- Written by Bluebird
New Muse-ic Monday is BACK! And we are proud to fire up the column with a fantastic new record from the solo work of Reeves Gabrels. Gabrels' guitar work with the Cure, David Bowie and touring experience, have been unmatched in style, sound and creativity. Gio Pilato interviewed Gabrels last year, you can read that article here: Between True & Imaginary Friends - An Interview with Reeves Gabrels. We are excited that his tracks are smashing sound scapes through the web to break new ground, as would be expected from a musician of his caliber. You can listen and download his album here:
- Written by Bluebird
LATE NIGHT'S ORIGINAL ROCK N' ROLL SHOW IS BACK!
THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION
Burt Sugarman's Groundbreaking Late Night Variety Show, Featuring Live Performances from the Biggest Stars of the Time Will Be Available from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life in Three Configurations: the 11-Disc COLLECTOR'S EDITION ($99.95), Containing Almost Ten Hours of Live Music -- Nearly Five Hours of Bonus Features and a 32-page Collector's Book, a 6-Disc Retail Set with 96 Complete Performances ($59.95 srp) and a single-DVD ($12.95srp)
Artists Featured include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Gordon Lightfoot, Heart, Helen Reddy, Jim Croce, John Denver, KC and the Sunshine Band, LaBelle, Linda Ronstadt, Marvin Gaye, Captain & Tennille, Peter Frampton, REO Speedwagon, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Village People, and Many More
THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION WILL BE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE AT MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM -- PRE-ORDER BEGINS AUGUST 12; RETAIL RELEASES start SEPTEMBER 9
Fairfax, VA -- In the period between American Bandstand and MTV, several shows tried to bring rock n' roll to televison. In the wake of Elvis Presley and the Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, '60s series like Hullabaloo, Shindig and The Music Scene featured rock and pop performers. But it wasn't until The Midnight Special premiered on August 19, 1972, that rock n' roll found its own home on the air.
This September, the TV DVD archivists at StarVista Entertainment/Time Life will bring consumers back to the '70s for the seminal, groundbreaking live music TV show on DVD, featuring extensive bonus features! THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION, available exclusively online at MIDNIGHTSPECIALDVDS.COM beginning August 12, 2014 will be released in a beautifully-packaged 11-disc set, featuring nearly 5 hours of specially-produced bonus features and a 32-page collector's book. There will also be two retail configurations, available September 9: a 6-disc set and a single DVD.
- Written by Bluebird
The Boston Calling Music Festival.
Boston Calling is a relatively new festival, and turning out to be a great event. The range and quality of music spanned seconds to decades, with bands that are up to date, side by side with veteran rockers, groovy indies and blasts of all out pop. There is something for everyone. Delicious food, historic location, great sound and a fun festivius atmosphere, will make this event catch on quickly and bring New England many returns. You can view the full line-up here:
It was a stroke of genius for the promoters to have two full stages with no overlapping sets. On Saturday, The Hold Steady gave a nail on a head rockin' performance. Hold Steady photos are here.
- Written by Deb Hebert
As Joe Bonamassa continues to grow his reputation as one of the world's greatest guitar players, he is also using his star power to be an advocate for music education. His non-profit foundation, Keeping The Blues Alive (KTBA), donates to music education programs, supports scholarships and promotes blues music by partnering with sponsors such as Guitar Center, Ernie Ball, and Joe's label, J&R Adventures.
In an ongoing effort to raise additional funding, Bonamassa has put together two exclusive events. The first, dubbed "Muddy Wolf"--a tribute to the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, saw Bonamassa and a hand-selected ensemble of master musicians perform before a sold out crowd of 9700 people. The benefit concert held at RedRocks Amphitheater raised $45,000. It was filmed for PBS and Palladia, too. Air dates to be announced. DVD set to release March 2015.
The second gathering, the Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea cruise sails from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas, February 17 - 21, 2015. As of late, limited cabin space is available. You can check here for complete details.
Who wouldn't want to participate in this floating music festival? The lineup includes such passionate players as Joe Bonamassa, John Hiatt, Robben Ford, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Ana Popovic, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Rock Candy Funk Party, Bernie Marsden, SIMO, Ryan McGarvey, and Brandon Santini.
What's more? Many emerging artists signed up for Joe Bonamassa's Soundcheck Stage for the opportunity to play. Today, the official announcement was made: "The winners have been chosen, and we're happy to announce that Black Pistol Fire, Steve Costello, Katy Guillen and The Girls, Radio Moscow, and Tasha Taylor are officially performing!"
The top five winners are guaranteed to play two live sets. Still--they have another chance of a lifetime: to play the Main Stage.
Discover new blues music and be a part of Keeping The Blues Alive, by clicking the link below.
Deb's Music Stop would like to congratulate all five winners.
Photos courtesy of KTBA, Chris Joles of Maine Music News for Bluebirdreviews. All rights reserved. 2014
- Written by Deb Hebert
Artist: Joe Bonamassa
Album: Different Shades Of Blue
Label: J & R Adventures, Inc.
Release Date: September 23, 2014
"Blues Rock Titan" (Guitar World), "The New King Of Blues" (Guitarist Magazine), and "the hardest working man in the business", describe Joe Bonamassa, for good reason. Bonamassa's career began onstage opening for B.B. King in 1989, when he was only 12 years old. The bluesman gained valuable experience by sharing the stage with other veteran musicians decades his senior. By 17, Bonamassa recorded an album with the American blues rock band, Bloodline, in advance of launching his solo career. Such milestones cast a solid foundation for an enduring presence in today's music scene. Accomplishments highlighted in the artist's bio reflect a mere tip of the "blues" iceberg, though.
Averaging 200 shows per year, Bonamassa tours the world, Spring and Fall, thrilling thousands of music lovers with his unique brand of intoxicating blues-rock. He has performed and collaborated with (or appeared on) a literal list of Who's Who in the music community (Eric Clapton, Johnny Winters, Jimmy Barnes, Jon Lord, Ian Anderson, John Hiatt, Paul Rodgers, Black Country Communion, Rock Candy Funk Party, to name but a few). He has twelve #1 Billboard Blues Albums (more than any other artist) and received his first Grammy nomination in 2013 for his collaboration with Beth Hart on the duo's sophomore album Seesaw. Bonamassa's 2013 solo acoustic project An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House was nominated by the Blues Music Awards for Best DVD and his 2009 DVD Live From The Royal Albert Hall recently received RIAA Platinum Certification.
Through the years, Bonamassa has given back to his fans by signing memorabilia and posing for photos. He truly wants to thank his fans for their loyalty and dedication. Because of their unrelenting enthusiasm on social media, the guitarist's reputation has grown from thousands to 2.2 million Facebook "Likes". As a devout fan, I can attest to the lengths which Bona-fans will go to display their unwavering support. They act like one big, happy family, stretching arms to all corners of the globe.