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The Outlaws

5-28-2015

For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Now they return with new music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission: It’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It’s about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. But most of all, it’s about pride.

"It’s About Pride" is the new album from The Outlaws, a record 4 years in the making and perhaps 20 or more in the waiting. And for original Outlaws singer/songwriter/guitarist Henry Paul, it’s a hard-fought revival whose success can be measured in old fans and new music. “Because The Outlaws have been out of the public eye for so long, it’s almost like starting over,” he explains. “But because of the band’s history, we’re seeing this as a new chapter. We’ve written and recorded this album on our own terms, and we’re out to make a significant impression. What our fans loved then they still love now, but most of all, they recognize the heart & soul of what it is we still do.” For co-founding drummer/songwriter Monte Yoho, the journey is both bittersweet and jubilant. “I still think about the friends we made when we first came into this industry, how we struggled to define this thing that became known as ‘Southern Rock’,” Yoho says. “This new album embodies all the things we shared musically and personally, as well as the relationships we have with our fans to this day. It’s about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and why we still love to do this.”

Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws – known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies – became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then-fledgling Arista Records. The band’s first three albums "The Outlaws," "Lady In Waiting" and "Hurry Sundown" – featuring such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song”, “Green Grass & High Tides”, “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man” – would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. Known as ‘The Florida Guitar Army’ by their fans, The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones.

For Henry Paul, Monte Yoho, Billy Crain, Chris Anderson, Dave Robbins and Randy Threet it’s about a band of brothers who love playing their own style of rock, and who 40 years ago first got the chance to take it from Florida to the world.

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Deadbeat: 10th Anniversary Party!

5-29-2015

Gratefully jammin' "The Bull"

This is the 10th Anniversary of Deadbeat
                don't miss the party!


DEADBEAT
is a Grateful Dead Tribute Band in MetroWest Boston playing your favorites from the Dead & JGB, and a handful of others for the dead-head crowd! DeadBeat gigs are upbeat, fun, wild... perfect for you dancers, twirlers, & everyone looking to have a "real good time!

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Deadbeats are: Mike (Bails) Bailey - Bass Guitar - Gary Barth - Rhythm Guitar; Vocals - Rich Cesarini - Keyboards - Jennifer Markard- Vocals - Joe Pulitano - Drums - Brian Stormwind - Lead Guitar; Vocals

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Flair: 2nd Show Added!

5-29-2015

Because their show on 5/30 sold out so quickly,
  we've added this 2nd show!

FLAIR, the band, makes its official debut right here at the Bull Run. Founding members Roger Fluet and Lee Villaire (the band name being a hybrid of their last names) are no strangers to playing the Bull Run, both having played to packed crowds here at their CD launches. Joined by their talented long-time bassist, Marc Feldman, the band has expanded with the arrival of drummer Ron DiNinno, who has shared the stage with Orleans and Billy Ray Cyrus, amongst others. Rounding out the group on keyboard and vocals is uber-talented Elizabeth Lorrey, an accomplished singer/songwriter in her own right.

The band will share Lee and Roger’s latest co-writes along with a slew of cover hits ranging from Pink to Johnny Cash.  Flair shows are always fun and sure to have you singing along and dare we say, maybe even dancing. Come share your flair with Flair!

Special Guest:  singer/songwriter Maranda Fluet!

Opening the festivities is NYC comedian, Kelley Lynn!
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Flair

5-30-2015

FLAIR, the band, makes its official debut right here at the Bull Run. Founding members Roger Fluet and Lee Villaire (the band name being a hybrid of their last names) are no strangers to playing the Bull Run, both having played to packed crowds here at their CD launches. Joined by their talented long-time bassist, Marc Feldman, the band has expanded with the arrival of drummer Ron DiNinno, who has shared the stage with Orleans and Billy Ray Cyrus, amongst others. Rounding out the group on keyboard and vocals is uber-talented Elizabeth Lorrey, an accomplished singer/songwriter in her own right.

The band will share Lee and Roger’s latest co-writes along with a slew of cover hits ranging from Pink to Johnny Cash.  Flair shows are always fun and sure to have you singing along and dare we say, maybe even dancing. Come share your flair with Flair!

Special Guests:  guitarists Kevin Walsh & Ken Bedard!

Opening the festivities is the legendary “Hollywood” with his smooth sounds of R&B!
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Quinn Sullivan

6-4-2015

If you saw this sold-out show last year, you already know what an incredible guitarist/performer Quinn Sullivan is. Forget about the fact that he's fifteen year's old, he's simply amazing.
Watch the piece that "Chronicle" did on him last year HERE

Seven years ago multi-Grammy™ winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy had a remarkable encounter when eight-year-old guitarist Quinn Sullivanjoined him on stage. Guy was so taken with his incredible guitar skills that he invited him to play on his Grammy™ nominated album “Skin Deep” (that also included guest performances from Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi) and tour with him nationally. Quinn's blistering solo on the record was the aptly titled ”Whose Gonna Fill Those Shoes?”

He was soon being invited to perform at festivals, TV and radio programs. So far, he has appeared Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen, Oprah and The Today Show and was featured in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. He has been actively building his craft sharing stages nationally with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and BB King at iconic venues including the Hollywood Bowl, the Apollo Theater and the Beacon. Quinn received a major honor being the youngest artist to play the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and will be performing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden in April, along with an all-star lineup.

Now fifteen, Sullivan has an album on SuperStar records, "Getting There." Produced and co-written with Grammy, ASCAP and BMI award winner, Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, BB King), the album will appeal to hard-core blues fans and rock aficionados and to fans craving authentic, guitar driven, grooves and melodies. Quinn, as it happens, is as adept at vocals as he is at making his beloved Stratocaster sing.
John Heithaus of SuperStar Records, said: “Triple threat artists like Quinn are truly rare. He is a prime example of today’s new breed of songwriters, musicians and performers and we have high aspirations for him!”
Legendary jazz guitarist John McLaughlin said: “He’s unbelievable … and he plays just like Jimi (Hendrix)!”

Buddy Guy says: “You don’t come across talent like this every day. People called Ray Charles a genius? I think you’ve got another one here.”

Watch Quinn on Leno HERE  and   at Buddy Guy's Legends HERE

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Lisa Loeb

6-5-2015

Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. To this day, she is still the only artist to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. And 20 Years after she struck gold with “Stay” the song still remains relevant in pop culture, appearing prominently in TV shows like the hit series, “Orange is the New Black,” “Workaholics,” and “The New Girl” with Zooey Deschanel.
 
The story of Loeb’s early success is well known. A native of Dallas, Texas, Loeb earned her degree in comparative literature from Brown University, where she experienced her first taste of real musical success with the duo, Liz and Lisa. The pair built a substantial following on campus and often booked shows in New York on the weekends. Fellow singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik also played in the band during Lisa’s final year of college. When Loeb moved to NYC after graduation, she continued to develop her vision, this time as a solo artist, and hone her artistic talents while carefully managing the business side of her career. This led to Reality Bites and “Stay” in 1994, and the rest, as we say, is history.
 
Today, Loeb continues to grow as an artist and to push herself and her career forward with a creative zeal and an inner drive not often seen. While becoming a mom of two, she is also in the process of releasing a new eyewear line, in partnership with Classique Eyewear, Lisa Loeb Eyewear; her second children’s book “Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Moving and Shaking” out April 2, 2013; and another adult studio album, "No Fairy Tale," out February 5, 2013. Forever the fearless performer, Lisa Loeb is constantly exploring her creativity and telling original stories; whether by writing a book, producing a TV show, or continuing to develop her acting career.

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Selwyn Birchwood

6-6-2015

If you haven't heard of him yet, you will soon. Believe me, this one is going up.

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience, any audience, is proven night after night on the bandstand.

In 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. He won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. Living Blues says, "Selwyn Birchwood is making waves, surprising people and defying expectations."

His debut album, "Don’t Call No Ambulance," is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, "Don’t Call No Ambulance" is a window into the future of the blues. “All originals and no filler,” he says of the album. “It’s that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear.”

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JOAN OSBORNE: The Love & Hate Tour

Joan Osborne: The Love & Hate Tour

6-12-2015

Whether you know Joan Osborne for the mega-hit "What if God Was One of Us" or for her fiery cover of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" from the movie Standing in the Shadows of Motown, it's clear that the singer is no cookie-cutter alt-babe.

This diverse and soulful singer-songwriter earned seven Grammy nods, sang lead with The Grateful Dead, shared stages with such divergent talents as Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Patti Smith, graced the Grand Ole Opry stage and participated in the Lilith Fair. "I just love so many different kinds of music. I know the conventional wisdom about having a career is to define yourself very clearly and just be that one thing really well," Joan says. "But I always felt that I wanted to try everything that I was drawn to. I have been very lucky that I've been welcomed into all these different musical worlds and musical environments."

Osborne's new album, "Love and Hate" is one of her most personally-charged, creatively ambitious efforts to date. “This one feels a little different,” Osborne says of her new release. While she has already earned a reputation as both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter, her soulful songcraft reaches a new level of musical and lyrical resonance on Love and Hate.

Joan will be accompanied by her amazing pianist, Keith Cotton, at this show, so you can expect many familiar favorites along with selections from this wonderful new album.

"There's a substance and depth here that is not easily achieved.. Osborne is getting more interesting with time." - RollingStone.com
"4 stars... a triumph of ‘love'... Osborne's back with a sparkling theme album…a fine, and focused, collection of music." - New York Daily News
"Her sweet yet husky voice is a wonderfully expressive instrument, bringing emotional honesty, a.k.a. soul, to every performance..." - American Songwriter
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Eric Lilljequist, Dean Adrien & Steve Abdu

Eric Lilljequist, Dean Adrien and Steve Abdu (Ballroom)

6-13-2014 (Ballroom)

Sometime in the mid 60's Eric Lilljequist formed the Boston Country-Rock band The Orphans. A few years later, while taking vocal lessons from legendary voice teacher Dante Bavone, who worked with Faye Dunaway, Peter Wolf & Steven Tyler, Eric met his musical partner, guitarist/vocalist Dean Adrien, at the suggestion of Bavone. Their harmonies were a perfect fit, like Lennon/McCartney or The Everly Brothers. Along with bassist Steve Abdu and drummer Richard Adelman, they caught the attention of Epic Records, and released a pair of singles. The name got changed to Orphan and Ed Mottau, who worked with John Lennon, took over as Manager. During this time, they were performing on record and live with Jonathan Edwards of "Sunshine Go Away Today" fame. Four Eric Lilljequist compositions showed up on Edwards' 1973 Atco release "Have a Good Time for Me," the title taken from Eric's song "Have Yourself a Good Time for Me" which also appeared on Orphan's final London release, "More Orphan Than Not." Lilljequist and Adrien played on Edwards' first three Atco albums. Orphan played on bills with Martin Mull, The McKinney Brothers, Travis Shook & the Club Wow and toured the country opening for the Allman Brothers, the Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Hot Tuna and Jessie Colin Young, even recording at Young's house. Orphan backed up Chuck Berry at the Cape Cod Coliseum and Lilljequist and Adrien performed with Bo Diddley at Symphony Hall. Later on they became, and still are, Tom Rush's main backup singers; appearing on "Tom Rush; Live at Symphony Hall". Also, see their own show here at Bull Run on December 7.
Seeing Eric and Dean perform together as a duo is a rare and wonderful experience. Their voices still blend together like two pieces of a grand puzzle. Eric's voice is reminiscent of Van Morrison and Boz Scaggs but is pure Eric in the end. And whether he's playing acoustic or electric, his guitar work is first rate. To see them live is to understand the word "perform". What they give out in concert is from the soul and can't be bottled or easily traded on the net. You'll know when you see them that you're witnessing greatness.


And now, at this show, with the addition of Steve Abdu on bass...
This is definitely "More Orphan than Not" !

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Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun w/ Special Guest Commander Cody

6-13-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Bill Kirchen and Commander Cody (George Frayne) re-united.
This is the show we've been waiting for. The Commander will Join Bill & his band, Too Much Fun, for one wild night of song & dance.

Bill was the guitar player in the original Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen back in the day, when they were a hell-on-wheels, rip snortin' party band. The Commander on keys leading the musical mayhem and controlled chaos, sporting his legendary antics and sparking up even the toughest crowds and Bill puttin' the twang in that Hot Rod Lincoln sound, which was a runaway hit in 1972. They found themselves on bills with the Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin & The Eagles; headlining The Fillmore & other legendary rock clubs. Their album "Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas" was named as Rolling Stones 100 Greatest of all time. They were the essence of American Roots Music with songs like "Truck Drivin' Man," "20 Flight Rock," "Down to Seeds & Stems Again," "Lost in the Ozone," "Smoke Smoke Smoke that Cigarette" and "Diggy Liggy Lo."


Bill Kirchen, the "Titan of the Telecaster," has been on stage & recordings with Nick Lowe, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Danny Gatton and Hoyt Axton. He received a Grammy nomination in 2001. In 2002 he was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame along with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and John Phillip Sousa as well as winning 10 additional Wammies including Artist of the Year and Musician of the Year. In previous years, he won 2000 Rock/ Roots Rock Instrumentalist of the Year, Roots Rock Album (Raise A Ruckus) and 1999 Instrumentalist of the Year at the WAMA Awards, as well as being a multiple winner in 1997 and 1998, receiving ten awards, including Songwriter of the Year.

Nick Lowe
calls Bill, "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth."
Indy Week calls him "One of the best guitarists in the land."
I call him "lightning in a bottle."
You can call him whatever you want - but do not miss this show!
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Sleepy LaBeef

6-19-2015

"They call him the human jukebox. But Sleepy Labeef is more than just a guy whose buttons you push to reproduce somebody else's sounds. When Sleepy wraps his tonsils around a tune, he owns it, blasting out at you with a window-rattling baritone that sounds like its been drug through Texas behind a team of hosses. LaBeef still retains the fire and power that transforms anything he touches into Sleepy property." - No Depression Magazine

Arkansas-born and Texas-bred musical road warrior Sleepy LaBeef has been playing gigs across America and overseas for more than 55 years. And at 76 he is a master of the genre, at the top of his form. Standing 6'7" with a rumbling basso-profundo voice and driving electric guitar style, he is known to many of his fans as "The Human Jukebox" because of his huge repertoire of songs.
"Sleepy LaBeef rides Again," is a new DVD Documentary that centes on a live concert recorded in Nashville in early 2012 and a recording session at RCA Studio B the following morning. In front of an enthusiastic crowd Sleepy and band take the audience on an epic journey demonstrating that there is no artist alive who has a better grasp of American roots music. He was a witness at the birth of rock and roll, and his music crosses all borders from rockabilly to gospel, country, blues and more. Director Seth Pomeroy weaves four short documentary segments into the live concert, providing essential insight into a unique artist who is into his seventh decade of making music. Studio footage, interviews and archival segments explore the fascinating world of Sleepy LaBeef - the greatest Americana music artist you almost never heard of.
For half a century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks and on the road. He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the sixties and as recently as the year 2000. LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history: Elvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, has numbered in his band over five hundred people (including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin), and has been an admitted influence to such a variety of people as Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen and the Beatles.
And today, at 76, Sleepy still performs two hundred shows a year and plays with such energy that people a third of his age are annihilated when they attempt to keep up with him. His live sets are truly indescribable. In this day of studio effects and ever-changing technology, many record buyers wonder why a live show even matters. Sleepy LaBeef is the answer.

"Mr. LaBeef is a living, breathing guitar-picking history of American music."
-
The New York Times


He possesses one of the most distinctive and compelling baritone voices ever to be heard in rock. Sleepy does not imitate tradition. Sleepy is that tradition."
- Detroit Metro Times


"There are few who have ever forgotten the experience of seeing him perform." - Nashville Tennessean
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Marty Nestor & the Blackjacks special live CD Event

Marty Nestor & The BlackJacks special live CD event

6-20-2015 (Ballroom)

Marty Nestor will be recording a new live CD from the Bull Run.
Come down and be part of this special event.

Marty Nestor's music has been described in a lot of ways; edgy roots rocker, blues player, folk singer, songwriter. It is a melting pot of many different musical styles. His songwriting conjures up comparisons to The Band, Leon Russell, Tom Petty and Dylan and his writing brings a sense of hope and dark reality that make listeners want to be involved as he weaves his tale.
 
Marty started playing the local folk mass when he was 11 years old and has toured extensively over the years in the New England area. He has been in a number of well know regional acts over the years and has shared the stage with a host of National acts. Numerous radio stations are playing songs from his record " Saint of the Highway" as he continues to write new original music that he will release in the near future. Marty will be joined by his band, Jeff Root, Lloyd llsley and Carl Johnson.

"Marty's music is a bit like Arlo Guthrie meets John Hammond Jr. All compositions are folk ballads and Americana and are very personal and introspective. His playing is solid and voice expressive and some of his music is stripped down to just a n acoustic guitar. When he flexes his muscles, his tunes are done with the slight swagger and confidence of a first rate barroom band."- A.J. Wachtel- Noise Magazine

Special Guest: Sandy Spence - "Sandy Spence's CD, "Not Without Looking Back," mixes Folk, Pop, Country and Country Rock with a splash of R&B and a speck of Gospel Styling. Spence as a singer shines with big show- stopper vocals and can blow the roof off any music hall around!" - Alan Lewis, Boston Globe & New England Scrapbook News.
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Janiva Magness Band

Janiva Magness

6-21-2015

It's Father's Day - Bring your daddy to see Janiva!

Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today, possessing an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. A charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows, she is a gutsy and dynamic powerhouse. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor was the first). She also won Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year, an honor she received in 2006 and 2007. She has received a total of seventeen Blues Music Award nominations, including one for 2012 and 2013 Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. In 2015 she has been nominated for Song of the Year for "Let Me Breathe" - Contemporary Blues Album for her newsest, "Original" and, once again, "Contemporary Blues Female Artist."

If there were any justice in the world, Janiva Magness’s newest, "Original," would be as ubiquitous as Adele’s last album. You should hear her songs pouring out of car windows, women (and men) singing along, tears in their eyes from the sheer power of it. Magness has an unbelievable voice, emotive and strong, and writes personal lyrics that speak to everyone... She needs to be heard by a wide audience. She’s amazing. - Melissa Bratcher, PopShifter Review

USA Today declared, “Magness is a blues star,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Magness sings superbly, with a scorching intensity.”

Born near Detroit, Magness immersed herself in records by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and all the other R&B greats. She formed her first band, Janiva Magness and The Mojomatics in 1985, and soon after the influential Phoenix New Times named her group the city’s Best Blues Band. The Chicago Sun-Times raved, “Her songs run the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy. A master of the lowdown blues who is equally at ease surrounded by funk or soul sounds, Magness invigorates every song with a brutal honesty,” while Blues Revue called her “a blues interpreter of the highest rank…punchy and tough…swaggering, incendiary vocal performances.” Fueled by all the positive press, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition profiled Magness, putting her in front of an audience of millions and expanding her ever-growing fan base. Living Blues declared, “Accolades come easy when you’re this good. Magness is blessed with smoky, seductive pipes that bend the blues into pure enchantment. Her steely conviction is authentic, soulful and playful. The emotion rings true.”

"Hopefully, this recording will bring the rest of the world to Janiva, and then they'll know, like I know, that she's one of the "real deals" out there." - Bettye LaVett
“One of the most fiery and original vocalists in contemporary blues and soul… Thoughtful, inventive and almost unerringly on the money.” - MOJO
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Los Lobos

6-25-2015

Four decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, "Just Another Band from East L.A." Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title - Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots. These triple-Grammy winners have been influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. Get ready to dance to "Don’t Worry Baby," "The Road to Gila Bend," "Will the Wolf Survive?,"  "Maricela" and, wait for it, "La Bamba" plus many, many more great songs.

Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut "How Will The Wolf Survive?" in 1984. And though the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band, David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin, saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse musical mix “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well, and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973. The band chronicles a key moment of their expansive journey on "Disconnected In New York City," their dynamic new live album that marks the band’s 40th anniversary and launches their new association with 429 Records.

Ten years ago, on their 30th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine summed up that distinctive, diverse and spontaneous Los Lobos aesthetic perfectly: “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them.
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NO STATIC: Tribute to Steely Dan

6-26-2015

No Static, one of the few Steely Dan tribute bands in the country, is made up of 10 musicians from around the Boston area. They specialize in expertly performing the music of "Steely Dan." Re-creating that bluesy jazz-rock sound that sprung from the fertile imaginations of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker is no small feat. As you Dan-Fans know, the tunes are convoluted and complex, spanning many genres; very precise, with time changes and key changes popping up where sometimes least expected. Vocally and musically challenging, this is not an easy band to pay tribute to.
 
No Static has been doing it for over 10 years now and their sold-out shows tell the tale. They work at it and they get it right. Over the years they have been lucky enough to share the stage with Steely Dan band members, Walt Weiskopf (saxophonist) and Jon Herington (Music Director/guitarist).

No Static Lineup:
Fil Ramil - Lead Vocals/Guitar, Lydia Harrell - Vocals, Rosemary St. George - Vocals, Jamie Sheldon - Bass, Barry Lit - Drums, Rob Currier - Keys/vocal, Mitch Rodriguez - Guitar/vocal, Robert Holfelder- Trombone/Horn Arrangements, Brad Kohl - Sax and Walter Platt - Trumpet/Horn Arrangements.


"Now it's party time - Wrap your mind - Around this sound - And let the goodness ripple down - Goodbye to Lonely Street - You're in the Catbird Seat - At THE STEELY DAN SHOW"

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Mason Jennings

6-28-2015

At first glance, Mason Jennings may not look like the kind of guy capable of delivering such amazing vocals. Looks can be deceiving though, because he really has an amazing voice that delivers on the cliché of soothing the soul.
For his 10th studio album, the Minnesota-based musician called on producer Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, The Pines, Iris DeMent), as well as a wish-list-plucked lineup of guest musicians that includes DeMent and Neil Young drummer Chad Cromwell. The result of those “dream collaborations” and his own hard-won inspiration is the latest album "Always Been," Mason’s most radiant and refined effort of his career. Jennings says his main ambition is for the album to uplift its listeners. “Music’s always been very transformative for me. I remember hearing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as a kid and having it hit me in a really deep way,” he says. Noting that the medicinal quality of DeMent’s albums was a major influence on the mood of Always Been, Jennings adds that he ultimately aims to create music with its own healing effect. “I started making music because music saved my life when I was little - it was something I could go to and always have a feeling of connection, even when times were hard,” he says. “Above all else, I want to make sure I always remember that trying to give other people that sort of feeling is the major purpose behind what I’m doing.”
“Love is the most important thing to me, my relationship with my wife and kids,” Mason says, adding “And music has always been as important as breathing to me. I have come to realize that to have it all, I have to take the long view when it comes to integrating all these parts of my life.”

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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.

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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

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Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White (Sawtelle Room)

7-11-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Louisiana born Tony Joe White, or The Swamp Fox as he's aptly called, is an American Original; a national musical treasure; the real deal - really. White is best known for 1969’s “Polk Salad Annie” and for "Rainy Night in Georgia," which he wrote but was first made popular by
Brook Benton. He also wrote "Steamy Windows" and "Undercover Agent for the Blues" both big hits for Tina Turner in 1989; those two songs came by way of Turner's producer at the time, Mark Knopfler, who is a friend of White. Dusty Springfield had a hit with “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” and Elvis Presley brought “For Ol’ Times Sake” and “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” to the charts.

But White has always been a singular performer in his own right; the honeyed burr of his baritone, his alternately tough and tender vocal delivery and liberal use of his “whomper stomper” wah-wah pedal lend him a completely distinctive sound. Simply put, nobody, but nobody, sounds like Tony Joe White. He's got the down-home swampy bayou thing down, not because he studied it, but because it's who he is - it's in his blood.
Some of his songs, like “They Caught the Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora, Arkansas” and “My Kind of Woman” could blow the doors off any roadhouse south of the Mason-Dixon line. While his ballads, like "Louisiana Rain" will show you where Blues came from and still lives…..
He has worked with all the greats in the business, including the legendary team of Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd with the mighty Muscle Shoals sessioneers in support. But despite his illustrious past, he feels no pressure to top himself. “Maybe I’ll stop playing shows and making records when the songs quit coming to me" he says. "But they still come to me…"

Tony Joe recently made a guest appearance with the Foo Fighters on Letterman for the performance of “Polk Salad Annie.” Watch the video HERE    
Also catch the Foo Fighters HBO series "Sonic Highways" Nashville episode featuring Tony Joe White, which aired Friday, Oct. 31.


His new album, "Rattlesnakes & Cookies" was just released on December 10, 2014 and he'll be signing copies at the show.


More great videos:   Hoodoo NowSwamp Rap   -   Lake Placid Blues

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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 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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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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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.

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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

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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…?”

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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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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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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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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.

Shun Ng at 23 years old is already an international star, a soulful, world class guitarist and electric performer.

Quincy Jones says: "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."

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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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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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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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Devens Rock 4 Warriors

11-15-2015

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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2:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA
Tickets go on sale on 06/30/2015 at 10:00 am EST
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