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NY Guitar Fest Announces 2 New Shows

The New York Guitar Festival today announces two additional performances in its 2010 offerings, both at Le Poisson Rouge. January 26 welcomes an evening of exquisite finger-style guitar featuring music by James Blackshaw, Max Ochs, Ben Hall, and Nick Jonah Davis, while February 2 serves up Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Skeleton$. Details are listed below.

The New York Guitar Festival launched its 10th event last week with a free opening night performance at World Financial Center’s Winter Garden by Slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. Among India’s most esteemed musicians, Bhattacharya lured the packed house with music both soulfully serene and frenetically ferocious. Catch a glimpse here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9cDctzwyJc . Next up for NYGF – this Thursday Merkin Hall hosts the first of four highly anticipated performances in the series Silent Films/Live Guitars.

No instrument has spoken in more voices to more people than the guitar, and over the past decade no festival has sought out the modulations in those voices and the range of the guitar’s cultural expressions than the New York Guitar Festival.

Following its success since 1999 (with rave reviews in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Jazz Times as well as sister festivals in Urbana, Illinois and Adelaide Australia), the New York Guitar Festival announces its tenth season of concert performances, January 8 though February 4, 2010.

The festival boasts over 30 exceptional guitarists of jazz, classical, rock, traditional, and avant garde styles. Participating venues include Merkin Concert Hall, The 92nd Street Y, The World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, Le Poisson Rouge and Barbes. Concerts range from an all-day Guitar Marathon interpreting the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, (featuring, among other internationally-famous musicians, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Paul O’Dette, Ana Vidovic, Eliot Fisk, Paul Galbraith and Nigel North) to the Hindustani slide guitar music of Debashish Bhattacharya.

The festival also has a history of commissioning remarkable original works, and the 2010 season breaks yet more new ground by presenting ten classic silent films (seven by Chaplin, one by Keaton and two by Harry Smith) accompanied by original scores performed live by a spectacularly rich and varied coterie of guitarists: Gyan Riley, Alex de Grassi, Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver), Steve Kimock, James Blackshaw, Marc Ribot, David Bromberg and the members of Chicha Libre.

The New York Guitar Festival, a not-for-profit arts organization, was founded in 1999 by musician and producer David Spelman, who serves as its Artistic Director. The Festival’s goal is to broaden the public’s appreciation for the guitar by fostering emerging talent, supporting innovative collaborations among outstanding artists, and commissioning new works. In addition to producing eclectic concerts and radio broadcasts, its Guitar Harvest series of recordings supports outreach programs in New York City public schools.

CONCERT SCHEDULE:

Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330 •
kaufman-center.org

Thursday, January 14, 8 p.m.

Silent Films/Live Guitars

Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant + The Kid

Music by David Bromberg and Marc Ribot
2008 Grammy nominee David Bromberg is known for his eclectic combination of blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, country, and rock. He’s recorded and performed with Reverend Gary Davis, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan and George Harrison among others and is presenting the premiere of newly commissioned music for Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 The Immigrant. Style-morphing icon Marc Ribot has lent his mercurial guitar sounds to collaborations including Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and John Zorn, and will improvise a score for Chaplin’s 1921 classic, The Kid.

Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330 •
kaufman-center.org

Thursday, January 21, 8 p.m.

Silent Films/Live Guitars

Charlie Chaplin’s One A.M. and Easy Street + Buster Keaton’s Cops

Music by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Steve Kimock
Bon Iver is the nom-de-guerre of musician Justin Vernon. His album For Emma, Forever Ago was a critical and commercial hit, making him one of the most talked-about indie artists of 2008. For his scores to One A.M. & Easy Street, he’s joined by Chris Rosenau, of Collection of Colonies of Bees, whom Justin calls his “guitar mentor.” Steve Kimock is best known as co-founder and guitarist for the San Francisco band Zero. He’s recorded and performed with Bruce Hornsby and members of the Grateful Dead—Jerry Garcia once hailed him as his favorite guitarist. He performs music for Buster Keaton’s Cops.

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker Street
Tickets and Information: (212) 505-FISH or
lepoissonrouge.com

Tuesday, January 26 @ 6:30 PM

The New Possibility

Music by James Blackshaw, Max Ochs, Ben Hall, and Nick Jonah Davis
An evening of exquisite solo finger-style guitar, assembled by New York City’s Tompkins Square label, a leading purveyor of acoustic guitar music. The Village Voice called the label’s three-volume ‘Imaginational Anthem’ series “the gold standard for guitar nerds.” Ben Hall and Nick Jonah Davis will be making their first-ever New York performances.

Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330 •
kaufman-center.org

Thursday, January 28, 8 p.m.

Silent Films/Live Guitars

Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms and The Fall of the House of Usher (directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber)

Music by Alex de Grassi + James Blackshaw
One of the top fingerstyle, steel-string guitarists, Grammy nominee Alex de Grassi is renowned for his impeccable technique and compelling compositions. He’s explored a variety of world music influences and drawn acclaim for his 14 recordings on Windham Hill and other labels. He presents his original score for Chaplin’s 1918 masterpiece Shoulder Arms. James Blackshaw is a London-based prodigy who’s released seven albums of mesmerizing 12-string compositions. His style is often described as “American primitive” and incorporates elements of Indian raga, improvisation, and psychedelia.

92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets and information: 212-415-5500 / www.92Y.org

Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., with a break at 5 p.m.

The Guitar Marathon: Bach

Music by Paul O’Dette, Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Eliot Fisk, Paul Galbraith, David Leisner, Nigel North, Gyan Riley, Benjamin Verdery, Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, and additional artists to be announced.
Our 5th biannual Guitar Marathon at the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufman Auditorium is co-curated by Paul O’Dette and the NYGF’s David Spelman. Some of today’s finest classical guitarists and lutenists will reveal the different facets of the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. The event runs from 2—10pm, with a break at 5pm. “An epic event” is how the The Wall Street Journal classified our first Marathon, and Jazz Times called it “a veritable guitar orgy.” Half and full-day tickets will be available in August. Presented in association with WNYC Radio and broadcast on 93.9 FM.

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleeker Street
Tickets and Information: (212) 505-FISH or
lepoissonrouge.com

Tuesday, February 2 @ 6:30 PM

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Skeleton$

Music by Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog: Marc Ribot (guitar), Shahzad Ismaily (bass, Moog, electronics), and Ches Smith (drums, electronics). Skeletons: also known as Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys and Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities.
Ceramic Dog is a post-everything band combining the energies of two masters of downtown New York City mayhem: guitarist/vocalist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Robert Plant, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello) and bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Will Oldham), with West Coast indie/experimental genius drummer Ches Smith. Ribot is a widely recognized original on the guitar, with influence across multiple genres of music, including rock, jazz, punk, Latin, soul, 80s No-Wave, avant-garde and noise. Opening the show will be Matt Mehlan’s revolving ensemble musical project Skeleton$.

Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330 •
kaufman-center.org

Thursday, February 4th, 8 p.m.

Silent Films/Live Guitars

Charlie Chaplin’s The Pilgrim and shorts by Harry Smith

Music by Chicha Libre + Gyan Riley
The Peruvian-influenced psychedelic pop of Chicha Libre mixes Colombian cumbia, dreamy surf guitar, and Andean melodies. They present their score to Chaplin’s 1923 The Pilgrim. Gyan Riley is an equally strong presence in the worlds of classical guitar and contemporary music. He’s performed throughout Europe and the U.S., both as a soloist and in ensembles with Zakir Hussain, the San Francisco Symphony, the Falla Guitar Trio, and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley.

Mr. Bojangles To Be Inducted Into Grammy Hall of Fame

The Recording Academy recently announced that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1970’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” (by Jerry Jeff Walker) will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for 2010.  The Hall Of Fame serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts. Selections are drawn from all categories of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Recording Academy has become renowned.


Jeff Hanna (of the NGDB) states, “We’re really proud to be so closely associated with a song that has now become an American standard.  God bless Jerry Jeff for writing such a beautiful tune.”  He goes on to say that “the band feels deeply honored to have this recording included in the historically significant catalog of material that makes up the Grammy Hall of Fame.”

The band recently returned from a Northeast run with stops at Levon Helm’s legendary “Ramble” as well as a performance on the Early Show’s Saturday Edition’s “2nd Cup Café” where they performed a track off of their new album Speed of Life and the storied “Mr. Bojangles”.

