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Steep Canyon Rangers Join Steve Martin At America’s Biggest 4th of July Party

The Steep Canyon Rangers brought America's music to America's Day, teaming with entertainment icon Steve Martin to bring serious bluegrass with a comedic twist to the Fourth of July Celebration at The National Mall in Washington DC. Their high-energy performance, part of a star-studded Independence Day event, marks the year's highest profile and most-watched bluegrass concert, the latest milestone for The Steep Canyon Rangers in a year that has included two Presidential concerts!

Performing for almost half a million people gathered on The Mall, as well as millions more at home tuned onto PBS' annual presentation of A Capitol Fourth, Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers debuted their new MP3 single, "Me and Paul Revere." The original song, based on Martin's historical research, sets the record straight amid all the recent confusion and controversy. Sung by Steep Canyon Ranger guitarist Woody Platt, "Me and Paul Revere" tells the story of that famous ride from the point of view of Revere's horse, Brown Beauty. The song has become the official show closer of Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers' 50-plus date national tour in support of their recent celebrated CD, Rare Bird Alert (Rounder), featuring guest appearances by Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks.

Part of a patriotic evening that ranged from first-generation rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard to Glee star Matthew Morrison, Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers turned Independence Day into Jubilation Day. Their hard-driving set had folks dancing all over mall, all captured by PBS' cameras. Along with his trademark comical emcee work, Martin displayed his versatility on the banjo, performing both Scruggs style and clawhammer pieces. The Steep Canyon Rangers took the spotlight for the finale, showcasing Nicky Sanders' explosive improvisations on the fiddlers' national anthem, "The Orange Blossom Special."

The Steep Canyon Rangers' appearance on A Capitol Fourth is the latest episode in a remarkable year of working with Martin to bring bluegrass to new audiences at such high-profile, non-traditional venues as Carnegie Hall and headlining Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazzfest, The Newport Folk Festival and Merlefest. SCR also just signed with Rounder Records, the premier bluegrass record label. Their partnership further establishes Steep Canyon Rangers as an extraordinary presence on the bluegrass and roots music scene, joining the likes of other Rounder artists such as Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Robert Plant. SCR will release a new album with Rounder in 2012.

Sept. 9-10, The Steep Canyon Rangers will present their annual Mountain Song Festival at the world-renowned Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC. With previous headliners like Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, David Holt, David Grisman Quintet and Steve Martin, the festival has raised over $190,000 for the Transylvania County Boys & Girls Club.

"Me and Paul Revere" is available at www.steepcanyon.com, where you can also find Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers' "Jubilation Day" video and a complete SCR tour schedule. For Mountain Song Festival tickets and information: www.mountainsongfestival.com. The archive of the PBS broadcast is located here: http://video.pbs.org/video/2042635078.

British Singer-Songwriter Lee MacDougall Set for 2nd U.S. Tour This Year

Capitalizing on the success of his debut tour of the U.S. earlier this year, which included a performance at the SxSW Festival in Austin in March, British singer-songwriter-guitarist Lee MacDougall, returns for his second tour of the U.S. beginning in August. Dubbed the All The Right Places tour, the schedule kicks off in New York City on August 4 and will cover multiple cities over a two-month period.

Since his initial appearances in the U.S., MacDougall has successfully toured in Germany, Austria and Italy as well as playing in his hometown of London, where, in addition to an intimate club date, he opened for headliner Bon Jovi at the massive Hard Rock Calling Festival in London's Hyde Park on June 25th. He will also be supporting Atlantic Records recording artist Rumer on her UK tour in November.

MacDougall has become known for mesmerizing audiences with emotionally-driven melodies and resonating vocals. Louisville's Backseat Sandbar says of MacDougall:  "He has the type of voice that can fill every crevice of a room and every fiber in your body.  Its clear perfection can play your heart strings as easily as his fingers strum his guitar."

Earlier this year, MacDougall released an self-produced 11-song CD called IF WALLS COULD TALK that is available from his website (www.leemacdougallmusic.com) and at his live shows. The CD includes the standout tracks "The Star Hotel," "She" and "Joanna," among others. Additionally, noted producer Jim Lowe (who has worked with the Stereophonics, Taylor Swift and the Charlatans) produced several tracks with him, including the version of "She" that is part of a three-song EP he released via iTunes last year. An acoustic rendition of the song produced by Lee appears on IF WALLS COULD TALK.

