Archive for February, 2009

WHITESBURG, KY: Seedtime on the Cumberland 2009, the 23rd annual celebration presented by Appalshop, will take place June 10 through 13 on the Appalshop festival grounds in downtown Whitesburg. Musical performances will include John McCutcheon, Ginny Hawker, Kay Justice & Tracy Schwarz, Ras Alan, Wayne Henderson, Jeni & Billy, Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Roger Cooper, Turbo Pro Project, Jim & Ada McCown with Paul Smith, The Elkville String Band, Brett Ratliff, Paula Larke, Lee Sexton, Rich & the Poor Folks, and The Cowan Creek Pick and Bow All-Stars.

Seedtime will also offer film screenings, picking contests, gallery exhibits, Singing on the Mountain, literary readings, a Youth Bored concert, nature hikes, craft and food vendors, and the Carcassonne square dance. All events on Wednesday and Thursday will be free to the public, as will all festival activities before 3pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission to Saturday night’s square dance at 9:30pm will also be free to the public.

Seedtime tickets will be available for $10 per day or $15 for the weekend, with discounts available for advance purchases, students, seniors, and groups. Advance tickets sales will begin April 1 from the Seedtime website and at area businesses.

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Blues Foundation Announces 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees, Including Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas, Son Seals, and Rev. Gary Davis

Ceremony To Be Held On Eve of 2009 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN

The Blues Foundation has announced the inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame in 2009, including “Soul Queen of New Orleans” Irma Thomas and multiple GRAMMY Award winner Taj Mahal, as well as late Chicago bluesman Son Seals and the Reverend Gary Davis. Austin club owner Clifford Antone, discographer Mike Leadbitter and author Bob Porter will be the non-performers inducted this year. The book I Hear You Knockin’ by Jeff Hannusch was selected as a Classics of Blues Literature. The induction ceremony will be held at The Blues Foundation’s Charter Member Dinner on Wednesday, May 6, at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 30th Blues Music Awards. Taj Mahal and Irma Thomas will both attend the induction ceremony.


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Remarkable Effort Ten Years in the Making Features Collaborations with Artists Around the Globe, Including Keb’ Mo’, U2’s Bono, and Bob Marley

Los Angeles, CA (February 19, 2009) – Giving voice to an extraordinary effort to inspire peace through music and to connect diverse musicians worldwide, including those in conflict regions, Hear Music today announced the April 28 release of Playing for Change – Songs Around the World. The special CD/DVD package, available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and at traditional retail worldwide, contains a ten-song audio CD as well as a seven-track DVD, which features five of the songs performed live. The DVD also includes a trailer for the forthcoming PFC documentary and information on the PFC Foundation.

Grammy winning producer/engineer Mark Johnson and his Playing For Change team traveled for a decade with a single minded passion to connect the world though music. Their ambitious journey took them from post-apartheid South Africa, through the ancient sites of the Middle East, to the remote beauty of the Himalayas and beyond. Using innovative mobile technology, the PFC crew filmed and recorded more than 100 musicians, largely outdoors, in parks, plazas and promenades, in doorways, on cobblestone streets and amid hilly pueblos. Each captured performance created a new mix in which essentially the artists are all performing together, albeit hundreds or thousands of miles apart. In a recent interview with PFC founder Johnson, PBS’ Bill Moyers called Playing For Change a remarkable example of “the simple yet transformative power of music…to touch something in each of us.”


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Long-awaited third album features special guests David Bromberg, Robyn Hitchcock, John McEuen, Sam Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Peter Rowan, and Abigail Washburn.

NEW YORK, NYKing Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers, the new album from the ever-evolving King Wilkie, will be released on April 28 on the newly minted Casa Nueva imprint. The ambitious and evocative work is set against the backdrop of the fictitious Wilkie Family: a household containing the six Wilkie children, their shipping magnate father and matriarchal mother, a pair of housepets, a distant cousin, two family friends, and a music therapist. These are the songs they sing – to each other, to themselves, to no one in particular. There is no plot, no dialog, no storyline: only an imaginary context acting as a setting for the music. “You aren’t supposed to know that much about these characters,” says King Wilkie founder and principal songwriter Reid Burgess, “and you shouldn’t need to in order to listen to the album.”

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2003, King Wilkie has defied expectations at every turn. Their 2004 debut Broke, presented them as a young, furiously hard-driving bluegrass band. They won endless acclaim, a coveted Emerging Artist of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and a wide audience for their conviction and dedication to the form. With 2007’s Low Country Suite, it became readily apparent that their music was expanding outward into a more idiosyncratic and personal style that incorporated influences ranging from pre-bluegrass American music to British Invasion art song.


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Oreka TxIn the early part of the new millennium, a pair of intrepid musicians who call themselves Oreka Tx (from the Basque word for “balance” and the initial letters of their chosen medium), took their txalaparta, a locally beloved but otherwise little-known instrument, and traveled to India, Lapland, Mongolia, and the Sahara in search of fresh collaborations, adventures and ideas. The result was an astounding documentary called Nömadak Tx (“Nomadic Txalaparta”) which won multiple awards at international film festivals and is coming soon to theaters worldwide.

The new album, Nömadak Tx (World Village 468085 — street date March 10, 2009), offers a wealth of newly arranged material inspired by the film, and makes an ideal companion to it. The txalaparta (pronounced roughly “tchala-parta”), although nearly extinct as recently as the 1950s, is inextricably tied to Basque culture and is now enjoying a renaissance. It is a member of the idiophone family and consists of wooden planks supported by insulated stands. It is struck from above by two players (txalapartaris), each employing a pair of thick, pestle-like wooden sticks. Acting at once in tandem and independently of one another, but always eerily in synch, the players create complex, lightning-fast, changeable rhythmic and melodic patterns, moving between the tenor range and bass notes so profound that they pummel the listener’s solar plexus. Inspired for life by their far-flung encounters, the men of Oreka Tx have obliterated established boundaries of culture, time and space by embracing and transforming them.



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Guinness Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival

Since 1998, the Guinness Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana canon; acts like Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell… The list is very long, and these are but a small few names who have been drawn to the magnet of the Marble City Mardi Gras in the past. Country, folk, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, cajun etc… All forms of what we like to call Americana are well represented over the four days. From midday to midnight audiences wend their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 30 acts from Ireland, USA, Canada, UK and Sweden, with over 80 ticketed and free shows.

There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles will be catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues.

Booking for ticketed events is at the festival office over Rollercoaster Records in Kieran Street, Tel 0567794664 and online.

Acts appearing at the 2009 festival include: (more…)

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The Events/Festivals list in the Dirty Linen Gig Guide has been updated again. Plan your summer vacation!

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Burlington, MA – On May 12, Rounder Records will release Hillbilly Goddess, the new album by stunning vocalist Alecia Nugent. In the five short years since the release of Nugent’s debut CD, she has gone from being the toast of Hickory Grove, Louisiana to one of the most celebrated bluegrass & country singers across America’s heartland. Her first single, “Cryin’ All the Way to the Bank,” is currently holding down the #3 most played slot on Sirius XM’sBluegrass Junction channel for the month of January.

Hillbilly Goddess, delivers on the promises of 2004’s Alecia Nugent and 2006’s A Little Girl… A Big Four-Lane with a confident collection of sassy barnburners and heart-rending ballads, all performed with smooth precision, gorgeous tone and unbridled exuberance. Featuring stellar support from Grammy® winning producer Carl Jackson, duet partner Bradley Walker, J.D. Crowe, members of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Blue Highway, The Dan Tyminski Band and The Infamous Stringdusters, Hillbilly Goddess is major step forward for one of the great new voices in American music. (more…)

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(New York, NY) – After their historic three-nights at Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood announce an exclusive 14-city U.S. tour beginning June 10, 2009.

After a stunning collaboration at the Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival in July of 2007 and much speculation, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton announced three eagerly anticipated concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Those shows featured the artists performing together in a varied set list with Blind Faith classics and solo hits from each artist. Critics acclaimed the shows as historic and some of the best Clapton/Winwood work ever. The tour promises more of the same collaborative musicianship that made these men legendary award-winning artists. (more…)

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Award-winning Bluegrass acts take the stage at The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival, March 27 and 28, at the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington.  This is one of southwest Ohio’s most entertaining acoustic music events, occurring twice a year, in March and November.

The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival features Bluegrass, Old-Time and Gospel music.  Nationally and internationally known acoustic music groups are billed for March including The Seldom Scene, Longview, J.D. Crowe and the New South Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and more. (more…)

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