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Aug 252014
 
2014_catts_brownbag-250x386Catt’s long-running free lunchtime show series continues this fall in Mobile, Daphne and Fairhope on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively.

Some of the local artists slated to play include Ryan Balthrop, Deluxe Trio, Excelsior Band and more.  The series kicks off September 3 with Leonard Houston.

As is customary, the same artist will play all three shows in the from 11:30am to 1:30.

Wednesdays – Brownbag in Bienville Square, downtown Mobile (sponsored in part by City of Mobile Special Events)

Thursdays – Mayday Park in Daphne

Fridays – Fairhope Windmill Market

For more info, check RadioAvalon.com, or the Events section here.

 Posted by on August 25, 2014
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92ZEW is thrilled to add ATO Records’ artist and New Orleanian, Benjamin Booker, to its fall lineup of Free Concerts.  Booker will be playing the annual Soul Kitchen/92ZEW Halloween Bash.  Yet another new ZEW artist that music critics are buzzing about.
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Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut album is out now on ATO Records. Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter, influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex.

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“A fierce debut.” – Rolling Stone

“Contender for rock record of the year.” – SPIN

“a raucous, unruly mix of punk, blues rock and soul” – New York Times

“The suavest kid in Southern Rock.” – GQ

“If you’ve not heard of Benjamin Booker yet, get ready.” – NPR

When Benjamin Booker played Lollapalooza, Rolling Stone named him the weekend’s Best Rock Star Moment (“though Lollapalooza is always filled with countless rock acts, Booker may have been the strongest and most refreshing”). When he played Newport Folk Fest, Billboard named him the second best performance of the entire event (“a tight, raucous set that comes with enough well-placed gaps in the riffage onslaught to highlight his searching, soulful lyrics”). When he toured opening for Jack White, Jack brought him back out during his own set for a show-closing guitar duel.

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 Posted by on August 23, 2014
Aug 222014
 
92ZEW is bringing another artist on the rise for its Free Concert Series. New West Recording Artist NIKKI LANE, whose outlaw rock n roll album, produced by Black Key Dan Aurbach, is turning critics’ ears. See Nikki Lane for free September 12 at the Hangout, Gulf Shores with 92ZEW.
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Nikki Lane turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, crafting songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar.nikki_lane_free-show-300x530.jpg

Her upcoming album, tentatively titled Seein’ Double—produced by, yes, Dan Auerbach—is one of Nashville’s most anticipated releases. “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record,” she says. “There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on.”

Born in South Carolina, Lane moved to New York City and, after a messy breakup, picked up a guitar and set her sights on a music career. But the cost of living in New York proved to be too high an obstacle, so she turned to Nashville, a city she had visited extensively. “I was hell bent on living in a big city and I just couldn’t work up the nerve to come back to the South,” she says. “[When I did,] Nashville was the obvious choice for me because of my fondness for it.”

Once in town, she released the 2011 album Walk of Shame to rave reviews, as well as opening High Class Hillbilly, a pop-up vintage clothing stall, where a chance meeting with Auerbach turned into a full-fledged partnership. “During the first round of recordings, I was in an awkward mood every night I left the studio,” she says. “It was hard for me to trust that Dan was right when he said I should move a verse around or add an extra chorus. He pushed to find the right feel for each track one by one, and a few months later I found myself with a damn good record.”

 

 

 

 

 Posted by on August 22, 2014
Aug 222014
 
Ray LaMontagne Supernova Biography
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Ten years ago Ray LaMontagne released his first album, TROUBLE, the gold-certified start to a fiercely ambitious, Grammy Award-winning, critically praised career that’s encompassed three more albums, several EPs, a slew of soundtrack compilations and arresting live performances fronting a variety of ensembles.

92ZEW presents Ray LaMontagne with special guest he Belle Brigade live at Saenger Theatre Tues. Oct. 28

92ZEW presents Ray LaMontagne with special guest The Belle Brigade live at Saenger Theatre Tues. Oct. 28 Details

And LaMontagne is still having fun all these years later — and with his fifth album, SUPERNOVA, maybe more fun than ever.

“Fun is a trite word. I kind of hate to use it — but at the same time, I don’t know how else to say it,” LaMontagne says of the 10-song set, which was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and recorded at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville. “It was just an enjoyable process. These songs reflect just my joy of songwriting, what I enjoy about writing songs. they feel free to me. I didn’t have to go searching around through cupboards to find the missing pieces; all the puzzle bits would just sort of burst to life in front of me. I just grabbed them and pieced them together and then would be surprised at what was in front of me — like, ‘Wow, that’s cool!’

“It’s an experience unlike any other I’ve had making a record.”

SUPERNOVA indeed bursts with a spirited bonhomme and a rocking, technicolor-tinged energy that’s different from its four predecessors. The title track and first single is a grooving, Nuggets-style burst of neo-psychedelia in which LaMontagne’s high register sounds hoarse with pleasure over the explosive power of love. “She’s the One” is a bold, punchy, swirling rocker, while “Lavender,” “Julia” and “Smashing” are soaked in lava lamp melodies and day-glo grooves. LaMontagne and the crack band Auerbach assembled for the SUPERNOVA lay back into rustic, rootsy territory during “Ojai” and “Drive-in Movies,” while “Airwaves” rides a light samba rhythm and “No Other Way” is a love ballad replete with trippy images.

And “Pick Up a Gun” is SUPERNOVA’s noir epic, from its martial cadence to its airy ambience and lush keyboard textures.

“The whole record was written that way. It was playful and really wonderful. It felt the way it feels in the beginning, when you’re first writing songs. They’re not precious in any way. It’s just a joyful, emotional truth, not like anything that’s being dredged up. I just ran with it, man. It was a great feeling.”

Excerpt from “Ray LaMontagne Supernova Biography” By: Gary Graff

 Posted by on August 22, 2014
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social-games-free-concert92ZEW’s New Artist Showcase features two bands in one weekend at The Hangout on the beach during the National Kickball Championship Series.
Join the ZEW Krewe August 15 and 16 for two national recording artists that rock, 7Horse and 28North.  And Underhill Family Orchestra and Go Down Moses plays 2nd 2sday this week at Lap’s Grocery & Grill on the Causeway, another free show.

 Posted by on August 11, 2014