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Black Hen Music announces the October 20 release date of a CD tribute to the music of seminal blues group the Mississippi Sheiks, Things About Comin’ My Way, featuring all-new recordings from such blues and roots stars as John Hammond, Geoff Muldaur, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Frisell, the North Mississippi Allstars, Madeleine Peyroux, Danny Barnes, Kelly Joe Phelps and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The CD also includes a song featuring an elaborate string arrangement by Mississippi native and elusive pop icon Van Dyke Parks. Black Hen Music is distributed in North America by Burnside Distribution.

“I’ve been a huge fan of The Mississippi Sheiks for the last 10 years,” says Black Hen Music president Steve Dawson, who produced most of the tracks on the album, played various instruments throughout and also performs a song on the tribute. “Their unique sound, instrumentation and the fact that they played with such intensity on their recordings all really jumped out at me. Ultimately, my reason for putting this tribute together was to pay respect to the great body of material they produced in their short lifespan, and show how the songs themselves stand up so well over time. I was never interested in re-creating the music. I was looking for good interpreters who could capture the essence of the songs in a kind of portrait. I wanted to work with people who could celebrate the music and the songs.” (more…)


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SANTA MONICA, Calif. ­ The L.A. Acoustic Music Festival, featuring a world-class lineup of artists, makes its debut over the weekend of June 6–7, 2009 on the beautiful Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. The two-day celebration of acoustic music ­ which takes place during the Pier’s 100th Anniversary year ­benefits the California Acoustic Music Project (CAMP).

The lineup for Saturday, June 6 will open with the Refugees, the all-female “power band” of Wendy Waldman (“Save the Best for Last”), Deborah Holland, and Cindy Bullens, followed by Joel Rafael, Eliza Gilkyson, and the extraordinary Jimmy LaFave, named “Best Singer-Songwriter” by Austin Music Awards, playing what he calls “red dirt music.” (more…)

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May 3, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

American Express Pre-Sale Monday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m. EDT at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D004273B57B4BE0
Tickets On Sale Monday, March 30 at 9:00 a.m. EDT at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D004273B57B4BE0

Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, John Mellencamp, Juanes, Ani DiFranco, Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck, Ben Bridwell, Ben Harper, Billy Bragg, Billy Nershi, Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Keller Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Michael Franti, Patterson Hood, Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Del McCoury, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Richie Havens, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, Tom Morello, Warren Haynes, Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Larry Long, Mike & Ruthy, Native American Indian Cultural Alliance, NYC Labor Chorus, Scarlet Moore, Silvio Rodriguez, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Tommy Sands, Tony Trischka, and Toshi Reagon. Details HERE.

All proceeds to benefit Hudson River Sloop Clearwater a non-profit organization created to defend and restore the Hudson River.

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Bruce Cockburn

Bruce Cockburn

Burlington, MA – On March 31, Rounder Records will release the first-ever live, solo album by critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and respected music activist Bruce CockburnSlice O Life: Bruce Cockburn Live Solo, Cockburn’s 30th album, showcases his brilliant acoustic guitar playing in a live setting.  The album features 25 tracks, including the new song “The City Is Hungry” and three tracks recorded at a soundcheck along the tour.  The album also features such hits as “Lovers in a Dangerous Time,” “Wondering Where the Lions Are,” “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and “Last Night of the World.”  Slice O Life was recorded in Somerville, MA; Ithaca, NY; Rochester, NY; Sellersville, PA; Londonderry, NH; Portland, ME; and Brookfield, NH.

Critics have long championed Cockburn’s guitar work throughout his celebrated 35 year career.  Acoustic Guitar called his guitar instrumentals “dazzling… compositionally and technically years ahead of their time” while The New York Times called him “virtuoso on guitar.” With Slice O Life, Cockburn’s extraordinary playing takes center stage.  It is a culmination of his unique guitar styles and techniques inspired by some of Cockburn’s influences – Django Reinhardt and Mississippi John Hurt.


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