After two fan-funded studio recordings and nearly four years touring the US as an independent act traversing the continent, Quiles & Cloud (Maria and Rory, respectively) teamed up with Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Alison Brown for their latest album, 'Beyond the Rain' on the Compass Records label. Human emotion and world strife play out as central themes throughout the new album. Quiles & Cloud (pronounced key-less) have marked a pivotal moment in their development as a group, demonstrating their continued ability to combine subtle precision with stark grit and creative exploration.
Quiles & Cloud, along with touring partner Oscar Westesson, visited Beehive Productions Studio of a exclusive Folk Alley Session taping in April 2016.
"?Nashville band Mountain Heart reboots itself on Blue Skies, its first album in five years, blending Americana with deft bluegrass and folk sounds. With a revamped lineup, including Molly Cherryholmes of Cherryholmeson fiddle, the band is preparing to release the new album on May 6, with a stretch of live dates to follow."
Perhaps start somewhere familiar, like with the band's cover of "Maggie's Farm," and then branch out into original tunes like the full speed ahead instrumental "The Bad Grounds" or the jaunty piano-powered "Can't Get Over You."
Celebrates 40 years with new album
LONG I RIDE celebrates Special Consensus’ 40th anniversary as a band with an engaging set of songs and guest collaborations that’s certain to garner more acclaim. The title track, written by former band member Robbie Fulks, showcases each of the three vocalists in the group including newcomer/mandolinist Nick Dumas. Bluegrass favorites Della Mae join the band for a fresh take on the Larry Cordle classic “Highway 40 Blues” and label mates Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, together with producer/banjoist Alison Brown, deliver a blistering version of the Josh Graves penned standard “Fireball.” Other stand outs include a bluegrass version of Stoney LaRue’s “First One to Know” featuring a guest vocal appearance from Mountain Faith’s Summer McMahan and a western swing tinged Joe Newberry original “Baby I’m Blue” featuring the twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Matt Combs. Long I Ride follows on the heels of Special Consensus’ guest laden, multi-award winning album Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver.
The band was founded in 1975 by banjoist (and former IBMA President) Greg Cahill and has since then become the breeding ground for some of the best new talent in bluegrass. The current lineup features Rick Faris (guitar, vocals), Nick Dumas (mandolin, vocals), Dan Eubanks (bass, vocals) and banjoist/founder Greg Cahill.
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THE WAIFS ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES
Beloved Australian folk rock band The Waifs have announced US tour dates in April and May 2016. The two and a half week headline tour, featuring music from the band's latest album, Beautiful You, kicks off with a show at the City Winery in Nashville, TN on April 24. Tickets are available via thewaifs.com. See below for all of the currently scheduled shows.
A strong sense of melody and affecting, illustrative lyricism guided The Waifs’ songwriting trifecta of Donna Simpson, Vikki Thorn and Josh Cunningham as they wrote Beautiful You over the course of four years. With bassist Ben Franz and drummer David Ross Macdonald, the 5-piece outfit created an album that echoes with both wisdom and pop appeal.
The trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world, including opening for Bob Dylan in North America and Australia in 2003. True to form, Beautiful You features their trademark sound: "a bit of Blues and Roots, a bit of Country, a bit of Jazz, anything really."
24 April – City Winery Nashville, TN
26 April – City Winery Chicago, IL
27 April – The Ark Ann Arbour, IL
28 April – Pruis Hall Muncie, IN
30 April – The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
01 May - Rams Head Annapolis, MD
03 May - City Winery New York, NY
04 May - The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
05 May - Shalin Liu Performance Centre Rockport, MA
07 May - Troy Music Hall Troy, NY
08 May - Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
09 May - The Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO
10 May - The State Room Bremerton, WA
12 May - Admiral Theatre Bremerton, WA
14 May - The Freight and Salvage Coffee House Berkeley, CA