Thursday, June 22, 2017

Susan Cattaneo artwork

 Credit: Jyoti Sackett
 The Hammer & The Heart cover art

Susan w/ Bill Kirchen, credit: Dino Cattaneo

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED PERFORMANCE/CHAT, KCRW & OKAYPLAYER HAIL ECLECTIC MUSICIAN KRYSTLE WARREN’S FIRST ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS ‘THREE THE HARD WAY’ (AUGUST 18 / PARLOUR DOOR MUSIC)

2012’S ‘LOVE SONGS,” ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR” (GUARDIAN) TO BE REISSUED FOR ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY
 
“ONE OF THE GREATEST LIVING SINGERS,” SAYS COLLABORATOR RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
 
Krystle Warren – the singer, songwriter, bandleader, and Rufus Wainwright collaborator  – will release her first album in five years ‘Three The Hard Way’ on August 18 on Parlour Door Music. NPR All Things Considered spoke with her about the announcement, calling her music “evocative storytelling."
 
Link to first single “Thanks and Praise” (OK to share).
 
Recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Ben Kane (D’Angelo, Emily King, PJ Morton), it’s also earned early spins on KCRW. okayplayer hailed its announcement, calling her "a light in dark times," continuing, "If you're a fan of uncut soul and spirited r&b, Krystle Warren should not escape your gaze or rotation.” A potent mix of styles, ‘Three The Hard Way’ swirls with R&B, folk music, jazz, hip hop, blues, gospel strains and yet is entirely original in its sound and scope, which ranges from spirituality and love to the effects of social media on our lives and gentrification. One of the album’s most poignant moments is “Red Clay,” about the Tulsa, OK African-American community of Greenwood that was destroyed by the Klu Klux Klan in a riot in 1921, not far from where Warren’s grandmother lived.
 
She will also reissue her 2012 album ‘Love Songs,’ hailed as “one of the best albums of the year” by the Guardian, on July 30, also on Parlour Door Music.
 
Warren has earned effusive and widespread praise in the press and among her peers:
 
"Formidable… one of the greatest living singers at the moment." -Rufus Wainwright
 
“Established talent” – T Magazine
 
"Krystle Warren: you should really give her a listen. You won't believe what you're hearing; she's amazing." - KD Lang
 
“****… remarkable… gloriously original.” – The Guardian
 
“Explosive… smoky voiced” – LA Times
 
“Impressive.” –Consequence of Sound
 
"Warren's voice is an extraordinary instrument, murmuring with tenderness at times, growling with intensity at others. It vividly recalls Nina Simone in its depth and smokiness, as well as John Martyn and [Jeff] Buckley in terms of virtuosic variety."  -The Guardian
 
Already in her career, she was handpicked by Joe Boyd to tour as part of Way To Blue, a stage tribute to Nick Drake. Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, she now lives with her partner in Paris, France; her time in Paris is tackled in “If Memory Serves Me Well.”
 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Krystle Warren photos

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Above credit: Jamison Kaye

Above credit: Alison Shurman
Above crdit: Manu Noyon

Above credit: Manu Noyon

“FASCINATING” (CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND) NEW BOOK I GOT A SONG: A HISTORY OF THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL OUT THIS MONTH ON WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESS AS FEST FAST APPROACHES


The first full-length history of the Newport Folk Festival, I Got A Song, is earning praise as its author Rick Massimo confirmed a presentation at the Newport fort on July 30. Here’s some of what we’re reading:
 
“In I Got a Song, which is out this week via Wesleyan University Press, Massimo juggles the decades of triumphs, struggles and personalities with aplomb, building a foundation on years of research and first-hand encounters as a longtime festival correspondent for the Providence Journal, and supplementing them with dozens of interviews with performers, fans and organizers.”
- Matthew Oshinsky, Paste Magazine, June 7, 2017
 
Fascinating… [Massimo] tells a story that’s not just about one festival in the smallest state of the country, but about folk music as a whole.”
- Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound, May 24, 2017
 
“A treasure trove.”
- Ken Abrams, No Depression, May 14, 2017
 
“Engaging and at times touching.”
- Christopher John Stephens, Pop Matters, April 17, 2017
 
"Filled with interviews."
- Neil Pond, Parade, June 5, 2017
 
“A peek behind the scenes.”
- Relix Magazine, June/July, 2017
 
“Compelling… details evolution, tradition, evolving tradition, and capturing a spirit through storytelling.”
- Fallon Masterson, Vanyaland, June 6, 2017
 
“Yes, this is a fantastic book for us, the music reviewer invested in the Newport Folk Festival. Yes, it will be fantastic for the music aficionado, as well… we came into ‘I Got A Song’ expecting a light beach read, and left with a heady brew of history and excitement in the country’s premier music festival.”
- Matt Keefer, Music Ravings, June 5, 2017
 
July 27 – Books On The Square – Providence, RI
July 30 – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
August 2 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“STUNNING” (Q) AMERICANA TRIO APPLEWOOD ROAD PLOT US SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM JULY 14 AFTER UK ACCLAIM

Barker is from Australia, Rubarth grew up in California and Speace is from Baltimore, but at times they can sound as if they spent their childhoods singing together around a family hearth in the Appalachians” – Richard Williams, The Blue Moment (UK)
Crosby, Stills & Nash; Simon & Garfunkel; The Everly Brothers; The Civil Wars; Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: some bands have voices that were just meant to sing together. Applewood Road is one of those bands.  

A chance meeting in an East Nashville cafe during AmericanaFest led to Amy Speace, Emily Barker, and Amber Rubarth writing the song “Applewood Road,” the nugget of which came from a dream that Rubarth had. The trio booked an immediate session to lay it down at the analogue studio Welcome To 1979.  Barker says, “We felt our voices blended naturally, and went away beaming with the joy of having created the song together.”
All three recognized the magic of that recording and plans were put in place to return to record a full-length album. Also entitled “Applewood Road,” the resulting thirteen-song set adds two bonus track for US release on Gearbox Records on July 14, 2017, including a stunning live cover of R.E.M.'s hit song "Losing My Religion." 
Applewood Road” music video (OK to share): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8U9zlRzqaQ
The album is chock full of highlights and each songwriter contributed several songs, including a co-write between Rubarth and frequent Norah Jones collaborator Adam Levy on the beautiful “To the Stars.” Rubarth explores our innate draw to both the familiar and the unknown on “Old Time Country Song.” Barker wrote songs in northern Europe, Nashville, and her native Australia for the project, including “Bring the Car Round,” inspired by the wildfires Down Under. Speace’s lullaby to her niece and nephew took a dark, more mature turn on “Josephine.”
Each of the songwriters has their own distinguished solo career: Speace was personally signed by Judy Collins; an NPR critic said, "Her velvety achey voice recalls an early Lucinda Williams." Speace was personally discovered by folk icon Judy Collins who signed her to her own record label and recorded her songs;  she has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered" and The New York Times writes “what Amy Speace says — what she sings — she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity." Many will know Barker’s music from the award-winning theme to PBS Masterpiece series “Wallander” starring Kenneth Branagh; her new album “Sweet Kind of Blue" was recorded in Memphis with Grammy-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price). Rubarth has shared her songs from South Africa to Japan to Carnegie Hall, opening for legends like Emmylou Harris and Ralph Stanley; her new album 'Wildflowers in the Graveyard' releases early Autumn, followed by her acting debut starring in feature film “American Folk” (2018).
Here’s what UK press had to say about Applewood Road: 
****… a stunning country showcase of three gorgeous but markedly different voices.” – Q
“Flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year... Unfailingly seductive and wistful.”Sunday Times
“*****… There’s a moreish magic to the harmonies of this country-folk trio that recalls the vintage appeal of the Everlys and the Andrews” – Telegraph
“Truly gorgeous…” – Maverick Magazine
“*****… full of style, allure and artistry… likely to be in my top five albums this year.” – R2
“****… Sometimes things just seem meant to be… honey-harmonied wonder… magic.” – Record Collector
The album was recorded live, direct to tape, at Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville with the performers gathered around a single microphone. Alongside the three band members, the album features contributions from Aaron Lee Tasjan, Josh Day, Fats Kaplin, Jabe Beyer, and Telisha Williams. It was mastered at Gearbox Records with vintage analogue equipment.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL TO HOST RICK MASSIMO PRESENTATION ON NEW BOOK I GOT A SONG: A HISTORY OF THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, JULY 30


Newport Folk Festival has confirmed that Rick Massimo will do a presentation on his book I Got A Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 30. The book comes out next week on Wesleyan University Press. I Got a Song is the first book-length history of an essential American music festival
 
Consequence of Sound called it “fascinating” while No Depression called it “a treasure trove.” Other praise or excerpts have run in Paste, Pop Matters, and American Songwriter. Paste spoke to Massimo and Jay Sweet for a joint video interview in NYC.
 
Rick Massimo appearances:
 
July 27Books On The SquareProvidence, RI
July 30 – Newport Folk Festival – Newport, RI
August 2 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA

Friday, May 26, 2017

Applewood Road "Applewood Road" music video

About Applewood Road

In September 2014, three songwriters met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing touches to their first song, ‘Applewood Road’, which they recorded live to tape at Nashville’s all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979.

The song’s nostalgic air, along with the clear, sparse arrangement of three vocals accompanied by double bass, drew immediate positive response, and they decided to expand the idea into a full album.
Six months later, they reconvened to write, rehearse and record songs for the self-titled album Applewood Road. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape with minimal accompaniment from some of Nashville’s finest session players, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Josh Day,  Fats Kaplin, Jabe Beyer, and Telisha Williams.

The tapes were assembled at London’s most exclusive high-end mastering suite, Gearbox Records, mastered through their vintage analogue outboard, and lacquers cut in-house on their own Haeco lathe.

Applewood Road is Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace.

About Amy Speace:

Amy Speace is a folk singer, timeless and classic, and a bit out of her own era. “She has one of the richest and loveliest voices in the genre and her songs are luxuriously smart,” writes Craig Havighurst (host of Nashville’s “Music City Roots). “She’s profoundly personal yet also a bit mythic.”  Since her discovery in 2006 by folk-pop icon Judy Collins, Speace has been heralded as one of the leading voices of the new generation of American folk singers. Her latest release, “That Kind Of Girl”, received rave reviews by Billboard MagazineThe New York Times and NPR.  Recorded live in 3 days with her longtime collaborator/producer Neilson Hubbard,  with a small combo featuring Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris) and Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Girl is spare, direct and brutally honest and is her most personal collection of songs yet.

Born in Baltimore, Amy Speace studied classical acting in New York City after graduating from Amherst College and then spent a few years with The National Shakespeare Company and other Off-Off Broadway classical rep companies, doing guerrilla Shakespeare in Lower East Side parking lots, working backstage on Broadway, writing poetry in cafes and feeling increasingly like success as a theater artist was just out of reach. In that season of doubt, she bought a cheap guitar at a pawn shop in the East Village and began putting her poetry to music and in short time was appearing at local folk clubs The Sidewalk Cafe, The Bitter End and The Living Room. Judy Collins’ manager caught a set of Amy’s at the 2005 SXSW conference and brought her demo back to Collins, who had just started her own imprint, Wildflower Records and immediately signed Amy.  Her Wildflower Records debut “Songs For Bright Street,” was released to rave reviews in 2006 and featured E-Street band fiddler Soozie Tyrell and a duet with The Jayhawks Gary Louris.  That year she was nominated as Best New Artist by the International Folk Alliance.  In 2009 she released “The Killer In Me,” recorded in North Carolina with Mitch Easter (REM, the db’s), which had NPR comparing her to a young Lucinda Williams.  That record's bonus track, an acoustic version of her song "Weight of the World" was recorded later that year by Judy Collins herself, who named it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard.”  WFUV, NYC's premier AAA radio station, awarded "Weight of the World" the #4 Folk Song of the Decade.  Seeking new inspiration, in late 2009, Speace moved to Nashville, changing management and labels, and began collaborating with producer/songwriter Neilson Hubbard on a collection of songs that would become  the  cinematic “Land Like A Bird,” released in 2011 on Thirty Tigers.  In 2013, she received the best reviews of her career with the epic "How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat,” a string-laden song cycle inspired by Shakespeare, winning 4 stars from Mojo Magazine and a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.  Rock critic Dave Marsh, long a fan, who contributed the album's liner notes, wrote "Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open." 

An accidental side project was born in East Nashville in 2015, when Applewood Road was formed.  The trio of Speace, Amber Rubarth and Emily Barker  met in 2015 at a coffeeshop in East Nashville and, after writing one song together, were signed to a deal with the London-based Gearbox Records. Their eponymous debut was recorded in 4 days around one microphone at Nashville's analog studio Welcome To 1979 and was released in the UK in February 2016 to astonishing 4 and 5 star reviews. The Sunday London Times called the album “a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year” and The Telegraph wrote “There’s a Moorish magic to the harmonies of this country-folk trio that recalls the vintage appeal of the Everlys and the Andrews.”  Applewood Road appeared that summer at Glastonbury Festival, The Cambridge Folk Festival and on the Andrew Marr Show. 



About Amber Rubarth:

"Part of the new old-soul generation." - HUFFINGTON POST

"She has developed a unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era." - ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE

Amber Rubarth has a playful simplicity and insightfulness to her musings on life that has connected with people around the world.  She has performed in villages across South Africa and small clubs in Japan, at Carnegie Hall, and backed up by a full chamber orchestra, as well as hundreds of clubs and theaters throughout Europe and the US. "She has developed a unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era." -Acoustic Guitar Magazine.  The word has spread organically around her independently released albums, attracting glowing features from The Huffington Post, NPR, and BBC Radio.  She has been hand-picked to open tours for songwriting legends Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Richie Havens, Marc Cohn, Loudon Wainwright III and Dr. Ralph Stanley and was awarded Grand Prize in NPR's Mountain Stage New Song Contest.  A live recording of Rubarth from Memphis' legendary Sun Studio is currently airing on PBS.Rubarth's forthcoming record, Wildflowers in the Graveyard, is a collection of songs centered around the theme of of life/death/rebirth in nature and relationships.  It opens with her raw vocals and a finger-picked guitar, "There are wildflowers springing up at the graveyard / An oak tree that's been standing here so long / And dandelions pretty in the sunshine / 'til the wind blows and they're gone." All songs are self-penned and recorded analogue straight to 2" tape with engineer and co-producer Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dawes) in her hometown of Nashville.  The record has a bold magnetic energy that draws you in to each nuance and detail, revealing layers with the elegance of a wildflower in a land consumed by fireworks.In addition to her solo music, Amber recently made her acting debut co-starring alongside folk troubadour Joe Purdy in the new feature film American Folk, which won Best of at the Cleveland International Film Festival and will release in the Autumn 2017.   She has also scored and composed for films including the highly acclaimed Sundance Film Festival winner Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (with Paul Brill) and the award-winning documentary Desert Runners.  She also is the founder of two collaboration projects, Brooklyn indie band The Paper Raincoat, an iTunes Indie Spotlight featured in commercials for Google and Aquafina, and the UK-based harmony folk trio Applewood Road, whose debut album was named The Telegraph's Best Albums of 2016.
Wildflowers in the Graveyard will be released worldwide Summer 2017.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BEHIND BEST OF THE YEAR PRAISE, JAKE LA BOTZ’S NEW ALBUM ‘SUNNYSIDE’ SAW BOOST FROM PRODUCER JIMMY SUTTON (JD MCPHERSON, POKEY LAFARAGE)

 
MERCURY LOUNGE, KUNG FU NECKTIE, HIDEOUT CONFIRMED AS PART OF ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
 
SESSION CONFIRMED WITH NPR’S WORLD CAFE
 
“One of the year’s best Americana albums.”
– Sarah Zupko, Pop Matters, May 4, 2017
 
“One of our favorite albums of the year.”
– Robert McCormick, Inked Magazine, May 9, 2017
 
NPR asked JD McPherson about the making of his album ‘Signs & Signifiers’ and JD told them, “When we were making this record, Jimmy, the producer, he walked around with a metronome and he'd mess with the metronome and dance around until he found the most danceable beats per minute and that's what we record at.” He’s applied similar magic behind the dials at his own Hi-Style Studio in Chicago to Jake La Botz’s ‘Sunnyside,’ out last week on Hi-Style Records and the result earning raves as a potential best album of 2017.
 
“How I Wish She Was Mine” embeddable single
 
Jimmy, who also co-produced Pokey LaFarge’s breakthrough ‘Something In The Water,’ confesses that scaling up to those golden early rock & roll grooves on ‘Sunnyside’ took some work, "The biggest challenge for me was figuring how to translate Jake: I always knew him as a stripped down solo act. Discovering how to capture the solitude and emotional depth of Jake's solo artist sound while enriching it with musical accompaniment was a challenge."
 
Jake recalls, "I learned a lot about developing my songs by working with Jimmy. I've always been a kind of loner type – in everything, not just creating – but giving over to collaboration with the arrangements I found a lot of discoveries happening for me. I began to really appreciate Jimmy's sensibilities and looked forward to his input. I even started to write songs with his arrangements in mind as well as the sound of the Hi-Style studio."
 
Sutton, along with Alex Hall, had built the Hi-Style Studio to capture sound with all ribbon, tube, and dynamic microphones passed through tube mixers and preamps onto ¼-inch tape.
 
Demoed years, earlier, the title track’s demo formed the basis of the vulnerability on its final rendition. Jimmy reveals, “I wasn't crazy about the guitar sound. But we added some piano and listened to it and I started to love it. When we came back to the demo a couple of years later we realized we had something great to build around. We added drums, bass, backing vocals and it became, what I think, is one of the best songs on the album."
 
NPR World Café has confirmed a performance/chat.
 
Jake La Botz Tour Dates:
 
May 31 – Music City Roots - Franklin, TN                       
June 3 - Kiki's House of Righteous Music - Madison, WI                          
June 4 - Record Release Show at The Hideout - Chicago, IL                       
June 5 - Raccoon Motel - Davenport, IA                             
June 6 - The Southgate House Revival-The Lounge - Newport, KY           
June 8 - Record Archive - Rochester, NY                            
June 10 - Atwood's Tavern - Cambridge, MA                                 
June 14 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA                     
June 19 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY

Monday, May 15, 2017

Tim Duffy bio

Tim Duffy’s career has been driven by the musical traditions of the American South. His championing of these traditions starts with the people who make the music. For decades now, he has provided for musicians’ basic needs, guided their careers, and documented their lives in stunning photographs.
            After living for a time in the Old Town section of Mombasa, Kenya, Tim returned to the States and completed an M.A. in Folklore at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He formed relationships with several traditional musicians and began searching for a legendary bluesman they told him about named Guitar Gabriel. In Winston-Salem, North Carolina Tim not only found Gabe, but also a community of impoverished musicians who, despite their material lack, were rich in the traditions of the African American South. Tim set about doing what he could to, first, take care of their basic needs and, then, to get them gigs and document their music. The Music Maker Relief Foundation was born. In the 22 years since its founding, Tim—along with his wife and Managing Director, Denise, and their dedicated team—have assisted and partnered with over 300 artists, issued over 150 CDs, and reached over a million people with live performance in over 40 states and 17 countries around the globe. Tim has been recognized by the ABC Evening News as “Person of the Week,” and has been featured in stories by Time, NPR, CBS, PBS and several local media outlets.
            Given the nature of Music Maker’s mission, Tim gained in-depth experience with booking, promotion, artist development, and other managerial aspects of the music industry. Drawing on this expertise, he established Music Maker’s Next Generation program, and brought the Carolina Chocolate Drops to the public’s attention. These young African American musicians reinvigorated a range of traditional music styles, wowed audiences in the States and abroad, and won a Grammy in 2011. Members of the group remain close Music Maker associates. Tim continues his management work with Next Generation artists like Lakota John and Spencer Branch.
            Photography has been at the heart of Tim Duffy’s Music Maker journey. Tim took pictures initially for documentary purposes, but soon realized that some of these images told rich, visually and emotionally intricate stories. The great depth of Tim’s photographic vision became clear when he turned to the photographic methods of the 19th century, including the platinum palladium process dating back to the 1870s. His wet plate portraits transport viewers into the space of the living past that he has worked so hard to preserve. These images have been on display at the Atrium Gallery of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the Morris Museum in Augusta, GA, and several galleries in North Carolina, New York, and Kentucky. Some of his plates have become part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of African American Culture and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

13TH PONDEROSA STOMP FESTIVAL SET FOR OCTOBER 6-7, 2017 AT NEW ORLEANS ORPHEUM FEATURING THE MUMMIES, GARY US BONDS, DOUG KERSHAW, THE GORIES, BARBARA LYNN, ARCHIE BELL, EVIE SANDS, TEXAS HONKY TONK REVUE AND MORE

ROKY ERICKSON TO PERFORM 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS REPERTOIRE
PONDEROSA STOMP CONFERENCE FEATURES PERFORMER INTERVIEWS, PANELS, FILMS, RECORD SHOW
OCT 5-6 AT ACE HOTEL NEW ORLEANS
“A party on its way to becoming an institution.”
— Jon Pareles, New York Times
[The Ponderosa Stomp] is this incredible multi-day event of the less familiar names from music history. It’s a labor of love. For the last 15 years, we have not missed one. ... The number of artists that you never thought you’d get to see, and then the people you hadn’t even heard about — it really is revelatory every time.”
— Ira Kaplan, Yo La Tengo
The thirteenth Ponderosa Stomp Concert will bring the forgotten heroes and heroines of rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & blues, blues, garage rock, soul, and rockabilly to New Orleans for a two-night concert October 6-7 at New Orleans’ Orpheum (129 Roosevelt Way).
Here’s a Spotify playlist of artists performing at the 2017 Ponderosa Stomp: https://play.spotify.com/user/ponderosastomp/playlist/2ptcXdd2KlAA3ZVaxA9IU4
It will feature many performers who rarely grace the stage:
+ Roky Erickson performing the music of his legendary psychedelic ‘60s band the 13th Floor Elevators
+ late ‘80s/early ‘90s garage rockers The Mummies
+ “Quarter To Three” hitmaker Gary U.S. Bonds
+ “Louisiana Man” artist and Johnny Cash Show guest Doug Kershaw
+ Detroit White Stripes antecedents The Gories
+ rhythm and blues great Barbara Lynn, who was covered by the Rolling Stones
+ Archie Bell of “Tighten Up” fame
+ father of “The Voice” Winner, Sundance Head, and “Treat Her Right” singer Roy Head
+ masked Japanese garage band, The Stompin’ Riffraffs
+ piano pounder Linda Gail Lewis
+ Little Richard, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner sideman turned R&B Soul Singer Winfield Parker
+ a Texas Honky Tonk Revue Featuring Frankie Miller, Darrell McCall, and James Hand
+ the “husky, soulful voice” (All Music Guide) of Evie Sands
+ Chicago blues harmonica great Billy Boy Arnold, who was recently covered by JD McPherson
+ first generation rockabilly artist Johnny Knight
+ a Swamp Pop Revue Featuring GG Shinn, Warren Storm, and TK Hulin
+ Louisiana’s Lil Buck Sinegal and the Top Cats
+ T-Bone Walker acolyte and accompanist, Chuck Willis creative collaborator, and Ray + Charles sideman Roy Gaines
+ New Orleans rhythm and blues man Willie West
+ GRAMMY-nominated Yep Roc band Los Straitjackets
+ LA’s rockabilly masters Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics
+ and Austinites Eve and the Exiles.
More acts will be announced soon as well!
The two-night must-see concert spotlights live performances by hall-of-fame-level artists who — though they never became household names themselves — influenced contemporaries like Elvis and the Rolling Stones and made hits that inspired musical giants from Prince to David Bowie to pick up instruments. They shaped the course of popular music, but haven’t had the exposure they deserve.
The Ponderosa Stomp Festival has often represented the first chance to see these types of artists do their classic repertoire in decades, as was the case when Howard Tate’s set lead to a late-career record deal and new touring. In other cases, it has represented the last chance to see an important act, as P.F. Sloan passed away some six weeks after his Ponderosa Stomp set led to a massive ovation. The stories behind the music are documented in a two-day conference October 5 and 6 at the Ace Hotel New Orleans.
Tickets are on sale today:
Travel packages are also available:
The biennial Festival is the signature program of the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, a New Orleans-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the legacy, revitalizing the careers, and preserving the history of American music and musicians.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ponderosa Stomp artwork


Above: Barbara Lynn, Roy Head, Lil' Buck Sinegal, credit: Kerri Mahoney Design

Above: Barbara Lynn, Roy Head, Lil' Buck Sinegal, credit: Kerri Mahoney Design


 Above: Gary "US" Bonds
Above: Frankie Miller

Above: Barbara Lynn by Joseph Rosen

Monday, May 1, 2017

“IMPRESSIVE” (PASTE) BETH BOMBARA JOINS GREEN ROOM MUSIC SOURCE, RELEASES NEW VIDEO, HITS AMA TOP 40 RADIO

Beth Bombara – the St. Louis-based Americana/indie rock artist whose album ‘Map & No Direction’ came out last month to raves, has been busy this month, too.

+ ‘Map & No Direction’ has skyrocketed to #29 on the Americana Music Association radio chart.

+ Beth has signed with Green Room Music Source for booking. Green Room also reps Gaelynn Lea, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Sarah Potenza.

+ USA Today picked up on ‘Map & No Direction,’ praising her “fine hooks and melodies” in an online review.

+ No Depression premiered her latest music video with a full Q&A. Here’s the new video for the hook-filled “I Tried,” shot in St. Louis in the snow.

+ Paste Magazine caught a set of hers, calling her “impressive."

+ She taped syndicated radio show Music City Roots in Nashville.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

“DIRTY, RAW” (PURE VOLUME) THE SUITCASE JUNKET EXTENDS TOUR, EARNS PRAISE, AS ‘PILE DRIVER’ OUT NEXT WEEK ON SIGNATURE SOUNDS

ADDS CLEARWATER, FLOYD, RED WING FESTS AS WELL AS NYC MERCURY LOUNGE AND BOSTON SINCLAIR HEADLINING PLAYS

With his full-length label debut ‘Pile Driver’ (Signature Sounds) out this week, The Suitcase Junket is extending his tour to include tastemaker venues like NYC’s Mercury Lounge and Cambridge, MA’s Sinclair as well as several festivals. He has taped a session for Relix, displaying the homemade pieces of his band, including a baby shoe hitting a gas can and a box of silverware and bones.

Here’s the early word on ‘Pile Driver’ from press and other artists alike:

"Honest, original, and energetic in its blending of garage rock and Americana... The atmosphere of this album maintains a thread of focus, but delivers twelve tracks that each demonstrate his unique capacity to mix a sense of a folk foundation with lo-fi guitar sounds and a found-object feel."
- Magdalene Taylor, Brooklyn Vegan, April 20, 2017

"I peg him as a weird hybrid of Mississippi-born one-man band Doctor Ross and Americana rocker Langhorne Slim. The Suitcase Junket’s 2017 track 'Evangeline' also sounds a bit like something from Tom Waits’ workbook, which isn’t a bad thing. His forthcoming album, Pile Driver, promises to go places even Doctor Ross couldn’t navigate." – Edd Hurt, Nashville Scene, March 30, 2017

"Lorenz's songs are carefully constructed pieces of rock and American... The found percussion increases Lorenz’s idiosyncracy, and enhances that atmosphere... Lorenz’s songs carry themselves, aside from backstory or unique sounds, relying on his storytelling and melodies. The fact that he’s sonically inventive is just a bonus."
- Justin Cober-Lake, Dusted Magazine, April 28, 2017

"Completely original show, songs from the heart, melodies you'll sing for days. Definitely go check out a show." – Chris Vos, The Record Company

"a thoroughly entertaining record... The Suitcase Junket is well worth listening to... This junkyard set up would be the most interesting thing about Lorenz if he didn’t have songwriting chops. Fortunately, Lorenz’s skills are considerable and the list of weird equipment operates mostly as an effective hook to bring in the curious."
-Chris Conaton, Pop Matters, April 27, 2017

"The Suitcase Junket crafts beautiful music out of items found in
trash." Jim Farber, Real Clear Life, May 9, 2017

"Vast talents... dirty, raw." - Pure Volume, March 6, 2017
"Lorenz isn’t your traditional Americana musician, not by a long shot... Would fit in nicely on a playlist alongside artists such as Shovels & Rope and the Drive-By Truckers." - Amy McCarthy, The Boot, March 16, 2017

"This guy's a maniac -- a one-man band, dumpster-guitar-playing maniac. Strumming a salvaged guitar, banging on a box of cutlery, and releasing a dynamite voice, The Suitcase Junket is the real deal -- and one of the most electric souls we've ever seen on stage. 'Sounds like Jack White,' you're thinking. You ain't wrong."
- Fresh Grass Festival (Sept 16-17)

“Matt Lorenz is, as Suitcase Junket, one of the most startlingly original and inventive solo artists I've ever heard.” – Chris Smither

"I couldn't tell you exactly why I find The [Suitcase] Junket so intriguing but I do. Creativity...Musicianship, for sure. Songwriting. Every time I sit through Pile Driver I wonder. Every time, though, I move." 
- Frank Gutch, Jr., No Depression, May 14, 2017

“The Suitcase Junket is one of the natural wonders of the world. Incandescent creativity, in every direction. I have never seen anything like him before, and I expect I never will again. Sui generis. Holy good goddamn, people.” – Peter Mulvey

"Pursuing your musical career as a one-man band takes a high level of charisma and stamina if you want to keep your audience entertained. Luckily, Matt Lorenz possesses both of those things and he puts them to use as the Suitcase Junket. The New England musician is also talented as a craftsman and as a lyricist... Using his makeshift instruments, Lorenz creates electric music that walks the line between rock and roll and Americana." - Glide Mag, February 13, 2017

"Now this is the shit I'm talking about, Jack. The Suitcase Junket is a lo-fi, low-tuned, low-down blast of end-times folk blues. It's crude; it's magnificent. With a stage set-up that resembles a junkyard foley stage or Fred Sanford's living room, The Suitcase Junket — one man band leader Matt Lorenz — incants and intones like a cross between Hound Dog Taylor and a Tuvan throat singer who has swallowed a bird. Take the singer-songwriter idiom, give it a low grade fever and a guitar and this is what you get. Captivating, mesmerizing, and gone ... real gone." – Frank De Blase, Rochester (NY) City Newspaper, January 13, 2016

"Amazing, unique."
- Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, January 11, 2017

“Jaw-dropping... He does it all so well. It’s the biggest sound i’ve ever heard come from a solo performer. Matt is definitely his own thing and it is something. The live experience is pretty, darn unforgettable.”
- Kevin Cubbins, Beale Street Caravan, May 10, 2017

The Suitcase Junket Tour Dates

April 18 – Avalon Theater – Easton, MD
April 19 – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, D.C.
April 20 – Basin & Main – Honesdale, MD
April 21 – The Shea Theater – Turner Falls, MA
April 27 – Abilene – Rochester, NY
April 28 – The Linda – Albany, NY
April 29 – The Narrows – Fall River, MA
May 3 – Shitty Barn – Spring Green, WI
May 5 – Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN
May 8 - The Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix, AZ (w/ Tift Merritt)
May 10 - Bootleg Front Room - Los Angeles, CA (w/ Tift Merritt)
May 11 - Swedish American Hall - San Francisco, CA (w/ Tift Merritt)
May 12 – Vintage Wine Bar – Redding, CA
May 13 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR (w/ Tift Merritt)
May 14 - The Triple Door - Seattle, WA (w/ Tift Merritt)
May 16 - The Soiled Dove - Denver, CO (w/ Tift Merritt)
May 18 – The Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
May 19 – House Concert – Des Moines, IA
May 21 – Elk Creek – Milheim, PA
May 24 – The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
May 25 – The McNemar House – Buckhannon, WV
May 26 - Jewel City Jamboree - Huntington, WV
May 28 – Virginia Arts Festival FRINGE – Norfolk, VA
May 31 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
June 1 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
June 3 – Club Helsinki – Hudson, NY
June 10 – Roots on the River – Bellows Falls, VT
June 14 – Café Nine – New Haven, CT
June 16 - Stone Mountain Arts Center - Brownfield, ME               
June 17 - Clearwater Festival  - Croton-On-Hudson, NY
July 2 - Great Blue Heron Music Festival - Sherman, NY  
July 7-9 - Winnipeg Folk Festival – Winnipeg, Canada
July 14 - Red Wing Roots Music Festival  - Mount Solon, VA
July 27-28 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA
September 16-17 – FreshGrass Festival – North Adams, MA

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Grace of Jake trailer

FIRST BOOK ON HISTORY OF NEWPORT FOLK FEST ‘I GOT A SONG’ (JUNE 6 / WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRESS) MADE POSSIBLE BY NEW INTERVIEWS WITH ORGANIZERS, ARTISTS FROM PETE SEEGER TO JIM JAMES

PASTE PREVIEWS BOOK WITH FEATURE: http://bit.ly/2ojHiYf

READINGS PLANNED FOR RI, NYC

The first full-length book covering the full story of the Newport Folk Festival – I Got A Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival, by Rick Massimo, is enriched with numerous new interviews. Massimo spoke with organizers, musicians, behind-the-scenes figures from every era, encountering some fascinating tales.

For example, Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show learned to play the guitar from listening to recordings from Newport Folk Festival growing up so it was a special moment for him with OCMS got to step on stage. “He was very conscious of all the traditional musicians who came up from the south, who different it must’ve felt for them to be playing at Newport for then-college kids. He feels a huge affinity for the people who came before him.”

Much of the theme of the book focuses on the changing views of folk music and how they reflected on each era of the festival. Massimo says, “Pete Seeger was in favor of mixing up genres. He donated his fee from the second festival to bring Canadian fiddler Jean Carignan, which was a precursor to the non-profit model. His vision lives on in the For Pete’s Sake stage.” He spent a day with George Wein and hours on the phone with Jay Sweet following the threads as well from the early years of trad music through to songwriters and now to an expansive interpretation of folk.

Joe Boyd, who was doing sound when Bob Dylan went electric, provided insight into that moment. “He had a lot to say about the progress of the ‘60s festival and what happened after Bob Dylan went electric and the folk boom faded. The effect of folk music morphed rock & roll so that you had lyrics with meaning,” says Massimo.

Pete Yarrow was the hardest interview but he finally did come through enthusiastically. John McCauley spoke about reviving the idea of the after party with concerts in town after the festival ends for the night.

Paste ran a feature on February 22 to preview the arrival of the book: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/02/first-ever-book-on-newport-folk-festival-history.html

Rick Massimo appearances:

April 29 – Brooklyn Folk Festival – Brooklyn, NY
July 27 – Books On The Square – Providence, RI

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7703-0

Thursday, April 6, 2017

DEAR AMERICA SPECIAL EVENT APRIL 13 FEATURES PERFORMANCES FROM MUSICIANS REGINA SPEKTOR, AMANDA PALMER, ELVIS PERKINS, JOHN FORTE

WRITERS SUSAN MINOT, A.M. HOLES, ANAND GIRIDHARADAS, MARIA POPOVA, MATTHIEU AIKINS TO SPEAK & READ

SPECIAL EVENT BENEFITS PLANNED PARENTHOOD, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER, THE TREVOR PROJECT, AND NRDC

Special event Dear America will be held on April 13 with musical performances from GRAMMY-nominee Regina Spektor; musician, author, and performance artist Amanda Palmer; and “dark, delicate” (NY Time) music of Elvis Perkins; and John Forte of the Fugees, and noted soprano Julia Bullock. Also speaking and reading is an array of writers, including poet, short-story writer, novelist and screenwriter and incarceration activist Susan Minot; A.M. Homes; author of The True America: Murder and Mercy in Texas Anand Giridharadas; Brain Pickings podcast mastermind and published writer Maria Popova; and noted war correspondant Matthieu Aikins. The special event benefits Planned Parenthood, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Trevor Project, and the National Resources Defense Council. Tickets are on sale now: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=7318495

Performer bios:

Regina Spector is Russian-born, American musician Regina Spektor is an internationally known, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter.

Amanda Palmer is a performer, songwriter, and New York Times best selling author. She first came to prominence as the piano-playing songwriting half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls.

Elvis Perkins has released three full-length collections of songs, two under his own name ( 'Ash Wednesday' ’07 XL Recordings & 'I Aubade', ’15 MIR) and one under the band name Elvis Perkins in Dearland (’09 XL Recordings). The band with whom he has toured extensively also released the 6 track 'Doomsday EP' in 2009 (XL). In the past two years he has made two film scores:“I am the Pretty Thing the Lives in the House” (Netflix Original, October ’16) and “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (A24 ’17). A soundtrack album for the latter will be released in 2017. Elvis is currently collaborating with theatre performer/creator Geoff Sobelle (Object Lesson) on his new piece HOME, set to premiere at BAM's Next Wave Festival in December.

Susan Minot is the author of Monkeys, Lust & Other Stories, Folly, Evening, Rapture, a poetry collection Poems 4 A.M. and, most recently, Thirty Girls about children abducted by the LRA in Uganda and how women struggle to cope with trauma. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, O Henry Prize Stories, Granta. New York Times, McSweeney's and Vogue. She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty” and the film "Evening" was adapted from her novel.

John Forte is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, filmmaker and activist. First recognized for his work with multi-platinum hip hop group The Fugees, Forté's felony conviction and eventual Presidential commutation cemented Forté's commitment to reforming America's broken criminal justice system.” Forté has released several solo and collaborative projects to-date including, Music Supervisor Brooklyn D.A. (CBS/television), Created inaugural anthem for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA), The Russian Winter (feature film/documentary), Schools Not Prisons Tour.

A.M. Homes is the author of numerous books including, May We Be Forgiven, and The Mistress’s Daughter and teaches at Princeton University.

Anand Giridharadas is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times. Most recently, he is the author of The True America: Murder and Mercy in Texas, about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare the life of the Death Row sentenced white supremacist who tried to kill him. The book has been optioned to be directed Kathryn Bigelow. In 2011, he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left.

Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is included in the Library of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials. She has also written for The New York Times, Wired UK, and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Fellow.

Julia Bullock is a versatile soprano. This season, she debuts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony. She also appears as Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress at The Festival International in Aix-en-Provence and Kitty Oppenheimer in the BBC Symphony’s production and recording of Dr. Atomic, conducted by John Adams. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and San Francisco Symphony.

Ekow Yankah is a law professor whose work focuses on questions of criminal and political theory and punishment. He has written for publications spanning The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Huffington Post, among others and has been a regular commentator on criminal law issues on television and radio including MSNBC, BBC International.

Mark Warren was raised and educated in southeast Texas, where he worked in Democratic politics, until he realized how that whole situation was playing out and relocated to New York City, where he worked in magazines - first Harper's, then Esquire, where he would stay for 28 years, 19 of them as executive editor. In that time, he had the privilege to work with some of the greatest writers ever. And he wrote a little, too.

Matthieu Aikins is the Schell Fellow at the Nation Institute. He has been reporting from South Asia and the Middle East since 2008. His writing has appeared in US, Canadian, British, and French publications such as Harper's Magazine, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic among others.

Dear America artwork

 Amanda Palmer by Kambriel
 Elvis Perkins by Huger Foote
Regina Spektor by Shervin Lainez

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dear American performer bios



Regina Spector is Russian-born, American musician Regina Spektor is an internationally known, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. 


Susan Minot is the author of Monkeys, Lust & Other Stories, Folly, Evening, Rapture, a poetry collection Poems 4 A.M. and, most recently, Thirty Girls about children abducted by the LRA in Uganda and how women struggle to cope with trauma. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, O Henry Prize Stories, Granta. New York Times, McSweeney's and Vogue.  She wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty” and the film "Evening" was adapted from her novel.

Amanda Palmer is a performer, songwriter, and New York Times best selling author. She first came to prominence as the piano-playing songwriting half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls.

John Forte is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, filmmaker and activist. First recognized for his work with multi-platinum hip hop group The Fugees, Forté's felony conviction and eventual Presidential commutation cemented Forté's commitment to reforming America's broken criminal justice system.” Forté has released several solo and collaborative projects to-date including, Music Supervisor Brooklyn D.A. (CBS/television), Created inaugural anthem for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA), The Russian Winter (feature film/documentary), Schools Not Prisons Tour.

A.M. Homes is the author of numerous books including, May We Be Forgiven, and The Mistress’s Daughter and teaches at Princeton University.

Anand Giridharadas is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times. Most recently, he is the author of The True America: Murder and Mercy in Texas, about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare the life of the Death Row sentenced white supremacist who tried to kill him.  The book has been optioned to be directed Kathryn Bigelow.  In 2011, he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left.
 
Maria Popova is a reader and a writer, and writes about what she reads on Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is included in the Library of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials. She has also written for The New York Times, Wired UK, and The Atlantic, among others, and is an MIT Fellow. 
 
Julia Bullock is a versatile soprano. This season, she debuts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Baltimore Symphony. She also appears as Anne Trulove in The Rake's Progress at The Festival International in Aix-en-Provence and Kitty Oppenheimer in the BBC Symphony’s production and recording of Dr. Atomic, conducted by John Adams.  She has appeared​ as a soloist with orchestras including the London Symphony OrchestraNew York Philharmonic,​ New World SymphonyOrchestra of St. Luke’s, and San Francisco Symphony

Ekow Yankah is a law professor whose work focuses on questions of criminal and political theory and punishment.  He has written for publications spanning The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Huffington Post, among others and has been a regular commentator on criminal law issues on television and radio including MSNBC, BBC International.

Mark Warren was raised and educated in southeast Texas, where he worked in Democratic politics, until he realized how that whole situation was playing out and relocated to New York City, where he worked in magazines - first Harper's, then Esquire, where he would stay for 28 years, 19 of them as executive editor. In that time, he had the privilege to work with some of the greatest writers ever. And he wrote a little, too.

Matthieu Aikins is the Schell Fellow at the Nation Institute. He has been reporting from South Asia and the Middle East since 2008. His writing has appeared in US, Canadian, British, and French publications such as Harper's Magazine, Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic among others.