Alison Brown Announces DVD Taping in Nashville on July 15, 08

June 30, 2008

Drew Emmitt - Outside Magazine interview

June 25, 2008

Drew Emmitt Goes Steep


On Sunday I spoke with Drew Emmitt, the lead singer and mandolin player for the popular jam band Leftover Salmon. Emmitt, 47, lives in Crested Butte, Colorado, and is an avid skier and mountain biker. He also fronts the Emmitt-Nershi Band and the Drew Emmitt Band. His third solo album, titled Long Road, comes out next month. —Abe Streep

Outside: It seems like you’ve played with every act on the main stage this weekend.

Drew Emmitt: I knew it would be busy. I made a point to get here on Wednesday, and I’ve been lucky to get three good nights of sleep. I’m not going to the campground and staying up playing until dawn, like I used to.

O: Does skiing translate to your music at all?

DE: The progression of skiing is very similar to the progression of learning an instrument—there are so many subtleties to each. I’ve been skiing for 35 years, as long as this festival has been going on. I still learn something every time I go onstage, and I learn something every time I ski.

O: What’s your favorite run at home?
DE: Probably the Glades, off of the North Face lift.

O: Telluride is a little different from other bluegrass festivals—the crowd and music are more eclectic. That seems to fit your style.
DE: Yeah, I love that. There have been so many different influences here over the years, from bluegrass to jamgrass to rock. This festival is sort of the culmination of all of that. You look out in the crowd and see the glow sticks and the people in costumes, as well as the traditional bluegrass fans.

O: Do the people in costumes remind you of Crested Butte?
DE: I think a lot of them are from Crested Butte.

O: How long have you lived there?
DE: For eight years. I lived in Boulder for 18 years, but I wanted to get off the Front Range—I always wanted to live in a ski town, so eight years ago I just did it.

O: Do living in a ski town and working as a traveling musician mix well?
DE: It’s great. Living in a town like Crested Butte keeps you healthy and younger—it’s a wonderful counter to road life.

O: Your mandolin playing style differs from that of more traditional players.
DE: I love traditional bluegrass. I studied Bill Monroe. But my style is a little more in-your-face. The mandolin is a percussive, exciting instrument. It lends itself to rock and roll; you can make a lot of noise with it. It’s got a quick response and it handles corners well. I think it’s a lot like electric guitar, which I started playing at age 10.

O: What’s your ski style like?
DE: That’s a good question. I’m not a radical skier, but I’ll ski anything in Crested Butte. I love the steep and deep.

Jeff Coffin - #1 most added at CMJ Jazz

June 25, 2008
#1 Most Added Jazz CD at CMJ (college radio)

Showing Jazz Adds Chart For Issue #1063

TW Total Adds Artist Recording Label
1 26 JEFF COFFIN MU’TET Mutopia Compass
2 12 DIXON-RHYNE PROJECT Reinvention Owl Studios
3 8 JEFF GAUTHIER House Of Return Cryptogramophone
4 7 TODD SICKAFOOSE Tiny Resistors Cryptogramophone
5 7 ALPHONSE MOUZON Jazz In Bel-Air Tenacious

Alison Brown Quartet featured on Democrat &

June 16, 2008
Sunday, The Alison Brown Quartet performed at the 2008 Rochester Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.
Will Yurman, a staff photographer at the Democrat & Chronicle spent some time with the band. The story can be seen by clicking here.

Americana Award nomination for Kane Welch Kaplin

June 12, 2008
Congratulations to Kane Welch Kaplin for their Americana Award Nomination.
KWK was nominated for "Best Duo/Group of the Year".

