Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sights and Sounds: Vintage Trouble, Gov't Mule, John Oates

Not a bad day when I can help spread the news about Vintage Trouble, Gov't Mule, John Oates and more!




Vintage Trouble
Fresh off a massive worldwide tour with The Who and a buzz worthy performance at Glastonbury, Vintage Trouble is thrilled to be the 2013 ESPY Awards' house band. The 2013 ESPY awards, which recognize excellence in both individual and team sporting achievement, will air tomorrow night on ESPN - July 17 - at 9 p.m. ET.

Check out Vintage Trouble's explosive new video for "Pelvis Pusher," a song lauded and praised by critics and fans alike, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMCutWGTHSU

Watch the band perform the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno here:

Vintage Trouble opened for The Rolling Stones in London's Hyde Park last week and wowed audiences with a live performance that has many, including The Wall Street Journal raving "what separates VT from a copycat soul revue is its muscle ... Ty Taylor's exhortations and yowls [are] reminiscent of the kind Brown, Joe Tex and Wilson Pickett once unleashed."

The band will come back to the states in early August for a US headlining tour. Check out the band's Web site to see future tour dates.

Watch the band's performance at Rock Werchter Festival to get a sense of their electric live show:

Ty Taylor will join an all-star lineup of special guest vocalists on Gov't Mule's upcoming record, Shout!, to be released September 24. The album's bonus disc will feature Taylor along with Steve Winwood, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews and Grace Potter, all reinterpreting The Mule's new songs.

Stay tuned for more exciting news.

Visit www.vintagetrouble.com for tour dates, videos and more.





Album to be released on September 24 on Blue Note Records

Vocal interpretations of Gov't Mule's new songs by:
Gov't Mule
Elvis Costello, DR. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, GLENN HUGHES, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Vintage Trouble’s TY TAYLOR AND Steve Winwood FEATURED ON BONUS DISC

Shout!Gov’t Mule’s first studio album in four years – will feature 11 tracks recorded by the band in Los Angeles, CA and Stamford, CT plus a bonus disc featuring an all-star lineup of vocalists interpreting The Mule’s new songs. Special guests Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood appear on Disc 2 of Shout! The double album – which marks Gov’t Mule’s Blue Note Records debut – will be released on September 24. Shout! is available for pre-order now at mule.net and Amazon.

“No one’s done this before, which is exciting,” says singer-guitarist Warren Haynes, who co-founded Gov’t Mule with drummer Matt Abts. The band also features keyboardist-guitarist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson. “But it’s even more exciting actually listening to these artists sing our songs. Their performances bring new ideas, energy and sometimes even different meanings to every number.”

The concept for the two-disc collection emerged organically as the band members considered how to best approach the songs. Haynes wasn’t even certain “Funny Little Tragedy” belonged on a Gov’t Mule album. “Not only is it different from anything Gov’t Mule’s ever done, it kind of reminded me of The Attractions or The Clash.” With that in mind, he asked Elvis Costello for guidance on what kind of vocal mic he should use to get the late ‘70s-early ‘80s garage rock sound he was after.

“Elvis sent me a very elaborate response explaining how he recorded this vocal and how he recorded that vocal, going all the way back to My Aim is True,” recalls Warren. “I was really happy to get his response and I wound up using the Shure SM58, which is about a $100 microphone, and it turned out great. That was the first seed that was planted for Shout! because from that point forward I started thinking it would be cool to hear Elvis sing this tune.”

Haynes and Danny Louis had written “Scared To Live” as a Beatles-esque ballad, but Gordie Johnson, who co-produced four of the tracks with Haynes, suggested they approach it as a reggae song. They even added a new section towards the end of the track, which on playback seemed very reminiscent of Toots and the Maytals.

Warren considered asking Toots, who is a friend of his, to sing a part on the song, then was struck by the notion that tilted The Mule towards a two-disc set: What if he went through the new songs and made a list of artists he’d like to hear singing each song? After receiving a resounding “yes” from his band mates, he reached out to the singers, to see if they connected to the material and would consider participating. Haynes went into a New York studio with several of the vocalists and others contributed from afar.

