World Music Network’s New Blues Compilation Will Leave Listeners Anything But Blue

Courtesy: World Music Network

The blues is one of the most pure American forms of music that exists today, if not the single purest genre.  Originally rooted in the Deep South during the age of slavery, the blues has evolved into its own unique art form, even incorporating elements of country music to form one of its subgenres – country blues.  World Music Network has culled more than two dozen classic country blues songs for its latest compilation record The Rough Guide To Country Blues.  Due out June 28, the 25-song collection is a strong new offering from WMN and an equally strong introduction to this blues subgenre for those who are not so familiar with the styling.  The songs that make up the body of the record are themselves the main reason for that success.  They will be discussed shortly.  The collection’s track listing adds more interest to the compilation’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  Its liner notes put the final touch to its presentation, rounding out its most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of The Rough Guide To Country Blues.  All things considered, they make The Rough Guide To Country Blues a positive addition to any blues fan’s library just as much as to any music educator’s library.

World Music Network’s new blues compilation The Rough Guide To Country Blues is a positive addition to the library of any blues fan’s music library.  It is just as welcome in the library of any music educator.  That is due in part to the compilation’s overall makeup.  The collection is composed of 25 songs recorded by some of the most rell-known and respected figures in the history of the blues (E.g. Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Lemon Jefferson, etc.).  Each of the songs shows in its own unique way, the connection between the world of the blues and country music.  Case in point is the twang of the guitar in Big Bill Boozy’s ‘How You Want It Done?’  That twang and the upbeat rockabilly style arrangement and its dual chord foundation is so similar to works from Elvis, Johnny Cash and so many other country music stars.  Tommy Johnson’s yodeling in ‘Cool Drink of Water Blues’ and his general arrangement is similar in its own right to the songs that so many country music songs exhibited around the same time as him.  It is very reminiscent of the type of songs that one might expect in old cowboy western flicks and TV shows even.  Again, here audiences hear for themselves the similarity between the blues and country music.  Much the same can be said of Clarence Greene’s ‘Johnson City Blues.’  That twang is there, but there is still a certain blues element added to the mix to round out the song.  It’s just one more way in which the songs featured in this recording serve to show their importance.  They show how two genres that one might not think have any connection are in fact more closely related than many might in fact think.  That in itself creates a starting point for discussions on that connection between the genres.  The discussions will deepen even more when looking at the artists themselves and the time periods in which their songs were released.

The artists, songs and time periods of the songs’ releases are all listed on the packaging for The Rough Guide To Country Music.  What is interesting to note is that all of the songs featured in this compilation were crafted between the late 1920s and mid 1930s.  The earliest of the recordings were crafted in 1927, just before the stock market crash.  This is important in that it can lead to discussions on stylistic differences in the various songs pre- and post-crash.  That is not to say that the market crash caused any changes in style, but one never knows.  Regardless, it makes for its own in-depth discussion.  Another discussion that can be generated through the information provided in the recording’s packaging is the differences and similarities between the featured musicians’ styles.  Those discussions, coupled with the history lesson that is just as easily generated, show without question the importance of the information featured in the recording’s packaging.  With this in mind, the information provided in the recording’s packaging and the songs themselves go a long way toward making this compilation even more appealing for listeners.  The noted items are not the last of the recording’s notable elements either.  The information presented in the compilation’s liner notes puts the finishing touch to its presentation.

The liner notes add their own appeal to this recording in that they present so much additional background to the songs that can be added into the discussions generated through the recording’s songs and primary information.  Listeners learn in reading the recording’s liner notes, about the roots of the blues, the elements that made up country blues (gospel, Dixieland, Appalachian, etc.)  the backgrounds of some of the featured musicians and even the reality that country blues was a musical form at the time that crossed racial barriers.  Between these notes and others shared in the collection’s liner notes, the information provided in the booklet joins with the information presented about the songs, their performers and years, and the songs themselves to make the record in whole a work that will appeal to blues fans across the board.

