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Toubab Krewe Announce Live at the Orange Peel, Fall Tour

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Toubab Krewe kicks off an extensive fall tour this week as they prepare to release their sophomore album, Live at the Orange Peel.  The new album captures their outstanding 2008 New Year's run at the Orange Peel in their hometown of Asheville, NC.

 

"We've been developing our material live, as we tour, so recording our second album on stage was a natural way for us to capture our creative energy," says guitarist Drew Heller. "Live performance allows unexpected moments to occur - audience and band energies interact in ways that can't be foreseen or simulated in a studio." 

 

All of the songs are previously unreleased and continue to blend American rock 'n' roll with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels to Mali, Guinea and Ivory Coast. Along the way, they explore the worlds of surf and zydeco, fusing it all together into what the Village Voice describes as "a futuristic, psychedelic, neo-griot frenzy" and Honest Tune hails as "one of the most innovative voices in music today."

 

The new release features collaborations with legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl. It was produced by Grammy winning producer Steven Heller, who also produced the band's debut CD.

 

Details on the album's release date and additional tour dates to be announced soon.

 

Tour Dates

 

Sept. 12 | Atlanta, GA | Smiths Olde Bar

 

Sept. 13 | Tampa, FL | Tampa Cuban Club (WMNF Birthday Party)

 

Sept. 14 | Gainesville, FL | Real Big Deal (Alachua County Fairgrounds)

 

Sept. 17 | Carrboro, NC | Cat's Cradle

 

Sept. 18 | Boone, NC | Legends at Appalachian State

 

Sept. 19 | Greenville, SC | Handlebar

 

Sept. 20 | Savannah, GA | Live Wire Music Hall

 

Sept. 25 | Falls Church, VA | State Theatre

 

Sept. 26 | Pittsburgh, PA | Club Café

 

Sept. 27 | Cleveland, OH | Beachland Ballroom

 

Sept. 28 | Toronto, ON | Small World Music Festival (Revival Bar)

 

Sept. 30 | Ithaca, NY | Castaways

 

October 1 | Northampton, MA | Iron Horse Music Hall

 

October 2 | Burlington, VT | Higher Ground

 

October 3 | Narragansett, RI | Wheel House

 

October 4 | Philadelphia, PA | North Star Bar

 

October 5 | Baltimore, MD | 8X10

 

October 7 | Harrisburg, PA | Appalachian Brewing Company

 

October 9 | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom

 

October 10 | Silk Hope, NC | Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival 

 

October 11  | Horse Shoe, NC | Loki Festival at Deerfields 

 

October 14 | Columbus, OH | Scarlet Grey Café

 

October 15 | Ann Arbor, MI | Ark

 

October 16 | Chicago, IL | House of Blues 

 

October 18 | Minneapolis, MN | Cabooze

 

October 21 | Bozeman, MT | Zebra Cocktail Lounge

 

October 23 | Seattle, WA | Tractor Tavern

 

October 24 | Eugene, OR | W.O.W. Hall

 

October 25 | Portland, OR | Doug Fir Lounge

 

October 28 | Arcata, CA | Humboldt Brewery

 

October 31 | San Francisco, CA | Independent

 

November 1 | Petaluma, CA | Mystic Theater

 

November 2 | Santa Cruz, CA | Moe's Alley

 

November 6 | Los Angeles, CA | The Mint

 

November 8 | Tucson, AZ | Fox Tucson Theatre

 

November 11 | Santa Fe, NM | College of Santa Fe

 

November 13 | Boulder, CO | B Side Lounge

 

November 14 | Fort Collins, CO | Aggie Theatre

 

November 15 | Denver, CO | Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

 

November 19 | Dallas, TX | Granada Theater

 

November 21 | Austin, TX | Stubbs Bar-B-Q

 

November 22 | New Orleans, LA | Tipitina's (With Hot 8 Brass Band)

 

December 3  | Charleston, SC | Music Farm

"Live From Abbey Road" airs this Thursday

Ben Harper & the Criminals- for the Grateful Web

Watch Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals perform in the legendary Abbey Road Studios this Thursday, August 28th on the Sundance Channel at 10PM ET/PT.

