[Photo: Rex Thompson]Hard Working Americans 2017 Tour DatesJune 30 Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 1 Quincy, CA @ High Sierra Music FestivalJuly 21 Bloomington, IN @ The BluebirdJuly 22 Chicago, IL @ The Great LawnSept 21 Houston, TX @ Hobby Center *Sept 22 Dallas, TX @ Music Hall at Fair Park *Sept 23 Austin, TX @ The Moody Theatre (sold out) *Sept 24 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Tower CitySept 26 Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads SaloonSept 27 St Louis, MO @ Delmar HallSept 28 Bloomington, IL @ The Castle TheatreSept 29 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music HallSept 30 Gatlinburg, TN @ Sugarlands Mountain FestOct 1 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln TheatreOct 4 Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponta Vedra Concert HallOct 5 Atlanta, GA @ Variety PlayhouseOct 6 Birmingham, AL @ Iron CityOct 7 Memphis, TN @ Festival in Memphis TBANov 3 Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium *Nov 4 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre *Nov 9 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theatre *Nov 10 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre *Nov 17 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater ** supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band Formed in 2013, Hard Working Americans is a well-seasoned all-star group composed of Dave Schools and Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, Todd Snider and Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Aycock. Today, the veteraned ensemble announced that they’d be releasing their second live album, We’re All in this Together, on the heels of their 2016 studio release Rest In Chaos and following up their first live album The First Waltz, which was released back in 2014. We’re All in this Together will drop later in the summer on August 4th and contains thirteen live tracks, the majority of which were culled from Hard Working American’s 2016 tour in promotion of their sophomore release, Rest In Chaos. As noted by Relix, this latest live album heavily pulls from the group’s performance at Birmingham, Alabama’s Iron City on August 19th.The Hard Working Americans Put In The Effort On ‘Rest In Chaos’ [Stream/Review]To coincide with the announcement, the band also premiered their cover of Chuck Berry’s “School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell)” in the same Relix announcement. You can watch Hard Working Americans’ cover of Chuck Berry below, and head to iTunes or Amazon to pre-order We’re All in this Together. You can also catch Hard Working Americans on the road, with their 2017 tour kicking off at High Sierra Music Festival next weekend. From there, the group has one-off dates in July before their tour kicks into high gear in the fall, terminating with a number of West Coast dates supporting Tedeschi Trucks Band. You can check out their tour dates for yourself below.
-As Judge Dixon reverses predecessor’s judgmentJudge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘C’ on August 14, 2019 set aside a US$3.5 million bond secured by the American Underwriter Group, Insurance Company (AUG) for the release of two Lebanese nationals, Salah and his son Tamer Farhat, citing legal insufficiency (not enough).The Farhats were indicted in 2018 of the crimes of money laundering, theft of property, misapplication of entrusted and criminal conspiracy in connection to the alleged disappearance of over US$1.3 million from the coffers of the Tayo Motors where Salah served as managing partner and Tamer as the assistant managing director .The case against the family was filed by Ezzat Eid, another Lebanese national, believed to be majority shareholder in the company.AUG got involved with the case when the defendants paid an unspecified amount of money to have the company serve as their surety. However, in the ruling of Judge Dixon, he decreed that the court will not accept anymore bonds from the AUG in the case.Dixon’s ruling further said that the defendants should use a different company to raise the US$3.5 million bond or they should submit a comprehensive listing of their assets equivalent to the US$3.5 million.He also warned that the defendants should make available that US$3.5 million bond by Wednesday, August 21.“The defendants are hereby given up to Wednesday, August 21 to provide said bond for its approval otherwise, they shall be detained at the common jail until they can file a valid bond or remain in prison throughout the course of the trial,” the criminal court judge said.The judge said that it was Judge Boima Kontoe, who imposed the US$3.5 million bond in 2018.Judge Dixon recently replaced Judge Peter Gbeneweleh, who had accepted the AUG’s bond.Judge Gbeweneleh then said that AUG had never subpoenaed the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to testify during the justification of the bond.Besides, Gbeneweleh said during the trial that AUG’s business registration certificate had less than 10 days to expire. He signed the bond but advised that the company upgraded it registration process.A legal expert, who spoke with the Daily Observer, said presumption of innocence until proven guilty is a basic principle of the Liberian justice system, noting that defendants should not be unnecessarily punished or detained before being found guilty.In general, the lawyer said that after a person is arrested and charged with a crime, they appear in court and face a judge, who decides whether to release the accused, set bail or hold the person in custody.In many cases, he said, judges sometimes release defendant(s) on a simple promise to appear for their next court date.However, when a judge decides to impose “money” bail conditions, the defendant is likely to spend at least some time in jail – often for the sole reason that they do not have the money needed to post bail immediately and must raise it from friends and family, or must navigate the slow, inefficient commercial bail system.“At a time when the country is focused on reducing the jail population in order to ending a system that results in the unnecessary, unproductive, and expensive detention of people prior to a conviction must be prioritized,” the expert said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)