2 Mar
2021

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Talk New Music, Life On The Road And More

first_imgWisconsin acoustic ragers Horseshoes & Handgrenades has seen their stock rise in the music community over the past year or so, behind a workhorse load of touring and bringing the people what they want: hard-picking bluegrass and old-time music. They’ve toured with heavyweights like Yonder Mountain String Band and Greensky Bluegrass and been able to impress people in new places with both their intense musicality and their palpable enjoyment that comes from playing in front of people. Probably the person who sports the biggest grin during shows is singer and guitarist Adam Greuel. Live for Live Music’s Garrett Bethmann had the chance to talk with him Saturday at the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA as he was preparing for a long day of workshops and late-night sets. A sort of mutual admiration society commenced as Greuel revealed his religious dedication to checking up on Live for Live Music to check the pulse of the live music scene, and we revealed our love for what Horseshoes & Hand Grenades are doing up on stage.Bright days are ahead for Greuel and company! Read below to find out where the guitarist thinks you can find some of the best musicians at a festival and what the plan is for a new album.This interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity.Live For Live Music: I have a recorder on both my phone and my computer, I am using the computer today just cause it is a little more high-tech. Adam Greuel: My buddy Charlie Parr, he’s recording like shit tons of demos and stuff on his phone while he’s driving. Its funny because its Charlie Parr, a rootsy, organic dude, and I am just envisioning him driving his truck and recording on his iPhone, sort of struggling (laughs).L4LM: I caught y’alls set on Friday and met you at WinterWonderGrass briefly, when you flew in from…Greuel: Yonder! From the Yonder tour. Straight from Austin on the Yonder tour to WinterWonderGrass. And then our fiddler wasn’t able to be there. So Tim Carbone from Railroad came and played the three sets with us and that was a hoot. Then we got to know him sort of well kind of as a result and that was really cool. L4LM: So what has this experience been like, cause this is your first time at High Sierra. What were you guys doing yesterday?Greuel: Again we kind of came in on a whim. We had gotten here just before our set. I think one cool thing from California festivals is the vibe of the people. It is just so damn mellow. So laid back and kind. They have this gentle kindness to them, and you can feel that and it is fun to be a part of. It is fun to take a little bit of our midwest roots and bring it out west where maybe people haven’t seen that kind of thing. It certainly feels that way in the times we’ve been out here. But the positive energy is alive and well here at High Sierra.L4LM: This is my first time here at this festival and you guys hit up a lot of festivals I am sure, right? But how many are you able to actually stay and enjoy? You guys are playing tonight as well with Greensky.Greuel: Dude that is the best! You’re right, a lot of the times we have to come in and leave right away. But it is sweet when you get to spend time at a festival and you begin to understand the sense of family and community that exists at music festivals, that along with music pulls people there. That energy that is created by people helping one another or getting behind something together. The energy of the collective. You get to start to see that. Like here, you walk around, and everyone is down to help each other. Like “Hey do you have a beer? You look like you need a beer.” Or, “Hey you’re hungry? I just cooked up some food and come on over to our camp and hang out.”You get to see the kindness of people and the culture of the people in that area. L4LM: What has the vibe at High Sierra been like?Greuel: It was good. Our set was really, really fun. We had shown up really quick and everyone who runs the festival was super nice, way down to help you out. It’s interesting because the crowd is a lot more mellow. Like definitely when the song ends they’re really excited and rage, but during the song there is a lot of minds really thinking about the music, which is different than what we are used to in the upper midwest. So that was a neat component. I’m excited tonight about our late night set and that is really one of our more favorite times to play; play at midnight with our friends Greensky Bluegrass. That will be raging. We got to know them after a month long tour this year. We are also hosting at like 5:15 p.m. we are hosting a pick, a bluegrass pick. There are a lot of great americana and folk bands that are here like Gipsy Moon and Billy Strings and the bluegrass pick will be a chance to play with everyone. L4LM: Have you ever doing anything like that?Greuel: We are sort of notorious for fostering collaboration. We dig on that. It is a strong component in all of the americana scene, I think. There is a language we are all speaking with music that makes it easy for those collaborations. Even if you don’t know the song you can sort of communicate it using your instrument to fellow musicians. We love feeling other bands vibes, getting to co-mingle. Cause there is so much new music happening. The more you travel around the more you realize you are just a small piece of the puzzle. L4LM: Yeah, one thing that has been fun for me is walking around the campgrounds because right where I am camped there are like three bands that all brought in their equipment and are jamming all throughout the day and night. Have you been able to get into the campgrounds at all?Greuel: That is awesome! So that will be my tonight. We had a big day yesterday and I zonked out early. I did catch Chis Robinson Brotherhood who I had never seen before. I wanted to catch their set after I met Neal (Casal), their guitar player, when he was working with the Hard Working Americans— and still is. So that was sweet. I love the campfire jams because some of the best songwriters and musicians are there, not on the stages. Just cause 2,000 people are at a show enjoying someone’s music, doesn’t mean they are any better or have any more musicianship than the guy playing for five friends in his campsite. I find that to be really inspirational. There is so much good music out there and you never know who you are going to stumble upon that will revitalize your muse. L4LM: Is there anyone you want to see Saturday?Greuel: Dr. Dog. A lot of friends have hipped me to them but I haven’t heard one song of theirs, so I going to heed the call. But I don’t know man, I love all the kinds of music. One thing about Horseshoes and Handgrenades is that we are rooted in bluegrass and old-time music, but our approach to it is really open. We want to take any of our musical interests and incorporate it into acoustic music. For instance our bass player Sam (Odin) is really into Miles Davis and jazz.L4LM: He looks like he is into jazz.Greuel: Yeah he does (laughs), and he’s good at it too. Our accordion and harmonica player Dave (Lynch) is really into cajun music. That works its way into our stuff. I love that San Francisco rock and roll. Chris Robinson Brotherhood was awesome for what I am into. But we like it all and at a festival like High Sierra, where it is just a big ball of music, it is a great fit for us to walk around and experience it all and put it in our pocket for later in our own music. L4LM: What are you guys working on right now? I know you guys have a lot of things on SoundCloud and are touring a bunch. When can we look forward to something getting pressed to tape?Greuel: So there are five guys in the band and we all song write often. It is just part of my life, I’ll write a couple songs in a week. There is tons of material all the time. The biggest obstacle to recording is the fact we love touring. So this winter we’ve specifically planned to take time off to record a record and come out with that at some point in 2017, probably the first half. We’ve got three studio albums so far so this will be the fourth one. I think we are going to have some friends come on there and do some recording, friends we’ve met along the way like Tim Carbone. We are going to see where it takes us, we’re excited about it with plenty of songs to choose from. L4LM: I’m really excited for new music and seeing you play. You always look like you are so stoked to be up there playing, which I really appreciate and gravitate towards.Greuel: I mean it comes from a place of joy and a real sense of happiness. I think if folks can come to a show and forget about everything else for an hour and a half, and if helps them feel good that is awesome. It makes me feel really, really good. Music for me is an outlet and I don’t know if I ever feel better than when I am up on stage playing and I can look out into the crowd and see folks beaming with a smile, or crying, or even zoning out. Whatever people need to do I hope we can help facilitate that and they can get the release they need. That is the biggest joy in playing music.last_img read more

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18 Jan
2021

Virtual 9/11 Ceremony Set For Friday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via SSG Richard Colletta / U.S. Navy.MAYVILLE – The local American Legion and the Chautauqua County Veterans Council will hold a virtual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony this year because of an uptick in COVID-19 cases.The event will take place at noon on Friday and will be live streamed on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page.The program is to honor and remember the more than 3,000 Americans killed Sept. 11, 2001, when members of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four planes and crashed them in the World Trade Center in New York City, the pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C., and a field in Western Pennsylvania.“Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the County, this year’s ceremony will not be an in-person event for the public to attend, but I am glad we could partner with our local veterans organizations to offer this ceremony virtually for our residents,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “I encourage all residents to tune in or pause and take a moment on September 11th to honor and remember those who tragically lost their lives on this horrific day in 2001.” The program will feature words from local dignitaries including Jacqueline Phelps, representative for U.S. Congressman Tom Reed; George Borrello, New York State Senator; Wendel; Greg Carlson, Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency Director; James Quattrone, Chautauqua County Sheriff; and Susan Rowley, President of the Blue Star Mothers Lake Erie Chapter.For more information, contact Al Crick, at (716) 488-9861.last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Struggles for Packers

first_imgRebuilding.It’s a term fans of Wisconsin sports have become used to hearing. The Bucks have spent the better part of the last three years rebuilding their program — and it seems to be paying off early this year — the team looks damn good. Milwaukee Brewers fans have been dealing with rebuilding for over a decade, holding out hope that the Nick Neugebauers and Ryan Andersons of the world would bring them out of the cellar. Well, it took a little longer than advertised, and it wasn’t Neugebauer or Anderson that brought the Brew Crew to glory — but the days of rebuilding appear to be over in Milwaukee.Although the Bucks and Crew have been rebuilding the past few years, there’s always been one constant for the Wisconsin football fans — the Green Bay Packers. Well, at least until this season.A 1-7 start wasn’t exactly what anyone — fan or pundit — expected from the Packers this season. They were an aging team, and their defense was suspect, but with Brett Favre at the helm and an offense solid at the skill positions, much more was expected of the Packers this season.After all, this was a team that went 10-6 last year, with the only major offseason losses coming at the two guard positions on the offensive line. This team was supposed to find a way to get into the playoffs with Favre’s Hall-of-Fame career winding down. But it has just not materialized.Obviously injuries have taken their toll. It’s hard to put points on the board when you lose three of your top five wide receivers and your top three running backs for portions of the season. Let’s face it, names like Chad Lucas and Samkon Gado don’t exactly strike fear into opposing defenses.Which brings about the question — is it time for rebuilding in Green Bay? Well, I’m not jumping off of any bandwagons yet, so I’m going to have to answer “no” to that question.For starters, it’s hard to believe the Packers would be where they are right now if it weren’t for the injury bug. I realize it’s pretty much a copout to blame injuries — after all, shouldn’t teams be deep enough to overcome the inevitable?That’s true, but replacing a Javon Walker is just not the same as replacing, say, an injured Bill Schroeder when he was a starter for Green Bay. The same can be said for replacing a tailback like Ahman Green (though I realize he wasn’t exactly tearing it up before his injury, he’s still a better option the Packers’ current starters).These players are Pro Bowl-caliber individuals in the NFL and for any team to replace them with players of comparable talent is nearly impossible. Not to mention the backups that stepped up in each case, Robert Ferguson for Walker and Najeh Davenport for Green, who both suffered injuries as well. If Walker and Green were healthy all year, it’s plausible the Packers could be at least a .500 club and challenging for the NFC North crown.Plus there’s still Favre. Is it fair to him to start rebuilding while he’s still rebuilding? Absolutely not. Favre has been the face of the Packers for years and is arguably the greatest player in franchise history, not to mention the guy is never willing to lose.Favre brought Green Bay its first Super Bowl win since the late 1960s and has led the resurgence of a franchise that was a perennial NFL doormat prior to his reign. If for no other reason than out of respect for the Kiln, Miss., native, Green Bay should do everything within its power to field a respectable team while he’s on the field.Not to mention, when was the last time the Brewers, Bucks and Packers were respectable at the same time? Wouldn’t that be something?last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

Confirmed : Egypt names Ahli-dominated squad for Ghana clash

first_imgEgypt manager Bob Bradley has selected 23 local-based players for next month’s World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana.The list, which comprises no less than 11 members of the Ahli team, will be joined by 10 foreign-based players named by the Egypt management earlier this week.Bradley’s choices included some changes to the squad that faced Guinea this month, with Zamalek goalkeeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed and center-half Mahmoud Fathallah left out.Masri’s Ahmed Al-Shennawi returned to replace Abdul-Wahed, while defender Ahmed Saied ‘Ouka’, who returned to Wadi Degla after a loan spell at Belgium’s Lierse, was called up for Fathallah.Ismaili veteran Mohamed Sobhi replaced Ahli youngster Mosaad Awad as one of two backup goalkeepers for number one Sherif Ekrami.Zamalek’s flamboyant forward Mohamed Ibrahim was recalled after being dropped from the previous squad. The Egypt squad will enter a closed camp on Wednesday in preparation for the October 15 clash in Kumasi as one warm-up game is expected to take place within the next two weeks.Bradley is expected to drop a handful of players ahead of the Black Stars meeting.Egypt provisional squad:Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekrami (Ahli), Ahmed Al-Shennawi (Masri), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaili)Defenders: Wael Gomaa, Rami Rabiea, Ahmed Shedid, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad (Ahli), Mohamed Abdul-Shafi (Zamalek), Ouka (Degla), Adam Al-Abd (Brighton, England) – Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull, England) – Ahmed Farag (Lierse, Belgium) Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Walid Soliman, Abdullah Al-Saied (Ahli), Omar Gaber, Shikabala, Ahmed Eid (Zamalek) Amr Al-Sulaya (Ismaili), Ahmed Hamoudi (Smouha), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Ibrahim Salah (Orouba, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Elneny (Basel, Switzerland), Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ (Luzern, Switzerland)Strikers: Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek), Ahmed Temsah (Dakhlia), Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Rio Ave, Portugal), Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait), Geddo (Hull, England)last_img read more

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16 Aug
2020

Husić and Berberović only ones from B&H in the World Masters Games

first_imgThe coaches of most successful taekwondo collective in B&H, Novi Grad Sarajevo, Haris Husić and Belmir Berberović, are the participants of the World’s Masters Games which will be held in Turin from 1 to 11.World Masters Games is an event similar to the Olympics, but only for athletes who are 35 year old and more. It is organized every four years and currently are registered about 10.000 athletes from all around the world who will compete in 30 sports. Of course, one of the sports is Olympic taekwondo, and our representatives who will depart on 6th august will try to win the medals.Berberović will compete in the category of up to 80 kg, and Haris Husić in the category over 80 kg. According to the schedule of the competition, two of our competitors have scheduled weigh measurement on 8th August and a day later is planned the performance in the elimination fights.“We can say that we’re going there relaxed, without any pressure. We do not know who could be our opponents, but we think that the competition will be very strong. The competitors of age 35 and over are not at all easy, and some of them are still actively competing and they perform at world and continental championships and even at the Olympics. Unfortunately, during the preparation I received a meniscus injury, so for a shorter period, I have been resting and going to therapies, and I hope to participate in the Games without injury. My colleague Belmir is regularly training, ten times a week and is very well prepared and you could say that he in in a very good shape. Hopefully we will have good results and that our efforts will eventually be awarded with medals. Of course the preparations and departure are funded from our personal arrangements and no any government institution have not support us“, said Haris Husić, member of the team to go to WMG and coach of taekwondo club Novi Grad Sarajevo. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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