The touring lifestyle is a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs, which requires patience and grit to get through the trials between the good times. Sometimes you’re flat broke; sometimes you have to sleep on tile/concrete/wooden floors; sometimes you spend mind-numbing, endless hours in the van to play a new city, and sometimes the whiskey is gone… The payoffs, though, can sometimes be so rewarding that your decision to do this whole, crazy godddamned thing is validated a hundred times over!
Yesterday was one of those days, my friends. We left Cambridge early to play our little hearts out at the sold out Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA, and had the time of our lives! We were honored to share the bill with greats like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Norah Jones, the James Hunter Six, and our personal heroes, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band!
We played our set to a great audience, second line paraded a bunch of cardboard fish-bearing children and parents around the grounds, and sat in with the Dirty Dozen! We had such a good time that we decided to share some pics from the festivities with you. The tour is kicking off right, and we’ve still got almost 2 more months of shows to do, so keep your eyes out! We’re coming for ya.
Ah, what a day. We aren’t done with the northeast just yet, though!
Tonight we’ll be debuting at Rochester, NY’s Lovin’ Cup with the talented Amanda Ashley! The doors open at 6, and Amanda Ashley kicks things off at 7. Come make our last night in the northeast for this chunk of tour a party!
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (October 7, 1798 – March 19, 1875)
Master luthier, inventor, and general badass, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume was not one to accept the limitations of his time. A constant experimenter, Vuillaume sought to improve existing string instruments and extend the range of the orchestra. This leads us to my favorite of his inventions, the octobass.
Standing at an imposing eleven and a half feet tall, the octobass is so large, players have to pull levers on the heel of the neck, connected to pads over the fingerboard, to fret the strings. The three string octobass was tuned an octave below a modern double bass with an extension, all the way down to a C0 (16.25 Hertz). That is a full octave lower than the lowest C on a piano.
Unfortunately the size and cost of the octobass stifled it’s adoption throughout the world. It is used to great effect in some orchestras who are lucky enough to own a surviving example or modern recreation
Here is a short video of Nico Abondolo warming up on an octobass before a recording session.
Here is an octobass playing with an orchestra for a bit more context.
Nicola Moneta on octobass.
P.S. Gig tonight at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA. Show starts at 9:30.
The Blues and poverty go together like pancakes and syrup, it’s nearly impossible to have one without the other. This song written by the Chips in 1956 is a perfect example of an artist turning the hunger pains of pauperism into something we can all have a good laugh at. Check out Elwood Blues performing “Rubber Biscuit” in 1979.
TONIGHT ONLY in the beautiful, historical, red brick town of Portsmouth New Hampshire, Dirty Bourbon River Show will be rocking and rolling New Orleans style at the Press Room downtown, show starts at 9:30. Bring your dancing shoes!
I love vinyl records. I LOVE them. I love how they feel, how they look, and especially how they sound. The past few years I’ve been digging through bins and shelves and am very proud of the collection that grows in my room. So much in fact that I would love to share it you! So with nothing left to say, let’s see what spinning in Bootsy’s Box of Records!
Do you know The Iceman? Have you heard the voice that belongs to Mississippi born Jerry Butler? A key member in The Impressions, Jerry Butler is behind some of the best love songs to come out of the 60s. The Iceman Cometh(’68) is Jerry Butler’s 11th studio album, and it is side-to-side one of my favorite records right now. On top of how great it sounds, the record comes with a fantastic signed photograph of the Iceman.
And yes folks the music sounds as good as he looks. Here’s the song “Never Give You Up” featured on Side 2 on The Ice Man Cometh.
Hope you enjoyed that! Tonight Dirty Bourbon is kicking the second half of our summer tour off in Belmar, New Jersey at Tenth Ave. Burrito! Showtime is 10pm, see y’all there!
With the help of our lovely fans such as yourself, we were able to raise $10,600 through Kickstarter for the production of our 9th studio album!
We would just like to thank everyone who showed their support by pledging to our campaign, and helping turn this next album into a reality. We have big plans for this next album and are excited to be working with the wonderful Craig Schumacher as our producer for this project. However, we couldn’t have done it without you. We are eternally grateful to each and every one of you.
Can we just take a moment to applaud all you awesome people?
And throw roses at your feet?
You all make us feel awesome, and we are going to put this money to the best use possible, and that is making music like we do!
Music is a universal language. This video is proof that the visual differences in humans are trivial and shallow. Underneath it all our similarities far outweigh our differences, the brass bands of the world are a perfect example.
When I watch this i can’t help but be reminded of the countless brass band shows I’ve seen in New Orleans. From the snare and bass drum setup and the lead trumpet solos, to the intricate backing parts and pure energy onstage, the 5,000 miles that separate New Orleans and The Balkan Peninsula seem to disappear.
When you look into the history of brass bands you start to better understand the parallels and what causes them. Both Balkan and New Orleans brass band spawn from a tradition of military style brass ensembles. In Southeastern Europe the military bands date back to the height of the Ottoman Empire. Players from the military bands would learn to play the folk music of their home lands on their brass instruments, thus spawning the music we know today a Balkan Brass.
A very similar thing happened in New Orleans when old instruments from military brass bands and Sousa style marching bands found their way to Congo square, mixing with the native sounds of Africa and the rhythms of New Orleans to create the brass bands we know and love today.
In other news…
Tonight and tonight only! The Dirty Bourbon River Show is back in Knoxville Tennessee at the palace of taps and pizza known as Barley’s!. Show starts at 10:00, come get some pizza before!
I’m trying to count up how many times we’ve performed in Asheville, that’s including busking as well, and we just can’t be sure anymore. We’ve been back so many times it feels like a home away from home. We’ve had the opportunity to play around the city at different bars, clubs, corners, and brew halls, and tonight we’re adding a new spot to the list.
We’re excited to make our debut in such a beautiful place and hope you can join us!
We are also incredibly thrilled to officially announce that our total amount raised for our Kickstarter project is exactly $10,600. To everyone who shared, supported and donated, we did it, folks! But really you did it, and in return we, along with Craig and everyone at The Living Room, will sweat and bleed to give you the best record we can. You have opened a huge door for us, and we’re gonna be charging through with guns blazing!
Today is the final day folks. Less than 18 hrs to go on our Kickstarter campaign. Now – more than any other time – is the time for you to step up and become a part of this awesome project! We’ve poured so much love into writing, drafting and demoing these songs, selecting the perfect producer and professional studio, putting all our cards on the line for this new album – join us! Let’s do it together! Whether it’s $500 or just $5, do what you can, and together let’s make the dopest album ever – let’s break DBRS into the mainstream – and without the help of nefarious record companies and industry hacks telling us what to do. Let’s do it ourselves.
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re looking for that special someone. We want to record this next album to tape and release a vinyl version of it as well. But to do that we need to get this Kickstarter to $12,000. We’re currently at $10,360 with less than 36 hours to go. That means we have only a day and a half to raise $1,640, or we won’t be able to do tape. We simply won’t be able to afford it. We’re already facing a $20,000 budget, all things considered. But, if we can get up to $12,000, then we’ll be able to give this next album that warm analog justice it deserves. You like warm analog justice, right?
Have you considered our $500 donation package? For a mere five Benjamins you can get backstage access to a DBRS concert (+meet & greet & photo session w/ band), an autographed copy of the new album, a DBRS t-shirt, 5 DBRS stickers, and an autographed set-list. That’s a pretty good deal, right?
Oh, and as a last minute bonus, if you pledge that package today, tomorrow we’ll mail you a copy of our 8th studio album Accordion Anthology on 180gram vinyl with a hand written letter (both the vinyl & the letter hand-signed as well) & an email with a download of a demo version of one of the new new songs from our soon-to-be-recorded 9th studio album Important Things Humans Should Know.
Now that’s a pretty sweet deal. 2/3 of these $500 reward packages (and all 3 of the $1,000 packages) have been claimed, so there’s only 1 left…
Don’t have $500? Neither do we… Got $5? Make a pledge. And check our Kickstarter history – we’ve pledged to many music projects ourselves in the past. And so, we beckon to you now: