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10/10/07
"Blue Harvest" is voted
"Best Bluegrass Song" at goChongo.com!

GoChongo.com is a website that encourages artists to add their original content
(photos, music, videos, etc.) by having contests where users can vote for their favorite artist,
and the artist can win cash prizes.

We are pleased to announce that the song "Blue Harvest" took first place in the
"Bluegrass, My Roots Music" contest at goChongo.com.

A big "Thank you!" to everyone who voted for us.


09/10/07
"Just Around The Bend" is a
"Top 40" Editor's Pick at CD Baby!

Out of the thousands of Bluegrass CDs available at CD Baby, "Just Around The Bend" is
currently ranked No. 36 in the "Acoustic" category, and No. 38 in the "Bluegrass" category
by the music editors at CD Baby!

So if you haven't purchased a copy yet, what are you waiting for?

Click here to buy.


08/23/07
Download Tracks From "Just Around The Bend"

Blue Harvest is proud to announce that our debut release "Just Around The Bend"
is now available for download from iTunes and other online retailers.

So if you have traded in your CD player (or record player?) for an iPod, please click on
one of the following links to add Blue Harvest to your digital library:

iTunes
Rhapsody
Napster
MusicIsHere
Audio Lunchbox
Buy.com
PayPlay
Tradebit

Great Indie Music

CHECK BACK SOON FOR MORE ONLINE RETAILERS!


07/14/07
The Sheriff Session (Summer Edition)

Carrying on the fine tradition of presenting Roots music in New York City,
the home of the Americana and Folk music revival, Clarence Ferrari teamed up
with Sheriff Uncle Bob to present a special summer edition
of the "Sheriff Session" at the Baggot Inn.

Some of the finest talents in the New York City Roots music community shared the stage
for a rollicking evening of Bluegrass, Country and Comedy!

Along with Blue Harvest, the evening featured Vincent Cross and Good Company, Cheatin'
Hearts
(the Sheriff's new band), Citigrass, and Lindy Loo as our master of ceremonies.

Needless to say, it was a hoot and a half!

A big "Thank You" to David Foster from the Baggot Inn,
and a special "Thank You" to Sheriff Uncle Bob for all of his help and advice!


07/08/07
Blue Harvest Returns To "The Moonshine Show" and
The Storm King Art Center

Today was a banner day for Blue Harvest, marking our second appearance on WKCR's
"The Moonshine Show" and our second appearance at The Storm King Art Center.

WKCR was the first radio station in New York City to feature American Roots music in
their programming. "The Moonshine Show", hosted by our friend Matt Winters,
continues this tradition with great Bluegrass and Old-Time music along with frequent
appearances of live bands in the studio.

As usual, Matt made us feel right at home as we performed a few songs
and talked about our new CD.

After that, it was time to hop in the car and drive up to The Storm King Art Center,
a 500 acre sculpture garden in Mountainville, New York, where an intrepid crowd
braved the heat for yet another fine Blue Harvest performance.

A big "Thank You" to Matt Winters from WKCR
and Helen Hydos from Storm King for having us!


06/11/07
The Official Release of "Just Around The Bend"!

After riding out a few bumps in the road, Blue Harvest is proud to announce that our
debut album "Just Around The Bend" is now available for sale through CD Baby!

With "Just Around The Bend" we have stayed true to our motto of "telling the story of
American music, while adding our own chapter to the story", with three original songs
("Blue Harvest", "Coal Rabbit", and "You're His To Keep"), three instrumentals ("Dusty
Miller", "Kelsterne Gardens", and "Ship In The Clouds"), and seven traditional songs, some
of which are well known, with others that are quite obscure ("Bowling Green", "Miss Molly",
"Hiram Hubbard", "Raleigh and Spencer", "Wind and Rain", "House of David Blues"
and "Do Lord").

Dissatisfied with the "sterile" sound of many of the acoustic CDs that have been recorded digitally
over the last few years, Blue Harvest turned to Mike Caffery of Monster Island Studio in
New York City to record the album using two-inch analogue tape, along with top of the line
analogue equalizers and compressors (No "plug-ins"!), giving the recordings a warmth and
depth rarely heard in today's digital world. The instruments were recorded live to capture the
essence of the band, with the vocals overdubbed later.

With a dazzling array of musical styles including Bluegrass, Old-Time, Texas Swing, Country, Appalachian Murder Ballads, Vaudeville Jazz, and Gospel, "Just Around The Bend" is already garnering rave reviews from fans and people in the music industry alike!
Please visit the Press Quotes page to read more.

We are offering a 10% discount if you buy more than one,
so buy a copy for all of your Bluegrass buddies!

"Just Around The Bend" at CD Baby


06/07/07
Blue Harvest Performs at The Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival

Blue Harvest had the pleasure of sharing the bill with
The Lewis Family, Rhonda Vincent, The Country Gentlemen and Tony Trischka
at this years Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival in Wind Gap, Pennsylvania.

Wind Gap continues to be one of the top Bluegrass festivals on the East Coast!
Along with top notch bands, Wind Gap features workshops, jam sessions,
Bluegrass movies and even a Bluegrass Academy!

We had great weather, a great crowd, and everyone at the festival treated us real nice!

A big "Thank You" to Harry Grant for asking us to perform,
and to Bill Knowlton for his inspired introduction!


06/02/07
30th Annual Plantathon and Crafts Fair

After last year's much talked about appearance at the 19th Annual Upper West Side Festival,
Blue Harvest returned to Broadway to perform at the 30th Annual Plantathon and Crafts Fair!

The changeable weather held out just long enough for us to do two rockin' sets on the
corner of West 72nd St. and Broadway, just a few blocks away from Lincoln Center.

We made many new friends that day. Even the cops were tapping their toes!

Thanks to Mort and Ray Productions for asking us back!


04/24/07
A Busy Month for Blue Harvest!

Blue Harvest has been making the rounds in anticipation of the "official"
release of "Just Around The Bend".

In the last month we performed at the Galapagos Art Space, where we shared the bill with
the popular Alt/Country band The Younger Sister Band, we performed at the Jalopy Theater
and Music School with Brooklyn's own Fresh Baked, we made a special appearance at
The Baggot Inn, as the house band for the L Magazine's Literary Upstarts Semi-finals,
and we returned to The Parkside Lounge to share the stage with our friends
Thomas Bailey & The Aristocrats!

We're still catching our breath (and so are our fans)!


02/18/07
Brooklyn Winter Hoedown

Blue Harvest was proud to take part in the "Brooklyn Winter Hoedown",
a four day celebration of American Roots music.

We were part of the last day's festivities which took place at Superfine, a restaurant and
music venue that is famous for it's weekly Bluegrass brunch.

We shared the stage that day with Thomas Bailey & The Aristocrats,
The Blue Moon Ramblers, Sufferin' Succotash and The M Shanghai String Band.

A big "Thank You!" to Dock Oscar for putting it all together!


01/22/07
CD Release Party for "Just Around The Bend"

Despite the fact that Clarence Ferrari was recovering from his worst flu in years,
along with the (last minute) realization that there were still a few "kinks" to work out with
the final mixes, Blue Harvest barreled ahead with a release party for our debut CD
"Just Around The Bend".

It turned out to be a riveting night, with Blue Harvest, with a long list of special guests,
performing for a standing room only crowd at our home away from home, The Parkside Lounge!

The show started with our friend (and Co-Executive Producer of the album) Dominic
Chianese
(of The Sopranos) introducing the band, followed by a live rendition of the 13 tracks
on the album, which included a brief reunion with Fred Skellenger to perform the two
original compositions he contributed to the project.

After the end of "album", without skipping a beat, Blue Harvest welcomed to the stage many
of the friends we had made in the last year and a half, with brilliant performances from
Jen Larson, Izzy Zaidman, Elio Schiavo, Thomas Bailey, Roger Grossman,
Vincent Cross and Daire Bracken (from the David Munnelly Band)!

