Wednesday, December 28, 2011

KISS - In Store Appearance - Peaches in Atlanta (1976)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Phil Lesh and Friends WORLD PREMIERE Set with Warren Haynes and Jackie Greene 12-9-11 Orange Peel Xmas Pre Jam

Phil Lesh and Friends WORLD PREMIERE Set with Warren Haynes and Jackie Greene 12-9-11 Orange Peel Xmas Pre Jam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQIe31bXYDQ&feature=colike

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Justin Townes Earle wins Song of the Year at 2011 Americana Music Awards


(photo: Erika Goldring)

 

Justin Townes Earle won the award for Song of the Year for "Harlem River Blues" from the album of the same title, during the 2011 Americana Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in NashvilleTN. Released in late 2010, Harlem River Blues was also nominated for Album of the Year at this year's honors ceremony. In addition to Thursday night's win and nomination, Earle performed a rousing rendition of the song for the gathered crowd of peers and fans, a performance that can be heard HERE, courtesy of NPR. [Justin's performance can be found at the 35:35 mark, and his Song of the Year category announcement at 1:01:43.]

 

An edited version of the award show will be aired November 19, 2011 as a special episode of the new season of the highly-acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits (check local listings for exact local day and time). "ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011" will reach approximately 98% of American TV households via PBS stations nationwide.

 

Harlem River Blues has received critical and popular support since its release in September of 2010. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #47 and has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, SPIN, Mojo, and through the support of Justin's appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, NPR's World Café and Morning Edition, and Prairie Home Companion.

 

You can watch Justin Townes Earle perform the now-AMA decorated "Harlem River Blues" on The Late Show with David Letterman HERE.

 

See more of Justin Townes Earle at his website: http://www.justintownesearle.com/

 

Buy the album and song "Harlem River Blues" at iTunes / Amazon / Bloodshot Records

 

Upcoming tour dates:

10/15 – Stoughton, WIStoughton Opera House

10/21 – Knoxville, TNSquare Room (with Joshua Black Wilkins)

10/22 – Charlotte, NCWhitewater Center (with Sam Bush)

11/13 – Orlando, FLOrlando Calling Festival

12/2 – New York, NYZankel Hall

12/3 – New York, NYFoothills Performing Arts Center (with Tristen)

12/4 – Fall River, MANarrows Center for the Arts (with Tristen)

12/5 – Lewiston, MEOlin Arts Center/Bates College (with Tristen)

12/8 – Milford, CTDaniel Street (with Tristen)

12/9 – Hudson, NYClub Helsinki (with Tristen)
12/10 – Boston, MARoyale Nightclub (with Tristen)

12/29 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House

3/22-25 – Live Oak, FL – Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

3/31 – Cascade, IA – Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center

Top 11 CDs of '11 - Fred's Take

1. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator – The debut album from the spectacular husband-wife due Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Revelator is everything one would expect, and more. Trucks’ uncanny agility on slide weaves magically with Tedeschi’s smoky, emotional vocals. When combined with an 11-member ensemble that includes Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, the result is a powerful, joyous recording that calls you back again and again.

2. Brantley Gilbert - Half Way to Heaven, Remixed, Remastered, Reactivated – An album that received fairly little attention, other than from Brantley’s fanatical underground fans, upon it’s initial release became an entirely different beast in the hands of producer extraordinaire Dan Huff. The songs, which were already potential hits, are now anthems that will be sung for decades to come. “Country Must Be Country Wide,” has become Brantley’s first Billboard #1. The song gives lead instrumentalist Jess Franklin (guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals to go along with a co-producer credit) the chance to shine, recalling his former band Tishamingo at their best, only this time fronted by an undeniable superstar, Brantley Gilbert. While most of the attention this album has received has come from country radio, that label is very deceiving. Half Way to Heaven is actually one bad ass, Southern outlaw rock record that deserves an overdue spin in your local music player.


3. Vince Gill - Guitar Slinger – One would think a man with 20 Grammy Awards would have a hard time topping himself. And yet Gill’s Guitar Slinger is arguably his finest work to date, highlighted by virtuoso guitar, filled with classic elegance. The real treat here, however, is how masterfully Gill blends flat out rock, harking back to the one and only Elvis, even with some of his vocals. If Gill’s name does not come to mind when you think of the best pickers on the planet, Guitar Slinger should be looked at as an introduction, or perhaps a reminder, to just how skilled this former Pure Prairie League member remains to this day. A true master, still at his best.

4. Warren Haynes Presents – The Benefit Concert Vol. 4 – Warren Haynes’ Xmas Jam in Asheville is known to feature numerous highlights each year. The fourth installment in his Benefit Concert CDs comes from 2002, a year filed with excitement. Jerry Joseph, “The Kind of Place” and “Climb to Safety,” and Robert Randolph, “Looking Out My Window” and “Shake Your Hips,” are standouts on disc one. CD two contains the show’s finest moments, namely songs from a Bob Weir & Friends set that sent the crowd in to a frenzy, then closing with three tracks from Gov't Mule’s Deep End lineup.


5. Dani Wilde – Shine – A relative unknown Canadian songwriter, Dani Wilde is a force to be reckoned with. An artist in total control, Wilde plays guitar with classic Claptonesque precision. Her true magic, however, is heard in her voice. Many of the tracks on Shine evoke the emotions of a church of music, in much the way as Chris Robinson or Mike Farris. “How Do You Do It” is perhaps the finest example, an angelic voice, straight from Motown, wrapped with gospel keys wrapping blankets of melody around a voice that seems a divine gift from above.

6. Galactic – The Other Side of Midnight, Live in New Orleans – If you are a fan of Galactic, then you already know The Other Side of Midnight is undeniably the group’s musical masterpiece. Recorded at legendary Tipitina’s in October 2010, the disc features the band performing tighter than ever, particularly when asking another performer on stage. Guests include Cyril Neville on an outright nasty version of the classic Meters’ “Gossip,” Trombone Shorty, and Corey Henry from the Rebirth Brass Band, members of the Royal Family doing New Orleans proud.


7. Booker T Jones – The Road from Memphis – Backed by a band featuring members of The Roots, along with Motown guitar Dennis Coffey, the legendary Booker T. Jones delivers his best release since 1962’s Green Onions. The former child prodigy is joined at times by guests ranging from Sharon Jones to Lou Reed to My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Throughout, the disc calls to mind the funk/soul sounds that Jones and his organ helped create, the sounds that propelled Stax Records to fame.

8. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong – The second release from the California roots-based rock band Dawes, one of few groups on the national scene keeping the Laurel Canyon sound alive. Nothing Is Wrong shows a band continuing to evolve, honing their skills while writing world class music. Perhaps not original, but a walk through days gone by in Southern California, grooving to perfect harmonies of fine 70’s pop rock, does one’s soul good, reminding of good times good done, and others yet to come.


9. Chris Cornell – Songbook- Preparing to hit the road for an acoustic tour, Chris Cornell recorded a striped down batch of material that includes classic tracks from his former bands Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog. Though he stays true to the essence of the original song, Cornell’s soft, clear vocal deliver provides a new insight to the author’s original mindset when penning the material years ago. When Cornell covers Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You,” the listener can not only hear, but also feel, the sincerity of the emotion in his voice, and guitar, making this song alone worth the cost of the disc.

10. Warren Haynes Band – Man in Motion – Stepping away fro Gov’t Mule for most of the year did not mean there would be no new CD from the hardest working man in the music business, Mr. Warren Haynes. This seemed to be the logical time for Warren let his funk and soul side shine, something he occasionally displays with Mule or the Allman Brothers, though never prominently. With a band that includes bassist George Porter Jr., keyboardist Ivan Neville, former Faces piano player Ian McLagan, and saxophonist Ron Holloway, Warren uses his guitar more sparingly than usual, allowing more time to sing from deep in his soul. When he does cut lose on that Gibson guitar, the licks are as heartfelt and passionate as they come.


11. David Bromberg – Use Me – Bromberg’s emergence from a 17 year recording hiatus was greeted with huge critical acclaim. For his follow-up, Use Me, Bromberg decided to take a completely different approach and ask some of his favorite musicians to compose or select songs tailored to his distinctive style. Amongst the finest taking this master up on his offer were Los Lobos (“The Long Goodbye”), Vince Gill (“Lookout Mountain Girl”), Levon Helm “”Tongue” and “Bring it With You When You Come”), and Widespread Panic (“Old Neighborhood”). Though some may look at this as another cover album, most lovers of fine music will find Bromberg’s uniquely tasty picking to add just enough juice to the mix to take the material to extremely new heights, all the while remaining true to the brilliance of the original. An interesting journey, for sure.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Truth & Salvage Co. Perform with Nancy

KINGS OF LEON DOC TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 1

RCA Records is excited to announce the release of Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leonon November 1, 2011. The release will be available on both standard DVD and Blu Ray as well as digitally via iTunes. The DVD and Blu Ray editions will come with 45 minutes of bonus features including additional scenes not included in the film, two commentaries from the band and filmmakers as well as home-movie footage. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, garnered huge praise and was acquired by Showtime, premiering on the network on August 21.

 

When three teenaged brothers and their cousin rebelled against their strict, religious Southern upbringing to form Kings of Leon, their humble backstory garnered almost as much attention as their music.  Many questioned if they were really related and if rumors of their father being a Pentecostal preacher were true.  Since then, the band has achieved worldwide, Grammy®Award-winning success and Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon lies to rest the mystery and myths as it details the rise to fame from their bible belt beginnings.

 

The documentary kicks off at the annual Followill family reunion in the back woods of Talihina, OK, where the boys return to their roots and unwind with their family.  First-time director and Followill friend Stephen C. Mitchell weaves personal home videos, unedited interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's journey from their small-town beginnings -- spent in poverty and touring the circuit with their father, a Pentecostal evangelist minister, and their devout mother -- to living the rock star dream.    

 

Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon is produced by Casey McGrath for Phear Creative and executive produced by Nathan, Caleb, Jared and Matthew Followill.

"You Oughta Know" About Dawes

VH1 has selected Dawes as their "You Oughta Know" artist for the month of September.  Launched in 2004, VH1's "You Oughta Know" franchise introduces promising new artists on the rise to VH1's base of music lovers.  Many "You Oughta Know" artists have gone on to win industry awards and accolades including "Best New Artist" Grammy Awards and nominations.  This highly acclaimed franchise has helped break artists such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars, The Civil Wars, Colbie Caillat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Foster The People, The Fray, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, James Blunt, Mumford & Sons, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor and many, many others.

   

Dawes are certainly a worthy and deserving selection for the "You Oughta Know" distinction given their road warrior ethic, their passionate and compelling live performances, combined with their beautifully crafted studio material that show depth and maturity in songwriting and performance beyond their years.

 

The current single, "Time Spent In Los Angeles" (music video directed by Sam Jones) showcases their heartfelt lyrics that touch upon the feeling of constant movement and endless fleeting moments spent from time on the road that endear the band to listeners from the restlessness and yearning quality in their music.

   

A self described "American rock 'n' roll band," Dawes is comprised of four talented friends (among them, two brothers)- Taylor Goldsmith singer/guitarist, Griffin Goldsmith on drums, Tay Strathairn on the keyboard and bassist Wylie Gelber.

 

'Nothing Is Wrong' is the follow-up to the band's 2009 debut, 'North Hills' (featuring their breakout anthem, "When My Time Comes"), an extraordinary record that was released quietly and soon became regarded among critics and fans across the country as a classic and must-own favorite.

 

A collection of songs that expertly builds upon the template laid by 'North Hills', 'Nothing Is Wrong' sees Dawes displaying strong growth and evolution while still manifesting their distinctive, unforgettable voice with their modern Americana sound incorporating warm guitars in gorgeous modern folk arrangements.   

 

The album captures both Dawes' studio and stage approaches with their, matching the loose extemporaneity and crunchy dynamism of the band's live sets with finely honed arrangements and deft musicianship.

   

Dawes recently announced a North American fall tour, which they will be co-headlining with Blitzen Trapper.  The 29-date tour will hit major cities across the US and Canada, including New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, and San Francisco, culminating with a stop at The Music Box in Los Angeles.  Prior to their fall tour, Dawes spent the summer supporting Bright Eyes and M. Ward during the week of their album release, serving as Jackson Browne's opening act and backing band in Europe, and most recently, opening for Alison Krauss & Union Station throughout the US.

 

VH1's "You Oughta Know" package features music videos on VH1 and streamed music videos, interviews, original video programming, tour updates, photos and more on VH1.com.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Little Feat LIVE 1976 Part 2 with Lowell George

Little Feat LIVE 1976 Part 2 with Lowell George

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMbVw6BLOYI&feature=colike

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

LONGTIME CHARLIE DANIELS BAND KEYBOARDIST TAZ DIGREGORIO PASSES AWAY AT 67

Joel 'Taz' DiGregorio, longtime keyboard player and vocalist for The Charlie Daniels Band, has passed away.
 
DiGregorio died Wednesday night as a result of injuries he sustained in a single car accident in Cheatham County, TN, while driving to meet the CDB tour bus. The accident occurred on I-40 West of Nashville.  The band was scheduled to depart for Cumming, GA, for a concert appearance at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival on Oct. 13th.
 
The CDB has cancelled their concerts scheduled for tonight, Oct. 13th in Cumming, GA. at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival and Saturday, Oct. 15th in Waterbury, CT. at the Palace Theater.
 
From Southbridge, Mass., Taz was an original member of the CDB for over 40 years and a co-writer on many CDB songs, including "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."
 
"I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends," says Charlie Daniels. "The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We traveled many miles together and shared so many nights on the road. We're going to miss you buddy. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten.  We send our deepest condolences to the family."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Nicole Atkins Releases Free Live EP

 

 

 

NICOLE ATKINS TO RELEASE FREE LIVE EP NICOLE ATKINS AND THE BLACK SEA …TILL DAWN ON OCTOBER 6TH

 

Download Album Here

 

 

 

 

 

 Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea have releasde a new live EP Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea…Till Dawn, which is available for free download for a limited time.  The EP will be available online at all DSPs for purchase on October 11th.  Recorded this July at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, …Till Dawn captures Atkins' & The Black Sea's raw, energetic live performance. This EP follows the February release of her critically acclaimed sophomore album, Mondo Amore (Razor & Tie).  Known for her powerful and hypnotic sound, Nicole's bluesy, psychedelic songs showcase her stunning vocal range.  

 

Nicole has spent 2010 on the road playing a combination of headline shows, festival dates including Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, and Ottawa Blues Fest, and supporting The  Black Keys, Fountains of Wayne and the Avett Brothers.  This past March Nicole took SXSW by storm, her set hand-picked for broadcast on Last Call with Carson Daly while Time Magazine named her performance one of the 10 best of the festival    ....Till Dawn captures the live performance that Nicole Atkins and The Black Sea have become known for.  

 

Download her new live EP …Till Dawn  for free HERE (link: http://nicoleatkins.bandcamp.com/)

 

Watch exclusive 8MM live video of "My Baby Don't Lie" HERE.

 

October 6, 2011

…Till Dawn Track List:

1.       This Is For Love

2.       You Come To Me

3.       Hotel Plaster

4.       My Baby Don't Lie

5.       The Tower

 

Nicole Atkins Tour Dates:

Sept 17 -  Clark, NJ -  Union County MusicFest

Sept 20 - Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Center*

Sept 21 - Reading, PA -Sovereign Center*

Sept 25 - Gilford, NH Meadowbrook - U.S. Cellular Pavilion*

Sept 27 - Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang *

Sept 29 - New York, NY -Webster Hall

Oct 5 Brooklyn, NY  - Petty Fest- MHOW

Oct 6 - New York, NY Petty Fest - Bowery Ballroom

Oct  7 - Kingston, NY  - O+ Festival

Oct 13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Interview Show - Union Hall

* with Avett Brothers

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Landslide Records Sets November 15 Date for Sean Costello " At His Best - Live" with 16 Previously Unreleased Tracks

Sean Costello: At His Best – Live, a special album of live performances recorded by the late blues guitarist/singer, featuring 16 tracks of all previously unreleased live material recorded in the US and Europe from 2000-2007 will be released by Landslide Records on November 15. This first ever completely live album of Sean Costello performances includes 11 songs not on any prior Costello release. At His Best – Live was mastered by acclaimed producer/engineer Rodney Mills (Gregg Allman, Atlanta Rhythm Section) and represents the essence of Sean Costello's unique artistry and total devotion to the genre.

 

Landslide Records is distributed nationally in the U.S. by Select-O-Hits. A portion of the royalties from the sale of the album will benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bi-Polar Research (http://www.seancostellofund.org).

 

Throughout At His Best – Live, Costello demonstrates why he was tagged as a blues artist of immense talent and potential at the age of 16, and how he continued to deliver on that promise up until his tragic death in April, 2008, just one day shy of his 29th birthday.

It also documents the strong overall musicianship Sean surrounded himself with throughout his career. In September of 2009, Landslide Records released Sean's Blues, a 20-track memorial retrospective collection culled from his three commercial album releases from 1996 through 2001, as well as previously unreleased tracks, which garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

 

Now, on At His Best – Live, blues fans who never got to see Costello perform will hear what all the excitement was about; and for those fortunate enough to have experienced a Sean Costello show in-person, the new CD will bring back vivid memories of the energy force that drew audiences from all over the world to this incredibly talented musician.

 

"This CD release intends to share the incomparable power and magic of Sean Costello's shows," writes blues writer Tom Hyslop in the album's liner notes. "Drawing from clean soundboard recordings and warts-and-all, you-are-there audience tapes alike, it offers a fair representation of Costello's ever-evolving musical reach, including serious blues, sultry soul and R&B, and rock 'n' roll.

 

"When performing songs from his albums, Sean generally hewed closely to the reference versions. We have tried here to present rare performances in which Costello shook off those bonds and took artistic flight. More difficult was selecting the "best" takes of blues that Sean had not recorded, and therefore approached with complete liberty and palpable joy. On these favorites, his improvisations were reliably staggering, displaying his playful sense of humor, impeccable groove, chops, and attitude. It was a rare night that went by without Costello pulling down stars from the sky. Like his hero Johnnie Taylor, he was just doing his own thing. And how."

 

At His Best – Live showcases that special gift Sean Costello had to interpret songs and truly make them his own. The track list for the album highlights his mastery of Chicago blues, swing/jazz, funk, rhythm and blues, soul and rock. Highlights abound throughout the CD: witness his amazing take on Freddy King's "San-Ho-Zay", Lloyd Glenn's "Blue Shadows," Magic Sam's "All Your Love," Lowell Fulson's "Reconsider Baby" and Johnny "Guitar Watson's "Motor Head Baby" (wherein Sean ascends to interplanetary heights with his guitar work). On songs such as "T-Bone Boogie" and "The Hucklebuck," Costello exhibits a deft touch within the swing/jazz idiom with some amazing fretwork and interplay with standout keyboard player Matt Wauchope; and on such killer soul/rhythm & blues tracks as "I Get a Feeling," "Check It Out," "Can I Change My Mind" and "Doing My Own Thing," his soulful vocals and guitar work get inside the songs themselves. Closing out the set is Sean's version of Little Richard's classic, "Lucille," which shows that he could also rock out with the best of them.     

 

Sean Costello: At His Best – Live - Track Listing

1.   Introduction 

2.   San-Ho-Zay

3.   Blue Shadows

4.   T-Bone Boogie

5.   All Your Love

6.   I Get A Feeling

7.   Check It Out

8.   Can I Change My Mind

9.   You're Killing My Love

10. Reconsider Baby

11. Doing My Own Thing

12. The Hucklebuck

13. Motor Head Baby                       

14. Hold On This Time

15. The Battle Is Over But The War Goes On

16.  Peace Of Mind

17.  Lucille

Friday, October 28, 2011

John Fogerty To Perform Complete Credence Records at New York's Beacon Theatre

JOHN FOGERTY SET TO ROCK NEW YORK'S BEACON THEATRE

WITH UNPRECEDENTED TWO-NIGHT STAND;

 

ROCK & ROLL ICON TO PERFORM CLASSIC

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL ALBUMS

ALONGSIDE HIS AMAZING JUKEBOX OF TIMELESS HITS;

 

"COSMO'S FACTORY" SLATED FOR NOVEMBER 17TH,

FOLLOWED BY "GREEN RIVER" ON NOVEMBER 18TH

 

 

 

Legendary rocker John Fogerty has announced an unprecedented series of live shows at New York City's famed Beacon Theatre. "Looking Out My Back Door: John Fogerty Performs Live! The Albums of Creedence Clearwater Revival" will see Fogerty perform in their entirety "COSMO'S FACTORY" on November 17th and "GREEN RIVER" on November 18th. In addition, Fogerty will perform a bonus set comprising classic songs from the extraordinary CCR days to his solo canon of hits. Fogerty's special guests for both nights will be the acclaimed Delta Spirit.

 

Internet pre-sale tickets will be available beginning 8am EST this Saturday October 1. All remaining tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Monday October 10 at 10am EST. For full details and ticket information, please visit www.johnfogerty.com.

 

A number of additional live performances are also slated for November. Complete details can be found at www.johnfogerty.com/tour.aspx.

 

Fogerty and his crack band spent much the past summer rockin' all over the world, drawing rapturous critical acclaim at every stop. "Energetic, wired, and vital...Fogerty was simply a physical wonder to behold," exclaimed the Toronto Sun in a four-starred rave. The San Francisco Examiner declared Fogerty's "crowd-pleasing" set as one of the clear highlights of the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, while Rolling Stone pointed out that "Fogerty couldn't hold back his enthusiasm."

 

John Fogerty is a true American treasure, one of popular music's all-time greatest singers, guitar players, and songwriters. His remarkable career began in his hometown of El Cerrito, California, soon earning massive popular and critical success with the one and only Creedence Clearwater Revival. As leader of CCR, Fogerty forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound all his own, equal parts blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, swamp boogie, and Southern fried rock 'n' roll, all united by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective.

 

From 1968 to 1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival unleashed an incredible succession of hit singles and platinum certified albums that remains unparalleled in the annals of rock 'n' roll history. Their expansive cover of "Suzie Q" was followed by a stunning series of Fogerty-penned favorites that dominated rock and pop radio, including "Proud Mary," "Down On The Corner," "Born On The Bayou," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," and what remains the definitive anti-war anthem, "Fortunate Son."

 

"GREEN RIVER," the second of three CCR albums released in 1969, proved their first out-and-out blockbuster. Fuelled by the smash singles, "Bad Moon Rising" and "Green River," not to mention the immortal "Lodi," the album spent three weeks atop the Billboard 200, confirming Fogerty's status among American rock 'n' roll's preeminent artists.

 

1970's "COSMO'S FACTORY" marked Creedence Clearwater Revival's biggest seller and greatest critical triumph. The album - currently certified 4x-platinum by the RIAA - stands tall as a veritable jukebox of iconic rock 'n' roll, from "Travelin' Band" and "Who'll Stop The Rain," to "Run Through The Jungle" and "Up Around The Bend," to "Lookin' Out My Back Door" and the epic "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."

 

After Creedence Clearwater Revival called it quits in 1972, Fogerty embarked on what would prove to be an equally impressive solo career. Among its many highlights are 1975's "JOHN FOGERTY" - featuring the rollicking "Rockin' All Over The World" - and 1985's #1 phenomenon, "CENTERFIELD." With its trio of timeless hit singles, including "The Old Man Down The Road," "Rock And Roll Girls," and the irresistible title track, the multi-platinum collection marked Fogerty's glorious return to the forefront of modern rock 'n' roll.

 

1997's "BLUE MOON SWAMP" earned Fogerty further acclamation, as well as a Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album." Among his many other honors are induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the BMI Pop Music Awards' prestigious "BMI Icon," and Performance Magazine's "Theater Tour of the Year" Award. In addition, Fogerty and "Centerfield" were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies - the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies.

 

Having made infrequent live appearances in the 90s, by 2004 he had made a full-throated return to the road, including the MoveOn.org-sponsored Vote For Change tour and his first series of European dates in more than three decades. Other live highlights include 2009's 25thAnniversary Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Benefit Concerts at Madison Square Garden (which saw him performing alongside Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band) and a stellar main stage set at 2010's Bonnaro Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Still going strong in 2011, Fogerty and his always electrifying backing band bring it each time they step upon a stage, performing his mind-blowing body of work to generation after generation of adoring fans.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Arthur Channel featuring current and former members of The Wallflowers, RHCP, QOTSA and more announce debut single and LA show

Well-known names on the national and Los Angeles music scene Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eleven, Pearl Jam),  Greg Richling (The Wallflowers) and Alain Johannes  (Eleven,  Queens Of The Stone Age,  Them Crooked Vultures)  have combined forces with vocalist Jonathan Greene to create a new project called Arthur Channel.
 
The first single "Vapor" boasts a familiar yet non-derivative sound with its propulsive rhythm, shimmering  guitars and hauntingly anthemic  vocals.  The track is available at iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vapor-single/id472519105 and can be streamed at http://www.arthurchannel.com/.  A full length release will follow in the first quarter of 2012 with tour dates to follow.
 
The band performs its Los Angeles debut at Sunset Strip institution The Viper Room at 9PM on Thursday, October 27.  Tickets at the door are $15 and advance tickets can be purchased for $12 athttp://www.viperroom.com/blog/?page_id=1910 .

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jason Aldean Reveals first Cities for 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR!‏

  After setting attendance records across the country this past summer, CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean announced today that he is extending his MY KINDA PARTY tour into 2012.  Fellow Georgia native and Capitol Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan will join Aldean in 2012 as special guest.  The only date announced thus far; Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 24 sold out in just minutes. 
 
"I never want this year to end," said Aldean. "This has been the best year of my career, and our shows just keep getting bigger and better, so we're just going to take the party on into the new year.  Luke and I are really good friends…we hang out on our off days, we hunt and fish together, and we love to play music to our fans.  It's gonna be a blast." 
 
Aldean is currently on the road finishing up the remaining dates on the Fall leg of the 2011 MY KINDA PARTY tour, ending Oct. 28 in San Diego, CA.  The new leg will begin in January with more details to be announced in the coming weeks.
 
FIRST ANNOUNCED CITIES ON THE 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR:
Cedar Falls, IA
Champaign, IL
Charlottesville, VA
Dayton, OH
East Rutherford, NJ
Fayetteville, NC
Green Bay, WI
Greenville, SC
Huntsville, AL
Jonesboro, AR
Kansas City, MO
Nashville, TN
Oklahoma City, OK
Orlando, FL
St. Paul, MN
Tupelo, MS
Wichita, KS
 
Aldean is tied for the most nominations with five nods for the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards, including his first ever in the categories of Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.  His current Top 20 single "Tattoos On This Town" is the fourth release off his DOUBLE PLATINUM album MY KINDA PARTY and follows three consecutive PLATINUM certified and No. one hits for the disc.  Aldean currently claims the top selling country album of the year.
 
Capitol Records Nashville artist Luke Bryan released his newest CD, tailgates & tanlines, earlier this summer debuting at No. one on the Billboard Country Albums chart and clinching the No. two spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.  The album's first single, "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," has sold over one million copies and became the fastest rising single of his career.  Bryan's tailgates & tanlines album is the follow up to his GOLD-certified album Doin' My Thing, which produced three back-to-back No. one singles - "Do I," "Rain Is A Good Thing" and "Someone Else Calling You Baby."  
 
For a full list of tour dates and ticket info as it becomes available, visit www.jasonaldean.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.livenation.com.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"The Grateful Dead Movie" Debuts On Blu-ray November 1

The Grateful Dead Movie will see its first-ever Blu-ray release on November 1, when Shout! Factory releases a deluxe 2-disc version, with the feature film on Blu-ray and a DVD loaded with an extensive slate of bonus features.

 

Co-directed by Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead Movie was originally released in 1977, and captures performances from five October 1974 shows at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. In an essay accompanying the Blu-ray, Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead biographer and the former publicist for the band, writes "when the Dead concluded that their epic achievement in sound design, the Wall of Sound, was a fabulous albatross threatening to destroy them, and that a substantial break would follow five mid-October 1974 shows at Winterland, and Who Knew?—maybe these really were The Last Shows—it was the most logical thing in the world for Jerry to hire a film crew and have a movie to make during the hiatus in Dead touring. Like most Dead projects, The Grateful Dead Movie was substantially improvised and required massive amounts of really peculiar synchronicity to work—and somehow came out great in the end."

 

Disc 1 of The Grateful Dead Movie features the film in its entirety on Blu-ray, transferred from the original 35mm film negative in High Definition and presented in 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio. The performances include Dead classics such as "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," and "Casey Jones."

 

Disc 2 is a DVD containing more than 95 minutes of bonus concert footage, including "Uncle John's Band," "Sugaree," "The Other One‚" "Spanish Jam‚" "Mind Left Body Jam‚" "Scarlet Begonias," "China Cat Sunflower‚" "I Know You Rider," "Dark Star," and "Weather Report Suite." Also included in the bonus features are the option for visible lyrics, a feature-length commentary with supervising editor Susan Crutcher and film editor John Nutt, the documentary films "A Look Back," "Making of the Animated Sequence," and "Making of the DVD," the television commercial for the Mars Hotelalbum from 1974, multicamera and multitrack audio demonstrations, and an extensive photo gallery of production notes, photos, film stills and other historical items from the Movie's production.

 

Additionally, viewers can choose which sound mix they want, including a 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio presentation of the original theatrical audio mix, a DTS 5.1 audio mix, mixed from the master multitrack tapes, or the PCM 2.0 audio mix, all from the master multitrack tapes. The bonus songs were transferred from the 16mm camera-original film negative, with audio from the master multitrack tapes offered in both a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix or Dolby Digital 2.0 audio mix.

 

The legendary Grateful Dead Movie is known for its remarkably intimate look at the band and the Deadhead scene of the time. Now fans can enjoy the film in high definition as never before.

 

Fans who preorder The Grateful Dead Movie directly from Shout! Factory will receive an exclusive bumper sticker with their order, while supplies last. Additionally, it will ship on October 18, two weeks before being available in stores. For more info, visit: www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257509

 

The Grateful Dead Movie is the first in a line of Grateful Dead films slated for release by Shout! Factory in collaboration with Rhino Entertainment. Future releases will include The Closing Of Winterland, Dead Ahead, Truckin' Up To Buffalo, Ticket To New Year's, Downhill From Here, View From The Vault, View From The Vault Vol. 2, View From The Vault Vol. 3, View From The Vault Vol. 4 and So Far, a 1987 film that has previously only been available on VHS and laserdisc.

 

Chapter Indexes

1. Animation

2. U.S. Blues

3. One More Saturday Night

4. Bill Graham's Crew Introduction

5. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad

6. Soundcheck

7. Truckin'

8. Eyes Of The World

9. Ripped Off Fan

10. Sugar Magnolia

11. It's Like A Continuous Trip

12. Intermission

13. Playing In The Band

14. Levy Gets In

15. Stella Blue

16. Casey Jones

17. The Om People

18. Weirdness From He's Gone

19. Morning Dew

20. Encore Break

21. Johnny B. Goode

22. It Must Have Been The Roses/End Credits

 

Bonus Songs

Uncle John's Band

Sugaree

The Other One

Spanish Jam

Mind Left Body Jam

The Other One

Scarlet Begonias

China Cat Sunflower

I Know You Rider

Dark Star

Weather Report Suite

 

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory's DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company's audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable "best of" compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. With its fingers on the pulse of pop culture, Shout! Factory continues to impact the entertainment media landscape through acquisition of top quality programming for home entertainment releases. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Brandon Schott "13 Satellites"

Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Brandon Schott returns with his most vibrant and playful collection of songs to date,
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Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Brandon Schott returns with his 4th record, "13 Satellites" on October 25th.  After the quiet catharsis that was his 2009's post cancer reflection DANDELION, Brandon celebrates life with his most vibrant and playful collection of songs to date. Brandon, originally from Northern Virginia, has been named one of Music Connections Hot 100 Artists four years in a row. Additionally, his song "Fire Season" won Best Song in the Acoustic/Folk category at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. 

