Wednesday, April 28, 2010
If you've ever seen Junior Brown live you know that what he does is not far off from incredible. His country twanged style performed on his custom built "guit - steel", half Fender electric guitar and half lap steel, is unusual and amazing. Brown has topped the Billboard country hit list twice before in his three decades of touring and still making records and touring to this day; thrilling old school country fans and wowing guitar picking youngsters alike. Come out to the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro Thursday to see the living legend perform.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I usually don’t do interviews because writers always twist what I say to make a point that they — the writer — want to make. I have to say, of any interview I have done in my career, Dan Reeves did an incredible job of writing straight to the points I was trying to make in his interview with me for Metro Magazine (“Raleigh Vibraphonist Hits Top of Jazz Charts With New CD” — March 2010).
I had four hours of sleep the night before my interview with Dan, and was speaking all around my points, which he amazingly figured out — and put on paper so eloquently.
And in addition to representing me the musician, Dan grasped what I said about being a teacher at Powell Elementary Magnet School and tied it in with the entire article. Helping children is just as important as playing music, any day of the week.
Dan is one hell of a writer. Tell him never to stop writing. He has a gift.
Monday, April 19, 2010
It wasn't so long ago when Band of Horses was a fresh discovery. A new sound stuffed with potent lyrics and a vocal resonance unlike anything else around. Everything All The Time was outstanding for a debut album from a band so young. Song by song, the entire album was simply amazing; seeking and skipping was completely unnecessary.
Remarkably, Cease To Begin was equally if not more entrancing than Everything All The Time. All of the sudden everyone and their brother was a fan of BOH. We have anxiously awaited the release of album number three for quite a while and have memorized every song Band of Horses has recorded frontwards and backwards.
This weekend BOH is opening for Widespread Panic at
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
23th and 24th and will, as always, draw a huge crowd of youngsters, hippies, lovers of music and a lot of
people who just wanna party.
That is the leading reason I avoid attending Panic shows. Too many kids on to many drugs who really don’t care about anything except being seen at the show pumping their fists, screaming the words, hitting all the right lines from all the big songs and wearing really unoriginal t-shirts.
For instance, my personal favorite is the Fed EX take off which says “SPREAD EX” on the front and “SEND YOUR MIND” on the back. This leads me to my next point, Panic is truly a great band. I have a special place in my heart for their music and I always will. But, they cover a lot of songs written by a lot of important song writers and their audience hasn’t the slightest clue.
“Send Your Mind” is a Van Morrison Song, but ask almost anyone at the shows and they will say it’s an original. In fact “Satisfied” was and still is the most popular slogan for the band on stickers, t-shirts, hats - you name it. And lead singer John Bell does a terrific cover of the song and even goes off on tangents and raps of his own design much like the original writer of the song – Van Morrison.
I guess what I am trying to get across here is that Widespread Panic is good, great even sometimes. They are clearly influenced by some of the greatest musicians and bands of all time : Warren Zevon, Talking Heads, Van Morrison, Neal Young, Joe Strummer, Frank Zappa, JJ Cale, and so forth and so on. I just wish more of the fans knew that.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Since the debut of Whatever People Say I am, That's What I'm Not , England's Arctic Monkeys have ripped their way to the tip top of the indie rock totem pole. Catch these young lads at The Disco Rodeo in Raleigh on Tuesday April 6th.