Date posted: November 25, 2014

Congress+press+photo+2014_highres resize for webWith their noses to the grindstone for the past few years, The Congress hasn’t had a moment to notice their ever changing surroundings. They have headlined tours across the US from coast to coast, as well as supporting full length tours for the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lake Street Dive, and Hard Working Americans, while incessantly playing their home turf in the Rocky Mountains in between these tours. The Congress has also succumbed to a growing writing habit that will culminate in the band’s second full length album in early 2015.

Date posted: November 12, 2014
535928_612050655584281_2613945380112582286_nWe’re pleased to announce EDA will be hitting the road with Ed Jurdi (Band of Heathens) and Seth Walker on the inaugural CIRCLE OF THE SONG Tour this winter!!!

2/19 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s
2/20 – New York, NY – Cutting Room
2/21 – Portsmouth, NH – Press Room
2/22 – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim
2/24 – Northampton, MA – Parlor Room
2/25 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
2/26 – Ashland, VA – Ashland Coffee & Tea
2/27 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
2/28 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
3/01 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle

www.edwarddavidanderson.com
www.sethwalker.com
www.bandofheathens.com

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As far back as we can remember, humanity has been compelled to gather around song. Whether as a centerpiece for celebration, a reflection on loss or a calling to inspire community; in the form of ballads, blues, spirituals and countless other variations, timeless songs have been integral to the narrative of their times. With that idea in mind, three of this generation’s most devoted artists to the art of the song: Ed Jurdi, Seth Walker and Edward David Anderson will head out of the road together to perform in the round, share their extensive bodies of work with one another, pick on a few classics and celebrate…The Circle Of The Song.

As a founding member and leader of the Austin, TX rock and roll outfit The Band of Heathens, Ed Jurdi has been an essential element in defining the band’s kaleidoscopic American sound. From festival performances at Bonnaroo, Austin, City Limits and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to over a thousand one-nighters in clubs and theaters across the United States and Europe, The Band of Heathens have built a reputation as one of today’s hardest working bands. Originally from the Boston area, Jurdi has forged a sound both rooted in the past and pointing toward the future. An ardent student of the masters of American music, he brings the passion of a gospel sermon and juxtaposes it against a gathering of merry pranksters with a soulful delivery and timeless voice.

Seth Walker is pure Southern troubadour. He grew up in North Carolina and came of age in Austin, Texas where he became renowned on the contemporary blues and roots scene. After a stint in Nashville, Walker now resides in New Orleans. All of these geographical influences coalesce on his most recent album, Sky Still Blue. Produced by Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, it revels in the devil-on-my-trail gristle, longing blue notes and pop-wise song-craft that has become Walker’s forte. The Vinyl District perhaps summed up Seth best when praising him as “an accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (à la Percy Mayfield) into his own distinct voice.”

Prior to 2014, many knew Edward David Anderson best from his critically acclaimed, vintage American rock band, Backyard Tire Fire. That all changed earlier this year, however, when Anderson struck out on his own with his debut solo release, Lies & Wishes. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, it presents Anderson’s most autobiographical material yet, exploring the loss of his mother and the dissolution of his band. It’s a collection of songs that embrace vulnerability, while rooted in Anderson’s working class aesthetic. Performer Magazine declared: “Anderson pulls from the pockets of country, blues and Americana, capturing a different hue as the genres shift, in a juxtaposition of warm-hearted openness and biting self-doubt.” Born and raised in the Midwest, Anderson currently splits his time between Bloomington, Illinois and lower Alabama.

Date posted: October 22, 2014

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Date posted: October 13, 2014

I'm Feelin' LuckyLarger than life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard hitting, face melting, blues rock n’ funky soul. And he’ll celebrate this major milestone the only way he knows how, with the release of a smokin’ hot studio album I’m Feelin’ Lucky and a series of shows on the West Coast!

I’m Feelin’ Lucky is Popa’s debut album for Cleopatra and contains some of his best and most deeply felt writing. “The Way It Is” is an “urban soul ballad,” he explains, “that’s about those times when you just sit there and you realize that you’re all messed up and there ain’t nothing you can do about it…that’s the blues right there.” The title track is a major slice of “badass funk” with heavy wah wah pedal guitar playing from Popa and “great New Orleans style lyrics.” “I’m A Pitbull (Nothin’ But Love)” may be the song closest to his heart: “I’m a big dog lover. I have a little pitbull and I love him dearly. They’re a very misunderstood breed. I work with people at a pitbull rescue who work with these dogs and train them to be service dogs for veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s a beautiful thing. There is not a more loyal, devoted and emotionally intuitive dog.” It’s these very same qualities in Popa Chubby’s own gracious persona that have been drawing fans to his music for over 2 decades.