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Beginning with “de-communization” legislation passed by the Ukrainian parliament last April, a small Southwestern town in the country has now changed the name of one its streets from “Lenin Street,” a reference to the early 20th century Russian Communist Party founder Vladimir Lenin, to “John Lennon Street,” an homage to the late, great founding member of The Beatles.Remembering The Beatles’ Momentuous Ed Sullivan Performance, On This Day In 1964The news came Wednesday out of the village of Kalyny from Hennadiy Moskal, the governor of the Transcarpathia, the province where Kalyny is located. Formerly of the old Soviet Union, Ukraine’s “de-communization” laws require the country’s local authorities to “rename geographic objects, such as streets, parks and bridges, whose names contained Soviet or Nazi symbols and propaganda.”Dave Grohl Performs Beautiful Cover Of The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ At The OscarsBesides the renaming of Lenin Street to John Lennon Street, governor Moskal has also changed the names of two other significant landmarks, including “Collective Farm Street” being renamed to “Tomas Masaryk Street” to recognize the Czechoslovakian president and Ukrainian sympathizer and the renaming of “Shchors Street” to “Viktor Markus Street” to honor a fallen Ukrainian soldier who died in the ongoing war between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country.[H/T The World Post via Huffington Post]
Sure, Paul McCartney made a name for himself as a member of The Beatles, but the legendary musician has maintained his fame as a songwriter with a solo career spanning over forty years. It’s that career that will be highlighted on Pure McCartney, a 67-track compilation documenting the many, many hits written by McCartney.Due out June 10th, Pure McCartney will be released in 2CD, 4CD, 4LP and digital formats; an important collectors item for any Beatles lover. With tracks like “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Live and Let Die,” “Ebony and Ivory,” there’s a seemingly-infinite pool of material that will be featured on the new release.“Me and my team came up with the idea of putting together a collection of my recordings with nothing else in mind other than having something fun to listen to,” said McCartney in a statement. “Maybe it’s to be enjoyed on a long car journey or an evening at home or at a party with friends? So we got our heads together and came up with these diverse playlists from various periods of my long and winding career.”“The word ‘career’ is a bit misleading because to me it has been more like a musical adventure than a proper job… It pleases me, and often amazes me, that I’ve been involved in the writing and recording of so many songs, each of them so different from the others.”For more information on the release, head to McCartney’s official website. Check out the tracklisting for the 4CD set, as well as the artwork, below:‘PURE McCARTNEY’: 4CD – 67 tracksDISC 1: 1. Maybe I’m Amazed2. Heart Of The Country3. Jet4. Warm And Beautiful5. Listen To What The Man Said6. Dear Boy7. Silly Love Songs8. The Song We Were Singing9. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey10. Early Days11. Big Barn Bed12. Another Day13. Flaming Pie14. Jenny Wren15. Too Many People16. Let Me Roll It17. New DISC 2:1. Live and Let Die2. English Tea3. Mull of Kintyre4. Save Us5. My Love6. Bip Bop7. Let ‘Em In8. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five9. Calico Skies10. Hi, Hi, Hi11. Waterfalls12. Band on the Run13. Appreciate14. Sing The Changes15. Arrow Through Me16. Every Night17. Junior’s Farm18. Mrs Vandebilt DISC 3: 1. Say Say Say [2015 Remix]2. My Valentine3. Pipes of Peace4. The World Tonight5. Souvenir6. Dance Tonight7. Ebony and Ivory8. Fine Line9. Here Today10. Press11. Wanderlust12. Winedark Open Sea13. Beautiful Night14. Girlfriend15. Queenie Eye16. We All Stand Together DISC 4: 1. Coming Up2. Too Much Rain3. Good Times Coming / Feel the Sun4. Goodnight Tonight5. Baby’s Request6. With a Little Luck7. Little Willow8. Only Mama Knows9. Don’t Let it Bring You Down10. The Back Seat Of My Car11. No More Lonely Nights12. Great Day13. Venus and Mars / Rock Show14. Temporary Secretary15. Hope For The Future16. Junk
SiriusXM Jam On has been live streaming from Mountain Jam all weekend long, interspersing their musical streams with interview and exclusive content. One such piece made its way onto the SiriusXM YouTube account, where Jam On host Ari Fink talks with Chris Robinson about the first time meeting Warren Haynes.Obviously a central figure to Mountain Jam, Haynes and Robinson first crossed paths during The Allman Brothers Band’s MTV Unplugged show in 1990. Haynes had recognized Robinson from his work in the Black Crowes, and introduced him to Gregg Allman who was apparently getting “his hair combed for an hour.” According to Robinson’s story, Haynes introduced Chris Robinson, and Allman responded, “Who gives a shit?”Watch the full story below.Of course, the moral of the story is that Haynes and Robinson have been friends ever since, and Robinson praises Haynes for “living and breathing the music.” That’s what it’s all about!
Portland’s quirky sisters Katelyn and Laurie along with their band, Shook Twins, delighted the audience with their effortlessly charming music, including the song “Rose,” about a chicken.Shook Twins “Rose”Rising Appalachia made their Summer Camp debut this year and wowed the crowd with a stellar rendition of the title track for their latest album, Wider Circles.Rising Appalachia “Wider Circles”moe. got loose as a goose for their special set in the VIP tent on Friday night and delighted their diehard fans with stripped down versions of classics like “Not Coming Down,” (Which also featured several ‘Kashmir’ teases) “Wormwood” and “Okay Alright.”moe. “Not Coming Down>Wormwood>Okay Alright” Mike Dillon brought a mad cadre of percussion players of all shapes and sizes to the late night closing set at Summer Camp’s Campfire stage. helping him out through the windy and rain soaked set was moe.’s Jim Loughlin, who faced off with Dillon for some fun and fireworks!Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium The 2016 edition of the Summer Camp Music Festival has once again come and gone, leaving a musical trail of havoc and harmony on the collective psyches of all in attendance. We’ve been covering this amazing event from every angle, with a written review, daily photo updates and video highlights of special moments. Our videographer Rex Thomson has been dying to share some of his footage from the festival, so we’ve compiled some of his best videos from the first two days of music!Headlining the Thursday pre-party, Greensky Bluegrass drew nearly every soul in the place to their kick off set, and earned deafening cheers with fiery performances from the whole band, particularly Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck on a a blistering “Burn Them.”Greensky Bluegrass “Burn Them”Occasional all-star band Van Ghost made their annual appearance on the stages of Summer Camp, as Michael Harrison Berg was joined by Jennifer Hartswick of the TAB, Nick Cassarino of The Nth Power and Chris Gelbuda for an acoustic take on their catalog, including this rendition of “Domino Effect.”Van Ghost with Nick Cassarino “Domino Effect”The Nth Power brought their healing music to the main stage last Friday! Jam out to “Right Now” from their first full length release, Abundance.The Nth Power “Right Now”Brooklyn’s modern day blues band The Dirty Birds and their front woman Sister Sparrow delivered a high energy blast of their most well loved tunes, including this wired version of “We Need A Love.”Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds “We Need A Love”The Ragbirds made their joyful return to Summer Camp after missing the previous year. Watch as they play the silly “Cosmos” from their new album for their fans in the rain.The Ragbirds “Cosmos”
In 1995, Derek Trucks was in the midst of making his fame through his own Derek Trucks Band. Beyond coming from a family of rock stars, the young Derek had skills that impressed many at that age. While his talents were undeniable, it was Col. Bruce Hampton (who you’ll see on set toward the end of this video) that really pushed along his career. With the “Godfather of Jam Bands” backing you up, there’s no question that the 16-year-old guitarist had business performing at The Georgia Theatre.Jimmy Herring, another close family friend of the Trucks, also played the show with Derek. In the video below, you can see Derek and Herring practicing during soundcheck, alongside a young Duane Trucks behind the drum kit. Who would’ve expected that 21 years later, these two would be playing together in Widespread Panic? Even more, the young drummer is also now married to Herring’s daughter, making The White Wizard out to be Duane’s father-in-law. The history goes way back between the Trucks and Herring families, but this snippet from a soundcheck in 1995 at The Georgia Theatre really shows just how deep the roots run:Watch the full performance of the Derek Trucks Band with Jimmy Herring at The Georgia Theatre in 1995 below:
This past weekend marked the transplanted return of Bear Creek, which opened up as the Bear Creek Bayou Festival at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA. With thousands assembled for the exciting festival, many flocked to the Howlin’ Wolf for some late night fun, in the form of a funky tribute to the late great Bernie Worrell.Worrell sadly passed away due to cancer earlier this year, and an all-star crew of musicians came out to perform in his honor. The full lineup for the show included Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nick Daniels (Dumpstaphunk), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and TJ Norris.The musicians took turns sharing stories about the late Worrell, only adding to the emotional significance of the night. It was the music that shined through, as the band brought out countless classics from Worrell’s catalog. Among the many played was “Mothership Connection,” a P-Funk regular that featured Worrell’s iconic synth playing.Fortunately, our own Rex Thomson was on hand to capture this moment. Watch this all-star lineup’s great version of “Mothership Connection,” streaming below.For fans of Nikki Glaspie, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis, be sure not to miss them perform a special tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire alongside Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, and more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, a multi-venue music festival with over 50 artists performing throughout Brooklyn on October 22nd. All the information you need to know is located right here.
We know that Jerry Garcia devoted his life to music, but fans mostly know his work with the Grateful Dead. Garcia was something of a folk music legend in the Bay Area through the early 60’s – something that Bob Weir discusses in the recent documentary The Other One. Now, we’ll get our first look into that era of Garcia’s career.Today, Round Records/ATO Records have announced a brand new release of a 1962 studio session by a group called the Hart Valley Drifters. The session features a 20-year-old Jerry Garcia, as well as Robert Hunter on bass, David Nelson on guitar, Ken Frankel on banjo, fiddle and guitar and Norm Van Maastricht on dobro. Amazingly, the sessions were found in the closet of producer Ted Claire in 2008, and are just now being released for the first time.The full album features a number of traditional folk numbers and classic covers, including “Cripple Creek,” “Roving Gambler,” “Pig In A Pen,” and so many more. Titled Folk Time, the new album will be released officially on November 11th. You can find pre-orders here.Check out the first song to be released from the album, “Roving Gambler,” which premiered on Relix today.Hill Valley Gamblers – Folk Time Tracklisting1. Band Introductions2. “Roving Gambler”(Traditional)3. “Ground Speed”(Earl Scruggs)4. “Pig In A Pen”(Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith [traditional] arr. by J. Garcia)5. “Standing In The Need Of Prayer”(Traditional)6. “Flint Hill Special”(Earl Scruggs)7. “Nine Pound Hammer”(Traditional)8. “Handsome Molly”(G.B. Grayson/Henry Whitter)9. “Clinch Mountain Backstep”(Ralph Stanley/Ruby Rakes)10. “Think of What You’ve Done”(Carter Stanley)11. “Cripple Creek”(Traditional)12. “All The Good Times Have Past And Gone”(Traditional)13. “Billy Grimes, The Rover”(Traditional)14. “Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)”(Traditional)15. “Run Mountain”(J.E. Mainer)16. “Sugar Baby”(Moran Dock Boggs)17. “Sitting On Top Of The World”(Walter Jacobs Vinson/Lonnie Carter)
A few weeks back, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies announced an extensive Fall tour, with a few select dates receiving a “Masquerade Ball of Light & Dark”, in which attendees are encouraged to dress up in black and/or white, as well as wear a masquerade mask (which will also be available at the merch table at each show). While the band will play originals, there is also a musical costume theme for each show.On Saturday, October 29th at Chicago’s The Tonic Room, Hamilton and crew will play the music of The Beatles, which will see the band play music from the various periods of the Liverpool quartet. Purchase tickets for the show here.With regards to the masquerade theme, Hamilton explained, “A group of our fans in Rhode Island organized a group of people to wear masks similar to the characters from the cover of our Epic Battle Between Light & Dark album cover to a show, and we just loved it….It was super cool to play to an audience that was dressed up like that, and we wanted to expand on the concept.” He continued by saying, “working on and rehearsing these songs has already been incredible, we can’t wait for the show.”Purchase tickets for Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Tonic Room performance on 10/29 here.
New Orleans-based saxophonist Khris Royal has been busy! When he’s not touring with Rebelution or playing with George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, Royal has been hard at work with his own band, Dark Matter.Today, Dark Matter is set to release some brand new material! “After spending the past several years performing with Rebelution, George Porter Jr., The Meters and more, I’m excited to be releasing new music with Dark Matter,” says Khris. ” This is the first of many new songs to come!”The new single is called “Make You Dance,” and it just does that. This song is a real groove, and we’re excited to share it with you. Stream the new single below!This is quite the busy week for Khris, as he’ll be appearing on Saturday Night Live tomorrow night with Solange! Don’t miss this big performance and more from the talented saxophonist. You can find out all of Royal’s ongoing projects on his website.