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Runner of the Woods, Featuring Nicolas Beaudoing of the Doc Marshalls,

Announces Fall Tour, Releases New Single

Runner of the Woods Braces for Good Days Yet to Come


Nicolas Beaudoing, of the Doc Marshalls, Embarks on New Musical Project
Runner of the Woods Debuts First Single “Good Things will Come” From Forthcoming Album

To celebrate, the track is available as a free download: bit.ly/GoodThingsWillCome

“While frontman Nicolas Beaudoing, may not be the household name – well, in some households, at least – as [A.A. Bondy, Anders Parker and Jay Farrar], he’s certainly a talent on par with them.“ –Popmatters

Good things will come – and not a moment too soon. For Nick Beaudoing, the front man of Nashville, Tennessee’s Runner of the Woods, much of 2014 was spent in the shadow of a serious family illness. Between visits to his hometown of Dallas, Texas, he stayed busy in the studio. One night while listening to rough mixes of his work on the drive home, he had a gut feeling that things would somehow work out. “I’ve never had the experience of listening to my own music and being cheered up,” Beaudoing says. “It felt like a pat on the back at just the right time.”

Countrygaze that’s road trip-ready, Runner of the Woods’ debut album, Thirsty Valley, is set for release in January of 2015 on CD and vinyl. With punchy guitars and odes to wide open spaces, the record is dedicated to the proposition that the key to the good life is time spent in the great outdoors.

Beaudoing previously led NYC’s Cajun honky-tonkers, the Doc Marshalls. Over the course of three releases, the band evolved from Bakersfield-style shuffles and Acadian barnburners to jagged, glimmering folk. The pedal steel was still king, but now it blared from a low-watt amp with a brash fuzz tone.

This new direction, combined with his relocation to Nashville, conspired to lead him away from a project he loved, in favor of a less traditional sound. The Doc Marshalls, as a band, had run its course. “If he’s being honest,” says Beaudoing, “even a dyed-in-the wool country singer can’t pretend his record collection is pure.  For every George Jones LP on the shelf, there’s another by Big Star, Phosphorescent, or A.A. Bondy. And that’s a beautiful thing.”

In support of an inaugural run of October dates, Runner of the Woods will be touring behind the single, “Good Things will Come.” For Beaudoing, it was an easy choice. “It was the same tune that gave me a lift when my mother was in the hospital. She has since made a near full recovery.” He and his wife are also expecting a son in November. “Nashville wives will let you tour,” he laughs, “even with a due date on the horizon!” To celebrate the debut track, Runner of the Woods released a music video for the song and is offering it as a free download available at: bit.ly/GoodThingsWillCome.

Joining Beaudoing (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars) in Runner of the Woods are Jonathan Gregg on pedal steel, Joe Giotta on drums and Vanessa McGowan on bass. In a live setting, the band has the country chops to pack the dance hall floor whenever duty calls. A train shuffle beat or Gary Stewart-style weeper is never far away. But they also love it when people lay back and listen.

Either way, you’re going to feel better.

Runner of the Woods October “Good Things Will Come” Tour Dates:
10/2 Thu – Blue Moon Saloon,  Lafayette, LA
10/3 Fri – White Horse, Austin, TX
10/4 Sat – Goode’s Armadillo Palace, Houston, TX
10/5 Sun – Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, TX
10/16 Thu – Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
10/17 Fri –  Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
10/21 Tue – Five Spot (Two Dollar Tuesdays), Nashville, TN
10/22 Wed – Boyd’s Jig & Reel, Knoxville, TN
10/23 Thu – Hill Country Live, Washington, DC
10/24 Fri – Hardywood Brewery, Richmond, VA
10/25 Sat – Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC

For more information and to stay up to date on further news from Runner of the Woods, please visit www.runnerofthewoodsmusic.com, twitter.com/RunnerOTheWoods, and facebook.com/runnerofthewoods.

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Chatham County Line Announces Fall Tour 2014
Performing at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

New Album, Tightrope, Released Through Through Yep Roc Records

“Chatham County Line is much more than your average banjo-playing, fiddle-fueled combo… they infuse their music with a seemingly effortless accessibility capable of connecting them with a broader Americana audience.”
–Blurt Magazine, Lee Zimmerman

Chatham County Line on Tour:
9/13 Sat – Mountain Song Festival – Brevard, NC
9/26 – Fri – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre – Wilmington, NC
9/27 Sat – Charleston Music Hall –  Charleston, SC
10/1-3 Wed-Fri – IBMA World of Bluegrass – Raleigh, NC
10/10 Fri – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
10/11 Sat – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
10/14 Tue – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
10/15 Wed – The Parlor Room –  Northampton, MA
10/16 Thu – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
10/17 Fri – The Press Room – Portsmouth, NH
10/18 Sat – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
11/14-23 European Tour
www.chathamcountyline.com

Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County elegantly reconcile the past and future, tradition and innovation, on the fittingly titled Tightrope, released May 20, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. The sixth studio album from the Raleigh-based four-piece follows 2010’s winsome, soulful Wildwood and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking Sight & Sound, which was released in 2012. “With anything you’ve done for a while,” Wilson explains, “a period of reflection helps you identify your strengths. Doing the live album did that, and in a way, we do that every night with the songs we choose to play at a live show. We usually don’t use set lists, we just play the songs that come to mind. That really helped us prepare for this record.”

Chatham County Line is currently on tour with Tightrope and will be performing at Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival this weekend before embarking on the Fall 2014 later in September. The Fall tour kicks off on the East Coast with shows at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (Wilmington, NC) and Charleston Music Hall (SC). In early October they perform in their hometown of Raleigh, NC for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass before shows at Neighborhood Theatre (Charlotte, NC) and Terminal West (Atlanta, GA). In mid-October they travel North to Rockwood Music Hall (New York City) and The Parlor Room Northampton, MA. The tour finale is at Brighton Music Hall (Boston, MA). In November Chatham County Line flies overseas for a two week European Tour.

As part of the band’s unbridled excitement for year two of IBMA in their hometown of Raleigh, they have made a video for their song “Living in Raleigh Now.” The song will be available September 23rd on all digital platforms and they will have a special Cassette/Download package available at upcoming shows.

CCL_Tightrope_300Stirring, provocative, and disarmingly poignant, Tightrope was born out of a year’s worth of intense focus, during which the band examined their own legacy while carefully honing new material. All the while, the band’s four members – Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano) – welcomed spontaneity and the sometimes palpable will of the songs themselves into the process.

“There’s a lot of growing up in this record,” muses Dave Wilson, Chatham County Line‘s vocalist and guitarist. “The next generation is coming. We’re maturing in this world and seeing things through a different set of eyes – and that materializes in a lot of these songs…”

Produced by Wilson and Chatham County Line, Tightrope benefits from an unusually rich, resonant sound that blends each member’s contributions into a powerful, dynamic whole. The  poetic insight of the album’s eleven original songs is grounded by Chatham County Line’s ongoing commitment to classic stringband instrumentation.

Chatham County Line allowed some songs to emerge out of informal jams or nascent fragments of melody. “Songs like ‘Should Have Known Better’ and ‘Ships at Sea’ were based on ideas that Teer had,” Wilson explains. “We’d have instruments and mics set up, record the idea, and people would take the recording home and dissect it. We recorded them informally three or four times until we got something that could fit and make sense with what we do. It’s those songs that we listen to the most now, because they were such spur-of-the-moment creations.”

Above all, Tightrope reinforces the deep bond shared by the members of Chatham County Line. The lineup has consisted of the same four men for ten years now, giving them an unusually solid foundation. They have grown up together, weathered storms together, and performed around the world – resulting in a vital, instinctive collaborative sensibility and deep reserves of trust. “This band really started out of a couple of friendships,” Wilson concludes. “I was buddies with Greg, and John and Chandler were really tight. We came together by chance. You can’t just rotate a guy out and replace him when you have these friendships and do this kind of original material. It’s become something larger than that. It’s a big train we’re riding on and everybody’s enjoying the ride.”

Watch the Music Video for the song “Tightrope of Love” ->

For more information and updates from the road, please visit www.chathamcountyline.com.

Acoustic Syndicate. Photo by Lynne Harty.

Acoustic Syndicate. Photo by Lynne Harty.

Acoustic Syndicate Performs in the Southeast This Fall, Announces Thanksgiving Show

Celebrating the Anniversaries of WNCW & Isothermal Community College in Sept
Shows in Georgia and Florida in Early November
Annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Show Set for Nov 29th at The Grey Eagle in Asheville

With a touring and recording history of more than 20 years, a strong following regionally and beyond, and a history of playing festivals like Bonnaroo and Farm Aid, North Carolina favorites Acoustic Syndicate returned in 2013 with their first record since 2004, Rooftop Garden.

The band is set to perform a select number of shows in the southeast this Fall including two shows on September 27th; a daytime performance at the Isothermal Community College (the home of WNCW radio) in Spindale, NC for the college’s 50 Year Anniversary, and another set later that evening at Pisgah Brewing Company’s outdoor stage in Black Mountain, NC to celebrate WNCW’s 25 Year Anniversary on the airwaves. In early November they return to Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta before heading on to Lucky’s in Valdosta, GA and the Riverhawk Music Festival in Brooksville, FL. Acoustic Syndicate is also happy to announce their annual Asheville Thanksgiving show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville on November 29th.

Having claimed the #6 spot in WNCW’s 2013 year-end Top-100 listener poll with Rooftop Garden, the band is as beloved to the Western North Carolina audience as they’ve ever been. “Acoustic Syndicate has remained one of WNCW listeners’ favorite regional and overall acts ever since they began in the ‘90’s,” says WNCW’s Martin Anderson. “In fact they were one of the Top 10 favorite WNCW artists during our big 20th Anniversary vote in 2009, ranking alongside such A-list acts as the Avett Brothers, the Allman Brothers, and Alison Krauss. When I think of bands that best represent the overall sound of what we do at WNCW – roots music, rock, jamming, harmonizing, songs that tell a good story – it’s hard to think of a better one than Acoustic Syndicate.”

Produced by Grammy Award winner Stewart Lerman (Boardwalk Empire, Patti Smith, The Roches, Antony and the Johnsons, Crash Test Dummies), Rooftop Garden features the band’s distinctive blend of rock and acoustic music, all influenced by the players’ love of a wide range of music, from reggae to American roots. “Their modern take on traditional bluegrass and rock values culminates in a glimmering, driving sound rich with acoustic textures and glowing vocals,” writes Paul Kerr on JamBase.

They have also branched out into new territory with the album as Glide’s Bryan Rodgers notes, “… in 2010, new songs began creeping into set-lists and the band began a new era. The culmination is Rooftop Garden…The passage of time, dedication to other interests (family, farming, and software engineering for instance) and newfound musical freedom helped the band create their most personal album yet, which is remarkable. All of the music… has a distinctly human touch, with topics like sustainability, the frailty of existence, love, and community. Rooftop Garden is somehow more immediate because of where the band now finds themselves musically: with no one to please but themselves and an even broader range of life experiences from which to cull material.”

“The tunes on this album were written with an essentially positive message, one about humanity, earth, responsibility and peace,” said singer/guitarist Steve McMurry. He and his cousin Bryon McMurry (banjo, electric guitar) split the songwriting and lead vocal duties 50/50 on this new album, and are joined by Bryon’s brother Fitz McMurry (drums) for the kind of three part harmony that only close relatives who grew up singing together can conjure up. The band is rounded out by always in-demand bassist Jay Sanders and dobro wizard Billy Cardine; both of whom make use of Moog synthesizers and pedals to craft a unique ensemble sound.

