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The Hillbenders Billboard Exclusive Video Premiere!

April 24, 2015

An Exclusive Billboard Video Premiere!
The Hillbenders 

"Tommy's Holiday Camp/Eyesight To The Blind"

 

 


"The perfect group to execute this 'Whograss' concept."

–Rolling Stone 


“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball...”

Forty-five years after its initial release, The Who’s rock opera TOMMY has been transformed by The Hillbenders into a full-length bluegrass tribute with all of the original record’s energy, instrumental showmanship, and rock star vocals in tact.

The live performance is a full 75-minute show covering the original album from start to finish with special video accompaniment and audience participation.

Originally recorded with a full rock band, the dynamic bluegrass quintet recreated the legendary album with a banjo, Dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar. The “Bluegrass Opry,” as its been dubbed, brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying homage to its creators.

SXSW co-founder and musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers conceived the idea of a “bluegrass opry” and felt he’d found the right band to pull off this high-wire approach to the record when he met The Hillbenders, a band known for its ability to bridge the gap between musical genres and fans.

 


 
"TOMMY" TRACK TITLES
1. Overture
2. Captain Walker
3. 1921
4. Amazing Journey
5. Sparks
6. Eyesight to the Blind The Hawker
7. Christmas
8. Cousin Kevin
9. The Acid Queen
10. Do You Think It’s Alright?
11. Fiddle About
12. Pinball Wizard
13. There’s A Doctor
14. Go To The Mirror
15. Tommy, Can You Hear Me?
16. Smash The Mirror
17. Sensation
18. Miracle Cure
19. Sally Simpson
20. I’m Free
21. Welcome
22. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
23. We’re Not Gonna Take It/See Me, Feel Me
 
TOUR DATES
3/09 – Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre
4/16 – Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY
4/17 – The Strand at 38 Main, Waynesville, NC
4/18 – The N.C. CueGrass Festival, Raleigh, NC
4/26 – Guthrie Green, Tulsa, OK
5/08 – Knuckleheads Saloon, Kansas City, MO*
5/09 – Patton Alley Pub, Springfield, MO*
5/10 – The Station Inn, Nashville, TN*
5/15 – Down Home Guitars, Frankfort, IL
5/16 – BBW & Blues Festival, St Joseph, MI
6/11 – AMP By Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD*
6/12 – Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna, DE* 
6/13 – Mountain View Park, Wind Gap, PA
6/14 – The Sportsmen's Tavern, Buffalo, NY* 
6/16 – The Ale House, Troy, NY*
6/17 – Valley Creek Park, Malvern, PA*
6/18 – Rockwood Music Hall 2, New York, NY*
6/19 – Squeezers, Rochester, NY
6/20 – Quiet Oaks Campground, Cross Fork, PA
7/09 – Frisco Historic, Frisco, CO
7/10 – High Mountain Hay Fever Fest, Westcliffe, CO
7/11 – High Mountain Hay Fever Fest, Westcliffe, CO
7/18 – The Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, NY
 
*Tommy Tour Dates

 

Alison Brown Man in Grass

April 24, 2015

Join Alison Brown, Sierra Hull and guests for
"The Man in Grass" 4/25 Symphony Space NYC

 Alison BrownSierra HullTrey Hensley
 
Michael BarnettBruce MolskyMichael DavesKate Edmonson
 
 

 

Please join Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, Trey Hensley and Mike Barnett on Saturday evening, April 25th, for The Man in Grass, an all-star bluegrass tribute to Johnny Cash. The show will include some grassy reworkings of some of Cash's most popular songs as well as a few hidden gems. Joining the band will be special guests Bruce Molsky, Michael Daves and Kat Edmonson. The program will cap the day for Symphony Space's Wall to Wall Cash event. 

 

Click here for more information.

The Proclaimers PopMatters Video Premiere

April 24, 2015

 

An American Exclusive PopMatters Video Premiere!
The Proclaimers
"You Built Me Up"

"Emotional honesty, singalong raucousness, and political fire... A true gift to the stage." 

The Guardian

 

 

Best known for the hit singles “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and “Sunshine on Leith,” the identical Scottish twins known as The Proclaimers are anticipating the release of their 10th studio album, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS, out May 5th on Compass Records.  The album follows a banner year for the duo that included the Toronto Film Festival debut of Sunshine on Leith, a musical film written around and featuring Proclaimers' songs, and the inclusion of their song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" in the 2015 Superbowl ad, Budweiser's 'Last Dog.'

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS shows The Proclaimers to be craftsmen of gloriously catchy songs who are simultaneously unabashed romantics. The album was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales and was produced by Dave Eringa, (The Who) and features their live band: Stevie Christie (keyboards), Garry John Kane (bass), Zac Ware (electric guitar) and Clive Jenner (drums) with additional guitars by Sean Genockey and an appearance by the Vulcan String Quartet.  

Read more and watch the video for "You Built Me Up" now on PopMatters!

 


 

Track Listing for Let's Hear It For The Dogs:

1. You Built Me Up 

2. Be With Me 

3. In My Home 

4. Tuesday Afternoon 

5. Then Again

6. What School? 

7. If I’m Still Around 

8. The Other Side 

9. Forever Young 

10. Ten Tiny Fingers 

11. Through Him 

12. Rainbows and Happy Regrets 

13. Moral Compass

 

Proclaimers Let's Hear It For The Dogs

April 16, 2015

The Proclaimers Album Cover

 

 

The Proclaimers
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS

"Emotional honesty, singalong raucousness, and political fire... A true gift to the stage." The Guardian

 

 

Best known for the hit singles “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and “Sunshine on Leith,” the identical Scottish twins known as The Proclaimers are anticipating the release of their 10th studio album, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS, out May 5th on Compass Records.  The album follows a banner year for the duo that included the Toronto Film Festival debut of Sunshine on Leith, a musical film written around and featuring Proclaimers' songs, and the inclusion of their song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" in the 2015 Superbowl ad, Budweiser's 'Last Dog.'

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DOGS shows The Proclaimers to be craftsmen of gloriously catchy songs who are simultaneously unabashed romantics. The album was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales and was produced by Dave Eringa, (The Who) and features their live band: Stevie Christie (keyboards), Garry John Kane (bass), Zac Ware (electric guitar) and Clive Jenner (drums) with additional guitars by Sean Genockey and an appearance by the Vulcan String Quartet.  


Track Listing for Let's Hear It For The Dogs:

1. You Built Me Up 

2. Be With Me 

3. In My Home 

4. Tuesday Afternoon 

5. Then Again

6. What School? 

7. If I’m Still Around 

8. The Other Side 

9. Forever Young 

10. Ten Tiny Fingers 

11. Through Him 

12. Rainbows and Happy Regrets 

13. Moral Compass

Alison Brown at the Down Home

March 30, 2015

Alison Brown at
The Down Home
Saturday, April 11 / 8pm 

 

 


“In Brown’s hands, the banjo is capable of fluid musical phrases of boundless beauty.” Billboard


GRAMMY winning banjoist Alison Brown will be making a rare appearance with her band at The Down Home in Johnson City, TN on April 11th.  Joining Alison will be rising fiddle master Christian Sedelmyer, East Tennessee native Bryon Larrance on drums, Joe Davidian on piano, and Compass Records co-founder, Garry West, on bass.  The quintet will feature fan favorites from Alison's catalog as well as preview new music from her forth-coming album The Song of the Banjo, due for release in August of this year. Advance tickets can be purchased Wednesday through Saturday at The Down Home after 6pm. Tickets are also available to order by mail. Click here for additional ticketing information.


Watch Alison Brown's "Under the Five Wire" 
from PBS' Bluegrass Underground


Alison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in the world. A former investment banker (she has a bachelor's degree in History and Literature from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA), she toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station and Michelle Shocked before forming her own group. She has recorded 10 critically-acclaimed solo albums, received four GRAMMY nominations, a GRAMMY award and the Banjo Player of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Alison is also co-founder of the internationally recognized Compass Records Group which oversees more than 600 roots music releases from the Compass RecordsGreen Linnet and Mulligan Records catalogs. Described by 
Billboard Magazine as "one of the leading independent labels," Compass Records is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2015.

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