Hard Working Americans may just be the best supergroup you've probably never heard of. The powerhouse sextet is a side project for its impressive roster that includes alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider; guitarist Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood and (formerly) Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals; bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, as well as its recent interim drummer Duane Trucks (nephew of Butch and brother of Derek); keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi; and guitarist Jesse Aycock.
Perhaps success is the best revenge. The August 22 Gesher Music Festival performance at the 560 Music Center amply demonstrated the remarkable accomplishment of “degenerate” composers who fled Nazism yet achieved success in Hollywood.
If you could have scored a ticket for the Grateful Dead’s "Fare Thee Well" shows at Chicago's Soldier Field last month, the price tag reached $15,000.
Jim James, frontman of rock group My Morning Jacket, has been (or at least should be) running on fumes lately. Last year he contributed music to “Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes,” a collection of unreleased songs from Bob Dylan. He also co-produced “That’s It!,” the recent album for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.