Archive for July, 2009

Fifth annual National Jug Band Jubilee BLOWS back into Louisville on Saturday, September 19th!

LOUISVILLE, KY (July 25, 2009) — Jug band music — “America’s quintessential river city music” — will again be celebrated on the banks of the Ohio River this year, hosted by Waterfront Development Corporation.  The Sept 19 festival will be staged at the beautiful Brown-Forman Amphitheater on River Road.  And again this year — ADMISSION IS FREE!!!

Experience the fun that is Jug Band Music!  Help keep a century-old Louisville tradition alive!  Nine jug bands – local, regional and for the ffirst time we go international with a band from JAPAN — will be jamming their unique form of music from 1 p.m. to 11 pm., accompanied by workshops and history lessons on “America’s Happiest Music.”

Ever dreamed of playing the washboard, jug or kazoo?  Come on out and give it a try!  Children are especially welcome.  Bring the kids and let them play! A primary Jubilee goal is keeping this music alive by involving young people.  Artists in this year’s bands range in age from 14 to 58!  Refreshments will be available for purchase all day to keep you revived and satisfied, including beer and wine for the adults.


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Unparalleled Group of Musicians Join Helm for an Historic Evening

photo by Paul LaRaia

photo by Paul LaRaia

On most Saturday nights since January 2004, Levon Helm has hosted evenings of music at the “barn,” his home studio in Woodstock, New York. These magical nights are called The Midnight Ramble Sessions. On September 17, 2008, Helm took the Midnight Ramble on the road to one of America’s treasured venues, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, where ­ accompanied by such luminaries as Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow and Sam Bush ­ the Levon Helm Band gave birth to a night of stage magic. Captured in pristine high definition LEVON HELM – RAMBLE AT THE RYMAN is part of special programming airing on PBS in August 2009 (check local listings).

The performance is a veritable tour through the American songbook, featuring tunes from Helm’s tenure with The Band, as well as selections from the 2008 Grammy winning Electric Dirt and classics from artists such as Chuck Berry, the Carter Family and more. (more…)

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Red Fox Chasers

The Red Fox Chasers, composed of neighbors Guy Brooks, Bob Cranford, Paul Miles and A. P. Thompson, recorded at the high water mark of the Golden Era of American Vernacular Music, 1928-1931. These recordings represent a unique and exciting blend of Appalachian fiddle tunes & ballads, popular tin pan alley songs & Victorian sentimental compositions. Hailing from north-west North Carolina, the group assimilated a “Galax fiddle-sound” with an intricate three-finger banjo style that simultaneously evokes Da Costa Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters and Charlie Poole.

One of the more prolific groups to record during this era, the Red Fox Chasers’ material was particularly well received in the Virginias and Carolinas. This collection is the first complete anthology of their work, with several of the tracks being reissued for the very first time. The Red Fox Chasers represent an idiosyncratic slice of early Appalachian music as it was captured commercially during the 1920s & 1930s.

Painstakingly remastered by Grammy-winner Christopher King. Designed by Grammy-winner Susan Archie. Notes and annotations by the host of “Back To The Blue Ridge,” Kinney Rorrer.

Tompkins Square has received two Grammy nominations for Best Historical Album: Polk Miller and His Old South Quartette (2009) and People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938 (2008).

mp3 : “Wreck on the Mountain Road”

I’m Going Down to North Carolina: The Complete Recordings of the Red Fox Chasers (1928-1931)

Submitted by Tompkins Square

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New York, NY — Noncommercial New York City radio station WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) and NPR Music will broadcast and webcast George Wein’s Folk Festival 50 at Newport throughout Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd.  WFUV Music Director Rita Houston and Bob Boilen, host of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered,” will be at Newport, RI’s Fort Adams State Park to bring listeners two days of music from the storied annual festival, now in its 50th year.

“The Folk Festival and FUV share similar missions to bring audiences the most exciting new artists and, at the same time, remind people how much is owed to musical trailblazers like Seeger and Baez.  I’ve seen so many important moments in music history take place at the Festival and I’m sure more history will be made this year,” says WFUV Music Director Rita Houston. (more…)

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photo by James Minchin

photo by James Minchin

Burlington, MA – Madeleine Peyroux continues to tour the U.S. this summer (see dates below) and in addition to her successful headlining tour, Peyroux will appear on the CBS Early Show Saturday’s “Second Cup Café” on August 1 to perform songs off her latest, critically acclaimed album Bare Bones (Rounder).

Bare Bones debuted to rave reviews in People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and the New York Times. “Her subtle explorations of love’s trials and tribulations grow more enjoyable with repeated listening. There’s a certain cozy comfort in the wry way she opens up and shares her emotions” raved Steve Jones in USA Today while Thomas Kintner of the Hartford Courant wrote that Peyroux “puts her stamp on all-new material, and weaves an alluring tapestry of sonic elegance, vocal character and lyrical bite.”

