Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Walter Trout to return with new studio album, 'We're All In This Together'

Walter Trout is set to return with a new studio album. That is always reason to celebrate, but this time the celebration extends to a who's who of guest players including John Mayall, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, and his son, guitarist Jon Trout. Here is the official media release...

North American Release Date Set For August 25 With Europe To Follow On September 1

Special Guests include John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Joe Louis Walker, Warren Haynes, Randy Bachman, Charlie Musselwhite, Edgar Winter, Eric Gales, Mike Zito, Robben Ford, John Nemeth, And His Son Jon Trout
Los Angeles, CA --- Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene, respected by the old guard, revered by the young guns, and adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and part of the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided. He’s also the only artist with the vision, talent and star-studded address book to pull off a project on the scale of We’re All In This Together. “It was quite a piece of work to get this record together,” he admits. “But I guess I have a lot of friends, y’know…?”
Before you even hear a note, We’re All In This Together has your attention. Drafting fourteen A-list stars – including Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall and Randy Bachman – and writing an original song for each, Trout has made the most tantalizing album of the year, and found solace after a run of solo albums that chronicled his near-fatal liver disease of 2014. “Now was the right time for this record,” he says. “Battle Scars [2015] was such an intense piece of work, written with tears coming down my face. I needed a break from that, to do something fun and light-hearted. This album was joyous for me.”
Scan the credits of We’re All In This Together and you’ll find nods to every twist and turn of Trout’s electrifying backstory. There’s keys man and long-time friend Skip Edwards, who came up on the same early-’70s New Jersey circuit where Trout cut his teeth as the precocious lead guitarist for Wilmont Mews. There’s organ wizard Deacon Jones, the West Coast bandleader who brought a twenty-something Trout into the orbit of blues titans like John Lee Hooker and Big Mama Thornton. “Deacon sorta discovered me when I moved to LA in the ’70s,” reflects Trout. “So I owe him.”
Trout also welcomes a fistful of compadres from recent all-star project Supersonic Blues Machine, in the form of Warren Haynes, Robben Ford and Eric Gales. Then there’s John Mayall: the ageless British blues-boom godfather who hired a troubled Trout for the Bluesbreakers in 1985 and now blows harp on “Blues For Jimmy T.”  “Am I proud to call myself a former Bluesbreaker?” Trout reflects. “Yeah, of course. What a credential. That is a very exclusive club, and I know that when I’m gone, that’s gonna be one of the big things that they’ll remember me for: that I was a Bluesbreaker for five years.”
Since he struck out alone in 1989, Trout’s solo career has been every bit as celebrated. Touring tirelessly and spitting out classic albums that include 1990’s flag-planting Life In The Jungle, 1998’s breakthrough Walter Trout and 2012’s politically barbed Blues For The Modern Daze, he’s won international acclaim and enjoyed ever-growing sales in a notoriously fickle industry. Years on the road have also brought him tight friendships, as evidenced by 2006’s cameo-fuelled Full Circle album and this year’s unofficial sequel, We’re All In This Together. “The new album was originally gonna be called Full Circle Volume 2,” notes Trout, “but I wanted to make the title a positive statement in this time of madness.” 
In another departure, whereas Full Circle saw each guest visit the studio to track their part, the advance of recording technology in the intervening decade meant Trout’s collaborators on We’re All In This Together were able to supply their contributions from afar. “In the studio, it was the core band of me, Sammy Avila [keys], Mike Leasure [drums] and Johnny Griparic [bass] on every cut, with Eric Corne producing,” he explains, “and then, for most of the tracks, people sent us their parts. But it’s very hard to tell we’re not in the studio together. If you listen to the Warren Haynes track, when we get into that guitar conversation on the end – it sounds like we’re looking each other right in the face, y’know?”
They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If that’s the case, then We’re All In This Together is further proof of Walter Trout’s position at the hub of the blues scene. This is the sound of an artist not just getting by with a little help from his friends, but positively thriving, on an album that is sure to light another rocket under his blooming late career. “I’m 66 years old,” considers Trout, “but I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now. I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career. I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in. I want to grab life by the balls and not let go, y’know…?”
Track Listing:
“Gonna Hurt Like Hell” featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd
“Ain’t Gpin’ Back” featuring Sonny Landreth
“The Other Side of The Pillow” featuring Charlie Musselwhite
“She Listens To The Blackbird Song” featuring Mike Zito
“Mr. Davis” featuring Robben Ford
“The Sky Is Crying” featuring Warren Haynes
“Somebody Goin’ Down” featuring Eric Gales
“She Steals My Heart Away” featuring Edgar Winter
“Crash And Burn” featuring Joe Louis Walker
“Too Much To Carry” featuring John Nemeth
“Do You Still See Me At All” featuring Jon Trout
“Got Nothin’ Left” featuring Randy Bachman
“Blues For Jimmy T.” Featuring John Mayall
“We’re All In This Together” featuring Joe Bonamassa
Planned appearances include:
6/30     Wichita, KS                                                     The Cotillion
7/01     Kansas City, MO                                            Knucklehead’s
7/02     St. Louis, MO                                                 Old Rock House
7/05     Syracuse, NY                                                  Hotel Syracuse
7/06     Sellersville, PA                                               Sellersville Theatre
7/07     Old Saybrook, CT                                           The Kate
7/08     Fall River, MA                                                Narrows Center for the Arts
7/09     Pawling, NY                                                   Daryl’s House
7/10     Hoboken, NJ                                                   Maxwell’s
7/12     New York, NY                                               B.B. King’s
7/13     Shirley, MA                                                    Bull Run
7/14     Norwalk, CT                                                   Infinity Music Hall
7/15     Derry, NH                                                       Tupelo Music Hall
7/16     Rockland, ME                                                 North Atlantic Blues Festival
7/19     Grand Rapids, MI                                           Blues On The Mall
7/20     Toledo, OH                                                     Club Soda
7/21     Chicago, IL                                                     Legends
7/22     Chicago, IL                                                     Legends
7/23     Milwaukee, WI                                               Shank Hall
7/26     Omaha, NE                                                     Chrome Lounge
7/27     Minneapolis, MN                                            Famous Dave’s
7/28     Fargo, ND                                                       Fargo Blues Fesival
7/29     Arnolds Park, IA                                            Arnolds Park Amusement Park
7/30     Des Moines, IA                                              Lefty’s Live Music
8/05     Mammoth Lakes, CA                                      Bluespalooza
8/06     Deming, WA                                                   Mt Baker R&B Festival
8/16     Annapolis, MD                                               Ram’s Head
8/17     Washington D.C.                                            The Hamilton
8/18     Somers Point, NJ                                            Somers Point Concert Series
8/19     Morristown, NJ                                              Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
8/20     Lancaster, PA                                                  Long’s Park Concert Series
8/22     Gravenhurst, ON                                            Peter’s Players
8/23     Gravenhurst, ON                                            Peter’s Players
8/25     Trois Rivieres, QC                                          Trois Rivieres En Blues
8/26     Marshfield, MA                                              North River Blues Festival
8/27     Simsbury, CT                                                  2 Left Feet Blues Festival
8/30     Auburn Hills, MI                                            Callahan’s
8/31     Cleveland, OH                                                Beachland Ballroom
9/02     Peoria, IL                                                        Peoria Blues & Heritage Festival
9/07     Las Vegas, NV                                               Big Blues Bender
9/08     Las Vegas, NV                                               Big Blues Bender
October through November – European Dates – Detail posted on

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Music Worth Buying episode: Karen Elson and Little Steven

Watch the new episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING where we champion Karen Elson's Double Roses and Little Steven's Soulfire

New Music: Studio Returns, Live Sets and Retrospectives

Eagerly-awaited returns from Styx, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Robert Lamm and Richard X. Heyman add additional depth to the career of each of the legendary artists.

Artist: Styx
Title: The Mission (UMe)
You might like if you enjoy: Styx, Rush, Queen
Tell me more: Just half way through 2017, the year has already been marked by a number of long-awaited returns including Fastball, Little Steven, Chuck Berry and Ride. Count Styx as the latest rock artist to return with a powerful new album that equals some of the band's best work. Recorded over the last three years, The Mission is the first new Styx studio album since 2003; the new LP is a compelling concept album centered around the technological challenges and human costs of an ambitious interplanetary journey. Several of the songs equal standouts on the band's best albums (Crystal Ball, The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight). The gorgeous "Locomotive" explores the complex relationship between father and son; the progressive rock-styled "The Greater Good" is an eloquently-detailed exchange between two astronauts as they hope their actions will advance their mission even if their lives are lost. The songs may be built around a trip into the cosmos, but the emotions and marvelous music making will connect firmly with listeners here on Terra Firma. Styx will perform at Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage, CA at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15. Information:

Artist: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Title: Live In Birmingham 2016 (Eagle Rock)
You might like if you enjoy: Rainbow, Deep Purple
Tell me more: Ritchie Blackmore's exceptional guitar work during his years with Deep Purple and Rainbow has long established him as one of the best and most influential lead guitarists in the history of rock. Since the late 1990s, Blackmore has focused mostly on performing traditional British folk music. However, in June 2016, Blackmore revisited his illustrious past when he teamed with singer Ronnie Romero, keyboardist Jens Johansson, drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau for a trio of live showcases; the two German shows at Loreley and Bietigheim were used to compile the concert film Memories In Rock released by Eagle Vision in November 2016. Now, the full audio recording from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow's Live In Birmingham 2016 performance in Great Britain is out on on a two-CD set. The performance delivers bona fide live versions of Blackmore's best known rock material including classics from Deep Purple ("Highway Star," Perfect Strangers," "Soldier of Fortune," "Smoke on the Water") and Rainbow ("Man on the Silver Mountain," Since You Been Gone") that fully deliver on the power of the original studio versions. Information:

Artist: Robert Lamm
Title: Time Chill: A Retrospective (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Chicago, Bill Champlin
Tell me more: Even casual fans of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Chicago's '70s work will enjoy immersing themselves in Robert Lamm's Time Chill: A Retrospective. Lamm is a founding member of Chicago and songwriter of "Saturday in the Park," "Beginnings" and "25 or 6 to 4." Collecting highlights from his solo career spanning 1999 to 2012 (including four previously-unreleased tracks), "Time Chill: A Retrospective" highlights the jazz, pop, chill and other styles Lamm has explored over the past two decades. The breezy "Angels Fly," which recalls the Euro pop of the 1960s, the Bossa nova-flavored "Sing To Me Lady" and techno-funk "Sleeping In the Middle of the Bed" are early nuggets on the 15-song collection, while the jazzy "Send Rain," potent 9/11-inspired jazz-meets-blues "Everyday, It's Always Something" and affecting ballad "Standing At Your Door" impress later. Additionally, Chicago fans will likely appreciate the chill-styled JVE remix of "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" Information:

Artist: Richard X. Heyman
Title: Incognito (Turn-Up Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Matthew Sweet, Todd Rundgren, the Jayhawks
Tell me more: Master singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Richard X. Heyman is back with his 12th album, this one featuring an outstanding batch of 14 must-hear original songs. Incognito is an album that grabs the listener on first listen, with literate tales that are melodic, adorned with shimmering harmonies and infectious guitar-anchored hooks that outdistance the majority of his power pop contemporaries. In a better world, the title track "Incognito," "A Fool's Errand" and "Her Garden Path" would be all over the radio. Heyman can conjure up firepower to spare, as evidenced by the driving "Chalk It Up" and soulful "Terry Two Timer." And Heyman's skills to create and craft wistful songs bolstered by melodic rock are as strong as any artist in memory (just listen to the yearning Americana-tinged "And Then" and "Gleam"). A masterwork from start to finish. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Monday, June 26, 2017

STYX singer-songwriter-guitarist Tommy Shaw performs with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra on AXS TV on July 9

I've been loving the new STYX studio album "The Mission," so had to share this media release about Tommy Shaw joing forces with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra for a special televised event coming early next month...

STYX frontman Tommy Shaw celebrates the 10TH Anniversary of one of the band's most iconic performances in the premiere of the 2016 special SING FOR THE DAY! TOMMY SHAW AND CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA on Sunday, July 9, 2017 
The Career-Spanning Set includes beloved STYX hits, as well as Classics from Shaw’s acclaimed solo albums and his time with the supergroup Damn Yankees

LOS ANGELES – June 26, 2017 – Classical music and classic rock collide as AXS TV presents STYX frontman Tommy Shaw in the premiere of the 2016 concert special SING FOR THE DAY! TOMMY SHAW AND CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA—airing Sunday, July 9, at 10 p.m. (Eastern Time). The broadcast follows the season premiere of the popular AXS TV original series ROCK AND ROLL ROAD TRIP WITH SAMMY HAGAR at 9pE/6pP, which features Shaw and STYX with Sammy Hagar backstage at the Venetian Theater in Las Vegas.
“Ten years after STYX and CYO performed for the first time together, I’ve joined forces with them again, this time for a solo acoustic symphony show!,” said Shaw about the special.
SING FOR THE DAY! was filmed live at the Waetjen Auditorium in Cleveland, OH, in May of 2016, commemorating the 10TH Anniversary of STYX’s landmark collaboration with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra with an unforgettable night of music. Wielding a mandolin and an acoustic and electric guitar, Shaw sails through a career-spanning set of STYX hits, solo favorites, and more, backed by the impressive 115-piece teenage orchestra and choir. Highlights include soaring renditions of the STYX staples “Too Much Time On My Hands,” “Renegade,” “Sing For The Day,” and “Blue Collar Man,” as well as Shaw’s acclaimed solo hits “Diamond” and “The Great Divide,” Damn Yankees classics “High Enough” and “Come Again,” and many more, delivering an incredible one-of-a-kind experience that music lovers of all ages won’t want to miss.

Check out this first look of @tsgreatdivide performing "Sing for the Day" on @AXSTV July 9 at 10pE -
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers coming to Hollywood Bowl

Tom Petty (photo courtesy of Arroyo Seco Weekend)
On the heels of their performance over the weekend at the Arroyo Seco Weekend music festival in Pasadena, CA, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced a tour-ending stop at The Hollywood Bowl...




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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ final stop on their extensive North American tour will be at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on ThursdaySeptember 21. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m. PT.
This climatic finale will be the band’s seventh performance at the beloved, historic amphitheater.Lucinda Williams will join as the band’s very special guest. Williams has a long history with the band—the band recorded her song “Change the Locks” in 1996 for Songs And Music From She’s The One,’ she opened for the band on the “Echo Tour” in 1999, and most recently, she performed Petty’s songs “Rebels” and “Southern Accents” when he was honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person Of The Year.

The tour, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut, has received widespread critical acclaim:
“Petty and the Heartbreakers are that rare group—like the Stones, the Boss, Fleetwood Mac and just a few others—who can fill an entire concert with certified mega hits spanning decades.”—Hartford Courant
“Petty essentially is classic rock music. To see him on stage is to see the radio come to life…Petty has lived in all of the radios of our lives, even in the age of the algorithm playlist.”—Denver Post
“One of America’s most enduring rock and roll bands.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Nearly every song aroused a sing-along, some more uproarious than others, but each evinced the durability of Petty’s songs, which, no matter their age, felt timeless or independent of the decades in which they were born…The Heartbreakers are America’s Rolling Stones: one of its most respectable, esteemed and longest-running rock acts."—Kansas City Star
“It was remarkable to consider just how well these songs have aged through the years. So many of these classic Petty cuts seem to exist in the ether, and the very idea of a world without his music is hard to fathom.”—American Songwriter
“…his band’s popularity endures, as do the hits spanning decades.”—Chicago Tribune
 “The best thing about Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers is that this band never plays as if it’s searching for an anthem or immortality. Petty has always been propelled by a strong creative drive, but at the end of the day the band’s jolt comes as much from kinship as kismet. Turns out, only lifelong friends can make sounds like these.”—Huffington Post
“It’s a testament to the depth of Tom Petty’s catalog that he can get away with playing ‘I Won’t Back Down’ (recorded by no less than Johnny Cash) and ‘Free Fallin’ (performed probably zillions of times at karaoke bars worldwide) as the sixth and seventh songs of a two-hour set. The number of living popular music performers for whom those two classics would not automatically have to be the show-closing anthems is probably in the single digits…He gave lovely introductions to the Heartbreakers, one of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands ever”—Austin American Statesman
“Petty’s understated genius applies not just to his personal demeanor, but to his music. He’s always accessible, without ever being dumb or boring.”—Minnesota Public Radio/The Current
 “A two-hour-plus rock ‘n’ roll history lesson, replete with audience participation and much gratitude from the man in the spotlight.”—Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Not too many rock bands are able to stick around that long, and few of the ones that do last that long can’t still pack arenas and make great albums. Petty and his bandmates still do that.”—Bradenton Herald
“It’s time we start claiming ownership of the greatest American rock band of all time: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers…Petty's an icon, a Hall of Famer, one of the all-time great rock songsmiths.”—Tampa Bay Times
“So why was Saturday’s concert by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers so satisfying…Because Petty has written and recorded so many songs that have become part of the classic-rock songbook.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Delivering a retrospective show that not only rekindled memories but also stood as a spirited tribute to a sound unbound by fleeting style.”—The Columbus Dispatch
 “The iconic rock collective gave a performance that served as a reminder to the crowd that they were truly in the presence of living legends.”—Red Dirt Report
 “Not many classic rock bands get to enjoy a 40th anniversary and even fewer are able to do so by selling out arenas wherever they play. In the case of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, they’re celebrating the occasion with as polished a set as any band you’ll see.”—Best Classic Bands
“Petty then led his troupe through a career-spanning performance that included one masterful hit after another.”—Jambase
Additionally, Chris Stapleton, Peter Wolf, The Lumineers and The Shelters will perform as special guests on coming North American dates this summer. The band will also headline London’s Hyde Park as part of Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time with special guests Stevie Nicks, The Lumineers and The Shelters—this will be their only European performance of 2017. See below for details.
June 29                                                      Wrigley Field                                           Chicago, IL*
July 1                                                    Wells Fargo Center                             Philadelphia, PA
July 2                                          CMAC Performing Arts Center                Canandaigua, NY
July 5-6                                    Marcus Amphitheater-Summerfest                   Milwaukee, WI*
July 9                                                            Hyde Park                                              London, UK
July 15                                                   Air Canada Centre                                    Toronto, ONT
July 16                                               RBC Ottawa Bluesfest                                 Ottawa, ONT
July 18                                            DTE Energy Music Theatre                                 Detroit, MI
July 20-21                                                   TD Garden                                           Boston, MA
July 23                                                  Royal Farms Arena                                Baltimore, MD
July 26-27                                            Forest Hills Stadium                                   Queens, NY
July 29                                                  Wells Fargo Center                             Philadelphia, PA
August 17                                      Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena                       Vancouver, BC‡
August 19                                                   Safeco Field                                         Seattle, WA
August 22-23                              Greek Theatre U.C. Berkeley                         Berkeley, CA§
August 25                                               Golden 1 Center                              Sacramento, CA§
August 27                                    Greek Theatre U.C. Berkeley                         Berkeley, CA§
September 17                                       Kaaboo Festival                                 San Diego, CA§
September 21                                       Hollywood Bowl                           Los Angeles, CA**
*with special guest Chris Stapleton
with special guest Peter Wolf
with special guests The Lumineers
§with special guests The Shelters
**with special guest Lucinda Williams
For complete tour and ticket information, visit