I am Constantly on the lookout for those fabulous bands and individuals that I think need to be seen and heard.
While browsing on Reverbnation for music in need of some video magic, I found
After a little research and a lot of listening, I was able to put a video together I will share below.
One thing though, please watch it on youtube, if you like it comment and share it, spread the word.
Ask Ken to do more, become a superfan and a booster of this fine Blues man.
Soul Renegade, the first full-length album from guitarist/singer/songwriter Ken Valdez in nearly a decade. It takes the roadmap of the blues, crumples it up into a ball and unfurls it so the genre’s musical capitals all flow together seamlessly into one musical metropolis. From the Hill Country to Chicago, from the Delta down to Texas and every place between and far-flung, Valdez’s explosive fretwork coupled with his sweet, snarling vocals make for a treat for sounds of every corner of the blues world and beyond.
Valdez has been referred to as the “Best Kept Secret” by many in the music industry virtually since he burst onto the scene in the early 2000’s. The Santa Fe, NM born and bred guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer, who now calls Minneapolis home, has been turning heads for a decade and a half with versatility, raw talent and a true grit that impart a genuine realness into each of his songs. Collaborations with the likes of Doyle Bramhall II and Jonny Lang ensued (among many) and an invitation to join Mick Fleetwood’s band helped the Best Kept Secret’s reputation grow. He had become a household name of sorts within inner circles of recording studios and in the blues music community. A decade that saw thousands of shows and a literally millions of road miles was capped off in 2010 as Valdez and his band spent most of that year opening shows for the likes of artists Robin Trower and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. When he finally got off the road, production offers started rolling in and he found himself working almost continuously in the studio and behind the mixing console for three solid years with a wide range of artists from all sides of the musical spectrum. All along Ken kept honing his skills and writing chops, gradually amassing a treasure trove of material while working with artists and producers like Alana Davis, Jellybean Johnson, Andy Byrd and Paul Pesco to name a few.
After longtime friend and crew Delta Blues icon T-Model Ford took ill in 2012, forcing them off the road and effectively ending his career, Ken recorded Jack Daniel Time, a 5-song tribute EP to the legend whose entire profits went directly to T’s family; The album was released just before T’s death. Recording the EP reawakened the desire to record his own records and get back out on the road. “It’s time” he says. “I love the road and that’s just it! There is no substitute for actually going out there and doing it!” When he speaks about his new album, it’s hard for him to contain his excitement. “This record is the culmination of my past and my present. It also focuses on my future; from Santa Fe to Minneapolis and beyond. Not only is my band on it but I’ve got people like Chris Duarte, Eric Gales, Doyle Bramhall II, Curtis Salgado and even some of Prince’s NPG playing and even writing with me. I cannot be happier with the way Soul Renegade turned out!”
“BOTH SIDES OF THE SKY” COMPLETING THE TRILOGY STARTED WITH VALLEYS OF NEPTUNE AND PEOPLE, HELL AND ANGELS
December 7, 2017- New York, NY– On March 9?, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, proudly release Both Sides of the Sky, a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970—10 of which have never before been released. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180 gram audiophile vinyl 2LP.
Both Sides of the Sky is the third volume in a trilogy of albums intended to present the best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining in the music legend’s archive. Beginning with Valleys of Neptune (2010), which earned top ten sales rankings in fifteen countries (including a top position of #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart), followed by People, Hell and Angels (2013) which peaked on Billboard’s Top 100 album chart at #2. Billboard’s coveted number one singles ranking went to “Somewhere,” the album’s lead track and the legendary guitarist’s highest ever US singles chart achievement. This third release is anticipated to complete the spectacular recording event in epic fashion. “Since Experience Hendrix began its restoration of the Jimi Hendrix music catalog in 1997, our goal has been to present these important recordings to Jimi’s fans in the best possible quality. We are excited about achieving that. We’ve also been intent on generating album releases which present this amazing music in its proper context,” explains John McDermott, one of the album’s co-producers, together with Janie Hendrix and Eddie Kramer.
Recorded between January 1968 and February 1970, Jimi’s desire to push the boundaries of blues music can be heard throughout. Both Sides of the Sky additionally highlights Jimi’s mastery of studio production and his increasing use of these facilities as a proving ground for new sounds, material, and techniques. Many of the album’s tracks were recorded by the trio that would come to be known as Band of Gypsys: Jimi on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass, and Buddy Miles on drums. For their first-ever recording session on April 22, 1969, Hendrix turned to their shared musical root, delta blues. Their previously unreleased, uptempo reworking of Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” opens the album and sets the tempo for what follows. “Lover Man” was a favored Hendrix original and the guitarist was determined to realize a finished master. Previous attempts by the original Experience had yet to yield this for Hendrix but this December 1969 effort by the Band Of Gypsys — complete with its homage to the popular Batman theme song—was his strongest effort to date.
“Hear My Train A Comin’” features drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding from the original Jimi Hendrix Experience. This original blues composition had become a staple of Hendrix’s concerts. This previously unreleased April 1969 recording captured the furious power and dynamic tension that made the song so memorable. Previously unheard recordings of “Stepping Stone,” “Jungle,” “Cherokee Mist” (which features Hendrix on both electric guitar and sitar) as well as the January 1968 recording of “Sweet Angel” provide further highlights.
Both Sides of the Sky also features an assortment of notable guest musicians. Stephen Stills befriended Hendrix at the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. In September of 1969 Stills was invited to a Hendrix session at the Record Plant in New York. Stills burst into the session with a song Joni Mitchell had recently composed, titled “Woodstock.” Joined by Hendrix and Buddy Miles, the trio recorded this version first–months before Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released their popular rendition of Mitchell’s song. Stills would also contribute $20 Fine, an original song that featured Hendrix on multiple guitars, Mitchell on drums, Stills on organ and lead vocals and Duane Hitchings (Buddy Miles Express) on piano.
Another of the album’s unique band creations sees Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter on guitar, backed by Billy Cox and drummer Dallas Taylor of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. An excerpt of their rendition of Guitar Slim’s “Things I Used To Do” was initially heard as part of a 1990 nationally syndicated radio program and accompanying box set, but here it is presented in full, newly mixed by Eddie Kramer for Both Sides of The Sky. On “Georgia Blues,” Jimi is reunited with his old bandmate Lonnie Youngblood (vocals/sax) from his pre-fame days in Curtis Knight & The Squires. Briefly issued as part of the 2008 Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues series but out of print for nearly a decade, this special recording is once more available to Hendrix fans throughout the world on all audio formats.
Both Sides of the Sky was produced by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott, and Eddie Kramer. Kramer served as recording engineer on every Jimi Hendrix album made during the artist’s life. In order to preserve the integrity and continuity of the Hendrix legacy, this same team has produced every Jimi Hendrix audio and visual release since 1996.
Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. commented, “We have a growing commitment to preserve the legacy of Jimi and also to continue to give the worldwide family of Jimi fans quality releases. That’s what “Both Sides of The Sky reflects…our ongoing commitment. In a deeper sense, it’s the keeping of a promise. Jimi and I once made a promise to each other. He said he would take care of me and I told him I would take care him. Through his music and our preservation of his work, my brother and I honor one another. We are now in our third decade of watching over Jimi’s creative works and our resolve to maintain the integrity of what he left us has only grown stronger with time.”
That is also the purpose for Eddie Kramer’s involvement and his devotion to the project. He remarked, “Jimi’s true home was the studio, that’s where the music and the magic happened. He loved everything about recording and it’s been my distinct pleasure and an honor to play a part in that process both then and now.”
Both Sides of the Sky tracklist:
1) Mannish Boy*
2) Lover Man*
3) Hear My Train A Comin’*
4) Stepping Stone*
5) $20 Fine*+
6) Power Of Soul^
8) Things I Used to Do#
9) Georgia Blues++
10) Sweet Angel*
12) Send My Love To Linda*
13) Cherokee Mist*
^ Previously unavailable extended version
+Featuring Stephen Stills
#Featuring Johnny Winter
++Featuring Lonnie Youngblood
Produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C.
ABOUT LEGACY RECORDINGS
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world’s foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most significant musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Across a variety of platforms, the label has revolutionized the catalog market, offering contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.
