Tuesday, August 26, 2014

“ASTOUNDINGLY DEFIANT” (SPIN) GRACE ASKEW CEMENTS HERSELF AS FAST-RISING AMERICANA ARTIST BEHIND RAVES FROM ROLLING STONE, SPIN, NASHVILLE SCENE, LA MAGAZINE, ETC.

Fast-rising Americana artist Grace Askew’s ‘Scaredy Cat’ came out earlier this month to across-the-board raves. Her killer video and interview session for Yahoo! Music just posted Friday.

Here’s what we’re reading:

“Sultry… The perfect place to listen to this album is a dark dive bar with a tallboy in my hand.”
- Jim Casey, Rolling Stone, June 9, 2014

“Beautifully haunting… astoundingly defiant.”
- SPIN, August 6, 2014

"I've been spinning this record all week... She's got a gnarly, sultry voice and a guitar style that is gritty and real.”
- Sean L. Maloney, Nashville Scene, August 1, 2014

“Killer slide guitar player with a sultry swagger.”
- Julia St. Pierre, LA Mag.com, July 31, 2014

“Fabulous… badass.”
-Lyndsey Park, Yahoo! Music, August 21, 2014

“For fans of Lana Del Rey, Cat Power… Once you hear Grace’s voice, you can’t unhear it… simultaneously sultry, twangy, and growly.”
- Teen Vogue, August 2, 2014

“Fierce… She’s progressing forward, and in some particularly gutsy ways.”
- Brice Ezell, Pop Matters, August 8, 2014

“Raw, rootsy, and uniformly arresting… Her sultry drawl is both seductive and soulful"
- Nick Cristiano, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 24, 2014

“Cool Memphis style.”
- Will Minter, American Songwriter, July 30, 2014

"Askew is relentlessly creative."
- Joe Boone, Memphis Flyer, July 24, 2014

“Devastating.”
- Cameron Matthews, Bluegrass Situation, July 23, 2014

“Like a confident love child of Blind Willie McTell and Bobbie Gentry; her gritty slide playing and slurred, come-thither alto make a potent combo.”
- Bliss Bowen, Pasadena Weekly, August 7, 2014

“4 stars… riverting…genuine… Her voice warbles, trembles, swings and flips.”
- Chuck Campbell, Knoxville News-Sentinel, August 12, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION 20TH ANNIVERSARY CULMINATES IN HOMECOMING CELEBRATION IN THE NC PIEDMONT OCTOBER 3 AND 4TH

LARGEST GATHERING OF MUSIC MAKER ARTISTS TO DATE FEATURES IRONING BOARD SAM, BEVERLY “GUITAR” WATKINS, JOHN DEE HOLEMAN, BOO HANKS, ROBERT LEE COLEMAN, LITTLE FREDDIE KING, AND MANY MORE
 
PANEL DISCUSSION OCTOBER 3 WITH UNC’S WILLIAM FERRIS
 
NEW ACCLAIM FROM THE NEW YORKER, WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE NATION
 
Music Maker Relief Foundation's 20th anniversary celebration will begin with a Homecoming Weekend October 3-4. October 3rd William Ferris, Phd will moderate a panel discussion preceding the opening of the We are the Music Makers! exhibit  and a Music Maker Blues Revue performance featuring Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Cool John Ferguson, Captain Luke and more at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC.

October 4 will mark the largest MMRF artist gathering ever with food, music and celebration featuring over forty artists. The performance will take place 2pm to 8pm at the Old Murphey School in Durham, NC. Among the many performers (full list at bottom with hometowns) are:
 
+ Ironing Board Sam – This “legendary” (Billboard) piano man and three-time veteran of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has a new album ‘Ironing Board Sam & The Sticks,’ which is streaming at Billboard.
 
+ Beverly “Guitar” Watkins – This Atlanta guitar hero’s story of going from opening for James Brown and Ray Charles to working at a car wash was featured in the Wall Street Journal ahead of her recent Lincoln Center performance.
 
+ John Dee Holeman – This NEA National Heritage Fellowship award winner has recorded with Taj Mahal.

+ Boo Hanks – After making his debut album at the age of 79, the Washington Post praised his “irrepressible personality [and] propulsive push.” The lifelong tractor driver and Piedmont blues master recorded a session for Time Out New York.

+ Robert Lee Coleman – This guitarist was a member of the JBs and recorded with James Brown on such songs as “Hot Pants” and “Make It Funky.” Paul Reed Smith personally granted him a PRS guitar after hearing his playing.

+ Little Freddie King – This multiple New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and Ponderosa Stomp veteran is one of New Orleans’ reigning bluesmen.
 
October 3 will see a panel discussion with Music Maker artists, moderated by folklorist and author William Ferris, PhD. Friday evening Music Maker will officially launch its exhibit, We Are the Music Makers with a performance by Cool John Ferguson, Ironing Board Sam, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, and more. All of these events take place at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC.
 
Recent events have included a museum exhibition, Lincoln Center performance. New book “We are the Music Makers” comes out September 15 on Nautilus Press while new 2CD set ‘We are the Music Makers’ comes out September 30. The New Yorker recently ran a playlist of Taj Mahal’s favorite songs from the Msuic Maker catalogue.
 
MMRF was included in Eric Alterman’s news and notes column in the Nation.
 
Here is a complete list of artists performing at the Homecoming at the Shared Visions Retreat Center in Hillsborough, NC October 4 along with list of their hometowns:
 
Big Ron Hunter - Winston-Salem, NC
Boo Hanks _ Buffalo Junction, VA
Captain Luke - Winston-Salem, NC
Cool John Ferguson - Beaufort, SC
Ironing Board Sam - Hillsborough, NC
John Dee Holeman - Hillsborough, NC
Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen - Salisbury, NC
Pura Fe - Durham, NC
Shelton Powe - Atlanta, GA
Tim and Susan Wells - Cedar Grove, NC
The Branchettes - Raleigh, NC
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins - Atlanta, GA
Drink Small - Columbia, SC
Eddie Tigner - Atlanta, GA
Robert Lee Coleman - Macon, GA
Dr. Dixon - Atlanta, GA
David Bryant - Covington, GA
Algia Mae Hinton - Middlesex, NC
Essie Mae Brooks - Perry, GA
Lil' Joe - Atlanta, GA
Nashid Abdul - Atlanta, GA
Albert White - Atlanta, GA
Ardie Dean - Huntsville, AL
Bubba Norwood - Carrboro, NC
Lakota John and Kin - Pembroke, NC
Harvey Dalton Arnold - Burlington, NC
Lightnin’ Wells - Fountain, NC
Deer Clan Singers - Pembroke, NC
Sol - Northern Virginia
Lee Gates - Racine, WS
Major Handy - Lafayette, LA
Alabama Slim - New Orleans, LA
Little Freddie King - New Orleans, LA
Little Pink Anderson - Vermillion, SD
Dave McGrew - Curlew, WA

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dom Flemons "'Til' the Seas Run Dry" embeddable mp3

Joe Fletcher bio

Joe Fletcher is a midwestern born, New England raised singer-songwriter living in East Nashville, TN. He is about to release his third independent record, You've Got the Wrong Man, on Sept 23, 2014. This intimate solo album is a departure from his previous efforts with his band The Wrong Reasons (White Lighter and Bury Your Problems).
Made up of his gritty original songs as well as covers by his peers Brown Bird and Toy Soldiers, it was recorded live over a few months on a mobile recording unit in Rhode Island, Georgia, and Tennessee in the spirit of some of Joe's favorite records by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Jimmie Rodgers, Bruce Springsteen, among others.

Now a three year veteran of the Newport Folk Festival, Joe has recently opened for Jason Isbell, The Devil Makes Three, Lucero, Robert Ellis, and The Low Anthem. Joe spends most of his time touring in what has truly been a grass roots operation thus far. He returns to his second Americana Music Association Festival in Nashville on September 20.

Monday, August 18, 2014

JOE FLETCHER BECOMES LOAR GUITARS ARTIST, JOINING JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, SHAKEY GRAVES, ETC.

