THE LUCID DREAM SHARE TRIPPY NEW 8-MINUTE SINGLE "I'M A STAR IN MY OWN RIGHT" - NEW ALBUM OUT SEPT 23RD - UK TOUR DATES
Praise for The Lucid Dream
“Anything but another psych-by-numbers record.” Drowned In Sound’s #7 UK album of 2015
''Mona Lisa' – Critics’ Favourite Tracks of 2015 in The Observer
“One beautiful, half-remembered hallucination” - Q
“Krautrock, no-wave, psych, dub… a terrific 2nd album.” 8/10 Uncut
“A tremolo powered, Sonic Youth submarine voyage to Joe Meeks fabulous undersea kingdom” - Quietus
“stirring, epic material designed to expand minds and shatter the consciousness.” Clash
“They revel in extracting every last tone from their combined wall of sound” -Classic Rock
“Tinnitus-tempting jangling guitars smothered in delicious reverb” - The Line of Best Fit
“The guitars buzz, swirl and shimmer amidst expansive soundscapes” -Shindig!
As heard on BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC Radio 2 (Huey Morgan),and BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley (inc. 2 sessions), Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson
Compulsion Songs is the 3rd album from Carlisle's The Lucid Dream. Rather than bathe in the critical acclaim of their recent 2nd album, The Lucid Dream are quick out the blocks, venturing into pastures new again, making no secret of their aim to separate themselves from their peers as much as possible. OnCompulsion Songs, pulling away from the pack is the order of the day, and the ideas on show here reaffirm the many claims that The Lucid Dream are one of the most important, diverse and exciting bands in the UK at present. Compulsion Songs is a demonstration of the band’s skill in binding the sounds of their broadening musical palette through their unifying songcraft.
Recorded at Whitewood Studios, Liverpool, with Rob Whiteley, the album is produced alongside long-time collaborator Ross Halden (Ghost Town Studios, Leeds). Recent single Bad Texan (the first work from the album unveiled via 12' vinyl in March this year) sees the band move into dancefloor meets Krautrock. The Krautrock/kosmiche groove is also present alongside new-wave in the 2-part opus Nadir/Epitaph. 21st Century is quite appropriately the nearest the band get to a protest song, a 2-minute white noise/garage/rockabilly blast, inspired by a heavy dose of Beastie Boys listening. Elsewhere, the bustling of The Emptiest Place is Morricone meets 60s L.A, Stormy Waters bows to the melodies of The Stone Roses/The Byrds, warping them with a sinister twist in the vein of Spiritualized. The album’s showpiece however comes via the 8-minute space-dub of I'm A Star In My Own Right, as the band hit a full on Kingston, Jamaica dub/groove, set as it is to contorting, reverb-fueled passages.
Talking of the new single, I'm A Star In My Own Right, vocalist and guitarist Mark Emmerson says;
''I'm A Star In My Own Right' is the last track I penned for the new album, and also the last track we recorded and mixed on the album too. It was massively inspired by the work of the genius Adrian Sherwood, his On-U Sound label and in particular the first couple of Singers and Players albums."
Compulsion Songs follows 2015’s critically acclaimed 2nd album, which gained plaudits from Drowned In Sound (who named the album #7 UK album of the year/#18 world album, and overall highest placed 'psych' album), Uncut, Q, Clash, Louder Than War, The Skinny, and major radio support from BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens), BBC Radio 2 (Huey Morgan), and BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley (inc. 2 sessions), Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson). 'Mona Lisa', the opening track from the album, was also included in The Observer’s 'Critics Favourite Tracks Of 2015' playlist. The vinyl pressing of the album (750 copies) sold out on the day of release, and was backed by a European tour across 11 countries, slots atIndouro Fest (Portugal), Eindhoven Psych Lab (Holland), and supports toClinic and A Place To Bury Strangers.
Compulsion Songs is released on 23rd September via Holy Are You Recordings (CD/ltd coloured vinyl/vinyl/download)
The Lucid Dream play the following dates in support of the album
Sunday 24th July: Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank
Saturday 3rd September: 1-2-3-4 Festival, London
Friday 9th September: Glasgow Broadcast
Friday 16th September: Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's
Saturday 17th September: York The Basement
Thursday 22nd September: London The Lexington
Saturday 24th September: Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia
Friday 30th September: Cardiff The Moon Club
Saturday 1st October: Manchester Night and Day
Friday 21st October: Brighton The Hope and Ruin
Saturday 22nd October: Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Friday 28th October: Newcastle The Cluny 2
Saturday 29th October: Nottingham The Lofthouse
1. Wonders I've Seen (Frye/White/Atkinson - SOCAN)
2. Trail Of Tales (Frye/Atkinson - SOCAN)
3. Happy Be
4. Jungle Doctor
6. Hittin' The Do
7. Pebble Beach
8.She went Up
9. Forgotten Beach Grove
10. West Bay Crossing
11. Lullaby For Elephants
12. What Trouble Is (Frye/Dolan/Atkinson - SOCAN)
13. When The Last Leaf Falls 14. Mando Coloured Glasses
Tracks 1, 2 & 12 are available to download.
YouTube Promotion Video for 'TRAIL OF TALES' (Borealis Records BCD239) + The Bills Video 'What Trouble Is'
It’s been twenty years since Canadian quintet The Bills first formed, and the collective spirit of this wide-ranging, globally-inspired roots ensemble remains as vibrant as ever. Originating from a kitchen-jam exploration of traditional and modern styles, they've forged a sophisticated, down home blend of global rhythms that has been celebrated in dancehalls and festivals across the western world. If it's not abundantly clear from the smiles of their devoted fans, take a look at the five beaming faces on stage when the full band joins force, and you can see how much love The Bills have for making music together.
With their new album, Trail of Tales, via Borealis Records, The Bills are poised to release their most compelling set of music yet. To make the album, the band gathered together in the picturesque wooded splendour of tiny Mayne Island, an artists’ enclave just off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. With the wind in the trees, a view of the Salish Sea, a wood fire for heat, and an old farm house wired up with vintage microphones, they set out to create a truly collaborative record. “There’s never been a Bills album with five songwriters, that’s a first in the history of the band” says singer/guitarist Chris Frye. “Hopefully it’s bringing out the best we have to offer because we’re truly together as a unit.”
Part of what makes the new album so cohesive comes from how well each of these musicians know each other. “The Bills have an almost chamber music vibe at times, especially instrumentally” says fiddler Richard Moody. “It’s caused me to really listen to the people I’m playing with.” You can hear this on the tracks — how they can turn on a dime as an ensemble, effortlessly weaving complex and beautiful melodies behind captivating vocal lines. Despite the closeness, it was still a healthy challenge for band member fiddler/accordionist Adrian Dolan to produce the album. A fixture in Ruth Moody’s touring band, and engineer for The Wailin' Jennys, Dolan drew from years of experience recording contemporary roots music and an intimate knowledge of every band member’s strengths to shape the final product.
The new album highlights the band's commitment to compelling lyrics and themes; often drawing inspiration from their regional geography and culture. A diversity of influences can be heard with each song — from Frye and mandolinist Marc Atkinson’s anthemic title track to the forward-motion funk of Moody’s “Jungle Doctor”. Bassist Scott White’s carefree vocal pop song “Happy Be” shows listeners a gentler side, while “Hittin’ the Do” uncorks a Western Swing dance party. Throughout Trail of Tales, the songs are tied together with remarkably detailed arrangements. It’s a testament to The Bills’ musicianship that the music always sounds so uplifting and effortless.
The Bills continue to hold court as one of Canada’s premiere roots acts. Two Juno award nominations (Canada’s Grammy) and countless tours haven’t changed The Bills’ basic formula: combine stunning vocal harmonies, poignant lyrics, sophisticated and captivating instrumental arrangements, and a healthy dose of good times, British Columbia style, and you have a band that proves there’s a surprising amount of power to be found in acoustic roots music today.
Marc Atkinson - mandolin, guitar, percussion, vocals
Adrian Dolan - fiddle, accordion, piano, vocals
Chris Frye - guitar, vocals
Richard Moody - violin, viola, mandolin, vocals
Scott White - upright bass, vocals
Tours UK Agent: Chris Wade – Strada Music T: +44 (0) 1377 217 662
The Bills Catalogue:
Trail of Tales 2016 Borealis Records BCD239 on Aug 29th 2016 (UK)
Yes Please 2013
Let Em Run 2004
The Bill Hilly Band All Day Every Day 2002
The Bill Hilly Band 2000
Lew Jetton & 61 South “Rain” Available August 8th Coffee Street Records
“Rain”, the new CD from Lew Jetton & 61 South, promises to further Jetton's reputation as a clever songwriter, and dynamic, original vocalist. The band's previous 2 releases, State Line Blues and Tales From A 2 Lane, were both “Picks to Click” on XM/Sirius Radio's Bluesville Channel, and "Rain" promises to take up where the other two left off.
The songs on Rain range from poignant (Lay Me Down) to redemptive (Glory Train) to contemporary (Who's Texting You) to humorous (Move On, Yvonne). Think a little Stevie Ray Vaughan seasoned with cajun and creole spices. Real Blues magazine called Jetton's stylings “Southern Fried Chicago Blues.” Rain brings together the longtime 61 South bandmates, along with several of Jetton’s close friends, including 2-Time International Thumbpicking Champion and IBC Semi-Finalist Alonzo Pennington, former multi-instrumentalist for guitar legend Johnny Hyland, Solon Smith, former Lonnie Mack backup vocalist Miranda Louise, J.D. Wilkes, harp ace from Th' Legendary ShackShakers and the Reverend JoAnn Green, who's contribution is actually a clip from her longtime gospel radio
show, “Words to Ponder” on WDXR-AM in Paducah, KY.
Although Lew Jetton & 61 South has been around more than 20 years, the sound remains fresh and honest, as their live shows continue to combine high energy with deep emotion, just like their new CD, Rain.
Listening to Lew Jetton sing is like having that conversation with a trusted friend you’ve needed for a long time. There’s no excess baggage, no TV idle jive; just the guts of truth voiced in ageless warmth and emotional experience. Lew gets to the point; the stories tell themselves.
Microwave Dave, WLRH/WJAB FM
1. WHO'S TEXTING YOU 3:33 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
2. MOVE ON YVONNE 2:48 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
3. MISSISSIPPI RAIN 3:39 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
4. LAY ME DOWN 4:26 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
5. GLORY TRAIN 2:06 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
6. FEELs LIKE RAIN 5:48 John Hyatt BMI
7. DONE DONE IT 2:52 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
8. SANDY LEE 4:11 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
9. KEEPING ME AWAKE 3:55 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
10. IT'S RAINING 4:22 Allen Tousaint BMI
What They're Saying...
Listening to Lew Jetton sing is like having that conversation with a trusted friend you’ve needed for a long time. There’s no excess baggage, no TV idle jive; just the guts of truth voiced in ageless warmth and emotional experience. Lew gets to the point; the stories tell themselves. Blues, Gulf Coast R&B, gospel and southern rock are referenced in the arrangements that frame them.
A slew of expert operators of American traditional tools make damn sure you were listening. Besides 61 South, notable guests lend picking, preaching and singing to Rain’s ensemble strength. But it’s Lew Jetton’s bona fide vocals that build you a home in these very direct lyrics. Tired of guessin’?
Here’s your lesson.
Microwave Dave, WLRH/WJAB FM
LEW JETTON Vocals, guitar
ERIK EICHOLTZ Drums
DAN BELL Organ (1,3,4,6) Guitar (1)
JAMES SULLIVAN Bass (1,2,3,4,6,7)
OTIS WALKER Bass (5,8.9)
SAM MOORE Guitar (4,6)
ALONZO PENNINGTON Guitar (1,5,9)
J. SOLON SMITH Piano (2,8,9,10)
J.D. WILKES Harmonica (2,3)
MIRANDA LOUISE Vocals (2,5)
REVEREND JOANN GREEN Radio Preacher (5)
Produced by Lew Jetton, Engineered by Heath Glisson
Recorded and mastered at Coffee Street Recording Studios, Paducah, KY
Its a keeper! An A+. If you could taste this album, it would be the best
gumbo you ever ate.
Will Stephens, Host of "The Electric Blues Hours" 91.1 FM WDBX
Lew Jetton & 61 South are a force of nature on their new blues album
“Rain!” Heart felt lyrics and stinging blues guitar licks make you feel like
you’re at one of Lew’s live shows. Like a cool Kentucky rain Lew and the
band keep sounding better with every song.
Eric Dahl, Host of Fox 17 Rock & Review (Nashville,TN). Author, B.B. King's Lucille and the Loves Before Her
The following bands will play there on Friday:
In Clover + Headshot + Balboa + Stab + Surge Of Fury + Fallbrawl.
All these bands are available for interviews as well.
The following bands will play there on Saturday:
Lethal Injury + Psychogeneration + Turbowarrior Of Steel + The Curse Of
Millhaven + Guilty As Charged + Dyscordia + After All + Spoil Engine +
Legion Of The Damned.
More info about the festival can be found at:
Oh my! Na maanden voorbereiding is Noa Neal terug uit Los Angeles met een gloednieuwe frisse ijzersterke song called ‘Cherry Pie'.
Noa Neal zal vandaag haar gloednieuwe single Cherry Pie releasen, net op tijd om het hoogtepunt van de zomer te vieren.
Cherry Pie, een verhaal over liefde, laat de vlinders in je buik los. Al lachend danst Noa doorheen de bijhorende videoclip en deze positieve vibes werken aanstekelijk. Oh My Oh My, stil zitten bij dit catchy refrein wordt een hele uitdaging
De internationale sound verklapt stiekem dat ze zich voor dit uptempo poppy nummer liet omringen door de besten in hun vak. En ze weet opnieuw te verrassen! Hopelijk kan deze song een plekje in jullie harten veroveren.
Kisses of Cherry Pie to you all
Ontdek Cherry Pie van Noa Neal op iTunes, Spotify, Deezer of AppleMusic
Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, bring it to their North American fans on the 2016 “Take It Back” Tour. As they celebrate their 47th anniversary at shows from Denver, CO, to New York City, the guys will present time-honored classics and deep tracks from the back catalog, as well as material from recent recordings.
“We'd like to mix it up a little,” says founding member Andy Powell. “Perhaps include a different epic instrumental, dust off a couple of the old harmony-driven songs, feature an unexpected track from our latest album, 'Blue Horizon.'”
Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash finds itself in rare company these days. Not many bands are still going strong after nearly 50 years. It takes a serious lifetime of commitment to the craft of making music; but, more importantly, real skill is required to navigate the shifting seas of the music industry, and few know that better than Powell.
“We laid down strong musical roots in the '70s, and these roots continue to prove productive,” he says. “Also, we nurtured our fan base as much as possible through fan club conventions, newsletters and the like; but this was all given a great boost once the digital age came into being, with websites and social media.”
Wishbone Ash is led by Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finnish guitar master Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 19-year veteran of the band, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers, himself an 8-year Ash veteran who also handles a lot of the band's tech requirements.
Through the years the band has delved into various musical genres, from folk, blues and jazz to pedal-to-the-metal rock and electronica. Whatever the style, Wishbone Ash’s hallmark is the distinctive twin-melodic lead guitar interplay that has influenced such bands as Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iron Maiden and, more recently, Opeth.
True road warriors, each year the band logs around 30,000 miles, roughly equivalent to circumnavigating the earth.
“The hours, days and weeks we spend touring and recording results in a close-knit group, for sure,” says Powell. “It allows us to bring a level of intensity to the table that people seem to pick up on and appreciate.”
The fruitful results of near-constant touring are evident on the latest DVD release, “Live in Paris,” recorded in May 2015 during a three-day residency at Le Triton Theatre in Les Lilas, Paris.
Powell says, “We recorded three nights of material, including current versions of some classic songs, plus some deep tracks that people won't necessarily expect.”
The band recently released a four-disc “Road Works” box set, a compilation of four separate shows recorded in Germany and the UK. In October 2015, Powell completed his autobiography, “Eyes Wide Open: True Tales of a Wishbone Ash Warrior,” co-written with Irish music journalist Colin Harper. The book, published by Jawbone Press, has met with public and critical acclaim.
“Our concept was to root my musical story and that of the band's to the times in which I came of age,” says Powell. “That is to say, relating it to those times, decade by decade, so that the reader could get a picture of how I was impacted by the social and musical trends and how I weathered those changes. We also wanted to keep it breezy and poke a little fun at this music game at the same time.”
There is no other rock band in history that has done more with the twin guitar concept than The Ash. Be sure to catch them on the Take It Back Tour this September. Tour dates and more information can be found at www.wishboneash.com.
Minneapolis band Farewell Milwaukee will release their fourth full-length album, FM, on September 9. FM is the product of successfully achieving the balance of furthering their artistic careers with a family life. “[The album] has the first song ever written about my daughter, called ‘Hurt No More,’” says front man Ben Lubeck. "I texted my wife a few weeks ago after revisiting the album saying that this was the record I wanted my daughter to remember me by. Musically and lyrically.”
Mainstays of the Minneapolis music scene since 2008, Farewell Milwaukee embraces the role that their Midwestern towns have played in shaping them artistically, garnering them fans through their authentic lyrics, lush vocal harmonies, and an honest sincerity at live shows. It is because of this, they have gathered accolades from local and national press, landed a song placement on major-network TV, opened for The Lumineers (among others), and are featured on compilations alongside Mumford & Sons, Adele and Amos Lee.
(Minnesota Public Radio station The Current premiered a track from FM, "Figure You Out," today as its daily download)
The band’s success has given them perspective and an appreciation for their roots, which continuously comes across in FM. The album, filled with a thematic sense of grounding, was shaped by the stage-of-life lens of being husbands and fathers, and it is this concept of home base that made a concrete impression on FM’s overall flowing sound.
Produced by Minneapolis’ Jason Orris and recorded in Terrarium Music Studios, FM is the first album the band has recorded in town since their debut album, Autumn Rest Easy. Farewell Milwaukee has previously shied away from recording close to home in order to keep the flow of the process as smooth as possible; however, for this album, being close to home had a positive and productive effect on the record. “We’ve tried to avoid that [recording in town] in the past with the fear of it being a distraction and taking away from the process. But it seemed to make things very comfortable this time around in the best possible way. It seemed like the easiest record we've ever made. The logistics were simplified, we slept in our own beds at night,” says Lubeck.
Through the ease of the recording process, the band was able to take time to experiment with new sounds; this creativity and adventurousness brings FM to life through the addition of strings, steel guitar, and other sonic touches that the six-piece group perfected in the studio. “One of our greatest strengths is that we are all sympathetic to each other’s playing,” added Lubeck. “We give each other space to play the others’ instruments and take turns letting certain instruments take the spotlight.”
The unique sounds of the album make it difficult to fit FM into a particular genre (call it folk rock with a head and a tail, as described in an earlier album review from the Netherlands); however, genre tags are less important when projects like FM have beautifully crafted instrumentation accompanied by powerful lyrics and melodies.
“We're making the best music of our lives while experiencing some of life's most precious moments with our children. We're truly living out our personal dreams and couldn't be happier. My three-year-old runs around the house with a bedazzled pink guitar playing harmonica as loud as she can, trying to be like her daddy, and I don't have to experience that through the screen of an iPhone,” says Lubeck.
Farewell Milwaukee has been busy performing at festivals throughout the Midwest including performances at the Basilica Block Party, the Mid West Music Festival, the RiverSong Music Festival, and the Mile of Music Festival in Appleton, WI. Additionally, the band will be playing select dates in support of FM throughout the Fall. To learn more about the band and their schedule visit farewellmilwaukee.com.
'Chapter and Verse,' the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen's extraordinary forthcoming autobiography, will be released Sept. 23 on Columbia Records. The career-spanning compilation will be released four days before Simon & Schuster publishes 'Born to Run.' Five of the album's 18 tracks have not been previously released.
Springsteen selected the songs on 'Chapter and Verse' to reflect the themes and sections of 'Born to Run.' The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012's 'Wrecking Ball.' The collected songs trace Springsteen's musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.
Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of "Henry Boy" and "Growin' Up" were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, 'Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.'
'Chapter and Verse' will be available as a single CD and double LP, as well as via digital download and streaming. The package will include lyrics and rare photos. 'Chapter & Verse' will be available for preorder on Friday, July 29.
View filmmaker Thom Zimny's trailer for 'Chapter and Verse' Here:
Springsteen’s gripping 500-page autobiography, 'Born to Run,' will be released internationally Sept. 27, published in hardcover, e-book, and audio editions by Simon & Schuster in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and India, as well as other publishers around the world. Springsteen has been privately writing the autobiography over the past seven years. He began work in 2009, after performing with the E Street Band at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. 'Born To Run' is available for pre-order HERE:
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are currently on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. for a string of dates beginning Aug. 23 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, and ending Sept. 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.
Ellie Goulding is reportedly suffering from insomnia but is hoping to beat it with "exercise and natural remedies".
The 29-year-old singer pulled out of several gigs earlier this month (Jul16) and later told fans it was on doctor's orders as she is battling exhaustion.
Now a source close to the British pop star has revealed that she has been suffering from habitual sleeplessness.
"Ellie’s body clock is completely out of sync and she has found herself lying awake in bed most nights unable to get to sleep," a source told Britain's The Sun newspaper.
“All the travelling through random time zones has messed with her system. She just can’t get to sleep at night, and even when she’s back in England the insomnia is sapping her energy."
While some level of tiredness is expected in Ellie's career, the Burn singer is said to be worried she might not live up to fans expectations if she were to take to the stage while struggling with her insomnia.
She is currently on holiday in St Tropez and is apparently hoping she can soon get back on track and then get back out on the road.
“She’s worried about it as she doesn’t want to be tired before going on stage," the source added. "She’s a professional and wants to give her fans the best performances possible.
“Ellie’s had a couple of weeks off now and is hoping she can beat her insomnia through exercise and natural remedies."
Ellie pulled out of the Positivus Festival in Latvia on 15 July (16), followed by Finland's Ilosaarirock Festival on 16 July. She didn't mention what was wrong at the time, but later revealed to Britain's Evening Standard newspaper that she cancelled on doctor's orders.
"I’m a hard worker. I don’t cancel anything unless I really need to, but my doctor said, ‘Ellie, your voice is going to burn out’. Glastonbury was the point where I realised I was pretty exhausted. It’s all good though - I’m feeling really positive about the rest of the year," she told the British newspaper.
Ellie's next scheduled performance is on Sunday (31Jul16) at Lollapallooza in Chicagos Grant Park as part of her Delirium World Tour, which is due to end on 8 October (16) in Melbourne, Australia. (Bron: Music-News)
Adele fans were seeing double in Washington after the singer was joined by an impersonator during her concert on Tuesday night (25Jul16).
The Hello singer was playing her second sold-out show at Seattle's KeyArena when she noticed a doppelganger in the crowd, whose uncanny resemblance prompted Adele to bring her onstage to get a closer look at the devoted fan.
Kris Zello, aka Kristie Champagne, was wearing a hand-made, floor-length sequined gown, very similar to the one Adele had on that night, and in video footage posted online, the British songstress is clearly stunned at the similarities between herself and her impersonator. With her mouth agape, she exclaimed, "You look amazing!"
After embracing her, Adele told the crowd Champagne is officially one of her favourite impersonators she's ever met, and even helped drum up business for the drag queen, who performs as the Grammy winner two nights a week at a nearby restaurant.
Speaking of the memorable encounter, Zello tells local news station Q13 her idol was "perfect" in person, adding that she used their precious one-on-one time to tell her exactly how much she has meant to her.
"I wanted her to know that her music not only is amazing but it touches people in (more) ways (than) she probably even knows, and I didn't want to miss my opportunity to tell her that she really helped to become the person I am today," Zello said.
