Every once in a while, we get missives from the road. Now, our bands do not travel in Gold-plated buses, or fly from show to show in planes with nekked ladies spray painted on them. No, these are working musicians. Emphasis on work.
Here, then, is one little tale from Jeremy, the bass player from Whitey Morgan and the 78s. Enjoy the harrowing glamour:Read full piece
Meatpaper is a wonderful publication out of San Francisco that explores the love and art of meat. So when they called for readers to submit essays on "The Worst Meat I Ever Ate" to be published in their fall issue (out now), Rob Miller answered the call (after being nudged by JP to submit). For some reason, Meatpaper passed on Rob's essay, and JP was fired as Rob's literary agent.
Whatever the case was for the rejection, here's the unpublished essay:Read full piece
Videos! Interviews! Rather than post separately, here are the nifty bits 'o' media oddness that crossed our virtual desks today (well, maybe not TODAY, but I'm finally getting around to them.)
--HA HA TONKA: Most people assume that life on the road is one of glamour and comfort. Well, HHT shows just how TRUE THIS IS with THIS hilarious (yet sadly accurate) little video on Digital Tour Bus about their trusty (well, not so trusty, but that's another story) van. SWOON ALERT: Luke Long is shirtless throughout the video. See how REAL musicians travel...
--JON LANGFORD: While Jon girds himself of his upcoming EAST COAST tour, we thought we'd wet your musical whistle with THIS video posted on Time Out Chicago of him and band performing acoustic "Getting Used To Uselessness" from his latest fab slab Old Devils
--SCOTT H BIRAM: Someone thought it would be smart to put SHB on TV in Austin. Check THIS out, man. Scott's covering Don Walser, yodels his ass off in a Black Flag T and camo trucker cap after being intro'd by the squeaky clean super square TV host.
--BEN WEAVER: A fantastic feature on Aquarium Drunkard. It's called Diversions and covers artists waxing about subjects other than performing. Ben talks about meeting the great southern author Larry Brown
WHEW! That oughtta keep you all occupied for AT LEAST an hour at "work"
• Justin Townes Earle has announced his UK & Ireland tour dates for 2011.
• The Silos are streaming EVERY ONE OF THE ALBUMS IN ITS ENTIRETY on their website at:www.thesilos.net! These masterpieces of American music are not to be missed, and they are now all available for your edification.
• Friend of Bloodshot, Martin Atkins, will be presenting a "Band Tune Up" in Madison on Saturday, November 13. When you register and use the code "BloodshotRocks," you'll get a free consultation with Martin.
That's right, brothers and sisters. Supersucker Brother Number One has got a new solo record "in the can" (as we say in the biz) and it's ready to sock it to your eardrums in February 2011.
It's called Sundowner and Eddie still wears his love of country and a good party on his flannel sleeve. In addition to originals, there are killer covers of Dean Martin, Del Reeves, Dave Dudley and those C&W crooners The Dwarves!
In another installment of "The Struggles of the Road" Whitey Morgan and the boys had to cancel a show today at a venue that shall not be named in a city that shall not be named.
Why? They were notified at the last minute of certain stipulations regarding their performance:
1. No drinking. Period.
2. No stickers, emblems or writing on gear cases.
3. Must use electronic drum kit that they provide.
As their bass player Jeremy says "What, we were supposed to buy new cases for our gear? And the electronic drum kit ... Jesus, I'd have to kick my own ass."
Just so you don't think it's all tour buses and buffet trays out there ...
And we couldn't agree more about the electronic drums.
Here's a couple of announcements from one of our favorite commercial stations in the world, our own WXRT:
Elvis Costello with Alejandro Escovedo:
Performing a career-spanning, once in a lifetime one-man show, Elvis Costello is coming to the historic Chicago Theatre for The XRT/Bud Light BIG Holiday Concert December 20, with special guest Alejandro Escovedo. Tickets go on sale to the public 10am Monday 11/22 thru Ticketmaster and The Chicago Theatre box office.
Justin Townes Earle at the Metro
Justin Townes Earle is playing an XRT Show at Metro on February 10th! Tickets are onsale Friday at 10am but VIPs can use their points to win a pair of freebies.
You have been warned.
We've got more than 90 titles discounted right now during our annual holiday blowout—and you might feel a little overwhelmed with all the fantastic options for aural merriment we have. So, why not start with some of our staff picks from the sale? Check out what Nan, Rob and the rest of the Bloodshot crew have highlighted!Read full piece