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Elizabeth & The Catapult Brings You "Christmas With The Jews"

In less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured in WNYC's "Soundcheck" as well as PRI's "Fair Game with Faith Salie" At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as "One of the Best Discoveries of 2006."  The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of the Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion—as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the band's musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman's musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. "As a kid, I used to practice all the time…" Elizabeth explains. "But one day I realized that I couldn't lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that's when I started writing and singing." After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano skills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth's experience along with Pete and Danny's folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band's harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth & the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs' arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as "baroque pop." The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing this album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth & the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is "not interested in assigning herself a specific style." Elizabeth & the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Dec 27 Washington DC at DC9
Dec 29 Easton MD at Coffee East
Jan 22 Hoboken NJ at Maxwells

Nathan Moore's 'You Yeah Smokin' Hot'

Unlike the raw, folk music I heard during Nathan Moore's thought provoking solo sets on a recent short tour of the Northeast, his latest release, 'You Yeah Smokin' Hot', takes advantage of what the studio has to offer today's musician.

Elizabeth & The Catapult Brings You 'Christmas With The Jews'

Elizabeth & the catapult - photo by EJ Decoske- for the Grateful Web

In less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured in WNYC's "Soundcheck" as well as PRI's "Fair Game with Faith Salie" At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as "One of the Best Discoveries of 2006."  The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of the Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion—as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the band's musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman's musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. "As a kid, I used to practice all the time…" Elizabeth explains. "But one day I realized that I couldn't lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that's when I started writing and singing." After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano skills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth's experience along with Pete and Danny's folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band's harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth & the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs' arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as "baroque pop." The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing this album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth & the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is "not interested in assigning herself a specific style." Elizabeth & the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.

Tour dates!
Dec 27 Washington DC at DC9
Dec 29 Easton MD at Coffee East
Jan 22 Hoboken NJ at Maxwells

Cut Off Your Hands To Release 'You & I' On 1/20

Photo by Brad Fafejta- for the Grateful Web

After debuting on Speak n Spell Records in 2006 with the bristling Shaky Hands EP, Cut Off Your Hands quickly set stages and airwaves on fire across Australia and beyond. And with steady attention to touring and the production of melodic, musical gems their avid fan base and the cavalcade of media hyperbole has only continued to grow.

With their nationwide billing on 2007's Laneway Festival and jaunts to Los Angeles, SXSW and New York really getting the ball rolling, it was, tellingly, the band's first visit to London that would prove their watershed moment. Having been bewitched by the band in Texas, the lovesick indie-maven Steve Lamacq (hosting John Peel's old show on BBC6) wasted no time in pulling them into his Maida Vale studios for a live performance when he knew they were in town. All of a sudden the boys from the antipodes were a bright pin punched on the British musical 'map', and as a consequence, their remaining shows were rammed full of hungry industry folk.

It was also while in London that the group, through various channels and the snowballing momentum, found themselves working with ex-Suede guitarist and Producer de jour, Bernard Butler, for the first time. Their second EP, Blue on Blue, being the fruit of their labors. While the recording's lead tracks, 'Still Fond' and 'Oh Girl', settled quickly into the higher echelon of the radio charts at home, things continued to move for the band abroad. For the release of their debut English 7" - the double a-side Still Fond/Closed Eyes – through vinyl-ists Fandango was followed almost overnight by the inking of a deal with 679 Recordings (home to The Streets, Mystery Jets and Death From Above 1979).

Through the heady rush of record deals, single releases and the imminent debut LP however, the group's dedication to their first love, the live arena, never waned. Incessantly in the van, Cut Off Your Hands forged solid friendships with fans and bands alike through UK tours with the whip-smart Foals, the legendary Edwyn Collins and Florida's Black Kids - not to mention shows with The Duke Spirit and Les Savy Fav. All this while also treading the festival circuit, playing eight shows in just three days at last year's CMJ festival in New York before winging their way to Iceland's epic Airwaves festival and a return to Australia to play Falls Festival and the full Australasian tour of Big Day Out - alongside Bjork, Dizzee Rascal and LCD Soundsystem.

