Thursday, December 26, 2019

Jimi Hendrix appeared at The Buffalo Memorial Auditorium on 3/23/68

After Elvis appeared at The Buffalo War Memorial Auditorium (The Aud) in 1957... before The Aud was the home for The Buffalo Sabres starting in 1970, The Aud hosted basketball games and wrestling matches and in 1968 the Legendary Jimi Hendrix (The Greatest Guitarist of all time) made a stop in Buffalo on his Axis: Bold As Love tour in March of 1968, the 3rd show on a 11 day consecutive stint of shows. Thanks to Bruce Eaton, impresario of the Albright-Knox Jazz concert series, we have a first hand account of the performance.
According to Bruce the stage was only about 4 feet high and the Aud was filled to 1/2 it's capacity, only about 6000 people were there.
This was when the cheap seats were colored grey and way before The Aud was renovated to accomodate more people after the Sabres moved in.
Hendrix rocked out on "Fire", "Manic Depression" and "Purple Haze" etc. etc. "blah blah woof woof ...only cowboys stay in tune anyway".
Those songs and many more were inlcuded in the set and Hendrix violently smashed his equipment at the end of his performance, a trademark for Hendrix early in his career.

Bruce still has a piece of a smashed amplifier, which he politely asked 1 of the roadies for, that Hendrix graciously sacrificed for the Buffalo audience.
Upon learning that the scheduled opening act "Jesse's First Carnival" was stranded in a Cleveland snowstorm the concert promoter, Jerry Nathan quickly recruited his sons local band. After a emergency afternoon rehearshal Buffalos own "The Sinnermen" opened the show.
Before reading the recent article in Buffalo Spree
I learned of this show from the book, "Jimi Hendrix, Experience The Music" written by Belmo and Steve Loveless.
I also heard another first hand account from Phil when I was a member of the local Buffalo band "Wanted By The FBI" Phil was in attendance.

A Big Thank You to "Buffalo Spree", the "Jimi Henrix, Experience The Music"book, Ed Adamczyk, Bruce Eaton, Tony Markellis, Jay Weisbeck, Jerry and Steve Nathan and Phil for sharing their "Experiences" with everyone and last but not least, Jimi Hendrix.

Hendrix giving oral to his guitar, AKA playing with his teeth, was always an exciting trick Hendrix enjoyed and employed during his improvisational soloing.
"The cat in the blue hat" looks really excited.
Check out the spare sunburst Strat standing up against the Sunn cabinets.

Before James Hendrix became "Jimi Hendrix" Jimi was a sideman to many R&B touring bands, here's a rare pic from '65 when Jimi played McVans in Buffalo New York with Joey Dee and the Starlighters.
Photo courtesy of the book "Becoming Jimi Hendrix" by Steven Roby & Brad Schreiber.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Under Arrest - Buffalo, NY

Under Arrest - Buffalo, NY

Voted "Best New Group." Night Life Music Awards 2016. 
Best Drummer 2018, Nominated For "Best Rock Band" 2017, 2018 Night Life Music Awards!

Under Arrest is a rockin' cover band that plays classic rock songs and country music from the 60's to the present day.
Check out their website for show dates, videos, photos and contact info
Band members include Debbie Schulmeister - Keyboards and Lead Vocals and Will Schulmeister - Drums and Vocals.

"Under Arrest" Current Song List:
Ex's & Oh's- Elle King
Don't Stop- Fleetwood Mac
Somebody To Love- Jefferson Airplane
Hit Me With Your Best Shot- Pat Benatar
No Matter What- Badfinger
That'll Be The Day- Linda Ronstadt
Drive to Survive- Jimmy Thackery
Harden My Heart- Quarter Flash
Keep On Loving You- R.E.O.
You're So Vain- Carly Simon
All Over Now- Rolling Stones
Little White Church- Little Big Town
Temptation Eyes- Grassroots
Red- Taylor Swift
Summer of '69- Brian Adams
Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me- Terry Clark
Change in My Pocket- Georgia Satellites
Before He Cheats- Carrie Underwood
Half Breed- Cher
It's So Easy- Linda Ronstadt
Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac
Stop Draggin My Heart Around- Petty/Nicks
Take it On the Run- R.E.O.
I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor
Cool Guitars- Jimmy Thackery
Done- Band Perry
Bad Case of Loving You- Robert Palmer
Because The Night- Natalie Merchant
When Will I Be Loved- Linda Ronstandt
Let'er Rip- Dixie Chicks
Alone- Heart
Jolene- Dolly Parton
Heartbreaker- Pat Benatar
Raise Your Glass- Pink

General Manager - Will Schulmeister
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Monday, December 9, 2019

ELLEN - Buffalo, NY


ELLEN 471 NIGHTS music review.

471 Nights kicks off with a folk rock song called Ain't It Easy. Ellen's singing voice has a striking quality with its genuine honesty and heartfelt soulfulness. The lyrics are unique and interesting and John Cameron's guitar highlights the music perfectly.
Submission's lyrics come from the standpoint of a headstrong woman offering no apologies for how she feels. John Cameron's melodic slide guitar compliments the song without overpowering it.
Little Girl starts off with some melodic bass lines from there the lyrical content becomes heavy. The lyrics seem to tell a story of a little girl who left this life too early. 
Goodbye is my favorite song from 471 Nights. Musically the song is sparse with a highlight on the acoustic guitar and upright bass, both played by Ellen. The vocals are melodic with a melancholy feel. The song is mellow but powerful with feeling and subtle nuances.
So Beautiful is also one of my favorite songs on 471 Nights. The song is a uplifting bluesy rocker that will make your toes tap and your hands clap. The wah wah guitar solo by John Cameron is the best solo on 471 Nights.  
The title track, 471 Nights, starts off with the sounds of stormy weather. Lyrically the song seems to describe a romantic relationship that took a turn for the worst. Another killer guitar solo is provided by John Cameron.
471 Nights is a great first effort by the ELLEN band, here's to hoping more great music will be released soon. 

Ellen Cameron-Trainham - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass and Keyboards
John Cameron - Guitar
Mike Badach - Drums
Produced by David Hiser
Recorded - dblsland studios
Mastered - Stephen Ferrand Studios
Special thanks to John and Wanda Cameron.


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Manda Mosher - California

"Nobody Gives A Damn About Songs Anymore" For Your Consideration ~ 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards First-Round ballot for Best Music Video, Best American Roots Performance, Record Of The Year.

Manda Mosher's latest video for Nobody Gives A Damn About Songs Anymore.

From her first solo album on, Manda Mosher’s songs have always shimmered with pure rock & roll soul as channeled through a singularly grounded American Girl, inspiring one writer to dub her the “female Tom Petty.” That’s high praise, but she carries it well. 

An award-winning songwriter, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, touring musician and entrepreneur, she was baptized in the river of real-time rock & roll, and has never abandoned that spirit. Like Tom Petty, her idol, she’s radiated a reverence for the purity and artistry of great songwriting and record-making since the start. 

A full-fledged California girl, she’s a sixth generation Angeleno raised on music. With her father on flamenco guitar and her mom singing, she swiftly mastered ukulele, guitar, and harmonica. Songwriting came early, and never stopped. Following high school, she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied music theory and composition. 

Back in L.A. and armed with her ever-expanding songbook of originals, she began recording what became her critically acclaimed debut, Everything You Need and its follow-up City of Clowns. Both garnered a bounty of rave reviews and established Manda as a seriously gifted songwriter and charismatic live performer. She won many L.A. Music Awards, including Female Singer-Songwriter of the Year, and National Touring Artist of the Year. She was a 2009 official SXSW showcase artist, a 2010 official AMERICANAFEST showcase artist and her songs have appeared in many films and television shows, including the feature film Please Stand By, and CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles;” she also performed on CBS’s “The Late Late Show.” 

