I wanted to caught up with some of the music news that I have come across so far this month. First, I will admit it – I am a fan of pub rock music. Brinsley Schwarz, Duck Deluxe, the Motors – yeah, bands you probably know little, if any, about. Eggs Over Easy is the band credited as one of the pioneers of this musical sub-genre. They were an American band who found themselves in England in the early ‘70s. During 1971, they had a regular gig at the Hope & Anchor pub in London and their slightly twangy, slightly soulful rock won over a bunch of local musicians who then started their own bands – thus the start of pub rock. I mention all of this because Yep Roc is releasing a 2-CD Eggs Over Easy retrospective, Good ‘N’ Cheap, on June 24, which will make this group’s music a little more accessible.
Here’s their tune “Pistol On A Shelf”
In more Yep Rock news, Fountains of Wayne lead singer Chris Collingwood has done his first solo outing. Look Park, which is due July 22, is produced by Mitchell Froom and features the vet. rhythm section of bassist Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams) and drummer Michael Urbano (Ron Sexsmith, Todd Rundgren). Collingwood’s bandmate, Adam Schlesinger served as producer for the upcoming Monkees album Good Times, their first new studio album in 20 years, come out on Rhino on Friday.
On June 24, ATO Records and Round Records will put out GarciaLive Volume Six: July 5, 1973 – Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders. This 3-CD collection captures the two playing in a small club in Marin County, CA. Playing with them are drummer Bill Vitt and bassist John Kahn. This show occurred days before they played a concert that was immortalized as Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders: Live at Keystone.
Merl Sanders & Jerry Garcia
In more archival concert news, Concord Bicycle Music has teamed up with Blackbird Presents to release a trio of live recordings: The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration, Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia (both via Rounder Records) and The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music (to be issued via Concord Records).
Rhino continues its Mac attack with a deluxe reissue of Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage on July 29. The 1982 release will be available in a single CD format, a 2-CD set (with a disc of b-sides and rarities) and the big 3-disc collection (that includes a disc of live recordings).
Back in January, an all-star concert saluted Joan Baez, who turns 75 this year. The show, with included David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples and Richard Thompson, was recorded by PBS, who will broadcast the event on its Great Performances series this summer.
On July 3, Carole King will perform her seminal album Tapestry in its entirety in London’s Hyde Park. Among her guests will be Don Henley and King’s daughter Louise Goffin (who will be releasing a retrospective of her own work on July 1).
One of my favorite songwriters Lori McKenna has a new album due July 29. The Bird & The Rifle, produced by the seemingly omnipresent Dave Cobb, is the follow up to the splendid Numbered Doors, which came out in 2014. Esmé Patterson, who so impressed on her solo debut Woman To Woman as well as her work with Shakey Graves, will release her latest effort, the wonderful We Were Wild on June 10 via Grand Jury. And have I mentioned that Elizabeth Cook’s Exodus of Venus is coming out June 17? Take a listen to her new tune “Methadone Blues.”
John Gorka is putting out his debut album, sort of. In 1987, Gorka’s debut I Know came out. However, in 1985, he recorded what he thought would be his first album with producer Jim Rooney. On July 22, Red House (which released I Know) will put out Before Beginning, The Unreleased I Know – Nashville, 1985, which contains these previously unreleased recordings.
On Aug. 5, Gov’t Mule unveils some previously unreleased material. The Tel-Star Sessions (Evil Teen Records) will present the band’s first demos, recorded at Bradenton, Florida’s Tel-Star Studios in June of 1994, and features their original lineup: Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts.
Tompkins Square has reissued a pair of albums done by super cult singer/songwriter Bob Brown in the early ‘70s – The Wall I Built Myself (1970) and Willoughby’s Lament (1971). Both were put out on a label Richie Havens had (Stormy Forest) and Havens produced the two albums too. There’s an interesting article on him on dcist.com: http://dcist.com/2016/05/the_hospitality_of_music_bob_brown.php
In the crowd-sourcing category. Deb Talen, one half of the Weepies, has created a kickstarter campaign for a solo effort. You can learn more at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/debtalan/deb-talan-lucky-girl-the-weepies-singers-solo-reco/.
The Daptone folks are working on a documentary Living on Soul about their label – which should make for a terrific movie – and they too have a kickstarter campaign for it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/192634647/living-on-soul-a-daptone-records-film?token=c86e28ff/.
The benefit album, Welcome To Desperate Times, has had a successful Pledge Music fund drive. The album will raise money for a charity: water, a non-profit that brings clean, safe drinking water to developing countries. It will have acts like Hayes Carll, Kelly Willis, Ben Kweller, Slobberbone, Those Darlins, Sarah Jaffe and Monte Warden & Chip Kinman covering the songs of the Old 97’s. Look for it before the end of the year.
July 29 is the date for the new one from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel is the type of eclectic Americana you would expect from these guys, which now has a new drummer in Tony Leone (who has played with Ollabelle and Levon Helm). The veteran wild roots rock band Slim Cessna’s Auto Club will offer up their latest The Commandments According to SCAC on Sept. 2. Cass McCombs has signed with Anti Records, which means that there should be a new offering from this acclaimed singer/songwriter somewhere down the road.
Heroes of Toolik
Heroes of Toolik has been described as “an off-kilter, post-punk super group,” and that is pretty accurate. These Heroes include guitarist Arad Evans (who played with Glenn Branca), bassist Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers, The Necessaries) and drummer Billy Ficca (Television, The Waitresses). Their sophomore effort, Like Night, arrives in August and was produced by Wharton Tiers (Helmet, Sonic Youth, New York Dolls).
The Stone Roses released a new tune (“All For One”), which is their first new song in over two decades and they are supposedly working on a full length that Columbia will put out in America. There are some more concrete details on the upcoming Jeff Beck release. Loud Hailer. Due July 15 on Atco, it features Beck playing with a lineup featuring singer Rosie Bones, guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, drummer Davide Sollazzi and bassist Giovanni Pallotti. It’s the same week that his limited edition book, BECK01, which is packed with rare photos and memorabilia, will be published.
Coming out on DVD June 14 is a decidedly quirky 2001 cult film Southlander that might not be notable except that it features music performances by Beck, Beth Orton, Hank Williams III and the late jazz drummer Billy Higgins as well as having appearances from Laura Prepon, Ione Sky, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs and Elliott Smith.
Kesha did a really impressive rendition of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” when Ben Folds had her join him during his L.A. show on May 18. Check it out here:
This July the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit on the Zac Brown Band, which will be up for a year. It will showcase the band’s stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and other memorabilia.
And congratulations to Billboard for creating the Americana/Folk Album Sales chart. Hard to believe but Americana had not been a sales chart until now.