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The Motet - The Motet CD - With the release of their 7th album, The Motet once again showcase their commitment to pushing the sonic envelope while remaining dedicated to the musical traditions that have defined their sound. The new self-titled album boldly states that this is the band The Motet has strived to become. The whole has become greater than the sum of its parts with each member of the band contributing to the writing and arranging of the songs, telling a unified story through syncopated rhythms and melodies. The band has also decided to take an analog approach in the making of the album by using tape, tubes and transistors. This gives the music a warm, rich, and organic tone with the crunch and bite of a classic 70s funk record.
Railroad Earth - Last of the Outlaws (2LP) - Railroad Earth’s seventh album is their most evocative and ambitious set to date. At once melancholic and joyous, often deep, yet always accessible, the album captures the band as they are now; twelve years in, wiser and worn and pondering how this life affects those around them. Every song has a story and every story has its meaning. Last Of The Outlaws is an album filled with stories of birth, death, heartache, joy, sadness, redemption, loss of our heroes, and even a lesson or two from old ghosts straight from the hangman’s noose.
Old & In the Way - Live at the Boarding House (4CD) - Forty years ago on a Monday night, a bluegrass band walked on to the stage of The Boarding House in San Francisco. The band included two of Bill Monroe's former Blue Grass Boys, guitarist Peter Rowan and fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements, mandolinist David Grisman and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead picking banjo along with his bass playing sidekick, John Kahn.
Allman Brothers Band - Boston Common 8/17/71 CD - In the history of rock music, certain bands and certain cities are forever linked. With the Beatles and the Rolling Stones it was London; for the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane it was San Francisco. With the Allman Brothers Band, Macon, Georgia usually comes to mind first, but there is another metropolis that the ABB has been associated with from the group's onset: Boston, Massachusetts. A visceral connection was made between band and city that has remained strong and vibrant to this very day.
1971 was a watershed year for the Allman Brothers Band they recorded their seminal live album, At Fillmore East, in March, and continued to tour relentlessly. By this point, their performances had reached a level of musicianship and intensity that other groups could only dream of. At Fillmore East was released in July to massive critical acclaim, and a month later, they rolled back into Boston to once again jam in the Common, playing two shows on August 17th. Features original lineup (Duane, Gregg, Dickey, Butch, Jaimoe & Berry). Single-disc CD includes 80 minutes of classic Allman Brothers material.
Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey - Roots Bury Deep CD - With their first LP, Roots Bury Deep, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey add a layer of storytelling to the musical foundation that has been laid before her. This 9-track album is a soulful folk gem with shades of jazz and funk that paints across the canvas of genres. The album delivers a more textured auditory landscape and further elevates Todd’s signature solo sound. Roots Bury Deep represents a unique musical intersection between traditional Carolinian folk and gritty New Orleans jazz. The final product takes listeners on a journey from the deep, dark corners of loss and despair to the wide-open, bright spaces of love and hope.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo CD - 2014 release from the acclaimed Jazz/Funk saxophonist and his seven piece backing band. Denson is also known as a founder and integral member of The Greboy Allstars. New Ammo is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2009 album Brother's Keeper. Always a formidable unit, the band is bolstered by the doubling of its already raucous horn frontline, and an invigorated orchestral approach inspired by the gritty, funk-fueled soundtracks of 1970s' cinema.
Ozric Tentacles - Vitamin Enhanced (6 CDs) - A 30th Anniversary edition of the much-loved 1994 box set collecting the Ozric's six early cassette albums.
Les Claypool's Duo de Twang - Four Foot Shack CD / LP - 2014 release from eccentric bassist and Primus leader Les Claypool alongside Marc 'Mirv' Haggard. The album contains 15 songs that mix originals from Claypool's many projects with covers such as 'Man In The Box' by Alice In Chains and 'Stayin' Alive' by the Bee Gees. The LP features just Les and MIRV outside of a cameo from Claypool's son on banjo.
David Grisman Bluegrass Experience - Muddy Roads CD - When I was about 15 years old, I first heard the newly-recorded tapes that my neighbor, friend and mentor Ralph Rinzler had made in Shouns, Tennessee of the legendary old-time country musician Clarence "Tom" Ashley and his neighbors - Clint Howard, "Fiddlin'" Fred Price, Gaither Carlton and Arthel "Doc" Watson.
Feb 14-16 Aura Music & Arts Festival - Live Oak, FL
Mar 7-9 Zach Deputy's Disc Jam - Live Oak, FL
Mar 27-30 Hoopla in the Hills - Guysville, OH
Video of the Week:
MOE. - "Sledgehammer" - with John Medeski, Conehead Buddha horns, Jen Durkin and Fuzz from Deep Banana Blackout at The Wetlands 25th Anniversary Concert 2/8/14.
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- Lee Crumpton