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Nashville's Coolest Cat Kenny Vaughan to release V - 9/13

Sugar Hill Records is proud to announce the September 13th release of V, the long-awaited solo debut from Nashville’s not-so-secret weapon: Kenny Vaughan. Since first arriving in Music City in the late ‘80s from his home state of Colorado, Vaughan quickly set himself apart as a different breed of guitar-slinger—technically assured and, more importantly, armed with a deeply felt reverence for a wide range of musical traditions encompassing vintage country, classic pop, hard bop, and beyond. The ten tracks that comprise V dip toes in all of these waters, forming a handy crash course in the trademark wit, flash, and unfailing musicality that has kept Kenny Vaughan so in-demand for the past quarter-century.

Starting in 2001, Vaughan has been a member of Marty Stuart’s Fabulous Superlatives, a multi-faceted outfit capable of delivering anything from rollicking bluegrass to classic honky tonk to simmering gospel soul. Aside from one track featuring Vaughan’s Nashville-based organ trio, the Fabulous Superlatives back him throughout V, which opens with the show-stopping Superlatives rave-up “Country Music Got a Hold On Me” and continues through an eclectic program that touches upon western swing (“Hot Like That”), evocative low-twanging instrumentals (“Minuit Sur La Plage,” “Mysterium”), Rockpile-inflected country-pop (“Things I Do”), and even a bit of gutbucket swamp-funk featuring the Oak Ridge Boys (“Okolona, Tennessee”), before concluding with a righteous gospel shuffle, “Don’t Leave Home Without Jesus.”

Recipient of the 2006 Instrumentalist of the Year award from the Americana Music Association, Vaughan is one of the most prominent guitarists of today’s ongoing roots music renaissance. An early pupil of fellow Coloradoan (and fellow eclectic roots alchemist) Bill Frisell, Vaughan has since performed and recorded with an array acclaimed artists, including Lucinda Williams, Kim Richey, Rodney Crowell, Tim O’Brien, Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, Greg Garing, and too many more to list. Equally comfortable on stage or in the studio, Vaughan can be relied upon for hot, twitchy country leads, bittersweet melodic jangle, and everything in between—all dispatched with the utmost taste and subtlety.

And, as V so aptly demonstrates, Kenny Vaughan is no slouch as a frontman, either. His songs and singing are charmingly conversational, with no shortage of memorable hooks and clever verbal volleys. His cohorts in the Fabulous Superlatives (including bossman Marty Stuart on guitar and mandolin) offer honest, road-tightened support that is honest and heartfelt. Sterling confirmation of the potential implied by each sideman gig, session, and walk-on, V may have been a little too long in arriving…but, after all, Kenny’s a busy guy.

Praxis Collaborate w/ Iggy Pop, Serj Tankian & Mike Patton

On January 25th, the eclectic, experimental hard rock project Praxis will release the latest creation, a bone-crunching new album titled Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness.  The new album finds the trio once again collaborating with various musicians, this time with the spotlight clearly on lead vocalists.  Among them are Iggy Pop, System Of A Downs Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Doctor Israel, Wu-Tang protégé Killah Priest and Jamaica-born toaster Hawk.

The US release of Profanation comes with two live bonus tracks not included in the rare, Japan-only import.  The album is also one of the last recordings to feature the gothic futurist RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, an incredibly multi-talented visual artist, hip hop icon, performance artist, and one of the most unique humans to patrol this planet.

Since 1992, the core members of Praxis – Buckethead (guitars), Bill Laswell (bass), and Brain (drums) – has churned out an eclectic series of albums rooted in aggressive avant-rock improv with slabs of hip-hop, psychedelic, funk thrown in.  On top of that, a constantly morphing army of innovators including John Zorn, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Yamantaka Eye(Boredoms), Grandmixer DXT, and scores more have contributed to past Praxis live and studio projects – each one a unique musical experiment.

Click here to listen to "Furies," featuring Iggy Pop.

the New Deal, Pioneers of Live Electronic, Announce Fall Tour

Toronto’s live-electro pioneers the New Deal kick-off their largest, most ambitious tour in years with dates stretching from Colorado to North Carolina and bills shared with Toubab Krewe, King Britt, Brothers Past and more (details below). As always, tND’s concerts will feature inspired instrumental improvisations and driving beats, but new for this tour, the band will introduce a brand new keyboard setup, implemented to fortify the tND sound.

Touring in support of their latest release, Live: Toronto 7.16.2009 (SCI Fidelity Records) is a perfect snap-shot of the band onstage doing what they do best. With over 800 shows and ten albums released, Jamie Shields (keyboards), Darren Shearer (drums/beatbox) and Dan Kurtz (bass) have established themselves as leaders and innovators in the live electronic world, spawning countless bands, garnering numerous awards and selling out venues around the world. With a massive U.S. tour set for 2010, they prove the best is still ahead.

Check out the Grateful Web's interview with the New Deal.

the New Deal Tour Dates:

10/07/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre (w/ Brothers Past)

10/08/10 Ft. Collins, CO Hodi's Halfnote (w/ The Passage Project)

10/09/10 Denver, CO Cervantes' (w/ Mimosa, Future Rock, Brothers Past)

10/12/10 Bloomington, IN The Bluebird (w/ Papadosio)

10/13/10 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House (w/ Steez)

10/14/10 Madison, WI The Majestic (w/ Steez)

10/15/10 Ann Arbor, MI The Blind Pig (w/ Steez)

10/16/10 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom (w/ King Britt)

11/03/10 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre (w/ Two Fresh & Mimosa)

11/04/10 Scranton, PA Eleanor Rigby's (w/ Eclectic Method)

11/05/10 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater (w/Toubab Krewe)

11/06/10 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street (w/ Toubab Krewe)

11/09/10 Blacksburg, VA Attitudes (w/ Eclectic Method)

11/10/10 Knoxville, TN The Valarium (w/ Toubab Krewe)

11/11/10 Athens, GA New Earth Music Hall

11/12/10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel

11/13/10 Live Oak, FL Bear Creek Music Festival

theNEWDEAL unveil their GINORMOUS FALL TOUR

theNEWDEAL are happy to announce their GINORMOUS fall tour.  GINORMOUS will feature some very exciting special guests and great new venues on the run.   On Wednesday, tND begin the tour @ Cleveland's famed Beachland Ballroom, where they will be joined by local heroes, THE WERKS.  Next they travel to Clifton Park, NY (Albany) for Thursday, September 23rd play with old friends FUTURE ROCK & ORCHARD LOUNGE

For the fans in Philadelphia, tND could not be more excited to present a rare East Coast appearance, by Bay-area Baller - LYRICS BORN who will join theNEWDEAL on Friday, September 24th in Philadelphia, PA @ The E-Factory and Saturday, September 25th @ Pearl Street in Northampton.  Don't miss these special shows, which will also include video mash junkies ECLECTIC METHOD, throwing down a crazy mix of clips and beats.

tND heads West to begin an October assault on Colorado.   Coloradans - don't miss Fox/Hodi's throw-downs with BROTHERS PAST and THE PASSAGE PROJECT, as well Re:Generate @ Cervante's in Denver.  On Tuesday, October 12th, tND will be joined by PAPADOSIO @ The Bluebird in Bloomington, IN.  Space rockers DOWNSTEREO join tND on Wednesday, October 13th in St. Louis, MO @ the Old Rock House.   Madison's disco-fanged STEEZ helps to hold down Thursday, October 14th @ the Majestic Theater.  On Friday, October 15th will return to the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI (UM/MSU weekend).  Special guest TBA, but promises to be a big night. To close out October, you wont want to miss tND when they hit Buffalo, NY's Town Ballroom for a fall blowout w/ special guest DJ extraordinaire KING BRITT (buy a 2-night ticket to see tND & Lotus).

As the cold weather begins, theNEWDEAL continues to bring the heat.  On Wednesday, November 3rd, tND will lock beats with TWO FRESH & MIMOSA @ Pittsburgh's Mr. Smalls Theater.  Thursday, November 4th brings the band across PA for a show at Eleanor Rigby's in Scranton where they will connect with home-town villains The INDOBOX.   On Friday, November 5th, (Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater), Saturday, November 6th (Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street Ballroom) as well as Wednesday, November 10th, (Knoxville, TN), theNEWDEAL will be joined for several shows by psychedelic/world beat conquistadors - TOUBAB KREWE.

On Thursday, November 11th, the band will make their long awaited return to Athens, GA to play the New Earth Music Hall.  The next night tND burst back to fan-favorite, the Orange Peel, for a Friday, November 12th showdown.  Special guests for these two shows to be announced soon.   The GINORMOUS Tour finally wraps up with tND blowing-up the Bear Creek late nite on Saturday, November 13th.

tND GINORMOUS Fall tour will feature all new production and lighting.  Don't miss your chance to see new GINORMOUS NEWDEAL experience in brilliant technicolor..

Special holiday show announcement coming soon.

Sept 4, Chicago, IL, North Coast Music Festival
Sept 5, Apache Pass, Rockdale, Texas, Nocturnal Festival
Sept 22, Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom (w/ The Werks)
Sept 23, Albany, NY, Northern Lights (w/ Future Rock & Orchard Lounge)
Sept 24, Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory (w/ Lyrics Born & Eclectic Method)
Sept 25, Northampton, MA, Pearl Street (w/ Lyrics Born & Eclectic Method)
Oct 7, Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre (w/ Brothers Past)
Oct 8, Ft. Collins, CO, Hodi's Halfnote (w/ The Passage Project)
Oct 9, Denver, CO, Cervante's (w/ Mimosa, Future Rock, Brothers Past)
Oct 12, Bloomington, IN, The Bluebird (w/ Papadosio)
Oct 13, St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House (w/ Steez)
Oct 14, Madison, WI, The Majestic (w/ Steez)
Oct 15, Ann Arbor, MI, The Blind Pig (w/ Steez)
Oct 16, Buffalo, NY, Town Ballroom (w/ King Britt)
Nov 3, Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Small's Theatre (w/ Two Fresh & Mimosa)
Nov 4, Scranton, PA, Eleanor Rigby's (w/ Eclectic Method)
Nov 5, Charlottesville, VA, Jefferson Theater (w/ Toubab Krewe)
Nov 6, Baltimore, MD, Bourbon Street (w/ Toubab Krewe)
Nov 9, Blacksburg, VA, Attitudes (w/ Eclectic Method)
Nov 10, Knoxville, TN, The Valarium (w/ Toubab Krewe)
Nov 11, Athens, GA, New Earth Music Hall (TBA)
Nov 12, Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel (TBA)
Nov 13, Live Oak, FL, Bear Creek Music Festival