Festivals 2009 in Slovakia I.

Spiritual Kvintet



     Welcome to Slovakia. This year is very rich for festivals. Here you can find lists of festivals in July with different genres

Festivals in July in Slovaka

Date Place Name Genre
June 18 – September 06 2009 Bratislava Bratislavské Kultúrne leto
July 02 – August 09 2009 Bratislava Letné Shakespearovské slávnosti
July 02 – July 05 2009 Vychodná Vychodná folklore
July 03 2009 Čadca Čadca Fest alternative music
July 03 – July 04 2009 Handlová Country trh festival country music
July 03 – July 04 2009 Banská Štiavnica Jazznica jazz music
July 03 – July 04 2009 Horná Streda Toto je HIP-HOP hip-hop music
July 03 – July 05 2009 Malacky Kontact Street Fest different music styles
July 03 – July 05 2009 Záriečie Semfest Záriečie different music styles
July 04 2009 Bytča Rockstone Fest different music styles
July 04 2009 Skalica Skalica Music Fest different music styles
July 04 – July 05 2009 Bratislava Rača Fest 2009 country music
July 05 2009 Dolný Kubín Podbielanské folklórové slávnosti folklore
July 05 2009 Púchov Semfest 2009 different music styles
July 06 – July 11 2009 Terchová Cyrilometod’ Days folklore
July 06 – July 11 2009 Vŕbové Vŕbové Vetry alternative music
July 09 – July 19 2009 Liptovský Mikuláš Letná fotoškola international Festival of photography
July 10 2009 Trnava EKO Fest Trnava different music styles
July 10 – July 11 2009 Bojnice Summer interval different music styles
July 10 – July 11 2009 Dudince Country Stopa country music
July 10 – July 11 2009 Domaša Orange Music Summer different music styles
July 10 – July 12 2009 Piešťany Jazz Festival Doda Šošoku jazz music
July 10 – July 18 2009 Liptovský Mikuláš Letná fotoška Domu fotografie festival of photography
July 11 2009 Podhájska Podhájska Fest different music styles
July 11 2009 Veličná XVIII. Tradičný veličiansky jarmok folklore
July 11 2009 Hlohovec Bajakfest different music styles
July 11 – July 12 2009 Zvolen Download Open Air different music styles
July 16 – July 18 2009 Trenčín Bažant Pohoda alternative music
July 17 – July 18 2009 Turzovka Drotária folk/country music
July 17 – July 18 2009 Vranov nad Topľou SunDance Open Air Beach Party dance music
July 17 – July 18 2009 Šurany Streetrock Fest rock music
July 18 – July 19 2009 Malatiná IX. Bačovské dni folklore
July 21 – August 21 2009 Trnava Letný kinematograf movie festival
July 24 – July 25 2009 Ružiná Orange Music Summer different music styles
July 24 – July 25 2009 Trenčianske Bohuslavice Topvar Žákovic Open different music styles
July 24 – July 26 2009 Zemplínska Šírava Šírava Fest dfferent music styles
July 24 – July 27 2009 Rudava Summerbeach Rudava different music styles
July 25 2009 Košice Free Summer dance music
July 25 2009 Kežmarok FestEasy 009 alternative music
July 25 2009 Nové Zámky Rainbow Open Air 2009 different music styles
July 25 – July 26 2009 Nové Zámky II. Strekovsý pivničný festival different music styles
July 25 – July 26 2009 Terchová Jánošík in movie folklore
July 26 2009 Sihelné Folklórne slávnosti Pod Babou horou a Pilskom foklore
July 31 – August 01 2009 Poprad Okey Summer 2009 different music styles
July 31 – August 01 2009 Nové Mesto nad Váhom Open Jazz Fest jazz music
July 31 – August 01 2009 Podbranč Punkáči deťom punk music
July 31 – August 02 2009 Jaslovské Bohunice Fest Dobré Bohunice country music
July 31 – August 02 2009 Žilina Fest Anča movie festival

