Monthly Archives: February 2014

THE STOOGES’ JAMES WILLIAMSON TO RELEASE RSD SINGLE APRIL 19TH W/ CAROLYN WONDERLAND!

THE STOOGES’ GUITAR LEGEND JAMES WILLIAMSON ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS NEW EXCLUSIVE RECORD STORE DAY VINYL SINGLE “OPEN UP AND BLEED”/”GIMME SOME SKIN” ON APRIL 19TH!

THIS LIMITED SINGLE IS AN EARLY TASTE OF JAMES WILLIAMSON’S FORTHCOMING “RE-LICKED” STUDIO ALBUM, WHERE HE’LL BE JOINED BY STEVE MACKAY, MIKE WATT & TOBY DAMMIT OF THE STOOGES TOURING BAND & WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF GREAT GUEST VOCALISTS RE-INTERPRETING LESSER-KNOWN STOOGES GEMS

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF JAMES WILLIAMSON’S “OPEN UP AND BLEED” VIA DANGEROUS MINDS/THE PHARMACY

While on a break from touring this year, the members of The Stooges (sans Iggy) got together and recorded songs that were originally penned by Iggy Pop and James Williamson in 1973/74. These songs were never properly recorded since the band didn’t have a record deal at the time.

James Williamson always wanted to revisit these songs and has done so with a powerhouse lineup of singers who don’t disappoint on his forthcoming album entitled Re-Licked. “Open Up & Bleed”/”Gimme Some Skin” is the first single from Re-Licked, which will be out later this year. Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt & drummer Toby Dammit are joined on both tracks by Texas blues singer & guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, who adds her own forceful and soul-drenching takes on these two rarely heard gems.

Re-Licked will also feature other lesser-known Stooges tracks properly recorded and mixed for the first time. Songs such as “I Gotta Right,” “Rubber Legs,” “She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills,” “Wild Love” and others will be fronted by a wealth of talented vocalists such as Mark Lanegan, Ariel Pink, Jello BiafraLisa Kekuala (The BellRays) and others to be announced soon.

James Williamson & Carolyn Wonderland’s new limited vinyl single “Open Up & Bleed”/”Gimme Some Skin” will be available at independent record stores worldwide on Record Store Day, April 19th.

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CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO TEASER FOR “OPEN UP & BLEED”

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Carolyn Wonderland & James Williamson (photo: Heather Harris)

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AMERICAN SONGWRITER PREMIERES JOHN SIEGER & GREG KOCH’S NEW TRACK!

ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER JOHN SIEGER TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM A WALK IN THE PARK WITH GUITARIST GREG KOCH APRIL 1ST!
 
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO JOHN SIEGER & GREG KOCH’S “BABY SISTER” VIA AMERICAN SONGWRITER!

John Sieger leads one of the better resurrections in recent times, the Milwaukee-based band Semi-Twang. They recorded one album for Warner Bros in 1988 and then took a short twenty-year break. Since they reunited in 2009, they have put out two stellar recordings, The Wages Of Sin and last years The Why & The What For. Both have earned superlatives from critics. Sieger’s songs have been covered by Dwight Yoakam, Robbie Fulks, Flaco Jimenez, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), The Persuasions and The BoDeans among others. He started writing with guitar virtuoso Greg Koch in the fall of 2012 and they took a break after their 67th song. Ten of these gems appear on Greg’s 2013 album, Plays Well With Others. That album has guest appearances from Paul Barerre (Little Feat), Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Roscoe Beck, John Cleary and Brannen Temple. John and Greg just returned from Europe where they played 18 dates in three weeks, and are now readying the second installment of their studio work together, A Walk In The Park, set for national release on April 1, 2014 via Faux Real.

“Writing songs with Greg Koch happened mostly by accident,” Sieger admitted. “The universe must have demanded it and arranged for him to be loitering outside the Tosa Village Starbucks on a sunny day in September 2012. When he suggested we try this, I asked him why he was trying to end his career. Now I am happy we saw it through. This batch is just scratching the surface of a pile of twisted, beautiful and funny songs that I’m extremely proud of. Hope you like!”

Please visit http://www.semi-twang.com or http://www.gregkoch.com for more of the story.

