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Help Leftover Salmon Webcast ‘The Nashville Sessions’
Live From The Ryman on Sept 15th 

Pledge to Celebrate 15 Years Of The Nashville Sessions Live at the Ryman Auditorium.
Help Bring the Live Webcast of this Special Evening Into Your Home!


To Find Out More and Pledge: http://bit.ly/LoSNashSess

Bring 15 Years Of The Nashville Sessions Live From The Ryman To Your Home. Help bring this historic night of live music to living rooms around the world! With your help, this one-of-kind concert experience could be webcast live from the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. There are some exclusive items being offered to those who pledge. Our good friends at Music City Roots will be bringing their A-team along with full HD production to capture the night! By pledging, you could help make this live HD webcast a reality. In addition Leftover Salmon will be donating a portion of the funds raised to the Americana Music Association!

Celebrating 15 years of The Nashville Sessions Live At The Ryman Auditorium! On September 15th, Leftover Salmon will assemble an all-star cast which includes John Bell (of Widespread Panic), Sam Bush, Taj Mahal, Bill Payne (of Little Feat), Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band), Elizabeth Cook, and many more amazing musicians! 15 years ago LoS was joined in the studio by many of these musicians to record their most treasured album to date, The Nashville Sessions. Years later, they are excited to recreate this album in a live setting. Many music fans out there won’t be able to join in on this special evening in Nashville. This is why the band wants to bring the show to you!

At the Ryman, Leftover Salmon will also be releasing The Nashville Sessions [1999] on vinyl for the first time. A limited pressing of 1000 copies will only be available for purchase at the Ryman or by pledging. This double vinyl set includes a special track featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, which has been aging in the vault for the past 15 years!

You can be the first to download “Bluegrass Pines,” one of the new songs off Leftover Salmon’s forthcoming studio album for a pledge of $5. This track was written by Bill Payne of Little Feat and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Be the first to hear it!

Please join Leftover Salmon in helping make this webcast a reality. If the goal is reached, this unique performance will be broadcasted to the world. So, pick up one of these great offerings, and mark your calendar for a special night of entertainment on Monday, September 15th right from the living room for your home!

Vince Herman shares his thought on The Nashville Sessions:
Recording The Nashville  Sessions was like a musical fantasy island for us. We’d have Earl Scruggs come in the morning, Taj Mahal in the afternoon and Waylon Jennings the next day. We were loving it. It’s still dreamlike thinking about it years later. I sure treasure having had the chance to play with such iconic figures, especially those who have passed on, including our brother Mark Vann. I’m going to savor the chance to make music with the great cast of characters assembled at the Ryman that night. Life is short. Art is long. –Vince Herman

Thank you for supporting Leftover Salmon for the past 25 years!

For more information and complete tour dates for LoS, please visit and www.LeftoverSalmon.com. To find out more about the Ryman and the event, please visit www.Ryman.com.

Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat. Photo by Tobin Voggesser.

Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat. Photo by Tobin Voggesser.




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Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues Experience Perform at
The Asheville Music Hall on Sat 9/6

8pm doors/ 9pm show; Opener TBD; 18+; $12/$15
31 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Corey Harris and the Rasta Blues Experience are traveling for some select shows including a couple of shows in Virginia in late August, The Asheville Music Hall on September 6th, and at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown Maryland on October 10th.

Corey Harris and Rasta Blues Experience have been been traveling with their recent album, Fulton Blues [2013 Stable Roots Productions]. Fulton Blues is rooted in the blues tradition with true story-telling and soulful musicianship. It marked the next step in the nearly twenty-year career of today’s most daring and innovative acoustic blues player. Corey Harris and the Rasta Blue Experience is Corey Harris on Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Banjo, Lead & Background Vocals; Hook Herrera on Harmonica; Chris “Thelonious Nut” Whitley on Piano & Organ; Kenneth “Trini Joe” Joseph on Drums; Gordon “Saxman” Jones on Tenor/Alto/Baritone Sax; and Jayson “Brother J” Morgan on Bass.

Fulton is a community in Richmond, VA that is older than the city itself. From its docks on the James river, the first African captives were marched to the city’s slave market to be sold into bondage. This Black town on the east end of the city endured for more than 300 years until its land was seized and the families living there were forcibly evicted in the name of greed masquerading as progress. Fulton Blues is a collection of both original and classic material, that celebrates the timeless sound of traditional blues with fresh, insightful lyrics that paint an unflinching picture of life in the American South, both then and now. The stories in the fourteen songs on the album range from love, loss and longing to celebration, tragedy and triumph.

This November, Harris pays a number of shows with Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Phil Wiggins as part of True Blues, a multi-media a celebration of the contemporary African-American performers of traditional acoustic blues. The project includes an album in 2013 , a variety of concert performances, and a DVD that will be released in the winter of 2014 through Telarc Records. Watch the DVD Trailer here: 

In the spring of 2014, PBS released a Corey Harris special DVD, Journeys, that aired on public television by the The American Music Research Foundation (AMRF), producers of the award winning Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Series of Public TV Programs. Watch a clip from it here: www.amrf.net/video-corey.htm.

Journeys presents the Harris performing solo as well as duets with harmonica maestro Phil Wiggins, harmonies with special guest Thornetta Davis, and with the Rasta Blues Experience connecting musical dots from Africa to the Americas. “If you don’t have any idea where your traditions, where your culture, where your popular culture comes from, that’s a problem,” says Harris, who is dedicated to keeping the Blues alive.”That’s what makes people unique, is that knowledge about where they’re coming from.”

Corey Harris knows where his traditions and culture and music come from, which is why Martin Scorsese chose him as a featured artist and narrator to take viewers on a musical journey from Mississippi to West Africa in “Feel Like Going Home,” the first episode of his celebrated PBS series “The Blues” in 2003.

img_1250Corey can surely play the Blues too, and there is nothing ossified about his performances. He also plays African music, reggae, soul and jazz, and uses his mastery of the instruments, the complex cadences and rhythms, and the feelings of the music that evolved in the New World via the African diaspora to create something entirely new. Some call it “Progressive Blues.”

In 2007, he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship – commonly referred to as a “genius award.” “Corey Harris forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, he blends musical styles often considered separate and distinct to create something entirely new, says the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. That same year, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine.

Corey has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others. His additional recordings include Fish Ain’t Bitin’ (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Zion Crossroads (2007), blu black (2009 ), DC Blues (2010), Father Sun-Mother Earth (2011), Fulton Blues (2013), True Blues (with Taj Mahal, Shemeka Copeland, Guy Davis, Alvin Hart and Phil Wiggins (2013).

Kind words about Corey Harris:
Corey Harris takes a decidedly anthropological and academic approach to the blues, deeply researching its variants and origins, and he’s become adept at combining West African, Jamaican, and Creole rhythms with traditional country blues forms in a manner so natural that the cracks and fissures between now and then and between here and there never seem to show.” Steve Leggett, All Music Guide

Corey Harris writes from the heart, and his music is real, never cliché. He is like the minstrels of old who would travel conveying news of the day, and educating people to goings on in the world they lived in, but might not necessarily see. Like the minstrels of old, Harris also weaves stories of times past, but not forgotten. His writing gives life to these times and events, conjuring up vivid images for us to experience.” —Barry Kerzner, American Blues Scene

Corey Harris On Tour
Aug 22 2014 – Aug 23 2014  Solo Show – Ogden Roots & Blues Festival, Liberty UT*
Aug 29 2014 – Fri – The Hot Spot, Waynesboro VA ^
Aug 30 2014 – Sat – Front Porch Festival, Patrick County VA ^
Sep 06 2014 – Sat – Asheville Music Hall, Asheville NC ^
Oct 10 2014 – Fri – Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown MD ^
Nov 01 2014 – Sat – McIntyre Performing Arts Center, Mt. Vernon WA %
Nov 02 2014 – Sun – Earshot Festival-The Triple Door, Seattle WA %
Nov 07 2014 – Fri – The Abby Theater, Hardwick MA %
Nov 08 2014 – Sat – Monmouth University, Long Branch NJ %
Nov 22 2014 – Sat – Wolf Hills Brewing Co, Abingdon VA %

* solo show
^ Corey Harris and the Rasta Blues Experience
% True Blues Show w/ Taj Mahal, Shemekia Copeland, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Phil Wiggins

For more information and further tour dates, please visit www.corey-harris.com.



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