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James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg Release Guitar Duo Album

Albums of guitar duets are rare. Albums of guitar duets featuring one American and one Englishman, synthesizing their particular geographically specific approaches in a collection of new compositions, are even more rare. Not since Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn's partnerships of the 1970s has there been such a happy reconciliation of Merrie Old England and the good old USA, in which baroque meets the blues, music-hall steps out to ragtime, and Benjamin Britten sits down with Blind Blake.

James Elkington moved from London to Chicago around the turn of the millennium and has since released a string of albums as leader of The Zincs for Thrill Jockey Records.  After dissolving the band in 2008, Elkington has concentrated on acoustic, folk-tinged music with his band The Horse's Ha (that he shares with Freakwater's Janet Bean), culminating in the release of their debut album, Of The Cathmawr Yards in 2009. He is also the owner/operator of a clunky solo career, and moonlights convincingly as the guitar player in Jon Langford's (of The Mekons) Skull Orchard.

Nathan Salsburg is best known as an archivist and producer for the Alan Lomax Archive, curator of the Twos & Fews vernacular-music imprint on Drag City Records, and host of the "Root Hog Or Die" program on East Village Radio. But after a 2007 move from New York City back to his childhood home of Louisville, Kentucky - and the inclusion of a track on Tompkins Square's "Imaginational Anthem, Volume 3" compilation - he discovered adequate time, space, and energy to devote to guitar playing.

Elkington suggested a leap of faith into a collaboration, despite the fact that the two had never previously played guitar together. Avos, then, hither and thither over several seasons, between a porch in Louisville and a kitchen in Chicago, slowly took shape. Aptly, the name comes from the Russian word for the confident approach to new situations, and the faith that nothing tragic will occur once in them.

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg play their record release show on Sunday, October 9th at The Hideout in Chicago. More shows will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

Monotonix to Embark on January and February Tour

Monotonix, Tel Aviv’s preeminent experts in being the best live band around and doling out equestrian treats, are elated to announce more fervid touring in the months of January and February, adding to an already busy December. Coincidentally, these freshly announced dates happen to follow the release of their sophomore full-length, Not Yet, out January 25th on Drag City.  Funny how that happens, no? Additionally, Monotonix are extremely excited to be opening for the one and only Faith No More in Santiago, Chile and Los Angeles, USA! Warning: Things may get EPIC.

Listen to/download the first single off of Not Yet, Give Me More

MONOTONIX TOUR DATES:

Tuesday, Nov. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium w/ Faith No More

Wednesday, Dec. 1 - Calgary, AB @ Broken City

Thursday, Dec. 2 - Edmonton, AB @ New City

Friday, Dec. 3 - St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle Club, Washington University w/ Heavy Cream

Sunday, Dec. 5 - Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Bicentenario de la Florida w/ Faith No More, Primus

Monday, Dec. 6 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum

Tuesday, Dec. 7 - Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room

Wednesday, Dec. 8 - Atlanta, GA @ 529

Thursday, Dec. 9 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone

Friday, Dec. 10 - Chattanooga, TN @ Discoteca

Saturday, Dec. 11 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's

Sunday, Dec. 12 - Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse

Thursday, Jan. 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Ty Segall

Friday, Jan. 28 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Ty Segall

Saturday, Jan. 29 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk Outside w/ The Strange Boys

Sunday, Jan. 30 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves w/ The Strange Boys

Monday, Jan. 31 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack's

Tuesday, Feb. 1 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree Cafe w/ Pujol

Wednesday, Feb. 2 - Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Pujol

Thursday, Feb. 3 - Raleigh, NC @ King's Barcade w/ Pujol, Federation X

Friday, Feb. 4 - Washington, DC @ Comet Pizza w/ Pujol, Federation X

Saturday, Feb. 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent Ave. w/ Pujol, Federation X

Sunday, Feb. 6 - Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets w/ Pujol

Tuesday, Feb. 8 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Pujol

Wednesday, Feb. 9 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Call Me Lightning

Thursday, Feb. 10 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ JEFF the Brotherhood

Friday, Feb. 11 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Call Me Lightning

Seth Walker takes a 'Leap Of Faith' | Album Streets March 3rd

Seth Walker- for the Grateful Web

Seth Walker will make you believe with his forthcoming new album, Leap of Faith, set for release March 3 on Hyena Records. A rising star in blues and roots music, the young Austin, Texas-based songwriter, singer and guitarist has made his finest record to date. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Gary Nicholson, the twelve-track collection showcases Walker's impressive command of modern rhythm and blues, as it calls to mind artists like James Hunter, Robert Cray and Susan Tedeschi. And while Leap Of Faith centers around Walker's soul-stirring originals, such as the album's first single, "Rewind," it also features inspired renditions of other songwriter's work, including an unforgettable take on Nick Lowe's "Lately I've Let Things Slide."

Music audiences around the world were first introduced to Seth Walker with the release of his widely praised, self-titled 2007 Hyena Records debut.  It hit the top twenty of the Americana and Living Blues charts, while receiving unanimous praise from publications like No Depression, Blues Revue and Maverick UK Magazine.  Walker's undeniable style is also garnering accolades from legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt, Taj Majal and Delbert McClintonMcClinton makes a guest appearance on Leap of Faith, lending his vocals to the track "Something Fast" and raves, "The first time I heard Seth Walker at a small club in Nashville I was impressed like I haven't been impressed in 30 years, with performance, presence, and great songs." No overnight success, Walker has been developing his craft in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas for upwards of a decade.  Seth took an unlikely path to the blues, growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina as the son of classically trained musicians. He played cello from the age of five before discovering the guitar in his late teens.

Seth Walker will be a featured performer at this year's South by Southwest, and heads out on a U.S. tour in early 2009. Known for his scorching live shows, he hit the road extensively throughout '08, performing at world-renowned festivals like Flat Rock in North Carolina, Springfest in Florida, Rawa Blues in Poland and Moulin Blues in Holland.  He's headlined shows across the U.S., often playing to sold-out rooms, while joining the likes of Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball and Robert Cray for opening appearances.