The Sam Bush Band Honors Leon Russell, Welcomes Guests At The Boulder Theater

first_imgAfter a lengthy break from The Boulder Theater, the Sam Bush Band made a triumphant, raucous return on Friday night, February 24th. The Energizer Bunny of bluegrass started things out in typical fashion, unleashing a pair of lively bluegrass tunes, “Play By Your Own Rules” and “Transcendental Meditation Blues,” off of his new album, Storyman, to get the crowd moving. With little to prove to his devoted audience, Bush sat back and let his band members shine during the first few songs, particularly banjo player extraordinaire Scott Vestal. Bush took a short break before the next song, introducing it as one of his favorite songs by the late Leon Russell, an early bandmate of his during New Grass Revival’s stint as Leon’s backing band. The band played “One More Love Song” beautifully true to the original, with Bush pouring his heart out in two particularly poignant mandolin solos. It’s often hard to recall all of the great artists Leon Russell collaborated with, but Bush made sure the fans remembered their work together, following up the popular cover with a lesser-known New Grass Revival song.The sprawling set continued with a loose, funky take on Allen Toussaint’s “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley.” Made famous by Robert Palmer, and more recently, Phish, the comfortable and familiar groove launched the crowd into an all-out dance party. A couple songs later, the band dusted off the old fan favorite, “Circles Around Me,” leading a nostalgic, all-out singalong to a song that hits close to home for many Coloradans. Grinding on, Bush continued to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music, playing some impeccable slide mandolin on “Old Joe Clark,” an old mountain ballad made famous by Woody Guthrie, Flatt & Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs among others. The traditional bluegrass tune quickly slipped into the hard driving newgrass that Bush is famous for, before morphing into an apparent, though elusive, Led Zeppelin tease. Using the heavy rhythm foundation provided by bassist Todd Parks and drummer Chris Brown, the band segued right into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” and then kept on going straight into Rare Earth’s classic “I Just Want to Celebrate.” Finally, and flawlessly, the band returned to “Old Joe Clark” to bring the set to an epic, jaw-dropping close.For the encore, Sam brought out two additional friends, guitarists Chris Daniels and Steve Kovalcheck. Now largely electric, the group ripped through “Speak of the Devil” from the album Ice Caps, Peaks of Telluride, while also candidly reminding all of us to make the annual pilgrimages to Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass. Each guitarist, and of course Bush, took a handful of raw, bluesy solos, stretching the song well beyond its usual form. To top it all off, the band treated the audience to a rare cover of Bob Marley’s anthem, “One Love.” With so much doubt and uncertainty throughout the country right now, this seemed a fitting final song. Bush laid down a juicy, reggae-tinged solo before giving his guitarist, Stephen Mougin, as well as Chris Daniels, Scott Vestal, and Steve Tomalchek all one last chance to let it out, and that they did. All in all, the Sam Bush Band managed to deliver an absolute barn-burner to a town that had been itching to see the King of Telluride and his court of pickers for far too long. Catch the Sam Bush Band at the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 15th-18th, 2017, and at Lyons, Colorado’s 45th Annual RockyGrass Festival, July 28th-30th, 2017. Check out additional tour dates below, as well a gallery of photos, courtesy of C.B. Klein.Sam Bush Band Tour DatesFebruary 28th Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MOMarch 1st    Old Rock House, St. Louis, MOMarch 2nd    Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, ILMarch 4th Denison Bluegrass Festival, Granville, OHMarch 17th The Lyric Theatre, Birmingham, ALMarch 18th Anastasia Music Festival (March 16-18), St Augustine, FLMar 31st WinterWonderGrass Tahoe (March 31-April 2), Olympic Valley, CAApr 20th Old Settler’s Music Festival (April 20-23), Driftwood, TXApr 22nd The Kessler, Dallas, TXApr 27th MerleFest (April 27-30), Wilkesboro, NCJun 8th Blue Ox Music Festival (June 8-10), Eau Claire, WI Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Baggies sponsor extends agreement

first_img Jack Wolfskin, an outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment specialist, considered ending their sponsorship of Albion “as one option” as the debate rumbled on during January over a controversial gesture made by Anelka during a Barclays Premier League game at West Ham in December. Anelka was handed a five-game ban and fined £80,000 following an independent regulatory commission hearing, after which Albion immediately suspended the striker. One of West Brom’s sponsors that threatened to withdraw its support during the Nicolas Anelka ‘quenelle’ saga earlier this year has signed a new deal with the club. In March, after Anelka announced on his Twitter account he would tear up his West Brom contract, the club then issued a subsequent statement saying the 35-year-old had been sacked for “gross misconduct”. With the matter now laid to rest, Jack Wolfskin has agreed to a one-year extension of an agreement that started at the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign. Albion’s head of corporate sales Ian Wain said on the club’s official website: “We are delighted to extend our partnership to a second year. “These are exciting times as the club prepares for a fifth successive season of Barclays Premier League football and it is great to have an internationally-renowned brand such as Jack Wolfskin on board.” Jack Wolfskin CMO Elke Stein said: “We are delighted to continue our successful partnership with Albion which will continue to increase our brand recognition in the UK alongside our other club partnerships and LED presence across the Premier League.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wide receiver-tight end Lindor becomes 21st verbal commitment in Syracuse’s Class of 2015

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Affton (Mo.) High School wide receiver-safety West Lindor has committed to Syracuse’s Class of 2015, he has confirmed.The 6-foot-4, 205-pound rising senior chose the Orange over an offer from Arkansas State, according to Scout.com, and also drew interest from Harvard, Brown and Yale.Lindor is the 21st commitment in the Class of 2015, and the first from Missouri. Depending on what position he plays he is also the first wide receiver and first tight end in the class.Editor’s note: A previous version of this article listed West Lindor as a safety, the position he was listed as on Scout.com upon committing on Wednesday night. He, and Scout have both confirmed that he is a dual-threat receiver.  Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img