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The Gracious Few Announce U.S Tour Dates‏ & Debut New Video

August 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

The Gracious Few – the latest brain child of of bassist Patrick Dahlheimer, drummer Chad Gracey, guitarist Chad Taylor, front man Kevin Martin and guitarist Sean Hennesy – have announced a headlining US Tour that kicks off in late September.  You can check out the full list of dates below.  The band also recently debuted their video for “Honest Man” – the first single off of their self-titled album that drops on September 14th.  Check the video out below:

The Gracious Few Headlining Tour Dates:

September 24, 2010 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
September 25, 2010 Mod Club         Toronto, ON
September 26, 2010 Water Street Music Hall         Rochester, NY
September 28, 2010 Paradise Ballroom Boston, MA
September 29, 2010 Bourbon Street Ballroom         Baltimore, MD
October 1, 2010 Fillmore at TLA         Philadelphia, PA
October 2, 2010 State Theatre         Falls Church, VA
October 3, 2010 The Hat Factory Richmond, VA
October 5, 2010 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
October 6, 2010 The Handlebar         Greenville, SC
October 8, 2010 Visulite Theatre         Charlotte, NC
October 9, 2010 The Music Farm           Charleston, SC
October 10, 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
October 13, 2010 Warehouse Live Houston, TX
October 14, 2010 The Loft Dallas, TX
October 15, 2010 The Independent Austin, TX
October 16, 2010 Revolution Music Room Little Rock, AR
October 19, 2010 Newby’s Memphis, TN
October 20, 2010 Tipitinas New Orleans, LA
October 26, 2010 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, OH
October 28, 2010 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
October 29, 2010 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
October 30, 2010 Ephrata Theatre Ephrata, PA
October 31, 2010 The Chameleon Lancaster, PA
November 3, 2010 Fillmore @ Irving Plaza New York, NY
November 4, 2010 Pearl Street Northampton, MA
November 5, 2010 The Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ
November 6, 2010 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
November 9, 2010 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
November 11, 2010 The Vogue Theater Indianapolis, IN
November 12, 2010 TBD Chicago, IL
November 13, 2010 People’s Court Des Moines, IA
November 14, 2010 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
November 16, 2010 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
November 17, 2010 Whiskey Roadhouse Council Bluffs, IA
November 19, 2010 Bluebird Theatre Denver, CO
November 20, 2010 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
November 30, 2010 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
December 1, 2010 Showbox Market Seattle, WA
December 3, 2010 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
December 4, 2010 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
December 6, 2010 Harlow’s Sacramento, CA
December 7, 2010 The Independent San Francisco, CA
December 9, 2010 House of Blues San Diego, CA
December 10, 2010 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
December 11, 2010 Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura, CA

Download The New Song “Tredecim” From The Gracious Few (Feat. Members of Candlebox & Live)

July 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Downloads, Daily Music News

The Gracious Few, the new band formed by members of Candlebox and Live, have offered their new track “Tredecim” as a free online stream.   Take a listen below:

You can also download the track for free here.

Lead singer, Kevin Martin talks about the meaning behind Tredecim, “As I started to focus in on the song I over heard Chad Taylor mention feeling as though he were in the Harvest Moon of his life, the fullness and strength he was feeling with the new material. It made me think of the calendars life that we follow each and every year in regards to how it would celebrate its life through story or song. Beginning with the Harvest Moon and ending with the rebirth of life as in the birth of the Harvest, a years cycle actually being 13 in regards to the birth month not ending at 12 with death. It may seem a little strange to read or comprehend but it made perfect sense to me!! HA. The lyrics represent that full heart, the tired Autumn, the sleep of Winter awakening with Spring and the birth of life. Ending with the statement ‘my life has made me flatland” as in unending, no obstacles just plains running as far as the eyes can see, our “calendar.’”

The band’s debut album is set to be released on September 14th.

