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Donna the Buffalo Travel West With Their New Album
Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday
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More energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career, roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo released their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 via Sugar Hill Records. The album debuted at #20 on the Americana Music Charts, and this past week rose to #10! Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday—the group’s 10th studio album—proves the band as a consistent steward of Americana music, their signature sound—traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country—an eclectic and extraordinary melting pot of such.

Donna the Buffalo has a hefty tour lined up for the Summer season which includes a few weeks on the West Coast. They start off at the Red Ants Pants Festival in Montana on July 26th and travel over throughout the Northwest before heading down for shows at the Mint in LA and Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown. Saturday, August 8th marks their return to The Great American Music Hall followed by shows in Santa Cruz and Chico and then on to Utah for shows in Monroe and Park City. They pop over to Colorado for a show in Denver and then the tour ends at the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival in Wisconsin. The band will be performing the songs from the new album, mixed in with older favorites, live across the country this summer.

Donna the Buffalo West Coast Summer Tour:
Fri 7/26 White Sulphur Springs, MT – Red Ants Pants Festival
Sat 7/27 Spokane, WA – The Center
Sun 7/28 Seattle, WA – The Tractor
Mon 7/29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Tue 7/30 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Thu 8/1 Los Angeles – The Mint
Fri 8/2 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriets
Sat 8/3 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Presented by Jambase
Sun 8/4 Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
Mon 8/5 Chico, CA – The Big Room @ The Sierra Nevada
Wed 8/7 Monroe, UT – Mystic Hot Springs
Thu 8/8 Park City, UT – Newpark Town Center
Fri 8/9 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Sat 8/10-11 Alta, WY – Targhee Bluegrass Fest at Grand Targhee

More information and the most up-to-date touring information, including dates throughout the midwest and east this summer, can be found at www.donnathebuffalo.com/tour-dates

 

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See That Light with Ashleigh Flynn & Todd Snider… Leave Those Gay Kids Alone


Ashleigh Flynn’s song “See That Light” is an anti-bullying tune, in which the storyteller is a young kid in love with her or his best friend until they realize that’s not allowed. Todd Snider plays the preacher with a talking blues part in which he appeals to folks to smarten up, to get along… and to leave gay kids alone.

Ashleigh says, “Seems there is a rising tide of acceptance among the majority of Americans towards equal rights for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation. Bring it on. Wash away the irrational phobia. I am extremely hopeful that my GF and I will be able to enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples. We have been together for ten years.”

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Ashleigh Flynn and Todd Snider

When Ashleigh set out to work on her new album A Million Stars, her song “See That Light” came to her as a simple little ditty as she stared at the moon rising up over the Columbia River. She calls it “a tribute to faith in love because from my vantage that’s the most important thing we know amidst all the mystery of life and death. It just so happened that I was likely singing it to a gal.” With that notion, she realized that her little ditty had more of a message, so she wrote the part she could hear Todd saying “Now Brothers and Sisters… let’s leave those gay kids alone.  Let them love each other. They aren’t hurting anyone…”

Todd says, “I knew this song before Ashleigh recorded it, from touring together, and was honored to be asked to be part of her record and especially in a way that would give me opportunity to stand publicly for the gay community.”

To celebrate Supreme Court rulings in favor of gay rights, the Equal Rights Campaign and in honor of June being Gay Pride month, Ashleigh is offering “See That Light” featuring Todd Snider as a free download to listen to and share with your friends –> http://bit.ly/176N2a1

“See That Light’ LYRICS

I told you once, I’ll say it again.
I’ll sing it right by and by.
See that light shining through the trees?
That’s my love rising in the sky.

So I take a seat by the riverside
To watch her shine! Shine! Shine!
She’ll be true, like the ocean is blue,
And rise the tide with passing time.

I would walk a thousand miles.
I’d sail across the deep blue sea.
I would wait for time to stand still
If you will come for me.

So much sorrow, from so many hard times
Living in the world outside,
I got to get to feeling that things are gonna turn around…
I’ll sing it right by and by
I would walk a thousand miles…

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Now brothers and sisters
I know you probably grew up being scared of them stories in the Bible,
like going to hell for sinning or some stuff like that…
But that Bible was written by people too, and they were afraid themselves.

I mean, who really believes that I’m gonna go to hell for planting corn and beans together?
We could probably solve world hunger AND global warming by planting corn and beans together!

I mean, what kind of God wouldn’t want us to love and be good to each other? Let’s try to relax a little bit!
And another thing, let’s leave them gay kids alone. Let them love each other.
They aint hurtin anyone! In fact, it’s the fear mongers that hurt them. And then they hurt themselves…

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But then I got a little high, cuz I was feeling’ lonesome
As all the days turned into years.
Been wandering dark and dusty roads,
I light the sky with my own tears
I would walk a thousand miles…
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AFlynn2013_ByRichardhallmanCOLOR“The album is full of stories of powerful women, including those from the American Western Frontier and a cover of Ma Rainey’s gay and proud ‘Prove it On Me Blues.’ There are other gay-positive surprises on the album, including a gay-positive rap for LGBT teens.” —Kathy Belge, LesbianLife at About.com

“Ashleigh Flynn takes history and sticks it in a song. On A Million Stars, Ashleigh introduces us to heroines and lawless ladies… Todd Snider takes on the role of the ‘voice of reason’ in ‘See the Light’, reminding us from on high that the bible is for each of us to hear our own versions of stories and maybe we just need to lighten up and love a little.” —Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root

“But it was her own ‘See the Light,’ from her most recent record, A Million Stars that made the night’s point. On the record, Todd Snider gets to do the speechifying for tolerance. Thursday night, it was Flynn:  And another thing, let’s leave them gay kids alone; let ’em love each other; they ain’t hurtin’ anybody; in fact, it’s the fear mongers that’s hurtin’ them; and then, they hurt themselves”
Ryan White, Oregon Live,
Live show review from the Alberta Rose Theater for Basic Rights Oregon

Ashleigh Flynn For more information and tour dates, please visit: www.ashleighflynn.com

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Donna The Buffalo Makes “Everlasting Impression” with New Album,
Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, Available NowSUG-4098_cover copy

 25-Year Touring Veterans Travel the US Including a West Coast Tour
The album catapults to the No. 12 position on the Americana charts at radio this week

As they unveil their first new album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, the across-the-board praise from critics proclaims roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo have skillfully assembled a fine set that bolsters their longtime status as a celebrated, exceptionally talented mainstay in Americana music.

Released, June 18, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday finds Donna the Buffalo more energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career. The follow up to 2008’s acclaimed Silverlined, which reached the Top 10 on the Americana charts, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday—the group’s 10th studio album—proves the band as a consistent steward of Americana music, their signature sound—traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country—an eclectic and extraordinary melting pot of such.

The music video for “I Love My Tribe” enjoyed an exclusive premiere on CMT Edge. Watch the video filmed in and around Nashville – and featuring a cameo from Jim Lauderdale – here!

Here’s just a sampling of what the press are saying about Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday:

“This set…highlights everything this consistent band does, and it has a warm, live-sounding production… The end result is one of Donna the Buffalo’s best outings. This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.” – All Music

“…This new effort revels in the kind of rousing enthusiasm that’s made the Donnas such festival favorites in recent years. The uninitiated ought to take note –Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday is as its title implies, the kind of album destined to make an everlasting impression.” – The Bluegrass Situation

“Tonight plants homegrown peace and love in flower-powered honky-tonk whose rockin’ goodwill two-steps between groovy patchouli zydeco and tasty jam-band reggae.” -Maximum Ink

“Next time Donna the Buffalo throws a house party, I definitely want to go. After decades on the festival scene, this energetic band has acquired a super-dedicated fan base known as the Herd — and at some point…I would love to see them all bopping along with [I Love My Tribe’s] irresistible chorus.” –CMT Edge

In its first week at Americana radio, the album was No. 2 Most Added. In its second week, the it debuted in the Top 20 on the Americana radio chart, and this week the album catapulted to No. 12.

In support of the new album, Donna the Buffalo has a hefty tour lined up for the summer season, which includes a few weeks on the West Coast. They kick things off at the Red Ants Pants Festival in Montana on July 26 and travel throughout the Northwest before heading for shows at the Mint in Los Angeles and Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA. Saturday, August 8 marks the band’s return to The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, followed by shows in Santa Cruz, Chico and then Utah for appearances in Monroe and Park City. They then perform in Denver before wrapping the tour at Wyoming’s Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival.

Donna the Buffalo West Coast Summer Tour:
Fri 7/26 White Sulphur Springs, MT – Red Ants Pants Festival
Sat 7/27 Spokane, WA – The Center
Sun 7/28 Seattle, WA – The Tractor
Mon 7/29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Tue 7/30 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Thu 8/1 Los Angeles – The Mint
Fri 8/2 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriets
Sat 8/3 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall (Presented by Jambase)
Sun 8/4 Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
Mon 8/5 Chico, CA – The Big Room @ The Sierra Nevada
Wed 8/7 Monroe, UT – Mystic Hot Springs
Thu 8/8 Park City, UT – Newpark Town Center
Fri 8/9 Denver, CO – Oriental Theatre
Sat 8/10-11 Alta, WY – Targhee Bluegrass Fest at Grand Targhee

The most up-to-date touring information can be found at www.donnathebuffalo.com/tour-dates.


dtb-pressAbout Donna the Buffalo: Closing in on the quarter-century mark, Donna the Buffalo–comprised of founding members and songwriter-vocalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins and band members David McCracken, Kyle Spark and Mark Raudabaugh–has developed one of most respected ‘brands’ in the world of touring roots acts, along with a well-deserved reputation for crafting social narratives and danceable grooves without equal. With 10 studio albums under their belt, the band has been praised as having “earned a reputation as one of the most respected, eclectic and hardest-working acts today” (Encore). Led by Puryear and Nevins, Donna the Buffalo marries musical trailblazing and tradition, their music running the gamut of what is defined as “roots music.”

Throughout its career the band has traveled millions of miles and spent nearly a quarter of a century performing at the country’s most prestigious festivals and clubs. Their fervent fan base, nicknamed The Herd, follows the band with zeal and has created a unique and supportive community online and at DTB shows across the nation. As an extension of this community and the band’s own dedication to live roots music, Donna the Buffalo started its own annual event—The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance—20 years ago in upstate New York, which draws more than 15,000 people every year, and have since added to the GrassRoots festival family with Shakori Hills in NC and the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Florida. On June 18, 2013, the band released its 10th studio album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, via Sugar Hill Records.

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Leftover Salmon Announces Fall 2013 Tour Dates

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Leftover Salmon is pleased to announce their 2013 Fall Tour! The band will be traveling throughout the northeast starting this September with stops in Morgantown, Philadelphia, Providence, Boston, Portland, Burlington, Brooklyn and a special show presented by Relix at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester NY before heading over to The Fresh Grass Bluegrass Festival in Massachusetts.

Towards the end of October, LoS will be heading down south starting in Arkansas and another appearance on the esteemed Nashville’s Music City Roots radio show before looping through the southeast – Atlanta, Charlotte, Wilmington, two nights in Charleston, and Carborro – and and back up north again to Washington DC and Richmond. The band lands in the midwest for several shows to close out the tour with shows in Ann Arbor, Des Moines, Madison, Chicago and Lincoln.

LoS Fan Club ticketing will go on-sale Thursday, June 20th. Stay tuned for further dates and other refreshing Leftover Salmon summer news to be announced. Be sure to tune in to LiveSalmon.com for LIVE-streams of all shows (provided there is access to an Internet connection) and downloads of live performances within a few days of the show.

“This is one fish that has only gotten better with age. Fiery solos and elements of country, bluegrass, jazz and jam rock combine into a heady mix of feel-good tunes — and some that carry a hefty message, as well,”  —CMT

Leftover Salmon Fall 2013 Tour Dates

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Sep-11 Wed – Morgantown, WV – Metropolitan Theatre
Sep-12  Thu – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *co-bill with Assembly of Dust
Sep-13  Fri – Providence, RI – Fete *co-bill with Assembly of Dust
Sep-14  Sat – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club  *co-bill with Assembly of Dust
Sep-17  Tue – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
Sep-18  Wed – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Sep-19  Thu – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
Sep-20  Fri – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Presented by Relix *with Assembly of Dust & Infamous Stringdusters
Sep-21  Sat – North Adams, MA – Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival
Oct-29  Tue – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
Oct-30  Wed – Nashville, TN – Music City Roots
Oct-31  Thu – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Nov-01  Fri – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
Nov-02  Sat – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Nov-05  Tue – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov-06  Wed – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov-07  Thu – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov-08  Fri – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Nov-09  Sat – Richmond, VA – The National
Nov-10  Sun – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Nov-12  Tue – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
Nov-13  Wed – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Nov-14  Thu – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
Nov-15  Fri – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
Nov-17  Sun – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre

For more information and complete tour dates please visit: www.LeftoverSalmon.com

 

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Town Mountain 2013 Photo #1-HI RES-by Jason Beverly

Town Mountain is Robert Greer on vocals & guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Phil Barker on mandolin & vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, & Jake Hopping on upright bass. Photo by Jason Beverly.

Town Mountain’s ‘I’m on Fire’ Featured on The Bluegrass Situation,
Runnin’ From The Lawdog

Hard Drivin’ Carolina String Band, Town Mountain, is touring with their fourth album, Leave the Bottle [Pinecastle 2012]. Want to know what it is like to be on the road with Town Mountain? Arthur Hancock writes about his experience traveling with the band on The Bluegrass Situation. He says, “What I’ve come to learn by spending time with the band is that they share a deep reverence for the players and singers that are the foundation of bluegrass music. Although sometimes late at night driving back from a gig ‘Purple Rain’ might come on the iPod, most of the time you’d be more likely to hear The Gillis Brothers, early Stanleys, or a live recording of Town Mountain that they are poring over in pursuit of their craft.”

The Bluegrass Situation also premiered the band’s official backstage video of their version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” in the same post. Read the article and see the video here http://bit.ly/132c2bS

This video is the first installment of the new “Town Mountain Covers Series” hosted by The Bluegrass Situation. They’ll do two or three more cover songs of their choice and then let the audience chime in with suggestions on what cover song they would like to hear Town Mountain do. Stay tuned to The Bluegrass Situation for more details as the festival season unfolds!

“I’m On Fire,” is a song that has been in Town Mountain’s repertoire for years and was recorded on their 2008 album Heroes & Heretics; the band has continued to play and develop their version at live shows. After a nice mention about their version of the “I’m On Fire” in Pop Matters [2012] and a shout out from Dale Earnhardt Jr to check out the song when he took over the National Guard’s twitter account in November of 2012, it has resurfaced into the public eye. A YouTube video with the track, which simply shows Heroes & Heretics’s album cover, has garnered 100,000+ views. We are happy to present an official backstage video of the band performing the song.

“They pick and sing with a passion you don’t find much these days, it’s refreshing and real good.  Put the cd in the truck, hit the parkway or some other good riding road, roll the windows down, and play it loud. PS. Watch out for the lawdog,” says John Roten of WPEK/WMXF.

All of the members of Town Mountain are songwriters and bring original tunes to the band’s sound. One notable song,  “Lawdog,” is a song from the road that opens a cappella and is sung and written by Barker in the manner of Jimmy Martin; it is relatable to anyone that inevitably gets pulled over while trying to make good time traveling. Juli Thanks writes, Phil Barker’s ‘Lawdog’ sounds like an unearthed classic, and the group’s tight harmonies alone make this record a treat for any bluegrass fan.” She listed Leave the Bottle on the Top 20 Bluegrass Albums of 2012 by Engine 145 and said, “This is one up and coming band you’ll want to keep an eye on in 2013 and beyond.”

WATCH Town Mountain perform “Lawdog” live on WAMU–>

Town Mountain is chasin’ the horizon this summer and heading to a town near you from the east to the west, from the deep south to close to the Canadian border.

For more information about Town Mountain and their current tour dates, please visit TownMountain.net and facebook.com/TownMountain.

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Donna the Buffalo is happy to announce their new music video for “I Love My Tribe” is being premiered on CMT Edge right now! They had a blast working on it in Nashville with director and friend Craig Apsen and are excited to have CMT support it. Thanks to everyone that took part. 🙂

mgid_uma_video_cmt.com_914068 “Next time Donna the Buffalo throws a house party, I definitely want to go. When the folk-inspired melody of “I Love My Tribe” begins, singer-songwriter Tara Nevins is sweeping off her front porch and trying to get a heartbreak off her mind. But before long, she tosses the broom aside and offers this happy ode to breaking free — and breaking the mold. Later, when she’s singing at the farm and surrounded by her circle of friends, it feels like one big group hug,” writes Craig Shelburne with CMT Edge.

See the video here—>> http://www.cmtedge.com/2013/06/03/donna-the-buffalo-gathers-the-herd-for-i-love-my-tribe/

 

 

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