zaterdag 2 mei 2015

The Faces - The Marquee Club, London * 7th December 1970

De BBC kwam onlangs met het bericht dat er sprake zou zijn van een reunie van de nog levende leden van de legendarische Britse rockband The Faces. Een mooi moment voor een terugblik naar deze bijzondere band.

De band werd opgericht in in 1969, nadat Steve Marriott de band The Small Faces verliet om de eigen band Humble Pie op te richten. Nieuwe leden Rod Stewart (zang) en Ron Wood kwamen over uit de Jeff Beck Group en gingen verder met de oude leden van de band Ronnie Lane (bas), Ian McLagan (keyboards) en Kenney Jones, (drums).Humble Pie zag ik eenmaal optreden op het Jazz Bilzen festival,The Faces zag ik nooit live.

                    "Flying" van het eerste album "First Step"
De beelden komen uit een zeer relaxt optreden in de legendarische  Marquee Club in London.
Een nog wat ingetogen Ron Wood,de altijd uitbundige Rod Steward ,de stevige drummer Kenney Jones,de vrolijke Ronnie Lane op bas en de zeer muzikale Ian McLagan op Keyboards.

                                            "Maybe I'm Amazed " van het tweede album "Long Player"

Dit nummer is geschreven door Paul McCartney en komt van zijn eerste solo album.
McCartney schreef het liefdeslied vlak voordat The Beatles uit elkaar gingen voor Linda McCartney  vanwege haar steun aan Paul tijdens de breuk.

                                         Gasoline Alley/Around The Plynth

Naast zijn lidmaadschap vanThe Faces  werkte Rod stewart ook nog aan een solocarriere.
Gasoline Alley is de title track van zijn tweede soloalbum ,een in mijn ogen een klassieker.Prachtalbum met mooie uitvoeringen van Only A Hobo(Dylan),It,s All Over Now(Womack)Country Comfort(Elton John) en My way Of Giving(The Small faces),ovigens werkten de leden van The Faces ook hier aan mee.

 Rod Stewarts solocarrière overschaduwde al snel The Faces, en de band maakte nog een studioalbum, Ooh La La, om in 1975 te besluiten uit elkaar te gaan.
Na het uiteenvallen van de band, gingen de verschillende leden hun eigen weg. Ron Wood ging bij de Rolling Stones spelen; Ronnie Lane vormde de band Slim Chance; Kenney Jones ging na de dood van Keith Moon bij The Who spelen; en McLagan werd een sessiemuzikant. Rod Stewart bouwde een succesvolle solocarrière op.

 Ronnie Lane, geboren als Ronald Frederick Lane  (Plaistow (Newham) , 1 april 1946 - Trinidad (Colorado) , 4 juni 1997)Halverwege de jaren zeventig werd bij hem multiple sclerose vastgesteld. Na zijn vertrek bij The Faces richtte hij de band Slim Chance op. Daarnaast heeft hij enkele soloalbums opgenomen en met verschillende artiesten gewerkt, onder wie Ron Wood en Pete Townshend.

                                                  Ronnie Lane R.I.P

                                         Ian McLagan  R.I.P


vrijdag 1 mei 2015

Selwyn Birchwood - Reconsider Baby (Night Of The Blues Wuustwezel Belgium 30-4-2015)

                                         Foto Arthur
Leuk festival gisteravond inWuustwezel,o.a met Hat Fitz & Cara en deze voor mij onbekende Selwyn Birchwood.Prima optreden van deze nieuwkomer op het Europese bluesfront,begeleid door een uitstekende band.

Reconsider Baby (Lowel Fulson)

 Selwyn Birchwood (born March 9, 1985) is an American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from Tampa, Florida. He was the winner of the Blues Foundation’s 2013 International Blues Challenge (band category), as well the winner of the Albert King Guitarist of the Year award, presented at the same event.[1] To win, he bested 125 other bands from around the country. Birchwood plays electric guitar and electric lap steel guitar. His live performances feature his original songs. Living Blues magazine said, "Selwyn Birchwood is making waves, surprising people and defying expectations. Be on the lookout. He revels in the unexpected."[2] The Tampa Tribune said Birchwood plays with "power and precision reminiscent of blues guitar hero Buddy Guy. He is a gritty vocalist [who is] commanding with his axe."[3] Rolling Stone said "Birchwood is a young, powerhouse guitarist and soulful vocalist. Don’t Call No Ambulance is a remarkable debut by a major player."[4] The Washington Post said, "Selwyn Birchwood is an indelibly modern and original next-generation bluesman; his tough vocals, guitar and lap steel touch on classic Chicago blues, Southern soul and boogie." (Wikipedia)

woensdag 29 april 2015

Doug Seegers & Jerry Miller (Sodertalje Sweden - 2014)

Doug Seegers started playing music in New York and Austin, Texas, before moving to upstate New York, where he got married and raised two children. Eventually, Seegers made his way alone to Nashville, where he played on the streets and became a regular at The Little Pantry That Could, a West Nashville charity that holds regular songwriter nights. He basically lived as a homeless struggling musician. On 17 December 2012, Aaron Espe an American singer-songwriter and record producer based in Nashville, Tennessee uploaded a live 1 minute 11 second rendition of Doug Seegers singing "Going Down to the River" on his own YouTube account. Espe entitled his upload "Who Is Doug Seegers?". The video did not pick up much reaction though. Doug Seegers became known to the Swedish public when he appeared during the Swedish TV show presented by Jill Johnson titled Jills veranda on 5 March 2014.Jills veranda was a 6-episode SVT TV series recorded in Nashville, where Johnson and six Swedish artists explore the city. At the time the program was recording, its presenter Jill Johnson, her guest Magnus Carlson and the production team from Eyeworks met Seegers who was sitting on a park bench in Nashville. Just minutes earlier, Johnson, was buying food from a street vendor, and the latter upon hearing she was filming a documentary about music in Nashville, recommended that they give a listen to a street musician just across the street telling her "You have to hear him, he has the most unique voice in country music". Johnson took the advice and headed towards Seegers. Doug Seegers performed his own song "Going Down to the River". Johnson and Carlson loved his performance so much that they returned some time later and offered to record the song with him in Johnny Cash's old studio in Nashville. 

Doug Seegers gained instant popularity after the episode was broadcast. His Facebook account was inundated by new Swedish fans and the song "Going Down to the River" was number 1 on Swedish iTunes Charts for 12 consecutive days. The track also appeared on the Jill Johnson album Livemusiken från Jills Veranda Nashville. The album topped Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Albums Chart and was certified gold. 

On guitar,the faboulus Jerry Miller,one of my favourite guitarplayers these days.Nice guy saw him many times with the Eilen Jewell band.Hope to see him later this year back in The Netherlands
 with the E.J.B.

Jerry Miller feat Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell feat. Jerry Miller

maandag 27 april 2015

Van Morrison - Come Running (Randall,s Island 1970)

                                        Van Morrison live at Randall,s Island Popfestival
John Klinberg- bass,Jeff Labes-keyboards,Gary Mallaber -drums,John Platania - guitar,
Jack Schroer -sax,Keith Johnson - trumpet,Dahaud Shaar.-drums

"Come Running" is a song written by singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1970 album Moondance. The song was first recorded at the Warners Publishing Studio, New York in early 1969 with Morrison's producer at the time, Lewis Merenstein. It was then rerecorded in both the spring and summer sessions in the same year, before Morrison returned to the track in the September to November sessions at the A&R Recording Studios, 46th Street, New York, that resulted in the recording of most of the tracks that were released on Moondance.