Monday, November 29, 2010

Jayhawks Announce Tour For "Hollywood Town Hall" & "Tomorrow The Green Grass" Reissues!

The Jayhawks are set to play five major cities in January, 2011.  The band’s lineup for these dates will comprise Mark Olson, Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O’Reagan.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Live: Levon Helm 11/26/2010 At The Beacon Theatre, NYC

Last spring,  I gave my wife Emily's father, Bill, Levon Helm's outstanding Dirt Farmer, along with Johnny Cash's Ain't No Grave. This gesture, along with our shared respect and admiration for these artists, felt like we uncovered some musical kinship, and were establishing some familial foundation. 

Live: Steve Earle 11/26/2010 At The Beacon Theatre, NYC

                                                           (photo by  Ted Barron, New West Records)
You never quite know what a Steve Earle show has in store for you until Mr. Earle takes the stage.  And last Friday night at the Beacon Theatre was no different.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Jeffrey Foucault Discusses His New "Cold Satellite" Album

Jeffrey Foucault recently released his sixth studio album, Cold Satellite, on November 16th. The album was born out of a collaboration between Mr. Foucault and longtime friend, and contemporary American Poet, Lisa Olstein. Ms. Olstein is the author of Radio Crackling Radio Gone, and Lost Alphabet, both published by Copper Canyon Press.

Mr. Foucault is someone I have been following for quite some time. I was initially turned on to his work when I head the Redbird album, an excellent collaboration with Kris Delmhorst and Peter Mulvey. From there I picked up Ghost Repeater and his debut album, Miles From The Lightning.  

Friday, November 19, 2010

Initial Line-Up for Del McCoury's FloydFest X Announced!

FloydFest X, the music festival headed by Del McCoury, will celebrate it's 10th year birthday bash on July 28th-31st 2011. The festival is located in Floyd, Virginia. The intitial lineup has been announced. 

Eddie Spaghetti (of Supersuckers) Signs To Bloodshot Records For "Sundowner" LP

Eddie Spaghetti (of Supersuckers fame) has wrapped up a new solo album called Sundowner. The new LP will drop on February 22nd via Bloodshot Records. 

According to Bloodshot: "In addition to originals, there are killer covers of Dean Martin, Del Reeves, Dave Dudley and those C&W crooners The Dwarves." Mr. Spaghetti will also hit the road in support of Sundowner.

Watch: The Decemberists & Gillian Welch from Conan 11/18!

When The Decemberists  played Conan last night, they brought along very special guest Gillian Welch to help out on their new single "Down By The Water" from The King Is Dead. Now I am very excited to see these guys on tour next January!

The Felice Brothers On Mountain Stage

The Felice Brothers' performance on Mountain Stage, as well as a video interview with Tim Felice, is now streaming over on NPR. Check it out here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Low Anthem Announce "Smart Flesh" LP Release Date: 2/22/2011

The Low Anthem has announced that their new album, Smart Flesh, will be released on February 22, 2011.  You can watch a very atmospheric video of the song "Wire" here.

Decemberists 2011 US Tour Dates

The Decemberists have announced the first leg of their 2011 "Popes Of Pendarvia World Tour" in support of their upcoming LP, The King Is Dead. The new album will be out January 18th, 2011. The US dates of the tour are listed below, and most shows will go on sale by this Friday, 11/19.

Iron & Wine Share Cover Art Of "Kiss Each Other Clean"

Here's the cover artwork for Iron & Wine's forthcoming new album, Kiss Each Other Clean. Very cool. Kiss Each Other Clean will be released on January 25th via Warner Bros Records.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Live: Trampled By Turtles 11/12/2010 @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC

A few months ago, a good friend of mine turned me onto the latest LP by Trampled By Turtles, Palomino. Well, after only a few listens, I was hooked and anxious to hear more by this band from Duluth. I quickly picked up a copy of Trouble, which, along with Palomino, has put me on the trail for the rest of the band's output.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Decemberists "King Is Dead" Cover Art + Details, Playing Conan

The Decemberists will be releasing their new album, The King Is Dead, on January 18, 2011, via Capitol Records.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Crooked Still On Mountain Stage

Crooked Still's recent performance on Mountain Stage is now streaming on the NPR Music website here.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Old Crow Medicine Show's Kevin Paul Hayes Releases Solo LP: "Loosen Up"

According to Old Crow Medicine Show's website, Kevin Paul Hayes has just released a new solo LP titled Loosen Up. The New LP is available exclusively via Old Crow's website here.

Drive By Truckers Announce New "Go-Go Boots" LP, DVD Documentary, & Limited 10"

Drive By Truckers have announced that their new LP, Go-Go Boots, will be released on February 15, 2011. A DVD documentary will also be released on the same day called The Secret To A Happy Ending.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Rebel Records Reissues Classic LPs by Del McCoury & The Country Gentlemen

On November 23rd, Rebel Records will be reissuing two classic Bluegrass albums by The Country Gentlemen and Del McCoury.

Ryan Adams Launches PAX•AM Label & Website and Announces New Cardinals' Double-LP: III/IV

Ryan Adams has officially launched his own label, PAX•AM. The new website is now up and running.

Iron & Wine: "Kiss Each Other Clean" LP 1/25/2011 + "Walking Far From Home" EP 11/26/2010

The new Iron & Wine LP, Kiss Each Other Clean, now has an official release date of on January 25th. Iron and Wine, formerly on Sub Pop Records, have signed to Warner Brothers for the new LP.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Punch Brothers on Letterman 11/5/2010

Last Friday, 11/05/2010, Dave Letterman certainly brought the string-band goods to his late night show.

First up, Steve Martin presented Noam Pikelny, banjo player of Punch Brothers, with a check for $50,000. Mr. Pikelny is first recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Here's a great clip of Mr. Martin and Mr. Pikelny playing a very funny rendition of "Dueling Banjos":

Watch Punch Brothers playing "Rye Whiskey", from their latest LP, Antifogmatic, from the same show here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Music: "Down By The Water" By The Decemberists

Visit The Decemberists' website now to download their new song "Down By The Water" for free! Gillian Welch guests on the new track, and the rumors have been confirmed that the new LP, The King Is Dead, will be released January 18, 2011, via Capitol Records. It should also be noted that Peter Buck, guitarist of R.E.M, guests on the new LP. Very exciting stuff!

New Music: Bruce Springsteen's "The Promise" Streaming On NPR

NPR Music is now streaming selected songs from the upcoming release, The Promise, by Bruce Springsteen. Check it out here.

Having heard the entire 2-CD set that makes up The Promise, I can attest that it delivers and is definitely worth the listen if you're a fan of the Darkness On The Edge of Town LP.

The Promise
will be available as part of the sprawling 3CD/ 3DVD, The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story, and will also be sold separately as it's own release, on November 16th, via Columbia Records.