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Haley Bonar "CD of the Week" on WFUV

Indie-country songstress Haley Bonar (rhymes with Daily Honor) will receive another blast of attention from New York City when WFUV-FM plays her latest self-released album Golder in its entirety this Thursday at 8pm. And starting today, fans can now purchase Golder through digital outlets.

Haley Bonar, who was recently featured on WNYC's Studio 360, continues to build momentum for her independently released album when WFUV features Golder as its "CD of the Week". New York City's 90.7 WFUV will spin Golder uninterrupted on July 28th at 8 pm. Golder will not be available through the station's online stream, however, fans are welcome to stream the full album as well as Haley's recent Studio 360 interview through her website at www.haleybonar.com.

And for the first time, Golder which was funded entirely by fans on Kickstarter, can now be purchased digitally through national online retailers including iTunes. The album is also available through Haley's website and concerts.

For more information on Haley Bonar and to stream Golder in it's entirety, please visit www.haleybonar.com

Independent Radio Takes Center Stage as Toyota Free Yr Radio Launches Fourth Annual Tour

Toyota’s Free Yr Radio is back, taking its mission to draw attention and support to independent, non-commercial radio on the road across the U.S. with appearances at the nation’s best music festivals, including Siren Fest, Lollapalooza, Mile High, Outside Lands, Bumbershoot, the Voodoo Experience, and CMJ.  Toyota launched Free Yr Radio four years ago to celebrate independent radio as a vital cultural resource.

Dale Ann Bradley new album and Station Inn CD release party

It's 9 a.m. on a rainy January day in Nashville, five days into 2009.  Dale Ann Bradley is coming up the studio steps without a raincoat, carrying a guitar and a folder full of lyrics.  She's been on the road for 14 straight days, it's 25 degrees and pouring, but never mind all that.  She's been shaping the concept of her new project, the follow-up to her Compass Records debut Catch Tomorrow, for months, and she can't wait to kick off the first song. She's let her heart guide her way through stacks of songs, looking for those that capture something beyond great music, something that gives voice to what she's been living and breathing in her own life for the last year.

dale ann bradleySo take a seat around the coffee table at the Compass Sound Studio--where Dale Ann Bradley sits with an old D-28 and producer and banjoist Alison Brown puts her gentle mark of genius on arrangements--and let Dale Ann tell you about Don't Turn Your Back in her own words: "It needs to be more than a record," she's says. "This is my dream album. I want it to inspire people to hang in with whatever they're facing--to find the hope and inspiration to keep going. I want to share the music that's touched me and I want to put everything into it that has been given to me over the past year."

This is Dale Ann Bradley. She's the 2007 & 2008 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and has been hailed by Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs as one of the greatest vocalists in country and bluegrass music. A former Coon Creek Girl and mainstay at Kentucky's Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Bradley commands a list of awards as long as Highway 40, yet a few minutes with her tells you she is something even more than extraordinarily gifted--she's extraordinarily human. A Primitive Baptist preacher's daughter out of the hills of Kentucky where no musical instruments were allowed, Bradley grew up in a self-described "backwoods holler" down a rural road where electricity and running water weren't available until she was in high school--something she has more in common with the first generation of bluegrass than her contemporaries in today's scene.

Dale Ann Bradley is nothing if not a great storyteller, but her ability to step into someone else's shoes and make their story her own for a few minutes, that is what allows every note sung and played on Don't Turn Your Back to be believable. In the company of some of best bluegrass pickers and singers including Stuart Duncan (fiddle/banjo), Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Alison Brown (banjo), Gena Britt (banjo), Steve Gulley (vocals), and Mike Bub (bass), Bradley explores Don't Turn Your Back's undeniable themes of bravery and hope through the eyes of mothers, lovers, trains, and one shiny, soon-to-be-lucky penny.

Staying true to her daughter-of-a-preacher roots, Don't Turn Your Back includes three bluegrass gospel numbers: the humorous "Rusty Old Halo", The Carter Family's "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room",  and the traditional "Heaven", which features reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent. Sharing her love of classic rock and its influence on her music and voice, Bradley includes bluegrass versions of Fleetwood Mac's "Over My Head"and Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", yet stays close to tradition with the Kentucky mountain ballad "Blue Eyed Boy". Courage is the silver thread running through all twelve tracks of Don't Turn Your Back, and it is in these songs that Bradley lays out all she's got: "Anybody Else's Heart But Mine" teaches us how to push through a broken heart, "Will I Be Good Enough" (Branscomb, Claire Lynch on guest vocals) whispers hope to uncertain parents, and "Music City Queen" (Bradley/Branscomb) documents the dauntlessness of those who come to Nashville seeking stardom. The title track calls for giving life's highway one more chance.

Dale Ann Bradley's mountain soprano has been called "shimmering" (The Washington Post), "angelic" (Billboard), and "exceptional" (Bluegrass Unlimited). An acclaimed musician and currently living in Nashville, TN, Bradley fills every stage and studio with humor, grace, and integrity. Don't Turn Your Back will be available on Compass Records May 19, 2009.

Jones Street Station Announce January Tour

Jones Street Station- for the Grateful Web

Jones Street Station make American music that is both contemporary and classic in character. Veterans of New York City's roots music community, they released their debut album Overcome (as The Jones Street Boys) on Smith Street Records in October 2007. They are currently finishing their second album to be released in mid-2009.
 
The five members share a focus on songwriting, storytelling, harmony-singing, musicianship, and, increasingly, an exploration of combining genres to cultivate their dynamic signature sound. Compositions are a collaborative effort. All five members write, and the finished products are a rare synthesis of styles, enriched and polished as the group works through the pieces together to find each song's final incarnation. These communal practices are the band's foundation, both technically and philosophically.
 
In the nine months since Overcome's release, momentum has built rapidly for the band. After a successful fall 2007 residency at New York's, The Living Room, and a winter tour through the Midwest, the band was invited to play two events at the 2008 Sundance Festival: the Synchronized Green Initiative Concert Series and the New York Film Commission's private finale party.
 
Most recently, The Jones Street Boys were commissioned to score nine songs for The Woodshed Collective's production of Caridad Svitch's Twelve Ophelias, as well as perform them live during the twenty-two date run this past summer in Brooklyn's historic McCarren Park Pool. Additionally, June 26th saw the launch of "Live from Down Home" a monthly Americana music series, which the band helped develop, and now curate and host at the Housing Works Used Bookstore and Café - a Manhattan-based non-profit. 

Tour dates:
Jan 13 - Birdy's - Indianapolis, IN
Jan 14 - Uncle Fester's - Bloomington, IN
Jan 15 - The Old Rockhouse - St. Louis, MO
Jan 16 - The Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Jan 17 - Nomad Pub - Minneapolis, MN
Jan 18 - The Stonefly - Milwaukee, WI
Jan 20 - The Annex - Madison, WI
Jan 23 - The Southgate House - Newport, KY
Feb 5 - Live From Down Home - Housing Works Café - New York, NY
Feb 24 - The Somerville Theatre w/ Ben Kweller - Somerville, MA
Feb 25 - Town Hall w/ Ben Kweller - New York, NY
Feb 26 - The 9:30 Club w/ Ben Kweller - Washington DC
Feb 27 - Theatre of the Living Arts w/ Ben Kweller - Philadelphia, PA

PHISH on-line charity AUCTION for STATION NIGHTCLUB SURVIVORS -- THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Coventry poster the last phish shows- for the Grateful Web
A once in a lifetime item. The band''s wardrobe case that they used everyday while they were on tour. Only 2 of these ever existed.- for the Grateful Web
untorn and full Coventry ticket, signed by entire band in Coventry on 8/15/04. Only 3 were signed that day- for the Grateful Web

John Langenstein, Director of Security for several bands including Phish, CSN, and The String Cheese Incident, has teamed up once again with David Shulman and The Mimi Fishman Foundation to raise money for The Station Family Fund. The Grateful Web has been thrilled to host their auctions for the past four years.

The Station Family Fund is an all-volunteer, 501 c 3 recognized, tax exempt, nonprofit organization, founded to offer assistance and relief to people directly affected by the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.  100 people perished, close to 200 severely injured, and more than 60 children lost one or both parents in the horrific fire on Feb 20, 2003.

Todd King, a survivor himself of the fire, is the VP of the Station Family Fund. "It's vital we don't forget the families left behind.  The Station Family Fund was formed to help those families, as well as the survivors", said King.  "David (Shulman) and John (Langenstein) have been instrumental in helping fund our organization."

The auction, which began December 13, is the fourth in a series of Langenstein/Shulman on-line auctions, with the first three raising over $40,000. Unlike the first three auctions, which included a variety of items from many different bands, this auction will only feature Phish related items.  Phish, after 21 years together, recently called it quits, as their last note of music was played August 15 at their own festival in northern Vermont.

The eighteen auction items are sure to be of interest to any Phish fan.  Included are the  actual guitar strings used by Phish in 2004, one of their wardrobe cases used all the way up to their last show in August, as well as a full Conventry festival ticket signed by the entire band.

"When Shulman and I ran our first auction for the SFF, I never dreamed there would be more.  I thought it was a one-time shot.  My desire to help those affected by the fire has only strengthened and I am more determined now than ever to help out the survivors and the families of the victims", said Langenstein.

The Station Family Fund will distribute every dollar raised by the auction in an effort to address the needs of the survivors and the families of victims.

"We have put together an amazing array of Phish items for this auction.  Any Phish fan will definitely want to take a look.   Most importantly, we are raising funds for a very important charity", says Shulman.

Information on the Station Family Fund can be found at http://www.stationfamilyfund.org

To check out the auction, visit: mimifishman.prg/auctions