"13 SATELLITES" was born as a cross-continental collaboration with drummer Billy Hawn during the spring of 2010 - and also features tracks flown in from Portland, OR, Manchester, NH, and the not-quite-as-far-away Burbank, CA where Schott's longtime collaborator Jason Wormer (Steve Earle, Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello & T-Bone Burnett) mixed and mastered the record into a warm, deep groove.  "A true Satellite project, for sure", states Schott.

The songs on "13 Satellites" reflect a new beginning, both in life and in art.   The record is  "a celebration of all we had gone through as a family, and a childlike wonder at all that was to come," Brandon says.  This wide-eyed spirit shines through these 13 songs, from the whimsical free fall that is the first single "Satellite", to the eastern spirituality of "Flowers Fading", to the piano romp that is "Exploding Angel". The sound of the late Beatles is apparent throughout the record vocally and tonally, not to mention it's whimsical enigmatic feel. This is the first of Brandon's records to be purely recorded and self-produced at his home studio in Glendale.
 
Brandon has already gained some early coverage on his new album. WXPN, a prominent radio station, recently picked up his single "satellite" off the album.  Armed with a passel of breathtaking songs, Schott has got the goods to make it big in these musically perilous times.
 
"13 Satellites" will be released October 25th simultaneously with an animated Monty-Pythonesque music video for the song "Satellite".

Friday, September 23, 2011

Jess Franklin Trio 4 18 9 LONG HAIRED COUNTRY BOY

One of my favorite performers, serving up on of my favorite songs. A wonderful birthday-eve gift for Fred...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tony Lucca's "Under The Influence" Recalls Past Hits

Tony Lucca will be releasing his covers album, Under The Influence, on September 27, 2011, via Rock Ridge Music.  A 10-song compilation of tunes (see full track listing below) by artists that influenced Lucca as a musician and songwriter, the album was produced by Mike Vizcarra (Brian Wright, Ladies Gun Club, Truth & Salvage Co.).  Under The Influence is the next entry in Lucca's catalogue and follows on the heels of 2010's Rendezvous With The Angels.
 
Says Lucca of his latest musical undertaking:  "Under The Influence was originally going to be called Wish List, consisting of songs I wish I had written. These, of course, would have been songs I've spent the last 20 or so years learning and playing for people. However, when it came time to make the record, I realized that what I could stand to benefit from more would be something a bit less conventional, maybe say, a little less predictable. After some great discussions with my producer Mike Vizcarra and our friend Brian Wright, we decided to dig a little deeper, come up with a set of songs that might pay a greater 'homage,' songs that could possibly reflect a deeper sense of well, influence." 
 
After appearing on the "Mickey Mouse Club" for six years in the early '90s, Lucca went the Internet route and sold his first two independent releases, his debut So Satisfied (1997) and the follow-up Strong Words, Softly Spoken (1999), through his own website. His first commercially distributed album, Shotgun, arrived in 2004. It was succeeded by his Rock Ridge Music debut Canyon Songs (2006), Come Around Again (2008), and the aforementioned Rendezvous With The Angels (2010).  His songs have been featured on TV's "Friday Night Lights," "Brothers & Sisters," "Shark," and "Felicity" and in Kevin Costner's feature "Open Range." He has been seen on E! Entertainment Television and A&E, and performed numerous times on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly." 
 
Over the course of his career, Lucca has shared stages with *Nsync, Marc Anthony, Macy Gray, Johnny Lang, the late Chris Whitley, Sara Bareilles, and Tyrone Wells.  Lucca has also completed several cooperative tours with Jay Nash and Matt Duke (which resulted in TFDI, a collaborative EP recorded at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, and released by Rykodisc in late 2009, and When I Stop Running, a full-length album by the trio that was released by Rock Ridge Music in the summer of 2011).
 
Under The Influence Track Listing:
  1. Find The Cost Of Freedom (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  2. State Trooper (Bruce Springsteen)
  3. Dirty Work (Steely Dan)
  4. Grandma's Hands (Bill Withers)
  5. That's The Way (Led Zeppelin)
  6. You Got Lucky (Tom Petty)
  7. Baby Driver (Simon & Garfunkel)
  8. Waiting On A Friend (Rolling Stones)
  9. Angel (Jimi Hendrix)
  10. Dirt Floor (Chris Whitley)
 
Under The Influence Song-By-Song, by Tony Lucca:
 
"Find The Cost of Freedom" (Crosby, Stills & Nash) - "Find The Cost of Freedom" is one of the most poignant songs ever crafted by one of my earliest influences, Crosby, Stills and Nash. The weight of the lyric, matched only by the strength of their signature harmonic structure, left an indelible mark on my early years of music appreciation/understanding. 
"State Trooper" (Bruce Springsteen) - I never knew I was a Bruce Springsteen fan until I heard the record "Nebraska." "State Trooper" hit me from the very first listen and the imagery stayed with me ever since. Again, Bruce might not have been someone I would think to cover but I can say without reservation that my songwriting improved immensely after hearing this song. 
"Dirty Work" (Steely Dan) - I'm a huge Steely Dan fan and have always considered Donald Fagan a strong lyrical influence. Trying to find something by them to cover for this project was somewhat of a challenge because most of their work falls outside my personal musical vocabulary. However, "Dirty Work," aside from being the only Steely Dan song NOT sung by Fagan (and ironically their only #1 hit, I believe) had a familiar sense of melancholy to it that I thought might lend itself well to the project. Ultimately, we left no trace of the melancholy on this cover but rather created what I feel to be the stand-out, feel-good track of the record.
"Grandma's Hands" (Bill Withers) - "Grandma's Hands" is not only one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite vocal influences, but it also reflects my love and reverence for one of my greatest influences ever, my Grandma, Eunice Stevenson. She was the mother of 12 music-making children and had a voice every bit as compelling as Sarah Vaughan's. Her spirit has been an inherent element in my career from the very beginning.  
"That's The Way" (Led Zeppelin) - "That's The Way" has always been one of my favorite Zeppelin songs. There was always something so contemplative about Robert Plant's tone in that recording that it almost begs you to examine the meaning of the lyric. There are so many layers to it. Of course, it's almost sacrilege to attempt to out-rock Zeppelin, so we were content to tackle something more on the acoustic side of their catalogue.
"You Got Lucky" (Tom Petty) - One of the cooler things about growing up in Generation X was that I can fully recall the advent of MTV. The songs and videos that were introduced to the world at that time were some of the most ground-breaking works in music history, and remain so today. When I saw Mike Campbell reach for that hollow-body Gretsch in Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" video, I swore someday I would have that very guitar and maybe even be half as cool as Mike Campbell when I played it. I've yet to acquire that guitar but we did take an honest stab at the song from which the dream was born.
"Baby Driver" (Simon & Garfunkel) - I would say that of all the great lyricists of the past four or five decades, no one has had as strong an impact on me as Paul Simon. I knew I wanted to cover something by him (and possibly Art Garfunkel) but was excited to find something a bit more obscure. Brian Wright actually brought "Baby Driver" to the project and I knew we'd have a lot of fun recording it.
"Waiting On A Friend" (Rolling Stones) - "Waiting On A Friend" always struck me as the coolest dude's anthem. Mick Jagger has a great way of painting contrast, and this song really reflects that. Again, this was one of those early-on MTV images that never slipped away from my memory. I love how the video starts off with Mick out on the stoop with Peter Tosh, in front of the same brownstone that was photographed on the cover of Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti." Lotta rock-n-roll trivia in there. 
"Angel" (Jimi Hendrix) - "Angel" was the ideal duo for this record: me singing to Mike's raw solo electric accompaniment. I have always been amazed at how vulnerable Jimi allowed himself to be. His lyrics are so vivid and otherwordly, of course to say nothing of his earth-shattering guitar work. Putting a Jimi Handrix cover on the record is an honor I could never take lightly. 
"Dirt Floor" (Chris Whitley) - It took me some time to fully appreciate the work of Chris Whitley. However, it took only a couple listens to his Dirt Floor record before I started stealing little things here and there. I've always been a fan of alternate guitar tunings and Chris seemed to have taken this to a whole other level, not to mention his almost crooner-like melodic sense, featured prominently here in this a cappella version of the title track. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Marissa Nadler Collaborates with Cloud Seeding On "Ink Jar"

Boston-based songstress Marissa Nadler and NY collaborative project Cloud Seeding have released a brand new video for the track "Ink Jar," as Nadler prepares for a set of North American dates with James Vincent McMorrow and a European fall tour. Spearheaded by Brooklyn-based guitarist Kevin Serra (This Ascension, Lot 49), Cloud Seeding is a music singles project conceived as a space of collaboration to showcase vocalists he admires. Nadler is the first vocalist to team up with Serra, penning the vocals for this song.Directed by Christopher Arcella, the video features actors Ray Lorini and Vera Arcella on a cosmic love journey and can be watched at YouTube or Vimeo    

 

After releasing several albums with Kemado (and having one of her songs inspire the name for vinyl start-up Mexican Summer), Nadler ventured out independently for her critically acclaimed self-titled album, which has been featured on NPR "World Cafe: Next," NPR First ListenVogue, KEXPPitchfork 'Overlooked Records of 2011' with an 8.1 album review, and as one of SPIN's "5 Best New Artists for June," among others. 

     

Marissa Nadler On Tour

 

09/09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
09/10 - Boston, MA - Bright Music Hall*
09/11 - Montreal, QC, Canada - La Sala Rossa*
09/13 - Toronto, ON, Canada - Elmo
09/15 - Chicago, IL - Hideout Inn*
09/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall*
09/17 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center*
09/23 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live w/ Sharon Van Etten
10/04 - London, United Kingdom- Bush Hall
10/06 - Berlin, Germany - Comet
10/07 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich/Turmzimmer 
10/08 -  Copenhagen, Denmark- Pumpehuset 
10/09 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser 
10/10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Hendriksberg 
10/11 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver 
10/12 - Bergen, Norway -  Perfect Sounds Forever 
10/14 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi 
10/15 - Turku, Finland - Dynamo
10/16 - Helsinki, Finald - Kuudes Linja  

*with James Vincent McMorrow