Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan will always be loved by his fans and his musical peers, he continues to be an inspiration to kids who want to play guitar, highly influential to guitarists' who want to play better and his sharp, expert guitar playing and singing/songwriting skills will always be respected and revered by his musical peers. Even years after his untimely death his influence is still felt in the guitar playing world. Stevie's guitar playing has been described as virtuoistic, intensely focused, artistic, inspirational and real. His early recordings as well as his popular recordings, are highly sought after and his recordings continue to be on many a Rock and Roll AND Blues radio playlist across the world. Stevie not only achieved success in the blues music realm, he was fortunate enough to cross-over and achieve mainstream success as well. Stevie's master recordings are being obsessively sifted through, much like Jimi Hendrix's, seeking out rare, unreleased hidden jems. On top of Stevie's 6 Studio albums, 4 Live albums, 3 Best Of collections and 1 CD/DVD box set the guitar community continues to be interested in hearing all the music S.R.V. played and recorded throughout his career and as long as interest continues new SRV music will continue to be released. Let's hope the master tapes stay in good hands.
After learning to play guitar from listening to blues records, Stevie often cited B.B. King as a major influence and later in his career Stevie had an oppurtunity to play with B.B. King live in concert during the taping of "B.B. King & Friends". Alongside Stevie and B.B. members of the band included Albert King and Paul Butterfield.
Stevie also showed his respect for Albert King by calling him "Mr. Albert King!" during his intro.

Before and after his famous studio stint with David Bowie on Bowie's highly successful 1983 release "Let's Dance", Stevie's skills were highly sought after by many an artist seeking to "jazz up" their records with some top notch lead guitar playing. Stevie made several guest appearances on many a blues artists' studio albums.
Marcia Ball's 1984 release "Soulful Dress" features a intense solo from Stevie on the title track.
Johnny Copeland's "Don't Stop By The Creek, Son" features some tasty, clean playing from Stevie.
Saxophonist A.C. Reed recruited Stevie for his "I'm In The Wrong Business" release.

Stevie also had the opportunity to tour with many a great band and musician during his career, among them is Jeff Beck and his former band The Yardbirds, whom Stevie Ray also cited as a major influence early in his career. Stevie learned, mastered and played "Goin' Down", "Jeff's Boogie" and "Over Under Sideways Down" for many a smoke filled bar in Dallas Texas.

"The first record I ever bought was "Wham!" (in 1963) by Lonnie Mack." Stevie claims that his Dad broke that very same record because he played it repeatedly day and night. After going out and buying that record again and cranking it up through a Shure P.A. system, many years later Stevie had the opportunity to co-produce and play some guitar on Lonnie Mack's "Strike Like Lightning" 1985 release.

One of the highlights of Stevie's career is when Stevie played the 1988 New Orleans Jazz Festival, Stevie was fortunated enough to share the stage with swamp boggie great, Katie Webster and one of Stevie's most absolute favorite guitar players Albert Collins, the Master of the Telecaster.

In 1985 Stevie, with his band Double Trouble appeared along side his brother Jimmie on "Saturday Night Live" to promote their CD "Soul To Soul". Jimmie Vaughn, Stevies brother is also a living blues legend in his own right, Jimmie achieved worldwide recognition with his former band The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Jimmie and Stevie often played the song "Pipeline" by the Chantays live, with a doubleneck guitar...simultaneously...
In 1987 Stevie Ray recorded the very same tune with surf guitar legend, Dick Dale for the movie "Back To The Beach". Stevie and Jimmie recorded a brilliant duet album "Family Style".

Stevie's drummer from Double Trouble Chris Layton reveals "Stevie was that thing that people identify with, that thing they can hear in his music, he touched people in such a way that it was irrelevant that he played the guitar, or that he played the blues. It was something that is mystical to me, because Stevie tapped into the thing that people feel, but cannot express themselves. Stevie was able to do that for them."

Nearly 25 years after his untimely death Stevie Ray Vaughan's music still remains as vibrant, exciting, soulful and spirited as when it was first released.

Buffalo NY Sports Curse

Curse or Not No Buffalo Team Has Ever Won the Big Game

The Buffalo NY Sports Curse. Fact or Fiction?...
I was recently told by a co-worker of mine that there was a curse placed on all Buffalo NY based Major League (currently NHL & NFL) Sports teams. This is why the Buffalo Bills have never won a Super Bowl and this is also why the Buffalo Sabres have never won a Stanley Cup. Consider the championship history our 2 teams have had and this curse legend seems to make sense, at least it does to me. I think the fact that Buffalo once had a NBA team here and lost it applies to this curse as well. I dont consider indoor lacrosse, football, soccer or triple A baseball to be major league sports teams.
Supposedly this curse was initiated by a lone Indian runner who was participating in a sanctioned foot race in the Buffalo area. This race was held in the early part of the 20th century,
somewhere around the 20's and 30's.
Legend has it that this lone Indian runner, who was racing against a field of white/caucasian competitors, was purposely tripped and couldnt finish the race. Upon being tripped the Indian immediately placed a curse upon on all the major league sports teams in the Buffalo area stating that they would never win a championship unless they were Indian owned and operated.

This story may come off as rascist or racially biased so I feel that I must state that Im not a rascist in any way, shape or form.
I thought this was an interesting story to post considering Im a major NHL hockey fan, NFL football not so much considering the way the Bills have been playing lately.
When you consider the history the Bills and Sabres have had in losing championship games it seems like we need an excuse as to why we lost, someone or something to blame besides our beloved players, this legend seems to fit that reasoning perfectly.
So for me at least, this story will always be in the back of my mind until we win the big one.
Besides the fact that weve lost every time, consider the Sabres '75 fog game, 99's No Goal! and our 4 consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Our championship history is interesting to say the least and can be spun in any number of ways so I guess you can say Im putting my own little twist on the stories to make them seem that much more interesting.
If anybody has any solid facts supporting this legend, please comment, or if you feel the urge just comment.
Thank You, Ryan.

WWE, NWA, Dusty Rhodes, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Classy Freddie Blassie, Mil Mascaras, Filmfax

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat

N.W.A. Mid-Atlantic Wrestling

Richard Blood (Ricky Steamboat) was once a talented young wrestler but that all changed once he was bartered for in a trade arranged by famed wrestling promoters Jim Crockett and Jim Barnett.
Once Ric Flair met Steamboat in the Mid-Atlantic wrestling territory he had a ingenious plan, he knew exactly what to do to make Steamboat and himself a pair of wrestling headliners, this was in 1977, before Flair's numerous title reigns and the classic World title match between Flair and Steamboat, that some fans have called" The Greatest Wrestling Match Of All Time".

Steamboat's first appearance on Mid-Atlantic Wrestling TV established the fued that Flair and Steamboat continued on for, basically, their entire active wrestling careers. Flair was cleanly pinned by Steamboat for Flair's coveted Mid-Atlantic TV title in the middle of the ring.

Flair recognized Steamboat's potential as a headlining wrestling attraction and World Champion, so with consent from George Scott, Flair and Steamboat began fueding and exchanging the U.S. title in some headlining matches in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Wanting to elevate their fued to a new level and further advance their wrestling careers, Flair offered up his newly won, from Steamboat of course, coveted U.S. title belt in a match against Steamboat live on TV in 1978. Flair reacted violently to Steamboat's positive reply to his challenge, rubbing Steamboat's face on the ring mat and upon throwing Steamboat out of the ring, proceeded to rub little Ricky's face on the concrete studio floor. 
Calling Ricky a " pretty boy" Flair then scraped the gold plate of his title belt into Steamboat's face and eye.

Steamboat got a genuine dose of wrestling reality after the match. World Champion Harley Race proceeded to rub some hardware store bought sandpaper on Ricky's face to make it appear bruised and battered. After cutting Ricky's face with the sandpaper Race poured iodine into the wounds and further rubbed sandpaper across the scars. All this came about after a brief discussion with Race, Wahoo McDaniel and Flair in which Race wanted to actually punch Steamboat in the face to cause an actual cut, the proposal was turned down and the "variety pack" sandpaper was used instead. Steamboat's face was still discolored 6 months after the cuts healed.

Even after all that a final creative angle by Flair put the fued over with the fans and established a "Flair vs. Steamboat" wrestling match as a must have match if you wanted to sell out your arena on any given night on any wrestling card around the world.

Flair pulled up in a limo to the Mid-Atlantic wrestling TV studios for a scheduled interview in 1978. Dressed to the nine's, toting a beautiful girl on each arm, Flair purposely berated Steamboat on live TV. Steamboat angrily appeared on set and proceded to slap Flair in the face and drag him into the ring by his suit and tie. After continually beating on Flair the fans shouted in disbelief as Steamboat proceeded to tear Flair's entire suit off piece by piece.

Flair and Steamboat went back out on the road to continue their hot fued. 
Wanting to give the fans the best possible wrestling match they could, the 2 combatants often wrestled 60 minute matches, to sold out, standing room only, young, rabid Mid-Atlantic wrestling fans. These matches established and solidfied Steamboat and Flair as World Champion caliber wrestlers. 
This is exactly what Flair had in mind when he first laid eyes on a young, talented Richard Blood way back in 1977. Check out the "WrestleWar 1989" NWA World title match to witness the magic Flair and Steamboat had in the ring, live and in color on the WWE's "The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection".

The "Nature Boy" Ric Flair's Performance at Wrestlemania 8

Ric Flair is the Greatest World Heavyweight Wrestling Title Holder of All Time

The memorable '92 Wrestlemania World Title match that featured the Champion Flair vs. the Challenger Savage at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana was attended by 62,167 rabid rasslin' fans.
The match was expertly promoted by mixing up a unique blend of fantasy and reality that made all the hype believable and had the fans chomping at the bit to see this match. Ric made some very public comments regarding Randy Savage's manager (and wife at the time) Miss Elizabeth, one of the WWF's most beloved superstars of the 80's wrestling boom. Ric suggested that Liz was secretly attracted to the "Nature Boy". Upon hearing of this Savage was enraged and foaming at the mouth to get a piece of the "Nature Boy" in the squared circle.

Ric Flair was, and will always be, a master of promoting his upcoming matches no matter who he wrestled against, he always knows exactly what to say to get under his opponents skin. His loud, arrogant persona led to some great over-the-top promos and legendary bad-guy performances in the ring. Ric's bad guy persona reaked of all that was bad in corporate America, dressed to the nines in 3 piece business suits and speaking down to the fans and his opponents made Ric a unique and interesting bad-guy. His long blond hair, in sharp contrast to Hogans shiny bald head, added to his sex appeal. A pre-match interview had Ric promising all the fans in the arena a nude pic of Liz appearing on the big-screen after he defeated Savage.

Ric's technical skill in the ring was honed to a razor sharp edge in the NWA where he beat all the top guys winning their version of the Heavyweight Title several times, now he was in the WWF holding their version of the World Title going up against 1 of the best wrestlers the WWF had to offer in the grandest wrestling event of all time, Vince McMahon's Wrestlemania.

Against Savage, Ric gave as good as he got, willing to take all the punishment Savage dished out, Ric delivered his knife edge chops taunting Savage to hit him even harder, the sound of Ric's chops echoed throughout the Hoosier Dome the entire match. After being busted open by Savage, Ric attempted to pin Savage after using a foreign object, which Savage recovered from. As you may or may not already know the climax had Savage holding the World Title pinning Flair by holding his tights to keep him down.

After the match ended a pier 6 brawl ensued between Flair and Savage, which involved Curt Henning, Miss Elizabeth, several referees and quite a few ring attendees. Flair managed to steal a kiss from Liz during the melee' which further enraged Savage, who could barely stand up as a result of Flair's perfectly executed signature move the figure four leglock which Flair slapped on Savage during the match.

Ric's popularity was peaking during his run in the WWF, he could wrestle, talk and was an expert at in-ring and out-of-the-ring psychology. This match, along with his win at the previous Royal Rumble defined his career in the WWF and set up his return to WCW, WWE and his current stint at TNA.

Diamonds are forever and so is Ric Flair! WOOO!!!

Here's a recent WWE mag that compares WWE wrestlers to super-heroes inside...
I can't see John Cena as Captain America but I think CM Punk would make an awesome Nightwing.

1 of the greatest masked wrestlers of all time, Mil Mascaras is still starring in feature films. Mil was recently featured on the cover of Filmfax magazine. If you've never read this magazine it's great if you're into retro-pop culture no matter who's on the cover.

Ah...Dusty Rhodes, one of the best wrestler's of all time...starring in his own 3 disc set...great action!
Dusty bled, 99.99% of the time when he wrestled. Dusty vs. Race or Flair is a must see for any true wrestling fan.

Of course Ric Flair has, not 1, but 2 3-DVD collections, here's the 1st one from 2003.

Dusty Reflections Of An American Dream is a great wrestling book that also contains a forward by the late great George Steinbrenner. After Gorgeous George and before Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes was wrestling's greatest and most popular attraction, his matches with Superstar Billy Graham from Madison Square Garden are legendary. Dusty sold out arenas all over the world.

After the WWF "yellow finger" era started in the 80's, the very heated fued between Dusty and Ric Flair in the NWA was the only feud that mattered! Forget about Hogan vs. whomever...Dusty vs. Flair was "the" must see match in the 80's.

Legends Of Wrestling WWE "Classy" Freddie Blassie's wrestling book, "Listen, You Pencil Neck Geeks" has got to be 1 of the most entertaining of all the post-kayfabe wrestling books I've ever read. Blatantly honest Blassie holds nothing back, it also sheds alot of light on the beginnings of the wrestling business as we know it today. Read the back cover and you'll see what I mean. This book also explains the meaning of the word "kay-fabe" in Chapter 1. This book was released in 2003 right after Freddie passed away and it's a great tribute to a true wrestling legend.

Terry Funk's 2005 wrestling bio book is called "More Than Just Hardcore". Terry Funk is a former NWA World Champion who is credited for started the whole hardcore wrestling boom of the 90's with Ric Flair. Their series of violent matches from 1989 are well remebered for violence and brutality. It all started with Terry pile-driving Ric Flair through a ringside table. This brutal incident occurred right after a NWA title match between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat that many hardcore wrestling fans call "The Greatest Wrestling Match Of All Time". I would have to agree.

Here's the cover of Ric Flair's wrestling book, To Be The Man, which I snapped up as soon as it hit the book store shelves in 2004.

The cover of Mick Foley's 2001 wrestling book, Foley Is Good, speaks for itself.
Ric Flair's comments aimed at Mick Foley in his book and Mick's comments on Ric in his books, have led to quite a few memorable I Quit matches between the 2 competitors.

Raw Is War classic WWF game ad.
In tribute to Yokozuna, Luna Vachon & Owen Hart.

Hell In A Cell DVD set ad.

I've always been a wrestling fan. I used to watch Mid-Atlantic Wrestling back in the early 80's, and the seed was securely planted after I went to a few NWA live events at the old Aud. I saw Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Jimmy Snuka, Greg Valentine, Blackjack Mulligan etc. etc. in thier pre-WWF days... "Live and in color" "In pulic if you will". I've always been curious on the how's and why's of the "toughest sport in the world". The book covers that are in this particular blog posting are books that I have bought and read and they shed light on the inner workings of the sport of professional wrestling. All of the books shatter kayfabe and reveal every aspect of the sport in and out of the ring. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair is my fave wrestler and I've never been a big fan of the WWF "Hulk Hogan" watered down family-friendly product. Pop in a WWE DVD of an old school cage match featuring Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair and you can't get much better than that.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Out To Lunch - No One Left Behind CD review

Out to Lunch - No One Left Behind CD Review

NYC's Out to Lunch Creates a Jazz Masterpiece with No One Left Behind

NYC's Out To Lunch creates a jazz masterpiece with No One Left Behind. No One Left Behind is funky, groovy, improvisational, jazz fusion. Add some hip hop beats and a little dash of dub reggae and you have Out To Lunch.
Out To Lunch can be compared to Miles Davis, James Brown, Weather Report and John McLaughlin. Jazz and Jazz Fusion fans will enjoy No One Left Behind.

Out To Lunch is comprised of David Levy - Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Bansuri Flute and Ableton Live. Josiah Woodson - Trumpet, Guitar and Flute. Walter Fischbacher - Keyboards and Hammond Organ. Zack Lober - Electric and Upright Bass and Turntables. Jason Kruk plays Drums.

Standout tracks include It's A Jungle Out There with it's uptempo drums and percussion. There's A New Seby In Town includes sone funky, hip hop beats. Spaced out avant-garde jazz dominates Ostrava. Damon Scott improvises some great lyrics on the dub reggae sounds of the title track.

You can find out more about Out To Lunch on and

Thank You Out To Lunch!

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix, The Bass Player?

Jimi Hendrix is perhaps best known for his blazing (literally blazing as evidenced by his '67 Monterey Pop Festival live performance) lead guitar playing and as his latest release "Valleys Of Neptune'" gains in popularity, his amazing talents are still being recognized and appreciated by every new generation of rock fan since his first appearance onto the music scene in the 60's.
Along with his amazing songwriting, guitar playing and singing, one of Jimi's lesser known talents was his amazing electric bass guitar playing, Jimi could also play the glockenspiel and the flute, amazingly enough, Jimi taught himself to play on all the instruments mentioned above.

He is also credited on several lesser know rock albums as an executive producer and as a guest performer, playing bass for the Buddy Miles penned track "Destruction Of Love" and produced Buddy's "Electric Church" solo album. Hendrix also played bass on an early, rare Crosby, Stills & Nash version of the Joni Mitchell penned song "Woodstock", which was written by Mitchell while she was stranded in a hotel room, not able to get to Woodstock where she was supposed to perform.

Hendrix, who preferred a right-handed Stratocaster flipped upside down and strung backwards, could also easily play a right handed, standard strung up guitar and bass. This unique talent can be compared to a baseball player batting from the left and right side of home plate, as opposed to just the right or the left. This special talent was captured on an album, when Hendrix guest starred on Timothy Leary's rare, narrative/music album.

Not only did Jimi perform many a bass line on his own recordings but he also took hold of the instrument live on a couple of famous occasions, one of which included an amazing, fiery performance of "Red House" from 1967, in which Noel Redding and Jimi switched instruments at The Olympia in Paris, France.

Having played guitar full-time before his gig with Jimi, Redding was a great guitar player in his own right. So switching instruments was no problem went it came to the multi-talented Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Jimi owned a 1965 Fender Jazz Bass on which he performed many a legendary bass line on in the recording studio. Jimi's bass playing is not present on his 1st album but he did record several bass lines on his "Axis: Bold As Love" album. Jimi can be heard playing bass on the "Bold As Love", "Spanish Castle Magic" & "She's So Fine" tracks.
Hendrix used his own 8-string Hagstrom bass guitar on the bass track of "Spanish Castle Magic", Hendrix added a uniqueness all his own to the track using the Octavia foot-pedal to enhance the recorded bass lines.

Hendrix also played the 4-string bass guitar on one of his most recognizable and widely known, recorded songs "All Along The Watchtower". A song in which Hendrix decided to record because he was such a big fan of Bob Dylan's original version.

Dave Mason originally recorded the bass line on the track, after Redding and Hendrix had a dispute in the studio. Hendrix recorded a new bass line and then re-recorded the bass after "hearing it a bit differently" on several occasions. If you listen to just the bass on this particular track you can hear it jump out of the mix on several occasions.

Hendrix's iconic album "Electric Ladyland" which included "All Along The Watchtower" featured Hendrix playing bass on "Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)" & "And The Gods Made Love".

During the sessions for this record, Hendrix plucked the 4-string on 2 of Noel Redding's original songs "Dream" & "Touch You", which were never completed and included on the album.

These sessions also produced "My Friend" a rare, Stephen Stills penned song, on which Hendrix sang and played guitar and bass on. This rare recording surfaced after Hendrix passed on.

Not only does Hendrix's songwriting, singing & guitar playing continue to influence a new generation of fans every year, his bass playing is equally recognized as an important part of the Hendrix legacy and has influenced many a bassist in it's own right. Who better to play the bass on some of Hendrix's most famous songs than Jimi himself. Who knew?

Experience Hendrix front and back cover featuring the "Official" First Rays Of The New Rising Sun CD release.

Guitar World 1995 which covered the legal battle for Jimi Hendrix's music, which was won by Experience Hendrix, LLC, who represent Hendrix's family.

Guitar World Jimi Hendrix Tribute issue from 1985.

Jimi Hendrix "Atlanta Special" is a bootleg release I picked up awhile ago.

According to the book Jimi Hendrix: Experience The Music the first 3 songs are from the Berkeley, CA rehearshals from 5/30/70 and the rest of the songs are from The Atlanta Pop Festival 7/4/70.

Guitar World, 11/2000 Hendrix Tribute Issue.
Pete Townsend, Carlos Santana, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer and Hendrixs' drummer Mitch Mitchell speak out about the life & times of Jimi Hendrix. Eddie Kramer & John McDermott discuss the making of the 1st Hendrix family produced 4-CD box set.

This CD came out in 2007, 40 years after Hendrixs' groundbreaking, performance at The Monterey Pop Festival in California. This is the show where Hendrix made his triumphant return to the U.S. after blowing away many an audience in the U.K. and after releasing his first album with the help of Chas Chandler of The Animals. I've always seen the front view of this famous shot in which Hendrix sacrificed his guitar for the audience, first burning it then smashing it in a feedback frenzy. I had never seen this photograph before this CD came out so after resisting for 3 yrs, I finally picked it up in 2010. This CD includes the intro by Brian Jones of Rolling Stones fame and the entire set that The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed during The Summer Of Love.

West Coast Seattle Boy, The Jimi Hendrix Anthology is the latest release from Experience Hendrix, LLC. This is a must have for any true Hendrix fan, not so much for the casual listener. The 1st CD contains rare recordings Hendrix played on for other artists' such as Little Richard and The Isley Brothers, think classic motown and funky R & B. The rest of the music is quite good, but some of the unreleased stuff is not so good, but interesting to listen to, as it provides some insight into the genius that was Jimi Hendrix. This is the 2nd Hendrix box set released by Experience Hendrix, LLC.

Here's a couple of classic pics when Jimi was in the army, Jimi found the time to play guitar while in the army as shown in the 2nd photo from '61.
Photos courtesy of the book "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" by Steven Roby & Brad Schreiber.

Above, Jimi playing with the King Kasuals from '62.
Below, Jimi playing as a sideman for Little Richard from '65.

Jimi Hendrix with "Others"

Jimi Hendrix Recorded and Performed with Many an Artist Before His Solo Career Exploded!

"I played with this little rhythm and blues group named Curtis Knight & The Squires. And I made a few records and arranged a few songs for him." Jimi Hendrix 1967. Jimi performed and recorded with many great artists' early in his career and later as his worldwide fame grew. Jimi was a session man for many of these recordings and his input was limited to guitar playing and not to singing. Many of the lead guitar parts and guitar solos were not Jimi's but the headliners. After Jimi attained worldwide fame many of these recordings were released as official recordings by Jimi Hendrix but indeed they were not.
Jimi's involvement with Lonnie Youngblood began in 1963, Jimi was hired to play guitar on some of Lonnie Youngblood's recordings. At that time, Youngblood was a well known saxophonist in Philadelphia and Jimi was glad to record with Lonnie. Jimi's unique style of playing soul, blues and rhythm and blues shines through on these recordings. Jimi recorded the songs "Goodbye, Bessie Mae", "Soulfood", "Let Me", "Go Go Shoes", "Sweet Thang", "Under The Table" and "Wipe The Sweat" with Lonnie Youngblood.

The Isley Brothers were in need of a guitarist in 1964 and as luck would have it, a friend of Ronnie Isley's named Tony Rice had seen Jimi perform at the Palm Cafe in New York City and recommended Jimi to Ronnie Isley which led to an audition. The Isley Brothers were impressed with Jimi's raw talent and Jimi was brought on to tour and record with the band in early 1964. Jimi recorded "Testify", "Move Over And Let Me Dance" & "Have You Ever Been Disappointed" with the Isley's. Jimi left The Isley Brothers in the summer of 1964 to seek new musical opportunities in Nashville. 3 of these songs can be found on the new Hendrix box set "West Coast Seattle Boy".

Jimi toured and recorded with Little Richard in 1965. Jimi only recorded a couple of songs with Little Richard. Jimi recorded "I Don't Know What You Got But It's Got Me" and "Dancing All Around The World" which was released as a single by Vee-Jay Records in November 1965. That single peaked on the Billboard charts at number 92. The single reached number 12 on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart. These songs can be found on "West Coast Seattle Boy" as well.

Jimi's association with the blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield was brief but it resulted in a single which was released in July of 1967. The songs are "As The Clouds Drift By" & "Suey" and can be found on the Hendrix bottleg "Too Hot To Handle".

In October 1965 Jimi signed a 3-year recording contract with Ed Chalpin's record company PPX Recordings for a disgraceful 1% royalty rate which was a direct result of Jimi's naivete when it came to signing recording contracts. Chalpin was a shrewd business man and he saw a good opportunity to decieve Jimi and take advantage of his remarkable raw talent. This contract came back to haunt Jimi later in his career and the end result was a number of sub-standard studio and live recordings which resulted in a large amount of quasi-legal official releases and bootleg releases. Many of these recordings were altered, faked, edited and falsely identified as Jimi Hendrix recordings.

Later in his career Jimi played lead guitar with McGough & McGear on their single "So Much" & "Ex Art Student" which was produced by Paul McCartney. Jimi added percussion to the Fat Mattress song "How Can I Live?" on their August 1969 release. Jimi also played bass with Robert Wyatt on his song "Slow Walking Talk" from 1968 and on Timothy Leary's song "Live And Let Live" from April 1970. Jimi played guitar on 3 Eire Apparent songs "Rock 'N' Roll Band", "Yes I Need Someone" & "Let Me Stay" from March 1969. Jimi also played bass and guitar on the Lightnin' Rod recording "Doriella Du Fontaine" which was recorded in November 1969. Jimi plays some lead guitar on the self-titled Stephen Stills solo record, of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame, on the song "Old Times Good Times".


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sara Elizabeth - Buffalo, NY

Sara Elizabeth "On The Rise" CD cover art.

Before I start the review I want to Thank Sara for submitting her new CD for review. Thank You Very Much Sara!

Now for the CD review...
Sara's strong vocal talents, unique lyrical phrasing and song writing skills are immediately evident as soon as "I Think I Better" begins. The lyrics reflect a young and positive outlook on life. Sarah's strong vocal performance overshadows the rhythm section on this song.
The second track, "He Smells Of Summer", is one of my favorites on Sara's CD debut release. The tempo, feeling and sound are completely different from the first song, revealing Sara's diverse musical talents and strong songwriting abilities. Her musical talent defies her young age.
The percussive eggshaker track carries this song along with a fingerpicked acoustic guitar. The eggshaker is a very cool, unique touch and the banjo playing is great. The vocals begin with a breathy, mellow sound that match the lyrical content. The emphasis on "wind" is a unique touch. The vocals continue along into a almost pleading shout then go back down after a musical interlude. I hear a distorted guitar track carrying the musical break along in my head or maybe a punchy bass track.
True to form "Willow Tree" has a feeling and sound different from the first two songs. I like this song even more than "He Smells Of Summer". The ukulele intro is refreshing and easy on my over-driven ears. The bongo and tambourine performance is excellent, they accompany the vocals and mandolin perfectly. The upright bass track is great as well. The vocals have a breathy, seductive quality that is easy on the ears. Sara has a very listenable and melodic singing voice. Sara's natural singing talent really shines through on "Willow Tree". This is my favorite song on Sara's CD.
The fourth song, "Today I'm OK" is a happy and uplifting song. Once again the vocal performance is outstanding. Again I have to comment on the listenable quality of Sara's singing voice. Sara's positive lyrics and engaging voice grabs your listening attention and keeps your ear focused on the song and melody. This song had me envisioning a girl dancing in my head and then I found myself looking at the sky. The bass track is a little busy which takes away from the melody.
"For You" is a piano driven track, which demonstrates Sara's talent at playing and composing on many different types of instruments. Once again this track proves Sara's diverse talents defy her age. The guitar/piano intro is great. The guitar figure during the chorus takes the focus away from the piano melody a bit, the guitar figure would make a great solo during the song. Overall "For You" is a great, melodic track.
The 6th track, "Carry Me Away" is yet another type of musical soundscape. The rhythm section has a calypso feel during the verse. The feel of this song is bouncy and jumpy. The drums are solid and they sound great, best percussion performance on "On The Rise".
"Knock Knocking" is an excellent and fun song. The music sounds like a classic, nursery rhyme and it's playful, child-like lyric is interesting. The lyrics sound like Sara may be reliving a few childhood memories through this song. Skipping along to the rhythm is highly recommended!
"Optophobia" first caught my attention because of the interesting song title. I looked up the meaning of the song title on the interwebs almost immediately. Most of the songs contained on "On The Rise" are positive in sound and lyric, this song, however is not. That doesn't mean it's not as good as the other tracks or bad in any way. The stark contrast is why I like this song so much. This song is very cool and quirky with it's odd noises and dark, piano filled soundscape. The vocal performance on this song is great, the vocal effect at 3:17 is a very nice touch but it's barely noticeable. My super hearing caught the effect after a few very focused listens.
I must say that (sometimes) I wish the sun wasn't so....bright.
The title track, "On The Rise" is a uplifting, positive song is sound and feeling. A perfect song for a young singer/songwriter who is definitely on the rise. Music can take people places and Sara's musical talents will take her places if she continues to grow and cultivate her many great talents through original music CD releases like "On The Rise". The vocal harmonies and mandolin playing on this particular song are excellent.
"And That's All" is a great song. I don't know if this song was specifically created to close out Sara's "On The Rise" CD but it is a great choice. The lyrics are interesting and entertaining and the vocal performance is once again, great. The sound and feel of the song is vibrant and happy.

Sara's debut release "On The Rise" is a great start to a promising music career. The rhythm section tracks on "On The Rise" could be mixed a little more prominently at times but overall "On The Rise" is a great sounding debut from a highly talented, young artist.

Once again I'd like toThank Sara for submitting her CD for review.
CD credits are as follows: Sara Elizabeth, Lead Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Banjo, Ukulele, Piano, Mandolin and Sound Programming. Anthony Rideout, Electric and Upright Bass. Joe Thomas, Drums, Eggshaker, Congas, Tambourine and Body Percussion and Chris Jacobs, Sound Programming and Effects.
All songs written, arranged and copyrighted by Sara Elizabeth Genco. Produced and engineered by Sara Elizabeth Genco and Chris Jacobs. Recorded at SUNY and Buffalo Slee Hall Recording Studio. CD Photography by David Genco. Album art by Sara Elizabeth Genco.
Goto to find out more about Sara, her music and how you can pick up your very own copy of "On The Rise".


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Best of Buffalo Awards

 1st Annual Local Music Awards

Scroll down to see all the latest nominations and all the music categories you can email nominations for. 
Nominations for any and all genres of music are accepted. 
Nominations and voting will remain strictly anonymous.
Nominate your favorites via email @
This is strictly For the People, By the People! 

6/10/14: Please keep your nominations coming and thank you for your participation. Just need a couple more nominations for category #2, Most Outstanding Musician and the voting can begin.

5/29/14: Thank you for your submissions! A special musical presentation show is being considered to announce the winners. There is nothing to click on to nominate bands or musicians. Nominations can be sent directly to Your participation is greatly appreciated.

5/28/14: I was told today that this award thing I'm trying to do is silly and that no one really cares, everyone has better things to do. I will continue on in an attempt to keep things moving forward in a positive light. The 2014 awards will be a successful, promotional adventure for everyone involved. To coin a phrase, "You gotta be in it to win it" so please send in those nominations today. Thank you very much. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

1st Annual Local Music Awards
These Buffalo local music awards will be for the people by the people. You, yes you, nominate who can win and you vote for the winners. Please nominate your local music favorites today, email with your nominations. Once 3 nominations for each category are submitted by you and compiled by email voting will then begin for each category. Special, shiny, framed awards will be given to the winner in each category.

Award Categories are as follows:

  1. Buffalo's Best Original Band (nominees must have original recordings to qualify)
       Current nominees are:
        Black Heart Suicide
        Carina and The Six String Preacher
        Jony James Band
        The Folkfaces
        The Psychedelic Dragons
        The Vincent James Explosion

  2. Buffalo's Most Outstanding Musician (best instrumentalist: guitar, bass, drums, bongos, harmonica...)
       Current nominees:
        Brian Pond
        Kevin Blakita 

  3. Greatest Singer/Entertainer (most upfront front person/singer category)
        Current nominee:
         Brian Pond
         Jim Candytree
         Jim Crean

  4. Buffalo's Most Impressive original music release 
       Current nominees:
        Jason Pfaff for the Life Soundtrack CD release
        Liquid Think CD by Carina and The Six String Preacher
        Nathan Bates Rejects The Illuminati by The Whiskey Reverb

  5. Best Original Song composition 
       Current nominees are:   
        "Inhale" written by Brian Pond of The Psychedelic Dragons   
        "Institution Blues" written by Dan Borodzik of The Folkfaces
        "Liquid Think" written by Carina and The Six String Preacher

  6. Best Buffalo Cover and/or Tribute Band
       Current nominees are:      
        55 Main
        KISS THIS!
        Nerds Gone Wild 
        Rod Nickson Project
        Wakeless Abandon

  7. Best Local Music Venue
       Current nominees are: 
        Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo NY
        The Forvm in Amherst NY
        The Cove in Depew NY

  8. Buffalo's Greatest Open Mic Night:
       Current nominee is:
        Abbey Square in Amherst, Monday Night Blues Open Mic
        The Brick Oven in Tonawanda, Friday Night Full Band Open Mic

  9. Buffalo's Best Musical Instrument Store (no chain stores please)
       Current nominee:
        Guitar Factory
        Music City
        Paramount Music 

10. Greatest Local RockNRoll read (paper, mag or book)
       Current nominees are:
        Buffalo Spree magazine
11. Worst Buffalo Band/Musician (created for humor and not out of a lack of respect)

Thank You! for your participation. Winning prize donations and any local sponsors are greatly appreciated.
These awards are not about me or my blog, they are about positively supporting the local music scene.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Steelhorse - Buffalo NY

Here's a couple of Steelhorse flyers for a couple of upcoming gigs.

This is the latest line up of Steelhorse. Gary, Brian, Richie and Dan.

Richie Fountain Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar.
(Thanks for letting the wife & I sit in!)

Richie playing beer bottle slide.

Gary Pokrzyk on Rhythm/Lead Guitar and Vocals.

Tony Laforte on Electric Bass.
(Thanks for letting me sit in Tony!)

Jake Klimchuck on Drums.