Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AMERICAN SONGSTER DOM FLEMONS HEADS OUT FROM GRAMMY-WINNING CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS FOR DYNAMIC NEW SOLO ALBUM 'PROSPECT HILL,' OUT JULY 22 ON MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION

Dom Flemons – founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and American Songster – will release his third solo album 'Prospect Hill' on July 22 on Music Maker Relief Foundation. 'Prospect Hill' finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suite 21st century audiences.

Following a series of tour dates with a new generation of American roots musicians like Pokey LaFarge, Flemons will perform April 18 as part of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at the Bell House. He performed and spoke on WNYC Soundcheck in March to talk about his Oxford American essay on Gus Cannon.

Flemons has mastered a variety of instruments such as banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills. After a stint in New York City, Flemons has returned to his musical home of North Carolina.

Solo and with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons has played live for over one million people within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson in 2005, he has played at a variety of festivals Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and the Grand Ole Opry.

Of his set at Sydney Festival, The Daily Telegraph (Australia) said this year, "Dom Flemons knocks 'em dead… a showstopper."

The New York Times called the Carolina Chocolate Drops "an end-to-end display of excellence," continuing, "They dip into styles of southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s—string- band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting."

Rolling Stone observed, "The Carolina Chocolate Drops are...revisiting, with a joyful vengeance, black string-band and jug-band music of the Twenties and Thirties—the dirt-floor dance electricity of the Mississippi Sheiks and Cannon’s Jug Stompers."

The Guardian said, "An appealing grab-bag of antique country, blues, jug band hits and gospel hollers, all given an agreeably downhome production. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are still the most electrifying acoustic act around."

'Dom Flemons, American Songster, Presents: Prospect Hill' Track List

1. Til' the Seas Run Dry
2. Polly Put the Kettle On
3. But They Got it Fixed Right On
4. Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
5. Georgia Drumbeat
6. I Can't Do it Anymore
7. Sonoran Church Two-Step
8. Too Long I've Been Gone
9. Marching Up to Prospect Hill
10. It's a Good Thing
11. Grotto Beat
12. Hot Chicken
13. San Francisco Baby
14. My Money Never Runs Out

Monday, April 14, 2014

Twain embeddable album stream

Performing at Rockwood Music Hall, stage 3, April 21:


Thursday, April 10, 2014

NICK MOSS BAND'S 'TIME AINT FREE' (BLUE BELLA RECORDS) EARNS CAREER-BEST PLAUDITS & TOP TEN RADIO CHART POSITIONS

The Nick Moss Band's 'Time Ain't Free' has earned career-best raves for the Chicago band, which recently headlined to a wildly enthusiastic crowd at Mercury Lounge in NYC. 'Time Ain't Free' also rocketed to #4 on the Living Blues radio chart, #17 on the Relix radio chart, and #2 on the Roots Music Report Blues chart. Here's what we're reading:

"Check out some excellent players of a younger generation who look set to carry on in the exploratory spirit of the Allmans for decades to come. [Moss] sings with a personable twang, and issue commanding solos that are every bit the equal of anything the Allmans' great Warren Haynes can summon."
- Mac Randall, NY Observer, March 28, 2014

"Moss' class shines through [as he] reaches deeper into soul, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll.'
- Lars Brandle, Billboard.com, September 26, 2013

"Nothing less than a powerful gumbo of Chicago soul, funk, blues, jam and rock and roll."
- Damian Fanelli, Guitar World, February 6, 2014

"Great."
- Greg Vandy, KEXP, November 20, 2013

"Top tier."
- Tavis Smiley, March 1, 2014, PRI

"A high-water mark for the Chicago-based band... the album's 14 tracks will have you tapping your feet along and dropping your jaw at Moss's many blistering guitar solos."
- Scott Bernstein, Jambase, March 5, 2014

"Scorching blues rock guitar hero."
- Michael O'Keefe, NY Daily News, March 15, 2014

"A giant talent."
- Dan Ackroyd, Elwood's Bluesmobile, March 22, 2014

"Southern-fried rock…a vintage, boogie-filled slice of rock & roll featuring Moss' scintillating guitar playing."
- Kevin Korber, Elmore, February 24, 2014

"High-octane."
- George Vargas, UT San Diego, November 7, 2013

"Roaring."
- Hal Horowitz, Creative Loafing, December 4, 2013

"A defiant R&B swagger that signals a stylistic vision for the future."
- Mark Uricheck, Living Blues, April, 2014

Nick Moss Band Tour Dates

April 10                Bradenton, FL                   Ace’s
April 11                Ft. Meyers, FL          Buckingham Blues Bar
April 12                West Palm Beach, FL             BB King’s Blues Club
May 2-3         St. Louis, MO                   Private Event
May 17          Excelsior Springs, MO   Wabash BBQ
May 28          Phoenix, AZ                     Rhythm Room
May 30          Ventura, CA                     Yolie’s
May 31          Arcadia, CA                     Arcadia Blues Club
June 5                  San Francisco, CA               Biscuits & Blues
June 7                  Point Arena, CA         Arena Theater
June 11         Birkenfeld, OR          The Birk
June 12         Portland, OR                    Duff’s Garage
June 13         Seattle, WA                     Highway 99 Blues Club
June 14         Yakima, WA                      Yakima Blues Festival
June 24         Highland, IN                    Beer Geek’s
August 17               Thornton, NH                    White Mountain Boogie N’ Blues Festival
September 5             Brighton, MI                    Smokin’ Jazz & Blues Festival

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

THE GLOAMING CONFIRMS LE POISSON ROUGE SHOW IN NYC JUNE 21 AND INT'L FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS IN NEW HAVEN JUNE 19

MOJO NAMES BRASSLAND ALBUM ONE OF 2014'S BEST (THUS FAR)

The Gloaming – the world-renowned ensemble, which is performing this Thursday at Royal Albert Hall for the Irish President and UK Prime Minister and about which the Guardian said have much "in common with post-rock" – has confirmed two U.S. dates, the first since their self-titled debut album came out on Brassland.

On the heels of raves from NPR Music, The Guardian, WNYC, The Independent, Q, The Boston Globe, and more, MOJO Magazine has named 'The Gloaming' one of 2014's top albums thus far. Colin Irwin writes, "Sumptuous debut by virtuoso folk supergroup... Historic poetry and ancient tunes combine on a very organic, modern album."

Le Poisson Rouge tickets are here.

Tickets for International Festival of Arts & Ideas set are here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

EDEN BRENT CONFIRMS 'JIGSAW HEART' TOUR DATES WITH NEW AMERICANA ALBUM OUT MAY 6

Eden Brent — the acclaimed singer/pianist/songwriter who has been compared to Lucinda Williams and Norah Jones — has confirmed new tour dates soon after the release of her new album 'Jigsaw Heart' (May 6 / Yellow Dog Records). The new album is her most heartrending to date and was recorded at historic RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios and produced by Colin Linden (Williams, Lindi Ortega). CMT Edge says that 'Jigsaw Heart' "sounds like it could've come out of 1970s Nashville."

She kicks off the string of dates with a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival appearance May 2 at 12:25pm in the Blues tent.

5/2/2014 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/7/2014 - Nashville, TN- Family Wash
5/8/2014 - Memphis, TN - BB King's (afternoon)
5/9/2014 - Memphis, TN - Center For Southern Folklore
5/14/2013 - New York, NY - Iridium Jazz Club
5/15/2014 - Washington, DC - Hill Country
5/24/2014 - Sedan, KS - Chautauqua Hill Blues Festival
5/25/2014 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads Saloon
5/30/2014 - Charlotte, NC - The Double Door
6/13/2014 - Chicago, IL - Buddy Guys Legends
6/14/2013 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Blues Fest ("Meet Me In Memphis" Stage)
6/21/2014 - Flagstaff, AZ - Flagstaff Blues & Brews
7/9/2014 - Clymer, NY - Peek'n Peak Resort

American Songwriter premiered the video for "Everybody Already Knows."