Summer Stars: Cornmeal
Here’s yet another of our “Summer Stars,” emerging acts featured in the 2011 Relix Festival Guide who will be making the rounds this summer…
Looking back, it was like passing the torch from master to disciples. Newly-formed Cornmeal first stepped on a festival stage in late spring of 2000, sharing a bill with bluegrass greats John Hartford and the Del McCoury Band. Says Cornmeal bassist Chris Gangi, “It was a complete honor to be among the greats of the genre and my personal heroes of songwriting. I feel so fortunate to have met John Hartford; he was sick at the time and passed away that summer. It still holds in my memory as one of the best festivals we have played.”
Eleven years later, the five members of Cornmeal are accomplished festival veterans, logging in On the Road caliber road miles annually in a quest to spread their high-energy mix of bluegrass infused with bits of everything. While Cornmeal thrives on the energy from circular band-crowd-band dynamic, Gangi says the festival setting is especially powerful for them: “We certainly feed off the energy of the environment that we’re in. There’s nothing like playing outdoors among some of the most beautiful natural settings on Earth—from Jam Cruise in the middle of crystal blue ocean to High Sierra in the mountains.”
Appearing at: Telluride Bluegrass, Chainsaw Grassacre, Northwest String Summit, Petaluma Music Festival, Dead On The Creek Music Festival and more.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
Ron Sexsmith visits the Relix office to perform a tune from his latest record Forever Endeavor.
Crystal Bowersox stops by Relix to perform a song from her new album, All That For This.
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