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New Year’s Eve Planning, Vol. 1

This week and next week, we’re diving into some possible New Year’s Eve plans for all you jam band lovers out there. The String Cheese Incident will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a three-show New Year’s Eve run in Broomfield, Colorado. Leftover Salmon has a 4-show run on the West Coast, with stops in Crystal Bay Nevada, Chico and San Rafael, California’s Terrapin Crossroads. Gov’t Mule plays their annual Beacon Theatre NYE’s shows in New York City, and Yonder Mountain String Band...


Last Legs of 2018

We’re checking in with some Jam Session favorites like Lotus, the Disco Biscuits, and Widespread Panic to see what they’ve got in store for touring during the last legs of 2018. Lotus has an intimate, 6-night run planned on the East Coast in November, including two nights at Atlanta’s Terminal West. The Disco Biscuits will make their debut at the 10 Mile Music Hall in Frisco, Colorado, and Widespread Panic announces their New Year’s Eve plans. Also this week, a heady mix of reggae,...


Jam Blends and Common Kings

This week we’ve got a three-track spotlight on the new album from the reggae rock band Common Kings. Titled “One Day,” the new LP is jam-packed with feel-good vibes and island influences. The band has a super fun-loving attitude for both live shows and on recordings. Plus, we explore some of the genre-blending beauties of the jam band scene with music from bluegrass/string music favorites like Cascade Crescendo to the experimental orchestral sounds of Medeski Martin and Wood, and even the...


Experiments from the SCI Sound Lab

The String Cheese Incident delivers a new EP of fresh tunes from their SCI Sound Lab, a hybrid recording studio and band headquarters based outside Boulder, Colorado. The EP features several guest artists, including the Motet’s Lyle Divinsky and Ruby Chase. We’ve got a special three-track spotlight on the EP this week! We’re also checking in on touring news from Jam Session favorites like Twiddle and North Mississippi Allstars, who both have some nice runs coming up later this year. 00:00 -...


Rubblebucket’s Sun Machine Shines

Special spotlight this week on Rubblebucket’s new album “Sun Machine.” It’s a danceable, fun collection of tunes that the band is known for, but if you dive in deeper you’ll find it’s also a breakup album that digs into the band’s own battles with such heavy topics as cancer and alcoholism. Also this week, New Years Eve plans from Georgia band Widespread Panic, East Coast fall touring news from Lotus, and new music from Mapache, Howlin’ Rain, Medeski Martin & Wood, and more. 00:00 - Mic...


Welcome Medeski Martin & Wood

This week we’re welcoming Medeski Martin & Wood to the Jam Session family! They recently put out a new album with beloved contemporary classical orchestra Alarm Will Sound. Titled “Omnisphere,” it’s a 7-track album recorded live in Colorado. We’ve got a 3-track spotlight on it for you today! Plus, we’re welcoming artists Joss Jaffe and Common Kings to the Jam Session family, and checking in some of our favorites like Jaden Carlson Band, Pimps of Joytime and the Motet 00:00 - Mic Break 01:03...


Royal Potato Family Meal

This week we’re checking in with our homies at Brooklyn based record label Royal Potato Family. They’ve got a bunch of new music to share with us including Jam Session newbies Chris Lightcap, decker., and Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, who all have new albums out! From experimental and jazz to vibey singer/songwriter tunes and funky grooves, the Royal Potato Family always serves up a nice helping of unique sounds that beautifully redefine the jam scene. 00:00 - Mic Break 01:01 - In The...


John Butler Trio In North America

Buckle your seat belt and get on the bus - we’re going on tour! The John Butler Trio returns to North America this fall for a 20-date tour following a new album out this month on Nettwerk Records. They’ll hit up the United States as well as Canada. Plus, fall touring news from some of our other favorite jam bands like Sound Tribe who returns home to Georgia for Thanksgiving weekend with two shows in Atlanta, Papadosio who will ring in 2019 in Nashville. 00:00 - Mic Break 01:03 - Give &...


Getting Jammy In Northern California

Things are getting jammy in Northern California this fall! Next weekend, the team behind Mill Valley’s Sweetwater Music Hall will put on the inaugural Sweetwater In The Sun festival featuring Steve Kimock & Friends with a special appearance by the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Plus, beginning October 5th, San Francisco will host the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, featuring Howlin’ Rain, Emmylou Harris, I’m With Her and more. We’re got all that and more on this...


Falling Into Fall Tour

Best thing about the fall? New albums and fall tours! Come October, multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams will issue his first all instrumental album, and Blues Traveler will put out a new studio album via BMG Records. Plus, jamtronica pioneers STS9 kick off their U.S. fall tour later this month in South Burlington, Vermont, and Colorado funk band the Motet gets things going in Chico, California. If you’re in the U.S., regardless if you’re on either coasts or in the middle, chances are...


