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Published: 2013/07/09

July – August

Zac Brown Band: Everywhere Is Southern Ground

Zac Brown may have first broken through to the mainstream on the country charts, but the Georgia-bred musician is a far cry from your typical country artist. Brown has busted down the borders between country, rock, pop, jam and many other styles, thanks to his highly collaborative group’s spontaneous live shows and iPod-like ability to shuffle between eclectic covers with ease. Offstage, he continues to redefine the fan experience through a series of unique Eat and Greets and fan-fueled setlist choices. He’s an entrepreneur, too, who oversees everything from a knife company to a camp for special needs children. Executive editor Dean Budnick spent time with Brown and his band during a recent run of shows at Red Rocks and discovered why, these days, everywhere is Southern Ground.

MGMT: Surviving Saturn’s Return

Few bands of MGMT’s stature are as consistently overanalyzed and misunderstood. Despite their commercial success and celebrity status, the wide-eared musical duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser remain independent-minded, making unabashedly psychedelic music on a major label in an era when indie rock has become mainstream. Executive editor Mike Greenhaus sat down with MGMT and explored why their new, self-titled effort is their Saturn’s Return album.

Robert Randolph: Between Rock and a Holy Place

Robert Randolph seemed destined to grow into the jamband scene’s next arena-size star. Yet, as time went on, the lag between his studio releases increased and Randolph admits that he was at a creative standstill. Now, after parting ways with his longtime label Warner Bros., Randolph is ready to take control of his career. Wes Orshoski explains how Randolph plans to return to his roots with the help of a few high-caliber friends.

Bobby Whitlock: Further on Down the Road

Like a rock and roll Forrest Gump, Bobby Whitlock was everywhere for a brief while, contributing to Derek and The Dominos, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and the hotshot soul revue Delaney & Bonnie. Then, he slipped out of sight. Contributing editor Jeff Tamarkin caught up with Whitlock on the eve of a long overdue reissue of his first two solo records.

An Excerpt from Owsley And Me

For all of the legend that surrounds Bay Area fixture and Grateful Dead associate Owsley Stanley—his fastidiousness about sound amplification, scientific mind, carnivorous diet, renowned temper and encyclopedic knowledge of drugs—he was an intensely private person. He largely remained out of sight until his death in early 2011. Now, two years later, his lover, friend, lab assistant and mother of one of his children, Rhoney Gissen Stanley, has published Owsley And Me: My LSD Family.

Plus: Festival Guide: Set III, Spin Doctors, Tom Jones, Os Mutantes, Big Star, The Features, Honey Island Swamp Band, Gramatik, Yellowbirds, and much more!

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There are 9 comments associated with this post

PoorTasteIndeed July 17, 2013, 10:56:37

First Dave Matthews… Then Dave Grohl and Stevie Nicks… Then Dawes… Now Zac Brown? UGH. Is Relix TRYING to alienate its readers with issue after issue of terrible bands on its covers? They seem to be getting worse and worse and further and further from what should be in Relix. Not whiney hipster noise bands. Not pop country. There are so many great bands out there. I understand the need to put a high profile musician on the cover, but why not one of medium stature who’s actually talented / original / listenable? That way, you’ll turn people on to fresh and GOOD music, not cover the same boring groups like DMB over and over, or succumb to pressures to feature whoever your clueless marketing team thinks will sell more issues with their image.

What? July 18, 2013, 21:22:16

I’ll give you that DMB sucks, but they are a jamband. The stevie nicks and dave grohl project was awesome and Dawes are a great indie outfit that have jamband roots and deliver live. I’m no fan of Zac Brown but calling him “pop country” only shows your own ignorance. “Chicken Fried” is basically his touch of grey, the guy has been touring relentlessly and doing his own thing for a long time. He takes wayyyy more from the Dead’s playbook than Kenny Chesney or Garth brooks

PoorTasteIndeed July 19, 2013, 13:18:02

Dawes has jamband roots? Meaning… they’re Phish fans who can’t play the music because they’re not accomplished enough as musicians and improvisers so instead they play “ambient” hipster noise with trippy effects. Yawn. From a musician’s standpoint their music is bland, uninspired, and honestly could be created by somebody with a few months’ of experience.

Luke July 20, 2013, 06:19:15

With all due respect, all those bands definitely do suck, I agree with the first poster. This is nothing new for magazines though. If any corporate entity covered only high quality, unique groups that only niche audiences favored, they wouldn’t be a corporate enitity.

barry fienstein July 23, 2013, 09:44:34

Honestly a Magazine goes way further than just there cover, to go back and denounce all the past issues for about 4 months is retarded. Maybe you shouldn’t be such a fucking cockstain , pick up one of these and sift through it to find the one or two bands who actually know what the fuck is good.

barry fienstein July 23, 2013, 09:44:35

Honestly a Magazine goes way further than just there cover, to go back and denounce all the past issues for about 4 months is retarded. Maybe you shouldn’t be such a fucking cockstain , pick up one of these and sift through it to find the one or two bands who actually know what the fuck is good.

rockinthedeepend July 27, 2013, 11:49:10

I think you guys are missing the point. Relix is promoting bands who make their live performance central to the band experience. These musicians are not bound to recreating the recorded studio document in their live shows, and they often perform creative covers that expand beyond their formal genre and highlight their influences (sound vaguely familiar, Dead fans?). They are creative influences in the industry. I am a performing musician and a jazz and jam band fanatic. I appreciate what Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown do, and what they represent to the industry. Lighten up a little and enjoy the creative live music experience.

The Java Master August 10, 2013, 02:44:13

It is possible to be a Dead fan and a Grohl fan simultaneously. Why haven’t some of you figured that out yet? Sheesh…no wonder I would rather drink my coffee alone these daze…

wspanic brad August 15, 2013, 14:45:30

Just another reason to NOT BUY a rag that has zero clue about todays’ LIVE music scene—ALWAYS 3 MONTHS BEHIND- due to publishing, and ALWAYS GRASPING to be TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Hipster duffiseses.
Zac Brown is country rock media driven dribble, Grohl has no biz in any relix issue, Daews does want to be Phish, mgmnt SUCKS, SPIN DOCTORS—REALLY????
Anyone who goes by what this clueless rag pronounces needs to look into a mirror and say DUMBASS—-MEMO TO RELIX— JAM FANS no longer read you, DEAD fans no longer read you—but I am sure there is a big pile of money on the Zac Brown Bus..What a Joke!- just quit printing and keep it on line- YOU are KILLING INNOCENT TREES for POOP on a SCOOP!

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