With the expansion of his live repertoire, MacDougall is releasing a new self-produced CD (recorded in his bedroom) called FOR A FEW TALES MORE to coincide with the upcoming U.S. dates. This 10-song release includes a number of new songs, among them the affecting "Smile" and "Hindsight," which have become highlights of his live performances.

Originally from the fishing town of Grimsby in the north of England, MacDougall emerged from the open mic night circuit in London that has spawned new acoustic English artists in the last two years. His ability to couple a strong lyrical narrative with a memorable melody has enabled him to establish an international fan base that expanded when his music was embraced by the community of fans of the Twilight films.

But it is the strength of his songwriting that has earned him recognition on both sides of the Atlantic and support slots with artists such as Train, Starsailor, Paolo Nutini, The Feeling, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. The Independent Music Scene wrote:  "This is an artist that allows his voice to be heard clearly without masking the pure talent of the song. The music is great for having a lonely listen, to a couple's dance, to a drive through the country side with nothing to care about. The songwriting is straight forward without being simplistic."

Following his U.S. tour dates, he will make a return visit to Germany, Austria, Italy and England.  The U.K. leg will include shows supporting Rumer on her multi-city tour.

Dates on Lee MacDougall's All the Right Places summer tour are as follows:

August 4-The Bitter End, New York City

5-World Café Live, Philadelphia
7-VFW, Jacksonville, FL

9-Athens, GA

11-5 Spot, Atlanta (benefit for Alabama tornado victims)

12-The Nick, Birmingham, AL

13-3rd & Lindsley, Nashville

15-Buccaneer Lounge, Memphis

18-Southgate House, Cincinnati

19-Uncle Slayton's, Louisville

20-Cicero's, St. Louis

24-Continental Club, Houston

26-Cedar Creek Courtyard, Austin

27-Poor David's Pub, Dallas

29-The Blue Door, Oklahoma City

31-Joe Momma's, Tulsa

September 7-Humphrey's, San Diego

8-Hotel Café, Los Angeles

12-Elbo Room, San Francisco

14-El Corazon, Seattle

16-Poppy Café, Vancouver

18-Denver

20-Record Bar, Kansas City

22-Mario's Keller Bar, Minneapolis

23-House Café, DeKalb, IL

24-Double Door, Chicago

27-Radio Bean, Burlington, VT

29-Market, Boston

30-Listening Room, Boston (industry event)

October 1-The Bitter End, New York Cit


iClips and All Good Team Up for Free Flashback Web Broadcast Next Weekend

Thousands will gather July 14-17, 2011 atop Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia for the 15th annual All Good Music Festival and Campout, and live broadcast leaders iClips.net will be there to document it.

Guster Unveil EP Cover, Tracklisting + Release Free Download

Guster unveil the cover art and tracklisting for their previously announced EP On The Ocean, out August 2nd, as well as a taste of the title track. Download/stream "On The Ocean" at the band's facebook! The band's upcoming summer tour with Jack's Mannequin begins on the EP's release day and wraps in September (full list of dates are below).
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On The Ocean Tracklisting:
1. On The Ocean (Radio Edit)
2. Big White Bed
3. Every Moment
4. Satellite (Live At The Met Museum of Art)
5. That’s No Way To Get To Heaven (Live At The Met Museum of Art)
6. This Is How It Feels To Have A Broken Heart (Mitchell Spinach Remix)
Be sure you find your way to the show when they're in your town, and experience for yourself
the effect "feeling more energized about our music and playing together than ever" has had
on the band's already legendary live performance.
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Tour Dates
08/02/11 - Hyannis, MA @ Cape Cod Melody Tent
08/03/11 - Danbury, CT @ Ives Concert Park
08/04/11 - Newport, RI @ Newport Yacht Club
08/06/11 - Portland, ME @ Concerts on the Waterfront at Ocean Gateway
08/07/11 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six
08/09/11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony
08/11/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
08/12/11 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion
08/13/11 - Canandaigua, NY @CMAC
08/15/11 - Vienna, VA @Wolf Trap
08/16/11 - Portsmouth, VA @ nTELOS Pavillion
08/17/11 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
08/19/11 - Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
08/20/11 - Mt Pleasant, SC @ Patriots Point
08/21/11 - Pompano Beach, FL @ Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
08/23/11 - Tampa, FL @ Ritz Ybor
08/24/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park
08/29/11 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn at White River
08/30/11 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
08/31/11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens
09/02/11 - Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium
09/03/11 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival09/04/11 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion

Jantsen, Devin Martin @ Boulder Theater

We’re bringing the best dubstep Colorado has to offer.  Jantsen is no stranger when it comes to electronic music. This Colorado native has been fully immersed into the dance music scene for over 12 years with his passion later blossoming into DJing and producing. Over the years Jantsen has established a strong presence in the scene through his eclectic sound, being influenced by many genres such as jazz, blues, funk, rock, hip hop, and many other kinds of world music he brings a style that is creative, unique, and is continuously evolving. Devin Martin and his hometown of Orlando's weather have one thing in common right now: They're on fire. His unique mix of electro-house and dubstep has recently culminated in 3 tracks in the Beatport top 100. In addition, this is Devin Martin's debut Colorado performance, so he's definitely got some surprises in store.

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Jantsen, Devin Martin
Rainbow Wheel of Death, Coult 45
July 16, 2011, 8:30 pm

Los Lonely Boys continue carving out their legend with 4th studio album

After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade, Los Lonely Boys continue to carve out their legend with their fourth studio album, their first self-produced LP on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records, Rockpango.
Supporting this newest release, Los Lonely Boys hit the road to share the utterly unique combination of blues, rock, soul, their Latino heritage and snippets of hip-hop found on Rockpango. For a preview of what to expect, check out the undeniably fun animated video for "16 Monkeys."
Since debuting in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, selling millions of albums, winning a Grammy, racking up reams of critical praise, opening for the Rolling Stones and playing and recording with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, Rockpango further enforces All Music Guide's assertion that Los Lonely Boys are "one of America's premier rock bands."
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Los Lonely Boys Tour Dates
July 15 - Winstar Casino - Thakerville, OK *
July 16 - Fritz City Park Festival - Hutto, TX    
July 19 - George Lopez Show   
July 21 - Mill Bay Casino - Manson, WA *
July 22 - Emerald Queen Casino - Tacoma, WA *
July 23 - Yakama Nation Legends Casino - Toppenish, WA *
July 24 - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater - Portland, OR *
July 26 - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA *
July 27 - John Ascuaga's Nugget - Sparks, NV *
July 28 - Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino - Coarsegold, CA *
July 29 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA *
July 30 - Fantasy Springs Casino - Indio, CA *
July 31 - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay - San Diego, CA *
Aug 2 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM *
Aug 4 - Colorado River State Park - Fruita, CO *
Aug 5 - Arvada Center Amphitheater - Arvada, CO *
Aug 6 - Chautauqua Auditorium - Boulder, CO *
Aug 9 - Music In The Zoo - Apple Valley/Minneapolis, MN *
Aug 10 - Ravinia Pavillion - Highland Park/Chicago, IL *
Aug 11 - Frederik Meijer Gardens - Grand Rapids, MI    
Aug 12 - Meadow Brook Music Festival - Rochester Hills, MI    
Aug 13 - Dutch Mason Blues Festival - Truro, NS    
Aug 17 - Blues on the Green - Austin, TX
KGSR event
Aug 19 - Trails West 2011 - St Joseph, MO    
Aug 20 - Freeport Music & Art - Freeport, IL    
Aug 27 - Texas Music Theatre - San Marcos, TX
benefit for LULAC
Aug 28 - Eddy County Sheriff's Posse Arena - Carlsbad, NM    
Sept 2 - Crockett Civic Center - Crockett, TX    
Sept 3 - Summertime Blues Festival - Freeport, TX    
Sept 9 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA    
Sept 10 - Library Theatre - Hoover, AL
acoustic - 2 shows
Sept 11 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA    
Sept 13 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC    
Sept 14 - The Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, TN    
Sept 15 - Live on the Green - Nashville, TN
WRLT event
Sept 16 - The Arts Center - Carrboro, NC    
Sept 18 - Ziggy's - Winston Salem, NC    
Sept 24 - Foster Communication Center - San Angelo, TX
w/ Los Lobos *

CASS MCCOMBS EMBARKS ON HIS TOUR

Cass McCombs embarks on his biggest U.S. tour since the release of this year’s critically acclaimed WIT’S END today, being joined on most dates by the Jana Hunter-fronted Lower Dens. If that’s not a double bill that interests you, you should get out of the music-listening game. This all culminates with early fall performances at FYF Fest and MusicFest Northwest. To give people a taste of what his live show will be like on this tour, he’s set the twinkling light work that will appear behind his band and him to the ominously gentle album track “Buried Alive.” Check it out, and then step out your door and check Cass and company out live in a town near you.

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CASS MCCOMBS TOUR DATES:

07-11 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree*

07-12 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *

07-13 Nashville, TN - The Basement *

07-14 Asheville, NC - Harvest Records *

07-15 Washington, DC - Black Cat *

07-16 Baltimore, MD - Golden West Cafe *

07-17 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas *

07-18 Cambridge, MA - TT the Bears *

07-19 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse *

07-20 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's

07-21 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *

07-22 Montreal, QC - II Motore *

07-23 Toronto, ONT - Rivoli *

07-24 Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit Cabaret

07-25 Chicago, IL - Schuba's *

07-26 Chicago, IL - Hideout*

07-27 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry

07-29 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

07-31 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's #

09-03 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest

09-08 Portland, OR - MusicFest Northwest

* w/ Lower Dens

# w/ Thurston Moore

Grace Jones' Hurricane, first US release in 22 years

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress, Grace Jones is preparing to release Hurricane, a new album of original material, in the U.S. on September 6 via [PIAS] America. Produced by Jones and Ivor Guest, Hurricane has received widespread praise in the U.K. and Europe where it was released in 2009. The tracks “Williams’ Blood” and “Corporate Cannibal” have emerged as hits as has the video for “Corporate Cannibal” directed by Nick Hooker. The release will also include a brand new bonus disc dub version of the entire album.

Check out the William’s Blood (Aeroplane remix) radio edit MP3 where it premiered on RCRD LBL today or HERE!

In July 2009, Jones performed in a new show at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Collaborating with acclaimed Academy Award-winning costume and production designer Eiko Ishioka, Jones debuted songs from the new album for U.S. audiences.

The shows received overwhelming praise from audiences and critics alike.  Daily Variety wrote “...a commanding Grace Jones provided a finely tuned display of humanity” and “...the return of Jones was warm and uplifting”. The LA Times ran the headline “Grace Jones bowls over the Bowl” and the New York Times reported that Jones was “lithe, fierce and solid”. Rolling Stone wrote “So many performers are said to be larger than life, but the show biz cliché has never been truer than it is for Grace Jones…the crowd roared as if they’d seen the second coming”.

Born in Jamaica before relocating to Syracuse, New York with her family, Grace Jones embarked on a successful career as a model in New York City and Paris. In 1977 Jones secured her first record deal resulting in a string of dance-club hits including “I Need A Man” and her acclaimed reinvention of Edith Piaf’s classic “La Vie En Rose”. The three disco albums she recorded, “Portfolio” (1977), “Fame” (1978) and “Muse” (1979), generated considerable success in the market and established her as a major recording artist.

During this period Jones became a fixture on the international club scene and was often seen at New York City’s famed nightclub Studio 54. Jones also became a muse to Andy Warhol who photographed her extensively and created a series of iconic portraits of her.

Towards the end of the 1970’s Jones adapted the emerging New Wave music to create a different style for herself. Working with Island Records producers Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin and Compass Point All Stars, she recorded the critically acclaimed albums “Warm Leatherette” (1980) and “Nightclubbing” (1981). These included reimagining’s of songs by Sting (“Demolition Man”), Iggy Pop and David Bowie (“Nightclubbing”), Roxy Music (“Love is the Drug”), Astor Piazzolla (“I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)”) and Tom Petty (“Breakdown”).

Both albums included tracks co-written by Jones herself including “A Rolling Stone”, “Feel Up” and most notably, the post-disco dance track “Pull Up to the Bumper” which spent seven weeks as #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club play chart and became a Top 5 single on the U.S. R&B chart.

Parallel to her musical shift was an equally dramatic visual makeover, created in partnership with artist Jean-Paul Goode, with whom she had a son. Jones adapted a severe, androgynous look with square-cut hair and angular, padded clothes. The cover photographs of “Nightclubbing” and “Warm Leatherette” as well as her subsequent albums exemplified this new identity.

