Mayflower offshore wind project in Massachusetts to cost $58/MWh

first_imgMayflower offshore wind project in Massachusetts to cost $58/MWh FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Herald News:Though the state of Massachusetts removed the requirement that the second contract for offshore wind power generation be more affordable than the first, the price of power from the Mayflower Wind project will still be cheaper than its predecessor Vineyard Wind, according to contracts filed with the state Tuesday.Mayflower Wind had promised that it would deliver to Massachusetts “the lowest cost offshore wind energy ever in the U.S.,” and appears to have lived up to that commitment. Electricity generated by Mayflower Wind will cost 5.8 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) and the company estimates its project will provide the state with a total economic benefit of nearly $2.5 billion.A joint venture of Shell and EDPR Offshore North America, Mayflower Wind was picked unanimously by utility executives to build and operate a wind farm approximately 26 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 20 nautical miles south of Nantucket. The 804-megawatt project is expected to be operational by December 2025.“I think what’s really noteworthy in this filing is the competitive pricing as well as the exceptional commitment to economic development,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said. “At a levelized price, this is 13 percent below the Vineyard Wind price, in terms of the real price today.”Contracts for Vineyard Wind, the 800-megawatt wind development already tapped by the state and utilities for clean power, called for a price of 6.5 cents per kWh. Both prices include the cost of transmission to the grid.Theoharides said Tuesday that the difference in price between the state’s first project and its second shows “the declining cost for offshore wind energy generation for Massachusetts customers.” When taking into consideration Cape Wind, the unsuccessful wind project that was eyed about a decade ago, the decline in price is even more dramatic. When the DPU approved contracts for Cape Wind, the power generated from those turbines was to cost 18.75 cents per kWh with annual increases of 3.5 percent built in. The Cape Wind project faced opposition from lawmakers, fishermen, local officials, residents and environmental groups, and ceased development in late 2017.[Colin Young]More: Price of wind power continues to fall with Mayflower contractlast_img read more

Spain’s Elecnor tapped to build Australia’s largest solar-plus-storage project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Spanish renewable energy company Elecnor has been appointed as the lead contractor for the first phase of Australia’s largest hybrid solar and battery energy storage facility.The 720MW New England Solar Farm is being developed by UPC\AC Australia – a joint venture between UPC Renewables and AC Energy, a subsidiary of the Philippines’ Ayala Corporation – across two sections of land in New South Wales (NSW).The first 400MW phase of the solar park will be installed by Elecnor’s Australian subsidiary on the northern section of the site, while the initial stage of the associated 400MWh battery project, a 50MW / 50MWh storage system, will be constructed with the support of the NSW government.Featuring single-axis tracking technology, New England Solar will be designed to allow adequate space for sheep to continue grazing on the land in between and underneath panels. The first stage is expected to be completed in the next two years.UPC\AC Renewables CEO Anton Rohner said the Elecnor deal represents a “major milestone” for the project, the local community and the transition of Australia’s energy system. “Not only are we providing clean energy to the grid, with the support of the NSW government we are providing dispatchable energy in the form of a 50MWh battery. It will provide much-needed jobs and an injection of capital into the New England region.”The New England area will also be the location of a new 8GW renewable energy zone (REZ) that the NSW government says will play a key role in the state’s energy transition efforts in the coming decades. The development is NSW’s second of three REZs, with the first – located in the Central-West and Orana regions – receiving a nine-fold oversubscription of registrations of interest looking to connect to the 3GW zone.[Jules Scully]More: Australia’s largest solar-plus-storage project edges forward as Elecnor wins EPC contract Spain’s Elecnor tapped to build Australia’s largest solar-plus-storage projectlast_img read more

