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Wilco performed “Summer Teeth” for the first time in nearly two years during a Sunday afternoon in-store set at Grimey’s record store in Nashville.
A free live stream of Wilco’s upcoming concert at Brooklyn Steel in New York City is available.
Wilco put the focus on new material, including a live debut at Tuesday night’s North American Fall Tour opener in Toronto.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Wilco, North Mississippi Allstars, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Los Lobos, Bill Frisell, Angel Olsen and Kelsey Waldon.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s third of six 2019 concerts at the Beacon Theatre in New York City featured guest appearances from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, North Mississippi Allstars frontman Luther Dickinson and multi-instrumentalist Amy Helm.
Watch Wilco performing “Everyone Hides” from their upcoming new album ‘Ode To Joy’ on Monday’s episode of ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.’
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About Nels Cline
Nels Cline is one of the most versatile, imaginative and original guitarists active today. Combining breathtaking technique with an informed musical intelligence, Cline displays a mastery of guitar expression that encompasses delicate lyricism, sonic abstractions, and skull-crunching flights of fancy, inspiring Jazz Times to call him, “The World’s Most Dangerous Guitarist.”
Born in Los Angeles in 1956, his earliest musical influences included Jim “Roger” McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Fahey and Duane Allman. Later these giants as well of those of jazz, jazz/rock, punk and the improvising avant-garde twisted his head around. Cline claims his most valuable music training came from his work with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Eric von Essen, with whom he performed as a duo from 1977 until von Essen’s untimely death in 1997. In the late 1970s, Cline played in the chamber-jazz group Quartet Music with his brother, percussionist Alex Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier and bassist von Essen. Quartet Music recorded 4 albums and toured extensively, a 12 year run that was highlighted by two performances in 1989 with the Milwaukee Symphony for which Nels arranged several of his compositions. Clines’ 1987 Enja release, Angelica, which added New York City altoist Tim Berne to a roster of longtime Cline collaborators Alex Cline, Stacy Rowles, Eric von Essen, is a fine example of his work from this period.
In 1989, the guitarist formed the amped-up Nels Cline Trio, a worthy vehicle for Cline’s guitar excursions, which range from probing, reflective balladry to bracing freeform assaults. The Nels Cline Trio recorded 4 CDs, Chest, Ground, Sad and Silencer.
Some of the musicians that Nels has performed and/or recorded with include: Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Mike Watt, Tim Berne, Mark Dresser, Bobby Bradford, Zeena Parkins, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, Gregg Bendian, Mark Isham, The Geraldine Fibbers, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Kaiser, Banyan, Bloc, fIREHOSE, Carla Bozulich and Scott Amendola.
In addition to The Nels Cline Singers, his current projects include a 6-piece ensemble called Destroy All Nels Cline, The Inkling quartet with bassist Mark Dresser, drummer Billy Mintz and harpist Zeena Parkins; and an improvising acoustic guitar trio with Rod Poole and Jim McAuley. Nels especially enjoys collaborating with other musicians a duo format. Some of these collaborators include Carla Bozulich (Scarnella), Devin Sarno, Gregg Bendian, Zeena Parkins, Woody Aplanalp, G. E. Stinson and Norton Wisdom (a painter).
Artists that Nels currently performs with most often include: Scarnella, Vinny Golia, Devin Sarno, The Scott Amendola Band, Gregg Bendian’s Interzone, the Jeff Gauthier Goatette, a trio with Zeena Parkins and Thurston Moore, Banyan and now The Nels Cline Singers.
The Greyboy Allstars confirmed four February 2020 concerts.
Yonder Mountain String Band gets their 2020 winter tour underway early in January and concludes the run by teaming up with The Infamous Stringdusters for a series of co-bills.
The Infamous Stringdusters confirmed Winter Tour 2020 and shared two singles from their forthcoming ‘Live From Covington, Kentucky’ set.
The Revivalists will embark on a three-week 2020 winter tour this February.
Oysterhead, the Trey Anastasio Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and Gary Clark Jr. are among the acts on the initial SweetWater 420 Fest 2020 lineup.