Steep Canyon Rangers received a special honor this week.
The band announced Tuesday, it is one of five nominees in the “Best Bluegrass Album” category for the 2021 Grammy Awards ceremony. The nomination is for the band’s live recording North Carolina Songbook. The eight-song recording was captured April 28, 2019 at the annual Merlfest in Wilkesboro, NC and released Dec. 5, 2019 through Yep Roc Records.
The performance featured in the recording featured performances of ‘Stand By Me’/’Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down’ and ‘Blue Monk’ among others. The record debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Billboard Chart.
Vocalist Woody Platt was humble as he talked about the nomination in a prepared statement.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by the Recording Academy with a Grammy nomination,” said Platt. “It is especially sweet because this record pays tribute to many of the great artists from our musically rich home state of North Carolina.”
Platt’s band mate Graham Sharp expanded on Platt’s statements.
“This album was conceived as a love letter to our home state and the overwhelmingly diverse amount of groundbreaking musicians it has produced,” said Sharp. “It was a joy to perform and we’re truly grateful to be nominated among such a cool slate of our peers.”
Steep Canyon Rangers’ nomination in the 63rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony is just the latest of the band’s honors. The band is a member of the North Carolina music Hall of Fame. The band has also recorded three albums with famed comedian/actor/musician Steve Martin.
The group’s album Nobody Knows You won the Grammy in 2013 in the “Best Bluegrass Album” category. Only a year prior, the band was nominated for its album Rare Bird Alert.
Steep Canyon Rangers released its latest album Arm in Arm this year through Yep Roc Reords.
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Independent rock band Dead Original debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.
The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Let It Burn‘ Friday. The song and its video are the fifth from the band’s forthcoming record Bought and Sold. It comes most recently on the heels of the debut album record’s fourth single, ‘Bought and Sold‘ and its companion video. Also released so far from Bought and Sold are the singles ‘Fade To Light,’ ‘Hard To See‘ and ‘Restrained.’
As with the band’s existing videos, the ‘Let It Burn’ video features the band performing its new single in the already familiar studio setting in which it performed its other singles. The song’s musical arrangement features a reserved, almost contemplative sense through its mid-tempo approach and down-tuned guitars and bass.
Front man Paul Wandtke (ex-Trivium, Rock of Ages) discussed the song’s collective content in a prepared statement.
“‘Let it Burn’ is a little bit different from our whole album as it’s a slower paced groove track with a big vibe and with lyrics centered around embracing one’s problems and misfortunes,” he said. “We think people that dig rock will like this song.”
‘Let It Burn’ is available to stream and download here.
In other Dead Original news, the band recently announced a new live schedule that is set to launch Dec. 4 in West Chicago, IL and to run through Feb. 27 in Boise, ID. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
The annual hard rock and metal festival will take place Dec. 19 at the Sambodromo do Anhembi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tickets will go on sales at 10 a.m. Brazil standard time on Nov. 26 here.
Knotfest Brazil was made possible through a partnership between 30 Entertainment and 5B Artists+Media. Slipknot is scheduled to headline the event. It will also feature music from nine other bands across two stages. Additionally, the festival will feature the Knotfest Museum Food Park and Merchandise Store.
Slipknot founding member Shawn “Clown” Crahan said during a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine that Knotfest is “a dark carnival experience. It’s not just the shows, but the environment created around it. It’s all about having fun. A day dedicated to our mentality, our ideas, to the people we want to be with. I’m talking about smells, sights, hearing, your body, everything will be overloaded with stimulation.”
Knotfest Brazil is just the latest iteration of Slipknot’s annual festival. The festival has also taken place in Mexico, Japan, Columbia, and France.
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Sony/Legacy Recordings and Experience Hendrix, LLC released another important chapter to the story of Jimi Hendrix’s life and career Friday. The “chapter” came in the form of the new live recording/documentary Live in Maui. The brand new release is a presentation that every Hendrix aficionados. The liner notes that accompany the hybrid recording forms the package’s foundation and will be discussed shortly. After having read through the extensive liner notes in the set’s companion booklet, audiences will then remain engaged and entertained by the set’s two live performances by Hendrix and company, as well as the fiasco that was the Rainbow Bridge documentary. The two elements together make the presentation in whole, and unforgettable story on what would sadly become the last chapter of Hendrix’s life. The three-disc set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later. When it is considered along with the collection’s primary and secondary content, the whole becomes a must have for any Jimi Hendrix fan.
On July 30, 1970, legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix and his fellow musicians Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox played what would be one of the group’s final performances together. Only days after the intimate concert, Hendrix would die of a drug overdose. Now thanks to Sony/Legacy Recordings and Experience Hendrix, LLC, audiences can experience the ill-fated concert any time they want on Blu-ray and CD in the form of Live in Maui. Released Friday, the three-disc set is an important chapter in the story of Hendrix’s life and career in part because of the story behind the concert and the documentary that spawned the concert, Rainbow Bridge. That story is told through liner notes featured in the recording’s companion booklet, which were crafted separately by journalists Jeff Slate and John McDermott. Slate points out in his portion of the liner notes, a variety of interesting facts about the documentary that Hendrix was not initially on board for the documentary, which his manager Michael Jeffrey had bankrolled, in large part on Hendrix’s back. It points out that in order to pay for the creation of Rainbow Bridge, Jeffrey had gotten a $1 million advance from Reprise Records – Hendrix’s label at the time – to pay for the creation of Rainbow Bridge, and that half of that amount was taken against potential future royalties from sales of the next album that Hendrix was working on at the time. That is rather selfish of Jeffrey to have done that to Hendrix, let alone trying to get Hendrix and his band mates on board for the documentary even though they already had a packed schedule. This is just a part of what makes this set’s liner notes so important. Slate’s revelation that few if any preparations were made for Hendrix and company ahead of their performance — a rickety stage, microphones that were unable to handle the sound impacts of high winds, and sound problems that are audible and visible in the final recording – shows how short-sighted Jeffrey was in his attempt at an art style production. Viewers will note from Slate’s statements that the foam covering the mics was in fact from the band’s equipment cases, and was meant to muffle the sound of the strong winds that were blowing that day. There are also issues with sound syncing throughout the performance, which Slate also addresses in his liner notes. It reminds audiences that the production problems seen and heard in the concert are not the fault of anyone at Sony/Legacy Recordings and Experience Hendrix, LLC, but rather of those who were behind the creation of Rainbow Bridge and the associated two-set concert.
McDermott, in his notes, backs up Slate’s writing about the production problems that faced Hendrix and his band mates, but pointing out that the trio took the whole thing in stride, performing just as professionally as it would at any other concert. Additionally, McDermott takes time to point out why the concert’s order was presented as was. As a hint, that is also related to the production problems caused by those behind Rainbow Bridge’s creation and that of the concert. Keeping in mind this, everything pointed out in Slate’s notes and even more not mentioned here, the liner notes featured with Live in Maui form a strong foundation for the recording’s presentation. It is just one aspect of what make the recording so appealing. The two sets that make up the recording’s featured concert build on that foundation, making for even more enjoyment and engagement.
The two sets that are featured in Live in Maui are important both for their content and their presentation. As is noted in the recording’s liner notes, the set opens with what was then one of Hendrix’s newest songs, ‘Hey Baby (New Rising Sun).’ From there, the concert went into a series of fan favorites, such as ‘Hear My Train A-Comin’,’ ‘Foxey Lady’ and ‘Purple Haze’ before presenting another new song, ‘Spanish Castle Magic.’ That then new song is followed by another new tune, ‘Lover Man,’ which is itself followed by the first set’s closer, ‘Message to Love.’ In simple terms, Hendrix and company presented the audience with a well-balanced set featuring some familiar content and something new from beginning to end in this case. The second set gives listeners a fair share of familiar songs, too, again, doing its own part to ensure audiences’ engagement and entertainment. The two sets clearly entertained the audience who attended the event. The intimate audience, who had originally taken part in the filming of Rainbow Bridge danced nonstop to the performance.
While the featured set lists do plenty to keep audiences engaged, it should also be noted that the editing used in the recording is impressive in its own right. That is because, as noted in the liner notes, the whole concert was not recorded by cameras during the shoot for Rainbow Bridge. There are plenty of points at which cameras apparently stopped rolling. It is at those points at which the post production came into play. That aspect was also discussed in the liner notes. The painstaking efforts that were taken to assemble the concert’s audio in post paid off, as the transitions are seamless. The result of those efforts is a full concert recording that even without full visual footage still proves so enjoyable. To that end, the combination of the previously unreleased concert footage and audio proves just as enjoyable as the liner notes that accompany the concert and its associated documentary. These two elements together just make up one part of what makes the recording so appealing. The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements.
The packaging used for Live in Maui is important to note through the placement of its three discs. This set’s packaging is not the standard multi-disc presentation. Rather than using a familiar gatefold style packaging for the 2CD/BD set, it opens more like a box, with the cover section opening downward, the another portion opening up, and the final two portions opening left and right. The companion booklet is held in the middle of it all while the CDs and Blu-ray disc each sit in their own spot in the gatefolds. It is an original packaging style to say the very least that also manages to protect each disc. The only downside to the packaging style is that it can put undue stress on the package, leading to the potential of each “wing” tearing over time. Even with that in mind, if a person is careful enough with the packaging, that wear should be minimal over time. To that end, the packaging is more of an aesthetic element here, but is still important to note in its own right. When it is considered along with the liner notes and the concert footage itself, the whole of the recording proves that much more engaging and entertaining. All things considered, this rare live/documentary hybrid set proves to be a welcome addition to the library of any Jimi Hendrix fan.
Sony/Legacy Recordings and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Live in Maui is an important chapter of Jimi Hendrix’s life and career that until now has been unreleased. Now thanks to the companies, it is out there for fans to experience. The liner notes that fill the companion booklet tell a rich story in this chapter. They set the stage for the previously unreleased live recording featured in this set. The packaging that is used to house the set’s two discs and one Blu-ray puts the finishing touch to the set with is aesthetic value. And of course for those who want, the much maligned documentary Rainbow Bridge is also included on the Blu-ray. Though knowing the story, it will make some not even want to watch the program. Regardless, its inclusion in the set along with the concert footage and liner notes, makes the set in whole a must have for any Jimi Hendrix fan and any classic rock fan. It is available now.
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Set It Off will host a livestream concert this weekend.
The band made the announcement Monday that it will host the concert at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. The performance is in support of the band’s most recent album Midnight (2019). VIP packages are sold out, but general admission tickets and bundles are available.
Shortly after the album’s release and the premiere of its singles, Set It Off released a series of songs from the Midnight sessions that never made the album, beginning with ‘Catch Me If You Can.’ Its premiere was followed by that of ‘So Predictable‘ and ‘One Single Second.’
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Laurie Berkner announced the details for two more livestream concerts this week.
Berkner announced Thursday, she will host two more livestream concerts on Dec. 13. The first show is scheduled to take place at noon ET and the second at 5 p.m. ET. Each ticketed concert will take place through Berkner’s official website.
Tickets to the concerts allows access to one or both concerts on one device and a “welcome” video from Berkner. Details on ticket and VIP meet-and-greet packages are noted below.
– Two-Minute Virtual 1-on-1 Private Meet & Greet with Laurie Berkner after the show. Participants will be called directly when it is their turn. – Virtual Photo Opportunity with Laurie Berkner. – Recording of video session emailed to ticket holder 3 days post-event. – Opportunity for parents to chat with fellow families in the Virtual Waiting Room while awaiting their turn in line. – Live tech support.
The holiday-themed concerts will feature a guest appearance by Laurie Berkner Band member Susie Lampert. The shows will feature set lists composed of original compositions from Berkner’s holiday album A Laurie Berkner Christmas, as well as some Christmas and Hanukkah standards.
Berkner commented on the concerts in a prepared statement
“With all that’s going on in the world, I feel so lucky to still be able to share our annual Holiday Concert and celebrate with families this year!,” the statement reads. “These will be my final virtual family concerts of 2020, and I’m so proud and moved by the community that we have built together in these past months. Seeing videos of kids and families sharing loving moments and dancing together to my music makes all of the hard work that we put into each of these livestreamed events completely worth it. I truly can’t wait!”
Additionally, Berkner encouraged audiences to do their own part to enhance the concert experience.
“Get out your holiday lights, dreidels, nutcrackers, candy canes, Hanukkah gelt, wreaths, and stockings!” the statement added. “Maybe your Christmas tree or menorah is already out. You could make a gingerbread house, an ornament, or some hot cocoa, and bring them to the show. Let’s build a winter wonderland together!”
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The Wrecking Ball Metal Festival is going virtual.
The annual music festival, organized and presented by Billy Loney of Keep It Metal Promotions, is scheduled to stream live online at 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 12 through the official Rock Addict Radio website. It will feature among its featured acts, bands, such as Strike Master, Aggressor, and Corners of Sanctuary.
Loney talked about the decision to move the festival online in a prepared statement.
“This year has been a real challenge for everyone, especially the music industry,” said Loney. “Fans and artists have been disconnected by no fault of their own…this is just a way to bridge that gap.”
Family music entertainer Laurie Berkner is re-launching her “Berkner Break” concert series.
The free series is scheduled to start back up Nov. 9 and to run through Dec. 4. The performances are scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. ET live from Berkner’s home. The performances will stream through Berker’s official Facebook and Instagram pages.
Berkner said in a recent interview, that she is looking forward to the performance series’ re-launch.
“I’m so happy to be back! I love doing these live concerts on Facebook (and now we’ve added Instagram!),” said Bernker. “It gives me a chance to connect with kids and families in a way that I have been unable to do since I’ve stopped performing in-person concerts. I love the consistency of doing them every weekday, and I can’t wait to get started!”
The Nov. 16 and Dec. 4 performances will feature special birthday celebrations for young people who were born in November and December respectively. Each other performance will have a special theme, such as Movement Monday, Talk to Me Tueday, and Thankful Thursday.
Berkner’s next full-length livestream concert is scheduled to take place Dec. 13. Details on the ticketed even are available along with all of Berkner’s latest news at:
Boys of Fall is inviting audiences to take part in celebrating the release of its new album, Distance.
The band will hold three ticketed events this month to celebrate the album’s release, which is scheduled to drop Nov. 20 through InVogue Records. The events — Nov. 17, 18, and 19 (each at 9 p.m .ET) — will feature full performances of the album, as well as question and answer sessions with the band, and a behind-the-scenes look at the album’s creation.
Forty years ago Motorhead released what has gone on to become one of the most beloved records in the history of rock when it released Ace of Spades. The timeless album got its own re-issue Friday thanks to officials at /Sanctuary Records in the form of the Ace of Spades Box Set. This multi disc box set is a fitting tribute to the album and to the legacy of Motorhead. That is proven in part through the expansive content featured in the box set. It will be discussed shortly. The box set’s packaging adds to the appeal of its presentation. It will be discussed a little later. The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the box set. All things considered, the 40th anniversary presentation of Ace of Spades proves itself a fitting tribute to an important album and band.
BMG/Sanctuary Records’ newly released 40th anniversary celebration of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades is a fitting tribute to the album and band. It is a presentation that the band’s most devoted audiences will welcome in their music libraries. That is proven in part in its expansive content. Audiences do not just get a standard CD re-issue here. This set is a multi-disc vinyl collection that features the band’s album re-mastered along with two previously unavailable double live albums separate previously unreleased instrumentals and demos ad b-sides. Between the live content, the b-sides, demos, instrumentals and the album, the total track count comes to 73. Along with all of the musical content, audiences also get a bonus comic book, 40-page book that tells the story of Ace of Spade’s creation, “Ace of Spades Tour” booklet, and dice to go along with the board game featured in the packaging. This aspect will be discussed shortly. Adding to the appeal even more is that the collection also features a DVD loaded with a full live concert from 1981 and a series of live TV clips. The live content on the live vinyls is impressive in its own right because on one hand its production is top notch. On the other hand, the content is not limited to just Ace of Spades. Rather, it features music that the band had composed up to and including that point.
The DVD that comes with the box set is an impressive added accent in its own right to the presentation. The editing between the talk show content and live content is smooth. What’s more, the quality of the vintage footage is surprisingly appealing, too. Considering that most of the footage was recorded in 1980 and 1981, it has clearly stood the test of time. That in itself is sure to instill a certain sense of nostalgia among the band’s most devoted and longtime fans. One of the most powerful moments in the presentation comes early in its nearly hour-long presentation as drummer Phil Taylor noted that being in the band was what kept him out of any trouble, and how honestly appreciative he was to be able to be part of the band. The moment when the band is sitting down for an interview on a Swedish talk show is a great light hearted moment, too. Audiences will laugh as Lemmy Kilmister talks about being fired from his first band and starting Motorhead literally three days later. It’s one of those moments when one can only imagine what the rock world would have been like had Lemmy not parted ways with that first band. It was one of those blessing in disguise moments, obviously. That anecdote that he shares is just one of the wonderfully entertaining discussions that audiences get from that talk show. Audiences will have even more to discover for themselves when they purchase this box set. When the content on the Blu-ray is coupled with the material on the vinyls, that whole makes for so much for audiences to appreciate. That goes without saying. All of this is just part of what makes this box set a win for Motorhead fans. The box’s very packaging adds even more to its presentation.
The packaging for the new Ace of Spades box set is so stand out in part because of how it contains everything. The vinyls are essentially stacked inside their own unique “sleeves” inside the bigger case. Essentially they are their own packaging as their own releases within the bigger box. They are stacked one on top of another, but still protected with enough room to move around inside the box without danger of damage. Fans will really appreciate this aspect of the packaging. What’s more, it opens and closes easily and safely without concern about it coming open accidentally.
On another note, the packaging also doubles as a board game, complete with the previously noted dice. So not only do audiences get lots of great music here, but they also get to play a game while taking in that great music at the same time. Simply put, Ace of Spades’ 40th anniversary box set stands out just as much for its packaging as for its content. Now keeping all of this in mind, there is one last element to examine, the pricing.
Ace of Spades 40th Anniversary box set is not an inexpensive set. Using listings at Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart, its average price point is $165. It was not listed at Barnes & Noble Booksellers or at Books-A-Million. That seems like a high price on the surface, but considering that the box contains the Ace of Spades album, two double live recordings, a DVD loaded with live content, a disc containing rarities and b-sides, another disc of previously unreleased instrumentals from the Ace of Spades sessions, a facsimile tour booklet, board game complete with dice, and a comic book, the price really adds up. If audiences consider the average price of a full-length album, the price for a double live recording, and everything else, the pricing is about right. To that end, yes, the average price point is high, but it is not over the top. Amazon offers the lowest of the prices, at $149.82 while Best Buy’s listing of $179.99 is anything but the best buy here. Target’s listing of $153.99 is the middle ground for this set. Walmart has the second highest price at $174.98. Regardless of which retailer audiences choose, the quantity and quality of the content makes the box set a welcome offering for Motorhead’s most devoted and longtime fans. When this is considered along with the content and packaging, the whole shows that even more to be true.
BMG/Sanctuary Records’ new 40th Anniversary re-issue of Motorhead’s landmark album Ace of Spades is a standout among this year’s field of music re-issues. That is proven in part through its expansive content, which will keep listeners engaged and entertained for a long time. The box’s packaging builds on that appeal even more for many reasons. The pricing for the box set rounds out its most important elements, as noted here. Each item noted is important in itself to the set. All things considered, this box set proves a must have for Motorhead’s most devoted and longtime fans. The set is available now. More information on the box set is available along with all of the latest Motorhead news at: