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THE BAND OF HEATHENS NOMINATED FOR "BEST DUO OR GROUP"

The Band of Heathens, whose current album One Foot in the Ether reached #1 on the Americana airplay charts and has won critical kudos from the indie-rock, alt-country and jam press alike, were nominated this week in the Americana Honors & Awards category of ”Best Duo or Group.” It is the band’s second nomination for the Honors & Awards; the first was last year’s nomination for “Best Emerging Duo or Group.”

In what will prove a pivotal year for the Band of Heathens, the quintet will also perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park in August, and at the Wakarusa festival in Arkansas. Also this past year, the band performed on the nationally televised PBS program Austin City Limits on a bill with Elvis Costello.

The guys in the Band of Heathens are fond of saying they became a unit by accident. But one might argue that a kind of destiny was involved in the merger of singer/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist and Colin Brooks with bassist Seth Whitney and drummer John Chipman, all of whom came from various solo careers and groups. Their new album, One Foot in the Ether, offers irrefutable evidence that they were meant to be together — and have evolved into a solid entity worthy of the comparisons they receive to the Black Crowes, the Band and Little Feat.

Maverick magazine called One Foot in the Ether album “a quality album from a quality group,” adding, “If you haven’t caught up with this group, why not?” The Wall Street Journal reviewer pronounced their live show at SXSW 2009 the “best set I came across during my five nights in town.” Blurt noted: “An album that echoes their down-home resolve, One Foot in the Ether finds them putting their best foot forward.”

The Americana Honors & Awards ceremony will be held Thursday, September 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Other nominees in the “Best Duo or Group” category include the Avett Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Dave Rawlings Machine.

According to band member Gordy Quist, “We're really pleased to be nominated for this award by the Americana Music Association and to be named along with such amazing artists.  The AMA has supported us from the very start and it's a real honor to be embraced by the Americana community."

SUMMER U.S. TOUR DATES

Fri., May 14  WICHITA FALLS, TX Iron Horse Pub
Sat., May 15  AMARILLO, TX Homer’s Backyard Ball
Sun., May 16  NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Gruene Hall
Thurs., May 20  BELTON, TX Schoepf’s Backyard
Fri., May 21  AUSTIN, TX Antone’s
Sat., May 22   GREENVILLE, TX Municipal Auditorium
Fri., May 28  NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Whitewater Amphitheatre
Sat., May 29  HOUSTON, TX McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
Thurs., June 3  OZARK, AR Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival
Fri., June 4  ARLINGTON, TX Levitt Pavillion
Thurs., June 10  NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Whitewater Amphitheatre
Fri., June 11  KERRVILLE, TX Kerrville Folk Festival
Fri., June 18  LAKE CONROE, TX TBA Free Music Series
Wed., June 23  FORT WORTH, TX Ranch Radio Free TX Music Series
Thurs., June 24  LITTLE ROCK, AR Sticky Fingerz
Fri., June 25  FORT SMITH, AR
Riverfront Blues Festival, Harry E. Kelley Riverfront Park
Sat., June 26  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Wormy Dog Saloon
Sun., June 27  PLANO, TX Love and War in Texas
Thurs., July 1  AUSTIN, TX Unplugged at the Grove
Fri., July 2  SEGUIN, TX Freedom Fiesta
Sat., July 3  FULTON, TX Charlie Robinson Bay Bash
Sun., July 4  NEW BRAUNFELS, TX Whitewater Amphitheatre
Fri., July 9  FREDERICKSBURG, TX Crossroads Saloon
Sat., July 10  EL CAMPO, TX Greek Brothers Oyster Bar and Grill
Wed., July 21  DURANGO, CO Abbey Theatre
Thurs., July 22  FRISCO, CO Band in the Gazebo
Fri., July 23  TELLURIDE, CO Telluride Americana Music Weekend
Sat., July 24  CARBONDALE, CO Carbondale Mountain Fair
Sun., July 25  DENVER, CO Bluebird Theatre
Wed., July 28  SALT LAKE CITY The State Room
Thurs., July 29  DRIGGS, ID Main Street Park
Fri., July 30  KETCHUM, ID Whiskey Jacques

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Root Hog Announces East Coast Dates

After playing in the Midwest throughout 2009, Root Hog is making their first trip to the East Coast in support of their debut album, Root Hog. The band’s sets at festivals such Wuhnurth Music Festival, the 14th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival, and Melon Kamp have earned them a growing fan base of committed followers.

The band intends to bring their enthusiasm for live music and soulful Americana roots-rock to the East this spring.  The band’s spring tour dates are as follows:

April 10  Lafayette Brewing Company  Lafayette, IN
April 13  Cosmic Charlie’s  Lexington, KY
April 16  Muncie Springfest  Muncie, IN
April 17  Von’s Records  West Lafayette, IN
April 20  Lafayette Theater  Lafayette, IN
April 23  Donovan’s Pub  Detroit, MI
May 1  Wilbert’s  Cleveland, OH
May 2  Boulder Coffee Company  Rochester, NY
May 5  Sullivan Hall  New York City, NY
May 6  Hank’s Saloon  Brooklyn, NY
May 7  The Hungry Tiger  Manchester, CT
May 8  National Underground  New York City, NY

Fans will be able pick up Root Hog and sample some new original material at all of Root Hog’s shows.

Root Hog's sound can best be defined as 'Cosmic Americana', a term coined to represent key elements of American roots music forms and psychedelic rock & roll twisted together and packaged in a no-frills and honest manner. The band is dedicated to reviving live original music that can give their audiences that “feel-good” vibe that tingles from your head to your toes and brings a smile to your face.

Root Hog is: Pat McClimans (guitar, vocals), Dru Alkire (guitar, vocals), Ryan Smith (bass, vocals), Taylor Dunlap (drums), and Dan Pullins (keyboards).

Martin Sexton tour to hit Bonnaroo

Martin Sexton’s spring and summer tour dates have just been announced and include several highlights: appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo, plus a run of dates supporting Dave Matthews Band.

Starting close to home with a New Haven date on April 15, he will headline such key markets as DC 930 Club, New York Nokia Theatre, Chicago Park West, Los Angeles House of Blues, San Francisco The Fillmore, Vancouver Commodore, Boston House of Blues and more.

The New York Times noted that Sexton “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument . . . his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of an ordinary heart.” And Rolling Stone adds, “His outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul marinated voice that can easily be compared to the likes of a young Steve Winwood or Van Morrison.”

Sexton exclaims, "It's an exciting year: I've got a brand-new record and a new band. I feel strongly about the songs I'm singing and we look forward to hopping on the bus and spreading it around the world."

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Thurs., April 15  NEW HAVEN, CT Toad’s Place

Fri., April 16  WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 Club

Sat., April 17 BOSTON, MA House of Blues

Sun., April 18 SYRACUSE, NY Wescott Theatre

Tues., April 20 TRAVERSE CITY, MI City Opera House

Wed., April 21 ANN ARBOR, MI The Ark (2 shows)

Thurs., April 22 INDIANAPOLIS, IN The Vogue

Fri., April 23 CHICAGO, IL Park West

Sat., April 24  MADISON, WI Majestic Theatre

Sun., April 25  ST PAUL, MN Fitzgerald Theatre

Wed., April 28  NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues

Thurs., April 29 NEW ORLEANS, LA Jazz & Heritage Festival

Fri., April 30  ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse

Sat., May 1  NASHVILLE, TN Mercy Lounge

Wed., May 5  PHOENIX, AZ Compound Grill

Thurs., May 6  SAN DIEGO, CA Belly Up

Fri., May 7  SAN FRANCISCO, CA The Fillmore

Sat., May 8   W. HOLLYWOOD, CA House of Blues

Sun., May 9 SACRAMENTO, CA Harlow’s

Tue, May 11 ARCATA, CA Humboldt Brewery

Wed., May 12  EUGENE, OR W.O.W. Hall

Thurs., May 13  VANCOUVER, BC Commodore Ballroom

Fri., May 14 PORTLAND, OR Crystal Ballroom

Sat., May 15 SEATTLE, WA The Showbox

Sun., May 16  SPOKANE, WA Knitting Factory

Tue, May 18 BOISE, ID Knitting Factory

Wed., May 19 SALT LAKE CITY, UT The Depot

Thurs., May 20 DENVER, CO Ogden Theatre

Fri., May 21 KANSAS CITY, MO Crosstown Station

Sat., May 22  ST. LOUIS, MO The Pageant

Sun., May 23  CINCINNATI, OH 20th Century Theatre

Sat., June 5  NEW YORK NY Nokia Theatre

Fri., June 11  MANCHESTER, TN Bonnaroo

Wed., June 23 CLARKSTON, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre;

w/ Dave Matthews Band

Fri., June 25 CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH Blossom Music Center;

w/Dave Matthews Band

Wed. June 30 CAMDEN, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center;

w/Dave Matthews Band

Thurs., July 1 CAMDEN, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center;

w/Dave Matthews Band