Wednesday, July 28, 2021

'The Jimmie Vaughan Story' box set coming September 17 from Last Music Co.

Jimmie Vaughan performing at
The Coach House in 2010.
Photo: Bob Steshetz
The legendary singer-songwriter/guitar great Jimmie Vaughan is the focus of an upcoming box set coming later this summer. I first caught Vaughan when he was a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the band was opening for Rush back in the mid-1980s! Vaughan has a long and winning career worthy of an in-depth dive to be sure. You can read my review of his memorable concert at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano HERE.  Details on the forthcoming box set follow via a new media release...Robert Kinsler 

AUSTIN, Texas — Blues guitarists have been the foundation of American music for more than a hundred years, back to early acoustic musicians performing in the Deep South. The evolution of the blues has been one of the truly captivating legacies of popular music in America, from early jazz to even country and, to everlasting success, rock ’n’ roll. 
The guitarists in the pantheon of blues players reads like a Who’s Who of the world's finest musicians, and for the past 50-plus years one of those people has been Jimmie Vaughan. The guitarist fell in love with that most moving of styles when he was still a young teenager in early 1960s Dallas, Texas, and while it took him a few years to find a true home for what he heard in his head and felt in his heart, once he got to Austin in 1969 and found some fellow blues lovers, he set off on a journey that still continues, playing the blues whenever and however he hears it. The man has spent countless years treating the blues with full respect. 

The Last Music Co
.'s guiding light Malcolm Mills took on the mission a few years ago to create The Jimmie Vaughan Story a five-CD box set that captures Vaughan's blues journey, starting with some of his earliest recordings from the mid-1960s and continuing all the way to his most recent in the 2020s. The result is a stunning collection of not only music, but really Vaughan’s history, on the record and in person.
From early bands Storm through the Fabulous Thunderbirds, including previously unreleased recordings with producers Joel Dorn and Doc Pomus; Jimmie’s collaboration with brother Stevie Ray Vaughan on 1990's award-winning Family Style album; and into the past 30 years of duets, shared albums and solo releases featuring a divergence of styles, the box showcases Jimmie’s take on the blues. Jimmie Vaughan built a world of blues from the only sound that completely captured him as a very young Texan. He is often seen as being in a party of one in this pursuit, and he wouldn't have it any other way. 
Along with all the powerful music and newly discovered recordings on The Jimmie Vaughan Story, there is a treasure trove of never-before-seen photos and writings in the gorgeous book included in the set. There are images of the Vaughan family, including childhood photos of Jimmie, Stevie and their parents, and a bonanza of photos that illustrate, tour-guide-like, Jimmie’s entire career, from childhood onward to today. Among the writings is an interview from the 1978 Austin Sun, considered to be the first Jimmie Vaughan ever did, along with an essay by journalist and record producer Bill Bentley, and Jimmie’s life story in his own words: a lifetime of memories, historical occurrences and family insights, all shared now for the first time.
The Jimmie Vaughan Story is a unique collection of music, words, and images, the kind of release that can only come based on a life of belief in the blues. It has given Vaughan an ability to take the music he loves so much on a worldwide journey of discovery, and one he is devoted to sharing with others. Listen, see and read how he’s lived it, and where it might be going.

