ILRC Benefit Town Howlers
We are pleased to announce that the annual Pickin' on Hate Benefit. All proceeds will be donated to The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)!!! This will be a wonderful evening of bluegrass music from.... Kathy Kallick & Friends, The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, The Town Howlers, and Loud Ladies Foot Patrol Chuck Poling, the emcee from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, will be emceeing for us again this year! The Kathy Kallick Band is based along the west coast -- Kathy and Tom are from the San Francisco Bay Area, Annie's from Portland, Cary from Seattle, and Greg from Anchorage -- but their powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere. There is a tendency to think of West Coast bluegrass as being softer, jazzier, and somehow "other" than traditional. This can be the case, but there is also a school of bluegrass in Northern California which has, from the beginning, been steeped in Monroe-based tradition -- as well as welcoming to women and original songs. Kathy Kallick has been leading bands in this traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass for many years, and continues to evolve as one of the music's extraordinary composers and vocalists. Foxhounds is her 20th album, recordings which include nearly 150 of her original songs. Foxhounds is also the fifth album for the Kathy Kallick Band. Each of their four previous releases has spent a year in the upper echelon of the national bluegrass charts, and Foxhounds promises to be no exception. The material is compelling and varied, the instrumental playing is dazzling and inventive, the vocals luminous and extraordinary. And they're truly a band, listening to and sparked by each other, contributing to the songs and the sound as a whole. Just like a KKB show! Following decades of success in their respective careers, Northern California musicians Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band are touring this year with a brand new album, BABY LETS TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME. Look for them this year at the Freshgrass Festival and the Vancouver Folk Festival. The new video for the album's title track is now available on No Depression (click here to view) and Paste (click here to view). It co-stars a gorgeous 1960 Chevy Impala. Nunally and Robinson co-wrote the song driving home from a show in Los Angeles. Nunally, a Grammy and IBMA Award recipient, and Western Open flatpicking champion, tells No Depression, "We were driving home from L.A. on our tour, talking about getting off the main road and taking the long way. Then we actually did it! It made the trip so much more interesting and enjoyable, not taking the same route everyone else takes." Robinson, hot off a tour for her PBS show/album Rose of No Man's Land, produced by Joe Henry and featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Doe, and author Maxine Hong Kingston adds, "It's about being in a different time in your life too. So, the idea of turning off the phone, not using the GPS, and maybe even getting lost - wouldn't that be fun?" Friends since 2009, Robinson and Nunally teamed up for a number of projects before falling in love. For Baby Lets Take the Long Way Home, they rustled up what became their dream team: , bass fiddle player Jim Kerwin (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia), and percussionist Jon Arkin (Lee Konitz, Gene Perla). Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally have appeared at the Kennedy Center, Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, PBS series Music Gone Public, Kate Wolf Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival. The Town Howlers play traditional bluegrass music and are influenced by the great singers and pickers from the golden era of bluegrass, such as Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Vern Williams, and Jimmy Martin. With flashy picking, tight harmony singing, and original as well as traditional songs, the Town Howlers show a deference to traditional bluegrass while also adding their own style and sound.