Foghat To Release ‘Live At The Belly Up’ On CD Next Month

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This past February, veteran rock outfit Foghat released its new live recording Live at the Belly Up digitally, and this summer, the band will finally release the recording on CD.

Live at the Belly Up will be released on CD Friday, June 30 via the band’s own Foghat Records.  In anticipation of the recording’s release, the band has launched a PledgeMusic campaign giving fans the chance to pre-order the record with exclusive associated merchandise.

Different merchandise is available at different pledge levels. A $15 pledge gets fans a copy of the record along with Access Pass.  A $30 pledge can get fans a Live at the Belly Up t-shirt or drink holder.

Pledge levels go all the way up to $500 and quantities of each item is limited.  Audiences that want to check out the show before they decide whether or not to make that pledge can see a clip of the band performing its hit song ‘Slow Ride’ from the show here.  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

‘Live at the Belly Up’ Track Listing:
Fool for City / Eight Days On The Road
Under the Influence
Stone Blue
Drivin’ Wheel
Knock It Off
Terraplane Blues
Hot Mama
California Blues
I Just Want to Make Love to You
Slow Ride

The band is touring live in support of Live at the Belly Up.  It will be live at The Rose in Pasadena on May 25 and at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on May 26.

It will also join Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy on the pair’s Jeff & Larry Backyard Barbecue this summer beginning August 13 in Saratoga, NY.  The tour’s schedule, which includes a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 15, is noted below.

08/13 – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
08/19 – ENGLEWOOD, CO
08/20 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
08/25 – CLARKSTON, MI
08/26 – NOBLESVILLE, IN
09/15 – CHARLOTTE, NC

As if those live dates are not enough, the band also has scheduled a “Rock of the 70s” Shows with Atlanta Rhythm Section Pure Prairie League, Pat Travers Band and Poco.  It is also scheduled to perform as part of the Rock Getaway on the Riviera Maya from Oct. 26 to Nov. 5. The festival also features performances from Santana, Don Henley, Roger Daltry, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Steve Miller, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood, REO and more.

More information on Foghat’s upcoming live dates, its new live recording and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Foghat’s New Live Recording Does Anything But Go Belly Up

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Courtesy: Foghat Records

This spring, veteran rock band Foghat will release its latest live recording to the masses.  Recorded on Aug. 11, 2016, Live at the Belly Up will be released exclusively on CD in May.  The 11-song recording’s exact in-store release date has not yet been announced. However, it is available now online via the Belly Up website.  It will also be available via iTunes and Amazon soon.  This latest live offering from one of rock’s greatest names offers audiences plenty to appreciate beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance throughout its seventy-four-minute set is just as important to note as the show’s set in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed later.  The set’s sequencing rounds out the most important of the recording’s elements.  It brings everything full circle.  When all three elements are considered together, they present this recording as an easy early pick for one of the year’s top new live CDs.

Foghat’s latest live recording Live at the Belly Up is an easy early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CD recordings.  That is as opposed to the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays, since it appears there are no plans to release the concert on either platform, but rather only digitally and on CD.  It is enjoyable enough that it would be nice to see it released on DVD and /or Blu-ray, though.  That aside, the concert’s CD presentation still boasts enough positives that it proves it won’t go *ahem* belly up itself.  One of its most important elements is its set list.  The 11-song, 74-minute set is not necessarily career-defining.  That is because not every one of its 16 studio albums is represented here.  That aside, the set list still is a solid representation of the band’s body of work to date.  It takes audiences back to the band’s 1972 self-titled debut record and right up to the band’s latest full-length studio recording, 2016’s Under The Influence.  Also getting nods in this concert’s set are the band’s 1974 album Rock and Roll Outlaws, its 1975 record Fool For The City, Night Shift (1976) and Stone Blue (1978).  The show launches with an extensive 11-minute plus medley that features ‘Fool For The City’ and ‘Eight Days on the Road.’  From there, the band transitions to the title track from Under The Influence, keeping the energy flowing.  That transition (and others) will be discussed later.  From start to finish, it is clear that the band aimed to reach as many of its audiences as possible.  To that end, the band is to be applauded.  It is just one of the reasons the band is to be commended in this recording. It is to be commended just as much for its performance of its set list as for the set list alone.

The set list at the center of Foghat’s new live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  While not career-defining, it does show that the band clearly wanted to reach as many audiences as possible.  While the set list is clearly a key piece of the recording’s presentation, it is just one of the recording’s key elements.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list itself in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  While the concert is presented in an audio-only format, it is clear in listening to the concert that the band’s members gave it their all in each song, letting their performances do the talking for them instead of wasting time between songs rambling on aimlessly.  It can be assumed through this that the band likely didn’t waste any energy with on-stage antics, either.  Hopefully a full video recording of the concert will eventually be released to prove that, too. Being that it sounds like the band put all of its collective energies into its performance, rather than wasting those energies, it makes the band’s performance in whole entirely enjoyable from beginning to end. This proves clearly why the band’s performance is so important to the recording’s presentation.  As important as it is to the recording’s presentation, it still is not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The set’s sequencing is important in its own right, too.

The set list featured in Foghat’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key elements of its overall presentation.  While they are both important to the recording’s presentation, they are not the recording’s only key items.  The set list’s sequencing is important to examine, too.  It has already been pointed out that the set list shows a clear attempt by the band to reach as many audiences as possible over the course of its 11 songs.  On another level, the set’s ordering shows just as much thought.  The set list begins with a couple of classic compositions before moving into a much more recent piece in its second (technically third) song.  From there, the band goes back in time again with two more classics in ‘Stone Blue’ and ‘Drivin’ Wheel.’  What’s interesting to note of those songs is that ‘Stone Blue,’ while a classic, is still more recent than ‘Drivin’ Wheel.’  To that end, the band still followed the “newer/older” formula that spans the course of the show’s set list.  That constant back and forth ensures the band never sticks to one part of its career or another at any one point.  It keeps the set list mixed up all while covering as much of its back catalogue as possible.  That being the case, it shows that just as much thought went into the set list’s sequencing as the set list’s featured songs.  That in turn adds even more depth and enjoyment to the concert.  When it is joined with the set’s featured songs and the band’s performance of those songs, the end result is a concert that Foghat fans of all ages will enjoy equally.  It combines to exhibit in whole why this recording is an easy early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Foghat’s new live recording Belly Up is a live show that is sure to do anything but go belly up.  This 11-song, 74-minute recording is an easy, early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.  That is due in part to a set list that spans a respectable portion of the band’s catalogue.  The band’s performance of that extensive set list is just as important to the recording’s presentation as its set list.  That is because of the energy put into the performance by each of the band’s members.  The set list’s sequencing rounds out the concert’s most important elements.  Each element shows, as noted already, to be important in its own way to the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, this recording proves to be one that will do anything but go belly up.  Rather, it will be an easy pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.  The recording is available now online via The Belly Up’s website.  It will be available later this spring on CD in stores.  More information on Live at the Belly Up is available online now along with all of Foghat’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Foghat To Re-Issue ‘Under The Influence’ On Vinyl

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Courtesy: Foghat Records

Foghat, one of the greatest names from the music industry’s vinyl era, is returning this fall with a vinyl re-issue of its latest full-length studio recording.

Under The Influence will be released on vinyl this Friday. The record will be released via Foghat’s own Foghat Records on a double-disc 180-gram presentation.  As an added bonus for fans, some independent record stores across the country will include posters with the record’s release.  Others will even hold listening parties to celebrate the record’s vinyl re-issue along with tastings of Foghat Cellars Wines.

The list of stores that will hold listening parties to celebrate the album’s vinyl re-issue is noted below.

Listening parties at these indie record stores on October 21st at 7:00 P.M local time (in each time zone)

— Cactus            Houston, TX
— Music Millennium    Portland, OR
— Fingerprints        Long Beach, CA
— Record Archive      Rochester, NY
— Park Ave CDs        Orlando, FL

 

Bassist Bryan Bassett and drummer Roger Earl were ecstatic when they discussed the album’s upcoming vinyl re-issue.

“A couple things I love about new vinyl releases is the re-emergence of an old art form – I.E. album cover art and the return of high-quality analog audio played through great old stereos being pulled from the garage and resurrected,” Basset said.

Earl shared Bassett’s sentiment, adding that he appreciated having liner notes and photos to go with the experience.

“It’s black, it’s shiny, it’s beautiful and some really beautiful noises come out of it!,” Earl said.  “And you can actually read the liner notes and see the photos!”

Under The Influence was originally released this past June. Since its release, the record has gone on to become the band’s most successful record to date.  It debuted at #17 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums Chart and #40 on the magazine’s Independent Albums Chart.

The record’s track listing is noted below.

‘UNDER THE INFLUENCE’ VINYL TRACKLISTING:

Side 1
Under The Influence
Knock It Off
Ghost

Side 2
She’s Got a Ring in His Nose
Upside of Lonely
Heard it Through the Grapevine

Side 3
Made Up My Mind
Hot Mama
Heart Gone Cold

Side 4
Honey Do List
All Because of You
Slow Ride

 

More information on Under The Influence is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and tour dates at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/FOGHAT

 

 

 

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Foghat Shows Real Rock and Roll Is Still Alive And Well On Its New LP

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Courtesy: Foghat Records

2016 has been quite the year for the rock community.  Over the nearly eight months that have already pass, the rock community has seen a number of impressive new releases with plenty more on the way.  Those impressive releases have come from both independent acts such as Buffalo Summer, Love and a .38, and Resurrection Kings and from more well-known acts the likes of Santana, Rich Robinson, and the focus of today’s review, Foghat.  The veteran rock band released its latest album Under The Influence late last month.  The album, the band’s seventeenth full-length studio recording, is also one of the year’s top new rock records so far.  From beginning to end, this twelve-song record presents everything that is right with rock.  That includes both the musical arrangements that form the foundation of each song and their lyrical content.  One of the songs that best exemplifies this is ‘The Upside of Lonely.’  It is the antithesis of the breakup song.  ‘Knock It Off’ exemplifies it just as much.  Much the same can be said of ‘Hot Mama.’  Each song shows in its own way what makes Under The Influence everything right about rock.  Those songs join with the album’s other nine offerings to make the album in whole, one of 2016s top new rock records so far and one of the year’s top new albums overall, too.

Being considered “under the influence” is typically considered a bad thing.  It means that someone has in his or system something that he or she shouldn’t have.  However in the case of Foghat’s new album, being “under the influence” of the band’s music is a good thing.  It is in fact a very good thing.  That is because over the course of its twelve total songs, the only high that listeners will get is a musical high.  That is because this record exhibits over that span everything that is right with rock and roll today.  It proves that true blue-collar rock and roll is still alive and well.  This is exhibited clearly in the form of ‘The Upside of Lonely.’  The playful, blues-infused tune is the complete antithesis of the breakup song.  Charlie Huhn’s bluesy licks and Scott Holt’s vocal delivery couple with Craig MacGregor’s bass line to form a solid foundation for the song.  Their work conjures thoughts of an upscale jazz and blues club.  Drummer Roger Earl’s equally solid timekeeping strengthens that foundation even more.  The combination of these elements instantly makes the arrangement in whole infectious and a favorite among the album’s overall arrangements.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important.  Lyrically speaking, the song is the total antithesis of the breakup song.  Holt sings here about all the positives of being alone versus being in a relationship.  He sings, “The good thing about you being gone/I can watch the game all day long/I can stretch my legs out in the bed/Extra pillows underneath my head/Don’t know why nobody told me about the upside of lonely/I got a lot more room for all my stuff/And I only have to wash one cup/I can stay up late and play my guitar/And the groceries go twice as far/Don’t know why nobody told me about the upside of lonely/You girlfriends ain’t ringin’ the phone off the wall/And I never have to hear from my mothering-law/I ain’t cut the grass since the middle of June/I smoke a big cigar in my living room/I don’t know why nobody told me about the upside of lonely.”  What man won’t smile and pump his first in the air in agreement with this sentiment?  Listeners should keep in mind that Holt sings these lines with his tongue planted firmly in cheek.  There’s not a single hint of animosity as he sings these lines or the lines that follow.  Keeping that in mind, the song’s Stevie Ray Vaughan style musical arrangement and its playful lyrical content couple here to make this song a clear example of why Foghat’s new album its own collective example of all that is right with rock and roll today and why the album is also one of the year’s top new rock and overall records.  It is just one of the album’s key compositions, too.  ‘Knock It off’ also serves to help UTI (as it will henceforth be known) stand out in whole.

