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Railroad Earth is Coming to Boulder - Sept 19 & 20

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Anticipation has been building for a new release and for the first time in 4 years, Railroad Earth found themselves back in the studio recording all new material.  It's definitely a home-grown project, much like the band itself.  Railroad Earth's new studio release, Amen Corner, was written and recorded at singer Todd Sheaffer's empty, 300 year-old house in New Jersey's rural countryside. What happened inside the building was the experience of a lifetime for the band's members, resulting in an early creative pinnacle of a gifted young band, and an album that is an instant Americana classic. Amen Corner is a collection of crisp and crafted roots, bluegrass, and acoustic sides that resonates in all the right places. The tunes breathe both on and between the notes. They hit you immediately, but then linger like a good buzz.  Amen Corner hit stores June 10, 2008 on SCI Fidelity Records.

Railroad Earth is currently on tour.  Current confirmed tour dates include:
August 13-14 YarmonyGrass Festival Copper Mountain CO
September 04 9:30 Club Washington DC
September 05 The Fillmore at the Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA
September 06 The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza New York NY
September 11 Traverse City Opera House Traverse City MI
September 12 House of Blues Chicago IL
September 13 Barrymore Theatre Madison WI
September 14 Miramar Theater Milwaukee WI
September 16 The Cabooze Minneapolis MN
September 17 The Englert Theater Iowa City IA
September 19-20 Fox Theater Boulder CO
September 22 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ
September 23 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
September 25 Roxy Theatre West Hollywood CA
September 26-27 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
October 18 Paradise Rock Club Boston MA

Hot Buttered Rum is Coming to Denver - Aug 14

HBR @ All Good Fest 2008 - photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast - from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" - winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, the guys of Hot Buttered Rum grew up on the trails, in the mountains, and on the slopes.  Their ties with nature have only grown and as a group, the band has dedicated much time and energy to reducing their carbon footprint and promoting alternative fuel sources.  As a heavily touring band, Hot Buttered Rum had to face the tough reality of how a national tour can affect the environment and counter it with a positive change.  In response, the band helped to promote the biofuel renaissance, touring the country on recycled vegetable oil and biodiesel as early as 2003.  Band members have participated in numerous Renewable Energy and Biofuel conferences, as well as sitting on discussion panels at such renowned music festivals as Bonnaroo and High Sierra.  Highlighted in the November/December 2005 issue of E: Environmental Magazine, Hot Buttered Rum is commended for trying to "leave an impact on its fans, and not solely on the road that passes beneath its bus tires as it travels from coast to coast".  For more information on Hot Buttered Rum and their greening efforts, visit the band's website, www.hotbutteredrum.net.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

July 16 Mountain Village Sunset Concert Series Mountain Village CO
July 19 McCall Summer Folk Festival Donley ID
July 22 Neurolux Boise ID
July 25 4 Peaks Music Festival Bend OR
July 26-27 Trinity Tribal Stomp Junction City CA
August 07 Black Oak Casino Tuolumne CA
August 08 Dead on the Creek Willits CA
August 13 Live from Mt. Crested Butte Crested Butte CO
August 14 Oriental Theatre Denver CO
August 17 Yarmony Grass Copper Mountain CO
September 07 Rancho Nicasio Nicasio CA
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 25 Domino Room Bend OR
September 26 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR
September 27 Triple Door Seattle WA Two Shows!
October 30-31 Las Tortugas at Evergreen Lodge Groveland CA
January 24 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Utica NY
February 20-21 Wintergrass Tacoma WA

More dates to be announced. 

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine

Coming Soon: An Evening With Hot Tuna!

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Few musicians living or dead have reached the sort of legendary status reached by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founding members and heart and soul of Hot Tuna.  And if they have, they probably don't look so good doing it (think Keith Richards).  Friends and collaborators for over 50 years now, including a little thing in the 60's known as The Jefferson Airplane, Jorma and Jack have built between them the sort of musical symbiosis that most relationships don't last long enough to attain.

