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The Brothers Comatose

Washington DC: Are you interested in discovering a new and really fun band?  Well, now’s your chance, The Brothers Comatose are coming to Gypsy Sally’s this Wednesday July 9th. The Brothers Comatose is a folky-bluegrass quintet from San Francisco who really brings the heat. Don’t believe me? Check out their video with Nicky Bluhm (aka Nicky Bluhm and the Gramblers) doing “Morning Time” or their most excellent Amy Winehouse/Zuton’s cover of “Valerie”.  Catch them now, as they open their summer tour right here in Washington, DC!  

Literal brothers, Alex (banjo and vocals) and Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals) of The Brothers Comatose grew up in a house that was known for its music parties. “The Morrison house was a gathering place for local musicians – everyone would bring an instrument, call out tunes, call out changes, and just play for hours” says Brothers Comatose bassist and Morrison music party goer, Gio Benedetti. “I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took.” The brothers took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude and brought it to stages all over San Francisco. With the addition of members Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Ryan Avellone (mandolin) the string quintet brings their original string music and the feel of an intimate music party to audiences all across the United States.


The environment the band creates with their music and their live shows isn't the exclusive band vs. crowd world of rock and pop, but rather the sing-along, stomp-along, inclusive world that gave birth to string band music. The band – while playing festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Strawberry, High Sierra, Outside Lands, Kate Wolf, and SXSW, - has not lost sight of their roots, their fans and the relationships that have brought them where they are. 


Despite their name, the band is anything but Comatose. They toss alligators (inflatable) into the crowd, they hand out chopsticks for audience-percussion-participation, and are known to jump down and play acoustic encores in the middle of the crowd at the end of a set. It's just one, big, extended Morrison music party. Only now, the living room travels via Chevy G20 Conversion Van from state to state.





Highland Hill Boys



Opening for The Brothers Comatose is the Highland Hill Boys of Clarksville MD so be sure to get there early cuz you're gona love em.

The Highland Hill Boys formed in 2011 and have spread the Americana tradition of old time music to a wide audience of new and old bluegrass listeners. As the house band for The Twist & Turn Tavern in Highland, MD, the Highland Hill Boys have been featured on local cable and have created a large following in the immediate area. In addition to playing multiple venues in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area, the band was honored to play in the bluegrass band competition at the 6th Annual DelFest.

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Taj Mahal Trio 

Keswick Theatre Glenside PA


By Paul Mamolou


Dateline: Fillmore East (New York, NY), Feb 13, 1971

Taj Mahal has returned. Tonight, he will record a set that will become known as one of the best live recording s of the time.  In past performances at the Fillmore, Taj has opened for the likes of Leon Russell, Spirit and even the Kinks.  Tonight Taj is headlining in the final show of a three night run with a band he has assembled, with the help of the extraordinary tuba player and arranger Howard Johnson [Editor’s Note: last seen on the Keswick stage two years ago with the Levon Helm Band]. The band is loaded with talent, including musician, producer, arranger John Simon at the piano, the guitarist from Janis Joplin's Pearl album, John Hall (who would soon take off with his own band Orleans) and Buddy Miles Express bassist Bill Rich.

Fast Froward to……

Dateline: Keswick Theatre (Glenside, PA),  June 19, 2014

Taj is back!! 

Not that he was ever away. Over the past four decades, whether he was performing solo acoustic, fronting a rock band or weaving his trademark National steel guitar around a tuba-dominated blues band, Taj Mahal has created some of the most consistently engaging modern blues music, inspiring countless other musicians of the era. His multi-instrumental abilities and multicultural vision of the blues overcame previous limitations of the genre and he should be credited for playing an enormous role in revitalizing and preserving traditional blues.

On this tour, he is appearing in a co-bill at the historic Keswick with the Blind Boys of Alabama.

The Blind Boys played first and treated the crowd to a rousing set of gospel songs featuring their fine vocal harmonies.   Backed by their longtime four piece band, the Blind Boys opened with “People Get Ready” which set the tone for their inspirational set.

The original Blind Boys of Alabama were about 9 years old when they first sang together in 1944 at the Alabama Institute for the Blind in Talladega, Alabama.  Founding member Jimmy Carter still tours with the band and three other Blind Boy singers and his vocal abilities are still astounding.  At one point, he sang a song in which he held a note for nearly a full minute.  Bass player, Tracy Pierce told me after the show that Carter’s record for holding the note is one minute and 28 seconds!! (Try it: now wait 30 years and try it again!!  Bet you can’t do it!!)

The Blind Boys of Alabama continue to put on a great show including many of their standards (highlighted by their classic version of “Amazing Grace”) and songs from their latest release I’ll Find A Way, produced by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver).

By the end of their set, everyone in the theater was on their feet as Carter was lead down into the crowd like an 85 year old, gospel-singing rock idol.

After a short break, for everyone to catch their breath, The Taj Mahal Trio took the stage.

As you recall, Taj has been performing with bass player Bill Rich since the Fillmore days in 1971 and started playing with Kester Smith on drums in 1974, so the group chemistry is very strong.

They started right out with one of their most popular songs “Fishin’ Blues”, moving through a set that touched on much of the diversity Taj is known for.   Switching from his National steel, to banjo (“This instrument drives the bourgeoisie crazy”) and even ukulele, the interaction of the trio was flawless.

A wonderful example of this band's sense of timing and melody was the standout performance of “Queen Bee”.  The performance featured rolling guitar finger picking by Taj and snapping tight stops, flawlessly executed, by the band.

Not that the entire set was flawless.   Admittedly, the instrumental intro to “Zanzibar” seemed to go on too long and some of the improvisational breaks seemed to meander a bit.  These flaws were a small price to pay for an amazing performance by a trio, not afraid to take some musical risks after four decades of performing together.


The Taj Mahal Trio can be seen this August at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton PA.

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Rich Robinson Band & Jackie Greene Band

The Hamilton Live

Washington DC



Black Crowes band mates Rich Robinson & Jackie Greene teamed up for a small tour that stopped at The Hamilton Live in Washington DC Sunday June 8th for a sold out show. Rich kicked off his set with a new one called “I Know You” off his new release The Ceaseless Sight available in stores now. The rest of the set was sprinkled with songs from the aforementioned cd as well his earlier release Through A Crooked Sun. They mixed things up a little mid set with a couple of covers from the 70’s including Clapton’s “Presence Of The Lord” (Blind Faith) and “Got To Get Better In A Little While” (Derek And The Dominos)

It didn’t take long to recognize those signature sounds of Rich Robinson that his fans have come to know and love over the years. Throughout the set Rich showed off his many different guitars including his 1963 Gibson ES-335, his Gretsch Black Falcon and Teye El Dorado one of only two in existence.



Jackie Greene Band was an absolute delight; I was quite taken a back and surprised by his fun energetic rock n roll set. I had seen Jackie a couple times before, but this show was a little different and much more intimate in the setting of The Hamilton Live. The set started off a little slow for me but let me say that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. By the 4th song things picked up with the drum driven “I’m So Gone” and then the sort of Nirvana sounding “Medicine”. Jackie then told the crowd “here’s one for the Dead heads” breaking into a killer interpretation of ‘Bertha” which had the fans on their feet dancing and singing along. Aside from Jackie’s song writing abilities he showed off his many other talents including harmonica, acoustic and electric guitar and piano. Before this show I was seriously under estimating Jackie’s talents and abilities and now see how wrong I was. The only let down for me was that Jackie and Rich didn’t take the stage together but it was a great show and I suggest you give both bands a listen as I have about a half dozen times since. I promise It’ll be a few hours of solid quality listenin.



Rich Robinson Band

01. I Know You
02. Yesterday I Saw You
03. Know Me
04. Unfortunate Show
05. Down The Road
06. Lost & Found
07. Look Through My Window
08. Presence of the Lord
09. Got To Get Better
10. Trial and Faith
11. Station Man
12. I Remember
13. Gone Away > Inside

Audio Rich Robinson

Photos Rich Robinson


Jackie Greene Band
01. Gone Wandering
02. Honey I Been Thinking About You
03. Shaky Ground
04. I’m So Gone
05. Medicine
06. Bertha
07. Captain’s Daughter
08. So Hard To Find My Way
09. Trust Somebody
10. Tell Me Mama, Tell Me Right
11. Prayer For Spanish Harlem
12. Till The Light Comes
13. Mexican Girl
14. Ball and Chain
15: E: What’s Goin’ On


Audio Jackie Greene

Photos Jackie Greene

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The Peach Music Festival

August 14-17, 2014

Montage Mountain

Scranton, PA


When band members Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced their pending departure from the Allman Brothers earlier this year, the Band, at long last, decided to call it quits. As we look back on their storied career, there can be no doubt that the Allman Brothers belong at the upper echelon of rock music both in terms of influence and longevity.  After Duane Allman’s tragic motorcycle accident in 1971 followed by bassists Berry Oakley’s death a year later in nearly the same fashion and location, the band was forced to assess whether to continue on. Despite the personal tragedies, addictions and personnel changes, the band persevered; and after 45 years the quality and innovativeness of their music has never diminished. Their unique brand of blues, rock and southern country soul continues to make an indelible mark on American music. 

As the band concludes their run this year, Peach Festival will provide fans one of the final chances to see the band live before they retire into history as arguably the greatest American band ever. The band will celebrate the event by playing in its entire length, the classic album Eat a Peach. As many of you may already know, Eat a Peach holds a significant place in the discography of the Allman Brothers lengthy catalog. Dedicated to Duane, the album served as an inspiration and a rallying point for the remaining members during that difficult phase of their career. Greg Allman specifically penned “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”, “Melissa” and “Blue Sky” as a tribute to his brother. It’s fair to say that after all these years emotions will still be running high at Peach Fest when the band rolls out these songs for its final times. 

Peach Festival has so much to offer up with its amazing line up including 4 days of camping and a full-fledged water park to cool off from the hot sun. This year’s roster includes heavy hitting headliners like Bob Weir & Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule as well as some local Pennsylvania flavor from Lotus and two sets from Cabinet which we’re totally stoked about. Also joining the Peach family this year is Trigger Hippy Feat. Joan Osbourne, Jackie Greene and Steve Gorman, Rich Robinson Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and so many more…. Tickets are still available now at Peach Festival.

Content of this article has been provided by Jim McWalters. Along with Jeff Socha, Jim will be covering the Bands performance at Peach Festival and will be providing insight to one of the bands final performances.  Jim is a long time contributor to Cosmic Vibes Live. Over the years Jim has seen many permutations of the Allman Brothers Band live including several of the bands spin off projects.  Jim first caught the band live way back in 1975 when they performed at the Spectrum in Philadelphia for the outrageous cost of $5.50. Stay tuned for Cosmic Vibes Live coverage of this historic event!  


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Heady Entertainment Presents Camp Barefoot 8 Showcase Series VII “Moogatu, Galaxy Dynamite & Threesound”

 By Joseph Cariola

On Friday night, I ventured out to The Bungalow in Chantilly, VA to support one of my favorite grassroots music festivals. Camp Barefoot puts on a showcase series to give people a taste of the musical shenanigans that will take place at their festival. Tonight’s features were Moogatu, joined by Galaxy Dynamite! and Threesound all three bands will Camp Barefoot 8.

Threesound started off the night with some fast paced shredding that got the room up and moving early! I’ve seen these guys a few times and they get better and better every time I see them. This is no small feat as they sounded fantastic the first time I ran into them! The guitarists link up easily and are clearly comfortable playing with each other.

Galaxy Dynamite!, a trio out of Norfolk, Virginia, took the stage next. These guys really love what they do, and you can definitely sense their passion for their music. They opened with “Something With Apples” and jammed into a blast from the past rendition of the Power Rangers theme song. If you haven’t caught these gents during their travels around the area, I recommend that you do. These guys bring a whole slew of energy to the stage!

Last but certainly not least, Moogatu, closed out the evening for us. These guys really embrace the improvisational jam with their own blend of funky progressive rock. I’ve been catching Moogatu for over two years now and I’m definitely a huge fan. These guys embrace a driving sound that will have you grooving! They opened with “Helium” which is a personal favorite of mine. Chris Lee, lead guitar, has told me about this song “getting out of hand” on stage, and boy is that an understatement! These guys have a forceful undercurrent of rhythm harnessed by Steve Jacyna, drums, and Brain Zupruk, bass, which allows Brian Raubacher, lead guitar, and Chris to run freely with their guitars. They played a song called “Skynet” which they admitted had only been played once before. At the end of the set, they came back around to “Helium” which tied the entire night together. They encored with a “Routine Wallet Heist” and closed out the evening.

All said, Camp Barefoot knows how to throw a party and this was just a sample of what is coming this August. This year, you can look forward to Headliners Beats Antique, Kyle Hollingsworth, Lettuce, and Papadosio to name only a few. To say that I am looking forward to Camp Barefoot 8 is an understatement, and I hope to see all of you there!

Camp Barefoot takes place at the beautiful Camp Hidden Meadow in Bartow West Virginia August 21-23. Tickets and more info are available at www.campbarefoot.org.


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Hot Rize has not toured more than a few select festival dates and concerts since 1990.  That all changes in September as they embark on their first major tour in almost 25 years in support of their new studio album (details to be announced soon), reclaiming their unique position where tradition and innovation collide.


The tour will start in Colorado in late September, include stops at IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, and hit the Midwest and east coast along the way with key stops in New York, Philadelphia, and D.C.


“We’ve had fun over the years playing some of our favorite festivals as we’ve all continued our solo careers, but the last few years we’ve started feeling the tug to make new Hot Rize music.  With the new album, we decided it was time to hit the road and try to reach some new heights, said Pete Wernick (aka Dr. Banjo). He added, “Even with the time away and all of our other ventures, we’re still like family, and adding Bryan Sutton on guitar brought a new energy to the band.  We are very excited to share the new songs with fans.” 


For more than three and a half decades, Hot Rize has been astounding the bluegrass world with a fresh, contemporary approach to traditional music.  Their unique style; powerful original songs; tight-as-a-drum ensemble playing, and dynamic stage show made them an inevitable choice for the International Bluegrass Music Association's very first Entertainer of the Year award in 1990.  Since then, the all-star band has kept their legend alive by performing at just a handful of top festivals (e.g., MerleFest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Telluride, Bonnaroo, Rockygrass) and select venues.


Here’s the current itinerary for the fall with a few more dates to be added:


Wed, Sept 24 – Durango, CO – Ft. Lewis College

Thurs, Sept 25 – Aspen, CO – Wheeler Opera House

Fri, Sept 26 – Boulder, CO – Chautauqua

Sat, Sept 27 – Denver, CO – Cervantes

Sun, Sep 28 – Columbia, MO – Roots & Blues & BBQ Fest

Fri, Oct 3 – Raleigh – IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Sun, Oct 5 – San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Fri, Oct 17 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium (w Del McCoury Band)

Sat, Oct 18 – Wingate, NC – Batte Fine Arts Center (w Del McCoury Band)

Wed, Nov 12 – New York, NY – City Winery 

Thurs, Nov 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre (w Del McCoury & David Grisman)

Fri, Nov 14  - Washington, DC – The Hamilton

Sat, Nov 15 – Baltimore, MD – Gordon Center

Thurs, Nov 20 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House

Fri, Nov 21 – Akron, OH – Kent Stage

Sat, Nov 22 – Middletown, OH – Finkelman Auditorium

Sun, Nov 23 – Chicago, IL – City Winery 


Check out www.hotrize.com for details.

