Monday was a notorious day in music history - the 28th anniversary of John Lennon's death. But as I return to action, a few more musical thoughts come to mind (besides the many Led Zeppelin songs stuck in there) ...
The local music scene has scored a few successes in recent months, with Drivin' Rain and Leadwood Folk making their mark on the music industry.
From Cabala Productions:
Drivin' Rain is very happy to announce that they have worked out a new deal with Retrospect Records. Singer Timexx Nasty says "We are thrilled to be working with Sam at Retrospect. He is going to help the band by getting us on some of the summers biggest Rock Festivals throughout the US. We've always needed a label that would not only put our cds in the stores, but help us sell them by putting us on the road."
Although the full details of the agreement have yet to be released, the biggest band in Cape is optimistic about the money involved. They are also looking forward to releasing "Delightfully livE" this summer and could possibly re-release Drivin' Rain's last two albums.
Retrospect Records also includes: Bad Candy, Beggars Playground, and Frontrunner from St. Louis. Also good friends Glastetter and Strikeforce. Plus acts like Antix, Buster Cherry, Crash Alley, Defcon, Herazz, Herman Ze German, Jester, Ron Keel (of Keel), Herman Rarebell (ex-Scorpions drummer), Nasty Nasty, Problem Child, Real Steel, Tainted Angel, Valor, Vixen, Alias, Lydian Sea, Kelley's Heroes, T.Y.R., Nasty Nasty, Vyper, Pair-A-Dice, Harlow, Split Image, Biloxi, Foxx, Warryor, World War III, Haven, Fire With Fire, and 80s rockers Mass, Malice, Mariah, Whitefoxx, and Metalwolf.
Meanwhile Leadwood Folk, comprised of locals Ryan King (vocals/guitar/harmonica) and Buddy Iahn (drums) among others, has released its first LP, "In Pieces," and can now be found on iTunes. And these guys didn't put out your normal, recorded-in-somebody's-basement cd. Instead they took their Dylan-esque sound to Nashville and laid down tracks at Spotlight Studios (a claim the White Stripes can also make). Check them out and let me know what you think.
For more info and music visit Drivin' Rain or Leadwood Folk.
Pick your poison
Although many people are down on downtown and local music, the last two weekends have offered some great performances by many local bands. So get out and support the music scene, and if you need some entertainment suggestions check out my Friday blog.
Good times, bad times
It's a few weeks until the end of the year, and the right time to talk about the good and the bad in local music 2008. What bands put on the best show? What new groups stick out? Any particularly impressive venues? Opinions about the music festival? Discuss ...