Wednesday, October 1, 2014

“LEGENDARY” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES) SUGAR RAY & THE BLUETONES’ NAIL IT ON ‘LIVING TEAR TO TEAR’

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones – the blues ensemble celebrating its 35th anniversary and featuring the three-time GRAMMY-nominated frontman Sugar Ray Norcia – is earning raves for its new album ‘Living Tear To Tear’ (Severn Records). “Our Story” premiered at Huffington Post.

Here’s what we are reading:

“The hard-swinging band fully absorbed the lessons learned from Chicago blues masters.” - Damian Fanelli, Guitar World, July 29, 2014

“Legendary blues ensemble.” –Chicago Sun-Times, July 17, 2014

"If authenticity is your bag, these are the guys to check out."
- Ed Friedland, Bass Player, November, 2014

"[Sugar Ray Norcia's] voice is soulfully engaging, in sync with Welch's guitar and his own masterful harmonica playing." –Samantha M. Lopez, Elmore Magazine, August 7, 2014

“A gem… The album is a pleasure to hear.” – Bill Wilcox, Twangville, August 29, 2014

“Remarkable… If Muddy Waters was still out there in 2014, he and his band would sound a lot like this--and that's a good thing.” –Jay Miller, Patriot-Ledger (MA), August 2, 2014

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones Tour Dates

Friday, October 10 - Chans, Woonsocket, RI
Friday, October 24 - Johnny D's Uptown, Somerville, MA
Saturday, November 1 - The Flying Monkey Performance Center, Plymouth,NH (with Tommy Castro)
Thursday, December 4 - Sculler's Jazz Club, Boston, MA

Monday, September 29, 2014

GRACE ASKEW LAUNCHES FALL TOUR AS RELIX LIKENS HER TO WANDA JACKSON AND HOWLIN’ WOLF

WANDA JACKSON SUPPORT SLOT PLANNED OCT 15

Grace Askew – the Tennessee Tumbleweed – will launch a fall headlining tour amidst raves from SPIN, Rolling Stone, Yahoo! Music, LA Magazine, and beyond. It will include an October 15 concert opening for Wanda Jackson.

Most recently, in a review of 'Scaredy Cat' in the September issue of Relix Magazine, Jeff Tamarkin writes, "Grace Askew, on Scaredy Cat, is some kind of moonshine-soaked cross between Wanda Jackson, Howlin’ Wolf and one mean, coiled-up rattlesnake."

Grace Askew Fall Tour:

Oct 03 - Windy City Grille - Como, MS
Oct 04 - Bar DKDC - Memphis, TN
Oct 09 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Oct 10 - Nippersink Music and Arts Fest - Mundelein, IL
Oct 10 - Loaded Buffalo - Mundelein, IL
Oct 12 - Rozz-Tox - Rock Island, IL
Oct 15 - The Dakota - Minneapolis, MN (with Wanda Jackson)
Oct 16 - Rich's Bar and Grill @ Russell's - Annandale, MN
Oct 17 - Brew Ales & Eats - Perham, MN
Oct 26 - Pony Bar - Pony, MT (with Montana Rose)
Oct 28 - The Alibi Pub -Laramie, WY
Oct 30 - Lion's Lair - Denver, CO
Oct 31 - Lost Love Saloon - Red River, NM
Nov 05 - The Cowgirl BBQ - Santa Fe, NM
Nov 07 - Pecos Flavors Winery - Roswell, NM
Nov 08 - The Blue Light - Lubbock, TX
Nov 13 - Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN (with The Dirty Guv'nahs)
Nov 18 - Mucky Duck - Houston, TX
Nov 22 - The Booksellers at Laurelwood - Memphis, TN
Nov 22 - The Continental Club Austin - Austin, TX
Nov 30 - The Frog Pond - Silverhill, AL

Thursday, September 25, 2014

VISIT TO HANK WILLIAMS MUSEUM IN MONTGOMERY CHANGES JOE FLETCHER’S LIFE, INSPIRES NEW SONG “HAINT BLUE CADILLAC”

HANK I’S “RAMBLIN’ MAN” PROVIDES CREED FOR NEW ALBUM ‘YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG MAN’ (OCTOBER 7) AS ROLLING STONE RUNS PREVIEW

On Joe Fletcher’s first tour through Alabama, he stopped at the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery. “I was stopped in my tracks by the pale blue Cadillac just a few feet in front of me. This, of course, is the car that Hank passed away in somewhere between Bristol, VA and Oak Hill, WV in the first few hours of the first day of 1953,” he says. He examined the car, the stitching on the suits, the photographs and handwritten lyrics. “Not one other patron entered the museum over the next hour or so,” he remembers.

Fletcher goes on, “As I circled back through towards the entrance, I stood and stared a little longer at Thee Cadillac. Suddenly ‘Ramblin' Man’ came on over the speakers. I had long identified with this song as a declaration of his devotion to a risky way of life, a way of life that baffles and alienates those with more traditional values. Hank explains here that he doesn't have a choice in this calling and that it's not important that anyone else give their blessing. He asks only for understanding from those that matter to him. I could never describe the experience I had over those few minutes, but I can tell you it changed my life forever.”

“Haint Blue Cadillac,” recorded solo electric, was written a year later, portraying the ghost of Hank accompanying Joe for a drink at a local tavern. Fletcher says, “The only tribute I could possibly pay that morning was try to capture the essence of it in a song. This tale is not what happened, nor its it what I saw that day. Something was still nagging at me to put a frame around that very special morning.”

Last week, Rolling Stone previewed ‘You’ve Got the Wrong Man,’ out October 7 on Wrong Reasons Records, saying, “With a narrative writing style that eschews traditional structure in favor of twist-and-turn tales, Joe Fletcher's songs are like the musical version of Lombard Street: they wind and roll with steep changes, always ending with a birds-eye view that suddenly organizes it all into one delicate vision. The Rhode Islander-turned-Nashvillian's words flow more like folk poetry than verse-chorus status quo, picking on a honky-tonk spirit with a Tom Waits heart.”

Tour dates are here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

“AMERICANA MASTER” (NASHVILLE SCENE) DOM FLEMONS TO PERFORM AT MADISON SQUARE PARK OCTOBER 4, SUBCULTURE OCTOBER 11, AND CITY WINERY CABINET OF WONDERS (NPR)

The American Songster Dom Flemons’ October tour will include three performances in NYC:

* October 4 in Madison Square Park
* October 11 at SubCulture
* and October 24 as part of the Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery, also featuring Eric Andersen, Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk), Eugene Mirman, Dani Shapiro, and Sarah Vowell.

Cabinet of Wonders has been picked up by NPR as a syndicated program and is hosted by Wesley Stace.

Flemons last performed in NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in August. He earlier discussed what it means to be the American Songster in an extended interview with Terry Gross on NPR Fresh Air.

A founding member of the GRAMMY-winning, Newport Folk Festival-playing Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons lived in NYC until last year, when he made the move back to North Carolina. Here’s what others are saying about the new album ‘Prospect Hill,’ which features a guest spot from New Yorker Guy Davis:

“Exceptional.”
-Robin Denselow, The Guardian (UK), July 28, 2014

“Unforgettable.”
-Clive Davis, The Times (UK), July 25, 2014

“Flemons’ harmonica-heavy, foot-tapping folk makes for the perfect hot summer soundtrack.”
-Dacey Orr, Paste, June 2, 2014

“This is interracial hoedown music, irresistibly delivered with a wink and a strut, and it sounds unlike anything else on the market today.”
-John Morthland, Wondering Sound / eMusic, July 25, 2014

“Dom Flemons satisfied an old-time craving.”
-Chris Parton, CMT Edge, June 4, 2014

