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Announcing New Book: “Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival!”

Few bands stick around for thirty years. Even fewer bands leave a legacy during that time that marks them as a truly special, once-in-lifetime type band. And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon. Since their earliest days as a forward thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix and who was unafraid to stir in any number of highly combustible styles into their ever evolving sound, to their role as a pioneer of the modern jamband scene, to their current status as elder-statesmen of the scene who cast a huge influential shadow over every festival they play, Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own weirdly, unique style.

 

 

As Leftover Salmon nears their 30th year, their inspiring story is set to be told in a brand new book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival! that will be released February 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield. In this book, critically acclaimed author of Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound & It’s Legacy, Tim Newby presents an intimate portrait of Leftover Salmon through the personal recollections of its band members, family, friends, former band-mates, managers, and the countless musicians they have influenced. Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival! is a thorough guide covering a thirty-year journey of a truly remarkable band. It is a tale of friendships and losses, musical discoveries and Wild West adventures, and the brethren they surround themselves with who fortify Salmon’s unique voice. Their story is one of tragedy and rebirth, of unimaginable highs and crushing lows, of friendships, of music, but most importantly it is the story of a special band and those that have lived through it all to create, inspire, and have everlasting fun.

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Preview: Hot August Music Festival 2018

Words & Photos: Tim Newby & Stephen Varanko

The Hot August Music Festival returns for on August 18, 2018, to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland with a lineup that runs the full musical gamut roots to blues to funk to reggae to rock ‘n’ roll and is headlined by The Revivalists and Trampled by Turtles.

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at Mishawaka

08/04/18
Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Bellevue, Colorado
Writer/Photographer: Jake Cudek

Nestled in the north country of Colorado, lies yet another hidden gem of The Centennial State’s musical legacy, The Mishawaka Amphitheater.  Set amongst towering canyon walls and located on the edge of The Poudre River, patrons are greeted from the road by a non-descript store front and privacy fencing, neither of which denotes the unexpected lying inside.  Upon entering the restaurant, visitors are presented with their first inkling of the location’s long ties to music, as autographed, framed promotional pictures of performers past line the floor-to-ceiling wood interior in Fillmore fashion. Passing deeper into the heart of the century-old building, the room opens up into a dance hall, equipped with a small stage and high ceilings, able to accommodate about 150, and utilized in the winter months for performances when the weather is far too cold to host events outdoors.

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Selwyn Birchwood: A Trip Down Highway 61

Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music

By: Tim Newby

Band: Selwyn Birchwood Band (Official Webpage)

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Members:  Selwyn Birchwood (Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals), Regi Oliver (Saxophone), Donald “Huff” Wright (Bass), Courtney “Big Love” Girlie (Drums)

Sounds Like:  A trip down highway 61 from the blues clubs in Chicago to the juke joints in Mississippi through the swamps around New Orleans. Continue reading Selwyn Birchwood: A Trip Down Highway 61

Howlin’ Rain: Soulful, Psychedelic, Arena-rock

Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music

By: Tim Newby

Band: Howlin’ Rain (Official Webpage)

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Members:  Ethan Miller  (vocals, guitar),  Jeff Mcelroy (bass), Dan Cervantes (guitar),  Justin Smith (drums)

Sounds Like: Smoking a joint as you speed down the highway with the windows open and the radio blasting your favorite rock station. Continue reading Howlin’ Rain: Soulful, Psychedelic, Arena-rock

Caleb Stine – Moon

Caleb Stine – Moon

Writer: Tim Newby

Caleb Stine is a songwriter of powerful dimensions who does not simply write songs and make albums, instead he creates experiences through his music that spring to life through his commanding voice that channels the heart of each character that inhabit his songs.  The stories that exist in his songs run the full gamut of emotion from joy, to sorrow, to curiosity, to elation.  Listening to one of Stine’s albums is a complete emotional journey, an experience beyond simply listening to music.

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Combsy at Second Street Brewery

Combsy at Second Street Brewery
Santa Fe, NM
June 16, 2018
Santa Fe, NM
Writer/ Photographer: Jake Cudek

Setlist: Joshua Tree, Black & Tan Fantasy, 1939, Villain, Una Esta, Times are Hard for Dreamers, So Long Uncle Walter, Chicken Strut, Versus

One of Santa Fe’s favorite watering holes, The Second Street Brewery, celebrated the art of craft beer, crab, and dads in the city. Hosting, The Second Street Brewery’s First Annual Pilsner and Crab Festival, at their newest taproom the event brought out both residents and tourists in droves. For the entertainment, the brewery tapped Tulsa jazz instrumentalist and genre-fusing gypsy Chris Combs, who was out promoting his newest album, Combsy.
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Chris Combs from JFJO hits the road with Combsy

Combsy, the solo project of Chris Combs, guitarist of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey , will hit the road this May and June in support of their self-titled debut LP (Horton Records) which was released in late 2017.  The band won’t stray too far from their hometown of Tulsa with shows in Nashville, Little Rock, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Montrose CO, Denver and Santa Fe. The New Orleans shows will feature  Dan Oestreicher (sax) from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave and drummer Josh Raymer from Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven and JFJO will be the featured player during the Colorado dates.

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Hot August Music Festival announces lineup

 

One of the premiere festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Hot August Music Festival, will return to the picturesque setting of Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland (minutes from downtown Baltimore) August 18, 2018.  Entering its twenty-sixth year the Hot August Music Festival has again assembled a lineup this year that reflects the overriding principle that festival founder and promoter, Brad Selko, has adhered to over the history of the festival, “To provide a different variety of American Roots music each year.  Blues, bluegrass, rock, funk, jam, whatever.”  This year’s line-up does just that with a diverse roster of twelve bands who represent all facets of American Roots Music.  This year’s lineup is topped by The Revivalists and features Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Marcus King Band, Cris Jacobs Band, Psycho Killers, Whiskey Shivers, Dirty Grass Players, Niki Hall, Selwyn Birchwood, Hall Williams Band, and Omari Banks.  Also featuring another special guest headliner TBA April 1. Continue reading Hot August Music Festival announces lineup