Monday, October 31, 2011

If you really love Delbert, prove it to me...

Brother-in-law Peter commented about my recent video post of Delbert McClinton that he wasn't sounding too good these days, but he was still cool.  A story about Delbert, Peter's old college roommate and an old flame:

Delbert is still cool. Here's a Delbert story. Bob R heard that Delbert was going to be playing soon at some town up there in the Colorado mountains. So at the next Thursday night "vinyl night" neighborhood cookout he dragged out all his old Delbert albums. Well, one beer led to another, and eventually to the ill-advised late night phone call to the one-time love back in Austin. That old sweet talker Bob says, "Darlin, come on up to Colorado to see Delbert one more time, for old times sake." Only this time it worked! She came, love or something like it conquered, and Bob is feeling a little bounce in his step. All cuzza Delbert. Still cool indeed.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I Rack (this actually hurts to watch)....

Take a look at those strange boys...

I tortured Keith, Vin and the rapper Rant On with Strange Boys & Girls Club while driving around the Cape a couple years ago.
(From Wikipedia, so it must be true)- The Strange Boys were formed in Dallas, Texas in 2001 as a punk duo by Ryan Sambol and Matt Hammer while the pair were in 8th grade. Ryan's brother Philip returned to Dallas from college and joined in 2003. The band released their debut Nothing EP in 2007 on Dusty Medical Records and in 2008 their first full-length album, entitled and Girls Club via In the Red Records on March 3, 2009. In late 2009 the band underwent some line-up changes, with drummer and founding member Matt Hammer being replaced by Seth Densham, originally of Mika Miko (who disbanded in October, 2009). Jenna Thornhill-DeWitt, also a former member of Mika Miko, was added as saxophonist and backing vocalist, and Tim Presley, of Darker My Love, also joined to contribute backing vocals. Seth left the group and Mikey La Franchi joined on drums. Around the same time, the newly-outfitted line-up of the Strange Boys signed a deal with UK record label Rough Trade to distribute their material outside of the US, and also announced details of their second album, Be Brave, which was released on February 22, 2010 (UK) and February 23, 2010 (US). The album was preceded by a single release of the title track, 'Be Brave' on January 25 (UK) and January 26 (US). The band has now announced they are working on their third album "Live Music", (live pronounced as in "I live in the basement") released exclusively on Rough Trade and not In the Red records. 
Highly recommended by G-Man:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Reet!...

I had a sky-blue, ragtop Mustang, 1964.
She drove it off into the night
til it just wouldn't go no more.
She caught a ride on into town,
Bought some gas and laid the top down,
Then she burned that pony to the ground
on the desert in New Mexico.

When Rita leaves, Rita's gone.
She gave me every chance a man could want.
I've never known a love so strong
Or so crazy when she's been done wrong.
When Rita leaves, Rita's gone. (Delbert McClinton)

Rita Mae by Eric Clapton

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sounds like my kind of band...

NY Times posting:

Low Cut Connie (Thursday) These smirking conduits of classic barroom boogie show their cards on “Get Out the Lotion”: infectious roots-rock guitar, libertine lyrics about women and whiskey and more than a slight penchant for the mythical paradise of “Big Thighs, N.J.” Dive-bar bachelor parties need no other soundtrack. At 10 p.m., the Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 533-7237,; $10 suggested donation. (Anderson)

Lonely Boy - New Black Keys...

Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp-dressed man...

Johnny Depp jamming with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top:

The dreaded "I slipped in the shower" excuse...

Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down

(ABC News) - Steven Tyler, lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith and a judge on the hit TV show “American Idol,” bloodied his face and knocked out teeth Tuesday when he fell in his hotel room in Asuncion, Paraguay, Reuters reports.  The report cites comments made to local radio by Gustavo Perez, a bellboy at Bourbon Hotel, in Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital. Perez is quoted as saying Tyler slipped in the shower and had “a nasty fall.”  Paraguay’s largest newspaper, ABC, said Tyler, 62, was seen being brought into a hospital emergency room, where he was treated for injuries including a cut on his eyebrow and two knocked-out teeth.  Tyler was to perform with Aerosmith later that evening, and the show has been postponed, ABC said.  Representatives of Tyler did not reply to requests for comment.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gravel pit: The life and voice of Tom Waits 
by Sasha Frere-Jones (The New Yorker)

There is a cliché about Tom Waits, or, as he described it to me, an “oversimplification.” In his words, the received version is that he “growls about booze and gargles with nails and screws.” In keeping with this perception, an affectionate illustration called “Visible Tom Waits,” by the artist Jim Lockey, was posted on Tumblr about a month ago. Waits’s body, with fedora, is depicted in cross-section, like a scientific chart, with his brain tagged “Here be monsters,” his throat filled with sandpaper and “gravel & spiders,” and his lungs noted simply as the location of the furnace. 
Waits’s new album, “Bad as Me,” his twenty-second, has plenty of stone gargling. It was made with a vast constellation of new and old friends, the most prominent of whom is an often overlooked collaborator, his wife, Kathleen Brennan, who has been writing songs with Waits since his album “Swordfishtrombones,” from 1983 (for which she was uncredited). “She responds to things like she’s in an opium dream. I’m more of a sticks-and-wire guy,” he said. (Much of what he says in conversation could, with little intervention, become lyrics.) - (the whole enchilada)

Johnnykmusic note:  Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles covered Waits' Blind Love on their  Diamonds In the Dark album (2007).  See posting below.

Sarah Borges' new record project update...

Our house concert with Sarah Borges to help raise money for her new CD is back to square one for a number of reasons.  Any ideas?   My original thought was about 25-30 people @ $50 a head, byob and a food dish.  Would be like a night out for dinner, but with a great show.


HI FRIENDS! I wanted to keep you all up to speed with my fundraising campaign - things are going wonderfully.  So far we've raised a whopping $5250, and we've got all 10 songs started.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has donated!!!  Unfortunately I still have just about 10k to raise if I want to get this record made, and that's a lot of lettuce. So for those of you who have donated in the past but want to increase your pledge today, or haven't had a chance yet to pledge, I have a proposition for you!

For the next 24 HOURS ONLY, anyone who donates to my campaign or increases a pledge they've already made will get a very special prize. Drumroll please...

To show my extreme gratitude, I will call you (or someone of your choosing) on your (or their) birthday and sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you in my best Marilyn Monroe, Big Bird, Sarah Borges or anyone else voice to personally thank you for your contribution! I will also send you each a never before heard demo track from the record, so you can hear the a song from the record before anyone else!

Don't forget - to get the phone call from me and the unreleased demo track, you need to up your pledge in the next 24 hours!  So, get your pledging fingers ready and click on this link:


Thank you so much for your support.  This record CANNOT be made without you!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

I want a Sunday kind of love, a love that lasts past Saturday night....

Received new Shelby Lynne, Revelation Road, CD in mail, along with PERSONAL greeting from Shelby (so you think the Love, Shelby on the liner notes was not meant specifically for me?) - (interview)  SL will be at the Highline Ballroom in NYC on 11/2 and in Somerville, MA at Johnny D's on 11/3.  A do not miss!
Six degrees of separation:
1.Shelby Lynne is Allison Moorer's older sister.
2.Allison Moorer is married to Steve Earle
3.Steve Earle is the father of Justin Townes Earle
4.Justin Townes Earle nodded to Johnny K going downstairs to the bathroom at the Iron Horse Music Hall last month.
5.Johnny K used to know Johnny Gumbo pretty well until he up and moved to the Great NorthLeft and doesn't communicate anymore.
6.Johnny Gumbo used to hang with (maybe once) Kevin Bacon

WELCOME!  Congrats to Albert Pujols on his 3 homers in one game, joining a VERY select group (if you know what I mean)!

Brownies V. Seahawks today.  We need a 'W' badly.
UPDATE:   We destroy them 6-3!!!!  (recap)

Shelby Lynne: Polk Salad Annie

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Sawtelles- LIVE!!!!!......

Peter is on the mend from his surgery and they've got 4 shows this weekend....  and it's their anniversary (#11!)!

Fri 21st two shows: 
1. Community Farm of Simsbury, Simsbury Center, CT  (5pm sharp)
2. Javapalooza, Main St, Middletown, CT.  7:30-9:30.  J drums with both the Sawtelles and the Ekendu Uno (had one rehearsal)
Sat 22nd two shows:
1. New Canaan Farmers' market 10am-12pm. 
2. J drums with the Ekendu Uno at the Boudoum Boudoum Environment, Willimantic CT (on after 8pm)

Everybody be surfin', like Bethlehem, PA....

(Ariel Publicity)- It seems that Surf Rock has resurfaced every decade or so since dominating the music scene in the 1960’s. The genre’s latest spike in popularity does not come from the sunny beaches of Southern California. This time around the coolest Surf Rock band is spearheaded by four guys from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Montag the Magnificent (Guitar, Vocals, Wardrobe), Johnny Utah (Drums, Rookie Cop), Sylvester Seaweed (Bass, Ninja) and Warchild (Guitar, The New Guy) came together in 2009 to form Great White Caps. From the unkempt hair, to the bright beach gear they wear on stage, Great White Caps embody the vibe of Surf Rock in body and spirit. - (more!)
Appearing:  11/18 @ Mercury Lounge, NYC and 12/2 @ Iron Horse in Northampton, MA

New Tom Waits streaming...

(relaxnews)- American singer, songwriter, composer and actor Tom Waits is streaming his brand-new album Bad As Me online ahead of its official release date, October 24/25. His 31st album, featuring 13 tracks, is also being packaged as a deluxe edition that includes three additional songs: "She Stole the Blush," "Tell Me," and "After You Die." Members of Tom Waits's mailing list will have already received a code to access the LP, but fans without codes can sign up to stream the album at

This will be Waits's first album since Glitter and Doom Live, released in 2009. Prior to that album, he released his 2006 three-disc collection Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, which earned a Grammy nomination. Waits played alongside Denzel Washington in the film The Book of Eli and is currently working on a new stage musical with director and long-time collaborator Robert Wilson and playwright Martin McDonagh. Waits was inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. - Watch:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where everybody knows your game....

It's the bottom of the 9th.  Turn your hat inside out, wear it backwards and pour a tall, cool one along with the rest of the Sox (who have been at it since the top of the 4th), because - just issued:  2011 Boston Red Sox Rally-Kegger Songs CD!
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch & One Beer by George Thorogood & the Destroyers
  • Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place by The Animals
  • Always Look On the Bright Side of Life by Monti Python
  • We Are the Champions by Queen
  • Cocaine by J J Cale
  • Here For the Party by Gretchen Wilson
  • Centerfold by J Geils Band (you thought it was Centerfield, didn't you)
  • Gimme Head by The Radiators
  • We Can't Be Beaten by Rose Tatoo
  • Beer Run by Garth Brooks & George Jones
  • Tequila Sunrise by The Eagles
  • It's 5 O'clock Somewhere by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
  • Beer in Mexico by Kenny Chesney

Monday, October 17, 2011

R 'n R Hall of Fame nominee pick of the day...

The whole class of nominees >>>>>> here

War, what is it good for?  Absolutely nuthin (say it again)!  Yes, I know it's not the same group (Edwin Starr), but if it's good enough for Seinfeld, it's good enough for me.

(From Wikipedia, so it must be true) - War (originally called Eric Burdon and War) is an American funk band from California, known for the hit songs "Low Rider", "Spill the Wine", "The Cisco Kid" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?". Formed in 1969, War was a musical crossover band which fused elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae.[1] The band also transcended racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up. The band has sold over 50 million records to date.[citation needed] Although War's lyrics are often socio-political in nature, their music usually had a laid-back, California funk vibe. A particular feature of War's sound is the use of harmonica and saxophone playing melody lines in unison, sounding like a single instrument, for example in the melody of "Low Rider". The music has been sampled and recorded by many singers and groups, ranging from R&B / pop singers such as Janet Jackson to nu metal band Korn and hip hop groups like TLC. (the whole enchilada)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Oakland Raiders (sans Al Davis) 24, Cleveland Browns 17...

I'll be fine when you're gone
I'll just cry all night long
Say it isn't true
And don't it make my Brown eyes blue
( - Her first-ever album, titled simply Crystal Gayle, was released in 1974, and the following year she landed her first Top Ten country hit, "Wrong Road Again." In 1976, "I'll Get Over You" became the first of her 17 number one country singles. Reynolds, feeling that Gayle was poised for a larger breakthrough, encouraged her to record the jazz-flavored pop ballad "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," which he felt sure had crossover potential. He was right -- not only did the song hit number one on the country charts in 1977, it also climbed to number two on the pop side, garnered substantial international airplay, and won Gayle a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. Plus, the accompanying album, We Must Believe in Magic, became the first by a female country artist ever to go platinum. (the whole enchilada

She also recorded the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart with Tom Waits (a very good find if you happen upon it; I have it in vinyl):

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Back to the Future...

The Litchfield Jazz Festival announced that it is moving from the Kent School back to its previous location, the Goshen Fairgrounds, for next year's event.  In addition, because the Newport Jazz Festival last year moved to the first weekend in August, making jazz lovers choose between the two, the 2012 LJF will be held the 2nd weekend in August.  Good move.  While the grounds of the Kent School are spectacular, LJF was not able to take advantage of them, opting rather, because of drainage and other issues, to hold the event in the hockey facility, a setting that, in my mind, completely changed the presentation from an outdoor 'festival' to that of an indoor 'concert'.

And not for the better.  According to a Wtby Republican-American article, attendance had declined by about 50% in the three years at Kent.  From personal experience at the 2009 festival, we (The Reet and I with Trish and George) were less than impressed with the opening night Gala at a nearby art gallery and subsequent music presentation at the hockey rink (albeit the performers, Jane Monheit et al, were first rate).
We begin the Fall season with a "Look Back" at this year's Festival.  Please enjoy our 2011 Festival photos

We thank the hundreds of you who were kind enough to respond to our post Festival survey, and we've heard you loud and clear. You want us to provide you again with a true "festival" experience - music in an outdoor setting where you can all join together to enjoy it. Your choice of venue was overwhelmingly our old home at Goshen Fairgrounds and we will be returning the Festival there in 2012. We were all aware of the unfortunate conflict created when Newport moved to our weekend and noted that, too, in your responses. Now you won't have to choose. Litchfield Jazz Festival is moving to the second weekend in August, August 10 - 12.
Kent School, our gracious host for the last three years, will remain the home of Litchfield Jazz Camp which will now grow from a month-long to a five-week-long program. Camp registration will be open online soon.
We will continue with our free concert series, Kent Has THAT Jazz, during the months of July of August, and thank Kent businesses for being involved.
I wish you a safe, healthy and jazzy holiday season and look forward to lifting your spirits through music in 2012.   

Musically Yours,
LJF 09 Line-up
Vita West Muir
Artistic/Executive Director & Founder
Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Justin Townes Earle at Daniel Street in Milford on Thursday, Dec 8...

All I can say is, do not miss him this time around. (JTE at Iron Horse in August - here)

Daniel Street  provides Connecticut with an eclectic array of musical entertainment in a welcoming space. Located in the center of Milford, Connecticut's thriving night scene, DANIEL STREET is mere steps from the Metro North Train station, a short stroll from Milford Landing Marina, and easily accessible from Interstate I-95.
(AP) "I've come to the decision basically or the belief that it's just who I am," Earle said. "I'm a songwriter. I'm an artist. I am my mother's son. I am my father's son. And I'm a drug addict. And it was a behavior that I displayed very early on in my life. When I was a kid, my mom would buy granola bars and stuff and I would eat the whole box. One after the other until I was sick." His mother, Carol-Ann, had to work and the home was often empty. But there were times when it was too full as well with the occasional boyfriend. The result was the feeling that he had no safe haven. Drugs quickly became a diversion from an existence that "hurt all the time." "I remember I got high the first time when I was 10 off of reefer and I just loved it," Earle said. "By 11 I was just an avid marijuana smoker. I smoked constantly. It wasn't heroin, it was Dilaudid, the pharmaceutical pain killer, that was first thing I got my hands on. I just remember getting hit with it and it just felt like everything was just going to be OK, until of course it wore off and I was sick as (expletive) until the next morning. But even with the sickness, I wanted to go back and capture that feeling again, you know? I started to shut down at that point." His teen years flashed by, a montage of searches for drugs, living with both his mother and father at times before leaving to live on his own in his late teens. He went to Chicago at 18 and found really pure heroin for the first time in his life. He eventually had to come back home, penniless, hopelessly addicted and pretty much washed up already as a performer. He sold what he thought would be his last guitar at 20. He awoke one morning and couldn't believe what he saw in the mirror of his rundown motel room. (the whole enchilada)

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings with Lucinda Williams...

( Over the past decade, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings has organically evolved into one of the finest roots-oriented bands in North America, having released six CDs and evolved a feeling of brotherhood manifested in a sense of groove, timbral blend and melodic and rhythmic play that is distinctive, mystical, energizing and constantly evocative. The sum is indeed greater than the parts - and the parts are as good as they get. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings remains one of Canada's greatest musical treasures. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are proud to announce their upcoming release, an impressive collaboration by the name of Kings & Queens. This release pairs the band with some of their favourite female singers and friends - and some of the biggest names in roots, blues and jazz - Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Serena Ryder, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Amy Helm, Janiva Magness, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Sam Phillips, Sara Watkins, Exene Cervenka, Patti Scialfa and Holly Cole. Grammy- and Juno-winning producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing, Colin James) took the helm for the new album, and the new recordings have taken the Kings from Nashville to Toronto to New York City to New Orleans, Los Angeles, Woodstock and back again. As the band explains, "No destination is too far for love...." The idea for Kings and Queens was hatched in a rental van at the end of a Rodeo Kings tour. Late one night, on a long drive between Somewhere and Somewhere-else, the band began talking about the various female artists they have had the privilege of working with over the years. What began with a page torn out of a notebook and a lot of interjections like "Hey, what about..." and "Wouldn't it be great to work with ..." has transformed into a whole album featuring these legendary and iconic female voices; one on each of fourteen

2011 Americana Honors and Awards recipients...


Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: LUCINDA WILLIAMS 
Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance: GREGG ALLMAN 
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist: JERRY DOUGLAS 
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: RICK HALL 
Trailblazer Award: BOB HARRIS 

The event was broadcast live throughout Middle Tennessee on Nashville Public Television (NPT).  An abridged version will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on November 19th (check local listings) Austin City Limits Presents. (the whole enchilada) - (

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tommy can you hear me?....

G-Man comment- Really want to listen to this whole album not on a computer speaker...Yvette's parent have record player and was even thinking of buying the the sound that much better?...

JohnnyK response -I'm not a vinyl snob; it's so much more convenient listening via iPod or even CD. I find it funny that people who grew up listening to rock n roll on transistor radios (and loved it) are so concerned with the nuances of audio 'warmth'.  Conversely, when I do listen to vinyl, I am not put off by a few hisses and pops in the record. It's only rock n roll.   However, I do think that when listening to jazz or classical music, the quality of the reproduced sound is more important.

What do YOU think? 

New Shelby Lynne
While you're contemplating this big issue, stream Shelby Lynne's new Revelation Road here.

Six degrees of separation:
1.Shelby Lynne is Allison Moorer's older sister.
2.Allison Moorer is married to Steve Earle
3.Steve Earle is the father of Justin Townes Earle
4.Justin Townes Earle nodded to Johnny K going downstairs to the bathroom at the Iron Horse Music Hall last month.
5.Johnny K used to know Johnny Gumbo pretty well until he up and moved to the Great NorthLeft and doesn't communicate anymore.
6.Johnny Gumbo used to hang with (maybe once) Kevin Bacon

New Black Keys out 12/6...

Less than a day after the Black Keys announced the release of their new album, El Camino, via a goofy website and faux car commercial starring Bob Odenkirk, Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney have revealed more details about the LP.  El Camino is out December 6 on Nonesuch worldwide. As previously reported, it was co-produced by the Black Keys and Danger Mouse. First single and leadoff track "Lonely Boy" is out October 26. The tracklist, as well as that car commercial, are below:
El Camino:
01 Lonely Boy
02 Dead and Gone
03 Gold on the Ceiling
04 Little Black Submarines
05 Money Maker
06 Run Right Back
07 Sister
08 Hell of a Season
09 Stop Stop
10 Nova Baby
11 Mind Eraser

Tuesday morning Feist fix...

Feist chose KCRW as one of the first places to debut songs from her new album "Metals" in a live setting, bringing a talented band along for the ride, including three back up vocalists. Here is a preview with "The Circle Married the Line". The full session will air on Morning Becomes Eclectic on October 26 on air and at

From Wolfgang's Vault: Steve Miller Band @ Fillmore West 12/29/68...

Steve Miller - guitar, vocals
Boz Scaggs - guitar vocals
Lonnie Turner - bass
Jim Peterman - keyboards Tim Davis - drums
(guest) Paul Butterfield - harmonica, vocals

Listen to more Steve Miller Band at Wolfgang's Vault.

Both of Steve Miller's parents were music buffs and family friend, Les Paul, was among the first to teach and encourage Miller on guitar. When the family moved to Texas, Miller was directly exposed to black music and blues musicians and his initial high-school bands (one of which included his friend Boz Scaggs) focused on Jimmy Reed-style rhythm and blues. Like countless others before him, Miller was soon drawn to Chicago, where he honed his guitar skills in the demanding Chicago blues scene, eventually forming a band which included the likes of Barry Goldberg, Charlie Musselwhite and Harvey Mandel.

The Steve Miller Band headlined a four night run at Fillmore West that featured Pogo (Poco, prior to being forced to change their name) and Sly & The Family Stone as openers. In addition to capturing the Miller, Scaggs, Turner, Peterman, Davis lineup at their peak, Chicago bluesman Paul Butterfield also makes a guest appearance on several numbers, adding his distinctive blues harp to the proceedings.  The recording kicks off with an extended rave-up on "Mercury Blues," one of the group's early signature songs and the first of two to appear in this set from the Revolution soundtrack. Following this, Miller invites Paul Butterfield to join in and the musicians sink their teeth into "Blues With A Feeling." While the guitar work cooks on this Chicago-style blues, it's the tight cohesiveness of this band that is most impressive and Butterfield and the Miller Band burn for eight solid minutes. The next number seems to be a purely spontaneous blues supporting Butterfield and although looser than usual, it's another strong performance from beginning to end. (the whole enchilada)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Just another manic Monday...

Are you an Esperanza Spalding fan yet?

Waiting for Columbus

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Sunday morning, coming down.....

G-Man texted yesterday that he was at a free concert in Bed Stuy.  Mos Def performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic outside the Billy Holiday Theatre.
(NY Times) When an orchestra wants to play outside it usually ends up in a park, a pastoral setting for picnicking and music that is familiar and not too demanding: Bernstein’s “West Side Story” Suite, say, or Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony. The audience is generally as white as the wine. - (the whole enchilada)
Sunday morning trail mix (cut short to hit a bucket of golf balls):
A Time For Love (Abbey Lincoln) You Gotta Pay the Band
Come On & Save Me (Steve Cropper) Dedicated
Drunk (Doug Sahm) The Return of the Formerly Brothers
Mississippi (Bob Dylan) Love & Theft
Never Look Back (John Scofield) Piety Street
Before the Night Is Over (Jerry Lee Lewis) Last Man Standing
Sneaky Feelings (Elvis Costello) My Aim Is True
Z. Rider (Sonny Landreth) Grant Street
Fun (Sly & the Family Stone) The Essential...
Tell It Like It Is (Aaron Neville) The Big Easy Soundtrack
You're Nearer (Portia Nelson) Sunday In New York

Pimping Sarah update...

Sarah Borges is making a new record and needs some fundraising help, so we are trying to arrange an in-house concert in the near future.  And the idea seems to have some life.  For example, famous rap artist, Rant On, pens:  "So why don't we get a bunch of us and get her to do a concert  at one of our homes. That would be a blast."

Interestingly, that very scenario may be in the works, Rant.   I pitched this last week to a friend, who is also a Sarah fan and  has a spacious house here in Southington.  She thought it was a fabulous idea,  but also knows another couple who has a barn/garage where they give parties that  would be even a better venue.  We are going to have dinner next week and  brainstorm it.  My thought is charge $50 a head, byob and a food dish.  Would be  like a night out for dinner, but with a great show.  What do you think?  I'll  keep you posted.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

I got a fever and the only prescription is...more cowbell!....

The REAL story of the making of Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

Saturday morning Bayou funk.....

Dave Malone of the Radiators along with Christine Ohlman Feelin' Alright at Wednesday's night's sold-out "Up From The Bayou" at The Canal Room NYC, to benefit New Orleans Musicians' Clinic (video by Marc Millman Photography)

There were technical difficulties with the Hammond Organ & Leslie, so Ivan Neville wasn't able to play for most of the short first set that went off a little late. But Tony Hall & Dave Malone handled the vocals. And halfway thru this Temptations & Sly Stone jam, Ivan took over Dave's guitar

Friday, October 07, 2011

Pack the pinstripes away for the Winter, Mama...

The Sawtelles resume their First Friday residency tonight at Typhoon Restaurant on Main Street, Middletown.  Great food, music, byob.  We will be at a wedding, but hope to catch them next month.  UPDATE: ran into Pete skateboard surfing the linear trail on his lunch hour today as I took my noon hour stroll.  Told me there should be a live CD forthcoming of their recent performance, along with Frank Critelli and others, at Buttonwood Tree in Middletown.

Those intolerant bastards, Zero Tolerance, play tonight at Illusions Dance Club in Wolcott.  Ride the mechanical bull, boys!

John Cougar Mellancamp is 60 today; cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 56.  Just thought you should know.

R 'n R Hall of Fame nominee pick of the day - Freddie King:
(From Wikipedia, so it must true)- Freddie King (September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976), thought to have been born as Frederick Christian, originally recording as Freddy King, and nicknamed "the Texas Cannonball", was an influential African-American blues guitarist and singer. He is often mentioned as one of "the Three Kings" of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King, as well as the youngest of the three. Freddie King based his guitar style on Texas and Chicago influences and was one of the first bluesmen to have a multi-racial backing band onstage with him at live performances. He is best known for singles such as "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" (1960) and his Top 40 hit "Hide Away" (1961). He is also known for albums such as the early, instrumental-packed Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King (1961) and the later album Burglar (1974), which displayed King's mature versatility as both player and singer in a range of blues and funk styles. King had a twenty-year recording career and became established as an influential guitarist with hits for Federal Records, in the early 1960s. He inspired American musicians such as Jerry Garcia, Stevie Ray Vaughan and his brother Jimmie Vaughan and others. His influence was also felt in UK, through recordings by blues revivalists such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Chicken Shack.

(Johnnykmusic opinion:  let Freddie in the HOF)

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Go Kat Go leaves the CT airwaves...

Michelle Terranova has hosted a radio show called GO KAT GO! on WNHU 88.7 in West Haven, CT Tuesday nights from 8-10pm, spinning rockabilly, psychobilly, honky tonk, western swing and the like since May 2001, but has been involved in the local scene for 15+ years.  She is leaving, apparently for Massachusetts, and her last program was September 27.  She also produces live shows all around the CT area and her last show will be the fabulous Dex Romweber Duo at Cafe Nine on November 6.

Final broadcast of Go Kat Go radio, Tuesday 9/27/11
Artist / Song / Album / Label / * Request
Kim Lenz And Her Jaguars / You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ / Kim Lenz And Her Jaguars / Hightone Music GroupBig Sandy And His Fly-Rite Boys / Backdoor Dan / Rockin’ Big Sandy / Hightone RecordsNick Curran And The Lowlifes / Filthy / Reform School Girl / Eclecto Groove RecordsPep Tores / Live It Up / It Ain’t Rocket Science / Hollywood Vintage Records Rockin’ Ryan And The Real Goners / Get On Or Get Off / Caged Heat / Golly Gee RecordsEddie Clendening / I Love A Woman / Rage Of The Teen Age! / Wormtone RecordsThe Racketeers / Easy On The Slacks / Boston’s Infamous Rockabilly Racket / Scollay Square MusicThe Raging Teens / That’s How I Like It / The Raging Teens / Scollay Square Music The Bourbonairs / That Tease / A Shot Of Bourbonairs / Howlin’ Records / *The Alley Dukes / Drinkin’ My Life Away / Northern Rednecks / Flying Saucer RecordsTwo Timin’ Three / Since I Found Love / Where Did You Sleep Last Night / Vinylux RecordsThe Cobra-Matics / Little Marlaina / Under The Hood / Original Recipe RecordingsCigar Store Indians / Hot Rod Concerto / Guest List / Overall Records / *Stretch Dawrson And The Mending Hearts / I Laugh When I Think (How I Cried Over You) / Celtex Swing / Self ReleasedJoey Allcorn / 50 Years Too Late / 50 Years Too Late / DJ Allcorn MusicThe Stumbleweeds / Pickin’ & Sinnin’ / Pickin’ & Sinnin’ / Rawk RecordsRevival Preachers / The Twenty Eight Days Rag / Breathin’ Through A Bruise / Wet Floor Records Jerry Lee Lewis / Crazy Arms / Greatest Hits / Charly RecordsJerry Lee Lewis / Matchbox / Greatest Hits / Rhino RecordsJerry Lee Lewis / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Two On One / Charly Records Jerry Lee Lewis / Breathless / 50th Anniversary Edition / Sun RecordsJerry Lee Lewis / Great Balls of Fire / Two On One / Charly RecordsSoul Reapin’ 3 / Undertaker Blues / …To Die For / Self ReleasedPulp 45 / Another Drink / Tales Of Mad Rock ‘N’ Roll Savages…On A Rampage / Self ReleasedSkinny Jim & The Number 9 Blacktops / Ready To Go / t6 / Daredevil Action / Self ReleasedReverend Horton Heat / Galaxy 500 / Lucky 7 / Artemis RecordsTR6 / Livin’ On Borrowed Time / Livin’ On Borrowed Time / Spindrift RecordsThe Arkhams / Chicken’s Feet / The Valley Of… / Self ReleasedGuana Batz / King Rat / 1985-1990 / Dojo Limited The Hangmen / Whore For The Devil / Psychobilly Freakout / Raucous RecordsThe Gutter Demons / Til’ The End / Kicked Outta Purgatory / Hairball 8 Records / *The Amazing Crowns / Halos & Horns / Royal / Time Bomb RecordsSatan’s Teardrops / Wild Man / Set ‘Em Up & Knock ‘Em Down / Spindrift RecordsHillbilly Casino / One Cup Beyond / Three Step Windup / Self ReleasedKings Of Nuthin’ / Get Busy Livin’ Or Get Busy Dyin’ / Get Busy Livin’ Or Get Busy Dyin’ / Reckloose Records Music Bed For Mic Breaks: Band / Album / LabelLos Straitjackets / Viva Los Straitjackets / Upstart Records

The night of the cat...

Al Stewart plays at Cafe Nine this evening.

(From Wikipedia, so it must be true)- Al Stewart was a key figure in a fertile era in British music and he appears throughout the musical folklore of the age. He played at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, knew Yoko Ono before she met John Lennon, shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon, and hosted at the legendary Les Cousins folk club in London in the 1960s. Stewart has released sixteen studio and three live albums since his debut album Bedsitter Images in 1967, and continues to tour extensively around the US and Canada, Europe and the UK. His latest release, is Uncorked, which was released on his independent label, Wallaby Trails Recordings. He has worked with Peter White, Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos and Tim Renwick and recently has played with Dave Nachmanoff and former Wings lead-guitarist Laurence Juber.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Hump Day trail mix...

Wholly Cats (Charlie Christian) Best of...
On the Corner (Sarah Borges) Silver City
You Don't Know Me At All (Bettye LaVette) The Scene of the Crime
Paper Friends (Mary Black) The Holy Ground
Vigil (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings) Kings of Love
Cheated Hearts (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) Show Your Bones
Sometimes (Jim Lauderdale) Whisper
Just Like Greta (Van Morrison) Magic Time
Moral Kiosk (R.E.M.) Murmur
Too Many Secrets (Patsy Cline) Patsy Cline
Ignorance Is Bliss (The Iguanas) Super Ball
If I Had Possession (Dion) Son of Skip James
Dirty Mind (The Pipettes) We Are the Pipettes
Flying Cowboys (Rickie Lee Jones) Naked Songs

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Out today, new Feist- G-Man sez it's the cat's meow (well, not exactly in those words)...

"Listening to Feist's new album, Metals...she's amazing...I assume she feels the same way about me..." (G-Man)
LA Times review
What a beautiful record. Truly gorgeous, the kind that wins both hearts and awards — perfect for a dinner party, a drive along Pacific Coast Highway, or a good, healthy cry. It’s the record that Leslie Feist, who records as Feist, has hinted at on four earlier solo albums over the last dozen years.   On “Metals,” the Canadian American harnesses all her gifts to create something essential: the matter-of-fact gorgeousness of her voice, best illustrated on her massive 2007 hit, “1234”; the way she mixes complicated emotions with equally complicated arrangements while making it all seem so effortless; and a versatility that allows her to craft a compilation’s worth of sounds and approaches without lapsing into pastiche. Granted, “Metals” isn’t a particularly dangerous record; your mom and dad will dig this, so will your daughter. But at least they’ll agree on something. - (the whole enchilada)

Feist will appear at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn on Wednesday, November 2nd.  It appears to be sold out.

Both Feist and Wilco have new albums out:

Monday, October 03, 2011

Pimping Sarah....

Sarah Borges: Let's Make A Record!

So I'm making a solo record! Not a 'girl with a guitar sings confessional songs' kind of solo record. 

I promise not to play any twee piano. It will be a record that sounds like me. For those of you who have been to a show, you know what that means. I'm 33, and this is not my first time at the dance, so it will be a little brassy, kind of pretty, and hopefully a lot fun. Like what?, you may ask...Well. First, a great studio record with great musicians produced by Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, for starters. I'm guessing that I need $15,000 to make this thing go. I'm going to try to do it in 60 days. That seems like a lot, you may say. Here's the stuff we've got to do: pay for the studio and an engineer, mixing and mastering, artwork and duplication, give the musicians something for their time and effort, etc. So...

Here's what I'm gonna do:

If you give $25:
I'll give you a copy of the record, a download of a demo of 'Big Bright Sun', one of the songs on said record, and some fabulous stickers to decorate your guitar case, briefcase or head case.
If you give $60:
Copy of the record, download of 'Big Bright Sun', stickers, I'll record the voicemail for your phone or cell phone (I can sing it if you want!), and I'll send you a lovely thank you note expressing my gratitude.  I'll also send you a fabulous t-shirt available only to folks who contribute to the making of the record, specially created and personalized just for you!

If you give $120:
Everything from the previous levels, plus downloads of two other record demos ('Record on Repeat', written by me, Lyle Brewer and Ryan Hedgecock from Lone Justice!, and 'Mind on Me', written by me and Freedy Johnston! (you can even hear me play kick drum and bass on it!), a special mix cd made for you by me like we're dating in 8th grade AND a guest list spot for you and a friend to any show of mine you'd like
If you give $250:
Everything listed above is yours, plus I will make you a piece of artwork. No, it won't be a stick figure drawing. Here's a photo of a cigar box I made recently. I don't totally suck. And I will sign and inscribe it to you and only you.
If you give $500:
All of the above, AND I will learn a song of your choosing (it doesn't have to be by me) and record it acoustically for you. I will also somehow incorporate your name into the album artwork (in an artful way) of the new record.
If you give $1250:  
You get everything previously listed AND I will come to your house and play a solo house concert for you where you pick the set list from my songs. How fun! (You need to live in New England or New York for this one).-OR-You get everything previously listed AND you can pick the set list for a show I play. (You can live anywhere for this one.) It has to consist primarily of my songs or songs I've covered in the past, but you can pick  one song just for you even if it is 'Freebird'. And you can get onstage and sing/play it. Risky for me, I know, but my love for my art has no limit. I jest.
If you give $2000:
Ok, deep breath...everything above but the house concert, and I will custom write a song for you. You could use this opportunity to propose to your girl/boyfriend, to break up with that girl/boyfriend, to tell your boss you quit. Hell, you could even profess your love for manicotti. Whatever you'd like.

If you give $3000:
All above (minus that house concert), PLUS I will give you my first electric guitar. It's a 1970's Guild M-75 Songbird, burgundy red. It has a tune-o-matic bridge sunken into the body that I had done custom. It's made of mahogany and weighs a ton. Comes with a case. I bought it off a guy when I was 17 from my hometown who told me that it 'wasn't metal enough'. It's been stolen from me by a guy from Alabama who got caught because he was dumb enough to leave a receipt from Guitar Center in the case when he bought a strap after he stole it from me. He went to jail, I got the guitar back. And it can all be yours!
And finally.
If you give $5000+:   I know this is a lot of money for just a little ol' gal like me. But what if there was something that I could do that would make you really happy? (Get your minds out of the gutter people, not that happy.) It would have to be something that we could both agree on, like me officiating your wedding or something, but try me! I'm sure that we could figure out something amazing. (You'd have to email first to work this one out.)

Sound like a plan? Together we can make this happen! Ok, overly inspirational. But together we can at least have some fun and make some music. And that, my friends, is the reason I started doing this to begin with.