The Album is finished!!

Finally, after 8 long years 'Plaid is the New Black"is finally done. It is available for pre sale on itunes here.

Recorded in Nashville and Winnipeg, it features 8 finely crafted songs.

New Album on the way!!

My newest album, tentatively titles "Plaid is the new Black"  is off to a great start. I finished tracking the first have of the album at Private Ear Studios in Winnipeg, Canada this week.  I will be finishing it off next month in Nashville. The Winnipeg section is coming out great and I can't wait to get the project finished off.  CD release is planned for lte March in Winnipeg, details to follow. Email to get on the early bird list and I will send you a CD as soon as it is printed .


Sean Ono Lennon Doesn't Mind Comparisons To Famous Father

Sean Lennon John Lennon

The resemblance is downright uncanny. You can barely steal a glance at Sean Ono Lennon without your mind immediately thinking of his father, former Beatle singer/guitarist John Lennon. It’s a comparison that the former has grown to accept.

In an interview with the Chronicle Herald, a Canadian publication, Sean spoke about what’s it’s like to live under the shadow of his universally recognized father. “I’m so used to it,” he said. “I’m more taken aback when I’m asked something that isn’t about my dad — that’s when I get really surprised.”

The younger Lennon takes a somewhat Zen view of the subject altogether. “I mean, my whole life has been responding to questions about him,” he noted. “It doesn’t bother me at all. It’s beyond being bothered. You can’t be bothered by, you know, wind.”

Lennon has kept busy these last few years, if not necessarily following in his father’s footsteps, then at a minimum pursuing the same passion for music. Recently he produced his mother Yoko Ono’s album, ‘Take Me to the Land of Hell’ and is part of a duo with his girlfriend called Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980 outside of his home at the Dakota next to Central Park in New York City when his son Sean was only five. At the time, Lennon along with Ono had just released their album ‘Double Fantasy’ which featured the song ‘Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)’ that was inspired by their young son.

Peter Gabriel Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Critics may have been puzzled by Coldplay‘s Chris Martin being chosen to induct Peter Gabriel into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the vocalist proved to be an inspired choice, as he mixed humor and insight with perfect balance.

To kick off his soliloquy, he decided to read from “The Book of Genesis” — not the biblical version, but a story/hilarious extended metaphor mixing references to Gabriel, his former progressive rock band’s song titles and Phil Collins. “God came before Phil the Collins. The angel replied, ‘I am Gabriel,’” Martin cracked.

Martin also lightly poked fun at Gabriel’s dancing skills and fashion (“He’s repopularized the goatee”). However, he saved a more clever barb for Gabriel’s penchant for self-titling his albums, positing that after a string of eponymous records, his label asked him if he had something else for a title. “Like a petulant teenager, he said, ‘So?’ and they said, ‘That’s perfect.’”

Martin also highlighted Gabriel’s Real World studio and label and, naturally, the pop culture references that make Gabriel endure today: “He helped John Cusack get his girlfriend back in ‘Say Anything.’” Gabriel, in turn, returned the praise: “Chris has been working as a stand-up comic. He’s a great songwriter here.

Ever humble, Gabriel thanked his long-time bandmates by name — including David Rhodes, Tony Levin, Manu Katche — his many musical collaborators over the years and his family. “Surround yourself with brilliance. The brilliance of who you love being around — and the brilliance of their talent,” he says.

But in the speech’s most moving moment, Gabriel ended with a poetic rumination on the beauty and power of music. “Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you.”

“And occasionally, it can make you very, very happy.”

Van Morrison and Elvis Costello Lead Blues Fest Line Up

 The fourth edition of London's BluesFest will run for six days in October, promoters have confirmed. And they've announced the first group of headline acts, all of whom will be celebrating their blues roots: Sheryl Crow, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Georgie Fame.

The annual event is held at the Royal Albert Hall for the second time this year, after the 2013 edition featured Robert Plant, Ronnie Wood, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mavis Saples, Chris Rea and many others.

Venue boss Jasper Hope says: "Unlike any other time in the six years I have been here, the whole building was alive all day, every day - there were even concerts in the cafe."

B.B. King's Stolen Gibson Lucille Inspired New Book

 The new book B.B. King's Lucille and the Loves Before Her is a painstakingly researched travelogue through the universe of the blues great's gear, starting with the diddley bow he played in the Mississippi cotton fields as a boy and continuing through the current generation of the Gibson-made Lucille line of guitars he cradles on stage today, with plenty of information about amps, picks, strings and minutia along the way.

But there's also a fascinating story behind Nashville-based author Eric E. Dahl's inspiration for writing his authoritative debut book. It starts in 2009 at a Las Vegas pawn shop, where Dahl, a lifelong guitarist in blues and rock bands who's also a guitar appraiser, broadcaster and journalist, was called in to valuate an 80th Birthday model Lucille made by the Gibson Custom shop in 2005.

"They called me because they knew I bought and traded guitars, and I'd bought guitars from them before," Dahl explains. "I was living in Las Vegas and playing in the casinos during the weeknights and in church on Sundays, and would then go buy guitars with the money." He'd already purchased a B.B. King Lucille model from the Easy Pawn a few years earlier, and had no intention of purchasing the one they were about to put on the floor - until the shop's owner opened the case.

"The whole thing was covered in sweat," he recalls. "The strings were nasty. I thought, 'It'll take hours just to clean this.' I figured some local bluesman has hocked it. Then I flipped it over and looked at the headstock and it said, 'Prototype 1' in a white stamp. I'd never seen that before. I assumed it meant this was one of the original 80th Birthday model Lucilles that B.B. King had approved.

"So I bought it, took it home, polished it and cut off and replaced the strings and set it up. Little did I know I was wiping off B.B. King's DNA. Then I started researching it for two-and-half months. I started calling Gibson every week to see if somebody would talk to me about this guitar. I also reached out to George Gruhn and Walter Carter and the other usual suspects we know in the guitar business. Nobody could really tell me about this stamp on the back."

Dahl had no idea it was King's stolen guitar. The blues patriarch had not reported the theft to police, but had told Gibson. Eventually word of Dahl's quest reached Pat Foley, Gibson Brands' worldwide director of artist relations. Foley contacted Dahl and explained the guitar had been made at the Gibson Custom Shop as a gift for King's 80th birthday and was his main guitar until it was stolen.

Soon King's office began calling about the guitar. King wanted Dahl to meet with him to swap instruments. "But that took a while, too, because Gibson needed to get a replacement guitar to Mr. King for the one I had, and he insisted on doing the swap himself. Eventually I thought it wasn't going to happen. In fact, the night before the trade was supposed to happen I told my wife that - new guitar or not - I was going to give Mr. King back his guitar."

As luck had it, Gibson delivered a Lucille 80th Birthday guitar to King's office that morning, and the meeting occurred. "Mr. King shook my hand and he offered me a Diet Coke," Dahl recounts. " We sat down and spent about 45 minutes talking. He talked to me about playing at Bo Diddley's funeral. My friend was taking photos, and he said he didn't think Mr. King really believed it was the guitar until I opened the case and handed it to him. He was thrilled. He gave me a brand new Lucille and told me he hoped I'd enjoy playing mine as much as he enjoys playing his. He really does love these guitars. He signed a book for me and some old albums I'd brought, and gave me some guitar picks. He said he wanted a picture of he and I together for his office. He was always a hero of mine, and my dad's, who passed away young, at 43, in 1984.

"I came up with the idea for the book because I'd done so much research on B.B. and his guitars, just for my own search and my own knowledge, and I found so many inaccuracies. Anybody can put anything up on the Web. There was all sorts of wrong information about his past Gibsons, about the evolution of the Lucille… These things bothered me."

So Dahl approached King's office and asked for their blessing for a book on the history of their boss' instruments and related gear. "I'm a gear freak," he says. "I wanted to know about his gear and about how his gear got to where it is now. I think the evolution of his instruments, starting with a diddley bow on the plantation to playing a $10,000 guitar on stage today, is a fascinating story." And King's amps hold their own fascination. Dahl explains that prominent fans like Eric Johnson keep their antennae up for the long discontinued Lab Series amps King plays, buy them, and ship the amps to him. King then replaces their O.E.M. speakers with Peavey Black Widows.

As Dahl's book relates, the current Lucilles are just part of a long line of Gibson guitars that King has played over the past seven decades. He briefly played a Les Paul Gold Top, but favored the L-30 for many years, after he graduated up from the Stella acoustics he played on the plantation in Mississippi. "That was the 'Lucille' he want back into the house fire in Twist, Arkansas, to save," Dahl notes, alluding to the famous story of how King began calling his guitars "Lucille."

Angry John Lennon Letter Goes For Big Price

 An angry note that was written by John Lennon to producer Phil Spector has sold at auction for over $88,000, which was nearly ten times the expected price.

The letter, penned in the early 1970s, contains references to Who drummer Keith Moon and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson misbehaving in Hollywood's Capitol Studios, while they were supposed to be recording with the ex-Beatle.

It reads: "Phil - See ya around 12.30! Should you not yet know, it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console! We left at 11.30… Jerry now wants us to evict us or that's what Capitol tells us, anyway. Tell him to bill Capitol for the damage if any?

"I can't be expected to mind adult rock stars nor can May. Besides, she works for me, not A&M! I'm about to piss off to Record Plant because of this crap. John."

Ace Frehley Releasing New Solo Album

 Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced that he will be releasing his new solo album, "Space Invaders", on June 24th and he also revealed that he and Zakk Wylde will be presenting the Dimebag Darrell "Best Guitarist" Award at this year's Golden Gods Awards.

Frehley's new album will be his first release in five years, following 2009's "Anomaly," and the album is set to include at least nine new original songs and a cover of the Steve Miller Band's classic "The Joker".

Ace had this to say about the album, "Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I've created over the years has withstood the test of time.

"Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!"

He also commented about taking part in the Golden Gods Awards show on April 23, 2014 at the Club Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. "It's exciting to finally be part of the Golden Gods, awards and an honor to be part of any Dimebag memorial award. He was a friend, and I know everyone misses him, as do I."

Pixies Releasing First Full Length Album In Over 20 Years

 The Pixies announced on Monday that they will be releasing their first full length album in over 20 years in April via their own independent music label Pixiesmusic.

The album will be titled "Indie Cindy" and will be released on April 29th in North America, April 23rd in Japan and April 28th in the UK, Europe and other international territories.

"Indie Cindy" will feature 12 songs including the eight tracks from the band's EP-1 and EP-2, three songs from EP-3 and "Bagboy," the band's first new song in more than a decade.

"We started seriously talking about recording new music about four years ago," said Pixies drummer David Lovering in the announcement. "New music seemed like something we just had to do, we just couldn't continue to go out and tour without anything new. So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we're all very happy with the way everything worked out."

The album finds the band reuniting with producer Gil Norton who worked with the band on the Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe le Monde albums and was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, UK in October of 2012.

The album will be released in various formats including a standard 12-track single-CD digipak with booklet, a two-disc, deluxe gatefold album, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, a standard 12-track digital download via iTunes, Amazon, and other online retail sellers, plus an expanded digital download exclusively through iTunes that includes a bonus live-in-concert 13-track set recorded during the band's recently-completed North American tour.

The band will also be selling a special deluxe, limited edition two-disc set version (available as a CD and as a deluxe gatefold album pressed on 180-gram vinyl) that includes the 13-track live disc and a 40-page, hard-back book that features the new artwork produced exclusively for Indie Cindy. The CD limited edition is packaged in a special gold-foil hard slipcase and will be limited to 5000 copies and sold directly from the band's website.

The Pixies will also be celebrating this year's Record Store Day on April 19th with a special version of the album. The special RSD limited edition will be a two-disc, deluxe gatefold, 180-gram vinyl set that will be available only from independent record stores participating in Record Store Day around the world. 

Gwar Frontman David Brockie Reportedly Found Dead

 There are unconfirmed reports that larger than life Gwar frontman David Brockie a.k.a Oderus Urungus was found dead at his home in Virginia on Sunday (March 23rd).

The reports originated with a story published by Style Weekly, which quoted their writer and former Gwar member Chris Bopst as saying "I wish it was a joke" and added "Everyone is in shock."

The website later updated the report claiming that an unnamed "member of the Richmond Police Department confirms that a 50-year-old musician was found dead in his home between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. by his roommate."

Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh told local paper Times Dispatch that "officers were called to a residence in the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue at 6:53 p.m. Sunday for a report of a dead person. Officers found Brockie dead inside, Waugh said."

The Gwar camp has neither confirmed nor denied the report but Australian music site The reports that the band's management will be issuing a statement later today.

Some members of the Gwar inner circle have reportedly confirmed the reports. Original Gwar guitarist Steve Douglas wrote on his Facebook page "I have had a few bad days in my life but this one truly ranks right up there... Dave Brockie, I do not know what happened to you yet, but I know you are gone and it is hurting very badly!"

Douglas also posted the following comment at at 3:30 am EST on Monday, "it is true, I have talked to many of his and my best friends in Richmond VA, his room-mate found him dead about 3 hours ago...makes me sick, seriously one of my best friends ever. I am so glad we got to talk when they were in Australia. Dave and I played together in Death Piggy and started GWAr together, and I can tell you there was not a better man on the planet!"

Lamb of God frontman Randall Blythe wrote on Instagram: "I got a very sad call tonight from my buddy Chris Bopst, who was one of the original members of GWAR- my friend Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, the singer of GWAR, has left the building & taken off back to his home planet.

"He was 50 years old. I do not know details of why he died yet, just that he passed away at home & his roommates found him. When someone dies, a lot of the time people will say 'Oh, he was a unique person, really one of a kind, a true original'- most of these people no idea of what they are talking about- they obviously had never met Dave. Dave TRULY WAS ONE OF A KIND- I can't think of ANYONE even remotely like him. That's VERY HARD TO SAY.

"My band learned how to become a real touring band from GWAR- they gave us out first shot at this thing. I learned many things from Dave, many of which I am eternally grateful for, and some of which I am deeply ashamed of. I took this picture at his birthday party a few months ago- Dave kissing his Oderous birthday cake.

"Right now, if I were to truly honor Dave in the way HE would do it if it were ME that had died, I would make a completely tasteless joke about his death. But I do not have the stomach for that- Dave would, but not me. He never put much stock in 'limits'. Richmond, VA has lost one of its most creative people. This is a crying shame to me.

"Thank you Brockie, for all the crazy sh*t you did- thank God you existed, so you could do it and I didn't have to. It was an honor to know you, to be your Shaky Slave, to serve in the Blood Vomits along side you (let's ride!), and to be soaked by your sweet cuttlefish. RIP Dave Brockie. Oderous, enjoy your trip back home."

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