‘Upside of Lonely’ is a clear example of what makes UTI stand out among its counterparts in the rock community this year.  That is due to its bluesy, Stevie Ray Vaughan style musical arrangement and its playful lyrical content.  It is just one of the record’s key compositions.  ‘Knock It Off’ serves to show what makes UTI stand out just as much as ‘Upside of Lonely.’  Only it does so in a different way.  In listening to this song, listeners that know their music history will instantly note the stylistic similarity to AC/DC in terms of the song’s musical arrangement.  It is a driving, straight-forward 4/4 rocker that is infectious in its very own way.  It does plenty to make the song stand out among the rest of the album’s offerings.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out, too.  The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as its musical content.  Huhn makes no bones about the song’s message here.  He (or the song’s subject) is addressing someone whose sole intent in life seems solely to be making trouble and making others miserable.  He sings to that person in a very matter of fact fashion, “Don’t need no excuses/You like stirrin’ my cup/And pullin’ my strings/You keep winding me up/You think I’m overreacting/There’s a line you cross over/Just give me a reason/I got a chip on my shoulder/So knock it off/Knock it off/You’d better knock it off/I’ve got a chip on my shoulder…so knock it off.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “You keep pushin’ and pushin’/You just won’t let up/We gotta settle this quickly/And get out of this rut/I see you lookin’ for trouble/Well I desire some, too/Well just give me a reason/Double dare you to knock it off.”  Who out there hasn’t dealt with someone such as the subject being addressed here?  Exactly.  Considering this, the song becomes a great way to blow off some steam in dealing with such individuals instead of risk losing their jobs or safety over those people.  Keeping this in mind, it serves even more to show why this song is so important to the overall presentation of UTI.  It is still not the last example of what makes UTI stand out, either.  ‘Hot Mama’ serves to show what makes UTI such an important new offering from Foghat just as much as ‘Knock It Off’ and ‘Upside of Lonely.’

‘Upside of Lonely’ and ‘Knock It Off’ are both key examples of what makes Foghat’s new album such an important new offering in this year’s field of new rock albums.  Both songs’ musical arrangements harken back to a better age of rock; an age when rock was great because of its simplicity.  The songs’ lyrical content is just as important to note because of their clear, simple messages.  The prior is the antithesis of the breakup song and the other is a loud, confident statement defying those that would make others’ lives miserable.  The combination of each song’s musical arrangement and lyrical content make each song in whole important in its own right to the album’s overall presentation.  They are, again, just two key compositions included in the body of UTI, though.  ‘Hot Mama’ is just as important to note in examining the album’s body as ‘Upside of Lonely’ and ‘Knock It Off.’  That is because it stands apart from those songs (and the rest of the album’s offerings’) just as much as they do from one another and the rest of the album’s songs.  This song’s musical arrangement helps it stand out with its pure, old school southern rock and roll sound.  It conjures thoughts of Lynyrd Skynyrd and others of that ilk with its riffs.  That is just one part of what makes this record stand out.  The song’s lyrical content is just as notable here as its musical arrangement.  It is so important to note because it is in direct contrast to that of ‘Upside of Lonely.’  Whereas that song touted the positives of bachelorhood this song is more of a fun little piece about a man who has found quite the woman.  There is even a bit of innuendo so to speak in the song’s lyrical content as Huhns subject sings to that woman, “Hot mama/Who’s gonna fan your flame/Hey hot mama/Let me be your fireman” in the song’s chorus.  Whether or not that innuendo was intentionally inserted is anyone’s guess.  But one can’t deny that it is there unintentional or not.  The woman in question is obviously attractive, though.  Huhn’s subject makes that clear as he says to her, You give me a fever/When I’m standing next to you/You’re gonna burn down the house/Lookin’ like you do/Hot mama/Who’s gonna fan your flames/Hey hot mama/Let me be your fireman.”  If this doesn’t get any couple in the mood for a *ahem* busy night then nothing will.  That is because between its “fiery” musical energy and equally notable lyrical content, it will definitely light some flames of passion.  Considering this, it shows once more why this song stands out so loud and proud among the rest of the album’s offerings.  When it is considered along with ‘Upside of Lonely’ and ‘Knock It Off’ all three songs make rather clear why UTI is such an impressive new effort from Foghat.  When listeners hear them, and the rest of the album’s songs, they will agree that every rock purist will want to be under its influence.

Foghat’s new album Under The Influence is a record that is one of 2016’s top new rock records and top new albums overall.  That is because from beginning to end it exemplifies everything that is right with rock and roll today.  It shows that rock is thankfully still alive and well.  Between the album’s overall musical content and its lyrical content, there is plenty to appreciate about the record.  This is evident not just in the songs directly discussed here but in each of the album’s offerings.  In considering this listeners will agree that every rock purist will want to be under its influence.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on Under The Influence is available online now along with all of Foghat’s news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.foghat.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FOGHAT

 

 

 

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