Blackwater Music Festival 2011

The 2nd annual Blackwater Music Festival was again at the beautiful 'Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park'. The name "Blackwater" is said to have come from the deep dark color of the Suwannee River. The river is black because of the flow from the Okefenokee Swamp where it has become saturated with the tannins from billions of leaves, roots, and bark. The offset colors of the bleach white limestone walls that surround each side of the river make for an awe inspiring view which is a beautiful setting for a weekend of good music.



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The 9th Annual HGMN Year End Awards announced, plus some new releases & more!

In this issue:

* New Additions
* Coming Soon
* Upcoming Festivals
* Video of the Week

Latest News & Reviews:
The 9th Annual HGMN Year End Awards (see below)

Home Grown Music Network celebrates 15 year milestone!

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New Additions:

Boogie Hustlers CDBoogie Husters - Boogie Hustlers CD - On their third album, the Boogie Hustlers have once again found a way to seamlessly merge various genres of music into a sound that is uniquely their own. Strikingly different from the band's previous album True Colors, their newest self-titled release Boogie Hustlers is a bare bones, back to basics, beautiful blend of classic soul and rock n' roll teamingwith emotional, heartfelt songs about love and life. From the driving road anthem "9 Deep" to the mellow masterpiece "Down the Line", this eclectic album proves to be their best yet. $12


Shpongle DVDShpongle - Live from the Roadhouse 2008 DVD - As an artist, it's always good to challenge yourself... and the thought of translating all the complex layers in a shpongle album into a live show with a band gave me a panic attack... and still does! Pretty early on I realized the secret would be to bring in musicians far better than ourselves... and lots of them! Two weeks before the show the band had never even met each other, even though I had recorded some of them individually in my studio for previous Shpongle albums. We all rehearsed in a darkened room, with no air or daylight, getting to know each other by smell alone... and perhaps sound. Reams of manuscript paper littered the floor, everyone wore ear plugs, and all I could think was "What the hell am I doing?" . We didn't know if we would ever repeat the performance, so recorded it for posterity... Surely only an idiot would actually release their first ever gig though, right? We hope you like it... it was made with love, sweat and laughter.... Welcome to Shpongleland! $16.98

Buckethead & Friends - Enter the ChickenBuckethead & Friend - Enter the Chicken (re-release) - The ever mysterious and amazingly talented guitarist and theme park manager Buckethead has opened the doors to his famed Bucketheadland once again, and this time he has asked his friends to help him provide the thrills and chills to his guests. Complete with brand new bonus track Shen Chi, Enter the Chicken is ready to take listeners on another sonic loop. Also on board are the vocal performances from many of today's brightest musical talents including Saul Williams, Efrem Schulz (Death By Stereo), Maura Davis, Azam Ali (300 Soundtrack) and Serj Tankian himself. These artists as well as the others that are featured on the album were hand picked by Tankian and Buckethead to ensure that each song takes the listener on a unique musical voyage. The 12-track adventure is filled with sonic twists and turns that will leave listener's ears delighted and their mouths overflowing with enthusiastic comments. $11.98

Coming Soon:

January 12 - Vampire Weekend - Contra CD
Charlie Hunter - Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid CD

January 19 - Danny Barnes - Pizza Box CD
South Memphis String Band - Home Sweet Home CD

Last Week:

Blakroc CDBlakroc - Blakroc CD - The brainchild of The Black Keys and Damon Dash. Produced by and featuring The Black Keys, BlakRoc also hosts a star-studded line up including Mos Def, Q-Tip, RZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, Ludacris, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Jones, NOE, Nicole Wray and Billy Danze. Of the album, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach said 'no samples were used on the record, it's all live instruments and live vocals. $14.98



Bonnaroo 2008 DVDLive from Bonnaroo 2008 DVD - Designed to reflect the breadth and diversity of the Bonnaroo experience, the DVD features exclusive performances and backstage footage of artists such as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, The Raconteurs, Tegan and Sarah, Against Me!, My Morning Jacket, Les Claypool, Broken Social Scene, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, among many others. Sam Erickson (My Morning Jacket, Dave Matthews) and 44 Pictures directed the program, which features exclusive packaging and artwork . The audio was engineered from Bonnaroo's pristine master soundboard recordings and remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. $17.98



Bootsy Collins - Christmas is 4 Ever CDBootsy Collins - Christmas is 4 Ever CD - Funk legend Bootsy Collins spices up Christmas time with his first holiday album, Christmas Is 4 Ever, boasting nine "Bootsyized" yuletide classics along with four brand-new holiday songs. Bootsy is joined by Snoop Dogg, who raps on the new song "Happy Holidaze," and Charlie Daniels, who provides fiddle and background vocals for the holiday standard "Sleigh Ride" (which also features vocals by Ohio Players lead singer Sugarfoot). Other guests include Bobby Womack, the late Roger Troutman (Zapp), and former James Brown collaborators Fred Wesley, Bobby Byrd, and MC Danny Ray, as well as former Parliament/Funkadelic members Blackbyrd McKnight and Bernie Worrell. $7.98

Bootsy Collins - Be With You DVDBootsy Collins - Be With You DVD - A tribute to Mr James Brown, Mr Bobby Byrd and Roger Troutman. Now Glory Be Come Funk with Me.

DVD contains holiday music video of "Be With You".

Purchase with Bootsy's "Christmas is Forever" CD and get both for only $10! To take advantage of this offer, add the DVD to your cart, but not the CD - the special offer will appear during checkout. $4.98



Upcoming Events:

April 15-17, 2010 - Wanee Music Festival - Live Oak, FL

April 22-25, 2010 - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Pittsboro, NC

Video of the Week:

Buzz Universe - The Wait to Return

The 9th Annual HGMN Year End Awards (and staff picks)

STUDIO ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Zach Deputy - Sunshine Read our interview with Zach where he discusses the making of Sunshine. For those not familiar, Deputy's truck and all his musical gear were stolen the day before he was to go in the studio to record this CD!

LIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Station - Speed of Sound - Live at Marley's offers two plus hours of ambitious, genre-bending rock and roll. The songs are characterized by incredibly strong guitar work, energetic, effusive lyrics, and a stark mixture of musical styles ranging from progressive rock and horn-driven funk, to spacey jams that remain sharp and on point. Read our full review.

DVD OF THE YEAR: SOJA - Live in Hawaii - In January of 2008, SOJA returned to Hawai'i for their third tour of the islands, accompanied by award winning filmmaker Marc Carlini, and a five man camera crew. Carlini captured performances in Honolulu, Kona, Maui, & Kaua'i; as well as behind the scenes footage featuring the beautiful landscape of Hawai'i, its lifestyle, culture, and experience through the eyes of SOJA. View trailer.

CUSTOMER'S CHOICE: Retail: New Monsoon - Live Customer's orders spoke and they bought the most of this double live CD from the hard working road warriors New Monsoon.
Wholesale: Derek Trucks Band - Live at Georgia Theatre -
Stores most often puchased this amazing double live CD set from DTB. This one would be on my deserted island CD list for sure.

NEW HGMN BAND OF THE YEAR: Three Legged Fox The young PA quartet made the biggest impression with our staffers in 2009.

ROAD WARRIOR OF THE YEAR: Zach Deputy - Zach performed well over 200 shows in 2009. While not included in the offical count we personally know that he performed over 20 sets at Bonnaroo alone!

HGMN HALL OF FAME: STS9 joins The Motet, Umphrey's McGee, The Recipe, Deep Banana Blackout, The Big Wu, Acoustic Syndicate, The Disco Biscuits & Keller Williams in this select list of bands that have helped define HGMN over the years.

HG REPS OF THE YEAR: Traci Tuttle (Freemont, NH) & Cassandra Chalkley (Marlbrough, NH)

HGMN VENUE OF THE YEAR: Nelson Ledges Quarry Park - Garrettsville, OH
Runner Up: Livewire Music Hall - Savannah, GA

HGMN JAMcaster OF THE YEAR: Endless Boundaries on WBZC, DJ=Jaybird

Congrats to all the winners and thanks for making 2009 a year to remember!

HGMN Staff's Favorites of 2009:

Favorite shows: Phish - Charlottesville 12/5/2009
The Mantras - 9/4/2009 Get Down Music Festival

Albums: Scythian - Live CD
The Motet - Dig Deep CD
The New Mastersounds - Ten Years On CD
Max Allen Band - Ending Sun CD  Max Allen Band - Ending Sun CD
Jeff Bujak - Alive Like the Spine CD

Favorite shows: Galactic - 11/14/09  Bear Creek Music Festival
Cut Copy - 3/24/09 Cat's Cradle

Albums: Memory Tapes - Seek Magic
Pretty Lights - Passing By Behind Your Eyes
The New Mastersounds - Ten Years On
Signal Path - Clash
Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue

Favorite shows: Derek Trucks Band - 10/30/2009 Carolina Theatre, Durham NC
Lotus  - 11/11/2009 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC

Albums: Lotus - Hammerstrike CD
The New Mastersounds - Ten Years On CD
Derek Trucks Band - Already Free CD
Widespread Panic - Montreal 1997
Steppin' Razor - Gold In Rule CD

Favorite shows: -Perpetual Groove - Camp Barefoot 2009
Donna the Buffalo - Spring Shakori Hills (Sunday Night Set)

Albums: The New Mastersounds - Ten Years On CD
Laura Reed and Deep Pocket - Live at Tree Sound Studios CD/DVD
Lotus - Hammerstrike CD 
Widespread Panic - Montreal Sept 8, 1997 (3 CDs)
Rodrigo y Gabriella - 11:11 CD

J. Evan Wade:
Favorite shows: Scythian at the Blind Tiger 2/11/09
Josh Philips Folk Festival at the Blind Tiger 9/10/09

Albums: Toubab Krewe - Live at the Orange Peel
Bassnectar - Cozza Frenzy
Cadillac Jones - Rhythm Method
TR3 - Radiance
Three Legged Fox - Not as Far

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
Lee Crumpton

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