The Best Festivals in Europe

Date Place Name
August 20 – 22. 2009 Salzburg, Austria (Green Park St.Polten) Frequency Festival
July 02 – 05. 2009 Belgium Rock Werchter
August 14 – 16. 2009 Burgas, Bulgaria(Central Beach) Spirit of Burgas
July 03 – 12. 2009 Petrčane, Croatia The Garden Festival
July 02 – 05. 2009 Denmark Roskilde Festival
July 03 – 05. 2009 Belfort, France Eurockeennes
July 17 – 19. 2009 Ferropolis, Germany Melt
August 12 – 17. 2009 Budapest, Hungary Sziget Festival 2009
September 04 – 06. 2009 Stradbally Estate, Ireland Electric Picnic
July 09 – 12. 2009 Novy Sad, Srbija Exit Festival
July 16 – 18. 2009 Trenčín, Slovakia Pohoda Festival
July 16 – 19. 2009 Benicassim, Spain Fiberfib
August 13 – 15. 2009 Göteborg, Sweeden Way Out West
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Spiritual Kvintet II

Spiritual Kvintet

Spiritual Kvintet

Next reorganization of the group became with leaving of Karel Zich, in season 1973/74. Spirituál started to show with tramp group (later named Brontosauři) with brothers Jan and František Nedvěd and Zdenka Tosková. Next year leaved Jarka Hadrabová and came Eva Lifková.

Spiritual Kvintet

In 1980 Eva Lifková married and went to Francie, in its stead became Irena Budweiserová. Very short time, we had seen also Lenka Slabá and Jan Nedvěd in the group.

Spiritual Kvintet

During revolutionary events (November 23, 1989), the group sang on Prague squares, (two presidents sang with them Vaclav Havel and George Bush senior). For next american president Bill Clinton, the group showed in Reduta in January 1994. In this time, the member was Karel Zich again. František Nedvěd became in 1992 after his brother after recording of album Rajská zahrada.
In 2000 Olda Ortinský leaved Spiritual, came Jirka Cerny, who was band-master of music band C&K Vocal.

Spiritual Kvintet

Year 2004 was written by black letters to the history of this band. This year, exactlu in July 13, their member Karel Zich drowned in the Medi, during his diving trip. It wasn´t the first time, what the band lost one of the members (two of the foundation-members, manager of the band), but it was the first time, what Spiritual had to say good-bye to one of the youngest members from actual arrangement.

It was very hard leave-taking. Karl Zich was great singer and player (his nick was Elvis Presley of Czecho-Slovakia).

In September 2004 became Jiří Holoubek to the band from Relief.

The next member Oldřich Orlický dead in May 3, 2006.

Spiritual Kvintet
Members:
Irena Budweiserová, sing, percuse
Zdena Tichotová, sing, percuse
Dušan Vančura, sing, kontrabas
Jiří Cerha, sing, perkuse
Jiří Tichota, 6-streams guitar, band-master
Jiří Holoubek, guitar

Spiritual Kvintet

Discography:

  • Písničky z roku raz dva, Supraphon 1973, reedice 2003
  • Spirituály a balady, Supraphon 1978, reedice 1995, 2007
  • Saužení lásky, Supraphon 1981, reedice 1996, 2007
  • 20 let, Supraphon 1984, reedice 1993
  • Šlapej dál, Panton 1985, reedice 1994
  • Every Time I Feel The Spirit, Panton 1986
  • Šibeničky, Panton 1988, reedice 2003
  • Za svou pravdou stát, Panton 1990
  • Hallelu, Panton 1991, reedice 2007
  • Rajská zahrada, Panton 1992, reedice 2001
  • Antologie 1960-1995, Sony/Bonton 1994, reedice 2003
  • Hanba nám!, Monitor 1994
  • Na káře, Pupava 1997
  • Vánoční koncert, Monitor-EMI 1998
  • Křídla holubic, Pupava 2002
  • Karel Zich a Spirituál kvintet, Sony Music 2004
  • Křížem krážem, Sony BMG 2005
  • 45 let archiv, Sony BMG 2006
  • Spirituál kvartet, Supraphon 1963
  • Spirituál kvintet, Traditional jazz studio, Supraphon 1967
  • Spirituál kvintet, Supraphon 1971
  • Čtwero pjsnj, Panton 1986, reedice 2007

Participation :

  • Dostavník
  • Písně amerického západu, 1969
  • 20 let Porty
  • Porta 1
  • Porta 2
  • Country fontána 97
  • Folkové balady
  • F & C Hity
  • 20 folkových písní 1
  • 20 folkových písní 2

Dvě Báby

Válka růží

Za svou pravdou stát

Třešničky

Mlýny

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Spiritual Kvintet I

Spiritual Kvintet

Spiritual Kvintet

This music band was established in autumn time in 1960 by four members of Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, mainly by initiative of Ivo Mach, nick name Dědek (Granfather). It was man quartet. Members were Miroslav Keller (tenor – nick Velký Bubo (Great Bubo)), Miloslav Kastelovič (barytone – nick Kagan, or Malý Bubo (Small Bubo)) and Jiří Tichota (usually bandmaster – nick Tichák).

Spiritual Kvintet

The first public presentation came after 2 years, on International Jazz Festival in Karlovy Vary. The name was Spiritual Kvartet and this band was the first folk music band in Czechoslovakia. In that time, the word “folk” was unknown in this area. That’s why they present themselves on jazz concerts, usually with band Junior Trio, S+H Quintet or Tradiotional Jazz Studio P. Smetáčka. With last band they recorded some albums for recording studio Supraphon.

Spiritual Kvintet

It was so long time ago, when they had listened american legend music band The Weavers. From that time, they wanted to be like them. After Věra Nerušilováwho was also a member of band Incognito Kvartet, Růženka Helebrantová (nick Odetta) came in and from that time here is Kvintet. Later the band had more members, but the name didn’t change more.

Spiritual Kvintet

From 1964 Spiritual Kvintet had periodic program in Theathe Na Zábradlí. In 1967 two members Mach and Keller leaved band (they went on long-term business trip abroad). Next year (in August) Růženka emigrated to Swiss.

Spiritual Kvintet

Everybody thought this would be end of this band but it didn’t. In 1969 came Karel Zich and Jarka Hadrabová. The band showed also with Olda Ortinský Dušan Vančura and Honza Thorovský (he substituded Kagan who returned to Slovakia).

This membership existed only 4 years, but during this period the band wined recognition on country and folk festivals (Porta 70, Golden Tele 71). Also they changed scene to Theatre Atelier. They released their first albums in czech Písně amerického západu and Písničky z roku dva.

Spiritual Kvintet

As I said more times (try to see Rangers, Taxmeni, Greenhorns, Fešáci), came normalization and everything pertinated with it. Club were closed, some students had to leave Faculty, band had to finished its activities. Fortunately only for shot time.

Tom Dooley

Banua Jail

Mává nám svěm svobodná zem

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Waldemar Matuska IV

Matuska

On Saturday, the country world lost one of his members, the famous and memorable singer Waldemar Matuška.

He won recognition by his low and flannelly voice. Death cause was pneumonia and heart failure. He died on Florida, May 30, 2009, aged 76.

Matuska

His success in 60-teen became with song Suvenir. As one czechoslovak agency wrote about him: “he has hoodlumy sex appeal, beard, evil-eyes and sparkle by energy, he was oposite of his show-business college Karel Gott”. And Waldemar said: ” I m type of vagabond, tramp and singers”.

Matuska

Maybe it is destiny, but this weekend I was on one country action. Some friends met, played guitar, sang. We played many songs of him. It was shock to came home on Sunday evening and got to hear that bad news.

Quit Quittin

Quit Quittin


Waldemar, Walda, will always of my heard. For ever.

Matuska

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Country Winners for the 2009 Grammy Awards

Country Winners

The 2009 Grammy Awards show took place on February 8, 2009. The following is a list of the winners in the Country Categories. Winners will be marked with ** WINNER ** Winners in our AboutCountry Polls will be marked with ** FAN-VOTED WINNER **

Record Of The Year
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

** WINNER **
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Track from: Raising Sand read review
T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer
[Rounder]

Album Of The Year
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

** WINNER **
Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
[Rounder]

Best New Artist
(For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.)

Adele

** WINNER **
Adele

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Carrie Underwood

** WINNER ** ** FAN-VOTED WINNER **
Last Name
Carrie Underwood
Track from: Carnival Ride read review
[19/Arista/Arista Nashville]

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Brad Paisley

** WINNER ** ** FAN-VOTED WINNER **
Letter To Me
Brad Paisley
Track from: 5th Gear read review
[Arista Nashville]

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Sugarland

** WINNER ** ** FAN-VOTED WINNER **
Stay
Sugarland
Track from: Enjoy The Ride read review
[Mercury Records]

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

** WINNER **
Killing The Blues
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Track from: Raising Sand
[Rounder]

Sugarland

** FAN-VOTED WINNER **
Life In A Northern Town
Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town
Track from: Love On The Inside [Deluxe Fan Edition] read review
[Mercury Records]

Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

** WINNER ** ** FAN-VOTED WINNER **
Cluster Pluck
Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner
Track from: Play read review
[Arista Nashville]

Best Country Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan

** FAN-VOTED WINNER **
Dig Two Graves
Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)
Track from: Around The Bend read review
[Warner Bros.; Publishers: Songs of Combustion Music, Music of Windswept/Famous Music, Mt. Tallac Music]

Jennifer Nettles

** WINNER **
Stay
Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)
Track from: Enjoy The Ride
[Mercury Records; Publisher: Jennifer Nettles Publishing]

Best Country Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

George Strait

** WINNER **
Troubadour
George Strait
[MCA Nashville]

Randy Travis

** FAN-VOTED WINNER **
Around The Bend
Randy Travis
[Warner Bros.]

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

** WINNER ** ** FAN-VOTED WINNER **
Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
[Skaggs Family Records]

Best Traditional Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Pete Seeger

** WINNER **
At 89
Pete Seeger
[Appleseed Recordings]

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

** WINNER **
Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
[Rounder Records]

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

Sugarland – Stay

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Country Nominees for the 2009 Grammy Awards

Grammy Award

Record Of The Year
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)
* Chasing Pavements
    Adele
    Eg White, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price, engineers/mixers
    Track from: 19 [XL Recordings/Columbia]

* Viva La Vida
    Coldplay
    Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers/mixers
    Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends [Capitol Records]

* Bleeding Love
    Leona Lewis
    Simon Cowell, Clive Davis & Ryan “Alias” Tedder, producers; Craig Durrance, Phil Tan & Ryan “Alias” Tedder, Engineers/mixers [J Records/SYCO Music]

* Paper Planes
    M.I.A
    Diplo, producer; Switch, engineer/mixer
    Track from: Kala [Interscope]

* Please Read The Letter
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer
    Track from: Raising Sand read review [Rounder]

Album of the Year

Album Of The Year
(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)
* Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
    Coldplay
    Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael H. Brauer, Markus Dravs, John O’Mahoney, Rik Simpson & Andy Wallace, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer [Capitol Records]
* Tha Carter III
    Lil Wayne
    Babyface, Brisco, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Kidd Kidd, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, D. Smith, Static Major, T-Pain & Bobby Valentino, featured artists; Alchemist, David Banner, Vaushaun “Maestro” Brooks, Cool & Dre, Andrews “Drew” Correa, Shondrae “Mr. Bangladesh” Crawford, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Jim Jonsin, Mousa, Pro Jay, Rodnae, Skillz & Play, D. Smith, Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, T-Pain & Kanye West, producers; Angel Aponte, Joshua Berkman, Andrew Dawson, Joe G, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Fabian Marasciullo, Miguel Scott, Robin Thicke, Julian Vasquez & Gina Victoria, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer [Universal Motown/Cash Money]
* Year Of The Gentleman
    Ne-Yo
    Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo, Polow Da Don, StarGate, Stereotypes, Syience, Shea Taylor & Shomari “Sho” Wilson, producers; Kirven Arrington, Jeff Chestek, Kevin “KD” Davis, Mikkel Eriksen, Jaymz Hardy Martin, III, Geno Regist, Phil Tan & Tony Terrebonne, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr., mastering engineer [Def Jam/Compound]
* Raising Sand
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer [Rounder]
* In Rainbows
    Radiohead
    Nigel Godrich, producer; Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson & Richard Woodcraft, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer [TBD Records]

Best New Artist
(For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.)
* Adele
* Duffy
* Jonas Brothers
* Lady Antebellum
* Jazmine Sullivan

Best Female Country Vocal PerformanceBest Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
* For These Times
    Martina McBride
    Track from: Waking Up Laughing read review [RCA Nashville]
* What I Cannot Change
    LeAnn Rimes
    Track from: Family [Curb Records]
* Last Name
    Carrie Underwood
    Track from: Carnival Ride read review 19/Arista/Arista Nashville]
* Last Call
    Lee Ann Womack
    Track from: Call Me Crazy read review [MCA Nashville]
* This Is Me You’re Talking To
    Trisha Yearwood
    Track from: Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love read review [Big Machine]

Best Male Country Vocal PerformanceBest Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
* You’re Gonna Miss This
    Trace Adkins
    Track from: American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II read review [Capitol Records Nashville]
* In Color
    Jamey Johnson
    Track from: That Lonesome Song read review [MCA Nashville]
* Just Got Started Lovin’ You
    James Otto
    Track from: Sunset Man read review [Raybaw]
* Letter To Me
    Brad Paisley
    Track from: 5th Gear read review [Arista Nashville]
* Troubadour
    George Strait
    Track from: Troubadour read review [MCA Nashville]

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
* God Must Be Busy
    Brooks & Dunn
    Track from: Cowboy Town read review [Arista Nashville]
* Love Don’t Live Here
    Lady Antebellum
    Track from: Lady Antebellum read review [Capitol Records Nashville]
* Every Day
    Rascal Flatts
    Track from: Still Feels Good read review [Lyric Street Records]
* Blue Side Of The Mountain
    The SteelDrivers
    Track from: The SteelDrivers read review [Rounder]
* Stay
    Sugarland
    Track from: Enjoy The Ride read review [Mercury Records]

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)
* Shiftwork
    Kenny Chesney & George Strait
    Track from: Just Who I Am: Poets And Pirates read review
[BNA Records]
* Killing The Blues
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    Track from: Raising Sand [Rounder]
* House Of Cash
    George Strait & Patty Loveless
    Track from: Troubadour [MCA Nashville]
* Life In A Northern Town
    Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town
    Track from: Love On The Inside [Deluxe Fan Edition] read review [Mercury Records]
* Let The Wind Chase You
    Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban
    Track from: Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love [Big Machine]

Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
* Sumatra
    Cherryholmes
    Track from: Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe [Skaggs Family Records]
* Two Small Cars In Rome
    Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green
    Track from: Glide [Koch]
* Sleigh Ride
    Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
    Track from: Jingle All The Way [Rounder]
* Is This America? (Katrina 2005)
    Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
    Track from: Family & Friends — Rambling Boy [Decca Records]
* Cluster Pluck
    Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner
    Track from: Play read review [Arista Nashville]

Best Country Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)
* Dig Two Graves
    Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)
    Track from: Around The Bend read review [Warner Bros.; Publishers: Songs of Combustion Music, Music of Windswept/Famous Music, Mt. Tallac Music]
* I Saw God Today
    Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)
    Track from: Troubadour [MCA Nashville; Publishers: Big Red Toe/Extremely Loud Music, Steel Wheels Music, Steel Wheels Music/Blind Mule Music]
* In Color
    Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
    Track from: That Lonesome Song [Mercury Records; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music/Big Gassed Hitties, EMI Blackwood Music/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah's Little Boat Music, Eldorotto Music Publishing/Lucky Thumb Music]
* Stay
    Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)
    Track from: Enjoy The Ride [Mercury Records; Publisher: Jennifer Nettles Publishing]
* You’re Gonna Miss This
    Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
    Track from: American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II [Capitol Records Nashville; Publishers: EMI Blackwood/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah's Little Boat Music/Songs of Combustion Music]

Best Country Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
* That Lonesome Song
    Jamey Johnson [Mercury Records]
* Sleepless Nights read review
    Patty Loveless [Saguaro Road]
* Troubadour
    George Strait [MCA Nashville]
* Around The Bend
    Randy Travis [Warner Bros.]
* Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
    Trisha Yearwood [Big Machine]

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
* Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe
    Cherryholmes [Skaggs Family Records]
* Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
    Del McCoury Band [MunckMix]
* The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman
    Earl Scruggs With Family & Friends [Rounder Records]
* Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947
    Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder [Skaggs Family Records]
* Wheels read review
    Dan Tyminski [Rounder]

Best Traditional Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
* Coal read review
    Kathy Mattea [Captain Potato Records]
* Comedians & Angels
    Tom Paxton [Appleseed Recordings]
* Bring Me Home
    Peggy Seeger [Appleseed Recordings]
* At 89
    Pete Seeger [Appleseed Recordings]
* Strangers In Another Country
    Rosalie Sorrels [Red House Records]

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
* Day After Tomorrow
    Joan Baez [Bobolink/Razor & Tie]
* I, Flathead
    Ry Cooder [Nonesuch Records]
* Sex & Gasoline
    Rodney Crowell [Work Song/Yep Roc Records]
* All I Intended To Be read review
    Emmylou Harris [Nonesuch Records]
* Raising Sand
    Robert Plant & Alison Krauss [Rounder Records]

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Folk Music Grammy Award 2009

Grammy Award

The nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced on December 3, 2008 and the awards were awarded for winners in ceremonies on February 8, 2009.

Best Bluegrass Album

    nominated:
  • Cherryholmes – Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe
  • Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • Earl Scruggs With Family & Friends – The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman
  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947
  • Dan Tyminski – Wheels
    Winner: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Best Traditional Folk Album

    nominated:
  • Kathy Mattea – Coal
  • Tom Paxton – Comedians & Angels
  • Peggy Seeger – Bring Me Home
  • Pete Seeger – At 89
  • Rosalie Sorrels – Strangers In Another Country
    Winner: Pete Seeger

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

    nominated:
  • Joan Baez – Day After Tomorrow
  • Ry Cooder – I, Flathead
  • Rodney Crowell – Sex & Gasoline
  • Emmylou Harris – All I Intended To Be
  • Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
    Winner: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Best Country Instrumental Performance

    nominated:
  • Cherryholmes – “Sumatra” (Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe)
  • Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green – “Two Small Cars In Rome” (Glide)
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones – “Sleigh Ride” (Jingle All the Way)
  • Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby – “Is This America? (Katrina 2005)” (Family & Friends — Rambling Boy)
  • Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner – “Cluster Pluck”
    Winner: Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

Folk and Bluegrass Artists Nominated in Other Categories

  • Winner: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won Record of the year (“Please Read the Letter”), Best Country Collaboration With Vocals (“Killing the Blues”), Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (“Rich Woman”), and Album of the Year.
  • The Steeldrivers were nominated for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“Blue Side of the Mountain”).
  • James Taylor was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (“Wichita Lineman”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (Covers).
  • Winner: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones won for Best Pop Instrumental Album (Jingle All the Way).
  • Sheryl Crow was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album (Detours).
  • Neil Young was nominated for Best Solo Rock Performance (“No Hidden Path”).
  • The Ditty Bops were nominated for Best Recording Package (Summer Rains).
  • Aimee Mann was nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (@#%&*! Smilers).
  • Winner: Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum won Best Album Notes and Best Historical Album.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – I`m ready to go!

Pete Seeger singing “Take it from Dr. King”

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

Brad Paisley Cluster Pluck

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Brian Vander Ark

Brian Vander Ark

Somebody of you will know him as lead of music band named The Verve Pipe.

Brian was born in June 19, 1966, in Holland, Michigan. In US of course, as most of country singers. The first time, when he felt guitar, he was 8 years old. After leaving of US Army he started to join with music band His Boy Elroy (he played on guitar) and later with Johnny With an Eye. He stayed there to 1992 when he leave to band The Verve Pipe. There Brian played with his brother Brad Vander Ark (bassist) and Donny Brown (drummer).

The first great success came in 1997 with single The Freshmen and the lead single of band named Never Let You Down (from album Underneath) came in 2001. This single was one of the Top 50 Most Played songs for Adult Top 40 and Modern A/C radio in same year.

The first solo album Brian released after two years, in May 2003. The name was Resurrection. Next album came only after three years, again in May, 2006 (Maybe May is happy month of Brian :o ) ) named Angel, Put Your Face On.

Brian Vander Ark

You could see him also in the films. For example :

  • in Rock Star (2001), (as bass player), his song Colorful was used at the end of the movie.
  • in Road Kill (as director Matthew Leutwyler)
  • in Dead and Breakfast (he composed the musical scores)
  • and in Unearthed (he composed the musical scores)

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In 2008, Brian signed a contract with recording studio named Second Motion Records. This studio released his first two solo albums Resurrection and Angel, Put Your Face On and also his new album Brian Vander Ark.

Family: Brian was married with his girlfriend Michelle when he was 18 years old and they had a son named Joshua Vander Ark. After his coming from US Army, they divorced.
Now Brian is married to folk singer Jenna Land, who performs under the name Lux Land. They have a daughter together.

Discography:

  • Resurrection (2003)
  • Within Reach (2004)
  • Live At Eddie’s – Bootleg (2006)
  • Angel, Put Your Face On (2006)
  • Lawn Chairs And Living Rooms – Bootleg (2007)
  • Brian Vander Ark (2008)
  • Brian Vander Ark: Live at Aquinas College (2008)

Whiter Shade of Pale

Freshmen

Hero

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Billy Craig

Billy Craig

In this post there are used also information which were send me by Billy Craig.

Billy was born in small town Big Rapids, in Michigan, US. He was the second youngest child of nine kids.

The first experiences with music he got very early, when he watched and listen his older siblings – brother and sister. When he was seven years old, his mother bought him his first guitar. From that time, he had unforsaked it. In his eight years, he started play with his older brother. In the same year, he won the Eastern Michigan Battle of the Bands and gained more fans.

From childhood, he has had many shows, he has played with players, who were much older than he.

Later he established his own music bands, playing jazz, country and rock. He played in front of many thousands people in all USA. He played also abroad included Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Bill was featured in two radio show named Country Legends in the Making and The American Collection with his last CD This Side Of Somewhere. This CD was prepared two years and was recorded in legendary Sun Studio (This recording studio is the birthplace of rock & roll, launching household names like Johnny Cash, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and U2‘s Rattle and Hum . . .).

Billy Craig

In present time, he is one of the hardest working artist in this business, his radio presence is growing in states and abroad too. He prepare the new project, with 18 new songs, which will come in spring time.

His music is being played on country stations in the USA from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Maine, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, Florida and around the world including Canada, Ireland, England, Australia and New Zealand.

Stations include, off the shores of England Radio Caroline, Radio Logan (Down Under) 101FM, My Country 105.9 FM Australia, Oamaru Heritage Radio 88.3 & 107 fm, 98.1FM Raglan Radio New Zealand, WORLD.FM, 1.FM Absolute Country Hits, Country Music USA, K94 New Country, LA’s Hot Country, Arizona’s Pure Country and Arizona’s Pure Country Canada as well as Detroit’s 99.5 The Wolf Country, Constant Country KRS, The Right Country Radio Network, FunSeekers Radio Network which includes WCON, WDMG, WHIE, WKLY, WTRP, WKUN, WMTM, WCOH, WTWA, WIMO, WGAA, WHEP, WSFC, WCVP, WPCC, WCLE, WBRY as well as WCTH , WDYN, WMME, WATZ, WQTE, WWBR, WGDN, WBWC, WCRC, WRBC, WFDU, WCEF, WCYO, WRVK, WDXE, WNKX, WVIM, KEIF, KVLG, KBUK, KYTE FM, WOYS, WOCY, KSOC and CHFX and the list is growing as America and the world discover this exciting new artist

Unfortunately I can’t offer you any video, I was able to find nothing.

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Andy Mullen – Folk Music’s New Bad Boy

Andy Mullen

It’s very difficult to find some information about himself. But I got something from two different visitors of blog. Please be kind to apologize this pure introduction of Andy. Thank you a lot.

Andy Mullen sports the rich baritone of Crash Test Dummies’ Brad Roberts and a sense of humor somewhere between Bob Newhart and a classic cast of Saturday Night Live.
Performing Songwriter

Andy Mullen plays music that he describes as, “folk fusion,” but don’t get the wrong idea, there is nothing sedate or staid about it. Rather, his music bursts out of the speakers in a stream of imagery and sound, and Mullen’s command of his craft is so palpable that in listening, one immediately knows they are hearing an artist with his own unique vision of life and music.

His clever lyrics will instantly grab your attention, but behind the humor is a man with a fierce intelligence and the soul of a poet. His ability to fashion the insane beauty and unexpected heartache of everyday life into short, well-crafted songs with catchy melodies and sharply etched image is remarkable.
PlanetOut.com

Featuring his exceptional finger-picking style on guitar, the songs’ arrangements are uncommonly skillful, with light and subtle touches, like the fiddle and djembe on Sun Goes Up, Sun Goes Down, and the galloping banjo on Quit Quittin’, all which inspire a quiet sense of joy and wonder.

Andy Mullen

The utterly moving So Does The Beer tells the story of the death of his father, who died while he recorded the album. The song is an affectingly wry observation on love and loss; his vocals perfectly convey the balance of sadness and acceptance, while never succumbing to excessive sentimentality.

Simple and stunning acoustic folk.
Hybrid

But the album is also a showcase for Mullen’s wry and subtly wicked sense of humor, befitting an artist who calls himself “Folk Music’s New Bad Boy.” “Crooked Deck” inspires a multitude of smiles, in his description of himself as a man in possession of only, “The same rhyme all the time/Smokes and jokes and a dozen lines/They say that all I ever sing about is booze.” It’s ironic without being at all jaded, and in that, it is utterly invigorating.

The Toenail Jar Reel

I’m Sorry, Jeannie

Quit Quittin

Sun Goes Up, Sun Goes Down

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