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Showing posts with label Mojo Magazine. Show all posts
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Lucille - Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by the stage name Little Richard, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor, considered key in the transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s. He was also the first artist to put the funk in the rock and roll beat and contributed significantly to the development of soul music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website entry on Penniman states that:

He claims to be "the architect of rock and roll", and history would seem to bear out Little Richard’s boast. More than any other performer – save, perhaps, Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the lid off the Fifties, laying the foundation for rock and roll with his explosive music and charismatic persona. On record, he made spine-tingling rock and roll. His frantically charged piano playing and raspy, shouted vocals on such classics as "Tutti Frutti", "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly, Miss Molly" defined the dynamic sound of rock and roll.

Penniman began performing on stage and on the road in 1945, when he was in his early teens. He began his recording career on October 16, 1951 by imitating the gospel-influenced style of late-1940s jump blues artist Billy Wright, who was a friend of his that set him up with the opportunity to record. His early fifties recordings, however, did not achieve remarkable commercial success. However, in 1955, under the guidance of Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, Penniman began recording in a style he had been performing onstage for years,[8] featuring varied rhythm (derived from everything from drum beats he would hear in his voice to the sounds of trains he would hear thundering by him as a child), a heavy backbeat, funky saxophone grooves, over-the-top gospel-style singing, moans, screams, and other emotive inflections, accompanied by a combination of boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues music. This new music, which included an original injection of funk into the rock and roll beat, inspired many of the greatest recording artists of the twentieth century, including James Brown, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, and generations of other rhythm & blues, rock, and soul music artists.

On October 12, 1957, while at the height of stardom, Penniman abruptly quit rock and roll music and became a born-again Christian. He had charted seventeen original hits in less than three years. In January 1958, he enrolled in and attended Bible college to become a preacher and evangelist and began recording and performing only gospel music for a number of years. He then moved back and forth from rock and roll to the ministry, until he was able to reconcile the two roles in later life.

Penniman was among the first group of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and one of only four of those artists (along with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Fats Domino) to also receive the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2003, Penniman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2007, his 1955 original hit "Tutti Frutti" was voted Number 1 by an eclectic panel of renowned recording artists on Mojo's The Top 100 Records That Changed The World, hailing the recording as "the sound of the birth of rock and roll." In 2010, The United States of America's Library of Congress National Recording Registry added the groundbreaking recording to its registry, claiming that the hit, with its original “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!” a cappella introduction, heralded a new era in music.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Last week, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound released their Bloodshot Records debut, Want More

Last week, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound released their Bloodshot Records debut, Want More, an 11-song collection of soul crooning, R&B horn pops, and a raw post-punk aesthetic. Metromix mentioned that the album, “Sounds like the MC5 jamming with Otis Redding’s horn section.”
Following the release of their first single from the album, “Everything Will Be Fine” (available for download below), the band has followed up with a music video for the song as well. Co-created by the band and folks at Chicago’s storied Second City, the video is a fusing of retro ‘80s Dial-A-Lawyer commercials and a narrative that brings JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound from the street to the board room.

In addition to the main video, the band also made five short teaser videos that showcase their well-intentioned but somewhat misinformed manager, Glenn Peacock.
#1 “The Interview” -
#3 “Bullies” -
#4 “Shocktober” -
#5 “The Manager” -
*STREAM>>NPR Music Song of the Day spotlighted the tune “I Got High.”
Want More 2011 Tour Dates:
The Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas
The Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas
The Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas
The Doug Fir
The Triple Door
Bottom of The Hill
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Soda Bar
San Diego
Club Congress
Crescent Ballroom
The Mohawk
Horseshoe Tavern
Beachland Tavern
The Basement
Main St. in Over The Rhine
Off Broadway
St. Louis
Black Cat
Kung Fu Necktie
Mercury Lounge
New York
Schubas Tavern
Schubas Tavern
Here’s what folks are saying:
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound describe themselves as a post-punk soul band, but their sound is so much more expansive than that. Uptown Sound is on par with soul musicians from the heyday of the genre’s popularity. – Paste Magazine
This Chicago band’s second album is a lively set of gritty old-school soul and funk injected with some raw garage-rock aggression. An energetic blend of tight, funky rhythms, stabbing horns, keyboards and guitars accompanies frontman JC Brooks, whose impressive vocals gracefully glide between grainy shouting and smooth crooning with some spine-tingling falsetto on songs ranging from hedonistic party starters to socially conscious anthems. – Don Yates, KEXP
Neo-Soul glory. – New York Times
A cross between the Chambers Brothers and agit-punks The Make-Up, Mr. Brooks and Co. are one of the hottest US soul acts right now. – MOJO Magazine

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Justin Townes Earle wins Song of the Year at 2011 Americana Music Awards

(photo: Erika Goldring)

Last night at the 2011 Americana Music Association Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, Justin Townes Earle won the award for Song of the Year for “Harlem River Blues” from the album of the same title. Released in late 2010, Harlem River Blues was also nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s honors ceremony. In addition to Thursday night’s win and nomination, Earle performed a rousing rendition of the song for the gathered crowd of peers and fans, a performance that can be heard HERE, courtesy of NPR. [Justin’s performance can be found at the 35:35 mark, and his Song of the Year category announcement at 1:01:43.]

An edited version of the award show will be aired November 19, 2011 as a special episode of the new season of the highly-acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits (check local listings for exact local day and time). "ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011" will reach approximately 98% of American TV households via PBS stations nationwide.

Harlem River Blues has received critical and popular support since its release in September of 2010. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #47 and has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, SPIN, Mojo, and through the support of Justin’s appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, NPR’s World CafĂ© and Morning Edition, and Prairie Home Companion.

You can watch Justin Townes Earle perform the now-AMA decorated “Harlem River Blues” on The Late Show with David Letterman :

See more of Justin Townes Earle at his website:

Buy the album and song “Harlem River Blues” at iTunes / Amazon / Bloodshot Records

Upcoming tour dates:
10/15 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House
10/21 – Knoxville, TN – Square Room (with Joshua Black Wilkins)
10/22 – Charlotte, NC – Whitewater Center (with Sam Bush)
11/13 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Calling Festival
12/2 – New York, NY – Zankel Hall
12/3 – New York, NY – Foothills Performing Arts Center (with Tristen)
12/4 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts (with Tristen)
12/5 – Lewiston, ME – Olin Arts Center/Bates College (with Tristen)
12/8 – Milford, CT – Daniel Street (with Tristen)
12/9 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki (with Tristen)12/10 – Boston, MA – Royale Nightclub (with Tristen)
12/29 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
3/22-25 – Live Oak, FL – Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3/31 – Cascade, IA – Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center

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