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Soulive's Al Evans Unearths Crushed Velvet

Royal Family Records has announced the May 24 release of the long lost 1970s' motion picture soundtrack The Big One by Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers. This never-before-issued soul music gem was recently unearthed by Soulive drummer Alan Evans when a family friend in Buffalo, NY put him in touch with the movie's director Cleo McBride. A 1974 Shaft-meets-007 Blaxploitation production, The Big One never made it to the big screen as the film was reported to have been destroyed in a fire soon after completion. The soundtrack recordings remained dormant until Evans was recruited to mix the original sessions and release it through Soulive's record company Royal Family Records. The Brooklyn-based label will release the soundtrack as both a free mp3 album download and on limited edition vinyl.

The track listing is:

1. The Big One (Main Theme)
2. Thunderbird
3. Felecia's Love Theme
4. Detroit Slim
5. The Lay Down
6. Memphis Stomp
7. London Black (pts. 1,2,3)
8. Big Chase
9. The Big One (End Theme)

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More about Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers

In the late 60s and early 70s, Buffalo, NY was a well-known hotspot for funk and soul music. One of the stand-outs on the scene was a guitarist and vocalist who went by the name Crushed Velvet. He backed many of Buffalo's finest musicians and was the first call most national hit-makers would make when needing to assemble a local band for Buffalo dates. Inspired to start his own band, he assembled Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers. They hit the scene hard bringing a tight new sound to “The Queen City." The response was so overwhelming that it quickly became clear the next logical step was to set their sites on New York City. As plans were being made for a move to the Big Apple, Crushed Velvet got a call from an old band-mate turned filmmaker Cleo McBride. Cleo had recently been given his first big break to direct a film called The Big One. This was not going to be a run of the mill Blaxploitation movie, but a film to turn the industry on its head. The main character was to be the first African-American spy hero, chasing down "the man" across the world.  Crushed Velvet believed this could be the band's ticket to the top, so plans for NYC were shelved. Instead, they began recording the album of their lives.  After nearly a year of writing and recording, the soundtrack was near completion. It was around this time that Crushed Velvet received the devastating news that would shatter those dreams. On March 23, 1974, the home of Cleo McBride was burned to the ground along with all of the master film reels for The Big One.

After the fire, all that remained was the shock and allegations of an entire community.  Cleo McBride was the first to claim that the government was at fault for the destruction of his work because of its positive and powerful depiction of a "black man as a strong, worldly hero."  With no film to accompany the music and an overall paranoia associated with anything having to do with The Big One, the soundtrack was shelved. Crushed Velvet broke up the band and disappeared from the Buffalo music scene.

In 2010, Soulive drummer Alan Evans was contacted by a family friend who'd been in touch with Cleo McBride. Aware that Evans, a Buffalo-native, had achieved a great deal of success in the music industry and was also operating his own recording studio PlayonBrother, they shared the story of The Big One and Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers, hoping he'd listen to the tapes. Intrigued by the story, Evans agreed and what he found was pure soul music gold. He took to the task of mixing the recordings and preparing them for worldwide release through Soulive's label Royal Family Records.

THE BIG ONE, the original motion picture soundtrack by CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS is available May 24 as a free mp3 album download and on limited edition vinyl through Royal Family Records.

Watch video with Al Evans explaining history of The Big One

Download a free mp3 of "The Big One (Main Theme)"

The White Buffalo New CD + Tour Dates

The White Buffalo represents an authentic homage to the times of hard touring, hard drinking artists who truly lived what they sang about. Seamlessly moving from heartfelt ballads to raucous bar songs, The White Buffalo sings with honesty and thoughtful reflection as he wanders the road, sharing his music.  Everything about him is big, from his imposing physical size to his amazing vocal range.  From his whiskey-drenched, growling lows to heart-stopping highs, The White Buffalo paints a touching picture, whether he stands alone or performs with his energetic, charismatic band.

After vigorously road testing his new material, The White Buffalo is releasing his latest EP, Prepare for Black & Blue on Ruff Shod Records, State Radio's imprint label through Nettwerk, this fall. Produced by Jimmy Messer, this collection of songs showcases The White Buffalo's stripped down unmistakable sound.

To catch a glimpse of the live White Buffalo experience, watch this live video of EP track "Into the Sun."

The White Buffalo Tour Dates:

Dec 10 - House of Blues - Boston, MA **
Dec 14 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 15 - The Mint - LA, CA
Dec 16 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
Dec 17 - Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 18 - Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA
Dec 19 - Hop Monk Tavern - Sebastopol, CA
** Calling All Crows w/ Chad Stokes & Friends

More winter tour dates to be announced soon

The White Buffalo Announces Tour Dates

The White Buffalo announces even more US and Canadian Tour Dates - including shows opening for Mishka, Angus and Julia Stone and full band dates - supporting his newest EP Prepare for Black & Blue out this fall via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records.
After years spent touring the Nation with acts from Gomez to Donavon Frankenreiter to State Radio and with two releases under his belt that have sold over 20,000 combined physical records, The White Buffalo emerges with an EP of tirelessly road tested new material showcasing his stripped down, unmistakable sound.
To catch a glimpse the live White Buffalo experience, watch this live video of EP track "Into the Sun." Listen for White Buffalo's "The Matador" in the season finale of Sons of Anarchy.
The White Buffalo Tour Dates
Oct 21 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA *
Oct 22 - the Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA *
Oct 24 - St Rocke - Hermosa Beach, CA
Oct 25 - Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA *
Oct 28 - Opera House - Toronto, ON &
Oct 29 - Le National - Montreal, QC &
Oct 30 - Le Cercle - Quebec City, QC &
Nov 8 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ #
Nov 10 - Lambert's - Austin, TX #
Nov 11 - Chelsea's - Baton Rouge, LA #
Nov 12 - The Shed - Lafayette, LA #
Nov 13 - The Shed - Mobile, AL #
Nov 15 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX #
Nov 16 - the Hydrant - Denton, TX #
Nov 20 - Zooeys - Ventura, CA #
* w/ Mishka
& w/ Angus and Julia Stone
# w/ full band
More fall tour dates to be announced soon

Who is The White Buffalo:
The White Buffalo represents an authentic homage to the times of hard touring, hard drinking artists who truly lived what they sang about. Seamlessly moving from heartfelt ballads to raucous bar songs, The White Buffalo sings with honesty and thoughtful reflection as he wanders the road, sharing his music.  Everything about him is big, from his imposing physical size to his amazing vocal range.  From his whiskey-drenched, growling lows to heart-stopping highs, The White Buffalo paints a touching picture, whether he stands alone or performs with his energetic, charismatic band.
After vigorously road testing his new material, The White Buffalo is releasing his latest EP, Prepare for Black & Blue on Ruff Shod Records, State Radio's imprint label through Nettwerk, this fall. Produced by Jimmy Messer, this collection of songs showcases The White Buffalo's stripped down unmistakable sound.

theNEWDEAL Announce Additional Autumn Tour

theNEWDEAL are excited to announce additional Autumn Dates in Colorado, the Midwest and Northeast as well as a few special shows with the JOIN and the OMEGA MOOS! Don't miss tND's exciting return to the Rockies as they hit Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collin in October. Shows have also been added in Bloomington, Madison and Ann Arbor as well as Buffalo and tND's first trip back to Cleveland since 2002!

In addition, Tom Hamilton and Clay Parnell (Brother's Past) re-ignite the JOIN as they headline the Muddy River Jam Festival and rocking the River Street Jazz Cafe in August. The OMEGA MOOS will make their jubilant return to Chicago for a special North Coast Festival after-party on September 4th at the Metro. Don't miss an all-new MOOS repertoire of songs as well as many old classics.

Make sure to check out www.thenewdeal.com and our Facebook page for updates and information on pre-sale ticketing for upcoming shows as well as other exciting news!

