Kimmie Rhodes puts her gorgeous voice to work on an album of ‘Covers’ covering an array of artists and tracks from the the great and the good of legendary songsmiths both past and present, in a first and a departure from writing and recording primarily her own material the album marks Kimmie’s return to the studio following the passing of her long-time partner and collaborator Joe Gracey in 2011.
The album includes a trio of collaborations, one with Rodney Crowell singing his song Adam’s Song, another with Marcia Ball on the Mark Knopfler penned Cannibals and the third with Delbert McClinton on a Jimmy Reed song Shame Shame Shame, Kimmie has a series of dates lined-up in Ireland during October and is accompanied by Gabe Rhodes & multi-instrumentalist Ruth Trimble for the gigs.
1. Bluebird (L. Russell, C. Buzz)
2. Yesterday (Lennon, McCartney)
3. Moonlight Mile (Jagger, Richards)
4. White Freight Liner (T. Van Zandt)
5. Georgia Lee (T. Waits, K. Brennan)
6. Everything Is Broken (B. Dylan)
7. Birds (N. Young) Kimmie Rhodes – Birds
8. Stuck In A Moment (Bono)
9. Adam’s Song (R. Crowell)
Duet with Rodney Crowell
10. Don’t Think Twice (B. Dylan)
11. Southern Accents (T. Petty)
12. Shame Shame Shame (J. Reed)
Duet with Delbert McClinton
13. Cannibals (M. Knopfler)
Duet with Marcia Ball Kimmie Rhodes – Cannibals
14. What A Wonderful World (Thiele, Weiss)
15. Little Help From My Friends (Lennon, McCartney)
Kimmie Rhodes · October 2013 Ireland Tour
Saturday 12 Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, Ire. Balor Arts Centre
Sunday 13 Rathfriland, Co. Down, N. Ire. The Brontë Centre
Wednesday 16 Limavady, Co. Londonderry, N. Ire. Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
Thursday 17 Belfast The Black Box
Friday 18 Omagh Strule Arts Centre
Saturday 19 Naul, Co. Dublin Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre
Townes Van Zandt must be one of the most covered artists in the world of Americana and over the last few years the subject of a number of tribute albums, now there’s a new album on the horizon that’s out in February next year which features previously unreleased versions and demos of the great mans music.
The double CD release includes work from the High, Low & In Between and The Late Great Townes Van Zandt albums – one disc disc featuring outtakes and alternate takes of tracks from album sessions and the second a set of solo demos. Very much looking forward to this one.
CD1 : Studio Sessions
T for Texas
Who Do You Love
Where I Lead Me
Blue Ridge Mountains
Pancho & Lefty
(Alternate 1972 mix without strings and horns)
To Live is to Fly
You Are Not Needed Now
Don’t Take it Too Bad
Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
White Freight Liner Blues
Heavenly Houseboat Blues
Diamond Heel Blues
To Live is to Fly
You Are Not Needed Now
Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
When He Offers His Hand
Seems ages since I’ve had the pleasure of catching a Peter Bruntnell live performance, so I’ll have to make do with his recorded output and the good news is there’s a new album out following on from last years excellent Black Mountain UFO you can pick up the CD Ringo Woz Ere direct from the man himself here.
The usual high standard expected of Mr Bruntnell is maintained, there are seven tracks co-written with Bill Ritchie including two great reworked versions of tracks that appeared on Black Mountain UFO , Maryanne and Looking for Allison (with James Walbourne playing twelve string and bottle neck guitar) there’s one other Bruntnell original and a great selection of covers including my favourite on the album the wonderful Going Back (Gerry Goffin and Carole King), love the way it fades towards a close then opens back out again (beats The Byrds version hands down).
Reaching back to the 60’s again there’s a take on The Beatles (George Harrison) Think For Yourself from the classic Rubber Soul album and on the subject to classic albums Bruntnell picks a track from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Five Years to close the album, add in Second Lovers Song from the legend that is Townes van Zandt and you have a wonderful mix of the borrowed, old and new.
... is a quote from Townes van Zandt about his friend Blaze Foley (real name Michael David Fuller), Blaze is a guy whose music I came across through his links to Townes, one of those legendary larger than life characters, he died tragically in 1989 after being shot when coming to the aid of a friend who was under violent attack from his son, at the subsequent trial the son was found not guilty of murder in the first degree on the grounds of self-defence.
All but one of the album releases – a rare self titled vinyl issue- by Blaze were released posthumously and are available from the usual outlets as downloads and CD’s
There may have been more releases if lady luck had been kinder to Blaze, one set of studio master tapes were lost when the car they were in was stolen and another set were supposed to have being confiscated by the DEA during a drug bust involving the albums producer.
A number of tribute albums followed Blaze’s death and were released by Deep South Production Blaze Tributes, there is also a documentary that has been sometime in the making and a book, you can get more info on the MySpace page here and listen to a few tracks and play some youtubes whilst you’re over there Blaze MySpace
There’s a great article here by Joe Nick Patoski and some further reading here written by Austin DJ Larry Monroe over on wiki there a lot more info too and some goods links to further stuff about Blaze.
Fellow artists Townes van Zandt and Lucinda Williams both wrote songs in tribute to Blaze, Townes wrote “Blaze’s Blues” which appeared on his 1994 album No Deeper Blue and Lucinda “Drunken Angel” which appeared on her break through album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road in 1998, Blaze was a fan of John Prine who later recorded his song “Clay Pigeons” which was released on his album Fair & Square, all three of which you can listen too here………
You can download here a tribute concert to recorded in 1984 featuring Blaze and Townes includes the artwork.