Back in March, Vulf Records released a six-track EP under a new moniker The Fearless Flyers. The new band—comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri—have released four music video-supported tracks from the self-titled EP so far, with the rest of the tracks available for purchase/download here.In addition to the previously released “Aces of Aces”, “Under the Sea / Flyers Drive”, and “Barbara“, Vulf Records has shared the music video for their sped-up, jammed-out, funkified rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, featuring guitarist Blake Mills and gospel performer Sandra Crouch.Watch “The Seal Team 6 of funk” take on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” with special guests below:[Video: Vulf]The new-ish project—which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck)—is seemingly a “2.0” version of the original Vulfpeck lineup. Basically, any musical group under the Vulf Records establishment will resonate with fans of Vulfpeck, as the brain and tools behind the music will all come from the same place. The Vulf Compressor, indeed, continues its legacy.The full record is available on Bandcamp and features all sorts of musical nuggets. “Introducing the Fearless Flyers” showcases the tight musicianship between the four players, providing the style of playing that fans of Vulfpeck crave from the band’s earlier days. A secondary version of “Barbara” also appears on the record, featuring Sandra Crouch again on the tambourine, as a follow-up to Vulfpeck’s 2012 Vollmich version of the song. There’s also a “kids” version of The Little Mermaid‘s “Under The Sea”.The six-track presentation closes with “Bicentennial”, a clear continuation of the closing groove from Vulfpeck’s “Grandma” track from Mr. Finish Line. Vulfpeck’s soulful original version of the song features Antwaun Stanley on vocals, David T. Walker on guitar, and James Gadson on drums and closes with a 45-second groove that left fans wanting more in 2017. The Fearless Flyers’ “Bicentennial” is the extension of that groove and it features Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Elizabeth Lea on trombone and the voice of Jack Stratton as the “sibilant announcer.”You can own a copy of The Fearless Flyers today for $6, if you didn’t already reserve a copy of the vinyl, here.
Red Wing Roots Music FestivalMt. Solon, Va., July 11-13The Blue Ridge-based band The Steel Wheels recently made an explosion onto the contemporary Americana scene with their unique mountain sound and on-stage energy. In 2013, The Steel Wheels hosted their first music festival, appropriately named Red Wing Roots after their breakout album, at the Natural Chimneys Park in central Virginia.“It’s the best,” says lead vocalist Trent Wagler. “Can I really be relied on to be impartial here? Well, no, but let me say that between the varied acts under the “Roots Music” name, the children’s activities, and cycling events, this is one of the best the area has to offer.”From both a performance and organizational perspective, Wagler says there are a number of things that make a music festival great.“The best festivals pay attention to diversity of taste and time,” he says. “A good festival organizer creates a flow to the day, just like a great artist puts together a seamless show. Giving opportunities for people to interact with each other and the outdoors in informal and formal ways is always important.”From group bike rides to trail races, scenic settings, and a variety of top artists from different music genres, Wagler suggests Red Wing and the following four festivals to add to everyone’s calendar. redwingroots.comAlbino Skunk FestivalGreer, S.C., April 10-12 • albinoskunk.comMerleFestWilkesboro, N.C., April 24-27 • merlefest.orgBristol Rhythm & Roots ReunionBristol, Va./Tenn., September 19-21 • bristolrhythm.comThe Festy ExperienceRoseland, Va., October 9-12 • thefesty.com
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro has released statistics of those working on the Site C dam project in July.Compared to the numbers from June of this year, there were 84 fewer workers employed by the project in the first whole month of summer, to a total of 1,721 workers. Of those, 1,345 workers were employed as construction and environmental contractors, with an additional 376 engineers and project staff.The percentage of local hires on the dam site doesn’t seem to have shown much change, although it did increase by one percent to 47%, which means that there were 636 PRRD residents employed as contractors on the dam.- Advertisement -Overall, the number of workers hailing from BC fell one percent, from 83 percent to 82 percent.One thing that did not change from June to July was the number of Temporary Foreign Workers on the project: zero.Hydro added in the release that “as with any construction project, the number of workers — and the proportion from any particular location — will vary month-to-month and also reflects the seasonal nature of construction work.”Advertisement
PORTNABLAGH woman Ann Marie Ward is on top of the world today after being voted the best OpenWater Swimmer on the planet!“This is fantastic for Donegal,” said the 44-year-old on the accolade.“I am honoured, humbled and gobsmacked. It’s a little surreal,” she said, having beaten off Olympic, world, European and marathon competitors. Open Water Swimming guru Steve Munatones of the United States announced the results via Twitter.He said: “The North Irish Channel” is renowned for being the toughest channel swim in the world – cold, rough, filled with jellyfish and fraught with unpredictable weather. But it was site to the tenacious efforts of one Irish women who never quit until she reached the other side.“Anne Marie Ward, an unlikely endurance heroine, joined one of the most elite and exclusive marathon swimming clubs in the world – the 11 members of the North Irish Channel club. Her never-say-never 18 hour and 59 minute effort – on her fourth attempt – courageously ended in darkness at 3:35 am.“With both the English Channel and North Channel under her belt, Anne Marie completely reversed her previously unhealthful lifestyle – an inspirational story in itself – and is now one of the world’s most accomplished cold-water channel swimmers. Starting humbly and simply with a 2-mile charity swim, Anne Marie is now deservedly recognized by her peers and honored for reaching the pinnacle of her sport. “For her amazing swim between Ireland and Scotland her admirable lifestyle turnaround and dedication to charity swims, Anne Marie Ward was selected as the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Woman Of The Year.“Among the millions of female open water swimmers around the world, the 12 nominees clearly stood out – their exploits, histories and lifestyles are all incredibly inspirational for they overcame failures, obstacles and disappointments at some point in their swimming careers. But they forged on, positively and courageously. As the award is meant to symbolize, the nominees (1) embodied the spirit of open water swimming, (2) possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in 2010.”The final results of the 2010 vote were as follows:1. Anne Marie Ward, Swimmer (Ireland) 47.36% (2,558 votes)2. Ana Marcela Cunha, Swimmer (Brazil) 28.74% (1,552 votes)3. Linsy Heister, Swimmer (Netherlands) 10.39% (561 votes)4. Jackie Cobell, Swimmer (Great Britain) 3.43% (185 votes)5. Barbara Held, Swimmer (USA) 3.35% (181 votes)6. Penny Palfrey, Swimmer (Australia) 2.24% (121 votes)7. Angela Maurer, Swimmer (Germany) 1.72% (93 votes)8. Eva Fabian, Swimmer (USA) 0.7% (38 votes)9. Freda Streeter, Coach/Motivator (Great Britain) 0.65% (35 votes)10. Diana Nyad, Swimmer (USA) 0.63% (34 votes)11. Sue Oldham, Swimmer (Australia) 0.5% (27 votes)12. Mighty Mermaids, Swimmers (USA) 0.3% (16 votes)OUR ANN MARIE IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD was last modified: January 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)