Jones’ next release was the dub reggae-influenced “Living My Life” (1982) which featured the self-penned hit “My Jamaican Guy”. In 1985 she worked with Trevor Horn for the conceptual music collage “Slave to the Rhythm” and in 1986 she collaborated with Nile Rogers for “Inside Story” which produced the Billboard 100 Hit, “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You”), one of several songs she co-wrote with Bruce Wooley. “Bulletproof Heart” (1989) spawned the Number 1 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play hit “Love on Top of Love (Killer Kiss)” produced by C&C Music Factory’s David Cole and Robert Clivilles.

Jones is equally famous for her motion picture roles in such features as “Conan the Destroyer” (1984) co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, “A View to a Kill” (1985) co-starring Roger Moore as James Bond, the vampire thriller “Vamp” (in which Keith Haring famously painted her body for her role as an undead exotic dancer) and “Boomerang” (1992) co-starring Eddie Murphy (for which she recorded the song “7 Day Weekend”). Her television work includes appearances on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special” (1988), “Beastmaster” (1999) and “Shaka Zulu: The Citadel” (2001).

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's New Live EP Under the Big Top Vol. 1 Available Now

The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (NGDB), often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, released their new live EP called Under the Big Top Vol. 1 this week. The EP features six fan favorites performed live including "Mr. Bojangles," "Bless the Broken Road" and "Fishin' in the Dark," which was recently certified GOLD by the RIAA for digital sales. Recorded in 2010 at the band's performance at Big Top Chautauqua in Wisconsin, the EP perfectly captures a live experience with NGDB.

"It's a little slice of Dirt...a combo platter of hits, fan-favorites and even some music from our latest CD, Speed of Life," said band member Jeff Hanna. "We recorded it last summer at one of our favorite venues, Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wisconsin. We had such a blast we knew it had to be shared with the fans!"

Available now and featured for digital download at iTunes and in the band's online store, Under the Big Top Vol. 1 is a must-have for any Nitty Gritty fan. Physical albums of this new Live EP are available now, only at nittygritty.com or a live NGDB show.

With multi-platinum and gold records, a string of top ten hits, multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, and recent GOLD Digital Certification, the band's accolades only continue to accumulate. Showing no signs of slowing down, NGDB is currently on an extensive North American Tour in support of their most recent release, the critically acclaimed album Speed of Life (2009, Sugar Hill Records). Proving the "circle won't be unbroken," the band is celebrating another HUGE milestone this year, over four decades of touring and making music!

For a full list of tour dates visit www.nittygritty.com

Mickey Hart 2011 Summer Tour Dates

Mickey Hart has announced a slew of festival appearances and intimate club dates including a hometown show at the Independent in San Francisco on August 6th, 2011. Hart will also join Bill Kreutzmann for a very special Rhythm Devils' (Kreutzmann & Hart) performance at the Garthering of the Vibes Festival in Bridgeport, CT, before heading out on the road with his band. On tour, Hart will perform brand new material that he has yet to perform live, as well as selections of his greatest hits and Grateful Dead songs. Hart is currently holed up in his studio in Sebastopol, CA recording his new solo album to be released in 2012. Hart last released the Global Drum Project with Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo in 2007, which took home the Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album. Hart previously won a Grammy for Best World Music Album with Planet Drum in 1991, which also hit #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart, remaining there for 26 weeks.

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MICKEY HART TOUR DATES:

07/24/11 The Rhythm Devils' Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann (w/ Keller Williams, Steve Kimock, & Reed Mathis) @ Gathering of the Vibes Festival- Bridgeport, CT
08/05/11 The Mickey Hart Band @ Napa Valley Opera House - Napa, CA
08/06/11 The Mickey Hart Band @ The Independent - San Francisco, CA
08/18/11 The Mickey Hart Band @ Brooklyn Bowl- Brooklyn, NY
08/19/11 The Mickey Hart Band @ Bella Terra Festival- Stephentown, NY
08/20/11 The Mickey Hart Band @ Blue Point Brewing Company- Patchogue, NY
08/21/11 The Mickey Hart Band @ Hoxeyville Music Festival- Wellston, MI