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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In Print: What Warren Hellman Pays for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Adam Stephens' Solo Debut

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In SF Weekly's print music section this week:

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder (and banjo picker) Warren Hellman tell us what his 10-year-old free festival really costs, why it didn't end up moving to Oakland, and what the annual shindig means to him: "I wonder sometimes how the commercial festival people feel that we're kind of eating their lunch, and you know, I don't care," Hellman says. "One way or another, I don't care. They should do it for free, too."

Two Gallants frontman Adam Haworth Stephens explains how he survived a traumatic bike accident and made his new solo album. "We Live on Cliffs, then, sounds like a man finally letting his own scabs show. It sounds like a step toward maturity. In contrast to the spare drums-and-guitar assault of Two Gallants, Stephens' solo album was built by a full band, with keys, piano, slide guitar, and even ukulele. So it also sounds very, very pretty."

Also: We recommend shows from Gotan Project, Fang Island, The Sword, and Pigeon John.

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