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Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival on Marvin’s Mountaintop (Sept 15-18)

Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival
Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV
September 15 – 18, 2016

Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival is proud to announce the daily performance schedule for its inaugural music and arts festival on September 15-18, 2016. Top-tier bluegrass, jam band, rock and country acts will convene on the legendary Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, the original site for the All Good Festival. Performing on Thursday, September 15th, is jam band pioneer Melvin Seals and the JGB and more. On Friday, September 16th the dynamic and genre-defying Greensky Bluegrass performs, along with outlaw country music and southern rocker Shooter Jennings with Waymore’s Outlaws; Love and Theft; Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives; Cabinet and more. On Saturday, September 17th, slam grass virtuosos Leftover Salmon are joined by grassroots phenomenon Blackberry Smoke; The David Grisman Sextet; Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder; Rising Appalachia and more. Sunday, September 18th, features country music favorites Jamey Johnson; Corey Smith; The Marcus King Band and more. A full daily schedule can be found on the Deep Roots Mountain Revival website at www.mountainrevival.com.

Deep Roots offers a full schedule of community-building, family-friendly activities and events. Kids and their guardians are encouraged to visit the Family Activity Zone featuring scheduled events including yoga, hula hooping, instrument making, a t-shirt tie dye station, art and nature encounters. On Saturday, September 17th, shuttles will be available from the festival grounds to the Hovatter’s Zoo. Adults are also encouraged to play like kids with daily yoga sessions, paintball, a cornhole tournament, nature hikes and mountain bike tours. A schedule of activities can be found by visiting www.mountainrevival.com/kids-activities/.

The festival will donate $3 from all purchases of 3-day passes to the United Way of Southern West Virginia to support flood relief efforts. The recent flooding left many West Virginia communities in dire need of help. Deep Roots Mountain Revival in partnership with the United Way of Southern WV is committed to long term flood recovery. General Admission Tier One tickets are currently available for $150 for 3-day passes and $180 for Thursday early arrival tickets. On August 1st, GA tickets increase to Tier 2 prices, $165 and $195 respectively. VIP tickets are available for $570 per person. All VIP ticket packages include early entry; catered meals; access to premiere viewing areas at all stages with beer and wine; access to private bathrooms and showers; VIP camping sites; VIP lounge access; discounts on festival grounds beer; and a stainless steel souvenir mug. Tickets can be purchased at www.mountainrevival.com/tickets.

For more information on the Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival, visitwww.mountainrevival.com.

TICKETS: Tier 1 General Admission 3-Day $150 (on sale now) // GA + Thursday Early Arrival $180 (on sale now) // VIP $570 (on sale now) // Tier 2 General Admission 3-Day $150 (on sale starting August 1) // GA + Thursday Early Arrival $180 (on sale starting August 1)
PURCHASE TICKETS: www.mountainrevival.com/tickets
FESTIVAL WEBSITE: http://www.mountainrevival.com

The United Way of Southern WV is committed to long term flood recovery, along with The United Way of Greenbrier Valley and The United Way of Central WV. 100% of proceeds donated to the flood relief effort will be used to help our communities repair their infrastructure, to return to normal life as quickly as possible, as well as provide long-term support to the region. Our sincere thanks to Deep Roots Mountain Revival for their generosity, their confidence, and their trust in our organizations. We promise to combine your gift with others to deliver long-term solutions for southern West Virginia’s people in need. Thank you for investing in Southern West Virginia! More information can be found here www.mountainrevival.com/partners/united-way-flood-relief-campaign/ Continue reading Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival on Marvin’s Mountaintop (Sept 15-18)

New Year’s Eve in the Windy City with Cornmeal and Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth with special guest Cornmeal
The Vic Theater
Chicago, Illinois
December 31, 2015 – New Year’s Eve
Photographer: Amber Jennings/Crowe Light Photography
Writers: Amber Jennings/Nik Earl

The hub for the Midwest music scene, Chicago, Illinois houses some of the finest music venues in the region. The Vic Theater located in the Central Lakeview area is one of the top contenders in the well-known realm of Chicago venues. Built in 1912 the ostentatious five-story vaudeville house still has most of the original ornate wall sculptures within and accommodates 1400 people. The eclectic neighborhood is home to great restaurants, theater, and shopping. One of the greatest perks of the venue is the Vic’s parking garage directly across the street and the easy access to the train for ease to and from the venue.

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Del McCoury announces 3 day 3 city Del Yeah weekend with Emmitt-Nershi, Stringdusters, Cornmeal & more


Del Yeah is back and bigger than before….and this time it’s hitting the Midwest!  After very successful 2010 & 2011 labor day weekends, Del McCoury music is excited to announce the 3rd annual ‘Del Yeah’ weekend – a multi-day, multi-venue ‘happening’ taking place over Labor Day weekend.. The idea of Del Yeah is to create a festival atmosphere in an outdoor setting or otherwise non-traditional venue complete with impromptu jams and unscheduled collaborations.

Initial plans include shows on August 31st, and September 1st and 2nd featuring the award-winning Del McCoury Band and their friends Emmitt-Nershi Band, Mountain Sprout, Cornmeal  and many others joining along the way. Shows will be programmed for a full afternoon and evening’s worth of music and entertainment, culminating in closing jam sessions that will have audiences on the edge of their seats or dancing to the music all night long.


Friday, August 31: Crossroads KC at Grinders, Kansas City, MO


w/ The Del McCoury Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band and Mountain Sprout, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band


Saturday, September 1: Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO


w/ The Del McCoury Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Mountain Sprout, Cumberland Gap, and Elemental Shakedown

(plus special late night indoor show with Infamous Stringdusters)


Sunday, September 2: Rustle Hill Ampitheater, Carbondale, IL


w/ The Del McCoury Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Cornmeal, Chicago Farmer, Bawn in the Mash, and The Bankesters




Railroad Earth (with Cornmeal, 2/25/12)

Railroad Earth (with Cornmeal)
Best Buy Theater
New York City, NY
February 25, 2012



On a recent February night, two of the finest acts in their genre, Cornmeal and Railroad Earth, stopped in New York City for a good old fashioned hoe down in the middle of Manhattan.

As is common, Vernon Webb was out and about doing what he does: snapping photos. Have a look at what he brought back.


Cornmeal Setlist

Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow,  Sooner Or Later, Shelter, My Love, Jenny In The Middle > River Gap, Girl With Short Brown Hair


Click HERE to download an audience recording of this set.


Railroad Earth Setlist

I: Mighty River, Saddle Of The Sun > Head, The Good Life, For Love, Right In Tune, The Hunting Song > Hard Livin’
II: Happy Song, Seven Story Mountain, Chains, Daddy-O, Elko, Potter’s Field, 1759 > Goat, Any Road, The Green Roofs Of Eireann > Like A Buddha > El Cumbanchero,

Encore: Everything Comes Together


Click HERE to download the official soundboard recording of this show.

Click HERE to download an audience recording of this show.


Click here to view photos from the show by Vernon Webb



Cornmeal & Hot Buttered Rum, 12/9/11

Cornmeal and Hot Buttered Rum
Brooklyn Bowl
New York City, NY
December 9, 2011


Last Friday night a heatwave of rolled in to New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on a cold night. The heatwave came in the form of a progressive and psychedelic bluegrass double header with Cornmeal and Hot Buttered Rum. Naturally, there were a massive amount of sit ins and eventual “joint set” for the encore wherein the entire Hot Buttered Rum band returned to the stage with Cornmeal for “Be Kind Boys” and the bluegrass standard, “Will the Circle be Unbroken.”

Vernon Webb was at the show to capture the evening’s happenings through his lens.


Cornmeal Setlist

Long Hard Road > Time Wasting Time, Stuck In The Mud, This Old Town > Run Away And Hide >  Stranglehold > Run Away And Hide,  On My Own > River Gap, Hillbilly Ride
Encore: Lay Down Sally, Be Kind Boys, Will The Circle Be Unbroken

To download an audience recording of this show, click here. (Stream located below the photo gallery)


Hot Buttered Rum Setlist

Mountain Song, Something New > Entangled, Every Side of the Coin > Missoula To Miami, Ramblin’ Girl, Way Back When, Late In The Evening,  Fruit Of The Vine, Waiting For A Squall > Blackberry Pie > Like The French, Busted In Utah, Angeline The Baker

To download an audience recording of this show, click here.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Vernon Webb…

Cornmeal delivers Halloween Tricks for the Tricksters

Cornmeal, The Ragbirds & Kinetix
The Canopy Club
Urbana, IL
October 31, 2011


Tradition dictates the annual All Hallows’ Eve ritual; we disguise ourselves and go into the night to celebrate our loss of identity and our adoption of temporary personae. The masquerade ball’s origins stretches back to our prehistoric days, as our apish ancestors would wear the skins of animals and act out the great hunts to the spellbound that were gathered around the communal fire.

As the centuries passed, our love of slipping out of our day to day roles and assuming the aspect of others has become more elaborate, with masks and disguises found in every worldwide indigenous culture. It was in this venerable tradition that the masters of their own “Progressive Psychedelic Bluegrass” genre, Cornmeal, held their fifth annual Halloween spectacular at the Canopy Club in Urbana, Illinois.

Though more than capable of filling an evening chock-full of tunes themselves, Cornmeal enlisted the help of the Denver, Colorado’s Kinetix and the pride of Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Ragbirds to help make the night as truly haunting and memorable as possible.

As an incentive to participate into the costume festivities and the spirit of the holiday, Cornmeal offered a costume contest with such fun prizes as a meet and greet with the band, an advance copy of their soon to be completed new studio album and a pair of free tickets to a show of the winner’s choosing.

On this evening, the club packed early with all manner of ghouls, goblins and, scariest of all, a Lady Gaga or two.

The Canopy Club features two rooms with stages, the outer hall with a small stage, bar and a pinball machine with one leg that is three inches shorter than the other; the main hall features a large stage and a balcony for excellent viewing.

The evening’s entertainment started with a solid set from Colorado’s Kinetix, a decidedly rocking bunch of fellows who won themselves many new fans with their brand of aggressive rock.  Their 45 minute set of rocking originals on the outer stage led directly into The Ragbirds’ manic turn on the main stage.

Going all out, The Ragbirds went with a collaboration of a group themed costume, coming as the cast of the cultish kids show from the 1980s, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.  With a very convincing Pee Wee on drums, a King of Cartoons on bass, Captain Carl and even an eye patch wearing Ms. Yvonne, the band put nearly as much effort into their costumes as they do their unique brand of world music inspired, jam-folk.

Following Pee-Wee’s model, the band established a secret word for the crowd to go berserk at the merest mention, this night choosing “Tequila” as the scream inducing trigger. A well timed cover of The Champs classic “Tequila” used notably in the film, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, came complete with the Pee Wee attired drummer coming out from behind the kit to do a spot on version of the dance made famous in the films comical biker bar scene.

Following their applause and cheer-filled set closer, Kinetix retook the lobby stage for a second set leading off with an appropriately timed cover of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Following a second helping from Kinetix — that came complete with a decidedly heavy take on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” — it was time for the stars of the evening, Cornmeal.

Never a band to miss an opportunity to have a little fun, the band was in full costumed regalia. With Bassist Chris Gangi sporting a mirror ball-esque jacket and silver Mexican Luchador mask, he appeared to be some sort of disco bondage enthusiast.  Brothers John-Paul and Kris Nowak rocked out as an udderly ridiculous cow and stereotypical nerd respectively. Banjoist Wavy Dave Burlingame played on his natural resemblance to “Weird Al Yankovich” while friend and guest percussionist Marshall Greenhouse came as  a Rock Lobster. Fiddler supreme Allie Kral took the name of the band’s rabid fan club, “The Cornstalkers,” quite literally by dressing as a giant ear of corn with sunglasses to protect her identity.

Playing a set that contained nearly all of what are considered the biggest songs in the bands cannon, from the seminal “Hasten Jason,” “Rain Your Light” and what is certain to be a centerpiece for their forthcoming album, the percussively heavy “Black Smoke Rising,” Cornmeal preached to the gathered faithful with as crowd pleasing of a lineup of tunes as they have ever put together.

Keeping with the spirit of masks and disguise, rare covers of AC/DC”s “TNT’ and Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold” were inserted into the festivities and garnered epic responses from the delighted crowd.

Facing the city’s curfew, the band was sadly forced to draw an end to the night’s entertainment, but with a mischievous twinkle they made sure to inform their devoted mass that they will see them next year.

While we’re sure to see them, we have no idea how they’ll appear, or even what they will choose to play.  In the end, it is that uncertainty, the air of mystery and surprise, that is what the day is all about, after all.

Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Rex Thomson


Jam Cruise Artist Testimonials, Part One: Franti, Grace, Cornmeal and Everyone Orchestra (VIDEO)

Sunset.jpgIt is a well known fact that we absolutely love Jam Cruise. Simply put, there really is nothing about the five day adventure that is not lovable. The sun in January, the vast and endless sea as a backdrop and sit-ins that literally only happen on Jam Cruise all make for an annual event that is in a league unto itself.  Of course all of this fails to mention the camaraderie  of the passengers, better known as “jamily.”

Over the years, so many incredible talents have graced the decks and theatres of the various boats that Jam Cruise has called home. So with this upcoming sailing being the monumental tenth one, we thought that a series featuring artists (who have played on the boat) telling Jam Cruise stories and testifying to the event’s greatness would be appropriate.

In this first video of a yet unknown amount of footage yet to come, we sat down with Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Cornmeal’s John-Paul Nowak, and the Everyone Orchestra’s Matt Butler to get their perspectives as we all long for what is sure to be another epic Jamuary.



Jam Cruise Artist Testimonials, Part One:

Grace Potter, Michael Franti, John Paul-Nowak

(Cornmeal) & Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra)

  A look back at Jam Cruise 9…

Sippin’ Whiskey In the Kitchen with Cornmeal (Video)

IMG_6185.jpgCornmeal has sailed into their second decade of existence solidified as a five piece electric progressive bluegrass combo that charts its own course.Their blending of influences and inspirations, filtered through a bluegrass sensibility and an urge to explore, has given them an expansive sound that has brought them an army of fans.  Playing to ever growing crowds in a succession of bars, clubs and halls the quintet is reaping the seeds that they have sown over the years of relentless touring. All of this led up to their hometown show at Chicago’s House of Blues where Rex Thomson had a chance to speak with the band on the eve of their homecoming for a chat about everything from the environment to social media and so much more. And it all happened over sipped Kentucky bourbon…Woodford Reserve to be precise.

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