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CD includes co-writes with old friends Rodney Crowell, Shawn Camp, Verlon Thompson, Gary Nicholson, Jon Randall, Ray Stephenson, Joe Leathers; and young songwriters Jedd Hughes, Patrick Davis and Ashley Monroe

Collection includes Townes Van Zandt classic “If You Needed Me”

Guy Clark, photo by Jim McGuire

Guy Clark, photo by Jim McGuire

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Bob Dylan mentions Guy Clark as one of his favorite songwriters.  That is no surprise to anyone familiar with the master songwriter and legendary artist. This fall, Clark will release Somedays The Song Writes You, his second CD with Dualtone Music Group, which released the critically acclaimed Workbench Songs in 2006.

When Guy Clark discusses the art and craft of songwriting, people listen. He has, after all, been writing songs of uncommon quality for nearly four decades, songs like “L.A. Freeway,” “Desperados Waiting For A Train,” “The Randall Knife,” and “Texas, 1947.”

Some of them have been snatched up and recorded by other distinctive artists, many of whom are no slouches in the songwriting department themselves (“She’s Crazy For Leaving” written by Clark and Rodney Crowell, “New Cut Road” by Bobby Bare, “Let Him Roll” by Johnny Cash and “Heartbroke” by Ricky Skaggs, to name just a few), while others have filled out the twelve studio albums bearing Clark’s name, beginning with his 1975 debut, Old No. 1. Somedays The Song Writes You is the thirteenth entry to his enduring body of work.

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Fresh off playing sold out shows together at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, The Steep Canyon Rangers have announced another performance with multi-talented entertainer Steve Martin – this time on public radio’s nationally syndicated A Prairie Home Companion.  The show airs this Saturday, the 27th and will feature the Rangers backing Martin on compositions off his recent bluegrass chart-topping release The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.

Following the success of their New York and L.A. concerts, the combo is quickly gaining notice for their on-stage chemistry: “The rapport between Martin and his Rangers is startling, even though they’ve only been working together for a short spell,” writes Brooklyn Vegan reporter Martin Longley in a review of their Rubin Museum show.  The Rubin show was further augmented by a surprise appearance from banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka.

The Rangers will be maintaining a full tour schedule this summer (click here for dates).  Stay tuned as there’s a good chance they’ll be appearing again with Steve.

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In a spacious L.A. courtyard nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, a stage stands above an expansive pond. Here, as the sun goes down behind a hillside, just a few yards away from listeners as diverse as the city itself, a twirling feather- and bead-bedecked band breaks into old-school funk. A Sufi song played on reeds and strings flows in waves over the audience. A group of Gypsy-loving Québécois burst in raucous, harmonious chorus.

In this irresistible atmosphere, concertgoers have been known to form marvelously long, intergenerational conga lines, start clogging, or jam the night away on their djembes after the show. Musicians trade tips with fans, mesmerized kids frolic at the foot of the stage, and an elderly concert regular dances joyfully in his wheelchair. (more…)

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In 2004, Jason Crigler‘s life was taking off. He was one of New York’s hottest young guitarists, his new CD was due for release and his wife, Monica, was pregnant with their first child. Then, at a gig in Manhattan, Jason suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage. His doctors doubted he would ever emerge from his near-vegetative state. The astonishing journey that followed, documented by friend and filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar in Life. Support., Music., is a stirring family saga and a portrait of creative struggle in the face of overwhelming tragedy.

After receiving the daunting medical prognosis, Monica and the Crigler clan took a courageous decision ­ they would believe in Jason and, joining forces, conduct an intensive, round-the-clock care and rehabilitation program to bring him back to the life they believed was still in him. Musicians who had worked with Jason, including Norah Jones, Marshall Crenshaw and Linda Thompson, held benefits. (more…)

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The 30th Beamish Cork Folk Festival will take place between Thursday 1st October and Sunday 4th October 2009 at venues all over Cork City and everybody is invited. This is our 30th Festival and we plan to run an event that celebrates 30 years of great music, concerts, sessions and memories.

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September 10, 2009: See update HERE

The Pogues have confirmed these fall 2009 dates:

* October 10: Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo

* October 11: Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

* October 13: San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre

* October 14: San Francisco, CA Regency Center @ The Grand

* October 17: Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia LA

* October 19: San Diego, CA House of Blues

* October 21: Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre

* October 23: Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

* October 25: Kansas City, MO The Midland Theatre

* October 28: Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre

* October 29: Houston, TX House of Blues

* October 30: Dallas, TX House of Blues

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In the grand tradition of barn-raisings and house-rent parties, Erin McKeown is inviting you into her living room, onto her porch, into her river, and into her yard,  asking you to lend a hand. Just as farmers needed their neighbors to help raise the roof, and musicians have sung for their supper, Ms. McKeown is holding a series of four Live Internet Concerts this July with all proceeds benefiting the recording and release of her newest album, Hundreds of Lions. Lions marks the first album of pure McKeown originals since 2005’s critically acclaimed We Will Become Like Birds. (more…)

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–After seven years of relentless touring, and two highly acclaimed studio albums, San Francisco’s Hot Buttered Rum will release Limbs Akimbo, their third studio album, on September 8, 2009.

The new tracks were produced by singer/songwriter Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips, Skinny Singers), who has also produced The Traditionist, Little Wings and Jackie Greene, at Mission Bells Studios in San Francisco.  David Simon Baker (Jack Johnson, E40, ALO) was the engineer on the project.

Limbs Akimbo features Hot Buttered Rum’s Bryan Horne on bass; Nat Keefe on guitar; Aaron Redner on fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Erik Yates on banjo, guitar, vocals and woodwinds; and newest member Matt Butler on drums.  Special guests include Jackie Greene on keyboards and Zach Gill (Jack Johnson, ALO) on vocals. (more…)

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Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Horsham, Pa.–August 23, 2009, 12:00 noon. The 18th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival, celebrating Ukraine’s Independence Day, will be held at the Ukrainian American Sport Center — Tryzub, County Line and Lower State Roads, Horsham, PA.

Exciting, spectacular, dazzling, breathtaking, exhilarating, spirited, soulful, enchanting, captivating, and intriguing — modest words which describe but by no means capture the essence of Ukrainian folk art, music, and dance.  From the rich color and deep symbolism of the delicate “pysanka” (Ukrainian Easter Egg) to the thunderous, climatic, power, rhythm and strength of “HOPAK” — the world’s most exciting ethnic dance, and every brilliant “Kolomiyka” (polka) and soulful folk song in between, we invite you to experience the EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL, celebrating the anniversary of our ancestral homeland’s independence. Enjoy a festival stage show, a public dance, Ukrainian foods and baked goods, BBQ pit, kid’s fun area, and Ukrainian hospitality.

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(Sydney, NS) Celtic Colours International Festival organizers are pleased to release their line-up for 2009 today and excited about this year’s focus on the ties to and influence of Irish music and culture.

The festival kicks off with Island to Island: The Cape Breton-Ireland Musical Bridge, in Port Hawkesbury on October 9. It’s a concert that goes to the root of it all, says Artistic Director Joella Foulds. “In 1993, a group of Cape Breton musicians were invited to Ireland to put on a Cape Breton festival in Cork. Now, we have invited the Irish here to share their cultural traditions in this concert and throughout the nine days of the Festival.”

Twenty-four artists from Ireland will be participating in the Festival this year which runs from October 9-17. Their presence will contribute to an exploration of tradition and culture and how that is maintained through generations and in communities. People might not recognize the names of some of the Irish artists, but they are the people who are carrying on the tradition. “We want our audience to experience the real thing,” Foulds continues, “just as they would with our Cape Breton artists. These Irish artists represent the best of the various traditions including Donegal fiddling, the Irish harp, uillean piping, Irish Gaelic and sean nos (meaning “old style”) singing, accordion, sean nos dancing, and story telling.”

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