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Showing posts with label Boston. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Boston. Show all posts

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Ton Of Blues Live

A Ton of Blues was created out of the love for real Blues Music and appreciation for the old school Open Blues Jams that brought tremendous support to the genre. Since then, the band has made it their priority to create quality Blues music, emit a positive presence among the Blues community and rekindle the support of our own American Roots Music: The Blues. A Ton of Blues is a group of musicians who have played collectively and separately over the last 15 years. They eat, sleep & breaths the Blues. "May the spirit of the blues bring you peace & strength to carry on !"
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Saturday, August 13, 2011


A-Bazouki’s debut release on our own independent label Un-Gyve Records.

BOSTON - A-Bazouki Volume 1 released digitally 3.3.11 is now

available on iTunes.

I must say that this is one of the most original and unusual recordings that I have ever listened to...and I have listened to a lot of stuff. It is a cd and also includes a DVD. After listening to the cd a few times I took the DVD home and watched it in the comfomfort of my living room. I have to say that the films are well done and cohesive.

Got some free time and an open mind??? Check it out!

Recorded entirely in analogue on a small four-track deck in the basement, A-

Bazouki Volume 1 tributes the band’s roots with twelve songs. An

alternate take “Crossroads (For Robert Johnson) - Take 1” is also

included with the DVD, one of five movies, as part of the package

that contains a tape-bound booklet with movie-stills, lyrics, and

sleeve-notes by the man who named A-Bazouki Christopher Ricks

(Dylan’s Visions of Sin): “Modest is the down-to-earth term of high

praise that these songs earn.” The record will also be available on vinyl.

The track-list and playing times:

1. Lucky 4:05 2. Bowlin' Green Blues 6:44 3. 213 Blues 3:54

4. Crossroads (For Robert Johnson) 3:54 5. Back Alley Blues 1:53

6. Buttoned-Down Blues 7:49 7. The Key (To My Door) - for Sonny Boy

4:34 8. The Beldam (No Mercy) 2:10 9. Wrecking Ball Waltz (for

Vincent "Sonny" Scardino; Blind Willie McTell and Curley Weaver) 3:52

10. Basement Blues 5:28 11. Boston or Bust 2:28 12. Saint Louis Blues

(For Blind Willie) 3:33

The twelve original songs are credited to the sisters multi-

instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, ukulele, piano) and cartoonist

(Jule's 'Toons) J. Nemrow and L. A. Nemrow (harmonica and vocals) a

writer currently working on The Probe (a novel) and a Bostonian &

other poems; a contributor to Ricks' (with Leonard Michaels) The

State of the Language, later edition, the essay "Dirty Words" was

called a "tour de force" by The Economist. The two are also

screenwriters/filmmakers collaboratively; their musical lineage

includes uncles Joe and Dom DiBona (Frank Sinatra) and saxophonist

Frank Messina (Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Claude Thornhill, Frank

Sinatra); and harmonica player Larry Adler.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

TBNV - Colwell Winfield Blues Band - Live Bust - 1971

Another under rated forgotten band with no video that I am aware of.

1 Cursin' Blues
2 Have A Taste
3 Help Me
4 How Blue Can You Get
5 Eyesight To the Blind
6 Sombrero Sam
7 Don't Start Me Talkin'
8 Stop Breakin' Down
9 Brother Where Are You
10 Willow Weep For Me
11 Drum It

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Michael Z Cummings New Release Coming

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Singer-Songwriter-Guitarist Michael Z. Cummings To Release "Storyteller"

Performs Locally: "Art Of Health" Benefit@Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic - Fri. July 22


The Art of Health Poster

Michael Z. Cummings writes songs about people, for people. The Los Angeles-based, singer-songwriter-guitarist grew up in Boston surrounded by music. The deep bluesy music of Son House and Mississippi John Hurt oozed through the cracks of his brother's room. The street performances, live gigs and public performances by the students at Berklee, Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory were a constant happening. From records, tapes and the radio, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles, and were listened to, synthesized and memorized. This is why Michael picked up a guitar and just started playing.

And play he did. Electric Rhythm Guitar with a flat pick, Classical guitar, Ragtime, Jazz and Country pickin'. Michael also used his vocals and his amazing writing talent to express his observations of the world around him. Becoming a singer/songwriter was about connecting emotionally with listeners. To him it was about becoming less of a guitarist and more of a poet; less of a participant and more of an observer. This, in turn, led to Michael's 2010Los Angeles Music Awards nomination for "Best Male Songwriter." His always-humble demeanor and keen eye for the human experience makes him a musician who moves listeners to both action and reflection.

Catch a very special performance by Michael Z. Cummings at the "Art of Health" special event happening at the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic , 3224 W. Sunset Blvd., Silverlake, Friday, July 22. 5-10 p.m. Donations graciously and greatly appreciated. Info: (323) 660-7959 or log onto Organized by FANS - "a creative group of folks who have come together to benefit the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic." Cummings also performs at the "Rock For Vets 2" Benefit Concert in Long Beach on Saturday, July 30; and has a CD Release Party for Storyteller at the Pig N' Whistle in Hollywood on Saturday, August 20.




Aug. 20 (Sat.) PIG N' WHISTLE (Cd Release Party) Hollywood

Aug. 21 (Sun.) AMERICAN VETERANS RADIO World Wide Web

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hey - The Pixies

Do the Pixies have the blues?
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Perdido Street Blues - New Black Eagle Jazz Band

Long popular in the New England area, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band has been quite consistent ever since its formation in Sept. 1971 by cornetist Tony Pringle. The leader, whose style is based on Bunk Johnson, Kid Howard and (to a lesser extent) Kid Thomas Valentine, sets the sound for the group and gives it a primitive oldtime feel. At the time of the New Black Eagle's debut recording in 1972 (for GHB), the personnel also included trombonist Stan Vincent, clarinetist Stan McDonald, pianist Bob Pilsbury, banjoist Pete Bullis, Eli Newberger on tuba and drummer Pam Pameijer. Through the years the group (also known simply as the Black Eagle Jazz Band) has managed to keep largely the same personnel. Only the clarinet spot (which has been occupied by McDonald, Rudi Ballieu, Brian Oglivie, Hugh Blackwell and for quite awhile by Billy Novick) has undergone some turnover. The New Black Eagle Jazz Band, who have appeared at many classic jazz festivals, regularly in the New England area and on several European tours, has recorded extensively for their own Black Eagle label plus GHB, Dirty Shame, Fat Cat Jazz, Philips, Philo and Stomp Off. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi