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Boris Garcia: Today We Sail

Dear Music Friend of mine:

As we all know, bands with genuine musicians have a life cycle. No matter their level of chops, they start as beginners with lots of energy and perhaps less of the subtle judgment skills that great musicians have -- the ability to listen to each other, the ability to know when not to play.

And if they don’t fall into the snares of ego and delusion, they grow. They listen more, both to other music and each other, and they hear more (two different things!), and they reach a higher level.

Boris Garcia is the band that just fell together, and now with Today We Sail, three CDs later, they’re playing at a place that’s ever richer, ever more creative. The simple acoustic feel of their first work has become much more varied: a case in point is “Walking Barefoot,” which begins with a hard-edged rock sound that becomes lovely mandolins and then almost sounds like a full orchestra – an effect they get from just a very few strings (Producer Tim Carbone’s fiddle and Bud Burroughs’ mandolin) – amazing. And Bob Stirner’s lyrics are getting deeper, more evocative: “I’m not indifferent much or maybe, surely, I’ll be on my way, I’ll be on my way/You can’t see Santa if you don’t believe, I’ll be on my way…”

Jeff Otto’s whimsicality maintains its strength here, with “Song Dog” and “Deaf Dumb and Blind” – “But why can’t I see, that love’s for fools and I’m a fool so love’s for me” – but the playing is truly impressive, with piano punctuations sliding against the pedal steel – very hip, very deft. In fact, Chip Desnoyers’ pedal steel (with mandolin in “Song Dog”) is all over Today We Sail, and it’s powerful stuff.

Boris’ songs range from the power rock chords of “Mighty High,” which comes across as almost Springsteenish to me, to “Long Black Hair,” which takes me to “Long Black Veil,” to “Good Home,” which is a sweet love song that opens into a grand psychedelic guitar jam. And lots more.

They’re all over the musical map, but in this case it’s a good thing.

My, how the kids have grown.

Press: D. McNally, dennismcnally@mac.com

Today We Sail is available from www.borisgarcia.com or www.amazon.com

Steve Kimock News: Happy Holidays, NYC, Jamcruise, Praang

A power packed line-up featuring Steve Kimock, Bill Kreutzmann (GD), George Porter Jr. (the Meters) and Nigel Hall (Lettuce) plays Sullivan Hall's Anniversary Party on Saturday night, 1/1/11. An early show at 8:30PM was added to the almost sold out post-Phish midnight show.

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NYE info: Kimock plays as a special guest with the 7 Walkers on NYE @ the Silo in Reading, PA. Also playing are New Riders of the Purple Sage.

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Last chance...there are only a handful of cabins left! Escape that winter weather and come join us!

Kimock's on the boat as a special guest artist; hosting the Jam Room, playing with Everyone Orchestra, RD, and more...! We are thrilled to sail on Jam Cruise 9 with so many great musicians & friends onboard this musical adventure. Setting sail from January 4-9, 2011 on the beautiful Italian ship MSC Poesia, Jamcruise leaves from from Ft Lauderdale's Port Everglades and with stops in Roatan, Honduras & Costa Maya, Mexico.

Don't miss out on this epic adventure at sea! Hope to have you on board so visit JamCruise.com to make a reservation and come onboard!

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With a unique blend of soaring guitar and electronica, Pranng plays its annual winter run in Denver, CO from Friday January 21 through Sunday January 23rd @ Quixote's True Blue. Praang is Kimock, Jamie Janover, Jason Hann (SCI, EOTO) and Michael Travis (SCI, EOTO).

Blues Cruise Sets Sail October 2007 & January 2008

Taj Mahal- for the Grateful Web

The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise is recognized as one of the top blues festivals on the planet. It is also the world's only chartered blues cruise.  In addition to their annual Caribbean cruise that sets sail from Florida each January, this year the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise offers their West Coast cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

The ship will hit the high seas on October 13, 2007 from San Diego, California, destined for the Mexican Riviera.  The five-star Holland America ms Oosterdam ship will sail for seven days, all the while hosting intimate and electrifying performances by the world's best rhythm and blues talent: over 70 live performances by 22 acts!  Cruisers have the option to temporarily get their feet back on the ground by indulging in the attractions and beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta , and Manzanillo.

