Solar tops 50% of annual capacity installations in India for first time FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:India added 16.3 GW of new power generation capacity last year, with renewable energy accounting for an impressive 70% of it and solar representing 50.7%. Coal made up 27.5% of the new capacity, according to figures from Mercom India.The nation installed 8,263 MW of solar capacity in 2018 – 15.5% less than 2017’s 9,782 MW. Of the new figure, large-scale projects accounted for 6,608 MW – a 23% year-on-year decline – but rooftop installations supplied 1,655 MW, for 66% growth, according to Mercom’s Q4 and Annual 2018 India Solar Market Update.Commenting on the shift towards solar, Mercom Capital CEO Raj Prabhu said: “To succeed in the Indian solar market, companies need to play the long game. For the first time in India’s history, solar made up [more than] 50% of new power capacity … We will continue to see a steady shift toward solar as prices continue to drop. This is going to be the new normal as coal plants continue to shutter.”Cumulative installed solar capacity in India reached almost 27.9 GW at the end of December with rooftops supplying 3,260 MW of that figure.In annual growth terms, rooftop solar continues to be a bright spot, as commercial and industrial energy users saw it as a viable way to combat rising electricity tariffs. Following a significant, 50% quarter-on-quarter increase from Q4 2017 to the first three months of last year, installation growth remained steady for the rest of 2018.More: Solar made up 50% of India’s new power capacity in 2018
Virginia company to build solar facility at abandoned coal mine site FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:A groundbreaking project to “re-energize” a coal mine deep in southwestern Virginia as a solar farm was green-lighted Thursday with the full $500,000 in federal funds the developers had requested late last year.Sun Tribe Solar, based in Charlottesville, paired with the owner of the Mineral Gap Data Centers on the proposed $4.6 million solar project on the Wise County site, which was last mined in 1957. By providing up to 3.5 megawatts of renewable power to the on-site data centers, the project would decrease the centers’ operating budget and peak-load demands on the local distribution grid.The Wise County solar farm was one of 10 economic development projects in the state’s coal country approved for federal grants by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Gov. Ralph Northam and U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith announced the winners via a news release.Sun Tribe has developed a portfolio of 26 MW of solar and energy storage in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states. The company is working on another 80 MW of large-scale solar projects in the region.The Sun Tribe-Mineral Gap proposal was one of 19 mineland-related reuse applications submitted to the state mining agency last fall. A six-member, state-appointed committee charged with reviewing the proposals had the leeway to approve any number of the projects as long as the total cost didn’t exceed $10 million.Virginia was allotted that amount in 2018 via the federal Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program, which is aimed at reclaiming minelands and boosting economies in Appalachia. Funding for 10 Virginia projects announced Thursday — ranging from $47,420 to $2.2 million in award money — adds up to a total of close to $9.1 million.More: Federal funds to help turn Virginia coal mine into solar farm
Germany’s KfW Group to stop lending money for new coal projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Germany’s KfW Group is pulling out of loans for new coal projects, joining other European development banks that have already followed orders of their governments to minimize exposure to the world’s most widely used power-station fuel.KfW will no longer finance the exploration or mining of coal or lend to coal power plant projects, the lender said Monday as it updated its investment code from four years ago. The firm hasn’t made any new investments in coal projects since then and holds less than 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) in outstanding loans in the fuel.The move to formally exclude coal in Frankfurt-based KfW’s business complies with the German government’s decision this year to adopt strict sustainable strategies in its financial dealings. The decision will impact federal investments such as pension fund holdings in foreign utilities with coal assets. The government is also mulling selling green sovereign bonds.European development lenders began to taper coal investments earlier this decade, but many have been slow to declare an official end to the practice. At the same time, coal remains the dominant fuel in power generation despite the world searching for cleaner alternatives, BP’s Annual Statistical Review of World Energy showed last month. The fuel accounted for almost 40% of electricity last year, which has been roughly constant for 20 years.Leading corporate lenders are also winding down investments in coal. Some 21 banks including Commerzbank AG and Société Générale SA have declared that they will forgo direct investments in the fuel, according to a February report of monitoring website Banktrack.More: German lender pulls out of coal as Merkel vows greener finance
