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the raul thing

raul malo.

Sit yourself down at a Raul Malo concert and there is no telling where the singer – or the multi-stylistic, multi-cultural music that has so long distinguished his career – will take you.

The performance might employ the vast Nashville inspirations that played into the epic country music he created in the ‘80s and ‘90s with The Mavericks. From there, you might hear the joyous, brassy Cuban sounds that surrounded him in his youth. Or there might be a Roy Orbison-esque pop ballad that spotlights the range and emotive power of his singing.

And the repertoire? Try the Americana and Tex Mex-flavored originals that have been sprinkled throughout the half-dozen solo albums he has issued over the past decade. Or if you prefer covers, consider the greats whose music Malo has recorded or performed: Van Morrison, Bob Wills, The Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival and, of course, Orbison.

What does such a versed and versatile dosier tell us about the artist who created it? For starters, it reveals Malo is, above all else, as big a fan of contemporary music as he is a career participant.

“That’s really it,” said Malo, who will perform a sold out concert at the Norton Center for the Arts on Wednesday. “I’m first and foremost a fan of music.

“Ever since I was a kid, I was just glued to the record player. I took advantage of every chance I got to buy records. I would save allowances to buy Elvis records every week.

“I still remember when I first heard Elvis’ It’s Now or Never. I thought that was the greatest rock ‘n’ roll record I ever heard. It just blew my mind. But it blew my mind even more when my mom showed me it was actually an Italian aria (O Sole Mio, which remains part of Malo’s performance repertoire to this day). It was like, ‘There you go. There is a connection with all of this music.’ It all started from there.”

Born in Miami to Cuban parents, Malo’s inauguration to the connections and stylistic links between musical styles began by sifting through the family record collection. That process, to a degree, played into the wildly diverse title tune to his most recent solo album, 2010’s Sinners & Saints. The song blends surf-style guitar, brassy Mariachi accents and, as always, Malo’s soaring vocals. But the initial inspiration was flamenco music.

“I remember going back through these old flamenco records my mom had,” Malo said. “That was the first music I heard as a kid. I just kept playing this melody on the acoustic guitar, just this little riff. When you combined the flamenco stuff with the electric guitar, it starts to sound like a surf band.

“I guess I’ve always related to music in that way. I’ve always tried to find the common thread with all of it. To me, it’s all related. You’re still coming from a creative place. You’re creating from a blank canvas and trying different colors. Painters do that. Why can’t songwriters? Songwriting is a little more methodical than that, certainly. But still that sort of approach makes sense to me.”

Such stylistic sensibility might explain the music Malo explores, but what of the singing behind it? In discussing the clear, commanding and near-operatic power of his voice, Malo turns humble – even to the point downplaying its expansive range and emotive clarity.

“People mistake the voice,” Malo said. “I hear so many nice, wonderful comments after our shows from people about how the music affects them in different ways. But the truth is that the really good performers are like actors in that we get to act these songs out.

“Granted, some are better than others. Take Sinatra. He didn’t live every song he sang, but he sure made you think he did. People like to connect with this music and, to a degree, romanticize it. They go, ‘Well, he lives all these songs he sings.’ And that’s not necessarily true. Some singers, like Sinatra, are able to emote all of that. I don’t know what that quality is. I wouldn’t simply call it talent. It’s a gift.”

Up next for Malo is a step into the past – specifically, a reunion with The Mavericks that will include international touring and the possibility of a new recording.

“I never really thought this would happen. It’s not that there were any personal differences between us or whatever. But there has to be some support in a real, genuine way

“We wanted to retire with a little dignity. But I guess there are always going to be a couple of lunatics that want The Mavericks back together. Luckily, that interest is real. So we’re going to have some fun, hopefully make some new music and, of course, play all of the old stuff. We’re going to give the people what they want.

“I mean, why not?”

The Raul Malo Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Club Weisiger of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College in Danville. The performace is sold out.

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in performance: the little willies

 

the little willies: norah jones in the hands of lee alexander, jim campilongo, richard julian, dan rieser. photo: christian lantry.

As technical snafus surfaced near the conclusion of Remember Me, the call was made from the sound booth at the Kentucky Theatre for The Little Willies to abort. This was, after all, a taping of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. And while a crackle of static in the mix might have meant little to last night’s capacity crowd, it likely seemed like a clap of thunder to the sound engineers.

But the New York-based Little Willies – specifically, its celebrated co-vocalist Norah Jones – were in no mood to bring the tune to a halt. They guided the Scott Wiseman country standard to a relaxed confident landing and appeared none-too-eager to redo the tune due to a few crunchy pops in the mix.

“Was it just a crackle?” Jones asked. “Because I thought I was really good.”

Truth to tell, the whole band was. Jones may have been the Willies’ unavoidable star attraction, but there was ample performance fire crackling throughout the ensemble.

Guitarist Richard Julian ably manned the vocal rigs of the vintage trucking song Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves, lead guitarist Jim Campilongo glided with agility through solos that embraced the lyrical country grace of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis and bassist Lee Alexander triggered the transformation of the Hank Williams staple Lovesick Blues into a boozy lullaby.

But The Little Willies’ ace-in-the-hole was clearly drummer Dan Rieser. His booming snare sound gave a rustic, neo-garage charge to Ralph Stanley’s I Worship You and a second Williams gem, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. The former song – and the bulk of the set, for that matter – came for the band’s forthcoming For the Good Times album.

Jones seemed more than happy – animated, in fact – to not be the sole center of attention. While escaping the New York pop-jazz accents that dress her solo recordings was impossible (case in point: the hushed, noir-like atmospherics she employed for the Dolly Parton classic Jolene), she ably leapt into the after-hours country-roots groove that remains The Little Willies’ stock and trade. She playfully traded vocals with Julian on Foul Owl on the Prowl (a tune supplied from the In the Heat of the Night soundtrack) and added tasty barroom piano spice to the country jailhouse rock of Kris Kristofferson’s Best of All Possible Worlds. Good times, indeed.

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the big doings of the little willies

the llittle willies; richard julian, jim campilongo, lee alexander, dan rieser and norah jones. photo by christian lantry.

Take a quintet of players from around the United States but located – at least, initially – in New York. All are pursuing their own music. One of them, in fact, becomes a multi-Grammy winning sensation. But after hours, the force that continues to knit them together as a band is a sound not at all plentiful in the Big Apple: country music.

Meet the Little Willies, a country cover band like no other. Its ranks include guitarist/vocalist Richard Julian, guitarist Jim Campilongo, bassist Lee Alexander, drummer Dan Reisier and a singer/pianist by the name of Norah Jones. Its mission: to nurture a love of traditionalist country music, both familiar and obscure, that utilizes a viewpoint more New York than Nashville.

“All of us grew up on this music,” said Julian, who will perform with Jones and the rest of The Little Willies for the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour tonight. “It’s just different when you’re raised up north like I was and Norah was. Country music wasn’t really played up there.

“I was born in ’67. So as that whole outlaw movement started happening in the ‘70s, guys like Waylon (Jennings) and Willie (Nelson) were getting played everywhere. But they weren’t on the radio up north. At least they weren’t where I was living at the time in Delaware.

“But my mom was a farm girl from the south, so she was in touch with what was going on. She would always have Willie’s records playing in the house and we would always go see people like Emmylou (Harris) whenever they played around us. But as far as a presence on the airwaves or in anybody’s conversation, country music just wasn’t part of the culture there back then.

Initially, The Little Willies repertoire steered toward what was – to the band members, at least – traditional country favorites. Its self titled 2006 debut album included the country-swing chestnut Roly Poly (popularized by, among others, Bob Wills) along with songs by Nelson, Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt.

On its followup album, For the Good Times, which is due out in January, The Little Willies drew up a more far-reaching repertoire that ran from the vintage trucking song Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves (recorded through decades past by Red Simpson, Burl Ives and Doye O’Dell, among others) to more seemingly obvious fare (the Kristofferson penned title tune and the Dolly Parton staple Jolene) to original works (Campilongo’s Tommy Rockwood).

“It’s kind of funny. I think our repertoire is actually getting more obscure. Songs like Diesel Smoke… I don’t think people know that one unless they come from a certain generation.

“Our last record had Roly Poly on there. Now, you could probably go down Broadway in Nashville right now and hear a band playing that tune. Or in Austin. Somebody is bound to be playing it. It’s not that obscure. But in New York it is. It’s very obscure. So it was really fun for us, people who really dig this music, to present these songs in a way that reflects where we were living and where we were coming from at the time.”

Country appeal or not, the inevitable question that surfaces in addressing the music of The Little Willies is Jones’ involvement. In short, how is that a songstress known internationally for her own jazz-inspired music has the time and intent to moonlight with her friends in a country cover band?

“Well, Norah is a really great musician,” Julian said. “And not all recording artists are great musicians. Some are really just artists or just writers. But Norah can slide in and out of a lot of configurations. I think she really enjoys doing that.

“She reminds me a lot of Bruce Hornsby, a great artist and musician who just really loves to play and get in with other groups and different kinds of music.”

But what of the future? With Jones still fronting a lucrative solo career and the other band members pursuing various performance avenues to showcase their original music, how big of a priority will The Little Willies be after For the Good Times surfaces this winter?

“Well, it’s been about six years since we put out our last album, so I guess that answers the question. Mostly, it just takes the right window in our schedules to open to where everybody is simultaneously not focusing on other projects. The busiest one, naturally, is Norah. But Jim and I have our own things going, too.

“We started doing this just so we would have a late night gig that wasn’t some high pressure deal. We just hit some clubs and played some music that we really liked. Everything evolved from that.

“I don’t know if we will do some full-on national tour. At the end of the day, what we do is mostly cover tunes, so I don’t know if everybody wants to do that all year long in some blown out way. The fun for us is to play whenever the music feels fresh. That’s the spirit we always want in whatever we do.”

The Little Willies perform at 7 tonight at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main for the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Tickets are $25. Call (859) 252-8888.

current listening, 11/26/11

Haven’t done one of these rundowns in what seems like ages. Here are some of the retro sounds I’ve treated myself to of late when deadlines weren’t looming.

+ Paul Simon: The Rhythm of the Saints (1990) – Was redrawn to this after Simon’s sublime performance earlier this week at NKU. Having embraced world music on the preceding Graceland, Saints integrated the inspirations of West Africa more evenly with a series of decidedly non-commercial tunes that professed faith in wonderfully mystical and desperate terms. Two decades after its release, Saints remains a fascinating listen.

+ Rory Gallagher: BBC Sessions (1986) – A wonderful two-disc compendium of radio broadcasts by the late Irish guitarist that offers a surprisingly complete portrait of his musical strengths. The first disc, in particular, pieces together concert performances from throughout the ‘70s to create a makeshift set that runs from sinewy blues reflection to over-the-top boogie rampages. The second disc sticks to fine, early ‘70s BBC studio sets.

+ Terje Rypdal: To Be Continued (1981) – The second, and lesser known, global trio summit featuring Norwegian guitarist Rypdal, Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous and American drummer Jack DeJohnette. Cut in 1981 during the dead of an Oslo winter, To Be Continued is a mix of seasonal warmth and chill, as shown by the Nordic washes of electric guitar Rydal employs to paint these intimate yet otherworldly soundscapes.

+ Jethro Tull: Stand Up (1969/2010) – A re-release of Tull’s second album mixes folk, fancy and fuzzy psychedelia to embody the band’s pre-Aqualung sound. But the real draw is a bonus disc of a 1970 Carnegie Hall concert released only in peacemeal form until now along with BBC sets recorded closer to Stand Up’s initial release. Rounding it all out is Living in the Past, a 1969 British single that wouldn’t hit in America until late 1972.

+ Peter Green: The End of the Game (1970) – Less of an album than a jam session, this little known gem was the first recording issued by guitar great Green after defecting from Fleetwood Mac earlier in 1970. It sounds gloriously dated now, with a booming, echoing sound that recalls the regal guitar tone of the Apple Jam disc from George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and some of Eric Clapton’s spicier Derek and the Dominoes jams.

paul motian, 1931-2011

 

paul motian.

Paul Motian was one of those artists I dedicated myself to catching in performance at least once before he or I checked out of this world. But doing that meant catching him on his turf. The famed jazz drummer and bandleader essentially gave up the touring life nearly a decade ago, choosing instead to perform and record at a wildly prolific rate out of Manhatttan studios and clubs.

One’s chances of catching Motian in motion in New York were usually good. His trios and ensembles were regulars in such fabled jazz haunts as the Village Vanguard, the club where Motian cemented his reputation by serving as the drummer behind the late, great pianist Bill Evans over 50 years ago.

If Motian wasn’t leading one of his groups, he was happily operating as drummer for someone else (again, just as he did with Evans). In fact, one such instance, a May 2010 engagement at the Blue Note with pianist Chick Corea and bassist Eddie Gomez, surfaced recently as the sublime Further Explorations album, Not coincidentally, the recording and performances were devoted exclusively to Evans’ music. (The album is available only as a Japanese import at present.)

What many regard as Motian’s finest jazz creation remains his long-running trio with guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano. Their music, especially in recent years, was a study in deceptive calm – a hushed, after hours sound built upon loose, impressionistic exchanges.

Alas, Motian was too quick for me. He passed away on Tuesday at age 80, from complications linked to myelodisplastic syndrome (a bone marrow disease). But the drummer leaves behind a catalogue of musical work rich in quality and quantity. Recommended listening: the two newest ECM albums with the Motian/Frisell/Lovano trio – 2005’s I Have the Room Above Her and 2007’s Time and Time Again, as well as the immortal 1961 Evans albums Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby. Separated by over four decades, the recordings bookend an extraordinary – and now completed – jazz life.

 

 

 

Top 100 Private Companies: ranked by 2010 total full-time employees.(Directory)(Statistical table)(Company rankings)

Utah Business May 1, 2011 | Boyd, Kathleen B.

Our annual list of Utah’s Top 100 Private Companies illustrates models of economic resilience. Committed to quality and consistency, these companies prove industry is rebounding in the Beehive State. All companies listed are privately held, for-profit organizations.

Rank COMPANY Phone/Fax

1 FJ MANAGEMENT INC. (801) 624-1000 P www.fjmgt.com (801) 624-1705 F

2 MANAGEMENT & TRAINING CORP. (801) 693-2600 P www.mtctrains.com (801) 693-2900 F

3 C.R. ENGLAND INC. (801) 972-2712 P www.orengland.com (801) 974-3846 F

4 LARRY H. MILLER GROUP (801) 563-4100 P www.lhm.com (801) 563-4198 F

5 ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES INC. (801) 973-4400 P www.afstores.com (801) 973-2158 F

6 VIVINT, INC. (801) 371-9111 P (Formerly known as APX Alarm Security (801) 377-4116 F Solutions, Inc.) www.vivint.com

7 SINCLAIR OIL CORP. (801) 524-2700 P www.sinclairoil.com (801) 524-2720 F

8 DYNO NOBEL (800) 364-4800 P www.dynonobel.com (801) 321-6706 F

9 DEER VALLEY RESORT (435) 645-6510 P www.deervalley.com (435) 645-6939 F

10 CLYDE COMPANIES (801) 802-6900 P www.clydeinc.com (801) 225-7065 F

11 KEN GARFF AUTOMOTIVE GROUP (801) 257-3400 P www.kengarff.com (801) 428-1900 F

12 HARMON CITY INC. (801) 969-8261 P www.harmonsgrocery.com (801) 964-1299 F

13 ICON HEALTH & FITNESS INC. (435) 786-5000 P www.iconfitness.com (435) 786-5283 F

14 DESERET MANAGEMENT CORPORATION (801) 538-0651 P www.deseretmanagement.com www.deseretmediacompanies.com (801) 531-3349 F

15 O.C. TANNER (801) 486-2430 P www.octanner.com (801) 493-3013 F

16 YOUNG ELECTRIC SIGN COMPANY (801) 464-4600 P www.yesco.com (801) 483-0998 F

17 LIFETIME PRODUCTS (801) 776-1532 P www.lifetime.com (801) 728-1959 F

18 SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE (801) 566-6681 P www.sportsmanswarehouse.com (801) 304-4305 F

19 CHG HEALTHCARE SERVICES (800) 466-0637 P www.chghealthcare.com (800) 328-3091 F

20 TAHITIAN NONI INTERNATIONAL (801) 234-1000 P www.tahitiannoni.com (801) 234-1001 F

21 SELECT PORTFOLIO SERVICING, INC. (801) 293-1333 P www.selectservicing.com (801) 293-3959 F

22 FOCUS SERVICES (801) 393-1635 P www.focusservices.com (801) 781-6600 F

23 ACADEMY MORTGAGE CORPORATION (801) 233-3700 P www.academymortgage.com (801) 233-3701 F

24 CACHE VALLEY ELECTRIC (435) 752-6405 P www.cve.com (435) 759-9111 F

25 DEL SOL (800) 844-5815 P www.delsoI.com (801) 562-3004 F

26 ULTRADENT PRODUCTS INC. (801) 572-4200 P www.ultradent.com (801) 572-0600 F

27 SME STEEL CONTRACTORS (801) 280-0711 P www.smesteel.com (801) 280-3460 F

28 WHEELER MACHINERY COMPANY (801) 974-0511 P

29 ZIPLOCAL (801) 225-0801 P www.ziplocal.com (801) 225-0991 F

30 BODY FIRM AEROBICS, LLC (801) 377-GOLD P www.goldsgym.com (801) 426-8599 F

31 SNOWBIRD CORPORATION (801) 933-2047 P www.snowbird.com (801) 947-8227 F

32 ORBIT IRRIGATION PRODUCTS INC. (801) 299-5555 P www.orbitonline.com (801) 299-5549 F

33 SONIC INNOVATIONS INC. (801) 365-2800 P www.sonici.com (801) 365-3000 F

34 CHUCK-A-RAMA (801) 433-3663 P www.chuck-a-rama.com (801) 433-0060 F

35 REAM’S FOOD STORES (801) 485-8451 P www.reamsfoods.com (801) 485-0845 F

36 1-800-CONTACTS (800) CONTACTS F www.1800contacts.com Fax: NA

37 LUBE MANAGEMENT CORP. (801) 569-8800 P Website: NA. (801) 569-8833 F

38 GOSSNER FOODS INC. (435) 752-9365 P www.gossner.com (435) 713-6200 F

39 GASTRONOMY INC. (801) 322-2020 P www.ginc.com (801) 363-5275 F

40 ABUNDANT BRANDS (801) 492-4344 P www.bajiomexicangrill.com (801) 492-3804 F

41 JACOBSEN CONSTRUCTION (801) 973-0500 P www.jacobsenconstruction.com (801) 973-7496 F

42 NICHOLAS & COMPANY, INC. (801) 531-1100 P www.nicholasandcompany.com (801) 530-5761 F

43 BIG-D CONSTRUCTION (801) 415-6000 P www.big-d.com (801) 415-6900 F

44 DYNAMIC CONFECTIONS, INC. (801) 355-4422 P www.dynamicconfections.com (801) 355-5546 F

45 MEDIAONE OF UTAH (801) 204-6500 P A Newspaper Agency Company (801) 237-2856 F www.mediaoneutah.com

46 RUBY’S INN (435) 834-5341 P www.rubysinn.com (435) 834-5265 F

47 XANGO, LLC (801) 816 8000 P www.xango.com (801) 816-8001 F

48 OKLAND CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. (801) 486-0144 P www.okland.com (801) 486-7570 F

49 SOS STAFFING (801) 484-4400 P www.sosstaffing.com (801) 486-3131 F

50 PRIDE TRANSPORT INC. (800) 877-1320 P www.pridetransport.com (801) 972-1450 F

51 MORONI FEED (435) 979-6402 P www.norbest.com/moroni_feed_company.aspx (888) 597-5416 F

52 LAYTON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC. (801) 568-9090 P www.laytonconstruction.com (801) 569-5450 F

53 SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT (801) 534-1400 P www.skisolitude.com (435) 649-5276 F

54 TEMKIN INTERNATIONAL (800) 235-5263 P www.temkininternational.com (801) 465-1301 F

55 US MAGNESIUM, LLC (801) 532-2043 P www.usmagnesium.com (801) 534-1407 F

56 STAMPIN’ UP! (801) 257-5400 P www.stampinup.com (801) 257-5401 F

57 WENCOR GROUP (801) 568-9090 P www.wencor.com (801) 569-5450 F

58 L.W. MILLER COMPANIES INC. (435) 753-8350 P www.lwmiller.com (435) 774-8000 F

59 YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS (801) 418-8900 P www.youngliving.com (801) 418-8800 F

60 WOODBURY CORPORATION (801) 485-7770 P www.woodburycorp.com (801) 485-0209 F

61 CORNERSTONE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LLC (801) 451-0120 P www.cornerstonerdi.com (801) 451-9562 F

62 PROSPER, INC. (801) 371-0755 P www.prosperlearning.com (801) 374-2358 F

63 SLAYMAKER GROUP INC. (801) 261-3700 P Website: NA (801) 261-1615 F

64 MITY ENTERPRISES (801) 224-0589 P www.mitylite.com (801) 224-6191 F

65 STEIN ERIKSON LODGE (435) 649-3700 P www.steinlodge.com (435) 649-5825 F

66 INOVAR, INC. (435) 792-4949 P www.inovar-inc.com (435) 792-4950 F

67 AMSCO WINDOWS (801) 372-6441 P www.amscowindows.com (801) 974-0498 F

68 BAILEY’S MOVING & STORAGE (801) 292-1466 P www.baileysallied.com (801) 298-4967 F

69 DATS TRUCKING/OVERLAND PETROLEUM (435) 673-1886 P www.datstruckmg.com (435) 673-7993 F

70 NEWAYS INTERNATIONAL (801) 418-2000 P www.neways.com (801) 418-2195 F

71 ARCTIC CIRCLE RESTAURANTS (801) 561-3620 P www.acburger.com (801) 561-9646 F

72 WORKERS COMPENSATION FUND (801) 288-8000 P www.wcfgroup.com (801) 288-8264 F

73 EASTON TECHNICAL PRODUCTS (801) 539-1400 P www.eastonarchery.com (801) 533-9907 F

74 DEE’S INC. (801) 487-4201 P Website: NA (801) 487-4207 F

75 UTAHAMERICAN ENERGY (435) 888-4000 P www.ohiovalleycoal.com (435) 888-4002 P

76 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL (801) 853-5000 P www.dtint.com (801) 853-5002 F

77 GSC FOUNDRIES (801) 627-1660 P www.gscutah.com (801) 399-2109 F

78 A & K RAILROAD MATERIALS INC. (801) 974-5484 P www.akrailroad.com (801) 972-2041 F

79 FEATURE FILMS FOR FAMILIES (801) 284-7206 P www.familytv.com

80 CCI MECHANICAL (801) 973-9000 P www.ccimechanical.com (801) 975-7204 F

81 CAMPBELL SCIENTIFIC, INC. (435) 753-2342 P www.campbellsci.com (435) 750-9540 F

82 ANDRUS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES (435) 673-1566 P www.andrustrans.com (435) 673-1766 F

83 BRENT BROWN AUTO GROUP (801) 224-1320 P www.brentbrownauto.com (801) 224-8046 F

84 NATURE’S WAY (801) 489-1500 P www.naturesway.com (801) 489-1700 F

85 GSL ELECTRIC (801) 565-0088 P www.gslelectric.com (801) 565-0099 F

86 WINEGAR’S SUPERMARKETS INC. (801) 298-5407 P www.winegars.com (801) 298-5463 F

87 SANSEGAL SPORTSWEAR, INC. (801) 566-3248 P www.sansegal.com (801) 566-3350 F

88 WADSWORTH BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION (801) 576-1453 P www.wadsbro.com (801) 575-1454 F

89 HOGAN & ASSOCIATES (801) 951-7000 P www.hoganconstruction.com (801) 951-7100 F

90 ZERMATT RESORT (435) 657-0180 P www.zermattresort.com (435) 709-9501 F

91 HUGHES GENERAL CONTRACTORS, INC. (801)292-1411 P www.hughesgc.com (801) 295-0530 F

92 PROVO CRAFT WAREHOUSE (385) 351-0500 P www.provocraft.com (801) 794-9006 F

93 ZERO MANUFACTURING, INC. (801) 298-5900 P www.zerocases.com (801) 292-9450 F

94 MILLION AIR SALT LAKE CITY (801)359-2085 P www.millionairslc.com (801) 539-0223 F

95 WING ENTERPRISES, INC. (801) 489-3684 P www.littlegiantladders.com (801) 489-3685 F

96 MULTILING CORPORATION (801) 377-2000 P www.multiling.com (801) 377-7085 F

97 WOODBURY TECHNOLOGIES INC. (801) 725-2529 P www.woodburytech.com (801) 773-2722 F

98 BASIC RESEARCH (801) 517-7000 P www.basicresearch.org (801) 517-7001 F

99 VERACITY NETWORKS (801) 854-9211 P www.veracitynetworks.com (801) 407-6900 F

100 PACKSIZE INTERNATIONAL LLC (801) 944-4814 P www.packsize.com (801) 944-4815 F

Rank COMPANY Address

1 FJ MANAGEMENT INC. 1104 Country www.fjmgt.com Hills Drive Ogden, UT 84403

2 MANAGEMENT & TRAINING CORP. 500 N.

www.mtctrains.com Marketplace Drive Centerville, UT 84014

3 C.R. ENGLAND INC. 4701 W. 2100 www.orengland.com South Salt Lake City, UT 84120

4 LARRY H. MILLER GROUP 9350 S. 150 www.lhm.com East, Ste.

1000 Sandy, UT 84070

5 ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES INC. 1850 W. 2100 www.afstores.com South Salt Lake City, UT 84119

6 VIVINT, INC. 4931 N. 300 (Formerly known as APX Alarm Security West Solutions, Inc.) Provo, UT www.vivint.com 84604

7 SINCLAIR OIL CORP. 550 E. South www.sinclairoil.com Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84102

8 DYNO NOBEL 2795 E.

www.dynonobel.com Cottonwood Parkway, Ste.

500 Salt Lake City, UT 84121

9 DEER VALLEY RESORT P.O. Box 889 www.deervalley.com Park City, UT 84060

10 CLYDE COMPANIES 730 N.1500 www.clydeinc.com West Orem, UT 84057

11 KEN GARFF AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 405 S. Main www.kengarff.com St., Ste.

1200 Salt Lake City. UT 84111

12 HARMON CITY INC. 3540 S. 4000 www.harmonsgrocery.com West, Ste.

500 West Valley City, UT 84120

13 ICON HEALTH & FITNESS INC. 1500 S. 1000 www.iconfitness.com West Logan, UT 84321

14 DESERET MANAGEMENT CORPORATION 55 N. 300 www.deseretmanagement.com West, Ste.

www.deseretmediacompanies.com 800 Salt Lake City, UT 84145

15 O.C. TANNER 1930 S. State www.octanner.com St.

Salt Lake City. UT 84115

16 YOUNG ELECTRIC SIGN COMPANY 2401 Foothill www.yesco.com Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84109

17 LIFETIME PRODUCTS P.O. Box www.lifetime.com 160010 Freeport Center, Bldg.

D11

Clearfield, UT 84016

18 SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE 7035 S. High www.sportsmanswarehouse.com Tech Drive Midvale, UT 84047

19 CHG HEALTHCARE SERVICES 6440 South www.chghealthcare.com Millrock Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84121

20 TAHITIAN NONI INTERNATIONAL P.O Box 4000 www.tahitiannoni.com Orem. UT 84059

21 SELECT PORTFOLIO SERVICING, INC. 3815 S. West www.selectservicing.com Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84115

22 FOCUS SERVICES 4102 S. 1900 www.focusservices.com West Roy, UT 84067

23 ACADEMY MORTGAGE CORPORATION 1218 E. 7800 www.academymortgage.com South, Ste.

100 Sandy, UT 84094

24 CACHE VALLEY ELECTRIC 875 N. 1000 www.cve.com West Logan. UT 84321

25 DEL SOL 280 W. 10200 www.delsoI.com South Sandy, UT 84070

26 ULTRADENT PRODUCTS INC. 505 W. 10200 www.ultradent.com South South Jordan, UT 84095

27 SME STEEL CONTRACTORS 5801 Wells www.smesteel.com Park Road West Jordan, UT 84081

28 WHEELER MACHINERY COMPANY 4901 W. 2100 Salt Lake City, UT 84120

29 ZIPLOCAL 135 S.

www.ziplocal.com Mountainway Drive Orem, UT 84058

30 BODY FIRM AEROBICS, LLC 1259 S. 800 www.goldsgym.com East Orem, UT 84097

31 SNOWBIRD CORPORATION P.O. Box www.snowbird.com 929000 Snowbird, UT 84092

32 ORBIT IRRIGATION PRODUCTS INC. PO Box 328 www.orbitonline.com Bountiful, UT 84010

33 SONIC INNOVATIONS INC. 2795 www.sonici.com Cottonwood Parkway. Ste.

660 Salt Lake City, UT 84121

34 CHUCK-A-RAMA 744 E. 400 www.chuck-a-rama.com South Salt Lake City, UT 84102

35 REAM’S FOOD STORES 160 E.

www.reamsfoods.com Claybourne Ave.

Salt Lake City, UT 84115

36 1-800-CONTACTS 66 Wadsworth www.1800contacts.com Park Drive Draper, UT 84020

37 LUBE MANAGEMENT CORP. 7430 S. Creek Website: NA. Road. Ste.

200 Sandy, UT 84093

38 GOSSNER FOODS INC. 1051 N. 1000 www.gossner.com West Logan. UT 84321

39 GASTRONOMY INC. 48 Market St..

www.ginc.com Ste. 250 Salt Lake City, UT 84101

40 ABUNDANT BRANDS 551 E. State www.bajiomexicangrill.com Road, Ste.

201

41 JACOBSEN CONSTRUCTION 3131 W. 2210 www.jacobsenconstruction.com South Salt Lake City, UT 84119

42 NICHOLAS & COMPANY, INC. 5520 W. Harold www.nicholasandcompany.com Gatty Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84116

43 BIG-D CONSTRUCTION 404 W. 400 www.big-d.com South Salt Lake City, UT 84101

44 DYNAMIC CONFECTIONS, INC. 119 E. 200 www.dynamicconfections.com North Alpine, UT 84004

45 MEDIAONE OF UTAH 4770 S. 5600 A Newspaper Agency Company West www.mediaoneutah.com West Valley City, UT 84118

46 RUBY’S INN P.O. Box www.rubysinn.com 64001 Bryce, UT 84764

47 XANGO, LLC 2889 Ashton www.xango.com Blvd.

Lehi, UT 84043

48 OKLAND CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. 1978 S. West www.okland.com Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84115

49 SOS STAFFING 2650 Decker www.sosstaffing.com Lake Blvd., Ste. 500 Salt Lake City, UT 84119

50 PRIDE TRANSPORT INC. 5499 W. 2500 www.pridetransport.com South Salt Lake City, UT 84120

51 MORONI FEED P.O. Box 890 www.norbest.com/moroni_feed_company.aspx Moroni, UT 84646

52 LAYTON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC. 9090 S. Sandy www.laytonconstruction.com Parkway Sandy, UT 84070

53 SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT 1200 Big www.skisolitude.com Cottonwood Canyon Solitude. UT 84121

54 TEMKIN INTERNATIONAL 213 S. Temkin www.temkininternational.com Way Payson, UT 84651

55 US MAGNESIUM, LLC 238 N. 2200 www.usmagnesium.com West Salt Lake City, UT 84116

56 STAMPIN’ UP! 12907 S. 3600 www.stampinup.com West Riverton, UT 84065

57 WENCOR GROUP 1625 N. 1100 www.wencor.com West Springville, UT 84663

58 L.W. MILLER COMPANIES INC. 1050 W. 200 www.lwmiller.com North Logan, UT 84321

59 YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS 3125 Executive www.youngliving.com Parkway Lehi, UT 84043

60 WOODBURY CORPORATION 2733 Parleys www.woodburycorp.com Way, Ste. 300 Salt Lake City, UT 84109 see here 1800contacts coupon code

61 CORNERSTONE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LLC 900 S. Depot www.cornerstonerdi.com Drive Ogden, UT 84404

62 PROSPER, INC. 5072 N. 300 www.prosperlearning.com West Provo, UT 84604

63 SLAYMAKER GROUP INC. 404 E. 4500 Website: NA South, Ste.

A12 Salt Lake City. UT 84107

64 MITY ENTERPRISES 1301 W. 400 www.mitylite.com North Orem. UT 84057

65 STEIN ERIKSON LODGE 7700 Stein www.steinlodge.com Way Park City, UT 84060

66 INOVAR, INC. 1073 W. 1700 www.inovar-inc.com North Logan, UT 84321

67 AMSCO WINDOWS 1880 S. 1045 www.amscowindows.com West Salt Lake City, UT 84101

68 BAILEY’S MOVING & STORAGE 400 N. 700 www.baileysallied.com West North Salt Lake, UT 84084

69 DATS TRUCKING/OVERLAND PETROLEUM 321 N. Old www.datstruckmg.com Highway 91 Hurricane. UT5 84737

70 NEWAYS INTERNATIONAL 2089 W. Neways www.neways.com Drive Springville, UT 84663

71 ARCTIC CIRCLE RESTAURANTS 411 W. 7200 www.acburger.com South, Ste.

200 Midvale, UT 84047

72 WORKERS COMPENSATION FUND 392 E.

www.wcfgroup.com Winchester Murray, UT 84107

73 EASTON TECHNICAL PRODUCTS 5040 W. Harold www.eastonarchery.com Gatty Drive Salt Lake City. UT 84116

74 DEE’S INC. 777 E. 200 Website: NA South Salt Lake City, UT 84106

75 UTAHAMERICAN ENERGY 794 N.

www.ohiovalleycoal.com C-Canyon Road

76 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL 1180 N.

www.dtint.com Mountain Spring Parkway Springville, UT 84663

77 GSC FOUNDRIES 2738 Commerce www.gscutah.com Way Ogden, UT 84401

78 A & K RAILROAD MATERIALS INC. P.O. Box www.akrailroad.com 30076 Salt Lake City, UT 84130

79 FEATURE FILMS FOR FAMILIES 5286 S. 320 www.familytv.com West, Ste, A116

80 CCI MECHANICAL 758 S Redwood www.ccimechanical.com Road Salt Lake City UT 84104

81 CAMPBELL SCIENTIFIC, INC. 815W.1800 www.campbellsci.com North Logan, UT 84321

82 ANDRUS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 3185 E.

www.andrustrans.com Deseret Drive SI. George, UT 84771

83 BRENT BROWN AUTO GROUP 1821 N.

www.brentbrownauto.com University Parkway Provo, UT 84604

84 NATURE’S WAY 1375 N.

www.naturesway.com Mountain Spring Parkway Springville, UT 84663

85 GSL ELECTRIC 8540 Sandy www.gslelectric.com Parkway Sandy, UT 84070

86 WINEGAR’S SUPERMARKETS INC. 574 W. 3400 www.winegars.com South Bountiful, UT 84010

87 SANSEGAL SPORTSWEAR, INC. 611 W.9560 www.sansegal.com South

88 WADSWORTH BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION 1350 Draper www.wadsbro.com Parkway Draper, UT 84020

89 HOGAN & ASSOCIATES 940 N. 1250 www.hoganconstruction.com West Centerville, UT 84104

90 ZERMATT RESORT 784 W. Resort www.zermattresort.com Drive Midway, UT 84049

91 HUGHES GENERAL CONTRACTORS, INC. P.O. Boa www.hughesgc.com 540700 North Salt Lake, UT 84054

92 PROVO CRAFT WAREHOUSE 10876 S. River www.provocraft.com Front Parkway, Ste. 600 South Jordan, UT 84095

93 ZERO MANUFACTURING, INC. 500 W. 200 www.zerocases.com North North Salt lake, UT 84504

94 MILLION AIR SALT LAKE CITY 303 N. 2370 www.millionairslc.com West Salt Lake City, UT 84116

95 WING ENTERPRISES, INC. P.O. Box 3100 www.littlegiantladders.com Springville, UT 84663

96 MULTILING CORPORATION 86 N.

www.multiling.com University Ave., Third Floor Provo UT 84601

97 WOODBURY TECHNOLOGIES INC. 1725 E. 1450 www.woodburytech.com South, Ste.

240 Clarfield, UT 84105

98 BASIC RESEARCH 5742 W. Harold www.basicresearch.org Gatty Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84116

99 VERACITY NETWORKS 744 N. 300 www.veracitynetworks.com West Provo, UT 84601

100 PACKSIZE INTERNATIONAL LLC 6440 S.Wasatch www.packsize.com Blvd.

Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Rank COMPANY Senior Officer

1 FJ MANAGEMENT INC. Crystal Maggelet www.fjmgt.com (President/CEO)

2 MANAGEMENT & TRAINING CORP. Scott Marquardt www.mtctrains.com (President/CEO)

3 C.R. ENGLAND INC. Dan England www.orengland.com (Chairman) Dean England (CEO)

4 LARRY H. MILLER GROUP Greg Miller www.lhm.com (CEO)

5 ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES INC. Richard www.afstores.com Parkinson (President)

6 VIVINT, INC. Todd Pedersen (Formerly known as APX Alarm Security (CEO) Solutions, Inc.) www.vivint.com

7 SINCLAIR OIL CORP. Ross Matthews www.sinclairoil.com (CEO)

8 DYNO NOBEL Brian Wallace www.dynonobel.com (President)

9 DEER VALLEY RESORT Bob Wheaton www.deervalley.com (General Manager)

10 CLYDE COMPANIES Wilford W. Clyde www.clydeinc.com (President)

11 KEN GARFF AUTOMOTIVE GROUP Robert H. Garff www.kengarff.com (Chairman)

12 HARMON CITY INC. Dean Peterson www.harmonsgrocery.com (President)

13 ICON HEALTH & FITNESS INC. Scott Watterson www.iconfitness.com (CEO)

14 DESERET MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Mark H. Willes www.deseretmanagement.com (President/CEO) www.deseretmediacompanies.com

15 O.C. TANNER David Petersen www.octanner.com (CEO)

16 YOUNG ELECTRIC SIGN COMPANY Michael T. Young www.yesco.com (CEO)

17 LIFETIME PRODUCTS Richard www.lifetime.com Hendrickson (President)

18 SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE John Schaefer www.sportsmanswarehouse.com (CEO)

19 CHG HEALTHCARE SERVICES Michael www.chghealthcare.com Weinholtz (CEO/President)

20 TAHITIAN NONI INTERNATIONAL Kerry Asay www.tahitiannoni.com (President/CEO)

21 SELECT PORTFOLIO SERVICING, INC. Matthew www.selectservicing.com Hollingforth (CEO)

22 FOCUS SERVICES John Porter www.focusservices.com (Owner)

23 ACADEMY MORTGAGE CORPORATION Adam Kessler www.academymortgage.com (President)

24 CACHE VALLEY ELECTRIC Jim Laub www.cve.com (CEO)

25 DEL SOL Jeff Pedersen www.delsoI.com (President/CEO)

26 ULTRADENT PRODUCTS INC. Dan Fischer www.ultradent.com (President)

27 SME STEEL CONTRACTORS Wayne Searle www.smesteel.com (President)

28 WHEELER MACHINERY COMPANY Rob Campbell

29 ZIPLOCAL Olivier Vincent www.ziplocal.com (CEO)

30 BODY FIRM AEROBICS, LLC Scott Felsted www.goldsgym.com

31 SNOWBIRD CORPORATION Bob Bonar www.snowbird.com (President/CEO)

32 ORBIT IRRIGATION PRODUCTS INC. K.C. Ericksen www.orbitonline.com (CEO)

33 SONIC INNOVATIONS INC. Sam Westover www.sonici.com (CEO)

34 CHUCK-A-RAMA Mike Johanson www.chuck-a-rama.com (President) Duane Moss (CEO)

35 REAM’S FOOD STORES Ruby Ream www.reamsfoods.com (President)

36 1-800-CONTACTS Brian Bethers www.1800contacts.com (President)

37 LUBE MANAGEMENT CORP. Kirk Umphrey Website: NA. (President/CEO)

38 GOSSNER FOODS INC. Dolores Wheeler www.gossner.com (President)

39 GASTRONOMY INC. John W. Williams www.ginc.com (President)

40 ABUNDANT BRANDS Logan Hunter www.bajiomexicangrill.com (CEO/Owner)

41 JACOBSEN CONSTRUCTION Lonnie M. Bollard www.jacobsenconstruction.com (CEO) Douglas C.

Welling (President)

42 NICHOLAS & COMPANY, INC. Peter W.

www.nicholasandcompany.com Mouskondis (CEO)

