Sturgill Simpson Joins Chris Stapleton On Saturday Night Live January 30, 2018 01:25

Saturday Night Live has undoubtedly served as one of primetime television's biggest stages since its inception in 1975. A world class collection of both comedians and musicians have solidified their name in entertainment history within NBC studios over the past 43 years, and the hit series' latest episode will be remembered for years to come. With Will Ferrell returning as host and outlaw country star Chris Stapleton as the musical guest, expectations were already soaring high this past Saturday night. When Ferrell ultimately introduced both Stapleton and fellow outlaw Sturgill Simpson, the already special occasion took on an entirely new life. 
While previous generations remember stories of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, modern music fans will reflect on moments like these in similar fashion. Simpson's lead guitar work is complimented by Stapleton's wife, Morgane, on harmony vocals for "Hard Livin'," while famed Nashville producer Dave Cobb joins in on acoustic guitar for "Midnight Train To Memphis." See below for complete footage of both songs, and make a point to get out a see these two legends in the making ASAP. 
Watch Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson perform "Hard Livin'" here:
Watch Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson perform "Midnight Train To Memphis" here:

SweetWater 420 Festival Reveals Stellar Initial Lineup October 19, 2017 10:50

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SweetWater 420 Fest will return to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park on April 20th-22nd. SweetWater Brewing Company have  revealed the initial lineup for next year’s event, which is quickly becoming one of the premier music festivals in the country.

Today's announcement includes headlining act Umphrey’s McGee (two sets), as well as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sturgill Simpson, Vulfpeck, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Papadosio, Anders Osborne, Spafford, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Southern Avenue. Stay tuned for additional lineup announcements, including a second headliner, in early 2018.

SweetWater 420 Fest also features a 5K run, the Planet 420 Eco-Village, the 420 Disco, the 420 Lyrics & Laughter presentation of comedians and up-and-coming local acts, an Artist Market and Food Village. Terminal West, Aisle 5, and other local venues are known for hosting some heavy hitting late night parties as well. 

Watch the lineup announcement video here:

Sweetwater 420 Fest initial lineup announcement from HEP420 on Vimeo.


The Interstellar Series: An Interview With Daniel Hutchens October 13, 2017 14:31

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Interview by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Earlier this year, the world learned of a new super group out of Athens, Georgia known as the Interstellar Boys. Led by former Widespread Panic drummer Todd Nance, this band would feature the likes of Jerry JosephDaniel Hutchens  (Bloodkin), Sam HoltJohn Neff, and Jon Mills. The band has now completed a full tour and is in the midst of a weekend run through the southeast. Over the next week, we will be rolling out a three-piece interview series with Jerry, Danny, and Todd in an effort to learn more about this new and exciting project. We're continuing this series off with our recent interview with singer/songwriter Daniel Hutchens, which can be read in full below. This run of shows kicked off on Thursday at Soul Kitcchen in Mobile (AL) on October 12th, with shows at Martin's in Jackson (MS) on October 13th, and Tipitina's in New Orleans (LA) on October 14th to follow.

The roots clearly run deep with this group. What were your initial thoughts as the Interstellar Boys came to life? Tell me about those early conversations about starting a new band.
Danny: The first motivation behind this was that Todd was ready to get back to playing music. After Panic, he didn't play for about a year. He was just reassessing and figuring out what he wanted to do next. He came to us and said, "I'm ready to do this." The people here in Athens that are involved in this: myself, John Neff, Jon Mills, and Todd, had played together a lot over the years. They were in a band called Barbara Cue, but all of those guys have also played with Bloodkin.
We've all sat in together and played music quite a bit through the years. So, it's kind of a go-to group of people, as far as the group of guys here in Athens. And then Sam...hasn't been a part of all of those projects, but he's another guy that we've known through the years and have played with a fair amount. Jerry is someone who has a pretty deep history with Todd and with me. Jerry and I wrote some songs together back in the early 90s.
So, it just kind of made sense, and this is the group of people who came together to do it. It started with Todd being ready to play again, and also, to an extent, myself. I had medical problems last year, so I kind of sat out for a while too. So, it coincided as I started to play again, and Todd was ready to go. It just kind of made sense.  
It certainly seems that way. How would you say that the song selection / overall catalog played out thus far? What can fans expect with the setlists on the upcoming tour?
Danny: Well, that's always in flux. We try to keep it fresh; not do the same thing every night. We have plenty of material to draw from. Jerry and I are both pretty prolific songwriters. Sam has quite a few songs that he contributes, and so does Todd. We do some songs that were Todd-related in Panic and Barbara Cue. We do various covers, but there is not a specific song you're going to hear on a specific night. We try to change it up. 
Well, how much focus have you guys put on writing new material? How has the balance in songwriting played out between you guys?
Danny: That is kind of in process. We, once again, have plenty of material to choose from. We've moved down to a number of songs. Some of mine, some of Jerry's.  There's a particular song that Todd and I wrote together that we want to record. That kind of thing seems to play itself out, at least in my world, when you get in the studio. We have a number of things that we'll get in there, start playing, and kind of see what comes to life. We have several songs that are kind start with. We're gonna try these several new songs and see which ones of those kind of take off.
What we're shooting for, eventually, is to go in and record four or five songs. Maybe it's some kind of EP. We don't know that yet either (laughs). Maybe we go back in and finish it out, and it's a full record. I'm not sure yet, but for us right now, it's important just to get the ball rolling. It galvanizes the band. If it's working...if it's going's another step up the ladder. It's what we do. So, just to get that process started is a huge step for us.
For me personally, any time I have an opportunity to go into a studio, it's fun, but it's also kind of a privilege, you know? I try to appreciate it every time I'm there. With this group of people, it would be hard for me to find a better group of people to record with...outside of my home team of Bloodkin; which a couple of these guys are a part of too. So, it's pretty close to home. 
I love it, man. So while there is so much history between each of you, you're all quite accomplished within your own endeavors. What's your personal goal for The Interstellar Boys? What do you feel that the future holds for the band?
Danny: Our goal is to follow this as long as it will organically go, as long as it is a positive thing and good for everybody involved. You don't want to force that. You want to see how it grows. But the idea is to be an entity to itself; a band. In my mind, what that means is that you record great records, and you tour. We're just taking baby steps on that right now, but that is the goal. I know that everybody in the band...we've had plenty of discussions about this...and everybody feels that same way. It's not a hobby. It's our lives. So, we don't really enter into it without trying to do it seriously and with the right intents...watching it as far as it will take us. We're gonna follow it. 
I know that the music industry has evolved tremendously since the early stages of your career. What are the challenges but also some advantages associated with forming a new band in this era?  
Danny: Well, it's very different that from when I first came up. The main thing that's happened in my life that's different involves digital music and the structure of how royalties are paid. It used to be that that was a more direct and reliable source of income. If you put out a record, people bought the record. If it was played on the radio, and you were paid mechanical and performance royalties directly based on that. There was a direct accountability. In theory, at least, it worked that way.
With digital music, it's a completely different world. Obviously, you're able to record shows. Implicate recorded music. Pass it around. Post it online. Musicians aren't necessarily paid for that. The flip side of that is a vast, open horizon of promotion and being heard. With the internet, bands can immediately be heard by people around the world, if you do it right. That's the plus side of it, and that's what people, I think, have to work with and have to gear or skew their efforts toward. That's just the reality. That's how it is.
For me, I consider myself a songwriter first. That's my stock and trade. That's my life's work. That's what I do. I've always thought that the more people who hear my songs...I kind of think of my songs almost separately from myself, if that makes any sense. It's a body of work that I want to live on after me. I want people to hear the songs. And if it's another band playing them, like Widespread Panic, who was always generous enough to play a lot of our songs, that was always terrific to me. It means that people are hearing the songs. It's the same thing with the technology now. At the end of the day, of course I want to make a living and all that. But if I had to make a list, the most important thing to me is that people hear the songs. That's what it's about. 
It really is. I wish more artists had that mentality.  So, this was something that just came to mind before we hopped on this call. I feel obligated to ask about Tom Petty. From the songwriters perspective and someone who has been in the game as long as you, what did he mean to you, and what can you say about the overall impact he made on American songwriting?
Danny: It feels amazingly personal. This isn't just me. I hear this from a lot of musicians and music lovers in general when someone that you don't know personally passes away. This feels personal. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, arguably...I can't really think of an argument against this...they were the greatest mainstream American rock-and-roll band there ever was. They did it for over 40 years without ever making a bad record. The songwriting sounds so effortless. They are such perfectly crafted songs, but it's not just the technical craft of it.
They're so emotional. Whether they're tough or sweet, they seem to resonate with so many people. He was iconic. I honestly think that he's going to be remembered alongside guys like Woody Guthrie or Robert Johnson. If you had monuments to the great American songwriters and musicians, he's up there with the best. just feels was just so unexpected. It's sad, you know? That music is so much a part of everyone's life, and that's amazing to me. 
I couldn't agree more. So, just one last question. Going back to the whole new era of music. There is certainly leaves no shortage of new music to choose from. Who's been on your personal playlist this year? Who's Danny Hutchens listening to in 2017?
Danny: music tastes are so erratic and so strange. I'm not the greatest fan in terms of brand new music. I'm often just led to whatever comes my way. Sometimes it's ancient stuff. I love Warren Zevon. I've kind of had a renaissance of listening to his music lately. A lot of the ole blues guys, and things like that. You're right though. There is so much to choose from. I love the new...I guess what you would have originally called the 'alt-country' stuff: Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and those guys. I love that stuff. I think they're making incredible records. Relating to Isbell and Drive-By Truckers, I think that American Band that has been made in recent years, but those aren't really new people on the scene (laughs). That's the kind of stuff that has registered and made a difference to me lately. 
I was able to see Sturgill for the first time over the summer, and I had pretty high expectations going into it. My god...I was totally blown away. He was one of the headliners the night after Panic played SlossFest in Birmingham, and I love Panic, but I feel like Sturgill kind of stole the show on that particular weekend. 
Danny: Those two guys in particular, he and Jason Isbell...and Amanda Shires. There is something about the records that they've been making that is mainstream. It's become mainstream. Jason won a Grammy and all that. It kind of reminds me of reading through the history back with Waylon Jennings...and the outlaw country scene was a separate thing, but it was kind of making in-roads into the mainstream. That's what this feels like to me, and I think it's important. That's the stuff that's really been on my radar. 
Time will tell, but when it's all said and done, I think that those two guys will be up there on the list of the most impactful artists of this generation, without a doubt. 
Danny: I really think so. It's carrying the torch from Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, and those kind of people, in my mind. I've always loved that kind of stuff. That's kind of my go-to area of music, I think. 
Well I can't thank you enough for taking some time to chat with me this morning. I've been a big fan of your work for a long time, and it's been a pleasure getting this type of insight. I'm really excited to watch how things unfold with Interstellar Boys, and of course Bloodkin as well. 

SlossFest Releases 2017 Daily Lineup April 12, 2017 13:15

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

Ever since the initial lineup announcement from Sloss Music & Arts Festival, there has been much anticipation and excitement for the Birmingham-based event.  Many have wondered which night to expect performances from headliners such as Widespread Panic, Sturgill Simpson, and the Alabama Shakes.  Earlier today, SlossFest released its official daily lineup, which can be seen on the graphic below.  The festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 15th - Sunday, July 16th at the historic Sloss Furnaces in downtown Birmingham, AL

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Ten Reasons Not To Miss SlossFest March 20, 2017 01:55

Photo by Craig Baird: Live & Listen (Home Team Photography)

Words by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen 

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These is no question that the music scene in Birmingham, AL is currently thriving as much as any city in the country.  With longstanding venues such as Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Alabama Theatre, Sloss Furnace, WorkPlay, and Zydeco, you wouldn't think there would be much need for more.  The continuous growth across the city has more than warranted new venues such as Iron City and Saturn, as well as the restoration of the historic Lyric Theatre.  On top of the existing presence of live music on any given night, Birmingham is also the home of one of the newest major music events in the country, Sloss Music & Arts Festival

Without spoiling all of the details, Sloss Music & Arts Festival is a two-day music and lifestyle event that takes place at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th, 2017.  The complete lineup can be found on the graphic listed below.  As we prepare for what is sure to be an epic weekend, we've decided to outline the top ten reasons why you absolutely do not want to miss out on SlossFest 2017.  

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10 Reasons Not To Miss Birmingham's SlossFest

1.  A Celebration of Birmingham's Culture

SlossFest is a celebration of the unique, creative culture that makes life in Birmingham so unique.  In just three short years, SlossFest has established itself as a major national event, which features many of the biggest names on the music festival circuit, while also providing a tremendous opportunity for so many promising up-and-coming acts.  40 bands on 4 stages in one centralized Birmingham location.  What more could you ask for?

Photo by Craig Baird: Live & Listen (Home Team Photography)

     2.  Widespread Panic

Veteran Georgia jam band Widespread Panic may be slowing down its touring schedule in 2017, SlossFest will serve as what seems to be the band's annual stop in The Magic City.  While the band has announced a handful of major festivals for 2017 (SlossFest, SweetWater 420 FestWaneeThe Peach Festival, etc.), the only confirmed headlining "Panic shows" thus far are scheduled for Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 23rd-25th.  Unless you plan on following the 2017 WSP festival tour, this could be one of the only opportunities to catch the boys in Alabama in 2017.  Considering Panic's long-standing history and unforgettable past performances in Birmingham, something tells us that this one will be special.

Watch Widespread Panic perform "You Can't Always Get What You Want" with Tedeschi Trucks Band in Birmingham (2016) here:

    3. Alabama Shakes

While the Alabama natives, Alabama Shakes, have become one of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll in recent years, its not every day that you have a chance to catch these guys (and gals) in their home state.  The performance at SlossFest is one of only six scheduled dates on the band's current tour page, with the only other southeastern date scheduled for JazzFest.  Alabama Shakes is an American blues rock band formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009.  The band began their career touring and performing at bars and clubs around the Southeast for two years while honing their sound and writing music. They recorded their debut album, Boys & Girls, while still unsigned. Online acclaim led ATO Records to sign the band, which released Boys & Girls in 2012 to acclaim. The album had a hit single, "Hold On," and was nominated for three Grammy Awards.

After a long touring cycle, the band recorded their second record, Sound & Color, which was released in 2015 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and won four Grammy Awards.  Lead singer Brittany Howard is often compared to the lakes of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Aretha Franklin, while she claims much inspiration from Bon Scott of AC/DC in her vocal style, praising his "soulful" way of singing.  Long story short, this will be one of the most dynamic performances of 2017 in Birmingham.

Watch Alabama Shakes perform "Don't Wanna Fight" on Saturday Night Live here:


     4.  Sturgill Simpson

One would be hard pressed to find an artist or band of any genre who experienced the success of Sturgill Simpson in the past two years.  Sturgill is an American country music and roots rock singer-songwriter. To date, he has released three albums as a solo artist. He released two albums independently, High Top Mountain in 2013 and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014. His second album is notable for being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, being listed 18th on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2014," and also being named among "NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of 2014." 

His third studio album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, was released on Atlantic Records and was Simpson's first major-label release, later earning him Best Country Album at the 59th Grammy Awards while also being nominated for Album of the Year. Simpson is often compared to Waylon Jennings and the Outlaw Country genre of country music. Simpson himself counts Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Keith Whitley, and Marty Robbins as much bigger influences on his sound than Waylon Jennings.  Sturgill's recent performance of "Call To Arms" on Saturday Night Live has been widely considered one of the shows most dynamic performances in recent years and can be watched in full HD below.

Watch Sturgill Simpson perform "Call To Arms" on Saturday Night Live here:

 5.  A Healthy Serving of Electronic, Hip Hop, and Funk

While much of the hype surrounding many other festivals of this nature points toward the jam rock, folk, indy, and alternative acts, SlossFest will feature a healthy serving of major names from the electronic and hip hop scenes.  The Seattle-based duo Odesza sits atop this year's lineup as a major headliner, while New York-duo Phantogram, electronic-indie duo Cherub, and producers Tycho, Cashmere Cat, and Francis & The Lights will also be found drawing large, wildly enthusiastic crowds.  Sloss's hip hop acts will include well-established national acts such as Waka Flocka Flame, K-Flay, and Kaidyo, amongst others.  And while he certainly isnt a hip hop artist, legendary American funk/soul/R&B singer Charles Bradley (& His Extraordinaires) will undoubtedly make for one of the weekend's most unique and entertaining sets.  Bradley's performances and recording style celebrate the feel of funk and soul music from the 1960s and 1970s. One review stated that Bradley "echoes the evocative delivery of Otis Redding."

 Listen to Odesza's "How Did I Get Here (Extended Version)" here:

6. Many of Alabama's Most Promising Young Acts

Every major festival must have the major national names from across the musical spectrum to anchor its lineup, but filling those open daytime spots with the right acts is just as important.  You never know what point in the day might be your most ideal moment, where you find yourself watching a new band who becomes the best surprise of the weekend.  SlossFest has done a tremendous job of filling out this lineup with a wide variety of local(ish) acts, all of whom have strong Alabama ties.  We couldn't have been more pleased with the recent addition of CBDB, a Tuscaloosa-born funk/jam band who is in the midst of a monster year ahead.  Additional bands with Alabama roots include Wray, Nerves Baddington, Holy Youth, Riverbend, C1ub: AM, New Devils, Nowhere Squares, Shaheed & DJ Supreme, Vulture Whale, and Byron The Aquarius.

 Watch CBDB perform "She's Mobile" at Aisle 5 in Atlanta on January 14th, 2017 here:

7. The Overall Experience of Sloss Furnaces

Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. It operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971. After closing it became one of the first industrial sites (and the only blast furnace) in the U.S. to be preserved and restored for public use. In 1981 the furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. 

The site currently serves as an interpretive museum of industry and hosts a nationally recognized metal arts program. It also serves as a concert and festival venue. Construction is also under way on a new $10 million visitors' center. The furnace site, along a wide strip of land reserved in Birmingham's original city plan for railroads and industry, is also part of a proposed linear park through downtown Birmingham. An annual Halloween haunted attraction called "Sloss Fright Furnace" is held at the site.

Photo by Craig Baird: Live & Listen (Home Team Photography)

8. It's Not Just About The Music, But The Arts

While there will be more than enough music to keep you entertained, you can't forget that SlossFest is a true music and arts festival.  Many of Birmingham's most vibrant live painters, visual artists, and specialists from all elements of the local artist community will be on site showcasing their work and helping create the festival scene.  

9. Unique Vendors, Starr Hill Craft Works, Piggly Wiggly Craftly Beerly Garden, The Beveled Edge

Whether you're looking for a certain food truck, a funky clothing boutique, or even special handmade jewelry, SlossFest will feature a massive roster of vendors from across Alabama and beyond.  The vendors and overall community which surrounds any great music and arts festival plays as vital of a role as any in creating a unique atmosphere.  As this festival continues to grow, the list of vendors has increased and one could spend much of the weekend simply shopping and supporting the various traveling businesses if they had enough time.  One of our favorite local vendors, The Beveled Edge, will be selling a variety of posters from different shows, while also providing on-site framing for official SlossFest posters.

Starr Hill Brewery will be on site with their Craft Works area this year.  Located directly next to the beer garden, Starr Hill will be showcasing beers exclusively available in the All Access area.  As one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill Beer was made for live music.

The Piggly Wiggly Craftly Beerly Garden will showcase a variety of the finest craft breweries from the great State of Alabama, as well as the Southeast!  Whether you're a fan of the malt or the hops, this beer garden will have something for everyone.  Entry to the tent is free for all guests ages 21 and older, and each brewery represented will be available for purchase at participating Piggly Wiggly stores.

10.  Live Iron Pouring Demonstrations

The Sloss Metal Arts Program serves a national community of professional artists who work in cast iron and other metals.  At the same time it also reaches a growing number of academics, novices, and children in the Greater Birmingham area through educational and outreach programs.  The Program is one of only a few such programs in the South specialized specifically to cast iron.  It is also home of the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices hosting hundreds of students and professors around the nation for a week of panel discussions, iron pours, workshops, performances, demonstrations, and exhibitions.  The live iron pouring demonstrations will allow patrons to interact and purchase a one-of-a-kind iron souvenir.  

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Check out the official highlights from SlossFest 2016 here: 

Watch Sturgill Simpson's GRAMMY Performance With The Dap Kings February 13, 2017 14:23

Sunday night was a monumental occasion for modern day country outlaw Sturgill Simpson, who won the GRAMMY Award for 'Best Country Album' and was also joined with the late Sharon Jones' band, The Dap Kings, for a killer performance of "All Around You."  Simpson, who was also nominated for 'Album of the Year', has been making noise and turning heads across the music scene for the past two years with his unique and honest approach to modern country music.  You can watch the Simpson's GRAMMY performance below and click here for the details on his recently announced 2017 tour dates.

Sturgill Simpson is an American country music and roots rock singer-songwriter. To date, he has released three albums as a solo artist. He released two albums independently, High Top Mountain in 2013 and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014. His second album is notable for being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, being listed 18th on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2014," and also being named among "NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of 2014." His third studio album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, was released on Atlantic Records and was Simpson's first major-label release.

Watch Sturgill Simpson & The Dap Kings perform "All Around You" here:

Sturgill Simpson Announces 2017 Tour Dates February 10, 2017 16:20

Grammy-nominated sensation Sturgill Simpson has announced his official 2017 tour dates, which kick off on July 7th in Charlotte after appearances at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival on March 4th and The Amphitheatre at The Wharf in Orange Beach (AL) on May 6th.  See below for a complete list of Sturgill dates, and head over to his official website for specifics on ticket options.

Sturgill Simpson is an American country music and roots rock singer-songwriter. To date, he has released three albums as a solo artist. He released two albums independently, High Top Mountain in 2013 and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014. His second album is notable for being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, being listed 18th on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2014," and also being named among "NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of 2014." His third studio album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, was released on Atlantic Records and was Simpson's first major-label release.

Watch Sturgill Simpson perform "Call To Arms" on Saturday Night Live here:

Sturgill Simpson 2017 Tour Dates:
3/4 – Okeechobee, FL@ Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
5/6 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheater
7/7 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/8 – Cary, North Carolina @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
7/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
7/15 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
7/16 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Music & Arts Festival
7/30 – Niigata, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
9/7 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
9/8 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
9/9 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
9/14 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
9/15 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/16 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
9/19 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
9/21 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
9/22 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
9/25 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/29 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/30 – Redmond, Washington @ Marymoor Amphitheater
10/6 – Los Angeles, California @ Greek Theatre

SlossFest Reveals Exciting Lineup For 2017 January 31, 2017 08:05

Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography

The 3rd annual Sloss Music & Arts Festival has revealed its lineup for 2017, and this year looks as exciting as ever.  Widespread Panic, Alabama ShakesOdesza, Sturgill Simpson, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats are just a few of the 40 performers listed for the rapidly growing festival in Birmingham, AL.  SlossFest is a two-day music and arts festival which is scheduled for Saturday, July 15th - Sunday, July 16th.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and the festival website. Advance prices are $115 general admission, $180 for an Iron pass (includes access to air-conditioned tents), $325 VIP (includes access to air-conditioned tents, separate viewing areas at two stages and other perks).

Prices will continue to hike as tickets at each level are sold, increasing to $135 and $155 general admission, $210 and $225 for an Iron Pass. VIP prices will remain the same. Information on payment plans is available on the Sloss Fest website.  Stay tuned for further details!

Watch the official SlossFest 2017 lineup announcement video here:

Watch Sturgill Simpson Perform "All Around You" On The Tonight Show July 28, 2016 08:13

Photo by Andrew Lipovsky // NBC
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past two years, you have surely become familiar with the name Sturgill Simpson.  Sturgill is an American country music and roots rock singer-songwriter. He has released two albums independently, High Top Mountain in 2013 and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music in 2014. The latter album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, was listed 18th on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2014," and was also named among NPR's 50 Favorite Albums of 2014. His third studio album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, was released on April 15, 2016, by Atlantic Records.
On Wednesday night, Sturgill stopped by NBC Studios to perform his latest single, "All Around You," for Jimmy Fallon and the thousands of viewers watching both in studio and all across the country.  Thankfully, video footage has surface and can be watched in full below.  For complete details on Sturgill Simpson's 2016 tour dates, click here.
Watch Sturgill Simpson perform "All Around You" on The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon here: