Jam Central Station 11.10.12 – Dangermuffin – Olly Oxen Free
Hey everyone. Glad the election is over? I sure am. Not to get political, but I do think it was a good night. Marriage equality and recreational marijuana legislation passed in multiple states which is pretty awesome in my opinion. Both of these are easy things that I can’t believe we’re still fighting about.
I also had a pretty good week. My band, The MuckleBuck had the opportunity to open for Dangermuffin, a pretty awesome band. We had a great show (in my opinion), and Dangermuffin is pretty bad ass. Plus they’re pretty awesome guys to hang out with. Because of that I decided to take an opportunity this week to review their recent release. This is an up and coming band, and a great one to check out.
Dangermuffin are one of the many hardworking, touring in a van jam bands on the scene today. Over the past few years they’ve moved from a regional act in South Carolina to an up-and-coming national band, touring and playing shows all over the country. They’ve been able to hit major festivals over the past few summers, but they’re also been opening in theatres or headlining clubs. It’s been a good ride for the band so far, and their newest album shows exactly why.
Olly Oxen Free is a solid album that highlights what the band does best. They’re a bluesy funky rock trio that doesn’t sound like a three piece. The album opens with “Slumber,” a song that sets a great tone for the album. The band creates layers of sound using just drums and two guitars, adding the bass with one of the guitars. This stripped down approach allows the vocal melodies to stand out and the lead guitar adds some great fills without jumping out in front of the vocals. “Cradle of the Beach” is similar, although the two guitars play off of each other a little more and the acoustic gets put into the forefront a bit. “Battle” swtiches things up by adding a bit of a reggae flair, at least with the guitar work.
“200 Degrees” adds some more great guitar work, including a lo-fi, 90’s sounding guitar solo. “Homestead” kicks things up a notch a little bit, and frankly has all of the makings of a solid single that could hit the radio. The fact that they’re a 3 piece is going to invite comparisons to other “small” bands like The Black Keys, and songs like this show that the band can live up to the comparisons. The band shows some more of their diversity with the guitar instrumental “Jaula,” which breaks things up very nicely. It’s a well-placed acoustic diversion on this rock album. They come back to their normal formula with “Rattle That Cage,” another song that’s tailor made to get the crowd moving at a show. More good electric guitar and vocal work with a solid drumbeat behind it.
“Sea Funk” starts out with a very cool, interesting guitar riff that makes the song one of the most “jam-bandy” songs on the album. It almost sounds like what a band like Widespread Panic would do if they were a 3 piece. The drummer again does a good job of adding some additional elements that keep the song interesting, just with a simple tambourine on this one. “Loneliest Highway” is the ballad of the album. Like “Jaula” it’s a change-of-pace song, and it succeeds in breaking up the album and assuring that the songs don’t start running together. It’s not the best song on the album, but it works for what it is. They keep things a little slower with “Circle Bird,” a song that starts out like it might be a little dark but instead is just a slower bluesy track with another garage/blues style guitar solo.
“Back in the Pines” brings things back to the more upbeat blues rock that’s permeated most of the album. It starts out rather standard but again is brought back by an uplifting and energetic guitar solo. The song really seems to pick up the pace near the end as well. “Healing Arizona” is a slow but hopeful tune that leads well into the album closer. “The Rising Souls” is the only song on the album with significant bluegrass influence, which is unfortunate, because the band does it very well. Vocal harmonies and a prominent bass highlight the final the final track, and, like the rest of the album, it’s done very well.
What’s exciting about Dangermuffin isn’t that they’re doing anything extremely innovative or different. The bluesy rock music formula was written many years ago. What I like about them is that they take some straightforward music and add just enough embellishments to make it extremely interesting, and they do it extremely well. The songs are all well written. They fit together well without getting monotonous. The electric guitar provides solid leads and fills without taking over. The drums aren’t overly complicated but Steven Sandifer changes things up enough to make a simple drumbeat interesting to follow. These are not easy things to do, and Dangermuffin does them extremely well. They’re a band that’s going to be able to appeal to a very wide audience and draw fans of all genres. Olly Oxen Free is a solid step towards them getting that opportunity.
Suwannee Springfest announces lineup
Suwannee Springfest announced their 2013 lineup this week. The festival will be held March 21-24 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oaks, FL. The intial lineup includes Keller and the Keels, Leftover Salmon, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Elephant Revival, and many other great bands. Look for more artist additions in the weeks and months to come.
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds announce two live releases
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will be featured in two upcoming releases in the Dave Matthews Band Live Trax series. The first show will be from 2/19/96 in Durham, NC, and the second will be 2/8/97 from Spartanburg, SC. These shows feature the first ever performances of “Hold Me Down” and “Dreamed I Killed God,” and other rarities include “Leave Me Praying,” “Tangerine,” and an early version of “Captain.”
moe. announces Snoe.Down, tour plans
moe. announced that their 2013 version of Snoe.Down will take place at the Killington Resort in Killington VT and the Spartan Arena in Rutland. No lineup has been announced yet, but moe. will obviously be playing multiple shows.
The band will also be playing a handful of shows in February.
February 1 New York, NY—Best Buy Theater
February 2 New York, NY—Best Buy Theater
February 6 Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE
February 7 Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark
February 8 Madison, WI—Capitol Theater
February 9 Chicago, IL—Riviera Theatre
February 10 Lafayette, IN—Lafayette Theater
Yonder Mountain String Band announce tour
Yonder Mountain String Band announced a round of tour dates in January. The band will wrap up the year with a run in Boulder before heading back on the road early in January.
December 28-31 Boulder, CO—Boulder Theater
January 10 Knoxville, TN—Tennessee Theater
January 11 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works
January 12 New Orleans, LA—House of Blues
January 17 Orlando, FL—Plaza Theater
January 18 Ft. Lauderdale, FL—Culture Room
January 19 St. Petersburg, FL—Jannus Live
January 20 Jacksonville, FL—Freebird Live
January 23 Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater
January 24 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel
January 25 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel
January 26 Atlanta, GA—Tabernacle
January 29 Charleston, SC—Music Farm
January 30 Winstom-Salem, NC—Ziggy’s Rock House
January 31 Covington, KY—Madison Theater
February 1 Columbus, OH—LC Pavilion
February 2 Madison, WI—Orpheum Theater
Civil Wars cancel tour
The Civil Wars announced that they are cancelling their upcoming tour do to “internal discord and irreconcilable differences in ambition.” This is an unfortunate turn of events for a duo that has appeared to be on the rise. Hopefully this is just a bump in the road for this very talented band.
Galactic announce NYE plans, tour
Galactic announced some tour plans leading up to the end of the year and into January. The band will be ringing in the new year in their hometown of Neew Orleans and will then head to Florida for a short run.
December 3 Tokyo, JP—Liquid Room
December 4 Nagoya, JP—Club Quattro
December 5 Osaka, JP—Club Quattro
December 31 New Orleans, LA—Tiptina’s Uptown
January 7 Ft. Lauderdale, FL—Jam Cruise 11
January 15 Pensacola, FL—Vinyl Music Hall*
January 16 Orlando, FL—The Plaza LIVE*
January 17 Jacksonville Beach, FL—Freebird Live*
January 18 St. Petersburg, FL—State Theatre
January 19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL—Revolution
*with Art Official
November 8-11, 2012
Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Umphrey’s McGee, Soulive, Lotus, Perpetual Groove, Break Science, The Heavy Pets, and many others.
Strings & Sol
December 12-16, 2012
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Yonder Mountain String Band will perform 3 shows, and Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, and The Infamous Stringdusters will each be performing 2 shows.
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam
December 15, 2012
US Cellular Civic Center
Performers include: Warren Haynes Band, String Cheese Incident, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sheryl Crow, Trombone Shorty, and many others.
December 16-19, 2012 (Bahamas)
December 19-23, 2012 (Jamaica)
Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers include: Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, and many others.
December 17-21, 2012
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, and STS9 will each perform two shows. STS9 will also perform a special midnight set commemorating the beginning of the new Great Cycle of the Mayan Calendar.
January 7-12, 2013
Performers include: moe., Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Funky Meters, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Univers, Big Gigantic, Lettuce, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Greensky Bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum, and many others.
Island Exodus IV
January 16-20, 2013
Gov’t Mule will host the event and perform multiple sets. No word on other performers.
Panic En La Playa Dos
January 27-31, 2013
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This event will be the return of Widespread Panic to the stage after a year-long hiatus. Tickets go on sale August 24.
Jam in the Sand
March 1-5, 2013
Breezes Grand Resort
Dark Star Orchestra’s first Jamaican event. This event will feature multiple DSO shows as well as three Keller Williams sets and other activities
March 21-24, 2012
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Peter Rowan, Keller and the Keels, Leftover Salmon, Donna the Buffalo, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Elephant Revival, and many others.
March 21-24, 2012
April 12-14, 2013
April 19-21, 2013
Governors Ball Music Festival
June 8-9, 2013
New York City, NY
Newport Folk Festival
July 27-28, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival
September 6-8, 2013
Austin City Limits
October 4-6, 2013
October 11-13, 2013