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Folk, Americana & Alt-Country in Fort Fun

On February 26, 2010, James McMurtry, Great American Taxi, and the Cracker Duo graced Fort Collins with their music and their special blends of Folk, Americana, and Alt-Country. Folk culture is defined as a specific group of people relating to a certain locale.  Fort Collins night of folk music couldn’t have been more appropriate on the anniversary of Johnny Cash’s birthday.

Pretty Lights EP Trilogy and Tour

Mark your calendars. On March 2, June 15, and October 12, Colorado-based producer Pretty Lights, aka Derek Vincent Smith, is set to release a trilogy of EPs. Now here’s the fun part: in an effort to get his music directly to his fans as soon as it’s written, Derek will record the EPs only a few weeks before each release. It’s a pretty gutsy move to set release dates without finished material, but for Derek, who’s been recording albums and immediately releasing them for free on the internet since 2006, setting deadlines like this isn’t a big deal.

Pretty Lights’ last three albums, Taking Up Your Precious Time, Filling Up The City Skies, and Passing By Behind Your Eyes have been downloaded over 500,000 times from  PrettyLightsMusic.com. These tracks juxtapose beautiful vintage samples against backdrops of futuristic synthesis and dirty broken beats. And as Pretty Lights looks ahead to his next three projects, his music could take him anywhere. The future is yet to be written for Pretty Lights.

Since he started touring in 2008, Pretty Lights’ mix of electro beats, vintage samples, and DJ Shadow-esque throwbacks have earned a dedicated following across the country. With an ambitious live setup that includes the addition of Cory Eberhard on drums and stunning visuals, Pretty Lights’ performances have become the stuff of legend. One year later, Pretty Lights sold out 65 venues across the country with many fans begging for extra tickets at the door. This spring, Derek will crisscross the country again, hitting up SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, and Coachella in the process. Already selling out dates, he’ll also be stopping in on 20 cities he’s yet to perform in, as a part of his never-ending quest to spread his music across the globe.

Pretty Lights Tour Dates

9-Mar Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, Colorado

10-Mar Boulder Theatre Boulder, Colorado

11-Mar Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado

12-Mar Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado

13-Mar Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado

20-Mar SXSW @ La Zona Rosa Austin, Texas

23-Mar Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana

24-Mar Soul Kitchen Mobile, Alabama

25-Mar Lyric Theatre Oxford, Mississippi

26-Mar Ultra Music Festival Miami, Florida

27-Mar Sloss Furnace Birmingham, Alabama

30-Mar Club 1800 Columbia, South Carolina

31-Mar Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, North Carolina

1-Apr The National Richmond, Virginia

2-Apr Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3-Apr Northern Lights Clifton, New York

4-Apr Higher Grounds South Burlington, Vermont

6-Apr Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

7-Apr The Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan

8-Apr 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, Ohio

9-Apr The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri

10-Apr Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin

13-Apr Wilma Theatre Missoula, Montana

14-Apr Roseland Theatre Portland, Oregon

15-Apr Mezzanine San Francisco, California

17-Apr Coachella Festival Indio, California

19-Apr Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona

20-Apr Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona

21-Apr El Rey Theatre Albuquerque, New Mexico

23-Apr Fayetteville Towncenter Fayetteville, Arkansas

24-Apr Blue Note Columbia, Missouri

25-Apr Liberty Hall Lawrence, Kansas

28-Apr Granada Theatre Dallas, Texas

29-Apr The Ballroom @ Warehouse Live Houston, Texas

30-Apr Republic New Orleans, Louisiana

1-May Illumination @ Limelight Nashville, Tennessee

30-May Bella Music Festival Geneva, Minnesota

5-Jun Starscape Festival Baltimore, Maryland

30-Jul Wanderlust Festival Squaw Valley, California

EOTO Takes The Country By Storm With Innovative Live Electronic Music

From dance halls to intimate theaters worldwide comes EOTO - the nation’s top innovator in glitchy electronic, bass thumping, dub-step themed music. With performances booked well into 2010 including dates in Tucson, Albuquerque, San Diego and all along the western seaboard, EOTO is taking the country by storm with their innovative brand of live electronic music.

What EOTO achieves on stage is nothing short of astounding. Performed with all of the bells and whistles of a traditional electronic artist plus the addition of live drums, vocals, bass and guitar, the duo creates each and every bass ridden noise right before your eyes -without the addition of a single pre-recorded track. Known for their 100% live improvised performance, EOTO is breaking ground into a new sub culture of music while standing against some of the nations best live DJ’s in the country.

With leagues of sold-out theater performances in 2009, the project started out as an avenue for the duo to blow off steam and generally just have a good time playing around with technology with music. Now, a full time project for the pair with a seemingly endless tour featuring over 600 shows in 4 years and sold out performances in every market in the country. With no signs of stopping, EOTO fine-tunes their approach and skill with each and every show they play, leaving the next performance more unique then the last.

The project will be careening the countryside in 2010 with back-to-back performances scheduled well into late spring and festival dates booked swiftly behind it. The project will be playing along the mountain west and up the west coast before heading back to middle America, through the South, and over to the East Coast in support of their third release, Fire The Lazers, which is now available on iTunes or at a show near you.

For more information about EOTO check out the MySpace

TOUR DATES:
2/5/2010 Rialto Theater - Tucson, AZ
2/6/2010 Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO
2/15/2010 Three20South - Breckenridge, CO
2/16/2010 Samana Lounge - Vail, CO
2/17/2010 Belly Up - Aspen, CO
2/18/2010 Eldo - Crested Butte, CO
2/18/2010 Eldo - Crested Butte, CO
2/19/2010 Fly Me To The Moon - Telluride, CO
2/20/2010 Abbey Theatre - Durango, CO
2/21/2010 Santa FE Brewing Co - Santa Fe, NM
2/22/2010 The Launchpad - Albuqurque, NM
2/23/2010 The Sail Inn - Tempe, AZ
2/24/2010 Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ
2/25/2010 E -String Bar and Grill - Henderson, NV
2/27/2010 Winston's - San Diego, CA
2/28/2010 SOhO - Santa Barbara, CA
3/3/2010 Cooper's Ale Works - Nevada City, CA
3/4/2010 Crystal Bay Club Casino - Crystal Bay, NV
3/5/2010 103 Harriet - San Francisco, CA
3/6/2010 Don Quixote's - International Music Hall Felton, CA
3/7/2010 Hopmonk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA
3/8/2010 Red Fox Tavern - Eureka, CA
3/11/2010 The WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
3/12/2010 Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR
3/17/2010 The Palace - Missoula, MT
3/24/2010 The Cider House - Knoxville, TN
4/9/2010 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
4/23/2010 Cabooze - Minneapolis, MN

Marshall Ford Swing Band To Release Debut Album

Marshall Ford Swing Band — the “young and refreshing” Austin five-piece whose vocals, piano, guitars, bass and beat combine for a swing sound that sometimes goes country and sometimes scatters some jazz — releases its first studio album, the bright and buoyant IT’S ABOUT DAM TIME, on February 16 with CD release shows across the state.

Marshall Ford Swing Band members — Emily Ann Gimble (vocals and piano), Greg Harkins (guitar and vocals), Jeremy Wheeless (guitar), James Gwyn (drums) and Kristopher Wade (upright bass) — give it their all, onstage and now in the studio.

Word of mouth in Austin music circles and gigs in some of the city’s most popular restaurants and other venues, as well as time at the fiddle camp of legend Johnny Gimble (yes, Emily’s grandfather), have pushed the band’s evolution from its traditional country start to one embracing Western swing and its most engaging elements: retro shout vocals, twin guitar leads (by Harkins and Wheeless), an animated piano, and lyrics simple and straightforward.
Like the album, the band’s shows are full of up-tempo old-time swing tunes that band members love and love to play and country- and jazz-infused originals — all of which set toes to tapping and couples to dancing.
“This group’s tunes are reminiscent of the early days of swing music, where the bass kept the beat and the mandolin was a prominent fixture,” said the Austin American-Statesman.
Marshall Ford Swing Band upcoming shows include:
February 14, Sengelmann Hall, Schulenberg*
February 18, Dan’s Silverleaf, Denton*
February 19, The All Good Café, Dallas*
February 20, Saxon Pub, Austin*
February 26, Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, Spicewood
February 27, Dosey Doe, The Woodlands*
March 6, Auslander Biergarten, Fredericksburg*
March 8, Sam’s Burger Joint, San Antonio*
March 11, The Continental Club, Austin
March 26, Camp Street Café, Crockett
April 9, Central Market North, Austin
May 29, The Cain Center, Athens, Texas
* CD release shows

Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Booker T with Hill Country Revue

dozenOn Friday, April 24th the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will kick off its fourth consecutive season with a high-spirited performance by the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Booker T. Quoted by the Rolling Stone for radically modernizing brass-band music, the members of Dirty Dozen Brass Band were the first to incorporate funk and bebop to traditional New Orleans sounds putting distinctly personal stamps on traditional and familiar material. Joining the Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be Hammond B3 organ alchemist Booker T Jones, one of America's most prolific, distinguished and instantly recognizable musical forces who recently collaborated on his new album with The Drive By Truckers and Neil Young. Get ready for a high-octane performance when New Orleans most prolific modern brass band and organ prodigy Booker T take the stage!
 
 
Following the soulful sounds of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band feat. Booker T will be a performance by THE modern blues band for the new generation, Hill Country Revue. Formed by Cody Dickinson from The North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue is a product of a very special time for modern Mississippi country blues. The band is a collective of musicians from the fertile soil of North Mississippi who have grown up living and breathing the folk music of African fife and drums that dates back to the birth of the nation.
 
 
Don't miss these spirit-filled performances at Republic NOLA!
 
 
And remember, this year the Backbeat Jazzfest Series will be offering music lovers and the musicians they love smoke-free environments at all shows.
 
 
Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.backbeatpresents.com or www.ticketweb.com.
 
 
Additional details and information about the events can be found at www.backbeatfoundation.org or by visiting the Foundation's Myspace and Facebook. Additional information and updates about the series can be found at the Backbeat Jazzfest Series 2009 group page.
 
 
For information about the Dirty Dozen Brass Band please visit their website at www.dirtydozenbrass.com. Additional information about Booker T Jones can be found at www.bookert.com. For information on Hill Country Revue please visit www.myspace.com/hillcountryrevue.
 
 
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Hank Williams Jr. to be honored at BMI Country Awards

Hank Williams Jr.- for the Grateful Web

Hank Williams, Jr. will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization's 56th annual Country Awards, the oldest awards ceremony saluting the genre's top music makers. The black-tie, invitation-only gala recognizing the past year's most-performed BMI country songs is set for November 11 at the company's Music Row offices in Nashville.

The artists and songwriters named BMI Icons have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Hank Williams, Jr., who will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute that evening, joins an elite list of past honorees that includes country music legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Whisperin' Bill Anderson, Charlie Daniels and Loretta Lynn, along with multi-genre nobility the Bee Gees, Isaac Hayes, Ray Davies, James Brown, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steve Winwood and more.

Hank Williams, Jr.'s career has profiled the aspirations, trials and carousals of the everyman in an unabashedly proud and instantly recognizable voice. Nicknamed "Bocephus" by his legendary father Hank Williams, the younger Williams' waggish songs and roguish persona have unified through their celebration of rebellion. A sly songwriter and robust vocalist capable of conveying startling emotion and making deceptively ordinary characters shine, he boasts a catalog that includes honky tonk classics "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down," "Country Boy Can Survive," "Born to Boogie," "Dixie On My Mind," "Family Tradition," "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" and "Texas Women." Each composition represents a candid piece of Williams himself: He wrote every song on that list alone. In addition to 10 no. 1 singles, he found mainstream success on the pop charts and through penning and performing the multiple Emmy award-winning theme to Monday Night Football; six of Williams' albums reached platinum status, while 20 were certified gold and 13 reached the no. 1 spot on the charts. Today, a diverse slew of artists spanning hard rap/rocker Kid Rock to contemporary honky tonker Gretchen Wilson embrace Williams' prolific legacy, citing him as a definitive influence.

Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Nashville Writer/Publisher VP Jody Williams, the 56th Annual Country Awards will recognize the songwriters and publishers of the top BMI country songs played on American radio and television during the previous year. BMI will also bestow prestigious honors on the Country Songwriter of the Year, Country Publisher of the Year and Most Performed Country Song of the Year, also known as the Robert J. Burton Award.