May 25/09

On this Memorial Day 2009 we her at NRPS central want to thank all the veterans for their service and sacrifice….. NRPS

May 19/09

NRPS Nation heads up, come join The New Riders for a pre-CD release party on June 1st at noon for lunch and a free live performance on WFUV at Lucille’s inside BB Kings in NYC with a meet and greet afterwards and free give aways. You’ll need an invitation. Only 50 invites available so email Captain Toast at: toast@thenewriders.com and include: Live @ Lucille’s in the Subject Line – good luck. If you can’t make it to the club, tune in at WFUV 90.7 or join the live internet stream at:http://www.wfuv.org/audio/stream.html we go live at 1:00. Then on Tuesday the 2nd we’ll be live on Sirus XM, again around noon. As soon as we have all the info on this one we’ll post it. Also check back for info on pre-show CD release party’s at BB Kings, The Main Pub and The Stone Pony… Stay tuned… NRPS

May 04/09

OK, NRPS Nation we could use your help. The new CD Where I Come From has been sent out to radio stations around the country and some like KTHX in Reno NV and KPFT in Huston TX have already started to play some of the tracks. It would be great if you all would give a call to your local radio station and request a song. If you don’t have it yet and don’t know what to request then just request the title track Where I Come From. Help us make something happen, with your help it will…. NRPS

April 27/09

As promised if you don’t want to wait for the in store date of June 2 for the new CD Where I Come From along with the bonus CD head on over to www.woodstockrecords.com and pick up an advance copy for a limited time while they last….. NRPS

April 20/09

We’re in Denver getting ready to play our 420 show at Owsleys Golden Road. Stop by if your in town. We just heard from Woodstock Records and the new CD Where I Come From should be ready for mail order at  www.woodstockrecords.com later in the week. Check back for the exact date. Also the latest in the Archive Series Winterland 12/31/77 is now available at www.nrps.net . It features old favorites like “Fifteen Days Under the Hood,” “Henry,” and “Glendale Train”. check it out….. NRPS

April 19/09

Well we’re 4 shows into our April Fools Tour, 11 shows in14 days. The first 4 were fun and we’re looking forward to the rest. We broke out some new tunes along the way in Chicago we broke out  Barracuda Moon and Carl Perkins Wears The Crown from the new CD. In Benton Harbor we broke an even newer Hunter/Nelson song Fivio. Stay tuned for more on that. Last night we played Spring Jam 5 looked like about 3000 people rockin’ out and having a good time. We played after Moonalice and before The Schwag. It was great to see all our friends in the Moonalice gang and The Schwag did a rocking good set of vintage Dead. Now it’s on to Denver and the 420 show at Owsleys Golden Road and the Fox Theater in Boulder then onward we go. Tell later…..NRPS

April 15/09

Hey gang we’re back on the road again after a six week layoff. The April Fools Tour starts today the 15th in Cleveland OH and runs through the 29th.  It will take us from New York to Tucson Arizona and back. We also have great news, our new studio CD Where I Come From on Woodstock Records is in hand and we will have them for sale on this tour along with the bonus CD. The official in stores release date is June 2nd  but check back for an earlier mail order date if you can’t make it to one of the shows and don’t want to wait till June. The CD features 7 new songs written by David Nelson and Robert Hunter, Where I come From, Big Six, Barracuda Moon, Down The Middle, Blues Barrel, Ghost Train Blues and Rockin with Nona along with two new ones by Michael Falzarano, Carl Perkins Wears The Crown and Something In The Air Tonight plus live show favorites Higher by Johnny Markowski, Olivia Rose by Ronnie Penque and the Classic Them Old  Minglewood Blues. Several of the tunes have our old friend Mookie Siegel sitting in on keys, he laid down some sweet stuff for us. There is also be a bonus CD that will initially only go out to radio stations around the country and for a limited time be available to everyone which features some radio mixes and some rare live cuts like the 18 minute Dirty Business recorded up at Turkey Trot and the low down Pour House Jelly which was recorded by Tim “Sound Dawg “ Stiegler at sound check at the Pour House awhile back and features another old friend Professor Louie on Hammond Organ. We’re really excited to get the new CD out into the world and hope you enjoy it.

March 28/09

Just a quick update on the new CD Where I Come From , It’ll be in stores June 2, but check back here because we will have it available for mail order before that and hope to have it for sale on our upcoming tour in April. Check out the Where I Come From page for more info about the CD as well as info about the bonus CD that will be available for a limited time as well…..NRPS

Feb. 22/09

Well, as we gear up for our rockin’ into spring tour that starts on February 27th we also have great news. Our new studio CD Where I Come From should be out sometime in May. It features 7 new songs written by David Nelson and Robert Hunter, Where I Come From, Big Six, Barracuda Moon, Down The Middle, Blues Barrel, Ghost Train Blues and Rockin with Nona along with two new ones by Michael Falzarano, Carl Perkins Wears The Crown and Something In The Air Tonight plus live show favoritesHigher by Johnny Markowski, Olivia Rose by Ronnie Penque and the classic Them Old  Minglewood Blues. Several of the tunes have our old friend Mookie Siegel sitting in on keys, he laid down some sweet stuff for us. There will also be a bonus CD that will initially only be released to radio stations around the country but will later be available to everyone. It features some Radio mixes and some rare live cuts like the 18 minute Dirty Business recorded up at Turkey Trot and the low down Pour House Jelly which was recorded by Sound Dawg Tim Stigler at sound check at the Pour House awhile back with another old friend Professor Louie on Hammond Organ. We’re really excited to get these new CDs out into the world and hope you enjoy them.  We’re looking forward to getting out there this spring and summer and playing these tunes for you all. Stay tuned….NRPS

Also, in case you haven’t heard David has been doing some shows on the West coast with The David Nelson Band. Michael has released his new CD called We Are All One and has gotten some great reviews. You can read them on his Reviews page atwww.michaelfalzarano.com. The CD features some old friends like the late Vassar Clements, Buddy Cage, Melvin Seals, Garth Hudson, Professor Louie and Jorma to name a few. Check it out. Johnny and Buddy are doing some Stir Fried gigs and Johnny has started recording a solo CD. Ronnie is hard at work putting the Ronnie Penque Band back together and already has some dates coming down the pike. We’ll keep you posted on those as well. Never a dull moment…. The Renaissance continues….NRPS

Jan. 20/09

Well here it January 20th, not only a great moment in time for or country as the transition of power happens peacefully but a true moment in history. I think that it’s one of those moments that everyone will look back on and say I remember where I was when. As Barack Obama has stated the days that lie ahead will not always be smooth and easy going the road will be rocky and the climb will be steep but with the help of the American people behind him I believe we can all help make Change a reality, with out us behind him he’ll be dead in the water. So, get on the bus, as John Dawson wrote many years ago “Whatcha gonna do on the planet today“.   The the time to something is now….. NRPS

Nov. 12/08

We’re getting ready for our show at club Rebel in New York City this Thursday night. It’s a fund raiser for Rock And Wrap It Up which is an organization that picks up leftover food from big rock concerts, sporting events and other functions and gives it to the homeless and less fortunate. Tickets are a bit pricy but it’s a good cause. Speaking of a good cause a dear friend of The New Riders, Mizshely has cancer and there will be a benefit for her on the West Coast on December 19 here’s the website info for that show http://www.kinkaidfoundation.org/ if your in the Bay Area please stop in and show some support. It looks like it’ll be a great line up of Bay Area talent with nun other then our very own David Nelson leading the charge along with Pete Sears, Mark Karan, Peter Albin, Mookie Siegel, Jimmy Sanchez, Dave Getz, Bill Cutler, The Rowan Brothers and many others… As I’m sure all you West Coasters know David Nelson and Friends just finished up there annual Harvest Tour and we here at NRPS central hear it was a fantastic run. Speaking of fantastic we also heard that Johnny and Buddy’s gig with Stir Fried at the New York Harvest Festival was also a blast. Also Michael’s got a new CD out on Woodstock Records (www.woodstockrecords.com)  called We Are All Oneand it’s getting great reviews and airplay around the country. You can read about it on his website www.michaelfalzarano.com. Ronnie is busy putting a band together that he’ll be play out with after the new year when he’s not on the road with The New Riders. The boys are staying busy and gearing up for the West Coast and New Years Eve runs and then it’s on to 2009. It’s hard to believe that 08 is almost gone.  Shows are already being booked for 09, we’ll be returning to Penns Peak and The Keswick Theater on March 6 and 7 and many more date are in the works so stay tuned as it all unfolds. We hope to see you at the fund raiser for Rock And Wrap It Up.….NRPS

