Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Free downloads from MeadowGrass artists

Posted By on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 2:51 PM

UPDATE, 3/10:

Jeff Bieri from KRCC points out that the station's "Big Something" segment from yesterday features free downloadable songs from a number of bands appearing at MeadowGrass — including live cuts from Grant-Lee Phillips, Great Lake Swimmers, Gregory Alan Isakov and Martha Scanlan. Some recordings from last year's performers are available there, too.

A big deal in Canada: Great Lake Swimmers were recently nominated for a Juno Award.
  • A big deal in Canada: Great Lake Swimmers were recently nominated for a Juno Award.

Also, you can find ticket info (including KRCC member discounts) and a link to Ticketweb if you scroll down a ways and look to the right-hand side of the page.


I've seen Grant-Lee Phillips, whether solo or with his former band, Grant Lee Buffalo, in all sorts of dark, intimate venues, most recently Denver's Soiled Dove. But given his evolution from brooding twentysomething frontman to eminently approachable mid-life singer-songwriter, it seems perfect that the next time I see him will be under the sun (hopefully) at MeadowGrass this coming Memorial Day weekend.

As detailed by a recent press release, Phillips shares headlining duties with the Greencards and Great Lake Swimmers during "two days of national and regional artists performing roots, Americana, bluegrass, indie and blues music in the meadow of La Foret Conference and Retreat Center."

Grant-Lee Phillips headlines on Saturday, May 29, along with Gregory Alan Isakov, Grant Gordy Quartet, Martha Scanlan, Antero Junction and The Genuwines. On Sunday, May 30, The Greencards lead the lineup that includes Great Lake Swimmers, Sons and Brothers, Elephant Revival, Palmer Divide and Cahalen Morrison.

Last year's inaugural MeadowGrass was dampened by some serious (and seriously uncharacteristic) hard rain in Black Forest. But those who braved it came back raving about the music, and charmed by La Foret, which is an absolutely gorgeous retreat center deceptively close to I-25. Its site has a good rundown on ticket prices (nothing more than $50, including camping and two-plus days of music) and amenities.

For more on the artists, see the MeadowGrass site. In the meantime, enjoy a stripped-down version of "Strangest Thing," from Phillips' newest release, Little Moon:

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