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Announcing the Donna Jean Godchaux Band w/ Jeff Matson

Donna Jean- for the Grateful Web

A band, like every living thing, needs to evolve. Donna Jean Godchaux and Jeff Mattson are pleased to announce that "Donna Jean and the Tricksters" has morphed into the – see above!

Donna Jean Godchaux – lead vocals

Jeff Mattson – lead guitar, vocals

David MacKay – bass, vocals

Clint Bailey – keyboards, vocals

Joe Chirco – drums

Rock and roll and lots more, delivered with Muscle Shoals-trained soul and inspiration. Fine original material plus a nod to Donna Jean's deep roots with lots of Grateful Dead songs, too.

All things pass, but the seeds that were silent burst into bloom. Look out – this flower will thrive.

The band will be stepping out in April with a full tour, and will be widely seen on the summer festival circuit.

Bios:

Donna Jean Godchaux

Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Donna Jean was a vocalist at both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame Studios, home of the legendary "Muscle Shoals Sound," on records like Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman," and Boz Scagg's eponymous first solo album. She moved to San Francisco, married Keith Godchaux, and spent the 1970s as a vocalist in the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band. After life with the Dead, she and Keith created the Heart of Gold Band with drummer Greg Anton and guitarist Steve Kimock.

Following various side trips, she resumed serious focus on her singing in the '90s, recording a new Heart of Gold Band album, At the Table, and singing with Phil & Friends and her own Donna Jean Band.

Jeff Mattson

Jeff came to prominence as the lead guitarist, primary vocalist, and leader of Long Island's legendary Grateful Dead-influenced jam band, the Zen Tricksters. Over the course of thirty years, his supple, elegant playing reflected a fusion of rock, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz and folk stylings, along with a healthy dose of psychedelia. His songwriting credits include the exquisitely mournful "Shelter" (co-written with Donna Jean), as well as "Travelin' Light," (co-written with Melissa Marston), "He Said/She Said," (with Donna Jean), and "A Prisoner Says His Piece," all for Donna Jean and the Tricksters. He also contributed "Leave Me Out of This" to Phil Lesh and Friends' There and Back Again. He played with Phil Lesh and Friends in 1999.

David MacKay

David hails from Marin County, California. As part of the emerging Bay Area music scene of the 70's, he was a founding member of the popular band the "Tasmanian Devils" and recorded and toured with Michael Nesmith, playing bass on the first Grammy-winning video, "Elephant Parts." He was a member of both the original and reformed "Heart of Gold Band." Most recently, he has played bass with the Muscle Shoals-based group "The Fiddleworms."

Clint Bailey

Is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a well-respected member of the Muscle Shoals music scene and the band the Fiddleworms.  He has played on occasion with "Donna Jean the Tricksters" and with Jason Isbell (Drive By Truckers).  He began on piano at the age of 15, and then found the Hammond B-3 and became permanently hooked.  He is a strong songwriter, touching the Southern wellsprings of rock, soul, gospel, blues, and New Orleans styles, and contributed the title track to the Fiddleworms' Volkswagen Catfish.

THE GABE DIXON BAND REACHES FOR THE STARS

Gabe Dixon with Anne Hathaway- for the Grateful Web

Following a very successful 2008, Fantasy recording artists The Gabe Dixon Band have begun the New Year with a bang. Their self-titled debut for Fantasy Records was released last August to glowing reviews as they barnstormed all over the United States making fans, famous and not so famous along the way.
 
The hard working, Nashville based trio, whose unforgettable, piano-driven songs has been compared to Elton John, Ben Folds and Jackson Browne, have been featured in many television shows including One Tree Hill and Privileged. In addition the band has performed on numerous late night shows including the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the KTLA Morning News and most recently Jimmy Kimmel Live where they met their latest fan, actress Anne Hathaway.

Mike Berkowitz & the Gene Krupa Band at Iridium for Gene's 100th Birthday

Gene Krupa- for the Grateful Web

Star drummer Gene Krupa and his Orchestra were the hottest of the hot stuff in the big band years. Fortunately Mike Berkowitz, an incredible drummer of today rescued the brilliant Krupa arrangements and put together a phenomenal aggregation of some of our New York Jazz world's swingingest musicians and Vocalist extraordinaire, Cassie Miller from L.A. Not just for nostalgia buffs and music historians, any real jazz lover has to be thrilled by the sounds made by this amazing 16-piece group.  Scott Barbarino has booked them into the Iridium, the premiere Jazz room (on West 51 Street and Broadway) on Tuesday, January 13, which coincides with what would have been Gene Krupa's 100th birthday.  The sets are at 8 pm and 10 pm.  This is a rare opportunity to recapture big band music at its most exciting.

Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway @ 51st Street
212-582-2121 for reservations
http://www.iridiumjazzclub.com

Vince Herman with The David Nelson Band in Hawaii!

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi) will be joining the David Nelson Band for their extended stay in Hawaii this January.  This is the 3rd year The David Nelson Band has made the trip to the islands and the fist year Vince will be joining in on their fun little island adventure.  The David Nelson Band includes Pete Sears, John Molo, Barry Sless, and Mookie Siegel.  The trip to the islands will start on Friday, January 16th in Pahoa, HI and then its off to Keauhou, HI on the 17th. On the 18th the band and Herman will be in Ocean View, HI followed by a private party in S. Kona on the 19th.  The private party will be an all day affair starting around noon and finishing up at 7 with a full day of sun, music and an island feast all right on the beach - admission includes food, beer, and wine.  After a short break to give everyone ample time to enjoy the big island everyone will be moving on to Maui to continue the festivities!  January 22nd in Kihei at Soundawg's Pool Party, the 23rd at Stella Blues also in Kihei and wrapping up the whole adventure on the 24th at Charley's in Paia, Maui.  For more information on the whole ride click here.  FESTIVAAAAALLLLLL!!!

Stryker/Slagle Band Monday Dec. 1st @ The Blue Note

Stryker/Slagle Band- for the Grateful Web

Here on their fourth release as co-leaders of a dynamic quartet, West Orange guitar ace Dave Stryker and NYC-based saxophonist Steve Slagle continue to mix the jazz tradition with the music's more forward-looking side. The results can be deep and bluesy one moment, more angular and abstract the next. As on Slagle's "Skee," a spunky, riff-built whose theme resolves warmly. Here, Slagle and guest tenorman Joe Lovano explore the tune's edges while Stryker comes in like a seasoned bluesman with his hearty remarks. The guitarist's title track is of a contemporary lyrical bent, as the leaders and bassist Jay Anderson wax song-like, modern-style, with drummer Victor Lewis creating colorful washes along with a stirring ride beat on his cymbals. Slagle's alluring "Six Four Teo" has a similar lyrical sense - with telling solos - but with a percolating 6/4 rhythm.

DAVE STRYKER guitar, STEVE SLAGLE alto and soprano sax, flute JAY ANDERSON bass, VICTOR LEWIS drums, SPECIAL GUEST JOE LOVANO

Stryker/Slagle Band 

Dave Stryker -guitar
Steve Slagle -sax
Jay Anderson - bass
Billy Hart -drums

Blue Note Jazz Club 
131 W. 3rd St
New York, NY 10012
212-475-8592

Gene Ween Band Tour Dates Announced + New Ween CD

Ween at the Cat''s Cradle- for the Grateful Web

Recorded live at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC 12/9/92, the CD comes with a bonus DVD which features clips from Ween's first tour of Holland, and also Stache's in Columbus, OH.  As Dean Ween says; "The whole thing is so brown that it's almost black.

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Upcoming Gene Ween Band Dates:

Wednesday Dec 10
Mexicali Blues 
1409 Queen Anne Rd,
Teaneck, NJ 07666
TIX: www.ticketweb.com/
doors at 6/show 9pm - 18+

Thursday Dec 11
Recher Theater
512 York Rd
Towson, MD 21204
TIX: ticketmaster.com and rechertheatre.com
doors at 8/show 9 - all ages

Friday Dec 12
Black Cat
1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009   
TIX: ticketmaster.com and
the Black Cat Box Office
doors at 8/show 9pm - all ages

Saturday Dec 13
Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave,
Asbury Park, NJ
TIX: Stone Pony box office, ticketmaster.com or livenation.com
doors at 8/show 9pm - all ages

Tuesday Dec 16
World Café Live
3025 Walnut St,
Phila. PA 19104
TIX: worldcafelive.com
doors at 7/show 8 - all ages

Wednesday Dec 17
Music Hall Williamsburg
66 North Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
TIX: ticketmaster.com and Mercury Lounge doors at 8/show 9pm - 18+

Thursday Dec 18
Highline Ballroom
431 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011
TIX: ticketweb.com
highlineballroom.com or at the Highline Ballroom Box Office
doors at 7

Gabe Dixon Band tour and new CD Streets 8/26

Photo by Henry Diltz- for the Grateful Web

To kick off the release of their eponymous Fantasy Records debut, the Gabe Dixon Band will tour clubs nationwide in September and October, including shows at New York's Bowery Ballroom, Philadelphia's Theatre of Living Arts, Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre, and San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. The band will share the stage with Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers September 10 –14, and with VH1 "You Oughta Know" buzz artist Justin Nozuka September 18–October 21.
 
The band will make their network television debut Labor Day week on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson." Even before the release of the album, the band is being lauded by a choir of fellow musicians: chart-topper Sara Bareilles says "Gabe's voice is flawless, and it delivers some of the most well-crafted, heart-felt, kick ass songs I've heard in a long time. He and the band are truly gifted, and we're lucky they decided to share those gifts with the world." Adds international sensation Jamie Cullum, "Seeing and hearing Gabe Dixon inspires me and upsets me. It inspires me because he plays superbly written songs, beautifully with a superb band. It upsets me because I fret that I may never be this good!" And Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dan Wilson comments, "I can't decide whether Gabe Dixon's secret weapon is his brilliance on the piano or his heart-melting voice. I guess I'll call it a tie. We fans have already witnessed this trio's blazing live performances — their self-titled album is the recorded proof. I'm guessing that Gabe won't be a secret for long after people hear these songs."
 
Gabe Dixon formed the band with bassist Winston Harrison and drummer Jano Rix when they were students at the University of Miami. Dixon has already been recognized as the "next great pop piano man" (Paste) by artists as varied as Alison Krauss, O.A.R. and Sir Paul McCartney, who have all tapped Dixon to play keyboards both live and in the studio.
 
The trio cut their debut CD live off the floor during ten days at Nashville's renowned Blackbird Studios with co-producer/engineer/mixer Neal Cappellino (Alison Krauss, Mindy Smith, Jonny Lang). The album embeds vividly detailed, intensely personal and universally relatable songs in elegant yet muscular settings that draw, unabashedly and expertly, on classic rock.

The Tennessean
, the newspaper in the band's hometown of Nashville, called it early when it stated in 2005 that Dixon "is a classic pop songwriter [who] deserves to join the ranks of Jackson Browne and early Elton John in the pop pantheon."

THE TOUR DATES:

Wed., Sept. 10  CARRBORO, NC   Cat's Cradle
Thurs. Sept. 11   ASHEVILLE, NC    The Orange Peel
Fri., Sept. 12   NASHVILLE, TN  The Belcourt Theater
Sat., Sept. 13  ATLANTA, GA  Smith's Olde Bar
Sun., Sept. 14   BIRMINGHAM, AL  WorkPlay Theater
Thurs., Sept. 18   BUFFALO, NY  The Town Ballroom
Fri., Sept. 19   BOSTON, MA   Paradise Rock Club
Sat., Sept. 20   NORTHHAMPTON, MA Pearl Street
Mon., Sept. 22   NEW YORK, NY  Bowery Ballroom
Wed., Sept. 24   STATE COLLEGE, PA  The State Theater
Thurs., Sept. 25  PITTSBURGH, PA  Rex Theatre
Sat., Sept. 27  TOWSON, MD  Recher Theatre
Sun., Sept. 28  PHILADELPHIA, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Tues., Sept. 30  CLEVELAND, OH  House of Blues Cambridge Room
Wed., Oct. 1  DETROIT, MI  Shelter
Thurs., Oct. 2  PLYMOUTH, WI  Turner Hall
Sat., Oct. 4  CHICAGO, IL  Martyr's
Sun., Oct. 5  MINNEAPOLIS, MN Varsity Theatre
Wed., Oct. 8  DENVER, CO  Bluebird Theater
Thurs., Oct. 9  MURRAY, UT Murray Theater
Sun., Oct. 12  SEATTLE, WA  Neumo's
Mon., Oct. 13  PORTLAND, OR  Berbati's Pan
Wed., Oct. 15  LOS ANGELES, CA  Roxy Theatre
Fri., Oct. 17  SCOTTSDALE, AZ  Martini Ranch
Sun., Oct. 19  POMONA, CA  The Glass House
Tues., Oct. 21  SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall

Gabe Dixon Band plan release and fall tour

photos by ericmichaelphotography.com- for the Grateful Web

Nashville piano rockers, The Gabe Dixon Band, have a busy few months ahead.  The trio just shot the video for their single "Till You're Gone" and will release their debut, self-titled album on August 26th.  The band is set to play select dates with Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers and then join soulful, singer/songwriter Justin Nozuka on a slew of tour dates throughout September and October.   Check out more info on their Myspace page to read what other musicians have been saying about the band and find out why Dixon turned down a spot to play on Paul McCartney's tour.

Date      Venue                                 Location

9/10       Cat's Cradle                          Carborro, North Carolina **

9/11       Orange Peel                         Asheville, North Carolina **

9/12       Belcourt Theatre                    Nashville, Tennessee **

9/13       Smith's Olde Bar                    Atlanta, Georgia **

9/14       Workplay                              Birmingham, Alabama **

9/18       Town Ballroom                      Buffalo, New York  *

9/19       Paradise Rock Club                Boston, Massachusetts *

9/22       Bowery Ballroom                   New York, New York *

9/24       State Theatre                        State College, Pennsylvania *

9/25       Rex Theatre                          Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania *

9/27       Recher                                  Towson, Maryland *

9/28       Theatre of the Living Arts       Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  *

9/30       Cambridge Room                   Cleveland, Ohio *

             @HOB Cleveland

10/2       Turner Hall                            Plymouth, Wisconsin *

10/4       Martyr's                                Chicago, Illinois *

10/5       Varsity Theater                      Minneapolis, Minnesota *

10/8       Bluebird Theater                    Denver, Colorado *

10/15     The Roxy                               West Hollywood, California *

10/19     The Glass House                     Pomona, California *

10/21     Great American Music Hall       San Francisco, California *

Photos and Video of the Emmitt Nershi Band Show in Boulder

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

The Grateful Web was on-hand at last night's Emmitt Nershi Band show at the Boulder Theater.   We have some pictures and videos clips from the show.  Thanks to the folks at the Theater for their warm hospitality.

 

Enjoy,

The Grateful Web

Keller Williams & Yonder Mountain String Band (6.28.08)

If you have never gone on tour with your favorite band into the southeastern corner of our fine nation, you are missing out. Patchwork skirts are replaced by sundresses. Patchouli and dope are replaced by Old Spice and cigarettes. And syncopated dancing with eyes closed is replaced by fists in the air and raucous sing-alongs.