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.