Saturday January 31st 2009, 12:12 pm
When You Awake’s Theme Song For The Weekend
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Neil Young- Walk On

Friday January 30th 2009, 6:04 pm
Country Caravan: A When You Awake Mixtape
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I just bought some plane tickets back to Tennessee for my dear cousin Garland’s wedding this March. To pump me up for the trip back home (with an added jaunt over to Austin, Texas for SXSW), I’ve put together Country Caravan: A When You Awake Mixtape. With tunes by Commander Cody, Waylon Jennings, Blitzen Trapper and Teenage Fanclub, it’s bound to make you long for fresh air and country breezes. Check it out after the jump.

Friday January 30th 2009, 2:57 pm
Black Mountain/Dr Dog Announce Tours
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As winter slowly inches towards it’s end, it means only one thing in the music world: Tour and Festival Madness!! All of the bands that were hibernating for the winter pack up their gear and hit the road to spread their music upon the awaiting masses. We previously posted tour announcements from AA Bondy and Jason Isbell earlier this week. Now, we have two more worthy tours to add to the list: Dr Dog and Black Mountain. I’m sure many more will be popping up in the next couple of weeks and you can bet we’ll keep you updated.

First up, Black Mountain will be headlining a West Coast tour with their fellow Canadian friends, The Sadies, in March. They are stopping through Los Angeles on March 22 at the Echoplex. Keep your eyes open for a When You Awake Ticket Giveaway to that show.

Black Mountain- Tyrants

Then, we have WYA favorites Dr Dog, hot of the heels of an Australian tour with the Black Keys, who will be traversing the whole US with the likes of the Cave Singers, Drug Rug and Golden Boots. Check out the Tour Dates for both bands after the jump.

Dr Dog- The Old Ways


Friday January 30th 2009, 2:12 pm
Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen to Play Coachella
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The folks at Goldenvoice actually managed to pull together some interesting characters for this year’s Coachella lineup, which will be taking place April 17-19 in Indio, California. If you only choose one day to attend, Friday wins the cake with Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen (this will be one of only two shows that he’s playing in the US), Beirut, Noah and the Whale and more. Saturday also holds up pretty well with it’s assortment of folky indie acts like the Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Dr Dog, Drive By Truckers and Blitzen Trapper, though most of those bands I would much prefer to see in a small club than on a giant polo field. All in all I must say, well done Goldenvoice!

Tickets go onsale today and if you don’t feel like ponying up massive amounts of cash all at once, they are actually offering a layaway plan. You will have two options besides money up front when buying a $269 three-day pass: pay half down and the rest April 1, or pay 10% followed by equal installments on March 1 and April 1 without interest or additional fees. The plans are sold only online and aren’t available for $99 single-day admission.

Friday January 30th 2009, 1:51 pm
Video of the Day: Gene Parsons with Clarence White
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YouTube Preview ImageGene Parsons with Clarence White- Banjo Dog

Gene Parsons played the banjo and Clarence White played guitar and mandolin on this track that appeared on Parson’s debut solo album Kindling (1973). The two men appeared in the Byrds and Nashville West together before creating the B-Bender, a guitar accessory that enables a player to mechanically bend the B-string up a whole tone making it sound like a pedal steel guitar and giving it a country-ish sound. They were true pioneers in the country rock scene and between the two of them, went on to play with the likes of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons Green, the Kentucky Colonels, Linda Rondstadt and Muleskinner. Clarence White was tragically killed, however, in 1973 by a drunken driver. His good friend, Gram Parsons (no relation to Gene), wrote the tune “In My Hour of Darkness” in his partial honor (the song was dedicated to three of Parson’s friend who had recently passed away). The verse that discusses the man who “safely strummed his silver string guitar” is devoted to White. Gram Parsons wrote:

Some say he was a star
But he was just a country boy,
His simple songs confess
And the music he had in him,
So very few possess

The Adios Lounge recently did a great retrospective on some of White’s work. Be sure to check it out here.

Thursday January 29th 2009, 4:04 pm
RIP Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Billy Powell
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Lynyrd Skynryd keyboardist Billy Powell passed away on Wednesday morning in Jacksonville at the age of 56 due to heart complications.  Powell began playing in Skynyrd in 1972 after year’s of roadie duties for the band.  When a plane crash killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup vocalist Cassie Gaines in 1977, the band took a break until the remaining members reunited for a tour  in 1987. From that point on, Powell continued to play in various incarnations of the band until his own death. Skynyrd guitarist Garry Rossington is now the only remaining member from the band’s classic lineup. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Powell than Skynyrd’s own song, “Free Bird.” RIP Billy!

YouTube Preview ImageLynyrd Skynyrd- Free Bird

Thursday January 29th 2009, 3:35 pm
Jason Isbell Announces Tour with Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick Supporting
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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit have just announced the second leg of their US Tour in support of their upcoming self titled release on February 17th on Lightning Rod Records You can download a free track from the record here. They will team up with the likes of Deer Tick, Benji Hughes, Justin Townes Earle and Sons of Roswell along the road and are scheduled to make their way through Los Angeles on April 2nd at Spaceland. Complete tour dates are after the jump.

YouTube Preview ImageJason Isbell- The Assassin

Thursday January 29th 2009, 3:03 pm
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss To Perform On Grammy Awards
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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are heading to Los Angeles on February 8th to perform on the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. Joining them onstage will be producer T Bone Burnett and musicians that appeared on their brilliant record Raising Sand, which is up for 5 different awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. The trip will mark Plant’s first trip to the Grammy Awards. He says: “I’m looking forward to being in Los Angeles, but musically — and spiritually — I expect we’ll be somewhere halfway between the Mississippi Delta and the Clinch Mountains.” Sounds good to me! I must admit that I haven’t watched a single Grammy Awards for about 8 years or so (there’s only so much Gwen Stefani and John Mayer that I can stomach). With Plant and Krauss appearing however, I might just have to break my streak.

YouTube Preview ImageAllison Krauss and Robert Plant- Through the Morning Through the Night

Thursday January 29th 2009, 2:29 pm
Video of the Day: Bob Dylan and Earl Scruggs
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YouTube Preview ImageEarl Scruggs & Bob Dylan- East Virgina Blues and Nashville Skyline Rag

From the 1968 TV special “Earl Scruggs and Friends”. The film chronicles Earl’s search for new musical styles and pairs him up with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Byrds, Doc Watson, The Morris Brothers and others. Earl Scruggs was a bit of a rebel in the traditional bluegrass scene, speaking out against the Vietnam War and recording protest songs by the likes of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.  This film is a must-see classic and unlike many other gems from that era, is actually available on dvd. More clips from the film are after the jump.

Wednesday January 28th 2009, 2:09 pm
AA Bondy Announces Tour
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AA Bondy, former lead singer of late 90s rock group Verbena turned indie folk musician, is set to kick off a US tour on February 11 in North Carolina. He will make his way through Los Angeles on February 24th with a show at the Hotel Cafe. Tickets for the show are $12 a pop and I recommend buying them asap. The Hotel Cafe is TINY and I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a rather hot ticket. Tour dates are after the jump.

YouTube Preview ImageAA Bondy- O The Vampyre (Live on Indie 103.1)