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Petty Theft

#MofoTour2014

Once again, we had a BLAST playing in "The City" at Slim's! BIG THX to all who came out. San Francisco you always know how to party down with your Petty! KUDOS to our friends from Fresno Stealing Nicks - The Ultimate Stevie Nicks Experience who put on a great show and Marie Wilson for joining us on stage for another rendition of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"! Oh my my OH HELL YES!
Photo: #MofoTour2014 Once again, we had a BLAST playing in "The City" at Slim's!  BIG THX to all who came out. San Francisco you always know how to party down with your Petty! KUDOS to our friends from Fresno Stealing Nicks - The Ultimate Stevie Nicks Experience who put on a great show and Marie Wilson for joining us on stage for another rendition of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"! Oh my my OH HELL YES!

Mark Mathews

A new member to the 'One Ts"!!

Brothers and Sisters!

What a magical day it is today! Why? Well, because I shall now be referred to as, Uncle Mark! 

Yes, at 6:38am today my Brother became a Dad and my Sister-in-law a Mum for the first time, but obviously more importantly than that (!) I became an Uncle for the first time!

I'm well happy!

Essentially, I'll get all the fun of a kid without the nappies, crying and lack of sleep.

Good deal I reckon! 

I plan to teach, Joshua James Mathews, all about the important things in life: The Beatles, Guitar music and the wonder and majesty of the humble Jaffa cake! Before long we will have a fully trained and expert fellow "One T" in our midst and he will be unstoppable! 

Any fellow Uncles out there, please do drop me a line and let me know any tips or things I should know! I wanna be the best Uncle there is and I've got stiff competition from my little Brother!!

Well, it's a wonderful way to take a break from the blog, just as a new life is just beginning. As you are aware I am off to South America for 3 weeks from tomorrow and so blog updates are likely to be minor to non-existent from now. Make sure you like my Facebook page, because there will be daily updates on there until I get back in December.

In the meantime if you miss me, listen to my radio interview on Croydon Radio:

Have a safe and happy time whilst I am gone and please do keep supporting me, sharing my music, telling your friends and basically doing the things that you have been doing for so long. It means so much to me, believe!!

FORWARDS!!!

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Luis Ogando

Gig News!!

Luis is pleased to announce 2 upcoming gigs before Christmas!

The first is taking place at Chilwell Road Methodist Church on Saturday 29th November, where Luis will be guesting in a musical event run by Derbyshire-Based vocal group Cantata. Mixing a vareity of styles, Luis will be switching between steel and nylon strings as he offers up both vocal and instrumental pieces. 

Then, on the 20th December, Luis will be heading up a musical event in aid of the Hope Charity at The Creative Corner Cafe in Chilwell.

More details will be posted as information becomes available.

Mark Mathews

Holidays are coming!

My Brothers and Sisters!

I'm sending you Tuesday love! May it be the best day ever...oh...and might I say you are looking spectacular today?!

Not long till that bearded man who loves the young starts coming round to our houses unannounced...no, I'm not talking about Rolf Harris (!) I'm talking about that other dubious character known as, Father Christmas.

Or Santa Claws to my brethren across the pond.

I do love a bit of Christmas time, I have to say! The silly season brings nothing but joy to me and how can it not: booze, food, time off, presents...It's top!!

This time last year I was just getting ready to record the three singles for 2014 and now I am just about to release the last one of those very three! Where in the hell has that year gone?! I mean it's been a great time, full of stories, but man it has flown by! I really cannot believe that I am now planning and scheming for 2015 (and let me tell you the plans and schemes are gonna be bigger and better than ever before!)

The Christmas bookings are coming in also, although as I am out of the country till December 11th, I seem to miss a lot of them. Boo!!

Alas, if you are struggling with gift ideas, remember my new single "Someone" is released on the 15th December. A great gift for all the family, believe!!

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Ding Dong The Bells are ringing!

Brothers and Sisters!!

Good day to you all!

Things are ramping up for me as I get closer to heading to South America! Just tying up a load of loose ends before I head out. A little reminder that this blog will cease to be until I return.

So, make sure to follow me on Facebook - markmathewsmusic - where there will be regular daily updates. 
In my quest to get things sorted in my diary before the big off, I noticed something alarming - The amount of weddings I have to go to next year! Seriosuly, I know I said I would be releasing a lot of music in 2015 but I am being comprimised by the amount of friggin weddings to attend!
Ok, it's three, but melodrama aside, it's a lot when you consider that is also 3 stagg do's. And these weddings are never low key, cool affairs anymore. Oh no, heaven forbid! (personally I blame this "Heaven" place for a lot of this marriage business!)
People now EXPECT you to take a friggin holiday for them. Twice! One for the stagg and one for the wedding. 

Don't get me wrong, those people that decide a dated, fusty old institution is exactly how they want to celebrate their love is fine by me. However, do not impede on my life. What about the folk like myself who are not beleivers in the whole marriage thing. I don't force people to use up their holiday time and spend their cash on coming to an expensive venue before expecting them to also buy me a gift!
Sigh.
Sorry, I'm not against love. For me it's nothing to do with love in my eyes anymore. Believe it or not, I'm a romantic when all is said and done. I write a lot of songs about it. I believe wholeheartedly in love and there is nothing better than actually being in love. But spending upwards of £20,000 on a day event, where those invited have to comprimise a lot and are made to feel bad if they do not fully want to go along with it, can afford it, have other more interesting holidays to take! 
And I understand that a big party where both families and friends can get together is great, beautiful even. So fine, do that. But why the lavish expense for all involved? Why not hire a big room and invite all those nearest and dearest. Unless I am invited and everything is covereed for me I cannot see the argument for these events I'm afraid.
But good luck to you all. I do hope you have a wonderful, special day, believe!!

FORWARDS!!!

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Sandz Of Time Band

A New Venue!

Come join us on the patio at MIKKI V'S on Friday, November 28th, 2014.

We'll be performing from 7-11 p.m. 

This is a new venue for us, so come help us blow the roof off!

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CHANGES TO GIGS

Some dates have been changed.

Please check the giglist to the right.

Mark Mathews

Come ear!

Morning Brothers and Sisters!!

Sorry, could you speak up? A little louder. OK try this ear!

Yes, what a morning it is. I went to bed feeling like shit because of this jungle detox diet I am on (see previous posts) and I have awoken to have a slight ear infection! Not the best of times.

I don't think I have had an ear infection since I was a bout 8 years old! Adults do get them, right? I haven't regressed to my 8 year old self have I, like some sort of 'Zany' eighties film?!

Either way, it is typical that it happens now, a few days before I head to the Amazon jungle and drink plants! 

I have a feeling that it is because I have had my earphones in all day and actually fell asleep in them. I just hope it rights itself pretty damn soon, because I fly on Thursday! Does anyone have any remedies for this sort of thing? I am open to all suggestions! 

Tweet them to me - @markmathewssong

With the fact I go away on thursday in mind, I should mention that Wednesday will be the last blog day for three weeks so if you haven't already, follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/markmathewssong) as this will be the only place updated whilst I am away, believe!!

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The Devious Angels

Words and Music

A lot of your guys and gals have asked about the "Words and Music" episode that we did a while back and we wanted to let you know that it started airing last night on NewsChannel5+ in Nashville.  

Here's the full-list of air-times:

November: 

16th - 3am,  9am, 7pm

17th- 12:30 am

18th- 5:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 pm

19th- 9:30 am, 6pm

29th- 3am

30th- 3am, 9am, 7pm

 

December:

1st- 12:30 am

2nd- 5:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 pm

3rd- 9:30 am, 6pm

 

ox,

steevie n jon

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The Chief

Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to the weekend!

I found this great little interview with the Chief himself, Mr Noel Gallagher and once again he is being his irreverent, funny self. Even if you dislike his music (though I bet there is at least one tune you like of his!) you cannot deny this mans personality.

His point about buying music instead of expensive coffees is a really important one. Music has become so throw away that people now consider it worthless. With the advent of downloads and a product that cannot be sold on, like records or CD's could, there is now a real sense of entitlement and a "Why should I have to pay for music?"

Well, here's a few reasons why I think it is important to pay for music:

  • It took a lot of time and effort to learn the skills in order to write a song. If you study to become a mechanic you are rewarded with payment for your services when they are used. The same should be said for muscians and song writers.
  • Equipment does not come free - Guitars, pianos, decks, computer programmes, strings, plectrums. Everything has to be bought.
  • Rehearsal space costs money
  • Time in the studio to record the product costs a hell of a lot of money
  • Artwork, music videos, promotion etc costs a lot of money
All of the above are reasons alone to decide to buy music and support artsits. It has become all too popular to get free music, no one wants to buy it anymore but if you consider the above then maybe you can see why it is worth it.
However, the most important reason to be buying music is to support the band/act/artist, that you love dearly. The one that speaks to you, that makes you feel good about yourself, answers questions makes you feel less alone in the world. By buying their music they can continue to do just that - Write music that means something.
I don't think any musician is under the illusion that they will become millionaires anymore. It's not the 70's or 90's, where the fur coats, cocaine addiction and Rolls Royces ran free. But what we do try to do is carve a career for ourselves so as we can carry on making music that we believe to be good and rightous and hopefully others do too.
So, if this has stirred you up below is a link where you can buy my back catalogue (!), believe!
Forwards!!

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Mark Mathews

Tune of the week!

Brothers and Sisters,

Can you believe it's that time again?!!

The tune today is quite simply - AMAZING!

Just three chords used and it is one of the most hauntingly, beautiful tracks he's recorded. Maybe it's because I'm teaching myself to play the piano, but I find the simplicity and the sparseness of the track to be so awe inspiring, especially when it kicks in at the end and a wonderfully positive guitar solo kicks in. 

The production values as well are second to none, with a real difference between the level and fullness of the sound in the start and when the strings and drums come in. 

Simply majestic, believe!!

Forwards!!

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Huxster

Another New Track Posted!

Huxster is excited to preview a second song - "Guns n' Roses" from the upcoming self titled third album! 

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Pin them tunes down!

Brothers and Sisters!

Thanks for stopping by. I would like to offer you something to eat or drink, but essentially all I have is rice and water, so unless you want that...oh you don't...right. Awkward!

Don't worry I'm not talking complete nonsense, I'm just on a crazy detox before my trip to the Amazon jungle to drink some plants! (See previous blog if you are still unclear with what I am talking about)

I have to say if this detox is anything to go by, they don't make you feel ANY better. I'm feeling and looking much worse than when I was consuming alcohol, caffeine, sugar and all that other lovely stuff!

Alas, this has not stopped me from pushing on further with plans for the next year and I had a very productive and successful meeting last night with some Producers who are keen to get me in the studio and record my next EP! Their enthusiasm really rubbed off on me and I cannot wait to get in the studio and start work now!

The thing is I need to really pin down the tunes I want to do. I have pretty much decided on two (one classic and one new one) but I still have tons that from one day to the next I keep changing my mind about. If anyone wants to get in contact and recommend a tune of mine you've heard me play live, or maybe you've liked a demo I've posted on youtube orr similar, please do get in contact!

Your help is always appreciated, believe!!

Forwards!!

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The Devious Angels

Bluebird Cafe Reservations

Tickets for next Thursday's (11/20) show at the Bluebird Cafe are available tomorrow morning (11/13) at 8 AM!

We'll be joined by; Aaron Raitiere, Charlie Pate, and Kevin Dalton. They're some of the best songwriters you'll ever hear anywhere, ever.

Click HERE to make your reservations.

Hope we see ya next Thursday!

Thx!

-Steevie n Jon

 

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Clean Living

Brothers and Sisters!!

Happy Birthday...to all of you born on November 12th! If not, well, have a happy day anyway!

After a massively hectic past week, I managed to get a bit of "Mark" time last night and played a bit of piano before passing out good and proper and getting a full nights sleep! I feel full of beans, although these are not coffee beans.

Oh no, as much as I would like to have a lovely strong cup of coffee, I am currently on an Ayahuasca diet. Within a week I will be flying to Peru to drink this Shamens drink and drift off to an alternative reality!

I have been told to cut out most things I enjoy - Caffeine, salt, sugar and sex! 

Yep, sex!!

I just hope it is worth it!

So, I am the cleanest living musician aside from Chris Martin, these days!

With the above in mind, I will be away from blogging duties, performances, recording and talking nonsense whilst I am away in the Amazon. The only thing that will be updated on a daily basis is my Facebook account so do add me - markmathewsmusic

Anyway, I'll be here till Thursday next week, so there are still some daily blogs to go until we close up for a few weeks, believe!!

Forwards!!

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Petty Theft

THIS Friday at SLIM'S in San Francisco + Special Guests: @StealingNicks

Hey All,

BIG THANKS to the enthusiastic folks that came out this past weekend to our show at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz.  We love you all for it!

 

THIS Friday, 11/14:  We are back at SLIM’S in San Francisco, with very special guests (all the way from Fresno): STEALING NICKS (Tribute to Stevie Nicks). We have been looking forward to this show for quite awhile. It's gonna be a night of "Rock n Roll Thievery” at one of SF’s best live music venues. This is sure to be one of the best shows of the year and definitely NOT one to miss! Get your tickets in advance NOW HERE.

Stay tuned for some new show announcements for 2015 coming SOON.

"Look at me Mama I'm makin' some noise."

-PT aka Dan, Django, Bagel, Monroe, Michael and Mike

 

NEW T-SHIRTS:

Men’s Tees, Women’s Tees, and Women's Tanks featuring our brand new logo are now available at all of our shows! New shirts are also available online HERE

Keep up on the latest updates and other cool Tom Petty info by following us on TWITTER, like us on FACEBOOK (and invite your friends) and INSTAGRAM'ERS follow us.

You can also track us on BandsInTown and Subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out our latest live clips. Be sure to 'like' and leave a comment.

We love to play parties...please CONTACT US to book Pety Theft for your party now!

We have some great shows coming up next month, check them out and get your tickets in advance!

Mark Mathews

Have you heard about this band?

Brothers and Sisters!

Word to yo' Mumma...or something!

You find me on route to a shoot at 3 Mills and by that I mean stuck in traffic in the Blackwall tunnel. It's 6:30am and cold outside, so I am very grateful for my comfy car and driver and snug heating pumping out fake warmth. Ahhhhh!

Anyway, as I have been closing my eyes and having a wee snooze, my driver has been listening to that Bastiaan of radio stations - Magic FM! All the "hits" have been played and have aided me in my journey into sleepy land - a cacophony of generic beats and pop lyrics.

But then what should make my brain suddenly switch on and take note? What new tune is so fresh sounding that I have to wake up and take note?

It's only the Fab Four!

Yes, by being placed amongst the similar sounding pop tunes of today, I am  once again reminded of the sheer brilliance of John, Paul, George and Ringo! The tune I am hearing is "Help" and it sounds so interesting, so exciting and so ground breaking compared to everything else, and this is 50 odd years on from it's release! 

An incredible feat, an incredible band and proof if ever there need be, that pop music needs to be shaken up, believe!!

Forwards!!

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Ramblin' Jack Elliott tour photos!

Check out these great shots from photographer Scott Preston of Cincy Groove. These photos were taken in Ludlow, KY where Jack performed at the Ludlow Theatre

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The Despoilers

Lovely Sunday Afternoon

We always enjoy our Sunday afternoon visits to the Victoria Vaults and yesterdays gig was no exception. Thanks you to all for the great support and kind words. We look forward to playing again on 28th December.

The Despoilers

The Despoilers

The Hop, Leeds 15th February

So its party time again, sometimes we think its never ending. Well we hope it never ends.

The Hop, Leeds Saturday.

Rock N Roll

Mark Mathews

Count Down

Brothers and Sisters!

How y'all keeping? Counting the days to Christmas or dreading the time that Christmas will come round?! Because yeah, it is that freaking near!!

Anyway, I've bene utilising these final weeks of 2014 and over the weekend, as you know I did some recording. It was good fun and nice to be back in the studio because it is helping me piece together the tracks that are going to work for next years EP.

The EP that follows on from the one I release in February of course! Oh yes, 2015 shall be a year of many musical tunes, scribed by oneself!!

I also popped into the wonderful Croydon Radio studios to have a chat and a bit of a sing-song with Glenn Lawrence. Croydon radio have been a big supporter of my music and so it was a pleasure to popmin and have a chat.

I'll make it available in the coming days for those that missed it, believe!

FORWARDS!!

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Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Jon reflects on Light of Day Canada

Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh

***The following is a personal essay from Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son rhythm guitarist Jon Alba***

It's funny how much can be accomplished in such a short period of time.

When we began our trip up to Canada, the second in 2014, Bobby looked at me and asked if I ever thought we'd be on a festival bill in Canada four years ago. The reality? Absolutely not.

As many are aware, the band started as a part-time thing. It was meant for one gig, maybe a couple. To think we'd be able to take it any measure beyond that is odd to think about. But to do two mini-Ontario tours in one year? No way.

We were very fortunate to be part of what is a very special annual event for the first time as a unit. For those unaware, Light of Day Canada generates funds through a series of concerts featuring some of the best live acts in the business, with the money going towards Parkinson's Disease research. It's a win-win for all involved, whether on the stage, in front of it or in organization. When we got the call to come open up the shows, it was a no-brainer.

Rather than give a typical show-by-show report, I figured it may be interesting to go through each show from our personal perspective and detail just how special this past weekend was. There wasn't a night I got to sleep before 4 a.m., but every single bit of it was worth it. And here's why.

After a multi-day drive, we reached Niagara Falls only to hitch a bus to Toronto for the first set of shows, originally slated to be the last show at the legendary El Mocambo. The bus ride featured all of those involved in the shows, including John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, among many others. Rather than close our eyes for the ride, we wanted to know the stories of these entities, how they got where they were. I'm the oldest member in the band at the slender age of 21, there was plenty to learn.

As a journalist-in-training (that's my real job, at least), I found their stories to be incredibly captivating. While Bobby hears a lot of them from time to time, it was my personal first glimpse at where these great acts came from, both personally and professionally. D'Urso spent time in my shoes working towards a career in television. Jeffrey "Joffo" Simmons of the Houserockers grew up alongside Willie Stargell's children amidst the run of the "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates of 1979.

Of course, the musical advice was thrown in and appreciated significantly, but for me, it's those stories that are just as interesting.

The last time the band was in Toronto, turnout was a bit lower than expected. But this time, in what was intended to be the venue's final show, that would be far from the case. Hundreds (well over the capacity of the club) packed the floor to witness the sendoff for a venue that had hosted acts like the Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others - but tonight, the Seventh Son would be the one etching its name into the walls.

We played that show like our life depended on it. Twenty-five consecutive minutes of heart-racing, sweat-inducing rock n' roll (I use those adjectives because that's sure as hell what it felt like on the stage). The crowd at the Elmo was perhaps the best of the three shows, and fed us back the energy we needed to get things kicked off right. Danny Gochnour of the Houserockers and Eddie Manion of E Street Band fame joined us for our final tune, and as a music fan and enthusiast, time seemed to stop for me. It was a moment on stage I'll never forget, and I, alongside the rest of the band, cannot thank them enough for making something special happen.

Photo courtesy: Jeff Ross

Thankfully, the club was saved at the 11th hour, by Canadian billionaire Michael Wekerle. We were thrilled to see Wekerle enjoy our set, and even posed for a couple pictures with him afterwards (alongside throwing him a copy of Friends in Low Places, of course).

Set

1. Teenagers Too

2. Hit The Town

3. Danger Dan

4. Scoundrels

5. Another Deadbeat Summer

As we returned to Niagara close to 5 a.m., we then awoke for lunch with the whole gang. It was during this lunch I was able to grasp a real appreciation for one person in particular.

Joining LOD Canada this year was Pat Travers, a musical journeyman who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry throughout his career. Travers, like myself, is a hard rock enthusiast, and the framework of his playing indicates pure brilliance through power chords and note intricacy. During lunch, we struck up conversation with him, as he would go into stories about AC/DC (one of the primary influences of Bobby's and mine), super-producer Mutt Lange among other topics. The experiences were great to hear about, but the next day, Travers would treat us to an intimate conversation about the inner-workings of the guitar, and how he goes about tackling it every time he picks it up.

Bobby, the band and myself in particular cannot be more lucky to have gotten a chance to just absorb that information and knowledge. Simply incredible. And he kicked ass as well on stage.

Nonetheless, Friday brought the Niagara show to the Greg Frewin Theatre. I was fortunate enough to be joined by my old podcasting buddy Tanner Kish, who was able to catch the band for the first time.

This show was about as special of a Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son show you'll ever see. The theater, intimate in its own fashion, set the scene for the first ever (and long-rehearsed) full band performance of "Guilden Street." The song was done in honor of LOD Niagara figureheard David Rotella, who has been (alongside his son Evan) an incredible supportor of the band.

Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh

I cannot accurately describe the feeling starting the show off with that C-chord in a silent theater. I rarely get nervous before a show, but I had butterflies. But I'm thrilled with how the song received new life, as the band showed up to bring it.

"Scoundrels" followed suit, and in what may have been the best performance the song has ever had, brought a sort of electricity to the room. I'm not sure I've ever had so much fun on one song in any show I've been a part of with this band as that one. The band was locked-in. Even though it was a shorter set, Niagara brought one of the most intense stage experiences we have had to date.

Set

1. Guilden Street

2. Scoundrels

3. Star-Crossed

4. Another Deadbeat Summer


Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh

After another late night, we woke up to head laterally across Ontario towards Kingston, an acoustic set with Bobby and myself. Bobby and I are the lone remaining members of the original Seventh Son lineup, it all goes back to the two of us. 

It's for that reason I find it hard, no matter what my own personal schedule be, to pass up doing a duet performance.

The BluMartini played perfect host to the short set we pumped out, which, in a fitting manner, began with "Worrisome Child." It's a song we can play in our sleep, but there's almost a primal feeling still every single time when we get to the solo, one Bobby rips to shreds with his distortion. In that moment, we play back to what we are at our root: The lead and the rhythm.

Kingston was receptive to the rest of the set, and we stuck around to show our fellow musicians the respect we have for them and thanking them for embracing our presence on the leg.

Set

1. Worrisome Child

2. Star-Crossed

3. Another Deadbeat Summer

The reality is, I'm not entirely sure how much time I have left in this band with the real world quickly approaching me. But I wanted to take the time to write this to show my sheer gratification I have for all of those who have given us an opportunity to, even if for just a weekend, pretend to actually be rock stars. We as a band, and as people, embraced every minute of it.

And then there was the time Vinny "Big Pussy" Pastore made me look up his movies upon his request.

I speak on behalf of the band when I say a major special thanks to Gord and Ginette, without whom the shows would not have run. Gord is an incredible music mind who I never get tired of hearing stories from, and Ginette is one of the sweetest people you'll ever run into. Another thanks as well again to David Rotella for genuinely getting behind everything we do. A shoutout also goes to the rest of the LOD Canada crew, including Tony Serra and Sam Grasso, for making all of this happen.

And of course, all the best to the man behind it all, Mr. Bob Benjamin.

As far as the musicians and people, there is no one better. Whether it's Danny and his Bobby Mahoney-hating/loving significant other Jamie, Joe D'Urso, "Mr. Lou" DeMartino, our superfans who made the trips just to see us, or anyone else, we cannot thank you enough for letting us be a part of something this special. We were humbled to be around musicians and individuals with as much passion as you guys.

I am not sure if I will ever get to be a part of something this special ever again. But all I can say is, I sure hope it's just around the corner...

Photo courtesy: Joey Cartwright


Mark Mathews

Working on the Sabbath

Brothers and Sisters!

I'm up at the crack of dawn again! Not only would God not be too happy about this work on the sabbath,  but the music lords surely would have something to say about a front man being up so early on a Sunday! Unless of course, it was because I hadn't been to bed since Saturday...

...which is sadly not the case this time!

Anyway, I got studio time booked so like it or lump it, new music has to be made. I spent yesterday demoing what I plan to demo today!

So, I'm all set! And quite frankly, raring to get back into the studio and losing myself in the production side of things again. 

So, looks like the 2015 plans are well under way, believe!!

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Mark Mathews

Early Bird

Brothers and Sisters!

Top of the morning to you! I'm up with the lark to do a bit more recording in my little home studio. Essentially, I am demoing songs, before I demo them in the studio, which then will become the demos I use next year when I actually record the songs properly!

Long winded, huh?! 

Possibly, but well worth it, let me tell you!

It's really exciting to be recording again and there are some new songs that, although need a little work, are coming together nicely. I think there is going to be some really good material in 2015, believe!

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Scrap Rabbit

The Monthly Articles

This is issue #11 for The Monthly Articles News column

Halloween may be over but here's a story anyway. One Halloween I was laying by the curb in a sheet and mask as a kid and a lady approached I lay still on the ground. The kid started towards me and said "that thing ain't real." As they came closer I started convulsing and flapping against the ground startling the lady who took off down the street leaving the kid behind. There's also a myth that I like to hand out dried shrimp skins to trick or treaters. So the kids will drop their candy by the door when they go... I improved my press stories. I estimate if Fence Field Park was a movie it would cost a lot to make and would last only an hour. Which reminds me. I put together a movie made from June to around October with never before seen music videos, live footage and more. But it won't be put out since it's a full hour and my fan base is too small to release any movies.

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DANCE TO TIPPERARY

Exclusive Seven Drunken Nights Preview

The new single from Dance To Tipperary, Seven Drunken Nights is out on Friday November 21st. Exclusive SoundCloud streaming preview.

Mark Mathews

Tune of the week!

Brothers and Sisters!

Today's, Tune of the Week, is Stan Bush - The Touch!

I love the track for so many reasons - It reminds me of being a kid, it's SO eighties it hurts and it makes me feel good when I listen to it. Try listening to it and not posing with an air guitar...it's almost impossible, believe!

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Mark Mathews

Back in the Game...Studio!

Brothers and Sisters!!

Lovely day for it huh?!

Did a bit of a dodgy gig last night. Seriously, it's one thing having the crowd talk through a set, but when a performer that has gone before you begins to be unbelvieably rude and disrespctful it is something else!

Sometimes, fellow performers can be the worst people of them all...and all he did was covers! Pah!

Anyway, such is life I guess and I think I will avoid anymore gigs there.

Good news though, I'll be getting back in the studio to demo some songs. 2015 is going to be chock full of recordings and releases so I want to work out what songs work, what songs will be on what EP etc etc. Can't wait to get back into the studio. The last time I was recording I had this haircut!

Oh yes, the old legoman haircut! The choice of a generation, believe!!

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Carry On

Mikes Dockside Show Cancelled

Due to a double book, the show at Mike's Dockside for tomorrow night is cancelled. Sorry All. Keep checking the calendar for the next show.

Chris G.

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers November Update

This week - end don't miss RR & DRK with our special guest Carlos Reyes at the Red, White and Blues Festival at the Feather Falls Casino in Oroville.

Later this month see RR & DRK with Carlos as well at The Mystic in Petaluma on November 29th - a rare once a year occasion! 

This week-end Roy will be shooting some new footage with director/producer Billy Smith who is making a long form documentary on Roy and Ray Manzarek's artistic collaborations - that film should be out next year. 

More news and links to the launch of the www.MusicGonePublic.com public yelevision music series for 2015 - (you can see the sizzle reels there!) -  directed and produced by our good friend Peter Berkow and some new recording news coming soon!

Bring your dancing shoes!! :) 

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Ramblin' Jack In Nashville & Kentucky!

Ramblin' Jack is on the road this week in Nashville on 'special assignment' we will tell you about later - but let's just say he's with good company doing a special "Guitar Pull" with Guy Clark and others. 

Also, Jack is opening a new school in Ludlow, Kentucky on the 8th - so if you are anywhere near there please go and say hey!  Check the website often for updates!

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Petty Theft

This Friday @CatalystClub in Santa Cruz & @slimssf in San Francisco! #MofoTour2014

Hey All,

After enjoying a short break, we’re looking forward to heading down to Santa Cruz THIS Friday, 11/7 for our return to The Catalyst. We will be performing a full evening of all the best Tom Petty songs in the Atrium. Our last show at the Catalyst was a blast and we expect this one to be even better!  Please JOIN us or tell your friends in the area about the show. Tickets available HERE.

COMING UP:

Friday, 11/14 we are back at SLIM’S in San Francisco, with very special guests (all the way from Fresno): STEALING NICKS (Tribute to Stevie Nicks). This will be a very special night of "Rock n Roll Thievery” at one of SF’s best live music venues. Definitely NOT a show to miss!Get your tickets NOW in advance HERE.

"Baby if you can't change the world

Maybe you should just change yourself”

-PT aka Dan, Django, Bagel, Monroe, Michael and Mike

NEW T-SHIRTS:

Men’s Tees, Women’s Tees, and Women's Tanks featuring our brand new logo are now available at all of our shows! New shirts are also available online HERE

 

Keep up on the latest updates and other cool Tom Petty info by following us on TWITTER, like us on FACEBOOK (and invite your friends) and INSTAGRAM'ERS follow us.

You can also track us on BandsInTown and Subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out our latest live clips. Be sure to 'like' and leave a comment.

We love to play parties...please CONTACT US to book Pety Theft for your party now!

 

We have some great shows coming up next month, check them out and get your tickets in advance!

King Mike V

(NEW!) "Jax" by: Mike Vanderhoof

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Mark Mathews

Cereal Killers

Brothers and Sisters!!

Welcome back! I hope this new daily blog is working out for you? Just some minute ramblings on a day to day occurence. Feel free to message me about anything as you followers and fans are what keep me doing what I am doing.

Anyway, did anyone notice the article yesterday about a new breakfast cafe opening up in Shoreditch? Essentially, two brothers are going to open a cafe that serves cereal and milk. Yep, the lows of the SHoreditch Hipsters no, no bounds. You will soon be able to go to a "Milky Spoon Cafe" (Just that fucking term makes me sick in the throat) and buy a bowl of cereal!

Unbeleivable!!

I can see it now - A bearded man, with a shaped and pruned moustache rides in on his fold up bike. He orders, in an ironic way, a bowl of Ricicles with "a splash" of Goats milk. He then sits there pontificating on the reasons why goats milk should be served at room temperature in order for the Ricicles to be enjoyed correctly.

And you know it's going to cost you about a fiver a bowl!

Over the years I've played various gigs in Shoreditch and seen the steady increase in Hipsters and their middle class, wanker-ness. I'm far from being someone that hates change, but I can not dig a society built on bull shit and narcisssim. 

I recently asked a friend how he thought it was that Shoreditch was now so dull and boring, because everyone who thinks they are different actually dresses and thinks the same, but Camden, regardless of it forever changing and adapting, still holds some danger. Some edginess. His retort was simple - Camden Town has historically had life living in it. Sure, there are the artists and the Hipsters that moved there, but the original working classes that have been around there still exist. They still work there, there are still the punks from back in the eighties. There are still the Goths from the ninties. There is a huge mish mash of people that continue to live side by side and so there is a melting pot of interest and culture. Shoreditch on the other hand is man made. It was a run down area. The aritsts moved in, then came the bankers and then the middle class hispters and before long, what was once reasnably exciting had flat lined into a race of one dimensinal people.

Sigh.

I play tonight in Camden Town at Proud Galleries, so come see what I am talking about when I say "Camden's still got it!"....Becasue I tell ya, it still has, believe!!

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Back on the Merry-Go-Round

Brothers and Sisters!!

Top of the morning to you! And another one where the sun is shinning! Do I even need to go to Peru to chase the sun?! Sheeeessshhh!!

Anyhoo, I feel positively boyant today. I managed to set up my drums and piano in my little studio in the loft last night, had a little play and then fell asleep on the couch! I managed to get a full 8 hours kip for the first time in ages!

I guess them bods are right - Sleep is good for you!

When I woke up this morning I wrote another part to a new song I am working on. It is a little bit prog to be honest. Never thought I would be saying that sentence about one of my songs, but it certainly works as a song that progresses as it goes on. However, it's prog in the Gomez sort of way, not in the Yes sort of way! It's also a little love song, so it's all very beautiful and lovely!

I'm also rarring to get back on the merry-go-round of gigging, which happens tonight! I've been out the game for a few weeks so it'll be good to taste the metal of the microphone and hear the sound of the P.A pumping out the love of my life - my guitar!

If you're about in London town come to The Hideaway and I'll play you some tracks, believe!

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DANCE TO TIPPERARY

Greatest Hits Tracklisting & Artwork Revealed!

Dance To Tipperary are delighted to reveal the album artwork and tracklisting for the forthcoming Greatest Hits album. The album features a full career spanning 25 tracks including the new single 'Seven Drunken Nights', all the hits singles, fan favourites and a selection of other top downloads.

Check out the full tracklisting below!

1. Ride On

2. In the Ghetto

3. The Irish Rover

4. The Foxhunters

5. The Fields of Athenry (Celtic.F.C. Mix)

6. The Rakes of Mallow

7. Great Moments with You

8. Anyway You Want It

9. Olé, Olé, Olé 2002 (We're Up for the Cup)

10. Email at the Cliffs of Moher

11. The 'Bhoys' Are Back In Town

12. Don't Know What You've Got 'til It's Gone

13. It's Rally Ireland Time

14. Stop the Rock

15 Outta My Head

16. I'm Sorry

17. Return to Me (L.A. Single Version)

18. The Irish Rover (The Bantry Bay Remix)

19. Olé, Olé, Olé (Euro 2012 Remix)

20. Cavalcade (The Evening Lust Mix)

21. Seven Drunken Nights

22. Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young

23. Midnight Madonna

24. Dance To Tipperary (Tarditional Mix)

25. What Kind of World Would this World Be

 

You can pre-order the album now using the links below.

Pre-Order: iTunes

Pre-Order: Amazon

Mark Mathews

Don't look down (at the bank balance)

Brothers and Sisters!

Good day to you all. I hope the halloween celebrations went well. I, like a lot of you, are feeling the pain of the excesses of the weekend. Although, I am trying to keep my head in the sand regarding the money I have spent!

The thought of looking at my bank account feels me with dread, especially as I am flying out to Peru in a matter of weeks and could really do with having some cash to spend whilst I'm out there. Still, until that time machine is completed I guess I'll just have to suck it up and maybe consider not going so overboard!

On other news,  afew cheeky gigs have been booked in before I fly out, so do please come down and have a sing song with me. It's actually been a couple of weeks since I gigged so I'm looking forward to doing them. Defintiley going to play some new stuff, believe!

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Carry On

THIS FRIDAY! MIKES DOCKSIDE!

Come on out this Friday night and see us at Mike's Dockside from 7-10!

This is a great place at the Hudson Marina with fantastic staff and great food!

We hope to see you there!

   Mikes Dockside

14333 Crabtrap Ct
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Mark Mathews

Flat Pack Furniture

Brothers and Sisters!!

How was your Halloween?! It's all getting a bit out of control these days if you ask me. I'm not really one for dress up, so this is not really the season for me. I guess that seems a bit moody, but what you gonna do? I don't like wearing make up. Sue me. 

I have spent my day today heading across to the other side of London and picking up an electronic drum kit. I'm slowly adding to the mini studio I have and so now as well as the work I put into my piano playing I can now start to imrpove my drumming...well, as soon as I work out how to put the damn thing together! Seriously, at the moment it looks more like a robots knob than a drum kit. I'm no good at these flat pack furntiture type things! I am doing something very wrong, believe!!

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