EXCLUSIVE: Jon Stickley On His Trio’s New Drummer & The Spirit Of The Suwannee

first_imgThe Jon Stickley Trio recently welcomed new drummer Hunter Deacon to the fold, just in time for a busy start to the festival season. Firebrand guitarist Jon Stickley and violinist Lyndsay Pruett know a little something about changing tempos: The band’s lightning-fast runs are heavily featured in their live performances. Now, their skilled musicianship will be delivered over a brand new beat, as the departure of former drummer Patrick Armitage has freed up the drummer’s throne for Deacon to settle in and make it his own.Though any lineup change is tough on a band at first, its impact on a trio can be particularly difficult to adapt to, with 1/3 of the sound suddenly being transformed. As the Jon Stickley Trio got their footing with their new band member on a recent run of shows, we caught up with Stickley to get his thoughts on the state of the band. Check out our exclusive chat below: Rex Thomson: So, big news first off…new drummer, Hunter Deacon. I am assuming your band uses the same the “jump-in” initiation process that most gangs do…How bad did you and Lyndsay wail on him?Jon Stickley: Yeah, we put him through the wringer. He’s been learning all the material and that as actually got the creative juices flowing. Lots of new stuff in the works…RT: What does Hunter bring to the table?JS: Well, he is classically trained, he has toured with a lot of singer-songwriters and played pretty much all types of music under the sun. He has a really strong jazz-improvisational bent that has led him to be extremely sensitive to intuitively playing with others, so he has really slipped into the role easily. He fit like a glove right away. I gotta say the music feels better than it ever has. RT: The Jon Stickley Trio has an idiosyncratic sound, especially live. Obviously, you want to stay relatively true to your sound, but how close is this configuration to the previous iteration?JS: It’s very similar. We’re playing the same songs, so it’s not like people will be lost. Hopefully, they’ll be more entertained. We’re not going to be going into “free jazz” or anything like that. It’s all gonna be the same tradition. We’re just glad to have a drummer that is on equal footing with Lyndsay and myself.One last taste of the old before we catch some of the new out on tour:RT: You mentioned the creative juices were flowing…Does that mean new material is already being conceived?JS: Let’s just say we are stoked to get out and play some new stuff for hopefully old and new fans alike in 2018.RT: How packed is the 2018 Jon Stickley Trio concert calendar so far?JS: Really packed. We have a lot–more than ever if you look at this point in previous years. We are returning to some of our favorite festivals, and a few that we have always wanted to play we are finally getting to this time around. Besides all the festivals, a lot of good rooms and clubs are opening their doors to us finally. It’s like all this hard work is paying off.RT: You’ll be bringing Hunter to Spirit of the Suwannee for the first time this March for the Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival. The Trio and Suwannee have a long-standing relationship, and you’re well-known there for your wild sets and all-night pickin’ parties. Is it gonna be business as usual this year?JS: Oh yeah, we were telling him about it last night. We were like, “Spring Reunion is the festival that we always try and be there the whole weekend. We like to set up camp, find a fire and pick. That feeling, that sharing…it’s pretty much what we live for.” By far our favorite place play.RT: Gonna keep him up all night?JS: I don’t know. We’ll see if he can hang.RT: Shots fired! Can he hear you right now?JS: I think so, actually.RT: Well, the gauntlet has been tossed.JS: Suwannee brings it out of you. It’s our favorite festival site, to be sure. It’s just so huge and well laid out. There’s no crowding or rushing to get to one of the good spots. They are all good spots. Plenty of room for everybody. You can ride right into it with your car, no shuttles or anything like that. And I honestly think everyone there feels the same way. We love going there to play music as much as people love going there to hear it.The “Spirit” part of the name, “The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park,” it’s a real thing. You feel it when you are there. Honestly, the best music we play each year seems to happen at the Spirit Of The Suwannee.RT: How natural is the mix and match of your styles and influences for you mentally? When you play through it all live, it looks and sounds effortless. But is that the case, say, during the songwriting stage?JS: I guess I have to say it’s really natural, mentally. Every style and influence you hear in my playing is just my own interpretation of a sound already. It’s that type of music through my own style or mental lens.RT: Well, thanks for taking a few minutes to introduce us to the new guy! Looking forward to hearing what you’re cooking up for us!JS: Come see us out here and the road!last_img read more

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Dyche enjoys Burnley challenge

first_img “I think it’s quite obvious, I am enjoying the challenge here. I am not looking further afield,” the Burnley boss said. “I am enjoying the challenge here.” Dyche has retained the support of the Burnley fans throughout the season even though the club are now second from bottom with just seven matches to go. The same cannot be said for the man who will be in the away dugout at Turf Moor this weekend, though. Some Arsenal fans called for Arsene Wenger’s head following a difficult start to the season. Dyche remains a big fan of the Gunners boss and cannot comprehend why there were calls for the three-time Premier League winner to be sacked. “They’re a fine side, who keep progressing despite what people say,” said Dyche, who took Burnley up last year after finishing second in the Sky Bet Championship. “Arsene seems to get questioned, I don’t know why, I think the job he’s done is terrific. “Of course, I’m aware fans would like to have won more trophies in recent years but, as a young manager aspiring to progress in the game, I look at people like him thinking ‘you haven’t done badly if you have a career like his’.” Dyche hopes Matt Taylor (Achilles), Ross Wallace (knee) and Steven Reid (calf) will be fit for the visit of the Gunners, who have won their last seven games in all competitions. Burnley manager Sean Dyche has dismissed speculation linking him with Derby. Recent reports claimed Dyche has been lined up as a possible successor to Steve McClaren, who is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over at Newcastle. Dyche says he remains committed to the task in hand at Turf Moor, though. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Jamaican police search for husband of murdered cop

first_imgJamaican Police are searching for the 53-year-old husband of a police officer, who was fatally chopped during a dispute at her home in the parish of   Manchester on Saturday night.Police believe that Barrington ‘Drop’ Whyte could assist in their investigations into the death of District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte.Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson has condemned the murder saying, “It is unfortunate that domestic violence has robbed us of another promising talent. Woman District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte was met with such cruelty and callousness and no effort will be spared in bringing closure to this matter,” said Anderson, adding that the Chaplaincy and Community Safety and Security Branch have been instructed to provide all the necessary support to colleagues and friends of Edwards-Whyte.“Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are also being reminded to use the resources available to the JCF, namely, the Chaplaincy and Medical Services Branch, to help through domestic and other issues which impact their emotional, psychological and physical well-being.“Police officers are encouraged to remain vigilant and undaunted as we continue to enforce law and order and build safer communities. As a nation, we must bond together to preserve the rule of law, the safety, security, and human rights of every Jamaican,” said Anderson.last_img read more

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England Golf sign licence for World Handicap System ahead of November 2020 start date

first_img The governing bodies of amateur golf in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are delighted to announce they have signed the licence for the new World Handicap System which will come into operation on November 2, 2020.As members of the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU), England Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Irish Ladies Golfing Union, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf have been driving forces in planning for the new system in alliance with The R&A and USGA.The current Golf Handicapping System maintained by CONGU will be replaced by WHS which will unify the six different structures presently in operation throughout the world of golf.With one single, global system in place for the first time, golfers will be able to obtain and maintain a handicap index and use this on any course around the world.In addition they will be able to compete or simply play a casual round with fellow golfers anywhere on a fair and equal basis.As well as encouraging players new to the sport to obtain a handicap with ease, the WHS will also modernise the game for those already well versed in the game of golf.Under the new system a player’s handicap will be based on the average of eight best scores from their last 20 rounds.WHS will also take into account factors currently not fully represented in the existing handicapping procedure through a course and slope rating system.“We believe the introduction of the new World Handicap System will have a hugely positive impact for golf around the globe,” said England Golf CEO Nick Pink.“Our team are working hard to deliver the transition from the current system to WHS and will continue to confer with the clubs, counties and our technology partners to ensure that everything runs to plan ahead of the start date.”Sinead Heraty, Chief Executive of the ILGU said: ‘The Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland are delighted that the new World Handicap System will come into practice in November 2020.“The transition from an incremental system to an averaging one will be period of great change, however once a planned education process is complete, the new system will make handicapping much more consistent globally.”Pat Finn, CEO of the Golfing Union of Ireland added: “We look forward to meeting with our member clubs over the coming months to outline the World Handicap System. With CONGU adopting the system for Ireland and Great Britain from late next year we need to ensure golfers across Ireland are prepared for the change.”Andrew McKinlay, Chief Executive of Scottish Golf, commented: “Following recent education seminars across the country, Scottish Golf is pleased to confirm that the new World Handicap System will be implemented on time on November 2, 2020. We believe that moving to a more unified handicap system will be beneficial to all golfers.“The team at Scottish Golf will continue to liaise with, and support clubs across the country to ensure the transition between now and next year is as seamless as possible for everyone involved.”The CEO of Wales Golf, Richard Dixon, is also delighted to mark another step on the road to WHS.He said: “A lot of hard work has been going on behind the scenes in preparation for the launch of the World Handicap System and we are delighted that we have reached this key stage of the process.“We are very excited about the positive benefits WHS will have to the game of golf in Wales and across the golfing world.“The Wales Golf team look forward to working with our clubs, fellow home Unions, technology partners and the R&A over the next year to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible for clubs and most importantly for golfers.”CONGU, the United States Golf Association (USGA), Golf Australia, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA) and the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) represent around 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a handicap.The aligning of all six handicapping authorities behind the WHS is a hugely significant step in the modernisation of golf across the globe.WHS has been introduced under the auspices of the USGA and The R&A.Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A said: “The R&A’s purpose is to ensure golf is thriving in 50 years’ time and the World Handicap System (WHS) is one of the key ways in which we can ensure the long-term health of the sport.“We all want to encourage more people to take up golf and having a handicap which provides an accurate measure of playing ability is one of the best ways of achieving that.”Further information about the new World Handicap System can be found on the England Golf website at https://www.englandgolf.org/article/world-handicap-system-whs and also via the R and A website at https://www.randa.org/WorldHandicapSystemFor details on England Golf’s educational workshops on WHS visit  https://www.englandgolf.org/handicaps-rules/whs-2020/whs-club-workshops/Image copyright: Leaderboard photography 16 Sep 2019 England Golf sign licence for World Handicap System ahead of November 2020 start date last_img read more

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Steelers, Dolphins look to find way in packed AFC

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin directs players on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Mike Tomlin’s sideline two-step against Baltimore on Thanksgiving night did more than just earn the Pittsburgh Steelers coach a $100,000 fine and a smudge on his otherwise well-polished resume. It also overshadowed the perilous position his team found itself in after a 22-20 loss.When Ben Roethlisberger’s 2-point conversion attempt smacked off Emmanuel Sanders’ hands and fell incomplete, what little margin for error the Steelers (5-7) had entering December vanished.A loss to the equally enigmatic Dolphins (6-6) on Sunday would doom the Steelers to a second straight non-winning season for the first time this millennium and give the team an early start on an offseason filled with questions to which there are no readily apparent answers.A win would keep the future at bay a while longer. Four straight to end the regular season could change the conversation entirely.“This is our playoff game right here,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s been that way the last couple weeks, and it’s going to keep being that way until the end.”Miami finds itself in better position, but only slightly. The Dolphins, whose season has been pockmarked by accusations of bullying that make’s Tomlin’s misstep look comical, have won two of three. They did so behind a defense playing with a kind of snarl that has taken some of the pressure off second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.The Dolphins are tied for fifth in the league in sacks (37) and ninth in points allowed. Miami held the New York Jets to a field goal in a 23-3 romp last week while getting to quarterbacks Geno Smith and Matt Simms four times, including three sacks by defensive end Olivier Vernon.“It’s been a collective effort by the entire defensive guys,” Miami coach Joe Philbin said. “I think everybody ribs everybody, but I think as long as we get the quarterback on the ground I don’t think anybody really cares who gets it.”Only Tom Brady and Drew Brees have found a way to score more than 23 points against the Dolphins this season. And while Roethlisberger is hardly a slouch, he’ll also be playing behind an offensive line that will have its sixth starting combination on the season after center Fernando Velasco tore his Achilles tendon and is lost for the year.“That’s been a thing since I’ve been here,” running back Jonathan Dwyer said. “We have trouble keeping guys healthy, but we have belief that whoever is out there it going to be able to make plays when the time comes.”Five things to keep an eye on as the Dolphins search for their first win in Pittsburgh in 23 years:WALLACE’S HOMECOMING: Miami wide receiver Mike Wallace spent four seasons in Pittsburgh, developing into one of the league’s top deep threats and making the Pro Bowl in 2011. What Wallace didn’t get, however, was a long-term contract from the Steelers, at least not one he wanted to sign. He took $60 million and fled to Miami last spring, and for all the thrills he provided, he has no doubt what Heinz Field is going to sound like when his No. 17 flashes onto the video board.“I don’t think everything ended on the highest note,” Wallace said. “I know between myself and the organization, we all know what the deal was, so I am good with it.”TOMLIN’S TANGO: Tomlin called his foray onto the field against the Ravens when he nearly tripped Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones “embarrassing, inexcusable, illegal, a blunder.” He stressed it wasn’t intentional and remains adamant it will not provide a distraction.“The only thing we can control is our preparation and, ultimately, our play this week,” he said. “That’s the now and what’s immediately ahead of us. I try to relay that sentiment and attitude to our team, and I think it’s something they embrace.”CORRALING CLAY: The rapid development of third-year tight end Charles Clay has given Tannehill more options when defenses turn their attention to Wallace and Brian Hartline. Clay’s next score will give him as many this season as he had in his first two seasons combined. He’ll be facing a defense that has struggled at times against talented tight ends and will start two rookies at linebacker.SNOW GLOBE? The early forecast for Sunday is a wintry mix of sleet and snow with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. It sounds nearly as nasty as Miami’s last trip to Pittsburgh, which was played in a monsoon on a field that looked more like a slip-and-slide. The Steelers won 3-0 on a field goal with 17 seconds left.The Dolphins haven’t done much in foul weather lately, though they could take some inspiration from the University of Miami, which beat Pittsburgh at Heinz Field the day after Thanksgiving with the thermostat set at a brisk 31 degrees.THE OTHER WALLACE: Journeyman Cody Wallace will make his first NFL start on Sunday as the third center to play for the Steelers this year. Wallace played all of 58 snaps in five-plus seasons before signing with Pittsburgh in September.“He’s a capable guy,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s been here a while, so he’ll be ready.”___AP NFL web site: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

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