ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dies Aged 72

ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dies Aged 72

Lauren Leadingham

“We will forever be connected to that Blues Shuffle in C.”

Following a leave of absence due to a hip issue, long-bearded ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has died. He passed away in his sleep at the age of 72. Born in Dallas, Hill later moved to Houston, where he met primary lead vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons.

Gibbons and Frank Beard made this statement:

We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX.  We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top.’ We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C.”

You will be missed greatly, amigo.

ZZ Top formed in 1969 as a trio, with Hill joining soon after and staying with them for more than 50 years until his passing — instrumental in their Chicago blues-meets-Texas shuffle signature sound. 

Hill’s legacy will live on through that little ol’ band from Texas’s larger-than-life blues rock. And I thank you.

*Feature image credit: Phil Solomonson / Philamonjaro Studio

 

Violent Femmes Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of ‘Why Do Birds Sing?’ With Deluxe Reissue

Violent Femmes Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of ‘Why Do Birds Sing?’ With Deluxe Reissue

American Blues Scene Staff

Deluxe 2-CD and digital formats include previously unreleased outtakes and alternative takes, plus a complete 1991 concert recording

Craft Recordings is pleased to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Violent Femmes’ Why Do Birds Sing? with a reissue of the bestselling album from the folk-punk pioneers. Due out October 8th and available for pre-order today, the deluxe 2-CD and digital formats will feature newly remastered audio, a trove of previously unreleased material(including alternative takes and outtakes), and a complete concert from 1991 (captured at The Boathouse in Norfolk, VA). Fans can visit digital platforms today to pre-save the album or stream or download the advance single, “Me and You,” a track recorded during the album’s original recording sessions, but unreleased until now.

Also available is a vinyl reissue of the original 13-track album, featuring freshly remastered favorites like “American Music” and the band’s inspired cover of Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.” A limited pressing on translucent red vinylwill be available exclusively via the band’s website and CraftRecordings.com, while select indie record stores will offer a smoke-colored edition.

The bonus-filled CD and digital editions offer early versions of songs that wound up on later albums, including a stripped-down version of “Color Me Once,” which was later released on The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), as well as original takes of “4 Seasons” and “Breaking Up” from the band’s 1994 album, New Times. Rounding out the unreleased material is an alternate mix of the song “American Music,” which is quite different from the album version. Also included is “Dance M.F. Dance!” which was originally released as a B-side internationally. Meanwhile, the live recording from The Boathouse concert in Norfolk, VA is being released in audio format for the first time(previously available only as part of the band’s 2005 DVD collection, Permanent Record: Live & Otherwise). 

Born out of the Milwaukee underground, Violent Femmes—who are celebrating their 40thanniversary this year—formed in the early ‘80s by Gordon Gano (vocals, guitar), Brian Ritchie (bass), and Victor DeLorenzo (percussion). Blending jittery folk-rock and punk sensibilities with a heavy dose of teenage angst, the band gained a fervent fanbase, thanks to their 1983 self-titled debut. Several of the album’s enduring tracks, including “Blister in the Sun,” “Kiss Off,” “Gone Daddy Gone,” and “Please Do Not Go” became college radio hits and made the Violent Femmes one of the biggest alt-rock groups of the decade.

By the turn of the ‘90s, the Violent Femmes had released three more studio albums (1984’s Hallowed Ground, 1986’s The Blind Leading the Naked, and, after a brief hiatus, 1988’s 3). For their next effort, however, the newly reunited trio wanted to try something new and, as Ritchie tells journalist Jeff Slate in the liner notes, “regain some of the energy that we had in the beginning.” 

The first step was finding the right producer. Michael Beinhorn—a former member of the pioneering group Material, who went on to helm albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and Soul Asylum—fit the bill. “Beinhorn was the most eccentric producer we met with,” Ritchie recalls. “More importantly, he understood our strengths as a trio, and the intimacy of the sound, and our improvisational nature, and wanted to focus on Gordon’s lyrics.”

As the band recorded Why Do Birds Sing?, they found themselves returning to their classic Violent Femmes-era sound, particularly with songs like “Out The Window” and “Look Like That.” They also revisited several compositions from their earliest days, including “Girl Trouble,” “Life is a Scream,” and “Flamingo Baby.” Additionally, upon Beinhorn’s urging, the band chose to record an unlikely cover: Culture Club’s 1982 hit, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.” “We took it as a challenge,” laughs Gano, who reworked the majority of the lyrics, making the song sound like a Violent Femmes original. Ritchie adds, “It was an experiment that turned out really well…in fact, we bumped into Boy George once in a hotel bar and he told us, ‘That is the best cover of any of our songs anyone’s ever done.’

 Why Do Birds Sing? also included one of the group’s most commercially successful singles, “American Music,” which hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart and has since become an essential song at shows. Based on a vintage-inspired shuffle, the track stands out in the Violent Femmes’ catalog. “‘American Music’ communicates a lot,” notes Ritchie. “But the arrangement has a lot of very interesting touches, and we thought it was a good production of a great song that encapsulated a lot of music history in one track, so that’s why it led off the album.”

Released in the spring of 1991, Why Do Birds Sing? pushed the Violent Femmes into their highest level of mainstream success—nearly a decade into their career. Over the next few years, the band became a must-see act at festivals like Lollapalooza and Woodstock ’94, while their videos could be seen regularly on MTV. As the group was embraced by a new generation of fans, Violent Femmes entered the Billboard 200 for the first time since its release and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Why Do Birds Sing? also marks the trio’s final album to feature their original line-up, before drummer Victor DeLorenzo departed the group. Despite the change in personnel, the Violent Femmes continued to record new material throughout the ‘90s, while their earliest songs remained in the zeitgeist, thanks to popular shows and films such as My So-Called Life andReality Bites. After taking an extended hiatus in the late aughts, all three original members briefly reunited for a handful of live appearances, including a highly anticipated set at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In 2019, ahead of the band’s 40th anniversary, Gano, Ritchie, and newcomer John Sparrow released Violent Femmes’ tenth studio album, Hotel Last Resort.

This fall, the Violent Femmes are excited to return to the road with an extensive 30-date U.S. tour, co-headlining with Celtic punk band Flogging Molly, before heading to Australia and New Zealand in early 2022. The tour begins on September 3rd at the Saint Louis Music Park in Maryland Heights, MO. Full tour itinerary below and visit ViolentFemmes.com for tickets.

Click here to pre-order Why Do Birds Sing? (Deluxe Edition), or stream/download the advance single and pre-save the album.

Tracklist – Why Do Birds Sing? (Deluxe Edition) (2-CD/digital editions):

Disc 1

  • American Music 
  • Out the Window
  • Look Like That 
  • Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 
  • Hey Nonny Nonny 
  • Used to Be 
  • Girl Trouble 
  • He Likes Me 
  • Life is a Scream
  • Flamingo Baby 
  • Lack of Knowledge 
  • More Money Tonight 
  • I’m Free
  • Me and You*
  • Color Me Once (Early Version)*
  • 4 Seasons (Early Version)*
  • Breaking Up (Early Version)*
  • American Music (Alternate Mix)*
  • Dance, M.F., Dance!
  • Disc 2

  • Look Like That (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Out The Window (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Fat (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Blister in the Sun (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Prove My Love (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Country Death Song (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Old Mother Reagan (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991) 
  • Confessions (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Girl Trouble (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Add It Up (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • Good Feeling (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • More Money Tonight (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
  • * Previously-unreleased material

    Tracklist – Why Do Birds Sing? (Deluxe Edition) (vinyl edition):

    Side A

  • American Music
  • Out the Window
  • Look Like That
  • Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
  • Hey Nonny Nonny
  • Used to Be
  • Side B

  • Girl Trouble
  • He Likes Me
  • Life is a Scream
  • Flamingo Baby
  • Lack of Knowledge
  • More Money Tonight
  • I’m Free
  • Violent Femmes 2021 U.S. tour dates with Flogging Molly:

    September 3: Maryland Heights, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park

    September 4: Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheatre at White River State Park

    September 8: Columbus, OH @ Express Live!

    September 10: Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

    September 11: Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

    September 12: Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage

    September 14: Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom

    September 15: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

    September 17: Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion

    September 18: Rochester, NY @ Rochester Main Street Armory

    September 19: Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

    September 21: New York, NY @ Pier 17

    September 22: New Haven, CT @ Westville Music Bowl

    September 24: Philadelphia, PA @ Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House

    September 25: Big Flats, NY @ Tag’s Summer Stage – The Budweiser Summer Stage at Tag’s

    September 26: Washington, DC @ The Anthem

    October 5: Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom

    October 6: Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center

    October 8: Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre

    October 9: Las Vegas, NV @ The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

    October 10: Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre

    October 12: Sacramento, CA @ Heart Health Park

    October 13: Fresno, CA @ Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheater

    October 15: Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater

    October 16: Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater

    October 17: Eugene, OR @ The Cuthbert Amphitheater

    October 19: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

    October 20: Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom

    October 22: Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theater

    October 23: Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory

    Foo Fighters To Rock Alaska For The First Time

    Foo Fighters To Rock Alaska For The First Time

    American Blues Scene Staff

    The band to play three dates in Anchorage and Fairbanks

    Not content to bring live rock n roll marathons back to the Lower 48, Foo Fighters have confirmed a three-show expedition to Alaska.The band will play its first ever shows in the Last Frontier August 17th and 19th at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, and August 21st at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. 

    Screengrab of MSG concert 2021

    For anyone who’s been living under a glacier, Foo Fighters’ Alaskan dates are the latest addition to a U.S. itinerary that kicked off last month with the now legendary sold-out, full-capacity Madison Square Garden show that welcomed live music back to New York.

    In addition to several festival appearances, Foo Fighters will play headlining gigs celebrating their 26th anniversary. Full itinerary below.

     

    Foo Fighters 2021-2022 Tour Dates:

    07/28 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center 

    07/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater 

    08/01 — Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

    07/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater

    08/03 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater 

    08/05 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Azura Amphitheater 

    08/07 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheater 

    08/09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater 

    08/17 – Anchorage, AK @ Dena’ina Center

    08/19 – Anchorage, AK @ Dena’ina Center

    08/21 – Fairbanks, AK @ Carlson Center

    09/03 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo

    09/05 — Napa Valley, CA @ Bottlerock Napa Valley

    10/08-10 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest

    11/10 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Sol

    11/12-13 – Monterrey, MX @ Tecate Pal Norte

    05/27-29 — Boston, MA @ Boston Calling

    06/02 – Berlin, DE @ Flughafen Templehof

    06/08 — Berlin, DE @ Flughafen Tempelhof

    06/10 — Nickelsdorf, AT @ Nova Rock Festival

    06/12 — Milan, IT @ I-Days

    06/14 – Basel, CH @ St. Jakob-Park

    06/16 — Valencia, ES @ Ciudad de las Artes y Las Ciencias

    06/18 — Lisbon, PT @ Rock in Rio Lisbon

    06/20 – Madrid, ES @ Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

    06/22 — Nimes, FR @ Festival de Nimes

    06/23 – Nimes, FR @ Festival de Nimes

     

    All tickets can be purchased here.

