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The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band At The Lawn @ White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana on Aug. 13


The Black Crowes (L-R): Steve Gorman, Rich Robinson, Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene, Sven Pipien and Adam MacDougall.  Photo by Ross Halfin.

The Black Crowes (L-R): Steve Gorman, Rich Robinson, Chris Robinson, Jackie Greene, Sven Pipien and Adam MacDougall. Photo by Ross Halfin.

By Brian M. Howle

There is an undeniable bond between brothers, as any mix of male siblings will attest; and sometimes the best you can hope for is, well, a minimum of carnage or fallout.

And other times – as in this case – regardless of how smooth or bumpy the road has been, the world is blessed with a resulting collaboration (along with some very talented friends) which gives us all a plethora of good times, good quotes and – best of all – good music.

Thankfully, those of in the greater Indianapolis area can all be witness to the latter. Because pound for pound (or oz. for oz., depending on your stash), one of the best bands to ever hit a studio or stage; the pride of Georgia; the clarions of born-again hippies – The Black Crowes – are once again coming to grace the stage at Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park on Tuesday, August 13.

The iconic and influential rock band released their first-ever double album of all acoustic materials, Croweology, in 2010 before taking an extended hiatus to recharge and refresh the band, and currently have returned to the road in 2013 with their “Lay Down with Number 13” world tour,which includes a stop along the shore at our fair little town. The trek launched with five sold-out U.K. shows and and is now in progress in the U.S., continuing through June 2.  After that, the band will return to Europe for a leg of dates June 18 to July 6, including headlining shows, festivals and two stadium concerts with Bruce Springsteen.

The Black Crowes – Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Rich Robinson (guitar, vocals), Steve Gorman (drums), Sven Pipien (bass), Adam MacDougall (keyboards) and new member Jackie Greene (guitar, vocals)–will reach deep inside their songbook and extensive catalog, performing greatly varied set lists. And leading into the tour, the iconic and influential band have just released the live collection, Wiser For The Time  (Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records) on March 19.  Its mammoth eight sides on four vinyl albums contains 26 songs–15 acoustic and 11 electric–from the band’s five-night, sold-out NYC performances in the fall of 2010. These never-released-before versions are also available as a double album digital download. The band’s cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” was exclusively premiered on RollingStone.com on March 4 and can be heard at the link below. The full track listing for the collection can be found at www.blackcrowes.com

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The Black Crowes have sold over 20 million albums and are known as one of rock’s best live acts.  They have been called “The Most Rock n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band In the World” and a “thoroughbred American rock ‘n’ freakin’ roll band”; their panoramic live shows feature alternating set lists and signature incendiary musical explorations. In 2010, they were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame at the 32ndAnnual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show. Also in 2010, they commemorated the 20th anniversary of their landmark multi-platinum debut, 1990′s Shake Your Moneymaker, with Croweology (Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records), their acclaimed first-ever double album of all-acoustic material with new arrangements of their best-loved songs and deep cuts. Produced by Paul StaceyCroweology gives listeners an intimate retrospective, stripping away these fan and band favorites like “Jealous Again,” “Remedy,” “She Talks to Angels” and “Wiser Time” to their very essence through brand new recordings captured in 2009 at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles.

Right from their start in 1990 – with their six million-selling Shake Your Money Maker, a pivotal work that kick started an authentic style of rock and roll in America – The Black Crowes have been at odds with prevailing commercial trends. Their heady mix of ‘70s inflected rock, Funkadelic soul and heartfelt roots music jostled against the hair metal and high-gloss pop getting airplay at the start of that decade. While the sheer attitude and charm of “Hard To Handle” and “Twice As Hard” managed to make waves, the intervening years have seen the band steadily evolve an increasingly refined, singular sound that takes the best parts of hard rock, gospel, country, psychedelia and anything else it fancies into their hungry maw to create something several light years beyond the young men who recorded “She Talks To Angels.”

And it didn’t hurt that the band caught the ear (and eye) of late night icon David Letterman, who showcased The Black Crowes prominently on then-NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, propelling the band into mainstream America as a compliment to the already raging FM play the band was receiving on the campuses of colleges across the nation. After Letterman switched to CBS, The Black Crowes have continued to make appearances to the delight of the host and nation alike.

“Even in our most commercially successful period,” says Chris, “there was nothing like us on any format. By the time grunge happened, Southern Harmony (1992) and amorica (1994) didn’t fit into any part of popular music. We looked different, we sounded different, and we set up our culture a little different,” he adds. “Everybody who wanted to bag us because they thought they knew what we were missed out on a lot of good music, good concerts and a band that, even at our weirdest, had something to say.”

The Black Crowes not only had something to say; they became known as as one of rock’s best live acts and have been called a “thoroughbred American rock ‘n’ freakin’ roll band.” Their panoramic live shows feature alternating set lists and signature incendiary musical explorations that are designed to take audiences on a journey.

The band took a break starting in late 2001 which turned out to be a four-year-hiatus. Then, on January 11, 2005, The Black Crowes announced their highly anticipated and long-awaited return to the live concert stage with five special shows at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom (March 22-30, 2005). All five concerts – billed by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson as ‘’All Join Hands” – sold out instantly, marking the fastest New York sell-out that The Black Crowes have experienced to date. To meet the absolutely overwhelming fan demand, two more shows were added at Hammerstein. And those sold out. Total tickets sold in New York City: 22,000. Clearly, The Black Crowes were back.

Since then, the touring dynamos have explored their extensive catalog on main stages from Bonnaroo to the Voodoo Music Experience to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, celebrating nearly two decades of “Cosmic Rock-n-Roll” in front of sold-out audiences everywhere. The Black Crowes are one of the few acts to emerge in the early ‘90s still thriving today. And fewer still can claim to have shared the stage with Jimmy Page, AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Who. Like these legends, The Black Crowes create music that endures because it speaks to more than momentary concerns – and now, they are once again touring the world, bringing their Freak N’ Roll to the devoted fans that have embraced them. As always, The Black Crowes continue to do things their own way.

Not Mere Openers: The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band.  Photo by Mark Seliger.

Tedeschi Trucks Band. Photo by Mark Seliger.

As The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band continue their own spring tours, they’re excited about their recently announced co-headlining summer tour of outdoor venues along with special guests The London Souls. It runs July 19 in Nashville, TN through August 15 in Rochester Hills, MI.

And on May 9, Tedeschi Trucks Band took home three awards at the Blues Music Awards: Best Band, Best Rock Blues Album (Everybody’s Talkin’) and Best Guitarist!

“We’ve been fortunate to be able to tour with many great bands in our career including Jimmy Page, The Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Who, Tom Petty and Oasis,” says The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson.  “This tour will be just as exciting for us. I was able to see Derek and Susan recently and was blown away.  I’m really looking forward to seeing how this summer tour will unfold and what surprises happen.”  Chris Robinson says, “We’re over the moon not only to be playing with stellar musicians but the fact that Susan and Derek are friends makes our summer run that much more fulfilling.”

“It’s going to be great to be out with the Crowes this summer–both bands are road-tested and shoot from the hip,” says Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band.  “It should be a hell of a tour.”  His wife Susan Tedeschi agrees: “The whole band is really looking forward to the summer tour.  We’re excited to work in some new songs from our upcoming album.  I’ve been a longtime fan of the Crowes and think our bands are going to have a blast touring together.“

Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 11-piece ensemble led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have proven themselves one of the hottest, most uplifting acts on the road today. Formed in 2010 when Derek and Susan decided to set aside their successful solo careers and join forces, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers a hearty roots-rich musical mix fronted by Trucks’ signature slide guitar sound and Tedeschi’s pliant, honey-to-husk voice. With a repertoire that includes its Grammy-winning debut Revelator and dynamic live follow-up Everybody’s Talkin’, the band kicked off 2013 in the studio to record their second studio album, set for release in late summer. They recently wrapped up five shows in Australia and are back on tour in the U.S. this spring before launching the summer tour.

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Here is the itinerary for THE BLACK CROWES/TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND with The London Souls tour.

Fri-Aug-09 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat-Aug-10 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach
Sun-Aug-11 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center
Tue-Aug-13 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River
Wed-Aug-14 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
Thu-Aug-15 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook

On a personal note, I have had the great fortune and pleasure to have attended every appearance by these boys at HOB over past 12-plus years, and as anyone who has attended will concur, they consistently rank in the Top 10 shows EVER at House Of Blues. Only, in all honesty, it’s not really a concert.  It’s more like having the preeminent R&R band in America perform in your living room, their playlist is more of a veritable snapshot of the past 25 years of your life than a concert.  I caught them in Myrtle Beach, S.C. earlier this Spring, and they were far and away in a whole ‘nother plane of performing, breaking out material and full album tracks they haven’t done in years. So strap on your earth shoes, slide on your bell bottoms and best silk hippie shirts and blouses, and watch the clock to make sure to toast 4:20: ‘Cause one of the best bands ever to be born 20 years too late – The Black Crowes – will smoke The Lawn @ White River State Park on Tuesday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $52.00-$82.00 and available at the Old Nation Centre Box Office and Live Nation. All ages event. Located at 801 W Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Black Crowes & Tedeschi Trucks Band

 

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South by Southeast Presents: Georgetown Rocks the Equinox Festival Pre-Party with Mike Farris and Phillip Lammonds


The amazingly talented Mike Farris.

Gospel-Soul Singer to Perform Concert at Winyah Auditorium Benefiting Music Education

By Seth Funderburk

On September 21, Nashville based singer-songwriter, Mike Farris, will perform at the Historic Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St., in Georgetown, SC.  South by Southeast will sponsor the event as part of the 1st Annual Georgetown Rocks the Equinox Festival which will be held on Front Street in Georgetown at 8 p.m. on September 22.  Proceeds from the concert will be directed to SxSE’s music education fund, and proceeds from the festival will go to the Tara Hall Home for Boys.

In music there are those special artists that seem to transcend genre and defy categorization.  From time to time one hears a voice that can stop you dead in your tracks and shake your very foundation to the core.  Mike Farris is that artist and he has that voice.

In June of 2007 Farris released the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights which married old time roots gospel sounds with his own unique arrangements that were mainly inspired by New Orleans, Stax and the blues.  In 2008 he won the Americana Music Association’s “New & Emerging Artist of the Year” award and started to make a name for himself as a dynamic performer.

In 2008 and 2009 Mike Farris and his Roseland Rhythm Revue performed monthly residencies at Nashville’s’ Station Inn and called it “Sunday Night Shout!”  The shows had audiences that consisted of people from all walks of life and the goal was to make the crowd feel “excited, delighted and loved.”  The official live recording of the Station Inn shows, Shout! Live, was released in 2009 and won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year” in 2010.

Accredited songwriter, and local favorite, Phillip Lammonds, will open the show.

Tickets ($15.00) will be available at Limpin’ Jane’s on Front Street in Georgetown, by calling Seth Funderburk at 843-455-6499, or at the door day of show

For Mike Farris interviews, contact Tyler Pittman at tyler.pittman@sonymusic.com

For information on Georgetown Rocks the Equinox, visit http://www.georgetownbandfest.com

For information on South by Southeast, visit http://www.southbysoutheast.org

For information on the Winyah Auditorium, visit http://www.winyahauditorium.com or call Debby Summey at 843-446-4777.

 

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One Dragon Makes It Hotter At Hot Fish Club March 10


By Brian M. Howle

One Dragon (formerly Psych Ward) is performing for one night only on Thursday, March 10, 800 p.m. at The Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet.

What do you get when you take Matt Parker (Psych Ward, Traitor’s Gate, Prey for Raine, MonkeyGrass etc.) on Guitar and lead vocals and add Greg Ford (Red Emotion Riot, Kid Drew band, Sideways Derby etc,) on drums and lead and backing vocals with Rob Rotondo (the best young bass player in the southeast)?

Matt Parker • Greg Ford • Rob Rotondo

Well you are about to find out. One Dragon is either the most danceable Rock band ever or the most guitar driven dance band since Prince brought out the Revolution. With a perfect blend of dance tunes, Rock and alternative, StevieRay and Hendrix blues, jams and original music from Parker’s previous project Psych Ward, as well as new material, One Dragon promises to rock any hip musical needs you may have. Any room anytime you need a party band that doesn’t simply play the same stuff you hear every night.

Did I forget to mention that they can take requests all night if need be? Keep your ears, eyes and soul open and please do believe the Hype.

For information on One Dragon, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/onedragonband

The Hot Fish Club located at 4911 U.S. Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet SC (Approx. 1 mile north of South entrance to Murrells Inlet proper at the Bypass/Business split.)  For information, call 843-357-9175.

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This article also appeared in Alternatives NewsMagazine,  March 10 – 24, 2011.

 

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The Private Life Of David Reed To Play Island Bar Feb. 26


The Private Life Of David Reed

By Christina Reynier

South Carolina natives, The Private Life of David Reed will be embarking on a national winter tour and playing February 26th in Myrtle Beach.

In a music world always longing for a new voice, The Private Life of David Reed represents the singer-songwriter for the 21st century fan. South Carolina native David Reed brings everything to the surface with his take on some of life’s most personal things on his new album, which will be released on November 9, 2010 via Chamberlain Records.

Following his 2008 solo debut, Missteps and Miscommunications, Reed joined his longtime friend and producer Tomas Costanza (The Never Enders, The Anix, Track Fighter) in Los Angeles to record the ambitious ten-song set. The Private Life of David Reed crests on his thought-provoking lyrics, layered with fierce guitar riffs and slight electronic tweaks.

From the propulsive riffage of “November” and “Sad Day” to lush reflections such as “The Difference” and “Leaving with a California Tilt,” Reed’s soul-searching spirit is unwavering in his quest to bring sincere and direct visuals to the forefront.

WHO: The Private Life of David Reed

WHERE: Island Bar | 2272 Glenns Bay Rd. | Myrtle Beach, SC

WHEN: February 26, 2011 | 8:30PM | Doors: $5

For more information, please check out: http://www.myspace.com/theprivatelifeofdavidreed

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One Dragon Rocks The Islander Bar & Grill For One Night Only On Feb. 12


By Brian M. Howle

One Dragon (formerly Psych Ward) is performing for one night only in a rare local appearance on Saturday, February 12, 10:00 p.m. at The Original Islander Bar and Grill in Pawleys Island.

What do you get when you take Matt Parker (Psych Ward, Traitor’s Gate, Prey for Raine, MonkeyGrass etc.) on Guitar and lead vocals and add Greg Ford (Red Emotion Riot, Kid Drew band, Sideways Derby etc,) on drums and lead and backing vocals with Rob Rotondo (the best young bass player in the southeast)?

 

Matt Parker • Greg Ford • Rob Rotondo

Well you are about to find out. One Dragon is either the most danceable Rock band ever or the most guitar driven dance band since Prince brought out the Revolution. With a perfect blend of dance tunes, Rock and alternative, StevieRay and Hendrix blues, jams and original music from Parker’s previous project Psych Ward, as well as new material, One Dragon promises to rock any hip musical needs you may have. Any room anytime you need a party band that doesn’t simply play the same stuff you hear every night.

Did I forget to mention that they can take requests all night if need be? Keep your ears, eyes and soul open and please do believe the Hype.

For information on One Dragon, visit http://www.reverbnation.com/onedragonband

The Islander Bar and Grill is located at 9185 U.S. 17, Pawleys Island, SC (At the redlight, across from the entrance to the South Causeway.)  For information, call 843-602-9151.

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This article also appeared in Alternatives NewsMagazine, Feb. 10 – 24, 2011.

 

Kid Rock, Jim Beam To Present Sept. 11 Patriot Day Concert At Fort Jackson In Columbia


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Kid Rock will shout it from the tree tops at Fort Jackson on Sept. 11 at Patriot Day.

By Brian M. Howle, from prnewswire

As part of their ongoing support of America’s service members, Kid Rock and Jim Beam® Bourbon will host a concert on Patriot Day, Sept. 11, in Columbia, S.C., to honor our nation’s heroes.

The special concert event, called “Kid Rock Salutes the Troops presented by Jim Beam: Patriot Day 2010,” will feature opening act Blackberry Smoke and will be free to all service members and their families who present their valid government issued military identification card. Tickets were available to the general public through a pre-sale on August 4 and to the public August 6 at Ticketmaster outlets or ticketmaster.com.

“Kid Rock is an American music staple, and Jim Beam is ‘America’s Native Spirit,’ so it’s only fitting that the two of us are continuing to stand by our nation’s heroes,” said Kevin George, global chief marketing officer, Beam Global Spirits & Wine. “The Patriot Day concert in Columbia is just one way for Jim Beam to honor our service members, and we look forward to toasting the men and women in our armed services with an unforgettable performance by Kid Rock.”

The Patriot Day concert is one of a series of initiatives that the musician and the world’s No. 1 Bourbon have activated in support of America’s troops. These efforts include:

• This year, the rock star teamed up with Operation Homefront® and Jim Beam to distribute exclusive music and encourage consumers to donate to Operation Homefront on special edition gift cartons of Jim Beam and Red Stag by Jim Beam(TM).

• Kid Rock is slated to host a deserving service member at an upcoming concert as part of the Jim Beam and Operation Homefront “Salute Soldiers with the Spirit of America” program.

• Last year, Kid Rock donated 50 cents from every ticket sold at select shows of his “Rock ‘N Rebels” concert tour hosted by Jim Beam to Operation Homefront, provider of emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

To purchase tickets or learn more about “Kid Rock Salutes the Troops presented by Jim Beam: Patriot Day 2010,” visit kidrock.com. To donate to Operation Homefront, please visit http://bit.ly/dyXEEJ.

Jim Beam is committed to social responsibility and advises legal purchase age consumers to drink smart®. Through drinksmart.com, Beam Global educates legal purchase age consumers about how to make responsible choices about alcohol.

About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance for our troops, the families they leave behind and for wounded warriors when they return home. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 160,536 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, $.95 of every dollar donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs. For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit http://www.operationhomefront.net.
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This article was also appears in Alternatives NewsMagazine, August 26, 2010 and at http://www.myrtlebeachalternatives.com

 

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Everclear Continues Summer Concerts At Hard Rock Café June 19


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By Brian M. Howle

Well, here we are deep into the start of another great summer season here on the Grand Strand – and just in the nick of time, another great lineup of concerts has been announced by our friends at Hard Rock Café at Broadway at the Beach. And this month, they’ve got a great band that just about everyone will enjoy, regardless of your personal musical taste! Iconic, multi-platinum selling band Everclear will perform at Hard Rock Café on Saturday, June 19, 2010 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Known as a band that defined the sound of alternative rock, Everclear has recently reclaimed their position as a vital force in the music scene today, touring devotedly to reconnect with fans nationwide. Their latest album In a Different Light features stripped-down reinterpretations of classics from the Everclear songbook, including “Everything to Everyone” and “Santa Monica” alongside new favorites such as “At the End of the Day.” Nationwide, the band has found their shows triumphantly affirming their importance to music fans of all kinds. “It’s amazing to see the enthusiasm and intensity of our fans – they range from 15 to 50,” says frontman Alexakis. “It’s great to see kids in middle school singing all the words to every song!”

So come on out and enjoy one of the best live bands around at Hard Rock Café, 1322 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Show at 8:00PM – All Ages – Tickets $15 Advance/$20 Day of Show.

For info on the band, visit http://www.everclearonline.com
OFFICIAL TWITTER: @EverclearBand
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/everclear
OFFICIAL MYSPACE: http://www.myspace.com/everclear

Upcoming Concerts At Hard Rock Café
• BLUES TRAVELER
SATURDAY JUNE 26
$25 Advance/$30 Day of Show
• PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO
MONDAY JULY 5
$30 Advance/$35 Day of Show /$60 VIP*
*VIP Ticket Includes Admission to Front Stage VIP Area and VIP Lanyard.
• LITTLE RIVER BAND
THURSDAY JULY 8
$15 All Tickets.
All tickets are General Admission (Except VIP Pat Benatar) and include admission to all clubs after the concert. (18+ With Valid ID. Some Clubs 21+).
Tickets may be purchased in the Rock Shop or call Janice at 843-946-0007 Ext. 208.

Patio Bands at Hard Rock Café for June:
June 18 – Sista Otis 10:30pm
June 19 – Black Label 10:30pm
June 20 – Joan Burton 8pm
June 21 – Eason Duo 3pm
June 22 – Black Label 8pm
June 23 – Tim Clark 8pm
June 24 – Paul Grimshaw 8pm (Tentative)
June 25 – Psych Ward 10:30pm
June 26 – N’Tranz 10:30pm (Tentative)
June 27 – Act 2 8pm
June 28 – Eason Duo 8pm
June 29 – Black Label 8pm
June 30 – Tim Clark 8pm.
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