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Dylan Wins First Grammy in Contemporary Folk/Americana

dylanOn Sunday night Bob Dylan won the first GRAMMY Award in the genre of Contemporary Folk/Americana, with his album, Modern Times (Columbia).

Other nominees for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album (vocal or instrumental) were Solo Acoustic Vol. 1 by Jackson Browne (Inside Recordings), Black Cadillac by Rosanne Cash (Capitol), Workbench Songs by Guy Clark (Dualtone Music Group) and All The Roadrunning by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris (Warner Bros./Nonesuch).

"Bob Dylan set the stage for the current Americana genre as a folk pioneer in the 60s. His GRAMMY win for Modern Times as Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album is just another example of his continuing vitality as an artist," said Americana Music Association President Tamara Saviano. "We're excited to celebrate Dylan as Americana's first GRAMMY win."

Americana is American roots music based on the traditions of country with influences ranging from hillbilly and R&B to folk and bluegrass and blues. The radio format developed during the 1990s to counter the highly polished mainstream music sound of the decade. Dylan's Modern Times spent six weeks at #1 on the national Americana/R&R chart.

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album was among the awards that were presented Sunday night during the 49th GRAMMY Awards. The GRAMMY Awards honor recordings in 108 categories across 31 fields, from rap to classical.

The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization that provides a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and promotes public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in the field. Upcoming is its 8th Annual Americana Music Conference Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2007 in Nashville.

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Tommy Ramone's Bluegrass Blitzkrieg Uncle Monk

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The New York Times preview said it best: "There is life after the Ramones, but who knew it would be bluegrass?" The write-up referred to Tommy Ramone's new bluegrass duo Uncle Monk, co-fronted by Claudia Tienan. In what seems an improbable second act for the man who wrote "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," Uncle Monk is rooted in the old-timey and bluegrass traditions. The duo's self-titled debut album featuring 14 original songs will be released to brick and mortar retail on the indie Airday Records label, distributed by Burnside Distribution, on May 22.

 
"We are doing what feels natural to us," says Ramone. "We are making use of string-band instrumentation along with alternative rock flavorings. We're drawn to the classic simplicity of string-band music, but at the same time we are deeply involved with the aesthetics of indie  music. There is a similarity between punk and old-time music — both are home-brewed as opposed to schooled. Both have earthy energy. And there is a certain cool in old-time music that is found in the best alternative artists."

 
The songs of Uncle Monk run the gamut of emotions from exhilaration to sorrow, focusing on many aspects of modern existence: small-town life, coming to the big city, urban gentrification, interpersonal relationships and spiritual longings.

 
Tommy Ramone began his musical career as Tommy Erdelyi, an engineer at the Record Plant. Born in Budapest, Hungary, and raised in Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y., he co-founded the Ramones with Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee and participated in the birth of punk and indie-rock, working as the band's drummer, producer and manager. He has also produced recordings by the Talking Heads, Redd Kross and the Replacements.

 
Claudia Tienan hails from Minneapolis, where she was part of the local music scene  and came to New York to study philosophy at Hunter College. She was later a member of the Simplistics and then formed Uncle Monk with Ramone — originally as an electric jam band, and later as an acoustic duo. Her penetrating lyrics and haunting vocals add facets and dimensions to the songs. There is a yin and yang sensibility here, a touch of light and dark, of bitter and sweet, as the music of each artist complements the other's.

 
Uncle Monk delivers thoughtful and measured crafting of lyrics and melodies, and is dedicated to music that inspires the heart and tingles the spine.
 

Time Out New York recently wrote of the band: "If we tell you that Uncle Monk is a bluegrass duo with Tommy Ramone in it, you're bound to think of something like punkgrass or bluepunk. But [they] serve it up pretty straight — and solid. There is no doubting that Ramone's protean experience informs Uncle Monk, but he's no dilettante. This stuff is real."

PAM TILLIS' NEW CD, RHINESTONED, BRIDGES PRESENT & PAST

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Rhinestoned is Pam Tillis' first album since 2002's tribute to her father, Mel Tillis, titled It's All Relative.  Co-produced by the trio of Tillis, Matt Spicher (Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs) and Gary Nicholson (Delbert McClinton, Wynnona), the new CD is also her first independent release, set for release on April 17 on her own Stellar Cat label, marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers and RED Distribution.

 
With the last CD, her tribute to her father Mel Tillis titled It's All Relative , Pam produced one of the most memorable discs to have come out of Nashville in years, largely because of her refusal to conform to expectations. Combing through her father's catalog, she chose songs that had an especially timeless quality, with built-in resistance to the whims of the market. It was a bold statement; more than that, it set the stage for the even more assertive statement that Rhinestoned would make.

 
"That was the first record I ever made where I wasn't concerned about having to come up with three singles," she points out.

 
That's one reason why Rhinestoned marks the first album to be released on Stellar Cat, Pam's own imprint. With total creative control, she let her heart lead the way toward material that she could perform honestly and emotionally. "This is an A&R-free zone," she says, smiling. "It's a bookend to the Dad album, except it has all new songs. It's like a bridge between the present and the past."

 
How past is this particular past? "If you look at my record collection circa 1974," Pam answers, "you'd see Emmylou, Graham Parsons, Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, Linda Ronstadt, and Neil Young. Flying Burrito Brothers – hippie country I call it – that was some of the best music that ever came out of this town. Maybe it wasn't happening on country radio at the time but it sold record and built careers. It was the vibrant scene on the fringes of country, which was very cool – just as it is today."

 
pamThe Rhinestoned sessions started in 2004. Beginning with around 20 songs, Pam and Matt whittled the number down to ten, which they cut and set aside, like bottles of wine allowed to mature. A few months later they repeated the process. And then, after reflecting for a while on what she had accomplished, Pam decided something wasn't right. She talked about it with her trusted friend and writing partner Gary Nicholson and reached a critical decision.

 
"It needed to be more country " she sums up. "I played what we had for Gary, brought him into the picture, and suddenly it felt like we weren't wandering in the woods anymore The when I found the song 'Band in the window,' suddenly I could see and hear the whole project in my mind right down to the t-shirts, Tillis' laughs.

 
Since she began her country music career, Pam Tillis racked up six number one singles and 14 top ten hits racking up sales of over 5 million. In 1994 Tillis was crowned CMA's female vocalist of the year. Other milestones have included two Grammy awards and a slew of ACM and Grammy nominations.  Pam self produced her "All of this Love" album which yielded two Top 5 hits. As an actress, she starred in Leiber and Stoller's "Smokey Joe's Café" on Broadway as well as "Promise Land" and "LA Law." Pam was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000 and her last album, It's All Relative , a tribute to her father Mel Tillis, reached No. 4 on USA Today's top ten country records of 2002.  She continues to tour extensively to the delight of country fans worldwide.

Adrienne Young Cultivates Sustainable Farming With New CD

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Adrienne Young is such an ardent supporter of sustainable agriculture that she bundled seed packets into the liner notes of her Grammy-nominated first album. But it's her third release, the forthcoming Room to Grow — due out May 22, 2007 on her own AddieBelle Records and distributed by Ryko Distribution — that she feels will bear the most significant fruits of her labor. Young has integrated a national responsible-farming awareness campaign and fund-raising effort into the release of Room to Grow , a perfect marriage between her convictions and her talent.

 
Recorded in upstate New York at Levon Helm's studio, in Virginia at Sound of Music Studios and mixed by Jason Lenning in Nashville, Room to Grow reveals the maturation and sensitivity that have evolved in Young's songwriting and vocals. The album features guest appearances by legendary bassist Mike Gordon (Phish, Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon), Gordon Stone (Phish, Gordon Stone Trio), long-time collaborator and Nashville heavyweight Will Kimbrough, guest vocals by bluegrass siren Dale Ann Bradley, and co-writes with Mark D. Sanders, one of Music Row's most successful tunesmiths (No. 1 songs for George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson and others).

 
Branching out from the themes that defined her last effort, 2005's The Art of Virtue — a study and exploration of Benjamin Franklin's 13 Virtues — Room to Grow is more introspective in its focus but wider in its aim. As in the past, Young tackles heady subjects — longing, regret, fear, desire, contentment, purpose — but manages to artfully sidestep the melodrama, extending instead a rational but hopeful approach to the pilgrimage of life.

 
band"It's such a rare place to be, where you're reduced to wagering everything on the pertinence of your perspective," Young shares. "Deciding to produce this record on my own forced me to confront many qualities within myself that have served both as hindrances and strengths. It was not necessarily my intent that those struggles be apparent in the songs themselves, but expression that touches people requires the revelation of truth. I feel this album has the potential to both inspire and challenge simultaneously and am so grateful we had the chance to make it."

 
Young, together with the Food Routes Network (www.foodroutes.org), which she has represented nationally since 2004, have formed an alliance with the American Community Garden Association (www.acga.org). Working with these national non-profits based in Philadelphia and Boston, Young will donate a portion of every record sold to a newly established fund. Proceeds will support local farming efforts in a variety of ways, from supplying non-GMO organic seeds to community gardens, to assisting progressive agricultural entrepreneurs.

 
ayFoodRoutes executive director Tim Schiltzer is excited about the partnership and feels confident that Young continues to be the appropriate national figure for the organization's mission. "We are very fortunate to have the energy and commitment to our cause from someone as special as Adrienne," Schlitzer says. "FoodRoutes' mission is to revitalize local food systems all over the United States. We do this by working to connect family farms and local consumers together in a way that helps each other through our Buy Fresh Buy Local program. Adrienne's music is one way to introduce our mission both to farmers and the public. We could not ask for a better spokesperson who not only helps spread the word but also leads by example in her contributions to community based food systems."

 
In the fall, Young will unveil an inaugural sustainable living tour featuring eco-vendors, educational workshops on self-sufficient living practices, national live music acts as well as local artists and artisans representing the traditions specific to their region. One of Young's goals is to acquaint people with the resources available in their own backyards. "Our intention is for this tour to affirm the power inherent in tightly bound communities, by reinvigorating an awareness of and affection for local neighborhoods, cultures and economies."

ROKY ERICKSON TO MAKE OUTSIDE-AUSTIN APPEARANCE AT PONDEROSA

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Roky Erickson's biggest hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me," with his band the 13th Floor Elevators, only reached No. 56 on the national pop chart, yet the lyrics and music composed by this reclusive — and at times mysterious — musician still reverberate today. And this spring, Erickson will make a very rare foray outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas to play a concert-length set at the Sixth Annual Ponderosa Stomp, set for New Orleans' House of Blues on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 . Backing him will be The Explosives (Freddie Krc, Waller Collie and Cam King ) who played with Roky in the '80s.

Roky Erickson's biggest hit, "You're Gonna Miss Me," with his band the 13th Floor Elevators, only reached No. 56 on the national pop chart, yet the lyrics and music composed by this reclusive — and at times mysterious — musician still reverberate today. And this spring, Erickson will make a very rare foray outside of his hometown of Austin, Texas to play a concert-length set at the Sixth Annual Ponderosa Stomp, set for New Orleans' House of Blues on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 . Backing him will be The Explosives (Freddie Krc, Waller Collie and Cam King ) who played with Roky in the '80s.

At the Ponderosa Stomp, Roky Erickson will be surrounded by legendary performers, including master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue , soul songwriter supreme Dan Penn, rockabilly wild man Dale Hawkins, R&B soprano Little Jimmy Scott, Texas Tornado co-founder Augie Meyers, Stax sessions guitarist Skip Pitts, Gulf Coast guitar empress Barbara Lynn, Mardi Gras king Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Excello harp master Lazy Lester, keyboardist extraordinaire Willie Tee, President of soul Rockie Charles, hillbilly bopper Jay Chevalier, tough Texas shouter Roy Head, and rockabilly wailer Joe Clay, with more to come.

 
One of the first artists to refer to his music as "psychedelic," Roky Erickson eclipsed Sun Ra as a legal resident of Outer Space. Since charting that Top 100 hit in 1966, Roky has become famous, and infamous, for drug use and mental health issues.  These fits and stops have punctuated his career.  Still, Roky has managed to emerge from the murk time and time again, producing classics like "Two Headed Dog" and "Don't Slander Me."

Now, thanks to diligent work both on his part and that of his legal custodian, younger brother Sumner Erickson, Roky is back in full force, as witnessed by the lucky fans who attended the 2006 Austin Music Awards or Roky's Ice Cream Social during SXSW and got a taste of his revived energy and spirit.

 
 
Says Dr. Ike, executive director and founder of the Ponderosa Stomp, "Roky's appearance . . . is a truly special occasion. It is only the fourth gig he has played out of Austin since his stupendous comeback. It is his first gig in New Orleans in more than 20 years. It will truly be a night to walk with the zombies under starry eyes."

 
Born Roger Kynard Erickson in 1947, Roky Erickson has exerted influence on such diverse artists as ZZ Top, Television, Zakary Thaks, R.E.M., Jesus & Mary Chain, the Butthole Surfers, the Cramps, Radio Birdman, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, Mike Watt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the White Stripes, Witchcraft and Primal Scream. Roky began playing guitar with The Spades when he was 12 years old — and it is with them that he first recorded "You're Gonna Miss Me," of which only 100-200 copies were minted. That rare slab of wax is the Holy Grail among collectors of garage rock records.

 
The Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators were formed in 1965 by electric-jug player Tommy Hall, who wanted to set his LSD-inspired lyrics to outer-space sounds. He recruited a rhythm section, but the missing piece was Roky. When the band recorded "You're Gonna Miss Me" for the Contact label, Lelan Rogers of International Artists caught wind and picked up the record. It charted No. 56 on the Billboard pop singles chart, and spawned an album, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, prompting the group to leave Austin and play the Fillmore and Avalon in San Francisco, and appear on TV's American Bandstand and Where the Action Is. When asked by Dick Clark who was the head of the band, Roky replied, "We're all heads."

 
A second long-player, 1967's Easter Everywhere, was widely regarded as the watershed psychedelic album. Says Dr. Ike, " it's truly a record for Martians fueled by LSD-coated sugar cubes." However, love of marijuana and LSD were not just the stuff of lyrics — police constantly harassed the band, and the Elevators were busted twice. Roky pleaded insanity to avoid a ten-year jail sentence for one joint. He found himself sentenced for five years to Rusk State Hospital, a mental institution. While at Rusk, he wrote more than 100 songs, and after his 1972 release, he attempted to reform the 13th Floor Elevators. However, a feud between Erickson and Hall stalled the Elevators on the ground floor.

 
Roky soon formed a new band, Blieb Alien ("blieb" being an anagram of bible and the German word for "remain") which was heavier in sound, with lyrics more steeped in sci-fi imagery. From a 15-song session produced by Creedence Clearwater Revival member Stu Cook came such nuggets as "Creature With The Atom Brain" and the extraordinary "Two Headed Dog." An original version of the song had been produced by Doug Sahm. During this episode of his career, Roky also declared that he was a space alien and not a human being. A combination of encroaching mental illness and unscrupulous managers sidelined him once again.

 
Emerging briefly in 1986 to record the critically acclaimed Don't Slander Me album for Pink Dust Records, Roky seemed closer to success than ever, but again, his demons would haunt him. In 1990, then-Warner Bros. Records executive and native Texan Bill Bentley organized a tribute album to Roky titled When The Pyramid Meets The Eye , featuring ZZ Top, Bongwater, R.E.M. Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream and Doug Sahm.

 
His appearance at the 1993 Austin Music Awards was hotly anticipated though ultimately disappointing — Roky seemed distracted. Yet 13 years later, in March 2006, Roky played the Austin Music Awards once again — this time an incredible six song set that brought the house down. He played about 10 shows later that year, including the Intonation Music Festival in Chicago, which was his first out-of-town gig in more than two decades. Once Little Steven featured him on his "Underground Garage" Halloween special broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio, the world had good reason to suspect that Roky is back for good — all of which brings us to the Ponderosa Stomp, the world's premiere roots romp festival, which has always reserved a space for psychedelic and garage rock pioneers among its celebration of true and unique American music.

 
Since its inception in 2000, the Ponderosa Stomp has featured killer performances by world-renowned garage veterans the Fabulous Wailers and Ventures guitarist Nokie Edwards, mind-slaying reunions of Gulf Coast-based garage rock groups like the Bad Roads and Zakary Thaks, and appearances by head pharaoh Sam the Sham , Midwest rockers the Alarm Clocks, and more. In 2004, Dr. Ike presented the two-night Tryin' To Mess My Mind garage and R&B festival, which included performances from ? and the Mysterians, Sky Saxon and the New Seeds, the Better Half Dozen, and New Orleans cult favorites Dr. Spec's Optical Illusion.

 
 
Ticket information for the 2007 Ponderosa Stomp, which will feature a very special performance from Roky Erickson and The Explosives, may be gleaned at http://www.ponderosastomp.com. Tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster on Thursday, February 15.

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STAX RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP TO ISSUE STAX 50

Deluxe 2-CD set, out March 13, 2007- for the Grateful Web

The 50th anniversary of the legendary soul label Stax Records will kick off with the release of a deluxe edition 50-song, 2-CD box set titled Stax 50: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. The most comprehensive Stax hits collection ever — featuring for the first time all major Stax hit singles — Stax 50 will formally inaugurate Concord Music's re-launch of Stax. The set is packaged in a hardcover box with lenticular cover art of the famous snapping finger logo. Street date is set for March 13, 2007.

Last month, Concord Music Group announced a year of activity that will include deluxe reissues, special events and the reactivation of the legendary label with a slate of new artist signings.

Stax 50 features hits from the Memphis label's heyday of the 1960s and '70s, including the many legendary artists who jointly created the "Stax sound," among them Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, The Dramatics, Little Milton, The Mar-Keys, Mel & Tim, Jean Knight, and The Emotions.

 
Stax Records holds a critical place in American music history as one of the most popular soul music record labels of all time — second only to Motown in sales and influence, but first in gritty, raw, Southern-steeped soul music. Stax placed more than 167 hit songs in Billboard's Hot 100 pop charts as well as a staggering 243 hits on the R&B charts. In addition to the "core" artists who appear on Stax 50, the label was also home to recordings by Albert King, Big Star, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Moms Mabley and even the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

 
As noted in Stax historian Rob Bowman's extensive liner notes for the box, "The story of Stax Records is about as improbable and unforeseeable as any tale could possibly be." The label was launched in Memphis by a white country fiddler named Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton. The name came from combining the first two letters of each of their last names. Originally known as Satellite Records, with a roster that spanned pop to blues to rockabilly, the label's 1960 name change to Stax cemented the label's commitment to R&B and soul, commencing with Rufus & Carla Thomas' "'Cause I Love You." Within a short time, Stax, based in a former movie theater on Memphis' McLemore Avenue, grew into a self-contained indie powerhouse with its own studio, A&R staff, writers, producers and house band.

 
Concord Music Group, which acquired the legendary Memphis label as part of its purchase of Fantasy Records in 2004, will also honor Stax's 50th year by releasing definitive collections, rare performances, unreleased tracks and more from the Memphis R&B imprint in deluxe new packages. Plans for digital releases, remixes and other projects are also in the works; the anniversary year's releases are slated to include more than 20 CDs and DVDs.

 
In addition, Concord Music Group will reactivate Stax this year as a dynamic new force in contemporary R&B music committed to the power and legacy of their forbearers. The first new Stax signings are Isaac Hayes and Angie Stone.

 
TRACK LIST

DISC ONE

1.  CARLA THOMAS – "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)"
2.  THE MAR-KEYS – "Last Night"
3.  WILLIAM BELL – "You Don't Miss Your Water"         
4.  BOOKER T. & THE MGs – "Green Onions"                  
5.  RUFUS THOMAS – "Walking the Dog"         
6.  OTIS REDDING – "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)"
7.  THE ASTORS – "Candy"
8.  OTIS REDDING – "Respect"
9.  SAM & DAVE – "You Don't Know Like I Know"
10. THE MAD LADS – "I Want Someone"
11. SAM & DAVE – "Hold On I'm Comin'"
12. CARLA THOMAS – "Let Me Be Good To You"         
13. MABLE JOHN – "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)"
14. EDDIE FLOYD – "Knock on Wood"         
15. CARLA THOMAS – "B-A-B-Y"
16. OTIS & CARLA – "Tramp"         
17. THE BAR-KEYS – "Soul Finger"
18. ALBERT KING – "Born Under a Bad Sign"
19. SAM & DAVE – "Soul Man"
20. OTIS REDDING – "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay"
21. OLLIE & THE NIGHTINGALES – "I Got a Sure Thing"
22. BOOKER T. & THE MGs – "Soul Limbo"
23. EDDIE FLOYD – "I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)"
24. LINDA LYNDELL – "What a Man"
25. WILLIAM BELL & JUDY CLAY – "Private Number"
26. JOHNNIE TAYLOR – "Who's Making Love"
27. WILLIAM BELL – "I Forgot To Be Your Lover"
28. CARLA THOMAS – "I Like What You're Doing (To Me)"
 
DISC TWO

1.  BOOKER T. & THE MGS – "Time Is Tight"
2.  THE EMOTIONS – "So I Can Love You"
3.  ISAAC HAYES – "Walk on By"
4.  RUFUS THOMAS – "Do the Funky Chicken"
5.  JOHNNIE TAYLOR – "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone"
6.  JEAN KNIGHT – "Mr. Big Stuff"
7.  ISAAC HAYES – "Never Can Say Goodbye"
8.  THE DRAMATICS – "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get"
9.  THE STAPLE SINGERS  – "Respect Yourself"
10. ISAAC HAYES – "Theme From Shaft"
11. THE BAR-KAYS – "Son of Shaft"
12. LITTLE MILTON – "That's What Love Will Make You Do"
13. FREDERICK KNIGHT – "I've Been Lonely for So Long"
14. SOUL CHILDREN – "Hearsay"
15. THE DRAMATICS – "In the Rain"
16. THE STAPLE SINGERS – "I'll Take You There"
17. MEL & TIM STARTING – "All Over Again"
18. THE TEMPREES – "Dedicated to the One I Love"
19. THE STAPLE SINGERS – "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)"         
20. JOHNNIE TAYLOR – "Cheaper To Keep Her"
21. SOUL CHILDREN – "I'll Be the Other Woman"
22. SHIRLEY BROWN – "Woman to Woman"

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KELLER'S NEW STUDIO ALBUM, DREAM, STREETS FEBRUARY 6

When singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams scratched out a long and ambitious wish list of artists he'd like to collaborate with in the studio, he told himself "It can't hurt to dream." Today, with the release of his ninth studio album, Keller's dream comes true.

Keller Williams New Album 'Dream,' Coming Soon

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When singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams scratched out a long and ambitious wish list of artists he'd like to collaborate with in the studio, he told himself "It can't hurt to dream." Today, with the release of his ninth studio album, Keller's dream comes true. For the release the usually one-man-band is backed by a dream team of musicians including Béla Fleck, Bobby Read, Bob Weir, Charlie Hunter, Derrek Phillips, Fareed Haque, Fleming McWilliams, Jeff Sipe, John Molo, John Scofield, Martin Sexton, Michael Franti, Modereko, Samir Chatterjee, Sanjay Mishra, Steve Kimock, The String Cheese Incident, and Victor Wooten. dream features 16 tracks of unblemished material: a cataract of electrifying musical alliances, and endless entertainment thanks to Keller's rapturous innovations and his earthy, barefoot-in-the-park presentation. Look for dream to be released February 6. 2007 on SCI Fidelity Records.

Keller Williams is a one-man band for the digital age. Using innovative looping technology and innate musical genius, Keller's live solo performances pack more music on one stage than a full fledge rock ensemble might. His inspired live shows sell out from coast to coast.

The Keller's winter 2007 tour is as follows:
December 16 2006 9:30 Club Washington DC
December 26 2006 Fredericksburg Fair Grounds Fredericksburg VA SPCA Benefit Concert 
December 29 2006 Fillmore Denver CO w/ YMSB 
December 31 2006 Tweeter Center Camden NJ w/ TDB
January 11 2007 Galaxy Theatre San Juan Capsitrano CA 
January 12 2007 Henry Fonda Theater Los Angeles CA
January 13 2007 House of Blues San Diego CA 
January 24 2007 Midtown Ballroom Bend OR 
January 25 2007 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR 
January 26 2007 Roseland Ballrooom Portland OR 
January 27 2007 Showbox Seattle WA 
January 28 2007 Nightlight Bellingham WA
February 02 2007 Norva Norfolk VA one set with The Keels 
February 03 2007 Rams Head Live Baltimore MD 
February 16 Warfield Theatre San Francisco CA w/ Michael Franti and Spearhead
February 18 Montbleu Resort Showroom Lake Tahoe NV w/ Michael Franti and Spearhead

Then, in early spring, Keller returns to Europe for a run of headlining dates:
March 13 2007 King Tuts Glasgow UK
March 14 2007 Night and Day Manchester UK
March 15 2007 Lock 17 London UK
March 16 2007 Engine Rooms Brighton UK
March 17 2007 Handelsbeurs Gent BEL
March 18-20 2007 Jam in the Dam Amsterdam Neth w/ YMSB, DSO, Galactic 
March 22 2007 Roubaiux - La Cndition Lille FRA
March 23 2007 Point Emphemere Paris FRA

More dates to be announced. Visit www.kellerwilliams.net for updated information and details.

New Mimi Auction Is Now Over - Thanks To Everyone!

Bid on this Phish Simpsons t-shirt package!- for the Grateful Web

The Grateful Web is proud to power yet another Mimi Fishman Foundation auction.  There's all sorts of great items, including:  String Cheese Incident New Years tickets and backstages passes, autographed Allman Brothers Rock the Earth poster, Phish Simpsons t-shirt pack, Umphrey's McGee New Years VIP Package, Jack Johnson autographed Rock the Earth poster, Bonnie Raitt autographed Rock the Earth poster, & tons more!

Real Time Bidding Total for This Auction: $2,690.00 raised for charity. thanks to everyone who participated!

Jam in the Dam with Yonder, DSO, Keller, Galactic

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Dark Star Orchestra is pleased to be a part of:


Dark Star Orchestra Heads to Europe!

Join DSO, Galactic, Yonder Mountain, Keller Williams at
Jam in the Dam

An International Festival at THE MELKWEG
Amsterdam, Holland | March 18 - 20, 2007

Tickets available Tuesday 9/12 | View video clips from Jam in the Dam 2005 | Read the 2005 review on Jambase

DSO's first international voyage happens this coming March. Only 1500 tickets will be available and 2006 's event sold out four months before the festival happened. This festival WILL SELL OUT.
If you are interested, check out their site and secure your tickets sooner than later.
www.jaminthedam.com


Join Dark Star Orchestra
for a Musical Celebration & Benefit for the
Rex Foundation

A Black Tie-Dye Ball at
THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM
Denver, CO | Sat. Sept. 23 | 7:30 PM

2 Levels to Fly at the Rex Foundation Reception:
MILE HIGH & SUMMIT level tickets including
Open Bar Reception w/DSO, Dinner, & Concert - Silent Auction too!
Begins at 5:30 PM Advance tickets available now

DSO gives special thanks to:

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA - FALL/WINTER TOURDATES

NEW YEAR'S EVE PLANS JUST ANOUCNED
FOUR NIGHTS IN BOULDER 12/28 - 12/31!

Always be sure to visit the websites of DSO and the venues

Date Venue City, State
Fri 9/15 Laumeier Sculpture Park St. Louis, MO
Sat 9/16 Music Mill Indianapolis, IN
Sun 9/17 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Tue 9/19 Martyrs' Chicago, IL
Wed 9/20 Barrymore Theatre Madison, WI
Thu 9/21 Abe & Jake's Landing Lawrence, KS
Sat 9/23 The Fillmore Denver, CO
Mon 9/25 The Barcode Las Vegas, NV
Tue 9/26 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff, AZ
Thu 9/28 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
Fri 9/29 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
Sat 9/30 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Sun 10/1 Key Club W. Hollywood, CA
Tue 10/3 Galaxy Theater Santa Ana, CA
Thu 10/5 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, CA
Fri 10/6 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, CA
Sat 10/7 Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, CA
Sun 10/8 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
Wed 10/11 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Thu 10/12 Showbox Seattle, WA
Fri 10/13 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
Sat 10/14 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
Mon 10/16 Mazzotti's Arcata, CA
Wed 10/18 Crystal Bay Club Tahoe, NV
Thu 10/19 Mystic Theater Petaluma, CA
DSO FALL TOUR :: LEG 2
Fri 11/10 Revolution Hall Troy, NY
Sat 11/11 Revolution Hall Troy, NY
Sun 11/12 Lebanon Opera House Lebanon, NH
Thu 11/16 Colonial Theater Keene, NH
Fri 11/17 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
Sat 11/18 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
Tue 11/21 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
Wed 11/22 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
Fri 11/24 Nokia Theater New York, NY
Sat 11/25 Nokia Theater New York, NY
Sun 11/26 Mexicali Blues Teaneck, NJ
Mon 11/27 Mexicali Blues Teaneck, NJ
Fri 12/1 Nine Thirty Club Washington, D.C.
Sat 12/2 Nine Thirty Club Washington, D.C.
Mon 12/4 Starr Hill Music Hall Charlottesville, VA
Tue 12/5 Starr Hill Music Hall Charlottesville, VA
Fri 12/8 Lupo's Providence, RI
Sat 12/9 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
Mon 12/11 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
Tue 12/12 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
Wed 12/13 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
Fri 12/15 Worcester Palladium Worcester, MA
Sat 12/16 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
DSO NEW YEAR'S 2007:
Thu 12/28 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Fri 12/29 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Sat 12/30 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Sun 12/31 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Visit the Dark Star Orchestra website to confirm show dates & secure advance tickets

 
NEW YEAR'S EVE IN BOULDER!

DSO shacks up in Boulder, CO for four nights of steamy music inside the legendary Fox Theatre.

Secure tickets to DSO's historical 9th New Year's Eve adventure. It is a show not to miss!

Tickets will soon be available online.

Additionally, stay tuned for information on HOTEL DSO for four nights in Boulder!

Pick up a copy of the current issue of Relix Magazine as Dark Star Orchestra is featured within its pages! Richard Gehr interviews Rob Eaton for this feature article on tribute bands.

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Check out some streaming DSO songs, add DSO as a friend, put DSO in your 'Top Friends' and share the magic of DSO with your friends.

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