Thursday, February 4, 2016

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Members Serenade Staff, Patients During Colorado Hospital Visit

Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden and Bob Carpenter of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recently delivered the healing power of music to patients, visitors and staff during a visit to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colo.

“Our visit and tour of the hospital was the highlight of our weekend - getting to see firsthand the amazing work that the doctors, nurses and administrative staff are doing was humbling and inspiring. It was our pleasure to play a few tunes for the patients, their families and staff. We gained the most from that experience. We’re really glad we were there,” Hanna said.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band also performed at the 2016 St. Anthony Hospital Gala for more than 900 in attendance. The gala, organized by the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, raises money for St. Anthony Hospital programs and services.

Jeff Brickman, Group President, Mountains and North Denver Operating Group and President and CEO of St. Anthony Hospital was thrilled that the band took time out of its schedule to visit with Hospital staff, visitors and patients. “Music is therapeutic and provides another mechanism for healing. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it,” Brickman said.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues to tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary, with additional dates to be announced. Select shows will feature special guests.

March 11 - The Palladium at Center for the Performing Arts - Carmel, Ind.
March 18 - French Lick Resort - French Lick, Ind.
March 19 - Little River Casino Resort - Manistee, Mich.
April 08 - Riverside Casino - Riverside, Iowa
April 09 - Grand Falls Casino Resort - Larchwood, Iowa
April 29 - Las Cruces Downtown - Las Cruces, N.M.
April 30 - Talking Stick Resort and Casino - Scottsdale, Ariz.
May 20 - Penn's Peak - Jim Thorpe, Pa.
May 21 - The Colonial Theatre - Phoenixville, Pa.
June 18 - Southwind Casino - Braman, Okla.
July 07 - Country Concert at Hickory Hill - Fort Loramie, Ohio
July 08 - Hodag Festival - Rhinelander, Wis.
July 09 - Country Concert - St. Bernard, Ohio
July 17 - Jamboree In The Hills - Morristown, Ohio
Aug 05 - Manitoulin Country Fest - Little Current, Canada
Aug 06 - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua Bayfield, Wis.

For more information, visit nittygritty.com.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Final Album From Gong & Soft Machine Co-Founder Daevid Allen To Be Released

On February 12, Purple Pyramid Records will release the final album from Daevid Allen, co-founder of Soft Machine and Gong. The album, Elevenses, was recorded with the Daevid Allen Weird Quartet, brings together Allen with Don Falcone of Spirits Burning, Michael Clare of Daevid Allen's University of Errors, and drummers Trey Sabatelli (the Tubes) and Paul Sears (rhe Muffins).
This is the second album by this band, following 2005's DJ DAY, released under the band name “Weird Biscuit Teatime.”

Elevenses is the last band album that Allen worked on before his death, in March of 2015. It is a mixture of styles of music found throughout his career, with a few surprises: a blues song in 7/4, a catchy Irish-tinged folk song, ambient and explosive instrumentals, a post-punk rave-up with Daevid's final message on a record.

The Daily Telegraph said, “Allen reveled in being the court jester of hippie rock and never lost his enthusiasm for the transcendent power of the psychedelic experience. He once remarked, 'Psychedelia for me is a code for that profound spiritual experience where there is a direct link to the gods.' That he never attained the riches and fame of many of his contemporaries did not concern him.”




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bob Weir Issues Statement Regarding Paul Kantner's Passing

Soon after hearing that Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner had died, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sat down and composed a statement about his fellow rhythm guitarist.

"Paul lived at the heart of the music, where the chords, the melody and the rhythm join together with the lyrics to form the story. His guitar was the glue that held all that together. His voice was the foundation of the choral vocals. Paul lived at the heart of the song. He was there for the Muse - when she needed a human voice or instrument, she channeled it through him."

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sweet Relief Musicians Seeks Donors for Singer / Songwriter Victoria Williams' Medical Expenses

Victoria Williams is a well-known artist who has played all around the world on stages ranging from New York's Beacon Theater to The Bottom Line, to the Folies Bergere with Randy Newman in Paris, and from festival stages to country dive-bars both as a solo artist and with her band The Loose Band and later the Harmony Ridge Creek-Dippers. She has worked with Lou Reed, Peter Case, Neil Young, Gus VanSant, D.A. Pennebaker, Mark Olson, Pearl Jam, Maria McKee, Rickie Lee Jones and many other music and film luminaries.
 
Williams is also well known to the Sweet Relief family. In 1993, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because she didn't have health insurance at the time, a great group of musicians got together and made the album Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams, to raise funds for her medical costs. With the money remaining, Williams created the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund for the benefit of other musicians.
 
She has made 14 records herself, as well as on many other artists recordings. She has starred in motion pictures and documentaries, and has charmed and entertained music lovers wherever she has gone for almost four decades.  Her list of collaborators and associates is a treasure-trove of some of the world's finest artists and filmmakers.
 
Williams has dedicated her life to sharing her love of music and her particular brand of storytelling with anyone who has ears to hear. She has played countless fund-raising events over the years for the benefit others.
 
In mid-December 2015, She had a seizure and injured her back and fractured her shoulder. With rest, appropriate medical care, and physical therapy, she is expected to fully recover. Her medical insurance will not be covering these costs. Also, the amount of time her healing requires is going to keep her from working for a while. Any time off for a working musician is a financial hardship and the longer it takes, the larger the bills.
 
She will also be requiring paid assistance around the house while she convalesces. With proper help, it shouldn't be long before she is able to pick up her banjo or Stratocaster again.
 
To help Victoria Williams, you can send donations to http://sweetrelief.org/program/victoria-williams-fund/

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Cars To Drive Home Remastered Albums This Spring

In 1978, the Cars hit the Top 40 their very first single, "Just What I Needed." That streak continued over the next 10 years, as the Cars revisited the Top 40 a dozen more times with radio hits "Let's Go" and "Shake It Up" along with iconic videos like "Magic" and "You Might Think," which won MTV's first-ever "Video Of The Year" award in 1984. 

The five original members - Ric Ocasek, the late Benjamin Orr, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson - recorded six studio albums together - all of them with Elektra Records - and have sold more than 23 million albums in the U.S. alone.

To honor The Cars' vast musical legacy,.Rhino will release two new collections this spring. The first is a boxed set featuring all six of the band's Elektra studio albums. The second is a single-disc, career-spanning collection curated by the Cars that combines the group's best songs along with a trio of rare and unreleased alternate versions.

The Elektra Years 1978-1987 includes six studio albums, each one presented in a replica sleeve with original artwork. Ric Ocasek oversaw digital remastering for the set, while drummer David Robinson - who helped create The Cars' iconic album covers through the years - served as art director. The six-disc collection will be available March 11 on CD and digitally. On Tuesday June 7, a limited edition vinyl version of the boxed set will be available with each 180-gram LP pressed on a different color vinyl.

The extensive set retraces the band's musical journey in the studio and includes: The Cars (1978), Candy-O (1979), Panorama (1980), Shake It Up (1981), Heartbeat City, (1984) and Door To Door (1987). Among the 60 tracks are the band's biggest hits, such as "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "You Are The Girl," and "Drive."

Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars will be available on May 6 on CD and as a double-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. The collection is produced by the band, with all surviving members contributing to song selection. Ocasek also supervised digital remastering of all the audio with Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.

The collection features the band's big hits along with a rare, single mix for "I'm Not The One," as well as a live version of "Everything You Say," and a new mix by producer Philippe Zdar of "Sad Song," a track from the band's last album, 2011's Move Like This.