Rock 'n' Roll

THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS TO PLAY DENVER ON AUGUST 31

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The Fabulous Thunderbirds will be playing Taste of Colorado at the Qwest Main Stage, in Civic Center Park, in downtown Denver on August 31 at 7:30 PM.  Admission is free for the entire Taste of Colorado event, which runs from August 29 through September 1.  For more information, please call 303-295-6330.

For over thirty years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as "Tuff Enuff" and "Wrap It Up."

Founding member Kim Wilson spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. "We started as a straight blues band." vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. "We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We're an American music band and we're higher energy than ever before." The Fabulous Thunderbirds features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.

Wilson's musical talents have garnered him multiple Blues Awards and Grammy Nominations. The Blues Foundation 2008 blues Music Awards named Wilson   "Instrumentalist - Harmonica" category.  In 2006, he was named "Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year" in 2006, and "Lookin' for Trouble!" was named Blues Song of the Year in 2004. Wilson has contributed to the work of many other great artists such as the legendary Muddy Waters (who called him his "son"), contemporary artist Bonnie Raitt, guitar legends Stevie Ray Vaughn and brother Jimmy Vaughn, and Martin Scorsese's movie "The Blues". With his current movie project "Cadillac Records," Wilson continues to focus on the music he loves.

With over 20 albums recorded and millions sold, Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds tour the world performing their own unique style of music. Ranging from pop anthems like "Powerful Stuff" which was featured in the Tom Cruise movie "Cocktail," to the low down blues of "Chicago," this brand of honest music brings fans back time and again.

Having shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana and blues legends BB King and Buddy Guy and countless others, The Fabulous Thunderbirds continue to tour Europe and the North America, bringing more great music to their fans worldwide.

Their new CD (tentative title "Pay Back Time") is to be released in mid-2008.

Creedence Clearwater LPs Reissued on Sept 30th, 2008

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The first six albums by Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees Creedence Clearwater Revival will be reissued by Fantasy Records (a unit of Concord Music Group) on September 30, 2008 as six individual expanded-edition CDs. The set marks the legendary band's 40th anniversary. The albums — Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy & the Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory and Pendulum, all originally released from 1968-70 —have been digitally remastered and contain an array of rarities: B-sides, unreleased studio and live material, even a summit between the band and Booker T & the MGs. The reissues will be presented in Digi-Paks that faithfully recreate each original album package in meticulous detail. All feature liner notes by world-class rock music journalists such as Robert Christgau, Ben Fong-Torres, Dave Marsh, Joel Selvin and Ed Ward.
 
These albums feature the original band from El Cerrito, California: John Fogerty (chief songwriter, vocalist and guitarist), Tom Fogerty (guitar), Stu Cook (bass) and Doug Clifford (drums). The four cut their teeth as a Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets and later as the Golliwogs. Then, in 1967, after John's stint in the military, they reunited as Creedence Clearwater Revival and found their own groove, inspired by the music of their youth. "Although they sounded like no other band," Fong-Torres notes, "They redefined rock and roll. They showed, in the most entertaining way possible, how the music could embrace — and was, in fact, founded on — elements of R&B and the blues, country, folk, and jazz, as well as a world of other musical forms. Creedence were pioneers in the fusion of rock and country. They were roots before 'roots' took hold as a music genre."

A quick look at the individual reissues:
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival [Expanded Reissue]: This album included CCR's first smash hit, the Dale Hawkins song "Suzie Q," plus the classic cover of Screaming Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You." The reissue contains four bonus tracks: "Call it Pretending" (the B-side of the band's first single), the band's first recording of a cover of Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me" (later re-recorded for Cosmo's Factory), a live version of "Ninety-Nine and a Half" recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in 1969, and a full-length live version of "Suzie Q." Almost famous former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres wrote the notes.
 
Bayou Country [Expanded Reissue]: Creedence Clearwater's second album was chock full of hits and much-played album tracks: "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou," the Little Richard cover "Good Golly Miss Molly," the seven-minute "Graveyard Train" and the eight-minute "Keep on Choogling." The reissue also contains a longer alternate take of the album track "Bootleg," live versions of "Born on the Bayou" and "Proud Mary," and a psychedelic blues jam recorded live by San Francisco's seminal KSAN-FM called "Crazy Otto." Annotator was San Francisco Chronicle pop music editor Joel Selvin.
 
Green River [Expanded Reissue]: Green River contained the hits and notable album tracks "Green River," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Lodi" plus a cover of Ray Charles' blues standard "Night Time is the Right Time." Bonus material includes "Broken Spoke Shuffle," the instrumental track to a song John Fogerty never finished, another unfinished track called "Glory Be," plus three live tracks: "Bad Moon Rising" from the 1971 Berlin concert, "Green River/Suzie Q" from the 1971 Stockholm show, and "Lodi," recorded in Hamburg. Liner notes by the esteemed critic Dave Marsh.
 
Willy & the Poor Boys [Expanded Reissue]: Willy came out in 1969, when, as annotator Ed Ward writes, "a period when Creedence, surely the most anomalous band in the San Francisco explosion of the late '60s, was also proving its most commercial seller of them all." The album contains the anthemic "Fortunate Son" along with "Down on the Corner" and a cover of the traditional folk song "The Midnight Special." Bonus tracks include live versions of "Fortunate Son" and "It Came Out of the Sky," plus an unreleased studio version of "Down on the Corner" recorded with Booker T & the MGs for a TV special at the band's Berkeley rehearsal hall. The song features John Fogerty trading licks with guitar hero Steve Cropper.
 
Cosmo's Factory [Expanded Reissue]: Cosmo's Factory was the fourth and biggest of the string of five Top 10 albums Creedence Clearwater Revival released in 1969 and 1970. Included were "Travelin' Band," "Lookin' Out My Back Door," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Run Through the Jungle" and covers from Marvin Gaye (CCR's signature take on "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"), Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup. Bonus material includes a bare bones, horns-free remake of "Travelin' Band," a live version of "Up Around the Bend" from the 1971 European tour, plus an unreleased version of "Born on the Bayou" emanating from the CCR/Booker T & the MGs summit which took place in 1970 at Cosmo's Factory studio. Notes were penned by Robert Christgau.
 
Pendulum [Expanded Reissue]: Creedence by this time was the top-selling rock band in the world, coming off seven consecutive Top 10 hits. The album contained the hits "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," "Hey Tonight" and "Molina." Bonus tracks include a live "Hey Tonight" plus "45 Revolutions Per Minute (Parts 1 & 2), the rarest of CCR collectibles, which was packaged in a plain white sleeve alluding to the Beatles' White Album.  Produced under the spell of the Fab Four's "Revolution No. 9," the tape montage tries to impart the elusive Creedence humor with the help of Bay Area DJ Tom Campbell. Joel Selvin wrote the liner notes.

Landreth taps Clapton & Knopfler on new album

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Louisiana-based singer/songwriter/slide-guitar monster Sonny Landreth will release his ninth album, titled From The Reach and his first on his own Landfall Records label (distributed by Ryko Distribution), on May 20. On it, Landreth does something unprecedented in his body of work as he collaborates with five of the greatest guitar players on the planet — Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson and Vince Gill — in some jaw-dropping performances. Also making appearances are the legendary New Orleans pianist and singer Dr. John and Margaritaville's iconic troubadour Jimmy Buffett.

"I've been wanting to make this kind of record for a long time —– to do an entire album that would feature some of my favorite players as special guests," says Landreth. "The other thing was how to do it without being yet another clichéd 'duets' album. Then I got the idea to write the songs specifically for each of the artists and that was the real hook for me, as a writer as well as a guitar player."

On the opener, "Blue Tarp Blues,' Sonny exchanges solos with Knopfler, and the aural contrast between Sonny's shimmering slide and the Dire Straits leader's biting Strat is a textural treat. Clapton appears to cut loose on "When I Still had You," adding his soulful voice to the choruses as well. Slowhand then wails on "Storm of Worry," a spooky slow blues reminiscent of his Bluesbreakers era.

"The Milky Way Home" is a powerful instrumental rocker that features Eric Johnson on delectably distorted guitar passages that morph into his trademark cello-like sound. "The Goin' On" shifts into a country-rock groove, with Vince Gill and Sonny alternating between guitar solos and lead vocals. Robben Ford brings his extraordinary tone and phrasing to "Way Past Long" and "Blue Angel" (the latter with Gill on backing vocals), as Landreth swaps his trusty Strat for a Les Paul. Each of these performances is an extraordinary showcase of brilliant players reacting to each other in supremely inspired fashion.

In one of two delightful changes of pace to the album's six-string focus, Dr. John brings the requisite gris-gris to "Howlin' Moon" with his trademark rollicking piano and harmonies, and he's joined on the track by Jimmy Buffett. "Although the idea of the record was playing with my guitar heroes, I wanted to open to the unexpected as well," Landreth explains. "I'd written 'Howlin' Moon' a long time ago and I'd always had Dr. John in mind for it. Then we took it a step further with Jimmy's vocal and the vibe was perfect."

As for the intriguing album title, "I thought about it a lot," he says. "One of the most interesting things to me in the songwriting process is letting it cook and bubble and see what comes up to the top. As I was writing these songs, the word 'reach' kept coming up and 'reach' is a pretty powerful word. Aside from the obvious meaning, it can refer to a body of water. And the water imagery kept coming throughout the writing of these songs as well, so it's like this is what came up out of this whole project for me. What would happen if I invited all these people: where would this take me. I literally reached out to them, and they graciously came on board. Then there was the impact locally of Katrina. So the title is the result of all of the above. It's coming from an honest place."

The same could be said of everything this one-of-a-kind artist has done in his single-minded career.

This spring and summer, Landreth will perform at the following festivals: Houston International Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival Internationale de Louisiana, Metro Fountain Blues Festival in San Jose, Tropical Heatwave in Tampa, Blues Brews and BBQ Festival in Charleston WV, Cisco Systems Blues Festival Ottawa, Montreal Jazz Festival. Belleville American Music Festival in Wisconsin, Calgary Folk Festival, Blues On The Green in Austin and the Chenango (NY) Blues Festival.

Bob Gruen's Back On The Bowery with 'Rockers'

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The Morrison Hotel Gallery, the world's leading purveyor of fine art music photography, is proud to present 'Rockers,' the largest-ever installation by one of the most respected photographers in rock & roll, Bob Gruen.  Totaling some 280 photographs, many of them never before exhibited in the U.S. - from John Lennon to John Lydon, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley - 'Rockers' opens April 24 at the Morrison's new 313 Bowery space, former home to CBGB's Gallery.

'Rockers' was originally presented in 2007 at the FAAP University Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where it drew over 40,000 visitors.  The Morrison has commissioned acclaimed architect Tito Ficarelli, who designed the 'Rockers' exhibit in Brazil, to transform the new 313 Bowery space as well.

Bob Gruen's work has shaped the iconography of rock & roll.  A native New Yorker, he served as John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer in the 1970s, a position that would yield two of his best known, and best loved, images - of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt, and flashing apeace sign while standing in front of the Statue of Liberty.  During that time Gruen was also chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine, where he specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with emerging punk and new wave bands including The New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie, while also photographing the biggest artists of the era, including Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, KISS, Elton John and Alice Cooper.  Gruen still carries a camera wherever he goes, and continues to add to a body of work that spans over forty years.

WHAT:       Rockers - The Photography Of Bob Gruen

WHERE:      Morrison Hotel Gallery, 313 Bowery, NYC, 212.677.2253

WHEN:       April 24 - XX
            noon - 7pm (Sun - Wed)
            noon - 9pm (Thurs - Sat)
            Closed on Mondays

ADMISSION:  FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Morrison Hotel Moves Into Former CBGB Gallery

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On March 27, The Morrison Hotel Gallery, the world's leading purveyor of fine art music photography, will open an exhibition space at 313 Bowery, former home to the famed CBGB's Gallery. At nearly 3000 square feet, 313 Bowery will be the Morrison's largest space, over twice the size of their existing galleries in NYC's Soho neighborhood, Los Angeles, and La Jolla.

The size of the space at 313 Bowery will allow the Morrison to mount their most ambitious exhibitions to date.  "This new space will enhance our line of fine art music photography and puts us in a historical space where people can experience some very different shows than at our other locations," says Peter Blachley, co-owner of the Morrison.  While the interior of the 313 Bowery space will change with each show, the Morrison plans to maintain many original elements of the CBGB's Gallery, including the bathroom graffiti, an original wall logo stencil and a panel of show posters and hand-bills from CBGB's 10th anniversary that were buried in an inner wall.

The 313 Bowery space will open with an exhibit by acclaimed British photographer and mixed media artist Steve Joester.  Known for translating his images into inspired pop art collages, Joester chronicled British punk's first wave, as well as the London riots of 1976.  His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Creem, and Interview, and he has created album sleeves and posters for The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Blondie, The Who, AC/DC, Queen, and Andy Warhol among others.

On April 24, The Morrison will present 'Rockers' an installation by legendary New York photographer Bob Gruen, at the 313 Bowery space.  The exhibit, which drew over 50,000 visitors when it was presented in 2007 at the FAAP University Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, features some 270 Gruen images - from John Lennon to The Clash, Max's Kansas City to CBGB's.  The Morrison has commissioned acclaimed architect Tito Ficarelli, who designed the 'Rockers' exhibit in Brazil, to transform the 313 Bowery space as well.  The show's centerpiece will be a recreation of a punk-obsessed teenager's bedroom from the 1970s.

In June, "The Art of Motorcycles" will come roaring into 313 Bowery. This exhibit will feature the works of photographers Timothy White and Barry Feinstein, focusing on their stunning images of iconic motorcycle artists Indian Larry and Von Dutch.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery will present these shows in association with The Max's Kansas City Project, an organization dedicated to providing emergency funding and resources to financially distressed individuals in the creative and performing arts.

Founded in 2001 by former record company executive and producer Peter Blachley, former independent record store owner Rich Horowitz, and music photographer Henry Diltz, The Morrison Hotel Gallery has grown to become the major brand in fine art music photography.

Scott Kempner Finishes First Solo Album in 16 Years

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This is a rock 'n 'roll album . . . if that means anything to anyone anymore," says Scott Kempner of his forthcoming album Saving Grace (00:02:59 Records, street date June 10, 2008). "It sure as hell means something to me !" Kempner's rock 'n' roll career dates back 30 years to his stint as co-founder of The Dictators (when he was known as "Top 10") and later the Del-Lords, who in turn inspired the comeback of Dion, with whom Kempner recorded as the Little Kings. That's a lot to look back on — and Kempner can reminisce with the best of 'em — but he is squarely focused on the present and the future.
 
"This album is the first record in my career that I feel 100% about," says the South Bronx native, who was born the year Elvis Presley recorded his first Sun Records single. "It's who I am, for better or worse." The album, his first solo work since 1992's Tenement Angels (which featured Springfield, Mo.'s mighty Skeletons), includes no other guitarists — Kempner plays all parts. However, he did surround himself with an array of kindred musicians: Del-Lords drummer Frank Funaro, Smithereens bassist Mike Mesaros, Chris and Mike Russo, Chris Amplo, and last but not least Dion, with whom he sings "Heartbeat of Time." Recorded mainly at Coyote Studios in Brooklyn's Williamsburg district, Saving Grace was co-produced by Kempner and Mike Caiati.
 
For two tracks — "Heartbeat of Time" and "Here Come My Love" — Kempner headed to Nashville's Java Jive to work with producer and friend Ed Pettersen (Song of America ) and Bob Olhsson (former Motown engineer). These sessions featured Motown and Nashville session stalwarts Bob Babbitt, bass, and Ed Greene, drums. Kempner ended up with three albums' worth of material, the best of which he selected for Saving Grace .
 
The road to Saving Grace was a rough one. While making the record, Kempner went through a terrible breakup and a life-changing long-term illness. Now, clarity, health and happiness have been restored. Kempner has a band he's pleased with. And he's headed to the road this summer and fall.
 
A few other reasons to be cheerful found Kempner along the way. He's the subject of a documentary film now in progress; The Del-Lords' EMI/Enigma albums are soon to be reissued on the American Beat label; and the legendary Norton Records label is about to release Every Day Is Saturday — an anthology of The Dictators' unreleased odds and sods.
 
"Rock 'n' roll is a living history and I feel connected to this music," says Kempner, "I feel connected to Robert Johnson and Woody Guthrie and Elvis Presley, to the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Otis and Aretha, to the Stooges and Bruce Springsteen. I have staked out a claim to the music's past, present and future. This is where I find my voice, my own expression, my little shout-out to the world.
 
"Hopefully the ghosts of all my heroes will come dancing right in your living room when you hear the new record. American guitar music. Rock 'n' roll. Don't tread on me!"

New Little Steven 'Coolest Songs' Compilation Out Today

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On 'Little Steven's Underground Garage presents The Coolest Songs In The World Vol.3' (Out October 16th), Van Zandt focuses in on music born in the USA. He says in the extensive liner notes for this hand picked compilation, "Except for two trips to Spain and one to Copenhagen, we're featuring our domestic best in this collection. It feels a little silly leaving Sweden out, still the rock and roll capital of the world outside of Detroit but ... These sweet 16 will keep you alive, I promise."

'The Coolest Songs In The World Vol. 3' Track List:
1. The Dictators - "The Savage Beat" (New York)
2. The Shake - "She's My Girl" (New York)
3. The Insomniacs - "Maryanne Lightly" (New Jersey)
4. The Fondas - "Wanna Be" (Michigan)
5. The Woggles - "Got A Heat On" (Georgia)
6. Supersuckers - "Shake It Off" (Arizona)
7. Baby Woodrose - "Money For Soul" (Denmark)
8. Killer Barbies - "Feeling Alone" (Spain)
9. The Fleshtones - Pretty Pretty Pretty" (New York)
10. Back in Spades "Detroit Slums (Here We Come)" (Michigan)
11. Tegan And Sara - "Walking With A Ghost" (Canada)
12. Manic Hispanic - "Rudy Cholo" (California)
13. Roy Loney & The Longshots - "Nobody Does It" (California)
14. The Mockers - "C'Mon Over To My Side" (Virginia)
15. The Sugar Twins "For You" (New Hampshire)
16. The Romantics - "Out of My Mind (Into My Head)" (Michigan)

Also, available on October 16th, The Launderettes 'Fluff 'n' Fold - The Best Of': The collection captures the energy of this garage punk girl group from Oslo with the hits that earned The Launderettes legions of fans in Norway and abroad.

Now Available On Wicked Cool Records:
Various Artists - 'CBGB Forever'
Various Artists - 'Coolest Songs in The World Vol. 1' and 'Vol. 2'
The Charms - 'Strange Magic'
The Woggles - 'Rock and Roll Backlash'
The Len Price 3 - 'Rentacrowd' and 'Chinese Burn'
Cocktail Slippers - 'Mastermind'
Hawaii Mud Bombers - 'Mondo Primo'
The Stabilisers - 'Wanna Do The Wild Plastic Brane Love Thing?'
The Maggots - 'Monkey Time'
The Chesterfield Kings - 'Psychedelic Sunrise' and 'Mindbending Sounds Of ...'

About Little Steven Van Zandt and Wicked Cool Records:

Host of Little Steven's Underground Garage, the most successful and fastest-growing syndicated rock radio show in the country, Steven Van Zandt is also known for his role as Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and as a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band. LSUG is now in over 200 markets and has surpassed 1 million weekly listeners. An extension of the weekly show, the Underground Garage Channel 25 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio plays the best of all 50 years of Rock and Roll 24 hours a day. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Outlaw Country Channel 63 and The Wiseguy Show on SIRIUS.

Wicked Cool Records is distributed by RED Distribution and is also available at Best Buy stores across the country. Look for the Little Steven Underground Garage bins where you'll also find other albums played on the show and channel.

Jug Band Documentary Featured at Woodstock Film Festival

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Woodstock, New York has a deep connection with film and music.  The area was featured in "Woodstock," a documentary about the best-known music festival of all time. Another famous film, "The Last Waltz," features The Band, which made Woodstock their home for many years, as did Bob Dylan, a featured performer in that Scorsese film.  

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian, another Woodstock resident and 1969 Woodstock festival performer, is featured in the new film "Chasin' Gus' Ghost," which will make its debut on October 13th at the Woodstock Film Festival.    

In recent years, the Woodstock Film Festival has emerged as one of the country's premier festivals and has screened many music documentaries including "Standing in the Shadows of  Motown" and "My Generation."  The 2007 festival will feature "The Future Is Unwritten," "Living The Blues," the Bob Dylan-inspired "I'm Not There" and "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" - a film that takes us on a three-continent journey to explore the legacy of jug band music and the influence it has had on artists such as John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) and Geoff and Maria Muldaur.

What: "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" at the Woodstock Film Festival
When: October 13th at 10PM
Where: Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker Street)
More info: The box office is located at the Woodstock Playhouse (corner of route 212 & 375).  Tickets are $10.  

Film trailer: http://youtube.com/watch?v=S3kZK2EBTwE
www.chasingusghost.com
www.woodstockfilmfestival.com