Here's a friendly reminder of my shows coming up in this beautiful month of May! If you'll be in the North Bay this weekend, I'm playing a solo gig in San Rafael on Saturday at the Mountain View Winery Tasting Room. Stop on by for a nice glass of wine and unwind with some music in this gorgeous weather!
Then I'll be playing a full band show next week, May 8th, at the lovely Brick and Mortar in San Francisco! I'm really looking forward to playing my first show at Brick and Mortar! It's a FANTASTIC club in the city and this show should be all great things. Please remember to get your tickets in advance online because they're only a mere 5 bucks! I hope to see your face, and hey, in advance, thanks for supporting my music AND local live music! You're the best.
Get all the details for these shows and more in my May Newsletter, out now!
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Review: The Blues Duo – Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt – at True Blues Club, Earlestown Conservative Club, Newton-le-Willows
Friday, 12th April, 2013
At this premier establishment that is becoming a shrine to the blues genre which attracts top artists from across the Atlantic, it was therefore not that surprising that some home-grown talent would explode on to the scene, and explode they did. Step forward The Blues Duo that is, Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt.
They bring to the table the best of authentic Chicago Blues. Tommy on vocals and guitars, kick drum, and snare and Johnny on vocals and blues harmonica, yes it was as basic as that, but the duo just bursting with talent from every pore. The Blues Duo gave a comprehensive master class of blues musicianship that just brought the house down.
With a mix of some original material penned by Tommy Allen and several ‘stomp the dirt’ classics, they managed to hook the audience, including me with their mesmerising artistry, you just had to be there, and if you missed the gig, shame on you. Number after number they pumped it out just enthralling, and it didn’t take long for the audience to applaud, holler, and whistle their appreciation, and that was just the first set but of course the second set was just as brilliant.
The Blues Duo CD entitled ”Live at the Bronte Blues Club” is packed with the blues, as you would expect, this is an absolute must have for your collection and is available from Tommy and Johnny at their gigs. If you like your blues you’ll like The Blues Duo – a 100% satisfaction, nothing less, brilliant.
Just a quick one really to say I have been back in the studio doing some more work on the latest EP. It's really coming together. I recorded an extra track for it and put any extra finishing touches I needed to do for the other tracks. Next step is to get the drums recorded and then have it mixed and mastered, so I am going through each track and self editing the work I have done so far...never done this before so it's a new skill and I have to say I'm quite enjoying myself.
Other than that, gigs are coming up soon so I hope to see youa t some of them. Please do come and say hi if you happen to pop along as I always like meeting you guys that have been supporting me, believe!
Shivering Timbers is made up of husband and wife duo Sarah and Jayson Benn, joined by Daniel Kshywonis on drums. And it wouldn’t be improper to call their five-year-old daughter Suzi Benn the fourth Timber. The band was formed when Sarah and Jayson started crafting songs for Suzi, and she occasionally joins the band on stage, plinking a toy piano. But regardless of the significance of young Suzi’s musical contributions, it’s clear that her spirit has been an influence.
Shivering Timbers’ songs are sometimes framed by an attempt to view the world with an innocent, childlike mind. These aren’t nursery rhymes for indie-rocker parents, however. They’re ethereal compositions sonically indebted to Wye Oak and PJ Harvey and built upon Sarah’s multi-faceted voice. And while the songs often strive for simplicity, they just as frequently shake the heavens.
Shivering Timbers’ debut record, “We All Started in the Same Place,” was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and contains beautifully misshapen blues and hand-clap melodies. Their sophomore release, “Sing, Sing,” was released in 2012 and draws from a wider palette, showing greater maturity and ambition. Impressionistic takes on traditional folks songs (“Wayfaring Stranger” and “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down”) sit beside intimate and textured ballads. And then there’s the album’s title track, which is a joyous roller coaster of sound. What started as a means to sharpen and expand on well-worn children’s songs has evolved into a head-first dive into the rabbit hole. And the Shivering Timbers are just getting started. – Chris Bay
Slide guitar great Roy Rogers will bring his unmistakable style to South Lake Tahoe this weekend, playing Harrah’s South Shore Room Saturday night.
Roy Rogers has been a blues man almost as long as he can remember. Born in Redding, Calif., in 1950, Rogers became immersed in the genre at a young age, finding blues roots in the developing folk and rock music scenes.
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I'll be busking hard over the next couple of weeks while Jazz Fest fills New Orleans with even more visitors than usual. Come find me on Royal or Chartres singin' solo or backing up Christina Friis!
Mission success. Miles were travelled, friends were made, beers were drank, boobs were signed and above all else, Rock'n'Roll was played. A big greasy kiss to everyone who came out to see us, to all the freaks who bought our shit and to all the venues who put us up. Good people you is. Huge props, love and respect to our road buddies, Zodiac N Black. You made the good times great and special days beautiful.
Night after night, show after show JK proves that music is for the fans. Thank you to al the people joining up with JK at his shows. Make sure you hit the like button and join the rest of JK Nation support John and his rise to the top!
Do you drum your steering wheel in traffic jams and at all the red lights? What if it could make drum sounds instead of dull thumps?
The ridiculously named Re-Inventing The Wheel (RITW) is an electronic drum pad that covers your steering wheel and links wirelessly with your car speakers and your iPhone.
The gizmo, which is the focus of a Kickstarter campaign, emits drum sounds through the car stereo via an FM transmitter or line-in jack as you rock along to your favorite tunes on your iPhone.
RITW has eight sensors that can be set to trigger a snare, tom, cowbell, or any drum sound you like, or effects like dog barks or even Chewbacca's howl. You also can hear your drumming -- solo or with background music -- through earphones or mini speakers.
You might think this could distract you while driving, putting yourself and others at risk. But developer Smack Attack says it can reduce "highway hypnosis," a trance-like state in which the driver's mind is not focused on the road.
Inventor Gregor "G-Man" Hanuschak, seen rapping in the promo vid below, says experiencing highway hypnosis while driving from Philadelphia to Silicon Valley inspired the concept for RITW.
I'm a frequent wheel-drummer myself, and I wonder if this wouldn't tempt me to get my feet in on the action, like kicking a bass drum pedal. Not a good idea if you find yourself stepping on the gas in 4/4 time.
Th G-Man is trying to drum up $200,000 for production of RITW, which is going for $149 with the iPhone app on the campaign page.
What do you think? Would you rock this thing on your wheel?
Since the death of Norton Buffalo, Roy Rogers has repeatedly stated he will not collaborate with another harp player.
The slide guitarist with a blues bent is famous for his collaborations with different artists, most notably a longtime partnership with Buffalo, the harmonica superstar who died in 2009 from cancer. The East Bay natives were even closer as friends than they were as musical duo. Rogers with another harp player just wouldn’t be right.
So concertgoers usually are surprised to learn Rogers latest collaboration is with harp player Carlos Reyes. The aha moment occurs when Reyes brings his instrument onstage. This harp doesn’t fit in a pocket.
Ninety percent of the time, Reyes said, the reaction is “Oh, my God. It’s a real harp.”
Reyes has played on a couple of Rogers records, and the two will be onstage Saturday, April 27, at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, along with Rogers longtime band the Delta Rhythm Kings, Kevin Hayes on drums and Steve Evans, bass.
“It’s all about expanding it, not resting on your laurels, and part of expanding that is interacting with other people, I am kind of known for that now,” said Rogers, who also teamed with former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Shana Morrison and produced four John Lee Hooker albums. “Collaborations, they force you to go in another spot. It’s a combo plate. I like that. It keeps you on your toes. I’ve collaborated with a lot of folks over the years and certainly Carlos Reyes is in a very special category.”
The category is so special, in fact, that Rogers and Reyes don’t even have a name for it.
“Sometimes when you have someone who you are so close to as a friend who also shares life’s thoughts and opinions,” Reyes said, “that after a while you develop this energy. And onstage, I couldn’t tell you what that is. Sometimes I’m afraid to try to describe it. I don’t want to jinx it.”
“When he and I are onstage, this thing happens,” he said. “When Buffalo and I were onstage, this thing happened in a different way. When Carlos and I are onstage, this energy happens that I can’t describe.”
Reyes was born in Paraguay and to be a musician. The son of a musician, he began violin lessons before he was 4 years old. He was 5 when he played in his first concert.
The elder Reyes often performed in the United States with Spanish bandleader Xavier Cugat who was once married to the artist Charo. When Paraguay’s political climate made life unpredictable, the Reyes family moved permanently to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Reyes knew about Rogers since he was in high school. Both were in bands which played the same circuit. Rogers was from Vallejo and Reyes and – guess who? – Buffalo were from nearby Richmond. Buffalo and Reyes, who also plays violin and bass, collaborated throughout the years, and Buffalo more than a decade ago reintroduced Rogers and Reyes. The vibratory triumvirate had a similar chemistry, no matter the combination.
“I feel that I am a good chameleon about different kinds of music so sometimes it’s jazz or sometimes it’s bluesy,” Reyes said. “It’s kind of like a toolbox playing with Roy. It is the same way with Norton. We could just kind of explore different things that we learned playing with different people. I met Norton when I was 15. When we got reintroduced again with Roy, it was a natural match.”
Rogers, of course, always seems open to something new.
“With Carlos and I, much like with Buffalo but in certainly different fashion, there’s always an element of surprise,” he said. “That’s part of why I like the collaborative thing. You don’t quite know where it’s going to go, but it’s a lot of fun. If it’s fun for the musicians onstage, it’s always fun for the audience. Always.”
Reyes said the harp and violin are a contrast to Rogers’ slide guitar. But the different instruments meld in tone and approach.
“It’s almost like you don’t have to force it to keep going,” Reyes said. “What we have to do is remember to stop it so we can make it to the next part. For me it almost becomes like an out-of-body experience.”
Onstage, the experience is natural, but concertgoers might have to hear it to fully understand it.
“(Carlos) should be far more well known than he is,” Rogers said. “He’s truly a remarkable musician. But it’s not just about being a virtuoso. It’s about the energy and the synergy that happens onstage. You’ve seen me enough to know, the vibe onstage is crucial. It’s easy to do with a guy like Carlos. (But now it) will be with a harp player. I don’t know how in print you are going to get that across. You probably in parenthesis should say, ‘Not harmonica.’ There’s no other way to refer to a harp other than just a harp.”
Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings featuring Carlos Reyes
Here's how my mind works- some thoughts on a rock star's vampiric lifestyle filtered through the imagery of the movie Near Dark, let lyrics simmer for ten years until a guitar player comes up with the perfect riff:
I'm still missing you, but there has been some amazing developments and excitement is bubbling! It seems there is a buzz that is growing steadily, so it is all out "work" now...if you can call it that!
So, recording news is; as soon as I touch down on home soil I'll be back in the studio finishing of the 5 tracks I have already recorded for the new EP, as well as recording another song to take it up to six songs in total. I am also very excited to mention that there is a VERY special drummer from a couple of classic, influential Brit bands, who will be playing on the record. Let's just say it was no "Dillema" for me!
I am over joyed!
I have also managed to secure another recording session where I plan to release a stand alone single, with maybe a B-Side or two. It is a way of getting this material (which I have been writing of late, that has similar musical styles and lyrical content) out now so as I can then move on to my next project.
A kind of full stop of that period/sound, if you will.
I won't say which song I will be doing just yet, but I will say that you will find it in my Couch Sessions videos! Which, incidentally, I would like to offer my thanks to you guys for checking out the latest Couch Session Video and leaving your comments and "likes".
It never goes un-noticed or unappreciated, believe!
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New gigs have also been added and so I will be playing "The Foodies Festival" in Manchester and London very soon, which I can't wait for!
So everything is bright, positive and on course. Just got to believe, huh?!
Keep downloading, watching, sharing and supporting and I'll speak to you next time!
Performing LIVE as Michael White Trio, Michael White violin, Leisei Chen vocals & Mark Towns guitar at the First Annual Gala for OSUM - Operation Smiles Uplifting Military, the founder Dr. Montes and co-founder Dorothy Stinger. Michael is a korean war veteran, and will be one of his first patients to receive much needed dental treatments! Please come and join us for support this noble cause!!! This event includes food, drinks, silent auction and live performances. The Admission $67 Buy Ticket : Contact 323.522.5971 : Semi-Formal Attire
Ramblin' Jack Elliott will appear at the opening of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK on Saturday, April 27th from 1 to 6 PM. This is an historic moment for the Guthrie family, celebrating what would of been Woody's 100th birthday with events coordinated and curated by The Grammy Museum that lasted through out the year. Look for an upcoming PBS special to air in the summer.
Our favorite roaming troubadour will then embark on a tour of MO, OK, Austin, Houston and Ft. Worth Texas - as well as a rare swing in to Baron Rouge, La - all dates posted on the website.
Don't miss these amazing opportunties to see and hear one of the true gems of American Folk music ~ a friend and one of the last living on earth - that traveled with Woodie Guthrie. They don't make them like Ramblin' Jack anymore! :) He's one of a kind. And thank you for supporting live music!!
"it's been a long time since we rapped at ya" but we want you to know it's not your fault. it's not your fault....it's not your fault
we've just been tucked away in our little corner of the world writing the songs that will be on the next release. we are going in with zero rules, a ton of ideas, and absolutely no idea what will come out the other side. so far you can expect some wildly different stuff from what you've heard, along with some very familiar 'echoes' themes.
we're excited and we're having fun, which after all is what this is all about.
“Orbit” is commissioned by the Department Of Cultural Affairs, composed by the Living Legend Jazz Violinist Michael White as the prestigious COLA Individual Artist Fellow. It will be premiered and performed LIVE at Grand Performances, the SoCal largest free public concert presenter, with his band “Michael White Quintet”, consists of such Jazz master musicians who performed with numerous Jazz Giants throughout their careers - Michael Howell guitar, Heshima Mark Williams bass, Kenneth Nash percussion and the world best kept secret Jazz vocalist & Qigong/Taiji artist Leisei Chen.
Also we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Michael's bona-fide classic Impulse records "The Land Of Spirit And Light" Sharing the stage with a beautiful fellow COLA fellowship recipient, indian choreographer, dancer, writer and designer Malathi Iyengar and her dance company.
"This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs."
JUST ANNOUNCED:Due to popular demand, we will be back at Mill Valley's Sweetwater Music Hall on Friday, 5/31. Advanced tickets are highly recommended as we have sold out the previous 4 shows well in advance.
Record Store Day 2013 is Saturday April 20th. A few rare 12" vinyl copies of The Fields Of Athenry (Celtic F.C. Mix) will be available in slected stores on the day. The track is also available for download at iTunes and all good download stores.