Man it’s been a while since my last post, but fear not good folks because I’ve been busy collecting and enjoying some amazing records during the “off season.” While browsing through a local antique shop on Magazine St. this was found ..
Yep, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band‘s first album “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now,” and it’s on vinyl! I about jumped out of my shoes when I saw this y’all! The Dozen are heroes in New Orleans for keeping the brass band scene alive back in the late 70s. We had the the good fortune to share the stage with them a few years back at the Green River Festival in Massachusetts, and it was definitely a check off the bucket list. We’ve been performing their original tune “Blackbird Special” for a few months now and it’s been a hit at our shows. This album features the original lineup with the traditional split kit setup and a track list of originals and covers that are sure to get you moving. Here’s a video of the title track performed live!
Tonight we’re in Detroit at the always wonderful Cliff Bell’s. Showtime is 9pm. See y’all there! ~Boots
A few months back we stopped off at a small, makeshift recording studio in the newsroom of the Daily Camera, a news outfit in Boulder. Second Story Garage brings in local and national acts to come in to hang and play a few tunes, which they record and share with loads and loads of people online. It was a good time, and we’re happy to finally share with everyone what we laid down there.
A big thank you to everyone at Second Story – Ashley and Quentin, Duncan, Paul, Kaufman and Kevin – for having us over! Hope y’all enjoy!
As the van pulled into the little driveway behind last night’s venue here in Richmond, Virginia, my eyes caught sight of one of my favorite back alley phenomenons – a street art gallery. I spoke briefly with the man who owned the restaurant next door after he’d joined us in the alley to work on one of his own pieces. I asked a bit about the artwork and learned that in addition to his rad pink bird-creature creation, the alley also was rocking a killer fish painting done by his two sons, ages 4 and 2, respectively. I was very impressed by all of their work, as well as the other anonymous creations dotting the corridor. If you were to walk down that alley today, you might see something sorta like this:
Tonight, then. We’re returning to Winchester, VA for an ‘evening with’-type shindig, flyin’ solo over at the Bright Box Theater. We hit the stage at 7:30pm, but doors open at 6:30pm so come out, have a beer, and say hi! Tickets will be $17 at the door; advance tickets go for $12. Hopin’ to see some old and new faces tonight!
The artists featured on prior posts were female, but I decided for this episode to provide music FOR the femme. Still keeping to the same format, D’Angelo hails from Richmond, Va. Richmond is also my birthplace, so tonights’s show is a homecoming. His sweet crooning inspired, and continues to inspire me and other members of the Dirty Bourbon. Enjoy the video of Brown Sugar below. May your day be a little sweeter because of it. We play the The Broadberry tonight in Richmond, Va. We open for The Trongone Band and Major and the Monbacks. Doors at 8pm, we take stage at 9pm. Hope to see you there!
We’ve spent the past 4 months winding and wheeling all over the country, making new friends and rattling new walls with the sonic goodness, but now we’re back to one of our oldest and favorite stomping grounds. That’s right! We’re back at Greensboro, NC’s own Blind Tiger for a solid evening of raucous music making, whiskey sipping, and foot stomping! After all of the amazing places we’ve been out west, it’s still a great feeling to be back on the balmy east coast on familiar roads.
Doors open at 7 and things will get rolling a little after 9. Come make the hang! We want to see lots of familiar faces tonight.
Joe Tarto: bassist, tuba king, composer and arranger whose career spanned over six decades
After his stint in the Army band during World War I, Tarto broke into the New York music scene and quickly became the go to man for the low end. He recorded, composed and arranged for jazz greats like Bix Beiderbecke and Fletcher Henderson and he was a member of the CBS and NBC studio orchestras. On top of all of that, he recorded the background music for Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons. A true badass.
P.S. Gig tonight at Scruffy City Hall in Knoxville, Tennessee. Show starts at 10.
Holy cow it’s been a while since our last BBR post! So for today, I’m going to put up a recent treasure I found while we were in Eugene, OR…
Yes folks, this is drummer porn at it’s finest featuring the swinging drum legends, Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa! I found this at a Salvation Army within 10 sec. of digging and couldn’t believe it! Just like that! Wow. Burnin’ Beat is a 1962 sequel to their 1955 album Krupa and Rich (which I now HAVE to find).
Now I could go on and on and on and on about the impact these two men had on jazz music, drumming, and showmanship, but that would take me all day and night. So instead I’m going to talk about one of the cooler features on this album, and that is on the backside of the sleeve..
That’s right, an entire breakdown of each song’s arrangements, y’all! I’ve never seen it before on any other record I own, and thank god too cause I’ve got a lot to study and this will make it much easier!