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Hard Working Americans Announce Release of "The First Waltz"
Posted on Monday September 08, 2014 By Jessica Brasher

ACCLAIMED ROCK OUTFIT HARD WORKING AMERICANS ANNOUNCE THE
OCTOBER 28 RELEASE OF THE FIRST WALTZ
LIVE ALBUM AND ROCKUMENTARY FILM
 
VETERAN FILMMAKER JUSTIN KREUTZMANN
DOCUMENTS COLLABORATION, MAKING OF DEBUT
ALBUM AND SOLD OUT SHOWS

Photo by Jay Blakesberg

 
Nashville, TN – Hard Working Americans, featuring Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly and Jesse Aycock, has announced the release of The First Waltz on October 28. The First Waltz is both a live album and live concert rockumentary film, which will be sold together in a special two-disc package via Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers. Take a look at this trailer of The First Walt.
 

 

In January, the band released their self-titled debut album to much critical acclaim that included Rolling Stone, NPR’s Fresh Air, Huffington Post, Relix and a TV debut performance on Conan. Hard Working Americans reached #1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and #1 on the Americana radio chart, where the album remained in the top 5 for 13 weeks. The band also received an Americana Music Award nomination for Best Duo/Group of the Year and will be performing on the awards show on September 17.
 
In The First Waltz, filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann (The Who, Grateful Dead) chronicles the band’s first collaboration, the making of their debut album and their sold-out, first-ever live performance in Boulder, CO. The band wanted to capture that first performance, as risky as that could be, and use it no matter what the outcome. Fortunately, the show was a major success, leading to a string of sold-out performances.  The film features interviews with band members, as well as extensive behind-the-scenes footage. The First Waltz CD features a selection of songs featured in the film, as well as live tracks from the first tour. The album includes the brand new studio track, “Come From The Heart”, with Rosanne Cash, that also closes the film.  
 
The First Waltz will premiere via a special showing, followed by a Q&A with the band and Kreutzmann, on September 16 at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. The second showing will be at midnight in NYC on September 20 at The City Winery following the band’s Beacon Theater performance that evening. Leading up to the release, The First Waltz will have multiple showings on Palladia with the first airing on October 24 at 9pm EST.
 
Hard Working Americans – The First Waltz
Track Listing
1. “Blackland Farmer”
2. “Another Train/Working Man Blues”
3. “Play A Train Song”
4. “Mission Accomplished”
5. “Run A Mile”
6. “I Don’t Have A Gun”
7. “The Mountain Song” 
8. “Straight To Hell”
9. “Stomp and Holler”
10. “Guaranteed”
11. “Wrecking Ball”
12. “Come From The Heart” (Featuring Rosanne Cash)
 
Catch Hard Working Americans On Tour
 
Hard Working Americans – Tour Dates
Sept. 17 – Americana Music Conference – Nashville, TN
Sept. 19 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA #
Sept. 20 – Beacon Theater   –  New York, NY 
Sept. 21 - Howard Theatre – Washington, DC #
Nov. 11 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA %
Nov. 12 – The Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR %
Nov. 13 – Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA %
Nov. 14 – The Regency Ballroom –  San Francisco, CA %
Nov. 15  – Cocoanut Grove  – Santa Cruz, CA %
Nov. 16  – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
# - with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth
% - with The Congress
 
Hard Working Americans TV debut performance of “Stomp and Holler” on Conan

Duquette Johnston with Armand Margjeka
Posted on Friday September 05, 2014 By Jessica Brasher

 

DUQUETTE JOHNSTON

WITH OPENING ARTIST, ARMAND MARGJEKA

Friday, September 12, 7:30pm
at
Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
 
 
It promises to be unlike any show you’ve caught of his before. With special opener Armand Margjeka, this is a show you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here TODAY!
 
The ASC is excited to present Duquette Johnston one of the most talented artists to emerge from Birmingham’s music scene. This performance brings together Johnstons rock band with orchestral musicians, forming the largest band the artist has performed with to date. “I’ve been performing with a nine-piece band which includes my string quartet, but being able to play in the ASC’s Sirote Theatre will allow me the space and setting to bring the orchestra I have envisioned over the last year to life,” says Johnston.
 
The 2013 groundbreaking release, Rabbit Runs a Destiny, is new territory for Johnston, unveiling a voice that’s willing to be both vulnerable and strong. Anchored by sweeping and majestic sonic landscapes, Rabbit shows a musician firmly in control of his craft, but unafraid to grow and dig deeper. These songs mark a new journey for Duquette Johnston, and one that’s worth hitching a ride to follow.
 
As a songwriter and producer, opening artist Armand Margjeka has developed a reputation for his fascination with the process of making great records: the intentional, incidental, and accidental sounds breathing life into a recording and embodying its unique character. Margjeka’s sophomore album, Hummingbird, is available now from Birmingham’s PIPEANDGUN and Communicating Vessels.
 
Duquette Johnston - Dancing Song (Official Video)

CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival October 3-5
Posted on Saturday August 30, 2014 By Jessica Brasher

 
The 2014 CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival, October 3-5 at Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL is going to be THE event of festy season.
 
With the addition of Sam Holt and friends to an already outstanding lineup of musicians there is no doubt you will experience that “magic on the mountain feeling” through out the festival. Sam Holt and friends will pay tribute to late Widespread Panic guitarist Mikey Houser for a run of shows billed as “Remembering Mikey – Honoring the Music, Memory and Spirit of Michael Houser”. The band will feature Houser originals, from his posthumous release Sandbox, as well as songs written by Mikey for Widespread Panic. Holt will also play songs he wrote for, and that were inspired by Mikey.
 
