Benefit for Concerts4Charity at Pisgah Brewing

Come join Soulgrass Rebellion and The E-Normous Trio this Saturday Oct 3rd at Pisgah Brewing Company. This is a benefit concert for Concerts4Charity and their new film project. They will be filming the event… so bring out your best… wear your freak flag and be part of the film!

Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at Pisgah Brewing Company on 150 Eastside Drive in Black Mountain, NC (Just 10 minutes East of Asheville)

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge in Black Mtn

The Flat Picking Legend and His Mighty Band on Tour

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Friday, May 29, 2009
White Horse Black Mountain 105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC
Tix $12/ $15
(828) 669-0816

Audiences across the globe are repeatedly rendered slack-jawed with astonishment by the overwhelming creative power of Larry Keel and his band. Like some massive musical storm that has taken on a life of its own, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge continue to gather strength and intensify. Batten down the hatches or prepare to be blown away in the perfect storm, a raging musical maelstrom of swirling innovations. The extended forecast is calling for tonal tornadoes of epic proportions made more dangerous by syncopated sound cyclones scattered with bursts of colossal chord changes and intermittent harmonies. For those in the direct path of this vast vortex of energy, expect to be further battered by sonic tsunamis fed by raging rhythms. Keel advisories will remain in effect until after the second set. The audience at a Larry Keel performance is not simply being entertained; instead, they are having their hearts and brains happily steamed in a boiling cauldron of blazing instrumentation and BRAND NEW original sounds. Driven jamming is linked in flawless cohesion to brilliant and multiple variations—this band is anything but ordinary! A band of kindred spirits who share a common musical vision, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge is: the beautiful, cheerful steady backbone-Jenny Keel (bass fiddle, vocals), the atomic, off the chain fireball-Mark Schimick (mandolin, vocals), the charming, crescendo pickin’ stud-Jason Flournoy (banjo, vocals), and, of course, the MAD, marquee headlining maestro-Larry Keel (guitar, vocals).

Larry Keel is a world renowned, internationally touring, Mountain Music Troubadour. Keel has released 13 albums, and is featured on 9 others. A documentary film about Keel and his band was debuted at Merlefest, as the first film ever shown at the famous Americana festival. His original music has been recorded by Del McCoury Band and Acoustic Syndicate. Larry and his wife Jenny also perform in Keller and The Keels, a side project that also features Keller Williams. The Keller and Keels release, Grass¸ spent 3 months on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.

The long-awaited second studio project from Larry Keel and his powerhouse acoustic ensemble ‘Natural Bridge’ has finally been unleashed! With these revolutionary tracks Keel and his ultra progressive string band have hand-crafted 7 original compositions of the 10 tunes on BACKWOODS that defy all ordinary expectations of what Bluegrass and Americana music has ever offered– until now. Co-produced by creative genius Keller Williams and monster mountain music master Larry Keel, BACKWOODS is a supremely energizing musical ride. The official release date was February 5, 2009. With BACKWOODS, Keel and his band deliver one of the most powerful, expansive performances ever heard in Acoustic American music to date.

Artist News ** Larry Keel performed with Little Feat at Camp Feat in Negril, Jamaica, Feb 2008.** LK&NB with Tony Rice appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage on Wed, Dec 12, 2007.** LK&NB was featured on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour on Monday Nov 12, 2007.** Larry Keel was featured in the Feb 2007 Guitar Player Magazine** Keel Brothers, Vol. 2 is reviewed in the August 2007 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited.** Larry Keel proudly endorses D’Addario Stings.

Update From Asheville’s Barrel House Mamas

Hello from your Mamas! After putting hundreds of miles on the ole trusty Subaru with a busy summer and early fall of festivals and southeastern listening rooms, racking up hundreds of sound checks, hitting countless truck stops, scenic overlooks and seedy motels and crashing on many kind people’s couches, we are delighted to share with you that we Mamas will be returning to some of our favorite local venues this coming weekend. For our Charlotte fans, we hope to see your faces at the Evening Muse this Friday evening the 14th, and the following evening, Saturday the 15th, we hope to see all of our beloved hometown fans (you!) at the Grey Eagle in Asheville where our buddies Town Mountain will warm up the stage for us. We can’t wait to step back onto our favorite home stage and share some of our new songs and stories from the road with you. And as if that were not enough, you can also look forward to our hearing our fiddle player Anna Bauman-Smith make her songwriting and singing debut with us on Saturday evening. Wahoo!

Just giving you a heads up that January looks like it is going to be a very busy month…what with recording our new album and all…That’s right, you heard us! We will be going into the studio in January to record our long-awaited second album. Look for it later in ’09 and you can be sure that we will invite you to celebrate its release with us. Other things to look forward to in January are our New Years Eve performance at the White Horse in Black Mountain, as well as our show at Jack of the Wood on Friday January 9th, which also happens to be Miss Jane’s birthday. She especially requests your presence at this show and will accept gifts in the currency of whiskey 😉

-Ple or