With his new solo album ‘You’ve Got The Wrong Man’ and appearances at Americana Fest and Newport Folk Festival’s Way Over Yonder, Joe Fletcher has joined the Loar as an official artist of the guitar maker. He joins the ranks of a number of Loar artists who make up a new generation of Americana artists, including Justin Townes Earle, Paul Burch, Robert Ellis, Shakey Graves, and Sara Bareilles. Fletcher plays The Loar LO-16 small body acoustic and the LH-280 cutaway archtop.

Joe Fletcher Tour Dates:

Aug 27 - New Vintage, Louisville, KY
Aug 28 - Mahall's 20 Lanes, Lakewood, OH
Aug 29 - Howler's Coyote Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 30 - Abilene, Rochester, NY
Aug 31 - Campfire Festival, Lakewood, PA
Sept 3 - Great Scott, Boston, MA
Sept 4 - Dream Away Lodge, Becket, MA
Sept 5 - Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI
Sept 6 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, New York, NY
Sept 20 – The Basement, Nashville, TN (Americana Music Festival)
Sept 25 – Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Sept 26 - Way Over Yonder Festival, Santa Monica, CA
Sept 28 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA (w/ Rev. Peyton’s Big Dam Band)
Oct 2 - Standing Sun Winery, Beullton, CA
Oct 3-5 - Keepin' It Country, Bandit Town, CA
Oct 8 – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 1 – HiFi, Indianapolis, IN
Nov 11 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA (w/ O'Death)
Nov 12 - The Pinhook, Durham, NC (w/ O'Death)
Nov 13 - DC9, Washington, DC (w/ O'Death)

About The Loar

Inspired by the pioneering designs of the Golden Age, guitars and mandolins by The Loar combine expert craftsmanship and classic designs with upgraded features to appeal to today’s players. From premium hand-carved tonewoods to original inlay detailing, each instrument is made for the best sound, playability and timeless beauty.

The Loar pays homage to instruments from the 1920’s and 30’s, an age of outstanding craftsmanship and innovative design. We revive this tradition in order to bring you some of the best-sounding, most beautifully crafted instruments available today.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Joe Fletcher Publicity Photos

 Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins
  Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins
  Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins
 Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BILLBOARD STREAMS NEW CD BY “LEGENDARY” IRONING BOARD SAM, HOT OFF OF LINCOLN CENTER PERFORMANCE

SAM REMEMBERS PLAYING WITH HENDRIX

Billboard is premiering a full album stream of Ironing Board Sam’s new album ‘Ironing Board and the Sticks,’ calling the keyboard man “legendary."

Recorded with two young French musicians, the album presents some newly improvised songs along with blues classics. Sam earned a standing ovation at Lincoln Center Out of Doors over the weekend and was the subject of a New Yorker illustration last week.

Sam recently recalled how Jimi Hendrix sat in with him and inspired him to push his showmanship to new heights, saying, “We used to play shows together; you know, he made my show greater than his show. He had a nine piece band playin’ downstairs, and he heard me and my drummer playing upstairs; I was playing the button board, and I had it so I could sit down behind it and play it like a big organ. All the other musicians would come listen to us when the finished their sets, and then one night I noticed the crowd got extra, extra hot. I looked over my left shoulder--on my left they had a jukebox, like an old-time jukebox about six feet tall--and Jimi was on top of the jukebox playing his guitar behind his head. He sort of had to crouch because of the ceiling, but I said oh my, he’s making my show better than his. After I saw that, I knew I had to do something else so I started carrying my button board into the crowd so I could get some attention back on my show! That really started a trend for me, because nobody was carrying their keyboard into the audience then.”

Sam earned his nickname by mounting his keyboard on an ironing board with a strap that allowed him to walk the stage while playing, much as he did at Lincoln Center on Sunday, where fellow Music Maker Relief Foundation artists Dom Flemons, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, and Albert White joined him on stage.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Music Maker Relief Foundation. Next up is a new book “We are the Music Makers” (out September 15), a 2CD set of the same title (September 30), and a Homecoming festival October 3-4 in Hillsborough, NC.