Friday, October 30, 2009
This weekend on the All Memphis Music Specialty Show, we'll feature the new CD from Star & Micey, on the Ardent Music label . The band went in to Ardent Records with us and gave background details about the new CD. We think you're gonna like this new CD and we're going to play it in it's entirety.
It was a dark night, like many before it in Memphis, Tennessee. Joshua Andrew Cosby walked home from rehearsal with his guitar, case-less, slung over his back. A local homeless man flagged him down, not for money but for a story.
He explained to Cosby how he had written a song about his ex-wife Micey. There, on that dimly lit street occurred an exchange, two men playing each other songs of heartbreak and the ultimate sacrifice. Upon parting ways, this man revealed his name to be Star. That name became the fixture for one of Memphis’ most inventive bands: Star & Micey.
Its core members are listed as two brothers without the same last name, Geoff Smith and Joshua Cosby. It was merely coincidence that Cosby later met Nick Redmond at a local pub and began a relationship based on music and above all, brotherhood.
Star & Micey’s self titled debut album features a revolving door of fantastic musicians including Luther Dickinson (The Black Crowes, North Mississippi Allstars), Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Rick Steff (Cat Power, Lucero), just to name a few. However, when the sun sets, it is Cosby, Smith, and Redmond that work relentlessly night after night while remaining poor. Hopefully, the music they make can transcend material possessions, and exhibit something that is always tangible between these three troubadours; that thing is love.
Star & Micey is…
JOSHUA COSBY – Guitar, Lead Vocals
GEOFF SMITH – Bass, Vocals
NICK REDMOND – Lead Guitar
The Specialty Show will air this Friday night October 30th at 10:00 pm (CST Memphis Time) and will repeat on Saturday morning October 31 at 10:00 am (CST Memphis Time.)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
All Memphis Music Is Proud To Feature Our Monthly CD Pick, "THINGS ABOUT COMIN' MY WAY", a Tribute to the MISSISSIPPI SHEIKS.
The CD is a tribute to the music of seminal blues group the Mississippi Sheiks, "Things About Comin’ My Way", featuring all-new recordings from such blues and roots stars as John Hammond, Geoff Muldaur, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Frisell, the North Mississippi Allstars, Madeleine Peyroux, Danny Barnes, Kelly Joe Phelps, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The CD also includes a song featuring an elaborate string arrangement by Mississippi native and elusive pop icon Van Dyke Parks.
“I’ve been a huge fan of The Mississippi Sheiks for the last 10 years,” says Black Hen Music president Steve Dawson, who produced most of the tracks on the album, played various instruments throughout and also performs a song on the tribute. “Their unique sound, instrumentation, and the fact that they played with such intensity on their recordings all really jumped out at me. Ultimately, my reason for putting this tribute together was to pay respect to the great body of material they produced in their short lifespan, and show how the songs themselves stand up so well over time. I was never interested in re-creating the music. I was looking for good interpreters who could capture the essence of the songs in a kind of portrait. I wanted to work with people who could celebrate the music and the songs.”
The tracks on 'Things About Comin My Way' were recorded in three big sessions, including one with a house band to back up several of the artists, which gives the album an organic consistency to the sound and feel of the songs. The big session done in Seattle featured a group comprised of jazz legend Wayne Horvitz (John Zorn) on piano, Keith Lowe (Bill Frisell, Fiona Apple) on bass and Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Peter Gabriel) on drums.
Between 1930 and 1935, brothers Sam, Lonnie, and Armenter Chatmon, who along with Walter Vinson formed The Mississippi Sheiks, recorded nearly 100 singles that would define this band as one of the most popular string bands of all time. They recorded for three major record companies, toured consistently throughout the south and into the north, including New York City and Chicago, and even performed by invitation for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “Sitting on Top of the World,” arguably the band’s most famous song, has been recorded by such diverse artists as Ray Charles, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Doc Watson, Van Morrison, Jack White, and Bob Dylan, among many others. In 2008, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
To support the release of Things About Comin’ My Way, Black Hen Music is organizing a number of special concerts throughout Canada featuring many of the artists on the album, with the hope to perform several in the U.S. as well.
Things About Comin’ My Way complete track listing:
1) It’s Backfirin’ Now – The North Mississippi Allstars
2) Things About Comin’ My Way – Ndidi Onukwulu
3) Stop and Listen – John Hammond
4) Honey Babe Let The Deal Go Down – Bruce Cockburn
5) Bootlegger’s Blues – Oh Susanna (arrangement by Van Dyke Parks)
6) Sitting On Top Of The World – The Carolina Chocolate Drops
7) Too Long – Danny Barnes
8) Jailbird Love Song – Jim Byrnes
9) That’s It – Bill Frisell
10) Please Baby – Madeleine Peyroux
11) Livin’ In A Strain – Kelly Joe Phelps
12) Lonely One In This Town – Steve Dawson
13) The World Is Going Wrong – Geoff Muldaur and the Texas Sheiks
14) We Both Are Feeling Good Right Now – Del Rey
15) Somebody’s Gotta Help You – Bob Brozman
16) He Calls That Religion – The Sojourners
17) I’ve Got Blood In My Eyes For You – Robin Holcomb
For more information, visit www.blackhenmusic.com.
We hope you enjoy the music!!
As our featured artist for the month All Memphis Music will feature one song an hour for 24 hours from the new CD, on the following dates:
Tuesday October 27th from 2 pm thru 2:00 pm Wednesday
Wednesday Nov 4th 7:00 pm thru 7:00 pm Thursday
Saturday Nov 14th 11:00 am thru 11:00 am Sunday
All times are CST (Memphis Time)
Special thanks to the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
All Memphis Music ~ Vaneese Thomas ~ Internet Radio ~ Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau ~ Soul Music
This week, The All Memphis Music Specialty Show features the new cd release from Vaneese Thomas called Soul Sister Vol.1...which was just released on Vaneese's own label...Segue Records
Vaneese is part of the Royal Family of Memphis Music which includes her Dad, the world renown Rufus Thomas, her sister, the legendary Carla Thomas, and her brother Marvel Thomas, a much in demand musician and session player.
Vaneese is a well known and much respected vocalist that has performed all over the world as both a soloist...and...performing with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Luciano Pavorotti...and has performed on records that have sold millions of copies.
Soul Sister Vol. 1 is a tribute to some of the great "soul sisters" of all times, familiar names like Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, and some lesser known, but equally talented ladies like Sugar Pie De Santo and Mitty Collier.
This All Memphis Music Specialty Show will air this Friday night, October 23rd at 10:00PM (CST Memphis Time) and rebroadcast on Saturday morning October 24th at 10:00AM (CST Memphis Time).
Special thanks to The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau,
The Memphis Commercial Appeal,
Also special thanks to our sponsors, Hollywood Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, Champion Windows, Siding & Patio Rooms,
and all of our listeners in all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world, for their true support of
All Memphis Music!
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
To All Of Our All Memphis Music Listeners,
Time to announce another contest. We have a very special 4 cd deluxe Box Set from Big Star to give away. It’s easy to enter. You can enter once a day, starting today and ending Friday October 23rd at midnight Memphis time. Send us an e-mail AllMemphisMusic@aol.com and in the subject line type "Big Star" Contest. In the body of the message give us your name and city you listen from. One entry per person, per day! Everybody has a chance to win. A random drawing will take place.
We will also feature the Big Star CD on our Specialty Show on October 23rd and repeating for our global listeners on October 24th.
All Memphis Music continues to play the best music in the world, The Memphis Sound, and we would like to thank all of our listeners in all 50 states and well over 80 countries for tuning in.
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