Jorma and Jack played music together as children, with Jack on lead guitar and Jorma on rhythm.  Even after being separated by miles and circumstances early in adulthood, Jorma and Jack reunited to play together, each dabbling in new instruments and styles. Jack Casady started playing electric bass at a time when it was unpopular to do so, and Jorma Kaukonen honed his skills with elaborate finger-picking.  In the mid 60's they joined a band forming in San Francisco, and thus was born The Jefferson Airplane.  Jorma and Jack continued to work on their own side project, which became Hot Tuna sometime after their first album was recorded.  Known at one time in their careers for playing three to six hour sets, uninterrupted, Hot Tuna has had huge success as both a large, loud and electric act, and as an acoustic duo.  This side project has been going strong for more than 35 years.

On Thursday, May 8th, Hot Tuna will be stopping by the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, with shows in Apsen and Denver on the 9th and 10th.  These special acoustic and electric shows are not to be missed, and its only every so often that one gets to find one's self in the presence of living legends.  And it won't even cost an arm or a leg (think Keith Richards again)!  Regarded by many as some of the best guitar and bass players in existence, Jorma and Jack are certain to rock you until your ears hurt, but it might be one of the best hurts you'll ever have.

Oh, and it probably won't last six hours. Probably.

For more information and tour dates please visit: www.hottuna.com

Sam Holloway,

The Grateful Web

Big vote coming on clean energy bill. Make your voice heard.

Tell the auto industry to improve mpg- for the Grateful Web

An army of auto industry lobbyists is swarming over Capitol Hill.

Their mission? To strangle a clean energy bill in the cradle - before you and I can enjoy better gas mileage and more renewable energy.

Your senators and representative need to hear from constituents like you right now - BEFORE that bill hits the floor for the decisive vote.

Click here to send them email messages in support of clean energy now: http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/clean_energy

Even if you've already called Capitol Hill, please be sure to both of your senators and your representative an email message at this critical juncture.

Your messages from back home can do more to counter the auto lobbyists and deliver a clean energy future than any other single weapon we've got. 

It couldn't be easier to do. With one click on the website you can call on all three of your elected officials to support a clean energy bill ensuring that:

* New passenger vehicles get an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

* Utilities will produce 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

An energy bill with these two centerpiece provisions will cut America's oil dependence, make a down payment on reducing global warming pollution, and usher in a cleaner energy future.

Even if you've already called Capitol Hill, please be sure to send both of your senators and your representative an email message at this critical juncture. Click here: http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/clean_energy

We've waited two decades for Congress to pass legislation that could start breaking the chains of our enslavement to the automakers and Big Oil. We're unlikely to get a second chance for many years to come.

Please seize this one chance for a clean energy future. Make your voice heard on Capitol Hill today!

The Dead's 3 From the Vault Coming Soon...

Pre-Order THREE FROM THE VAULT Now- for the Grateful Web

A magnificent gem from the band's historic February '71, Port Chester, run that closes the loop on the seminal From The Vault series - the series that spawned all Grateful Dead vault releases. A glowing tribute to one of the band's most prolific chapters, abundant with classics, lovingly captured in stellar HDCD audio:

2/19/71, Capitol Theatre, Port Chester

Disc One:
Two Ditties
Truckin'
Loser
Cumberland Blues
It Hurts Me Too
Bertha
Playing in the Band
Dark Hollow
Smokestack Lightnin'
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Disc Two:
Greatest Story Ever Told
Johnny B. Goode
Bird Song
Easy Wind
Deal
Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>The Other One
Wharf Rat
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones

Exclusive Offer 
All customers that order Three From The Vault or the Vault Boxed Set in June will also receive a free copy of Dick's 'Dex , a complete, comprehensive, song and track index of Dick's Picks , Volumes 1-36. Amaze your friends, stump your rivals and spend countless joy filled hours with more than 50 full-color pages of figures, facts and fun.

Be sure to order before July 1 to get your copy!

Keller Williams New Album 'Dream,' Coming Soon

Keller Williams- for the Grateful Web

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.