Tibet House US Announces 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall

Tibet House US will hold its 20th Annual Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Friday, February 26th. Philip Glass, the concert’s Artistic Director, once again brings together an original line-up of contemporary artists including Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell, Baaba Maal and Pierce Turner with more performers being confirmed soon. Tickets will go on sale December 24th, 2009.

For twenty years, the annual concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo offerings.  Past unforgettable concerts have featured such talents as David Bowie, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Moby, Sigur Ros, Bright Eyes, R.E.M., The National, Natalie Merchant, Rufus Wainwright, Vampire Weekend, Emmylou Harris, Live, Ray Davies and Damien Rice, among many others.

The Tibet House US Benefit Concert commemorates the Monlam Prayer Festival traditionally held at the time of the Tibetan New Year. The festival drew vast numbers of monks, citizens and pilgrims from all over the country who gathered to pray for world peace and prosperity. Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the behest of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that serves as a center for the preservation and presentation of the endangered Tibetan culture.

Carnegie Hall is located at 881 Seventh Avenue (at 57th Street). Concert tickets are $35 to $85 and can be purchased by calling Carnegie Charge at 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue). Tickets go on sale December 24th. Tickets to the concert and a fundraising reception with the event’s Honorary Chairpersons and artists (following the performance) are available through Tibet House US.  Please note: Concert only tickets are not available through Tibet House US. For more information or to reserve tickets for the concert and reception call Tibet House US Monday- Friday, 10 A.M.- 5 P.M. at 212.807.0563 or visit http://www.tibethouse.org/

About Tibet House US
Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to serve as a center for the preservation and presentation of endangered Tibetan culture. This annual fundraiser supports the work of Tibet House US. Each year a portion of the event proceeds are shared with other charitable organizations. This year’s recipients are the local Tibetan group, Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey, and others to be announced.

About the Performers
Philip Glass
Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.  In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, large and small; eight symphonies (with others already on the way); two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; soundtracks to films ranging from new scores for the stylized classics of Jean Cocteau to Errol Morris’s documentary about former defense secretary Robert McNamara; string quartets; a growing body of work for solo piano and organ. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He presents lectures, workshops, and solo keyboard performances around the world, and continues to appear regularly with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Baaba Maal Senegalese master-musician Baaba Maal has just released Television (Palm Pictures), the groundbreaking successor to 2001’s Missing You. Television is a collaboration primarily between Baaba Maal and singer Sabina Sciubba and keyboardist Didi Gutman, members of New York’s Brazilian Girls. The result is a disarmingly beautiful and diverse record that meshes two genres, generally unfamiliar to each other, to produce an eclectic and romantic sound. The enigmatically named title-track refers to a relatively recent phenomenon in Africa - ubiquitous TV screens. “The television set is like a stranger you didn’t ask for coming into your living-room,” explains Baaba. “You don’t care about who he is: he just seems to come from nowhere and gives you information.” Baaba Maal’s mission in West Africa extends beyond his music. He is committed to the concerns of families, young people and the future of the continent, as is reflected in his role as Youth Emissary for the United Nations’ Development Programme, about which he says: ‘It strengthens my determination to work harder to contribute more to improving the living conditions of disadvantaged people of the African continent, especially young people, whose future is seriously threatened by illiteracy, poverty and HIV/AIDS. When I am talking about Africa, it is about how Africa will grow into the new millennium. This is why I really wanted to make music, so people can listen more to the music and the messages I am talking about.’

Patti Smith Born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, poet/singer/songwriter Patti Smith moved to New York City and gained recognition as one of the first visionary artists of the 1970’s - known for the mergence of poetry and rock.  She and her band released 8 studio albums on Arista Records 1975-2002: Horses, Radio Ethiopia, Easter, Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, and Gung Ho and a compilation of rare studio and live performances entitled Land. April 2004 marked the release of Patti Smith and her band’s first Columbia recording trampin’, critically acclaimed for its diversity, which subjects range from motherhood to the preemptive strike on Iraq. In September 2002, the Andy Warhol Museum launched Strange Messenger, an exhibit containing drawings, silkscreens inspired by the events of 9.11.01, and photographs from 1967-2002. Her published books include Babel, Early Work, The Coral Sea, Complete, and Auguries of Innocence. In June 2005, she was awarded by the French Republic; the grade of "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" The grade of "Commandeur" is the highest grade which can be given. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2007 Patti and her band issued twelve, a CD of cover songs.  2008 included the retrospective exhibit Land 250 at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the award winning release of Dream of Life: the Movie documentary by Steven Sebring, and an honorary doctorate degree in arts and letters from Rowan State University.  In 2009 Patti Smith was a recipient of the Pratt Institute's Legends Award.  Smith's latest book, Just Kids, will be published in January 2010 by Harper Collins/Ecco Press, about her early life, discovering art and literature, leaving New Jersey for New York City, meeting Robert Mapplethorpe, and their journey together into their respective careers as artists.  Patti Smith continues to create photographs, drawings, and installations for exhibits that are planned for the next year, as well as recording, spoken word performances and touring with her band.

