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Lucero Family Block Party 2017

Lucero Family Block Party
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, Tennessee
April 22, 2017
Photos by: Josh Mintz

With threats of severe thunderstorms in the forecast, Lucero held strong to their rain or shine plans for their annual Family Block Party held on Saturday, April 22. While the rain did indeed pound Memphis in the morning, by mid-afternoon when the music started, the precipitation had died down to a not-bad-enough-not-to-go-but-just-enough-to-be-annoying level.

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Echo Project adds to line-up

The Echo Project confirmed the second round of performers slated for the inaugural three-day eco-responsible music and arts festival in Atlanta, Georgia this October 12-14, 2007. 

The additions to the lineup include: The Flaming Lips; Thievery Corporation with their full live band; Les Claypool; The Bravery; Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; Secret Machines; MSTRKRFT; JJ Grey & Mofro; Son Volt; The Egg; The Album Leaf; Man Man; Tea Leaf Green; The Benevento/Russo Duo; Lazaro Casanova; and Telepath.

The Echo Project kicks off its annual eco-responsible music and arts festival in Atlanta, Georgia this October 12 – 14, 2007.  The three-day, multi-stage camping festival will be held on 350-acres of scenic Chattahoochee river front property on a privately owned 1250-acre farm just south of metropolitan Atlanta.

With a green focus and philosophy, The Echo Project is set to revolutionize how music and arts events affect our environment through eco-friendly event production by ways of carbon emissions, power consumption and creation, alternative energy sources, and waste management and recycling initiatives. For its inaugural event, The Echo Festival along with Sustainable Waves and Rivers Alive is also launching a major Chattahoochee river clean up prior to the festival.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 30th and are available at www.the-echoproject.com.

Featuring a diverse range of talent, from rock to hip-hop, The Echo Project also announced its first round of performers today, which include The Killers, Phil and Friends, moe., Stephen Marley, The Roots, Cypress Hill, Polyphonic Spree, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Umphrey’s McGee, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, The Disco Biscuits, Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues, Brazilian Girls, The Avett Brothers, Lyrics Born, RJD2, Toubab Krewe, Spam Allstars, ALO, Greenskeepers, and Afromotive.

The Echo Project is promoted by Nicholas Bouckaert of Rivertown Entertainment, LLC. in conjunction with Meatcamp Productions. Greening partners include Sustainable Waves, a national provider of mobile solar powered sound and staging solutions; Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s leading provider of cleaner electricity and carbon offset products; and the Environment Media Association (EMA) which mobilizes the entertainment industry in a global effort to educate people about environmental issues and inspire them into action.

Tickets go on sale for The Echo Project on Tuesday, July 31 at 10 AM EST. Three-day tickets begin at $145 and are available online at www.the-echoproject.com and 1-800-594-TIXX.

Joe Ely given 2007 AMA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Americana Music Association announced the recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing during a magical night where industry members and fans of the genre gathered to listen to and celebrate the musical legacy of past honoree Levon Helm. 

The AMA brought the legendary Helm to town for the “Ramble at the Ryman” Wednesday night, July 18th, his first “Ramble” outside of the New York area.  Before he performed AMA Executive Director Jed Hilly took to the stage of the Ryman Auditorium to formally recognize Helm for his achievement in 2003 and announce this year’s 2007 recipient in the same category. 

“Four years ago Levon received the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing, but due to personal health reasons was unable to come to Nashville, said Hilly.  “How honored are we that the man many people call the godfather of the Americana Roots Music movement is honoring us with his performance here tonight.”   

Hilly then went on to announce that the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing award is being given to Joe Ely.  “Ely’s live shows have become legendary, and throughout his genre -crossing career, he has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Los Super Seven, and James McMurtry, The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.”  Ely is also nominated for the Americana Music Association’s Artist of the Year.

The presentation will be made to Ely November 1st at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the 6th Annual Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards Show as part of the AMA’s annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  In addition the association will present the Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriter, Instrumentalist, Producer/Engineer, Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award, The Presidents Award and the Jack Emerson Executive Award.   Recipients in these categories will be announced between now and October.   During the November Awards ceremony the association will reveal its member voted winners for works released during the 12 month eligibility period from June 1, 2006 through May 31, 2007.  Those nominees include: 


Album of the Year

·        Emotionalism -The Avett Brothers (Ramseur)

·        Modern Times – Bob Dylan (Columbia)

·        West – Lucinda Williams (Lost Highway)

·        Children Running Through – Patty Griffin (ATO)


Artist of the Year

·        Joe Ely

·        Lucinda Williams

·        Patty Griffin

·        Todd Snider



·        Buddy Miller

·        Gurf Morlix

·        Sam Bush

·        Will Kimbrough


New and Emerging Artist

·        Amy LaVere

·        The Avett Brothers

·        Sunny Sweeney

·        Uncle Earl


Song of the Year

·         "Hank Williams’ Ghost" by Darrell Scott; appears on Invisible Man (Full Light Records) Publishers: Chuck Wagon Gourmet Music, Famous Music Corp

·         "Sometimes It Takes Balls to be a Woman" by Elizabeth Cook and Melinda Schneider; appears on Balls (31 Tigers) Publishers:  Elizabeth Cook Music, Royal Notes Music, NewMel Music

·         "Are You Alright?"  by Lucinda Williams; appears on West written (Lost Highway) Publishers: Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Lucy Jones Music

·         "Heavenly Day" by Patty Griffin; appears on Children Running Through (ATO) Publishers: ALMO Music Corp, One Big Love Music


Duo/Group of the Year

·        The Avett Brothers

·        The Duhks

·        The Hacienda Brothers

·        Old Crow Medicine Show

·        Son Volt

ChazzFest to be held in September

The Charleston Music & Heritage Festival, better known as ChazzFest Presented by Digital Lifestyle Outfitters, will be held September 22, 2007, and will feature a diverse schedule of musical genres and artists playing on four stages throughout the grounds of the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island.

“Consistent with the philosophy we established last year, we’re bringing an eclectic mix of artists, while celebrating our roots.” said ChazzFest promoter and partner Riddick Lynch.  “Even though we set the bar high in our inaugural year, we feel this lineup is stronger in terms of depth and breadth. We’re encouraging everyone to come early and stay late.”

Kicking off the Festival will be Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers, a Charleston institution with music from the roots of African-American Gospel music. Closing the Festival will be the co-headliners – jazz icon Branford Marsalis and funk / R&B legends Kool and the Gang. 

In addition to those acts, the lineup for ChazzFest will feature: New Orleans jazz / funk rockers Galactic, reggae pioneer Toots & The Maytals, gospel star Dottie Peoples, alt-country rock act Son Volt, north Florida’s swamp boogie kings JJ Grey & Mofro, bluegrass stalwarts Seldom Scene, New Orleans’ hip-hop influenced Soul Rebels Brass Band and top sacred-steel ensemble The Lee Boys.  Beach music again will be well represented by heavyweights Chairmen of the Board and The Embers.  Rounding out the bill will be local acts Quiana Parler (of American Idol fame) & Friends, Uncle Mingo and Davis Coen.

Tickets are on sale now, available at select TicketMaster locations, on-line at www.ticketmaster.com, through the Family Circle Tennis Center and by phone at 843-554-6060.  Advanced ticket prices are $75 for reserved seats in the lower bowl of the Stadium Court Stage, $50 for center upper deck reserved seats and $35 for General Admission tickets.  Advanced tickets for children ages 6-12 are $5, with children under age 6 admitted free. 

Day-of event tickets will increase to $50 for General Admission tickets, $10 for children, $100 for lower bowl reserved and $75 for upper deck reserved, subject to availability.

Memphis gets a jolt of Son Volt

Son Volt

Young Avenue Deli

Memphis, Tennessee

May 9, 2007


No matter the spin you try to put on it, the music industry is pretty bleak these days.  In an era of cotton candy, cookie cutter artists who either don’t write their own music or are too focused on noodling away during their next self-indulgent ten minute guitar solo, a guy like Jay Farrar is in a very small class. 

He’s a musician who actually puts focus on the songwriting, a skill Farrar put on display when he brought the new line-up of Son Volt to Memphis.

With new guitarist Chris Masterson in place of Brad Rice, Son Volt played their gritty brand of alt-country to a packed crowd at the Young Avenue Deli.

As Jay Farrar’s smoky tenor droned out the first notes of "Satellite," it was obvious that this was a band who was comfortable with their current state, even though Masterson was relatively new to the group. 

Touring behind their new album The Search, the early part of the set list was new stuff, not so surprising.  Aside from the second song of the set, "Who," and a searing "Jet Pilot," both off of 2005’s Okemah and the Melody of Riot, the band spent the first hour or so giving the new tunes a work-out for the Memphis crowd.  The audience hung on every riff from Masterson’s guitar and every phrase turned by Farrar, eating up songs such as "Underground Dream" and "Highways and Cigarettes."

Farrar pulled out material from his Sebastopol, much to the delight of the crowd.  With Okemah‘s slide-drenched "Medication" stuck in the midst, he belted out great versions of "Voodoo Candle," "Damn Shame," and a phenomenal "Barstow."

With the requisite display of the new songs mostly done, the band reached into its back catalog with classics like "Tear-Stained Eye" and a rocking version of "Drown."


While a Son Volt concert is generally regarded as the Jay Farrar show, Chris Masterson was great.  Brad Rice left some big shoes to fill, and Masterson did so quite admirably.  Generally it takes a few tours before a musician, especially a lead guitarist, finds a comfort zone within an established band.  However, Masterson meshed well with his bandmates, and that made for an outstanding show.

photos by Josh Mintz / www.photosbyjosh.com  




My Morning Jacket featuring the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

My Morning Jacket will be performing with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra at this year's Lollapalooza Festival.

Taking place in Chicago's Grant Park the weekend of August 3-5, Lollapalooza is headlined by Pearl Jam, and its line-up also boasts Ben Harper & The Criminals, Modest Mouse, the Kings of Leon, The Roots, The Black Keys, Son Volt, STS9, the Heartless Bastards, and many more.

For the entire line-up and more festival info visit www.lollapalooza.com.