Friday, 1 May 2015
Robben Ford (vocals, guitar); Jim Cox (piano, organ); Brian Allen (upright bass, electric bass); Wes Little (drums, percussion)
Continuing his latter-day renaissance, Robben Ford widens his palette on Into the Sun. The very title suggests this 2015 album is bright and open, and it is. There's a nice, relaxed groove to this record as Ford plays as much Southern-fried soul and funky jazz as he does blues. All of these sounds intersect at Ford's sweet spot. He's a sly, versatile guitarist who can dip into a variety of styles without seeming like a dilettante, and on Into the Sun, that includes the lazy acoustic opener "Rose of Sharon," which finds its counterpart on "Justified," a backporch blues duet with Keb' Mo'. Other guests are here -- ZZ Ward shines on "Breath of Me," Warren Haynes spars on "High Heels and Throwing Things," Sonny Landreth shows up for "So Long 4 U" -- a sign of Ford's generosity. Then again, this wide array of players fit neatly into Ford's soulful style, which is unified by its love of rhythm & blues -- meaning both the groove and the long, yet unflashy, solos -- and open-hearted vibe. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
01. Rose of Sharon
02. Day of the Planets
03. Howlin' At The Moon
04. Rainbow Cover
05. Justified featuring Keb' Mo'/Robert Randolph
06. Breath of Me
07. High Heels And Throwing Things
08. Cause Of War
09. So Long 4 U
10. Same Train
11. Stone Cold Heave
Audio Fidelity To Release Guitar Innovator Michael Hedges “Aerial Boundaries” on Limited Edition 180gm Vinyl
Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing guitar innovator Michael Hedges critically acclaimed album Aerial Boundaries on limited edition 180gm vinyl! Aerial Boundaries is unquestionably one of the most groundbreaking albums in acoustic guitar history. This is the record that presented Michael Hedges to the world as the ultimate acoustic guitar visionary, stretching the limits of the instrument to accommodate his uncanny musical ideas. There are moments on the record where it seems impossible that so much music is coming from one man and his guitar. Rich in classical harmony and master of fast finger techniques, Hedges' tracks feature layer upon layer of musical complexity and every performance expands the dynamic range of the instrument.
The songs on Aerial Boundaries are all beautiful and haunting and it is this emphasis on composition over technique that makes this such an important recording. Stirring, complex compositions like “Rickover's Dream,” “Spare Change,” and an ingenious instrumental take of Neil Young's “After the Gold Rush” are on full display. He could be seductively quiet and suddenly explosive...slow or fast, timid or thunderous.
The liner notes on the 180g vinyl gatefold jacket assures the listener that the guitar is the origin for every sound heard...attacking his instrument, snapping strings, banging on the fingerboard with his right hand...Hedges has electronically manipulated some of the guitar sounds to an almost unrecognizable point, yet he still managed to create music of untarnished beauty.
“There was simply no one like him,” Bonnie Raitt said of Michael Hedges following his untimely death in 1997, “a very gifted performer, arranger and composer whose music sounded like nothing that had come before it." Boundaries remains the late composer-guitarist's seminal work, and its innovations in technique, tuning, tone, and intensity remain key texts in modern acoustic circles.
1. Aerial Boundaries
3. Rickover's Dream
4. The Ragamuffin
5. After the Gold Rush
6. Hot Type
7. Spare Change
9. The Magic Farmer
Produced by Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges, Steven Miller
Engineered by Steven Miller, Oliver Di Cicco, Bill Mueller, Michael Hedges
Mastered for this release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net
Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries
Steve Vai (vocals, guitar); Dave Weiner (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Deborah Henson-Conant (vocals, electric harp); Jeremy Colson (vocals, drums); Philip Bynoe (vocals).
Steve Vai's first album for Sony/Legacy is Stillness in Motion, a double-live set -- it's available as a two-CD/two-DVD package -- that captures the guitarist's October 12, 2012 concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. This is, for want of a better word, something of an extravaganza: 22 tracks over the course of 130 minutes, Vai dipping into nearly every phase of his career. He's as precise on-stage as he is in the studio, which may mean Stillness in Motion lacks the kinetic energy that is the hallmark of so many great live albums. What it has instead is fluidity: Vai and his backing band may specialize in pyrotechnics, but there's a grace to the playing on even the frenetic numbers, and that lyricism may be eye-opening to skeptics. To the converted, it is certainly a good reason to dive into this generous live set.
01 Intro/Racing the World
03 Band Intros
04 Building the Church
05 Tender Surrender
06 Gravity Storm
07 Weeping China Doll
08 John the Revelator
09 The Moon And I
10 The Animal
11 Whispering a Prayer
01 The Audience Is Listening
02 Rescue Me Or Bury Me
04 Treasure Island
05 Salamanders In the Sun
06 Pusa Road
08 The Ultra Zone
09 Build Me a Song L.A.
10 For the Love of God
11 Taurus Bulba
Working on some tapping sequences over this interesting chord progression! Hope you like! :)
Exotic Tapping Arpeggios by Julio Valle
Recorded by YURIY ASTAFYEV
Mixed & mastered by VALERIY STEPANOV
Cameramen: IVAN PEREKRYOSTOV and ALEKSANDR MENKOV
Video edited by VALERIY STEPANOV
PART 4 LIVE IN MOSCOW 2015 ALEX HUTCHINGS
Perri’s Launch ACDC, Guns N’ Roses & Pink Floyd Guitar Bags. Ontario, Canada, April 30th 2015 – Perri’s Leathers Limited are pleased to announce the launch of new officially licensed guitar bags featuring ACDC, Guns N’ Roses and Pink Floyd.
The ACDC licensed bag is based on the album that was their major career breakthrough, ‘Highway To Hell’. Like this album from the Grammy award winning Australian band, the guitar bag features the iconic picture of Angus Young in a trademark school uniform and devil horns.
Guns N’ Roses debut album, Appetite For Destruction, one of the world’s best selling albums, is the theme for the third guitar bag. Originally designed as a tattoo by Billy White Jnr, it depicts a cross and the skulls of the five members of the American rock band.
Completing the quartet, is the Pink Floyd bag based on the iconic artwork for the Dark Side of the Moon album. This internationally acclaimed, Grammy award winning British progressive rock band have become one of the most musically influential in history. Dark Side of the Moon is one of the world’s biggest selling albums making its graphics immediately recognisable.
Made from hard wearing 600D Nylon material, with foam padding and strong zippers these licensed guitar bags come designed for either acoustic, electric or bass guitars. They feature multiple pockets; strong reinforced handles and convenient back pack shoulder straps to make carrying easy.
To find out more about the licensed guitar bag range from Perri’s Leathers, and news of new ones coming soon, please visit http://perris.ca/store/
09 MAY UK, YEOVIL, YEOVIL BLUES FESTIVAL: TICKETS
10 MAY UK, ST IVES, ST IVES BLUES FESTIVAL: TICKETS
15 MAY BELGIUM, ZOTTEGEM, MORE BLUES FESTIVAL
16 MAY NL, BREDA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
17 MAY UK, LINCOLN, LINCOLN BLUES FESTIVAL: TICKETS
21 MAY GERMANY, REICHENBACH, DIE HALLE: TICKETS
22 MAY GERMANY, FARSLEBEN, BLUES IN DER SCHEUNE: TICKETS
23 MAY GERMANY, FURTH, NEW ORLEANS FESTIVAL
24 MAY GERMANY, HERZBERG, OPEN AIR BOTANISCHER GARTEN
04 JUL ITALY, FESTIVAL TBA
10 JUL POLAND, SUWALKI BLUES FESTIVAL: TICKETS
26 JUL UK, RAMBLIN MAN FAIR: TICKETS
**GREGG ALLMAN, SEASICK STEVE, RIVAL SONS & MORE**
22 AUG NL, BLUES FESTIVAL TBA
01 OCT UK, DERBY, THE FLOWERPOT: TICKET
02 OCT UK, NEWTOWN LE WILLOWS, TRUE BLUES CLUB: TICKETS
03 OCT UK, WHITBY BLUES FESTIVAL: TICKETS
04 OCT UK, BLACKBURN BLUES FESTIVAL: TICKETS
16 OCT UK, SEDGEFIELD, ROCK AND BLUES CLUB: TICKETS
17 OCT UK, BLUES FESTIVAL TBA
18 OCT UK, BLUES FESTIVAL TBA
21 OCT UK, NORWICH, THE WATERFRONT
22 OCT UK, CHISLEHURST, THE BEAVERWOOD CLUB
12 NOV UK, NEWBURY, ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE: TICKETS
13 NOV UK, ILFRACOMBE BLUES FESTIVAL: TICKETS
14 NOV UK, EBBW VALE, BEAUFORT THEATRE: TICKETS
15 NOV UK, WORTHING, WORTHING PIER
25 NOV GERMANY, MUNICH, GARAGE DELUXE
26 NOV GERMANY, STUTTGART, LABORATORIUM
27 NOV GERMANY, REMCHINGEN, KULTURHALLE
28 NOV GERMANY, SCHWERIN, DER SPEICHER
01 DEC GERMANY, BREMEN, MEISENFREI
02 DEC GERMANY, HAMBURG, DOWNTOWN BLUES CLUB
03 DEC GERMANY, EPPSTEIN, WUNDERBAR WIETE WELT
04 DEC AUSTRIA, HARD, KAMMGARN
05 DEC GERMANY, OBERHAUSEN, ZENTRUM ALTENBERG
06 DEC GERMANY, SALZGITTER, KNIESTEDTER KIRCHE
2.Ascension Ft. Gabriel Soares (Hagbard) 03:52
3.Space Battleship 31 05:06
4.Gliese 581-G 03:13
5.Stars Between Us 04:15
6.By Your Side 04:31
7.Escape Velocity 04:25
8.Sub-Orbital Love 04:32
10.Home Planet 03:02
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released 23 April 2015
A special thanks goes to my friends around the world who helped me making this album as well as guest artist who kindly accepted to play over it :D
Vocals and Lyrics on SG1,Ascension,Space Battleship 31 and By your Side by Ruan C. Elias.
Vocals and Lyrics on song Stars Between Us by April Gibson.
Bass Guitar by Kirill Konyaev
Guest solo on Ascension By Gabriel Soares from Hagbard
Composed,Performed,Mixed,Mastered and Produced by Vincenzo Avallone at Deep Water Recordings in 2014/2015.
THOMAS LANG ANNOUNCES ‘BIG DRUM BONANZA 2015
JULY 1st – 5th IN THOUSAND OAKS, CA
5-Day Music Education Camp Features Special Guest Instructors Including Thomas Lang,
Chad Wackerman, Gregg Bissonette, Matt Garstka, Rich Redmond and Gergo Borlai Among Others
(Los Angeles – 4/30/2015) Drummer/producer Thomas Lang (stOrk/Paul Gilbert), has announced the Big Drum Bonanza2015 (#BDB2015) July 1st – 5th at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, California. Drummers of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join Thomas Lang and his other special guest instructors including world-renowned drummersChad Wackerman (Frank Zappa/James Taylor); Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders); Gregg Bissonette, (Ringo Starr’s Allstar Band/David Lee Roth); Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean) and Gergo Borlai (Tribal Tech) among others for this exciting, 5-day music camp and educational experience.
Lang and his special guest teachers will lead daily schedules of intensive, hands-on drumming, master classes, Q&A sessions, performances, private lessons and much more in an exclusive setting that allows students to have maximum access to these acclaimed artists. Selling out in its first two years, the Big Drum Bonanza is fast-becoming the world’s premier multi-day drumming event.
Presented by MUSO Entertainment, the BDB 2014 boasts not only an incredibly diverse lineup of world-class drummers but features the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a VIP tour of the Drum Workshop factory as well as participate in camp activities including a live, talk show-style webcast held in the Drum Channel studios.
"This is our fourth Big Drum Bonanza and we are incredibly excited about this year’s line up,” says Lang. “We have some of the best and most innovative drummers in the world at this year’s event and we are proud to offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with and learn from some of the most acclaimed and talented drummers of our generation.”
Previous Big Drum Bonanza instructors have included: Virgil Donati, Chris Coleman, Derek Roddy, Aquiles Priester, Jeff Hamilton, Kenny Aronoff, Stanton Moore, George Kollias and Dave Elitch among others.
Big Drum Bonanza 2015 sponsors include: Guitar Center, Drum Workshop, Drumchannel.com, Meinl, Audix, Ahead Armor, Vic Firth, Aerodrums, Remo and Hansenfutz.