Beloved jammers The String Cheese Incident continue to share new material from their newest creation, the SCI Sound Lab. The Sound Lab is the band’s first-ever self-operated studio space, allowing for maximal songwriting and production creativity.The Sound Lab was introduced in the form of a three-song EP recently, with the promise of more new music to come. The band has just delivered on that promise, sharing the Keith Moseley-written new single, “Get Tight.” With Tyler Grant providing some tele picking on the track, it’s a perfect track in time for summer!You can read our interview with Michael Kang to get a complete sense of what the SCI Sound Lab is all about! Stream the new single, “Get Tight,” below.
In the wake of this week’s allegations, Ryan Adams‘ upcoming album, Big Colors, is being “put on hold,” sources close to the situation told Variety. In The New York Times exposé published on Wednesday, seven women accuse Adams of wielding his music industry clout to emotionally abuse and sexually manipulate them. The report cites seven different women, including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, rising artist Phoebe Bridgers, and more, and describes a pattern in which offers of career assistance repeatedly turned into sexual advances and romantic relationships became emotionally abusive. The report also details a domineering and sexually inappropriate correspondence Adams allegedly had with an underage girl over a 9-month span.Big Colors was set for release on April 19th, but retailers began to report on Thursday evening that the album was pulled from release schedules by Universal Music Group, the parent company of Adams’ own label, Pax-Am, which has a distribution deal with Blue Note Records. Pax-Am has also deleted the Big Colors pre-order pages on its own website. Big Colors was originally set to be Adams’ first of three albums in 2019, though the fate of that plan now appears to be uncertain.Beyond the album, three different companies with whom Ryan Adams was attached for endorsement deals have officially severed ties with the artist. Included in this list is Benson Amps, who announced a Ryan Adams signature model amp at last year’s NAMM convention. Christopher Benson, the company’s principal, said in a statement. “We are saddened and surprised by the recent allegations against Mr. Ryan Adams as documented in the New York Times. … We have decided to suspend our relationship with Mr. Adams at this moment, and will no longer move forward with the development of the Ryan Adams signature model. We have no further comment at this time.”The presidents of JHS Pedals and Walrus Audio, which both had Ryan Adams signature products on the market when the story broke, both issued similar statements pulling their Adams products. As JHS Pedals president Josh Scott noted, “Because of my deep concern over this situation, I am ceasing all collaboration with Ryan and have discontinued the VCR Ryan Adams Signature Pedal. We have a remaining stock of VCR pedals and are making future plans to fully rebrand and sell this inventory with a portion of the sale going towards the fight against sexual abuse and misconduct.”In addition to the business partnership fallout, The New York Times reported Thursday that the F.B.I. is now looking into “whether the singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, 44, committed a crime by engaging in sexually explicit communications with an underage fan.” Adams, through his lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, has denied that he “ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”
University of Georgia faculty will begin a series of pecan trials this winter to help identify better management practices for growers.New pecan trees will be planted at UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Toombs County for research and demonstration purposes. Andrew Sawyer, southeast Georgia area pecan agent for UGA Cooperative Extension, is spearheading several research projects with a team of UGA researchers looking at factors that impact the pecan industry such as variety selection, insect pest management, disease resistance, herbicide application rates and other input requirements. This research is funded by a Pecan Commodity Commission grant that was awarded last year.Sawyer, who began this new position in May 2019, is based in Statesboro and supports pecan growers throughout southeast Georgia. The position is funded by the Georgia Pecan Growers Association and UGA Extension to support Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells at the UGA Tifton campus. The team will primarily study the effects of pecan scab fungus on various cultivars that grow well in the southeast. Pecan scab begins in the tissues of the tree trunk, and at bud break in the spring, the disease begins to rapidly spread through the limbs, leaves and eventually the nuts. It’s the most detrimental disease to pecans in Georgia, causing severe economic losses each year. Currently, trees must be treated with several applications of fungicides annually in order to produce a marketable crop, as it only takes 25% scab on shucks to minimize quality.’Desirable’, ‘Pawnee’ and ‘Stuart’ are some of the most common pecan varieties grown in Georgia, valued for their excellent yield and nut quality. Of the three cultivars, growers have shown a preference for ‘Desirable’, which has now become the most susceptible variety to pecan scab.“The most susceptible cultivars to this disease also happen to be the industry standards used here in the southeast,” explained Sawyer. “We didn’t use to see pecan scab in these cultivars, but over time, as the pecan industry became more or less a monoculture of ‘Desirable’, the disease has gained a foothold in orchards throughout the state. We are at a point that we shouldn’t be planting this cultivar in new orchards anymore. There may be some situations where growers are located in more northern areas of the state where this disease isn’t as hard-hitting, but most pecans are grown in warmer parts of the state where spraying from bud break to shell hardening requires an unsustainable amount of labor and money.”Sawyer hopes that through his research program, other low-input, marketable varieties will prove to be just as valuable as the current industry favorites. His recommendation for growers who are interested in establishing new orchards is to use a variety of cultivars to help minimize the risk of disease and pest issues.“Since 2008, UGA researchers in Tifton have been working with alternative cultivars that are resistant to pecan scab, have low input requirements, are high yielding and produce great quality nuts. Some of the best varieties we’ve seen are ‘Excel’, ‘Lakota’, ‘Gafford’, ‘McMillan’ and ‘Kanza’ — a cold-tolerant variety that may be better suited for growers in north Georgia as well,” said Sawyer.Low-input cultivars provide an economic benefit to growers, especially in southeast Georgia, because orchards in this region tend to be managed through commercial practices, but on a much smaller scale than found elsewhere in the state.“When you have a smaller operation, but still have to shell out a lot of time and money into your crop, the cost-benefit ratio sometimes doesn’t work to your advantage,” said Sawyer. “That’s why these low-input cultivars are so attractive, it means growers can save more time and money and end up with a great quality, high-yielding product without all the heavy investments. So, the Vidalia Onion Research Farm will be a great location in this part of the state to observe these low-input cultivars,” he added.As research plots are established this winter, trees will be planted in such a way to accomplish both long-term variety research and short-term applied research goals. Sawyer and his team will be hosting several demonstrations at the research farm over the next few years to allow Extension agents and growers to participate in hands-on training about topics including planting, pruning, grafting, irrigation, pest and disease prevention strategies, and making herbicide treatments using different chemistries and rotations.To learn more about pecan varieties and management, see UGA Extension Circular 898, “Pecan Varieties for Georgia Orchards,” and UGA Extension Circular 1174, “Pecan Management,” both available at extension.uga.edu/publications. To keep up with the latest information from the UGA pecan team, visit pecans.uga.edu.