Metallica's 10th studio album, Hardwired...To Self Destruct, debuted at No. 1 around the world today selling over 800,000 albums worldwide. In addition to the United States, Hardwired...To Self Destruct is No. 1 on the album charts in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Sweden with many of these markets having their best sales week of 2016. A complete list of the 20+ countries where the album debuted at No.
"Imagine taking a hardcore heavy metal band like Pantera and cramming all that energy into the body of a 23-year-old bluegrass guitarist. That’s BILLY STRINGS. He tears up the stage during his set, grimacing, growling, head-banging and tearing the holy sh*t out of a set of super-charged Americana. Kid can pick!
WinterWonderGrass Festival has seen huge success since the line up announce for Steamboat Springs, Colorado and have just announced the festival is officially sold out. WinterWonderGrass, a sustainable, community-focused, lifestyle-driven bluegrass and craft brew experience is likely to have its largest attendance to date this coming year in Steamboat . The festival went on sale with three day festival tickets on October 13 and has sold out of all ticket types.
Not a day sooner could Piers Faccini have penned the 10 songs featured on his latest full-length studio recording, I Dreamed An Island (Six Degrees Records; October 21, 2016). Writing in real time as history unfolds and observing the troubled world in which we live, the British songwriter living in southern France responds with a heartfelt conviction.
KANSAS will be bringing their highly successful Leftoverture tour to more parts of the United States in the spring of 2017! For the first time in its 43-year history, the band is performing the hit album in its entirety. The tour showcases two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and new songs from their new album, The Prelude Implicit.
2016 was a big year for psychedelic rock pioneer David Nelson and his longtime David Nelson Band. Nelson alongside veteran members Barry Sless (guitars, Pedal Steel Guitar), Mookie Siegel (keyboard, organ, vocals), Pete Sears (Modulus bass, vocals), and John Molo (drums) had their biggest tour in at least a decade, hitting the East Coast and Colorado for the first time in a long time.
The 11th Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball & Tour presents Voodoo Dead on the East Coast, a band that has only ever performed in New Orleans as part of Jazz Fest late-nights in 2015 and 2016. This lineup features Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene [Black Crowes, Phil & Friends], Oteil Burbridge [Dead & Co, Allman Bros.], Jeff Chimenti [Dead & Co, Furthur, The Dead], Wally Ingram[Sheryl Crow Band, Timbuk 3], plus special guest New Orleans-based Papa Mali of 7 Walkers.
Very excited to announce that ZERO will reunite for one special evening on December 29, 2016 at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA. Surviving members of ZERO will bring their explosive dynamic of jazz-rock-electric and psychedelic improvisation to the stage once again. The show features co-founders Steve Kimock & Greg Anton with Bobby Vega, Pete Sears, and special guests that will include ZERO family.
This past Monday, Brooklyn’s Lucius captured the hearts and minds of their audience at Boulder’s Fox Theater with their powerfully emotive set showcasing their sophomore album, Good Grief. I was able to chat with half of the band’s frontwomen duo, Holly Laessig, before their performance to learn more about the new album and tour, and the band’s unique musical (and nonmusical) inspirations.