Jesse Smith & Michael Campbell Jesse Smith spent her early childhood in Michigan, and moved to New York City in 1996.  She has had many unique opportunities, such as touring globally with her mother's band, and the chance to be involved in many artistic, musical, and environmental projects. Jesse composes instrumental pieces for piano. She has also written and performed music for her mother and recorded on various albums.

Michael Campbell grew up in Michigan as well, though met Jesse after coming to New York City. Since arriving in New York, he has been able to perform and record with various musical groups, as well as continue to develop his own musical style, with the addition of the aquarion, a glass percussion instrument. Michael and Jesse work together and individually on many musical projects, writing their own compositions. They have recently begun exploring the medium of film scoring, and have performed live film soundtracks at New York galleries. They look forward to recording their own music and continuing to work on environmental sustainability projects.

Pierce Turner Pierce Turner is a songwriter and a composer of music for film and dance.  His first album for BMG was produced and arranged by Philip Glass.  The BBC described this critically acclaimed album as “Joyce with a voice” Many of Mr. Turner’s themes come from his early years in his native Ireland and subsequent years in America. His music has made it’s way into the HBO show The Wire, he was voted Irelands solo performer of the year in 1998 and has had his songs covered by Ireland’s legendary folk singer, Christy Moore.  The Irish Film Director Jim Sheridan went so far as to say; seeing Turner live gave him the strength and inspiration to make the Oscar winning “My Left Foot.” He is currently working on a book of his stories and lyrics and a track for his forthcoming album “Yogi with a Broken Heart “with Philip Glass on Keyboard (they plan to perform it at this event).  He is also preparing a full length performance of his 2001 time based CD “3 Minute World” for European festivals next summer. www.pierceturner.com

Marco Benevento | Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency

At the outset of 2008, Marco Benevento took over New York City's then brand new Greenwich Village music venue, Sullivan Hall, for a month-long residency. He would call it home for five Thursday nights in January, inviting a who's who in modern jazz and improvisational rock music to play with him each week in a different configuration.

Hauling his own baby grand piano from his Brooklyn apartment to the Sullivan Hall stage for the event, Benevento led his musical co-conspirators through two sets a night of daring and consistently breathtaking improvisations. Whether it was the Bitches Brew-esque sonic explorations of his collaboration with Steven Bernstein, Bobby Previte and DJ Olive, the glorious post rock ferocity of a line-up with Brad Barr and Joe Russo or Benevento's own regular trio with Reed Mathis and Andrew Barr celebrating the release of their debut album Invisible Baby, every set took on a life all its own.

As the sold out crowds that gathered for each week's performance will attest, these shows were the stuff of legend in the recent history of downtown New York City's music scene. Thankfully, director Karina Mackenzie captured all five nights on high definition video along with multi-track recordings and artist interviews that are now available on a DVD release from The Royal Potato Family entitled Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency. While it's Marco Benevento's name at the top of the billing, what the film portrays is a family of fearless, faithful, one-of-a-kind artists making some of the most vital music of their time.

Directed by Karina Mackenzie for Shine A Light Productions | Available worldwide from The Royal Potato Family

Big Sam's Funky Nation & Sullivan Hall

Big Sam's Funky Nation had an amazing Halloween weekend & the party's not over yet! Put on your dancin' shoes, BSFN is making their way back to New York for a night of pure, booty-shaking funk this Friday, November 6th.
Recently awarded the Big Easy Music Award for "Best Funk Group of 2008," Big Sam's Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz." Combining his distinctive trombone riffs with a call-and-response MC style, Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band's solos and his trombone riffs, Big Sam second-lines (a uniquely New Orleans style of street-dance) and gets the crowd going. Big Sam's Funky Nation is not a one man show; the members of the Funky Nation, a group of well trained and experienced musicians with impressive credentials of their own, meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that's the hallmark of big band funk. The energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage, and as Jambase Online proclaims, "as long as groups like Big Sam's Funky Nation helm communal happenings like this one the funky fever is bound to spread."
Kicking the night off will be the Honey Island Swamp Band. Come out and show your love at the upcoming Big Sam's Funky Nation show at Sullivan Hall--you'll be sure to Shake Yo Thang!

DATE: Friday, November 6th TIME:  10:30pm

Dead Tribute Show | Sullivan Hall | 9.19.09

The JamStampede are the official result of an unofficial jam band, first intended to be an all-star line-up of seasoned pros from NY and PA. After playing just one sold out show, it became evident that these guys really had a lot of magic and natural chemistry. Come join as they continue their jamming explorations in a loving tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.

 

Start Time:     Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7:30pm
End Time:       Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 1:30am
Location:        Sullivan Hall
Street:           214 Sullivan Street
City/Town: NEW YORK NY

Harlem Shakes LP Release Party This Thurs. At Williamsburg Hall Of Music

Harlem Shakes as we know it were born in 2006, after an earlier incarnation of the band went to college and went nuts. Lexy still sings lead, and Brent still plays the drums (and drum machine), but now Kendrick plays keyboards, Jose plays bass, and Todd plays guitar. Everyone sings.  Harlem Shakes have toured with Deerhoof, Vampire Weekend, and Beirut, and opened for Wire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Arctic Monkeys, and various other famous bands with animal names. Burning Birthdays, the band's self-released debut EP, came out in 2007 to wide acclaim, earning generous praise from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, AllMusic, Stylus, The Village Voice, and the blogs. Pitchfork complimented their "frenetic clip of hooks," and sometime Magnetic Field-er LD Beghtol of The Voice called them "lethally charming" and one of "the Best of New York." The band is sure that all this good luck must come at some kind of lurking, damning cost.

After extensive touring and a bit of schooling, the band got back together with Chris Zane (Les Savy Fav, The Walkmen, Passion Pit, White Rabbits) to record their first full-length album, Technicolor Health. The result is one of the most quietly ambitious pop albums in ages. Much like Blur fused English pop traditions and contemporary sonics to forge Brit Pop, Harlem Shakes meld the Great American Songbook with unmistakably contemporary textures, creating what one might call "Am Pop." Influences as disparate as the Band, Randy Newman, Carlos Santana and Spank Rock inform the soundscapes, but the vibe is too coherent to be called eclectic. Technicolor Health invokes the synthesized Latin percussion that plays outside the band's apartments every night as they're trying to fall asleep, and the classic rock radio they listen to with hilarious regularity. These are social songs: instruments meander, trade off lines, and counter each other's rhythms and melodies, but ultimately they come together again on the chorus, or in an ecstatic outro or bridge, for a singalong family dinner. Harlem Shakes also have an unapologetically literary lilt; writers like Leonard Michaels, Wislawa Szymborska, and David Berman echo in Lexy's lyrics.

Technicolor Health was made after and during some tough times (involving serious sickness) for the band. The record captures the weary, hopeful, and sometimes triumphal vibe of that period in their lives. Above all, the album is about surviving abject shittiness. But it's also about what new-wave bands and new-wave revival bands call, "modern life," as lived by five thoughtful men in their early and mid-twenties during a weird, sometimes miserable, mostly thrilling historical moment. Harlem Shakes have been obsessed by pop music their whole lives, and after all the reiterations, they still have great faith in its power to make you and them feel a little better about things, and to say something vital, and God willing, maybe even enduring.

Ben Harper To Present at 2008 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Ben Harper will induct blues harp legend Little Walter into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10 in New York City!

Ben will perform live today, Feb. 29th at the 58th Annual Festival della Canzone Italiana di Sanremo, Italy's popular long-running song contest. He'll join Italian sensation Jovanotti for the song "Fango" , and play "Lifeline" solo acoustic. The event will be televised on Italy's Rai Uno.

Ringo Starr and Ben Harper meet for a one-on-one interview as part of the exclusive MySpace series "Artist on Artist." Catch it now at myspace.com/artistonartist!

