Friday, 31 December 2010

Anniversary of Hank Williams Death

It wasn't until the early morning of New Year's Day, 1953, that anyone realized that country music great Hank Williams was dead. Williams' driver Charles Carr was taking Hank Sr. from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Canton, Ohio, for a New Year's Day concert. Carr knew that the singer hadn't moved for hours in the back seat of the car but did not realize that the country icon was dead.

Williams, after all, was sickly and had long-term drinking and drug abuse problems. It wasn't unusual for him to be found passed out. But when Carr finally checked on Williams in Oak Hill, West Virginia, the singer was cold, blue and stiff. He was dead, at the age of just 29.

Official documents, naturally enough, state that Williams died on January 1, 1953, but the exact time of his death (and where he actually passed away) has been shrouded in mystery for years.

Hank on You Tube

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Slimlines at The Jolly Brewer, Lincoln.

On New Years Eve the amazing Slimline Papas are playing live at the Jolly Brewer, Lincoln.

Why not come along and join the party!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Jazzpac Lincolnshire Programme January to June 2011

22 January  Pete Long Quintet
Lincoln Drill Hall

28 January Skip McDonald’s Blues Fusion 
Terry O’Toole Theatre

3 February  National Youth Jazz Orchestra                                                       
South Holland Centre

12 February  Antonio Forcione – Greatest ‘Almost’ Hits  
Lincoln Drill Hall

3 March Gwyneth Herbert Trio                             
South Holland Centre

12 March ‘Threeway’                                                   
Lincoln Drill Hall

1  April Kit Downes Quintet                                       
Terry O’Toole Theatre

9  April Alex Garnett Debut Album Tour                   
Lincoln Drill Hall

6  May Nicolas Meier Group feat. Dave O’Higgins
Lincoln Drill Hall

17  June Nigel Price Trio                                            
Lincoln Drill Hall  

I Traced Her Little Footprints In The Snow.AVI

Coffee Bar Cowboys 'Footprints In The Snow'

Tuesday, 21 December 2010


Live Music @ Old Nicks Tavern Horncastle January 2011          

Sat 15 Jan 9pm   The Sidevalves (High Octane Rock’n’Blues) We welcome back this 4 piece from Lincolnshire who play mostly Rock and Blues covers from the late sixties/early seventies with a few contemporary tunes for good measure. Also included are Cream, Hendrix, Sabbath, Golden Earring on the heavier side to Creedence on the more mainstream tack, plus a few modern numbers such as Blur, Jet and the Zutons. The aim is to get people up on their feet and having a good time.  9pm start

Sat 22nd 9pm    Nightvision (Heavy Rock/Alternative). We are pleased to welcome back to Old Nicks this 4 piece band producing cliché free high-energy hard rock music. Playing with a variety of metal and rock acts from the UK, America and beyond Nightvision always approach a gig with the same professional attitude, a desire to entertain people and to have a lot of fun in the process. 9pm start.

Fri 28th 9pm    The Almaboobies (Rock) local 3 piece playing originals plus a wide range of covers from 60’s to present day. High energy performance.  9pm start.

Sat 29th 9pm   Cuttin’ Loose (Rock & Pop) All your favourite hits from the 60s to the present day.  9pm start.

Tues 18th & 25th   Jam & Open Mic Night (Musicians come & join in – ALL genres welcome – backline provided). 8.30pm start

Monday, 20 December 2010

Billy, You Know That Nothing Really Ever Changes

Billy Bragg recently said...                                                                                     

"Last week I was backstage watching the scenes in Parliament Square, London, as the police charged into the crowds that they wouldn’t let go home. I saw some disgusting things that night, and no, I’m not talking about the Duchess of Cornwall with her mouth open being poked with a stick.”
Nothing ever changes Billy! It's back to the eighties for all of us old son.