Sitting Down for Justice: Why I Participated in the Dominion Power Plant Blockade

first_img At 6am, we arrived at the entrance to the construction site of Dominion Energy’s $1.8 billion coal-fired power plan in Wise County, Va. In a meticulously planned order, we unloaded the concrete-filled barrels in pairs and strapped ourselves to them within 90 seconds. There was a sigh of relief and then shouts of exaltation when we realized that we had blocked the gated entrance. On site, there were nearly 30 of us all together, each filling an integral role. I was one of eight people chained to the seven barrels that were stretched out in a row across the construction site entrance. Two others were chained to the gates. Others sang, played banjo, gave media interviews, and waved banners to passing cars. Off site were many other supporters working to alert the media of the action and solicit lawyers for legal counsel. The blockade involved thousands of activists and required months of preparation.Dozens of police soon arrived on the scene. Their flashing blue lights cast an eerie glow on the faces of my compatriots, but there were smiles on our mouths and a steady exchange of stories and songs that kept our spirits high. For years we had stood up to the injustices of the coal industry, but on September 15, it was time to sit down…and refuse to move.In the end, I was arrested, along with ten others. But the corporations that destroy our communities and our future are the true criminals.The history of resistance to injustices is rich in the coalfields of Appalachia. Our blockade was inspired by a previous act of civil disobedience that had taken place just a few miles down the road from us: 99 coal miners and one preacher participated in the famous United Mine Workers of America strike against unfair labor practices.The act of using one’s body a tool, as an obstruction, has been a successful tactic for people protecting their rights and heritage. From childhood, we learn about the heroic acts of Civil Rights warriors such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. We see pictures of the massive anti-war marches in Washington D.C. in the 1960s. But these revolutions are not reserved for history books and PBS documentaries. We are living in a period of immense change, on the cusp of a growing movement for social and environmental justice. And the change-makers are not just the figures memorialized in the history books; they are the people who walk in a world of injustice every day and then one day decide to take action.No longer can we expect to better our world merely from behind a computer screen. Chain emails and online petitions mean nothing without the power of the people rising up and making the changes themselves. Our bodies, our voices, and our communities are sources of power that we can utilize to protect our homes, our health, and our communities. And we must stand in solidarity with others who fight these same battles, because, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”When Dominion’s plans for the Wise County coal-fired power plant were announced in early 2007, we quickly realized that it would destroy the health of our community. Slated to emit 5.3 million tons of carbon dioxide, to consume one million gallons of water per day from the Clinch River (the community’s water source), and to exacerbate the highly destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining, this plant is by no means a good investment for our future.We investigated Dominion’s practices, exposing the truth behind their campaign for a green public image. We attended Board of Supervisors meetings, calling on the local government to protect their people. When Wise County’s elected leaders would not take action, we let other communities across the state set the example for them. Town councils and county boards of other communities passed resolutions against the power plant. But still nothing changed.We followed Governor Tim Kaine to every one of his public appearances for months, asking him to stop the coal plant and make Virginia a leader in clean energy. We called him on the radio and asked questions at town hall meetings across the state. But still nothing changed.We went through the regulatory process, filing thousands of comments against every permit Dominion needed to build the plant. We attended public hearings in droves, hundreds of us filling the rooms of the hearings, and people testifying one after another for twelve continuous hours. But still nothing changed.We gathered 46,000 signatures of people demanding that the plant be halted and the $1.8 billion cost of the plant be put toward providing clean, renewable energy. But still nothing changed.When you ask a politician, “What can I do to make my voice heard?” more than likely he will respond, “Vote for me.” But what will he say when you tell him you already did that and nothing has changed? “Write me a letter.” And what if still nothing has changed? You organize.They thought we would be exhausted after jumping through all the hoops of comments, permits, and public hearings. Instead, the corruption of the political process inspired even more people to take action. The statewide coalition Wise Energy for Virginia has filed a lawsuit to stop construction of the Dominion power plant.The communities of Appalachia are sending a clear and resounding message: We won’t stop until you do, Dominion.last_img read more

