Wed, 03/07/2012 - 2:18 pm

The quintessential live band, Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root celebrates their 20th anniversary this year. Formed in the early 90’s by singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. To date they have released 7 albums and sold over 3 million records worldwide. After debuting in 1992 with the self released Cruel Sun, Rusted Root signed with Mercury Records and released the 1994 platinum selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the massive hits Send Me On My Way, Ecstasy and Martyr.  Their huge success allowed the band to tours with Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, HORDE Festival and, perhaps most notably, the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour. In 1996, the hard-touring Rusted Root returned with Remember, which was followed by 1998’s Rusted Root.  In 2002 the band reemerged with Welcome To My Party. In 2004, the band released a double live album aptly entitled Rusted Root Live; This double set was the second release Rusted Root’s Touchy Pegg label, following the re-release of the newly remastered Cruel Sun in 2003.
 
Along the way, Rusted Root has also issued three EPs (Evil Ways, Live, and Airplane), a home video (Rusted Root Live) and had songs placed in film and TV soundtrack tracks such as Twister, Mathilda, Home For the Holidays, Party of Five, Charmed, Homicide & ice age.  What was indubitably a first for Rusted Root was that NASA engineers chose Send Me On My Way as "wake-up" music for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, for Sol 21. Send Me On My Way was most recently used in a set of Enterprise Rental Car commercials in 2011 & 2012.
 
In May 2009, Rusted Root released Stereo Rodeo, their first studio album in 7 years. Of Stereo Rodeo, band founder & leader Michael Glabicki says ;"We named our record Stereo Rodeo after a song that I started writing back when we were recording our last studio record.  It’s really just a great name,” “We were all just so into the music,” says vocalist/percussionist Liz Berlin about the recording process, “the synergy and excitement on this album is so fresh and energizing.” “It is one of the most powerful albums we have ever recorded,” agrees bassist/vocalist Patrick Norman.
 
The band is currently in the studio recording their new album, tentatively titled Fortunate Freaks, after a song on the upcoming release. Due out for a summer 2012, the disc will mark the groups 20th anniversary year. “Our last record was to let people know that we were back and were making music again,” Glabicki said. “With this new one, we’re not only back, we’re back to our old selves. [the new album] is very danceable and energetic,” he said. “It’s happier than the last record but, more than anything, we returned to our rock roots. I think it’s something fans will be happy with. We have a few more songs to go, and we’re really hoping this will be out in the summer.”  
 
To help support the making of this new album, Rusted Root created the “Fortunate Freaks Unite! We are Rusted Root Campaign.”  This fan-funding campaign provided the fans the opportunity to contribute to the making of the album, while receiving some once in a lifetime opportunities.  “Rusted Root is a state of mind shared and explored by many people- we are a community that supports one another. The fans are as much a part of this as anyone. It is an interesting time in history and fan funding is a great way to point out the obvious; we are a band that relies on the energy of our fans.”
 
As to what you’ll hear at an upcoming Rusted Root show, “We’ve been working on a new album, so our set is a really cool mix of old classic Rusted Root and the new songs,” Liz Berlin says. “It’s been fun to play them. A lot of the development of (the new album) has happened on stage; what fans have been into has helped with the direction of the songs.”
 
Rusted Root will be touring relentlessly throughout 2012, playing their new music as well as some of the faithful fans favorites.

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MARCH
3/16/12 Gateway Clipper                                           Pittsburgh, PA  
3/17/12 St. Patrick's Day Music Fest                            Myrtle Beach, SC
3/27/12 Cubby Bear                                                   Chicago, IL
3/28/12 Old Rock House                                            St. Louis, MO     
3/30/12 Belly Up                                                        Aspen, CO  
3/31/12 Wild West Saloon                                          West Yellowstone, MT  

APRIL
4/1/12 Knitting Factory                                              Spokane, WA  
4/3/12 Mississippi Studios                                          Portland, OR
4/4/12 Tractor Tavern                                                Seattle, WA     
4/6/12 John Ascuaga's                                              Nigget Sparks, NV  
4/7/12 Uptown Theater                                              Napa, CA  
4/8/12 El Rey                                                            Los Angeles, CA   
4/10/12 The Loft - UC                                                San Diego La Jolla, CA  
4/11/12 Live at the Compound Grill                           Phoenix, AZ   
4/13/12 The State Room                                           Salt Lake City, UT  
4/14/12 Gothic Theater                                            Englewood, CO  
4/15/12 Breckenridge Spring Theatre                        Breckenridge, CO
4/26/12 Launch Conference                                      Lancaster, PA  
4/27/12 Brooklyn Arts Center                                   Wilmington, NC  
4/28/12 TBD                                                             Birmingham, AL  
4/29/12 Festival International De Louisiane                 Lafayette, LA  

MAY
5/1/12 House of Blues                                                Houston, Tx  
5/3/12 TBD                                                                Tampa, FL  
5/4/12 The Plaza Live                                                 Orlando, FL   
5/5/12 Blind Tiger                                                      Greensboro, NC  
5/6/12 9:30 Club                                                       Washington, DC     
5/8/12 TBD                                                                 Philadelphia, PA  
5/9/12 Uptown Theater                                                Utica, NY  
5/10/12 Highline                                                          New York, NY  
5/11/12 The Flying Monkey                                         Plymouth, NH  
5/12/12 Bull Run Restaurant                                         Shirley, MA  
5/14/12 TBD                                                               Rochester, NY  
5/15/12 Westcott Theater                                            Syracuse, NY  
5/17/12 Infinity Hall                                                    Norfolk, CT  
5/18/12 Infinity Hall                                                    Norfolk, CT  
5/19/12 Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun                             Uncasville, CT  
5/20/12 Musikfest Café                                              Bethleham, PA  
5/30/12 tbd                                                                Richmond, VA
5/31/12 Kellys                                                            Nag's Head, NC  

JUNE
6/2/12 Virginia Highlands                                         Summerfest Atlanta, GA  
 6/21/12 Party in the Park                                          Rochester, NY  
 6/29/12 The Village Casino                                      Upstairs Bemus Point, NY  
 7/3/12 Big Butler Fair                                               Prospect, PA  
 7/5/12 Nelson Ledges Quarry Park                          Garrettsville, OH
 7/6/12 Treasure Lake Ski Lodge                                Festival Du Bois, PA  
 7/7/12  Charlvoix Up North Festival                          Dubois, PA
 7/13/12 Bungalow                                                   Rockaway Beach, NY  
 7/14/12 Laurel Art's Somerfest                                 Somerset, PA  
 7/20/12 Taft Theatre                                                Cincinnati, OH  
 7/21/12 Roscoe Village Burger Fest                           Chicago, IL  
 8/25/12 Jammin in the Vines II                                  Silver Creek, NY  
 8/26/12 Allegheny Music Fest                                   Pittsburgh, PA  
 8/28/12 Ziggy’s  (tbc)                                               Winston-Salem, NC
 9/13/12 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival                    Fredericton, NB - Can  
 9/14/12 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival                    Fredericton, NB - Can  
 12/21/12 Canegie Hall of Oakland                           Pittsburgh, PA

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 10:07 am

And the hits keep coming. The Bacon Brothers have just added a slew of additional dates to the already action-packed Shaky Ground Tour 2019. “We're excited to be playing some of our favorite places as well as discovering new ones. It'll be fun to go out with some great new music to share!” - Kevin Bacon.

Fiercely devoted to making music, even from an early age, The Bacon Brothers cite such varied influences as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Motown, Led Zeppelin, Philly soul, James Taylor, Pete Seeger and Chet Atkins, just to name a few. The two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending over 20 years working the road and paying their dues, resulting in nine albums – Forosoco (1997), Getting There (1999), Can’t Complain (2001), Live: The No Food Jokes Tour (2003), White Knuckles (2005), New Year’s Day (2009), Philadelphia Road (2011) 36 Cents (2014), and the eponymous, The Bacon Brothers (2018)-- spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana. Never content to be typecast, they’re fiercely devoted to the cause of making music, undeterred by fame, fortune or the pitfalls that frequently obstruct the path to success.

It’s not that either brother lacks the means to steal the spotlight. Kevin Bacon is an award-winning actor with 80 films and dozens of television and stage credits to his name, resulting in numerous Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations cited in his resume. Older brother Michael initially began making music in their native Philadelphia before moving to Nashville where his songwriting career blossomed by leaps and bounds. An Emmy-winning composer, he most recently scored Goodface Film's Master Maggie, starring Lorraine Bracco, Kenan Thompson, and Brian Dennehy, which will premiere at The TriBeCa Flim Festival in late April 2019.  Other recent works include the audiobook: You Don't Look Your Age...And Other Fairytales and the HBO documentary RX: Early Detection with Sandra Lee which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

So while casual observers may be awed by their Hollywood credentials, critics have been quick to note that the brothers - Michael on vocals, guitar and cello and Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion -Paul Guzzone (bass, backing vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion), Tim Quick (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums) -- eschew any hint of glitz and glamour in favor of an ethic gleaned.

