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Cheap Trick To Play Free Festival In San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, September 2, 2017 01:59pm | Post a Comment

Cheap Trick, who play the Shoreline in Mountain View later today, will be returning to the Bay Area in a month to play a free gig in San Francisco as part of the upcoming, always free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB) music festival in Golden Gate Park, according to an inside source. Traditionally HSB, now in its 17th year, attracts three quarters of a million music fans to check out dozens of musically diverse acts across seven different stages. The annual free event (thanks to the generous funding of the late Warren Hellman) will take place this year from October 6th to 8th. Those dates were officially announced a couple of weeks ago. Since then HSB organizers have been unveiling online, short three-minute music medleys containing snippets of songs by artists on the upcoming that folks have to guess. These HSB Music Medleys of uncredited songs/artists (the third and latest on published four days ago) act as teasers for fans to guess some of the artists on the 2017 schedule. So far the medleys have included such artists as Randy Newman, Conor Oberst, Béla Fleck & Abigal Washburn, Gillian Welch, Rodney Crowell, Poncho Sanchez, Chuck Prophet and Sturgill Simpson. Not identified however in any of these three teaser medleys was Cheap Trick whose inclusion in the upcoming festival lineup is according to a reliable source within the organization who asked not to be identified. For more general 2017 HSB info  or here to volunteer @ HSB.

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New Gillian Welch Album Coming in June

Posted by Miss Ess, May 25, 2011 09:09am | Post a Comment

Finally! After an 8 year wait since Gillian Welch's last album, Soul Journey, it's been announced that a new record, The Harrow & The Harvest, will be released June 28! Check out tons o' tourdates here.

Gillian Welch Playing Henry Miller Library, Big Sur

Posted by Miss Ess, March 31, 2011 11:18am | Post a Comment


Tickets will be on sale April 2 here!

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest 2010

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 28, 2010 10:35am | Post a Comment
A huge number of the artists set to play at this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park have also performed at Amoeba! Check out some performance videos, interviews and images of Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Patti Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and many more, and get ready for one amazing, incredible weekend at the free festival! 

For all set times and a full schedule of players, please check out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass website!


Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band - interview
Click here for the performance video


Patti Smith - performance video
Click here for the interview


Gillian with Dave Rawlings Machine - performance video
Gillian Welch will be playing at HSB, no doubt accompanied by Dave Rawlings.

Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend of A Friend and Two Amoeba Instores!

Posted by Miss Ess, February 3, 2010 03:07pm | Post a Comment
If you are anything like me, you have been missing Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, two of the finest songwriters around! There hadn't been a new release from the twosome (who usually record under the misleading single name "Gillian Welch") for 6 years! And sure, they've toured some, always playing the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival here in SF, but us diehards, we've been waiting what feels like forever some new material here!

And finally...


I'm so pleased to report that the Welch/Rawlings drought is over. New project Dave Rawlings Machine released A Friend of A Friend this past November! And, even better (if you are in the Bay Area or Los Angeles anyway), they will be playing instores at Amoeba Hollywood Feb 4 and Amoeba SF Feb 9!! The time has come at last to get our fix. (See pics from the SF instore here!)

I finally got to hear A Friend of A Friend this past week. The album's production and arrangements have a more upbeat and orchestrated feel in spots than any of the albums under the Gillian Welch banner. I tend to like my music as doom and gloomy as it can get, so this change feels a bit strange, but when you really listen to the lyrics, in spots it's as much of a downer as you want it to be! It's just the music itself on several tracks that feels more buoyant than usual. The album is kind of Brian Wilson-esque in that way (and only that way!). It's also more padded out with strings, singers and such, I think due to the collaboration with Old Crow Medicine Show.

But then again, aside from the fact that David Rawlings is the lead singer on everything, and the fact that he wrote a large portion of the songs without Gillian, much of it still sounds a whole lot like a Gillian Welch record. Maybe he got tired of being out of the spotlight in Gillian Welch and was ready to switch it up and take the lead! Gillian is still there on many of the tracks, matching David in warm harmonies.

Track for track, the album is solid, although it's a bit disappointing that relatively few of the songs are new material; the rest are covers, some of them songs that Rawlings partially wrote that have appeared on other artists' albums. That said, the "To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)" cover, a song Rawlings wrote with Ryan Adams and that appeared on his Heartbreaker, is great and raucous. "Sweet Tooth" is a perfect example of flawless songwriting skill, as is "It's Too Easy." Love the bass singing on "Ruby." Even the Neil Young cover, "Cortez the Killer" (added into a cover of Conor Oberst's "Method Acting") doesn't bug me, and I tend to be picky about Neil covers. I must say though, the songs I like best on this album are the quieter, more well-crafted ones that sounds like they'd be more at home on a Gillian Welch record.

If this is as close to a new "Gillian Welch" (the two headed beast) album that we get for a while, I'm ok with that. It's whet my appetite for more...Whether it comes as Dave Rawlings Machine or Gillian Welch, I'll take it either
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