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Brandon Adams & Jimmy Dasher Team Up for National Tour

Music fans will get a taste of exciting sounds to come on CD when Melodic Undertone recording artists Brandon Adams & The Sad Bastards and Jimmy Dasher hit the cross-country road this fall as a special two-for-one package. Rather than wait for Adams’ self-titled album and Dasher’s THE WAITING GAME to hit record stores, radio and the Internet in January, this proactive pairing will spark and build a buzz from the grassroots of the live music stage to launch the discs with momentum already behind them.

The tour offers a chance for listeners to get acquainted with two seasoned live performers, superior singers and songwriters and budding recording artists sharing the stage at venues across the nation. Adams and Dasher will play shows in the Southwest and through Colorado and Nevada to the Midwest and Southeast, returning to play Texas in November

Brandon Adams & The Sad Bastards are a burgeoning West Texas new country phenomenon already winning a loyal following in dancehalls, honky-tonks and clubs across the region. Putting a modernist spin on firmly rooted Lone Star State style C&W, Adams takes his songwriting cues from acts he grew up on like Ray Price, Johnny Bush and George Strait as well as the progressive rocking Americana of Ryan Adams. Add to that his diverse tastes that enjoy the full stylistic spectrum of today’s popular music, and lyrical and singing skills that cut to the bone with both honesty and smarts, Adams and his band make music that goes straight to the hearts of real country fans while charming listeners that enjoy a range of musical flavors.

Jimmy Dasher displays a dazzling diversity that he melds into his own sound on THE WAITING GAME, all of it fired by the skills that won him the Best Guitarist title in his hometown of San Antonio while still in his mid-teens. As a high school student he honed his chops in Austin and San Antonio clubs, and later released two albums and an EP and also did two national tours in the fully independent acoustic duo Window. He also played and recorded with recording artist Levi Smith as he developed his own music, which came to fruition during a solitary stay at an old Texas Panhandle small town farmhouse where he later cut THE WAITING GAME.

Both Adams and Dasher are ready and determined to bring rich musicality, excitement and their engaging new sounds to the stage. “I love playing so much, and will do it anytime, anywhere for anyone who wants to listen,” says Adams.

Dasher is equally fired to bring his music to the stages of America’s clubs. For as he says, “There’s nothing I’d rather do than play live.”

Melodic Undertone Production Group is a music production collective and record label made up of highly talented artists and entrepreneurs who produce and engineer, write songs and theatrical scores, generate beats, do live sound engineering and more. They have united their gifts and skills to work on projects that span across and combine country, rock, R&B, hip-hop more. Melodic Undertone’s unity of creative, technical and music industry artistry is devoted to doing what they do and love: The Music.

Upcoming Tour Dates Include:

September 21, Low Spirits, Albuquerque
September 23, Rogue Bar, Phoenix
September 24, Hotel Monte Vista, Flagstaff
September 25, Yayo’s Tacos, Las Vegas
September 27, The Music Barn, Parowan/Cedar City
September 28, Quixote’s True Blue, Denver
September 29, Rock n Soul Café, Boulder
September 30, Rocket Room, Colorado Springs
October 3, Reggie’s Music Joint, Chicago (Jimmy Dasher show)
October 4, The Horseshoe, Chicago (Brandon Adams show)
October 5, Doc’s Music Hall, Muncie
October 6, Cicero’s, St. Louis
October 7, One Eyed Jacks, Fairborn, Ohio
October 9, Old Glory, Canton, Ohio
October 11, Slim’s, Raleigh
October 12, The Cave Tavern, Chapel Hill
October 13, Caledonia Lounge, Athens
October 14, Brewster’s Pub, Jacksonville
October 15, The Backstage Lounge, Gainesville
October 17, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta
October 19, Elliott’s Revue, Winston Salem, N.C.
October 20, Canyons of the Blue Ridge, Boone, N.C.
October 21, The Boiler Room, Asheville
October 22, Ultimate Basement, Sunny View, N.C.
October 23, French Quarter Café, Nashville
October 26, P&H Café, Memphis
October 28, Vino’s Brew Pub, Little Rock, Ark.
October 30, The Celtic, Pascagoula, Miss.
October 31, St. Roch Tavern, New Orleans
November 4, Poor David’s Pub, Dallas
November 5, Woody's Tavern, Fort Worth
November 6, Basil Whippet’s, College Station
November 10, Momo’s, Austin
November 11, Jack’s Patio, San Antonio
November 12, The Blue Light, Lubbock
November 18, Schotzi’s, College Station

