When Musical Tastes Collides!

With the upcoming Telluride Bluegrass Festival in beautiful southwest Colorado quickly approaching, I can’t help but think of the great music that comes out of that part of the country. It also reminds me of a couple of great musical legends that I have loved for decades and how this festival brought them together.

In the early 70’s I discovered Dan Fogelberg and his amazing writing ability but had no idea what connection he had with bluegrass music. As years went on my musical tastes took various paths. One of those paths led to David Grisman and all his work with Old & in the Way, a monumental step in bringing bluegrass to the masses

I’m told that because he lived in Colorado, Dan attended many festivals in Telluride. This one particular year he was asked to play some tunes with his good friends Herb Pedersen and Chris Hillman. This particular afternoon of jamming led to a great album Dan released in the 1980’s called “High Country Snows”. On the recording was the “who’s who” of bluegrass…an all star band, if you will. The mandolin player on that album was David Grisman! I’m not sure what the response to that release was but it had moments of brilliance even for a hardcore bluegrass fan. Dan Fogelberg has always been known for his high production techniques and this was no different. All that aside, it’s a great group of tracks with amazing musicians.

Many decades after this project I asked David Grisman what was it like to record this album with one of my other heroes…he replied, “There was a lot of food”! I’m sure the great music also was a highlight for Dawg.

If you have not heard High Country Snows, I recommend you give it a shot to see what happens when different musical talents collide!

Originally posted 2013-04-11 17:18:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Stars and Satellites – Trampled by Turtles

Stars and Satellites - Trampled by TurtlesI can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to talk about Trampled by Turtles! I am so excited that the day is finally here! I don’t often use the term “Wall of Sound” when describing modern bluegrass but I suspect the same reason I love bands like the Electric Light Orchestra is the same reason I find Trampled by Turtles so pleasing to the ear. This band isn’t afraid to explore sound. There are conversations going on between the musicians – guitar to banjo, bass to mandolin, and so on. So, too, are the vocalizations. The harmonies are well thought out and hit the ear in such a way as to invoke a smile or a thoughtful preponderance of the subject matter. Just give listen to a track like “Widower’s Heart” and you’ll know what I mean.

So who are Trampled by Turtles? Dave Simmonett provides lead vocals and guitar. Tim Saxhaug is keeping it tight on bass while providing backing vocals. Dave Carroll is picking the banjo while providing backing vocals. You will admire Erik Berry on the mandolin. Ryan Young is a multi-instrumental threat playing tasty licks on the fiddle, viola, mandolin, viola da gamba, and even the saw; all the while providing backing vocals as needed.

You can check out his band in many ways. Best bet is to catch them at a live performance as they trample the country. They also have an excellent website at http://trampledbyturtles.com/. You can catch them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tbtduluth/. Of course, there is a Facebook page at https://twitter.com/tbtduluth/

We recommend you purchase their music through our music partner, Amazon.com. Click here for all of the Trampled by Turtles musical offerings.

Have you ever seen an album being pressed? Check out this great video from Trampled by Turtles and see a piece of Americana that has so quickly been replaced by our digital age. The track played is “Alone”.  Awesome!

Originally posted 2013-07-09 10:05:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

“Old & In the Way”…Could not be more “New or relevant”!

boarding-house-342For a group or recording to be considered as a “benchmark” on any musical genre, you would be hard-pressed to find one more influential than the original Old & In the Way. With its members, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan and John Kahn, O&ITW carried bluegrass and traditional music to the masses… literally.

With the 40th anniversary of the band’s live shows at The Boarding House in San Francisco this past October 2013, these influential recordings are more relevant than ever. David “Dawg” Grisman and Acoustic Disc have re-mastered these legendary live shows on a four CD collection with both the 10/1/73 & 10/8/73 shows… includes both sets. If that wasn’t exciting enough, Dawg has included 14 previously unissued performances with this collection as well.

This is a timeless recording that brought a group of amazing musicians, each in their own right, together with an unrivaled chemistry. It is hard to imagine that Old & In the Way was together such a short period of time but managed to leave such a lasting mark on not only bluegrass but music in general.

You can download this monumental recording directly from Dawg on the Acoustic Oasis web site at the following address:  http://www.acousticdisc.com/acd_html/acd81a.html.  It will also be available on Amazon.com come February 18, 2014. Click here to pre-order.

I am proud to say that I had the privilege to design the packaging for this CD collection. I am confident you will enjoy this music as much as I have. Enjoy!

Originally posted 2013-12-31 11:06:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Down Side Up – Old Man Markley

Down Side Up - Old Man MarkleyIf you are looking to put a smile on your face today, sit back and give a good look and listen to Old Man Markley’s YouTube video that details their adventures from their winter of 2013 tour with the Dropkick Murphys. They were on tour to promote their second album “Down Side Up” which is a must own for fans of great music.

The vocals are truly impressive. Their sound has been described as a galloping rhythm, laced with lightning fast instrumentation of banjo, violin, and whatever other instruments they can get their hands on. I saw the washboard in use but I suspect they can grab an ashtray and bang a table with the best of them. This band is having fun and it shows.

I am a fan of Weird Al Yankovic and his amazing band. This band reminds me so much of them. If you are going to have fun with your music you need to master your music. It is a great compliment to praise their musicianship. Speaking of Weird Al, give this band a good listen and tell me if you don’t hear what I hear.

Old Man Markley is Johnny Carey (vocals, guitar), Annie DeTemple (autoharp, vocals), Joey Garibaldi (bass, vocals), Jeff Fuller (drums), Ryan Markley (washboard), John Rosen (banjo, vocals) and Katie Weed (fiddle, vocals). Critics would likely classify this band as “newgrass” because they are not easily defined as a bluegrass band. I don’t care what you call it, this is great music.

The band is easy to follow. You can preview and purchase their music through our preferred music partner, Amazon.com.

Website at Fat Wreck Records: http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/99

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldmanmarkley

Twitter: http://twitter.com/oldmanmarkley

Please enjoy the aforementioned YouTube video below. Love it!

Originally posted 2013-07-02 08:32:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Best of Bluegrass – Steve Ivey

Best of Bluegrass - Steve IveySteve Ivey is a man of many talents. He has worked with the biggest names in the music business and has amassed a huge following of fans and devotees of gospel and bluegrass music. He has graced us with an amazing collection of bluegrass gems where he can show off his vocal abilities and virtuoso skills as a musician. As a performer, he has released several successful albums focused on Celtic renditions of well-known hymns and more traditional gospel music. With “Best of Bluegrass”, Ivey has ventured into a deep vein of Americana and bluegrass steeped songs. He brings his own style and the songs are well known to enthusiasts but appreciated by all as Steve adds his own spin to these tunes.

Steve is a well-known and highly sought after songwriter and producer of country Christian artists. He can boast over 250 original songs that have been recorded making him one of the more prolific music talents in the industry today. “Best of Bluegrass” is a must have for any serious collector as Steve has made sure the album title delivers on its title.

You can learn more about Steve Ivey at his company’s website. You can pick up “Best of Bluegrass” from our online music partner, Amazon.com. You can also enjoy his rendition of “Man of Constant Sorrow” on YouTube. I’ve included the video below.

Website: http://www.imimusic.com/

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/steveivey

Originally posted 2013-06-25 16:24:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Wide Awake – Joy Kills Sorrow

Wide Awake - Joy Kills Sorrow“Wide Awake” is the exciting new release from Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow. It is tearing up Billboard’s bluegrass music chart and for good reason. This is excellent music. Not just for bluegrass fans but for music lovers everywhere. There’s enough string and Americana sound for the bluegrass loyalist but there’s also enough pop hooks and great storytelling for anyone who just enjoys good music.

Emma Beaton fronts this Beantown quintet. Her voice is pure heaven. The band is equally talented and features Matthew Arcara on guitar, Wes Corbett on banjo, Jacob Jolliff on mandolin and Zoe Guigueno on bass. And, yeah, I have a thing for women playing bass. Zoe brings it, for sure.

I have no doubt that you will want to add “Wide Awake” to your playlist. We recommend you do so through our music partner, Amazon.com. You can learn more about this great band by visiting their website, following them on Twitter or Facebook, or check them out live. They play throughout the country so check their schedule and catch them live. You’ll be “Wide Awake” whenever they take the stage. Count on it!

Website: http://www.joykillssorrow.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joykillssorrow

Twitter: http://twitter.com/joykillssorrow

Here is the video for “Wide Awake”. Check it out. You will love it!

Originally posted 2013-06-21 14:30:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Take a Journey…Bluegrass Style!

Bluegrass JourneyIf you are reading this article, there’s a very good chance you’ve been to a bluegrass festival at one time or another…but if there is that slim chance you haven’t, read on…

Back in 2004, filmmakers Ruth Oxenberg and Rob Schumer gave us a rare view of a very typical bluegrass festival held in the hills of upstate New York. Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival is much celebrated and attended by thousands every year. (Note: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival organizers have since relocated the festival since the filming of this documentary)

The location was and is a beautiful setting with nothing but top performers playing day & night. Ruth and Rob give you a glimpse of what it means to really immerse oneself in a festival. They literally have you pulling into the festival grounds, setting up camp and rekindling old friendships from years past. The sense of community shared between bluegrass fans comes through in this documentary. It is very family oriented. On a personal note, it wasn’t until many years later that I would not only meet but have the same name (first and last) as the flat picker playing in Devil’s Dream. As a result, we have become very good friends and have actually played a couple of gigs together.

This film features performances and interviews from some of the most celebrated musicians around. Performances by such bluegrass legends as the Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Rhonda Vincent, Nickel Creek, and many more. You will get a glimpse of how a bluegrass festival is operated from behind the scenes. It is amazing to see what goes into running as wonderful an event such as Grey Fox.

One of the highlights for me is Tony Rice’s solo “Shenandoah/Danny Boy” medley.  This is just one of the samples of beautiful music you will experience with this DVD.

It is worth every penny and it will be a film you will watch over and over again…we have!

Originally posted 2013-06-20 07:53:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Brothers of The Highway

Brothers of The Highway - Dailey & VincentJamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are the real deal, y’all. With the release and subsequent success of “Brothers of The Highway”, I think it is fair to say that Dailey & Vincent have given bluegrass fans around the world a reason to rejoice. The songs are as Americana as any bluegrass fan could want but the hooks and musicianship are so astounding, any fan of great music could easily add these songs to their contemporary playlist. It is just a solid album.

Along with front men Dailey and Vincent, you will be quite pleased with the talents of Jeff Parker, Christian Davis, B.J. Cherryholmes, and Jessie Baker. Unless I miss my guess, you are watching the early to middle stages of performer’s careers that are destined to become future Hall of Famers. Keep in touch with this exciting bluegrass band at any of the links below.

Website: http://daileyandvincent.bombplates.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaileyVincent

Twitter @DaileyVincent

We highly recommend you add this album to your bluegrass collection if you haven’t already done so. You can download it from our partner, Amazon.com. You can also listen to “Brothers of The Highway” in its entirety by clicking on the YouTube link above. Enjoy!

Originally posted 2013-06-19 09:07:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Carry Me Back – Old Crow Medicine Show

Carry Me Back - Old Crow Medicine Show15 years later the Old Crow Medicine Show is an overnight sensation! Their latest album, “Carry Me Back” is a triumph of traditional Americana roots music that pushes the boundaries of bluegrass and invites a more mainstream audience to give a listen and consider adding O.C.M.S. to their new favorite playlist. One listen to the new album and it’s easy to see how the band’s journey has taken them from humble beginnings to travelling and performing  with Grammy-winning Mumford and Sons.

Make no mistake, this self-described rambling string band is still evolving. “Carry Me Back” is but a stop on their musical walkabout. You’ll want to give it a good listen and decide for yourself just where they fit in the world of bluegrass. I think they defy classification as they challenge traditional roots music and push forwards into an aural area where the masses can easily embrace them.

Get in touch with this band through their website, Facebook, or Twitter. You can download “Carry Me Back” and their other albums from our music partner, Amazon.com.

Website: http://www.crowmedicine.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldCrowMedicineShow

Twitter: @crowmedicine

I’ve included their excellent video for “Carry Me Back to Virginia” for your enjoyment.

Originally posted 2013-06-20 08:05:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Deep Roots by Steven Curtis Chapman

Deep Roots - Steven Curtis ChapmanCan you grow up in Paducah, Kentucky and NOT love bluegrass music? I suppose it’s possible but that sure wasn’t the case for Steven Curtis Chapman. Steven has become a household name in Christian music circles over the years and while this album is certainly more bluegrass and roots, as the album title would explain, he stays close to the music that he loves. There is no surprise that the album cover photo is shot in a church. If you are already a fan of Steven, this album will feel like a warm hug. For the uninitiated, Steven asks you to follow him on his musical journey and explore your own spirituality and musical deep roots. Join him, won’t you?

Learn more about Steven Curtis Chapman at his website, Facebook, or Twitter. You can download his music from our music partner, Amazon.com.

Website: http://stevencurtischapman.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevencurtischapman

Twitter: @StevenCurtis

I’ve included the video for Steven’s song “Hiding Place” from the “Deep Roots” album. I strongly suggest you give it a listen when you need your own Hiding Place from this hectic and chaotic world. Enjoy!


Originally posted 2013-06-19 12:56:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter