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XmasJamBannerCHRISTMAS JAM ART SHOW @ THE SATELLITE GALLERY
In Conjunction with X-Mas Jam By Day

Featuring Rock & Roll Art and Photography
Opening Reception on Friday, Dec 11, 2015 3-6pm
(Feel free to
RSVP an Facebook)
Showing all X-Mas Jam weekend Dec 12-13th from 11am-6pm
Show runs through Jan 17, 2016, Free!
55 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC

ASHEVILLE, NC — The Satellite Gallery will once again host the Christmas Jam Art Show, with proceeds from art sales donated to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The show includes exceptional rock & roll art and photography from all over the country, including some from here in Asheville.

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Warren Haynes. Photo by Jay Blakesburg.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, December 11th from 3-6pm, with complimentary refreshments provided. The gallery will be open during the day throughout the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam weekend, December 12-13th from 11am-6pm. Many featured gallery artists and photographers will be in attendance as well. Original art, concert posters, prints, framed prints, and other items will be available with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Habitat for Humanity.

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Artwork on Display from the 2014 Christmas Jam Art Show

Featured artists include Jay Blakesberg Photography, John Warner Studios, Stewart O’Shields, Justin Helton – Status Serigraph, Serlo Studios, Mike DuBois, The Art of Steve Johannsen, Jeff Troldahl, Kirk West Photography, Dino Perrucci, David Oppenheimer – Performance Impressions, Allison Murphy Photography, Robbi Cohn – Dead images, Stuart Engel, Gus Cutty, Topr, David Simchock Photography, and as well intricate carved wood plaques from The Eden’s Rose Foundation! Plus there will be years of Christmas Jam posters from the archives, designed by Jeff Wood, Gary Houston, and many more artists. (See links below to check out their art)

Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam has benefited Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity since the mid 1990’s with over $1.8 million in donations having translated into many Habitat homes and neighborhoods for families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing.

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John Warner in front of his designs.

Artwork will remain on display at The Satellite Gallery through January 17, 2016. Admission to the Satellite Gallery is free every day! The Satellite Gallery is located at 55 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC.

 

 

Weblinks for the featured rock & roll art and photography:
Jay Blakesberg Photography – www.blakesberg.com
John Warner Studios – www.johnwarnerstudios.com
Stewart O’Shields – www.stewartoshields.com
Justin Helton (Status Serigraph) – www.statusserigraph.com
Serlo Studios – www.serlostudios.blogspot.com
Mike DuBois – www.mikedubois.net
The Art of Steve Johannsen – www.steves-art.com
Jeff Troldahl – www.jeffsart.com
Kirk West Photography – www.kirkwestphotography.com
Dino Perrucci – www.dinoperrucciphotography.blogspot.com
David Oppenheimer (Performance Impressions) – www.performanceimpressions.com
Allison Murphy Photography – www.allisonmurphy.com & www.ruthrocks.com
Robbi Cohn (Dead images) – www.deadimages.com
Stuart Engel – www.stuart-engel.artistwebsites.com
Gus Cutty – www.guscutty.squarespace.com
Topr
David Simchock Photographywww.davidsimchock.com
PLUS intricate carved wood plaques from The Eden’s Rose Foundation! www.edensrose.org

For more information on The Satellite Gallery Christmas Jam art show, please visit www.thesatellitegallery.com.

More Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam events, updates, and photos at: www.xmasjam.com and www.facebook.com/xmasjam

 

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bob susan_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Grateful and Unforgettable: Lockn’ 2015 in Review.
Words By Kirby Farineau; Photos by Milo Farineau

Stepping up the grassy hill to attend the third annual Lockn’ Music Festival, attendees were greeted with the sight of the event in all its grandeur. Fields of tents, cars, and RVs stretched into the distance far from the dazzling Oakridge stage. Held inside the Oakridge farm racetrack, Lockn’ provides a wide open space for its many thousands of attendees. Based on previous year’s success, the setup for year three is mostly unchanged, providing a great structure to explore the festival grounds and enjoy the music from almost anywhere.

One cannot discuss this year’s festivities without mentioning the unfortunate and literal rain on the parade. Due to an intense storm system on Wednesday, there was enough damage to the festival stage, vendor tents, and campgrounds that impaired their ability to safely run on its scheduled opening day. To the dismay of many, the festival shut all Thursday events down, turning attendees away to the many impromptu pop-up shantytowns in campgrounds and parking lots around the state. Some of the acts were lost, as Thursday was the only day they could play (Little Feat, Galactic, etc.), but Lockn’ was quick to remedy the situation, taking action to create a condensed schedule of music for the remainder of the weekend, making the best of the time and musical talents they had to work with.

Doobie_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015_1Seeing as that first Friday fell on the important but somber date of 9/11, the festival did their best to honor the occasion in a way that didn’t dwell on the tragedy. John Popper of Blues Traveler took the stage first to deliver the national anthem, surrounded by a group of first responders from the attack on the Twin Towers underneath a big star spangled banner waving for everyone to see. After a few moments to reflect, the swaths of festival attendees bunched up towards the stage were finally greeted with the sounds of The Doobie Incident, a respective combination of classic rock band The Doobie Brothers, and The String Cheese Incident, who played classics from the Doobie’s career but with some added instrumentation from String Cheese. The rest of the first day’s acts followed in a seamless succession, as bands like Seth Stainback and Roosterfoot, Moonalice, and the North Mississippi Allstars all provided rocking, roots, and bluesy sets before New Orleans singer songwriter Anders Osborne and his band brought their original style of heavy funk/blues rock to the stage.

Phil_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Steve Earle and The Dukes, with his deep southern tones and their unique country style provided a chance for audience members to gather themselves, and prepare for a torrential outpouring of musical experiences that evening which surpassed the literal storm from the days before. The String Cheese Incident revisited the stage to deliver their own set, followed closely by a performance from the always varying Phil and Friends, this time featuring the fantastic vocal stylings of Lockn’ veteran, Chris Robinson, who took the stage singing classic Grateful Dead tunes in front of Phil Lesh, himself. This was the first of many performances that emphasized one of the greatest elements of Lockn’: collaboration. The cooperative efforts of veteran musicians across genres made for some historical and downright crazy performances throughout the rest of the weekend.

LR_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015The night ended with back- to-back powerhouse celebrations of music history: The 50 year anniversary of Jefferson Airplane, and a tribute to the late Joe Cocker. The first performance featured Jack and Jorma of Hot Tuna fame, alongside Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive, and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, followed by an unforgettable show simply dubbed Mad Dogs and Englishmen. There’s something magical about seeing Susan Tedeschi, Leon Russell, and Chris Robinson all on the same stage alongside Cocker’s old backup singers like Rita Coolidge which created an image and a sound that attendees will not soon forget.  Closing up with late night performances from Mickey Hart and Umphrey’s McGee, Friday came to a very rousing and very late conclusion.

Karl_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Things ramped up early on Saturday kicking things off with one of the Rockn’ to Lockn’ contest winners, local country band Lord Nelson, followed by the always entertaining 80’s cover bluegrass group Love Canon.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe teamed up with keyboardist Chuck Leavell to deliver a remarkable performance of soulful horn-heavy rock before Hot Tuna once more took the stage, this time playing a sit down acoustic set of their own music and introspective conversation, allowing audience members a little period of relaxation. More great sets that afternoon with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, who somehow get better with every performance. The soulful duo of quiet guitarist Derek Trucks alongside wife Susan Tedeschi, a woman who could sing the roof off a stadium, was soon joined by Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir for a few tunes. The appearance of Weir enamored audience members with another brilliant aspect of Lockn’: The Legacy of the Grateful Dead.

billy_1_Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Ever since the grand reunion show in Chicago, speculation about the Grateful Dead at Lockn’ gripped the hopes of Deadheads everywhere. For many who were unable to attend that “last show” at Soldier’s Field, it seems that Lockn’ was a possible opportunity to see the four members in some capacity. Ever since Lockn’ organizers Dave Fry and Pete Shapiro announced that all four members were going to be there, the hearts and minds of fans everywhere were racing.

Before that was to be seen, we got musical legend Robert Plant with the Sensational Space Shifters , followed shortly by what at this point seems to be a Lockn’ tradition of Widespread Panic collaborating with a classic musician, in this case Jimmy Cliff.

Mickey_2Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015Then came a show from Billy and The Kids, which may be the closest to the real lineup people may ever get, with Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart all performing on the Oak Stage, while Phil Lesh set up for his show on the Ridge Stage adjoining (but not accompanying). For a very brief moment in time, from the audience, one could at least see all four members of the Grateful Dead together, in some capacity on stage together.

The second Phil and Friends show was as interesting as the first, featuring two different but masterful guitarists Warren Haynes and Carlos Santana. Saturday finished with another late night performance from Mickey Hart, and an appearance of Govt Mule.

Sunday waved goodbye to the thousands of festival-goers, but not without a few more stunning performances. Richmond reps and Rockn’ to Lockn’ winners, The Southern Belles , followed by Fishbone, The Oh Hellos, and a hip shaking performance by St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Save for performances from Trombone Shorty and Slightly Stoopid, the last evening was comprised of artists (Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, and Robert Plant) who had  played previously, but played additional sets in different configurations, proving that more is sometimes better.

plant_2Lockn_byMiloFarineau2015It seems that with each successive and successful year, Lockn’ has become one of the biggest and most unforgettable festivals in Virginia. Through the efforts of vendors, volunteers, and staff, Lockn’ managed to overcome significant environmental challenges and not only compensated but turned obstacle into accomplishment by providing collaborative combinations into experiences unlikely to ever be forgotten by event participants.

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Doc Watson Biography ‘Blind But Now I See’
by Kent Gustavson

A Definitive Biography of an American Icon

DocBookcover_KentG“A touching story about overcoming life’s obstacles…”
–Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Musicologists will appreciate the chapters on Doc’s singing style and guitar work… Music fans will delight in the book as a whole, a splendid recounting of Doc Watson as man whose ‘…approach to folk music on a guitar was like Horowitz’s approach to the piano…”
–Gary Presley, The Internet Review of Books

“This is a highly informative, fascinating biography of the great Doc Watson. What a life. It’s a page-turner that will keep you up past your bedtime. Don’t miss it.”
–The Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association

“This is a valuable, anecdotal work anyone interested in Doc’s music and life will enjoy reading.” –Bluegrass Unlimited

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Award-winning author Kent Gustavson was born immersed in a rich musical heritage. As the son of peaceniks, he grew up with family sing-alongs. From Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan, he darted to classical, jazz, and avant-garde jazz, before circling back to the Greenwich Village folk canon and tracing that music back. In singer-guitarist Doc Watson, Gustavson found a treasure of American music. His biography of Watson, Blind But Now I See (Sumach-Red Books) is the definitive biography of an American icon.

KentWithDocBook23664The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based author is uniquely qualified to write a book that merges myth, musicology, and American history. He holds a PhD in classical composition from Stony Brook University in New York, where he taught leadership, writing, literature, music and German for ten years. He’s an active musician with 14 critically acclaimed albums, and his music has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered. He also hosts a radio show, Sound Authors, where he has interviewed hundreds of award-winning authors and musicians.

Blind But Now I See is the first comprehensive biography of Doc Watson. It was written over 6 years, culled from meticulous archival research and well over a hundred interviews. The book brims with insights from such legendary musicians as Bela Fleck, Ben Harper, David Grisman, David Moultrup, Jerry Douglas, Jonathan Byrd, Marty Stuart, Michelle Shocked, Mike Seeger, Norman Blake, Ricky Skaggs, Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Rice, Tony Trischka, and Warren Haynes, among many others. It is a winner of a Next Generation Indie Book Award, and finalist in the Foreword Book of the Year Awards. The book has sold 5,000 paperbacks and 25,000 e-books. Vintage Guitar Magazine praises it as: “A touching story about overcoming life’s obstacles.” Blind But Now I See is now available in its expanded second printing, with a third and even more expansive edition already in the works.

Doc23447Two-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper says in his Blind But Now I See interview: “There was a sense of grace, effortlessness, and fluidity to Doc Watson’s musicianship and singing that is nothing short of miraculous.”

Watson’s influence has been recognized by presidents and by heroes of modern music such as Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Ben Harper, Robert Plant, and Gillian Welch, but little is known about his personal life, his complex relationship with his son, Merle, his mythical rise to prominence, and his awe-inspiring musicality. Watson was a blind boy from the small town of Deep Gap, North Carolina who grew up in the Depression, then lived in abject poverty until being brought into the 1960s folk scene. For over 52 years, Watson mesmerized bluegrass, folk, and rock audiences with his soft baritone and fiery guitar licks

Gustavson’s congenial but probingly insightful interview skills help piece together a powerful and honest character mosaic. His vibrant, erudite, and enthusiastic prose demystifies Watson’s astounding musicality and dissects the paradoxes and complexities of the man with bold sensitivity.

DocandFreindJOhn23444In an interview with esteemed alt-country publication No Depression Gustavson said: “I stumbled across a copy of The Watson Family by Folkways records. Watson’s voice was so rock-solid in those family hymns that I still sing the bass part today, because it’s stronger in my mind than the melody! He pointed me towards the blues, early rock and roll, traditional Appalachian fiddle music, and balladry. He literally started a brush fire in my musical mind.”

In 2004 Gustavson began writing Blind But Now I See, and nearly 10 years later and three editions in he’s emerged an authority on the enigmatic icon. He told No Depression: “Countless close friends and family members of Doc have come to me over the past two years and thanked me for writing this biography, and for really framing the reality surrounding his life.” Besides the plaudits from insiders, the biggest reward is bringing this journey back home. “In the new edition I finally got a chance to speak to Pete Seeger,” Gustavson says. “I called my parents and told them ‘Pete Seeger just spoke to me!’ What an honor.”

Biography Written By: Lorne Behrman

www.kentgustavson.com

Great review by Professor Puppet

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What a fantastic Warren Haynes Christmas Jam and Pre-jam this past weekend in Asheville! Many people were calling it the “best Jam yet” and remarked on the amazing community vibe with the staff, performers and fans coming together as one big family.  The event truly does feel like a reunion… and it doesn’t just start when Warren gets to town; there is a big buzz about it as soon as ticket sales are announced spurring a very quick sell out for this year’s event.  The week of the show Ashevillians start to clean out their houses and plot extra beds and floor space to squeeze everyone in; meanwhile, elsewhere people were busy making travel plans and/ or scrambling to find that list minute Christmas Jam miracle ticket for their friend.  This year’s event was truly exceptional and featured Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends, Los Lobos, Bela Fleck, and Special Guests Mike Barnes, Jeff Chimenti, Bill Evans, Audley Freed, Jackie Greene, Jimmy Herring, Robert Kearns, Kevn Kinney, Brad Pemberton, Joe Russo, and Jeff Sipe.  After scouring the internet to see what videos folks have already posted in the two days since; I’ve posted a scattering of nice ones from the Jam and the Pre-Jam.

Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring. Photo by David Shehi with Honest Tune Magazine and Dopeless HOPE Imaging/Productions. Click the photo for more pics.

Here’s some great media from the show to check out:

Listen to the Govt Mule set taped by Z-Man for Panic Stream: http://panicstream.net/streams/govt_mule/2011_12_10/player.html

Asheville’s Mountain Xpress writer Joseph Chapman posted a wonderful review and photos from the Jam

Hidden Track’s Scott Bernstein posted some video, setlists and a review

An awesome review and photos by Dino Perrucci on Jambase

Fred Mill’s review in Blurt Magazine

Wonderful Shots by Allison Murphy Photography

Great Review by Tony Kiss and Photos by John Coutlakis in the Asheville Citizen Times.

Video Recaps by rohbear4 posted on the Shakedown Blog

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Warren sang “And it Stoned Me” to kick off the jam:

Closing Song of the Jam: 

Warren sings “Rivers Gonna Rise”

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