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New Michael Franti, Trey Anastasio, Zac Brown, Johnny Winter, Giving Tree Band, Hymn for Her, Grateful Dead LP Box Set plus some cool videos.

In this issue:

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

Latest News & Reviews:
Lubriphonic to release new CD & open for Widespread Panic
Fourmile Canyon Revival w/Phish, SCI, YMSB, Big Head Todd & more
Music on the Mountaintop - August 27th and 28th, 2010 review
Hopscotch Music Festival 2010 review
Home Grown 9 CD review

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New Additions:

Michael Franti & Spearhead - The Sound of Sunshine CDMichael Franti & Spearhead - The Sound of Sunshine CD -The Sound Of Sunshine - the inspired and inspiring new album by Michael Franti And Spearhead - is a kind of musical sun shower, a bright, beautiful and often buoyant song cycle created to bring all kinds of listeners a sense of hope during rough and rainy times for so many in our world. In the mid-Nineties, Franti first formed Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he's found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Michael Franti & Spearhead - The Sound of Sunshine official music video


Trey Anastasio Band - TAB at the TAB CDTrey Anastasio Band - TAB at the TAB CD - The septet that comprises the latest fiery incarnation of Trey Anastasio Band mixes the new and the old in both band members and repertoire. Original TAB members Russ Lawton (drums), Tony Markellis (bass) and Ray Paczkowski (keys) are joined by horn section Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet and vocals), Russell Remington (tenor saxophone and flute), and newcomer Natalie Cressman (trombone and vocals). Recorded live at the legendary Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, this set runs through such classics as a ripping 'Sand' and a sweetly sung 'Drifting' and pairs them with new TAB compositions including 'Show of Life' (co-written with Steve 'Dude of Life' Pollack) and a horn laden arrangement of Phish's 'Alaska'. TAB at the Tab ends on a high note with Jennifer Hartwick's killer trumpet chops on a raucous cover of Zeppelin's 'Black Dog.'

Grateful Dead - The Warner Bros. Studio Albums (5lp vinyl boxset)

Grateful Dead - The Warner Bros. Studio Albums (5lp vinyl boxset) - Deluxe Box Set Features Five Warner Bros. Records Studio Albums. On 180-Gram Vinyl With Lacquers Cut From The Original Analog Masters. Between 1967 and 1970, the Grateful Dead recorded five studio albums for Warner Bros. Records that formed the psychedelic canon on which the band's live legend was built. The albums spotlighted the early core lineup of Jerry Garcia, Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart.

Grateful Dead and Rhino will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of 'Workingman's Dead' and 'American Beauty' with 'THE WARNER BROS. STUDIO ALBUMS,' a five-LP boxed set. The collection contains 'The Grateful Dead' (1967), 'Workingman's Dead,' and 'American Beauty' (1970), plus the original mixes for 'Anthem Of The Sun' (1968) and 'Aoxomoxoa' (1969), available on vinyl for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The set offers detailed replicas of the original albums housed in a hard-shell case that protects and stores the music with the accompanying 12in x 12in book including unpublished photos and new liner notes by Blair Jackson. To ensure the highest degree of quality, the albums were pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI using lacquers cut from the original analog masters by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

The original mixes for 'Anthem of the Sun' and 'Aoxomoxoa' featured here for the first time since they were released went out of circulation in 1972 and 1971 respectively. Garcia and Lesh revisited 'Aoxomoxoa' two years after its release in an effort to cut through the dense mix, which was a result of the band's extensive experimenting in the studio with one of the first 16-track recorders. The overhaul changed the album's sound significantly, including the end of 'Doin' That Rag,' which originally closed with an a cappella vocal coda that was later removed.

Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give CDZac Brown Band - You Get What You Give CD or Deluxe CD - Deluxe edition contains 2 bonus tracks and special embossed packaging. 'You Get What You Give' features a genre-defying collection of songs that the band has been testing on the road over the past year.
Praised for the ability to blend 'down-home country with bits of reggae, bluegrass and rock to create a high-quality musical stew' (USA Today), front man Zac Brown notes that the new album 'is representative of where we are right now. It combines elements of our southern rock and country roots, but also stays true to our jam-band style musicianship from the live show.'

The Giving Tree Band - The Joke, The Threat, The Obvious CD The Giving Tree Band - The Joke, The Threat, The Obvious CD - If you ask Todd and Eric Fink of The Giving Tree Band how much time they spend making music, your voice will not be heard above the din of their banjo and guitar, respectively. For the Brothers Fink, there is no distinction between playing music and just plain living. No two days are ever the same, as every new moment is their most creative. Their bodies and instruments become a singularity that is just trying to get in tune, stay in tune, and add a little harmony to the grand symphony of life.


Johnny Winter - Beginnings 1960-67 (2 CDJohnny Winter - Beginnings 1960-67 (2 CD) - These are the earliest recordings of blues guitarist Johnny Winter recorded in the '60s before he was signed by Columbia in 1968. These sides were recorded between 1960 and 1967 for the Dart, KCRO, Frolic, Todd, Hall-Way, and Pacemaker labels -- in other words, virtually his entire recorded output prior to his Progressive Blues Experiment long-player in 1967. The music here is raw electric blues, R&B, and even a few early rock tunes thrown into the mix. The cover of Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Broke and Lonely" is a highlight, as is the burning instrumental cover of Chuck Berry's "Reelin' and Rockin." "Ease My Pain" is a primitive but fantastic model for what was to come in the late '60s on Columbia. A few tunes, such as "Eternally" and "You'll Be the Death of Me," were originally issued by Frolic, but picked up by Atlantic for national distribution. "Gone for Bad" and "I Had to Cry" were issued on MGM. Neither single charted; Winter was dropped. These tunes are a fine document, a lost highway to the past. Given the role Winter played in the electric blues and its mass acceptance in America, these tunes serve not as some inferior or embarrassing document, but the thing itself, raw and undiluted. Most of the material is comprised of doo wop, R&B, and twist instrumentals, all gritty enough not to be relegated as generic after the first listen.

Hymn For Her - Lucy & Wayne and the AmAIRican Stream CDHymn For Her - Lucy & Wayne and the AmAIRican Stream CD - Lucy Tight & Wayne Waxing are "Hymn For Her", a band that hails from anywhere they can park their trailer. H4H live, tour and record in their 16 foot, 1961 Bambi Airstream (comes with dog and baby). Their new summer release 2010, 'Lucy & Wayne and THE AMAIRICAN STREAM' was entirely recorded in their classic trailer on a coast to coast U.S tour. They stopped at various campgrounds and friends' driveways between shows, set up their gear in their Bambi/home recording studio, rolled tape and rocked out. Many photographs and videos were taken during this endeavour. (Music videos will be released throughout 2010.) The album was mixed by Jim Diamond (who did the first White Stripes record) and captures the live, raucous sounds of H4H. Armed with 2 bullet mics, a three-stringed broom handle/cigar box, banjo, dobro, bass drum, hi-hat, and harp, this 'lil duo causes massive earthquakes wherever they play. Check out the video of "Fiddlestix".

Coming Soon:

September 28 - Widespread Panic - Live in the Classic City II (2 CDs) pre-order

Eric Clapton - Clapton CD pre-order


Last Week:

JazzChronic - Share the Wealth CDJazzChronic - Share the Wealth CD -JazzChronic came into their own through their March 2009 CD release "Share the Wealth." This genre-jumping production incorporates soul, funk, acid-jazz, and rock to literally share the riches of musical talent and collaboration. JazzChronic's grooves are well balanced with a professional sound. "Share the Wealth" is innovative, creative and truly creates a powerful musical experience. JazzChronic is all about fusing all genres of music into grooves that you can use. If you are "crusin' for some fusion," then JazzChronic is the band for you!


Cas Haley - Connection CDCas Haley - Connection CD - With his debut album selling over 30,000 copies without major distribution or marketing, Cas Haley retreated to his home in Paris, Texas, to create a timeless album of reggae-pop songs filled with chill grooves and irresistible melodies. His crystalline voice and funky, easygoing beats earned Cas a second-place finish on America's Got Talent, which in turn netted him a measure of fame and a following. But the contest also locked the Texan singer/songwriter into a major label deal that didn't feel right. So, not wanting to be turned into a manufactured product, he struck out on his own. The superb result: Connection, a collection of songs basking in the musical maturity that comes from staying true to his artistic vision.

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The Beatles - Rubber Soul Tie Dye T-shirt with album cover image on front and The Beatles logo on back.



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Upcoming Events:

October 23 - The Big Something Costume Ball - Prospect Hill, NC

October 29-31 Moogfest 2010 - Asheville, NC

November 12-14 Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival - Live Oak, FL

* Look for the HGMN Booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

Michael Franti & Spearhead - The Sound of Sunshine official music video

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

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New releases from The Giving Tree Band, Boulder Acoustic Society, Jonah Smith & Wayne Krantz plus upcoming festivals and videos!

In this issue:

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


The 11th annual Power to the Peaceful Festival

An Interview with U-Melt

Long Beach Funk Festival

Gathering of the Vibes 2009 (review)


New Additions:

- Great Possessions CDThe Giving Tree Band - Great Possessions CD - The Giving Tree Band's Great Possessions mirrors the timeless qualities of the folk-rock greats without sparing the quality arrangements and production of modern indie rock. Dubbed by the Chicago Sun-Times as "the greenest of albums," this 18-song collection augments its natural sound with carbon-neutral production: 100% solar-powered recording sessions, 100% recycled paperboard case, and biodegradable shrink wrap. $15.99

Jonah Smith - Lights On CDJonah Smith - Lights On CD - Images of love, war, natural disaster and political awakening weave through Jonah Smith's new album, Lights On. Its stories travel from country to city as we are taken from a lone man ice fishing in Cabin Fever to Brooklyn for a New Year's Eve celebration in the song Mrs. Cooper. Sonically, there is more consistency than Smith is likely to admit; he pulls from the deep well of American Blues and many of its offshoots: Soul, Country, and Folk to name a few. Essentially, he is a songwriter with the voice of a soul singer. $10.99

Boulder Acoustic Society - Punchline CDBoulder Acoustic Society - Punchline CD - The new full-length CD from the Boulder Acoustic Society is the new wave of acoustic Mountain Music: a combination of many traditional folk styles through a contemporary lens, all wrapped up in the band's virtuosic playing. Punchline also comes in an amazing, one-of-a-kind 3D stereoscope package. You gotta see it to believe it! $15.99

Wayne Krantz CDWayne Krantz - Krantz, Carlock, Lefebvre CD - The boldly inventive improvisations of guitarist Wayne Krantz have long held a fascination for fans of dynamic, uncompromised music. Ex-Sideman with Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Michael Brecker , Billy Cobham and many others, Krantz has focused on live performance for nearly two decades, holding down a residency at New York City's 55 Bar. Now, with Krantz Carlock Lefebvre, he is returning to a recording studio to document his own music for the first time in over fifteen years .

Krantz Carlock Lefebvre features Krantz as one-third of a longstanding trio that also includes virtuoso drummer Keith Carlock (Sting, Steely Dan, James Taylor) and bassist extraordinaire Tim Lefebvre (Chris Botti, Uri Caine), which was first convened in 1997. "Giving this band a voice in the context of a studio is a big deal for us," Krantz says. "Everything we've ever released together has been some kind of live album. Now we have the clarity and concision of the studio along for the ride." Cut live in the studio and then augmented by overdubs, the result is Krantz's most personal statement yet, more strongly rooted in composition while still rich with the improvisational nuances that make his live performances so riveting. Get ready for one of strongest musical statement of the year. $15.99

Coming Soon:
September 1
- Rodrigo y Gabriella - 11:11 CD
Black Crowes - Before the Frost, Until the Freeze CD
Drive By Truckers - The Fine Print CD
Yonder Mt String Band - The Show CD
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - One Day in Brooklyn CD

September 8 - Phish - Joy CD

September 15 - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Brother's Keeper CD
Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There's Now CD
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers - Levitate CD
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker - Burn it Down CD

Last Week's Additions:

Cadillac Jones - Rhythm Method CD]Cadillac Jones - Rhythm Method CD - SPECIAL OFFER - buy Rhythm Method and get CJ's - The Big Takedown free! You'll be prompted during checkout if Rhythm Method is in your basket.
Rhythm Method, the fourth album from Cadillac Jones, finds the band tracing a steady pulse through funk's past and future. The record starts on the band's own front stoop with "Reynoldstown," an homage to one of Atlanta's oldest urban neighborhoods. Closing the door behind them, Cadillac spends the first half of the album exploring grooves of the early '60s. Blazing organs and punctuated horn lines run roughshod over tight drumbeats and the comforting tone of a Fender p-bass. At the album's midway point, the band shifts gears into darker territory. The combination of club beats and organic keyboards of the title track "Rhythm Method" literally melt into the otherworldly funk odyssey of Volcano Sunday, which in turn catapults the listener into afro beat grooves and Moog-heavy jams. By the end of the record Cadillac Jones returns home; the same band but with a decidedly different outlook, encapsulated by the electronic comfort food of the closing track "Wonderbread." Ultimately "Rhythm Method" unleashes the band from its conceptual moorings of albums past and puts it back where it's most comfortable-all over the funk/jazz map. $10.99

Cyro Baptista - Infinito CDCyro Baptista - Infinito CD - INFINITO is the highly anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed self titled debut album by Cyro's newest project - BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS. As you know, this project includes three of the fastest rising stars in the "downtown music" scene: Brian Marsella on keyboards and melodica (Beat The Donkey & Matisyahu), Shanir Blumenkanz on bass and oud (Pharaoh's Daughter) and Tim Keiper on drumset (Beat The Donkey & Vieux Farka Toure) make up the core band. $15.98

Jerry Garcia T shirtJerry Garcia "Frames" Tshirt (Medium-XXL) - This Jerry Garcia T-shirt features a series of photographs from the 1970's. This period highlighted an exciting pallette of musical genres including Country, Folk, and Funk. In addition to his work in the Grateful Dead, Jerry found time to work with Merl Saunders, Legion of Mary, and The Jerry Garcia Band. Click image for larger picture. $19.99

Upcoming Events:

August 28-30 - NedFest - Nederland, CO

August 28-30 - Summerdance - Nelson Ledges, OH

August 29 - Long Beach Funk Festival - Long Beach, CA

September 4-6 - The Get Down - Chapel Hill, NC

September 18-19 - Let it Roll - Ghent, NY

October 10-11 - 4th Annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA

November 13-15 - *Bear Creek Music & Art Festival - Live Oak, FL

* Look for the HGMN booth at this event

Video of the Week:

The Giving Tree Band records the world's first GREEN album! News feature.

The Giving Tree Band "Red Leaves" HD Music Video

Thanks for reading, go see some live music and have a great week.
- Lee Crumpton

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The Giving Tree Band - Unified Folk Theory

The Giving Tree Band's enchanting acoustic sound comes through pure and perfect on their two-disc debut.

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The Giving Tree Band is a group of Illinois boys who keep one foot in the city and one in the country.
The-Giving-Tree-Band-class2Every lyric is thoughtful and supported by intricate vocal harmonies and interesting musical arrangements influenced by the group's diverse backgrounds in rock, jazz, and classical music. Described as progressive old time, outlaw bluegrass, and even "eco-billy hippie folk", their all-acoustic sound is always expanding in new directions. Using songwriting and performing as a vehicle for community service, the band does its best to promote a culture of sustainability and peace. The Giving Tree Band peform with instruments that have been reused or built from naturally fallen trees and reclaimed woods, and their music is produced with renewable energy and packaged with 100% recycled materials.

The Giving Tree Band have supported numerous charities and eco-friendly organizations with their concerts and recordings including Hand In Hand USA, World Vision, One: The Campaign To Make Poverty History, Co-op America, Global Exchange, Action Without Borders, Literacy Works, Chicago Public Library Foundation, Illinois Renewable Energy Association, Illinois Environmental Council, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Environmental Law and Policy Center of Chicago, Aldo Leopold Foundation, Saving Tiny Hearts Society, and Growing Home Farm, which provides training and employment opportunities in organic agriculture for homeless and low-income people in Chicago.

The Giving Tree Band members have backgrounds in jazz, folk, rock & roll, and classical music. They have all studied at the university level at College of Dupage, Western Illinois University, Berklee College of Music, Northern Illinois University and Georgetown University. Their music and activities have been highlighted by top Chicago media including WGN TV, NBC5 TV, ABC7 TV, Chicagoland Television, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Redeye, Centerstage, and Chicago Public Radio. They have performed in many cities throughout the United States and have been featured at many of Chicago's most esteemed venues including The Congress Theatre, Navy Pier, The Fine Arts Building, McCormick Place, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. They have recorded with or been on the play bill with some very fine talent including The Del McCoury Band, The David Grisman Quintet, The Avett Brothers, Frank Vignola, Casey Driessen, Dr. Dog, Tea Leaf Green, Ekoostik Hookah, Hot Buttered Rum, Willy Porter, Garaj Mahal, The Codetalkers, Cornmeal, Catfish Haven, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Head of Femur, Pine Leaf Boys, and Trampled By Turtles as well as with non-musical guests such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., African water crisis expert Emmanuel Opong, and US Senator Dick Durbin.

"A band that doesn't just rock but rocks green."
-Warner Saunders, NBC News Chicago

"Folk music with a rock and roll twist."
-Hosea Sanders, ABC News Chicago

"They write songs worth hearing."
-Richard Milne, WXRT Chicago

"They push an environmental consciousness in their songwriting as well as their activity."
-Thomas Connor, Chicago Sun-Times

"Genuine and uplifting...reminiscent of The Band or CSNY."
-Herschel Concepcion,

"The music has a serious atmospheric quality to it, mighty fine stuff."
-Cary Allen Fields, WICR Indianapolis

"An all-acoustic group that sings about cherishing the Earth and living simply."
Steve Edwards, Chicago Public Radio

"Diehard acoustic musicianship from Illinois boys that likely will blow you away."
Dan MacIntosh, Indie-Music Magazine

"An uplifting boost for like-minded souls who care for the Earth."
-Stephanie Bloyd, Mother Earth News

"The best folk songs you're likely to hear in a long time. The Giving Tree Band's status as a band to watch is undeniable."

-Anthony Bennett, CDREVIEWS.COM

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