The McMurry family has been in family farming in the same region of Cleveland County, NC since the 1700s. Their love of the land and their serious approach to its stewardship is echoed by the love of the music they make and the care with which they make it. Rooftop Garden conveys important things about the environment we all share, grounded in the life experiences of people who truly love what they do. “Through our music, we have tried to maintain a consistent message, a reminder,” says Steve McMurry, “that this Earth is the only one we will ever have. And though we speak of some lofty ideals in our music, my most fervent hope is that when people listen to us or come to our show, they leave with a laugh and a smile and the satisfaction of having been a part of something positive.”

Acoustic Syndicate Fall Shows 2014
9/27 Sat – Isothermal CC 50th Anniv. on the Campus Green- Spindale, NC
9/27 Sat – WNCW’s 25th Anniv. Party at Pisgah Brewing Co – Black Mountain, NC*
11/6 Thu – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
11/7 Fri – Lucky’s – Valdosta, GA
11/8 Sat – Riverhawk Music Festival – Brooksville, FL
11/29 Sat- The Grey Eagle – Annual Thanksgiving show – Asheville, NC
* w/ Shane Pruitt Band & Phuncle Sam

For more information and other news, please visit www.acousticsyndicate.com, facebook.com/AcousticSyndicate and twitter.com/asyndicate.

 

 

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Help Leftover Salmon Webcast ‘The Nashville Sessions’
Live From The Ryman on Sept 15th 

Pledge to Celebrate 15 Years Of The Nashville Sessions Live at the Ryman Auditorium.
Help Bring the Live Webcast of this Special Evening Into Your Home!

LEFTOVER SALMON
JOHN BELL ● SAM BUSH ● JEFF COFFIN ● ELIZABETH COOK ● JOHN COWAN ● COL. BRUCE HAMPTON ● JEFF HANNA ● TAJ MAHAL ● TODD PARK MOHR ● BILL PAYNE ● RANDY SCRUGGS ● JO-EL SONNIER ● SALLY VAN METER ● REESE WYNANS

To Find Out More and Pledge: http://bit.ly/LoSNashSess

Bring 15 Years Of The Nashville Sessions Live From The Ryman To Your Home. Help bring this historic night of live music to living rooms around the world! With your help, this one-of-kind concert experience could be webcast live from the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. There are some exclusive items being offered to those who pledge. Our good friends at Music City Roots will be bringing their A-team along with full HD production to capture the night! By pledging, you could help make this live HD webcast a reality. In addition Leftover Salmon will be donating a portion of the funds raised to the Americana Music Association!

Celebrating 15 years of The Nashville Sessions Live At The Ryman Auditorium! On September 15th, Leftover Salmon will assemble an all-star cast which includes John Bell (of Widespread Panic), Sam Bush, Taj Mahal, Bill Payne (of Little Feat), Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band), Elizabeth Cook, and many more amazing musicians! 15 years ago LoS was joined in the studio by many of these musicians to record their most treasured album to date, The Nashville Sessions. Years later, they are excited to recreate this album in a live setting. Many music fans out there won’t be able to join in on this special evening in Nashville. This is why the band wants to bring the show to you!

At the Ryman, Leftover Salmon will also be releasing The Nashville Sessions [1999] on vinyl for the first time. A limited pressing of 1000 copies will only be available for purchase at the Ryman or by pledging. This double vinyl set includes a special track featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, which has been aging in the vault for the past 15 years!

You can be the first to download “Bluegrass Pines,” one of the new songs off Leftover Salmon’s forthcoming studio album for a pledge of $5. This track was written by Bill Payne of Little Feat and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Be the first to hear it!

Please join Leftover Salmon in helping make this webcast a reality. If the goal is reached, this unique performance will be broadcasted to the world. So, pick up one of these great offerings, and mark your calendar for a special night of entertainment on Monday, September 15th right from the living room for your home!

Vince Herman shares his thought on The Nashville Sessions:
Recording The Nashville  Sessions was like a musical fantasy island for us. We’d have Earl Scruggs come in the morning, Taj Mahal in the afternoon and Waylon Jennings the next day. We were loving it. It’s still dreamlike thinking about it years later. I sure treasure having had the chance to play with such iconic figures, especially those who have passed on, including our brother Mark Vann. I’m going to savor the chance to make music with the great cast of characters assembled at the Ryman that night. Life is short. Art is long. –Vince Herman

Thank you for supporting Leftover Salmon for the past 25 years!

For more information and complete tour dates for LoS, please visit and www.LeftoverSalmon.com. To find out more about the Ryman and the event, please visit www.Ryman.com.

Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat. Photo by Tobin Voggesser.

Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat. Photo by Tobin Voggesser.

 

 

 

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Jeff Austin Band Announces Additions to Fall 2014 Tour
Jeff Austin, Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin on Tour This Fall

JAB announces November Shows with The Travelin’ McCourys as Part of The Bluegrass Ball

Jeff Austin is on tour with Danny Barnes (banjo and vocals), Eric Thorin (bass and vocals), and Ross Martin (guitar and vocals) as the newly formed Jeff Austin Band.

They have added additional tour dates for this Fall including appearances in New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia in October. New for this November, Jeff Austin Band is linking up with The Travelin’ McCourys  as part of The Bluegrass Ball, the widely successful collaborative festival on wheels the McCourys started, for a week with shows in Dallas, St Louis, Bloomington, Madison and Minneapolis.

These dates are in addition to their previously announced dates out west for shows this October in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Arcata, Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Bellingham. JAB will also be performing two nights at Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Halloween Ball in Placerville, CA where Leftover Salmon and moe. amongst others. Jeff will also be featured as an “Artist-at-Large” at the Ball.

Austin is set to make several festival appearances over the next month, including Grateful Grass sets at Utopia Festival and Lockn’ with Keller Williams, and two sets with JAB at the Phases of the Moon Festival.

Please visit JeffAustin.com for more information and further tour dates. Keep up to date with Jeff on facebook.com/JeffAustinOfficial and twitter.com/Jeffreyaustin10.

Jeff Austin Band on Tour  (Recently added dates in bold)
9/5-6 Fri-Sat – Lockn’ Festival – Arrington, VA*
9/12 Fri – Utopia Festival – Utopia, TX^
9/13-14 Sat-Sun – Phases of the Moon – Danville, IL
10/9 Thu – Mexicali Live – Teaneck, NJ
10/10 Fri – Mill Point Park – Hampton, VA
10/11 Sat – V Club – Huntington, WV
10/12 Sun- Schmitt’s Saloon – Morgantown, WV
10/21 Tue – Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
10/22 Wed – Musical Instruments Museum – Phoenix, AZ
10/23 Thu – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA
10/24-26 Fri-Sun – Hangtown Halloween Ball – Placerville, CA #
10/28 Tue – Humbrews – Arcata, CA
10/29 Wed – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
10/30 Thu – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
10/31 Fri – Nectar’s Lounge – Seattle, WA
11/01 Sat – The Green Frog – Bellingham, WA
11/11 Tue – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill – Dallas, TX %
11/12 Wed – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO %
11/13 Thu – Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL %
11/14-11/15 Fri-Sat – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI %
11/16 Sun – Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN %

* Jeff plays with Grateful Grass featuring Keller Williams and Keith Moseley
^  Jeff plays with Grateful Grass featuring Keller Williams and Sam Grisman
# w/ Railroad Earth, Moe., Leftover Salmon and more. JAB plays two days and Jeff is Artist-at-Large
% w/ The Travelin’ McCourys as part of The Bluegrass Ball

 

 

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Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues Experience Perform at
The Asheville Music Hall on Sat 9/6

8pm doors/ 9pm show; Opener TBD; 18+; $12/$15
31 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
www.AshevilleMusicHall.com

Corey Harris and the Rasta Blues Experience are traveling for some select shows including a couple of shows in Virginia in late August, The Asheville Music Hall on September 6th, and at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown Maryland on October 10th.

Corey Harris and Rasta Blues Experience have been been traveling with their recent album, Fulton Blues [2013 Stable Roots Productions]. Fulton Blues is rooted in the blues tradition with true story-telling and soulful musicianship. It marked the next step in the nearly twenty-year career of today’s most daring and innovative acoustic blues player. Corey Harris and the Rasta Blue Experience is Corey Harris on Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Banjo, Lead & Background Vocals; Hook Herrera on Harmonica; Chris “Thelonious Nut” Whitley on Piano & Organ; Kenneth “Trini Joe” Joseph on Drums; Gordon “Saxman” Jones on Tenor/Alto/Baritone Sax; and Jayson “Brother J” Morgan on Bass.

Fulton is a community in Richmond, VA that is older than the city itself. From its docks on the James river, the first African captives were marched to the city’s slave market to be sold into bondage. This Black town on the east end of the city endured for more than 300 years until its land was seized and the families living there were forcibly evicted in the name of greed masquerading as progress. Fulton Blues is a collection of both original and classic material, that celebrates the timeless sound of traditional blues with fresh, insightful lyrics that paint an unflinching picture of life in the American South, both then and now. The stories in the fourteen songs on the album range from love, loss and longing to celebration, tragedy and triumph.

This November, Harris pays a number of shows with Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Phil Wiggins as part of True Blues, a multi-media a celebration of the contemporary African-American performers of traditional acoustic blues. The project includes an album in 2013 , a variety of concert performances, and a DVD that will be released in the winter of 2014 through Telarc Records. Watch the DVD Trailer here: 

In the spring of 2014, PBS released a Corey Harris special DVD, Journeys, that aired on public television by the The American Music Research Foundation (AMRF), producers of the award winning Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Series of Public TV Programs. Watch a clip from it here: www.amrf.net/video-corey.htm.

Journeys presents the Harris performing solo as well as duets with harmonica maestro Phil Wiggins, harmonies with special guest Thornetta Davis, and with the Rasta Blues Experience connecting musical dots from Africa to the Americas. “If you don’t have any idea where your traditions, where your culture, where your popular culture comes from, that’s a problem,” says Harris, who is dedicated to keeping the Blues alive.”That’s what makes people unique, is that knowledge about where they’re coming from.”

Corey Harris knows where his traditions and culture and music come from, which is why Martin Scorsese chose him as a featured artist and narrator to take viewers on a musical journey from Mississippi to West Africa in “Feel Like Going Home,” the first episode of his celebrated PBS series “The Blues” in 2003.

img_1250Corey can surely play the Blues too, and there is nothing ossified about his performances. He also plays African music, reggae, soul and jazz, and uses his mastery of the instruments, the complex cadences and rhythms, and the feelings of the music that evolved in the New World via the African diaspora to create something entirely new. Some call it “Progressive Blues.”

In 2007, he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship – commonly referred to as a “genius award.” “Corey Harris forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, he blends musical styles often considered separate and distinct to create something entirely new, says the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. That same year, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine.

Corey has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others. His additional recordings include Fish Ain’t Bitin’ (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Zion Crossroads (2007), blu black (2009 ), DC Blues (2010), Father Sun-Mother Earth (2011), Fulton Blues (2013), True Blues (with Taj Mahal, Shemeka Copeland, Guy Davis, Alvin Hart and Phil Wiggins (2013).

Kind words about Corey Harris:
Corey Harris takes a decidedly anthropological and academic approach to the blues, deeply researching its variants and origins, and he’s become adept at combining West African, Jamaican, and Creole rhythms with traditional country blues forms in a manner so natural that the cracks and fissures between now and then and between here and there never seem to show.” Steve Leggett, All Music Guide

Corey Harris writes from the heart, and his music is real, never cliché. He is like the minstrels of old who would travel conveying news of the day, and educating people to goings on in the world they lived in, but might not necessarily see. Like the minstrels of old, Harris also weaves stories of times past, but not forgotten. His writing gives life to these times and events, conjuring up vivid images for us to experience.” –Barry Kerzner, American Blues Scene

Corey Harris On Tour
Aug 22 2014 – Aug 23 2014  Solo Show – Ogden Roots & Blues Festival, Liberty UT*
Aug 29 2014 – Fri – The Hot Spot, Waynesboro VA ^
Aug 30 2014 – Sat – Front Porch Festival, Patrick County VA ^
Sep 06 2014 – Sat – Asheville Music Hall, Asheville NC ^
Oct 10 2014 – Fri – Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown MD ^
Nov 01 2014 – Sat – McIntyre Performing Arts Center, Mt. Vernon WA %
Nov 02 2014 – Sun – Earshot Festival-The Triple Door, Seattle WA %
Nov 07 2014 – Fri – The Abby Theater, Hardwick MA %
Nov 08 2014 – Sat – Monmouth University, Long Branch NJ %
Nov 22 2014 – Sat – Wolf Hills Brewing Co, Abingdon VA %

* solo show
^ Corey Harris and the Rasta Blues Experience
% True Blues Show w/ Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Phil Wiggins

For more information and further tour dates, please visit www.corey-harris.com.

 

 

Town Mountain. Photo by Jason Beverly.

Town Mountain. Photo by Jason Beverly.

Town Mountain is Honored to be Nominated For
“Emerging Artist of the Year”

In This Fall’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards

Their New Album, Live At The Isis, Hits the Streets on August 19th
Recorded at Isis Music Hall in the Band’s Hometown of Asheville, NC

We are thrilled to announce that Town Mountain has been nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2014 Award for “Emerging Artist of The Year.” This nomination follows last years honor of receiving IBMA Momentum Awards for “Band of the Year” and lead singer Robert Greer for “Vocalist of the Year.” The members of Town Mountain have thought long and hard about their cultivated roots music groove with strong focus on crafting original material. “Without doubt, this band has fine writing chops,” writes Donald Teplyske in the Lonesome Road Review.

The past two years have pushed Town Mountain into the upper tier of acoustic bands and they have found themselves along the side of some of the best artists today at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country such as MerleFest, Grey Fox, Rockygrass, Suwannee Springfest and the Targhee Bluegrass Festival just to mention a few.  

Town Mountain’s hard drivin’ bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-house songwriting have become the band’s trademark. They light up the stage with their honky tonk edge and barroom swagger, featuring a Jimmy Martin-style bounce and confidence that is countered at times by a laid-back John Hartford-esque groove. Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Nick DiSebastian on bass.

“It’s a proud moment in Town Mountain’s history, for sure,” said banjoist Jesse Langlais to acclaimed journalist Derek Halsey after last year’s awards show. “We’re out there doing what we do because we love to play the music… it is really nice to be recognized by the IBMA and we have experienced some good things to come from it already. When you look at it as this big wheel that is spinning, the music industry wheel, it’s great and hopefully we can live up to those momentous expectations and I think we will. We will do what we can to help to carry the legacy of the music on and make the IBMA and all who believe in Town Mountain proud of what we do.”

TownMountain_LiveAtTheIsis_CoverLORESThey are set to release their first official live album, Town Mountain: Live At The Isis, on August 19th, 2014. The concert was recorded in their hometown of Asheville, NC at Isis Music Hall. The album features live versions of previously released studio material including crowd favorites “Lawdog,” “Tarheel Boys” and the fiddle tune “Four Miles.” Amidst the original songs are a couple of lively Town Mountain-tweaked covers such as “The Race Is On” and “Orange Blossom Special.” The audio was mixed by Scott Vestal, acclaimed banjoist with the Sam Bush Band, who also mixed their fourth studio album Leave The Bottle [Pinecastle Records 2012].