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A WALK IN THE PARK TRACK LIST:

1. Baby Sister

2. Country Boy

3. Save Me

4. Noreen

5. Louise At the Pawnshop

6. Over the Falls

7. Let Me Try Again

8. Saviour Blues

9. The Searchlights

10. Lattimore

11. Crackerjack Prize

12. I Wish It Was September

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MOUNT CARMEL PREMIERES NEW “BACK ON IT” TRACK VIA POPMATTERS!

MOUNT CARMEL TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM GET PURE ON MARCH 25TH THROUGH ALIVE NATURALSOUND RECORDS!
 
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF MOUNT CARMEL’S NEW TRACK “BACK ON IT” VIA POPMATTERS!

Amid the current industry of cool, MOUNT CARMEL’s lack of gimmick is a welcome anachronism. The Columbus, OH-based trio’s third album Get Pure is full of swagger, packed with great songs and inspired performances. This is true rock music like you haven’t heard in years. Crank it up!

Mount Carmel’s Get Pure will be available on CD, digital formats and limited edition vinyl on March 25th through Alive Naturalsound Records.

GET PURE TRACK LISTING:

01 Gold

02 Back On It

03 Whisper

04 No Pot To Piss

05 Swallow Me Up

06 Bridge To Nowhere

07 One More Morning

08 Will I

09 Hangin’ On

10 Fear Me Now

11 Yeah You Mama

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HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT MOUNT CARMEL:

“No-frills blues-rock.” – NPR ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

“An authentic-sounding homage to rough-and-tumble late-’60s/early-’70s boogie rock legends like Free and Humble Pie. As a power trio, Mount Carmel bash out hard-edged gritty soul riffs, with perfectly approximated Cream-style raunch and Stones-style swagger. The songs ring true to the bell-bottom era, but are constructed in a way that the band is never slavishly ripping off its influences. The highlight is undeniably the band’s musical chemistry, one that strikes a perfect balance for people who like muscular jams and those who want to howl along.” – ALL MUSIC

“Mount Carmel wants you to concentrate on big amps, loose jams, joints the size of zeppelins and, ahem, the need for real women. They have no time for trends, punk or atonal garbage. Save it for your blog. ” – THE AGIT READER

“Let us celebrate the return of thee one, thee only non-bullshit hard rock band in goddamn America with the praise that’s due them: if their last album was perfect, this one is a step past it, attaching itself straight onto the legacy of the music they practice.” – DUSTED MAGAZINE

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MAGNET PREMIERES MISS SHEVAUGHN & YUMA WRAY’S NEW “DRIFTER’S COMPASS” TRACK

MISS SHEVAUGHN & YUMA WRAY NEW SOPHOMORE STUDIO ALBUM LEAN INTO THE WIND OUT MARCH 25TH!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF THEIR NEW TRACK “DRIFTER’S COMPASS” VIA MAGNET MAGAZINE!

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray were on a train traveling to get treatment for Miss Shevaughn’s recently diagnosed cervical cancer in early 2013. “We decided three important things on that train ride,” says Yuma Wray, “We decided to set a date for our wedding (March 1, 2014), to push ahead with the already booked spring tour and to write this album not knowing at all what the future would bring.”

Lean Into the Wind, the second full-length album from hard touring rock band Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray is the product of a year plagued by the chaos of friends passing, illness, depression and self-doubt, but also one of adventure, travel, friendship and the kinds of life events that ultimately help us to cut through the noise.

“We had a pretty emotional year, I don’t think you can assign one emotion to something as complex as a series of songs, emotion shouldn’t be a stylistic choice. Unless you’re sedated, no one exists like that. Sometimes you feel happy or angry or inadequate, this album captures every nuance of what we were feeling last year,” explains Yuma Wray.

For the two songwriters settling, for the moment, in California seems to have had more than just a slight effect on their music. Many of the dreamy guitar and vocal textures harken back to the days of the Flying Burrito Brothers or the Byrds Sweetheart Of The Rodeo period. Lean Into The Wind is as twangy as it is fuzzy – striking a perfect balance between the jittery, noisy heyday of the late sixties and the more subdued, experimental sounds of the early seventies.

The album opens with a nod to those sounds, and introduces the rich three-part vocal harmonies that are woven into the fabric of the album. “Drifter’s Compass” is a manifesto of sorts. “It’s a kind of defiant anthem for the underdogs and artists who create outside of the mainstream because they just simply must, “ says Miss Shevaughn.

“This is the hardest part of living, right past the point of giving in, don’t need your prayers or your permission, just need a road without an end” – “Drifter’s Compass”

The band has undergone rapid evolution since 2012’s We’re From Here – hundreds of shows and over 100,000 miles on the road will do that. “The last album catalogued our transition from an intimate duo to playing with other musicians as a band. Lean Into the Wind was written over months and road tested with all four band members contributing to the final recording,” says Yuma.

Fans describe Miss Shevaughn’s voice as “mesmerizing.” She’s drawn critical comparisons to Emmylou Harris and Joni Mitchell. On Lean Into the Wind she also explores a more forceful, gutsy side of her voice. “One of my favorite moments on the road with these new songs was when an audience member, who was about my dad’s age, ran up after the show, embraced me and blurted out ‘Janis Joplin lives!’” recalls Miss Shevaughn. But the singer is just as likely to rip into a fuzzed out slide guitar solo or saturated rock organ hook.

And that’s the thing with this band, on stage and in the studio they’re a whirlwind of creative activity. Yuma Wray, aside from having developed an easily recognizable “less is more” guitar sound that’s been praised for creative soundscaping and chunky Jimmy Page inspired riffs, has come into his own vocally on this album. He has branched out, tackling duties on keys and flute as well as the vocal harmonies that wend their way through the record. Drummer Ben Tufts, from Washington D.C. also contributed vocal harmonies, mandolin and bass. Additionally, guest musician Ikey Owens (The Mars Volta, Jack White’s Buzzards) played piano on the raucous, bluesy “Bleed Me” and Philly-based artist Bile Greene wrote “Blue Dream.”

This record, that celebrates those who travel the outskirts and explores the push and pull between creativity and destruction, hope and despair, ends much as it started, with a statement of defiance, spirit and perseverance. Lean Into the Wind invites the adventurous to time travel with the band through the past, present and several imagined futures. Whispers and roars fill these songs – yet each tune, in it’s own way, has a thin veneer of that California sunlight that streams golden just before the sun sets over the mountains.

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray’s new album Lean Into The Wind will be available on CD and digital formats on March 25th via Seven Dead Arson Records.

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MISS SHEVAUGHN & YUMA WRAY 2014 SPRING “HONEYMOON TOUR” DATES

March 6th – Alex’s Bar, Long Beach, CA

March 7th – The Press Restaurant, Claremont, CA

March 9th – The Lost Leaf, Phoenix, AZ

March 11th – Cowgirl BBQ, Santa Fe, NM

March 12th – Adobe Bar at The Taos Inn, Taos, NM

March 15th – Cherrywood Coffee, Austin, TX

March 16th – Dive Bar, Austin, TX

March 21st – The Nick, Birmingham, AL

March 22nd – The Alley Cat, Carrolton, GA

March 23rd – Hendershots, Athens, GA

March 24th – Eddie’s Attic Open Mic, Decatur, GA

March 25th – The Basement New Faces Showcase, Nashville, TN

March 27th – The Emerald Lounge, Asheville, NC

March 28th – Slim’s Downtown, Raleigh, NC

March 29th – Common Market, Charlotte, NC

April 2nd – IOTA (open mic feature), Arlington, VA

April 9th – The Fire, Philadelphia, PA

April 11th – Grand Victory, Brooklyn, NY

April 12th – The Bus Stop Music Cafe – Pitman, NJ

April 16th – Bossy Grrl’s Pinup Joint – Columbus, OH

April 17th – The Hole In the Wall – Dayton, OH (w Quiet Hollers)

April 18th – Southgate House Revival – Newport, KY (w Quiet Hollers)

April 19th – The New Vintage – Louisville, KY (w Quiet Hollers)

April 20th – The Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN (w Quiet Hollers)

April, 22nd – The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MI

April 24th – Woodruff’s, Ypsilanti, MI

April 26th – Kingman Island Folk & Bluegrass festival, Washington DC

April 30th – The Frequency, Madison, WI

May 2nd – Frank’s Power Plant, Milwaukee, WI

May 3rd – Ritual Cafe, Des Moines, IA

May 6th – Wichita Pumphouse, Wichita, KS

May 9th – The Pioneer Inn, Nederland, CO

May 10th – The Downtown Bar, Pueblo, CO

May 14th – Cowgirl BBQ, Santa Fe, NM

May 16th – The Lost leaf, Phoenix, AZ

May 19th – Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA

May 22nd – Ross’s place (House Show) at 4752 NE Going St. Portland, OR

May 23rd – Trillium Cafe, Hood River, OR

May 24th – TBA Spokane, WA

May 25th – Crux Coffee, Boise, ID

(more dates to be announce soon)

Here’s what people have been saying about Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray:

“On their latest album, Lean Into the Wind, Americana rockers Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray go all Flying Burrito Brothers with a SoCal-influenced set of new songs. [The track] “Coyote” tells you everything you need to know about what this super fine band of players has up their sleeves this go-around. Killer harmonies, warm countryesque textures, and the winsome voice of Miss Shevaughn, who channels her very own Emmylou Harris on this gorgeous tune.” – POPMATTERS

“Achingly beautiful folk blues.” – Steve Wildsmith/ THE DAILY TIMES

“Think back on the material Daniel Lanois produced for Emmylou Harris – this music is by turns ethereal, haunting, lonely, ferocious and bluesy, painting American landscapes in pure black and white. The harmonies are smooth and go places you wouldn’t normally expect. Frisby’s alto has a world-weary and strongly emotional feel. She is, to be sure, a great singer.” – CONNECT SAVANNAH

“A fifteen song collection of Americana music, We’re From Here seamlessly jumps from sparse folk tunes to fuzzy guitar filled garage rock. Miss Shevaughn’s haunting vocals weave through the sonic landscape provided by Yuma Wray, and when it is his time to sing the contrast is powerful. Their music is more than just songs, each tune is a story and as story tellers it is up to Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray to bring these tales to life.” – Chris Martin / ATLANTA EXAMINER

“We’re From Here is a stunning and audacious debut – this record sounds like they’ve made an Oscar winning movie based on the Great American Novel. Miss Shevaughn joins Emmylou Harris and KD Lang in the realm of the great female American storytellers. She is a force of nature, and Yuma Wray provides the perfect home in which to raise her stories. Forget about genres and categories, this is great music.” – Tony Conley / ROCK GUITAR DAILY

“ Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray’s We’re From Here is a classic American road trip story, with the duo expanding its sound from sparse folk balladry to psychedelic swamp stomp.” – SUN JOURNAL

“We’re From Here, the new album from Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray, is a folk-drenched look into questions of contentment, laments over new beginnings, and self-acceptance, with Miss Shevaughn sounding an awful lot like Joni Mitchell as she tells her passionate tales.” – CHARLESTON CITY PAPER

“Their blend of country, folk, rock, and blues is a thing of beauty.” – MUSIC. DEFINED.

“Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray have put together a record that is simply stunning in its scope and in the sheer size of its sound…. this is a tremendous debut.” – WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY

“Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray’s 2011 was spent on the road living out of their Honda Element, searching out their sound and cataloging their experiences and thoughts. Their time on the road was not wasted as the result is Americana personified – an amalgamation of elemental roots music into songs of real substance a soundtrack for a journey on the rural routes and black tops.” – BEAT SURRENDER

“Warm heart and fuzzed out soul come together on Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray’s new album We’re From Here.” – JESTER JAY MUSIC

“Nostalgic and reminiscent, We’re From Here is packed full of personality. Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray are both masters at merging musical genres and as a result, the album is original and full of songs that aren’t like anything else.” – SHOW ME SOMETHING DIFFERENT: UK

“Miss Shevaughn and Yuma Wray snake a highway around Americana, folk and good old rock & roll. It really is fabulous music making and bursting with talent, imagination and character. I could listen to it all day.” –UNDERCOVER

“Miss Shevaughn & Yuma have seen the U.S. and they sing about it with heartfelt soul and just the right amount of indie charisma. There’s nothing stuffy or snobby about their music. It clearly shines through as honest and poetic.” – John Powell / YOU HEAR THIS

“If I had a million dollars, I would pay Miss Shevaughn to sing me to sleep every night for a year. We’re From Here is one of the best albums that’s come my way this year.”  – ADOBE & TEARDROPS

“Featuring an eclectic mix of instruments including – but not limited to – guitar, banjo, mandolin, percussion, glockenspiel and lap steel, this duo has a bigger sound than most listeners dare to imagine. Strength in voice and instrumental ability drives their songwriting excellence.” – THE VERMONT CYNIC

“Unique, honest and compelling storytelling.” – YOUNG MANHATTANITE

“The word “sprawling” certainly applies to We’re From Here, the new album by Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray. The duo spent the year on the road (29 states, 125 shows) and the new songs reflect their experiences and evolution.” – THE PROVIDENCE PHOENIX

“Ever since I have gotten my ears on this excellent work of Americana and folk, I haven’t been able to stop listening. A voice that captivates, Miss Shevaughn has to be one of the most passionate vocalists I’ve heard. Add in the mysterious Yuma Wray and his magical guitar skills, these two seem to be the perfect mix for creating music that has the power to make the burliest of men weep.” – THE RECORD STACHE

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CMJ PREMIERES JOHN THE CONQUEROR’S NEW LP “THE GOOD LIFE”!

JOHN THE CONQUEROR’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM “THE GOOD LIFE” OUT FEB. 25TH ON CD, LTD. VINYL & MP3 THROUGH ALIVE NATURALSOUND RECORDS!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PREMIERE OF JTC’S “THE GOOD LIFE” VIA CMJ!

“I’m a blues man; all I got are stories,” admits John The Conqueror‘s singer-songwriter Pierre Moore. And not unlike many blues greats before him, the stories that fill out the Philly-based trio’s second full-length studio effort, The Good Life, are based on Moore’s own personal experiences that span from his Mississippi youth to his current life – much of it spent on the road.

“When I started this album,” Moore said, “I completely devoted myself to becoming a better writer.” And after witnessing these 11 impassioned, often explosive tracks, Moore’s decision to focus on his art paid off with well-crafted songs of truth, clarity and power. All of the compositions were penned by Moore except for their swaggering take on Randy Newman’s “Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield.” Building on the soulful blues-rock foundation of their acclaimed 2012 self-titled debut, The Good Life moves forward with both Moore’s own life experiences turned to song, and the tight-but-loose rhythms of drummer Michael Gardner & bassist Ryan Lynn as well as Moore’s own snaky, sinewy guitar leads.

While John The Conqueror follows the path laid down for decades by like-minded bluesmen who ‘told it like it was,’ on The Good Life Moore and co. have also updated the blues idiom for a new generation – melding hard truths with hard-ass blues-rock.

John The Conqueror’s The Good Life will be available on CD, digital formats and limited edition vinyl on February 25th through Alive Naturalsound Records.

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“California record label Alive Naturalsound has catered to fans of garage-blues for 20 years—the Black Keys released their first album on Alive in 2002—and John the Conqueror fits right in. The Philadelphia-via-Mississippi trio digs into a taut groove on “What Am I Gonna Do,” a track from their new album The Good Life.” – Eric Danton / WALL STREET JOURNAL: SPEAKEASY

“John the Conqueror’s raw, bluesy old-school soul track ‘Time To Go’ is just one of many gems on the Philadelphia trio’s self-titled debut album.” – USA TODAY

“Sounds like the work of a supergroup power trio made up of three vets who just wanted to get together and lay it down, making gutsy, raw, bluesy music for the sheer joy of it. The fact that this is the first time in a studio for the members of this band is mind-blowing.” –  JAMBANDS/RELIX

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DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 MOVES DOWN SOUTH TO THE CRADLE OF THE BLUES THIS OCTOBER!

THREE-DAY FEST IN CLARKSDALE, MS TO FEATURE SPECIAL REUNIONS FROM SOLEDAD BROTHERS & SOUTH FILTHY, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER GREAT DEEP BLUES ACTS!
 
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 PLAYLIST FEATURING ALL OF THIS YEARS PERFORMERS!

Seven years after Chris Johnson started his first official Deep Blues Festival in the Twin Cities, the fest organizer and owner/operator of Bayport BBQ in Bayport, MN is moving the fest to Clarksdale, MS for three days in October.

The core of the fest will be held at Shack Up Inn’s Juke Joint Chapel and will boast a wealth of talented Deep Blues artists, such as Scott H. Biram, Kenny Brown (RL Burnside’s slide guitar player for 30 years), Charlie Parr, Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early, Dale Beavers, Guadalupe Plata from Spain, James Leg (aka Black Diamond Heavies’ John Wesley Myers), Boogaloosa Prayer and two very special reunions shows from Soledad Brothers and South Filthy.

This year’s fest won’t be limited to just this venue and these acts, however, as it will continue to grow right up to its October residency, with many other Clarksdale venues and blues acts to be added. These new additions will be announced over the coming months as they’re confirmed.

Johnson, a passionate fan of Deep Blues music, gives an insight on how the fest originally took root, “The first official festival was August 2007 with 18 bands. It was on a golf course driving range just outside the Twin Cities. The summer before, I had a block party in my neighborhood with Scott H. Biram and the Black Diamond Heavies performing. I had done this type of thing each summer for years, and it was Scott that suggested I rent a room and have tickets so I didn’t have to pay for it all myself.  I thought that sounded like a good idea, and thought I might have a few bands and make a night of it. I wrote to 18 bands and asked if they were interested and every one replied immediately that they wanted in. I couldn’t say no to anyone, so that’s how we ended up with an all day event.”

“I really like the opportunity to share all these outsider bands with new fans,” Johnson admits. “Once people hear them, they’re hooked. All these bands should be so much more popular. I think the whole world should know their music. The two reunion events of South Filthy and the Soledad Brothers this year are very special. Also, the return of Scott H. Biram to the Deep Blues Festival is very special to me personally. I consider him to be the epitome of deep blues or punk blues.”

Johnson is also doing something a bit different this year, as he’s asking for “benefactors” to help fund the fest with $100 donations. All benefactors will also receive perks, such as the first opportunity to reserve rooms at the Shack Up Inn, along with guaranteed admission to the late night shows at the Chapel. “We’ve been fortunate to have many generous fans already make these contributions,” Johnson said. “I’d say we’re about a third of the way there already.”

“As with all of the Deep Blues Festivals, we anticipate fans and bands to join us from all over the world,” Johnson said. “Hope you’ll think about joining us too.”

DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014 OCT. 16-18, 2014
Shack Up Inn – Juke Joint Chapel, 1 Commissary Cir, Clarksdale, MS (662) 624-8329

Thu Oct 16
Kenny Brown (RL Burnside’s slide guitar player for 30 years)
Charlie Parr
Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early
Dale Beavers

Fri. Oct. 17
Scott H. Biram
South Filthy (special reunion show!)
Guadalupe Plata

Sat. Oct. 18
Soledad Brothers (special reunion show!)
James Leg
Boogaloosa Prayer

Entire fest emceed by DJ HWY 7.

FOR MORE INFO ON THE DEEP BLUES FESTIVAL 2014:
http://deepbluesfest.com
https://www.facebook.com/deepbluesfest

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Chris Johnson: bayportbbq@comcast.net

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USA TODAY PREMIERES THE SLEEPWALKERS’ NEW SINGLE!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN THE SLEEPWALKERS’ NEW TRACK “MY BEST WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH” VIA USA TODAY’S POP CANDY 

THE SLEEPWALKERS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM LOST MY MIND IN STEREO ON APRIL 8TH!

The Sleepwalkers have been quietly banging around in the attic for the better part of five years in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley region. Writing, rewriting, absorbing, touring and, every now and then, releasing a record.

From this, comes Lost My Mind In Stereo, the second full-length album from The Sleepwalkers (formerly Ian Olvera & The Sleepwalkers). Building on the framework of their 2010 release The Reckless Kind, the band hits full force with a lot of drums, a lot of guitars, and a lot of attitude on Lost My Mind In Stereo. A variety of keyboards augment the arrangements and help accentuate each hook, leaving you with a roadmap back to such influences as The Band, Sam Cooke and The Replacements.

After the release of The Reckless Kind, The Sleepwalkers spent the better part of 2010-2012 supporting the record on the road locally, regionally and nationally. The band logged countless local shows, as well as several self-booked regional and national tours, including shows with White Rabbits, Ha Ha Tonka, The Henry Clay People, Dan Vapid & The Cheats, Paul Collins Beat, Prima Donna, The Melismatics, The Figgs, Miles Nielsen and more.

The Sleepwalkers’ Lost My Mind In Stereo will be available on CD & digital formats on April 8th via IJGFM Records.

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LOST MY MIND IN STEREO TRACK LISTING:

1. My Best Was Never Good Enough

2. It’s a Good Day to Watch the World Go By

3. Come Around

4. Safe For the Ride

5. Primetime Syndication

6. Big Hoax

7. Chicago

8. Talking Out of Turn

9. Bottom of the Hill

10. In a Station

11. In & Out

12. The Reckless Kind

HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE SLEEPWALKERS:

“A lot of music I listen to was either recorded in the ’80s or ’90s, or it sounds like it was made back then. If you share similar tastes, you may dig The Sleepwalkers.” – Whitney Matheson / USA TODAY: POP CANDY

“Old-fashioned rock ‘n roll (think ’90s alt-meets-Elvis Costello)…the songs were ramshackle instead of refined. Let me repeat this, to be clear, rock ‘n roll is not dead.” – PLAYGROUND MISNOMER

“We don’t get a lot of hooky power-pop in these parts, and that’s where Olvera comes in. Here’s a guy who knows how to package his disappointments and discouragements in big, catchy Fountains of Wayne-sy melodies, a boot-stomp or two of honky tonk, even an unabashed power ballad….” – ROCKSPOSURE

“…this is without a doubt one of the best full length records to come out of Northeast Wisconsin…what Ian Olvera and the Sleepwalkers created and captured here is wonderful-a ton of Midwestern energy.” – GREEN BAY NIGHTLIFE

“…a hard-hitting debut on their self-released full-length, The Reckless Kind. Mixing the chiming guitars, sweet melodies and punchy hooks of late ’70s power-pop with the twang and sway of mid ’90s alt-country, the threesome have managed to make these two strange bedfellows work very well together – not unlike Petty or Springsteen in their respective youths” – CONCERTLIVEWIRE

“…instantly alt-country class, yet enticingly on the pulse of us contemporary Midwesterners. Imagine Limbeck on an all night sugar bender, making some rash decisions with Paul Westersberg’s estranged cousin.” – EASY TIGER INTERVIEWER

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WALL STREET JOURNAL PREMIERES JOHN THE CONQUEROR’S “WHAT AM I GONNA DO”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO JOHN THE CONQUEROR’S NEW SONG “WHAT AM I GONNA DO” VIA WALL STREET JOURNAL’S SPEAKEASY!

John The Conqueror Has A Worried Mind On ‘What Am I Gonna Do’ (Song Premiere)

By Eric R. Danton

California record label Alive Naturalsound has catered to fans of garage-blues for 20 years—the Black Keys released their first album on Alive in 2002—and John the Conqueror fits right in. The Philadelphia-via-Mississippi trio digs into a taut groove on “What Am I Gonna Do,” a track from their new album that premieres today on Speakeasy.

Drummer Michael Gardner’s lean beat and bassist Ryan Lynn’s dirty bassline create a spare, in-the-pocket feel for singer and guitarist Pierre Moore, who adds stinging electric licks and sings in a soulful, raw voice on the song. Like the others tunes on the “The Good Life,” the follow-up to John the Conqueror’s self-titled 2012 debut, Moore drew from his own life in the lyrics. In this case, he was fretting over leaving for an upcoming tour.

“I’d fallen hard for a wonderful woman a few months before and she helped me clean up my life,” Moore told Speakeasy. “ I didn’t know how I would make it through those hard nights without her by my side and I couldn’t bring myself to tell her. I wrote her this song to tell her what I was feeling even though I knew she already knew. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”

“The Good Life” is due Feb. 25 on Alive.

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/02/03/john-the-conqueror-has-a-worried-mind-on-what-am-i-gonna-do-song-premiere/

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    • 03/03/17 THE WHISKEY GENTRY in Augusta, GA at Sky City
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    • 03/04/17 THE WHISKEY GENTRY in Charleston, SC at The Pour House
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    • 03/05/17 DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS in Bloomington, IN at The Bishop
    • 03/06/17 DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS in Cincinnati, OH at Memorial Hall

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