Édith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” was a French singer who became an icon of France during World War II. Born in 1915 on the streets near Belleville, she grew up in a bordello, eventually becoming a vaudevillian street performer in her teens with her acrobat father. It wasn’t until 1935, when she was finally discovered by a nightclub owner in Paris, that she began singing professionally and would shake up the world in the 40s with her voice. Her career, which lasted until her death in 63′, produced many hits, including her most well known “La Vie en Rose.”
For this edition of BBR, I’ve chosen my new Edith Piaf record,
Tonight! Why tonight we’re in beautiful Boulder, CO at the gorgeous Gold Hill Inn. Showtime is 9pm! See y’all there
Last week we played at the Continental Club in Houston, and across the street is a wonderful record shop – Sig’s Lagoon. They have vinyl everywhere and their prices are very good! So while searching through their stuff, I found a beauty….
That is New Orleans’ Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Folks, this is the very first album Preservation Hall released, and it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s a live performance of the band recorded on October 18, 1964, at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have to say that owning and reading through this album, I’ve become inspired for a new segment on the site. I haven’t yet thought of a name, but it’s about time I start sharing more about the history of my hometown and the people who’ve made it what it is now. Until then, please enjoy a cut from this record and be inspired!!
Tonight we’re partying in Grand Rapids, MI at the grand Founders Brewery! Showtime is 9pm, so get there early and get your taste buds going on their fine brew selection!
Oh man, things are really sounding big and bad in the Dirty Bourbon camp with our new friend Adam on the Bone!! So for this edition of BBR, I’m busting out…
Mr. Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hill!
I recently purchased this beauty in Pittsburgh, PA at Dave’s Music Mine (it was down the street from our gig at Club Cafe) and have been listening to it the past few days while we were home. The record is in great shape and it’s got all the hits on there! But it gets even better…all of the tracks are live!! That’s right! Live! The crowd’s cheering before and after each song adds so much to the performances.
Unfortunately though y’all, I’m not able to find any cuts from the album online and I haven’t filmed the record playing at home…so you’re just gonna have to make due with these other cuts of the “Fat Man” in the meantime.
Tonight, we’re in Alpharetta, GA at the beautiful Matilda’s! Showtime is 8:30pm and we’ve got two powerhouse sets ready to go!
1) We’re playing in Athens, GA tonight at the Foundry as part of our Important Things Humans Should Know CD release tour. Grab your tickets here. Show starts at 8pm – we’re playing 2 sets.
2) We have a new 6th member! Adam Lessnau will be joining us as a guest trombonist though the remainder of our Important Things Humans Should Know tour. The brass is booming big now baby. Come dig his chops tonight at the Foundry, or one of our other many tour dates on the left sidebar.
3) Noah’s 10 year beard is getting out of control. He’s only 9 months in, and it already covers bowties and has a tiny refrigerator cabinet were he keeps a conservative assortment of 8 oz sodas. Somebody make it stop…
Hello folks, it’s time for another installment of BBR!
This week I’m pulling out another new record from my birthday bag and going with the classic Rolling Stones’ album, “Sticky Fingers!”
Released in 1971, it’s considered the Stones’ best album having gone triple platinum with hits like “Wild Horses,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” This edition I have features the controversial “zipper” that when unzipped reveals and tiny pair of whitey-tighties compliments of Andy Warhol. (This zipper would eventually be changed because it caused damage to the vinyl during shipment) It’s a wild cover, one that VH1 named the “No. 1 Greatest Album Cover” of all time.
So I hope enjoy this album, I know I certainly do…
Tonight we’re at Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT. The Devil Plays Poker opens up at 8pm. Dirty Bourbon is set to follow! We’ll see y’all there.
* Shoutout to Mike and Amanda for this record. Good people in North Carolina y’all, even if they are Panthers fans..
For today’s edition of BBR, I’m picking my new copy of Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled album. I received this record as a birthday gift last week, and I just can’t stop looking at it.
This vinyl edition marks the 20th Anniversary of the initial album release. As many RATM fans know, the album cover for this release features the historical photograph of the self-immolation of Thich Quang Durc. However, this new XX edition of the album features the image on the vinyl itself.
So because it is Earth Day and because people need a real swift kick in the ass when it comes to caring for our planet, I’ve chosen this album. I hope it lights a fire in you today.
Tonight we’re in Brooklyn, NY at the Brooklyn Bowl opening for folks rockers Cabinet! Show starts at 8pm.
For this edition of BBR I’m gonna share with y’all what some amazing friends gave me last night for Mein Geburtstag.
Amazing friends indeed, that’s Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled album (XX edition), Jack DeJohnette’s Pictures, Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers (with zipper action), and The Great Adventures of Slick Rick! I mean does it get much better than that? ….. No, it doesn’t.
So for today’s featured album I’m sticking with another hip-hop classic, “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick!”
For this next edition of BBR, I’ll be sharing with y’all a hip-hop classic in my collection – Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys.
Noah gave me this record a few years back on my birthday and it’s definitely one of my prized collections.
Easily one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time, the amount of samples used on this album is astounding and credit must be given to the Dust Brothers who used over 105 songs to create the backing tracks. (They were even sued by the Beatles!)
So check out the album that Miles Davis claims to have never grown tired listening to.
Tonight’s the night folks, and it’s a very special one at that! Truly, it is a night for celebrating!!
Yes, if you’re in New Orleans and are looking for a late night party filled with wild and wonderful music, then D.B.A. on Frenchmen St. is where you want to be!
Tonight will be a memorable one folks. A night of firsts and lasts, of introductions and farewells. We have a new album, a damn good album, to finally release! We have new members to introduce. We have new songs to debut! We will have more people on our stage tonight than every before, and the sound will be HUGE!! Tonight will also mark the passing of the torch from Mr Charles “Big Charlie” Skinner to the lovely Sandra Love! We got it all, baby, we got it all!
and about this new album….
For the past year we have been working vigorously to create something new and exciting for ourselves and for you. Now, we have a record that is by far our best, and it’s time for you to have it too.
IMPORTANT THINGS HUMANS SHOULD KNOW!!
Yes folks, tonight will mark the beginning of a new and exciting time in the Dirty Bourbon River Show. New songs, new people, and a new album!