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Artist Profiles: Calexico

Calexico

Calexico is an influential band that plays border music, a mix of Tex-Mex and southwestern music, country and rock. Although the band founders, Joey Burns and John Convertino, originally met in California, Calexico was formed in Tucson, Arizona.

Each of their albums attracted attention, from their debut Spoke (1996) to The Black Light (1998), the breakthrough, mariachi-infused Hot Rail (2000), to their highly successful Feast of Wire (2003), that ventured into ambient electronica and Gil Evans influenced jazz.

In early 2004, Calexico released a live DVD, Calexico – World Drifts In, taken from a remarkable performance at the Barbican in London.

In 2006 Calexico released Garden Ruin, officially the band’s fifth album, aside from their numerous tour-only CDs. Written in Bisbee, Arizona; recorded in Tucson, Arizona; mixed in Brooklyn, New York; and mastered in California.

Discography

Spoke (Quarterstick Records, 1997)
The Black Light (Quarterstick Records, 1998)
Aerocalexico (1999)
Hot Rail (Quarterstick Records, 2000)
Feast of Wire (Quarterstick Records, 2003)
Convict Pool EP (Quarterstick Records, 2004)
Garden Ruin (Quarterstick Records, 2006)
Carried to Dust (Quarterstick Records, 2008)
Selections From Road Atlas 1998-2011 Quarterstick Records, 2011)
Algiers (Anti, 2012)
Spiritoso (2013)
Edge of the Sun (Anti, 2015)

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Calexico – World Drifts In, Live At The Barbican London (Quarter Stick)

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Artist Profiles: The Avett Brothers

Artist Profiles: The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers is a folk-rock act based in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett grew up in Concord, North Carolina. They had success with their 2009 major label release, “I and Love and You,” that reached No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200.

In 2012, the critically ac claimed “The Carpenter” was No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. The group appeared on the American late night show Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! twice in a few months’ time. During their second performance, the Brooklyn Philharmonic joined to pay tribute to Brooklyn with “I and Love and You” at Mr. Kimmel’s request.

The Avett Brothers’ eighth studio album, “Magpie and the Dandelion,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. The band performed on various significant American TV shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and accompanied Chris Cornell for a Pearl Jam tribute on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band also supported The Rolling Stones concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, during 2015’s Zip Code Tour.

The album “True Sadness” was released in 2016. It reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums Chart, No. 1 on the Digital Albums Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200. The Americana Music Association named it the No. 1 Most Played Album of 2016.

Members in 2017 include Seth Avett on lead and backing vocals, guitar, hi-hat, piano, drums, tambourine; Scott Avett on lead and backing vocals, banjo, kick drum, harmonica, guitar, piano, drums; Bob Crawford on backing and lead vocals, double bass, bass guitar, trumpet, violin; and Joe Kwon on cello, musical saw, backing vocals.

Discography

Live at the Double Door Inn (2002)
Country Was (2002)
A Carolina Jubilee (Ramseur Records, 2003)
Mignonette (Ramseur Records, 2004)
Live, Vol. 2 (Ramseur Records, 2005)
Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions (Ramseur Records , 2006)
Emotionalism (Ramseur Records , 2007)
I and Love and You (American Recordings / Columbia, 2009)
Live, Vol. 3 (American Recordings / Columbia, 2010)
The Carpenter (American Recordings / Columbia, 2012)
Magpie and the Dandelion (American Recordings / Columbia, 2013)
Live, Vol. 4 (Republic Records, 2015)
True Sadness (Republic Records, 2016)

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Heidi Talbot Releases “Here We Go 1, 2, 3”

Acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Heidi Talbot has a new album titled “Here We Go 1, 2, 3” (Navigator Records).

‘Here We Go 1, 2, 3’ is Talbot’s fifth solo album, produced by musical colleague and husband, John McCusker.

The album contains a mix of Irish folk, Americana and pop.

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Dave Rawlings Machine to perform at Merlefest 2016

Dave Rawlings Machine
Dave Rawlings Machine

String band Dave Rawlings Machine has added MerleFest to its “Nashville Obsolete” tour. The new album, the second full-length release for Dave Rawlings Machine, highlights the outstanding musicianship of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch on lead vocals and guitar, Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers) on bass, Willie Watson on vocals and guitar, and guest appearances from Brittany Haas (fiddle) and Jordan Tice (mandolin).

MerleFest 2016 is scheduled for April 28 – May 1, 2016 and will take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Tickets for MerleFest 2016 may be purchased at MerleFest or by calling 1-800-343-7857.

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Spellbinding Ambient Folk from Devin Townsend

Casualties of Cool – Casualties of Cool (InsideOut Music, 2016)

Casualties of Cool is a fascinating project by Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer Devin Townsend. Up to now, I wasn’t very interested in Townsend’s heavy metal music so it was a great surprise when I listened to Casualties of Cool and watched one of their videos. This band features a mixture of North American roots music along with electronic ambiance and effects.

This recording is a three disc set with two audio albums and a DVD with video. Disc 1 was intended to be the main disc and disc 2 is the B-sides. However, the B-sides are just as god as disc 1.

The music on Casualties of Cool includes galloping country rhythms, memorable blues guitar echoing solos, folk-rock passages and beautiful ballads along with exquisitely crafted electronic music soundscapes and vocal effects such as reverb and drifting delays. Townsend provides some of the mesmerizing lead vocals, but he is also joined by the gorgeous voice of Ché Aimee Dorval.

The idea is to take a typical folky aesthetic and wrap it in a moody, kind of haunted David Lynch type aura. It’s great fun and Che is brilliant,” says Townsend.

The bonus live DVD was shot at London’s beautiful Union Chapel and also includes an interview and two music videos.

Live version of ‘Daddy’ taken from the Live DVD:

Casualties of Cool is an absorbing ambient folk album that showcases the talent of Devin Townsend.

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Sierra Hull Releases Weighted Mind

Sierra Hull - Weighted Mind
Sierra Hull – Weighted Mind

Mandolinist Sierra Hull has a new album titled Weighted Mind (Rounder Records). Weighted Mind includes folk-pop, bluegrass, and new acoustic music. The instrumentation is comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals.

Béla Fleck produced the album and also appears on two tracks. Weighted Mind also includes special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn and Rhiannon Giddens.

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MerleFest Adds Four More Acts to 2016 Program

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MerleFest, the great four-day gathering of bluegrass and American roots music has announced four more additions to the 2016 lineup: Brandi Carlile, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush Band and Jim Lauderdale. The festival will take place April 28-May 1, 2016 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

These four artists will join over 100 other artists previously announced, including John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Wood Brothers, Alison Brown, Peter Rowan, Doug Seegers, Steep Canyon Rangers and many more.

More details at http://merlefest.org

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