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Growing Stone

by Nation Beat

An Album From Both Americas. Nation Beat’s new album Growing Stone is a potent reminder why New York has, despite all attempts to whitewash it, remained such a great cauldron for new music. There is no other group who sound remotely like Nation Beat.
Genre: World: Afro-Brazilian
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1. Puxa O Boi
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2. Bicu De Lambu
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3. Meu Girassol
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4. Rafa's Pe
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5. Growing Stone
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6. Forro For Salu
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7. Sumico Do Urucu
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8. Tropicana
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9. Crown Heights Boogie
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10. City Blues
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11. Sebastiana
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12. Hook and Sling
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13. Whispering Moon
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"....Nation Beat’s new album Growing Stone is a potent reminder why New York has, despite all attempts to whitewash it, remained such a great cauldron for new music. This band is absolutely impossible to categorize – there is no other group who sound remotely like Nation Beat. Willie Nelson is a fan (he booked them at Farm Aid). With the improvisational flair of a jam band, the danceable vibe of a Brazilian maracatu drumline and the soul of a country band, what they play is first and foremost dance music. If you took Poi Dog Pondering – a good jam band from another generation – subtracted the bluegrass and replaced it with Brazilian flavor, you’d have a fair if not completely accurate approximation of what Nation Beat sound like. They’re sunny and upbeat but also pretty intense..."

"...With its soaring fiddles and Memphis soul guitar, the bouncy, swaying title track is a showcase for frontwoman Liliana Araujo’s laid-back but raw, down-to-earth vocals - Forro for Salu has a rustic Brazilian string band vibe with the twin fiddles of Skye Steele and David Greeley over Kettner’s rumbling, hypnotic percussion...."

".... After decades of Brazilian musicians cannibalizing foreign genres – from rock to reggae – and making them their own, Kettner and company return the imitative flattery and create a fresh, vibrant hybrid that plants a foot in two disparate cultures and still dances up a storm...."

".....On the new record by Nation Beat, a Brazilian-inspired band led by Brooklyn-based percussionist Scott Kettner, the group goes beyond its Maracatu roots to explore more sounds from Northeastern Brazil—principally forro (pronounced Fo-HO), a syncopated beat that is highly popular in the region, especially in the state of Ceara, where vocalist Liliana Araujo hails from......."

..."They're the first American group to record in Brazil with the legendary Mestre Walter & Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante - and the first Brazilian band to perform with Willie Nelson who called Nation Beat "just a fantastic group..."

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