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DelFest 2014 The 7th Annual

May 22-25

Alleganey County Fairgrounds

Cumberland, Maryland

Sitting on Top of the World at DelFest

By Jim McWalters

Having lived through the Delnado in 2009, the Bluegrass Gods were definitely smiling down upon festival organizers and fans this year, as the weather was simply perfect with blue skies and low humidity the entire weekend. Combine that with some of the finest music around, and well, the festival was pretty much flawless. This year saw many returning artists such as: The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and of course the Emcee for the weekend Joe Craven.  Headlining the festival were Jam band favorites The String Cheese Incident, but DelFest also featured other stellar big name acts including Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth. I would be remiss to mention our host of the weekend the Del McCoury Band and the Travelin’ McCoury’s who proved once again, that they can throw one Del of a party!

With three stages to choose from (Grandstand, Potomac, & Music Hall), the music was pretty much nonstop from late morning until the wee hours of the morning. 


Photo by Richele Cole

With all the great music throughout the weekend it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ll begin with the Thursday’s Del McCoury sound check where we got the first Hey Bartender in over 20 years. Del told the crowd that Jason carter’s been in the band for over 20 years and never played that song. After Del’s set they brought out the 2014 Delfest Academy band scramble winners who got the rare opportunity to play in front of thousands of people. Students took lessons from the McCourys all week for the 6th annual Delfest Academy and also competed in a contest where the winner would follow Del’s sound check. There was a tie for first this year resulting in two bands getting to play the main stage. Greensky Bluegrass finished off the night with a blazing set that kicked off the weekend and set the vibe. The set started off with a blistering version of Workin On A Building, Better Off & Eat My Dust and the momentum just continued to build from there. After a few songs the boys introduced Del to the stage to join them for the first time ever and played Beauty Of My Dreams and I’ve Endured. The smiles on the faces of Greensky Bluegrass were priceless for both songs and something I’ll never forget. They continued to blaze through their set with a stretched out version of When Dove’s Cry that at times, you forgot what they were playing ….  Festival goers who arrived early raved about the set for the rest weekend.  It seems that Greensky has elevated their game to another level in the last few years.  


Photo By Richele Cole


Friday morning arrived with beautiful skies and a cool breeze to welcome last year’s DelFest band competition winners The Unseen Strangers providing a beautiful grassy set that including a great version of the Grateful Dead’s Brown Eyed Women. The rest of the late morning and early afternoon was filled with sets from Delfest Open Artists; Dead Horses who packed the music hall, Mo’Mojo, Kitchen Dwellers, and The Barefoot Movement.  The Shook Twins (identical twin sisters) also had the noon-time crowd buzzing with their beautiful harmonies and acoustic rootsy instrumentation combined with an eclectic array of loops and telephone microphones. Horseshoes & Hand Grenades provided one of many surprise performances with a down-home energetic mid-west vibe of progressive folk music.  The Deadly Gentlemen closed out the late afternoon over at the Potomac stage. Having first met mandolinist Dominick Leslie at The Festy Experience a few years back, (performing as a fill in for recently departed Infamous Stringdusters member Jesse Cobb) I was very interested in checking out his band. While on the surface the music resonated as traditional bluegrass, the music meandered through an array of genre’s providing a perfect backdrop while sitting under a shade tree with a cool wind blowing. The early evening kicked off with a nice set from the Yonder Mountain String Band featuring none other than the monster dobro picker Jerry Douglass and John Frazier on mandolin with special guests the Travelin’ McCoury’s. The set was met with both anticipation and exuberance from the welcoming crowd with many audience members wondering how the band would sound without recently departed member Jeff Austin at the helm. The question was answered pretty quickly as the band lit into a nice version of Pockets while concluding the set with a cover of the Talking Heads Girlfriend is Better into Bill Monroe’s Southern Flavor. I did manage to catch the tail end of Jim Lauderdale’s set at the Potomac stage. If you’ve never had the pleasure to see Jim in person, try to catch him the next time he’s in town. His superb song writing and indelible wit makes for always makes for a great show.


