Delbert McClinton Talks Music and Memories with Tim Camp – Listen Here

delbertmcclinton12-x600Delbert McClinton and Jimmy Hall and Friends are performing at the Dauphin Island Seagrass Series September 21st, 2013. More details Here.

“Music’s always been a dominant force for me.”

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Delbert McClinton’s been doing the blues for quite a many years. Playing behind some of the original players like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Sonny Boy Williams while he was in the Straitjackets. Delbert says he ‘was in the right place at the right time, that’s where and when and what I learned, and still do” He says he loves all kinds of music including music from the 30’s and 40’s, the swing music and that stuff. It that just warms him and takes him back to his childhood, growing up in the 40’s with war music. “Music’s always been a dominant thing for me.”

Delbert McClinton The Beatles
Delbert McClinton with the Beatles, before they were big stars. Lennon learned about harmonica playing from Delbert.

Delbert relayed a childhood memory from Armistice day: “I had a wonderful childhood, but we didn’t have any money, but I didn’t know that, I didn’t care. I remember Armistice Day when everyone was so excited about the end of the war. I was sitting on the porch with my grandmother and a soldier came by, stopped, took off his tie and gave it to me and kept walking. At that time my Dad was in a military hospital because he broke his back. Momma and I went to Louisiana to the military base. People were in tents, armed guards everywhere and German prisoners of war. I was just a kid, didn’t really know what was going on, but it was exciting and the memory still stays.”

One of Delbert’s recent releases ‘Acquired Taste’ does have that upbeat, positive swinging influence. He reunited with his songwriting partner of the 70’s, Glen Clark, to record the latest album. It took about ten days to record and mix the record in California, but it just did not sound right. So they all went to Mexico for a week to write some more, returned to the studio and recorded the album in two days.

Delbert says he always enjoyed writing with Glen, swapping ideas and learning more about songwriting. One of the big things he learned is “not to be afraid to be humbled.” His lyrics are more on the upbeat positive side because he hates sad endings and songs without hope.

seagrass-concert series september 21Tim and Delbert joked about the folks that have “too much stuff,” Delbert described some of the things he has that aren’t needed, like old hotel keys, enough ‘to build a three room house’.

The 72 year old life-long musician says he’s now at the age where he doesn’t make music to try to impress anyone, he just does it for the love of music.

Hear more about Delbert’s songwriting process, working with Glenn and his roots in the blues in the above player.

 

Willie Sugarcapps, a Sweet Combination of Pure, Authentic Talent

Willie Sugarcapps live at Callaghans (Michelle Carol Stancil, Southern Rambler)Like an old live oak tree, the numerous roots of Willie Sugarcapps run far, deep and wide, yet are all connected to one source, coastal Alabama.
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Be sure to check out the brilliant confectionary combination live at  92ZEW’s special CD Release FREE SHOW, Live Simulcast, Tues. August 20 at the Soul Kitchen.  

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August 20 is the official release date for the highly anticipated debut CD of Willie Sugarcapps, a group of stellar players individually, who’ve come together during a sort of homecoming and created a piece of work worthy of longevity with authentic slices of life and sounds from their respective hometowns on coastal Alabama.

Willie Sugarcapps cd release show at Soul Kitchen with  92ZEW
Willie Sugarcapps cd release show at Soul Kitchen with 92ZEW

The band consists of some southern Alabama favorites, former Mobilian, now Nashvillian Will Kimbrough (who’s collaborated with Jimmy Buffett and Emylou Harris among others), Grayson Capps (full music credit in the John Travolta film ‘Love Song for Bobby Long’), Sugarcane Jane’s Anthony Crawford (Neil Young guitarist and well-known songwriter), and his partner Savannah Crawford, with that sweet magnolia voice and the highly sought after jazz/blues/rock guitarist Corky Hughes.

They came together at the rural haven, the Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm (inspired by Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, where musicians of different backgrounds and genres are invited to perform together, noodle with new sounds, and just jam for music’s sake).   Each member takes on more than one role, leadsinger, songwriter, mandolin, violin, and guitar players that create a delicious pot of gumbo any chef would be proud of (or a box of chocolates). The fine production skills of Grammy Award winner Trina Shoemaker (whose credits include Queens of the Stone Age and Sheryl Crow) along with Willy Sugarcapps impeccably make the album come alive with spicy undertones and baritones complimenting the lyrics, creating a vivid imagery that pulls the listener in. . with , letting the stories and their emotions shine through.

 Each one carries their weight in songwriting and playing, yet the combined talent and experience form an instant pinnacle that soars higher than the simple stacking of their parts.

Anthony Crawford of Willie Sugarcapps live at Callaghans (pic by Michelle Carol Stancil of Southern Rambler)
Anthony Crawford of Willie Sugarcapps live at Callaghans (pic by Michelle Carol Stancil of Southern Rambler)

 

Americana Rock with some footstomping sing-a-longs and gentle tales of family, love. and life on the road, their debut record intertwines the deep south with the ebbs and flows, we all know, sometimes somber, other times gloriously happy, just like life. From the jigging sounds of Mr. Lee, who turns 93 today, to the pending doom of trouble rolling around the bend like a long passenger train screaming into the station. Southern places and southern troubles come to life as you feel the slow unending current of the river flow over you in “Mud Bottom” or drink the poison of the BP oil spill in “Poison” (Capps re-worked his NOLA romper with tongue in cheek reflections of the after-effects of the spill.)  On stage the energy of this quintet is not to be denied.

Definitely a must-see and a must-listen. Many congratulatory props to those who brought this brilliant project together.

Willie Sugarcapps on Amazon
 

 

Watch out (Microsoft) there is a new computer desktop on the horizon

As an avid linux user I have watched with some amusement the conversation among linux users about how or if linux will ever become

a mainstream computer desktop platform. Well I can now tell you the answer is NO, and Yes.

If my Yes answer turns out to be correct it not only will become mainstream, it may just blow Microsoft windows out of the game, at least for some while.

If this happens it will take mucho investment, a huge change, and time for Microsoft to reamerge.

I know you’re thinking I’m nuts to think linux could overtake Windows. This is where the  no and yes part comes in.

The consumer won’t know it’s linux, In fact they will fall for it almost immediately , like the warm embrace of an old friend.

The OS will be linux under the hood, but the user will see it as the OS they have learned to love on their cell phone and tablet, yes Android.

Android with all the apps they have grown fond of, with quickness way beyond the tablet or phone, and an ease of use for daily computing that can hardly be matched.

How do I know this? Because I am using Android on my pc to write this. It all started the way many things in the open source world start, with just a notion

to see how Android would look and feel on a desktop platform and thanks to the folks at Android X86 it is becoming reality.

When I first checked in on the Android X86 project back around Android 1.5 it was really just an amusement, but now running Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich

on my Lenovo laptop, all I can say is wow! It screams with speed, is easy to use with a wheel mouse and after collecting the right set of apps from the Google Play store

does everything I need for daily computing and being app based makes it easier and more intuitive to use.

Yes there are still some apps that won’t run on this platform and there are a few bugs, but I think once Google decides to make this work, it will

and the rest will be history as they say. Want to give it a test drive yourself? surf on over to androidx86.org and check it out.

Caution, you need to know what you are doing and have supported hardware at this stage, but soon I predict you will see this OS on many a users desktop.

Video: 12th Bar Band

12th Bar Band -- Corkey Hughes, Mark Pfaff, Tim Camp and John MilhamBeach Blues & BBQ at the Hangout

with their new houseband, The 12th Bar Band,

featuring Corky Hughes, Mark Pfaff, John Milham, Tim Camp).

First gig was last Sunday (Aug. 7).

Returning Aug. 14 with NOLA soula band, The Revivalists.

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Tim Camp

Tim Camp

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Tim Camp is a native Mobilian. Growing up in the port city, he was exposed to all influences of music, from the delta blues to rock, country to soul to New Orleans jazz. Tim got his start in radio at a young age working for Bernie Dittman and a new WABB. He later went on to start his own radio station with the sign on of the first FM Sports/Talk station in the area…105.5 – WNSP in 1993.

Tim and his partners went on to aquire WZEW in 2002 and brought The Zew back to Mobile. He is also a professional musician, playing keyboards for many local bands throughout the years.

Catch Tim and 92 Blues every Sunday from Noon til 3pm, playing you the best Blues around.

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