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.
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
Charm City Bluegrass Festival, has released its lineup for the sixth annual version of the award winning festival (2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Event of the Year and 2015 Best Festival by Baltimore Magazine). Expanding to two days, the event will feature twenty-one bands spread across three stage. It will be headlined by The Travelin’ McCourys and the Devil Makes Three, and feature The Steeldrivers, Jeff Austin Band, Larry Keel Experience, Billy Strings, Caleb Stine, Trout Steak Revival and many others.
The family-friendly festivities will also include local food vendors, adult beverages provided by Union Craft Brewery and Jack’s Hard Cider, artists, kid’s games, crafts, spontaneous jam sessions, and more.
Tickets are available now and include a VIP option. They can be purchased here.
Friday, April 27 (Doors open at 4 p.m.)
- The Travelin’ McCourys (part of the Road to DelFest)
- Caleb Stine
- The Honey Dewdrops
- Mile Twelve
- Colebrook Road
Saturday, April 28, 2018 (10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
- The Devil Makes Three
- The Steeldrivers
- Jeff Austin Band
- Billy Strings
- Larry Keel Experience
- Trout Steak Revival
- Special Consensus
- Front Country
- The Lonely Heartstring Band
- Circa Blue
- Country Current (US Navy Bluegrass Band)
- Blue Stone
- Mountain Ride
- Haint Blue
- High and Wides
- Man About a Horse
Check out past coverage of Charm City Bluegrass Festival from Honest Tune.
By: Tim Newby
Band: The Blues Orphans (Official Webpage)
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Members: Bob Gabig (guitar/vocals), Andy Gabig (harmonica), Mark Custer (cornet), Ian Gordon (trumpet), Dr. Nelson Harrison (trombone), Dave Yoho (drums), Dave Erny (bass), Hill Jordan (trombone)
Sounds Like: A drunken parade down main street with all your best friends that is being led by the funniest guy around.
Words & Photos: Tim Newby
Few festivals last 25 years, even fewer last that long with as a committed devotion to excellence and the independent streak that has been their defining principles since their first days. As the Hot August Music Festival returns for its 25th year on August 19, 2017, once again to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland that devotion will be on full display with a lineup that runs the musical gamut. Continue reading Hot August Music Festival prepares to celebrate 25 years
Words: Tim Newby
Photos: Josh Mintz
“The invisible whip is the force that motivates you and your life depends on it,” explains guitarist Jimmy Herring about the inspiration for his new project, Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip. “It is like having a cocked gun at your back. It is the motivating factor.” Continue reading Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip: Music Reflecting Life
By: Tim Newby
Band: The Trongone Band (Official Webpage)
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Members: Andrew Trongone (guitar/vocals) Johnny Trongone (drums/ vocals), Ben “Wolfe” White (keys/ vocals), Todd Herrington (bass/ vocals)
Sounds Like: A boogie-woogie shot of whiskey delivered with a deep taste of southern-rock soul.
For Fans Of: Little Feat, Black Crowes, Drive By Truckers Continue reading The Trongone Band: Southern Rock Soul
By: Tim Newby
Photo: Rich Barnstein
Band: Electric Love Machine (Official Webpage)
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Members: Jon Wood (Guitar, Vocals), Jon Brady (Keyboards, Vocals), Alex Lang (Bass), Evan Lintz (Drums)
Sounds Like: An outer space adventure through sound that touches on a diverse universe of elements including electronic, traditional Americana, funk, and improvisational jazz.
For Fans Of: Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Dopapod,
Bio: Electric Love Machine is an electronic fusion ensemble from Baltimore, Maryland comprised of longtime veterans of the Baltimore music scene. Electric Love Machine features Jon Wood (guitar), Jon Brady (keys), Evan Lintz (drums), and Alex Lang (bass) and has been delivering their brand of danceable electro-funk across the country since they formed in 2013. Their power-house sound has not gone unnoticed as they won the 2016 Maryland Music Award for best Electronic Act. They released their debut album Xenofonex in 2013, followed by their sophomore release Love Deluxe in 2017. Continue reading Electric Love Machine: Outer Space Adventure
By: Tim Newby
In celebration of its 10th year, DelFest has assembled an All-Star roster for its annual Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza in Cumberland, Maryland. This year’s lineup is topped by the Trey Anastasio Band, Govt Mule, the Travelin’s McCoury’s featuring Dierks Bentley, Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, and Bela Fleck & Chris Thile, is easily one of the best festival schedules around. Throw in namesake Del McCoury’s four sets over the weekend (which includes the traditional festival opening “soundcheck” set, and a guest laden spot which will feature Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys, Jon Fishman from Phish, the Preservation Hall Horns from New Orleans, and Ronnie Bowman) and the guarantee that Del will sit in with what seems like every band throughout the weekend and you would be hard pressed to find a better four days of music over Memorial Day Weekend this year. Continue reading DelFest Preview 2016, preparing to celebrate 10 years
By: Tim Newby
Band: John Mooney & Bluesiana (Official Webpage)
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Members: John Mooney (guitar), Rene Coman (bass), Kevin O’Day (drums)
Sounds Like: A lifetime of the blues lived in the funk of New Orleans.
For Fans Of: Son House, Professor Longhair, Dr. John Continue reading John Mooney & Bluesiana: A Lifetime of the Blues