The Del McCoury Band followed by Railroad Earth closed out a long day of music.  Both sets were top notch with Railroad Earth playing one of their finest sets in recent memory. The set started with what some hobo’s considered the bands finest song, Seven Story Mountain and concluded with fan favorites Elko and Peace on Earth. The band included several songs from their new album “The Last of the Outlaws” including; When the Sun Gets in Your Blood and Chasin’ a Rainbow, both of which will no doubt be in their live rotation for a long time to come. 


Saturday morning seemed too come early. Perhaps it had to do with the late night show with Greensky Bluegrass that lasted until 3:00am. No matter, I really wanted to catch the Pennsylvania-based band Cabinet so there was no time to sleep in. The set included, and extended version of Caroline into the Byrds classic “Mr. Spaceman”. The real treat of the set was the bands nod to the early Garcia project, Old and In the Way as the band performed Pig in a Pen. It was great to see a large early morning crowd turn out and show lots of love for Cabinet after such a late night. There’s no doubt Cabinet belongs on the main stage next year after the two sets they performed. The rest of the day was spent hopping back and forth between the Grandstand and the Potomac and Music Hall. Sierra Hull’s nicely crafted set of alt-bluegrass on the Grandstand was a nice way to start the afternoon. Not only is she beautiful, but boy can that girl pick! The evenings late night openers, The California Honeydrops were up next at the Potomac Stage, and I was fortunate enough to catch the tail end of their energetic set of danceable New Orleans-style soulful stew of blues and R&B.

Having missed part of last year’s Carolina Chocolate Drops set, I was determined to see the band in its entirety and discover why this Grammy winning group is so rapidly gaining fame throughout the world. Their style of music is hard to classify. Its part old-time 1920’s-1930’s music, part folk, part Mississippi mud roots, part jug band. Their gender bending style had me wondering, what was next in store? This was very evident when lead singer Rhiannon Giddens launched into a beautiful and haunting Gaelic tune that just made my jaw drop.  




Highlighting Del McCoury’s dinner time show was Jim Lauderdale joining the band (proclaiming he introduced Del to his wife some 50 years ago - as a six year old no less) Smiles were abound as they played a song about a bear named SlewFoot.  Next up joining the band was new comer to DelFest Ricky Skaggs, for the song “I’m Blue and Lonesome”.  Next, Ricky Skaggs and the Kentucky Thunder with very special guest Bruce Hornsby took to the main stage with an impressive set that left everyone pleading for more. The set was highlighted with Ricky Skaggs and audience members singing along to a grassy version of “The Way It Is”.  And if that was not enough, the evening closed with a superb set from the Travelin’ McCoury’s with special guests Jeff Austin along with Railroad Earth’s Time Carbone joining Jason Carter and Kimber Ludicker (of Della Mae) for a trio of fiddlers on the song Raleigh and Spencer.  Yes it was quite a memorable set.


A bleary eyed late night session at the Music Hall with Railroad Earth and special guests Jeff Austin and Ronnie McCoury included a face melting version of Head.

Festival goers who had the energy to get up early on Sunday, were treated to a morning session of old fashion bluegrass and gospel by the Gibson Brothers over at the Grandstand.  

Fresh off their new studio album "Beyond the Blue" The Duhks held the early afternoon slot playing their unique brand of old-time folk, country and Celtic music.  Legendary banjo players Bela Fleck joined by wife Abigail Washburn provided a delicate and moving set that featured Washburn intermingling Chinese folk with Americana bluegrass.  Washburn even managed to bring their one year old son Juno on stage for a touching encore. Next up on the big stage was another legendary group of musicians, The Hot Rise. The band includes Pete Wernick on banjo, Nick Forster and Bryan Sutton on guitar, and Tim O’Brien on mandolin.  The Hot Rize combines traditional bluegrass and Western swing (performing as a band called Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers). 

For me, The String Cheese Incident set was the cherry on the top of a fabulous weekend. With a multitude of guest performers joining the band for Sitting on Top of the World which included Del McCoury and members of Hot Rize, Tim O’Brien and Nick Forster also contributing to a beautiful version of Land’s End. A rousing first set closer of I Know You Rider saw Jeff Austin “rising from the burning wreckage at Land’s End”. Its possible musical euphoria occurred for most of the audience (I know it did for me) during the middle of the second set, when the Travelin’ McCoury’s join the band for a barn-burning version of Colorado Bluebird Sky off the band’s brand new album. As Bill Nershi put it, “it certainly felt like a set closer”.  Hell if you weren’t dancing by at this point you might have to check yourself to see if you still had a pulse!  It certainly was one of a multitude of “incidents” that occurred over a very special weekend. I know I speak for many who attended this year; we are already looking ahead to more DelFest incidents at next year’s festival.  


We'd like to thank The McCoury Family and High Sierra Music for another memorable year at Delfest and Delfest Academy. We are forever grateful to be a part of the amazing Delfest family and can't wait until next year for the 8th Annual Delfest.

Click here for our gallery from The 7th Annual Delfest


Delfest Academy Monday

Delfest Academy Tuesday

Delfest Academy Wednesday

Photos By Jim McWalters and Jeffrey Socha

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Leftover Salmon with the Jeff Austin Band

The Hamilton

Washington, DC

June 4th & 5th, 2014





The two night stand by Leftover Salmon at the beautiful Hamilton nightclub in downtown DC, proved once again why a Leftover Salmon show is so much damn fun! With their typical genre-bending repertoire of songs that range from bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, and New Orleans R&B it’s no wonder the Salmon keeps everyone on their (dance) toes. The current tour features keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat and adds even more punch to the bands high octane performances. Wednesday’s show also included special guest appearances from opening act, Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), on Blues in a Bottle, as well as assisting on a colorful version of Ask About The Fish featuring local artist John Flower.  The set included the often covered Bob Dylan favorite Tangled Up In Blue, and a lively version of The Band’s Rag Mama Rag.  Naturally, the packed house went bonkers when the band ripped into two of the most timeless Little Feat songs ever; Oh, Atlanta and Dixie Chicken.  If you missed their performances this past week, don’t fret, you can still catch them this September at the Watermelon Park festival in Berryville VA.  Hope to see you then, but remember, don’t forget your dance shoes!


  1. Tangled Up In Blue
  2. Tu Na Pas Aller (Cajun song)
  3. All Night Ride
  4. Woody Guthrie
  5. Aquatic Hitchhiker
  6. Oh, Atlanta
  7. Two Highways
  8. Blues in a Bottle *
  9. Ask About The Fish +
  10. Light Behind the Rain
  11. Dixie Chicken


  1. Rag Mama Rag
  2. The Other Side


*With Jeff Austin

+With Jeff Austin and John Flower

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The Festy Experience Sets Line-Up for Fifth Anniversary Event


Annual Festival to Take Place at Concert Grounds at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County, Virginia, on October 10-12


Host Band The Infamous Stringdusters Leads Line-Up That Includes Keller Williams, Steep Canyon Rangers, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard and The New Mastersounds



CHARLOTTESVILLE—The Festy Experience has announced the line-up for its fifth anniversary event. Once again the impressive roster for the festival, which takes place Friday – Sunday, October 10-12 in Nelson County, Virginia, is led by host band The Infamous Stringdusters, who will play multiple sets throughout the weekend. The Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock group will be joined by Keller Williams, who will be performing with his energetic funk band More Than a Little, as well as bluegrass aces the Steep Canyon Rangers, New Orleans-based tunesmith and guitar shredder Anders Osborne and popular UK funk outfit The New Mastersounds. Additional acts include Marc Broussard, Nicki Bluhm, Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan, MarchFourth Marching Band, The Mother Hips, Love Canon, Paper Bird, and The Boston Boys. See the full line-up below.


Members of The Infamous Stringdusters will also showcase their range of side projects at this year’s event. Bassist Travis Book will play with Sunliner, a band that includes his wife, lauded singer-songwriter Sarah Siskind. Guitarist Andy Falco will revive his family rock group Falco Brothers, and banjo player Chris Pandolfi will offer a set with his experimental electronic project TRAD+ and Friends. For the fifth straight year, attendees of The Festy will wake up Sunday morning to the revitalizing sounds of the Garrett Grass Gospel Hour, led by The Stringdusters’ fiddler Jeremy Garrett.


