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Myke Scaffidi put this wonderful audio documentary together about Bluegrass Music for Appalachian State College in Boone, NC. He interviews Sam Bush, Larry Keel and Tim White. Below is a brief description of the 10 minute podcast. You can listen to it here: http://www.mykescaffidi.com/myke/media/hillbilly_jazz_bluegrass_mixdown.wav

Bill Monroe

Larry Keel

Myke Scaffidi writes: “Today’s bluegrass musicians are pushing the boundaries of the genre by incorporating increasingly new influences. In addition to the many innovative artists working today, the traditional sound of bluegrass embodied by Bill Monroe still flourishes.  Just as foreign influences and rural southern music blended with elements of African American blues and gospel to form early bluegrass, new styles and techniques are evolving thanks to the continuing tradition of band-hopping musicians.

Sam Bush

The music represents an often-overlooked American art form and I feel privileged to have worked on this project to broaden the public’s understanding. I was fortunate to have the participation of great interviewees including Sam Bush, Larry Keel and Tim White; and it would have been impossible to tell the story without their perspective and acknowledgement of the early pioneers as well.”

Click here to listen and/ or download:http://www.mykescaffidi.com/myke/media/hillbilly_jazz_bluegrass_mixdown.wav

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This just in!!  The Larry Keel Experience has a sound track included in a new film by Confluence Films.  They do WORLD CLASS movies about fly fishing, really the absolute best in the industry and the Keels are excited to be part of this one! Far be it from Larry Keel and his fast-pickin, fishin master band to miss out on an opportunity to be involved in a FISH PORN project as cool as this! no lover of travel, nature, exciting settings and music can resist!!

For this latest project, Confluence Films used one of Larry Keel Experience’s instrumental’s “Sound Check” in the Alaska segment of the movie. This tune was written by Will Lee and performed by The Larry Keel Experience on their self-titled album. Find out more about Larry Keel at www.larrykeel.com

Click here to check out the new trailer for CONNECT.

Confluence Films brings you their biggest project yet! In 2008 they brought you DRIFT. In 2009 it was RISE Now their most ambitious project yet- CONNECT. 2 Years in the making. 6 International locations. 12 Anglers. 10 species. 1 Angry Croc. On DVD and Blue Ray November 4th 2001.

The film will premiere Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at the Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, MT. Sponsors for CONNECT include Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Hatch Reels and Simms Fishing Products.

You will have the chance to view the new movie “on the Big Screen” by attending one of the Screening events in Bozeman, MT (10/8 & 10/13)  —  Salt Lake City, UT (10/18)  —  Bend, OR (10/20)  —  Johannesburg, South Africa (11/25)

Check back to http://www.confluencefilms.tv/tour.php on a regular basis for more tour dates that will be added soon.

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New Lingua Musica Episode: Erin Scholze from Dreamspider Publicity talks with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at The Musicians Workshop on Merrimon Ave. in Asheville, NC in July 2011. Daniel Judson filmed and edited this video which is copyright Luminescence LLC 2011 and may be used as long as proper credit is given.
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Jonathan Scales has been called a “…rising star of the steel drums…” by Traps Magazine and “The Real Deal” by Pan on the Net and as having “A Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works.” Premier Steel Pan magazine, When Steel Talks states , “At the end of the day, Scales is going to be a major play in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside of the box.”

In this episode of Lingua Musica, Jonathan Scales discusses how he came about his style of Steel Pan. Also hear more about his new album, Character Farm & Other Short Stories, which is a 45-minute dive deeper into the compositionally-twisted work. There are nine original instrumental “stories” on the album which transport listeners from the primal Jam We Did to the lush Hallucinations of the Dream Chasers. The title track Character Farm brings the audience into a chilled, ‘worldly’ ride after the frantically emotional The Longest December. Guest appearance on the record include Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band / Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), Yonrico Scott and Kofi Burbridge (of Derek Trucks Band fame) and the dazzling work of fiddle virtuoso Casey Driessen.  Also, you will meet the cast of Characters that make up the Fourchestra: classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro and front man of the Fourchestra, Jonathan Scales, is heavily influenced by the complexity of banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to the hustle of Jay-Z. Gritty blues guitarist, Duane Simpson, and fusion-chops bassist, Cody Wright, provide the harmonic support for Scales’ sound; while jazz/hip-hop drummer, Phill Bronson, drives the time-shifting, modern grooves. 

