The Dancing Tree 01.27.2009

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New CD additions from Jimmy Landry and Johnny Neel & the Last Word, new CD reviews, Inaugural recap, new video from Roots of Creation and more.

In this issue:

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

On our homepage: New CD reviews of The Station & Euphonic Brew.
Read about Lee's trip to the Inauguration!
Rock the Earth names new director
Some Kind of Jam 4 announced

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New Additions:

Jimmy Landry & Sideways Jump - New Day CD - "Asheville, North Carolina's Jimmy Landry grooves with his piano as the main instrument on the scintillating disc, New Day. Working with legendary producer John Keane, Landry has recorded a focused, loose set of songs that are sure to have even the casual listener dancing around the room." His laidback approach to keyboard improvisation has lured many to Landry's performances, and the infectious vibe permeates much of New Day. Keane recorded the project at his studios, tweaking the knobs to add luster to the album's polished studio sheen. Whether one is new to the Jimmy Landry experience, or a veteran of his ivories-based jam gumbo, with a spin on the stereo, New Day brings a big, warm smile to the face." Bill Whiting, Honest Tune $10.99

Johnny Neel & the Last Word - Comin' Atcha Live CD - The singer/songwriter and hammond b-3 wiz of Allman Brothers fame offers up a very funky live set of southern style soul drenched rock boogie and ballads. All all-star band featuring Jack Pearson-guitars... Tim Loffin-bass...,Scotty Hawkins drums...Keli Bruce, Nannette Bohanon-Britt and Vicki Carrico -background vocals and Delbert McClinton-special guest harmonica. $10.99



Back in stock in limited quantities

The Slip - From the Gecko CD - This CD has been unavailable for some time now. We've acquired a handful but they'll soon be gone.

The debut album by the trio from Providence, released in 1997 on the band's own record label imprint, Ka Records. Largely lyrical, the album serves as a reference point for this trio. A favorite of many fans, songs on this album are often requested and rarely played. From the Gecko features guest saxophonists Timo Shanko, Daisuke Fujiwara and Gus Zeising. $14


Coming Soon:
February 3 - Marco Benevento - Me Not Me CD
Tony Furtado - Deep Water CD

February 10 - moe. - Dr. Stan's Prescription Vol. 2 (2 CDs) (pre-order)
Mike Dillon's Go Go Jungle - Rock Star Bench Press CD
Jorma Kaukonen - River of Time CD $17.98
Dan Auerback - Keep It Hid CD

February 17 - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit CD

February 24 - Blind Boys of Alabama - Live in New Orleans DVD
JJ Cale - Roll On CD
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Live at the Fillmore 1967

March 3 - Phish - The Clifford Ball (7 DVD box set) $79 (pre-order)

Last Week:

Umphreys McgeeUmphrey's McGee - Mantis - Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay. And in an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions. CD $14.99 / LP $15.99



Euphonic BrewEuphonic Brew - In a Sea of Stained Glass CD - Euphonic Brew presents a fascinating journey through a wide variety of musical styles and moods, all underpinned by the band's remarkable chordal composition and fantastic sense of melody. This makes every stop on the trip a memorable one, regardless of the scenery which can range from driving rock and riveting funk to harmony-laden pop and bouncing piano tap-alongs. The lyrics match the musical diversity well, alternating between the concrete and abstract throughout, and yet always bordering on the personal. All of this adds up to a wonderfully diverse collection of songs that both catch the ear and move the head, and that become more interesting with each listen rather than less. $9.99

Frank ZappaFrank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - In the 1960s DVD- This film reviews the true story of The Mothers of Invention and the music they made during the first incarnation of the band. With group members Jimmy Carl Black, Bunk Gardner, Don Preston and Art Tripp taking up the tale and revealing - often for the first time - what the real Frank Zappa was all about; and with contributions from 'scenesters 'like LA wildman Kim Fowley, biographer Billy James, Zappa academic Ben Watson, music journalist Richie Unterberger and English writer and musician Alan Clayson - acclaimed biographer of Edgar Varese - this program is the most detailed, informative and enjoyable documentary on Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention yet to emerge. Also features rare footage of Frank and The Mothers from throughout the 1960s, archive interviews, seldom seen live performances, and a host of other features. 134 minutes $19.95


Alex MachacheckAlex Machacek, Neal Fountain, Jeff Sipe - Official Triangle Sessions CD This was a special weekend of music. Alex Machacek, Jeff Sipe and Neal Fountain performed three nights of music during the last weekend of June in North Carolina. It was the very first time that Alex and Neal met. Neal Fountain hails from the musical hotbed of Athens, GA, and has been playing professionally from the age of 14. Best known as a sideman to Col. Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners (a post-A.R.U. project of Hamptons) and drumming phenom Jeff Sipe. Neals name is on the short list of greater Atlanta's finest musicians. $13.99

North Mississippi AllstarsNorth Mississippi Allstars - Do It Like We Used To (2 CDs + DVD) This retrospective includes two CDs that chronologically follow highlights of the Allstars' live performances over the band's first 10 years. The DVD features a full length documentary on the history of the band. Do It Like We Used To Do will please the hardcore NMA fans as well as any lover of American roots music, Southern Rock and Blues. $16.99



Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band - The Mountain CDSteve Earle & the Del McCoury Band - The Mountain CD Steve's album, The Mountain, was was recorded with the Del McCoury Band and is "high risk, low tech" bluegrass -- "one mic, no shit"... guests include Sam Bush, Kathy Chiavola, Cowboy Jack Clement, Iris Dement, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, David Ferguson, Emmylou Harris, Tim O'Brien, Marty Stuart, Gillian Welch, and Gene Wooten... $15.99


Larry Keel & Natural Bridge - Backwoods CDLarry Keel & Natural Bridge - Backwoods CD The long-awaited second studio project from Larry Keel and his powerhouse acoustic ensemble 'Natural Bridge' has finally been unleashed! With these revolutionary tracks Keel and his ultra progressive string band have hand-crafted 7 original compositions of the 10 tunes on BACKWOODS that defy all ordinary expectations of what Bluegrass and Americana music has ever offered-- until now. Co-produced by creative genius Keller Williams and monster mountain music master Larry Keel, BACKWOODS is a supremely energizing musical ride. $16


Sol Driven Train - Tajar Tracks 2 CdSol Driven Train - Tajar Tracks 2 CD - Sol Driven Train's second children's record, Tajar Tracks Two takes up where the first Tajar Tracks left off, presenting a bevy of new sing along tunes for parents and kids alike. "The first Tajar Tracks was voted Best Children's Album of 2005 in South Carolina,"says Joel Timmons, singer, guitarist and songwriter with the group. "After the release and obvious success of our first record for children, we wanted to get back to Gwen Valley and record again as soon as possible. But our constant tour schedule didn't leave many holes to get back to the camp and record with the kids. This year, we made it a priority to spend time at Gwen Valley again and get Tajar Tracks Two out for the new year." $12

Video of the Week:

Roots of Creation - one of our favorite bands on the rise.

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

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