Ardmore Music Hall’s 5th Anniversary

Sending our love and congratulations to the Ardmore Music Hall, who celebrates their fifth anniversary this month! Located just outside of Philadelphia, the music venue will feature a series of five eclectic shows this month, including Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Marco Benevento, and Railroad Earth. Plus, we check in with Lotus, who returns to Colorado later this month, as well as TAUK, who will release their full-length studio album on September 28th followed by an extensive fall...


Austin’s Waterloo Music Festival

We’re devoting our 60 minutes together to the first-ever Waterloo Music Festival, happening in Austin, Texas the weekend of September 7th. On today’s episode we’ll hear music from some of our favorite jam bands performing at the 3-day festival, including the String Cheese Incident, Pimps of Joytime, TAUK, Perpetual Groove, Everyone Orchestra, and more. Plus, Marco Benevento has a new live album out, “Live at Saturn,” recorded earlier this year in Birmingham. 00:00 - Mic Break 00:56 -...


It’s Not Us, It’s You

We’re cramming a lot of jam band goodness into this week, including a special 3-track spotlight on the new album from Umphrey’s McGee. Titled “It’s You,” the studio album serves as a companion piece to the group’s January album, “It’s Not Us.” We also check in with ALO on their upcoming fall tour to the Northeast and Colorado, as well as explore the annual Hangtown Music Festival, happening the weekend of October 25th in Placerville, California 00:00 - Mic Break 00:59 - Saltillo - Mapache...


Mapache’s Groovy Feels

This week we welcome the West Coast Cosmic Americana duo Mapache back to Jam Session with a special 3-track spotlight on their debut, self-titled album, which is out now. We also scope out the Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s fall tour, and Colorado funk revivalists the Motet’s fourth annual installment of their Hometown Hustle in Denver in November. We also check out another track from the Jaden Carlson Band’s new studio album, featured on last week’s episode 00:00 - Mic Break 01:01 - Far...


Jaden Carlson Keeps It Moving

This week Colorado native Jaden Carlson shows us what it takes to be a young musical prodigy. At only 17 years old, she’s already sat in with some of our favorite jam bands like Lettuce, The Motet and Twiddle. Now, her solo project, the Jaden Carlson Band, celebrates its sophomore full-length album titled “Keep It Movin,” out now. We have a 3-track spotlight on that album this week, plus new music from Rubblebucket, Umphrey’s McGee and more, including information on Widespread Panic’s...


Jambands Go International

Exploring a handful of uniquely jammy music festivals and events including STS9’s inaugural Wave Spell music festival happening in Belden, California on August 16th. Plus, Slightly Stoopid returns to Jam Session with more music from their new album as well as lineup news for the 2018 Closer To The Sun destination concert in Mexico. Gov’t Mule will also take their jams internationally with the 10th installment of the Island Exodus in Jamaica. Back in the States, the first ever Big Weekend...


West Coast Cosmic Americana

We’re welcoming West Coast Cosmic Americana duo Mapache to the Jam Session family today! We’re also checking in on touring news from Primus (apparently Les Claypool won’t get that much-needed time off until October), as well as the inaugural Sea.Hear.Now festival in Ashbury Park, New Jersey this September, which will feature performances by Lettuce, The Original Wailers, Jack Johnson and others. Plus, we’ve got new music from Slightly Stoopid, The Motet, and more. Mapache - Mapache Lettuce...


Slightly Stoopid Delivers Everyday Album

Last Friday, Slightly Stooped released their latest studio album titled “Everyday Life, Everyday People.” On this week’s episode, we have a special 3-track spotlight on that new album. We also check in with Gov’t Mule, who’s putting on a very special 3-set show at Red Rocks in Colorado on September 14th. We also learn that the annual destination concert vacation Holidaze will move back to Mexico for this year’s installment in December. Plus, we sneak in new music from Howlin Rain, Kyle...


Howlin Rain’s Alligator Bride

On this week’s episode, we kick things off with a summery reggae dance party featuring Roots of Creation, Spiritual Rez and 10 Ft Ganja Plant. Slightly Stoopid and Rubblebucket send their latest singles our way, which will be on their respective forthcoming albums. Plus, we’ve got a special 3-track spotlight on “The Alligator Bride,” the new album from Oakland, California’s Howlin Rain. Stay tuned to next week’s episode for a 3-track spotlight on the new album from Slightly Stoopid, which...


Crushin’ Bluegrass Since 1977

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee, a bluegrass festival that dates back to 1977, welcomes Keller Williams and Yonder Mountain String Band to their stage this October in Ontario, California. Plus, Primus’ Les Claypool announces that the band will take a rest from touring, Lettuce raises money this month in Oregon for Multiple Sclerosis, and the String Cheese Incident confirms multi-night runs on tour this fall, plus an appearance at Suwannee Hulaween. All that and more jam band news that’s fit to...