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Thursday, 29 October 2009

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” ~ John Lennon


Check out Portico Magazine, their cover story is Chuck Leavell. You must know by now that he is coming to our historic Bama Theatre, Friday Novermber 20. Get tickets on line now.


Letting go is one of the biggest problems performers and singers face because they are self-conscious, but it is one of the most important things for a performer to do to keep an audience enthralled.

Electric guitar players, bassists and people who play any other type of musical instrument are being invited to appear on Tommy Lee’s new album.The Motley Crue rocker has launched a competition through The Public Record website, in which musicians are invited to upload their accompaniments to raw backing tracks. If a person’s track is picked for inclusion on the record, they will be credited on the album and potentially invited to perform live with the music star. Applicants are being given free rein to play in whatever style they choose on any instrument, even the drum kit - Tommy Lee’s own area of expertise. “It doesn’t matter what you play - just record it and send it our way,” The Public Record said. “This may jumpstart your music career.”


Recorded prior to Billy Powell’s death, God & Guns (Roadrunner Records) is hard rocking, great, Southern Music (I did not say Rock because some of their songs could find their way on Country radio), with Southern Themed and plenty of Strong Subject Matter. Rickey Medlocke said "We've never been a political band, but if you listen to the lyrics, you'll know where we're coming from". Gods & Guns is vintage Lynyrd Skynyrd. Still hard and gritty which is why we love them. This album proves Southern Rock is alive and healthy today. Listen for clever lyrics like; "he played the BIRD, he played it for FREE." My favorite song was Floyd but every song is what I would expect from this band. But don't expect long guitar solos.  Some will really love God & Guns and some will hate God & Guns. If you are comparing this album to the original line up, you can't. This is today's Skynyrd. Yesterday's Skynyrd was great. Today's Skynyrd is too!


Blues/Rock legends Jack Bruce & Robin Trower join forces on first-ever concert recording, Seven Moons Live (Ruf Records). Also featured on this release is drummer Gary Husband (John McLaughlin, Gary Moore). Recorded in Nijmegen, Holland, in February of this year in front of a wildly-ethusiastic crowd that had traveled from all across Europe to be part of this special event. For you few that might not know who these are. Jack Bruce is not only one of the most powerful singers but also the legendary bass player of his time. His improvisational skills on his instrument revolutionized the electric bass and influenced generations of Musicians. Jack Bruce is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group, Cream. Robin Trower was a member of Procol Harum before launching his successful solo career in the early '70's. This is a power trio with the emphases on power. These old pros show how it's done. And folks it's done right.


Luther Dickinson & The Sons Of Mudboy's Onward And Upward (Memphis International Records) came about just 3 days after the death of his father, Memphis music legend Jim Dickinson, Luther Dickinson opened the doors to the family's Zebra Ranch studio in Independence, Mississippi. Onward And Upward, an album of gospel songs and hymns came about over the course of a few hours. Luther (North Mississippi All-Stars and The Black Crowes) with some of the best Memphis musicians produced the songs Jim loved best. This album is from the heart paying honor to the man, who's last words were: "I will not be gone as long as the music lingers. I have gladly given my life to Memphis music and it has given me back a hundredfold."


Dailey & Vincent won 7 IBMA  awards in 2008. These bluegrass greats have turned their attention to the fine tradition of a cappella gospel quartets with the making of Singing From The Heart (Rounder Records). The liner notes says "The album features twelve spiritual songs that come from the heart and speak directly to the soul. Uplifting, indeed inspiring-gospel music from Darin Vincent and Jamie Dailey with special guest including Doyle Lawson and Shawn Lane, filling out thhe quartet sound" This is beautiful harmonizing to the great traditional gospel songs. 


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