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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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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

Hart Valley Drifters – earliest known studio recordings by Jerry Garcia to be released

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Before the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, along with friends like Robert Hunter, Sandy Rothman, and David Nelson were just folkies picking tunes in coffee-houses in Palo Alto and working on their bluegrass chops.   Garcia, Hunter, and Nelson, along with Ken Frankel, and Norm Van Maastricht soon would form the Hart Valley Drifters, an acoustic band that played old-timey and bluegrass style songs.   In 1962 the group woud record a session for Stanford University’s KZSU program Folk Time.

For the first time, this recording, the earliest known studio recording by Jerry  Garcia will be released on November 11 through Round Records/ATO Records.  The lost session resided in a closet for nearly 50 years before the reels were unearthed in 2008 by former Stanford student Ted Claire, who produced and recorded the original session.

The Hart Valley Drifters featured a 20-year old Garcia on lead vocals, banjo and guitar, Hunter on bass, Nelson on guitar, Frankel on banjo, fiddle and guitar and Van Maastricht on dobro. Years before Garcia and Hunter would form an iconic songwriting partnership, and Nelson would cofound New Riders of the Purple Sage, the three crafted soaring three-part vocal harmonies in the tradition of some of their American folk and bluegrass heroes. Around this time, Garcia had been educating himself on American folk and bluegrass tradition. After learning guitar and banjo, he became a self-taught multi-instrumentalist adding, mandolin, autoharp and fiddle to his repertoire.

The Hart Valley Drifters recorded spirited renditions of traditionals such as, “Roving Gambler”. “Standing In The Need of Prayer”, “Cripple Creek” as well as the Ralph Stanley composition “Clinch Mountain Backstep” and Earl Scruggs’ “Ground Speed” and “Flint Hill Special”. The session ends with a soulful version of the Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter classic “Sitting On Top Of The World”, which Garcia eventually evolved into the lively rendition that would wind up on the Grateful Dead’s debut album five years later. (See track listing below)

Pre-order Hart Valley Drifters’ Folk Time at:

Hart Valley Drifters – Folk Time Track Listing

1. Band Introductions

2. “Roving Gambler” (Traditional)

3. “Ground Speed” (Earl Scruggs)

4. “Pig In A Pen” (Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith [traditional] arr. by J. Garcia)

5. “Standing In The Need Of Prayer” (Traditional)

6. “Flint Hill Special” (Earl Scruggs)

7. “Nine Pound Hammer” (Traditional)

8. “Handsome Molly” (G.B. Grayson/Henry Whitter)

9. “Clinch Mountain Backstep” (Ralph Stanley/Ruby Rakes)

10. “Think of What You’ve Done” (Carter Stanley)

11. “Cripple Creek” (Traditional)

12. “All The Good Times Have Past And Gone” (Traditional)

13. “Billy Grimes, The Rover” (Traditional)

14. “Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)” (Traditional)

15. “Run Mountain” (J.E. Mainer)

16. “Sugar Baby” (Moran Dock Boggs)

17. “Sitting On Top Of The World” (Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter)

Tedeschi Trucks Band to perform at historic Dockery Farms

Tedeschi_Trucks_Band_Photo_Credit_Tedeschi_Trucks_Band_Duo_Exclusive_3The Dockery Farms Foundation has announced that the Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform this year’s outdoor show at the historic location on April 24. It follows their first annual show last year featuring Roseanne Cash.

Dockery Farms is considered one of the holy sites of the Delta Blues and draws visitors from all over the world. Located just east of Cleveland, Miss., it was the home of blues pioneer Charley Patton, who taught locals including Howlin’ Wolf and Pops Staples.

The non-profit Dockery Farms Foundation is focused on preserving the historic property and facilitating public interest in its musical and agricultural heritage.

TTB is touring on the heels of their new album Let Me Get By, which was released in January. The Dockery show provides a rare example to catch the band in an intimate and historical setting.

“This couldn’t come at a better time, soon after the release of the band’s latest album and at a time when they are playing to sold-out venues in Nashville, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.” said Carolyn Powers, co-chair of the Dockery Farms Foundation.

Bill Lester, executive director of the Dockery Farms Foundation, added, “The Tedeschi Trucks Band is just on fire right now, and we expect a high level of excitement that they will be coming here to play.”

One of the restored buildings on the grounds, the former cotton storage shed, will be the main stage for the concert, which is a fundraiser for the Foundation. The show will start at 7:00 p.m., with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. with a yet-to-be-named opening act.

More information and tickets are available on the Dockery Farms website.

Following a tour of Australia and Japan, Tedeschi Trucks Bands stateside  Spring Tour dates are as follows:


April 17      Charleston, SC             Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

April 20      Kansas City, MO        Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

April 21      Ames, IA                      Stephens Auditorium

April 23      Birmingham, AL           Legacy Arena at The BJCC

with Widespread Panic

April 24      Cleveland, MS              Dockery Farms

April 28      New Orleans, LA         New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 7         Buffalo, NY             University At Buffalo Center For The Arts

May 8         Buffalo, NY                  University At Buffalo Center For The Arts     with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 10       Syracuse, NY        Crouse Hinds Theater @ The Oncenter

with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 12       Hershey, PA                Hershey Theatre

with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 13       Newark, NJ                  New Jersey Performing Arts Center

May 14       Atlantic City, NJ         Boardwalk Hall Arena

May 26-29      Cumberland, MD        DelFest

Catskill Chill Line Up Announcement

Catskill Chill Music Festival has announced the line-up for “A Farewell to Minglewood” which will take place September 18-20, 2015, in Hancock, New York. The Chillfam will come together for one last celebration at the much-loved Camp Minglewood before the event moves to a new home in 2016.

At the top of this year’s artist line-up is Lotus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Lettuce, Electron, The Motet, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Break Science, Turkuaz, The Werks, Particle & Fam, and George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners. The festival’s headliner will be announced on Monday, June 8.

As is tradition, the Chill will feature a number of tribute sets, which are always fan favorites during the weekend. Dopapod and Turkuaz will team up for Dopakuaz plays Studio 54, Twiddle offers up their electric take on Grateful Dead tunes, and the Chillfam All-Stars will perform a Herbie Hancock Tribute, while Shwizz and FiKus join forces for ShwiKus plays the ‘80s.

Particle, the only band that has performed at every Chill since its inception, will have the honor of closing out the weekend at Camp Minglewood, bringing an all-star cast of Chillfam guest performers on stage with them for the celebration.

While the performance schedule alone is reason enough to attend this annual event, it is the intimacy and unique grounds that make Catskill Chill one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the season and this year is expected to sell out. With a limited capacity, no campsite is more than a few minutes walk to the stages and anyone can make their way up to the front for their favorite sets. Hosted at a secluded performing arts summer camp where childhood dreams merge with the music festival culture, the “Chillfam” as Chill’s loving community have coined themselves, bunk-up in 16-32 person sleep away camp-style cabins, creating decorated theme camps intermingled amongst the campers. The festival also features free parking, free camping, daily yoga, live art, a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly and an open mic.

Blind Faith tickets are sold out but Early Bird tickets are currently available. Details on VIP Packages, which will be purchased separately from weekend passes, will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tickects are available for purchase HERE


Northwest String Summit 2015 Preview



Just outside of Portland, Oregon, nestled in a majestic old growth forest lies Horning’s Hideout, home to Yonder Mountain String Band‘s Northwest String Summit, a gathering of the finest pickers and grinners you’re likely to see.  Joining Yonder in the picturesque setting are legends like Del McCoury and David Grisman, modern masters Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, funksters The Greyboy Allstars, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Portland area home town heroes Fruition and The Shook Twins, east coast representatives like Town Mountain and flat picking guru Larry Keel and so many more.


While the stages fill with once in a life time sets and super jams honestly, the location itself is the most mind blowing thing you’ll experience.  Horning’s Hideout is a nature preserve, and it hosts only one or two events a year, to lessen the ecological impact and as such, any opportunity to commune with the surrounding beauty is one not to be missed.  Between the strolling peacocks, the pristine lake and the wooded hiking paths you will be hard pressed to find a better place to see live music.  There’s a natural amphitheater that faces the lake and when the lights paint their leaves and the music fills the air there’s a magic feeling that permeates the entire festival.  With a strong focus on family, there are lots of lil ones running around, with tons of activities for them to enjoy besides getting an early education in music appreciation.



Yonder takes their hosting duties very seriously, hosting workshops, sitting in with as many acts as they can, and just wandering the grounds sharing stories and love.  They help curate the line up as well, and having spent well over a decade on the scene have gotten to know so many of the finest players on the scene that they can pick most any band and know that they are bringing in friends they can count on to give their all for the musical cause.


With a stellar line up of incredible bands and players, a setting that truly defines the phrase “Natural Beauty” and a open, inviting vibe indicative of the Pacific Northwest, there is no finer way to while away a weekend than the Northwest String Summit.  See you there!


Purchase tickets HERE!

Sweetwater 420 Festival Preview


The city of Atlanta is in for a weekend of smokin’ music as the annual Sweet Water Brewing Company 420Fest is headed for their way once again with such stellar acts as the mighty Snoop Dogg, 311, The Thievery Corporation, Primus, moe., Beats Antique and many more. With everything from Rap to soul, funk, folk, bluegrass and good ol’ rock and roll, there’s something for everyone, and a wonderful chance to be exposed to new sounds and styles for all to enjoy.  Heck, they even booked a psychedelic marching band, so you know they mean business when it comes to diversity!

There’s a lot more to the festival experience than just music, in case you find yourself wanting to rest your dancing shoes for a few minutes.  A comedy tent will feature a number of nationally known stand ups and a silent disco will let those who just want to dance get their groove on.   Since the festival is brought to us by the Sweet Water Brewing Company, expect a number of stellar panels and informative interactive installations to help folks understand the brewing process, and, of course…BEER!  There are even a number of  festival only experimental creations concocted by the artisans at their brewery.

Utilizing Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, the festival has gotten into the competitive spirit and even has it’s own 5K race on April 18th!  Details HERE.  A wide variety of food and art vendors will be on hand, to feed the body and soul.  This is a city fest, so there’s no onsite camping, but you’re in one of the jewels of the south, and Atlanta is never short of rooms, restaurants and cool stuff to see before and after the shows.  So come on down and get the summer started right with a little fun in the hazey sun at the 420 Fest!

So get your tickets while the last, HERE

Full Line Up

Snoop Dog ~ 311 ~ The Thievery Corporation ~ Primus ~ Cage The Elephant ~ Slightly Stoopid ~ moe. ~ Gov’t Mule

Beats Antique ~ Cold War Kids ~ The Wailers ~ AER ~ Big Data ~ The Floozies ~ Anders Osborne ~ The Revivalists

Delta Rae ~ Wood Brothers ~ Kyle Hollingsworth Band~ Marc Broussard ~ The London Souls ~ Red Wanting Blue

March Fourth Marching Band ~ Stokeswood

Nelsonville Music Festival Preview


The 11th annual Nelsonville Music Festival is bringing an incredibly diverse line up of musical acts to it’s eastern Ohio stages this year, including The Flaming Lips, Merle Haggard, St.Vincent, Brandi Carlile, Elephant Revival and many, many more.   While most festivals find themselves narrowing their focus, the Nelsonville Music Festival has embraced a wide open strategy, destined to cause numerous once in a lifetime musical transitions. From the Flaming Lips audio /visual bombast, to authentic legend Merle Haggard’s bare bones aesthetic, pop to soul to country to transcendental folk there’s something for every taste, and plenty of new music to discover.  The fest features camping, easy access to local shops and hotels, concessions and on site vending, free admittance for children under twelve, with lots of fun activities for them to enjoy and a family friendly atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

Tickets are only 130 dollars for the full weekend, with a special VIP package available as well.
Purchase tickets HERE

The 2015 line up (So far)
The Flaming Lips – Merle Haggard – St.Vincent – Brandi Carlile – Trampled By Turtles – Built to Spill

Lucero – Elephant Revival – Hurray for Riff Raff – Oblivians – San Fermin – Michael Hurley – Natalie Prass
Natural Child – Ezra Furman – My Bubba – Ryley Walker _ Sarah Neufeld – Good English – Adam Torres –

Soddy Daisy – Speaking Suns – Bummers – Dead Head Of A Man – Heatwave Dance Party

And more to be added in the coming weeks!




We Were Promised Jetpacks’ Unravelling Out October 14

We Were Promised Jetpacks will release their highly-anticipated third album, Unravelling, this fall on FatCat Records. The album, which will be released October 6 in the UK and October 14 in the US, is available for pre-order now on vinyl and CD in the FatCat Online Store.  We Were Promised Jetpacks have also announced an extensive North American tour this fall in support of Unravelling.

Unravelling Track List:
1. Safety In Numbers (stream)wwpj cover
2. Peaks and Troughs
3. I Keep It Composed (stream)
4. Peace Sign
5. Night Terror
6. Disconnecting
7. Bright Minds
8. A Part Of It
9. Moral Compass
10. Peace Of Mind
11. Ricochet
We Were Promised Jetpacks Tour Dates: 


10.17 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10.18 – Montreal, QC @ II Motore
10.19 – Toronto, ON@ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10.20 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10.22 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
10.23 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
10.24 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10.25 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
10.26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
10.28 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10.29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10.30 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11.01 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
11.02 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11.04 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
11.07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
11.08 – San Diego, CA @ Irenic
11.09 – Phoenix, AZ @ the Crescent Ballroom
11.11 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11.12 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
11.13 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
11.14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11.15 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
11.16 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
11.19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11.20 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
11.21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11.22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall 

Hangtown Halloween Ball 2014 Preview

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Americana stalwarts Railroad Earth have a spooky good time planned for their fourth annual Hangtown Halloween Ball, in Placerville, California, October 24th – 26th, with three shows including an all-star “Orchestra” set, and they’re bringing friends from every musical genre along for the three day thrill ride.  Helping them haunt the stages all weekend are jam band legends moe., funk heroes The Meter Men, Leftover Salmon joined by Little Feat’s Billy Payne, ALO, The Motet and Jeff Austin not only bringing his band but also roaming the stages all weekend as part of the “Artists At Large” program, which also includes fiery fiddler Allie Kral and banjo impresario Danny Barnes.  Hangtown veterans The Dead Winter Carpenters, from Lake Tahoe, Colorado’s Mountain Standard Time, Poor Man’s Whiskey and The Brothers Comatose from San Francisco will ensure that no picking fan will go unsatisfied.



It may feel like the passing of summer brings the end of the festival revelry, but out west in California gold country, a fright filled, family friendly weekend of delights awaits to melt faces like a musical version of the end of “Raiders of the Lost Arc!” Tucked  in the rolling oak forested foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range The Hangtown Halloween Ball features multiple stages, on site camping, a robust KidZone with arts and crafts for the little ones and workshops for the adults. Musical acts from the region, like  Robert Walter’s 20th Congress out of San Diego, The Nibblers from Sacramento and Reno, Nevada favorites Jelly Bread and Mojo Green alongside regional acts like The Shook Twins and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit will fill the air with music as the crispness of the fall air reminds us all that while winter is coming, there’s still a little time left to shake a tail feather in the sun.  A festival favorite is the annual pumpkin carving with John Skehan of Railroad Earth, whose special carving techniques are a sight to behold.

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The venue for this fine affair is the El Dorado County Fairgrounds right off the highway, in Placerville, California Sierra Mountain range. With a supermarket, literally, across the street from the main gates, this festival was made for those that always forget those trivial little items or that just want to support the local economy.  We at Honest Tune are looking forward to returning to the hangtown Halloween Ball, and look forward to sharing the sights and sounds of what’s sure to be an eerie and unforgettable weekend of music and magic under the stars.

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For tickets, lineup, artist and general information, click HERE

HT review and more photos of last year’s festival.