Hail hail folks!
Behold the slides that do slideth above thee!
We’re taking to the deep reaches of outer space for our NYE shows. It’s a very deep and old tradition among bluegrass and string bands to have science fiction themed shows / albums / songs / clothes. (We all remember those famous albums, “Gravity & Singularity” by Flatt and Scruggs, and the classic “Theories of the Multiverse” by The Stanley Brothers.)
We’ll see you in deep space at the end of the month!
Also, we’ll see you all over the damn place in February and March. We’re winging our way back through the Northwest, and we’ll be stomping in all of our favorite and beloved stomping grounds. Please come out and stomp with us.
Stay warm folks, and happy holidays!
Our bassist, Gio Benedetti, loves the metal (and I’m writing this post). He (I) tries to sneak some into the shows every once in a while. You might notice some excessive head banging, and the gratuitous use of his (my) distortion pedal during our acoustic, string-band sets.
What happens to all of this pent-up metal energy while we’re (I’m) touring in a string band all year? It gets focused, distilled and made powerful through repression and frustration. And now, you can all hear the fruits of this most brutal of metal-distillation processes.
We have 4 Brothers Comatose songs all metal-ified. Gio (still me) arranged it all, put it together, and rocked the guitars, bass, and drums (programmed – not live. Sorry). Ryan shredded the solo on Valerie, and Ben and Alex put on Corpse Paint and laid down some doom vocals, and we made this. Enjoy.
We’ll see all you Colorado folk this weekend as we open up for Rising Appalachia on Thursday and Friday! Can’t wait to see you all!
We’re going to tour on horses through the foothills of the Sierras!
If I was you, I’d bring some hemorrhoid cream and ice packs to each show, and see which one of us breaks first.
We’re doing the tour with our friend Ismay and it should be tons of fun. We’ll be absolutely sure to document the tomfoolery (thanks to the video skills of Colin Blackshear and company – the team responsible for our Black Light Moon video -) and share it with you all… I’m sorry ~** y’all **~ as soon as we can.
Grab your tickets to the grand finale show right here!
If you have any spare wranglers, chaps, boots, hats, bolo ties, padded saddles, maps of the foothills, or horseback riding lesson coupons, send them to:
Thanks for the support!
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re about to become fully legitimate, accredited, card-carrying international touring artists. (Yes, Canada is international, but… it’s so close, eh?) We’re bound for South Australia. (Or, just Australia) ((“What’s the joke there Gio?,” you ask? – oh, just enjoy the video below, dear reader.))
Tell your friends and family who live there that we’re on our way.
Tell us where to go in the towns that nary a one of us has been to. (Except, probably Phil. I think he’s been everywhere.)
Tell us what to do, what to eat, what to say, what lines of Crocodile Dundee to quote, and which ones the locals don’t really appreciate.
We are very excited.
To get pumped, Ben and Alex have asked us, and – by extension now – all of you folk to watch and listen to the video below by The Clancy Brothers.** A fine, ripe, swashbuckling South Australia number, and a song that Ben has brought and tried to bring to the Brothers Comatose stage show at every rehearsal for the last 5 years. Geez, Ben. Enough with the Clancy Brothers, already.
**Little known Brothers Comatose fact: Ben and Alex had always wanted to model the band after The Clancy Brothers*** for reasons that are obvious if you just enjoy that there photograph. Sadly, my skin was too sensitive for the wool, cable-knit sweater. Another dream crushed.
***I, Gio, actually do love The Clancy Brothers. I listen to those old Irish drinking songs, and my Kiely blood (Mom’s side) just gets all fired up, and I’m ready to run off and fight in the revolution.
By the rising of the moooooonnn!!
Holy Calpine, Batman.
That was one amazing weekend. Thanks to all of you good people that cruised out for this and partied with us for 3 days. Some highlights from my side of things?
What I’m trying to get at is that there were tons of highlights. And it was fun. The most fun we have at a festival all year.
Thanks for coming, and we’re already planning to make next year even better.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Comatopia – land of music, camping, great hangs and damn good times.
We are very proud to announce this year’s schedule and lineup on the official Comatopia site!
Reserve your spot and get them tickets because it’s a cute, small, furry little festy! August 12-14 in Calpine, California!
Can’t wait to see you up there, folks. Get those tickets, and bring your tent and dancing shoes!
Ladies and Gentlemen –
Grab your thongs and your rum, we’re headed to the tropics… in January 0f 2017.
But seriously, folks – feast your eyes on the list of bands for Jam Cruise 15 that will be rocking and jamming their way across the seven seas! It will be amazing! My hope: Alex sits in and adds some tasty banjo to the Funky Meters. I get to go up and play some bass with Benevento Russo Duo. Ben does guest vocals (1612) with Volfpeck. Can’t wait.
Get the tickets now and make the plans, because post-holidays, you’re going to be exhausted and beat, and you’re not going to be able to plan an epic musical adventure to the tropics.
Do it now!
Here we come, East Coast. Starting with a pinch of MerleFest, and adding some club dates, stirring in a strong helping of DelFest, and some serious frequent flyer miles, and we have the recipe perfected for some bizarre, nation-crossing touring.
All the upcoming tour dates can be seen here (and you can also score them tickets).
Hope to see many familiar faces on the green and humid roads out East!
Hail hail good folk!
This was me, knee deep in a gorgeous river, getting ready with my vocal warmups for our Old Settler’s set. Life is pretty good.
You can have a lot of fun by looking at our tour schedule and trying to figure out how in the hell we’re going to get to these destinations at these times and by what means. Plane? Train? Automobile? (great movie, by the way).
I’m in Wimberley, Texas right now drinking great coffee, and checking in. There’s lots to say – which will end up in a blog post soon – and some news to report which we’ll give a quick once-over on here:
Comatopia dates are announced – August 12 – 14! We’ll do an official announce, and start posting lineups and schedules on the official page soon. But for those of you who were curious – It’s f&*^%$@#n ON.
We just played Old Settler’s last night in Driftwood, TX and it was amazing. Damn fun.
We’ll be on the radio Sunday night on Mountain Stage out of West Virginia – so tune in!
Take care out there all, and we’ll see you soon.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all so much for the love and support. It’s pretty damn amazing to have the Fillmore sold out.
If this was Back to the Future, and I was able to go back and tell high school Gio that he would sell out the Fillmore… by playing upright bass… in a string band… with Ben & Alex & Joe (he wouldn’t have a frame of reference for Phil or Ryan) he would punch me and call me a liar.
Then he would help me up, because he’d be curious and enticed – despite the sheer outlandishness of the claim – because selling out the Fillmore would be just too damn amazing.
So – thanks. Thanks for the support in the Bay Area from The House of Shields to Amnesia, to PAs getting stolen, to Haight street house parties to raise money to get PAs back, to Hardly Strictly, to Outside Lands, to Slim’s, to Great American Music Hall, and now, the Fillmore.
If we can keep steady on this trajectory, we’ll see you in a few years at AT&T park.
You are all the greatest fans and friends and family of all time, and we love you. Can’t wait to throw down a huge party on Friday.
See you there.