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The Wood Brothers Announce Second Leg of North American Tour

The Wood Brothers have announced the second leg of their North American Tour in support of their 2011 record Smoke Ring Halo, which was the #1 Most Added Album on Americana Radio this past week and debuted this week at number 32 on the AMA Americana Airplay Chart. The second leg of their tour will kick off in Chicago, IL on March 8 and continue through March 24, ending in Connecticut after a northeastern string of shows. Tour dates are listed below.

The brothers are set to release their latest EP, Live, Volume 1: Sky High on the Southern Ground Artists label. The 7-track CD was recorded live during their Fall tour and features songs from the provocative and charming Smoke Ring Halo, along with tunes from their first record, Ways Not To Lose, plus a Mississippi John Hurt gem, “Pay Day”.


Previously Announced Tour Dates:

1/25/12 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA

1/26/12 Largo, Los Angeles, CA

1/27/12 Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara, CA

1/28/12 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

1/29/12 Don Quixote’s Int’l Music Hall, Felton, CA

1/31/12 Harlow’s Night Club, Sacramento, CA

2/1/12 McNears Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA

2/2/12 WOW Hall, Eugene, OR

2/3/12 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR


Newly Announced Second Round of Tour Dates:

3/8/12 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL

3/9/12 Earth House, Indianapolis, IN

3/10/12 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN

3/11/12 Headliner’s Music Hall, Louisville, KY

3/13/12 Track 29, Chattanooga, TN

3/14/12 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

3/15/12 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

3/16/12 Workplay, Birmingham, AL

3/18/12 The Southern, Charlottesville, VA

3/19/12 The Abbey Bar, Harrisburg, PA

3/20/12 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

3/22/12 World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA

3/23/12 Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope, PA

3/24/12 StageOne, Fairfield, CT


For a complete list of tour dates please visit: www.thewoodbros.com/tour/

Honey Island Swamp Band: Live, Backstage And Unplugged at Bear Creek

Trying to find artists at Bear Creek Music Festival — in all of its electrified and funky glory — who are able to go unplugged while staying true to their style is like trying to find a Waffle House west of the Mississippi. In other words, it is quite difficult. This said, no matter the location, we could not have found a better outfit than Louisiana based Honey Island Swamp Band to participate in our relatively new but completely awesome Live, Backstage & Unplugged series.

Born from displacement at the hands of Hurricane Katrina, the HISB ensemble quickly rose to acclaim in San Francisco with their self-described Bayou-Americana genre, a sound that is perhaps best described by the band’s moniker itself.

Located in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish, the Honey Island Swamp is one of the least altered river swamps in the United States. It is murky, muddy and home to many an indigenous creature. It is nature in its natural state, and Honey Island Swamp Band’s music is delivered in the same fashion, where the beauty is most evident due to its unrefined and unaltered raw glory.

Rather than go on and on about the band and their sound, we will let you be the judge. So sit back, relax, listen, watch and enjoy as Honest Tune — in association with Bear Creek Music Festival and Technaflora Plant Products — presents Honey Island Swamp Band’s Chris Mule’ & Aaron Wilkinson performing “Sophisticated Mama”: Live, Backstage & Unplugged.


Honey Island Swamp Band: Live, Backstage & Unplugged @ Bear Creek

Previous Live, Backstage & Unplugged segments:

Acoustic Syndicate, Brett Dennen, Brock Butler (Perpetual Groove), Emmitt-Nershi Band,
Gary Clark Jr., Jim Lauderdale, moe., The New Familiars, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Sarah Siskind, Toubab Krewe, The Wood Brothers,
Yonder Mountain String Band, Zach Deputy




Todd Rundgren’s Live Performance of ‘Todd’ Coming to CD/DVD

By the time he recorded the eponymous Todd in 1973, Todd Rundgren had charted with such evergreen hits as “Hello It’s Me,” “I Saw the Light” and “We Gotta Get You a Woman,” and had also been dubbed “Rock’s Renaissance Man” by Rolling Stone after releasing studio masterpieces Something/Anything? and A Wizard, A True Star. Todd was a departure; the iconoclastic artist included pop ballads alongside medleys, anthems, and prog rock. The album is universally heralded as one of Rundgren’s best, often compared to Electric Ladyland and Pet Sounds.

In 2010 — 37 years after its original release — Rundgren performed Todd live in its entirety for the first time ever, as part a special limited six-date sold-out tour (the Healing album was also performed, which will be a subsequent stand-alone live DVD/CD release). The September 14 date at Philadelphia’s Keswick Theater, in Rundgren’s hometown, was videotaped and is being released as both a live DVD by S’More Entertainment and a live audio CD by sibling RockBeat Records. Joining him onstage were Utopia’s Kasim Sulton (bass), The Cars’ Greg Hawkes (keyboards), The Tubes’ Prairie Prince (drums), Guitar Player Magazine’s editor Jesse Gress (guitar), Bobby Strickland (sax) and a full choir. Both the DVD and CD will hit retail on February 14, 2012.

In addition to the musical performance, multiple Emmy Award-winning television personality and sportscaster Roy Firestone, whose knowledge of Rundgren’s work is encyclopedic, was enlisted to conduct an extensive in-depth conversation with Rundgren onstage, which will also be packaged with the DVD.

From pop classic “A Dream Goes on Forever” to rocker “Heavy Metal Kids,” from the anthemic “Sons of 1984” to the explosive Blue Eyed Soul of “The Last Ride,” from the industry satire “An Elpee’s Worth of Toons” to the Gilbert & Sullivan homage “The Lord Chancellor’s Nightmare Song,” Todd is a masterful example of Rundgren’s broad musical palette.