Jack Straw may have been from Wichita but the Grateful Dead only played there once and what a show it was! Whether the band knew they would only have one shot to show the "Doo-dah" city what they were all about, we just don't know but they sure did nail it. Dick's Picks producer Dick Latvala initially considered this one for release and with a single listen, you'll know why.
Kyle Cox recorded The Plan, The Mess with producer/drummer Mike Marsh (Avett Brothers, Dashboard Confessional) in Nashville, TN and although this is is his debut full length, he is no stranger to great song writing. He has been featured in American Songwriter Magazine five separate times, including being the only songwriter in the history of the magazine to have won the American Songwriter Lyrics contest twice.
As the web of Americana continues to be woven, artists connect the past and present through musicianship and songwriting that reflects a fluid agreement between contemporary and roots qualities. Too often is nostalgia misrepresented as authenticity, and bands afraid to develop their own sound generally don’t last the test of time. Of one Northern California’s most promising ensembles that reflects true individualism through songwriting and playing is Achilles Wheel.
There are so many good reasons why I am about to talk up this year’s 9th Annual Sonic Bloom Festival, which took place in a new location called the American Safari Ranch in South Park, CO during the summer solstice.
“I’m here as a friend and a fan,” Grand Ole Opry star Jan Howard declared to a crowd of Jesse McReynolds’ closest friends and family on July 13th, 2014, in Gallatin, Tennessee. It was a lively gathering on a sunny Sunday at Jesse’s farm, the Pick Inn, to celebrate his 85th birthday and there was no shortage of tributes from Jesse’s colleagues, neighbors and friends. Nine of Nashville’s finest, Homer Bradley (the unofficial “Mayor of Cairo”), WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs, fiddle-player Jim Buchanan, Opry stars
The second annual WARMfest will return to Indianapolis Labor Day weekend August 29-Sept 1 at Broad Ripple Park. WARMfest is a four-day music and arts festival dedicated to helping preserve the White River. Tickets available at www.warmfest.org/ticketsWARMfest promotes environmental responsibility, independent business and artisans, and community wellness through the magic of music, art and recreation. WARMfest has a vision to restore and promote the White River to return it to the grandeur of a century ago.
Umphrey’s McGee is thrilled to announce the seventh annual Monster Mash Halloween Bash in historic Boston, Massachusetts at the House of Blues on Friday, October 31st with special guests Dopapod and on Saturday, November 1st (nopener).We continue our tradition of mixing live band mash-ups into the Umphrey’s rock-show to create a Halloween experience like none other. This year we will introduce a unique umVIP experience that is guaranteed to make your trip to Beantown complete.
Slightly Stoopid kick-started their Summer Sessions tour July 9 at Eugene's Cuthbert Amphitheater with a skanking, Rastafied set of dub-infected fusion. The open-air venue, tucked along the banks of Oregon's Willamette River, provided a sparkling setting for a sun-splashed evening of righteous rhythms and knowing grins.