Big Daddy Love - Let It Grow CD - Essentially organic in both disposition and composition, Big Daddy Love is a five-piece band with a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass that they call 'Appalachian Rock.' Above the mix, the lead vocals and acoustic guitar accompaniment of their principal songwriter, Daniel Justin Smith, command the listener's attention and call for the harmonies that arise in response. Twin leads of Stratocaster riffs and soaring Allman-esque slide guitar on the one hand, and electric and acoustic 5-string Scruggs / Fleck style banjo on the other-- like a typical Southern rock line-up, just replacing the second guitar with the banjo-- punctuate and emphasize what Smith delivers. These contrasting voices are anchored by a rhythm section that is equally at home in a groove or driving the bus with country, swing, funk or straight ahead rock. Live, with the lights on and the volume up, Big Daddy Love stretches the music out with top notch picking and ripping, delivering a stompin' good time rich with authentic Carolina soul. On Let It Grow, Big Daddy Love's signature Appalachian Rock sound is further refined in a collection of songs that seamlessly pick up where their critically acclaimed debut To The Mountain left off. With their "on the sleeve," sincere sentiments and first rate musicianship, Big Daddy Love may well be the antidote to the ongoing erosion of the roots sound, despite being-- in many ways-- a blue collar rock band with Appalachian flavor.
Jake Clayton's Barnyard Stomp CD - 12 genre-bending Instrumental songs that combine a mixture of Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and beyond! Largely uptempo, great for ALL ages, and perfect for the Friday Night Barn Party or the Sunday drive! 'Barnyard Stomp' not only showcases Jake Clayton's knack for merging traditional music with modern sounds, but it also spotlights Jake's unique abilities on multiple instruments. On this album, Jake played everything except drums and 2 guitar tracks! Guest musicians include Rob Daniels: guitarist and Barnyard Stomp producer, Troy Luccketta: drummer from the multi-platinum rock band 'TESLA', and Jack Gavin: one of Nashville's finest drummers!
Funky Seeds - Taking Root CD - The Funky Seeds have put together Taking root as a collection of songs primarily the about experiences they have shared and explores their eclectic musical backgrounds. With the influences of multiple songwriters, you are bound to find yourself shaking your booty to Funky Root! From the bluesy, hip swaying Summer Rose which describes the antics of a travelling band in the summertime to the Caribbean and Latin vibes of Funky Root you can relive how the Seeds became a band. You can get a taste of organ-driven blues rock in Baby Baby or a funky, second-line New Orleans groove in Ghost of a Cat. The vocal stylings of Steve Scarcliff and Funky D dance around the ever-changing solos of Sean Hartley and Chris Sgammato, which is all held together by the solid grooves of J Sideway and Patty Schwing. Taking Root explores many different musical styles but every bit is undeniably Funky Seeds.
Scythian - American Shanty CD -Scythian (sith-ee-yin) belts out a
high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music with one
goal in mind; to get people on their feet and dancing. These classically
trained musicians are natural showmen who seamlessly blend kicked-up
Celtic, folk and world music, and deliver it with a punk-rock
sensibility. Combine this with the driving rhythm of a jazz
percussionist, and you've got the ingredients for a show you won't soon
forget. In a single song, they transport an audience across the globe
with the alluring and dramatic strains of gypsy fiddles, the bounce of a
Celtic reel, and then cross back over the border to pick up a klezmer
hook and some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks.
"American Shanty" has 15 original tracks featuring many guests, such as
Grammy-award winner Jim Lauderdale, Jeff Mosier, Neal Anderson, the
Asheville Horns, and more... Enjoy!
Abstract Logix Live: The New Universe Music Festival 2010 DVD - On November 20 and 21, 2010, maverick record label Abstract Logix hosted a series of spectacular performances, featuring an array of artists who handily defy genre categorization in favor of unbridled expression. Among the featured musicians were pioneering guitarist John McLaughlin and his current band the 4th Dimension with special guest, world music legend tabla maestro Zakir Hussain; Widespread Panic guitar hero Jimmy Herring with his electric band; Return to Forever Drummer Lenny White; the all-star quartet Human Element (keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matt Garrison, percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan; fearless guitarist and improviser Wayne Krantz appearing with the amazing Anthony Jackson on bass; visionary Indian composer and drummer Ranjit Barot; and emerging guitar visionary Alex Machacek.
A 2 DVD Compilation featuring the music on the CD, along with over 60 minutes of the grand finale Jam tribute to John McLaughlin featuring all the artists of the festival along with behind the scenes footage and extensive interviews.
-Jason Shadrick, Premier Guitar
MORE JAZZ FEST LIVE 2011 CDs!
All professionally recorded at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Little Freddie King Blues Band - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Boukman Eksperyans - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
The Bluerunners - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Jazz & Blues: Featuring Luther Kent, Phillip Manuel & Big Al Carson - Live at Jazz Fest 2011
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Delfeayo Marsalis' Uptown Orchestra - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Zach Deputy - Another Day CD - On his new release Another Day, soul-singer/songwriter/guitarist Zach Deputy-- with the help of Grammy-winning producer Scott Jacoby-- taps into the spirit of Al Green, Taj Mahal and Stevie Wonder, creating a soulful rhythm and blues album rich with ballads and mid-tempo songs. Another Day shows another side of a Zach Deputy-- well-known as a master of live looping and a staple in the grass-roots club and festival circuit-- and provides a glimpse at the soul of an artist and the depth of a songwriter. To handle the ever-present Latin, Caribbean and African elements in Zach Deputy's backbeat and place them in the contemporary soul / pop format of the songs, Jacoby tapped Graham Hawthorne (Aretha Franklin, Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, David Byrne) for the drum kit. Bassist Al Carty came into the studio the first day after having played four church gigs. Despite the list of artists he has recorded or toured with (Lou Reed, De La Soul, Carrie Underwood, Gavin DeGraw), the church gigs alone proved that Jacoby was on the mark with this choice for the low end. Zach Deputy is, after all, a soul singer whose music is underpinned by Gospel as much as by any other musical idiom. Equally at home in the Gospel tradition, pianist / organist Will Buthod (Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Alicia Keys, The Harlem Gospel Choir) completed the studio trio that fleshed out Zach's vision for the recording. Best described as soulful rhythm and blues, Another Day will appeal to fans of classic soul legends as well as fans of contemporary artists like Jack Johnson and Amos Lee.
Johnny Winter - Roots CD - This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter's own signature sound. Roots is the follow up to his Grammy-nominated I'm a Blues Man, and includes a host of special guests join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols.
About Johnny: When you talk about Johnny Winter, you are talking about a person who walked with the originators of the artform. A man who played Woodstock, jammed with everyone from Muddy Waters to Jimi Hendrix to Willie Dixon to lbert Collins to John Lee Hooker to Janis Joplin to Steve Ray Vaughan - the list is full of endless icons. Johnny Winter has been the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Johnny had a special relationship with Muddy Waters and is often credited with revitalizing the legendary guitarist, where Winter produced and played on Waters Grammy-winning comeback album Hard Again, Grammy-winning I'm Ready (1978), Grammy-winning Muddy Mississippi Waters Live (1979) and also King Bee (1980). Johnny was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.
Yellow Dubmarine presents Abbey Dub CD - 40 years after four musicians completed their swan song album which was named for the studio that they made famous, another group of supremely talented musicians entered into a studio to re-imagine that same album. Abbey Dub, the debut recording from Yellow Dubmarine, is an aural journey through the history of reggae with The Beatles' masterwork Abbey Road as your guide. From 'Come Together' through 'Her Majesty,' Yellow Dubmarine finds new life in all of the legendary album's 17 songs, keeping the heart of each tune present, but re-casting them in an entirely new light. Horns emerge where there was once the voices of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, a dubbed-out groove where there was once Ringo's four to the floor beat and a mellow skank that seems to discover the long lost island-roots soul of Abbey Road. A blissfully exuberant, rock-steady, Jah-worthy celebration of the Fab Four, Abbey Dub is quite simply a chance to hear this much loved classic again for the first time.
Lotus - Lotus CD - Lotus' new self-titled album moves in a decidedly more electronic direction than their last two releases (2008's Hammerstrike, 2009's Oil on Glass/Feather on Wood). Analog synthesizers, manipulated sounds, dub effects and heavy bass are balanced by horns and string arrangements in addition to Lotus's standard guitar/bass/drums instrumentation. Grooves range from slinky funk and gritty hall-time on the first half of the album to the beautiful and expansive closing track Orchids. Although hits and pieces of vocals are used throughout, the only song to feature singing is The Surf. And while it may he the closest thing to a pop song the band has ever released, the melodic guitar hooks and ecstatic synth are pure Lotus.
Similar to their music, the recording process for the album looked in multiple directions at once. It began using traditional recording methods tracking live to analog tape, but shifted to modern techniques for editing and mixing to expand into a musical space filled with uniquely crafted sounds. The band road tested and tweaked these tracks for the better part of two years. The result is an album worthy of the self-titled status - the band's singular sound and spirit runs through every track.
Primus - Green Naugahyde CD - Influential alternative rock icons Primus are back with their first album of brand new music since 1999's Antipap. The new album is entitled Green Naugahyde. Primus will be hitting the road in support of the new album - headlining their own shows, festivals (Hangout, Bonnaroo, All Good Festival) and playing legendary venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 3rd with old friends The Flaming Lips.
Primus formed in the late '80s in Northern California, releasing their first album, Suck On This, in 1989. They Signed to Caroline Records and released the now-classic Frizzle Fry in 1990. As part of the alternative rock explosion of the '90s, the band signed to Interscope and gave the world some of the biggest records of the decade, including Sailing The Seas Of Cheese, Pork Soda, Tales From The Punchbowl and The Brown Album, had several Billboard top 10 debuts, garnered a Grammy nomination and wrote the internationally loved and enduring theme song for 'South Park'.
Umphrey's McGee - Death By Stereo CD - Chicago-based Umphrey's McGee returns this fall with a new studio album, Death By Stereo, available on 9/13 via ATO Records. Over the past 13 years, the group has built a rabid fan base through endless touring and more than 120 shows a year. They have released 11 albums, nearly every live show for 6+ years and sold more than 1.5 million digital tracks. Death By Stereo is the much-anticipated followup album to their critically-acclaimed 2009 studio release Mantis, which was praised in top outlets like Rolling Stone, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Mantis included a groundbreaking pre-order campaign, which sold over 8000 units in the first week and debuted at #62 on the Billboard chart.
Death By Stereo is a hybrid of what makes Umphrey's McGee so appealing to a wide spectrum of music fans. Filled with a healthy combination of focused, hard-hitting rock songs & head bobbing, groove-driven tracks, the record has something for everybody. The new album features a smattering of road-tested fan favorites as well as some of the slickest, unreleased compositions the band has released to date.
Umphrey's McGee's constantly evolving sound channels a wide spectrum of influences while still preselVing their distinct voice through crafty songwriting. With a massive repertoire of originals and note-perlect covers, their live shows are like flipping through the presets on your radio dial. Their A.DD. approach to ''progressive improvisation'' utilizes a set of Zappa-inspired hand signals allowing them to orchestrate their melodic creations on the fly.
Mofro - Brighter Days CD/DVD - Brighter Days is Grey's first-ever live CD/DVD. The two-disc set includes a full-length movie and a long-awaited live album. Directed by filmmaker/musician Spookie Daly (whose work has been aired on MTV Networks, Much Music and Fuse), the film intersperses riveting concert footage with the stunning beauty of Grey's north Florida home, the inspiration for so much of his music. The film also follows Grey and company into the studio and features band interviews along with insightful commentary from Grey and others, recalling the format of classic "rockumentaries." 78-minutes of stellar performances from the film are captured on the accompanying CD.
Shot on January 22, 2011 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia in stunning HD and boasting 5.1 surround sound, Brighter Days finds JJ (vocals, guitar and harmonica) and his band -- Andrew Trube on lap steel and electric guitar, Anthony Farrell on organ and piano, Art Edmaiston on saxophone, Dennis Marion on trumpet, Todd Smallie on bass and Anthony Cole on drums -- giving everything they have. Singing and telling stories with preacher-like conviction, JJ breaks down the wall between the audience and the performer.
Trombone Shorty - For True CD - 2011 album from the Grammy nominee Troy Andrews AKA Trombone Shorty. Produced by Galactic's Ben ElIman, For True, features Andrews' band, Orleans Avenue, as well as a string of legendary performers with whom he recently shared the stage, including Jeff Beck, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Ledisi, Warren Haynes, Ivan and Cyril Neville, The Rebirth Brass Band and more. Troy wrote or co-wrote all 14 tracks on the new album including co-writes with Ledisi, Kid Rock, the legendary Lamont Dozier and others.
JAZZ FEST LIVE 2011 CDs!
All professionally recorded at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Ellis Marsalis - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Galactic - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
George Porter Jr & the Runnin' Pardners - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Honey Island Swamp Band - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Hot 8 Brass Band - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
The Iguanas - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
James Andrews - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Jumpin' Johnny Sansone - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Joe Krown Trio - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Luther Kent & Trickbag - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Shannon McNally - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
John Mooney & Bluesiana - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
mynameisjohnmichael - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
The Neville Brothers - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 (2 CDs)
The Radiators - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 (2 CDs)
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
The Subdudes - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Tommy Malone & Mystik Drone - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Walter "Wolfman' Washington & the Roadmasters - Live at Jazz Fest 2011 CD
Sept 23-25 H Blast! - Reidsville NC
*Sept 22-24 Blackwater - Live Oak, FL
Oct 6-9 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Pittsboro, NC
* Oct 20-23 Magnolia Festival - Live Oak, FL
Oct 29 The Costume Ball - Raleigh, NC
*Look for the Home Grown Music Booth at this event!
Video of the Week:
Big Daddy Love - Southern Hospitality (live)
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