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2020 has been a heck of a ride, full of ups and downs, at times seeming hard to find light in the darkness. Shining stars exist throughout, however, bringing us through the craziness. Among those beacons of light, new music by our favorite artists is certainly something that guides us.
Ten years ago festival founder John Hotze gathered in Bean Blossom, IN with a hundred of his friends and family and celebrated the life of his childhood friend, John Hartford. This inaugural gathering took place in the most appropriate form of jubilation, that of a festival. The first year included performances from people who worked with, and were inspired by Hartford, and ten years later we are delighted to continue that same tradition. John Hartford was a trend setting, genre bending, creative force that left a culturally rich legacy of musical history.
As everyone knows, the entertainment industry is littered with stories of excess and debauchery, and these tales extend from those with superstar status to the grassroots level. From the destruction of hotel rooms to limos outfitted with hot tubs to band members each traveling in their separate tour buses, we have all heard about the resulting effects of the vacuum of stardom. In the wash of these urban legends and anecdotes, it is often the altruistic ventures of our musical heroes that go overlooked, and it is of no surprise as we live in the age of sensationalism and shock journalism.
Introducing the world to a new and exciting all-star project consisting of some good friends from the Americana, jam, and bluegrass worlds. Please meet THE HIGH HAWKS.
No one knows where the train will take them. It’s one you jump on out of the curiosity and excitement of the unknown. The very wonder of what the stars and the spirits will conjure on any given jubilee. And what the hell is a High Hawk?
On August 1st numerous fantastic Colorado Front Range musicians will join forces in Boulder to celebrate what would be Jerry Garcia’s 76th birthday. This show billed: "Garcia Through The Years" will feature much of Jerry’s musical offerings, including acoustic Garcia material, Jerry Garcia Band, and the Grateful Dead.
Taking place in Ninilchik, Alaska, on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula, August 3rd-5th, Salmonfest showcases the unique Alaskan music scene, along with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Fruition, and Brandi Carlile. Featuring some of Alaska’s top bands, such as Hope Social Club, with Melissa Mitchell, and Blackwater Railroad Company, Salmonfest offers a pristine environment for musicians to come together and mix it up for fish. Supported by Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, Cook Inletkeeper, and Musicians United
The 6th annual Spread The Word Festival, showcased some of Colorado’s most diverse and eclectic talent, spanning from ferociously fast picking and heavy-hitting bass decibels, to smooth funky jams and everything in between. Spread across five stages, Denver’s Fox Street Compound morphed into a psychedelic playground for fans to enjoy artists, food trucks and tunes galore.
Grateful Web recently had the chance to speak with keyboardist and producer Chad Staehly. He’s a member of the rock’n’roll roots group Hard Working Americans. Featuring some of the most established talents in American music including vocalist/guitarist Todd Snider, guitarists Neal Casal and Jesse Aycock, bassist Dave Schools, and drummer Duane Trucks, the band which began as a group project has grown into their own after four years of touring and recording.