Now based in the dynamic environs of Hackney, London, the band have finished juggling life on the road with life in the studio, (for now) having put the final coat on their debut LP 'You and I', with Butler once again at the helm. With such an amazing album waiting in the wings, Cut Off Your Hands couldn't be set in a better position to win over the World's hearts.

Right. That's about enough of the press spiel...let's hear what Nick Johnston - Cut Off Your Hands' Iggy-like, whirling dervish of a front-man - has to say about Bernard, recording and the record...

"For the album we all felt Bernard was the best for our band. He just seems to understand us as a group more than most. He's very hands-on with the pre-production, with a clear vision for how each instrument has a part to play in bringing the best out of a song.

For the first time I've written songs with the studio in mind, as opposed to writing for our live show. Once again, this has been just treating each song in the way that best suits the song. Bernard's really adamant in pushing to treat each song on its merits. Some songs worked straight away, whilst others came together slowly, only sounding amazing once we put all the vocals and overdubs on.

There's a whole lot more instrumentation on the record this time as well. BB was really keen to make a record which had points of difference to separate us from the droves of British guitar bands around right now. And we've taken a few more risks than usual. Bernard has taken us (as players) out of our comfort zones, deconstructing the way we think. But it's a good, healthy thing - risk taking- because when it works out you progress. I feel that the new songs are definitely an organic progression. In that the songs from the EP Blue On Blue were completely melody based, but all fairly similar. They were bouncy and energetic. Hopefully we've made a LP which listens in a far more dynamic sense than the two previous EP's.

Our pop sensibility has come lately. (While writing the record) I was listening to a lot of doo-wop - in particular Phil Spector produced groups like the Ronnettes, and the Crystals - and I've been obsessed with how melodically centered those old songs are. It's what makes them still relevant and exciting to someone like me, a 23 year old, 50 years later. I also began seriously taking an interest in 1950's artists such as Roy Orbison, Ritchie Valens and Elvis. I found that I was no longer that interested in weird sounds, or noisy groups, all I wanted to hear and recreate were beautiful vocal melodies that are calculated but appear so effortless.

We feel we've really matured as songwriters quite a bit since the last release, and we think that maturity is demonstrated in the depth of this record. I'm happy that Bernard has been so eager to take risks with our music, and has aimed to make a record we'll still be listening to in years to come."

Nightmare Of You Bang Tour - Win Panic At The Disco Tickets!

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Nightmare Of You is heading out on tour with Paper Rival, Edison Glass, and The Graduate this May - June!

Be sure to check out this video at Almacks Dance Hall with Christian Siriano of Project Runway which features NOY's music from 'Bang.'

 

May 15 2008

8:00P

Middle East

Cambridge, Massachusetts

May 16 2008

6:00P

Webster Underground

Hartford, Connecticut

May 17 2008

8:00P

Xtreme Wheels

Buffalo, New York

May 18 2008

8:00P

Magic Stick

Detroit, Michigan

May 20 2008

8:00P

The Basement

Columbus, Ohio

May 21 2008

8:00P

Subterranean

Chicago, Illinois

May 22 2008

6:30P

Mojoes Rock House

Tinley Park, Illinois

May 23 2008

6:00P

Main Street Cafe

Kansas City, Missouri

May 24 2008

8:00P

The Marquis Theater

Denver, Colorado

May 25 2008

7:00P

Solid Ground

Salt Lake City, Utah

May 27 2008

8:00P

El Corazon

Seattle, Washington

May 29 2008

8:00P

Downtown Brew

San Luis Obispo, California

May 30 2008

8:00P

Knitting Factory - LA

Hollywood, California

May 31 2008

8:00P

Chain Reaction

Anaheim, California

Jun 1 2008

7:00P

SOMA - Sidestage

San Diego, California

Jun 3 2008

8:00P

The Clubhouse

Tempe, Arizona

Jun 4 2008

7:00P

Club Congress

Tucson, Arizona

Jun 5 2008

8:00P

Rock Bottom

San Antonio, Texas

Jun 6 2008

7:00P

The Prophet Bar

Dallas, Texas

Jun 7 2008

9:00P

Stubb's BBQ

Austin, Texas

Jun 9 2008

8:00P

The Conservatory

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jun 10 2008

6:30P

Crush Lounge

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jun 11 2008

7:00P

2 Cents Plain

St. Louis, Missouri

Jun 13 2008

7:00P

Fireman's Hall

North Caldwell, New Jersey

Jun 14 2008

8:00P

Blender Theatre At Gramercy

New York, New York

 

Win Panic At The Disco Tickets!

Almacks Dance Hall and Fueled By Ramen are giving away 4 tickets to Panic At The Disco's Roseland shows May 7th and 8th in NYC to two winners.

Enter to WIN!

Local Flare | You Have To See It To Believe It: Gregory Alan Isakov & the Freight, Bela Karoli, Paper Bird & The Wheel

Thursday night was an exhibition of local talent at the Boulder Theater, and Yours Truly does what he can to get the word out about local talent.  Four Denver area bands heated up the stage, each bringing a unique and innovative flavor that I find to be too often lacking in the Big Name touring company bands.  True to the Indie Rock tradition, you'll probably never hear any of these guys or girls on mainstream radio, but their ever-growing fanbases reminds us that media att

Bonerama Teams Up With OK Go for "You're Not Alone"

photo courtesy of Madison House- for the Grateful Web

This Mardi Gras (February 5th), Bonerama and OK Go will release You're Not Alone, a five-song digital EP.  Bonerama and OK Go spent the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recording at Piety Street Studios deep in the city's Upper 9th Ward.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the EP – available exclusively at iTunes – will benefit members of New Orleans' music community such as R&B legend Al Johnson, who are still struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives in the aftermath of the flood.

"New Orleans is one of the last places in America where music is truly a fundamental part of everyday life," says OK Go singer Damian Kulash. "People get together on the weekends and parade through the streets just playing songs; 12-year-old-kids learn funk on the tuba; everyone dances.  Life elsewhere in the world simply isn't as celebratory.  If we allow the culture of New Orleans to die by leaving its musicians marooned around the country, America will have lost one of its great treasures."

This weekend, OK Go and Bonerama will finish up the second of two benefit shows: a January 11 th gig at New Orleans' Tipitina's (as part of the legendary club's 30th anniversary celebration) and upcoming February 2nd show at The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, which will be streamed and podcast by NPR. Bonerama will open the DC show, then play material from You're Not Alone with OK Go, who will close the evening with a full set.

On Monday, February 11 th, Bonerama and Kulash will perform " A Million Ways " on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.

Engineered by Mark Nevers (Bobby Bare Sr., Calexico, Bonnie "Prince" Billy), You're Not Alone is an astonishing collaboration, with Bonerama lending its loud, trombone-and-tuba New Orleans swagger to OK Go's bombastic rock.  Together, they re-interpret three tracks from OK Go's most recent album, Oh No: " A Million Ways," "It's A Disaster" and "Oh Lately It's So Quiet."   A pair of covers – David Bowie's "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" and Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" – round out the collection. Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, who wrote "Carnival Time," the unofficial anthem of Mardi Gras, contributes haunting vocals to the latter.

Johnson's Lower 9 th Ward home was washed off its foundation by the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina and later demolished by the city without his knowledge or consent.  He has been living in Houston, TX for the past two years.  Proceeds from You're Not Alone will go towards building a new Habitat For Humanity home for him as well as to Sweet Home New Orleans, an organization dedicated to helping repatriate and support the thousands of local musicians who were scattered by Katrina.

Enthusiasm for the project has proved contagious.  iTunes has agreed to donate all proceeds from EP sales, and digital distribution powerhouse IODA is servicing and promoting it free of charge.  In addition, free freight shipping was provided by EFM Worldwide/Horizon Cargo, and Music Travel Management contributed free airfare for the two benefit shows.

About Bonerama:

Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown.  Hailed by Rolling Stone's David Fricke as "The ultimate in brass balls" last Fall, the band served as the House Band for the live all-star comedy event COMIC RELIEF.  The 2006 event, which featured a long list of A-talent including hosts Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, was recorded live from Ceasar's Palace last November. Recently, Bonerama snagged the coveted "Best Rock Band" honor from the 2007 Big Easy Awards.

The current list of confirmed Bonerama tour dates is as follows:

February 01 8x10 Club Baltimore MD

February 02 9:30 Club Washington DC Benefit performance with OK Go

February 04 Howling Wolf New Orleans LA

February 07 The Pour House Charleston SC

February 09 Berkeley Cafe Raleigh NC

February 10 The Garage @ The Biltmore Asheville NC

February 13 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta GA

March 08 The Gretna Jubilee Gretna LA

March 26 Iowa City Yacht Club Atlanta GA

March 27 Cabooze Minneapolis MN

March 28 Overture Center For the Arts Madison WI

March 29 Martyrs' Chicago IL

April 04 First Energy Berks Jazz Fest Wyomissing PA

April 05 The Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival Austin TX

May 02 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA

May 20 Bourbon Street Music Club Sco Paulo Brazil

May 29 Chans Woonsocket RI

June 01 Mike Arnones Crawfish Festival Wakefield RI

July 05 Iowa City Jazz Festival Iowa City IA

More dates will be announced.

Ryko/Proper to Re-Release Diana Jones' My Remembrance of You

Diana Jones- for the Grateful Web

With recognition (by critics, peers and fans alike) snowballing daily regarding Diana Jones' position as one of the most distinctive, soulful and nuanced singer/songwriters in the country/folk idiom, Ryko Distribution has agreed with NewSong Recordings to make Diana's luminous 2006 independent release My Remembrance of You readily available to chain and independent buyers across the U.S., while Proper Distribution delivers the record to new audiences in the UK and Ireland.

Despite limited initial promotions and spotty retail availability, My Remembrance of You has found love wherever it has landed. The album was cited on numerous 'Best of 2006' lists (including Nashville Scene) and was named the Chicago Tribune 's #1 Country Disc 2006, even as tracks like "Pretty Girl" and "Pony" were championed by savvy folk, country and Americana radio deejays on both sides of the Atlantic.

Clearly poised for a breakout, Jones also won the prestigious 2006 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest, a competition whose past contestants include Steve Earle, John Gorka, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and many, many other stellar tunesmiths.

Possessed of a rich, resonant, bell-toned voice redolent of hill-country essence, Diana Jones spins out humble, unfiltered tales with a crisp, no-nonsense economy that manages to encompass the timeless simplicity of evergreens assembled by the Carter Family, the rustic, in-the-tradition works of Iris DeMent and Gillian Welch, and a breathtakingly graceful way with the language that has drawn comparisons to the likes of Emily Dickinson, Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers.

As a testament to her skills and empathic writing qualities, Jones was honored to be invited to write a song for the first memorial service recognizing the 80-year anniversary of the tragic coal mine explosion on April 30, 1927 in Everettville, West Virginia that left 111 dead.

Incorporating the poignant last messages written by victim Henry Russell to his wife as he awaited his death by suffocation deep in the mine... "Still alive, but the air is getting' bad...oh how I love you Mary", Jones wrote the astonishingly tender and dignified "Henry Russell's Last Words," which was performed in Everettville on April 30th this year for a crowd that included Russell's 86-year-old daughter and her family.

Jones was put up for adoption as an infant and raised in New York, but the almost magnetic attraction of the music of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Emmylou and Dolly underscored an overwhelming sense of her otherness, and - at the age of 15 - she left her adoptive family in search of her roots. Some years later, when she was reunited with her birth family in the hills of Eastern Tennessee, she finally came to comprehend the source of those mysterious, innate impulses.

Diana polished her songwriting and performance skills in the highly-competitive environs of Austin, Texas; she released her well-received indie debut "Imagine Me" in 1997, followed by the equally fine, but appropriately-titled "The One That Got Away."

When her beloved grandfather, Robert Lee Maranville (a musician who had performed with Chet Atkins as a young man) passed away, she retreated to the northeast to grieve, heal and, in the process, woodshed in a deeper, darker place that resulted in her breaking into a heightened level of songwriting artistry. Those songs would form the bulk of My Remembrance of You (which is dedicated to Maranville).

Produced by Jones and Mark Thayer, the disc is a showcase of lean, organic arrangements that support Diana's voice and guitar with a streamlined group that includes wizard of all-things-stringed Duke Levine, percussionist Lorne Entress, bassist Bob Dick, fiddler Jay Ungar and cameos by Jane Karras (guitar) and the great Ferron (harmony vocals). 

With this remarkable album getting a much-deserved second push, Jones' incandescent talent continues to gather passionate proponents as high-profile venues queue up to bring her on board.

The musicians' association Folk Alliance has accorded her two 2007 nominations - "Pony" for Song of the Year and Diana herself for Emerging Artist of the Year. And, apart from her busy solo career, she appeared with BYRDJONES (her side-project/collaboration with Jonathan Byrd), at this year's Kerrville Folk Festival to share material from their new disc, Radio Soul.

The summer of '07 brings performances at noted folk festivals in Cambridge (UK), Galway (Ireland), Sioux River, Newport and Philadelphia, followed by a stop at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival in Bristol, TN and a brief BYRDJONES tour of Switzerland in late September.

For all of the kudos and recognition, though, the fact that Diana has been tabbed as the opening act for the legendary Richard Thompson's 15-day UK tour in October may best underscore the elevated status she has achieved.

Diana Jones is a major artist whose star is undeniably, irrevocably on the rise. If you're one of the many who missed out on My Remembrance of You's first, flickering appearance, DO NOT let it slip past you again.

Diana Jones August Tour Dates

Aug 3 - Old Courthouse Museum, Sioux Falls, SD

Aug 3 - Sioux River Folk Festival, Canton, SD

Aug 4 - Sioux River Folk Festival, Canton, SD

Aug 5 - Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI

Aug 7 - Johnny D's, Somerville, MA

Aug 11 - MAD SQ Studio Summer Concert Series, Madison Square Park, New York City

Aug 12 - Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction, New York City

Aug 17 - Philadelphia Folk Festival, Schwenksville, PA

Aug 18 - Philadelphia Folk Festival, Schwenksville, PA

Aug 19 - Roots of American Music Festival, Lincoln Center South Plaza, New York, NY

Aug 31 - Music on the Square, Jonesborough, TN

Baby Gray Whale "Thank You" Campaign

Gray Whale and baby in Baja, Mexico- for the Grateful Web

When scores of baby gray whales are born in Baja's magnificent San Ignacio Lagoon this coming winter, their nursery will be one step closer to being fully protected against industrialization.

Thanks to Mexican President Felipe Calderon, 109,000 acres of federal land surrounding the whale nursery were recently designated for conservation.

I'm sure you agree that President Calderon and his administration should be applauded for defending wildlands and wildlife in the face of powerful economic interests.

That's why I'm asking you to join me in thanking the Mexican president right now by sending him an online message at http://www.savebiogems.org/baja/action1

 

Your message of thanks is critical. We want President Calderon to register strong support from all across North America for his visionary policy, because the fight to save the whale's nursery is still far from over.

Despite NRDC's stunning victory in 2000 that stopped Mitsubishi from industrializing the lagoon with the world's largest saltworks, San Ignacio Lagoon is still vulnerable to plans for oil and gas drilling ... massive high-rise hotels and resort marinas ... and ocean-bound ship traffic.

That's why it's so urgent that we press ahead with our ambitious plan to permanently protect all one million acres of land surrounding the lagoon.

Thanks to the generosity of NRDC Members and online activists like you, our conservation alliance has already secured permanent protection for 140,000 acres of communal and private lands. When you add in the government's 109,000 acres, we have succeeded in putting 249,000 acres off-limits to industry and developers forever.

 

We're a quarter of the way to our one-million-acre goal - in just two years!

 

Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/baja/action1 right now and express your appreciation to the President of Mexico for defending San Ignacio Lagoon.

And thank you for supporting our campaign to surround this last unspoiled gray whale nursery with a million acres of protection.

From Asheville to Africa, Why You Need to Hear Toubab Krewe

Even the most die hard jam band fan will at one point crave something new and unusual, a step away from the traditional structure of lead guitar solos dragging on for minutes.  This doesn't mean that a fan of such musical structure needs to subject themselves to standardized pop music; it simply suggests that the listener might need to search for music made with more unconventional instruments.  The answer you seek lies not in a far away land but with Asheville, North Carolina's own Toubab Krewe.