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Brothers Comatose, Mipso lead Caravan tour

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – "Campfire Caravan" hits the road this fall with The Brothers Comatose, Mipso and The Lil Smokies.

The tour from the Americana bands visits more than 30 cities from Sept. 26 through Nov. 18. The Caravan also makes a stop at the 18th Annual AmericanaFest 2017 prior to kicking off the tour at the Pub Station in Billings, Mont.

"Campfire Caravan" is a nod to the musicians' early days playing music, when they'd perform for friends and family in basements, living rooms and around campfires. All three bands rotate in the lineup with no single ensemble acting as the tour headliner. A completely different show will be presented in each city with spontaneous collaborations amongst the groups taking place between sets.

"I love how the string band tradition is rooted in different parts of America - each offering a unique twist and a distinct regional flavor," said Mipso's Joseph Terrell. "This tour is all about mixing those flavors. Each of our bands take inspiration from currents that run through American music, but with such a deep and rich tradition to pull from, there's a thousand ways it could go. I think our sounds will compliment and mix really well. Plus, we all love putting on a fun show."

The Brothers Comatose from San Francisco tour in support of a brand-new single, "Don't Make Me Get Up And Go," produced by John Vanderslice and scheduled for release on Sept. 8. The quintet has released three full-length albums.

Mipso, from Chapel Hill, N.C., released "Coming Down The Mountain " in April, while The Lil Smokies release their sophomore studio album, "Changing Shades," in September.

Mipso mixes folk-rock and modern alt.-country with Appalachian tradition.

With their roots submerged in traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies also play progressive acoustic. Based in Missoula, Mont., the quintet won the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.

Tour dates are:
Sept. 26 - Billings, MT - Pub Station
Sept. 27 - Bozeman, MT - Emerson Center for Arts & Culture
Sept. 28 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
Sept. 29 - Portland, OR - McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom
Sept. 30 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Oct. 1 - Eugene, OR - Hi-Fi Music Hall
Oct. 3 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's
Oct. 4 - Paso Robles, CA - Barrelhouse Brewing Co
Oct. 5 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
Oct. 6-7 TBA
Oct. 10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Oct. 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Urban Lounge
Oct. 12 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 13 - Colorado Springs, CO - Ivywild School
Oct. 14 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
Nov. 2 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
Nov. 3 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
Nov. 4 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Nov. 5 - Detroit, MI - Otus Supply
Nov. 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - James Street Ballroom
Nov. 9 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
Nov. 10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Nov.11 - Ardmore, PA - Ardmore Music Hall
Nov. 12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Nov. 14 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
Nov. 15 - Nashville, TN - The Mercury Lounge
Nov. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Nov. 17 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
Nov. 18 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel

* Additional dates will be announced soon.

CD reviews

Coming Down the Mountain CD review - Coming Down the Mountain
Count Mipso among a growing contingent of youthful ensembles aggregating the Americana experience for their generation, a subsection of roots music that includes The Steel Wheels, The Stray Birds and Rhiannon Giddens. What they all have in common is the inclusive nature of their music, which incorporates bluegrass, old-time, folk, blues, country and a little rock 'n' roll, but what sets them apart from other genre-mashing outfits is the seamless way the songs incorporate those influences. »»»
City Painted Gold CD review - City Painted Gold
The Brothers Comatose have a branding problem. The band name conjures sleepy, deep jams. Their music is anything but. Rather, The Brothers Comatose is a romp of rock-infused bluegrass instrumentation. Their songwriting is clever, and its imagery conveys a northern California sensibility with straight-ahead musicianship. Each song tells a story, which is richly evocative, displaying a removed sentimentality. Northern California is a polyglot of music tastes. Country music or bluegrass is not »»»
Old Time Reverie CD review - Old Time Reverie
With a slow-building career over the past few years, this North Carolina combo emerges into a crowded acoustic/Americana scene by painting in the corners of all their peers and precursors. Despite the album title, there's little old time traditionalism here outside of a generally homespun aesthetic; instead Mipso travels a Band-like path of assimilation, spinning their influences back out in a comfortably patchwork fashion. "Father's House" is typical of this set of tunes, a »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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