We are proud to announce that The Kickin Grass Band has been added to the line-up for Grey Fox 2013. This is an amazing, award-winning festival in Upstate New York. We will be sharing the stage with some stellar artists such as Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, The Gibson Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Chris thile, The Dhuks and many, many more! The festival will kick off our 2013 East Coast Tour so keep checking our schedule for added shows. Check out www.greyfoxbluegrass.com for more information on this awesome festival.
Happy New Year to you all! The Kickin Grass Band is proud to announce new shows for the 2013 season. Take a look below to view our calendar. We are excited about the touring season and are looking forward to seeing you on the road.
In other news, The International Bluegrass Music Association annual conference, World of Bluegrass, will be held this fall in our hometown of Raleigh, NC! We hope that you will support this wonderful event and visit our fantastic city for any or all of the conference, awards show and festival…there’s something for everyone at this awesome week of bluegrass! Feel free to contact the band if you have any questions about the Wold of Bluegrass in Raleigh or visit the IBMA website at https://ibma.org/
And here’s a great video montage of the Kickin Grass Band and Nu-Blu performing at WinterFest 2012 and welcoming the IBMA World of Bluegrass Events to Raleigh next year: Kickin Grass Band and Nu-Blu at Winterfest, 2012
Thanks again for all you do to keep American music alive and well!
The Kickin Grass Band would like to say THANK YOU to all of the wonderful DJ’s across the world that have been playing tracks from our new album, ‘Walk With Me’. The feedback has been terrific. If you are longing to hear some KGB then give your local radio station a call or email and request your favorite song! Or, better yet, you can purchase your very own copy of our albums by visiting our website, www.kickingrass.com or by going to www.amazon.com . And if that’s not good enough, you can see the band perform live this Friday night at The Haw River Ballroom in beautiful Saxapahaw, NC. This will be an amazing show with the band playing the entire album ‘Walk With Me’ from start to finish for the first set and then finishing the night up with all of your Kickin Grass favorites. We hope to see you there!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Label Contact:Katrina Lamberto, Superfan Records
Phone: (919) 272.8309
Walk With Me Propels The Kickin Grass Band Beyond Bluegrass Boundaries New Album Released July 24, 2012 on Superfan Records; Features Stellar Lineup
RALEIGH,NC (June 20, 2012) – Superfan Records today announced the release of the Kickin Grass Band’s newest album, Walk With Me. This is the band’s first full-length album since 2008 and the first to feature the current lineup. The album tells a nuanced musical story of grief, exploration, hard-won acceptance and understanding as only a close-knit veteran ensemble can. Walk With Me is scheduled for release on July 24, 2012.
The Raleigh-based Kickin Grass Band is known for their unique bluegrass style—equal parts vintage and nouveau. On Walk With Me, the group delightfully stretches and builds each song beyond the edges of their firm footing in bluegrass. By following their muse down complementary paths of Old-time, Americana and folk, the Kickin Grass Band has created an album that will appeal to abroad roots music audience.
Half of the songs were penned by signature vocalist and main songwriter Lynda Dawson, with assists from newest members fiddle player Pattie Hopkins and banjo player Hank Smith. The remaining coversongs were chosen to spotlight the personalities of the individual band members, but also to play on their strength as a cohesive unit. Vocals are passed back and forth between Dawson’s soaring lead on five of the tracks, Hopkins’s bluesy sound on two, bass player Patrick Walsh’s ethereal tenor on two, and mandolin player Jamie Dawson’s retro-tinted lead on one, with tasteful harmonic seasoning throughout. Even with shifts in instrumentation, arrangement, narration and guest players, there remains a distinctive Kickin Grass Band sound that threads the tunes together, creating a colorful, mosaic tapestry of an album, and an expertly-crafted package of rootsy Americana-style bluegrass.
The band deliberately approached this project as a full-length record. Walk With Me presents an exploration of life’s passages, a close-to-home chronicle of heartbreaking loss and hopeful beginnings. Band members endured 3 years of ups and downs that started with the loss of Walsh’s wife to an excruciating battle with ovarian cancer, crested with the birth of beautiful daughter to the Dawsons, and then took another plummet with the sudden and unexpected death of Jamie Dawson’s brother.
“These were life-altering events for all of us, both individually and as bandmates and close friends,” explains Lynda Dawson. “We felt strongly that we needed to capture and express the emotional journey we had endured through our music, especially now that we’re on the other side looking back.”
To take in the album as a singular experience is to travel with the group from a questioning uncertainty to an understanding acceptance. The message: the big answers may be beyond our grasp, but our communal search for them binds us together. If you look hard enough you may just find an answer — and a comfort — in the people who walk with you.
Walk With Me was recorded and co-produced by Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room, with artwork and design by Gamil. The album will be released by Superfan Records on July 24, 2012, at iTunes, Amazon MP3, Amazon Marketplace, CD Baby, and brick and mortar stores serviced through the Super D Distribution network.
Hi-res press photos, album art and additional information at www.superfanrecords.com/kickingrass
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Upcoming Kickin Grass Band shows:
06/29/2012 | Cary,NC | Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden Featuring PineCone Bluegrass Music Camp Students
07/01/2012 | Wilmington, NC | Poplar Grove Plantation Festival
07/08/2012 | Durham, NC | Festival for the Eno
07/22/2012 | Williamston, NC | Martin County Auditorium
07/26/2012 | Raleigh, NC | Quail Ridge Books & Music *CD Release In-Store Performance & Signing*
07/27/2012 | NewBern, NC | Bear Town Market & Beer Garden *Eastern NC CD Release Show
07/28/2012 | Raleigh, NC | Pour House Music Hall *CD Release Party*
07/29/2012 | Saxapahaw, NC | Haw River Ballroom *CD Release Show*
08/03/2012 | WindGap, PA | Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival w/special guest BeckyBuller
08/04/2012 | WindGap, PA | Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival w/special guest BeckyBuller
08/06/2012 | Thomas, WV | The Purple Fiddle w/special guest Becky Buller
08/07/2012 | Broadway, VA | Plan B w/special guest Becky Buller
08/08/2012 | Asheville, NC | The Grey Eagle w/special guest Becky Buller
08/11/2012 | Robbinsville,NC | Stecoah Valley Performing Arts Center w/special guest Becky Buller
Additional tour details at www.kickingrass.com/tour
The Kickin Grass Band is proud to announce that we have been chosen as featured artists of Reverbnation, yippee!! Reverbnation is the platform that we use to stay in touch with you, our fans, and industry professionals as well as other amazing musicians. If you are a musician, fan or in the biz you should check out www.reverbnation.com and become a member. Best of all, it’s Free! of course, while you are there, be sure to become a fan of the band!
In more exciting news….only 9 days till Merlefest 2012 and The Kickin Grass Band is playing! We have been working towards this opportunity for 10 years and are extremely excited! We will be welcoming festival goers at the ‘welcome stage’ next to the festival entrance area on Thursday at 1:30pm, Friday at 8:30am and 11:30am, Saturday at 9:15am and 1:00pm and Sunday at 10:00am and will also play on the Plaza stage on Sunday at 1:45pm. Check out www.merlefest.org for ticket information and details, see ya there!
The Kickin Grass Band
The Kickin Grass Band is saddened by the passing of Earl Scruggs and thankful for his life and work. He was an inspiration to every member of our band and family. His pioneering musical art form lead to a progressive style of banjo playing that has encouraged countless others to play American Roots music. Because of this we need not worry about the future of this musical genre. Here’s to keeping bluegrass moving forward while celebrating the history and the traditioins of the music for we believe this is what Earl would want! We will miss you.
The Kickin Grass band will be playing a show tonight, Friday 3/30/12, at The Soapbox in Wilmington, NC with our great friends The Morning After. Tickets are only $7 and the show starts at 10pm with The Kickin Grass band taking the stage. Come on out! http://www.soapboxlaundrolounge.com
Only 27 Days left till Merlefest! The Kickin Grass Band will be playing all four days at the festival and we can not wait! We hope to see you all there, it will be an event not to miss! Visit http://www.merlefest.org for tickets and information.
Look out for an email from the band in the next few days announcing the launch of our iPhone App that will be free to fans!
Keep on picking and we will see ya soon!
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North Carolina Bluegrass Favorite to Host 10th AnniversaryShow at the Carolina Theatre of Durhamon January 14, 2012.
Durham, NC – One of the Triangle’s most well-loved bands, The Kickin Grass Band, celebrates ten years of signature Americana-style bluegrass with a special hometown concert and celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham. The show is a co-presentation of The Carolina Theatre of Durham and Pinecone – the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.
The Kickin Grass Band 10th Anniversary Show will feature the current lineup performing favorites from three acclaimed albums over the past decade, as well as new material slated for a 2012 release. The audience will also be treated to appearances by past members and old friends, including the world-renowned Apple Chill Cloggers.
“The past ten years have been a true joy for us, playing and introducing our rootsy-Americana style of bluegrass to new fans around the world,”says lead singer and songwriter, Lynda Dawson. “We‘re thrilled to share the stage with old friends and celebrate this milestone with hometown fans who have played a huge role in our success!”
The Kickin Grass Band formed in early 2002 as the accompanying band for the Apple Chill Cloggers and went on to release three albums of original and traditional music showcasing their grasp of tradition as well as aspirit of adventuring into the new frontier of an ever-evolving Americana genre: Backroads (2003), On the Short Rows (2006), and The Kickin Grass Band (2008). A fourth album is slated for 2012 featuring the current lineup and an array of new material to keep listeners along for the adventuresome ride.
The Kickin Grass Band 10th Anniversary Show
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Tickets are $15 and available at www.carolinatheatre.org and www.pinecone.org by phone (919)560-3030 or toll free (888) 241-8162, or at the Carolina Theatre box office.
We are excited to be playing the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival tomorrow, October 7th at 5:15pm. We will play on the Grove Stage. This is a wonderful music festival held twice a year in beautiful Chatham County, NC. We hope to see you there! Also, Lynda will be playing a childrens set at the Dance Tent with her new project Little Root at 3:00pm.