   97.3 KBCO presents
7:30pm                         TODD RUNDGREN
                               w/ Will Hoge
                               GA / 21+ / $27.50

Tues, July 15                  Communikey & KGNU present
9:00pm                         MATMOS LIVE
                               w/ guest
                               GA / All Ages / $15.00

Sun, July 20                   KUVO presents an evening with
8:00pm                         OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA
                               Reserved=$32.00, GA=$24.00 / All Ages

Fri, July 25                   KUNC presents
8:00pm                         GEORGE WINSTON
                               Reserved=$34.50, GA=$25.00 / All Ages

Tues, July 29                  AEG Live presents
2pm & 6pm                      KIDZ BOP LIVE
                               Reserved=$29.50, GA Adult=$25.00, GA Child=$15.00

Wed, July 30                   KUVO presents
8:00pm                         JESSE COOK SEXTET
                               Reserved=$25.00, GA=$19.50 / All Ages

Fri, Aug 1                     YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
8:00pm                         w/ Keller Williams
                               GA / All Ages /
                               Only 2-day tickets available with purchase of Red Rocks (Aug 2) ticket

Thur, Aug 21                   FACE
7:30pm                         w/ moira smiley & VOCO
                               Reserved=$20.00, Adult GA=$15.00, Student/Senior=$10.00 / All Ages

Thur, Sept 4                   STS9
9:00pm                         GA / All Ages
                               Tickets are available as part of 3 show pass with Red Rocks on Sept 5 & 6

Sat, Oct 4                     YELLOWJACKETS ft. MIKE STERN
8:00pm                         Reserved=$30.00, GA=$21.00 / All Ages

Rex Foundation: Limited VIP Tix for Upcoming Summer Shows

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

The 2008 Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing, as we announce the availability of a limited number of VIP tickets for the upcoming summer shows where RatDog tours first with Gov't Mule and then with the Allman Brothers Band.  Enjoy access to top-priced, reserved seating tickets at the shows listed below, while also supporting the Rex Foundation.  Each ticket price noted includes a $50 charitable contribution.

RatDog with Gov't Mule at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

Wednesday, July 9th - $115 per ticket

Thursday, July 10th - $115 per ticket

RatDog with the Allman Brothers Band:

Wednesday, August 13th, Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY - These tickets at $210 each includes a special party before and during the concert with food and beverages, along with VIP Parking.  Theresa and Sandy look forward to seeing you and joining in on the fun.

Saturday, August 16th, Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA - $113 per ticket

Friday, August 22nd, Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC, Canandaigua, NY - $115 per ticket

Saturday, August 23rd, Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - $131 per ticket

Saturday, August 30th, Red Rocks, Denver, CO - $113 per ticket

To order tickets call the Rex Foundation office at 415-561-3134.

Join us this Saturday, May 31st: New Monsoon with Special Guest Albino! At The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.   There will also be a silent auction of fun and unique items.

Click here for ticket details  |  Listen to New Monsoon on our Myspace page

This weekend (May 30-June 1), if you're at the Mountain Jam Festival, be sure to check out the Rex Jam during the RatDog performance that will demonstrate the power of the Rex Community Caravan.  Proceeds from the Rex Jam will support the Family of Woodstock music and arts program for youth.  This will be the first of a great summer of Rex Jams at upcoming festivals, all to be announced shortly.

Because of supporters like you, our combined efforts for positive social change, social justice and social responsibility can become a reality today and for future generations.  Check out our web site to see what you help make happen.  Climb aboard the Rex Community Caravan and together we can further what the Grateful Dead started in 1983.

Craig King's - 'What About Me?' @ Boulder Theater

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Craig King presents

What About Me?

Grammy nominated 1Giant Leap sequel

Q&A with director Jamie Catto from UK

At the Boulder Theater


The Evening Program:

Date: June 15th

6.00 Door Time

Michael jones poet/dj artist will be spinning ambient grooves

7:15 Jamie Catto and Craig king introduce the preview to Here we Grow and the feature presentation of What about Me? Sequel to the Grammy nominated 1Giant Leap

7:30 Preview starts 'Here We Grow' – a documentary on the food industry and a collaboration between Craig King and Jamie Catto.

7:40 Feature presentation of What About Me? 1Giant Leap sequel.

9:25 Open Q&A with Jamie Catto

9:45 The band Portal takes the stage and plays a 45 minute set

10:30 Michael jones steps back in to create an evening of dance and fun till close 12:45ish

Get your ticket $12.00 at or tickets at door $15.00 Doors open at 6 pm.

Following the success of their first double Grammy nominated film & album, What About Me? Is the latest offering from 1 Giant Leap. This visionary project took Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridge-man to over 50 locations as they explore through music, the complexities of human nature on a global scale, and aims to reveal how we are all connected through our creativity and beliefs, but most of all through our madness. Covering universal topics such as God, Sex, Death and Money, What About Me? features an incredibly diverse collection of collaborators from Noam Chomsky to Will Young, Maxi Jazz to Tim Robbins, Billy Connolly to Michael Stipe, Eckhart Tolle to Baaba Mal, among many others.


The vision of the sequel to Grammy nominated 1Giant Leap album and film 'What About Me?" is to illustrate human insanity. It shows how insane we really all are; how we're needy in relationships, insatiable in desire, wounded by birth, avoiding all pain with happy pills and unable to stop think-ing.


It features many individuals but especially: Eckhart Tolle, Noam Chomsky, Tim Robbins, Carlos Santana, Michael Stipe, Tom Robbins

[First Pre-view ever of Craig King's new documentary work in progress. 'Here We Grow' – a documentary on the food industry.]


The food documentary, 'Here We Grow', was born out of one man's desire to break the limitations of the retail food world and to help change the way people think about food and wellness. The documentary intends to explore the state of our food supply and help educate people to live healthier, more wholesome lives through socially responsible food choices. The film is intended to raise awareness nationwide through inspirational interviews and stories that will capture the passion and drive of a diverse group of individuals.

Eddie Floyd Mines R&B Roots on New Album of Southern Soul

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Soul man Eddie Floyd's first new album in six years, titled Eddie Loves You So, marks his return to the Stax Records logo. The singer who scored a monster soul classic with "Knock on Wood" in 1967 has returned to his Southern roots for the new CD. Included are 10 original songs written for fellow soul artists in the '50s and '60s. Some date back to Floyd's years with the seminal proto-soul group The Falcons; others are some previously unheard gems. The new CD hits the streets on July 29, 2008 on Stax Records through the Concord Music Group.
Eddie Loves You So was produced by the Boston team of Michael Dinallo (known for his work with the Radio Kings and Barrence Whitfield) and Ducky Carlisle (who's worked with Susan Tedeschi, Buddy Guy and Graham Parker).
The album, while newly recorded, takes the listener back to the R&B origins of the Montgomery, Ala.-born Floyd. He was a member of The Falcons in the late '50s, which also featured Joe Stubbs, later of the Contours and 100 Proof Aged in Soul. From that era, Floyd has re-recorded "You're So Fine," the group's breakthrough 1959 hit, plus "Never Get Enough of Your Love," which he recorded on Al Bell's Safice Records between his Falcons and Stax years. There's also a previously unreleased Falcons song, "Since You've Been Gone," which was demoed but never recorded until now.
The album contains songs that Floyd wrote for other Stax artists but never recorded himself: "'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone," a hit for William Bell and later cut by Esther Phillips; "I Will Always Have Faith In You," a #11 hit for Carla Thomas; and "You Don't Know What You Mean To Me," a co-write with Steve Cropper that label mates Sam & Dave who took to #20 on the R&B chart. All have been recorded by Floyd for the album, as was "I Don't Want to Be With Nobody But You," a Floyd song that Malaco artist Dorothy Moore recorded on her 1976 Misty Blue album.
The new album also contains "Consider Me," a classic Stax Eddie Floyd ballad that was an album track but never a single, plus two newer compositions: "Close to You" and "Head to Toe."

"Working with Eddie and getting to know him by making this record has been a complete joy," says co-producer Dinallo. "Eddie's energy and enthusiasm has been and continues to be incredibly inspiring. Ducky and I were floored when he started singing. The sound of his voice coming back over the speakers gave us chills and made us howl with delight. In choosing the songs for this record, it hit me that I was surveying the history of soul music by digging through Eddie's catalog of the past 50 years. With current neo-soul movement, it is only appropriate that one of the genre's most important and influential songwriter and performer steps to the front with this record."

Trey's 'Original Boardwalk Style' Streets June, 10th, 2008

"Original Boardwalk Style" will be released on Rubber Jungle Records on June 10th, 2008.

Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere Summit Album Streets 7/29

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What would happen if you combined Steve Cropper, the Memphis-weaned Stax guitar powerhouse who also wrote and co-wrote many soul classics, with Felix Cavaliere, the singer, songwriter and keyboardist whose soulful voice and songs helped form the Rascals? The world is about to find out when Stax Records releases Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere's Nudge It Up a Notch on July 29, 2008.
This soul summit came about as a result of conversations between Cropper and producer/songwriter Jon Tiven. When Tiven moved to Nashville several years ago, he asked Cropper what he was up to. Cropper replied that he was focusing on live dates with Booker T & the MGs and the Blues Brothers, but harbored the desire to record some new music. But who would sing? The answer, it turned out, was Cavaliere, who, like Cropper and Tiven, now lived in Nashville. In fact Cropper and Cavaliere were no strangers: they had, with a few other well-known musicians, put together a band to play special events. The two hadn't written together before, but agreed it would be fun to try.
The writing process began at Tiven's Hormone Studios, followed by the recording of two songs, "One of Those Days" (the album's lead track) and "Love Appetite." Drummer Chester Thompson, a veteran of John Fogerty, Frank Zappa, Genesis and Frank Black, signed on as drummer, and suggested a bass player, his friend Shake Anderson, who was Curtis Mayfield's protégé. The assemblage grew to include two backup singers, Mark Williams and N'nandi Bryant. And that was it. No special guest stars. As Tiven wrote in the notes, "This isn't one of those albums where you have to guess who's doing what — every guitar lick is Steve, every keyboard is Felix, and all the songs are originals."
Tiven elaborates on the legacies of Cropper and Cavaliere: "Steve Cropper is a guitar player's guitarist but also a songwriter's songwriter," he writes. "If the only thing he did in life was to play producer/co-writer/guitarist for Otis Redding, that would be enough. But he also helmed enough albums that made their mark on American pop culture by artists like Booker T & the MGs, The Blues Brothers, Jeff Beck and John Mellencamp to qualify him as a bona fide national treasure."
"And Cavaliere . . .," he adds, "If you were alive in the alive in the mid-to-late '60s, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing his voice and songs are part of his group The Young Rascals (later The Rascals). Their blue-eyed soul dominated the airwaves . . . and gave this country the kind of soul music most folks wouldn't think to associate with a bunch of Long Island Peppermint Lounge expatriates."
Nudge It Up a Notch, which was reverently mixed by the legendary David Z, features 12 tracks, including several instrumentals (Cropper having a bit of history in the R&B instrumental department) alongside vocal tracks. On a few tunes the team turned to friends Henry Gross and Tom Hambridge to provide their lyrical spin. One track, "Make The Time Go Faster," embellishes its chunky soul riff with rap passages.
"If all this combination of iconic songwriter/performers had to offer was simply the sum of their parts it would be extraordinary," Tiven concludes. "But you put this much flammable material in the room and you don't just get a little heat. You get a bonfire."

New Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Going On Now!

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The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just launched a new on-line charity auction to benefit Conscious Alliance.

The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just launched a new on-line charity auction to benefit Conscious Alliance.

The auction, which runs through early June*, includes several festival VIP packages, as well as signed guitars and posters.

A sample of items include:

•       Rothbury VIP Package
•       Wakarusa VIP Package
•       All Good VIP Package
•       Umphrey's McGee Signed Guitar
•       Dave Matthews Band/Jack Johnson Signed Poster
•       Phil Lesh Signed Poster
•       Jam Cruise Signed Poster

To view and/or bid on the auction, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction

* Note:  Bidding on all items end June 9 except for the Gathering of the Vibes VIP Package, which ends tonight, May 20, and the Wakarusa VIP Package, which ends Sunday, May 25.

This is BoomBox - Spring and Summer Tour Dates

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Coming from the heart of Alabama, BoomBox has announced a two-month tour spanning from the South, Midwest, into the Mountain West and back again. The musical journey into sound and revelation will feature performances at Camp Jam, Asheville's Music Jamboree and an appearance in July at the brand new Rothbury Festival.

Featuring producer-DJ Russ Randolph and singer-songwriter-guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux, BoomBox blends danceable rhythms, hypnotic mixes, and shimmering guitar phrases with an unspoken vibe. Known for the cathartically smooth vocals of the young Godchaux, the BoomBox sound incorporates a unique edge on the trip-hop genre while meshing decades of musical history into one complete package. It's no doubt, wherever BoomBox sets up to play a dance party is sure to follow.

With an eye for creating and building a conscious community, the duo strives to get involved with local non-profits to help benefit each area they visit. During this tour the band will be working to provide support for both Conscious Alliance and The Basics Fund.

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May 15 @ Barleys: Youngstown, OH
May 16 @ Nelson Ledges Quarry: Garrettsville, OH
May 21 @ World Grotto: Knoxville, TN
May 22 @ The Pour House: Charleston, SC
May 24 @ Asheville Music Festival: Horseshoe, NC
May 31 @ Gottrocks: Greenvile, SC
June 1 @ The Soapbox: Wilmington, NC
June 5 @ North Star Bar: Philadelphia, PA
June 6 @ The Rocks Off Concert Cruise: New York, NY
June 7 @ The Electric Company: Utica, NY
June 26 @ French Quarter Cafe: Statesboro, GA
June 27 @ Loco's Deli & Pub: Savannah, GA
June 28 @ Georgia Theatre: Athens, GA
July 4 @ Rothbury Festival: Rothbury, MI
July 11 @ Zydeco: Birmingham, AL
July 12 @ Crossroads: Huntsville, AL
July 22 @ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater: Vail, CO
July 31 @ Grateful Garcia: Thornville, OH
Aug 1 @ Grateful Garcia: Thornville, OH
Aug 29 @ Nelson Ledges Quarry: Garrettsville, OH
Aug 30 @ Nelson Ledges Quarry: Garrettsville, OH
Aug 31 @ Nelson Ledges Quarry: Garrettsville, OH
Oct 10 @ Newport Music Hall: Columbus, OH