Candlebox Summer Tour Dates

July 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

Candlebox has announced a run of summer tour dates:

7/03/2010 Muskegon MI. @ Summer Celebration
7/07/2010 Nashville TN. @ Limelight
7/09/2010 Charlotte NC. @ Amos’s
7/10/2010 Wilson NC. @ Easy Rider Festival
7/11/2010 Goose Creek SC. @ The Dive
7/15/2010 Hammond IN. @ The Fesivlal of The Lakes
7/16/2010 Cedar Rapids IA. @ 1st Street Live
7/17/2010 Cadott WI. @ RockFest
7/18/2010 Rock Island IL. @ Rock Island Brewing Co.
7/22/2010 Dayton OH. @ McGuffy’s House of Rock
7/23/2010 St. Clair MI. @ St. Clair RIverfest
7/24/2010 Pittsburgh PA. @ Altar
7/26/2010 Lancaster PA. @ The Chameleon
7/28/2010 Albany NY. @ Northern Lights
7/29/2010 Hartford CT. @ Webster Theater
7/30/2010 Sayreville NJ. @ Starland Ballroom
8/01/2010 Frederick MD. @ Outlaw Jam
8/04/2010 Big Flats NY. @ Summerstage
8/06/2010 Bay City MI. @ Labadie Pig Gig

8/7-8/17 IRAQ & KUWAIT for the troops!

8/21/2010 Flowerville MI. @ Easy Rider Festival
8/22/2010 El Paso TX. @ Speaking Rock
9/01/2010 Portsmouth VA. @ Ntelos Wireless
9/03/2010 Huntington WV. @ V Club
9/04/2010 Chillicoth OH. @ Easy Rider Festival
9/05/2010 Indianapolis IN. @ Rib America Festival
9/18/2010 St. Louis MO. @ KSHE Radio Show


Keep checking in with us at CANDLEBOX ROCKS for all the latest.

Members of LIVE & Candlebox Join Forces For New Band – The Gracious Few

April 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

Members of LIVE (Chad Taylor, Chad Gracey, Patrick Dahlheimer) and Candlebox (Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy) have formed a new band called  The Gracious Few.

Here’s what they have to say about it:
“A band is more than the combined efforts of its musicians. It takes on a life of its own.  In forming The Gracious Few, we combined our creative focus on classic, driving rock n’ roll with our mutual respect and appreciation for each other’s talents.  Our first album is being produced by Jerry Harrison who also produced Mental Jewelry, Throwing Copper and The Distance to Here.  Right now we’re in Miami mixing the album with Tom Lord-Alge.

You can check us out online at www.thegraciousfew.com where you can sign up for the mailing list or check out the new merch on our Official Online Merch Store.  We’ve posted music samples, photos and videos on our Facebook fan page and MySpace sites. Some fans have even found us here in Miami and are posting their photos on Facebook.  Watch for an upcoming announcement about the album launch and summer tour dates.

We can’t wait to get out on the road and share this music with you in person!

The Gracious Few -Kevin, Chad, Pat, Chad and Sean”

Kevin Martin of Candlebox

July 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Interviews

cboxmainKevin Martin has said that the songs on his band’s new album “speak to you like an old friend you haven’t seen in years, but are so happy to be able to catch up with.”

There’s no doubt that Candlebox fans share the sentiment.

It’s been ten years since the band’s last album of new material. The Seattle-based outfit rose to prominence in the ‘90s with their multi-platinum self-titled debut, which featured the huge singles “Far Behind” and “You.” The band spent the rest of the decade putting out two follow-up albums, “Lucy” and “Happy Pills,” and touring the world with acts like Rush and Metallica, before ultimately deciding to part ways in 1999.

The July 22nd release of “Into The Sun” not only marks Candlebox’s return to the studio, but a return to their original lineup, with one exception — lead singer Martin is joined by songwriting partner/guitarist Peter Klett and drummer Scott Mercado, while Adam Kury takes over on bass for Bardi Martin.

Recently, I had a chance to catch up with Martin to find out what he’s been up to over the years, get a few hints as to what fans can expect from the shows this summer, and learn the surprising interpretation to some of the album’s best songs.

Interviewed by: Heather Kobrin | July 2008

So, I know this is a little unprofessional, but I’m going to have to start this interview off by telling you straight up that the new album just completely kicks ass. I’m loving it.

Cool… thanks!

But before we talk about the record, I want to learn more about how the band got to this place. After Candlebox separated in 1999, I know that you performed with The Hiwatts and Peter with redlightmusic, but what else were you doing during that time period?

I was meeting my wife, producing bands and writing songs. I was really just focusing on music. It’s what I’ve always done. I don’t really know much about anything else, so that’s what I needed to stick with. I was pleasantly surprised that Warner Brothers was releasing a best-of cd of ours back in 2006, because I knew there was an opportunity for us to restart everything.

Can you tell us the story of how Candlebox got back together? Was it a decision you struggled with, or did you know it was the right choice early on?

I think the struggle was more about wondering what was going to be the attitude towards us for putting things back together. How were people going to feel about it, what was going to be the acceptance level… was it really even worth it? Were there people who still listened to what we were doing and really gave a shit? The process of putting things back together was very easy. I called Pete and said, “They’re doing a best-of record.” He said, “Are you coming home for Christmas to see your family?” I said, “Yeah.” He said, “Let’s get a cup of coffee.” We sat down, and he said, “Look, I’ve talked with Bardi and Scott about this record, and we talked about maybe going out and touring on it this summer. How would you feel about that?” I was like, “That’d be great, that’d be a lot of fun,” because we hadn’t played since 2000. And as a band with Scott, we hadn’t played since ‘97, so I knew it would be something really enjoyable. The apprehension was more about wondering if people still knew who Candlebox was.

You’ve described “Into The Sun” as your best work to date. Coming from a band who’s sold millions of albums, that’s pretty high praise — you must be really proud of how the record turned out.

I’m crazy about it. It’s funny. I never listened to our records. I never listened to the first album after it was done. I never listened to “Lucy” or “Happy Pills.” There have been moments when I’ve had to pull the songs off of iTunes to remember parts or to retype my lyrics, but they’re not records that I ever really sat down and said “God, this is a great record, I love it, and I’m gonna listen to it everyday.” This is the only record that Candlebox has ever done that I actually do that with. And I think it’s because it’s just such a strong album for us. It’s the best record we’ve ever made, hands down.

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Candlebox – Into The Sun / Drops on July 22

What was it like writing again with Peter after a gap of so many years? Did you fall back into a natural groove quickly, or was it a challenge to learn how to work together again?

There were a few things we had to relearn. The writing process was a little different now that we have both grown up as musicians and have worked with other people. We’re not who we were when we were 19, 20 years old when we first started this band. We’re older now. We’re a different band. So we had to rethink the whole element of sitting down in a rehearsal studio and working together, because I live in Los Angeles and Pete and Scott still live in Seattle. So there were a few things we had to take into consideration, and figure out if it was really going to work. And I think what we found in the process of writing these songs over the past two years and making sure that we were headed in the right direction… was that we were in fact headed in the right direction. We knew exactly what we were doing and were doing it the right way.

You’ve released a few songs ahead of the album release date, including two very different tracks — “Stand” and “Surrendering.” Why did you decide to release more than one song in advance, and what can you tell us about the inspiration behind these two in particular?

We released “Stand” as a single, and on iTunes, we’re releasing five songs, two weeks apart, to lead up to the release of the record. We wanted to give people an idea of the different direction that we’ve taken on the record, and let them choose for themselves whether it’s something they may want to buy. “Stand” was inspired by the second elected term of George Bush, and how people didn’t figure out the first time around that he’s a complete and utter buffoon. But more so, it’s about society in general, and the fact that you’ve got to pull your head out of the sand and reclaim this country. This is the United States of America, and the first three words of the Bill of Rights are, “We the people.” And that means you and me and everybody else who is not an elected official. Elected officials work for us, and I think people somewhere along the line have chosen to believe that we work for them. And so that’s what the song is about… “Surrendering” is about giving in to the woman who you’re in love with, or the relationship that you have with someone, whomever it may be. It’s about allowing yourself the freedom to do that. (Laughs) I tell you, when you do it, it makes things a hell of a lot easier, because you’re no longer the one who’s right all the time. It’s something that I’ve had to learn. This is my second marriage, and I’ve just had my first child. He’s four months old and he’s amazing. And I’ve learned so much through this process, being with Natalie six years… how important she is to me, and how important my mother and my sister and my aunts are, and all the people in my life that I feel closest to. It’s surrendering to that, and allowing it.

What can you tell us about “Miss You?” That’s another one of my favorites from the record.

That’s awesome. “Miss You” is a song that was inspired by my father, who was a World War II vet. He passed away four years ago. Just the stories he used to tell me all the time… every June 6th he would call and tell me a new story about Omaha Beach. He was at D-Day, June 6th, 1944. He was basically Tom Hanks’ character in “Saving Private Ryan” — he was one of the first ones on the beach. It was a pretty cool part of my life to understand those stories from my dad. The nice thing about it is that I have those memories now, and I figured I would put it in a song. So yeah, that’s one of my favorites as well.

You’re going to be touring in support of the album all summer. What can we expect from the show?

(Laughs) A rockin’ good time! You know, we always put on a good show. We always have so much fun, and we really, really enjoy what we do. We’ll have new songs, a new attitude, new energy, new versions of stuff, a keyboard player… just more and more Candlebox.

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Kevin Martin Live – Photo by Mary

You must have a lot of fans coming up to you and expressing how excited they are for the album after ten years of waiting for new material. It’ll be like Christmas in July!

That’s what we’re hoping. I mean, you never know, people may be like, “What? You’ve got a new record? What’s wrong with the old one?” (laughs)

What do you and the rest of the guys do for fun on the road, to keep yourselves from going crazy?

A lot of Xbox 360. You know, I do so much work on the road that I really don’t get much time off — I do a lot of press. We play music and sit around with guitars, which is something we didn’t used to do. I used to take a bike on the road with me because I would mountain bike all the time. I don’t enjoy that any more, I’m kind of over it. Now I just sit around and play guitar with the guys. We hang out and talk, and we drink some good whiskey.

Over the years, you’ve played with everyone from Metallica to Rush. Any particular favorite that you most enjoyed sharing the stage with?

The Flaming Lips. We took them on tour with us back in ‘94… that was awesome… that was brilliant. They were amazing every night, blew us away every night, were ten times the band we were. And also Aerosmith. I was a huge Aerosmith fan, and it was nice to tour with them in ‘98, that was killer. Rush, Metallica, all of them… you know, there’s so many great memories from all of the tours.

Your original bassist, Bardi Martin, has moved on to pursue a career in law. Do you think he has any regrets after making the change?

No. He’s met his wife Julie and he’s running marathons now… he may miss playing live with us, but I don’t think he has any regrets.  You go to law school for a reason. He’s always been about the underdog, and I think that’s why he’s practicing human rights/environmental law.

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How do you think the Seattle music scene has changed since your initial success in the ‘90s?

I couldn’t tell you… I don’t even know a band from Seattle right now. I know that the Presidents of the Unites States of America are back together, and Seaweed and a bunch of the others who were around when we were around are reforming.  I think that Sub Pop (Records) is definitely one of the best things that’s still going on in Seattle.  They’ve got a lot of local bands that are doing really well. I think the scene’s entirely different. It’s not how it was back in the ‘90s. It’s just a much different world up there.

If you were limited to only three albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Wow. Zeppelin, “Physical Graffiti.” What else… that’s a tough question… Kings of Leon, “Because of the Times” — I could listen to that record every day. And probably U2, “Achtung Baby.”

What message would you like to leave with your fans?

Just listen to the music, you know? Don’t judge people for what they write. Just listen to the music. And enjoy it, because it’s an art form that not everyone can do.

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Kevin Martin of Candlebox

August 5, 2007 by  
Filed under Interviews

cbox1When frontman Kevin Martin received the call letting him know that Rhino Records was releasing a Candlebox Greatest Hits album, it set the wheels in motion.  After speaking to the rest of the original line-up they decided to make the most of the opportunity and hit the road in support of it.  With six million records sold worldwide over their career, it had been many years since Candlebox had even existed in any way, shape, or form.  What would the reaction be?

From the moment they hit the stage Kevin described it as riding a bike.  When music is your livelihood, it’s not hard to pick right up where you left off.  While each member had pursued other musical endeavors over the years, playing as Candlebox had to feel like coming home to each of them.  Could they really do it all again?  With a successful tour under their belt and currently in the middle of another one, the answer is a big, loud YES!  Fans are showing up en masse to relive the songs that defined Candlebox as one of the stand out artists of 90s and the Candlebox of today doesn’t disappoint – serving up all the hits on a delicious musical platter.  With their new songs intertwined with old songs, there’s not a a soft spot in the set.  The songs are as relevant today as they were they day they were written and there’s no place better to see living proof of that than on stage night after night.

Lead singer Kevin Martin, who never stopped making music, sat down with TWRY to discuss the Candlebox of old and new as well as what the future holds for this project.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | August 2007
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