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Railroad Earth: New Album, New Bassist | TOUR

After celebrating the end of their first decade together with a massive fan release, Railroad Earth Retrospective: 2001-2009, the tightly-woven unit of Railroad Earth is embarking on a new chapter in their musical journey. The rootsy Americana ensemble will hit the stage again on their first tour of 2010 with a new bass player, a new record deal (One Haven Music), and a new album in the can (to be released late Summer 2010) for what is expected to be a great year for the revitalized Railroad Earth. With Spring tour dates mostly focused on the Eastern Seaboard, fans can expect an newly energized live show with surprises around every bend.

After coming off a highly successful 2009, Railroad Earth is preparing for another year of sold-out theaters and large club performances. The band has built up some incredible steam over the past few years with highly notable performances on some of the most prestigious stages in the country, including; the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes Festival and many more.

Collectively, Railroad Earth wields an impressive arsenal of sounds, with each player bringing a variety of instruments and tones to the collective. The unique howl of an edgy rock-inflected violin, a fat-toned acoustic guitar with sounds bordering on a classic Gibson motif, wild fanning mandolin chording that has an almost piano-like attack, rolling or clawing banjo and dobro, and a slamming rhythm section driven by precise, rock-hard drumming and an aggressively, pumping upright bass. All of this delivered with surprisingly unique vocals, powerful harmonies and world-class songwriting.

To be more precise, Railroad Earth features songwriter/singer, Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, electric guitar, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and newcomer Andrew Altman (Upright bass), formerly of the Southeast band, The Codetalkers.

Railroad Earth’s unique sound is one that may be hard to categorize, but is also damn hard to shake! Each live performance is like a journey into the beating heart of American life, its heartaches and its triumphs. A true musical celebration, this is one tour that is not to be missed.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

6/19

Clearwater Festival

Croton on Hudson

NY

All Ages

7/1

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy

CA

All Ages

7/2

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy

CA

All Ages

7/10

All Good Music Festival and Campout

Masontown

WV

All Ages

7/16

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Oak Hill

NY

All Ages

7/23

Floydfest

Floyd

VA

All Ages

7/24

The Stone Pony

Asbury Park

NJ

All Ages

7/25

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival

Trumansburg

NY

All Ages

8/15

Mile High Music Festival

Commerce City

CO

All Ages

8/20

YarmonyGrass Music Festival

Bond

CO

All Ages

8/21

YarmonyGrass Music Festival

Bond

CO

All Ages

8/27

Music on the Mountaintop Festival

Boone

NC

All Ages

9/3

Camp Mather

Yosemite

CA

All Ages

9/5

Michael Shore's Lakehouse

Corsicana

TX

All Ages

9/11

Kirby Center

Wilkes Barre

PA

All Ages

9/16

Barrymore Theatre

Madison

WI

All Ages

9/17

House Of Blues

Chicago

IL

17+

9/18

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis

MN

All Ages

9/19

The Venue

Fargo

ND

All Ages

9/21

Emerson Cultural Center

Bozeman

MT

All Ages

9/22

Wilma Theater

Missoula

MT

All Ages

9/24

Crystal Ballroom

Portland

OR

All Ages

9/25

The Showbox at the Market

Seattle

WA

21+

9/26

McDonald Theatre

Eugene

OR

All Ages

9/28

Arcata Theatre

Arcata

CA

All Ages

9/29

Crystal Bay Club Casino

Crystal Bay

NV

21+

10/1

Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

All Ages

10/2

Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

All Ages

10/3

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

San Fransisco

CA

All Ages

10/9

The Festy Experience at Devil's

Roseland

VA

All Ages

10/14

Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music

Ozark

AR

All Ages

10/28

9:30 Club

Washington

DC

All Ages

10/29

The Fillmore

New York

NY

16+

10/30

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

MA

18+

10/31

State Theater NY

Ithaca

NY

All Ages


Railroad Earth: New Album, New Bassist, New Songs

After celebrating the end of their first decade together with a massive fan release, Railroad Earth Retrospective: 2001-2009, the tightly-woven unit of Railroad Earth is embarking on a new chapter in their musical journey. The rootsy Americana ensemble will hit the stage again on their first tour of 2010 with a new bass player, a new record deal (One Haven Music), and a new album in the can (to be released late Summer 2010) for what is expected to be a great year for the revitalized Railroad Earth. With Spring tour dates mostly focused on the Eastern Seaboard, fans can expect an newly energized live show with surprises around every bend.

