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Album Review: STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL RELEASE THE EXCELLENT “SO FAMILIAR”

This week’s list of new releases was saturated with quality material for a review from some veteran acts and some lesser known musicians. After sampling all the new albums on the list, I brought the contenders from twenty to about six. The Drive-By Truckers, Elvis Presley w/ The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Beach Slang, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Yawpers + Steve Martin & Edie Brickell had the best releases of the week. After repeated sampling, I came to the tough decision that Steve Martin and Edie Brickell had the most promising new album for the week.

The album begins with the title track “So Familiar”, which opens with a wonderful partnering of an organ and Martin’s banjo. Edie takes charge vocally on this up-beat non-traditional number, that is more like a bluegrass crossover.

“Always Will” is an Appalachian love song with a level of playfulness in Edie’s vocals.

“Way Back In The Day” is a 70’s style ballad that combines gorgeous strings and piano with the country flavor of steel guitar. This is a highly reflective tune and takes things very deep.

Girl-rock and country are combined on “Won’t Go Back”, which blurs the lines further with the addition of saxophone and a short electro-celt thing closer to the end of the track.

The sentiment on “I’m By Your Side” is heart-warming and Edie easily convinces the ears that she means every word.

“I Had A Vision” is a fantastic song, but is a bit of a sad tale with the optimism of someone who is somewhat ignorant of how much time they have let pass them by, but still certain of the time they think they have left them. Edie’s voice wraps itself perfectly around every word.

A wood-wind begins the sweet “I Have You”, which shows Steve singing along-side of Edie, while their voices are wrapped in lovely strings and keys.

Things go the rowdy bluegrass direction on “Another Round”, which is mostly a tip of the hat to corn liquor, which gets the narrator high, quicker. It is a fun, high-energy tune that has a live vibe, as if walking down the street with people joining in to clap and sing-along.

“Mine All Mine” combines the concept of love at first sight and the idea that the woman gets what she wants. It also shines light on the fact that, as men, we are often the last to know.

“Heart Of A Dreamer” has the feel of West Virginia in the early hours of the day, with Celtic roots firmly planted.

The banjo lullaby of “My Baby” is a song that Edie sings to a yet to be born baby, while Steve’s strings serenade sweet dreams.

The album ends with the extremely depressing “Heartbreaker”, which tells the story of losing a child, but the circumstances and whose point of view the song is told from, are not totally clear.

I would be lying if I said that “So Familiar” from Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, was everything that I had thought it would be from the first album and the live release. However, I would never even think to say that it isn’t a solid album, because between these two remarkable performers, there is no way it wouldn’t be. Edie’s voice is like laying on soft grass underneath the shade of a tree beside a river that sings the tales of the world without judgment. Steve plays banjo like a leisurely stroll through the autumn leaves on a warm day, even when tearing through solos. Though the album is titled as belonging to Steve and Edie, compared to their other album together, this appears as much less of a collaborative effort and more as and Edie Brickell album that features Steve Martin on most of the tracks. Their fairly traditional sound, has become more of a bluegrass crossover, with moments of country and even electronic flavors. This album is suited for fans of Martin or Brickell and those who like American hybrids. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! As a nod to this scary holiday, I am including some video links for seasonally appropriate songs.  Some of these are well-known and others are buried treasures.

Leftover Salmon “Zombie Jamboree” live video link here.

Ozzy Osbourne “Shot In The Dark” video link here.

Phish “Wolfman’s Brother” live video link here.

The Ramones “Pet Semetary” video link here.

Donovan “Season Of The Witch” audio/visual link here.

ALO “Dead Still Dance” live video link here.

While there are tons more tunes that are suited for this spookiest of holidays, we will save those for years to come. Don’t forget all the incredibly ghoulish live music there is to hear along the Front Range, this weekend. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY HAUNTING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTH DAY LARRY MULLEN JR. JOHNNY MARR, AD-ROCK & More…

1937- Tom Paxton (folk singer)          78 yrs.

Tom Paxton “Last Thing On My Mind” live video link here.

1947- Russ Ballard (guitarist + singer w/ Argent; “Hold Your Head Up”)          68 yrs.

1952- Bernard Edwards (producer + member of Chic; “Le Freak”; produced for ABC, Rod Stewart, Power Station; died in 1996)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

1956- Tony Bowers (member of Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias + Simply Red; “Holding Back The Years”)         59 yrs.

1961- Larry Mullen Jr. (drummer w/ U2; “With Or Without You”, “The Fly”, “Bad” + more)
54 yrs.

U2 w/ Larry Mullen Jr. “Bullet The Blue Sky” live video link here.

1963- Johnny Marr (guitarist + songwriter w/ The Smiths; “Girlfriend In A Coma” + “How Soon Is Now?”; member of Electronic + Modest Mouse; also worked w/ The Pretenders, The The + more…; solo artist)          52 yrs.

The Smiths w/ Johnny Marr “Panic” video link here.

1963- Mikkey Dee (drummer w/ Motorhead; “Ace Of Spades”)           52 yrs.

1964- Colm O’Ciosoig (member of My Bloody Valentine; “To Here Knows When”)
51 yrs.

1965- Annabella Lwin (vocals w/ Bow Wow Wow; “I Want Candy”)            50 yrs.

Bow Wow Wow w/ Annabella Lwin “I Want Candy” video link here.

1966- Adam Horovitz a.k.a. Ad-Rock (lyricist, rapper + guitarist w/ The Beastie Boys; “No Sleep Til Brooklyn”, “Whatcha Want”, “Hey Ladies” + more…; actor)        49 yrs.

Beastie Boys w/ Ad-Rock “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRACE SLICK, JOEY BELLADONNA, GAVIN ROSSDALE & More…

1939- Eddie Holland (singer + songwriter w/ the team Holland/Dozier/Holland; co-wrote Motown hits for Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Four Tops + more…; also a music producer)            76 yrs.

1939- Grace Slick (vocalist w/ Jefferson Airplane; “White Rabbit” + “Volunteers”; singer w/ Starship; “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”)              76 yrs.

Jefferson Airplane w/ Grace Slick “Somebody To Love” live video link here.

1939- Otis Williams (member of The Temptations; “Just My Imagination”; died in 2014)

1946- Chris Slade (drummer w/ Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, AC/DC + more…)         69 yrs.

1947- Timothy B Schmit (vocalist + bassist w/ Poco; joined the Eagles in 1977 “Hotel California”)           68 yrs.

The Eagles w/ Timothy B Schmit “Take It To The Limit” live video link here.

1949- David Green (bassist w/ Air Supply; “The One That You Love”)             66 yrs.

1960- Joey Belladonna (member of Anthrax; “Got The Time”)              55 yrs.

Anthrax w/ Joey Belladonna “Indians” live video link here.

1963- Jerry De Borg (guitarist w/ Jesus Jones; “Right Here, Right Now”)              52 yrs.

1967- Gavin Rossdale (singer + guitarist w/ Bush; “Everything’s Zen”, “Machinehead” + more…)              48 yrs.

Bush w/ Gavin Rossdale “Machinehead” video link here.

1970- Tommy Walter (bassist + songwriter w/ The Eels)              45 yrs.

The Eels w/ Tommy Walter “Novocaine For The Soul” video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER GREEN, KEVIN DUBROW, ROGER O’DONNELL & More…

1944- Denny Laine (member of The Moody Blues; “Go Now”; member of Wings; “Band On The Run”)              71 yrs.

1946- Rob Van Leeuwen (member of Shocking Blue; “Venus”)             69 yrs.

1946- Peter Green (vocals + guitar w/ John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers; early member of Fleetwood Mac)           69 yrs.

Fleetwood Mac w/ Peter Green “Need Your Love So Bad” live video link here

1948- Ricky Reynolds (member of Black Oak Arkansas; “Jim Dandy To The Rescue”)
67 yrs.

1955- Kevin DuBrow (singer w/ Quiet Riot; “Cum On Feel The Noize”; died in 2007)

Quiet Riot w/ Kevin Dubrow “Metal Health” live video link here.

1955- Roger O’Donnell (keyboardist w/ The Cure; “Love Song”; worked w/ The Thompson Twins, Psychedelic Furs + Berlin)           60 yrs.

The Cure w/ Roger O’Donnell “A Forest” live video link here.

1962- Einar Orn (vocals w/ The Sugarcubes; “Hit”)              53 yrs.
No Photos Available.

1965- Peter Timmins (member of The Cowboy Junkies; “Sweet Jane”)             50 yrs.

Cowboy Junkies w/ Peter Timmins “Blue Moon Revisited” live video link here

1970- Toby Smith (keyboardist w/ Jamiroquai; “Virtual Insanity”)           45 yrs.

1984- Chris Baio (musician w/  Vampire Weekend)             31 yrs.

