MARCH / APRIL 2011
ATLANTA -- Three Atlanta guys who make up the band Graham's Number are in the running to play at London's famed Hyde Park this summer.
They are finalists in Hard Rock Cafe's Battle of the Bands, which looks for an up and coming band to take the stage at their annual three-day concert Hard Rock Calling.
Q & A: Graham's Number
Graham's Number is competing against bands from Boston, New Orleans, and Myrtle Beach, just to name a few places. Hard Rock describes Graham's Number as a "band with extraordinary potential with a cutting edge new sound. They combine traditional songwriting with new innovative sounds with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime."
To vote for "Graham's Number," and to get more information on Hard Rock Calling, click here.
Planet Rock Paul Rodgers talks to Nicky Horne An exclusive interview and acoustic performance with Paul Rodgers will be aired tonight from 6pm. Paul fielded questions from Nicky Horne anda select group of listeners who had been invited on the strength of their questions. .We have a load of superb photos courtesy of Nick Elliott at www.planetrock.com
Paul Rodgers talks to Nicky Horne
An exclusive interview and acoustic performance with Paul Rodgers will be aired tonight from 6pm.
Paul fielded questions from Nicky Horne anda select group of listeners who had been invited on the strength of their questions. .We have a load of superb photos courtesy of Nick Elliott at www.planetrock.com
On Wednesday 13 April Paul Rodgers took part in the second Yamaha and Planet Rock Off The Record event.
This time taking place at the beautiful Under The Bridge club in Chelsea, Paul played a four song acoustic set, showcasing songs from his time with Free, Bad Company and Queen in a stripped down acoustic format.
He also fielded questions from Nicky Horne and a select group of listeners who had been specially invited based on the strength of their questions.
We have a load of superb photos courtesy of Nick Elliott and we will be broadcasting selected highlights of the Q&A and the songs on MONDAY in Nicky Horne's show after 6pm.
We will also have video of the full show in due course.http://www.planetrock.com
Second Yamaha/Planet Rock event to feature songs and conversation at Stamford Bridge club
has confirmed that its second Off The Record event in partnership with Planet Rock Radio will star
the Free, Bad Company and Queen frontman Paul Rodgers. It will be held tonight
(April 13th) at the newly opened Under The Bridge venue, which forms part of the
Chelsea Football Club complex at Stamford Bridge.
Rodgers has written, produced and released 30 albums since 1968 and formed and fronted the bands Free, Bad Company and The Firm. As a Grammy-nominated solo artist he has also performed and recorded with Queen, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, Slash and Joe Walsh among others.
The Off The Record sessions, conceived and produced by Yamaha Music UK and Planet Rock, provide a unique opportunity for fans and musicians alike to experience and meet major rock artists in an up-close, exclusive and personal environment.
Rodgers will be discussing his career, musical life and
performing at the event. .
In the event that there are any left, readers can apply for tickets at the Planet Rock website here.
"We are thrilled and honoured to have been able to secure an artist of Paul's musicianship and calibre to front our second Off The Record event," said Yamha's Ricci Hodgson. "These events with top rock artists and our Planet Rock media partners show that Yamaha is enjoying major ongoing success with our rock instruments which continue to be seen on the world's biggest stages."
Kiss, who covered the 1975 Wings classic "Venus And Mars/Rock Show" for the set, posted on its Facebook page: "We consider it an honor to be asked to participate on a tribute to one of the most influential and greatest singer/songwriters of all time. Not to mention, a major force in the most important band of all time, the Beatles. Wow!"
GRAHAMS NUMBER of ATLANTA GA
THE HABITUAL BUNGLERS of ATHENS GA
Wow - that's all I can say !
The Habitual Bunglers are a funky quartet of slick n sly rapscallions from Athens, GA:
David Dubious Brown on vocals,
Rio Crane on drums,
James Stickney on bass,
Robbie Rapp on guitar and vocals.
David, James, and Rio all met around the age of 10, and by age 11 Robbie came into the fold.
After several failed attempts at starting a band with other players, they decided to give it another go in the fall of 2008,
their sophomore year in high school.
The music seemed to flow much smoother for a band whod only been playing for several months,
so they took to performing at many school functions and house parties, leaving all who witnessed their shows as confirmed fans.
A big factor of their sound is their influences; influences ranging everywhere from Captain Beefheart, Sublime, The Minutemen, Led Zeppelin,
as well as Sly & the Family Stone and Megadeth.
They incorporate many musical styles into their music in order to brew the uniquely funky stew that is their music;
If you were to ask the band what kind of music they play, theyd say We play funk music.
However, the greatest factor of their sound comes from their long-lasting friendship and their profound loyalty to each other...and the Funk.
These guys are still in high school, I was lucky enough to have seen them
play live in Athens while visiting there with Grahams Number
I was amazed at this bands tightness and passion for playing brilliant music
for their young age. I feel blessed to have heard them first
The boys are yet to go public, they have no music recorded, so I cannot share their music with you
but if you trust my judgement,
Beware, a new awsome band is about to be born !!!!!!!!!!
The Habitual Bunglers
Lucy Piller - Allightnow.com
Jam on, Rye - underdog takes the win
By JOE VANHOOSE - firstname.lastname@example.org
Published Thursday, April 07, 2011
Call Rye Bar the little bar that could.
Where: 140 E. Clayton St.
Hours: 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday
Call: (706) 354-6629
But Rye Bar, which David Tammen opened less than two years ago, beat out 31 competitors to claim the inaugural Marquee Bar Madness tournament, a monthlong competition that pitted 32 downtown bars against each other and let their fans vote for their supremacy.
Rye Bar outlasted Cutters Pub in the final round to win the honors after steamrolling competitors - Caledonia Lounge, Farm 255, MAX and Mad Hatter - as the field of 32 was whittled down.
"We've got lots of fans everywhere," Tammen said. "We put the contest on our Facebook page and got all our friends voting for us. We feel like we've done a lot of good things to turn that bar around."
Tammen has made several upgrades at the bar that sits below East Clayton Street. He hired a new staff, upgraded the air conditioning and improved the sound system for bands.
Many locals will remember the bar as DT's. If it was anything before that, this transplant is unaware.
Now, Rye Bar hosts music several nights a week. But just any music wasn't enough for Tammen - he wanted good music.
"We did a really hard look at the music we had down there," he said. "We wanted to make sure we had good music every night.
"We've done a lot of residencies with a lot of local bands and have really worked on making musicians feel welcome. You can go there any night of the week now and hear good music."
Tammen and his staff also have tried to be more consistent with their mix of drinks and drink specials. Rye Bar focuses on selling tall-boy cans instead of bottles and offers them for $2 until 11 p.m. Well drinks and certain draft beers also are $2 during the bar's extended happy hour.
"We're trying some new things - we've got good selections of rye whiskeys and tequilas," Tammen said. "We might get into some infused vodkas where we're doing them ourselves."
Even with all of its improvements, Tammen didn't think Rye Bar had a great shot at winning the Bar Madness tournament.
His bar was one of the last four bars selected to the tournament and was an underdog in every match-up.
But Rye Bar didn't just win on its way to the finals - it dominated.
"I thought it was pretty neat," he said. "I'm kind of surprised at some of the bars we beat."
The wins were a product of a lot of promotion, Tammen said. The staff pushed the contest, and the fans kept on voting.
"It's an awesome thing for us," he said. "We really tried to promote us, and obviously our efforts paid off. I can't wait to post something on our wall."
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3RD MARKS THE JAPANESE RELEASE FOR DOWNLOAD OF THE SINGLE "ALL THE GIRLS ARE CRAZY" BY LEVERTY/ KUNES (BILL LEVERTY OF FIREHOUSE AND SOLO ALBUM "DEEP SOUTH" & JIMMY KUNES OF CACTUS/ JIMMY KUNES BAND "GATE OF ALL SAINTS"/ JIMMY KUNES & LOVE TRAIN "SLOW MOVING VEHICLE").
THE TRACK IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD DOMESTICALLY (N. AMERICA) ON cdbaby, itunes, AND Amazon.com
THEY ARE MOST THRILLED TO HAVE THE SINGLE RELEASED IN JAPAN AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO 2011 FOR MORE RELEASES AND MORE EXCITING UPCOMING NEWS.....SO STAY TUNED.....
