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Four years with no studio releases certainly didn’t hurt Gov’t Mule’s stride.

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New releases from The Broadcast, Gov't Mule, 10ft Ganja Plant and The Wood Brothers plus a twerking new video from Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band.

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. Upcoming Festivals
. Video of the Week

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New Releases


The BroadcastThe Broadcast - Dodge the Arrow CD -The Broadcast are a ground shaking, soul-driven powerhouse. Forming in NYC during 2010, the group relocated to the emerging cultural mecca of Asheville, NC to pursue music full time. Propelled by the thunderous and explosive vocals of lead singer Caitlin Krisko, this sensational 6-piece played to crowds all over the US last year, tallying over 140 shows.

A dynamic ensemble that mixes elements of all-out rock (Led Zeppelin), neo-soul (Grace Potter) and classic songwriting (Fleetwood Mac), The Broadcast not only recalls the raw energy of live performance before the digital age, but also breaks new ground with a combination of inspired musicianship and a velvet-throated voice of gold.

Gov't MuleGov't Mule - Shout (2 CD) - Gov't Mule's first studio album in four years - features 11 tracks recorded by the band in Los Angeles and Stamford, CT plus a bonus disc featuring an all-star lineup of vocalists interpreting The Mule's new songs. Special guests Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Vintage Trouble's Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood appear on Disc 2 of Shout! The double album also marks Gov't Mule's Blue Note Records debut.

 

10ft Ganja Plant10ft Ganga Plant - Skycatcher CD - The ‘Plant is back! 2012 was a busy year for elusive roots band, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant. They released a critically acclaimed instrumental album, 10 Deadly Shots Vol. II (“their strongest set to date,” according to The Wire), and played an incredible, rare, sold out show at Boston’s Middle East Club. 2013 promises to be even better, with the band headlining not one, but two live shows this year, and releasing a rootsy new album full of vocal gems.

This new album, Skycatcher, sees 10 Ft. Ganja Plant do what they do best… infusing that old school roots groove into timeless songs and sounds. This group of reggae purists, who hail from the Northeast and are rumored to share members with heralded reggae group, John Brown’s Body, have captured the original 70′s reggae spirit in a way that few other modern reggae bands have been able to do.

The Wood BrothersThe Wood Brothers - The Muse CD - Produced by country-music legend Buddy Miller, the album embodies a newfound musical bond between brothers Oliver and Chris Wood one cemented by two years on the road with a new full-time member, drummer Jano Rix.

Recorded at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville, The Muse mines The Wood Brothers timeless influences Robert Johnson, Willie Nelson, Charles Mingus and showcases their high-lonesome harmonies, Oliver s gritty acoustic guitars, Chris virtuosic standup bass and their warrior poet lyrics. New to this recording is the shuitar, a beat-up acoustic guitar rigged with tuna cans and other noisemakers, which Jano uses (and has patented) as a percussive instrument.

Coming Soon


RJD2RJD2 - More Is Than Isn't CD - RJD2 returns with his much-anticipated 5th solo album, ''More Is Than Isn't.'' In keeping with an ethos that both continually moves forward and stays rooted in funk, this album seamlessly melds raw, gritty breaks with bombastic horns, MCs, lush analog synths and the intangible. Though largely an instrumental affair, longtime collaborators Blueprint, Phonte Coleman, and Aaron Livingston join the fray, along with newcomers STS, P. Blackk and Khari Mateen adding some vocal duties. Listeners will hear hints of uptempo dance floor killers like ''Descended From Myth'' and ''Milk Tooth.'' This is truly sprawling, epic, beat-oriented music like only RJD2 can do.

Recent Releases:


Grateful Dead boxsetGrateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream (Veneta, OR, 8/27/72)(3CD/1DVD) -On August 27, 1972, fresh off their now-legendary European tour, the Grateful Dead traveled to Veneta, Oregon and reunited with the Merry Pranksters to throw a benefit concert for the Kesey family s Springfield Creamery. The show, which was recorded and filmed but never released, has since become the most-requested live show in Grateful Dead history.

The concert which is considered to be the Merry Pranksters last "Acid Test" offers a snapshot of the band at the peak of its playing prowess and features the classic lineup of: Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. The setlist that day included memorable performance of "Sugaree, " "Deal, " "Black-Throated Wind, " "Greatest Story Ever Told, " "Bird Song" and a mind-melting version of "Dark Star" that stretches over 30 minutes.

3 CD/1 DVD Concert film painstakingly restored with all-new stereo and 5.1 audio mixes done by Jeffrey Norman and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser. Entire concert mixed and mastered to HDCD from the original 16-track tapes. Producer s note by David Lemieux. Package features original tie-dye by Courtenay Pollock and brand new cover art by Grammy-winning artist Steve Vance.

Del McCoury BandDel McCoury Band - The Streets of Baltimore CD - The Streets Of Baltimore shows McCoury and his award-winning band at their most relaxed and free-form. “I just put together a group of songs that I liked,” says Del. “And then we got into the studio and tried to make them sound good!”

All in all, then, The Streets Of Baltimore is a masterful performance—exactly what one would expect from a close-knit, supremely talented group led by a man universally acknowledged as a national treasure. It’s a long way from the streets of Baltimore to where Del McCoury’s music has taken him these days, but today, just as he was then, Del McCoury is right where he needs—and wants—to be.

Upcoming Events:

Oct 4-6 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - San Francisco, CA

Oct 10-13 - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Pittsboro, NC

Oct 17-19 - Harvest Music Festival - Ozark, AR

Oct 17-20 - MagnoliaFest - Live Oak, FL

Oct 31-Nov 2 - Hulaween - Live Oak, FL

Video of the Week:

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band - Trunk Fallin' Off (Official Video) NSFW

Thanks for reading! Treat yourself to some good music this week.
- Lee Crumpton

 
     





  

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New CD from The Del McCoury Band and a new box set from The Grateful Dead plus our review of LOCK'N Festival and more!

In this issue:

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

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Latest News & Reviews:

LOCK'N Festival - review & photos

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New Releases


Grateful Dead boxsetGrateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream (Veneta, OR, 8/27/72)(3CD/1DVD) -On August 27, 1972, fresh off their now-legendary European tour, the Grateful Dead traveled to Veneta, Oregon and reunited with the Merry Pranksters to throw a benefit concert for the Kesey family s Springfield Creamery. The show, which was recorded and filmed but never released, has since become the most-requested live show in Grateful Dead history.

The concert which is considered to be the Merry Pranksters last "Acid Test" offers a snapshot of the band at the peak of its playing prowess and features the classic lineup of: Jerry Garcia, Donna Jean Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. The setlist that day included memorable performance of "Sugaree, " "Deal, " "Black-Throated Wind, " "Greatest Story Ever Told, " "Bird Song" and a mind-melting version of "Dark Star" that stretches over 30 minutes.

3 CD/1 DVD Concert film painstakingly restored with all-new stereo and 5.1 audio mixes done by Jeffrey Norman and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser. Entire concert mixed and mastered to HDCD from the original 16-track tapes. Producer s note by David Lemieux. Package features original tie-dye by Courtenay Pollock and brand new cover art by Grammy-winning artist Steve Vance.

Del McCoury BandDel McCoury Band - The Streets of Baltimore CD - The Streets Of Baltimore shows McCoury and his award-winning band at their most relaxed and free-form. “I just put together a group of songs that I liked,” says Del. “And then we got into the studio and tried to make them sound good!”

All in all, then, The Streets Of Baltimore is a masterful performance—exactly what one would expect from a close-knit, supremely talented group led by a man universally acknowledged as a national treasure. It’s a long way from the streets of Baltimore to where Del McCoury’s music has taken him these days, but today, just as he was then, Del McCoury is right where he needs—and wants—to be.

 

Coming Soon


The BroadcastThe Broadcast - Dodge the Arrow CD -The Broadcast are a ground shaking, soul-driven powerhouse. Forming in NYC during 2010, the group relocated to the emerging cultural mecca of Asheville, NC to pursue music full time. Propelled by the thunderous and explosive vocals of lead singer Caitlin Krisko, this sensational 6-piece played to crowds all over the US last year, tallying over 140 shows.

A dynamic ensemble that mixes elements of all-out rock (Led Zeppelin), neo-soul (Grace Potter) and classic songwriting (Fleetwood Mac), The Broadcast not only recalls the raw energy of live performance before the digital age, but also breaks new ground with a combination of inspired musicianship and a velvet-throated voice of gold.

Gov't MuleGov't Mule - Shout (2 CD) - Gov't Mule's first studio album in four years - features 11 tracks recorded by the band in Los Angeles and Stamford, CT plus a bonus disc featuring an all-star lineup of vocalists interpreting The Mule's new songs. Special guests Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Vintage Trouble's Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood appear on Disc 2 of Shout! The double album also marks Gov't Mule's Blue Note Records debut.

 

10ft Ganja Plant10ft Ganga Plant - Skycatcher CD - The ‘Plant is back! 2012 was a busy year for elusive roots band, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant. They released a critically acclaimed instrumental album, 10 Deadly Shots Vol. II (“their strongest set to date,” according to The Wire), and played an incredible, rare, sold out show at Boston’s Middle East Club. 2013 promises to be even better, with the band headlining not one, but two live shows this year, and releasing a rootsy new album full of vocal gems.

This new album, Skycatcher, sees 10 Ft. Ganja Plant do what they do best… infusing that old school roots groove into timeless songs and sounds. This group of reggae purists, who hail from the Northeast and are rumored to share members with heralded reggae group, John Brown’s Body, have captured the original 70′s reggae spirit in a way that few other modern reggae bands have been able to do.

Last Week:

Moon TaxiMoon Taxi - Mountains Beaches Cities CD- For their third album, indie rock quintet Moon Taxi explored new landscapes by amping up the speed and turning up the volume.

"One thing we didn't want to do was stray too far from what we did before," keyboardist Wes Bailey says in a press release. "We really knew that things for the band had shifted in a good direction and we were growing because of our last record (Cabaret). We wanted to continue the energy we created from that record."

Upcoming Events:

Sept 27-29 - H-Blast - Locust Hill, NC

Sept 27-29 - Meeting of the Minds VI - Meshoppen, PA

Oct 4-6 - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - San Francisco, CA

Oct 10-13 - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Pittsboro, NC

Oct 17-19 - Harvest Music Festival - Ozark, AR

Oct 17-20 - MagnoliaFest - Live Oak, FL

Oct 31-Nov 2 - Hulaween - Live Oak, FL

Video of the Week:

Big Daddy Love - Sweet Emotion>Amanda Lynn - live at The BIG What? 2013 BIG DADDY LOVE gets a Merry Prankster award for this one. They invite BIG Something's Casey Cranford on stage to sit in on a cover of "Sweet Emotion". The band transitions into BIG Something's "Amanda Lynn", surprising him with a cover of his own band's song! Anything and everything can happen at The BIG What?!?!?!?!

Thanks for reading! Treat yourself to some good music this week.
- Lee Crumpton

 
     





  

Lockn' Festival - Arrington, VA - September 2013

Lockn' Festival - Arrington, VA - September 2013
It's hard to explain the excitement I felt when I heard that a massive music festival was coming to my home state of Virginia. Amplify that excitement by some randomly-chosen large number, upon hearing Lockn’ Festival’s legend-packed lineup, and you get some idea of how important this festival felt.

Bands the likes of Furthur, Neil Young/Crazy Horse, SCI, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, and The Black Crowes were slated to make festival history just a few hours from my stomping grounds. And then, Young had to back out after a Crazy Horse injury!

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

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Boogie In The Bungalow 4
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HGMN Presents: Les Racquet, Dangermuffin & Sol Roots 10/25 Raleigh, NC
3rd Annual BIG Something Costume Ball 10/27
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam artists announced 12/15

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New Releases:

John McLaughlinJohn McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension - Now Here This CD - McLaughlin's latest creative venture with The 4th Dimension, reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot. Cameroon-born/Paris-resident bassist Etienne M'Bappe is back from To the One, as is keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband. This 8-track set of McLaughlin originals testifies to the guitarist's decades-long fascination with Indian music, through his effortless virtuosity, and relentless lyricism, even when the guitarist is shredding at near-light speed.

As John himself simply states, "Now Here This is the culmination of my life's work till now."

Govt MuleGov't Mule - The Georiga Bootleg Box (6 CDs) - "Those of you that have followed the Mule's history know that our connection with the state of Georgia is a deep one. Our first rehearsals were at the one-time living quarters of the Allman Brothers Band known as The Big House (now the ABB museum) in Macon, GA. Some later rehearsals took place at what used to be the legendary Capricorn Recording Studio in Macon while recording the song GONNA SEND YOU BACK TO GEORGIA for the HOUND DOG TAYLOR Tribute CD. A lot of our earliest shows were in Georgia as well so a lot of our growth as a band took place in front of Georgia audiences. Having recently been reminded of these 3 shows from '96, and of the fact that they had been recorded and mixed by Doug Oade back in the day, I found myself listening to these recordings for the first time in fifteen years. I was instantly taken with the visceral nature of the music along with the rawness of the way that it was captured. The Mule was barely two years old at this time and what we hear here, along with many songs from our first CD, are the works in progress of many songs that would later wind up on DOSE and in some cases LIFE BEFORE INSANITY. This was at a time in our career when our repertoire was small but constantly growing, not unlike our fan base."

Trey AnastasioTrey Anastasio - Traveler CD - Traveler, Trey's newest studio album, was co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jonsi) at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Musicians include Trey Anastasio Band, Mates of State s Kori Gardner, The National s Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger, Bon Iver's Rob Moose, and Icelandic percussionist Samuli Kosminen.

 

 

Infamous StringdustersInfamous Stringdusters - Silver Sky/We'll Do it Live (2 CDs) - Silver Sky - the recent studio recording in The Infamous Stringdusters' constant, relentless, revelatory musical evolution -- is released in Fall 2012 in a very special Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition. Delivered by SCI Fidelity and the band's own High Country label, Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition includes a previously unreleased bonus track, "He's Gone," and the bonus live album, We'll Do It Live.

Working with an unlikely studio partner - hip-hop producer Billy Hume (Ludacris, Nas) - Silver Sky finds The Infamous Stringdusters' powerful rhythms and vocal melodies at the forefront of the music. Paired with We'll Do It Live - a seamless live recording culled from four epic 2011 performances - Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition eloquently demonstrates a band whose artistic voice has fully emerged, and offers a riveting glimpse of just how, and where, The Infamous Stringdusters are leading the bluegrass revolution.

Widespread PanicWidespread Panic - Wood CD - In January and February 2012, Widespread Panic embarked their final performances of 2012 with the 11-date, four-city "Wood Tour". The acoustic tour ran through the Washington, DC area, Atlanta, GA, Denver, CO and ended with three special nights at the Belly-Up Tavern in Aspen, CO. Since then Panic has been on a long-overdue hiatus for the rest of 2012.

Widespread Panic fans are sure to be pleased with the announcement of WOOD. The set features acoustic versions, and some new arrangements of Panic originals, including "Tall Boy", "Ain't Life Grand" and "Climb To Safety". Covers of fan favorites, such as Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers To Cross" and Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" are stand out highlights. Wood also features first time renditions of John Lennon's "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and former Animal Alan Price's "Sell Sell" from the legendary British film O' Lucky Man.

Hackensaw BoysHackensaw Boys - The Old Sound of Music Vol 2 CD - The group's latest efforts, The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 1 and The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 2, deliver original material that draws upon the songwriting talents of its members. These six-song collections are the result of recording sessions held at the decaying but comfortable Sound of Music studios on Broad Street in Richmond, VA before it moved to its new location. The recordings were mastered by Grammy award winner Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering in Takoma Park, MD.

Coming Soon:

The Lee BoysThe Lee Boys - Testify CD - This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). "Sacred steel" is a type of music rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and African music driven by the pedal steel guitar. Testify features 11 tracks of new songs along with fan favorites from their live show. Stellar production, expanded instrumentation, and a slew of special guests result in a captivating mix of gospel, rock and R&B that will surely appeal to the most discerning music fan. Guest players include: Warren Haynes on vocals and lead guitar; Jimmy Herring on lead guitar; female vocalist Gia Wyre; Matt Slocum on organ, piano, and keyboards; Nate Worth on percussion; and producer/engineer/mixer Matt Grondin on electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, backing vocals. Horns were arranged by Mark Mullins.

Cast of ClownsCast of Clowns - Have a Heart CD - Cast of Clowns, recognized nationally as a "supergroup" of performers, is part fun machine, part harbinger, and all in. Their original songs stand strong and unflinching while their creative live approach shoves the envelope into a bucket of confetti. Founded by singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiction writer, Craig Wright, in 2008, The Clowns have played from British Columbia to Hawaii, developing particularly strong followings in Oregon and the Bay Area. Featuring world-class players like Greg Anton, (Zero), Jeff Pevar, (Ray Charles, CS&N), Melvin Seals, (Jerry Garcia Band), Hutch Hutchinson, (Bonnie Raitt), Bill Kreutzmann, (Grateful Dead), Robin Sylvester, (Ratdog), Barry Sless, (Dave Nelson), Damien Erskine, (Peter Erskine, Gino Vanelli) the Clowns shows are always surprising and fun.

The Rock CollectionThe Rock Collection - Live at the Oregon Country Fair CD -The Rock Collection is a brand new all-star group that features Mark Karan, electric guitar (RatDog), Dan "Lebo" Lebowitz, acoustic guitar and pedal steel (ALO), Greg Anton on drums (Zero), and Paul Lamb on bass (Burnt Noodle). They headlined the fair on the main stage in 2011 and this high fidelity live recording captured the magic. These accomplished live performers have an outstanding musical chemistry on stage, interweaving vocal harmonies, double guitar work and extended improvisation; their original songs include new Robert Hunter lyrics. The band takes an audience on a musical journey from emotive blues to delicate ballads to blow-the-roof-off rock and roll.

 

Gary Clark JrGary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu CD -Rarely does an artist explode onto the music scene with the force and impact of a comet. But when it does happen -- as it did when 27-year-old singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. delivered an incendiary debut performance of his song "Bright Lights" at Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival last June -- the result is magical.

Funky, hip, and badass, Gary Clark Jr. is a rocking soul man for a new generation. Weaned on John Lee Hooker, Lightnin Hopkins, and T-Bone Walker, Clark fuses his deep blues influence with a love of classic hip-hop and contemporary soul. His voice weaves between a melodic lilt and a seasoned blues howl with his guitar licks dancing and dodging between and behind the beat as if the essence of Snoop and Dre loom in his head by way of the Mississippi Delta.

Last Week:

Medeski Martin & Wood - Free Magic CDMedeski Martin & Wood - Free Magic CD - For its latest effort, MMW dip into their archives to present a collection of recordings documenting their first-ever acoustic tour in 2007. The set, stretching out over five expansive tracks, captures the three intrepid improvisers--keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin--exploring the telepathic hookup and deep groove sensibility that has defined MMW since its inception in 1991.

"There's a rhythmic and sonic connection that we have," says Martin of his MMW colleagues. "Listening is the most important thing for us. We're having a conversation when we're playing. The dynamic range is much greater in the acoustic setting. When we play electric, everything is turned up to 11 and it's screaming. But with John on piano and Chris on upright, we can play with a much more nuanced touch. It's a very different world, but I love it."


Upcoming Events:

*Nov 10-13 - Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival - Live Oak, FL

*Look for the HGMN Booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

Hackensaw Boys live at Music on the Mountaintop festival

Thanks for reading! Treat yourself to some good music this week.
- Lee Crumpton

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New MMW, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Trey Anastasio, Infamous Stringdusters, John McLaughlin and more!
Dancing Tree Newsletter

In this issue:

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

Latest News & Reviews:
The Deluge - Elephant Graveyard CD review

Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival review

HGMN Presents: Les Racquet, Dangermuffin & Sol Roots 10/25 Raleigh, NC

Warren Haynes Christmas Jam artists announced

3rd Annual BIG Something Costume Ball

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Ready to get some more good CDs/DVDs/Ts/Stickers? Click here or call us 800 653 3929.

New Releases:

Medeski Martin & Wood - Free Magic CDMedeski Martin & Wood - Free Magic CD - For its latest effort, MMW dip into their archives to present a collection of recordings documenting their first-ever acoustic tour in 2007. The set, stretching out over five expansive tracks, captures the three intrepid improvisers--keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Chris Wood and drummer Billy Martin--exploring the telepathic hookup and deep groove sensibility that has defined MMW since its inception in 1991.

"There's a rhythmic and sonic connection that we have," says Martin of his MMW colleagues. "Listening is the most important thing for us. We're having a conversation when we're playing. The dynamic range is much greater in the acoustic setting. When we play electric, everything is turned up to 11 and it's screaming. But with John on piano and Chris on upright, we can play with a much more nuanced touch. It's a very different world, but I love it."

Coming Soon:

John McLaughlinJohn McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension - Now Here This CD - McLaughlin's latest creative venture with The 4th Dimension, reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot. Cameroon-born/Paris-resident bassist Etienne M'Bappe is back from To the One, as is keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband. This 8-track set of McLaughlin originals testifies to the guitarist's decades-long fascination with Indian music, through his effortless virtuosity, and relentless lyricism, even when the guitarist is shredding at near-light speed.

As John himself simply states, "Now Here This is the culmination of my life's work till now."

Govt MuleGov't Mule - The Georiga Bootleg Box (6 CDs) - "Those of you that have followed the Mule's history know that our connection with the state of Georgia is a deep one. Our first rehearsals were at the one-time living quarters of the Allman Brothers Band known as The Big House (now the ABB museum) in Macon, GA. Some later rehearsals took place at what used to be the legendary Capricorn Recording Studio in Macon while recording the song GONNA SEND YOU BACK TO GEORGIA for the HOUND DOG TAYLOR Tribute CD. A lot of our earliest shows were in Georgia as well so a lot of our growth as a band took place in front of Georgia audiences. Having recently been reminded of these 3 shows from '96, and of the fact that they had been recorded and mixed by Doug Oade back in the day, I found myself listening to these recordings for the first time in fifteen years. I was instantly taken with the visceral nature of the music along with the rawness of the way that it was captured. The Mule was barely two years old at this time and what we hear here, along with many songs from our first CD, are the works in progress of many songs that would later wind up on DOSE and in some cases LIFE BEFORE INSANITY. This was at a time in our career when our repertoire was small but constantly growing, not unlike our fan base."

Trey AnastasioTrey Anatasio - Traveler CD - Traveler, Trey's newest studio album, was co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jonsi) at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Musicians include Trey Anastasio Band, Mates of State s Kori Gardner, The National s Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger, Bon Iver's Rob Moose, and Icelandic percussionist Samuli Kosminen.

 

 

Infamous StringdustersInfamous Stringdusters - Silver Sky/We'll Do it Live (2 CDs) - Silver Sky - the recent studio recording in The Infamous Stringdusters' constant, relentless, revelatory musical evolution -- is released in Fall 2012 in a very special Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition. Delivered by SCI Fidelity and the band's own High Country label, Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition includes a previously unreleased bonus track, "He's Gone," and the bonus live album, We'll Do It Live.

Working with an unlikely studio partner - hip-hop producer Billy Hume (Ludacris, Nas) - Silver Sky finds The Infamous Stringdusters' powerful rhythms and vocal melodies at the forefront of the music. Paired with We'll Do It Live - a seamless live recording culled from four epic 2011 performances - Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition eloquently demonstrates a band whose artistic voice has fully emerged, and offers a riveting glimpse of just how, and where, The Infamous Stringdusters are leading the bluegrass revolution.

Widespread PanicWidespread Panic - Wood CD - In January and February 2012, Widespread Panic embarked their final performances of 2012 with the 11-date, four-city "Wood Tour". The acoustic tour ran through the Washington, DC area, Atlanta, GA, Denver, CO and ended with three special nights at the Belly-Up Tavern in Aspen, CO. Since then Panic has been on a long-overdue hiatus for the rest of 2012.

Widespread Panic fans are sure to be pleased with the announcement of WOOD. The set features acoustic versions, and some new arrangements of Panic originals, including "Tall Boy", "Ain't Life Grand" and "Climb To Safety". Covers of fan favorites, such as Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers To Cross" and Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" are stand out highlights. Wood also features first time renditions of John Lennon's "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and former Animal Alan Price's "Sell Sell" from the legendary British film O' Lucky Man.

Last Week:

Grateful DeadGrateful Dead - Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It (2CD) - features 20 live performances hand-picked from five shows by David Lemieux, the band's archivist and the collection's producer.

Similar to 2011's Europe '72, Vol. 2, the two-disc set is a showcase for the best of the 1990 tour. The original artwork, which was created by New York artist Wes Lang (a lifelong Dead Head), showcases his elaborate drawings throughout the liner notes as well as on the cover, which features an ornate Indian skull headdress. Lemieux penned the compilation's liner notes, which provide background about the selected performances.

For those familiar with the Grateful Dead's glorious live performance history, the spring 1990 tour represents an important zenith, one fully equal to the golden ages of Europe '72 and spring '77. During this truly epic three-week spring fling, the band played as good as it ever had, with energy, sophistication and joy.

Recorded during the Grateful Dead's 25-year anniversary, the band - Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland, and Bob Weir - played as though it was on a mission to prove something. The pieces just fell into place that spring - impassioned vocals, the Brent/Jerry mind-meld, the MIDI expansion of the band's sonic vocabulary, and a bunch of new tunes and choice revivals.

Despite the space limitations inherent in a two-disc set, SPRING '90: SO GLAD YOU MADE IT vividly reflects the diversity of songs played during this tour. It spotlights newer material ("West L.A. Fadeaway" and "Blow Away"), classics ("Beat It On Down The Line" and "Morning Dew"), rarities ("Easy To Love You" and "Attics Of My Life"), epic jams ("Scarlet Begonias" > "Estimated Prophet"), and choice covers with Sam Cooke's "Let The Good Times Roll" and the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time."

The powerful and revealing sound heard throughout the collection is the result of work done by the band's longtime audio engineer John Cutler, who originally recorded the shows, and Jeffrey Norman, who mastered each show to HDCD specs.


Upcoming Events:

Oct 11-13 - YMSB's Harvest Music Festival - Ozark, AR

Oct 11-14 - Family Roots Fall Fest - Logan, OH

*Nov 10-13 - Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival - Live Oak, FL

*Look for the HGMN Booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

Widespread Panic "Pickin' Up the Pieces" from the Wood Tour

Thanks for reading! Treat yourself to some good music this week.
- Lee Crumpton

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