Music – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:32:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 Revival of Entire Amy Winehouse’s BACK TO BLACK album with 15-Piece Orchestra http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/ http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:49:48 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11695 National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

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National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

 

Featuring 17 songs including the hit singles “Rehab”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, “You Know I’m No Good”, “Love is a Losing Game”, and the title track, “Back to Black”, Remember Jones and company recreate the critically-acclaimed album with a horn section, strings, a backing choir, and other guests. This is a ONE OF A KIND EVENT celebrating the music that will not be heard live and lush anywhere else. It has sold out all previous engagements in Asbury Park, NJ, where the group has a stronghold on their thriving music community, and has packed venues in NYC, Detroit, Nashville, Louisville, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more. Their sold-out Chicago show at Lincoln Hall in July 2016 was streamed live via Audiotree, including several official video releases that followed.

Remember Jones, listed as one of Paste Magazine/Daytrotter’s Top Soul of 2017, is a notorious and bombastic soul vocalist and persona, performing for enormous crowds throughout the country, and called “fiercely passionate frontman… one for the ages…” by Live for Live Music, “…remarkable vocalist… uncanny magic… Remember Jones is heading for big things…” by Popdose, “New Jersey’s most ambitious song interpreter” by NJ Arts, and “truly captivates audiences every time he performs” by BroadwayWorld. KEF Audio says, “Remember Jones is at the vanguard of the rebirth of soul music as an immersive experience that begs to be felt as well as heard.” Collaboratively supported by a double-digit band, their debut album,Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones! (recorded with a 25-piece soul orchestra in front of a live studio audience that raised $19,000 in it’s funding), and subsequent EP, Tranquilizer!, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, are available on all digital outlets. The band will play an encore set of their original music following back to BACK TO BLACK. For more information on Remember Jones, http://www.rememberjones.com/.

Tickets are $15/$18, 7:00PM doors, 8:00PM show, all ages, Wednesday, June 27th. 

 

Wednesday, June 27th

The Grey Eagle

185 Clingman Ave Extention, Asheville, NC

Ticket Link: https://ticketf.ly/2Mha98I

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Hop Along Reveals New Music Video; Plays at The Grey Eagle http://ashevilleblog.com/hop-along-reveals-new-music-video-plays-grey-eagle/ http://ashevilleblog.com/hop-along-reveals-new-music-video-plays-grey-eagle/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:02:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11625 Last week, Hop Along‘s new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog was released via Saddle Creek and was met with incredible critical acclaim across the board and the pond. Lead single “How Simple” has found a home on stations including Sirius XM, Sirius The Loft, WFUV, KCRW, KEXP and The Current, as well as rave reviews including Pitchfork, NPR, Esquire, Vulture, VICE’s Noisey and Stereogum.

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Last week, Hop Along‘s new album Bark Your Head Off, Dog was released via Saddle Creek and was met with incredible critical acclaim across the board and the pond. Lead single “How Simple” has found a home on stations including Sirius XM, Sirius The Loft, WFUV, KCRW, KEXP and The Current, as well as rave reviews including Pitchfork, NPR, Esquire, Vulture, VICE’s Noisey and Stereogum.

Today, Hop Along shares the “How Simple” video, marking the first official video for the album and the first time the band has starred in a music video. The song’s joyful, kinetic energy is met with its emotional depth as viewers are immersed into the the fantastical world they create.

Frontwoman Frances Quinlan worked closely with director Derrick Belcham in creating the video. “This is my first time appearing in a music video; in which case I decided to do something that felt risky to me,” says Quinlan. “I told myself that I’ve danced through my own house solo enough times to do an alright job of it in front of a camera. All that being said, I’m still surprised that this piece came to be. I wasn’t sure I had it in me to do it. Derrick did an excellent job directing, he made it a lot easier for me to access that part of myself and made it all look dreamy in a way that I couldn’t have achieved otherwise.” Belcham shares, “Frances came to me with a fully-fleshed out idea for this video, and approached the dancing with so much enthusiasm and vulnerability, it was such a pleasure to work this thing out with her.”

Self-produced and recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia by Reinhart and Kyle Pulley, the formidable 9-song collection is the band’s strongest and most cohesive album to date. Crafted by Frances Quinlan (songwriter, lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist), Tyler Long (bass), Joe Reinhart (guitar), and Mark Quinlan (drums), the album considers what it’s like to cast off longheld and misguided perceptions, yet without the assurance of knowing what new ones will replace them.

Hop Along will bring their dynamic, powerhouse live shows to stages across the nation this spring. Full list of tour dates below:

US Tour Dates

* = Saintseneca supporting

# = Bat Fangs supporting

@ = Ratboys supporting

5/1: Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *

5/2: Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts *

5/3: Boston, MA @ Royale *

5/5: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *

5/6: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry *

5/7: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall *

5/8: Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall *

5/10: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *

5/11: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn *

5/12: Nashville, TN @ Exit / In *

5/14: Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi *

5/15: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups *

5/19: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

5/30: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel # *

6/1: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall #

6/2: Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont #

6/3: South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground #

6/5: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #

6/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit #

6/8: Toronto, ON @The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern #

6/9: Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch #

6/10: Chicago, IL @ Metro #

6/12: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall #

6/13: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #

6/16: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room #

6/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #

6/19: Austin, TX @ Barracuda #

6/20:Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #

6/22: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall

6/23: Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar @

 

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Rainbow Kitten Surprise Show Photos http://ashevilleblog.com/rainbow-kitten-surprise-show-photos/ http://ashevilleblog.com/rainbow-kitten-surprise-show-photos/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:26:16 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11612 Were you at the epic Rainbow Kitten Surprise show that happened at The Orange Peel March 31st? The Boone based band sold out the venue and played to an enthusiastic crowd. If you weren't able to catch the show, relive the glory through our photos and check out the band's new album How To Friend, Love, Freefall available on Spotify April 6 2018. 

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Were you at the epic Rainbow Kitten Surprise show that happened at The Orange Peel March 31st? The Boone based band sold out the venue and played to an enthusiastic crowd. If you weren’t able to catch the show, relive the glory through our photos and check out the band’s new album How To Friend, Love, Freefall available on Spotify April 6 2018. 

 

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The Collection Releases New Song; Plays AVL 4/7/18 http://ashevilleblog.com/collection-releases-new-song-plays-avl-4718/ http://ashevilleblog.com/collection-releases-new-song-plays-avl-4718/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:02:32 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11615 "Plaintive, intimate and imbued with a weary grace, “Beautiful Life”, the new single from North Carolina’s the Collection, soon rises, lifting expansively to a place of hope. Though we might ultimately be tilting at windmills, we all have that spirit somewhere deep inside, ready to give its small spark, which soon builds to a fire that leads us out of our darkest places and into the sunshine of our shared humanity. 

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Plaintive, intimate and imbued with a weary grace, “Beautiful Life”, the new single from North Carolina’s the Collection, soon rises, lifting expansively to a place of hope. Though we might ultimately be tilting at windmills, we all have that spirit somewhere deep inside, ready to give its small spark, which soon builds to a fire that leads us out of our darkest places and into the sunshine of our shared humanity. 

For the past 7 years, David Wimbish, along with the various iterations his band the Collection, have been charting the ebb and flow of a life seen through the eyes of a poet. Ars Moriendi, their third release – and first full-length LP – grappled with the process of coming to terms of the loss of a dear friend to suicide. Recorded when the band had well over a dozen members, the album enfolds its listeners and brings them into a ground-shaking world where they are forced to ask the same questions the members of the Collection bore through the difficult process.     

A year later, Wimbish found his faith and courage left at the bottom of a spiritual well. Their next release, Listen To The River, is the story of the rope that he used to climb out; one that’s strands were made of great spiritual writers, from Rumi and Kahlil Gibran to Herman Hesse and Lao Tse. 

The process that followed was a re-examination and reorientation of both his spirituality, and his marriage to member Mira Joy after mutually deciding to divorce, ultimately leading to an album created together, hoping to honor the past while accepting the present. Recoded in February 2016 at a little farm in Sophia, NC by producer Stephen Price, the band expanded on their instrument collection, adding in the new textures of Rhodes, Harp, Vibraphone, and Saxophone, among other things. 

Their forthcoming release, Entropy, and its debut single “Beautiful Life”, in many ways marks a rebirth of the Collection. “After ‘Listen To The River’ came out, and my ex-wife and bandmate Mira and I split up, my car got totaled, most of my best friends moved to the west coast, I relocated cities, I was out of work, and a few other members decided their time in the band had come to a close” explains Wimbish. “I kind of thought the band was over.” As the artist is bound to do, Wimbish poured himself into his work. Relying on himself to play most of the instruments, Wimbish was forced to strip things down and focus on melody. 

Intending to release the new work as a solo record, Wimbish called a meeting to discuss the future of the Collection. “I wasn’t sure I’d have a band anymore” says Wimbish. “When we finally got together to talk about the band, I realized that I still had some folks that were all about this, and all about the music.” Wimbish had those players – and new additions husband and wife Sarah McCoy and Joshua Linhart – come in and add to the spirit of the record as well. 

Lead single “Beautiful Life” came late in the process. “When I played roughs of the record to my current partner, she said she loved the songs, but that they felt much sadder than I actually am in person” tells Wimbish. “I went home and read ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver, which I love because it offers a perspective of compassion and a grace offered by the natural turning and growing of the world. Viewing change as the natural order of the world helped bring some kind of beauty to the chaos, that forgiveness or repentance can come from just aligning oneself with the earth, and with being quiet; and the song was born.”

Entropy, by definition, is the tendency of all things to move gradually into disorder. As Wimbish tells us, “I realized, as my life moved to disorder – towards entropy, that I had to re-frame the disorder as a natural way of life. I started to see all the change as the best thing that had ever happened to me. And this record was my way of writing about and through all that change in my life. My hope is that people hear the whole record through the lens of that song, through hope and beauty, and honesty.”

 

-Ever Kipp, Tiny Human

The Collection’s upcoming album Entropy was mixed by Stephen Price (Chad Lawson, Jonathan David Helser), and mastered by Dave Mcnair (Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen). Over the last year since The Collection’s previous album, Listen To The River, the band has tightened their sound and members, expanding each person’s musical responsibilities to include instruments from trombone and harmonium to rhodes and lap steel. But while the band still thrives in it’s grand orchestration, the new single and album focus on the core structures and singable melodies that have only been implied in the past.

What’s special about this single is the story behind it. The new album, Entropy, was written to process the divorce of vocalist David from wife and bandmate Mira Joy. The songs reflect the heavy subject matter, and after listening to them, co-producer and partner Morgan Siem challenged David, “Where are the songs that exude the joy you carry?” With that in mind, and a fresh reading of, “Wild Geese,” by Mary Oliver, “Beautiful Life” was born as a search for beauty, forgiveness, and joy while in the midst of suffering.

The Collection plays at The Grey Eagle in Asheville NC April 7th 2018. Doors are at 7, tickets are still available. 

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Surfer Blood To Play Grey Eagle 4-27-2018 http://ashevilleblog.com/surfer-blood-play-grey-eagle-4-27-2018/ http://ashevilleblog.com/surfer-blood-play-grey-eagle-4-27-2018/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:10:17 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11521 Fresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert atFresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter. the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter.

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Surfer Blood to play the Grey Eagle in Asheville with LA artist Winter

Fresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter.

American indie rock band Surfer Blood released two albums in 2017. February saw the release of their fourth full-length record, ‘Snowdonia.’ In October, Joyful Noise Records issued a special vinyl-only Surfer Blood album of covers – a limited edition of 1000 copies –  available only through mail order and at shows. This one-time vinyl pressing features Surfer Blood covering some wildly disparate artists including Outkast, Chad & Jeremy, Pavement, Cream, and Mudhoney. 

Fans can expect Surfer Blood hits from across their discography and a surprise or two. Openers Winter will have the crowd floating. The show is all ages. Tickets are $12-$15. 8 p.m. doors.

Purchase tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1650095

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Rainbow Kitten Surprise Releases New Track; Plays Orange Peel http://ashevilleblog.com/rainbow-kitten-surprise-releases-new-track-plays-orange-peel/ http://ashevilleblog.com/rainbow-kitten-surprise-releases-new-track-plays-orange-peel/#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:01:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11547  

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“a genre-defying fusion of multi-faceted noise…Multiple harmonies coalesce into something curiously outlandish yet remarkably concise…yet completely accessible.” – CLASH  

Elektra Records North Carolina-based quintet Rainbow Kitten Surprise have released a new song “Holy War,” from their upcoming label debut album “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL,” which arrives everywhere on Friday, April 6th. Listen to “Holy War” HERE and watch the accompanying music video, which premiered yesterday via CLASH, on Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s official YouTube channel HERE.

“The first demo I have for ‘Holy War’ is from December 2015,” says lead vocalist, Sam Melo.  “The lyrics were tongue-in-cheek, even a little humorous at the time.  Over the past few years, those same words have become more ominous – something that has caused me to wrestle with the value of passionate belief.”

Produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Sleeper Agent), “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL” is available for pre-order now HERE. The album launch kicked off last month with the release of its first single, “Fever Pitch.” The track is accompanied by an equally rousing companion visual – watch HERE.

Hailed as one of the most eclectic and exciting live acts in recent memory, Rainbow Kitten Surprise will herald “HOW TO: FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL” with their biggest North American headline tour thus far. “The Friend, Love, Freefall Tour” gets underway March 29th and 30th with a very special two night stand at Atlanta, GA’s Terminal West and then travels the continent through mid-May (see attached itinerary). With tickets still on sale now, the tour has already sold out dates in 16 markets, upgraded venues in 5 cities and added second shows in Raleigh, New York, and Denver. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.rksband.com/tour.

With their chilling harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, and introspective lyrics, Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s genre-defying sound takes equal influence from artists like Modest Mouse and Kings of Leon as it does Frank Ocean and Schoolboy Q. The Boone, NC-based band has proven an independent sensation, with over 75 million streams across digital platforms and over 45 sold out shows on their first U.S. headline tour.

2017 saw Rainbow Kitten Surprise lighting up the North American festival circuit with their always engaging live performances, including stand out sets at such events as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Shaky Knees, Hangout, Sasquatch, and Austin City Limits, among others. “Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s on stage presence and performance are second to none,” enthused The Huffington Post. “The band’s performance comes across as flurry of frenzied motion set to the sounds their own melodically guitar driven rock ’n’ roll that one simply can’t look away from.” Likewise, Paste Magazine raved how RKS frontman Sam Melo “…truly excels as a showman, selling every song with his undeniable stage presence and full-throated vocals,” and praised the band for “…earning every bit of their steadily swelling buzz.”

Rainbow Kitten Surprise is: Sam Melo (lead vocals); Darrick “Bozzy” Keller (guitar, vocals); Ethan Goodpaster (lead guitar, vocals); Charlie Holt (bass, vocals); Jess Haney (drums).

For more information, please visit:

RAINBOWKITTENSURPRISE.COM

FACEBOOK * TWITTER * INSTAGRAM * YOUTUBE * SPOTIFY

 

RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE “THE FRIEND, LOVE, FREEFALL TOUR” NORTH AMERICA 2018

 

MARCH

29 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT

30 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – SOLD OUT

31 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel – SOLD OUT

 

APRIL

2 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm– SOLD OUT

3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre– SOLD OUT

4 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore – UPGRADED VENUE

6 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz – SECOND SHOW ADDED

7 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz – SOLD OUT

8 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT

10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel – SECOND SHOW ADDED

11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel – SOLD OUT

12 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – SOLD OUT

14 – Boston, MA – Royale – SOLD OUT

16 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall – UPGRADED VENUE

17 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

18 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

20 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery – SOLD OUT

21 – Chicago, IL – Metro – SOLD OUT

23 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre – SOLD OUT

24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

25 – Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theatre

27 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – SECOND SHOW ADDED

28 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – SOLD OUT

30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

 

MAY

1 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma – UPGRADED VENUE

3 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo – UPGRADED VENUE

4 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue – UPGRADED VENUE

5 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom – SOLD OUT

7 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

8 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore – SOLD OUT

10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

12 – San Diego, Ca – The Observatory – North Park

14 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

15 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole

17 – Austin, TX – Stubbs – UPGRADED VENUE

18 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater – SOLD OUT

19 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

 

www.rksband.com/tour

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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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ROCK HARD FUNK FROM LANCASTER PA http://ashevilleblog.com/rock-hard-funk-lancaster-pa/ http://ashevilleblog.com/rock-hard-funk-lancaster-pa/#respond Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:23:04 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11350 Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam from Lancaster PA returns to Asheville to perform at The One Stop @ Asheville Music Hall (55 College St) on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The show is at 10pm, 21+ and cash donation cover.

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Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam returns to Asheville at The One Stop

Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam from Lancaster PA returns to Asheville to perform at The One Stop @ Asheville Music Hall (55 College St) on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The show is at 10pm, 21+ and cash donation cover.

“Consistently stellar” (Price, PA Musician Mag), Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam is a funk-driven powerhouse from Pennsylvania, led by guitarist Andy Mowatt, “an absolute musical genius” (Devoy, Tellus 360) and “jazz-rock flamethrower on guitar” (Campbell, Gigspots). A fusion of New Orleans and Central PA, Mowatt’s “bright arrangements keep things sounding fresh” (PA Musician) and “inspire you to expand your mind and think outside the confines of traditional jazz, soul and funk!” (Robert, Positive Music Reviews). “Confident, to-the-point, and elegant” (Rocha, The Flinging Times), Andy and his group entertain and impress crowds with unique originals and modern twists on classic hits, “and yet, through many influences, each tune retains a sound that is distinctly Mowatt’s” (O’Brien, Fly Magazine).

From VT to NC, the band has toured and performed with Rusted Root, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Big Mean Sound Machine, Dynamo, The Soul Rebels, The Southern Belles, Flux Capacitor, Consider The Source, Hambone Relay, Cousin Earth, Appalachian Gypsy Tribe, Chestnut Grove, Dr. Slothclaw, and many more…

02-15 Asheville NC

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Flobots Play The Grey Eagle Jan 26 2018 http://ashevilleblog.com/flobots-play-grey-eagle-jan-26-2018/ http://ashevilleblog.com/flobots-play-grey-eagle-jan-26-2018/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:32:42 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11323 Recently, alternative hip-hop rock band Flobots announced the second leg of dates for their RISE + SHINE Tour, in support of their recently released fourth album, NOENEMIES. Flobots will play Asheville at The Grey Eagle January 26, 2018.

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Friday, January 26 @ 9:00PM (Doors @ 8:00PM)
Grey Eagle Tavern
w/ McLovins
185 Clingman Ave Asheville, NC
Tickets $17.00 ADV / $20.00 DOS / All Ages
For more information, please contact 8282325800 or visit https://www.thegreyeagle.com/https://www.thegreyeagle.com/

Recently, alternative hip-hop rock band Flobots announced the second leg of dates for their RISE + SHINE Tour, in support of their recently released fourth album, NOENEMIES. Adding 18 new dates that take the band throughout mid-west and along the East Coast in early 2018, Flobots’ second leg of the RISE + SHINE Tour kicks off on January 9th, 2018 in Omaha, NE and bring the band’s politically charged live show to major cities such as Chicago, New York and Philadelphia before wrapping up on January 28th in Kansas City, MO. The complete list of shows is included below, with tickets on sale at www.flobots.com

The RISE + SHINE Tour is Flobots’ call to action, set to remind us that the division and negativity that currently dominate the national conversation is not in the spirit of human nature – that our true potential is much more positive and welcoming. Flobots’ RISE + SHINE Tour offers the opportunity to elevate above the rhetoric and come together for a night of music and connection. Flobots state, “The music on our album NOENEMIES is about our power to see each other more fully. We find that there’s nothing better for the soul than meeting people face to face. We cannot wait to hit the road.”

In tandem with the tour announcement, Denver Comic Con exclusively premiered the video for Flobots’ new single “Quarantine.” Flobots’ Emcee Brer Rabbit created the video using footage from the 1988 classic Anime film Akira. Brer Rabbit, a fan of Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, discovered the movie as a teen from a bootleg VHS, which in his own words, changed his life forever. “The colors, the characters, the MUSIC, the message,” states Brer Rabbit, “Otomo painted a vision of the future in dark strokes, the constant clash for power, the eradication of information to control the narrative, how our monsters and heroes are homemade, and ultimately that children will be the ones who will have to pay the price.” Seeing the parallel themes in Flobots’ song “Quarantine,” Brer Rabbit was inspired to “dust off my old Otaku chops and make an Anime music video.” He continues, “In times of division, vision is essential. We do not need to separate ourselves from one another. We need to set a perimeter around the parts of ourselves that deny other people’s pain- to quarantine the part within that feeds on the ritual of ‘us versus them,’ of enemies. In the war against fear we are all on the same side.”

NOENEMIES (released May 2017) is, without question, Flobots’ most ambitious and sophisticated statement to date – both lyrically and musically. Funded entirely by a Kickstarter campaign that garnered $31,000 over its goal, the music on NOENEMIES is undeniably Flobots music, but it’s also assuredly music made by artists who have matured and expanded their horizons. The release was highly-anticipated by fans and critics alike — NOENEMIES shot up the Billboard Independent Album chart, where it debuted at #12.

Influenced by stories shared by the late Dr. Vincent Harding, a Southern Freedom Movement historian and professor and longtime band friend and mentor, and inspired by the band’s recent grassroots community work hosting workshops, classes and keynote speeches about using collective song to build social movements, NOENEMIES is a body of songs that speak to the urgency of the current moment.

Each of the tracks on NOENEMIES serves as a powerful, poignant new anthem, many packed with surprises both subtle and grand. Taken as a whole, the album is enormous in breadth, enveloping and electrically charged, befitting of the finely crafted, carefully chosen words. NOENEMIES virtually begs the listener to delve and to contemplate, to share and revel.

For the recording of NOENEMIES, Flobots’ core trio – emcee’s Brer Rabbit (Stephen Brackett) and Jonny 5 (Jamie Laurie) and drummer Kenny Ortiz – enlisted the help of trusted musical friends to bring their vision of the album into reality. Musician/Producer Gabriel Otto worked intimately with the band to craft a distinct sonic landscape, recruiting a string section, horn players, and a gospel quintet to layer recurring motifs over the band’s signature grooves. They teamed up with founding Flobot Mackenzie Gault (viola) and longtime musical collaborator Serafin Sanchez (saxophone, keys) to co-write a number of songs. The band incorporated voices, melodies, and words from throughout their collaborations – both on and off stage – into the songs on NOENEMIES.

From the beginning, Flobots’ sound defied categorization. Weaving conscious hip-hop lyrics and classical viola solos over live instrumentation, their anthems captured attention from all directions. When Flobots first catapulted onto the global scene in 2008 with their platinum single ‘Handlebars’ from their first album release Fight With Tools, it was the fastest charting song debut by a new artist in 10 years. Released during the frenzy of that year’s election, the band’s call to envision “another America” resonated with a generation experiencing a sense of profound political and social awakening. In a span of months, Flobots went from playing at local clubs to selling out tours internationally, performing on late-night television, signing a major label record deal, and receiving constant rotation on alternative radio.

Now, a decade later and with three critically acclaimed albums under their belt, Flobots are still dedicated to creating and performing anthems for a better world. And in 2017, amidst a nation taking to the streets, for Flobots that means delivering a unique brand of protest songs. Enter NOENEMIES – bringing the songs back to the people.

Flobots on Tour

WEST COAST
12-Dec Humboldt Brews w/ Bang Data Arcata, CA
13-Dec Volcanic Theatre Pub w/ Bang Data Bend, OR
14-Dec Doug Fir Lounge w/ Bang Data Portland, OR
15-Dec El Corazon w/ Bang Data Seattle, WA
16-Dec HiFi Music Hall w/ Bang Data Eugene, OR
31-Dec Marquis Theatre w/ Pink Hawks Denver, CO

EAST COAST
09-Jan Waiting Room w/ Tropidelic Omaha, NE
10-Jan Turf Club w/ Tropidelic St. Paul, MN
11-Jan City Winery Chicago, IL
12-Jan Bell’s Eccentric Café w/ Tropidelic Kalamazoo, MI
13-Jan HiFi w/ Tropidelic Indianapolis, IN
14-Jan Magic Bag Theatre w/ Tropidelic Ferndale, MI
16-Jan Beachland Ballroom w/ Uptowne Buddha Cleveland, OH
17-Jan Horseshoe Tavern w/ Tropidelic Toronto, ON
18-Jan The Haunt w/ Tropidelic Ithaca, NY
19-Jan Debonair Music Hall w/ Tropidelic Teaneck, NJ
20-Jan Coda w/ Tropidelic Philadelphia, PA
21-Jan Rough Trade w/ Tropidelic New York, NY
23-Jan Rex Theater w/ McLovins Pittsburgh, PA
24-Jan Skully’s Music Diner w/ McLovins Columbus, OH
25-Jan Headliners Music Hall w/ McLovins Louisville, KY
26-Jan Grey Eagle Tavern w/ McLovins Asheville, NC
27-Jan Southgate House Revival w/ McLovins Newport, KY
28-Jan Riot Room w/ McLovins Kansas City, MO

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Mipso Releases New Video; To Play Show in Asheville http://ashevilleblog.com/mipso-releases-new-video-play-show-asheville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/mipso-releases-new-video-play-show-asheville/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:53:17 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11235  

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Recently featured by Rolling Stone as an “Artist You Need to Know,” indie-Americana band Mipso releases the official video for the title track from their latest album release, Coming Down The Mountain.

To create the video, Mipso teamed up with acclaimed multi-media artist Ruth Lichtman, who juxtaposes archival footage of the Appalachians with digital rotoscoping work. That intersection illustrates divisions with which the song wrestles—solitude vs. society, old self vs. future self, “natural” vs. human. 

Mipso is currently traveling the East Coast and Southeast as part of the Campfire Caravan Tour – a 30+ date U.S. tour featuring Mipso, The Brothers Comatose, and The Lil Smokies.  The tour’s last shows wrap up over the next week – with upcoming stops in Boston, New York City, Washington DC, a hometown play in Raleigh and others before the tour ends in Asheville, NC on Saturday, November 18.  See the full list of upcoming tour dates included below.

With Mipso, The Brother Comatose and The Lil Smokies each quickly rising the Americana music ranks, “Campfire Caravan” is a nod to the musicians’ early days playing music, when they’d perform for friends and family in basements, living rooms, and around campfires. “Campfire Caravan” celebrates the American tradition of gathering communities around music. In an untraditional format, all three bands rotate in the lineup with no single ensemble acting as the tour headliner. A completely different show will be presented in each city with spontaneous collaborations amongst the groups taking place between sets. More information available at www.campfirecaravan.com.

This past spring, Mipso released their highly anticipated new album, Coming Down The Mountain, to rave reviews. It quickly shot up the Billboard album charts and debuted in the Top 5 of the Bluegrass Album Charts, with the single “Coming Down the Mountain” charting at #49 on the AMA Americana Radio Chart.  The album spent weeks at #1 on The Roots Music Report Top 50 Americana Country Album and Top 50 Country Album Charts.  Of the album, No Depression states, “More songs like this and Mipso will corner the market in a new genre. Something like progressive-Americana or Roots-Progressive. What a way to pump life into a once hallowed music form – progressive rock.” Available now CD, vinyl and on all digital service providers, listen to Coming Down The Mountain on Spotify here.

Coming Down The Mountain is Mipso’s fourth album release, and follows up their critically lauded Old Time Reverie (2015).  After a year and a half of intense touring following their 2015 release, Mipso returned to their home state to write and record. Huddling in a friend’s barn on land usually used for growing garlic and training dogs, they collected their ideas, shared influences, and discussed thoughts on what would eventually become Coming Down The Mountain. The album’s ten songs – all originals – finds Mipso exploring the ideas of our changing relationship to the idea of home, and about being pushed or pulled by forces bigger than us.  Produced by Brad Cook (Megafaun), and adding pedal steel, drums, banjo, and keyboards to the mix, the music on Coming Down The Mountain is full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes that impart intimacy.

Recent Praise for Coming Down The Mountain

“a back-porch hootenanny set not in an Appalachian holler but in a city, where the songs performed draw from Bill Monroe to David Bowie.” – Rolling Stone

“On this year’s Coming Down the Mountain, the quartet’s winsome Americana is as catchy and easygoing as ever, but with drums added at the behest of producer Brad Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger, Megafaun), it packs a lot of rhythmic pep.” – Rolling Stone

“Mipso’s distinct Southern sound has remained strong over the years, but the band’s evolution and growth is obvious” – Our State

“Though Mipso remains a largely restrained outfit, Coming Down the Mountain’s diverse charms are immediately apparent, and Mipso delivers them with verve.” – Indy Week

“Mipso rise to the top of the vibrant talent pool in the Carolinas with Coming Down The Mountain, honoring the tenderness of their band’s origins as they stay true to acoustics” – The Alternate Root 

“For Coming Down the Mountain, Mipso… continue to stay true to themselves while exploring new territory with their songwriting and stretching into new sounds” – No Depression

MIPSO FALL TOUR DATES:

Thursday, November 9 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair +

Friday, November 10 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom +

Saturday, November 11 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall +

Sunday, November 12 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club +

Tuesday, November 14 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre +

Wednesday, November 15 – Nashville, TN – The Mercy Lounge +

Thursday, November 16 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West +

Friday, November 17 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre +

Saturday, November 18 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel +

Thursday, December 14 – Charleston, SC – The Charleston Pour House

Friday, December 15 – Johnson City, TN – The Willow Tree
+ Campfire Caravan Tour Featuring Mipso, The Brothers Comatose, and The Lil Smokies


 

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