Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, songwriter, and legendary guitarist Dave Mason has been making music since the age of 18 when he teamed up with fellow England native Steve Winwood to form the band Traffic. Since then he has penned dozens of hits, and has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason has been performing to sold-out audiences for years and has sold millions of recordings worldwide.
Carlene Carter has always straddled the line between country and rock. Daughter of the legendary and beloved June Carter Cash and Country Music Hall of Famer Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of the enduring Johnny Cash, she is heir to one of the richest musical legacies of all time. Long known as a Nashville ‘wild child,’ the young Carlene Carter embarked on a series of ricochet romances, musical experiments, and headline-grabbing escapades that made her one of the most colorful characters in the country-rock pantheon. A stint in London resulted in marriage to rock star Nick Lowe and to her acclaimed 1980 album Musical Shapes, forerunner of a sound Nashville would come to embrace in the 1990s. When her ‘party girl’ era ended, Carlene returned to Nashville. In the mid- 80s, she joined her mother and aunts as a member of The Carter Family. Touring with the Johnny Cash Show, Carter embraced her country roots, and the prodigal daughter began to make her own records again, this time on Music Row. In the 1990s, she sailed to the top of the country charts with such jaunty tunes as the GRAMMY nominated ‘I Fell in Love,’ as well as ‘Come on Back,’ and ‘Every Little Thing.’
In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical ‘hero’ by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England. With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter. An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his own highly successful solo project. ‘It was very organic how it happened,’ says Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row). ‘He attended a couple of my shows near where he lives in Santa Barbara and the concert promoter put us in touch. I was stunned. I mean, THE Alan Parsons? We ended up having dinner before the show and he casually mentioned the idea of possibly working together on a project. It was a priceless opportunity I didn’t want to pass up – he’s a genius.’
Grammy-winning guitar legend ALBERT LEE first came to prominence during a 1964-68 stint in British Blues and R & B stalwarts Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds. After working in the UK bands for touring country acts such as Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis, Lee’s next full-time berth was two years with the UK answer to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Head , Hands, and Feet. His reputation grew and session work blossomed, including appearances on ‘The London Bo Diddley Sessions’ for Chess and Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘The London Sessions’. This and other work with U.S. based greats led to a permanent position in the Crickets, and by the time that ended Albert had long since made Southern California his home. There he became friendly with Don Everly, who had also settled in Southern California; they played regularly on a formal and informal basis, with Albert contributing to Don’s 1974 solo effort ‘Sunset Towers’. The move to California also led to work on sessions for the debut album of Jackson Browne. Lee joined Joe Cocker’s band in the mid 70s, a time that included recordings for the April 1976 release ‘Stingray’. From there A & M records signed Albert as an artist in his own right. The solo album’s completion was delayed by constant studio and touring work, primarily in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band; in 1976 Albert replaced James Burton when Burton left to continue work with Elvis Presley’s TCB band. The Emmylou Harris albums ‘Luxury Liner’ (Jan. 1977), ‘Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town’ (Jan. 1978) ‘Blue Kentucky Girl’ (April 1979), ‘Roses in the Snow’ (May 1980, recorded July 1979), and ‘Evangeline’ (Jan 1981, recorded 1978-80) all include Albert. He ended his touring tenure with the Hot Band to complete his solo album, and ‘Hiding’ was finally released in 1979. An invitation around the Christmas season in 1978 led to a five year adventure for Albert in Eric Clapton’s band. The live album ‘Just One Night’, recorded at Budokan in December 1979, was the first release (April 1980) to feature Albert. ‘Another Ticket’ (Feb. 1981), ‘Time Pieces Vol 2-Live in the 70s’ (1983), and ‘Money and Cigarettes’ (Feb. 1983) all were part of Albert’s tenure with Eric. His studio work in this period continued, including contributions to three albums by Rosanne Cash: 1979’s ‘Right or Wrong’, 1981’s ‘Seven Year Ache’, and 1982’s ‘Somewhere in the Stars’. Other sessions included work with Dave Edmunds, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Carlene Carter, and countless others. His solo efforts continued as well, with the self titled ‘Albert Lee’ in 1982, and instrumental releases on MCA- the acclaimed ‘Speechless’ (1986) and ‘Gagged But Not Bound’ (1987). When the Everly Brothers reunited on September 23, 1983 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Albert was on hand as guitarist and Musical Director. He continued in that role for over 20 years until the Brothers retired. An invitation in 1987 by steel guitarist Gerry Hogan for Albert to play his annual festival led to the formation of Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes, who remain an active touring force in the UK and Europe- and a recording force worldwide, with 7 albums to their credit. The DVD ‘Live at the Tivoli’ was released in 2011, and the new CD, ‘On the Town Tonight’ was released on February 14, 2012. Albert remains an occasional member of the Crickets, and tours regularly with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Sugar Hill records released Albert’s solo efforts ‘Heartbreak Hill’ in 2003 and ‘Road Runner’ in 2006. A summer 2011 jaunt with John Jorgenson prompted Albert to form his own U.S. band for the very first time. The Albert Lee Band includes John Thomas, aka ‘J.T’, on keyboards. J.T.’s musical resume includes 23 years with Bruce Hornsby, who graciously called John ‘the greatest keyboard player in the band.’ Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, Sparks, Tracy Chapman and a host of other have called upon John’s gifts. Bass player Will MacGregor’s credits are a testament to his wide-ranging talents, having worked with the likes of the Pretenders, Pat Boone, Exene Cervanka, and more. Jason Smith brings both the subtlety of jazz and pounding pulse of rock to his drum stylings. Among his many credits: his jazz trio released the celebrated ‘Tipping Point’ and ‘Think Like This’ CD’s , and on the rock side Jason toured with Five For Fighting, supporting the ‘America Town’ CD with it’s smash single ‘Superman (It’s Not Easy)’. With sellouts at McCabe’s in Santa Monica and the Theatre at the Musical Instrument Museum already in their rear view mirror, the newly minted Albert Lee Band is on tour in the United States in July and August 2012.
When we look closely at our world we observe the intricate, innate patterns woven into every aspect of our universe, from the pattern on a Zebra’s hide to the helix shape of our DNA. Like a big net holding us together, these patterns unite us, and like the complex physiology that forms us, they create the foundation of life.
For many these patterns have meaning beyond the physical; they create a bridge between the tangible and the spiritual. They transcend time, cultural differences, and geography. They form a spiritual backbone.
The three artists in the show, Abstraction: Pattern, Gesture, Spirit, create images inspired by the world’s physical, natural beauty as well as their spiritual desire to be part of something bigger than themselves. Not confined by what they see with their eyes, their art explores spaces that exist beyond our physical reality. Within these created spaces they hope to connect with what binds our lives together, what makes us one.
Current high bid is $225
Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Jimmy LaFave brings a passionate rock & roll energy to his original folk songs, whether he’s playing solo or with a band. LaFave grew up in Wills Point, east of Dallas, but at 17, his family moved to Stillwater, OK. When he was in his teens, his mother purchased his first guitar for him with green stamps. While Stillwater was not exactly bustling with musical activity, it wasn’t a ghost town either, and it was close enough to Tulsa that LaFave found all the opportunities he was seeking as a young singer/songwriter. The musical heritage of the area certainly was rich enough: folksinger Woody Guthrie, jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, and jazz fiddler Claude ‘Fiddler’ Williams, plus songwriter J.J. Cale and Leon Russell’s Shelter Studios. But to find a wider audience and, more importantly, a record deal, LaFave thought it would be worthwhile to move to Austin. He found both after moving to Austin in 1985, and he’s been based there ever since.
NEW BID = $185
Bidding deadline is July 24th.
Tonight at the Narrows, singer songwriter extraordinaire Jim Lauderdale. he has killer new record with Buddy Miller. Here is a great clip of a Robert hunter/ Jim Lauderdale composition.
New England’s favorite party band rips it up on a pre-Thanksgiving blow out. A great night to dance the blues away. They have sold out here last three Narrows shows and wowed the first Annual Block-a-Palooza crowd in downtown Fall River. This one will go fast.