Sat., Aug 21  NORWICH, NY Chenango County Fairgrounds; Chenango Blues Festival
Mon., Sept. 13 FORT WORTH, TX Dickies Arena;  with Eric Clapton
Wed., Sept. 15 AUSTIN, TX  Frank Erwin Center;  with Eric Clapton
Fri., Sept. 17   HOUSTON, TX Toyota Center;  with Eric Clapton
Sat., Sept. 18 NEW ORLEANS, LA Smoothie King Center;  with Eric Clapton
Tues., Sept. 21 NASHVILLE, TN Bridgestone Arena;  with Eric Clapton
Thurs., Sept. 23 ATLANTA, GA South Gas Arena;  with Eric Clapton
Fri ., Sept. 24  JACKSONVILLE, FL The Florida Theater
Sat Sept. 25  TAMPA, FL Amalie Arena;  with Eric Clapton
Sun., Sept. 26  HOLLYWOOD, FL  Seminole Hard Rock;  with Eric Clapton
Wed., Oct.   NEW YORK, NY  Sony Hall;  The Story Tour
Thurs., Oct. 7  FAIRFIELD, CT  The Warehouse;  The Story Tour
Fri., Oct. 8 HARTFORD, CT  Infinity Hall;  The Story Tour
Sat., Oct. 9   FALLS RIVER, MA Narrows Center;  The Story Tour
Sun., Oct. 10  SELLERSVILLE, PA  Sellersville Theater;  The Story Tour
Wed., Oct. 13  CLEVELAND, OH  The Music Box;   The Story Tour
Thurs., Oct. 14  WARRENDALE, PA  Jergels;  The Story Tour
Fri., Oct. 15  WESTLAND, MI  The Token Lounge;  The Story Tour
Sat., Oct. 16  WARREN, OH Robins Theater;  The Story Tour
Sun., Oct. 17 CINCINNATI, OH  Ludlow Garage;  The Story Tour
Wed., Oct. 20  FORT WAYNE, IN Clyde Theater;   The Story Tour
Sat., Oct. 23 MARION, IL Marion Cultural and Civic Center;  The Story Tour
Sun., Oct. 24   ST. LOUIS, MO Old Rock House;  The Story Tour
Tues., Oct. 26 MINNEAPOLIS, MN The Dakota; The Story Tour
Wed Oct. 27 OMAHA, NE Barnato; The Story Tour
Thurs., Oct. 28  KANSAS CITY, MO Knucklehead’s;  The Story Tour
Fri., Nov. 12  HOUSTON, TX The Heights Theater;  The Story Tour 
Sun., Nov. 14 SAN ANTONIO, TX Sam's Burger Joint;  The Story Tour

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Texas Titans On Tap: Nobody's Girl, Lannie Flowers, Ben Reddell Band

A trio of titles from Texas artists are featured in my column this week.

 Nobody's Girl
Title: Nobody's Girl (Lucky Hound Music)
You might like if you enjoy: The Corrs, First Aid Kit
Tell me more: The self-titled full-length debut from trio Nobody's Girl is a stellar album drawing on the Austin, Texas-based threesome's strengths; deeply-affecting songcraft, incredible singing, top-tier musicianship from a talented pool of session players and the work of Grammy-winning producer Michael Ramos. Singer-songwriters BettySoo, Grace Pettis and Rebecca Loebe released their promising EP Waterline in 2018, but the new 11-track disc is even more impressive in its expansive showcase of the trio's powers. Sonically Nobody's Girl somehow blend authentic Americana folk with shimmering pop; the lyrics tap into the world around them with a genuineness equal to the genre-defying musical mix. The enthralling "Wizard of Oz"-inspired "Kansas," melodious "Rescued," euphonic "Promised Land," lavish "Waterline," haunting "Birthright" and emotive version of Carole King's "So Far Away" are among the riches to be found on the album. Nobody's Girl is available on Friday, July 30, 2021. Information:

 Lannie Flowers
Title: Home (Big Stir Records / SpyderPop Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Tom Petty, Fountains of Wayne, Badfinger, Michael Gurley
Tell me more: In the wake of their recently-announced partnership, Big Stir Records and Spyderpop Records have issued singer-songwriter Lannie Flowers' brilliant album Home via digital, deluxe double-LP vinyl and audio CD. The third of the Texas-based artist's song cycles (following 2008's Same Old Story aimed at teenage romance and 2011's Circles that taps into a musician's life on the road), Home is a deeply affecting exploration of an aging rocker reflecting on his life after leaving the touring life behind. Widely hailed as a leader on the contemporary power pop scene, Flowers' material on "Home" exudes a wider reach with indie and classic rock flourish too. The songs are poetic and literate, and there is a large and sumptuous soundscape that fortifies the power of the 14 tracks on the LP. Flowers has a particularly fine singing voice able to deliver rockers and ballads with aplomb, self-assurance and style. "Just Go To Sleep" is tuneful to be sure, but the air of melancholy is fully in tune with Flowers' confessions: " Wish I could turn off my mind and leave the world behind / 'cause lying here I can't seem to find an answer to it all." The Americana-tinged "Free To Dream," gentle confessional "I Got A Secret," panoramic Shine a Light," striking "TV Off" and sorrowful "He's Going Home" are among this writer's other faves on the marvelous album. Although it was originally released in late 2019, "Home" (released anew on July 23, 2021) will hopefully receive more widespread attention in a post-pandemic world. Information: and

 Ben Reddell Band
Title: ¡LA Baby! (Ben Reddell )
You might like if you enjoy: Shooter Jennings, Kiefer Sutherland, Old 97's
Tell me more: A native of Bryan, Texas, Americana singer-songwriter-guitarist Ben Reddell grew up in Kerrville, Texas before heading west to Los Angeles where he has forged a reputation in the burgeoning Los Angeles roots music scene. Fans of roots rock and alt-country will want to listen to his wonderful new 6-track EP ¡LA Baby! out now. There is a palpable sense of fun displayed by the Ben Reddell Band on every track. The driving, super-catchy opener "My Baby," rowdy rocker "Cocaine" and breezy country-western ballad "Tumbleweed" open the stellar disc. The great music making continues via the Cajun-tinged romp "Love Her & You Need Her" (featuring some killer accordion playing from Jeremy Long), heartbreaking ballad "12 Bar Blues" and Tex-Mex nugget "Good Thing" that close out the fast-moving EP. A recommended bonus track titled "Hey" can also be heard on the troupe's official website. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Monday, July 26, 2021

Chuck Berry's extraordinary life explored in PBS's new special 'In Their Own Words' set to premiere tomorrow, July 27

This television special should be super interesting. As someone who saw and reviewed Chuck Berry several times over the years, I still feel like I have much I need to learn and understand about one of rock and roll's founding fathers and most influential greats...Robert Kinsler

Chuck Berry / Photo credit: Gijsbert Hanekroot/ALAMY

Chuck Berry’s extraordinary life will be explored in an episode of PBS’s new primetime special, IN THEIR OWN WORDS, premiering tomorrow, TuesdayJuly 27IN THEIR OWN WORDS, which kicked off last week with Pope Francis, the Argentian cardinal who made histoty by being the first pope from the Americas, examines the lives and impact of some of the most intriguing figures in recent history. Combining exclusive interviews with archival footage and each subject’s own words to help tell the story, IN THEIR OWN WORDS sheds light on these compelling personalities and examines their continuing influence. 


The summertime series will conclude on Sunday, August 8 with “Diana, Princess of Wales,” which tells the story of the beloved woman who defied expectations and used the power of hercelebrity to change lives. 


All episodes are scheduled from 8-9 pm EDT (check local listings) on PBS, and the PBS Video app.


Three additional specials will premiere in the fall, profiling Jimmy CarterElon Musk and Angela Merkel


Below is more information on the summer specials:


“Pope Francis” – Tuesday, July 20

On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, the Argentinian cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He made history by being the first pope from the Americas, the first Jesuit priest to be named to the office and the first to take the name Francis. Diving into Pope Francis’s personal story, this episode reveals the experiences and influences that led him from Buenos Aires to the Vatican and the highest office of the Catholic church—and made him one of the most popular and progressive popes of recent times. Featuring interviews with Austen Ivereigh, author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, NBC’s Anne Thompson, Vatican officials and more.


“Chuck Berry” – Tuesday, July 27

Chuck’s Berry’s incredible life story spans more than seven decades, beginning in the clubs and bars of a deeply segregated St. Louis. In 1955, his “Maybellene” rose to #1 on the R&B chart. It then miraculously crossed over, reaching #5 on the top 100 Pop chart, ultimately birthing a renaissance in popular music we now call rock and roll. To his family, Berry was a sensitive poet and devoted family man. To others, he was a demanding and difficult artist, a “diabolical genius” driven by a voracious appetite for money and a deep desire for respect and control. This episodetakes a riveting ride on the Chuck Berry train, exploring the life, the legend, the music and the man. Featured are interviews with his widow, son and grandson, along with colleagues and musicians who idolize him, including Keith Richards, Robert Cray, Slash, Darius Rucker and more.


“Diana, Princess of Wales” – Sunday, August 8

This unique exploration of Diana’s life looks back through a contemporary lens that credits her choices, her suffering and her triumphs as the ultimate disrupter for a generation of women across the globe. Through interviews with many who knew her personally, a picture of Diana emerges that reveals what drove her to challenge the restrictions of her personal life—marriage to a man who loved another woman and a royal family that attempted to mold her in its image. When her marriage dissolved, Diana could have stepped off the world stage and created a quiet, private life. Instead, driven by a need to help others, she chose to use her celebrity to change lives. The story of a woman who defied expectations and evolved into one of the most impactful icons of our time, the program features interviews with John Travolta, biographer Andrew Morton, several close friends and more.


IN THEIR OWN WORDS will stream simultaneously with broadcast and be available on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV and Chromecast.

A co-venture of Dalaklis Media and Prospero Media, IN THEIR OWN WORDS is produced by Lower Canada Productions Inc., in association with PBS, documentary Channel, Rive Gauche Television and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund. Executive Producers are Chuck Dalaklis, Martin Katz and Karen Wookey. Bill Margol is executive in charge for PBS. Rive Gauche Television is the international distributor of the series. 


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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Concert Review: The Young Dubliners thrill at The Coach House

Keith Roberts of The Young
Dubliners at The Coach House.

For more than 30 years the Young Dubliners have been introducing and rewarding audiences with their high-energy and infectious brand of Celtic rock.

From left, Justin Pecot, Keith Roberts, Ethan Jones and Chas Waltz. 

Such was the case on Saturday night (July 24, 2021) when founding member/leader 
Keith Roberts (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his talented cast of players (fiddler/multi-instrumentalist Chas Waltz, lead guitarist Justin Pecot, drummer Dave Ingraham and bassist Ethan Jones) thrilled a near-capacity crowd at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

Keith Roberts leading The Young Dubs through a
powerful set at The Coach House on July 24, 2021.

Covering an Irish music-themed Battle of the Bands event at Old World Village in Huntington Beach at the dawn of the 1990s was not only my first-ever music-related assignment as a contributing writer for
The Orange County Register but it was my bona fide introduction to Celtic rock music. In addition to the Los Angeles-based Young Dubliners being on the bill, Orange County's own rising the Fenians and New York's Black 47 took the stage and delivered rousing sets that day as well. I was hooked and have been a fan of the Young Dubs and Irish rock since.

Celtic rock heroes The Young Dubliners.

Fast forward 30 years and Roberts and company are as potent as ever. Over the course of 100 minutes on Saturday night, the quintet delivered 22 selections; I was not the only attendee at the Coach House impressed by a rich set showcasing material from across their strong discography. Essentially, the band has long been able to delight with both original songcraft and classic material using a mix of modern rock instincts with the additional flavors of traditional instruments such as fiddle and mandolin to enhance the approach.

The Young Dubliners headlining at
The Coach House on July 24, 2021.
When the house lights dimmed Roberts took the stage with his acoustic guitar in hand and began strumming via a long instrumental opening. One by one, the other members of the band joined him as the power of the instrumental "Open Sea." That inspired opener was a definite prelude of things to come, with the follow-up "Seeds of Sorrow" a rousing original with an uptempo sweep and sing-along chorus.

"We made it," Roberts said after that well-received track from the band's most recent studio album Nine - 9 -Naoi. "Shall we have some fun?"

The uptempo rocker "We The Mighty" and "Up in the Air" were other early highlights of the night, both showcasing the Young Dubs' ear for fusing melodic and indie rock with skillful firepower. Roberts was locked in with the audience and truly seemed to be enjoying every minute of being back at the venue after so long away during the pandemic lockdown.

The acoustic folk rocker "Come Back Home" (from the band's 2005 album Real World) was noteworthy for two impressive instrumental breaks where fiddler Waltz and guitar master Pecot dazzled with a tandem lead section bolstering the song. 

Fiddler Chas Waltz in action.

The band slowed things down for "Raglan Road," a ballad where Roberts sang accompanied by the keyboards in the opening section before the other members artfully joined in as the song grew in power. 

Waltz impressed throughout the night with his mastery playing fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and keyboards so it's no surprise he was given an extended fiddle solo late in the set too. 

Drummer Dave Ingraham. 

Other highlights of the night included a version of "The Leaving of Liverpool," with Waltz blasting harmonica and a blistering guitar solo from Pecot positioned atop a truly in-the-pocket groove provided by Jones and Ingraham; during the instrumental "Ashley Falls" Pecot stepped off the main stage and walked down one of the dinner tables to showcase his signature fret work closer to the crowd.

Lead guitarist Justin Pecot ventured out on a table during "Ashley Falls."

The closing selections of the night included a rollicking "Follow Me Up To Carlow," and encore that included the wild 
instrumental "Banshee," and powerful takes on the Pogues' 1988 Shane MacGowan-penned "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" and the traditional favorite "Follow Me Up To Carlow."

From left, Justin Pecot, Keith Roberts, Dave Ingraham,
Ethan Jones and Chas Waltz.

For more information on the Young Dubliners, visit the band's official website HERE.

The night's opener, Orange County area quartet Slim Freaky performed a 35-minute set of original material blending rock, jam, jazz rock and reggae into their own sonic brew. All four of the musicians were excellent players and they received plenty of cheers from the crowd at The Coach House.

The Young Dubliners setlist at The Coach House on Saturday, July 24, 2021

Open Sea / Seeds of Sorrow / We The Mighty / Up in the Air / Brown Dog / Come Back Home / Bodhran / Raglan Road / Chance / The Leaving of Liverpool / Howaya Girls / Tell Me Ma / Foggy Dew / Ashley Falls / Waxies / Brown Eyes / Chas Waltz fiddle solo / Rosie / Follow Me Up To Carlow


Banshee / If I Should Fall From Grace With God / Rocky Road to Dublin

Review by Robert Kinsler

Photography by Bob Steshetz

Friday, July 23, 2021

Sights and Sounds: Videos from Paul McCartney & Beck, Coldplay, Cassadee Pope, Shiny Joe Ryan, Diane & The Deductibles

Check out a myriad of super cool new music videos now...Robert Kinsler

Paul McCartney as seen in his new music video "Find
My Way," a great track featuring Beck.
Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Firstly, Paul McCartney has been "de-aged" on the official music video for his track "Find My Way," a collaboration with Beck! The great song is from the album McCartney III Imagined, available today on CD and vinyl. Watch the new music video HERE.

Coldplay's 'Music Of The Spheres' is set for release
on Oct. 15, 2021.

Watch the new lyric video for Coldplay's ambitious advance track "Coloratura" from the band's upcoming album Music Of The Spheres, out Oct. 15, 2021. You can view the video HERE.

Cassadee Pope

Modern country music artist Cassadee Pope has just released the new music video for her latest single, "Say It First," off of her upcoming ninth album,THRIVE, exclusively with Sounds Like Nashville. The video, directed and edited by Ed Pryor, is a colorful depiction of the inner storm that matches the song's eruptive angst along with the vulnerability of its lyrics. 

“Working with Ed Pryor again was such a treat," says Pope. "We both knew we wanted this video to include weather elements and fast flashes to coincide with the inner turmoil the song talks about. I wanted to wear a beautiful dress to further illustrate the fact that vulnerability is strength.”

Watch the video HERE.


Image Credit: Duncan Wright

“.. a little bit Beach Boys-esque mixed with a generous psych-rock touch, with dancing vocals moving amongst a hot-bed of guitar and percussion; Shiny Joe plucking from decades' worth of genres and bringing them together...” - Pilerats

Sporting a mane of curly locks, a hilarious sense of humour and a lilting Irish brogue, Shiny Joe Ryan is a wonderous enigma.  Today, the Pond multi-instrumentalist releases his second studio album Shiny’s Democracy via Spinning Top RecordsShiny’s Democracy is available in digital formats as well as limited edition apple red 12” vinyl HERE.
Shiny Joe Ryan - A Stitch In Time (Rough Edit LOW RES)
Today, Shiny Joe also releases the video for A Stitch In Time,” Shiny Joe explains the premise for the video saying, “This song is a love song, but that didn't mean it had to have a super serious video clip. So for fun I bought a dog costume and headed to the beach with my mate Shane (who's filmed all my video clips for this album) and Chook my housemate Lizzie's dog. Chook is a 2 year old American Pointer/ Blue Heeler who we've had since he was a pup. The video is Chook and I frolicking on the beach in slow motion with some light analog video effects for fun. “

He went on to say that the song “is one of only two songs on the album that I used my original demo as the basis for recording and then overdubbed the rest at home. I got the name from a something my Mum used to say, 'a stitch in time saves nine' and I guess it's a love song at heart. I have a dinky old plastic keyboard I got as a kid that has really cool string quartet sounds on it. I used that as the base for the song and added a bit of guitar and a basic drum beat. It's a simple song but I find it very nice to listen to.”

It’s been a long, seven year wait since the release of his debut solo album The Cosmic Microwave Background in 2014. His musical offerings are as unique as he is - a mix of genres encompassing country, pop and rock, all mangled and mashed into something new, strange and tender. Joe finally found the time to record this new offering between touring as a crew member for Tame Impala and performing with Pond. He wrote and recorded this second album at Tunafish Studios with his band The Sky Dolphins in Western Australia and as well as mixing it himself along with his Pond bandmates, Jay Watson and James Ireland, it was also carefully mastered by fellow WA musical alumni, Kevin Parker

Shiny Joe explains the concept behind the prolific artwork for the single and album, “It’s a recreation of a photo I saw of Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam being dismissed from parliament in 1975. He's standing on the steps of parliament house surrounded by reporters. I thought it was a very striking image and represented a failure of democracy in Australia. I summoned as many friends as I could, instructed them to dress as 70s as possible and told them to meet me at the clubhouse steps of the Fremantle football oval.”

Shiny’s Democracy is an album for anyone and everyone and a sign of a musician who wants to try everything once (or twice) with no plans of slowing down. You’ll find glimpses of his contributions to his band Pond on the record but Shiny Joe definitely carves a path all of his own. Written with a perfect balance of grit, wit and expertly crafted instrumentals, this second album from Shiny Joe Ryan will place him firmly alongside the rest of the Western Australian musical mainstays and definitely marks his triumphant return from his initial solo offering back in 2014. Today, Shiny Joe Ryan is inviting you to climb aboard the Pub Boat and get your groove on!

Shiny’s Democracy Tracklisting 

I’m Singing A New Song
Dad’s Hat
100 Miles From Nowhere
If I Had Nothing
Pub Boat
I’m Getting Older
Yes Song
A Stitch In TIme
I’m Singing A New Song Pt. 2

Finally, Diane & The Deductibles have just released their lyric video for "Let's Live." The song is off the troupe's T H R E E - 6 Feet Apart. The original rock track was written during the COVID-19 lockdown. Watch the video HERE.