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Girl Talk Rings In The New Year With Biggest House Party Of The Decade

To celebrate the end of the decade and New Year’s Eve, Girl Talk threw one of the largest and craziest house parties the world has seen last week in Chicago. As an incredible surprise to the entire 4500-capacity audience at the Congress Theater, Girl Talk literally had a two-story, five-room HOUSE built on stage, including drywall, staircase, fake wooden floor and impeccable detail! What took months and months to plan, 4+ solid days and 21+ crewmembers to build, was a huge undertaking and undeniably, impressive success appreciated by all.

Complete with a kitchen that included a refrigerator with a note and photo stuck on the door, dinner table with fruit bowl, blender and more, hutch filled with china and glassware, fireplace, couch, coffee table, rug, picture frames and more in the living room, a kid's room with a bed, desk, computer and mouse, pencil jar, trophy, Snoop Dogg poster, and a bathroom with a toilet, sink, shower and curtain, plus fake trees in the yard, and the table he uses to perform presented as a large rock, the detail and thought that went into each element was flawless. The lights constructed on the outside and inside of the house, including an LCD curtain surrounding the house to make it look like the night sky, and all over the venue, added to the insanity. When the house was first presented to the audience, all the lights that were on included a few lamps inside each room, however, as the night neared midnight, the house counted down from 9 to 0, and then once midnight hit, the house came alive as lights all over the house, inside and out, shown bright. This was the first of many secrets revealed throughout the show. Others include the kitchen floor which eventually lit up turning into a disco dance floor, the entire bathroom could strobe any color, the computer in the kid’s room had an LED light attached to it, and huge amounts of light came out of the fireplace. And that’s just inside the house! There were special lights strategically hidden all over the venue that were active and radiant throughout the night.

To match the extravagance of the house and excitement of the whole night, Girl Talk played his longest set in history! The energy was outstanding! All of these aspects combined to form a truly over-the-top, electrifying night and an especially invigorating way to kick off 2010!

The entire construction process building up to the show and the actual show itself was documented on multiple HD cameras. A short film about this is being put together by Girl Talk and crew. Announcements regarding the film will be released in the coming weeks.

Watch the house countdown to midnight here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L0IhZiuHa8&feature=youtube_gdata

New Riders of the Purple Sage benefit Show

The New Riders of the Purple Sage return to Landmark for a benefit performance with all proceeds going to The Sass Foundation for Medical Research on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 8 PM.

The New Riders, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years, the band toured and released more than 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass), and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). The current line-up includes original members David Nelson and Buddy Cage as well as Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna), Johnny Markowski (Stir Fried/JGB), and Ronnie Penque (Stir Fried/JGB/Ripple).

Black and Sparrow will be opening with an acoustic set for New Riders of the Purple Sage.  Klyph Black (Zen Trickters, Rumor Has It), John Sparrow (The Pulse, Rumor Has It) Black and Sparrow have opened for Dave Mason, Aztec Two Step, Taj Mahal, Doc Watson, Leon Russel and Foreigner. They toured Switzerland in 1995 having two hits there; "Love on the Radio" and "Coming Home Soon."
Tickets sell out quickly - they are $40 in advance, available only at www.ticketweb.com. These tickets are not on sale through Landmark's box office, but you can buy them online.

Railroad Earth: New Years and New Tunes

After a largely successful fall tour, Railroad Earth is wrapping up a momentous 2009 with performances on both coasts before heading to the studio for their forthcoming album. The six-piece Americana outfit is scheduled for a short east coast run before heading to the Pacific Northwest for a four-night New Years Eve Bash. A bittersweet tour, the New Years run will also mark the final show for stand-up bass player Johnny Grubb.

Known for well-crafted lyrics, outstanding musicianship and an un-matched dedication to their live performance, Railroad Earth is a musical anomaly. Not quite rock n’ roll and not quite Bluegrass; the band captures the flavor of American history by rolling intriguing narratives into traditional instrumentation. The end result is a rootsy, bouncy, sing-along that has fans clamoring for more.

Mixing an unlikely blend of instruments to make up their well-traveled sound, the project features Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and Johnny Grubb (Upright bass).


Railroad Earth’s most successful year to date, the band has graced the stages at some of the country’s most prestigious festivals including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury and the 10,000 Lakes Festival. And this past September, Railroad Earth performed for the first time at the legendary amphitheater, Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. In their relatively short tenure, the band has released five critically acclaimed albums and amassed an impressive national following with sold-out shows from coast-to-coast.

Their last collective tour of 2009, the New Years performance will mark the final show with long-time bass player and friend, Johnny Grubb, who recently resigned from the project. With numerous sell-out performances around the country, the final performances with Grubb are not to be missed. The band will be taking the first part of 2010 to focus on the creation and release of their sixth album before hitting the road again in the summer.

TOUR DATES:
12/10 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
12/11 Washington, DC - 9 30 Club
12/12 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
12/27 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
12/28 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
12/30 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
12/31 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
1/3 Fort Lauderdale, FL -Jam Cruise 8

The Whigs Announce New Album "In The Dark"

ATO Records and The Whigs are very excited to announce the release of the band’s new album, IN THE DARK. Set for a March 2, 2010 release, IN THE DARK is an explosive collection of intense and tuneful songs that have been developed through years of non-stop touring and two critically acclaimed albums – Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip and Mission Control. Both an accessible album and one that captures the band’s on-stage passion (something that has become synonymous with the band’s live show), IN THE DARK reveals another layer in the band’s songwriting and highlights what fans and critics have fallen in love with, including Jon Pareles of The New York Times who praised the band for their “two-chord guitar and drums furor worthy of The Who.”
Eager to give fans new music, the Athens, GA three piece is now offering 2 new songs – “In The Dark” and “Hundred / Million” - for free download. In addition, the band is currently on a North American headlining tour premiering new songs. Tour dates below.  From the driving guitars and crushing drums of “So Lonely” to the hypnotic and playful “Black Lotus,” from the reckless blitz and thuggish bass lines of “Someone’s Daughter,” to the anthemic “Kill Me Carolyne,” IN THE DARK is the work of a band moving forward creatively while remaining true to their roots.
Track-listing to be announced shortly.
TOUR DATES:
December 1 -  Emo’s -   Austin, Texas
December 2 -  The Loft -   Dallas, Texas
December 4 -  The Variety Playhouse -  Atlanta, Georgia
December 5 -  Rhythm & Brews -  Chattanooga, Tennessee
December 8 -  Visulite -  Charlotte, North Carolina
December 10  -  Black Cat -   Washington, DC, Washington DC
December 11 -  The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza -   New York, New York
December 12 -  North Star -   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 14 -  Local 506  -   Chapel Hill, North Carolina
December 15 -  Pour House -   Charleston, South Carolina

STS9 Releases New Album AD EXPLORATA Dec. 8th

Dubbed "one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around" by XLR8R Magazine, STS9 announces the release of their brand new studio effort, Ad Explorata (December 8, 2009 /1320 Records).

Ad Explorata – the band’s third release of 2009 (following their iTunes LIVE Exclusive NYE.ATL.08 / May 2009 and Peaceblaster : The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes / June 2009) and tenth in their full discography - finds STS9 once again exploring new musical terrain never before heard.

As the band explains, “Ad Explorata was inspired by the idea that there is always more to be discovered, manifested by the belief that you can always push towards the unknown and unexplored, and created by the will and desire for constant artistic evolution, expression and change.”

Visit http://sts9.com/?p=2011 to read the full “Genesis of Ad Explorata”.

Ad Explorata Track List:

01. Phoneme

02. Heavy

03. Looking Back On Earth

04. Oil & Water

05. Crypto City

06. EHM

07. ATLAS

08. Ad Explorata

09. Re:Stereo

10. Central

11. Lion

12. Echoes

“Phoneme” and “ATLAS” were both released as singles earlier this fall; both charted at iTunes Electronic charts.  The third single from Ad Explorata, “Oil and Water” was released today, December 1.