ABOUT EXPERIENCE HENDRIX, L.L.C.
Founded by James ‘Al’ Hendrix, Jimi’s father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix has been run, since its inception, by the family members handpicked by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of their daily operations, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi’s timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.
A LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL – WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
New album with brand new orchestral arrangements of Roy’s classic tracks, backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and his sons and grandson on additional guitars and drums. Noted guitarist Robbie McIntosh (Pretenders / Paul McCartney) also adds new parts to all but four tracks. Continue below for full press release.
Oh, Pretty Woman *
Dream Baby +
Mean Woman Blues +
Only the Lonely
I Drove All Night **
You Got It
A Love So Beautiful **
Alex Orbison – Drums – tracks 4,6,9,10,13,15
Wesley Orbison – Guitars – 4
Roy Orbison Jr – Guitars – 4,6,10
Roy Orbison III – Guitar, Tambourine – 4
Robbie McIntosh – Guitars – all but 3,4,9 and 10
A LOVE SO BEAUTIFUL: ROY ORBISON WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 3 BY ROY’S BOYS AND LEGACY RECORDINGS
Album features soaring Orbison vocals with brand-new Royal Philharmonic orchestral accompaniment, plus additional instrumentation by Roy’s sons and grandson
David Redfern, courtesy of the Roy Orbison Estate
NEW YORK, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On November 3, A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be released by Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings in partnership with Roy’s Boys LLC, the Nashville-based company founded by the late icon’s sons to administer their father’s catalog and safeguard his legacy. Available on CD, vinyl LP and digital formats, this brand new album infuses Orbison’s best original vocal performances, consisting of hits and fan favorites such as “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Crying” and “Only the Lonely,” with the emotion and world class musicianship of the Royal Philharmonic, London’s most notable orchestra. In addition, Roy’s sons Wesley (guitar), Roy Jr. (guitar) and Alex (drums) provided instrumental backing on selected tracks, along with ten-month-old grandson Roy III (guitar, tambourine).
A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is available to pre-order on CD, vinyl, and digitally: https://orbison.lnk.to/ALSB
Alex Orbison, President of Roy’s Boys and the youngest of Roy Orbison’s sons, stated, “If ever there were a singer whose body of work benefits from a collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic it would be Roy Orbison. During the course of his career and after his passing it was constantly noted that his transcendent vocal ability made him something of an anomaly in the world of pop and rock and that, in another life, he would have taken the classical music/opera world by storm. Soon, we’ll all be able to experience that ‘life’ with the release of this project. It’s more than an album release, it’s the fulfillment of a prophecy in a very tangible way.”
The material covered on A Love So Beautiful is vast, ranging from his early-mid 60s material on the Monument label where he hit his first commercial peak (“In Dreams,” “Blue Angel,” “Crying,” “Dream Baby,” “I’m Hurtin’,” “It’s Over,” “Mean Woman Blues,” “Only the Lonely,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Love Hurts,” “Uptown”) up to his comeback in the late 80s before his untimely passing (“You Got It,” “I Drove All Night,” “A Love So Beautiful”).
A Love So Beautiful was produced by Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, who were also at the helm for the hugely successful albums If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestral component was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Studio 2, in London (every Beatles album from 1964 on), while Roy’s sons recorded their parts in Nashville at Black River Studios that was previously owned by their father.
David Redfern, Roy Orbison performing at Television House, Kingsway
Also out this fall is the first ever estate sanctioned Roy Orbison book, The Authorized Roy Orbison. Filled with hundreds of photographs, many never before seen, gathered from across the globe and uncovered from deep within the Orbison Vault, The Authorized Roy Orbison shows Roy as a young child and follows him all the way through to the peak of his stardom and up to his tragic end. Written by Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison – Roy’s Boys – with the help of Jeff Slate, no stone has been left unturned in order to illustrate the people, places, things and events that forged their father, the man behind those famous sunglasses.
A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra track list:
Oh, Pretty Woman*
Dream Baby +
Mean Woman Blues+
Only the Lonely
I Drove All Night**
You Got It
A Love So Beautiful**
*featuring Alex Orbison– drums; Wesley & Roy Jr.- guitars; Roy III- guitar, tambourine
+featuring Alex Orbison– drums; Roy Orbison Jr. – guitar
**featuring Alex Orbison– drums
Yes Virginia there is a Musicverse, and a Blogosphere struggling to gain speed against the Solar winds.
