Steve Forbert – An American Troubadour

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Steve Forbert is a true American Troubadour.

His 1978 debut album proclaimed the singer-songwriter Alive on Arrival and indeed, the artist made a strong impression with a set of personal, sometimes gentle, musical reflections on life and love.

Forbert departed Mississippi for New York City in the mid-seventies and managed to carve out a niche in the vibrant club scene of the day, playing famous venues like Gerde’s Folk City and even CBGB’s.  That heady period was captured on Alive on Arrival and on Forbert’s 1979 follow-up, Jackrabbit Slim.

Rolling Stone contributing editor, David Wild, recently wrote that “now or then, you would be hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished as Alive on Arrival . . . it was like a great first novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger.”

Producer, John Simon, renowned for his collaborations with The Band and Leonard Cohen, shepherded Forbert’s second release, Jackrabbit Slim, to success. Forbert credits Simon with helping him nail “Romeo’s Tune” for the Nashville-recorded album, and the song became the artist’s only Top 20 U.S. hit. (It peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.) Though further chart success has eluded Steve Forbert, he’s continued to write particularly insightful songs and has grown an impressive legacy.

He’s received a Grammy nomination, seen his songs performed by Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash and Marty Stuart, and even appeared opposite Cyndi Lauper in her music video for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Forbert continues to tour, both solo and with his band, and has a string of upcoming dates scheduled both in the United States and abroad.

An American Troubadour: The Songs Of Steve Forbert, is out today, via Blue Rose Music and features 21 songs by 22 acts, showcasing Steve’s career of five decades, and the impact he’s had on artists and musicians throughout popular music and culture.

Blue Rose Music’s founder Joe Poletto explains: “Some say that Steve is too young to have a ‘tribute’ record, and I think that’s true because Steve has a lot of music left in him. In my mind, this project is not a tribute but rather a recognition of the spirit of the troubadour in all of those artists who follow their life’s path like Steve does- with purpose and passion.”

John Oates covering I Blinked Once from 1988’s “Streets Of This Town

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Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, covering “Romeo’s Tune“, one of Steve’s biggest hits – which reached #11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980 and is ranked the 60th biggest American hit of 1980 by Music Outfitters.

“It was an honor and memorable experience to create our interpretation of such a lovely and timeless song,” says Nicki. “Thank you Steve for all your years and dedication to music.  It is inspiring. May your songs be heard forever.”

Track List

  1. Kelly Fitzgerald – Thinkin’
  2. John Oates featuring Bekka Bramlett – I Blinked Once
  3. Elliott Peck – Goin’ Down To Laurel
  4. David Luning – Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast
  5. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers – Romeo’s Tune
  6. Jim Lauderdale – What Kinda Guy?
  7. Robert Earl Keen – It Isn’t Gonna Be That Way
  8. James Maddock – Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977
  9. Amy McCarley – Cellophane City
  10. John Popper – You Cannot Win (If You Do Not Play)
  11. Megan Palmer – Running On Love
  12. Jesse Bardwell – The Sweet Love That You Give (Sure Goes A Long, Long Way)
  13. Wes Langlois – I’m In Love With You
  14. Jackie Greene – If You’re Waiting On Me
  15. Eric Lindell – January 23-30, 1978
  16. Gwyneth Moreland – Autumn This Year
  17. Todd Snider – It Sure Was Better Back Then
  18. Bill Lloyd – When The Sun Shines
  19. Jason Crosby – Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home
  20. HUGElarge – Rock While I Can Rock
  21. Tim Bluhm – Search Your Heart

 

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BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS –NEW MUSIC AND US DATES ANNOUNCED

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters are set to tour the U.S. throughout the fall/winter in support of their forthcoming eleventh studio album, New World Arisin’, due November 3 on their own Big Records imprint.

The album’s first single “Damaged One” is currently at #26 and rising on the AAA Chart.

New World Arisin’ was written and produced by vocalist/guitarist Todd Park Mohr with original members Rob Squires on bass and Brian Nevin on drums and percussions. Plus, Jeremy Lawton on keyboards, lap and petal steel guitar and backing vocals. It was recorded at E-Town Studios in Boulder, Colorado and mixed by Mark Needham with engineering by James Tuttle.

Mohr explains that the songs were written over a twenty-year period. He describes that “some songs fell into place immediately, while others took many years to materialize. Yet after such a long gestating process for the writing, the recording was completed in just six days.

Having played Denver’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheater more than nineteen times with recent dates sold out this summer, the band is part of the fabric of the Colorado music scene. The trio of Mohr, Nevin and Squires founded the band in the early ’80s in Boulder and quickly built a strong reputation in the local club circuit. The band’s debut album, Another Mayberry, arrived in 1989, though it would be another four years before their breakthrough platinum-selling third full length Sister Sweetly made them a national phenomenon with the single “Bittersweet,” which remains a rock radio staple to this day. The only personnel change in these three decades has been the addition of a fourth member, putative “new guy” Lawton, in 2004

The band has released music steadily throughout the decades leading to their most recent release 2014’s Black Beehive. They have also released two live albums Live Monsters, Live at the Fillmore and 2015 Live at Red Rocks.

The band has proudly controlled its own business dealings and marketing from the start, releasing 2007’s All the Love You Need via their fan email list. In 2011, they formed a new project under the name Big Head Blues Club recording two albums under the moniker. The first 100 Years of Robert Johnson celebrates the songs of the late blues great and features legends such as B. B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Cedric Burnside, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Ruthie Forster and Lightin’ Malcolm. Their second LP Way Down Inside: Songs of Willie Dixon is a tribute to Willie Dixon featuring Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Erica Brown. The album was produced by multiple Grammy winner Chris Goldsmith and Todd Park Mohr. The band has gone on to play shows under the name Big Head Blues Club moniker inviting some of the legends featured on the album to perform with them.

Recently, band composed the theme song to programs including “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Swamp Wars.” Their music has also been included in Contraband, The To Do List, Grudge Match, Garden Party, “So You Think You Can Dance” and many more.

Tour Dates

October 5—Kenny’s Westside Pub—Peoria, IL

October 7—Breckenridge Brewery—Littleton, CO

October 11—Jackson Hole Fireman’s Ball—Jackson, WY

November 29—Avalon Theatre—Grand Junction, CO

November 30—Park City Live—Park City, UT

December 1—Pub Station—Billings, MT

December 2—The Wilma—Missoula, MT

December 5—Revolution Event Center—Garden City, ID

December 7—Revolution Hall—Portland, OR

December 8—Hifi Music Hall—Eugene, OR

December 9—Showbox—Seattle, WA

December 12— Crest Theatre—Sacramento, CA

December 14—House of Blues—Anaheim, CA

December 15—Troubadour—West Hollywood, CA

December 16—Warfield Theatre—San Francisco, CA

December 17—Crystal Bay Club/Crown Room—Crystal Bay, NV

December 21—Aggie Theatre—Ft. Collins, CO

December 31—Belly Up Tavern—Solana Beach, CA

January 12—The Pageant—St. Louis, MO

January 13—Palace Theatre—St. Paul, MN

January 14—Pabst Theater—Milwaukee, WI

January 16—Vogue Theatre—Indianapolis, IN

January 18—State Theatre—Kalamazoo, MI

January 19—Vic Theatre—Chicago, IL

January 20—Vic Theatre—Chicago, IL

January 23—House of Blues—Cleveland, OH

January 25—9:30 Club—Washington, DC

January 26—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA

January 27—Capitol Theatre—Port Chester, NY

January 28—Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA

January 31—The National—Richmond, VA

February 1—The Ritz—Raleigh, NC

February 2—The Fillmore—Charlotte, NC

February 3—Variety Playhouse—Atlanta, GA

 

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A Sound Recommendation: Austin’s Shy Beast

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Dreamy indie-pop outfit Shy Beast has officially announced their debut self-titled EP, which is set to release on November 17, 2017.  Produced by Danny Reisch (White Denim, Okkervil River, Bright Light Social Hour), Shy Beast’s debut EP boasts infectious, synth-layered tracks reminiscent of Alvvays, Tennis and Chairlift.

