Sometimes from within the musical world the cosmos comes together in just such a way, at just such a time that it produces something truly special. In this case, two historic characters, Johnny Cash and Owsley “Bear” Stanley collide with Haight-Ashbury’s famously historic venue, The Carousel, in one of the most historic times in music history, 1968.
Kenny Roby has shared a video for "Old Love" (watch/share)—the second single from his forthcoming double album, 'The Reservoir,' due August 7 from Royal Potato Family. Produced by Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, the emotionally and musically expansive 16-track collection addresses Roby's struggles with addiction, mental health issues and growing older, while attempting to persevere in the face of such challenges.
With four years alongside one another on the road and in the studio, Hard Working Americans embody the grit, grind and salt of the earth vibe their name implies. Some call them a super group. I call them the sum of their parts, and hot damn do those parts work well together.
It’s hard to use the term super-group without a couple of obvious stigmas surfacing. It usually constitutes musicians who were sensationalized with other bands coming together to benefit off of the novelty of their collaboration with other already successful players. Often the results are under-inspired, a lucrative opportunity to make a quick buck off of an established name. Not every band assembled of already established players constitutes super group.
What do you get when you take a batch of incredible songs, five veteran players who have never played together, with an arsenal of five musical minds working in unison to reinvent them? You get Hard Working Americans. Hard Working Americans is the self-titled debut from this new musicians’ collective, scheduled for a January 21 release on Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers. Genres meld seamlessly with the birth of this group, featuring artists from the Americana, singer/songwriter, experimental, jam and rock communities.
So, Widespread Panic played a show at Red Rocks on Saturday night. Honestly, for those of you who have seen them in that setting before, that’s about as good of a review as you need. All it would take is one glance at the set list, particularly from the second set on, to know that it was a spectacular evening.
The Mickey Hart Band has announced new May tour dates for the second leg of their Worlds Within tour. The band will once again bring along Babatunde Olatunji protege's, the African Showboyz, as main support for the tour.The band has also released three free live tracks from their 3/6/13 Solana Beach, CA show including the brand new song, "The Sermon" featuring lyrics by Robert Hunter.