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  • The Day Celebration In Buckhead, Georgia!
  • New Allman Brothers Sweatshirts and HTN CD Cases!
  • New Riders of the Purple Sage DVD!
  • New Bill Cutler CD with Jerry Garcia!
  • Chris Hicks of Marshall Tucker Band Releases Solo CD!
  • HTN # 56 Is On The Way!

When Jimmy Herring played the inaugural Day Celebration in 2006, he remarked that it was the most fun he'd had playing music in ten years. Many of the people who attended the festival felt the same way. This was a small, grassroots music festival put on by music lovers for music lovers, and the result was a great weekend.

The 2008 version promises to be bigger, better, and even more fun. This homegrown, Georgia-focused event features such HTN favorites as Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance, Donna Hopkins, Deep Blue Sun, and the recently reunited original lineup of Blueground Undergrass.

Besides the great music, the Day Celebration also benefits from its cozy location at the Triple B Farm in the real Buckhead, Georgia. A maximum attendance of 3,000 guarantees plenty of room to move, and the Triple B is in a secluded area on acres and acres of beautiful rolling hills, surrounded by old-growth trees and a small creek.

On top of it all, a portion of all proceeds go to benefit the Fare Thee Well Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting a clean environment, battling local homelessness and providing medical care for one of the most devastating childhood diseases afflicting our communities. The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children and the Georgia Wildlife Federation are just two worthy causes the Foundation supports.

Click here to find out more about this wonderful event, and look for us at the HTN table!

Check out these sharp new Allman Brothers Band sweatshirts! These colors and designs are a little different from anything you might have seen in the past, and they promise to be warm and comfy as well as stylish. These shirts are made of soft, ring-spun cotton, with a crew neck and warm fleece lining. The subdued colors are perfect for late winter/early spring, and we know you'll wear the ABB stacked logo with pride. Click here to order!

When we did the 2006 Summer Set, many people commented on the sturdy yet stylish case that it came in. We always like to do a different case every year for the Summer Set, but we had so many requests for these cases, we've produced a new batch for your CD storage needs. This case has it all - a convenient handle, solid metal construction, and rubber feet to make sure it doesn't mark up your furniture. Best of all, it features a snazzy Hittin' the Note logo, announcing to your friends that your musical taste is second to none. Click here to order yours today!

Few bands had as much impact on the country-rock movement of the early '70s as the New Riders of the Purple Sage, America's premier psychedelic cowboy band. Originally created as a Grateful Dead side project so that Jerry Garcia could get his pedal steel fix, the band took on a life of its own after Garcia left. They gave the world such great tunes as "Panama Red" and "Henry," and lead singer David Nelson and pedal steel wizard Buddy Cage became cornerstones of the Americana and jam scenes.

Fast forward to 2006, and NRPS decides to get back together after years of inactivity. Founding member John "Marmaduke" Dawson is unable to tour because of health issues, but Cage and Nelson are still going strong. Former Hot Tuna guitarist Michael Falzarano and the rock-solid rhythm section of Ronnie Penque on bass and Johnny Markowski on drums (both formerly of Stir Fried) round out the band.

The group and their fans quickly realized that the old magic was still there, and when they played an intimate gig at Turkey Trot Lodge in upstate New York, they decided to film a live DVD, Wanted: Live at Turkey Trot, to capture the excitement of the reformed NRPS.

Capture it they did! From the red-hot version of "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy" that opens the disc to the epic 16-minute "Garden of Eden," the band is Hittin' the Note throughout. Buddy Cage gives a clinic on pedal steel, showing why he is a legend on the instrument. David Nelson is grizzled charisma personified, whether telling the classic story of "Panama Red" or ripping a solo on "Portland Woman" that is equal parts bluegrass, country and rock and roll. Click here to order!

Bill Cutler has been at the heart of the Grateful Dead universe for over 30 years. Whether playing in bands like Slewfoot and Heroes, or writing songs like "Ridin' High" for Bob Weir's band Kingfish, he has been right in the middle of the San Francisco scene from the Summer of Love until the present day. His brother John produced many of the band's recordings, and Bill used to jam with Bay Area heavyweights like Jerry Garcia and David Nelson when he wasn't working with everyone from Jewel to Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.

Luckily for the rest of us, Cutler has compiled 14 of his songs into a wonderful album called Crossing the Line. Among other things, this disc features six unreleased tracks with Garcia, who rips on tunes like "Rockingham Mill" and "Delta Nightingale." David Nelson of the New Riders plays on the Cajun-spiced "Ballad of Bras Coupe" and Jorma Kaukonen adds his unique touch to "Sailin' Man." Jerry Miller from Moby Grape and Mark Karan and Matthew Kelly of Ratdog make significant contributions as well.

Even though he is surrounded by great musicians, Cutler doesn't get overwhelmed, and the focus is largely on his songwriting, creating a classic West Coast vibe with performances that range from rockers like "Engine 99" to ballads like "Starlite Jamboree." Check out the following links for streaming audio tracks, or go to to find out more about Bill and his music.

-- Rockingham Mill (mp3)
-- Starlite Jamboree (mp3)
-- Engine 99 (mp3)

"I first started work on this album in the 1970s," says Cutler. "A few years ago, after some 18 years of lying dormant, the original tapes were restored, new tracks were cut, and finally, this record was completed." Bill will be the guest on the Grateful Dead Hour with David Gans on March 31st, talking about all that went into making his solo album. For more about the long and winding road that brought this music to us, check out a video called "The Back Story of Crossing the Line" that you can see here:

Many of you have seen Chris Hicks play with the Marshall Tucker Band, or perhaps the Outlaws, but you might not know that he has an excellent new solo CD called Dog Eat Dog World. "I think it's the best stuff Chris has ever done as a solo artist," says legendary Capricorn Records producer Paul Hornsby, who knows a thing or two about quality music. "Anything Chris does has a blues feel to it, and there's the R&B. He just puts so much feeling into everything he does." Hornsby should know – he played piano on the album, as well as recording and engineering it.

Besides playing his own originals on this CD, Hicks also lays into the classic Bobby Bland tune "Share Your Love with Me," in the process revealing a more soulful side to his voice. The disc also contains plenty of the stinging guitar licks and wailing blues harp that Chris Hicks fans have come to expect, and proves what a versatile and talented musician he is.

Check out the Chris Hicks website at to order Dog Eat Dog World and find out more about this great artist!

Now is also a good time to remind you that the new issue of Hittin' the Note is here and ready for your reading pleasure! If you're a subscriber, your issue should arrive any day now, if you don't have it already. Grace Potter, Papa Mali, moe. and many other great artists are covered in this edition, plus a recap of the Dave Matthews DVD from Piedmont Park with Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes sitting in. Our regular features like the 6-Pack, Photo Session, In Tune and Compact Dreams are all there, and for this issue we expand to 12 CD reviews! We know that many of you count on us to turn you on to good music, and hopefully this will help spread the word.

If you don't subscribe, you can buy a copy of this issue by clicking on the image to the right, or by going to your local Borders, Barnes and Noble or Hastings. If they don't carry it, tell them why they should. Better yet, get a subscription for yourself or a friend. Click here to sign up today!

Thank you for your support of Hittin' the Note, and all the wonderful music we bring to you. Keep your eyes and ears open for more new, happening items, and support live music whenever you can.

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