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Newport Folk Festival Announces 2012 Lineup

The Newport Festivals Foundation has announced the lineup for the 2012 Newport Folk Festival set to take place July 28-29 once again at the picturesque Fort Adams State Park.

Tickets go on sale worldwide Thursday, March 1, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.

Polly Parsons and Gram Parsons Foundation Announce Launch of Gram Parsons Official Website

Thanks to the efforts of Gram's daughter, Polly Parsons via The Gram Parsons Foundation, supporters and fans now have an online destination for everything Gram Parsons; from music to photographs, from videos to social networking. Due to an overwhelming demand, The Gram Parsons Official Website was set up to honor Gram, often noted as the pioneer of "country rock,” as an iconic musical trailblazer.

Dawes Confirm Summer Support Slot With Alison Krauss

TO Records is excited to announce that Dawes has confirmed 17 dates supporting Alison Krauss & Union Station. Beginning July 27 in Danbury, CT, the dates run through August 27, and include stops at New York’s Beacon Theatre, the Fox in Atlanta and two shows at The Ryman in Nashville.

Dawes has already begun their touring in support of their highly anticipated second album, Nothing Is Wrong. Due out on June 7, 2011, Nothing Is Wrong is the follow-up to the band’s 2009 debut, North Hills (featuring their breakout anthem, “When My Time Comes”), an extraordinary record that was released quietly and soon became regarded among critics and fans across the country as a classic and must-own favorite. A collection of songs that expertly builds upon the template laid by North Hills, Nothing Is Wrong sees Dawes displaying strong growth and evolution while still manifesting their distinctive, unforgettable voice. The band is confirmed to perform the first single from the new album, “Time Spent in Los Angeles,” on The Late Show with David Letterman in late June.

ATO Records and Dawes will be launching a unique pre-order campaign that will allow fans to purchase the record in advance of release date and receive an immediate digital download of an exclusive three-song promotional EP, entitled Suitcase, featuring “Time Spent In Los Angeles,” and two B-sides from the album sessions, “All My Failures” and “Strangers Getting Stranger.”

In addition, all pre-orders will automatically be entered-to-win a super deluxe grand prize suitcase loaded with the following items:

-Vintage 3’ x 2’ suitcase
-Double Gatefold packaging including photo collage and lyric insert
-CD version of album (sleeve without artwork)
-CD version of ‘Suitcase’ EP (sleeve with full-color artwork)
-Series of 5 (5x7) black and white lithograph prints in commemorative brown paper jacket sleeve with band logo
-12x12 black and white photo print autographed by Dawes
-Digital download of video series featuring interview, candid, recording, and live performance footage
-Digital delivery of 11-track album in its entirety on 6/7/11 in premium DRM-free 320 kbps MP3, Apple Lossless, or FLAC files
-Grado 225i Prestige Series headphones
-WILL Leather Goods Hopper Messenger Bag and Slim Billfold Wallet
-Leather notebook with lyrics signed by Taylor Goldsmith
-Black album artwork t-shirt
Fans can also pre-order Nothing Is Wrong online via the band’s website in the following formats; Deluxe LP (limited edition), Double LP, CD, and Digital. All bundles come with the "Suitcase EP" and the option to add a t-shirt. More details here.
Fans can also pre-order ‘Nothing Is Wrong’ at the band’s upcoming May performances where they will receive a physical CD copy of the Suitcase EP that includes a download card to receive the album in its entirety with digital liner notes on street date. The band will be performing special in-store appearances prior to release date at select retailers in tour markets. For a complete list, visit the band’s website.
In support of the pre-order campaign, the band will release a series of weekly videos online featuring interviews, candid, recording, and live performance footage. The first webisode premiered at Daytrotter, and the second on Paste today. All of the videos will be made available for digital download as part of the Deluxe LP (Limited Edition) pre-order offering. Visit the band’s website for more information.
TOUR DATES
May 11 - Tampa, FL - State Theatre
May 12 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
May 13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 14 - Birmingham, AL - Secret Stages Festival (2pm -note 2 shows on 5/14)
May 14 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
May 15 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 17 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
May 18 - Carborro, NC - Cat's Cradle
May 19 - Athens, GA - Melting Point
May 20 - Chattanooga, TN - Nightfall Series (free show)
May 23 - New Haven, CT - Toad's
May 24 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
May 25 - Northampton, MA - The Iron Horse
May 26 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
May 27 - Montreal, QC - Le National
May 28 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
May 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
June 1 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
June 2 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
June 3 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
June 5 - Hunter Mountain, NY - Mountain Jam
June 6 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
June 7 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Ampitheatre
June 8 - Columbus, OH - LC Ampitheatre
June 9 - Pittsburgh, PA -Stage AE
June 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center
June 11 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
June 13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
June 14 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
June 15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
June 16 - Bend, OR - Athletic Club of Bend
June 17 - Chico, CA -   El Rey Theatre
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
June 20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
June 21 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
June 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
June 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Silverton Casino
June 24 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
June 25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
July 2 - Emeryville, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
July 7 - Winnipeg, MB  - Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 8 - Winnipeg, MB  - Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 9 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Bluesfest
July 11 - Quebec City, QC - Quebec City Summer Festival
July 27 - Danbury, CT - Ives Concert Park
July 28 - Boston, MA - Wang Center
July 29 - Chautauqua, NY - Institution Ampitheatre
July 30 - Charlottesville, VA - Charlottesville Pavilion
August 2 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
August 5 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook Pavilion
August 6 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theatre
August 9 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest
August 11 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
August 12 - Asheville, NC - The Biltmore
August 13 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
August 14 - East Hampton, NY - Music To Know Festival
August 19 - St. Augustine, FL - Augustine Amphitheatre
August 20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - AuRene Theatre
August 21 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
August 26 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman
August 27 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman

Dawes to Release Nothing is Wrong June 7th

ATO Records is proud to announce the release of Nothing Is Wrong, the highly anticipated second album by critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based, Dawes, on June 7, 2011.  Nothing Is Wrong is the follow-up to the band’s 2009 debut, North Hills (featuring their breakout anthem, “When My Time Comes”), an extraordinary record that was released quietly and soon became regarded among critics and fans across the country as a classic and must-own favorite. A collection of songs that expertly builds upon the template laid by North Hills, Nothing Is Wrong sees Dawes displaying strong growth and evolution while still manifesting their distinctive, unforgettable voice.
A self-described “American rock ‘n’ roll band,” Dawes represent everything pure and true about that fundamental delineation, four talented friends making music together, fueled by a shared belief in the power of their songs. With Nothing Is Wrong, singer/guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, his brother Griffin on drums, keyboardist Tay Strathairn, and bassist Wylie Gelber – continue to master their blend of singer/songwriter reflection with folk, country, and AOR-inspired arrangements, all ringing guitars, soaring harmonies, and heartfelt melodies.
“We didn’t change up our approach too much and yet we were able to create something that I feel has a new identity from our first record,” Goldsmith says. “It’s definitely taking a step in a direction and at the same time, it’s maintaining what it needs to maintain.”
In 2009, Dawes emerged from the ashes of California combo Simon Dawes with North Hills, which drew instant acclaim for its rootsy revitalization of classic El Lay rock. And like any American rock ‘n’ roll band worth its salt, Dawes followed up by touring nearly non-stop. As a result, Goldsmith was only able to write during rare free moments, in the course of brief visits home or while crashing at a friend’s for a few days.
Goldsmith took a brief break from the band to record with friends and tour-mates John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit as the collaborative supergroup Middle Brother, and in September 2010, Dawes reunited with producer Wilson at his new Echo Park studio. As with North Hills, Dawes opted to record Nothing Is Wrong live to 2” analog tape. Far from just an exercise in nostalgic authenticity, the band sees the more traditional technique as a way of focusing their energies and affirming their dedication to the creative process.
“If you’re writing on a typewriter,” Goldsmith says, “you have to commit to whatever you’re writing. Typewriters don’t make it easy for you to go back and rethink things. Same thing with recording analog. We don’t do it because that’s what the people we admire did. We do it because it demands something out of us. It doesn’t allow us to show up lazy or not on our game. We cut every track knowing that this stuff isn’t easy to edit.”
Along with critical approbation and an ever-growing fan following, Dawes has earned admiration from many of their greatest heroes. Benmont Tench of The Heartbreakers joined the band on organ on both North Hills and Nothing Is Wrong, while the new album’s “Fire Away” sees guest vocals from Jackson Browne, who has since invited the band to both support and back him on a European tour.  In addition, after Goldsmith contributed vocals to Robbie Robertson’s star-studded new How To Become Clairvoyant, the legendary guitarist/songwriter asked Dawes to serve as his backing combo for a number of promotional performances, sensing in them the character of a true band, a tight knit unit who know how to work together and instinctively play off each other’s individual gifts.
Nothing Is Wrong captures both Dawes’ studio and stage approaches, matching the loose extemporaneity and crunchy dynamism of the band’s live sets with finely honed arrangements and deft musicianship. Beginning next week, ATO Records and Dawes will release a series of weekly videos online featuring interview, candid, recording, and live performance footage leading up to release date on June, 7. Visit the band’s website for more information.
Check out Grateful Web reviews of both Middle Brother and Dawes.
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The tracklisting for Nothing Is Wrong:
1. Time Spent in Los Angeles
2.  If I Wanted Someone
3.  My Way Back Home
4. Coming Back to a Man
5. So Well
6. How Far We’ve Come
7. Fire Away
8. Moon in the Water
9. Million Dollar Bill
10. The You Laugh
11. A Little Bit of Everything
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TOUR DATES
May 5 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
May 6 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
May 7 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
May 9 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theater
May 10 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
May 11 - Tampa, FL - State Theatre
May 12 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
May 13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 14 - Birmingham, AL - Secret Stages Festival (2pm -note 2 shows on 5/14)
May 14 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
May 15 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 17 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
May 18 - Carborro, NC - Cat's Cradle
May 19 - Athens, GA - Melting Point
May 20 - Chattanooga, TN - Nightfall Series (free show)
May 23 - New Haven, CT - Toad's
May 24 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
May 25 - Northampton, MA - The Iron Horse
May 26 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
May 27 - Montreal, QC - Le National
May 28 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
May 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
June 1 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
June 2 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
June 3 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
June 5 - Hunter Mountain, NY - Mountain Jam
June 6 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
June 7 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Ampitheatre
June 8 - Columbus, OH - LC Ampitheatre
June 9 - Pittsburgh, PA -Stage AE
June 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center
June 11 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
June 13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
June 14 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
June 15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
June 16 - Bend, OR - Athletic Club of Bend
June 17 - Chico, CA -   El Rey Theatre
June 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
June 20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
June 21 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
June 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
June 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Silverton Casino
June 24 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
June 25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
July 2 - Emeryville, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
July 7 - Winnipeg, MB  - Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 8 - Winnipeg, MB  - Winnipeg Folk Festival