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Damon & Naomi Announce Coast-to-Coast Tour

Damon & Naomi embark on a coast-to-coast US tour behind their new album, False Beats and True Hearts (out May 17th on 20/20/20), with a live show featuring lead guitarist Michio Kurihara (Boris, Ghost) on the East Coast and Midwest, and saxophonist/arranger Bhob Rainey (nmperign) on the West Coast. The tour is a co-headline with Amor de Dias, the duo of Alasdair MacLean (The Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas) -- although these shows mark Amor De Dias's US debut, the two duos have already played together several times in the UK, so expect collaborations between these friends throughout.

Damon Krukowski says of their live show:

"When we play live, we prefer to strip most everything away but the emotional core for us of the lyrics, and our voices. It's a more folky approach, trying to communicate the emotions in the songs as fully as we can in a live setting. For that reason we also love to bring lead players with us who respond and add to that kind of direct emotional approach."

To celebrate this tour of duos, Damon & Naomi are releasing a new track off their forthcoming record. Listen to “Shadow Boxing,” a song Damon describes as their “Richard and Linda Thompson-inspired number, a duet/conversation/argument in song."

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Listen to/download “Shadow Boxing” here.

Listen to/download “Walking Backwards” here.

Check out Chris Marker's "video" for Damon & Naomi's "And You Are There" here.

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DAMON & NAOMI TOUR DATES:

Mon. May 9 - Glasgow, UK @ Captain's Rest @*

Wed. May 11 - London, UK @ Cafe Oto @*

Fri. May 13 - Cornwall, UK @ The Kings Arms Penryn @*

Sat. May 14 - Bristol, UK @ Cube Cinema @*

Wed. May 18 - Washington, DC @ Red Palace @%

Thu. May 19 - Carrboro, NC @ The ArtCenter @%

Fri. May 20 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery @%

Sat. May 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ 1st Unitarian Church Chapel @%

Sun. May 22 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory @%

Mon. May 23 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott @%

Wed. May 25 - Toronto, ONT @ Horseshoe @%

Thu. May 26 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room @%

Fri. May 27 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall @%

Sat. May 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock @%

Tue. May 31 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern #%

Wed. June 1 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar #%

Fri. June 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #%

Sat. June 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite #%

Sun. June 5 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar#%

* w/ Richard Youngs

% w/ Amor de Dias

@ performing w/ Michio Kurihara (guitar)

# performing w/ Bhob Rainey (saxophone)

eTown: Keller Williams and Marc Broussard

eTown kicks off its 2011 season with a live event that is sure to be energetic, memorable and packed with phenomenal singing and musicianship. Nick and Helen welcome Keller Williams back to the show. The unique musician will bring his cohorts The Keels, husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel, who back Keller on his recent all covers album "Thief" as well as the 2006 collaboration "Grass." As the latter title suggests, the Keels add a bluegrass-y twist to Keller's customary one-man-eclectic-band approach. Keller will do his remarkable solo orchestration as well. Marc Broussard, the Louisiana-bred singer and songwriter, is known for his unique ability to channel the multiple spirits of classic R&B and soul into contemporary terms.

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Check out lots more Keller Williams coverage on The Grateful Web:

A BackYard Barbeque with Keller Williams

Keller Williams: thief

Keller Williams | The Egg @ The Heart Theatre

JEFF DAVIS BAND Tonight At Cornelia Street Café

Jeff Davis is known as the “propulsive force" behind a host New York mainstays, including bassist Michael Bates, multireedist Oscar Noriega, pianists Jesse Stacken and Landon Knoblock. On his debut album, We Sleep Outside, Jeff Davis showcases his command of a deeply focused and distinctly improvisational style. Davis guides his band just to the edge of chaos while at the same time exercising focus and restraint. Davis’ band has been working together since 2006, and features some of New York’s great improvisers, including Oscar Noriega, Kirk Knuffke, Jon Goldberger, and Eivind Opsvik. Together, the group blurs the line between composition and improvisation, with equal focus on collective improvisation and the individual soloist. It is just this approach that results in a sound both minimalist in construction and intensely complex in approach.

CORNELIA STREET |  CAFÉ 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York | 212-989-9319
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.

MMJ's Carl Broemel Shares Video Performances of Three Solo Songs

Leading up to the release of his solo album All Birds Say, which is out next week on August 31st (ATO Records), My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel has been steadily revealing performances of some of the tracks off the record.   You may have seen Broemel do a rendition of “Questions” over at MOG, creating an epic solo version of the track that builds to a thrillingly noisy climax.  He also played the earnest and whimsical “Enough,” which recently debuted at My Old Kentucky Blog. Lastly, his version of “Carried Away,” a contemplative and heartfelt ballad that My Morning Jacket recently performed, premiered at JamBase.  Please feel free to post and share all three videos!

As evident by these three clips, Broemel is a sophisticated songwriter  and an elegantly effortless performer.  He has the lyrical perspective of an individual who truly reflects and learns from his life’s experiences.  However, Broemel favors a Zen-like approach, keeping his philosophical musings from getting anywhere near being preachy.  Needless to say, MMJ fans who know him solely from the fiery riffs and guitar solos he performs with the band are going to see a whole other side of him.

Click HERE for photos of Carl, an mp3 off the album (which you are also welcome to post/share), and more info on him.

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Questions”

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Enough”

Click HERE to Watch Carl Perform “Carried Away”