QUILES & CLOUD ON FOLK ALLEY

May 12, 2016

QUILES AND CLOUD FEATURED ON FOLK ALLEY

After two fan-funded studio recordings and nearly four years touring the US as an independent act traversing the continent, Quiles & Cloud (Maria and Rory, respectively) teamed up with Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Alison Brown for their latest album, 'Beyond the Rain' on the Compass Records label. Human emotion and world strife play out as central themes throughout the new album. Quiles & Cloud (pronounced key-less) have marked a pivotal moment in their development as a group, demonstrating their continued ability to combine subtle precision with stark grit and creative exploration.

Quiles & Cloud, along with touring partner Oscar Westesson, visited Beehive Productions Studio of a exclusive Folk Alley Session taping in April 2016.

 


ALL MUSIC PREMIERES MOUNTAIN HEART

May 12, 2016

Album Premiere: Mountain Heart, 'Blue Skies'

"?Nashville band Mountain Heart reboots itself on Blue Skies, its first album in five years, blending Americana with deft bluegrass and folk sounds. With a revamped lineup, including Molly Cherryholmes of Cherryholmeson fiddle, the band is preparing to release the new album on May 6, with a stretch of live dates to follow."

Perhaps start somewhere familiar, like with the band's cover of "Maggie's Farm," and then branch out into original tunes like the full speed ahead instrumental "The Bad Grounds" or the jaunty piano-powered "Can't Get Over You."

Listen here.


Special Consensus celebrates 40 yrs with Long I Ride

April 15, 2016

Special Consensus

Celebrates 40 years with new album

LONG I RIDE

“Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein…the vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass” —Folk & Music Exchange 
 
“One of the longest-running and best-respected outfits in bluegrass history.” —Chicago Reader 
 
LONG I RIDE celebrates Special Consensus’ 40th anniversary as a band with an engaging set of songs and guest collaborations that’s certain to garner more acclaim. The title track, written by former band member Robbie Fulks, showcases each of the three vocalists in the group including newcomer/mandolinist Nick Dumas. Bluegrass favorites Della Mae join the band for a fresh take on the Larry Cordle classic “Highway 40 Blues” and label mates Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, together with producer/banjoist Alison Brown, deliver a blistering version of the Josh Graves penned standard “Fireball.” Other stand outs include a bluegrass version of Stoney LaRue’s “First One to Know” featuring a guest vocal appearance from Mountain Faith’s Summer McMahan and a western swing tinged Joe Newberry original “Baby I’m Blue” featuring the twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Matt CombsLong I Ride follows on the heels of Special Consensus’ guest laden, multi-award winning album Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver
 
The band was founded in 1975 by banjoist (and former IBMA President) Greg Cahill and has since then become the breeding ground for some of the best new talent in bluegrass. The current lineup features Rick Faris (guitar, vocals), Nick Dumas (mandolin, vocals), Dan Eubanks (bass, vocals) and banjoist/founder Greg Cahill.
 
WATCH : SPECIAL CONSENSUS "LONG I RIDE" VIDEO HERE
 
 
TOUR DATES
4/15 - Berwyn, IL - FitzGerald's 
4/16 - Nashville, TN - The Station Inn 
4/22 - Fairview, OH - Pennyroyal Opera House 
4/23 - St. Charles, IL - Old Towne Pub & Eatery 
4/29 - East Lansing, MI - MSU Comm. Music School 
5/05 - Munich, Germany - Bluegrass Camp Germany 
5/10-11 - Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City 
5/13 - Charlton, MA - Banjo Camp North 
5/28-29 - Kendallville, IN - Tri-State Bluegrass Fest. 
6/02 - Olivet, MI - Olivet College-Midwest Banjo Camp 
6/05 - Niles, MI - Bluegrass / Americana Music Fest. 
6/10 - Ontario, CA - Huck Finn Jubilee 
6/11 - Culver City, CA - Boulevard Music 
6/12 - National City, CA - Sweetwater Union High 
6/13 - Las Vegas, NV - Starbright Theater 
6/15-16 - Bean Blossom, IN – Bean Blossom Fest. 
6/17 - Charlotte, MI - Charlotte Bluegrass Festival 
6/18 - Lowville, NY - Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival 
6/19-24 - Maryville, TN - Maryville College 
6/26 - Mundelein, IL - Village of Mundelein 
7/02 - Wylie, TX - Bluegrass on Ballard 
7/04 - Winnetka, IL - July 4th Parade 
7/04 - Glenview, IL - July 4th Parade 
7/07 - Countryside, IL - Countryside Park 
7/08 - Stratford, IA - Stratford Bluegrass Festival 
7/9-10 - Frankfort, IL - Bluegrass on the Green 
7/12 - Libertyville, IL - Independence Grove 
7/14 - Arlington Heights, IL - Harmony Park @ Harmony Park
7/22-23 - Stevenson, WA - Columbia Bluegrass Fest. 
7/24 - Snohomish, WA @ Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater
7/31 - Elkins, WV - Davis & Elkins College 
8/13 - Reno, NV - Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Fest. 
8/19 - Three Lakes, WI - Three Lakes Cntr. for Arts 
8/20 - Lafarge, WI - Larryfest 
8/25 - Lakeside, OH - Hoover Auditorium 
9/02 - Curryville, MO - Back 40 Bluegrass Festival 
9/09 - Lockport, IL - Brashler Barn 
9/10 - Auburn Hills, MI – Bluegrass Festival 
9/16 - Glenmont, OH – Mohican Bluegrass Festival
9/18 - Flagstaff, AZ - Pickin’ In The Pines Bluegrass Fest. 
9/30-10/1 - Ochlocknee, GA - Great Southern Music Fest. 
10/6-8 - Hattaras Village, NC - Hattarasity Bluegrass Fest. 
11/18 - Shepherdsville, KY - Friday Night Bluegrass 

 


The Infamous Stringdusters Vinyl Pre-Order

April 15, 2016

The Infamous Stringdusters
Ladies & Gentlemen

Vinyl Pre-Order Available Now

LP edition on 140 gram vinyl with MP3 download

Featuring Lee Ann Womack, Joan Osbourne, Sara Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sarah Jarosz, and others!

 
 

"...the Grammy-nominated quintet's sixth studio album showcases not only the Stringdusters' keen, constantly evolving craftsmanship, but some of the best singers in the game, all of whom happen to be women."
–Rolling Stone Country

“The roster is impressive—it includes Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins—and the songs are even better.” —The New York Times 

Ladies & Gentlemen ought to merit a sequel, especially after this fine introduction.” —No Depression 

 

Standing at the crossroads of modern bluegrass and newgrass, The Infamous Stringdusters are a band that is “stretching [bluegrass] from within” (New York Times). For their sixth studio album, Ladies & Gentlemen, the band invited a dozen of their favorite female singers to join them. The list of featured guests includes some of the most dynamic and innovative artists from across the roots music, Americana and country worlds: Nicki BluhmMary Chapin CarpenterJennifer Hartswick, Sarah JaroszClaire LynchAoife O’Donovan,Joan OsborneJoss StoneSara WatkinsAbigail WashburnLee Ann Womackand Celia Woodsmith. Each artist guested on a different original song or tune written by the members of the band specifically for this project.

Ladies & Gentlemen was produced by GRAMMY-winner Chris Goldsmith and shows the breadth of The Infamous Stringdusters’ musical vision and talents.  Band members Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo),Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass), play alongside the vocalists with the circuital unity of the seasoned bluegrass band that they are. Big harmonies and exploratory compositions, along with the band’s profound commitment to presentation, seem bound to inspire traditionalists and newcomers to stomp their feet on common ground. With a new voice for every song, world-class instrumental backing, captivating song structure and unexpected combinations, Ladies & Gentlemen is sure to please at every turn.

The Infamous Stringdusters’ resume includes five studio albums, three International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a GRAMMY nomination.

This LP is available for pre-order and will ship on or by its release date (May 3, 2016).


THE WAIFS ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES

April 07, 2016

THE WAIFS ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES

Beloved Australian folk rock band The Waifs have announced US tour dates in April and May 2016. The two and a half week headline tour, featuring music from the band's latest album, Beautiful Youkicks off with a show at the City Winery in Nashville, TN on April 24. Tickets are available via thewaifs.com. See below for all of the currently scheduled shows.

A strong sense of melody and affecting, illustrative lyricism guided The Waifs’ songwriting trifecta of Donna SimpsonVikki Thorn and Josh Cunningham as they wrote Beautiful You over the course of four years. With bassist Ben Franz and drummer David Ross Macdonald, the 5-piece outfit created an album that echoes with both wisdom and pop appeal.

The trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world, including opening for Bob Dylan in North America and Australia in 2003. True to form, Beautiful You features their trademark sound: "a bit of Blues and Roots, a bit of Country, a bit of Jazz, anything really."

 

TOUR DATES:

24 April – City Winery Nashville, TN

26 April – City Winery Chicago, IL

27 April – The Ark Ann Arbour, IL

28 April – Pruis Hall Muncie, IN

30 April – The Birchmere Alexandria, VA

01 May  - Rams Head Annapolis, MD

03 May  - City Winery New York, NY

04 May  - The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT

05 May  - Shalin Liu Performance Centre Rockport, MA

07 May  - Troy Music Hall Troy, NY

08 May  - Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA

09 May  - The Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO

10 May  - The State Room Bremerton, WA

12 May - Admiral Theatre Bremerton, WA

14 May  - The Freight and Salvage Coffee House Berkeley, CA

 

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