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Benmont Tench will be performing with the band WPA featuring Sean and Sara Watkins at the Strawberry Bluegrass Festival on September 6, 2009. The festival will be held inside Yosemite National Park in Northern California. For more information go to www.seanwatkins.com.
Check out the festival's website for complete information. Amazing performers in an amazing setting for summer solstice 2009.
About Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Formerly known under the working title The Scrolls, WPA is an American eight-piece supergroup consisting of Glenn Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas Band), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Lucinda
Earlier today George Harrison was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. George is the 2,382nd person to be honored with a star.
The ceremony was a star-studded and celebratory affair. Packing Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records building were fans, friends, and family of George including his son Dhani and widow Olivia, Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, T-Bone Burnett, Eric Idle, Joe Walsh, fellow Wilburys Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty, and Heartbreakers Mike Campbell, Ron Blair, Scott Thurston, and Steve Ferrone. Benmont Tench was out of town today.
JJ Cale's tour continued last night at the Triple Door in Seattle, WA and those in attendance were treated to guest appearance by Mike Campbell. Sitting on an amplifier near Cale's drum riser, Mike played the whole set and encore!
Here is the setlist from last night's April 8 JJ Cale show in Seattle.
Ride Me High
Baby What's Wrong+
Strollin' With Bones%
Roll On (Reprise)
Benmont will be "on the road" performing with Sara Watkins for three shows this weekend:
April 9, 2009 Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Spartanburg, SC
April 10, 2009 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
April 11, 2009 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Benmont will also be sitting in with The Old Crow Medicine Show each night. Sara is opening for them. Those of you familiar with the Watkins Family Hour will recognize Sara's brother Sean playing guitar with her.
Over the weekend JJ Cale kicked off his first solo tour in five years at the venerable McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA. Halfway through Cale's set at McCabe's on Saturday March 28, Tom and Mike took the stage unannounced to join Cale on "Crazy Mama" and "After Midnight." Tom and Mike stayed on for the rest of the set which included a rare version of Cale's "I'd Like To Love You, Baby."
Here is the setlist from JJ Cale's 3/28 show:
Out Of Style
Since You Said Goodbye
T Bone Walker
Crazy Mama (w/Tom Petty and Mike Campbell)
Fans from all over have been asking for more opportunities to listen to Tom's Buried Treasure radio show on SIRIUS XM. We've definitely wanted the same, and we're excited to report that Buried Treasure will be running on the Deep Tracks channel every Saturday night for four hours straight.
The four hour block on Deep Tracks will start each Saturday night at 8pm ET/5pm PT with a re-broadcast of the latest show from the current season.