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Red House Records Celebrates 25 Years with Anniversary Concert at The Birchmere

June 17, 2008

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WAMU's Bluegrass Country and the Americana Music Association join Red House Records in presenting Our Side of Town: A 25th Anniversary Concert with Jorma Kaukonen, Robin & Linda Williams and Guy Davis at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia - Saturday, June 28th. Featuring some of the hottest Americana talent on the scene today, the night is sure to be one to remember with unique performances and special door prizes, including passses to the 2008 Americana Music Festival and Awards Show taking place September 17-20 in Nashville, TN. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. For more information about the concert, visit The Birchmere website.

Guitar legend Jorma Kaukonen is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a founding member of The Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Released last year on Red House, his latest solo CD Stars in My Crown continues the American roots journey he began on his Grammy-nominated album Blue Country Heart, mixing country blues, gospel and bluegrass. A perfect fit with Jorma's down-home sounds, Americana songwriting veterans Robin & Linda Williams have been bringing their "no-frills, boiled-down country" to audiences for three decades. Their latest release Radio Songs featured the best live performances from the duo's last 20 years on the popular public radio show A Prairie Home Companion. While Robin & Linda started off as musicians, Guy Davis began in the theater. Now known as one of the key members of the black string revival, he has become a world-renowned guitarist, banjo player, harmonica player, singer and storyteller. His latest Red House release Skunkmello was hailed as "the most outstanding blues album of the last few years," receiving a rare 5-star review in the jazz magazine DownBeat. Together Guy, Robin & Linda and Jorma will cook up a tasty evening of blues, bluegrass and country music that will leave you full and satisfied.

In conjunction with Red House's yearlong anniversary celebration, the label released a special new CD called Our Side of Town: A Red House Records 25th Year Collection, which will be available for sale at the June 28th event along with special edition men's and women's t-shirts. This album shows the colorful landscape of the place that is home to today's finest acoustic artists--Jorma Kaukonen, Robin & Linda Williams, Guy Davis, Lucy Kaplansky, Storyhill, Ray Bonneville, The Wailin' Jennys, Greg Brown, Jimmy LaFave, Lynn Miles, Cliff Eberhardt, John Gorka, The Pines, Eliza Gilkyson, Peter Ostroushko, Bill Staines and Meg Hutchinson, the latest addition to the Red House roster. A finely woven collection of some of the staff's favorite recent performances, it is a perfect snapshot of the label in its 25th year.

For more info about Red House Records and its 25th Anniversary, please visit the RHR website. To set up interviews with the performing artists or Red House Records' new president Eric Peltoniemi, call Ellen Stanley at (651) 644-4161.

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Dick Rodgers Passes in Washington, DC

June 3, 2008

Richard "Dick" Rodgers, a familiar face on the Washington, DC, folk scene died of a heart attack following surgery. He was 70. The Youngstown, Ohio native and graduate of The Ohio State University moved to DC in the early '60s where he became the first dues-paying member of the Folklore Society and started the Washington Folk Strums newsletter (basically so he could get into concerts for free). He was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of traditional folk music and for playing, among other instruments, a homemade hurdy-gurdy in concert and at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

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