The beast is shy because expectations are high. The abundant talent in the band, already with

demonstrated results, stokes those expectations. The only real internal concern  is how best to express all the avenues and channels of the musical potential.

The musicians are: Mariclaire (MC) Glaeser- leader of the band, songwriter, singer, and keyboardist. Both shy and beastly, she is the creative force of the group. Her vocal range is huge, and she uses it to captivate audiences, and claim her place  as the alpha in her pride of musical men. Her creature companions include David  Tenczar-guitarist and vocalist-the man for whom there is no melody too complex to master. His guitar work is flexible, his harmonies malleable. Andrew Bennett is a guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist. He projects a gentle, purring vibe on  stage, conveying the impression that less is more. Jay Cesak (aka Jayzilla) is the almighty monster of the bass clef. A commanding presence near the back of the stage, Cesak creates realms of transportive sonicity with drummer Drew Silverman.  Silverman is certainly the King of Beat. Each strike of a drumhead, each stroke of chimes, each scratch across the audience’s face, gives back full value and energy in Silverman’s construction of Shy Beast’s musical environments.

With excitement towards their upcoming release, Shy Beast explains, “We invite you to hop on for a rumbling ride through the forests of imagination to the deep darkhideouts of the heart.”

 

Upcoming Shows

Oct 14 – Austin, TX @ Geraldine’s

Nov 17 – Austin, TX @ Swan Dive (EP Release Show)

Nov 25 – Austin, TX @ Geraldine’s

Dec 7 – Austin, TX @ Geraldine’s

Dec 14 – Austin, TX @ Geraldine’s

Dec 15 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk

Dec 21 – Austin, TX @ Geraldine’s

Dec 28 – Austin, TX @ Geraldine’s

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A Sound Recommendation: New Music From Roots Rocker Terra Lightfoot

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Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent.

Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers.

Her new album New Mistakes, drops October 13th On Sonic Unyon Records.

 

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A roots rocker with a powerful voice and a badass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease… she could be your new rock ’n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul & blues, Terra Lightfoot is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest stages in no time.” – PopMatters

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New Album From Soul Man Sam Moore

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Sam Moore catapulted to international fame as the lead voice of the 1960s powerhouse duo “Sam & Dave,” a musical collaboration with long-time partner and fellow Georgia native Dave Prater. The duo recorded and performed together for 20 years, but it was the 1967’s hit “Soul Man,” that found them lasting fame, defined a genre, and altered the course of music history. Their signature sound influenced a diverse array of musical talents, including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and so many others. Sam & Dave’s music and personas inspired the film The Blues Brothers, and other hits like “Hold On I’m Coming” have appeared on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films. After a storied career with Prater, Moore has spent the past 35 years enjoying a long solo career, recording with some of the biggest names in numerous genres of music, including Conway Twitty, with whom he recorded the hit song “Rainy Night in Georgia.”

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In 1992, Moore was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, capping a career that includes a Grammy, and honors from the Vocal Music Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Moore was the recipient of the first ever MOBO Living Legends Honor, and he received the NARAS Hero Award in 2003 and an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Moore, who turns 82 on October 12, continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist. He is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Grammy award-winning song “Soul Man” this year and recently accepted a position as Artist in Residence at Florida International University as part of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education Humanities Project.

The Legendary Soul Man™ has released his newest album Sam Moore: An American Patriot

The album was inspired by Moore’s own performance of “America the Beautiful” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his dear friend and inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 53 years earlier delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Moore believes that music, the universal language that knows no boundary or color, was the best way for him to take a stand and make an impact in helping to bring the country he loves back together.

Enlisting the skills of renowned producer Rudy Perez, a Cuban refugee, who, with Moore has crafted An American Patriot with the goal of recording versions of iconic American anthems like they’ve never been done before. In Moore’s recognizably unique style, he has recorded classics such as “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.,” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” In addition to the traditional songs, the album also features new songs such as “Show For You,” the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games anthem, “Peace Please,” and “Land of the Free.” It is with the hope of rekindling love of country and each other that Sam Moore: An American Patriot is offered.

Moore, is credited by Bruce Springsteen as being one of the “great masters of momentum” when it comes to his showmanship, has performed for all six living presidents, including Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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New Music From Glen Hansard

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Marking his third solo album, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will release Between Two Shores on January 19, 2018 via Anti-. Following up 2015’s GRAMMY nominated Didn’t He Ramble, and his 2012 solo debut Rhythm and Repose, the ten-track collection was produced by Hansard himself for the first time. The culmination of more than six years of writing and recording, Between Two Shores came together in only a matter of weeks.

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This past March, Hansard booked himself time at Black Box Studios in France with the original idea of taking inventory of his songbook. Working again with former Frames bandmate and producer David Odlum, Hansard was in search of a direction for his next record. As he trove through his previous sessions, various ideas and home recordings, a sketch of an unplanned record began to take shape.

The aptly titled “Setting Forth” became the catalyst for the direction Hansard hoped to achieve with Between Two Shores. Recorded with drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade and members of his Fellowship Band the song tackles themes of self-doubt in a time when it’s impossible not to be riddled with uncertainty. The album’s lead track “Time Will be the Healer” is a hopeful plea to a forlorn lover that also speaks to the way forward in the current social climate. Indeed, it would be impossible not to in some way address the politics of the day, which Hansard does in “Wheels on Fire” and its refrain of “We will overcome!”

Listen to “Time Will Be The Healer”.

While the record truly came together in France, Between Two Shores features material captured in New York and Chicago with a revolving cast of musicians. In addition to Blade, the record also features Thomas Bartlett, Brad Albetta and Rob Moose who appeared on much of Rhythm and Repose. However it’s Glen’s touring band – Joseph Doyle, Rob Bochnik, Graham Hopkins, Justin Carroll, Michael Buckley, Ronan Dooney and Curtis Fowlkes – that feature most prominently and take center stage on tracks like the upbeat E Street shuffle of “Roll On Slow” and the Van-tastic “Why Woman.”

The album’s title comes from Hansards ongoing love of sailing and the sea. When one is equal distance between their starting point and their destination they are in essence “between two shores.” A less than ideal time to wonder whether you should turn back or continue on, but a thought that inevitably rears its head.

With Between Two Shores Hansard has managed to capture that feeling of the big soulful sound of his large touring band while still retaining the intimate introspective nature of his acoustic shows. To which way the wind will blow on his next record remains to be seen.

Hansard is a founding member of The Frames who celebrated 25 years as a band in 2015. He is one half of The Swell Season, which also features pianist Marketa Irglova. Together in 2007 they wrote the music for and starred in the movie Once. The song “Falling Slowly” from the film was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original song. In 2013 the film was adapted for Broadway as Once, The Musical, winning eight Tony Awards including the top musical prize itself and an Olivier award in London for outstanding achievement in music.

Hansard is perpetually on tour. Dates for the rest of 2017 and many more to come in 2018 are to follow.

Tour Dates

11/03 Wangels, DE Rolling Stone Weekender
11/05 Erlangen, DE Redoutensaal
11/08 Hannover, DE Rosenhof
11/10 Jena, DE Volkshaus
11/12 Frankfurt, DE Mozartsaal
11/13 Saarbrucken, DE Congresshalle
11/15 Stuttgart, DE New Fall Festival
11/16 Halle, DE Ulrichskirche
11/18 Dusseldorf, DE New Fall Festival
11/25 Dublin, IE St. Patrick’s Cathedral
12/15 Belfast, IE Ulster Hall
12/17 Dublin, IE Vicar Street
12/18 Dublin, IE Vicar Street
1/21 New York, NY Brooklyn Steel
2/09 London, UK Royal Festival Hall
2/11 Utrecht, NL Tivoli Ronda
2/13 Brussels, BE Ancienne Belgique
2/14 Paris, FR Le Trianon
2/16 Zurich, CH Volkshaus
2/18 Vienna, AU Gasometer
2/20 Berlin, DE Admiralpalast
2/21 Berlin, DE Admiralpalast
2/23 Prague, CZ Divaldi DVA
2/25 Brno, CZ Sono Centrum
3/10 Los Angeles, CA Disney Hall (solo acoustic)
3/11 Los Angeles, CA Disney Hall (w/ LA Philharmonic)

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