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The Avett Brothers

I have first heard the Avett Brothers in a recording from the Merlefest 2008, and I liked their music very much. The Avett Brothers have a very special style which is mainly composed of their unique singing style and the instruments guitar, a banjo, a violoncello (played in a standing position) and a double bass. Sometimes they sound a bit like the early Beatles, mixed with some Punk and some singer/songwriter elements like Bob Dylan.

The latest CD has also been released in Germany – I am curious if the Avett Brothers bill be successful in Germany too and if they will make a German tour some time. Some songs might please the Germans, but in general I think the Avett Brothers are a little bit too special for a real big success in Germany.

Here is my special selection of the songs and videos by the Avett Brothers that I like most:

Avett Brothers – Murder in the City

The Avett Brothers – January Wedding LIVE

4/16/10, Outdoor Theatre Stage, Coachella 2010.

Playlist with more videos by the Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers In Concert: Newport Folk Festival 2010

Seth and Scott Avett’s accessible mix of bluegrass, rock and folk has helped make rising roots-music stars of the photogenic North Carolina brothers, but the real draw is the pair’s rich, frenetic live shows with bassist Bob Crawford. As The Avett Brothers’ incessant touring takes the band through a laundry list of 2010’s summer festivals — click here for a dynamite show from Bonnaroo back in June — mega-stardom seems tantalizingly within reach. Last year’s I and Love and You is a real sleeper; an album with a lot to say about human behavior, big-hearted devotion and the desire to achieve simple goodness. Here, the band performs live at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.

Additional information

Website of the Avett Brothers: http://www.theavettbrothers.com


Uncle Earl – Americana / Oltime / Roots Music…

Uncle Earl is currently touring through Germany, last Friday the group composed of five women played their second concert of this tour. During the next weeks the group will play in Germany and Switzerland. All tour dates can be found on the myspace site of  Uncle Earl: http://www.myspace.com/uncleearl

UNCLE EARL Live in Germany 2010

The concert in Freiburg took place in the Wodan Halle, part of the local Ganter brewery that is regularly used for folk, country, bluegrass, rock or  singer songwiter concerts. I enjoyed the concert very much, and I took some photos which give some impressions:

Photo Album Uncle Earl – Wodanhalle Freiburg

The lineup of the Band 2010 (taken from the  Uncle Earl Myspace page)

Kristin Andreassen (Guitar, Fiddle, Harmonica, Clogging and Vocals)

KC Groves (Guitar, Mandolin, Bass and Vocals)

Stephanie Coleman (Fiddle and Vocals)

Paula Bradley (Banjo, Banjo Ukulele, Dancing & Vocals)

Rachel Eddy (Banjo, Fiddle, Bass and Vocals)

Here is one of the photos – the band just enjoys the first beer, as you can see:

Uncle Earl in Freiburg

I did especially like the clogging and the piece Crayola by Kristin Andreassen – here is a video of this recorded in November 2009:

Uncle Earl – Crayola

Kristin Andreassen and Uncle Earl performing at the Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky on November 17, 2009.

If you get the chance to see Uncle Earl during their Germany tour you should not miss this chance!

Playlist with some interesting Uncle Earl Videos

Additional Information

Uncle Earl Myspace page with tour dates, audio examples and more videos: http://www.myspace.com/uncleearl

cocert review: http://www.country.de/2010/05/04/uncle-earl-neo-old-time-music-live-in-europa-zu-erleben/

Listen to album: Uncle Earle Waterloo Tennessee : http://airplaydirect.com/music/UncleEarlWaterloo/




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Acoustic Revolution – Acoustic Folk Pop from Germany

Acoustic Revolution is the name of a young German Folk Pop trio that will publish its first CD in May. Today I found a text about the band, with information about the just released maxi CD with four tracks of the coming CD titled Ramble and Roam. The complete text (in German) can be found here:


Die Maxi-CD zur eingängigen Folk-Pop-Hymne „The Abyss of Greed“ ist der Vorbote zum Album „Ramble and Roam“ (Album-VÖ: 07. Mai 2010) auf den Punkt gebracht von den Valicon-Erfolgsproduzenten (Silbermond, Eisblume u.v.a.).

As I was curious I searched for videos and more information about Acoustic Revolution and found six videos that have just been uploaded to youtube. The trio produces a great sound and seems to be able to fill bigger halls. They might even be able to enter the German pop charts with there songs – let’s see.

Acoustic Revolution Live

Have Some Fun – Acoustic Revolution

Playlist Acoustic Revolution

Additional information:

Band Homepage: http://www.acoustic-revolution.com

Acoustic Revolution at myspace: http://www.myspace.com/theacousticrevolutionband

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John Adams – Gnarly Buttons – With Guitar, Mandolin,…

John Adams is one of the most important composers in the USA today. On the CBC concert on demand site I discovered a new string quartet that has been played in a concert by the St. Lawrence String Quartet

I have seen several works by John Adams, and liked all of it. Some years ago I saw a great performance of his  stage work I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, and I do also like listening to the CD of this work.  I have also seen the opera Nixon in China.

Recently I have read the biographical book Hallelujah Junction – a book that is very interesting if you want to learn about how a contemporary composer works and lives.

The first piece by John Adams that I have heard is a piece named Gnarly Buttons, a piece for solo clarinet and an ensemble that includes a player who has to play banjo, mandolin and guitar.

And in the second movement you can hear a sampled cow (ca.3:50 min. after he beginning).

I had found a very good performance of this piece by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Jonathan Nott, with Andre Trouttet on the clarinet – however those videos have been removed.

The third movement of Gnarly Buttons is my favorite! Great music!!!

Additional information John Adams

Website of John Adams: http://www.earbox.com/

John Adams about Gnarly Buttons: http://www.earbox.com/W-gnarlybuttons.html

Wikipedia: Gnarly Buttons

Videos of Gnarly Buttons

The following videos with movements of Gnarly Buttons are available at the moment:

Playlist – John Adams Gnarly Buttons

Recordings of Gnarly Buttons by John Adams

A free and complete recording of Gnarly Buttons with Sean Osborn (clarinet) is available at the following page:


John Adams: ‘Grand’ And ‘Gnarly’ In Concert

A very interesting radio feature with parts from the 60th birthday concert for John Adams with several pieces including the 2nd and 3rd movement of Gnarly Buttons is available from NPR. John Adams talks about the pieces.

China Gates

Gnarly Buttons

  • Hoe-Down (Mad Cow)
  • Put Your Loving Arms Around Me

Grand Pianola Music

  • Part 1A
  • Part 1B
  • On the Great Divide


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