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THE DUHKS:
The most vital acoustic music being made today acknowledges its predecessors and lives in the here and now. The Duhks, a band of five skilled, high-energy, tattooed musicians from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been riveting audiences and winning staunch fans around the world with just that kind of music. The Boston Globe says about them, “Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove. Who says the Frozen North can’t sizzle, eh?”  www.duhks.com

Since the release of their self-titled album in 2005, the consequent re-release of its Canadian debut (Your Daughters and Your Sons) to their most recent release (Fast Paced World), the band has won admirers as diverse as David Crosby, Dolly Parton and Doc Watson. This isn’t surprising, given the band’s blend of soul, gospel, North American folk, Brazilian samba, old-time country string-band music, zydeco and Irish dance music, folk rock and the attraction of these interwoven acoustic styles. The Duhks’ unique sound has also earned the band a Grammy nomination, one Juno Award, two additional Juno nominations, two Folk Alliance awards and an Americana Music Association nomination for Best Emerging Artists.

DEHLIA LOW:
Dehlia Low’s vocal harmony and instrumentation reflect a deep connection to traditional music with modern arrangements and relevant, smart songwriting. The band combines their gripping, rustic-flavored vocal style with instrumental prowess. Performing original songs that feel at once both old and new, the band is rooted in bluegrass while pushing their sound into Americana, Roots Country, and Folk, true to their southern Appalachian roots.  www.dehlialow.com

SPACE CAPONE:
Space Capone highly danceable, ’70s-style grooves and thrift store retro style! www.spacecapone.com

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The Duhks w/ Dehlia Low
Pisgah Brewing Inside Taproom
Friday, October 7th

Fri., 10/7/11 — The Duhks w/Dehlia Low and Late Night w/Space Capone
Inside Taproom
Door 6:30 PM/Show Time 7:30 PM
Tickets: $15
Ticket Purchase – https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/198082

828-669-0190
150 Eastside Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711
http://www.pisgahbrewing.com

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Ready for some new music from Tara Nevins? Download a free mp3 of “Snowbird” (accompanied by Jim Lauderdale) from the new album Wood and Stone, out May 3rd. Share the widget and make a comment here: http://on.fb.me/e3lYgj for a chance to win a signed vinyl copy of the album.

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American roots traditionalist Tara Nevins releases an exploration of her own heritage, musical and otherwise, in Wood and Stone, her first solo album since Mule to Ride in 1999. Wood and Stone showcases her ever-evolving repertoire as she journeys both back to her own “roots” and head-long into new territory. Set for a May 3rd release through Sugar Hill Records, the album was produced by Larry Campbell and recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, the home of the Ramble (Where she will be performing songs from the record on May 27th)! Featured guests on the album include Levon Helm, Jim Lauderdale, Allison Moorer, Teresa Williams, The Heartbeats, along with the core band of Larry Campbell, Justin Guip, and Byron Isaacs.

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Dehlia Low officially release Dehlia Low – Live tonight (Nov 5th) at the Get Down in West Asheville! Check out this excerpt of an interview with them in the Asheville Citizen Times’ Take Five:

Dehlia Low celebrates live CD with West Asheville show
by Michael Flynn • published November 5, 2010

ASHEVILLE – At traditional bluegrass gatherings, people sometimes ask members of Asheville’s Dehlia Low why the five-person string band has no banjo player. Guitarist and singer Stacy Claude has come up with an answer.

“I tell people that we had only five seats in the van,” she says with a laugh, “so someone had to go.”

Judging by the band’s growing audience and recognition, Dehlia Low’s blend of bluegrass, country and Americana music sounds just right as is.

The band is playing tonight at West Asheville’s new Get Down to celebrate its latest release, a live album that includes songs from a May gig at The Grey Eagle.

“We’ve been talking about it for a while,” Claude says about recording live. “We feel our studio albums are different than our live performances, and we wanted to capture some of that live energy.”