Adele famously revealed her obsession with her impersonators during a sketch on U.K. TV special Adele at the BBC, in which she donned a prosthetic nose, fake chin and a wig to disguise herself as a singer called Jenny, and joined a line-up of Adele impersonators as they auditioned for a fictitious television programme at a London theatre.
The prank turned out to be quite emotional for Adele, who previously told U.S. breakfast show Today she's since made it her mission to track down all of her professional imitators.
"Nothing quite prepared me for walking towards, like, 10 other girls dressed up as me, that was pretty overwhelming, but the whole thing was funny, but also really, really beautiful, and I cried a lot at the end once I revealed myself," she said. "There's a drag queen in L.A. that I really wanna see; he looks amazing, he does a really good job. But now that I've done that it's, like, opened a whole new world for me; I wanna find all of them!" (Bron: Music-News)
Ed Sheeran has sparked a gossip frenzy about his relationship status after showing off what looks like wedding band in a photo posted online.
The 25-year-old, who has been dating girlfriend Cherry Seaborn for over a year, had devotees all excited when he was captured sporting a band on his wedding ring finger in a friend's Instagram photo.
A few eagle-eyed fans were quick to note the ring is one Sheeran has worn in the past, but never on that finger.
Ed is also wearing a T-shirt bearing the words 'British HOAX Skateboard Company' on it, suggesting he might just be messing with the media.
One fan asked musician Jovel Walker, who posted the sweet snap of Sheeran sitting with his daughter, if the singer had in fact tied the knot, prompting Jovel to respond, "No, hun".
Sheeran hasn't been trying to hide his feelings for Seaborn of late - the couple was spotted making out in the background of one of Taylor Swift's recent Instagram posts under a banner which read "Happy 1st Ed-iver-Cherry!"
Swift even poked fun at her singer/songwriter pal, captioning the snap: "Love actually is all around".
Sheeran, who has become famous for singing at fans' weddings, has not been very open about his life and career for most of this year after announcing he was taking a break from social media, so he could focus on a much-deserved break and songwriting for his third album, which he told fans is "the best thing I have made thus far".
Meanwhile, Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud hit recently topped a new Spotify list of the top first dance songs at U.S. weddings. (Bron: Music-News)
Lenny Kravitz told the audience "love is the only solution" as he performed at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Wednesday (27Jul16).
The 52-year-old singer took to the stage to perform his 1989 debut single Let Love Rule. Dedicating the track to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s candidate for the role of U.S. president, Lenny stated: "We got to let love rule. One God, one planet, one people, and love is the only solution."
Also providing a musical interlude on Wednesday at the DNC were over 40 Broadway stars, who performed their rendition of What The World Needs Now is Love.
The all-star group, which included Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Debra Messing, Audra McDonald and Glee's Darren Criss, initially recorded a version of the song as a tribute to those killed in the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, last month (Jun16), with proceeds going towards the LGBT Center of Central Florida.
The audience was clearly buoyed by the performance of the track on Wednesday night, chanting "Love trumps hate" after it finished - a reference to Hillary's Republican competitor Donald Trump.
Also on Wednesday night, Hillary got her biggest endorsement to date from current U.S. president Barack Obama as he backed her bid for the White House in the last major speech during his time as commander in chief.
"I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman - not me, not Bill (Clinton, former president and Hillary's husband), nobody - more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America," he said in the speech which took three weeks and six drafts to perfect. (Bron: Music-News)
Andrew Dominik’s feature film ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING has been officially selected to world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.
This prestigious one off screening of the film in Venice, followed by its global screening on September 8, will be the first opportunity anyone will have to hear songs from the new Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album, Skeleton Tree.
Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination.
Filmed in black-and-white and colour, in both 3D and 2D, the result is stark, fragile and raw, and a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.
Dominik will attend Venice. His credits include Chopper, the Oscar nominated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which was first seen at Venice in competition in 2007, and Killing Them Softly, which had its World Premiere in competition in Cannes in 2012.
The film is a co-production between Iconoclast and Pulse Films, in association with JW Films, and was produced by Dulcie Kellett and James Wilson.
It will be distributed to more than 650 cinemas around the world by Picturehouse Entertainment on 8th September 2016, with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' sixteenth studio album Skeleton Tree being released the following day.
Tickets and pre-orders: nickcave.com (Bron: Music-News)
Op 11 november 2016 brengt Pink Floyd de verzamelbox ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ uit. Daarvoor hebben ze hun oude archieven uitgeplozen op zoek naar onuitgebrachte beelden van aan het begin van hun carrière. Het is een ongeziene verzameling geworden van 27 deluxe cd’s inclusief 7 individuele verpakkingen in boekvorm.
De volledige box bevat tv-opnames, BBC live sessies, onuitgebrachte singles en demomateriaal van meer dan 12 uur en 33 minuten (in totaal meer dan 130 tracks) verder heb je meer dan 15u videogenot. Daarnaast vind je er meer dan 20 onuitgebrachte songs op inclusief 7u onuitgebrachte live audio met meer dan 5u concertbeelden. Je kan er ook de onuitgebrachte singles van 1976’s ‘Vegetable Man’ en ‘In The Beechwoods’ die opnieuw zijn geremixt voor release.
‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ geeft de verzamelaars de kans om de volledige evolutie van de band te horen. Je bent als het ware getuige van hun culturele revolutie dankzij hun vroegere opnames en studiosessies tot de jaren net voor de lancering van hun album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, één van hun best verkochte albums aller tijden.
Met de singles ‘Arnold Layne’ en de 20-minuten lange single ‘Echoes’ neemt Pink Floyd je mee in hun ontdekking van psychedelische progressieve rock. Je krijgt een nooit eerder beeld van hoe het verhaal rond Pink Floyd tot stand kwam. Dat verhaal start met de ontmoeting tussen Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason en Syd Barrett die elkaar leerden kennen aan de universiteit: ‘London’s Regent Street Polytechnic’.
Op de verzamelbox vind je unieke live concerten. Zo zijn er ook verschillende passages van Pink Floyd in België in zijn vroegere jaren zoals een optreden in Kasterlee in 1968.
De volledige Track Listing kan je HIER vinden
David Gilmour met (links) zijn vrouw en co-writer Polly Samson en (rechts) manager Paul Loasby.
Photo © 'Rudy De Doncker’
Naar aanleiding van de twee uitzonderlijke concerten van David Gilmour in ons land, woensdag en donderdag, kreeg de zanger en gitarist van Pink Floyd een gouden plaat overhandigd voor “Rattle That Lock”. Zijn meest recente (overigens nog maar vierde) solo-album verscheen vorig jaar in september en stond meteen twee weken bovenaan de Belgische album charts.
Het is trouwens van 1984 geleden dat David Gilmour als solo-artiest België aandoet. De beide shows op de Grote Markt van Tienen waren uitverkocht.
DIVAN are pleased to share the latest single from their forthcoming album, 'Shards' on Consequence Of Sound. They praise the track for it's 'dualities of noise and silence, peace and bedlam'. Check it out HERE
There's a lot of life in the city.
Growing up in the idyllic Irish countryside and finding a place amid the alien, urban sprawl had a huge impact on DIVAN.
Their music; all pulsating rhythm, soaring vocals and oscillating guitars, draws on a rich tapestry of styles and sounds, which evolves into a real statement of intent: the desire to understand art and its relevance in modern life.
Singer, Jamie Clarke writes: 'I think always having an innate desire to surround yourself with activity & action when all you've known is peace & tranquillity comes out in our music. It draws me to people, and also to the art that I love.'
The lyrical narrative in Modern Knowledge weaves its way through such themes, affecting not just today's artists and creators but everyone that, like Jamie, is drawn to the bustle of something more than what was known...
From experimenting with accessible but unusual time signatures in ‘Shards’ to exploring vulnerability both lyrically and vocally in ‘A Clarity Appears’, the heart and soul that runs through this record is achieved via subtle nods to the likes of Radiohead, The National and Richard Hawley, as well as the band’s own profound voice and subject matter.
There are mournful sparks of looped piano from Brent (Knopf) in ‘Darkened Room’ and dark melodies inspired by the encompassing warmth of Sufjan Stevens…while frontman Clarke’s subtly reedy voice is reminiscent of Benjamin Gibbard in his more delicate moments. Major chords are utilised to strengthen the depths alongside jolting, haunted stabs of guitar and the end result is compelling, intense and overwhelmingly thoughtful; demanding repeated listens.
The Cleopatra Records family has lost one of its closest friends and brightest stars. Nektar vocalist/guitarist Roye Albrighton passed away peacefully at the age of 67. Albrighton had just recently completed the text for a full-length book (co-written by Dave Thompson) about the group he founded and led, prog rock heroes Nektar. The book chronicles the rise of Nektar from their formation in Hamburg, Germany 1970 through their early releases that culminated in the now classic Remember The Future album (1973). Later albums found the band collaborating with Peter Gabriel keyboardist Larry Fast on Recycled (recorded by famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerich). Albrighton left the band in 1977 before returning to the fold two years later for Man In The Moon. Though the group officially disbanded in 1980, they reformed stronger than ever with a new album in 2000, Prodigal, and followed that with 2004’s Evolution and 2006’s Book Of Days.
Cleopatra’s relationship with Nektar dates back to 1998 when the label released The Dream Nebula, a best of compilation album. Years later, in 2011, Roye Albrighton collaborated with the label on an in-depth 2CD collection called Retrospektive, which contained two very rare tracks from Albrighton’s pre-Nektar band, Rainbows. This led to the label purchasing the rights to the entire Nektar catalog of albums, which it began reissuing and putting back in print for a whole new generation of Nektar fans to enjoy. Albrighton also participated in other projects for the label including A Classic Rock Salute To The Doors and Songs Of The Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp. In 2012, Albrighton and founding drummer Ron Howden released A Spooful Of Time, the first ever covers album from Nektar, which featured guest appearances by members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream and more! Finally, the label was proud to release Nektar’s next original studio album Time Machine in June of 2013. The album featured Yes bassist Billy Sherwood who both played and produced the album. As the years have passed, it seems that Nektar’s reputation only continues to grow, even inspiring hip hop artist Riff Raff who sampled “It’s All In The Mind” on the track “Lava Glaciers” feat Childish Gambino in 2014.
Cleopatra Records extends its deepest sympathies to Roye’s family and friends.
The Nektar biography written by Roye Albrighton and Dave Thompson, finished just weeks before Roye’s passing, will be published and released by Cleopatra later this year.
Much to the anticipation of guitarists worldwide, guitar virtuoso Gustavo Assis-Brasil has released a new album “Chromatic Dialogues”! The tracks were conceived and recorded in Boston, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh during the Fall of 2015, and brought to Grammy winner engineer Dave Darlington for mixing and mastering at Bass Hit Studios, New York City, in January 2016.
Says Gustavo, “The main idea of recording this album was to combine compositions with improvised musical dialogues (duets). The result was an original blending of spontaneous instrumental conversations with intricate and introspective musical statements.
“My compositions are abstract. I want the listeners to interpret the dialogues and compositions the way they want. It becomes easier to understand the dialogues after listening to them a few times. I'd love to keep attracting a diverse and open-minded audience.”
Gustavo has performed/recorded with John Stowell, Esperanza Spaulding, Frank Potenza, Bob Mintzer, Richard Smith, Hiromi, Tony Grey, Prasanna, Julio Herrlein, Richard Bona, Greg Hopkins, Vardan Ovsepian, Brett Wilmott, Mauricio Zottarelli, Tim Ries, Nelson Faria, Prasanna, Mozik, among others.
Based in Boston, USA, Gustavo began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He attended the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, to get his bachelor in classical guitar at the age of 21.
In 1995 he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine – USA (Spotlight session). In 1999 he got a full scholarship to get his Master Degree In Jazz at Berklee College of Music. His main teachers were Mick Goodrick, Wayne Krantz, and Hal Crook. While studying at Berklee, he had the opportunity to attend master-classes with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pat Metheny, Frank Gambale, Mike Stern, Dave Liebman and John Scofield. Gustavo also studied improvisation and composition with Charlie Banacos.
From 2001 until 2006, Gustavo played/toured with the renowned group the Dig Trio. Gustavo is the director of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensembles and is a faculty member of at the Cambridge School of Weston. His other teaching experience includes: Berklee College of Music (Boston), Musicians Institute (Hollywood), University of Southern California (Los Angeles), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Federal University of Santa Maria, and University of Passo Fundo (Brazil).
In 2005, Gustavo released the book “Hybrid Picking for Guitar”, a method entirely dedicated to the art of combining pick and fingers. In 2008, he released the follow up book “Hybrid Picking Exercises: Single Note Permutations”, with more than 1,400 different exercises based entirely on math permutations. Also in 2008, Gustavo released a live DVD/CD combo called “In Concert”. On that same year, he was invited by ESC Records (Germany) to write and record an arrangement of Steely Dan's “Aja”, for which was to be included in a tribute CD called “Maestros of Cool”.
In 2009, Gustavo was invited to participate in the project “Mahavishnu Re-Defined – a Tribute to John Mclaughlin & the Mahavishnu Orchestra”. In 2010 he released the soundtrack for the Brazilian movie “Manhã Transfigurada”. In 2011, Gustavo released his third book, “Hybrid Picking Lines and Licks”. Guthrie Govan wrote the foreword for it.
And now, Gustavo has released his highly anticipated new solo album “Chromatic Dialogues”!
Here's what the press has said about Gustavo Assis-Brasil:
“Gustavo Assis-Brasil is an accomplished guitarist with a remarkably fluid linear concept and a distinctive, ultra-sophisticated harmonic sense, who also exhibits a fully developed voice as a composer.” - BILL MILKOWSKI
“Gustavo is a blazing fretboard master!” - METRONOME MAGAZINE, Doug Sloan
“Assis-Brasil's writing and playing are exceptional! His sound, phrasing and harmonic sense are impeccable!” - JUST JAZZ GUITAR Magazine, Jeff Barone
“…dazzling…” - GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE, Spotlight column
“… a sophisticated tone that's suffused with warmth and complemented by razor-sharp technique but, more significantly, the ability to play with emotion.” - MARK F. TURNER, AllAboutJazz.com
Trumpeter Darren Barrett, winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, was flipping through cable television channels while taking a break from a recording session when he stumbled upon a live concert by Amy Winehouse. He had heard the buzz about the unconventional British artist, but hadn’t heard any of her music until that moment. The musician of Jamaican descent with a proclivity for incorporating reggae into his neo-bop jazz recordings was instantly struck by the way the rhythm & soul singer-songwriter infused reggae into her throwback tracks.
“I was surprised to discover that the majority of her concert consisted of performing music mirroring the spirit-liberating sound of reggae music. Damn! Amy was laying the music down like one of the ‘old heads.’ She immediately gained much respect from me and I soon became a fan and a loyal follower of her fast-moving musical career,” Barrett recalled about his 2008 discovery and the inspiration for his eighth album, “The Music of Amy Winehouse,” which will be released August 26 on the dB Music label.
Barrett and his Trumpet Vibes band, a jazz and reggae group, selected nine songs from the late artist’s songbook and spent over a year working on the arrangements and rehearsing before entering the studio. To recreate Winehouse’s high voltage, multi-tiered sound, Barrett augmented his band by adding guitars, keyboards, saxophone and percussion to the Trumpet Vibes lineup that consists of the trumpeter-producer, bassist Alexander Toth, drummer Anthony Toth and vibraphonist Simon Moullier (noted vibraphonist Warren Wolf is featured on “Our Day Will Come”). Naturally, the toughest part was casting a female vocalist capable of capturing Winehouse’s uniquely soulful and charismatic spirit on hallmark hits such as “Tears Dry On Their Own,” “Rehab,” “Back To Black” and “Just Friends.” Enter Joanna Teters.
“I met Joanna many years ago when she was a student at Berklee College of Music, but never had the opportunity to work with her,” said Barrett, who is an associate professor in the ensemble department at the distinguished school in addition to his work as an artist. “I continued to listen to many of her projects after she graduated, having a strong sense that someday we would eventually work together. Well it happened just as I predicted. Joanna joined us on the Amy Winehouse project and really captured the essence of Amy's musicality without neglecting to incorporate the uniqueness of her own personality into each song. The commitment and musical steadfastness that each musician brought to the project has resulted in a recording that Amy’s well-deserving fans will not only enjoy, but also appreciate as they reconnect to Amy’s simple joy of creating music.”
A Toronto, Ontario native who has been based in Boston ever since he attended Berklee, Barrett was a soloist on Esperanza Spaulding’s two-time Grammy-winning “Radio Music Society.” Mentored by trumpet great Donald Byrd, he has recorded or played internationally with jazz giants Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Hart, Wayne Shorter and Roy Hargrove. Barrett has also performed with Common, will.i.am, Talib Kweli and D’Angelo. Maintaining a prolific album release pace since 2014, “The Music of Amy Winehouse” follows last fall’s critically-hailed jazz and reggae mashup “Trumpet Vibes” and predates a straight-ahead jazz outing from the dB Quintet that is expected in the first quarter of 2017. For more information, please visit www.DarrenBarrett.com.
UK electronic act, B-Movie, best known for their 1982 international smash hit single “Nowhere Girl,” premiere a brand new video for the lead off track from their newest album Climate Of Fear on the preeminent Post-Punk website www.Post-Punk.com. Directed by George Barber, the video focuses exclusively on the band’s performance of the dark yet danceable track, understandably so too since this is the very first video in the band’s 30+ year career to feature all 4 original members. Shot through blurred lenses and a moody fog, these seasoned rockers still exude all the energy and gravitas of their ‘80s incarnation. Steve Hovington, the group’s vocalist, still cuts a dramatic figure in center frame against a lighting design that is melancholic without being morose and editing that is frenetic without being distracting.
Watch the video here: http://www.post-punk.com/b-movie-premiere-video-for-another-false-dawn/
Climate Of Fear was released March 18 through Cleopatra Records. As a special bonus, both the CD and the vinyl formats include a recently recorded version of “Nowhere Girl” along with remixes by German industrial legends Die Krupps and Leæther Strip as well as Los Angeles-based indie electro band Deathday!
You can also catch the video on DailyMotion and subscribe to the Cleopatra channel: http://www.dailymotion.com/CleopatraRecords
1. Another False Dawn
2. Come Closer
3. San Francisco
5. Forgotten Souls
6. Ghost Land
7. Climate Of Fear
8. A Girl & A Gun
9. The Remnants
10. Feeling Gothic
11. Nowhere Girl (Radio Edit)
12. Nowhere Girl (Die Krupps vs. Leæther Strip Remix)
13. Nowhere Girl (Extended)
14. Nowhere Girl (Deathday Remix)
Na vier jaar afwezigheid, brengt Regina Spektor op 30 september haar zevende studioalbum uit. De eerste single uit dat nieuw album wordt 'Bleeding Heart'. Het album bevat uitsluitend songs die Regina heeft geschreven tijdens en net na de bevalling van haar eerste zoontje in 2014.
'Remember Us To Life' is opgenomen in The Village Studio's in LA en geproduceerd door Leo Abrahams bekend van zijn samenwerkingen met onder andere Paolo Nutini en David Byrne/Brian Eno.
De fans die het digitale of fysieke album voorbestellen via de website www.ReginaSpektor.com krijgen een directe link waar ze vier titels kunnen downloaden waaronder ook de nieuwe single 'Bleeding Heart'.
Het nieuwe album kondigt haar grote comeback aan na haar laatste album 'What We Saw From The Cheap Seats' (2012) dat op de derde plaats stond op de Billboard Album Charts. Verder schreef Regina ook nog de Grammy-genomineerde single 'You've Got Time' voor de populaire Netflix-serie 'Orange Is The New Black'.
Beluister hier de nieuwe single 'Bleeding Heart'
Regina Spektor over het album: ‘I made more art and felt more inspired than I had in a long time’
De internationale pers is in elk geval al lovend over deze getalenteerde artieste:
“Her lyrical pop style is personal, poignant, and wise, and never lacking in lighthearted moments.”
The New Yorker
“Spektor has one of those capital V-Voices that sticks out no matter what genre, what song, what compilation you put them in.”
“Regina Spektor has become her generation’s Joni Mitchell—a singer-songwriter who nail-guns emotional trusts between wisecracks.”
Blues pioneer B.B. King will be celebrated by Slash, Keb' Mo', Jimmie Vaughan, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more at Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King. The live benefit tribute is set for Sept. 1 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.
Rounding out the talent lineup are Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joe Louis Walker. Music director for the evening will be Jimmy Vivino, joined by his Basic Cable Band from the Conan show. Presented by partners the Grammy Foundation and Grammy Museum and sponsored in part by Gibson USA, Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King will be hosted by Grammy Foundation VP Scott Goldman. A pre-event VIP reception will also be held.
Nicknamed the King of the Blues, King released more than 50 albums during a career dating back to the 1940s. Best known for such classics as "3 O'Clock Blues" and "The Thrill Is Gone," King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The 15-time Grammy Award winner also received the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.
King died at the age of 89 on May 14, 2015. .
GUITAR LEGEND RONNIE EARL IS RIGHT AT HOME ON MAXWELL STREET, NEW STONY PLAIN RECORDS ALBUM COMING SEPTEMBER 9
Stony Plain Records announces a September 9 release date for Maxwell Street, the new CD from three-time Blues Music Award winner as “Guitarist of the Year,” Ronnie Earl and his band, the Broadcasters.
Maxwell Street is named in honor of the late blues pianist and previous member of the Broadcasters, David Maxwell, and is also a nod to Chicago’s famed Maxwell Street, where blues musicians gathered to play outside for the Sunday market crowds.
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters are: Ronnie Earl – guitar; Lorne Entress – drums; Dave Limina – piano and Hammond B3 organ; Jim Mouradian – bass; and Diane Blue – vocals. Special guest guitarist on the album is Nicholas Tabarias. Maxwell Street was produced by Ronnie Earl and recorded at Wellspring Studios in Acton, Massachusetts, and Wooly Mammoth Studios in Waltham, Mass. Ronnie formed his band, the Broadcasters, in 1988.
“This album is dedicated to my big brother David Maxwell,” says Ronnie Earl. “We were born on the same day ten years apart. His playing was as deep as the ocean, as high as the sky and as bright as a quasar. When he passed, I felt a huge loss as I still do. David was a Broadcaster and he and I made a few records together. It was always a supreme honor to play with him. He played blues as well as jazz with incredible expression from Otis Spann to Cecil Taylor. He knew and loved it all. He became Otis Spann in the later years. Our pianist David Limina wrote a tune (“Elegy for a Bluesman”) that captures the feeling of the album and we all send our love and respect to David’s family and all of our love and gratitude for David Maxwell.”
Maxwell Street showcases 10 tracks, including six originals, plus exciting covers of songs by Otis Rush (one of Ronnie’s main musical mentors), “Double Trouble;” Gladys Knight (“I’ve Got to Use My) Imagination;” Eddy Arnold, “You Don’t Know Me;” and the blues/soul chestnut, “As the Years Go Passing By,” which closes the album.
Ronnie and the band performed a special set at the recent Chicago Blues Festival in honor of Otis Rush. In his review of that concert, DownBeat writer Jeff Johnson singled out Ronnie for praise: “Perhaps the most heartfelt expression came from the guitar of Ronnie Earl. His playing was a study in economy, yet electrifying enough to make the hairs on your neck stand on end on the seminal Rush tune, “Double Trouble.”
Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters are also represented with a track on the new Stony Plain special 3-CD set, 40 Years of Stony Plain, which salutes the label’s four decades of the best in roots, rock, folk, country and blues music. To commemorate Stony Plain’s anniversary, Ronnie Earl recorded this short video about their relationship: https://youtu.be/iK-ysnx7vHU.
“Ronnie Earl is one of the most sensitive, refined and exquisite guitarists on the international blues scene.”