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Turbine and Mason Jar Records team up for live release Sounds in the Hall

Breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling of the improvisational rock scene proves no easy feat for young bands. Burgeoning musicians lumped in the dare we say it, jamband realm, need to successfully marry a deep high-quality catalog of material, whimsical stage presence, diverse writing chops, virtuoso instrumentation, and a calendar containing upwards of 200 shows per year. Correction, breaking through the glass ceiling of the improvisational rock scene is damn near impossible.

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, and Brooklyn’s Turbine would like to submit their CV. On their first official live release, Sounds in the Hall, as they have over the course of 8 songs checked off every single one of the preceding prerequisites. Comprised of carefully hand-picked selections of both Turbine classics and newer material, Sounds in the Hall covers all the bases, but the clear differentiating factor that sets Turbine far above the masses is their amazing penchant for writing memorable and distinctive songs across a variety of sounds and genres.

Just running through the eight song track list, Turbine touches on a bonafide hit-single in waiting “Blackout Song,” the slow summer groove akin to the Grateful Dead “Eddy From the Sea,” a thick extended funk jam on “Behind These Walls” that stretches all way to cow funk-era 1997, blazing bluegrass chops on Maritime Rag, and a handful of tunes that highlight the remarkable vocals and smoking harmonica leads.

Having played a seemingly infinite number of shows over the past couple of years, the Turbine boys took a lot of time in selecting their finest renditions of the material on Sound from the Halls, as described by guitarist and harmonica player Ryan Rightmire.

“There were so many factors in selecting the songs. Being that this is our first official live album, we wanted to include songs from our two studio albums as well as feature some unreleased ones. In the end, half the album is made up of unreleased tracks. Listening back to the performances, it was hard to ignore the energy of the big shows. Bonnaroo and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival brought out some great moments, so they are well represented. As for a specific memory, at one point during “Stand Down” I played the harmonica with a balloon, and you can hear the crowd erupt mid-song. It’s those mid-song responses that always tell us things are going well.”

It bears highlighting that Turbine’s Ryan Rightmire incorporates the harmonica like it’s never been used in a rock context. Not only does he employ some trickery like playing with a balloon, but it’s not uncommon to hear him layer on some effects and turn his harp into a synth-laden rhythm instrument. Alternatively, he possesses to chops to play it clean and go toe-to-toe with John Popper and perhaps remain the last man standing. While it’s probably not wise for the bands’ publicity to start entering them into fights, these guys are pretty scrappy so keep your guard up, Popper.

Turbine is by no means any one trick pony either, guitarist Jeremy Hilliard plays law-running lead guitar and cranks out definitive melodies throughout  his lead playing as well as helping shape Turbine’s wide reaching sound with his song-writing talents. Bassist Justin Kimmel and drummer Octavio Salman hold down the low post like Abdul-Jabar, as both are trained musicians with the ability to run the offense and take over the game at any moment.

Sometimes these things just feel meant to be; when Turbine showed up to perform their show at Bonnaroo, from which three of these tracks were taken, they found a bit of encouraging irony. “There was a giant wind turbine spinning next to the stage. As of matter of fact, it powered our entire show including all of the recording equipment. We made the announcement that this was the first turbine-powered Turbine concert. I kept expecting the songs to speed up every time a gust of wind made it spin faster.”

Taking the name from the lyrics of one the album’s highlight tracks, “Behind These Walls,” Sounds in the Hall evokes a sense of the live experience the overall feel for this tour, which included some big venues. We can only hope that with the help of a successfully release, that the halls will keep growing and the sounds will just keep getting better.

In support of the album, Turbine will host a record release party on May 22nd at the Mercury Lounge in New York City (with the Brew).

Listen to Turbine sing "Blackout Song"

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Sounds in the Hall Tracklist:

Eddy the Sea – Telluride Bluegrass Festival, CO

War of 9161 (The Pledge) – Breckenridge, CO

Invited – Bonnaroo, TN

Behind These Walls – Boulder, CO

Doing to Me – Bonnaroo, TN

Stand Down – Bonnaroo, TN

Maritime Rag – Telluride Bluegrass Festival, CO

Blackout Song – Breckenridge, CO

YMSB & Leftover Salmon @ Red Rocks

Leftover Salmon is excited to announce it will join Yonder Mountain String Band at Red Rocks this August for a historic night of Colorado string music!

