July 19, 2009

UPDATED! - Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood – Pepsi Center Denver CO. 21Jun2009

After hearing about Winwood and Clapton getting together for shows at Madison Square Garden, I’m sure a lot of Blind Faith fans were on edge about the possibility of seeing these two great musicians together again. They did not disappoint.

The set list was a mixture of Blind Faith and each performer’s impressive canon with a few gems thrown in for good measure. They performed most of the Blind Faith LP except Sea of Joy and Do What You Like. But they did play Sleeping in the Ground, an unreleased track from that session. It was nearly a 2 ½ hour show.
Here is the Denver Set list:
Had to Cry Today
Low Down
After Midnight
Presence of the Lord
Sleeping in the Ground
Well Alright
Tough Luck Blues
Pearly Queen
No Face, No Name, No Number
Forever Man
Georgia (Winwood solo on Hammond)
Drifting (EC acoustic)
How Long
Layla (Winwood & EC, both on acoustic guitar) a little sleepy, would have loved the electric version
Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood & EC, both on acoustic guitar)
Split Decision, EC adds some muscle!
Voodoo Chile-EC sings the opening line, I’m a Voodoo chile...and then hands off the vocal work to Winwood. Great, soaring notes. They put their own stamp on it, for sure, but what a great 15 minutes!
Dear Mr. Fantasy

They are touring with a couple of backup singers with some pretty impressive pipes. Why not do at least one song from the Yvonne Elliman era? I would have loved to hear The Core a song that also allows a lot of room for soloing by Winwood and Clapton. Oh well.

For Presence of the Lord, they both traded off vocals. Interesting now that we know this was a point of contention between the two men since the Blind Faith days. Winwood sings the song on the original LP release, but always felt that Clapton should have sung it since he wrote it. Tonight they traded vocals and it worked very well.

Clapton started his solo set with and old blues tune, Drifting. A great old song that I’ve never heard him play. It was phenomenal! Both men played the acoustic on Can’t Find My Way Home. But instead of the familiar finger style, they changed it up a bit, even adding the backup singers. It was not how I wanted it played, haha, but it was still good.

I do have some songs from the show to post later, so check back. Until then, check out these great YouTubes.

UPDATE: I've added a link to 6 songs from the show, recorded by me. I wish I could put up more but these turned out the best.
01 - Had to Cry Today
02 - Glad
03 - Well Alright
04 - Tough Luck Blues
05 - Pearly Queen
06 - Voodoo Chile
Denver Show

July 13, 2009

James Blackshaw - Live @ St. Giles Church, London

James Blackshaw
St. Giles Church, London
Soundboard recording uploaded to the internets by pjc - thanks dude!

This is a great recording of Blackshaw playing his signature 12 string songs. The first cut is Cross from his recently released The Glass Bead Game. But at the time of the show you can hear Blackshaw say that it is untitled. Very cool.
Though he also says that he will play a couple new things, I think that was the only one. I'm no Blackshaw expert so I did the best I could on the middle two titles. Please let me know if they are titled incorrectly.

I took the liberty of deleting track two, 4+ minutes of tuning and he doesn't even tell any jokes. Everyone knows you are supposed to tell jokes while tuning your guitar. Please go buy some of Blackshaw's stuff so that he can buy another guitar for that other tuning or at least hire a freakin' guitar tech!

Tompkins Square
Young God Records
Official site

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July 11, 2009

C. Joynes - Live @ Cafe Oto, London

C Joynes
Cafe Oto, London
20th March 2009

Woohoo! More C. Joynes!

This is a recent live show, thanks to the taper for posting this out on the internets. Some of this material is from the previously posted "studio" album. I've tried to id the songs but I don't know them all. This is about a 30 minute set.

For the gear geeks: core sound cardioids>fel preamp>zoom h2>48khz 24bit>usb>audience levels cut & resampling to 44/16 in Audition>splitting in CD Wave>TLH flac level 8
and then I did the unthinkable and converted to mp3, so sue me.

set list

01 Spoken Intro (00:34)
02 Limehouse (03:09)
03 Voice of Rita Mae (01:50)
04 Happy & Delightful?? (02:31)
05 Adieu My Own Sweet Nancy (08:36)
06 West Cavaliers (02:59)
07 (02:42)
08 gospel tune (04:03)
09 (02:39)

this is for free trade only
support the artist by catching him live & buying the officially released stuff
a salamanda recording

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July 9, 2009

Hill Country Revue - Make A Move

Folks, if you like the Alice Mae, free mp3 below, if you like the North Mississippi Allstars, if you like boogie, good-time, shake-your-ass music...you will drink muddy water and sleep in a hollow log to hear this music.

Change is good. Just ask the North Mississippi Allstars. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson and long-time friend Chris Chew have spent their entire adult lives playing together. For them, change is good for the soul and the cortex. That’s why Luther is working with the Black Crowes, and Cody and Chris have launched a new group, Hill Country Revue, whose first album, Make a Move, arrives from Razor &Tie on May 12th.

“The North Mississippi Allstars haven’t broken up,” Cody Dickinson says. “We’re just off doing different things. Hill Country Revue, for Chris and me, is like a big jolt of adrenaline. It changes our blood chemistry and has us firing on a whole different set of synapses. Also the input from the other guys in the band, both as musicians and friends, is amazing. So everybody gains!”

Cody and Chris began shaking things up in February 2008 when they started trying out new material – much of it written by their friend Garry Burnside, the youngest son of legendary Mississippi bluesman R.L. Burnside – and working with Memphis-based slide guitarist Kirk Smithhart; vocalist and harp player Daniel Robert Colburn, formerly of Dixie Hustler; and drummer Edward Cleveland, nicknamed “Hot” for his performances around Memphis.

R.L.’s son Garry, the youngest of 14 brothers and sisters, did yeoman work writing the new songs on Make a Move and is a guest guitarist, along with Duwayne Burnside, Luther Dickinson and vocalist Aaron Julison. “There’s a simplicity to these blues-based songs,” Cody says, “but when we perform them they turn into Southern rock with a raw, sexual energy.”

The band and their friends recorded the 10-track, 45-minute Make a Move at Jim Dickinson’s famed Zebra Ranch Studio, as well as at Young Avenue Sound in Memphis, with Cody in the producer’s chair and father Jim acting as “director.”

As bandleader, Cody is also excited to be switching roles, moving from the drum-seat with the Allstars to playing guitar and singing with the Revue. “I’m a multi-instrumentalist, and just playing drums all the time had been holding me back. This was my opportunity to put my band together.”

Cody sees Hill Country Revue as the North Mississippi Allstars’ “rowdy, misbehaving brother, and I’m not saying that because I’m Luther’s younger brother. I see the Revue as an extension of the Allstars. It’s definitely not a side project. We’ve all put our hearts into this band.”

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