360 (AWB)- Hamish Stuart, Molly Duncan and Steve Ferrone

360 is a complete return to the soul/funk roots of Hamish Stuart, Molly Duncan and Steve Ferrone: iconic members of The Average White Band.


The new record is a phenomenal homage to the band members’ origins. Between them, they have created and played on numerous stand-out projects, and have amassed a following as some of the greatest soul and funk musicians of all time.

Recorded live in the studio, the chemistry between the players is undeniable when listening to the tracks. If you’re an AWB fan, or a fan of the genre, this is not to be missed.

Due to be released in limited edition copies signed by the band, on 180g 12″ Vinyl and CD in September, the album is available from 3Ms Music to pre-order now. I ordered my copy 😉

Laura Nyro Interpretations

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My appreciation for the beauty of original songwriters sometimes arrives through the stylistic interpretation of other artists.

A singer and songwriter that I  treasure is Laura Nyro. I have written about her artistic impact several times on this music blog. This morning I happened upon a soulful music blog post, “Remembering Laura Nyro” by Richard Williams. It put me in touch with jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs.

Billy Childs

Billy Childs received a Grammy award for Best Arrangement Instrumental and Vocals for the choice, “New York Tendaberry”. The track features cellist Yo-Yo Ma, classical soprano Renee Fleming and Billy on piano.

Map To The Treasure, Reimagining Laura Nyro is a polished work. I like that Billy Childs and Larry Klein were painstaking in their choices of Laura Nyro’s songs. The album delves into classic hits and deeper tracks. Its a smart contrast that enhances the listener’s knowledge of Laura Nyro’s genius.

The Christine Spero Group

I discovered The Christine Spero Group by hyperlink very close after reading Richard William’s blog post. I was reviewing Steve Katz’s tour dates when I noticed that Steve Katz would be joining Christine Spero at My Father’s Place (Page One Restaurant) on Glen Cove, Long Island to perform the music of Laura Nyro on Friday April 10, 2015.

I thought about the Blood, Sweat and Tears album and their interpretation of Laura Nyro’s “And When I Die”. I had my synchronicity.

“Christine Spero and I shared a bill at the new Towne Crier in Beacon NY. I knew that Christine was doing a tribute to my old friend Laura Nyro, but I wasn’t prepared for just how amazing Christine’s performance turned out to be. She was able to channel Laura with all the feeling and intelligence that the music warranted, but, at the same time, made Laura’s music her own. A delightful evening all around – one that I hope will be repeated often.”  – Steve Katz

Janis Joplin – The Pearl Sessions

Yesterday would have been Janis Joplin‘s 69th birthday. Legacy Recordings took that opportunity to announce they will be repackaging a newly curated definitive two-disc edition of Joplin’s final studio album The Pearl Sessions. It contains newly discovered studio outtakes, live performances and other sonic rarities. It is due to be available on April 17, 2012.

The Pearl Sessions brings together, for the first time in one package, the original mono versions of the album’s 45s alongside the original LP tracks as well as the revelatory newly discovered alternate versions, outtakes and vocal takes of Pearl‘s classic tracks.

The Pearl Sessions includes newly discovered recordings of Janis in the studio, joking with producer Paul A. Rothchild and her Full Tilt Boogie bandmates as they work through what would become an essential part of Janis Joplin’s core catalog. Paul A. Rothchild is best known as the producer of the first five albums by The Doors. He also produced LPs and singles for John SebastianJoni MitchellNeil YoungTom PaxtonTom RushThe Paul Butterfield Blues BandThe Lovin’ Spoonful,Tim BuckleyLove, and Rhinoceros.


Disc One of The Pearl Sessions includes the original album as well as the original mono singles from the album.

Disc Two is a collection of behind-the-scenes recordings illuminating the Pearl sessions with highlights and insights revealed in candid studio dialogue, song demos and alternate takes including nine previously unissued tracks.

Pre-Order Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968 CDColumbia/Legacy Recordings recently announced the release of Live at the Carousel Ballroom 1968, a previously unavailable live concert recording of Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, recorded June 23, 1968 by legendary sound man Owsley Stanley, a/k/a “Bear,” who supervised the mastering of this release before his fatal car accident on March 12, 2011, in his adopted homeland of Australia. Dedicated to Bear, the album will be released on March 13, 2012, marking the one-year anniversary of his passing.

The Pearl Sessions Track List:

Disc One

The Pearl Album
Move Over
Cry Baby
A Woman Left Lonely
Half Moon
Buried Alive In The Blues
My Baby
Me and Bobby McGee
Mercedes Benz
Trust Me
Get It While You Can
Bonus Tracks – The Mono Single Masters
Me and Bobby McGee
Half Moon
Cry Baby
Get It While You Can
Move Over
A Woman Left Lonely

Disc 2 – The Pearl Sessions & more…

Overheard in the Studio…
Get It While You Can (Take 3) (Previously unissued)
Overheard in the Studio…
Get It While You Can (Take 5) (Previously unissued)
Overheard in the Studio…
Move Over (Take 6) (Previously unissued)
Move Over (Take 13) (Previously unissued)
Move Over (Take 17) (Previously unissued)
Me and Bobby McGee (Demo version)
Me and Bobby McGee (Take 5 – Alternate – Previously unissued)
Cry Baby (Alternate version)
A Woman Left Lonely (Alternate vocal)
Overheard in the Studio…
My Baby (Alternate take) (Previously unissued)
Overheard in the Studio…
Get It While You Can (Take 3) (Previously unissued)
My Baby (Alternate take)
Pearl (Instrumental) – Full Tilt Boogie Band
Tell Mama (Live – June 28, 1970 – Toronto)

Blue-Eyed Soul, Average White Band

I identify with blue-eyed soul music being white, soulful and having blue eyes 😉

No one knows what it’s like

To be the bad man

To be the sad man

Behind blue eyes

Average White Band represents blue-eyed soul music with a strong emphasis on Scottish funk and rhythm & blues.  They will be the opening act tonight for Tower of Power at the Klein. I am so digging this concert bill. Just try to keep me in my seat 😉

AWB has created some of the catchiest, hip shaking songs ever recorded starting with “Pick Up The Pieces” in 1974. The opening guitar strum played through a Leslie speaker system hooks you immediately. It is quickly followed by horns that pop then a bass line that grabs you  and never let’s go until the end of the song. Just try to stay still when it plays. Looking back I see it is listed as a Top 10 disco hit but you’ll never, evah convince me this song is disco., NFW 😉

Get down with it, like this audience in St. Martin does…



After we pick up the pieces, we’ll be cutting that cake 😉