Saturday, July 19, 2014
Adobe and Teardrops present “The Proud Compilation.” Adobe & Teardrops announce the release of Proud, a compilation CD to benefit Project FIERCE, a New York City-based organization that trains LGBTQ youth of color. Lending their talents to this album are artists spanning the gender and sexuality spectrum, including Brooklyn-based queer country band Karen and the Sorrows, Atlanta rocker Sonia Tetlow, folk-rock troubadour Matt Woods and New Orleans breakout singer Arsene DeLay. Available as a 500 CD Hand Numbered Limited Edition as well as a digital download through Bandcamp, with 25% of the proceeds donated to Project FIERCE.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Scotty Waters - Lead Vocals, Harmonica
Casey Smart - Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Harmonica, Banjo
Chris Howard -Bass guitar, Vocals
Jack Chipchase -DrumsA band I've posted about, Drop Top Lincoln is gearing up for Casey’s (thier guitar player) returning from Afghanistan (thank you for your service) and have started booking shows again. And they wanted to release a new video in conjunction with his return, they reached out to me about The Race of Gentlemen to use some photos and footage, so I put them in touch with some of the photographers of TROG events. the video dropped yesterday and it is badass rock'n and revin', hope y'all like it and give it some shares, they're a great bunch of motor head musicans from Clifton. CO
Drop Top Lincoln official video for "Flat Black" off 2013 release Sixxx Dollar Suit.
Photography used with permission by : Heather Dobosz, Suzy Graham, Kat Johnson, and Thomas Rowe.
Footage from The Race of Gentlemen, 2012 and 2013.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Rising from the Cascade-Siskiyou Mountain range of Southern Oregon comes Eight Dollar Mountain, an exciting, high-energy bluegrass quintet. The group effortlessly blends whitewater-fast rhythms, tasteful harmony arrangements and plenty of low-end thump for a live performance that is sure to get crowds dancing and hollering for more. Eight Dollar Mountain serves up neo-traditional bluegrass blended with rootsy old-time country, blues, and gospel harmonies. Their hard-driving rhythms will pull you onto the dance floor while their clear, purposeful sound reflects the finest traditions of mountain music.
Tied To The Tracks is the band’s third release and is produced by Vince Herman, the incomparable lead man of the progressive “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass” band Leftover Salmon. Herman, a recent transplant to Oregon from his longtime home amongst the prolific Rocky Mountain bluegrass scene, lends his energy, creative style, and finely tuned ear to the production helm. Recorded at The Studio at Pacifica in Williams, Oregon (the old Steve Miller Ranch built in the 1970s) Tied To The Tracks was recorded, mixed, and mastered by multi-faceted videographer, drummer and Grammy award winning producer/engineer Dennis Dragon (Captain and Tennille, Johnny Rivers, Carole King).
Eight Dollar Mountain - "Tied To The Tracks" - Produced by Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon
1. These Old Blues
2. Big Time (Country Dave)
3. Old 77
4. The Old High Way
5. Hard Times Penitentiary
6. Hobo Man
8. Family Kitchen
9. Tied To The Tracks
10. Old Lost Feelings
11. Pictures Of Harlan
12. Fly Like An Eagle
Stream Eight Dollar Mountain’s New Album Tied To The Tracks via American Songwriter
Eight Dollar Mountain’s warm sound, authentic storytelling and homage to traditional roots music prompted hometown Jefferson Public Radio music director Eric Teel to remark; "These guys have honed their craft through constant gigging and wide open ears that obviously absorb the best of what old-time, bluegrass and folk music has to offer."
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Venue phone: 541-773-6077. Eight Dollar Mountain is very excited to announce that we will be on the Britt Festival main stage Friday, June 27th in support of Leftover Salmon. We have been in the studio recording a new album, produced by Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share the Britt stage with them. TICKETS ON SALE MAY 16TH BUY TICKETS
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3249 Hyatt-Prairie Rd. Eight Dollar Mountain, Moon Mountain Ramblers and more will provide entertainment for all kinds of musical tastes. Bands will play from 2:00 until dusk. Come and relax after enjoying your mountain activities. Kickback, eat delectable fare, sip fine local brews and wines, and listen to your favorite bands by beautiful Howard Prairie Lake! Does better than this?
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 31 Water St. Venue phone: 541-482-HOPS. Join us and our friends, the incredible foik duo, The Littlest Birds as we rock Thursday night at Caldera Tap House!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
The Howlin’ Brothers follow up to the exceptional and well received Howl, is another fantastic release, Troubles have never felt so good to have. And it appears they’ll have no trouble finding greater success in the near future.
Trouble was produced and engineered by indie rocker Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs and solo career fame. It was released on CD and digitally April 29th via Benson’s independent label Readymade Records (in the U.S.), and distributed by Thirty Tigers/RED. In Canada, it is released via Dine Alone Records, and distributed by Universal.
Benson describes Trouble as “effortless artistry . . . woebegone, lovelorn and wrought with pain, but not without installments of lightheartedness and beauty, downtrodden and then uplifted.” He adds, “The Howlin’ Brothers are somehow able to conjure images of a bygone era and make it believable. Trouble is all over the map and I don’t just mean figuratively. The listener gets a glimpse into the troubadour lifestyle, traveling (among other places) to Louisiana for a Cajun romp on the bayou and across the Arizona desert to California on a search for a misses. It’s a journey very much worth the while. Hoooowwwwllll!”
Benson continues: “The Howlin’ Brothers live the life they sing about in their songs. They are authentic and the real deal through and through. On top of that, they are the hardest working musicians I've come across. They play their instruments every waking moment and are truly possessed by music.”
According to Green, “The songs on Trouble are very different from one another. It’s a collection of beautiful music influenced from personal experience. We tend to write songs separately and collaborate after a melody or lyrics are fully thought. Trouble is a gumbo of stories that we hope the whole world will hear. It was a blast working with Brendan Benson again, getting as far out sonically as we could dream of, all in the midst of having a brand new baby and coming right off the road from a busy year. A time of my life I will never forget.”
TROUBLE TRACK LISTING:
1. Pour It Down
3. Night and Day
5. World Spinning Round
6. Troubled Waltz
7. Sing a Sad Song
8. Pack Up Joe
10. Hard Times
11. I Was Wrong
13. Yes I Am!
The majority of the 13 original songs that comprise Trouble, were influenced by the people they met and struggles they encountered on the road over the past year.
Trouble’s songs touch on lots of experiences from each side of the same coin in the band’s life. Though these guys have more depth and dimension than just two sides as people, players, and songwriters. Their individual strengths combine in the bands’ whole in ways that really do solidify their bond as musical brothers. They all met in college up in Ithaca, N.Y. and migrated to Nashville, Tenn. Afterwards, where they immersed themselves further in the Southern music they love and began to further hone their craft. Prior to HOWL (2013), they self-released four albums - Tragic Mountain Songs (2007), Long Hard Year (2009), Baker St. Blues (2011), and a very limited edition compilation of live performances, Old Time All the Time (2012). These previous releases had been sold exclusively at shows, however they may become available on the band’s website sometime in 2014.
THE HOWLIN' BROTHERS ARE
Ian Craft (Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Kick-drum, Vocals)
Jared Green (Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals)
Ben Plasse (Upright Bass, Vocals)
Special guest artists on Trouble include:
Ricky Skaggs - mandolin on "Hard Times" and "Sing a Sad Song"
Etta Britt (also Brother Jared’s mother-in-law) - Background vocals on "Love" and "Yes I Am"
Mike Freid - Pedal Steel on "World Spinning Round”
Gregg Stock - drums on “Sing A Sad Song"
Brendan Benson - Washtub Bass on “Boogie” and background vocals on “Yes I Am!"
The Howlin' Brothers - Night And Day (official video)
The Howlin' Brothers - Pour It Down (Live in Nashville)
The Howlin' Brothers - Monroe
The Howlin' Brothers - Hard Times [Live at WAMU's Bluegrass Country]
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Photo Credit Bowen Stead & Daniel Barkley
ELEPHANT STONE is: RISHI DHIR: vocals, bass, sitar | MILES DUPIRE: drums, backing vox |GABRIEL LAMBERT: geetars, backing vox
Elephant Stone new album is coming this summer titled Three Poisons on August 26. (Pre-order.)
Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.
Elephant Stone has released two LPs, an EP, and has toured throughout North American and Europe. They have spear-headed the Hindie-Rock movement with their deft ability of weaving together rock’n’roll, Hindustani classical, and catchy-as-all-hell pop.
2014 will see the release of Elephant Stone’s third full-length, The Three Poisons. Their strongest/grooviest release to date, Elephant Stone will support the release by touring the world and spreading their psychedelified Hindie- Rock mantra.
Main man Rishi Dir tells how an abandoned box of vinyl -- full of treasures --informed the making of the new album:
What I found in that box was beyond anything I could have imagined. Yes, there was Echo's "Songs to Learn & Sing", but there was also a 12" single release of the Happy Mondays "Step On" and "Kinky Afro", Spaceman 3 "Recurring", The Stone Roses "Waterfall" and "One Love", New Order's house masterpiece "Technique", Ride's "Today Forever", and the list went on. I was dumbfounded as to why someone would abandon such treasure. Were they starting off the New Year by purging themselves of their material possessions? Payback from a wounded lover? Divine intervention? Whatever it was, I lucked out and began reacquainting myself with Shaun, Rowetta, J Spaceman, Sonic Boom, Ian, Bernard, Hooky, et al.
Fast forward a year later and the band is in deep, working on the follow-up to our self-titled 2013 release. I don't think it was just me, but things felt different this time around. The grooves were groovier, the sonics rumbled heavier, and the songs were connecting to something bigger. It wasn't until Malika Tirolien came in to record her inspired backing vocals for "Knock You From Yr Mountain" and "All Is Burning" that I reflected on that abandoned record collection I inherited and the trip it took me on. In that moment I heard the groove of the Mondays, the darkness of Echo, the jangle of Ride... but what I truly heard and felt coming together in these new batch of songs was--and is--unequivocally the sound of Elephant Stone.
FREE Download of sitar-infused psych-rock track "Knock You From Yr Mountain" freaturing fellow Montreal-based singer Malika Tirolien soulfully crooning as backing vocalist to frontman Rishi Dhir.
1. Motherless Child (Love Not For War)
2. Knock You From Yr Mountain
3. All is Burning
4. Worlds Don't Begin And End With You
5. Wayward Son
6. Intermediate State
7. Child Of Nature (Om Namah Sivaya)
8. Living For Something
9. Three Poisons
10. Echo & The Machine
11. Between the Lines
Faces On Film new album ‘Elite Lines’ is full of breadth and depth, notes float and languish in the air creating imagery and casting spells, ethereally moody and expansive. Hypnotic drums and enthralling vocals ‘Elite Lines’ is an album that will take you to beautiful places.
Fiore says that, “each song on the record came together in the same way, more or less. All the parts would be there, in my head, but I wouldn’t practice them or try to assemble anything before it was time to record. That joy of playing something for the first time is what I wanted to get on tape.” That ultimately speaks to that state of intimacy where you’re hearing someone play out a secret in song.