Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has the
kind of Blues backstory that would never translate to the silver screen
because no one would believe it. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist,
Slim’s history stretches back to the early ’70s, when he released Merry Airbrakes, the only full-length Vietnam protest album recorded by an actual Vietnam veteran.
It doesn’t really come as a surprise
that slanted Americana-flavored singer/songwriter Will Oldham (aka
Bonnie “Prince” Billy) was an Everly Brothers fan as a kid growing up in
Louisville, Ky. More curious is the fact that Oldham’s latest album, What the Brothers Sang, is a tribute to the Everlys’ iconic employment of vocal harmony.
New Orleanian Dwayne Michael Carter
Jr., better known to the world at large as Lil Wayne, has jammed a
couple of lifetimes into his first 30 years, but that’s bound to happen
when you sign a music contract at age 9. That’s when Wayne linked up
with rapper B.G. to form the duo the B.G.’z and became part of the
renowned Cash Money roster.
Jack White has again put his money where his analog-lovin’
mouth is, ponying up $200,000 to help finally make the National
Recording Preservation Foundation “operational,” according to an NRPF
press release. The NRPF came about when Congress approved the National
Recording Preservation Act in 2000, but White’s contribution is its
“first major donation.”
Besides being an extraordinarily resonant
Americana singer/songwriter, Sean Rowe is in the rare, fortunate
position of knowing the sound of a tree falling in the forest. A devoted naturalist as well as a performing songwriter whose album The Salesman and the Shark
is getting widespread praise, Rowe once spent 24 days completely on his
own, foraging in a forest.
Cincinnati Americana ensemble Magnolia Mountain has always exhibited a
broad sonic diversity, moving easily from Country to Folk to to twangy Rock. Frontman Mark Utley has decided to use his solo debut as a
repository for the more Country aspects of his writing spectrum, leaving
the heavier, bluesier, funkier tracks for Magnolia Mountain.
Cincinnati Noise Pop trio Vacation, which has been been making waves nationally with its recent Candy Waves release, finally make it back home for a local release party this week. Plus, Formerly Ghosts releases a new single/preview of their forthcoming album and MidPoint Music Fest announces single-show tickets and the "Box Truck Carnival" call for entries.
Canada introduces new postal stamps featuring The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, Beau Dommage and Rush's naked-man/devil-star logo, Jason Bonham is working hard to bring his dad back to life as a hologram so he can drum solo with him and Sacha Baron Cohen quits the Freddie Mercury biopic, reportedly over Queen's desire to keep it more family-friendly.
Lonesome Shack is a Scruff Blues band out of Seattle that
keeps it real and unpretentious. Consisting of founder Ben Todd on
guitar, Kristian Garrard on drums and Luke Bergman on bass, the trio
goes out of its way to sound as “un-modern” as possible.
If you listen to any of the Rock stations in town, you
know Theory of a Deadman. They're the guys behind "Bad Girlfriend" (the
video for which is great … and NSFW). They also did the oh-so-catchy
Stick Men is an all-star group of musicians that made
their mark in the Prog Rock and Fusion music worlds. The band includes
Tony Levin on bass, Pat Mastelotto on drums and Markus Reuter on guitar.
But all is not as it seems.
Following a serious van accident, local music supporters team up to help rockers Mad Anthony via two benefit concerts. Plus, The Sundresses debut as a quartet Friday on Fountain Square for the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert with Wussy and Queen City Radio.
Jay-Z and Beyonce's visit to Cuba prompts U.S. law-change effort (seriously), Thom Yorke says Spotify is bad for new artists (simples) and some nut-job attacked 73-year-old Lester Chambers over a song dedication.