In Wilco’s recent newsletter to fans, the band stated they are “making major progress on the upcoming soon-to-be-titled LP. They’ve been hunkered down in the loft with Jim Scott and are just about ready to start mixing. We’ve got it on the calendar for release in June.”
Rolling Stone writer Austin Scaggs previewed a few tracks and said, “Let’s just say that the record is sick… Great melodies, great lyrics, great playing and great sounds. You’re gonna dig it!”
Wilco’s live concert film “Ashes of American Flags” had its world premiere February 20 at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. It was screened last night as part of the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco and that’ll be followed by a showing at the 1st annual Chicago International Movies and Music Festival on March 9. Tickets for the Chicago premiere are available here. Read more
Bonnaroo has announced the dates for the 2009 headliners. Phish will be performing on the Friday and Sunday of the festival weekend. The Friday show will be a special late night performance and the Sunday show will close out the weekend.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will be performing on Saturday. Look for more details coming soon!
Set to take place June 11-14 at The Farm in Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo 2009 will feature the following artists:
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Nine Inch Nails
Elvis Costello Solo
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Barenaked Ladies lead singer Steven Page, who was arrested for cocaine possession last July, is leaving the Canadian rock band to begin a solo career. The departure follows a tumultuous 2008 for the band which also saw Page sentenced to six months probation for the drug charge and singer Ed Robertson survive an August plane crash.
“By mutual agreement, Steven Page will be parting company with the remaining members of Barenaked Ladies,” the band wrote on its official Web site on Tuesday evening. “Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart will continue recording and touring together as Barenaked Ladies. Steven Page will pursue solo projects including theatrical opportunities while the band enters the studio in April 2009, and hits the road in the fall.” Read more
Due to recent and unforeseen circumstances, Spring Hookahville will be moving back to Frontier Ranch Music Center. The festival lineup, amenities and all the features we’ve announced will remain the same, just be happening a few miles up the road. This will be a welcome change for many of you who have experienced past Hookahvilles at the Ranch with its gently rolling hills and shaded camping spots. (If you are not happy with the change of venue and you have already bought tickets, you can have your money refunded by calling 1-866-55tickets). Read more
CINCINNATI, OHIO – Feb 18, 2009 – A stellar list of musicians will perform on Thursday, March 12 at Madison Theater to benefit a charitable cause by and for musicians: Play it Forward. This concert brings together a number of high-profile bands one might never have the opportunity to see again on the same stage in a single evening of amazing music, including Sonny Moorman, Tracy Walker, The Bluebirds, Ricky Nye, Keith Little, Noah Hunt and Gary Burbank with Blue Run.
Plus a set by a MAJOR rock star, whom we’re not allowed to publicize but if you knew who it was you’d probably say, “hmmm… Show Me The Way to the Madison so I can check this out”. So, Do You Feel Like We Do? Do you want to show your support for a new nonprofit dedicated to helping career musicians in times of critical need? You can also win a guitar autographed by this Grammy-Award winning six-string-slinger if you show up. Doors open at 8:00PM and we’ll be jammin’ til about 12:30. The event will be video recorded, so come on down and be part of an historic live rock show!!!
The occasion for the all-star lineup is a compilation CD for which dozens of local artists submitted original tracks. The two-disk, thirty-track CD will be used to raise funds for the organization, and represents the support of all the musicians featured. Several of these artists have chosen to show their solidarity by also performing live, giving listeners an opportunity to hear some of the songs on the compilation performed in person. Read more
Interview and Photos by Scott Preston
From the saloons of Telluride to the some of the most sought after venues in America, Bill Nershi has delighted countless fans as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the String Cheese Incident. A seasoned veteran of flat-picking and a variety of acoustic styles, Nershi adds a unique, colorful perspective to virtually any musical situation he encounters, and his enthusiasm and playful spirit encourage an interactive, participatory experience for musicians and fans alike. His most recent forays into dobro, bass, and lap steel playing, as well as his accomplished songwriting contributions with the recently-formed Honkytonk Homeslice & the Emmitt-Nershi Band, prove that his musical horizons will only continue to expand.
Cincy Groove: How did you and Drew Emmitt end up meeting?
Billy Nershi: It was at a benefit for the Mark Vann Foundation. We both ended up playing at it. Drew and I played a short set together. We both walked off the stage thinking, “Hey that was a lot of fun, maybe we should put something together where we can tour in the future”. Later on he came out for a short run of shows with String Cheese. We hit some of the ski towns in Colorado and Drew would sit in and play every night, usually about 4-5 songs. That was a lot of fun, I have always been a Drew Emmitt fan. Before I was playing in String Cheese he was playing in Leftover Salmon. I lived in Telluride, CO at the time and Leftover would come through and play there quite often. I would always catch their shows. To be able to come full circle and have a band with Drew is really cool. Read more