Tuesday, 7 November 2006

3rd Bluegrass Jamboree! on tour 1-18 Dec. 2011

[release: 21 Oct. 2011]

VIDEO TRAILER and PHOTOS: http://www.bluegrassjamboree.de

Presented by byte.fm, Akustik Gitarre, Folker, Bear Family Records, No Fences, Hillbillie Guesthouse, German Bluegrass Music Association, Dynamite! magazine, EBMA, Bluegrass Europe

'The Future of Bluegrass'
Della Mae (USA) 'The Daughters of Bluegrass'
Deadly Gentlemen (USA) 'Epic Folk & Grasscore'
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (USA) 'Mountain Roots'

As the bluegrass world celebrates the hundredth birthday of Bill Monroe, the 'father' of bluegrass music, the 3rd 'Bluegrass Jamboree - Festival of Bluegrass & Americana Music', with three young and innovative artists performing on this year`s tour, will offer a look into the future of the genre.

Many of the exciting developments in bluegrass are currently found outside the regions of its origin in the south-east of the United States. In the same way Bill Monroe and his band invented bluegrass in the late 1940s mixing blues, jazz, Irish and Scottish folk, gospel and spirituals in Kentucky, his peers and successive generations of players kept experimenting on developing new aspects and sounds until today. This year the 'Jamboree' artists are all from the northern states of the USA, where the music grows more freely without sometimes rather conservative limitations of the South. The sound stays fully authentic and usually only experts may notice the differences and find out that most of the music is new and does not draw from the repertoire of sixty years of bluegrass, although the connection is still easy to recognize. But be sure - there will also be a good dose of 'Monroe' tribute on the show!

CAHALEN MORRISON and ELI WEST present archaic folk sounds on banjo and other stringed instruments, played with energy and virtuosity of bluegrass. There will be intense spellbinding two-part male vocals along lyrics about essential life experiences, guiding the audience on a journey through the musical heights of new folk, old-time, and bluegrass. The two rising stars of the Seattle folk scene perform new pieces with the musical sound of today. Cahalen's songwriting is inspired by the old songs of a time, when hard work and the struggle to survive the Depression years in the mountain region of the Appalachians led to a musical form that dealt with the existential aspects of life: themes of landscape, nature, love, sorrow, grief, joy, death, and reverence - deeply spiritual, open, and honest. In the course of history this sometimes-called 'White man's blues' was named old-time, folk, country, bluegrass and hillbilly. The 'fire' of Cahalen and Eli emerges from the combination of songwriting with the intensity of the bluegrass and beautifully played instruments as well as intense vocals. At age 15 the (practically incurable) bluegrass virus got Eli, since then he has been devoted to stringed instruments. His special way of playing the guitar combines breathtaking solo and rhythm work. He also writes the vocal arrangements which can be characterized by spirited rhythmic and harmonic explorations of the style - exactly the artistic freedom that motivated the musicians of the genre back in the early years of the 20th century – or as Monroe put it: "create your own music!"

These banjo-rappers at some of their performances in the South virtually had to escape from the stage of a traditional bluegrass festival, because the audience did not seem ready for the innovative 'rap-grass' sound of the band. Amazing, as they further developed Bill Monroe's idea of bluegrass: the mix of old and new: rap, jazz, pop and rock, New Acoustic Music plus bluegrass into something they call 'Grasscore and Epic Folk'. The lyrics sometimes are harsh and violent, but also sweet and romantic and tell about love and hate and many other timeless topics. The way they combine rhythmic vocal structures and wild, improvisational instrumental outbursts is simply revolutionary. 'The Bluegrass Police will definitely keep an eye on us', laughs master Gentleman, banjo wizard, and doctor of molecular biology Greg Liszt. He joined Bruce Springsteen for productions and on tour, became a founding member of progressive folk roots band Crooked Still and is considered as one of the few true banjo innovators. His playing is 'funky' and expands traditional three-finger picking into a four-finger style with exciting rhythmic elements along powerful melodic lines.

