The Dancing Tree 06.15.2010

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The Big Something, Balkan Beat Box, Trampled By Turtles and re-releases from Jackie Green & Quiver.
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In this issue:

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

Latest News & Reviews:
Keller & the Keels - Thief CD review
9th Annual Northwest String Summit, July 16-18, 2010
Spring Fling 2010 review

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New Additions:

Big Something - Stories From the Middle of Nowhere CDBig Something - Stories From the Middle of Nowhere CD - The Anonymous Band from Burlington, NC has turned into... a BIG Something. A new name and new direction for this 6 piece rock ensemble was only natural after some significant lineup changes and the recording of their newest album with critically acclaimed producer John Custer. Lets just call this eleven song saga their BIG debut.

The sound is BIG and clearly the work of some talented musicians, but its hard to describe exactly what they're doing as a whole, hence the name: BIG Something. Between the shredding guitars, mesmerizing saxophones, tasteful keys, vocals and synthesizers, there's an infectious groove and energy that holds it all together over a journey through several different genres and influences. But what really makes this album special is the songs themselves. They are catchy and charming, layered and soulful, with colorful characters that embody the best and worst in us all. One listen will lead to many and you'll realize you've discovered that BIG Something.

Balkan Beat Box - Blue Eyed Black Boy CD 	Balkan Beat Box - Blue Eyed Black Boy CDBalkan Beat Box - Blue Eyed Black Boy CD - With their roots firmly planted all around the Mediterranean rim and their solid rock and reggae foundations, this New York-based band are the new sensation. Their name, their personal history and the enthusiastic media & audience reactions suggest a link with the so-called Gypsy Rock movement, but their scope is reaching way beyond that: Balkan Beat Box really transcend categories (pop, electronic dance music, world, rock) by creating a new breed of 21st century music, deeply connected to their folk upbringing yet forward-thinking, which appeals to audiences across the geographical and stylistic borders.

Trampled By Turtles - Palominio VINYL LPTrampled By Turtles - Palominio VINYL LP - With four self-released albums to their credit and a word-of-mouth reputation that draws legions of diehard fans to their must-see-to-believe live shows, northern roots music hybrid Trampled by Turtles are set to release Palomino, their first album through Thirty Tigers/RED, on April 13th, 2010. With a sound that s a bracing hybrid of classic American songwriting, bluegrass and folk, this is forceful acoustic music from the land of ice and snow of dark winters, isolation and numbing cold delivered at breakneck pace with the fervor of religion. Without press or radio support or a national release until now, TxT continue to play to sold-out venues nationwide; with 2010 bringing the band for the first time to SxSW, Stagecoach Fest, High Sierra Fest, Wakarusa, DelFest (Bluegrass legend Del McCourey s festival) and more. They re even getting their own star at legendary Minneapolis club First Avenue, where they can regularly sell out two consecutive nights at the 1600-capacity venue. With Palomino, TxT have harnessed their considerable power and are ready to share it with the world. 180 Gram Vinly plus download card!

Back in print!

Jackie Greene - Gone Wanderin' CD Jackie Greene - Gone Wanderin' CD & Rusty Nails CD - With an unforced comfort unusual among new, young artists on small indie labels, 21-year-old Jackie Greene offered an impressive batch of above-average Americana roots rock. There's a world-weariness to his songs that might not seem fully earned given his age. But he sounds like he's feeling the emotions authentically enough, with a voice that blends country, rock, folk, and a bit of blues with as much ease as his music does. There's some early Dylan in that mix, and like Dylan, he plays both guitar and harmonica. But he seems like he's having more fun and passion than most budding artists following that path, even if the lyrics talk of hard traveling, dead ends, and hard-luck stories peopled by characters redeemed by their fortitude. In that sense, he can sometimes sound a little like a sweeter-

Jackie Greene - Rusty Nails CDvoiced Bruce Springsteen, though one plugged closer to folk sources than Springsteen is. A cut like "Down in the Valley Woe" gets close to the kind of old-time-rooted folk music you might have heard by some of the better early-'60s folk revivalists and singer/songwriters. Yet when he fills out his music with a bigger ensemble, songs like "Cry Yourself Dry" sound much like vintage material by the Band. Like a lot of artists who have generated ballpark comparisons to the aforementioned musicians, Greene had some work to do to establish himself as an original talent on par with those legends. But this was a good start, more assured and enjoyable than plenty of early 21st century Americana-indie rock artists with bigger reputations.

Quiver - Cup of Gold CDQuiver - Cup of Gold CD - Hailing from Virginia Beach VA, Quiver is best described as a "Fuse" band. With influences ranging from MMW and Jimmy Smith to Ben Folds Five and Sun Ra Arkestra, it it difficult to pinpoint their sound. Elements of jazz and loose funk intertwine with high energy jams and freestyle blues that usually leaves listeners in a trance. Best known for their live performances, Quiver usually plays to a packed house where you won't find many people sitting down. "...this is truly a pleasant surprise. Straight up jazz/soul/funk/rock. I don't think that cup of gold is large enough fellas, aim higher like a bucket." - Hearsay Magazine

"In a market close to saturated with half-baked cookie-cutter jam bands, it's Quiver's willingness to explore genre diversity yet still keep some semblance of conventional structure witch makes them original. It may also get them to the top." - Flash Magazine

Coming Soon:

June 22 - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - Stay Gold CD
Derek Trucks Band - Roadsongs (2 CD)
Warren Haynes Prsents the Benefit Concert Vol 4 (2CD)

Last Week:

Turbine - Sounds from the Hall CDTurbine - Sounds in the Hall (live) CD - Breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling of the improvisational rock scene proves no easy feat for young bands. Burgeoning musicians lumped in the dare we say it, jamband realm, need to successfully marry a deep high-quality catalog of material, whimsical stage presence, diverse writing chops, virtuoso instrumentation, and a calendar containing upwards of 200 shows per year. Correction, breaking through the glass ceiling of the improvisational rock scene is damn near impossible.

But that doesn't mean it doesn't happen, and Brooklyn's Turbine would like to submit their CV. On their first official live release, Sounds in the Hall, as they have over the course of 8 songs checked off every single one of the preceding prerequisites. Comprised of carefully hand-picked selections of both Turbine classics and newer material, Sounds in the Hall covers all the bases, but the clear differentiating factor that sets Turbine far above the masses is their amazing penchant for writing memorable and distinctive songs across a variety of sounds and genres.

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals CdGrace Potter & the Nocturnals CD - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are like a modern-day version of Tina Turner stroking the microphone in a spangled mini-dress while fronting the Rolling Stones circa Sticky Fingers. The proof is there for all to hear on the band's third album for Hollywood Records and marks an artistic breakthrough for a vital young band caught in the act of fulfilling its immense promise. Little wonder that Grace and her cohorts have chosen to title it, directly and emphatically, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Album produced by Mark Batson (Jay-Z, Dr Dre, Alicia Keys).


Toots & the Maytals - Flip & Twist CdToots & the Maytals - Flip & Twist CD - The album features Toots singing, R&B ,funk ,gospel ,blues and country in his own inimitable Jamaican style. Toots the inventor of the word "reggae" was voted by Rolling Stone Magazine one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in 2009...when you hear "Flip & Twist" you will see why.

The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins Doing Dark Side Of The Moon CD The Flaming Lips And Stardeath And White Dwarfs With Henry Rollins Doing Dark Side Of The Moon CD - The world's most predictably unpredictable band, The Flaming Lips, have teamed up with their Oklahoma City brethren, Stardeath And White Dwarfs to record their own unique take of Pink Floyd's 1973 classic album 'The Dark Side Of The Moon,' under the title of The Flaming Lips and Stardeath And White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins And Peaches. The collaborative project was recorded after several weeks of both bands touring the world together and mutually citing Pink Floyd as one of their favorite bands of all time and 'The Dark Side Of the Moon' as one of their primary influences.

The Black Keys - Brothers CDThe Black Keys - Brothers CD - Danger Mouse returned to co-produce 'Tighten Up' on 'Brothers,' but for the most part, the duo was on its own, spending ten days at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama and coming up with the an even more intensely focused, deeply soulful set that includes a cover of Jerry Butler's 'Never Gonna Give You Up.' The performances are inventive and impassioned: Auerbach extends his vocal range to falsetto on the lead-off track 'Everlasting Light' and 'The Only One'; 'Howlin' For You' opens with a Gary Glitter-style drum riff and the chorus practically invites singing along. The tunes offer a surprising amount of lyrical candor and more than a little dark humor; the grooves alternate between ballsy swagger and bluesy rumination. The album reflects where Auerbach and Carney have been lately, most recently collaborating with a who's who of New York City MC's, including RZA, Q Tip, Mos Def and Raekwon on the 2009 BlakRoc super-session organized by hip-hop impresario and Black Keys fan Damon Dash. They've also pursued projects on their own, Auerbach with his solo 'Keep It Hid' album and tour, Carney with his band Drummer and its debut disc, 'Feels Good Together.' Their maturation didn't happen just in the studio, though. Carney admits, 'Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we're brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.'

Warren Haynes Presents the Benefit Concert Vol 3 (2 CDs)Warren Haynes Presents the Benefit Concert Vol 3 (2 CDs) - Recorded live at the 13th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, Nc on December 21st, 2001 at the Asheville Civic Center. As with each previous benefit, all proceeds from this series of concerts and CD and DVD releases benefit the Habitat For Humanity, and international non-profit organization dedicated to building housing for those in need of shelter.

1. Mama Don't Allow - Alvin Youngblood Hart
2. Devil Got My Woman - Alvin Youngblood Hart, John Popper
3. That Sign On My Door - Danny Barnes, Edwin McCain, Jimmy Herring, John Popper, Oteil Burbridge
4. Alone - Danny Barnes, Edwin McCain, Jimmy Herring, John Popper, Oteil Burbridge
5. Broken Hearts and Auto Parts - Drivin' N Cryin'
6. Fly Me Courageous - Audley Freed, Drivin' N Cryin'
7. Straight To Hell - Audley Freed, Drivin' N Cryin', Edwin McCain
8. Carolina Blues - Blues Traveler
9. Slow Change - Blues Traveler
10. Mountains Win Again - Blues Traveler, Warren Haynes
11. New York Prophesie - Blues Traveler

1. Loose Lucy - Phil & Friends
2. Tennessee Jed - Phil & Friends
3. Nght of a Thousand Stars - Phil & Friends
4. Blind Man In the Dark - Dave Schools, Gov't Mule, Rob Barraco
5. Sco-Mule - Gov't Mule, Oteil Burbridge, Rob Barraco
6. Almost Cut My Hair - Dave Schools, Gov't Mule, Rob Barraco, Robert Randolph [Pedal Steel/Guitar]
7. Masters of War - Warren Haynes
8. Rockin' In the Free World - Audley Freed, Dave Schools, Gov't Mule, Kevn Kinney, Rob Barraco

Jack Johnson - To the Sea CDJack Johnson - To the Sea CD - The fifth studio album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. The album was produced by Robert Carranza, Jack Johnson, and his bandmates Merlo Podlewski, Zach Gill and Adam Topol. To The Sea features guest appearances from the likes of G. Love, and Paula Fuga. The album was recorded at the Mango Tree Studio in Hawaii, and the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in LA using 100% solar power.

Blue Floyd - The Adventure Begins CDBlue Floyd - The Adventure Begins CD - Blue Floyd is Allen Woody (Gov't Mule/Allman Bros) Matt Abts (Gov't Mule/Dickey Betts Band) Marc Ford (Black Crowes/Burning Tree) Johnny Neel (Allman Bros) and Berry Oakley Jr(Robby Krierger/Bloodline) Through the crucible of a pioneering, improvisational / blues collaboration by an eclectic mix of acclaimed contemporary musician -Blue Floyd endeavors to deconstruct the classic compositions of the legendary Pink Floyd.

Johnny Winter - Live at the Fillmore East 1970 CD 	Johnny Winter - Live at the Fillmore East 1970 CDJohnny Winter - Live at the Fillmore East 1970 CD - The other live album from Johnny Winter And, 1971 s Live Johnny Winter And , has always ranked as one of the high points of Johnny s discography, but we d stack this 66-minute set up against that record (which was in part composed of other Fillmore East performances) any day of the week. In fact, when you hear Johnny and Rick Derringer trading off lead after lead, you may well be reminded of a bluesier, harder-edged Allman Brothers, with Johnny as Duane and Derringer as Dickey Betts with the McCoys rhythm section. In other words, folks, this is some of the most ferocious blues-rock ever laid down on stage.

Derek Trucks Band - X2: Joyful Noise & Soul Serenade (2 CDs)Derek Trucks Band - X2: Joyful Noise & Soul Serenade (2 CDs) -Two full, original albums packaged together at one great price!

Gov't Mule - Life Before Insanity & Dose (2 CDs)Gov't Mule - Life Before Insanity & Dose (2 CDs) - 2 CD set containing a pair of albums from the American Rock trio: Dose (1998) and Life Before Insanity (2000). The rise in the fortunes of Gov't Mule, led by guitarist Warren Haynes, is well known and they have fast become one of the leading exponents in the U.S. Jam Band scene.

Upcoming Events:

June 17-19 Harry's Hoe Down 2010 - Starks, ME

July 2-4 Nateva - Oxford, ME

July 8-11 *All Good 14 - Masontown, WV

July 15-17 Camp Bisco 9 - Mariaville, NY
Camp Euforia 2010 - Lone Tree, IA

* Look for the HGMN Booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

The Big Something live at the Fat Frogg

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

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