FOLK-ROCK DUO LONG WOODSON TO RELEASE 2ND CD

Folk-rock duo Long Woodson, the prolific pair whose songwriting prowess extends to book-intricate concept albums, will release its second, ROBYVILLE (Robyville Records; Sept. 21, 2010), with a show in Austin to celebrate just two days later.

Long Woodson backed by its band plays at 10 p.m. Thursday, September 23, at Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd. Cover is $5; information: 512.448.2552. Matt King will play at 8 p.m. and David Beck at midnight.
ROBYVILLE details a fictional West Texas town full of misfits hiding out from mainstream America, each song written about or from the perspective of one of them. Dark lyrics, harmony hooks and gritty vocals paint a picture of survival and hope behind mandolin, Spanish and acoustic guitars, harmonica, and distorted electric guitar.
Matt Long and Gunter Woodson met at The University of Texas and played together in several Austin rock bands. After a time, the duo began to record some of the songs in what has become a growing catalog of co-written material. The result was its first concept album, the acclaimed GIRL UPSTAIRS, which was released in 2009.
ROBYVILLE promises listeners a stimulating journey and a fascinating visit with a colorful cast of characters — with “Nikki,” “Jimi,” “Creole Man” and nine more tracks.
For more information, visit www.longwoodson.com.

This Will Destroy You Heading on Tour

If they haven’t already destroyed you, Texas post-rockers This Will Destroy You, will do just that. After conquering Europe with their cinematic brand of post-rock, the quartet — comprised of with a line-up of guitarists Chris King and Jeremy Galindo, bassist/keys Donovan Jones and drummer Alex Bhore — returned to the U.S. newly invigorated. They went straight to the studio and began recording their much-anticipated album, Tunnel Blanket, with critically acclaimed producer John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, Modest Mouse, Chairlift). The Congleton sessions found the band taking an evolutionary step forward from their previous release, S/T. The end result, Tunnel Blanket, explores darker, more challenging territories than their previous releases.

Performing new material from Tunnel Blanket, This Will Destroy You is heading on the road this summer. Kicking off in their home state of Texas on May 26th, the band will perform a series of dates on the East Coast and in the South.

This Will Destroy You Tour Dates

05/26 DENTON, TX @ The Boiler Room

05/27 AUSTIN, TX @ The Mohawk

05/28 SHREVEPORT, LA @Silver Lake Ballroom

05/29 BIRMINGHAM, AL @ Bottletree

05/30 TAMPA, FL @ New World Brewery

06/01 JACKSONVILLE, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s

06/02 ATLANTA, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn

06/03 NEWPORT, KY @ Southgate House

06/04 CHICAGO, IL @ Lincoln Hall

06/05 TORONTO, ON @ Rivoli Cabaret

06/06 MONTREAL, QC @ Petit Campus

06/07 ALISTON, MA @ Great Scott

06/08 BROOKLYN, NY @ Knitting Factory

06/09 NEW YORK, NY @ Mercury Lounge

06/10 WASHINGTON, DC @ DC9

06/11 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

06/12 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA @ Random Row Books

06/13 CHAPEL HILL, NC @ Local 506

06/15 CHARLESTON, SC @ The Oasis

06/16 KNOXVILLE, TN @ Pilot Light

06/17 NASHVILLE, TN @ The End

06/18 NEW ORLEANS, LA @ Saturn Bar

06/19 HOUSTON, TX @ Mango’s

Great American Taxi - May 2010 News!

Great American Taxi is hitting the highway again tomorrow (seems like we just got back from North Carolina...we had a blast in the Midwest, Rust Belt and Southeast last month, thanks everybody!) and heading for a week in Texas.  We hope to see a bunch of the new friends we made last time down there with Todd Snider.  We will end the Texas run on Saturday May 8th in Tyler, TX at the Southbound Sound Music Festival where Taxi plays there own set at 3 pm and then backs up Todd at 5:30 pm.  Old 97s and Joe Ely among others are on the bill.  We'll also be heading to Amarillo, Dallas, Austin and Bryan.

After that it's full festival mode with stops in Lincoln, NE on May 20th, Festy Fest in Lawrence, KS on May 21st and a one day festival on May 22nd at the always wild and fun Mishawaka Amphitheater with Motorhome, Dead Floyd, Patti Fiasco and the Wirefaces.  We are also making a one day stop at the Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio with Todd om May 16th and then on to Memorial Festival Weekend at Schwagstock in Salem, MO for two days and Festi Di Bella Vida at beautiful Harmony Park in Geneva, MN (this one is almost sold out folks, 200 hundred tickets left).  We are also lining up a possible Memorial Day afternoon celebration in La Crosse, WI.

Lots of fun stuff lining up for the Summer and beyond.  We're feeling blessed and excited for Spring and Summer here in Taxi land.  Hope all is well in your world.  Don't forget to get your copy of "Reckless Habits" if you haven't already.  We are also helping the campaign for the miners' families who lost men in the Upper Big Branch Mine.  You can download "Appalachian Soul" from our debut record "Streets of Gold" (which will be available again for purchase in two weeks) for free if you promise to make a donation to the miners.  You can find more information out about that at www.greatamericantaxi.com as well as see our first music video and also watch a trailer to the upcoming documentary release "Coul Counrty".  All the very best to all of you.  Hope to see you all soon!

UPCOMING SHOWS

Golden Light Cantina
Amarillo, TX Tue May 04 10 08:00 PM Tickets
Granada Theater
Dallas, TX Wed May 05 10 08:00 PM
Saxon Pub
Austin, TX Thu May 06 10 12:00 PM
Lakeside Icehouse
Bryan, TX Fri May 07 10 07:00 PM Tickets
Nelsonville Music Festival
Nelsonville, OH Sun May 16 10 08:00 PM Tickets
Bourbon Theatre
Lincoln, NE Thu May 20 10 08:00 PM Tickets
Festy Fest
Lawrence, KS Fri May 21 10 08:00 PM
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Bellvue, CO Sat May 22 10 08:00 PM
Camp Zoe
Salem, MO Fri May 28 10 08:00 PM
Camp Zoe
Salem, MO Sat May 29 10 01:00 PM Tickets
Harmony Park
Geneva, MN Sun May 30 10 08:30 PM
The High Life
Springfield, MO Wed Jun 02 10 08:00 PM
Wakarusa Music Festival
Ozark, AK Thu Jun 03 10 08:00 AM Tickets
Revolution Music Room (The Rev Room)
Little Rock, AR Fri Jun 04 10 08:30 PM Tickets
Blue Plum Festival
Johnson City, TN Sat Jun 05 10 08:00 PM
The Abbey Theater
Durango, CO Thu Jun 10 10 08:00 PM
Sheridan Opera House
Telluride, CO Fri Jun 11 10 08:00 PM
Old South Pearl Street BrewGrass Festival
Denver, CO Sat Jun 12 10 01:00 PM
The Filling Station
Bozeman, MT Wed Jun 23 10 08:00 PM
Downtown ToNight-Caras Park
Missoula, MT Thu Jun 24 10 05:30 PM
Groovefest
Cedar City, UT Fri Jun 25 10 08:00 PM
Red Butte Garden Ampitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT Mon Jun 28 10 08:00 PM Tickets
Elko Convention Center
Elko, NV Tue Jun 29 10 07:00 PM
Crystal Bay Club - Red Room
Crystal Bay, NV Wed Jun 30 10 09:00 PM Tickets
High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA Thu Jul 01 10 11:45 PM Tickets
High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA Fri Jul 02 10 01:00 PM Tickets
The Realm of Music Festival
Bond, CO Sat Jul 03 10 01:00 PM Tickets
Northwest String Summit
North Plains, OR Fri Jul 16 10 07:45 PM Tickets
Les Scwab Amphlitheater
Bend, OR Sun Jul 25 10 02:00 PM Tickets
Dead on the Creek
Willits, CA Sat Aug 07 10 08:00 PM


Kinky Friedman's First West Coast Your in Two Decades

Former Texas gubernatorial candidate, political commentator and self-proclaimed “author, columnist, musician and beautician” Kinky Friedman will perform on the West Coast this summer for the first time in nearly 20 years. Dates for the “Go West Young Kinky Tour of 2010” start on July 26th in Vancouver and continue into August (a full list of venues follows). Two members of Kinky's seminal band the Texas Jewboys, Little Jewford and Washington Ratso, will join him on the tour.  No prisoners will be taken. Only the strong shall survive.

The Kinkster, often referred to as the “Mark Twain of Texas,” will also be hawking his wares, in this case his most recent (limited edition) books, Heroes of a Texas Childhood and What Would Kinky Do?, both of which will be available for purchase and signing at the shows. As Kinky has often said, he’ll “sign anything but bad legislation.” This includes any of his dozens of top-selling books or columns, or even his Kinky Friedman Cigars, which, rumor has it, will also be available at the venues. Bring it, and he will sign it.

Kinky Friedman rose to stardom in the ’70s, with the aforementioned Texas Jewboys as his sick and twisted sidekicks. An equal opportunity offender, Kinky, with his outrageous lyrics and crazed stage persona, may have offended some, but drew people like Don Imus, Robin Williams, Bob Dylan and John Belushi into his spiritual fan club. He toured with Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and appeared on the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live. His infamous appearance on Austin City Limits, the only performance ever filmed by ACL and never broadcast because of content, has finally been released on DVD, to the delight of fans everywhere.

In the mid ’80s, Kinky rescued a woman being robbed at a midtown Manhattan ATM, and, based on this experience, created the character Kinky Friedman the Detective, who solved murders in what would become a series of wildly popular mystery novels. In the years since, the real Kinky has branched out into children’s books, memoirs, historical reflections and editorials, all to great success, and all powered by his razor sharp wit.

Kinky’s commentaries have appeared in such diverse media as The New York Times, Texas Monthly and Playboy, and since adding politics to his résumé, he has been a regular on cable networks, even stopping by occasionally to spar with Bill O'Reilly.

His books are now read the world over, and his tour schedule reflects this. From Bill Clinton to Billy Bob Thornton to Nelson Mandela, everybody loves a Kinky Friedman mystery. As the ever-humble author likes to say, “I write novels for Americans to read on their aircraft.” Billy Bob is currently working with him on a new book, as is Willie Nelson.

And now, for the first time in almost a generation, folks on the West Coast will get to hear Kinky perform (live!) tunes like “Ride ’Em Jewboy,” “Sold American” and “They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore.”  And many friends will be there too: Mojo Nixon will join Kinky in San Diego, and Van Dyke Parks has already signed up for L.A.  There’s no telling who else will pop in.  Will there be a Wavy Gravy sighting in San Francisco?

The Go West Young Kinky Tour of 2010:

Mon., July 26 VANCOUVER, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Tues., July 27  SEATTLE, WA Triple Door
Wed., July 28  PORTLAND, OR Roseland Theater
Fri., July 30   SAN FRANCISCO, CA Great American Music Hall
Sat., July 31  LOS ANGELES, CA McCabe’s (2 shows)
Sun., Aug. 1  SAN DIEGO, CA Belly Up, with Mojo Nixon
Tues., Aug. 3 BAKERSFIELD, CA Fishlips
Wed., Aug. 4  SANTA CRUZ, CA Moe’s Alley
Thurs., Aug. 5 SEBASTOPOL, CA North Bay Live at Studio E

David Grisman's new website, AcousticOasis.com

I'm very pleased and excited to announce the arrival of my new website, AcousticOasis.com, featuring new and previously unreleased projects that are now available to you as high-quality digital downloads, exclusively through this site. All projects include downloadable graphics (CD covers, tray cards and labels) and cost is less than most other download sites.

