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Banjo Maestro Ned Luberecki Set To Release Take Five on March 31. 2017

Featuring Guest Musicians:
Dale Ann Bradley, Becky Buller, Amanda Smith, Missy Raines, Mike Compton, David Grier, Jeremy Garrett, Shad Cobb, Stephen Mougin, and Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Nashville, TN —  Described by Steve Martin as “an absolutely joyous, riveting, beautifully syncopated example of the beauty of the banjo,” Ned Luberecki’s new album, Take Five, demonstrates he is a master of his instrument, adept in multiple styles. Recorded at The Rec Room, Ben Surratt’s studio in East Nashville, Take Five will be independently released on March 31, 2017. Self produced, the 14-track album is a mix of originals and covers and clocks in at just under 45 minutes.

With Take Five, Ned Luberecki offers a full course five-string feast, with savory bluegrass, tasty fiddle tunes, tangy jazz and more. It’s all presented with sumptuous tone, timing that’s just right and a dash of Ned’s irrepressible humor. This is state-of-the-art five-string banjo, cooked up with virtuosity and creativity,” says banjo player, banjo instructor, and author Bill Evans.

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Ned Luberecki.  Photo by Shelly Swanger

As banjo player for the award winning Becky Buller Band; one half of the duo Nedski & Mojo, and host of Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Derailed and More Banjo Sunday, Ned is known not only for his banjo prowess, but for his wit and humor. Respected as both a traditional and progressive player, Ned toured extensively in the United States and Europe as a member of Chris Jones and The Night Drivers for over a decade before joining the Becky Buller Band. He’s also been a member of Paul Adkins and the Borderline Band, the Rarely Herd, and Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, and has appeared with such artists as Jim Lauderdale, Tony Trischka, and Ray Stevens.

Take Five is stacked with a remarkable lineup of guest musicians including Missy Raines and the New Hip, Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters, Becky Buller, The Helen Highwater Stringband (Mike Compton, David Grier, Missy Raines, and Shad Cobb), Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, Dale Ann Bradley, and Amanda Smith. Also appearing on the album, Stephen Mougin, guitarist of Sam Bush Band and the other half of Nedski & Mojo, calls it “a sonic glimpse inside the mind of Nedski.” He goes on, “It showcases Ned’s brilliant banjo skills in a diverse range of material, from old-time to bluegrass to jazz and beyond. Way beyond!”

Tony Trischka weighs in on the album, “At one point, the Siriusly radio-ready voice of Ned envelops us as we prepare to go where no man has gone before. If you love Ned’s ‘Cabin of Death’ – and who doesn’t –  you’re sure to embrace the traditional banjo/fiddle duet on the iconic Star Trek theme. At other times, his rocket–jockey, warp-speed, banjoistic chops propel ‘Adams County Breakdown’ and his own ‘Night Driver’ with impeccable timing. My personal favorite is ‘Cleveland Park”, less of a barn burner, but possessed of a gentle, Celtic beauty. There are several stops for jazzy sojourns as Ned and company employ bluegrass instruments to bring a fresh and welcome outlook to Jobim, Monk and Brubeck. Speaking of 5/4 time, Ned gives ‘Take 5’ a run for it’s money with his ear-worm catchy ‘Earl’s Court’.”

When not performing and broadcasting, Ned gladly shares his methods with banjo students around the world, having taught at Nashcamp, Munich Banjo Camp, Camp Bluegrass, Sore Fingers (UK), Kaufman Kamp, Midwest Banjo Camp and more. Additionally, he is the author of Alfred Music Publishing’s Complete Banjo Method.

Ned’s interest in the banjo was spurred at the age of thirteen. He asked for a banjo for Christmas, and when one of his other Christmas gifts was a couple of Steve Martin comedy albums, Ned found himself paying more attention to Steve’s banjo playing than to the comedy. The classic Foggy Mountain Banjo was his first foray into the iconic Scruggs style, and while he loved the classic sounds of Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, and Sonny Osborne, somewhere along the way he discovered Tony Trischka, who would become one of his “all-time favorite musicians ever. Bar none.” This discovery—the progressive style of banjo—led Ned to delve into music from Trischka, Alan Munde, Bela Fleck, and their contemporaries. Sam Bush and New Grass Revival were his version of Lennon and the Beatles: transformative and eye opening.

