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Tower of Power Celebrate 40TH Anniversary

TOWER OF POWER CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ALBUM, DVD AND REUNION.   New Collection Features TOP alumni like Lenny Pickett and Chester Thompson; Special Guests Include Soul Legend Sam Moore.

It’s spring! As we celebrate the start of the baseball season, the end of the basketball season and the release of Tower of Power’s 40th Anniversary album, the operative phrase in everyone’s ears is “We Came To Play.” But then, Tower of Power has “come to play,” every single time they take to the stage over the last 42 years.  The horn driven soul and funk machine has toured consistently playing to so(u)ld out crowds around the world.  And after 40 years, four of the original musicians still play with the band.

Similar to sports teams, however, Tower of Power has had numerous players take free agency with other musical prospects. So the 40th Anniversary show gave the band an opportunity to stage their version of “Old Timer’s Day,” bringing 20 former members to work with the ongoing ten player line-up.

“When we were young and we’d lose somebody, it seemed like the end of the world,” TOP founder Emilio Castillo told Gary Graff.  “But it started happening at such an early age in our career, and we always overcame it and always got great people to come in.”

Captured live at the Legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in 2008, this extraordinary show welcomed such former members as Greg Adams, TOP’s trumpeter and arranger for 20 years and subsequently one of the architects of the “smooth Jazz” sound; Chester Thompson, who moved on to play keys for Santana and Elton John; and chart topping “smooth jazz” sax player and first call session guy Richard Elliott.

At a show recorded on the band’s actual anniversary, former TOP member Lenny Pickett, long time sax player for the Saturday Night Live band, joined in. He’s in the bonus footage and is interviewed.   Legendary vocalist Sam Moore, of Sam and Dave, added to the funkified festivities with “I Thank You,” and Otis Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful.”  The DVD is dedicated to Steve “Skip” Mesquite, long time alto player for TOP, who made the show and passed on shortly afterward.

The CD and DVD package is a slam dunk of soulful funk, with such great Tower of Power hits as “What is Hip?” “You’re Still A Young Man,” the ever timely “Only So Much Oil In The Ground,” and “This Time It’s Real.” After 40 years, this band can clearly still hit it out of the ballpark.

“It was probably the most special night of our entire career,” said Castillo. “Getting together and playing again with those guys we’d spent so much time with on the road. It was magic.”

The Fervor Release New Album on MMJ Frontman Yim Yames' Label

Louisville, Kentucky quartet The Fervor have teamed up with My Morning Jacket frontman Yim Yames to release their ethereal new full-length Arise, Great Warrior on his label, Removador Recordings & Solutions. The album is out now digitally along with a CD version available through SonaBLASTand LP from Karate Body. With its combination of mysterious yet timeless lyrics and brooding arrangements, Arise is a poignant and gripping ride from start to finish.

The first words on the record uttered by frontwoman Natalie Felker are “Arise, great warrior / inside you’re a destroyer / by the time we see the sun / you’re already on the run.” Delivered in her husky voice with its distinct and seductive tone, she paints a mystical, dreamlike picture. Alongside Natalie’s radiant vocals and shimmering keys, guitarist Ben Felker, bassist Michael Campbell and drummer Mat Herron create hypnotic atmospheres in each song that stomp and crash toward epic climaxes.

Arise was produced by Charles Gonzalez, who recorded with the band in San Francisco, where they experienced a rebirth of sorts. Rather than aiming for note-for-note perfection, the group strived to capture an enrapturing performance of each song. The Fervor then headed back to Louisville to mix the album with engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax Fang). By keeping the focus on the power of what the four band members can do together in a room, the result is an album fueled by an energy that feels potent and organic around every corner. All the exciting twists and turns build up to an ultimate catharsis as the haunting final notes of “Let’s Get Loaded” gently ring out.

