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Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys @ Boulder Theater | 7/10

For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. In 2002 Ralph Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance of the haunting rendition of “Oh Death” that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of “O Brother Where Art Thou”. Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys are still touring a 100 plus dates per year, and enjoying his time at home with his lovely wife “Jimmi” of nearly 50 years. Dr. Ralph Stanley is not only an American treasure but and international Icon.

Sierra Hull: Boundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA’s voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years—there’s a good chance she’ll be the first woman to win the mandolin category. Matt Glaser—head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program—put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.” Daybreak is certainly a noteworthy arrival; you can’t help but feel it’s also just the beginning.

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Great American Taxi's "Blair Mountain" is free mp3; supports WV mining ecology

For Great American Taxi and frontman Vince Herman, who grew up in West Virginia, fighting for social justice in Appalachia and calling for an end to mountaintop removal seems the natural thing to do.  According to a recent studypublished last week in the journal Environmental Research, a "significantly higher" rate of birth defects exists in babies born near mountaintop removal mining sites than those in non-mining areas. Mountaintop removal mining is a particularly environmentally destructive type of resource extraction that involves using explosives to blow the tops off of mountains to expose coal underneath the soil and rock.

So it’s no surprise that “Blair Mountain,” the aptly named title of the first single from the band’s forthcoming yet-to-be-titled new album (set for release this fall), premiered exclusively on the Sierra Club’s special public service call-to-action video, Battle for Blair Mountain. The song was recorded in May with Todd Snider producing. Master folk musician Tim O'Brien, a West Virginia native recently inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame, plays banjo and fiddle on the track.

GAT is encouraging fans to download a free MP3 of “Blair Mountain” from the band’s website and get involved in restoring Blair Mountain to the National Register in support of the Sierra Club’s recently filed legal petition with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to make Blair Mountain off limits to mining.

“I wrote the song “Blair Mountain” to try and do my part to let people know about what we as working people stand to lose if Blair Mountain is destroyed,” said Herman. “As the grandson of a proud union miner, and former resident of the mountain state, this struggle connects deeply. The coal wars are not over in this country as whole communities are destroyed, water tables ruined and mountains bombed daily in what has become a national sacrifice zone to the interests of the coal companies. I hope that his song may help get us closer to ending the destruction of the most diverse forests in America.”

Great American Taxi continues its summer tour; June highlights included concerts with Barry Sless (Phil and Friends, David Nelson Band, Moonalice) at the Nelson Family Vineyards on 6/19, at the Hopmonk in Sebastopol on 6/22, and special guests New Monsoon in Santa Cruz on 6/23. More surprise guests will be announced for the Eldo in Crested Butte on 7/9 and GAT played with Todd Snider on 6/25 and 6/26.



Great American Taxi includes Vince Herman, Chad Staehly, guitarist Jim Lewin, bassist Brian Adams and drummer Chris Sheldon.

Surprise Me Mr. Davis | Summer Dates & 'Bridge Sessions' Segment

Surprise Me Mr. Davis have announced a handful of summer tour dates. The five piece rock band, featuring Nathan Moore, Brad Barr, Marco Benevento, Marc Friedman and Andrew Barr, will come together from their homes in Montreal, Brooklyn and the Shenandoah Valley for ten shows. They'll be supporting their latest EP release, That Man Eats Morning For Breakfast.

The Hidden Track blog noted in a recent live review: "Someone mentioned that it felt like seeing The Band in some club in 1970, and that seemed just about right--there is such skillful songsmithing, such virtuosity in performance, such joy and such a tortured voice in the quintet. The music glows and rolls and speaks as the greatest Americana does of all the back roads and small towns and small rooms in big cities, all the confused relationships, unrequited love and brotherly love. I can't help thinking, whenever Nathan Moore begins some political rant bookended by some semi-comical, semi-forlorn personal ramble, that this is what Walt Whitman would be doing if he were still alive." Jambase stated: "Surprise Me Mr. Davis needs to be recognized as one of the top bands in the live music scene; an appointment that is far overdue and richly deserved."

Upcoming Surprise Me Mr. Davis tour dates are:

June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
July 1 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 3 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
August 19 | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO
August 21 | Newhoma Music Festival | Florissant, CO

Watch Surprise Me Mr. Davis perform an a-capella rendition the Nathan Moore song "Tombstone" on the Williamsburg Bridge shortly before they took the stage for a headline show in April at New York City's Mercury Lounge. The piece was filmed as a segment for "The Bridge Sessions."

San Francisco's BIG LIGHT Announce Summer Tour Dates

San Francisco's Big Light will tour this summer in support of their debut album, Animals In Bloom. The dates mark the furthest the band has pushed outside their hometown in a short three year history. And with good reason. Big Light has made a timeless rock and roll record that demands to be heard beyond the Bay Area. The album's 12 tracks spill over with fuzzed-out guitars, artful lyrical observations and stirring garage pop psychedelia. Hailed as one of the most promising young rock bands in San Francisco, Big Light are now setting their sights on the rest of the country.

Forming circa 2007 as a vehicle for aspiring singer/songwriter/guitarist Fred Torphy to get his songs into the world, BIG LIGHT spent the next three years developing their sound and performing around the West Coast relentlessly. Climbing the S.F. club circuit quickly, they went from playing bar gigs like Bottom of the Hill to headlining The Independent to support slots at the legendary Fillmore sharing bills with the likes of Spoon, Broken Social Scene and Dead Confederate among others. A hit on the festival circuit as well, Big Light has previously performed at Outside Lands, Noise Pop and Wanderlust. On this upcoming tour, they're set for another run of summer festivals, including High Sierra, Summer Camp and Bobolink.

With its debut album, Animals In Bloom, Big Light has crafted a record that has enough indie pop charm to land on the radio, but is adventurous enough to engage those who are looking for more than hooks. Headphone junkies and audiophiles themselves, they've created a "listening experience" that never feels fake or dishonest. Experiencing the new album and watching the band evolve at such a rapid rate onstage, one gets the feeling that Big Light is poised to shine bright for years to come.

Upcoming BIG LIGHT tour dates are:

May 29 | Summer Camp Music Festival | Chilicothe, IL
May 30 | Beat Kitchen | Chicago, IL (w/ Van Ghost)
June 3 | Starry Plough | Berkeley, CA (w/ Nathan Moore)
June 4 | Cater Ranch Music Festival | Bootjack, CA
June 5 & 6 | Bobolink Music Festival | Belden, CA
June 11 | TBD | Providence, RI
June 10 | The Saint | Asbury Park, NJ
June 11 | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY (w/ Rotary Downs)
June 12th | Middle East | Boston, MA (w/ Holly Golightly)
June 16th | Humboldt Brew | Arcata, CA (w/ Wendy Darling)
June 17th | High Dive | Seattle, WA (w/ Wendy Darling)
June 18th | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR (w/ Wendy Darling)
June 19th | Gem State Jam | Boise, ID
July 1-4 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
August 4th | Independent | San Francisco, CA (w/ Apollo Sunshine)
August 26th | Rocks off Boat Cruise| New York, NY (w/ American Babies)

SURPRISE ME MR. DAVIS | THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST

Surprise Me Mr. Davis just wrapped a ecstatically energized East Coast run capped off by two very special nights in New York City this past weekend! The band is supporting a new EP, That Man Eats Morning For Breakfast, and while plans are well under way to get back into the studio to record their first full length studio album, this EP, including "Sissyfuss," "Roses In Bottles" and "Joelle," is the place to start.

Pick up the CD direct from RPF | or at iTunes

Surprise Me Mr. Davis, a band that plays a handful of dates a year--schedules permitting in the worlds of Nathan Moore, The Slip and Marco Benevento--is taking on more significance these days. The schedule is busier in 2010 and if all goes as planned will continue to grow.

Upcoming dates are:

April 30 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 26 | WOW Hall | Eugene, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
July 1 High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 3 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
August 19 | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO
August 21 | Newhoma Music Festival | Florissant, CO

Truth & Salvage Co. Announce Summer Tour | Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Avetts & more

Truth & Salvage Co. will embark on a coast-to-coast U.S. tour this summer in support of their self-titled debut album, due May 25 on Silver Arrow/Megaforce. The 43-date run marks the band's first extended headline tour. The trek also includes performances at a number of high profile summer festivals, including Bonnaroo, Beale Street Music Festival, Wakarusa and High Sierra Music Festival.

"We are having a blast and it just keeps getting better. The whole thing is a dream come true," says Truth & Salvage Co.'s vocalist/guitarist Scott Kinnebrew. "It's going to be beautiful. Throughout the summer we have shows booked in towns and festivals all over the nation with people as eager to see us as we are eager to see them. Now is the moment and this moment is fine!"

Truth & Salvage Co. emerged from the revered Hotel Cafe singer/songwriter scene in Los Angeles. The band's six members met after migrating to the West Coast from various points throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Comprised of four lead vocalists and songwriters, the band attracted the attention of The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson. He would go on to sign Truth & Salvage Co. to his label and produce their debut album. The 12-track effort that resulted from those sessions has drawn early comparisons to the likes of The Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Eagles. Standout songs such as the album's first single "Call Back" and it's closing track "Pure Mountain Angel" intertwine timeless country rock balladry with sweet four part harmonies, while up-tempo guitar-driven numbers like "See Her" and "Heart Like A Wheel" strike a perfect balance between vintage rock choruses set against rugged Americana.

Truth & Salvage Co.'s unreleased song and video of "Them Jeans" was recently selected by Gap Jeans to debut on the fashion retailer's new iPad e-commerce application.

Currently, Truth & Salvage Co. is on the road with The Avett Brothers.

Upcoming summer tour dates are:

April 17 | The Fox Theatre | Oakland, CA*
April 18 | Grand Sierra Theatre | Reno, NV*
April 20 & 21 | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO*
April 23 | Rialto Theater | Tucson, AZ*
April 24 | Mesa Arts Center | Mesa, AZ*
April 25 | Stage Coach | Indio, CA
April 27 | Crest Theater | Sacramento, CA*
April 28 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
April 29 | House Of Blues | San Diego, CA*
May 2 | Beale Street Music Festival | Memphis, TN
May 3 | Old Rock House | St. Louis, MO
May 4 | Crosstown Station | Kansas City, MO
May 6 | Birdy's | Indianapolis, IN
May 7 | Schuba's | Chicago, IL
May 8 | University Of Wisconsin | Madison, WI
May 25 | Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC
May 26 | The Pour House | Charleston, SC
May 27 | The Earl | Atlanta, GA
May 28 | 40 Watt Club | Athens, GA
May 29 | Work Play | Birmingham, AL
June 3 | 3rd & Lindsley | Nashville, TN
June 5 | Wakarusa | Ozark, AR
June 6 | Cambridge Room at House Of Blues | Dallas, TX
June 7 | Stubb's BBQ | Austin, TX
June 8 | House Of Blues | Houston, TX
June 9 | Chelsea's Cafe | Baton Rouge, LA
June 11 | Proud Larry's | Oxford, MS
June 12 | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN
June 15 | Thunderbird Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
June 16 | DC9 | Washington, DC
June 17 | Ottobar | Baltimore, MD
June 18 | North Star Bar | Philadelphia, PA
June 19 | Piano's | New York, NY
June 20 | Iron Horse Music Hall | Northampton, MA
June 22 | Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY
June 23 | Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland, OH
June 30 | Mountain Winery | Saratoga, CA**
July 1 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco
July 2 | Britt Pavilion | Jacksonville, OR**
July 3 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
July 4 | Aces Ballpark | Reno, NV
July 5 | Crystal Bay Club | Crystal Bay, NV
September 4 | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO*

*w/ The Avett Brothers
**w/ The Black Crowes

Surprise Me Mr. Davis Announce EP & Tour Dates

The often elusive American rock and roll band SURPRISE ME MR. DAVIS, comprised by members Nathan Moore, Brad and Andrew Barr, Marc Friedman and Marco Benevento, have announced an April 13 release for their long-awaited EP, THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST. On the same day, the band will commence their first shows of 2010 with a five date Northeast run that begins in Boston, stops in Providence and Albany, and concludes with back to back nights in Brooklyn and New York City. Later in the month, they'll play two late night shows during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  SMMD also plans three dates in the Northwest at the end of June before heading to California for two sets at High Sierra Music Festival.

THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST, also known to fans as the "demo sessions," took a circuitous route from seed to market. Nathan Moore explains: "I was on my way with Marc Friedman to Montreal where we were going to record in Brad and Andrew Barr's new studio. Unfortunately, I got turned away at the border. We soon found ourselves back in Burlington, Vermont drinking in a bar. Brett Hughes, a local musician there, was like 'just come into my barn studio and do it.' So Brad and Andrew came down this way and we ended up recording there all week at Brett's house. We got all these tracks done and then we went back into another studio and tried to work them up even bigger, but we started to feel that we were exceeding our initial ideas by trying to make them too big. In the end we reverted back to the original demos. They had the raw spirit and energy we were trying to capture. So now it is finally seeing the light of day."

The seven song EP will be available at all major digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon and Emusic, while a limited edition CD release will be sold exclusively at the band's shows and through their website.

The track listing for THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST is:

1. Roses In Bottles
2. Sissyfuss
3. One Sick Knave
4. I'm No Good At All
5. Emily Green
6. Joelle
7. Home Away From Home

Upcoming tour dates are:

April 13 | Club Passim | Boston, MA
April 14 | Red Square | Albany, NY
April 15 |
Firehouse 13 | Providence, RI
April 16 | Union Hall | Brooklyn, NY
April 17 | Mercury Lounge | New York, NY*
April 24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA**
April 30 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans, LA
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA***
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR***
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR***
July 1 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
July 4 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA

*w/ Yellowbirds
**w/ The Slip & Marco Benevento Trio
***w/ Marco Benevento Trio