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The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 Coming on July 1st

Posted on April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 - Levon Helm spent his life making music and for nearly the past decade the Midnight Ramble was his musical home. These intimate ‘concerts’ are held on most Saturday nights at Helm’s ‘Barn’ in Woodstock, NY where litanies of guest artists gather to pay homage to a music Icon.

At long last, on July 1st, Vanguard Records/Levon Helm Studios will release The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3. This collection features select Ramble performances circa 2005 to 2010 with such guest artists as Chris Robinson, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint with The Levon Helm Band: Levon Helm, Larry Campbell, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt, Jimmy Weider, Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Jay Collins, Eric Lawrence, Clark Gayton, Brian Mitchell, Steven Bernstein, Howard Johnson and Byron Isaacs.

With each track hand-picked by Helm who also designed the cover art, The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 continues to solidify Helm’s legacy as a revered musical force.

The Midnight Ramble Sessions Volume 3 track listing:

1)    The Same Thing (Levon Helm) 2/14/09

2)    Ain’t That Good News (Amy Helm)   8/28/10

3)    God Don’t Never Change  (Jimmy Vivino )  1/10/09

4)    Drivin’ Wheel  (Levon Helm)  5/16/09

5)    I’m A Jealous Man  (Larry Campbell)  1/31/09

6)    Stagger Lee  (Little Sammy Davis) 10/18/05

7)    Simple Twist of Fate (Brian Mitchell)  3/14/09

8)    One More Shot (Levon Helm) 12/9/06

9)    Turn Around  (Teresa Williams) 5/9/09

10) The Beautiful Lie (Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Fiona McBain) 1/3/09

11) A Certain Girl (Allen Toussaint) 1/1/07

12) Shake Your Money Maker (Chris Robinson) 8/23/08

13) Take Me To The River (Levon Helm) 2/10/07
Available: July 1, 2014
Administrative Producers: Levon Helm, Barbara O’Brien

Producers: Larry Campbell & Brendan McDonough

Recorded & Mixed By: Justin Guip, Assisted By Chris Edwards

Mastered by: Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound NYC

Recorded live at the Midnight Ramble

Mixed at Levon Helm Studios

Graphics & Artwork:  Levon Helm, Mike DuBois

Carly Ritter Announces North American Tour

Posted on April 15, 2014





“Her fine debut self-titled album recalls the pop-folk of Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys… Pay attention to the blues shuffle of “This Place Ain’t Our Home” and the pure pop of the leadoff track “It Don’t Come Easy.”

- Chicago Sun Times

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 14, 2014 – Folk artist Carly Ritter announced her two-month North American tour which kicks off on May 13th at the Kilby Court in Salt Lake City, Utah. RITTER will be opening for Nathaniel Rateliff during the first part of her tour, and Robert Francis in the latter half. Audiences will get to hear songs from Carly’s self-titled album, including the single “It Don’t Come Easy” which was chosen as ‘Today’s Top Tune’ on L.A. tastemaker station KCRW prior to the album release. Initial list of tour dates are below with more dates to be announced soon.

Last year RITTER performed during the 27th annual Bridge School Benefit concert weekend at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and has also toured with Matt Costa and made an appearance at the 2013 Americana Music Festival in Nashville. She has been featured in Country Weekly, Huffington Post, CMT’s The Edge, San Francisco Examiner, and the song “This Place Ain’t Our Home” was heard in the FX show Sons of Anarchy.

CARLY RITTER’s rich, burnished, folk-rooted sound of her self-titled debut album makes it seem that this music was unearthed from a time capsule buried during the late ’60s. She is the granddaughter of country legend Tex Ritter and daughter of actor/comedian John Ritter. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, then left for New York following graduation, attending Vassar and spending her junior year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. That is where she first began studying Scottish folk music, eventually planting the seed for her own songwriting.

Upon returning to Los Angeles she reconnected with her childhood friend and musician Joachim Cooder, the son of Ry Cooder, with whom they shaped her songwriting and sound. Her debut self-titled album includes contributions not only of husband and wife producer team of Joachim Cooder (drums, piano) and Juliette Commagere (keys, electric guitar, backing vocals), but Commagere’s brother, Robert Francis (bass, electric guitar, vocals) and Joachim’s father, Ry Cooder (guitars).

You can listen to the full album here.

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2014-05-13    Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-15    Vancouver, Canada – Media Club w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-16    Seattle, WA – Barboza w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-18    Portland, OR – Bunk Bar w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-20    San Francisco, CA – The Chapel w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-22    Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-05-23    San Diego, CA – Soda Bar w/ Nathaniel Rateliff

2014-06-11    Denver, CO – Hi-Dive w/ Robert Francis

2014-06-16    Toronto, Canada – The Drake Hotel w/ Robert Francis

2014-06-17    Cambridge, MA – Middle East w/ Robert Francis

2014-06-18    New Haven, CT – Café Nine w/ Robert Francis

Ozomatli Day 2014 @ UCLA

Posted on April 14, 2014



Who:               Ozomatli

What:              Interactive event/performance with over 100 undergraduate students    celebrating OZOMATLI DAY

When:             Monday, April 14, 12-1:00 PM

Where:            UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, 144 Haines Hall

Quintessential Los Angeles band Ozomatli partners with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) for a special interactive event allowing students an opportunity to become engaged with the band’s unique blend of music and message.

Celebrating the Los Angeles City Council’s proclamation establishing “Ozomatli Day” in 2010, on Monday, April 14, 12 noon – 1 p.m., the band will visit the CSRC Library, 144 Haines Hall, on the UCLA campus, to share their ideas of how music and art can become an instrument for advocacy.

The conversation will be moderated by UCLA professor and CSRC Director Chon A. Noriega and will include a question-and-answer session with students, plus an acoustic performance that students will be encouraged to film.

Students will then be invited to personalize the video footage they film and add their personal vision of how their own studies and work after college will include principles of societal contribution. The band and their label, Vanguard Records, will make the title track of their latest album, Place In the Sun, available to the students to serve as the soundtrack for their videos. Those videos will be posted on on April 23rd— the official “Ozomatli Day” in Los Angeles.

About Ozomatli:
Place In the Sun, the eighth album by multi-genre, multi-cultural Grammy-winning and Latin Grammy-winning band Ozomatli, takes the band’s street-party consciousness to new heights of eclecticism. Shifting gears from electro-cumbia to garage rock, hip-hop, and Pérez Prado mambo, Ozomatli infuses a DJ party mix with dynamic live band chops and attitude. Bursting onto the L.A. stage with their first eponymously titled album in June 1998, Ozomatli capitalized on being the talk of the live music scene. By 1999, they were touring with Carlos Santana and soon won the Grammy for “Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album” for 2001’s Embrace the Chaos. They repeated history in 2004 by winning again in the same category for their album Street Signs, which also picked up the Latin Grammy for “Mejor Album de Musica Alternativa” in 2005. Ozomatli became the first band to be asked to speak at the TED Conference, sharing their ideas about music and identities in the global age. In the band’s nearly twenty years together, they have toured internationally, collaborated with the Boston and New York Pops Orchestras, and served as Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department.

About UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center:
Since its founding in 1969, the CSRC has established a national reputation for cutting-edge research that makes a difference with respect to the growing Chicano and Latino populations in the United States. The CSRC houses the largest library and archival holdings on the Chicano/Latino population, and publishes the premiere journal in its field as well as award-winning books. The CSRC also organizes free public programs on-campus and in the community throughout the year, and it reaches an international audience through museum exhibitions (including two now on display in Marseille, France, and Amsterdam, Netherlands). Current research projects focus on public health, education, law, economic security, media impact, and the arts. For more information, visit

Note: Ozomatli band member Raul Pacheco has served as a CSRC community scholar and was a member of the research team for the CSRC’s L.A. Xicano exhibitions at the Fowler Museum at UCLA in 2011-12 as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative.

Joseph Arthur Performs on Letterman with Peter Buck and Mike Mills in Tribute to Lou Reed

Posted on April 4, 2014


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It was a big night on last night's Late Show with David Letterman. First, the longest running late night talk show host announced his retirement in 2015. That major news was followed by Joseph Arthur’s stunning rendition of the Lou Reed classic “Walk on the Wild Side”. Accompanied by R.E.M’s Mike Mills and Peter Buck, Arthur paid tribute to his dear friend with the new single from his upcoming album “LOU” to be released on May 13th.


You can watch the official music video for "Walk On The Wild Side" here.

Arthur will be touring in support of “LOU” beginning in April. Initial tour dates listed below with more dates to be announced shortly.

Pre-order "LOU" at iTunes, Amazon and Amazon Mp3.

Joseph Arthur Tour Dates
April 19 - Ringwood, NJ – House Concert
April 30 - Philly, PA – Tin Angel
May 1 - Baltimore, MD – WTMD
May 6 - Chicago, IL – City Winery
May 8 - New York, NY – City Winery
May 10 - Tampa, FL – Heatfest
May 12 - Saratoga, NY – Café Lena
May 14 - Quebec City, QC – Theatre Petit Champlain
May 16 - Eastman, QC – Cabaret Eastman
May 17 - Lavaltrie, QC – La Chasse Galerie
May 22 - Madrid, Spain – Boite Live
May 23 - Santander, Spain – Escenario
May 24 - Sarautz, Spain – Cinema/Theatre Modelo
May 26 - Brussels, Belgium – Les Nuits du Botanique Festival
May 27 - Paris, France – Trabendo

Don’t Miss Joseph Arthur on The Late Show with David Letterman

Posted on April 3, 2014



- the new single from his upcoming album Lou to be released May 13th -

TONIGHT AT 11:35/10:35c 

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Record Store Day Exclusive – Four Albums To Be Re-Issued

Posted on April 1, 2014


Vanguard Records is proud to announce the reissue of classic recordings available exclusively on Record Store Day – April 19th, 2014.

Fans have voted on and for their favorite Vanguard titles to be re-issued on Record Store Day 2014. Below are the four titles selected.  These recordings have been newly re-mastered from the original tapes by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering and are presented in ‘exact replica’ LP packages.  They will be available EXCLUSIVELY at participating independently owned record stores on April 19, 2014.

Big Mama Thornton Sassy Mama
A scorching 1975 live set from Big Mama including "Rolling Stone", "Lost City", and "Mr. Cool."

Doc Watson Southbound
Doc’s classic 1966 album  including “Walk On, Boy” “Blue Railroad Train", and "Tennessee Stud."

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack's Vanguard debut, notable also for the appearance of Bob Dylan (credited as Tedham Porterhouse) on harmonica. It includes such staples as "Roving Gambler", "Diamond Joe”, and "Black Snake Moan."

Joan Baez Blessed Are
Baez's seminal 1971 double album is presented here in an 'exact replica' gatefold package. Included are "Blessed Are", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Salt of the Earth", and many more.

In addition, Matt Nathanson’s performance of “Kinks Shirt” appears on the Record Store Day release from Omnivore Recordings: Live From High Fidelity Podcast: The Best of the Podcast Performances - The first ever physical release of musical segments from the popular podcast Live From High Fidelity, which finds vinyl obsessives Tom DeSavia and Eric Gorfain talking about recent finds and wish lists. The translucent green vinyl features some of the best of the musical guests who have been recorded Live From High Fidelity.

To further celebrate Record Store Day, The Barenaked Ladies will be performing at Toronto’s Sunrise Records.  For details visit

Record Store Day is an occasion for all independently owned record stores to come together in celebration of the art of music. Limited edition vinyl and CD releases are made available exclusively for the day, and hundreds of musicians across the country perform at various events. For more information and events in your area, please visit:


John Fogerty and Jackson Browne Team Up for Two Summer Concerts

Posted on March 31, 2014



This August, songwriting legends John Fogerty and Jackson Browne will co-headline two east coast concerts. The shows will take place on August 4th at PNC in Holmdel, NJ and Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY on August 5th. Fogerty and Browne will each perform full sets with their respective bands.  The two recently joined up for last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions where together, along with Tom Petty they helped celebrate the music of Randy Newman. Tickets go on sale April 5th at 10:00am (local times) through Ticketmaster.

Tickets for Jones Beach:

Tickets for PNC:

About Jackson Browne:

Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Beyond his music, he is known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, human rights, and arts education. He's a co-founder of the groups Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE),, and the Success Through the Arts Foundation, which provides education opportunities for students in South Los Angeles.

About John Fogerty:

John Fogerty--singer, songwriter and guitarist--has sold over 100 million records, earning 18 Gold Albums and 10 Platinum Albums. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, won the Grammy Award for his album Blue Moon Swamp in 1997 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a BMI Icon Award Winner.  In addition, Fogerty and his #1 phenomenal recording “Centerfield” were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies--the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies.  He’s also called the “Father of the Flannel Shirt.”

Barenaked Ladies Announce U.S. Summer Tour!

Posted on March 31, 2014



“….BNL proved it can still thrill. Ed Robertson (vocals, guitar), Kevin Hearn (keyboards), Tyler Stewart (drums) and Jim Creeggan (bass) remain exceptional players, providing plenty of muscle and silliness to its catchy, pop songs.

-       Boston Herald

Los Angeles, CA (March 31st, 2014) – The BARENAKED LADIES will be heading back on the road this summer with a U.S. cross country tour beginning July 18th at the Newport Sunset Music Series in Newport, RI.  Initial list of tour dates are below with more dates to be announced soon.  Fan club only pre-sale tickets begin on Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:00am (local times). Public on sales dates vary per market. Check specific dates below.

The Ladies are touring in support of their latest release GRINNING STREAK which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200.  The album’s breakout success showcases the single “Odds Are” which shot to No. 2 on the iTunes Rock Songs Chart.  You can check out the official music video here.  

The BARENAKED LADIES featuring  (guitarist/vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist/vocalist Kevin Hearn and drummer/vocalist Tyler Stewart) have sold over 14 million albums worldwide and have won eight Juno awards and earned multiple Grammy nominations.  Known for such hits as “One Week,” “Pinch Me, “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000” and many more, the band also penned the theme song for the hit CBS series, “The Big Bang Theory” and last year The Barenaked Ladies and astronaut Chris Hadfield collaborated for the first space-to-earth musical performance, debuting an original song "Is Somebody Singing."  The Barenaked Ladies live shows have become legendary with their hilarious on-stage banter and impromptu raps.


July 18 – Newport, RI @ Newport Sunset Music Series -- Public on-sale date: April 3rd
July 19 – Lowell, MA @ Lowell Summer Music Series -- Public on-sale date: April 3rd
July 20 – Webster, MA @ Indian Ranch -- Public on-sale date: April 5th
July 29 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District -- Public on-sale date: April 5th
August 1 – Littleton, CO @ Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield -- Public on-sale date: April 22nd
August 2 – Ignacio, CO @ Sky Ute Casino Resort -- Public on-sale date: April 4th
August 8 – Tulsa, OK @ River Spirit Casino -- Public on-sale date: April 21st

O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips Announce Summer Tour

Posted on March 31, 2014



LOS ANGELES, CA, March 31, 2014 - Rock band O.A.R. and Platinum-selling recording artist and AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips announced today a 25-city co-headlining tour which kicks off on June 12th at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, and culminates on July 26th at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for the national tour, which includes such iconic summertime venues as Red Rocks outside of Denver, Colorado, and Jones Beach in Long Island, New York.

Fan presales for the tour go on sale beginning April 8th with the public onsales beginning on April 11th.  For tickets and more information, fans are encouraged to go to or

O.A.R. is renowned for their incredible live shows and sell-out performances at massive venues such as Red Rocks and Madison Square Garden.  The band has just wrapped up production on a brand new album – The Rockville LP – which is set for release June 10th on Vanguard Records.  The anthemic song “Peace,” the debut single from The Rockville LP, is climbing the charts and has already become a mainstay on radio station playlists across the country.

Since their formation in 1996, O.A.R. (singer Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman and saxophonist Jerry DePizzo) has logged millions of miles on the road and released seven studio albums, spawning such hit singles as “Shattered” “Heaven” and “Love and Memories.”

Phillip Phillips is also in the midst of a hit single with “Raging Fire,” the first track from his highly anticipated Behind The Light album, set for release on May 19th on 19 Recordings/Interscope.   Phillips will perform the song tomorrow night (April 1st) on Conan.

Behind The Light is Phillips’ follow-up to his hugely successful debut album, which spawned the single “Home,” one of the biggest tracks of 2012, selling more than 4 million copies.  That debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, sold well over a million copies and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on the Billboard Rock Album chart.  Successful tours both as a headliner and with such artists as Matchbox 20 and John Mayer followed.  Phillips just wrapped his first headlining tour of Canada.



DATE                          CITY                           VENUE

6/12/14 Thu St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
6/13/14 Fri Kansas City, MO Crossroads
6/14/14 Sat Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
6/15/14 Sun Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Stir Cove
6/17/14 Tue Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
6/18/14 Wed Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
6/20/14 Fri Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
6/21/14 Sat Chicago, IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
6/22/14 Sun Sterling Heights, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
6/27/14 Fri Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Ins. Lawn at White River (O.A.R. only)
6/28/14 Sat Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
6/29/14 Sun Milwaukee, WI Summerfest (O.A.R. only)
7/2/14 Wed Lewiston, NY Art Park
7/5/14 Sat Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
7/6/14 Sun Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino
7/10/14 Thu Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/11/14 Fri Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/12/14 Sat Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/13/14 Sun Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
7/16/14 Wed Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory
7/18/14 Fri Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
7/19/14 Sat Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/20/14 Sun Portsmouth, VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion
7/24/14 Thu Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook After Hours
7/25/14 Fri Charleston, SC Family Circle Magazine Stadium
7/26/14 Sat Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre


Joseph Arthur Video Premiere “WALK ON THE WILD SIDE”

Posted on March 27, 2014


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 Joseph Arthur, the critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will be performing “Walk on the Wild Side” the Lou Reed classic on Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, April 2nd.  “Walk on the Wild Side” is the new single from Arthur’s upcoming album LOU - a very personal and difficult album for Arthur to make.  But the deep friendship between the two made this a natural way for Jo to express his appreciation and connection to Lou's life and work. LOU embodies the spirit in which Arthur set about to record his own interpretations of his favorite Lou Reed songs. He performed, recorded and produced the record in his home studio. LOU will be released on May 13th and marks his debut on Vanguard Records.

Arthur premiered the video for “Walk on the Wild Side” on the AV Club which you can view here

Joseph Arthur will be touring in support of LOU with dates including Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City and Tampa.  Tour dates listed below:


1. Walk on the Wild Side
2. Sword of Damocles
3. Stephanie Says
4. Heroin
5. NYC Man
6. Satellite of Love
7. Dirty Blvd.
8. Pale Blue Eyes
9. Magic and Loss
10. Men of Good Fortune
11. Wild Child
12. Coney Island Baby

Tour Dates

4/19 - Ringwood, NJ – House Concert
4/30 - Philly, PA – Tin Angel
5/1 - Baltimore, MD – WTMD
5/6 - Chicago, IL – City Winery
5/8 - New York, NY – City Winery
May 10 - Tampa, FL – Heatfest
May 12 - Saratoga, NY – Café Lena
May 14 - Quebec City, QC – Theatre Petit Champlain
May 16 - Eastman, QC – Cabaret Eastman
May 17 - Lavaltrie, QC – La Chasse Galerie
May 22 - Madrid, Spain – Boite Live
May 23 - Santander, Spain – Escenario
May 24 - Sarautz, Spain – Cinema/Theatre Modelo
May 26 - Brussels, Belgium – Les Nuits du Botanique Festival
May 27 - Paris, France – Trabendo

Below is an excerpt from the album liner notes in which Joseph Arthur explains his thoughts on the journey to record LOU:

“The three weeks of touring passed by quickly and suddenly I was home, snowed-in in my studio, holidays approaching, end of tour blues, all coupled with the fact that the day I got back to NYC was the final tribute show for Lou at the Apollo and I went almost without wanting to. I was tired of mourning him and it felt like I was done, but in truth, the real mourning was only just beginning.

Death, like life, works with your resistance and finally it wears you out and breaks you down and then you are too tired to do anything but face it.

I was home alone and there was nowhere to go.

I set up some mics.

A Coles ribbon mic

And a Wunder mic which is a version of a U47 (I used those two mics on the whole record). The ribbon gives it silk and warmth, the Wunder makes it hi-fi.

The first song I tried was “Coney Island Baby.”

And I liked how it came out.

But I also liked getting to hang out with Lou again.

This was the only way to get close.

I did another song and another still.

I made a rule:

No drums or electricity.

Lou was electric.

The only way I know to give new life to something as rich with life as Lou's songs and recordings is to go about them in a completely different way.

Bill’s (Bentley) advice to just keep it simple and not overthink it kinda acted as my mission statement and in each song, I felt I revealed something new in it.

Making versions, not trying to outdo the originals (impossible), but rather versions that bring out something unheard before.

I felt I was doing that to some degree and I felt guidance in it.

I was saying goodbye.