Jared James Nichols Rocks ‘Bad Roots’ and Takes his Show on the Road July 28, 2021 News Musicians
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By JOHN DALY
Jared James Nichols has released “Bad Roots” and will take his show on the road for a U.S. club tour with John 5 starting August 10.
His EP Shadow Dancer will drop September 17 on Black Hill Records.
The trek includes a handful of headlining shows, as well as festival appearances. Nichols and his band will also join KISS for the KISS Cruise from October 29-November 3.
“This song is an audio affirmation, an anthem to rise above, and continue to reach for good instead of evil,” Nichols said. “We cannot hide or change the past, and we must learn from and own our mistakes, to ensure ourselves a better future. So, turn it up LOUD and hang on tight!”
The new single “Bad Roots” comes on the heels of his first single “Skin ‘n Bone”
Check out the video for ‘Skin ‘n Bone’ here:
With his Gibson Les Paul — aka “Old Glory” — and his strong vocals, Nichols virtually reinvents blues-drenched Rock ‘N’ Roll.
His shows are high-energy, and his pick-less guitar-playing leave an imprint. His records include Old Glory & the Wild Revival (2015), and the follow up Black Magic (2018).
Nichols has performed over 400 live dates traveling all around the world with his band and performed onstage with giants like Slash, Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, and the late, great Leslie West, among others.
Check out Jared James Nichols rocker ‘Bad Roots’ here:
Joe Bonamassa Tells the Story of His Music Industry Experiences with ‘Notches’ July 23, 2021 News Musicians
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Joe Bonamassa has ‘Notches’ – Photo by Eleanor Jane
By DONNA BALANCIA
Joe Bonamassa has dropped “Notches,” a rocker anthem with a liberating video, off his upcoming studio album to be released later this year.
“Notches” tells of the journey Joe has taken to find success. The new music by the prolific blues-rocker reflects the experience of a wiser artist who once was at the mercy of the record companies. Bonamassa’s new sound is raw and is a cry of victory, a result of his years of resolute devotion to his craft.
“Twenty years ago, I recorded a record of covers that eventually was called ‘Blues Deluxe,’ ” Bonamassa recalled. “It was recorded at Bobby Nathan’s studio in Manhattan. It captured an energy and purpose that always stuck with me as an artist…The music business is tough, very tough. Especially back in those days when major labels pulled all the strings and, in my case, all the punches.”
Joe Bonamassa on TV in Notches – Courtesy Paul van Kan
The new music video was directed by Paul van Kan.
On “Notches,” Bonamassa hit the studio with Kevin Shirley, who produces, and manager-business partner Roy Weisman who executive produces.
The track was mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Toto, Bon Jovi) and was co-written with Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke). Recorded in New York City at Germano Studios-The Hit Factory the band includes Steve Mackey (bass), Lachy Doley (piano), Bunna Lawrie (didgeridoo), Bobby Summerfield (percussion), and Late Night with David Letterman‘s Anton Fig (drums and percussion), along with Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Prinnie Stevens on backing vocals. The fantastic artwork on this single was created by famous graphic artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Whitesnake).
For Joe Bonamassa records and tour dates go to his website at jbonamassa.com.
By DONNA BALANCIA – Dr. Boogie has the prescription for Saturday night. The bandmates in Dr. Boogie — guitarist Dustin James, dynamic blond-haired frontman Chris Parsekian, bassist and drummer Luis Herrera — are Rock ’N’ […]
Review: Jakob Dylan Seeks Healing with New Album ‘Exit Wounds’ July 11, 2021 News Musicians
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By AVA LIVERSIDGE
When The Wallflowers established themselves as principal players in the post-grunge pop-rock emergence, they were met with praise, awards, and a horizon teeming with great expectation and talent. This was the high note upon which the outfit took hiatus nearly a decade ago.
Today, Jakob Dylan has taken hold of the a solo roots rock endeavor and is back with Exit Wounds, the long-awaited record.
What Dylan has been up to over the past decade may clue us in to the occasionally lackluster, then at times formidable, alternative rock presented on Exit Wounds. His hiatus
consisted most notably of solo projects met with varying degrees of critical acceptance, but all working within the same constraints of bolstered Americana. Dylan seems to have gotten comfortable, shunting some of his edge along the way.