Vampire Weekend w/ Chris Baio “Oxford Comma” video link here.

These are today’s birthdays, accompanied by video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME ARE COMING TO PIMP-OUT YOUR HALLOWEEN!!!!

As Halloween weekend quickly approaches, many of us are looking at all of the musical options for the spookiest of holidays. For a choice that is all treat and no trick, the sure bet is Brooklyn-based Pimps Of Joytime. This soul-funk outfit is playing two shows along the Front Range this weekend. The group will be in Fort Collins at Hodi’s Half Note on 10/30 and at the Gothic Theatre in Denver on Halloween night. In Fort Collins, Dechen Hawk’s Jus Sayin will be opening, and Analog Son opens in Denver.

The Pimps Of Joytime have a sound that combines the deepest of soul with the stankiest of stanky funk, but that’s not all. They also have elements of bayou boogie, blues and afrobeat mixed in obvious and subtle ways. The level of percussion is thunderous and lends itself to world sounds. I have seen them a couple of times and have listened to both live and studio material, and can’t find anything about them that’s not to like. They make feet move and asses shake with tremendous playing and a well-rounded vocal strength, that is as rare as it is spine-tingling. For a true party, the PJTs can’t be beat. To further make my point, I am adding some video links, so you can see and hear for yourself.

Pimps Of Joytime “Pimpin Music” live video link here.

Pimps Of Joytime “Janxta Funk” live video link here.

Pimps Of Joytime “Booty Text” live video link here.

That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

Happy Listening!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLEO LAINE, CHARLIE DANIELS, BEN HARPER & More…

1927- Cleo Laine (jazz singer; “You’ll Answer To Me”)        88 yrs.

Cleo Laine “Fascinating Rhythm” live video link here.

1936-Charlie Daniels (singer/songwriter/fiddle player; “Devil Went Down To Georgia”)
79 yrs.

Charlie Daniels Band “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” live video link here.

1937- Graham Bond (keyboardist + saxophone w/ The Graham Bond Organisation; worked with Jack Bruce + Ginger Baker; died in 1974)

1940- Wayne Fontana (member of Mindbenders; “Groovy Kind Of Love”)          75 yrs.

1948- Telma Hopkins (singer w/ Tony Orlando + Dawn; “Knock Three Times”)         67 yrs.

1953- Desmond Child (musician/songwriter/producer; co-wrote hits w/ KISS, Katy Perry, Aerosmith, Weezer + more…)           62 yrs.

1957- Stephen Morris (drummer w/ Joy Division; “Love Will Tear Us Apart”; member of New Order; “Blue Monday”; member of The Other Two)           58 yrs.

1958- Dave Wyndorf (vocalist, multi-instrumentalist + songwriter w/ Monster Magnet)
57 yrs.

Monster Magnet w/ Dave Wyndorf “Space Lord” video link here.

1969- Ben Harper (singer/songwriter/guitarist; “Burn To Shine”, “Steal My Kisses” + more…; has fronted The Innocent Criminals + The Relentless 7; has recorded with Blind Boys Of Alabama, Charlie Musselwaite + more…)                         46 yrs.

Ben Harper “No Quarter” live video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SIMON LE BON, SCOTT WEILAND & More…

1949- Byron Allred (keyboardist w/ Steve Miller Band; “The Joker”)                 66 yrs.

1949- Garry Tallent (founding member + bassist w/ Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band; “Dancing In The Dark”, “Fire” + more…)                      66  yrs.

Bruce Springseen & The E Street Band w/ Garry Tallent
“Thunder Road” live video link here.

1951- Ken Downing (guitarist w/ Judas Priest; “Livin After Midnight”)            64 yrs.

1953- Peter Dodd (guitarist w/ The Thompson Twins; “Hold Me Now”)         62 yrs.
No Photos Available.

1958- Simon Le Bon (singer w/ Duran Duran; “The Reflex”; also a member of Arcadia)
57 yrs.

Duran Duran w/ Simon Le Bon “Rio” video link here.

1967- Scott Weiland (singer + songwriter w/ Stone Temple Pilots; “Plush”, “Sex Type Thing”; also a member of Velvet Revolver; solo artist)          48 yrs.

Stone Temple Pilots w/ Scott Weiland “Sex Type Thing” video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a couple of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Review: BLACK VIOLIN PLAYS TWO SHOWS AT THE LINCOLN CENTER…

On Saturday afternoon, my family and I went to the Lincoln Center for the 2 p.m. performance by Black Violin. For those that aren’t familiar, and I wasn’t until a few weeks ago, Black Violin is a genre-crushing duo from Florida. With Wil B on viola and Kev Marcus on violin, these two classically trained musicians push through musical borders. They are joined by a turntablist and a drummer to perform classical music with hip-hop beats.

