Archive for May, 2018

Hot Buttered Rum Independently Release
Lonesome Panoramic on July 20
Recorded at Panoramic House Studio in Stinson Beach, CA

Live For Live Music Debuted The Song  “Country Tunes & Love Songs
Featuring Cameo Collaborations With The Coffis Brothers →

Other Special Guests Include
Zach Gill and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz and Rainbow Girls

SAN FRANCISCO, CA– For nearly two decades, Hot Buttered Rum has attracted a truly multi-generational audience across the States with their high energy and fun-loving performances that showcase their stunning instrumental and vocal ingenuity. Hot Buttered Rum is excited to independently release Lonesome Panoramic, their sixth studio album, on July 20, 2018.

Lonesome Panoramic is the result of different thematic and stylistic threads that Butter has been chasing over the years: driving uptempo stringband tunes, layers of dark lonesome drum grooves, letting things go, and embracing what we have,” says HBR’s Nat Keefe.

The band’s two vocalists and songwriters, guitarist Nat Keefe and multi-instrumentalist Erik Yates (mainly 5-string banjo, also resonator and acoustic guitars), take turns leading each of the 13 well-crafted originals on the album. Rounding out the band, Bryan Horne delivers, in true athletic form, his talents on upright bass along with charismatic fiddler and harmony vocalist Zebulon Bowles and drummer/percussionist/mandolinist James Stafford, providing a warm and solid rhythmic foundation.


Hot Buttered Rum is (left to right): Erik Yates, James Stafford, Nat Keefe, Bryan Horne, and Zebulon Bowles. Photo by Matt Sharkey

Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum began in San Francisco in 1999 after Keefe, Yates, and Horne connected through backcountry trip in the High Sierras; they added drums in 2008 and have since progressed into upbeat improvisational mix of song-oriented string music with a groove that interplays between bluegrass, folk, rock, and country. Their years of touring have given the band the chance to work and play with an extensive cross-section of musicians including Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Kyle Hollingsworth, Brett Dennen, and Robert Earl Keen, to name a few, as well as being named “The Official Bluegrass Band of the San Francisco Giants.”

Self-produced, Lonesome Panoramic was recorded at Panoramic House Studio in Stinson Beach, CA, along the Panoramic Highway. With majestic views of the western Marin County coastline, it is a landmark destination studio built with recycled materials in the60s and renovated and upgraded into a studio in 2013. The studio has been host to several big-name indie bands, including My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, and Thee Oh Sees. Lonesome Panoramic was engineered by Robert Cheek (Band of Horses, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood), mixed by Zebulon Bowles, and mastered by David Little.

Yates says, “Making music on the Panoramic Highway carried a lot with it for me. It’s one of the roads I grew up driving, towards the ocean, the mountain, the woods, and, eventually, back home again. I hope some of these tunes can do the same for the listener.”

Much of Hot Buttered Rum’s music is inspired by the northern California landscape which can be heard in the lyrics, felt through the music, and known from the backstory. Lonesome Panoramic conveys a broad range of what Hot Buttered Rum offers.

The album kicks off with a pair of buoyant bluegrass tunes, opening with their more traditional lineup of guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, with Stafford forgoing the drums for mandolin. The opening track, “You Can Tell,” written by Yates while pickin’ on one of the East Bay’s many trails, has a tinge of old-tyme to it. It is followed by “Sittin’ Here Alone,” written by Keefe about the time he built himself a cabin in the woods.

They change the pace a bit on the third track, “Country Tunes & Love Songs,” adding in drums for this mid-tempo Americana rocker which was was co-written by Keefe along with Kellen and Jamie Coffis (of The Coffis Brothers), who also sing vocal harmonies with Keefe. It is one of a few songs on the album where Yates trades his banjo for the Dobro; another is “Treasure Island Blues,” which Erik thought up while sitting on the manmade island halfway between San Francisco and Oakland.

How Short the Song” is performed as a trio with velvety string arrangements making it peaceful and reflective, just like Oakland’s Lake Merritt where Yates wrote it, while When that Lonesome Feeling Comes” is a more lively ragtime boogie gospel.

Keefe says in a recent interview with Marin Magazine, “There are some songs I’ve been keeping in my back pocket for a long time, like ‘Leaving Dallas’ and ‘Spirits Still Come.’ They’ve been the shy kids hiding in their mother’s skirts but I’m glad they’re seeing the light of day. ‘Spirits’ is a heavy one, about my aunt passing away. I wasn’t sure I’d share it with the world but it’s feeling good to sing it out.”Spirits” features special guests, Rainbow Girls (Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, Vanessa May) with their haunting backup vocals to Keefe’s lyrics.

Some songs on the album are more lighthearted such as “Mighty Fine” and “Never Got Married,” while songs like “Sleeping Giants” and the intricate 8-minute “The One that Everybody Knows” have a deeper, slow burn. The closing track of the album, “The Deep End” is one that is dear to the band’s heart and was co-written by Keefe and Yates along with old friends ALO’s Zach Gill and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (who also added electric guitar to the mix) as a theme song for a festival the two bands co-host called Camp Deep End.

It’s an undeniably hip and fresh sound that has found its way to the most prestigious festivals in the country including Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk Festival, Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Kate Wolf, Northwest String Summit, Grey Fox, WinterWonderGass, The Bender Jamboree, Summer Camp, and High Sierra, among others.

With Lonesome Panoramic, Hot Buttered Rum wades the full width of the river from the shoals to the deep waters with a passionate, laid back attitude and they are thrilled to share this new album with the world.


Lonesome Panoramic Track Listing
1. You Can Tell   2:11 (Yates)
2. Sittin’ Here Alone   3:14 (Keefe)
3. Country Tunes & Love Songs (ft. The Coffis Bros.)  4:29 (Keefe, K Coffis, J Coffis)
4. How Short the Song   3:27 (Yates)
5. Treasure Island Blues   4:46 (Yates)
6. Never Got Married   2:50  (Keefe)
7. Spirits Still Come (ft. Rainbow Girls)   4:54 (Keefe)
8. Sleeping Giants   5:04  (Yates)
9. Leaving Dallas   4:31 (Keefe)
10. When that Lonesome Feeling Comes 4:07 (Yates)
11. Mighty Fine   4:25 (Keefe)
12. The One that Everybody Knows   8:04  (Yates)
13. The Deep End (ft. ALO)   4:55 (Keefe, Yates, Lebowitz, Gill)

For more information and updates from the road, please visit www.hotbutteredrum.net, www.facebook.com/hotbutteredrum, www.twitter.com/hotbutteredrum, and www.instagram.com/hot.buttered.rum.band.

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Innovative and Cinematic, Jon Stickley Trio Continues Onward – Tour Dates Announced

Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, which combines Stickley’s innovative flatpicking guitar with the sultry-spacy melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin along with classically trained and heavily jazz influenced drummer Hunter Deacon to create textural soundscapes.

“It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.

“Stickley is a super-resourceful acoustic guitarist who uses the instrument in many surprising ways and whose timing is just flawless. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruett puts deep thought into her flowing solos, plus she adds little flourishes and sudden stops that elevate the music,” proclaims Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst.

Watch Jon Stickley Trio Perform “Echolocation” Live on eTown →

Stickley says of Deacon, the newest member of the Trio since January, “we’re really excited to have Hunter’s vibe in the mix, his creativity and willingness to experiment are two things that drew us to him. He has a lot of personality, and sensitivity in his playing which makes our dynamic range even wider. Lyndsay and I are inspired by what he brings to the table.”

“My time with the Jon Stickley Trio has been great so far,” says Deacon. “The two things I love are music and travel. With this group, I get to play music and travel, and as a huge bonus, I get to do it with two people that I really like and respect musically. I am also new to the jamgrass scene and I’ve got to say that it is about the most welcoming group of folks I’ve come across. It’s been an exciting few months and I can’t wait to burn up some more miles and make some more noise.”

Pruett says, “JS3 continues onward! Hunter brings a lightness and intricacy to the table that opens up the musical conversation to something a little deeper than it was before. It was a smooth transition to begin with, but the more we play, the more I realize our potential for improvisation and a continuing creativity.”

With inspiration ranging from from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound. In the past few years, along with releasing two full length albums (2017’s Maybe Believe and 2015’s Lost At Last, both produced by The Bad Plus’ Dave King at Echo Mountain Studios in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC) and one EP (2016’s Triangular), the Trio has zig-zagged the nation, playing over 120 dates a year. They are road tested and band geek approved!



Jon Stickley Trio. Photo by Heather Hambor

Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’”

Stickley says, “The Trio feels fresher and hotter than ever, we’ve hit our stride in terms of creating tunes that are uniquely us and that’s a really exciting place to be musically. Not to mention we are so stoked to get back to many of our favorite festivals and clubs, and even more excited to play some the ones we’ve always dreamed of. 2018 will, without a doubt, be our best year yet!”

They recently appeared on eTown, had several sets at the inaugural Bender Jamboree (where Stickley had a fun jam with Leftover Salmon and were joined by Sam Bush and Billy Strings), performed at WinterWondergrass, Cumberland Caverns, Savannah Stopover Festival, Suwannee Spring Reunion, Old Settler’s Music Festival among others. Others festivals on the tour this year include DelFest, Strangecreek Campout, John Hartford Music Festival, Duck Creek Log Jam, Homegrown Music & Mountain Sports Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and Northwest String Summit.

Looking further out they are thrilled to play Bluegrass Underground at The Caverns in Pehlam, TN this November with Jeff Austin Band and Larry Keel and also have announced that they will be on Jam Cruise 2019!


Jon Stickley Trio On Tour
5/24 – The Clementine – Harrisonburg, VA
5/25-26 Fri-Sat – DelFest – Cumberland, MD
5/27 Sun – Strangecreek Campout – Greenfield, MA
5/31-6/1 Thu-Fri – John Hartford Music Festival – Bean Blossom, IN
6/2 Sat – Barley’s – Knoxville, TN *w/ A1Hundo
6/7 Thu – The Hunt House – Marietta, GA
6/8 Fri – Cold Mountain Festival – Canton, NC
6/15 Fri – Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
6/16 Sat – Duck Creek Log Jam – Logan, OH
6/22 Fri – Homegrown Music & Mountain Sports Festival – Fayetteville, AR
7/5-6 – Thu-Fri – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA
7/7 Sat – Pickin’ On Picknic – St. Clair, MO
7/12 Thu –  Central Penn Festival for the Arts – University Park, PA
7/13 Fri – Stable Studio House Concert – Chambersburg, PA
7/14 Sat – Red Wing Roots – Mount Solon, VA
7/18 Wed – Parilla Grill West Side – Bend, OR *w/ Cascade Crescendo
7/19 Thu – 7 Devils Brewing Co – Coos Bay, OR
7/20-22 Fri-Sun – Northwest String Summit – North Plains, OR
7/24 Tue – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA *w/ Front Country
7/25 Wed – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA *w/ Front Country
7/26 Thu – Great Northern Bar and Grill – Whitefish, MT  *w/ Front Country
7/27 Fri – Sawtooth Valley Gathering – Stanley, ID
8/4 Sat – Wild Leap Brewing Co. – LaGrange, GA
8/16 Thu – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH *w/ The Trainjumpers
8/17 Fri – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH *w/ Larry Keel Experience
8/18 Sat – Hoxeyville Music Festival – Wellston, MI
8/19 Sun – The Hideout – Chicago, IL
8/20 Mon – The Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
8/22 Wed – Spread the Tunes Benefit – Spearfish, SD
8/24 Fri – Live From The Divide – Bozeman, MT
8/25 Sat – River City Roots Festival – Missoula, MT
8/28 Tue – Wind River Brewing Co. – Pinedale, WY
8/30 Thu – Globe Hall – Denver, CO
8/31-9/2 Fri-Sun – Four Corners Folk Festival – Pagosa Springs, CO
9/28 Fri – Groovin with the Grove – Philippi, WV
10/19-20 Fri-Sat – Bass & Grass – Fort Valley, GA
11/30 Fri Cave Jam at the Caverns – Pelham, TN *w/ Jeff Austin Band and Larry Keel

1/15-21 Tue-Mon – Jam Cruise – Takes off from Miami

Jon Stickley was recently live with Premier Guitar for a Q&A and to play some tunes;
Check out the video herewww.premierguitar.com/articles/27074-jon-stickley-live-at-pg

Js3 released a behind-the-scenes video from live shows of “Almost with You” → https://youtu.be/QRlKya9nZi8

For more information and updates from the road, please visit www.jonstickley.com, www.facebook.com/JonStickleyTrio, www.instagram.com/jonstickleytrio, and www.twitter.com/jonstickleytrio

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Dead Winter Carpenters New Single “Roller Coaster” Released May 4, 2018
Recorded at Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati, CA
Featuring Jackie Greene on B3 Hammond

Out Now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and more → http://smarturl.it/189c4j

ASHEVILLE, NC — Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, California, Dead Winter Carpenters have built a reputation for pouring their heart and soul into each song, with their progressive nature shining through loud and clear as they blend acoustic and electric sounds. They are excited they they to release a new single May 4, 2018 of their original song, “Roller Coaster,” which features Jackie Greene as a special guest on Hammond B3 Organ. Earlier this week, JamBase premiered their official music video for the song which features scenes from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the band’s recording session.

Greene says, “Dead Winter Carpenters are one of the finest roots-rock groups working today. It was such a pleasure to get to play on this cut!”

DWCPhotocreditMingPoon_2.jpg“Roller Coaster” was written by Jesse Dunn, who also sings lead and plays acoustic guitar. Jenni Charles (co-founder of the band along with Dunn) shows off her impassioned fiddle playing and sings the harmonies which the band is well known for. Nick Swimley blazes in on Telecaster, Brendan Smith and Dave Lockhart hold the beat down on drums and bass, while Greene seasons the tune with his distinctive B3, all adding to the rock and roll flavor of the song.

“Everything about this life is temporary,” says Dunn. “As the days roll by, more obstacles are thrown our way. ‘Roller Coaster’ is about these daily battles that we all face while doing our best to remain hopeful, live with intention, and be good to those we love.”

“Roller Coaster” was recorded by Kevin Bosley and Zak Girdis at Prairie Sun Recording, a GRAMMY winning studio known for classic analog recording in a rural setting based of Sonoma County wine country of California. The track was mixed by Matt Wright and Zak Girdis and mastered by John Cuniberti. Additional recording was done at Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn by Ken Rich.

The band’s catalogue includes the group’s 2016 release, Washoe, of which Good Times’ writes, “Dead Winter Carpenters introduce more indie rock to their saloon sound. The album sees the band evolving and growing, but staying true to their high-energy, mountain music roots.” Other studio projects are their self-titled debut in 2010, Ain’t It Strange in 2012, the much-acclaimed 2014 EP, Dirt Nap, of which No Depression says, “Each track tells a story, just as each instrument and voice coalesces into the band’s rich and textured sound.”

Reminiscent of genre-benders like Jack White, Chris Thile, and Sam Bush, Dead Winter Carpenters harmoniously fuses refined musical ability with a scarcely restrained tendency to let it all hang out. The result is a controlled burn, a riveting sound, and a connection with fans that sells out shows and has the band sharing stages with the likes of Jason Isbell, Greensky Bluegrass, and Hard Working Americans.

A steadily touring band since forming in 2010, Dead Winter Carpenters has entertained growing crowds at notable festivals including Harvest Music Festival (AR.), High Sierra Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival (CA), WinterWonderGrass (CA & CO), DelFest (MD), Northwest String Summit (OR), John Hartford Memorial Fest (IN), Salmonfest (AK), and more.

Dead Winter Carpenters is a band with the ambition, talent, and authenticity. Look for them to continue to delight – and invite – fans from many music camps. Ride the roller coaster…

Dead Winter Carpenters on Tour
5/4 Fri – Pearl Street Warehouse – Washington, DC
5/5 Sat – SpringDig Festival – Berkeley Springs, WV
5/11 Fri – The Mohawk – Austin, TX
5/12 Sat – 502 Bar – San Antonio, TX
5/13 Sun – Banjos to Beats – Dallas, TX
5/16 Wed – Sainte Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA *w/ Big Sam’s Funky Nation
5/17 Thu – Concerts in the Park – Palm Desert, CA
6/1 Fri – Concerts in the Park – Sacramento, CA
6/2 Sat – UC Theatre (SEVA Benefit) – Berkeley, CA *w /Rising Appalachia
6/9 Sat – Silver Cloud Campout – Haugan, MT
6/15 Fri – Weiser River Music Festival – Weiser, ID
6/17 Sun – Commons Beach – Tahoe City, CA
6/23 Sat – Village Summer Jam – Mammoth Lakes, CA
7/28 Sat – Guitarfish Music Festival – Cisco Grove, CA

For more information and updates from the road, please visit www.deadwintercarpenters.com, www.facebook.com/DeadWinterCarpenters, www.twitter.com/dwcarpenters, and www.instagram.com/deadwintercarpenters.



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