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Will Hoge Releases "The Living Room Sessions"

Critically-acclaimed Nashville rocker Will Hoge is releasing an EP aptly titled THE LIVING ROOM SESSIONS on Ryko on Oct. 12 and will be joining Shinedown on tour throughout November and December.

The six-song acoustic EP was recorded in only two days in Hoge’s living room and features stripped-down versions of essential songs (“Long Gone,” “Favorite Waste of Time,” “Goodnight/Goodbye,” “Too Late Too Soon” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”) from his latest album, THE WRECKAGE, and the fan favorite, “All Night Long,” from Hoge’s 2003 album,  BLACKBIRD ON A LONELY WIRE.

“I like acoustic recordings that try to be different from the album versions,” says Hoge.  “We just got together and camped out at my house for a couple of days… it’s not a home studio, no real fancy set-up or multi-tracking.  The console was a laptop on a card table, and that same table also served simultaneously as the keyboard stand. There were no real overdubs or re-dos or pitch correct.  We just did it ‘til we liked it and let it be…not out of laziness, it just seemed to fit.”

Hoge, the relentless road warrior, kicked-off his headlining tour last weekend in Nashville, which will continue through October.  He’ll then join rockers Shinedown on their “Anything & Everything” tour kicking-off Nov. 4 in Tampa, Fla. and wrapping up in New Orleans, La. on Dec 9.  The tour spans over 25 major cities throughout the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast regions of the United States.  More dates will be announced shortly.

THE LIVING ROOM SESSIONS TRACK LISTING:

1.       Long Gone (Acoustic version)
2.       Favorite Waste of Time (Acoustic version)
3.       Goodnight / Goodbye (Acoustic version)
4.       Too Late Too Soon (Acoustic version)
5.       Even If It Breaks Your Heart (Acoustic version)
6.       All Night Long (Acoustic version)

TOUR SCHEDULE:

10/6                 Memphis, TN                Hi-Tone
10/7                 Louisville, KY                Headliner’s Music Hall
10/8                 Iowa City, IA                 Gabes
10/9                 Toledo, OH                   Headliners
10/10               Chicago, IL                   Lincoln Hall
10/13               Knoxville, TN                The Square Room
10/14               Newport, KY                 The Southgate House
10/15               Columbus, OH              The Basement
10/16               Akron, OH                     Tangiers
10/17               Lexington, KY               Cosmic Charlies
10/20               Athens, GA                   40 Watt Club
10/21               Atlanta, GA                   Vinyl
10/22               Johnson City, TN          Chrome
10/23               Greenville, SC              The Handlebar
11/04               Tampa, FL                     David A. Straz, JR. Center for the Performing Arts*
11/05               Charleston, SC             Charleston Music Hall*                           
11/06               Chattanooga, TN          Trivoli Theatre*                                                   
11/08               Richmond, VA               The National*                                                                 
11/09               Charlotte, NC                The Fillmore Charlotter*                                                  
11/10               Washington, DC            Warner Center*                                                              
11/12               Hampton Beach, NH     Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*                                   
11/13               Northampton, MA          Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center*                          
11/15               Albany, NY                    The Egg*                                                                       
11/16               Scranton, PA                 The Weinberg Theatre*                                                   
11/18               Westbury, NY                Theatre at Westbury*                                                     
11/19               Montclair, NJ                 Wellmont Theatre*                                                          
11/20               Atlantic City, NJ             Showboat Hotel & Casino*                                              
11/22               Wilmington, DE             Grand Opera House Wilmington*                                     
11/23               Youngstown, OH           Powers Auditorium*                                                        
11/24               Saginaw, MI                  DOW Event Center – Heritage Theatre*                           
11/26               Davenport, IA                Adler Theatre*                                                                
11/27               Minneapolis, MN           State Theatre*                                                               
11/29               Indianapolis, IN             Murat Theatre*                                           
11/30               Milwaukee, WI              The Riverside Theatre*
12/04               Springfield, MO            Gillioz Theatre*   
12/06               Tulsa, OK                     Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino*
12/09               New Orleans, LA          House of Blues*

* w/ Shinedown

T Bird and the Breaks To Release Series of 45s/Digital Download Today

T Bird and the Breaks, the 10-piece Austin soul/funk band that has proven itself to music writers, longtime fans and new audiences with its debut album, LEARN ABOUT IT (January 2009), will release a new 45 each month, starting with “Monkey Wrench” and its B side “Nightshade Mary” today, Tuesday, November 3.

The new music will be released as 45s available to the band’s fans at its dynamic live shows and on its Web site and as digital downloads. The 45s will be sold with the digital version. For more information, visit www.tbirdandthebreaks.com.

The beat-driven “Monkey Wrench” features a had-enough lyric and precision horns, and “Nightshade Mary” — well, itsplucked-up bass, retro vocals, bongos, harmonica and swamp-voodoo vibe say funk better than the word itself.

Gambit Weekly praised the band’s cool groove: “The gravelly R&B growls, the sassy call-and-response backup singing, the tenor sax struts and hot blasts of trombone-blown air — Austin address or no, T Bird and the Breaks is a Crescent City band at heart.”

November show dates for T Bird and the Breaks include Hattiesburg, Miss., and Macon, Ga. The band is on the bill for the 7th Annual Ski Jam in Steamboat, Colo., in January.

On Tuesday, December 1, the band will release the second 45, featuring “Juju Baby.”

RITTER BREAKS GROUND ON NATION'S 2nd-LARGEST WIND FARM

Wind Farm in Colorado- for the Grateful Web

Gov. Bill Ritter joined FPL Energy, Xcel Energy, local officials and about 200 other guests here today to break ground on what will be the nation's second-largest wind generation facility.

Ritter was joined by Mike O'Sullivan, senior vice president of development at FPL Energy, and Karen Hyde, managing director of Resource Planning and Acquisitions at Xcel Energy.

"Today we are making history," Gov. Ritter said. "This project will be the largest wind farm in the state and second-largest in the nation. It will have the longest transmission line in the world. Along with our tremendous agricultural crops, Colorado is the 11th windiest and 6th sunniest state in the nation. Our intellectual resources are second-to-none.

"Combined, all of this says that Colorado is well on its way to becoming the renewable energy capital of the country and a leader in the New Energy Economy," Gov. Ritter added.

O'Sullivan said, "Colorado is taking an important leadership role in the growth of wind energy in the United States . The Peetz Table Wind Energy Center will help the state realize its enormous potential for economic growth through the generation of clean, renewable energy."

" Xcel Energy continues to add more wind power to our existing system. By purchasing the energy from FPL at this project and from three others, we will reach Colorado 's renewable energy standard seven years early," said Hyde. "Wind power is a valuable part of our generation mix in Colorado . With the new renewable energy legislation requiring 20 percent of our power come from renewable energy, we feel that it will continue to grow in importance."

Peetz Table Wind Energy Center Facts:

Construction of 267 General Electric turbines should be complete by the end of 2007.

They will generate 400 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 120,000 homes a year.

Xcel Energy will purchase the energy under a long-term contract.

FPL Energy is constructing a 78-mile-long transmission line to connect the Peetz Table facility to the power grid at Xcel Energy's Pawnee substation near Brush. This will be longest power transmission line in the world.

At the height of construction, the project will employ between 300-350 workers.

When complete, the Peetz Table Wind Energy Center will have about 20 full-time employees and have a significant positive impact on the local economy.