Billy Bragg on Youtube

8 Alligator Artists Receive 18 Blues Award Nominations

The Music Industry News Network reports that the Blues Foundation has announced the nominees for the 2011 Blues Music Awards. Eight Alligator recording artists received a total of 18 nominations, far more than any other label. Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite received five nods (tied with Buddy Guy for the most nominations), including Album Of The Year (for The Well) and Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year. Following closely behind, blues and soul singer Janiva Magness received four nominations, with nods for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (an honor she won in 2009), Album Of The Year (for The Devil Is An Angel Too) and Contemporary Female Artist Of The Year. Blues master James Cotton was honored with three nominations, soul/blues/gospel trio The Holmes Brothers with two, and harmonicist/vocalist Rick Estrin, dual-lead guitar band Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, guitar superstar Guitar Shorty and Kei th Crossan (of The Tommy Castro Band) with one apiece.

The 32nd Annual Blues Music Awards will be presented in Memphis on May 5, 2011 at the Cook Convention Center.

Artists and nominations are as follows:

Album Of The Year - The Well
Instrumentalist Of The Year - Harmonica
Song Of The Year - Sad And Beautiful World (written by Charlie Musselwhite, from The Well)
Traditional Blues Album Of The Year - The Well
Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year

Album Of The Year - The Devil Is An Angel Too
B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year
Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year - The Devil Is An Angel Too
Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year

Instrumentalist Of The Year - Harmonica
Traditional Blues Album Of The Year - Giant
Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year

Soul Blues Album Of The Year - Feed My Soul
Band Of The Year

Band Of The Year

Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year - Have Blues, Will Travel

Song Of The Year - Please Mr. President (written by David Kearney, Bruce Iglauer, and Wyzard, from Bare Knuckle)

Best Instrumentalist - Horn

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Gibson Introduce Limited Edition of Gem Series B.B. King Lucille Guitars.

For Christmas 2010, Gibson Custom introduces a Limited Edition of Gem Series B.B. King Lucille guitars.

Based on the specs of Gibson Custom's B.B. King Lucille model, the Gem Series includes five new finishes, produced in 25 guitars of each colour: Sapphire, Amethyst, Diamond, Ruby, and Emerald.

Like the ES-355, these guitars are made to Gibson's classic double-cutaway semi-hollow design, but without the f-holes of traditional models, a modification originally made at the request of King himself to help cut unwanted feedback. A pair of  alnico-magnet humbucking pickups translates playing nuances through the tone switching and stereo output capability on this model (also mono capable), while a modified hardware set completes the package.
The list price is $5,175.

Each Gem Series B.B. King Lucille comes with a Gibson Custom hardshell case, a special color-matched Certificate of Authenticity, a The Best of B.B. King Christmas Collection CD, and The B.B. King Treasures: Photos, Mementos & Music from B.B. King's Collection, a 160-page hardcover book.

You can reserve yours now at

Muse In Trouble Down Under

Muse face legal action in Australia and could be banned from the country for five years after lighting up during a concert in Melbourne.

Bassist Christopher Wolstenholme smoked several cigarettes during the gig at the Ron Laver Arena on 14 December, say reports. He apparently initially tried to hide his actions by only puffing when dry ice fog rolled over the stage, but by the end was smoking freely between songs.

A spokewoman for the venue said Muse were warned before the gig not to light up. “Officials spoke to the band before and after the show and we were extremely disappointed when they decided to flaunt our strict no-smoking policy,” Jo Juler said. “They are known as an anti-establishment style of performance group, but it was still sad that they decided to go ahead regardless

Saturday, 11 December 2010

RIP John Lennon

RIP John Lennon.
Candles lit and flowers laid at Central Park's Strawberry Fields, opposite site of Dakota death 30 years ago.
Just Imagine!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Strummerville Calling

Thank-you, thank-you and thank-you to all the people who are busy organising benefits for us this month... your efforts on our behalf are truly appreciated
And thanks to everyone who has been supporting us by shopping at the on-line shop ... the Joe Strummer Christmas cards have been flying off the shelves
Been lots of action going on here at Strummerville... we are now in a new office down at the yard... and so happy to be out of the caravan – big thanks to Jason Mayall for making this possible, also huge thanks to Alan Pell and Stage Three Music who gave us all their furniture (especially the Tiki bar!!)
We also had our first Strummerville national tour in October thanks to the bands who played every night and everyone who came out to support them. You can see some of the tour footage on our Strummerville Sessions, which went out on Channel 4 last month [
We're delighted to be supporting The Lovebuzz project in Holloway which is a community based recording studio for under-privileged young people in N19 and looking forward to opening the music room at Tilinanu orphanage in Milawi in early 2011.
In terms of new music we have over-hauled our DIY platform. We have integrated with Soundcloud to help fans of our DIY bands to share their tracks online. Also we have a new Top 20 Download Chart, which will show the most downloaded tracks from the previous week, the chart re-sets each Monday.
We now have over of 200 bands who are involved and we are happy to announce that we have supported over 65 bands with recording and promoting records this year.
As always thanks for all the love.
Nice piece in the guardian yesterday

For further details see...

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Slimline Papas


Saturday 11 Dec, Slimline Papas live at theWhite Hart Metheringham.

Not to be missed.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Days of Dope & Hope - Willie Busted (Again)

Country legend and a bluecrow favourite, Willie Nelson was arrested on Friday morning during a stop by Border Patrol agents in Sierra Blanca, Texas allegedly in possession of 6 ounces of marijuana. Nelson had been traveling from California to Austin when his bus was stopped about 9 A.M. Border Agents found the marijuana on the bus and Nelson took responsibility for it.

Willie was taken to Hudspeth County Jail where he was booked on a misdemeanor and released on $2,500 bail. It is not known when he is due back in court.

Nelson has a long history with the law for marijuana and other drugs. In 2006, 1-1/2 pounds of grass was found on his tour bus along with hallucinogenic mushrooms. Back in January of this year, six members of his band and crew were arrested in North Carolina for moonshine and pot possession.
Just like the good old days eh?

Friday, 26 November 2010

Support Blues Guitarist Matt Schofield on Tour

Your chance to support blues guitarist Matt Schofield on tour!
Regarded as one of the most exciting blues guitarists to have emerged on the world scene for several decades, Matt Schofield was recently given the accolade of Guitarist Of The Year and his Heads, Tails & Aces CD is Album Of The Year by prestigious British Blues Awards.
And this is a chance for any budding blues bands out there to support him for one date on his next UK tour. To enter,visit Schofield's myspace page

For full story see...

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Old Nicks Tavern - Changes to December Gigs

There are a couple of changes to the December Music programme at Old Nick's Tavern Horncastle.
Friday 3rd December - Vinyl's NightA night of nostalgia played from original recordings from vinyl 33/45 records. Rock and pop time line.  Do you remember the golden days of Radio Caroline & Radio Luxembourg?? If you wish you can bring along your own singles or LPs or text a request on 07785794793.  8pm til late.

Saturday 18th December - The Rumble (Classic Blues/Rock) Old Nicks welcome back this 3 piece with over 100 years of gigging experience between them!! With so much experience they all agree that they just want to enjoy themselves and “play what the punters want”. They play a wide variety of rock, pop and blues from the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's.  9pm start. For full details of Old Nicks Programme see...
For full Lincolnshire Gig Guide see...

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Exhibition of Miles Davis Paintings to Open in London in December

Miles Davis - jazz legend, trumpet guru and dab hand with a pencil - spent the last decade of his life creating swathes of drawings and paintings that for the most part have been kept away from the public gaze. Until now...

A new exhibition at Gallery 27 in London's Mayfair will open on December 7 and is set to unveil his last remaining 100 original drawings and oil paintings.

Miles Davis London Exhibition: Original Paintings and Drawings by the Jazz Legend runs from Tuesday, December 7 to Saturday, December 11 at Gallery 27, 27 Cork Street, London W1S 3NG.

For further details see...

See Miles Davisperform 'So What' @...

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Albert "Little Smokey" Smothers Dies

Veteran Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Albert "Little Smokey" Smothers died last Saturday. He was 71.
Originally from Tchula, Mississippi, Smothers moved to Chicago as a teenager. Following the lead of his older brother, the late Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers, he learned guitar and was soon performing with such artists as Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter.
Smothers was known as a mentor to aspiring musicians, particularly guitarist Elvin Bishop and the late Paul Butterfield. Both men were students at the University of Chicago when they met Smothers and fell under his influence.
Smothers was featured as a sideman or band leader on at least six albums, beginning with George "Mojo" Buford's "Chicago Blues Summit" in 1981. His last released album, 2009's "Chicago Blues Buddies," was a compilation of his musical collaborations with Elvin Bishop.
Smothers was also a featured artist in Martin Scorsese's 1993 TV series, "The Blues.“
Hear Albert Smothers at...

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

BrickBeat Recording Studios - In The Heart Of Lincoln

Brickbeat opened October 2009 and is located in the centre of Lincoln with a number of hotels and guest houses nearby. They hold a selection of discounted contacts if you are booking in for a long session.
The operating system is built around a mixture of traditional analogue and modern digital technology with a 24 track Soundcraft 760 and a digital platform of Logic and MAC. Complimenting the 760 is a matching Soundcraft 800B - 32 Channel audio desk with the typical EQ that you would expect from a traditional Soundcraft board of this vintage. The software platform features Logic 8 running the latest software issue, along with the usual features plus additional plug-ins to complete the system.

Along with music recording BrickBeat also specialise in Voice-Over and spoken word projects, music development workshops and projects along with training packages in Interactive Media. These can either take place at the studio or your own site with their experienced facilitators who carry up to date CRB checks and work regularly with the local authorities, colleges and schools across the county.

If you are involved in film production and need to re-locate to another site to develop your audio recording and mixing of your project Brickbeat can also accommodate you. Using the pre and post production software including Final Cut Pro and Soundtrack Pro you will be able to compose and mix your audio soundtracks in a properly controlled studio environment.

BrickBeat Recording Studios
15 Danes Courtyard
For more details and bookings contact Brickbeat on 07920 557244 / 01522 878454
or email: 

Monday, 22 November 2010

Song Writers Donate Lyrics For Auction In Aid Of The Teenage Cancer Trust

PRS for Music, the organisation that collects and pays royalties to its 70,000 song-writing and composing members, launched an ambitious project to raise vital funds to help young people across the UK fight cancer.

Called 'The Art of the Song', the project asked for some of the UK's best songwriters and composers to donate hand written lyrics from their greatest hits to be auctioned off at
Bonhams in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Jim Kerr, Sir Tim Rice, Julian Lennon and Annie Lennox are just some of the famous songwriters that have penned original lyrics from their most famous hits exclusively for the campaign. As well as raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust the project hopes to create a lasting legacy of the music and song lyrics of our generation.

Those keen to purchase the pieces will have the chance to bid on lyrics including Sting's - Message in a Bottle, Duran Duran's - Girls on Film and Sir Tim Rice's ' 'Don't Cry for me Argentina'. Chris Rea has donated his original lyrics written for 'Road to Hell' famously penned on the M25.

Teenage Cancer Trust funds specialist teenage cancer units in NHS hospitals that are designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome. There are currently 17 of these units across the country, including three in Yorkshire. The charity plans to build a further 16 so that all young people needing hospital treatment for cancer across the UK have access to the dedicated, specialist support they provide. See

Teenage Cancer Trust has a strong music heritage. The charity's annual concerts have become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the British music calendar. Now into their tenth year, the concerts were the brainchild of Teenage Cancer Trust Patron and The Who front man Roger
Daltrey CBE. Each year, the shows have featured some of the world's biggest bands and artists.

The auction will take place at
Bonhams Knightsbridge on December 15th 2010 with items available to view from the PRS for Music site now!

For further information on the auction or to register interest please visit 

Levellers at Lincoln's Engine Shed

Levellers are to appear at the Engine Shed, Lincoln on Friday 6th March 2011. The leading British Folk/Punk outfit came to prominence in 1991 with their classic LP Levelling. To see the band's promotional video go to

Levellers will be supported by the Wonder Stuff

Time - Doors 7.00pm
Entry - Strictly 16 years and older
Tickets Price - £23.00 plus booking fee

Full details @

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Jamil Sheriff Big Band @ Lincoln Drill Hall

Music lovers, Don’t miss Sunday 5th December 8pm @ Lincoln Drill Hall
A 16-piece big band comprising 4 saxophones, 4 trombones,4 trumpets, piano, bass, guitar and drums.
New Jazz 5 always tries to bring something special to the Drill Hall to celebrate its final jazz gig of the year and this will be no exception! Featured in this band are the cream of Leeds based musicians with exciting soloists in every section. Lincoln Drill Hall don’t often get the opportunity to feature large jazz ensembles, so it will be particularly exciting to see 16 young jazz musicians blowing their hearts out on the Drill Hall stage!
‘..immaculate taste…soul and lyricism’ The Guardian
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions/£6 students)
01522 873894

Coffee Bar Cowboys Christmas CD

Coffee Bar Cowboys Christmas CD "Skiffling Chritmas"

The Coffee Bar Cowboys have a great four track Christmas CD entitled Skiffling Christmas for sale at just £3.00 (including postage)

If you or indeed, any of your loved ones, might be tempted to purchase a copy just email or call 07900 121820 and we will get back to you.

Track Listing...

1. Jingle Bells
2. I Traced Her Little Footprints In The Snow
3. Amazing Grace
4. Silent Night

Never mind Slade, Wizard, Cliff or Bing, get in he mood for Christmas with the Cowboys!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Foo Fighters, Kasabian to headline the Isle of Wight Festival

Foo Fighters are the latest act to be announced as headliners at the 2011 Isle of Wight Festival. The will join Kings of Leon, a reunited Pulp and Kasabian as headliners at the event. The Foo Fighters last played the festival in 2006.

The festival takes place between Friday 10th and Sunday 12th June 2011. Tickets are on sale now. A full camping ticket costs £175.00 and non camping passes are £150.00.

Foo Fighters will be appearing on Saturday June the 11th.

Full details at

Bands For Alchemy Festivals 2011 - Apply Now

If your band would like to be considered for a slot at one of the Alchemy festivals in 2011 then please send a cd to:
Toby Gordon
19 Silver st
DN38 6HS
Please also send a letter stating what you would require to play at Alchemy festival - If you need a fee please state what this would be - if you need expenses then please put a price to this - if you are willing to make your own way to Alchemy And play for your exposure only then please state this.
Please also state how many tickets you will require and the names of the people in the band. (If the line up in the band changes the deal may be off, please tell me if so and I can have a listen to the new band).
If possible please also list any upcoming gigs so can come see you play live.
Have plans to have 4 Alchemy festivals next year 3 x 500 people events and 1 x 3000 people event.
Dates are:
Easter weekend - this date may change.
June 3rd - 5th
A weekend end of Aug/begining of July
September 16th - 18th

Friday, 19 November 2010

Jimi Hendrix fly-on-the-wall documentary out next year

Exciting news for all Hendrix fans.
The NME report that a new Jimi Hendrix documentary trailing the late guitarist's two-night residency at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1969 is set to be released next year.
The film has been put together using footage of the shows plus material taken on his tour of Europe that year, according to his sister Janie Hendrix.
"There were about four cameras that followed Jimi and the guys around in Europe and filmed the two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall", she
For full details see...