Dreamspider Publicity – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:14:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 Donna the Buffalo Performs at Loaded Up & Truckin at Oskar Blues Sat 4/14 http://ashevilleblog.com/donna-buffalo-performs-loaded-truckin-oskar-blues-sat-414/ http://ashevilleblog.com/donna-buffalo-performs-loaded-truckin-oskar-blues-sat-414/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:39:25 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11498 Donna the Buffalo is joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni to record their next album February 2018 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It is one of the world's largest residential recording studios and is built around an 80-year-old hacienda and pecan orchard right along the border. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a video session of one of their new songs, “Swing That Thing.” Check it out at https://youtu.be/UEkcqzg-L88.

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Donna the Buffalo is joining forces with legendary Producer/ Engineer Rob Fraboni to record their next album February 2018 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. It is one of the world’s largest residential recording studios and is built around an 80-year-old hacienda and pecan orchard right along the border. The band recently visited Jam in the Van while in Los Angeles and recorded a video session of one of their new songs, “Swing That Thing.” Check it out at https://youtu.be/UEkcqzg-L88.

Fraboni is well known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, and Bonnie Raitt, and as Vice President at Island Records where he oversaw the remastering of the entire Bob Marley catalog. He produced the soundtrack on Martin Scorsese’s groundbreaking concert movie, The Last Waltz, which included an all-star cast of famous rock and roll performers. He built and designed the legendary Shangri-La studios in Malibu to the specification of Bob Dylan and the Band. Referred to as a “genius” by Keith Richards in his bestselling autobiography Life.

Donna the Buffalo’s fanbase, The Herd, will be excited to hear this news since their most recent album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, came out nearly five years ago in the spring of 2013. All Music Guide says of it, “This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.”

Known as one of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, The Erie Times says, They craft spirit-soaring songs with distinct sensibilities: Nevins’ songs are unfailingly melodic, brisk and buoyant, powered by her reassuring, wisdom-soaked vocals and ever-present fiddle and accordion. Puryear’s songs accentuate the groove, his exceptional guitar work and sly, Dylan-like way with lyrics.”

New Haven Register expands upon this to say, “Donna the Buffalo knows a thing or two about rhythm. Cajun, zydeco and old-time rhythms. A bit of reggae rhythm. Various guitar and fiddle rhythms. The rhythm of traveling by bus year after year for more than a quarter-century now, criss-crossing America… over and over again.”

Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, fiddle, guitar, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (B3 Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It’s been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you’re playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it’s like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.”

Donna the Buffalo drew it’s original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. Not only was it playing music at these events, it was the vibe and the togetherness that bonded the people that attended.

“Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other, that’s the feeling we were shooting for in our music.” Puryear says, “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of the joy we’ve found.”

It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force…” Nevins says. “All those people that come and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.”

Donna the Buffalo has released ten albums and are affiliated with several others including  two solo albums from Nevins including 2011’s Wood and Stone (produced by Larry Campbell in Levon Helm Studios) and Mule to Ride in 1999,  Puryear’s 2007 solo album Hopes and Dreams, and a 2003 release, Wait Til Spring, with Jim Lauderdale. The band’s 2008 release, Silverlined, as well as the 2013 release, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, (both on Sugar Hill Records) did well on the Americana Music Chart, each placing well into the top ten.

“Though it will always be hard to pinpoint the key to an act’s staying power, distinctiveness and consistency surely can’t hurt.” Pittsburgh City Paper says, “Donna the Buffalo has carved out a niche; it has weathered trends, and even made some of its own by being unapologetically itself.”

Take a look at their official music videos:

“Across The Way” → https://youtu.be/JqbVb2302Xs

“Working On That” → http://bit.ly/1eXPofS

“I Love My Tribe” → http://bit.ly/1i9fy9Q

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.donnathebuffalo.com

facebook.com/donnathebuffalo and twitter.com/donnathebuffalo

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2nd Annual Jam in The Trees Announces Lineup http://ashevilleblog.com/2nd-annual-jam-trees-announces-lineup/ http://ashevilleblog.com/2nd-annual-jam-trees-announces-lineup/#respond Thu, 29 Dec 2016 02:01:37 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10766 The 2nd Annual Jam In The Trees is thrilled to welcome Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O'Brien, Jim Lauderdale, Underhill Rose, Ken Tizzard to the stage for the 2017 event taking place Friday and Saturday, August 25-26th at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC. More artists TBA! 

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The 2nd Annual Jam in The Trees Announces Initial Lineup!

The 2nd Annual Jam In The Trees is thrilled to welcome Acoustic Syndicate, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel, Tim O’Brien, Jim Lauderdale, Underhill Rose, Ken Tizzard to the stage for the 2017 event taking place Friday and Saturday, August 25-26th at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC. More artists TBA!

Early Bird Tickets available while supplies last. VIP tickets are available for $100 and include Meet & Greets with the bands, a guided brewery tour and tasting, preferred parking, a commemorative event poster and more! Doors open at 7pm on Friday for shows on the indoor stage. Gates open Saturday at 12pm, with music starting at 1pm throughout the day until 11pm on the beautiful Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage, followed by an “After Hours Jam” on the indoor stage. Hotel and shuttle information coming soon. Stay tuned to the festival’s new website www.jaminthetrees.com for more information and updates.

JITT is a benefit for Wild Forests & Fauna (WildFF) and last year’s inaugural event raised $5000 to protect, restore and support threatened forests and wildlife in Western North Carolina. Relive some of the wonderful moments of 2016 through photos of the event by David Simchock Photography at www.frontrowfocus.com.

“At WildFF, our Big Tree Project that leverages outreach education and reforestation to protect forests in Western North Carolina and around the globe,” WildFF’s Executive Director Benjamin Colvin says, “Since JITT, the Big Tree Project has grown and has even sparked a relationship with ABTech and local company ArborZen to restore a razed site with over 500 native trees. We are thrilled to be a part of this and can not wait for Jam in the Trees 2017!”

“Jam in the Trees fit like a glove in our beautiful amphitheater, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with this organization again in support of our most precious forests and natural resources in 2017. It’s a real win-win!” says Benton Wharton, Events/PR Director for Pisgah Brewing.

JITT is now accepting art vendor applications for Jam In The Trees 2017. JITT is booking non-food vendors only; if you are a food vendor interested in being a part of JITT, please contact Pisgah Brewing directly. Here is the link to the Art Vendor Application: http://bit.ly/JITT_ArtVendorApp_2017.

“We are incredibly excited to be working in 2017 in support of our mission of philanthropy, music, and community as we bring Jam In The Trees back to Pisgah Brewing with a portion of the event proceeds once again going to Wild Forests and Fauna.” Lifelong resident of Asheville and President of Jam In The Trees, LLC, Laurel York, continues, “We hope the ‘jamsters’ will come out again in 2017 for an even better event than last year and show their support for their great cause!”

Jam in The Trees 2017 Initial Lineup:
Acoustic Syndicate
Peter Rowan
Larry Keel
Tim O’Brien
Jim Lauderdale
Underhill Rose
Ken Tizzard

More information about Jam in The Trees can be found at www.jaminthetrees.comwww.facebook.com/JamInTheTreeswww.twitter.com/jaminthetrees, and www.instagram.com/jaminthetrees.

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Sam Lewis at Isis Music Hall, November 4th, 2016 http://ashevilleblog.com/sam-lewis-isis-music-hall-november-4th-2016/ http://ashevilleblog.com/sam-lewis-isis-music-hall-november-4th-2016/#respond Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:23:33 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10612 Sam Lewis plays soul music.

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Sam Lewis plays soul music.

While it bears the sonic landmarks of roots music’s most fertile ground, the songwriting of Sam Lewis is born of a landscape that can only be felt, not seen. His music is native to the infinite expanse that is exposed when human attention is full, and focused inward – harvested solely by the nuanced rhythm of love. Sam’s songs are rooted in the energy that defines this harmonious frontier, the space that unifies the human experience in each of us. It’s the anchored spirit in this incubated territory of soul for which Sam Lewis works to celebrate and elevate with the tones of rock & roll, rhythm & blues and a country-folk muse.

Sam is not the first man to turn over this primal soil, but he is unquestionably here to be the one that keeps sowing the field. Lewis laments, “I flip on a radio or stare at my phone, and I hear some familiar sounds and I see some flashy things being made right now – and that’s cool. But it’s real hard to find something that’s being said beyond what’s superficial. And then go I and spin a record by Lee Dorsey and I feel the world lifted with four words and a funky groove, and then I’ll listen to Pops Staples preaching the most earnest spirit with some shake, swagger and sweat thrown on it – and man there it is, there’s the fresh air, there’s the hope. These are the men that paved the path I want to walk on, the path I want to preserve. Everyone is welcome to walk it with me. I hope they do.”

After spending a nomadic youth from California to the Carolina Blue Ridge, Sam began calling Nashville, TN home in 2008. Since then he’s been joined on his journey by some of music’s most righteous and luminary figures. Most recently (and continuing into Summer 2016), he’s been a tourmate and stage collaborator of Grammy Award Winner, Chris Stapleton. It’s Stapleton who dubbed Lewis “a modern Townes Van Zandt”. Sam’s continued to also be called upon by lyrical forefathers such as John Prine and neighborhood contemporaries like Kacey Musgraves to trade verses and share their inspiration across generational lines.

Over the last four years, Sam Lewis has pressed the first two chapters in his career’s studio anthology with the release of his self-titled debut in 2012 and sophomore release Waiting On You in 2015. As both received critical acclaim, each session grew the legendary family for which Sam has adopted to curate and share his musical innervision with his listeners. Recorded between the storied studio walls of Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Nashville, Waiting On You was produced by roots music cornerstone, Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band).

Adjoined by their savant fluency in the soul music lexicon, Lewis and Wood called upon the instrumental palettes of masters including Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Neil Young), Darrell Scott (Robert Plant, Guy Clark), Will Kimbrough (Jimmy Buffett, Rodney Crowell), Gabe Dixon (Paul McCartney) and the McCrary Sisters, all placing their stamp on this enduring expression of uncompromised songwriting. Additionally, the relentless grooves of rhythm section JT Cure and Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton), accented with the transfixing guitar perfection of Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams) have been woven through the fabric of each of Lewis’ studio campaigns.

While continuing connect dots from his experiences to the perceptions of those around him with lyrical acuity, the songs of Sam Lewis remain a perpetual trip. An expedition in the sound of the mind, the sound of heart and the sound nature in which they exist. Sounds that may not have a name, but when it’s all said and done – are one in the same.
More information and further tour dates at www.samlewistunes.com, www.facebook.com/samlewistunes, www.twitter.com/samlewistunes, and www.instagram.com/samlewistunes.

Sam Lewis at Isis Music Hall Friday, 11/4

9pm show/ 5pm Doors; $15
General Admission Seated Show
Limited Tables Available with Dinner Reservation otherwise seating is first come first serve.
Call 828-575-2737 for dinner reservations

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Inaugural Jam In The Trees August 26-27th http://ashevilleblog.com/inaugural-jam-trees-august-26-27th/ http://ashevilleblog.com/inaugural-jam-trees-august-26-27th/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:20:28 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10372 Jam in The Trees is thrilled to announce its daily schedule as well as the additions of Jim Lauderdale and Savannah Smith to this year’s event! They will be joining in on the already stellar lineup which includesThe Wood Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Willie Watson, The Burrito Brothers, The Secret Sisters, Patrick Sweany, and Leyla McCallaalong with a handful of North Carolina artists including Mipso, Chatham County Line, Tellico, Mark Bumgarner, and Unspoken Tradition.

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The Inaugural Jam In The Trees Takes Place at Pisgah Brewing Friday & Saturday, August 26-27, 2016 in Black Mountain, NC

Jam in The Trees is thrilled to announce its daily schedule as well as the additions of Jim Lauderdale and Savannah Smith to this year’s event! They will be joining in on the already stellar lineup which includes The Wood Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Willie Watson, The Burrito Brothers, The Secret Sisters, Patrick Sweany, and Leyla McCalla along with a handful of North Carolina artists including Mipso, Chatham County Line, Tellico, Mark Bumgarner, and Unspoken Tradition.

The inaugural Jam In The Trees takes place at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, 2016 as a gathering of folks for the purpose of celebrating great music, beer, and community for a good cause! Doors open at 6pm on Friday for shows on the indoor stage. Gates open Saturday at 10am, with music starting at 11am throughout the day until 11pm on the beautiful Pisgah Outdoor Stage, followed by an “After Hours Jam” on the indoor stage.

Jam in The Trees promises a wide range of award-winning musicians over two days with live performances, exquisite local food offerings, VIP Meet and Greet events with the artists, Brewery Tours, and down-home fun. Limited VIP and weekend ticketing packages are available. A portion of the proceeds of JITT will go to a local not-for-profit, Wild Forests & Fauna (WildFF). The events also supports the the Big Tree Project.

Coming in from out of town? Lodging options include deals with the nearby Super 8, Quality Inn, and Holiday Inn (find out more here). Nearby camping includes Asheville East KOA and Mama Gertie’s Hideaway. JITT will offer shuttle service to these locations.

Jam in The Trees is seeking art, merchandise and food vendors for the weekend. If you are interested, please fill out this form →http://goo.gl/forms/V3Vu6l39Rr
WNCW is the media sponsor and will be emceeing at the event. Further sponsors of Jam in The Trees include Mosaic RealtySanesco LabsDiamond Brand, and Frugal BackpackerEarthspun Apparel is providing official JITT hats and t-shirts which you can pick up on site. There will also be a raffle for a Root Cause adirondack chair designed by Appalachian Designs!

Jam in The Trees 2016 Lineup:

  • The Wood Brothers
  • The Del McCoury Band
  • Junior Brown
  • Willie Watson
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • The Burrito Brothers
  • Chatham County Line
  • The Secret Sisters
  • Mipso
  • Patrick Sweany
  • Leyla McCalla
  • Unspoken Tradition
  • Mark Bumgarner
  • Tellico
  • Savannah Smith

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/jaminthetrees and www.pisgahbrewing.com/jam-in-the-trees-coming-to-pisgah-brewing-august-2016/.

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The Inaugural Jam In The Trees Takes Place at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain http://ashevilleblog.com/the-inaugural-jam-in-the-trees-takes-place-at-pisgah-brewing-in-black-mountain/ http://ashevilleblog.com/the-inaugural-jam-in-the-trees-takes-place-at-pisgah-brewing-in-black-mountain/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:01:15 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10145 The inaugural Jam In The Trees takes place at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, 2016 as a gathering of folks for the purpose of celebrating great music, beer, and community for a good cause!

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The Inaugural Jam In The Trees Takes Place at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC on Friday & Saturday, August 26-27, 2016

The inaugural Jam In The Trees takes place at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, 2016 as a gathering of folks for the purpose of celebrating great music, beer, and community for a good cause!

Jam in The Trees is pleased to announce the new additions of Patrick Sweany and The Secret Sisters! Kicking off full force with an already stellar lineup including The Wood Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Willie Watson, The Burrito Brothers, and Leyla McCalla along with a handful of North Carolina artists including Mipso, Chatham County Line, Tellico, Mark Bumgarner, and Unspoken Tradition. More still to be announced!

The Secret Sisters
About a 20-minute drive is all that separated The Secret Sisters from being born in historic Muscle Shoals, Alabama, though its sheer proximity to their hometown of Happy Valley practically foretold that Laura and Lydia Rogers were destined for lives as recording and performing artists. With their sophomore album, Put Your Needle Down [Republic Records], The Secret Sisters’ future has never seemed clearer.

Growing up surrounded by the sounds of the South and the powerful timeless music emanating from Muscle Shoals, The Secret Sisters were heavily influenced by a range of uniquely American musical styles, including country, bluegrass and gospel, as well as classic rock and pop. They were raised on a rich tapestry of music, listening to everything from George Jones and Loretta Lynn, to The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones, Fiona Apple and Rufus Wainwright. But it was their father, a musician himself, who introduced Laura and Lydia to bluegrass at an early age and spent many weekends bringing his daughters to local bluegrass festivals.

Patrick Sweany
Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between. On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn’t his ability to copy – it’s his authenticity.
His latest record, Daytime Turned To Nighttime, was recorded in his adopted community of E. Nashville, TN and features contributions from long-time collaborator and producer Joe McMahan (Allison Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Bryan Owings (Tony Joe White, Solomon Burke), among others. For Daytime Sweany took a fairly different approach than his usual raw, intense blues sound, opting for more subtle textures and playing. Seminal 70s records by Bill Withers, Bobbie Gentry and Bobby Charles & The Band provide the sonic blueprint, while Sweany wraps his trademark baritone and impeccable acoustic slide work around songs of longing, redemption and growing up.
Jam in The Trees promises a wide range of award-winning musicians over two days with live performances, exquisite local food offerings, VIP events with the artists, and down-home fun. Limited VIP and weekend ticketing packages are available. WNCW is the media sponsor and will be emceeing at the event. Doors open at 7pm on Friday for shows on the indoor stage. Gates open Saturday at 10am, with music starting at 11am throughout the day until 11pm on the beautiful Pisgah Outdoor Stage, followed by an “After Hours Jam” on the indoor stage.

Laurel York, a lifelong resident of Asheville and President of Jam In The Trees, LLC, helped bring the idea for the event to fruition during a visit with friends from Asheville and Canada that “mentioned Pisgah Brewing is a perfect location and felt it would attract people from all over with the right musical lineup. That started the ball rolling toward creating an event that would be a celebration of authentic Roots Music, community, and philanthropy (a portion of the proceeds will go to a local not-for-profit, Wild Forests & Fauna (WildFF), in one of the area’s finest outdoor music venues” said York.

“Jam in the Trees is shining a bright light bringing our community together in support of the Big Tree Project which focuses on the biggest, baddest trees in Western NC and beyond, that generate the most benefits to surrounding ecosystems and biodiversity.” Benjamin Colvin, Executive Director WildFF, goes on to say, “Del McCoury Band, the Wood Brothers and this whole lineup connects in spirit with WildFF… we all want people to go outside, get connected, get lost a little, and ACT to protect our forests for future generations!”

“We are extremely pleased to be working to bring Jam In The Trees to Pisgah Brewing. Those that attend our events know that we treat our attendees right and the music is always top notch. This event will be no different. Come join us for a fun event next August and get your tickets early as we expect this to sell out quickly once the additional artists are announced!” said Benton Wharton, the Events Manager for Pisgah Brewing.
Jam in The Trees 2016 Lineup:
The Wood Brothers
The Del McCoury Band
Junior Brown
Willie Watson
The Burrito Brothers
Chatham County Line
The Secret Sisters
Mipso
Patrick Sweany
Leyla McCalla
Unspoken Tradition
Mark Bumgarner
Tellico

Jam in The Trees is seeking art, merchandise and food vendors for the weekend. If you are interested, please fill out this form → http://goo.gl/forms/V3Vu6l39Rr

Coming in from out of town? Lodging options are here → www.facebook.com/notes/jam-in-the-trees/coming-in-from-out-of-town-here-are-some-lodging-options/769590589843727

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/jaminthetrees and www.pisgahbrewing.com/jam-in-the-trees-coming-to-pisgah-brewing-august-2016/.

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The Honeycutters Release 4th Studio Album May 20th http://ashevilleblog.com/the-honeycutters-release-4th-studio-album/ http://ashevilleblog.com/the-honeycutters-release-4th-studio-album/#respond Sun, 27 Mar 2016 23:32:22 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9920 The Honeycutters have a voice you can’t ignore; a voice of persistence, of struggle and of hope, a voice that leads the new music movement erupting out of Asheville, NC. Poised to release their 4th studio album On The Ropes May 20, 2016 on Organic Records, Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst says principal songwriter and frontwoman, Amanda Anne Platt “has a voice that’s complex, sweet and aching. Even more potently, she writes songs that folks are citing as up there with the best of the field, such as Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams.” Along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Rick Cooper (electric and upright bass), Josh Milligan (drums and vocal harmonies), Matt Smith (pedal steel and electric guitar), and Tal Taylor (mandolin). On The Ropes was produced by Amanda Anne Platt and Tim Surrett and engineered and mastered by Van Atkins at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC.

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The Honeycutters have a voice you can’t ignore; a voice of persistence, of struggle and of hope, a voice that leads the new music movement erupting out of Asheville, NC. Poised to release their 4th studio album On The Ropes May 20, 2016 on Organic Records, Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst says principal songwriter and frontwoman, Amanda Anne Platt “has a voice that’s complex, sweet and aching. Even more potently, she writes songs that folks are citing as up there with the best of the field, such as Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams.” Along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Rick Cooper (electric and upright bass), Josh Milligan (drums and vocal harmonies), Matt Smith (pedal steel and electric guitar), and Tal Taylor (mandolin). On The Ropes was produced by Amanda Anne Platt and Tim Surrett and engineered and mastered by Van Atkins at Crossroads Studios in Arden, NC.

