Dear Friends and Family,
There are moments in life that humble us all, and that is where we find ourselves this weekend. On our way to perform in Hazelton, PA this St. Patricks day, our mandolinist Joe came down with severe chest pain and was promptly admitted to the Bloomsburg, PA Geisenger Hospital ICU where he was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolism (blood clots) in his lungs. The doctors were fortunately able to stabilize his condition over the past two days, and are assuring us that he will be ready to be discharged later this morning. Joe is expected to recover in full over the next three to four weeks, but consequently we will be taking an extended leave from the life of touring to assure he gets the proper physical as well as emotional care from both his doctors and family back home in Maryland. We are currently in the process of pulling / re-scheduling our March and April dates from our calendar, but assure you we will be back on the road this May ready to perform with the usual vigor and joyful stamina that has defined our ensemble over the past five years. Thank you for your patience and concerns as we navigate through this difficult time, and many thanks to the doctors, nurses, and administrative staff at Geisenger who have been so incredibly attentive and professionally courteous to us. In the words of Joe to his children on visits to their pediatric physicians, “If you want to see a real life super hero, all you have to do is say hello to a doctor or nurse. They save peoples lives everyday.”
The Vine Brothers
New Videos From -No Candy-
We won for Best Americana Group 2016!
As the leaves begin to change color in the Northeast and a big hurricane edges its way towards the Southeast, The Vine Brothers will be heading straight to the Great Middle. Our first stop will be Tennessee. We've had the honor of being nominated in three categories for the IMEA Awards and will be headed to the Tucker Theater in Murfreesboro this Saturday to meet with all the talented musicians, writers, management, theater performers and producers who have also been nominated. Full list of nominees here:
One of those nominations is for Best Americana Album for our latest No Candy. If you don't yet have it, you should! We think it's our best yet (though it's a little like picking your favorite child), and the reviews have been great. It is available just about anywhere you buy music online, including here:
For the next two weeks, we'll be returning to the places we have come to know and love so much over the course of these last five years of touring. Starting in Memphis and wrapping up in Kansas City:
10/9 - Huey's Midtown, Memphis, TN
10/12 - Maxine's Taproom, Fayetteville, AR
10/14 - Landry's New Orleans Cafe, Fort Smith, AR
10/18 - JJ's Grill, Rogers, AR
10/19 - JJ's Grill, Fayetteville, AR
10/20 - Duffy's Tavern, Lincoln, NE
10/21 - Westport Saloon, Kansas City, MO
Weather permitting, we may make a couple of side runs and do some street performing that we have always loved, but haven't had the chance to do as much as we used to...follow us on social media for real time updates...
September Northeast CD Release Tour
We're hitting the road this Friday, September 2 to begin a two week swing through the Northeast to bring our latest album No Candy to some of our favorite cities. We've been so pleased by the response so far, even earning three nominations in the Americana category, including Best Album, for the IMEA Awards this October.
9/2 - Dancing Cat - Bethel, NY
9/3 - Stroudfest - Stroudsburg, PA 4 PM
9/3 - Sarah Street Grill - Stroudsburg, PA 10 PM
9/4 - Bradstock, Center Moriches, NY 12 noon
9/7 - Cyber Cafe West, Bingamton, NY
9/8 - WRUR Live In Studio - Rochester, NY 11 AM
9/8 - Sticky Lips BBQ - Rochester, NY
9/9 - Tap at Humboldt - Hazleton, PA
9/11 - Harborfest - Sag Harbor, NY 1 PM
9/14 - Rockwood Music Hall - NY, NY 11 PM
9/15 - Thai Rock - Rockaway Beach, NY
9/16 - Nietzsche's - Buffalo, NY (w/Tough Old Bird)
Thank you to the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) for the recent nominations for Americana Album of the Year for No Candy, Americana Group of the Year, as well as Americana Song of the Year for "The Well." We look forward to seeing you all in Nashville this October. http://www.imeaawards.com/nominees/2016-nominees/
No Candy CD Release Tour
We are very happy to announce that our third album, No Candy is completed and will be available on our upcoming tour through Middle America in the coming weeks. Recorded at the home studio in Arkansas over the course of a couple of weeks last fall, the eight original songs represent The Vine Brothers' continuing evolution as an acoustic trio exploring new ideas and sounds while at the same time remaining fully rooted in the timeless musical influences that have preceded us. We had the pleasure of working with some of our most trusted musical accomplices to make the album all that it could be: from the sweet harmony vocals of Candy Lee to the mood altering vibraphone of Adams Collins to the thunderous funk of Anthony Ball's drums to the syncopated wall of percussion courtesy of Fernando Valencia. Each one of our guests gave just the right amount of shine to the foundation the three of us constructed on every song.
The CD will be available at all of our shows and will soon be available at most online outlets as well. Here's where you can find us in the next month:
7/8 - Mercury Lounge, Tulsa, OK
7/9 - Westport Saloon, Kansas City, MO
7/10 - Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville, AR
7/11 - Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville, AR (with many guest musicians!)
7/13 - Maxine's Tap Room, Fayetteville, AR
7/14 - Barleycorn's - Wichita, KS
7/15 - Bodega's Alley, Lincoln, NE
7/16 - The Cathouse, Eureka Springs, AR
7/17 - Private House Concert, Springfield, MO
Spring Tour and More - March 2016
We've had a great time on the Spring Tour so far, and have a full weekend of shows coming up , bringing us to Baltimore, DC, and Long Island. Along the way, we recorded some videos in Arkansas with Richard Burnett and Jon Dooly, as well as a couple of just the Vine Brothers trio. Check them out on our YouTube page.
While in Binghamton, we got a great writeup in the Triple Cities Carousel:
"The Vine Brothers are a trio that formed in the South, but its members are spread all across the country. They come together to form one of the best and most innovative bluegrass-Americana bands in the U.S. Their original material pushes the boundaries of Americana, with heavy influences from jazz and classical music, and their arrangements of cover tunes are on point: check out their cover of "The Ghost of Stephen Foster". A classic string band, the trio consists of a mandolinist, guitarist, and upright bassist. Their shows are always high energy and fun, sometimes including medleys of Star Wars tunes, and other times incorporating spacey jazz improvisations. They are always locked on to each other, and their love of playing with each other, and for others, spills off the stage. They arguably hold the mantle of Americana music."
We've had the pleasure of doing some media on the road across New York, including an appearance on Scott Regan's wonderful show Open Tunings on WRUR 88.5 FM in Rochester, NY. Joe sat down to talk with Phil Westcott of Binghamton's Triple Cities Carousel for a rolling interview, and Frank DeBlase of Rochester City Newspaper gave a nice preview of our stay in Rochester:
Triple Cities Carousel "Catching Up With The Vine Brothers" (11/3/15) Phil Westcott
Rochester City Newspaper "ALT-BLUEGRASS/Vine Brothers" (11/4/15) Frank DeBlase
Back on the road in two weeks starting in one of our favorite venues - The Westport Saloon in Kansas City, MO. The following three weeks brings us around our old familiar territory in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Memphis. We're happy to be returning to some of the places that we started out in and have missed the past couple of times through, namely Springfield, MO and Eureka Springs, AR! We'll begin tracking for our third record during this run, then take off a week or two before heading east for a month of shows in the Northeast, hitting a bunch of cities we played over the summer in NY, PA, MA, and MD. See you on the road!
Summer 2015 Tour
After a great run through New Mexico and Colorado, we make our way back east starting with a show in Lincoln, NE at the Bourbon Theater, opening for Elephant Revival. Barley Street in Omaha, Westport Saloon in KC and Maxine's in Fayetteville, AR round out this leg before we cross the long middle to get to Eastern Pennsylvania for a performance at the Madsummer Meltdown Festival. The band takes a brief break before a jam packed summer in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic. New songs, new videos, and new cities on the way!
April Tour 2015
Tune To Go Live January 2015
Recorded live at The Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall - Fayetteville, AR
January 2015 Tour
Long Island Columbus Day Weekend
We're doing a short run on Long Island, NY in mid October, hitting a couple of venues we played this past summer...Grey Horse Tavern, Martha Clara Vineyards, and Quogue East Pub...check the Calendar Page for full details.
August 2014 On Tour
Back in Kansas City for a few days resting up for the Westport Saloon show on Wednesday Aug 20th. August has been a wild ride from the Buffalo Infringement Festival to all over Virginia and the Appalachians to the Midwest to Memphis. Great times and great memories all along the way. Follow the Facebook page for lots of photos and links to everywhere we’ve been. We had some really cool pictures taken on Federal Hill in Baltimore by the excellent Susan Clark, with some of them featured at our Photo Page. Next up Wichita, Tulsa, and a week in Fayetteville for our second appearance at the Fayetteville Roots Festival, with shows at various venues around town all week!
Northeast Summer 2014 Tour!
We had a great time in the Midwest in May, and are looking forward to getting back to the Northeast for July. We'll be in all corners of New York State from Long Island Wine Country to Plattsburgh to Buffalo, Ithaca, Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, and Brooklyn, and are excited for our first forays into new territory in VT, MA, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA. Into August, we've got a bunch of shows lined up in VA, TN, IL, and IN as we work our way back West for an end of the month run in Kansas City, Wichita, and Tulsa, ultimately ending up in Arkansas for our second time playing at the Fayetteville Roots Festival. Whew! As always, more dates to come...check the Calendar Page for a full gig lineup.
As we roll through the spring tour, we've had some local writeups along the way:
MOVE Magazine (5/21/14), Columbia, MO Katie Connor
F5 Paper (5/8/14), Wichita, KS Torin Andersen
Columbia Daily Tribune (5/18/14), Columbia, MO Columbia Tribune
F5 Paper (5/1/14), Wichita, KS Torin Andersen
Spring 2014 Tour Dates!
After a winter break, we're heading back on the road in May. We'll be going up and down the middle of the map with dates in OK, AR, MO, KS, MN, IA, including performances at Festy Fest outside of Lawrence, KS and Harmony Revival at beautiful Harmony Park in Minnesota. As always, more dates to come...check the Calendar Page for a full gig lineup. We'll have copies of the new CD The Devil and the Deep Black Sky with us, and we will be playing some new material we've been working on over the long cold winter months.
Star Wars Medley
In the studio during the December Tour:
December 2013 Dates
Springfield, MO, Wichita, KS, Northwest Arkansas and more. Still finalizing the schedule...check the Calendar Page for a full gig lineup. We'll have copies of the new CD The Devil and the Deep Black Sky with us.
The Devil and the Deep Black Sky
We are excited to present our latest CD The Devil and the Deep Black Sky!! Our follow up to 2012's Low Rent, this group of songs was recorded in Fayetteville, AR during the Spring Tour and features guest appearances by some of the area's top musicians, including RJ Mischo on blues harmonica, Adams Collins on vibraphone and banjo, and Ken Everts on drums and percussion. Miles Ralston recorded and mixed it with us.
We love it and think that you probably will too.
The Devil and the Deep Black Sky is available for download at all major online sources (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) OR you can get a copy of the CD right now at CD Baby:
No Desire Official Video
We're very happy to present our debut video of "No Desire", which will be on our forthcoming album The Devil and the Deep Black Sky. Enjoy!!!
Video Blog for June Tour
Spring Tour Dates Announced
Lawrence, KC, Ft. Smith, Fayetteville, Wichita, Eureka Springs, and COLORADO! We're coming your way. We'll be on tour for six weeks beginning on Memorial Day Weekend through the end of June. Tracks for the upcoming CD The Devil and the Deep Black Sky are just about done. No release date yet, but in the meantime, you can enjoy the first CD "Low Rent", by going to the Vine Brothers Store Page. More shows to be posted as they come in... to see where we're headed, go to the Calendar Page
Live on KUAF Fayetteville, AR
February/March Tour Dates Announced
We'll be heading from New York to Kansas to Mississippi and many many spots in between in the coming months. Along the way, we're also going to be performing and recording a brand new batch of songs for the next album. In the meantime, you can enjoy the first CD "Low Rent", by going to the Vine Brothers Store Page. There will be some more shows posted as they get finalized in the next couple of weeks... to see where we're headed, go check out the Calendar Page. See you soon enough!
New dates in Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, Springfield, and Topeka listed for November on the Calendar Page.
We are happy to announce that "Low Rent" has been played on over 100 stations in the US and Canada, and so far has charted on five of them, including CJSW in Calgary, AB; KAOS in Olympia, WA; KLCZ in Lewiston, ID; WVIA in Pittston, PA; and a #1 spot on KRZA in Alamosa, CO for the week of 9/10/12!
New Tour Dates Added
Headed to New York to start the next leg of the tour with shows in NYC and the Hamptons before we head back west mid August. Look for us in St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Fayetteville and Eureka Springs, AR, Springfield, MO, and more. Full tour date listings on the Calendar page.
We're traveling the Ozarks to perform at two outdoor camping festivals in the coming weeks:
SATURDAY, July 21st at Acoustic Vacation, Noel, MO - midnight set!
SATURDAY, July 28th at Backwoods Arts Gathering, Mulberry Mountain, Ozark, AR - 10:30 PM
Low Rent Now Available Online
The CD is now available online at CD Baby for purchase. You can get either the physical CD or you can download the tracks one at a time or all together. Soon, we will also be available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more, so keep a look out! Here's the link:
Low Rent is Here!
We are very excited to introduce to you our debut full length CD Low Rent. It is the fruit of a yearlong recording, re-recording, mixing, mastering process that began last January in the depths of the 2011 Kansas City SNOWPOCOLYPSE! The original Bread Sessions recordings (so called because we happened to come into an inordinate amount of various breads, which became breakfast, lunch, and dinner many times) were done in Lee's Summit at the home of Western Automatic front man Scott Devouton. Two weeks of nonstop writing, recording, mixing, snow, beer, rum, tobacco, and other various elements produced a trove of recordings which became the heart of what is now Low Rent. More tracks were added and tweaked and more guests appeared over the course of the Spring and Fall 2011 until the track list and mixes became finalized. We then had the CD mastered in Brooklyn, NY by Mitch Rackin as a final proverbial cherry on the top. Joe and I are grateful and thankful to all of the people who helped make this project happen, including but not limited to: Scott Devouton for housing the entire tribe and the inevitable madness that ensued, Garrett Jones from Fayetteville, AR and Papa Joe Credit for the bass, Scott Devouton and Reggie Scott for the drums, Amory Bottorff and Coleen Dieker for the violins, Ziggy from Dumptruck Butterlips for the accordion, Lisa Johnson for the sweet backing vocals, Antonio Perez and Jerry Lewis for the djembes, Mimi and Rocket for the bread, wine, meals, and multiple other forms of support, and Charlene for putting up with and supporting my absence so that all of this could happen.
The CD will obviously be available at our shows, and soon will be available online for purchase and download. We hope you dig it!