OLD TIME ROOTS, NEW TIME SOUNDS
BOWHUNTER RELEASES 'THE RIGHT HANDS 'ROUND'
This past winter, we spent a few joyful days recording traditional and original American fiddle music with our stringband quartet - Bowhunter. Sam Cooper and Sam Herman, fellow Michiganders, lend their fiddle and banjo to complete this four piece dance band. From those sessions emmerged fresh arrangements of old chestnut tunes, debut recordings of some new instrumental compositions, and a lot of laughter and joy. The album was recorded live, and there are a few tracks during which band-mates had to switch instruments mid-song that the careful listener can try and pick out.
In the spirit of the sessions, we also included some commentary and joke telling, that hopefully can help you feel like you were there with us. If you're into the most traditional corners of Red Tail Ring, you'll truly enjoy this rare release, the first 500 copies of which are hand screenprinted and letterpressed by Laurel Premo.
SUMMER 2014 FESTIVALS ANNOUNCED
Mark your calendars - it's festival time! Look for Red Tail Ring at the following Midwest summer festivals:
June 13-15 Nor-East'r Music and Art Festival Mio, MI
August 1-3 Farm Block Fest Allouez, MI
August 22-24 Hollerfest Brooklyn, MI
August 31 – September 1 Fox Valley Folk Music Festival Geneva, IL
September 5-7 Wheatland Music Festival Remus, MI
September 19-21 Earthwork Harvest Gathering Lake City, MI
This month we'll also be opening up a pair of special shows with May Erlewine as she celebrates the release of her new album "Where We Are." Laurel was featured on the recording as part of the supporting crew of musicians, and she'll be performing on fiddle and banjo with May all weekend, with concerts in Kalamazoo (6/19) and Traverse City (6/22), as well as the shows that Red Tail Ring is opening for below:
'THE NEW ROOTS EXCHANGE VOL. I' OFFICIALLY RELEASED
We are so pleased to release the 7" vinyl collaboration that we've been working on this past year with our dear friends, Lindsay Lou & Flatbellys. The album features both bands jamming as a supergroup, and interpretations of each other's tunes. You can buy the album, digital downloads, and bonus barn session wild tracks on www.earthworkmusic.com. We've called the piece "The New Roots Exchange Volume I" and hope that there are many more collabs to come.
SPRING EAST COAST TOUR DATES
3/28 Tin Angel - Philadelphia, PA|
3/29 Harmony Presents - Hawley, PA
3/30 Chestnut Hill Café - Lancaster, PA
3/31 Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
4/4 Acoustic Artisans - Portland, ME
4/5 Ripton Coffee House - Ripton, VT |
4/6 P.M. Sunday Series - Richmond, VT
4/8 House Concert - Erin, NY
4/9 Bernunzio's - Rochester, NY
FALL 2013 TOUR & GERMAN TOUR DATES
|10/18 – Chicago, IL
10/19 – Fairfield, IA
10/20 – Iowa City, IA
10/26 – Pittsburgh, PA
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA
10/28 – Providence, RI
10/29 – Watertown, MA
10/30 – Cambridge, MA
11/1 – Arundel, ME
11/2 – Bowdoinham, ME
|11/3 – Northfild, VT
11/7 – NERFA
11/8 – NERFA
11/9 – NERFA
11/10 – Saratoga Springs, NY
11/15 – Milwaukee, WI
11/16 – Ogden Dunes, IN
11/17 – Gurnee, IL
11/23 – Kalamazoo, MI
The Bluegrass Jamboree German Tour will run from November 27 – December 15, and feature The Foggy Hogtown Boys, The Carper Family and Red Tail Ring! Visit the SHOWS page to learn more, and tell a German friend!
Red Tail Ring was featured in this month's UTNE READER sampler, along with a nice review of the new album: "With half a dozen instruments between them, Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp take their Appalachian roots seriously. The duo's fierce, masterful fingerpicking and poignant lyrical narratives make their arrangements sound as much grounded in tradition as their stories do vulnerable and searching. On the album's rapid-fire title track, Laurel Premo's arresting, earthy vocals question the endurance of true love with refreshingly antiquated phrasing." - Utne Reader
We're pleased to release the final video from our springtime La Luna Studio sessions with Cam Tarnas. This version of "Suffer Every Sound" was recorded live in studio to make this video, but the song is featured on our new album.
American Songwriter Magazine is hosting the video premier of "Katy Came Breezing" off of our new album. View their review and the new video here. The music video was filmed by Cameron Tarnas in Kalamazoo, MI at La Luna Studios.
'The Heart's Swift Foot' is officially released on Earthwork Music! Look for our hometown release show in Kalamazoo, MI Thursday, May 23rd at Bell's Brewery, featuring our friend Drew Nelson opening up.
Check out the shows page to learn more about the Red Tail Ring June East Coast Tour!
'THE HEART'S SWIFT FOOT' AVAILABLE NOW!
Visit EarthworkMusic.com or cdbaby.com to pick up your copy of 'The Heart's Swift Foot,' which is available now, in advance of the official release date of May 9th. We'll have the new album at all of our April shows, so come on out to pick up a copy in person!
Check out the very kind iSpy review of "The Heart's Swift Foot."
After a year and a half crafting new tunes, a winter spent recording, and the last few weeks mixing at home, we're happy to announce our new album will be ready in April 2013! The new, as yet unnamed, album will feature almost all original tunes, many of which we've already performed live, such as "Ladies' Choice Waltz," "The Heart's Swift Foot," and "Dirt Triangle."
To pre-order the new album visit the Red Tail Ring Shop, and be on the look-out for release shows around the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast U.S. in the Spring!
DECEMBER'S WEST COAST TOUR is upon us!
We'll have new t-shirts in tow, catch them at shows or order online via the shop. Also, Earthwork Music is having a holiday sale. Support a Michigan musician this holiday season!
DECEMBER WEST COAST TOUR!
|12/3 House Café- Dekalb, IL
12/6 Quixote's True Blue- Denver, CO
12/7 Upslope Brewing- Boulder, CO
12/7 Illegal Pete's- Boulder, CO
12/9 Lyons Fork- Lyons, CO
12/10 Walnut Room- Denver, CO
12/11 The Steaming Bean- Telluride, CO
12/12 House Show - Salt Lake City, UT
12/13 House Show - San Francisco, CA
12/14 House Show-Oakland, CA
12/16 Fifth Street Farms-Berkeley, CA
Also, new Red Tail Ring t-shirts are in the works - made in the U.S.A, and designed and printed by Laurel!
9/1/12- New Red Tail Ring videos are up on the RTR Youtube channel! Also, as of this month, we're a part of the Michigan Touring Arts Directory, which provides grant support to have Red Tail Ring perform for your Michigan nonprofit, school, library, and other similar organizations. Visit the Michigan Humanities Council to learn more. After a busy summer of music festivals, shows, and swimming, we plan on hunkering down to focus on writing new tunes in preparation for a new album next year. In the meantime, look for us in Colorado and California in the month of December!
Spring East Coast Tour! From May 27th to June 17th we'll be playing shows in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New York, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Ohio! Check out the shows page to find the show nearest to you.
Red Tail Ring hosted Tim Eriksen in both of MIchigan's Peninsulas this month for some very fine concerts. With stops in Kalamazoo, Traverse City, and Crystal Falls, we got to take a peek at a lot of country over the course of a weekend. Check out this video that we took on a break of our long cross-peninsula drive. It was a pleasure and an honor to make music with Tim, and to introduce him to new Michigan audiences and geography.
This past month we were honored to play at the historic Ten Pound Fiddle series in East Lansing, MI. Here's a photo from the performance.
Red Tail Ring WON the Listener's Choice WYCE Jammie Award for Best New Artist of 2011! We especially want to thank everyone who voted for their overwhelming support, and WYCE putting on a great event. Thank You! Here's a picture of Laurel with our new hardware: Jammie!
We've been nominated for several awards for the 13th Annual WYCE Jammies. WYCE is a great radio station centered in Grand Rapids, MI with a wide listening audience, and their annual awards show and concert-extrodinaire happens on Valentine's Day this year - February 14th 2012. All fans and listeners have the opportunity to add their vote for 'Best New Artist' and 'Album of the Year', so if you like what Red Tail Ring has been working on this past year, please take a moment to vote for us! We appreciate your support so much. Here is the link to vote for the WYCE Jammies XIII.
Red Tail Ring was honored to visit Michigan Public Radio during December for an interview leading up to some end-of-year performances. Our interview and desk concert are available for listening and viewing on the M.P.R. website. One more holiday treat is our upcoming performance as the dance band for Square Dance Kalamazoo, on the 19th. Get out your dance shoes to ring in the holidays with old-timey style!
This past month we were privileged to spend 10 days in Denmark performing and teaching. Red Tail Ring was sponsored by the US Embassy in Denmark as part of a cultural exchange program. We had a wonderful time working with students from the Nordic Baltic Conservatory, ROD, & Odsherred Folk Music High School, sharing songs and styles from the American traditional music repertoire. We felt so lucky to have such rich interactions with the musicians that we were working with, as well as take in many sets of master Scandinavian performers. A big shout out to our new friends from Præstø, Odense, and Copenhagen! You can see some photos from Red Tail Ring's time in Denmark from the article on the US Embasy website.
PS- please enjoy our brand new website created by Laurel.
While we were in the UP we found a few quiet moments to record a pair of new videos for your enjoyment. Two of our favorites, "The Blackest Crow" and "Stone Song." Find them on the gallery page.
Coming up is our favorite kind of travel – to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! We'll be happily up for better part of July, playing all over Laurel's peninsula of origin. We also want to finally announce our plans to play and teach in DENMARK as part of the Music Over the Fjord festival in August! This amazing opportunity has been slowly coming into focus over the past six months.
We've got a new lovely new print that we're using for two special performances this summer will be available for sale at all shows. The 12x9" hand-printed piece was made by Laurel in her studio.
Spring East Coast Tour Dates
Along with daffodils and mushroom hunting, spring brings lots of travel to be enjoyed and music to be played! From May 25th – June 9th we'll be playing 13 dates in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. Check out our calendar to find the show nearest you. We'll have plenty of copies of our new box set with Middlewest Chant and Mountain Shout, complete with a few new varieties of the original screen print by Laurel. Come on out and share in the fun with this great tour!
5.25 Pretty Penny Cafe l Hillsboro, WV
|6.02 Gallery 263 l Cambridge, MA
6.03 Gravity Tavern l New Boston, NH
6.04 Neverdun Farmhouse Arundel, ME
6.05 Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT
6.07 Monkey House l Winooski, VT
6.09 The Shop l Ithaca, NY
CD Release Shows
We've had such a wonderful time at our cd release shows! We want to thank all the folks who have come out and enjoyed themselves. Your energy and excitement were contagious! This week we're gearing up for fun Earth Day shows with our fellow Earthwork musicians, as well as the final release show at Salt of the Earth in Fennville, MI, one of our favorite places to play anywhere. The new albums are available on iTunes and CdBaby, as well as from us directly. We also have a new video, compliments of the Kalamazoo Gazette, and two great articles about us in West Michigan Noise and on the West coast-based website Randomville.com. We're so heartened by all the support we've received - thanks again for making this a special month.
Two New Releases Announced
We're overjoyed to tell you about the upcoming release of our two new albums - I. Middlewest Chant and II. Mountain Shout! They'll be released individually and as a pair April 1st, 2011.
The first, Middlewest Chant, is a collection of original tunes recorded over several sessions in the latter part of 2010 in Kalamazoo, MI. Favorites, such as Sugarwine and the Oak Set, are included, as well as some exciting new tunes, such as Harps & Jaws, heretofore unheard. The second album, Mountain Shout, is the traditional complement to the first, and includes a rearranged version of Red Rocking Chair, a cappella favorite Little Maggie, as well as beloved old time tunes The Blackest Crow and Wild Bill Jones. In keeping with our theme of giving love to both excellent peninsulas, Mountain Shout was recorded just after the new year in the upper peninsula of Michigan, live, in a room, the old-fashioned way.
The two albums will be available as a packaged pair, which includes an original hand done screen print from Laurel. We are really excited to send the pair out into the world of ears. Check out the music page for new tunes and to learn details on pre-ordering your copy today. Also check out the shows page for details on a release show near you!
School Programs and Wintry Driving
Holiday Greetings! For the first two weeks of December, we were on the road with performances in Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and met increasing amounts of winter as we traveled northward. Some of our favorite time spent in the most northern parts of Michigan were six school presentations that we gave, combining some American history and good music with the simple joys and healing of dance.
Patches for your dancing slacks.
Would you like a Red Tail Ring patch? Send us a letter via US Post and 2 dollars. Would you like one for free? Come to any Red Tail Ring concert, we've been handing them out all across the U.S. this fall. Don't throw away those worn out levi's.
9/6/10 - New videos up!
note from home
Greetings from the cozy (and hot!) confines of our Kalamazoo home-base! We're back after three and a half weeks on the road, a serpentine path highlighting some of the best views our two peninsulas of Michigan have to offer. We've played shows as close to home as the Arcadia Festival site in Kalamazoo (an 8 minute walk), and as far away as Ahmeek (a mere 570-mile, 10-hour drive away) – see the Michigan map to get a thorough perspective on our epic journey.
We want to thank everyone who attended our shows and the venues and festivals for letting us storm their establishments. Pictured are us pirating to the Beaver Island Music Fest, performing at the Boiling Pot Music Fest, fiddle-conjuring up a thunderstorm at Covington in the U.P., and the newest member of the Red Tail Ring family, Michael's Martin D-18.