Blues Traveler Announces New Album & 2018 Fall Tour

first_imgHurry Up & Hang Around Track List1. Accelerated Nation2. She Becomes My Way3. The Touch She Has4. When You Fall Down5. The Wolf Is Bumpin’6. Daddy Went A Giggin7. Tangle Of Our Dreaming8. More Than Truth9. Prayer Upon The Wind10. Miss Olympus11. Phone Call From Leavenworth12. Ode From The RespectView All TracksBlues Traveler Fall 2018 Tour Dates: Oct 12 – Montclair, NJ – The WelmontOct 13 – Providence, RI – The StrandOct 14 – Torrington, CT – Warner TheatreOct 17 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music HallOct 19 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of BluesOct 20 – Charlotte, NC – The FillmoreOct 21 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee TheatreOct 23 – Savannah, GA – The Stage on BayOct 25 – Birmingham, AL – Iron CityOct 26 – Athens, GA – Georgia TheatreOct 27 – Raleigh, NC – The RitzOct 31 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music HallNov 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst TheatreNov 2 – St. Louis, MO – The PageantNov 4 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz TheaterNov 6 – Tulsa, OK – Cains BallroomNov 8 – Dallas, TX – House of BluesNov 9 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec TheaterNov 10 – Houston, TX -House of BluesNov 13 – Los Angeles, CA – BelascoNov 15 – San Francisco, CA – WarfieldNov 17 – Seattle, WA – NeptuneNov 18 – Portland, OR – Crystal BallroomView All Tour Dates Today, Blues Traveler has announced that they will be releasing a brand-new studio album in the fall dubbed Hurry Up & Hang Around. The album, which is due out on October 12th via BMG Records, will mark the band’s 13th studio album, following up 2015’s Blow Up The Moon, and will be supported by an extensive fall tour.Hurry Up & Hang Around was written and recorded by Grammy-winning producer Matt Rollings. The iconic five-piece composed of John Popper, Chan Kinchla, Tad Kinchla, Ben Wilson and Brendan Hill recorded the twelve-song album in Nashville.As John Popper explained in a statement about creating the new album,We were going through some changes as far as our infrastructure goes. … We parted ways with two different managers. No preparations had really been made, and it seemed like it might be too late to make new music. Between taking meetings, we were by ourselves writing in the garage every day of this Nashville house. That was pretty cool, because we felt like a garage band again. There was a spirit of survival. We had something to celebrate, so we really came together as a band.Matt put it all on turbo boost, because he’s one of the finest producers we’ve ever worked with, period. … He can bring out any sound he wants. He got takes out of me that I couldn’t ever get out of myself, and I’ve tried. However, he also let me be me. It’s one of the best production experiences we’ve ever had. It was an unexpected musical education.For those who pre-order Blues Traveler’s Hurry Up & Hang Around via the band’s web store here, they will receive a download of the band’s new single, “Accelerated Nation” on July 6th at 12 p.m. (ET). The album will be available to pre-order on all digital service providers on July 6th as well.In addition to the forthcoming release of Hurry Up & Hang Around, Blues Traveler has a packed 2018 touring schedule. The band’s summer tour begins on July 4th, where they’ll celebrate the holiday by headlining the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre with support from G. Love & Special Sauce, The Wailers, and The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts. The Red Rocks show kicks off Blues Travelers’ summer tour, which spans through to August.In addition to their summer tour, the group has announced a number their fall tour dates today to coincide with the album’s announcement. Starting on October 12th, the band will kick off their fall tour at Montclair, New Jersey’s The Welmont followed up by shows in Providence, Rhode Island and Torrington, Connecticut. A run through the South comes next, with dates in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; Savannah and Athens, Georgia; and Birmingham, Alabama until October 27th. Blues Traveler will celebrate Halloween in Columbus, Ohio, with a performance at Newport Music Hall.The group will continue on the road through to mid-November. Following their Halloween show, the band will roll through Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri. On November 6th, the band will hit Tulsa, Oklahoma, before heading to Texas for three nights across Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. From there, to wrap up the tour, the band will head to the West Coast, closing things out with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, before their tour closer in Portland, Oregon, on November 18th.For more information on the band’s new album, Hurry Up & Hang Around, due out on October 12th via BMG Records or for the group’s extensive 2018 touring schedule, head to Blues Traveler’s website here.last_img read more

48 Hours in Morganton, NC

first_imgDriving along I-40 across North Carolina, many BRO readers may be apt to cruise past one of the most perfect hubs of outdoor adventure in the Blue Ridge and not even realize their unfortunate mistake.  At the eastern gateway to the North Carolina mountains and situated at the midway point between Asheville and Charlotte, the foothills town of Morganton (population: 17,000+) possesses a charming and buzzing downtown that serves as the perfect base camp for exploration. In addition to great restaurants, breweries, parks, shops, and greenways within the town itself, only a drive of a few minutes will place you in the midst of a dizzying array of mountains, cliffs, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, swimming holes, and more multisport options than you can ever imagine. So let’s get started….Day One:Hike Linville Gorge’s Shortoff Mountain Established as one of the first wilderness areas in the U.S. and also reigning as the deepest canyon in the east, the nearly 12,000-acre Linville Gorge Wilderness Area could itself alone provide for a lifetime of adventures. Craggy peaks, cliffs, caves, and the rugged and wild Linville River in the bottom of the gorge offer all levels of challenge to would-be explorers. One of the best and closest gorge hikes from town that also provides constant and epic views is Shortoff Mountain. Pick up a good map at the local outfitter CBS Sports before striking out and head to the end of Wolfpit Rd. off of Hwy.126 to find the trailhead. If you are seeking a guide company for partial-day or multiple-day treks in the gorge, call the good folks at Hike More Adventures.Paddling and mountain biking in Lake James State ParkVery close to the trailhead for Shortoff Mountain along Hwy 126, you will find the Paddy’s Creek area of Lake James State Park. This 6,812 acre lake with over 150 miles of shoreline is a refreshing jewel that offers a perfect sandy beach for swimming, kayak rentals for only $5 and $3 per hour as well as 15 miles of recently designed flowing singletrack perfect for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. Click here for more info.IMG_2448.JPGLake James State Park – photo by Justin CostnerGreenways, disc golf, adventure playgrounds…and a life-size Ewok village?Back in town the 4.8 mile Catawba River Greenway is a smooth paved trail that hugs the river and eventually terminates in the beautiful 230-acre Catawba Meadows Park. Here you have a range of options including a forested 18-hole disc golf course, a wild adventure ropes playground for the kiddos and best of all…The Beanstalk Journey, an exhilarating blend of ziplines, canopy tour, and ropes course designed and owned by the local and legendary Outward Bound pioneer Mike Fischesser. This amazing and elaborate adventure complex is breathtaking just to look at much less to experience firsthand. Find out more details on the greenway, park, and Beanstalk Journey here.DSC_0078Cycling the Catawba River Greenway – photo courtesy of the City of MorgantonDay Two:Fishing, swimming and hiking in the wild Wilson Creek drainageWilson Creek is born on the high slopes of 5,920 ft. Grandfather Mountain and 20 miles later rushes through a gorgeous granite bedrock gorge. With 25 plus miles of trails and 39,000 acres this wild and rugged playground is a haven for kayakers, anglers, and swimming hole enthusiasts. Although you could easily spend all day here, an 8 mile out and back trip to Harper Creek Falls and Bard Falls will lead you to two of our favorite waterfalls and provide a good taste of what makes this area so special. For more detailed local fishing beta, check out Upper Creek Angler.11304402_10153423756618120_220780415_nBard Falls – photo by Brandon ThrowerBiking and running in the largest State Park in North CarolinaWith over 18,000 acres and 45 miles of trails, South Mountains State Park is the state’s largest in the system and offers a grueling 17-mile mountain biking loop that provides great views from a lot of gnarly forest roads. If you are more interested in exploring on foot, run or hike a nice 3 mile loop to witness one of the park’s gems: the 80 foot High Shoal Falls and the beautifully rock-strewn corridor of Jacob’s Fork River.11091224_10153423758178120_1618443394_nSouth Mountains – photo by Brandon ThrowerFood:Downtown Morganton has the great fortune of possessing two outstanding craft breweries only mere blocks from one another and a number of great dining options that span all budgets. Here are some of our favorites:The Grind Café – The place where all the locals know to go before their big day outdoors. Located downtown on Union St., this café/wine bar/coffee shop offers pastries, quiche, breakfast burritos, smoothies, strong coffee, and much more. Judge’s Riverside – Right off the greenway, hit this place up at lunch for some of the best BBQ and down home cooking around. Even better than the food itself is the setting…expansive patios and decks that offer outside dining while overlooking the Catawba River.Wisteria Southern Gastropub: Fantastic locally-grown, sustainable, and fresh farm-to-table cuisine blending classic Southern fare with new and exciting flavors.Root and Vine: Some of the finest dining in town. You will find French-influenced dishes incorporating seasonal local produce, fresh seafood, and a vast array of beer, wine and cocktails.MoonDog Pizza: The best pie in town! You will find delicious and creative toppings and combinations here at a great value.Libations and Nightlife:Catawba Brewing Company – Although this well-loved operation now has 2 outposts in Asheville, Morganton is where it all began. Their head facility and taproom are still located right in downtown on South Green St. Here you can find their classic line of canned beers of course, but also you can try some of their other excellent and unique offerings like the Mother Trucker Pale and Black Dome Stout.Fonta Flora Brewing – Only a couple of blocks away, this small regional brewery has been causing quite the buzz lately on the craft beer scene. Fonta offers visitors adventurous and delicious rustic ales and saisons while using as many local ingredients as possible.Brown Mountain Bottleworks – A newer community gathering spot. As a hybrid bottle shop, beer, and wine bar, and music venue, this is the kind of place that is perfect for an after-dinner hangout and nightcap.brownmtBrown Mountain Bottleworks: photo by John S. PayneLodging: A wide range of lodging options exist, including private and state park camping, lakeside cabins, and in-town hotels & inns. The Burke County TDA is the best clearinghouse of choices, but here are two different options on opposite ends of the spectrum:Camp Lake James – An exclusive lakeside community and adventure center that offers 2 unique cabins with all the amenities and privileges of the community.Steele Creek Park – A family campground complete with a camp store and a natural swimming beach with water slides and diving boards.Upcoming Events Not To Miss:State of Origin Craft Beer Festival: An extremely unique beer festival focusing on the flora and fauna of the state. All 23 of the participating North Carolina breweries are required to bring a beer that was brewed using ingredients grown in North Carolina. June 13 in the Courthouse SquareRed, White, and Bluegrass Festival: This much loved multi-day event is in its 12th year and features a holiday packed with some of the most acclaimed bluegrass acts in the business. A sampling of this year includes The Del McCoury Band, Blue Highway, Town Mountain, Seldom Scene, Balsam Range, Mountain Heart, and many more. July 1st–4th at Catawba Meadows Park.Native Knowledge:“Morganton is amazing because it is such a good jumping off point to access a plethora of outdoor activities. It offers something for almost all outdoor pursuits and those offerings are top of the class experiences.  Combine that with two amazing breweries a few blocks from each other and great grub and it is no wonder that most of my adventures begin and end here.”  – Brandon Thrower,  BRO trail running athlete and educator“Morganton combines all the comforts of a small mountain town with truly world-class outdoor opportunities and a unique cultural collision of various ethnic and social groups… it is the most fascinating place I’ve ever lived, and its appeal continues to grow every year I’m here.” Seth Hawkins, Owner of Hawk Ventures and Vertical Medicine ResourcesRelated:last_img read more

DYNAMIC DUO: Donahue, Rice carry Syracuse to blowout win in season opener against Siena

first_img Published on February 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Dylan Donahue and Kevin Rice wasted no time in showcasing the chemistry they built in the months leading up to the season.The two first met as juniors in high school as teammates in the Empire State Games and their friendship picked up again when Donahue transferred from Air Force before last season. Then they honed their connection this past summer playing together in summer leagues and working out up to five times a week.So when the Orange opened its season against Siena on Monday night, it was the well-oiled pair that spearheaded a potent attack and buried the Saints by the opening minutes of the second half.“I think that that definitely helped,” Rice said, “with our communication and knowing each other’s tendencies.”No. 2 Syracuse’s (1-0) season-opening 19-7 win over Siena (0-1) showed that the offseason work was greatly beneficial. A year ago, the Orange floundered in a double-overtime loss in its home opener against unranked Albany. Monday, Donahue and Rice hampered any chance of a Siena upset early on and treated the 2,015 fans in the Carrier Dome to a one-sided affair.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth players finished one tally shy of SU single-game records and surrounded themselves with elite company.Donahue netted eight goals, becoming the first Syracuse player to score seven or more since Matt Cutia did so in 1999. Rice dished out eight assists, becoming the first SU player to collect eight or more since Casey Powell in 1997. And to tie their stat lines together, Rice assisted on six of Donahue’s goals.Siena totaled just nine points, while Donahue and Rice combined for 17 of the Orange’s 31. Yet neither of the two were ready to take any individual credit after the game.“I think it’s nice for us that we get the points but most of the work was done by our middies,” Rice said.“It was a pretty good team effort today,” Donahue said.Donahue and Rice’s passive attitude toward their collective brilliance surfaces in their on-field play.Neither celebrates too much or too often. Just the occasional fist bump — which Donahue displayed after slotting the Orange’s first goal of the season two minutes in — or the theatrical head nod — which Rice utilized after assisting on a Donahue goal early in the second quarter.And as the scoring plays developed throughout the night, each one looking like a replay of the last, Rice was the easiest to follow.Early in the second half, amid a streak of three goals scored by Donahue off passes from Rice that put the game out of reach, Rice calmly cradled the ball behind the Saints’ net. The artful creator of the duo, he effortlessly dodged two defenders before Donahue darted into the crease.Before the Siena defense could react and goalie Tommy Cordts could turn his body toward the field, Donahue had already caught the ball and slapped it into the back of the net.Then the attention shifted to Donahue while Rice slowly caught up to a huddle of celebrating white jerseys.“Dylan picked up where he left off last year,” SU head coach John Desko said, “shooting the ball extremely well, moving without the ball and carrying the ball.”If Syracuse can take anything away from a double-digit win over an inferior opponent, it’s the rapport between two of its savviest starters. Rice and Donahue didn’t just lead the Orange attack to 13 first-half goals and an impressive overall output, but did so without revealing what they’re really capable of.Every Donahue goal that came off a Rice assist was within feet of the crease with passes coming from behind the net. Then both players said after the game that they’ve worked on all kinds of ways to score.Desko had a hard time explaining what he saw. He looked at Donahue from the seat over at the postgame press conference and said, “I guess you were just in the right place at the right time tonight.”That explanation works against Siena, but even when the Orange moves into the nation’s hardest schedule in the coming weeks, it will have a seasoned pair to lean on.“I get the ball and the defense is rotating and Dylan always finds the open spot,” Rice said.It’s as simple as that. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more