Bob Cheevers has announced a UK tour for 2018 for the 13th time – hopefully a piano won’t fall on his head as he steps off the plane. He will be promoting his epic boxed-set retrospective “Fifty Years” released January of this year in Europe, featuring 83 songs that chronicle his musical journey that includes the writing of over 3000 songs in multiple genres, touring around the world and decades living in the music centers of Memphis, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Austin. Accompanying Cheevers on the tour will be London guitarist Geoff Haves, who with his wife, Janis, will provide tour support as the duo Haves and Haves (which makes you think the Havenots should reunite just so they can do a joint tour called the Haves and Haves and Havenots). Tour dates below. Continue reading “Bob Cheevers announces UK dates for 2018”
A sure sign that you’re getting older is that, having given up new Dylans, the world is now looking for the new Conor Oberst – and on this track off his upcoming EP, Car Crash From an Aerial View, due out next February, Californian Cayden Wemple certainly strays into early Bright Eyes territory. Alienation, apathy, emotional ambivalence. Check, check, check.
Sometimes the frequent gig goer gets lucky and catches a big performance with a full band in a smaller, more intimate venue that results in a truly fabulous night. Rhiannon Giddens, on her latest tour, was clearly playing to 1000+ venues with a 7 piece big name band which must have made very little economic sense in the 400 seat Stables. Built by Cleo Lane and Johnny Dankworth as an intimate jazz venue with phenomenal acoustics, The Stables is a really enjoyable place to see live music – lots of parking and friendly volunteers who staff the hall make it a warm and comfortable music lover’s delight. Giddens has had an amazingly busy year with almost nonstop touring building on the huge success of her Freedom Highway album which was produced by T Bone Burnett and which cemented her departure from the far more roots based Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has really spread her wings and soared, winning multiple awards and even a “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation worth $625k. Continue reading “Rhiannon Giddens + Kaia Kater, The Stables, Milton Keynes, 21st November 2017”
And in this week’s retro slot we have the great Long Ryders, with Sid Griffin on lead vocals, and the classic Gunslinger Man. Filmed in 1986 in Hollywood California. Have a great weekend everyone.