Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Saturday night my buddy Buzzard, Cuz and I went to see Mike Plume at the Almanac on Whyte Avenue here in Edmonton. This was my 11th time seeing Mike Plume in concert. This was a solo Plume show, so just him and his guitar, an old beat up guitar too. Don't believe I had ever seen him perform using this one before. Anyways, the Almanac is a small intimate venue that probably don't hold more then say sixty people. So the place was full, but not stupid packed like the last time I saw him play this same venue this time last year.
Mike played for two hours with no breaks other then telling a story between songs or taking requests, which means no set list. It also means you never see or hear Mike play the same show twice, one of the many reasons I have seen Mike in concert so many times.
He started the show with the song "Five Crow Silver" and ended the show with a song I requested "Steel Belted Radio", Thanks Mike!!! Other songs played were some of the usual's "830 Newfoundland", "Hey Hey What D'Ya Say", "Red And White Blues" and one of my favorites his Stompin' Tom Connors Tribute song "So Long Stompin' Tom" which has the line "when you see my Mom in the front row, tell her I'm doin' alright" that line always brings a tear to my eye, and it looked to me like Mike may have teared up a bit while singing that line on this night.
Another song he did was from his Table For One album, in which he dedicated to his Mom was " The Best Job I Ever Had". A great song. This was another phenomenal show by Mike Plume. What blows me away is how this man is not a huge music star in this country. Great song writing, great guitar playing and all around awesome performer. Good times!!!
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Just finished reading this incredible book One Way Out The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band wrote by Alan Paul.
This is a great book about the history of the Allman Brothers Band. The writer Alan Paul has been the senior editor for Guitar World. This book seems like it wrote its self as each surviving member of the band has their say on the story of the band even the roadies who have been a part of the band crew forever get their say. From their start in Florida when Duane Allman was the leader to after his passing when Dicky Betts seemed to take the leadership role. There is no beating around the bush in this book. With members telling their take on the story. From Dicky being a mean drunk and control freak, to Gregg Allman's battle with substance abuse, to the murder charge a roadie got after confronting a club owner after the band not being paid, where he stabbed the man to death. Gregg being called a narc after a drug bust. And all the ups and downs this band has been through over the years.
It really is a fascinating story and read as this band over the past 45 years have had their share of ups and downs between members dying, line up changes, yet still putting out decent music for the most part.
The book I have is an updated version from the original release, but even since then, the drummer Butch Trucks has committed suicide just this year. So the story of this band never stops. Sad sometimes what has gone on with the Allman Brothers Band but like I say a very interesting story.
If you are a fan of the band this is a must read. Even if your not a fan, this is still a great read and may have you looking and listening to the band great history. Well worth reading. The definitive book on the Allman Brothers Band.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Sad to hear the news this afternoon of the passing of blues legend, and most awesome harmonica player James Cotton. He passed at the age of 81 in Austin, Texas of pneumonia. I was lucky that I got to see him open for another blues great Johnny Winter here in Edmonton at Polish Hall on February 25th 2011. After his opening set, James Cotton took the time to meet and greet his fans. I got his CD "Giant" autographed.
Monday, March 6, 2017
On Friday night my buddy Buzzard, Char and I went to the Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Acoustic concert at the Jubilee Auditorium here in Edmonton. This was my first time seeing both Lyle and John. What really made me want to see this show was John Hiatt, being a big fan of his song writing and playing.
The show was two and half hours long with no intermission, with no big production just the two of them sitting on chairs with a table between them and taking turns playing songs on acoustics. It was two buddies hanging out telling stories and playing songs, my complaint is that there was too much talking between songs with the stories not really being relevant to the songs. At times I just wanted to yell "shut up and play a song". There was one story I liked, it was one that John Hiatt told about hanging backstage at a Bonnie Raitt show with Ramblin' Jack Elliot. John of course being at the show to duet with Bonnie on the song "Thing Called Love", that John wrote. It was a great story and actually built up to the song.
I did recognize a few of Lyle Lovett's songs, more then I was expecting. But it was Hiatt's songs that kept me somewhat enthused. He is a very respected song writer, with many an artist covering his songs. Some of the songs have a bluesy feel and some humour in a few of them and of course a country feel to many of them. All and all I found the show to be a bit on the boring side. Glad I got to see John but think I would enjoy him more with a full band backing him up. Good times!!!
Setlist for Edmonton show.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
On Saturday night Cuz and I went to The Buckingham for the Wet Secrets, Napalmpom and Cham show. The main reason I went to this show was to finally see Napalmpom live.
The night started with Edmonton pop punk band Cham, which did absolutely nothing for me. Not my cup of tea and really didn't think they were all that good period.
Next up was Calgary band Napalmpom. This is a band that my brother turned me onto a few years ago when he bought me their first album "The Unconditional Love of Napalmpom" for Xmas. I really liked the album but never got out to see them play live. Well, Saturday night was my chance. My Bro. had told me they were really good live and he sure the hell wasn't kidding.
Napalmpom's show Saturday was an album release concert. Having just released their second album "The Core Competencies Of Napalmpom". The band which consists of P.J. Lavergne on vocals, Shawn Petsche on guitar, Craig Evans on guitar, Ian Baker on bass and Matthew Bayliff on drums fucking kicked ass. A great rock n' roll band which reminds me of Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and The Who all mixed together making for some kick ass rock n' roll. I was very impressed with the sound energy the way the guys fed off of each other, you could tell the guys were having a lot of fun performing to a near sold out crowd, although bass player Ian was feeling under the weather, the rest of the band really brought it. P.J. on vocals is excellent. I can't wait to see these guys again. Canada's AC/DC!
Headliner of the evening was Edmonton band Wet Secrets. This was my second time seeing them in concert. The crowd had thinned out a bit after Napalmpom. Didn't stop the Wet Secrets from putting on a good show. The six piece band that dress in matching marching band outfits, this time they were in black outfits, as last time I saw them they were in red.
The band is led by Lyle Bell who also plays in Shout Out Out Out Out, with two ladies that play horns and sing back up vocals and dance and look good all while doing this. There is also another guy on sax, a drummer and keyboard player. I guess you could call the music dance rock with a real heavy bass feel mixed with horns. I find it to be a fun style of music.
Wet Secrets opened the show with the song "Grow Your Own Fucking Mustache Asshole" from their album Rock Fantasy. They have some great song titles, another one they did was "I Teabagged Myself" as well as "Get Your Shit Together" and "What's The Fucking Point" from their Free Candy album. They are a fun entertaining band to see. Check them out if you don't mind quirky weird dance slash bass heavy rock. Good times!!!
The Wet Secrets.
The new Napamlpom album The Core Competencies of Napalmpom.
A cool patch that guitar player Shawn Petsche gave me.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Today's seven inch single is from T Rex. A couple of weeks ago while digging through some used records and a local record store I came across the 1970 Tyrannosaurus Rex album A Beard Of Stars that was released on Blue Thumb Records. Included with this release is the seven inch single that features the two songs "Ride A White Swan" and "Summertime Blues". I was happy just finding the album never mind the single still with it.
Ride A White Swan.
Ride A White Swan.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Last Saturday Janis and I went to the Sam Roberts Band and Hollerado double bill at the Winspear Centre here in Edmonton, courtesy of Bullfrog Power.
The opening band Hollerado is an indie power pop band from Ottawa. A band I had never heard til this show. While they were alright, certainly nothing I would rush out to buy or go out of my way to see again. The band was energetic and at times reminded me a little bit of Weezer. Lead singer Menno Versteeg was all over the stage trying his best to get the crowd in to it. It seemed there were a lot of women that knew and liked them as they were up dancing and singing along. He did a pretty good job considering most in the audience didn't know who they were.
This was my fifth time seeing Sam Roberts Band in concert, and having seen them that many times, I knew what I was in for. A good blue collar rock n' roll show. Sam is out on tour in support of his latest album Terraform.
Why this tour was booked in mostly soft seat venues is beyond me. To me Sam Roberts should be playing general admission shows where people can swill beers and dance.
The band opened with the title track from the new album which sounded good, as I am not familiar with the new stuff. There were some older tunes from the "We Were Born in a Flame" album played that I knew much better, songs like "Brother Down","Hard Road", "Where Have All The Good People Gone?" and "Don't Walk Away Eileen" the members of Hollerado came out to help on this one. All those songs got a great reaction from the crowd with everyone singing along, especially too "Good People Gone". I never realized how repetitive that song really is. I used to like that song but have to say, not so much anymore.
Sam and the band rocked it out pretty good, not as good as the show I saw last summer at the outdoor Interstellar Rodeo Festival, but still good. I found the stage lighting to be dark. The band was tight, and looked to be enjoying themselves on stage. I noticed he had a horn player with him this time too, maybe he was there last summer too, not sure, but I noticed this time, he added a new twist to a few songs. Sam didn't have a lot of interaction with the audience during the show, until the end, when he jumped off the stage and shook hands and high fived those in the front row, and then made his way down the aisles to the back of the venue.
All and all it was a good show. Good times!!!
Sam Roberts Band.