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Southern Revival in the Rockies

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival
Aspen, Colorado
August 31 – September 3, 2007

Words and photos by Fred Adams

Labor Day in the Aspen mountains, with some of world’s best bands performing over the course of the four days.  The concept seemed enjoyable enough, yet, until one has personally experienced the beauty of the region surrounding the festival grounds, even the most wondrous of imaginations would still not conceive just how majestic the weekend would become.


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Luther & Crowes steal the show at Blues & Brews

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Telluride, Colorado
September 14-16, 2007

Words by Fred Adams / photos by:

Taking the stage to close out the 14th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, the members of The Black Crowes said nary a word.  Opening their set with “Wiser Time,” nearly every member of the band shared what seemed to be a singular, huge smile, as if they had something up their sleeves, but were not going to say what it was. 


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Tishamingo’s Williams to join Last Waltz Ensemble in Atlanta

A stellar lineup of special guests has made this summer's Last Waltz Ensemble shows must see events in select east coast cities. At Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, Friday August 3, The Last Waltz features two very special guests – Tishamingo's Cameron Williams and newcomer Justin Brogden.

The Last Waltz Ensemble's core line-up is comprised of Mark Kramer, Kevin Rustchman, Eric Reed, Kris "Jellyroll" Gloer, slide guitar guru Benji Shanks (Captain Soularcat) and Jason Fuller

"I think that 'The Last Waltz' is a rite of passage in everyone's life at some point," says Kris Gloer, the organizer and performer behind The Last Waltz Ensemble: A Concert Celebration of the music and spirit of The Band. 

"You get to a point where you discover it around your late teens or early 20s, and you grow into those songs and find solace in them.  We are able to dig deep into The Band's repertoire, giving the royal treatment not only to standards like "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" but also to some of the group's lesser-known gems," he says.

"We love to play a song like "Cripple Creek" just because of the reaction that people bring to it, and "Caravan" gets pretty heavily requested. But then there are songs like "King Harvest" where we added this real meaty section at the end with an extended guitar solo, or "Get Up Jake" where we put a jam in there and let it breathe alot.  Really we haven't even begun to scratch the surface."

AthFest returns

For the past 11 years, the streets of downtown Athens have filled one weekend each June for AthFest, an event featuring hundreds of city’s talented artists.  Music is the art form most commonly linked to this college town and for good reason, given the fact that it is estimated that at any given time, at least 200 different bands calls Athens home. 

Yet, to truly celebrate all the goes on in this, the Classic City, one must also recognize the artist, the filmmakers, the history, and the family fun that go in to making Athens a town unlike any other. 

AthFest 2007, named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, takes place from Wednesday, June 20th through Sunday, June 24th, and will feature 150 bands performing over the course of four days, as well as an ongoing art exhibit in the streets, a number of film series, the Athens Music Awards, a visual artist performances, KidFest, and the return of the Athens Music History bus tour. 

AthFest happens throughout the town, with a number of free concerts on two Outdoor Stages located on Washington Street (just outside the 40 Watt Club) during the afternoon and evenings, then giving way to the infamous Club Crawl later at night.  The Outdoor Stages will be headlined by some of Athens most popular acts, including Perpetual Groove on Friday, The Whigs on Saturday, and The Drive-By Truckers on Sunday.  

Outdoor Stages are free, with an electric stage and an acoustic stage providing near continuous music in the heart of downtown. Music seminar panels, KidsFest, the Artist Market, other events and food and drinks are all conveniently located nearby. For complete listings, visit http://athfest.com/festival/geninfo.htm  

While seeing some of your favorite local bands is for free is always a treat, Athfest is a great time to see new bands you’ve never heard of, or bands you’ve you may have heard of and never found the time to see live.  Of all the bands featured on this year’s bill, there is one new artist that is creating quite a large stir, particularly amongst fellow musicians.   

Since performing their debut show just two months ago, to a crowd of about 400 at the Georgia Theatre, few acts have shown the instant promise of the Justin Brogdon Band.  Brogdon’s song writing gives Athens a true classic rock arena act, ala Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,  a sound not commonly associated with the city that gave birth to bands such as the B-52’s, REM, and Widespread Panic.   

While Brogdon catchy lyrical hooks draw instant attention, and continue to play in one’s head for days, the all star band he assembled truly takes his music to a level few performers achieve in such rapid fashion. Led by Benji Shanks (Capt. Soularcat, Last Waltz) on guitar, Jess Franklin (Tishamingo) on keys and backing vocals, Stephen Spivey (formerly of Tishamingo, now playing with SNAP! and a number of other local bands) on bass, and Athens' own Carlton Owens (who’s played with a slew of acts, including Squat, SNAP!, John Mayer) on drums, this is a five piece ensemble with talent galore.  For those that crave a vintage rock sound, with modern, infectious choruses, this band is sure to be an instant favorite.

Athens thriving downtown scene is in full swing each night during the Club Crawl.

Attendees can purchase a single wristband for just $15 that will allow unlimited access to 19 participating venues all over downtown, including the Georgia Theatre, the 40 Watt Club, Caledonia, The Melting Point, Tasty World and more.  Performers will include Jack Logan, Southern Bitch, Don Chambers & Goat, the Bearfoot Hookers, Dave Barbe, The Squall, Time Toy, and more, allowing AthFest-goers the opportunity to see as many, or as few, as they wish. Full Club Crawl listings can be found at  http://AthFest.com/festival/music/venues.htm  

The special events during this year’s AthFest include: the Flagpole Music Awards at the Morton Theater on June 21st at 8:00 P.M; Sprockets Music & Video Show, presented by Film: Athens on June 20th at 40 Watt Club; Self Made, a touring group of three visual artists from San Francisco, presented by ATHICA, on June 21st; Teen Screen Film Fest and Benefit Concert, presenting a lineup of diverse short films made by local teenage artists; RockDocs, a series of documentary films covering a wide range of musical genres, at Ciné June 15th to June 26th; and a free Juried Artisan Market from June 22nd to June 24th.  

KidsFest, held June 23rd and 24th from noon to 6:00 P.M. will include a stage for musical performances, Sam Path’s Petting Zoo, and a demo from the Classic Martial Arts Club.  KidsFest is free of charge. 

AthFest will also coincide with the debut of a new art exhibit, The Earth Will Swallow you, offering a visual insights in to town favorites Widespread Panic.  The exhibition includes a wide range of media, sizes and styles, courtesy of the band and in cooperation with Nuci's Space, a non-profit resource center for musicians.  
The exhibition will continue until August 25th open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12 noon until 9 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  

Each year, Ghostmeat Records releases a compilation CD in conjunction with AthFest.  This year will see two AthFest compilations –  AthFest 2007, already available on CD; and AthFest 2007 Volume Two, which will be released on June 19, 2007, and will only be available via digital download at I-TUNES and other digital retailers.   

For those traveling from out of town, AthFest offers special travel packages, including accommodations at Foundry Park Inn, Holiday Inn and Gameday Condominiums.  Packages include AthFest 2007 CDs, club crawl wristbands, t-shirt vouchers, a $10 Downtown Athens Gift Certificate and tickets for the Athens Music History Bus Tour. 

Complete details on the entire festival can be found at www.AthFest.com

Last Waltz Ensemble announces summer tour, special guests

A stellar lineup of special guests promises this summer's Last Waltz Ensemble shows will be must see events in select east coast cities.  Special feature artists include the legendary Mookie Siegel, Jess Franklin of Tishamingo, Bobby Houck of the Blue Dogs and new face Justin Brogden.

The Last Waltz Ensemble embarks on summer touring with a June 9 date at The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte NC with feature artist Jess Franklin from the southern whiskey rock and roll band Tishamingo.  The Last Waltz is proud to present The Justin Brogden Band to open the show. 

At 8×10 in Baltimore MD, they will be joined by very special guest keyboardist and accordian master, Mookie Siegel.  Siegel has played with such venerable talents as Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Friends and has played for the past eight years with The David Nelson Band (New Riders of the Purple Sage ).

At Alley Katz in Richmond June 14 they will feature Blue Dog's frontman Bobby Houck from Charleston SC.  Houck and bandmates lived, recorded and played in Richmond from 1987-1989 before relocating to Charleston.

With the core lineup of The Last Waltz Ensemble featuring Mark Kramer, Kevin Rustchman, Eric Reed, Kris "Jellyroll" Gloer, slide guitar guru Benji Shanks (Captain Soularcat) and Jason Fuller, the addition of special guests creates a chemistry and comaraderie that people have come to expect from The Last Waltz Ensemble.

"I think that 'The Last Waltz' is a rite of passage in everyone's life at some point," says Kris Gloer, the organizer and performer behind The Last Waltz Ensemble, A Concert Celebration of the music and spirit of The Band. "You get to a point where you discover it around your late teens or early 20s, and you grow into those songs and find solace in them. We are able to dig deep into The Band's repertoire, giving the royal treatment not only to standards like "The Weight", "Up on Cripple Creek", and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" but also to some of the group's lesser-known gems."

"We love to play a song like "Cripple Creek" just because of the reaction that people bring to it, and "Caravan"u003cbr>gets pretty heavily requested. But then there are songs like "King Harvest" where we added this real meaty section at the end with an extended guitar solo, or "Get Up Jake" where we put a jam in there and let it breathe alot. Really we haven't even begun to scratch the surface."

Tour Dates

6/9 – Visulite Theatre, Charlotte NC

6/10 – The State Theatre, Falls Church VA

6/12 – 8×10, Baltimore MD

6/13 – 202 Market Street, Roanoke VA

6/14 – Alley Katz, Richmond VA

6/15 – Kefi, Wilmington NC

6/16 – Ziggy's, Winston Salem NC

7/14 – Charleston Pour House, Charleston SC

8/3 – Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta GA

8/24 – Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh NC

Telluride sings the blues!

The 14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival returns to Telluride Town Park September 14-16, 2007, with the best blues, rock, funk and gospel artists in music today!  This year’s line-up includes performances by Los Lonely Boys, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the Radiators with Bonerama, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joe Bonamassa and many more fantastic artists.  And the best is yet to come; Sunday’s headliner will be announced on Monday, June 25, 2007.

The Telluride Blues & Brews festival will open with an unbelievable day of music with a line-up that features rock, traditional blues and more.  Friday’s artists include headliner Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Tishamingo and Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd.  Los Lonely Boys’ music fuses electric blues, Texasroots, searing six string licks and Latin beats, and this dynamic sound led the band to huge success.  Los Lonely Boys’ self-titled debut sold more than 2 million copies and the band won a Grammy for the #1 hit, “Heaven.”  The band’s new disc, Sacred, recently peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top 200.

Saturday will be a big treat with a sweet mix of zydeco, Delta blues and some good old-fashioned blues rock.  With Keb’ Mo’, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, John Mooney’s Bluesiana, former Black Crowes guitarist, Marc Ford, Ana Popovic and The Sean Carney Band, Saturday will be smokin’ hot!  Headlining Saturday will be Delta blues master and three time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’.  Keb’ Mo’ is known for his distinctive sound that embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock, folk and jazz.  His acoustic and slide guitar mastery, laconic storytelling and gritty country blues deliver a sound that is soulful and authentic.

Sunday brings together some Blues & Brews favorites!  The Radiators with Bonerama, Eric Lindell and JJ Grey & Mofro have all graced the Blues & Brews stage in previous years and are back by popular demand.  Joining these Blues & Brews veterans will be blues legend David “Honeyboy” Edwards and a Morning Gospel set by the Erica Brown Band.   When the sun goes down, join the Radiators and Bonerama for a Fais Do Do jam like no other at the Sheridan Opera House.  Don’t forget – mark your calendar to visit www.tellurideblues.com  on Monday, June 25th for the Sunday headliner announcement.


14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Lineup as of Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007: Los Lonely Boys, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Tishamingo, Rhythm Council with Henry Butler, Papa Mali, Kirk Joseph and Robb Kidd.

Juke Joints:  Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Joe Bonamassa, Mojo Watson, Tishamingo, Kent Burnside & The New Generation

Saturday, September 15, 2007: Keb’ Mo’, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, John Mooney’s Bluesiana, Marc Ford, Ana Popovic, The Sean Carney Band

Juke Joints:  JJ Grey & Mofro, John Mooney, Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Kent Burnside & The New Generation, The Sean Carney Band

After Hours Jam: Eric Lindell

Sunday, September 16, 2007: Headliner to be announced Monday, June 25th, The Radiators with Bonerama, JJ Grey with Mofro, Eric Lindell, David “Honeyboy” Edwards & Michael Frank, the Erica Brown Band’s Mornin’ Gospel Hour

Fais Do Do (Sheridan Opera House): The Radiators and Bonerama


While rocking out to the blues, sample more than 100 beers from 50 microbreweries, from the Southwestern United States and beyond, at the renowned Blues & Brews Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 15, 2007.  The Grand Tasting, which takes place from NOON-3:00 pm has it all, from ales to lagers, nut browns to I.P.A.’s and everything in between.

Single day tickets for the 14th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival go on sale Friday, June 1 at 9:00 am MST.  Friday and Sunday passes can be purchased for $55.00 each; Saturday passes for $60.00 and three-day passes (currently available) for $150.00.   Juke Joint tickets provide guaranteed entry into one of the five Friday and Saturday Juke Joints.  Juke Joint tickets are sold per night at $25 each.  Fais Do Do passes go on sale June 1 for $30.  Festival camping is available adjacent to the festival grounds for $40 a person. 

Camping is limited and passes are sold per person, not per site.  Camping passes are valid for 4 nights starting Thursday, September 13. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.tellurideblues.com or by calling 866-515-6166 or locally at Telluride Music Company (201 East Colorado Avenue).  All ticket prices subject to $2.50 per day Town of Telluride Fee and/or ticket handling fee

Save the Georgia Theatre!

When the Georgia Theatre re-opened its doors in October 1989, it quickly became known as the home of Athens ’ favorites Widespread Panic.  The band had far outgrown their old home around the corner at the Uptown Lounge, making the coupling of Panic and the Georgia Theatre, with nearly ten times the capacity of the old Uptown (not to mention their world class sound system unlike any other in town), a match made in heaven. 

Panic would soon outgrow the Theatre as well, but not before playing 39 shows over four years, along with a number of legendary performances under such aliases as These Few Songs, Bar Tab, and brute.

At the time, the Theatre was, without rival, the finest musical venue in Athens.  Over the years, the toll of playing host to hundreds of rowdy, drunken college kids every night left the Theatre run down and in serious need of a face lift. 

When Wilmot Greene took over the Theatre from the previous owners, he launched a campaign in late 2004 to renovate the glory of the venue’s past.  Wilmot was successful in having the venue designated as an official historic building earlier this year, leading to the formation of the Friends of the Georgia Theatre, an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the property.

In an effort to lend a hand to these efforts, members of various local bands will join forces on Thursday, May 24 to donate their time and talents to Dancing for Architecture, the first of many events planned to benefit the Friends of the Georgia Theatre ’s attempt to “bring back the art deco glory of the magnificent Georgia Theatre.”

The idea behind the Dancing for Architecture series was to bring together the city’s finest musical talent to recreate some of the magic that existed in the Theatre’s fabled hall in those early years, when many members of the musical community would join members of Panic under the Bar Tab name to debut new songs and to perform cover songs that were never played before or since.  Music was made that became part of the folk lore of the band’s early history. 

Tishamingo, who will be making their final public Athens appearance until the Fall, will headline the evening’s festivities, along with their friends that will include Justin Brogdon, Jason Fuller, Benji Shanks, and former bassist Stephen Spivey.

The organizers of Dancing for Architecture are especially delighted to welcome Danny Hutchens and Eric Carter of Bloodkin to the show, as they were the only musicians other than the members of Panic to have appeared at each of the Bar Tab performances. 

Organizers are also hard at work on a documentary, tentatively titled “Live from the Georgia Theatre,” documenting the history of a venue that promises to soon regain its’ status amongst the nation’s premiere live music halls.  The DVD release should be available late this year, and will include footage dating back to the original These Few Songs show, of note due to the fact that it was while watching footage of this show that the members of Panic first decided to begin performing Bloodkin’s tune “Who Do You Belong To.”

Fans can expect a very long evening of tunes, with the stage set up to allow near non-stop performances, without much need for loading in equipment as the musicians rotate on and off stage.  Festivities get under way just after 9 PM, and will continue as long as the crowd responds. 

While the evening promises to be filled with many surprise guests not mentioned below, a tentative schedule for the event is as follows:

9:15- 10:00  – Samurai Trout

10:00 -10:15 – Cameron Williams acoustic

10:15 -10:30 – The Alternators (Jess Franklin and Chuck Thomas of Tishamingo)

10:35 – 11:20 – Justin Brogdon Band (featuring Stephen Spivey, Benji Shanks, Jess Franklin, and Carlton Owens)

11:30 – 11:45 – Jason Fuller & Friends

11:50 – 12:30 – Danny Hutchens & Eric Carter of Bloodkin

12:30 – 2:00 – Tishamingo & Friends

2:00 – ??? – Encore Jam Session

Tishamingo proves “Point” in Memphis



Memphis, Tennessee

March 2, 2007 

Many great bands spend years traveling around in a 15-passenger van, hopping from bar to bar and club to club.  They scrape up just enough money to pay for gas to make it to the next gig and fill their growling stomachs with gas station cuisine.  Most never quite get over the hump to larger success, falling into that chasm where good bar bands go to die.

These days, if there’s a band in this category that has the chance to make it, it’s Tishamingo.  Touring in support of their February ’07 release, The Point, Tishamingo will succeed where others fail because they are the total package.  The musicianship is there, the songwriting is there, and they cut it both on stage and in the studio.  They showed the crowd at Newby’s in Memphis on March 2 just how good they can be when things click.

Over the course of several hours, Tishamingo nearly played The Point in its entirety, broke out some older gems, and threw in some appropriately-placed covers.

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Along came Tishamingo

With 2004 nearly behind us, I find myself reflecting upon a year that has proven to be far more exciting musically than I had anticipated.  Going into the year knowing it would be “the year without Widespread Panic,” I had no idea that 2004 would, for me at least, become a time of discovery.


It’s been many years, 17 to be exact, since I discovered a young band that excited me the way Tishamingo has throughout this past year.  Having listened to their self-titled debut CD, and a single live recording, it was readily apparent to me that this band had all the ingredients for success.  When I finally saw them live, a brief four-song set during the Warren Zevon benefit in Athens, I was hooked.


Rarely has a band ever come into my life and instantly touched my soul, becoming a part of my being from that first moment of introduction. Led Zeppelin was the first, followed by Widespread Panic.  Gov’t Mule and Phil Lesh’s Quintet did the same, but those bands were both compromised of known commodities, musicians I’d known and loved for years.


The fact that I made the discovery this January, just as Panic began their self-imposed hiatus, was more than ironic, far from coincidental.  While I was certainly not looking for a new band to fill that void, what I heard, saw, and felt as I witnessed the musical prowess of Tishamingo was the EXACT same thing I’d felt during my first Panic experience in January 1987.  Way back then, the REM-lovin’ crowd dominated Athens and was quick to mock Panic as “just another Grateful Dead rip-off.”  Obviously, time proved those close-minded comments to be far from true.


While comparisons to Panic, and the Allman Brothers for that matter, are inevitable, it should be taken as the highest form of compliment.  At times, Cameron Williams’ vocals are so similar to John Bell’s that it’s down right haunting, all the while sounding natural as can be.  Jess Franklin’s slide guitar would fit right in with the Brothers and the rhythm section of Stephen Spivey and Richard Proctor is as tight as they come.  Add keyboard wizard Jason Fuller (who I still say needs to leave the Kinchafoonee Cowboys behind to devote his full efforts to Tishamingo), and you have the makings of a band on par with the finest I’ve ever seen.


As often the case with young, grass roots bands, the masses have yet to discover the magic that is Tishamingo.  Years from now, when history reflects upon this era of rock, there’s no doubt that it will place Tishamingo amongst the finest of bands to come from the early 21st century.


Only time can tell just what this sensational young group is capable of.  At this point in their career, this much is certain –Tishamingo has a believer in me, one who says to all reading these words…


TESTIFY, Tishamingo is for real!