March, 2021 Archive
With a new Grammy under their belt and a new album, Family Dinner Vol. 2, just release, 2016 is shaping up quite nicely for Snarky Puppy. The band has been sharing individual videos from their newest release, culled from a live performance with very special guests. Even David Crosby made his way to the sessions, to record the soulful “Somebody’s Home.” Watch that here.The newest video features vocal contributions from Laura Mvula and Michelle Willis, backed by the insane collective that defines the Snarky Puppy sound. The somber jazz melody is absolutely haunting; stream the new release below:Family Dinner Vol. 2 was released earlier this month, and can be purchased here. Be sure to catch Snarky Puppy keys master Cory Henry at Fool’s Paradise from April 1-2, on a lineup that features Lettuce, GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue and more. Information can be found here.
On Sunday, April 30, Prince, and the many incredible artists that we lost in 2016, will be honored in New Orleans during Jazz Fest for a “Funk 2016: A Tribute To Musicians We Lost” tribute concert at the Howlin’ Wolf. Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Maurice White, Phife Dawg, and more will all be honored with musical collaborations from Michelangelo Carubba, Shira Elias, Sammi Garett, Craig Brodhead, and the entire horn section from Turkuaz, along with Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, and Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, D.J. Williams of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Danny Mayer of the Eric Krasno Band, Steveland Swatkins of Allen Stone’s band, Khris Royal and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown.The Revivalists side project RumpleSTEELskin will open the night, while Brooklyn’s own The London Souls will perform a special super-late-night performance in The Den immediately following the Fu*k 2016 tribute set. Make no mistake, this is sure to be one of the biggest throwdowns during Jazz Fest!Tickets for this special late-night performance are on sale NOW at this link! In terms of soul-driven music, no three names are more recognizable than Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince. MJ was the “King Of Pop.” James Brown was the “Godfather Of Soul.” And Prince, well, enough said.Unbelievably, all three shared the stage in 1983. At first, just Jackson and Brown are on stage, but MJ whispers something into Brown’s ear and urges him to bring Prince up. James Brown introduces Prince, and says to him, “Prince, you gotta do something.” So Prince gets a guitar, and as the horns drop out, the man digs deep and absolutely dominates it.From there, things only get wilder, as Prince takes off his shirt and really whirls the crowd into a frenzy during this funk-fueled jam. Don’t believe us? Watch it all go on down, below:
Lotus brought in the New Year in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE for a two-night run on the 30th and 31st. Baltimore, MD-based funk jammers Pigeons Playing Ping Pong joined them to ring in the New Year, even collaborating during their set with Lotus guitarist Mike Rempel. Overall, the bands catapulted into 2017 in an epic dance party that was equal parts rock and roll.Thankfully, taper diskobean was on site to capture the NYE celebration, with full set audio from both Lotus and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Jam out!Lotus | Pittsburgh, PA | Stage AE | 12/31/16:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Pittsburgh, PA | Stage AE | 12/31/16:Lotus has an upcoming two-night stand at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club on Jan. 13th-14th, followed by a number of other dates, along with a West Coast tour in February.Full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Silky Shots! Load remaining images
This may have been the inaugural year of Suwannee Spring Reunion, but the festival’s origin is steeped in a rich history. Since its founding decades ago, the Spirit Of The Suwannee Park has welcomed bluegrass and Americana fans from around the country during this time of year. Entire generations have come of age at similar events in the Park and many tribes have gathered around Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Sara Watkins and the festival’s host of other familiar faces and sounds.The Park itself is as important as the artists onstage in making memories that last lifetimes. Taking the place of the long-running Springfest, the Suwannee Spring Reunion keeps the traditions started by Springfest’s founder, Mrs. Jean Cornett, going strong. Bands invited to the first Suwannee Spring Reunion were mainly returning veterans like Donna The Buffalo, Jeff Mosier, Hot Buttered Rum and area stalwarts like Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Quartermoon and the always-insane Tornado Rider.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand and did his best to film every act that appeared on the two main stages over the course of the weekend. We have 24 exclusive videos, which encompass nearly every act and all four days of fun. There are too many magic moments to single any out, but do yourself a favor and be sure to make it all the way to the end. The rendition of “Amazing Grace” that closed the festival presented here is one of the most moving musical moments the Park has ever scene. Enjoy!Sloppy JoeSloppy Joe (and its respective members) is the proprietor of one of the Spirit Of The Suwannee’s most infamous camp sites, “Sloppery Land.” Whether the group is hosting the late night jams or rocking the stage in the early morning, they were always a crowd pleaser!Bobby Miller & The Virginia Dare DevilsRising from the Asheville scene, Bobby Miller and company have forged a brand of Americana as fearless as it is fresh. Here’s their take on the Flatt & Scruggs classic, “White Freightliner.”Flea Market HustlersNashville’s Flea Market Hustlers aren’t concerned with keeping up with bluegrass traditions. In their world, the most important thing to do is rock the audience. When they took to Uncle Charles’s Porch Stage at the Suwannee Spring Reunion, they did just that.Grandpa’s Cough MedicineHearkening back to the roots of bluegrass, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine approaches performances with an eye for kicking up dust and knocking down convention. As always, when they took the stage at the Suwannee Spring Reunion, they were looking to stir up some trouble and the crowd at the same time.Turtle DuhksIt’s been more than a decade since the musicians who form the Turtle Duhks shared the stage together. Luckily for the crowd at this past performance, their reunion for the festival was as if they had never stopped jamming the nights away.Donna The BuffaloDonna The Buffalo delighted long-time fans with their headlining set at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park’s Spring Reunion. Their beloved “Herd” greeted them with cheers and love and got it back as the band proudly proclaimed, “I Love My Tribe.”Nikki TalleyThe husband-and-wife duo of Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp have crossed the continent sharing their brand of heartfelt acoustic music. Between her sweet and wry singing and his crisp and emotional leads, they wowed the crowd.WhethermanNicholas Williams haunts the corners of the folk, Americana, and bluegrass genres with his singular blend of soul and hope. He and his friends brought the early Saturday crowd to life with their spirited set.Lon & Lis WilliamsonLongtime fixtures on the Florida folk-Americana scene, Lon & Lis Williamson, have been sharing their gift of song with fans for decades. With a little help from their friends, they brought a sense of community and love to the Suwannee Spring Reunion.QuatermoonThe Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park has always been a second home for Quatermoon. Between their epic late-night picking parties and their sets on stage, they have made themselves a beloved fixture of the festivals held there. Roy Book BinderThe long and storied road that is Roy Book Binder’s life taught him some valuable lessons along the way. During his performance, he was more than willing to share this knowledge with his appreciative audience.Ralph Roddenberry & The B-SidesAfter receiving the finest tutelage the Athens/Atlanta area could offer, Ralph Roddenberry has been sharing his life journey and upbeat outlook with the world. A fan favorite of the Spirit Of The Suwannee faithful, he brought his message of hope, good cheer, and good beer to the festival.Jeff Mosier with Pickled HollerPickled Holler may be listed as a duo, but you rarely see them without some of their vast network of friends and family. Adding to the excitement the unofficial Suwannee religious authority, the Reverend Jeff Mosier lent his dulcet banjo tones to the entirety of their Suwannee Spring Reunion set.Jerry Douglas Presents Earls Of LeicesterJerry Douglas has dedicated his life to upholding the standards of the bluegrass masters. He founded the Earls Of Leicester to preserve and celebrate the music of the legendary Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs partnership. Their headlining set at the Suwannee Spring Reunion was one of the most highly anticipated and instantly became one of the favorites of the weekend. Habanero HoneysThe ladies that comprise the Habanero Honeys don’t get to play together much, but when they do, they make sweet music together. With Beth