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Blackberry Smoke to Shoot Live DVD at Re-opening of Georgia Theatre

Critically acclaimed band Blackberry Smoke will perform August 5, 2011 during the 14 day Grand Re-opening of the famous Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA . The Southern rock group will film the concert for fans that have not yet experienced the thrill of Blackberry Smoke live. The eighteen and up show will be a ninety minute full throttle ride with Nic Cowan opening and appearances by other special guests . This monumental performance is one stop on the group's rigorous summer tour schedule where they not only open for the Zac Brown Band but recently signed to Zac’s new label, Southern Ground Artists.  To purchase tickets for this event please visit: www.georgiatheatre.com/calendar1.html

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About Blackberry Smoke:

Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last two years the band has shared the stage with kindred spirits ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and continue tour as the opening act on the Zac Brown Band’s summer tour. The band is currently recording their highly anticipated third studio album under Southern Ground Artists where they will bring their signature sound forward with tracks reminiscent of Marshall Tucker Band and Allman Brothers. For more information about Blackberry Smoke please visit www.blackberrysmoke.com

About Georgia Theatre

While Orvold and Greene worked to preserve the setup and overall feel of the original Theatre, they also welcomed the opportunity to make numerous improvements including building a larger stage, adding a third viewing level, bigger dressing rooms and bathrooms, and upping its capacity to hold over 1000 guests. Patrons will be greeted by the original marquee and brick walls and may also spot an impressive support beam that withstood the fire. The enhanced venue also features reclaimed wood from the original venue that will be used for the bars and as decorative pieces throughout the building. Old breaker boxes that no longer work and part of a historic underground coal tunnel will be in public view in the basement. The new building was also designed in a way that the duo coined, industrial deco, creating a modern feel with industrial elements and sweeping curves.

Tom Russell: Blood and Candle Smoke Streets 9/15

Tom Russell has recorded 25 records and one DVD. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nancy Griffith, Joe Ely, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, KD Lang, Suzy Bogguss, Ramblin´ Jack Elliott, Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk and other great artists.

Tom-RussellRussell credited, along with Dave Alvin, of inventing the Americana radio format with their Merle Haggard tribute 'Tulare Dust' in 1994. The Columbus Other wrote: 'Russell seems to have invented, and keeps re-inventing, American roots music...! He´s the strongest live performer we have seen in years.'

Tom Russell has appeared on the David Letterman TV show four times in the last few years, and his songs have appeared in a dozen movies and television series including: Tremors, Songcatcher and Northern Exposure.

Russell was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and now makes his home on a 2.68 ''badland farm'' on the border of El Paso-Juarez. He graduated from the University of California with a Master´s Degree in Criminology and taught school in Nigeria during the Biafran war, befor re-locating to Vancouver to begin his musical career singing Hank Williams´ songs in skid row bars.

Tom Russell has published three books: a detective novel (in Scandinavia), a compendium of songwriting quotes with Sylvia Tyson (And Then I Wrote - Arsenal Press), and a book of letters with Charles Bukowski: (Tough Company: Mystery Island Press).

Russell is also an established painter represented by Yard Dog Folk Art in Austin and Marfa (www.yarddog.com) and Rainbow Man in Santa Fe (www.rainbowman.com)

russellIn 2008 Shout Factory released 'Veteran`s Day', a double disc Anthology with 37 songs, which were remastered, from Tom`s entire recording career. Guest artists included Dave Alvin, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, and many more. There are also two unreleased songs included, and a twenty page booklet. In 2009 Tom co-produced, and was a featured guest, on the critically acclaimed Gretchen Peters record One To The Heart, One To The Head which included Tom`s song "Guadalupe" and songs by Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt. Tom`s new Shout Factory record Blood and Candle Smoke is scheduled for a September 15, 2009 release.

Robert Hunter, the Grateful Dead lyricist and co-writer on Dylan's latest, said, "Excellent record in all respects. Lyrics are jewels, arrangements deeply tasteful, vocals superb." Robert first met Tom in the latter's New York cab in 1983 and the two became friends. (Things happen to Tom that just don't happen to anyone else.) 

Here is an mp3 from Tom's newest album:  {play}images/mp3/santa_ana_wind.mp3{/play}

Upcoming Tour Dates:

 Month             City                                  Country


 Sep 18, 2009 Cowboy Train

 Sep 18, 2009 Albuquerque, NM

 Sep 19, 2009 Durango, CO

 Sep 30, 2009 Cambridge (Boston), MA

 Oct 2009
 Oct 01, 2009 The Late Show with David Letterman, NYC

 Oct 02, 2009 Piermont, NY

 Oct 03, 2009 New York, NY

 Oct 04, 2009 Washington, DC

 Oct 06, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA

 Oct 07, 2009 Cleveland, OH

 Oct 08, 2009 Columbus, OH

 Oct 09, 2009 Ann Arbor, MI

 Oct 10, 2009 Chicago, IL

 Oct 11, 2009 Fairfield, Iowa

 Oct 13, 2009 Columbia, MO

 Oct 14, 2009 Kansas City, MO

 Oct 15, 2009 Springfield, IL

 Oct 16, 2009 St. Louis, MO

 Oct 17, 2009 Mt. Olive, IL

 Nov 2009
 Nov 04, 2009 Phoenix, AZ

 Nov 05, 2009 Tucson, AZ

 Nov 06, 2009 Pinos Altos, NM (near Silver City)

 Nov 07, 2009 Las Cruces, NM

 Nov 08, 2009 Santa Fe, NM

 Nov 10, 2009 Fort Worth, TX

 Nov 11, 2009 Dallas, TX

 Nov 12, 2009 Austin, TX

 Nov 13, 2009 Fischer, TX

 Nov 14, 2009 Houston, TX

 Nov 15, 2009 San Antonio, TX

 Dec 2009
 Dec 04, 2009 San Diego, CA

 Dec 05, 2009 Santa Monica, CA

 Dec 06, 2009 Ojai, CA

 Dec 07, 2009 Visalia, CA

 Dec 09, 2009 Felton, CA

 Dec 10, 2009 Redwood City, CA

 Dec 11, 2009 Berkeley, CA

 Dec 12, 2009 Winters, CA

 Dec 13, 2009 Sparks (Reno), NV

 Dec 14, 2009 Sparks (Reno), NV

 Dec 15, 2009 Portland, OR

 Dec 16, 2009 Seattle, WA

 Jan 2010
 Jan 15, 2010 Bristol, UK

 Jan 16, 2010 Farncombe (Surrey) , UK

 Jan 17, 2010 York, UK

 Jan 19, 2010 Southport, UK

 Jan 20, 2010 Glasgow, UK

 Jan 21, 2010 Glasgow, UK

 Jan 22, 2010 Barton-upon-Humber (North Lincolnshire), UK

 Jan 23, 2010 Bury, UK

 Jan 24, 2010 Gateshead, UK

 Jan 25, 2010 Norwich, UK

 Jan 26, 2010 Leicester, UK

 Jan 27, 2010 London, UK

 Jan 28, 2010 Belfast, UK

 Jan 29, 2010 Dublin, Ireland

 Jan 30, 2010 Roscrae, Ireland

 Jan 31, 2010 Galway City, IE

 Feb 2010
 Feb 01, 2010 Norway

 Feb 02, 2010 Norway

 Feb 03, 2010 Norway

 Feb 04, 2010 Norway

 Feb 05, 2010 Norway

 Feb 06, 2010 Norway

 Feb 07, 2010 Norway

 Apr 2010
 Apr 12, 2010 Toronto, Canada

 Apr 14, 2010 Calgary, Canada

 Apr 15, 2010 Calgary, Canada

 Apr 16, 2010 Edmonton, Canada

 Apr 17, 2010 Calgary, Canada

Beat Kaestli at Smoke Jazz Club - NYC, Feb. 8th

Beat Kaestli- for the Grateful Web

On Sunday, February 8th, Beat Kaestli is returning to Smoke Jazz Club (sets @ 6 & 7pm). Smoke is one of NYC premier Jazz venues with a great atmosphere and a delicious food and drink menu- perfect to listen to Jazz and enjoy a great meal. Please call for reservations - space is limited.
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Beat Kaestli Quartet @ Smoke Jazz Club, NYC
feat. Aria Hendricks (voc) and Adrian Mira (sax)
Sunday, February 8th - 2 sets 6 & 7pm
2751 Broadway (between 105/106 st)
212 864 6662 | www.smokejazz.com
Cover: $5 ($20 min @ tabels)
Directions: 1/9 train to 103rd st

Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
John Chin - piano
Michael O'Brian - bass
Russ Pederson - drums
feat. Aria Hendricks and Adrian Mira