Nov. 04/08

Well election day is finally here, so it’s time to get out and vote. To say it’s time for a change is an understatement. all though I still think Wavy Gravy had the best idea for change ever…..

Oct. 10/25

R.I.P.

February 14, 1934 – October 24, 2008

We here at NRPS central would like to send our deepest  condolences out to the family of Merl Saunders who passed away yesterday he was a friend and will be missed. The good news is, that great band up in the sky just got one of the greatest keyboard players ever. Jam on brother, jam on……NRPS

Oct. 10/08

Well, we’re back from our summer tour. We call it a summer tour but it started in June and ended in October, now that’s a long summer. We started on the East coast went to the West coast and back, then went from the Northeast down South through Florida and then as far West as Texas and back to the Northeast, a lot of miles were put on the bus. Things have been going great with The New Riders (present day economy aside), In the middle of all this touring we found the time to get into the studio and record all the new songs, some we’ve been playing out on the road and some that won’t be heard till the CD comes out early next year, if all goes well. We have a few shows coming up on the East coast in mid-October and early November then we head to the Northwest for our annual after Thanksgiving tour. We have a lot of surprises up our sleeves for that one. In the meantime everyone is staying pretty busy Ronnie’s running his business David is gearing up and will be doing his annual West coast harvest tour with David Nelson and Friends, Michael has released his new CD called We Are All One and has already gotten some great reviews. You can read them on his Reviews page. The CD features some old friends like the late Vassar Clements, Buddy Cage, Melvin Seals, Garth Hudson and Jorma to name a few. Check it out. Johnny and Buddy are doing some Stir Fried gigs and as always Buddy’s hard at work at Jam on 17 on Sirus Radio. We’re looking foward to the up coming shows and the jst announced New Years Eve show at the Silo. More on that and the whole New Years Eve run later. Stay tuned…. NRPS

Aug. 20/08

We at NRPS central would like to welcome to the world, Autumn Rose.  What a beautiful baby Elijah and Amber brought into the world. Congratulations to Elijah also known to us and many as  LT, Amber, Grandpa Toast and Grandma Doria. What a beautiful baby Elijah and Amber brought into the world. Much love to all you guys and the baby, may her life be full of love always……. NRPS

Aug. 13/08

We just spent the last few days in the studio cutting tracks for a new CD which we hope to have out early next year. We got 7 basic tracks down and will be going back in the studio soon to cut some more. Then as the next few weeks unfold we’ll be putting the finishing touches on the tracks. We cut a bunch of the new Nelson/Hunter tunes as well as some others. We are excited about all this and are looking forward to getting the CD out into the world in the new year……NRPS

Also it looks like we’re almost sold out for our Turkey Trot Show on the Aug. 23 and they might be adding a Sunday show on the 24th. If you’re interested give a call at (607) 659-7849 and get the low down

Aug. 10/08

Here’s a great review by Randi Kent Mattson of Saturday’s Mighty High show.

Wow! What a wonderful festival this was. Held in a little jewel of a park, Vasa Park in Hackettstown, NJ, this festival was one of the best I have been to. Scaled down to an intimate 1,200 – 1,500 people (including about 200 VIP ticket holders) in a beautifully pastoral and appropriately-sized setting, and on a perfect weather day, this was so much fun! The New Riders played from about 1:15 to 2:45 in the afternoon and ripped the roof off as the gorgeous sun and blue sky rippled down through the trees. Their new tunes are just fantastic! [Ghost Train Blues featured a wonderfully down and dirty psychedelic jam, Down the Middle is a gorgeous Nelson vocal, and John Markowsky’s Higher was so totally appropriate! Then, just as the audience had a little chance to catch our collective breaths, do a little shopping and grab a bite to eat, DSO did a Terrapin Nation show that was a killer and made the late afternoon such a dreamy experience. After the DSO set, about 7:30, all attendees but the VIP ticket holders, were gently ushered out and by 8 PM the VIPs went into an indoor area that was actually a big catering hall with a stage at one end, a soundboard in the middle, and a bar in the back, and settled in for a remarkable show by the Zen Tricksters which included a 40 minute encore and ended at midnight. This fest was the big surprise of the season for me and I sincerely hope one that will be around for many years to come. The vibe was excellent–real loosey goosey–and smiles and good will were everywhere. Congratulations to the promoters for really getting it right! I’ll be back, for sure!

PS The Tricksters late show was off the charts, they were also joined a bunch of guest, Rob Barraco, Lisa Mackey, Wendy Lanter, Michael Falzarano and Ronnie Penque furthering the family affair that this whole day was……..NRPS

Aug. 01/08

Hey Gang for the second year running, WPKN will broadcast a weekend of Radio Vibes from Thursday, July 31, at 8 a.m. through Sunday, Aug. 3, 8 p.m. Radio Vibes is WPKN’s live broadcast from the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park.
The broadcast is made possible by WPKN volunteers working on technical details and production and nearly 20 programmers who are pitching in to make the broadcast possible. The Vibes line-up includes Taj Mahal Trio, Phil Lesh and Friends, the Neville Brothers, Sam Bush, Donna Jean and the Tricksters, Deep Banana Blackout, the New Riders of the Purple Sage and many more. For Vibes ticket information, go to gatheringofthevibes.com.

WPKN is heard on 89.5 FM in Bridgeport and New Haven, and 88.7 FM in New London, Westerly and Montauk, N.Y. WPKN has been an award-winning, community-based, non-profit radio station for more than 40 years. For more information, call 203-331-9756 or go to wpkn.org.

July 29/08

Well, the bus is on it’s way back east after a whirlwind tour out west. First stop will be Rochester, NY then it’s on to Connecticut for The Gathering Of the Vibes. After a few days off the summer tour will continue into September and beyond. While out west we played three shows in Colorado one in Wyoming, three in California and one in Nevada. In Colorado we played The Fox Theater in Boulder, Quixotes True Blue in Denver and a little town festival in Carbondale which drew the biggest crowd they ever had, about a 1000 people. We also went up to Gillette Wyoming and played the BMW International Rally to about 8000 people. Then we headed to California where we were joined by our friends Moonalice for three shows and ended at The Trinity Tribal Stomp before heading east. The shows with Moonalice were tons of fun, many of our old friends are in the band and stayed around to sit in with us. The first night at The Great American Music Hall Michael’s old partners in crime from Hot Tuna, Jack Cassady and Pete Sears sat in on Wille and the Hand Jive. Then later in the set Barry Sless came out for a bunch of songs and rocked the house. The next night at The Mystic Theater again we were joined by Jack Cassady and Pete Sears and this time G.E. Smith joined in the fun for what many said was the best jam of the tour, Deep Elem Blues. Then after a few more tunes on our own Mark Karan from Rat Dog came out for a few tunes followed by Mr. Sless for a bunch of songs. Both Mark and Barry joined us for the grand finale Take A letter Maria. The four lead guitar attack off Nelson, Cage, Sless and Karan took the roof off the joint, what a night. The last night of the run with the Moonalice gang at Crystal Bay we were joined by Pete, Barry and Roger McNamee for a rockingFriend Of The Devil and Going Down The Road Feeling Bad. To say the west coast was fun would be a bit of an understatement. We can’t wait to get back there in November. Well, I think that about covers it. See ya at the shows…. NRPS