After coming off a highly successful 2009, Railroad Earth is preparing for another year of sold-out theaters and large club performances. The band has built up some incredible steam over the past few years with highly notable performances on some of the most prestigious stages in the country, including; the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes Festival and many more.

Collectively, Railroad Earth wields an impressive arsenal of sounds, with each player bringing a variety of instruments and tones to the collective. The unique howl of an edgy rock-inflected violin, a fat-toned acoustic guitar with sounds bordering on a classic Gibson motif, wild fanning mandolin chording that has an almost piano-like attack, rolling or clawing banjo and dobro, and a slamming rhythm section driven by precise, rock-hard drumming and an aggressively, pumping upright bass. All of this delivered with surprisingly unique vocals, powerful harmonies and world-class songwriting.

To be more precise, Railroad Earth features songwriter/singer, Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, electric guitar, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and newcomer Andrew Altman (Upright bass), formerly of the Southeast band, The Codetalkers.


Railroad Earth’s unique sound is one that may be hard to categorize, but is also damn hard to shake! Each live performance is like a journey into the beating heart of American life, its heartaches and its triumphs. A true musical celebration, this is one tour that is not to be missed.

Railroad Earth Tour Dates:

3/26/2010 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
3/27/2010 Spartan - Rutland, VT
4/9/2010 Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ
4/10/2010 Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ
4/23/2010 The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
4/24/2010 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
4/26/2010 Workplay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
4/27/2010 The Engine Room - Tallahassee, FL
4/29/2010 Tipitina's French Quarter - New Orleans, LA
5/13/2010 Port City Music Hall - Portland, MA
5/14/2010 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RH
5/15/2010 Bromberg's Big Noise - Wilmington, DE
5/21/2010 Brown's Island - Richmond, VI
5/22/2010 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
5/23/2010 Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
5/27/2010 Allegany County Fairgrounds - Cumberland Center, MA
5/30/2010 Three Sister's - Chillicothe, IL

Otis Taylor's new album, 'Clovis People,' set for May 11 release

Otis Taylor digs the past. Whether it’s the songs he wrote a decade ago, or ancient civilizations that lived more than 10,000 years ago, he’s drawn to stories from another time, and he’s compelled to retell them in a way that’s relevant in the modern day. On Clovis People, set for release May 11, 2010, on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, Taylor writes his own history.

It’s the ideal project for the architect of a sparse and hypnotic style that has come to be known as “trance blues.” Taylor has spent his career crafting songs that are wide open to interpretation — thematically as well as structurally. “I give people a starting point, and then they can take it where they want to take it,” he explains. “That’s true for the people playing my music as well as the people listening to it. That’s how art should be. A person looking at a painting should be able to interpret it in whatever way he wants. The more words you put into a song, the less freedom the listener has to decide what it means.”

The album title is inspired by a recent scientific discovery very close to Taylor’s home in Boulder, Colorado. Barely 100 yards from the edge of his property, archeologists dug up a cache of tools and other implements belonging to a civilization known as the Clovis people, who walked the earth briefly about 13,000 years ago and then mysteriously disappeared.

“That’s amazing to me,” says Taylor. “There have only been four or five sites like this found all over the country. That means these people probably walked on my property. My music only goes back about ten years, but there’s something about reaching back to an earlier time and revisiting the stories of the past from a new perspective that I find compelling.”

Helping to shape that new perspective is a crew of players who lend a variety of shades and voices to the mix. Among them is guitarist Gary Moore, a guest musician on two of Taylor’s previous recordings (Definition of a Circle in 2007 and Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs in 2009), who moves in and out of the tracks with a hard riff here, a subtle accent there, and just the right atmospherics wherever he appears. Also on hand for nine of the twelve tracks is pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell — a member of the Campbell Brothers, the African-American gospel group that has developed a sound commonly known as “sacred steel.” In addition, Clovis People features cornetist Ron Miles and bassist Cassie Taylor (Otis’ 22-year-old daughter).

