My son, J.P., in the midst of my musical moment of the year.The advent of a new year brings upon us the desire to look forward. Before we turn our expectations to all that we believe the next twelve months might offer, however, I wanted to revisit all of the musical magnificence of the year that we just finished. So many great records, so many great shows. 2014 certainly didn’t disappoint on the musical front.I reached out to a number of friends to discover which musical moment of the year would be etched most prominently in their memories.My favorite and most lasting memory of 2014 was seeing Sturgill Simpson open for Jason Isbell at the Ryman Auditorium in late October. It was the Sunday show of a three night run in the town both Isbell and Simpson call home, and the crowd was like a loving family welcoming their hardworking sons back to a familiar stage. Besides the incredible music, the vibe and mood of the show stuck with the most. Both artists experienced meteoric rises in 2014, mainly by bucking the traditional Nashville country sound and paving their own course. Interestingly enough, they even shared a producer, Dave Cobb, on their most recent records. The Ryman crowd showed its appreciation all night with raucous applause and standing ovations. It was definitely a night I won’t forget.– Drew Logsdon, Music Fan, Frankfort, KYMy favorite musical moment was actually a renewal of music I’d long forgotten. Being a fan of Foo Fighters, I very much enjoyed Sonic Highways, the band’s show on HBO. In each episode, the band travels to a different city across the country – Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, and more – and records in a historic studio while chatting up rock and roll luminaries like Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, George Porter, Jr., Cyril Neville, and Willie Nelson. The whole series was amazing, and what I learned from it stuck with me. Now, I’m not a big country music fan, and I tend to write off most country artists just for being country. But, low and behold, I am now a huge Zac Brown fan because of the show. I can’t stop listening to him. Because of the show, I also discovered a band called The Germs, from L.A., that don’t exist anymore, and a Washington, D.C. band called Trouble Funk that I had never heard of. I’ve gotten back into Fugazi, Willie Nelson, and even found a new appreciation for Gary Clark, Jr. There just something about the way these stories were told and the history and influence that sometimes is forgotten. So, it was really nice to have this show jump start my ears and heart again with all this new and old music.– Micah Davidson, Blue Mountain Artists, Charlotte, NCI have no cool moments, save one: Carbon Leaf at the Jefferson Theater in October. Twenty years after hearing them for the first time, they still bring it and flood a room with sound. It was great to see people from their teens to their sixties all feeling the same way about a band that has weathered all that has happened in the last twenty years. I went with some fellow Longwood University grad who are about fifteen years younger, but they got it, too. Carbon Leaf seem on the verge of making it big on more than one occasion, but that isn’t really the point. They still create great songs and are a unique band. After the show, we went to buy a cd and a copy of the night’s show. Barry, the lead singer, was manning the merch table and remembered playing our college party in 1994. He even remembered names. Good music. Good times.– Rich Lindsay, Music Fan, Charlottesville, VAIt’s hard to pick just one favorite musical memory of the past year, but I’d have to say that my two favorites were the Ohio River Throwdown at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati and the ROMP Festival at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. The line up for the Ohio River Throwdown included a wide variety of amazing artsts; Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes were fantastic. Trombone Shorty had everybody boogieing. Justin Towne Earle’s new material was solid and Jason Isbell was simply moving. ROMP was a who’s who of bluegrass and ranks up there with the best in the nation. It was super family friend and they get fantastic talent. I really enjoyed Del McCoury, Railroad Earth, The Wood Brothers, and Sam Bush, but it was Old Crow Medicine Show that brought the house down.– Michael Orzali, Music Fan, Cincinnati, OHMy favorite musical moment of 2014 was, hands down, The Bluegrass Situation’s super jam at Bonnaroo. From Dierks Bentley to The Avett Brothers, it was awesome to see thousands upon thousands of people ecstatic about the jam.– Emilee Warner, Warnerblaster, Nashville, TNLast spring, with a stroke of luck, I won tickets to Lockn’ through a teacher appreciation raffle at work. I was in a fever pitch by September, because I was finally going to get to see Numero Uno on my bucket list, Willie Nelson. Along the way to his set, I got see some amazing music. An unexpected highlight was Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi playing an intimate acoustic late night set. It was dark and quiet, even though there were hundreds of people listening. A sign language interpreter was dancing to the beat of the music while signing the lyrics to the songs, and people were lounging in mellow hammocks in a forest grove beneath the stars. It was incredible. And, on Sunday, when I finally got to see Willie with his fingers on Trigger, my weekend was complete.– Jason Collier, Music Fan, Charlottesville, VAI have too many favorite musical moments of 2014 to pick just one, but at the top of the list would certainly be having the honor of performing on the main stage at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Walking on stage that had “Tweedy” written on tape everywhere was a surreal moment for both me and the rest of the band. It was awe-inspiring and fuel for the fire inside me that is determined to have my name and my band’s name written on that tape, and on that stage, someday.– Bryan Elijah Smith, Musician, Dayton, VAI experienced a lot of great live music in 2014, but the highlight for me was Hot Rize at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Hot Rize has always exemplified what I think is the best that bluegrass has to offer. From the early days with the late Charles Sawtelle on guitar, their music has always shown clear connections to the past while maintaining a completely original voice, and their songs tell stories with more detail, risk, and nuance that most bluegrass bands would attempt. That character and dedication to the shared voice that has been on display since their earliest records continues to develop, and it was on full display in Raleigh. The boys played most of their new record and a few old favorites, and all of them felt totally personal and fresh. If you didn’t know, you’d never guess that the band had been on a long hiatus. They have the polish and patina – and I mean that in the best way! – that only comes from years of shared experience. Of course, Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers made an appearance, joined by occasional guest sideman Elmo Otto (Sam Bush in a fez!). Seeing Hot Rize in its alter ego country band is like hearing a friend tell a familiar joke, and my favorite moment of 2014 wouldn’t have been complete without it.– Jeremy Darrow, Musician, Nashville, TN2014 brought about many musical adventures, including great shows and the recording of Sturgeon City’s first full length album. What truly stands out, however, was the Friday line up at Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Furnace Mountain, one of my favorite Virginia bands, played early in the day, warming things up with mountain melodies and beautiful harmonies. I also saw Pokey LaFarge for the first time that day. He and his band blew me away with their orchestration and well-crafted tunes, and they played a super tight and energetic show. There were other really great bands that day, but Sarah Jarosz’s set floored me. Her band – a trio, nonetheless – was formidable and the setlist was killer. For her fiddle tune, “Old Smitty,” to Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells” and favorites like “Squirrel Hunters” and “The Tourist,” the dissonance and accompanying resolve they created was truly impressive. The rest of the evening included an excellent performance from The Devil Makes Three, where I got to hear “For Good Again,” one of my favorite tunes of theirs. There were good friends, great music, and a beautiful setting at Mt. Solon’s Natural Chimney Park. It’s safe to say I will return in 2015.– J.M. Nobile, Musician, Richmond, VA As for my own moment, it was watching my John Patrick, my oldest son and pictured above, play to a packed house with his band, Mis’ry Creek, at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. I was nervous about this particular set, as they were playing in a small theater and, frankly, I didn’t know if anyone would come in. My worries were unfounded. Apparently, the ushers were turning people away at the door. J.P. and his mates in the band had a wonderful set and finished to a standing ovation. I got to sit in the crowd and think, “That’s my boy.” 2014 was also a great year for Trail Mix. Hundreds of songs. Great artists. Tremendous interviews and giveaways. Thanks for paying attention and I hope you’ll hang on for the great things to come in 2015.Cheers!Dave
Training to deal with natural disasters and other emergencies and to provide medical care paid off for the Colombian Armed Forces on June 22. Sharpening skills and bolstering cooperation “The exercise’s objective is to share the FAC’s 50 years of experience, strengthen operational abilities in the various air crews, be at the forefront in the techniques used to provide humanitarian aid, and improve the close ties of cooperation and interoperability that exist among the participating countries to conduct joint operations intended to save lives at the national and international levels,” the FAC’s Communications Department told Diálogo. The training program will be managed by the FAC’s National Center for Personnel Recovery (CNRP) and led by Lieutenant Colonel Rodrigo Zapata Romero, FAC’s director of Special Air Operations. Ángel de los Andes, an initiative by the Colombian Air Force (FAC), provides an opportunity for “air crews and aviation medical personnel, as well as operational and logistics personnel, to train in a simulated environment on Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), evaluations and medical airlifts, and putting out forest fires,” the FAC’s website stated. The FAC’s goals in hosting the training program are to help Air Force service members sharpen their search, rescue, and medical skills, in addition to improving cooperation among partner nations. The Air Forces of 12 countries in the Americas will gather from August 17-28 in Colombia to conduct search and rescue exercises during natural disasters and other emergencies. “During this meeting, all the participants demonstrated commitment, bravery, and camaraderie as they prepared to save lives anywhere in the Americas,” the FAC CACOM 5 reported. The following month, on July 16, the Caribbean Air Group used a C90 medical-equipped aircraft, known as the “Guardian Angel of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast,” to transport a 62-year-old man from Providencia Island to the Amor de Patria Departmental Hospital in San Andrés Island, 90 km south, after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Members of the FAC will share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts from other participating countries. During the 10 days of Ángel de los Andes, 230 Colombian Air Force members will train with 60 others from partner nations in search, rescue, and recovery of an ejected crew and persons affected by an attack on a Military convoy; practice planning, supervision, and control skills; and learn about the best ways to provide medical treatment during emergencies and disasters, such as earthquakes. “Sharing experiences is a tradition among the world’s Armed Forces; there is a very strong esprit de corps among Military institutions,” Rubén Sánchez, a security analyst at Colombia’s University of Rosario, said. Such humanitarian missions “rendered by the Air Force and the Army in each nation is critical for many communities located in inhospitable areas,” Sánchez said. The FAC CNRP units have also rendered humanitarian aid in countries such as Chile, Peru, and Haiti. Multiple roles for Colombian Armed Forces By Dialogo August 18, 2015 warm The FARC guerilla forces went and took out the seismic company ecopetrol congratulations for the partnership between friendly nations. Much success I think it’s very important that the Minister of Defense should be someone with a lot of military experience. Heartfelt regards to all the members of the Armed Forces of my Colombia for the great work they do for us Eight days later, on June 30, the 7th Air Combat Command used an Angel UH-60 helicopter outfitted with a Bambi Bucket that held 640 gallons of water mixed with liquid fire retardant to fight a blaze in the municipality of Pradera in Valle del Cauca. Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the United States, and Canada will attend Ángel de los Andes at the 1st Air Combat Command (CACOM 1) in the department of Cundinamarca, and at the 5th Air Combat Command (CACOM 5) in the department of Antioquia. “This is an excellent opportunity for the institution and for the country to demonstrate the Colombian Air Force members’ skills and training, which have allowed them to stay at the forefront of personnel recovery operations and providing treatment in emergencies and disasters,” the FAC said. The training program will include lectures by national and international speakers arranged by the Office of the Chief of Air Operations and the National System for Disaster Risk Management (SNGRD). Participants will also engage in discussions regarding rescue techniques using examples of successful recoveries of victims during disasters carried out by Colombian security forces and U.S. combat pilots. Military authorities have planned for this event for several months, beginning in October 2014. The FAC and U.S. Air Force members also met at the end of June 2015 to train together prior to the exercise. On that day, the helicopter crew of a UH-60 FAC 4103 Angel aircraft rescued Staff Sergeant Elver Alberto Santana, 38, who was suffering from acute coronary syndrome and extreme dehydration. The helicopter crew airlifted him from the municipality of Murindó to the Medellín Military Hospital.
(REUTERS)- Former South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen has been banned from cricket for two years after admitting sitting in on meetings where plans were hatched to fix matches in the domestic Twenty20 competition.Petersen was the latest player to be banned in the scandal after sentences handed down to alleged instigator Gulam Bodi (20-year ban), and players Thami Tsolekile (12), Pumelela Matshikwe (10), Ethy Mbhalati (10) and Jean Symes (7), Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Wednesday.Petersen, 36, has admitted failing to disclose details of an approach to fix matches, not co-operate with investigators, and concealing and destroying information relevant to the probe.CSA, however, acknowledged that Petersen had not tried to fix a match, or received any payment to do so.“At the time that the meetings with Bodi and the fixers happened, I never had any intention of fixing matches or taking money,” Petersen said in a statement.“I now deeply regret having participated in these meetings and not to have immediately reported them to the authorities as I am obliged to do.”Petersen cannot be involved in any international or domestic match sanctioned by CSA or the International Cricket Council until Nov. 12, 2018.Petersen, who played 36 Tests between 2010 and 2015, said this year that he had uncovered the conspiracy to fix games in the 2015-16 domestic Twenty20 season.