SHAKEY GROUND TOUR 2019
July 13---Millville, NJ---Levoy Theatre
July 14---Dewey Beach, DE---Bottle & Cork
July 18---Hopewell, VA---The Beacon Theatre
July 19-21---Alexandria, VA---The Birchmere
July 23---Durham, NC---Carolina Theatre
July 25---Charleston, SC--Charleston Music Hall
July 27--Peachtree City, GA---Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
July 28---Ocala, FL---Reilly Arts Center
August 3---Las Vegas, NV---Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
August 4---Phoenix, AZ---Musical Instrument Museum
August 5---Solana Beach, CA---Belly Up Tavern
Aug 7---San Juan Capistrano, CA---The Coach House
Aug 8---Agoura Hills, CA---The Canyon
Aug 9-10---Napa, CA---Blue Note Napa
Aug 17---Kent, OH---The Kent Stage
Aug 18---Lexington, MI---Lexington Village Theatre
Aug 19-20---Arlington Heights, IL---Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Aug 21---Minneapolis, MN---Dakota
Aug 23---Riverside, IA---Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Aug 24--Fort Wayne, IND---ClydeTheatre
Aug 25---Pittsburgh, PA---Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Sep 19-20---New York, NY---Sony Hall
Sep 21---Ridgefield, CT---Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct 3-4--Franklin, TN--The Franklin Theatre
Oct 5--Frankfort, KY--The Grand Theatre
Oct 11--Fort Worth, TX--Billy Bob's Texas
Oct 12--Lubbock, TX--Cactus Theatre

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:20 am

It used to be called boogie-woogie. It used to be called rhythm & blues. Now, they call it rock & roll."

Chuck Berry’s words are at the very heart of Roots Rock & Roll 5-piece, The 40 Acre Mule. The self-described “Rhythm & Blues Outfit” are a powerhouse of vintage revival with a reputation for seamlessly blurring the lines between country, soul and rock audiences with songwriting that borders between blues drenched heartbreak and an old school riot in the streets.

Influenced by the pillars of Rhythm & Blues like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and Ray Charles and inspired by recent artists such as J.D. McPherson, Nathaniel Rateliff and Gary Clark Jr., The 40 Acre Mule features J. Isaiah Evans - guitar & vocals, Robert Anderson - drums, Tim Cooper - bass, Chris Evetts - baritone sax & percussion, and John Pedigo - guitar & vocals. They quickly built their own unique sound by blending vintage Rock & Roll, R&B, Soul with a touch of Country. It was a sound that soon caught on with The James Hunter Six, The Reverend Horton Heat and Alejandro Escovedo, just to name a few.

Since forming in 2015 in Dallas, The 40 Acre Mule has built a loyal following the old-fashioned way, playing countless bars and packed clubs. As the crowds caught on, so did the likes of legendary promoter Scott Beggs and Jim Heath (The Reverend Horton Heat) who gave The 40 Acre Mule their first break with an opening slot at a sold-out show at Dallas’ legendary Bomb Factory.

L-R: Chris Evetts, Robert Anderson, J. Isaiah Evans, Tim Cooper & John Pedigo  - photo Credit: Casey Kinney

Playing to diverse crowds has made their fanbase explode. "We’ve gone from 10 to 15 friends in a dive bar on a Tuesday to playing full-on festivals without even having an album out yet. That says something. I think we’re making music that people from all walks of life…country fans, soul fans, rockabilly fans…find comfortable and familiar. It’s because all those genres can trace their roots to Rhythm & Blues, the very backbone of Rock & Roll ", says J. Isaiah Evans.

After years of paying their dues, The 40 Acre Mule are following in the footsteps of good friends and emerging Americana stars, The Vandoliers and Joshua Ray Walker, and signed with State Fair Records. The good times kept rolling with a show stealing appearance at the 2019 HomeGrown Festival with Tripping Daisy, Toadies and The Suffers as well as tour stops with JD McPherson and Charley Crockett. Now, fresh off their nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Act by Central Track, The 40 Acre Mule is set to make more noise with the release of their upcoming full-length debut, Goodnight and Good Luck on July 19, 2019.

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 1:34 pm

Bryan Haraway blurs the lines between Americana and melodic rock & roll on his self-titled solo debut. It's a celebratory record, stacked with layers of electric guitar, horns, pedal steel, and the observations of a sharp songwriter whose learned to appreciate the little things in life. Produced by Grammy-winner Chad Brown (Robert Plant, Patty Griffin) and released less than a year after his near-fatal diagnosis of acute liver failure, Bryan Haraway takes the listener deep into its creator's history of familial and romantic relationships, shining a light on the details that often go overlooked. It also finds the songwriter working alongside a number of top-shelf musicians, including Doug Lancio (touring guitarist for John Hiatt), Larry Hanson (horn player and pianist for Alabama), Gabe Rubin (drummer for Tom Jones), Russ Pahl (pedal steel guitarist for Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Rey, and Dan Auerbach), and Jim Hoke (saxophonist for Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, and others).