Exit Wounds is The Wallflowers’ most succinct, tidy, record yet. It’s the reflection of years and years spent scrupulously mapping out one sound. That isn’t to say Dylan has not wisened over his solo years. Amidst the consistent formula of a leading piano part, some leathery electric guitar on top, and an arpeggiated acoustic accompaniment, there truly are pockets of brilliance.
“Roots and Wings,” track two of ten, is a dive-bar romp, both groovy and bitter, and featuring a crying electric guitar interlude that is certainly a record standout. “Darlin’
Hold On” features a slightly insipid chorus, but makes up for it in compelling verses and backing vocals, provided by Shelby Lynne and reminiscent of [Bob] Dylan’s later works. As the record’s requisite piano ballad, it’s underwhelming, but Dylan’s lyrical impulse hints at looming potential. The record comes alive on “The Dive Bar In My Heart” which boasts a breathlessness in its rant-ish cadence and urgency while maintaining the somber and emotional maturity that haunts all of Exit Wounds.
The record begins to crumble when a diversion from genre is attempted, particularly on its backside, including “Who’s That Man Walking ‘Round My Garden” which features a tedious bluesy call and response pattern. Any experimentation leaves the listener wishing for the days of pure, regurgitated roots rock. Regardless of any false starts or banal production value, Dylan is a veritably tuneful songwriter who was able to produce the familiar melodious tracks for which he is known.
He hums, “I hear the ocean (when I wanna hear trains)” on the track of the same title. Dylan seems to not only name the sonic juncture he has confronted, but also notes the progress that lies in front of him.
Holistically, the record speaks of searching and inquisition into the overcast side of life. Perhaps after Exit Wounds, Jakob Dylan will find what he’s looking for and The Wallflowers’ sonic evolution will emerge in earnest.
Edited by JOHN DALY Bob Dylan will release Rough and Rowdy Ways on June 19, his first album of original material in eight years. It’s also the first full-length collection for Dylan since 2016, the […]
Nederlander, Live Nation and Bruce Springsteen Host Theatre Receive Millions in SBA Grants June 24, 2021 News Musicians
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Concert promoter Danny Wimmer Presents among those to receive SBA Grant
By DONNA BALANCIA
The Nederlander Organization, James Nederlander Inc., and Live Nation’s The Regent Theater in Los Angeles were among top recipients of the SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, according to documents published by the Small Business Administration this week.
Nederlander, which operates Broadway shows and which produced concert events, was awarded $20 million, with $10 million awarded to Los Angeles-based James Nederlander and $10 million going to Nederlander Organization in New York.
Live Nation, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol LYV, was also awarded money, collecting at least $2.46 million for its Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Additional recipients of Shuttered Venue Operators Grants in the Los Angeles area were listed as:
Golin Theatres Inc., $10 million
Regency Theatres Inc., $9.589 million
Danny Wimmer Presents, $9.413 million
Sterling Venue Ventures, $7.028 million
Laemmle Theatres, LLC, $5.569 million
WERM Investment LLC of Sherman Oaks, $4.895 million
Metroplex Theatres, LLC of Torrance, $4.387 million
Cineconcerts LLC, of Thousand Oaks, $2.788 million
Lodge Room HP LLC, $1.651 million
Laugh Factory Inc., $1.484 million
Ben Bollinger Productions, Inc., $1.41 million
Also in Los the Los Angeles area, Izamaxali LLC, which does business as The Bootleg Theatre, received $622,948; Cafe Fais Do Do Inc. received $152,930 and The Pan African Film & Arts Festival received $276,929.
In Orange County, LFA Group, operator of The Garden Grove Amphitheater received $457,575 and Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach received $4.254 million and Rumba Room Live Anaheim LLC received $1.428 million. In San Diego, Casbah Rock Inc. received $1.05 million; San Diego Theatres got $3.773 million and SD Bayfest LLC received $563,647 million. In Encinitas, the La Paloma Theatre received $262,520.
In New York City, Jujamcyn Theaters LLC, which operates the St. James Theatre, where Bruce Springsteen is expected to resume his widely publicized one-man show, received $10 million, according to the SBA documents.
By JOHN DALY Hollywood Park has teamed with Live Nation to partner on a multi-year booking pact for a brand new 6,000-seat performance venue, called The Performance Venue at Hollywood Park. The space is part […]
Interview: Brandon Jenner EP ‘Short of Home’ Inspired by Legacy of Family and Friends June 18, 2021 News By DONNA BALANCIA, Musicians
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By DONNA BALANCIA
– Brandon Jenner is grateful for every moment, and this family man has made his feelings clear through his songwriting. His new EP Short of Home captures the gratitude this second-generation songwriter feels today.
Jenner has a famous name: He’s the son of Caitlyn Jenner and songwriter Linda Thompson. But he’s kept a low profile and quietly pursues the best that life has to offer not only for himself, but more importantly, for his young family.
“‘Fame and fortune’ was something that from a young age I realized doesn’t bring you any more happiness than you already have, and as a matter of fact, it can even make things darker,” Jenner said. “I focus on priorities for me. I don’t try to shy away, I just try to live my authentic life.”
Jenner said the center of that authentic life revolves around his wife, Cayley, and his children who help him stay grounded and happy.
“I have a 5-year-old daughter and twin boys, which is exciting as can be,” he said. “They’re fraternal twins who couldn’t be more different. We chase them around all day, unless they’re sleeping.”
Brandon Jenner ‘Short of Home’
Jenner said the collection of songs on Short of Home have in some way been inspired by family and friends.
“Kids definitely change your outlook on life and in general,” he said. “I think everything I do I filter through whether or not it would be good for them, whether or not it honors them in the right way. That affects my music, the kind of music I make, what I write. And all my effort is making the world a better place for them, not necessarily for myself any more, so they have a lovely world to live in and hopefully they can achieve the happiness I’m achieving these days, which I’m grateful for.”
Jenner’s attitude is one of appreciation.
“I notice that with the people around me that with maturity comes appreciation for the little things,” he said. “That’s something I emulate and practice as I’ve grown up. Even a breath of air, the way it makes your body feel, the fact we’re functioning and alive and aware and concious … is a real blessing. It’s a blessing to be here.”
Life Experiences Shape Brandon Jenner EP
Short of Home, the new six-song EP, has some important themes that Jenner said transcend normal everyday life.
“One of the songs that’s most important to me is a song called ‘Life For Two,’ which I just finished a video for,” he said. “That is the only song on this record that someone asked me to write a song for them, for their experience. I’ve done it in the past, where I’ve used something someone has gone through in their life as inspiration to write a song. But I was approached by a woman in Denmark a couple of years ago and she told me about her experience that she would be leaving behind a couple of young kids because she was diagnosed with an illness. She wated me to write a song about her and for her kids because I was her favorite songwriter. I was honored and humbled that she would even ask. That’s a song that’s super important for me on this record.”
‘Life For Two’ by Brandon Jenner:
“‘Something About You’ is about my wife, the love and admiration I have for her and the gratitude I have for the universe putting us together,” Jenner said. “Short Of Home’ is a collection of songs written with a lot of heart and emotion.”
One of the favorites on the record is “Give It All You’ve Got,” and Jenner said that upbeat track was inspired by a former presidential hopeful.
“I was listening to a podcast (N.J. Sen.) Cory Booker was on,” Jenner said. “He was talking about how he was sitting on his couch, he was having a terrible day, he grabbed a Ben and Jerry’s out of the freezer and he sat down and before he put the spoon in the first bite, he set it down and was overwhelmed with ‘I have to do something’ to change what was going on that day. He got up and grabbed a tent and camped in the park for days and started a fast.”
In 1998, Booker won a seat on the Municipal Council of Newark. A year later, to draw attention to the problems of rampant crime, violence and drug dealing, he went on a 10-day hunger strike while living in a tent and then a motor home in the city. Booker’s efforts made the media pay attention to the issues.
“He said everybody in every single moment has so much more power and they’re capable of so much more than they give themselves credit for,” Jenner said. “We just have to be brave, we have to put ourselves out on a limb and speak our mind and if we’re able to do that, we can really make the changes in this world we want to make. That’s where that song came from. ‘Give It All You’ve Got,’ doesn’t mean run the race harder or lift more weights at the gym. It means be yourself to the core and honor that and express that to the world.”
Advice for Young Musicians
In a world that’s overpowered by technology and hype, what advice would Jenner give young musicians so they can stand out?
“Continue to the ask the question, ‘Do I have anything I really want to say?’” Jenner said. “Do I have a message that I feel so strongly and passionate about that I need people to hear it. My focus on what music is here for is to get a message across. You have a few minutes to say anything you want to say with a captive audience and that’s a powerful tool.”
As for Jenner’s plans for the next year?
“Watching my kids grow up and make more music and hopefully my veggie garden continues to thrive,” he said. “Focus on my family, not just my kids but also my in-laws and mother and try to do things that make me smile. And try to, if I can, use music as a way to do it. But also I want to try to make people feel good in my life. I feel that when we’re gone, the only thing we leave behind is how we made people feel.”
Songs Tell The Story of This Second-Generation Actor By DONNA BALANCIA Kiefer Sutherland took guitar in hand and hit the Southern California stages last week, moving from Stagecoach to the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood […]
Green Day has released a new single “Pollyanna,” which gives the listening public hope for a better day.
The band also recently confirmed dates for the Hella Mega Tour with Weezer, Fall Out Boy, and The Interrupters this summer.
With the new track, “Pollyanna,” the Northern California-based Green Day shows a positive outlook for the future of the U.S. and for those who want to get together for entertainment and concerts.
The band recently announced rescheduled dates for the Hella Mega Tour, which kicks off in Dallas on July 24 and wraps on the West Coast in September. Weezer, Fall Out Boy and The Interrupters join Green Day on the Tour.
“Everything’s gonna be all right / Don’t let em get you down / Don’t let ’em push you around / We’re gonna take back the night!
Review: A Place to Bury Strangers Regroups But Retains its Trademark Sound with ‘Hologram’ April 23, 2021 News Musicians
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By AVA LIVERSIDGE
There aren’t many loud bands left. A Place to Bury Strangers is one of them and their latest EP, Hologram, keeps the torch aflame for staggering listening to come.
The Brooklynite and band progenitor, Oliver Ackerman (guitar, vocals), has welcomed a lineup change for 2021, inviting John Fedowitz (bass) and Sandra Fedowtiz (drums) to join him in his quest to become psychedelic metal machines- fitting words that have all been thrown around to try and define such a quizzical sound. The five tracks on Hologram comprise a body of music fueled by nervous energy, buzz-laden and searching. The record is a jerky ride, insular in an atmosphere in which abrupt cuts followed by doubled-down instrumentals feel like a natural marriage.
The trio seem to have perverted guitar and vocalist Oliver Ackerman’s shoegaze roots with mastery. What’s left is palatable sensationalism; an endless hum holds as the layers of each track weave in and out of center-stage. On Hologram, APTBS allows tracks to slip seamlessly out of great intensity just as often as they reach it, often outsmarting their audience.
Ackerman’s vocals are cool and watery, and everything else is the opposite. The feeling of each track is about as elusory as a hologram- take the evasive arc of “I Need You” or the, even, dissatisfying cuts on “In My Hive”. “Playing the Part” is an entire track that diverts to a quintessential soft punk take, highlighting the groups ability to embrace a melody and package experimentalism, but also their overarching divisive tendencies.
The lead single, “End of the Night” and it’s accompanying video – both out now – give us a glimpse into the physical projectile of an APTBS track, particularly how fluidly something from the group can both mellow and intensify. More so, how the intimacy of a one-room creative process makes vibrations tangible as they emerge from each mechanical component.
In breaking down the composition of any A Place to Bury Strangers project, you will find the rawness of mechanicalism paired with the psychedelia of machine-made noise. That is to say, APTBS is making machines come to life, pumping them with palpable energy and transfiguring analog severity atop a digitized base- metal for the modern age.
Most important to portraying the charged atmosphere the trio is known for are their live shows which follow the guidelines more for performance art than punk concert. Ackerman and crew have long-touted the way to listen to APTBS music is at a live experience with visual stimulants and similarly entranced peers, which will, hopefully, be a possibility on their upcoming 2022 worldwide tour. If all goes well, we might be able to experience Hologram in its intended, fully sensationalized effect, but, until then, the EP will be available for streaming on July 16.
Listen whenever, with whomever, but, whatever you do, listen as loud as possible.
July 30, 2020 News Musicians
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Review by AVA LIVERSIDGE In 1973, at the height of their established Rock N’ Roll royalty, The Rolling Stones released Goats Head Soup, an album leaving no territory uncharted. The album made expansive contributions to […]
By AVA LIVERSIDGE Creatives are doing what they do best during quarantine: getting creative, and supermodel turned gothic Americana singer-songwriter Karen Elson is no exception. On her new EP Radio Redhead Vol. 1, Elson shares […]