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The Roys

7-8-2015

After years of hard work, siblings Lee and Elaine Roy have firmly established themselves as one of the pre-eminent acts in Bluegrass today. As The Roys they bring immaculate harmonies, impeccable musicianship and strong songwriting to their music, combining a traditional vocal styling with a progressive instrumental attitude to enchant fans around the world. Proud to continue the “family harmony” sound started by such groups as Hall of Fame inductees The Carter Family, The Louvin Brothers and The Osborne Brothers, The Roys revel in exploring new facets of the genre while remaining true to their roots.


Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised across the border in Coal Branch, New Brunswick, Canada, The Roys possess a sound that is rich and identifiable.  For Lee, it has all come full circle since those early childhood days.  “My first real love is Bluegrass music,” says Lee.  “I started playing it when I joined my first band at the age of nine–and I’ve never stopped.”  For Elaine, memories of family guitar pulls are sweet.  “We grew up on traditional Country and Bluegrass music,” she recalls.  “My Grandma LeBlanc played Acadian tunes on her fiddle while my aunts and uncles joined in.  It was truly ‘Roots’ music.  We fell in love with that ‘honest’ sound, and our harmonies seemed to fit that style of music.”  Their style of music has grown and now can best be described as a genre-bending mix of Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Roots and Inspirational styles, and it is wholly unique to The Roys.

Their third album, "Gypsy Runaway Train," earned a Top 5 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart and hit #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Albums chart, with the “hot and active” track: “Those Memories Of You” landing at #5 on Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Tracks.

Lee & Elaine have shared stages with superstars George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Doyle Lawson, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Rhonda Vincent, Chris Young, Sara Evans, J.D. Crowe, The Oak Ridge Boys, Janie Fricke, Dailey & Vincent, Neal McCoy and Collin Raye. And they were named the #1 Bluegrass Artist of the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) and were a featured act at the Folk Alliance International.

Watch videos HERE
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7:00 pm
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Bob Marley - Comedy

7-9-2015

- It's laughing time again -


Bob Marley is a riot.
Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. A regular at the Aspen and Montreal comedy festivals, Marley was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Marley has also appeared in several films, including the cult favorite, “Boondock Saints,” where he played Detective Greenley.

Marley, a Maine native and University of Maine at Farmington graduate, uses biographical and observational material for his high-energy routines. He began his career in his hometown of Portland, and then moved to Boston to gain experience in a city known for spawning comedy all-stars. He works nonstop throughout the country, in such cities as Los Angles, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York and Denver. And after living in Los Angles for several years, he, his wife and three children have returned to Maine to live.

Watch video clip HERE

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7:30 pm
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The Nick Moss Band

7-10-2015

"Nick Moss is my favorite guitarist." - Ronnie Earl

There’s always been something rambunctious about Nick Moss. While other artists settle into a genre, Nick has always been about discovering new sonic territory, new textures and new musical frontiers. His recording career spans decades and his albums are staples at blues radio worldwide, and are now in rotation at stations with jam and rock formats. It’s not just chords and progressions and songs that make up Nick’s music mentality, but his desire to elevate an audience; to evoke a feeling of euphoric energy between performer and listener; to capture sound as well as sensation. It’s his childlike enthusiasm for all kinds of music that is downright contagious and has contributed to his recognition as an artist not defined by blues boundaries. “A lot of my blues fans like what I’m doing with my non-straight blues,” he explains. In 2011, Moss released "Here I Am," which debuted at an impressive #2 on the Relix/jambands.com radio chart. Moss’ 2014 release "Time Ain’t Free“ reaches deeper into soul, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll....” said Billboard Magazine. “I think authentic music, real music, is about experimenting,” says Nick. “I love what I do but I don’t want to do it the same way every performance or on every recording.” It’s Nick’s insistence that he and his band expand territories instead of settling in or settling down to one style.

Whether it’s blistering blues or Allman influenced rock or an apt social commentary set to brilliant music, Nick Moss continues to meld influences and reach into the unknown and experiment with the sounds he finds. And for Nick, it’s not all about his own musical journey. It’s always his desire from his place onstage, to pass along the passion and love of his craft to those who come to see him play. “It’s about the experience,” he says. “A shared love of music and being elevated and enlightened by sound.”

“Merging diverse influences - vintage soul to classic rock, psychedelia to jazz fusion... Moss offers plenty of space for his five-piece to create fresh-sounding compositions.” - Relix

“From soft and moving to scorching and ferocious, he runs the absolute gamut of a blues legend in complete control of his style, form and virtuosity. As relevant as any other master of his craft, Moss proves to be an exceptional force...” - Grateful Web

"... his approach to this music makes him arguably the most exciting young blues player on the scene today. They play with fire and fury but also with control, constructing a brilliant set that never gets boring." - Blues Revue

Watch video HERE   &  HERE

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The Kennedys: 20th anniversary triple-CD release

The Kennedys: 20th Anniversary Tour (Ballroom)

7-11-2015 (Ballroom)

Pete and Maura Kennedy met at the Continental Club in Austin Texas. Within a few weeks, they went on their first date at Buddy Holly's grave in Lubbock, TX, and within a year, they were touring together, as part of Nanci Griffith's band, and as the opening act on Nanci's two month tour of the British Isles. In a dusty little dressing room on the top floor of Dublin's Olympia theatre, they penned the songs that would become their first CD, "River of Fallen Stars". The CD was awarded the "Indie" award in 1995 for "Best Adult Contemporary CD" by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Eleven CDs and several side-projects later (The Strangelings, The Stringbusters, and their solo projects), they enjoy loyal followings in both the guitar camp and the singer-songwriter set. Ultimately it's their tight harmonies, their chemistry, and their unashamedly idealistic outlook that has carved them their own niche in the studio and onstage.

And now Pete & Maura Kennedy celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of three albums of all new material. The Anniversary Tour begins in the UK at the end of April and will pass through Shirley on 7/11. You can pick up a copy of the the new album, "West," online. OR get a signed copy on the night of the show.

“West” is a gem of an album; thirteen varied and beautifully-crafted songs played and sung with taste and sensitivity by two very gifted people...I haven’t heard a better album in a long time.” 5 out of 5 stars. - Allan McKay, MusicRiot.co.uk
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The Installers Red Hot Summer Party!

The Installers Red Hot Summer Party

7-11-2015

The Installers are always a Bull Run favorite. They have been rockin' people in clubs around New England for over twelve years, playing with some of the best: Roomful of Blues, Duke Robilard, Sugar Ray Norcia and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Jay Geils, who produced their first album and joins them sometimes at shows.

The music is hot blues/rock/jazz; uptempo stuff that you can dance to and blues ballads to tear your heart apart. This is always a party night. You will go home happy.??

Their current line-up is: Stephen Clarke: Leads Vocals, Kevin Visnaskas: Lead Guitar, John Bruner: Bass Guitar, Shawn McCann: Keyboards, Jim Burns: Drums. The House Wrecking Horns are Jeff Giacomelli: Tenor Sax, Johnny Blue Horn: Trumpet.


Summer is here - Dance!

Open: Otis & the Elevators - Rock, blues, bluegrass, jazz, country and folk - Otis & band can do it all.
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The DEVON ALLMAN Band

7-15-2015

You remember Devon Allman as the fiery guitarist and soulful vocalist in Royal Southern Brotherhood, when they rocked the Bull Run like no other band had done in quite a while. Devon also plays with his own band, The Devon Allman Band, and you should expect nothing less of him at this show.

