Sunday, 30 January 2011

RIP Charlie Louvin; Unsung Hero of Country Music

Sad news for fans of the Louvin Brothers. The Boston Globe reports that Charlie Louvin, the last surviving brother, died Wednesday at 83 from complications of pancreatic cancer.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve no doubt heard the influence of the Louvins, who inspired generations of singers, from Emmylou Harris to Elvis Costello to Jeff Tweedy.

Full story at...
Boston Globe

See and hear the Louvin Brothers at…

Friday, 28 January 2011

Bob Marley and the Wailers; Live Forever!

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Enterprises and Tuff Gong Records team up to present B
This never before released 2 CD concert was recorded 30 years ago while Bob was touring in support of his famed album, Uprising. Live Forever features many of Bob's most cherished songs.
Live Forever also immortalizes his final concert, and the last song Bob ever performed in concert: his rally cry for equality, "Get Up Stand Up." Available on CD for the first time, unforgettable performances of "No Woman No Cry," "Jammin'" and "Is This Love," to name a few, appear on this incredible audio documentary depicting an innovator and inspiration to people of many generations
ob Marley & The Wailers ? Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Band From County Hell March Gig Guide.

Band From County Hell will be appearing at these venues in March.
5 March 2011 Fisher Theatre  Box office 01986 897130
16 March 2011 Chester University, Warrington Campus  ticket details to be announced 
17 March 2011 Lincoln Drill Hall  Box Office 01522 873894
18 March 2011 Woodland Waters  Tickets 01400 230888 caravans/camping available
19 March 2011 The Assembly Rooms, Leamington Spa
26 March 2001 The Axe & Cleaver, Boston  information 01205 367300

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Gregg Allman; Low Country Blues!

With a musical career that including a founding membership in one of the ’70s premier rock bands The Allman Brothers Band, countless accolades including a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a rocky road of personal problems and health issues, Gregg Allman is back with a new album, Low Country Blues. Wailing out a series of blues numbers like “Little By Little” and “Devil Got My Woman,” with Low Country Blues he pulls out all the stops.
Battling Hepatitis C and waiting for a liver transplant during the recording, Low Country Blues isn’t the music of a man looking into the abyss.
Low Country Blues was produced by T. Bone Burnett who has Produced stunning recordings like Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s Raising Sand and Willie Nelson’s Country Music.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Old Nicks Tavern, Horcastle; Amendment to February Gig List.

 There is a change to the Old Nicks Tavern, Horcastle, Gig List for February 12 as All Schools Are Strange have had to cancel.

Now Appearing are Riff Raff (Prehistoric Crunchy Rock) Old Nicks welcome back this brilliant rock covers band, playing covers from AC/DC, early Quo, Wishbone Ash, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd and all that kind of stuff. 9pm start

Old Nicks Tavern, (01507) 526862, 8 North Street, Horncastle. LN9 5DX 

Friday, 21 January 2011

Live @ Lincoln Drill Hall;

Essential and inspiring live music @ Lincoln Drill Hall.
For tickets phone
01522 873894
All press enquiries to…

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Old Nicks Tavern Horncastle February Gig List

Old Nicks Tavern, Horncastle, February Gig List.

Old Nicks Tavern,8 North Street, Horncastle, LN9 5DX

Tues 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd
Jam & Open Mic Night (Musicians come & join in – ALL genres welcome – backline provided). 8.30pm start.
Sat 5th  
Still Remains UK (Metal/Rock/Alternative) previously supporting Black Acid Souls as Black Rose, we welcome these guys back to play some of their originals plus a few covers. Their style is very much a cross between the older style metal and new, fantastic vocals and musicianship. This band will not disappoint.  9pm start
Sat 12th  
All Schools Are Strange (Rock/Blues/Progressive) Although inspired by Marc Bolan, they are NOT a Bolan tribute band, but do a couple of T-Rex covers, they play originals and covers from artists such as Bowie and Mott The Hoople. The musicianship is outstanding and the music incredible. 9pm start.
Wed 16th  
Al Hughes (Bluesy Based/Soul/Ragtime) Solo singer, songwriter touring from Scotland. Playing a wide variety of guitars, including a huge sounding, custom built, 12 string resonator. Al's music conjures up a variety of moods, from forceful and raucous to gentle and wistful. Comparisons have been made by more than one reviewer between Al and the late Rory Gallagher's acoustic playing and also to both Chris Smither and Townes Van Zandt.   9pm start.
Sat 19th  
The Paul Poulton Project (Rock/Funk/Blues) Old Nicks welcome back these guys who tour across the UK and the US with their own brand of rock, you'll get a whiff of blues with some deep meaningful lyrics to touch your soul, coupled with some modern funk. Musicianship comes high up their list of priorities!  9pm start.
Sat 26th
The Detuners (Punk/New World) This 4 piece Lincolnshire band focus on late 70's punk rock playing tracks by the likes of Generation X, The Damned, The Vibrators, Buzzcocks, Ramones, The Jam, Cock Sparrer, Ruts, 999 etc... and on occasions venture onto the New Wave side of the fence too.  9pm start

Saturday, 15 January 2011

R&B Legend Etta James Diagnosed With Leukaemia & Dementia; Family Feud Over Estate

Four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B vocalist Etta James is currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia and has been diagnosed with dementia while her family wrestle for control of her estate.

Details of the 72-year-old singer's condition surfaced during a rocky California court case finding her husband, Artis Mills, attempting to control more than $1 million James' estate.

According to the Associated Press, James' Beverly Hills physician, Dr. Elaine James revealed in court documents that the 'At Last' singer is unable to sign her name and needs assistance with feeding, dressing and hygiene.

In February 2008 the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee granted power of attorney to sons Donto and Sametto James, and Donto's wife, Christ.

While Etta's son is asking a third party to control her assets "to avoid present and future family conflict and discrepancies," a court hearing set for today (Jan. 14) in considering Mills' request to transfer James' assets to a joint account so that he can monitor her spending.
The legendary At Last singer, who has battled heroin addiction, has been out of the public eye since early 2010 when she was admitted to hospital.  She became ill while in a detox clinic for treatment to an addiction to painkillers and other medicines

Etta James - At Last

Friday, 14 January 2011

Catch a Hot Gig In Lincolnshire!!

Try to catch one of these gigs during the next couple of weeks.
Fri 21 Jan 8.30pm
Robin Auld
Tap and Spile, 21, Hungate, Lincoln, LN1 1ES
Sat 22 Jan 8.30pm
Slimline Papas
Hunters Leap, Oak Hill, Washingborough, LN4 1BA
Fri 28 Jan 8.30
Burn City Burn/Thunderhorse
Voodoo Lounge, 9a, North Street, Stamford, PE9 1EL
Fri 28 Jan 9pm
Old Nick’s Tavern, 8 North Street, Horncastle, LN9 5DX
Sat 29 Jan 8.30pm
Butler Family,
Adam and Eve, 25 Lindum Road, Lincoln, LN2 1NT
Wed 2 Feb
Fairport Convention
Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
Thu 3 Feb 7pm
National Youth Jazz Orchestra
South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1SS

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Crosby, Stills and Nash ditch label and producer

The Guardian reports today that after getting at least a third of the way through a comeback album, those strange old dudes and ageing hippies, Crosby, Stills and Nash have split with Columbia Records and producer Rick Rubin. Despite months spent working on a covers record, the rock legends were reportedly tired of delays – and Rubin's obsession with Kid Rock.

"We have amicably parted ways with both Rick Rubin and Columbia," the trio said. The problem was not musical vision, according to the Daily Express, but the slow pace of recording. Rubin, who is co-president of Columbia, had a panoply of production projects, including new albums by Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gogol Bordello. His work on Kid Rock's new LP, Born Free, was reportedly particularly galling to David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.

There were signs of friction between Rubin and the band in 2009. Though the group were excited to undergo the kind of reinvention Rubin engineered for Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond, it was already a laborious process. "We write down a list of songs we think are potentials, learn them, make up our version, and sing them for him," Crosby said. "He'll like maybe one out of eight." Despite recording songs such as James Taylor's You Can Close Your Eyes and Bob Dylan's Lady of the North Country, "it's a lot slower than it's ever taken us to do an album. Nash said last year. "It's hard to tell CSN what to do in the studio after almost 40, 50 years, but it's an interesting experience. We're certainly opening to listening to [Rick]."

The group's last studio album was Looking Forward, released in 1999.

MySpace Job Cuts

MySpace has announced that it's cutting around 500 jobs in a "significant organisational restructuring" - that will affect almost half its current global workforce.

The move will impact on its London HQ with the offices being reduced to skeleton staff.

The UK branch of MySpace of around 50 people will be swallowed by Fox Networks as part of a new partnership. 

MySpace CEO Mike Jones said the aim is to "retain a core dedicated international team to work with partners in order ensure users, content partners and advertisers continue to be served".

At its peak the site reigned supreme as the top social networking website,  but since then MySpace has been eclipsed by Facebook and has struggled to retain users since an overhaul of the site last year.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp bought MySpace for £370 million in 2005.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Billy Bragg: Major Labels Are Biggest Threat to Music

Songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg has hit out major record companies’ practise of seeking prosecution against those who download music from the internet, and has branded them the ‘biggest single threat to music’.
Bragg, who is a prominent member of the Artists Coalition, has been an outspoken critic of the campaigns against free downloading and, when asked by The Guardian what he feels is the biggest threat to music today, replied: “Major record labels, for persecuting young people who download music for free.”
“What they don’t understand is that they use downloads to sample stuff that they later buy. Can you see why I might not think it’s a good thing to arrest people for listening to my songs?”
Read more:live4ever

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Antonio Forcione Live @ Lincoln Drill Hall 12 Feb 8pm

Antonio Forcione        
Lincoln Drill Hall on Saturday 12th February 2011 at 8pm

Hailed as the 'Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar', award-winning Forcione is considered one of the most charismatic and inventive performers to come out of Europe in recent years. He breaks the mould of most conventional, popular guitar sounds be it in the field of jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian or improvised music. International tours have brought high critical acclaim from as far as Australia and Hong Kong to Russia, the Caribbean, USA and all over Europe.
His 16 albums have variously hit the top of UK and international jazz charts and he has shared the stage worldwide with some of the world’s most accomplished musicians, double-billing with artists such as John McLaughlin, John Schoffield and Leo Kotke.
Yes, playing live in Lincoln, Antonio is a class international act and the promotors are now pleased to announce that percussionist Dado will accompany him for the Lincoln gig which is also being filmed by Antonio's Record Lable.
Tickets are £16, Conc.£14, Students £8 available from Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office 01522 873894

See Antonio play ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ @...

Traditional Music Session.

Traditional Music Session with Liam Robinson at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Saturday 15 January 2 to 4pm
Friendly jam session, all welcome for tunes and a nice cup of tea. Entrance to the museum is free

Directions - Museum of lincolnshire life

Monday, 10 January 2011

Valentines Dance with Swingtime.

Fender launches American Special Jazz and Precision basses

Fender American Special bass guitarsTwo new US-built models heading to Anaheim NAMM 2011
PRESS RELEASE: Fender's two new American Special basses deliver the latest in US-built quality and value, with special features including a slim neck profile, high-gloss finish and the Fender Greasebucket tone circuit, which rolls off highs while maintaining low-end definition.

American Special Precision Bass

American special precision bass
The American Special Precision Bass also features an alder body and 'C'-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard (Black, Candy Apple Red models) or rosewood fretboard (Olympic White, Three-color Sunburst models) with medium jumbo frets, split single-coil alnico pickup, knurled chrome knobs, three-ply pickguard (black-white black on Candy Apple Red and Olympic White models; parchment on Black and Three-color Sunburst models), vintage-style bridge and strap buttons, and deluxe gig bag.

American Special Jazz Bass

American special jazz bass
The American Special Jazz Bass also features an alder body and 'C'-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard (Black, Candy Apple Red models) or rosewood fretboard (Olympic White, Three-color Sunburst models) with medium jumbo frets, single-coil alnico Jazz Bass pickups, vintage-style black plastic Jazz Bass knobs, three-ply pickguard (black-white black on Candy Apple Red and Olympic White models; parchment on Black and Three-color Sunburst models), vintage-style bridge and strap buttons, and deluxe gig bag.


American Special Precision Bass: £1,042.80
American Special Jazz Bass: £1,042.80

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Dangerous Art; Exhibition at Lincoln Art Works.

There will be an exhibition of` Dangerous Art` by up and coming Pop Artist` Josh Jackson `at Lincoln Art Works at 7 West Parade ,Lincoln,LN1 1NL. 01522 822224.

The exhibition called `Daft Punk` will be running from Tuesday 11th of January to Sunday 16th of January, Open every day from 10am until 3pm.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Rock Music Falls To A 50 Year Low

 MTV reports that 2010 wasn’t a good year for rock fans, as just three of the year’s top 100 singles were classified as rock.
It’s the poorest showing for rock music in 50 years in the UK. In 2009, 13 of the 100 biggest sellers were classified as rock; in 2008, it was 27.
And 2010’s top rock seller, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, was only there thanks to a pop remake. The track was originally released in 1981 and re-entered the charts after it was covered on Glee.
Not surprisingly, it’s hip-hop and R&B that are taking the market share, accounting for 47 of the year’s top 100 tracks. Forty hits were classified as pop, the remaining 10 were dance music.
Rock fared better on the album chart, with Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More album the year’s 10th best seller. Overall, rock albums made up 27 of the top 100.

See Mumford and Sons @...

Blues Legends Contribute to 100 Years of Robert Johnson Album

B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Honeyboy Edwards, Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside and Hubert Sumlin are part of a Robert Johnson tribute album set for release on February 1 in the USA by Ryko/Big Records.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters are behind the album, 100 Years of Robert Johnson, and tour and have named themselves the Big Head Blues Club – Todd Park Mohr (guitar, vocals), Rob Squires (bass), Brian Nevins (drums) and Jeremy Lawton (keyboards).

According to under cover fm producer Chris Goldsmith said the band worked hard to give Johnson’s music the respect it’s due. Mohr said: “In so many of the takes on Robert’s stuff, you don’t get the depth of emotion that’s in the lyrics and in Robert’s voice. That’s one thing that Chris and the band and my voice were able to bring to it. Chris had great ideas about how to represent the stuff, and all the musicians were just so good at what they did, the unique arrangements just came naturally."

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Gin House & Backstreet Blues Gigs for January

Gin House
Sat. 8th - New Inn @ Boston
Fri. 14th - Harbour Rooms @ Blakeney
Sat. 15th - The Wishing Well (formerly Becks Arms) @ Cherry Willingham
Backstreet Blues
Sat. 22th - White Lion @ Grantham
Fri. 28th - Rock Haven @ Lincoln
Sat. 29th - Black Bull @ Donington

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Robbie Robertson Set To Release New Album

The Guardian and Rolling Stone report that Robbie Robertson is to release his first album in 13 years. Although the LP includes three songs co-written by Eric Clapton, Robertson has clearly moved on from the Big Pink – How to Become Clairvoyant features appearences by Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor.
"The boys helped me out," Robertson told Rolling Stone. "I think I've written some really good songs, and ... it turned out quite extraordinary." Robertson, 67, released four solo albums between 1987 and 1998, long after the break-up of the Band. Now, almost 50 years after the group's first ramblings with Bob Dylan, Robertson has written This Is Where I Get Off, a song about his last days as the Band's guitarist and principal songwriter. Other tracks explore addiction, 60s idealism and "rock'n'roll's early reputation as the devil's music".
Clapton performs on six tracks, and there are cameos from Steve Winwood, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and Morello. Reznor appears on just one song, providing "additional textures", Robertson explained, to an instrumental called Madame X. "It's a really cinematic piece of music. I wanted Trent to contribute something, and he understood exactly
How to Become Clairvoyant is due out in April.

See Robbie Robertson, The Band and Eric Clapton at...

RIP Gerry Rafferty

RIP Gerry Rafferty, Songwriting Legend!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Strummin' Steve Jackson

Catch Strummin' Steve live at these venues...
The Write Note Session-Lincoln Central Library- Saturday 8th January 2011 noon-2pm. First date for 2011. All musicians & listeners welcome. 01522-824563
Strummin' Steve Jackson @ the Strugglers Lincoln. Sunday 9th January 2011. 01522-535023
Strummin' Steve Jackson @ St Mary Magdalene Church. Saturday 15th January 2011. 2pm-3pm. Proceeds to Church Roof Fund Appeal. plus Facebook/Twitter

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Johnny Cash Album Set To Be Released Soon.

NME report that a new Johnny Cash compilation featuring previously-unreleased demos and outtakes from his early career is set to be released next month.

'Bootlegs 2: From Memphis to Hollywood' is a two-CD set and will feature 11 demos and seven outtakes from the late singer's time at Sun records, reports also included will be non-album singles, b-sides and outtakes from his time at Columbia Records from 1958 to 1969.

The full tracklisting has not been released yet, but the compilation has a US release date of February 22. A UK release date has not been scheduled yet.