We Want Phil: Grateful Dead Release “Ready or Not”

December 3, 2019
Marty Halpern

As Vince Welnick settled into his role as the Grateful Dead’s only piano player in the spring of 1992, the band had started heavily introducing a fresh batch of “new” songs in their touring rotation. Most Deadheads figured these songs would eventually be recorded and released as the band’s next studio album.

The death of Jerry Garcia in 1995 ended any chance for that album to be completed. Several unofficial compilations have been put together featuring live versions of the “new” songs, Now, The Grateful Dead has released Ready or Not… nine live versions of these songs recorded from 1992-1995.

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Keller & the Keels – Speed

November 20, 2019
Slide & Banjo

Keller Williams is at it again! When it comes to genres, the guy’s a chameleon, a jack-of-all-trades. His latest release, Speed, sees him back on the bluegrass side of the coin with frequent collaborators Larry and Jenny Keel in tow, and the output is strong as ever. More remarkable, it’s his 25th album release – a remarkable accomplishment that speaks to Williams’s tireless work ethic.

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decker.’s Visions Become A Reality

October 28, 2019
Marty Halpern

After ten years, seven albums and a rabid touring schedule, the only thing missing from the decker. discography at this point is either a live or greatest hits album. With Greetings All Ye Playful Prisoners of Spacetime, from the Royal Potato Family label, you can cross live album off the list. 

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“Everybody Wins” with the Second Amendola Vs. Blades Album

October 12, 2019
Marty Halpern

After releasing all of their greatest hits in their 2016 debut album, Greatest Hits, the duo of Scott Amendola and Wil Blades are back with a fresh batch of material with their new album, Everybody Wins. For the sophomore album, the duo brought some of their friends along to add to the numerous layers of music they are known to create just by themselves.

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Trigger Hippy Reloads, Re-groups, and Records

October 9, 2019
Marty Halpern

Trigger Hippy

In 2014, after five years of touring with different band configurations, Trigger Hippy finally released its self-titled debut album. The band hit the road for over 40 energetic shows in 2014 and 2015 to support the album. So what do you do when everything finally seems to be falling into place? Put the band on hiatus of course.

That’s what founding members Steve Gorman (drummer The Black Crowes) and bassist Nick Govrik decided to do at the end of 2015. Not only was Gorman fully involved with Trigger Hippy at the time, he was also in the middle of dealing with the implosion and end of the Black Crowes. “I had a hangover from both bands, it really was that simple.” Gorman said.

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Circles Around The Sun Meet Joe Russo – Fare The Well, Neal Casal

September 24, 2019
Marty Halpern

In March 2019, members of Circles Around the Sun (CATS) and drummer Joe Russo got together for an improvised jam and recording session at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn, Mixed by New York-based engineer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band/Tom Petty) and CATS bass player Dan Horne, the end result was the 24-minute, aptly-named four-song EP Circles Around the Sun Meet Joe Russo.

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Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender

September 11, 2019
Slide & Banjo

“My Wing,” the third track on Hiss Golden Messenger’s latest album Terms of Surrender, hits the nail square on its silver head: “Play it. Play it weird. Play it nimble. Make it lasting.” The album’s slightly weird (in a good way). It’s nimble. And if music fans get their hands on it, it’ll be lasting, because it’s great.

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Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama: Work To Do

August 7, 2019
Tim Newby

When you pair the out-of-this-world harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama and the legendary songwriting of Marc Cohn for a new album, Work to Do, the results are as you would expect: transcendentally magical.  

The unique partnership came about after Cohn had contributed a few songs to the Blind Boys of Alabama’s 2017 album, Almost Home. A special bond and connection was realized during those sessions, and Cohn began performing live with the Blind Boys at a number of select dates. 

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Patrick McAvinue: Perfect Fit

July 31, 2019
Tim Newby

Fiddler Patrick McAvinue is one of the most impressive young talents around today.  He is a two-time International Bluegrass Music Award (IBMA) winner, in 2017 as Fiddler of the Year, and in 2015 as the Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year. For McAvninue’s new album Perfect Fit, he included an array of musicians he has played with over the years and who have helped form his musical style to provide an almost historical snapshot of who he is as musician, allowing all of his various influences and interests to shine through.

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