Preorder is now open for ‘Fall Away Blues,‘ our upcoming new album – the fourth full length studio album from Red Tail Ring! Tracked by Ian Gorman of Kalamazoo’s beloved La Luna Studio, the album features eight original songs, three traditional interpretations, and one blistering tune. Woven together by RTR’s signature instrumental variety (with guitar, fiddle, and both open-back and gourd banjos) and close harmony singing, the album spins tales of hard times, changing love, and the challenge of finding a place in the world. ‘Fall Away Blues,’ the title track, exemplifies the artistic thrust of the album by functioning both as a declarative command and as a hopeful prayer for better days ahead. Albums will be sent out on or before August 1st. We’re really excited to share all of this new music with you!
We’re happy to announce that we’ll be performing at these fine summer music festivals! From the jamming heaven of Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering in Battle Ground, IN to the cross-cultural exchange of Quebec’s Festival Mémoire et Racines, to reveling in a bevy of Michigan’s marquee festivals – Hiawatha, Wheatland, and the Earthwork Harvest Gathering, we’re excited to explore alongside festival-goers and to perform for new audiences. Get thee to a festival! We’ll see you this summer!
|6/18||Midsummer Feastival||Bangor MI|
|6/24-6/26||Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering||Battle Ground IN|
|7/23||Hiawatha Traditional Music Fest||Marquette MI|
|7/29-7/31||Festival Mémoire et Racines||Joliette QC Canada|
|8/12-8/14||Shawano Folk Music Fest||Shawano WI|
|8/27||Hollerfest||Irish Hills MI|
|9/4-9/5||Fox Valley Folk Music Fest||Geneva IL|
|9/9-9/11||Wheatland Music Festival||Remus MI|
|9/16-9/18||Earthwork Harvest Gathering||Lake City MI|
|9/24||Boats and Bluegrass||Winona MN|
We’re happy to announce an upcoming international tour for Red Tail Ring this January 2016 – SWEDEN. Laurel will be traveling to Uppsala, Sweden for a composition retreat with her new colleague Anna Gustavsson. During their week together they’ll also be visiting the Folk At Heart Music Conference in Örebro, Sweden with their new duo music.
Following that, Michael will fly in for a week of RTR performances in southern Sweden, including playing as the dance band for Sweden’s own “Viking Square Dance.” Check out the shows page more information about the concerts, and keep in touch via our email list or twitter feed for fun updates during the tour. We’re thrilled to start off 2016 with this robust musical journey – please share the news with your Swedish friends.
|1/20||Square Dance Vikings||Uppsala SE|
|1/23||'Rootnites' at Southside Pub||Stockholm SE|
We’ve just returned home from collaborating in the first season of the new cross genre festival – Beethoven & Banjos. Working alongside members of Decoda – Carnegie Hall’s affiliate ensemble, we presented three concerts and three school programs to Upper Peninsula residents. Our week was a completely enriching musical immersion, with daytimes full of rehearsals with our extremely talented cohorts, and evenings scheduled with public concerts and interactive performances at local schools. This year two brand new pieces had their world-premier – a violin/viola duet based on Scandinavian dances by Evan Premo, and a three-part quintet based on Upper Peninsula waters composed by Laurel and Evan Premo. Aside from that, most of the material that we performed had never been heard in it’s current form, from Red Tail Ring songs with new string arrangements, to Beethoven minuets with shimmers of traditional American tunes tucked inside. We’re thrilled to have been part of the first year of this festival, and will continue to support it in future seasons.
We’ll be traveling to Vermont in October for an encore performance of the music prepared for Beethoven & Banjos. Here are the upcoming cross-genre concerts that will be presented by Scrag Mountain Music.
|10/23||Green Mountain Girls Farm||Northfield VT|
|10/24||Capital City Grange||Montpelier VT|
|10/25||Warren United Church||Warren VT|
Posted 10/5/15. Photo credit Zolton Cohen.
We’re gearing up for the famed Earthwork Harvest Gathering, the homecoming festival of the Earthwork Music Collective (and de facto meeting of minds for all of Michigan). HG 2015 will feature the best in Michigan music, from longtime staples like Seth Bernard & May Erlewine and Chris Bathgate to newcomers The Northern Fires and Vox Vidorra, from psychedelic jam masters The Macpodz to Breathe Owl Breathe – masters of the minimal jam. The festival will feature several different types of sets by us, a Barn Stage set of RTR music in addition to Michael rocking out with Prine Time (his John Prine tribute brotherhood) and Laurel playing with Micah Ling (folk cellist extraordinaire), a set with Earthwork Women, and Shari Kane & Dave Steele. It’s a festival we look forward to all year, and one we recommend highly. Hope to see you there!
We’ll be all over this month, with shows in Virginia and Washington D.C., and various parts of Michigan, as far North as Aura, and as out of the way as Mackinac Island. Join us to get in on some of this summer fun.
|7/8||Ashland Coffee & Tea||Ashland VA|
|7/9||The Corner Store||Washington D.C.|
|7/12||Red Wing Roots Festival||Mt Solon VA|
|7/16||Roots on the River||Manistee MI|
|7/18||Aura Jamboree||Aura MI|
|7/22||Manistique Bandshell||Manistique MI|
|7/23||Concert in the Park||Mackinac Island MI|
We’re so excited to announce that we’ll be appearing at next month’s Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival in British Columbia, Canada alongside Canned Heat, Elephant Revival, John Oates, Marty Stuart, Scott Cook, The Duhks, The Slocan Ramblers, and many others! Believe it or not, this will be our very first musical venture to Canada, so wish us well and help us spread the word to your B.C. friends.
|8/14-8/16||Salmon Arm Roots & Blues||Salmon Arm B.C.|