Stay Open to the Night

The beauty of true music gems is that they wait patiently for listeners in the cloud to be found and cherished.

I enjoy exercising to Apple Music on my iPhone in search of such buried treasures. Yesterday  my heart struck gold with Charles Lloyd & The Marvels + Lucinda Williams, Vanished Gardens (Released 6/29/18). The divining rod was a Rolling Stone piece about their recent Newport Jazz Festival performance.

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Vanished Gardens is the second album by Charles Lloyd & The Marvels. I play their first album,  I Long To See You often having  witnessed this nucleus live at Jazz at Lincoln Center in early 2016.

The Marvels consist of Bill Frisell on guitar, Reuben Rodgers, bass, Greg Leisz, pedal steel guitar and Eric Harland, drums.

Struck by the natural co-operation of Charles Lloyd and Lucinda Williams + The Marvels, reveling in their cohesiveness. Smiling further as each track was more eclectic than the previous. Vanished Gardens totally breaks new ground.

As Charles Lloyd says in his video conversation with Lucinda and Don Was,

“Stay Open to the Night”

Wolf Bros.

Bob Weir will perform the Grateful Dead catalog as a new trio called Wolf Bros which includes Weir, RatDog drummer Jay Lane and bassist/producer Don Was. The announcement of this new project and tour come on the heels of the news that Dead & Company‘s upcoming performances at LOCKN’will be the band’s final shows of 2018.

Weir says, “Wolf Bros is something that really took its roots back in the spring of 2015 when Don Was came up to TRI and helped us piece together Dead & Company. For a while now I’ve been itchin’ to explore our songs in a trio setting. An upright bass, my acoustic or electric guitar and a drummer. We did some rehearsals this past spring and it was big fun—and that’s the whole idea. We were kickin’ around Dead songs as well as tunes from my back pages. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna have a big adventure with this…”

Wolf Bros Tour Dates

October 16 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort
October 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
October 20 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
October 22 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
October 23 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
October 24 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
October 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @
Delta Hall at Eccles Theater
October 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
October 29 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
October 31 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
November 5 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
November 6 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
November 8 – Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
November 9 & 10 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
November 12 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
November 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
November 16 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
November 18 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

Dan Aykroyd Launches Blues Brothers Record Label

This is one Mission from God I support fully! What a public service for dedicated blues enthusiasts like myself. I am pumped to say the least.

Billboard Magazine reports that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s widow Judy are starting Blues Brothers Records through an A&R and distribution arrangement with Blue Note Records.

The new record label is dedicated to development of blues artists. Blue Note Records President Don Was will be handling A&R duties for Blues Brothers Records, Judy Belushi will be the creative director and Blues Brothers manager Eric Gardner will run the administrative side of the label.

I respect the thought process given to the multi-prong distribution strategy. 1) The label’s music will be distributed by Capitol Music Group’s Blue Note Records.

2) Using BluesMobile to help tell, sell and promote the artists and their music. Elwood’s BluesMobile is the syndicated radio show Aykroyd has hosted for 22 years. A radio show I was completely unaware of until today.

3) Once the roster is large enough to produce a revue-style show, the Blues Brothers Records team envisions the artists traveling as a road show to Live Nation’s House of Blues. Aykroyd was one of the founders of the venue.

According to Billboard, still performing with Jim Belushi as the Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd hopes the label can generate new audiences for blues and vintage R&B the way Briefcase Full of Blues did in 1978 when it reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 3 million copies shipped.

No Pier Pressure – Brian Wilson

I love the double entendre implied in the album title by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. The first meaning I readily see is that Brian Wilson’s album, No Pier Pressure means “No peer pressure” from his cousin Mike Love or Bruce Johnston. The songs on No Pier Pressure were written and designed for continuing The Beach Boys 50 Year Anniversary band. The split between Brian, Al Jardine and David Marks with Mike Love is clearly evident. Just like Brian Wilson I have animosity with Love and Johnston for heading back out on the road as The Beach Boys without Brian, Al and David. I won’t ever go see Mike Love’s Beach Boys. His band and ego hold no fascination for me. Especially after seeing The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour live at Mohegan Sun in 2012.

The second meaning of No Pier Pressure is the pier effortlessly standing tall enduring the pressure of the ocean’s waves every day in California’s Pacific Ocean. Brian Wilson epitomizes the pier with no pressure in terms of his superlative song writing and genius production skills in the face of nature.

I look forward to owning this recording after Lent. No Pier Pressure will drop on April 7th, 2015.

Here is the first track from the album and man is it sweet, “The Right Time”. Check out Don Was on bass in the studio with Brian, Al and David.

Shout, Forthcoming Studio Album From Gov’t Mule

Gov’t Mule continues to flourish creating innovative approaches to the music they produce and do. The Mule takes collective risks as a jam band experimenting and reinventing their music with clever twists.This was clear at the June 2nd Mule concert I saw at the Charles Ives Center in Danbury. This concert was the launch site for the “Prepare to Shout Tour”. Gov’t Mule is coming back to Connecticut to play the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport on Saturday July 27th.

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Gov’t Mule announced on 7/11 there will be a new studio album coming out on September 24th entitled Shout. Gov’t Mule has signed with Blue Note Records and this will be their first studio recording in four years. It is a double album.

The first disc has 11 new songs . Eight of the tracks were recorded here in Connecticut at Carriage House Studios in Stamford. Longtime co-producer/engineer Gordie Johnson co-produced four of those songs with Warren Haynes.

The second disc is a bonus disc featuring an all-star lineup of vocalists interpreting The Mule’s new songs. Special guests Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Vintage Trouble’s Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood

“The Mule holds a unique and lofty berth. They have roots that run real deep — drawing from the entire history of rock ‘n’ roll going all the way back to Robert Johnson and the Delta,” noted Blue Note Records’ President Don Was. “Yet, despite their mastery of past idioms, they have managed to rearrange those elements into a whole new thing. On this new album, they’ve elevated their songwriting, playing, and production values to a whole new plateau. It’s gonna blow people’s minds.”

SHOUT! Track Listing
Disc 1: All songs performed by Gov’t Mule
1. World Boss
2. No Reward
3. Whisper In Your Soul
4. Captured
5. Scared To Live
6. Stoop So Low
7. Forsaken Savior
8. Done Got Wise
9. When The World Gets Small
10. Funny Little Tragedy
11. Bring On The Music

Disc 2:
1. World Boss w/ Ben Harper
2. Funny Little Tragedy w/ Elvis Costello
3. Stoop So Low w/ Dr. John
4. Captured w/ Jim James
5. Whisper In Your Soul w/ Grace Potter
6. Scared To Live w/ Toots Hibbert
7. No Reward w/ Glenn Hughes
8. Bring On The Music w/ Ty Taylor
9. Forsaken Savior w/ Dave Matthews
10. Done Got Wise w/ Myles Kennedy
11. When The World Gets Small w/ Steve Winwood

 

Van Morrison – Born to Sing: No Plan B

Van Morrison is returning to Blue Note Records (he is always switching labels…) with a new studio album Born To Sing: Plan B which will drop on October 2, 2012. It is his first album in four years.

Van says: “With most record companies being so corporate I am happy to be working with Don Was and the team at Blue Note. To have such a creative music person as the head of my recording label assures me that all the effort taken to write and record this new album will be rewarded with a music-based focus and marketing approach. I look forward to many recording projects with Don and Blue Note.”