Dean Ween, aka Mickey Melchiondo Jr., has been a long time fan of the Parliament-Funkadelic sound, and it’s no surprise that he was hit hard by the recent passing of keyboardist Bernie Worrell. Worrell had collaborated with Ween in the past, sitting in with the full band back in 2003 (watch here). Now, Dean Ween is honoring Worrell’s legacy in the most fitting way possible: through the music.The guitarist recruited P-Funk’s own Michael Hampton, as well as Bill Fowler and Glenn McClelland, to record a full tribute of Ween’s “favorite Bernie track,” a tune called “Liquid Sunshine.” Read Dean Ween’s comments below, and listen to this great song below.A tribute to the funkiest keyboard player to ever grace this planet, or anywhere in the known universe. I’m not even sure he was from this planet actually, a once in a lifetime master along the lines of Jimi, or Ravi Shankar.This was always my favorite Bernie track—the whole Motor Booty affair record actually. I consider it his P-Funk masterpiece, the whole damn album is the best P-Funk keyboard record to my ears. Rest in P Doctor Woo. Michael Hampton, Bill Fowler, Glenn McClelland and Deaner.
Legendary country music artist John Prine has just announced a new album! Titled For Better, Or Worse, the new release will see Prine team up with a number of extraordinary female musicians for a series of rockin’ duets. Due out on September 30th, the artists who are featured on the album include Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Iris DeMent, Holly Williams, Morgane Stapleton, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss, Amanda Shires and his wife, Fiona Prine.The only woman left off of that list is Susan Tedeschi, who is not only featured on the album but on the leading single as well. Tedeschi joins Prine for a reworking of George Jones’ “Color Of The Blues,” which you can stream in full while watching the album preview video below.For more information about the new album, you can head here. Check out the tracklisting below.For Better, Or Worse Tracklisting1. Who’s Gonna Take the Garbage Out (feat. Iris Dement)2. Storms Never Last (feat. Lee Ann Womack)3. Falling in Love Again (feat. Allison Krauss)4. Color of the Blues (feat. Susan Tedeschi)5. I’m Tellin’ You (feat. Holly Williams)6. Remember Me (When Candlelights Are Gleaming) [feat. Kathy Mattea]7. Look at Us (feat. Morgane Stapleton)8. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Loud, Loud Music (feat. Amanda Shires)9. Fifteen Years Ago (feat. Lee Ann Womack)10. Cold, Cold Heart (feat. Miranda Lambert)11. Dreaming My Dreams with You (feat. Kathy Mattea)12. Mental Cruelty (feat. Kacey Musgraves)13. Mr. & Mrs. Used to Be (feat. Iris Dement)14. My Happiness (feat. Fiona Prine)15. Just Waitin’
Les Brers snuck into 2016 like it was no body’s business. But after a couple of mind-blowing sets at Wanee Music Festival and The Peach Music Festival, the secret is fully out. Led by original drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with former members Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quiñones, and Jack Pearson, the supergroup also includes Lamar Williams Jr., Pat Bergeson, and Bruce Katz.This all-star lineup recently announced a handful of September dates, and have since added five more shows to the middle of October. From the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC, to New Jersey’s Wellmont Theatre, Philadelphia’s The Fillmore, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club, and Wesbury’s NYCB Theatre, those fellow fans looking for a way to cherish the Allman Brothers Band on the East Coast are certainly lined up for a surprise visit. For ticketing links and more information, visit the band’s website.Les Brers Fall Tour:07 SEP THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE RIDGEFIELD, CT08 SEP CASINO BALLROOM HAMPTON BEACH, NH09 SEP HOUSE OF BLUES, BOSTON, MA10 SEP PARAMOUNT THEATRE, RUTLAND, VT12 OCT BROOKLYN BOWL, BROOKLYN, NY13 OCT WELLMONT THEATRE, MONTCLAIR, NJ14 OCT FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA15 OCT CHAMELEON CLUB, LANCASTER, PA16 OCT NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY, WESTBURY, NY
The inaugural Suwannee Roots Revival Festival got off to a wild start in Live Oak, FL last night, as Missouri’s favorite bluegrass sons The Hillbenders performed their epic rendition of The Who’s classic rock opera Tommy. With a packed crowd of early arrivals ready to blow off steam, the reception in crowd was as raucous as the antics of the band onstage. Our own Rex Thomson is on the scene and captured the rip-roaring rendition of the tune for us all to enjoy!Check out the fun below:Suwannee Roots Revival continues throughout the weekend! Keep it tuned to L4LM for exclusive videos and more.