In addition to Sam Holt and friends the lineup will include Col. Bruce Hampton, Dank Sinatra, Downright, Rollin In The Hay, Festival Expressions, Pyrite Parachute, Wildman Steve, and many more!
 
The 2014 CukoRakko Fall fest will also feature mixed media arts including glass blowing and blacksmithing, yoga, rock climbing, hiking, kid’s activities, craft vending, craft beer, food & drinks and much more. There will also be a PDGA Disc Golf Tournament and a Home Brew Beer Contest.
 
Do not miss this opportunity for some good ‘ol soul cleansing at the second CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival all happening at the breathtaking mystical natural amphitheater of Horse Pens 40.
 
With a max occupancy of only 2000 people better get your tickets while they’re still available!

Rap Gov Ent Vol 4: Manifest Destiny
Posted on Thursday August 28, 2014 By Poor Frisco

What is it that makes one move from their hometown? Emcees frequently mention their hometown in their rhymes. It’s safe to say that most rappers have a sense of pride in where they were brought up, but what makes musicians migrate from small cities like Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL to large cities like Los Angeles and New York? Is it the flashing lights and allure of Hollywood? Or maybe it is the same reason settlers migrated to the West in the 1840s: Opportunity. Our hometown will always have a special place reserved in our heart, but we desire to venture into the great unknown to discover if the grass is truly greener. Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis once said that, “One of the ways we forge against mortality is to head west. It’s to do with catching the sun before it slips behind the horizon.” Maybe there is truth to that. Los Angeles has always been the epicenter of entertainment and is ripe with artists of every stripe looking to make a career of what they love. The air is almost palpable with passion and aspiration.

My older brother Bill and I moved to Los Angeles, CA a few years ago. Once, when I first moved to here, I had a conversation with a man I met at a train station. He was homeless and had apparently moved their 20-plus years earlier. I asked him how LA is different from any other city. He said, “It’s the same as any other city. It just has more of everything.” Shortly after that, we parted ways but I what he said stuck with me. A few months later, I went to Griffith Park with some friends. I looked over the city and I saw the massive buildings and small houses, the mountains and parks, the traffic jams and helicopters; “It’s the same as any other city. It just has more of everything.” I didn’t understand it when he told me, but standing there, I understood. It truly is a city of peaks and valleys. More wealth, more poverty, more crime, more opportunities, more highs, and more lows. I had lived in the city for months, but hadn’t really wrapped my mind around the fact that I lived there until then. It was as if everything – good and bad – was tangible.

Don’t be mistaken: Moving to a big city isn’t the end. We’ve all heard success stories of celebrities and musicians we admire, but they did not get there without struggle. No one gets to write in “And then I moved to big city” at the end of the book of their life, close it, and assume you’ll get a happily ever after. A humble mumble in a crowded jungle is seldom heard. Simply put: Making noise is sometimes easier talked than walked. There are more twice as many opportunities, but that means working twice as hard on your dreams to bring them to fruition. That isn’t to say that moving away is a mistake. You can’t allow fear and complacency to trump your ambition. In the words of Oscar winning actor Alan Alda “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.”
 

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Rap Gov Ent. Presents: PlugOfTheMonth with VULCANITE RADIO
Posted on Thursday August 21, 2014 By Mic Milita

VULCANITE RADIO ~ ”Hip hop internet radio station brought to you by The Green Seed. Changing the rules of radio”

     If you are like me, then you probably get annoyed listening to FM radio now-a-days. You probably get tired of the same ole’ artists cloning each others styles and sounds, even the names are similar. It got so bad that I eventually stopped listening to the radio and just relied on my good old faithful CD collection… Until I stumbled across Vulcanite Radio. I was instantly hooked with throw back classic songs like "Luchini" by Camp Lo, or just hearing from classic groups you haven’t heard on the radio in ages like De La Soul or Tribe Called Quest.

   I think it was all over for me when I heard the word ”Birmingham” in one of the songs. But I couldn’t rewind to see if my ears were playing tricks on me. I am now curious to know more about this station with Birmingham’s city symbol, The Vulcan as it’s logo. Could it be a Birmingham based Internet Hip Hop station? how cool is that? Not only was my assumptions right, but this new radio station also plays local, up and coming artists from Birmingham and not just for one hour like some radio stations have started, but it’s a common thing to hear the local cats at any given time of the day. YES, they are in regular rotation with the mainstream artists and their music is just as good as the heavy hitters. I had no idea Alabama had so many talented artists. I also came to find out that it was not  hard to get played on Vulcanite Radio. For an artist to get spins on this radio station is quite simple. All they would have to do is have good music and send it in. 

Some of the other highlights of Vulcanite Radio are the interviews with artists and their responses to the “Rapid Fire” questions. the audio clips from movies that are really funny. once you hear them you’ll be trying to figure out what movie did that line come from. My favorites are the Tyler Perry’s Madea and Arnold Schwarzenegger's lines from some of those classic movies. The audio drops from various artist around Birmingham are cool too in which they all use that signature catch phrase “Get You Some” ~ that phrase has been my motto since stumbling across Vulcanite Radio and ties in perfectly with our brand FRESHPLUG because you have to stick the plug in to "Get You Some" #IPlugWitcha ~ DJClassic

For artists trying to get your music to Vulcanite Radio, send tracks to  r_tist26@yahoo.com

RapGovEnt's Mic Militia sent in "Dreams Of An R&B Chic" and it has been in regular rotation ever since. here's the link to the video if you haven't heard it already~~> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc-dzso4G1c

You can show your support by following, sharing, liking and checking out their pages on various social media sites

Twitter ~~> http://www.twitter.com/VulcaniteRadio

Facebook ~~> https://www.facebook.com/VulcaniteRadio

Listen live by using this link ~~> http://www.dewya.com/# or with your TuneIn app

 

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