“Fitting in at country honky-tonks and hard-scrabble bars alike, the Honeycutters have built a reputation for high energy shows coupled with tight harmonies and wistfully delicate lyrics of longing, heartbreak, and the American experience,” writes Alan Cackett (UK).

In On The Ropes Platt continues to bring songs of heartache, yearning, and comebacks using phrases so relatable you wish you had thought of them yourself, ”Love ain’t ever black and white, it’s pink and gray and blue besides” (“Blue Besides”).
Platt’s writing is always personal. The title track, “On The Ropes,” is a rally song about coming back from hard knocks. “When I’m down for the count there’s a voice I can’t ignore,” like a continuous conversation with herself, pushing her along and encouraging her to make “something out of nothing.”

In a recent interview with David Dye of the World Cafe, Dye pointed out Platt’s string of songs with ‘love gone wrong’ themes. Her response, “Doesn’t everyone have stories of love gone wrong?” Part of Amanda’s significance as a songwriter lies in her ability to write everybody’s story and allow each listener to feel it’s theirs alone. She shares songs of love and loss, songs of struggles and fears; in “The Only Eyes” Amanda writes, “If there were an easier road that wasn’t so crooked, Honey, I hope you know I would have took it.” NPR’s World Cafe, produced by XPN in Philadelphia, brought the show to Asheville’s The Grey Eagle this February for a sold out evening of entertainment including The Honeycutters in their “Sense of Place” series. The airdate for The Honeycutters’ World Cafe segment is Thursday, March 31st during the first hour of the show.

The power of Amanda’s songwriting requires musicianship with the kind of edginess needed to match it, to cohesively surround the lyrics in just the right skin while still shining in their individual performances.

Alternating between upright and, new to this album, electric bass, Rick Cooper accentuates the band’s delve deeper into a rock sound blending with their old-school country roots attitude. Along with drummer Josh Milligan the two create a powerful pocket and groove that locks the album together, with Milligan’s vocal harmonies complementing and enhancing Platt’s lead. The pedal steel work of Matt Smith brings unexpected rock licks on an instrument traditionally reserved for a classic country sound in tracks like “Blue Besides” and “Only Eyes”. Smith also shows his prowess on electric guitar with rock, and R&B flavored runs and solos like in “Golden Child”. Tal Taylor’s mandolin cuts through with bitey, bluesy notes and fierce tremolo that pushes the instrument beyond its obvious folk appeal.

On The Ropes has thirteen tracks of all original material with the exception of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” a song Amanda has been playing since before she moved to Asheville. She says, “We’ve had a number of people ask us to record our version, so here ’tis.” Special guests on the album include Amanda’s father Mark Platt on harmonica, Jeff Collins on piano, and Jason Webb on Hammond B-3 Organ. “The Handbook” features the lovely ladies of Sweet Claudette on vocals: Dulci Ellenberger, Melissa Hyman, and Amber L. Sims.

A special vinyl edition of On the Ropes will be released April 12, 2016 on Vinyl Tuesday, as a featured national release for Record Store Week. This will include a double album released through Organic Records®’ national distribution partner Select-O-Hits. This vinyl album will be made available to independent record stores throughout the country in time for Record Store Day on April 16th. Vinyl Mastering by Scott Barnett at Crossroads Studios / Arden, NC and Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl, Memphis, TN.

On The Ropes builds on the critical success of The Honeycutters breakout album Me Oh My [Organic Records 2015], which appeared on over twenty “2015 Year End Lists” including nods from No Depression, “It’s the type of country music you’d play on the jukebox and take a spin on a red dirt floor” and Cleveland Scene, “an upbeat symphony of regret, redemption and resurgence.” The album was voted #3 on WNCW’s Top 100 Listeners Poll (Under Jason Isbell and Alabama Shakes), listed in NPR’s Folk Alley’s Top 50, and was one of KBCS’s “Most Played Albums of 2015.”

In their “50 Essential Albums for 2015” list, Saving Country Music writes, “Me Oh My is the 14-song testament that you sense could be the centerpiece of her career when it’s all said and done… This is a band, an album, and a songwriter that both the Americana and country world should pay greater attention to.” Me Oh My launched The Honeycutters onto the national stage, bringing along an army of fans with them. Don’t blink now, they’re coming back for more.

It has been said that overnight success is a result of long time dedication and hard work. Amanda writes, in “Golden Child,” her love letter to the music industry, “Now I don’t mind if it takes a little time, when it comes to waiting I’ve been practicing for years.”

Stay tuned to www.TheHoneycutters.com for tour dates and more news about their upcoming Spring 2016 album release on Organic Records!

For news from the road, please visit www.facebook.com/Honeycutters and twitter.com/thehoneycutters.

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Donna the Buffalo Performs at The Orange Peel on Thu 3/17 http://ashevilleblog.com/9724-2/ http://ashevilleblog.com/9724-2/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2016 19:14:15 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9724 Donna the Buffalo Performs at The Orange Peel on Thu 3/17
with City of the Sun opening
RESCHEDULED FROM A SNOW DAY IN JANUARY
8pm doors/ 9pm show; $20 adv/ $22 dos; 18+
828-398-1837
101 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
http://theorangepeel.net/events/donna-the-buffalo-3/

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Donna the Buffalo Performs at The Orange Peel on Thu 3/17
with City of the Sun opening
RESCHEDULED FROM A SNOW DAY IN JANUARY
8pm doors/ 9pm show; $20 adv/ $22 dos; 18+
828-398-1837
101 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
http://theorangepeel.net/events/donna-the-buffalo-3/

One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America for since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable music. Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people that is accessible, positive, and memorable. With roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of cajun/ zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country, Donna’s music often contains social and moral responsibility as core beliefs, and they are just simply fun to get out and celebrate life with.

“For the dizzying array of styles and genres with which they work, Donna The Buffalo maintain a surprising level of consistency… over the course of their 25-year career, they retain a sharp focus that has helped them create some truly lasting music…” writes Elmore. “Few groups are this comfortable as performers, and even fewer would take as many risks.”
Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It’s been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you’re playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it’s like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.”

Donna the Buffalo drew it’s original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. Not only was it playing music at these events, it was the vibe and the togetherness that bonded the people that attended.

“Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other, that’s the feeling we were shooting for in our music,” Puryear says. “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of the joy we’ve found.”
Jeb talks of his inspiration “rolling off all the great protest songs and the socially conscious music like Bob Marley and The Beatles and Bob Dylan – all of that stuff. So that, to me, is sort of like a tradition to write from that angle as a way of reflecting on what you feel about the world and how you feel it could be better and getting to a different place as a society. There’s also the strength that comes from music and gives you the feeling like you can change those things and make some progress, and then express some of the particulars about what you’d like to change.”

“If there’s a common thread, it’s an up-tempo beat that gets audiences dancing, moving and smiling, even for the more topical songs. That’s part of the point: Sending energy and spreading joy can be political acts… When the band recently went out to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, Puryear read a pamphlet that said ‘it’s about the vibration,’ and he agrees.

‘The vibe is going to be the big change, out of a passion for living,”Jeb says said to the Rochester Messenger Post. “Just that kind of energy, something we kind of feel in ourselves.” It’s certainly kept the band rejuvenated, he noted: It’s “having an absolute chemistry that’s creative and can still be exciting over 20-something years.’”

Donna the Buffalo was on tour in the fall of 2015 with The Stampede: A tour to raise awareness to the inappropriate use of corporate money in politics, which garnered press in USA Today and SALON, as well as the support of Occupy Wall Street and Headcount, amongst many others. They joined forces with Ben Cohen, Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry’s, who has started stamping slogans on currency in protest (stampstampede.org). “As a band, we have made a long term commitment to join this burgeoning movement,” says Jeb Puryear. “It is clear to us that we will never get significant government action on issues like healthcare, student debt, wall street banks, the environment, and corporate tax evasion until we outlaw legalized corporate bribery of our politicians.”

Take a look at their official music videos:
“Working On That” -> http://bit.ly/1eXPofS
“I Love My Tribe” -> http://bit.ly/1i9fy9Q

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Singer/Songwriter Jane Kramer Returns to Mountain-made Roots http://ashevilleblog.com/jane-kramer-second-album/ http://ashevilleblog.com/jane-kramer-second-album/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:02:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9505 Produced and Engineered by Adam Johnson of Sound Lab Studios,
The album features backing band Free Planet Radio
as well as guest appearances by Nicky Sanders of Steep Canyon Rangers and more

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Vocalist & Songwriter Jane Kramer Makes a Full Voiced Return to Her Roots with Mountain-made Second Solo Album, Carnival of Hopes – Due Out Feb 26, 2016

Produced and Engineered by Adam Johnson of Sound Lab Studios,
The album features backing band Free Planet Radio
as well as guest appearances by Nicky Sanders of Steep Canyon Rangers and more

Vocalist and songwriter Jane Kramer is set to independently release her gutsy and ambrosial second solo album entitled Carnival of Hopes on Friday, February 26, 2016. Her band for the night includes the amazing River Guerguerian and Eliot Wadopian of Free Planet Radio, Franklin Keel of Sirius B, JP Furnas of Empire Strikes Brass, Pace Conner and Michael Evors, and more special guests. Come join in on a night of honest, inspired music-making.

Carnival of Hopes feels both celebratory and frank. It is filled with songs of regret and insight found after deep and gritty self-reflection. At its core, the album tells the story of facing down dark inner demons while still clinging to “that tiny chirping of light in your bones that somehow keeps you tethered to keeping on,” Kramer says.

Throughout the album, it is Kramer’s unvarnished honesty and searching, powerfully sweet and heartrending voice that carry the well-crafted and arranged songs and tie both elements of loss and healing cohesively together. “I’m not great at making stuff up,” she says, “so I sing what I lived and what I know, without any sugar or fluff.”

Jane Kramer, Carnival of Hopes
“Anyone who has stared down the barrel of themselves and their failures and fears and shipwrecked loves has scraped up against the bottom of their own capacity for hoping,” says Kramer, a social worker and musician by trade. “My carnival of hopes is busted and hideous and rusty and somehow still brave and sparkly,” she says, “like the image of the forgotten Ferris wheel printed on the disc – half taken over by trees and time, but still standing.”

With deep ties to the area, Carnival of Hopes, boasts a sparkling cast of Ashevillian producers and players. It was recorded at the award-winning Sound Temple Studios in Asheville in February of 2015, while she still lived on the other side of the country in Portland, Oregon. A few months later, after a four-year run spent writing and reflecting on the West Coast, Jane Kramer pulled up stakes and returned to Western North Carolina with a renewed energy to share her new music with the world.

Carnival of Hopes aches and soars with her connections to Appalachian balladry, a force she first encountered at Warren Wilson College and honed while performing with the Asheville-based all-female trio, the Barrel House Mamas, who helped reintroduce Americana music to the Blue Ridge Mountains a decade ago. However, it is as a solo artist where the power of Kramer’s songwriting and world-class vocals truly shine.

Kramer’s longtime friend Adam Johnson of Sound Lab Studios, whose portfolio of clients includes such names as Alison Krauss and Yo Yo Ma, produced and engineered the album. Kramer is backed by Chris Rosser on piano and harmonium, Eliot Wadopian on upright bass and River Guerguerian on drums and percussion, the virtuoso trio that comprises Free Planet Radio, and by master Georgia-based bluegrass musicians/ multi-instrumentalists, Pace Conner (steel string, high string and baritone guitars, ukulele, mandolin, and backing vocals) and Michael Evers (Dobro, banjo, mandolin, and backing vocals) who arranged the songs for recording and perform and tour with Kramer regularly.

Carnival of Hopes as an album is full of sometimes-searing flourishes on the complexities of Kramer’s modern life. The title track clearly encompasses that, she says.

“In the song ‘Carnival of Hopes’ and on the record as a whole, I talk about letting things die and being honest about it: the notion that I am a good woman, ideas for my future and success, a big love, and even parts of myself dying and being reborn in the letting go” she says. “I talk about laying down my hammer but leaving the light on in the window. While these are heavy concepts, I feel the take-away feeling of the album is one of hope.”

On this deeply personal album, Kramer’s favorite track is the ballad, “Good Woman.” While she says she’s not one who fits that description, listeners might disagree after hearing the lilting but earnest passion and regret in her voice.
“Good Woman” is the song you write when your lover kicks you out of the house and you’re half drunk on cheap box wine in a crappy motel room staring at yourself in the mirror under the fluorescent bathroom light,” Jane says. “You can’t help but be honest then.”

“Aside from the sentiment, the contributions of virtuoso players, Nicky Sanders of Steep Canyon Rangers and Franklin Keel of Sirius B, also help make the song a favorite,” Kramer adds. They play orchestral fiddle and cello, respectively, on “Good Woman”.

Other songs on the album offer clear hints to Kramer’s unflinching self-examination and ability to convey heavy subject matter through utterly palatable and even catchy song-crafting. The New Orleans jazz-influenced “Why’d I Do That Blues,” (which features a horn section comprised of JP Furnas on trombone and Ben Hovey on trumpet), the classic country honky tonking sass of the opening track “Half Way Gone,” and the banjo-driven, uptempo modern-day spiritual “My Dusty Wings” all speak to a talented songwriter laying herself bare. She credits her songwriting hero and mentor, Mary Gauthier, with helping her reach for, and express, everything she hoped to communicate with the album.

The songs on the album were all penned by Kramer with the exception of one cover, “Down South,” written by Tom Petty. “This tune just sounds like the mountains.” Kramer says,”I’m a huge Petty fan and love the poignant simplicity of his writing. Additionally, and probably what was most important to me was the message of the song thematically, about returning home to the south and it’s little idiosyncrasies.”

The sense of homecoming that rings through was a conscious effort, Kramer says. “I did that because Asheville is my dirt. It’s my home and my culture, musically and otherwise. I missed it and knew somewhere in my bones I would be coming back to stay soon,” she says.

“I didn’t want to make an album that didn’t sound like home,” Kramer adds. “I wanted Asheville musicians and Appalachian instrumentation – that wistful, southern dobro sound that hurts your heart a little.” Carnival of Hopes is indeed a homecoming album, and will take listeners through the enchanting and accessible emotional landscape of a woman who has climbed the mountain of her own failures and fears and learned how to be at home with herself.

Album: Carnival of Hopes Track listing:
1. Half Way Gone 3:45
2. Carnival of Hopes 5:25
3. Your Ever~Green Heart 3:21
4. Good Woman 5:29
5. Down South (by Tom Petty) 3:30
6. Truck Stop Stars 4:31
7. Why’d I Do That Blues 2:38
8. Highways, Rivers & Scars 4:25
9. Truth Tellin’ Eyes 4:19
10. My Dusty Wings 2:57

Learn more about Jane Kramer and her music at www.JaneKramer.net and stay up to date with news at www.facebook.com/janekramersongstress.

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New Year’s Eve Celebration with stephaniesĭd & Jon Stickley Trio at Isis on Dec 31, 2015 http://ashevilleblog.com/new-years-eve-celebration-with-stephaniesid-jon-stickley-trio-at-isis-on-dec-31-2015/ http://ashevilleblog.com/new-years-eve-celebration-with-stephaniesid-jon-stickley-trio-at-isis-on-dec-31-2015/#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:51:25 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=9411 Isis Music Restaurant and Music Hall is happy to announce a New Year’s Eve Celebration with stephaniesid and Jon Stickley Trio on Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Isis Music Restaurant and Music Hall is happy to announce a New Year’s Eve Celebration with stephaniesid and Jon Stickley Trio on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Join 7-time “Best Pop/Rock” (Mountain Xpress) band winners stephaniesĭd, and their cadre of stellar guest musicians, back for the third New Year’s Eve on the Isis main stage! Their show is a celebration in the deepest sense… a journey… a battle with obstacles… a gut-wrenching soul plea… and ultimately, a groovy party for the world’s heart.

stephaniesĭd will be joined by the Jon Stickley Trio, who’s been making waves with their new album Lost at Last. The New York Times’ Nate Chinen writes “… there’s hardy cohesion among the players — no less on the Gypsy standard ‘Valse de Wasso’ than on ‘Darth Radar’ a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on ‘The High Road,’ by Tim O’Brien, they sound both respectful and free.”

This will be a standing show with limited number of seats in the music hall, RSVP needed. The dinner and show will be an 8pm seating and includes a four course dinner, champagne toast and an evening of entertainment. General tickets are also available with doors at 8:30pm (does not include dinner). For those that do reserve their seats for dinner, the Isis New Year’s Eve menu includes Baked Oysters, Pork Belly, or Seared Sushi Tuna Ceviche, along with Lobster Bisque or Pickled Beet and Citrus Salad, as well as Pork Roulade, Filet Medallion, Sunburst Farms Trout, or Root Vegetable Poutine. The fourth course includes Champagne Mousse Verrines or Chocolate Tres Leches.

Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
743 Haywood Rd  Asheville NC 28806

Jon Stickley Trio at 9pm | stephaniesĭd at 10:30pm
$55 Dinner Only :: 6pm seating (three course dinner)
$75 Dinner and Show :: 8pm seating; (four course dinner)
$15 Show Only with doors at 8:30pm (does not include dinner)

More info, full menu and ticketing info at → 
www.isisasheville.com/events/new-years-eve-celebration-with-stephaniesid-the-jon-stickley-trio/

For Dinner only or Dinner / Show Tickets ~ You must call Isis (828-575-2737) for reservations.
“Show Only” Tickets may be purchased online. See link for menu for NYE Dinner.

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An Evening with Grits & Soul at Isis Upstairs Lounge on Wed 8/12 http://ashevilleblog.com/an-evening-with-grits-soul-at-isis-upstairs-lounge-on-wed-812/ http://ashevilleblog.com/an-evening-with-grits-soul-at-isis-upstairs-lounge-on-wed-812/#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:12:05 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=8763 At the heart of Grits & Soul are song-crafters Anna Kline and John Looney. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, they take the influences of mountain bluegrass and classic country and fuse it with those of Mississippi soul and blues.

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$5, 5pm Door/ 7pm Show
General Admission Seated Lounge Show :: Limited Tables Available with Dinner Reservation
Seating without dinner reservation will be first come first serve
Call 828-575-2737 dinner reservations

At the heart of Grits & Soul are song-crafters Anna Kline and John Looney. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, they take the influences of mountain bluegrass and classic country and fuse it with those of Mississippi soul and blues.

On the heels of their 2013 MerleFest IBMA showcase and the release of their debut album, Flood Waters, the duo continues to attract the attention of audiences throughout the Southeast. Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine gave the team a glowing review, calling Flood Waters “intriguing and enveloping.” The recording highlights the collaboration of a gifted lyricist with a talented arranger, with a shared sensibility of stirring melodies and powerful story lines.

Since the release of Flood Waters, they received coveted invitations to perform at Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Albino Skunk Festival, and Suwannee Springfest, amongst others and recently opened for Jim Lauderdale at the Ingles 4th of July celebration downtown Asheville. Notable upcoming appearances include Magnolia Fest 2015 and Country Festival in Sint-Truiden, Belgium.

Grits & Soul are a memorable musical team with their voices blending together in seamless harmony. Their collaboration forges a powerful connection between hard-driving bluegrass, barroom honky tonk, Celtic, Southern gospel, and slow-burning blues. Working together for over four years now, they continue to hone their sound and songs onstage together, logging thousands of highway miles and hundreds of performances.

Anna’s powerhouse voice is “mesmerizing — growling, slurring, soaring, swooping, note-bending, word-bending…they’re all a part of her power-packed technique,” says Bluegrass Unlimited.

John, who grew up in Mt. Sterling, KY, is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, setting the tone onstage with his interpretation of classic melodies, while his skills as arranger shine through their original material.

They are currently working on new material for a 2016 album release. For more information and further tour dates, please visit www.gritsandsoul.comtwitter.com/gritsandsoul, and facebook.com/gritsandsoulband.

The entire Flood Waters album can be heard at www.soundcloud.com/gritsandsoul/sets/flood-waters 
It can also be found on Spotify and iTunes.

Watch Grits & Soul Live at The Grey Eagle in Asheville → www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi_EApz42Rs

The Grits & Soul Live at Our State Magazine → www.ourstate.com/grits-soul-live

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