Artists and bands outside of bluegrass influenced his developing musical voice as well. He carries on the banjo tradition of emulating and mimicking guitar licks in his own way, borrowing vocabulary from his favorite players Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Avant-garde bluegrass artists David Grisman and Tony Rice introduced him to jazz greats such as Oscar Peterson and Dave Brubeck. With such a varied musical taste and background, it’s no surprise most fans and banjo aficionados would tell you Ned’s style is perfectly his own – a harlequin combination of the diverse artists, musicians, and genres he’s ingested.

Take Five is a reflection of Ned’s musical diversity, presenting fiddle and banjo tunes, instrumentals, and traditional bluegrass interspersed with jazz standards, classic Buck Owens, and even the theme to Star Trek. Many of Ned’s musical friends from all walks of bluegrass make appearances, making Take Five a sort of retrospective and reminding us that however we know Ned Luberecki – sideman, teacher, on-air radio personality – it all springs from his first love, the banjo.

For more information, please visit www.nedski.com, www.facebook.com/MoreBanjo, Twitter: @NedLuberecki, and Instagram: nedluberecki

Take Five Track Listing & Credits
1. Night Driver             2:29 (Ned Luberecki)
2. Higher Ground         2:46 (Kelley Jones Luberecki & Dale Ann Bradley)
3. Cleveland Park         2:36 P.D.
4. Adams County Breakdown     3:03 (Tom Adams)
5. We’ll Put Out The Fire     2:35 (Jon Weisberger & Vida Wakeman)
6. B-Flat Medley         3:38 (Done Gone, P.D., New Camptown Races – Frank Wakefield)
7. Fiddlin’ Dan             4:10 P.D.
8. Take Five                   3:32 (Paul Desmond)
9. Girl From Ipanema         3:22 (Antônio Carlos Jobim)
10. Earl’s Court             3:38 (Ned Luberecki)
11. Blue Monk             4:00 (Thelonius Monk)
12. Kitchen Squirrel Medley     2:09 P.D. (Kitchen Girl – Squirrel Hunters)
13. Buck Owens Medley*    3:38 (Buck Owens & Don Rich, Buck Owens)
14. Where No Man Has Gone Before (Star Trek Theme) 1:27 (Alexander Courage)

*(Before You Go, Let The World Keep On Turnin’)

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The Contribution To Release New Music Throughout The Year
Tim Carbone, Phil Ferlino, Jeff Miller, Keith Moseley, Sheryl Renee, Matt Butler, & Duane Trucks, Join Musical Forces To Release Their 2nd Album, Wilderness And Space, on LoHi Records

Singles to be released for seven months, with 100% of proceeds going to non-profits and the first single paired with Rex Foundation to come out February 17, 2017

When Relix magazine announced the The Contribution’s debut record, Which Way World [2010], and called them a “jamband supergroup,” they also recognized, “the band serves the songs first and foremost.” Although the band is comprised of some of the scene’s heavy hitters, the first listen to their music reveals their love of 60s pop and soul coupled with their ability to flat-out shred. It’s what makes the band appealing to music lovers from all walks of life and they are pleased to release tracks from their upcoming LoHi Records album, Wilderness And Space, one song at a time over the course of seven months, with full proceeds of each single going to a different non-profit with each track.

The Contribution is the brainchild of Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth (violin, guitar, vocals) together with Phil Ferlino (keyboards, vocals) and Jeff Miller (guitar, vocals) of New Monsoon. Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident), has been the bass player from the band’s inception along with vocalist Sheryl Renee (The Black Swan Singers). The drum chair has been occupied by Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra), and currently Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic). Both Matt Butler and Duane Trucks appear on the band’s new record, Wilderness And Space.

The first song will be released on February 17, 2017 and all proceeds will be donated to Rex Foundation. Consecutive songs will come out each month, each paired with it’s own art and a different non-profit partner. Others taking part include Conscious Alliance, HeadCount, and a handful of other organizations that support the arts, environment, and health. The full ten song album will be released on vinyl this Fall.

SONY DSCReleasing records and touring is a cycle that is connected and a part of each member’s individual careers. Initially conceived as a studio project that would play select live shows, the emphasis for The Contribution was always on writing and recording. Rather than releasing a full record with expectations of touring to support it, Carbone wanted to find a way to live up to the band’s name, which in itself provided the clue as to how, and this is what they cooked up as a way to keep it going and give back in the process.

How could the creation of music be leveraged best for the betterment of the world at large? A lofty goal. The band has never been about personal profit and individually the members have been advocates and activists for various environmental and social causes. Now they have thought of a way to meld the two worlds the band holds dear. They are The Contribution, after all.

Carbone says, “We feel blessed to be able to make this music and have it help people in need… and we would like to empower those who share our passion and provide a resource for them to take action with us.”

All songs written and produced by Tim Carbone, Phil Ferlino and Jeff Miller. The songs from Wilderness And Space were recorded mainly at Silo Sound Studio in Denver, Colorado and engineered by Todd Dival with additional recordings at TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA, (engineered by Rick Vargas). The full ten-song album will come out on vinyl in the Fall of 2017.

Wilderness And Space will be released on LoHi Records, of which Carbone is one of the partners along with singer/songwriter and record producer Todd Snider, Hard Working Americans’ Chad Staehly, who is also with Gold Mountain Entertainment in Nashville, and entrepreneur and marketing veteran Jim Brooks.

Hear more about the Wilderness And Space project from Tim Carbone →

For more information, please visit www.TheContribution.net, www.facebook.com/TheContribution, www.twitter.com/thecontribution, and www.instagram.com/thecontribution.

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Announcing Suwannee Spring Reunion March 23-25, 2017

at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL

Get Tickets atwww.suwanneespringreunion.com

LIVE OAK, FL — Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is happy to announce the Suwannee Spring Reunion on March 23 – 25, 2017, at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. The initial lineup includes Donna the Buffalo, Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, Peter Rowan Band, Jim Lauderdale, Jeff Mosier with Pickled Holler, Verlon Thompson, Joe Craven, Turtle Duhks, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Sloppy Joe, and Quartermoon. Many great additions will be announced!

After careful consideration, for those who are wondering about the traditional spring festival at Spirit of the Suwannee and given today’s dynamic musical environment; we are proud to offer three glorious days of music this spring. The folks who sparked Fall’s Suwannee Roots Revival, Randy and Beth Judy, and Paul Levine have graciously offered to help put together an intimate and powerful weekend of music, camping, laughter, and fun! We hope you will join us!

Thanks to everyone that came out to support the inaugural Suwannee Roots Revival, which took place last October, making it a wonderful festival experience! We hope that you will plan to attend the next Suwannee Roots Revival on October 12-15, 2017. Stay tuned for more on SRR.

Suwannee Spring Reunion attendees can expect workshops, a Kid’s Tent, Yoga, camp pickin’ parties, and wonderful food and crafts, along with the Park’s other many attractions: disc golf, miles of hiking and biking trails, the bat house, and the chance to venture Way Down Upon The Suwannee River.

Tickets are on sale January 19th. Suwannee Spring Reunion will be offering a multi-day ticket that includes festival admission for three days of music, as well as primitive camping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Advance tickets are only $99 + taxes and fees; Students and military with a valid ID are $89.45 + taxes and fees. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Get your tickets now, because prices at the gate will be higher! SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events.

For more information and to reserve camping, please visit www.suwanneespringreunion.com.

Suwannee Spring Reunion Initial Lineup:
Donna the Buffalo
Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester
Peter Rowan Band
Jim Lauderdale
Jeff Mosier with Pickled Holler
Verlon Thompson
Joe Craven
Turtle Duhks
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine
Sloppy Joe
Quartermoon

More artists will be announced!

 

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Bill Scorzari Releases Through These Waves,
Produced by Jonah Tolchin, on March 10


Bringing Together a Cast of Fine Musicians,
Scorzari Explores Impassioned & Thoughtful Landscapes

Huntington, NY — New York native, Bill Scorzari, is set to independently release his sophomore album, Through These Waves, on March 10, 2017. Produced by Jonah Tolchin (Yep Roc) and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Billy Bennett, the album of all original material was recorded over twelve days at the famed Bomb Shelter in East Nashville through the studio’s 1970’s MCI console and mixed to tape. In a recent interview with No Depression, Tolchin calls Bill Scorzari, “one of the greatest songwriters I’ve ever heard.” With sincere and robust lyrics, Scorzari’s raspy vocals usher the listener breezily into his world.

