Legendary folk man Bob Dylan was recently reported to be working on a new studio project, and now the news has been confirmed! Titled Fallen Angels, the 2016 release will serve as a follow-up to Dylan’s 2015 album, Shadows in the Night, which saw Dylan cover lesser-known hits from the Frank Sinatra catalog.As of now, Fallen Angels has no release date or tracklisting, but anyone who purchases tickets to the newly-announced tour dates will receive a copy of the new LP. Dylan will bring his band to Japan in April, before performing 27 days in the U.S., beginning on June 4th at Woodinville, WA.The full tour information and tickets can be found here, and the schedule is available below. Mavis Staples will also be accompanying Dylan along the tour, so get ready for a double dose of legendary music! Tickets go on sale either Friday, 3/11, or Saturday 3/12, depending on the show.Bob Dylan U.S. Tour DatesJune 4 & 5 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery June 7 – Eugene, Oregon @ Cuthbert Amphitheater June 9 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre June 11 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl June 13 & 14 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay June 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium June 19 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre June 21 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre June 22 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater June 24 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival June 25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park June 26 – Nashville, TN @ Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater June 28 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion June 29 – Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre June 30 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark July 2 – Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood July 3 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino July 5 & 6 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap July 8 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium July 12 – Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC July 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center July 14 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 16 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point July 17 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Last night, the Yonder Mountain String Band made a triumphant return to the beloved Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. With a lengthy opening set from the Drive-By Truckers, fans were pleased to switch gears with the string band for a well-rounded night of folk tunes and bluegrass.The evening opened with a “Casualty” sandwich, with “Pockets” tastefully tucked in the middle, before heading into the “Winds of Wyoming”. You can watch footage from their opener in the video below:The horns players from Preservation Hall Jazz Band joined in for an epic “Son of A Preacher”, which you can watch below, courtesy of YouTube user Kyle Isaac:The energy was at an all-time high for an extended “On The Run” > “Annalee” > “On The Run” jam, before sizzling into the beautiful “Alison” and “Sister Golden Hair” cover. YMSB closed their set with “Rambler’s Anthem” into “Kentucky Mando” before bringing it back for a climactic “Rambler’s” closer.When they returned to the stage for an encore, it was with the ever-exciting Talking Heads‘ cover “Girlfriend Is Better”, which you can watch below:With ten days off, the band returns to the road on August 31 in Bayfield, Wisconsin with a few dates in September to follow.Yonder Mountain String Band @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre 8/21/16:Casualty>Pockets>CasualtyWinds of WyomingPreacher Man (w/ Preservation Hall)Bad TasteOn The Run>Annalee>On The RunAlisonSister Golden Hair Rambler’s Anthem>Kentucky Mando>Rambler’sE: Girlfriend Is Better (Talking Heads)
President Obama and South by South West teamed up for the very first South by South Lawn festival today, bringing together musicians and community leaders for a day celebrating positive change. Among the many performers scheduled for the event was Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, bringing their unique brand of soul to the White House lawn.Unfortunately, health has been an on-and-off issue for Sharon Jones, who last year informed her fans that her cancer had returned. The singer had to cancel her appearance due to a bout of pneumonia, and the Dap-Kings were forced to perform without her at the festival.Naturally, our nation’s president wants the best for Ms. Jones, and sent her a get well soon note that she recently shared on social media. Check out the note from the president, below.Get well soon Ms. Jones!
The connection between Bob Weir and D’Angelico Guitars will soon take another step further, as the luthier company will soon debut a Bob Weir Signature Series in early 2017. The Bob Weir model guitar will be introduced during the convention for NAMM – the National Association of Music Merchants – where Weir himself will be on hand with an all-star lineup for a private VIP performance.Weir’s collaborators for this special Bob Weir and Friends set includes Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses), Skunk Baxter (The Doobie Brothers), Gene Cornish (The Rascals) and Robert Randolph, with additional special guests to be named later. Set for Friday, January 20th, Weir and co will be performing at the D’Angelico Guitars Booth 212AB for the D’Angelico VIP party. Unfortunately, there are no tickets being sold to this event; it is invitation only.Either way, we’re still very excited that Weir will have his own guitar line. The guitarist will be present at Los Muertos Con Queso, which will be held from January 25th through the 28th. He’s also performing at the MusicNOW Festival this week, and will be touring this summer with Dead & Company. For more info on the NAMM show, head here.
Goldfish have released an official remix of their single, “Deep of the Night” featuring Diamond Thug, which came out a few months a go with a touching music video. The remix comes from Slaptop, who also just provided opening sets for Goldfish at their GoldFest shows at the Mezzanine in San Francisco on March 10th & 11th. The original version of “Deep of the Night” serves as the lead single to Goldfish’s forthcoming album, due out later in 2017. Slaptop’s remix is a heavier club makeover, sprinkling in scarce Diamond Thug vocals into a decisively more rhythmic-centric house beat.The story of “Deep of the Night” begins where it all started for these life long musicians – the beaches nestled around Cape Town, South Africa. Dominic Peters and David Poole were driving home from late evening surf, casually listening to the radio and serendipitously stumbled across a first, and what turned out to be only – play of a new band called Diamond Thug. Dom and Dave were instantly hooked, and tracked down the band, who coincidentally also lived in Capetown. A jam session was set up at the Goldfish studios and so, a song was born. “We’re all seeking inspiration to create something great, but you never know when it will strike – it might be in the deep of the night,” the band states.Stream “Deep of the Night (Slaptop remix)” below:Goldfish’s forthcoming fifth album, Tipping the Scales, will be out in Spring 2017.
With moe.‘s unfortunate and sudden hiatus due to bassist Rob Derhak‘s recent diagnosis of oropharyngeal cancer, the band was forced to cancel their upcoming and highly anticipated Red Rocks Amphitheatre show. Twiddle, who was also on the bill for the night, will keep the positive vibes of the weekend alive with their plans to continue on with a two-night run at the Boulder Theater. On Friday, August 11th, Twiddle will be joined by Bozeman, Montana-based bluegrass outfit Kitchen Dwellers, while Saturday, August 12th, will see the Vermonters perform with the high-flying Baltimore-born funk ensemble, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (purchase tickets here).In a statement with regards to the shows, Twiddle announced they will play special collaborative sets with each supporting band both night: “We are thrilled to announce we’re playing two nights at the Boulder Theater on August 11 and 12 with two very special guests, Kitchen Dwellers and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. On August 11, please join us for a Kitchen Dwellers opening set, followed by a huge Twiddle set, and then a very special Twiddle Kitchen Dwellers Bluegrass set to close the night! On August 12, we have an opening set by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, followed by a huge Twiddle set and we finish the weekend off with a rare Twiddle x Pigeons collab set!”Single-day passes for the Boulder Theater shows are currently on-sale (and moving fast!) and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event pages for August 11th with Kitchen Dwellers here, and August 12th with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong here.*For those that purchased Red Rocks tickets, because these shows were part of a ticket bundle that included the Sunday, August 13th, performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, all ticket bundles will be refunded at point of purchase. Please allow a few days for the reimbursement to appear on your credit card statement.*[Cover photo courtesy of Ojeda Photography]Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets To BOTH Nights Below!
John Scofield recently performed for NPR’s “Jazz Night In America,” highlighting his career with original compositions from 1987’s Loud Jazz and 1996’s Quiet albums. The iconic jazz-fusion guitarist portrays his musical personality with these differentiating masterpieces, though they lend a cohesive understanding of Scofield’s range in character. Having performed alongside Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and so many more, Scofield’s mastery has won him three GRAMMY Awards, including “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” for Past Present in 2016 and Country For Old Men in 2017, as well as the “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” for I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry in 2017. In 1998, he won the “Miles Davis Award” at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.Eric Krasno Taps John Scofield, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., & More For Brooklyn Comes Alive SetIn the “Jazz Night In America” video below, Scofield revisits the Loud Jazz crew, with bassist Gay Grainger and drummer Dennis Chambers. Amidst some discussion from Scofield, he also goes into his Quiet arrangements with Joe Lovano standing in for Wayne Shorter on saxophone. The performance footage comes from Scofield’s “Quiet And Loud Jazz” concert at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. John Scofield brings together Loud Jazz and Quiet in a masterful presentation, which you can enjoy in the full video below: Catch John Scofield with Eric Krasno, Cyril Neville, Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, Chris Loftlin, and George Porter Jr. for a special set at Brooklyn Comes Alive, a two-day event in Williamsburg that features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more.
Leading up to their debut, self-titled album release in October of 2015, you could find The Crooked Vines performing throughout New Orleans in various small venues. Their freshman effort appeared with a fresh new sound, and although it lacked big studio publicity, it displayed a birth of artistic brilliance that was welcomed by a small-but-growing fan base.Their sophomore effort, Alive, was partly funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and as a result the band was able to take a new approach to the creative process: every member made contributions both large and small to the composition, arrangement, and studio production of the new songs. This album is rich with musical diversity. The lyrics run the full gamut of emotions and topics that touch many relatable nerves in the human experience, while the music spans a wide range of moods and sounds. Thought-provoking narratives move through hope, fierce independence, optimism (tempered by disappointment), acceptance of reality, lessons learned, and nostalgic looks back at former relationships. A theme of personal growth that weaves through many of the tracks seems to echo TCVs own growth between albums and their musical transformation.Perhaps no number better exemplifies that transformation than “Who To Be.” With an intro and fade-out that sound like a scratchy old vinyl record, it carries the listener on a journey from youthful self-doubt to mature self-confidence, with a beguiling score that instantly gets under your skin and draws you back for repeat listens. An ethereal instrumental segment is worthy of its own track, sending tingles up the spine with eerie horn lines and a “spirit-world” vocal moment. Just when you think this number can’t get any better, a rap segment (written and performed by Evan Thibodeaux) adds a new layer. His continued commentary through the balance of the number brings a male voice that plays off lead singer Mikayla Braun’s for an energetic exchange. The pace shifts upward yet again into a confident stride in the wrap-up, reflecting the storyteller’s newfound self assurance.The first single, also the title track, “Alive” ponders the individual determination to rise above the dreary sea of workday conformity. It previews the wider-ranging musical tone of the album, and a screaming guitar solo by George Wilde (Sexual Thunder) infuses the track with even more energy.Alive is scheduled to be released November 10th 2017 on all major platforms.The Crooked Vines will host an album release party at The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans on Thursday 11/9 supported by Aaron Benjamin and Kathryn Rose Wood. The full project is available for pre-order now via iTunes, and will release on all major platforms on Friday 11/10. For more information find The Crooked Vines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit their website at www.TheCrookedVines.com
Railroad Earth has just announced the details of their upcoming Winter tour, which will see the band hitting the road from January through March of 2018. Following their four-night Colorado New Year’s Eve run to finish off December, the band will start the year with three nights in Aspen from January 2nd to 4th and a single night in Telluride on January 5th.Watch Railroad Earth and Greensky’s Monstrous 30-Minute Joint “LeapHead” Encore In The PoconosFollowing this five-night Colorado run, the band will continue their tour of the Rocky Mountain region with shows in Utah and Montana across January 6th to 11th before landing on the West Coast. Railroad Earth’s West Coast leg of the tour will see the band performing in Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada, eventually finishing off this segment with a performance at Gem & Jam festival on January 26th in Tucson, Arizona.Watch Members of Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, & More Perform As DrewciferShifting to the East Coast a few weeks later, on February 15th, the band kicks off the second leg of their winter tour with a date in Portland, Maine. The band will work its way down the Atlantic coast, with shows scheduled in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Washington, DC. Once March hits, the band will tour the South, with a performance in North Carolina and two shows in Atlanta across March 1st through 3rd. To finish off their tour, the group will head westward yet again, with a number of shows in the Midwest ahead of Railroad Earth’s tour-closing performance on March 10th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, And Keller & The Keels Bring Collaborative Show To Red RocksTickets for Railroad Earth’s upcoming 2018 Winter tour are available for pre-sale now to fan club member. You can snag them here.[Photo: Ojeda Photography]