43 BIG-D CONSTRUCTION Rob Moore www.big-d.com (President)

44 DYNAMIC CONFECTIONS, INC. Taz Murray www.dynamicconfections.com (CEO)

45 MEDIAONE OF UTAH Brent Low A Newspaper Agency Company (President) www.mediaoneutah.com

46 RUBY’S INN Rod Dell Syrett www.rubysinn.com (President)

47 XANGO, LLC Robert Conlee www.xango.com (President/CEO)

48 OKLAND CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. Randy Okland www.okland.com (President)

49 SOS STAFFING JoAnn Wagner www.sosstaffing.com (Chairman, President, & CEO)

50 PRIDE TRANSPORT INC. D. Jeff England www.pridetransport.com (President)

51 MORONI FEED Kent Barton www.norbest.com/moroni_feed_company.aspx (President/CEO)

52 LAYTON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC. David S. Layton www.laytonconstruction.com (President/CEO)

53 SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT Gary DeSeelhorst www.skisolitude.com (Owner)

54 TEMKIN INTERNATIONAL Danny Temkin www.temkininternational.com (President)

55 US MAGNESIUM, LLC Michael H. Legge www.usmagnesium.com (President)

56 STAMPIN’ UP! Rich Jutkins www.stampinup.com (President)

57 WENCOR GROUP Greg Beason www.wencor.com (CEO)

58 L.W. MILLER COMPANIES INC. Larry W. Miller www.lwmiller.com (President)

59 YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Mary Billeter www.youngliving.com Young (President)

60 WOODBURY CORPORATION Rick Woodbury www.woodburycorp.com (CEO)

61 CORNERSTONE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LLC Mike Beardall www.cornerstonerdi.com (President)

62 PROSPER, INC. Ethan Willis www.prosperlearning.com (CEO)

63 SLAYMAKER GROUP INC. Scott Slaymaker Website: NA (CEO)

64 MITY ENTERPRISES Randy Hales www.mitylite.com (President/CEO)

65 STEIN ERIKSON LODGE Russ Olsen www.steinlodge.com (General Manager)

66 INOVAR, INC. Blake Kirby www.inovar-inc.com (CEO)

67 AMSCO WINDOWS R. Phillip www.amscowindows.com Rasmussen (Chairman)

68 BAILEY’S MOVING & STORAGE Greg Beason www.baileysallied.com (CEO)

69 DATS TRUCKING/OVERLAND PETROLEUM Don L. Ipson www.datstruckmg.com (President/CEO)

70 NEWAYS INTERNATIONAL Scott St. Clair www.neways.com (CEO)

71 ARCTIC CIRCLE RESTAURANTS Gary J. Roberts www.acburger.com (President/CEO)

72 WORKERS COMPENSATION FUND Ray Pickup www.wcfgroup.com (President)

73 EASTON TECHNICAL PRODUCTS Greg Easten www.eastonarchery.com (President)

74 DEE’S INC. Michael Olsen Website: NA (President)

75 UTAHAMERICAN ENERGY David W. Hibbs www.ohiovalleycoal.com (President)

76 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL Don Oldham www.dtint.com (CEO)

77 GSC FOUNDRIES Mike Fillion www.gscutah.com (CEO)

78 A & K RAILROAD MATERIALS INC. Rhonda Nicoloff www.akrailroad.com (President)

79 FEATURE FILMS FOR FAMILIES Forrest Baker www.familytv.com (President)

80 CCI MECHANICAL Davis Mullholand www.ccimechanical.com (President)

81 CAMPBELL SCIENTIFIC, INC. Paul Campbell www.campbellsci.com (President)

82 ANDRUS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES James Andrus www.andrustrans.com (Owner)

83 BRENT BROWN AUTO GROUP Brent Brown www.brentbrownauto.com (President)

84 NATURE’S WAY Dire Reischig www.naturesway.com (President

85 GSL ELECTRIC Tom Ewing www.gslelectric.com (President)

86 WINEGAR’S SUPERMARKETS INC. Don Mathews www.winegars.com (President)

87 SANSEGAL SPORTSWEAR, INC. Macon Rudick www.sansegal.com (President)

88 WADSWORTH BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION Guy Wadsworth www.wadsbro.com (President)

89 HOGAN & ASSOCIATES Michael R. Hogan www.hoganconstruction.com (President)

90 ZERMATT RESORT Darin Heckel www.zermattresort.com (Operations Manager)

91 HUGHES GENERAL CONTRACTORS, INC. Glenn E.Hughes www.hughesgc.com (President/CEO)

92 PROVO CRAFT WAREHOUSE Jim Thonton www.provocraft.com (CEO)

93 ZERO MANUFACTURING, INC. Daniel Leininger www.zerocases.com (President)

94 MILLION AIR SALT LAKE CITY William F.

www.millionairslc.com Haberstock (President/CEO)

95 WING ENTERPRISES, INC. Hal Wing www.littlegiantladders.com (President)

96 MULTILING CORPORATION Brain Chandler www.multiling.com (VP of Business Development)

97 WOODBURY TECHNOLOGIES INC. Karen Woodbury www.woodburytech.com (CEO/President)

98 BASIC RESEARCH Dennis W. Gay www.basicresearch.org (CEO)

99 VERACITY NETWORKS Drew Peterson www.veracitynetworks.com (CEO)

100 PACKSIZE INTERNATIONAL LLC Hanko Kiessner www.packsize.com (CEO)

Rank COMPANY Description

1 FJ MANAGEMENT INC. Holding company for www.fjmgt.com Transportation Alliance Bank Transportation and Clearing House, LLC, and Big West Oil.

2 MANAGEMENT & TRAINING CORP. Operates Job Corps www.mtctrains.com Centers, correctional and medical facilites, and international and domestic workforce development contracts serving disadvantaged populations.

3 C.R. ENGLAND INC. One of the largest www.orengland.com family-owned refrigerated trucking and transportation companies in the United States.

4 LARRY H. MILLER GROUP Variety of local www.lhm.com business including auto dealerships, Utah Jazz, Energy Solutions Arena, The Salt Lake Bees, Miller Motorsports Park, Megaplex Theatres and Fanzz retail stores.

5 ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES INC. Retailers’ www.afstores.com cooperative servicing grocery and convenience stores in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and Montana.

6 VIVINT, INC. One of the largest (Formerly known as APX Alarm Security home security and Solutions, Inc.) automation companies www.vivint.com in North America.

7 SINCLAIR OIL CORP. Portfolio of business www.sinclairoil.com including Little America Hotel chain, Sun Valley and Snow Basin ski resorts, gas stations and convenience stores throughout the West.

8 DYNO NOBEL Major manufacturer of www.dynonobel.com commercial explosives and blasting solutions with offices in Utah and Austrailia.

9 DEER VALLEY RESORT World-renowned ski www.deervalley.com resort ranked as one of the top for customer service, food and beverage.

10 CLYDE COMPANIES Geneva Rock, Sunroc www.clydeinc.com Corp., Sunroc Building Materials, Beehive Insurance, W.W. Clyde and CO., Clements Concrete and Gorge Rock.

11 KEN GARFF AUTOMOTIVE GROUP Car dealerships with www.kengarff.com nearly 5,000 new cars, certified preowned cars, and used cars at 39 locations from Ogden to St. George.

12 HARMON CITY INC. One of Utah’s largest www.harmonsgrocery.com family-owned grocery stores with 13 locations and the only organic certified bakery in the state.

13 ICON HEALTH & FITNESS INC. The world’s largest www.iconfitness.com manufacturer and marketer of home fitness equipment.

14 DESERET MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Operating company www.deseretmanagement.com which includes the www.deseretmediacompanies.com following: Deseret News, Deseret Book, Bonneville International, Beneficial Life, Temple Square Hospitality, Deseret Digital Media, KSL Broadcasting.

15 O.C. TANNER Premier provider of www.octanner.com recognition awards, including the Olympic medals for Salt Lake City, Utah and Athens, Greece.

16 YOUNG ELECTRIC SIGN COMPANY Manufacturer of www.yesco.com electric signs with many notable projects including the Wynn Las Vegas resort sign.

17 LIFETIME PRODUCTS Manufacturer of www.lifetime.com sporting goods and outdoor furniture.

18 SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE A leading retailer of www.sportsmanswarehouse.com outdoor sporting goods operating in 14 states across the U.S.

19 CHG HEALTHCARE SERVICES Staffing firm that www.chghealthcare.com provides temporary and permanent placement of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to healthcare organizations in all 50 states

20 TAHITIAN NONI INTERNATIONAL Produces and www.tahitiannoni.com distributes the health supplement Tahitian Noni Juice with manufacturing factories in Tahiti, Japan, China, Germany, and the U.S.

21 SELECT PORTFOLIO SERVICING, INC. Nationally recognized www.selectservicing.com leader in the residential mortgage servicing business.

22 FOCUS SERVICES Privately owned call www.focusservices.com center service provider specializing in multi-product telesales and customer relationship management.

23 ACADEMY MORTGAGE CORPORATION Full-service, www.academymortgage.com licensed mortgage lender funding loans in 34 states. Closed and funded over $2 billion in loans in 2009.

24 CACHE VALLEY ELECTRIC One of the largest www.cve.com electric contractors in the West with operations in Utah, Oregon and Idaho.

25 DEL SOL The world’s leading www.delsoI.com brand of color-changing clothing and accessories.

26 ULTRADENT PRODUCTS INC. Manufactures dental www.ultradent.com equipment and products.

27 SME STEEL CONTRACTORS Provides steel www.smesteel.com fabrication for a variety of commercial uses.

28 WHEELER MACHINERY COMPANY Supplies construction equipment and furnishes parts and services to construction, mining and industrial markets in Utah.

29 ZIPLOCAL A local-search www.ziplocal.com company offering digital advertising innovations delivered through mobile devices, the internet and traditional media.

30 BODY FIRM AEROBICS, LLC Gold’s Gym www.goldsgym.com franchises.

31 SNOWBIRD CORPORATION A multi-facility www.snowbird.com winter and summer resort located in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

32 ORBIT IRRIGATION PRODUCTS INC. Manufactures and www.orbitonline.com distributes over 700 lawn and garden products to customers worldwide.

33 SONIC INNOVATIONS INC. Global provider of www.sonici.com hearing solutions.

34 CHUCK-A-RAMA Chain of buffet-style www.chuck-a-rama.com restaurants with 8 Utah locations and 2 Idaho locations offering primarily American comfort food.

35 REAM’S FOOD STORES Operates 10 grocery www.reamsfoods.com stores in Utah.

36 1-800-CONTACTS The world’s largest www.1800contacts.com contact lens store.

37 LUBE MANAGEMENT CORP. Operates 51 Jiffy Website: NA. Lube franchises in Utah, Oregon and Washington.

Washington.

38 GOSSNER FOODS INC. One of the largest www.gossner.com family-owned chesse manufacturers in the U.S. specializing in 30 types of cheese.

39 GASTRONOMY INC. Locally owned and www.ginc.com operated collection of restaurants that includes Market Street Grill, The Oyster Bar and The New Yorker.

40 ABUNDANT BRANDS Restaurant franchisor www.bajiomexicangrill.com including Subway, Costa Vida and Bajio franchises Bajio franchises.

41 JACOBSEN CONSTRUCTION A leading provider of www.jacobsenconstruction.com construction management/general contracting services primarily in the intermountain West.

42 NICHOLAS & COMPANY, INC. Food service www.nicholasandcompany.com distributor serving a variety clients across Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.

43 BIG-D CONSTRUCTION Provides construction www.big-d.com management, design-build and general contracting services in the western United States.

44 DYNAMIC CONFECTIONS, INC. Produces and www.dynamicconfections.com distributes chocolates and hand-crafted candies in North America.

45 MEDIAONE OF UTAH Oversees advertising, A Newspaper Agency Company printing, circulation www.mediaoneutah.com and business functions of Salt Lake City’s daily newspapers including The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News.

46 RUBY’S INN 368 room hotel and www.rubysinn.com resort located in Bryce Canyon.

47 XANGO, LLC Personal care/health www.xango.com and wellness products including the Mangosteen beverage supplement.

48 OKLAND CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. Regional general www.okland.com contracting and construction management company with offices in Utah, Arizona and Colorado.

49 SOS STAFFING Specializes in www.sosstaffing.com providing direct hire, temporary and temporary-to-hire personnel to a variety of industries.

50 PRIDE TRANSPORT INC. Family-owned www.pridetransport.com refrigerated transport; services the 48 continental United States and Canada.

51 MORONI FEED A co-op of 55 www.norbest.com/moroni_feed_company.aspx independent turkey farmers. Producers of Norbest brand turkeys.

52 LAYTON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC. Professional www.laytonconstruction.com construction services, including construction management, design build and general contracting across the country.

53 SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT Ski resort located in www.skisolitude.com the Big Cottonwood Canyon of the Wasatch Mountains.

54 TEMKIN INTERNATIONAL Manufactures premium www.temkininternational.com stock and custom flexible film packaging for a variety of industries.

55 US MAGNESIUM, LLC Only producer of www.usmagnesium.com primary magnesium in the U.S., specializing in the manufacture and supply of magnesium ingot products, magnesium recycling services, chemical by-products and energy.

56 STAMPIN’ UP! Direct sales of www.stampinup.com decorative stamp sets and accessories;

50,00+ independent contractors.

57 WENCOR GROUP Design, manufacturing www.wencor.com and distribution of parts for general aviation aircraft and major airlines worldwide.

58 L.W. MILLER COMPANIES INC. Trucking www.lwmiller.com transportation, semi-truck repair service and parts.

59 YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS A multinational, www.youngliving.com relationship marketing company specializing in the production and distribution of therapeatic-grade essential oils and premium products enhances with essential oils.

60 WOODBURY CORPORATION Commercial real www.woodburycorp.com estate development and management.

61 CORNERSTONE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LLC Manufactures dietary www.cornerstonerdi.com supplement products, including herb and herbal formulas, vitamins, mineral, homeopathy and specialty formulas.

62 PROSPER, INC. Enables organizations www.prosperlearning.com to capture a new market segment by creating a student base, developing a certified education curriculum, and educating students through coaching and Winger’s franchises.

Enables organizations to capture a new market segment by creating a student base, developing a certified education curriculum, and educating students through coaching and Winger’s franchises.

63 SLAYMAKER GROUP INC. Operates chains of Website: NA restaurants including the TGI Friday’s and Winger’s franchises.

64 MITY ENTERPRISES A global manufacturer www.mitylite.com of market-leading durable and lightweight furniture systems.

65 STEIN ERIKSON LODGE Full-service hotel www.steinlodge.com accommodations, catering, audio/visual equipment. Newly expended conference and meeting facility.

66 INOVAR, INC. Provider of www.inovar-inc.com electronic manufacturing services.

67 AMSCO WINDOWS Manufactures vinyl www.amscowindows.com and composite windows and doors for dealers, builders and homeowners.

68 BAILEY’S MOVING & STORAGE Provides residential www.baileysallied.com and commerical customers with comprehensive relocation solutions.

Offices located in Utah, Colorado and Oklahoma City.

69 DATS TRUCKING/OVERLAND PETROLEUM Specializes in less www.datstruckmg.com than trucidead freight transportation. go to website 1800contacts coupon code

70 NEWAYS INTERNATIONAL Health and wellness www.neways.com personal care and household products.

71 ARCTIC CIRCLE RESTAURANTS Restaurant chain www.acburger.com featuring Black Angus beef hamburgers, specialty drinks, shakes and Arctic Circle’s famous fry sauce; company-owned restaurants and franchises located throghout the West.

72 WORKERS COMPENSATION FUND WCF is a mutual www.wcfgroup.com insurance company insuring 65% of the Utah market.

73 EASTON TECHNICAL PRODUCTS Manufacturer and www.eastonarchery.com marketer of aluminum and composite sporting goods.

74 DEE’S INC. Owners/operators of Website: NA restaurants, ranches and community developments

75 UTAHAMERICAN ENERGY Coal mining company www.ohiovalleycoal.com with two divisions operating in the state of Utah

76 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL Premise and www.dtint.com cloud-based newspaper publishing software.

77 GSC FOUNDRIES Investment casting in www.gscutah.com aluminum and steel alloys.

78 A & K RAILROAD MATERIALS INC. New and relay www.akrailroad.com railroad materials

79 FEATURE FILMS FOR FAMILIES Marketer and www.familytv.com distributor of motion pictures that suitable for all ages.

80 CCI MECHANICAL Specializing in the www.ccimechanical.com design, engineering, construction and maintenance of mechanical system throughout the Western United States.

81 CAMPBELL SCIENTIFIC, INC. Measurement and data www.campbellsci.com acquisition products used world-wide in environmental and structural monitoring.

82 ANDRUS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Ground www.andrustrans.com transportation, heavy hauling and motor freight.

83 BRENT BROWN AUTO GROUP Auto dealership www.brentbrownauto.com

84 NATURE’S WAY Nutritional www.naturesway.com supplements

85 GSL ELECTRIC Telephone, television www.gslelectric.com and elcetric cable contractors; fiber optics, data communication equipment/systems, computer wiring

86 WINEGAR’S SUPERMARKETS INC. Operates three www.winegars.com full-service grocery stores along the Wasatch Front.

87 SANSEGAL SPORTSWEAR, INC. National sportswear www.sansegal.com manufacturer and decorator to the destination resort market and the made in USA recycled market.

88 WADSWORTH BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION Highway and bridge www.wadsbro.com contractor.

89 HOGAN & ASSOCIATES Commercial builders.

www.hoganconstruction.com

90 ZERMATT RESORT 45 minutes from Salt www.zermattresort.com Lake International Airport. Experience an authentic destination resort with the charm and cultural feel that Europe is famous for, all in Utah’s little Switzerland: Midway.

91 HUGHES GENERAL CONTRACTORS, INC. Commercial builders.

www.hughesgc.com

92 PROVO CRAFT WAREHOUSE Manufacturing www.provocraft.com importing and retailing craft and hobby products

93 ZERO MANUFACTURING, INC. Manufacturer of www.zerocases.com briefcases, luggage, industrial boxes and cans.

94 MILLION AIR SALT LAKE CITY The largest www.millionairslc.com fixed-based operation in Utah. Offering complete general aviation services, aircraft sales and aircraft maintenance.

95 WING ENTERPRISES, INC. The official home of www.littlegiantladders.com the Little Giant Ladder System.

96 MULTILING CORPORATION Premium quality www.multiling.com translation services

97 WOODBURY TECHNOLOGIES INC. 100% woman-owned www.woodburytech.com business providing services in information technology, medical A&AS, courseware development and aerospace engineering.

98 BASIC RESEARCH Manufacturer and www.basicresearch.org distributor of nutritional products.

99 VERACITY NETWORKS A facilities based www.veracitynetworks.com telecommunications provider servicing commercial customers and residential customers on its next-generation FTTP network in Provo.

100 PACKSIZE INTERNATIONAL LLC Premier provider www.packsize.com on-demand packaging technology and corrugated supply chain systems

Rank COMPANY Total FTE Utah FTE

1 FJ MANAGEMENT INC. 12,500 www.fjmgt.com DND

2 MANAGEMENT & TRAINING CORP. 9,343 www.mtctrains.com 662

3 C.R. ENGLAND INC. 6,078 www.orengland.com 5,041

4 LARRY H. MILLER GROUP 5,475 www.lhm.com 3,755

5 ASSOCIATED FOOD STORES INC. 5,414 www.afstores.com 5,156

6 VIVINT, INC. 5,000 (Formerly known as APX Alarm Security 1,200 Solutions, Inc.) www.vivint.com

7 SINCLAIR OIL CORP. 4,000 www.sinclairoil.com 1,350

8 DYNO NOBEL 3,000 www.dynonobel.com 200

9 DEER VALLEY RESORT 2,500 www.deervalley.com 2,500

10 CLYDE COMPANIES 2,341 www.clydeinc.com 2,341

11 KEN GARFF AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 2,100 www.kengarff.com 1,083

12 HARMON CITY INC. 2,000 www.harmonsgrocery.com 2,000

13 ICON HEALTH & FITNESS INC. 1,717 www.iconfitness.com 1,625

14 DESERET MANAGEMENT CORPORATION 1,700 www.deseretmanagement.com 1,200 www.deseretmediacompanies.com

15 O.C. TANNER 1,593 www.octanner.com 1,326

16 YOUNG ELECTRIC SIGN COMPANY 1,550 www.yesco.com 575

17 LIFETIME PRODUCTS 1,500 www.lifetime.com 1200

18 SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE 1,400 www.sportsmanswarehouse.com 535

19 CHG HEALTHCARE SERVICES 1,200 www.chghealthcare.com 650

20 TAHITIAN NONI INTERNATIONAL 1,100 www.tahitiannoni.com 552

21 SELECT PORTFOLIO SERVICING, INC. 1,000 www.selectservicing.com 1,000

22 FOCUS SERVICES 940 www.focusservices.com 570

23 ACADEMY MORTGAGE CORPORATION 929 www.academymortgage.com 289

24 CACHE VALLEY ELECTRIC 900 www.cve.com 600

25 DEL SOL 895 www.delsoI.com 100

26 ULTRADENT PRODUCTS INC. 869 www.ultradent.com 769

27 SME STEEL CONTRACTORS 850 www.smesteel.com 425

28 WHEELER MACHINERY COMPANY 845

29 ZIPLOCAL 811 www.ziplocal.com 238

30 BODY FIRM AEROBICS, LLC 800 www.goldsgym.com 800

31 SNOWBIRD CORPORATION 800 www.snowbird.com 800

32 ORBIT IRRIGATION PRODUCTS INC. 700 www.orbitonline.com 700

33 SONIC INNOVATIONS INC. 700 www.sonici.com DND

34 CHUCK-A-RAMA 650 www.chuck-a-rama.com 520

35 REAM’S FOOD STORES 650 www.reamsfoods.com 650

36 1-800-CONTACTS 640 www.1800contacts.com 640

37 LUBE MANAGEMENT CORP. 590 Website: NA. 330

38 GOSSNER FOODS INC. 575 www.gossner.com 500

39 GASTRONOMY INC. 550 www.ginc.com 550

40 ABUNDANT BRANDS 540 www.bajiomexicangrill.com 320

41 JACOBSEN CONSTRUCTION 525 www.jacobsenconstruction.com 525

42 NICHOLAS & COMPANY, INC. 520 www.nicholasandcompany.com 470

43 BIG-D CONSTRUCTION 500 www.big-d.com 410

44 DYNAMIC CONFECTIONS, INC. 500 www.dynamicconfections.com 300

45 MEDIAONE OF UTAH 500 A Newspaper Agency Company 500 www.mediaoneutah.com

46 RUBY’S INN 500 www.rubysinn.com 500

47 XANGO, LLC 500 www.xango.com 400

48 OKLAND CONSTRUCTION CO. INC. 497 www.okland.com 388

49 SOS STAFFING 484 www.sosstaffing.com 208

50 PRIDE TRANSPORT INC. 480 www.pridetransport.com 480

51 MORONI FEED 456 www.norbest.com/moroni_feed_company.aspx 456

52 LAYTON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC. 450 www.laytonconstruction.com 325

53 SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT 450 www.skisolitude.com 450

54 TEMKIN INTERNATIONAL 450 www.temkininternational.com 330

55 US MAGNESIUM, LLC 450 www.usmagnesium.com 450

56 STAMPIN’ UP! 430 www.stampinup.com 415

57 WENCOR GROUP 429 www.wencor.com 286

58 L.W. MILLER COMPANIES INC. 425 www.lwmiller.com 425

59 YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS 413 www.youngliving.com 346

60 WOODBURY CORPORATION 410 www.woodburycorp.com 402

61 CORNERSTONE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, LLC 400 www.cornerstonerdi.com 400

62 PROSPER, INC. 387 www.prosperlearning.com 387

63 SLAYMAKER GROUP INC. 380 Website: NA 265

64 MITY ENTERPRISES 378 www.mitylite.com 309

65 STEIN ERIKSON LODGE 375 www.steinlodge.com 375

66 INOVAR, INC. 370 www.inovar-inc.com 370

67 AMSCO WINDOWS 350 www.amscowindows.com 350

68 BAILEY’S MOVING & STORAGE 350 www.baileysallied.com 150

69 DATS TRUCKING/OVERLAND PETROLEUM 350 www.datstruckmg.com 350

70 NEWAYS INTERNATIONAL 350 www.neways.com 350

71 ARCTIC CIRCLE RESTAURANTS 340 www.acburger.com 115

72 WORKERS COMPENSATION FUND 338 www.wcfgroup.com 338

73 EASTON TECHNICAL PRODUCTS 321 www.eastonarchery.com 260

74 DEE’S INC. 320 Website: NA 320

75 UTAHAMERICAN ENERGY 312 www.ohiovalleycoal.com 312

76 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL 300 www.dtint.com 126

77 GSC FOUNDRIES 300 www.gscutah.com 300

78 A & K RAILROAD MATERIALS INC. 290 www.akrailroad.com 57

79 FEATURE FILMS FOR FAMILIES 280 www.familytv.com 280

80 CCI MECHANICAL 275 www.ccimechanical.com 275

81 CAMPBELL SCIENTIFIC, INC. 265 www.campbellsci.com 265

82 ANDRUS TRANSPORTATION SERVICES 250 www.andrustrans.com 250

83 BRENT BROWN AUTO GROUP 250 www.brentbrownauto.com 250

84 NATURE’S WAY 250 www.naturesway.com 250

85 GSL ELECTRIC 235 www.gslelectric.com 170

86 WINEGAR’S SUPERMARKETS INC. 235 www.winegars.com 235

87 SANSEGAL SPORTSWEAR, INC. 225 www.sansegal.com 225

88 WADSWORTH BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION 206 www.wadsbro.com 206

89 HOGAN & ASSOCIATES 205 www.hoganconstruction.com 185

90 ZERMATT RESORT 200 www.zermattresort.com 200

91 HUGHES GENERAL CONTRACTORS, INC. 195 www.hughesgc.com 195

92 PROVO CRAFT WAREHOUSE 190 www.provocraft.com 190

93 ZERO MANUFACTURING, INC. 190 www.zerocases.com 190

94 MILLION AIR SALT LAKE CITY 177 www.millionairslc.com 177

95 WING ENTERPRISES, INC. 169 www.littlegiantladders.com 148

96 MULTILING CORPORATION 160 www.multiling.com 65

97 WOODBURY TECHNOLOGIES INC. 157 www.woodburytech.com DND

98 BASIC RESEARCH 156 www.basicresearch.org 156

99 VERACITY NETWORKS 105 www.veracitynetworks.com 105

100 PACKSIZE INTERNATIONAL LLC 103 www.packsize.com 48

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in performance: paul simon

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“Play Feelin’ Groovy. Puh-leeeze!”

That was the fevered request one mildly perplexed fan made loudly from her seat last night at the Bank of America Center at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. It came around the time it became obvious that the host of the evening, Paul Simon, was going to steer clear of obvious nostalgia.

Admittedly, with a songwriting career that is zeroing in on the half-century mark, just about anything Simon summons in performance is going to possess some level of nostalgic appeal. But for nearly two hours, the iconic songsmith favored his more recent past as opposed to the far distant corners of his career.

In short, anyone on hand expecting an evening of Simon & Garfunkel-era material probably went home disappointed. Of the roughly 25 songs performed, only two drew from those folk-savvy days – an unaccompanied encore version of The Sounds of Silence (which boasted a refreshing flamenco accent) and a serious obscurity: a lovely update of the Cecilia b-side The Only Living Boy in New York that came wrapped in the kind of vocal ambience that brought the lighter side of Pink Floyd to mind.

Yes, this evening belonged almost exclusively to Simon the solo artist and globetrotting pop stylist. Armed with an eight member band that sported New Yorkers (Bang on a Can multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart), South Africans (longtime electric bass ally Bakithi Kumalo) and the fine Cameroonian guitarist Vincent Nguini, Simon devoted the concert to music that essentially began where Simon & Garfunkel left off.

Opening with the accordion wheeze of Tony Cedras that ignited a feisty The Boy in the Bubble, the 70 year old Simon displayed a clean, assertive and, true to form, unassuming voice that never wavered.

The music took all kinds of rich, rhythmic turns. That Was Your Mother was pure zydeco fun, The Obvious Child modified its West African rhythms to include a splash of New Orleans second line funk and Love is Eternal Sacred Light (the best of the four tunes presented from Simon’s recent So Beautiful or So What album) introduced a gospel spark that ignited fully later in the set once Kodachrome gave way to Gone at Last.

Curiously, Simon’s broadest trips in the way-back machine returned him to his formative influences. He stuck the Chet Atkins instrumental Wheels at the end of a medley that began with the contemplative title tune to 1983’s Hearts and Bones album while an encore of the monstrously groove-centric Pretty Thing was performed in front of a huge backdrop portrait of the song’s creator, Bo Diddley. Most touching of all, though, was the sweet, unaffected treatment of George Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun.

The finale was pure Simon, though – a light, jazz-like treatment of Still Crazy After All These Years, the quiet 1975 anthem of fading identity that played out last night as a simple testament of faith from an endlessly resourceful pop journeyman.

Overstock.com sued by district attorneys

Oakland Tribune November 17, 2010 | Paul T Rosynsky OAKLAND — Overstock.com, a popular online retailer that says it offers the cheapest prices on a many items, is being sued by seven district attorneys in Northern California, accusing the company of making untrue and misleading statements about pricing. see here walmart price match

In a 33-page complaint filed in Alameda County Superior Court, the district attorneys argued that Overstock.com should pay, at a minimum, $15 million in fines and restitution for misleading customers about savings it said were offered on its website.

“Beginning no later than January 1, 2006, Overstock routinely and systematically made untrue and misleading comparative advertising claims about the prices of its products,” the civil complaint states. “Overstock used various misleading measures to inflate the comparative prices, and thus artificially increase the discounts it claimed to be offering consumers.” One example cited in the complaint: Overstock advertised a patio set on its website for $449. Overstock said the next best price for the patio set was $999.99, but when the furniture was delivered, it had a Walmart price sticker on it showing it was selling for $247.

“Overstock’s misrepresentations about its pricing were likely to mislead consumers into believing that Overstock’s prices would always be significantly lower than the prices offered by other merchants for the identical products,” the complaint states. “Such misrepresentations were likely to discourage consumers from making the effort to search elsewhere for lower prices.” Mark Griffin, vice president and general counsel for Salt Lake City-based Overstock, denied the allegations in the complaint and said the district attorneys failed to understand how Overstock advertised its prices.

“No one is perfect. We do deny the allegations and we deny the interpretations,” Griffin said. “We do not deserve this, especially the timing of it.” Griffin said the patio set example cited in the complaint was an isolated incident and said that the company follows “standard advertising practices” informing its customers how it generates comparison prices to its products. He said the civil complaint was filed after negotiations between the company and the district attorneys failed to end in an agreement. see here walmart price match

“We tell our customers what it means,” he said. “These (district attorneys) have taken the position that they don’t think our customers understand.” The civil complaint was filed by district attorneys in Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Shasta and Sonoma counties.

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Perhaps it’s the fantasy element that has always provided Kate Bush’s music with such a wintry glow. But on her new 50 Words for Snow, she surrenders in ways one can’t at all anticipate to the sounds of the season.

Not that we are not talking about Christmas here. This isn’t some knock off holiday record, but a romantic and, at times, borderline erotic set of songs with winter serving as an eerily comforting backdrop. It conveys, as with all albums by the British songstress, an instantly emotive cast, although 50 Words for Snow offers its sense of wondrous atmospherics in refreshingly simple casts. Instead of wild, densely layered tracks of vocal abandon or heavily synthesized and percussive accompaniment, the finest moments are conveyed with Bush alone (or nearly alone) at the piano.

But such a framework is also a tease. Snow’s first two pieces, Snowflake and Lake Tahoe (which encompass nearly one-third of the album’s running time) define the wintry serenity. The former is all sparse solemnity built around a piano melody that repeats itself like a slow motion mantra. The latter, a rather touching story of canine devotion, adds in the operatic harmonies of Stefan Roberts and Michael Wood.

Then things get weird. On Misty, which adds the delicious acoustic bass of veteran British folk-jazz journeyman Danny Thompson to the wintry mix, Bush plays Frankenstein to a snowman (“give him eyes, make him smile for me, give him life”) before the song becomes a love story where hearts, in a very literal sense, melt.

Think that’s peculiar? Then get a load of Wild Man, where Bush purrs with similarly amorous expectations to a Yeti-like beast. So, no. Jingle Bells, this isn’t.

On Snowed in at Wheeler Street, an atypically stoic Elton John serves as a duet partner for a more global romance full of earthly reflection and regret. That sets up the title tune, a rockier meditation where actor/comedian Stephen Fry runs down the list of wintry adjectives with Bush egging him on like a gypsy cheerleader (“just 22 to go; let me hear your 50 words for snow”). My favorites: “anklebreaker,” “whirlissimo,” and especially “phlegm de neige.”

The stunner, though, is the album closing Among Angels. With a running time just shy of seven minutes, it’s the album’s shortest track. It is also, dressed with only piano and Bush’s regally impressionistic singing, the most efficiently emotive tune here. At work is a light, pervasive and decidedly non-denominational spiritualism that curiously suits the holiday season at hand.

“I can see angels standing around you,” sings Bush with delicate but deliberate intent. “They shimmer like mirrors in summer. But you don’t know it.”

Now that’s what you call a winter wonderland.

sister act

the mccrary sisters: alfreda, ann, deborah and regina mccrary. photo by tadrian scott.

Gospel has always been the family way for Ann McCrary.

Whether she was performing with her esteemed father, the Rev. Samuel McCrary (one of the original members of the groundbreaking Fairfield Four) at the age of 3 or singing with her sisters today alongside some very noteworthy friends on a new album called Our Journey, gospel has been at the very heart of her music, her career and her life.

But label her strictly as a gospel artist and McCrary will happy to explain the full stylistic extent – and intent – of her music.

“We’re not just a one-style-of-music group,” Ann said, referring to the singing quartet she shares with siblings Regina, Deborah and Alfreda – aptly titled The McCrary Sisters.

“We’ve sung so many different kinds of music, and we love all of it. So it’s hard for us to say, ‘Let’s just sing completely gospel,’ because that’s not who we are. We might want a blues sound or an Americana sound. We just do the music that makes us feel good, although we want to take our music as far as it will go.”

So far, the McCrarys – at least, individually – have taken their music a considerable distance.

Aside from performing with Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder, sister Regina toured and recorded with Bob Dylan during his fabled “born again” era – a period that included 1979’s extraordinary Slow Train Coming album.

The McCrary Sisters emphasize that collaboration at the onset of Our Journey by transforming Dylan’s folk anthem, Blowin’ in the Wind, into a sleek, harmony rich spiritual.

“I’ve always loved that song,” Ann said. “I can remember, through school and singing organizations, singing that song all the time. So when Blowin’ in the Wind was mentioned for us to do… well, of course, everybody was on the same page. But we had to put our own little flavor in there. And that was just fine.

“When Bob Dylan came to town (the McCrarys’ home base of Nashville), Regina took the CD to him so he could hear our version. And he said, ‘Now that’s got some dirt on it.’”

Among the sisters’ newer pals is Americana guitarist, songwriter and producer Buddy Miller. Ann and Regina were featured on Miller’s spiritually inclined 2004 album Universal United House of Prayer. That led to work on Miller’s recent The Majestic Silver Strings, where Ann wails over a blues-saturated guitar groove designed by Miller and Bill Frisell on a cover of Mickey and Sylvia’s No Good Lover.

The Miller connection led to work on Patty Griffin’s 2010 Miller-produced Downtown Church. Miller and Griffin returned the favor by contributing to Our Journey. Miller adds guitar to sister Alfreda’s soulful singing on Broken Pieces (a song, originally titled Broken Things, written by wife Julie Miller) while Griffin, along with Mike Farris, provide vocal support for the Ann McCrary original Know My Name.

“Buddy is one of the sweetest people I have ever come across,” Ann said. “He is a humble, humble man who is so easy to work with. It was a thrill for us to be able to sing with Buddy. Patty is another terrific person to work with. She is just awesome.

“We’re just really blessed to have all of these good people in our lives – and that includes Delbert (blues-soul veteran Delbert McClinton, who also contributes to Our Journey) and Mike. It was so wonderful to have them all come in and be part of this recording.”

With such champion musical allies in their corner, the McCrarys’ dream of expanding their fanbase and stylistic repertoire while remaining true to their gospel roots is already being realized.

“We want more than one group of people to enjoy this project,” Ann said. “We want people to find something that they love about this music we’re doing. So many projects and recordings center on one style and one sound. That just limits everything.

“We have been on all sides of this industry. We’ve been on the country side. We’ve been on the Americana side. We’ve been on the blues side and, of course, the gospel side. And we love all of it. So the music we’ve put together on this project… it’s a work of love.”

steve buscemi to meet the black keys on snl

dan auerbach and patric carney of the black keys.

Admitedly, there isn’t much about Saturday Night Live to get excited about these days. OK, Kristen Wiig’s Chanel spoof that has aired a few times this fall was pretty hysterical. But have recorders set for 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. The SNL host will be Fargo favorite and Boardwalk Empire emperor Steve Buscemi. The music guest, for the second time year, will be The Black Keys.

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The show comes just three days before the release of The Black Keys new El Camino album. The band will continue the New York rounds by playing on The Colbert Report on Dec. 6 and The Late Show with David Letterman on Dec. 7.

In case you haven’t caught here the ultra cool and wonderfully low-fi video for the record’s lead-off tune, Lonely Boy, here is the link. Now if we can only get the Keys back in Lexington for a full concert.

in performance: bassekou kouyate + ngoni ba

bassekou kouyate. photo by thomas dorn.

In the midst of a lengthy instrumental summit last night at the Clifton Center in Louisville that employed a quartet of players mastering the four string, paddle-shaped instrument known as the ngoni, Bassekou Kouyate let the music take its course.

With the hushed vocals of wife Amy Sacko weaving in and out of the instrumentation like a narrative voice, Kouyate let the music born out of West African griot tradtion speak to the world. At times, the ngonis’ collective and soloing voices reflected the brittle, but dance-like tone of American blues. In other instances, Sacko’s voice and the percussive accents of talking drum and chatter created by a drummer slapping his fingertips on what appeared to a large gourd approximated a more Eastern feel. And then there were the times when Kouyate employed a few modernistic touches – like a wah-wah pedal that effectively provided his music with a more outward and earthy groove.

Still, tradition cemented this music. The ngoni is essentially an ancient creation – an instrument that extends back at least to the 13th century. Despite the few contemporary adjustments – including Kouyate’s design of a larger “ngoni bass,” which was played with steadfast flexibility by Moussa Rah and electronic pickups that allowed the four ngoni players to performs with amplification – the concert was built on a tradition that was as much familial as musical. Kouyate’s band, in fact, included a brother and two nephews in addition to Sacko. And the music, much of which came from his recent I Speak Fula album, was based around the kinds of light, lingering rhythms indicative of the music that has long poured out of the culturally rich Mali.

Kouyate was continually apologetic for what he perceived as a poor command of English. “In Mali, it is very hot,” he mentioned between songs. “Here,” citing outside temps that hovered around the freezing point, “very cold.” But it wasn’t that way inside the Clifton Center. There, Kouyate’s joyous, meditative rhythms possessed a generous and welcoming dose of Mali sunshine.

Apple launches iPad 2. ipad2appsnow.com ipad 2 apps

CPI Financial March 4, 2011 iPad 2 features a new design that the company says is 33 per cent thinner and up to 15 per cent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.

iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. iPad 2 also delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of polyurethane and leather colours.

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.” With the new front and rear cameras, iPad 2 users can now make FaceTime calls to millions of iPhone 4, iPod touch and Mac users so they can see family and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Photo Booth lets users apply fun visual effects, including eight photo special effects like Squeeze, Twirl and Kaleidoscope, to photos captured by either camera.

iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version of the mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari mobile browsing performance; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.

Additional iPad 2 features include a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G on AT&T, and HDMI Video Mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.

The iPad 2 Smart Cover provides protection for the iPad screen. Designed with a self-aligning magnetic hinge that makes it easy to attach and remove, the iPad 2 Smart Cover automatically wakes the iPad when it’s opened and puts it to sleep when it’s closed, and has a soft microfiber lining to help keep the screen clean. The Smart Cover also folds into a stand for typing or viewing videos and is available in polyurethane for $39 or leather for $69 in a range of colours, including a red one which helps support the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Apple also introduced two new apps: iMovie and GarageBand for iPad, both available on the App Store for just $4.99 each. With iMovie, iPad 2 users can shoot and edit videos right on their iPad and post their movies to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and their MobileMe gallery; watch them on their iPod, iPhone or iPad; as well as view them on their HDTV using AirPlay and Apple TV. GarageBand turns the iPad into a collection of touch instruments and 8-track recording studio, allowing users to perform with onscreen keyboards, guitars, drums and basses using multi-touch gestures-even if they don’t play a musical instrument. ipad2appsnow.com ipad 2 apps

iPad 2 runs almost all of the over 350,000 apps available on the App Store and there are more than 65,000 native iPad apps available from a range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Pricing & Availability iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available on 11 March for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the US only for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iMovie and GarageBand for iPad apps will be available on March 11 for $4.99 each from the App Store on iPad or itunes appstore iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

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