Other nominations include:

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, Raising Sand
Hayes Carll, Trouble in Mind
James McMurtry, Just Us Kids
Levon Helm, Dirt Farmer

Steve Earle
Levon Helm
Jim Lauderdale
James McMurtry

Buddy Miller
Chris Thile
Gurf Morlix
Sam Bush

Justin Townes Earle
Mike Farris
Ryan Bingham
The Steeldrivers

“Broken,” by Tift Merritt
“Cheney’s Toy,” by James McMurtry
“Gone Gone Gone, (Done Moved On),” by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant (co-written by Phil Everly and Don Everly)
“Poor Old Dirt Farmer” by Levon Helm (traditional)
“She Left Me for Jesus,” by Hayes Carll (co-written with Brian Keane)

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Drive By Truckers
Kane Welch Kaplin
The Avett Brothers

Lau’s "Live" available now

June 11, 2008
LAU’s Live available now

To hear sample clips from Live click here.

"Almost terrifying the amount of music these guys can get out of three pairs of hands!" - PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER

Lau (sounds like cow) is a formidable union of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music: Kris Drever (guitar and vocal), Martin Green (piano accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Together, their explosive live performances have been generating a major buzz around the UK folk circuit that has now become a world-wide party. The summer of 2007 saw them take festivals by storm across Europe and North-America; the Fall to Japan and Cape Breton. They kicked off 2008 at the BBC Folk Awards where they gave what was widely regarded as the performance of the night, went on to win BEST GROUP award and Bob Hoskins was last seen bowing down to the band proclaiming "I am not worthy!"

Lau are the product of a highly creative Edinburgh music scene in which band exchange and stylistic experimentation among musicians is almost an unspoken creed. Lau have taken a new approach to the folk scene by writing much of their own material, creating complex and melodic compositions which change as the emphasis shifts between their three instruments; moody or frantic accordion interwoven with driving fiddle and guitar.

Their new album, entitled simply Live, captures the excitement of the band’s live shows and features new material as well as many of the tracks from their debut album Lightweights and Gentlemen.

Jeb Loy Nichols on NPR’s World Café!

June 10, 2008

Jeb Loy Nichols’ appearance on NPR’s World Café with David Dye will air today on WXPN/Philadelphia today at 2pm EST. The full interview/performance is up now at

Drew Emmitt’s LONG ROAD available everywhere July 15, 08

June 10, 2008
Drew Emmitt’s Long Road available July 15, 2008

"Lord you know I’ve been so many places/At least I know I have a longer view", sings Leftover Salmon lead singer and mandolin player Drew Emmitt over a rollicking mandolin lick on the title track of his third solo effort, Long Road. "I’ve been on the road since the 80’s - can you believe that? That’s 25 years, a quarter of a century... Long Road is all about where I’ve been, what I’ve seen, where I’ve ended up and I invited all of my friends I met along the way to help me tell the story."

Revered as one of the most energetic and innovative mandolin players on the jamband/newgrass scene today, Emmitt’s "inestimable talents" (An Honest Tune) don’t end with just the instruments that can be picked. Holding the wheel steady on acoustic and electric slide mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and mandola, Long Road also showcases Emmitt’s superlative storytelling and versatile vocal abilities. With seven originals, including co-writes with John Cowan ("Long Road") and Jim Lauderdale ("I’m Alive"), Emmitt chose a few best-of-life-on-the-road songs, such as Supertramps’ "Take the Long Way Home," Marshall-Tucker Band’s "Take the Highway," and Van Morrison’s "Gypsy in my Soul." Co-produced by Emmitt and Compass Records co-founder Garry West, "my heaven band," is how Emmitt describes the special guest musicians on Long Road: Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident (dobro), Chris Pandolfi of The Infamous Stringdusters (banjo), Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters (dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Tim O’Brien (harmony vocals), Alison Brown (banjo), Darrell Scott (vocals), Eric Thorin (bass), Jeff Sipe of Leftover Salmon and The Aquarium Rescue Unit (drums), John Cowan (vocals), Reese Wynans (Hammond B3), Steven Sandifer (percussion) and Tyler Grant (guitar).

Long Road will be available July 15 and Drew Emmitt will be on tour throughout the summer and fall of 2008, including appearances with Leftover Salmon at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the 10,000 Lakes Festival and with the Emmitt-Nershi band at the High Sierra Music Festival, the Rothbury Festival and Jam Cruise 7. Drew Emmitt and The Waybacks will tour the U.S. October 2008
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