PREMIERE: Hot Buttered Rum Releases Tom Petty-Inspired Track Off New Album

first_imgHot Buttered Rum, the progressive five-piece bluegrass band out of San Francisco, California, is gearing up for a big year. With almost two decades under their belts, in 2018, Hot Buttered Rum will release their sixth studio album, Lonesome Panoramic. A follow up to 2010’s Limbs Akimbo, their self-titled release in 2014, and the trio of EPs released as The Kite & The Key in 2015 and 2016, Lonesome Panoramic was self-produced by the band; recorded at Panoramic House Studio in Stinson Beach, California, along the Panoramic Highway; and is slated for a July 20th release this summer.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, explained in a press release, “Lonesome Panoramic is the result of different thematic and stylistic threads that Butter has been chasing over the years: driving uptempo string band tunes, layers of dark lonesome drum grooves, letting things go, and embracing what we have.”Hot Buttered Rum has become a staple of the progressive bluegrass scene with their quick-paced and fiery blend of bluegrass, folk, rock, and country. With the addition of drums in 2008, the group cemented itself as a music festival favorite, regularly performing nationally renowned events like Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk, Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Northwest String Summit, and many, many more. Furthermore, the band’s hearty resume has led to some truly astounding collaborations, including playing with the likes of Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, Kyle Hollingsworth, and others and being named “The Official Bluegrass Band of the San Francisco Giants.”With the release of Lonesome Panoramic on the horizon, Hot Buttered Rum has been generous enough to share with us a sneak peek at what to expect from their latest studio effort, which features cameo collaborations from ALO’s Zach Gill and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, The Coffis Brothers, and Rainbow Girls.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, noted to Live For Live Music,I wrote “Country Tunes & Love Songs” with the Coffis Brothers, Kellen and Jamie. To me, the opening chord progression invokes the subject matter of the song, so it wrote itself. Sometimes, good songs come from when you aren’t swinging for the fences, you just put a good swing on the ball and it finds a gap. We ended up producing it with a lot of strummy twelve-string guitar, with the memory of Tom Petty whispering in our ears.“Country Tunes & Love Songs” is the third track on the upcoming Lonesome Panoramic, marking one of the few songs on the new album on which the band’s multi-instrumentalist Erik Yates plays the dobro, rather than his trusty banjo. Tapping into the band’s more rock-oriented Americana side, the mid-tempo tune finds Keefe vocally accompanied by Kellen and Jamie Coffis (of The Coffis Brothers), who offer up blissful vocal harmonies.You can take a listen to the Live For Live Music premiere of Hot Buttered Rum’s “Country Tunes & Love Songs” below. “Country Tunes & Love Songs” will be formally released on the band’s upcoming album, Lonesome Panoramic, which is due out on July 20th via independent release. For more information on the album or the band, head to Hot Buttered Rum’s website here. You can also check out a full track listing for the new album below. Lonesome Panoramic Track Listing:1. You Can Tell   2:11 (Yates)2. Sittin’ Here Alone   3:14 (Keefe)3. Country Tunes & Love Songs (ft. The Coffis Bros.)  4:29 (Keefe, K Coffis, J Coffis)4. How Short the Song   3:27 (Yates)5. Treasure Island Blues   4:46 (Yates)6. Never Got Married   2:50  (Keefe)7. Spirits Still Come (ft. Rainbow Girls)   4:54 (Keefe)8. Sleeping Giants   5:04  (Yates)9. Leaving Dallas   4:31 (Keefe)10. When that Lonesome Feeling Comes 4:07 (Yates)11. Mighty Fine   4:25 (Keefe)12. The One that Everybody Knows   8:04  (Yates)13. The Deep End (ft. ALO)   4:55 (Keefe, Yates, Lebowitz, Gill)Guest Musicians:Jamie Coffis – vocals (3)Kellen Coffis – vocals (3)Rainbow Girls: Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, Vanessa May – backup vocals (7,13)Dan Lebowitz (ALO) – electric guitar & vocals (13)Zach Gill (ALO) – vocals (13)View All Trackslast_img read more

UK pension funding levels continue to slide as deficits hit £460bn

first_imgFunding across the UK defined benefit sector fell to new record lows in August, despite the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) 7800 index revisiting its own estimate of assets held by nearly 6,000 schemes.The lifeboat fund’s monthly estimate calculated an aggregate deficit of £459.4bn (€538bn) at the end of last month, equivalent to a system-wide funding level of 76.1% and down by more than 3 percentage points month on month.It also estimated liabilities across the 5,945 DB funds stood at £1.9trn, up by more than £100bn since July and an increase of £430bn year on year.Andy Tunningley, head of strategic clients at BlackRock, noted that funding ratios had dropped for the fourth consecutive month. “To compound matters,” he added, “the goalposts have shifted even further away, as the costs of insuring pension liabilities – already elevated for non-pensioner liabilities – are likely to have risen further given compressed corporate-bond spreads.”The increase would have been starker had a new estimate of pension assets by the PPF not seen a 2%, or £31.2bn, upward revision of total assets under management.“The return from growth assets in August was no match for ballooning liability values,” Tunningley said.“The key driver of increasing liabilities continues to be Gilt yields, which fell materially as the Bank of England cut interest rates and announced a package of new quantitative easing.”Boris Mikhailov, investment strategist for global investment solutions at Aviva Investors, agreed.“As a result, most pension schemes’ assets lacked pace and did not increase in value by as much as their liabilities,” he said.“This is due to their under-hedged position in rates, which continue to drive deficits up as yields fall.”last_img read more

Christian Benteke scores only goal as Liverpool beat Sunderland

first_img Press Association Liverpool might have won more comfortably had it not been for the first-half heroics of Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who produced a string of fine saves including one breathtaking effort to deny Roberto Firmino in front of a crowd of 45,765. Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce had vowed to get back to basics after seeing his side lose the last three games long before half-time with both Chelsea and Manchester City racing into 2-0 leads and Watford securing a 1-0 victory on Wearside with just four minutes gone. In the circumstances, he will have been delighted to reach first the 20-minute mark and then the break all square at 0-0, although he was indebted to Mannone. The home side got men behind the ball, allowing old boy Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho to dominate possession in the middle of the field, and the visitors created several chances from which they might have taken the lead. Mannone had to beat away Nathaniel Clyne’s 30-yard piledriver with just five minutes gone and was then relieved to see Firmino miscontrol Coutinho’s pass inside the penalty area after he had picked off Sebastian Coates’ lose pass. Coutinho then curled an effort just wide before landing a 17th-minute free-kick on the roof of the Italian’s net as the Reds pushed for the opening goal. But it was Firmino who almost broke the deadlock twice inside 11 minutes, first forcing Mannone to tip a long-range effort on to the post and then testing him once again with a firm header. For their part, Sunderland created a series of half-chances with striker Jermain Defoe causing all kinds of problems for central defender Mamadou Sakho. The Belgium international, who scored the only goal against Leicester on Boxing Day, did it again at the Stadium of Light when he took advantage of some flat-footed defending 22 seconds into the second half to clinch a 1-0 victory. That left the Reds level on 30 points with sixth-placed Manchester United, but the Black Cats seven points shy of safety at the halfway stage. The former England striker called upon keeper Simon Mignolet to make a good eighth-minute save after spinning away from Sakho, and the Belgian was rooted to the spot as Fabio Borini curled a 33rd-minute shot just wide of his far post. But all the good work was undone within 22 seconds of the restart when Adam Lallana managed to get a toe to Clyne’s ball into the box and divert perfectly into the path of Benteke, who beat Mannone with ease to put his side ahead. The home side responded in determined fashion and Borini thumped a 54th-minute shot into Mignolet’s midriff after forcing his way into the box, and the Belgian had to make an important block from substitute Duncan Watmore’s 78th-minute strike to cement the win. However, substitute Jordon Ibe and Benteke both wasted glorious late opportunities to put the game to bed. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Sam chewing away during the one minute silence at Sunderland v Liverpool. Is he sponsored by Wrigleys” – Maybe he is just trying to emulate his friend Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Alan Sugar (@Lord_Sugar). PLAYER RATINGS Sunderland Vito Mannone: 8 Billy Jones: 6 Sebastian Coates (Yedlin, 72 mins): 5 Wes Brown: 6 Patrick van Aanholt: 6 Yann M’Vila: 7 Lee Cattermole (Capt): 7 Jack Rodwell (Watmore, 30 mins): 6 Adam Johnson (Lens, 63 mins): 5 Jermain Defoe: 7 Fabio Borini: 7 Subs Duncan Watmore: 6 Jeremain Lens: 5 DeAndre Yedlin: 6 Liverpool Simon Mignolet: 7 Nathaniel Clyne: 7 Dejan Lovren: 6 Mamadou Sakho: 5 Alberto Moreno: 6 Adam Lallana: 6 Jordan Henderson (Capt) (Lucas, 61 mins): 7 Emre Can: 8 Philippe Coutinho (Ibe, 83 mins): 7 Roberto Firmino (Toure, 90+3 mins): 7 Christian Benteke: 6 Subs Lucas Leiva: 6 Jordon Ibe: 5 Kolo Toure: 6 STAR PLAYER Emre Can was at the centre of Liverpool’s best work, accepting the ball deep and linking with Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho to feed the men ahead of them. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone’s superb fingertip save from Roberto Firmino to turn the ball on to the post. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will have been pleased at his side’s first-half resilience, but hugely disappointed with their failure to switch back on after the break, which ultimately proved fatal. Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp will have been impressed with his team’s patience on a night when they had plenty of the ball, but were repeatedly thwarted by Mannone. MOAN OF THE MATCH Referee Kevin Friend quite literally got involved in the game on two occasions, blocking attempted passes, one in the midst of a dangerous-looking Sunderland break. WHO’S UP NEXT West Ham v Liverpool (Barclays Premier League, Saturday January 2) Sunderland v Aston Villa (Barclays Premier League, Saturday January 2) Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted his team found a way to win against a Sunderland side that he did not feel were easy to play against. “We were the better team and you could see that the pressure on both teams was big,” he told Sky Sports 1. “A little bit more for Sunderland because of the intensity of the last weeks and months. “You could help yourself if you got an early goal, we didn’t but we did not do too bad in situations against a very good defending team. They were only defending so that makes it pretty hard for us because you don’t get space and you always have to go again and slow down the game. “Then we made the goal after half-time and we controlled something like the game. “They were waiting for set-plays, they are difficult to defend but we did it. We could have got made a second or third one, we didn’t, we had to wait until the final whistle.” Allardyce felt the Black Cats were unfortunate in the manner that Liverpool got their goal but praised his side’s effort, although he conceded a lack of killer instinct in the final third. “We didn’t really produce enough quality,” he said. “When we did we got good chances, we couldn’t finish them off but we could have done more with the opportunities in terms of our final third quality – we need to try and get that a little better. “A resilient performance, one where Liverpool never really looked like creating too many clear-cut chances or opportunities and if we can build on that scenario and get a bit more luck then we’ll try to go up the other end, get a result and score a goal. “The injuries are a problem. We’re facing another centre-half who’s come off injured so we’ll have to wait and see how Seb (Coates) is. “I thought Wes (Brown) did great today. I thought the team did well overall, a good shape to the side. They’re playing a Liverpool side that’s got a huge amount of money spent on it and often matched them.” Christian Benteke was Liverpool’s match-winner for the second time in five days as he plunged Sunderland deeper into relegation trouble. last_img read more

B’ville boys hoops falls to West Genesee, 49-45

first_imgIn a season already full of seminal moments, the Baldwinsville boys basketbll team went after its most memorable prize yet – namely, a sweep of the reigning state champions that could sew up a league title.The Bees were 10-1 in the SCAC Metro division going into last Friday’s game at West Genesee, who had waited four weeks for payback after falling to B’ville 57-52 on Jan. 3.Since J.J. Starling had burned the Wildcats for 16 fourth-quarter points in that come-from-behind win, WG had won eight in a row to keep pace with B’ville atop the league standings. All of that was the backdrop as an overflow crowd in Camillus witnessed a tense rematch that featured droughts and surges on both sides, but the Bees ultimately taking a 49-45 defeat.Other than a jumper in the opening minute, Starling was cold from the field throughout the first half and a good portion of the third quarter, too, amid loud “overrated” chants from WG’s student section.But the Bees’ defense was in top form, holding the Wildcats without a point for more than five minutes, though WG did enough to take a 19-18 lead to halftime. In the third quarter, Will Amica, sidelined by two early fouls, returned and scored 10 straight points as WG built a 38-28 advantage. But then Starling ended his drought with four straight 3-pointers in a 12-0 run to put the Bees in front.WG absorbed all this and, over the game’s last four minutes, held the Bees without a field goal, getting back-to-back baskets from Sam Gallager and Adam Duszinski to gain a 47-43 edge.Free throws by Chase Trombley cut the margin to two and, after Amica missed a free throw, the Bees had the ball in the final seconds with a chance to tie or win it.But Starling missed a driving lay-up, Dudzinski got the rebound and was fouled with 2.2 seconds left. Dudzinski hit both free throws to clinch it, giving him 15 points for the night.That late barrage helped Starling to a game-high 22 points. Bo Nicholson, despite serious foul trouble, had eight points, with Dan Fabrizio getting seven points and Trombley six points.Not looking ahead to this game, the Bees first had to take care of last Tuesday’s game at Nottingham – and it did so, hanging on to beat the Bulldogs 60-56.Having prevailed 71-58 over Nottingham in their first meeting Dec. 20, B’ville held the Bulldogs to nine points in the first quarter to move out in front.And the rest of the game amounted to a long chase, the Bees clinging to a small margin as Nottingham, led by Jaden Ezomo’s 22 points, made several different charges.Scoring depth beyond Starling’s 25 points helped the Bees hold on. Nicholson had 11 points, with Nate Ray getting eight points as Trombley and Fabrizio got six points apiece.B’ville now has three straight home games, two of this week as Liverpool, on Tuesday, and Henninger, on Friday, both pay visits to Baker High School.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilleboys basketballlast_img read more