Along with Claude, the band features vocalist and fiddler Anya Hinkle, dobro player Aaron Ballance, mandolin picker Bryan Clendenin and upright bassist Greg Stiglets. The group came together about three years ago, sparked by connections from Jack of the Wood’s Celtic jam sessions.

The members’ blend of vocal harmonies, acoustic picking and country dobro creates a classic Asheville take on traditional music.

“We like to say we have a foot in bluegrass and a foot in Americana and roots music,” Claude says.

… … …
Look for the group to continue to grow its fan base next year, with more touring and another album written and ready to record. Asheville, Claude says, is the perfect launching pad for the band.

“Living in a community with so many acoustic musicians of this caliber keeps you on your toes,” she says.

“It’s an amazing place to be a musician.”

Michael Flynn writes about entertainment for take5. E-mail him at mickfly@bellsouth.net.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20101105/ENT/311050017/1291/ADVERTISING

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Great preview in the Fredericksburg Freelance Star about Larry Keel and Natural Bridge’s upcoming show at the Otterhouse this Saturday, September 11th.

FLAT-PICKERS WITH LOCAL ROOTS REMAIN AT THE FOREFRONT OF PROGRESSIVE BLUEGRASS

Keel’s local bluegrass roots branch out in many directions

Date published: 9/9/2010

BY RYAN GREEN

FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR

Most area residents are aware of the numerous national claims to fame our local bluegrass musicians have made. Yet, some may be unaware that perhaps the most prolific and progressive flat-picker performing today spent many nights picking away in and around Fredericksburg.

Photo by Bright Life Photography

For the versed and unversed alike, on Saturday night Larry Keel and his band, Natural Bridge, will rock The Otter House and demonstrate why his act is consistently touted as the hottest, most provocative and most entertaining bluegrass band of this decade.

Growing up in Warrenton, Keel frequently played the open-mic nights at the Irish Brigade (located in the same spot that The Otter House now calls home). As he made connections with other local musicians, he spearheaded a healthy progressive-bluegrass scene in the Fredericksburg area with his band Magraw Gap and later the Larry Keel Experience.

Becoming increasingly more renowned for his flat-picking virtuosity, Keel claimed several first-place prizes during the mid-’90s at Telluride competitions, which for all intents and purposes are the World Cup of bluegrass.

In 2005, Keel formed his much lauded band Natural Bridge with his wife, Jenny Keel, on string bass and Mark Schimick on mandolin. Their latest release, “Backwoods” (2009) is a course in the direction the Keels are leading the bluegrass scene, which is to say they are taking the scene somewhere new. It is a must listen for anyone claiming to be tuned to the motions of country/bluegrass music. Within, you find the complexity and virtuosic instrumentation of traditional bluegrass in the vein of Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs–but the comparisons need not go much further.

In a recent phone interview, Jenny Keel remarked on the band’s determination to go beyond traditional bluegrass.

“We put a lot of energy into honoring the forefathers of bluegrass. They were the original alternative music makers of their time,” said Jenny Keel. “But bluegrass has to grow, it has to evolve. None of the greats in the last three generations have stayed true to the Monroe-Scruggs way.”

Indeed, the Keels’ original tunes stand alone in a genre driven by the cover. The melodies, grounded by Larry Keel’s uniquely deep timbre, are backed in places by overhanging Tom Petty- esque harmonies and the pulse of Jenny Keel’s quiet-yet-strong bass playing. Meanwhile, both Larry Keel and Schimick set the standard for virtuosic picking throughout by melding classic bluegrass runs with elements of rock, gypsy jazz and the blues. In the end, progressive bluegrass may be an understatement, but it is clear that what the Keels are doing is progress.

The Keels also recently released their equally acclaimed second album as Keller and the Keels–a collaboration with hometown hero Keller Williams–titled “Thief.” This genre-bending album is a collection of covers (e.g., Amy Winehouse, Marcy Playground) that existed beyond the canon of bluegrass before Williams rearranged and captured them with the able hands of the Keels behind him. This album’s astounding success is an indication of how the branches of bluegrass are outgrowing its roots in our mountainous landscape and becoming, in some ways, a form of pop music.

