Jack White Performs A Prairie Home Companion Acoustic Set With Chris Thile [Video]

first_imgJack White has been on a bit of a sabbatical from performing live over the last year. However, White decided to take to the stage last night at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, for a special acoustic set at the opening night of A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile‘s tour. The Punch Brothers‘ mandolinist has recently taken over host duties from originator Garrison Keillor for the ‘Companion’ traveling show.With the First-Call Radio Players backing him, Thile performed a set of unabashed Americana music, including a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Thile invited White out for a four-song set, which saw the guitarist perform alongside Thile, with a backing band made up of Lillie Mae Rische (fiddle), Fats Kaplin (pedal steel guitar), and Dominic Davis (bass).White performed The Raconteurs‘ “Carolina Drama,” The White Stripes‘ “City Lights” and “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)” with fellow Third Man Records artist Margo Price, and the 1969 Bobby Bare hit “(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn.”Check out some video from the performance below. A full stream of the show can also be viewed at www.prairiehome.org. Thile will be hosting and traveling with the A Prairie Home Companion show through early 2017 with a variety of special guests including Esperanza Spalding, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jason Isbell, and more. For upcoming dates, check out the website here.Jack White w/ Margo Price “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)”:Chris Thile “Get It Out On The Radio”:“City Lights”:last_img read more


first_imgWould you like one or two wood chips in your coffee? Howabout a few cottonseed hulls to sweeten your cereal?Sound ridiculous? A University of Georgia researcher says a large,untapped supply of a natural, high-valued sweetener lies hiddenwithin Georgia’s agriculture and timber industries. You just haveto know how to get to it.Sweeter Value Jim Kastner, a biological and agricultural engineer with the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is workingon a fermentation process to extract an alternative sweetenerfrom common Georgia by-products.The sweetener, xylitol, is a highly valued product that’s growingin demand worldwide, Kastner said. It’s used in chewing gums,pharmaceutical and dental hygiene products.Using xylitol has many advantages, he said. And it’s just as sweetas regular table sugar. “Not only is it sweet, but it generatesa pleasant, cooling sensation in the mouth,” he said.Xylitol is better for you than regular sugar.It doesn’t cause cavities and actually fights the bacteria that causes cavities.It’s safer for people with diabetes, too, because it doesn’t causean insulin response. It’s also known to inhibit the growth ofother bacteria, including the one that’s the most common causeof ear infections in children.Getting to the Value “With the research, the overall goal is to develop specialty,value-added commodities from renewable carbon sources in the state,”Kastner said. “Xylitol is one of these products.”Because Georgia has a large agriculture and timber industry, thestate has a large supply of renewable carbon sources, such ascottonseed and soybean hulls and waste from the pulp and paperindustry, he said.For example, wastewater from the pulp and paper industry containsmany fermentable carbon sources. One is called xylose.Kastner’s fermentation process uses microorganisms to feed onthe xylose. As the microorganisms feed, they convert the xyloseinto xylitol.”We’re in the process of designing a new strain of microorganismto use in the process to give us higher yields,” he said.Kastner is now taking the research from the laboratory and placingit into real-life industry situations. He’s working closely witha specialty pulp and paper company in Georgia to see how wellhis process will work at the plant.The research has the potential to produce a range of productsother than xylitol. One such product is Ribose, which is usedto synthesize anti-cancer drugs.”If we develop the technology to apply this to industry inGeorgia,” Kastner said, “the infrastructure will beestablished to further develop these other compounds.”last_img read more

Trail Mix: Judah and the Lion, Kids These Days

first_imgEmerging folk-pop trio Judah & the Lion played its first show in front of a crowd of thousands. The gig was a student showcase at Nashville’s Belmont University, where the three band members met and started playing together back in 2011.“It was nerve-racking to play in front of that many people at our first show, but it definitely helped us get started,” says guitarist and lead vocalist Judah Akers. “Nashville can be intimidating, but it’s also really inspiring.”Despite the well-known competitive music landscape in its home city, Judah & the Lion has quickly become a Nashville breakout act, earning fans with an uplifting acoustic sound that blends high-paced strumming and huge hooks. Potential anthems pile up on the band’s debut full-length album, Kids These Days, which just came out in September.A Tennessee native, Akers got his start playing in worship bands, but he eventually started writing songs with plenty of crossover appeal. They were fully realized when he met his bandmates: mandolin player Brian Mcdonald and banjo plucker Nate Zuercher. The group’s 2013 EP Sweet Tennessee reached number two on the Bluegrass Albums Chart, but on the latest album, the band explores new sonic territory.“Now you can have a mandolin and a banjo come through a huge sound system and have it received well,” says Mcdonald. “With the new record we’re taking it to the next level by adding synth keyboard and Moog bass. It’s become a cool combo and something that’s kind of new.”Made with producer Dave Cobb, who’s worked with Jason Isbell and Shooter Jennings, Kids These Days is full of foot-stomping Americana that’s propelled by youthful positivity. Standout songs “Twenty-Somethings” and “Rich Kids” celebrate underdog millennial ambition, while “Mason-Dixon Line” is about a Southern boy’s wide-eyed journey to big cities up north.“We wanted to write about our community here in Nashville and what people our age are doing,” says Akers of the album’s theme. “It’s about being full of life, being true to yourself and not really worrying about that next step or having your whole life figured out. Even though a lot of people are telling us the music industry isn’t as good as it once was, we’re pursuing our dream.”This month the band will embark on its first headlining tour up the Eastern Seaboard and into the Midwest. Southern dates include stops in Asheville, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Rocky Mount, Va., and Vienna, Va.Halloween ShowsIf you’re looking for ear candy this Halloween, there are plenty of big shows happening around the region on October 31.The Avett Brothers ExploreAsheville.com Arena, Asheville, NCNow touring with an expanded seven-piece line-up, the Avetts will start a big two-night stand in downtown Asheville on Halloween night. uscellularcenterasheville.comYonder Mountain String BandJefferson Center, Roanoke, VaThe Colorado jamgrassers have a revised roster—sans former de facto front man Jeff Austin—and now touring with mandolin player Jake Jolliff and fiddler Allie Kral. The Halloween show will feature support and an inevitable sit-in from regional hero Larry Keel. jeffcenter.orgBela Fleck & Abigail Washburn with Del McCoury & David GrismanLisner Auditorium, Washington, DCBluegrass royalty comes together for a big night of picking. Banjo master Fleck will perform a duo set with his wife, fellow banjo player and songstress Abigail Washburn. Add to that a rare combo performance by high lonesome hero with Del McCoury and mandolin innovator David Grisman. lisener.gwu.eduRay LaMontagneTivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, TNThe Grammy-winning folk rocker is touring full force behind his latest album Supernova. chattanoogaonstage.comThe New Deal & ConspiratorVariety Playhouse, Atlanta, GAA jamtronica lover’s dream is going down in the ATL with a set from Disco Biscuits offshoot Conspirator and a rare headlining show from The New Deal. variety-playhouse.comlast_img read more

Bali sets ‘Siaga’ advisory in keeping with govt policy to curb COVID-19 spread

first_img“The Bali administration had a meeting last night [Sunday] to respond to the President’s instruction […] and we have decided to take several actions. We issued the Siaga advisory level to manage [the spread of] COVID-19,” Dewa said on Monday.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Sunday a call to the nation to take the precautionary measure of “social distancing” to limit direct interaction in battling the viral respiratory disease. In his address, the President also urged the nation’s citizens to stay at home, excepting urgent matters.Following the advisory alert, Dewa said, the Bali administration had also urged residents and visitors across the island to minimize public and mass gatherings, and called for online learning to be implemented at schools and universities.“Learning activities at all schools, from kindergarten to university, will be held online from home,” he said. The administration of the popular resort island of Bali declared on Sunday evening an advisory level of Siaga (watch)  for the province. The advisory is part of the provincial administration’s effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19), which has dealt a blow to tourism on the “island of the gods”.Bali administration secretary Dewa Made Indra, who has been appointed chairman of the province’s COVID-19 task force, said that the decision to declare the advisory was made on Sunday evening at a meeting led by Bali Governor I Wayan Koster. Furthermore, all government institutions in Bali were to postpone meetings, seminars and workshops in keeping with the policy to restrict public gatherings. Civil servants in Bali are also barred from travelling either domestically or internationally on official trips to minimize their probability of contracting the virus.The policy is to become effective starting Tuesday for the next 14 days as the administration rushes to inform the public.Dewa added that the provincial administration would evaluate the policy after the two-week period. He also advised everyone to follow the policy and stay at home.“Everyone should remain calm, don’t panic, but keep maintaining healthy lifestyles to boost their immune system,” he said.Dewa admitted, however, that no specific instructions were forthcoming from the central government to close tourist attractions in Bali.He said that the province’s policy was intended only to minimize the number of visitors at a tourist site. The administration had notified the management of all tourist sites to increase vigilance and also instructed all related institutions and agencies to implement good hygiene practices, including routine disinfection.“We will not close tourist destinations,” stressed Dewa.Regarding ongoing tourist arrivals to the island, both overseas and domestic, Dewa said that the provincial administration did not have the authority to close access to Bali.“That is the central government’s jurisdiction. What we can do is tighten the implementation of health protocols at all ports of entry, including airports seaports and fishing harbors,” he said.Bali recorded Indonesia’s first death from COVID-19 on March 11, a woman from the United Kingdom who died at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar. (rin)Topics :last_img read more