Growing Stone

by Nation Beat

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    releases September 13, 2011

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The American/Brazilian collective Nation Beat plays a 21st century mashup inspired by Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line rhythms, Appalachian music, funk and country-blues. They're the first American group to record in Brazil with the legendary Mestre Walter - and the first Brazilian band to perform with Willie Nelson who called Nation Beat "just a fantastic group"

After ten years of experimenting with Northeastern Brazilian music, Nation Beat has released an album that is as deep as their mixed roots - and is their best album to date. Far from being a fusion album, Growing Stone is a record with a complete unity of sound and style. From Forro to Swamp Rock, Maractu Beat and Funk - the rhythms are grounded by the musicians' own history and years of collaboration. The group is a regular of both American and Brazilian festivals - and this new album should propel them to new heights.


releases September 13, 2011

Nation Beat is Scott Kettner on drums, percussion and background vocals and Liliana Araújo on lead vocals, featuring the talents of:

Mark Marshall: Guitar on tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 12, 13
Jordan Scannella: Bass on tracks 1 & 7
Dennis Lichtman: Fiddle, Clarinet and Mandolin on tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13
Skye Steel: Fiddle, Rabeca and background vocals on tracks 4, 5, 6, 10, 11
Mike Lavalle: Bass and background vocals on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 ,10 ,11, 12, 13
Raphael: Lap Steel, Guitar and background vocals on tracks 4, 5, 8, 10, 11
Petr Cancura: Tenor Sax on tracks 4, 8, 10, 11, 12
Brian Drye: Trombone on tracks 4, 8, 10, 11, 12
Eduardo Guedes: Percussion on tracks 4, 8, 10, 11

Special Guests:
Mickey Raphael: Harmonica on track 10
Cyro Baptista: Percussion on track 3
David Greeley; Fiddle on track 6
Rob Curto: accordion on tracks 7, 13
Aaron Shafer-Haiss: Alfaia, Tambourine, Ilú on tracks 1, 5, 12
Jeff Duneman: Alfaia on tracks 1, 12
Jesse Lenat: Background Vocals on track 13
João Erbetta: Guitar on track 5

Produced by Scott Kettner

All illustrations and layout by Jillian Johnson and

Tracks 4, 8, 10, 11 were recorded at The Hook in Brooklyn, NY.
Engineered by Peter Fand.

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13 were recorded at The Soap Box Factory in Brooklyn, NY.
Engineered by Scott Kettner



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