Saturday, October 25, 2014

Musical Force @CursiveTheBand Announces Remastered Deluxe Edition Reissue of the Celebrated "The Ugly Organ" Album + 2015 Tour Dates

Cursive is set to release an expanded, deluxe reissue of their 2003 breakthrough album The Ugly Organ on November 24, 2014 via Saddle Creek. The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] will be available on 2xCD and 2xLP 180-gram vinyl, with eight additional tracks on the accompanying disc. These tracks - written during the same sessions as and originally intended for The Ugly Organ - were previously found across the band's 8 Teeth To Eat You split with Eastern Youth, their 'Art Is Hard' and 'The Recluse' singles, and the Saddle Creek 50 compilation.

The packaging for both The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] 2xCD and 2xLP includes a booklet with extensive liner notes comprised of rare photos, original artwork drafts, handwritten lyrics, a list of all tour dates from the era, and an introduction written by Kyle Ryan of The AV Club. A full track listing can be seen below; a pre-order is now available via the Saddle Creek webstore: http://saddle-creek.com/store/646.

From the maniacal opening notes and carnival barker howl that launch the album, The Ugly Organ wasted no time searing itself into a listener's ears and quickly established Cursive as a musical force with which to be reckoned. The album arrived three years after the underground success of their 2000 LP Cursive's Domestica, which introduced frontman Tim Kasher's particularly confessional and conceptual songwriting style, and saw him delving even further into and refining that craft. A self-aware examination of artistic constraints (or lack thereof), relationships, sex, and the intersection of all three, The Ugly Organ wowed critics and audiences alike with its cerebral, cathartic blend of songs that are alternately hushed and restrained, riotous and dissonant. Fiercely intelligent and cohesive - the liner notes laid the songs out like a play, complete with stage directions - across its diverse sonic landscape, the album landed Cursive on the Sunday Arts & Leisure section cover of The New York Times (which also called it "a marvelous collection of riddles and left turns, conceived as a single piece of musical theater") and earned accolades from Rolling Stone ("a brilliant leap forward"), Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Alternative Press (★★★★★), MAGNET ("The best punk record you'll hear all year"), Esquire, and SPIN, among many others, as well as a place on numerous year-end best lists.

The Ugly Organ feels as vibrant and vital today as it did upon release more than 10 years ago. A landmark album, it not only catapulted the Omaha, NE-based band from the simmering indie underground to the forefront of a genre, and was the second Saddle Creek album to break the 100,000 sold mark, but also served to inspire a host of young bands in its wake.

Cursive has also announced a new run of tour dates early next year, beginning February 10th in Salt Lake City and wrapping up on March 21st with a hometown show in Omaha. The tour also includes a show at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA on February 20th and two nights at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY on March 10th and 11th. Each night's setlist will feature songs culled from across the band's seven albums - including their most recent, 2012's I Am Gemini - in addition to drawing heavily from The Ugly Organ. A cellist will also accompany the band throughout the tour to perform on all The Ugly Organ-era songs. A current itinerary is below.

The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition) [Remastered] track listing:

Disc/LP One

    The Ugly Organist
    Some Red-Handed Slight of Hand
    Art Is Hard
    The Recluse
    Herald! Frankenstein
    Butcher the Song
    Driftwood: A Fairy Tale
    A Gentleman Caller
    Harold Weathervein
    Bloody Murderer
    Sierra
    Staying Alive

Disc/LP Two


    Excerpts from Various Notes Strewn Around the Bedroom of April Connolly, Feb. 24, 1997 (from 8 Teeth To Eat You)
    Am I Not Yours? (from 8 Teeth To Eat You)
    Escape Artists (from 8 Teeth To Eat You)
    May Flowers (from 8 Teeth To Eat You)
    Sinner's Serenade (from the 'Art Is Hard' single)
    Nonsense (from Saddle Creek 50)
    Once (from 'The Recluse' single)
    Adapt (from 'The Recluse' single)

Cursive tour dates:

FEB. 10           DENVER, CO                           BLUEBIRD THEATER
FEB. 12           SALT LAKE CTY, UT               URBAN LOUNGE
FEB. 13           BOISE, ID                                NEUROLUX
FEB. 14           SEATTLE, WA                         NEUMOS
FEB. 15           PORTLAND, OR                      DOUG FIR LOUNGE
FEB. 17           SAN FRANCISCO, CA            SLIM'S
FEB. 20           LOS ANGELES, CA                 ECHOPLEX
FEB. 21           POMONA, CA                          GLASSHOUSE
FEB. 22           SAN DIEGO, CA                      THE CASBAH
FEB. 23           PHOENIX, AZ                          CRESCENT BALLROOM
FEB. 25           EL PASO, TX                           TRICKY FALLS
FEB. 27           AUSTIN, TX                             THE MOHAWK
FEB. 28           DALLAS, TX                             TREES
MAR. 1            HOUSTON, TX                         FITZGERALD'S
MAR. 5            CARRBORO, NC                      CAT'S CRADLE
MAR. 6            WASHINGTON, DC                  BLACK CAT
MAR. 7            PHILADELPHIA, PA                 UNION TRANSFER
MAR. 10          NEW YORK, NY                       BOWERY BALLROOM
MAR. 11          NEW YORK, NY                       BOWERY BALLROOM
MAR. 14          CAMBRIDGE, MA                    THE SINCLAIR
MAR. 21          OMAHA, NE                             THE WAITING ROOM

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Country Music Legend @SteveWariner Announces 2 Intimate Performances at @AcmeNashville

Acme Feed & Seed (located at 101 Broadway) and country music legend Steve Wariner are pleased to announce two intimate musical performances at Acme's concert venue and event space on the third floor, The Hatchery, on October 27 and November 10.

The shows will give fans a behind-the-scenes look into Wariner's musical world, spotlighting songs and musical styles that influenced his career in addition to his beloved hits.  Wariner will perform solo and in smaller musical collaborations with other musicians, surprise guest artists and songwriters, making each show unique.  In true Acme-fashion, you never know who will jump on stage.

Steve Wariner is a four-time GRAMMY and CMA Award- winning artist who dominated country music radio in the '80s and '90s with 14 No. 1 songs and more than 30 Top Ten hits, including such classics as "Holes in the Floor of Heaven," "Life's Highway," "The Weekened," "I'm Already Taken,"  "I Got Dreams," "Small Town Girl," "Two Teardrops," "Some Fools Never Learn," "Lynda," and more.  A native of Noblesville, IN, Wariner was discovered at age 17 by Dottie West who hired him on the spot as her bass player. He performed with West, Bob Luman, and Chet Atkins for several years before embarking on his legendary solo career.  An award-winning songwriter, Wariner has also composed songs for Clint Black ( "Nothin' But the Taillights"), Garth Brooks ("Longneck Bottle"), Bryan White ("One Small Miracle"), and Keith Urban ("Where the Blacktop Ends"), as well as artists such as Country Music Hall of Fame members Alabama, Kenny Rogers, The Statler Brothers, Conway Twitty, and Don Williams; pop music icon Peter Tork (of The Monkees); R&B singer Ruben Studdard; bluegrass music's revered Del McCoury Band, and many more.  Revered for his guitar talent, he was given the rare status of C.G. P. (Certified Guitar Player) by his mentor Chet Atkins. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Wariner's current album is It Ain't All Bad. For more information, visit www.SteveWariner.com.

Acme Feed & Seed is a historic, restored three story building with a rooftop patio located at the corner of 1st and Broadway that invites to both locals and visitors to experience a new Nashville on Lower Broadway. Proprietor, Tom Morales (TomKats, Loveless Cafe, The Southern, Saffire) says, "Acme Feed & Seed will focus on the customer experience by identifying and ensuring that all contact points represent a genuine hospitality experience by creating a unique 'Nashville' atmosphere that is local, authentic, fun and affordable while elevating the traditional honky-tonk experience."

Those in attendance will be some of the first to attend a show at Acme Feed & Seed's premiere music venue, The Hatchery which will be the largest one-level event and music venue on Lower Broadway. Inspired by the long-held moniker of the building as an actual chick hatchery, this 7,000 square foot venue provides unparalleled character, historic charm and an open floor plan.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Be Sure to Pick Up a Copy of The Legacy Journey by @DaveRamsey

What does the Bible really say about money? About wealth? How much does God expect you to give to others? How does wealth affect your friendships, marriage, and children? How much is "enough"?

There's a lot of bad information in our culture today about wealth—and the wealthy. WorseThe Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity, there's a growing backlash in America against our most successful citizens, but why? To many, wealth is seen as the natural result of hard work and wise money management. To others, wealth is viewed as the ultimate, inexcusable sin. This has left many godly men and women confused about what to do with the resources God has put in their care. They were able to build wealth using God's ways of handling money, but then they are left feeling guilty about it. Is this what God had in mind?

The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity, the latest book from #1 New York Times Bestselling author Dave Ramsey, takes you deep into God's Word, revealing His perspective on wealth, your personal and family legacy, and how He wants to use you to further His kingdom work around the world. You can truly live—and leave—a legacy. The journey starts today.

Dave Ramsey is America's trusted voice on money and business. He's authored five New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership and Smart Money Smart Kids. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by millions of listeners each week on hundreds of radio stations.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin Festival Tonight at @nashfarmmarket

The final Night Market of the 2014 season! Enjoy shopping, wine from the cash bar, live music, artisan booths, kids' activities and much more. Market House restaurants and shops will be open. Vendors in the farm sheds will sell local produce, meat, cheese, plants and more! This event will feature a pumpkin theme and will kick off a weekend of pumpkin carving, painting and family-friendly activities at the Nashville Farmers' Market.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 5 PM - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE FARMERS' MARKET FREE

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Steve Boone's "Hotter Than a Match Head: Life on the Run with The Lovin' Spoonful" is a Treasure Trove of Delights

On October 15, 1967, bass player Steve Boone took the Ed Sullivan Show stage for the final time, with his band The Lovin’ Spoonful. Since forming in the basement of a Greenwich Village hotel in early 1965, Boone and his bandmates had released an astounding nine Top 20 singles, the first seven of which hit the Billboard Top 10, including the iconic Boone co-writes “Summer in the City” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice.”

Little did Steve Boone know that the path of his life and career would soon take a turn for the bizarre, one that would eventually find him looking at the world through the bars of a jail cell. From captaining a seaworthy enterprise to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia, to a period of addiction, to the successful reformation of the band he’d helped made famous, Hotter Than a Match Head: My Life on the Run with The Lovin’ Spoonfultells the story of Boone’s personal journey along with that of one of the most important and enduring groups of the 1960s.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nashville's @TennesseeTitans Tie for Last in NFL Popularity, Full #Titans and NFL Rankings

For 2014, the Tennessee Titans have tied the Jacksonville Jaguars as the least popular team in the National Football League. Sadly, the Titans are used to their poor ranking as shown by their historic rankings in the Harris Interactive Poll.

Titan rankings in 1998 = 29, 1999 = 31, 2002 =  17, 2003 = 14, 2004 = 23, 2005 = 25, 2006 = 15, 2007 = 26, 2008 = 25, 2009 = 9, 2010 = 21, 2011 = 21, 2013 = 31 2014 =31

Full NFL Popular Team Rankings for 2014

Denver Broncos  1
New York Giants  2
Green Bay Packers  3
Dallas Cowboys 4
Pittsburgh Steelers 5
Seattle Seahawks 6
San Francisco 49ers 7
New England Patriots 8
Chicago Bears 9
New Orleans Saints 10
New York Jets 11
Minnesota Vikings 12
Detroit Lions 13
Washington Redskins 14
Philadelphia Eagles 15
Miami Dolphins 15
Cincinnati Bengals 17
Oakland Raiders 18
Arizona Cardinals 19
Cleveland Browns 20
Buffalo Bills 20
Atlanta Falcons 22
Baltimore Ravens 23
San Diego Chargers 23
Kansas City Chiefs 23
Indianapolis Colts 26
Houston Texans 27
Carolina Panthers 28
St. Louis Rams 29
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30
Jacksonville Jaguars 31
Tennessee Titans 31

Crown Prince of the Mud Diggers @LennyCooper44 Partners with @MonsterXtour

Average Joes Entertainment’s Lenny Cooper and Monster Truck Entertainment have joined forces for the 2015 season of the Monster X Tour.  Cooper is set to be the musical entertainment for five shows on the upcoming Monster X Tour kicking off January 9 in Augusta, GA.  Cooper’s concerts will feature the new Monster X Tour theme song, “Flex That X,” found on Cooper’s recently released third studio album, The Grind.

 Monster Truck Entertainment’s Monster X Series provides quality, safe, family entertainment that features all the top Monster trucks battling it out. In addition to appearances by Lenny Cooper, these extreme live events also include pit parties and driver autograph sessions, freestyle motorcross, quad wards and truck rides. Tickets are on sale now and available here.

“I'm so happy to say I'm going to be a part of the Monster X Tour,” states Lenny Cooper. “It's going to be fun to be able to play in front of thousands of people and give them some great music. I’m ready to turn it up and 'Flex That X!'”

"Teaming up with Lenny was such a natural fit," said Monster X Tour COO, Tony Maderazzo. "We all have the same passion for BIG trucks with BIG tires and a ton of Mud Slingin’ action!”

Cooper’s Monster X Tour appearances include the following dates:
January 9-10 - Augusta, GA
January 16-17 - Jackson, MS
February 6-7 - Estero, FL
February 20-21 - Montgomery, AL
February 27-28 - Asheville, NC

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Americana Folk Rockers @Clopezmusic's EP is out today - have you listened yet?

Having one foot planted in the folksy, fiery twang of modern-day Americana and the other inching toward the rootsy rock & roll of early Sun Records, the West Virginia-based Christian Lopez Band is ready to make a lasting mark. Recently signed to Blaster Records, the band is set to release their debut EP, Pilot, on October 14th.

At 19 years old, front man Christian Lopez is growing into one of Americana’s most promising new performers and songwriters.  Lopez sought out and signed a management deal with Rock Ridge Music at the end of 2013, who in turn, immediately played the initial demos for Blaster Records President, Derek Simon.  In old school style befitting an artist who cites classic influences like The Band, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, a deal was struck after the first listen.

“The decision to sign Christian practically made itself,” says Blaster Records President Derek Simon.  “He’s such a special talent and his poise and presence make it easy to forget just how young he is.  There’s a shared vision between Christian, his management and our team and it just makes sense for us to be working together.”

Things kicked into high gear after bringing on producer Dave Cobb (recent Rolling Stone Country story on Dave Cobb), the man behind critically-acclaimed Americana albums like Jason Isbell's Southeastern and Sturgill Simpson'sMetamodern Sounds in Country Music. A window in the producer’s busy schedule allowed Lopez to get into Cobb's Nashville studio in April 2014 to record Pilot, a five-song EP that also highlights bandmate Chelsea McBee, an old-time banjo picker.

“Blaster Records truly believes in me, and that's really the greatest thing an artist could ask for in a label,” says Lopez.  “I'm very proud and excited to be working with Blaster, and the work we've done so far has felt very natural and very right. They are passionate about music and have made the songs that I've carried with me for my entire lifetime actually come to life.”

Lopez began playing piano at 5 years old, picked up the guitar at 9 and began writing songs as a teenager. Backed by a group of local pickers, he started touring before he could legally drive and racked up a long list of accomplishments along the way, including stints on the Warped Tour and the Belk-sponsored “Modern Southern Music” tour, which found him performing pre-show on bills with Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band.  Armed with their first label release and a passionate team behind them, the band will remain on tour throughout the fall while Lopez continues writing new material for a forthcoming full-length album.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Singer-songwriter @TobyLightman Announces Tour Dates for New Album "Every Kind of People"

New York based singer-songwriter Toby Lightman is set to release her new album digitally, Every Kind of People out on Oct 27th produced by Curt Schneider (Lissie, Natasha Be Bedingfield). The 12-track album portrays Toby's long time affair with living in a bustling city coupled with the highs and lows of the human condition.

Every Kind of People ranges from the rhythmic truth of the title track and single, "Every Kind of People" to the tumultuous fear of a broken heart in "Running from Love." Toby channels the nostalgia of youth on "Whatever Happened," and the illuminous humor of vulnerability on the upbeat "Hangin out to Dry."  Toby cries out from the devastation of a fight with a lover on "When You Ran" and spits sarcastic wit on the satirical "Brand Spankin New."  The album takes you into Toby's world when she describes the moment she knew she found her now husband on "Bumps in the Road" and, continues on the journey to illustrate the meaning of love on the epic track "My Love and Me."

"I spent years writing songs about my life and my own personal love and loss for this record, only to realize that my stories were also being played out in front of me on the street. From the girl that's standing on the street crying, to the older man sleeping on the subway heading home from a long day of work.  I feel all of them.  We are all feeling the same things, I know we all are feeling the same things, and that's what I tried to convey in these songs."

To support the new release, Toby has embarked on a east coast run of dates that kicked off on Oct 9th at the YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore, NY and will take her through the Rockwood Music Hall Residency in NY on Oct 16th and Nov. 20th in a intimate story-telling setting with the themes of "Night for Love" and "Night for Life." Toby will continue performing songs from her new album in Philadelphia, Vienna, VA and concluding in Manhasset, NY on Dec. 12th. She will be back on the road at the top of the year beginning Jan 20th at the Workplay Theatre in Birmingham and will hit cities such as Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, N. Augusta,  Greenville  and Chapel Hill, with more dates to be announced for 2015. Full dates are below.

Since her last album, Toby has been highly successful and prolific in writing and performing songs for film and television. Some current uses include music from her cataloge featured in the upcoming episodes of E! Network's Total Divas, NBC's About A Boy and Believe, MTV's Scrubbing In, the feature film American Girl and a commercial sync for Petsmart. Toby also had five songs featured in a single episode of the Jennifer Lopez produced ABC Family series, The Fosters.

Track Listing:

1 Every Kind of People
2 Running From Love
3 My Love and Me
4 Hangin Out to Dry
5 Your Welcome
6 Whatever Happened
7 When You Ran
8 Bumps in the Road
9 Brand Spankin' New
10 Slowly
11 How Do You
12 Talking Too

FULL TOUR DATES:

10/ 9/14                    YMCA BOULTON CENTER - HOWIE DAY
                                      BAY SHORE, NY

10/16/14                   NYC RESIDENCY - "NIGHT FOR LOVE"
                                       NEW YORK, NY

11/20/14                   NYC RESIDENCY - "NIGHT FOR LIFE"
                                       NEW YORK, NY

12/3/14                     WORLD CAFÉ LIVE
                                      PHILADELPHIA, PA

12/4/14                     JAMMIN JAVA
                                      VIENNA, VA

12/12/14                   SOULFUL SUNDOWN SESSIONS
                                      MANHASSET, NY

1/20/15                     WORKPLAY THEATER
                                      BIRMINGHAM, AL

1/21/15                     EDDIE'S ATTIC
                                      ATLANTA, GA

 3/13-14/15             OFF THE RECORD FESTIVAL
                                      (RYAN STAR, BRENDAN JAMES, TODD CAREY)
                                      CHARLESTON, SC

3/14/15                     DOWNSTAIRS LIVE
                                      N AUGUSTA, SC

3/15/15                     MOE JOE'S GREENVILLE
                                      GREENVILLE, SC

3/18/15                     THE EVENING MUSE
                                      CHARLOTTE, NC

3/19/15                     LOCAL 506
                                      CHAPEL HILL, NC

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Southern Festival of Books Kicks Off Today

Now in its 26th year, the Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that provides book-loving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite authors. Award-winning authors headlining the festival include Ishmael Beah, Pat Conroy, Jasper Fforde, Lev Grossman, Christina Baker Kline and many others. Plus, food vendors, a children’s stage, live music, a café stage, author readings, book signings and much more!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, FRIDAY: NOON - 5 PM; SATURDAY: 10 AM - 6 PM; SUNDAY: NOON - 5 PM
LOCATION: WAR MEMORIAL PLAZA FREE

Limited Edition Posters!

Wolfgang's Vault - Reissue

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Presents: Classic Country

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Presents: Classic Country
This incredible collection features the best country music artists of all time and is endorsed by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Presents: Classic Country

Golden Age of Country

Golden Age of Country
This one-of-a-kind set is the most comprehensive country music collection ever devoted to the classic hits of the '50s and '60s.