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: N.Y., N.Y. April 4, 20011
BAD COMPANY & FREE - DRUMMER
STEPS UP TO THE MIC FOR First VOCAL ALBUM
Filling the Void
Released on MEGAFORCE RECORDS june 21ST
PERFORMING JUNE 11th @ CITY WINERY
155 Varick Street, N.Y., N.Y.
Having spent over four decades kicking out the jams with the likes of English blues rockers Free ("All Right Now," "Wishing Well") and their hard rock successors Bad Company ("Feel Like Makin' Love," "Can't Get Enough," "Shooting Star"), Simon Kirke is stepping out from behind the skins for his first proper studio album, the straightforward and polished Filling the Void.
While Kirke plays drums, piano, bass, and guitar throughout this contemporary rock set, the
New York-based, south London-bred musician showcases his sharp guitar skills as well as his honest and heartfelt vocal prowess. Such an endeavor has been a long time coming, as Kirke reveals that a stint in rehab for substance abuse just under a decade ago truly inspired him to pen the small indie release, Seven Rays of Hope, in 2005, and ultimately encouraged him to get his singing out there.
"I've been writing songs for many, many years and I just wanted to get them out, like an exorcism," Kirke says. "That was the primary reason for doing it and on the way [these songs] started to become something more than I thought they would."
From the sunny tones of "One Day Closer to You" and "Talk to the Hand" to the insightful "Message From the Lost," Filling the Void falls in the same vein as Gerry Rafferty, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor. Kirke's fellow Bad Company bandmate, guitarist Mick Ralphs, makes an appearance on the rollicking "Make Up Your Mind." Guitarist Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers) appears on the soul-searching title track, as does Kirke's daughter Domino. She also lends her earthy harmonies to "Over There," Kirke's touching homage to the fallen soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Filling the Void was engineered and produced by Kirke in his Long Island cottage and in studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn during November 2010 and March 2011. Chris Muth of Taloowa Music mastered the collection. A host of seasoned musicians also provided a rich sonic backdrop their wide-ranging talents, including organist Jeff Kazee of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes fame, guitarist G.E. Smith, saxophonist Art Hays, guitarist Steve Conte (New York Dolls, Maceo Parker) and bassist John Conte (Ian Hunter, Levon Helm). "I was very lucky to get them," Kirke says of his Filling the Void ensemble.
Aside from his issuing six albums with Free and following those with 12 LPs with Bad Company, Kirke has gone on to collaborate with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, Ronnie Wood, Bo Diddley and Wilson Pickett. Additionally, he previously participated in the popular Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, which allows aspiring musicians of all ages to play alongside some of the genre's greatest. He currently serves as a consultant and board member.
I was in rehab a couple of times and I don't mind telling anyone that. This is an analogy for when I was in there.
This song was written with Larry Dvoskin [produced several tracks on Bad Companys Fame and Fortune], who visited me when I was living the UK. This is one of our best. I love the vocal performance by Audrey Martells, who did multi-tracking and ended up sounding like a choir.
Message From the Lost:
I was a driver for the Red Cross for about six weeks after 9/11. One day, I was delivering supplies to Ground Zero when a big siren went off. The whole place went quiet and then came the first wave of relatives, carrying photos, flowers, and toys for the missing. It was incredibly moving. My surmise here is, what if souls of the dead could speak to their loved ones, what could they say?
My vision here was one of sheer love and my look on a couple that's been together for a long time. I also took a little slice of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" here.
I try not to get involved in politics, but this is my take on the Iraq War and the events in Afghanistan. I was haunted after seeing a newsreel of how young some of these soldiers who were getting blown up by roadside bombs. It wasn't even a fair fight.
These are just two words that came to me. It's a soliloquy on a bad relationship.
I was stuck up town late at night after a session, it was pouring rain and I couldn't get a taxi. Some scaffolding provided some shelter and I saw a couple nearby that was sort of snuggling together, completely oblivious to the rain. The woman said "I want to melt into you," which I thought was a lovely phrase.
I wanted this to sound like Ry Cooder meets The Beatles. I also wanted an orchestra on the end, but budget restraints prevented that. Instead Jeff Kazee and I manned separate string synthesizers and did it that way.
My collaboration with the husband-and-wife team of Jon and Sally Tiven (Nick Lowe, Wilson Pickett). It came about after I read about the legendary country star George Jones driving into town to his local bar on a harvesting machine because his wife had hidden all of his car keys! An ode to drunkenness with tongue planted firmly in cheek.
I was a little bit nervous when I wrote this because the first part of the song is about this rather arrogant guy. But then I did a 180 and gave this male voice a chance to redeem himself. It's a piss-take on guys who are a little misogynistic.
This song draws from a situation where a guy's wife or girlfriend has done something crazy and left the telephone hanging. The guy jumps into his car and drives all night until he gets to her.
My companion to "Over There." The setting could be a man counting the days off of a prison sentence or a tour of duty overseas I imagined a guy singing this around a campfire one night.
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Las Vegas First Stop on Rodgers Solo Tour
LAS VEGAS - February 26, 2011 - Paul Rodgers, who toured and recorded with Queen from 2004 to 2008 and reunited Bad Company 2008 to 2010 is at long last returning to the US with his solo band for an exclusive concert at the Eastside Events Center at the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel April 2nd.
Playing with Queen was brilliant they interpreted my songs on an entirely new level. With Bad Company the musical fire (son of Led Zeppelins late drummer John) works were still there but creating and touring solo is where my heart is says Rodgers, a Grammy® nominated and Platinum selling artist.
Rodgers is playing an exclusive 10 dates in the United States this year and his first stop will be at the Eastside Events Center Saturday, April 2 at 9 p.m. This will be Rodgers first solo show pairing up with drummer Jason Bonham. Other band members include the familiar faces of guitarist Howard Leese (Heart) and Lynn Sorenson (bass).
Rodgers has chosen to rehearse for several days at Eastside Cannery Events Center for his upcoming UK tour prior to his show. His last UK solo tour culminated with the recording of his debut solo DVD Live in Glasgow which charted at #1 in Canada, #2 in Japan, #3 in the US, #4 in the UK and is now Certified Gold.
The singer/songwriter will be performing new songs from his up and coming solo CD, making it 31 album/CD releases since 1968, plus hits from his expansive back catalogue such as All Right Now- Free, Feel Like Makin Love- Bad Company and Satisfaction Guaranteed- The Firm.
Says Rodgers Developing a set-list is always a bit of a balancing act but in the US it will be Bad Company heavy for fans.
Tickets are available now: $39.95 for Reserved, $49.95 for Prime, $59.95 for Gold, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 856-5470, or by visiting www.eastsidecannery.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Eastside Cannery's box office at the front desk.
2010 BMI presents Paul Rodgers with the million air award to acknowledge 4,000,000 radio performances of All Right Now in the US. When I started writing All Right Now the lyrics and the melody flowed easily. Paul Rodgers
2010 Certified Gold in the UK & Top 10 on Billboards CD charts for 3 weeks The Very Best Of Free & Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers.
2010 Rolling Stone Magazines #3 Greatest Voice in Rock
2009 Solo performance on Jools Holland
2009 Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck present him with the Classic Songwriter of 2009 chosen by the fans and writers of the UKs International Classic Rock Magazine.
2009 Receives Honorary Doctorate from Teesside University in his hometown of Middlesbrough, England.
2008 Queen + Paul Rodgers performed for their largest crowd 350,000 in Kharkov, Ukraine.
2008 Performed at Nelson Mandelas 90th birthday concert in Londons Hyde Park, sharing the stage with Will Smith, Queen, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Josh Groban and others.
2008 One of only 8 people to ever receive a Proclamation from US Congress, acknowledging his many achievements and his philanthropist work for the Fender Centers Kids Rock Free Music Education Program.
2007 Debut Solo DVD Live in Glasgow charts at # 1 in Canada for 3 weeks. Certified Gold in Canada.
2007 Led Zeppelin, Paul Rodgers, Bill Wyman and others share the stage as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun (Atlantic Records founder) at Londons 02 Arena.
2006 Appearance on American Idol.
2006 Appearance on Entertainment Tonight.
2006 Voted A ROCK ICON in Classic Rock Magazine by fellow Musicians.
2006 Voted # 1 SINGER by Japans Player Magazine