Overheard – August, 2008

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Burns burning up the charts — Colorado local (by way of Suffolk, England) Jessie Burns, the fiddle player for the celtic band Gaelic Storm, has had her “dream come true.” Gaelic Storm’s new album, What’s the Rumpus, debuted at number one on the Billboard World Music Charts, knocking Peter Gabriel off the top. The album also hit number 165 of the top 200 albums in all genres. Burns formerly played with the Wayfarers and, more recently, collaborated with Gregory Alan Isakov in his band, The Freight and recorded on his album That Sea, The Gambler.

Spring Creek Signs — Colorado pickers Spring Creek Bluegrass, who late last month opened the RockyGrass Festival, have signed a deal with Rebel Records. The award winning quartet are set to enter the studio in late fall with an expected release in spring of 2009.

Swallow Hill goes for the Guinness — Swallow Hill, The Denver Film Society and the City and County of Denver are taking a shot at Guinness Book of World Records fame. On Monday, August 18, before the Film on the Rocks screening of Zoolander, those groups will help to host the world’s largest guitar lesson. The lesson is billed for people of all levels, from those who have never picked up a guitar before to those considered virtuosos. To register, visit swallowhillmusic.org.

Adler’s Appetite nets an arrest — Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was arrested in Hollywood last month for alleged drug possession. According to police, Adler was picked up at 4 a.m. after officers were called about a man who was creating a disturbance. He was jailed and held on $45,000 bail. Adler was an original member of G N’ R but was fired from the band in 1990 due to “excessive drug use.” Since then, he has toured on and off with his band Adler’s Appetite, which mostly covers Guns N’ Roses.

CSN team with Rubin - Crosby, Stills and Nash are getting set for their first album since 1994 and the trio have chosen Rick Rubin to produce. In recent years Rubin has produced Johnny Cash’s American V: A Hundred Highways, and Neil Diamond’s 12 Songs, in addition to churning out dozens of albums with younger artists. Graham Nash told Billboard that the album will be a set of covers, “songs that we wish we’d written.”

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