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Oct
31
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Heady Entertainment Presents Broccoli Samurai at The Bungalow with Special Guest Chris Lee of Moogatu.

 

Saturday 10/25 at The Bungalow in Chantilly VA was a truly magnificent event. Broccoli Samurai played for an eager crowd, and laid down some incredible grooves. Despite having recently lost their guitar player, they didn’t seem to miss a beat. Chris Lee, one of the guitarists from Moogatu , joined them on stage during both of their sets and flowed seamlessly.

Broccoli Samurai has a very intense and forceful sound that will get you moving as much as you can. Having bands like these come through a venue like the Bungalow means you are practically face to face with the band, and in perfect position to receive their sonic assault. Intimate shows like these are what it’s all about, in my opinion. I live a good hour away from the venue, but knew a week in advance that the trek was going to be made. Some incredible shows come through this venue, courtesy of Heady Entertainment, but this one was nearly the summit for me. If you decided to stay home for this one, I can safely say you missed a rager. The crowd was into the sound and people were dancing wherever they could, even at the back bar. A special mention goes to Dustin Klein with VIDEOmetry for his amazing visual projections during both sets. It gave the impression of being at some special late night set at a festival. Did I mention this show was free? Yeah...Get your butts out there and get them moving next time.

They played two amazing sets which consisted of:

Set 1:

Stairing Up a Brick Up

Backwards Logic

More Than Acceptable

Up For Debate

Tetrahedron

Slam Funk*

Jam*

Set 2:

Moment's Past

Loch Ness Lobster > Back To The Middle (New Deal)  (This was my personal favorite of the evening)

 Transmitter

Ceiling Tiles

Boogie Monster

Chupacabra*

 White Ranger*

* with Chris Lee

 

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Oct
30
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Town Mountain and Grand Ole’ Ditch

Gypsy Sally’s

Washington DC

10/24/14

Honky-Tonk Bluegrass Bonanza

By Jim Mcwalters


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Town Mountain


Hot on the heels of their new release, ‘Live at the Isis’ Ashville, NC based bluegrass band, Town Mountain performed a memorable shindig at the friendly confines of Gypsy Sally’s. The band showcased much of their new material highlighting the bands outstanding song writing abilities and exceptional musical talents. Town Mountain is one of several bands that have emerged over the recent years to help create a resurgent in bluegrass, offering exciting new tangents that stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass.

The bands high energy and playful feistiness provide fans a unique and fun-filled musical experience with lead singer and guitarist Robert Greer’s old-timey country twang and crooning reminiscent of a modern-day version of Bill Monroe. The bands exuberance had the packed house hooting and hollering all the way through the two set performance.  

Opening the set was the short but rowdy fiddle tune “Grey Eagle,” featuring IBMA nominee Bobby Britt.  Fans got into the hootenanny groove quickly as the band launched into the “Whiskey With Tears” with Phil Barker on mandolin.  The Irish-folky instrumental “Four Miles,” was quickly followed by the knee slapping three-part harmony of “Struck It Rich.” The country-fried romp, “You Ain’t Gone Worry” was indicative of the bands honky-tonk bluegrass style.  A really fun cover of the George Jones’ “The Race Is On” was quickly followed by the Ralph Stanley instrumental banjo number “Clinch Mountain” before the band fired up the crowd again with “Southern Crescent” inspiring many “yee-haws.”  The second set included a country cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” leading into the popular “Lawdog.” Rounding out the set was a smashing version of “Sugar Mama,” followed by a rollicking “Deadman’s Cove” and the always popular traditional bluegrass tune “Orange Blossom Special.” 


Town Mountain "Lawdog"


Cumberland Maryland based Grand Ole’ Ditch opened the evening up with a really fine set.  The performance included the song “Dark Rider” a tribute to the Grateful Dead’s “Jack Straw.” The band closed out their all too brief set with the lively “Open Road,” and as the title implies, would be a great listen while rolling down the highway.  I couldn’t help but hear similarities of Grand Old Ditch to that of another favorite jamband, Greensky Bluegrass led by dobro player JodyMosser. 

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Grand Ole Ditch


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Click this link for Audience Audio from the show


I’m sure looking forward to catching both these bands again next time they roll into town.

  • Town Mountain Set 1
  • Grey Eagle
  • Tick on a Dog
  • Whiskey With Tears
  • Tarheel Boys
  • Four Miles
  • Struck It Rich
  • Ruination Line
  • House With No Windows
  • You Ain’t Gone Worry
  • You Weighed Heavy On My Heart
  • The Race Is On
  • Clinch Mountain
  • Southern Crescent
  • Greenbud on the Flower
  • Long Time Comin’

 

  • Town Mountain Set 2
  • Up The Ladder
  • I’m On Fire
  • Lawdog
  • Comin’ Back To You
  • Midnight Road
  • Long I Ride
  • Sugar Mama
  • Deadman’s Cove
  • Orange Blossom Special
  • Sparkle City
  • ?

 

Town Mountain Are:

Robert Greer – Guitar, vocals

Bobby Britt - Fiddle

Phil Barker – Mandolin, vocals

Jesse Langlais – Banjo, vocals

Nick DiSebastian – Bass

 

Grand Ole’ Ditch Are:

Jody Mosser (dobro),

Ryan Hohing (guitar),

Jacob Matthews (bass),

Craig Miller (Banjo)

Lucas Matthews (mandolin)

 

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Oct
29
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Newly Formed Asheville Band, Tellico, Raises $7500 In A Day For Debut Album
Tellico is Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle & vocals), Stig Stiglets (bass & vocals), 
Aaron Ballance (dobro), and Jed Willis (mandolin & clawhammer banjo)


Help Tellico Grow Their Community By Doubling The Amount of Backers 
From 100 to 200 By The End Of The Campaign (Mon 11/17)


ASHEVILLE, NC --   Tellico is the most recent product of Asheville NC's thriving roots music scene, its members well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound, and they are excited to be debuting an album in 2015. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle, vocals) and Stig Stiglets (bass, vocals) with Aaron Ballance on dobro, as well as Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. After playing together late last year, three former members of the Asheville bands Dehlia Low (Anya, Aaron, and Stig) and Town Mountain (Jed) decided the combination of so much history together and the excitement of a new project was so compelling that they decided to form Tellico. 
 
Well known for their rootsy, authentic singing and vocal harmony, as well as in the hard-edge nostalgic yet modern themes of their songwriting, the quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. In previous lineups, the band's members have performed at some of the nation's most prestigious festivals and venues including MerleFest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Mountain Song Festival, and the Freight and Salvage. Aaron also won the Rockygrass Dobro Competition in 2010. Anya, Stig and Aaron also recorded under the Rebel Records label in 2011 for Dehlia Low's Ravens and Crows album as well as three other independent releases with their previous band between 2007 and 2010.

Folks are excited to hear the new music and within the first 24 hours of launching a 33-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their debut album they had met their goal of $7500. 
By day nine, they had surpassed it to reach $10,000. The band is wowed by all of the support which will not only enable them to make the album, but also to expand their calendar and get their music out to more listeners across the country. Tellico has reached a beautiful milestone in this campaign and now has a bit over 100 backers! This campaign has always been about getting the music out there and growing a community around that effort and they still have more than halfway to go.
Seeing such a positive response from the community, the band would like to grow the Tellico family over the remainder of the campaign to double the amount of backers to 200 at any reward level! Getting involved before the CD is even made allows them to get as many CDs printed as they can, which will shipped out to backers before the album even releases to the public. In addition, becoming a backer means becoming a part of the project, and a feeling of investment in the album's recording and release, as well as helping to provide us more financial options than if you were to purchase the album after it is released. Backers become Tellico’s record label, the band digs it, wants you to join them in this and for you to bring your friends along for the ride too!
“Connecting with and hearing from their fans makes such a difference in the way they think about the "why" part of what they do. It's wonderful hearing from you,” says Anya Hinkle. One backer, LFW, wrote "Dehlia Low's music brought me through some of the most difficult times in my life as I coped with the illness/deaths of my parents…… and, of course, still inspires me today. I'm so thankful for that and feel like I owe these wonderful talented musicians. Looking forward to hearing the great/beautiful music they will produce. Can't wait for the CD!!!”
The songs that will be on the album reflects the sights, sounds, and feelings of living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina capturing the resonating and universal themes of love, disaster, cheatin', loss, busking, dreams, and change. The blend of Anya and Stig's committed, authentic vocals with Aaron's flowing and soaring dobro and Jed's textured and expressive mandolin bring to the songs their foundation, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with, but taken to somewhere unique. 
Check out the video they made for the campaign and listen to a few demo cuts of three new songs at  http://bit.ly/TellicoKickstarter. Please do help us spread the word with friends and family that may be interested! 
By becoming a backer for our upcoming album, not only do you get an autographed copy of the disk mailed right to your door, but also other perks only available to backers, like personal thank-yous, limited edition hats, shirts, crafts and stickers, demos and pre-release tracks, photos from the studio and project updates. Most importantly though, you join us in the process creating this album. It's a big world but it becomes smaller when we connect with each other. And more fun. 
 
What folks are saying about Tellico:
"Tellico's music is easy enough to understand at first: acoustic music rooted in Appalachian traditions that is memorable and well played, with a female lead singer whose voice is as dreamy and sad as it is soulful and sweet. But there's so much more to it than that, and uncovering all the layers of what makes Tellico special can become a kind of captivating mystery story. Here you have members of bands Dehlia Low and Town Mountain making music that is both true to their roots but unique and fresh. It's music that can appeal to die-hard old-time, bluegrass, ragtime and blues fans while bending the ears of folks who never liked songs that even came close to a pair of overalls. Front and center is the voice of Anya Hinkle, who reminds me of Billie Holiday in a Carter Family setting; she seals the deal. I'm very much looking forward to hearing their first album." --Joe Kendrick, WNCW 88.7 FM & Producer of Lingua Musica, Asheville, NC
"Delivering an authentic Appalachian string band sound aesthetic with modern but timeless lyrics, Tellico defines Asheville Americana. These musicians will touch your heart and mind with their cabin porch informed vocals and tasteful instrumentation….every song’s a ‘keeper’”. --Davis Tracy, WDCV Carlisle, PA & Bluegrass@Dickenson
"It strikes a chord in me...it sends chills up my spine.” --"Hippie" Jack Stoddart, Jammin' at Hippie Jack'sAmericana Festival and Council for Americana Roots Music
"I knew from the first moment I heard Anya sing that I had found the voice I craved to hear once again--a voice that is both unique yet beautiful, with a truly authentic quality. I can't wait to review the forthcoming Tellico release.” --Dennis Brunnenmeyer, KVMR, Nevada City Limits, Nevada City CA
Find out more about Tellico and stay up to date on their news at: tellicoband.comfacebook.com/tellico &twitter.com/TellicoBand
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Oct
23
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Assembly of Dust

Gypsy Sally’s

Washington DC

10/18/14

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I’m an unabashed fan of Assembly of Dust. Based out of New York, the band rarely ventures this far south so it was a real treat to see them back in the area. As guitarist Reid Genauer noted, it had been ten years since the band last played in DC. The “Dust Bunnies” were out in force, as the sold out show at Gypsy Sally’s proved why the band needs to come down this way more often. To be honest, I can’t understand why AOD isn’t on everyone’s radar. Tonight’s show was one of the most enjoyable shows I’ve seen all year, and with a $15 cover charge, saying it was worth the price is an understatement. The music has a timeless feel with tight jams, clever lyrics and three-part harmonies that is reminiscent of a lot of those great bands from the 60’s and 70’s (The Band, Neil Young come to mind). Genauer’s country-tinged vocals and intelligent song writing are back by the impressive riffs of Adam “Squeezer” Terrell’s electric guitar and the powerful bass of John Leccesse.  Rounding out the band is Dave Diamond on drums and new-comer Jon Bevo (God Street Wine) on keyboards.    

  

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The band performed a few songs from their latest album the very fine, “Sun Shot” including the well-constructed “Cluttered” and craftily written “Arkansas Down.”  The band also treated the audience to fan favorite, The Second Song” (dedicated to the opening act Second Self), before starting the second set with the timeless “All That I Am Now.”  The set was laced with great songs from the bands growing catalog including a jammy-good version of “Speculator.”  The encore saw Adam Terrell joining Genauer on an emotional rendition of “Things That Fly” before the rest of the band joined in for buoyant “Telling Sue” to close out a truly magical evening. Next time Assembly Of Dust rolls into town, put them on your calendar as a “must see” band. Here's a nice video from the AOD set


The Maryland-based power trio Second Self opened for AOD with a tight set of rock and funk jams. Check out this video from their opening set.