Among the initial Acoustic Oasis releases are extended versions of Acoustic Disc projects like the 170-minute Extra Large Pizza Tapes with Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice and myself, exceptional live performances like The Bluegrass Quintet - Live in Japan, vintage recordings of historical importance such as Giovanni Gioviale - Italian Mandolin & Banjo Classics, out- of-print gems like jazzmaster Don Stiernberg's Mandolin Restaurant and new Oasis recordings like Slapback by mandolin whiz-kid Josh Pinkham and his grandfather, Texas swing legend Jerry Thomasson.

Also available are videos, educational materials, special bargain compilations, free streaming radio & tv, and a free daily download.  New releases and features will be coming each month so you'll want to keep checking us out!

After 20 successful years with Acoustic Disc, I want to thank all of you for your continued support and encouragement - and extend a big welcome to check out Acoustic Oasis!

Lone Star Icon Gary P Nunn To Release TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTRY

Gary P. Nunn and Guacamole Records are pleased to announce the April 6 release date of TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTRY, fifteenth studio album from the renowned artist touted as a “Texas Music Institution.” A travelogue of moods and songs, this new independent recording lends itself to a variety of dance rhythms, exposing emotional sweet spots layered with the heartfelt singing the traditionalist movement is praised for.

A 13-track adventure that crosses the borders and many a state line, the album orbits into the atmosphere with “Deja Vu,” a true to form “cosmic cowboy” trip back to a lost love. Wistful memories are revisited in the Mile-High City on “Denver,” a ramped up Cajun fais do do in “Down To Louisiana” offers an upbeat take on a New Orleans tradition while the soundtrack for a tropical island getaway is played out on “Mexican Boulevard” and “It’s Not Love.”

Longing for a return trip to Texas, “One State of Mind” eases the homesick heart while “Lone Star Blues” tours the cities and towns of the Republic. A colorful cast of characters, which includes a true Texan on “The Likes of Me” and a consummate bachelor who sings the anthem that is “I’m Not That Kind of Guy,” peppers the collection.

Love, a common theme whether lost or being searched for, is found just “A Two-Step Away” on a Friday night when “The Girl Just Loves to Dance.” The title track moves in toward the end with a message to Nashville about real country music still residing and flourishing in Texas and the sweetly pleading closing devotional “The Rest of My Life” ends the journey.
Tracked at Cherry Ridge Recording Studio in Floresville by distinguished C&W producer Tommy Detamore, TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTRY features three new tunes written or co-written by Nunn, a respected songwriter in his own right, alongside numbers by writers such as Johnny Divine, Levi Mullen, Steven Kundert, Michael Halvorsen and Gary’s brother, Steve K. Nunn. Arriving with a stamp of fan approval, Nunn has been showcasing the tunes, road-testing them alongside his Bunkhouse Band and using audience reaction and support as a marker while deciding what to record on the album.
A revered mainstay on the Texas Music Scene, and a seasoned inspiration to the upcoming generations of rising stars, Nunn is no stranger to acclaim and accolades. In addition to many gold albums, his efforts have been applauded and recognized with a number of notable awards and honors. Texas Governor Mark White named him an Official Ambassador to the World, and years later Governor Rick Perry followed by declaring him an Ambassador of Texas Music. An induction into the Texas Hall of Fame came in 2004, and Nunn is also honored in the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock. The Texas Department of Commerce and Tourism’s also included him on the roster of Lone Star Greats who are leaders in the fields of art, athletics and music. The previous residence he established on an 800-acre cattle in Oklahoma allowed him to be recognized by the Oklahoma House of Representatives for his contribution to the preservation of the unique Southwestern style of music.
Having carved the path for the DIY movement prevalent in today’s independent music scene, Nunn’s TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTY continues these efforts, providing just the right amount of authenticity needed to ensure his reputation as being indisputably Texas and undeniably a fan favorite. For it is Nunn’s ongoing mission to make a connection with the audiences he entertains; over the last half-century Nunn has garnered a bevy of loyal fans by incorporating a variety of indigenous Texas genres and neighboring styles so as to paint a picture of the land and culture he calls “home.”
With the talent, acclaim, and support behind the release of TAKING TEXAS TO THE COUNTRY, a new chapter in Nunn’s career has evidently just begun.
Gary P. Nunn Texas Album Release shows and special appearances include:
April 2, Gilley’s, Dallas
April 3, Poodie s Hilltop Cafe, Spicewood, Texas
April 7, Hall Of Fame, Bryan, Texas
April 9, Blanco’s Bar & Grill, Houston
April 16, Broken Spoke, Austin *
April 17, Texas Hat Dance, Fredericksburg, Texas*
April 18, Texas Crawfish Festival, Old Town Spring, Texas
April 25, Love & War In Texas, Plano, Texas*
May 1, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas*
May 8, The Armadillo Palace, Houston
May 14, The Blue Light, Lubbock, Texas*
May 15, Outskirts, Wichita Falls, Texas*
May 16, Maifest, Anhalt, Texas
May 21, Hardin County Music Fest, Kountze, Texas
May 22, Great Texas Sausage Festival, Lake Somerville, Texas
May 28, Back Porch, Port Aransas, Texas*
May 29, House Pasture, Con Can, Texas*
May 30, Lakeside Icehouse, Bryan, Texas
June 2, County Line BBQ, San Antonio
June 4, Broken Spoke, Austin
June 6, Love and War In Texas (Shiner Sunday), Plano, Texas
* Dedicated Album Release Shows

Shy Blakeman To Release LONG DISTANCE MAN

Shy Blakeman, the Texas singer-songwriter with a colorful past and engaging character who was first introduced to audiences during the 2006 season of “Nashville Star,” is scheduled to release his third album LONG DISTANCE MAN today.

Influenced by the eclectic southern mixture representative of The Black Crowes, Waylon Jennings and Ray Charles, Blakeman succeeds in his efforts to break ground on a new sound by melding genres into an album that is equally pleasurable and viably commercial. This new venture allows the listener to go along for a ride with the “Long Distance Man” as he musically meanders through songs that cross the plains of Texas country at “Quarter to Three,” hears the blues and tastes the “Swamp Water Whisky” of Baton Rouge, dances all night in a few of the “So Many Honky Tonks” that decorate the true country landscape, and establishes roots at the Americana homestead that is “Dragon Fly.”

Produced by Ted Russell Kamp (Shooter Jennings) and Executively Produced by Warren Izard, the album also features a bevy of world class players who have graciously lent their time and talent to support the new project. Artists of note include Marc Ford (The Black Crowes), Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Cry Love, Peter Frampton), Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Jewel), Kenny Vaughn (Steve Earle, Marty Stuart, Rodney Crowell), Michael Webb (John Fogerty), Jason Sutter (Chris Cornell), Ron Dziubla (Royal Crown Reveue, Ricky Martin), and Gia Ciambotti (Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt).

The rollicking title track was released to radio on February 23, 2010 and early commendations for the album are already rolling in. “I’ve been drowning in a sea of cookie-cutter music. Thank you Shy Blakeman for throwing me a life preserver [with] LONG DISTANCE MAN,” says Kelley Peterson of KHKX/KMCM/KQRX in Odessa, Texas.

Blakeman will be promoting his new album today during a performance at the Kinetic Entertainment "The Early Bird Gets The Music" showcase at Annie’s West, 706 W. 6th St. Austin, Texas. He has also been invited to perform for the CMT Awards after-party in Nashville, Tenn. Scheduled for June 9, 2010, this unofficial wrap-up to the CMA Music Fest activities will be hosted by Cowboy Troy, the 2006 and 2007 co-host of “Nashville Star.”

For more information visit: www.shyblakeman.com

Pretty Lights EP Trilogy and Tour

Mark your calendars. On March 2, June 15, and October 12, Colorado-based producer Pretty Lights, aka Derek Vincent Smith, is set to release a trilogy of EPs. Now here’s the fun part: in an effort to get his music directly to his fans as soon as it’s written, Derek will record the EPs only a few weeks before each release. It’s a pretty gutsy move to set release dates without finished material, but for Derek, who’s been recording albums and immediately releasing them for free on the internet since 2006, setting deadlines like this isn’t a big deal.

Pretty Lights’ last three albums, Taking Up Your Precious Time, Filling Up The City Skies, and Passing By Behind Your Eyes have been downloaded over 500,000 times from  PrettyLightsMusic.com. These tracks juxtapose beautiful vintage samples against backdrops of futuristic synthesis and dirty broken beats. And as Pretty Lights looks ahead to his next three projects, his music could take him anywhere. The future is yet to be written for Pretty Lights.

Since he started touring in 2008, Pretty Lights’ mix of electro beats, vintage samples, and DJ Shadow-esque throwbacks have earned a dedicated following across the country. With an ambitious live setup that includes the addition of Cory Eberhard on drums and stunning visuals, Pretty Lights’ performances have become the stuff of legend. One year later, Pretty Lights sold out 65 venues across the country with many fans begging for extra tickets at the door. This spring, Derek will crisscross the country again, hitting up SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, and Coachella in the process. Already selling out dates, he’ll also be stopping in on 20 cities he’s yet to perform in, as a part of his never-ending quest to spread his music across the globe.

Pretty Lights Tour Dates

9-Mar Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, Colorado

10-Mar Boulder Theatre Boulder, Colorado

11-Mar Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado

12-Mar Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado

13-Mar Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado

20-Mar SXSW @ La Zona Rosa Austin, Texas

23-Mar Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana

24-Mar Soul Kitchen Mobile, Alabama

25-Mar Lyric Theatre Oxford, Mississippi

26-Mar Ultra Music Festival Miami, Florida

27-Mar Sloss Furnace Birmingham, Alabama

30-Mar Club 1800 Columbia, South Carolina

31-Mar Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, North Carolina

1-Apr The National Richmond, Virginia

2-Apr Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3-Apr Northern Lights Clifton, New York

4-Apr Higher Grounds South Burlington, Vermont

6-Apr Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

7-Apr The Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan

8-Apr 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, Ohio

9-Apr The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri

10-Apr Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin

13-Apr Wilma Theatre Missoula, Montana

14-Apr Roseland Theatre Portland, Oregon

15-Apr Mezzanine San Francisco, California

17-Apr Coachella Festival Indio, California

19-Apr Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona

20-Apr Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona

21-Apr El Rey Theatre Albuquerque, New Mexico

23-Apr Fayetteville Towncenter Fayetteville, Arkansas

24-Apr Blue Note Columbia, Missouri

25-Apr Liberty Hall Lawrence, Kansas

28-Apr Granada Theatre Dallas, Texas

29-Apr The Ballroom @ Warehouse Live Houston, Texas

30-Apr Republic New Orleans, Louisiana

1-May Illumination @ Limelight Nashville, Tennessee

30-May Bella Music Festival Geneva, Minnesota

5-Jun Starscape Festival Baltimore, Maryland

30-Jul Wanderlust Festival Squaw Valley, California

Ben Harper @ Nike + Human Race in Austin, Texas

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

BHIC @ NIKE+ HUMAN RACE AUSTIN

On August 31st in Austin, TX, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will perform at the post-race celebration for the Nike+ Human Race, an event that brings together the power of sport and music to inspire and connect runners from every corner of the planet.

To attend the concert, you must run the race! Sign up at Nike+ Human Race.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation will benefit from the race participant giveback alongside the United Nation's NineMillion.org campaign and the World Wildlife Foundation.

"SONGS FOR TIBET" BENEFIT ALBUM

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals contributed a live version of "Better Way" to "Songs For Tibet: The Art of Peace", a compilation to support peace initiatives and Tibetan cultural preservation projects important to the Dalai Lama. It's available now at iTunes and Amazon.

"COLLAPSIBLE PLANS" FOR A BUCK!

Tom Freund's new album "Collapsible Plans", produced by and featuring Ben Harper with Jackson Browne is available now for a limited time for only a buck!!

LAST CALI SHOW FOR THE YEAR 

Still a few tickets left to see Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals in their last headlining California show this year at the legendary Santa Barbara Bowl next Friday, August 22nd. Get them here!