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Tour Dates:

02/13:  Louisville, KY @ Derby City Espresso (Duo Show/No Kill Louisville Benefit)

02/21: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s

02/23: Yellow Springs, OH @ 91.3 WYSO

02/23: Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern

03/16-20: Austin, TX @ SXSW

04/07: St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway

04/08: Kansas City, MO @ News Room

04/09: Belleville, IL @ Blue Agave

04/11: Chicago, IL @ Darkroom Bar

04/12: Columbus, OH @ Treehouse

04/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Coyote Café

04/14: Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

04/16: Mount Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern

04/19: Savannah, GA @ Sentient Bean

04/20: Atlanta, GA @ Highland Inn Ballroom

Tony Adamo's What Is Hip

The recording of the song "What is Hip" on singer/songwriter, Tony Adamo's new CD (entitled WHAT IS HIP) came from a suggestion made by the legendary horn player and Tower of Power co-founder, Stephen "Doc" Kupka. During a recording session with Adamo and his producer/guitarist, Jerry Stucker, "Doc" suggested several TOP songs Adamo might want to cover. Adamo choose "What is Hip" and "This Time it's Real." Kupka, along with jazz great, Eddie Henderson hold up the horn section on "Hip." In the re-grooved "This Time It's Real," Mic Gillette, funk icon in his own right, wrote the horn arrangement and plays (trumpet & trombone) along with TOP horn member, Tom E. Poltzer (tenor sax). Poltzer plays lead solo with "Doc" Kupka on bari sax.

Talk about a kool struttin' and soul funkin' sound. Adamo is deep in the groove on these two Tower of Power hits. Producer/guitarist, Jerry Stucker loaded up the WHAT IS HIP CD with big city cool. Some of these great players include: Mike Clark (drums), Steve Gadd (drums), James Gadson (drums), Reggie McBride (bass), Richie Goods (bass), Freddie Washington (bass), Bill Summers (percussion), Robert Quintana (percussion), Blackbyrd McNight (guitar), Jerry Stucker (guitar), Neil Larsen (organ/piano), Rodney Franklin (piano), Melecio Magdaluyo (tenor sax/flute), Henry Hung (trumpet/trombone), and Sandy Griffith (background vocals).

Can you dig Adamo's new conception of voice n' funk with an infectious slice of soul? Get hip to WHAT IS HIP and be "souled" on the thirteen songs on his new CD.

WHAT IS HIP MP3's are now available on CDBABY and hard copies will be available at www.strokeland.com and CDBABY soon.
www.horndrivenradio.com will add songs into radio play

DSO 2011 Spring Tour Announcement

Into The Sun Tour - Vote for Encore

DSO charges 'Into The Sun' in April starting out at Irving Plaza in NY on April 29th by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead's final Fillmore East performance. To mark this occasion we will recreate the 4/29/71 show in its entirety. This monster show has been released as "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Grateful Dead" and was the last time that Bill Graham Presented the Dead at the Fillmore. After that epic kick-off we will drop into venues all over the northeast including The Electric Factory in Philly, a first time gig at The Oneonta Theatre in Oneonta, NY, Hampton Casino Ballroom, a rare 'Acoustic' show on 5/15 at the Flying Monkey, a tour closing two-nights at Mighty High Mountain Fest and more!

For the entire tour we will be taking votes from fans for our closing song of the night. Visit our TOUR PAGE for more details and to cast your vote for Filler/Encore. Everyone who votes will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the show they vote on. Let us hear from you!

Continuing The Tradition

We are excited to announce that we will be playing a Black Tie-Dye Ball benefit for the Rex Foundation on Thursday, April 7 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. If you are in the Bay Area, mark your calendar for this special event...there will be more info to follow regarding how you can support the cause by purchasing premium tickets that will include a pre-party and an opportunity to be there for Dark Star Orchestra's soundcheck. For more info on The Rex Foundation, check out www.rexfoundation.org.

Southbound With Four Winds To Follow

Our Southbound Winter Tour continues to roll on as we make our way into Atlanta and Charlotte this weekend. From there we close out the tour with stops in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Orlando, Delray Beach and Tampa.

The Four Winds that blow us home will take us back on the road in March and April with a tour spanning the east and West Coast with a new show just announced on April 16th at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, CO.

Check out the TOUR PAGE for more details.

