Gerald Calvin "Jerry" Douglas is an American resonator guitar and lap steel guitar player and record producer. In addition to his fourteen solo recordings, Douglas has played on more than 1,600 albums; as a sideman, he has recorded with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton, Susan Ashton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb' Mo', Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, Tommy Emmanuel, Johnny Mathis, as well as performing on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He has collaborated with various groups including The Whites, J. D. Crowe and the New South, The Country Gentlemen, Strength in Numbers, Elvis Costello's "Sugar Canes". Douglas produced a number of records, including some at Sugar Hill Records, he oversaw albums by Alison Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Maura O'Connell, Jesse Winchester and the Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Earls of Leicester, The Steep Canyon Rangers. Along with Aly Bain, he serves as Music Director of the popular BBC Television series, "Transatlantic Sessions".
Since 1998, Douglas has been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station which features Jerry Douglas, touring extensively and playing on a series of platinum-selling albums. When not on the road with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Douglas tours in support of his extensive body of work with his bands The Jerry Douglas Band and The Earls of Leicester following the continued success of their 2014 release The Earls of Leicester and 2015's Rattle and Roar. Jerry Douglas appeared with Vince Gill on Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004. Douglas made a cameo in the third "United Breaks Guitars" consumer protest video, all of which went viral. Douglas was born in Warren, United States, now lives in Nashville, with his wife, Jill; as of 2017, Douglas has won fourteen Grammys. He has received the Country Music Association's'Musician of the Year' award three times, in 2002, 2005 and 2007. Douglas is a 10-time recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association Dobro Player of the Year Award.
In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Douglas a National Heritage Fellowship, the United States' highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Douglas was named Artist in Residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008. Douglas was honored at the 36th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado for his twenty-fifth consecutive year playing in and at the festival. Douglas received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation of Dallas, Texas, on October 15, 2016; the award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage. The Americana Music Association honored Jerry Douglas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Douglas received the key to the city of Manchester, Tennessee as well as to Coffee County during a performance at the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Remembrances and Forecasts 1974 as The Country Gentlemen J.
D. Crowe & The New South 1975 as J. D. Crowe & the New South Holiday In Japan 1975 as J. D. Crowe & the New South New South Live 1975 as J. D. Crowe & the New South Boone Creek 1977 as Boone Creek One Way Track 1977 as Boone Creek That Down Home Feeling 1977 as Buck White & Down Home Folks Buck and Family Live 1979 as Buck White & Down Home Folks More Pretty Girls Than One 1979 as Buck White & Down Home Folks Bluegrass Album, Vol. 3 – California Connection 1983 as Bluegrass Album Band Snakes Alive 1984 as Dreadful Snakes Bluegrass Album Vol.4 1985 as Bluegrass Album Band High Country Snows 1985 Dan Fogelberg T-Bone Burnett 1986 with T Bone Burnett Bluegrass Album, Vol. 5 – Sweet Sunny South 1989 as Bluegrass Album Band The Telluride Sessions 1989 as Strength in Numbers Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two 1990 with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Skip, Hop & Wobble 1993 as Barenberg, Douglas & Meyer The Great Dobro Sessions 1994 as Jerry Douglas and various artists, produced by Jerry Douglas Far From Enough 1994 with Viktor Krauss Bluegrass Album, Vol. 6 – Bluegrass Instrumentals 1996 as Bluegrass Album Band Bourbon & Rosewater 1996 as Bhatt, Douglas & Meyer Yonder 1996 with Peter Rowan Signs of Life 1996 Steven Curtis Chapman Leading Roll 1997 with Sammy Shelor The View From Here 1999 with Matt Flinner O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2000 with Alison Krauss, The Whites, as Soggy Bottom Boys Latitude 2001, with Matt Flinner I Don't Need the Whiskey Anymore 2002, with Jack Lawrence Deja Vu 2004 with John Fogerty All I Really Want For Christmas 2005 Steven Curtis Chapman Secret, Profane, & Sugarcane 2009 with Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes "Southern Filibuster: The Songs of Tut Taylor" 2010, produced by Jery Douglas "Rounder Records" 40th Anniversary Concert 2010 as Jerry Douglas with Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss & Union Station "Get Low" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2010 as Jerry Douglas "The Boxer", with Paul Simon and Mumford & Sons on the latter's album "Babel" and on Douglas's own "Traveler", produced by Russ Titelman The Earls of Leicester 2014 with The Earls of Leicester produced by Jerry Douglas Three Bells 2014 with Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes produced by Jerry Douglas "RADIO" 2015 with The Steep Canyon Rangers produced by Jerry Douglas <steep canyon rangers rounder> "One Light Shining" by Ruth Moody from These Wilder Things 2013 "Rattle and Roar" 2016 with The Earls of Leicester produced by Jerry Douglas I've Got That Old Feeling 1991 Forget About It 1999 New Favorite 2001 Live - 2002 Lonely Runs Both Ways 2004 A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection 2007 Paper Airp
