Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon will follow their superb first release as a duo (Clone - get it!) with Sixty Steps, August 23rd on RCA Victor. It apparently draws on a calypso feel, and was rehearsed in Costa Rica, then recorded (at Compass Point Studios) in Nassau, Bahamas, with Clone mixer David Z. The duo was joined for the sessions by Neil Symonette, described in a press release as "Nassau's uintessential session player and renowned house drummer at Compass Point." The tracks feature originals by Kottke, Gordon, and the duo, as well as covers including one of Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion". Kottke, Gordon, and Symonette are currently on a ten-date tour including Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the High Sierra Music Festival.
The Mockingbird Foundation, an all-volunteer group of Phish fans, has announced 14 new grants totaling nearly $60,000. This brings the Foundation to a total of more than 120 grants in 33 states, and nearly $420,000 in total disbursements. The group plans to invite more proposals in September, and to continue announcing new grants every six months for many years to come.
For Vermont night at Fenway last Saturday, during the Red Sox game, ESPN's Dunkin Donuts musical montage (highlights set to music) featured the studio version of "Down with Disease".
The first set of the Benevento/Russo Duo w/ Mike Gordon show from 4/27/05 (Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA), which featured a nearly 52-minute version of Foam, is now available from livephish.com for reduced pricing ($7.95 for MP3, $9.95 for FLAC).
Trey's summer tour has been announced, including eight dates - two with Gov't Mule opening three with Matisyahu opening, and one (the final show, at Red Rocks, on August 13) with Sound Tribe Sector 9 opening. Tickets go on sale starting this Saturday, June 25.
On October 6, Trey will open for the Rolling Stones at Scott Stadium (of the University of Virginia) in Charlottesville, VA (home of Music Today, who now manage Trey's solo career following the end of Dionysian Productions). This is the second time a concert has been held a Scott Stadium. The last, several years ago, was the Dave Matthew Band (also managed by Music Today).
The summer tour which would have featured Trey's band (current lineup of hired guns, presumably), Ben Harper, and others, has been cancelled. According to the official site, "The Zooma Tour was conceived to provide fans with an exceptional musical and entertainment experience. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it has become clear that it would not be possible to provide that experience at the level initially envisioned. Rather than go forward with a tour that falls short of what was conceived, everyone involved has mutually agreed that it is best to cancel the tour altogether."