Before the group was introduced, the emcee wanted everyone to take out their phones. Normally, it would have been when we would have been asked to silence our phones and told not to take pictures or video during the show, but this was a different show, where the performers encouraged sharing on various media platforms. The set began with the drummer and DJ warming-up the crowd before Wil B and Kev Marcus hit the stage and the title track off of their latest album “Stereotypes”, which was high energy strings on steroids. The pair of string musicians were heavily entertaining and were in total control of the truly all ages audience. Kev Marcus is a phenomenal violinist and Wil B plays the viola, the traditional way and like a ukulele, plays keys and has a pretty good voice. Along with several originals, they did marvelous covers of Mark Ronson’s “Don’t Believe Me Just Watch” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”. The group played a little over an hour, and left a lively crowd wanting more.

Black Violin is a truly positive, interactive experience, that bends and breaks stereotypes of both classical and modern dance music. We were surrounded by kids and adults of all ages, who all seemed to be able to find an element of the sound that resonated with them. Several of the kids I saw, were dancing, clapping and waving their arms to the music, without a clue as to the fact that they were being educated at the same time they were being entertained. String music isn’t the most popular genre among the youth, so any way that they can be exposed to and even find enjoyment in it, is a good thing. If you enjoy, or even have an appreciation for classical music, Black Violin is a fresh way to listen to the genre. That’s What I Know, So That’s What I Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Music To Hear: 11/02 – 11/08: BRUCE COCKBURN, WILLIAM TOPLEY & More…

 FORT COLLINS AREA 11/02/15

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Stand-Up Comedy’ @ 7 p.m. ; ‘Funk Jam’ @ 10 p.m.            FREE!!!!

DENVER AREA 11/02/15

Gothic Theatre- The Sword w/ All Them Witches                     $19.99

Quixote’s True Blue- Jalbatross feat. Ryan Jalbert (The Motet)              9 p.m.                $5

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/03/15

Avogadro’s Number- ‘Open Mic Night’                     7:30 p.m.

Pourhouse (Loveland)- ‘Open Jazz Jam’ feat. The Pourhouse Jazz Trio                 7:30 p.m.

DENVER AREA 11/03/15

Bluebird Theatre*- Heartless Bastards w/ Slothrust                    8 p.m.                $20

Quixote’s True Blue- ‘Open Stage/$2 Tuesday Dead’                     8 p.m.                 FREE!!!!

BOULDER AREA 11/03/15

Lazy Dog- ‘Open Jam’                    10 p.m.                   FREE!!!!

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Mic’                9 p.m.

St. Julien*- Kort McCumber                  6:30-9:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/04/15

Armory- Jonatha Brooke w/ Solomon Cook                    7-9:30 p.m.                   $25

DENVER AREA 11/04/15

Armoury- ‘FU^K: Armoury’s Weekly Wednesday Funk Jam’                    9:30 p.m.

Cervantes’ Otherside- New Kingston w/ Collierad + Congo Sanchez                  $7-10

Gothic Theatre- Houndmouth w/ Cicada Rhythm                     8 p.m.                    $20

BOULDER AREA 11/04/15

Boulder Theatre*- Youssou N’Dour                        8 p.m.                    $34

Etown Hall*- Heartless Bastards + Charlie Musselwhite (live radio show taping)
7-9 p.m.                  SOLD OUT!!!!

Laughing Goat- Purple Squirrel                        8 p.m.

Owsley’s Golden Road- Flash Mountain Flood                      7 p.m.                      $10

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Blues Night’                      10 p.m.               FREE!!!!

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/05/15

Aggie Theatre*- ALO w/ Yojimbo                   $15

Hodi’s Half Note- New Kingston w/ Rudie Clash + Rawtune                    $8-15

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- Adam Larson Quartet                 7 p.m.                    $10

Rialto Theatre* (Loveland)- BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet                     7:30 p.m.
$37-42

DENVER AREA 11/05/15

Bluebird Theatre- Family Of The Year w/ Kaleo                          8 p.m.                     $18.75

Cervantes’ Otherside- Evergreen Grass Band w/ Modern Whiskey Market + Ginny Mules
8 p.m.                          Free- $10

Gothic Theatre- Moon Taxi w/ Koa                       8 p.m.                       $22-40

Larimer Lounge- Post Paradise w/ Grim & Darling, Hi-Strung + DJ N810                    9 p.m.
$8-10

Ogden Theatre- Sturgill Simpson w/ Billy Wayne Davis                    8 p.m.
SOLD OUT!!!!