In 2012 she took a break from solo work to launch California Country Records and to form the female-fronted California Country/Americana group CALICO the band. With heartfelt songs, beautifully close harmony singing and rich musicianship, they made two landmark albums, Rancho California and Under Blue Skies. The group toured extensively through the United States and the UK, including the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in 2014 and 2018, and as an official AMERICANAFEST Showcase Artist in 2015 and 2017. They won several awards, including Americana Album of the Year at the L.A. Music Awards, and Best Country Band at the L.A. Music Critic Awards. Their songs were heard in the feature film Walk of Shame, as well as in NBC’s “The Nightshift,” and the Netflix original series “The Ranch” with Ashton Kutcher. 

In 2016 Manda co-founded the annual California Country Social at AMERICANAFEST in partnership with The Alternate Root Magazine in order to provide a platform for West Coast artists on her own California Country Records. Over three consecutive years, it hosted over 45 artists, including Sam Morrow, Rod Melancon, Ted Russell Kamp (Shooter Jennings), CALICO the band, Alice Wallace and many more. 

2019 will see Manda launching The California Country Show at AMERICANAFEST with the aim of “spotlighting California-centric country and roots artists alongside our artist friends in Nashville.” 

Now back on her solo journey, she seems positively liberated, rocking some of her strongest material yet. With long-time partner, A&R executive and music supervisor Eric Craig in tow, she’s established a new record company, Blackbird Record Label, an apparel company, California Country Apparel, and built a new recording facility, San Fernando Valley Recording. It’s there she’s been busy writing and recording some of her most powerful and poignant music to date, as well as cutting tracks for her next album. These include the delightfully visceral alt-Americana track “Fast As I Can,” which resounds like a timeless rock classic, as does her passionate reworking of John Moreland’s classic “Nobody Give A Damn About Songs Anymore.” Originally intended as a song to record with CALICO the band, it’s been reborn with impassioned harmonies by Craig and resounds as fervent proof why songs still matter and always will. 

Wedding her tuneful, heartfelt grace with a raw and timeless urgency, Manda’s making new music ideal for these dissonant times. She’s calling it alt-Americana. Invigorated by the unbound promise of this new sound, she’s been beaming that electric Manda smile. 

“We made a promise to ourselves,” she said, “that we’re not going to polish off the sharper edges.” Wherever her music leads her next, Manda is a musician of multitudes, and remains one of L.A.’s most luminous musical artists. Long may she shine. 

-Paul Zollo

Manda Mosher's debut album Everything You Need received national critical acclaim, and airplay on over 70 radio stations across the US, including XM - The Loft and Acoustic Café. Since then she has been an ASCAP Featured Artist and performed on national television as a musical guest on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Paul Zollo of American Songwriter Magazine wrote, 'Beautiful, compelling melodies with poignant lyrics sung with a sensual, sultry authority...This is good, this is now.';
Mosher's new EP, City of Clowns shows her rougher, rock-roots with three new kick-ass songs including the provocative hit-single 'City of Clowns' and a stunningly edgy cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'State Trooper', plus an all-new gritty mix of the critically acclaimed 'Lay Me Down'. This enhanced EP also includes a special, three-minute behind the scenes look at these recording sessions.

Manda is poised to become
a leading light of modern singer-songwriters, someone able to encapsulate the emotional terrain of life and romance with a soul much wiser than her young years. --Bill Bentley, Sonic Boomers

Manda Mosher's debut album Everything You Need received national critical acclaim, and airplay on over 70 radio stations across the US, including XM - The Loft and Acoustic Café. Since then she has been an ASCAP Featured Artist and performed on national television as a musical guest on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

The middle ground between spoken and sung that Mosher occupies gives the tales on the album (City of Clowns) the feel of secrets. She is letting us in on something that no one else knows. The songs on the EP are amped up, the kind of instrumental punch that makes you reach for the volume now because the existing sound waves are not coming through loud enough. --The Alternate Root

Beautiful, compelling melodies with poignant lyrics sung with a sensual, sultry authority... This is good, this is now. --Paul Zollo of American Songwriter Magazine

Manda is a great artist. She's the real deal and one of the only new female artists doing rock these days who can really sing. --Anita West of 97- Rock, Buffalo WBFO & NPR