Saturday, January 24, 2009

Our Album Name and Cover
Current mood: hopeful

We have decided to name our new album VICTORY BAR all because of this great photo Terry found on Flickr. We were looking for dive type bars to go with a working title we had called "Dining with Swine". The VICTORY BAR picture really caught our collective eyes and made us re-think our title.Kathy Peterson, the great artist that designed our eye catching band logo has agreed to do the album design using the picture and our logo.
The photo is credited to who are Christine Barton-Holmes and Dan Holmes; a wife and husband team that go on photo shoots together. Dan is also a well established keyboard player (200 plus shows a year) with his own band the Dan Holmes Group and and also plays with Guitarist Duke Tumatoe.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Recording is Finished
Category: Music

The band recording finished on Tuesday January 13th. It was a long drawn out process we did not anticipate. Since November, we recorded only an average of one 2 hour sessions per week. We were put back because of snow storms, ice storms, power outages, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, and gig schedules. Most recording was done with one or two takes, a third take on few things. Very little overdubs were done. They were mostly just guitar solos and harp parts. Terry decided to keep most of her scratch vocals only changing a hand full of songs. So why did it take as long as it did? One word, one answer. Tape. The mechanical element of using a physical media on a machine adds up in time spent during the process. Remember rewinding and fast forwarding not longer exists in the digital world. Hopefully the end will justify the means.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Recording update
Current mood: pensive

After three productive recording sessions in Salem New Hamphire, we have finished the basic rhythm tracks for 13 original songs. Because of scheduling, the time table for the disc to be finished will be sometime in January.

Currently listening:
Wicked Grin
By John Hammond Jr.
Release date: 2001-03-13

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mitch Mitchell 1947-2008
Current mood: bummed

..TABLE> ..TR> Written by Matt Medlock
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
John "Mitch" Mitchell was found dead Wednesday morning at Portland's Benson Hotel at the age of 61. There is no official report as yet of the cause of death, but it is presumed to be natural.

For those who don't know, Mitchell had a hand in several seminal rock and roll acts in the 1960s and 70s, including the innovative Ramatam, the vastly-underrated and influential the Pretty Things, and, most famously, as the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He was also a member of the short-lived supergroup side project, the Dirty Mac, assembled for the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus in 1968, featuring John Lennon as vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Eric Clapton on lead, Keith Richards at bass and Mitchell on the drumkit. He also had gigs with artists like Jack Bruce (of Cream), Jeff Beck, Terry Reid (Jimmy Page's first choice as vocalist for Led Zeppelin), the Riot Squad, and Georgie Fame.

While not the household drummer name like Keith Moon, John Bonham or Neil Peart, Mitchell is considered one of the most influential musicians to ever pick up the sticks. He was arguably the lead pioneer in a style of drumming later known as fusion, where the drums came to the lead, allowing for dynamic interplay with the guitars/keyboard. It had already been popularized in the jazz scene, but in the mid 1960s, almost no one in the rock world was attempting it. And while the Experience was always dominated by Jimi's fiery guitar, attention to the percussion can be a revelatory encounter. Witness the drum solo recorded in January, 1969 at the bottom of the article.

Most recently, Mitchell was a part of the 2008 Experience Hendrix Tour, featuring musicians such as Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Brad Whitford, Hubert Sumlin and Billy Cox, another veteran of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The tour just wrapped this past weekend, making it Mitchell's performing swansong. He will be missed, but never forgotten


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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Current mood: nervous

Finally, we will begin recording on November 16th at a studio in New Hampshire. The recording process will be completely analog with us recording to 16 tracks of tape. We expect the project to be finished by the first or second week of December. Maybe a finished disc by the new year? We will keep you posted through the entire process.

Bashful Bob

Currently listening:
Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8
By Bob Dylan
Release date: 2008-10-07

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Weepin Willie

BOSTON (AP) — "Weepin'" Willie Robinson, a blues singer who performed with Steven Tyler and Bonnie Raitt but also spent time homeless, has died at age 81.

Robinson had been a sharecropper, an Army veteran and a friend of performers, including B.B. King.

"He was truly the elder statesman of the (Boston) blues. He was our godfather. He was the most dear man," Holly Harris, host of "Blues on Sunday" on WBOS radio, told The Boston Globe for Monday's editions.

When he sang, "you knew he meant it because he had passion," Harris said.

Robinson died Sunday in a fire started by a cigarette he was smoking in bed, the Boston Fire Department said.

He had worked a benefit concert with Tyler and two Boston Music Awards shows, in 2005 and again earlier this month.

Robinson was born in Atlanta and picked cotton and fruit with his family up and down the East Coast. After spending time in the Army in the 1940s, he became a master of ceremonies and doorman at blues clubs in Trenton, N.J., where he met King and other legends and eventually sang with King's 21-piece orchestra.

His daughter, Lorraine Robinson, told the Globe her father found his place on stage.

"A great smile would come on his face and he would be in his own little world, like he'd tune everything out," she said. "He just, like, felt the music. It was so much in his soul."

Robinson settled in Boston in 1959 and played in clubs, but by 2005 he was living on the street and out of touch with his family. Blues performers learned of his situation, held a benefit concert and made sure he was fed and clothed.

Robinson later performed everywhere from local clubs to the hallways of the rest home where he lived.

His wife, Alice, died four decades ago.

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