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Acoustic Syndicate. Photo by Lynne Harty.

Acoustic Syndicate. Photo by Lynne Harty.

Acoustic Syndicate Performs in the Southeast This Fall, Announces Thanksgiving Show

Celebrating the Anniversaries of WNCW & Isothermal Community College in Sept
Shows in Georgia and Florida in Early November
Annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Show Set for Nov 29th at The Grey Eagle in Asheville

With a touring and recording history of more than 20 years, a strong following regionally and beyond, and a history of playing festivals like Bonnaroo and Farm Aid, North Carolina favorites Acoustic Syndicate returned in 2013 with their first record since 2004, Rooftop Garden.

The band is set to perform a select number of shows in the southeast this Fall including two shows on September 27th; a daytime performance at the Isothermal Community College (the home of WNCW radio) in Spindale, NC for the college’s 50 Year Anniversary, and another set later that evening at Pisgah Brewing Company’s outdoor stage in Black Mountain, NC to celebrate WNCW’s 25 Year Anniversary on the airwaves. In early November they return to Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta before heading on to Lucky’s in Valdosta, GA and the Riverhawk Music Festival in Brooksville, FL. Acoustic Syndicate is also happy to announce their annual Asheville Thanksgiving show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville on November 29th.

Having claimed the #6 spot in WNCW’s 2013 year-end Top-100 listener poll with Rooftop Garden, the band is as beloved to the Western North Carolina audience as they’ve ever been. “Acoustic Syndicate has remained one of WNCW listeners’ favorite regional and overall acts ever since they began in the ‘90’s,” says WNCW’s Martin Anderson. “In fact they were one of the Top 10 favorite WNCW artists during our big 20th Anniversary vote in 2009, ranking alongside such A-list acts as the Avett Brothers, the Allman Brothers, and Alison Krauss. When I think of bands that best represent the overall sound of what we do at WNCW – roots music, rock, jamming, harmonizing, songs that tell a good story – it’s hard to think of a better one than Acoustic Syndicate.”

Produced by Grammy Award winner Stewart Lerman (Boardwalk Empire, Patti Smith, The Roches, Antony and the Johnsons, Crash Test Dummies), Rooftop Garden features the band’s distinctive blend of rock and acoustic music, all influenced by the players’ love of a wide range of music, from reggae to American roots. “Their modern take on traditional bluegrass and rock values culminates in a glimmering, driving sound rich with acoustic textures and glowing vocals,” writes Paul Kerr on JamBase.

They have also branched out into new territory with the album as Glide’s Bryan Rodgers notes, “… in 2010, new songs began creeping into set-lists and the band began a new era. The culmination is Rooftop Garden…The passage of time, dedication to other interests (family, farming, and software engineering for instance) and newfound musical freedom helped the band create their most personal album yet, which is remarkable. All of the music… has a distinctly human touch, with topics like sustainability, the frailty of existence, love, and community. Rooftop Garden is somehow more immediate because of where the band now finds themselves musically: with no one to please but themselves and an even broader range of life experiences from which to cull material.”

“The tunes on this album were written with an essentially positive message, one about humanity, earth, responsibility and peace,” said singer/guitarist Steve McMurry. He and his cousin Bryon McMurry (banjo, electric guitar) split the songwriting and lead vocal duties 50/50 on this new album, and are joined by Bryon’s brother Fitz McMurry (drums) for the kind of three part harmony that only close relatives who grew up singing together can conjure up. The band is rounded out by always in-demand bassist Jay Sanders and dobro wizard Billy Cardine; both of whom make use of Moog synthesizers and pedals to craft a unique ensemble sound.

The McMurry family has been in family farming in the same region of Cleveland County, NC since the 1700s. Their love of the land and their serious approach to its stewardship is echoed by the love of the music they make and the care with which they make it. Rooftop Garden conveys important things about the environment we all share, grounded in the life experiences of people who truly love what they do. “Through our music, we have tried to maintain a consistent message, a reminder,” says Steve McMurry, “that this Earth is the only one we will ever have. And though we speak of some lofty ideals in our music, my most fervent hope is that when people listen to us or come to our show, they leave with a laugh and a smile and the satisfaction of having been a part of something positive.”

Acoustic Syndicate Fall Shows 2014
9/27 Sat – Isothermal CC 50th Anniv. on the Campus Green- Spindale, NC
9/27 Sat – WNCW’s 25th Anniv. Party at Pisgah Brewing Co – Black Mountain, NC*
11/6 Thu – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
11/7 Fri – Lucky’s – Valdosta, GA
11/8 Sat – Riverhawk Music Festival – Brooksville, FL
11/29 Sat- The Grey Eagle – Annual Thanksgiving show – Asheville, NC
* w/ Shane Pruitt Band & Phuncle Sam

For more information and other news, please visit www.acousticsyndicate.com, facebook.com/AcousticSyndicate and twitter.com/asyndicate.

 

 

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LosTurkey1Leftover Salmon Adds Bill Payne (Little Feat) and Fruition to Holiday Shows

Fri- Sat 11.29-30 Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO *
Sat-Sun 12.28-29 Park City Live – Park City, UT *
Mon-Tue 12.30-31 Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA * +

* = with special guest Bill Payne (of Little Feat)
+ = with special guests Fruition

Tickets & info: www.leftoversalmon.com/site/tour/

Leftover Salmon is thrilled to welcome special guest Bill Payne (of Little Feat) to their Thanksgiving shows at the Boulder Theater and to the New Year’s shows at Park City Live in Utah and the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, WA. Fruition will also join the festivities in Seattle. Leftover Salmon is looking forward to these holiday shows and playing the new tunes they released through Breckenridge Brewery this year.

Stay tuned to the band’s social networks throughout the tour for special contests and parties through LoS and Breckenridge Brewery. All shows will be webstreamed live, pending a solid internet connection, and sets will be available for download within a few days of the show on LiveSalmon.com

Leftover Salmon Fall 2013. Photo by Susan Weiand

Leftover Salmon Fall 2013. Photo by Susan Weiand

Leftover Salmon emerged on the scene in Boulder, CO in 1989 as one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre. “This is one fish that has only gotten better with age. Fiery solos and elements of country, bluegrass, jazz and jam rock combine into a heady mix of feel-good tunes — and some that carry a hefty message, as well,” said CMT.

Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin); Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, mandola, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo, National guitar); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass, acoustic guitar); Alwyn Robinson (drums, percussion).

Leftover Salmon on Tour
Nov 05  Tue – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov 06  Wed – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov 07  Thu – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle &
Nov 08  Fri – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club %
Nov 09  Sat – Richmond, VA – The National %
Nov 10  Sun – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall #
Nov 12  Tue – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
Nov 13  Wed – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Nov 14  Thu – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre ^
Nov 15  Fri – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre ^@
Nov 16  Sat – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov 17  Sun – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Nov 29-30  Fri-Sat – Boulder, CO – The Boulder Theater *
Dec 11-15 Wed-Sun Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings and Sol
Dec 28-29 Sat-Sun – Park City, UT- Park City Live *
Dec 30-31 Mon-Tue – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre *+
Jan 3-4, 2014 Fri-Sat – Girdwood, AK- Alyeska Resort
Jan 8-9, 2014 Wed-Thu – Kihei, Maui, HI- Stella Blues
Jan 10, 2014 Fri – Paia, Maui, HI – Charley’s
Jan 11, 2014 Sat – Makawao, Maui, HI – Casanova

* = with special guest Bill Payne (of Little Feat)
+ = with special guests Fruition
& w/ Jon Stickly Trio
% w/ Swear and Shake
# w/ Bawn in the Mash
^ w/ Big Wu
@ w/ Old Shoe

For more information, please visit: www.LeftoverSalmon.com

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Leftover Salmon is pleased to announce that they’ll be teaming up with Conscious Alliance at the Boulder Theater on 11/23 & 11/24 to host an ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drive. Bring 20 non-perishable food items & receive a FREE screen-print poster by Robert Marx.  More info here:http://bit.ly/WMIRtz

See more of Robert’s artwork at: www.marxmarx.com

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Leftover Salmon is happy to welcome some very special guests for Thanksgiving weekend at Boulder Theater. On 11/23 Jason Carter (of The Del McCoury Band) will join the band. On 11/24 Andy Hall (of The Infamous Stringdusters) will be in the house! Looking forward to a special weekend…

The guys had such a fabulous time on the Fall tour and thank all the fans, tapers and photographers that came out and all of the wonderful venues along the way. Keep checking the facebook page for more photos, shows and other fun news! www.facebook.com/leftoversalmon

Tour Dates:
11/23 – Boulder, COBoulder Theater *w/ Jason Carter
11/24 – Boulder, COBoulder Theater *w/ Andy Hall
12/12-16 – Tulum, Mexico – Strings & Sol
12/27 – Indianapolis, IN  –  Vogue Theatre * w/ The Lee Boys
12/28-29 – St. Louis, MO –  Old Rock House * w/ The Lee Boys
12/31 – Chicago, ILVic Theatre * w/ The Lee Boys

www.LeftoverSalmon.com

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Leftover Salmon’s Thanksgiving Weekend @ The Boulder Theater
Friday & Saturday, November 23-24th, 2012
8pm doors, $27.50 per day, $50 for 2-nights (limited)
2032 14th St. Boulder, CO 80302

Leftover Salmon is happy to announce a two night run at the Boulder Theater on Friday and Saturday, November 23rd – 24th to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend! NPR’s Mountain Stage heralded Colorado’s Leftover Salmon as “one of the most beloved acts on America’s summer-festival circuit” as they’ve returned from an eight year hiatus touring with their new album Aquatic Hitchhiker [released May 22 on LoS Records]. Exploring new new sonic territory, AOL’s The Boot listed Aquatic Hitchhiker as one of the best Americana albums of this year.

Members of the Leftover Salmon fan-club can purchase advance tickets for the Thanksgiving shows on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10am MST through http://leftovertickets.jambasetickets.com/events/248491. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, September 14th at 10am MST through www.bouldertheater.com and at the Boulder Theater box office.

There ain’t no place they’d rather be letting loose for Thanksgiving weekend than with friends, fans, and family right back where it all started back in 1989 when they emerged on the scene as one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre.

Leftover Salmon kicked off the 2012 season by hosting an epic block party in downtown Denver, releasing a behind-the-scenes documentary “Salmonlandia,” touring relentlessly and scoring a spot as Discovery Channel’s first-ever house band on “After the Catch,” the post-show special for the Emmy-winning series “The Deadliest Catch.”

Now they are gearing up for their Fall tour which kicks off October 2nd and sees several familiar stops along the way, some of which the band has not visited in over a decade. The tour rolls through the Northeast, Southeast & Midwest with festival stops at The Festy Experience & Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Music Festival at Mulberry Mountain and String & Sol in Tulum, Mexico.

Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin); Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, mandola, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo, National guitar); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass, acoustic guitar); Jose Martinez (drums, percussion).

More information is available at www.LeftoverSalmon.com.
WATCH “Gulf of Mexico” Live from LoS’s CD Release show on Sante Fe Dr In Denver

Leftover Salmon Tour Dates
10/02 – Millvale, PA  – Mr. Smalls Theatre
10/03 – Bethlehem, PA – MusikFest Cafe’
10/04 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/05 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/06 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10/07 – Nelson County, VA – The Festy Experience
10/09 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
10/10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
10/11 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay
10/12-13 – Ozark, AR – Harvest Music Festival
10/16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
10/17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
10/18 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club
10/19 – Ames, IA – DG’s Tap House
10/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/21 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
11/23-24/2012 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12/12-16 – Tulum, Mexico – Strings & Sol
12/27 – Indianapolis, IN  –  Vogue Theatre
12/28-29 – St. Louis, MO –  Old Rock House
12/31 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre

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Acoustic Syndicate


The Lincoln Theater ~ Raleigh, NC
Friday, November 26th, 2010
 

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The Orange Peel ~ Asheville, NC
Saturday, November 27th, 2010


Acoustic Syndicate is:
Steve McMurry: Acoustic guitars, mandolin, vocals.
Bryon McMurry: Banjos, electric guitar, vocals.
Fitz McMurry: Drums, vocals.
Jay Sanders: Acoustic upright bass, electric bass.
Billy Cardine: Acoustic and electric dobros.
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Acoustic Syndicate was born in December, 1977 when Joe and Fitzhugh McMurry, a couple of brothers from Cleveland County, NC got together and decided to get their kids bluegrass instruments for Christmas that year. The kids were brothers Fitz Jr. and Bryon McMurry, and their cousin Steve McMurry. Fitzie, as he was known back then, got a Gibson Hummingbird guitar. Bryon got an Eagle banjo and Steve got a fiddle from Sears & Roebuck. All were excited and happy. The trio was nicknamed the “The Maple Creek Three” by Fitzhugh Sr. They learned a few songs, mostly church songs from the Methodist hymnal, and threw in a couple of country and bluegrass numbers and before long they were playing whenever they could…mostly serving at the pleasure of the parents at family gatherings and church functions. Joe and Fitzhugh, taking great delight in the results of their scheme, had unwittingly laid the foundation of what was to become Acoustic Syndicate. The boys spent the remainder of their childhood and adolescence singing, playing, living and working together on the family farm in Cleveland County.

After high school the trio drifted on separate paths for a while…moving off to college, taking jobs, getting married and so on. But the boys would always make time to get together and go see some good, live music…anything from bluegrass to punk rock. One could find them at a reggae festival on Lake Norman as easily as you could see them at the Milestone in Charlotte to see the Bad Brains, or in DC at a Grateful Dead show. In 1992 the three landed back in Cleveland County, quite by coincidence, and started playing again. In 1993 the trio added Doug Rogers to the group on upright bass. The band played their first gig as The Mint Jubilee Blues at the suggestion of a friend. After some debate on the topic, the band decided on “Acoustic Syndicate” over dinner at the old El Cancun Mexican restaurant in Shelby, NC in October of that year. Bryon actually came up with the name.

Photo by Bright Life Photography

The Band started out pretty much as any other, playing at parties, bars and alike. In 1994 the band caught the attention of Steve Metcalf of the world famous Green Acres Music Hall, in Bostic, NC. He featured them at “The Acres” on a couple of big bills like David Grisman and Bela Fleck. In 1997, the Syndicate added Nashville bassist, Jay Sanders, formerly of the Snake Oil Medicine Show to their line up to complete the Syndicate core. The rest is a matter of record. From there, with the help and connections of Steve Metcalf and the booking of Hugh Southard at Blue Mountain Artists, the band went on to tour the country extensively for the next eight years, completing six recording projects, two of them for Sugar Hill Records.

In 2001 they added long time friend and collaborator, Jeremy Saunders on saxophones. With their distinct brand of folk rock, bluegrass and reggae, coupled with their romper room, ultra high-energy, live performances they went on to be regulars at the biggest music festivals in the country, playing Bonnaroo, Farm Aid, High Sierra Music Festival, Telluride Music Festival, Merle Fest, Magnolia Fest and many more. The band played most of the A list rooms in the country and continued to tour and record until 2005.

The collapse of the record industry along with growing family needs at home forced the band to either commit to a long term tour schedule, or stop playing. The band decided to call it quits at Smilefest in May of 2005. The decision to disband would not stand. After only a two year break, the people called for the music to continue, and at the frequent and steadfast urging of Blue Mountain Artists, the Syndicate decided to play again.
From the very beginning the band resolved to play honest, good music with emphasis on musicianship and vocal harmonies. The mission was to provide good music to the masses as an alternative to the cookie cutter, self-centered industry standards of the day. Their body of original material always conveyed a positive message of coexistence, peace, conservation, sustainability and happiness. They opted to leave the sappy love songs to those who take no exception to wasting the precious time and minds of the body politic.

Acoustic Syndicate plays on with its message of peace, earth, unity and family. The Syndicate will enter the studio this winter to begin work on their 7th recording. They can be found out and about in the South East touring with their new music and their newest addition to the group, dobro player Billy Cardine.

Biography: Lyle Cordova.

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