Allman did not come on the music scene riding the coattails of a famous parent. Growing up with his mom, Devon was listening to anything on the radio he could find. "Something would come on the radio and I would always ask my mom who it was. She would say ‘That’s John Lennon’ or ‘that’s Styx.’ One time “Midnight Rider” came on, and I asked her ‘Mom who’s that?’ and she said ‘That’s your dad, Gregg’”


Allman made his own musical way for decades. After playing in local bands and working in Guitar Center in St. Louis, he formed Honeytribe in 1999. One part blues, one part rock, and one part jam, Honeytribe was named the 1999 Jam Band of the Year in St. Louis. Then, in 2011, his musical fate changed. Royal Southern Brotherhood was formed during JazzFest in New Orleans. Combining the vocal and musical talents of Devon, Mike Zito and the legendary Cyril Neville with the veteran rhythm section of Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott, their debut self-titled release in 2012 caught fire the moment it hit the streets and catapulted them as major new attraction on the music scene. In May they picked up a Blues Award for their live DVD/CD, "Songs From The Road."

The Devon Allman Band's new album, "Ragged & Dirty," is Devon’s ticket to the big show. “I have to say that playing with RSB took my career to a new level. It’s given me more confidence and a new found love for the music. I’m delighted that there’s a new shot of fire in my music.”

Read the interview with Devon in Guitar Player Magazine HERE

Videos:
Devon Allman Band   -   Devon band w/ Erica Blinn   -   Devon and Gregg
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7:30 pm
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Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert

7-17-2015

Robbie Fulks is one of the best songwriters this country has to offer, period. Redd Volkaert is among the top Telecaster guitar-slingers you will find anywhere. To have them both together on one stage is a monumental event.

Robbie Fuchs plays by nobody's rules, except the ones he hears in his head. He is prodigiously talented, with the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade, he can sing the kids ditty "Eggs" and Haggard's "Sing a Sad Song" back to back and mean 'em both. While it is true he started off a honky tonk smartass, it quickly became evident that Robbie was a monster talent and some of his early Bloodshot albums have been rightly elevated to the status of "classic" and serve as their own Greatest Hits collections. It is a damn shame that he has not been elevated to the ranks of the multi-faceted giants of songwriting like Nick Lowe, Dave Alvin and Harlan Howard. And on top of all that, he is also one of the best guitarists around, whipping out in honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, power pop or whatever he's feeling at the time.

Redd Volkaert  was a guitarist in Merle Haggard's backing band. He also fronted the superstar hillbilly band the "Twangbangers" with Bill Kirchen and Dallas Wayne. In 2009 he won a Grammy for "Best Country Instrumental Performance." If you were a Danny Gatton fan, you will absolutely love Redd. He won the "Best Electric guitarist in Austin" award two years in a row. Redd is all over his Telecaster like grease on a pork chop, quoting jazz, country, blues and Western swing as effortlessly as turning on the lights in the living room.

“The great Robbie Fulks: a Chicago area country/alt-country genius. Why are you still listening to me? ...buy it, buy everything.” - Tina Fey??
"Chicago's most fertile musical mind...so good, he's scary" - Chicago Tribune
"When Leo Fender dreamed up the Telecaster electric guitar, it's doubtful he knew what uses it would be put to, especially in the hands of someone like Redd Volkaert." - Jerry Renshaw, Austin Chronicle?

     Video of Robbie Fulks   -   Video of Redd Volkaert
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Toby Walker

7-18-2015 (Ballroom)

Roots music fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Toby Walker, who blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style, has toured the US, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland.
He has been featured in the New York Times, the London Sunday Times, the London BBC, Sirius-XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award - Solo division - given out by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.


Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away" and has employed Walker to teach at his famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for 6 years.


In 2010 Walker won the NY Music Award for 'Best Instrumental CD,' sharing the honors with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among many others.

Walker has recently released three instructional guitar DVD's for the world famous company Homespun Tapes which have been getting rave reviews. And Carnegie Hall acknowledged his rare talents and hired him to augment and teach in their "American Roots" program aimed at honor level middle school students.

"A fingerpicking guitar virtuoso" - Happy Traum

"As a blues guitar player, I am stunned and in awe of Toby Walker's pickin'! - Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin: Guitarist for Muddy Waters
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Doyle Bramhall II

7-21-2015

Stepping aside from his "Wheels of Soul" Summer Tour with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Doyle Bramhall II will once again raise the roof at Bull Run. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to last year's show here, then you know what he can do. If you missed it then, buy early. This will sell out quickly.

Doyle stands as one of the most distinctive vocalist, guitarist, composer and producer in contemporary music. Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has collaborated for more than a decade, calls him "one of the most gifted guitar players I have ever encountered."

At 18, Bramhall toured with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Two years later he co-founded the blues-rock band Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. In the aftermath of two critically acclaimed solo albums "Jellycream" and "Welcome," Bramhall II's unparalleled skills as guitarist won the attention of both Roger Waters who featured the guitarist on his "In The Flesh tour," and Eric Clapton who recruited Bramhall and the rest is history. Doyle toured with Clapton, collaborated on songs and left an indelible mark on albums such as "Searching Robert J," "Reptile" and 2013's "Old Sock" which he also co-produced. ??In addition to Clapton, Bramhall has been in demand as composer, guitarist and producer, collaborating with such as artists as Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi/Trucks, Elton John, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John and many others.

Doyle is now completing his much anticipated fourth solo album, launching the next chapter in an extraordinary musical journey.
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7:30 pm
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Dr. John & the Night Trippers

7-22-2015

On March 14, 2011, one week after his last show at Bull Run, Dr. John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a gala ceremony held at The Waldorf Astoria in New York and broadcast on Fuse. Joining Dr. John at the ceremony was The Alice Cooper Band, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love, and Tom Waits. If you missed that show - buy early this year!

A six-time GRAMMY winner, Dr. John (known to friends and family as Mac Rebennack) is regarded throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy. A true icon in American culture, his colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford. In addition, his rendition of Randy Newman's "Down in New Orleans" is nominated for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media and the 'Treme' soundtrack, to which Dr. John contributes the track "Indian Red." As "Treme" creator David Simon puts it: "This guy has the whole history of New Orleans music in his head."

Throughout the 1960's the good doctor was in demand as a session musician, playing on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones' “Exile On Main St.” During that time he launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Nite Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album “Gris-Gris,” which introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album “Sun, Moon and Herbs” in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s “In The Right Place,” which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”


His latest album, "Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch," is a tribute to New Orleans music legend Louis Armstrong. Dr. John and the album's co-producer and arranger Sarah Morrow released "Ske-Dat-De-Dat" in fall, 2014. After a half century of creating music for others and himself, Dr. John continues to write, arrange, produce and interpret with a passion that has yet to wane. Post-Katrina, he has emerged as one of the most vocal advocates for rebuilding his beloved city of New Orleans, dazzling and delighting audiences all over the world with his tireless touring.

VIDEO

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Larry Kirwan of Black 47

7-24-2015

Larry Kirwan, legendary Irish-American rocker, founder of Black 47, author, playwright, and the voice of SiriusXM’s Celtic Crush.

In 1989 Kirwan formed Black 47 the Irish political rock band. They played their last date as a band to a sold out house at BB Kings in NYC on November 15th, after having performed over 2500 gigs. They have appeared on Leno, Letterman and O'Brien. Kirwan's songs have been featured in many movies, TV shows and plays, including recent editions of Sons of Anarchy, Gossip Girl and Tom Hanks' "Lucky Guy" on Broadway; they are also used in hundreds of college and high school history and political science classes. He provided all vocal backing for the performance of "Carrickfergus" in Martin Scorcese's Boardwalk Empire “Nights in Ballygrant” episode.
Also an accomplished playwright and composer Kirwan has written 13 plays and musicals. He hosts and produces SiriusXM's Celtic Crush and writes a weekly column for the Irish Echo. The Daily News named him one of the Top Fifty most interesting New Yorkers.


“A rock and roll poet with a deep appreciation of his roots.” - Rosanne Cash

“By the end of the evening, the audience is up, cheering and stamping.” - New York Times
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Wanda Jackson & her Rockabilly Orchestra

7-25-2015

“Wanda Jackson, an atomic fireball of a lady, could have a smash hit with just about anything.” - Bob Dylan
 
"The Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson, first toured in 1955 and 1956 and she was placed on a bill with none other than Elvis Presley. The two dated during this time and Jackson says it was Presley, along with her father, who encouraged her to sing rockabilly. She had her first U.S. Top 40 hit in 1960 with "Let's Have a Party," a song Elvis had cut earlier. Her recording career bounced back and forth between country and rockabilly and she did this by often putting one song in each style on either side of her single. In 1966, she hit the U.S. Top 20 with "The Box It Came In" and "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine." She toured regularly, was twice nominated for a Grammy and was a big attraction in Las Vegas through the 1970s. Jackson had her own syndicated TV show, "Music Village," which was packaged by her husband/manager Wendell Goodman.
 

Since the early '80s, Jackson has been invited to Europe numerous times to play rockabilly and country festivals. American country artists like Pam Tillis, Jann Browne and Rosie Flores have acknowledged Jackson as a major influence. After releasing the critically acclaimed, "Heart Trouble", and "I Remember Elvis".. Wanda continues to tour all over the world to sold out venues.
 
In 2009 Wanda was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen were just a few of the high-profile artists that encouraged "the Hall" to induct her. In 2011 she released a new album with Jack White, "The Party Ain't Over." It included a cover of the Bob Dylan rockabilly song, "Thunder on the Mountain" as well as a fiery cover of Amy Winehouse's hit song "You Know I'm No Good". "The Party Ain't Over" was well-received by many critics and fans around the world.

 
“Her voice conjures up a world and a very distinct and particular place in time. It’s not something that can be developed.” - Bruce Springsteen
"She's like my rockabilly Etta James. I love her, she's so brilliant. I don't think 'Rollin' in the Deep' would exist if it wasn't for Wanda Jackson." - Adele
“Here is a one-of-a-kind voice as fresh now as it was in 1958. A voice this big will never be living in the past.” - Stephen King

VIDEO

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Walter Trout

7-30-2015

Walter Trout, considered to be one of the finest blues guitarists in the world, returns to premier his new album “The Blues Came Callin."  Having been the lead guitarist for Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, he formed his own band in 1989 and has since become a global mega star. If you’re a blues/rock fan and have yet to see/hear Walter and his band, don’t miss this, he is truly amazing.

Walter has announced his plans to return to stages across the globe in 2015. Following a liver transplant, and extensive rehabilitation, the esteemed Bluesman feels strong enough to resume his career of fifty plus years. Trout shares, "The last year has been one where the blues truly came calling, and I came face to face with death more than once. My wife moved me to Nebraska to improve my chances of getting a life-saving liver transplant, and after a long wait, I got my new liver on May 26th, 2014. Since then I have been filled with immense gratitude. Gratitude for the fans who supported me via fundraisers, cards, messages, thoughts and prayers, for the donor and his or her family, for medical science, for my family, and for life itself. Everything matters more to me now. And now, 8 months after my transplant I feel like a new man. I have strength and energy. In some ways I feel like I am in my 20’s again! The past couple of years of playing I was getting dizzy spells, severe cramps in my hand and forearm and played many shows in severe pain. It turns out that was a result of my deteriorating liver. That is gone now! I am able to play better than I have in years. I feel reborn. I cannot wait to get back out on the road again and do what I love to do for my fans. The future looks great! To play my music for people has become even more important to me.  When I think about looking out into the crowds of people and connecting with everyone on a soul level, and sharing the experience of music with them, this is what keeps me fighting to get back: My family and my music is my lifeline.  These days, it means more to me than ever before.”

As Walter powers into his 26th year as a solo star, there’s no whiff of the creative autopilot that hobbles the later output of most veterans. On the contrary, there’s a sense of growing momentum, perhaps even of a little surprise. “It’s hard to believe I’m still alive, to be honest,” he smiles. “I should have been dead by 30, with the life I was leading. But I still have a career, and at 63, I’m still climbing the ladder, which keeps it exciting, instead of trying to rekindle past glories. I feel like I play with more fire than when I was 25. I’m still reaching, y’know…?”

VIDEO
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Hal Ketchum

7-31-2015

Hal Ketchum is one of the finest singer/songwriters to ever come softly into Nashville and then blow outta there in a blaze. His radio hits, "Small Town Saturday Night," "Past The Point of Rescue," "I Miss Mary," "Hearts Are Gonna Roll" and "I know Where Love Lives," to name just a few, sold millions of records along with sold out concerts across the country. And then five years ago, after being diagnosed with a type of multiple sclerosis that affected the movement of his left side so badly that it prevented him from writing or performing, he packed up his guitars and left Nashville, turning his back on a successful, 20+ year career in country music. But try as he might, Ketchum couldn't stop his musical wheels from spinning. As he got better, new songs began appearing. It was a rallying cry for Ketchum, who decided he wasn't ready to give up music after all. These new songs became the foundation of his newest album, "I'm The Troubadour," which finds him ditching the old country rulebook in favor of a combination of folk, blues, country and soul music, tying the whole thing together with the rootsy rumblings of his studio band and the same croon that helped make him a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry and a regular presence on A Prairie Home Companion.

''I like to say that I've been successfully misunderstood for 30 years. I mean, I was a cabinetmaker from Gruene, Texas. I got a record deal and I had a number one record out of the box, and suddenly I was a country singer,'' Ketchum says "and I m really grateful for the opportunities that the country music world brought to me."


Well, he’s come full circle now and he returns with renewed energy, great stories (as you can imagine) and a show that will get your toes tappin’, your heart bleedin’ and your face smilin’ like Cheshire Cat.

   Video 1   -   Video 2
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Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

8-1-2015 (Ballroom)

When 22-year-old harmonica ace Annie Raines first sat in with 42-year-old country blues guitarist Paul Rishell in a Boston bar in 1992, few in the crowd suspected that they were witnessing the beginning of a musical partnership that would span the next fifteen years and counting. After 22 years and six albums, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines have become the blues' most dynamic duo. As a working team, they have racked up hundreds of thousands of miles on the road in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on original songs and released "I Want You To Know," "Moving To The Country," the W.C. Handy Award winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, "Goin’ Home," which was nominated for two Handy Awards and the live recording "A Night in Woodstock," featuring special guests John Sebastian, Bruce Katz, and their own backing band, Mojo Rodeo, joining the duo for an eclectic, high-energy set of acoustic and electric originals and classic blues songs. Each release earned multiple Blues Music Award nominations.


Paul & Annie have a special way of transforming an audience. As soon as they start playing, their great talent and good vibes lets you relax, forget your cares and smile like you haven’t done for awhile. Critics are smiling on them too. Reviewing their CD/DVD set, "A Night in Woodstock," Elijah Wald wrote in the Boston Globe “the high energy, fast-moving set of mostly blues tunes features Rishell sounding his usual fantastic self on acoustic, electric and National Steel Guitars and Annie Raines retaining her Queen of the Harp crown!”

Comedian/ Director, David Steinberg in The National Post of Canada said “I have an album called “Moving To The Country by Paul Rishell & Annie Raines that Lyle Lovett recommended to me and it’s just sensational.”

