Archive for February, 2013

The Pimps of Joytime Join Leftover Salmon for Three Shows This Spring!

LOSpressphotoLeftover Salmon is pleased to announce that the Brooklyn’s genre-bending funk ensemble, The Pimps of Joytime, have been added to a few shows this April on the 2013 Spring Tour and will be joining LoS in Athens, Chattanooga, and Memphis.

LoS tour highlights include Suwannee Springfest, three intimate evenings at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, a trip to Texas for Old Settler’s Music Festival and the Houston International Festival, and a special run of shows in the southeast. The tour closes at the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans during Jazzfest!

Leftover Salmon Spring Tour Dates
Fri-Sat, March 22-23 Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Springfest
Thu- Sat, March 28-30 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Sat, April 13 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
Sun, April 14 Steamboat Springs, CO – Gondola Plaza (Free Show)
Sat April 20 Driftwood, TX – Old Settler’s Music Festival
Sun, April 21 Houston, TX – Houston International Airport
Tue, April 23 Jackson, MS – Duling Hall
Wed, April 24 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre *w/ The Pimps of Joytime
Thu, April 25 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29 *w/ The Pimps of Joytime
Fri, April 26 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall *w/ The Pimps of Joytime
Sat, April 27 New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf

For complete tour dates please visit: www.LeftoverSalmon.com

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City Pages listed out their Top Ten Country Songs to Bring on the Spring. Jim Lauderdale and Donna the Buffalo’s “Wait ’til Spring” makes the list!

10. “I Get the Fever” – “Whisperin'” Bill Anderson (1966)
9. “Spring” – Tanya Tucker (1975)
8. “Wait ’til Spring” – Jim Lauderdale with Donna the Buffalo (2003)
Notable lyric: Wait ’til spring, wait ’til spring. Mama said that’s when it starts to swing. Wait ’til spring, wait ’til spring. That’s when it really starts to sing.
7. “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” – Chet Atkins (1955)
6. “Never Promised You a Rose Garden” – Lynn Anderson (1970)
5. “Spring Fever” – Loretta Lynn (1978)
4. “Springtime in the Rockies” – Gene Autry (1937)
3. “When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below)” – Johnny Horton (1959)
2. “Feelin’ Good Again” – Robert Earl Keen (1998)
1. “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” – Travis Tritt (2000)

READ MORE HERE: http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2013/02/ten_country_songs_for_spring.php

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Here’s a video of Joe Kendrick’s “What It is” discussion I was part of on Wed, Feb 27th, 2013 with Carol Rifkin and Amy Jones on Iamavl. We talked about publicity, social networking, creativity, and more!


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Two creative forces, Howard Levy and Joe Craven, are coming together for an evening of amazing musical energy at Isis Music Hallin Asheville, NC on Friday, March 15th.

Brought together three years ago for a night of unrehearsed interaction as a fundraiser for school programs by The Rooster’s Wife, an arts organization in Aberdeen, NC that focuses on education and specializes in unusual pairings of artists, the two fell into a serendipitous experience. Not until the evening was winding down did it become known that the two had last seen each other when performing on Jerry Garcia’s final recording. The program was a resounding success, not only for the small non profit, but as kindling for a renewed musical friendship. Isis is happy to be keep this musical spirit growing.

Howard Levy PhotoMultiple Grammy- Award Winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, producer, and Chicago area resident. His musical travels have taken him all over the geographical world and the musical map. Equally at home in Jazz, Classical music, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays. This has made him a favorite with audiences worldwide, and a recording artist sought after by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D’Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. As a sideman, Howard has appeared on hundreds of CDs and played on many movie soundtracks.
He is perhaps best known for the four CD’s he recorded with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, a unique band that set the musical world on its ear back in the early 1990’s. He got back together with the band in 2010 and recorded the CD Rocket Science. They toured extensively in 2011-2012, and Howard won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for “Life in Eleven”, which he wrote with Bela Fleck.

JoeCoolCreativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, festival emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe Craven has made music with many folks ranging from multi-string instrumentalist David Lindley to Blues slide guitar master Roy Rogers to Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and groups from Psychograss to The Persuasions to The Horseflies. He was percussionist and fiddler for mandolinist David Grisman for almost 17 years and was special guest with fusion banjo player Alison Brown and her Quartet for almost 7 years.

Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached or not; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. He has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy nominated projects. Joe’s performed at festivals and theaters worldwide, from Hardly Strictly to The Kennedy Center and from CA Worldfest to Carnegie Hall, where he joined folks like Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor to help celebrate Stephane Grappelli’s 80th birthday.

On March 15th at Isis, expect the unexpected with percussion of the highest order and in all types of arrangements- from piano to Bundt pan, along with mandolin, violin and of course harmonica played like no one else.



Howard Levy and Joe Craven

Isis Music Hall and Restaurant
Friday, March 15th 
743 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806

Tickets: http://isisasheville.com/events/howard-levy-and-joe-craven/
$18 advance / $22 at the door; 5pm doors; 9pm show

This is a seated concert with dinner reservations.  Reservations can be made by calling Isis at 828-575-2737.  There are a limited number of reservations at tables of 4 or 8. There is also theater-style and limited balcony seating seating available on a first come first serve basis.

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Daylight_446_byJolieLorenHappy Valentine’s Day! John Driskell Hopkins is offering a free download of  “Be My Girl” off his new album DAYLIGHT for this special occasion ❤

“I sang ‘Be My Girl’ to my wife at our wedding and gave it to our guests on disc at the reception. She means everything to me. It’s her song in every way,” says John.


In the arms of gentle beauty
In the throes of auburn hair
I could babble on for hours
And sleep right through your stare On that corner off of Tharpe Street Where I used to run and hide

I had visions in our passion That compel me to decide

To love you forever
To call you my own
To make you my lover
To make you my home To build our own family To take on the world You’d make me so happy If you would be my girl

There’s a path in Cinque Terra Lovers carve their hearts in stone Where I gazed out over heaven And thought of you alone

When the sun fell through the water I stood and wrung my hands
Crying “Lord show me compassion And let me be the man”

I’m crazy about you, baby

I keep dreaming of our future I keep whispering your name I know my precious treasures You hold all of them

I’ve been counting every heartbeat I’ve been burning in my skin
Every second is a lifetime
So, baby take my hand

Written by John Driskell Hopkins


JDH_BR_by_JolieLorenPhotog_wordsJohn Driskell Hopkins has walked the musical path for the last 20 years. As a bass player, guitar player, singer and songwriter for several bands of the rock variety, Hopkins rooted himself in the Atlanta, GA music scene in 1995, producing records and touring with his band Brighter Shade and later becoming a founding member of the Zac Brown Band to this day. Now he has teamed up with North Carolina-based band and Mountain Home Recording artists, Balsam Range, to record and independently produce a new album, Daylight, which released nationally on January 22nd.

Get the album and find out more at http://johndriskellhopkins.com

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Dala Performs at Isis Music Hall & Restaurant on March 22nd
Moses Atwood opens the show!
743 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806

Tickets: www.isisasheville.com/events/dala/
$10 advance / $15 at the door; 9pm
Tablets of 4 are available with dinner reservations (limited).
Ample seating is available first come first serve.

“…the angels of folk music. Ethereal, eloquent and downright beautiful, the music they create is faultlessly performed.” – Exclaim!

On their fifth studio record, Best Day, DALA’s central message is as simple as it is compelling; if you’re unwilling to celebrate the impermanence of life as well as its constants in equal measure, you’re cheating yourself.

Best-Day-single-imageIt’s a sentiment the Toronto-based duo of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine express concisely on the album’s title track, Best Day, and a reflection of the way they look at both their individual lives and their musical partnership. “Life is short,” Walther says. “You don’t know how long you have with the people you love, so you need to live every moment to the fullest, which isn’t a bad thing to be reminded of frequently.”

That’s an assertion Dala underline beautifully by bracketing Best Day with ‘Life on Earth’ and ‘Still Life’; two songs that encourage listeners to view their lives as masterpieces in the making, regardless of the materials they’re given to work with.

Put bluntly, you have to experience winter to enjoy the spring, a point driven home by the freezing weather Dala find waiting for them upon returning to Canada after a run of California shows in February 2012. It is the coldest day of the year thus far, but neither seems to mind. “We push each other to enjoy every moment, regardless, and we take great delight in where we are right now,” Carabine says.

Dala have every reason to do so. Since the release of their debut, This Moment is a Flash (2005), the response from fans and critics alike to their insightful brand of dalaHR2acoustic pop has been uniformly enthusiastic. Their 2009 release, Everyone is Someone, received critical acclaim in the EU as well as in North America, with The Irish Post lauding it as the Album of the Year, and National Public Radio’s ‘Folk Alley’ calling ‘Horses’ one of the Top Ten folk songs of 2009. In Canada, Everyone is Someone garnered Dala their fifth Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) nomination and a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Folk Group. Additionally, their 2010 live CD/DVD, Girls From The North Country, won the pair a 2010 CFMA for Vocal Group of the Year, a JUNO nomination for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group and was broadcast repeatedly by PBS outlets throughout North America.

Characterized by Carabine and Walther’s signature harmonies, and underpinned by relatively sparse accompaniment from piano, acoustic guitar, ukulele and only minimal drums, the result is surprisingly lush, particularly on tracks featuring string arrangements by Chris Bilton, Asher Lenz and cellist, Kevin Fox, such as ‘Not Alone’ and ‘Great Escape’.

Some records you have to spin multiple times to feel close to and to be inspired by the sentiments they express. With Best Day, it takes one listen – if that. Best Day was released June 2012 on Campus Records/Universal in Canada, and Compass Records in the U.S.

Official Video for “Life on Earth”



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Great video of John Driskell Hopkins from Zac Brown Band performing his song “I Will Lay me Down” which is on his new and independently released album “Daylight”.

Thanks to Dan Harr,  Cristina deVallescar, and Music News Nashville!

Music News Nashville also did a two part interview. Part 1

Music News Nashville Interview with John  Driskell Hopkins. Part 2

DAYLIGHT_coverJohn Driskell Hopkins has walked the musical path for the last 20 years. As a bass player, guitar player, singer and songwriter for several bands of the rock variety, Hopkins rooted himself in the Atlanta, GA music scene in 1995, producing records and touring with his band Brighter Shade and later becoming a founding member of the Zac Brown Band to this day. Now he has teamed up with North Carolina-based band and Mountain Home Recording artists, Balsam Range, to record and independently produce a new album, Daylight, which released nationally on January 22nd.

John is thrilled to have included several special guests on the album, including Zac Brown on “I Will Lay Me Down,” a sweet and sacred song; Levi Lowrey on “How Could I?” a song co-written by the two, and the heavenly Joey Feek of Joey + Rory on the autobiographical “Bye Baby Goodbye.” And of the musicians featured on Daylight, John could not have done better: the unmatched Jerry Douglas opens the record with dobro on “Runaway Train,” and Tony Trischka brings his banjo mastery to the title-track, “Daylight,” a longtime song in Hopkins’ repertoire about breaking through life’s troubles into brighter times.

Of performing with with BR, John says “Being on stage with Balsam Range is like body-surfing in warm butter-cream icing with hillbilly cherubs. Smooth…” Balsam Range is Buddy Melton (fiddle, vocals), Darren Nicholson (Mandolin, vocals), Marc Pruett (Banjo, Vocals), Caleb Smith (guitar, vocals), and Tim Surrett (bass, dobro, vocals).

For more about John Driskell Hopkins and Daylight, visit www.JohnDriskellHopkins.com.



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