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Fri 8/13/10 (the JOIN)                  Muddy River Jam Festival, Woodstown, NJ

Sat 8/14/10 (the JOIN)                 River Street Jazz Cafe, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Thu 8/19/10                                Otto's, Dekalb, IL

Fri 8/20/10                                  Hoxeyville Music Festival, Wellston, MI

Sat 9/4/10                                   North Coast Music Festival, Chicago, IL

Sat 9/4/10 (OMEGA MOOS)           The Metro (Late Night), Chicago, IL

Sun 9/5/10                                  Nocturnal Festival, Apache Pass, TX

Wed 9/22/10                               Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

Thu 9/23/10                                Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY

Fri 9/24/10                                  Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA

Sat 9/25/10                                 Pearl Street, Northampton, MA

Thu 10/7/10                                Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO

Fri 10/8/10                                  Hodi's Halfnote, Ft. Collins, CO

Sat 10/9/10                                 Cervante's Masterpiece, Denver, CO

Tue 10/12/10                               The Bluebird, Bloomington, IN

Thu 10/14/10                               The Majestic, Madison, WI

Fri 10/15/10                                 The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI

Sat 10/16/10                                The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY

Fri 11/12/10                                 Bear Creek Music Festival, Live Oak, FL

My Morning Jacket Announce New US Tour Dates

Shortly after completing their recent tour with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Louisville’s My Morning Jacket will be taking their celebrated, exhilarating live show back on the road this August.  Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Carl Broemel, Bo Koster, and Patrick Hallahan will come together in San Diego on August 11th to kick start another series of their special performances that no other band can replicate.

Sub Pop’s Avi Buffalo will be supporting the group for the San Diego date as well as their LA show at The Greek Theater.  The run will also include a stop at Denver’s Mile High Festival, and MMJ will be supporting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on several dates.  The band is both thrilled and humbled to have been asked to open for the legend.

For all of the Jacket’s headlining dates, the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity.  See below for the full list of organizations along with links to their websites for more information.

MMJ Tour Dates

* = supporting slot for Tom Petty
# = with Avi Buffalo

08/11:  San Diego, CA - SDSU Outdoor Theatre #
San Diego Coast Keeper (www.sdbaykeeper.org)

08/12:  Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre #
School On Wheels (www.schoolonwheels.org)

08/15:  Denver, CO - Mile High Festival

08/17:  Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
Mercy Home (www.mercyhome.org)


08/19:  Boston, MA - Comcast *

08/20:  Burlington, VT - Champlain Valley Lawn
Combat Paper Project (www.combatpaper.org)

08/21:  Boston, MA - Comcast *

08/24:  Newark, NJ @ Izod Center *

08/25:  Holyoke, MA @ Mountain Park
WomanShelter (www.womanshelter.org)


08/27:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Station Square Amphitheater
Just Harvest (www.justharvest.org)

08/28:  Rochester, NY @ CMAC
Finger Lakes Land Trust (www.fllt.org)

08/29:  Philadelphia, PA @ Great Plaza
Greensgrow Philadelphia Project (www.greensgrow.org/philly)

Yellowstone Buffalo Headed to Slaughterhouse. Act Now!

Stop the slaughter!- for the Grateful Web

Yellowstone's wild, free-roaming buffalo herd is under siege.

The Bush Administration is turning America's greatest national park into a killing ground for hundreds of mighty bison - better known as American buffalo.

We must speak out against this cold-blooded cruelty NOW - because every week, more of these noble creatures are being herded into cattle trucks to be slaughtered:

This winter alone, more than 1,000 wild bison have been brutally killed by the National Park Service and the Montana Department of Livestock - or shipped to slaughterhouses.

And come May, newborn calves are just as likely to be killed as their mothers.

We cannot stand by and let this massacre continue: Send a protest message now.

Right now, it's still winter in Yellowstone, and these unsuspecting buffalo are following historic migratory routes in search of food at lower elevations where there is less snow.

When the buffalo venture near or beyond the park's boundary, they will continue to be rounded up and killed - unless we start a national outcry:

What makes this sacrifice so senseless is that it's all to protect 12 to 16 domestic cows and steers that graze near the park from the theoretical risk of a disease - brucellosis - that has never been transmitted from bison to cattle in a natural setting.

Yes, you read those numbers right: 1,000 wild bison slaughtered to protect a little more than a dozen cows outside the park that have most likely been vaccinated against the disease, or easily could be.

Please speak out and stop the slaughter.

Yellowstone's buffalo are a national treasure: America's last, free-roaming herd. The National Park Service should be their guardian, not their executioner.

Our goal this week is to create a virtual "stampede" of 50,000 protest messages that will convince the National Park Service to call a halt to the killing.

Together, we must speak out to spare the lives of Yellowstone's surviving buffalo so that they can again roam wild and free...

Donna the Buffalo, Ollabelle & David Gans to Benefit Rex

Ollabelle will play to benefit Rex- for the Grateful Web

Twenty-four years (and counting) into its mission, the Rex Foundation continues to broaden its community of friends, donors and beneficiaries. The Grateful Dead performed many benefit concerts for various good causes during its 30-year touring career. In 1983, members and associates of the Dead formed the Rex Foundation to further that tradition of giving, enabling the Dead Head community to participate through their purchase of tickets to concerts the band gave to benefit the foundation. Since then, Rex has granted more than $8 million dollars to over 1,000 recipients, including individuals and organizations engaged in vital endeavors in the arts, sciences and education, working to protect our natural resources and to help make our planet a safer, more peaceful place. When the Grateful Dead disbanded following Jerry Garcia's passing in 1995, Rex, having lost its primary source of funding, began a process of reinvention. While the foundation has continued to benefit from the commitment of time and energy from alumni and friends of the Dead and from the legendary generosity of Dead Heads everywhere, Rex has also developed new strategies for community outreach and involvement. One of the more exciting aspects of this effort has been the willingness of a new generation of musicians, many of them inspired by the Grateful Dead and seeking to extend and expand upon the Dead's musical and social traditions, to offer their talents in service to Rex, and to bring their own audiences into the ever-larger community of Rex donors.

David Gans

This process of widening the circle of giving will continue on November 17th with a benefit concert at New York's Highline Ballroom, bringing together friends old and new in support of Rex. The evening will feature two popular and critically acclaimed bands that are equally at home in a variety of genres, Donna The Buffalo and Ollabelle. Also performing will be an old pal to all of us in the Grateful Dead world and a longtime supporter of Rex, David Gans, whose excellent idea it was to throw this musical shindig. David is well known for his years of service to the Dead Head community as a broadcaster, journalist and all-around stellar dude. In recent years, he has begun to receive richly deserved recognition for his talents as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, and has been a welcome presence on the club and festival circuit, sharing stages with Dark Star Orchestra, Donna Jean and the Tricksters, Railroad Earth and many others. Having pitched in to help Rex in many other ways over the years, Gans figured it was high time he put his musical gifts to good use in service to the cause, and to invite some friends to do the same. Happily, those friends jumped at the opportunity, and the resulting lineup of talent should make for a most memorable evening.

Donna the Buffalo

Asked for a few thoughts on his fellow performers, Gans told dead.net: "Donna the Buffalo is one of my favorite bands on earth. Two excellent songwriters - guitarist Jeb Puryear and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins - and a deep, and deeply American, dance groove. Their songs are spiritually positive without being hippy-dippy. This is one of the few bands that can make me forget where I am and hope the set never ends.

Ollabelle: five fine songwriters who are also fine singers and players, a great love for American roots music - what's not to love?

Donna The Buffalo, Ollabelle and David Gans perform to benefit the Rex Foundation on Saturday, November 17th, 8 pm, at the Highline Ballroom (431 West 16th Street, New York, NY). General admission tickets are $27.00 in advance ($30 day of show). A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $55 (includes balcony seating) and $75 (side-of-stage seating). VIP ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert cocktail reception with the artists. Tickets are available through the Highline Ballroom and Rex Foundation websites. For further information, contact Rex at 415-561-3134.

Donna the Buffalo Live Webcast (3/17/2005)

 Donna The Buffalo archive webcast from the Fox in Boulder- for the Grateful Web

Grateful Web Web Streaming presents the archived video stream of the St Patty's Day at the Fox Theater with Donna the Buffalo!  The Grateful Web webcasted the entire show.  You will need Windows Media player to view the show (Sorry, we know that is rather lame).

You can RIGHT CLICK on the link below and then SAVE AS..., so that you download the file directly to your hard drive.  Or, just click the link and it should open up in your default media player.

Stream DTB 3/17/2005 Boulder Colorado Video

 

 

 

 

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Pictures from the St Patty's show. 

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The Grateful Web