B.H.I.C. will be the featured artist on the March 6th episode of "Live from the Artists Den", airing on Ovation TV. It will feature live footage from their 2007 performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Get a sneak peak of "Forgiven" at ovationtv.com.

A live version of "With My Own Two Hands" has also been released on the CD "Live from the Artists Den: Season One." Buy it at Amazon.com.

"Body of War", featuring Ben Harper's "Black Rain" and a live duet with Eddie Vedder on "No More", is now available for pre-order at www.bodyofwarmusic.com. The website also features special footage and a studio version of the Vedder tune.

"Body of War: Songs that Inspired an Iraq War Veteran," a double-CD compilation of songs curated by Iraq war veteran Tomas Young, will be released by Sire Records on March 18, 2008.

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are heading back to Europe this summer! They'll be playing a mix of festivals and special headlining engagements. The current list of events is posted in Tour Dates. More dates will be added soon!!

B.H.I.C. invite you to Vail, CO on Saturday, April 12th for a special one-night only engagement at the 2008 Spring Back to Vail concert. Tickets on sale now!

Check out a smokin' live version of "Whipping Boy" recorded during the "Lifeline" tour in B.H.I.C. Radio exclusively at www.benharper.net!

Sunny Sweeney Releases Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame

Sunny Sweeney- for the Grateful Web

Keeping things twangy, tangy & tonkin' Sunny Sweeney releases Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame on Big Machine Records.  Catch Austin based Sunny Sweeney and her cracker-jack band at one of her many tour dates (below) or her upcoming SXSW performances!

"Not many debut discs sound this confident, poised, and excited." - Steve Pick, No Depression, 11/2006

"In East Texas honky-tonk queen, she has that brash confident approach that once personified Patsy Cline." - Fred Dellar, Mojo,11/6/2006

"Rarely do beauty, brains and brawn co-exist so organically as they do in Sunny Sweeney. Her brand of tough love might be the long-sought antidote for the vapid excesses that continue to infest mainstream country." - Darryl Smyers, Dallas Observer, 1/24/2007

"This honky-tonker confidently strides down a path that has been traversed by Rosie Flores, Kelly Willis and Miranda Lambert." - Bobby Reed, Chicago Sun Times, 3/4/07

"The girl can wail, and hopefully someone's paying attention . . . 4 stars."  - James Kelly, Creative Loafing (Atlanta), 1/9/2007

"Sweeney doesn't seem to care a flip about what's going on anyplace but right there in the Lone Star State, keeping things twangy, tangy, and tonkin' . . . . It's been a long time since any young female - think Joy Lynn White, maybe - got this deep-dish country."  - Alanna Nash, Amazon.com, 2/7/2007

 " . . . made from equal parts hick cool and industrial-strength Lone Star honky-tonk sawdust and stardust. Hall of Fame, her debut, is an invigorating batch of hard country tunes sung with a gutsy rural twang." - Rachel Swan, East Bay Express, 11/27/2006

"This debut is downright irresistible, with Sweeney's hankering for hooks not disturbing the hayseed charm. . . . Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame is a sweet, drawling mix of wistful, melodic sway and dancefloor precision." - Michael Corcoran, Austin American Statesman, 10/3/2006

SUNNY SWEENEY TOUR DATES 2007

3/14/07    Austin Airport/BMI Stage      SXSW
3/14/07    The Parish/AMA Showcase       SXSW
3/18/07    KHYI TX Music Revolution      Parker, TX
3/23/07    Floores Country Store         Helotes, TX
3/24/07    Muldoon's Saloon              El Campo, TX
3/31/07    Love & War in TX              Plano, TX
4/5/07     The Auslander                 Fredericksburg, TX
4/6/07     Gruene Hall                   New Braunfels, TX
4/7/07     Woody's Tavern                Fort Worth, TX
4/11/07    Hyatt Regency Lost Pines      Lost Pines, TX
4/13/07    All Good Café                 Dallas, TX
4/20/07    The Horseman                  Fort Worth, TX
4/21/07    Barton Creek Resort           Austin, TX
4/21/07    Continental Club              Austin, TX
4/27/07    Floore's Country Store        Helotes, TX
5/16/07    8.0's                         Fort Worth, TX
5/18/07    Red & Jerry's Rocky Mtn.      Sheridan, CO
5/19/07    Rock Springs Civic Ctr        Rock Springs, WY 
10/12/07   Sparks Ranch                  Longview, TX