Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Joe Bonamassa's New Solo Album Dust Bowl Out Today!

Single "Dust Bowl" Available For Free Download

LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dust Bowl (J&R Adventures), the new album from multi-talented blues-rock guitar hero, singer-songwriter and Billboard's #1 Blues Artist Joe Bonamassa comes out today, Mar. 22. In honor of the release, fans can get a free download of the first single "Dust Bowl" at www.jbonamassa.com .

Bonamassa's twelfth full-length solo album, produced by Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, has quickly received an abundance of glowing critical acclaim. Premier Guitar called it "A blues-rock achievement... his best record to date," and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The Dallas Morning News described it as "thematic and expansive... a blues-rocking tour-de-force from an artist who knows no other way of making music." And The Orange County Register said Joe is "unquestionably among our greatest living guitarists, destined to be counted among the greatest of all-time."

Dust Bowl was recorded in sessions at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece; Ben's Studio in Nashville, TN; The Cave in Malibu, CA and The Village in Los Angeles, CA.

It combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa's first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he's mastered in the years since and adds a dash of country from Joe's collaborations with the best of Nashville including legends Vince Gill and John Hiatt. Premier Guitar's Oscar Jordan describes the album as a "widescreen John Ford-style panorama" with "ominous cinematic imagery of trains, cotton fields, heartache, alienation, evil women, and death."

The album opener "Slow Train" "explodes into a fusion of gritty blues and hard rock; Joe's blistering guitar and falsetto create both a haunting and electrifying start to an exquisite album," says American Blues Scene. Other tunes such as "No Love On The Street," "Prisoner," and "The Meaning of the Blues" "play like epics," says The Dallas Morning News.

Standout originals include the "stomping blues" tune "Black Lung Heartache," the "moving" "The Last Matador of Bayonne," and "The Whale That Swallowed Jonah."

Bonamassa duets with Hiatt and trades licks with Gill on the John Hiatt/John Porter-penned "Tennessee Plates" which The Sun calls a "country romp." Other album collaborators include Bonamassa's Black Country Communion bandmate Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) who lends his legendary voice to the Paul Rodgers song "Heartbreaker." Beth Hart and Blondie Chaplin can be heard on Michael Kamen/Tim Curry's desperate blues track "No Love On The Street."

Last month Bonamassa kicked off the first leg of his North American tour. He heads next to Europe, Asia and Australia, makes a quick stop back in the U.S. for a summer tour with his hard-rock band Black Country Communion, and then heads back out for more dates in Europe. Fall European, U.K. and U.S. tour dates will be announced soon.

Classic Rock Magazine recently hailed Bonamassa as the "Savior of the Blues" and Guitar World named him "The New Blues Titan."

Come see what everyone is talking about.


Dust Bowl Tracklisting:

1. Slow Train
2. Dust Bowl
3. Tennessee Plates (feat. John Hiatt)
4. The Meaning Of The Blues
5. Black Lung Heartache
6. You Better Watch Yourself
7. The Last Matador Of Bayonne
8. Heartbreaker (feat. Glenn Hughes)
9. No Love On The Street (feat. Beth Hart)
10. The Whale That Swallowed Jonah
11. Sweet Rowena (feat. Vince Gill)
12. Prisoner

SOURCE J&R Adventures

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

David Crosby and Graham Nash Launch New Label Blue Castle Records

With First-Ever Digital and Vinyl Releases of Their Renowned 1971 Live Set 'Another Stoney Evening' on March 22


Singer-songwriters David Crosby and Graham Nash have been harmonizing ever since Crosby, Stills & Nash formed in 1968. In addition to making music with CSN and CSN&Y, an ongoing element of their collaboration is recording and performing as a duo. That two-man configuration is celebrated this spring with both a nationwide tour kicking off March 25, and the launch of Crosby and Nash's new independent label - Blue Castle Records, distributed by ADA and ADA Global - with digital and vinyl versions of Another Stoney Evening as inaugural releases on March 22.

Another Stoney Evening was recorded on October 10, 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles during one of Crosby and Nash's first in-concert performances as "two together." Previously released only on CD (in 1998), Another Stoney Evening captures an intimate performance spotlighting the duo's stellar harmonies, acoustic guitar and piano accompaniment, and between-song banter. Song highlights include "Deja Vu," "Wooden Ships," "Southbound Train," "Immigration Man," "Guinevere," and "Teach Your Children." Distribution for Blue Castle is through Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) in the U.S. and Canada, and Alternative Distribution Alliance Global worldwide.

"This album represents the very beginning of our musical relationship as a duo," says Nash. "Whatever David and I do well together, it's wonderful that we're still doing it well. For the upcoming tour, with a rock 'n roll band, we've gotten fantastic advance response. It's exciting to be bringing this great new show to people."

Read more about the tour and tour dates at crosbynash.com


nice to read about the people behind the scenes, must be a lot of work, yet very fullfilling

Monster Music's Galen Hudson embraces vinyl slabs

Hudson and other enthusiasts wax on

by Jared Booth

Monster Music proprietor Galen Hudson remembers his first experience with vinyl. "Steve Miller's Fly Like an Eagle came out when I was nine years old," he says. "I had my mom buy me the record, and there were a lot of other good songs on it, and after that I would just go to the record store and learn.

