Wednesday, November 28, 2007

News and notes from the jam world

The Black Crowes Warpaint w/ Luther Dickinson

From the beginning, The Black Crowes have done things their own way. And it's good to know that some things don't change. Warpaint — the band's first album of all-new studio material in seven years, due out March 4 worldwide — will be independently released on the band's own newly formed Silver Arrow Records and distributed through Megaforce/Sony Red BMG. It's their first studio release since the acclaimed Lions album in 2001 (on V2).

Warpaint marks the recording debut of two new band members - guitarist Luther Dickinson and keyboardist Adam MacDougall - who join Chris, Rich, drummer Steve Gorman and bassist Sven Pipien. Dickinson, of North Mississippi Allstars, officially steps in to replace producer/guitarist Paul Stacey, whose position with the band was always intended to be temporary. The Black Crowes are deeply appreciative that Stacey committed his genuine talent and time to the band and their performances for most of 2007.

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Widespread Panic's Tunes For Tots Gig at the Roxy

For the third consecutive year, Widespread Panic will precede its two night New Year's Eve stand at the Philips Arena, with a club gig in Atlanta at the Roxy. The Tunes for Tots charity event will take place on December 29, with all proceeds to benefit music departments in Georgia area public schools. Widespread Panic founded Tunes for Tots "to support their belief that art education, and in particular music education, is integral in the overall education and advancement of children Art allows for personal expression, appreciation of ideas, celebration of cultural awareness, sharing emotions, and gives purpose to life." Tickets go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. and cost $125, with a limited number of $500 VIP tickets also available, which include a pre-show cocktail party with the group.

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Hannah's Buddies Charity a go again

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2008 Hannah's Buddies Charity Classic and tickets for the JB and Friends concert at House of Blues are available. John Bell is lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Widespread Panic.

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