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Holiday Hootenanny Artist Profile ~ Count M’Butu

5 Dec

Count M'Butu

Wednesday, December 20 at Terminal West

Showtime: 6:45 PM, Doors open 6 PM, Silent Auction 6-11:15 PM

Advance tickets $25 ADV/$35 Day of Show

We are just two weeks out from what promises to be one of the finest concerts of the year, celebrating life, music, family, friendship, and charity. One artist whose talent, friendship and love of family is undeniable is Grammy-winning percussionist Count M’Butu. His return to the Holiday Hootenanny has been four years in the making. We in the Atlanta music community and the Col. Bruce army of fans, musicians, writers, promoters, and friends are overjoyed to have him back in our mix and a part of the Holiday Hoot! Part of legendary Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit in the early ’90s – in my eyes one of the greatest bands of all-time – as well as the Derek Trucks Band for many years after that, Count’s presence in the Atlanta music scene has a special place, and as a long-time friend of mine, I personally cannot WAIT to see him back on the Holiday Hootenanny stage! The video below is from the 2nd Annual edition of the Holiday Hoot, and features Count M’Butu SINGING Willie Nelson’s classic “Always On My Mind” with the help of some friends, about as real and genuine as it gets. Enjoy!

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The schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM ~ Doors Open, Silent Auction open until 11:15 PM

6:45 PM – 7:45 PM ~ Ralph Roddenbery & Friends

8:15 PM – 9:15 PM ~ Jim Lauderdale

9:45 PM – 10:45 PM ~ ZambiGrass Jam, featuring Jeff Mosier, Larry Keel, Nick DiSebastian, Bobby Miller, Jared Womack 

11:15 PM – 12:30 AM ~ Zambi Jam Finale, featuring Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, Johnny Knapp, The Madrid Express & special guests!

Lineup: Jim Lauderdale,Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, Johnny Knapp, Ralph Roddenbery, Matthew Williams (Pickled Holler), Nick DiSebastian, Bill Fleming, Donna Hopkins, Kevin Thomas (keyboards), Richie Jones (drums & percussion), Gaurav Malhotra (drums & percussion), Bobby Miller (mandolin), Zebulon Bowles (Hot Buttered Rum String Band), Jared Womack (Grass is Dead/RockyGrass Dobro competition winner)

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny 2 Weeks Out 4/1-2

18 Mar

Advance Tickets

SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate 

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate

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Y’all we’re going to have a fantastic time of it in just TWO weekends!  There is some great energy in the air around this last edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny; I am so very thankful for having the opportunity to be an enabler of such amazing music with soooo many amazing musicians and like-minded individuals, as both groups have continued to support these wonderful small festies over the years and that is what has kept the spirit alive.  Small festivals are becoming a thing of the past, I feel, so come experience why they’re so special!  The journey will certainly continue in the new position as Director for Concerts, Community Outreach & Development for the Frank Hamilton School!

Scroll down for a great raw clip from Hootenannies past of Ralph Roddenbery on stage backed by the grooves of the Atlanta’s own Moontower.

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SCHEDULE

SHED STAGE, FRI APRIL 1

8:30PM – 11:30PM > Blackberry Possum

SHED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

Noon – 1:20PM > Smokey’s Farmland Band

2:10PM – 3:40PM > The Rickety Crickets

4:35PM – 6:05PM > Ralph Roddenbery Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM > Caroline Aiken

9:25PM – 10:55PM > Rev. Jeff Mosier & Friends

11:25PM – 1:00AM > Strung Like A Horse

MOMS/GRATEFUL FRED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

1:25PM – 2:10PM > MOMS Jam

3:45PM – 4:30PM > The Ain’t Sisters

6:10PM – 6:55PM > Brian Ashley Jones

8:35PM – 9:20PM > Donna Hopkins & Friends

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Hootenanny time is almost upon us! Artist preview: Secondhand Swagger, Sam French

3 Sep

Wow y’all!  We sure have rounded that corner quickly, and the 17th installment of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny is just about here!  I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend and that your team won! 😉

Now that we’re into September and just over two weeks out, you can clear your head for a moment and realize that you not only WANT to go to Hootenanny, but you also NEED to go!  The amazing energy that is created at Cherokee Farms – the camaraderie of your friends, camping neighbors and musicians – the spontaneity of the jams – the amazing flow of this tightly wound small festie that releases a giant multi-layered musical explosion – the knowledge that you WILL hear something you’ve not heard before and it will make an impact on your already impeccable musical tastes.  These are all great qualities of what a Hootenanny is at the core, a joyful healing and re-energizing experience for the mind, body and soul.  TICKETS & LODGING INFO

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Speaking of soul, check out this southern soulful groove laid down by Secondhand SwaggerThese folks will be rockin’ the infamous “Happy Hour Set” from 5-6:30PM on SAT Sept 20!  And folks, the musical mojo will kickin’ hard that day! 

For those of you who are not familiar with Sam French, well that’s a great reason to show up on Friday night, September 19, at the Hootenanny!  This man is drenched in southern, his style genuine, and his product real.  Ted Norton, guitarist for The Grapes, will be joining Sam’s band that night and also be around all weekend long sitting in as an artist-at-large.  Below is some fine video of Sam and his band performing an original, “Few Regrets”.  Enjoy!

Spread the good word to your friends and family, y’all, as HOOT #17 promises to be as good as advertised!  HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

 

A little music history at the Holiday Hootenanny

13 Dec

The first two editions of Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny have featured southern music luminaries, and this year’s is no different.  I am very excited to be able to present three music visionaries that date back to the 70’s with their respective music repertoires.

Randall Bramblett, Tommy Talton & John Cowan helped to define an era of music discovery that ranged from the classic Capricorn Records in Macon and acts like The Allman Brothers Band, Cowboy, Marshall Tucker Band, and Sea Level to the progressive “new grass” sound created by the likes of the late John Hartford and New Grass Revival in the early 70’s, which originally featured Sam Bush, Cowan, Dr. Dobro Curtis Burch, and the late Courtney Johnson in the 70’s and Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn in the 80’s (replaced Burch & Johnson).  These two styles have merged many times over the years for what turns out to be a match made in musical heaven, and the 3rd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny is going to certainly showcase those two styles.

Randall with his current band from Music City Roots earlier this year.

And you here you have some vintage John Cowan with a great prelude by Sam Bush talking about John.

Here’s a clip of Tommy Talton Band performing last March in NYC at the Hittin’ the Note party.

Get your advance tickets now, and know that you’ll be supporting a wonderful cause and witnessing a piece of music history!

Silent Auction 5pm, Doors 6pm, Showtime 7pm!

Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny News!!

15 Nov

Well folks, the 3rd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny keeps getting sweeter by the day, both on the concert side and the silent auction side.  It’s been fun to stir the pot and get some exciting items to bid on (see pictures below for one item!), and TDawg Presents is excited to announce some additions to the lineup!

Los Lobos guitar Los Lobos guitar (2)

(Stadium Gibson SG Replica Guitar Brand New signed by legendary LOS LOBOS, provided by John Griffin at The Big House Museum, donated by Scott Kendrick, Middle Georgia Pawn in Macon, GA)

Two amazing songwriters from opposite ends of the sprectrum – original Capricorn Records recording artist Tommy Talton (Cowboy) and multi-instrumentalist Jason Kenney – are joining this already on-fire lineup, with just a couple of more to be added soon.  Both bring a passion to their unique sound, full of purity and soul.

Talton is walking music history, as a founding member of Capricorn Records original Cowboy (also featuring Chuck Leavell), and through most of the 70s as a studio musician recording with artists such as Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Bramlett, Martin Mull, Corky Lang (West, Bruce and Lang, Mountain, Dickey Betts, Clarence Carter, country legend Kitty Wells, Alex and Livingston Taylor, Arthur Conley of Sweet Soul Music fame, and more.  He toured extensively throughout the U.S. with Cowboy and with the Gregg Allman tour, from Carnegie Hall (as special guests) to Fillmore West in San Francisco and most cities in between. Talton was also the guitarist on Gregg Allman’s “Laid Back” album.

Kenney has been performing and recording professionally for only eight years now, but it seems like a generation’s worth of time based on how he plays, sings, and writes.  His most recent effort is a group called the Kenney Blackmon String Band with legendary fiddler David Blackmon, and their album was produced by famed Widespread Panic producer John Keane.

Stay tuned for a couple of more lineup announcements, and SPREAD THE GOOD WORD!  There’s not another show with as much heart and positive energy as the 3rd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny – A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!  HOOT HOOT!!

Below is nice clip from this past March in NYC at BB King’s Blues Club for the Hittin’ the Note After-party, post Allman Brothers Band concert, featuring the Tommy Talton Band…enjoy!!!

Tickets on Sale NOW for the 3rd Annual Holiday Hootenanny!

28 Oct

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Alright folks!  Let’s go on and get your tickets, supporting a great cause while anticipating yet another incredible one-of-a-kind jam that you probably will never see again in such a way!  This show is stocked full of southern soul, Americana, and that space in between that gets jazzy, bluesy, and funky in a moment’s notice ~ You’ll certainly be as happy as those in the picture just above!  Advance tickets are $30, $35 at the door, click HERE to get yours now!

The initial lineup is as follows with more to be announced soon!

Randall Bramblett

John Cowan

Col. Bruce Hampton

Rev. Jeff Mosier

Caroline Aiken

Count M’Butu

Jeff Sipe Trio

Grant Green Jr.

Yonrico Scott

Mark Van Allen

Jeff Autry

Donna Hopkins

Diane Durrett

Bobby Miller

Ralph Roddenbery

Leah Calvert

Gaurav Malhotra

Hootenanny Artist Preview: Curtis Burch, and a little music history, too!

3 Sep

I have been fortunate enough to build not only music relationships but also long-lasting friendships with some pretty amazing musicians, and one of those, Curtis Burch, helped pave the way for much of the music and musicians I love.  Click on the link below for a cool video featuring Curtis on stage with Sam Bush Band down under the oaks at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park a few years back.

Curtis Burch&David Via

(Burch on left w/ David Via – performing 7:15pm on Sept 14 on the Shed Stage)

As a founding member of the legendary band, New Grass Revival, back in 1972, Curtis Burch is regarded – along with fellow bandmates Sam Bush, John Cowan (joined in 1973), and the late Courtney Johnson – as a pioneer for the music known as “newgrass” then and “jamgrass” today.  Combining elements of jazz, rock, blues, and bluegrass, NGR defied all that was traditional then.  Burch, aka Dr. Dobro, left the band in 1981 along with banjoist Johnson, due to touring weariness.  Before they departed however, NGR toured internationally with Leon Russell, backing him on dates worldwide and firmly establishing themselves as a top tier act.

By the time Curtis was a teenager, he was hook on the dobro having heard Flatt & Scruggs w/ Josh Graves, who is widely regarded as the inventor of the resonator guitar.  His family had moved from Alabama to Brunswick, Georgia, and he met a dobro player from Milledgeville, GA, named Tut Taylor, who is also a great bluegrass legend and one of the greatest dobro players ever.  Curtis moved to Nashville around 1970, and while working at a banjo/guitar shop co-owned by Tut  Taylor, Randy Woods & George Gruhn, had met the great Norman Blake.  Through Blake, he was able to enter the studio scene and met Sam Bush, who at the time was a member of Bluegrass Alliance.  Curtis joined the band for a spell, which also included Courtney Johnson on banjo.  For many reasons (good ones I’m sure!) they left Bluegrass Alliance and formed the band New Grass Revival.  In 1973 and after a couple of lineup shuffles, the great John Cowan (currently the Doobie Bros. bassist) joined the lineup and the rest is amazing music history.  Collaborations with the late, great John Hartford, Norman Blake, Leon Russell, and many others dominated their slate, not to mention their annual pilgrimage from the outset to a little festival known as Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado.

Much more recently, Curtis has recorded an album with Larry Keel, and he has continued to play out with Keel, David Via, and others.  He still teams up with Bush and Cowan when the  timing is right!  Burch also won a Grammy,  participating on a dobro compilation produced by Jerry Douglas called The Great Dobro Sessions in 1994.  Rest assured that the two sets featuring David Via alongside Curtis followed by Larry Keel & Natural Bridge is going to set off some serious fireworks on the Shed Stage!  I wouldn’t be surprised to see much of the same in different formations on the Grateful Fred Stage.  HOOT HOOT!!!

ADVANCE TICKETS for FRI-SAT and SAT ONLY are available now at the links below.

***All advance purchases will receive a copy of a compilation from TDawg Presents’ 2nd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny that occurred in December of 2012, featuring Papa Mali, Larry Keel, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Hall, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Col. Bruce Hampton, Ike Stubblefied, Grant Green Jr., Deep Blue Sun and more!

FRI-SAT $50 ADV/$60 gate (includes camping)

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SAT ONLY $40 ADV/$50 gate (includes camping)

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SAT DAY passes are available at the gate for $40.  Kids 13-16 are $20, Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE.  NO DOGS PLEASE!!

Lodging

Key West Inn, 2221 N Main St  LaFayette, GA 30728
PH:  (706) 638-8200

Days Inn, 2209 N Main St  LaFayette, GA 30728
PH:  (706) 639-9362

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