On the record's kickoff track, "We Get High," Haraway's voice shares the spotlight with grooves and guitars, with the frontman singing about the simple joys — a hug in the kitchen during breakfast time, while bacon crackles in a nearby skillet — that come with spending a morning alongside one's lover. On the horn-filled, Motown-flavored "Alive," he looks back upon a relationship that's long since crumbled, focusing not on the messy breakup but, instead, a time when the connection with still vital and beautiful. He shifts his focus to his parents with "How It Is," a big-hearted rock song that finds a grown-up son thanking his mom and dad for the life, lessons, and love they've bestowed upon him over the years.

It was his father who informed Haraway about the family's Native American heritage. A card-carrying member of the Cherokee Indian tribe, Haraway received his first drum kit as a child, "I was a little kid, thinking about the Native Americans banging on drums," he remembers. "When you start to learn where you come from, you pay attention to that culture. The colors…the growing up in the West…the horses…it's all part of who I am." That said, Bryan Haraway is also a universal picture of a man who's learning to love (and live) better. Released less than a year after Haraway was diagnosed with a liver condition that nearly claimed his life, the album delivers a "carpe diem" message in its exuberant melodies and detailed lyrics. After all, why overlook the small things? Those small things often build up to something big. On Bryan Haraway, the songwriter takes stock of it all. "I don't write negative songs," he explains. "A lot of this album is about the minutia and the nuances of relationships. The little things in life can tear you down or lift you up. I try to concentrate on the little stuff, because those little things can be huge in the scope of a relationship."

Honest and heartfelt, Bryan Haraway builds upon the songwriting career that Haraway kick-started with his Las Vegas-based rock band, Part-Time Criminals. He juggled multiple roles within that group — frontman, songwriter, producer, booking agent, designer — and his work helped Part-Time Criminal climb to moderate prominence not only in Vegas, but also in cities like Brooklyn, where they opened for Bruce Hornsby at the Brooklyn Bowl. Five years after that band's formation, he widens his sonic palate with Bryan Haraway, whose songs touch not only upon the rock & roll influences of his youth, but also the heartland anthems of Tom Petty, the lush roots-rock of Jason Isbell, and the alt-country of Wilco.

Bryan Haraway's self-titled album will be released by Part-Time Criminal / Melrose Artists on July 26th.

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:17 am

You can't miss Ghalia Volt. She's a natural-born rockstar complete with leather jacket and wicked grin. Ghalia has been honing her blend of Americana blues since she was discovered while busking on the streets of Brussels. Her latest effort, Mississippi Blend, finds her delving deep into the American South,, recording at the famed Zebra Ranch in the Hill Country of Mississippi.

Six years ago, Ghalia was a die-hard R&B and blues fan who heard the siren call of America, and found it too strong to resist. Visiting Chicago, Memphis and Nashville, Ghalia’s livewire talent found a new home. Before long, on Let The Demons Out (2017), Ghalia fused the groove of New Orleans with her own punk-rock attitude, hooking up with bassist Dean Zucchero, guitarist Smokehouse Brown and harmonica player Johnny Mastro from the New Orleans legendary band, Mama’s Boys. Commercially and creatively, this debut release made a seismic impact, hitting #1 on Louisiana’s Roots Music Report, #15 on the national Contemporary Blues Chart and #23 on the Living Blues Charts – while scoring Blues Album Of The Month in Classic Rock Magazine.. 
 
Like any musician who loves the blues, Ghalia hungered to make a record in Mississippi. From the very beginning, her vision for Mississippi Blend was clear. This was going to be an album that had some of the region’s favorite sons add their raw sound.

There was one studio that fit the bill. Owned and operated by Cody and Luther Dickinson, The Zebra Ranch in Coldwater, Mississippi, is where titans like Delta bluesman T-Model Ford to R.L. Burnside have recorded. Rather than being intimidated by the studio’s history, Ghalia embraced the Hill Country influences with the punk, garage and rock ‘n’ roll that she came from. I’m not trying to imitate any style", says Ghalia, "I let my songs drive this music.”

Ghalia sings up a storm, while playing soulful dobro and slide guitar. But this is anything but a one-woman show. On drums, you’ll find Cody Dickinson of the feted North Mississippi Allstars, alternating with Cedric Burnside/ The veteran harp-blower Watermelon Slim duets with Ghalia, while Lightnin’ Malcolm, a guitarist credited with keeping the hill Country Scene so healthy, plays searing leads. 

By all means, take a slug from her hip flask. But don’t forget to play Mississippi Blend - and fall for the most powerful blend of star players you’ll hear this year. “I just can't wait,” says Ghalia, “to share this new album live…”