To close out the evening, Dominic Chianese joined the band on stage with his guitar in hand.
After proclaiming that "Clarence Ferrari is the Garrison Keillor of East Houston Street!",
he went into a rousing rendition of "Don't Fence Me In", with the whole room singing along!

Blue Harvest would like to thank all of the folks who shared their talents with us, along with
all of the people who came out and supported us. All of you made this a very special night!


12/01/06
Brian Axford Joins Blue Harvest

With the departure of Fred Skellenger from the band, we are pleased to welcome
the newest member of Blue Harvest, Brian Axford.

While being an accomplished Jazz pianist, Brian has also been tearing it up in the
Montreal Bluegrass scene for years. As soon as he moved to New York City,
we snatched him up, and he has quickly taken over the reins on mandolin and vocal!

Please visit the Band page to learn more about Brian.


11/12/06
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Blue Harvest had the pleasure of performing at The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House,
which is a community outreach center located in Manhattan.

For over 100 years LHNN has tackled problems such as the lack of affordable housing,
the needs of an aging population and the inadequacies of the public education system.
Founded in 1894 as a free kindergarten for the children of nearby immigrant factory workers,
it has remained dedicated to improving the quality of life for all individuals and families
in need in the community.

Joining us onstage was local guitar whiz Izzy Zaidman.

A big Thank You to Lynne Mold for asking us to perform!


10/29/06
Blue Harvest appears on WKCR's Moonshine Show

Blue Harvest arrived at the campus of Columbia University at 10:00 AM,
to join host Matt Winters and special guest Sheriff Uncle Bob to play some tunes,
and talk about the band on the best Bluegrass show in NYC...The Moonshine Show!
It was also being broadcast worldwide via the internet.

Our live in-studio appearance was to help promote the Fourth Annual Sheriff Sessions,
where we had the pleasure of opening for Chris Thile & Michael Daves, and
The Infamous Stringdusters, along with local favorites The Roulette Sisters,
The Nieces and Nephews, and The Second Fiddles.

A big Thank You to Trip and Bob for putting everything together,
and to Matt Winters for making us feel at home!


10/02/06
Clarence and Fred visit IBMA's World Of Bluegrass!

Clarence and Fred, along with Blue Harvest photographer Kimberlee Piper,
went down to Nashville for The International Bluegrass Music Association's "Fan Fest",
which is part of their annual conference for Bluegrass musicians
and the people who want to hire them.

The Fan Fest is a heady mixture of business and pleasure, featuring the top Bluegrass bands
in the world, along with agents, promoters, radio stations, instrument makers
and folks who just like to jam in the hotel lobby!

We had a GREAT time, and we made a lot of new friends!

A special Thank You to Nigel and Renee for their hospitality and good times!


09/18/06
25,000 Downloads...and counting at Download.com!

The numbers don't lie!

A BIG "Thank You" again to all of the people who have continued to make us one of the
top five Bluegrass bands at Download.com, remaining both an
"Audience Pick" and an "Editor's Pick" for almost a year!


09/16/06
Rosanne Cash sits in with Blue Harvest!

Country Music royalty, Rosanne Cash, joined Blue Harvest onstage
at a private party in Montauk, N.Y. this weekend.

Rosanne was joined by her husband, record producer John Leventhal on Guitar,
and record producer Rick DePofi on Soprano Saxophone.

Rosanne performed a moving rendition of "Wayfaring Stranger",
making it a very special evening for the audience and for Blue Harvest!


09/14/06
Blue Harvest in the Recording Studio

At long last, Blue Harvest is recording their first studio album "Just Around The Bend"!
We recorded five songs this week at Monster Island Studio in NYC.
We will be returning to the studio in October to finish up the album.

Visit the Sights page to view pictures and watch a video from the sessions.


08/21/06
Blue Harvest goes down South

This week we loaded up the van and drove down to Virginia and North Carolina
to see if us "city slickers" could impress some folks who KNOW Bluegrass,
and to get a good plate of Biscuits and Gravy.

We were successful on both counts, playing to packed houses at
Poes in Richmond, VA and the final show of
The Backporch Concert Series in Morganton, NC.
On the way out of Morganton, we had some fine Biscuits and Gravy!

We had a wonderful time both nights and we look forward to goin' South again real soon!
Special thanks to Mike Britt of Poe's and Bill Wilson of CoMMA for having us!

We got back to New York just in time to perform at The Storm King Art Center,
a 500 acre sculpture garden in Mountainville, N.Y..
Once again, we had a great audience and a great time!

Visit the Sights page to view pictures from Poes.

Click here to listen to the (funny) radio ad for Morganton.


05/04/06
16,539 Downloads...and counting at Download.com!

Since last November, Blue Harvest has consistently been one of the
top five Bluegrass bands at Download.com!

A BIG "Thank You" to everyone who has listened to us, and made us both an
"Audience Pick" and an "Editor's Pick" at Download.com!


04/19/06
Blue Harvest appears on WNTI's Sessions at Centenary

Blue Harvest made their live radio debut on the
"Sessions at Centenary" program hosted by Jeff Rusch.

"Sessions at Centenary" is broadcast every week from Centenary College
in Hackettstown, New Jersey at 91.9 on your FM dial, an NPR station.

It was an hour of great music and amusing(?) anecdotes. Jeff made us feel right at home.
It was a real pleasure!

You can listen to the show in its entirety by clicking here.

Visit the Sounds page to hear several excerpts from the show.

Visit the Sights page to view pictures and videos from the show.


03/21/06
Blue Harvest brings Bluegrass to The Elgin Academy

Blue Harvest spent a day with the "youngins" out in Chicago!

We started the day with an all school assembly, performing for 500 children
ranging in age from five to eighteen! The faculty along with many
parents and alumni were also in attendance.

After a fine meal of Chicken Patties and Hot Pockets we taught four workshops.
This included working with the choir, who were doing some nice three part harmonies
with the band and a guitar workshop where Rick introduced the art of Chicken Pickin'
to a new generation.

All of the kids were great! A fine time was had by all!

A big "Thank You" to Dr. John Cooper for inviting us!


02/04/06
Blue Harvest is featured on The GlitchCast

This week Blue Harvest opened and closed Episode 16 of The GlitchCast!

Hosted by Eric Skiff and Sara Skiff, The GlitchCast is a Podcast featuring podsafe music from independent NYC bands.

The "Americana" episode also featured The Defibulators, The Forge Mountain Diggers, Two Man Gentleman Band, T. Nile and an interview with champion fiddle player Thomas Bailey.

Click here to download the episode.
Click here to visit The GlitchCast.


01/25/06
A new year and a new singer for Blue Harvest

Well, we are about a month into 2006 and there is alot to talk about!

We have submitted to festivals, PACs and clubs all over the United States and we are getting many enthusiastic responses! Check back soon for upcoming dates.

We are also preparing to go into the recording studio, with many original songs and instrumentals, towards the end of April/beginning of May. Stay tuned for a hot new album by early Summer!

Unfortunately, Elizabeth has gone back home to South Carolina and won't be singing
with us any more. Fortunately, we are pleased to welcome Edith Silver to the band.
We have new recordings on the "Sounds" page featuring Edith,
so please check them out and tell us how much you like them!


12/18/05
2,379 downloads...and counting at Download.com!

It's been less than a month since Blue Harvest joined Download.com,
and already we are rapidly approaching 2,500 downloads of our songs!
Thanks to everyone who has helped spread the word! Keep telling your friends!


11/23/05
Blue Harvest is now online at MySpace.com.

Please visit us at "Blue Harvest Station" at MySpace.com
Leave a comment, rate the songs and tell your friends!

 

 

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