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It was great to learn that The Trey Anastasio Trio, as listed on the schedule, was actually playing as a quartet, given that Ray Paczkowski had just returned to his keyboard the night before, after recovering from a health issue. That may have been Trey’s first real interaction with the crowd, there before the encore, where he played two solo songs with his acoustic, including a lovely “Waste,” before bringing his bandmates back for a third together. I did love how he phrased it, the news about Ray being better, genuinely thrilled to share “some good news in what seems like a world of bad news.”

The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® is set to celebrate its 93rd birthday with an annual Birthday Bash and a special birthday concert by Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride at 3 PM Sat., Oct. 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient made his Opry debut in 1967, charted 36 No. 1 singles, sold over 70 million records, and this year marks his 25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.

The Jauntee have announced a release date for their forthcoming album, Always Never Knowing. Over the last few years, the improvisational foursome have grown notorious for being cross-country road warriors on what seems like a never ending tour. In an attempt to mirror that live experience, the band went into the studio last year in their hometown of Boston to record a new album in front of an intimate live audience.

After a prolific career of 22 studio albums, Keller Williams has announced his first ever entirely instrumental release SANS, out on October 19. The new album offers a fresh take on his previous work, with a collection of eight reimagined tracks plus one new song. Williams is set to hit the road this fall with a slew of new tour dates, including a special album release show at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City. The tour will also include solo shows as well as performances with PettyGrass, Keller & the Keels, More Than a Little and Keller Williams’ Duo with Danton Boller.

Eight years after their final live show, now defunct but widely celebrated Boston Jam act, Mondo Gecko are thrilled to announce that their self-titled debut studio album Mondo Gecko will finally see the light of day on July 26th, 2018. The digital release will be available via all streaming services including iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.

Iconic rock musicians Paul Rodgers and Jeff Beck are joining forces for the Stars Align Tour, their co-headlining summer outing with Ann Wilson of Heart and opening act Deborah Bonham. The tour kicks off on the July 18, in West Valley City, Utah, and will stop in cities across the U.S.

Due to popular demand, Joan Baez will extend her extensive 2018 tour into 2019 including stops at D.C.’s Warner Theatre, Northampton’s John M. Greene Hall, Knoxville’s Tennessee Theatre, Austin’s Paramount Theatre and more. See below for complete tour details and on sale dates. Tickets are available for purchase at www.joanbaez.com/tour.

Today, the Buffalo-based groove-rock quartet known as Aqueous announces their most extensive headlining tour to date. Starting this September and culminating in December, Aqueous will hit 27 cities, seeing support from the likes of Mungion, ELM, The Heavy Pets, EGI and Goose. Aqueous' Mike Gantzer shares, “The band has some really big plans for this tour, and we’ve been sitting on a ton of material that we can’t wait to debut!

Keller Williams has announced a new Tom Petty-inspired project titled ‘Keller Williams’ 'PettyGrass’, which finds him performing select covers in a rollicking bluegrass style alongside eclectic bluegrass quintet The Hillbenders. The project began in 2015, when Williams put together a set of Petty covers for his annual hometown S.P.C.A. benefit, recording the rehearsals as voice memos on his phone. After Tom Petty’s shocking passing last year, Williams and his longtime collaborator Jeff Covert enhanced these recordings and posted them as a tribute to the legend’s legacy and inspiration.

Garrett Dutton aka “G.Love” of G. Love & Special Sauce is proud to introduce the first-annual Cape Cod Roots & Blues Festival coinciding in celebration of the band’s 25th anniversary. The one-day event scheduled for September 15th, 2018, will take place along the beautiful shores of Nauset Beach in the town of Orleans, MA and will bring a helping of live performances featuring homegrown blues, rock, and roots music to the Outer Cape. Headliners G.

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