BOULDER AREA 11/05/15

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- ‘Thursday Open Mic’                    7 p.m.                  FREE!!!!

Fox Theatre- The Travelin’ McCourys w/ Blackberry Bushes String Band                     9 p.m.
$20-24

Lazy Dog- Elephant Wrecking Ball w/ TBA                       10 p.m.                      FREE!!!!

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Jam’                  10 p.m.                     FREE!!!!

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/06/15

Aggie Theatre*- The Werks + Twiddle w/ Miscomunicado                           $17

Avogadro’s Number- Pouder River Irregulars                     4 p.m.                  FREE!!!!

Avogadro’s Number- Blackberry Bushes String Band                    8 p.m.               $10

Downtown Artery- ‘First Friday Free Show’ w/ Elephant Wrecking Ball feat. members of Pretty Lights Band                          8-11:55 p.m.

Moxi Theatre* (Greeley)- My Blue Sky (Allman Brothers tribute)                   8 p.m.                 $10

DENVER AREA 11/06/15

Bluebird Theatre*- Head For The Hills w/ Kitchen Dwellers                    9 p.m.              $12

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom*- The Travelin’ McCourys w/ Wood & Wire
$15-20

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Wookiefoot w/ Ableminds + Home                      $15-20

Daniels Hall*- Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet w/ Anne McCue                           $32-34

Gothic Theatre*- Rusted Root w/ Devon Allman Band + A-Mac DZ                    8 p.m.            $26.75

Larimer Lounge- Beach Slang w/ Lithuania + Worriers                       7 p.m.                      $12

Ogden Theatre- Sturgill Simpson w/Billy Wayne Davis                 8 p.m.               SOLD OUT!!!!

The 1Up- Conspirator                              $20-25

BOULDER AREA 11/06/15

Boulder Theatre*- Bruce Cockburn                      7:30 p.m.                    $29.50-39.50

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- Chris Daniels & The Kings                   8 p.m.                         $9

Etown Hall*- ‘Bold Voices: A Benefit Concert For Women & Girls Of Colorado’ feat. Liz Barnez, Rebecca Folsom + Hazel Miller                 7-9 p.m.                $40-150

Fox Theatre- Phutureprimitive w/ Bass Physics + Toy Box                       $15-20

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/07/15

Aggie Theatre*- The Travelin’ McCourys w/ Wood & Wire                       $15

Avogadro’s Number- Good Time Travelers w/ Justin Roth              8 p.m.               $8

Hodi’s Half Note*- Wookiefoot w/ Jaden Carlson Band                     $12-20

DENVER AREA 11/07/15

Bluebird Theatre*- ALO w/ Yojimbo                    9 p.m.              $18

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom- Phutureprimitive w/ Bass Physics, Aytiko + Seied
$18-22

Gothic Theatre*- William Topley                  9 p.m.                  $32

Hi Dive- Matt Pond PA w/ Laura Stevenson                             8 p.m.                  $15-17

Marquis Theatre- Teenage Bottlerocket w/ The Gamits, The Nobodys + Caskitt
$13-15

Ogden Theatre- Sublime & Rome w/ The Expendables                        9 p.m.                       $40

Walnut Room- Citizen Dan (Steely Dan tribute)                  7:30 p.m.                      $10-15

The 1Up- Conspirator                          $20-25

BOULDER AREA 11/07/15

Boulder Theatre*- Twiddle + The Werks w/ Evanoff                         $20-23

Etown Hall*- Otis Taylor’s 2015 Trance Blues Jam Fest’      (workshops 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
(Grand Jam 7-10 p.m.)                      $20-65

BOULDER AREA 11/08/15

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- Mark Cormican & Starwood present ‘tribute to John Denver’
7 p.m.                     $10-12

Owsley’s Golden Road- ‘Sunday Funday’ w/ Porch Song                      4:20 p.m.

These are the shows coming to the area, next week. It isn’t the biggest week for live shows, but there is still some amazing music to hear along the Front Range. I have marked the shows I recommend with an * after the name of the venue. For a more extensive list of music coming to the northern half of Colorado over the next few months, check-out the Coming Attractions page. That’s What I Know, So That’s What I Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