I had by now hoped to be launching more and more bloggers to help flesh out this blogosphere.
So far, each time I think things are taking off, the posts become inconsistent or stop all together.
I have also gotten rehashed album reviews that are not even timely.
I keep offering this platform as an extra informative and promotional space to anyone who has a need to inform or promote.
Venues, I want and need your press, events etc., just need an email and will repost as press release or event.
Ok I get it I ain’t the Rolling Stone
I do and will continue to support and promote anyone who shares content and information that benefits us all in the Musicverse.
As a producer with too many hats, I can’t advance and go forward without venue and musician support.
I truly thank those who support me on YouTube
and are beginning to support the blog.
A deeper wider collaboration is needed to advance everyone whose life is music.
Come join me in creating a Musicverse sharing army who will help create the most supportive music force known.
Pipe dream? I don’t think so.
I believe in people power, in light of our current political and cultural times, this is needed more than ever.
If we join together, we can put the neighbor back in the hood.
Music already has stepped up, time and time again to even do what the government can’t or won’t do.
We can also join together and do this for ourselves.
The vast amount of talent and knowledge out there is staggering.
Harnessed in one place, think what we all can do.
We can painlessly start by sharing video, and new songs, as well as press updates.
Got a brain full of helpful music info, share it in a blog while promoting and sharing your group and others.
Help plan and create new shows and venues that will take advantage of a great collaborative spirit we have here.
The goal of course is to bring Minnesota music and other discovered artists, to fan attention, keep everyone playing and help get their music to pay.
So I ask everyone to see what you have, and start the process.
Now, there is just a handshake involved, though, if I push your stuff hard, I want the same commitment.
Later if people power works the miracle I hope for, there will be funds for new resources, collaborative projects, and behind the scene staff as well.
That is my Holiday list and desire, I hope you contact me and we can bring everyone into the circle
Thanks for reading
Your Reluctant Blogger DEWGLASS
“LONG LIVE MUSIC” CAMPAIGN CELEBRATES THE CREATORS AND MOMENTS THAT HAVE SHAPED MUSIC’S LASTING LEGACY
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (NOV. 24, 2017) — The Recording Academy™ and creative partner TBWA\Chiat\Day LA have teamed up once again, this time to promote the milestone 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® with a dynamic campaign titled, “Long Live Music,” launching today. The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, and for the first time in 15 years, will be hosted live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The show will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 7:30 p.m. ET.
“Long Live Music” celebrates the iconic artists and those extraordinary musical moments that have not only left an indelible mark on popular culture, but also helped to define music’s enduring legacy.
The campaign features two television films and an out-of-home campaign that together highlight musicians whose legacies will live on for generations. The first film, “Critics,” debuts today during the CBS special “GRAMMYs® Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special,” and focuses on artists who have risen above mainstream criticism to become true icons. The second film, “They Said,” celebrates 60 years of once-in-a-lifetime GRAMMY® performances, defying critics who simply didn’t understand how their music would ripple through our collective consciousness. And finally, a series of out-of-home executions punctuate the campaign, featuring some of music’s biggest iconic stars, including Jay-Z, Keith Urban, and Lady Gaga.
“‘Long Live Music’ is an anthem, representing the idea that despite celebrating six decades of some of the greatest music ever recorded and performed, we are just getting started,” said Evan Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of the Recording Academy. “This year’s campaign isn’t simply about an award show. It is about honoring music’s ability to shape culture, and celebrating how music unites and inspires fans around the world and across generations.”
“This year is a milestone for music’s biggest stage and we knew it needed to be more than a celebration of today, but a celebration of where we’ve been and what is to come,” said TBWA Chiat\Day LA Chief Creative Officer Renato Fernandez. “Over the years we’ve seen that music can change, artists can evolve, but the root of what people love about music and the feeling it evokes in all of us never dies, and that incredible feeling is what this campaign aspires to honor.”
ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.
For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, “like” Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy’s social communities on Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.