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TOUR DATES:

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Southbound Winter Tour
2/3 Carolina Theatre Greensboro, NC
2/4 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
2/5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
2/7 Workplay Birmingham, AL
2/9 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
2/10 Plaza Theatre Orlando, FL
2/11 Garlic Fest Delray Beach, FL
2/12 Ferguson Hall Tampa, FL TICKETS
Four Winds Tour
03/04 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
03/05 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
03/06 The Sovereign Reading, PA TICKETS
03/08 Mexicali Blues Teaneck, NJ TICKETS
03/09 Union County Performing Arts Center Rahway, NJ TICKETS
03/10 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA TICKETS
03/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD TICKETS
03/12 Town Hall Buffalo, NY TICKETS
03/30 Mt Baker Theater Bellingham, WA
03/31 The Showbox Seattle, WA
04/01 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
04/02 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR TICKETS
04/04 Arcata Theater Arcata, CA TICKETS
04/06 Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
04/07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/08 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/10 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/13 Belly-Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/14 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/15 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/16 The Aggie Ft Collins, CO TICKETS
Just Announced...Into The Sun Tour
04/29 Irving Plaza New York, NY TICKETS
04/30 McCarter Theater Princeton, NJ TICKETS
05/01 Toad's Place New Haven, CT TICKETS
05/04 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI TICKETS
05/05 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY
05/07 Oneonta Theatre Oneonta, NY TICKETS
05/09 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/10 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/12 House of Blues Boston, MA
05/13 Colonial Theater Keene, NH TICKETS
05/14 Hampton Beach Casino Hampton Beach, NH TICKETS
05/15 Flying Monkey Plymouth, NH
05/18 Whitaker Center Harrisburg, PA TICKETS
05/20 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
05/21 Mighty High Mountain Fest Tuxedo, NY TICKETS
Summer
06/05 Wakarusa Ozark, AR

Beat Kaestli @ the Bar Next Door | NYC

I'm happy to announce my return to the wonderful Bar Next Door, Monday, February 7th. I'll be featuring tried and true songs from my CDs and some new(er) tunes and, for the first time, I will do it with a vocal/accordion trio! More info below.

On an important side note - Haiti still needs a lot of help and what better way to raise awareness than by supporting a book about it's culture and religion by renowned photographer/photojournalist Les Stone, who has been visiting and documenting Haiti for many years. Please support his efforts to raise awareness for Haiti and help him realize his book "Vodou in Haiti: A People's Religion"! For more info and donations, click here.

Have a great weekend and looking forward to seeing you at Bar Next Door!

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Monday, February 7th @ 8:30/10:30 PM
129 MacDougal, NYC
$12/all night (1 drink per set min.)
Line up:
Beat Kaestli - voice
Will Holshauser - accordion
tba - bass
and special guests

Dierks Bentley Announces 30-City Spring Tour

Multiple GRAMMY nominee and chart-topping country music star Dierks Bentley is slated to headline the 2011 JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR kicking off March 17.  The 30-city tour runs through mid-May and will feature special guest Columbia Nashville road warrior Josh Thompson and brand new A&M/Octone duo Miss Willie Brown.  Each concert will also feature a local Jägermeister sponsored country act.

Pre-sale tickets are available to fan club members through www.dierks.com, while the general public will be able to purchase tickets beginning Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 through Ticketmaster.  The remaining cities will go on sale over the coming weeks.

“It’s a good thing we’ve got a video crew on the road with us capturing everything that goes down,” laughed Bentley.  “Putting my band, Josh Thompson, the Miss Willie Brown girls and a few thousand fans in a Jägermeister sponsored room with loud country music sounds like a pretty solid recipe for a great night!”

“For the brand’s 20th music tour, Jägermeister is bringing top country star Dierks Bentley to the stage to show our dedication and loyalty to country music,” says Bill Henderson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising at Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc.  “In addition to this great line-up, Jägermeister is sponsoring over 25 country music acts to open the shows and is looking for more.”

2011 Jägermeister Country Tour Dates:
3/17            Wallingford, CT *
3/18            Sayreville, NJ **
3/19            Atlantic City, NJ **
3/20            Pittsburgh PA **
3/24            Lewiston, ME **
3/25            Poughkeepsie, NY
3/26            Reading, PA            **
3/27            Westbury, NY **
4/1              Los Angeles, CA **
4/2              Las Vegas, NV **
4/6              Houston, TX            **
4/7              Mescalero, NM **
4/13            Asheville, NC
4/14            North Myrtle Beach, SC **
4/15            Melbourne, FL
4/16            Boca Raton, FL                                           
4/21            Mankato, MN
4/22            Sioux Falls, SD
4/23            Clear Lake, IA
4/27            Salina, KS
4/28            Bloomington, IL
4/29            Saint Charles, MO                                                        
5/5              Akron, OH
5/6              Detroit, MI
5/7              Indianapolis, IN
5/11            Augusta, GA
5/12            Charleston, SC
5/13            Norfolk, VA
* Tickets On Sale Jan. 21
** Tickets On Sale Jan. 28

DSO Winter Tour Begins 1/20, Free Downloads

Iowa->Tampa...We've Got You Covered

Fresh off an incredible New Years Run and a few weeks of rest the band is ready to kick off 2011 starting out in the mid-west. We will start out in Des Moines, IA Thursday and stop off in Milwaukee and Chicago the first weekend. From there it's off to Urbana, IL, Detroit and Cleveland before closing off the week in Columbus, OH and Indianapolis. Then the bus heads south to warmer climates for the second half of the tour. First stop is Busters in Lexington, KY before dropping in to the Music Farm in Charleston, SC and Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. After that it's on to Atlanta Friday Feb 4th and Charlotte on the 5th before the last week of the tour. The final run of shows takes us from Birmingham to Jacksonville, Orlando, Del Ray Beach and Tampa, FL.

Hope you can jump aboard our Southbound Train!

Visit our Tour Dates Page for tickets and more info.

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Free Love

Starting today we will offer a free download of a song from our digital catalog once a week on our web site. We will be digging deep into our vaults to bring you something new and different each week.

Head to our website now to check out this weeks free track

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DSOtix = Free Mix

Heading out to a show on the Southbound Winter Tour? Four Winds Tour? Buy your ticket from our Fanclub Ticketing site and you will receive a link to download a free sampler of songs from 2010 shows.

Also, please support our favorite philanthropy, The Rex Foundation, by contributing what you can during the ticket buying process.

Click HERE to visit our fanclub ticketing page.

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TOUR DATES

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Southbound Winter Tour
1/20 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
1/21 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
1/22 Vic Theater Chicago, IL TICKETS
1/24 The Canopy Club Urbana, IL
1/26 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MI TICKETS
1/27 House of Blues Cleveland Cleveland, OH
1/28 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
1/29 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
1/31 Busters Lexington, KY TICKETS
2/2 Music Farm Charleston, SC TICKETS
2/3 Carolina Theatre Greensboro, NC TICKETS
2/4 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
2/5 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC TICKETS
2/7 Workplay Birmingham, AL TICKETS
2/9 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
2/10 Plaza Theatre Orlando, FL TICKETS
2/11 Garlic Fest Delray Beach, FL
2/12 Ferguson Hall Tampa, FL TICKETS
Four Winds Tour
03/04 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
03/05 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown, NY
03/06 The Sovereign Reading, PA TICKETS
03/08 Mexicali Blues Teaneck, NJ TICKETS
03/09 Union County Performing Arts Center Rahway, NJ TICKETS
03/10 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA TICKETS
03/11 Maryland Theatre Hagerstown, MD TICKETS
03/12 Town Hall Buffalo, NY TICKETS
03/30 Mt Baker Theater Bellingham, WA TICKETS
03/31 The Showbox Seattle, WA
04/01 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
04/02 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR TICKETS
04/04 Arcata Theater Arcata, CA TICKETS
04/06 Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
04/07 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/08 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/09 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
04/10 Knitting Factory Reno, NV TICKETS
04/13 Belly-Up Aspen, CO TICKETS
04/14 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS
04/15 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO TICKETS


ZERO Returns to the Great American Music Hall

For the first time in nearly 20 years, ZERO returns to the Great American Music Hall: March 4th and 5th. Almost two decades ago, the quintessential Bay Area band recorded 'Chance in a Million' at GAMH, their most successful album to date featuring songs penned by Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. The band reunites to commemorate the music and to benefit band mate, Judge Murphy, who is battling liver cancer, awaiting transplant.

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ZERO: A Chance in a Million
featuring Steve Kimock, Greg Anton, Judge Murphy, Chip Roland, Liam Hanrahan, and special guests
Fri & Sat March 4 & 5
Doors: 8:00 PM | Show: 9:00 PM | Ages: 6 + | Tickets on sale 1/23 at www.gamh.com

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ZERO, a psychedelic rock ensemble formed by Steve Kimock and Greg Anton in 1984, is best known for its free flowing jazz-rock-electric sound. For the next two decades the project featured some of the best talent on the Bay Area circuit including legendary guitarist John Cipollina, Martin Fierro, Nicky Hopkins, Bobby Vega, Pete Sears, Judge Murphy, Liam Hanrahan, Chip Roland, and many more. ZERO released eight highly-acclaimed albums, hundreds of live recordings, and occasionally appear out of nowhere in select continental cities. The band's appearance at the Great American Music Hall will mark the first of its kind in two decades since the live recording of 'Chance in a Million'.

Great American Taxi's Reckless Habits Winter Tour

“Fun! Look it up in the dictionary and Vince Herman’s name should appear somewhere in the definition,” wrote Elmore magazine in 2010. The fun continues for Vince Herman and Great American Taxi with a newly added leg of tour dates that kicks Great American Taxi into high gear in the New Year. To date, many of the most innovative and acclaimed players currently on the jamband/newgrass circuit have joined Taxi’s Reckless Habits Tour, which largely features the band’s signature style of country-, rock- and bluegrass-influenced Americana musical styles.

Taxi’s second and latest album, Reckless Habits, garnered impressive nods in 2010, appearing on several Best of 2010 lists. And the band’s energetic live shows have grabbed critical attention: “A few of my favorite shows from last year include any time Great American Taxi played Moe’s Alley,” said Beth Peerless at the Monterey County Herald.  Amazon.com is currently featuring Reckless Habits as part of its Fill Your Player MP3 digital download promotion of critically acclaimed releases for only five dollars.

Railroad Earth will headline a string of January shows with Great American Taxi — RRE’s Tim Carbone produced Taxi’s Reckless Habits. In February, Great American Taxi teams up with the Emmitt-Nershi Band at Whisky Jack’s in Big Sky, Montana, and Todd Snider at the Nugget in Nevada. Taxi also backs Snider on his recent release, The Storyteller Live, which includes a bonus DVD of Taxi and Todd performing at the TPAC in Nashville, Tenn.

Artists joining Taxi onstage in the past year include: contemporary troubadour Todd Snider, the exceptional mandolin virtuoso and versatile vocalist Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon and his own Drew Emmitt Band), Billy Nershi (The String Cheese Incident), and the David Nelson Band, with their exploratory improvisational jam sessions.

Reckless Habits appeared on several Best of 2010 lists; it peaked at #12 on the Americana radio charts in 2010 and finished in the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Americana albums of the year, coming in at #54; it held the top spot on Colorado radio in April and May of 2010 and charted at #6 overall on Colorado radio for the year. The album was picked in a No Depression Top 10 of the year and continues to chart in the Top Ten for spins on Jambands.com radio.

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GREAT AMERICAN TAXI ON THE ROAD – WINTER 2011

Tues., Jan. 18   FAYETTEVILLE, AR George’s Majestic Lounge, with Railroad Earth

Wed., Jan. 19   TULSA, OK Cain’s Ballroom, with Railroad Earth

Fri., Jan 21    ALBUQUERQUE, NM Sunshine Theater, with Railroad Earth

Sat., Jan. 22    FLAGSTAFF, AZ Orpheum Theater, with Railroad Earth

Sun., Jan. 23   TUSCON, AZ Rialto Theatre, with Railroad Earth

Mon., Jan. 24    SOLANA BEACH, CA Belly Up, with Railroad Earth

Tues., Jan. 25    LAS VEGAS, NV Hard Rock Cafe – Vegas, with Railroad Earth

Wed., Jan. 26   BAKERSFIELD, CA Fishlips

Thurs., Jan. 27   OAKLAND, CA The New Parish

Fri., Jan. 28   SANTA CRUZ, CA Catalyst

Sat., Jan. 29    NAPA, CA Uptown Theater

Thu., Feb. 10  FT. COLLINS, CO Hodi’s Half Note

Fri., Feb., 11   BRECKENRIDGE, CO Three20South

Sat., Feb. 12   DURANGO, CO Abbey Theatre

Wed., Feb. 16   PARK CITY, UT Star Bar

Fri., Feb. 18   ALTA, WY Trap Bar @ Grand Targhee Resort

Sat., Feb. 19   LIVINGSTON, MT The Mint

Sun., Feb. 20   BIG SKY, MT Whiskey Jack’s, w/Emmitt-Nershi Band

Fri., Feb. 25   SPARKS, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget, w/Todd Snider

Sat., Feb. 26   SPARKS, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget, w/Todd Snider

Wed., Mar. 2   LAWRENCE, KS Bottleneck

Thurs., Mar. 3   ST. LOUIS, MO 2720 Cherokee

Sat., Mar. 5   GRANDVIEW, OH Woodlands Tavern

Sun., Mar. 6   CHARLESTON, WV Mountain Stage Radio Show

Thurs., Mar. 10   CINCINNATI, OH Stanley’s Pub

Fri., Mar. 11   KALAMAZOO, MI Bell’s Brewery

Sat., Mar. 12   CHICAGO, IL Double Door

Thurs., Apr. 7   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Fri., Apr. 8   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Sat., Apr. 9   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Sat., Apr. 30   HOT SPRINGS, NC French Broad River Festival

Sat., June 4   BEAN BLOSSOM, IN John Hartford Memorial Festival

Fri., June 17   AUBURN, CA Party in the Park

Fri., July 15   LOUISVILLE, CO Steinbaugh Pavillion

Fri., July 23   NORTH PLAINS, OR Horning’s Hideout - Northwest String Summit w/Todd Snider

Sat., Aug. 6   WILLITS, CA Dead On The Creek

Over the Rhine Announces CD & Tour Dates

Over the Rhine is ready to make waves in 2011 with a new release and spring tour dates that will take them to theaters throughout the Midwest and the East Coast. The Long Surrender, the new studio album from the southern Ohio-based husband-and-wife team of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Linford Detweiler and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Karin Bergquist, is something rare and wondrous — an intimate epic.

The record, to be released February 8, 2011 on OtR’s own Great Speckled Dog label (named for the couple’s Great Dane, Elroy), marks 20 years since their 1991 debut. It’s the bountiful result of a collaboration between the couple and producer Joe Henry, whose songs they’ve long admired.

“Joe has been quietly making records (well not that quietly, he has won at least two Grammys) that don’t sound like other records bring made,” says Detweiler. “They are a little bit dark and cinematic and funky and unpredictable. It seems like he loves to help performers who have already covered a lot of miles — Mavis Staples, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Loudon Wainwright III, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Mose Allison, Allen Toussaint — rediscover the soul of what they do in a new light.” The Long Surrender was recorded at Henry’s Garfield House studio in South Pasadena, Calif.

The band recently previewed The Long Surrender over a series of tour dates last fall, culminating in a weekend long December trifecta of hometown shows in Cincinnati. Performances included the Holiday Homecoming Show, their annual (15 years and counting) Christmas show at the 2,400 seat Taft Theatre; The Christmas Soiree, an intimate Sunday afternoon gathering featuring an acoustic performance, poetry reading, and Q&A with Karin and Linford; and The Long Surrender Premiere, a very special live start-to-finish performance of the album for the donors who made the fan funded record possible.

Earlier that month in Los Angeles, the band was joined onstage at the Troubadour by Joe Henry and Lucinda Williams (and supporting artist Lucy Wainwright Roche, whose special guest was her father, Loudon Wainwright III).

Over the Rhine promises to bring their smoldering live performances to every corner of the globe in 2011 . . . and here is the first round dates:

Sun., Feb. 20  NASHVILLE, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Mon., Feb. 21 LEXINGTON, KY WoodSongs
Fri., March 25   BOSTON, MA The Red Room @ Café 939 (Berklee)
Sat., March 26   NEW YORK, N.Y. Highline Ballroom
Sun., March 27   ALEXANDRIA, VA Birchmere
Tues., March 29   PHILADELPHIA, PA World Café Live
Fri., April 1   PITTSBURGH, PA Mr. Small’s
Sat., April 2   AKRON, OH Musica
Tues., April 5   ANN ARBOR, MI The Ark
Thurs., April 7   MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall
Fri., April 8   CHICAGO, IL Lincoln Hall
Sat., April 9   MADISON, WI Majestic Theater
Sun., April 10   MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center

Over the Rhine will also perform at the Folk Alliance in Memphis on Wednesday, February 16.