Tickets through our fan ticketing are on sale now HERE. The general public on sale will be this Saturday March 27th through Ticketmaster or in Denver at the Ogden and Bluebird Theatre box offices.

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This Weekend Suwannee Springfest!
On Saturday March 27th Leftover Salmon will perform at the Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak, Florida. Salmon will headline Saturday night with two full sets of music at 10:30PM. This will be the first time the band has performed in Florida since their hiatus at the end of 2004. We're looking forward to getting out of snowy Colorado for the weekend! We hope you'll join us for this great event in the sunshine state!
Suwannee Springfest- Live Oak, Florida March 25 -28 2010!
confirmed line up:
Leftover Salmon
Donna the Buffalo
Robert Earl Keene
Peter Rowan
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Ruthie Foster
Jim Lauderdale
The Steeldrivers
Belleville Outfit
and more
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TELLURIDE!

Leftover Salmon is excited to announce our return to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. LOS will headline Friday June 18th. Other bands on this year's lineup include Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer; Del McCoury Band; Hot Rize; Punch Brothers; Josh Ritter Band; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros; the Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart; and many, many more. 2010 festival tickets and camping are on sale on now at www.bluegrass.com!

Great American Taxi and Steep Canyon Rangers

In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, their uninhibited sound a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk, gospel and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. The band has been led by Herman and Staehly since its inception for a Rainforest Action Group benefit show in March of 2005. Now approaching well over 400 shows, the band has kept a fairly busy schedule of 140 shows a year and has hit a lot of the premier music festivals along the way including High Sierra Music Fest, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Dunegrass, Nightgrass slots at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the list goes on. The band has been compared with roots rockers like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, the Byrds and Little Feat.

Steep Canyon Rangers backed Steve Martin during his 2009 tour. Bluegrass, gospel, Appalachia. From Asheville, North Carolina, Steep Canyon Rangers have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Before being nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, Lovin Pretty Women), the Rangers were named 'Emerging Artist of the Year' in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. The group has been regularly featured on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. Bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass.

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Leftover Salmon Presidents Weekend Run!

After over a 6 year absence from both the San Francisco and Salt Lake City markets Leftover Salmon will make its return in February! On Friday and Saturday February 12th and 13th Salmon will perform for a two night stand at The Independent in San Francisco. The following night, Valentine's Day Salmon will head to The Depot in Salt Lake City. The Independent tickets are on sale now HERE(all of the our fan ticketing for the SF dates has sold out). The Depot tickets are on sale now HERE.

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Salmon Returns to Suwannee Springfest March 27th!

On Saturday March 27th Leftover Salmon will perform at the Suwannee Springfest. This will be the first time the band has performed in Florida since their hiatus at the end of 2004. What better way to brush off the Colorado cold in the month of March? We hope you'll join us for this great event in the sunshine state! 

Suwannee Springfest- Live Oak, Florida March 25 -28 2010!
initial confirmed line up
Leftover Salmon
Robert Earl Keene
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Jim Lauderdale
Peter Rowan
The Steeldrivers
Belleville Outfit
Ruthie Foster

www.magmusic.com

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival!

We are also excited to announce our return to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. We will perform Friday June 18th. Other bands on this year's lineup include Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer; Del McCoury Band; Hot Rize; Punch Brothers; Josh Ritter Band; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros; the Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart; and many, many more. 2010 festival tickets and camping go on sale on now at www.bluegrass.com!

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New Years Eve Stream!

Both of the Boulder Theater shows on December 30th and 31st were videoed and streamed live on the nights of the performances. We are now offering these shows to be streamed in HD on demand for the next several weeks. These are available NOW HERE. Here is a glance of the band performing Mama Boulet on New Year's Eve. Video Here!

New Mastersounds ADD Telluride to Upcoming CO TOUR!

The New Mastersounds- for the Grateful Web

The New Mastersounds will be in Colorado this month.  Recently they added a show in lovely Telluride, Colorado at the Sheridan Opera House on Sunday January 20th.  For more information or to view some more of their tour dates or to learn more about the New Mastersounds, click here: