Rachel Brooke’s new album, “A Killer’s Dream” shows her progression as an artist, and it’s a joy to be a part of as a fan. I still think everyone needs to own her Demos. They are simply a woman and her guitar and it is perfection. With a base so strong, she can only go up. This album wonderfully showcases her progression as a songwriter, instrumentalist, and band member. She collaborates with Viva le Vox (love them!) and I get the feeling they were like kids in a candy store picking and choosing all the instruments heard on this album. It’s old blues and bobby socks.
19 Dec 2012 1 Comment
06 Sep 2012 3 Comments
in Music Tags: Assjack, Black Eyed Vermillion, Blake Clayton, Bob Wayne, Calamity Cubes, Cousin Wildweed, Dave Dowda, Don Maddox, Dr. Ralph Stanley, entertainment, Gary Lindsey, Husky Burnette, IBWIP, J.B. Beverley, James Hand, James Hunnicutt, James Leg, Jayke Orvis, Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band, Joe Buck, Joe Huber, Joshua Black Wilkins, Kara Clark, Last False Hope, LC Ulmer, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lone Wolf OMB, Lonesome Liz, Mark Porkchop Holder, Muddy Roots, Pearls Mahone, Possessed By Paul James, Rachel Brooke, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Robert Belfour, Sciccormen, Soda Gardocki, Ted Drozdowski, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Dad Horse Experience, travel, vacation, Valerie June, Viva le Vox, Wayne Hancock
Again, I have receipts, notes, stickers, phone photos and videos, and somehow they tell the Muddy Roots story. The stink from my luggage of mud, sweat, and moonshine was enough to keep airport security from thoroughly searching my bag after they found my stash of Gatorade in the side pocket.
This year was about extremes. There were extremely high points and extremely low points. For instance, I, and everyone else, still have not recovered from Possessed by Paul James’s cancellation. I can only shudder to think what must have happened to keep him from us. I send him my best wishes and good luck. That said, DAMN! Eeeeveryone was looking forward to his set. And my personal loss on not seeing Black Eyed Vermillion on stage 3, or anywhere on the grounds. I’ve had a fan crush on Gary Lindsey since he bled and screamed for me back in the AssJack days. Plus, I want to hear his version of the Tom Waits interview.
There were many high points as well. There were sets that melted my face off. James Leg. Scissormen. Dad Horse Experience. Husky Burnette. Lone Wolf. They all KILLED it. But the man who gave me my Muddy Roots religious experience was Dr. Ralph Stanley. Holy moly. Not a dry eye under that tent. I’ll get to all this in a few…
10 Jul 2011 3 Comments
in Gigs I'm Going to See, Music Tags: Art Adams Band ( Rockabilly Hall of Fame), Black Jake and the Carnies, Bob Wayne, Burlesque Le Moustache, Calamity Cubes, Cashman, Cletus Got Shot, Country Music Hall of Fame artist Don Maddox of the Maddox Brothers and Rose, Cutthroat Shamrock, Davy Jay Sparrow and His Well KNown Drifters, Derek Hoke, Goddamn Gallows, Graham Lindsey, Hans Condor, Hellbillies, Hellbound Glory, Hellfire Revival, Highlonesome, Hillbilly Casino, James Hunnicutt, Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band, JB Beverley & The Wayward Drifters, Joshua Black Wilkins, Last False Hope, Left Lane Cruiser, Liquorbox, Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadors, Mark Porkchop Holder, McDougall, Muddy Roots, O’Death, Owen Mays, Peculiar Pretzelmen, Porter Hall Tennessee, Possessed By Paul James, Rachel Brooke, Rev Deadeye, Ronnie Hymes, Scissormen, Sean Wheeler (Throwrag) y Zander Schloss ( Circle Jerks), Slim Chance and the Can't Hardly Playboys, Smokestack & the Foothill Fury, Soda, Spinderellas (Hula Hoop act), Ten Foot Pole Cats, The Dirt Daubers, The Dirt Scab Band, The Harmed Brothers, The Hogslop Stringband, The Krank Daddies, The Legendary Shack Shakers, The Perreze Farm, Thomas Maupin (Champion buck dancer) and Daniel Rothwell., Viva le Vox, Wanda Jackson (Rock n Roll Hall of Fame), Wayne Hancock, Whiskey Folk Ramblers
THIS is the music festival for you if you’re sitting there thinking (a) “I liked country music back when Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings ruled the roost, but what I see on CMT gives me a rash.” or (b) “I was weaned on rock and punk but I also have a Johnny Cash t-shirt.”
It’s during Labor Day weekend in Cookeville, TN (right outside Nashville). There’s camping, hot showers, and they’ll even set up a tent for you to rent. Or, if you’re a city slicker like me, the hotel down the road is $46 pp per night. (All the info is on their website)
And the music. Holy bunches of greatness, the music. The amazing Wanda Jackson is the big cheese, along with Don Maddox and Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers are headlining. I’m looking forward to seeing every other band just as much. Nobody beats the voice of Wayne ‘the train’ Hancock or the pure energy of Possessed by Paul James. I could ramble on an on with my music nerd obsessions here but suffice to say if you’re wondering what’s going on in underground country, this is our Woodstock. So be there, ’cause it’s gonna be great!
11 Jun 2010 Leave a comment
in Brooklyn, Gigs I Wanna See, Gigs I'm Going to See, Music Tags: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Carole King, Central Park, Central Park Summerstage, Ebony Bones, Good Morning America, James Taylor, Jayke Orvis, Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours, Mary J. Blige, Prospect Park Bandshell, Public Assembly, Rumsey Playfield, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Southpaw, Talib Kweli, The Bell House, The Goddamn Gallows, The Roots, The Today Show, Viva le Vox, Wayne the Train Hancock
Sunday, May 23rd 10 PM = Wayne the Train Hancock @ Public Assembly
Saturday, June 5th 4 PM = Ebony Bones @ Central Park Summer Stage
Sunday, June 6th 8 PM = Ebony Bones @ Southpaw
Friday, June 18th 7 AM = Carole King and James Taylor @ The Today Show
Friday, June 25th 8 PM = Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours @ Public Assembly
Friday, July 2nd 7 AM = Mary J. Blige @ GMA Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Saturday, July 10th 12 PM = Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival @ Tobacco Warehouse (BK Bridge)
Saturday, July 10th 8 PM = The Goddamn Gallows @ The Bell House’s Annual Psychobilly Luau
Sunday, July 11th 3 PM = The Roots with Talib Kweli @ The Prospect Park Bandshell
Monday, July 12th 7:30 PM = George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Wingate Field
Friday, July 23rd 8 PM = Viva le Vox @ Southpaw