THE MEMPHIS PROJECT
Dual Drive is a project spearheaded by veteran Memphis musicians Garry Goin (guitarist) and Patrick Register (sax and flute), whose sessions credits include work with the Bar-Kays, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, et al. On this mostly instrumental outing the duo pays its love and respect to the Bluff City’s rich musical history, covering songs originally recorded in Memphis or by Memphis-based artists such as Al Green, Charlie Rich, Otis Redding, Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & the MG’s, the Staples Singers and Bobby “Blue” Bland.
It’s Funky with a capital “F,” this Memphis Project, but it’s not all in service to the groove—soulful expressiveness is the standard here, and it’s pervasive and deriving from multiple sources: Embracing his starring role on most of the tracks, Register fashions textures on soprano-alto-tenor saxes and on flute reminiscent of the rich sound signatures we have heard on those instruments through the years from brothers Hubert and Ronnie Laws; but when you hear the heartfelt tenderness of his alto soloing on a midtempo treatment of “Suspicious Minds” or the epic hurt he emotes on Bland’s “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City,” it’s all Register.
Goin demonstrates impeccable taste and feel on the guitar throughout, whether he’s taking the stinging lead on “Respect Yourself”; slicing up those “Green Onions” with a razor-sharp attack way up the neck while Register goes wailing into the stratosphere over a robust horn section; or crafting a soft, dreamy lead on nylon-stringed acoustic on “Never Can Say Goodbye.”
But it’s not all Register and Goin in the spotlight. Their bandmates in Dual Drive are fabulous in acquitting themselves more than admirably at every turn: Chris Carter on various keyboards is every bit as striking a presence as Register and Goin—you’ll sit up and take notice of his work pretty much any time he shows up, but he’s especially affecting with his moody piano on “Who Will the Next Fool Be”; with his wistful piano complement to Register and Goin on the moving take on “Suspicious Minds” in which the band slows the tempo and finds a new, temperate way into the song’s howl of betrayal; and certainly with his tender glissandos and light, romantic punctuations on “Never Can Say Goodbye,” perfect textural contrasts to Register’s smoky sax and Goin’s romantic nylon-string monologues. And too praise cannot attend James Sexton’s drumming, he who brings the thunder when it’s needed (he bookends the album with powerhouse, muscular attacks on the opening cut of “Take Me to the River” and the album closer, a propulsive, horn-fueled romp through “Green Onions,” also featuring a rousing popping bass by the Bar-Kays’ James Alexander) but also knows how to reign in the intensity when the lights go down low (“Never Can Say Goodbye”).
As mentioned above, this a mostly instrumental album, which would seem to mean there is some singing on it. Oh, yes, and how. There have been some fine versions of Charlie Rich’s “Who Will the Next Fool Be” (notably by one Bobby “Blue” Bland) but Rich’s soul searing original remains king of the hill. It gets a run for its money here, however, when Register and Goin (with a tasty assist from Jason Clark’s spare, bluesy piano fills) deliver some of their finest supporting work behind Wendy Moten’s scorching, gospel-rooted testimony of falling prey to a heartless player—it all comes together on this cut, and if you don’t remember the Memphis-born Moten from her 1994 hit “Come In Out of the Rain,” you will remember her for what she does to this Charlie Rich classic and want to hear more of her. On “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” Marcus Scott is wailing on vocals, but doesn’t have a spotlight moment a la Wendy Moten’s nor does Kesha Cook in his perfectly serviceable vocal turn on “Rock Steady,” but then neither of the latter two songs are arranged with lead vocals in mind.
Further emphasizing their commitment to Memphis, Register and Goin, with producer Johnny Phillips (brother of Sam), recorded the album in various studios around the city, including some where the original, legendary cuts were realized, such as the Stax Museum, on the site where the Stax studio once stood (for “[Sittin’ on] The Dock of the Bay” and “I Thank You”); Phillips Recording Studio (for “Who Will the Next Fool Be”); and the Royal Studio (formerly Hi Records, for “Take Me to the River”). Chips Moman’s American studio no longer exists, so “Suspicious Minds” went down, appropriately enough, at Phillips Studio. Hats off to Register, Goin, Phillips and all the dramatis personae of Dual Drive. The Memphis Project succeeds mightily in finding its own voice in reimagining its chosen repertoire, but at the same time does right by the history informing its music, by the city these musicians love, and by the gift each one brings to the party.
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|GRACE & TONY TO HIT THE ROAD
WITH DOM FLEMONS
Loretto,TN-based husband-and-wife duo Grace & Tony are set to hit the road with Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops) for a fall tour that begins in late September in Cleveland and will visit 14 cities throughout the Midwest and Northeast into October. The pair is touring in support of their latest album, November, (which was released in November of 2013), and they are also set to perform twice at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville in September. (See full tour schedule below).Says Tony: “We are very excited to be supporting our friend, Dom Flemons on his album launch tour. Not only is he a great guy, but a lot of fun to watch every night.”In addition to keeping busy on the road, the pair has been filming clips for their online video series, the collaborative “Greenroom Sessions” (which launched in April 2014). The sessions feature backstage/on the road video performances with fellow musicians of Grace & Tony songs and covers shot on an iPhone. Partner site TheBoot.com world premieres new clips on the 1st and 15th of every month. Past sessions have included performances with Tony’s brother, John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars), Malcolm Parson (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Christian Lopez, Odane Whilby, Misty Mountain String Band, Humming House, Penny & Sparrow, Black Feathers, Fireworks Over London, and Cutthroat Shamrock.
Grace & Tony, known for playing a blend of musical styles dubbed “punkgrass” (a mix of genres including punk, folk, bluegrass, and Texas swing), have headlined the historic Crockett Theater (Lawrenceburg, TN), appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and performed twice on the “Daytrotter Sessions,” as well as performed for Balcony TV, “Jimmy Lloyd’s Songwriter Showcase,” and Knoxville’s “Blue Plate Special” programs. In addition, three of their videos (“Let You Down,” “November,” “The Chameleon” and “Resonate”) have been in regular rotation on ZUUS Country. They’ve also scored airplay on CMT Edge and GAC.
No Depression praised the album November, saying: “Telling universal stories about love and loss through the perspective of larger-than-life characters gives November a literary feel. Place that in the setting of a musical genre that opens up traditional forms of musical communication to the adventurous nature of punk and even a little swing, and Grace & Tony has produced an album in November that is not only a lot of fun, but provides the music lover with musical substance that demands repeat listening.”
Recently, they’ve shared the stage with folks like the Lone Bellow, Billy Joe Shaver, Misty Mountain String Band, Jim Avett, and Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as hitting the high seas on the Cayamo music cruise, playing alongside the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Ricky Scaggs, Bruce Hornsby, and Lyle Lovett. They performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July 2014.
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THE MOODY BLUES
RETURN TO THE U.S. THIS SUMMER
Greg Sherrod has playing clubs between Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 35 years and is now embarking on a journey to create a new CD and travel on a European adventure in early 2015. Greg spent many years involved in musical theater starring in many productions like Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Nunsense (Sister Hubert), and Dandelion Children’s Theater productions. He has also supported, or played with, acts like: Tower of Power, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band, King’s X, Deep Banana Blackout, E.C. Scott, K.D. Bell, George Porter, Jr. of The Meters, James Montgomery, and Booker T. Jones from Booker T. and The MG‘s.
In 2007, Greg was selected to Michael Bolton’s New Haven Choir on Clash of The Choirs. Clash Of The Choirs was a reality special shown Live on NBC. Greg performed on the show on which five celebrities went back to their home towns to select a twenty person choir and take them to New York City to compete live on national T.V. Greg was also selected to the special sight reading and fast study group hand-picked from each choir to perform live on NBC’s “The Today Show” which featured Gloria Estefan. Greg sang on stage with Patti LaBelle, Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child, Nick Lachey, Blake Shelton, and Michael Bolton. Greg also performed as a back up singer for Michael Bolton’s performance of When a Man Loves a Woman.
Greg has performed at The Fairfield Theater Co. in Fairfield as a part of the very popular Band Together Charity concert series. He has been the featured singer in the most popular wedding and function band in Connecticut and Massachusetts Mass Conn Fusion, He has been regular performer at both Mohegan Sun Casino and Foxwoods Resort Casino. Greg enjoyed great success in residence at The critically acclaimed Blues Night at The Owl Shop on The Yale University Campus every Tuesday night for three years.
In October of 2013, Greg and his band were personally picked by Peter Salovey, 23rd President of Yale University, to perform at two major events of his Inauguration. The Greg Sherrod Band has been the “go to” band for many different departments at Yale as a music provider. 2014 has been a very good year for The Greg Sherrod Band. WPLR radio (New Haven) and WESU radio (Middletown) have been playing tracks from the CD Blues For Carrie regularly. The Greg Sherrod Blues Band was a featured performer at 2014’s Mystic Blues Festival. The Blues band supported Johnny Winter on his last U.S. tour date before his passing. On August 3 Greg performed with The Disco Biscuits on the main stage at The Gathering Of The Vibes Music Festival in Bridgeport along with Bill Kruetzman and Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead.
In addition to a wonderful evening of entertainment, Greg is also embarking on his European tour. For information on this project, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/greg-sherrod-s-new-cd-journey-to-europe/x/8299866
Event Details: Mystic Yachting Center, 100 Essex Street, Mystic . September 25th • 7-10 pm
$75 per person in advance, Tickets available at Mystic Shipyard. $100 per person at the door
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The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus will hold auditions on Wednesday, September 3, at the auditorium in Leamy Hall, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Interested singers should contact ECSC President Kathy Walburn at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve an audition time. Those auditioning will be notified of the results prior to the first rehearsal which will be Wednesday, September 10, from 7-9 PM at the same location. Please prepare a classical selection of your choice, excluding show tunes. Examples of acceptable pieces are hymns, arias, or selections from other classical works. Candidates will be asked to sight read a short selection chosen by Mark Singleton, ECSC Chorus Director. An accompanist will be provided.
Singers pay $75/year. Dues are waived for students. Other costs include the musical scores and sheet music for each concert. The Chorus will be performing a concert entitled “Mozart’s Unfinished” featuring Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers for a fall concert on Saturday, November 1, 2014, on the campus of Connecticut College. The Chorus will also be featured in the April 25, 2015, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra concert of “Carmina Burana” at 8 PM the Garde Arts Center in New London.
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By Gerrick D. Kennedy
April 20, 2014, 3:01 p.m.
Chance the Rapper was forced to cancel his Weekend 2 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival after he was admitted to a hospital Sunday, his management said.
A little more than an hour before the Chicago emcee was to hit the main stage in Indio, the festival’s official smartphone app sent a dispatch with the news.
“Chance the Rapper unable to perform today,” the alert said. “Check out Classixx, Showtek, Scuba or Frank Turner instead.”