There’s no denying that Bill Withers is a legend. From his soul drenched “Lean On Me” to the ever-funky “Use Me,” it’s no surprise that Withers found himself in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame after a particularly potent career in music.While Withers no longer performs, fortunately, a number of top-notch musicians are coming together for a touring tribute to the legendary soul man. Dubbed The New Stew, this exciting super group features Corey Glover (Living Colour, Galactic) on vocals, Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) on Lap Steel/ Pedal Steel, Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood) on percussion, Dave Yoke (Susan Tedeschi Band, Dr. John, Scrapomatic) on guitar, Jared Stone (Stone’s Stew) on drums, and Matt Slocum (Oteil and the Peacemakers, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Lee Boys) on piano.The group will be playing the classic Bill Withers – Live At Carnegie Hall album, taken from a performance on October 6, 1972 at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The beloved live album has been ranked among the finest, especially when you consider that Withers had only been a full time musician for a year and a half. Classics like “Lean On Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and more solidify this as one of the best recordings around.Get ready to be amazed when The New Stew plays the album in full on select tour dates. Catch the full schedule below:The New Stew Tour Dates5/5 Thu – Live at Ludlow Garage – Cincinnati, OH5/6 Fri – The Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA5/7 Sat – Ram’s Head Live – Annapolis, MD5/9 Mon – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY5/10 Tue – The Hamilton Live – Washington, DC5/11 Wed- The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC5/12 Thu – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA **For those of you who love the sweet soulful sounds of Roosevelt Collier’s pedal steel, don’t miss his “New York Get Down” on March 12th, featuring Rob Compa (guitar, Dopapod), Eli Winderman (keys, Dopapod), Mikey Carubba (drums, Turkuaz) and Taylor Shell (bass, Turkuaz) for the performance. Collier’s “Get Down” performances are always so high energy, and there’s no telling what’s going to go down! More information here.**
Last week, Pretty Lights made a mysterious post on Facebook that read: “I’m no longer satisfied making ‘music’ to ‘release’ on ‘albums’. Different is coming.” Tonight, he reveals a sliver of what that means with a new music video, to which he introduces as “a new era for PL,” fully produced from his recent visit to Telluride, Colorado. The track introduces Derek Vincent Smith and The Analog Future Band as “Pretty Lights,” indicating more of a wholesome union than a once-in-a-while collaboration.The band features familiar faces Adam Deitch (drums), Eric Krasno (guitar), and Eric Bloom (trumpet) from Lettuce, Borahm Lee (keys) of Break Science, as well as Brian Koogan (keys), Chris Karns (turntables), Scott Flynn (trombone), and a special guest appearance from Michal Menert. The new sounds of “Only Yesterday” are indefinable, yet comfortingly relatable by nature – an old school vibe with a new school touch. As Derek describes it, the track aims “to express something very honest about how it can feel like an ongoing struggle to truly be yourself. The video is a piece of cinematic nostalgia, and an effort to collectively acknowledge how important it can be for an individual to find meaningful connection with their FRIENDS.”If this video is any indication that the live band will be defining the progressive direction of Pretty Lights’ productions, we can’t wait to see what more the “friends” have in store.
Fans of live/tronica group DYNOHUNTER were devastated earlier this year, when beloved drummer Justin Ehmer passed away. Ehmer had been battling with health problems for many years, pushing those concerns aside whenever he and the band had the opportunity to perform. One of the group’s final shows came at the Bluebird Theater, in their hometown of Denver, Colorado, on January 6th, 2016. The band has made quite the name for themselves in the Colorado scene, and this performance proved why. With engaging drum-kick visuals by Custom Litt and guest vocals from Precious Hill, this performance captures everything that fans love about the group.Thanks to DYNOHUNTER, we now have pro-shot video of their original song “Sound Of The City” featuring Precious Hill. Watch below:What a powerful video. The band has a number of shows coming up, including a set at Sonic Bloom Festival, so don’t miss them on the road!Upcoming DYNOHUNTER ShowsMay 13th Denver, CO Knew Conscious Gallery Thievery Corporation AfterpartyJune 3-4th Mariposa, CA The Untz FestivalJune 16-19th Rye, CO Sonic Bloom FestivalAugust 5-7th Loveland, CO Arise Music Festival
The Alabama Shakes continue to defy logic with their astonishing displays of rock and roll. Last night was no exception, as they hit Camden, NJ for a headlining spot at the famed XPoNential Festival. Thrown by radio station WXPN, the festival brought a bevy of top tier performers to BB&T Park for the occasion.Brittany Howard was in fine form as she led the Shakes through a set of mostly original music, showcasing her powerful vocals and guitar chops throughout a great set. Thanks to YouTube user Steve Easton, we now have a number of full videos to share from this great performance. Dig it below!Always AlrightHeartbreakerHang LooseHold OnGimme All Your LoveDon’t Wanna FightGemini Sound & ColorYou can see the full setlist.fm listing below!Edit this setlist | More Alabama Shakes setlists
Though the song debut was the highlight of the evening, the show itself was full of wonderful moments. After Sollee’s opening set, Elephant Revival took the stage and quickly showed the elements of their sound that have won them an amazingly dedicated fan base. Their mixture of emotional power and lilting musical restraint is as unique as it is moving. It is not uncommon to hear the entire audience singing along in hushed tones, as the band winds their way through a catalog of intricate and hauntingly beautiful material.Their newest album, Petals, features a more somber and mature vision of their sound, and alongside their sunnier earlier work, showcase a dynamic range that entrances audiences completely. They can strip down their sound for stunning a cappella pieces, such as the riveting “I Won’t Die Lonely”……before involving the crowd in a rhapsodical sing-a-long version of their classic “Sing To The Mountains.”Multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Paine has recently begun sharing her long gestating cello skills in addition to her washboard, percussion and vocal duties, to startling effect. Check out her work on the instrumental “Flight Patterns Weather,” below:The rest of the band was on point as well. Banjoist and pedal steel guitarist Charlie Rose adds a strong string presence to the ensemble, while bassist Dango Rose‘s tone manages to be punchy and dark at the same time.Guitarist and vocalist Daniel Rodriguez was a mixture of smiles and eyes shut emotion as he sang his songs of motion and love while fiddler Bridget Law‘s magnificent violin work soared and dove through the arrangements like a bird in flight.As is the band’s tradition whenever possible the opening act, Solleee was invited back out for a riotous closing number. The tune chosen for the night’s fun, “Grace Of A Woman,” an ode to the power women have to nurture us all, was clearly enjoyable for not just the audience but the musicians as well. Watch the fun below:Though the audience was sad to see the end, the delighted cheers and smiles on their faces told the tale of their experience as well as any words ever could. Load remaining images Elephant Revival, along with their special guest Ben Sollee, brought an uplifting show of positive music and much needed distraction to residents and Hurricane refugees at Asheville, North Carolina’s New Mountain Amphitheater last Friday. Coastal residents flocked inland to escape the massive winds and rains pounding the shoreline and were grateful to find an outlet for their nervous energy on the dance floor. While attendees knew that they were in for a treat, they didn’t know that the bands were working up a special tune to share with them and the world.Watching footage of the brave men and women responding to the crisis along the coast inspired cellist Sollee into action. Putting pen to paper and bow to string, he composed the tune “Cajun Navy,” inspired by footage of relief workers evacuating and defending the lives and homes of those most affected. Releasing the song on his Bandcamp page earlier in the day, Sollee pledged that he would donate all proceeds from the first week’s sales of the song to Oxfam America, an organization long known for its work aiding the poor and protecting our shoreline.Unfortunately, there was a bit of a problem. The song was so new that the bands hadn’t yet had a chance to practice it together. The weather had delayed arrival long enough to negate any opportunities to workshop the tune. The only remaining option, to try and whip up an acceptable collaboration in-between sets, seemed impossible with fans lining up to meet Sollee at the merch table to buy copies of his forthcoming release.Luckily for everyone involved, a fan overheard the lament being shared by the artists and volunteered to man the booth for Sollee, allowing the artist to quickly rehearse with his hosts, who were eager to help with such a good cause. After what has to be a record setting song learning experience, the cellist sprinted out to the line of eager fans who had purchased his new disc and were waiting patiently for him to arrive. Having explained the reason for Sollee’s late appearance for his signing, his supporters were more than happy to wait for his arrival.Here’s “Cajun Navy,” a loose and spirited affair that showcases not only the talents of both bands but the sincere joy they have making music for the world.
The hybrid tribute fusion of Pink Talking Fish was at full force last weekend, as the band treated fans at the Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY to a unique “Dark Side Of The Gamehendge” set on Saturday, November 19th. Known for their ability to mix the music of Phish, Talking Heads and Pink Floyd, PTF successfully managed to fuse concept albums from two of those artists – Phish and Pink Floyd – over the course of a two set performance.The albums in question are Phish’s The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. While Pink Talking Fish has performed “theme” shows featuring each of those works individually, “Dark Side Of The Gamehendge” was a brand new challenge for the group. With the music of Floyd’s opus 1973 album and Trey Anastasio’s college thesis project to work with, not to mention the entire Talking Heads catalog, the band created numerous exciting transitions to keep up the excitement. Even the opening run of “Speak To Me > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Breathe” is something to behold.You can see the full setlist from “Dark Side Of The Gamehendge,” below, and listen to a recording via Chris from Jam Buzz.Setlist: Pink Talking Fish at Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, NY – 11/19/16Set 1:Speak To Me>The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday>Breathe>Psycho Killer>On The Run>The Lizards>Thank You For Sending Me An Angel*>The LizardsTime>Nothing But FlowersTelaGreat Gig In The Sky**>Burning Down The House**Set 2:Esther Interlude>Slippery People>Wilson>Slippery PeopleMoney**>AC/DC Bag**>This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)**Colonel Forbin’s Ascent>Us And Them**>Famous MockingbirdLove – Building On Fire>Any Colour You Like>The SlothThe Great Curve>Brain Damage>Possum>Eclipse**E: Suzy Greenberg***w/ Runaway Jim tease**w/ Shannon Lynch on Sax and Vocals
Most everyone is familiar with Neil Diamond’s classic, “Sweet Caroline.” To get in the holiday spirit, last night on The Late Late Show, Neil Diamond and host James Corden joined forces for a duet parody called “Sweet Christmastime,” a doozy of a tune detailing a drunk and debaucherous holiday office party. You can listen to Neil Diamond belt the words “Santa’s lap feels so naughty” below.Video courtesy of The Late Late Show With James Corden While Diamond was there, he also ran through a medley of more traditional Christmas tunes, which combined “The Rooster Crows At Midnight (Christmas Day)” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” The famed singer was joined by some other notable musicians in their own right, including Don Was on bass and Kenny Aronoff on drums. You can check out Neil Diamond’s Christmas medley below.Video courtesy of The Late Late Show With James Corden
Two of the brightest up and comers in the jam scene are getting together for a fun winter tour in 2017, as Denver, CO’s Cycles are teaming up with Boston, MA’s The Jauntee! From February 16th through March 10th, the two bands will play a total of ten shows together at venues across the country.The tour kicks off in Virginia, before the two bands travel to the Midwest and through to Minneapolis. They’ll head West and wind up in Colorado for three nights, where they’ll play shows in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins in March.You can see the full tour schedule below, and head to either The Jauntee’s or Cycles’ websites for details. Both bands will also have plenty more dates in 2017, so don’t miss them on the road!Cycles & The Jauntee Tour Dates2/16 622 North | Blacksburg, VA2/17 TBA | Covington, KY2/18 The Mousetrap | Indianapolis, IN2/22 The Park Theatre | Holland, MI2/24 Martyrs’ | Chicago, IL2/25 Lee’s Liquor Lounge | Minneapolis, MN2/26 Bodega’s Alley | Lincoln, NE3/03 Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO3/04 The Lazy Dog | Boulder, CO3/10 Hodi’s Half Note | Fort Collins, CO
Robert Randolph & The Family Band have been cooking up some serious soul in the kitchen. Got Soul is the newest work from the pedal steel guitarist and it’s soon-to-be-released on February 17, 2017. Two tracks have already been released “Got Soul” and “I Thank You” featuring Cory Henry is currently available, with a third track “Love Do What It Do” coming in hot with Darius Rucker on the vocals. Written in a town home of Nashville surrounded by friends and strangers, the new rocker is highlighted by its infectious lyrics, toe-tappin grooves, and the steely soars that RR is known for.Check out the new track “Love Do What It Do” below, download and pre-order the album here:
Following the death of the rock icon Chuck Berry earlier this year, Berry’s family has slowly been releasing new music from the upcoming CHUCK album – due out June 9, 2017. CHUCK includes recordings from 1991 through 2014 and will mark the first release of new material since Berry’s 1979 Rock It , making it the first solo album Berry had worked on in over 38 years. Berry announced the new album on his 90th birthday on October 18th of last year. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement, he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”Following the release of “Big Boys,” “Wonderful Woman,” and Berry’s first-ever music video, today brings another new track off Berry’s upcoming posthumous record. This latest single, “Lady B. Goode,” is a spiritual sequel to Berry’s most iconic song, “Johnny B. Goode.” The original tune was ranked #7 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time and is the only rock and roll song included on 1977’s Voyager Golden Record, intended to represent life and culture on Earth to extraterrestrial beings. Today’s version, “Lady B. Goode,” notably features guitar work from three generations of the Berry family: Chuck, Charles Jr., and Charles III. Listen to the lastest Chuck Berry track below:CHUCK Track List:Wonderful WomanBig BoysYou Go To My Head3/4 Time (Enchiladas)Darlin’Lady B. GoodeShe Still Loves YouJamaica MoonDutchmanEyes Of Man