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Mondo Generator Announce US Tour and New Single “Dog Food” July 24, 2010

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Mondo Generator have announced a run of shows through August and September in support of their new single ‘Dog Food’ (available on August 10). Special guests for all shows will be Tweak Bird with Its Casual and Violent Soho also joining for selected shows. Tickets are on sale now at venues and usual outlets…

Wed August 4th – Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA (USA)
Fri August 6th – Dante’s, Portland, OR (USA)
Sat August 7th – Studio 7, Seattle, WA (USA)
Mon August 9th – Club Vegas, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)
Wed August 11th – 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, CO (USA)
Thu August 12th – Riot Room, Kansas City, MO (USA)
Fri August 13th – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN (USA)
Sat August 14th – Frequency, Madison WI (USA)
Sun August 15th – Double Door, Chicago, IL (USA)
Mon August 16th – Southgate House, Newport KY (USA)
Tue August 17th – Smalls, Hamtramck MI (USA)
Wed August 18th – Bug Jar, Rochester NY (USA)
Thu August 19th – Santos, New York, NY (USA)
Fri August 20th – Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA (USA)
Sat August 21st – Northn Star Bar, Philadelphia PA (USA)
Sun August 22nd – 37th & Zen, Norfolk VA (USA)
Tue August 24th – Casbah @ Trenton Music Hall, Charlotte NC (USA)
Wed August 25th – Stella Blue, Asheville NC (USA)
Thu August 26th – Hi Tone Cafe, Memphis TN (USA)
Fri Augsut 27th – The Conservatory, Oklahoma City OK (USA)
Sat August 28th – Emo’s, Austin TX (USA)
Sun August 29th – Skillman Street Bar, Dallas, TX (USA)
Tue August 31st – Launch Pad, Albuquerque NM (USA)
Thu September 2nd – Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA (USA)


What do Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), Happy Tom (Turbonegro) and Marc Diamond (The Dwarves) all have in common?

Aside from the fact they all play in some of the best bands to ever grace the earth, they all feature on the brand new single from Los Angeles band Mondo Generator.

The first taste of the new album from the band which is due for release in July, is the track ‘Dog Food’ which is set to be unleashed in May to coincde with the beginning of the bands upcoming tour.

Over the last year, band founder Nick Oliveri and fellow member Hoss, alongside producer Bradley Cook have been working on Mondo Generator’s fourth full length album ‘Time To Destroy’. During the recording process they have enlisted a number of guests to make an appearance, ‘Dog Food’ is the first taste of who is featured on the album.

With Marc Diamond on guitar duties, Happy Tom has laid down some bass tracks, while Dave Grohl provides the drum tracks and Nick Oliveri delivers his trade mark vocals.

With a fresh Mondo Generator line up in place, the band will kick off a world tour in Australia from late May before heading to Europe for shows across June and July which includes both festival and club shows. They’ll hit home territory for a US tour in August and September.

‘Dog Food’ will be released as a limited edition 7″ as well as in an extended cd/digital format.

CD Single: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=IMP021

Vinyl: http://www.seeofsound.com/p.php?s=IMP021SP

Spike Hill Presents Hard Nips On Saturday, July 31st at 10:00 PM July 23, 2010

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New York, NY – Brooklyn-based post-punk band Hard Nips will perform at Spike Hill on Saturday, July 31st at 10:00 PM in support of their CD, “I Shit You Not.”

Comprised of angelic vocalist Yoko Nips, guitarist Mariko Nips, bassist Gooch Nips and drummer Emi Nips, the riff-heavy band cites “sex, sushi and rock & roll” as their inspiration. (more…)

Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History Now Available from Wiley Books July 23, 2010

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Long before the terms ‘inbound marketing’ and ‘social media’ were coined, the Grateful Dead were using these strategies to become one of the most successful bands of all time. They made a series of difficult and often unpopular decisions in order to differentiate themselves from their competition by providing the highest quality service to their fans, not just a product.

Deadheads and marketing strategists David Meerman Scott and Brian Halligan explain how smart businesses can learn from one of the most successful rock bands of all time in MARKETING LESSONS FROM THE GRATEFUL DEAD (Wiley; $21.95; August 2010). The Grateful Dead broke almost every rule in the music industry book and profited as a result. The lessons—and the effect the band had on the music industry and their fans—apply to businesses of all kinds.

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Blues Guitarist Phillip Walker Passes at 73 July 22, 2010

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It is with deepest sorrow that we report on the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary blues guitarist Phillip Walker. He died of apparent heart failure at 4:30 AM, early Thursday morning, July 22, 2010. He was 73 years old.


Roxy Perry – New York Bluesbird on KCOR – July 22nd PLAYLIST July 21, 2010

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The best Blues, Swing and Indies with Roxy Perry on Kansas City Online Radio! Log on to the KCOR website and click the CHAT icon to join Roxy and friends live in the chat room!

Kansas City Online Radio: Blues-Rock and Cool Talk! Recognized by The National Heritage Foundation Blues Hall of Fame as a Great Blues Radio Station! Listed by Windows Media Guide as one of the TOP THREE INTERNET RADIO STATIONS!


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Roadmaster – Roxy Perry

Summertime – Janis Joplin

I Can’t Hear Nothing But The Blues – SaRon Crenshaw

Walk That Way – Terry Hanck

Mean Little Mama – Super Harps

Geonophony – Jason Ricci

Shake Dancer – Sandy Mack

Call Me Baby – Steve Johnson

Tumblin Down – Todd Wolfe

Snake In The Grass – Genya Ravan

Rollin and Tumblin – Johnny Winter

Streamline Woman – Muddy Waters

Can’t Be Satisfied – Nasty Ned

Hey Jose – Ronnie Earl

Barefoot Rock – Rhett Tyler

Too Rolling Stoned – Robin Trower

One Way Out – Javier Vargas

Mean Town Blues – Junior Mack

Get It While You Can – Janis Joplin

Crooked Path – Roxy Perry

Alberta Adams Turns 93! July 21, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Blues, Event, Female Blues Performers, Female Blues Vocalists.
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Alberta Adams was born on July 26, 1917 and will celebrate her 93rd birthday on Sunday, July 25 at Dylan’s Raw Bar in Grosse Pointe Park with her longtime backing band, RJ’s Rhythm Rockers. The band includes Bob Schultz on keys. sax & vocals, Mike Marshall on bass, Paul Carey on guitar and her manager, RJ Spangler, on drums. The music starts at 9:30 pm. (more…)

Black Hen Music Sets July 20 Release Date For Blue Bones, The Label Debut From Singer/Songwriter Kim Beggs July 7, 2010

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VANCOUVER, BC – Black Hen Music announces a July 20 release date for Blue Bones, the label debut from singer/songwriter Kim Beggs. Black Hen Music is distributed in the U.S. by Burnside Distribution.<!–more–>

Kim Beggs is already an acclaimed artist in her native Canada, where she represented her country at Canada Day celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square and was a recent nominee in CBC Radio’s Songquest competition. One of Kim’s previous CDs, Wanderer’s Paean, earned her a Canadian Folk Music Award, Western Canadian Music Award and several other award nominations. Her other additional prior release was titled Streetcar Heart.

With a style that floats comfortably between folk and country, Beggs demonstrates a keen feeling for Appalachian music styles throughout Blue Bones, even trotting out an impressive yodeling technique on the appropriately titled “Can’t Slow Down Yodel.”
The rest of the album’s 13 tracks flow like a clear mountain stream of vulnerability and toughness, exhibiting love, loss and hard-fought freedom, delivered with an effortless grace and breezy sensibility that has become her vocal trademark.

Producer and Black Hen Music label head Steve Dawson assembled a sympathetic cast of musicians to back Kim Beggs for these sessions, including John Raham (drums), Keith Lowe (bass) and Chris Gestrin (keyboard), adding his own masterful touches on electric, slide, National steel and Weissenborn guitars to the mix. Providing harmony vocals throughout are Laurie Lewis, Gurf Morlix, Natalie Edelson and Jeanne Tolmie.

Blue Bones features nine originals, as well as her beautiful interpretations of the traditional “I’m Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes” (sung in a high lonesome voice that recalls the great Kitty Wells, who had a 1952 hit with “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” based on the same melody), Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” Patty Griffin’s “Trapeze” and Jack Clement’s “Just Someone I Used to Know.”

Beggs’ music is clearly informed by her background, having been born in Quebec and raised in the mining towns of Northern Ontario. She left her home in the winter of 1991 for the hardscrabble life in the Yukon, arriving with only fifty dollars in her pocket and a pawnshop guitar. She spent more than a decade swinging a hammer and working in the trades before she started performing away from the campfire and singing her own songs.

Kim Beggs will support the release of Blue Bones with tour dates both in Canada and the U.S. For more information visit http://www.blackhenmusic.com or http://www.kimbeggs.com.

Blues Master Charlie Musselwhite Returns to Alligator Records! New CD, the Well, Set for August 24 Release July 7, 2010

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Harmonica master, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Charlie Musselwhite returns to Alligator Records — where he recorded three successful albums in the late 1990s — with The Well, set for an August 24 street date. The album is an authentic slice of Charlie’s deep blues roots with musical flavors from Mississippi to Chicago to California, including help on one song from legendary vocalist and friend Mavis Staples. Rolling Stone calls Musselwhite “compelling and original,” and says, “His harp playing is superb, exhilarating and forthright. His unabashed excellence sets the standard for blues bands everywhere.”

The Well is the first full-band recording in Musselwhite’s almost 50-year career in which he wrote every track on the album, and it is the most personal and emotionally open cycle of songs he has ever created. The Well was recorded at Los Angeles’ legendary Sunset Sound, with guitarist Dave Gonzales (Paladins, Hacienda Brothers), bassist John Bazz (The Blasters) and drummer Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits, Mavis Staples), and was produced by Chris Goldsmith (Ruthie Foster, Grammy-winning Blind Boys Of Alabama). The revealing, autobiographical songs recall specific events and places in Musselwhite’s amazingly colorful life. His worldly-wise vocals and masterful harmonica work are perfectly matched with the stories he tells. Simply put, The Well is Charlie Musselwhite at his very best.

According to Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, having Musselwhite back on the label is pure pleasure. “I’m thrilled to welcome Charlie back to the Alligator Records family. He’s a true icon of American roots music, a brilliant harmonica player and a true storyteller as a vocalist and songwriter. Charlie’s a great guy to work with, a real road warrior who is out there pleasing the fans night after night. We’re looking forward to renewing a great relationship.” And Musselwhite couldn’t agree more, saying, “I don’t think anybody is happier than I am being back in the Alligator family. It feels good to be home.”

Born into a blue collar family in Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 31, 1944 and raised by a single mother, Musselwhite was surrounded by blues, hillbilly and gospel music on the radio and outside his front door. His family moved to Memphis, where, as a teenager, he worked as a ditch digger, concrete layer and moonshine runner. Fascinated by the blues, Musselwhite began playing guitar and harmonica. He attended parties hosted by Elvis Presley and hobnobbed with many of the local musicians including Johnny Cash and Johnny Burnette, but the celebrities young Charlie sought out were Memphis’ veteran bluesmen like Furry Lewis, Will Shade and Gus Cannon.

Following the path of so many, Musselwhite moved to Chicago looking for better paying work. While driving an exterminator truck as a day job, Charlie lived on the South Side and hung out in blues clubs at night, meeting – and developing close friendships with – blues icons Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Joe Williams, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Before long, he was sitting in at clubs with Muddy Waters and others, building an impressive word-of-mouth reputation. Soon after, Charlie was being paid to play in the same South Side neighborhood. His first recording, under the name Memphis Charlie, was with Big Walter Horton on the famous Vanguard Records series, Chicago/The Blues/Today!. Signing with Vanguard, Musselwhite (along with Paul Butterfield who was as urban as Charlie was rural) brought the blues to a new audience of young, white rock and rollers, who discovered that Charlie personified the sexy counter-culture icons they found relevant.

With 30 solo albums to his credit, Musselwhite has also appeared on numerous recordings as a featured player with Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Blind Boys Of Alabama, INXS, and most recently, Cyndi Lauper, and has shared stages with countless blues and rock musicians. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall Of Fame in 2010, has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and has won 23 Blues Music Awards. DownBeat calls him, “the undisputed champion of the blues harmonica.”

With The Well, Charlie Musselwhite returns with the strongest, most intimate album of his career – a powerful, personal collection of songs. Musselwhite’s blues, imparting his hard-won knowledge and working class wisdom, are a window into the deep well of his Mississippi soul.

JJ Grey & Mofro to Release “Georgia Warhorse” on August 24th! July 7, 2010

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<p style=”text-align:center;”>”Thick Swamp Funk” (The New Yorker) Of JJ Grey Boils Up From Florida This Summer As JJ Grey &amp; Mofro Return With ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ Out August 24 On Alligator Records, With Special Guests Toots Hibbert and Derek Trucks</p>

Rising Florida swamp music-maker JJ Grey and his backing band Mofro are joined by guests Toots Hibbert and Derek Trucks on the new album ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ which will be released August 24 on Alligator Records, promising to be a frontrunner for best American roots album in 2010.  <!–more For more on this yet to be released Alligator CD–>

Recorded in a studio full of vintage equipment in Grey’s native Florida (near the Georgia line), the album’s unvarnished, natural sound mirrors Grey’s love of the rustic Florida backwoods, where his family has lived for generations. The album, ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ named for a particularly tenacious type of southern grasshopper, is also descriptive of Grey himself. “The Georgia Warhorse is real tough but a chilled out little thing,” says Grey. “Nothing seems to rile them. They’re in no hurry but they have a kind of resilience. They keep coming back.” Grey could be described in such words; his own career has grown over the course of a decade of winning over fans night after night – a process that has him poised to be a breakout artist in 2010. He still spends eight months of the year on the road. “I began singing in chicken wire clubs in Florida in my teens, and I’ve been leading my own band every since” he explains.

The eclecticism of the new album is also keeping with the JJ Grey tradition, chronicled over the course of his four previous albums. The in-the-pocket, Memphis-style soul of “The Sweetest Thing,” written around a horn line that was in Grey’s head for days, contrasts with the stripped-down acoustic 12-string guitar work on “King Hummingbird.” The hard-driving groove of “The Hottest Spot In Hell” speaks to personal experience as well as the heat of his home state. The constants are Grey’s full-throated vocals, his funky-as-hell arrangements and his consistently great writing in the southern literary tradition.

In a live review in the New York Times, Nate Chinen praised JJ’s “loose derivation of Southern swamp rock, with undercurrents of Memphis soul. His songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambiguous urges, occasionally lighting on a righteous cause.” He goes on to praise the band’s “balance of wildness and cool.” Likewise, Billboard has praised Grey’s “idiosyncratic vibe – a world-beating blend of Southern rock, blues and Florida swamp soul.”

Over the course of his 20-plus year career, JJ Grey has shared stages with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, the Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Booker T, Lenny Kravitz, and Mavis Staples and has performed at The New Orleans Jazz &amp; Heritage Fest and The Austin City Limits Festival, among others.