The annual three-day festival takes place at the Concert Grounds at Devils Backbone Basecamp in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Nelson County, Virginia. The event blends its carefully curated line-up of roots music acts with comfortable camping options, outdoor recreation on onsite trails, workshops, craft beer and local food. Information about this year’s onsite programming will be announced soon.


Three-day camping passes for The Festy Experience are on sale now for $125. For tickets and more information visit www.thefesty.com.



The Festy Experience 2014 Line-Up

The Infamous Stringdusters

Keller Williams with More Than A Little

Anders Osborne

Steep Canyon Rangers

The New Mastersounds

Marc Broussard

Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan

MarchFourth Marching Band

The Mother Hips

Love Canon

Paper Bird

The Boston Boys


TRAD+ and Friends

Falco Brothers

David Wax Museum

Erin & The Wildfire

Chamomile & Whiskey

New Country Rehab

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Hear From Jeff Austin About Upcoming Album with Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin

Recap of Jeff Austin “Artist at Large” at Delfest 


ASHEVILLE, NC --  Jeff Austin is embarking on the second leg of his Spring tour starting this weekend. Jeff is on tour this year with Danny Barnes (banjo and vocals), Eric Thorin (bass and vocals), and Ross Martin (guitar and vocals). They have been in the studio with a number of other friends, heroes and mentors to record an album; it can already be summed up succinctly as Austin’s love letter to storytelling. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.’”  They put together this great video together to tell you more about it:http://vimeo.com/filmcartel/rundownpromo

Jeff was an “Artist at Large” this past weekend at Delfest in Cumberland, MD. He closed out Saturday night headlining slot with The Travelin McCourys, dueting with Billy Nershi on the last song with the crowd going nuts. Listen to the set here: http://bit.ly/RBJiGL. Later that night, he appeared with Railroad Earth and Ronnie McCoury on a three way mandolin jam. On Sunday he appeared with the String Cheese Incident on “I Know you Rider.” Sunday late night (actually monday morning) Jeff played the majority of the set with the Travelin McCourys singing some of his originals.

Needless to say, Jeff is on a mission to deliver the High Octane Bluegrass that he has been known for and will continue to deliver with his new band that include Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin.

Please visit JeffAustin.com for more information and further tour dates. Keep up to date with Jeff on facebook.com/JeffAustinOfficial and twitter.com/Jeffreyaustin10.

See Jeff Austin & Friends on Tour at:
5/30 Fri - Pour House - Charleston, SC
5/31 Sat - Penguin Music Fest - Wilmington, NC +=
6/01 Sun - Pisgah Brewing Company - Black Mountain, NC +
6/03 Tue - Lincoln Theater - Raleigh, NC
6/04 Wed - The Hamilton - Washington, DC +
6/05 Thu - The Lyric Theatre - Blacksburg, VA
6/06 Fri - Riverbend Festival - Chattanooga, TN
6/07 Sat - Blue Plum Festival - Johnson City, TN
8/01 Fri - Gathering Of The Vibes - Bridgeport, CT %    
8/09 Sat - Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival - Alta, WY
8/16 Sat -  YarmonyGrass - Yarmony, CO
8/22 Fri - Nedfest - Nederland, CO
8/23 Sat - River Run Events Plaza - Keystone , CO
8/24 Sun - Center for the Arts Outdoors Stage - Crested Butte, CO
9/5-6 Fri- Sat - Lockn' Festival - Arrington, VA%

* w/ New Master Sounds
+ Leftover Salmon
= w/ Keller Williams        
% Grateful Grass ft. Keller Williams, Jeff Austin and Reed Mathis    
* w/ New Master Sounds
+ Leftover Salmon
= w/ Keller Williams        
% Grateful Grass ft. Keller Williams, Jeff Austin and Reed Mathis
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