Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Tickets are still available here. Check out Ryan's website and Facebook for more info. Knoxville's own The Black Lillies, featuring Cruz Contreras as well as Jamie Cook from the Everybodyfields, will be opening the show. Make sure to get there early to catch these guys too! They are making quite a name for themselves as of late. Check out the Black Lillies on Facebook here.
Enjoy "The Weary Kind" below:
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This is one of the best "music films" that has ever been made. It's a classic country-song-turned-into-a-film about livin' hard and the inevitable downward spiral, and then the journey to overcome personal demons for a chance at redemption...and it's fantastic. Trust me. I don't really push movies alot, but the combination of the music, the story, the cast and the acting/playing/singing make this film the real deal.
Just go get it. Or rent it. Or however you choose to view films.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Recording Academy®
493 South Main Street • Memphis, TN 38103
For Immediate Release
THE RECORDING ACADEMY ® MEMPHIS CHAPTER TO HOST
GRAMMY® GPS: A ROADMAP FOR TODAY'S MUSIC BIZ
Music Industry Professionals Gather At An All-Day Conference To Provide Newcomers Tools To Succeed In Today's Market, Keynote Address By Mark Montgomery
MEMPHIS, Tenn., (March 24, 2010) — The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter will present GRAMMY® GPS: A Roadmap For Today's Music Biz on Friday, April 16 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Playhouse on the Square, 66 South Cooper St. The all-day professional development conference will feature a keynote address by co-founder of echomusic and current entrepreneur-in-residence at Claritas Capital Mark Montgomery and a plethora of music business professionals from artists to producers, mangers to songwriters.
"The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter has long been dedicated to offering quality professional development programs for artists, labels and managers in the region, and GRAMMY GPS is one of the many initiatives we offer," said Jon Hornyak, Senior Executive Director of the Memphis Chapter. "There are many talented and creative professionals who are already well on their way to a career in the business but need that extra guidance and our conference will provide them just that, incredible access to industry insiders and a roadmap to the business."
GRAMMY GPS: A Roadmap For Today's Music Biz will include GRAMMY-winning producers, engineers, songwriters and music industry executives. The conference will educate up-and-coming artists, producers and managers about the twists and turns they can encounter in today's music business and provide the necessary tools to success. The all-day conference will bring newcomers face-to-face with key music industry experts while they learn valuable skills to help them navigate the ever-changing industry.
Over the past 15 years, keynote speaker Montgomery has worked with hundreds of entertainment and corporate clients, including Sony, Kanye West, Keith Urban, RIM/Blackberry, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Best Buy, Gnarls Barkley, Rascal Flatts and General Motors. He is a pioneer in the e-commerce and business-to-consumer marketing arena. Montgomery co-founded echomusic, a company focused on building communities around entertainment brands, and was the co-creator of the patented platform echotools, a direct-to-consumer delivery and data management system, which ultimately grew to serve millions of users and distribute hundreds of millions of pages, data feeds and e-commerce transitions. The company was sold in 2007 to IAC/Ticketmaster. For more information about Montgomery, visit www.hellomarko.com.
Confirmed panelists include producer/engineer/film composer and Memphis Chapter President Scott Bomar, Blind Raccoon PR president Betsie Brown, Hip-Hop for Hope founder and director Ben Brubaker, Ardent Music Label representative Joseph Davis, music sales director for Paste Media Group Nate Douglas, GRAMMY-winning engineer (Timbaland) Jimmy Douglass, director of youth programs at Tipitina’s Foundation Erin Frankenheimer, Century Wealth Management president Jay Healy, producer (Yo Gotti) Hot Rod, Downtown Music Publishing vice president of creative services Jedd Katrancha, chief connector/industry conduit at Foundation Music Group Wayne Leeloy, film/TV licensing at Whizbang Adam McCants, LimeWire director of partner relations and marketing Tom Monday, artist manager/agent (Terrance Simien) and Memphis Chapter Trustee Cynthia Simien, director of legal & business affairs at IODA digital distribution Pierce Stacy, vice president of A&R for Capitol Records Kim Stephens, 615 Music Company president Randy Wachtler, GRAMMY-nominated songwriter (Jamie Foxx) Nate Walka, ASCAP membership representative Jesse Willoughby and producer and member of Timbaland’s production team (Jamie Foxx, Diddy) Wizz Dumb. More panelists will be announced shortly.
GRAMMY GPS: A Roadmap For Today's Music Biz Press Release
Seminar topics offered during the all-day conference include "Are You The Next Big Thing?"; "Rock And Urban Demo Critiques"; "FretWorks: Guitar Tips From The Masters"; "Lights, Camera, Soundtrack: Music & Film"; "Laying It Down: Anatomy Of A Beat"; "From The Stage To Your Web Page: Direct-To-Fan And Internet Marketing"; "Supply & Demand: The Basics Of Distribution"; "What's Your Music Worth To You? Music Licensing For A New Era"; "Passion To Profession: How To Break Into The Biz"; and "The Dream Team: Artist Personnel." Sign-up stations for ASCAP, BMI, the Memphis Music Foundation and The Recording Academy will be available throughout the day. Also, attending artists will have the opportunity to perform in between panels.
Attendees can register up until the day of the event, but reservations by Monday, April 5 are encouraged. Conference admission for the general public is $40, and the event is free for Recording Academy and GRAMMY U® members. The event will be followed by GRAMMY GPS Fest at the Hi-Tone Café at 1913 Poplar Ave. Admission to the Fest is free for conference attendees and $10 for the general public.
On Thursday, April 15, The Recording Academy also will present an opening party for the conference at 7 p.m. at the Warehouse at 36 East G.E. Patterson Ave., with performances by regional independent artists. The opening party is only open to Recording Academy members and pre-registered conference attendees.
For more information about GRAMMY GPS, please contact the Memphis Chapter at 901.525.1340 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.grammy.com/memphis.
About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter, founded in 1973, nourishes the region's music scene by developing local pride in its rich musical heritage as well as creating opportunities to help independent music makers and emerging artists. The Chapter represents music professionals from New Orleans and Lafayette, La., to all of Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
SDB: First of all, are Brian and Roy alright after their mugging and Roy's broken jaw? What happened and where?
Ben: Random kids running the streets picking fights with or sucker punching random people. Roy got hit and then a half hour later Brian ran into the same kids. It wasn't really a mugging it was simply asshole kids. About seven of them. One would punch a person on the street and the rest would scatter and run. Could've happened anywhere.
SDB: Y'all just played what seems to be your annual trip to SXSW. How were the shows? Were you able to catch anyone that we need to know about that we may not know about now?
Ben: We played five shows in two days and all of them were really good. We had the horns with us and it was a lot of fun. A pain in the ass but a lot of fun.
SDB: What's the 2010 plan for Lucero after these tour dates (including Coachella and Bonnaroo)? Any ideas or details for the next album yet?
Ben: We haven't started writing the next album yet. Haven't really had a chance to catch my breath since 1372 came out. Hopefully I'll have a little time later this summer. Probably not though... I have a feeling we're going to be on tour most of this year.
SDB: Lucero added an unmistakable Springsteen-ian-like sound with the addition of Rick Steff's keys and accordion on 2006's "Rebels, Renegades and Sworn Brothers". Last year, y'all released your 6th and major label debut "1372 Overton Park" to rave reviews and best-of lists everywhere, including my list here. How and why did the addition of the horns come about, and how does it help further Lucero's sound? What's different with a major label versus before?
Ben: All labels are really about the same. None of them want to spend any money. All of them want to own your recordings. Big or small the only difference is how much red tape you have to go through to get the same things accomplished. Touring constantly year in and year out is the only way I know to actually sell a few records. There's no easy route for a band like us. You've gotta put in the work. The horns came about because we are lucky enough to live in a city like Memphis that has a ton of great musicians in it. John C. knew Jim Spake and Jim was kind enough to put some horn parts on a couple of demo songs. We thought it was amazing and the rest of the record got shaped around that Memphis Soul idea.
SDB: How did y'all's home base of Memphis affect the musical interests of you and the rest of the group when y'all were forming back in the day? How did the town react to your sound, especially a town known for its soul, R&B and of course, rock and roll...obviously it affected "1372..." ?
Ben: Like I said there are a lot of talented musicians in Memphis. We always came from a more punk rock, self-taught, it-doesn't-matter-if-you-can't-play-guitar-write-songs-anyways approach. But over the years getting to meet and work with guys like Rick Steff and Jim Spake has really helped shape the band into something bigger. Folks around town seem to be receptive enough. Hell we're not really home enough to know what the hometown thinks.
SDB: Ben, tell us about your first solo album, Last Pale Light in the West. It is not a totally new sound and vibe as far as the album goes, but it feels like a natural progression and a logical progression in sound for a solo record. (Oh, and it's really good too...it was on my best-of 2009 list as well!) Last Pale Light sounds like it could, and should be, the soundtrack to a spaghetti western film. Did you have that in mind when you were recording it, or was that even a thought to you? What does the album sound like to you? A buddy of mine described it to me before I heard it as "just a good ol' drinkin' record"...I replied, "Well, isn't that a Lucero record?"
Ben: It's supposed to have a western feel. It is based on a book Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. The book takes place in Mexico around 1849. So the record is supposed to have an older sound to it.
SDB: Before "1372 Overton Park", it seemed like y'all put out an album every year or every other year or so. How have y'all been so consistent with your music over these years, but have re-invented your "sound" over and over as it keeps getting better and better?
Ben: I think we're learning how to record a better record. The songwriting is what I think makes the band consistent. I think I'm still writing the same kinds of songs that I did when the band started, hopefully writing better, but they are still coming from the same place.
SDB: Tell us about the "$5 Cover" program that took place a couple of summers ago in Memphis with director Craig Brewer (of Hustle & Flow fame). What's the back story, the current story and what's going on with "$5 Cover" moving forward? How can we see the installments of the series, and how can we see the Lucero episode?
Ben: It's all on the internet. It was made for the internet actually. Craig wanted to do a psuedo-reality show about the local Memphis music scene. I think they're working with different directors in different cities now making new episodes.
SDB: Who do we need to know about that is coming out of the Memphis scene now that we should look into, so we can say that Ben Nichols told us so before they were big?
Ben: All the bands we toured with last fall are from Memphis. Cedric Burnside & Lightnin Malcom are great. The Dirty Streets. Everybody on that tour was good.
SDB: Just a couple more questions for you...
SDB: Do you have a favorite song that you've written? If so why and is it the same as your favorite one to play live?
Ben: Nope. I like some better than others but there's not really a favorite.
SDB: Is there a song out there that you love that you didn't write and wish you had?
Ben: A ton of them.
SDB: What are 5 artists/records that you've been digging on lately that you might suggest to our readers? Or a few records from 2009 that we need to know about?
Ben: Glossary, Joey Kneiser's solo record, The American Princes, Cedric & Malcom, Josh Ritter
SDB: Who else/what are some of your biggest influences, and what did you take from them?
Ben: There's a lot of influences too. Tom Waits, Shane MacGowan, Paul Westerberg, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, the same one's as every songwriter.
SDB: My fellow blogger "Davy Vegas" and I have a theory that the single greatest sound on the face of the earth is that of a well-played steel guitar. Being that you are well versed in many genres, and have been playing lately with the great Todd Beene of Glossary, and you are an obvious fan of the "old sound", is this a theory you can support or do you have other thoughts on the subject?
Ben: I don't think I believe in a "single greatest" anything. Todd Beene is pretty awesome though.
SDB: Glossary is now on y'all's label "Liberty and Lament". How did this come along? Their record from last fall Feral Fall is great by the way.
Ben: We had a distribution deal through our manager. That's basically what Liberty & Lament is and that's how we put out some of our old cds. It's a damn shame no record label will give Glossary the kind of deal they deserve so we figured we'd try to at least help get Feral Fire out there a little bit.
