Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Molly Hatchet - Gods And Knights (1984)

It's a sad notion, but then again, it comes for us all. Alas, yet another legendary, first generation Southern Rocker passed away recently. Dave Hlubek of and with Molly Hatchet certainly left a legacy to be proud of. And some foot stompin' fierce Southern Rock to boot. I'll drink and remember, while listening to this hot 1984 live show, also featuring the late great Danny Joe Brown. Flirtin' with Disaster, y'all!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The history of… Knowbody Else! - Glennray Tutor interview for Bands Of Dixie (Original version of the interview published in Bands Of Dixie #111, 2017, fourth trimester)

For a long time, Knowbody Else's discography was limited to the one and only LP released in 1969 on Hip Records, a subsidiary of Stax, to which we didn't clearly know if we had to add or not "Early Times" released in 1974 under the Black Oak Arkansas name. 2012 saw the release of "Soldiers Of Pure Peace". Its content was the band first recordings, done by Jim Dickinson at Ardent Studios between 1967 and 1968 and never before released. This publication would have never been released without the determination of a Knowbody Else's fan, Glennray Tutor, to find those tapes. The interest of this CD is of course musical but however isn't imited to the solely listening of those unearthed archives. Indeed, it is coupled with an important documentary interest due to a high quality booklet written by Glennray Tutor. The information sources about the band being usually contradictories, quite fancifuls and full of errors, make us want to ask Glennray Tutor to tell us about Knowbody Else. Having closely known the band in the sixties and having researched its history, he's probably the best Knowbody Else connoisseur. But Glennray Tutor is also an artist - an internationally-renowned painter - and the interest of his answers go beyond the information they contain, it is also on the specific way, related to his artistic sensibility, he looks at other artists.
English version of the Bands Of Dixie interview with Glennray Tutor

"Early Times" on this blog.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pat Terranova (Rambler) interview for Bands Of Dixie (English version of the interview published in Bands Of Dixie #109, 2016, second trimester.)

Bands Of Dixie has the mission to introduce the emerging bands, those who represent the succession of the seventies famous names that everyone expects in the Southern rock community. With Blackberry Smoke we obviously hold a band to which a very few is missing – just not to be born at the right time – to play in the big leagues. Just behind is a handful of bands excepting to become its challengers. There is – I should say there was - Swamp da Wamp and Rambler that, with his second album "This Town Is Not Pretty", has obviously reached the next level. A very fine album whose perpetrators deserve to be on the cover of our magazine. Interview with its leader Pat Terranova ... 

English version of the Bands Of Dixie interview with Pat Terranova.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Henry Paul and Billy Crain interviews for Bands Of Dixie (English version of the interview published in issue #108, first trimester of 2016)

The announcement of the Henry Paul Band's original players reunion for two shows with the current Outlaws band joined by some of his "historical" band members has caused a huge excitement in the Bands Of Dixie editorial team. Just imagine: the Outlaws, probably the most exciting of the still active legendary bands, offered one of the most exciting family reunion with his putative brother: the Henry Paul Band! Band Of Dixie had the duty to question the figures (Billy Crain here and Henry Paul) involved in what is almost one of the great events of the "Outlaws Family" history!

English version of the Bands Of Dixie interview with Henry Paul

English version of the Bands Of Dixie interview with Billy Crain

Friday, June 02, 2017

Gregg Allman Band - Nashville '88 (1988)

To me, Gregg Allman was the main man of Southern Rock. Brother, what a shocker to learn of his recent passing. And to think I passed up my last chance to go see him live last year, because of other obligations, hoping to catch him next year or so. Well, not. Anyway, I guess most of you feel pretty much the same way I do. What a legacy, what a voice, such beautiful musical contributions over 50 years. To offer some small consolation (thanks Jean!), here is a pretty cool live show from 1988 of Gregg performing at The Cannery in Nashville, TN. It's an FM broadcast, so the recording is actually quite good and crisp sounding. Gregg, I'm gonna miss you. Still got your music, though. And a new one coming up soon? Let's hope it's a burner (I believe it could very well be!). Until then, get some Sweet Feeling.