“We’ve always taken a nontraditional approach to everything we’ve done, and it works for us,” says Haynes. “One of things we’re very proud of about this record is that all the songs stand up for themselves and have their own personality. Hopefully, hearing another singer interpret them helps shine even more of a light on the songs and somewhere in that picture people get a glimpse of what Gov’t Mule does.”

Gov’t Mule has released nine critically acclaimed studio albums and an assortment of DVDs and live albums. The band has sold more than three million song downloads through their site MuleTracks and is the consummate live act, with sold-out coast-to-coast tours. Their “Prepare To Shout Tour” will take them to numerous festivals this summer. (See below for itinerary.)
In addition, Haynes will be involved with two other tours. The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration Featuring Warren Haynes is a groundbreaking orchestral adventure – curated by the Garcia family and Haynes – that will feature Warren performing the musical icon’s storied original compositions as well as classic interpretations of timeless standards that were hallmarks of Garcia and the Grateful Dead's shows. The outing will pair Haynes with some of the country’s most respected symphonies and a band assembled especially for the tour. In August and September, Haynes will be touring with the Allman Brothers Band, which he has been a member of since 1989.

SHOUT! Track Listing

Disc 1: All songs performed by Gov’t Mule

1. World Boss

2. No Reward

3. Whisper In Your Soul

4. Captured

5. Scared To Live

6. Stoop So Low

7. Forsaken Savior

8. Done Got Wise

9. When The World Gets Small

10. Funny Little Tragedy

11. Bring On The Music

Disc 2:

1. World Boss w/ Ben Harper

2. Funny Little Tragedy w/ Elvis Costello

3. Stoop So Low w/ Dr. John

4. Captured w/ Jim James

5. Whisper In Your Soul w/ Grace Potter

6. Scared To Live w/ Toots Hibbert

7. No Reward w/ Glenn Hughes

8. Bring On The Music w/ Ty Taylor

9. Forsaken Savior w/ Dave Matthews

10. Done Got Wise w/ Myles Kennedy

11. When The World Gets Small w/ Steve Winwood

Gov’t Mule Tour Dates

7/27 Bridgeport, CT Gathering of the Vibes

8/17 Scranton, PA Peach Festival

9/5 Arrington, VA Interlocken Festival (w/ Gov’t Mule AND The Warren Haynes Band in one day)

9/13 Fredericton, NB Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival

9/15 Burlington, VT Grand Point North

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration Featuring Warren Haynes

7/30 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Colorado Symphony
Conductor: Scott O'Neill

8/01 San Francisco, CA Davies Symphony Hall w/San Francisco Symphony
Conductor: Sarah Hicks

8/02 San Francisco, CA Davies Symphony Hall w/San Francisco Symphony
Conductor: Sarah Hicks

8/04 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre w/55-piece Orchestra
Conductor: Sean O'Laughlin

John Oates - Good Road To Follow project announced

Hi Folks-

It was great to meet so many of you out at Bonnaroo. What an awesome time. Hope you caught the Rock & Soul Superjam I hosted with Jim James. It was off the hook! We had a blast!

I wanted to reach out to you to let you know about my new project called Good Road To Follow (GRTF) which I just launched. I'll be releasing a single a month for a year, taking you on a multi-genre musical journey. You can sign-up to be a VIP (Very Important Passenger) to subscribe to the project and receive a limited edition t-shirt, new single each month, and all sorts of fun items from me. Who doesn't need a guitar shaped bottle opener?

Come check out the new Web site where we have videos about the project, you can hear the new song each month, and browse the store.

I want to thank all you music lovers who have taken the Good Road To Follow with me. Keep checking the web site and the Facebook page for new free downloads and all kinds of cool stuff that is coming...Don't forget the next single will be released on July 16. It's a song I wrote and recorded with Vince Gill called: "Don't Cross Me Wrong." Here is a video series about the project, for you: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhToiSQI0xTT3sJlrgPStHgHA73WtXxr-

Talk to you soon!

John Oates

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