Watch an exclusive interview with Ben at http://www.sundancechannel.com/livefromabbeyroad/

The program will air in the UK on Channel 4 on Sept 12th and 13th.  More international broadcast dates forthcoming at www.benharper.net.

Visit the Tour Archive at http://www.benharper.net for the setlist, photos and reviews!

New York Dolls "Live At Fillmore East"

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New York Dolls announce the release of their brand new unabashed live album. Recorded in December of last year at NYC's Fillmore East, this disc captures ten prime tracks from the reunited Dolls:  "Babylon," "Trash," "Jet Boy," "Personality Crisis," "Rainbow Store," "Looking for a Kiss," "Puss 'N' Boots," "Dance Like a Monkey," "Pills," and "Lonely Planet Boy." Its everything you have come love about the Dolls over their giant spanning career, yet still keeps you on your toes and wanting more.

Morrissey recently exclaimed this with a fervor that somehow made his chronologically impossible claims seem plausible. Watching footage of the 'Dolls onstage two years ago at the behest of one of their biggest fans (who was curating the prestigious Meltdown Festival in London) one realized just how vast - and heretofore unsung - their influence truly was. Everyone knows the famous logo: chrome lipstick, scrawling that name across an unseen mirror, but it's more than the great brand. It's not about the androgyny either. Skinny boys were wearing make up long before them. Little Richard. Elvis. It's not even about the music, as the Dolls themselves were always quick to credit 50's R&B numbers or early 60's girl group productions as their own influences. Really, what makes the Dolls so eternal is the attitude - it got into rock's water supply and never left. Kiss, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Blondie, The Sex Pistols, The Damned, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses, Hanoi Rocks, The Strokes, The Libertines and just about any gang of strutting rockers who are convinced that their band could take your band and possibly your whole town in a pretty for pretty, ugly for ugly throwdown. The Dolls, and their disciples win, not just with brawn but with what guitarist Sylvain Sylvain calls "plenty of intellect and plenty of sex."

Thirty five years into their existence (thirty one since they disbanded down in Florida in a haze of smack withdrawal and managerial anarchy), with three men down, they can still take your band, pretty for pretty, ugly for ugly, onstage, and now, with the long (long) awaited follow up to 1974's awesome Too Much, Too Soon, on CD too. "You know how England is," David Johansen quips in his Staten Island drawl, thick as South Ferry sludge, "We made a big noise over there, and we were having so much fun, we decided to keep going." "The phone didn't stop ringing," Sylvain adds, "The kids wanted this. Kids of all ages." An album's worth of brand new New York Dolls compositions, as unlikely as it may have seemed in 2003, was a foregone conclusion after wildly successful festival and live dates that spanned the past two years. They were a reunion when they re-started. Now, with replacement members feeling comfortable stepping into the stack heels of departed legends like Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, and most recently Arthur "Killer" Kane, they're a gang once more. "It won't be very long that we'll be together longer than the original band was," Johansen laughs.

July 12 - Kent, UK - Down on the Farm Festival

July 13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Club Vega - Headline

July 16 - Athens, Greece - Fly Beeyond Festival

July 18 - Benicassim, Spain - FIB Festival

July 24 - Stezanno, Italy - Druso Under the Sky Festival

July 25 - Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet Club - Headline

July 29 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Heatwave Festival  w/ Morrissey

Aug 2 - Lokeren, Belgium - Lokerse Festeen Festival

More Dates To Be Added...

Umphrey's McGee Releases Jimmy Stewart 2007 and A New Live Series - CompendiUM

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} In June, prog-rock powerhouse Umphrey's McGee will release Jimmy Stewart 2007 - an ambitious double-live album comprised of some of the band's most inspired improvisations, sequenced into two seamless 70-minute "mixtapes."  Several times each performance Umphrey's McGee delves into the "Jimmy Stewart" creation process.  They aim to generate melody-rich, spontaneous compositions, utilizing a Zappa-inspired language of body gestures and hand-signals which allow the band to create structure on-the-fly.

As Umphrey's McGee's sound continues to evolve, each live performance is increasingly a showcase for their "Jimmy Stewart" approach to progressive improvisation, which they utilize as a breeding ground for new material. Fan favorites "In the Kitchen", "Intentions Clear", "Bridgeless", and many more have come from such sessions.  In fact, the newest original to the Umphrey's McGee live repertoire is "Waist Down", a song with firm roots in the Jimmy Stewart 2007track “Eat - 2.17.07 - San Francisco".

Umphrey's is a band always on the cusp of fresh technology and music distribution, and the trendsetting Umphrey's McGee Podcast serves up two 75-minute sets of live UM each month to its 20,000 subscribers. On June 10th, the Podcast offered it's 66th broadcast, a Jimmy Stewart 2007 companion piece of an extra CD's worth of material from the cutting room.  That past weekend weekend, a limited pressing of 2,000 Jimmy Stewart 2007 CDs were available at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, with remaining copies to be distributed at shows and though the band's online store.  Beginning June 17, the record is available digitally via iTunes and UMLive.net.

Also this month, Umphrey's McGee debut a digital-only live series called CompendiUM.  The first ten releases in this iTunes series are comprised of the band's favorite ten shows of 2007, showcasing the incredibly diverse range of the Umphrey's McGee live experience.

 
CompendiUM releases:
CompendiUM: Live in Boulder, Colorado - 03.06.07
CompendiUM: Live in Pontiac, Michigan - 03.16.07
CompendiUM: Live in Madison, Wisconsin - 03.22.07
CompendiUM: Live in Rochester, New York - 04.15.07
CompendiUM: Live in Portland, Oregon - 06.07.07
CompendiUM: Live in Portsmouth, Virginia - 06.28.07
CompendiUM: Live in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota - 07.19.07
CompendiUM: Live in Bloomington, Indiana - 11.09.07
CompendiUM: Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 11.10.07
CompendiUM: Live in Chicago, Illinois - 12.30.07

Look for the band on tour this summer:
July 05 Saturday in the Park Sioux City IA
July 06 Weesner Amphitheater - Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley M
July 10 Willow Island at Alliant Energy Center Madison WI Co-Headline with STS9
July 12 Westfair Amphitheatre Omaha NE Co-Headline with STS9
July 15 Moonlite Gardens Cincinnati OH Co-Headline with STS9
July 16 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen VA Co-Headline with STS9
July 17 Promowest Pavilion Columbus OH Co-Headline with STS9
July 18 The Lawn at White River State Park Indianapolis IN Co-Headline with STS9
July 19 Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island Chicago IL Co-Headline with STS9
July 24 Roseland Ballroom New York NY Co-Headline with STS9
July 25 Festival Pier at Penn's Landing Philadelphia PA Co-Headline with STS9
July 25 Fillmore at the TLA Philadelphia PA
July 26 Bank of America Pavilion Boston MA Co-Headline with STS9
July 27 Pier 6 Concert Pavilion Baltimore MD Co-Headline with STS9
July 30 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC Co-Headline with STS9
July 31 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC Co-Headline with STS9
July 31 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC
August 01-02 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta GA Co-Headline with STS9
August 09 Up North Music and Arts Festival Hiram ME
August 31 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morisson CO With Gov't Mule
September 01 The Fox Theatre Boulder CO
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
December 11-15 Caribbean Holidaze Jamaica IA

MOUNTAIN HEART STRUTS 'LIVE' CHOPS, NEW SINGER

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Mountain Heart, one of the most talented, versatile and explosive sextets in the acoustic firmament, will offer a special treat to fans new and old this October 23rd with the release of Road That Never Ends (The Live Album) on Rural Rhythm Records.  Building on the group's already recognized strengths, Road That Never Ends ups the ante by bringing new elements of rock, blues and even jazz to its signature blend of bluegrass, gospel and jamgrass, underlining the sextet's unique role in the world of acoustic music.

Recorded on May 26th of this year in the intimacy of Ann Arbor, Michigan's 400-seat venue, The Ark, The Road... represents Mountain Heart's first live recording, and as their faithful listeners (from cozy clubs to such fabled festivals as Telluride, MerleFest and RockyGrass) well know, it is in front of a live audience that this award-winning combo is truly in its exuberant, celebratory element.

Presenting nearly an hour's worth of tried-and-true fan favorites along with some choice new additions destined to lock-in even upon first hearing, the recording also showcases the band's newest addition, guitarist and primary lead singer Josh Shilling.

Just 23 years old but with a wealth of pan-genre experience (and already a gifted songwriter), Shilling's elastic, expressive tenor handles the traditional high lonesome sound with uncanny flair even as his way with ballads (as on his own seductive, heartbreaking "Who's the Fool Now?") and soulful, gut-bucket blues (the low-down original "It Works Both Ways" and a scintillating interpretation of the Allman Brothers' eternal "Whipping Post") further expand Mountain Heart's already-enviable stylistic range and command.

Of course, to hold his own in this vaunted company, he HAS to be good. Formed in 1998 with a core group of veterans from Alison Krauss's multi-platinum and highly-awarded, Union Station, and Doyle Lawson's hallowed Quicksilver juggernaut, Mountain Heart cadged its first annual International Bluegrass Music Association award ('Emerging Artist of the Year') in 1999, and they've been racking up group and individual awards and nominations ever since.

Mandolinist Adam Steffy has garnered six consecutive IBMA nominations as best in his field (winning FIVE!), fiddler, founding member and Road... producer Jim Van Cleve earned a 2006 GRAMMY nomination for 'Best Country Instrumental' with his solo disc No Apologies, (on Rural Rhythm Records) and the rest of the gang (co-founder/banjo wizard Barry Abernathy, bassist Jason Moore and guitarist Clay Jones) routinely dazzle crowds with their individual prowess, intuitive, extra-sensory group interplay and - always - an uncommon knack for crowd-pleasing showmanship.

The disc features scintillating live versions of fan favorites such as Steve Gulley's "I'm Just Here to Ride the Train," a showboating workout on the beloved "Heart Like a Road Sign," Barry Abernathy's stellar reading of Pat McLaughlin's soaring "God and Everybody," and rollicking, kinetic instrumentals "Devil's Courthouse" (from Van Cleve's solo disc) and the lights-out closer "#6 Barn Dance" (which somehow falls just short of setting the Michigan woodlands ablaze).

An extra-special treat is the welcome return of "The Gospel Train." Mountain Heart's awe-inspiring rendition of the well-traveled traditional roof-raiser helped them earn an IBMA award for 'Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year' in 2002 with the album The Journey, but their then-label has since folded, leaving this inspirational evergreen out-of-print until now.

Change - as we all know - can be taxing, particularly when it involves the personnel of a much-loved touring band. But with Road That Never Ends, Mountain Heart memorably meets the challenge, keeping the home fires burning even as it strikes out for - and conquers - new musical territory.  Their hearts may lie in the mountains, but wherever the road that never ends takes them, these acoustic music masters will always make it feel like a natural home

Lotus Tours in Support of Live Album Escaping Sargasso Sea

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For those waiting for a concert experience with the dynamics of a rock band (read: no laptops), the dance inducing rhythms of club music, and the sophistication of modern electronica, an unlikely musical alternative has arrived in the form of the band Lotus.  Formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, Lotus brings their club-worthy beats and rocking instrumental anthems to theaters throughout the country this fall.  No glow-stick bracelets, pretentious Can trivia, or expensive distressed fashion required.

Lotus's new release, Escaping Sargasso Sea (May 2007), is a double-disc live album that draws from two previous studio albums, Nomad and The Strength of Weak Ties, along with never before released material.  From the post/math-rock of "When H Binds to O" to the slippery dance beats of "Wax," this collection shows Lotus's ability to deconstruct, stretch, and rebuild their compositions spontaneously on stage.  Restraining from flaunting their individual chops, Lotus builds compositions on catchy melodies and heavy grooves.

The five-piece band has creatively fused electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for eight years. The result is an explosive live show that has made crowds get down across the US, Canada, and Japan. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus proves why they have become a go-to act for late night festival slots.  This tour takes the band into renowned theatres nationwide including the Ogden Theatre in Denver, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Park West in Chicago, and the Bowery Ballroom in New York.

Lotus' complete list of confirmed Fall Tour dates is as follows:
09/28 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
09/29 Red Square Albany, NY
10/04 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
10/05 Aggie Theatre Ft. Collins, CO
10/06 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
10/08 Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
10/09 Winston's San Diego, CA
10/10 Knitting Factory West - Main Room Hollywood, CA
10/11 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
10/12 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz, CA
10/13 Crown Room Crystal Bay, NV
10/18 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
10/19 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
10/20 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
10/23 Club Roxbury Omaha, NE
10/24 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
10/25 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
10/26 Park West Chicago, IL
10/31 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
11/01 Pearl Street Northampton, MA
11/02 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
11/03 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
11/23–11/24 World Cafe Live - Downstairs Philadelphia, PA
12/31 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA

For more information please visit www.lotusvibes.com.

Later this year, look for a Lotus remix project with LCD Soundsystem label-mate Juan Maclean.

What critics have been saying about Lotus:

"…intent on creating a new genre (few try that these days)...it is rock, and smart disco, funk and soul, piano pop, world music, and modern alienation stuff and jazz fusion you can dance to all wrapped up in cellophane."  -Big Takeover 

"In this new terrain in which lie endless creative possibilities, Lotus continue to expand upon its post-everything rock/electronic/jazz/free-form pastiche."  -Big Shot Magazine

"If you were listening to the music of Philadelphia five-piece Lotus right now, you would be dancing. There's no doubt about that. Their grooves are tight, and fast, and fun, and one would be hard-pressed not to shake it hard at a Lotus show." -Jambands.com

Hot Buttered Rum New Live Release/Tour

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In the Fall of 2006, itching to release their first live album, Hot Buttered Rum announced that it would be recording a handful of shows for official release.  Live in the Northeast (released May 2007) beautifully reveals the true core of live Butter: music that is forceful without being flashy, serious without being stuffy, intricate without being inaccessible, and diverse without being distracting.  The performances were professionally multi-tracked and later carefully mixed by Butter's long-time sound engineer, Josh Osmond. The result is striking, presenting the unique energy and improvisational spirit of a Hot Buttered Rum live performance in studio-quality sound.

Often described as a rock band playing bluegrass instruments, no prior Butter recording has so perfectly displayed the band's bolder and heavier side.  Their full sound permeates Live in the Northeast — from the reggae-tinged "Return Someday" and psychedelica of "Desert Rat" through definitive covers of the Grateful Dead's "Cumberland Blues" and Leo Sayer's "Feel Like Dancin'" — winding the listener through a robust and intense set of acoustic rock.

The band's current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

June 19 Tractor Tavern Seattle WA
June 22 Media Club Vancouver BC
June 23 Grove Pub - Polynesian Room Vancouver BC
June 30 Powerhouse Pub Folsum CA
July 01 Mountain Stage Groveland CA
July 05-07 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy CA
July 13 Mangy Moose Teton Village WY
July 15 Trancegression Festival Copper Mountain CO
July 18 Buckin' Bale Music Festival Bozeman MT
July 19 Other Side Missoula MT
July 22 Greek Theater Berkeley CA with The String Cheese Incident and Railroad Earth
August 02 Mobius Ashland OR
August 03 4 Peaks Music Festival Bend OR
August 11 Dead on the Creek Willits CA
August 17 Mystic Theater Petaluma CA
August 18 Truckee Regional Park Truckee CA
August 19 Hidden Villa Community Programs Los Altos CA
September 09 Humboldt State University Arcata CA
September 16 River City Roots Festival Missoula MT
September 18 Red Oak High School Red Oak IA
September 20 Steifel Theatre for the Performing Arts Salina KS
September 22 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
October 20 Joshua Tree Music Festival Joshua Tree CA

More dates to be announced.

The widespread appeal of Hot Buttered Rum 's music stems not only from the band's musical versatility and prolific songwriting, but also from the magnetic chemistry the group creates onstage together.  It is this chemistry that is propelling the band to ever greater success. The band has performed at festivals as diverse as the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Grey Fox, High Sierra and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with such artists as Phil Lesh, Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall and Peter Rowan, the last two of whom worked with the band on its critically-acclaimed studio release, Well-Oiled Machine

STAX REISSUES JOHNNIE TAYLOR'S LIVE ALBUM, ' LIVE AT THE SUMMIT CLUB'

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Johnnie Taylor, one of the greatest soul singers who ever lived, was at the peak of his game on September 23, 1972, when he sang to an effusive crowd at the now-defunct Summit Club in South Los Angeles. The show was captured on tape and will be reissued February 20 by Stax Records as Johnnie Taylor: Live at the Summit Club.

 
The live album, produced by Al Bell, the then-president of Stax Records, was recorded at the time of the historic two-day Wattstax concert at nearby Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  The Wattstax bill was filled, so Stax put many of its artists into nearby clubs where they were taped and filmed.

 
As well as including his biggest hits ("Who's Making Love," "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone"), the album contains six previously unreleased tracks that emphasize the blues side of Taylor's repertoire. Label-mate Rufus Thomas said of Taylor in his introduction: "When you speak of blues, this is a man who knows 'em from the letter A to the letter Z."

 
Taylor recorded eight straight Top 10 R&B hits, though by 1971 he had been eclipsed by Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers as the label's top hitmakers. Eventually he moved from Stax to Columbia, where he enjoyed one more big hit, "Disco Lady," before winding down his recording career at Malaco with steady work on the Chitlin' Circuit.

 
staxWhile this recording found Taylor was at the peak of his faculties, his band unfortunately was not in such top form. The musicians messed up again and again — not so much that the audience really noticed, though Taylor did chastise them from time to time. The flaws and the way Taylor handled them without interrupting the flow make for fascinating — and ultimately satisfying — listening. The Arkansas-born vocalist considered himself "a salesman of songs," and he wasn't about to allow adverse circumstances to prevent him from driving home the messages of six of his biggest hits (including two very different versions of "Steal Away") and extended treatments of the blues songs "Little Bluebird" and "Hello Sundown." Six of the nine performances on the reissue, which was produced by Stuart Kremsky, are entirely new to disc.

 
Concord Music Group, which acquired the legendary Memphis label as part of its purchase of Fantasy Records in 2004, will also honor Stax's 50th year by releasing definitive collections, rare performances, unreleased tracks and more from the Memphis R&B imprint in deluxe new packages. Plans for digital releases, remixes and other projects are also in the works; the anniversary year's releases are slated to include more than 20 CDs and DVDs.

 
In addition, Concord Music Group will reactivate Stax this year as a dynamic new force in contemporary R&B music committed to the continuing the legacy of the original legendary label. The first new Stax signings are Isaac Hayes, Angie Stone and Soulive.

Railroad Earth Tours To Support New Live Album, Elko

Tim Carbone- for the Grateful Web

Using bluegrass tradition as a starting point, then exploring various musical idioms ranging from Celtic to Rock and Country to Folk, all infused with enduring lyrical storytelling and innate pop sensibilities, Railroad Earth has unearthed and delivered a truly original Americana sound.

