The Dancing Tree 08.23.2011

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New CDs from Former Champions & Songs of Water, plus festival info, reviews, video and more!
Dancing Tree Newsletter

In this issue:

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

Latest News & Reviews:
Culturefest Offers Creative Oasis for Southern WV
Featured Artist: Dark Water Rising
Yonder Mountain String Band's 6th Annual Harvest Music Festival

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New Releases:

Former Chamions CDFormer Champions CD

Former Champions' self-titled debut studio album spans a multitude of genres including Rock, Funk, World-Beat, Live Electronics, and NuJazz.  Amongst these tracks you will find a story of an American man's experience in the modern world, and his past and present dealings with life's fascinations.  Tales of his adventures and of his realizations of the mystery of love are expressed through a variety of combinations of groove, harmony, melody, and poetry.



Songs of Water - The Sea Has Spoken CD Songs of Water - The Sea Has Spoken CD

Songs of Water's sophomore release, "The Sea Has Spoken" ebbs and flows with sweeping strokes of light and dark, gracefully weaving world-folk traditions in an intimate Americana setting. The ferocity of complex percussive rhythms, sparse cinematic vocals and dancing melodies create an earthy yet transportive musical narrative.


Coming Soon:

10ft Ganja Plant CD10ft Ganja Plant - Shake Up the Place CD - 10 Ft. Ganja Plant comes back with a vengeance. Two years after releasing their critically acclaimed album "Bush Rock" and a year removed from dropping "10 Deadly Shots", the 'Plant is back stronger and with their deep in the pocket roots sound in full effect. The 'Plant were thrilled to collaborate with reggae legends Prince Jazzbo & Sylford Walker, each dropping two vocal gems, while Meditations great Winston Watson kindly provided additional harmonies throughout. Pulling out all the stops, "Shake Up The Place" was flown first class to the UK and mastered by Blood & Fire veteran mastering engineer Kevin Metcalfe. The sound is 70's exquisite.


BeatleJam - Live at the WebsterBeatlejam - Live at the Webster Theatre (2CD) - The third volume in the series is a two CD set, packaged in a fold out Digipak.

BeatleJam are Matt Abts from Govt Mule, Vince Welnick from The Grateful Dead, Slick Aguilar from Jefferson Starship, Johnny Neel and Berry Oakley from The Allman Brothers

This show was recorded in 2002.


Jacob Fred Jazz OdysseyJacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - Race Riot Suite CD - The Race Riot Suite was written by Chris Combs for the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey quartet (Brian Haas piano, Chris Combs lap steel, Josh Raymer drums, Jeff Harshbarger bass) plus horn quintet.

In January 2011 the band recorded the piece at Tulsa's hallowed Church Studio with guest horn players Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band), Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm), Peter Apfelbaum (Hieroglyphics, Don Cherry), Mark Southerland (Snuff Jazz), & Matt Leland (a founding JFJO member).

In 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to the most powerful and affluent African-American community in the country. In one of the largest racial conflicts and cover-ups in America's history "Black Wall Street" was burned to the ground. The Race Riot Suite is a long form musical work that tells the story of the evolution & destruction of one of America's greatest cultural epicenters in one of the least understood atrocities of the Jim Crow era. The Suite serves as vehicle for insight & reflection on the event itself, as well as a tool for understanding the ways in which these issues continue to pervade our modern day culture and society.

Last Week:

Moksha - Here to Go CDMoksha - Here to Go CD - Las Vegas rock outfit Moksha, who finds a common musical stance with bands like Phish, Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead, among others, release their second album. "Here to Go" was produced independently by Moksha Music Limited and four-time Grammy Award winner James 'Bonzai' Caruso, with Peter Apfelbaum doing the horn arrangements.

"Here to Go' is Moksha's first endeavor with new band member, Sam Lemos as lead vocal, adding another level to Moksha's mastery of instrumental jam music. It fuses all the musical genres that influence each of the band members, into a sound uniquely their own.

"Starswarm", "Here to Go" and "Bubbles" Take a rocket blast, straight into a deep space, psychedelic funk, rock utopia, back down to earth with melodic pop, and back again into hyperspace with a rip-roaring instrumental.

"Real Show", "Into Thin Air", and "Fruit of Tulum", stay closer to earth with Reggae, World Music, and Spanish Instrumentals, that keeps the energy moving and the horns and vocals shining. "Leg up" is a sweet melodic country inspired ballad. The cornerstone of the album

"The Measure of all things" is a beautiful and mercurial song that delves into the depths of the mythic realm and the heights of keyboard solo heaven.

The remaining songs switch between explosive funk with soaring vocals and classic horns, to good solid rock that pushes until it eventually comes apart at the seams

With their music circling the world, then to space and back, Moksha is "Here to Go"

Dave Littrell CDDave Littrell - Now I See CD - Dave Littrell's songs pair his storytelling skills with methodical acoustic guitar playing, bouncing rock rhythms and hook-filled melodies. The endless array of instruments Littrell has in his repertoire contributes a further level of sophistication to his effortlessly smooth vocal delivery. A solo project was a natural way for Littrell to express the lighter, more melodic side of him than the guitar solo-filled intricate rock and electronica of The Station. This progression culminated with Littrell's 2011 solo debut album, Now I See. In addition to his captivating vocals, Littrell plays acoustic guitar, bass, saxophone, piano, organ, percussion, and flute, on the album. Now I See was produced by Littrell's longtime collaborator and co-founding member of The Station, Dave Carter.

Upcoming Events:

Aug 26-28 Summerdance - Garretsville OH

Aug 26-28 NedFest - Nederland CO

Aug 27-29 Music on the Mountaintop - Boone NC

*Sept 1-4 The GETDOWN - Mebane NC

Sept 2-4 Headjamz - Adams TN

Sept 8-11 CultureFest - Pipestem, WV

Sept 23-25 H Blast! - Reidsville NC

*Sept 22-24 Blackwater - Live Oak, FL

*Look for the Home Grown Music Booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

Former Champions covering "Make Some Noise" by the Beastie Boys

Thanks for reading! Treat yourself to some good music this week.
Lee Crumpton

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