The Dancing Tree 03.06.2012

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New music from New Riders of the Purple Sage and Jerry Garcia Band, plus festival announcements, news from the scene, live video & more!
Dancing Tree Newsletter

In this issue:

. New Additions
. Coming Soon
. Upcoming Festivals
. Video of the Week

Latest News & Reviews:
Questionable event announced at Possum Holler in NC?

"Rock N Roll ResortV2: A Psybient Soiree"

HGMN Band Tour Dates March

BIG Something wins Last Band Standing!

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New Releases:

New Riders of the Purple Sage - 17 Pine Ave CDNew Riders of the Purple Sage - 17 Pine Avenue CD

This new CD features 12 new songs, 7 of which were written by David Nelson and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. This legendary band's renaissance began seven years ago and continues to grow today with over 100 shows annually to audiences throughout the United States and Canada. 17 Pine Avenue is psychedelic Americana at its finest.
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Coming Soon:

JGB - Hampton 1991Jerry Garcia Band - Coliseum Hampton VA November 9 1991 (2CD) - The Jerry Garcia Band's Fall 1991 East Coast tour is fondly remembered as one of the band's peak moments, a run of shows brimming with energy, wit and heart. The Hampton show was particularly enlivened by Bruce Hornsby, who sat in the entire night on electric piano.


JGB - Merriweather Post 1989Jerry Garcia Band - Merriweather Post Pavilion September 1 & 2 1989 (4CD) - Merriweather Post Pavilion, September 1, & 2 provides two solid shows of the Jerry Garcia Band. This longstanding line-up rarely sounded better. This release is a must have for collectors. Jerry Garcia: guitar, vocals, Melvin Seals: organ, John Kahn: bass, David Kemper: drums, Jaclyn LaBranch: vocals, Gloria Jones: vocals


JGB - Merriweather Post 1989Jerry Garcia Band - Theatre 1839 San Francisco July 29 & 30 1977 (3CD)Theatre 1839 is a compilation of two performances of the Jerry Garcia Band at Theatre 1839 in San Francisco, CA from July 29 & 30, 1977. The complete soundboard recordings are incomplete and what is released comprises the best of the two evenings. Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals, Keith Godchaux - Keyboards, vocals, John Kahn - bass
Ron Tutt - drums, vocals, Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals


Last Week:

Carolina Chocolate Drops Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden CD - North Carolina-based Carolina Chocolate Drops follow up their critically lauded label debut--2010's Grammy Award-winning Genuine Negro Jig, which reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers and Folk Charts--with Leaving Eden.

The Drops have toured year-round internationally since the band's inception, playing festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Telluride and selling out concert halls and clubs. The band regularly receives critical accolades from publications such as the Seattle Times, which said "What a treat to bask in this Grammy-winning group's top-notch musicality, easy good humor and understated but sparkling showmanship with just the right dollop of historical background." And the Capital Times (Madison, WI) said, "The string band performed a joyful, high-energy show that had the packed, sweaty theater moving and cheering for the entire time. The band's sound is rooted in, and very reverent to, the traditional African-American string band sound of generations ago. But the attitude is anything but old-timey, as the band brought in hip-hop and soul elements, a no-holds-barred energy, and just a sense of playfulness to the songs."

Caravan of Thieves - FunhouseCaravan of Thieves - Funhouse CD - Channeling pop bliss through their trademark lock-tight, turn-of-the-century, bang out a beat on anything that can take it approach, The Funhouse, (operative word: fun) which is soon-to-be-released on United For Opportunity, is exemplary of a band on the high road to musical perfection. The listener closes their eyes and can taste the bacchanalia and join the fete. Tunes like "Raise The Dead," the record's single, drive the point home with impressive lift, powered by soaring crescendos and inspired gang vocals, not to mention a lyric that invites the deceased to join in the fun. "Mexico" is a dark road ramble that will, at the very least, make you wanna dance around the room, if not run off yourself. "Candy" betrays the writer's addiction to the sweet confections that sounds like Vaudeville, but feels like The Beatles' "Savoy Truffle." And on it goes, the perfect soundtrack for your trip through the tunnel and into the light. If this album can't raise the dead, nothing will. (Features Fuzz from Deep Banana Blackout and Big Fuzz!)

Keith Moody - Dreaming Out Loud CDKeith Moody - Dreaming Out Loud CD - Moody continued his same strength of song with the sophomore release of his new classic rock influenced album, Dreaming Out Loud. "With this album I have a sound that is unique to me" states Moody. "The sound is big yet stripped down, using the basic instrumentation you might hear from 4 or 5 piece rock bands, letting the songs carry the performance and do most of the work. I am excited for everyone to hear this record. I hit on some subjects both personal and broad that people can relate to in their own way." The debut single, "One Big Ending" video features a young woman who has always done what was expected and then decides to pursue her dreams. The first track, "Long Way Up", personifies the tough but often rewarding journey of fighting for what you want out of your life, battling obstacles but never giving up. Then there is the most upbeat song of the album, "Up", which is all about finding that perfect person. The many influences of Keith's journey are reflected throughout the album in songs such as "New Distraction", "Lay It Down Easy", "Already Home", "I Don't Know (Who the Bad Guys Are Anymore)" and "Plastic Hearts".

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty BirdsSister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds - Pound of Dirt CD - Brooklyn's own Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds deliver an eclectic and timeless mix of gritty blues, soul, funk and garage rock. Led by the dynamic, soulful and sexy Arleigh Kincheloe and her brother Jackson on harmonica, SSDB are one of the must see live acts of 2012.

The tight-knight collective's nine endlessly talented musicians have performed alongside artists ranging from Dr. John and Wynton Marsalis to Beyonce and Hercules and Love Affair, creating an undeniably original and raucous sound that is at the core of the group s new album 'Pound Of Dirt,' out February 28th 2012 on Modern Vintage Recordings.

Upcoming Events:

*March 22-25 - Suwannee Springfest - Live Oak, FL

*April 19-21 - Wanee Festival - Live Oak, FL

* Look for the HGMN Booth at these events!

Video of the Week:

Strange Arrangement "Sweet Love" Live in Chicago 1/27/12

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

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