“A mix of traditional and original songs that explore different moods and strains of Americana… from both the head and the heart.”
-James Reed, Boston Globe, June 26, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JOE FLETCHER JOINS BILL WITH LUCINDA WILLIAMS, THE LONE BELLOW, LINDA PERHACS, JACKSON BROWNE, MANY MORE FOR NEWPORT FOLK FEST’S WAY OVER YONDER SEPTEMBER 26

ROLLING STONE PREVIEWS FLETCHER’S “DELICATE VISION [AND] FOLK POETRY” OF ‘YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG MAN,’ OUT OCT 7

Joe Fletcher will perform Friday at Way Over Yonder, presented by Newport Folk Festival, on the Carousel Stage at Santa Monica Pier at 6:40pm. He joins an all-star bill featuring Lucinda Williams, The Lone Bellow, Linda Perhacs, Jackson Browne, and many others at the two-day festival.

Last week, Rolling Stone previewed his new album ‘You’ve Got the Wrong Man’ (October 7) and set at Americana Music Fest, saying, “With a narrative writing style that eschews traditional structure in favor of twist-and-turn tales, Joe Fletcher's songs are like the musical version of Lombard Street: they wind and roll with steep changes, always ending with a birds-eye view that suddenly organizes it all into one delicate vision. The Rhode Islander-turned-Nashvillian's words flow more like folk poetry than verse-chorus status quo, picking on a honky-tonk spirit with a Tom Waits heart.”

Meanwhile, Paste Magazine premiered “I Never (Reprise),” which features a chorus of his Nashville-based friends including John McCauley of Deer Tick.

Monday, September 22, 2014

DOM FLEMONS ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES SUPPORTING OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, ON TOUR NOW WITH POKEY LAFARGE AS SUPPORT AND EMCEE, HEADLINING IN OCTOBER

MUSIC CITY EMBRACES DOM FLEMONS

The American Songster Dom Flemons has thirty tour dates this fall, in September with Pokey LaFarge on the revue-style Central Time Tour, headlining in October, and newly announced dates in November supporting Old Crow Medicine Show.

Photos of Dom: http://nicklosseaton.blogspot.com/2014/04/dom-flemons-photos.html

Flemons just played Nashville, TN where the Nashville Scene called him an “Americana master” and Peter Cooper wrote a profile for the Tennessean, writing, “Everything Flemons does as an entertainer is informed by his deep listening and study. But ‘study’ sounds like something academic, and Flemons trades on something more fun than academia. He internalizes his learning, then externalizes it, and then we hear it and tap our feet and smile”: http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/2014/09/12/dom-flemons-mines-annals-american-song/15362357/

NPR Fresh Air recently aired a full-length performance/chat on the American Songster: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/30/336577946/dom-flemons-holds-onto-that-old-time-root

Flemons performed at Lincoln Center last month and was the subject of a New Yorker illustration.

Dom Flemons Tour Dates:

September 23 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre *
September 24 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note *
September 27 – Peninsula, OH – G.A.R. Hall **
September 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe **
September 30 – Lancaster, PA – Tellus 360 **
October 1 – Washington, D.C. – The Hamilton **
October 3 – Arden, DE – Arden Gild Hall **
October 4 – New York, NY – Madison Square Park
October 5 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre **
October 7 – Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel **
October 8 – Hamden, CT – The Outer Space Ballroom **
October 9 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse **
October 10 – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim **
October 11 – New York, NY – SubCulture **
October 13 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground **
October 15 – Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center **
October 17 – Black Mountain, NC – Lake Eden Arts Festival
October 18 – Black Mountain, NC – Lake Eden Arts Festival
October 19 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
November 14 - Louisville, KY - Palace ***
November 15 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum ***
November 20 - Athens, GA -The Classic Center ***
November 21 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre ***

* Central Time Tour with Pokey LaFarge; Joel Savoy, Jesse L├ęge & The Cajun Country Revival; The Tillers; and The Loot Rock Gang
** With Grace and Tony
*** With Old Crow Medicine Show