Trail Mix – Steep Canyon Rangers

first_imgSteep Canyon Rangers host the tenth annual Mountain Song Festival this weekend.The Steep Canyon Rangers have come a long way since the first time I saw them at The Prism Coffeehouse in Charlottesville in 2003. Over the ensuing twelve years, the band has gone on to win a Grammy Award and a host of IBMA awards while garnering critical acclaim for both their own recordings and live performances and the work they have done with comic legend (and wicked good banjoist) Steve Martin.Fresh off the release of Radio, which the band celebrated with a rousing show at the Paramount Theater in Bristol, Tennessee, the Steep Canyon Rangers are poised to host the tenth edition of their very own Mountain Song Festival in Brevard, North Carolina, this weekend.I recently chatted with guitarist and lead singer Woody Platt about the new record  and this weekend’s festivities.BRO – You just released Radio, your newest record. What did it mean to you to have the release party in Bristol, a city well known for its musical history?WP – With Bristol being the birthplace of country music, and with the addition of Tony Lawson and WBCM, it was a natural fit. There is so much great musical history there, starting with the Bristol Sessions. We were honored to release Radio in Bristol. The audience was wonderful!BRO – This marks the tenth anniversary of your Mountain Song Festival. What do you know now that you wish you had known in year one?WP – That it really makes sense to hire someone to clean the bathrooms after the festival instead of doing it ourselves! But seriously, having a great team and plenty of volunteers makes the festival run so much more efficiently.BRO – In five words or less, finish this statement – “The best part of hosting a music festival is . . . “WP –  . . . . bringing a community together for a great cause.BRO – Any performances over the first nine years that really stick out in your memory?WP – Doc Watson playing to a full house as the headliner of our first festival. Also, Steve Martin coming out as a total surprise guest at the fourth Mountain Song Festival. That was the first time we played with Steve and the audience went nuts!BRO – Come Sunday evening, what will be your measuring stick for the success of Mountain Song?WP – We always hope to raise as much money as we can for the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. If we can break the $500,000 mark this year, it will feel like a huge success. But just having three days of great music in our wonderful small mountain community will be a success in itself.The tenth annual Mountain Song Festival kicks off on Friday, September 11th, and the line up includes Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs, Larry Keel, and more. For information and times, please check out the festival’s website.And if you would like to win a pair of lawn seats for the weekend, you have come to the right place! Take a shot at the trivia question down below and email your answer to [email protected] A winner of two passes to Mountain Song will be chosen from all of the correct responses received by 2:00 P.M. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 9th). Remember – please email your responses. Don’t post answers don’t below in the comments section. That’s no fun for anyone!While you wait to find out if you have won, make sure to take a listen to “Radio” on this month’s Trail Mix and to check out the band’s website for more information on how to get your copy of the new record or when the band might take to a stage near you.Question . . . . The Steep Canyon Rangers formed on the campus of what university?Good luck! Photo by Sandlin Gaither.last_img read more

Beachside holiday houses inspire new display home

first_imgA render of the new Michael Case display home which will form part of the new North Shore Display Village.HOLIDAY houses in coastal destinations such as Byron Bay served as the inspiration for Michael Case’s new display home.The house, aptly named the Boathouse, will form part of North Shore’s new display village due to open next month.The boathouse has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double garage with 260sq m of under-roof space. It features soaring ceilings, a soothing colour palette inspired by the coast and an upmarket holiday home vibe.Michael Case Homes stylist and home designer Renee Case said the house had a chic resort and laid-back feel.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I wanted to do something really special and this has exposed rafters, cladding, an alfresco area that wraps around the house with a beautiful lap pool, sun deck and gazebo,” she said.“I was inspired a lot by the holiday homes you see in places like Bryon Bay and around New South Wales. I wanted to do something a bit different and it doesn’t necessarily cost more to do something really special.”The house also has an atrium, skylight and three different internal zones to allow for a family to either relax and entertain together or have their own space.Soft whites, grays and blues dominate the colour palette, adding to the laid-back, coastal style. The home is nearly complete with only some finishing touches such as landscaping and furnishings to be done before it opens to the public.The design of the home would suit most sized blocks while it can also be downsized to make it more affordable or extended for a large family. For more information call the Michael Case team on 4759 5700.last_img read more

Stoke manager Pulis ‘launching bid to sign Lukaku on loan’

first_imgStoke City boss Tony Pulis has launched a bid to sign Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, according to the Daily Star.Pulis expressed an interest in the Belgian striker last season and is said to be keen to capture him, with West Ham also linked.The Star also say Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Porto forward Hulk.Drogba is leaving Chelsea.Meanwhile, The Sun say Didier Drogba has been made a lucrative offer by Juventus.It is claimed the Italian giants have offered Drogba a two-year contract worth £80,000 a week.The out-of-contract striker, who is leaving Chelsea, has been tipped to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.QPR plan to offer Birmingham City £6m for goalkeeper Jack Butland – possibly paving the way for Paddy Kenny to join Neil Warnock at Leeds United, the Daily Mail say.Kenny has been strongly linked with a move to Elland Road since former R’s boss Warnock took over as Leeds manager.It is claimed Rangers are to make a bid for England Under-21 international Butland, who has been watched by Manchester United.Related West London Sport story: Hughes to make Villa an offer for Given (21 May)There is more speculation about Joey Barton’s future following the FA’s decision to ban him for 12 matches for his violent outburst against Manchester City.The Daily Mirror say it would cost Rangers £10m to get rid of him. Other papers, including The Sun, suggest it would cost £11m.The Star claim QPR have lined up Tottenham’s Jermaine Jenas as a £4m signing to replace Barton and are also looking to sign keeper Ben Foster from Birmingham.West Ham and Celtic are among the clubs chasing Jordan Rhodes after Fulham had a bid ‘laughed off’ by Huddersfield Town, according to the Star.It is claimed Fulham offered £3.5m for the striker, who has scored 40 goals for the Terriers this season.Wigan, Stoke and Norwich have also been linked with a move for Rhodes.Meanwhile, out-of-contract Whites forward Andy Johnson has again been linked with QPR.The Mail suggest that R’s boss Mark Hughes, who managed the player at Fulham, is interested in taking him to Loftus Road.And the Star say Fulham want Wolves defender Christophe Berra.Thursday’s Chelsea quiz: Bye-bye BosingwaDoes Joey Barton deserve to be sacked by QPR? Click here to voteFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Giants host Hunter Pence, fans embrace outfielder in return to Scottsdale

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–When the starting lineups were announced Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium, the loudest ovation was reserved for a player from the visiting side.Hunter Pence is back on a baseball field, and while he’s no longer wearing orange and black, Giants fans still treat him as one of their own.Pence arrived in Scottsdale with the Texas Rangers, who signed him to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league camp this offseason. Before his first at-bat, starter Derek Holland …last_img

49ers CEO Jed York describes how he almost wound up on injured reserve with QB Jimmy Garappolo

first_imgFrom the “Now it Can be Told” files:San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garappolo wasn’t the only member of the organization who was in physical distress after he tore his ACL in a game at Kansas City last September.Team CEO Jed York almost joined Jimmy G. in the ER, according to team CEO Jed York.The revelation was reported by NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan. York, speaking at the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix, said he was so upset by the injury to his $137.5 million quarterback …last_img

SA cricket franchise appoints woman COO

first_img A mother of two boys and a girl, Kambarami is still burning the proverbial midnight oil to finish another degree, a Masters in Sports Law, through the De Montfort University in Leicester. She enrolled in 2013, and hopes to complete the degree in 2016. SAinfo reporter “I had to put it all together with my right-hand man, Eddie Khoza, and the Momentum team of Charlene Lackay and Emmanuel Mahlangu. It was beautiful.” When the position of marketing manager at the Titans became available, she successfully applied for the position, starting working in Centurion in October 2003.Momentum eKasi Challenge Kambarami was the driving force behind the successful Momentum eKasi Challenge, which brings together The Unlimited Titans and the Bizhub Highveld Lions to play a pre-season match annually over a four-year period, alternating between Pretoria and Johannesburg. 29 May 2014 South African cricket team the Unlimited Titans have made history by appointing Patricia Kambarami as their new chief operating officer. She is the first woman to hold such a senior position with one of the country’s six professional cricket franchises. Formerly the marketing and events manager of the Titans, Zimbabwean-born Kambarami will now occupy one of the most demanding positions in South African cricket.Hot seat SuperSport Park in Centurion outside Pretoria is one of the country’s favourite cricket grounds, hosting numerous T20, one-day international and test matches, as well as Titans’ games. A cricket administrator known for her relentless pursuit of excellence and a keen appreciator of team work, Kambarami’s appointment was widely expected. In 2003, Kambarami worked as venue assistant for World Sport Nimbus, an organisation that managed the commercial property of the International Cricket Council at the Cricket World Cup in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Looking ahead, she said: “My focus in my new position … is to retain the world-class status of SuperSport Park.”Impressive curriculum vitae Kambarami’s curriculum vitae is the envy of many cricket administrators in South Africa, and it continues to grow. She has an MBA from Nottingham Trent University in the UK, a graduate diploma in marketing management from the Institute of Marketing Management in South Africa, and a certificate in sports events and project management from Wits University’s graduate school of business.center_img Titans CEO Jacques Faul hailed Kambarami as a hard-working stalwart of the franchise who, during 11 years as marketing and events manager, has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the Titans’ cause. ‘It is well deserved’ “It is well-deserved,” Faul said in a statement on Wednesday. “I have no doubt she is the perfect person for this new challenge. Patricia is also 100 percent focused on delivery for the sake of the franchise’s continual commercial success.” “Certainly the highlight of the past 11 years was the conceptualization and the practical implementation of the Momentum eKasi Challenge. Jacques [Faul] came up with the idea,” Kambarami added. ‘Team work is essential’ Asked about what has underpinned her success as an administrator, Kambarami said she believes no man or woman is an island. “Team work is essential. You cannot do it on your own.”last_img read more

NBA: Anthony sees no problem playing power forward with Thunder

first_imgMaliksi’s scoring prowess delivering results for Blackwater Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Anthony’s strong physique would also help ease his transition better, as George was not really fond of playing the four during some stretches when he was with the Indiana Pacers.Still, Anthony relishes the chance to play for a legitimate contender and credits today’s “position-less” basketball for allowing him to pair up with both George and Russell Westbrook.“Now, it’s just whoever,” he said. “You have two-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center. So, it really doesn’t matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I have no problem with playing the four,” Anthony, who mostly suited up at small forward for much of his 14-year NBA career, told ESPN’s Royce Young. “I actually like that, I actually embrace that. And for this team, I think it will be better.”Although he has never considered himself a typical “stretch four,” the 10-time NBA All-Star said he’s used to playing the position, citing his earlier years with the Denver Nuggets as an example.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’ve been playing the four almost all my career,” he added. “Even in Denver…we kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the four, picking up the pace. We kind of started that.”The move comes as no shock to most fans, as the Thunder also managed to land superstar Paul George in the off season, who would likely take up the small forward slot. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Carmelo Anthony (7)  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)After laughing off a reporter’s query as to whether he’s willing to come off the bench for his new team, Carmelo Anthony said he had no problem sliding to the power forward position for the Oklahoma City Thunder.The team’s head coach, Billy Donovan, recently made it known that the 33-year-old superstar would indeed be filling in at the four position full-time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Rhodes expects emotional finals series: ‘We want the championship so bad’

first_imgRhodes also vowed to leave everything on the line, especially with his family in attendance for the series and to celebrate his 32nd birthday on Game 3 on June 25.“If I win it, it’s gonna be more emotional for me. I’m flying in my wife and I’m flying my mother, who has never seen me play overseas. So everything is going to be very, very emotional for me, and I want my mom to be here to witness that,” he said.Rhodes, however, acknowledges the tough challenge TNT poses. After all, the KaTropa is only one of the three teams which dealt San Miguel a rare loss this conference, a 112-103 setback last May 5.  That’s why the Galveston, Texas native is more motivated than ever to avenge that eliminations defeat.“TNT is a great team all around. They have four good big men and coach Nash (Racela) does a great job,” he said. “But I think we want the championship so bad. That’s all we’re thinking about right now. I think it will be a good Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH NBA: LeBron expresses gratitude to ex-Cavs’ GM David Griffin on Twitter Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmotions are expected to run high when San Miguel and TNT clash in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.And one man who guaranteed such is Beermen import Charles Rhodes.ADVERTISEMENT The mercurial reinforcement shared that fans should expect a feisty battle in a high-stakes battle like this the Finals.“I’m a competitor. I play hard every time out there. I’m pissed off if I miss a shot, I’m pissed off if somebody score, and I’m pissed off when (Star import Ricardo) Ratliffe got 35 rebounds. So my emotions doesn’t come until the end, when it’s all said and done,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut there’s more to that for Rhodes, who, despite a nine-year professional career in the international circuit, will be playing on his first championship tiff.“I’ve been in five semifinals, so I know what it feels like. I know what the pain is, not to get the promised land, so that’s why it was so emotional for me,” he said. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ottawa overreacting by shutting Fundy fishery after single whale spotted group

first_imgHALIFAX – A fishermen’s group says the federal government is jumping the gun with a costly fisheries closure in the Bay of Fundy following the sighting of a single North Atlantic right whale.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the area in Grand Manan Basin will be closed to fixed-gear fishing from 11:59 p.m. Thursday until further notice.The closure affects lobster, crab, groundfish, herring and mackerel licences.But Brian Guptill, president of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association, said the government was too quick to act.“A vessel … sees one right whale that is moving, not stopped and feeding, and they shut the fishery down because of that. The airplane was up this morning and couldn’t find a whale anywhere,” he said.Guptill said DFO should take a more measured approach.“It’s a matter of the number of whales or number of sightings. If you just see one whale and it’s travelling … the whale could be gone before you get the traps out of the water,” he said.Guptill said the closure is costly for 30 to 40 fishermen who will lose the last week of the season in that area.Ottawa says all gear must be removed before Thursday’s closure, and notice will be given prior to the reopening.The right whale population suffered 17 losses last year — 12 of them in Canadian waters — likely due to rope entanglements and ship collisions.Guptill said the government is overlooking the effective protection measures that Bay of Fundy fishermen have taken.“We’ve had a right whale mitigation strategy and we’ve been working to have no impact on the whales since 2006. There hasn’t been a known entanglement since that time,” he said.So far this year, the government has closed a number of East Coast fishing areas, mostly in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and fishermen have complained to Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc about lost opportunities.Last week, LeBlanc said he’s offering lobster fishermen from New Brunswick and Quebec a fall fishery due to the closure of a vast area where endangered right whales have been spotted.He said he told the Maritime Fishermen’s Union that he plans to open a harvesting zone in the last half of September to make up for the 15-day closure of a 1,400-square-kilometre portion of ocean.LeBlanc said the offer will go to about 62 fishing vessels in New Brunswick and 60 from the Gaspe Peninsula whose lobster harvest was largely shut down as the whales passed through.last_img read more