While their guitar, harmonica, and vocals are roiling, muscular, and masterful, their shows are down home-friendly and fun-loving." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

"Rishell's ability to convey the essence of acoustic Delta Blues is shocking. His guitar playing is tremendous. His vocals are exceptional..." - Skyland Blues News

Video 1  -  Video 2

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Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash: A Fine Connection & Bruce Mandaro Band

8-1-2015

August 1 is  Jerry Garcia's  birthday!

We're having a Bull Run Jam to make Jerry grateful...

Two great bands:

A FINE CONNECTION - A Central Mass based tribute band comprised of four (sometimes 5) diverse musicians that put a unique and personal twist on the Garcia/Grateful Dead catalogue. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, A Fine Connection chooses to tap into Jerry’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. The result is healthy balance of creativity and tradition. Just like Garcia himself, the band is constantly pushing the envelope, growing together as musicians and performers. Jim Stevens: guitar/vocs, Daniel Cormier: keys/vocs, Reed Brewer: bass/vocs, Bob Belanger: drums/vocs

THE BRUCE MANDARO BAND - Was Nomimated for Best Groove/Jam band in Worcester Magazine's 2007 Turtle Boy Awards. Bruce was the founder of Slipknot, (now known as The Knot) which was active around the New England area for 30 years. With this band Bruce will be playing with Mark Mercier, legendary keyboard player with Max Creek, and featuring members of The Knot and Max Creek.

The long strange trip continues...... 

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Albert Castiglia

8-2-2015

Albert Castiglia (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”) arrived on the International radar after Buddy Guy's iconic harp-blower, Junior Wells, heard the young bluesman sing and invited him into his solo band for several world tours. He has been named "Best Blues Guitarist" by Miami New Times, the respected alternative music magazine and honored by Roots Music Report with a Top Blues Album of 2011 and 2012.

After Wells' passing, Castiglia toured with Atlanta blues singer Sandra Hall, then ventured out on a solo career and released his debut album, "Burn," in 2002, working with his longtime friend, Graham Wood Drout of Iko-Iko. In 2006, he released his second album, "A Stone's Throw," which included two more insightful Drout songs, “Big Toe” and “Ghosts Of Mississippi.” Castiglia and Drout also released a live collaboration titled "The Bittersweet Sessions" in 2005. Now Castiglia comes back full-bore with a blistering new album on Blues Leaf Records, "These are the Days," which perfectly showcases both his incendiary electric and slide guitar work and soulful vocals, which recall Van Morrison. "These are the Days" contains five Castiglia originals, including a tribute to his mentor Junior Wells, “Godfather of the Blues." The material is varied, with songs from Bob Dylan (“Catfish’), Nappy Brown (“Night Time is the Right Time”) and Fenton Robinson (“Somebody Loan me a Dime”). Once again, Graham Wood Drout contributes another outstanding song, “Celebration,” to add to the string of compositions he’s written on each of Castiglia’s albums. In addition to the solid blues songs throughout the album, Castiglia generates some dance floor energy with “Bad Year Blues” and “Twister,” two jumping tunes sure to become live show favorites. This is the album that says “These Are Albert Castiglia’s Days.”

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Open: The Ben Knight Band
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Delbert McClinton

8-5-2015

Three-time Grammy winner Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas Blues/Roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton's career began in the late '50s, when he played harmonica on "Hey Baby" a #1 hit by fellow Texan Bruce Channel, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics' darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton has won three Grammy awards to date - one for a duet with Bonnie Raitt (Good Man, Good Woman), and two for the albums, "Nothing Personal" and "Cost of Living."

But he began his career dodging flying bottles and whipping through greasy versions of “Watermelon Man” and “Tequila” behind the strippers on the Jacksboro Highway, the infamous Fort Worth honky-tonk row. And during his 40-plus years he has flirted with bankruptcy, burnout and all the standard issues of substance abuse and familial chaos that come along with a career at the ragged edges of a lifelong road trip. These days Delbert finds himself in the strangest place of all - the mainstream - with respectability, acclaim and even, as one of his CDs was called “Room to Breathe.”

Delbert McClinton is now becoming a household name. And as Willie Nelson said: “It's about time. Delbert's stuck to his guns, he's been so good for a really long time, and he's as good as anyone.”

OPEN: Brian Dunne -
Raised in New York, folk rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne's music has won the attention and praise of many. With his sharp lyrical prowess and country-influenced vocals, Brian has played in the U.S. folk scene far and wide. "A pure, expressive voice and a fondness for lonesome steel guitar" - CMT Edge
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Magic Dick & Shun Ng

Magic Dick & Shun Ng (Ballroom)

8-7-2015 (Ballroom)

Magic Dick, the legendary harmonica player for the
J. Geils Band has recently partnered up with guitar sensation, Shun Ng to creat one of the most amazing musical acts to come out of Boston in a long time.

The music is soulful blues, rockin' yet thoughtful. Performed by arguably two of the top musicians at their respective instruments, this show is dynamic and unique. Magic Dick has toured the world playing with some of the top names in the business as well as blowing away clubs and stadiums with the J. Geils Band since 1969. He explains the formation of the duo:??"From the moment I first heard Shun Ng's CD "Funky Thumb Stuff" I knew that a manifest musical collaboration was about to happen. Shun's sound simply made me feel very alive and induced in me a synchronous alignment of musical DNA as if it was his intention as well as mine all along! A long and enlightening conversation happened on that day of our first meeting and now we are a duo and I couldn't be more delighted."?

Shun Ng was born in Chicago, raised in Singapore now based out of Boston. At 24 years old, he is already an international star, a soulful, world-class guitarist, vocalist, and electric performer who in a short period of time, has caught the attention of the top players in the music world including Quincy Jones who said: "When you see Shun Ng, you won't believe your eyes nor your ears - he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science - his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding.

Shun says, "we wanted to make music in a way that no one had quite done before while remaining grounded in our roots. Magic Dick brings a powerhouse attack with ferocious precision and a killer groove to this duo. I have great respect for him, he has seemingly done it all, but is still constantly trying to push the boundaries of music and chase the best in himself, a true artist. To be working with a true Boston legend is a real privilege."

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Girls, Guns and Glory

8-7-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Girls, Guns and Glory, the Boston born foursome may come from the North but their sound is pure south of the Mason-Dixon line. Their songs of sin, redemption, and loss sound of much older than the 25 year old front-man; vintage and seasoned. Spiked with copious amounts of Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, their 50s-style pin-up good looks are reminiscent of their idols.

For the past eight years they have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring (about 200 gigs a year worldwide), the release of four critically acclaimed records, a slew of local awards, including being the Boston Music Awards first act of its genre to win Act of the Year, and international awards (Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards). The hard-working band refined their focus to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll with a twist of country on their fifth album, “Good Luck” out on Lonesome Day Records last year (2014) and their new album, "Tribute To Hank Williams Live" is a passion project out now on Dry Lightning Records.
You need four things in life, and these guys have figured out three of 'em.


"Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classic American rock n' roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.” – The Boston Herald

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The Bruce Katz Band

8-8-2015

Legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) Bruce Katz has released 7 CDs as a leader and has appeared on nearly 70 other CDs with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman and many, many others. He was a member of Gregg Allman’s band for six years and toured with the Allman Brothers as well.
He is a four time BMA nominee (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” award, which is the equivalent of the “Blues Grammys”.
His new CD, “Homecoming” was released in November 2014 and features his band as well as guests John Hammond, Randy Ciarlante, Jimmy Bennett among others. It explores his personal, wide-ranging scope of blues, and includes six vocal tunes, in addition to Bruce’s instrumental originals. 
The Bruce Katz Band is an original, very exciting group of musicians that combine blues, “soul-jazz” and New Orleans inspired roots music. Based in Woodstock, NY, Bruce occupies a unique space where blues and the many aspects of Americana music collide into a style of original music all his own. The band has a trademark sound, blending the B3 organ and guitar in unique and inventive ways.
The Bruce Katz Band is: Bruce Katz on Hammond B3 organ and piano, Chris Vitarello on guitar/vocals and Ralph Rosen on drums/vocals.

"He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything. Man, he's a heavy!" - Gregg Allman

"This man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I've ever heard." - John Hammond
   
“Homecoming, a new CD by Bruce Katz is pure genius! Buy it and put it in your ear. You can thank me later.” - Delbert McClinton
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“Now, that’s a piano player!" - Pinetop Perkins

VIDEO of Bruce Katz when he played with Delbert McClinton
at Bull Run in 2013. Courtesy of MoeJoeVision

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Hot Club of Cowtown

8-12-2015

Since their meteoric liftoff in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become their global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), and “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “The excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls them “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” while the New York Times, reviewing a live performance in New York City in 2011, describes the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”

The Austin-based HC of C explores the space where "Texas swing meets early jazz." Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have perfected a unique and infectious hybrid that playfully blurs musical boundaries, conjuring the spirit of both Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and jazz legend Django Reinhardt. If you've seen them before, be advised that they're only getting better - they went on hiatus, got back together, and came out of it stronger. By now they're one of the great improvising bands in any genre. Their latest album, "Rendezvous in Rhythm," is their first ever dedicated exclusively to the Gypsy jazz and French swing of Paris in the 1930s, featuring the band’s sparkling spins on standards in the style of legendary hot jazz titans Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
 

Along with the Hot Club’s dedicated cult following worldwide, they have toured with Bob Dylan, (Elana has also recorded with him), opened several shows for Willie Nelson, toured with Nelson and Dylan during a summer-long stadium tour, and recently opened seven nights of Roxy Music’s sold-out “For Your Pleasure” U.K. stadium tour. In the U.K. the Hot Club has been featured at the Glastonbury Festival and has been a returning guest on "Later With Jools Holland," the Cambridge Folk Festival, and BBC Radio 2’s Radcliffe and Maconie and Bob Harris Country shows.
In February they were winners of the 2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards: Hot Club for "Western Swing Group," and Elana James for "Western Swing Female."

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The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue

8-14-2015

The Nation's Hottest 50's Show !

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the 1950’s Doo Wop era. From New Hampshire to New Orleans and Virginia to Vegas, The Corvettes perform the great music of the Doo Wop era with a fresh new energy. Their incredibly entertaining show and comical stage antics have left many a happy audience screaming for more! In the tradition of legendary Doo Wop revivalists Sha Na Na, every Corvettes show is more than a concert - it’s an all out a Doo Wop Celebration!

In addition to performing their own outstanding concerts, the Corvettes tour  with many legendary Doo Wop groups including The Drifters, The Tokens, Danny & The Juniors, The Platters, The Marvelettes, The Shangri Las, The Shirelles, The Belmonts, Gary U.S. Bonds, The DelVikings, The Teenagers and many more.

Some of the great hits you might expect to hear at a Corvettes Doo Wop Revue show: Come Go With Me - Little Darlin’ - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - At The Hop - The Twist - Earth Angel - Sea Crusie - Rock Around The Clock - In The Still Of The Night - Runaround Sue - Runaway - Palisades Park - Twistin’ The Night Away - Splish Splash - Shake Rattle & Roll And many, many more!

"A rollicking ride through the good old days of Rock & Roll"

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Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers

8-15-2015

Though most associate Jimmy Thackery with his 15 years as the co-founder of one of the most respected bands in the business, The Nighthawks, he has since been on the road doing nearly 300 shows a year, proving each night that he is still the guitar powerhouse of the blues. Whether he headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he'll always unleash an intense volley of rockin' blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds emotionally spent.

After Thackery left The Nighthawks he formed a six piece R&B band, The Assassins, an all-star R&B, funk band from the DC area, and recorded three albums with them. Then, in '92, he put together his three piece power trio called The Drivers to highlight his explosive guitar playing and hit the blues highway. The 1990's were a fabulous time for the band, playing close to 300 shows a year and recording eight discs for Blind Pig.

Because every record is more about originals than covers, he began to travel to Nashville to work out his songs with some of the best songwriters in the biz. This was not about Jimmy Thackery goes country. This was about Jimmy Thackery rocks the blues. Jimmy and the Drivers rock the house, then burn it to the foundation. And when you walk away you can still "feel the heat" and see the embers burning.
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Howie Day

8-21-2015

Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release.

With top 40 hits, including “Collide” and “She Says,” Howie’s skillful guitar chops and poignant lyrics have won him a legion of fans who adore the humor and charm speckled throughout his live performances. His songs have been featured on numerous TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Bones, Scrubs and One Tree Hill; as well as the promotional trailer of the new adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. After infiltrating the Boston Coffeehouse circuit at 17, developing a huge college fan base and opening for the likes of Sting, Sheryl Crow and Tori Amos, he exploded into the national conciousness.

This Bangor Maine native wrote, financed and released his first effort, "Australia," which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.” He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of "Australia" as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft.

After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, "Stop All The World Now," and hit the road to support it. The constant promotion paid off: Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned his two Top 10 radio hits. After three subsequent years of intense worldwide touring, Howie moved to L.A. and returned to the studio. His next release, "Sound the Alarm," built on the emotionally complex spirit of its predecessor and delved into Day’s journey from indie wunderkind to platinum-selling artist. It’s lead single, “Be There,” became a staple at modern AC radio.

After parting ways with Epic and relocating to New York City in 2010, he released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze. On April 14 Howie Day released his fourth studio album, "Lanterns," produced with the help of longtime friend and producer Mike Denneen. “There is a sense of inherent creativity and imagination to these sessions,” Day says. “Everything seems to be in perfect balance, and I want to capture that energy as it’s happening. Nothing is over or under thought, it’s just in the moment.”

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Opener: Anna Rose - a spitfire of rock and roll passion, a mix of Jim Morrison’s sexy bravado with Brigitte Bardot’s seductive stare onstage. A dichotomy of masculine and feminine, retro and modern, strong and vulnerable.

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Debbie Davies Band

8-22-2015

Having gotten her break with a supporting role in Albert Collins’ Icebreakers, Debbie has gone on to be one of the most outstanding guitarists in the blues world. In 1997 and again in 2010 Debbie Davies received the W.C. Handy Award for “Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist”.
Davies cut her teeth playing in blues and rock ‘n roll bands in the San Francisco Bay area before returning to Los Angeles in 1984, where she landed the lead guitar spot in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, an all-female band led by wife of British blues pioneer, John Mayall. In 1988 she was recruited by Albert Collins to join the Icebreakers, and for the next three years she was a featured guitarist performing behind one of the most innovative bluesmen of all time. During her tenure with Albert, Debbie was invited to perform on John Mayall’s 1990 album, "A Sense of Place," and in 1991 she recorded with Collins and the Icebreakers on his Grammy nominated self-titled release. In September 1993 she came out with her debut solo release, "Picture This," on Blind Pig Records, which featured a cameo by Collins on “I Wonder Why.” People like to ask Debbie if she learned her technique from Collins, to which she gently points out that she had to play well from the start to hold her own with Albert at every performance. However, the experience taught her lessons in being a better musician, both onstage and off. Says Davies, “It was the most powerful band I had ever played with, so I learned to dig even deeper into myself to pull out the music. Albert was a man of so much grace and kindness, so I can only hope that I was able to absorb some of his humanity too.
Since 1993, Debbie has produced eleven solo recordings and two collaborative CD’s. The roster of other artists who have joined Debbie in the studio on her recordings reads like a who’s who of the blues: Albert Collins, Ike Turner, James Cotton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya,  Chris “Whipper” Layton, Sugar Ray Norcia, Mudcat Ward, Charlie Musselwhite, Bruce Katz, Per Hanson, Noel Neal, and Rod Carey.
Davies' brand new 2015 VizzTone release, "LOVE SPIN," is at once funky, rocking’, and bluesy. It’s collection of all original tunes showcases an artist at her peak, and will no doubt put smiles on the faces of long time fans and bring many new ones into the fold.
A thirty-year veteran of the road, this latest recording leaves no doubt that Debbie Davies is truly one of the leading lights on the contemporary blues music scene today.

"She wields an electric guitar as if it were a wand." – LA Times

“She pulls out all the stops. She can play it all: seductive, soulful material, down-home Delta blues or humorous tales of life on the road.”- Blues Revue

Debbie plays from the heart and her heart has a lot to say. She inspires me. - Charlie Musselwhite

I don't often give endorsements or references, but once in a rare while I hear a musician of such talent that I want people to know. I believe my reputation backs up my ability to recognize exceptional blues guitarists. Such a one is
Debbie Davies. - John Mayall

Watch Debbie HERE   -   More info at: http://debbiedavies.com/
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A Ton of Blues and Grassroot

8-28-2015

A Ton Of Blues were voted the Best Blues/R&B Act at the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Worcester (MA) Music Awards and won the 2011 Boston (MA) Blues Challenge, earning them the opportunity to compete in the 2012 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. They were created out of the love for real Blues Music and appreciation for the old school Open Blues Jams. Adopting a modern, aggressive approach to the old school blues format, A TON OF BLUES burst onto the New England Blues Circuit in the summer of 2010. While taking notes from the likes of Ronnie Earl, Gary Clark Jr and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as the old Chess Records' stable of blues masters, this award-winning guitar and harmonica driven, 5-piece powerhouse has been winning audiences over wherever they perform with their high-energy show and superb musicianship.
Band members:
Mike Kelly - Vocals; Scott LeBlanc - Guitar, Vocals; Jeff Lorenzon - Bass Guitar; James Thomas - Drums; "Shakey" Steve Prunier - Harp, Vocals.

Grassroot is a quintet based in Boston, MA. Formed in the spring of 2011 by a group of noted session players and journeymen musicians, they combine elements of rock, blues, roots, funk, soul and jam to make a sound that, while familiar in many ways, is very unique. Their EP “Seed”, recorded in 2012, has received high praise from industry members and fans alike, with regular rotation on local radio. Their newest release in 2014, “Lost & Aimless”, continues that trend. With performances that are equal parts tight groovin' rock, and adventurous improvisation, Grassroot will capture and keep your attention until the last note!
Band members: Dan Muise - Lead Vocals; Jeremy Carter – Guitars - Vocals; Billy Egan - Bass; Jay Breen - Drums / Percussion; Phil Selesnick - Keys / Vocals

 

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Ana Popovic Band

9-17-2015  (Sawtelle Room)

Ana Popovic is an award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add in her incredible stage presence and you have an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.

In 2013 she appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player's Gear Guide and American Blues Scene. Her album 'Can You Stand The Heat' was a "Pick Of The Week" by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. In 2014 she received her 5th Blues Music Award nomination for 'Contemporary Blues Female Artist' of the year. Nearly all of her albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio. Her newest album, "Blue Room" already has a single out, "Catfish Blues" which is ripping up the Blues airwaves.

Ana and her phenomenal four-piece band as well as her Mo' Better Love Big Band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals around the world. She is endorsed by Fender, Mesa Boogie, Ovation and DR strings. She has most recently been sharing and headlining stages with B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang and many others. When not on tour, she resides in Memphis, TN.

If you missed her last show at Bull Run, please do not make the same mistake twice.

See Ana on the cover of BluesBlast Magazine HERE 

Watch and listen HERE
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The Rafters and Elizabeth Lorrey

9-19-2015

THE RAFTERS
The modern pop-folk duo of Miki and Dave Fitzgibbons met in college and have been playing shows all over the Northeast US ever since. Miki’s compelling lead vocals and thoughtfully crafted lyrics are backed by husband Dave’s atmospheric guitar, vocal harmonies, and recording expertise. Their new EP “Departing,” released in April of 2015, (produced and mixed by Crit Harmon) was preceded by 3 self-produced CDs and one LIVE CD.

ELIZABETH LORREY
Elizabeth Lorrey crafts a dark blend of edgy, intense acoustic rock. Engaging and funny onstage (and off!), she delivers a compelling combination of humor, energy, and power to create a very personal connection with each new audience. She has shared the stage with Suzanne Vega, Amy Ray, Catie Curtis and more, and is currently writing and recording her third CD.

OPENER: ADAM FAROUK
Adam Farouk, a Malaysian musician based in the US, has worked extensively across genres, collaborating with a colorful array of talented artists from around the world to develop a style that is both distinctly global and grounded in the heart. His current brand of art-pop seeks to bring about both enjoyment and healing through music.
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Wishbone Ash

9-24-2015

"Back by popular demand" - You asked for them and here they are!


Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has more than 20 original studio recordings and several live albums to their credit. The group has appeared at all the major music festivals and enjoys a history with some of the world’s classic music labels, Universal and Atlantic Records.
Back in the day, Wishbone Ash cut their teeth on the US stadium circuit first opening for The Who. Once they began headlining in the States, Wishbone’s opening acts included Springsteen, Kiss and Aerosmith.
Citing Wishbone Ash as an influence on their style, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Southern Rock outfits like Lynyrd Skynyrd and, more recently, heavyweights like Opeth and some of the guitar-based Indie/ Alternative bands, have all taken a little something from the legendary twin-guitar approach of Wishbone Ash. Truly, there is no other rock band on the planet that has done more with the twin guitar concept than the Ash.

Their 24th album “Blue Horizon” once again features their signature twin-lead melodies and powerhouse rhythm section from one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock. 10 new studio tracks reflect the diverse realm of styles and moods we've come to expect from a Wishbone album.

The group coalesces around strong songwriting and serious chops. Founding member Andy Powell, who Rolling Stone Magazine named as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time, handles lead vocals and trades licks with Finland’s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 14-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, keeps the bottom rocking with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers, having played with Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.

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Ellis Paul

9-25-2015

Quintessential New England singer-songwriter Ellis Paul helped to revitalize both the Boston/Cambridge and the national Folk scene in the 1990's. His urban, literate, folk rock style has the rare ability to take dead aim at a subject while avoiding the in-your-face approach of many of his contemporaries. The newest album, "Chasing Beauty" takes shots across the bow at some touchy subject matter and is as spectacularly stunning as any of his material has been over a 20-plus year career.

"I got a word machine in my head. It's a damn noisy contraption. Constantly running. No 'off' switch," says Ellis. After growing up on a potato farm in northern Maine, he began writing songs while attending Boston College on a track scholarship and was laid up for several months with an injury. He's often called the quintessential New England songwriter, and he's got a baker's dozen Boston Music Awards to prove it. Ellis's passionate, literate character sketches, delivered in a soaring, lyrical voice, have influenced a generation of folksters toward the shamelessly poetic. The Boston Globe calls him "literate, provocative, urbanely romantic." Whatever you call him, he's one of the major songwriters of our time.

The new release, "Chasing Beauty," was produced by Kristian Bush of the country band Sugarland.

Absolute Punk, which you might not think would be reviewing Ellis's albums, says: "Everyone can relate to Ellis Paul and his songs, and for that reason he continues to be a national treasure."


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OPEN: Rebecca Leobe
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Vanilla Fudge

10-08-2015

In 1967, Vanilla Fudge rocked the world with a new sound, influencing a generation of musicians and creating a legion of loyal fans. They were "one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became 'heavy metal." Things started to pick up for the band in 1968: early in the year, they headlined the Fillmore West with the Steve Miller Band, performed "You Keep Me Hangin' On" on The Ed Sullivan Show, and released their second album, The Beat Goes On. That summer, Atco reissued "You Keep Me Hangin' On," and the second time around it climbed into the Top Ten. It was followed by Renaissance, one of VF's best albums, which also hit the Top 20. The band supported it by touring with Jimi Hendrix, opening several dates on Cream's farewell tour, and late in the year touring again with the fledgling Led Zeppelin as their opening act. While the band did record original material, they were best known for their loud, heavy, slowed-down arrangements of contemporary pop songs, blowing them up to epic proportions and bathing them in a trippy, distorted haze. 1970.

Bogert and Appice first formed the hard rock group Cactus, then later joined up with Jeff Beck in the aptly named Beck, Bogert & Appice. Currently, three of the four original members, keyboardist Mark Stein, guitarist Vince Martell and drummer Carmine Appice are touring along with Pete Bremy replacing Tim Bogert on bass. Their big hits, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Take Me For A While” and "Season Of The Witch" are still played on classic rock stations.

Watch live clips HERE   and   HERE

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Maria Muldaur's "Way Past Midnight" Tour

10-17-2015

It has been 40 years since "Midnight at the Oasis" was riding the top of the pop charts. And now Maria Muldaur had the brilliant idea to put together a show where she chronicles her 50-year musical journey through American Roots Music, to the Oasis and Beyond. Maria and her Bluesiana Band perform her iconic hits, including "Midnight at the Oasis," "I'm a Woman," "Richland Woman Blues'" "Don't You Feel My Leg" and many others, as well as many oft-requested "fan faves' from the 40 albums she has recorded in the past 40 years.

She treats her audience to previously unseen photographs and videos, (A PowerPoint presentation) and shares fascinating, often humorous personal stories from every stage of her 50-year career - from her early days in the '60's with The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, through her years of "pop stardom" and on to her continuing exploration of the many forms of American Roots Music; Blues, Bluesiana, Jazz and Gospel, Maria has sung it all. And through the years her voice has deepened, strengthened and become even more convincing. She sings with enough soul and raw power to recharge the emotional batteries of anyone in the audience.

"She has spent much of her career as a musical hobo, riding the rails from jazz to bluegrass, gospel to Appalachian folk, blues to Tin Pan Alley. She never loses the sassy, teasing sexuality that has always served as her calling card." - Critic's Choice
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Dave & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

10-23-2015

Over ‘Lost Time’s’ twelve tracks, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had an early, formative influence, in Dave’s words “the masters of the Blues, the most transcendental form of American music.”  Everyone from Lead Belly to James Brown is represented, but the figure who looms largest on the album, and in the brothers’ own musical journey, is Big Joe Turner.  The Alvins met Big Joe as teenagers, and he would mentor them for the remainder of his life. They remain his humble students, and cut four Turner songs for ‘Lost Time.’ If their GRAMMY-nominated 2014 album ‘Common Ground’ was the sound of a partnership rekindled, ‘Lost Time’ is a four-alarm fire. Dave’s guitar work slithers and stings as never before, and Phil’s feral howl cuts to the core. Dave and Phil both sing and play guitar throughout ‘Lost Time,’ and are joined by a crack band including Lisa Pankratz (drums), Brad Fordham (bass), and Chris Miller (guitar).

The Alvin brothers founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, blending American roots and blues with searing punk energy to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone hailed their “bright, raw playing, terrific taste and …Phil’s full-bodied vocals.” Robert Christgau of the Village Voice wrote that Dave was “a major songwriter, one with John Fogerty’s bead on the wound-tight good times of America’s tough white underbelly.” The band performed with everyone from X and Black Flag to The Cramps and Queen, and even gave early breaks to Los Lobos and Dwight Yoakam by inviting them on the road as openers. As AllMusic puts it, “it’s practically impossible to imagine the roots rock scene of the ’80s and onward existing without The Blasters as a roadmap.” After Dave left the group in 1986 they did not record an album together again until ‘Common Ground.’ In addition to its Grammy nomination, that record earned wide critical acclaim, and features with NPR’s Fresh Air, The LA Times, Wall Street Journal and more. Dave and Phil will tour extensively behind ‘Lost Time’ with Dave’s band The Guilty Ones.

"Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin have solidified their own legacy as one of roots music’s most exceptional duos. Grammy Nominated in 2015 and Simply the Best!  ... A Roof-raising performance..."  LA Times

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8:00 pm
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The Tubes w/ Fee Waybill

10-25-2015

Don't miss The Tubes' annual "Pre-Halloween Show" at Bull Run

From humble beginnings in Phoenix, Arizona to the streets of San Francisco THE TUBES were catapulted into Rock and Roll’s limelight in the mid 1970’s with such classic rock staples as White Punks On Dope, What Do You Want From Life, Mondo Bondage, Don’t Touch Me There, Sushi Girl, Talk To Ya Later and their Number 1 Billboard hit She’s A Beauty.
No matter how memorable their recordings were, the lifeline of the band has always been their live performance. From the exuberant and imaginative to the outrageous, they continue to perform for hordes of fans throughout the world. Their current line up (still retaining four original members) consists of the enigmatic and unforgettable vocalist Fee Waybill, the elusive guitarist Roger Steen, the solid bass playing of Rick Anderson, the legendary Prairie Prince on drums, and keyboardist extroardinaire David Medd.
The Tubes will go down in the rock history books as one of the most exciting, in-your-face, tight- knit group of musicians who epitomized the hilarity of popular American culture by making it into the ultimate rock’n’roll extravaganza. Their live shows involve mock bondage rituals, simulated sex, 12-foot high rock stars by the name of Quay Lude singing ‘White Punks On Dope’, exploding televisions, chainsaws and an array of semi-clad dancers. They didn't invent the idea of rock & roll as theater, but they have certainly thrived on the concept. Few bands have had a more entertaining and over the top live show. Their influence can be seen in many of the visually oriented groups of today such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson and others. Though they may have been ahead of their time in the eighties, they haven’t lost a step and continue to reinvent themselves. In a world where visual stimulation is king, they are right at home and masters of their domain. They’ve been recognized not only as a great band to watch, but a great band period! They continue to write clever, provocative material as heard on their most recent critically acclaimed release "Genius Of America" and continue to add to their body of work with DVD/Video releases from their live shows including "The Tubes World Tour" and the 2005 release "Wild In London."

At their best, they have the uncanny ability to highlight the absurdity of everyday American life, occasionally shocking audiences, but always making them think twice. Perceived by fans and media alike as the ‘Marshall McLuhans of rock’n’roll’, the Tubes became both the medium and the message, stimulating the senses through their dynamic, controversial and politically incorrect audio visual live spectacles. They continue to innovate, evolve and ignite, no matter where they go by combining art with trash, comedy with tragedy, and rock theatre with consummate musicianship.

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7:30 pm
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Sons of Cream

10-31-2015 - HALLOWEEN

The "Cream" were undeniably the first rock "supergroup" of the 1960s. And though they were together for less than 3 years, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton left a gigantic impression on the world of rock music forever.

Now Ginger Baker's son Kofi, along with Jack Bruce's son Malcolm, team up with super guitarist Godfrey Townsend to pay humble tribute to the world's greatest power trio.
 
Guitarist Godfrey Townsend has worked with many of rock music’s most influential names. In the past decade alone, he has performed with John Entwistle (bass guitarist of The Who), Jack Bruce (bass guitarist/vocalist of Cream), Dave Mason (guitarist/vocalist of Traffic) and Alan Parsons (producer/engineer/recording artist). After hearing Godfrey jamming on some Cream tunes in a club one night, Eric Clapton's guitar tech, Lee Dickson commented to John Entwistle of The Who: "This guy's got Clapton down better than Clapton!" Townsend's mastery is so complete that Jack Bruce has been recruiting him and his band to back him up for the past eight years.
     
As the son of Cream's legendary drumming icon Ginger Baker, Kofi Baker has a name that’s synonymous with drumming excellence. And Kofi strongly lives up to his name. With his outstanding skills, drive & dedication, he continues the great "Baker" legacy. Besides amazing shows with his dad, Kofi has toured with John Ethridge (Soft Machine), Steve Waller (Manfred Mann) and Randy California (Spirit).

Malcolm Bruce is a composer and multi instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, piano and voice. Besides performances with his father off and on over the years, and appearing on several of Jack's CDs, he has toured with Leslie West and Corky Laing of Mountain, as part of West, Bruce Jr. and Laing, played support for Joe Satriani across Europe, the US and Canada and most recently a special Jimi Hendrix Birthday tribute at BB Kings Blues club in NYC with Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) and Corky Laing.

If you never saw Cream live, and you probably haven't, this is the closest you'll ever come to the real thing outside of the real thing itself. Continuing where Cream left off, Sons of Cream is the ultimate Cream tribute, combining Cream's innovative and experimental style with amazing virtuoso talent.

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8:00 pm
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Paul Thorn Band

11-13-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

I get more emails from people to bring Paul back than for anyone.
OK, here he comes.....

Maybe it's because Paul Thorn is an ex-prizefighter and the son of a pentecostal preacher, but they say that attending one of his concerts is like "taking a 6-pack to church!" Proof to that can be found by listening to his song "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand." The first thing you notice is the voice, distinctively soulful and funky, of a man who has walked a long, hot span over dusty Mississippi country roads. For an artist you may never have heard of, Paul has had a long successful career working with musical giants like Sting, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine and Huey Lewis to name a few. Artists like Tanya Tucker, Toby Keith and Sawyer Brown, have covered his songs, but, no one sounds like Paul.
Hailed as the "Mark Twain of Americana", Paul was born in Elvisville (Tupelo, MS), and had the unique background of singing to congregations since early childhood. Connecting with and getting over with the crowd was in his blood from the start. Thorn was working in a chair factory and playing little gigs at night, like pizza parlors etc., in Birmingham, Alabama when Miles Copeland, manager and brother of Stewart (who drummed for the Police), happened to catch one of these gigs, and "discovered" him. On the road to recording a follow-up to his most successful release, 2010's Pimps and Preachers, which was was #1 at Americana Radio for 3 weeks and has spent 7 weeks in Top 5, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter decided to do an album of covers. "I wanted to take a break from myself," he reveals, "do something different, and just have fun." The collection, entitled What The Hell Is Goin' On? found Thorn putting his own gritty rock stamp on some of his favorite songs. The album's centerpiece was penned by blues-rock icon Elvin Bishop, who also played his "wonderfully raw and dirty" guitar solo on the tune. Other special guests on the album were Delbert McClinton and the marvelous McCrary Sisters.
Paul's new album, "Too Blessed to be Stressed," is out now and is probably his best to date. It's full of
charmers like Don't Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy, where Thorn's warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. And his trademark humor is abundant throughout. I Backslide On Friday is a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. This album is a masterpiece and whether you already have it or not, you're going to want Paul to sign this one.

"Paul is one of my favorite artists!" - Bonnie Raitt

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Devens Rock 4 Warriors

11-14-2015

A benefit concert for wounded veterans presented by RAISING RAIDERS in association with The Bull Run Concert Series.

For tickets and more information, go to: devensrock4warriors.com

 

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6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb

11-20-2015

Two Hall of Fame and Grammy-winning songwriters share the stage and their most famous compositions. Karla Bonoff has written hits for Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, Lynn Anderson, Warren Zevon and, most notably, Linda RonstadtJimmy Webb provided career-making classics for Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, The Fifth Dimension, Joe Cocker and many, many more. But to call Webb and Bonoff "songwriters" doesn't do justice to the fact that both have also released (and sung on) their own wonderful albums over the years.

Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation and, in her case, the description is not exaggerated. With a career spanning four decades, she has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity and the unwavering respect of her peers. Starting out at an open mic at LA's Troubadour Karla found herself singing backup for LInda Ronstadt, who recorded three of Bonoff's songs on her album, Hasten Down the Wind. This led to a recording contract for Bonoff and the release of three albums, the last of which, Wild Heart of the Young, featured the Top 40 hit “Personally." Writing hit songs for Ronstadt and many others, Karla became one of the most successful songwriters of her generation. Billboard Magazine put it best, "Long before Alanis and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthly anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today." Her songs have also been featured in several films, such as "About Last Night" (with co-writer J.D. Souther), "Footloose" and "8 Seconds."

The critical acclaim Jimmy Webb has received during his more than 40 years of success is as remarkable as his accomplishments. The composer and singer is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and is the only artist ever to have won Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. Jimmy is best known for the astonishing string of multi-platinum hits he has provided for artists such as Glen Campbell (“By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston”), Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park”), the Fifth Dimension (“Up, Up and Away”), the Brooklyn Bridge (“The Worst That Could Happen”), Art Garfunkel (“All I Know”), Linda Ronstadt (“Easy For You To Say”) and the Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson country supergroup The Highwaymen (“The Highwayman”), among many, many others. Whatever your preferred genre of music is, chances are there's a Jimmy Webb song on your personal playlist. Each night during his live shows, Webb reminds audiences why this preacher's son from Oklahoma has been a hit maker since the age of 16 and a beacon through five generations of the Great American Songbook, enhancing his virtuoso performance of iconic tunes with riveting tales of the inspiration behind some of pop music's biggest songs and singers, and a humorous tour into the days and nights of a songwriting prodigy.

More than just a concert, an evening with Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb in performance is a master class you can sing along with.

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8:00 pm
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The Stompers Annual Thanksgiving & Anniversary Celebration!

11-28-2015

A very special Thanksgiving & Anniversary Celebration!??

The legendary Stompers played their very first show in November 1977. The band has long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for more than three decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans.

The Stompers music appears in the John Sayles film, "Return Of The Secaucus Seven" and the cult classic, "Fraternity Vacation". Their radio hits include, "Coast to Coast", "Rock, Jump and Holler", "Eastside Girl", "One Heart For Sale", "American Fun" and "Never Tell An Angel" which both appear in Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" & "Grown Ups 2" respectfully. The list goes on, as do The Stompers!

The Stompers mission has always been to lift the spirt, shake the body and spread the mighty jubilation that is rock n roll. Keeping that tradition alive and kicking for more than three decades, the band continues to deliver the whole barn burnin’ roof raisin’ foot stompin’ ROCK N ROLL CHURCH to sellout audiences everywhere.

Say it loud brothers and sisters - say it proud!

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA
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