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New releases from Tim Reynols & TR3, Rubblebucket, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and more plus new reviews and a funky new video from Lubriphonic!
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. New Additions
. Coming Soon
. Upcoming Festivals
. Video of the Week

Latest News & Reviews:
The Eight Annual Spring Fling May 14, 2011 review

Superfrog - Call From The Moon CD review

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New Releases:

Tim Reynolds & TR3 - From Space & Beyond (2 CDs)Tim Reynolds & TR3 - From Space and Beyond (2 CDs) - "The best I could ever hope for," is how Tim Reynolds describes TR3's first live double CD "From SPACE and Beyond." Culled from three shows TR3 performed in November 2009-- at SPACE in Evanston, IL, the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD, and the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA--FSAB has a classic, live rock album feel. The double CD has a mix of TR3 favorites, two new songs, "I Must be Going Insane" and "Belly of the Beast" which Reynolds first began playing acoustically, but quickly translated it into TR3's electric repertoire, along with a few covers.

Playing together since 2007, with Mick Vaughn on bass and Dan Martier on drums, Reynolds feels that TR3 has solidified into a consistent rock band with wide-ranging influences. "We play songs with a progressive rock feel, but also roots, funk and hard rock tunes. We're pursuing a certain musical feeling, rather than trying to be a genre-specific band," says Reynolds. Reynolds feels that TR3 has been able to progress in a really good way and is amazed that they've come so far given his touring schedule with the Dave Matthews Band over the past few years. "I was really psyched to get into rehearsal and learn a bunch of new songs with Mick and Dan and then back on the road with TR3. We have a real band vibe. It's like every year we play I feel like we get tighter in certain ways and deeper into each other's ways and that makes it more fun." Reynolds feels that "From SPACE and Beyond" is also the product of great mixing from Rob Evans, who also worked on TR3's studio album, "Radiance," and he's more than pleased with the end result. "Initially I was hesitant to use the music from our first gig of the tour (at SPACE) after not playing together for a while, but we ended up using more than 50% of the songs from this gig. There was a lot of built up energy, great stuff from Mick and Dan, and the live interaction caused us to be more spontaneous and looser."

During his breaks from the Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds will continue to tour relentlessly with his electric power trio, TR3. The live double CD also features special guest Jeff Coffin. 

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 CDSeun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 - From Africa with Fury: Rise CD - With the mighty new From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father. The album follows Kuti's critically praised debut, 2008's Many Things, which was unanimously hailed for continuing Fela's musical legacy. From Africa With Fury: Rise sees Kuti finding his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance.

Co-Produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, and mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver, the album captures Seun and Egypt 80 s extraordinary power, fraught with the scorching rhythms and kinetic funk energy that has earned the band as ever, under the leadership of alto saxophonist Lekan Animashaun worldwide acclaim as one of today's most incendiary live acts. With Kuti's booming vocal stylings at the forefront, songs like 'African Soldiers' and 'Mr. Big Thief' are fueled by call-and-response hooks, breakneck tempos, and combative, topical lyricism which firmly sets the classic Egypt 80 sound in the modern era.

'I wanted to do something completely different,' Kuti says. 'Not different by trying to be American or European with my sound, just trying to make a very different album from my last album. My last album, it was my first time in control, I was not as confident as in saying what I wanted. This time, I said, Okay, I can be more confident in how I express myself, I can say what I want, be as complex as I want. '

Rubblebucket - Omega La La CDRubblebucket - Omega La La CD - On Omega La La, Rubblebucket takes a dramatic step forward with their sound, grafting their afrobeat rhythms with a creative take on dancey indie pop. Listening to the crystal-clear, minimalist production of the album, DFA veteran Eric Broucek's influence is apparent. The album opens with 'Down in the Yards,' a track that builds off the ebb and flow of a droning, two-note guitar riff, only to explode into a triumphant chorus anchored by the band's horn section. That track is followed up by the bouncy, Afro-Cuban-inspired rhythms of 'L homme,' a buoyant psych-pop gem. 'Silly Fathers'and a reworked version of 'Came Out of a Lady' show off the band's penchant for creating pop songs that stick in your head.


Sonny Moorman Group - Crossroads Motel CDSonny Moorman Group - Crossroads Motel CD - "I came to play" says Sonny Moorman. "I was raised in the bars my folks owned in and around Hamilton, OH and got to hear world class artists Lonnie Mack, Cal Collins, Dumpy Rice, Troy Seals, Wayne Perry, and a score of others up close and personal and learned one thing - all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up!" Those are words Sonny has lived by through the decades of roadhouses, bars, and juke joints from coast to coast. He backed it up gig after gig, night after night, and year after year until his own "hype" got too big to go unnoticed any longer. After a decade of playing rock bars in Michigan with a variety of bands and a five year "visit" to LA during which he graduated from Musician's Institute and played with "Z Deluxe" (Warren Zevon's 1982 tour band), Moorman returned to Ohio - and to the Blues.

When Cincinnati Blues icon Big Ed Thompson suffered his debilitating stroke, Sonny was brought in to handle the guitar and vocal chores in Big Ed's band - the Cincinnati Blues All-Stars. The CBA's ETH Records release - Live at Burbank's chronicled the band during this period, and Living Blues Magazine was effusive in it's praise for Moorman's playing and singing. Not satisfied with the stylistic limitations of the All-Stars, Sonny moved on - to the Blues/Rock power trio format that is his vehicle to date.

Noted music Journalist Randy McNutt may have said it best, " He can flat-out play--and sing... Sounds have been passed from blues giant Freddy King to Lonnie Mack to Sonny Moorman"


Coming Soon:

Thievery Corporation - Culture of Fear CDThievery Corporation - Culture of Fear CD- With over 1.2 million albums sold in the U.S. across 15 years of making music, Thievery Corporation serves up their sixth studio album titled Culture of Fear. They continue to blend musical styles in their trademark fashion; space-rock jams lead to hip-hop inspired grooves, airy down-temp trances and dub-reggae infused vibes throughout the journey.

Tracks include "Web of Deception," a 70's space-rock-funk homage to bands like Mystic Moods Orchestra, "Take My Soul," a rock/soul/electronic jam featuring longtime Thievery Corporation Persian singer LouLou, an epic instrumental titled "Fragments," as well as collaborations with Bitter Sweet vocalist Shana Halligan on "Is It Over?" and Boston hip-hop artist Mr. Lif on the title track, "Culture of Fear."

Over the years, Thievery Corporation has become known for the carnival-esque atmosphere of their live shows, during which they bring out a 15-member live band of musicians and vocalists. The group has sold out shows at such famed venues as the Hollywood Bowl, London's 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, and the Theatro Vrahon Melina Merkouri in Athens, Greece, among many others.

Kevin Kinsella - Great Design CDKevin Kinsella - Great Design CD - 2011 sees Kevin Kinsella heading in an exciting new direction. With the release of his third solo album "Great Design", Kinsella expands his sonic palette with elements of acoustic rock and soul, while maintaining his roots in reggae. "Great Design" showcases his agility as a songwriter; Kinsella's combination of styles is deeply evocative and accessibly upbeat, summoning the likes of Jack Johnson & Michael Franti. It's "Thanks and Praise" music with wide commercial appeal.

From founding reggae heavyweights John Brown's Body, to starting his own independent label, I-Town Records, to recording with the mysterious and prolific roots reggae outfit 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Kevin Kinsella has flourished in establishing a contingent of talented young artists. Now it's time for Kevin to focus his massive talents on his solo efforts. He has been busy over the last few years writing and recording songs for "Great Design" and is now ready to have you fall in love again with his timeless songwriting and memorable melodies.

We look forward to having Kevin tour continuously throughout 2011 and well beyond. He is already well known in jam band circles for extensive tours both as a solo artist and with John Browns Body, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals, Gym Class Heroes and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Be on the lookout for Kevin, who will be touring in support of "Great Design", starting with dates in April with jam band kings Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & the Harvest CDGillian Welch - The Harrow & the Harvest CD - Acony Records proudly presents The Harrow & The Harvest, an album of ten new songs from Gillian Welch. The acclaimed duet's first album in eight years is an all acoustic affair. Produced by David Rawlings.




Last Week:

Ziggy Marley - Wild & Free CD

Ziggy Marley - Wild & Free CD - The overall theme of the album is a powerful one, as it propels Marley to challenge social injustice along with the political weapons of ignorance and fear. Wild and Free (Tuff Gong Worldwide), his fourth solo album, may be Ziggy's most political and personal to date. Wild and Free was produced with friend and collaborator Don Was at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, CA as well as Marley's own studio.

Upcoming Events:

June 24-25 - Farm Party III - Reidsville, NC

June 30-July 3 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA

July 1-3 - Super Ball IX - Watkins Glen, NY

July 14-17 - All Good - Masontown, WV

July 21-24 Gathering Of The Vibes - Bridgeport, CT

July 21-24 Northwest String Summit Music Festival - North Plains, OR

July 28-30 The Big Up 2011 - Ghent NY

*July 28-31 Floyd Fest - Floyd VA

*Look for the Home Grown Music Booth at this event!

Video of the Week:

Lubriphonic performs "Whiskey & Chicken Wings" at the Double Door in Chicago, IL April 1, 2011

Thanks for reading! Treat yourself to some good music this week.
Lee Crumpton

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Superfrog - Call From The Moon CD

With more focus and clarity, Superfrog offers 13 sonically driven tracks from their 2010 release 'Call from the Moon'.

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New Superfrog, New Mastersounds, & The Nucleus CDs, plus a new John Scofield DVD and other great stocking stuffers!
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Vote for the 2010 HGMN Album of the Year

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Option 22 - Choose the Music CD review

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New Additions:

The New Mastersounds - Masterology CDThe New Mastersounds - Masterology CD - Sundazed Music has assembled Masterology: The Pioneers of New British Funk, which collects a career-spanning selection of highlights from the New Mastersounds' catalog, along with a scintillating smattering of rarities. Distilling the band's widescreen sonic vision into a massively impressive package, it's a monumental testament to the New Mastersounds' seminal body of work. The CD features 19 tracks drawn from the quartet's history, It's a killer celebration of the New Mastersounds' international funk uprising!


Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band - Almost Acoustic CDSuperfrog - Call From the Moon CD -Superfrog is the fiery 6 piece you must see to believe. Their groovetastic, jammy soundscapes are twisted into a rock and roll reggae sandwich sporting an original, rhythmic and bouncy sound. The delightfully soundgasmic music flows through them like some sort of intangible astral conduit. Certainly a band that is this fun, diverse, adventurous and fresh should be heard as often as possible.

On "Call From the Moon" Superfrog continues to reveal the essence of jam within a framework of ROCK. This feat has been causing people all over the Northeast to jump out of their seats and into the air many times over. Their high powered live show is always an intense experience where the only thing shaking harder than the stage is the floor under the fans.

The Nucleus - Quicksand CDThe Nucleus - Quicksand CD - Ten years in and with numerous national tours and albums, the Nucleus has settled into its groove as an adventurous and versatile Rock and Roll band. Based in Northern California but having spent considerable time throughout the country, they have amassed a wealth of experience and influences that continues to shape their sound.

The Nucleus' latest release, Quicksand, catches the band at the peak of its studio production and songwriting strengths. With a concise seven songs, the album is dense and propulsive while taking the listener on an unmistakable journey. The opening track "Truckstop" has the feel of a classic southern-rock anthem with its gritty guitar riffs, funky roadhouse piano and memorable chorus. The piano driven "Water into Wine" takes a more modern turn with its polyrhythmic dance-influenced beat, hypnotic chords and pertinent lyrics. Nomore Anything is an existential rocker with rich atmospherics and punchy choruses that evolves into a fiery rave-up.

A solid listen throughout, Quicksand is an intriguing snapshot of a decade-old band telling its story and of the world we are all trying to survive in.

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band - Ragged But Right CDJohn Scofield - New Morning: The Paris Concert DVD - John Scofield is considered one of the most important and influential jazz guitarists and composers since he arrived on the scene in the mid seventies. A masterful improviser at the peak of his creative art, Scofield revisits today compositions & interpretations richly combining post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R&B influences. The New Morning is deeply honored to welcome this 2010 performance by John Scofield (backed by master drummer Bill Stewart, bassist Ben Street and pianist Michael Eckroth) to its series of DVDs dedicated to the great musicians of the Sons of Miles generation. A veteran alum, John toured & recorded with Miles for nearly four years in the eighties.

Coming Soon:

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Last Week:

Taj Weekes & Adowa - A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen CDTaj Weekes & Adowa - A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen CD -Taj Weekes and Adowa's third CD, A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen, ushers in a deluge of fresh reggae songs laced with acoustic strings, bluesy harmonica accents and a deep sax groove. Continuing in the classic roots reggae tradition of singer as town crier, songs recall images of many of the world's recent tragic events - from the oil spill in "Drill" to a decade's worth of news headlines in "Anthems of Hope." Still hope prevails with the easy flowing rhythms, elements of afro-folk simplicity and Weekes' trademark soothing raspy edged voice harmonizing with the smooth female backing vocals.

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band - Almost Acoustic CDJerry Garcia Acoustic Band - Almost Acoustic CD -Almost Acoustic presents a sprightly selection of performances recorded during shows at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and The Warfield in San Francisco. The album's 14 tracks include tunes popularized by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers ("Blue Yodel #9 [Standin' On The Corner]"), Tex Logan ("Diamond Joe"), and Mississippi John Hurt ("Spike Driver Blues.") Also featured is "Ripple," which was written by Garcia and longtime Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. 

Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band - Ragged But Right CDJerry Garcia Acoustic Band - Ragged But Right CD - The beloved group is spotlighted with a newly remastered version of 1988's long out-of-print Almost Acoustic, the sextet's sole release, and the much awaited arrival of its sequel, Ragged But Right.

Upcoming Events:

December 11 - 22nd Annual Chrismas Jam - Asheville, NC (sold out)

Video of the Week:

New Mastersounds EPK

Have a great week!
Lee Crumpton

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Home Grown 9 CD

By offering a great variety of moods and musical styles, HG9 is a lengthy, stylish compilation.

Superfrog & Stratospheerius Tour

Superfrog is set to join forces with fellow Home Grown Music Network musicians Stratospheerius for four shows together in PA, NY, CT and NH.

Superfrog – Year of the Frog CD

Superfrog blends pop, funk, jam and progressive rock in this addictive, head-bobbing collection.

Superfrog 05.08.2009

Superfrog recently stopped by The Hill in Portsmouth, NH and played a full night of music to the enthusiastic spring crowd at The Blue Mermaid.

By: B.B. Miller


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