Right from their first shows in May 2001, word-of-mouth on Railroad Earth was instant and superlative, as evidenced by their rapidly growing and highly loyal fan base. Driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members, Railroad Earth's powerful live experience has finally been captured on their first ever live release, Elko (SCI Fidelity Records).  Recorded during their 2005 spring tour, the double disc set captures all the timeless qualities without compromising the unpredictable nature that is at the core of a Railroad Earth concert.

Railroad Earth is currently on tour in support of Elko.  Current confirmed tour dates include:

March 30 The State Theatre State College PA
March 31 Irving Plaza New York NY
April 06 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
April 07 Gothic Theater Englewood CO
April 09 The Depot Salt Lake City UT
April 10 Big Easy Concert House Boise ID
April 12 The Showbox Seattle WA
April 13 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
April 14 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR
April 17 Ashland Armory Ashland OR
April 18 Senator Theatre Chico CA
April 19 McNear's Mystic Theatre Petaluma CA
April 20-21 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
April 24 Aruba Hotel Las Vegas NV
April 25 Knitting Factory Hollywood CA
April 26 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
April 28 McDowell Mountain Music Festival Scottsdale AZ
April 29 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque AZ
June 08-09 Wakarusa Festival Lawrence KS
June 16 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester TN

Dark Star Orchestra Live Webcast 10/14/2005 - Archive Available

Live Stream of DSO from McDonald Theater Friday, 10/14- for the Grateful Web

Dark Star Orchestra and The Grateful Web teamed up to provide an streaming video broadcast of DSO's October 14 performance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, OR.

You can click on this link to play the stream:

DSO - 10/14/2005 - Live Webcast Archive from Grateful Web

There are a few places during the show that are glitchy on the master file.  Especially during the start of the second set.  The sound board levels were raised up considerably so there is some audio spiking during the first part of Playing.  The rest is due to my computer processing video and audio and then sending it out.  Not to mention that I was exchanging feed back with people via email, this article, and instant messaging.  The lesson learned for next webcast... TWO COMPUTERS!  All things considered, I think the video turned out pretty good and some of the camera work is quite handy.  It is a bit dark at times, but that is directly related to the lighting in the room.  I don't think it would have been a good idea to have big spot lights on top of the video cameras.  :)

Grateful Web's favorite comment quote from the DSO webcast...   "Its Saturday morning in S.E. Asia... and I am dancing in my apartment... thanks again!"

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When I run Windows Media Player 7 or later, and I try to play video files streamed from the Internet, I only hear the audio. Why does this happen, and how can I fix it?
When you receive streamed content, communication occurs between the Player and a Windows Media server regarding the connection speed of your computer. If the Player communicates an incorrect connection speed to the server, the server may try to "thin" the stream, which means that the stream quality decreases and the Player may lose video altogether. You can prevent this from happening accidentally by manually specifying the connection speed. Open your Windows Media Player, you can specify your connection speed on the Performance tab of the Options dialog box.
It is also possible that you may not have the video codec that is required to decode and display the video. For more information about obtaining the correct codec, see the Playback Issues section.

Why does the Player disconnect sometimes when it starts playing content?
The Player may be detecting your connection speed incorrectly. Open your Windows Media Player, you can manually specify your connection speed on the Performance tab of the Options dialog box.
For more information about manually specifying connection speeds in Windows Media Player 6.4, see article 253798, "Windows Media Player May Stop Responding or Generate an Error Message When Streaming Media," in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

Why does the Player temporarily pause when I play content from the Internet?
In some cases, firewalls block Universal Datagram Protocol (UDP) traffic, which is the protocol required to play streaming content. In those cases, the Player is forced to use the HTTP/TCP protocol, which causes buffering and pauses when there is network congestion. To find out whether the Player is pausing (buffering) due to network congestion, you can compare the bandwidth the Player is currently using against the available bandwidth. Open your Windows Media Player, on the View menu, click Statistics, and then click the Advanced tab.

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