     

    *Feature image credit: Danny Clinch

    Listen: New Single By Magnolia Drive, ‘The Girl On Sugar Pie Lane’

    Listen: New Single By Magnolia Drive, ‘The Girl On Sugar Pie Lane’

    Lauren Leadingham

    “With the upbeat bounce of the music and the beckoning cry for love in the lyrics, it just checked all the boxes for a fine Magnolia Drive bluegrass recording!”

    Today Mountain Fever Records presents the new single from Magnolia Drive, “The Girl on Sugar Pie Lane.” True country music fans may recognize this tune recorded by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos, written by Tommy Collins in 1968. 

    Magnolia Drive includes Don Robinson on banjo and vocals; Steve “Speed” Nowell on bass and vocals; Mike Nowell on guitar and vocals; and Cory Burton on mandolin and vocals. Together these seasoned bluegrass musicians have a silvery, high-energy command of both traditional and contemporary bluegrass. Hailing from the State of Mississippi, Magnolia Drive have worked together for over ten years, joining Mountain Fever Records in early 2021. 

    Of the single, Nowell enthuses:

    “The Girl on Sugar Pie Lane” is a great song. Tommy Collins wrote many fantastic tunes, with some becoming instant hits. This one is on the lighter side of love but no less a hit to us. Some of Buck’s recordings did not receive as much notoriety as others, but this one was certainly a chart-topper to us when we first heard this song.

    With the upbeat bounce of the music and the beckoning cry for love in the lyrics, it just checked all the boxes for a fine Magnolia Drive bluegrass recording! It’s a fun song to perform, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it on the radio and other platforms.

    Last year, the band received the honor of being chosen by the International Bluegrass Music Association as an official video Showcase Artist. Music fans can watch these performances on the band’s YouTube channel and catch them this year in Raleigh, NC during the IBMA conference at Mountain Fever’s private showcase!

     

    Magnolia Drive

    Mud Morganfield, Muddy Waters’ Eldest Son, Signs With Delmark Records

    Mud Morganfield, Muddy Waters’ Eldest Son, Signs With Delmark Records

    American Blues Scene Staff

    Mud Morganfield’s single debut on Delmark Records will appear this fall!

    Delmark Records, the oldest continuously operating blues & jazz independent record label in the US, announces a major addition to its roster: Mud MorganfieldMuddy Waters‘ eldest son. Morganfield’s first release on Delmark will be a digital single entitled “Praise Him”. The song, written and composed by the artist, will appear before September 1st.

     

    Multi-award-winning artist Mud Morganfield is an established star in the world of Blues music. The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud was brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. Mud’s singing is firmly in best of traditions of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs and he is backed by some of the best musicians playing today. He is acclaimed by both critics and artists such as Buddy Guy and Jools Holland for his own musical ability,

    Mud’s latest album, They Call Me Mud, was released on March 9, 2018, enjoying extensive airplay and great reviews.

    Mud’s award-winning album, Son of the Seventh Son, was launched in 2012 and earned great reviews. The album was nominated in the Best Album and the Traditional Blues Male Artist Album categories of the 2013 Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards. In 2014, Mud’s collaboration with Kim Wilson, the album For Pops, attracted more critical acclaim and awards.

    “Praise Him” – Lyrics and Music by Mud Morganfield

    Mud Morganfield:  “I’ve done and seen many things in my life. From drugs to gang wars, to hustling the streets. I not only have a duty but a responsibility to tell you all that I am a walking testimony to what God can do.”

     

    Vocals: Mud Morganfield

    Guitar work: Rick Kreher & Mike Wheeler

    Bass: Mud Morganfield

    Drums and shaker: Cameron Lewis

    Keys: Luca Chiellini

    Choir singers: Felicia Collins, Shantina Lowe, Demetrius Hall

    Engineer Blaise Barton – Joyride Studios

    Written, Composed and Produced by Mud Morganfield

     

    *Feature image: Mud Morganfield at Delmark’s studio, with label President Julia A. Miller and Artistic Director Elbio Barilari

     

     

    Singer, Songwriter, Pianist Clint Morgan Drops ‘Troublemaker’

    Singer, Songwriter, Pianist Clint Morgan Drops ‘Troublemaker’

    American Blues Scene Staff

    “What I’ve tried to do with this album is to tell stories – some tongue in cheek, some serious – about everyday people and everyday life.” – Clint Morgan

    Lost Cause Records is proud to announce the release of singer/songwriter/pianist Clint Morgan‘s Troublemaker on July 16, 2021. The 15-song offering of Morgan’s quirky stories of life was co-produced by Grammy-award winning producer Kevin McKendree and Clint Morgan, and features collaborations with multiple Blues Music Award winners Watermelon Slim, Bob Margolin, and Jonn Del Toro Richardson as well as alt-country icon Kinky Friedman and Americana gospel greats The McCrary Sisters.

    Additional musicians featured on TROUBLEMAKER include pianist/organist Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer, Delbert McClinton); guitarist Doug Lancio (John Hiatt, Patti Griffin); bassist David Santos (John Fogerty); drummer Kenneth Blevins (John Hiatt, Don Williams); blues harmonica virtuoso Bob Corritore; violinist Jimmy Stewart; background singer Wendy Moten; and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke, whose credits include a virtual who’s who of American music.

    Morgan’s rootsy album mixes original songs with new interpretations of blues, country, and gospel gems. Songs include the rocking Morgan compositions “Hangman Woman” (“I’ve got a hangman woman/got a heart just like a noose”) and “My Honey Takes My Money”.  “Ain’t That The Blues,” is a rumination on growing old and “Hungry Man Blues,” tells the tale of a man looking for a good meal. “Too Rich To Sing The Blues” is Morgan’s wry, sidewise commentary on privilege and the blues. Alt country legend Kinky Friedman joins Morgan on the hilarious “Somebody Put A Walmart On The Farm,” and Watermelon Slim and Bob Margolin contribute to “The Cover Of The Living Blues” — a parody of the great Shel Silverstein’s “Cover of The Rolling Stone”. The powerhouse vocals of The McCrary Sisters help drive the story in the classic gospel “Go Down, Moses,” and Houston-based bluesman Jonn Del Toro Richardson joins in on Morgan’s commentary on the Texas tragedy, “Hurricane Harvey.” The songs range from raucous to heart-rending, all backed by a stellar musicians.

    Check out Bob Corritore’s fiery harp on “Ain’t That the Blues.”

    What I’ve tried to do with this album is to tell stories – some tongue in cheek, some serious – about everyday people and everyday life. We have all had frustrations in relationships, problems with growing old, spiritual questions, and trouble adapting to change. Even in these crazy times of turmoil and unrest, people still have the same problems they have always had. I guess some of this is filtered through my own skewed sense of humor which has got me in trouble my whole life (hence the title of the album).

    I just hope that this is taken in the spirit in which it is offered; I would rather poke at people a little than harangue them to make a point. I also hit social topics such as privileged people – people with absolutely no life experience frame of reference – singing blues, corporate takeovers of our rural communities, and our views of advocates of change. I’m hoping that people will enjoy the mix, and that I’ll hopefully get an ‘amen’ here and there.

    Morgan, an accomplished blues and boogie-woogie piano player, was raised on a farm in rural Washington State. His family, originally from southern Appalachia, moved west ‘back in the day’ when land was cheap and the farming and logging was good. His great-great aunt was Eliza Morgan Bays, AP Carter’s great grandma, and his paternal grandmother was related to the Carter Family by marriage.

    Additionally, Morgan is a volunteer instructor/performer at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Workshops in Clarksdale, MS. He produced fellow pianist Clay Swafford’s Blues Music Award-nominated album Rooster. The biography on Morgan’s web page is short on story and long on a list of influences that includes dozens of artists that have colored his music, from blues and gospel, to old-school country and Americana, to rock and roll pioneers.

     

    Clint Morgan

    Stony Plain Records Signs 2020 International Blues Challenge Winner HOROJO Trio

    Stony Plain Records Signs 2020 International Blues Challenge Winner HOROJO Trio

    American Blues Scene Staff

    The trio came together organically from a chance jam session after a corporate event that was so inspired that it left the audience and the musicians wanting more.

    Stony Plain Records proudly announces the signing of 2020 International Blues Challenge Winner HOROJO Trio, and will release the band’s debut album in early 2022.

    Representing the Ottawa Blues Society in the 2020 competition, HOROJO Trio is a soul rockin’ rhythm & blues act that features drummer Jamie Holmes, singer/keyboardist Jeff Rogers, and guitarist/singer JW-Jones, who was named the year’s Best Guitarist at the IBC. The band name is derived from the first two letters of each of the member’s last names. Pronunciation: HO-RO-JO. 1) HO – Think Santa Claus; 2) RO – “Row Your Boat;” 3) JO – “Joe.”

    Jeff Rogers is known as one of the hardest working artists in Canada’s capital, clocking over 250 shows per year. The Ottawa Citizen says “his voice practically bowls you over with intensity, as sweet, rich and gooey as molasses in a heatwave;” while Nick Krewen (Globe & Mail, Grammy.com, Billboard) calls JUNO nominee JW-Jones “a frequent resident of Billboard’s Top 10 Blues charts and roots radio favourite.” Jamie Holmes is one of the most versatile drummers in the country and has toured throughout North America and Europe and recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge.

    The trio came together organically from a chance jam session after a corporate event that was so inspired that it left the audience and the musicians wanting more. Even before their first gig, they had already been called an Ottawa “super group,” ensuring the future certainly looks bright for the exceptional HOROJO Trio.

    HOROJO Trio

    Georgia Thunderbolts Follow Breakthrough Year With Debut Album

    Georgia Thunderbolts Follow Breakthrough Year With Debut Album

    Jon Bleicher / Prospect PR

    The Georgia Thunderbolts’ debut album features their scorching signature style steeped in soulful southern swagger, blistering blues, and raw rock.

    Ushering in a new generation of classic southern rock steeped in soul and the blues, The Georgia Thunderbolts are set to release their debut full-length album, Can We Get A Witness, out October 15th via Mascot Records. A vinyl edition of the album, with bonus track “Better Run From The Beast,” will be out November 26th.

    “We’re going for that timeless and classic sound with a modern twist and newer attitude,” exclaims TJ Lyle, the lead vocalist for the group that also features Riley Couzzourt [guitar], Logan Tolbert [guitar], Zach Everett [bass, harmony vocals, keys], and Bristol Perry [drums]. “We all grew up on rock music,” Riley adds. “If I could think of three words to describe us, they would be ‘Hardworking, Determined, and Humble’.” Bristol grins, “If I could think of three words, they would be ‘Rock And Roll’.”

    Whether it be on the banks of the Mississippi River or deep in the heart of the English countryside, rock ‘n’ roll lives, breathes, and burns on the outskirts. Hailing from Rome, GA at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, The Georgia Thunderbolts’ debut album features their scorching signature style steeped in soulful southern swagger, blistering blues, and raw rock. With a wide swath of inspirations, ranging from southern gospel and Hank Williams to Merle Haggard, Neil Young, Little Feat, Ozzy Osbourne, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band cut their teeth performing with everyone from The Allman Betts Band, and Blackberry Smoke to Kentucky Headhunters & Black Stone Cherry. Shortly after, they hit the iconic Barrick Recording Studio in Glasgow, KY to record with producer Richard Young.

    The resulting album comprises thirteen undeniable anthems steeped in anthemic riffs, wild harmonica, and pulse-pounding drums. From the bluesy blend of “So You Wanna Change The World,” to “the first song we ever wrote,” the dynamic “Looking For An Old Friend,” The Georgia Thunderbolts rustle up a new era of rock ‘n’ roll, informed by their history in Rome, a town with a deep agricultural history. So when they sing, “Spirit of A Workin’ Man,” you better believe they mean it. “It’s got a deep lesson to it. You can’t knock down the little man,” TJ says. The album title, “Can We Get A Witness,” represents “overcoming the obstacles in life,” TJ adds. “Everybody has their ups and downs, but it’s how you persevere and prosper through adversity that shows your true colors. The song ‘Can I Get A Witness’ is a statement that goes out to anyone who has the desire and faith in themselves and others to be successful.”

    There’s a message to what we’re doing,” Bristol says “It’s okay to be yourself. If you’re going through hard times, the music will always be there. We’d love to remind everyone of that.” “Rock and roll is something that comes naturally for us,” Riley, Zach and Logan conclude. “We love it and are in it for the long haul. We feel like we can bring it back.”

    The Georgia Thunderbolts

    Polly O’ Keary and the Rhythm Method Turn ’50’

    Polly O’ Keary and the Rhythm Method Turn ’50’

    American Blues Scene Staff

    The album’s 11 all original tracks reflect the hard-won wisdom, experience, and skill that the highly acclaimed trio has earned in decades on the road and in the studio.

    2021 is a seminal year for Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method. This year all three members turn 50, inspiring the name of this, their sixth album. The band used last year’s hiatus to build their strongest album yet, 11 tracks that touch on themes of hard-won wisdom, wry regrets, amused reflection on past foibles, a bit of crowing over having survived it all, and hope that better days still lie ahead.

    The band takes pride in creating fusions of blues with other genres, and this all original collection blends Texas shuffle, swing, rhumba, and Hill Country blues with Cuban habanera, Motown, funk, R&B, Southern rock, Americana, and even some Bonamassa-style blues rock.

    The album’s tracks reflect the hard-won wisdom, experience, and skill that the highly acclaimed trio has earned in decades on the road and in the studio. This year also marks Polly O’Keary’s Washington Blues Society nomination for Hall of Fame for her distinguished career as a songwriter, vocalist, bassist, and bandleader.

    Standout moments include the first three songs the band has written for guitarist David Miller to sing, and a guest appearance on “Brand New Day,” from long-time friend Lady A, whose legal battle with country superstars Lady Antebellum over the use of her name made national headlines last year.

    50 furthers the innovations that made the band’s last studio album, Black Crow Callin’, a finalist in the Best Self Produced CD contest at the 2018 International Blues Challenge. It also demonstrates that, as Honeyboy Edwards used to say, if you do something a long time, you get nothing but better.

    Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method is made up of O’Keary on bass and vocals, Miller on guitar and Tommy Cook on drums. They are Seattle’s top nationally touring blues rock trio.

    Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method

    Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin To Play ‘Greatest Hits Live!’ Tour

    Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Blondie Chaplin To Play ‘Greatest Hits Live!’ Tour

    Lauren Leadingham

    Brian Wilson unveils tour dates, demos, and other rarities today!

    Brian Wilson has announced a 2021 US tour with Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. The Greatest Hits Live! tour kicks off at the Paramount in Huntington, New York on October 5th and ends at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL. Tickets go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster on Friday, July 23 at 10 a.m. (local time).

    Wilson has also announced a newly redesigned website featuring demos, special photos, a timeline of the making of many of his classic songs, and other such rarities.

    “We decided to put up some cool demos, outtakes, and live tracks that you haven’t heard before,” Wilson said in a statement. “I hope you dig listening to them as much as we did making them. Stay safe and we’ll see you on tour soon!”

    Wilson previews the project with this demo recording of “Desert Drive.”

    A new documentary on Wilson, Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past June. Directed by Brent Wilson (no relation), the film sees Brian reflecting on his life in music and includes appearances by Elton John and Bruce Springsteen.

    More information and ticket packages here. Full list of dates below.

    Brian Wilson 2021 Greatest Hits Live! Tour:

    08/29 – Long Beach, CA @ Terrace Theater

    10/05 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

    10/06 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater

    10/08 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre

    10/09 – Lowell, MA @ Lowell Memorial Auditorium

    10/10 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Center

    10/12 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre

    10/13 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center

    10/15 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre

    10/16 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live

    10/17 – Reading, PA @ Santander Performing Arts Center

    10/19 – Greensburg, PA @ The Palace

    10/20 – Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater

    10/22 – Nashville, IN @ Brown County Music Center

    10/23 – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre

     

    Muddy Waters, Marianne Faithfull Among Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG’s New Live Albums

    Muddy Waters, Marianne Faithfull Among Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG’s New Live Albums

    Cary Baker / Conqueroo

    Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years and Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years available September 17 via BMG

    Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG announce the next anticipated installment in The Montreux Years series with Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years and Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years, both to be released on Friday, September 17, 2021. Available on multi-format configurations including double LP as well as download and streaming services, the two new full-length albums feature captivating performances from Marianne Faithfull and Muddy Waters’ multiple appearances at the iconic Swiss festival for the very first time, recorded and remastered in breath-taking quality.

    Montreux Jazz Festival is a renowned music festival created by Claude Nobs and held annually in Montreux, Switzerland across two weeks in July. Now in its 55th year, the festival draws 250,000 music lovers from all across the world to the Lake Geneva shoreline. Montreux Jazz Festival celebrates the industry’s emerging and contemporary acts, while paying homage to music’s legendary acts. Originally a pure jazz festival since inception in 1967, Montreux began showcasing other styles of music throughout the decades and today presents artists from across every genre imaginable.

    The Montreux Years embodies the spirit of the Montreux Jazz Festival and the legacy of its much-loved founder, Claude Nobs. Nobs refused to compromise on quality or settle for anything other than the best and this ethos lives on in the superb quality of the recordings compiled in this collection. Mastering has been performed by Tony Cousins at London’s iconic Metropolis Studios, incorporating MQA to capture the original sound of these special concerts. Similar to the first albums in the series, featuring Nina Simone and Etta James, the Marianne Faithfull and Muddy Waters releases will be accompanied by exclusive liner notes and previously unseen photography.

     

    Instantly recognizable with her raw, varied vocal talents and tangible charisma, Marianne Faithfull has been a long-time friend of the Montreux Jazz Festival, appearing five times over a nearly 15-year period: 1995, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2009.

    The first live album of Faithfull in over 10 years, Marianne Faithfull: The Montreux Years opens with an enchanting rendition of Van Morrison’s “Madame George,” recorded live at Auditorium Stravinski on July 10, 1995, where Faithfull’s powerful range and unfaltering dynamism was instantly apparent.

    The singer’s fans can immerse themselves in these unique recordings, which include several songs from her celebrated album Broken Englishsuch as an electrifying, guitar-heavy performance of the titular track “Broken English,” the soaring “Guilt,” and John Lennon’s rousing anthem “Working Class Hero.” Meanwhile, the haunting sensitivity of “Strange Weather,” recorded live at Casino Barrière on July 6, 2005, captures the bottomless depths of Faithfull’s brutal and ragged beauty.

     

    An unstoppable blues colossus, the father of Chicago blues, Muddy Waters, was the hot ticket during his run of appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the 1970s. Already a cultural and musical force to behold when Nobs first caught him live in 1965, Waters found critical acclaim outside of the U.S., sparking the blues revival in the U.K. and finding a clamoring crowd in Montreux.

    The Montreux Years brings together an impressive repertoire of Waters’ blues classics, from the chugging standard “Mannish Boy”and genre defining “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” to the stripped-back majesty of “Rosalie,” all oozing with effortless style and Delta swagger.

     

     

    Pre-Order Muddy Waters – The Montreux Years and Marianne Faithfull – The Montreux Years

    Listen: Smithsonian Folkways Shares Charlie Parr Single, ‘817 Oakland Avenue’

    Listen: Smithsonian Folkways Shares Charlie Parr Single, ‘817 Oakland Avenue’

    Lauren Leadingham

    “The album represents one full rotation of the boat in which we are adrift…” – Charlie Parr

    Smithsonian Folkways shares the new Charlie Parr single, “817 Oakland Avenue,” from forthcoming album Last of the Better Days Ahead. Parr’s worldly-wise voice acts as yet another tantalizing instrument for the lyrics which reflect on life’s finer moments.

    “I’m so grateful for the fortune of friendship and for my parents, who always told me to value those relationships above all else,” says Parr. “This is a song about gratitude, inspired by and dedicated to my friends.”

    “817 Oakland Avenue” follows the recent release of his stream-of-conciousness title track, “Everyday Opus.”

    Parr has had a fecund career spanning 13 full-length albums, with songwriting that places his listeners in the sphere of his own personal experiences with existential questions. His poetic lyricism and folk-blues fingerstyle playing shine no less on this Folkways debut album. 

    Last of the Better Days Ahead is out July 30 on CD/digital, and vinyl later this year. Pre-order on Smithsonian Folkways’ site.

     

    Charlie Parr

     

    *Feature image credit: Shelly Mosman

     

     

    Janiva Magness Celebrates 30 Years of Making Albums

    Janiva Magness Celebrates 30 Years of Making Albums

    Cary Baker / Conqueroo

    This year also marks the 45th anniversary of Magness’ first live performances

    In 1991, Janiva Magness issued her first album, More Than Live. It was a cassette-only release that came out on her own Fathead Records (and was reissued on CD in 2014). Over the ensuing 30 years, Magness has made 15 albums all told, won many awards, published a memoir and now ranks among the top acts in blues and roots music.

    To celebrate her 30th anniversary as a recording artist, the singer and songwriter has launched a unique performance series. Each show’s set list will contain a selection of Magness’ charting hits, her personal gems, and fan favorites that she has curated from her entire 15-album catalog.

    These concerts hold an additional significance to Magness because 2021 also commemorates her 45th year of performing live — and it was in her live shows that the powerhouse vocalist initially made her mark. As the L.A. Weekly proclaimed: “Magness is, after all, a badass on stage. A strong woman with a beaming smile, charisma for days and a voice that soars. She can hold a huge crowd in the palm of her hand and gleefully toy with it.”

    Magness kicks off the performances in Seattle at the Jazz Alley August 3-4, then August 6 the Lounge at the End in Boise, Idaho. On October 2, she’ll be headlining Colorado Springs’ Blues on the Mesa Festival, then leads a Performance Master Class October 3 at Mojo’s Music Academy in Longmont, Colorado.  She also has shows set at Yoshi’s in Oakland on October 12 and in Santa Monica at McCabe’s on October 16.

    Magness’ excitement about this tour extends beyond it celebrating her two major career milestones. Backing her on these shows is her “A Team,” a group of musicians who have played with Magness for a number of years. This stellar quartet features guitarist Zach Zunis (Billy Boy Arnold, Red Devils), bassist Gary Davenport (Ann Peebles, Rufus Thomas), drummer Matt Tecu (Jakob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Beck), and Jim Alfredson (Thornetta Davis, Holmes Bros.) on the Hammond B3. Magness says that her most incendiary and intimate performances have been done with these guys, and “I want nothing less for my audience or myself.”

    Following what she describes as “the longest time I’ve gone without performing,” due of course to the COVID pandemic, Magness is wildly eager to be returning to the stage.

    “I’m excited to get back to live performances and that magical energy that circulates between the bandstand and the audience.” And she has found a wonderful way to express her thankfulness for being able to do concerts again, with these exclusive, from-the-heart shows.

    Over the course of her heralded career, Magness has earned 29 Blues Music Award nominations, with seven wins, including the prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award (she was just the second woman to win this honor).

    Her 2016 album, Love Wins Again, earned a Grammy nomination for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year, while 2019 saw the publication of her inspirational, universally praised autobiography, Weeds Like Us.

    While she’s known as a great interpreter of songs (her latest release, Change in the Weatherpaid tribute to John Fogerty), in recent years her songwriting talents have emerged, notably with the aptly named album, Original.

    More dates are being added, so visit her website  for details and ticket information.

     

    Janiva Magness

    Dwayne Dopsie And Brothers To Be Inducted Into Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame

    Dwayne Dopsie And Brothers To Be Inducted Into Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame

    American Blues Scene Staff

    “What it means to me to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame is that hard work and dedication has paid off. All the years I put into the music, and places I’ve been, goes right into this honor.” – Dwayne Dopsie

    Two-time Grammy-nominated Dwayne Rubin (aka Dwayne Dopsie) will be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, along with his brothers Alton Rubin, Jr. (aka Tiger Dopsie), and Anthony Rubin (aka Anthony Dopsie), with a special night of Zydeco on Friday, July 30, at the Rock ’N’ Bowl in Lafayette, Louisiana.

    Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band will open the event at 8 p.m. After the induction ceremony, honoree Dwayne Dopsie and his oldest brother, previous LMHOF inductee Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. (David Rubin), will perform. The event will close with a joint performance of the Dopsie brothers.

    Dwayne, the youngest son of Zydeco legend Rockin’ Dopsie, is releasing his 11th album. Out August 20, Set Me Free is filled with his own high energy style of 21st Century Zydeco. The singer/songwriter and accordionist has been the Zydeco ambassador for audiences across the globe since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at the age of 19.

    What it means to me to be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame is that hard work and dedication has paid off. All the years I put into the music, and places I’ve been, goes right into this honor. It just proves that hard work and doing what you love doesn’t go unnoticed. I think it means the same for my brothers, I know the years they put in even before me and they have worked hard and played hard, and I know it’s an honor for them to all be recognized.

    Dwayne grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, teaching himself accordion by watching classic videos of his father Rockin’ Dopsie and Clifton Chenier and recording himself with a video camera for hours, perfecting his performance. He’s beloved at home as much as internationally, winning the Offbeat Magazine Best of the Beat Awards over a dozen times, and being named in Louisiana Travel’s Top 100 reasons people come back to Louisiana.

    He’s been featured in profiles everywhere from the New York Times to Rolling Stone, which called him the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion. The Louisiana native is both lyricist and composer, and his upcoming album on Louisiana Red Hot Records Set Me Free is soulful, with a touch of blues and classic zydeco.

     

    Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
    Louisiana Music Hall of Fame

     

    *Feature image: Cherry Yuet

    Ida Mae Release New Album ‘Click Click Domino’

    Ida Mae Release New Album ‘Click Click Domino’

    Lauren Leadingham

    ‘Click Click Domino,’ out today, follows the release of EP ‘Raining For You’

     

    Today marks the release of Ida Mae’s album, Click Click Domino, via Thirty Tigers. Named for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee’s “Ida Mae,”Christopher Turpin and Stephanie Jean infuse their own brand of Americana, blues, folk, and vintage rock into each of their songs.

    Featuring contributions from Marcus King, Jake Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet, and Ethan Johns, this new effort sees Ida Mae at their creative peak.

    Following their debut album, Chasing Lights, the husband-and-wife duo performed hundreds of dates with the likes of Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Marcus King, and Greta Van Fleet. The varied scenery while out on the road for those two years, determined the creative nuts and bolts of Click Click Domino — those in-between moments documented in the backseat of a moving car.

    Ida Mae cut tracks together in just a couple takes out of their home in Nashville, capturing live-off-the-floor energy they’ve long perfected.

    Ida Mae will be performing at the Newport Folk Festival, which will take place July 23 – 26 in Newport, RI. “It’s our great honor to announce we will be performing at the world renowned Newport Folk Festival this year in Rhode Island,” said Ida Mae in a statement. Continuing, “Having studied the performances of John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan, Rev. Gary Davis and so many others at Newport it means a great deal to be included in this year’s lineup.”

    In case you missed it, check out the video for the title track featuring blues guitarist phenom Marcus King!

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    Ruthie Foster is Live Again

    Ruthie Foster is Live Again

    Cary Baker / Conqueroo

    “We’re back! Out of the house and in the groove again! I’ve had some precious time with my family and even got in some songwriting and recording during the pandemic. I’m excited to be coming to a town hopefully near you!” – Ruthie Foster

    The small rural town of Gause, Texas had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. Her vocal talent was initially elevated in worship services at her community church. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Foster developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career — marching to the beat of her own drum. Rolling Stone called her “pure magic to watch and hear.”

    Ruthie will perform songs from her vast catalog including with a few new tunes, such as “Feels Like Freedom.”

    Enthuses Ruthie, “We’re back! Out of the house and in the groove again! I’ve had some precious time with my family and even got in some songwriting and recording during the pandemic. I’m excited to be coming to a town hopefully near you!”

    Her latest album for Blue Corn Music titled Live at the Paramount won the artist some of her most favorable accolades, including a 2021 Grammy nomination (her fourth to date) in the Best Contemporary Blues category. She also holds numerous Blues Music Awards, including an award this year in the Instrumentalist—Vocalist category.

    2021 TOUR DATES

    Sat., July 17  MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall 

    Sun., July 18  EGG HARBOR, WI Peg Egan PAC

    Wed., July 28  AMAGANSETT, NY The Stephen Talkhouse

    Thurs., July 29  NEW YORK, NY  City Winery

    Fri., July 30  BOSTON, MA  City Winery

    Sat., July 31  PHILADELPHIA, PA  City Winery

    Sun., Aug. 1  BETHLEHEM, PA Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks

    Fri., Aug. 6  NORTH TRURO, MA  Payomet Performing Arts Center

    Sat., Aug. 7  BROWNFIELD, ME Stone Mountain Arts Center

    Sat., Aug. 14  WINTER PARK, CO Blues From The Top

    Tues., Sept. 14  FREDERICTON, NB, CANADA  Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

    Sun., Sept. 18. PHOENIX, AZ  Musical Instrument Museum

    Sun., Sept. 19 TUCSON, AZ Hotel Congress

    Wed., Sept. 29  EUGENE, OR The Shedd Institute

    Thurs., Sept. 30  PORTLAND, OR Alberta Rose Theatre

    Fri.-Sun., Oct 1-3  SISTERS, OR Sisters Folk Festival

    Sat., Nov. 6  Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

    Thurs., Nov. 18  LUFKIN, TX Pines Theater

    Fri., March 18, 2022  Cayamo 14th Edition Cruise

    For a compendium of Foster’s finest work, check her “This is Ruthie Foster” playlist on Spotify.

    Billy Bragg New Studio Album ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’ To Be Released On Oct 8, 2021

    Billy Bragg New Studio Album ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’ To Be Released On Oct 8, 2021

    Lauren Leadingham

    Watch the performance of “I Will Be Your Shield” here!

    Billy Bragg’s tenth studio album is set for release on October 8th, 2021 via Cooking Vinyl. An ode to human hardiness, The Million Things That Never Happened marks a first pandemic blues album for Bragg. The album, featuring 12 soulful tracks, was produced by Romeo Stodart and Dave Izumi at Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne, England. All songs were written by Bragg, save for the final “Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained,” co-written by son Jack Valero.  

    Bragg today previews the album with a song of our times and for the ages, his performance video for “I Will Be Your Shield.” The performance was taken from a streamed concert via the Stabal platform, which will be available to watch this September. 

    Bragg said in a statement: 

    To me this (“I Will Be Your Shield”) is the heart and soul of the album. I’ve come to the conclusion that empathy is the currency of music – that our job as songwriters is to help people come to terms with their feelings by offering them examples of how others may have dealt with a situation similar to that in which listeners find themselves. After what we’ve all been through, the idea of being a shield, physically, emotionally, psychologically, really resonates. 

    Billy Bragg on… is an online concert experience supporting the work of Music Venue Trust — a charity of which Billy Bragg is a patron. Fans who purchase tickets to the online event can donate to the trust. More info here

    Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director of Music Venue Trust, adds,Billy Bragg has been an active patron of Music Venue Trust for several years, helping connect his fans with our work and eloquently expressing why Grassroots Music Venues are so vital to artists. We are grateful to Billy and his team for continuing to be passionate about supporting the charity and our venue community.” 

    He’ll be joined onstage by Romeo Stodart (gtr), Michele Stodart (bass), Darren Beckett (drums), Nick Pynn (lap steel gtr, violin) and Jack Valero (gtr), who all played on the album. The show will explore both The Million Things That Never Happened and his unparalleled catalogue. Billy Bragg on…will also offer on-demand passes with bonus features that will include extra encore performances, exclusive interviews, a look at his new album, an in-depth songwriting discussion with Billy and Romeo, plus a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the concert.

    In addition to recording artist, live performer, and singer-songwriter/activist, Bragg can also now call himself a best-selling author/musicologist. In 2017 he released Roots, Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle Changed the World and, more recently, The Three Dimensions of Freedom.

    The Million Things That Never Happened track listing:

  • Should Have Seen It Coming
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Lonesome Ocean
  • Good Days And Bad Days
  • Freedom Doesn’t Come For Free
  • Reflections On The Mirth Of Creativity
  • The Million Things That Never Happened
  • The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here No More
  • I Believe In You
  • Pass It On
  • I Will Be Your Shield
  • Ten Mysterious Photos That Can’t Be Explained
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    Billy Bragg
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    Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience Announce Release of ‘Counterfeited Soulstice Vol. 1’

    Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience Announce Release of ‘Counterfeited Soulstice Vol. 1’

    American Blues Scene Staff

    The collected work that became the band’s debut is the album Fab says he would have wanted to do if it was still 1972.

    Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience has announced the release date of the band’s debut studio album titled Counterfeited Soulstice Vol 1 on September 10, 2021.

    Counterfeited Soulstice Vol. 1, Soul Garage Experience’s debut record, is an important milestone in the career of proud Californian, Italian born, multi-talented producer / writer / musician Grossi who steps out as the front man for this new ensemble.  While his endless list of collaborations includes Slash, Eric Gales, Gary Clark Jr, Billy F Gibbons, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Glenn Hughes, Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, and George Clinton & P-Funk, it’s a new role and exciting challenge as he steps front and center.

    He offers, “This is hard, but great at the same time. With all the other great musicians that I’ve produced, or played with, it was simpler in a way because their statuses and names got me ‘attention,’ but also ‘protection.’ With Soul Garage Experience it’s all ‘balls out.’ I needed to be able to keep up with all the great monsters out there in the world. It’s all on me this time, well most of it.” He chuckles, “I cannot get behind Kenny (Aronoff) or Kris (Barras), like I do with Supersonic Blues Machine, and simply groove away providing a rumbling low end.”

    Check out the video for “Ain’t No Givin’ Up,” of which Grossi says, “This is a song about resilience of the poor, of the oppressed, of the discriminated against, and of all the ones that are struggling to be heard when protesting against all types of abuses, whereas such abuses are perpetrated by economic entities, political foes, or even by the police.” The compositions groove and Soul-Reggae vibe supports the song’s firm and direct message which is simply articulating, “don’t mess with us, we’re tired, but we’re not alone.”

    Soul Garage Experience’s sound can be easily associated with contemporary Rootsy Rockers and Americana/Neo-Soul artists such as Vintage Trouble, Black Pumas, Gary Clark Jr, The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito, The Heavy etc. Thanks to the backgrounds, of the great musicians featured on the record, their own history and their endless love for Hendrix, Cream, James Brown, Bob Marley, and Curtis Mayfield alike, the resulting music experience offered by the band is an infectious groove laden combination of old and new school with a music prowess and ownership that turns heads and instigates curiosity. While its lyric content is socially aware, very positive, and poetically urban with a twist (even if the topics touched are no joke), it portrays Fab’s own up bringing as a citizen of the world with stops in Milan, London, Toronto, New York & his beloved LA. Fab is excited to bring his music to all, to excite, thrill, enlighten, and raise awareness of how we can all come together in the not only the most difficult but also the best of times.

    The collected work that became the band’s debut is the album Fab says he would have wanted to do if it was still 1972.  Sadly enough, the majority of its themes could have worked back then, as they are incredibly current today. The ghost of his first true musical love Bob Marley is definitely felt throughout the whole record, and not only for the often-embraced Reggae tones, but for the simple, positive & direct way the often engaging and opinionated lyrics are narrated.

    The comparison couldn’t be more descriptive, since all of the above were unconsciously a big influence on Fab’s musical up bringing. Maybe because of the western cities factor, Soul Garage Experience often adopted Reggae draws, have more in common with Joe Strummer and Co, than with the sunny Jamaican Rasta vibes, but the gritty funky/soul core of his music, and that “urban proletarian” spin of the Caribbean sound track, makes this record a happy re-discovery of all the colors of soul music we all grew up to know, and then some.

    The record features some pretty solid cats such as Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros), Hermann Matthews (Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder), Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty, Joe Satriani, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul Mc Cartney), Bette Smith, Alastair Greene (Alan Parsons), Diimond Meeks (American Idol & America’s Got Talent finalist and CeeLo Gen pupil), Alex Alessandroni Jr (Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Pink, Natalie Cole), and again Derek Day, Dylan Meek, The Supersonettes (Francis Benitez & Andrea Grossi Benitez), Chris Hansen, Fabio Drusin and more.

    Twenty-four-year-old fellow LA based rising star Derek Day provides the incendiary guitar playing on most of the record. He infuses his music with the power of Rock N’ Roll, and a big chunk of Soul alongside R&B.  Derek has opened for and performed with luminaries in Steve Vai, Moby, and Slash. Together with star drummer Stephen Perkins, keyboards wizards Alex Alessandroni Jr., Dylan Meek, and vocalist uber talent Diimond Meeks, he’s part of the touring core of Soul Garage Experience.

    Just like for his other award-winning band Supersonic Blues Machine, fronted by Kris Barras with Kenny Aronoff, that often sports guest appearances by Billy F. Gibbons, Eric Gales & many more sublime talents, the thrilling live shows of the Soul Garage outfit are heavily jam based, so to embrace the golden era of live Rhythm N Blues, Rock & Soul: the 60’s and the 70’s. Onstage, the ensemble easily moves between new crafted tunes and all time classics spanning time in Hendrix, Cream, Allman Bros, and Stevie Wonder, but they are a far cry from your regular covers band….this is a true Soul Garage Experience.

    A portion of proceeds from this release have been committed to support organization that include  https://guitars4vets.org (music therapy for vets affected by PTSD), AND https://upwardboundhouse.org (homeless families support network).

    Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience

    *Feature image by: Enzo Mazzeo

    The New Mastersounds Enlist Soul Powerhouse Josh Hoyer to Usher in ‘A Brighter Day’

    The New Mastersounds Enlist Soul Powerhouse Josh Hoyer to Usher in ‘A Brighter Day’

    American Blues Scene Staff

    The New Mastersounds are a British four-piece jazz fusion and blues/funk band with members now based in Denver, Colorado, The UK and Spain. Over the last 20 years, they have issued 18 albums and toured the world.

    After the 2020 presidential election, Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds composed an uplifting and buoyant instrumental tune and invited some of his top-call vocal collaborators to contribute lyrics to the arrangement. Josh Hoyer’s rendition happened in perfect synchronicity as he had written down the uplifting lyrics to have in the can for whenever an opportunity called for them. Sure enough, he got a call from Eddie literally 10 minutes after putting the pen down inviting him to write lyrics and sing on the tune. Hoyer’s lyrics greet a dawning of a new and brighter day for everyone who was buried in tension and stress from years past and focus on a message of hope and inclusivity in years to come.

    A Brighter Day follows Hoyer’s recent full-length LP release of Natural Born Hustler (released March 26, 2021) produced by Eddie Roberts and recorded at Color Red Studios in Denver, CO. The record has received positive acclaim from American Songwriter, American Blues Scene, Soul Tracks, Living Blues, Glide Magazine, and more.

    The New Mastersounds are a British four-piece jazz fusion and blues/funk band with members now based in Denver, Colorado, The UK and Spain. Over the last 20 years, they have issued 18 albums and toured the world.

    Josh Hoyer – Photo Courtesy of Color Red

    Hoyer is most aptly referred to as a Soul artist. He is real and the music is real. Not flashy, not luffy, not fabricated; Honest and real. Hoyer has been touring nationally and internationally since 2014. Averaging just over 200 shows a year, both as a solo artist and with his band, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, his music has resonated with people all over the globe

    Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal has been hitting the road hard to celebrate the release of Natural Born Hustler. In addition to several summer festival appearances and dates throughout the US, the group will embark on a tour in Spain July 22 – August 7th. Additionally, The New Mastersounds are gearing up for their annual Jazz Fest performances at The House of Blues New Orleans on October 15th & 16th. Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal will open the night on October 16th. Tickets and more information can be found here.

    View the full list of Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal tour dates HERE.

    Order Natural Born Hustler via Color Red HERE.

    Feature image: Jim Mimna

    Margo Price Performs for Colbert, Announces Live EP ft. Adia Victoria, Allison Russell & More

    Margo Price Performs for Colbert, Announces Live EP ft. Adia Victoria, Allison Russell & More

    American Blues Scene Staff

    Watch Margo perform “Hey Child” for ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ ft. Adia Victoria, Allison Russell, Kam Franklin and Kyshona Armstrong

    To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her album That’s How Rumors Get Started, Margo Price shared a brand new, soul-stirring performance for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Filmed from Nashville as part of The Late Show’s #PlayAtHome series, the stark and sublime rendition of Rumors centerpiece “Hey Child” features vocals from a choir of Price’s four friends and favorite current artists: Adia Victoria, Allison Russell, Kam Franklin and Kyshona Armstrong.

    As the group’s first time back in a musical environment since receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, the shoot for “Hey Child” was free of fear and full of love, laughter and sheer, uninhibited singing. To commemorate the session, Margo Price will release Live From The Other Side this Friday, July 16th, a live audiovisual EP including “Hey Child,” a cover of The Beatles’ “Help” (feat. Adia Victoria, Allison Russell, Kam Franklin & Kyshona Armstrong), and a solo arrangement of “That’s How Rumors Get Started.”

    On the anniversary of That’s How Rumors Get Started and the influence of Tina Turner on Live From The Other Side, Margo Price says:  

    So much has happened since I released ‘That’s How Rumors Get Started’ into the world in 2020. I hope it kept you warm during those cold, lonely nights. Some things changed for the better, some for the worse. I know I am stronger and wiser than before but there is also an innocence lost, a naivety that we will never have back. When I think of the carefree moments of the old days, I wish I had enjoyed it more but ignorance is bliss, isn’t it?! 

    I would also like to dedicate this EP to a hero of all of ours – Ms. Tina Turner. Her work has had such a massive influence on me ever since I heard her story and watched her movie What’s Love Got To Do With It when I was just ten years old. Her strength, talent and truth have inspired me endlessly and I loved performing her interpretation of ‘Help’ by The Beatles. I believe in the power to manifest your own destiny and I offer Tina’s Buddhist mantra to anyone who may need it: ‘Namu Myoho Renge Kyo’ means ‘I honor the Universal Mystical Law of Cause and Effect.’ Take it with you wherever you go, and hope to see you down the highway.

    In the past several months, Margo Price earned a nomination for Artist Of The Year at the upcoming 2021 Americana Music Awards, launched a mail-order record club called “A Series of Rumors,” officially released the studio version of live-set staple “Long Live The King,” became the first female artist elected to the Farm Aid Board of Directors, received her first CMT Music Awards nomination, and returned to the stage alongside her band The Pricetags. 

    Price is on tour throughout the summer and fall, including performances at Newport Folk Festival, Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, two Red Rocks shows with Tyler Childers, dates with Chris Stapleton, Nathaniel Rateliff and more to be announced. Find the full list of 2021-2022 dates below, and purchase tickets here: https://margoprice.net/#tour

    Margo Price Tour Dates:

    7/23/21 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

    8/4/21 – Chautauqua, NY – Chautauqua Amphitheater (w/ Allison Russell)

    8/20/21 – Abiquiu, NM – Ghost Ranch Weekend 2021 

    8/28/21 – Lexington, KY – Railbird Festival

    9/10/21 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (Outlaw Music Festival)

    9/11/21 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center (Outlaw Music Festival)

    9/12/21 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Outlaw Music Festival)

    9/16/21 – Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest

    9/17/21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater (Outlaw Music Festival)

    9/18/21 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek (Outlaw Music Festival)

    9/19/21 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion (Outlaw Music Festival)

    9/23/21 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    9/24/21 – Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    9/29/21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater (w/ Tyler Childers)

    9/30/21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater (w/ Tyler Childers)

    10/9/21 – Maryland Heights, MO – St. Louis Music Park (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats)

    10/10/21- Columbus, OH – Express Live! (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats)

    10/12/21 – Cincinnati, OH – ICON Music Center (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats)

    10/13/21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats)

    2/1/22 – Riviera Maya, MX – Girls Just Wanna Weekend 2022 

    4/20/22 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    4/21/22 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    6/2/22 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    6/3/22 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    6/4/22 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    6/16/22 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Arena (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    6/17/22 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre (w/ Chris Stapleton)

    6/18/22 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre (w/ Chris Stapleton)

     

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    Unreleased George Harrison Recording ‘Cosmic Empire’ From Famed ‘All Things Must Pass’ Sessions Released Today

    Unreleased George Harrison Recording ‘Cosmic Empire’ From Famed ‘All Things Must Pass’ Sessions Released Today

    American Blues Scene Staff

    Song from upcoming ‘All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary Edition’ to be released August 6 via Capitol/UMe

    The sessions for George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass began just six weeks after the April 1970 announcement of The Beatles’ break-up. Two days were spent recording thirty demos that were being considered for his new, as yet untitled, album, in Studio Three at EMI Studios, Abbey Road in St. John’s Wood, London. The first day, May 26, saw Harrison record fifteen songs backed by Ringo Starr and his longtime friend, bassist Klaus Voormann, beginning with “All Things Must Pass.” The following day, May 27, George ran through an additional fifteen songs solo for co-producer Phil Spector on his own. 

    While a remarkable amount of the songs demoed made the triple LP, not everything made the cut and now for the first time ever, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of All Things Must Pass, all 30 demos are being made available, including 26 tracks never before officially released as well as several songs that didn’t make the album like “Cosmic Empire,” “Going Down To Golders Green,” “Dehra Dun,” “Sour Milk Sea,” “Om Hare Om,” Window Window,” “Beautiful Girl,” “Mother Divine,” and “Nowhere To Go.”

    Five decades after it was recorded, “Cosmic Empire” debuts today and sees Harrison performing the song on acoustic guitar on the second day of recording. The song is accompanied by a compelling lyric video that brings to life the natural and cosmic worlds George sings about in the song through a series of colorful animated collages. The video, which was produced by the animation house, Yes, Please, is premiering on YouTube and the song is available to stream now everywhere.

    “Cosmic Empire” is featured alongside all the demos as well as a host of outtakes on the new 50th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of All Things Must Pass which will be released August 6 via Capitol/UMe. Decades in the making and lovingly crafted by the Harrison family, All Things Must Passhas now been completely remixed from the original tapes for a stunning suite of 50th-anniversary releases that fulfills Harrison’s longtime desire. Executive produced by Dhani Harrison and mixed by triple GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Hicks (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon), with the product produced by David Zonshine, the new mix transforms the album by sonically upgrading it – making it sound brighter, fuller and better than ever before.

    All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary Edition will be available in a variety of formats: 

    SUPER DELUXE EDITION

    The Super Deluxe Edition box set, presented on 8LP (180g) or 5CD + 1 Blu-ray audio disc, explores the 1970 album sessions through 47 (42 previously unreleased) demos and outtakes. The Blu-ray allows fans to experience the main album in high-res stereo, enveloping 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos mixes. The collection contains a beautiful 60-page scrapbook curated by Olivia Harrison, with unseen imagery and memorabilia from the era, handwritten lyrics, diary entries, studio notes, tape box images, a comprehensive track-by-track, and more. It also includes a replica of the original album poster.

    All Things Must Pass will be released in multiple physical and digital configurations, including as a 5LP or 3CD Deluxe Edition that pairs the main album with the session’s outtakes and jams. The main album will be available on its own as 2CD, 3LP or limited edition 3LP color vinyl. All versions are available for pre-order now.

    UBER DELUXE EDITION

    Exclusive to GeorgeHarrison.com, uDiscover, and Sound of Vinyl, All Things Must Pass 50thAnniversary Edition will be available as a very limited Uber Deluxe Edition box set, which includes the album on 8LP (180g) and 5CD + 1 Blu-ray audio disc housed in an artisan designed wooden crate (approx. 12.4” X 12.4” X 17.5”). The collection explores the 1970 album sessions through 47 (42 previously unreleased) demos and outtakes, offering an inside look into the creative process. The Blu-ray allows fans to experience the main album in high-res stereo, enveloping 5.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos mixes.

    The crate contains two books, an elaborate and expanded 96-page scrapbook curated by Olivia Harrison, with unseen imagery and memorabilia from the era, handwritten lyrics, diary entries, studio notes, tape box images, a comprehensive track-by-track and more; while a second 44-page book, curated by Harrison archivists Don Fleming and Richard Radford, chronicles the making of All Things Must Pass through extensive archival interviews with notes is also contained herein. The elegantly designed book pays homage to Harrison’s love of gardening and nature. The book also contains a wooden bookmark made from a felled Oak tree (Quercus Robur) in George’s Friar Park. This truly unique box will also contain 1/6 scale replica figurines of Harrison and the gnomes featured on the iconic album cover, a limited edition illustration by musician and artist Klaus Voormann, as well as a copy of Paramahansa Yogananda’s “Light from the Great Ones” and Rudraksha beads, contained in individual custom-made boxes. 

    “Since the 50th-anniversary stereo mix release of the title track to my father’s legendary All Things Must Pass album in 2020, my dear pal Paul Hicks and I have continued to dig through mountains of tapes to restore and present the rest of this newly remixed and expanded edition of the album you now see and hear before you,” says Dhani Harrison. “Bringing greater sonic clarity to this record was always one of my father’s wishes and it was something we were working on together right up until he passed in 2001. Now, 20 years later, with the help of new technology and the extensive work of Paul Hicks we have realized this wish and present to you this very special 50th Anniversary release of perhaps his greatest work of art. Every wish will be fulfilled.” 

    Scott Hirsch, Founding Member Of Hiss Golden Messenger, Shares New Song ‘Spirit True’

    Scott Hirsch, Founding Member Of Hiss Golden Messenger, Shares New Song ‘Spirit True’

    Big Hassle Media

    “Spirit True” is from Hirsch’s upcoming album, ‘Windless Day,’ to be released on October 10 via Echo Magic Records. Check out the video!

    Musician Scott Hirsch shares today “Spirit True,” a song from upcoming album Windless Day. Hirsch, who was an original member of Hiss Golden Messenger, serves as both producer and artist for Windless Day which comes out October 10 via Echo Magic Records with Soundly Music. The album is available digitally, CD, and on vinyl (black and iridescent pearlized purple). Preorders are available now.

    “Spirit True” cuts through the noise and false prophets in our lives in order to hold space for a meaningful way forward. For some people, this might involve religion (speak in tongues), others it might be meditation, for some it might be a vice, like sex or drugs, or simply music or art. This journey does not have a defined destination or an end point; it is difficult and ongoing work to know one’s “Spirit True.” 

    The destination lies in the awareness of the journey itself. Hirsch commiserates how it’s easy to become impatient with this concept, and this endless waiting is in fact the hardest part, especially coming through the ordeal of the last year, time feels like it is running out. Hirsch sings the refrain “Oh I’m afraid, the hour’s getting late… One of these days I know I’m gonna know you.”

    Hirsch likes to craft his records as cohesive sonic journeys. About “Spirit True,” Hirsch explains, “I was looking for an entry point into this record. I’d been obsessed with this rhythm section turnaround on a Willie Nelson song, ‘Pretend I Never Happened’ on his brilliant Phases and Stages record. I started working on how to get something like that into a song. 

    From there, I found the sideways groove that hits once the songs gets rolling through the pumping bassline. The horns, played by Karl Hunter, were inspired by Jamaican music, particularly some of Burning Spear’s grand horn intros. And finally, Greg Loiacono provided the effervescent vocal “oohs” for punctuation. Once I sparkled in some Velvet’s inspired electric guitars, and Daniel Wright got the marching beat going, the musical melting pot was really cooking.”

    A founding member of Hiss Golden Messenger, Hirsch was integral to the band’s formative years in the studio and on the road. His sonic imprint remains on their productions; most recently mixing the new critically acclaimed album Quietly Blowing It. He also has recorded and mixed Follow The Music, the Grammy-nominated record by the legendary folk-singer Alice Gerrard and has produced and played on records by William Tyler, Mikael Jorgensen, Orpheo McCord, and Daniel Rossen. 

    Stay tuned for more Windless Day songs to be released in the near future.

     

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    50 Years In The Making: Creedence Clearwater Revival Score Their First Billboard-Topping Hit

    50 Years In The Making: Creedence Clearwater Revival Score Their First Billboard-Topping Hit

    American Blues Scene Staff

    The band’s legendary catalog has landed its highest chart ranking to date, with “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” reaching No. 1 on the Rock Digital Song Sales Chart

    50 years since Creedence Clearwater Revival delivered a body of work that has inspired and electrified generations of fans, the band has landed their all-time highest chart position with “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales Chart for two consecutive weeks. Astonishingly—despite releasing a prolific seven studio albums between 1968 and 1972 (two of which went to No. 1), playing over 150 tour dates around the world (including a headlining spot at Woodstock), and scoring fourteen Top Ten singles—the band never did land a No. 1 single. 

    In addition to the momentous milestone reached with “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” this month, their hits “Bad Moon Rising” and “Fortunate Son” also landed in the Rock Digital Song Sales Top Ten (reaching No. 9 and No. 10 respectively). Meanwhile, the band’s RIAA Diamond-certified compilation album Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hitsrecently broke the Top 10 on iTunes’ Top Albums Chart, helping to place the record at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 (as of June 28, 2021). 

    Sig Sigworth, President of Craft Recordings, notes, “After fifty plus years, the legacy of Creedence Clearwater Revival continues to grow, as new generations of fans discover their rich and timeless catalog. The band’s success is reflected not only in this astounding #1 chart position and the recent RIAA certifications, but also in the surge of subscribers, monthly listeners and continued synch requests.”

    First released on CCR’s second to last album, 1971’s Pendulum, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” was issued as a double A-side single along with “Hey Tonight, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 100. The appeal of the 3x-Platinum certified song continues to reach new audiences. In 2018, Craft Recordings premiered an official music video for the song, as part of their celebration to commemorate CCR’s 50th anniversary. Offering a fresh take on the timeless standard, the video (featuring actors Sasha Frolova, Jack Quaid, and Erin Moriarty ─ the latter two also starred in Amazon’s smash hit series, The Boys) has received 118 million views to date.

    CCR’s canon has endured to become a part of the Great American Songbook. Songs like “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner,” “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Travelin’ Band” and “Up Around the Bend” have been ingrained into pop culture—not just as rock staples, but as classic standards. The band offered beautifully simple and relatable music for the every-man or -woman. Blue-collar Americans saw their experiences and sociopolitical concerns reflected in CCR’s class-conscious broadsides (“Run Through the Jungle,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Fortunate Son”) and portraits of working-class life (“Cotton Fields,” “Proud Mary”). 

    Craft Recordings recently issued a deluxe box set, The Studio Albums Collection,comprising the band’s complete seven-album studio output remastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, bringing these classic recordings a new vibrancy. The titles—Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory, Pendulum and Mardi Gras—are pressed on 180-gram vinyl and come housed in tip-on jackets replicating the packaging of the original pressings. Accompanying the collection is an 80-page book featuring liner notes from music journalist Roy Trakin, archival photos and reproductions of band ephemera, offering something for both new and the most diehard of Creedence fans. The limited-edition box set is available now, along with breakouts of the individual records. Click here to learn more

    Five decades after it all began, CCR’s timeless appeal shows no signs of slowing. With so many memorable songs continuing to grace radio waves, television and movie screens, plus lyrics that still resonate today, Creedence Clearwater Revival is, truly, America’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band. 

    Click here to stream Creedence Clearwater Revival, and explore the band’s catalog. 

     

    Molly Tuttle & Nathaniel Rateliff Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty’s ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’ w/ New Video

    Molly Tuttle & Nathaniel Rateliff Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty’s ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’ w/ New Video

    American Blues Scene Staff

    Three-song EP includes songs originally by Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty, Phantogram, and Sheryl Crow — performed alongside Nathaniel Rateliff, Madison Cunningham, and Iron & Wine

    Molly Tuttle and Nathaniel Rateliff are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty classic, “Stop Dragging My Heart Around,” with a new official music video of their recently released duet streaming now on YouTube. Tuttle and Rateliff’s version comes from …but i’d rather be with you, too, the addendum EP to Tuttle’s acclaimed 2020 covers LP, …but i’d rather be with you, both produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird) and out now via Compass Records.

    “Nathaniel has been someone whose music helped get me through the struggles of this past year and it was such an honor to sing with him on this song that I love,” says Tuttle. “I have always wanted to work up this classic Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet with someone and it was a thrill to do it with one of my favorite singers. We recorded our parts remotely but I hope we get to do it in person someday!”

    The EP released this past spring showcases a remarkable trio of creative covers performed with some of Tuttle’s friends and favorite fellow artists, including renditions of Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough” performed with Madison Cunningham, Phantogram’s “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” performed with Iron & Wine, and the aforementioned Nicks/Petty hit “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” performed with Nathaniel Rateliff.

    MOLLY TUTTLE ON TOUR 2021

    07.07.21 – Asheville, NC // Hazel Robinson Theatre

    07.08.21 – Winston-Salem, NC // The Ramkat & Gas Hill

    07.09.21 – Raleigh, NC // AJ Fletcher Opera Theatre

    07.25.21 – Floyd, VA // Floydfest

    08.22.21 – Chicago, IL // Old Town School of Folk

    08.26.21 – Ann Arbor, MI // The ARK 

    09.25.21 – Boulder, CO // Bluebird Music Festival 

     

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    ‘Festival Circuit’ Makes A Stop At Newport Folk Festival

    ‘Festival Circuit’ Makes A Stop At Newport Folk Festival

    Big Hassle Media

    Episodes will be released on a weekly basis, leading up to Newport’s annual festival weekend of July 23-25

    These days, music festivals come and go, but some have stood the test of time, each year fostering bonds between fans and musicians, inspiring creativity, and building communities of fanatical and devoted attendees. Festival Circuit is a seasonal, narrative-style podcast about these festivals, with each season telling the story of a different, amazing music festival. Osiris Media and host Carmel Holt will follow up with a second season focused on another long-running, timeless festival: Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI

     

    Started by the legendary George Wein, Newport Folk has been a staple in the scene since its foundation. The festival laid the groundwork for the modern-day plethora of music festivals we see today.

    We’ll bring the listener to the festival grounds, explore decades of social and political change wrapped up in the festival, take a deep dive into the music and the ever-evolving lineups, and give the audience a better understanding of what makes Newport Folk Festival a mystical and long-standing draw for talented musicians and rabid fans alike. We’ll tell the incredible story of Newport with the help of musicians, organizers, journalists, and community members like George Wein himself, executive festival producer Jay Sweet, Brittany Howard, Jim James, Judy Collins, Danny Clinch, Colin Meloy, Margo Price, Yola, Lucius, Deer Tick, and so many more. 

    “Newport is the gold standard, with so many legendary moments in its history,” said Kirsten Cluthe, COO of Osiris Media. “We’re honored to include it in our Festival Circuit series, especially as live music comes back to life. It’s the quintessential summer music festival, and now everyone can participate, even if they’re not in Rhode Island this summer.”

     

    LISTEN TO THE TRAILER FOR SEASON TWO

     

    Episodes will be released on a weekly basis, leading up to Newport’s annual festival weekend of July 23 – 25, 2021:

    Episode 1 and 2: July 7, 2021

    Episode 3: July 14, 2021

    Episode 4: July 21, 2021

    Episode 5: August 6

    Trumpet Icon Chris Botti Returns To Blue Note w/ 17th Annual Holiday Residency

    Trumpet Icon Chris Botti Returns To Blue Note w/ 17th Annual Holiday Residency

    American Blues Scene Staff

    Botti residency includes performances on Christmas and New Year’s Eve

    Today, New York City’s Blue Note Jazz Club announces the return of Grammy Award-winning trumpet icon Chris Botti to the Blue Note stage for his 17th annual holiday residency. From December 6 to January 2, Botti will perform two shows a night at 8 pm and 10:30 pm ET. The schedule includes performances on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2022 and rounding out Blue Note’s historic 40th anniversary celebration.

    Since his last holiday residency in 2019, fans have anxiously awaited Botti’s return to Blue Note Jazz Club. Previous concert-goers have seen the jazz-pop powerhouse’s usual “high-gloss production value” (NYT) paired with Blue Note’s usual surprise drop-ins and celebrity cameos, including Sting, John Mayer, Caroline Campbell and Veronica Swift. Following the jazz club’s 15-month closure due to the pandemic, this year promises even more surprises and star power. 

    “Speaking not only for myself, but for my band as well, it’s the gig we look forward to all year long,” says Botti. “Blue Note is the best jazz club in the world, in the best city, at the best time of the year. We’ve been doing it for 17 years, and to come to such an incredible environment with fans from all over the world, many who have seen us in various cities throughout the world earlier that year, and who then come to our gig at the Blue Note is a very special feeling. We hope it never ends.”

    “The Chris Botti holiday residency at the Blue Note has become an iconic tradition in New York City,” says Steven Bensusan, CEO of Blue Note Entertainment Group. “We are so happy to be able to announce the return of this month-long celebration which also coincides with our 40th anniversary.”

    Recently, Botti performed at SummerStage in Central Park as part of Blue Note Jazz Festival, which celebrated the return of live music in New York City. Watch ABC7 NY’s recent interview with Botti and Bensusan, here

    Tickets for Blue Note Jazz Festival and Botti’s residency shows can be purchased at https://www.bluenotejazz.com.

    Tangerine Records Releases Ray Charles Video, ‘There’ll be No Peace On Earth Without All Men As One’

    Tangerine Records Releases Ray Charles Video, ‘There’ll be No Peace On Earth Without All Men As One’

    American Blues Scene Staff

    Limited edition six-CD Ray Charles box set, ‘True Genius,’ out September 10!

    Tangerine Records has released a new lyric video for Ray Charles’ inspiring and impassioned song “There’ll be No Peace On Earth Without All Men As One.” The song will be featured on True Genius, a newly remastered, limited edition set featuring 90 of the greatest songs from his legendary career and all of Ray’s biggest hits. The set also includes a special bonus disc of eight previously unreleased tracks recorded live in Stockholm in 1972. True Genius will be released on September 10, 2021, in celebration of what would have been Ray Charles’ 90th birthday year.

    The digital release marks the first time this incredible collection of Ray Charles most important works will be widely available on streaming platforms, bringing classic hits such as “Hit The Road Jack,” “Crying Time,” “Busted,” “America The Beautiful,” “A Song for You,” “Unchain My Heart,” and many, many more back to streaming after more than a decade.  

    “There’ll be No Peace On Earth Without All Men As One” is available to stream as both a new lyric video and audio track, part of a dual track sampler along with Ray’s iconic recording of “America The Beautiful.” Additional singles will follow in the coming weeks, showcasing Ray’s works in the Jazz & Blues, Country and Classic Pop genres.

    “We’re extremely proud to present this collection, which maps the breadth and depth of Ray Charles’ music, presented in chronological order so the listener can join Ray on his journey through the most expansive and creative period of his legendary career. I’m also thrilled that this music will be widely available on all streaming services for the very first time, so that new and future audiences will continue to discover the True Genius of Ray Charles.”  – Valerie Ervin, President Ray Charles Foundation

    The box set also includes a beautifully designed coffee table style book with rare, unseen photos, and detailed liner notes by Ray Charles Foundation President Valerie Ervin, legendary writer and music journalist A. Scott Galloway, and featuring a special message from Quincy Jones.

    Ray Charles’ recordings are major landmarks in American culture. By blending country and roots with other popular sounds, this visionary singer, songwriter, pianist and composer brought his expansive musical vision to a worldwide audience. Charles’ albums, released during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, broke down both racial and genre barriers. The incredible crossover success of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volumes 1 & 2 led Willie Nelson to remark, “Ray Charles did more for country music than any other artist.” Ray continued to do something no other artist had done before or since, conquering all genres of music, from gospel and R&B to soul, country, jazz, blues, and pop, which led Frank Sinatra to dub Ray Charles, the only “True Genius” in music.

    Ray further helped bring Americans together with his rendition of “America the Beautiful,” and he remains the only artist in history to create and define a national anthem.  Charles was also one of the first recording artists to have ownership of his masters as well as complete creative freedom.

    Charles’ staggering achievements over a 58-year career include 17 GRAMMY Awards, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement and the President’s Merit Award, the Presidential Medal for the Arts, France’s Legion of Honor, the Kennedy Center Honors, the NAACP Image Awards’ “Hall of Fame Award,” and numerous other music Halls of Fame, including those for Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, all testament to his enormous influence. In 2019, he was honored by the Grand Ole Opry with An Opry Salute to Ray Charles, which was broadcast across PBS stations.

    One of the greatest artists of all time, Charles successfully mastered and forever changed the blues, jazz, gospel, rock, pop, and country music landscapes. He teamed up with the best of the best in each stylistic genre, including B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams Jr, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, and countless others. As he described himself. “I’m not a country singer. I’m a singer who sings country songs. I’m not a blues singer, but I can sing the blues. I’m not really a crooner, but I can sing love songs. I’m not a specialist, but I’m a pretty good utility man. I can play first base, second base, shortstop. I can catch and maybe even pitch a little.” 

    Ray Charles was more than just the Genius of Soul; he was the Genius of Music.

    Ray Charles was equipped with a keen sensibility to the needs of others. It was this selfless generosity that motivated him when he founded, The Robinson Foundation for Hearing Disorders, Inc in 1986.  The mission and purpose of the foundation was to provide financial support in the area of hearing disorders and support institutions and make donations to organizations for educational purposes. Charles thought “the inability to hear was a handicap, not the inability to see.” In 2006 the official name of the foundation became The Ray Charles Foundation, in order to bring awareness to his name but the mission remained the same.  Ray Charles often made contributions anonymously to help fund cochlear implants for those who could not afford the operation, and shortly thereafter started supporting educational institutions for those who could not afford an education.

     

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    Tedeschi Trucks Band ft. Trey Anastasio Release Live Video ‘Tell The Truth’

    Tedeschi Trucks Band ft. Trey Anastasio Release Live Video ‘Tell The Truth’

    American Blues Scene Staff

    Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN’) Out July 16 On Fantasy Records

    Tedeschi Trucks Band share “Tell The Truth,” their latest live performance from Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN’) — a historic, one-off live recording of the seminal Derek & The Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, performed in its entirety with special guest Trey Anastasio.

    With gut-punch vocals from Susan Tedeschi and break-neck backing from the 14-piece band (including guitarist and frequent collaborator Doyle Bramhall II), this recording features dueling guitar solos from Derek Trucks and Phish’s Trey Anastasio that weave masterfully in and out of one another while building to a breathtaking crescendo, ultimately fusing into a single, fiery riff. 

    Watch the captivating multi-camera shoot of “Tell The Truth.”

    Earlier this month, Tedeschi Trucks Band announced the return of their annual Beacon Theatre Residency in NYC, featuring seven full-capacity shows on select dates between September 30 and October 9, and adding to the 39 sold out shows the band have played at the Theatre since their first in 2011. Also in June, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the road for a series of limited capacity shows as a part of their Fireside LIVE tour.

    Inspired by the creative chemistry of The Fireside Sessions, the band’s intimate virtual pandemic performance series, this long-awaited tour has allowed 4-8 members of the ensemble to return to the stage to the delight of the band and fans alike. Venues include a mix of small or reduced-capacity outdoor amphitheaters, drive-ins, and pod set-ups, all of which are COVID-19 compliant and take precautions to ensure the safety of fans, staff, band and crew. Full dates are below.

    Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN’) TRACKLIST:

  • I Looked Away
  • Bell Bottom Blues
  • Keep On Growing
  • Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out 
  • I Am Yours
  • Anyday
  • Key To The Highway
  • Tell The Truth
  • Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
  • Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
  • Little Wing
  • It’s Too Late
  • Layla
  • Thorn Tree In The Garden (studio)
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    UPCOMING FIRESIDE LIVE TOUR DATES:

     

    July 1-3 — Frederick, MD @ Showtime at the Drive-In

    July 6-7 — New Haven, CT @ Westville Music Bowl

    July 9-11 — Lafayette, NY @ Apple Valley Park

    July 13-14 — Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse Outdoor Stage

    July 16-17 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

    July 18 — Elmer, NJ @ Appel Farm Arts & Music Center

    July 20-21 — Eatontown, NJ @ Concerts on the Green

    July 23 — Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum

    July 24-25 — Martha’s Vineyard, MA @ Beach Road Weekend Festival

    July 30-31 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    August 1 — Dillon, CO @ Dillon Amphitheater

    August 3 — Beaver Creek, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center 

    August 14 — Beech Mountain, NC @ Beech Mountain Summer Series

    August 16 — Northampton, MA @ The Pines Theater

    August 17 — Selbyville, DE @ The Freeman Stage

    August 18 — Wilkes-Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center * TICKETS TBA

    August 21-22 — Lawrenceville, GA @ Coolray Field

    August 27-29 — Arrington, VA @ LOCKN’ Farm

    September 17 — Wilkesboro, NC @ Merlefest 

     

    BEACON THEATRE RESIDENCY DATES:

     

    September 30* — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

    October 1 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

    October 2 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

    October 5^ — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

    October 6~ — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

    October 8 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

    October 9 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre Lexus Concert Series

     

    * = with Nels Cline: Consentrik Quartet

    ^ = Anders Osborne

    ~ = Jorma Kaukonen

     

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    Alligator Records Signs Texas Guitar Slinger Carolyn Wonderland

    Alligator Records Signs Texas Guitar Slinger Carolyn Wonderland

    American Blues Scene Staff

    In 2018, legendary musician and bandleader John Mayall chose Wonderland to be lead guitarist in his band, The Blues Breakers. She became the first woman to ever hold that position (The all-star list of Mayall’s legendary guitarists includes Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya and Walter Trout).

    Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of Texas guitar slinger, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Wonderland. Her music includes a bold mix of timeless original songs and reinventions of some of her favorites, ranging from blistering electric blues to deep, heartfelt ballads to cosmic country to soulful Tex-Mex. Every song is fueled by Wonderland’s forceful yet melodic Texas-flavored guitar work and sung with full-throated, heart-on-her-sleeve vocals.

    She’s recorded ten previous albums under her own name, including four produced by famed musician Ray Benson, founder of multiple Grammy-winning band Asleep At The Wheel. Wonderland, who spent the last three years as lead guitarist in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, now joins the Alligator Records family as the first female guitar hero in the label’s storied 50-year history. Her spine-chilling, soul-deep vocals match her guitar prowess note for note. And she has a knack for writing songs that sound like instant classics. Her Alligator debut will be released later this fall.

    Wonderland grew up in Houston in a house full of music and instruments. She first starting making music at age six, and by eight had decided, in her own mind, that she was a musician. After she scratched up her mother’s vintage Martin guitar by imitating Pete Townsend’s famous windmill move, she was forbidden from using a pick. Because of that, she developed her aggressive, distinctive finger-picking guitar attack. Her early influences include her mom, Houston guitar legends Albert Collins, Jerry Lightfoot, Joe “Guitar” Hughes, and Little Screamin’ Kenny, as well as blues and soul vocalist Lavelle White. Singing came naturally, as did learning to play just about every instrument she got her hands on. She plays trumpet, accordion, lap steel, piano, and mandolin. She’s a renowned whistler, too.

    By age 15, she was performing at Houston’s famed Fitzgerald’s club, playing solo or with friends. As a 16-year-old, she found herself swapping songs with Townes Van Zandt. She formed her first band when she was 17, and began proving herself on the tough, competitive Houston club scene. A year later, she joined forces with famed Houston musician Little Screamin’ Kenny and formed The Imperial Monkeys. Before long, Carolyn Wonderland And The Imperial Monkeys were swinging high on the vine, touring as far as Utah, New York and South Dakota, and winning every music award Houston had to offer. A booking at Austin’s famous Antone’s club left a strong mark on Wonderland, who moved to Austin in 1999 at the urging of Doug Sahm (who told her, “it’s the land of free guitar lessons”). For two years she traveled with her band in her van, and stayed with friends in Austin and on the road, trading chores for meals and lodging. “I wasn’t home-less,” she says. “I was van-full.”

    Wonderland released Alcohol & Salvation in 2001 on a tiny local label. The self-released Bloodless Revolution followed in 2003 and brought her new fans, along with local press and radio attention. Her growing reputation as a hotter-than-fire live performer kept her touring calendar full. Then one day in 2003, legendary musician Ray Benson was having lunch with his friend Bob Dylan, who had heard Wonderland’s music. Dylan asked Benson, “Hey, have you heard Carolyn Wonderland? She’s something else.” Dylan wanted to meet Wonderland, so Benson got her number from a mutual friend and called her in Houston, telling Wonderland to get to Austin immediately to meet Dylan. She drove the 165 miles in record time, and they had a great time jamming that night. They’ve crossed paths since, sometimes jamming, sometimes just talking about music (“he’s a real musicologist,” she says of Bob). Dylan once asked Wonderland to write bawdy answer lyrics to his already-ribald Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat, and all but fell over laughing when she played the newly rewritten song for him. “Sometimes he’ll just call,” Wonderland says. “I haven’t changed my number.”

    According to Benson, who went on to produce four highly regarded albums for Wonderland, “Carolyn’s got that unbelievable, incredible voice, one of the great voices of our times. She’s got the range, the emotion. She’s also an incredible guitar player and a great person. The combination is disarming and totally real. That’s magic.”

    The popular and critical response to Wonderland and her music has been nothing short of amazing. She’s appeared on Austin City Limits, NPR’s Weekend Edition and NPR Music’s Mountain Stage. Features and reviews have run in publications from The Los Angeles Times to The Boston Herald. Her music has been heard on FOX-TV’s Time Of Your Life and on NBC’s Homicide. She appears, playing on stage alongside Bonnie Raitt, in the film The Road To Austin. She’s won multiple Austin Music Awards and was inducted into the Austin Music Hall Of Fame in 2020. She’s jammed with musicians including Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, James Cotton, Los Lobos, Vintage Trouble, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Levon Helm. Helm invited her to begin all of her tours with a performance at his famous Ramble in Woodstock, New York. “He always refreshed and recharged us before we hit the road,” Wonderland says.

    In 2018, legendary musician and bandleader John Mayall chose Wonderland to be lead guitarist in his band, The Blues Breakers. She became the first woman to ever hold that position. (The all-star list of Mayall’s legendary guitarists includes Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya and Walter Trout.) She toured the world with Mayall, once playing 50 shows in 60 days in 19 countries. She’s also played with her own band all over the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Canary Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Japan.

    Wonderland married her husband, humorist A. Whitney Brown, in a ceremony on Austin’s Doug Sahm Hill, performed by Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, and documented by The New York Times’ “Vow” section. Nesmith, who had previously produced a song for Wonderland on her Peace Meal album, says, “When she goes into that mode where she decides to grab the heart of the song and hold it up for everybody to see, it’s just so searing. Nothing can be this raw. Nothing can be this real.”

    The Boston Herald describes Carolyn as “a dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality. That’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too.” Wonderland is excited to get back out on the road and reconnect with her fans and friends. “We will play dang near anywhere that’ll have us,” she says. Of her chosen profession, the effervescent Wonderland told NPR Music’s Mountain Stage, “I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint of heart, but it sure is a good time.”

     

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