Thursday, April 29, 2021

Check Out A Pair Of Live Releases From Alex Chilton and Bands Highlighting The Winston-Salem Sound

Arriving May 7th from Omnivore Recordings is a previously unreleased live recording title "Boogie Shoes: Live On Beale Street" by Big Star's Alex Chilton at the 1999 "Fredstock." This concert was a fundraiser for Fred Ford, who was the co-founder of Memphis' Beale Street Music Festival, shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer. One of the headliners of "Fredstock" was Memphis legend Alex Chilton, who agreed to perform, but did not have a band at the moment. So, backing up Chilton on this live recording is the iconic Hi-Rhythm Section, who have performed with other legends like Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner and Ann Peebles. This new ten-song set finds Alex Chilton performing some famous cover songs like "Kansas City," "Lucille" and "Maybelline." He begins the set with the soulful swagger of "Boogie Shoes" and the rhythm & blues vibe of "Precious, Precious," as Chilton takes his spot as the bandleader. The sound of  the blues flow through Chilton and the band as they perform a roaring version of "Big Boss Man" and then slow down for steady, safe version of "Where Did Our Love Go." Alex Chilton and the Hi-Rhythm Section finish the show with a jamming, seven-minute version of "Hey Josephine," highlighted by the amazing horn section, along with a final glimpse of this pairing, performing "Trying To Live My Life Without You." To find out more about this new, previously unreleased live album from Alex Chilton, please visit

Another Omnivore Recordings release on the horizon features the one, and only show from 2018 highlighting the bands that have inspired the roots of indie-rock from the Winston-Salem music scene. The new release titled "Yesterday's Tomorrow: Celebrating The Winston-Salem Sound" features 22-tracks from some local legendary artists like Rittenhouse Square, Little Diesel, The Royal Opposition and The Love Valets. The show was performed on May 18, 2018 and kicks off with the raw, punk-rock approach of "Hot Smoke & Sassafras" by Rittenhouse Square and the pre-grunge, garage rock of "Retilian Disaster" from The Love Valets. Lyn Blakey and Mitch Easter lead The Royal Opposition through the sixties vibe of "Room With A View," while Little Diesel brings back the New Wave sound of "Hollywood Swinging." Don Dixon joins in on the fun, performing a cover of The Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" and the blues romp of "Think" with The Royal Opposition. The Rittenhouse Square return with the nostalgic sounds of "Like Wow" and "King Battle Of The Bands," as the show heads toward the finish line. Another local band, Sneakers show up with pop/rock delivery of "Ruby," before the show closes with the party anthem "Good Time" performed by Sacred Irony, along with the the psychedelic rock of "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)," originally released by The Electric Prunes. To find out more about this new release "Yesterday's Tomorrow: Celebrating The Winston-Salem Sound," please visit

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