Live performance is the domain for which STS9 is well known for mastering. Consistently ranking in Pollstar’s Top 50 Pulse Chart for American touring acts, touring continues through 2009 and into the New Year.  The current list of STS9 tour dates is as follows:

December 29 June Swaner Gates Concert Hall Denver CO

December 30 Wells Fargo Theatre Denver CO

December 31 Wells Fargo Theatre Denver CO

January 2 Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale FL

January 3-8 Jam Cruise

February 11 House of Blues San Diego CA

February 12 Wiltern Theatre Los Angeles CA

February 13 Fox Theatre Oakland CA

February 14 Grand Sierra Ballroom Reno NV

February 18-19 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR

February 20-21 Showbox (Market) Seattle WA

February 22 Wilma Theatre Missoula MT

February 25 The Depot Salt Lake City UT

February 26 House of Blues Las Vegas NV

February 27 Marquee Theater Tempe AZ

February 28 Rialto Theatre Tucson AZ

March 3 George's Majestic Fayetteville AR

March 4 The Lyric Theatre Oxford MS

March 5 Cains Ballroom Tulsa OK

March 6 House of Blues Dallas TX

March 7 House of Blues New Orleans LA

March 10 The Music Farm Charleston SC

March 11 Amos' Southend Charlotte NC

March 12 The Norva Norfolk VA

March 13-14 9:30 Club Washington DC

March 17 Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh PA

March 18 Madison Theatre Covington KY

March 19-20 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Giving back to the communities they visit has always been a priority for STS9. For over a decade the band has rallied their community of fans around important causes, and to date has donated nearly $250,000.00 to a variety of causes including Rock Against Cancer, Make It Right Foundation, Yellow Ribbon Fund, Conscious Alliance, Global Education Fund, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Mariposa’s Art, Headcount, Samaritan House, and others.  For 2009, 100% of STS9’s charity work benefits the Make It Right Foundation, including the release of Peaceblaster: The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes in June of this year. The album - of which 100% of the profits go to benefit Make It Right - features 30 artists including Pretty Lights, The Glitch Mob, Count Bass D, Richard Devine, Eskmo, Alex B., Ronald Jenkees and many others remixing original material from STS9’s 2008 release Peaceblaster. The release is available at www.1320records.com and at iTunes.  Along with the sale of this release, and per ticket fees to shows that happened since the beginning of 2009 the band is happy to report they are nearing the $100,000 mark by the end of 2009 after less than a year of intention on this project.

1320 Records, STS9’s boutique digital record label, is STS9’s passion for music manifested, and has become the go-to digital delivery store for in-the-know music addicts in search of new listening, and for underground indie artists looking to be heard. Buzzed-about artist releases include STS9, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Calmer, Collective Efforts, Count Bass D, DubConscious, Eliot Lipp, Emancipator, Eskmo, FuzZ, The Glitch Mob, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Lowpro Lounge,  Nalepa, Pnuma Trio, Prefuse 73, Pretty Lights, Rena Jones, St Andrew, sub-ID, Telepath, The Flying Skulls, Two Fresh, Virtual Boy and more.

Download these releases and others at www.1320Records.com. And while you are there, notice the sites brand new audio sample player, higher quality 320 kps MP3's, lossless files and more. 

BoomBox Post-Phish and New Year’s Eve

Its no surprise BoomBox is taking the country by storm with their unique brand of house infused rock n’ roll. The duo brilliantly blends the sophistication of live guitar and poetry while soulfully delivering lyrics and boogie-ready samples for a one-of-a-kind live performance. Their dedication to provide an experimental dance party within their live show setting is second to none. With two New Year’s celebrations scheduled nearly 1,000 miles apart, this year is no exception.

BoomBox will be performing the post-Phish celebration on Dec. 29th in Miami before heading up to their home stomping grounds of Muscle Shoals, Alabama on New Year’s Eve --- their first performance in the area in over a year.

Comprised of multi-talented producer/musicians Zion “Rock” Godchaux and Russ Randolph, the BoomBox project manifested in 2004 during a six-month recording session. With an instant connection to a similar style of music it didn’t take long for the pair to hit the road with a combined vision that makes up their signature sound today. Together this collective skillfully weaves over four decades of music into one spontaneous live track, embracing everything from Motown, to 70’s era funk, to the roots of gritty rock n’ roll creating a truly unique dance ready sound.

Since their first national tour the duo has sold thousands of copies of their independent release, Visions of Backbeat, and has performed dozens of sold-out venues around the country. BoomBox’s new album, downriverelectric, will be released January 2010.