Louisville, KY

first_imgIllustration by Scott DuBarWhen you think of Louisville, the first things that come to mind are bourbon, the Derby, and Slugger bats. But the best things about this bustling city on the banks of the Ohio River are its parks. Louisville has 112 parks totaling more than 11,000 acres and one of only five park systems in America designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted Sr., known best for creating New York City’s Central Park. With all of that green space, it’s no wonder the city’s active population is burning off their mint juleps by riding downtown singletrack and running on a vast network of city trails.“This is a big city without a lot of the big city problems,” says Scott Newsome, general manager for local outfitter Quest Outdoors. “A lot of that has to do with the network of parks and the easy access to scenic escapes.”Newsome’s Outdoor PicksHiking the Outskirts ForestFor an easy access hiking fix, lace up your boots and head to Bernheim Research Forest, a wooded 14,000-acre arboretum less than 30 minutes from downtown with over 35 miles of trails.Paddle the OhioOut of the city boat launch in Westport, paddlers hit the wide upper reaches of the Ohio. “You won’t realize you’re 12 miles from almost a million people,” says Newsome. For a smaller stream, try the quiet waters of the Blue River from Milltown. Downtown SingletrackYou can get a solid 10-mile ride downtown by connecting the Wilderness Loop in Seneca Park with the main trail that loops around adjacent Cherokee Park.Run from Slugger FieldOn July 23, the Grand Slam 4 Mile running race moves from home plate at Slugger Field to the scenic Waterfront Park and back. Another favorite route for runners is the three-mile loop around Iroquois Park.Cycling the Kentucky CountrysideLouisville has a vibrant cycling community lead by the Louisville Bicycle Club. The club’s main event is the Old Kentucky Home Tour (September 10), a former winner of the League of American Bicyclists Best Century Award. The ride leaves the city from E.P. Tom Sawyer Park and winds south through rolling countryside to Bardstown and back.Camping Near the City LightsPitch a tent in Jefferson Memorial Forest, a 6,218-acre wooded escape just 15 miles south of downtown. At night you can see the city lights from the hills.last_img read more

Matt Flinner Reaps A Bountiful Harvest

first_imgMando maestro Matt Flinner returns with a beautiful collection of new tunes.Matt Flinner was a professional touring musician before he could shave, hitting the road with his banjo before his teens.  Not content with just those five strings, he picked up the mandolin along the way, and, in doing so, became a leader in the progressive acoustic movement while creating a reputation for himself as one of the most inventive pickers on the scene.Flinner, along with bass player Eric Thorin and guitarist Ross Martin, have just released their second album, Winter Harvest, as The Matt Flinner Trio.  The three mates returned to a concept they developed prior to their first record, 2009’s Music du Jour, whereby each member of the band was responsible for writing a tune in the van while en route to the night’s show.  Mountains of Music recently caught up with Flinner to chat about the new record and his band’s creative way of road testing tunes. BRO – How do you develop the idea of writing songs, in the van, on the way to a gig?  Who came up with that?MF – It was my idea, which we started in 2006 on a tour we did.  The idea came out of a couple things.  One, in all honesty, was a way to make me finish tunes. I need a deadline to finish things.  I thought to myself, “What better way than to have a deadline of the show that evening.”  In a practical way, it’s a way for me to get things finished.   Also, we wanted to see what would happen from one place to another and from one day to another.  We wanted to see how that time and place would affect what we were writing and what we were coming up with.  It’s a total experiment.  BRO – You ever find yourself putting the finishing touches on a tune in the van right before you were going in to perform?MF – Yeah!  Or backstage, or maybe even on stage, when we work on an arrangement.  As we have gone along, though, we have gotten better at rehearsing this stuff.  We feel like, now, that we can work on something ten minutes before we go on and it’s going to be okay.  But it can be very last minute sometimes.BRO – Is there a lot of pressure performing that way?MF – You never know how it is going to turn out.  Some tunes end up not being that good, but that’s part of the deal.  You put out your best effort.  It’s stressful in that you don’t know if you are going to pull it off.  Some ideas are better than others, and sometimes you are putting out an idea that you’re not sure about.  You’re putting yourself out there in a way that might make you feel more exposed than you would otherwise.  But there is also something about that urgency that works well.  It works better than expected.  BRO  – You could have gone back to the studio and written songs in a more traditional fashion for this record, but you have stuck with this process for the batch of tunes that became Winter Harvest.  It must be working for you.MF – I felt like Music du Jour was a really fresh record.   We really came up with something that gets to the heart of what I want to do.  Musically and conceptually, to me, it was really fresh and a little different, with the combination of bluegrass, some jazz, and maybe some chamber music, and it didn’t feel contrived and it worked really well.  We kept doing it and we improved on what we were doing, so when we went to the studio for Winter Harvest, the heart of these tunes didn’t really change at all from the days we wrote them.BRO – I just had this near comic – or quite frightening – image of you driving down the road while picking on your mandolin.  You don’t do that, do you?MF – No, but both Eric, our bass player, and I could be guilty of writing on music paper while driving.  But I try to only do that when we are out west, and only on long stretches of road with no oncoming traffic.The Matt Flinner Trio will spend much of March touring around the Northeast before returning to the Mid-Atlanitc area in April.  You can catch the band in Maryland and around Central Virginia by mid-month.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for May 29, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for May 29, the day Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest, paving the way for more explorers to touch the ceiling of the world.In honor of the achievement, here is some of the latest from the Himalayas:News From EverestThere is a hug controversy brewing over a proposed ladder on Everest. Ladders are everywhere on Everest, helping cross crevases, cliffs, and whatever else they got up there, but this particular ladder is raising eyebrows and voices due to its location: The Hillary Step. Named after the aforementioned Edmund, the Hillary Step is one of the few section of actual climbing on the South Col route, the most popular with tourists – I mean mountaineers.Nepal is trying to get British climber Daniel Hughes to pay a $2,000 broadcast fee for a live video call he placed from the summit of Everest. Hughes was climbing for charity, raising $1.6 million for Comic Relief. Seems like pennies for the government of a whole nation, but as they say: rules is rules.And then there’s this: Some crazy Russian BASE jumping from the North Face. It is the highest-ever BASE jump (roughly 23,687 feet), and yes he was wearing a wing suit. See for yourself:Everest Op-EdsEverest is overcrowded, polluted, via Washington Post.Everest is different, melting, via Slate.Photo Gallery from after first ascent, via LIFE.Traffic jams are lame, adventure is lost, via The Verge.last_img read more

Trail Mix: See Jason Isbell Live in Asheville

first_img2013 will certainly be seen as a seminal year in the career of Southern rock troubadour Jason Isbell.In February, Isbell married singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, and in June he released Southeastern, an ode to his newfound sobriety and his deepest, most poignant record to date. Along the way, Isbell managed appearances on CBS This Morning, Conan, and Letterman, taped an Austin City Limits spot, toured incessantly across the US and Europe, and saw Southeastern lauded across the land – the record ended up on best of the year lists from American Songwriter (who labeled it the best of the year), NPR, and Amazon, among many others.Since 2007, when Isbell left Drive-By Truckers, his rise to the upper echelon of Southern rock and roll has been meteoric. Three critically acclaimed records – 2007’s Sirens Of The Ditch, 2009’s Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, and 2011’s Here We Rest have served notice that this Alabama singer/songwriter will long be a powerful force in the world of contemporary Americana.Jason Isbell will be visiting The Orange Peel in Asheville tomorrow night, January 23rd. Trail Mix would love to give you the opportunity to check out the show. All you have to do is take a shot at the trivia question down below and email your answer to [email protected] A winner of two passes to the show will be chosen from all correct answers received by 6:00 P.M. tonight!!Question – In “Outfit,” what did the narrator’s father sell so that he might buy the narrator’s mother a ring?Remember – don’t post your answers here! Email them in!Good luck!!last_img read more

From Rails to Trails: 5 Biking Spots in Virginia to Try Out This Summer

first_imgWith kids free for the summer and vacation time itching to be used, it may be time to take your old bike in for a tune up and hit the trails. Here are a few tried and true spots throughout the Virginia that are perfect for a weekend solo or group trip. The trails don’t require a high skill level in mountain biking and are great for plenty of scenic photo ops along the way.The Virginia Creeper Trail stretches 35 miles, descending from Abington to Damascus and ascending from Damascus to Whitetop along streams, trails, and rails. Many who bike the entire 35 miles will descend from one direction to the midpoint of Damascus, then be transported to the top of the other direction to end up descending to Damascus. What makes this trail great is the flexibility, you can decide to bike certain sections and lengths of the trail based on the length of your desired trip and how the experience is going. If you decide to bike half the trail one day, you may love it and want to complete the other half the following day or later during the weekend. The trail’s beauty is unparalleled any time of the year with numerous trestle bridges that allow you to traverse over and beside the running waters of the Whitetop Laurel River. For those without a bike, Damascus is a hub of bike rentals, small shops, and a few food options for the convenience of the many visiting tourists throughout the year.The New River Trail is another flat biking route within the Virginia mountains that runs along the New River. Ideal for those after a leisurely pedal through the country, the trail’s gentle terrain falls within the New River Trail State Park, designated as an official National Recreation Trail by the U. S. Department of the Interior. The route is level and makes for an easy ride as you go through two tunnels, three major bridges, and 30 smaller bridges and trestles throughout the full 39 miles. Sights along the trail include the rushing river, lush pastoral scenery, and Christmas tree farms. This trail passes through four different counties and offers much more than bicycling along the way. Recreational favorites such as camping, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, paddling, and fishing are all within reach in this gorgeous section of Virginia’s backcountry.The High Bridge Trail lives up to its name with a 2,400 foot long bridge that rests 160 feet above the Appomattox River as its trademark. The trail was originally part of the South Side Railroad, with the iconic bridge being built in 1853. The trail gives riders and hikers alike the opportunity to stroll through smaller communities all while enjoying an easy, level ride. The trail now spans 31 miles and boasts the longest recreational bridge in Virginia. With several restroom and picnic locations, the trail is open from dusk to dawn for outdoor enthusiasts to have a full day of biking through the scenic twists and turns of central Virginia.The Tobacco Heritage Trail is symbolic of not only outdoor recreation, but also of ambition as it aims to link five counties in Southern Virginia. The motivation behind the still active expansion of the trail is to boost transportation, tourism and economic development in an area that is known for being rural, yet historic. While there are continued efforts and construction projects aimed to expand and improve the trail, all sections are currently open, making the trail’s 22 miles fair game for all. Unlike many other commercialized trails, the Tobacco Heritage Trail does not require a parking fee.The Washington & Old Dominion Trail is within its own Railroad Regional Park that provides a 45 mile path where the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad was located. This trail, like many others has a high flexibility option as it allows cyclists to pop on and off of the trail in many locations throughout the journey. The biking trail is paved and used for transit as well as recreational use. Some bikers find themselves on the trail daily as it provides a way to commute to and from a town without concern of traffic, gas prices, and the hustle and bustle that can only be escaped through outdoor immersion.If one of your goals is to get outside more this summer, add some of these trails to your list of places to visit. They are scenic, relaxing, and tame adventures to tackle the next time you find yourself with a desire to explore the trails of Virginia.last_img read more

The Goods: Love Local

first_imgOur favorite gear based in the Blue RidgeWe all do our best to go local when we’re picking our beer and veggies (nothing beats a local IPA/beets pairing), but you can also go local with your outdoor gear. The Southern Appalachians has a strong manufacturing tradition, and today, that tradition continues as some of the most innovative gear on the market is designed here and made here. Here is some of our favorite local gear.Watershed McKenzie From $130Asheville-based Watershed has been making industry standard dry bags for decades, but with the McKenzie, the brand is breaking into the bike category. The McKenzie is a 10.5-liter handlebar bag built for bikepacking or just cruising around town that’s fully waterproof thanks to the Zipdry closure and roll-top design. There’s no better way to keep your gear dry and safe when you’re on the bike.Simple Shot Scout $40 Simple Shot, based in Western North Carolina, takes a childhood staple and reinvents it for adults. The Scout has a nearly-indestructable polycarbonate handle with textured imprints for your forefinger and thumb and an ergonomic grip that creates a sturdy slingshot platform. Take this puppy camping with you and spend all of your downtime revisiting your childhood.Eagles Nest Outfitters Sublink Shelter System $250Asheville-based ENO changed the way we camp (and nap) when they introduced the Doublenest hammock 20 years ago. Since then, their hammock systems have become the industry leaders. The Sublink is their best yet, matching their lightest hammock (the 9.8oz. SuperSub) with the Helios suspension and Sil Nylon Rain Tarp and Guardian SL Bug Net. Put it together, and it’s the lightest complete hammock system on the market.Blue Ridge Chair Works $155 Former raft guide turned woodworker Alan Davis makes a variety of camp furniture that looks great in your Instagram feed. The original Blue Ridge Chair is still our favorite, though. It’s a two-piece design that slides together, sits low to the ground, and is made with American timber in Western North Carolina. It’s a no-waste factory too, so spare pieces of wood are turned into bottle openers.Mountain Laurel Designs Superlight Solo Bivy $175 Virginia-based Mountain Laurel Designs makes a variety of tents, tarps and packs for the ultralight set, but this solo bivy takes minimalist freedom to the ultimate level. The Superlight Solo uses cuben fiber for a featherweight, water-resistant sack you can use on its own or under a tarp.Diamond Brand The Great Day ($250) and The Double Take ($79)Asheville-based Diamond Brand is best known as a gear store, but they’ve been making gear for the military for years. Recently, they reintroduced a line of gear for the rest of us that ranges from dome tents to day packs. And they’re all made in the US. The Great Day is a retro-inspired day pack made from water resistant canvas—it’s your everyday carry thanks to the laptop sleeve and straps that convert from backpack to over the shoulder style. The Double Take is our favorite from the new line. Made from waxed canvas and 1000D nylon, this carry all is durable as hell and converts into a cooler with the inner Chilly Bag insert. Carry it over the shoulder or attach it to your bike.Castelli Inferno Bibshorts $200Designed to help riders handle the heat, the Inferno has perforated fabric on the side panels and mesh-like Giro Air leg bands, and the fabric on the front of the short actually includes titanium dioxide (the active ingredient in sunscreen) to help reflect UV rays and keep you cool.On Cloudventure Trail Running Shoe $149The rubber profile of this Swiss-manufactured shoe offers four distinct layers of grip, which enables it to perform in the toughest alpine conditions. Featherlight and comfy yet ultra-durable, it’s intelligently built for mountain running.Jumper Peppermint Tech Underwear $28Why peppermint? Peppermint leaf yarn is naturally antimicrobial. Everybody needs fresh undies, and these deliver. They’re soft, breathable, and super-comfy. You’ll feel even better knowing that the undies are also eco-sourced and organic.PrAna Pillar Printed Legging $79The prAna Pillar Printed Legging is made with recycled polyester performance stretch jersey and moisture-wicking technology.  The design features a mid-rise fitted legging with a wide waistband, hidden key pocket, active stitch construction, and a triangle gusset for added comfort and reinforcement.Osprey Ozone Duplex $220This lightweight, carry-on-size travel pack is two-in one: one harness, two packs, and better overall load-carrying ability. The daypack frame supports and distributes the pack’s load through the comfortably padded hipbelt while the adjustable shoulder straps provide an excellent fit. Laptops, heavier essentials, valuables and everything you need on the plane stay close at hand in the daypack. The detachable cargo bag conveniently fits in the overhead, maximizing carry-on capacity.YEVO Air Wireless Headphones $129Experience total freedom of movement without any wires. The YEVO Air provides reliable Bluetooth connection with lightweight, high-performance earbuds with outstanding sound quality.last_img read more

Trail Mix 2020 – Vol. VI

first_img Wrong Glorybots 3:38 Cold Beverage The Infamous Stringdusters & G Love 3:52 There’s lots of great new stuff on this mix, too. Discover tracks from Michael McDermott, Jenny O., VickiKristinaBarcelona, Automagik, Turkeyfoot, Nate Lee, Bendigo Fletcher, Teddy Thompson, Lauren Calve, Glorybots, and Jack The Radio. Birds Tricked Into the Trees Damien Jurado July Rain Hayley Sabella Trail Mix is happy to welcome back some long time friends this month. Noted songwriter Will Hoge returns, as do Lizanne Knott and Hayley Sabella. And one of our long time favorite acoustic outfits, The Infamous Stringdusters, have a new collaboration out with G Love, which the mix is proud to feature. DOWNLOAD THIS MONTHS PLAYLIST HERE Wild Fire Lauren Calve So much good music. It’s right here. Grab it and take it on your next outdoor adventure, or just listen while you watch the sunset. However you partake of it, there is the hope that these tunes and these artists bring you a little serenity during these tenuous times. So dig in. And, when you discover a song here that really makes you smile, reach out and grab the whole record. Support these great artists that allow us to showcase their music on Trail Mix each month. Embed Behave Riches Of The Poor 4:06 Serenity Nate Lee I’m Coming Over Automagik Bomb Silo Agents of Good Roots Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Broken Heart Pat McGee Band Soul Factory Bendigo Fletcher 5:30 It was 1996, I had recently moved to Charlottesville, and I can remember standing in the Plan 9 music store on the Corner, debating over whether to grab a copy of Pat McGee’s From The Wood or Agents of Good Roots’ Where’d You Get That Vibe?. In retrospect, I should have just grabbed them both. At the time, I went with the Pat McGee disc, though I soon returned for the Agents record I had left behind. Both bands became staples of my late 90s/early 2000s listening experience and I frequented their shows as often as possible when they came through town. I became a regular at the Agents of Good Roots shows at Trax before the band broke out and began touring nationally, and I even met my future brother and sister-in-law at a Pat McGee Band release party at Starr Hill Music Hall. What Now Teddy Thompson 3:45 3:42 The Curse Will Hoge 3:58 5:31 Even if I Tried Jenny O. Contender Michael McDermott 2:14 5:18 2:33 Paint The Sky Jack The Radio 3:45 3:56 Promise of Tomorrow Turkeyfoot 3:33 Last week, I traveled via musical time machine back to the mid-1990s Charlottesville music scene. So, I must admit to being a bit excited when I discovered that both bands have recently released new music. A couple Fridays ago, I huddled in front of the television with my wife and brother and sister-in-law to check out a Pat McGee stream that was part of a Longwood University event. All three had attended Longwood when Pat was just starting out his music career in Farmville, and it was during the show that we discovered he and his original band had a new record out. Then, just days later, Andrew Winn, lead singer of Agents of Good Roots, showed up in my “People You Might Know” feed on Facebook, and I clicked his image, ultimately finding that Winn and his mates in AGR were putting out new tunes here and there. With a few emails and Facebook messages, brand new tracks from two of my favorite Virginia bands ended up on this month’s mix. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up VickiKristinaBarcelona This Old World Lizanne Knott Audio PlayerRiches Of The PoorBehaveUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 5:21 3:18 5:21 3:42 4:01 3:00 All The Same The Harmed Brothers 3:05 last_img read more