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“Selah” by David Corley is Released by Prisoners

 

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An anonymous piece of artwork from one of the prisoners at Pittsburgh Institution

David Corley wrote a song and gave it to his friend and producer, Hugh Christopher Brown. Chris took the song to the prisoners that he mentors at Pittsburgh Institution in Canada in a program called Pros and Cons Program.  The result, along with an entire album of other songs, is a powerful reminder of humanity at its finest, regardless of prison walls.

See my No Depression Article below for more information, and take a listen:

http://nodepression.com/article/selah-performed-and-recorded-prisoners-pittsburgh-institution

 

Check out Brown’s Tedx Talk for more information regarding the Pros and Cons Program:

December 29, 2015 Posted by | David Corley, Hugh Christopher Brown, Selah, Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

X Show Review on No Depression!

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Here’s my review of X at The Showbox. See more pics in my previous post. What a fantastic night!

http://nodepression.com/live-review/all-i-want-x-mas

December 26, 2015 Posted by | Concert Season 2015, Mike Watt, Music, The Showbox, Uncategorized, X | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

X For Xmas!

X at the Showbox, Seattle, December 18, 2015

Mike Watt opened the show

What a fantastic night of Punk Rock, and a perfect way to end Concert Season 2015! I’ll write a review soon. Here are some pics in the meantime, taken with my Canon PowerShot SX710 HS. Only my second show with this camera, so it took a few shots to get used to the settings. Limited to where we could shoot, too.

 

 

December 19, 2015 Posted by | Concert Season 2015, John Doe, The Showbox, Uncategorized, X | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Goin’ Local with Ian McFeron

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Ian McFeron Band L-R: Moe Provencher, Aimee Zoe, Ian McFeron, and Alisa Milner. Photo Credit: Karol Milner

Check out my article on Ian McFeron I just posted for No Depression here:
http://nodepression.com/live-review/goin-local-ian-mcferon

December 11, 2015 Posted by | Americana, Concert Season 2015, Folk / Pop, Ian McFeron, Third Place Books, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eszter Balint – Official Video Posted on No Depression!

Check out singer-songwriter-violinist Eszter Balint’s new video “Trouble You Don’t See” from the long-awaited album Airless Midnight on No Depression:http://nodepression.com/video/eszter-balint-official-video-trouble-you-dont-see

December 10, 2015 Posted by | Eszter Balint, No Depression, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

David Corley and World Domination – Phase I

When I saw the raves, reviews and pictures come pouring in for David Corley’s live show, first from Italy and now from Ireland, I was so thrilled–so proud of him, and of the people who support him, including his family, his beautiful and artistic love, Kari Auerbach, who also designed the layout and artwork for the album and helped produce his Kickstarter campaign; his sweet and influential publicist Bernadette Quigley; his producer and instrumentalist H. Chris Brown; and the rest of the talented band who worked with him in the studio and on the road.

I first heard of David Corley and his debut album, Available Light, through Paul Kerr’s Blabber ‘n’ Smoke blog [thanks, Paul, my blood brother!]. The whole thing was such a fluke. I hardly ever read other blog posts, mainly due to time constraints. I have a full-time job, write on the side, and spend the rest of my time with my family. So the fact that Paul’s post caught my eye in the first place is some kind of miracle. When I couldn’t stop listening to the album and pouring over the lyrics, I knew I had to buy it immediately. It was instant, musical love. I sent over a quick note to DC via Facebook and promised to write a live review of his show if he ever came to the Northwest (Washington State). Bernadette then contacted me and requested I conduct an interview via email with David. How could I turn her down? I’d never conducted an interview before except for a mock interview I did with a local musician that was more of a joke than a true, thought-provoking q & a. [I don’t think I told you that, BQ! Ha!] Anyway, the questions streamed in within minutes. Within a few days, I had a short review and questions honed down and ready for him, and emailed over to BQ. It seemed magical to me, how it all fell into place. A few days later, David had answers–insightful, interesting answers, which gave us a little peek through the window of his world. I joked with him, asking him what’s next, World Domination?  Well, apparently so. It would just take a few more months.

I posted his official video and the interview on No Depression, but I didn’t feel it received the attention it deserved. Although both eventually received hundreds of views on that site, I was just waiting for someone else–maybe someone from the general public–to rave about the beauty in his lyrics and in that deep voice. He hadn’t toured at that point, so all publicity was through album reviews on various music blogs around the world–which is fantastic, don’t get me wrong. But I felt insulated, up here in the corner, in Washington State, away from the action, just waiting. But the album reviews kept streaming in, and Bernadette, always looking out for her artists, was working her magic behind the scenes, posting them on FB and Twitter. Kari worked on his website and helped David “plot and scheme” and get the word out about upcoming tours and events. This gave me hope that people–the listeners, music lovers, and audience members, would eventually sit up and take notice and go see him, once he started touring.

Meanwhile, I developed this musical friendship, not only with David, but with Kari. She shared a piece of her precious soul with me as we quickly became FB pen pals. And beautiful Bernadette, with her x’s and o’s, continued to reach out to me with words of encouragement regarding my blog posts, gave me updates and introduced me to other artists, too.

Reading the raves and the love being poured out on DC and the band in Italy and Ireland made my heart swell. I’m just so happy that others like me, the ones down in the shadows, in the audience, share my passion and see the magic and soul behind his music. Seeing him live, in person, meeting David, Kari, and the rest of the band must have been such a wonderful treat. And to sit back and watch as people’s mouths dropped open as they listened to their favorite new album coming to life in front of them, or maybe hearing him for the first time–I would have loved that so much. I envy all of you who have already witnessed this, but it validates my original love for his music and its effects on the soul. I can only hope he receives this kind of love here in The States someday. I’ll do my best to spread the Word.

And now, being a part of the Rollercoaster Records gang in Kilkenny, I feel like I’ve gained a new little family on the other side of the world, one that understands the value of great music and supports those musicians who rock our world like no other. Thanks all, and for Willie and co., for organizing the show. I only wish I could have joined you and shared a pint.

I wish you the best as you continue on this journey together.

Much Love,
Aplscruf  – a.k.a., Lisa Knight

August 31, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

David Corley. Available Light.

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.

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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.
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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

A Late Encounter With the Idiot – Reposted from Windup Wire

Here is a thought-provoking post from one of my favorite bloggers (who also happens to play bass in one of my favorite bands–Shinyribs).

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I’ve seen horrors… horrors that you’ve seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that… but you have no right to judge me. It’s impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror… Horror has a face… and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies! I remember when I was with Special Forces… seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn’t see. We went back there, and they had come and…

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August 28, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment