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10 of 2012: Team Honest Tune’s Top 10 Albums of the Year

Top 10 - HeaderIt is hard to believe that 2012 is coming to a close in a matter of days, but it has been an impressive year of releases from across the musical spectrum. Members of the Drive-By Truckers stepped out on their own, Dr. John re-emerged with a little help from a Black Key, and Alabama Shakes took the airways by storm with their debut, Boys and Girls.
And this is only the tip of a mountain of monumental music.

The members of Team Honest Tune have taken some time and put together their personal top album lists. The lists are as varied as the personalities we have on staff here, from rock to bluegrass to metal. Spend a little time with our lists, check out any albums that you haven’t heard, and be prepared to enjoy some fine, fine music.


Tom Speed – Editor in Chief/Publisherdr-john-locked-down

  1. Dr. John: Locked Down – Full of funky gris-gris and retro soul, Dr. John proves on this collaboration with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach that even in his 70s, he is still the king of Voodoo.
  2. Jack White: Blunderbuss – The first album in White’s already extensive oeuvre to actually be credited to him as a solo artist, Blunderbuss is a wide-ranging display of his rock bombast craftsmanship and his appreciation for moving American music forward.
  3. Tame Impala: Lonerism – This lush slice of pastoral psychedelia is both a blast to the past and an entrancing excursion into modern day sunshine pop.
  4. Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons: Happy Book – There’s nary a clunker on this double-disc collection that feels like the culmination of Joseph’s decades long career as a prolific songwriter, a collection that is all the more glorious for harnessing the unique maelstrom that occurs when his songs are expressed through the Jackmormons.
  5. Alabama Shakes: Girls & Boys – One of the most buzzed about bands of the year shows why on this stunning, soulful debut.
  6. Hurray For The Riff Raff: Look Out Mama Look Out Mama is a gorgeous, timeless work of wonder. Alynda Lee Segarra and company deftly mingle Americana sounds from all over the map; dust-bowl ballads, old-timey string bands and folk blues all play prominently, all the while hearkening to times gone by.
  7. Jimbo Mathus: Blue Light – In just six songs, the Mississippi maestro cooks up a cauldron of blues, R&B, soul and country that celebrates rock-and-roll at the molecular level.
  8. Dent May: Do Things – Ditching the ukulele and instead delving into synth grooves, dance-floor shenanigans and Pet Sounds pop, May produced the summer’s most summery release.
  9. Howlin Rain: The Russian WildsHard rock ain’t dead. It’s alive and well on this expansive, scorching ’70s flashback of crunchy, lighter-waving rockers, replete with feedback, some horns and songs about werewolves.
  10. The Lumineeers : Self-Titled While Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers, and other stalwarts of the so-called roots revival movement may have garnered more mainstream buzz, the best record of the genre came from this Colorado-based trio and their self-titled debut, a record infused with vocals both plaintive and rousing and an infectious energy that elevate a prodigious selection of original songs to great heights.


Josh Mintz – Managing EditorTedeschi_Trucks_Talkin

  1. Tedeschi Trucks Band: Everybody’s Talkin’ – It’s almost unfair to put a live album as number one, but this album is so good it warrants it. It shows the Tedeschi Trucks Band where they should be – onstage, absolutely tearing through their catalog with reckless abandon. From Trucks to Tedeschi to the brothers Burbridge, the album gives all of the players a chance to shine.
  2. Avett Brothers: The Once and Future Carpenter – The Avett Brothers have matured into one of the best bands on the planet, and The Once and Future Carpenter is another large leap forward.
  3. Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Big Moon Ritual – It’s spacey in all the right places, and groovy in every way, just as psychedelic music should be.
  4. Howlin’ Rain: The Russian Wilds – Another phenomenal offering from one of the best little-known rock bands on the planet.
  5. Alabama Shakes: Boys and Girls – There’s something magically raw about this debut release. It’ll be tough to follow up.


Jamie Lee – CD/DVD Reviews EditorPatterson_Hood_Heat_Lightning

  1. Patterson Hood : Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance – Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood delivers on his third – and best – solo album. It is vivid, gritty, and full of feeling.
  2. Neurosis : Honor Found in Decay – To say that Neurosis are in the zone would be an understatement. This album sounds as if the instruments are playing the musicians, and they don’t let up.
  3. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit : Live from Alabama – Jason Isbell continues to cement his reputation as one of the era’s premier songwriters, and he proves on Live from Alabama that he can not only write, but he can perform.
  4. Baroness : Yellow & Green – Baroness reinvented themselves on Yellow & Green with succinct, rocking songs that lack the progressive leanings of previous releases, but make up for them with pure, concise power.
  5. Howlin’ Rain : The Russian Wilds – Howlin’ Rain can’t help but nod to ‘70s-era rock, and they do so with warmth, muscle, and a freshness that is rare.
  6. Glossary : Long Live All of Us – Glossary continue to churn out soulful songs that showcase Joey Kneiser’s songwriting and infectious harmonies he shares with wife Kelly. Long Live All of Us may have flown beneath the radar of the mainstream, but that in no way indicates the impact of this album.
  7. Isis : Temporal – Two years after calling it quits, Isis return with a  collection of rarities that hits all of the right spots. The sonic mastery of this band is to be reckoned with, even on stripped down demos found here.
  8. Stew & the Negro Problem : Making It – Brimming with polished compositions and clever wordplay, Making It is a cinematic collection by Stew and cohort Heidi Rodewald.
  9. Royal Thunder : CVI – Atlanta’s Royal Thunder followed up a solid 2010 eponymous EP with CVI, a debut that is Sabbath-thick and heaving. At the forefront are the breathtaking vocals of powerhouse Mlny Parsons.
  10. Mike Cooley : The Fool On Every Corner – On his first solo album, Mike Cooley is captured live, acoustic, and rummaging through covers and songs from his Drive-By Truckers catalog. With banter that is engaging as the music is spirited, this album clearly articulates his stellar songwriting prowess.


Tim Newby – Features Editor Dr. Dog  - Be The Void

  1. Dr. Dog : Be The Void – Dr. Dog have been on a hot streak of late, from Fate to Shame, Shame to their latest album, Be the Void.  This is classic Dr. Dog, full of quirky songs that wear their Beatles, the Band, and Neil Young influences on their sleeve. They are loud and proud, sounding like they were written for drunken campfire sing-alongs.  That is a good thing … a really good thing.
  2. Justin Townes Earle : Nothing’s Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now –When you are the son of Steve Earle and named after Townes Van Zandt, you have some big shoes to fill. On Nothing’s Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me, Earle proves just how big his feet really are as he crafts a songwriter’s masterpiece resplendent with horns, Nashville soul, and a lyrically open frankness that is at times a troubling, personal narrative of the demons he struggles with.
  3. Jack White : Blunderbuss – Jack White has been on tear, and everything he touches seems to turn to gold, from the White Stripes to the Raconteurs to The Dead Weather, and now with his first solo album.  Despite the strength and greatness of all his various projects, heading out on his own has freed White up to go where he pleases with little concern.
  4. Alabama Shakes : Boys & Girls – Refreshingly retro with their rock-and-soul sound, Alabama Shakes follow up last year’s massive hype with Boys & Girls, their full-length debut, and they do not disappoint.  All throaty-howl and swampy-grooving guitar, the Shakes make music that, while clearly reminiscent of classic-rock-long-gone, is also as equally forward looking with a hint of punk’s unbridled fury and indie-guitar’s angst.  Music like this makes it fun to get up each morning.
  5. Cloud Nothings : Attack on Memory – It’s easy to try and peg Attack on Memory as a ’90s nostalgia trip, with sludgy guitars, Pixies- Nirvana soft/loud dynamic, and Steve Albini manning the production duties. However, the nine-minute second track, “Wasted Days,” quickly blows that theory out of the water, as it more closely resembles Television’s guitar-freak-out-jam “Marquee Moon.”  That is the genius of Attack on Memory, the way it subtly hints at past greatness, but creates its own unique path.
  6. Punch Brothers : Who’s Feeling Young Now – While rooted in bluegrass, the Chris Thiele-led Punch Brothers explode across the musical universe with their hyperactive kid approach that finds them taking choices coaxing unimaginable sounds from their simple acoustic instruments.  It is space-age bluegrass.  For proof of their otherworldly creativity one only need to listen to their mind-blowing cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A.”
  7. Grizzly Bear – Shields – Shields is not an easy album to get to know. It is deep, dark, and complex, requiring multiple listens to truly absorb all its beauty.  It is not an album that lends itself to loud parties or drinking with friends, but rather one that unfolds over time, revealing itself slowly, before rewarding the patience of the listener with a gorgeous aural trip.
  8. Anders Osborne – Black Eye Galaxy Black Eye Galaxy is a well-developed song-cycle with Osborne leading the listener on a brutally honest, painful journey from his past demons into his future.  It is an open book to a man’s soul, a painful reminder of how flawed we can all be, but told with a touch of unflinching beauty and thunderous guitar.
  9. Cris Jacobs – Songs for Cats & Dogs – After a decade spent as the driving force behind The Bridge, Jacobs has stepped out on his own and released his solo debut-album, Songs for Cats & Dogs. With his storyteller’s eye, passionate guitar, and fiery, expressive voice, he has created an album of deeply, powerful music which defies easy categorization.  It is an album that has an intoxicating, irresistible, rootsy groove that seems to explode from the past with its timeless quality.
  10. Beach House – Bloom – Bloom is all ambient glory and huge, undulating sonic-landscapes awash with singer Victoria Legrand’s ethereal voice filling the sky above.  Following up 2010’s masterful Teen Dream, Bloom expands on the ideas first presented there and finds the Baltimore duo infusing their songs with a hook-based approach that allows those dreamy, textured moments to explode.

Honorable Mention – Dr. John : Locked Down, Gary Clark Jr : Blak & Blu, Jimmy Cliff : Rebirth


Sarah Tollie – ContributorEd Sheeran_Debut

  1. Ed Sheeran : + – With his simply titled album +, Ed Sheeran has brought about a rebirth of the bare-boned, bare-souled songwriter in his native Britain—and this year, he’s made waves stateside. The Brit Award-winner is now Grammy-nominated with his lead single “The A Team.” Other memorable offerings from + include “Lego House,” “Small Bump,” “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” and “Give Me Love.”
  2. Annie & the Beekeepers : My Bonneville – Boston-based Annie & the Beekeepers have been festival-circuit darlings for several years, and that’s due in large part to two key things: 1) Annie Lynch’s stuck-to-your-bones vocals and 2) her group’s excellent knack for creating excellent albums. This year’s My Bonneville, with such gems as “An Island” and “Always My Heart is True,” is no exception.
  3. Mumford and Sons : Babel – With Babel, Marcus Mumford and company have crafted a second full-length set filled to the brim with sonic gems. It comes as no surprise, then, to hear of the band’s recent honors: From radio-ready and critic-friendly lead single “I Will Wait” to Grammy nominations to their highly successful Gentlemen of the Road tour, Mumford and Sons are riding high—and rightly so—on the strength of this set.
  4. Silbermond : Himmel Auf – Silbermond’s name might conjure up classical music thoughts, and its latest album title, confusion for non-German speakers, but this Teutonic band speaks volumes and breaks barriers with its music. With Himmel Auf (or roughly, “Sky open” in English), Silbermond connects with listeners on a deeper level: The disc  plays boldly, beautifully with ever-ethereal vocals from Stefanie Kloss and driving beats from members Andreas Nowak, Johannes Stolle, and Thomas Stolle.
  5. JD McPherson : Signs and Signifiers – JD McPherson serves up semiotics, soul, rock, and blues on his much-abuzz major label debut. Signs and Signifiers sets fire with tracks such as “North Side Gal” and the aptly-titled “Fire Bug.” Rolling Stone has caught McPherson’s flame, too, naming him an “Artist to Watch” in its November 19 issue.
  6. Ellie Goulding : Halcyon – Following the still-building buzz of her debut single “Lights,” British electro-pop songstress Ellie Goulding returned triumphantly this year with her sophomore effort, Halcyon. From the pulsing lead single “Anything Could Happen” to the emotive track “Only You,” Goulding’s whisper of a voice shouts and softens at all of the right moments.
  7. Hanson :  No Sleep for Banditos The Tulsa trio’s mini studio effort No Sleep for Banditos was released earlier this year as part of an exclusive fan club package. But, on the strength of this five-track set, one thing is clear: Hanson warrants a wider audience. The standout song is the EP’s fourth track, the rousing and rocking “Heartbreaker.”
  8. Shovels and Rope : O’ Be Joyful It’s possible that Shovels and Rope might have never happened: Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent had carved their own sonic paths with their own full-length efforts, Lions and Lambs and The Winner, respectively. Luckily, Hearst and Trent released their second effort, O’ Be Joyful, earlier this year. Key tracks on this funk and folk, country and rock set include “Birmingham” and “Tickin’ Bomb.”
  9. Gossip : A Joyful Noise – After a brief foray into the solo world, powerhouse front woman Beth Ditto fully returned to her band this year with Gossip’s fifth full-length set, A Joyful Noise. Following the delightful bop and pop, disco and dance of Music for Men, this album finds the worldly (by way of Arkansas) band breaking new sonic—and certainly, stuck-to-your-bones—ground. Catchy, dance-y keepers include the Madonna-esque lead single “A Perfect World” and “Love in a Foreign Place.”
  10. Alex Band : After the Storm – Former frontman of rock band The Calling, Alex Band is back with another brief, but haunting, set. After the Storm finds Band traversing the darker depths of childhood, love, and relationships. Set atop sweeping, mid-tempo beats, “Take Me Back,” “Right Now,” and “King of Anything” show Band at his best.


Brett Bickley – ContributorJerry_Joseph_Happy_Book

  1. Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons : Happy Book – Yes, artists still release double albums. And this? It is the best rock album of 2012.
  2. Trixie Whitley : Fourth Corner – Forget Adele. Trixie is the most brilliant female artist performing and recording today.
  3. Mike Dillon : Urn – I don’t even know where to begin. But trust me, this guy is the real deal.
  4. Lettuce : Fly Fly is just one of the many reasons why Eric Krasno is one of the most amazing musicians recording today. Plus, you can dance all night to it.
  5. Medeski, Martin & Wood : Free Magic – This ain’t your father’s jazz. Intriguingly intricate, interesting, and damn fine.
  6. Wil Blades & Billy Martin : Shimmy How can two Caucasians sound this funky? Apparently, quite easily.
  7. Will Johnson : Scorpion – If My Morning Jacket love this guy, you can’t go wrong. You can feel the sand and tumbleweeds as you listen to this slice of desert Americana.
  8. Gaslight Anthem : Handwritten – Next to Bruce, the band that makes me proud to live in New Jersey.
  9. Chris Robinson Brotherhood : Big Moon Ritual/The Magic Door Forget Phish. This is the band that will replace The Grateful Dead.
  10. Swans : The Seer – The genius of Michael Gira returns to us in walls of emotion and noise. It is guaranteed to peel your soul open and lay it bare.

Crawfish Fest 23: Just when we thought 22 couldn’t be outdone…


Leading up to the 23rd annual Crawfish Fest, held in the scenic wilds of northwestern New Jersey, founder Michael Arnone had outdone himself 22 times. Naturally, expectations were high, but in year 23 and courtesy of the acts, atmosphere,  food and setting Arnone outdid himself yet again — seemingly having found complete harmony, and thereby again provided fans yet one more unforgettable experience.

Posturing itself like a mini (New Orleans) Jazz Fest, the festival combines a fine sampler consisting of some of the preeminent Louisiana music acts along with a smorgasbord of mouth watering delicacies of Bayou origin.

For one weekend, in a region that rarely serves up one of the famed Louisiana fares, let alone virtually all of the high notes, Arnone’s Crawfish Fest transports its attendees to Bourbon and beyond. Dishes like catfish or shrimp and oyster Po Boys, boiled crawfish, crawfish etouffee and grilled alligator sausage are featured in booth after booth, treating the annual gathering of fans that relish in Louisiana culture, but for whatever reason live hundreds or even thousands of miles away from The Pelican State.




All of the above are par for the Arnone’s Crawfish Fest course but this year, an extra dollop of Cajun sauce (if you will) had the Sussex County Fairgrounds buzzing at a fever pitch. The dollop came in the form of a fourth stage that played host to several Arnone-drafted artists that would provide musical workshops throughout the weekend.

The attendance was high and the reception, huge. Fans were able to interact with some of their favorite musicians. Children were given the opportunity to make music with the likes of funk stalwarts such as Bonerama and Stanton Moore, who gave workshops that subsequently gave way to lasting memories that will never be forgotten by the kids or the parents that looked on with glee.

The food, the workshops and the fantastic bill of acts — that included Dumpstaphunk, Dr. John, Galactic, Bonerama, Stanton Moore Trio, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball and Walter “Wolfman” Washington amongst others — made for a triumphant 23rd installment of an event that has grown from tiny to seminal, Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest.


The Headliners:


Dr. John


On the heels of his extremely successful release, Locked Down, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John brought his seven piece band to the Saturday night’s headlining slot. Dr. John’s place of importance in the musical community, particularly within this subset, was plain to see. Members of Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Honey Island Swamp Band and Glen David Andrews Band flanked the stage, reverently taking in virtually the entire set, clearly showing respect for the “Night Tripper” man that holds slot 143 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (Gris Gris) and whose 1976 album with The Meters, Desitively Bonnaroo, served as the derivation of the oddball named festival.

This night found Dr. John playing with a renewed energy and happiness. Whether coming as a result of his new album, improved health or the all-star band he has with him, his show was righteous.

His band included popular funky mainstays Jon Cleary on keyboards and Ray Weber on drums, and collectively, the ensemble drove through an energetic, funky and soulful mix of heavily covered Dr. John classics like “Right Place, Wrong Time” and “I Walk on Guilded Splinters” (a tune that has been served up by everyone from Cher to Widespread Panic) and a nice mix from the new album. Collectively, all sounded fantastic on this evening in Jersey that even saw Dr. John showcase his original weapon of choice when he took three chances on guitar.




Galactic has been traveling with Corey Henry (Rebirth Brass Band) and Corey Glover (Living Colour) all year and has hit a stride that feels like one of, if not their very best yet.

Henry provides trombone harmonies that complement Ben Ellman’s sax, strapping solos and occasional hip hop vocals that provide a unique variance, as did those of Chali 2na in 2007 and 2008.

Glover is a first rate front man with a very powerful voice with chops to pull off classic R&B, funk and the myriad of styles from Galactic’s latest release Carnival Electricos to boot.

For the tuned in ear though, the true excitement at a Galactic show is in the interplay of the rhythm section, especially built around drummer Stanton Moore and bassist Robert Mercurio.

Mercurio is as rock-steady as any player you will ever hear and most songs start with him and Moore locked as tight as two players can be. So strong is Mercurio’s time and groove that Moore can take off and completely leave the pocket to ignite the music with swirling poly-rhythms that dance off of the solos. All the while Mercurio and his guitar mate, Jeff Raines, hold the song together, waiting for Moore to help peak someone’s solo, then return. This kind of backline, together with their impressive front line gives the current Galactic lineup explosiveness.

Two highlights of this set included a ripping sit-in by Stanton Moore Trio guitarist Will Bernard, and amidst a patchy sky, a vibrant rainbow that perfectly framed the throng of raging Galactic lovers for the band.




On Friday and Saturday nights at this festival, Michael Arnone provides night shows as a special treat for folks that camp for the weekend. On Friday night, a six band lineup was topped off in the Jaeger Pavilion by Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. Crawfish Fest fans got their long time wish of seeing this band here, and were not at all disappointed by the super funky, jamming set.

Newest Dumpstaphunk member, drummer Nikki Glaspie, wowed the Friday night crowd with her aggressive funky drumming and great background vocals. In fact, all of Dumpstaphunk’s singers were on, showing off harmonies and range rarely seen in the funk world, this side of the Neville Brothers.

The set’s highlights were many, as the crowd wriggled and danced hard, but was crowned by a mighty cover of David Bowie’s “Fame.” The hypnotic driving groove took the band to a different level, tight and very deliberate.

By the time Dumpstaphunk had finished, the tone was set for the rest of the weekend… dance hard and get ready to be wowed.




New Orleans Suspects


The term “supergroup” is often overused, especially in a place like New Orleans where it seems all the musicians belong to just one big band and occasionally split off to do side projects which have their own names like Galactic, Funky Meters, Dumpstaphunk and the like.

In the case of the New Orleans Suspects — who opened Saturday’s festivities — however, the city filtered out some of the very best players and the results were fabulous.

The New Orleans Suspects are drummer Mean Willie Green (Neville Brothers), bassist Reggie Scanlan (Radiators), guitarist Jake Eckert and tenor saxophonist Kevin Harris (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) and keyboardist CR Gruver (Outformation).

There was a lot on display that sets this group apart from many other funk bands, and chief amongst were the vocals of Eckert and Gruver. Although they sing in a very similar range, the vocals are fresh, clean and simply put, very good.

Mean Willie Green brought the deep groove that has driven the Neville Brothers, one of the hardest grooving bands ever, for 25 years and Reggie’s bass playing grooving at a depth far beyond that of any outing that I’ve ever witnessed.

Jake Eckert’s playing was captivating; going from a clean and low down style, to dirtily  gritty with nicely timed crescendos.

Gruver found a vast blend of funky bad piano and organ that managed to add a very murky background, fresh out of the swamp while also intermittently switching from piano to organ mid-solo, and thereby injecting energy and feel.

Kevin Harris was outstanding; occasionally coaxing sounds well beyond the normal range of a tenor saxophone.

All told, the quintet was “super” in more than one way, a well tucked gem for those that made the clutch decision to rise and shine.




Crawfish natives Bonerama provided another great festival set and had some special treats in store.

Scheduled for two back to back sets, with the second being a stop on the kid’s stage, many of the young festival goers already had their trombones in tow. As luck would have it for one lucky eleven year old young man named Colin, Bonerama opted to not wait until their forthcoming set to join musical hands with their younger funk brethren. Rather, the band invited Colin to take the main stage with them.

In related news, Colin’s stage time didn’t end with Bonerama. Shortly after, he found himself onstage with two more guests, The Radiators’ Dave Malone & Reggie Scanlan, who offered up something that many a fish head in the crowd was pleased to hear,  “Like Dreamers Do” from the Radiators 1987 album Law of the Fish.


Glen David Andrews


Glen David Andrews’ Jazz Fest sets have become legendary and he did not disappoint at Crawfish Fest. Through his notable high-energy MC style of working a stage and crowd, Andrews had the multitude of Crawfish Fest  waving their arms in the air — jumping, dancing and singing all set long.

Mixing Gospel, blues and New Orleans standards, Andrews spendt as much time walking through the crowd as he did on stage. At one point,  he decided to grab his trombone and get all the horn players to follow him out into the crowd for a second line; all creating a palpable frenetic energy that was a force unto itself.

Being that his set fell right after Bonerama’s workshop, the trombone-in-hand kids had ambled their way back to the “parents” stage, it was only natural for the endearing front man to follow suit with the occurrences of earlier by inviting another one of the trombone lugging krewe to the stage.

This time, the honor went to a 16 year old named Abe Nouri. The excited teenager got on stage and joined two other guests already sitting in, Efrem Towns and Kevin Harris, founding members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the crowd ate it up, fully psyched at the artist’s display of kinship with an aspiring musician.


Something Special:

(By Jay Austin)


A truly exceptional happening came in the form of New Jersey natives and originators of “Hick-Pop,” From Good Homes. Playing for just their third time since the band’s “farewell show”  (that gave way to Take Enough Home)on August 7, 1999, the band — that perhaps fell victim to the Hootie and Dave Matthews craze that was forming around them — made the absolute most of their time on stage together by rattling off a superb 19 song effort. Just as the case was when they reunited in 2009, the set managed to do many things. Peopledanced, sang and the like, but above all else, the set  left people hungry for more and just as has been the case since ’99, caused many a head to be scratched… “Tell me why this band broke up again.”

On the other hand, without said break up, there never would have been Railroad Earth (who played Crawfish in 2008), thus providing yet another layer and caveat to the headscratching.


Setlist: 2nd Red Barn On The Right, Suzanna Walker, Butterfly & The Tree, There She Goes, The Giving Tree,  Up On Cripple Creek, If The Wind Blows, Bang That Drum, I Only Want, Ride All Night, Broken Road,  Fruitful Acre, I am a Mess, Don’t Wanna Hang Up My Rock n Roll Shoes, Comin’ on Home, Raindance
Encore: Maybe We Will, Maybe We Will Reprise


In Summation


With additional fantastic sets turned in by Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Stanton Moore Trio, Grayson Capps, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington,  the music was top notch. But just as was mentioned at the onset, the music is far from being the sole reason that makes Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival a destination that has turned most who take the plunge to become recidivists. Let’s face it: anyone with a large enough wallet can book great talent.

What makes Crawfish Fest such an especially unique outing is that each first weekend in June, it delivers a niche specific plate in combination with a vast array of focal points, to the point that one would be challenged a comparable suitor.

Whether traveling solo or bringing the whole fam, the festival is equally welcoming. Its food, vibe, atmosphere, idyllic setting and of course, its music, all combine at this festival to give a most memorable experience… 23 years in a row.



Click the thumbnail(s) to view more photos from the fest by Bob Adamek…




Gov’t Mule (with Dr. John), 6/9/12


Gov’t Mule (with Dr. John)
Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
Charlotte, NC
June 9, 2012



Gov’t Mule is back! Making their way across the country, it is as though Warren and company (Matt Abts on drums, Danny Louis on keys and Jorgen Carlsson on keys) never left the road, playing as tight as ever. On this night, the band welcomed legendary zydeco/boogie-woogie ivory man, Dr. John, a gentleman that can never be referred to as an “opener.”

To say that the folks in The Queen City of Charlotte were graced with a hell of a night of music would be quite the understatement.


Gov’t Mule Setlist


Hammer and Nails, Banks of the Deep End, Thorazine Shuffle, Don’t Step on the Grass Sam, Forevermore, Beautifully Broken, Is It My Body, Devil Likes It Slow, Bad Little Doggie, Red House, Slackjaw Jezebel, Goin’ Out West, Soulshine, Mule > Whole Lotta Love > Mule

Encore: Planet of the Ram Jam > Im a Ram > Love Me Do > I’m a Ram


Click HERE to download an audience recording of this set.


Dr. John Setlist


Lie Down, Ice Age, I Walk On Guilded Splinters, Right Place, Wrong Time, Save Our Wetlands, Big Shot, Food for Thot, Revolution, Indian Red > Down By The Riverside > Indian Red,  It Ain’t My Fault


Click HERE to download an audience recording of this set.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz