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The Sideshow Tragedy Interview for No Depression

The Sideshow Tragedy, Featuring Nathan Singleton and Jeremy Harrell.  Photo by Michael Craft

The Sideshow Tragedy, Featuring Nathan Singleton and Jeremy Harrell. Photo by Michael Craft

My interview of The Sideshow Tragedy posted in No Depression today.  Check out the fantastic, insightful responses from frontman Nathan Singleton here: http://nodepression.com/interview/sideshow-tragedy-set-drop-fiery-fifth-album

April 23, 2015 Posted by | Concert Season 2015, No Depression, The Sideshow Tragedy | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Luther Wright’s Long-Awaited New Album, “Hearts and Lonely Hunters” Coming Soon!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/luther-wright-s-long-awaited-new-album

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luther-Wright/651855241587626?fref=ts

“Comeover and Jam” with Luther Wright as he finishes his latest album, Hearts and Lonely Hunters.  Two preview mixes are available for a listen on the links above.  Both songs are addictive and poppy, and I am looking forward to hearing the rest soon!  You can also contribute to his campaign to raise money for manufacturing and producing the album, reserve your copy of the album and receive other perks.

April 19, 2015 Posted by | Concert Season 2015, Luther Wright | , , | 1 Comment

The Sideshow Tragedy – “Two Guns”


Planning an interview session for No Depression with this scorching duo, The Sideshow Tragedy. Their latest album, Capital, is set to drop May 5, 2015.  Check the link for tour dates near you!

April 16, 2015 Posted by | Concert Season 2015, The Sideshow Tragedy | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ayron Jones Solo Acoustic at High Dive 04.04.2015

For those of you not familiar with Seattle’s Ayron Jones and The Way, I thought I’d share this powerful video (and others) above. He played a fantastic acousitc show last night at The High Dive as part of their 10th anniversary celebration. Check out the videos and get a little taste of his talent on electric guitar as well as his soulful voice that can rock with the best of ’em. He just got back from SXSW and be starring on the Mainstage at Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge Memorial Day weekend. Check out his bio and more info here: http://ajandtheway.com/

April 5, 2015 Posted by | Ayron Jones, Concert Season 2015, High Dive | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interview with David Corley for No Depression

David Corley

David Corley

My interview with David Corley regarding his debut album, Available Light posted on No Depression today.  See the article and full interview here: http://nodepression.com/interview/david-corley-wishes-right-star-and-debut-album-soars

I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of his journey.  Looking forward to watching his album continue to soar!  Many thanks to Bernadette Quigley for the opportunity to interview him, and to Paul Kerr over at Blabber ‘N’ Smoke for catching my eye with your glowing review of David’s album! Check it out: https://paulkerr.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/david-corley-available-light/

March 28, 2015 Posted by | Concert Season 2015, David Corley | , , | 5 Comments

Stay Tuned for Interview with David Corley on No Depression

I was just offered a chance to interview David Corley for No Depression this week. Stay tuned for more details. His debut album, Available Light is brilliant, so I’m looking forward to spreading the news.  Meanwhile, check out his new video of his single, “Easy Mistake”, listen to his album on Bandcamp and purchase your own copy.  Support this talented artist!

March 22, 2015 Posted by | Americana, Concert Season 2015, David Corley | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

David Corley. Available Light.

aplscruf:

I can’t stop listening to this album called Available Light by David Corley. Please see the review by Blabber’n’Smoke and take a listen. Just ordered the CD via Bandcamp today.

Originally posted on Blabber 'n' Smoke:


It’s not often that one comes across a debut album from a 53 year old. It’s even rarer for that album to be a stone cold cracker, an instant classic (if such a thing exists), an album that immediately rewards and then gets better on repeated listens. Well, David Corley has achieved this with Available Light, ten songs of experience and at 53 Corley has a lot of experience under his belt. Raised in Lafayette, Indiana, Corley attended the University of Georgia leaving at the age of 20 after a series of “ecstatic visionary and mystical experiences” if we are to believe the biography. There followed 30 years of wanderlust and odd jobs coupled with a voracious reading and writing habit. Following cardiac problems he returned to Lafayette which brings us up to date and to the album.
Produced by Canadian Hugh Christopher Brown Available Light is an album that…

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March 19, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Doug Seegers Inspires at Tractor Tavern

I just posted a blog on No Depression regarding Doug Seegers’ show on February 22. Authentic Country. Check it out here:

http://nodepression.com/live-review/doug-seegers-inspirational-authentic-country-tractor-tavern-seattle

March 4, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Will Kimbrough and Brigitte DeMeyer Hang Out in Portland and Seattle Feb 4-6, 2015

Will Kimbrough and Brigitte DeMeyer at Doug Fir Lounge, Portland

Will Kimbrough and Brigitte DeMeyer at Doug Fir Lounge, Portland

I’m tired. It’s Deja Vu all over again. Didn’t we just do this last year?  Will Kimbrough brought Brigitte DeMeyer along to The Northwest this time to promote her new album, Savannah Road. Will and Brigitte collaborated on this soulful collection of 13 songs. Will’s backing vocals and harmonies blend so well with her sultry voice.

The week before, they toured California with other gigs scheduled in Oregon and Washington; a cancellation sent them home to Nashville for a few days before resuming their tour in Portland and Seattle. Pat and I were tasked with driving them back up to Seattle after their Portland gig at The Doug Fir Lounge. Of course, when I say “task”, I mean it was truly our pleasure to transport our musical heroes around Portland and Seattle.

Brigitte DeMeyer

Brigitte DeMeyer

The audience at Doug Fir was supportive and enthusiastic. We were thankful that quite a few people showed up on this Wednesday night; the show didn’t start until 9:00.

Unfortunately, Brigitte caught a bug on her way over from Nashville and started to lose her voice. She sang a few beautiful songs from Savannah Road and Rose of Jericho, but yielded to Will to finish out the show. They usually take turns showcasing their own music and playing duets.

Will Kimbrough

Will Kimbrough

Will’s setlist included songs from Sideshow Love and Willie Sugarcapps as well as songs from older albums (not in order–I wanted to sit back and enjoy the show this time around and not scribble in my journal):

Sideshow Love / Mr. Lee / Mud Bottom / Trouble / Let The Big World Spin / I Want Too Much / Diamond in A Garbage Can / Goodnight Moon / Godsend / Another Train / Wash and Fold / Horseshoe Lake / Piece of Work

I’m sure there are some I missed, but that gives an idea of the liveliness of the set.

The next morning, we packed up the truck with gear and the five of us, including our friend Lori (whose birthday party Will played last year).  We headed to Bellevue, Washington.  They were scheduled to appear on a radio show 3:00 at Bellevue College.  Traffic and a slow draw bridge increased our drive time by about a half hour.  We barely made it, but the program directors quickly got them ready for broadcasting.  Check out the audio here, about 26:40 min into the broadcast. http://kbcsweb.bellevuecollege.edu/playlist/player/?code=201502051500&hidesel=true

Will and Brigitte at KBCS Radio, Bellevue College

Will and Brigitte at KBCS Radio, Bellevue College

I am so impressed by the way they both can just go with the flow in these crazy, stressful situations. The whole trip seemed down to the minute everywhere we went. Will and Brigitte just sat right down, plugged in and started the show. Amazing. When they warmed up with a quick sound check, Will belted out “Trouble” and I watched the radio crew’s faces light up and their jaws drop to the floor.  Yeah. We know.

Will was on point and played comic relief to Brigitte, whose voice was now a whisper.  She spoke a little about her new album and let Will lead with three songs: Trouble, (Willie Sugarcapps), Mud Bottom (Willie Sugarcapps) and Emotion Sickness (Sideshow Love). They were going to end the show there, but had a little more time. Brigitte helped him as he read lyrics off his phone for Mud and Moss, his Birthday song for Lori last year. We had a blast watching them and trying to keep from laughing aloud in the studio’s living room (it was located in a small house). Ethan Anderson from Massy Ferguson is also an instructor at the college. He joined us briefly, but had to get back to class. We were happy he showed up to support this fantastic duo.

We then headed out across I-90 to Seattle where, after a snafu at the Hilton with reservations, we had about 15 minutes to stuff Will and Brigitte into a taxi and get them to the Royal Room in Columbia City for sound check. We finished getting ready while we waited for another friend, Kenny, to join us. We took Uber in to the Royal Room and were pleased to walk in and see lots of people we knew and a full dining room.

Will and Brigitte at The Royal Room - Columbia City (Seattle)

Will and Brigitte at The Royal Room – Columbia City (Seattle)

Brigitte allowed Will to run the show this night, as she needed to rest her voice. She did join him for a few songs and backed with her guitar and sang for a few minutes.

Will was the funny man tonight and kept us entertained with stories about his dad, growing up a Democrat in Alabama (he and his friends who moved away are lovingly referred to as escapees) and other anecdotes from his full and fascinating life.

Will

Will

But the music was foremost, and once again he blew us away. He uses a little Regal guitar from the 1930’s, which is small enough to take with him on the plane. He made that thing sing, and he raked over the frets with his copper slide to whoops and applause from the crowd.

Brigitte accompanying Will as he flies into a solo

Brigitte accompanying Will as he flies into a solo

Besides playing tunes from Willie Sugarcapps and Sideshow Love as he did the previous night, Will dove deep into his prolific catalog and tested some new songs for a future record:

Philadelphia, MS / Diamond in a Garbage Can / Goodnight Moon / Godsend / Horseshoe Lake / Glory Be / Big Sister / I Don’t Like It / Star / another about his dad called I Hear Your Voice, and an improvised Gotta Pee song for Lori and Kenny when they stepped out for a few minutes. He also made another attempt at a few verses of Mud and Moss which cracked everyone up. Here are the original lyrics to the version he played in Bellingham last year:

Lyrics for "Mud and Moss" written that afternoon!

Lyrics for “Mud and Moss” written that afternoon!

Will at Royal Room

Will at Royal Room

Will played for almost three hours to an elated audience.  It was the best show I’ve ever seen him play.

We were honored to be a part of this short tour.  Now, it’s time to rest and recover before heading out to another show.

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Will Kimbrough and Brigitte DeMeyer tour California, Oregon and Washington!

Will Kimbrough at Slims, San Francisco.  Photo Credit: Jacob Knight

Will Kimbrough at Slims, San Francisco. Photo Credit: Jacob Knight

I’m so happy to announce that Nashville singer/songwriter Will Kimbrough is coming back to The West Coast, for the third time in just over a year.  Last time, he came in June with Rodney Crowell and Jedd Hughes.  This time, he’ll bring Brigitte DeMeyer, another Nashville-based singer/songwriter whose sultry voice and genre-crossing Americana songs soothe the soul.

Take a listen:

Check the links above for tour dates–California end of January, Oregon and Washington early Feb.

I’ll see you in Portland on Feb 4 and Seattle Feb 5.  California and Southern Oregon friends, please clear your calendars and hit a show or two.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | Brigitte DeMeyer, Concert Season 2015, Doug Fir Lounge, The Royal Room, Will Kimbrough | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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