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Kristy Lee Signs with ASCAP

Before her packed show at The Basement this past Monday, Alabama Firecracker Kristy Lee stopped by ASCAP Nashville's office to become a member of the performing rights organization and perform for the creative staff.
Kristy Lee is also currently slated to perform at this year's Hang Out Music Festival’s Main Stage & VIP pre-party in Gulf Shores, AL, producing and performing at UNLEASHED Memorial Weekend 2011 in Pensacola, FL, and sweep away passengers with her soul-folk sound on the Rombello Cruise this fall.
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TOUR DATES:
5/14 8pm Soul Kitchen Music Hall - Mobile, AL
5/20 4:45pm The Hangout Music Festival - Gulf Shores, AL
5/26-5/29 Memorial Weekend Unleashed 2011 - Pensacola, FL
9/29-10/3 Rombello Cruise - Tampa to Cozumel
* Tour Dates Added Regularly.
Please check www.kristyleemusic.com for more information.

GRAYSON CAPPS | 'The Lost Cause Minstrels' Streets June 7

Grayson Capps' fifth studio album, The Lost Cause Minstrels, is set for release June 7 on Royal Potato Family. The 11-track effort finds the Mobile, Alabama-based singer-songwriter coming of age. This doesn't mean, however, that his often unholy tales of the Southern Gothic have lost any of their sting. Quite the contrary, Capps' Tao-tinged, philosophical reflections--revealed deep inside songs shuddering with spit, stomp and snarl--are as potent as ever. Listen no further than "Highway 42," "No Definitions" and "Rock N Roll" to hear that Capps cedes no quarter. It's just that this time his bark and bite is more accepting of the unanswered questions mucking up the universe, while country soul textures and gospel harmonies ease the raw edges. Occasionally, even a celebratory mood prevails like the horn-fueled romp "Ol' Slac," an ode the rebirth of the Mobile, Alabama Mardi Gras, or "Coconut Moonshine," a character sketch based on Mr. Jim who inhabits the hallowed roadside barbecue joint in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Two rare, but classic, American roots' numbers are born again here, as well: Taj Mahal's country-blues paen "Annie's Lover" and Richard Rabbit Brown's jaunty "Jane's Alley Blues," (the original recording preserved on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music).

Grayson Capps' real life situation has evolved since his previous release Rott 'n' Roll, and it surely influences the album's sound and spirit. In 2010, he dissolved his band The Stumpknockers, re-assembling a new cast of musicians, fittingly dubbed The Lost Cause Minstrels. The line-up features a who's who of the finest players on the Gulf Coast music scene, including Corky Hughes on guitars, Chris Spies on keys, Christian Grizzard on bass and John Milham on drums. Capps also moved back to Alabama, where he was born and raised, in the middle of recording the album. He'd been residing in Nashville since 2007 after being driven from his longtime New Orleans’ following Hurricane Katrina. Capps co-produced the effort with his longtime partner and Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Dylan Leblanc, Sheryl Crow). All of these factors coalesce into a collection of songs timeless in their pursuit of truth yet well aware of how hard the truth is to find in these times. The Lost Cause Minstrels is the highly anticipated next chapter from one of the finest Southern troubadours of the day.

The Lost Cause Minstrels track listing:

1. Highway 41
2. Coconut Moonshine
3. John The Dagger
4. Jane's Alley Blues
5. Chief Seattle
6. Yes You Are
7. Annie's Lover
8. Ol' Slac
9. Paris, France
10. No Definitions
11. Rock n Roll

Upcoming tour dates:

