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In honor of Travis Bowlin’s #1 record, here’s a new EPK Video from him.

In honor of my #1 Blues/Rock record “Secundus” on the Roots Music Report, we are releasing a NEW Epk Video. What is an Electronic Press Kit Video? It a video about myself, my musical journey, & where I came from. Learn the ins and outs about me from 1988-Now in this nice 7min video. See rare interviews with my Mother Lisa Bowlin and my grandparents Ann/Gene Snelling and Charlie/Lyvia Story Steele. Hear about how I started singing, my first guitar, my musical influences, and much more!
Check out the new album on ITunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and Spotify.

Neo-folk newcomers YOUNG WATERS share video for new single “Swimming Pool” / Debut album out Sept 28th

Young Waters share video for new single “Swimming Pool”

Premiered at CLASH
Watch HERE

Self-titled debut album out Sept 28 via YW Records

“a beautiful offering that is pastoral of arrangement
and dexterous of lyric.” – 
CLASH

Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with unique arrangements of traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. This young band is set to make a big impact in 2018.

Today, they announce news of their self-titled debut album and share the video for their new single “Swimming Pool”, premiered at CLASH, who call it “a beautiful offering that is pastoral of arrangement and dexterous of lyric.​”

Share “Swimming Pool” on Spotify HERE

After winning Bath Folk Festival’s New Shoots competition, they earned themselves a recording session at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios, where most of this stunning debut album was recorded. A host of festival appearances (including Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Cambridge, Wilderness, Boomtown and Smugglers) have cemented their reputation with fans. Catch them at one of the following tour dates.

Upcoming UK Tour Dates

22nd June – Serta International Folk Festival, Portugal
6th July – Rollright Fayre, Oxfordshire
27th July – Bimble Inn, Sussex
12th August – Boomtown, Winchester
17th August – Purbeck Folk Festival, Dorset
24th August – Shambala
20th September – Green Note – London – Album Release Show

Young Waters are:

Theo Passingham (vocals and guitar)
Kerry Ann Jangle (vocals and percussion)
Liam O’Connell (double bass and vocals)
Calum Smith (violin)
Rowen Elliot (viola)

Young Waters’ debut album Young Waters is released on September 28th via YW Records. Distributed, Published and Marketed by Monokrome Music.

Young Waters: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify 

Listen to new track from Alejandro Escovedo. Album release 14 September

Yea a new album from legend Alejandro Escovedo coming.

The Crossing will be released September 14th

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Celebrating 50 Years – Watch video for “Fortunate Son”

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF AMERICA’S GREATEST ROCK BAND, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

“FORTUNATE SON” RECEIVES THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO TREATMENT –WATCH HERE

MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO FOLLOW INCLUDING A SPECIAL RELEASE DUE THIS AUTUMN

Craft Recordings proudly announces the 50th anniversary of America’s greatest rock bandCreedence Clearwater Revival. It was in the summertime half a century ago that CCR, a group that would reach sky-high success while retaining a resolutely rootsy, earthbound sound, released their debut album. This marked the beginning of an incredible legacy that was formed over just four years of unbridled creative output (1968-1972).

CCR‘s canon has become a staple in the Great American Songbook. Songs like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Proud Mary,” and “Up Around the Bend” have been ingrained into the pop-cultural consciousness—not just as classic rock staples, but as American standards.

As the United States speeds towards another anniversary of its own on 4th JulyCraft is kicking off the CCR50 campaign by releasing an official music video (the first ever) for one of the band’s most enduring classics, “Fortunate Son,” a song as vital now as ever.

Beyond its anti-war sentiment, “Fortunate Son” is an anthem for the 99%ers, condensing a critique of elitism and class privilege into three simple, but powerfully defiant words: It Ain’t MeCraft partnered with director Ben Fee(Band of Horses, The War on Drugs, The Lumineers, Aesop Rock) to give a whole new generation a visual entry point into the world of Creedence.

The song already has an undeniable place in history as one of the most visceral, attention-grabbing protest tunes of the Vietnam era. With the new video, Feeextends the reach of “Fortunate Son” even further. “For me, protest right now is just showing pure positivity in the face of division and anger.” Says Fee, “I wanted to highlight the community and positivity that everybody shares…I wanted to show what America feels like when you actually hit the road and drive throughout the states.”

Though the Vietnam war is decades away in the rearview mirror, the people CCRwere speaking for in the song are still the heart and soul of America, and they’re still the underdog, facing a whole new set of challenges. So, Fee turned the video into a celebration of their indomitable spirit, giving viewers a glimpse of the broad array of characters comprising the patchwork that is our country at its core.

In spotlighting the diversity and unconquerable spirit of America’s so-called 99%, Fee created a concept as relevant to today’s world as it is to the original 1969setting of “Fortunate Son. “I met so many beautiful people,” says Fee of the folks he shot for the video. “I went to the Taos Pueblo people, into their land, and met with the war chief, and they were very big fans of CCR. They were so welcoming because they knew the song and the band, and they really loved the idea of protest through positivity.” 

Click here to watch the video.

Fee’s video road trip took him across the country, from Los Angeles to Miami and all points in between. The footage captures people across America of diverse ages, cultures, ethnic backgrounds and locations (including Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, California, Washington and Hawaii) to document the true spirit that makes up the fabric of the United States, for which CCR have been the soundtrack for 50 years.

In addition to the video, the half-century celebration will continue in the coming months to fill out the CCR story even further. Craft will be honouring the band’s musical legacy via a diverse array of media, products and events; including a special release coming this autumn. The fête will also provide fans with new ways to engage with CCR online–sharing their memories, streaming new content, and diving deeper into the band’s legendary history. Stay tuned to CCR50.com for more details, coming soon.

In the meantime, you can dig in to more from the Creedence Clearwater Revival catalogue (and build your 4th July playlists) via Apple Music (click here for the Essentials) or Spotify (click here for This Is).

More about Creedence Clearwater Revival:

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1968 self-titled debut album introduced the world to guitar-playing brothers John and Tom Fogerty, drummer Doug Clifford, and bassist Stu Cook, four young men out of El Cerrito in the San Francisco Bay Area. Though they emerged in a place and time where trippy psychedelic visions were the order of the day, CCR bucked the trends and instead tapped into a rich, traditional seam of American music that connected to blues, country, rockabilly, gospel, folk and R&B.

While their contemporaries were unfurling mind-bending musical excursions with elaborate productions, Creedence crashed into the upper rungs of the album and singles charts with songs that wasted nary a note or word, overflowing with raw soul and unbridled energy. Although the band members were only together for four years under the Creedence Clearwater Revival appellation, they managed to accomplish more than many artists do in their entire career – they released 14 Top 10 hitssix Platinum albums, and one Gold in just four intensely prolific years, all powered by John Fogerty‘s gut-level growl, with Tom FogertyStu Cook and Doug Clifford providing just the right kind of gritty, in-the-pocket punch to propel CCR‘s vision.

The band’s West Coast origins notwithstanding, Fogerty‘s voice contained echoes of everything from the Chicago blues bite of Howlin’ Wolf to the Alabama twang of Hank Williams and the Memphis swagger of Elvis Presley, creating an archetypal example of Americana decades before anybody ever thought of using that term to define a musical genre.

For all the indelible guitar hooks and commanding vocals the CCR catalogue contains, their songs are more than catchy tunes. CCR was a people’s band in more ways than one; hand in hand with the accessibility that made their music relatable to just about everybody, there was a strong sense of identification with America’s common folks, the ones whose stories were told in the songs.

On tunes like “Born on the Bayou” and “Green River,” Creedence harnessed the sonic hoodoo of almost dangerously deep, “swamp rock” grooves to propel vivid New Orleans imagery. “Long As I Can See the Light” floats luminously with the kind of sanctified soul feel that we’ve come to expect only from the South. And the spry country two-step of “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” finds its feet in Nashville, at least in a spiritual sense. While CCR‘s signature song, “Proud Mary,” is a Southern-soaked riverboat travelogue, with stops in Memphis and the Crescent City.

Even some of the covers of Creedence‘s tunes have become part of history—Ike & Tina Turner’s sped-up, R&B-slathered 1971 recording of “Proud Mary” almost rivaled the original in popularity. And an astonishing array of artists, from Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson to R.E.M. and the Ramones, have recorded “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” to home in on the reach of just one of their profusely covered songs.

The group also performed a historic headlining set at Woodstock, and toured the world before disbanding in 1972CCR‘s music endures today – still in popular rotation on the radio, and heard regularly in films and TV shows. Having sold over 30 million albums in the U.S. alone, Creedence received a rare Diamond certification from the RIAA in 2016, marking 10 million units in sales for their 1976 compilation album, Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits.

The appeal of Creedence Clearwater Revival isn’t tied to any one era or milieu; whether it’s 50 years ago or 100 years from now, all you need is a pair of ears to pick up on their sound. As John Fogerty once sang on a certain 1969 hit single, “Over on the corner there’s a happy noise/People come from all around to watch the magic boys.”

Creedence Clearwater Revival on Facebook

Harper Grae’s “Bloodline” Music Video Premiered t’other day.

First Video in the Buck Moon Medleys Four-Song/Four-Music Video Set

Nashville, TN  June 8, 2018 —  The music video for “Bloodline,” the first release in a concept four-song/four-music video set from Harper Grae, premiered a few days ago. The song and music video companions are part of Grae’s upcoming Buck Moon Medleys EP.  Each song and its correlating video will be released every eight weeks over the course of the year, and are interconnected, with each release carrying forward the story thread of the collection — does the apple fall far from the family tree?

The EP was produced by Jennifer Hanson and Nick Brophy, and the music written by Grae and some of Nashville’s most creative writers, including Hanson, Brophy, Fred Wilhelm, Dakota Jay and Will King. “Bloodline,” a “Must Hear Song” according to Rolling Stone Country, is already garnering high praise from fans and music critics alike.  The song “has all the creative ingredients that hit records are made of,” according to Billboard Country Update editor Tom Roland. Music Row’s Robert K Oermann declares it “her best yet,” and adds “despite the toe-tapping tempo and upbeat mood, the underlying message is a desperate quest to know the mother she never had. Very involving.”

The music video for Bloodline was produced and directed by Robby Stevens and Alexander Jeffery of Midtown Motion. For all of the latest information on the Grae Area Records/ONErpm artist, including announced tour dates, please visit harpergraemusic.com.

Photo ID (l-r): Robby Stevens, Grae and Alexander Jeffery
Contact:
Jennifer Bohler/Alliance
615 292 5804
[email protected]

Video: I’m With Her “I-89”

The new single from Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins, aka I’m With Her is predictably classy and delightful, as is the album from which it’s taken, ‘See You Around.’

CROOKED JADES / New Album Tour May 17-20!

Super Exciting!! The Crooked Jades have been working their music alchemy in the studio, completing their 9th album, “Empathy Moves the Water.” We’re about to head out on our CALIFORNIA TOUR, including our San Francisco hometown show at the Great American Music Hall! And we are thrilled to have Megan Adie, our beloved bass player, coming in all the way from Sweden! Come on down!

The band’s following have been clamoring for a new album, and one fan in particular, who wants to remain anonymous, is helping to make this possible. He was so impressed with the Crooked Jades’ performance at the California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in 2017, that he became a benefactor to financially sponsor the new recordings with the band’s present configuration. We thank you!


O N   T O U R   I N   C A L I F O R N I A

• THURSDAY MAY 17 – MICHAEL’S ON MAIN (Soquel/Santa Cruz)
• FRIDAY MAY 18 – GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL (San Francisco)
• SATURDAY MAY 19 – CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL (Claremont)
• SUNDAY MAY 20 – TOPANGA BANJO & FIDDLE CONTEST (Topanga)

see also SUNDAY MAY 13 – KPFA LIVE RADIO SHOW

MORE INFO BELOW + AT THESE LINKS:
 www.crookedjades.com / Crooked Jades on Facebook / Crooked Jades on Instagram


Thursday, May 17 / 7:30pm

MICHAEL’S ON MAIN International Music Show Case
2591 Main St., Soquel, CA / www.michaelsonmainmusic.com
Tickets: $15 / Adv. tickets at  https://thecrookedjadesmay17.brownpapertickets.com
All ages; under 21 to be accompanied by parent


Friday, May 18 / 9:30pm
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL San Francisco
with PINE BOX BOYS + surprise guest
In conjunction with SHELBY ASH PRESENTS
859 OFarrell St, San Francisco, CA / www.slimspresents.com/great-american-music-hall/
Tickets: $20 adv. + at the door; ticket + dinner package is $44.95
Tickets at www.slimspresents.com
All ages (6 and up)


Saturday, May 19 / Festival opens at 10am (Jades performance @ 6:30pm)
CLAREMONT FOLK FESTIVAL
Workshops with Emily (fiddle) & Erik (banjo) at 2pm
Sontag Greek Theater, Pomona College, 300 E. Bonita, Claremont, CA /
www.folkmusiccenter.com/folk-festival.html
Tickets: $40 (children under 12 are free) / www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3356399

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
• Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones – Roots Rock Legends
• The Crooked Jades – Old-Time, Old World Music Revolutionaries
• Bula – Puerto Rican Community Bomba Group
• Mostly Kosher – Jewish Cultural Revivalist Klezmer Band
• Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players – Bluegrass Quartet
• Tom Freund – Singer Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist
• Fivacious – West Coast Gospel
…and many more.
All day event starting at 10am. Free parking at Pomona College parking structure.
Featuring art & music workshops for all ages, vendors village, local food & libations!
More info at link above.


Sunday, May 20 / 9am-6pm (Jades performance @ 2pm)

58th Annual TOPANGA BANJO & FIDDLE CONTEST & FOLK FESTIVAL
Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA / http://www.topangabanjofiddle.org
Get your tickets early and save: Adv. $17 Adult, $13 Senior/Teen ($23/$18 walk in) www.topangabanjofiddle.org/purchase_tix.html

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
Richie and Rosie, Jenna Moynihan and Màiri Chaimbeul, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Echo Mountain, Mike Mahaney & Friends, Latimer & Osborn, Ross Altman, and more
PLUS! Dance Barn with our pals Skillet Licorice, Ira Bernstein and more.
All day event with 4 Stages, Contests, Vendors, Food, Arts & Crafts and more. Info at link above.




Across the wide seas, distant mountains, and the vast complexity of the soul, The Crooked Jades new release “Empathy Moves The Water” emphasizes the lonesome in “High Lonesome” music. The band’s old-time roots reflect the cultural melange and longing implicit in the shadows of America – from haunting ballads punctuated by hypnotic fiddles that express digital isolation and humanity lost in a rapidly changing land, to the high energy revival songs inspired by early rural gospel blues. Reaffirming their reputation as an innovative old-time string band closer in spirit to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, The Crooked Jades create a unique and soulful modern sound by exploring the roots of Americana and interweaving the diverse musical influences of Europe and Africa.

With a bold vision and drive to innovate and inspire, the Crooked Jades release their brand new album “Empathy Moves The Water” on their own label, Jade Note Music. Largely recorded at Berkeley’s famous Fantasy Studios, this new album is produced by the highly celebrated Bruce Kaphan. The band once again features their signature mix of inspired re-arrangements of rare and obscure old-time gems and beautiful original compositions, played on vintage and eclectic instruments, including Hawaiian slide, Vietnamese jaw harp, harmonium, ukulele, banjo, ukulele, arco bass, and minstrel banjo.

The Crooked Jades continue their mission to move old-time music out of segregation and show its relevance in modern times. Their evocative, cinematic music has appeared in soundtracks for Sean Penn’s Oscar-nominated film Into The Wild and the PBS documentary Seven Sisters: A Kentucky Portrait.



PHOTOS BY STEPHEN JOHNSTON & CO. / COLLAGE BY LISA

VIDEO LINKS:

“Going Across the Sea” (Erik & Jades at The Sweetwater) & “Girl Slipped Down” (Erik & Megan at Cyprian’s)

Known for their rare and obscure repertoire, inspired arrangements and eclectic, often vintage instrumentation, The Crooked Jades began with band leader/founder Jeff Kazor’s vision to revive the dark and hypnotic sounds of pre-radio music. Their new music continues their mission to re-imagine old-time music for a modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their fiery, soulful performances. Building on an old-time foundation, the band filters old-world sounds with universal and ancient themes through a post-9/11 lens, seeking to make sense of the future, reaffirming the importance of connecting to our roots in a time of intense digital connection. Writes Bluegrass Unlimited, “Chords in unexpected places, out of this world harmonies, and some of the most powerfully-arranged material I’ve ever encountered.” Innovative and fearless, constantly evolving and passionate, they bring their driving dance tunes and haunting ballads to rock clubs, festivals, traditional folk venues and concert halls across America and Europe.

The Crooked Jades core consists of founders Jeff Kazor (vocals/guitar/ukulele) and Lisa Berman (vocals/slide guitar/banjo/harmonium), with long-time member Erik Pearson (vocals/banjos/ukulele/harmonium/slide guitar), and the invaluable Megan Adie (vocals/bass) and Emily Mann (vocals/fiddle). This current line-up builds on 20+ years of The Crooked Jades performances and recordings. The band has traveled countless miles across 4 continents, 10 countries, and many festivals, resulting in 8 critically acclaimed albums.

“The two adjectives that keep coming to me during repeated listenings to The Crooked Jades are profound and transcendent. This is visionary music, forged from the raw materials of old-time forms and instruments. It’s easy to forget that the first old-time music recorded was a mirror of the times the musicians lived in. That was almost 100 years ago. Here, in the beginning of the 21st century, people in appreciable numbers are feeling as though they’re teetering on the brink of apocalyptic times. Through the lens of tradition, The Crooked Jades are voicing this feeling convincingly and beautifully.” – The Old-Time Herald 

Jon Patrick Walker shares new single & video, “I Won’t Sit Around and Cry”

Walker is currently on tour playing King George in the traveling company of Hamilton.
JON PATRICK WALKER SHARES

NEW TRACK & VIDEO FOR “I WON’T SIT AROUND AND CRY”

YOU AND I OUT MAY 11

“With “I Won’t Sit Around and Cry,” Jon Patrick Walker reveals his multi-faceted talents. The melody is balanced, while the rhythm is persuasive, and Walker’s vibrant tones add the icing to the musical cake.” – CelebMix

“The song possesses a rural pop fluidity, the kind of dusky movements you might expect from Ryan Adams or Jason Isbell but is wholly of Walker’s own making. His spry acoustic guitar lines rumble and shutter while a slide guitar trembles and shakes off its problems for just a few minutes.” – The Southern Sounding

“I Won’t Sit Around and Cry”
A highly respected actor for 25 years, appearing on Broadway, on television and in film (and currently playing King George to rave reviews on the national tour of Hamilton), JP made an audacious leap into songwriting and music-making, self-releasing his first album, The Guilty Party (recorded in Nashville), in 2013. Jp’s 2016 follow-up, People Going Somewhere is steeped in 60’s-70’s Rock & Folk and garnered excellent reviews, charting on numerous college stations. His latest offering, You and I, is a 6-song EP co-produced with Josh Kaufman ( Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Bob Weir). recorded in Brooklyn, it was mixed by Patrick Dillett (They Might Be Giants) & mastered by the legendary Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. The 6 tracks (all penned by Walker) cover an eclectic musical terrain, from Singer-songwriter Americana, jazz-inflected psychedelia, to Velvet Underground-influenced garage-rock. JP lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Hope Davis (who is featured in a duet with JP on the opener, “Your Open Hand”) and their two daughters.
JP will be acting & singing on the HAMILTON National tour through February, 2019.
Jon Patrick Walker “Your Open Hand”
Jon Patrick Walker by Lindsey Byrnes
Artist: Jon Patrick Walker
Album: You And I
Record Label: Self-Release
Release Date: May 11, 2018

1. Your Open Hand (Featuring Hope Davis)
2. I Won’t Sit Around And Cry
3. You And I
4. The Guilty Party
5. Jack O’Bells
6. I Can’t Not Do The Robot (Wen I’m Dancing With You)

Ana Egge Releases “You Among The Flowers”, Billboard Debuts Lyric Video

Ana Egge Releases
 “You Among The Flowers”
Lyric Video Debuts at Billboard
White Tiger out June 8
Featuring Alec Spiegelman, Anais Mitchell,
 Buck Meek, Billy Strings and more
Jacob Silver, Robin MacMillan, and more

  

   
Photo credit: Shervin Lainez
Today, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ana Egge releases her new single “You Among The Flowers” from her forthcoming record White Tiger out June 8 via StorySound Records.

“It was initially about an attraction and then questioning that and just exploring that little moment of meeting someone,” Egge tells Billboard about the “playful” track. “It took me to (John Milton’s) Paradise Lost for some reason — real happy stuff, right? But so much of that song was about that guitar riff that’s up front and loud and came from my obsession with playing that riff over and over and finding a melody over it.”
“You Among The Flowers” was a favorite of producer Alec Spiegelman, “who ‘really dug into it’ to create a light-spirited track that counters a darker lyrical tone” said writer Gary Graff. “The lyric video — directed by Nancy Howell and Mark Lerner — brings a whole other dimension to the track.”
 
White Tiger was announced at the top of April along with the release of the lead single “Dance Around The Room With Me.” UPROXX said “The spirited and vivacious track is about traversing through life deeply attuned to each cursory feeling, even the ones that seem insignificant or sting mercilessly….In it, she declares a warmly buoyant mantra: ‘Dance around the room with me / Start dancing and you’ll see / How it opens up, opens up your heart.'”
Egge is a collaborator at heart and has recorded full albums with The Stray Birds and The Sentimentals, as well as worked with highly acclaimed producers such as Jason MercerJoel PlaskettStewart Lerman, and Steve Earle.
Evident in the communical music-making of the album, White Tiger is no different,
most notably in Ana’s collaboration with producer Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic), whose contributions on reeds, keyboards, and vocals, together with his wind, string, and vocal arrangements, elegantly inform the whole. Other featured musicians include singer Anais Mitchell, guitarist Buck Meek (Big Thief), Billy Strings, drummer Robin MacMillan (Aoife O’Donovan), bassist Jacob Silver (Amy Helm, Joan As Police Woman), violinist Alex Hargreaves and violist Adam Moss (The Brother Brothers).
Pre-order the album via StorySound Records.
White Tiger tracklist:
1) Girls, Girls, Girls
2) White Tiger
3) Be With You
4) You Among The Flowers
5) Dance Around The Room With Me
6) I’m Goin’ Bossa Nova
7) Last Ride
8) Western Movie
9) In Tall Buildings (ft. Billy Strings)
10) Let The Light In
Tour Dates:
05/05 – Huntingdon, PA @ Standing Stone Coffee
05/12 – Newtown Square, PA @ Burlap and Bean
05/19 – Rosendale, NY @ Rosendale Cafe
05/31 – Waltham, MA @ Charles River Museum of Industry
06/12 – Exton, PA @ Eagleview Town Center
06/16 – Bethlehem, PA @ Godfrey Daniels
06/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Warming House
06/28 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
07/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Owl
08/01 – Saranac Lake, NY @ Berkeley Green – Music on the Green
Follow Ana Egge:
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