The set gets under way with the haunting “Rain So Hard,” a bluesy number that employs an intriguing mix of pedal steel, cornet and theremin as the backdrop to Taylor’s unsettling lyrics about a hard rain turning to snow and falling on a scene of betrayal and deceit.

“Little Willy” and “Lee and Arnez” are two previously unreleased songs. The former is a fictional tale of a school shooting — a song Taylor wrote in 1990s, but then shelved in the aftermath of the Columbine shooting of 1999. “Lee and Arnez” tells the story of a couple that Taylor remembers from the neighborhood where he grew up. “They were my parents’ best friends, and they had a boxer dog that I really loved,” says Taylor. “This would have been the 1950s, which were still a difficult time for black people, but I have great memories of this couple and their beautiful dog.”

“It’s Done Happened Again” is built on an urgent rhythm that plays like a frantic heartbeat. “The song is about that moment when someone who got his heart broken hears about someone else who got his heart broken,” says Taylor. “It’s that moment when pain and empathy converge, and you say, ‘Oh yeah, I know where he’s coming from.’”

“Harry Turn the Music Up” recalls Taylor’s memories of the Denver Folklore Center, a place he frequented when he was a boy in the early ’60s. “The song follows a groove that’s deep in the pocket, and it’s really powerful,” says Taylor. “The Denver Folklore Center was a place where nobody cared if you were black or white, skinny or fat. It was a place where everyone was accepted.”

“Babies Don’t Lie” rides on a single chord and speaks to the profound vulnerability of innocents. But somewhere underneath the simple and recurring lyrical line is the question of how and when dark forces take hold and turn some innocents into monsters.

“Think I Won’t” is a showdown-flavored track that captures the moment when a mother confronts a drug dealer in a schoolyard. “There are some badass moms out there,” says Taylor. “Sometimes people don’t realize how tough black women can be. It’s a matriarchal culture, and there are some moms who’ll kick your ass in a half-second if you threaten their children.”

Indeed, some instincts are eternal, whether the frame of reference is 2010, 1950 or some time before recorded history. Clovis People is in some respects a vehicle for Taylor  — an archeologist of a different kind — to re-examine some of the truths he’s uncovered in his own era and preserve them for listeners in some future time.

“I went back to my musical past with these songs — all the way back to my first album,” says Taylor. “I like finding different ways to retell the old stories. They continue to mean something — to me, to the people who hear them, to the musicians who play with me — many years after I first told them.”

Bonerama Releases New Single, Hard Times, today

Seasoned with unrivaled soul that only native New Orleans' artists can boast, Bonerama spins a three-trombone frontline into heavy hitting rock ‘n' funk.  In celebration of New Orleans' famous Jazz & Heritage Festival, where the band will perform this Saturday on the Gentilly Stage, Bonerama is releasing their first ever studio recording, "Hard Times" today.  Fans can download the song free of charge at www.BoneramaMusic.com for a limited time.

boneramaTo offer fans even more access to rare and unreleased music, Bonerama, along with fellow NOLA funksters and labelmates Porter Batiste Stoltz, launched www.PartyGras2009.com to deliver fans funky new music each Tuesday all year long. The release might be a live show, a single of a brand new song, or an archival release from the bands' vaults. But remember to visit often - all the free material released is available only for one week; until the next Tuesday, when new tunes are featured.

Bonerama's Single Series, where the band releases one new single at a time, kicked off on Fat Tuesday with the release of their brand new song, "Big Fine Woman," available online now in the iTunes music store.

The current list of confirmed Bonerama tour dates is as follows:

April 30 The Studio at Colton Theater New Orleans LA
May 02 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival New Orleans LA (Gentilly Stage, 1:40pm)
May 02 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA
May 03 The Maple Leaf New Orleans LA
May 16 Tropical Heat Wave Tampa FL
May 29 Mike Arnone's Crawfish Festival Augusta NJ
May 30 Western Maryland Blues Festival Hagerstown MD
June 11 Jazz in the Park Milwaukee WI
June 12 The Livery Benton Harbor MI
June 14 Long's Park Amphitheater Lancaster PA
June 16-17 Rochester International Jazz Festival Rochester NY
June 19 Sullivan Hall New York NY
June 26 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River MA
June 28 Freihofers Jazz Festival Saratoga Springs NY
July 02-03 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy CA
July 04-05 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival Portland OR
August 01-02 20th Annual Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival Norfolk VA
August 14-15 The Sildajazz International Jazz Festival Haugesund, Norway
November 13 Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival Live Oak FL

More dates will be announced.

DEADMAU5 To Debut New Mau5head at Hard Haunted Mansion in LA

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Celebrated electronic music producer DEADMAU5 will unveil a Halloween-themed version of his infamous Mau5head—a giant, tailor-made mouse head costume used during live performances—at this year's electronic music festival HARD Haunted Mansion on Friday, October 31 at the Shrine Expo Hall in downtown Los Angeles. DEADMAU5's signature Mau5head already comes in a striking blue and devilish red, but with the spirit of Halloween alive and thriving, the Mau5head will be donned in pitch black with a bright orange light within the eyes of the head to perfectly reflect the image of a pumpkinMau5.
 
Billed alongside some of the biggest names in electronic music today, DEADMAU5 is expected to deliver one of the most highly anticipated live performances at the HARD Haunted Mansion event. Featuring performances by JUSTICE, SOULWAX, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO, BOYS NOIZE and CRYSTAL CASTLES, DEADMAU5 joins an elite roster of artists who are taking the electronic circuit by storm.
 
DEADMAU5's appearance at HARD is in anticipation of his debut album Random Album Title, due in stores November 4 via ULTRA Records.  This release brings together for the first time all of the JUNO Award-winning producer's most popular material including the smashes "Not Exactly" and "Faxing Berlin" along with his collaboration with Kaskade "I Remember" plus new songs "Some Kind of Blue" and "Slip." 
 
Meanwhile fans around the globe can experience DEADMAU5, as he continues on his world tour:

DATE                         CITY                                     VENUE                                  
International Dates
Sat      10/17               Dublin, IRE                              Tripod
Sun      10/18               Newcastle, UK                            Digital
Thu      10/23               Brighton, UK                             Digital
Fri      10/24               Nottingham, UK                           Boudoir Superstar
Sat      10/25               Leeds, UK                                Victoria Works Warehouse
North American Dates
Thu      10/30               Sacramento, CA                           The Park
Fri      10/31               Los Angeles, CA                          Shrine Auditorium: HARD Haunted Mansion
Sat      11/1                Las Vegas, NV                            Orleans Arena
International Dates
Fri      11/7                Curitiba, BR                             Park Barigui
Sat      11/8                Buenos Aires, AR                         Creamfields
Sat      11/14               Rio De Janeiro, BR                       Cream
Sun      11/15               Belo Horizonte, BR                       Creamfields
Mon      11/16               Sao Paulo, BR                            Xxxperience
North American Dates
Wed      11/19               Boulder, CO                              Fox Theater
Thu      11/20               Atlanta, GA                              Opera
Fri      11/21               Philadelphia, PA                         Electric Factory
International Date
Sat      11/22               Santo Domingo, DR                        The Cave
North American Dates
Wed      11/26               New York, NY                             Webster Hall
Thu      11/27               Vancouver, BC                            Celebrities
Fri      11/28               Vancouver, BC                            Celebrities
Sat      11/29               Detroit, MI                              Bleu
Wed      12/3                Merida, MEX                              Centro De Convenciones
Thu      12/4                Anaheim, CA                              House of Blues
Fri      12/5                Phoenix, AZ                              Myst
Sat      12/6                Mexico City, MEX                         Vegas Night Club
Fri      12/26               Toronto, ONT                             This Is London