ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans’ summertime rite of passage. Today, the 4th annual summertime juggernaut announces the 2011 line-up with DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more of today’s most electrifying artists. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information. Read more
Archive for January 2011
Ann Arbor, MI– On the heels of support dates for Rusted Root, a 7-week west coast tour, and NYE in Key West, Ann Arbor, MI based The Ragbirds roll up to Newport, KY for an electrifying night at the Southgate House on Friday February 18th.
Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from around the world. The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow. Read more
Cincinnati, OH – Strange Arrangement is coming to Cincinnati on February 24th for a night that will surely have you dancing late into the evening. Strange Arrangement will be playing 18 and over show at The Mad Frog.
On January 18th, 2011 Strange Arrangement will release their second record, Polygraph, which combines their unique musical landscapes into tightly knit, well-crafted songs ranging from Funk, Blues, and Rockabilly to Progressive Psychedelic Funk. Recorded and mixed by Manny Sanchez (Smashing Pumpkins, Umphrey’s McGee, North Mississippi All Stars) at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, Polygraph marks the second full length album for Strange Arrangement in three years. Read more
Wartrace, TN, January 26, 2011 – In the early morning of January 26, country music legend Charlie Louvin passed away at his home in Wartrace, Tennessee, surrounded by family. Louvin is survived by his wife Betty, and three sons, Charlie Jr. (Sonny), Glenn and Kenneth. A private funeral for Louvin will be held in Nashville, on Sunday, January 30.
Louvin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2010 and had subsequently undergone surgery to help combat the disease. The surgery was limited in its success, but Charlie’s health was stable enough that he was able to enjoy his love of performing live up until the end of his life. Read more
Interview by Scott Preston
In June 2010 Tea Leaf Green released Looking West, their first studio album in 2 years. The release is a compilation of road-tested, fan favorite songs that the band has never recorded in the studio. The album marks a new chapter for Tea Leaf Green and represents the artistic and individual growth of the band since their formation more than a decade ago.
In a few short years, these road warriors have built a strong following, consistently filling venues across the country and becoming a warmly received, go-to band on the festival circuit with stand-out performances at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, 10K Lakes, and The Echo Project, among others. Sharing some of the style and substance of musical contemporaries My Morning Jacket, Wolfmother, and the Raconteurs, Tea Leaf Green conjures the spirit of bands like ’70s Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and The Grateful Dead, taking classic sounds and giving them a present-day polish. Tea Leaf Green reminds us at every turn just how alluring rock ‘n’ roll can be. Read more
Interview by Scott Preston
1st photo by Paul Bernhard
Ten years in, the four gentlemen of Chatham County Line have a lot to reflect on: sold out shows in the US and abroad, appearances on national radio & TV, four solid selling records, and four really dirty suits.
“We want to be the band that puts on the most professional show in the business of what we do,” says singer/guitarist/songwriter Dave Wilson. “If you’ve taken your time to be there for us, we are going to prove we are there for you.” It’s that sincerity of showmanship and professionalism that has led to countless miles on the road for CCL. “We’ve worn out two vans by now and I’ve actually worn out a few ties as well,” says John Teer. “You ever hear of someone wearing out a tie?” Teer plays mandolin and fiddle and sings high tenor for the band. It is this commitment that has fans driving hundreds of miles to see Chatham County Line at work on the road. “We’ve had fans travel from another country to catch a show,” reflects banjoist Chandler Holt, continuing, “That’s when you know you’re doing something right.” Releasing IV to critical acclaim in 2008, CCL was invited to be on Later. . . with Jools Holland on BBC 2 in the UK, alongside such acts as The Raconteurs, Nick Cave, and Bon Iver. “Now that was a party,” muses standup bassist Greg Readling. “When you’ve got those guys coming up and introducing themselves to you, all the miles just melt away.” (1) Read more