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 #1348  by jck_strw
 Tue Jan 04, 2005 3:12 pm
Inspired by Kenny's post on music of yesterday...

There's no comparison between listening to a band's album and seeing a group live. The live show wins out (almost) every time. Who are people seeing today that they would recommend? My list in no particular order:

--RailRoad Earth
--Yonder Mountain String Band
--Old Crow Medicine Show
--Barefoot Manner
--Keller Williams
--Ben Harper
--Chatham County Line

Going to see a good band in a live setting is one of life's greatest pleasures. Turning someone else on to new music is almost as good.

Thanks for the suggestions.
 #1352  by Kenny
 Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:36 pm
Last edited by Kenny on Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.

 #1384  by jck_strw
 Sat Jan 15, 2005 9:16 am
The best way for me to explain is to have you listen. I've posted one song from each band for you to listen to. Enjoy!

RailRoad Earth
-"New Grass" type music with a rockin' sound. From NJ. ... Buddha.mp3

Yonder Mountain String Band
-Another "new grass" type of band. From Colorado. They occassionally sprinkle some Dead covers into their set. ... _Other.mp3

Old Crow Medicine Show
-Sortof traditional bluegrass/string band type of music with a rockin' edge. From Tennessee. ... _Wheel.mp3

Barefoot Manner
-Jazzy, funky, "new grass"-like with a bit of a Caribbean/reggae/calypso feel. They remind me of what String Cheese used to sound like. Based in NC.

Keller Williams
-A one man show. You have to see him to really appreciate him. Fantastic guitarist. He plays a lot of other instruments "simultaneously" (through the use of a loop machine). Very cool to watch him perform. He's a huge Deadhead and does a lot Dead covers. Based in VA. ... at_Rag.mp3

Ben Harper
-Great sound--he's done gospel, electric blues, funk, jazz (used to be in Taj Mahal). Fantastic voice--currently he's got an outstanding album of gospel tunes with the Blind Boys of Alabama. Quite a range of stuff. This tune showcases his voice and is just a fun one to listen to. Not sure where he's from. ... e_Down.mp3

Chatham County Line
-Traditional bluegrass. They write their own material and it's excellent, authentic bluegrass music. Great sound. Based in NC.

All these bands tour nationally (except for Chatham County), so if they come through your area, check them out.

I can't imagine I'm going to get a lot of hits, so this will be an interesting test to see how my webserver handles it. Pre-apologies if my webserver melts from the load. ;^)

 #1506  by Bean
 Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:57 pm
I'm jealous, jck_strw! I want to see Keller and Yonder so bad, all I have our bootlegs from and archives to go by, but from what I listen to I can tell they are sick shows to see.

I'd recomend Gov't Mule, that was an awesome show.

 #1509  by Cosmic C
 Tue Mar 29, 2005 11:30 am
I'm with you on that Bean. I'd love to see both of them as well but I don't think they make to Phoenix that often.

 #1511  by Bean
 Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:29 pm
I'm going to two Dark Star May 29 and 30. Has anyone seen them before? My uncle said that when he went to one of their shows it was like seeing the Dead back in the 70s. I'm real excited.. I missed out on seeing the Grateful Dead cause I was so young when Jerry died :?

 #1512  by jck_strw
 Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:32 pm
I've seen Dark Star before (and I'll be seeing them again April 10 in Raleigh). Amazing. I've seen a couple of Dead cover bands over the years and these guys are definitely the best. The do "recreations" of shows--they'll take a date and do the show song by song. And then at the end they tell you what show they did (so it's sort of guessing game for some; you can tell by where they're standing, whether they have a Donna, setlist, etc.).

Don't miss them.

 #1513  by Cosmic C
 Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:27 am
I've seen 'em three times and every time its a very erie event. Its almost to close to the real thing but with that being said, they are very very good at what they do. Like the man from Wichita said "Don't miss them".

 #1520  by Bean
 Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:39 pm
Yeah that's what my uncle said, when he went to one of their shows they played a setlist from a Dead show he had gone to, he said it was unbelievable. I can't wait to go.

 #1522  by ebick
 Thu Mar 31, 2005 5:22 pm
I don't really get it though....I mean I've heard that they (Dark Star) are very good.....but doesn't it go completely against everything that the Dead and the concept of spontaneous, improvisational music is all about?

 #1526  by Cosmic C
 Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:09 pm
I think for me thats kinda the weird part. They basically still have pretty spontaneous jams, I mean it doesn't seem that their palying them note for note. I think that their spontanaity is just enclosed in a tighter shell, which essentially is the particualar concert they choose to play. However I belive that within that context there still exists the improv and spotaneous actions that define the music.

Really you should just try to seem them and judge for yourself. Hell it's something to do.

Nice gag by the way.

 #1551  by Bean
 Thu Apr 07, 2005 4:34 pm
I'm going to go see Addison Groove Project now! Anyone hear of them/see them before? I hear they're sick.
 #1552  by LazyLightnin
 Fri Apr 08, 2005 3:18 am
Ive seen darkstar many times here in cleveland, 3 nights inna row over the summer at a Jerryfest. darkstar is really good, with the show recreations and all. ive seen them at smaller venues and the sound was bad but outside they rocked!


 #1553  by jck_strw
 Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:00 am

I've heard of Addison Groove, but haven't had a chance to listen to them. Let me know how they are.

 #1563  by saint421
 Tue Apr 12, 2005 9:32 am
Addison Groove is a tight band. I saw them on Halloween 2 years ago opening for Strangefolk. Nice long jazzy jams. however, i seem to recall hearing something about one of their members getting really sick or even dying...not sure if that was true or not or what became of that. none the less, a band i recommend seeing.