July 27, 2013|
DescriptionOver the last ten years Assembly of Dust has crafted a unique sound that recalls the likes of The Band, Traffic and Neil Young. They have taken that early 70's Americana swagger, put their own funky spin on it, and earned comparisons to the next generation of Americana heroes including Ryan Adams, Mumford and Sons and Wilco. Hooky melodies, poetic lyrics, and a profound depth of musicianship prompted USA Today to say Assembly of Dust has what it takes to "dazzle the Alt-Country universe."
The band was formed in 2002 by former Strangefolk front man Reid Genauer and has been embedded in the alt-country and jam band scenes ever since.
The allure of spacious production value has clung with Genauer his whole life and when he listened to Ray Lamontagne's 2010 album God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise, he heard something that struck a chord deep within him. After just a few seconds sniffing around the liner notes he found the name he was looking for and within a couple of months Assembly of Dust was in the studio with engineer Ryan Freeland With three Grammy's on the shelf and credits that include musical luminaries like Bonnie Raitt, Joe Henry, and Art Garfunkel, Freeland's aesthetic was exactly what Genauer was going for on Assembly of Dust's fourth studio album Sun Shot.
"I’ve always had a penchant for acoustic music” said the songwriter. “While Sun Shot isn’t an acoustic record by any stretch of the imagination it has the touch and nuances that allows the listener to be nearer to the music. It’s certainly a mellower record, it’s a vibey record, and it’s the most singer-songwriter record we’ve done."
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ADAM EZRA GROUP
The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is constantly proving that they are more than just a band, musically, personally, and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. AEG currently dedicates around 25% of their touring to benefit events in communities across the country, and almost all of their tour dates incorporate some form of "giving back." Ezra has created his own non-profit organization called RallySound, which officially received 501c3 status in the fall of 2011. It's mission: to help create socially conscious, live music events that inspire communities, grassroots activism, and civic engagement.
"They are one of the few bands out right now whose music is deep and real. It was an honor to tour with them." -Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root
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