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The Bridge: Singing Like the Early Morning Sun

By: Tim Newby

Photos By: Sam Friedman



“You have to baby pick it,” says producer Chris Bentley.

“I thought I was,” the voice of Kenny Liner, mandolinst for the Bridge, comes over the speakers in the control room.  The frustration is clear in his voice.

 It is an unseasonably hot day in late March, but The Bridge – as they have most of the month – is holed up at the bottom of a non-descript white building located just outside the Baltimore City limits in Cockeysville, Maryland.  The building houses Bunker Recording Studio, the band’s studio of choice and where they have recorded all of their previous albums and are currently working on their new album, Blind Man’s Hill, due out October 21.

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Hill Country blues on ‘roids with the Black Keys in Cali

Black Keys
SOCO Music Experience
San Diego, California
August 23, 2008

To play drums in a guitar/ drum duo you have to have a heavy foot. With no bass to provide that needed thump, a drummer’s right foot has to be able to bring the thunder and fill out the bottom end by itself. Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney foot must be made of solid lead as his singularly powerful kick-drum drives the barreling intensity that is a Black Keys show.

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Grayson Capps to bring Rott ‘n’ Roll to East Coast

Grayson Capps & The Stumpknockers launch an East Coast tour in September to support their new album, Rott ‘N’ Roll (due Sept. 9 on Hyena Records). It’ll be a busy Fall upon returning home in October where they’ll play dates throughout the South before heading to Europe for three weeks in November.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Trina Shoemaker, Grayson Capps burns harder than ever on his fourth album. Raucous numbers like "Big Black Buzzard," "Sun Don’t Shine On Willy" and "Going Back To The Country" are electric roadhouse diamonds in his repertoire. An earthy, introspective side also comes through on songs like "Arrowhead" and "Guitar." In early reviews, Hear Ya Blog noted, "Grayson Capps is part country singer, part bluesman, part preacher, part vagabond and part poet," while Swampland declared, "Grayson Capps & The Stumpknockers play knock-down-drag-out-whiskey-laced rock and roll as if it were the last call for their souls to be saved."

The title of Grayson’s latest long-player, Rott ‘N’ Roll, originated in New Orleans as a phrase used by fans to describe the raw energy of songs that mix backwoods rock, southern soul and country blues with tales of prostitutes, alcoholics, drifters and paranoia. Having drawn comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and Drive By Truckers, Rott ‘N’ Roll proves that Grayson’s vision is ultimately as singular as those to who he’s compared.

Download an Mp3 of "Back to the Country"

September 11 / Grimey’s / Nashville, TN (In-Store Performance–6PM)
September 12 / WFPK "Live Lunch" / Louisville, KY (Noon)
September 12 / Ear-X-tacy / Louisville, KY (In-Store Performance–6PM)
September 12 / Gerstle’s Tavern / Louisville, KY
September 14 / The Purple Fiddle / Thomas, WV
September 17 / Idlewild / Henniker, NH
September 18 / Penuche’s / Concord, NH
September 19 / Nectar’s / Burlington, VT
September 20 / Fletch Fest / Warner, NH
September 21 / Idlewild / Henniker, NH (SOLD OUT)
September 24 / The Lizard Lounge / Boston, MA
September 25 / The Hungry Tiger / Manchester, CT
September 26 / Banjo Jim’s / New York, NY
September 27 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
October 10 / Pirate’s Cove / Josephine, AL
October 12 / Callaghan’s Irish Social Club / Mobile, AL
October 13 / The Strutting Duck / Auburn, AL
October 16 / Bennie’s Boom Boom Room / Hattiesburg, MS
October 17 / DBA / New Orleans, LA
October 25 / Little Willie’s / Tuscaloosa, AL


David Gilmour releases ‘Live In Gdansk’

On September 22nd, David Gilmour will release ‘Live In Gdańsk’ – a live double album and concert DVD.


David Gilmour’s first solo live album captures the magic of his concert
held in front of 50,000 fans in the Gdańsk shipyards in Poland. This final
performance from his critically acclaimed 2006 ‘On An Island’ tour features
Pink Floyd classics never previously performed with an orchestra. The
concert marked the 26th Anniversary of the founding of trade union
Solidarity in Poland and the historic importance of the date magnified the
night’s breathtaking atmosphere.

The 2.5 hour DVD accompanying the live album fully portrays the drama of
the Gdańsk concert, set against the industrial landscape of the shipyard
and the crane-filled skyline. It includes both concert footage and a
riveting documentary featuring David Gilmour and the Baltic Philharmonic
Symphony Orchestra in Gdańsk.
Go to the David Gilmour YouTube Channel to see videos from ‘Live In Gdańsk’