SDB: Ok, this is it-- My dream show of all dream shows is Lucero, Glossary and Drive-By Truckers. What's the chance of that ever happening in Knoxville, or nearby at least? I'd like to think that this show was my idea, as Lenore Kinder (who was featured in your Dreaming in America dvd) and I discussed this show lineup as far back as 2003...so I'd like to take some ownership in the show if it were to ever happen! Please make it so.
Ben: We'll see.
Knoxville is looking forward to the return of Lucero to Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria on Friday night. Tickets are available now or at the door. The show is being presented by WUTK 90.3 The Funhouse.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Last month, on Valentine's Day as a matter fact, the Drive-By Truckers rolled their rock show into Knoxville to the Bijou Theatre. The Truckers are currently touring in promotion and preparation of their upcoming release this week of their tenth studio album, The Big To-Do.
We caught up with Patterson Hood, the long hauler and lead Trucker, to discuss the new album, a summer tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a few bands that we all need to know about.
Saints Don't Bother: How would you describe the newest album The Big To-Do (your first release on ATO Records) to your older fans that have been listening for a while and to those newer fans that aren't as familiar with the progression and history of the band and album flow? In short- how does TBT-D lineup in comparison to the previous albums and to further the sound and 'agenda' of the Truckers?
Patterson Hood: It's probably a bit more concise and Rocking than some of our later records. Definitely more melodic, a little more attention paid to musical structuring. I think it's a really good sounding record sonically, definitely our best sounding record. I'm very proud of the songs and the way we played them. All of our records have been recorded more or less live in the studio and this one isn't an exception, but the band is really playing great right now.
SDB: Right off the bat, before a note is even heard on DBT albums, y'all have some of the most interesting song/album titles ("The Wig He Made Her Wear", "The Flying Wallendas", The Big To-Do ). Are your titles a conscious part of songwriting and putting the album together, or are they after thoughts that just seem to really compliment the songs/albums nicely?
the album's title before most of the songs on it.
SDB: What's your favorite track on The Big To-Do and why?
SDB: The DBTs are touring with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers this summer (one of my all time faves, and the most under-rated American rock musician). How did this come about? Did it have anything to do with your cover of his song "Rebels" (it's one of my favorites) on last year's rarities and b-sides collection The Fine Print? Why, of all of his songs, did y'all pick that one? How did he respond to y'all wanting to cover it and to the finished product?
SDB: Y'all were in Knoxville a couple weeks back on Valentine's Day, and played one of the better shows I've seen from y'all in some time. Is there a different approach to tours with a new album to promote, is there something we don't know or is everything really clicking right now? I would say it must be that y'all are well-rested, but 2009 was one of the busier years of recent past with Booker T's album and tour, your solo album, a dvd, a movie soundtrack that was shot just outside of here in Knoxville, a little bit of regular touring, etc...what else did I miss? What's different than a year ago? Two years ago?
SDB: I see that y'all have several projects and another album this year, so 2010 doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. What can we expect for this year from the DBTs?
SDB: Couple more things- What are 5 bands, acts, groups or singers that you are digging now that we all need to know about?
SDB: What excites you the most about this year professionally and personally?
Again, you can pick up The Big To-Do on Tuesday at your local (preferably, but not mandatory) independent record store. In the meantime, you can listen to The Big To-Do online at the DBT myspace page and download Patterson's favorite song on the record, "Birthday Boy", at the DBT page. Also, tickets are on sale now for the Truckers' summer tour dates with and without Tom Petty here, which include nearby shows in Lexington, Asheville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Memphis and Cincinnati (with Tom Petty).
Here is a list of The Big To-Do listening parties. Go listen to the new album with other fans this week and see what you think...and make some new Trucker friends.
Download the DBT's cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Rebels".
Also, the DBT appeared on Letterman on Friday night. If you missed it, you can see it here:
What do you think about the new album? Let me know! As Patterson says, "See ya at the rock show!"
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
One big miss of note, is this. Steve Wildsmith of Blount County's The Daily Times asked me to contribute my Top 10 of the 2009, and I was glad to do it. I was even more appreciate that he reached out to me and asked me about my thoughts!
Thanks Steve- I appreciate it!
Here's my Best of 2009 List:
1. Justin Townes Earle, "Midnight at the Movies"
2. Lucero, "1372 Overton Park"
3. Patterson Hood, "Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs)"
4. Avett Brothers, "I and Love and You"
5. Them Crooked Vultures, self-titled
6. Levon Helm, "Electric Dirt"
7. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, self-titled
8. Wilco, "Wilco (The Album)"
9. Son Volt, "American Central Dust"
10. Pearl Jam, "Backspacer"
Honorable mentions: Drivin' N Cryin,' "The Great American Bubble Factory" ... Joey Kneiser (of Glossary), "The All-Night Bedroom Revival" (You can get it for free at http://www.glossary.us) ... Ben Nichols (of Lucero), "The Last Pale Light in the West" (good draaankin' music)
Go get these now if you don't have them already!
It helps to be motivated sometimes...and to be motivated by the reason that this blog was started...music. Rock and Roll to be specific, but any music will do, as long as it meets my standards and and has my seal of approval.
Which brings me to last night's events at the Bijou Theatre here in Knoxville. The Drive-By Truckers returned to Knoxville for the first time since January 2009...and they were long overdue. Let's see, what's happened since they were here? They put out a Grammy-winning album with Booker T. and played Bonnaroo (and a tour) with him, released a rarities album, a live dvd/cd from Austin, made a documentary, Patterson released his long-awaited second solo album and contributed songs to another unrelated movie, and much more I'm sure.
Oh, and they have a new album due out next month (more to come on that later though) with their new label ATO Records.
So the DBTs played the Bijou for the first time, and of course didn't disappoint, even showcasing more than a handful of new tracks off the upcoming album. You can see the set list here, but a few highlights (read: rarities) to me and our crew were: Women Without Whiskey, The Company I Keep, 18 Wheels of Love and 72 (This Highway's Mean). Other favorites were Zip City, The Living Bubba, Sink Hole and A World of Hurt (which we discussed and believe that we've never actually heard that live...)
Being that several new songs were played, and I haven't been on top of things as much as I have in the past, I was unfamiliar with the lot of them except for This Fucking Job, thanks to the local college station WUTK. As with many Truckers' songs, it sometimes takes a few listens to really start to hear their songs...especially when the first time is live, it's loud, it's exciting and a few too many beers have been consumed already to be a stickler for all the details and nuances of the new songs. That's why they make albums, folks, so we can sit and home and dissect them in the comfort and privacy, as well as the sanctity and solitude, of our homes, or headphones, or wherever you do your "study-listenin'" at.
I'm not gonna bore you too much more with anymore details...but I have to be honest: this show renewed my faith in the DBTs, and here's how and why. With all their side projects and movies, and solo records, and staff changes in the last couple of years, I was beginning to be concerned about the direction of the band...and if their heart was still in it, as well as the fire of previous years (2001-2005/06). Their focus hadn't been there on the songs as much as the albums in the years mentioned, and the shows just seemed like they were becoming just another night at the office...which is bound to happen to everyone sooner or later. Being such a big fan and follower since 1999, I was hoping that maybe I was just being paranoid about my guys (and gal). After the show (actually, about four or five songs into it), I realized it was just me. They were out there with smiles on their faces and fires on their asses. And it showed, thankfully.
My only complaint, however, was that I wish my pictures turned out better from our amazing Statler and Waldorf seats in the box overlooking Cooley and Shonna. My camera is new to me, and I'm still working out the kinks (i.e. operator errors...if you know anything about a Nikon D80, holler at me). Needless to say, pictures aren't good, memory is fuzzy...hazy at best, and we had a great time. Once again, all is right with the world....sounds like a Truckers show to me.
I guess their giant has woken up too...but I doubt that it was ever asleep.
I think I was.
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