Kinfolk Celebration 2014 Our friends in the Yonder Mountain String Band are throwing one hell of a party at Planet Bluegrass in a couple of weeks! With the bands regular special guests Jake Joliff and the fiery Allie Kral already making mad sparks with Adam, Ben and Dave they’re joined by super stars like John Bell of Widespread Panic, Ronnie McCoury and Jason Carter of the Travelin’ McCourys, Drew Emmitt and even the Patron Saint of Festivals Vince Herman. A once in a life time set of music and mayhem is on it’s way! With full sets by The Travelin’ McCourys, Head For The Hills and the up and coming Gipsy Moon the fun will run till the wee hours of the night. Tickets and information available HERE
The notably divergent bluegrass band, Greensky Bluegrass is set to release their fifth studio album, “If Sorrows Swim” on September 9th. For the excited fan base who wish to purchase the album early they may due so on iTunes via the presale that started August 28th. To purchase presale packages via Greensky Bluegrass click HERE and to order early through iTunes click HERE!
For an Honest Tune review by Tim Newby of the new album, click HERE.
Since their founding at the turn of the millenium, the five members of Greensky Bluegrass have fashioned a dynamic, intoxicating sound rooted in classic stringband Americana while branching outward to effortlessly encompass an array of styles and techniques. Their fifth studio album, If Sorrows Swim, is to be released on September 9, 2014 and distributed nationally by Thirty Tigers.
Featuring twelve new original compositions, If Sorrows Swim is a compelling snapshot of the evocative songwriting and fluid instrumental interplay that has made Greensky Bluegrass a word-of-mouth underground sensation.
“There’s this great duality to what we do,” explains Greensky mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Hoffman. “We’re existing in a few different places at once: we’re a bluegrass band and a rock band, we’re song-driven and interested in extended improvisation.” Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan (home of the original Gibson Guitar-Mandolin factory), Greensky – which also includes dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, guitarist and songwriter David Bruzza, and bassist Michael Devol – came to acoustic music after a thorough immersion in improv-fueled rock, giving them a uniquely open-ended perspective on the genre.
“While some may see potential limitations because of our instrumentation,” Beck reflects, “a really big part of what is Greensky Bluegrass is about is to essentially ignore those limitations.” If Sorrows Swim finds the band exploring the full range of their potential, from classically hard-driving bluegrass to more expansive, exploratory passages. At the heart of it all are a set of poetic, yearning pop songs – several of which have already been introduced to the groups growing legion of diehard followers in concert.
Tireless road warriors, Greensky have emerged as a club and festival favorite, earning spots on such illustrious stages as Bonnaroo, the Austin City Limits Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. An extensive, coast-to-coast tour to support the release of If Sorrows Swim will be announced in the weeks ahead.
1. Windshield (P. Hoffman)
2. Burn Them (P. Hoffman)
3. A Letter to Seymour (D. Bruzza)
4. In Control (P. Hoffman)
5. The Four (P. Hoffman)
6. Worried About the Weather
7. Forget Everything (P. Hoffman)
8. Kerosene (D. Bruzza)
9. Demons (P. Hoffman)
10. Wings for Wheels (D. Bruzza)
11. Leap Year (P. Hoffman)
12. Just Listening (P. Hoffman)
Presented by Stanlee Ventures, the eighth annual Camp Barefoot Music & Arts takes place August 21-23 in Bartow, WV. The multi-day camping festival features performances from Beats Antique, two sets each from Papadosio, Lettuce, and Kyle Hollingsworth Band with The Motet Horns performing a tribute to Motown, The London Souls, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, Brothers Past and many more.
Nestled within a beautiful meadow off the grid, Camp Barefoot’s pristine setting is a short drive from Washington DC, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Asheville. From the two main stages with no overlapping sets, to a more intimate stage within the woods, to the stage greeting campers as they arrive, there is plenty for fans to enjoy.
“We are thrilled to have a chance to build a relationship with top notch national acts but we don’t forget our main purpose of bringing independent music to light,” says Scott McLain the producer of Camp Barefoot Music Festival. “To top it off we were blessed with a beautiful meadow in WV that gives us the opportunity to create this grassroots community event!”
Tapping into the great pool of independent artists, Camp Barefoot’s mission is to exceed all expectations of what a summer festival can be.
This summer festival does exactly that with a list of performers including:
Papadosio (2 Sets)
Lettuce (2 sets)
Kyle Hollingsworth Band with The Motet Horns performing a tribute to Motown (2 sets)
The London Souls
The Motet (Late Night)
Dopapod (Late Night)
Mike Dillon Band (Late Night)
The Heavy Pets
That 1 Guy x2
Consider the Source x2
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong x2
Stop Light Observations
The Broadcast x2
Jackass Flats x2
Former Champions x2
The Shack Band
Party Liberation Front: Akasha & Reinhold
Peoples Blues of Richmond x2
The Dharma Initiative x2
Dale and the ZDubs x2
Second Self x2
Savi Fernandez Band
Jeff White & Soul Taxi x2
Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale
Herd of Main Street
Cloyd the V x2
The Northerners x2
Mighty Joshua & The Zion #5
Matt Jones & The Bobs x2
Aside from great music, Camp Barefoot attendees can choose from an eclectic variety of food, art, craft vendors, and more. Special activities are featured in the KidZone, where parents and children can enjoy the main-stage music while playing games or creating their own art projects as festival souvenirs. Camp Barefoot also considers the environment, featuring recycling games and taking measures to reduce waste and environmental impact.
Fans can visit the webpage (www.campbarefoot.org) for more information & to purchase tickets. Tickets are available now on the website (http://www.campbarefoot.org/CB8/tickets/).
Nestled in the smoky mountains…not the real Smokey Mountains, but actual, you know, smoky mountains the fourth annual LOHI Festival is being held June 14th, a day long party held on the streets of Denver, Colorado.. Headliner, legendary jam-band moe. is joined by other national touring acts the funksters The Pimps Of Joy Time, rockers The Heavy Pets along side local favorites like Chrome Drones, Joey Porter’s Vital Organ, Tiger Party and Genetics. A fine mix of fun in the sun, great tunes and a positive result is sure to be the result.
Honest Tune will be on hand to provide words, pictures and even some fun video for our readers, and we hope to see you there!
Multiple tiers of tickets are available, Available HERE
Even if heâ€™d never formed the Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman would be a major figure in American popular music. Long before his name became known to mainstream audiences, he had already established his credentials as a once-in-a-lifetime guitar visionary, leaving his unmistakable stamp on a broad array of recordings. On March 5, 2013, Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, will release the most ambitious retrospective of Allmanâ€™s short but influential career titled Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective.
The deluxe seven-disc collection, carrying a list price of $139.98, contains the guitaristâ€™s best-known and most commercially successful recordings with the Allman Brothers Band and Derek & the Dominos, as well as session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ronnie Hawkins, Otis Rush, Laura Nyro, Lulu, the Sweet Inspirations, Laura Lee, Spencer Wiggins, Arthur Conley, Willie Walker, the Lovelles, the Soul Survivors, Johnny Jenkins, John Hammond, Doris Duke, Eric Quincy Tate, Herbie Mann and more.
The set was produced by Galadrielle Allman (Duaneâ€™s daughter) and two-time GrammyÂ® winning producer Bill Levenson. Rounder Recordsâ€™ Scott Billington served as executive producer. Scott Schinder contributed comprehensive historical liner notes, complemented by additional notes by Galadrielle Allman.
In her recollection of her father, who died when she was a young child, Galadrielle writes, â€œI am very lucky that my father is Duane Allman, an artist who left behind a wealth of incredible music . . . Working on this retrospective, I have gotten closer than I ever have been to understanding my fatherâ€™s development as a musician and a man.â€
Duane Allman, known to his bandmates as Skydog, was born in Nashville in 1946. With Gregg, his only sibling, Duane had his first moment of musical revelation upon witnessing a late â€™50s R&B bill that featured B.B. King and Jackie Wilson. By 1960, both Duane and Gregg owned guitars and played in a series of neighborhood garage bands in Tennessee and Florida. Continuing their interest in blues and R&B in the shadow of blues radio station WLAC-AMâ€™s continent-spanning signal, as well as absorbing the influence of the British Invasion, the brothers launched the Escorts in 1965 and the Allman Joys, who recorded a handful of sides in Bradleyâ€™s Barn in Nashville in 1966. By 1967, Duane and Gregg signed to Liberty as the Hour Glass and recorded two albums in Nashville and Los Angeles. When the band sought to defy the label and spread its musical wings, they were dropped. The brothers returned to Florida, hooked up with drummer Butch Trucks, and recorded two sides as the 31st of February, and later at Ardent Studio in Memphis as the Bleus.
By this time Duane had developed a reputation as a leading session guitarist. He was on Fame Studioâ€™s A list, his guitar licks coloring hits by Wilson Pickett. Atlantic Records producer and executive Jerry Wexler took note and hired him to perform on Atlantic sessions by King Curtis, Otis Rush, Arthur Conley, the Soul Survivors and Sweet Inspirations. Wexler signed him to a solo Atlantic deal, resulting in a session that contained the raucous original â€œHappily Married Manâ€ and more. The session, contained on the Skydog set, was abandoned mid-stream. But by then Capricorn Recordsâ€™ Phil Walden had noticed the rumblings from Muscle Shoals. Duane gathered up brother Gregg, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jai Johanny Johanson and others and the Allman Brothers Band was born.
According to reissue annotator Schinder, â€œThe [Allman Brothers Bandâ€™s] music was complex and adventurous, yet unfailingly accessible. The subtle and harmonic interplay between Duane and Dickeyâ€™s dual lead guitars was matched by the three-man rhythm sectionâ€™s surging, swinging cross-rhythms, with Greggâ€™s massively expressive singing and organ playing keeping the music firmly grounded in human emotion.â€ The bandâ€™s profile grew with each release â€” the self-titled debut, Idlewild South and eventually the bandâ€™s breakthrough, At Fillmore East.
Testament to his energy and ambition, Duane still found time for side projects. When bandmates would hole up at home after tours, Duane joined fellow world-class guitarist Eric Clapton on Derek & the Dominosâ€™ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. While not an official member, he quickly emerged as a major contributor to the classic album, his twin guitar interplay with Clapton shaping the hits â€œLaylaâ€ and â€œWhy Does Love Got To Be So Sad.â€ He also worked with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Laura Nyro between Allman Brothers Band projects.
By then acknowledged as one of rockâ€™s premier guitarists, Duane and the Allman Brothers Band began recording their follow-up to At Fillmore East â€” Eat a Peach. Tom Dowd, another legendary Atlantic house producer, oversaw sessions at Criteria Studios. Then on October 29, 1971, four days after Fillmore had been certified gold, Duane was riding his motorcycle and swerved to avoid hitting a truck. He crashed and died of internal injuries. He was 24 years old.
The band forged ahead as a quintet on Eat a Peach, which became one of their best selling albums. The Allman Brothers, led by Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, continue to perform to this day.
Schinder notes, â€œMore than four decades after his death, Duane Allman remains a towering figure whose stature has only increased in his absence. His influence lives on, not only in the multiple generations of guitarists who have been motivated by his input, but also in the legions of listeners who have continued to find inspiration in his vibrant vision of American music, which remains as fresh and truthful today as when it was created.â€
â€œWhen a musician of my fatherâ€™s caliber dies, every note he ever recorded becomes even more precious,â€ writes Galadrielle. â€œEach song is pressed into the service of telling his story. The longer Duane is gone, the clearer it becomes that there will never be another like him.â€
Over seven discs, Skydog tells the Duane Allman story with rare and never-before-heard gems alongside smash hits.
â€œI hope the celebration of Duaneâ€™s life inspires you to live fearlessly and enjoy life,â€ Galadrielle concludes. â€œI know that would have made him proud.â€