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Great Seats Still Available for Ironstone Concert This Friday Night Featuring "Bob Weir & Rat Dog along with Gov't Mule!"
Murphys, CA....Bob Weir and Rat Dog along with Gov't Mule will rock Ironstone's Amphitheater this Friday evening! One of Bob Weir’s best-loved songs is “The Music Never Stopped.” It holds true, even in the 21st century. As a matter of fact, as the century goes along, it’s even truer. Even when his first band, the Grateful Dead, was playing close to 100 show yearly, Weir needed other outlets, and developed a solo career that began with albums like....
“Ace” and “Heaven Help the Fool.” The solo career then settled into a special duo partnership with the distinguished bassist Rob Wasserman.
As their music evolved, they reached out into musical realms that required more players. RatDog was born, and began to grow. First came the drummer, Jay Lane, then the incredibly gifted jazz/blues/rock pianist, Jeff Chimenti. Guitarist Mark Karan came to Weir’s notice in the summer of 1998 when they played together in The Other Ones, and he proved too good to let go. The Lane/Chimenti jazz pipeline produced another addition to RatDog, the fine Bay Area saxophonist Kenny Brooks, a New England Conservatory of Music graduate and long-time member of the Charlie Hunter Quartet. Finally in 2003, Rob Wasserman joined RatDog. RatDog’s music represents Weir’s complete repertoire from blues, to hi solo material, to his own Dead rockers
Gov't Mule - High & Mighty Warren Haynes - vocals, guitar Danny Louis - keyboards Andy Hess - bass Matt Abts - drums Big riffs, massive grooves, and expansive improvisations are the hallmarks of Gov't Mule's legendary live shows.
Likewise, their well-crafted songs feature larger-than-life characters bearing life's heaviest burdens, performed by four musicians – guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, keyboard player Danny Louis, and bassist Andy Hess – whose powerful musicianship and chemistry along with their tireless work ethic have earned them the respect of their peers. With their new ATO Records release HIGH & MIGHTY produced by Haynes and Gordie Johnson, former leader of Canada's acclaimed Big Sugar, effectively bridges the gaps between rock and improvisational music. Laced with influences from blues, folk, reggae, soul and jazz, HIGH & MIGHTY has appeal for everyone, yet stubbornly refuses to be categorized. Most of all, HIGH & MIGHTY is big, both in scope and in sound.
Built upon the rock solid foundation of 12 original songs and clocking in at well over an hour, the disc boasts an urgent, in-your-face sound reminiscent of the band's thunderous live concerts. "Our goal was to capture the chemistry and the spirit of the band, which has progressed into something beyond what it was for the last record," says Haynes. "The last record was the first with the new lineup, and this being the second one I feel that the chemistry is that much stronger. We took the interplay that happens on stage and utilized it to create something magical in the studio."
For more information visit:www.RatDog.org and www.mule.net.
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