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Shannon Whitworth @ Swallow Hill, Denver ~ Fri., Feb 13th

Shannon Whitworth- for the Grateful Web

Shannon Whitworth's music is something one would imagine to hear on a front porch in the hills of Appalachia. Combining a love for old-time banjo with a voice sounding like a younger Gillian Welch, Shannon Whitworth defines mountain music. She has spent the last ten years focusing on bluegrass and country music. Her talent as a singer and songwriter enabled her to spend the last four years touring the United States with acclaimed bluegrass band, The Biscuit Burners, which she co-founded. On clawhammer banjo and guitar, Shannon's compositions contributed depth to the band's material and have helped her gain respect as a truly talented singer and songwriter.

No Expectations features ten of Shannon's most recent compositions accompanied by an all-star cast of musicians. Great singing, great writing, and great picking makes Shannon Whitworth's first solo project unforgettable.

Swallow Hill - Tuft Theater

(71 East Yale Ave ~ Denver)

Friday, Feb 13th @ 8 PM

Info: 303.777.1003

The Bridge Ride 'Blind Man's Hill' Coast To Coast On Winter Tour

The Bridge- for the Grateful Web

Baltimore's favorite sons, The Bridge, head out for a 30-city, coast-to-coast, U.S tour this month that stretches through the end of February. The band begins with dates in the mid-Atlantic region before heading south for shows in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, next making a full run up the West Coast to Washington before winding down to Colorado. The Bridge are touring behind Blind Man's Hill, their brand new album on Hyena Records.  The 12-track collection hit number seven this week on Americana Radio chart, while the six piece unit is coming off a sold out New Year's Eve show with the Rebirth Brass Band in Baltimore. After playing numerous summer festivals last year, as well as dates with Mike Gordon, Little Feat and Dark Star Orchestra, The Bridge have a growing word-of-mouth buzz based on word of their incendiary live performances. But while The Bridge's sets are often laced with fierce improvisations that touch on numerous corners of American roots music, it's the songwriting of founding members Cris Jacobs and Kenny Liner, resonating with odes to honey bees, poison wine and lives born to ramble, that is the cornerstone to their antique charm.

Upcoming tour dates for The Bridge are:

January 21 / Dante's / Frostburg, MD
January 22 / Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA
January 23 / The V Club / Huntington, WV
January 24 / 123 Pleasant Street / Morgantown, WV
January 28 / The Lantern / Blacksburg, VA
January 29 / Boone Saloon / Boone, NC
January 30 / Smith's Olde Bar / Atlanta, GA
January 31 / Mellow Mushroom / Tuscaloosa, AL
February 4 / The Blue Nile / New Orleans, LA
February 5 / Cactus Music / Houston, TX (Free In-Store)
February 5 / The Continental / Houston, TX
February 6 / House Of Blues / Dallas, TX
February 7 / Stubb's BBQ / Austin, TX
February 10 / Winston's / San Diego, CA
February 11 / The Mint / Los Angeles, CA
February 12 / Don Quixote's / Santa Cruz, CA
February 13 / The Hopmonk Tavern / Sebastapol, CA
February 14 / Boom Boom Room / San Francisco, CA
February 15 / Sweetwater / Mill Valley, CA
February 17 / Humboldt Brews / Arcata, CA
February 18 / Indigo / Eugene, OR (w/ JFJO)
February 19 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR
February 20 / The Wild Buffalo / Bellingham, WA
February 21 / Tost Lounge / Seattle, WA
February 22 / John's Alley / Moscow, ID
February 23 / John's Alley / Moscow, ID
February 24 / Top Hat / Missoula, MT
February 26 / Hodi's Half Note / Fort Collins, CO
February 27 / Quixote's / Denver, CO
February 28 / B-Side Lounge / Boulder, CO

The Bridge's 'Blind Man's Hill' + Tour Dates

The Bridge''s Blind Man''s Hill- for the Grateful Web

Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, THE BRIDGE are a defiant reminder that B-more is south of the Mason-Dixon line. The band cooks up a stew of New Orleans rhythm & blues, high & lonesome country pickin' and earthy Southern roots spiked with lyrics that romanticize locomotives, poison wine, hurricanes and carnival barkers. Check it out their new album Blind Man's Hill and you'll be a believer too. They will celebrate the new long-player with a hometown release party and performance on November 26 at Ram's Head Live. In January '09, they hit the highway for a cross-country U.S. tour.

The Bridge | Tour Dates

  • December 4 / The Double Door Inn / Charlotte, NC
  • December 5 / The Pour House / Charleston, SC
  • December 6 / Berkley Cafe / Raleigh, NC
  • December 26 / The Birchmere Bandstand / Alexandria, VA
  • December 27 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
  • December 28 / The National / Richmond, VA (w/ Dark Star Orchestra)
  • December 29 / The Norva / Norfolk, VA (w/ Dark Star Orchestra)
  • December 31 / Sheraton Center City Ballroom / Baltimore, MD (w/ Rebirth Brass Band)
  • January 22 / Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA
  • January 23 / The V Club / Huntington, WV
  • January 24 / 123 Pleasant Street / Morgantown, WV
  • January 28 / The Lantern / Blacksburg, VA
  • January 29 / Boone Saloon / Boone, NC
  • January 30 / Smith's Olde Bar / Atlanta, GA
  • January 31 / Mellow Mushroom / Tuscaloosa, AL
  • February 5 / The Continental / Houston, TX
  • February 6 / House Of Blues / Dallas, TX
  • February 7 / Stubb's BBQ / Austin, TX
  • February 10 / Winston's / San Diego, CA
  • February 11 / The Mint / Los Angeles, CA
  • February 13 / The Hopmonk Tavern / Sebastapol, CA
  • February 14 / Boom Boom Room / San Francisco, CA
  • February 18 / WOW Hall / Eugene, OR
  • February 19 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR
  • February 22 / John's Alley / Moscow, ID
  • February 23 / Top Hat / Missoula, MT
  • February 27 / Quixote's / Denver, CO
  • February 28 / B Side Lounge / Boulder, CO

The 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party

Devotchka will play the Main Stage- for the Grateful Web

The 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party takes over Seattle's South Capitol Hill neighborhood July 25-26 with its best lineup yet. The Capitol Hill Block Party is an annual music festival that draws upon and showcases the best indie and underground rock in the US, with a special focus on its Northwest artists. Launched 11 years ago, the Block Party has evolved into one of Seattle's most anticipated outdoor music festivals. With over 50 bands on 4 stages, great food, and plenty of cheap beer, this is one of the best parties of the summer.

John Richards - KEXP Morning Show Host exclaims, "The Block Party has become the place that people go to discover any band worth discovering in Seattle.  With an added push towards better up and coming and some established alternative and independent bands in the mix, it's truly a great experience for anyone who attends.  It's also has become the one event that really brings the Seattle music industry together, albeit in the VIP section and somewhat intoxicated."

We have partnered with KEXP to broadcast selected live performances from several bands throughout the weekend. John Richards and Cheryl Waters and other KEXP DJ's will also be broadcasting their shows like from the festival Friday and Saturday day and night. And The crazies at The Stranger will also be filming and posting clips at their awesome music blog. http://lineout.thestranger.com

Partial proceeds from The Block Party benefit two excellent non-profits: Home Alive, which encourages violence prevention, and The Vera Project, a youth run all ages venue and recording studio in Seattle. 

The Block Party continues to be one of the least expensive festivals in the country, with tickets only $18 in advance and a 2 day pass for only $34.

 FRIDAY July 25

 KING COBRA STAGE
  
 4:00-4:30 Black Whales 
 5:00-5:30 The Pharmacy 
 6:00-6:45 Truckasaurus 
 7:15-8:00 Airborn Toxic Event 
 8:30-9:15 Champagne Champagne 
 9:45-10:30 Pleasure Boaters 
 11:00-11:45 The Heavy Hearts 
 12:15-1:00 Lesbian  

 VERA STAGE

 4:00-4:45 Talbot Tagora 
 5:15-6:00 Abe Vigoda 
 6:30-7:15 Mika Miko 
 7:45-8:30 PWRFL POWER 
 9:00-9:45 Say Hi 
 10:15-11:15 Natalie Portmans Shaved Head 

 NEUMOS STAGE

 4:00-4:30 Black Eyes And Neck Ties   
 5:00-5:45 Head Like a Kite   
 6:15-7:00 Past Lives    
 7:45-8:30 The Emergency   
 9:00-10:00 The Dodo's   
 10:30-11:30 Jay Reatard   
 11:30-3:00am SING SING AFTER PARTIES FEAT:  
 PASE ROCK, PAUL DEVRO, & PRETTY TITTY!
  
 MAIN STAGE

 4:30-5:15 Common Market   
 5:30-6:15 U.S.E   
 6:30-7:15 Menomena   
 7:45-8:45 Girl Talk   
 9:15-10:15 Les Savy Fav   
 10:45-Midnight Vampire Weekend   

 Saturday July 26th
     
 KING COBRA STAGE

 2:00-2:30 Angelo Spencer   
 3:00-3:30 New Faces   
 4:00-4:30 The Whore Moans   
 5:00-5:30 The Loved Ones   
 6:00-6:45 Sleepy Eyes Of Death 
 7:15-8:00 Voyager One   
 8:30-9:15 Valella Valella    
 9:45-10:30 Feral Children   
 11:00-11:45 Book Of Black Earth 
 12:15-1:00 Zeke

 VERA STAGE

 2:00-2:30 TBA 
 3:00-3:45 LP & BB 
 4:15-4:45 The Physics 
 5:15-6:00 Man Plus

 6:30-7:15 Black Elk 
 7:45-8:30 Akimbo 
 9:00-9:45 Grand Ole Party 
 10:15-11:15 Schoolyard Heroes

 NEUMOS STAGE

 2:00-2:30 Kristen Ward   
 3:00-3:30 The Hands   
 4:00-4:45 Darker My Love   
 5:15-6:00 The Builders and The Butchers   
 6:30-7:15 Jaguar Love   
 7:45-8:30 Throw Me the Statue   
 9:00-10:00 Steed Lord   
 10:30-11:30 Super Secret Special Guests! 
 11:30-3:00am SING SING AFTER PARTIES FEAT: 
   CHROMEO DJ Set, FOURCOLORZACK, & PRETTY TITTY!
    
 MAIN STAGE

 2:00-2:45 Kay Kay And His Weathered Underground 
 3:15-4:00 Cave Singers   
 4:30-5:30 Kimya Dawson   
 6:00-7:00 Fleet Foxes   
 7:30-8:30 Chromeo   
 9:00-10:00 The Hold Steady   
 10:30-Midnight Devotchka

Sugar Hill Years: Americana Master Compilations from Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs

Doc Watson- for the Grateful Web

Sugar Hill is set to release two new titles as part of their Americana Master Series.  Ricky Skaggs: Best of the Sugar Hill Years and Doc Watson: Best of the Sugar Hill Years will both hit the streets on July 8th, 2008.  Researched and compiled from each artist's body of work on the label, these tracks were culled from radio chart toppers, fan mail, downloads, and songs and tunes that are recurrent favorites at live performances.

Doc Watson
Doc Watson has been an iconic influence on every acoustic guitar player that has come in his wake. A recipient of the National Heritage Award and the National Medal of Arts, Watson's contribution to the American folk idiom is immeasurable. For the Americana Master Series, Watson's Sugar Hill releases - which span over 40 years from 1960 through 2006 - were meticulously combed for the best representation of both the virtuosity that embodies his work, as well as its breadth.

From bluegrass selections that exemplify the flat-picking that has become Watson's calling card to gospel and traditional tunes featuring his soulful vocals, the collection draws upon solo work as well as duets with son Merle and collaborations with Bryan Sutton and Marty Stuart. Also included are tunes featuring the guitarist on banjo and slide guitar, demonstrating the icon's virtuosity and deep connection to Appalachian roots music.

Ricky Skaggs
By the time Ricky Skaggs launched his solo career on Sugar Hill in 1979, he'd already amassed a resume that most retirees would envy. He'd been a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys and the legendary Country Gentlemen. He'd made vital recordings with his friend and collaborator Keith Whitley. He'd been in Emmylou Harris's Hot Band, and he'd been part of the pioneering neo-bluegrass band Boone Creek, whose album One Way Track had in fact been Sugar Hill's first release as a label.

For all he did to bring roots to country, this collection is basted in bluegrass, a hand-picked anthology of the hand-picked music of Skaggs in his early years. Classics like "I'll Stay Around" and "Little Cabin Home On The Hill" from Sweet Temptation show an artist who had internalized the sound and tone of the founding fathers, while Tony Rice's guitar solos introduce overtones of innovation.  With the string of Grammy-winning.

Rose Hill Drive Hosts CD Release Party at the Fox Theater

When I walked into the Fox Theatre last Tuesday night through the crowd of longhaired, indignant teenagers, would-be revolutionaries and otherwise strongly opinionated young people, the building fairly stank of angst and attitude.  The cause: Rose Hill Drive was celebrating the release of their second studio album, "Moon is the New Earth," and it attracted the usual gang of Alice In Chains,