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Ryan Montbleau: For Higher

Produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman, who assembled the group, the album features Anders Osborne (guitar), George Porter Jr. (bass), Ivan Neville (keys), and Simon Lott (drums) – an elite group by any standard. One look at the lineup and there’s no doubt that there will be funk found throughout this record. The album’s real charm, though, is in its restrained playing and in Montbleau’s astoundingly expressive voice.

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Ryan Montbleau Band: Heavy on the Vine

Heavy on the Vine's appeal isn't nearly as broad as the palette of musical styles featured on the album. By the same token, there are a lot of reasons to like it. Fans of soulful white-boy pop looking for more songs to sing in the car will likely swoon, while those with edgier tastes will want to look elsewhere. The band's wide-open approach means that the album is equally wide-open to interpretation, and reactions will largely depend on the mindset of the listener.

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Ryan Montbleau Band – Hanging on the Vine

Although he’s still figuring it out what it means to be a New Englander, Ryan Montbleau can at least know he’s resilient.  After ten years of steadily touring the Northeast, Monbleau  has finally reached a pinnacle, calling 2010 a year that “I’ll remember for a long time.”  The singer-songwriter/guitarist has just released his fourth studio album – the eclectic and plentiful Heavy on the Vine, produced by Martin Sexton.

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Last Week’s Sauce: Nov. 30th – Dec. 6th

Last Week’s Sauce features recordings of shows from the previous week.


[Thanks to tgakidis for this week’s photo]

Artist & Title: Derek Trucks Band – Young Funk
Date & Venue: 2009-12-03 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
Taper & Show Download: mrsoul

The Derek Trucks Band put on a special show down in Atlanta, welcoming a slew of guests to the stage, including: Susan Tedeschi, Jeff Sipe, and Col. Bruce Hampton amongst others. This track, which comes off DTB’s 1998 album Out Of The Madness, features Jimmy Herring on additional guitar. The Trucks/Herring combination is one for the ages, I’ve seen these two go at it in Phil Lesh & Friends as well as the Allman Brothers Band. Derek and the band play tomorrow night at Skirball Center For The Performing Arts.


READ ON after the jump for more stellar tracks from Mountain Goats, Phish, Ryan Montbleau Band and Steve Kimock’s Crazy Engine…

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Ryan Montbleau Band- Finding Patience (INTERVIEW)

Today’s the day the Ryan Montbleau Band has been looking forward to since they first entered the studio in March to record a follow-up to 2006’s One Fine Color. Now the band finally gets to share its sophomore album, Patience on Friday, with the rest of the world.

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