Joining Scorzari on the album are Joachim Cooder (drums, percussion), Laur Joamets (electric guitar, slide guitar), Chris Scruggs (steel guitar), Will Kimbrough (mandolin, piano), Eamon McLoughlin (fiddle, viola, cello), Jon Estes (upright bass, guitar, organ), Kim Richey (vocals), Brent Burke (dobro) and more.

Bill has a scruffy sentimentality that was comforting to behold.” Billy Bennett comments on the recording sessions, “There were humbling moments of marvel for me during the process, as the tremendous cast of musicians populated Bill’s emotional landscapes beautifully. I was privileged to have played a part.”

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Bill Scorzari. Photo by Lauren Jahoda

“The experience was surreal… transformative… unifying… effortless… and profound. In fact, this record captures every magical moment in a journal of the sound, time, friendship and passion which we all created and now share,” Scorzari depicts. “I am forever grateful to Jonah, Billy B., and equally for everyone who participated in, and made this experience and recording possible and real.”

With twelve original compositions, the album opens with a rolling, peaceful moment in the song “A Dream of You.” Bill wrote it one July morning upon waking and realizing that he had been dreaming he was writing a song. He continued to hear the melody through breakfast and it led him into a beautiful day. “The early morning sun was shining, birds were singing and the sky was an incredibly clear blue. The first two verses came to me instantly. I finished the rest a couple of weeks later,” Bill recalls. “The beginning of this recording was improvised in the studio when Joachim Cooder (drums) said, ‘Ready?’ and we all started playing, joining in one by one.”

Written from the first person stance, many of Scorzari’s songs have come together for him like writing a letter. “A Brand New Deal” is a delightful number with fiddle, dobro, and mandolin weaving together to make the song happily jump. “The most amazing thing in the world is to love and be loved. This is a love song you can dance to,” says Bill. “Shelter from the Wind” is an intimate tune written during a weeklong downpour of rain that just would not quit, in a single chair, in the quiet of an empty room. The occasion is emulated by Danny Roaman’s slide guitar and Will Kimbrough’s understated piano as Bill sings, “But, I don’t know now, if I know how, I might make it through these waves. But I will make it through these waves.”

“’Hound Dog Diggin’” takes on a different role. “This is one of my favorite tracks on the record. Jonah had a vision for it right from the start and everyone grabbed hold of it and ran with it. That focused Zen trait of doing that which you are doing while you’re doing it, is exactly what I was thinking about when I wrote this song, and it was almost prophetic how everyone in the studio immediately brought that same intensity to this recording,” says Scorzari. “Brent Burke plays some of the best dobro I’ve ever heard, and Laur Joamets added two incredible electric guitar parts to Danny Roaman’s already amazing slide work. Matt Murphy’s bass line jumps and Joachim Cooder’s drums snap and thump just so great! They all just blew this song up.”

“One of the most idiosyncratic voices I’ve ever come across,” Laur Joamets expresses. “Bill’s timbre is one-of-a-kind. It’s a great record. I’m proud to be on it.”

Annie Johnson joins Bill to sing a beautiful, “More of Your Love,” with Jon Estes adding a melodic bass line and second guitar part and Joachim Cooder’s steady kick and percussive water-droplet sounds driving the song and giving it an ethereal feel. “Holy Man” features Kim Richey’s beautiful vocals in a soul searching duet about figuring things out on your own terms and for your own well-being as time goes on.

She Don’t Care About Auld Lang Syne” reflects on a profoundly sad breaking apart of a close relationship, while “For When I Didn’t See” and “Loser at Heart” realize awareness that even with many falls in life, seasons change, time passes and we grow and learn from our experiences as part of the journey of life. “I Can Carry This” and “It’s Time” bring moments of enlightenment through it all, with an understanding that we all have the capacity to help each other along, especially if we will just let go.

The album closes out with a confident “Riptide.” “This recording captures the feel and sounds I’ve always envisioned for the song. Joachim Cooder’s cymbal strikes make me think of a swimmer’s arms plunging rhythmically into the sea while Jonah Tolchin’s electric guitar ripples like water. It just amazes me every time I hear this track.” Bill recollects, “As fate would have it, we discovered a creaky old chair on the patio just outside the studio. I rolled it up to the console and engineer Billy Bennett put a microphone to it and recorded the sounds as I rocked back and forth. With a little studio magic Billy made it sound like a big wooden boat drifting on the waves of the ocean. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album.”

Even through all of the chaos in the world, every time you are let down, or hurt, or feel broken, there is a softness within our hearts that will help us to come through and rise above anything that life deals us, without hardening our spirit. There’s a solemn, yet uplifting and gracious feel to Through These Waves, a gentle roll of energy in the songs and the recording experience that is emphasized in the musical collaboration that came about when the musicians entered the studio.

Will Kimbrough says, “I enjoyed playing on Bill Scorzari’s record… Boy, did it turn out fine — thoughtful, soulful songs, with -by God- real music to back them up. Top notch.”

Bill Scorzari on Tour with Through These Waves
2.17 Fri – Cape Ann Brewing Co – Gloucester, MA
2.18 Sat – Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar – Nashua, NH*
2.21 Tue – WFUV’s On Your Radar at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3) – New York, NY%
3.02 Thu – Live in the Lobby at The Patchogue Theatre – Patchogue, NY^
3.08 Wed – Finley’s of Huntington – Huntington, NY
3.18 Sat – Avenue 209 – Lock Haven, PA
3.24 Fri – House Concert – Louisville, KY
3.25 Sat – Bobby’s Idle Hour – Nashville, TN
3.26 Sun – Acoustic Coffeehouse – Johnson City, TN
3.28 Tue – Awendaw Green Barn Jam – Charleston, SC
3.29 Wed – The Roasting Room (Songwriter Showdown) – Bluffton, SC
4.02 Sun – Americana Cafe Sundays – Lynn Haven, FL
4.12 Wed – Wine & Song – South Pasadena, CA
4.18 Tue – The Laughing Goat – Boulder, CO
4.29 Sat – Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1) – New York, NY

Also Performing:
* w/ Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
% w/ Susan Kane and Cole Quest & The City Pickers
^ w/ Toby Tobias and SEE

More dates to be announced!

Through These Waves Track Listing:
1. A Dream of You (5:48)
2. A Brand New Deal (3:12)
3. Shelter From the Wind (5:28)
4. Hound Dog Diggin’ (3:27)
5. More of Your Love (5:23)
6. Holy Man (3:26)
7. She Don’t Care About Auld Lang Syne (4:21)
8. For When I Didn’t See (3:56)
9. Loser at Heart (4:33)
10. I Can Carry This (4:32)
11. It’s Time (3:30)
12. Riptide (4:38)

Musician Credits (alphabetical order):
Brent Burke: Dobro
Joachim Cooder: Drums, Percussion
Jon Estes: Upright Bass (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 8, 11), Second Acoustic Guitar (Track 5), Organ (Track 10), Percussion (Track 8)
Laur Joamets: Electric Guitars (Track 4), Slide Guitar (Track 6)
Annie Johnson: Second Vocal (Track 5)
Will Kimbrough: Mandolin, Piano
Marie Lewey: Background Vocals (Tracks 4, 10)
Eamon McLoughlin: Fiddle, Viola, Cello
Matt Murphy: Upright Bass (Tracks 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12)
Kim Richey: Second Vocal (Track 6)
Danny Roaman: Slide Guitar (Tracks 3, 4, 9)
Bill Scorzari: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Chair
Chris Scruggs: Steel Guitar
Jonah Tolchin: Electric Guitar (Tracks 1, 6, 11, 12), Lap Steel (Tracks 1, 10, 11)
Kyle Tuttle: Banjo
Cindy Walker: Background Vocals (Tracks 4, 10)

For more inforation and updates, please visit www.billscorzari.com, www.facebook.com/billscorzari , and www.twitter.com/BillScorzari.

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