 

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Photo Gallery From Gypsy Sally's


AOD Set List

Harrower

Roads

Zero To The Skin

Samuel Aging

Elixir Fountain

The Second Song

Cluttered

Man with A Plan

All That I Am Now

Arkansas Down

Sinner

Filter
Little by Little

Speculator

Vaulted Sky>

Stone Choir

 

Encore:

Things That Fly

Telling Sue

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Oct
22
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Town Mountain Performs at Gypsy Sally's on Fri 10/24
New Live Album
Door 7pm/ show 9pm; $10 adv/ $15 dos; 21+
3401 K Street NW  Washington , DC 20007
gypsysallys.com | TownMountain.net  


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Town Mountain Released ‘Live At The Isis’ on August 19th, 2014
Recorded at Isis Music Hall in the Band’s Hometown of Asheville, NC

 

ASHEVILLE, NC -- Town Mountain’s hard drivin’ bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-house songwriting have become the band’s trademark. They light up the stage with their honky tonk edge and barroom swagger, featuring a Jimmy Martin-style bounce and confidence that is countered at times by a laid-back John Hartford-esque grooveTown Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Nick DiSebastian on bass.

 

They released their first official live albumLive At The Isis, on August 19th, 2014. The concert was recorded in their hometown of Asheville, NC at Isis Music Hall. The album features live versions of previously released studio material including crowd favorites “Lawdog,” “Tarheel Boys” and the fiddle tune “Four Miles.” Amidst the original songs are a couple of lively Town Mountain-tweaked covers such as “The Race Is On” and “Orange Blossom Special.” The audio was mixed by Scott Vestal, acclaimed banjoist with the Sam Bush Band, who also mixed their fourth studio album Leave The Bottle [Pinecastle Records 2012].

 

The members of Town Mountain have thought long and hard about their cultivated roots music groove with strong focus on crafting original material. “Without doubt, this band has fine writing chops,” writes Donald Teplyske in the Lonesome Road Review.

 

“I feel like we’re closer to original bluegrass than a lot of bands out there today,” says Langlais. “I listened to a radio show recently that featured Ricky Skaggs and he flat-out said that Bill Monroe influenced rock and roll. He said that folks like Elvis and Carl Perkins and those guys were looking up to Bill Monroe. So, I feel like our band has a lot of that influence as well, of the blues and early rock. If you go back and listen to Monroe pre-Chuck Berry, those are Chuck Berry licks. A lot of music in the 1940s and 50s was so over-lapping. It is easy to put genre labels on it today, 60 years later. But to be honest, it was all so new and it was influencing each other at the same time.”

 

The group has focused on the goal of creating a unique sound and brand while still giving a nod and a wink to the traditional side of the bluegrass genre. Juli Thanki of Engine 145 says, “Phil Barker’s ‘Lawdog’ sounds like an unearthed classic, and the group’s tight harmonies alone make this record [Leave the Bottle] a treat for any bluegrass fan.”

 

Town Mountain has been busy writing new songs for their next studio effort for 2015. For a sneak peak at what to expect for their future recording, watch the band perform some of their new original songs in this wonderful session filmed by Boulder’s Second Story Garage while the were in the area to perform at this year’s Rockygrass. Watch them perform "Long Time Comin’” written by Jesse Langlais: http://secondstorygarage.com/second-story-garage-town-mountain-music-video/.

 

The past two years have pushed Town Mountain into the upper tier of acoustic bands and they have found themselves along the side of some of the best artists today at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country such as MerleFest, Grey Fox, Rockygrass, Suwannee Springfest and the Targhee Bluegrass Festival just to mention a few.

 

Town Mountain is in it for the long haul... check out out where they’ll be travelin’ to this year and keep and eye onTownMountain.net for further dates and updates from the road at facebook.com/TownMountain andtwitter.com/TownMountain.


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