The perfect choice for a post-Phish celebration, BoomBox will take the dance party well in to the wee hours of the morning in Miami at the White Room, less than one mile from the American Airlines Arena. The party starts at 10 PM and everyone 18 and older can join the fun.

24 hours and almost 1,000 miles later, BoomBox will return to their hometown of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with a special New Year’s Eve celebration at the newly renovated Grand Shoals Theater. This special evening will not only mark their first area performance in over a year, it will pay tribute to all the local fans that helped launch the duo’s national career.

Tickets for both events are now on sale and more information can be found on the official BoomBox website at www.thisisboombox.com - Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets for both events in advance.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The White Room
1306 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 995-5050
Set: 10:00 PM | Tickets: $10
18+

Thursday, December 31, 2009
Shoals Theatre
123 Seminary St Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-1700
Set: 10:00 PM | Tickets: $15
All Ages

Marley's Ghost taps Cowboy Jack Clement for new CD, 'Ghost Town'

Marley’s Ghost, cited by Paste magazine as “(having) earned cult-band status over 20 years of spirited musicianship, multi-part harmonies and irreverent humor,” will return from a three-year absence from recording with a new album, Ghost Town, due out February 23, 2010 on Sage Arts Records. The new album was produced by Cowboy Jack Clement, in whose Nashville home studio it was recorded. The cover was painted by acclaimed American watercolorist William Matthews.

The album follows Marley’s Ghost’s 2006 album Spooked, which was produced by Van Dyke Parks and featured a cover by R. Crumb. Of Spooked, Clement remarked, “The band’s eighth full-length in 20 years glides with deadpan sincerity through sea chanteys, perverted mountain gospel, country-rock, vintage pre-WWII pop, Jazz Age vamps, Dylan, western campfire songs, and a rib-tickling salute to ‘the French Elvis,’ Johnny Hallyday. Brilliantly sung and played, Spooked is a heady, subversive treat.”

The latest development in the band’s recording career may prove to be the crucial link for Marley’s Ghost. Clement, the country music cornerstone whose career entwined with those of Jerry Lee Lewis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and so many others, is the beloved dean of Nashville producers, and the presence of Marley’s Ghost in his studio earned the band its first Music Row buzz.

“Working with Jack is standing in the front door looking out into the world with the whole house of rock ’n’ roll and country music behind you,” says Marley’s Ghost bassist and singer Dan Wheetman. “Jack is steeped in the Sun Records ideals of music. The technical side is important but takes a backseat to the ‘bang,’ the performance with heart and energy.”

“It’s easy to think of Jack as the guy who wrote hits for Cash at Sun Records and recorded Charley Pride in the ’70s, but you know, he has a platinum album with U2,” he adds, referring to a portion of Rattle and Hum that Clement oversaw.

“Marley’s Ghost is very experienced, versatile and best of all, open-minded, and a fun bunch of guys,” says Clement. “I prefer to play with a great band rather than a bunch of great session players. And they are a great band. They understand that we are all in the fun business and if we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our jobs. And they can play just about anything they want to. Even polkas. I ain’t got ’em to do one yet, but I will.”

After more than 20 years of making music together— recording nine albums and performing thousands of shows around the country — Marley’s Ghost remains one of the best-kept secrets in the music world, an untapped natural resource waiting to be discovered.

“Our criteria,” says the band’s guitarist, Mike Phelan, “has always been: bring it, let’s run it. It’s not about genre or style.” This is one band that knows all the songs from both The Harder They Come soundtrack and Ralph Stanley’s Cry From the Cross. Or as Paste puts it, "a decidedly unusual band, as capable of reanimating Appalachian folk songs as they are traditional Celtic fare, honky tonk and reggae.”

The most important ingredients in the Marley’s Ghost musical brew are the characters in the band. The five multi-instrumentalists boast distinctive musical personalities that couldn’t be less alike.

