Sisters of Slide perform on Friday, February 3rd!

Heralded as “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists,” Rory Block has committed herself to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it back to life. Dobro, steel guitar and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollar has an unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo. Continue reading

Kinky Friedman 4/12/17

Yep, renowned raconteur and Governor Of The Heart Of Texas Kinky Friedman has been resurrected.  And he’s hitting the road to prove it.  The legendary outlaw country singer/songwriter, novelist and Texas Jewboy’s latest cd, The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A Records/Thirty Tigers), mixing originals with interpretations of the music of his greatest contemporaries, is a hit.  It has received rave reviews across the board, making it Kinky’s best and most popular release ever.  Yes, the Kinkster has been resurrected.
The Resurrected Tour tour starts in mid-April and will continue to the middle of May.  Kinky will be performing with his uber sideman, Joe Cirotti.  Kinky’s cd producer, Brian Molnar will be opening the show.  Kinkster’s long time pal, Brian Kanof, will be auctioning off bottles (first half of the tour only) of Man In Black Tequila (which is co-owned by Brian, Kinky and a third party) to benefit Kinky’s award-winning animal rescue group Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.
Nobody could invent a character quite like Kinky Friedman, the stogie-waving, black-hat-wearing Texas Jewboy singer, storyteller, tequila purveyor, animal rescuer and full-time iconoclast.
But what he hadn’t done in 39 years was write brand new songs and record a new studio album around them. Friedman’s The Loneliest Man I Ever Met, has to have been one of the longest-awaited follow-ups in recent memory. Not that fans have complained; the continued popularity of tunes such as Sold American, Nashville Casualty and Life and Ride ’Em Jewboy (the Holocaust-referencing song that soothed Nelson Mandela in prison) prove Kinky is that rare talent whose work withstands the test of time. Friedman still delivers those songs — interspersed with his inimitable blend of politically incorrect quips, jokes and tales both tall and true — to appreciative audiences around the world.
And new chapters of Kinky’s fable life are just around the corner – literally.  Coming soon from Backbeat Books will be Mary Lou Sullivan’s comprehensive Kinky bio (holy cow: 450+ pages!) and a brand new book by Kinky about Bob Dylan, which is not so much a biography as a group of “tales from the Bob.”  To top it off, Kinky has nearly a dozen more brand new tunes for a follow up cd.  There are simply more sentiments he needs to express — his own and those of what country music was all about, according to Kinky, before it came “homogenized and trivialized and sanitized.”
Railing against such perceived evils — whether cultural, political, social or in any other realm of human experience — is one of Friedman’s favorite pastimes, which is why he calls Warren Zevon’s My Shit’s Fucked Up possibly that album’s most important song. The late Zevon wrote it as a commentary on his own failing health, but Friedman finds it a perfect allegory for the current state of world affairs. As a man who has traveled much of the planet, quotes Winston Churchill, and calls two presidents pals, he’s in a position to know.
And on tour Kinky will be, traveling from village to village, perhaps proving the truth of resurrection itself, definitely railing against evil.  Upon his return from the road, Kinky will dive into that next cd recording project.  To be titled Zoey, it should be available in late 2017.  “Maybe I’ll just have to stick with songwriting,” he says, stifling a sigh.

Savoy Brown 5/13/17

Savoy Brown is hitting new heights after 50 continuous years of touring and more than 5,000 concerts from Albert Hall to the Fillmore East and West and back at Vegetable Buddies!  As one of the architects of the British Blues Movement, leader Kim Simmonds never takes anything for granted.  “Savoy Brown is a very musical band,” Simmonds says.   “We’re not comparing ourselves to others.   Continue reading

The Smithereens 4/24/18

Best known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop that inspired countless alternative rockers including Kurt Cobain, The Smithereens gained popularity with “11” the album the spawned the hits “A Girl Like You,” “Blood and Roses” & “Blue Period.” “2011” their first album of new material in 12 years. Produced by Don Dixon (who helmed “Especially For You,” the group’s breakout debut) features 13 new tracks and finds the seminal New Jersey rockers picking up right where they left off: with irresistibly catchy hooks and rapturously fuzzed-out guitars. Continue reading

An Evening with Y&T 5/2/17

Back by popular demand! Born in Oakland, CA, Y&T is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s own innovators of the hard rock sound. Featuring heavy grooves, powerful guitars and strong melodies, the band shows their versatility, delivering a range of high energy rockers, mid-tempo head-bangers, modern rock grooves, majestic ballads, and signature Y&T rock anthems. Continue reading

Sisters of Slide 2/3/17

Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.” Continue reading

Bettye LaVette 1/27/17

Three time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette was born Betty Jo Haskin on January 29,1946 in Muskegon, Michigan. Bettye is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Continue reading

Matt Andersen 3/10/17

Matt Andersen has been enthralling audiences with his one­-of­-a­kind performance in North America, Europe and Australia for years. Earlier this fall, the award winning artist once again de­camped from his New Brunswick home – this time to record his upcoming album. Produced in New York with Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRS­One), H​onest Man follows up the JUNO Award nominated W​eightless​and sees the songwriter pushing himself into new territory. Blessed with a rich gospel soul voice and armed with a new set of songs, Matt Andersen found a perfect partner in crime with Commissioner Gordon. Continue reading