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Dancing Tree Newsletter

August 11th, 2008  

In this issue:

* Latest News
* New Additions
* Coming Soon
* News and Reviews
* Upcoming Festivals
* Video of the Week


Floydfest Review
The Radiators - Wild and Free CD review

New Additions:

onesidethOneside - First, to Last CD - Few "neo-traditionalists" have dared to stray too far from the "traditionalist" part of that equation. Fans of the genre tend to be fervently purist. Boston-based band Oneside, however, isn't afraid to risk biting the hand that feeds it. Oneside's debut album, First, To Last, is full of structures, lyrics, and licks that are unabashedly plucked from the traditional American canon. Songs like "Lisa" and "Got To Go" would sound perfectly at home on a Nickel Creek or Alison Krauss album. But right from the album's foot-stomping, bluesy opening track "The Letter," which combines elements of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and even reggae, it is apparent that Oneside isn't afraid to make departures from traditional styles. Other songs would fit right in on a Sufjan Stevens or even a Radiohead album. Yet all of the songs are deftly written and produced to create a coherent, if unique and slightly irreverent, sound. $12.99

cs3thCrooked Still - Still Crooked CD - It takes courage to release the security of the familiar and embrace change. After five years of touring and establishing themselves as "the most important folk group to emerge from Boston since the early 60's" (Boston Globe), Crooked Still became five with the addition of fiddler Brittany Haas and Tristan Clarridge on cello and second fiddle. If the first album from the new line-up is any indication, success for this young band will be explosive. Crooked Still continues to perform one of the most compelling forms of alternative bluegrass and string band music today. Still Crooked is an ensemble effort of inspired music making that moves the band's impossible-to-pigeonhole style in new directions while honoring their folk roots. Crooked Still's genre-bending sound is the combination of five distinctive talents who are not content to limit themselves to any one project or style of music. $16.99

Also Available from Crooked Still:
Shaken By A Low Sound CD $16.99
Hop High CD $16.99

wilcoyhfvthWilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2 180-gram LPs plus CD) - 2 LPs of 180-gram quality comprise this fantastic collector's item. Also included is a CD of the full album. The artwork really shines on this LP release! $25.00

amos3thAmos Lee - Last Days at the Lodge CD - Last Days at the Lodge is Lee's third record. This 2008 record was produced by Don Was, and features Lee on guitars, Doyle Bramhall Jr. (Eric Clapton) on guitar, Spooner Oldham (Neil Young, Aretha Franklin) on keys, Pino Palladino (The Who, D'Angelo) on bass, and James Gadson (Bill Withers) on drums, along with many others. $17.99

Also available from Amos Lee:
Amos Lee CD $17.99

nevillelivethThe Neville Brothers - Live in New Orleans CD - This amazing 1982 show from Tipitina's shows why the Neville Brothers quickly vaulted to international stardom! Simmering R&B grooves, classic NOLA funk strutting, and joyful songwriting make these tunes legendary! $9.99

Also Available from Neville Brothers:The Millennium Collection CD $12.99

Coming Soon:

August 19 - Xavier Rudd - Dark Shades of Blue CD (pre-order)
Darrell Scott - Modern Hymns CD (pre-order)
The Duhks - Fast Paced World CD (pre-order)

August 26 - Little Feat - Join the Band CD (w/ Fleck, Gordon, etc) (pre-order)
Introducing Spam Allstars CD (pre-order)
Backyard Tire Fire - The Places We Lived CD (pre-order)
JJ Grey & Mofro - Orange Blossoms CD (pre-order)
Topaz & Mudphonic - Music for Dorothy CD (pre-order)

September 9 - Michael Franti & Spearhead - All Rebel Rockers CD
Ray Lamontagne - Gossip in the Grain CD
Herbert Wiser Band - Between the Wounds and the Whiskey CD

September 16 - George Clinton & His Gangsters of Love CD
Medeski Martin and Wood - Zaebos: The Book of Angels Vol. 11 CD
Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile CD
Marc Broussard - Keep Coming Back CD
Keller Williams - Live CD
Blind Boys of Alabama - Higher Ground CD re-release
Gov't Mule - Tail of Two Cities DVD

September 23 - BuzzUniverse - Live at the Donegal Saloon CD

Sept. 30 - John Brown's Body - Amplify CD
Oneside - First, To Last CD

October 21 - The Bridge - Blind Man's Hill CD

Last Week's Additions:

Phish - Walnut Creek (2 DVDs)
Mike Gordon - The Green Sparrow CD
Phish - Live Phish : 5/8/93 Durham, NH; 12/7/97 Dayton, OH; 7/6/98 Prague, CR
Brazilian Girls - New York City CD
Benji Hughes - A Love Extreme (2 CDs)

Top 25 Sellers for July 2008:

1- Various Artists - Home Grown 8
2- Sound Tribe Sector Nine - Peaceblaster
3- SOJA - Get Wiser DVD
4- Ekoostik Hookah - Live at The Newport DVD
5- Derek Trucks Band - Live at Georgia Theatre
6- SOJA - Get Wiser
7- Rhythm Devils - Concert Experience DVD
8- Donna the Buffalo - Silverlined
9- Bonerama - Live in New York
10- The Stairwell Sisters - Get Off Your Money
11- Seth Yacovone - Land of Split Decision
12- The Allman Brothers Band - Jazz Fest 2007
13- Ryan Montbleau Band - Patience on Friday
14- Xavier Rudd - Good Spirit DVD
15- Various Artists - Funky Kidz
16- Phish - The White Tape
17- Tea Leaf Green - Raise Up the Tent
18- Bonerama - Live at the Old Point
19- Ryan Montbleau Band - One Fine Color
20- Sound Tribe Sector Nine - Artifact
21- Bonerama - Bringing it Home
22- Cornmeal - Feet First
23- Boombox - Visions of Backbeat
24- The Brew - Back to the Woods
25- Railroad Earth - Amen Corner

News and Reviews:

Floydfest Review
The Radiators - Wild and Free CD review

Upcoming Festivals:

Yarmony Grass - 8/15 - 8/17 - Copper Mountain, CO - http://www.yarmonygrass.com
Root Down Fest - 8/15-8/17 - Pleasant Garden, NC- http://www.myspace.com/rootdownfamilyfest
Waterfest - 8/15 - 8/17 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com
Hot August Blues - 8/16 - Cookeville, MD - http://www.hotaugustblues.com
Naukabout Festival - 8/16 - East Falmouth, MA - http://naukabout.tix.com
Nedfest - 8/22 - 8/24 - Nederland, CO - http://www.nedfest.com
Outside Lands Festival - 8/22 - 8/24 - San Francisco, CA - http://www.sfoutsidelands.com
Grateful Fest #9 - 8/29 - 9/1 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com
moe. Down - 8/29 - 8/31 - Turin, NY - http://www.moe.org
Backwoods Pondfest - 9/5 - 9/7 - Statesville, NC - http://www.backwoodspondfest.com
Mulberry Mt. Harvest Festival - 9/11 - 9/13 - Howard, CO - http://www.mulberrymountainmusic.com
Recipe Family Cookout - 9/12 - 9/14 - Garrettsville, OH - http://www.nlqp.com

Video of the Week:

Crooked Still at Shetland Folk Festival

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