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The fortunes of renewable energy and fossil-fuel investors have diverged dramatically in the past year, with shares in wind and solar companies boosted by long-term growth forecasts, while oil and gas producers face deep skepticism that their newfound capital discipline will last.During the past 12 months, an equally weighted index of North American renewable power producers has risen by 35.3%, compared to a 53.6% drop in the S&P Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Select Industry Index. The outperformance of renewable energy stocks continues a years-long trend.Investor interest in “clean tech” is at its highest since before the 2008 financial crisis, driven by a “potent combination” of technological and political tailwinds, Pavel Molchanov, an equity analyst at Raymond James & Associates, wrote in an Oct. 1 research report.In the oil and gas market, meanwhile, producers with a history of living beyond their means have tried to assure investors of their commitment to cutting spending and debt and growing free cash flow. But there is a “widespread” belief that the cautious approach may be short-lived, Molchanov wrote in an email.Gas producers are trying to adjust their financial strategies amid a U.S. gas glut that has weighed on prices and battered shares of Appalachian drillers. As long as crude prices stay above $50 per barrel and keep Permian oil drilling in business, gas prices and gas stocks could be spending the next four to five years in the cellar waiting for more LNG demand to build, according to Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Jean Ann Salisbury.Potentially clouding the outlook further for E&P companies is the rising popularity of ESG investing and what Morningstar analysts say is a looming battle for market share in the power sector between natural gas and renewables. “Renewable energy has policy momentum, and its costs are now competitive with natural gas generation even at today’s low gas prices and without tax subsidies,” the Morningstar analysts said in an Oct. 9 report. “But gas generators offer grid reliability, a key competitive advantage.”More ($): Gulf widens between renewable and beaten-down E&P stocks Investment returns for renewable energy blow past oil and gas sector over last 12 months
Federal regulators put a hold on planned Peabody-Arch PRB joint venture FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN Business:Federal regulators filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to kill an alliance between America’s two largest coal mining companies.The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) decision, supported by two Republicans appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump, deals a blow to the turnaround efforts of Peabody Energy and Arch Coal from their 2016 bankruptcy filings. It also poses another setback for the nation’s battered coal industry.In a four-to-one vote, the FTC found that a joint venture would “eliminate competition” in the Powder River Basin (PRB), a major coal-producing region in northeastern Wyoming.“That loss of competition would likely raise prices to power-generating utilities that provide electricity to millions of Americans,” Ian Conner, director of the FTC’s bureau of competition, said in a statement.The FTC is asking a judge for a temporary restraining order to halt the joint venture ahead of an administrative trial in August. The deal, announced last summer, called for Peabody and Arch Coal to combine their Powder River Basin and Colorado assets, which include seven different mines.Peabody Energy and Arch Coal vowed to fight the lawsuit in court, arguing that the agency didn’t account for the hefty competition coal faces from dirt-cheap natural gas and booming renewable energy.[Matt Egan]More: Trump regulators deal a blow to leading coal companies
Treat spring fever with the best new backpacking gear.1. Sierra Designs Zissou 15If you’ve ever wanted the comfort of a down bag without the worry of being waterlogged in the soggy Southern Appalachians, Sierra Designs now has you covered. The Zissou 15 features a new DriDown filling—regular goose down treated with a hydrophobic polymer to keep moisture to a minimum. While not completely waterproof, the bag dries faster than normal down and maintains better loft in humid conditions. Available June 1.$259; sierradesigns.com2. MSR NookWhen you’re having trouble finding prime backcountry real estate, the unassuming Nook tucks into tight forested crannies with ease. The small tent offers lightweight (3 lbs. 2 oz.) versatility with a surprisingly high interior peak that lets two campers sit up side by side.$399; msrgear.com3. Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLiteBackcountry slumber comfort meets ultra-light convenience in this new pad that features impressively thick mattress-like support while weighing less than a pound and packing down to the size of your water bottle.$130; cascadedesigns.com4. Osprey Atmos 50This popular classic pack received some key upgrades this spring. The uber lightweight Atmos 50 still lets your back breathe better than most packs, but design improvements now enable a more comfortable custom fit with an interchangeable harness and a new simple hip belt adjustment system.$199; ospreypacks.com 5. Patagonia P26 MidFor traversing remote, rugged terrain with a lighter pack load, the P26 Mid is a nimble boot with plenty of underfoot protection and lightweight sneaker-like flexibility up top. The breathable mesh lining delivered, as our tester’s feet didn’t experience the usual sweat that comes with leather.$130; patagonia.com 6. Salomon Synapse Hiking BootThis ain’t your old-school clodhopper. The Synapse is a super-lightweight hiking boot that still provides ample cushioning and support. It’s a trail shoe with ankle support—perfect for fastpackers and ultralight hikers. Our wear-tester zipped nimbly down trails in these fun, featherlight kicks.$140; salomon.com7. Oboz BeartoothIf you’re hiking long distances with a pack load north of 40 pounds, the Beartooth is a burly boot that’s impressively stable without being too heavy. Oboz’s own waterproof membrane passed a creek test, but the best feature is the BFit Lacing System that offers a nice secure fit near the ankle.$200; obozfootwear.com
Anders Osborne at FloydFest 2012. Photo: Roger GuptaGo old school at these mountain music festivals:The Festy ExperienceOctober 11-13Roseland, Va.thefesty.com Basics: Tucked away in Nelson County at the base of Wintergreen Resort, this intimate fest sits on the scenic grounds of Devils Backbone Brewery. Through the long weekend, an eclectic mix of music combines with mountain sports, workshops, and local beer and food—all among breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding Blue Ridge.Bands: Expansive string band heroes the Infamous Stringdusters curate the line-up of this annual festival. Expect a carefully crafted roster that includes some fellow bluegrass border crashers, as well as established greats and artists on the verge in the worlds of jam, Americana, and roots rock.Set Break Escape: This is a music fest with built-in adventure. Run the Blue Ridge Burn 10K/5K trail race on Saturday morning (full disclosure: BRO organizes the race) or take on the tough singletrack of the Devils Backbone Challenge mountain bike race on Sunday.FIVE MORE…Mad Tea Party JamJune 20-23Hedgesville, W.Va.Billed as an intimate rager where you can enjoy “three days of music, camping, and silliness,” this fest features an impressive line-up of regional bands including the Werks, Zoogma, Larry Keel, Cabinet, and Kung Fu.appalachianjamwich.comBishop’s JubileeJuly 6Orkney Springs, Va.If you’re looking for some family fun and a chance to soak in the scenery of the Shenandoah Valley, bring the kids to Shrine Mont for this event that will feature tasty BBQ and bluegrass from the Naked Mountain Boys and Drymill Road.shrinemont.comWills Mountain FestivalAugust 9-11Bedford, Pa.A remote stretch of the Appalachians on the Western Maryland/Pennsylvania border is the site of this three-day roots music party that includes tunes from Yarn, Dangermuffin, the Black Lilies, and many more.wmfest.com Camp BarefootAugust 22-24Bartow, W.Va.A sonic orgy of jam and electronica acts goes down at the remote Camp Hidden Meadows in the Monongahela National Forest. Bands this year include Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, EOTO, Conspirator, Tea Leaf Green, Keller Williams, and Toubab Krewe.campbarefoot.org Watermelon Park FestivalSeptember 26-28Berryville, Va.This best-kept-secret Americana festival takes place on a sweet riverside spot in the Shenandoah Valley.watermelonparkfest.comCheck out the rest of our Outdoor Festival Guide!
1) Once in a routine, it will help you to sleep better. Rather than being alert and energized by a late workout, your body is anticipating the exertion of the next morning, and your endocrine system and circadian rhythms pave the way for better rest.2) Research has demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity. This lasts for four to ten hours after the workout.3) Exercising in the morning boosts your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours. You will burn more calories throughout the day simply because you exercised early.4) For those individuals with a weight loss goal, exercise on a pre-breakfast empty stomach coaxes the body to burn a greater percentage of fat for fuel, rather than relying primarily on carbohydrates.5) Many people find that it regulates their appetite for the day, and the “healthy mindset” that they started their day out with helps them to make better food choices.6) 90% of people who exercise consistently do so in the morning. We are creatures of habit, and morning is a great time to guarantee that you get your workout done in spite of the distractions and challenges that may derail your plans later in the day. Benefits of Morning Exercise I jolt abruptly into reality.It seemed as though I was far beneath the surface just a second ago, lost in the deepest sleep. Now I am squinting at my phone alarm in the darkness… 5:05 am. I am faced with a simple decision. I can either follow through on my goal, or take the path of least resistance and go back to sleep.Considering that for a second, I coax my stiff muscles out of bed and stumble into the kitchen. The hard-boiled egg and banana are waiting for me from the night before. Making short work of these, I put on capilene layers and board shorts, and head out to the truck. The chilled air of an autumn morning hits me sharply and my breath momentarily blinds me as it passes through the headlamp beam. The first frost will occur any night now.As the road stretches into the darkness, stresses from the day before creep back into my consciousness. It’s tough to admit to myself, but I am overwhelmed with work. I need to finalize my taxes after requesting an extension, I have proposals due to sponsors for important projects, critical pending emails to clients, important maintenance to do on the house… the list goes on and on. As I knock one item out, two more seem to appear in its place. Many say “fake it ‘til you make it,” but sometimes I seriously doubt that I’ll make it.While these things make me want to simply live in my office, I’ve made a commitment to myself this month:I will do at least one dawn patrol every week.Getting up and exercising before work is one of the most purifying things I’ve ever experienced, and its beauty is multiplied when done with a paddleboard, mountain bike, kayak, or trail running shoes. The day is started deliberately and proactively, making exercise and the outdoors first priority, not last. Dawn patrols allow me to tackle the challenges of the day with mental clarity and confidence, and the endorphin buzz endures as my body continues to operate at a high level.In spite of how hard it is to miss out on those extra two hours of sleep, I know that I need this edge now more than ever.My standup paddleboard slips into the river, and the world around is slowly inhaling life and color. The first paddle strokes feel awkward, like I need to reacquaint myself with this setting. Balance on the board and connection with the current is like a romantic relationship- it requires attention and steady commitment. As I keep working at it, each stroke begins to feel more familiar than the last.This is one of my favorite workouts, and it is only possible at certain water levels. With a fast SUP, I can move upstream, or attain, through a beautiful stretch of river. By using eddies, momentum, and strategic sprints, I dodge the current and make efficient progress against the flow. Once I am sufficiently worn out (usually after about an hour), I simply turn around and float back to my vehicle and the real world. This transitional morning hour simultaneously represents a fantastic workout and a spiritual experience. It is an hour of peace and focus amidst the maelstrom of life.The strokes are coming more easily now, and the putin has disappeared behind the board’s wake. The fall nights have been systematically pulling the heat from the river, and the mist over the river affords limited visibility. This mist has another more powerful effect on the world around… it seems to absorb all sound. There is no civilization anywhere nearby, the birds have not woken, and what pervades is unadulterated silence. My attention is focused on the rhythmic motion of my paddle strokes and the current of the water in front of me. Absent are the advertisements, emails, texts, music, and other interruptions that normally comprise life. Sight and sound are muted as attention turns to heartbeat, lungs, and the swirls of current directly in front of me.I’ve rounded several bends of the river, and my body feels warmed up and comfortable in spite of the frigid air. Part of the thrill of this particular adventure is the focus required to stay on the board. I am dressed lightly to remain cool during the hard workout, but if I were to fall in the river, it would be quite the shock. The threat of hypothermia and need for dry clothes would bring an abrupt end to the workout. Each stroke, sprint, and current interface requires full focus to make sure that I stay high and dry. Perhaps I deliberately seek this heightened commitment to give the experience more weight.Bend gives way to bend, and I’m feeling fantastic. As each stroke is carefully placed, the carbon board dances underneath me. It feels like an extension of my body; slight pressure changes in my feet and weight shifts yield dramatic results. The board slices and skips through the water, constantly correcting as it engages oncoming currents. Colorful leaves fall around me, and glide past on their way to the ocean.The mist is lifting as daylight increases, and I come upon a great blue heron fishing on the side of the river. He snaps his narrow head in my direction, spreads his wings, and effortlessly takes flight upstream and out of sight. Five minutes pass and I am closing in on him… once again he retreats.We play this game several times; bird and mist dodging around the next bend. Finally the heron grows tired of our game and flies over my head and back downstream. I glance at my watch. 3.05 miles in 55 minutes. I sit down on the board to catch my breath, and the river slows and stops my upstream momentum. The mist is finally burned off, and the ridge beyond the river valley is lighting up in a fantastic way. It isn’t alpenglow like you’d experience in the Rockies… it’s somehow more beautiful. The signature hue of the Blue Ridge is igniting in fantastic orange and red color. It’s obvious the sun is within inches of peeking up between two peaks.Visceral river experiences like this always make me think of a quote by a mentor to many in the paddling world, Willie Kern. After his kayak descent of the Grand Canyon of the Stikine River in Canada, Willie said, “nothing is different, but everything has changed.”As the current pulls my board, paddle, and me back towards civilization, I realize that perhaps the obstacles in my life aren’t quite as serious as I interpret them to be. Maybe I can tackle this day after all.
Corey Parsons (third from left) chats about Banditos’ hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.Though Nashville is now home base, for Banditos, Birmingham, Alabama, will always be home.The Birmingham sextet cut their alt-country teeth in bars and hangouts throughout Birmingham before taking their tunes on the road for 600+ shows in the last three years.Banditos is looking forward to May 12th, the release date of the self-titled debut record on Bloodshot Records. Honed by the band’s road warrior approach to touring, Banditos is an impressive initial offering. It is alt-country with a punk rock attitude. It’s Carter Family meets The Doors meets 1950s greaser rock. It’s Dick Dale and Chet Atkins riffs and the big, big voice of Mary Beth Richardson, who calls to mind both Janis Joplin and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.While such sonic hopscotching would be unconventional for many bands, for Banditos, it works. For proof, and a taste of how these tunes sound live, check out their recent set from Audiotree. It’s one of my favorite sessions of the year.I recently caught up with Corey Parsons, guitarist and singer for Banditos, to chat about the band’s hometown.BRO – Your favorite place to see a show?CP – This question comes at a funny time, because just a week ago our favorite venue closed down. The Bottletree Cafe was, hands down, the best mid-sized room in the U.S. We had the great fortune of growing up as a band in that room and we played there more than anywhere else in Birmingham. I’m 100% sure we would not be where we are without having that place to hone our craft. I’m really dreading driving by that little green building the next time I’m in Birmingham and seeing it empty. Fortunately, Birmingham is full of hard working and creative individuals who will not let the music and art scene languish. There’s still some great venues and I hear there’s more on the way.BRO – Your favorite local band?CP – Zach & Cheyloe, The Great American Breakdown, and GT are some of our best friends and some of the most talented folks in Birmingham. Check ’em out!BRO – Your favorite place to grab a beer?CP – In Birmingham, you don’t just grab a beer. I can’t count the number of times while living there when I told myself, “I’m just gonna have a quick beer and call it in early,” and then I’d end up getting back to my house around noon the next day. This is most likely due to a lovely little septic tank called The Upside Down Plaza. Some bars in Birmingham don’t close until they feel like it. The Plaza is a black hole. It’s easy to get trapped for hours, considering it’s underground, has no windows, and the only clock is the tobacco stained, unnumbered, plastic one from the seventies that you can’t read when you’re drunk, and half the time it isn’t right anyways. I’ve spent more time in that place than some of the employees, and I’ve actually written songs on our album on napkins at the bar. I am also 100% sure we would not be where we are without The Plaza. We’d probably be a lot better off.BRO – Best cheeseburger in town?CP – Some of our close friends recently purchased and renovated one Birmingham’s longest standing bars – Marty’s PM – and saved it from closing after the original owner passed away. They did a hell of a job classing the place up, but they fortunately forgot to clean the grill. That grill holds the secret to the best patty melt on God’s green Earth and I will sing its praises from the mountaintops for all to hear. Amen.BRO – I often tell my kids to watch out for banditos while we are out cruising in the minivan. If my kids and I came across you and the band on some windswept, dusty highway outside of Birmingham, how might things shake out?CP – I imagine we’d all head to The Plaza for a drink or twelve. It doesn’t matter if your kids are underage. I’ve been going there since I was a teenager. Drinks will be on me. My tab has been open since I was seventeen.You can actually catch Banditos this weekend in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, at the legendary Sloss Furnaces. The band can be found throughout Georgia and Florida through the rest of April.Head here for more tour dates and information about the band, and point your browser this way if you are looking to pre-order the new record. And be sure to check out “Cry Baby Cry” on this month’s Trail Mix.
It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled.But now, with the arrival of Michigan rock and rollers Greta Van Fleet – brothers Sam, Josh, and Jake Kiszka, along with longtime friend Danny Wagner – I have the speakers turned up to eleven.This pack of youngsters – nobody in the band is older than 21 and two of the members can’t buy a beer at their own shows!! – flat out rock. Playing with a ferocious swagger, Greta Van Fleet possesses a rock and roll soul decades older than their collective youth.Named for a legendary hometown musician, Greta Van Fleet released From The Fires earlier this month. The double EP is an even split between new songs and a collection of songs the band put out earlier this year. With this new double EP and its wailing vocals, crunching rhythms, and and soaring guitar riffs, the band stakes an undeniable claim as the standard bearer for contemporary rock bands.Play this one often, and play it loud.Sam Kiszka recently took some questions from me on plans for the band’s next record, rock bands with brothers, and which of their tunes the band’s namesake really digs.BRO – You released your second EP this month. Fans are clamoring for a long player. When will you give the people what they want?SK – We’re expecting to release the full length album sometime in the first half of next year. There will be a certain amount of continuity, but a few different dimensions of Greta Van Fleet. It’s been a long time in the making, being that we’re going to have such a wide range of songs. Some are from five years ago and some will be from that month. We’ll be working on the album as soon as the year turns over. A lot of the songs have already been written. We have some demos and incomplete songs, and it shouldn’t take too long to complete. We’re excited for the release.BRO – You just wrapped up some songwriting time prior to the holidays. How do you and the band go about putting a song together?SK – There really is no given way with how putting together a song all starts. It can be sparked by a song progression or a melody, it can come from a riff, but there’s not real formula to it, which gives us more artistic freedom. That’s why it works. Inspiration can really come from anything. We try not to get too boxed in to one writing technique. Otherwise, it would all sound the same.BRO – You have two brothers in the band. What’s your favorite rock band featuring brothers?SK – I would say my favorite rock band featuring brothers is The Kinks. They’ve always maintained a certain element of surprise. They’re continuously fresh with their art and have always had cutting edge music. With the British Invasion, they were one of the early inventors of rock & roll. “You Really Got Me” was kind of a big wave of rock music. It was heavier than anyone had heard at that point, but then later in the 70s they were able to make music that was completely different with an American folk kind of feel to it. Having that variety is very impressive.BRO – We have “Highway Tune” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?SK – The story is interesting because this was the very first song we wrote. Which, I guess, is a good reason it was the single. It was the first thing out of the gate. It’s the epitome of a rock tune. It’s fast, hard hitting, and to the point. The tune started with Jake playing a riff. The rhythm section was quick, and then Josh came right out and wrote how it is today. I was very naturally and organically composed.BRO – Gretna Van Fleet’s favorite Greta Van Fleet song?SK – Ha! I would say her favorite track would be “Highway Tune” because she loves good ole fashion rock.Goodness gracious, folks. This band is white hot. Need proof? Check their tour schedule. Every show from now through the end of December, which includes gigs from New York to Missouri and all points in between, is sold out. Want to catch them live? Well, get to the venues early and pray for a miracle or catch a plane and cross the Atlantic to the Netherlands, where Greta Van Fleet kicks off a run of European dates.For more information on Greta Van Fleet, how you can grab a copy of From The Fires, or when the band heads to a (sold out!!) stage near you, be sure to check out their website.Be sure to take a listen to “Highway Tune,” along with brand new tracks from Young Mister, Sweetwater String Band, Matt Patershuk, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.