Americana heroes The Avett Brothers returned to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night, in support of their recently released album True Sadness. The Avetts continue to make waves with their exciting sound, and their performance on Colbert was no exception. The band broke out into the title track from the new LP, and delighted fans with the emotional rendition. You can stream the performance in the embedded player below.
The Montana-born bluegrass outfit, The Kitchen Dwellers, recently announced that their sophomore album, Ghost In The Bottle, will be released on April 21st. To get fans hyped for its debut, The Kitchen Dwellers let us get a sneak peak of the first single off of Ghost In The Bottle, a track called “Visions of More.” “Visions of More” is a soulful and soaring tune, which also features Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle, recalling last year when Twiddle and The Kitchen Dwellers teamed up for a number of dates during the fall. You can listen to the premiere of The Kitchen Dwellers’ “Visions of More” featuring Mihali Savoulidis for yourself below, exclusively through Live For Live Music!“Visions of More” along with the rest of The Ghost In The Bottle were recorded in Colorado at both Mountain Star Studio in Nederland and Desert Rose Studio in Durango. Produced by Leftover Salmon’s resident banjo magician, Andy Thorne, and mixed and masted by Grammy-winning sound engineer A.G. Lunsford, the album is a triumphant studio work for the Kitchen Dwellers, who haven’t released an album since their 2013 self-titled debut. The album has eleven tracks, and in addition to Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis, Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and Bill Payne of Little Feat all make guest appearances on the record.To celebrate The Ghost In The Bottle’s release, The Kitchen Dwellers will hold two Colorado album-release parties, one on April 20th at The Fox Theatre in Boulder and one on April 21st at The Bluebird Theater in Denver, before embarking on an extensive summer tour to promote the album. You can pre-order Ghost In The Bottle off of the Kitchen Dweller’s website here. While you’re there, you can snag tickets for this upcoming tour, dates of which can also be found on their website or listed here below the album art.The Kitchen Dwellers 2017 Upcoming Dates3/17 Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Casino $3/18 Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Rafters Restaurant & Lounge4/6 Whitefish, MT @ Casey’s Whitefish4/7 Livingston, MT @ Pine Creek Lodge4/8 Billings, MT @ The Pub Station4/20 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre %4/21 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater %4/22 Breckenridge, CO @ The Historic Brown4/24 Columbus, OH @ Woodlands Tavern4/25 Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Iron Works4/26 Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s4/27 Albany, NY @ The Hollow4/28 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre ^4/29 Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival5/1 Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room5/2 Nashville, TN @ Acme Feed & Seed5/3 Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown5/4 Virginia Beach, VA @ Doc Taylor’s5/5 Berkeley Springs, WV @ Sleepy Creek SpringDig5/6 Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House5/10 Cambridge, MA @ Toad Cambridge5/11 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall5/12 Hamden, CT @ The Space5/13 Blain, PA @ Spring Pickin’ Bluegrass Festival5/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ James Street Speakeasy5/19-20 Scranton, PA @ Susquehanna Breakdown5/24 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint5/25 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live5/26-28 Cumberland, MD @ Delfest5/26-28 Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival6/9-11 Haugen, MT @ Silver Cloud Campout6/22-25 Bond, CO @ Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival7/13-16 North Plains, OR @ Northwest String Summit8/3-5 Ozark, AR @ Homegrown On The River* w/ Robin Davis Duo# String Cheese Incident Pre-party$ String Cheese Incident After-party% Album Release Party w/ Part & Parcel and Kind Country^ w/ Cabinet
Load remaining images Last night, The Brooklyn Bowl went off, with L.A.’s Organ Freeman and Baltimore’s Pigeons Playing Ping Pong lighting up the infamous Brooklyn venue with each group’s patented brand of funk-jam fusion. You can get a taste of what went down below, with videos of Organ Freeman’s and Pigeons’ set-opening numbers below, courtesy of nugs.tv. You can also check out photos from the night, courtesy of John R Wisdom Photography.[Cover photo courtesy of Phierce Photo]Organ FreemanPigeons Playing Ping Pong
This weekend, Bob Weir took to Austin, Texas, to continue his Campfire Tour with his Campfire Band with two shows at The Moody Theater for Austin City Limits Live. Before his first performance on Saturday, the Grateful Dead guitarist met with Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler, to talk about his “Vote Local” initiative. This newest project is in conjunction with HeadCount, an organization that advocates for musicians and music lovers to get more involved in politics and for which Weir is a board member. After Saturday’s meeting, Weir kicked off the first of two nights at Moody Theater with the Campfire Band featuring Steve Kimock, Jash Kaufman, Jon Shaw, and The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, and Scott Devendorf. This most tour has been in support of Weir’s recent solo album, Blue Mountain, which was released during the tail-end of last year. You can check out pictures from Weir’s mayoral meeting below, as well as setlists from Saturday’s and Sunday’s performances. [H/T JamBase]
The Jerry Garcia Family recently announced a blowout celebration for Jerry Garcia‘s 75th birthday at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 4th, 2017. The evening, simply dubbed “Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert,” will feature performances by Bob Weir’s Campfire Band and The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band, a special collaboration featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, and Gloria Jones of Jerry Garcia Band as well as Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead; American Babies), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic) and more. Today, the Jerry Garcia Family has announced that the Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert celebration will continue with five additional concert events in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Brooklyn, and Burlington.The newly added celebrations are anchored by the 15th annual Jerry Day in at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in San Francisco’s McLaren Park on August 6th featuring Melvin Seals and the JGB, Stu Allen, and Mars Hotel, and Midnight North. Jerry Day is free to attend, however donations are gladly accepted.On August 1, at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, Aquarium Drunkard and the Jerry Garcia Family will present Grateful Shred and Friends, a collective of Southern California’s premiere session players including members of Circles Around The Sun, The Western Stars, Mapache, and more. Expect an evening built on a foundation of the Grateful Dead’s country-Americana classics of the early seventies, but reverently spanning the entire history of the Dead.On August 1, the Brooklyn Bowl will host NYC’s celebration with The Garcia Project performing a full, classic Jerry Garcia Band set list from 1976-1995 and Andy Falco (of the Infamous Stringdusters) & Friends presenting a special performance of Garcia & Grisman’s The Pizza Tapes.On August 1, the Burlington celebration will occur at the Higher Ground Ballroom and feature an all-star cast of local musicians. The evening’s line-up and program will be announced shortly, but expect an evening centered around the music of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, and more.On August 2, a collection of Nashville’s finest musicians will present Ain’t No Place I’d Rather Be at the Basement East in Nashville, TN. The collective will explore the expansive Garcia Songbook with portions of the evening dedicated to Garcia’s many solo projects and work with the Grateful Dead. Additional details and line-up to be announced shortly.For more information on the upcoming events, head to the Jerry Garcia website.
On July 28th, the two-disc Garcia Live Volume Nine will be released, featuring previously unheard recordings from Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders during a performance on August 11th, 1974 at the Keystone in Berkeley, California. With Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, and Merl Saunders on keys and vocals, the band was rounded out by Martin Fierro on sax and flute, John Kahn on bass, and Bill Kreutzmann on drums—a group that later became Legion of Mary sans Kreutzmann and with Ron Tutt on drums instead.Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert Series AnnouncedAhead of Garcia Live Volume Nine‘s release, tracks off the upcoming album have been slowly rolled out to preview the record. Yesterday, “(I’m A) Road Runner” was officially released to the public and premiered via Grateful Web. “(I’m A) Road Runner” is a cover of Junior Walker’s 1966 Motown classic and was regularly performed over the years by Garcia with his various solo projects. This latest track off Garcia Live Volume Nine comes after the release of performances of Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)” from the August 11th, 1974 Keystone show.You can listen to all three tracks below. You can also pre-order Garcia Live Volume Nine here ahead of its official release later in the month. Garcia Live Volume Nine Track ListingDisc One/Set OneThat’s What Love Will Make You DoLa LaIt Ain’t No UseMystery TrainDisc Two/Set TwoThe Harder They ComeAin’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)It’s Too Late(I’m A) Road RunnerThe Night They Drove Old Dixie Down[H/T JamBase]