Judy serving as promoter of the Suwannee Spring Reunion, she still found time to join her friends onstage for a spirited Saturday morning set.The BellsThe Bells threw it down for their performance of Suwannee Spring Reunion. Check out their soulful cover of “Friend of the Devil” below!Verlon ThompsonVerlon Thompson made his mark on music history with his long partnership with Guy Clark and with his emotional mixture of storytelling and songcraft. His set at the Suwannee Spring Reunion was one of hushed respect, tears, and laughter. “Don’t You Let That Deal Go Down” “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke” Craven Rum Jam with Joe CravenMulti-instrumentalist Joe Craven brought his left-coast sensibilities and cohorts to the festival as members of Hot Buttered Rum joined him for a set of rollicking Americana. Dubbed the “Craven Rum Jam,” there was no stopping and no regrets as they powered through an hour of classics and deep cuts with smiles for miles. Sara WatkinsWhether she was with Nickel Creek, the Watkins Family Hour or all alone, Sara Watkins’ stellar instrumental skills and winsome voice never fails to entertain.Tornado RiderThe whirlwind that is Tornado Rider touched down twice on Saturday at the Suwannee Spring Reunion. Their signature mixture of virtuosity and insanity proved as popular this year as it has been every time they’ve brought their mayhem to the park.Hot Buttered RumThe sweet strains of Hot Buttered Rum filled the Suwannee Spring Reunion air twice on Saturday. Their mixture of California vibrations and mountain music traditions always results in a good time, and the Suwannee faithful danced to the wee hours as they closed the main stage down.Vassar Gospel JamThe Reverend Jeff Mosier took a few moments during the Vassar Gospel Jam to share the history of the song “Amazing Grace” while delivering a stunning rendition of the seminal song. Check out this moving end to a perfect weekend of music, friends, and family.
Recently, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh detailed his five-night Halloween run from October 25th through October 31st. The highly anticipated run will see Lesh joined by The Terrapin Family Band—featuring guitarist Ross James, drummer Alex Koford, keyboardist Jason Crosby, and guitarist (and Lesh’s son) Grahame Lesh—in addition to vocalist Nicki Bluhm and pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. For the second-to-last night of the run on October 30th ahead of Lesh’s Halloween performance at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, Lesh will hit the Brooklyn Bowl. Today, the Grateful Dead bassist has announced that Dark Star Orchestra keyboard player Rob Barraco will also join the collective during this New York City performance.Phil Lesh and Rob Barraco are certainly no strangers to one another. Barraco was a member of the Phil Lesh Quintet (also known as The Q), though, in recent years, the two have performed with one another with less frequency. For the Brooklyn Bowl show, Barraco will tag in for Terrapin Family Band keys player, Jason Crosby, though Crosby is still slated to perform for the other four dates of the run including the Port Chester Halloween show at The Capitol Theatre; The Anthem in Washington, DC, on October 25th; Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey on October 26th; and BB&T Pavillion in Camden, New Jersey on October 27th. Tickets for the October 30th Brooklyn Bowl show with Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band and special guests Nicki Bluhm, Robert Randolph, and Rob Barraco go on sale this Friday, September 15th at 12 pm (EST) here.[Photo: Dave Vann]
Drewcifer just wrapped up their second mini-tour together, hitting Gypsy Sally’s, Ardmore Music Hall, Rusty Rudder, and Stanhope House. The supergroup band—featuring Andrew Altman of Railroad Earth, Andy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters, David Butler of Guster and Marco Benevento, and Kevin Kendrick on vibraphone and keys—made quite the splash for their September run, welcoming their collective fanbases to join together in celebration across the east coast. Together they explore original material, choice covers, and rework classics from their respective outfits in ways that could only be possible with their unique instrumentation.EXCLUSIVE: Railroad Earth’s Andrew Altman On His New Single, Staying Sharp With Musical VarietyFollowing the tour, Drewcifer has released a thirteen-minute video from their Ardmore Music Hall performance. The video showcases the supergroup band and their seasoned musicianship across the board. Enjoy:
