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Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 5th through and for the October 18th Jack’s Mannequin show at The Cannery Ballroom. A lot has happened since the 2005 release of Everything In Transit which went to #37 on Billboard.

Andrew McMahon recently stated on, “In the time following the last Jack’s album the people in my world were moving in together, getting married, trying to find quote unquote ‘real jobs’ and reconciling new lives that looked a lot less like youth than some of us cared for.”

Jack’s Mannequin will release the long awaited follow up People and Things on October 4th. The first single is being released Friday and deals with serious relationships straight up.

“ Marriage is a bit of a beast to tackle in a pop record but when I wrote “My Racing Thoughts,” it became clear how powerful and loaded a subject this kind of love is and somewhere in that moment I began to lock into the broad concept for the writing sessions to come.”

The band, which started in Orange County, California, began as a side project for Andrew McMahon, former frontman for the band Something Corporate. In 2005, McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), just months before the release of Jack’s Mannequin’s debut studio album.

Motion City Soundtrack and Company of Thieves will serve as support for the show.

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN

Dashboard Confessional has made it through several labels, both record labels and labels put on the band such as Emo or Alternative and whatever radio has decided at any given time to celebrate 10 years since their first release, The Swiss Army Romance, that was recently re-released as a deluxe vinyl package of five 45RPM vinyl records with everything but the kitchen sink, from a guitar pick to a reproduction of the Writer’s original handwritten notes. Dashboard is now out on a celebratory tour marking 10 years in a flash at The Cannery Ballroom on March 31st.

The Swiss Army Romance Deluxe ++ Edition

In an age where rock has Elder Statesmen from Ozzy Osbourne to Bono, Chris Carraba and band have weaved through the once mega chains such as Tower Records to the now perfunctory Indie cred of Grimey’s.  Dashboard Confessional has always managed to find a spot from the first Volley of The Swiss Army Romance to what was their peak success in 2003 of A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar that peaked at #2 on the Billboard Charts.

Chris Carraba and Dashboard Confessional were willing to take on anything including the MTV Unplugged show that resulted in a subsequent Live, MTV Unplugged 2.0 that was #1 on the Billboard Indie charts in 2002.

Dashboard’s last recorded effort, After The Ending, released late in 2009, still showed staying power at #6 on the Billboard Rock Charts. They have navigated Rock Radio in probably the most difficult decade to retain status due to strong songwriting and consistent material.

Chris Carraba is known for bringing his own intense emotions into his songs and his stage performance, having toured with everybody from New Found Glory to Bon Jovi, they have reached across generations with a strong lyrical content and deep singer-songwriter roots, it is the alternative for the alternative crowd to the typical Tin Pan South fare going on elsewhere in Nashville next week.

Even though Chris is comfortable playing solo or with another guitarist, he always comes back to the full band,” I always find myself doing Dashboard instead because I think this is the–there’s the least boundaries within this band. Plus I love relationship I’ve been kind of fortunate to have with my audience. It’s personal and unique. So I’ve got to say that’s why I’ve stayed interested, because you can only play the same songs up there in front of people. Every year I put a record out, but you’re still basically playing the same songs for years. And it’s the genuine heart that those kids bring with them, and the fact that they care–seem to care–as much as I care about it–maybe more, strangely sometimes. That’s what makes me able to do it for as long as I’ve done it. And maybe, hopefully be able to do it for many more years.”

Touring with the 10th Year Anniversary re- release of The Swiss Army Romance will give earlier fans a chance to re-connect with the music while new Nashville fans can find a great point of reference with one of the best cross-genre songwriters of this generation. The March 31st show at Cannery Ballroom presented by AEG Live is a show not to be missed.

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN

Leo Kottke burst onto the scene at the beginning of the Seventies with a fresh approach to the acoustic guitar, especially with open tuned fingerpicking style on 12 string that influenced generations of Guitarists after him, such as Pat Metheny, Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel.  AEG Live/ The Messina Group will bring the Player’s Player live to TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater on Wednesday, March 16th.

Leo is best known for his Polyphonic Syncopated Melodies and use of detuned obscure chords. His first album recorded in 1969, 6 and 12 String Guitar on Takoma Records, has been reissued many times as it was a blue print for what was possible, thinking outside the box, Leo was the Allan Holdsworth of the steel string acoustic.

Leo was so amazing as a solo performer and recording Artist that he was picked up by Capitol Records in the Seventies, releasing five albums by 1975 including Dreams and All That Stuff which peaked at #45 on the Billboard Charts. Leo then moved on to Chrysalis Records until 1983. The music business finally caught up with Leo’s forward process when he moved to New Age Label, Private Music in 1986. This was a productive time with a community of musicians looking for inventive composition achieving one of his highest chart positions with That’s What at #24 on the Billboard Charts.

Leo has worked with several Artists including Lyle Lovett, Rickie Lee Jones, Chet Atkins, David Hidalgo and most recently released two critically acclaimed albums with Phish Bassist, Mike Gordon , Clone and Sixty Six Steps. Sixty Six Steps featured some interesting covers of “Sweet Emotion” the classic Aerosmith song as well as “Oh Well” the Peter Green penned Fleetwood Mac song.

Leo who was born in Athens, Georgia and grew up learning to play the style of Mississippi John Hurt in Muscogee, Oklahoma, eventually incorporated many influences from Delta Blues, Jazz and Folk Music. In much the same way as Mandolin Player Sam Bush and Banjo Man Bela Fleck he has always sought to re interpret traditional American Music in an ever expanding portfolio of methods.

When Leo had problems with tendonitis, he learned to find new tones without using fingerpicks, developing a more jazz fingered style method, as well as going the way of the Singer/Songwriter at times.  Despite being so advanced in his own style, Leo still is amazed at some of the prowess out there, “I hear people playing who baffle me. I can’t see how they’re doing it — either so soon because they’re so young or despite being laid up because they’re so old. It’s frustrating, this bafflement, only because I’ve never really done my homework, the quotidian, day-to-day scut work of concentrated study, and I owe it to people like Federico [Franco], or Snoozer [Quinn], to do that … they did. I admire these players”.

Leo’s life has been one of an ever changing music chameleon having started during the time of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix through the New Age Music Era and in a way going full circle working with Jam Band Alumni Mike Gordon, the guitar has been there always,” It saved my life when I was a kid. I’d been sick. Now it is my life. I wouldn’t call it joy, but that’s in there. It’s more than joy — and it gives me the creeps just saying that — but it’s true.”

 Leo has played on several makes and types of guitars over the years before finally becoming a Signature Artist for Taylor Guitars with his own co-designed 12 string model.  The TPAC Polk Theater will be a great forum to connect with a guitar community for the most essential element to Nashville is the guitar and there are more guitar players in Nashville than anywhere else in the world and the best of the best will no doubt be in attendance on March 16th for the inspired playing and improvisation of Leo Kottke.

 – Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN