Les Paul’s BIG SOUND Experience

I was driving home from work this afternoon, stopped in the third lane on I-95 due to traffic problems. I happened to look across the jersey barrier to the northbound side and glimpse this 53′ tractor trailer truck with a way cool multi-color design stating that it was Les Paul‘s 100 Birthday.

When I got home I looked it up on the Internet. I discovered that Les Paul’s Big Sound Tour was bound for the Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods in Ledyard Connecticut. It will be on exhibit there June 17th and 18th.

Les Paul the father of modern music and the solid body electric guitar would have been 100 years old June 9, 2015. A special 100th Anniversary Celebration was held on June 9th at the Times Square Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Rolling Stone Magazine covered this historic event.

(L to R) Journey’s Neal Schon, Joe Bonamassa, Johnny A, Warren Haynes, Steve Miller, musical director GE Smith, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai

The Les Paul Foundation is sharing his creativity, innovative spirit and love of sound in an intriguing mobile exhibit.


• Step into 1,000 square feet of entertaining and inspiring interactive experiences.
• Explore sound, music and technology innovations.
• Mix and share music.
• Discover Les Paul’s personal story.
• Experience Les Paul’s never-ending search for a unique musical sound.
• Learn from generations of musicians who call Les Paul their mentor.
• Witness how Les pushed the limits of audio technology.
• Marvel at the performing techniques that made Les Paul a legendary pop music icon.
• Enjoy live musical performances by local artists.

Take a look at the Les Paul Tour Calendar to see if this mobile tour is coming to a city near you this summer.

Leslie West – Still Climbing

Leslie West has my deep respect for pushing past his physical challenge continuing to record and perform the rock and roll music that he does the best. Later this month, October 28th to be specific, Leslie West’s latest recording, Still Climbing will drop.

The new album features collaborations with rockers like Jonny LangJohnny Winter, Mark Tremonti, Dylan Rose and Dee Snider.

Leslie West’s ‘Still Climbing’ Track Listing

1. ‘Dyin’ Since the Day I Was Born’
2. ‘Busted, Disgusted or Dead’
3. ‘Fade Into You’
4. ‘Not Over You at All’
5. ‘Tales of Woe’
6. ‘Feeling Good’
7. ‘Hatfield or McCoy’
8. ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’
9. ‘Long Red
10. ‘Don’t Ever Let Me Go’
11. ‘Rev Jones Time (Somewhere Over the Rainbow)’

Still Climbing is a sequel to the kick ass album Usual Suspects (2011).  Usual Suspects featured Leslie West playing with Slash, Billy Gibbons, Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, and Joe Bonamassa.

I first discovered Leslie West in 1969 when I was attending radio school in New York City. I was walking to Grand Central Terminal and as I was prone to do I stopped by The Record Hunter on 5th Avenue to look at the record albums displayed in the window. That particular day I saw Leslie West, Mountain and recalled that Scott Muni on WNEW-FM was playing a track from it called “Long Red’. I went inside and bought Leslie West’s solo LP. I played it when I got home and the sound of “Long Red” filled my senses. I’ve loved that song ever since as I melded with the Calliope organ and Leslie West’s gritty vocal.

Mountain (album)
Mountain (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was fascinated to learn that “Long Red” has been sampled by rap artist Jay-Z in “99 Problems” as well as in songs by Kanye West and Common. I think that is totally cool.

I am further excited by the fact that Leslie West has rerecorded “Long Red” for Still Climbing with his brother and former Vagrants-mate Larry West on bass!

“It was time for me to let people hear that song the way I do it now,” he explained. “I used a B-3 organ on it again, but this time it has a lot more balls.”

Here is another track from Still Climbing as we eagerly expect the final release. Can’t wait for this album to further rock the music of our heart.

Check out the press release here for more information.

http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/lesliewest/stillclimbing.htm

Thanks Leslie West for the rocking sound you continue to boldly give us all!

Oh and please be sure to follow Leslie West’s Official WordPress Website, http://lesliewestofficial.com/ it’s a top shelf music site 🙂

 

Rock Candy Funk Party

I was listening to the music player on the Elmore Magazine Website. Normally most music player play lists don’t do much for me. I find many music players very “cheesy” representations of the artist’s music. The playlists are typically “weak” and “”thrown together” in haphazard fashion. However, this funk track has dramatically shifted my reservation towards the positive.

The band is a stunning collaboration of funk, rock and blues superstars. Rock Candy Funk Party is made up of  album producer Tal Bergman (drums), Ron DeJesus (guitar), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Mike Merritt (bass), and Renato Neto (keyboards).

As Booker T says 😉

Blues Spotlight – Beth Hart

So much music, so little time. I learned today of a new blues musician by the name of Beth Hart. I wanted to share her musicianship with you.

The Beth Hart Band début recording Immortal was issued in 1996, 15 years ago.  The track on this album that caught my ear is “Isolation”. The guitar work by Jimmy Khoury coupled with Beth Hart’s compelling, gritty vocals will have you hitting repeat play.

Beth Hart - Immortal

Beth Hart is best known for the tune, “LA Song (Out of This Town)” from her second album, Screaming for My Supper. It was a memorable backdrop of a principal show during the last season of Beverly Hills, 90210.

Beth has been working diligently to perfect her craft and increase the recognition she deserves. Her belief in her musical vision is starting to pay off.

Her latest recording is a collection of soul covers with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Don’t Explain. It was released just six weeks ago and its selling very well according to the blues charts. The synergy of Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart speaks to the blues soul inside of each of us.

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