Folk-rooted Oregon rockers Fruition have never been ones to shy away from change. What started as an Americana, singer/songwriter project has evolved into a psychedelic grassroots extravaganza, twisting live elements of rock n’ roll and delta-blues into their already well-crafted core sound. The band’s fifth studio album, Watching It All Fall Apart, is an expression of that.
Some years back, Grateful Web’s Dylan Muhlberg spoke with celebrated Jazz Fusion drummer Billy Cobham in the midst of a long-running 40th-anniversary celebratory tour of his groundbreaking debut album Spectrum (1973). Put simply, Cobham alongside contemporaries such as the late Tony Williams, changed drumming in jazz from then on.
Mike Mizwinksi, popularly known as “Miz,” established himself as a guitar and songwriting talent in the mid-2000s paid his dues in the festival scene and elsewhere. His acoustic and electric guitar talents combined with strong vocals establish a devoted fan base, but Mike was destined for a more introspective musical evolution. His new album A Year Ago Today harkens some of the finest roots songwriters, obscurely enough to not step on the feet of his varied influences.
Occasionally a flower rises up out of the garden of humanity that stands alone in its beauty and inspiration. In this case, it does so in the form of the Barton Hills Choir out of Austin, Texas. Headed by elementary school choir director, Gavin Tabone, BHC made their big splash onto the music scene through the Dead Covers Project. Submitting refreshing renditions of “Touch of Grey” and “Ripple,” the Dead family was instantly charmed by these talented young vocalists. “And it’s been snowballing from there,” s
ZZ Ward is a dynamic blues aficionado, embarking on her first solo tour since 2015 this winter. With professional studio work under her belt, she is about to explode onto the stage. The title track off the album, The Storm, really highlights her incredible voice. With a smooth, soulful song she can keep it scratchy like the great female blues rockers of the past. While the music is reminiscent of Howling Wolf or Sonny Boy Williams, the lyrics are all sass and sweet.
An ever-changing visionary, Matisyahu has mastered the art of blending reggae, funk, hip-hop, and soul into a one-of-a-kind artistic experience. Currently touring in support of his 6th studio album Undercurrent, Matisyahu has brought his friend's Common Kings and Orphan along for the ride on the second leg of the Broken Crowns Tour.
David Gans, host of the nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour, sat down with Grateful Dead on the Furthur Bus to discuss his roots in tape trading, the history of the GD Hour, his new book "This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead", jamband counter-culture and a humorous acid experience he had in 1973.
GW: Tell us how you got into trading tapes
Grateful Web recently spoke with Deborah Grabien of The Sound Field. Their new album The Bucket List is an astounding collaborative effort between stalwart Bay Area rockers and a trio that’s been performing for a decade. Deborah opened up about the inspiration behind her reuniting with songs from decades past and how songwriting and strong musicality brought art back into the album.
Bob Minkin is as big of a Deadhead as they come. When he discovered the Grateful Dead amongst other revolutionary rock bands hailing from the San Francisco Bay, it changed his life forever. By the time he made the Bay Area his home, he’d been photographing rock icons for decades. He was welcomed in the Grateful Dead’s inner circles in the mid-1970s and captured the iconic band in its true element.