Cruisers will bask to the perpetual rhythms of Blues Cruise "Captain" Taj Mahal & The International Rhythm Band, Elvin Bishop, Bobby Rush, Lowrider Band (Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, BB Dickerson & Harold Brown), Tommy Castro, Marcia Ball, Rod Piazza, Bernard Allison, Curtis Salgado, Janiva Magness, Eric Sardinas, John Lee Hooker, Jr, Sista Monica Parker, Doug MacLeod, Chico Banks, Eric Bibb, Earl Thomas, Eric Lindell, and Nathan James & Ben Hernandez.  Also on board are Piano Bar hosts Eden Brent and Leon Blue, plus invited special guests Ron Thompson, Lynwood Slim, Roy Gaines, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, and a host of unannounced surprise guests who will be onboard to share the excitement and join in Artist Spotlights and Jam Sessions.

Cruisers will witness many rare combinations of talent sharing the same stage and rub elbows with the stars by participating in artist workshops and autograph sessions.  Regular cruise headliner Taj Mahal exclaims, "It's a Blues Festival where everyone has a Backstage Pass!"

The testimonials are abundant: "Life-changing." "Magical." "The time of my life."

An ever growing family of dedicated fans are counting the days, hours, and minutes until the LRBC sets sail each year.  The cruise's menu of daily themes, contests, no-holds barred fun and sense of community are what really keep this ship afloat.

Letter from the Captain: http://www.bluescruise.com/experience.html
Artist & Cruiser Quotes: http://www.bluescruise.com/raves.html
Artist info page: http://www.bluescruise.com/mexicanriviera07.html

For more information visit www.BluesCruise.com or call 1-888-BLUESIN (258-3746).

JAM CRUISE 6 SETTING SAIL JANUARY 4-9, 2008

YMSB will play Jam Cruise- for the Grateful Web

Today, Jam Cruise 6 confirms trip dates and makes its line-up announcement.  This year's annual floating festival will leave Ft. Lauderdale on January 4, 2008 for a 5 day / 5 night music and travel adventure.  With over 20 bands and 2000 passengers aboard the MSC Lirica, the luxury cruise liner will make stops in Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.

So far, Jam Cruise 6 has confirmed accomplished guitarist Warren Haynes, conscious hip hop innovators Michael Franti & Spearhead, New Orleans funk legends funky METERS featuring Art Neville, George Porter, Russell Batiste & Ian Neville, progressive bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band, new-funk favorites Galactic, Grateful Dead re-creators Dark Star Orchestra, jazz organ trio Soulive, reggae architects Toots & the Maytals, soul sister Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler featuring Jon Fishman, Steve Kimock & Jeff Coffin,  high energy jammers Perpetual Groove, B-3 organ-fueled blues-rock quartet Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, electronic loungers Lotus, west coast Rockers New Monsoon, the West African skewed Toubab Krewe, the inspired Colorado outfit The Motet, the thumping soundscapes of DJ Harry, special guest Karl Denson, and many others still to be announced.

More cabins than ever have been pre-booked!  Jam Cruise 6 reservations open to the public on June 4, 2007 at  www.jamcruise.com.

Since its first journey in 2003, Jam Cruise has revolutionized the music festival experience by blending the community, spontaneity and good times of a music festival with the convenience, luxury, and adventure of cruise travel.  Jam Cruise's unique story has been featured in a diverse list of media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, HARP, Gourmet Magazine, Outside Magazine, Travel and Leisure, and many others.

Jam Cruise is presented by Cloud 9 Adventures: a partnership between Mark Brown, Josh Moore & Roger Naber.

Under Full Sail: It All Comes Together

- for the Grateful Web

Columbus, Ohio 's ekoostik hookah recently made its way to Atlanta's infamous Tree Sound Studios for a week of recording followed by a weekend of live recordings in front of 200 devoted fans. Hookah is developing their first studio record since 2002 and its first recording with singer/songwriter/guitarist John Mullins in over 10 years. The double-disc new release, Under Full Sail: It All Comes Together, (which will be available in January) features one CD of studio tracks, consisting of 3 new original songs along with 3 newly rerecorded songs that originally appear on hookah's 1991 debut Under Full Sail (which was recorded 4 weeks after the band formed and with the lead guitarist having a broken hand). A second disc will contain all live tracks from the Atlanta live sessions.

Fans can view clips of some of the highlights from the weekend's live shows here:

http://jamgrrl.livedigital.com/content/1203867

Additionally, all the members of ekoostik hookah participated in this first-ever videoed interview:

http://jamgrrl.livedigital.com/content/1203549

The disc is now available for preorder on MerchPurch.com (the sponsor and producer of this new release), where the first 300 discs ordered come autographed by the entire band, and copies can be secured here:

http://www.merchpurch.com/item.asp?PID=243

Ekoostik Hookah information, tourdates, and music is available at www.ekoostik.com