World Music Network’s forthcoming blues compilation The Rough Guide To Country Blues is another welcome addition to its ongoing The Rough Guide To…” series of compilations.  That is because it takes listeners back in time through its featured songs.  The information provided about the time period in which the songs were released adds to the recording’s appeal in that said information is certain to start discussions among academics and the uninitiated alike.  The information provided about the featured recordings and artists in the recording’s liner notes is just as certain to create its own share of discussion among listeners, increasing the recording’s appeal even more.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of The Rough Guide To Country Blues.  All things considered, they make the compilation a work that blues fans of all ages will enjoy.  More information on this and other titles from World Music Network is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/WMN_UK

 

 

 

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TNT, Kia Partner To Broadcast 2019 NBA Awards

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Turner Network Television will broadcast the 2019 NBA Awards Monday night.

The broadcast, sponsored by Kia, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  It will broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Los Angeles, CA.  The event honors the top performers from the past NBA season with awards, such as the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Kia Rookie of the Year.

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal will host the broadcast.  Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will become co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award.  The Sager Strong Award is presented annually to one person considered to be a trailblazer in his or her industry while also exhibiting courage, faith, compassion and grace.

The full list of candidates and awards for this year’s broadcast is noted below.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Paul George
James Harden

Additional Award Finalists and Categories

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Deandre Ayton (PHX), Luka Doncic (DAL), & Trae Young (ATL)
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Montrezl Harrell (LAC), Domantas Sabonis (IND), & Lou Williams (LAC)
Kia Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Paul George (OKC), & Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Kia Most Improved Player: De’Aaron Fox (SAC),  D’Angelo Russell (BKN), & Pascal Siakam (TOR)
NBA Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (MIL), Mike Malone (DEN) & Doc Rivers (LAC)
NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente

Monday night’s broadcast will be preceded by a broadcast of NBA AwardsRed Carpet will stream across multiple platforms live at 8 p.m. ET.  Among the platforms where audiences can watch the proceedings are NBA On TNT’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.  It will also stream live via Bleacher Report’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Comedian Tony Rock will co-host the broadcast with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and Turner Sports’ Allie LaForce.  Ro Parrish will serve as the DJ for the event.”Kicks Awards” will also be handed out during the event for the celebrities with the most creative footwear.

More information on TNT’s broadcast of the annual NBA Awards is available online now at:

 

Website: http://tntdrama.com/nba-on-tnt

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAONTNT

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT

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Goo Goo Dolls Debut New Single, ‘Miracle Pill’

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Goo Goo Dolls debuted its latest single this week.

The band debuted its new song ‘Miracle Pill’ Wednesday.  The song is streaming now through multiple outlets here.  The song is the title track to the band’s forthcoming new album, which is scheduled for release this fall.

Goo Goo Dolls front man Johnny Rzeznik explained the concept behind the song in a recent interview.

“‘Miracle Pill’ is a metaphor for the instant gratification and relief we seek from our own circumstances,” Rzeznik said.  “Are you sad? Take a pill. Are you lonely? Get popular on social media.  The fact of the matter is no one has 50 friends, much less 5,000.  I’m just trying to articulate my observations of the second decade of the 21st Century, with all its angst, avarice, confusion and insecurities.  We are inundated by bulls***, cheap, shiny objects and false solutions to every problem and desire we have.  I have no answers to these problems, but i don’t believe hero worship, life hacks, shortcuts and escapism are the answers.  I just want to make a real connection with real people in real time.”

Goo Goo Dolls is in the midst of a tour in support of its forthcoming album.  The tour is scheduled to run through Oct. 2 in Lima, Peru and features performances in cities, such as Clarkston, MI; Raleigh, NC and Tampa, FL.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

2019 Tour Dates
June 22nd – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
June 23rd – Southaven, MS @ BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove*
June 25th – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove*
June 26th – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*
June 28th – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
June 29th – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion*
July 6th – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre*
July 7th – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
July 9th – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place*
July 10th – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park*
July 12th – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion*
July 13th – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater*
July 14th – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach*
July 16th – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*
July 18th – Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam*
July 20th – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*
July 21st – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
July 23rd – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*
July 24th – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center*
July 26th – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
July 27th – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*
July 28th – Gilford, NH @ Meadowbrook Music Pavilion*
July 30th – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Park Pavilion*
August 1st – Scranton, PA @ Pavilion at Montage Mountain*
August 2nd – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center*
August 3rd – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
August 5th – Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood Amphitheatre*
August 6th – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest*
August 7th – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*
August 9th – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*
August 10th – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion*
August 11th – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena*
August 14th – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center*
August 16th – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center*
August 17th – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center*
September 22nd – Recife, Brazil @ Estádio do Arruda
September 25th – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
September 27th – Curitiba, Brazil @ Pedreira Paulo Leminski
September 29th – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Rock in Rio 2019
October 2nd – Lima, Peru @ Estadio Monumental
*Co-headlining dates with Train

More information on Goo Goo Dolls’ new single, album, tour and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.googoodolls.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/googoodolls

Twitter: http://twitter.com/googoodolls

 

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The Black Moods Announce New Live Dates

Courtesy: FM Music Management

The Black Moods has announced a new slate of live dates.

The rock band announced Wednesday, it will launch its new schedule July 14 in in Salt Lake City, UT.  The new live dates are part of the band’s ongoing tour, which will stop in Pinetop AZ Saturday and Madison, WI on June 30 also features performances in cities, such as Wilmington, NC; Denver, CO and Southbend, IN.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

The Black Moods Tour Dates:

6/22 Pinetop, AZ The Lions Den
6/30 Madison, WI WJJO Boob Toob
7/5 Monett, MO First On Front
7/12 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
7/14 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court w/ Them Evils
7/15 Denver, CO Steets w/ Them Evils
7/16 Sioux City, IA The Marquee w/ Them Evils
7/17 Des Moines, IA Leftys w/ Them Evils
7/18 Mankato, MN Whats Up Lounge w/ Them Evils
7/20 OshKosh, WI Rock USA
7/21 Racine, Wi Route 20 w/ Them Evils
7/23 Pekin, IL Twisted Spoke Saloon w/ Them Evils
7/25 Whitesburg, KY The Listening Room Whiteburg
7/26 Toledo, OH Frankies Inner City
7/28 Southbend, IN 103.9 Presents (The Big Growl)
7/30 Waterloo, IA Spicolis Reverb
7/31 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater w/ Gin Blossoms
8/1 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom w/ Gin Blossoms
8/2 Ft. Wayne, IN Sweetwater Pavillion w/ Gin Blossoms
8/6 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre w/ Gin Blossoms
8/7 Chattanooga, TN The Signal w/ Gin Blossoms
8/9 Springfield, MO Mothers Brewing Company (KQRA WienerFest)
8/10 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino (KSHE Pig Roast)
8/13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre w/ Gin Blossoms & Collective Soul
8/14 San Diego, CA Voodoo Room @ HOB
8/15 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre w/ Gin Blossoms & Collective Soul
8/16 Tucson, AZ The Rock

Courtesy: FM Management

The Black Moods debuted its most recent single ‘Bad News’ in March. via PureGrainAudio.com. The single’s video features live footage of the band set against the musical backdrop of the single.

Front man Josh Kennedy talked about the video in a recent interview.

“We put out the video for ‘Bad News’ with live footage from some of our past and current shows from our 2019 NYE show in Tempe, AZ,” Kennedy said.  “that being the band’s home town, we wanted to show not only how much fun we have, but just how great our fans are.  I think the energy from the night shows in it and that a good was had by all.”

The band’s debut of ‘Bad News’ comes almost a year after the band debuted its most recent single, ‘Bella Donna’ last June.  The band has released two albums to date, The Black Moods (2012) and Medicine (2016).

The Black Moods launched a tour in support of both albums and its new singles on March 4 in Ponte Verda, FL.  That tour ran through May 14 in Greesnburg, PA.

The Black Moods’ music can be found online at:

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/track/3dMxvtFNu8IjZRhu4dAyg6
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-news-radio-edit-single/1451621564
Apple Music – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-news-radio-edit/1451621564?i=1451621964

More information on The Black Moods’ tour, music and more is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://www.TheBlackMoods.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/TheBlackMoods

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/theblackmoods

 

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Soulfly Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Soulfly announced a new slate of live dates this week.

The band’s “Blood On The Street 2019 Tour” is scheduled to launch Sept. 3 in Dallas, TX and to run through Sept. 29 in Los Angeles, CA.  The almost month-long, which is in support of Soulfly’s latest album Ritual (2018) tour also features performances in cities, such as Clifton, NJ; Athens, GA and Clarksville, TN.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Tickets are now on sale via www.soulfly.com/shows.

Confirmed dates for SOULFLY‘s Blood On the Street U.S. tour with UNEARTH (Sept 3 – Sept 16),INCITE, PRISON and ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN are:
9/03/2019  Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
9/04/2019  Oklahoma City, OK 89th Street Collective
9/05/2019  Ft Smith, AR The Majestic
9/06/2019  Memphis, TN Growlers
9/07/2019  Cave In Rock, IL Full Terror Assault Festival
9/08/2019  Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
9/09/2019  Buffalo, NY Chrome
9/10/2019  Syracuse, NY Westcott Theater
9/11/2019  New York, NY (le) Poisson Rouge
9/12/2019  Clifton, NJ Dingbatz
9/13/2019  Providence, RI Fete Ballroom*
9/14/2019  Easton, PA One Centre Square*
9/15/2019  Baltimore, MD Soundstage
9/16/2019  Norfolk, VA The NorVa
9/19/2019  Athens, GA 40 Watt ^
9/20/2019  Clarksville, TN The Warehouse ^
9/23/2019  Houston, TX BFE Rock Club ^
9/24/2019  Austin, TX Barracuda ^
9/25/2019  El Paso, TX Rockhouse ^
9/26/2019  Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater ^
9/28/2019  San Diego, CA Brick By Brick ^
9/29/2019  Los Angeles, CA Whisky A Go Go ^
* – No ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN
^ – No UNEARTH

Soulfly’s latest tour announcement comes on the heels of a winter North American tour run that ran from Jan. 25 to Feb. Feb. 26.  The band released a series of videos in support of Ritual, the most recent of which was the lyric video for the album’s single ‘Under Rapture.’  Prior to its release, the band also released a series of videos featuring Soulfly front man Max Cavalera discussing various aspects of Ritual and a group of music videos.

The full list of videos is noted below with their links.

More on Ritual:
“Evil Empowered” track video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB7gYzoVUQw
“Ritual” 360º track video https://youtu.be/z2LHZs7xx-w
“Dead Behind The Eyes” visualizer https://youtu.be/v3uSTOQlDXc
Trailer #1 (album artwork) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPDH-CPWmzo
Trailer #2 (working w/ Josh Wilburhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W_fTgBx2iY
Trailer #3 (album title) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y81QdZPqpeY
Trail #4 (return of tribal elements) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgJGksz66ZA 
Trailer #5 (working with the Navajo tribe) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5cNXiAvmbk
Trailer #6 (choosing what music goes to what project) https://youtu.be/HdqwH3tIA-o
Trailer #7 (working with guest vocalists) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n9a0xVkfjI
WATCH: “Under Rapture”, Lyric Video (Feat.Ross Dolan (IMMOLATION)) 

More information on Soulfly’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.soulfly.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/soulflyofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TheSoulflyTribe

 

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Blacktop Mojo Announces New Album Release, Tour Dates; Premieres Album’s Lead Single, Video

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Blacktop Mojo announced this week, the release date for its new album.

The band announced it will release Under The Sun, its third full-length studio recording, on Sept. 13.  Pre-orders for Under The Sun are open now.  The band debuted the music video for the album’s lead single ‘Can’t Sleep‘ on Wednesday.

The dark, breeding song presents a musical arrangement whose choruses lend themselves to comparisons to Nonpoint’s cover of Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’ while the verses are more akin to so many songs from Breaking Benjamin.  The video is just as dark as the song’s arrangement, finding the band’s front man Matt James carrying a shovel through a forested backdrop at night.  The revelation as to why he is carrying the shovel is even darker.

 

Courtesy: TAG Publicity

Blacktop Mojo will tour in support of Under The Sun this summer.  The band’s tour is scheduled to launch July 12 in Dallas, TX and to run through Sept. 24 in Quapaw, OK.  The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Catch BLACKTOP MOJO Live on the 2019 CAN’T SLEEP TOUR w/Special Guests LULLWATER

07/12 @ The Blue Lights – Dallas, TX
07/13 @ Aftershock – Kansas City, MO
07/14 @ Apollo Theatre – Rockford, IL *
07/16 @ Spicolis – Waterloo, IA +
07/18 @ Durty Nellies – Palatine, IL
07/19 @ Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
07/20 @ Kentucky Bike Rally – Sturgis, KY
07/21 @ Exit/In – Nashville, TN ^
07/23 @ Winchester Music Tavern – Cleveland, OH
07/25 @ Hard Times Cafe – Four Mile Fork @ Fredericksburg, VA
07/26 @ Muddy Creek Saloon – Heath, OH
07/27 @ Cotter Pin – La Crosse, WI
07/28 @ Q and Z – Ringle, Wi
07/31 @ Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
08/01 @ Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
08/02 @ Madam Caroll Boat – Monticello, IN
08/03 @ Moefest – Monticello, IN
08/04 @ Madison Theater – Covington, KY +
08/06 @ Hard Rock Café – Pittsburgh, PA +
08/07 @ The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
08/08 @ Wally’s – Manchester, NH +
08/09 @ Alchemy – Providence, RI +
08/10 @ Spook Hill Bar & Grill – Adams Center, NY
08/11 @ Woodbury Brewing Company – Woodbury, CT
08/14 @ Eclectic Room – Angola, IN +
08/15 @ Illinois State Fair – Grand Central – Springfield, IL
08/16 @ Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
08/17 @ ABATE Summerfest 2019 – Bristol, IN
08/18 @ The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN
08/20 @ Sidetracks – Huntsville, AL +
08/21 @ 1884 Lounge – Memphis, TN +
08/22 @ Temple Live Commandry – Ft. Smith, AR
08/23 @ City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
08/24 @ Downstream Casino – Quapaw, OK

+ w/ Lullwater
* Supporting Nonpoint
^ w/ The Georgia Thunderbolts

Tickets are available here while VIP packages are available here.

 

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Website: http://www.blacktopmojo.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BlacktopMojo

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blacktopmojo

 

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King’s Classic Montreux Show Will Appeal To Her Most Devoted Fans

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Carole King has seemingly done it all over the course of her career.  She has released 17 studio albums, released countless hit songs, earned just as many awards and nominations for her music and even been honored with a Broadway music.  She will also serve as one of the featured performers for this year’s Independence Day celebration on PBS.  That’s a heck of a resume (of sorts), and is surely just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Early this month, Eagle Rock Entertainment released a new archived performance from King from 1973.  The performance, recorded at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival, is a presentation that is sure to appeal to King’s most devoted fan base.  That is due in part to its set list, which will be discussed shortly.  King’s performance of said set list plays into that appeal, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The recording’s liner notes put the final touch to its presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Carole King: Live at Montreux 1973.  All things considered, they make this recording a piece that King’s fans will agree shows why she is “King” in name, but royalty in the bigger picture of the music industry.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new Carole King live recording Live at Montreux 1973 is a presentation that will appeal easily to King’s most devoted fan base.  That is due in no small part to the recording’s set list.  The 15-song set focuses largely on King’s 1973 album Fantasy and her 1971 record TapestryWriter (1970) is represented here with a performance of ‘Up On The Roof,’ but otherwise, the set list is composed of songs from the noted albums.  Fantasy gets the bigger portion of the show, with 10 of the album’s 13 songs featured in the set in the near same sequence as they are presented in the album’s presentation.  The only songs featured in Fantasy that are not featured in this performance are ‘Directions,’ ‘Weekdays’ and ‘Welfare Symphony.’  Again, save for those songs, the rest of Fantasy is featured here in its exact order from the album.  In regards to Tapestry, that record gets seven nods.  The album features 12 songs, to put that previous number into perspective.  In other words, while it may not be featured in whole itself, it certainly receives a healthy representation, too.  The songs are not presented in the same sequence from the album, but King’s most devoted fans will obviously overlook that, considering again just how many of the album’s songs are here.  It is not known why King’s 1971 album Music and its 1972 follow-up Rhymes and Reasons are not featured as part of the set list, considering that the performance featured in this recording came only a month after the original release of Fantasy – this little factoid is one of the interesting notes featured in veteran journalist Jim Farber’s liner notes, and will be discussed later – but that aside, the set list that is presented is such that it will still appeal to audiences even without those albums’ representation.  Keeping all of this in mind, the set list at the center of Live at Montreux 1973 forms a strong foundation for the recording.  That foundation is strengthened even more by King’s performance and that of her band mates who eventually join her on stage.

King’s performance of the show’s set list (and that of her band mates (al clad in St. Louis Blues hockey jerseys – that should add even more appeal to a certain cross section of King’s fan base, considering history was made by the Blues this year) strengthens the recording’s foundation even more because of the group’s ability to pull audiences into the experience.  It is difficult to fully put into words just what it is about the group’s performance, but audiences are pulled into the show through the group’s performance.  Maybe it is the subtlety in King’s own performance.  Maybe it is the subtlety of her band mates’ performances, which build on her own work, or maybe it is all of the above.  Even in the concert’s more energetic numbers, there is a certain control among King and company that creates its own power, and in turn pulls audiences in that much more.  It’s like watching a good movie or reading a really good book.  The collective performances present such expert talent that audiences will have no problem escaping into the performance.  Audiences will know, obviously, they are not there as they watch, but at the same time, the performances make it so easy to get wrapped up in the performance.  That is a tribute to the work of all involved.  When this is considered along with the concert’s set list in general, the two elements together make Live at Montreux 1973 that much more appealing for King’s most devoted fan base.  They are not the only elements of this recording that the noted audiences will appreciate.  The recording’s bonus liner notes put the finishing touch to this recording’s presentation.

The inclusion of bonus liner notes is nothing new for Eagle Rock Entertainment’s live recordings.  The liner notes always add so much to the recordings’ presentations, too.  This recording is no exception to that rule.  As previously noted, veteran journalist Jim Farber – who has worked for outlets, such as Time magazine, The New York Times and Mojo magazine – crafted the liner notes for this recording.  Farber offers plenty of information to add to the experience through his liner notes.  He reveals in his notes that the performance featured here was recorded only one month after King released Fantasy, adding prior to the performance here, the songs featured on that record had not been tested in a live setting.  That is important to note because considering this would have been the first official live outing for Fantasy, it received quite the positive reaction from audiences at the time.  To that end, it makes the recording a certain historical documentation of sorts.  He further states the performance here was a stark contrast to the 10,000 people before whom King had performed only six weeks prior in New York.  Additionally, he notes that the performance featured here marked king’s first-ever international outing.  King jokes nervously with her audience late in the show how little French she knows (for those who might not know, Montreux’s location makes French one of four prominent languages spoken in that region of Sweden.  The other prominent languages spoken in Montreux are German, Italian and Romansh.), leading to some playful laughs from the audience along with King. King even makes light of that herself in the hour-long performance.  As if everything noted here is not enough for audience, Farber also makes note of King’s role in the advent of the Smooth Jazz movement through certain songs that are featured here.  Audiences can read about those songs for themselves.  Between the revelations discussed here and plenty of others that Farber makes in his liner notes, the notes in whole join with the performance to strengthen the presentation of Live at Montreux 1973 even more.  It gives King’s most devoted fan base that much more reason still to add this recording to their own music libraries.  All things considered, the recording in whole leaves audiences agreeing that King is royalty not just in name, but in the bigger picture of the music industry.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recently released Carole King live recording Live at Montreux 1973 is a presentation that King’s most devoted fan base will find appealing with each watch.  That is due, as discussed here, in part to the shows’ set list, which presents King at an early stage of her career; not its infancy, but still very early on.  The performance of King and her fellow musicians will certainly pull audiences into the concert, adding to the experience for the noted audiences even more.  The recording’s bonus liner notes, crafted by veteran journalist Jim Farber puts the finishing touch to the recording’s whole.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Live at Montreux 1973.  All things considered, they  make Live at Montruex 1973 a virtual time capsule of Carole King’s career that her most devoted fans will assuredly appreciate.  It is available now.  More information on Live at Montreux 1973 is available online now along with all of Carole King’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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