Dan Wheetman is a veteran of the ’60s Simi Valley, Calif. teen rock group the Humane Society, and, as a member of ’70s country-rockers Liberty, toured for years with John Denver and Steve Martin. Jon Wilcox, mandolinist and vocalist, used to trudge around the country as a solo artist. Mike Phelan, like Wheetman and Wilcox a prolific songwriter, can tear your heart out with a soul tune, put a romantic lilt into an Irish folk tune or blast molten lead guitar licks through the heart of a blues. Innovative pedal steel guitarist Ed Littlefield, Jr., spent years performing C&W in rugged roadhouses for loggers across the Pacific Northwest, and plays a fierce fiddle and bagpipes. And Jerry Fletcher, the band’s secret weapon and unofficial fifth Ghost, became “certified” in 2006, bringing his eclectic music skills (drums, keys, accordion and vocal arranging) to bear full-time.

Together they are a unique amalgam of their respective backgrounds, personal proclivities and musical abilities — a blend honed to a seamless collaboration over the many miles they have traveled together down the road.

“I call it ’bang,’” says Clement in summation. “It’s got bang. The band’s got some bang to it.”

Indie Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriter Collin Herring To Release New Album OCHO Today

Fort Worth-born singer-songwriter-guitarist Collin Herring will release today, Tuesday, November 17, his fourth distinctive album of originals that defy easy categorization, the sophisticated and haunting OCHO: eight songs with essences of rock, folk-rock and country in both the lyrics and instrumentation and subtle surprises in each.

Herring and band play a series of shows to introduce the album to longtime fans and new listeners, starting with an in-store performance at Austin’s Waterloo Records & Video on the day of release.

From the first track to the last — including “Young Ones,” “Seemed to Be,” “Little Aches” and “Nothing’s Wrong” — Herring engages audience attention with the twang of his vocals, the mix of contemporary and traditional in electric and steel guitars, lyrics that lament love with modern insight rather than tears, and wry twists that add texture and mystery.

“I wanted it to sound like I’m just sitting in my living room,” says Herring about OCHO. “I wanted something haunting and organic. It’s not country. It’s not rock ’n’ roll. It’s just Collin Herring. It’s music the way I wrote it.”

On the album with Herring, who moved to Austin a year ago, are Centro-matic’s Will Johnson (backup vocals, guitar), Monahans members Roberto Sanchez (percussion) and Britton Beisenherz (bass), and Keith Hanna (bass) — and, as he’s done on his son’s previous three records, Herring’s father, Ben Roi Herring, contributed pedal steel, keyboards and harmony vocals. It was tracked at Beisenherz’s Ramble Creek Studio in Austin and produced by Johnson.

Herring’s first three albums — AVOIDING THE CIRCUS (2002), THE OTHER SIDE OF KINDNESS (2005) and PAST LIFE CRASHING (2008) — earned awards and comparison to a number of other indie genre-benders including Alejandro Escovedo and Drive-By Truckers.

Upcoming shows include:

November 17, Waterloo Records & Video, Austin
November 26, The Moon Bar, Fort Worth
November 28, The Ghost Room, Austin
December 12, Jake’s Back Room, Lubbock
December 16, Mohawk, Austin

The Mother Hips announce new Fall 2009 & Winter 2010 dates

As the buzz around Pacific Dust, the brand new release from The Mother Hips, continues to build and the great reviews pour in, The Hips announce additional fall 2009 tour dates and their early 2010 winter tour schedule. The Bay Area psych-rockers continue to tour nationally behind Pacific Dust, their 11-song studio album, which reached # 82 on Billboards Heatseekers chart this week. After a recent return from the Northwest and a series of warm-up festival plays over the summer (including their own "Hipnic" Festival in Big Sur, CA) The Hips are excited to bring Pacific Dust and their "California-soul" to fans around North America.

The critically acclaimed Pacific Dust, the band's seventh studio album, was recorded at Mission Bells Studios in San Francisco with producer/engineer David Simon-Baker (Little Wings, Jackie Greene, Chris Velan, ALO).

The Mother Hips are on tour this fall/winter in support of Pacific Dust.  The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is as follows:

November 17-18 Joe's Pub @ The Public Theater New York NY
November 20-21 Schubas Chicago IL
December 4-5 Emo's Austin TX
December 18-19 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
December 31 Marilyn's On K Sacramento CA
January 3-8 Jam Cruise 8 Fort Lauderdale FL
January 28 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles CA
January 29-30 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz CA
February 12 State Room Salt Lake City UT
February 13 Star Bar Park City UT
February 26 SOhO Santa Barbara CA
February 27 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
March 10 Bud Light Street Beat Vail CO
March 11 Paradise Theater Paonia CO
March 12 Hi-Dive Denver CO
March 13 Ghost Ranch Steamboat Springs CO

Additional dates to be announced.

The Mother Hips have flown under the radar as true indie music pioneers for almost two decades.  With the release of their new album, California's unsung psych-pop heroes tell their story. Hailed by critics for their "rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop" (pitchfork.com) and for their unflinching ability to "sing it sweet and play it dirty" (New Yorker), on Pacific Dust The Hips' signature sound rings more genuine and relevant than ever before.


The Hips - led by co-founders Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals) - have been playing music for nearly 18 years, and in the process, have had the luxury of exploring and refining their craft. For the band's seventh full-length studio album, The Mother Hips have never been more primed to share their well-traveled tales - the long days and nights on the road, the gritty politics, the smart inward reflections and man, the music! - all delivered with a most appealing balance of Americana storytelling and their California-burnished rock.

The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker Announce New Years Shows

The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker today announce a very special New Year's run with indie rockers Band of Horses; two shows at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia on December 30 and 31.

Fresh off an epic European tour in support of their brand new studio album Burn It Down (released September 2009/Outta Sight Records), The Dynamites are living proof that soul music is here to stay.  With "deep grooved, superbad brashness" (Las Vegas City Life), Nashville's white-hot deep funk band are cooking up a "genuine soul revival" (Blurt Magazine) in even the most underground hipster circles.

The Dynamites will support Band of Horses for a scorching southern New Year's celebration.  Show details are as follows:

New Year's with Band of Horses and The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker
Wednesday, December 30 and Thursday, December 31 @ 9 PM
The Tabernacle

152 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta
All Ages Welcome

For tickets and information visit www.tabernacleatl.com or call (404) 659-9022

For their 2nd LP, The Dynamites and their soul-shouting frontman Charles Walker deliver a slate of tunes that arrives right on time. It's a new day, and Charles Walker and his band have something to say. It's the kind of story where you gotta tear it down to rebuild it, the greedy man ultimately gets his due, love rules the day and everybody gets down in the end.  It's a timeless tale, as relevant as ever, and Burn It Down tells it in a righteously funky fashion. Strike a match, light the fuse and Burn It Down.

The release of Burn It Down marks the highly anticipated follow-up to Charles Walker & The Dynamites' first LP, Kaboom.  As the New York Times hailed:


"New York City has the Dap-Kings, Nashville has the Dynamites, whose approach is about three quarters James Brown with touches of Memphis, Motown and New Orleans. [And] The Dynamites have found a singer to put them across: Charles Walker, who has been on the soul circuit since the 1960s. His voice rivals better-known headliners; he's an authoritative, gospel-steeped shouter and a dramatic ballad builder. It's old-school music that works up a genuine sweat."


Charles Walker
doesn't imitate, emulate or try to resuscitate a bygone nostalgic era.  He is soul, the real deal, still carrying the flaming torch of funk and soul lit back in the late 60's at the Apollo Theater where he opened up for icons like James Brown and Wilson Pickett.  What's more, the fresh songwriting approach of Bill Elder, a.k.a. Leo Black, continues to push the deep funk envelope, propelling Walker to sound equally at home singing a scorching hot, up-tempo rocker as he does on a heart wrenching 60's-style soul ballad.

An essential authenticity comes across in The Dynamites music and message. Without a doubt, Burn it Down acknowledges that not all is right in the world, but it doesn't get stuck there. Times might be rough and people might be grumbling about doomsday, but Charles Walker and The Dynamites are here to remind us that "it's a sunny day." Sure we could bitch and moan. But we could just as well get down to some funky assed grooves and burn that negativity down.

The Dynamites are: Charles Walker (vocals), Bill Elder, a.k.a. Leo Black (guitar), Chris West (saxophones and flute), Jon-Paul Frappier (trumpet), Charles Treadway and Tyrone Dickerson (organ), Chris Patterson (percussion), Derrek Phillips (drums), Jonathan Jackson (saxophone) and Rich Brinsfield (bass).