Fans lined up well before the gates opened at the Vina Robles Amphitheater as a beautiful fall sunset painted the sky in myriad colors, Sunday, October 15th in Paso Robles. Arguably the best live music venue in California, the new amphitheater holds about 3000 people. There isn’t a bad seat in the house with a lawn section in the back, nearly as popular with patrons as front row tickets.
The Sound of Ghosts are an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The five-piece collective of accomplished musicians have crafted a musical experience unlike any other with their unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock’n’roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music.
Paul Nelson was not only guitarist to legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but is recognized in his own right as one of today’s premier guitarists. “Johnny definitely took me under his wing,” Nelson remembers his late friend and mentor. “The blues world does that. One musician hands you the torch, and then you try to run with it. Johnny took pride in turning me on to the likes of Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters Delta, Texas and Chicago blues – all the music that he loved.
Kimberley Dahme, the world-renowned bassist that captured the iconic hits of BOSTON for over a decade both on tour and in the studio, premieres a country and rock fused tune Lucy Lu raising awareness for “Adopt-A-Dog” Month. Mixed by the four-time Grammy-Award Winning Mark Capps and produced by Justin Peters, Lucy Lu is available via Platinum Planet Records on iTunes and all major online retailers.
Crowd Company, the critically acclaimed 8-piece funk soul outfit, has confirmed details on their upcoming album Stone & Sky, due out October 20th on the newly minted indie imprint Vintage League Music (VLM), founded by Soulive’s Alan Evans. The eleven-track album is also produced by Evans at the infamous Iron Wax Studio in Millers Falls, MA and will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally. Three 7-inch vinyl singles will also be released featuring songs from the upcoming album and distributed by Fat Beats.
LA-based musician (and current touring member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band) Carey Frank will be releasing his second album as a bandleader, Something to Remember Him By, on Tuesday, November 7.
Self–produced by Carey Frank, Something to Remember Him By is a unique duo album consisting solely of Frank’s Hammond organ (substituted on two tracks by melodica) and guitar courtesy of veteran jazz player Bruce Forman. This format deviates from the standard organ trio instrumentation of Hammond, guitar and drums.
In a time when embracing the heart and soul of humanity is at a critical moment, Baltimore's Americana songstress Letitia VanSant releases a poignant collection of originals and one cover on her debut nationally distributed studio album, Gut It To The Studs (Release Date: February 2, 2018).
Acclaimed guitarist Peter Parcek announces an October 27 release date for Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, his first album in seven years, on Lightnin’ Records. The new disc was produced by Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, Tom Jones), who also played drums and percussion on the sessions. Special guests on Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven include North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson, legendary Muscle Shoals keyboardist Spooner Oldham and long-time Willie Nelson harmonica wiz Mickey Raphael.
It was a rainy autumn night in Minneapolis, and a quiet hung loudly in the air. A get-home-and-stay-in-your-PJs kinda feel, one would never suspect a dance party to be brewing. But there sure was. The Twin-Cities based seven piece, PHO, was slated to hit the stage at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry, and with opening acts like Black Market Brass and Purple Funk Metropolis, the crowd was in for a local funk trifecta.