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New Keller & the Keels, Widespread Panic, iLa Mawana, Sol Driven Train, Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, Rev Payton's Big Damn Band and more!

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

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New Additions:

Keller & the Keels - Thief Cd Keller Williams & the Keels - Thief CD - Keller Williams' latest studio release, 'thief', serves as a follow-up to his highly acclaimed 2006 release of anything-but-traditional bluegrass songs, 'grass'. Teaming up once again with his good friends Larry and Jenny Keel (on guitar and bass, respectively), Keller gives the bluegrass treatment to 13 unexpected rock, pop and folk songs. From Ryan Adams and Amy Winehouse to Presidents of the United States of America and the Butthole Surfers, Keller & the Keels tread on hallowed territory. But with 'thief', they aren't stealing from their musical heroes, rather paying their respects and breathing new life into old classics.


Widespread Panic - Dirty Side Down CDWidespread Panic - Dirty Side Down CD - Dirty Side Down, the 11th studio album from Widespread Panic, is comprised of 12 songs that incorporate Panic's unique blend of rock, jazz and blues inspired textures into songs flowing with melody, rhythm and emotion. After 24 years, Widespread Panic remain one of America s best live bands, and most successful touring acts. Aside from their legendary live shows, they continue to raise the bar in their genre through their songwriting, and Dirty Side Down is a prime example. Band members John Bell (vocals/guitar), John Hermann (keyboards/vocals), Jimmy Herring (lead guitar), Todd Nance (drums/vocals), Domingo Ortiz (percussion) and Dave Schools (bass/vocals) combine their efforts by writing, or co-writing, 10 of the album s 12 tracks. Songs, such as the dark, multi-layered opener Saint Ex , the boogie blues of Jaded Tourist or the laid back Southern nature of When You Coming Home showcase Widespread Panic s dynamic range as songwriters and musicians.

iLa Mawana - Soldiers of Sound CD iLa Mawana - Soldiers of Sound CD - Boston-based iLa Mawana presents their first studio album! Developing a strong reputation among fans for their tight pocket reggae grooves, iLa Mawana has put together a cohesive group of songs that capture their energy with captivating new melodies.

"...Boston-based iLa Mawana is solidly reggae, but by mixing dub, roots and Afro-beat, they add dimension to their sound, taking them from quintessential to alluring." - Performer Magazine

"Boston's iLa Mawana have a vibrant Jamaican flavor that uses a familiar template, proudly following in the footsteps of reggae legends. Adding a twist to their traditional leanings, the nine-piece posse fuse their style with strains of dub and ska, then alter the vibe further with lyrics that fit more naturally with today's sensibilities." - Music Connection Magazine

Sol Driven Train - Believe CDSol Driven Train - Believe CD - At shows, the band members bounce to the pulse of the music along with the crowd. Stylistically the band "seamlessly mixes Allmanesque Southern rock, languid world-beat, swampy funk and downright catchy melodies as they swap lead singers and instruments. A punchy horn section adds an extra dimension of sweaty soul to the genre-blurring jam party" (Atlanta Creative Loafing, 11/21/06). All that sweat is paying off for Sol Driven Train. With their honest songwriting and energetic live performances, they are attracting fans devoted to witnessing their musical rise. Believe is a snapshot of the ever changing life and sound of Sol Driven Train. The album spans the gap from comedy to tragedy with a track sure to capture the imagination of any listener.

Rev Payton's Big Damn Band - The Wages CDRev Peyton's Big Damn Band - The Wages CD - "I grew up in the country, and rural life and rural culture has shaped me and my music," says Reverend Peyton, who really is a Kentucky Colonel, just like Elvis Presley, Roy Rogers and Tiger Woods. "I have been playing music since I was a little kid. I am pretty sure we are on to something now." That combination of authenticity and originality is evident throughout the Big Damn Band's "The Wages," driven by the trio's big damn vocals and melodies, gutbucket guitar playing, and foot-stomping rhythms, all in service of songs that are honest and moving, devoid of irony or artifice.


Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet - Live At The Triple Door CDSkerik's Syncopated Taint Septet - Live At The Triple Door CD - Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet follows up the release of their classic 2007 studio album Husky with the perfect companion piece, Live At The Triple Door. Multi-tracked at the venerable Seattle jazz venue, the band winds their way through seven torrid performances, including 'Summer Pudding,' 'Taming The Shrew' and 'The Third Rail.' Adding distinguished flourishes to the Syncopated Taint Septet on this evening is both a string section and the acclaimed Seattle vocalist Om Johari, who contributes two hair raising performances: a rendition of Nina Simone's 'Mississippi Goddamn' and a re-working of Sarah Vaughn's 'The Mystery Of Man,' which was adapted from the poetry of Pope John Paul II. The final shine on Live At The Triple Door comes courtesy of arranger Eyvind Kang who adds string overdubs to enhance the pre-existing live strings.

Long a staple of the Northwest music scene and a revered cult figure around the country, tenor saxophonist Skerik adds yet another jewel to a steadily growing discography that includes acclaimed works by his other bands ranging from Garage A Trois to Critters Buggin to The Dead Kenny G's.

Coming Soon:

June 1 - moe. - Smash Hits Vol 1 CD
Grateful Dead - At the Hollywood Festival, NW England 1970 DVD
Ozric Tentacles - Erpland CD&DVD
Dickey Betts & Great Southern - 30 Years of Southern Rock (2 CDs)
Jack Johnson - To the Sea CD

June 8 - Warren Haynes presents the Benefit Concert Vol 3 (2 CDs)

Last Week:

Future Rock - Live in Wicker Park CDFuture Rock - Live in Wicker Park CD - New live album that captures the raw energy of a memorable live-electronic performance that packed the fair streets of Chicago, turning rooftops into dance floors and fans into maniacs hanging out of open windows. The atmosphere and the songs, six of which have never officially been released--are the best representation of Future Rock ever recorded. Live in Wicker Park also features live remixes of Black Moth Super Rainbow and Death from Above 1979 that are sweeping proof of Future Rock's remarkable remix skills.  But that's not all.  The live album is a 52-minute wall of sound that'll leave listeners wondering how three people create the rhythmic textures that seem to come from a small army, rather than just a trio.  The album is available everywhere, TODAY, and is featured on Future Rock's Bandcamp site:  You can watch a live video of the song, Romantic Rights (Live Remix) from Future Rock's 4/30/2010 performance at the Park West in Chicago on Vimeo.

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Upcoming Events:

May 28-30 - StrangeCreek - Greenfield, MA
Bella Vida Music Festival - Clarks Grove, MN

June 3-6 - GroverFest - Davidson, NC
Wakarusa - Ozark, AR
Outrageous Universe Revival - Sherman, NY

June 10-13 Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
Harmony Festival - Santa Rosa, CA
8th Annual Nor-east'r Music & Art Festival - Mio, MI

June 17-19 Harry's Hoe Down 2010 - Starks, ME

July 2-4 Nateva - Oxford, ME

Video of the Week:

Keller & the Keels with Drew Emmitt, Bill Nershi & Ronnie McCoury performing Cracker's "What the World Needs Now" at DelFest 2009

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Lee Crumpton

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New releases from Keller Williams, The Ragbirds and James Carter & John Medeski, also news, reviews, festivals and video!
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In this issue:

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

Latest News & Reviews:
Rock the Earth and Allman Brothers partner to recycle mobile phones
An Interview with Quactus
Funkuponya CD review
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New Additions:

Keller Williams - ODD CDKeller Williams - ODD CD - "For my 14th release, I went with studio versions of road tested favorites. The only exception would be the the first track (environmental song) which has never before been played live. This collection of tunes was recorded and mixed by Jeff Covert at Wally Cleaver's Recording Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He as well as Jay Starling, Claude Arthur and Doug Henderson make audio appearances, but this record is primarily a solo effort with me playing all the instruments (with the exception of a few drum loops). The art work was created by Richard Biffle. The idea came from the lyrics of my science fiction bluegrass song "elephorse", which is of course a cross between an elephant and a horse. But don't be confused. That's not the elephorse on the cover but the flying 2 headed dragon that befriends it. Please enjoy!" - Keller $15

The Ragbirds - Finally Almost Ready CDThe Ragbirds - Finally Almost Ready CD - The record features 12 tracks including many brand new Ragbirds songs. We had the honor of working with producer, fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, Tim Carbone (of Railroad Earth) and Phil Nicolo at Studio 4 in Philly who mixed and mastered the songs. Phil is a Grammy-Award-winning producer and engineer who has worked with an impressively long list of top performers. Here's what Phil had to say about the album: "I was pleasantly surprised to discover The Ragbirds new album to be a wonderful combination of clever songwriting and heartfelt performances. This will live in my CD player for a long while!"
Made from Eco-Friendly packaging, designed with a plastic tray made out of recycled plastic bottles, and printed with vegetable based inks. Each CD saves 6 plastic water bottles from being thrown in a landfill! $12

James Carter & John Medeski - Heaven on Earth CDJames Carter & John Medeski - Heaven on Earth CD - Saxophonist James Carter and organist John Medeski (of the pioneering jam-band, Medeski, Martin & Wood) lead a supergroup featuring Christian McBride (bass), Adam Rogers (guitar) and Joey Baron (drums). Together they carve out a groove that captures the buzz and vitality of jam-jazz at its most exhilerating. Recorded live at the Blue Note in New York, the group throws down the funk on Django Reinhardt's "Diminishing," Larry Young's "Heaven On Earth," Leo Parker's "Blue Leo," and the songbook standard, "Street Of Dreams." $16.98

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:

- 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

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:

Lotus - Through the Mirror Vol 1

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

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