May 1 | Rosie's Grill | Daphne, AL (*solo acoustic)
May 3 | Chickie Wah Wah's | New Orleans, LA
May 5 | Le Petite Theater | New Orleans, LA (*Southern Troubadours also featuring Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit and Devon Allman)
May 6 | DBA | New Orleans, LA (8PM)
May 6 | Le Bon Ton Temp Roulet | New Orleans, LA (*Late Night)
May 7 | River Pub | Hurricane, AL
May 13 | The Fire | Jackson, MS
May 14 | The Hangout | Gulf Shores, AL
May 21 | Northshore Grill | Orange Beach, AL
May 25 | The Nick | Birmingham, AL
May 27 | Smith's Olde Bar | Atlanta, GA
May 28 | Jamming At Hippy Jack's | Crawford, TN (taping for PBS broadcast)
May 29 | Rosie's Grill | Daphne, AL (*solo acoustic)
June 3 | Oak's Cafe | Brewton, AL
June 4 | Pirate's Cove | Josephine, AL
June 12 | Callaghan's Irish Social Club | Mobile, AL
June 14 | Blue Gill | Mobile, AL
June 16 | Myers Park | Gulf Shores, AL
June 17 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
June 18 | The Porch | Lake Charles, LA
June 19 | Callaghan's Irish Social Club | Mobile, AL
June 23 | Rhythm & Brews | Chattanooga, TN
June 24 | The Basement | Nashville, TN
June 25 | Phoenix Hill Tavern | Louisville, KY
July 16 | Chrome Horse | Silver Hill, AL
July 17 | Callaghan's Irish Social Club | Mobile, AL
July 20 | The Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC (*solo acoustic)
July 21 | Duck Pond | Brevard, NC (*solo acoustic)
July 22 | Shenanigan's | Dahlonega, AL (*solo acoustic)
August 4 | Woodwalk Gallery & Events Barn | Egg Harbor, WI
August 6 | Lumberjam Festival | Hayward, WI

NATIONWIDE BENEFIT CONCERTS for the Fishermen & Wildlife affected by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

On July 1st, 2010, a nationwide effort on behalf of independent club's will take place to benefit those directly affected by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. We are all aware of the severity of this tragedy to the region and the global ecosystem.  What many are unaware of, as the oil continues to gush, the  Gulf Coast communities are quickly being devastated. The local and global economy will suffer irreparable damage that will last for many years to come. The ramifications will be that many families will not be able to survive financially in the very near future (http://www.dirtycajuns.com) : (http://tinyurl.com/2g487xj).

In addition to the dire situation facing the wetlands we have many people in our own back yard needing assistance.In the spirit of Independence Day, indie venues across the US are donating a % of of door revenues or ticket sales to the fishermen of the Gulf Coast and the clean up efforts. Many of our fellow Americans in the foreseeable  future will have no livelihood, are preparing to leave their homes, and are now lining up for food handouts. With hurricane season on the horizon there is reason for great concern. We've learned how essential it is to be prepared for the worst.

The funds will dispersed directly to the people in need through charity organizations directly aiding fishermen & their families, as well as those associated with wildlife relief efforts.

In conjunction with the events of July 1st, Coast to Coast will also be unifying a collective social media outreach campaign, which will be lead by Sloane Berrent (http://answerwithaction.com)

This is an opportunity for us to save lives and make a difference in an unnatural disaster of epic proportions where many want to get involved but don't know how. This is the way the music industry can help. No agenda other than working together for a common cause to raise monies and directly help the communities and support the efforts to save the wetlands and native species of the Gulf Coast.

The following venues will be participating:

The Roxy (Los Angeles, CA)

Viper Room (Los Angeles, CA)

Spaceland (Los Angeles, CA)

The Echo (Los Angeles, CA)

The Mint (Los Angeles, CA)

Fais Do Do (Los Angeles, CA)

The Comedy Store (Los Angeles, CA)

Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach, CA)

Winston's (San Diego, CA)

Downtown Brewing Co. (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Mojito (San Francisco, CA)

Fox Theatre (Boulder, CO) - Euforquestra & Ocote Soul Sounds - Bands donating a % of all merchandise sales

Boulder Theater (Boulder CO)  -  Zane Lamprey "Drinking Made Easy" Comedy Tour

Triple Door (Seattle, WA)

Tipitina's (New Orleans, LA)

The Blue Nile (New Orleans, LA)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Lafayette, LA)

George's Majestic (Fayetteville, AR)

Neumeier's Rib Room (Fort Smith, AR)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Ocean Springs, MS)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Gulfport, MS)

Soul Kitchen (Mobile, AL)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Mobile, AL)

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joints (Destin, FL)

The Press Room (Portsmouth, NH)

dennisdarragh.com

Lots of great information about the Florida Keys, scuba diving, traveling, the horrible oil spill in the gulf and lots more good information can be found at Dennis and Maggie's blog.  Go check it out and let them know what you think.

here is an example of some of the materials you'll find on their blog:

I just submitted a story on what clean energy means to me, and you should too! The Sierra Club will collect all our stories and deliver them to the Senate with a message - "support the great local work Americans are doing across the country by passing strong, clean energy and climate legislation.  http://action.sierra club.org/mystory


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