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New Mickey Hart DVD and a new double CD Live From Wanee 2013 by Electric Hot Tuna!

In this issue:

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

Home Grown Radio!

Latest News & Reviews:

Max Allen Band - Everyone Thinks You're Weird CD review

Grant Farm - Grant Farm CD review

Harvest Festival launches band contest

 

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New Releases

Mickey Hart DVDMickey Hart - Innovators in Music DVD - A fascinating and compelling glimpse into Mickey Hart's magical, musical world.
Alongside his work of nearly 30 years as a drummer with iconic rock band the Grateful Dead, MICKEY HART has flourished as a solo artist,bandleader and author. INNOVATORS IN MUSIC was fortunate to spend the better part of two days at Mickey's home and studio in a remote area of northern California.
Bonus Materials:
Mickey's tour of his instruments
Interview with Zakir Hussein
Interview with Sikiuru Adepoju
Music Extras: Obama Rap, The Ballophone Jam, The Beast Jam

Electric Hot Tuna Live!Electric Hot Tuna - Live at 2013 Wanee Music Festival (2 CDs) - Electric Hot Tuna! Professionally recorded live at Wanee Music Festival on April 18, 2013. 2 CDs! TRACKS: 1. I See The Light (7:31) 2. Children Of Zion (4:43) 3. Can't Be Satisfied (7:46) 4. Ode To Billy Dean > True Religion (12:45) 5. Hesitation Blues (6:13) DISC2: 1. A Little Faster (4:46) 2. Bow Legged Woman (9:16) 3. Stage banter 1 (1:22) 4. Vicksburg Stomp (4:53) 5. Rock Me Baby (8:18) 6. Funky #7 (14:36)

 

 

Coming Soon

Mickey Hart - Superorganism CDMickey Hart - SUPERORGANISM- In the past two years, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead/Mickey Hart Band) has sonified the Universe, the Golden Gate Bridge, the America's Cup, and now, he is going even deeper. On his new record SUPERORGANISM, Hart is breaking new ground by combining music with science and the human body. This time we journey into the micro, the hidden worlds of rhythm within us, within our bodies, says Hart. My brain wave signals are reimagined in sound using a cap with electrodes that can read the throbs and signals of the brain. I have also sonified the sounds of stem cells, and heart rhythms for this recording. On SUPERORGANISM, Hart has once again paired up with longtime collaborator and Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter, as well as, many special guest musicians.

 

Last Week:

Michael Franti & SpearheadMichael Franti & Spearhead - All People CD - “All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of love,” added Franti. “For everyone that's been with us for days or decades, I really appreciate the love that you've given us. The music is for you and you inspire us.”

Franti’s impressive career spans decades, albums and many achievements. The singer, poet and activist has amassed an extensive and rabid fanbase, and draws sell-out crowds by virtue of his electrifying live shows.

DumpstaphunkIvan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - Dirty Word CD - A decade into the formation of Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans all-star collective Ivan Neville (vocals, B3 and Clav), the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie (formerly with Beyonce s all-female band) on drums and vocals releases their third studio album, Dirty Word.

Dirty Word offers a fresh and varied take on funk, blues, gospel, second-line, R&B and rock n roll. The album features special guest appearances by Art Neville, Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Skerik, Ani DiFranco and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Honey Island Swamp Band Honey Island Swamp Band - Cane Sugar CD - In 2005 guitarists/songwriters Chris Mule and Aaron Wilkinson were left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, marooned in San Francisco, and mulling an uncertain future with fellow refugees, bassist Sam Price drummer Garland Paul. Honey Island Swamp Band is formed and returns home to New Orleans, quickly gaining recognition as a burgeoning local act. Their great songs - heavily influenced by the roots music of Lowell George & Little Feat, The Band, Gram Parsons, and New Orleans own Dr. John - and their burn-the-house-down live shows, mark the band as an upcoming regional powerhouse. In 2013 Eight years of incessant touring have garnered a sizable fan base across the country. Grammy winner producer, John Porter, comes on board to record their first national release, Cane Sugar . It is Honey Island Swamp Band's own special brew Bayou Americana - a blend of Blues, Southern rock boogie, Appalachian music and New Orleans swamp funk that is decidedly all their own.

Roots of Creation CD/DVDRoots of Creation - Live at Bella Terra Festival (. . . And Stoned at Church) CD/DVD - 2013 New England Music Award Winners, Roots of Creation, mix roots and dub reggae with guitar-heavy rock and electronica, all wrapped around lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and consciousness laden lyrics.

RoC’s newest release, a DVD/CD set, Live at Bella Terra Festival (. . . And Stoned at Church), captures the band as a five-piece, during a tour, from the east coast to Chicago to Eastern Canada, in August 2011. At Bella Terra in Stephentown, NY, RoC performed directly after the headliner, Mickey Hart. As thousands of fans poured from the main stage over to the late-night tent, ROC delivered a truly unique music experience with thumping reggae bass lines, piercing guitar licks, and an electronic-dub sound only this band could create.

The Royal NoiseThe Royal Noise - Unbreakable CD - Philadelphia’s premier jazz-funk collective has quickly established itself as a high energy, grooving crew. Drawing from vintage and contemporary influences alike, they are forging an ebullient fusion of sinewy funk, gritty jazz, psychedelic rock and live hip-hop elements with a distinctly southern flavor, reminiscent of funk fusion acts like Herbie Hancock, Lost Tribe, Lettuce and Mother Funk Conspiracy.

This is the group's second studio release, produced by Shane Baldwin at Elevated Basement in Savannah, GA. Their latest efforts feature infectious grooves, hypnotic melodies and an evolution in sonic textures, drawing influence from such acts as Frank Zappa and mid-period Herbie Hancock, as this "bunch of rhythm devils" (Brian Robbins, Jambands.com) continues to redefine modern jazz-funk fusion. Also available: The Royal Noise - Keep On Moving CD

Sonny Moorman GroupSonny Moorman Group - More Live as Hell CD - Noted music Journalist Randy McNutt may have said it best, "He can flat-out play—and sing... Sounds have been passed from blues giant Freddy King to Lonnie Mack to Sonny Moorman." "I came to play" says Sonny Moorman. "I was raised in the bars my folks owned in and around Hamilton, OH and got to hear world class artists Lonnie Mack, Cal Collins, Dumpy Rice, Troy Seals, Wayne Perry, and a score of others up close and personal and learned one thing – all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up!" Back it up he does - one heck of a blues power trio! Also available: Sonny Moorman Group - Live as Hell CD & Sonny Moorman - Live at the Cincy Blues Fest! CD

Frank Zappa DVDFrank Zappa - A Token of His Extreme DVD - Recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood, A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME features Frank Zappa with five incredibly talented band members for this extravaganza of live music. The line-up exists of Frank Zappa guitar, percussion, vocals; George Duke keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock sax, vocals; Ruth Underwood percussion; Tom Fowler bass; Chester Thompson drums.

The Program, as edited and thoroughly tweezed & produced by FZ for Honker Home Video includes these delights: The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat, Montana, Earl Of Duke (George Duke), Florentine Pogen, Stink-Foot, Pygmy Twylyte, Room Service, Inca Roads, Oh No, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, A Token Of My Extreme.

Upcoming Events:

Aug 8-10 - 28th Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash - Terra Alta, WV

Aug 8-10 - Whippersnap Music Festival - Yorkville, IL

Aug 14-18 - ARISE Music Festival - Loveland, CO

Aug 22-24 - Camp Barefoot - Bartow, WV

Aug 29-Sept 1 - Mantrabash - Ferguson, NC

Aug 29-Sept 1 - Two Rivers Music & Arts Festival - Terra Alta, WV

Sept 5-8 - Interlocken - Arrington, VA

Video of the Week:

BIG Something - New album preview and fundraiser

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

 
     





  

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New releases from Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Royal Noise, Roots of Creation and more!

In this issue:

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

Home Grown Radio!

Latest News & Reviews:

HGMN Welcomes The Royal Noise

The BIG What? Festivalreview and photos

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New Releases

Michael Franti & SpearheadMichael Franti & Spearhead - All People CD - “All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of love,” added Franti. “For everyone that's been with us for days or decades, I really appreciate the love that you've given us. The music is for you and you inspire us.”

Franti’s impressive career spans decades, albums and many achievements. The singer, poet and activist has amassed an extensive and rabid fanbase, and draws sell-out crowds by virtue of his electrifying live shows.

DumpstaphunkIvan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - Dirty Word CD - A decade into the formation of Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans all-star collective Ivan Neville (vocals, B3 and Clav), the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie (formerly with Beyonce s all-female band) on drums and vocals releases their third studio album, Dirty Word.

Dirty Word offers a fresh and varied take on funk, blues, gospel, second-line, R&B and rock n roll. The album features special guest appearances by Art Neville, Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Skerik, Ani DiFranco and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Honey Island Swamp Band Honey Island Swamp Band - Cane Sugar CD - In 2005 guitarists/songwriters Chris Mule and Aaron Wilkinson were left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, marooned in San Francisco, and mulling an uncertain future with fellow refugees, bassist Sam Price drummer Garland Paul. Honey Island Swamp Band is formed and returns home to New Orleans, quickly gaining recognition as a burgeoning local act. Their great songs - heavily influenced by the roots music of Lowell George & Little Feat, The Band, Gram Parsons, and New Orleans own Dr. John - and their burn-the-house-down live shows, mark the band as an upcoming regional powerhouse. In 2013 Eight years of incessant touring have garnered a sizable fan base across the country. Grammy winner producer, John Porter, comes on board to record their first national release, Cane Sugar . It is Honey Island Swamp Band's own special brew Bayou Americana - a blend of Blues, Southern rock boogie, Appalachian music and New Orleans swamp funk that is decidedly all their own.

Roots of Creation CD/DVDRoots of Creation - Live at Bella Terra Festival (. . . And Stoned at Church) CD/DVD - 2013 New England Music Award Winners, Roots of Creation, mix roots and dub reggae with guitar-heavy rock and electronica, all wrapped around lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and consciousness laden lyrics.

RoC’s newest release, a DVD/CD set, Live at Bella Terra Festival (. . . And Stoned at Church), captures the band as a five-piece, during a tour, from the east coast to Chicago to Eastern Canada, in August 2011. At Bella Terra in Stephentown, NY, RoC performed directly after the headliner, Mickey Hart. As thousands of fans poured from the main stage over to the late-night tent, ROC delivered a truly unique music experience with thumping reggae bass lines, piercing guitar licks, and an electronic-dub sound only this band could create.

The Royal NoiseThe Royal Noise - Unbreakable CD - Philadelphia’s premier jazz-funk collective has quickly established itself as a high energy, grooving crew. Drawing from vintage and contemporary influences alike, they are forging an ebullient fusion of sinewy funk, gritty jazz, psychedelic rock and live hip-hop elements with a distinctly southern flavor, reminiscent of funk fusion acts like Herbie Hancock, Lost Tribe, Lettuce and Mother Funk Conspiracy.

This is the group's second studio release, produced by Shane Baldwin at Elevated Basement in Savannah, GA. Their latest efforts feature infectious grooves, hypnotic melodies and an evolution in sonic textures, drawing influence from such acts as Frank Zappa and mid-period Herbie Hancock, as this "bunch of rhythm devils" (Brian Robbins, Jambands.com) continues to redefine modern jazz-funk fusion. Also available: The Royal Noise - Keep On Moving CD

Sonny Moorman GroupSonny Moorman Group - More Live as Hell CD - Noted music Journalist Randy McNutt may have said it best, "He can flat-out play—and sing... Sounds have been passed from blues giant Freddy King to Lonnie Mack to Sonny Moorman." "I came to play" says Sonny Moorman. "I was raised in the bars my folks owned in and around Hamilton, OH and got to hear world class artists Lonnie Mack, Cal Collins, Dumpy Rice, Troy Seals, Wayne Perry, and a score of others up close and personal and learned one thing – all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up!" Back it up he does - one heck of a blues power trio! Also available: Sonny Moorman Group - Live as Hell CD & Sonny Moorman - Live at the Cincy Blues Fest! CD

Frank Zappa DVDFrank Zappa - A Token of His Extreme DVD - Recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood, A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME features Frank Zappa with five incredibly talented band members for this extravaganza of live music. The line-up exists of Frank Zappa guitar, percussion, vocals; George Duke keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock sax, vocals; Ruth Underwood percussion; Tom Fowler bass; Chester Thompson drums.

The Program, as edited and thoroughly tweezed & produced by FZ for Honker Home Video includes these delights: The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat, Montana, Earl Of Duke (George Duke), Florentine Pogen, Stink-Foot, Pygmy Twylyte, Room Service, Inca Roads, Oh No, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, A Token Of My Extreme.

Coming Soon

Mickey Hart DVDMickey Hart - Innovators in Music DVD - A fascinating and compelling glimpse into Mickey Hart's magical, musical world.
Alongside his work of nearly 30 years as a drummer with iconic rock band the Grateful Dead, MICKEY HART has flourished as a solo artist,bandleader and author. INNOVATORS IN MUSIC was fortunate to spend the better part of two days at Mickey's home and studio in a remote area of northern California.
Bonus Materials:
Mickey's tour of his instruments
Interview with Zakir Hussein
Interview with Sikiuru Adepoju
Music Extras: Obama Rap, The Ballophone Jam, The Beast Jam

 

Last Week:

Robert Randolph & the Family BandRobert Randolph & The Family Band - Lickety Split CD - When Robert Randolph talks about his new album, Lickety Split, a few words come up over and over—"joy," "freedom," "energy." Which is no surprise, really, because those are the same things that immediately spring into a listener's mind when these twelve tracks from the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist and his longtime accompanists, the Family Band, explode out of the speakers.

"My thing is really upbeat, uptempo, with great guitar riffs," says Randolph, summarizing his musical ambitions, "but also catchy choruses and lyrics that someday will make this music into classic tunes."

BIG What? 2013 TsThe BIG What? 2013 Official Festival T-shirt - 100% cotton Gildan T-shirts (limited supply)
THE BIG WHAT? on the back
Question Mark on the front made with all the bands' names, date and venue.

Festival featured BIG Something, The Mantras, Dopapod, Zach Deputy, Big Daddy Love, Jimkata, Consider the Source, The Heavy Pets, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Les Racquet & many more!

 

 

Cover Story DVDThe Cover Story - Album Art (2 DVD) chronicles the stories behind some of the iconic album covers of the 12 inch LP era. The story behind the controversial Blind Faith album cover featuring a topless eleven year old girl, who for the first time (some 45 years later) discusses how she feels about the historic cover. The Nirvana baby, Yoko Ono, Storm Thorgerson, Roger Dean, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, Jim Marshall, and Henry Diltz (among others) discuss their contributions to this all but gone art form. Are we losing artifact in the age of digital downloads is also discussed.

 

 

New Officially Licensed Grateful Dead T-shirts! Click images for a better look.

Splatter Paint Your Face TPhoenix Rising SYF TPscycle Sam TTerrapin Lake T

Upcoming Events:

Aug 8-10 - 28th Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash - Terra Alta, WV

Aug 8-10 - Whippersnap Music Festival - Yorkville, IL

Aug 14-18 - ARISE Music Festival - Loveland, CO

Aug 22-24 - Camp Barefoot - Bartow, WV

Aug 29-Sept 1 - Mantrabash - Ferguson, NC

Aug 29-Sept 1 - Two Rivers Music & Arts Festival - Terra Alta, WV

Sept 5-8 - Interlocken - Arrington, VA

* Look for the HGMN booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

Roots of Creation - "Peace Love & Music" from Live at Bella Terra DVD

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

     





  

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New CD from Robert Randolph & the Family Band, new Cover Story: Album Art DVD and some cool new Grateful Dead T-shirts!
July 16, 2013  

In this issue:

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

Home Grown Radio!

Latest News & Reviews:

HGMN Welcomes The Broadcast

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

Serving great music since 1995!

 

New Releases

Robert Randolph & the Family BandRobert Randolph & The Family Band - Lickety Split CD - When Robert Randolph talks about his new album, Lickety Split, a few words come up over and over—"joy," "freedom," "energy." Which is no surprise, really, because those are the same things that immediately spring into a listener's mind when these twelve tracks from the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist and his longtime accompanists, the Family Band, explode out of the speakers.

"My thing is really upbeat, uptempo, with great guitar riffs," says Randolph, summarizing his musical ambitions, "but also catchy choruses and lyrics that someday will make this music into classic tunes."

BIG What? 2013 TsThe BIG What? 2013 Official Festival T-shirt - 100% cotton Gildan T-shirts (limited supply)
THE BIG WHAT? on the back
Question Mark on the front made with all the bands' names, date and venue.

Festival featured BIG Something, The Mantras, Dopapod, Zach Deputy, Big Daddy Love, Jimkata, Consider the Source, The Heavy Pets, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Les Racquet & many more!

 

 

Cover Story DVDThe Cover Story - Album Art (2 DVD) chronicles the stories behind some of the iconic album covers of the 12 inch LP era. The story behind the controversial Blind Faith album cover featuring a topless eleven year old girl, who for the first time (some 45 years later) discusses how she feels about the historic cover. The Nirvana baby, Yoko Ono, Storm Thorgerson, Roger Dean, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, Jim Marshall, and Henry Diltz (among others) discuss their contributions to this all but gone art form. Are we losing artifact in the age of digital downloads is also discussed.

 

 

New Officially Licensed Grateful Dead T-shirts! Click images for a better look.

Splatter Paint Your Face TPhoenix Rising SYF TPscycle Sam TTerrapin Lake T

 

Coming Soon

Michael Franti & SpearheadMichael Franti & Spearhead - All People CD - “All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of love,” added Franti. “For everyone that's been with us for days or decades, I really appreciate the love that you've given us. The music is for you and you inspire us.”

Franti’s impressive career spans decades, albums and many achievements. The singer, poet and activist has amassed an extensive and rabid fanbase, and draws sell-out crowds by virtue of his electrifying live shows.

DumpstaphunkIvan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - Dirty Word CD - A decade into the formation of Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans all-star collective Ivan Neville (vocals, B3 and Clav), the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie (formerly with Beyonce s all-female band) on drums and vocals releases their third studio album, Dirty Word.

Dirty Word offers a fresh and varied take on funk, blues, gospel, second-line, R&B and rock n roll. The album features special guest appearances by Art Neville, Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Skerik, Ani DiFranco and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Honey Island Swamp Band Honey Island Swamp Band - Cane Sugar CD - In 2005 guitarists/songwriters Chris Mule and Aaron Wilkinson were left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, marooned in San Francisco, and mulling an uncertain future with fellow refugees, bassist Sam Price drummer Garland Paul. Honey Island Swamp Band is formed and returns home to New Orleans, quickly gaining recognition as a burgeoning local act.

In 2010 Trevor Brooks on Hammond B-3 was added, rounding out the band. Their great songs - heavily influenced by the roots music of Lowell George & Little Feat, The Band, Gram Parsons, and New Orleans own Dr. John - and their burn-the-house-down live shows, mark the band as an upcoming regional powerhouse.

In 2013 Eight years of incessant touring have garnered a sizable fan base across the country. Grammy winner producer, John Porter, comes on board to record their first national release, Cane Sugar . It is Honey Island Swamp Band's own special brew Bayou Americana - a blend of Blues, Southern rock boogie, Appalachian music and New Orleans swamp funk that is decidedly all their own.

Last Week:

Option 22Option 22 - The Change CD - Option 22 is an Americana/Worldbeat ensemble with a revolutionary vibe. Dubbed by one listener a “new age jam band,” their broad style spans from newgrass to space-folk to roots-rock world funk and points in between. "They are channels for the music, allowing it to flow through them and deliver it to whomever is present along with messages of hope, love and healing.  On the fly collaborative dynamics, rhythmic muscle and thematic inventions shower you with sound that is sure to lift your vibration, allowing you to groove freely and transcend."

Robert Walter's 20th CongressThe Dutch Woodstock 1970 (2 CD/DVD) - This line-up features rock royalty including Tyrannosaurus Rex, The Byrds, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and the headlining Pink Floyd from 1970's Kralingen Music Festival. Containing footage that wasn't in the original film, this 2CD 1DVD set features live material from Pink Floyd, and some immeasurably rare artifacts from folk such as T-Rex, Dr John, Family and The Byrds and others! The film portion, also known as Stamping Ground, has never been out on DVD.

Bob MarleyBob Marley & the Wailers - Legend Remixed CD - For the first time, BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS' iconic 1984 album, LEGEND, is re-imagined for LEGEND REMIXED, an inspired new spin on the reggae classic. LEGEND's 16 tracks have been remixed by top DJs/producers. Included in this cohesive new set are tracks by ten time Grammy winner Stephen Marley, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Jason Bentley, Z-Trip with Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Photek, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Roni Size, RAC, Beats Antique, Nickodemus & Zeb, as well as a new rendition remix of 'Redemption Song' by five-time Grammy Award winning reggae artist, Ziggy Marley.

Upcoming Events:

July 18-21 - All Good Music Festival - Thornville, OH

*July 25-29 - FloydFest - Floyd, VA

July 25-29 - Gathering of the Vibes - Bridgeport, CT

Aug 8-10 - 28th Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash - Terra Alta, WV

Aug 8-10 - Whippersnap Music Festival - Yorkville, IL

Aug 14-18 - ARISE Music Festival - Loveland, Co

* Look for the HGMN booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

Robert Randolph & the Family Band EPK for Lickety Split CD

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

     





  

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Floydfest 2012
The festival featured eight stages of eclectic musical performances and worldly arts and crafts, all set in the gorgeous, lush mountains of southern Virginia.

Nearly every genre of music is represented at FloydFest, and all that variety is a good thing. Headliners such as Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Sam Bush Band, Drive-By Truckers, Matisyahu, Leftover Salmon, SOJA, Sara Watkins, Brandi Carlile, and Dawes were some of the “must-sees”. It was a delightful, energy-infused, 5 day roller coaster ride of music that never dipped below fabulous.

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New ALO, Wood Brothers, Michael Franti book plus some new reviews, news, festival info and much more!
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In this issue:

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

Latest News & Reviews:
Everyone Orchestra - Brooklyn Sessions CD review
Featured Artist: Steve Kimock
All Good Festival Late Night Acts Announced
Featured Artist: Toubab Krewe
Suwannee SpringFest 2012 Review

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New Releases:

ALO - Sounds Like This ALO - Sounds Like This CD - In April 2011, ALO convened at San Francisco's Mission Bells studio with no plans other than to make some music together. With studio owner/longtime collaborator David Simon-Baker assisting behind the board, the band opted to take the same improvisational tack towards recording as they do on stage. Any distinctions between pre-production and real recording would be shed, allowing for ALO's instinctive spontaneity to make it to track.

"We thought, what if we started recording from the get-go," Gill says, "instead of rehearsing, making songs, and then going into the studio. We decided to start the whole process all at once, with the intention of wanting things to feel really live."

"Without a clear roadmap, we hit a lot of dead ends," says drummer Dave Brogan says, "which forced us to create our way out of the morass. I think that helped us look to within ourselves rather than outside influences to bring the music to life."

The band all based in the Bay Area, bar Gill, who resides in sunny Santa Barbara, were also able to utilize a lifetime's bag of tricks in a way the previous album's sonic scope only suggested.

 

10ft Ganga PlantThe Wood Brothers - Live Vol 1: Sky High CD - The 7-track CD was recorded live during their Fall tour and features songs from the provocative and charming Smoke Ring Halo, along with tunes from their first record, Ways Not To Lose, plus a Mississippi John Hurt gem, "Pay Day". 1. One More Day 2. Smoke Ring Halo 3. Glad 4. Stumbled In 5. Payday 6. Made It Up The Mountain 7. Luckiest Man

 

 

Where In the World is Away?Where in the World is Away? - by Michael Franti & Ben Hodson - On April 18th, in celebration of Earth Day, Michael Franti released his second children's book "Where In The World Is Away?"- a story about the importance of recycling, reducing waste, and re-using what we can. With illustrations by Ben Hodson who collaborated with Franti on his debut children's book, "What I Be".

The self-published book will be available in hardcover. It comes with a humorous read along CD featuring Franti, his son Ade, friend Addison Savage, singer Jolene Rust, and Spearhead band mate J Bowman. The books are printed and manufactured in the USA using environmentally-friendly soy ink on elemental chlorine-free, sustainably harvested, recycled stock!

"I read to both of my sons every night of their childhood," said Franti. "Reading is a precious time when we get to be close to our children and pass down stories, both real and make believe, that shape the way they view the world. I hope that this book inspires families and children to make recycling as much a part of their lives as brushing their teeth before bedtime...only more fun!" says Franti.

After visiting a garbage dump in Bali while filming the video for his song "Hey World" and seeing hills of garbage as far as the coastline, Franti was inspired to pen "Where In The World Is Away?". The book's message is a simple one; just because we throw away our trash and it's taken off somewhere else doesn't mean it really goes away. It's up to us to recycle, reduce waste, and re-use what we can.

Coming Soon:

Everyone OrchestraEveryone Orchestra - Brooklyn Sessions CD - Now, for the first time, Everyone Orchestra has taken the conducted improvisation concept mastered in their legendary live shows into the studio on Brooklyn Sessions. Conductor Matt Butler invited past collaborators--musical friends like drummer Jon Fishman (Phish), keyboardist/pianist Marco Benevento, Al Schnier (moe.), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), guitarist Steve Kimock, saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), vocalist/percussionist Jans Ingber (The Motet), mandolinist Jamie Masefield (Jazz Mandolin Project) and bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), to join him for several days of exploration and co-creation. The results range from hard-hitting grooves that take unexpected twists and turns ("Boots"), to sweet and expansive ("Pensive"), all with a spirit that is both liberated and focused. READ OUR REVIEW

Santana - Shape Shifter CDSantana - Shape Shifter CD - Carlos Santana's 36th album is mostly instrumental, though the track "Eres La Luz" features vocals from Santana band lead singers Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay. His son Salvador Santana also plays piano on the album's final two songs, "Canela" amd "Ah, Sweet Dancer."

The guitarist has dedicated Shape Shifter to Native American Indians, acknowledging "Australia's 2008 apology to the Aborigines and President Obama's signing of the 2009 Native American Apology Resolution." As Santana says, "I encourage any and all countries (that have not as yet done so) to acknowledge the first people of their land, and make this a collective global effort." Santana has been slowly compiling songs for the instrumental project for many years.

Last Week:

Conspirator - Unlocked CD Warren Haynes Band - Live At The Moody Theater (2CD/DVD)A stunning 3-disc 1DVD/2CD package capturing the band's blazing performance in Austin, TX on 11.03.2011. The 2.5-hour show, shot in HD and recorded in 5.1 audio, features several cuts from Haynes' GRAMMY-nominated, Billboard Top 20 solo release 'Man In Motion' as well as Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic," Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic," Sam Cooke's classic "A Change Is Gonna Come," Warren's live staple "Soulshine" and more. Guests include the Groove Line horns and 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Ian McLagan of The Faces. The Warren Haynes Band features a hand-picked band including R&B kingpins Ron Johnson on bass, Terence Higgins on drums, Nigel Hall on keyboards, Ron Holloway on saxophone and Alecia Chakour on vocals.

10ft Ganga Plant10ft Ganga Plant - 10 Deadly Shots Vol II CD - A secret West Coast Cessna lands and the start of a special weekend begins. It's time to dust off the vintage equipment and instruments. The day starts with a tape machine calibration to +6 250nWb. The Gibson Super 400 plucks a bass line as the drums make a drop. The Hammond growls in the space as the Jazzmaster links with the piano to set the pulse; all the while the Hofner thumps a melody down low. This record was recorded on 1975 MCI JH-16 tape machine. The tracks were all mixed on a Trident 80B console with various spring reverbs and tape echo devices where they met with 1/4 inch tape machine that was then delivered to Kevin Metcalfe for mastering in London. This is the making of very special record featuring our longtime friend The Aggrolites keyboard king Roger Rivas! We now present to you 10 Deadly Shots Vol.II. Let the Music Hit!

Upcoming Events:

May 12 - NC Brews & Music Festival - Huntersville, NC

May 12 - Spring Fling - Sanford, NC

May 17-20 - Orange Blossum Jamboree - Brooksville, FL

May 18-19 - Happiness & Harmony - New Castle, VA

May 25-28 - Amberland - LaFayette, GA

May 31-June 3 - Wakarusa - Ozark, AR

June 7-10 - Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN

* Look for the HGMN Booth at these events!

Video of the Week:

ALO - Sounds Like This album preview video

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

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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.

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. Upcoming Festivals
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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

 

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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.

Grateful Dead "Brand' hoody

Grateful Dead "Brand" with a cool Steal Your Face on thick brown hoody.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

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


 

 


Allman Brothers Band tie dye T shirt Allman Brothers Tie Dye T shirt with cool images on the front and back! Click image on left to see print on back.

 

 

 

 



 

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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