Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sights & Sounds: Guy Clark tribute, Wrecking Crew, Sly Stone, Avett Brothers

Here are highlights of some of the most news releases to land in my packed inbox. I'm especially excited by an just-announced upcoming tribute to Guy Clark with recordings by the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. Read on friends!

Coming this fall - This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark

This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark to be released November 1, 2011

Loving tribute celebrates Clark's 70th birthday

Double CD set includes recordings by Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris & John Prine, Patty Griffin, Ron Sexsmith, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, and more.

Produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp

Houston's Icehouse Music will release This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark on November 1, 2011 to celebrate Clark's 70th birthday. Clark was born in Monahans, Texas on November 6, 1941.

Lovingly produced by Tamara Saviano—who is also working with Clark on his definitive biography—and frequent Clark co-writer Shawn Camp, the tribute includes 30 tracks by 33 Americana artists who are friends and colleagues of Clark or who have been influenced by his remarkable compositions. The collection was mixed and mastered by Austin engineer Fred Remmert. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

Guy Clark’s poetry resonates deeply with his fellow songwriters.

“Guy’s songs are literature,” says Lyle Lovett, among the venerable artists who eagerly gathered for This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. “The first time I heard Guy Clark, I thought it made everything I’d heard up to that point something other than a song. His ability to translate the emotional into the written word is extraordinary.”

Accordingly, Clark’s most vibrant (“Instant Coffee Blues”) and vivid vignettes (“Desperadoes Waiting for a Train”) reel with cinematic landscapes (“The Last Gunfighter Ballad,” “The Cape”). Novellas frequently unfold within minutes (“Better Days,” “She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”).

Clark’s singular storytelling chills with striking familiarity (“The Dark”). “Songs are like Japanese painting,” he explains. “Less is more. One brushstroke takes the place of many if you put it in the right place. I’m trying to get whoever is listening to think, ‘Oh, man, I was there. I did that. I know what that’s about.’ Too many details take away.” Clark’s add volumes. Remember that old blue shirt? Mad Dog margarita? June bug on the window screen?

Of course, our passions forever burn brighter for the flour sack cape. Few capture courage as timelessly. “Guy Clark is a like dancer with the way he talks and a photographer with the way he writes,” noted Texas indie artist Terri Hendrix says. “He’s the epitome of American songwriting.”

Clark’s watercolor imagery blueprints his legend, but generosity ultimately cements his legacy. For four decades, the longtime Nashville resident, whose own Grammy-nominated Somedays the Song Writes You (2009) soars as seamlessly as his hallmark debut Old No. 1 (1975), has cultivated songwriting talent enthusiastically. His matchless eye yields high dividends: Americana royalty Shawn Camp, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill and Lovett barely begin the list he’s given sea legs. Young writers today immediately earn credibility with his stamp.

“Guy is the king in a lot of ways,” says rising songwriter Hayes Carll, who has split pages in the storied basement workshop where Clark writes and builds guitars. “I think everybody who was around Guy learned a lot from him and I think the entire music world is indebted to him for what he taught other writers. Everybody who had a chance to learn from him came away a better writer. He gave me a shot before I deserved one.” As friends say, Clark’s a curator, a creative caretaker. He celebrates high watermarks that others achieve.

This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark returns the favor. Artists brought two key instruments: a guitar and profound reverence. Individual investments quickly emerged. Perhaps most notably, Gill claims a haunting bond. “Giant tears were falling all over my guitar as we were playing,” the country star remembers about serving as guitarist on Clark’s original “Randall Knife” recording nearly thirty years ago. “My dad was a lawyer, and he died when I was forty. Guy and I are tied at the hip through that song.”

“Let’s give her a good go and make ol’ Guy proud of us…” said Rodney Crowell kicking off the collection on the first day as he readied to record "That Old Time Feeling." The double CD set was recorded live in studio with a core house band that included multi-instrumentalist Shawn Camp, guitarist Verlon Thompson, & pianist Jen Gunderman. The tribute was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas with a rotating cast of other musicians including multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Maines, bass players Glenn Fukunaga, Mike Bub and Glenn Worf, and drummers Kenny Malone and Larry Atamanuik.

Folks mostly laughed throughout the sessions. Swapped stories. Enjoyed company. Picked and grinned like those dusky evenings over at Guy and Susanna’s near Old Hickory Lake in the 1970s. Fittingly, Crowell issued our collective mission statement the very first day. We think you’ll agree everyone succeeded.

Volume 1

1. That Old Time Feeling – Rodney Crowell
2. Anyhow I Love You – Lyle Lovett
3. All He Wants Is You – Shawn Colvin
4. Homeless – Shawn Camp
5. Broken Hearted People – Ron Sexsmith
6. Better Days – Rosanne Cash
7. Desperadoes Waiting For A Train – Willie Nelson
8. Baby Took A Limo To Memphis – Rosie Flores
9. Magdalene – Kevin Welch
10. Instant Coffee Blues – Suzy Bogguss
11. Homegrown Tomatoes – Ray Wylie Hubbard
12. Let Him Roll – John Townes Van Zandt II
13. The Guitar – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
14. Cold Dog Soup – James McMurtry
15. Worry B Gone – Hayes Carll

Volume 2

1. Dublin Blues – Joe Ely
2. Magnolia Wind – Emmylou Harris & John Prine
3. The Last Gunfighter Ballad – Steve Earle
4. All Through Throwing Good Love After Bad – Verlon Thompson
5. The Dark – Terri Hendrix
6. LA Freeway – Radney Foster
7. The Cape – Patty Griffin
8. Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kris Kristofferson
9. Texas Cookin’ – Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien
10. Stuff That Works – Jack Ingram
11. Randall Knife – Vince Gill
12. Texas 1947 – Robert Earl Keen
13. Old Friends – Terry Allen
14. She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Trishas
15. My Favorite Picture of You – Jerry Jeff Walker

Lord of the Strings to host screening of Wrecking Crew documentary on Saturday, June 25 in Mission Viejo, California

Fans of the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, the Monkees, the Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel might be surprised to know that a special group of top-notch instrumentalists known famously as the Wrecking Crew were featured on many of those artists' most beloved recordings. Read on to learn about a special screening of a new documentary on the Wrecking Crew set to be screened in Mission Viejo on Saturday evening.

In the 1960s people said that rock and roll was going to wreck the music business. This is the story of the amazing studio musicians that were to become known as “The Wrecking Crew”. These were THE guys and girls that made all the great music happen during this golden era of music of the 1960s in Los Angeles. The film is a fun, touching and moving tribute to the music, to the times and to these secret power hitters of the West Coast recording scene.

The only reason the film has not been widely released is the cost of licensing the music. It has one of the biggest soundtracks ever for a 90 minute documentary. So film maker Denny Tedesco’s mission is to raise the final funds to help pay for the $300,000 licensing. Your ticket purchase will help Denny Tedesco fulfill his dream of getting this story out.

As featured on hit records by:

· The Beach Boys

· Mamas and Papas

· Righteous Brothers

· The Byrds

· Cher

· The Monkees

· The Ronettes

· The Ventures

· Mason Williams

· Harry Nilsson

· Simon & Garfunkel

· Paul Revere and the Raiders

· Ricky Nelson

· Nat King Cole

· Frank Sinatra

· Sam Cooke

· The Association

· Jan & Dean

· And Many, Many more!

Sponsored by:

Lord Of The Strings Concerts

June 25th – 7:00 PM- Donation $15.00

Mission Viejo Civic Center

200 Civic Center Drive

Mission Viejo, CA 92629

949-842-2227 for reservations or go to:

If you have not gone to the web site at please do so. A trailer for the movie will automatically come up (make sure your sound is on) and be prepared for a treat. Call for your reservations now at 949-842-2227 or go to $15 admission. Call some friends and get ready for a good time!


Los Angeles, CA…Sly Stone is releasing his first new record since 1982 on August 16, 2011 via Cleopatra Records. I’M BACK! FAMILY & FRIENDS is an 11-track celebration of Sly’s best-loved hits featuring guest appearances by music legends.

Classics from “Everyday People” and “Family Affair” to “Dance to the Music” and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" are given updates, sounding fresh and continually meaningful, while retaining the patented Stone rock-funk infusion. Adding to the interpretations are contributions from icons Ray Manzarek, Bootsy Collins, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson and more. The album is topped off with three previously unreleased tracks, including Sly’s take on the traditional “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” The CD version also adds three club mixes. I’M BACK! FAMILY & FRIENDS was produced by Jurgen Engler, Chris Leitz and Sly Stone.

"It was an honor and a pleasure to work with a legend. We think that these reinterpreted musical masterpieces, and the contributions of so many icons, makes a terrific new album and we are thrilled with the final product!" said Brian Perera, Founder and President of Cleopatra Records.

In 1967, Sly and the Family Stone changed the look and sound of music as one of the first interracial, mixed gender bands that dared to fuse rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, jazz and soul. This new funk sound kept people on their feet, but the lyrics promoting peace and love and universal consciousness kept them thinking. That powerful combination has made Sly Stone an innovator, influencer and an artist with never-ending relevance.

Sly has been sampled by modern artists such as Janet Jackson, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Ice Cube and Public Enemy. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1992, and is the recipient of the 2002 R&B Foundation Pioneer Award.

I’M BACK! Family & FRIENDS will be available on iTunes,, and at your favorite record store. The CD is $16.98 and limited 12” vinyl $19.98.


1. Dance To The Music feat. Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
2. Everyday People feat. Ann Wilson (Heart)
3. Family Affair
4. Stand! feat. Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart) & Ernie Watts (Frank Zappa/The Rolling

5. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) feat. Johnny Winter
6. (I Want To Take You) Higher feat. Jeff Beck
7. Hot Fun In The Summertime feat. Bootsy Collins
8. Dance To The Music (Extended Mix)
9. Plain Jane
10. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
11. Get Away


12. Dance To The Music (Club Mix)
13. Family Affair (Dubstep Mix)
14. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Electro Club Mix)

Avett Brothers July 9 Concert from Red Rocks to be Simulcast Live
On World’s Largest HDTV at Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Live Performance Will Also Be Available For Streaming at

Charlotte Motor Speedway will add another fabulous first to its legacy on July 9 when the world’s largest HDTV airs a live simulcast concert by American Recordings artists, the Avett Brothers, from the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

Photo credit: Todd Roeth

(June 23, 2011; Columbia Records; New York, NY) - The Avett Brothers sold-out show on July 9, 2011 from Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre will be broadcast live via satellite to the band’s hometown of Concord, NC on the planets largest HDTV screen. AEG Network LIVE is responsible for producing and shooting the entire event in HD and delivering it via iClips to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Charlotte Motor Speedway, home to the massive 80’ x 200’ Panasonic HDTV, will host Avett Brothers fans from near and far for a chance to be part of this exciting show as it happens live. Fans who can't make it to Colorado or North Carolina on July 9 will be able stream the show on

The live simulcast will give the Avett Brothers’ rabid local fan base the opportunity to view their historical show from Red Rocks on the speedway’s massive 80-foot-by-200-foot HD video board. The speedway will supply concert-grade speakers to turn the infield area in front of the video board into a one-of-a-kind concert venue. Tickets for the July 9 simulcast on the world’s largest HDTV at Charlotte Motor Speedway are on sale now and can be purchased at the speedway ticket office or by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Tickets are only $10 until July 1, when they will increase to $15 until July 8. Tickets purchased the day of the event, July 9, will cost $20.

“The speedway has been a hometown landmark for us our whole lives and we're proud to have an opportunity for our music to echo through that historical infield,” said Seth Avett. “For us, performing at Red Rocks and airing live in Concord is about the most ideal situation for being in two amazing places at once.”

The Avett Brothers front men, Scott and Seth Avett, who grew up on their father’s farm in Concord, quickly grew their fan base throughout the region with memorable energetic shows, which has become the band’s trademark.

The Avetts’ popularity skyrocketed on the heels on their major label debut, the 2009 album “I and Love and You.” Recently, the band has become accustomed to performing sold out concerts and in February they performed at the 53rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles alongside Bob Dylan.

“We are so fortunate to travel and play the many places we do,” said Scott Avett. “To have an opportunity to share that with our supportive home town in a setting where great men like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson competed adds to the sense of pride that we feel to be a part of the Charlotte community and this event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

“This is going to be an unbelievable event,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This is something that would have never been possible without the world’s largest HD video board. But, now we’re going to simulcast a live sold out show from one of the most famous concert venues in the world, featuring our home-town boys, the Avett Brothers, to their loyal fan following here in Charlotte. It’s going to be awesome!”

About AEG Live Rocky Mountains
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring for a variety of programming and multi-media production. AEG Live, the nation’s second largest concert promotion and touring company is comprised of special event, broadcast and exhibition divisions, fourteen regional offices and numerous state of the art venues nationwide. AEG Live Rocky Mountains promotes Colorado’s Mile High Music Festival. They produce events at the 1STBANK Center, Bluebird Theater, Ogden Theatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Pepsi Center and more in Denver, Colorado as well as produce shows in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

About AEG Network Live
AEG Network LIVE is the worlds largest multi-media company focused on producing live, branded entertainment. Network LIVE is committed to delivering top quality entertainment across all platforms including 3-D, broadband, digital cinema, cable/satellite, VOD, mobile and HDTV. Network LIVE connects brands with consumers any time, anywhere they want to be

About iClips
iClips has been a leader in live music broadcast and complete high definition broadcast production for almost ten years. From the world’s most iconic music festivals and events to and endless list of performers, iClips is the music industry’s go to production company. Past clients include events such as Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, The Michael Jackson Memorial, Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday and artists such artists as MUSE, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Band of Horses, Phish, Weezer, and Katy Perry, among many others.

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