Blasters headed to Lafayette; Tim Grimm album release shows planned

The Blasters at Lafayette Brewing Co. on Sunday, March 27

Indiana folk artist Tim Grimm will play two CD release concerts, slated for Friday, April 8 and Sunday, April 10, both in Columbus, IN as part of the Americana Music Series. The Friday show is at 7:30pm and Sunday at 5pm. He’ll be joined by Jason Wilber, Bobbie Lancaster, The White Lightning Boys and others. (shows at Unitarian-Universalist Building – 7850 Goeller Rd). Continue reading “Blasters headed to Lafayette; Tim Grimm album release shows planned”

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Indiana Album: Mike Reeb – “Breaking”

For a good album to elevate to great, especially for local or undiscovered talent, finding a unique sound while embracing familiar influences becomes important. Some (Lenny Kravitz, Oasis) took that idea to a near-breaking point, while others don’t go far enough, and we are left with music that doesn’t find it’s way into our heart and guts.

Lafayette’s Mike Reeb does a fine job of blending his influences and own sound on his new album Breaking. A record filled with images of melancholy and heartbreak, Reeb casts his bright pop and rock music into the mix to keep it engaging. Continue reading “Indiana Album: Mike Reeb – “Breaking””

VIDEO: Buffalo Springfield reunite at Neil Young’s Bridge Benefit

Over the weekend, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello and Elton John, among others, played Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, California. The highlight? A reunited Buffalo Springfriend performance – the first since 1968.  Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and Richie Furay were joined by CSN drummer Joe Vitale, who filled in for the late Dewey Martin, and Young’s longtime bassist Rick Rosas, who replaced the late Bruce Palmer.   

FYI about the concert and Bridge School: Proceeds benefit the Bridge School, which assists children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needsm aiding in the use of advanced augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology. Continue reading “VIDEO: Buffalo Springfield reunite at Neil Young’s Bridge Benefit”

Neil Young preps new, old albums; Little Feat drummer dies

Neil Young is in the final stages of mixing his new album, which he recorded with U2 producer Daniel Lanois in a Los Angeles house earlier this year. “We cut a couple of solo acoustic songs, but the rest is very electric,” Lanois told Rolling Stone. “There’s no band, but I got in there with my sonics. There’s nothing else out there like it.”‘ In other Neil Young news, the second volume of his Archives box set is coming out. It will contain at least three unreleased albums (1975’s Homegrown, 1977’s Chrome Dreams and 1978’s Oceanside-Countryside) as well as live recordings from Young’s 1976 tour with Crazy Horse.

Richie Hayward, the drummer best known as a founding member of the band Little Feat, died last Thursday. He had been battling liver cancer. He died from complications of lung disease at a hospital in Victoria, British Columbia while awaiting a liver transplant.

Friday Roots Rock Notes – Alejandro Escovedo, Neil Young, James McMurtry

Alejandro Escovedo is playing at the historic Danville (IN) Royal Theatre tonight (Friday) at 8pm. He’s from Austin, been around forever, and rocks. Been to one other show at this theatre – great sound. He got on stage with Springsteen in Houston last year for “Always a Friend” from his recent Real Animal album.

(BONUS: see photos from the show HERE)

He’s playing as part of a trio for this show – Check out a great video below…

Neil Young is streaming his new album online for free (a week before it hits the stores). Gotta love Neil.
Hear it here – Man, the guitar sounds good on these cuts. His voice falls in as the 1A instrument behind the star of the show, the chunking, beautiful, scrap metal guitar stylings of Young. Rust-like. “Just Singing a Song” echoes “Down By The River”.

James McMurtry has a killer live version of “We Can’t Make it Here” on his website. He is the very best at what he does – biting rock and roll. This cut is Lou Reed rock and roll guitars and McMurtry’s spit lyrics, in his classic talk singing. His writing is storytelling done beautifully, and he rarely disappoints me. And take a listen to “Just Us Kids” on the website. One-two punch. KO.
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Just Us Kids

That’s it – a quick hitter for a Friday. More later. Turn it up….