The Lil’ Smokies Light The Way In Portland

first_imgDuring what can only be described as dark times for our country right now we could all use a break from the unrest and negativity that has shaped the past week. Those with the gumption to get out of the house and see some friends and music in Portland, OR on Thursday night were treated to a much needed reminder of the good in the world and love in our community last night by The Lil’ Smokies, Head for the Hills, and Brad Parsons.While protests raged in the streets of downtown Portland for the 3rd consecutive day and swat teams rolled by the front of the Star Theater, two tours featuring some of the hottest bluegrass/Americana acts in the country combined for a cathartic and uplifting night of music that was sorely needed by the intimate crowd. Portland singer/songwriter Brad Parsons kicked the night off and set the tone with tender yet powerful resolve, eventually ceding the stage to Fort Collins, CO-based, Head for the Hills. Their 90-minute set was a testament to four individuals playing as one as they sounded tighter than ever, keeping a foot in the traditional bluegrass sound while exploring diverse territory such as indie rock, and even hip-hop.By the time Missoula’s The Lil’ Smokies hit the stage the crowd had settled in and was ready for the 2015 Telluride Band Competition winner to show why they are one of the hottest acts in progressive bluegrass today. They certainly did just that. Only a couple of songs into their set, one could look out into the crowd and see the joy and relief on their faces as they let the music take over and escaped the emotional nadir of the past week’s events.With dobro player Andy Dunnigan’s voice leading the way through many unique originals, this band has such a natural and polished sound it’s hard to believe they’ve only been on the road for 2 ½ years. Guitarist Matt “Rev” Rieger also stepped up to lead a few tunes including a fun cover of Naked Eyes’ “Always Something There to Remind Me.” The newest member of the band, Jake Simpson, provided perhaps the highest peaks of the night, showing impressive chops and sense of the moment on the fiddle.The incredible chemistry of the band was on display throughout the night, but never more evident than during Simpson’s give-and-take lead trade-offs with Dunnigan. They finished off the night by inviting Brad Parsons back on stage for a rocking version of “Montana,” the first single off of his upcoming album Hold True.We should all be thankful that these fellas have found each other. They have undergone some personnel changes over the past couple of years and the latest lineup feels like it is built to soar. It doesn’t take much imagination to see them gracing some of the most coveted stages in the country with their genuine and inspiring sound.The Lil’ Smokies and Brad Parsons continue their NW run tonight 11/11 in Bellingham, WA and Saturday 11/12 in Seattle. Head for the Hills is in Seattle 11/11, and Bend 11/12.– words by Heath KearnsThe Lil Smokies – Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Jake Simpson (fiddle), Matt Rieger (guitar), Scott Parker (bass), Matt Cornette (banjo)Head for the Hills – Joe Lessard (violin), Adam Kinghorn (guitar), Matt Loewen (bass), Sam Parks (mandolin)The Lil Smokies Setlist – Star Theater – Portland, OR 11/10/2016SequenceCaliforniaMiss MarieTooth FairyMending the FenceGoodbye StrangerWindedGalleryLearning to Fly (Tom Petty)That Home Far AwayLife of Sin (Sturgill Simpson)HitchcockThe CityEncore:FeathersAlways Something There to Remind Me (Naked Eyes)Montana (Brad Parsons)“San Fran” at Music City Roots Live From The Factory on 6/22/16 :last_img read more

Congress can solve the cannabis banking conundrum now

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the number of states legalizing cannabis in some form continuing to grow, it’s understandable that Americans with differing views would want to debate whether it’s time to reform the nation’s marijuana laws. As representatives of the credit union and banking industries, we aren’t focused on the legalization debate. Instead, we are trying to solve a pressing practical concern caused by the ongoing conflict between state and federal cannabis laws — what to do with the money.Right now, in the 33 states, territories and the District of Columbia where cannabis has been legalized, credit unions and banks are prevented from providing financial services to cannabis-related businesses because cannabis is illegal under federal law and, as a result, handling proceeds from a transaction involving it is considered money laundering. Not only does this leave cannabis businesses operating almost entirely in cash, but it has the added effect of criminalizing the vendors, suppliers and utility companies that serve those businesses.For the cannabis business owner, this results in a lot of cash being stored in backroom safes, transported in backpacks and used for payroll every Friday. The presence of so much cash paints a large target on their storefronts and employees for would-be thieves. In fact, a 2015 study conducted by Wharton found one in every two cannabis dispensaries were robbed or burglarized — with the average thief walking away with anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000. continue reading »last_img read more

Georgia, Ole Miss meet in SEC tourney

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 13 seed Georgia (15-16, 5-13) vs. No. 12 seed Mississippi (15-16, 6-12)Southeastern Conference Tourney First Round, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Georgia is set to face off against Mississippi in the first round of the SEC tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 25, when the Rebels shot 52 percent from the field while limiting Georgia to just 30.9 percent on the way to a 10-point victory. March 10, 2020 Associated Press TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: Mississippi has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Georgia has leaned on freshmen. Seniors Breein Tyree, Devontae Shuler and Khadim Sy have collectively accounted for 57 percent of Mississippi’s scoring this season. On the other hand, freshmen Anthony Edwards, Sahvir Wheeler and Toumani Camara have combined to score 46 percent of the team’s points this year and have accounted for 67 percent of all Bulldogs points over their last five.ACCURATE ANTHONY: Edwards has connected on 30.1 percent of the 236 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 39 over the last five games. He’s also converted 77.5 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Bulldogs are 0-7 when they score 61 points or fewer and 15-9 when they exceed 61 points. The Rebels are 0-10 when they fail to score more than 63 points and 15-6 on the season, otherwise.WINNING WHEN: Georgia is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least six opposing shots. The Bulldogs are 10-16 this season when they block fewer than six shots.DID YOU KNOW: Georgia is rated second in the SEC with an average of 72.7 possessions per game.___center_img Georgia, Ole Miss meet in SEC tourney For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more