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A cover of he lay in the reins 
12:47am 11/09/2007
  This was done in one take, so I apologize if it sounds crappy!

Son Volt/Jason Isbell@ Pearl Street in Northampton, MA 
03:56pm 15/04/2007
  Here are a few pics from the Son Volt show. Jason Isbell, formerly of Drive By Truckers opened with alot of new stuff that was actually quite good, sort of a mix between Ryan Adams and older Allman Bros. He did most of his songs on electric with a few acoustic numbers thrown in, such as the hauntingly somber "Dress Blues".

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Show of shows!! 
03:27pm 06/04/2007
mood: excited
Hello, all. Just wondering if any one else out there is going to the SonVolt show with Jason Isbell opening at First Ave. Monday night?
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03:36pm 19/02/2007
  Finally, some good news for Northeastern Alt-Country fans..

Sonvolt are playing in Burlington 4/13 and in Northampton 4/14..

Other Tour Dates as follows:

Son Volt  

South Burlington, VT
Higher Ground  

Northampton, MA
Pearl Street  

Boston, MA
Paradise Rock Club / Lounge  

New York, NY
Irving Plaza  

Pittsburgh, PA

I'm gonna try and get tix for either Higher Ground or Northampton.. I haven't seen Sonvolt or Jay in concert EVER so it should be fun if I can snag a ticket.
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11:24pm 03/11/2006
  Hey all - am brand new to the community, looks sweet!
Have a question and would love some advice - am starting to play banjo in a rock/old country/bluegrass/folk/etc band. other instruments so far = drum kit and acoustic guitar through an amp.
Any tips for amplifying banjo?? So far have seen just a mike on the banjo, which I don't think would work so well with a kit in the background, and an elaborate modification of a guitar pickup. My banjo is pretty low end and I wouldn't care too much about any slight messing up a pickup might cause.

Would love your help! Thanks so much!

X-posted to Bluegrass USA.
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A very Smoggy update from St. Paul Pioneer Press 
11:53am 02/03/2006
mood: excited
The Smog lifts and (hooray!), it's 'Another Fine Day'ROSS RAIHALAIt only took eight years, but Minneapolis supergroup Golden Smog finally has a new album to follow 1998's "Weird Tales." It's called "Another Fine Day," and it's due in stores July 18.
With 15 songs sprawled across 64 minutes, it's well worth the wait. Recorded both in Spain and Minneapolis, the disc features songs written by Soul Asylum's Dan Murphy and three Jayhawks — Gary Louris, Marc Perlman and Kraig Johnson — along with contributions from the group's Chicago correspondent, Jeff Tweedy (probably the most famous of the bunch now, thanks to Wilco's rise to worldwide acclaim).
Other guests include drummers Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Linda Pitmon (Zuzu's Petals, Steve Wynn). Paco Loco, a Spanish producer known for his work with Josh Rouse, and Polara's Ed Ackerson produced, with Loco's wife, Muni, kicking in some sweet vocals.
The group has aired some of the album's tracks in recent live shows, including "5-22-02" (sunny, yet wistful pop), "Beautiful Mind" (a noisy, sprawling epic), "You Make It Easy" (the piano-led album opener) and "Corvette," a song originally written by Perlman for a car commercial that, it should be noted, wouldn't sound out of place on an old Cars album.
No official word yet on a full Golden Smog tour, although a local gig and a handful of other shows are likely. Those with some extra frequent-flier miles may want to check out Louris' 10-date solo tour of Spain, kicking off March 23.
Tweedy fans, meanwhile, have plenty of other new stuff to keep them occupied until July. He joins the Seattle-based Minus 5 for the band's new self-titled disc (aka "The Gun Album"). This time around, leaders Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck enlisted more than a dozen other guests, including the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, the Posies' Ken Stringfellow and John Wesley Harding.
Tweedy's other side project, Loose Fur, returns with its second disc March 21. Dubbed "Born Again in the USA," it again pairs Tweedy with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and alt-rock producer Jim O'Rourke for a disc that's more song-oriented than the band's 2003 debut. Don't believe Tweedy's recent claim, though, that the disc is prog rock — even if the liner notes feature some of the ugliest band portraits you've ever seen.
Finally, Wilco's spring tour doesn't have a local date yet, but tickets are still available fo

Well. it didn't all copy, but that last part was just about a show in Iowa. So, Yay!!! I can't wait!!
Bottle Rockets rock the Gary Schepers benefit with Special Guest ... 
08:48pm 30/01/2006
  Benefit for Gary Schepers (one of many); this one featuring our lovely and wonderful rockin' BOTTLE ROCKETS, along with a special guest Jeff Tweedy.
Being that the B-Rox' Brian Henneman did tons of wailing guitar on Wilco's "AM" record, they played Walk on, (Neil Young), Passenger Side & Casino Queen.

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Benefit UPDATE: Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, Bottle Rockets, Freakwater, Robbie Fulks etc... 
12:01am 04/01/2006
  x-posted ...
I posted about this the other day, but please take a look for some new information regarding Gary Schepers (alt-country’s unsung HERO), and the benefit shows being thrown together as we SPEAK to make sure he gets help with his mounting medical bills.

Most importantly; a Gary Schepers Benefit Trust account is being set up at National City Bank 1520 N. Damen Chicago IL 60622. Until such time that the account is active, please send donations, made payable to:

Gary Schepers, c/o Bloodshot
3039 W. Irving Park Road,
Chicago IL 60618

All donations will be deposited into the Trust for Gary once it's open.


Also, a new show confirmation:
Saturday afternoon 2/4, 4:30-7pm
more bands tba … (Check the Hideout website for details on the Freakwater show and other benefit shows for Gary).

Current list of bands/artists participating:
Jay Farrar, The Bottle Rockets, Jeff Tweedy, Corky Siegel, Robbie Fulks, Devil in a Woodpile (Gary’s band), Freakwater, Dolly Varden, Bunker Town, Prohibition Orchestra, The Blisters, Wee Hairy Beasties (featuring Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, & Devil In A Woodpile), Nora O’Connor, Califone, Edith Frost, Chris Mills, Tijuana Hercules, Great Crusades, Jim Boquist (former Son Volt), Kelly Hogan and the Wooden Leg, Yellowhammers, Bakelite 78, New Duncan Imperials, Mr. Rudy Day, Jane Baxter-Miller, Hoyle Brothers, James Conway, Eric Nodon, Diamond Jim Greene, and more artists TBA.

If you need more information, please let me know. For venue information, please check on the referenced thread (above), if you can't get any answers there, let me know and I'll do what I can to help.

BENEFIT SHOWS SCHEDULED - Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, Bottle Rockets and others 
06:52pm 29/12/2005
  Chicago Shows to Benefit Gary Schepers

Behind the public and well-known faces of musicians and bands of Chicago's vibrant and wildly diverse music scene there is a community of creative and dedicated people who make it all possible. Theirs are names you will likely never know and whose faces don't make the glossy magazines, but whose contributions to the music we all love are irreplaceable.

If you have been a regular concert-goer in Chicago during the past twenty plus years, odds are strong that you have benefited from the ubiquitous and experienced ears of Gary Schepers behind the soundboard. He has been the big man with the big voice and the good heart working the sound at Lounge Ax, the Abbey Pub, Empty Bottle, Martyr's, Fitzgerald's, Schuba's and every other venue you can think of. He's been the sound man for Eleventh Dream Day, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Material Issue, and John Parish. In short, Gary is one of THE unsung people that help keep our city the vital and accessible music scene that it is.

Recently, Gary was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is spending the holiday season in a hospital room recovering and getting treatments. Like many people in the music industry, Gary is without health insurance. To help defray his mounting medical bills, there will be a series of benefit concerts featuring just a tiny percentage of the artists he has worked with over the years. The speed and ease with which these fundraisers have come together, and the breadth of talent participating in them, is testimony to the appreciation and high regard held for him within the community of musicians that have performed in this city.

From the Bloodshot perspective, Gary was responsible for the sound at our first showcases at Lounge Ax and Empty Bottle. He handled our neophyte, multi-band nights of chaos with a serene, unflappable manner. He never let on if he was bothered by a bunch of screwballs learning how to put on a show on the fly and on his watch. Over the years he's taught us when to worry, when to yell and when to just enjoy the moment. He has produced and engineered several records for us, both live and in the studio, and has been holding down the bottom end on the tuba with Devil in a Woodpile at the Hideout.

Gary's steady and quiet contribution to the Chicago music community is one of building, in quotidian fashion, a body of work and experience that has shaped the concert going experience for all of us.

Benefit Shows for Gary Schepers:

Fitzgerald's, Friday, January 20:
In the main room:
Robbie Fulks, Jay Farrar, Corky Siegel

In the side bar:
Devil in a Woodpile (all night)

Side building, front room:
Dolly Varden, Bunker Town, Prohibition Orchestra
Show times and ticket price to be announced.

The Hideout, Sunday, January 22:
An afternoon kids show from noon to 4:00pm with:
The Blisters, Wee Hairy Beasties (featuring Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, & Devil In A Woodpile), Nora O'Connor

In the evening:
Califone, Edith Frost, Chris Mills (solo)
Show times and ticket price to be announced.

The Abbey Pub, Wednesday, January 25:
Jeff Tweedy, Devil in a Woodpile
Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm $30.00 advance, $30.00 day of show, on-sale date to be announced.

Schubas, Friday, January 27:
Bottle Rockets, Tijuana Hercules, Great Crusades
Doors at 9:00pm, show at 9:30pm. $12.00 advance, $12.00 day of show.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here:

Plus many more bands: Jim Bohquist, Kelly Hogan & The Wooden Leg, Yellowhammers, Bakelite 78, New Duncan Imperials, Mr. Rudy Day, Jane Baxter-Miller, Hoyle Brothers, James Conway, Eric Nodon, Diamond Jim Greene.

Look for even more benefit shows at: Martyr's, The Empty Bottle, The Abbey, and The Hideout. 100% of all proceeds will go directly to Gary Schepers
Down Home Southernaires 
08:00pm 29/09/2005

the Down Home Southernaires

Indie/Alt-Country/Soul quintet from Miami, FL. We just rip off things we like, such as The Band, Flying Burrito Brothers, Randy Newman, Otis Redding etc.


http://www.purevolume.com/thedownhomesouthernaires (more mp3s)
Give it a listen, you just may like it!!!

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10:46pm 12/08/2005
  SO first post and all, I bought the new Son Volt cd. And I must admit it rocks hard core  
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04:26pm 29/06/2005
  hey, this is my community and I've sorta forgotten about it and changed to another journal.


lets get this thing happening. You can never get enough alt.country!!


Favourite artists?

And...who's neko case>> people keep mentioning her and i have no idea who she is....help!
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a thousand questions 
03:08pm 30/04/2005
  I'm new here, and thought i'd try to liven things up by asking questions...

First, how many of you are musicians yourselves? Songwriters? What do you play? Are you in a band?

Me, i play guitar, and drums a bit. I write songs some, but not at a very good pace. Not in a band, but i do open mic nights when i can.

Next, what are you listening to these days? What new discovery can you not put down?

My current heavy rotation is The Band. Can't get enough of 'em! I'm also on a heavy Neko Case kick (like always), and back on the James McMurtry thing...
12:48pm 08/11/2004
  hey people, i'm a new member and thought i'd say hi.

anyway, wilco is going to be on jay leno tonight (monday, nov 8) so you should all watch it! :)
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Son Volt REFORMED - Tour in Early 2005 
11:49am 22/09/2004
mood: ecstatic
To find out more, come visit ...

!!!!!Down Home Southernaires E.P. AVAILABLE NOW @ Somberlain!!!! 
03:12pm 19/08/2004
  You can now order The Down Home Southernaires E.P.


Go get em!!
a.i.m.: DaPABONGOD

P.S. A real, less embarrasing, and aesthecitally pleasing site on the way. For now, enjoy the tunes!
The Down Home Southernaires 
12:02pm 24/07/2004
  For those interested in some new music....
Indie/alt-country type stuff, I guess. You might like it :)
Jay Farrar Community ... 
05:32pm 05/08/2004
  X-Posted, lovingly amongst those who might be interested in yet ANOTHER Alt-Country themed community.

I promise the following: Frequent Updates, Tour Information, Information on artists touring with Jay, Transmit Sound info, Upcoming projects, appearances and radio spots, along with various and sundry kick-ass cool relevant links to alt-country themed goodness on line.

Hope to see you there, too!