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Jim Lauderdale's Reason and Rhyme: Out TODAY

Can there be too much of a good thing?  If the question’s about collaboration between American roots music hero Jim Lauderdale and legendary lyricist Robert Hunter, the answer’s an emphatic “no!”  Marking the former’s debut on the respected Sugar Hill records label, Reason And Rhyme makes a compelling case for the continued vitality of the Lauderdale—Hunter partnership—and for Lauderdale’s unique and deeply satisfying approach to bluegrass.

“This one’s back to total bluegrass,” Lauderdale says of the collaborative follow-up to 2010’s electric Patchwork River, and so it’s no surprise that it features many of the musicians involved in previous bluegrass efforts like Could We Get Any Closer (2009) and 2007’s Grammy-winning The Bluegrass Diaries.  The close-knit crew, headed up by producer and resonator guitarist Randy Kohrs, is perfectly in tune with Lauderdale’s ‘grass-with-a-twist sensibilities, and whether it’s a return buddy like bassist Jay Weaver or new colleague Mike Compton (mandolin), each player delivers mightily with the genre’s characteristic virtuosity and emotional fire.

“We started on this one last August,” Lauderdale notes, “right after I finished touring with Elvis Costello.  Robert and I have worked just about every way you can think of—writing in the same room, adding lyrics to music and music to lyrics—but whichever way we go, he’s the lyrics guy and I’m the music guy.  This time around, we wanted to keep the momentum from Patchwork River going; I started sending him melodies, and ten days later we had 18 songs to choose from.”
The collaboration began over a decade ago, when Lauderdale was preparing for his first joint project with bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley, and quickly bore fruit, with more than 30 songs written before the first all-collaborative album, Headed For The Hills (2004).  “I’m not surprised, but I’m always blown away how creative he is lyrically,” says the singer/songwriter, who’s busy enough that finding time to record has always been among his greatest challenges.
With 11 fresh takes on the bluegrass sound that he’s loved since he was a teenager, this latest effort presents Jim Lauderdale at his most relaxed and rooted—and with the help of one of American music’s greatest lyricists, it’s a set that offers not only deep musicality, but deep meaning and vision.  Reason And Rhyme—it’s just the right name for just the right music.
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Jim Lauderdale 2011 Tour Dates

2011-06-22           Nashville, TN - Music City Roots
2011-06-24           Nashville, TN - Station Inn
2011-06-27           New York, NY - The Living Room
2011-07-22           Trumansburg, NY - Grassroots Festival
2011-07-24           Washington, DC - Hill Country
2011-07-26           Abindgon, VA - Virginia Highlands Community College
2011-08-06           Casper, WY - Beartrap Summer Festival
2011-08-08           Helena, MT - Myrna Loy Center
2011-08-10           Boise, ID - Alive After Five
2011-08-11           Snowmass Village, CO - Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Series
2011-08-13           Alta, WY - Targhee Music Festival
2011-09-06           The Woodlands, TX - Real Life - Real Music @ Dosey Doe
2011-09-17           Bristol, TN - Bristol's Rhythm and Roots Reunion
2011-10-06           Richmond, VA - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
2011-10-07           Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel - with the Blind Boys of Alabama
2011-10-13           Nashville, TN - Americana Music Conference

2011-10-21           North Bethesda, MD - Strathmore

Jim Lauderdale to Release Reason & Rhyme

Can there be too much of a good thing?  If the question’s about collaboration between American roots music hero Jim Lauderdale and legendary lyricist Robert Hunter, the answer’s an emphatic “no!”  Marking the former’s debut on the respected Sugar Hill records label, Reason And Rhyme makes a compelling case for the continued vitality of the Lauderdale—Hunter partnership—and for Lauderdale’s unique and deeply satisfying approach to bluegrass.

“This one’s back to total bluegrass,” Lauderdale says of the collaborative follow-up to 2010’s electric Patchwork River, and so it’s no surprise that it features many of the musicians involved in previous bluegrass efforts like Could We Get Any Closer (2009) and 2007’s Grammy-winning The Bluegrass Diaries.  The close-knit crew, headed up by producer and resonator guitarist Randy Kohrs, is perfectly in tune with Lauderdale’s ‘grass-with-a-twist' sensibilities, and whether it’s a return buddy like bassist Jay Weaver or new colleague Mike Compton (mandolin), each player delivers mightily with the genre’s characteristic virtuosity and emotional fire.

“We started on this one last August,” Lauderdale notes, “right after I finished touring with Elvis Costello.  Robert and I have worked just about every way you can think of—writing in the same room, adding lyrics to music and music to lyrics—but whichever way we go, he’s the lyrics guy and I’m the music guy.  This time around, we wanted to keep the momentum from Patchwork River going; I started sending him melodies, and ten days later we had 18 songs to choose from.”
The collaboration began over a decade ago, when Lauderdale was preparing for his first joint project with bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley, and quickly bore fruit, with more than 30 songs written before the first all-collaborative album, Headed For The Hills (2004).  “I’m not surprised, but I’m always blown away how creative he is lyrically,” says the singer/songwriter, who’s busy enough that finding time to record has always been among his greatest challenges.
With 11 fresh takes on the bluegrass sound that he’s loved since he was a teenager, this latest effort presents Jim Lauderdale at his most relaxed and rooted—and with the help of one of American music’s greatest lyricists, it’s a set that offers not only deep musicality, but deep meaning and vision.  Reason And Rhyme—it’s just the right name for just the right music.

Method of Defiance Play Rare NYC Show

The all-star crew that makes up Method of Defiance are some of the busiest and most accomplished musicians working today, but six of the seven group members have managed to join forces for a rare live performance on November 6th at Santos Party House.  Filling in for drummer Guy Licata is Hideo Yamaki, a living legend in the drumming world, also the most sought after drummer in Japan. Yamaki has played with countless Japanese musicians from j-pop sensations to traditional / classical artist, as well as western musicians like Cream’s Ginger Baker and avant-garde legend John Zorn.

Method of Defiance was formed by Grammy-winning electric bassist, producer, and re-mixer Bill Laswell.  Laswell has worked with many of music’s biggest names on the planet, including Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson,  George ClintonBrian EnoTony Williams, Mick Jagger, Williams Burroughs, Afrika Bambaataa, Motörhead, John Lydon, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Matisyahu, Anthony Braxton, Sting, Zakir Hussein, John Zorn, Sonny Sharrock and hundreds more from the Americas, Africa The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, China, and Japan.  Laswell has built a reputation on consistently working with a diverse array of artists, and rejecting the restrictions of genre, tradition, and commerce in favor or taking risks and uniting seemingly disparate voices.

Method of Defiance has released the first of their three albums scheduled on M.O.D. TechnologiesJahbulon features vocalists Dr. Israel and Hawk, keyboardist / Funkadelic icon Bernie Worrell, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and post modern/futurist drummer, Guy Licata.  It’s a song driven release built on the foundations of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, dub, electronica, rock, roots reggae, drum & bass and the future.

The second album Incunabula (out November 6th), is a spontaneous improvisation of musical interaction. The album’s lineup includes Bill Laswell on bass and dub efx, Bernie Worrell on keyboards,turntable master DJ Krush and on electric trumpet Japan’s own, sound and fury - Toshinori Kondo, Guy Licata ondrums, Dr. Israel on dub efx,  with a special appearance by keyboard legend Herbie Hancock.

In April 2011, the guys will put out the remix project Dub Arcanum Arcandrum, a mix of both Jahbulon (the voice) and Incunabula (the music) re-imagined  by Bill Laswell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Scientist, Mad Professor, Dr. Israel, DJ Krush, and others.

Method Of Defiance | Jahbulon | Streets 10/19/10

M.O.D. TECHNOLOGIES created by the principle members of Method Of Defiance. This label is a modern evolution of the original AXIOM label - for the purpose of destroying, discerning musical genres, trends, approved or unapproved formats, false ideas and other unnecessary borders. All releases are the direct manifestations of Bill Laswell and other key members of the collective. The label is formed for the advancement of art and communication, in all forms of the creative process.

Grammy-winning electric bassist, producer, and re-mixer Bill Laswell has worked with many of music’s biggest names on the planet, including Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson, George Clinton, Brian Eno, Tony Williams, Mick Jagger, Williams Burroughs, Afrika Bambaataa, Motorhead, John Lydon, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana, Matisyahu, Anthony Braxton, Sting, Zakir Hussein, John Zorn, and hundreds more from the Americas, Africa The Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East, China, and Japan. Laswell has built a reputation on consistently working with a diverse array of artists, and rejecting the restrictions of genre, tradition, and commerce in favor or taking risks and uniting seemingly disparate voices. It is with this ethos that he has formed the record label M.O.D. Technologies, which is set to release albums this October by the group Method of Defiance and one of Ethiopia’s most famous contemporary vocalists, Gigi. In addition, the label is planning releases from Dr. Israel, Gnawa Fusion, Afa Negus, and DJ Krush in the near future.

Click HERE to Stream the Song “One World”

Method of Defiance is an all-star cast that consists of the following members:

BILL LASWELL (see collaborations above)
BERNIE WORRELL (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads, Keith Richards)
DR. ISRAEL (Sublime, The Mad Professor, Killah Priest)
HAWK (Tricky, Tool, The Roots’ Black Thought)
DJ KRUSH (Ronny Jordan, Luna Sea & Ryuichi Sakamoto)
TOSHINORI KONDO (Herbie Hancock, Derek Bailey, Henry Kaiser, Peter Brotzmann)
GUY LICATA (Santigold, Massive Attack, Hercules & Love Affair)

Method of Defiance will release three albums, first the immediately accessible Jahbulon (October 5th): Ten songs featuring vocalists Dr. Israel and Hawk, keyboardist / Funkadelic icon Bernie Worrell, legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, and post modern/futurist drummer, Guy Licata. A cross-generational affair that incorporates elements of reggae, hip hop, dancehall, dub, electronica, rock, roots music and more. The beauty lies within its ability to touch on multiple overlapping cultural reference points.

This will be followed (October 19th) by Incunabula a spontaneous improvisation of musical interaction. The album’s lineup includes Bill Laswell on bass and dub efx, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, Guy Licata on drums, Dr. Israel on dub efx, turntable master DJ Krush and on electric trumpet Japan’s own, sound and fury - Toshinori Kondo with a special appearance by keyboard legend Herbie Hancock.

Ending the trilogy in Jan 2011 with the remix project Dub Arcanum Arcandrum a mix of both Jahbulon (the vocal) and Incunabula (the instrumental) by Bill Laswell, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mad Professor, Dr. Israel, DJ Krush, and others.