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Town Mountain Releases 'Steady Operator' Today

Town Mountain release their third studio project Steady Operator today on Pinecastle Records. Produced by GRAMMY Award winner Mike Bub (formerly of the Del McCoury Band), the album was tracked live in the studio and features bluegrass originals written by band members Jesse Langlais and two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Songwriter Showcase selection Phil Barker. This is the first release on Pinecastle since it was purchased under new ownership.

Town Mountain brings a unique energy with their mix of original bluegrass material mixed with slow country crooning and a honky-tonk edge. Born out of the all night jam sessions and fertile picking scene of western North Carolina, Town Mountain has emerged as one of the premier young American bluegrass bands. With superb original material about topics ranging from love lost and heartache, to the weariness of a midnight drive across America's heartland, to environmental commentary on mountainside development, Town Mountain's music is sincere, honest, and heartfelt. They've played national festival stages like Merlefest (where the shared the stage with Jim Lauderdale during his bluegrass set this year), Rockygrass, and Pickathon. Full schedule of summer tour dates below.

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ON TOUR:

May 13-14 - Aiken Bluegrass Festival - Aiken, SC

May 21 - Birdfest - Panola, SC

May 29 - White Squirrel Festival - Brevard, NC

June 2 - Avogadro's Number - Fort Collins, CO

June 3 - Gold Hill Inn - Gold Hill, CO

June 4-5 - Pagosa Folk 'N Bluegrass Festival - Pagosa Springs, CO

June 8 - Music City Roots - Nashville, TN

June 9-10 - Festival of the Bluegrass - Lexington, KY

June 15 - The Mast Farm Inn - Banner Elk, NC

June 18 - Mo Daddys - Asheville, NC

June 30 - WDVX Blue Plate Special - Knoxville, TN

July 1- The Station Inn - Nashville, TN

July 2 - Music on the Square - Jonesborough, TN

July 7 - Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University - Wichita, KS

July 8 - Salida Cafe - Salida, CO

July 9 - Crested Butte Music Festival - Crested Butte, CO

July 13 - Bunning Park Concert Series - Rock Springs, WY

July 15 - Bluegrass on the Bay - Great Falls, MT

July 16 - The Summer Music Festival at Roseberry - McCall, ID

July 18 - St. Maries Council for the Arts Concert Series - St. Maries, ID

July 19-21 - McMenamin's Old St. Francis School - Bend, OR

July 22-23 - Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival - Stevenson, WA

July 28 - Top of the Rockies Ralley - Paonia, CO

July 29 - Oskar Blues - Lyons, CO

July 31 - Fiddles, Vittles, and Vino Festival - Colorado Springs, CO

August 11 - River Jam Concert Series - Charlotte, NC

September 16 - Downtown After 5 - Asheville, NC

September 22-23 - Jammin' at Hippie Jacks - Crawford, TN

October 8 - Blue Ridge Big Sky - Moravian Falls, NC

Tyler Ramsey: A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea

Tyler Ramsey's sophomore album A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea was re-released today, January 4th, 2011, via Brown Records/Fat Possum.

A well-established and praised figure in the burgeoning Asheville music scene, Ramsey - who joined Band Of Horses as guitarist in fall 2007 - wrote A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea while living in a log cabin in Swannanoa, NC, in late 2006-7. Recorded at Asheville's Echo Mountain Studios with the help of Bill Reynolds (also of Band Of Horses; who's worked with The Avett Brothers and Lissie) and Danny Kadar (My Morning Jacket, Band Of Horses, Grizzly Bear), the album is a collection of haunting and atmospheric songs that exude a markedly fluid, easy grace.

Ramsey's warm vocals and intricate finger-picked guitar playing lead the way throughout A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea, the expressive guitar lines often telling as much of a story as the lyrics. "A Long Dream" opens with a rolling and ruminative cadence, while the ethereal "Night Time" and the gorgeously languid "Once In Your Life" rise to gentle and varied crescendos. Other standout tracks include the bluesy waltz of "No One Goes Out," the elaborately layered instrumental "Birdwings," and the mesmerizing, strings-laced "When I Wake," each song reinforcing the album's fine, hypnotic brilliance. Championed by NPR (World Café - "Heartwarming, delicate, and comforting, Tyler Ramsey's music showcases a thoughtful approach to his craft."), Stereogum ('Artist To Watch'), WNYC's Soundcheck, and Popmatters, among others, A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea was originally released by Echo Mountain Records in 2008.

Ramsey is currently working on a follow-up album to be released later this year. He will also head overseas for a Band Of Horses tour at the end of the month that will run through February.

Track listing for A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea:


  1. A Long Dream
  2. Ships
  3. Night Time
  4. Once In Your Life
  5. Chinese New Year
  6. No One Goes Out
  7. Birdwings
  8. These Days
  9. When I Wake
  10. Iris
  11. Worried
  12. Please Stop Time
  13. Waves

Marco Benevento | U.S./Canada Fall Tour

Marco Benevento will tour the U.S. and Canada this Fall in support of his latest release, Between The Needles & Nightfall. The run begins with four nights in Canada and five nights in New England. The stretch includes a stop at the Massachusetts Museum Of Contemporary Art where Benevento will reprise his new score to the '60s cult film House Of Usher that he debuted in August at Celebrate Brooklyn. He'll also play two rare solo piano shows in Asbury Park and New York City. Benevento rejoins his band in November, heading to North Carolina and Virginia for three shows, including his first headline appearance in Asheville at The Grey Eagle. The tour wraps with five nights on the West Coast, returning to Doug Fir Lounge in Portland for the second time this year, as well as a Saturday night at The Independent in San Francisco.

The Brooklyn-based pianist and "sound sculptor" is coming off a busy summer that found him on the road with his own trio in addition to touring as a full-time member of Garage A Trois and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. Highlights included a solo piano set at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, a co-bill with The Books at Rhode Island School of Design and a hometown album release show at Bowery Ballroom in New York City. He is also featured on the new Manimal Vinyl release We Were So Turned On: A Tribute To David Bowie with his interpretation of "Art Decade."

Upcoming Marco Benevento tour dates are:

October 14 | Divan Orange | Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 15 | Elmdale House | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
October 16 | Casbah | Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
October 17 | El Mocambo | Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 20 | Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
October 21 | Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA
October 22 | Mass Moca | North Adams, MA (House Of Usher)
October 23 | Black Eyed Sallies | Hartford, CT
October 24 | Fairfield Theatre | Fairfield, CT
October 26 | Chico's House Of Jazz | Asbury Park, NJ (Solo Piano)
November 1 | City Winery | New York, NY (Solo Piano)
November 4 | The Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC
November 5 | Double Door Inn | Charlotte, NC
November 6 | Capital Ale House | Richmond, VA
November 30 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
December 1 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR
December 2 | The Depot at HSU | Arcata, CA
December 3 | Don Quixote's | Felton, CA
December 4 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA
December 5 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA

From Asheville to Africa, Why You Need to Hear Toubab Krewe

Even the most die hard jam band fan will at one point crave something new and unusual, a step away from the traditional structure of lead guitar solos dragging on for minutes.  This doesn't mean that a fan of such musical structure needs to subject themselves to standardized pop music; it simply suggests that the listener might need to search for music made with more unconventional instruments.  The answer you seek lies not in a far away land but with Asheville, North Carolina's own Toubab Krewe.

Inaugural Asheville Music Jamboree Announces Artists

Michael Franti - photo by P. Emma- for the Grateful Web

The inaugural Asheville Music Jamboree today announces the lineup for a music festival featuring more than thirty bands on two stages over three days June 1-3 at Deerfields Amphitheater. Located just outside of Asheville in Mills River, NC, the debut event features the musical talents of such noteworthy nationally-touring performers as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams & the WMD's, The Avett Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Acoustic Syndicate, Asheville's own Toubab Krewe along with dozens of additional acts.

Complementing its impressive headliners, the Asheville Music Jamboree also features appearances by Afromotive, The Booty Band, Barrel House Mamas, CX-1, Ménage, Jen & The Juice, Barefoot Manner, Ras Alan and The Lions, The Bridge, DJ Williams Projekt, Purple Schoolbus, Fifth House, Bombadil, Sol Driven Train, Artvandalay, Incognito Mosquito, Thacker Dairy Road, Possum Jenkins, The Lost Ridge Band and additional acts still to be added.

The climate, scenery and welcoming openness of the people of Asheville capture the hearts of poets, painters, princes and paupers alike.  Regardless of status or standing, people are drawn to the mountain community from across the nation, sharing their talents and ideas creating a cultural tapestry enormously rich in diversity and unrivaled beauty.

The Asheville Music Jamboree embraces that diversity and beauty inviting patrons from all walks of life to enjoy an eclectic mix of world-class musical entertainment while celebrating the unique sense of community among its intimate setting of rolling hills and bountiful apple orchards. Additionally, the event provides a wealth of interactive children's activities, varied cuisine alternatives, artistic crafts and wares, along with camping options in a subdued natural setting.

Music and dance devotees of all ages gather to make new friends and renew old relationships.  Children will laugh and sing and share and learn.  Couples will stroll by sparkling ponds as the festival's sounds and pageantry unfurl around them.  Families will tuck away their laptops and gaming systems to rediscover the simple pleasure of each other's company.

Everyone is invited to join the Jamboree and help create an event that mirrors the true attraction of Asheville: its picturesque scenery, unbridled talent, spirited discourse and limitless hospitality.

Gates open Friday, June 1 at 9 AM, and children 12 and under are free with paid parent admission. Tickets are available now via the festival website: www.amjam.net and are at the $95 level until April 8, the $110 level until May 15, and $125 at the gate. Tickets include primitive camping and vehicle camping is $35 in advance, $45 at the gate while RV camping is $75 in advance and $90 at the gate.