DELLA MAE, or in other words five of the best female bluegrass musicians and performers of the North-East together in one 'supergroup'. They do not think much of the rather softly played softer modern bluegrass style, but favour a more speedy and rough version of this kind of music. As huge fans of the 40s and 50s sound of the wild men of that era, the five women combine a strong drive, powerful harmonies, and modern songwriting to a contemporary and intensive style of bluegrass, which they will perform for the first time in Europe at all. Celia Woodsmith's powerful voice is influenced by various styles of music from bluegrass, country, and soul over to blues and even folk. Through her impressive play of the rhythm guitar on stage she`s the connective part between the different members of this ambitious band. Kimber Ludiker plays the fiddle: when she was three years old her grandfather taught her the first fiddle lessons and today by the beginning of her 20s she already has been awarded Grand National Fiddle Champion twice. She is considered as one of the central artists of her generation and in her furious play of the extraordinary five-string fiddle she mixes elements of bluegrass, old-time, and Western Swing. Courtney Hartman provides the flat-pick solo guitar, an instrument which first in the 1960s became an equal part of the bluegrass ensemble besides mandolin, fiddle, and banjo, and is more often played by men. For her virtuoso solos she regularly gains standing ovations from enthusiastic audiences. Today besides her band activities she is taking classes in 'serious' music at the well-respected Berklee College of Music in Boston, a region where currently the most exciting developments in bluegrass music in the USA are taking place. Jenny Lyn Gardner is a master of the bluegrass mandolin: as the band's "snare drum" she is responsible for the typical bluegrass off-beat rhythm. In traditional bluegrass there is no percussion itself, so this part is taken over by the other instruments together. During the band`s performances it is always an exciting moment listening to Jenny Lyn`s vivid solos. Amanda Kowalski plays the acoustic string bass. A true and living legend at the string bass, she has played in extraordinary projects together with banjo explorers Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck, or Abigail Washburn, only to name a few of the great names she has performed with over the years. Her musical journey led Amanda, who was born in the Hillbilly State of West Virginia, to the "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville as well as to Sydney`s famous opera house, where she played highly respected shows.

3. Bluegrass Jamboree! – Festival of Bluegrass and Americana Music

01.12.2011    77654 Offenburg    Reithalle  20:00
02.12.2011    72762 Reutlingen    franz k  20:00
03.12.2011    CH-8200 Schaffhausen    Kammgarn  20:00 Switzerland
04.12.2011    80333 München    Amerikahaus  20:00
05.12.2011    88212 Ravensburg    Zehntscheuer  20:00
06.12.2011    87435 Kempten    Haus International  20:00
07.12.2011    91154 Roth    Kulturfabrik  20:00
08.12.2011    84478 Waldkraiburg    Haus der Kultur  20:00
09.12.2011    53121 Bonn    Harmonie  19:30
10.12.2011    63303 Dreieich    Bürgerhaus Sprendlingen  20:00
11.12.2011    06295 Lutherstadt-Eisleben    Landesbühne  18:00
12.12.2011    CZ-Prag OREA Hotel Pyramida  19:30 Czech Republic
13.12.2011    34127 Kassel    Schlachthof  20:00
14.12.2011    99817 Eisenach    Alte Mälzerei  20:00
15.12.2011    44137 Dortmund    Domicil  20:00
16.12.2011    31137 Hildesheim    Kulturfabrik Löseke  20:00
17.12.2011    28816 Stuhr    Gutsscheune Varrel  20:00
18.12.2011    41564 Kaarst    Albert Einstein Forum  20:00

ATTENTION: Again there will be a world wide live radio broadcast of the full
first show of the tour. So all of you who can't be at this show can catch
the music on radio Wueste Welle in Tübingen via Internet radio.
http://www.wueste-welle.de DATE: Dec 2, 20-24:00 (Central European

RADIO LINK or http://www.wueste-welle.de/
(click on "on air" down left)