Leave the Bottle, which was produced by Mike Bub, garnered the band much positive praise. Bluegrass Today’s David Morris says, “I’m not sure what the definition of bluegrass would be in words alone, but if that definition was set to music, it would probably sound something like Town Mountain’s Leave the Bottle… I could go on… There are no duds, and no filler songs on this project. But you get the point. This, my friends, is how bluegrass is supposed to sound.” The Bluegrass Situation’s Devon Leger repeats this reflection saying, “They play bluegrass. Period. They play it hard, they play it fast, and they play it like their fingers are bleeding and their picks are breaking.”

The group has focused on the goal of creating a unique sound and brand while still giving a nod and a wink to the traditional side of the bluegrass genre. Juli Thanki of Engine 145 says, “Phil Barker’s ‘Lawdog’ sounds like an unearthed classic, and the group’s tight harmonies alone make this record [Leave the Bottle] a treat for any bluegrass fan.”

Town Mountain has been busy writing new songs for their next studio effort which will be out in early 2015. For a sneak peak at what to expect for their future recording, watch the band perform some of their new original songs in this wonderful session filmed by Boulder’s Second Story Garage while the were in the area to perform at this year’s Rockygrass:

Watch the other videos from this session at:
http://secondstorygarage.com/town-mountain-perform-whiskey-tears-music-video/

They are currently touring the Northwest before a plethora of dates in northeast, the southern appalachian region, and the midwest. In the fall the band will be appearing at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Watermelon Park Festival, IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Festival, 34th Annual Georgia MarbleFest and a host of other shows.

The band has been having an exciting year so far and have traveled far and wide including some notable appearances in 2014 at Wintergrass, Suwannee Springfest, Durango Bluegrass MeltDown, Music City Roots, MerleFest, Lake Eden Arts Festival, Graves Mountain Festival, Best of Bluegrass, California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Festival, Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, The Grey Fox Music Festival, Rockygrass and Targhee Bluegrass Festival, as well as a recent show at City Winery in Chicago supporting Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys.

Town Mountain is in it for the long haul… check out out where they’ll be travelin’ to this year and keep and eye on TownMountain.net for further dates and updates from the road at facebook.com/TownMountain and twitter.com/TownMountain.

Town Mountain on Tour 2014
8/15 Fri – The Nelson Odeon – Cazenovia, NY
8/16 Sat – Riverlink Park Summer Concert Series 2014-  Amsterdam, NY
8/17 Sun – Club Passim – Cambridge, MA
8/21 Thu – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY
8/22 Fri – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC
8/29 Fri – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
8/30 Sat – Red, White and Bluegrass At Holiday World – Santa Claus, IN
9/04 Thu – 8 x 10 – Baltimore, MD
9/05 Fri – Historic Blairstown Theater –  Blairstown, NJ
9/12-13 Fri-Sat  – Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Fest – Flagstaff, AZ
9/20 Sat – Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Bristol, TN
9/26 Fri – Watermelon Park Festival- Berryville, VA
9/27 Sat – Music Box Supper Club – Cleveland, OH
9/28 Sun – Rinky Dinks Roadhouse – Amity, PA
10/03 Fri – IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass – Raleigh, NC
10/04 Sat – 34th Annual Georgia MarbleFest – Marble, CO
10/15 Wed – Station Inn- Nashville, TN
10/16 Thu – The Southgate House Revival – Revival Room – Newport KY
10/17 Fri – Stoney Point Jamboree – Paris, KY
10/18 Sat – Historic Cowee School Concert Series – Franklin NC
10/23 Thu – Ashland Coffee and Tea – Ashland, VA
10/24 Fri – Gypsy Sally’s –  Washington DC
11/6-7 Thu-Fri – Riverhawk Music Festival – Brooksville, FL
11/14 Fri – Randy Wood Guitars – Bloomingdale, GA
11/24-12/05  Bluegrass Jamboree Tour in Germany & Czech Republic

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