John Cameron Fogerty is an American musician and songwriter. Together with Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, his brother Tom Fogerty, he founded the band Creedence Clearwater Revival, for which he was the lead singer, lead guitarist and principal songwriter; the group had nine top-ten singles and eight gold albums between 1968 and 1972, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. After CCR parted ways in 1972, Fogerty had a successful solo career, he was listed on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists and the list of 100 Greatest Singers. His songs include "Proud Mary", "Down on the Corner", "Centerfield", "Bad Moon Rising", "Green River", "Fortunate Son". Fogerty was born in Berkeley and grew up in El Cerrito, one of five sons born to Galen Robert and Edith Lucile Fogerty, his father worked as a Linotype operator for the Berkeley Gazette. Lucile Fogerty was from Montana; when John was two years old, his parents converted to Catholicism. He first attended a Catholic school in Berkeley named the School of the Madeleine.
In his memoir, Fortunate Son, Fogerty was critical of the school, saying he was not permitted to go to the bathroom when he asked and wet himself in the classroom and was forced to sit in his wet clothing. After one year, he enrolled in nearby Harding Grammar School. In Fogerty's book, he stated that his parents were alcoholics and that they divorced when he was in the third or fourth grade, he attended St. Mary's High School transferred to El Cerrito High School, where he met the other future members of CCR and took guitar lessons from Berkeley Folk Festival creator/producer Barry Olivier. Fogerty's older brother Tom was a guitarist and bandmate in the group that became CCR. John Fogerty spent summer vacations at Putah Creek, near Winters, which became the subject of the CCR song "Green River". While in junior high school in 1959, Fogerty formed a cover band with bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford called the "Blue Velvets"; the band was inspired by rock and roll pioneers Little Richard and Bo Diddley.
Fogerty's brother Tom joined the group. In 1964, the band signed with Fantasy Records, which without the band's knowledge or approval, changed the band's name from the "Blue Velvets" to the "Golliwogs"; the group recorded seven singles. Fogerty received his draft notice for military service during the Vietnam War in 1966, but that same day, he went to a local United States Army Reserve recruiter, who signed him up immediately. Fogerty was grateful and believed the recruiter dated the paperwork to take effect before the draft letter arrived. During his time in the Army, Fogerty served at Fort Knox and Fort Lee. Fogerty was discharged from the Army in July 1967. In the same year, the band changed its name to Creedence Clearwater Revival. At this time, he took his brother's place as lead singer for the band. By 1968, things started to pick up for the band; the band released their eponymous debut album and had their first hit single, "Susie Q". Many other hit singles and albums followed. Fogerty, as writer of the songs for the band, felt that his musical opinions should count for more than those of the others, leading to resentments within the band.
These internal rifts, Tom's feeling that he was being taken for granted, caused Tom to leave the group in January 1971. The two other group members, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford, wanted a greater role in the band's future. Fogerty, in an attempt to keep things together, insisted Cook and Clifford share equal songwriting and vocal time on what became the band's final album, Mardi Gras, released in April 1972, which included the band's last two singles, the 1971 hit "Sweet Hitch-Hiker", "Someday Never Comes", which made it into the Billboard Top 20. Cook and Clifford told Fogerty that the fans would not accept Mardi Gras as a CCR LP, but he said, "My voice is a unique instrument, I will not lend it to your songs." He gave them an ultimatum: he would quit immediately. They accepted his ultimatum, it was a commercial success, peaking at number 12 and achieving gold-record status. It generated weaker sales than their previous albums; the group disbanded shortly afterwards. The only reunion of all four original members was at Tom Fogerty's wedding in 1980.
Fogerty and Cook played a 45-minute set at their 20th class reunion in 1983, Fogerty and Clifford were reunited again for a brief set at their 25th class reunion. As CCR was coming to an end, Fogerty began working on a solo album of country & western covers, on which he produced and played all of the instruments. Despite the solo nature of the recordings, Fogerty elected to credit the album to The Blue Ridge Rangers—a band of which he was the only member; the eponymous The Blue Ridge Rangers was released in 1973. Fogerty, still using "The Blue Ridge Rangers" name released a self-penned rock and roll single": "You Don't Owe Me" b/w "Back in the Hills", it was a commercial flop, failing to make the Hot 100 in the U. S. Fogerty thereafter abandoned the "Blue Ridge Rangers" identity, released all his subsequent work under his own name. In early 1974, Fogerty released "Comin' Down The Road"—backed with the instrumental "Ricochet", his first official solo album, John Fogerty, was released in 1975. Sales were slim and legal problems delayed a f
Blues is a music genre and musical form, originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s by African Americans from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs and the folk music of white Americans of European heritage. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and rhymed simple narrative ballads; the blues form, ubiquitous in jazz and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes thirds or fifths flattened in pitch, are an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove. Blues as a genre is characterized by its lyrics, bass lines, instrumentation. Early traditional blues verses consisted of a single line repeated four times, it was only in the first decades of the 20th century that the most common current structure became standard: the AAB pattern, consisting of a line sung over the four first bars, its repetition over the next four, a longer concluding line over the last bars.
Early blues took the form of a loose narrative relating the racial discrimination and other challenges experienced by African-Americans. Many elements, such as the call-and-response format and the use of blue notes, can be traced back to the music of Africa; the origins of the blues are closely related to the religious music of the Afro-American community, the spirituals. The first appearance of the blues is dated to after the ending of slavery and the development of juke joints, it is associated with the newly acquired freedom of the former slaves. Chroniclers began to report about blues music at the dawn of the 20th century; the first publication of blues sheet music was in 1908. Blues has since evolved from unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of slaves into a wide variety of styles and subgenres. Blues subgenres include country blues, such as Delta blues and Piedmont blues, as well as urban blues styles such as Chicago blues and West Coast blues. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience white listeners.
In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues rock developed, which blended blues styles with rock music. The term Blues may have come from "blue devils", meaning sadness; the phrase blue devils may have been derived from Britain in the 1600s, when the term referred to the "intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal". As time went on, the phrase lost the reference to devils, "it came to mean a state of agitation or depression." By the 1800s in the United States, the term blues was associated with drinking alcohol, a meaning which survives in the phrase blue law, which prohibits the sale of alcohol on Sunday. Though the use of the phrase in African-American music may be older, it has been attested to in print since 1912, when Hart Wand's "Dallas Blues" became the first copyrighted blues composition. In lyrics the phrase is used to describe a depressed mood, it is in this sense of a sad state of mind that one of the earliest recorded references to "the blues" was written by Charlotte Forten aged 25, in her diary on December 14, 1862.
She was a free-born black from Pennsylvania, working as a schoolteacher in South Carolina, instructing both slaves and freedmen, wrote that she "came home with the blues" because she felt lonesome and pitied herself. She overcame her depression and noted a number of songs, such as Poor Rosy, that were popular among the slaves. Although she admitted being unable to describe the manner of singing she heard, Forten wrote that the songs "can't be sung without a full heart and a troubled spirit", conditions that have inspired countless blues songs; the lyrics of early traditional blues verses often consisted of a single line repeated four times. It was only in the first decades of the 20th century that the most common current structure became standard: the so-called "AAB" pattern, consisting of a line sung over the four first bars, its repetition over the next four, a longer concluding line over the last bars. Two of the first published blues songs, "Dallas Blues" and "Saint Louis Blues", were 12-bar blues with the AAB lyric structure.
W. C. Handy wrote; the lines are sung following a pattern closer to rhythmic talk than to a melody. Early blues took the form of a loose narrative. African-American singers voiced his or her "personal woes in a world of harsh reality: a lost love, the cruelty of police officers, oppression at the hands of white folk, hard times"; this melancholy has led to the suggestion of an Igbo origin for blues because of the reputation the Igbo had throughout plantations in the Americas for their melancholic music and outlook on life when they were enslaved. The lyrics relate troubles experienced within African American society. For instance Blind Lemon Jefferson's "Rising High Water Blues" tells of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927: "Backwater rising, Southern peoples can't make no time I said, backwater rising, Southern peoples can't make no time And I can't get no hearing from that Memphis girl of mine."Although the blues gained an association with misery and oppression, the lyrics could be humorous and raunchy: "Rebecca, get your big legs off of me, Rebecca, get your big legs off of m
John Fullbright is an American singer-songwriter from Okemah, Oklahoma. While still in high school, Fullbright performed at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah. In 2009 he released the album Live at the Blue Door and three years released his first studio album, From the Ground Up, which received a Grammy nomination in the category Best Americana Album, he has been the subject of two segments on NPR and was a 2012 winner of ASCAP Foundation's Harold Adamson Lyric Award. Fullbright grew up on an 80-acre farm in Oklahoma, he began taking piano lessons at the age nine. Fullbright attended public school in Okemah and graduated from Okemah High School. While still in high school he performed in an Okemah restaurant using an amplifier borrowed from the school band and made his debut performance at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Fullbright attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, but left college to work with musician Mike McClure. A year after appearing on McClure's 2008 release did7, Fullbright began his solo career.
Fullbright got his start in the music industry as a member of the Oklahoma band the Turnpike Troubadours from the Okemah area. He performed an Oklahoma City venue called The Blue Door for the first time in April 2008. Live at the Blue Door was recorded by Travis Linville on February 17, 2009, his fourth appearance at the venue, the night before he left for the 2009 Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis; the owner of the club became Fullbright's manager. In 2012 Fullbright's performance at the SXSW was described as being "as perfect as if it were a Jonathan Demme concert film." In June, he played the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Festival and in July at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival's Pastures of Plenty main stage. The music reviewer at No Depression wrote in her blog: "People who hadn’t heard Fullbright were stopped in their tracks by the brilliance of this 24-year-old whose mature lyrics have an immediate impact."Fullbright's debut studio release From the Ground Up – released on May 8, 2012 – was recorded and mixed at 115 Recording in Norman, Oklahoma with producer/engineer Wes Sharon.
The title of the release pays homage to the farmhouse. Fullbright states: "Every song on this record was written in that house, I was kind of written in that house." In the studio with his backing musicians, Fullbright was immediately captivated by what he was hearing. Although he thought he would leave the studio with a demo record, he says: "We got lost in it in those three hours we were recording. We all thought, ` No, this is the record. It’s not going to get any better than this anywhere else." Favorable reviews include The Washington Times which said: "From the Ground Up proves to be a killer debut, pairing worded stories that resonate with confident performances that pop." The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top Folk Albums chart for the week of June 9, 2012. Fullbright performed at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert honoring Chuck Berry on October 27, 2012; the concert – part of the Hall's American Music Masters Series – took place in Cleveland at the State Theater. Fullbright played keyboard and harmonica on "Downbound Train."
In his review of the show for Cleveland Scene, Jeff Niesel wrote: "While the New York Dolls David Johansen and Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister brought star power to the show, it was little known Americana singer-pianist John Fullbright who shined on his contribution, a moody rendition of "Downbound Train." On December 5, 2012, From the Ground Up was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Americana Album. Fullbright says that he was scrubbing his bathtub when he learned that From the Ground Up – which he says co-producer Wes Sharon refers to as "the little record that could" – had received a Grammy nomination. Fullbright performed "Gawd Above" at the Grammy Pre-Telecast show, streamed live on the Grammy Awards website. Fullbright received the ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award at the 17th Annual ASCAP Foundation Awards Ceremony held in New York City on December 12, 2012. In early 2013, Fullbright toured the United Kingdom, his first performance in London was a sell-out show at The Slaughtered Lamb.
In September 2013, Fullbright performed at the 12th Annual Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, where he was a nominee in the Emerging Artist of the Year category. In 2013, "Gawd Above" was included on the soundtrack of the movie August: Osage County, the film based on Tracy Letts' play set in Oklahoma; the soundtrack includes tracks from Eric Clapton, Bon Iver, Kings of Leon and Gustavo Santaolalla. Fullbright's sophomore release Songs was released in May 2014. Within a week of its release, several favorable reviews appeared. In his review for The Wall Street Journal, Jim Fusilli wrote, "Songs is a warm and plainspoken Americana album that builds on the authority and charm of From the Ground Up not by musical-muscle flexing, but by its clarity and simmering intensity." In her review for American Songwriter, Lynne Margolis wrote, "Neil Young was 24 when he released After the Gold Rush. Joni Mitchell recorded Blue at 27. Years from now, after it stands the test of time, John Fullbright's Songs could take its place in that same pantheon of hallowed musical masterpieces."
In his review for the Los Angeles Times, Randy Lewis wrote, "The simplicity of the album's title is a harbinger of what it contains – songs impressively and potently economical stripped to the emotional essence through poetically concise lyrics and heart-rending musical settings." In her review for NPR's All Things Considered, Meredith Ochs wrote, "So what makes John Fulbright good enough to prompt comparison
Gillian Howard Welch is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with guitarist David Rawlings, their sparse and dark musical style, which combines elements of Appalachian music, bluegrass and Americana, is described by The New Yorker as "at once innovative and obliquely reminiscent of past rural forms."Welch and Rawlings have collaborated on seven critically acclaimed albums, five released under her name, two released under the name Dave Rawlings Machine. Her 1996 debut and the 2001 release Time, received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, her 2003 album, Soul Journey, introduced electric guitar, a more upbeat sound to their body of work. After a gap of eight years, she released a fifth studio album, The Harrow & The Harvest, in 2011, nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Welch was an associate producer and performed on two songs of the soundtrack of the Coen brothers 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a platinum album that won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002.
She appeared in the film attempting to buy a Soggy Bottom Boys record. Welch, while not one of the principal actors, did sing and provide additional lyrics to the Sirens song "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby." In 2018 she and Rawlings wrote the song "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" for the Coens' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, for which they received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Welch has collaborated and recorded with distinguished musicians such as Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Jay Farrar, Emmylou Harris, the Decemberists, Sam Phillips and Ani DiFranco. Gillian Howard Welch was born on October 2, 1967 in New York City, was adopted by Mitzie Welch and Ken Welch and music entertainers, her biological mother was a freshman in college, her father was a musician visiting New York City. Welch has speculated that her biological father could have been one of her favorite musicians, she discovered from her adoptive parents that he was a drummer. Alec Wilkinson of The New Yorker stated that "from an address they had been given, it appeared that her mother... may have grown up in the mountains of North Carolina".
When Welch was three, her adoptive parents moved to Los Angeles to write music for The Carol Burnett Show. They appeared on The Tonight Show; as a youngster, Welch was introduced to the music of American folk singers Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, the Carter Family. She performed folk songs with her peers at the Westland Elementary School in Los Angeles. Welch attended Crossroads School, a high school in Santa Monica, California. While in high school, a local television program featured her as a student who "excelled at everything she did."While a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Welch played bass in a goth band, drums in a psychedelic surf band. In college, a roommate played an album by the bluegrass band The Stanley Brothers, she had an epiphany: The first song came on and I just stood up and I kind of walked into the other room as if I was in a tractor beam and stood there in front of the stereo, it was just as powerful as the electric stuff, it was songs I'd grown up singing.
All of a sudden I'd found my music. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in photography, Welch attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in songwriting. During her two years studying at Berklee, Welch gained confidence as a performer. Welch met her music partner David Rawlings at a successful audition for Berklee's only country band. Upon finishing college in 1992, Welch and Rawlings moved to Tennessee, she recalled, "I looked at my record collection and saw that all the music I loved had been made in Nashville—Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Neil Young—so I moved there. Not thinking I was thirty years too late." Rawlings soon followed. In Nashville, after singing "Long Black Veil," the two first realized that their voices harmonized well and they started to perform as a duo, they never considered using a working name, so the duo were billed as "Gillian Welch." A year after moving to Nashville, Welch found a manager, Denise Stiff, who managed Alison Krauss.
Both Welch and Stiff ignored frequent advice that Welch should stop playing with Rawlings and join a band. They signed a recording contract with Almo Sounds. Following a performance opening for Peter Rowan at the Station Inn, producer T-Bone Burnett expressed interest in recording an album. Burnett did not plan to disturb Welch's and Rawlings' preference for minimal instrumentation, Welch agreed to take him on as a producer. For the recording sessions of Welch's debut, Burnett wanted to recapture the bare sound of Welch's live performance. Welch recalled, "That first week was intense, it was just T-Bone, the engineer, Dave and myself. We got so inside our little world. There was little distance between our singing and playing; the sound was immediate. It was so light and small." They recorded several more songs and played with an expanded group of musicians. The album was released in April 1996 to positive reviews. Mark Deming of Allmusic called it a "superb debut" and wrote, "Welch's debts to artists of the past are obvious and acknowledged, but there's a maturity and keen eye for detail in her songs you wouldn't expect from someone trying to ape the Carter Family."
Bill Friskics-Warren of No Depression praised the album as "breathtakingly austere evocations of rural cul
The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers are an American folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett and Seth Avett along with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon. Mike Marsh and Bonnie Avett-Rini are touring members of the band. Following on from Seth and Scott's former rock band Nemo, The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, punk, pop melodies, folk and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, ragtime to produce a novel sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones." Scott and Seth Avett have played music together since childhood, as their grandmother was a concert pianist and their father Jim Avett was a guitarist. Their collaborative partnership began in the late 1990s with the merger of Seth's Mount Pleasant High School rock band Margo and Scott's college group Nemo. Margo had released a song "Dumbfight" on a compilation album before merging with Nemo.
After releasing three albums with Nemo, the Avetts started experimenting with acoustic music with some friends at night. After a few street performances and parties they performed under the names The Back Porch Project or Nemo Downstairs; the brothers and Nemo guitarist John Twomey put together an EP entitled The Avett Bros in 2000 while performing both as the Avett Brothers and as Nemo. When Nemo broke up Scott and Seth continued to write acoustic music together. In early 2001 the stand-up bassist Bob Crawford of the Memphis Quick 50, joined the Avetts, the band released their first full-length album, Country Was; the Avett Brothers set out on a self-booked tour to promote the new album and in late 2002 began preparations for a follow-up. After releasing a live album of original songs and covers entitled Live at the Double Door Inn the brothers settled down to compile a new full-length album. During this time the band began a partnership with Dolph Ramseur, a local label owner, impressed by the group's live show and original material.
After 70 hours in the studio, the band recorded the album A Carolina Jubilee, released by Ramseur Records in 2003. Unlike their previous albums, A Carolina Jubilee demonstrated the band's genre-crossing writing and performing. In 2004, the band released their third album, which featured polished harmonies, introspective lyrics and a sense of dedication that pushed the band to new heights; the album, running longer than 70 minutes, included vocals by the Avetts' sister Bonnie Avett and their father Jim Avett. Mignonette was named after an English yacht which sank off the Cape of Good Hope resulting in the cannibalism case R v Dudley and Stephens. In 2005 the band released Live, Volume 2, recorded at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte and King's Baracade in Raleigh, North Carolina; the album spanned material from their career up to that point. In early 2006 the band released Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions to much acclaim; the album was recorded in a lake house in Robbinsville, North Carolina, over the course of 10 days and included collaborations with Paleface and Ian Thomas.
The album was titled Four Thieves Gone after Scott Avett realized their song "Denouncing November Blue" sounded identical to the Charlie Daniels song "Uneasy Rider", whom they credited with the songwriting. During extensive touring in support of the album Scott and Seth Avett produced The Gleam, an EP of intimate, stripped-down recordings, released in September 2006, they were inspired to create the album as a duo after their experience writing and recording "Famous Flower of Manhattan" during the Four Thieves Gone sessions. The band released Emotionalism on May 15, 2007, it debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums chart, number 134 on the Billboard 200 and number 13 on the Independent Artist Chart. In support of the album the band made their national television debut on May 12 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien performing "Paranoia in B-Flat Major." Emotionalism marked the first appearance of the cellist Joe Kwon who has since become a full-time touring and recording member of the band.
On November 1, 2007 the Americana Music Association presented the Avett Brothers with two awards, as Duo/Group of the Year and as New/Emerging Artist of the Year. In July 2008, the band released a stripped-down acoustic album like The Gleam. In the same month, the band announced they had chosen Rick Rubin to produce their next album and were now signed to his American Recordings label. From September 8 to October 8, 2009, the Avett Brothers released 13 short videos describing their music and fans in anticipation of their upcoming album, I and Love and You; the videos included clips from past concerts, fan interviews and interviews with the members of the band. I and Love and You, released on September 29, 2009, peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart, number 8 on the best-selling digital albums chart, number 7 on the rock albums chart, number 1 on the folk albums chart. In the wake of the album's release the Avett Brothers appeared on late-night TV programs, including the Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
On January 21, 2010 the band was featured on the long-running PBS series Austin City Limits. In January 2010 drummer Jacob Edwards was added to the Avetts' touring lineup. In the fall of 2010 the band released their third live album and first concert DVD, Volume 3; the performance was recorded the previous year during the band's homecoming concert at Bojangles' Co
The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm. The members of the Band first came together as rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins's Toronto, Ontario-based backing group, The Hawks, which they joined one by one between 1958 and 1963. In 1964, they separated from Hawkins, after which they toured and released a few singles as Levon and the Hawks and the Canadian Squires; the next year, Bob Dylan hired them for his U. S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966. Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with help from Bob Dylan and his manager, Albert Grossman, to Saugerties, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, the basis for their 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink; because they were always "the band" to various frontmen and the locals in Woodstock, Helm said the name "the Band" worked well when the group came into its own. The group went on to release ten studio albums.
Dylan continued to collaborate with the Band over the course of their career, including a joint 1974 tour. The original configuration of The Band ended its touring career in 1976 with an elaborate performance at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California that featured numerous musical celebrities of the era; this performance was filmed for Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary The Last Waltz. Although the members of the group intended to continue working on studio projects, they drifted apart after the release of Islands in March 1977; the Band resumed touring in 1983 without Robertson, who had found success with a solo career and as a Hollywood music producer. As a result of their diminished popularity, they performed in theaters and clubs as headliners and took support slots in larger venues for onetime peers such as the Grateful Dead and Crosby and Nash. Following a 1986 concert, Manuel committed suicide in his hotel room; the remaining three members continued to tour and record albums with a succession of musicians filling Manuel's and Robertson's roles.
Danko died of heart failure in 1999. Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and was unable to sing for several years, but he regained the use of his voice, he continued to perform and released several successful albums until he died in 2012. The group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2004 Rolling Stone ranked them No. 50 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, in 2008 they received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, "The Weight" was ranked 41st on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. In 2014, the Band was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame; the members of the Band came together in the Hawks, the backing group for Toronto-based rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins: Helm, an original Hawk who journeyed with Hawkins from Arkansas to Ontario Robertson, Danko and Hudson. Hawkins's act was popular in and around Toronto and nearby Hamilton, he had an effective way of eliminating his musical competition: when a promising band appeared, Hawkins would hire their best musicians for his own group.
While most of the Hawks were eager to join Hawkins's group, getting Hudson to join was a different story. He had earned a college degree, planned on a career as a music teacher, was interested in playing rock music only as a hobby; the Hawks admired his wild, full-bore organ style and asked him to join. Hudson agreed, under condition that the Hawks each pay him $10 per week to be their instructor and purchase a new state-of-the art Lowrey organ. There is a view that jazz is'evil' because it comes from evil people, but the greatest priests on 52nd Street, on the streets of New York City were the musicians, they were doing the greatest healing work. And they knew how to punch through music which would make people feel good. With Hawkins, they recorded a few singles in this period and became well known as the best rock group in the thriving Toronto music scene. Hawkins convened all-night rehearsals following long club shows, with the result that the young musicians developed great technical prowess on their instruments.
In late 1963, the group split from Hawkins over personal differences. They were tiring of playing the same songs so and wanted to perform original material, they were weary of Hawkins's heavy-handed leadership, he would fine the Hawks if they brought their girlfriends to the clubs, fearing it might reduce the numbers of "available" girls who came to performances, or if they smoked marijuana. Alcohol and pills were acceptable, but Canada had stiff penalties against marijuana possession. Robertson said, "Eventually, built us up to the point where we outgrew his music and had to leave, he shot himself in the foot bless his heart, by sharpening us into such a crackerjack band that we had to go on out into the world, because we knew what his vision was for himself, we were all younger and more ambitious musically."Upon leaving Hawkins, the group was known as the Levon Helm Sextet, with sixth member sax player Jerry Penfound, as Levon and the Hawks after Penfound's departure. In 1965, they released a single on Ware Records under the name the Canadian Squires, b