While some traditionalists fear these changes, the Keels fully support them. For the most part, it is through this growth that the youth of today are learning about the wonderful music our area has produced for hundreds of years.

Larry’s attitude (in the words of Jenny Keel) is, “If I’m out there doing my thing and I throw in a Bob Marley tune, then I’ve got them listening. Then I lay on a full-on mountain song, like a Ralph Stanley song. Then I’ve got them to listen to Ralph Stanley when they might never have heard it.”

For this Saturday’s show, fans should arrive, as cliched as it is to say, expecting the unexpected.

“Larry grew up with a bunch of pickers, and there is likely to be some crazy hijinks beyond our Natural Bridge format,” said Jenny Keel.

Rumors have it that Will Lee (son of Ricky Lee, the Ralph Stanley-backing legend) and Gary Keel, Larry’s brother, will be in attendance, and likely onstage.

To be sure, the same creativity and cohesion that drive the constant evolution of this band will be present. Count in the virtuosic musicians and the feel-good atmosphere of the Otter House and this show becomes a bargain too sweet to pass up.

Ryan Green is a freelance writer and musician in Richmond. Reach him at
Email: ryugreen@yahoo.com.

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“Dehlia Low is a string music band based out of Asheville, NC that perfectly captures that beauty of mountain music and they are the perfect ambassadors of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With these beautiful songs…they are able to dig deeper into the Appalachian culture than many roots bands.” ~ Taproot Radio

Dehlia Low
The Grey Eagle
Friday, May 28th, 20109pm
$8 adv/ $10 dos
all ages
828-232-5800
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
www.thegreyeagle.com

“Dehlia Low: The heartfelt mountain sounds of this new band recall the Carter Family and the Stanley Brothers. Listen for ‘If That’s the Way You Feel,’ ‘When I Can Read My Titles Clear,’ and ‘Plains of Tellico.'” ~ Diane Amov in an article about Merlfest 2010

A fan stated, “I saw your show and just wanted to let you know that it was probably one of my favorite experiences at Merlefest 2010. Both vocals were amazing, the mandolin playing had me in awe and the dobro playing gave me chills. On the way home my friend and I were kicking ourselves for not buying your album at the festival but I’m glad to find you guys on itunes!”

“This latest project is probably the most important release to date from North Carolina’s Dehlia Low. Although the band is an all-acoustic aggregation, their musical style extends beyond the boundaries of bluegrass. With the exception of Norman Blake’s ‘Lord Won’t You Help Me,’ the other 11 tracks are band originals, such as ‘River Is Rising,’ ‘Bide My Time,’ and ‘Buffalo To Washington.’ Fiddler Anya Hinkle’s vocal prowess is a key ingredient to the sound of Dehlia Low and shines through on ‘Take Me Back’ and ‘Santa Ana Winds.’ ‘Tellico’ is a first-class production. Dehlia Low is rapidly becoming a musical force to watch for.” ~ Bluegrass Unlimited

“…one of those kinds of bands that I just really fall in love with. They’re called Dehlia Low and at the bare bones, they’re a string band, but…in a way string bands used to be when there wasn’t such a genre splint of what country music was and what bluegrass music was and what blues music was. It’s where those points converge for me. They’re primarily writing their own material, very strong material, and they’re one of those bands that you’re going to start hearing a lot more of.” ~ Iaan Hughes, No Depression

Dehlia Low will also be on WNCW’s Studio B on Thursday, May 27th at 4pm

Tune in at: www.wncw.org

“We’ve fallen in love with this cd over here, every one of us…we’ve had more requests for it than any other disk in the past year and a half. It’s a hit record….fresh….solid songwriting and the vocal duet is what gets them. ” ~Dennis Jones, WNCW 88.7

*WNCW’s 2009 Countdown their most recent album, Tellico, won #2 for regional artists as well as #18 for top 100 releases of 2009.

*Their first self titled EP also placed #17 for top 100 releases in 2008 on WNCW.

Dehlia Low will featured on the upcoming “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s” show that is being released to PBS in a syndicated program. Check out a clip:



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Check out this writeup about Donna the Buffalo in Chattanooga. It was for their show at Rhythm and Brews on May 6th.

Also here is a link to Matt Dunmore Photography who took some great photos that night: http://mattdunmorephotography.com/www/05-2010/photography/donna-the-buffalo-rhythm-brews/

Photo by Matt Dunmore Photography

No One’s Buffalo is Named Donna

Written by Tara Morris,  Chattanooga Pulse
May 5, 2010 – 1:01 pm

Donna The Buffalo is a five-person ensemble consisting of Tara Nevins, Jeb Puryear, Dave McCracken, Jay Sanders, and Vic Stafford. For 21 years, this roots group has toured and spread their love of feel-good music that connects poetry, spirituality, and socially conscious ideals. Their 2008 release Silverlined on Sugar Hill Records hit number 8 on the Americana Music Chart.

To those not in the know, Donna The Buffalo might seem an “interesting” name. Countless scenarios of why someone would name their buffalo Donna engage the mind—but I have come to find out that it was purely a mistake. During their first show, an “under the influence” MC slurred their name from “Dawn of the Buffalo” to “Donna The Buffalo”—and they never went back.

A sweet story, just like the sweetness found in Tara Nevins’s vocals and the bounce in their sound. Words of peace and justice, love, life, and death flow from the speakers…Jeb and Tara have sung more than 140 songs together with DTB. This band has graced the stages of Bonnaroo, Camp Bisco, Rothbury, and Austin City Limits, to name a few. They’ve worked with such artists as Bela Fleck, Jim Lauderdale, Preston and Keith Frank, and with Nevins touring with the drummer of the Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann’s band BK3, this band is no joke.

After more than 20 years of bringing musical love to the masses, it’s no surprise this band has an extensive fan base calling themselves “The Herd”. This unique and supportive community follows the band with zeal and is an extension of the band’s dedication to community and roots music. The music of DTB transcends age, and prides itself on expressing a celebration of life with every stroke of the fiddle and squeeze of the accordion.

This Thursday night, DTB will be joined by Nashville’s own Infamous Stringdusters, a Chattanooga favorite whose fusion of acoustic bluegrass is sure to impress. When these boys came together, they were hardly new to the scene, with ties to artists such as Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, and Vanessa Carlton. After the 2007 release of Fork in the Road, they toured extensively. The band starred in a documentary made about their touring experience, and signed a deal with Lions Gate Films, which will license their music for commercials and other media.

Despite all the name-dropping, these bands have worked their way up and will surely give you a chance to relax, engage, and get down. Dougher told me how long he has been trying to get Donna The Buffalo and shared his excitement. Once again it is a big week in the Valley for music, and with the many choices, we must all quit our jobs, panhandle for ticket money and give it all to every show we can. If this is a bit too much, then make a date and go see why Donna The Buffalo has been able to perform for so long.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://chattanoogapulse.com/music/music-feature/no-ones-buffalo-is-named-donna/

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Photo by Lewis Tezak Jr.

If there is one thing you can say about bass player, Jay Sanders, it is that he has never stopped following the path his heart leads him through music. With over twenty years in the saddle, he is still touring and recording with folk rock band, Acoustic Syndicate. He played four years with Americana roots rock legends Donna The Buffalo. Jay was one of the original members of the Snake Oil Medicine Show, CX-1, and one of the primary forces behind AVAS (The Acoustic Vibration Appreciation Society). He also currently leads the jazz band, The E.Normus Trio.

As a bass player, what characterizes Jay’s music is an overwhelming sense of space, time and genre. His compositions tend towards the melodic and sublime while improvisations can go from the most peaceful melody to full-scale free jazz and noise music. His attention to styles and versatility are the hallmark of his playing. Sanders can either be the “rock,” holding the steady rhythmic heartbeat of a song, or take you down a sensitive melodic road of adventurous organic experimentation. The element of creativity that he admires most is collective collaboration with keen awareness.

This spring, Sanders commenced the weekly “Mindtonic Music Series” on Tuesday evenings at the Rocket Club in Asheville; he brings together various collaborative players including Andy Pond and Billy Seawell from Snake Oil Medicine show, Billy Cardine (Biscuit Burners), Mark Van Allen (Blueground Undergrass), Vic Stafford (Donna the Buffalo), Jeff Sipe, Cyril Lance, Jason Krekel (Mad Tea Party), Jason Flournoy (Larry Keel and Natural Bridge), Aaron Woody Wood and David Gans amonst many others. Each week’s collaboration results in a completely different sound than the week before, always keeping a dynamic edge. Groups are assembled in order to bridge various music scenes and to showcase the co-creations that form when unlikely musical companions of contrasting styles are set free in an open environment.

Throughout his career Sanders has had the opportunity to play with many of his heroes including Ornette Coleman, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Bernie Worrel, Kirk Joseph, Vassar Clements, Jim Lauderdale, Tim O’Brien, Larry Keel, Hank Roberts and many more. He has studied with Reggie Wooten, E. Michael Harrington, Jerry Coker and countless inspiring individual talents over the years.

Over the years, Jay Sanders has become a sought after bass player for his versatility and attentiveness. “Anyone can play the bass, but it takes keen intuition and a good ear to become a great bass player,” he says. With so many projects in the works, it will be exciting to see what shape his next musical adventure will take.

Find out more at mindtonic.net

Mindtonic Music Series April Schedule:

April 6 – The Sufi Brothers

Jay Sanders, Woody Wood, Jason Krekel, and Mike Rhodes

The combination of Jason Krekel, Mike Rhodes and Aaron Woody Wood is a powerful force.  The Sufi Brothers used to play in Boone and Asheville years ago – leading to many legendary performances and bar dances.  This band contains the kind of chemistry that Oppenheimer couldn’t have dreamed of.

April 13 –  The Dog Talkers

Jay Sanders, Jeff Sipe, Dave McCrackin, and Cyril Lance, with special guest Ben Hovey

What can you say about the living legend that is Jeff Sipe? Long a hero with the Aquarium Rescue Unit and Leftover Salmon, it is a true honor to play with the dynamic typhoon of rhythmic drive. Whenever Jeff plays the drums, the music transcends time and space into a beautiful cosmic reality of groove. Cyril Lance is an amazing songwriter and guitarist from the Chapel Hill area who has been known for spectacular performances. What you may not know is that he is an expert in the Earth’s magnetic field, designed the new Moog Taurus pedals and can talk to dogs. David McCracken is a rare and singular musical presence, his prowess with his organ is know far and wide. These days you can find him projecting light with Donna The Buffalo when not cruising the parkway in his vintage VW bus Madame Norbert. Joining the band as a special guest is trumpeter and keyboardist Ben Hovey. Ben has been making waves with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and the Vertigo Jazz Project funkin’ it up in Asheville for a couple years now.

April 20 –

Jay Sanders, Sean Mason, and others tba

Sean Mason is the rhythmic mastermind behind the Vertigo Jazz Project.  He is also part of the glue that has been holding the Wednseday night jazz explorations at MoDaddy’s.  They will be joined by several surprise guests.  Fear not if you leave with a dizzying feeling of motion when one is stationary, it might not just be the stools.

April 27 – David Gans & Friends

Jay Sanders, David Gans, Bobby Miller, Billy Cardine, and more tba

You know him as the world’s most listened to Deadhead as the host of the Grateful Dead Hour, but did you know that David Gans is also an incredible tunesmith?  David will be supported by Virginia Dare Devils’ maestro Bobby Miller on Mandolin and handstands.  Billy Cardine will also be joining the group on the dobro.  More musicians will be announced as the day gets closer.

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