“We don’t race each other any differently than we did back then,” said Logano. “We raced each other clean, but hard. Nothing dirty, but we raced each other hard. It was an unofficial title, likely created more in fun than in hopes it might strike fear into the competition. “For three people from the same state, let alone three that grew up racing Legends cars from the same area …” “We all lived in Georgia at the time, and we’d go up to Charlotte and run the (Summer) Shootout,” Joey Logano, youngest of the three, said. “And we were called the Georgia Gang. We’d try to go up there and kick everyone’s butt in Charlotte.” Sprint Cup trio grew up on Legends Car circuit as ‘Georgia Gang’ Although they’ve move upward and onward, they haven’t totally drifted apart. And they continue to race each other the same way they did when each was first starting out. Reed Sorenson, a product of Peachtree City, had the edge in experience, the first of the trio to begin to progress through the racing ranks. David Ragan, son of a former NASCAR Cup driver and native of Unadilla, was the oldest, although by only six weeks or so. Logano was the Connecticut Yankee, hailing from Middletown, yet he quickly became a fixture inside the small circle of friends once his family relocated to the Peach State. Then again, any little advantage helps. But all three? Bandoleros and Legends cars. Not necessarily a feeder series for NASCAR hopefuls, but a steppingstone just the same. And while Sorenson, also 27, is winless in Cup, where he has five career top-fives and 15 top-10s, he is a four-time winner in the Nationwide Series. He currently drives for The Motorsports Group in the Nationwide Series, although he filled in for the injured Michael Annett and Richard Petty Motorsports for seven races earlier this season. “We always hoped and believed, and certainly it was our dream that we would continue to progress up the ranks … to NASCAR racing”—David Ragan But it was the early years that laid the foundation. “When you go to a Legends car race in Georgia, you wouldn’t think, ‘Oh, three of those guys are going to be Cup racing someday,’” Logano said. Sorenson, who began competing in Legends cars in 1998, scored 84 career wins in the series and was the Atlanta Motor Speedway track champion in 1998-99 and ’01. On Thursdays, the racing moved back to Atlanta. “And then on Saturdays, we’d all race somewhere too,” he said. “In any type of racing series, to be able to be on TV, and for people to see you running well and winning races … that was non-existent for a series (until then),” Sorenson said. “That’s probably one of the biggest things that helped me, to be able to go out there and win races, and have it be on TV where people could see it.” Ragan, 27, scored his second career Cup win earlier this year at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, driving for Front Row Motorsports. “The chances of that happening aren’t very good, slim to none,” Sorenson said. “Just because of how many people race all over the country. By 2009, the dream had become a reality as all three were competing full-time in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series. Imagine three youngsters competing in the same sport, on the same playing field, two and three times each and every summer. The kids grow up, grow apart, and perhaps one from the group continues to excel. “You’d never say that. So that’s pretty cool.” Ragan, the son of former Cup driver Ken Ragan, won the first Bandolero race held at AMS, while Logano holds the distinction of winning a record 14 consecutive feature races at AMS in Legends competition. As they watched Sorenson continue to move up through the ranks, “that certainly gave myself, and I believe Joey, some confidence that if we could continue winning as we moved up, there would be some interest in us,” Ragan said. “And that’s ultimately what happened. That the races were televised was a factor in helping each of the three continue to move up the ladder. That, and the fact that each was highly successful. “We always hopes and believed, and certainly it was our dream,” Ragan said, “that we would continue to progress up the ranks … to NASCAR racing. “We were pretty close, especially in the summer when we would travel up to Charlotte for 10 weeks (to race) on Tuesday nights,” he said of competing regularly with Ragan and Logano. “I think Reed really led the way by going doing ASA racing, (then) he signed on with (team owner Chip) Ganassi. That kind of showed us, ‘Hey, we need to go run some ARCA cars or we need to run some ASA series and try to get on with a team.” “We were really fortunate that we hit it at a good time back in the mid- to early 2000s, where the economy was strong, teams were spending a lot of money on new young development drivers, and there was a wave of some of the older drivers that were retiring. So it was a perfect storm back then. Logano, 23 and driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford, is a two-time winner in the Cup Series. He has 19 career Nationwide Series wins as well. “I remember I pushed David to his first Nationwide Series win at Talladega; I pushed him across the line. That was kind of cool.”By 2009, the dream had become a reality as all three were competing full-time in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
The grateful iteration Dead & Company has taken a page from the Grateful Dead playbook, announcing a free show in San Francisco coming up next Monday, May 23rd. The show will be held at The Fillmore, and tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 19th, at 12 PM Pacific.The band only asks that you “pay it forward” by performing some random act of kindness, and sharing it with the hashtag #DeadandCoSF. The announcement reads “Please share your good deeds and generosity with us, and let the cosmos know how you are paying it forward.” Could this band be any cooler?Perhaps one of the most famous free Grateful Dead performances came in the middle of Haight Street on March 3rd, 1968, when the band set up shop and played a show completely unannounced. When word got out, thousands flocked to the streets and witnessed the Grateful Dead magic in its glory. This image just about says it all:You can find out more information about the free show coming up this Monday, through the band’s website.
Tragedy struck the music world on April 21st, 2016, when beloved R&B sensation Prince passed away at his Paisley Park home and studio. It’s no secret that Prince was constantly working on new music, and no stretch of the imagination to believe that the Purple One was working on new music in his final days. Prince had released two albums in 2015 alone.Interestingly, The Today Show may have uncovered one of Prince’s final works this morning. The program aired a tour through Paisley Park, as Prince’s home is set to open up as a museum tomorrow. Observant fans of Prince caught a shot of a music stand in Prince’s famed Studio A, which featured two sheets of lyrics. There were typed lyrics of “Look At Me Look At U,” as well as hand-written lyrics to a song called “Stay Cool.”It is unknown what Prince’s intentions were for “Stay Cool,” as the song has never been released and no recordings surface. You can see the screenshot of the Today Show in the image above, which captures the “Stay Cool” lyrics. An attempt to transcribe the lyrics was also made on a Prince.org forum, and can be read below.Stay CoolAin’t no reason 2 get uptightWhen everybody else is feelin a grooveAlright, alright?!Stay cool, BabyDon’t b no tool?Don’t worry what’s happenin wit the candy girlU’re the only one that matters in my worldAlright?….Alright?AlrightStay Cool Stay Cool Baby Baby” ”Stay Cool, Ur so beautifoolU must b cuz (eye sign) let u break all of my rules(Eye sign) let u take ur top off in my swimming poolAlright? AlrightDon’t fight let’s don’t fight(possibly a scratch-out)Don’t u wanna make sweet love all_____ night & wake up with a smilea million miles Sun Shines so brightAlrightStay Cool….Stay Baby BabyP (signature)You can also watch the full Today show segment touring Paisley Park in the video below:If this is indeed Prince’s last song, it serves a poignant reminder for fans everywhere to “Stay Cool” in the face of the controversies surrounding Prince’s death. The Purple One lived an incredible and charitable life, and he left behind an incredible legacy of music. Rest in peace, Prince.
Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival will return to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA from June 23-25! The lineup, of course, features two nights from Wilco as the top billing, playing two nights, but also includes Television, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Robert Glasper Experiment at the top.The full lineup includes Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, KEVIN MORBY, Joan Shelley, Big Thief, Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, Deep Sea Diver, Andy Shauf, Alloy Orchestra, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Kacy & Clayton, Daniel Bachman, Jeff Parker Trio, John Hodgman’s Comedy Stage, The Shaggs, Max Hatt / Edda Glass, Gustafer Yellowgold, The Nels Cline Four, On Fillmore, Quindar, The Autumn Defense, and Tweedy.You can see the full lineup below, and head to Solid Sound’s official website for further details.
[Video: RHINO]In addition to the previously released “Think”, A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will also feature new renditions of “Respect”, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”, and “Angel”, along with Franklin’s versions of “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)” and “Let It Be.” Check out the full track listing below.A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra TracklistThink (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]I Say A Little Prayer (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]A Brand New Me (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]Angel (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Border Song (Holy Moses) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]Let It Be (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)People Get Ready (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]You’re All I Need To Get By (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Son Of A Preacher Man (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)Respect (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) On November 10th, Rhino Records will release a new Aretha Franklin LP titled A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with the album pairing recordings of the Queen of Soul with new arrangements from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Last week, the record company released a fierce contemporary version of the tune “Think”. Today, a mini-documentary that details the creation process for A Brand New Me was released, showing what went on behind the scenes to make this collaboration between Aretha Franklin and the Royal Philharmonic possible.Aretha Franklin Reimagines “Think” With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [Listen]The recently released mini-doc contains interviews with the album’s producers Nick Patrick and Don Reedman, legendary musician Nile Rodger, and the Royal Philharmonic’s managing director James Williams. You can check out The Making of ‘A Brand New Me’ below.
[Video: JosiahAtTheRail]AUDIO: Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) – Sanders Theatre – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – 2/10/18:[Taper: Ted Gakidis, Stream via Jam Buzz]SETLIST: Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) | Sanders Theatre | Cambridge, MA | 2/10/2018SET: More, 46 Days, Brian And Robert, Anything But Me, Waste, Wolfman’s Brother, Blaze On, Miss You, The Line, ‘Til We Meet Again, Sample In A Jar, Maze, Twist > Wading In The Velvet Sea, The Lizards, My Friend My Friend, Chalk Dust TortureENCORE: Tube, Backwards Down The Number Line, Wilson On Saturday night, Trey Anastasio continued his solo acoustic tour in Cambridge, MA, at the Sanders Theatre on the Harvard University campus following Friday night’s performance at the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY. After two extremely well-received nights to open up this 9-stop solo acoustic tour, Trey offered up another captivating performance, throwing in multiple stories throughout as he has at each solo acoustic show so far. That is the beauty of these intimate shows: There is ample opportunity to catch Trey rambling on about something that turns into an unforgettable tale. Trey Anastasio’s solo acoustic sets function as a way for Trey and his fans to connect on a more personal level. The stories he tells in between and during songs are charming and, frequently, downright hilarious. During the Cambridge show, Trey told stories that ranged from highly entertaining to somber and heartfelt.One was an amusing anecdote about walking in on Jon Fishman‘s problematically enthusiastic former wheatgrass obsession–“I walk in the house, and he’s got a syringe in one hand and a towel in the other.” Another more serious story touched on how he spent the final days of his recently departed friend Chris Cottrell‘s life with him–“I sat with him for the last week of his life. I just sat on a couch a played guitar for him.”“More” opened the Cambridge show, followed by an impressive “46 Days” that gave Trey a chance to show off his scatting skills. Trey took a moment to pause and address the incredible acoustics in the room, exclaiming, “Wow, the sound is so amazing in this room,” a sentiment he would echo on various occasions throughout the night. Trey also took the time to go off on a small tangent about LEGOs, before coasting back into the music and laying down a beautiful combination of “Brian and Robert” and “Anything But Me”.As Trey made sure to mention:This is really a pleasure, I gotta say. I have a bunch of friends here tonight… all of you I obviously mean! I have to shout out one friend. Molly, are you here? There’s a bunch of us that went to high school at Taft together, and the person I just shouted out I haven’t seen in a very long time – maybe since high school.“Waste”, “Wolfman’s Brother” and “Blaze On” came next, before Trey launched into a hilarious Jon Fishman story from Phish’s early days in Burlington. He explained:One time, I used to live with Paul Languedoc, who used to run sound for Phish. Fishman, him and me were roommates. When Phish just started, Fish was working locally around Burlington, and I worked at Pet Food Warehouse carrying around 50 lb bags of dog food. Fish was a ticket taker at a local parking garage [laughs]. I don’t know why I enjoy telling stories about Fish so much. I love the guy. When he gets into something he goes really hard with it.He got really into eating healthy which progressed into an obsession with wheatgrass. This is kind of his pattern – he has an obsessive mentality. One day he heard that wheatgrass is better if you grow it at home. He got this special dirt that was flown in from the hills of Thailand or something. One day I got home and walked through the front door, this is a completely true story. I walk in the house and Fish is giving himself an enema. He has his butt facing the door, with a syringe in one hand and a towel in the other. I can never un-see that and now you can’t either!An elegant take on “Miss You” followed before “The Line” off of Phish’s 2014 studio album, Fuego. Surrounded by longtime friends and family in the crowd, Trey got emotional and took a moment to address lifelong friend Chris Cottrell, who recently passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Choked up, Trey explained:I have a bunch of high school friends in the audience tonight. C. Cott [Cottrell] is the hero of the “Push On ‘Til The Day” song. We lost him the other week sadly. We’ve all been friends since we were 15 years old. I sat with him for the last week of his life in the hospital. Sean, who’s in the audience, was also with me. I just sat on a couch and played guitar for him. I would stop and he would just kind of open his eyes at me, and say, “Hey man.” [Tearing up] Now I’m gonna play something I wrote for him. I’m going to dedicate this to everyone in the audience who’s been through something like this, and probably everyone has. I don’t know what to call this but I think I’m gonna call this “ ‘Til We Meet Again”.[NOTE: This song was first debuted at Thursday night’s show at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ as “Ever” (according to Trey.com), though it was not officially given the name “Til’ We Meet Again” until last night.]Following the emotional “‘Til We Meet Again”, Trey dove headfirst into a plethora of classics from the Phish catalog. “Free”, “Sample In A Jar”, “Maze”, “Twist” and “Wading In The Velvet Sea” all made appearances before Trey asked the audience if anyone in the room actually attends Harvard University. He asked, “Not a single one of you? It’s cuz you’re clearly not that ‘smahhht’ [in a Boston accent].”Trey answered a fan’s request with “The Lizards”, before ending the show with a unique acoustic approach to “My Friend My Friend” and “Chalk Dust Torture”. For the encore, Trey offered up another three-song selection: “Tube”, “Backwards Down The Number Line” and “Wilson”.Trey Anastasio solo acoustic tour will continue Monday night with a performance in Pittsburgh, PA. See below for a full list of upcoming acoustic dates. For more information, head here. You can listen to a full audience audio recording as well as full fan-shot video of the show below:VIDEO: Trey Anastasio (Solo Acoustic) – Sanders Theatre – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – 2/10/18 Upcoming Trey Anastasio Solo Acoustic Tour DatesFeb. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – ByhamFeb. 13 – Wilmington, DE – Grand Opera HouseFeb. 14 – Washington, DC – Sixth and IFeb. 16 – Durham, NC – Carolina TheatreFeb. 17 – Charlotte, NC – Knight TheatreFeb. 18 – Athens, GA – Classic Center[Cover photo via Scott Marks (@bizarchive)]
On Saturday, Trey Anastasio and Ghosts Of The Forest rounded out their east coast tour with a second and final performance at the stunning United Palace in upper Manhattan.It’s been difficult to steer clear of the music being played as the tour’s gone on—especially with the Ghosts of the Forest studio album dropping on Friday. But going into Saturday’s performance, I had heard no more than a few notes from this new project.What I had heard was the background. As Trey revealed last week on SiriusXM, “It’s a concert with a narrative arc. There’s an underlying story within the sequence of songs, and within the lyrics of the songs. So, that probably makes it a little bit different from things that I’ve done before.”He also dished to Rolling Stone about the heartbreaking origins of this trove of new music: the loss of his longtime friend, Chris Cottrell, to cancer last year. “He was my tether to childhood and to a life before Phish happened,” Trey explained.It was so bluntly emotional, so raw, that he wasn’t sure he wanted to release it. “I went through a period of deep self-doubt after recording it,” Anastasio reflected. “I didn’t want to put it out. Maybe I was scared.”Not only did he put it out, he blew it up. A sold-out tour. An incredible stage set that juxtaposes delicate, artful white static elements and towering technicolor electronics.With that context in mind, the show was undeniably powerful. Throughout the ride, the Ghosts of the Forest touched on a number of unfamiliar styles, from the soulful peaks of “Drift While You’re Sleeping” to the vulnerability of “Friend” to the disco-funk theatrics of “Sightless Escape” to the mystical acoustic ambiance and dextrous avant-garde Jon Fishman drum line of “If Again”. “In Long Lines” evoked notions of “Wingsuit” and “Rise/Come Together”. “About To Run”, perhaps the strongest song of the bunch, channeled the gritty riffs of Band of Gypsys Jimi Hendrix as a rainbow Trey silhouette bounced around the LED screen that loomed behind the stage’s white adornments. There was the ethereal, multi-part psychedelic complexity of “Beneath a Sea of Stars”, the uplifting “Stumble Into Flight”, the deep-space extremities of “Ruby Waves”, the island bounce of “Wider”, the shimmering build of “A Life Beyond The Dream”, the return of “Beneath A Sea Of Stars Part 3 (Blue)”, the show’s de facto coda that tied up a number of loose musical threads from earlier in the set.Beginning with Trey, the band left the stage one by one at the end of the set as the “Ghosts of the Forest” theme played out. The show’s final song, “Pieces In The Machine”, saw Trey chase Jennifer Hartswick and Celisse Henderson around the stage in a joyful game of chicken as the song’s swamp rock vamp bounced along.Ahead of the song, Trey seemed to take particular pleasure in noting “We love playing this song. We played it last night, and we’re playin’ it again tonight!” None of Trey’s previous projects have afforded him the luxury of replaying a favorite song for a second night in a row—but for Ghosts of the Forest, “Pieces In The Machine” is the one climactic closer, and Trey sounded liberated driving it home that same way one more time.That was far from the only time Anastasio seemed to relish his unfamiliar approach to Ghosts of the Forest. There were times, in the thick of a jam, where the music would list toward a familiar lick—a shade of “Slave To The Traffic Light”, some notes of “Pigtail”, a taste of “Blaze On”. If this was a Phish show, Trey might’ve leaned into the similarity, used it as a new creative door. With Ghosts of the Forest, you could hear him consciously move away from such familiar paths and reference points. This was not the place for connecting the dots. This was something separate.Throughout the show, Trey delivered his heartfelt lyrics with stark emotion. Many of them, like the tear-jerking “Mint Siren Dream” (“I haven’t felt this alive since I was ten years old”) and the encore-opening solo “Brief Time” (“It’s such a beautiful world, and such a brief time”), were more stated than sung, as if to say, “this isn’t about how my voice sounds, it’s about what I’m saying to you.”Ghosts of the Forest will head to California next weekend for shows at the respective Greek Theatres in Los Angeles on Friday, April 19th and in Berkely on Saturday, April 20th. After that, the future of Ghosts of the Forest is a mystery. As Trey noted from the stage during his band introductions, they’ll be back soon—in “various other formations, playing all kinds of other stuff.” And it’s true. Trey Anastasio Band has a bunch of dates scheduled this spring. Phish summer tour is right around the corner. Soon, this will all be in the rearview. Back to business as usual.But, if you really think about it, creating a new band and a new sound to say something different and of personal significance is business as usual for modern-day Trey. This is a guy who, since the beginning of 2018 alone, has pushed his main band to new heights (both literal and figurative), played shows with multiple iterations of his solo project (Trey Anastasio Band, Trey Anastasio Trio, Trey Anastasio Trio-turned-Quartet), mounted an intimate acoustic/storytelling tour, devised not one but two new bands out of thin air, wrote full sets worth of music for them, and unleashed them on audiences who had virtually zero notion of what to expect.This may not be your favorite project Trey’s ever created, and that’s okay. You probably don’t love every song Phish plays either, but that doesn’t detract from your love and respect for the breadth of what they do. With a body of work like Trey’s, anything new is inevitably up against some pretty impossible expectations in the eyes of fans. As the wise Jon Fishman once said of his brother in arms, “The guy shits music. It’s never been anything other than that.”With Ghosts of the Forest, Trey channeled a characteristic burst of prolific inspiration into something new and entirely different. It wasn’t the first time he’s done it, and it likely won’t be the last. However you feel about the music itself, we can all appreciate the seemingly bottomless well of creativity from which Big Red continues to draw. Thank you for sharing this with us, Trey, and here’s to the next big idea.Watch a full video of the performance below:Setlist: Ghosts of the Forest | United Palace | New York, NY | 4/13/19Set: Intro, Ghosts of the Forest, Drift While You’re Sleeping, Friend, Sightless Escape, Halfway Home, If Again, In Long Lines, There’s A Path Above, About To Run, The Green Truth, Beneath A Sea Of Stars Parts 1 & 2, Mint Siren Dream, Stumble Into Flight, Ruby Waves, Shadows Thrown By Fire, Wider, A Life Beyond The Dream, In This Bubble, Beneath A Sea Of Stars Part 3 (Blue)Encore: Brief Time*, Pieces In The Machine*Trey solo acoustic
Thomas Bruno, head of resource sharing at Widener Library, and Sebastian Hierl, Harvard College Library (HCL) librarian for Western Europe, have been named the winners of the 2009 Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library. Created through a 1991 endowment established by Carol Ishimoto, former associate librarian of Harvard College for cataloging and processing, the award annually recognizes a member or group of the professional staff who has advanced the mission of HCL through exceptional contributions and leadership, and includes a cash award and citation for creative professional achievement of the highest order.To read the full story, visit Harvard College Library News.
Susan Clancy controversially bucks the norm with new research on child sexual abuse, which suggests that well-meaning professionals’ assumptions about abuse are wrong, and can actually do more harm than good.
The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has named Michael Hooper, Rahul Mehrotra, and Joyce Klein Rosenthal to the GSD faculty, effective July 2010.Hooper, who has been appointed assistant professor of urban planning, will receive his Ph.D. from the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University this month (May). His research interests focus on the politics of land use and urbanization, participatory planning and governance, and civil society mobilization.Mehrotra, a practicing architect, urban designer, and professor of architectural design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Urban Planning, has been named professor of urban design and planning and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. He has written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai.Rosenthal, a lecturer at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, has been named assistant professor of urban planning at the GSD. Rosenthal’s research interests are in environmental planning, sustainable development, and the public health impacts of urbanization, with a particular present focus on spatial and social determinants of heat islands and heat-related health outcomes.