Madeleine Peyroux U.S. Tour Dates:
August 5 – Santa Rosa, CA – Wells Fargo Center
August 6 – Saratoga, CA – Montalvo Arts Center
August 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater – With Lyle Lovett
August 9 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara County Bowl – With Lyle Lovett
August 14 – Lyons, CO – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
August 16 – Park City, UT – St. Regis Big Stars series at Deer Valley Resort
September 4 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Jazz Festival

Submitted by Rounder Records

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Nashville, TN- Grammy®-winning country artist Kathy Mattea and the legendary bluegrass band, Hot Rize will co-host the 20th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

According to show co-producer Cindy Baucom, “Kathy Mattea and Hot Rize are a perfect fit as our hosts.  With their long musical history, the chemistry between them gives us the elements for a fun show.”

The members of Hot Rize have a long association with IBMA. In fact, they took home the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the very first International Bluegrass Music Awards in 1990. Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick served as president of IBMA from 1986-2001. Tim O’Brien, who followed as president from 2001-2004, was also named Male Vocalist of the Year in 1993 and 2006. Bryan Sutton received the IBMA award for Guitar Player of the Year in 2000, and then every year from 2003-2006. The entire group, including bass player/ renowned public radio etown host Nick Forster, took top honors for Song of the Year in 1991, for their performance of “Colleen Malone.” (more…)

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Now in its third year, Operation Swan Dive, a festival of skydiving and music, is set to jump on August 15th and 16th at SkyDive Pepperell in Pepperell, MA.  Again, the event, which raised $110,000 the past two years, will benefit Lyrics for Life, a cancer charity founded by Sister Hazel front-man Ken Block.  Daytime skydiving will take place both Saturday and Sunday; interested divers should visit www.operationswandive.org for more information and to register.  A special Saturday night barbeque and concert experience will take place under the big tent at the Pepperell, MA, drop zone, and music fans interested in attending this portion of the event can purchase tickets for $40 in advance on the www.lyricsforlife.org website.  Beer, wine, and food will be served, followed by a concert courtesy of Ken Block of Sister Hazel (making an extremely rare Northeast solo appearance), Andrew Hoover, and Alexis Babini.  The Saturday evening festivities begin at 8 p.m. (more…)

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The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce a two-day event, honoring two special people.  On September 10-11, 2009, the Center will host a tribute, symposium, and concert honoring folklorists Archie Green and Joe Wilson. This event will also celebrate the acquisition of the National Council for Traditional Arts (NCTA) collection by the Center.  The multifaceted event will feature spoken tributes, musical performances, panel discussions, and rare glimpses at archival treasures, and will be crowned by a magnificent evening concert in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium.  The concert will showcase outstanding folk musicians who have been part of NCTA festivals, tours and other programs. (more…)

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The Pride of New York is a new Irish-American super group comprised of some of the best known players on this side of the Atlantic. Between them, they have won four All-Ireland championship awards, recorded multiple solo albums, and logged countless miles touring across the US and abroad. But, at its essence, this quartet of singular talents is defined in spirit by the city of New York which gives the group its name. “We are all quintessential New York musicians,”explains fiddler Brian Conway of his playing partners Billy McComiskey on button accordion, Joanie Madden on flute and whistle, and Brendan Dolan on keyboards, “the musical camaraderie we share is rare.” Many of the tunes on the album are written or associated with other past or present stalwarts of the New York Irish scene including Martin Mulhaire, Sean McGlynn, Jack Coen, Joe Burke, Paddy O’Brien, Larry Redican, Tom Doherty, and Charlie Mulvihill.

Formed in 2005 at the Catskills Irish Arts Week and named by festival director and Irish Voice journalist Paul Keating, the Pride of New York is excited to return in 2009 with their debut album in hand. “Its fantastic to be returning to the Catskills and launching the album amongst so many of our friends and peers. This week has become a yearly mecca for traditional music lovers across America and we are thrilled to be among the performers,” says Joanie Madden of Pride of New York and Cherish the Ladies.

“…as good as it gets in Irish traditional music…”
– Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo

Submitted by Compass Records

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LOS ANGELES — After its 1949 debut, the 45-rpm vinyl single went on to revolutionize the way people listened to music, both literally—requiring adjustable-speed players—and figuratively—introducing a global audience to the simple, yet profound joy that comes from playing a favorite song over and over. As the single turns 60 this year, history repeats itself. Digital bytes have replaced vinyl grooves, but the love affair with the hit song continues. As last year music fans downloaded more than a billion tracks; the most ever.

To celebrate the milestone, Rhino will spotlight songs originally issued on 45 by offering them as RHINO DIGITAL 45s, bundled with their original B-sides and artwork. Original picture sleeve art will be included when available and original label art will be used for all others. iTunes will feature a total of 60 digital 45s, including six exclusives. These will be featured in iTunes Digital 45, which showcases these new digital bundles inside the iTunes store. Among the iTunes exclusives are several singles featuring B-sides making their digital debut including “Take It Easy”/“Get You In The Mood” by the Eagles, “Kiss”/“Love Or Money” by Prince & The Revolution, and “Whip It”/“Turn Around” by Devo. The remaining 54 singles will be available at all digital retails outlets. Each following month, Rhino will release a new batch of 25 digital 45s to all partners. For more information, please visit www.rhino.com/Digital45. (more…)

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