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the New Deal, Pioneers of Live Electronic, Announce Fall Tour

Toronto’s live-electro pioneers the New Deal kick-off their largest, most ambitious tour in years with dates stretching from Colorado to North Carolina and bills shared with Toubab Krewe, King Britt, Brothers Past and more (details below). As always, tND’s concerts will feature inspired instrumental improvisations and driving beats, but new for this tour, the band will introduce a brand new keyboard setup, implemented to fortify the tND sound.

Touring in support of their latest release, Live: Toronto 7.16.2009 (SCI Fidelity Records) is a perfect snap-shot of the band onstage doing what they do best. With over 800 shows and ten albums released, Jamie Shields (keyboards), Darren Shearer (drums/beatbox) and Dan Kurtz (bass) have established themselves as leaders and innovators in the live electronic world, spawning countless bands, garnering numerous awards and selling out venues around the world. With a massive U.S. tour set for 2010, they prove the best is still ahead.

Check out the Grateful Web's interview with the New Deal.

the New Deal Tour Dates:

10/07/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre (w/ Brothers Past)

10/08/10 Ft. Collins, CO Hodi's Halfnote (w/ The Passage Project)

10/09/10 Denver, CO Cervantes' (w/ Mimosa, Future Rock, Brothers Past)

10/12/10 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird (w/ Papadosio)

10/13/10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House (w/ Steez)

10/14/10 Madison, WI The Majestic (w/ Steez)

10/15/10 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig (w/ Steez)

10/16/10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (w/ King Britt)

11/03/10 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre (w/ Two Fresh & Mimosa)

11/04/10 Scranton, PA Eleanor Rigby's (w/ Eclectic Method)

11/05/10 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater (w/Toubab Krewe)

11/06/10 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street (w/ Toubab Krewe)

11/09/10 Blacksburg, VA Attitudes (w/ Eclectic Method)

11/10/10 Knoxville, TN The Valarium (w/ Toubab Krewe)

11/11/10 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall

11/12/10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel

11/13/10 Live Oak, FL Bear Creek Music Festival

Sean Bones is coming to Aspen!

Sean says:   "This winter I fought off the nasty weather with a drum machine. I got this old wooden Hammond thing in the fall, and I’d hide out in my draughty bedroom at night, meditating on tonal beats while winter buried my van and ripped leaves from the trees. After a period of falling asleep to its punchy tick tock on the bedside table, song skeletons started to take shape in my dreams. Specifically a melodic “Latin” setting started to infect my day like all the nose blowers at work. Soon I was sick. And I was coughing in time. I called my brother to come over with his bass and we blasted our new song out the window until the snow started to melt. That’s how I made the spring happen on my street."

"Sounds like Bones and his cough both got productive. And check the line “I’m gonna catch whatever you’ve got.” Sickness affected and infected his lyrics here as well. “Rhumba Beat”’s watery lead guitar and organ almost obscure the titular beat, before it changes entirely during the second half of the single. Maybe “Rhumba   Beat” signals outdoor activity weather, but it briefly hints at a darkened dancefloor as well."

US TOUR
04/07 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
04/14 – Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Palace *
04/15 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
04/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
04/19 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up *
04/20 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
04/22 – Boise, ID @ The Neurolux *
04/23 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
04/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
04/28 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
04/29 – Indianapolis, IN @ Locals Only
04/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
*With Dr. Dog

Dale Ann Bradley new album and Station Inn CD release party

It's 9 a.m. on a rainy January day in Nashville, five days into 2009.  Dale Ann Bradley is coming up the studio steps without a raincoat, carrying a guitar and a folder full of lyrics.  She's been on the road for 14 straight days, it's 25 degrees and pouring, but never mind all that.  She's been shaping the concept of her new project, the follow-up to her Compass Records debut Catch Tomorrow, for months, and she can't wait to kick off the first song. She's let her heart guide her way through stacks of songs, looking for those that capture something beyond great music, something that gives voice to what she's been living and breathing in her own life for the last year.

dale ann bradleySo take a seat around the coffee table at the Compass Sound Studio--where Dale Ann Bradley sits with an old D-28 and producer and banjoist Alison Brown puts her gentle mark of genius on arrangements--and let Dale Ann tell you about Don't Turn Your Back in her own words: "It needs to be more than a record," she's says. "This is my dream album. I want it to inspire people to hang in with whatever they're facing--to find the hope and inspiration to keep going. I want to share the music that's touched me and I want to put everything into it that has been given to me over the past year."

This is Dale Ann Bradley. She's the 2007 & 2008 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and has been hailed by Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs as one of the greatest vocalists in country and bluegrass music. A former Coon Creek Girl and mainstay at Kentucky's Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Bradley commands a list of awards as long as Highway 40, yet a few minutes with her tells you she is something even more than extraordinarily gifted--she's extraordinarily human. A Primitive Baptist preacher's daughter out of the hills of Kentucky where no musical instruments were allowed, Bradley grew up in a self-described "backwoods holler" down a rural road where electricity and running water weren't available until she was in high school--something she has more in common with the first generation of bluegrass than her contemporaries in today's scene.

Dale Ann Bradley is nothing if not a great storyteller, but her ability to step into someone else's shoes and make their story her own for a few minutes, that is what allows every note sung and played on Don't Turn Your Back to be believable. In the company of some of best bluegrass pickers and singers including Stuart Duncan (fiddle/banjo), Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Alison Brown (banjo), Gena Britt (banjo), Steve Gulley (vocals), and Mike Bub (bass), Bradley explores Don't Turn Your Back's undeniable themes of bravery and hope through the eyes of mothers, lovers, trains, and one shiny, soon-to-be-lucky penny.

Staying true to her daughter-of-a-preacher roots, Don't Turn Your Back includes three bluegrass gospel numbers: the humorous "Rusty Old Halo", The Carter Family's "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room",  and the traditional "Heaven", which features reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent. Sharing her love of classic rock and its influence on her music and voice, Bradley includes bluegrass versions of Fleetwood Mac's "Over My Head"and Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", yet stays close to tradition with the Kentucky mountain ballad "Blue Eyed Boy". Courage is the silver thread running through all twelve tracks of Don't Turn Your Back, and it is in these songs that Bradley lays out all she's got: "Anybody Else's Heart But Mine" teaches us how to push through a broken heart, "Will I Be Good Enough" (Branscomb, Claire Lynch on guest vocals) whispers hope to uncertain parents, and "Music City Queen" (Bradley/Branscomb) documents the dauntlessness of those who come to Nashville seeking stardom. The title track calls for giving life's highway one more chance.

Dale Ann Bradley's mountain soprano has been called "shimmering" (The Washington Post), "angelic" (Billboard), and "exceptional" (Bluegrass Unlimited). An acclaimed musician and currently living in Nashville, TN, Bradley fills every stage and studio with humor, grace, and integrity. Don't Turn Your Back will be available on Compass Records May 19, 2009.