Dylan and Mellencamp Announce Tour, plus Old Crow, WhoaTiger! and Drive-By Truckers

ROCK TWANG NOTES:
OCMS
»New Old Crow Medicine Show video for “Caroline” from the Tennessee Pusher album
watch it here

»Chuck Mead, the co-founder of the former band BR549 will release a new album, Journeyman’s Wager, on May 12.

»The New Bluegrass: Five Acts to Watch: From rollingstone.com
Legends Del McCoury and Sam Bush weigh in on Old Crow, Avett Brothers, O’Death and more
read story here

»The folks over at indianapolismusic.net have a post about Whoa!Tiger. Guitar-driven pop/rock/blues. They have some dates at Locals Only on the calendar. Worth a listen.
read article here
Listen to music here

DBTLive at Paste – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The former Drive-By Trucker doing an acoustic performance of “The Blue” live in the Paste Magazine studio. The cut is from their self-titled sophomore release that came out in February.
watch video here

»Drive-By Truckers leader Patterson Hood will release his second solo album, Murdering Oscar (and other love songs), on June 23.
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WILD THING + CRIMSON AND CLOVER = ROOTS
The most accessible (though derivative) thing that Pricnce has done in a long time is his new “Crimson Clover” (his variation of the title) on one of his new albums released this spring. He melds Tommy James and the Shondells with The Troggs to create a nicely done cover hybrid. And he appeared on Ellen (!) to play it. So let’s go to the video. (For the record, I like this version…)

I’M DIGGIN…Pandora Radio on the web
Pretty simple. Create your own music mix by entering artists and titles, and they make a streaming “radio station” for you. It’s on now as I am writing. Rob’s Roots Rock Radio. It’s quite good, I must say. When I created it, I believe I entered The Bottle Rockets, Bruce Springsteen and The Del Fuegos as core artists and everything was based on similar artists and styles. Since then, I’ve added J. Geils Band, John Eddie, Dan Baird, WIll Hoge, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Chuck Berry, Bob Seger and the Bodeans.

It is streamed at 128kbp, so the sound is about like FM. I like it better than LastFM.com, a similar site. Listening just now, it moved into a classic rocker bender and I heard cut from the J. Geils’ mediocre Love Stinks album, “The Joker” from Steve Miller, a live “Running on Empty” from Jackson Browne and CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” with a gorgeous Hammond B’3 coming through that I hadn’t always heard. But then went more alt-country Bottle Rockets, Uncle Tupelo and then served up a band called Prisonshake.

You can’t rewind. Catch them as they fly by. Fast forward to the next tune if you want. No commercials. Try it if you haven’t. And if they woud just make it possible to upload your own audio pieces and really start to allow users to make it their own, then it would earn my coveted “Best Thing Ever” stamp of approval. It is just shy of that designation now .
hear Rob’s Roots Radio

THIS COULD BE INTERESTING DEPT.
Called “An uncanny tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, featuring Matt Ryan and American Dream” on their website, the band comes to the Bluebird in Bloomington May 13th and the Vogue in Indy on May 14th. I can’t ever remember a Springsteen tribute band coming through here. I have watched their video online. I think it could be fun for Bruce fans. A band playing a couple hours of Springsteen is OK with me anytime.
watch preview video

Robert Zimmerman»Lengthy and excellent Bob Dylan interview online. He talks about his favorite songwriters, and namechecks John Prine, Jimmy Buffett(!) and more. Check out the dates below…he will play in South Bend and Louisville, if you arew looking for the nearest shows.
read article here
Bob Dylan’s Ballpark Tour Dates:
Bob Dylan has just announced  a new lineup for this year’s summer concert tour. Along with Willie Nelson, this summer, The Bob Dylan Show will also feature John Mellencamp, marking just the second time in the past 24 years that these three performers have shared the concert stage.
Mellencamp: “We’re going out there with the full band and we’ll be playing material from over the past 30 years–a combination of new and old material including songs from Life Death Love and Freedom and songs that haven’t been recorded yet. We’ll be playing for about 75 minutes each night.”
7/2, Sauget, IL (GCS Ballpark)
7/4, South Bend, IN (Coveleski Stadium)
7/8, Louisville, KY (Louisville Slugger Field)
7/10, Dayton, OH (Fifth Third Field)
7/11, Eastlake, OH (Classic Park)
7/13, Washington, PA (Consol Energy Park)
7/14, Allentown, PA (Coca-Cola Park)
7/15, New Britain, CT (New Britain Stadium)
7/19, Syracuse, NY (Alliance Bank Stadium)
7/21, Pawtucket, RI (McCoy Stadium)
7/23, Lakewood, NJ (FirstEnergy Park)
7/24, Aberdeen, MD (Ripken Stadium)
7/25, Norfolk, VA (Harbor Park)
7/28, Durham, NC (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)
7/29, Sevierville, TN (Smokies Park)
8/4, Round Rock, TX (The Dell Diamond)
8/5, Corpus Christi, TX (Whataburger Field)
8/7, Grand Prairie, TX (QuikTrip Park)
8/11, Glendale, AZ (Camelback Ranch)
8/12, Las Vegas, NV (Cashman Field)
8/14, Fresno, CA (Chukchansi Park)
8/15, Stockton, CA (Banner Island Ballpark)

Video: Social Distortion’s Mike Ness, Springsteen Rock Bruce’s 2nd LA Show

Whether you know it or not, I temper my enthusiasm for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Not everyone likes him, and I’m OK with that. Probably have never been to a show, but whatever.

In honest-to-Telecaster truth, I believe Bruce and the band will, 50 years from now, have gone down in history as the most legendary rock and roll band ever. I have never been disappointed at a live show. Never. I have seen 15. And that ain’t many, I realize, compared to the crazies. He is the gold standard; other artists have to give a killer live show or there’s no love from me.

And it really helps if they write great songs.

Those are the rules, fair or not, when you read the Rockforward blog.

Yet, there is a big, big stack of rock and roll/roots rock/Americana artists and music  I love – all non-Bruce. Great music from hundreds of bands. We have favorites. We have music and bands newly discovered. And there’s lots and lots of music that I hear and turn you on to, because it’s what turns me on. That’s the idea and promise.

And right now, I am loving the video posted today (Friday (4.17) of Springsteen and Social Distortion’s Mike Ness at Bruce’s second night in LA Thursday. They are rocking Social Distortion’s “Bad Luck”. The guitar playing is incredibly rockin’ and just when you think it’s all done…

Setlist:
Badlands
Candy’s Room
Outlaw Pete
No Surrender
Adam Raised a Cain
Working on a Dream
Seeds
Johnny 99
Youngstown
Raise Your Hand
Proud Mary
Growin’ Up
Hungry Heart
The Promised Land
The Wrestler
Backstreets
Bad Luck (w/ Mike Ness)
Lonesome Day (w/ Jay Weinberg)
The Rising (w/ Mike Ness and Jay Weinberg
Born to Run (w/ Jay Weinberg)
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Hard Times
Thunder Road
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Land of Hope and Dreams
American Land
Glory Days