Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Its definitely time to get your boogie on when listening to T Bird and the Breaks - Never Get Out of This Funk Alive. This is one I'm dancing in my seat; whether driving, at work, at home; this is just a classic fun CD that exudes 70's soul and funk. Just listen to the title track or "Spread the Love". Plus, this is a 10-piece band - wait until you hear the sounds emanating from deep down in the tracks: percussion, keyboards, horns. And gotta love "Your Nasty Love". Can't believe this sound comes out of Austin - forget about Americana - give me Funk.
Reed Turner got our attention with his new EP Side One: See How Far I Get. His songwriting immediately reminded me of Joe Pug, but he distinguishes himself through a unique finger picking style. His study at the Berklee College of Music has paid off, because this artist is talented. And this talent is immediately on display on the first track, "Beware the Hand". And "let's Roll" showcases some clever songwriting. And the last track, "Acrobats & Soldiers", is just powerful. I can't wait for Side 2.
At first listen, I didn't care for Big Trouble from The Dang-it Bobbys. But that opinion was a result of sitting in traffic for three hours trying to go 30 miles. After multiple listens, I really came to appreciate the musicianship of this duo, Kris Bauman and guitarist Luca Benedetti. I think it started at "I Love You"; love the composition. Can't seem to categorize the sound, there's some Pop, some Bluegrass ("Whiskey Strut"), plenty of vocal harmony, and even a Tex-Mex sound in "Big Trouble". My favorites were the two instrumentals ("Roadkill Jerky" & "Whiskey Strut"), maybe because I'm not completely sold on the song writing - although the initial track, "Middle Ground", is clever. Yet, these are two to watch considering how nicely they can play their respective instruments.
Finally, I've been really digging the latest from the Joe Deninzon Trio, Exuberance. I listen to this during the work hours, and I tell you, the day flies by. The trio consists of violinist Joe Deninzon, bassist Robert Bowen, and guitarist Stephen Benson. On occasion there's some gypsy jazz influence, but with Deninzon switching from electric to acoustic violin, also some classical and at times, americana-ish fiddling. In this CD, Bowen's bass plays a noticeable role whereas Benson's guitar sometimes lingers too silently. The guy can play - turn him up - just like the beginning of "Sun Goes Down". And listen to the end, "The Tourist" could be my favorite track.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
After nearly selling out The Barns at Wolf Trap in February and releasing a new album in June, The Greencards, who are featured in Time Magazine's 2011 Summer Entertainment Preview, will be performing at Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave E in Vienna, VA on Thursday August 25. We hope you can come to the show. Click here for ticketing details. Seating is first-come, first-served with the show starting at 8:pm. If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP using this Event link
The Greencards had an exciting time in Austin with activities surrounding the release of The Brick Album on June 21st. Media coverage from around the world has been very positive. See this 4-Star review in American Songwriter for an example of what folks are saying about the new record.
On their fifth, and best, recording, The Brick Album, The Greencards are better than ever .... (click to see entire review)
From the first notes struck together in 2003 through tours with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson and up to and beyond their fourth studio album released in 2009, The Greencards have won steadily escalating acclaim for their multi-dimensional Americana vision. Each step they’ve taken has widened their appeal. Their releases have topped the Billboard Bluegrass charts. Two singles have garnered Grammy nominations. They’ve earned ovations from “newgrass” music devotees at MerleFest and rock loyalists at Lollapalooza.
But this band, spearheaded by Carol Young (bass and vocals) and Kym Warner (mandolin, bouzouki and vocals), is interested less in past accomplishments than in looking ahead for new goals to achieve. That’s why their latest record is also in many ways their most significant and impressive to date. The Brick Album is the first album to successfully infuse The Greencards’ eclectic musical references with the excitement they generate on stage.
Warner and Young are from Australia. They moved to Austin, put together The Greencards there, and today call Nashville home. Joining them on stage are Carl Miner and Tyler Andal. Tyler, a young fiddle whiz from Tennessee, reinforces both The Greencards' grounding in roots music and eagerness to let in the fresh air of newgrass, rock, folk elements, Latin America and much more. Former National Flatpicking Championship winner Carl Miner excels as a guitarist in that tradition, but more importantly, applies his virtuosity equally well beyond it.
With The Brick Album the world becomes more than ever their stage. The Greencards' sound defies category, balancing taste and technique, engaging lyrics and melodies and wildly creative arrangements. There may be a wall depicted on the album cover, but the future suggested on these tracks knows no barrier.
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Monday, August 15, 2011
I think we are finally going to be able to attend the closest bluegrass festival to our hometown, the 8th Annual Watermelon Park Fest - just outside of Berryville Virginia. This year's fest begins on Thursday, September 22, 2011 and ends Sunday, September 25. Weekend tickets are quite affordable particularly through August 31st $55 (+2.50 processing) and rise to $75 (+2.50 processing) thereafter. Not convinced; look at the lineup:
- Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys - I mean, the legend himself.
- Steep Canyon Rangers - Check out the video below.
- Bruce Molsky - Fiddler King
- Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three - Vaudeville roots
- Red Stick Ramblers - Cooler than cool
- Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - This will be a first for us
- Furnace Mountain Local band & co-host
- The Woodshedders - Another local
- Woody Pines - Where have I scene this band before?
- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - Another favorite and participated in the video below
- The Fox Hunt - From neighboring West Virginia
- The Acoustic Burgoo - Will be another first
- The Back Creek Valley Boys - Old school bluegrass
- Hot Club of Millwood - 2010 Band Contest Winners
- The Polka Dots - Awesome local band
- Jake and the Burtones - More local talent
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Last year we attended the inaugural The Festy music festival hosted by The Infamous Stringdusters and the Devil's Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland Virginia. We filmed a MyJoogTV episode with Travis Book and Sarah Siskind for MyJoogTV and filmed loads of video available on the MyJoogTV YouTube channel. We will be returning October 7-9th 2011 for the 2nd Annual The Festy Experience anticipating an equally killer lineup and modest ticket fees. Basically $99 for three days of music and camping. This year may be a little different as we may participate in either the Blue Ridge Burn Trail Run or the Devils Backbone Challenge Mountain Bike Race. I mean this is The Festy Experience, right.
- Brett Dennen
- Carl Anderson
- David Grisman Sextet
- Emmitt-Nershi Band
- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
- Jim Lauderdale
- Lake Street Dive
- Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
- Love Canon
- Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun Quartet
- Railroad Earth
- Sarah Siskind
- The Good Lovelies
- The Infamous Stringdusters
- The New Familiars
- The Two Man Gentlemen Band
- The Wood Brothers
- Toubab Krewe
- Trees on Fire
Friday, August 5, 2011
Last weekend we spent three days on the BlueRidge Parkway not far from Floyd Virginia enjoying the many sounds emanating from Floydfest X. This was the 10th anniversary of the festival which has grown successively each year - in the number of stages, musicians, and attendees. Besides several national acts, the festivals emphasizes the local music scene through the Virginia Folklife Porch and the Emerging Artists Series. In past years we tried to soak in as much music as physically possible - hustling across the festival grounds in between sets. This year, we took a more measured approach and spent most of the day at one end of the festival - and that ended up being the Hill Holler stage side. In this fashion we were able to see many acts in the Beer Garden; Rose's Pawn Shop, the Pimps of Joytime, and Larry Keel on the Holler, and then Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Nat Reese, Larry Keel & Jorma Kaukonen, and plenty more on the Virginia Folklife Stage. Then there was plenty of the Reverend Peyton on both the Beer Garden and Dance tent stages. Yet, when it came to Taj Mahal, Donna the Buffalo, William Walter, and Big Daddy Love, we ventured to the other side. In fact, Donna the Buffalo kept us up until 3:00 am Saturday, which made it difficult to rise early to watch William Walter and Jesse Chong on the main stage Sunday morning. Then, we had to venture to Foggy Ridge Cider to tape an episode of MyJoogTV with The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Sleep is defiantly a short commodity. We are slowing releasing photos on the MyJoog Facebook site as well as videos at MyJoogTV YouTube channel.