In addition to explaining the various new features of this platform, the widely noted audiophile explains the dynamic audio quality characteristics that make this the optimal way to listen to his music. The archive uses Young’s Xstream Music hi-fi streaming infrastructure. “Xstream Music master recordings are always pure uncompressed masters,” Young notes. “They are not part of a format that compromises the quality. All compression formats compromise quality.” As he explains, the streaming “adapts seamlessly” to available output bandwidth (i.e. how nice your speakers are) in order to provide “the best audio quality possible, directly from the original high resolution masters.”The creation of the Neil Young archives seems to be a logical progression for the outspoken artist. He has long been an evangelist for high-quality sound, creating a hi-fi music player (the not-so-successful PONO) launching his own hi-def streaming service, Xstream Music, after publicly lambasting large-scale streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music for their poor sound quality. Now the world can experience the complete, annotated works of Neil Young, free of charge, and in the highest possible quality–exactly how Neil wants it to be.You can check out the now-unlocked Neil Young Archives here.[Cover photo (Neil) by Gabriel Grams/Rex via Rolling Stone] This week, Neil Young officially launched the Neil Young Archives, a comprehensive interactive online repository of all things Neil, from photos and stories to a complete, high-fidelity streaming of his entire decades-long catalogue of recorded music. In a Facebook post last month, Young made reference to a “big day” coming up on December 1st: In addition to referencing the release of The Visitor, his second studio album with Promise of the Real, he also made casual mention of a big surprise announcement: “My archive will open on that same day, a place you can visit and experience every song I have ever released in the highest quality your machine will allow. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. In the beginning, everything is free.”Read Neil Young’s official introductory note for the Neil Young Archives here. Young explained the new archive project in a note on the website before its launch: the details of the new Neil Young Archives are displayed, giving some first-hand insight into this new platform. “Welcome to NYA,” it reads, “the home of my music. I must admit that I built this for myself as much as for everyone else…” In the note, Young starts by laying out the Neil Young Archives’ “mission statement,” making clear his intentions for the archives to be a living, breathing, evolving project: “We have attempted to highlight the creative process and the creators…The musical information found here is a work in progress, always growing and adapting as we find it. We have done our best to find all of the background pertinent to the music. If you have any more, please reach out to us with it. We are always looking.”Celebrate Neil Young’s 72nd Birthday With The Fateful Tale Behind His ’72 Classic, “Harvest” The archive details Young’s extensive discography with a Timeline feature cataloging every single recorded track or album he’s ever produced. There’s also a Filing Cabinet organizing all the songs in chronological order, complete with Info Cards containing associated credits, memorabilia, films or video, press, and photographs.Below, you can watch the official Neil Young Archives tutorial video (narrated by Neil himself) to familiarize yourself with all the various functions of this extensive entertainment and educational resource:
Hear The Last Known Song Gregg Allman Wrote, Co-Written By Scott Sharrard & Recorded With Taj Mahal, Bernard Purdie
Gregg Allman passed away more than a year ago, but the extended Allman Brothers Band family—from fans to collaborators—continues to mourn his loss. Today, longtime Gregg Allman Band guitarist musical director Scott Sharrard has debuted a new single featuring Taj Mahal and Bernard Purdie via Rolling Stone. In addition to the revered artists it features, the track, “Everything A Good Man Needs”, carries significant emotional weight for one big reason: It was the last known song Allman helped finish before his death on May 27th, 2017.According to Rolling Stone, Sharrard and Allman completed the song together shortly before Allman’s death. They had hoped to get the song onto Gregg’s eventually Grammy-nominated, posthumously released final album, Southern Blood, before his health took a turn for the worse. Instead, the song has now surfaced as part of Sharrard’s new album, Saving Grace, with help from Purdie, the legendary session drummer, and Mahal, the blues elder statesman. The band is rounded out by organist Peter Levin and trumpet player Marc Franklin.The song references the wisdom learned from life on the road. As Sharrard