• Coral Creek Performs With John Kadlecik Band at the Oriental Theater Friday

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    Courtesy of Coral Creek

    Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
    Friday, April 29th marks a moment for Dead Heads and JamGrass fans alike as Colorado’s Americana supergroup, Coral Creek, strums main support for the John Kadlecik Band at the Oriental Theater. Kadlecik is known for his involvement with Further, Phil Lesh & Friends, as well as his own project, Dark Star Orchestra. Quickly gaining traction in the circuit, Coral Creek has announced a number of festival slots for the summer and recently released their debut album.

    Led by founding member and chief songwriter, Chris Thompson, Coral Creek seizes center stage with beautifully written compositions and storylines reminiscent of John Prine and Robert Hunter. Previously produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Thompson’s playing is stylistically blazing new trails inspired by guitar heroes Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice. Coral Creek is a Colorado band with members deeply rooted in the jam grass bluegrass sound. The Coral Creek band members are Chris Thompson (guitar/vocals), Bill McKay (keyboard/vocals), Rob Garland (bass) and Jack Watson (drums). Read more about Coral Creek here.

    Image by C. Alan Crandall, poster design by John Kadlecik.

    John Kadlecik will bring his new band back to Colorado for the second time this month, after performing at the Belly Up in Aspen on April 13th.
    Kadlecik, who last toured through the area as a solo act has assembled a group of musicians that are certain to get your body in motion. The John Kadlecik Band features Klyph Black on bass and vocals, Nathan Graham on drums, Waynard Scheller on keys.

    Kadlecik, has spent much time with his bands and projects on the eastern seaboard, so many fans are delighted to see him bring another group of musicians out west to share in the music that he once described as “Grateful Dead stuff, his stuff and quirky fun stuff.” In fact in previous Denver-Boulder visits he has taken request from the audience.

    Kadlecik starts this leg of his Colorado shows Thursday at Hodi’s Half Note, in Fort Collins, continuing on to the Oriental Theater on Friday eve, and then, for the first time ever, with any of his projects, performing at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Saturday, April 30th. Having followed John Kadlecik’s various projects from the Dark Star Orchestra days, and being delighted and entertained with every one of his visits to Colorado I am very excited for a new set of shows with the new group. Kadlecik’s Colorado fans have learned that with ticket prices starting at $17 – $20, any of his performances provide the best entertainment for the money. I will see you at the shows.

    If you have not seen the new John Kadlecik Band, check out this video from last November in New Haven, CT. ~ How Sweet it Is…

  • FoCoMX 8 offers new and innovative programming, continues to grow

    focomx16_600Fort Collins, CO (4/4/16) – FoCoMX 2016 is incorporating several new features this year
    including a comedy lineup and FoCoMX preevents at The Ramskeller and Zwei Brewing.
    Presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) and sponsored by Odell
    Brewing Co., the 8th annual FoCoMX weekend boasts over 250 Colorado bands and solo
    musicians at 25 Downtown Fort Collins venues.
    Youth programming and student involvement is featured this year with Kids Programming at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, youth performances throughout the lineup and an extensive partnership with Colorado State University. Mr. Marty (http://www.kidsmusic.co/ ), 15-year-oldMaya Bennet and Linneage Music Project (http://www.lineagemusicproject.com/ ) are some of the favorites in the youth lineup. FoCoMX has teamed up with an honors class at CSU to mentor students in a reallife
    marketing project to market a CSU Ramskeller preevent, as well as working with Rocky Mountain Student Media to shoot archival video and execute cross platform coverage of the event to provide real world event experiences.  The free live music event will be located in the newly remodeled and ever popular Lory Student Center’s “Ramskeller” on Friday, April 15 and will feature two Colorado State University alumni bands, WriteMinded
    and Slow Caves from 36pm.
    “Mentoring students is a key part of growing the next generation of Fort Collins music lovers. We are able to do this by booking youth bands, including programming for younger audiences, as well as working with CSU on events and marketing campaigns.” Peggy
    Lyle, FoCoMA Board of Directors.
    Zwei Brewing will also host a second FoCoMX pre-event on Saturday, April 16 from 36pm
    featuring Fort Collins’ favorites Post Paradise Duo and Tallgrass.  This is the only venue not located in the Fort Collins Downtown area. “We would love to expand to more venues outside of the downtown area as the festival grows; Zwei Brewery reached out to us and we thought it would be a great opportunity to partner with a south venue and promote the FoCoMX weekend,” explained Greta Cornett, President of Fort Collins Musician Association (FoCoMA).
    FoCoMX 2016 also features comedy acts from local comedians between sets at several
    venues. “We are extremely proud to add comedy to our FoCoMX festivities this year! We are happy to showcase another talented genre of performers in our community and feel they will bring a unique element of excitement to the festival,” said Cornett.

  • Coral Creek & members of DeadPhish Orchestra with Zach Daniels performing “Pickin on Phish” tonight at Cervantes’ Other Side

    Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
    pickinonphishLed by founding member and chief songwriter, Chris Thompson, Coral Creek seizes center stage with beautifully written compositions and storylines reminiscent of John Prine and Robert Hunter. Previously produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Thompson’s playing is stylistically blazing new trails inspired by guitar heroes Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice.

    A well rounded album from start to finish, Coral Creek features some of the most impressive performers in the bluegrass circuit, both in studio and out — including Executive Producer, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth.

    The album debuted at #3 on the Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart in December 2015, along with the String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic and Lettuce. The album is listed in the Top 20 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Americana Country Chart and Top 100 on the Americana Music Association (AMA) Radio Chart.

    Coral Creek Tour Dates

    APR 14 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Other Side
    APR 16 – Georgetown, CO – Loveland Ski Resort
    APR 30 – Keystone, CO – Arapahoe Basin Ski Lodge
    JUN 30 – Rochester, MN – Thursdays on First & Third
    AUG 19 – Rancho Del Rio, CO – Yarmony Grass
    SEP 02 – Pagosa Springs, CO – Four Corners Folk Festival
    Prodigious Keyboard player, Bill McKay, contributes to the group’s extensive repertoire of original material by writing and singing lead vocals and playing piano and organ tracks.

    McKay, known for his pivotal role in Leftover Salmon, led the group through their largest tours and greatest performances. A master of the instrument, his influence is heard throughout the album, a tasty reminder of the days when he toured with The Derek Trucks Band.

    82ec3424-53bb-43b1-9235-0c54eb93daabCoral Creek also features Nashville’s Grammy Award Winning fiddle player and National Fiddle Champion, Luke Bulla to sharpen the sound. Earning his Grammy Award with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, this dynamic player is also a distinguished vocalist and songwriter.

    In addition to his work with Skaggs, Bulla has made a name for himself touring with Lyle Lovett as a singer and violinist. Bulla has also proven his worth by recording and performing live with American resonator guitar and lap steel player, Jerry Douglas. A well-known performer and record producer, Douglas has developed some of the largest names around.

    Bulla’s live performances have solidified his bluegrass credentials including a stint as a member of the Telluride House Band, playing alongside ‘Newgrass’ pioneer, Sam Bush. Though his stage presence is a phenomenal sight to see, one cannot overlook the beauty in his studio recordings. Produced by flattop guitar superstar, Bryan Sutton, Bulla’s debut solo album is country-bluegrass at its finest. A man well-versed in collaboration, this violin virtuoso has also worked with the captivating vocalist John Cowan as well as country music star, Lee Ann Womack.e3d1d324-9316-4a72-84f7-62424291d049

    With a guest list that reads like a who’s who list of improvisational jam music, Coral Creek features a number of additional guest appearances including Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Tyler Grant (Grant Farm), Arthur Lee Land (Great American Taxi), Scott Messersmith (The Motet) and female vocalist Tayna Shylock (Mountain of Venus) just to name a few.

    However, what is most remarkable about Coral Creek is the subtle use of top talent, without instrumental overindulgence or hype. Instead, the song-oriented album has a relaxed and steady feel, bringing the listener on a comfortable journey, while traversing many styles of music.

    3dffe283-c8c3-4e05-b1e9-601cd701035eWhile the album sits squarely in the Americana category, Coral Creek live performances transport audiences from the beaches of the Caribbean, down to the bayou and back up high into the Colorado Rockies – with instrumentation ranging from mandolin and fiddle to congas and steel pan.

    With a grassroots buzz that is undeniable, the band had a successful soft release of the album in the fall of 2015. This prompted a large Colorado mountain tour and a number of festival dates including the prestigious Four Corners Folk Festival, Yarmonygrass Music Festival, and a number of gigs yet to be announced.

    For more information about Coral Creek or their self-titled national release, check out their official website at www.coralcreek.net .

  • Interview: Sam Bush, Hops + Handrails headliner

    Sam Bush joins Leftover Salmon at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in March 2015. (C. Alan Crandall)
    Sam Bush joins Leftover Salmon at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in March 2015. (C. Alan Crandall)

    By Quentin Young –
    Previously published at the DailyCamera.com

    Sam Bush is one of those rare artists who isn’t just great at his chosen medium but has changed the nature of the medium itself.

    He often is called the “father of newgrass” in reference to his role as a member of New Grass Revival, a 1970s bluegrass band that, adding rock and jazz influences, helped revolutionize the genre such that it spawned a sub-genre named after the band.

    Bush, who lives in Nashville, is a familiar face in Colorado, where he frequently shows up on festival lineups. Another of his appellations is “king of Telluride” — New Grass Revival played the second Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Bush hasn’t missed the festival since. He’s on the 2016 lineups for Telluride and the Lyons-based RockyGrass bluegrass festival.  Read More…

  • Neil Young and The Promise of the Real at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10-02-2015 (photos)

    Photos and words By Jim Lyons

    “I am having a fucking blast,” laughed Lukas Nelson when asked for a quote on his thoughts of his band The Promise of the Real backing Neil NeilYoung-6Young on this Tour. This is day two of the tour in support of The Monsanto Years Release they recorded with Neil.
    This little tour requires 5 tour buses and four semis to make it all happen. Of the buses two are very well known. Neil’s custom Silver Eagle retro masterpiece, and Lukas’ Dad (Willie Nelson) bus immortalized in the movie Honeysuckle Rose. I asked Corey McCormick, bass player for POTR if this used to be Willie’s bus. He smiled and answered, “Yes.” Then he grins and says “It still is!”
    The Arena was packed with a diverse, but unified crowd awaiting one of the legends of Rock, Roll, Folk and Americana music to take the stage to play his hits.
    NeilYoung-2Neil did not disappoint.
    The lights went down as two young girls in bonnets came out spreading seeds of corn lovingly all over the stage.
    The sounds of Neil solo on the piano filled the Arena with the sounds of After the Gold Rush…”Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 21st Century.” Neil ended to thunderous applause and walked over and strapped on Hank Williams’ original Martin, and Neil’s familiar harmonica holder.
    “I wanna live, I wanna give….I’ve been a miner for a Heart of Gold.” The whole crowd sang with him and continued through Comes a Time and Old Man. Neil then started playing his now famous pump organ.

    Neil stood up and grabbed his black Les Paul. Four guys came out in white Haz Mat suits spraying steam all over the corn seeds that had beenNeilYoung-5 carefully planted by the girls earlier.
    Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real walked onstage and plugged in. It was evident within seconds why Neil pegged them to record The Monsanto Years, and to back him for this tour. This band is tight in every sense of the word.
    From the strong rhythm section of Corey McCormick’s thundering basslines to the steady drums of Anthony Logerfo, percussion of Tato Malgar, this house was rocking. Both Lucas and Micah Nelson NeilYoung-3provided solid rhythm guitar withtasteful leads. Micah played several instruments and on several tunes played rhythm guitar with a violin bow.
    Neil smiled the whole time.
    “He just loves these kids so much,” said longtime friend of Neil, ‘Snowball.’ “ He has known them since they were just little kids running around at the first Farm Aid shows with Neil’s close pal Willie Nelson,” he continued. “They can sing and play.”
    Neil took the crowd through a musical journey that was a weaving of his hits and the new album. The Monsanto Years has the vintage Neil Young sound all over it. He beautifully makes the points that corporations have no business owning our farms, nor genetically altering our food. He did this through his gifts of music and storytelling. He was not on a soapbox. He is the soapbox.
    His music has always echoed what is right and what is wrong in this world.
    The 2 ½ hour show was fluid and fun. The crowd was on its feet for a blazing Cowgirl in the Sand, Love and only Love, and Powderfinger as an encore which left everyone there smiling.
    I couldn’t help but think how much Lukas and I have in common while leaving thinking to myself…”I am having a fucking blast!”
    For more information, visit: http://www.neilyoung.com/monsanto/