"And soon I became really into Traffic and Steve Winwood and I was hooked," he says, looking up at an image of Winwood, hanging on the wall of his poster-plastered office.

Ever since those experiences, Hudson has been a self-proclaimed record nerd. Now he has organized the local vinyl jamboree of the year, this Saturday's Charleston Record Expo, which will bring together collectors, sellers, and buyers to meet, browse, and share the vinyl experience.

Charleston Record Expo
Sat. March 26
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monster Music & Movies

Read more at charlestoncitypaper.com


not sure if i have covered these already, but it appears that there will be more to follow!

Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Rolling Stones Announce Record Store Day Releases

– Nirvana – Hormoaning EP: Only available during the bands 1992 Australian tour, the EP features two originals (“Aneurysm” and “Even In His Youth”) plus covers recorded during a 1990 BBC Peel Session. The covers include Devo’s “Turnaround,” The Wipers’ “D-7,” and The Vaselines’ “Son of A Gun” and “Molly’s Lips.” This rare six-track collection is limited to 6,000 copies.

– Sonic Youth – Whores Moaning EP: Yes, it’s a play on the title of the Nirvana EP. Yes, it was released during Sonic Youth’s own Australian tour in 1993. Yes, the cover artwork is a photocopy of Kurt Cobain’s doll and the back artwork is a Cobain original drawing. Yes, the tracks include a radio edit of “Sugar Kane,” instrumentals of tracks “The End of The End of The Ugly” and “Tamra,” and covers of the New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis” and Alice Cooper’s “Is It My Body.” Yes, it’s pretty sweet.

– The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”/“Bitch”/“Let It Rock”: To celebrate the release of their The Complete Singles (1971-2006) box-set three days after RSD, the Stones will release 5,000, individually numbered U.S. copies this 7” vinyl which replicates the original single. The first two tracks hail from Sticky Fingers, while “Let It Rock” is an ultra-rare cover of the great Chuck Berry.

– Derek and The Dominos – “Got To Get Better In A Little While”/“Layla”: Eric Clapton only got one record out with Derek and The Dominos: 1970’s Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, but it’s mark on music is ever evident. “Layla” comes from that classic record, while “Got To Get Better In A Little While” comes from a newly discovered recording session for a never-materialized followup album. The vocals were recently finished by Derek and The Dominos member Bobby Whitlock, and this 7” vinyl is limited to 2,500 in the U.S.


spin magazine has this great info for us

Death Cab for Cutie Unveil Tour Dates

By William Goodman

Seattle indie vets Death Cab for Cutie are dropping their seventh studio album, Codes and Keys, on May 31, so fans will have tons of opportunities to catch 'em live, right? Wrong. And that's what makes their limited 13-date tour, unveiled exclusively on SPIN.com, that much more special.

"I would love to find myself making a record a year from now rather than moving into our seventh straight month of touring," explains singer-guitarist Ben Gibbard. "I'd like to capitalize on feeling inspired to write rather than hobbling up onstage and jumping around for two hours..."

The short outing, dubbed the Underplay Tour, kicks off May 18 in Toronto and hits Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles before closing in San Francisco on June 9.

Read the rest and check out the tour dates at spin.com


and in music history for the day:

In 1955, 23 year-old Johnny Cash lays down his first tracks at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Studio. With Luther Perkins on bass and Marshall Grant on guitar, Johnny sang five Country / Gospel numbers, of which "Mr. Porter" was the only useable cut. Phillips tells Johnny to come back when he's written a hit.

In 1963, "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby and The Romantics topped the Billboard Hot 100. On the day the song was recorded, it was the first time Ruby had ever been in a recording studio.

The Beatles' first album, "Please Please Me," was released in the U.K in 1963.

Bob Dylan's first electric album "Bring it All Back Home" was released in 1965.

In 1969, entertainers Jackie Gleason, Kate Smith, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant appear in Miami, Florida at what is billed as the Rally for Decency. Posters for the event warn that "longhairs and weird dressers" won't be allowed inside. Four days later, President Richard Nixon sends a letter of appreciation to the organizers of the rally.

In 1971, police arrested all the members of The Allman Brothers Band for heroin and marijuana possession.

In 1980, Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)’ started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart.

In 1986, Mark Dinning, who scored a US number one hit in 1960 with "Teen Angel", died following a heart attack at the age of 52. The song had been written by his sister, Jeannie. Although he never had another hit, Mark continued performing throughout the 1960s, but felt his lack of success was because, "groups were in and singles were out", once the British Invasion started. He died just after returning home from a club appearance in Jefferson City, Missouri.

In 1991, Dave Guard, a founding member of The Kingston Trio, died of cancer at the age of 56. The group had 17 chart singles and nine Gold albums between 1958 and 1963. Guard left the group in 1961 to form the Whiskey Hill Singers.

In 2004, Ozzy Osbourne topped a Yahoo poll as the UK's favorite ambassador to welcome aliens to Earth. nice....

the late Keith Relf (Yardbirds) was born today in 1943. On May 14, 1976, Relf died from a freak accident, when he accidentally electrocuted himself in his basement while playing guitar.

and a happy birthday to John Otto of Limp Bizkit (1977)