Kim Ruehl's Blog – February 2011 Archive (10)

A little rock and roll today: Cage the Elephant



My niece is 14, and she's been through about a dozen musical evolutions over the past two years. She sang a Taylor Swift song for her middle school talent show. By Christmas of last year, she was digging hard on some punk-ska band whose name I can't recall at the moment. 


About a week ago, she clued me in to her new favorite band of all time: Mumford & Sons. So, I'm beginning to think her musical taste is veering away from what the media…


Added by Kim Ruehl on February 26, 2011 at 11:46am — 2 Comments

Cayamo wrap-up: "If we all lived in the same town, we'd all be best friends"


photos courtesy of Annaliese Moyer

You can't walk off the Cayamo music cruise without Sixthman CEO Andy Levine thanking you - whether with a hug, a high five, or a simple "thank you." There, at the end of the hallway,…


Added by Kim Ruehl on February 21, 2011 at 5:00am — 16 Comments

Cayamo, heading into the final stretch

We're on day  something-or-other and, since internet is a luxurious extravagance, as I write this, I'm not sure I recall where I left off. So, we'll just pick up the cruise at the point where Will Hoge rocked the salt right out of the air on the pool deck. Having only seen Will once or twice (solo), I didn't know what to expect from a full-length rock band show. But, it turned out to be another major highlight of the week. He was the first performer to break the night in when we re-boarded…


Added by Kim Ruehl on February 18, 2011 at 9:18am — 6 Comments

Cayamo Day Two

Becoming fully integrated into cruise culture - separating from reality enough to appreciate the occasional pitch of the boat, the pace of the sun across the sky, the ever-present cacophony of the floating music festival - can take a couple of days, turns out. The first day starts at 4pm, and you're suddenly thrust from the land-legged reality of rushing between transportation and remembering your bags, into a sea-bound one where the most important struggle is getting the lounge chair turned… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on February 16, 2011 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Cayamo's First 24 Hours

One day, and my head is already spinning in a rhythmic whir of sunshine and great music. In the past 24 hours since we left port in Miami, I’ve seen Shawn Mullins (with Brandi Carlile sitting in for a song) on the pool deck. His set was a pretty even selection from his several albums, closing with his big radio hit “Rockabye.” Mullins has come a long way since that pop hit, and his songwriting has become much more lyrically complex. His voice and Carlile’s blended well – a lovely soulful…


Added by Kim Ruehl on February 14, 2011 at 2:13pm — 5 Comments

Americana Music Association announces 2011 SXSW showcase lineup

I'm not usually one to simply post a press release, but I don't have much to add to this one. If you're heading to South by Southwest this year, you'll want to make sure to hit the No Depression showcase at the Soho Lounge on Thursday, as well as this lineup presented by the AMA. 

From the press release:
February 11, 2011, Nashville, TN. …

Added by Kim Ruehl on February 11, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

2011 Sasquatch Lineup Announced

If you've never been out to the Columbia River Gorge Amphitheater, you're missing one of the most naturally beautiful outdoor venues I've ever personally been to. If you've yet to spend a Memorial Day Weekend there for the annual Sasquatch! Festival, then this might be the year to remedy that.

Sasquatch! is more than just one of my favorite music festivals each year, but it's also possibly one of the most consistently comprehensive festivals in the U.S., presenting… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on February 7, 2011 at 7:37am — 2 Comments

Lissie live at the Orange Peel - Asheville, NC - Feb. 2, 2011

Live music is a funny thing. Performing doesn't come naturally to most musicians. What so many bands don't realize is that the act of making music itself isn't necessarily intrinsically worth looking at. There are other things to consider when you get up in front of a room full of people and make music for their entertainment. Facial expressions are part of that. Some sort of bodily motion which indicates that the music is coming from more than just your hands. I'm not saying you have… Continue

Added by Kim Ruehl on February 4, 2011 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Quickly: Natalia Zukerman, James Vincent McMorrow, Mark Growden, My Cousin the Emperor, Jesca Hoop

Second month of the year, and the CDs I've received in 2011 already fill an entire shelf on their own. So, here I go taking a stab at some first-listen reviews. 


Natalia Zukerman - Gas Station Roses (self)

This is produced by Zukerman herself, along with Willy Porter. Instrumentalists include Todd Sickafoose, Garrison Starr, Patty Larkin, Meghan Toohey, Ray Bonneville, Porter, others. So, it makes sense that folks in this community should pay…


Added by Kim Ruehl on February 2, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

It's official: The White Stripes broke up

The White Stripes (Jack White and Meg White) signed a note on their website today - announcing their official split - by saying, "The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want." 


I guess this is big news, although Jack White has been working on, it seems, everything but the White Stripes for the past few years. As evidenced by his "side" projects the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, and more recently the fact that he…


Added by Kim Ruehl on February 2, 2011 at 1:30pm — 12 Comments

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