Monday, June 24, 2019

Mitch Ryder Invites Some Guests Along For His "Detroit Breakout!"

American soul artist Mitch Ryder is entering his fifth decade and decided to pay homage to his past by re-recording some rock classics with an all-star cast of friends. The new release titled "Detroit Breakout!" features fourteen tracks that Mitch Ryder has put his own stamp on with the help of  members of the MC5, New York Dolls and The Stooges, just to name a few.

Ryder kicks things off with his top 5 hit single "Devil With The Blue Dress" with help James Williamson on guitar. He keeps the party going with "Cool Jerk," featuring Wayne Kramer on guitar and Brian Auger on keyboards. Mitch Ryder also performs new, re-imagined covers of some of his favorites like The Standells' "Dirty Water" and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," made popular by The Monkees. The album is one big party with Mitch Ryder at the helm, as he breathes new life into Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and Sam Cooke's "Twistin' The Night Away." The album closes with The Isley Brothers' "Shout," as Ryder receives support from Linda Gail Lewis. Mitch Ryder's "Detroit Breakout!" is available on CD and on red-colored vinyl. For more information, please visit cleorecs.com

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Dave Matthews Band Continue Their Summer Tradition With A Stop At Hartford's Xfinity Theatre

Connecticut has become one of the favorite stops for the Dave Matthews Band, having played here three times in the last year, including Saturday night at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford. Their summer tours have always been a huge draw, going all the way back to the mid-nineties and has become the concert event of the summer for fans of Connecticut and the Northeast.

The nearly three-hour set began with the entire band jumping into "#41" (rumor was that this was the Dave Matthews Band's forty-first show in Hartford), which was highlighted by solos from guitarist Tim Reynolds and trumpeter Rashawn Ross. Watching the band lock in together on a jam is always a sight to behold. The band keep the energy flowing with early favorites "So Much To Say," "Too Much" and "Warehouse," which also featured an extended jam to close out the song. The Dave Matthews Band are also still promoting their latest studio release "Come Tomorrow," with performances of "Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)," "Do You Remember" and "She."

The audience exploded into cheers when the first notes of "Don't Drink The Water" rang from the speakers, before organist (and newest member) Buddy Strong brought the crowd to church with his solo during "Everyday." A huge grin was noticed on the face of Dave Matthews when the band played "Jimi Thing" and the audience sang the entire first verse and chorus of the song, before Matthews was even needed to join in. The song was one of the highlights of the set, as Tim and Buddy traded solos, before the horns of Rashawn Ross and Jeff Coffin joined in the fun. Then, the band played their only cover song of the evening, a condensed version of Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like An Eagle."

Drummer Carter Beauford got his moment with a short drum solo that began the country/rock of "Cornbread," which Tim Reynolds took to new heights with another amazing guitar solo. The Dave Matthews Band closed out their set with the fan favorite Pantala Naga Pampa/Repunzel," which only left the crowd wanting more.

The short, two-song encore began with the locomotion rhythm of "Two Step," which led into a raucous version of "Halloween." As the band exited for the evening, Dave Matthews stood at the front of the stage taking selfies with the audience members in the pit. This signaled the close of another great, memorable evening from one of the premier touring acts in the world, the Dave Matthews Band.

Setlist: #41, So Much To Say, Anyone Seen The Bridge, Too Much, You Never Know, Warehouse, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), Don't Drink The Water, The Space Between, So Right, Do You Remember, Seven, Everyday, Jimi Thing, Fly Like An Eagle, She, Corn Bread, Typical Situation, The Song That Jane Likes, Pantala Naga Pampa, Repunzel
Encore: Two Step, Halloween

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Discover Unreleased Treasures From Brothers Chip & Tony Kinman With New "Sounds Like Music" Release

Brothers Chip and Tony Kinman were members of some of the most influential underground bands of seventies, eighties and nineties. Omnivore Recordings has gathered twenty-two unreleased gems that the brothers have performed as members of The Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird and more recently as Cowboy Nation. The selections for this new release titled "Sounds Like Music" were chosen specifically by Chip Kinman to give a well-rounded view of the brothers work on the rising "cowpunk" scene.

After a short instrumental introduction, the compilation dives back to their earliest tracks "Folks Say Go" from The Dils. The quality of the recordings vary in quality, even though every track was remastered for this release. As the album continues with the brothers work in Blackbird, you can appreciate their experimentation on songs like "Liberation" and "Dope." The raw, punk-like fury of "Rank And File" and "Citizen" showcases one side of Chip and Tony's talents as members of the band, Rank And File. The new compilation closes with the wonderful sounds of "Old Paint" and "All The Same" from their late-eighties output from Blackbird. This new compilation will be released on June 28th through Omnivore Recordings. To find out more about "Sounds Like Music," please visit omnivorerecordings.com

Friday, June 21, 2019

New Live Release From Eagle Vision Finally Brings Us The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Bremen"

Arriving on June 21st from Eagle Vision is the live concert film (and soundtrack) from The Rolling Stones. The new release titled "Bridges To Bremen" features the band on the second leg of their hugely successful "Bridges To Babylon" world tour, performing a show in Bremen, Germany. The show was originally filmed and broadcast on European television and showcases the full touring force of The Rolling Stones in the nineties.

After kicking off the show with a couple of classics from their sixties catalog ("(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Let's Spend The Night Together"), The Stones mix in some deep cuts from their latest "Bridges To Babylon" album. The quality of the film is excellent and the cameras are right on stage next to Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood, but their are so many cutaways during a song that you start to loose track of what's going on.

This tour also featured the band's first permanent b-stage and the first time that the audience was able to select one of the songs to be performed that evening, which happened to be "Memory Motel." The b-stage was filmed nice and tight and allowed you to watch everyone feed off each other, as they performed classics like "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But It Like It)" and "You Got Me Rocking." Highlights of the show include watching Keith Richards and Ron Wood trading solo during "Symphony For The Devil" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

This new live show is a critical part of The Rolling Stones catalog and will be released in a number of different formats including a 2-CD/DVD set, 2-CD/Blu-ray set, a triple-vinyl set and in digital format. The DVD and Blu-ray both contain bonus tracks recorded in Chicago from earlier in the tour. To find out more about The Rolling Stones "Bridges To Bremen" release, please visit eagle-rock.com/stones-bridges-us.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

America Celebrates Their Hits With A New Deluxe Version Of "Live At The Palladium"

For 50 years, the British-American rock band, America have been entertaining audiences with such classic hits as "Tin Man," "Sister Goldenhair" and "Horse With No Name." In 2018, they recorded their concert at The Palladium in Worcester, MA for their latest release titled simply "Live At The Palladium." It showcases the band celebrating their anniversary by performing over twenty of the their most well-known songs like "You Can Do Magic" and "Daisy Jane."

The set is released as a double CD and DVD with a replica tour pass, 24-page full color booklet along with a numbered and signed certificate. America still sound amazing as they harmonize during the beautiful ballad "I Need You" and the California soft rock sound of "Ventura Highway." They can also still rock with the best of them, as displayed in "Cornwall Hollywood" and "Green House." America's strength still lies in the emotional harmonies of songs like "Only In Your Heart" and "Lonely People."

America has a bunch of live shows lined-up all throughout the summer. For a complete list of concert dates and to find out more about their latest release "Live At The Palladium," please visit venturahighway.com