Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NEW ORLEANS PONDEROSA STOMP ADDS SOUL AND R&B LEGENDS DON BRYANT, CARLA THOMAS AND CHARLES CONNOR PERFORMANCES

MUSIC HISTORY CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED WITH INTERVIEWS, PANELS, ORAL HISTORIES & MORE

The Ponderosa Stomp has added “legend” (NPR) and Queen of Memphis Soul Carla Thomas; Fat Possum and recording artist Don Bryant, who released a “marvelous” (Rolling Stone) new album ‘Don’t Give Up On Love;’ Thomas has been back in the spotlight with her hit song “B-A-B-Y” prominently featured in the film Baby Driver, but rarely known to make public performances. Bryant, songwriter for Solomon Burke, Albert King and wife Ann Peebles’ hit “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” saw his new album “Don’t Give Up On Love” earn praise from the likes of NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Paste, Uncut, MOJO, and more. Thomas and Bryant join already announced headliners Gary U.S. Bonds, Roky Erickson playing 13th Floor Elevators songs, The Mummies, Barbara Lynn, Roy Head, and Doug Kershaw, among others at the two-night concert October 6 and 7 at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, LA.

Spotify playlist of Ponderosa Stomp performers, including new additions: https://play.spotify.com/user/ponderosastomp/playlist/2ptcXdd2KlAA3ZVaxA9IU4

Ponderosa Stomp 2017 teaser video (OK to share): https://vimeo.com/226954586

The Ponderosa Stomp Music History Conference has been finalized October 5th and 6th at Ace Hotel New Orleans. It includes in-depth interviews with Carla Thomas and her sister Vaneese, “Tighten Up” soulman Archie Bell, Louisiana Cajun rock & roller Doug Kershaw, “Quarter to 3” hitmaker Gary U.S. Bonds, and a tribute to Norton Records’ late Billy Miller. It will also delve deeply into the untold stories behind records by Little Richard, Ray Charles, Allen Toussaint, Rufus Thomas, Presley, and other greats.

Also recently added to perform at the Stomp concert are Vaneese Thomas, sister of Carla and daughter of rock & roll DJ and rhythm & blues player Rufus Thomas; Charles Connor, original drummer for Little Richard and creator of the “Choo Choo Train” stick style.

Bios on all Stomp performers: http://www.ponderosastomp.com/concert_2017.php

Tickets and more information are available at http://PonderosaStomp.com

2017 Music History Conference Schedule

THURSDAY OCT. 5TH
10:00 am - 7:00 pm at Ace Hotel New Orleans (600 Carondelet Street)

10:00 - 10:45 am
Bourbon Street Parade: A Look at Bourbon Street Clubs in the 60s
Featuring “Wacko” Wade, George Porter, Jr. and Moderator David Kunian

This panel examines the clubs on New Orleans’ most famous street during a time of vitality and change. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers before joining legendary funk originators the Meters. Wade played on Bourbon Street in the 1960s  at Papa Joe’s with Freddie Fender and others and recorded a session with Allen Toussaint. David Kunian is curator of music at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Another prominent musician will be featured as well.

11:00 - 11:45 am
The Gospel Truth of Rosemont Records
Featuring Al Taylor, James Williams, Andrew Jackson and Moderator Brice White

Rosemont Records releases gospel and rhythm & blues records in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as one of the first New Orleans hip hop records. Al Taylor was the owner and engineer for the studio on St. Claude Avenue. He later partnered on a studio with Willie Tee. Williams played on the Alberta Harris and both the Electrifying Crown Seekers and Mighty Rocks of Harmony are Rosemont Gospel Bands that still perform, including yearly
appearances at Jazz & Heritage Festival.

12:45 - 1:45 pm
South Rampart Street Stroll: The Music and Geography of South Rampart Street
Featuring Bruce Raeburn, Deacon John Moore, Richard Campanella and Moderator Jordan Hirsch

This panel examines the black main drag of New Orleans in the 1950s, examining what it was, who settled there, what was there, as well as the music of the chitlin circuit and Rampart Street specifically as jazz was transitioning to rhythm and blues as the dominant music. Deacon John Moore played with Allen Toussaint as well as leading his own legendary rhythm and blues band. Bruce Raeburn is in the charge of the Ben Hogan Jazz Archive and Richard Campanella is an architect and
human geographer.

2:00 - 2:45 pm
I’ve Got Reasons: The Return of Mary Jane Hooper
Featuring Mary Jane Hooper and Moderator Neil Pellegrin

With a fascinating story to tell, Mary Jane Hooper recorded with Eddie Bo and Allen Toussaint as well as under her own name for Scram Records. She had a local hit with “TeachMe,” “Psychedelphia,” and “I’ve Got Reasons.” She also played with James Black before retiring from music to become a newscaster on radio. Pellegrin is a DJ on WWOZ.

3:00 - 3:45 pm
Willie Knows How: An Oral History with Willie West
Featuring Moderator John Broven

The Bayou Lafourche native recorded swamp pop in his early career, including sides “A Man Like Me” and “Did You Have Fun.” He recorded with Wardell Quezergue as well as Allen Toussaint on later hits “Hello Lover” and “The Greatest Love” before joining the Meters as their singer, including on Saturday Night Live.

4:00 - 4:45 pm
It Came from Philly
Featuring Archie Bell and Winfield Parker, with Moderator Jason Hanley

This panel will flesh out the Philadelphia soul sound, of which Archie Bell was a part despite being born in Houston. He recorded with the Texas University Band on Ovide. Bell had a huge hit with “Tighten Up” and followed them up with classics like “Keep On Dancing” and “There’s Gonna Be Showdown.” Winfield was a baritone saxophone player turned singer who worked with Otis Redding and Little Richard as well producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff on his own records for Rujac Records.

5:00 - 5:45 pm
The RAM Records Story
Featuring Margaret Lewis, Alton Warwick, Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins, V.J. Boulet and Moderator Michael Hurtt

This panel shines a spotlight on the Shreveport label with the co-owner Alton Warwick who built the labels’ studio along with songwriter for others and artist Margaret Lewis, artist Roy “Boogie Boy” Perkins, and V.J. Boulet of Bobby & The Riff Raffs.

6:00 - 6:45 pm
Tales of A Louisiana Man: An Oral History with Doug Kershaw
Featuring Doug Kershaw and Moderators Deke Dickerson and Dave Stuckey

The Ragin’ Cajun and fiddler extraordinaire had a long and distinguished career starting with the Louisiana Hayride before recording hits “Diggy Liggy Lo” and “Louisiana Man.” He later appeared numerous times on the Johnny Cash Show. Deke Dickerson is a published author and renowned guitarist.

FRIDAY OCT. 6TH
10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Ace Hotel New Orleans (600 Carondelet Street)

10:00 - 10:45 am
The Man Behind the Montel & Michelle Labels: An Oral History with Sam Montalbano
Featuring Moderator John Broven

Montalbano will focus on the Montal-Michelle Records story as well as that of the Monarch label. He ran Deep Stuff Studios in Baton Rouge, recording John Fred on the hit “Shirley” as well as Dale and Grace, The Boogie Kinds, Sugar Boy Crawford, and Slim Harpo. He was also a concert promoter who hosted Jimi Hendrix’s Baton Rouge show.

10:55 - 11:40 am
Evie Sands Oral History
Featuring Moderator Sheryl Farber

A cult figure of vintage pop, Evie Sands was born in Brooklyn but came of age in Los Angeles, recording “Take Me For a Little While” and “Angel of the Morning” before they became hits, working with Chip Taylor.

12:25 - 1:10 pm
Make it Sound like a Train: An Oral History with Charles Connor
Featuring Moderator David Kunian

The New Orleans drummer and member of Little Richard’s band originated his “Choo Choo Train” beat sound and he will recount how Little Richard instructed him to make his drum part sound like a passing train. He was also James Brown’s first drummer and has worked with a who’s who of New Orleans music.

1:20 - 2:05 pm
Forever Young: An Oral History with Reggie Young
Featuring Moderator Red Kelly

A guitar great, Reggie worked on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA before moving to Memphis and recording with Hi Records’ Willie Mitchell. He became a top session man in Memphis and then Nashville, recording on several Elvis Presley hits including “Suspicious Minds” and opening for the Beatles.

2:15 - 3:00 pm
Walking the Dog: Growing up with the World’s Oldest Teenager Rufus Thomas
Featuring Carla and Vaneese Thomas and Moderator Andria Lisle

This panel provides firsthand accounts of Rufus Thomas, “the World’s Oldest Teenager,” who was a Rabbit’s Foot Minstrel, Memphis icon, DJ, and rock & roller and had hits with “Walking the Dog” and “Bear Cat,” both recorded with Sam Phillips, as well as hits on Stax such as “The Funky Chicken.” His daughters Carla had hits on Stax with “Gee Whiz” and “B-A-B-Y” and Vaneese recorded R&B sides in the 1970s as well as backing other artists.

3:10 - 3:55 pm
I Wanna Holler: An Oral History with Gary U.S. Bonds
Featuring Moderator Todd Abramson

Gary U.S. Bonds will look back at the ups and downs of his storied career. Known for his hits “New Orleans,” “I Want To Holler,” and “Quarter To Three,” the singer came back into the spotlight via collaborations with Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt. Abramson is former co-owner and booker of Maxwell’s and current DJ on WFMU.

4:05 - 5:00 pm
Last Train from Kicksville: A Tribute to Billy Miller of Norton Records
Featuring Miriam Linna, Todd Abramson, James Marshall, Deke Dickerson and Moderator Michael Hurtt

This panel will honor Stomp friend Billy Miller of Norton Records, who, with Miriam Linna, founded the label that has been releasing garage rock for over 25 years, including Hasil Adkins and was a heavy influence on the Stomp. Linna was the first drummer for the Cramps and later had a band with Billy called the A-Bones. James Marshall is a former NY Times critic and former owner of Lakeside Lounge in NYC and Circle Bar in New Orleans.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Susan Cattaneo clips

The Boot song premiere (August 17, 2017)


FRESH FROM STANDING OVATION AT LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS, “MARVELOUS” (ROLLING STONE) SOUL SURVIVOR & FAT POSSUM ARTIST DON BRYANT ADDS AMERICANA FEST, EUROPEAN TOUR, PONDEROSA STOMP APPEARANCE, TAKE ME TO THE RIVER TOUR

Fresh from a packed house, standing ovation performance at Lincoln Center Out of Doors with Lincoln Center’s Jill Sternheimer calling him “incredible,” Fat Possum soul man Don Bryant will perform at a series of concerts, including as part of Americana Fest, the Ponderosa Stomp, the Take Me to the River tour, and a headlining European tour.

September 16 – 12th & Porter – Nashville, TN (Americana Fest, 9pm)
October 7 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA (Ponderosa Stomp)
January 25 – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC (Take Me to the River tour)
January 26 – Jefferson Center – Roanoke, VA (Take Me to the River tour)
January 27 – Harbison Theatre – Irmo, SC (Take Me to the River tour)
January 29 – University of Florida Phillips Center – Gainesville, FL  (Take Me to the River tour)
January 30 – Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL (Take Me to the River tour)
February 3 – Parker Playhouse – Fort Lauderdale, FL (Take Me to the River tour)

Watch his video for "How Do I Get There?" shot in the Clayborn Temple, a landmark of the civil rights movement via NPR: http://n.pr/2loxNon

Backed by The Bo-Keys and produced by Scott Bomar and Bruce Watson, the new album ‘Don’t Give Up On Love’ (Fat Possum) has seen the “I Can’t Stand the Rain” songwriter earning reams of love:

“A formidable soul singer…inspired in every sense of the term.”
— NPR Music

“His voice remains marvelous…canonical, finely tuned Southern soul.”
— Rolling Stone

“’Don’t Give Up On Love’ is a joyous miracle. Whatever Don Bryant’s been taking, we could all use a dose.”
— Paste (8.7 / 10)

“A lively and supremely compelling singer.”
— Uncut (Four Stars ****)

“Bryant's vocal is rich and full on songs that are framed in exclamatory horns and soothing organ”
— MOJO (Four Stars ****)

“One pleasant and pleasing surprise.”
— AllMusic

Friday, August 11, 2017

Don Bryant bio

 Don Bryant

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Kris Delmhorst 'The Wild' bio


I burned my eyes on the moon last night
I was looking for a reason to shine
Reaching out past my second body
Reaching out past my mind
Into the darkness, into the darkness
Into the darkness of what we don’t know
Into the place behind the place we never go

* * * * * * *

THE WILD – the moving, emotionally charged new album from Kris Delmhorst – comes to terms with what Greg Brown memorably called “All this terror and grace.” The stakes rise as we go along. Our babies arrive and disappear into children, friends die or get weird, our parents distill. We lose the path – to our story, our partner, to the muse – and must reckon the way back.

And The Wild, where has it gone?

Kris Delmhorst locates it here, in twelve songs “Of life getting long / And the music of the way things are:” inside as much as outside, vital in both places, whether or not you intend to visit.

The blurred growl of a bottleneck slide is abruptly broken by four sharp floor-tom shots to announce ‘All the Way Around,’ the opening song in which Delmhorst traces the arc of life lost and found in a confiding alto that hovers above ominous washes of pedal steel and electric guitar tremolo, singing, “I burned my eyes on the moon last night / I was looking for a reason to shine.” The hushed, eerie title track locates the ever-beating animal heart just beneath the surface of our well-mannered, modern lives. “Do you remember what you do it for? / When you get done the prize is more / You’re the horse and the cart, the pimp and the whore / Can you even find your way anymore / To The Wild?” From the country-tinged R&B of ‘Color of the Sky’ to the Faces-inflected ‘Rules to Games,’ THE WILD gestures towards genre without ever inhabiting it, moving confidently beyond imitation or nostalgia to deliver a record that sets out its own terms, and fulfills them.

Like the moon rising, THE WILD reveals itself by degrees, slowly baring a remarkable depth of soul. Panoramic sonic landscapes frame elegantly turned, incisive phrases to paint scenes of wonder, discord, and joy. The album shows Delmhorst in the fullness of her powers, with restraint and maturity in equal measure, a songwriter of range and clarity who can imbue the day-to-day struggle of ordinary living with visceral immediacy. Twenty years into a career, thirteen into a marriage, nine years into motherhood, Delmhorst has gained access to new floors in the tower of song. Far up the winding stair from kids writing journal entries about trying out love, she takes aim at the bones of life, our connection to each other and to the world.

The result, while a deeply personal album, looks upon universal human situations with unflinching compassion. “Did you shake like a mountain?” Delmhorst asks, in ‘Temporary Existence,’ “Did you lie like a lamb? Did you cry like a fountain? Fail like a man? If you tell me your story, I’ll tell you my story too.”

Unwilling to choose between a life and a career, Kris Delmhorst has pursued both at once, a winding path that’s put her eclecticism and wanderlust at the forefront of each. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Delmhorst studied classical cello and the 80’s FM dial before decamping to rural Maine to work as an organic farmer. Laid up with a broken ankle with no electricity in the dead of winter, she taught herself to play fiddle, and later guitar, eventually writing her own songs. The chance decision to play an open mic became the inflection point that would eventually take her across the country and overseas in the course of a critically-lauded, musically versatile career.

Hailed as “Bold and brilliant” by the Boston Globe and “Captivating” by Allmusic, Kris Delmhorst has released six full-length records on respected indie label Signature Sounds, albums that range from intimate and acoustic to rock quartet; from found-sound home recordings to classic poetry refigured and set to music, as well as a variety of EPs and side projects and a sky-larking album of acoustic covers of new-wave masters The Cars. A constant collaborator and consummate musician, Delmhorst has appeared on upward of 75 albums, contributing vocals, cello, fiddle, and bass to the work of artists as various as Anais Mitchell, Lori McKenna, Peter Wolf, Mary Gauthier, and Chris Smither. THE WILD finds her once again in good company, creating and inhabiting the stillness at the center of the storm, illuminating her own humanity, and ours.

Although married since 2004, Delmhorst and her husband, fellow songwriter Jeffrey Foucault (“Contemporary and timeless” - NY Times) have run their careers largely along separate lines, maintaining domestic privacy and raising a daughter while trading home and away. THE WILD represents their first foray into the studio together, with Foucault co-producing and contributing guitars and vocals. The rest of the players weave together multiple threads of the two artists’ careers: drummer Billy Conway (Morphine, Treat Her Right) played on and produced Delmhorst’s early records and has performed with Foucault for the past decade, while bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) began working live and in the studio with Foucault after having known Delmhorst from their early years in the Boston music scene. Pedal steel guitarist Alex McCollough has been the mastering engineer on records for both artists, in addition to playing with Foucault in the band Cold Satellite. The deep and comfortable familiarity of the players is apparent in the patience of the performances, and the companionable silence around which the best music is made. Nothing is pushed, everything revealed. 

They say that in show business you get one shot for being young and one for being good. Early chances flower up like fireworks and fade as quickly, and then the long work of craftsmanship begins, separating the dabblers from the disciples. The second shot may never come, but the best find that it doesn’t matter. They go about their work, in The Wild.