Scales, along with fimmaker Daniel Judson, produced an insightful Music Video for the song Muddy Vishnu; snippets of the music video are shown in the interview. Watching Muddy Vishnu is “almost like a Being John Malkovich set inside Scales’ own world of found rhythms, visions, colors, friends, inspirations and rare silence,” writes Asheville’s Mountain Xpress.

In this episode of Lingua Musica, Scales’s also talks about the album’s comic book-inspired images, designed by Gregory Keyzer, that tie together the musical fusion of his Fourchestra. “There’s a different illustration for every song,” Scales says in an interview with Robin Tolleson in Bold Life. “It’s cool because you can kind of put a visual image with each piece. The album is packaged like a book of short stories, but there’s an overlying theme. The sonic tapestry, mixed with the congruent artwork, really ties the whole thing together. The pictures help people make their judgments about what it’s about and how they feel about it. It’s not complete long form, but it’s closer.”

Character Farm, along with a glossy 19 x 13 poster depicting the custom designed comic book graphics illustrating each song are available at www.jonscales.com.

This video was brought to you by Lingua Musica: Where Music is the Universal Language…


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Music Video Asheville 2011 was produced by  FoAM (The Future of Asheville Music) and this year was sponsored by Music Allies as  part of HATCH. Echo Mountain Recording and the Media Arts Project were also major sponsors of this year’s event which was held at the Fine Arts Theatre in downtown. You can also check out a more complete playlist at http://www.youtube.com/user/Dreamspiderweb#grid/user/C47697E0230DC2DD.

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The night was a big success and with-out further ado the winners are:

Placing 1st, winning both the Best of MVA Music Allies Judges Choice Award AND the Crowd Favorite is Kovacs and the Polar Bear, “Skeleton Crew” directed by Joe Chang with the Paper Picture Company:

The Runner-Up for the Best of MVA Music Allies Judges award, winning a free day of studio time in Echo Mountain Recording, is Secret Agent 23 Skidoo with “Chase the Rain” directed by Daniel Judson:

The Crowd Favorite Runner-up is Jonathan Scales “Muddy Vishnu” directed by Daniel Judson:

The FOAM Core also chose three honorable mentions going to:

Jar-E “Plot” directed by Steven Tingle:

Stephanie’s Id “Documentary” directed by Paul Chelmis

Juan Holiday “Seal it Tight” directed by Kurt Mann:

Groundbreaking Mentor and Featured Artists for MVA 2011 is Ben Lovett.

Lovett showed three videos and spoke about the films that he has been making for his upcoming album debut, Highway Collection.  Viral video explosion of their first single, “Eye Of The Storm,” directed by Chris Alender with Soapbox Films, is a cinematic gem that has gobbled up a million views in 4 weeks on the web, and it’s follow-up, the foot-stomping, barn burner single, “Heart Attack,” directed by David Bragg with Flying Pig Studios.

Lovett also debuted their newest video “The Fear” directed by David Bruckner with Wasteland Pictures:

To see the playlist for Music Video Asheville 2011 visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/Dreamspiderweb#grid/user/C47697E0230DC2DD

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MUSIC VIDEO ASHEVILLE 2011

A Showcase to Highlight the Pairing of Asheville Musicians & Filmmakers
Presented by the Future of Asheville Music and HATCH Festival
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Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 25th 2011
$10 Submission Fee
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Screening: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
$6, 7pm Networking Party, 8-10pm Screening
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Fine Arts Theater
36 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 232-1536

foam@futureofashevillemusic.com
www.musicvideoasheville.com
www.fineartstheatre.com

Asheville, NC –  The Future of Asheville Music and HATCH Present the 4th annual MUSIC VIDEO ASHEVILLE to showcase the pairing of Asheville musicians and filmmakers. We are thrilled to announce this year’s Music Video Asheville is presented by Hatch and sponsored by Music Allies, Creative Allies, Echo Mountain Recording, and fiscal sponsor The Media Arts Project. The MVA screening is open to the public and takes place on Wednesday, April 13th, 2010 at the Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville starting at 7pm. Tickets are available after April 1st for $6 each at the Fine Arts Theater, Mamacitas, Static Age, Harvest Records, and Orbitz DVD. The submission deadline is March 25th. Please visit www.musicvideoasheville.com for more information on the event and how to submit.

The MVA mission is to increase the awareness and appreciation of Asheville musicians and filmmakers/ videographers by showcasing their collaborative works in a public event. All Buncombe County residents who are musical artists and filmmakers are welcome to submit up to three videos or films showcasing their act’s live footage, conceptual music video, experimental/ animation or documentary style music films.

Music Video Asheville will host an awards ceremony at the end of the screening for the Audience Choice Awards as well as the MVA Juried selections. Prizes this year include a $500 cash prize donated by Music Allies, a cash prize from the ticket sales, and a free day of recording at Echo Mountain’s full service, analog and digital recording studio valid June-July 2011.

Music Video Asheville happens on the eve of Hatch which takes place April 14-17th. Hatch is a biannual four-day experience that energizes creative professionals and thought leaders who are serious about transforming their ideas and talents into bold action, while inspiring others to do the same. While HATCH invites the mentors and groundbreaking artists, anyone with a creative spirit can participate. Tens of thousands have attended previous HATCH events, and with hundreds of thousands visiting our website.

Musicians, fans and those interested in the music business can attend music panels and workshops during Hatch. This year, the theme for Hatch Music is called “Remix Everything”. Panels and workshops will discuss how everything is changing for music fans, musicians and the music business. Visit their website at www.HatchExperience.com.

Music Video Asheville is an independently organized event by members of The Future of Asheville Music (FoAM). Partners of MVA include Sound Mind Media and Dreamspider Publicity. Find out more about FoAM and Music Video Asheville at www.musicvideoasheville.com You can also check out playlists and winners from previous Music Video Asheville Events at the MVA YouTube channel www.youtube.com/musicvideoavl.

A Word About Music Video Asheville Sponsors:

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What is FoAM?
FoAM, Future of Asheville Music, began in December 2006 as an initial gathering of about 70 local Buncombe County musicians at the Asheville Area Arts Council. The goal was to start a networking/professional development group of musicians to support Asheville music. From that meeting came a number of ideas from marketing Asheville as the national music city that it is to generating more support for individual musicians at local venues, to providing opportunities for musicians to network. Developed by the FoAM Core, a play on the traditional steering committee, the FoAM mission is to promote and support Asheville area-based musicians through advocacy, networking, and education. Music Video Asheville is one way FoAM meets that mission. Please email foam@futureofashevillemusic.com for more info.

About Music Allies:

Music Allies consults some of the biggest names in music and provides them with an outsourced marketing team. Our company leverages strong relationships with websites, radio stations, publications and brands to market music, events and products. Music Allies clients include Jack Johnson, Ani DiFranco, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Justin Timberlake’s new record label Tennman Records, Outside Lands Festival, the Concerts for the Coasts, G Love, the Hangout Music Festival, Camp Bisco, Moogfest, Aimee Mann, Joanne Osborne and many many more.

Music specializes in strategy, publicity, online partnerships, radio marketing and most recently, in the development of custom apps that increase fan interaction and loyalty across social networks. Music Allies levels the playing field for independents by providing them access to opportunities traditionally reserved for major labels and large corporations.

Last year, Music Allies launched http://www.creativeallies.con, an online community of over 12,000 art students, designers, and illustrators. Creative Allies gives everyone a chance to enter design contests for bands, films, television shows, and festivals.Creative Allies partners include Fox Studios, Universal Music, Sony Music, EMI, and Warner Brothers. Musicians who use Creative Allies include Jack Johnson, Lollapooza, M.I.A., OK Go, the Passion Pit and the Indigo Girls.

Music Allies and Creative Allies are headquartered in downtown Asheville, NC. Find out more at www.musicallies.com and www.creativeallies.com.


About The Media Arts Project:

Driven by the belief that media arts are integral to the vibrant cultural and economic life of the region, the Media Arts Project (MAP) cultivates innovative arts & technology in western North Carolina. Since 2003, the MAP has provided ways for media artists to connect with resources, professional opportunities, and one another through events, grant programs, fiscal sponsorships and its dynamic portfolio and networking site. Find out more at www.themap.org.

About Echo Mountain Recording:

Located in downtown Asheville, Echo Mountain blends vintage and state of the art equipment to create the optimum studio experience. Their two rooms have an impressive mic and outboard gear selection to compliment the Neve 8068 and the API 3288 consoles. Echo Mountain’s recording clients include The Avett Brothers, The Band of Horses, Dierks Bently, Flogging Molly, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Secret Agent 23 Skiddoo, and Toubab Krewe. Find out more at www.echomountain.net.

Some fine folks at MVA 2010. Photo by JJ Jackson.

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This is a great Acoustic Syndicate mini-documentary that was filmed at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC by MPA Productions.

Folk-rock band, Acoustic Syndicate, is the product of Cleveland County’s McMurry clan and is known for their high-energy, positive sound. Guitarist Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry is joined by his cousins, Bryon McMurry on banjo and Fitz McMurry on drums. The three McMurrys also bring a trademark vocal trio that only a lifetime of singing together can deliver. They are backed on acoustic and electric bass by Asheville’s Jays Sanders‘ versatile playing that hinges between being the steadfast “rock” and expanding into adventurous improv. The guys have written some great new songs and have recently added (the Biscuit Burners) Billy Cardine‘s blistering dobro sounds to the mix.

Here is a link to an audio archive from the show at the Orange Peel in Asheville over Thanksgiving weekend: http://www.archive.org/details/as2010-11-27.at853.flac16.

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Donna the Buffalo has a host of shows this weekend with the Roy Jay Band opening. They started off to a sold out crowd at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake last night as part of day 6 of Winter Carnival. Tonight (Thursday, Feb 10th) they head over to Albany, NY for a show at Jillian’s.

Friday nite will be a special one for sure at the Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY! Author Peter Conners  and  filmographer Denver Miller will be interviewing & filming the band as well as The Herd for a book & documentary project entitled JAMerica [Click to read more about it]. This is definitely a show to be at if you are anywhere near the area! However, do not fret if you can’t make it out; the folks over at Have You Herd are doing a live Herdcast from the show with a chat room, video and audio. You can watch and listen here:  http://webcast.haveyouherd.com/index11.cfm. Rochester City News put together a little blurb about the show here.

On Saturday, DtB travels up to White River Junction, VT to play the Tupelo Music Hall. There’s been a lot of buzz about the shows. Below are a couple of archives of articles for the weekend. One is an interview with Tara Nevins, the other is an interview with Jeb Puryear!

Twenty years later, Donna the Buffalo still roamin’

Founder Tara Nevins talks about making a career out of music, recording with Levon Helm and keeping thing creative ahead of Saturday performance at Tupelo Music Hall

By Brent Hallenbeck, Free Press Staff Writer •  www.burlingtonfreepress.com

Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins. Photo by John D Kurc

The origins of Donna the Buffalo are pretty simple, really: Founders Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear started with impromptu sessions of old-time fiddle music in Ithaca, N.Y., which led to the two of them writing songs and eventually setting their acoustic instruments aside for a more electric sound. The band’s traditional/Americana/Cajun/rock/country mash-up was born.

The two founders, however, had no idea that they’d still be doing this more than 20 years later.

“It was really fun and exciting starting this new musical journey,” Nevins said during a tour stop in Nashville. “We didn’t think about what’s this going to be about, if it’s a career.”

It’s a career now, one that has earned the band enough of a following for its devoted fans to carry their own collective name (“The Herd”) and for Donna the Buffalo to keep its decades-long road show going. The band’s next Vermont stop comes Saturday, when they play the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction.

All that time together doesn’t mean Nevins is willing to stand pat. The vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who with Puryear writes most of Donna the Buffalo’s songs is releasing a solo album on her band’s label, Nashville-based Sugar Hill Records, in April. She recorded the album at the rural New York studio of Levon Helm, who as drummer and vocalist for The Band helped to create the organic hybrid of country, folk and rock that Donna the Buffalo carries on.

Helm played on two cuts on the album, according to Nevins. “I had to pinch myself a little bit,” she said. “But really, honestly, when you get in that situation you feel like, ‘Oh, wow,’ but once you start playing music together and hang out with Levon a little bit, he’s such a beautiful man, everything just feels normal. We’re all artists making art. He’s an incredibly gracious person. He’s probably one of the most soulful musicians I’ve ever heard or played with. He’s from the heart.”

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READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20110210/ENT/110209030/Twenty-years-later-Donna-the-Buffalo-still-roamin

And here is another article for the archives:

Partying with the Herd

By Warren Johnston — Valley News www.vnews.com

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Photo of Jeb Puryear by Jim Gavenus

The popular Trumansburg, N.Y., band has been around since 1989, made its initial mark at festivals and built a strong, loyal following known as the “Herd.”

“We’re still excited about the festivals, and playing festivals is a lot of what we do,” said Jeb Puryear. He and Tara Nevins are the remaining founding members of the band. “We’re lifers.”

The two write most of the songs the band plays and most of the tunes on the group’s nine albums.

“I grew up going to festivals and listening to old-time music, and when I met Tara, she had the same love of the (old-time) music. That’s what we started playing (at festivals), and other people seem to enjoy what we play. We really consider ourselves fortunate,” Puryear said.

On the rare occasions when Donna the Buffalo isn’t playing original songs, they’ll perform arrangements of cover songs, such as a reggae version of the bluegrass tune A Man of Constant Sorrow. Puryear, who plays electric guitar and pedal steel and sings, and Nevins, who sings and plays acoustic guitar, washboard, accordion and fiddle, write all of the songs for the band. Their tunes range from country, bluegrass and folk to funk and Zydeco, and all have a foot-stomping beat.

In addition to Puryear and Nevins, the band includes Vic Stafford on drums, David McCracken on electric keyboard and organ, and Kyle Spark on electric bass.

Donna the Buffalo’s last studio album, Silverlined, features songs that are more electrified and have a greater keyboard presence than the songs on earlier CDs. Puryear said there hasn’t been a conscious effort to change styles, but “I guess we’ve progressed. If we could step back and look at it, we probably have. It’s hard to tell when you’re in it every day.”

This spring the band will go back into the studio to work on a new album, he said.

Puryear is not quite sure who came up with the name of the band, which was a mispronunciation of the group’s original name. “We were just getting going, and somebody came up with the name Dawn of the Buffalo, which sort of had the imagery of believing in the power of music or something. When we started playing, somebody mispronounced it as Donna the Buffalo. We thought it was pretty funny and started playing under that name.”

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“A lot of our shows follow a similar trend. We try to get the music going, and then it spreads through the crowd; and the show becomes one piece, then it’s party time where everybody gets into it and comes together. The crowd comes to hear the band, but the band goes to the gig for the same reason. Without the band and the music, there’s no show, but without the crowd getting into the music, there’s no show,” Puryear said.

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READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.vnews.com/02032011/7610310.htm

Vic Stafford & Kyle Spark. Photo by Lewis Tezak Jr.

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