We are pleased to announce that after a week of extensive filming we have several hours of performances and interviews to cut together into several films on our collaboration to create The Ice Suite. We would like to thank all the crew involved - Marcus Cloherty on direction and camera, Adam, William Martin and Jackie Fae on extra footage. William and Tegan for sound recording at the Byron concert through the Bay FM studio 4 desk, Juan and Peter for live concert sound and also Adrian and Kali for the live webstream which we will post a link to her at a later date.
This summer we're going to be hitting the road with our label mates Verse The Sun. We'll be making stops in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes showing off our new line up and spreading the Strange Blood brand of rock n' roll. Specific show details can be found here. Hope to see you this summer!
6/28 - Montreal, QC @ Crobar 6/29 - Bowmanville, ON @ Vinyl Alibi 6/29 - Peterborough, ON @ The Red Garnet 6/30 - Kingston, ON @ TBA 7/01 - Belleville, ON @ The City Belle Pub 7/02 - Oshawa, ON @ The Atria 7/03 - Ottawa, ON @ Avant Garde Bar 7/04 - Fredericton, NB @ Lava Vodka Bar 7/05 - Saint John, NB @ Pub Down Under 7/06 - Halifax, NS @ Michael's Bar and Grill
I am very saddened to inform you that my great friend and collaborator, Ray Manzarek, co-founder of The Doors, passed away today at the age of 74. Always stretching the boundaries in music, art and poetry - this is one of the true rock icons that had heart, intellect and talent - and a terrific sense of humor.
He was a great friend and will be missed. ~ Roy Rogers
Have we got shows for you! We have lots of shows for you...
from Campbell to Los Altos, we have the South Bay covered... our Summer Season is gonna be kickin... foot stompin... and rockin down the highway... yeah...
check out our calendar on our website... and please check the information on the website of each event... some locations encourage picnic baskets and others do not... we all want to have the best time at the shows so please check out the information on the event for the do'z and the don'tz... thank you...
btw: do you have a favorite Doobie Song? what is it?? we'll do all your favorites by popular demand, so tell us your favorite song...
Well it was a hectic week last week and another one is bubbling up and having me run around the South East of England.
Had a very successful gig in wonderful Windsor (forgot how beautiful it is round there. Old Liz knows what she's doing with her Castle and such, eh?!) The crowd were great and it ended with me getting into the back of some strangers white van. With no windows I just had to hope he was going to do me a favour and not rape and kill me. Luckily for me he had no interest in the rape and killing and was more concerned with helping a fellow human being out! Reminded me of the old days touring round the UK with weird and random things happening all the time. It reminded me just how much fun life can be!
Been working on the mixes of the single. It's getting there, but due to an unfortunate session last week the drums are still yet to be laid down so that will happen sometime this week (he hopes and prays). One track in particular though is sounding collossal!!
I'm doing a few photo shoots this week and I have decided upon the artwork for both the single and the EP, so the wheels for that have been put into motion. I've also decided upon the title for the EP.
It's still a secret though.
We've got the bank holiday coming up this week, and I am playing a gig on the Sunday at Bar Vinyl in Camden, so please do come along to that and get nicely ruined and sleep in on Monday. Should be a great night.
I'm also planning and producing a music video for the single, so getting everything into place for that which is exciting. So, with the recording sessions, photo shoots, music vids and gigs I'm pretty much at full throttle and it is great fun.
Well what can we say, other than if we could spend our lives in a state of suspended animation it would have to be at The Hop, Leeds on a Saturday night.
Fantastic crowd and great team at the Hop. A big thanks to you all, particularly the guys who set us up and controlled the mix.
We were taken back by all the kind words and request's for Saxophone lessons etc. Indeed the whole band now want to play Sax!
It was a debut night for Steve Pipes on the Drums and he is just itching to get back under the Arches after last night's gig, although it will likely be 2014 before we return.
Our next outing is the Jug'N'Barrel, Stanningley on Saturday 25th May. This is always a great night so get along if you can.
Sunday 26th May see's the band performing at the Horsforth Hotel, Leeds LS18, at the Music Festival in aid of McMillian Charity. This is going to be a storming event. The band s on the outside stage between 5:00-6:00pm and appears again inside the pub between 9:00-10:00pm.
What a great way to spend a bank holiday Sunday wuth beer and live music. Don't miss this one!
Our video "Inspirations for Orbit" (31:51) created with Michael's past works with Leisei and various other artists's photos edited by Leisei Chen. Currently the video is displaying among all 2013 COLA individual artists fellowship artists.
On Friday, May 17, 2013, Greymatter played for the first time. The gig was at Kegs on the Redondo Pier. The gig went well even though the band lost one of their guitarists just two days prior to the event.
The Green Pajamas will play first of three bands this Saturday night, May 18th, at Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack & Watering Hole in Seattle. So come early! The show will start at approximately 9:00 with the PJs followed by Jilly Rizzo and The Fentons.
THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF A MORIARTYS 3 SONG EP IS HERE!
We can now confirm that following the marvelous "Stay", released last month, there will be two more Fenwick written tunes that are intended to make up an "old school" style EP. You may wish to think of these tunes as an un holy trinity? However having had the pleasure of listening to the advance mixes of them here at Casa Mojo (the Moriarty's European HQ), we think the EP is a thing of pure beauty!
So we are most bloody pleased to bring you the second installment, and it's absolutely free to download;
MELANCHOLY TOWN (Come Down Vibe)
The T-Bone fans out there will be most exited when they hear what can only be described as an earth shattering guitar solo from the Master. Here at Casa Mojo, during our 4 hour lunch break at the bar, by the pool, we had a extremely heated discussion as to what exactly are the best T-Bone solo's? Well we thought we would ask you guys out there, all over the world to take on this impossible task and choose your top 3 and let us here in the office know. To make it more interesting all entries that match T-Bone's selection will be put into a sack and Flavia (the girl sitting by the TV) will pick out a winner. T-Bone has a very special prize lined up for the lucky winner!
RICK MORIARTY - ALIVE AND WELL AND NOT GOING ANYWHERE!
HAPPY 3OTH BIRTHDAY RICK MORIARTY!
Rumours that Rick has recently celebrated his 30th Birthday can be confirmed. Congratulations to him from all of us. However rumours that he has been asked (by Fenwck) to leave the band because of his age, can be categoricaly denied!
(Obviously Fenwick has been known to sack members for far less serious crimes, but that is neither here nor there!)
Next time we shall report on some of the highlights of Rick's birthday bash!
Hello Folks! Mr. Elliott is on his way back from a 3 week tour of Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana and Texas with some fantastic shows under his belt and great visits with Jerry Jeff Walker, National Rodeo Pro Larry Mahan - and a cast of characters that have been friends of Jack's for many years.
Welcome back Jack! :)
June 1st RJE heads up to the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley in the beautiful Tahoe foothills and opening for him will be Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally - new friends! - to celebrate their duet CD release "House & Garden" - street date May 28th.
In addition, a very special event, Ramblin' Jack will also join Nell Robinson for a PBS shoot 'Rose in No Man's Land' on June 15th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California. (Jack's on Nell's new recording project being produced by Joe Henry - Joe produced Jack's Grammy winning release "A Stranger Here in 2009 for the Anti label.)
Nell Robinson and the Rose of No Man’s Land is a special evening of music and storytelling curated by Alabama native, Nell Robinson. The show will be filmed live for a PBS special slated to air in the Fall.
Special Guests: two-time Grammy Winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott; actor, poet and musician John Doe; distinguished author Maxine Hong-Kingston; and acclaimed actor/director Julian Lopez Morillas.
All Star Band: Bluegrass stalwarts Jim Nunally (guitar), Keith Little (mandolin, mandola) and Sam Grisman (string bass), master of all-things stringed Craig Eastman (fiddle, slide guitar) and jazz percussionist Zach Harmon.
The evening will also spotlight local outreach, Berkeley Food & Housing Projects Homeless Veterans Program.
Here is the show page to get your tickets early! See you there!
Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt join Killer Line-up at Pakefield Festival....
We are thrilled to add Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt to the line-up at the new Pakefield Blues & Boogie Festival taking place September 13th – 15th. Tommy & Johnny play superb blues guitar and harmonica with the power and energy of a full band, and were without doubt one of the highlights of the recent blues weekend at Alvaston Hall this year. This talented duo join a killer line-up with Dr Feelgood, Jerimiah Marques, The Cadillac Kings, Bad Influence and more! This weekend is priced very keenly at just £149 for three nights half board including the Blues & Boogie Festival. As an extra bonus you can also go to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival taking place in another room at the same venue, with ten bands including The Jets, Earl Jackson Four, The Downtown Daddyo’s and more
We're very stoked to introduce our new band mates Kristen Wells on bass and Kyle Smith on drums. So happy to be rocking n' rolling with a full line up again. Our first show will be June 13 at May in Toronto for NXNE. After that we'll be back on the road for some summer tour dates throughout Eastern Canada with our label mates Verse The Sun. Full details on that tour coming soon. To celebrate the new line up we'll be giving away all our music free for one week on bandcamp. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us over the last couple years. You all rule!
New single released. Title of track Blood Covers Me. The verses in the track are based on veses from Isaiah 25. The song considers how God walks with us in every area of our lives. We are always covered by the blood of Jesus. Listen to it on music player here or watch video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWqx_5rFMbk&feature=player_detailpage
The band would like to welcome back to our line-up Asli Goncer! She played with us in the early days and has jumped back on-board as our lead guitarist and adds another harmony and lead vocal to our sound. You can hear her harmonies on our early recordings!
Asli is a member and co-coordinater of our local NSAI chapter and is an accomplished musician and songwriter. To check out her personal sound and story, slide over to our links page and click on her name. It will take you to her site!
We're delighted to announce we'll be playing legendary Sheffield gig venue, Plug, following in the footsteps of many great bands including Sheffields own Arctic Monkeys.
We will be playing Plug on Saturday 15th June, supporting the Fallen Trees, tickets can be purchased from band members in advance of the gig for £6. We need your support on this one so please make every effort to attend, it threatens to be a fantastic night of top music with the line up being completed by The Encounters, Yellow Elevators & Ediffus Rex. Get on it!!! #soulfiremania
Well we "released" Vol.I WAR MACHINE a couple weeks ago, only we have no fukin copies to sell. Two fold problem here 1. we went almost right until April 20th finishin up edits and stupid shit. 2. our distro company failed to tell us they needed a months notice before a release can be sent out due to pressin issues that can arise in the pressin process. We are hugely sorry and will probably blame the next drummer hahaha. Either way we aim to have copies readily availavble right here for physical purchase or digital download. We will also be sellin copies at our next string of shows so go look over to yur left and see if we're comin to yur town next. Like i said, we fukd up, our distro fuk up, but what can yea do. Also a huge announcment comin soon in the next couple of week so keep it locked here and on all that poser ass social bullshit.
How have you all been keeping? I have been doing just fine, thanks for asking.
I've just got back from another recording session, this time in the world famous Ealing Film Studios of all places! (famous for "The Lady Killers" and more recently "Shaun of the Dead", for you fact cats out there!)
It's been a very productive and successful session and I am happy to tell you that there will soon be a new single coming out with a brand spanking new song as it's B-Side. I'm very excited. I will be back there in a few days time to finish off some bits and then it'll be mixed and mastered and vola!
The EP is cooking too, but this will take a little more time as there are a few bits to get right and be added. All very exciting though and keeps me out of trouble. The beauty and wonder of London: I've been back for a week and have a string of live gigs coming up, two recording sessions, a photo session and a music video being arranged. Not to mention the sun has been shinning and London girls are looking good. Wick!
To those of you in Manchester, I am sadly having to forfeit my planned show at The Foodie Festival due to personal reasons, which means I have to stay down in the South. However, I am working on getting new gigs booked up in the mighty city of Manc soon!
It's confirmed that I will be performing at The Royal Windsor Race Course instead for those "daaaannnn saaaffffff" though, for the huge Mitie London Reveloution, so get involved if you can.
So, things are just looking so incredibly bright and positive and I am loving it! No time to think, just keep on playing, believe!
Hey Folks! Taking a couple of weeks off for production of the new Ray Manzarek/ Roy Rogers' project 'Twisted Tales' which will be out soon ~ and some work for a new site called RiffTime - in which Roy will be doing some online lessons to be launched in the fall.
Look for upcoming new summer dates to be posted soon - and some new news about July travel in Norway and Fall travel in Europe! ~ :) Happy Spring!
What an amazing night we had this past weekend at Petaluma's Mystic Theatre! BIG THANKS to all who came out and made it a very special night for us and to Zoo Station who played a great set and then sat in with us on couple of tunes… GOOD TIMES!
SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE: Well if you haven’t already noticed, things are starting to heat up around here and that means it's summer festival season. We’ll have a lot of announcements coming out over the next few weeks listing all the great outdoor shows we’ll be performing at this summer. Keep checking our show schedule on our website for the latest updates on shows near you! In the meantime our full May/June schedule is listed below.
"Buy me a drink, sing me a song, take me as I come, cause I cant stay long"
A friend of mine, photographer Jon Blacker has done this great photo book in black and white using an infrared camera. It's been a labour of love for quite a few years, and it's about to be released to the public.
You can check out the details and some of the portraits here: Musical Ink
The book is available for pre-orders now here's the Amazon Canada link -
And if you are not in Canada here's the links for you at Amazon and Borders.
By way of example for what you're getting here is his shot of yours truly: