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Archive for December, 2010
Posted in Larry Keel Music, tagged Americana, backwoods, bluegrass, canceled, casbah, charlotte, durham, event, flatpicking guitar, jenny keel, Keel, Keel Brothers, Keller & the Keels, larry keel, larry keel and natural bridge, Larry Keel Experience, Magraw Gap, Mark Schimick, Miles Davis, Music, Natural Bridge, north carolina nc, thief, Virgini on December 17, 2010| 1 Comment »
ATTENTION: THIS SHOW (Casbah Durham Dec 17th)HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to The Keels being snowed in in Virginia; however, we did want to post the article as an archive for you all to enjoy!
Bluegrass at the Casbah with Keel
THE HERALD-SUN, DURHAM, N.C. | DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN | Thu, Dec 16, 6:56 PM
Dec. 16–Longtime flatpicking guitar playing bluegrassman Larry Keel thinks just about any song could be turned into a bluegrass song.
“I believe whether a Miles Davis song or a reggae song, the bluegrass sort of creeps in there. Though your hardcore purists might say no,” said Keel in a phone interview from his home in Lexington, Va., on the side of a mountain.
Tonight he’ll be at Casbah in Durham with his band Natural Bridge, which features his wife Jenny Keel on upright bass and Mark Schimick on mandolin. Larry Keel and Natural Bridge is named for the, well, the natural bridge that’s a wonder of nature and tourist stop in southwestern Virginia. Keel lived in the community of Natural Bridge for 15 years before moving to Lexington. The group’s last record was “Backwoods.”
Over the course of Keel’s career, he’s played with several groups — Magraw Gap, the Larry Keel Experience, the Keel Brothers and Keller & the Keels.
Keller & the Keels is composed of Larry and Jenny Keel with Keller Williams . Their latest, out this year, is “Thief.” It’s filled with covers of songs that seem a natural segue to their Americana sound — like the Grateful Dead’s “Mountains of the Moon” — to songs you didn’t know could be bluegrass, like “Pepper” by the Butthole Surfers, “Bath of Fire” by Presidents of the USA and “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse.
Larry Keel said that the song choices were Williams’.
“I’m just glad to be a part of it, to put it out there to kids who might not normally hear it,” Keel said. In recent years new bluegrass bands have veered from playing only traditional tunes.
“I sort of look at it as bluegrass has to change to keep it growing. I see younger groups trying to turn their age groups on to bluegrass by playing songs they know in a bluegrass fashion, and therefore preserving bluegrass,” he said.
Keel plays a little bit of all of it — traditional, originals and covers.
“With my style of traditional bluegrass, I do a lot of writing and always try to write something new from something that inspires me — people I meet, all the places I go to,” he said. Fishing, too, is part of the experience.
“It’s a very Zen-like activity, very magical. You’re concentrating on one focused-type thing, and music is like that,” Keel said.
Keel said that as he grows older, he definitely takes his music very seriously, but not too serious.
“I try to keep an audience happy,” he said. “It’s nice to uplift them when they come out to a show, and I get back that good energy.”
Keel has his own youtube channel,http://www.youtube.com/user/Larrykeelmusic. Keel will be back in North Carolina again for a New Year’s Eve show in Charlotte with Keller & the Keels.
Posted in Asheville, Asheville Aerial Arts, tagged 1 Year Anniversary Party, aerial, aerial arts, aerial classes, Aerial Dance, Aerial Lift, Aerial Space, Aerial Yoga, aerials, Anniversary, Asheville, Asheville Aerial Arts, birthdays, Blue de Leeuw, celebration, choreography, circus, circus aerials, circus arts, Cirque, community, event, lyra, NC, north carolina, party, private group events, Raffle, silks, space rental, Student Showcase, Studio, trapeze, Winter Student Showcase, workshops on December 17, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Asheville, NC ~ Aerial Space is excited to announce their Winter Student Showcase and One Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Aerial Space extends a warm invitation to everyone in the community to come and see some amazing aerial circus arts throughout the day and enjoy the anniversary celebration in the evening… please spread the word!
Aerial Space is a studio dedicated to the promotion and education of aerial movement and art ~ Trapeze, Lyra, Silks, Aerial Dance, Aerial Yoga and … just good clean fun up in the air. Their goal is to contribute to the Asheville community by offering both adults and children an outlet for play, self-expression and exercise. They offer a variety of classes for all ages and skill levels from Aerial Kids starting at age 6 to Aerial Yoga. Aerial Space thinks everyone should be able to run away and join the circus, if only for an hour.
Aerial Space is located at 46 New Leicester Hwy. (Moose Heart Drive.) Suite 103 Asheville NC 28801
Go 200 feet to the first big building on the left.
Posted in Larry Keel Music, tagged acoustic, Americana, bluegrass, casbah, concert, durham, Keel, larry keel, larry keel and natural bridge, Music, Natural Bridge, The Triangle on December 14, 2010| Leave a Comment »
ATTENTION: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED> The Keels are snowed in in Virginia…
Nice post about this Friday’s Larry Keel and Natural Bridge show at the Casbah in Durham Dec 17th. See the original post in Durham Magazine and also other happenings in the Durham area this weekend.
Larry Keel and Natural Bridge — This powerful and innovative acoustic Americana ensemble will perform two sets Friday at Casbah. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. For more information call 687-6969 or click here. 1007 W. Main St.
Check out one of Larry Keel and Natural Bridge’s performances below.
There’s another post about the show in Triangle Arts and Entertainment.
Posted in Donna the Buffalo, tagged Allison Moore, Americana, Amy Helm, banjo, Bass, Byron Issacs, Cajun, Donna the Buffalo, DtB, edal steel, electric guitar, facebook, festival, fiddle, GrassRoots festival, jambands, Jeb Puryear, Justin Glip, larry campbell, levon helm, Levon Helm Studios, mandolin, Music, music business model, new release, Old-time music, solo record, Sugar Hill, Tara Nevins, Teresa Williams, The Heartbeats, twitter, Van Morrison, Woodstock, zydeco on December 13, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Below are excerpts from a fantastic interview with Donna the Buffalo’s Tara Nevins by Cincy Groove’s Scott Preston. Scott also recently started the new website JambandNews.com. Click on the photo to read the full article.
Interview with Tara Nevins from Donna The Buffalo
Interview and Photos by Scott Preston.
To begin to understand Tara’s passion for music, one must first look to the Old-time musical community where Tara has spent over 20 years playing the fiddle. But these days her love of Zydeco is equally as influential. Beyond her time with Donna The Buffalo, Tara spent almost 10 years playing with the all-female Cajun/Old-time band, The Heartbeats, and plans to release a new solo record in April of 2011 for Sugar Hill.
Cincy Groove: I understand you have a new solo record coming out, how is it coming along?
Tara Nevins: We are finished recording it and its being mixed right now. It’s coming out on Sugar Hill Records with a release date of April of 2011. I have been very fortunate to get to work with Larry Campbell on the record. Larry plays in Levon Helm’s band and he also produced both of Levon’s records, Electric Dirt and Dirt Farmer, both of which won Grammy’s. As if that wasn’t enough he also played in Bob Dylan’s touring band for 8 years. Right now he also is producing a record for Hot Tuna, I just feel very fortunate to get to work with him.
Cincy Groove: How would you describe the sound of your new record?
Tara Nevins: Its very organic, we recorded it up in Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock. I would say its somewhere between traditional/Americana and Donna the Buffalo. I wrote all the songs myself except for one Van Morrison cover. Last time I did a solo record, 10 years ago, I had other people doing all the singing. But this time around I am doing the singing.
Cincy Groove: Who did you have playing on the new record?
Tara Nevins: The nucleus of the band was Larry Campbell, Byron Issacs, who plays bass in Levon’s band, Justin Glip who is the engineer at the studio played drums on quite a few tracks. I was also very fortunate to get to have Levon Helm play drums on 2 songs. I overdubbed some fiddle, accordion, tambourine, and Larry played pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, electric guitar, bass. We also had Teresa Williams and Amy Helm (Levon’s daughter) do some vocals, they both also sing in Levon’s band. Allison Moore came in to sing on a song as well. I played in an all female string band, called The Heartbeats. So I had those gals come in and we ripped out a couple tunes.
Cincy Groove: Are there any plans for a new Donna The Buffalo record?
Tara Nevins: We are planning to record sometime in February 2011, I was just on the phone with Jeb talking about that. We are definitely due for a new record. We may record it down in Nashville.
Cincy Groove: How do you feel about how the internet has changed the current music business model?
Tara Nevins: There are pros and cons. I think the big difference is that now there is more of a connection between the musicians and their fans. Before the internet, you would wait for the record to come out, you would see a few articles in magazines like Rolling Stone or maybe a review in your local paper. That was really it for your connection to the music. It was a mentality of its us and them. Now not only do you get a cd, but you can hear a few songs online before the release. The fans can also goto the band’s Myspace, Facebook and Twitter pages to see whats new with the band. There isn’t such a barrier between the fans and the musician like there was before the internet. People also get to discover music that they might not have heard otherwise. On the negative side, the computer can be a little impersonal and you can waste a lot of time on it (laughing). Bands just don’t sell records like they use to, since people can now get music for free. The art form is still in transition. Donna The Buffalo is lucky in that we sell a lot of records at shows.
Orange Peel podcast in preview of shows with Carolina Chocolate Drops, Toubab Krewe, Clutch, The Old 97’s & Donna The Buffalo
Posted in Asheville, Donna the Buffalo, Toubab Krewe, tagged Asheville, AVL, Becky upham, Carolina Chocolate drops, Clutch, Donna the Buffalo, Music, north carolina, orange peel, podcast, The Old 97's, The Orange Peel, the peel, Toubab Krewe on December 10, 2010| Leave a Comment »
Becky Upham, also know as the Mountain Xpress’s “Profiler“, has been working with The Orange Peel in Asheville to bring podcast previews to fans for upcoming shows.
The podcasts are available for free on iTunes and at the club’s website as a stream.