explains to Rolling Stone,Whenever we would pull into a town or a hotel on the road, Gregg would usually say, “This place has everything a good man needs”… This is definitely a true story with references to Gregg’s life on the road as a single man. We just wanted to do a fun, funky blues about finding love out on the road. I know that Gregg would be thrilled to have Taj and Bernard playing our song.The recording evokes the gritty southern character that Gregg Allman always embodied, with traces of soul and funk layered in. The result is a cut that surely would have made Gregg proud. Take a listen below:Scott Sharrard ft. Taj Mahal, Bernard Purdie – “Everything A Good Man Needs”[Video: Scott Sharrard]In 2017, Sharrard put together a star-studded tribute to Gregg Allman at Brooklyn Comes Alive featuring Purdie, Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note), Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band), Joey Porter (The Motet), Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier, Dave Harrington, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more. At this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place September 29th, Peter Levin, Taz, George Porter Jr., Jeff Sipe, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and Elise Testone will once again pay their respects to Allman, Butch Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton, and other beloved artists we lost last year. For more information about this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, head here.Scott Sharrard’s new album, Saving Grace, is due out September 21st. For more information, or to check out a list of Sharrard’s upcoming tour dates, head to his website.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Lil Wayne Finally Frees ‘Tha Carter V’ After Years Of Ugly Label Battles At Star-Studded Birthday Bash [Album Stream/Photos]
In recent weeks, news surfaced that Lil Wayne and Birdman had finally reached an agreement for an undisclosed sum, effectively freeing up Tha Carter V for release. Now, the album has finally arrived, though it seems pretty clear that it’s not entirely a relic of 2012 that’s been collecting dust for half a decade. The new album features a slew of special guests both young and old including features by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, his daughter, Reginae Carter, Ashanti, Snoop Dogg, and more and boasts production credits from Swizz Beatz, Dr. Dre, Metro Boomin, Mannie Fresh, Zaytoven, DJ Mustard. The album also includes a collaboration with highly controversial young rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot dead during a robbery attempt earlier this year.Tha Carter V, as it is released today, is likely a combination of new and old, featuring some material from the intended initial release and some created in the time since. It’s hard to see exactly where that line is, too. The album has plenty of the more rock-influenced, trap-style beats that have now become the norm, but Wayne had already started experimenting with that new musical direction for some time by 2012, as evidenced by his sound on mixtapes like Rebirth (2010), No I Am Not a Human Being (2010), and the other numerous “unofficial” projects he’s released since then.While it’s surely not the same Wayne that earned the commanded him the “greatest rapper alive” crown for much of the 2000’s, it’s still a new Weezy album, and it’s still an exciting victory after years and years of waiting. Stream Tha Carter V below:Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V – Full Album After years locked up in label disputes, Lil Wayne‘s long-awaited new album, Tha Carter V, has finally arrived. The 23-track album marks the fifth installment in the prolific rapper’s enormously successful, Grammy-winning series of albums. However, in addition to the baseline excitement of fans about a new Weezy LP, the significant buzz surrounding this specific release stems from a long, fraught battle his parent label, Cash Money Records, and Birdman, the label’s leader and Wayne’s noted musical father figure.The album was teased by Wayne and those around him as far back as 2012, one year after the release of Tha Carter IV, which was met with a middling critical response but was an overwhelming commercial success, eventually being certified Platinum two times over. Tha Carter IV also came after an extended delay, prompting Wayne to release a new mixtape, Sorry 4 Tha Wait, to hold fans over until the album’s release.In 2014, Lil Wayne released “Believe Me” featuring Drake, which was intended to be Tha Carter V‘s lead single. However, shortly before the album’s rumored initial release date, Weezy F. Baby fired off a series of tweets explaining that fans would have to wait, as Birdman was not going to release the project. As he lamented at the time,To all my fans, I want you to know that my album won’t and hasn’t been released bekuz … Cash Money Records refuse to release it. This is not my fault. I am truly and deeply sorry to all my fans but most of all to myself and my family for putting us in this situation. … I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy. I am a prisoner and so is my creativity. Again, I am truly sorry and I don’t blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album. But thank you.Lil Wayne’s feud with his label only ramped up from there. In early 2015, Weezy sued Cash Money for $51 million and demanded the right to terminate his contract and leave the label. Later that year, Wayne released The Free Weezy Album exclusively on Tidal, and Cash Money returned fire by filing suit against Jay-Z‘s fledgling streaming platform for $50 million. That suit was eventually dropped. Through all that, Tha Carter V remained one of popular music’s big, mythical question marks. With each passing year, fans got more and more ravenous for its release, and the online campaign to #FreeThaCarterV (or #FreeC5) continued to grow louder and louder. Load remaining images Lil Wayne Tha Carter V Tracklisting1. “I Love You Dwayne” (Jacida Carter)2. “Don’t Cry” (featuring XXXTentacion)3. “Dedicate” (samples a Barack Obama speech)4. “Uproar”5. “Let It Fly” (featuring Travis Scott)6. “Can’t Be Broken”7. “Dark Side of the Moon” (featuring Nicki Minaj)8. “Mona Lisa” (featuring Kendrick Lamar)9. “What About Me” (featuring Sosamann)10. “Open Letter”11. “Famous” (featuring Reginae Carter)12. “Problems”13. “Dope Niggaz” (featuring Snoop Dogg)14. “Hittas”15. “Took His Time”16. “Open Safe”17. “Start This Shit Off Right” (featuring Ashanti and Mack Maine)18. “Demon”19. “Mess”20. “Dope New Gospel” (featuring Nivea)21. “Perfect Strangers”22. “Used 2”23. “Let It All Work Out”View TracklistingWeezy celebrated the hard-won release of the LP with a star-studded joint 36th birthday party/release party dubbed “Wayne’s World,” attended by famous friends like Stevie Wonder, Chris Brown, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Timbaland, Ray J, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd, Trippie Redd, Shaggy, Trey Songz, Tiffany Haddish, Draya Michelle. You can check out a gallery of photos from the party below via Getty Images.Lil Wayne was also just announced as the replacement for the injured Childish Gambino at the upcoming Austin City Limits festival—though we all know what happened last time he was booked as a late festival lineup addition. We won’t hold our breaths, we’ll just be over here victoriously bumping Tha Carter V.Lil Wayne 36th Birthday/’Tha Carter V’ Release Party | Hubble Studios | Los Angeles, CA | 9/27/18 | Photos: Getty Images
Founding The Meters and Neville Brothers member Art Neville, who celebrated his 81st birthday this week, has officially announced his retirement from music. The legendary keyboardist/vocalist mad the announcement on Wednesday evening amid a number of recent health issues that have hampered his mobility. He has been a staple of the New Orleans music world since 1953, when he joined The Hawketts as a teenager and sang lead on their remake of country tune “Mardi Gras Mambo”, a recording that is still widely played during the annual celebration.Even in the year leading up to Wednesday’s announcement, Art Neville, a.k.a. Poppa Funk, has stayed away from the stage. When The Meters were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year, Art was unable to make the ceremony and accompanying performance. His son, Dumpstaphunk guitarist Ian Neville, attended the proceedings to accept the award on Art’s behalf.In August, while discussing the Meters’ Lifetime Achievement Grammy, Leo Nocentelli had mentioned that the band was taking a “wait and see” approach to Neville’s health in terms of a potential reunion, noting, “I’m hoping and praying that he’ll be able to play again.” With this new announcement, Art has confirmed that those hopes will not come to fruition.However, the legacy of the Meters and the Nevilles is alive and well in today’s music scene. Both Ian and Ivan Neville continue to do their thing with Dumpstaphunk, who was just announced as a supporting act for Dead & Company’s upcoming Playing in the Sand event. The Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. continue to play consistently with their Meters-inspired project, Foundation of Funk. On December 28th, they’ll both celebrate their birthdays with a blowout at Berkeley, CA’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.We wish all the best to Art Neville in his retirement![H/T The New Orleans Advocate]