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Showing posts with label Austin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Austin. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Austin Museum Curates Sound Preservation Devices

Preserving Sound

If you love listening to recorded music, you'll love this......

Technology is what really drives the music industry, it always has and probably that's the way it will remain for generations to come.  From wax cylinders to today's modern compact discs, it's technology that has allowed us to enjoy not only our music but spoken word recordings as well.  So who came up with this idea in the first place and how did it evolve into what it is today?  Those questions and others as well are the questions that the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recordings in Austin, Texas seeks to answer and share with the world.

I remember when four track tape players for cars were introduced, why it was like having an LP in your car, you just simply had to have one.  Home reel to reel tape machines had been hot just prior to the beginning of that era.  My Uncle used to set a reel to reel up at our family holiday get togethers.  He got the biggest charge out of recording the extended family. Then the next time we would all be together we would get to hear his previous holiday recording.  You could actually experience the thrill of hearing yourself on tape back then. I remember that my Uncle and his wife would put ground beef into a frying pan and squeeze it with a metal spatula in an attempt to create a sizzling sound effect.  They would do the same thing with various kinds of crinkly sounding wrapping paper too.  They would record little skits and as kids we would marvel at the story line over and over again.  Perhaps you have a fond memory such as this as well?  Plus, I might add, who wasn't listening to the pre-recorded love songs of the greats back then?  Playing back recorded sound has been the rage since its inception.

I recently met with Martin Theophilus at The Texas Recording Academy of Texas meeting in Austin. Martin curates the physical donations that are provided to the museum and writes about them on the organization's web site.  The goal is to create a permanent music museum in Austin for the vintage collection. You too can be a part of this endeavor to preserve historic sound equipment if you have either a monetary or physical donation you might like to share with the museum.  Plus volunteers are welcomed too.  In addition to preserving the physical devices the Museum is also documenting the persons who created and use the technology, including conducting  personal interviews.  Some very notable recording artists have stopped by and enjoyed it so much that they donated their personal recording equipment from years gone by.  Recently Ray Benson, the famed artist and producer, (Asleep at the Wheel) did just that in fact.  You can read about it on the museum's web site.  Take a trip down memory lane and perhaps even learn a thing or two that may surprise you by going to the museum's web site.  Enjoy!

Here's an example of a four track cartridge tape that was the hot ticket in the late 60's.  It's listed on Collector's Frenzy for $180.27 (US).  Imagine that - $180.27 in today's money.  Just makes you want to go look at your old collection and see what you have stored away.  Four track tape players for automobiles went out of style almost as fast as they came in by the way.  They were replaced with a newer technology, the eight track player, and yes we all had to have one......

You can still find these cartridges on eBay. They're called wax cylinders. The horizontal black cylinder you see in the photo is what the sound was stored on.  The title of the contents were were on the side lip.

This is an example of what the professionals used prior to digital recording devices.  In the famed documentary "Sound City" artist after artist raves about the sound that the huge mixing board and recording device was able to capture.  No pro tools back then, just a good eye and ear for splicing is what was required.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Guitar Highlight! David Ducharme-Jones @Whip In

     (Austin, Tex.) David Ducharme-Jones has a band of Austin's best to help him celebrate the first in a series of shows highlighting his music and new album, A LOUD Guitar. Showcasing nine songs tied together by soulful vocals, sophisticated guitar stylings, rock arrangements, and jam band improvisation, Dave Ducharme-Jones gets down this Friday, October 19 at The Whip Inn. Joining him is Julieann Banks (Acoustic Gtr, Vocals), Gale Barchus (Bass, Vocals), Chris Baker (Drums) and Jason Nunnenkamp (Guitar). The Whip Inn is located at 1950 IH-35 South. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. (
     Displaying his talents as both musician and producer David Ducharme-Jones recorded and mixed A LOUD Guitar at his Noisy Neighbor Studio. Mark Addison mastered it at Aerie Studios. Both places are here in Austin. Guest artists adding depth and soul to the sound include drummer Ian Bailey, vocalist Julieann Banks, fiddler Richard Bowden, vocalist Anne Ducharme-Jones, bassist David Evertson, and drummer Michael Kopp. Just released, the album is immediately beginning to capture listener's ears!
“Ducharme-Jones’ musical influences encompass blues, rock, soul, country, and even jazz … 
A LOUD Guitar is an original and diverse set of blues-based roots music that will please guitar
fans who like a lot of variety in their collections.” – Blues Bytes

“No, the great guitar tone exhibited didn't get by me!...Overall a solid recording that should
pull from a broad listener base.” – Bman’s Blues Report

     Ducharme-Jones embraces his influences and brings them to the forefront. By sticking to his genre-bending style A LOUD Guitar becomes refreshing music for Rock, Blues and Country fans.

     Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa David Ducharme-Jones began playing professionally in his early teens when his immersion in music began to define his direction. Moving to Austin years ago to raise his family and be fed by the Austin music community, David has played and continues to play guitar with many of Austin’s renowned bands and artists. David’s personal influences are varied and include many genres of music from blues and rock to Americana and jazz. He will tell you that his weakness is his love of too many kinds of music, but his listeners will find that with everything he plays there is a thread of continuity that defines his personal style, a style that is sometimes classy and sometimes rip roaring rock.
"In a town full of great guitar players, David Ducharme-Jones is carving out his place at the
top of the heap. Sophisticated and fiery, he plays with emotion and style."
                                       – Roger Allen, Lone Star State of Mind, 93.3 KGSR
“Supremely smooth six-string maneuvers, also gets gritty.” – The Austin Chronicle
“Criminally underrated, unassuming, yet packed with talent.” – PoP Culture Press
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blissed Out productions artist: David Ducharme-Jones - A Loud Guitar - New Release Review

I just received a new recording, A Loud Guitar, by David Ducharme-Jones. This album is certainly not mainstream blues but of course has blues attributes...what doesn't. Long Way To Fall is a straightforward rock track along the lines of Golden Earring but concludes with a David Gilmore like guitar passage which is pretty sweet. I Am A Diamond puts me in mind of early JJ Cale work with some interesting guitar work as well as steel guitar. The vocals and composition are well performed and complimented with crisp guitar accompaniment. Left Done takes a definite step in the direction of country rock. The track really puts me in mind of Joe Walsh and Tom Petty (I know...go figure), but it should get strong airplay. Earth Rolls Over is a solid ballad and melodically interesting. Another track that could easily attract air. On Welcome To Nashville DDJ pulls out Johnny Cash's road map and lays down a solid foot stomper. I Ain't Ever Going Home gets a foot in the funk but keeps it more along the lines of Little Feet. DDJ takes the opportunity on this track to flash his guitar card and shows what he's got. My Soul And You, another ballad takes a look at blue eyed soul and again DDJ gets the opportunity to show some soulful guitar riffs. Ruby is a straight up country rocker right off the juke box. No, the great guitar tone exhibited on the track didn't get by me. Overall a solid recording that should pull from a broad listener base.
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This track is not on the release but serves to demonstrate DDJ's work:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Facebook Friends - Howlin' Waters

Studio guitarist for Falcon Blues Records, played on most of the artist's albums here: Notably performed on the same bill with: Canned Heat - City of Industry, CA; Steve Marriott's Humble Pie - Park Ave Arena, Orlando, FL; John Kay & Steppenwolf - Park Ave Arena, Orlando, FL; Humble Pie w/Bob Tench (Jeff Beck Group) - The Roxy Theatre, Austin, TX; Hank Williams, Jr. & The Bama Band - Koza Stadium, Okinawa, Japan; Freddy Fender, Kadena Officers Club - Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan; The Guess Who - Rock Corporation, Oxnard, CA; The Motels - Gazzari's, Hollywood, CA; Crime - The Troubador, Los Angeles, CA; The Drifters - Holiday Inn, Lakeland, FL Some current Texas gigs include performing live with bands Victory Lion, Soulshake, Tripleshot, Haywire, Clayton Adams, Cheyenne and Leland Williams at: Opal Divine's 6th St, Boomerz, Kickbutt Coffee, The Victory Grill, 311 Club, University of Texas Fraternity, Coupland's Dancehall, Rattlesnake Inn, Executive Surf Club, Darwin's Pub, Kickbutt Coffee, Sundance Inn, South Austin Crawfish Boil, Buster's BBQ, Junior's Icehouse, The Rockdale Ranch, Baby A's Stonelake, Mr. B's Sportsbar. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NO SOLID STATE - White Dress

This is a pretty cool band. Check them out!
Guitar and Vocals : Arum Rae
Drums : G-FaCE
Guitar and everything else : Basin Alders
If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”

Monday, December 26, 2011

Victory Grill - Austin Texas

The Victory Grill was on the Chitlin' Circuit. This collective name was given to a string of performance venues throughout the eastern and southern United States, that were safe and acceptable to African-American musicians and other entertainers,

During its heyday in the 1950s, most of the popular national blues, rhythm and blues, and jazz acts that played Austin performed at the Victory Grill. Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, W. C. Clark and Janis Joplin were some of the artists who graced the stage.

The historic Victory Grill is one of the last remaining Chitlin' Circuit juke joints. In addition to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is archived by the Texas Historic Commission and dubbed a "Texas Treasure" by the statewide organization, Preservation Texas.

Victory Grill stands as an artifact to the development of a distinct American music tradition. The restoration and preservation of this working juke joint and cafe provides performance opportunities and educational events that link past African-American musical forms and culture with the present.

Under the new management of Another Option Productions and with booking and preservation assistance from Capitol View Arts, the Historic Victory Grill is now open for self-produced/private events, educational opportunities and cultural tourism. Contact Clifford Gillard at for more information.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Voodoo Chile/Slight Return - Eric Gales and Gary Clark Jr.

This is some really cool footage of Gary and Eric playing live at Blues, Brews & BBQ, House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ 7-30-11

Here's Gary's next up tour schedule:

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