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This is not your average week.

In this issue:

* New Additions
* Coming Soon
* News and Reviews
* Upcoming Festivals
* Video of the Week

This is not your average week.
Phish just announced more tour dates!
We have the Inauguration of President Barrack Obama!
That evening The Dead will be performing at an Inuagural Ball!
There's a lot of great new CDs and DVDs available today - many of which you'll probably enjoy!
So make this the perfect week and get some!
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New Additions:

Umphrey's McGee - Mantis - Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay. And in an Umphrey's McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions. CD $14.99 / LP $15.99



Euphonic Brew - In a Sea of Stained Glass CD - Euphonic Brew presents a fascinating journey through a wide variety of musical styles and moods, all underpinned by the band's remarkable chordal composition and fantastic sense of melody. This makes every stop on the trip a memorable one, regardless of the scenery which can range from driving rock and riveting funk to harmony-laden pop and bouncing piano tap-alongs. The lyrics match the musical diversity well, alternating between the concrete and abstract throughout, and yet always bordering on the personal. All of this adds up to a wonderfully diverse collection of songs that both catch the ear and move the head, and that become more interesting with each listen rather than less. $9.99

Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - In the 1960s DVD- This film reviews the true story of The Mothers of Invention and the music they made during the first incarnation of the band. With group members Jimmy Carl Black, Bunk Gardner, Don Preston and Art Tripp taking up the tale and revealing - often for the first time - what the real Frank Zappa was all about; and with contributions from 'scenesters 'like LA wildman Kim Fowley, biographer Billy James, Zappa academic Ben Watson, music journalist Richie Unterberger and English writer and musician Alan Clayson - acclaimed biographer of Edgar Varese - this program is the most detailed, informative and enjoyable documentary on Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention yet to emerge. Also features rare footage of Frank and The Mothers from throughout the 1960s, archive interviews, seldom seen live performances, and a host of other features. 134 minutes $19.95


Alex Machacek, Neal Fountain, Jeff Sipe - Official Triangle Sessions CD This was a special weekend of music. Alex Machacek, Jeff Sipe and Neal Fountain performed three nights of music during the last weekend of June in North Carolina. It was the very first time that Alex and Neal met. Neal Fountain hails from the musical hotbed of Athens, GA, and has been playing professionally from the age of 14. Best known as a sideman to Col. Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners (a post-A.R.U. project of Hamptons) and drumming phenom Jeff Sipe. Neals name is on the short list of greater Atlanta's finest musicians. $13.99

North Mississippi Allstars - Do It Like We Used To (2 CDs + DVD) This retrospective includes two CDs that chronologically follow highlights of the Allstars' live performances over the band's first 10 years. The DVD features a full length documentary on the history of the band. Do It Like We Used To Do will please the hardcore NMA fans as well as any lover of American roots music, Southern Rock and Blues. $16.99



Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band - The Mountain CDSteve Earle & the Del McCoury Band - The Mountain CD Steve's album, The Mountain, was was recorded with the Del McCoury Band and is "high risk, low tech" bluegrass -- "one mic, no shit"... guests include Sam Bush, Kathy Chiavola, Cowboy Jack Clement, Iris Dement, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, David Ferguson, Emmylou Harris, Tim O'Brien, Marty Stuart, Gillian Welch, and Gene Wooten... $15.99


Larry Keel & Natural Bridge - Backwoods CDLarry Keel & Natural Bridge - Backwoods CD The long-awaited second studio project from Larry Keel and his powerhouse acoustic ensemble 'Natural Bridge' has finally been unleashed! With these revolutionary tracks Keel and his ultra progressive string band have hand-crafted 7 original compositions of the 10 tunes on BACKWOODS that defy all ordinary expectations of what Bluegrass and Americana music has ever offered-- until now. Co-produced by creative genius Keller Williams and monster mountain music master Larry Keel, BACKWOODS is a supremely energizing musical ride. $16


Sol Driven Train - Tajar Tracks 2 CdSol Driven Train - Tajar Tracks 2 CD - Sol Driven Train's second children's record, Tajar Tracks Two takes up where the first Tajar Tracks left off, presenting a bevy of new sing along tunes for parents and kids alike. "The first Tajar Tracks was voted Best Children's Album of 2005 in South Carolina,"says Joel Timmons, singer, guitarist and songwriter with the group. "After the release and obvious success of our first record for children, we wanted to get back to Gwen Valley and record again as soon as possible. But our constant tour schedule didn't leave many holes to get back to the camp and record with the kids. This year, we made it a priority to spend time at Gwen Valley again and get Tajar Tracks Two out for the new year." $12

Coming Soon:
February 3 - Marco Benevento - Me Not Me CD

February 10 - moe. - Dr. Stan's Prescription Vol. 2 (2 CDs) (pre-order)
Mike Dillon's Go Go Jungle - Rock Star Bench Press CD
Jorma Kaukonen - River of Time CD $17.98
February 17 - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit CD

February 24 - Blind Boys of Alabama - Live in New Orleans DVD
JJ Cale - Roll On CD

March 3 - Phish - The Clifford Ball (7 DVD box set) $79 (pre-order)

Last Week:

Derek Trucks Band - Already Free CDDerek Trucks Band - Already Free CD - Nearly a year in the making and brimming with a newfound focus on original material, Already Free is The Derek Trucks Band's natural evolution as they move forward integrating influences that span a variety of musical genres. Known for their blues roots, the group takes this album well beyond blues to incorporate the larger sounds of rock & soul. Already Free, features a stirring cover of Bob Dylan's Down In The Flood as well as the new songs, Down Don't Bother Me and Get What You Deserve. Guest appearances on the album include vocals from Susan Tedeschi and Doyle Bramhall II. $16.97

The Station - LiveThe Station - Speed of Sound - Live at Marley's (2 CDs) - The Station balances its jams on a metallic edge, adds a dash of funky machismo and even summons its Southern-rock roots to provide a fine introduction for new listeners. Despite a running time of nearly two-and-a-half hours -- all but two of these 12 songs clock in at longer than 10 minutes -- Speed of Sound remains a far-from-laborious listen. The Station jams creatively while still focusing on the songs' melodies, structure and overall effect. Highlights include Illuminator, which boasts jaw-dropping guitar and sax solos, and the heartland anthem Midwest Moonshine. But, really, cue up just about any of these tunes, push 'play' and let your opinion of jam bands likely be altered for the better. - Michael Popke, Sea of $16


Mark O Connor's Hot Swing TrioMark 0'Connor's Hot Swing Trio CD - Acoustic, progressive violin and Django-style guitar jazz played by Mark O'Connor and his Hot Swing Trio featuring Frank Vignola and Jon Burr. Writing about the live concert at which this recording was made, respected critic Terry Teachout, wrote for the Washington Post, "what I find most exciting about the Hot Swing Trio is the collective willingness of its members to knock down the artificial boundaries between seemingly different musical idioms. I can't wait to hear the CD that comes out of these concerts." $15.99


Albert Collins - Cold Tremors (2 Live Cds)Albert Collins - Cold Tremors (2 live CDs) - Collins plays his fingers raw, coaxing more diversity and tasteful licks out of his guitar than you'll hear on most of his studio recordings. The first disc features a much-recommended live album, recorded at the infamous El Mocambo in Toronto. The second features a 1969 gig Collins recorded at the Fillmore in San Francisco, when he served as an opening act for the Allman Brothers. $22.98

Video of the Week:

Streaming Dead! One of our friends turned us on - now we're turning you on too.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
Lee Crumpton

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Bonnaroo Music Festival 2008

After 7 years of legendary events, Bonnaroo has morphed into a well-oiled live music machine.

With fans, staff, crew, and performers all becoming more and more acclimated to the event as years go by, there's a tangible sense of comfort and familiarity that belies the sprawling mass of humanity that descends on Manchester each June. Campground areas bear the same moniker as years past, food and craft vendors have familiar spots that have turned into landmarks and the 5 main music stages seem to have found permanent coordinates, making the concertgoing experience even easier for veterans of the fest.

Umphrey's Mcgee releases Jimmy Stewart 2007 and a new live series - Compendium

In June, prog-rock powerhouse Umphrey's McGee will release Jimmy Stewart 2007 - an ambitious double-live album comprised of some of the band's most inspired improvisations, sequenced into two seamless 70-minute "mixtapes." Several times each performance Umphrey's McGee delves into the "Jimmy Stewart" creation process. They aim to generate melody-rich, spontaneous compositions, utilizing a Zappa-inspired language of body gestures and hand-signals which allow the band to create structure on-the-fly.

HGMN founder wins a Jammy!

Lee Crumpton, founder of the Home Grown Music Network and co-founder of Harmonized Records, won the Grahamy Jammy at this year's The Jammys Awards.

STS9: New Tour and CD

Sound Tribe Sector 9 hits the road this summer in support of a soon to be released studio album "Peaceblaster".

Echo Project 2007 Photo Gallery

Recently unearthed pics of Umphrey's McGee, Spearhead, The Flaming Lips, and more from The ECHO Project last October...better late than never!







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