When You Awake’s own Nick Stahl will be hitting the road for the beaver state of Oregon to experience the one and only Pickathon Music Festival. The 14th annual fest is set to take place over the weekend of August 3-5 just outside of Portland, Oregon at Pendarvis Farm. As always, this year’s line-up is beyond amazing – country, bluegrass, folk, Americana and good old rock and roll from When You Awake favorites Dr. Dog, Phosphorescent, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Langhorne Slim, CW Stoneking, AA Bondy and many more.
When You Awake’s Jody Orsborn having a grand ol’ time at Pickathon 2009
Nick will be checking in with some photos, interviews and more – sharing the experience of this one of kind festival with all of you! In the meantime, check out a few of the groups that we are really excited to check out after the jump. Note: If you don’t have tickets yet, what are you waiting for? Hop a train, plane, bus and head on over. Seriously, having gone to festivals the world over, Pickathon is one festival that is actually worth it (read our review from Pickathon 2009 for evidence). A limited number of tix are still available here.
The lineup has been announced for the 2nd Railroad Revival Tour! This year’s tour, which starts in Duluth, Georgia and ends in Oakland California, will feature the one and only Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, Jamey Johnson and John C. Reilly. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, July 27th at 10 am CST.
I’ll be returning once again to my post as “Official Tour Blogger”, writing for the Railroad Tour’s website leading up to the show and then sharing my experiences on the train during the tour. If you missed my posts from last year, check out the Travel Diary I wrote while traveling cross country with Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. So, who’s going to come see me along the route?
Jonathan Wilson, who is currently touring Europe with the one and only Tom Petty, has just announced a secret show in London on July 18th at The Lexington. The show isn’t listed on any venue or ticketing website. In fact, tickets are only accessible to the special few with this very special ticket link. The show marks Jonathan’s only full set in London this summer and most likely his last gig in the UK for a while, so make sure you grab a ticket and see him while you can!
Jonathan Wilson – Canyon in the Rain
Note from the Editor: If you’re curious to hear about what I’ve been up to the last couple of months (and have questioned why my tweets have contained an unusually high volume of tech-related content), I’ve been hard at work on a brand new startup here in London called The Backscratchers. It’s a project collaboration and research sharing website for creatives, where you can find individuals and companies willing to connect and collaborate on projects. It’s built around the idea of ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’, except, in this case, it’s ‘you work on my project, I’ll help you with yours.’ On the site we exchange skills, materials, space and networks, helping to make cool projects, whether it’s recording an album, shooting a video or starting a new company happen.
The website is launching in beta in the next few weeks (I will let you know what it’s up!), but in the meantime, the wonderful Pando Daily just wrote an article that I was featured in. In it, I talk about what it’s like to be a music blogger working in the tech world in London and some of the cool people that I’ve met and interesting things that I’ve gotten to do since I’ve arrived. Please take a minute to check it out and then sign up for The Backscratchers mailing list so you can be one of the first to test out the new platform. Thanks to Hamish McKenzie for the interview!
We are very honored to be DJing at the Joe Innes and the Cavalcades‘ Record Release Show tonight, Saturday, April 28th at The Slaughtered Lamb in Clerkenwell, London alongside Live & Unamplified. The show is 100% free with Laura Boyle and Adam Killip supporting. Come and celebrate with us!
Time Out London recently asked me to do a post highlighting my Top 5 Secret Brick Lane Spots. For those of you are unfamiliar with London, Brick Lane is an area in East London that is commonly referred to as 1) bageltown/hipstertown 2) banglatown/currytown 3) my homebase/neighborhood. Click here to check out the piece I wrote for them and thanks to Ashleigh and the Time Out team for reaching out to me!
Old Crow Medicine Show recently announced that the great Critter Fuqua (farthest to the left), one of the founding members of the group and writer of Old Crow classics like “Take ‘em Away” and “James River Blues”, is returning to the band after a few years break. The announcement, however, also included the news that Willie Watson will make his exit from the band (2nd from the left). The official statement reads: “Old Crow Medicine Show have decided to part ways with Willie Watson. They wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Old Crow Medicine Show- Wagon Wheel
It’s a very bittersweet day for Old Crow fans, but we wish Willie the best of luck and can’t wait to see what he does next. As for Old Crow Medicine Show, the band has recorded a new record that is set to be released this year via ATO Records. We’ll give you the details as we get them. Now for old times sake, here’s Critter, Willie and the band with “Wagon Wheel”.
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The Coachella 2012 lineup has been announced, and despite some relatively heavy hitters on Saturday, the festival is surprisingly light on folk and country-tinged acts. Coachella usually boasts at least a handful of When You Awake-approved bands thrown onto each day, but this year, two days are looking rather sparse. Regardless of our disappointment due to a lack of rootsy-love, here are our picks for the festival, which for the first time, will be head over the course of two weekends on April 13-15 and April 20-22:
Friday: The Black Keys and Dawes
Saturday: The Shins, St. Vincent, The Head and the Heart, Laura Marling and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Sunday: Beirut, First Aid Kit and Lissie
In other news, Coachella’s country cousin, Stagecoach, has officially sold out. Lineup for that is after the jump.
As we bid farewell to 2011, we say hello to year-end best of lists. We’ve asked our contributors to list their top 5 favorite albums released in 2011, as well as their top 5 albums that they “discovered”, “rediscovered” or “came to fully appreciate” this year. What were your favorite releases of the year? Did we miss anything good? Let us know in the comments after the jump.