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Towards the end of his life, trumpeter Miles Davis predicted who some of the greatest artists of the future would be. Published in his autobiography, which was released posthumously, Davis selected three musicians to carry on the burning fire of music: Fela Kuti, Kassav and Prince.With the recent passing of the legendary guitarist, we can look back at this unique relationship between Davis and Prince. Here’s Miles Davis talking about Prince’s influences and abilities:In the autobiography, Davis wrote: “Prince is from the school of James Brown … but Prince got some Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix and Sly in him, also, even Little Richard. He’s a mixture of all those guys and Duke Ellington. He reminds me, in a way, of Charlie Chaplin, he and Michael Jackson … I think Prince’s music is pointing toward the future.”Indeed, Prince would press the boundaries of music forward throughout his entire career, even releasing three albums in the last year alone. Prince’s passing hangs heavy in the hearts of many.One magical night, on the final day of 1987, the two musicians collaborated for a jam session that none will soon forget. Playing music from both of their catalogs, as well as tracks from legends like James Brown, Duke Ellington and more, this was an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at Paisley Park.Listen to the recording from this 12/31/87 session below:
With locations in Las Vegas, London, and, of course, Brooklyn, the beloved Brooklyn Bowl venue continues to be one of the more successful independently owned franchises in the 21st century. Much like Bill Graham’s beloved Fillmore venues, promoter Peter Shapiro continues to forge into new territory. While rumors of a new location in Chicago have been circulating, it seems that the Brooklyn Bowl crew are considering one more new location as well: Nashville.According to a report in the Tennesseean, the Brooklyn Bowl is scouting some locations in Nashville, TN, including spots “along the Charlotte Avenue corridor and… between the area south of Broadway and the Gulch.” The article quotes Jesse Mann, chief strategic officer of Dayglo Ventures LLC – the holding company for the Brooklyn Bowl – as saying, “We’re always on the lookout for unique opportunities to grow Brooklyn Bowl into exciting new markets, and Nashville certainly fits that bill… We love Nashville!”As Brooklyn Bowl locations range from 25,000 to 75,000 square feet, there are certainly a lot of options for the new locale. It will be exciting to see what a Brooklyn Bowl Nashville has to offer.Meanwhile, in a recent interview with Live for Live Music, Shapiro addressed the rumors of a new Chicago Bowl. He said, “I’ve heard the rumors of Chicago too and…I don’t want to get into the formality of confirming, but usually when there’s smoke, there’s fire.” You can read more from Shapiro, including his thoughts on Phish at Lockn’, Fare Thee Well, and more by following this link.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has drawn the ire of many musicians during his campaign, including Adele, The Rolling Stones and more. Even Neil Young begrudgingly allowed Trump to use “Rockin’ In The Free World,” but he had some particularly nasty things to say about Trump in the process. Now, you can add Queen to the list.After celebrating victories on Tuesday night, Trump appeared with the music “We Are The Champions” playing. The band’s guitarist and founding member Brian May said that Trump did not have or ask for permission to use the song, and should not use it going forward. May posted a statement about the song usage on his website.“I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘Letters’ page – about Donald Trump using our ‘We Are The Champions’ track as his ‘theme’ song on USA TV. This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.”The Letters page also links to May calling Trump “unsavoury,” and shows a screenshot of someone else’s Tweet that reads “Freddie Mercury sent a cease and desist from his grave.”With the presidential race heating up, will Trump have any music to walk out to in the future?
David Grisman, perhaps better known by the nickname “Dawg” given him by the late Jerry Garcia, is more than just one of the finest mandolin players of this or any generation, he’s also a true student of bluegrass music. Over his storied career that has seen him play alongside notables like Garcia in the legendary Old And In The Way he has also performed and recorded with Red Allen, Peter Rowan, Stephane Grappelli, the Grateful Dead, John Hartford, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Earl Scruggs, James Taylor and Doc Watson after his tutelage from the late, great Ralph Rinzler.Over the weekend, Grisman and his band The Bluegrass Experience performed at the Clear Creek RapidGrass Bluegrass Festival. Dawg took the opportunity to take the fans in the audience to school, recounting a brief history of the beginnings of bluegrass, from the early recordings that made tiny regional acts into recording stars to Bill Monroe and his backing band, The Bluegrass Boys, from who, an entire genre of music was named.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand and filmed a trio of songs and their scholarly introductions that we’re pleased to share with you. Enjoy!“The Gold Watch and Chain” by The Carter Family“I’m Rolling On” by The Monroe Brothers“Will You Be Loving Another Man” by Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys
As any Pensacola, Florida police officer will tell you, taking calls from the public to investigate “found property” or, in layman’s terms, shit left on the side of the street, will almost always bring you to an interesting find. Earlier today, Officer McLean used some of the useful skills he learned on Phish tour to crack the case of the mysterious roadside bag. Check out the hilarious post from the Pensacola Police Department’s Facebook below: A word to the wise: if this is your package, you should maybe not take Officer McLean up on his offer to chat–it probably won’t go well for you.
A few days ago, Matisyahu released a new song, “Storm Tossed,” written and recorded with Mihali Savoulidis from Twiddle. The two have been performing the song together throughout the summer, and have just posted a music video to go along with its official release (which you can download here).We’ve seen Matisyahu join Twiddle at the Capitol Theatre, and we’ve seen Mihali join Matisyahu in Burlington, but this collaboration is strictly original. The video sees the two musicians traveling from tour buses to summer stages, performing the pop-driven, reggae-inspired tune. Enjoy “Storm Tossed” in the video below:
Last weekend, a bounty of great musicians descended on Thornville, OH for the annual edition of The Werk Out Fest, including jamgrass darlings Greensky Bluegrass and Vermont jam band Twiddle. With so much talent in one festival, the sit-ins were almost an inevitability. Fortunately, the musicians at Werk Out Fest seized the opportunity in grand style.One such opportunity came during Greensky’s set, when the band welcomed out Twiddle guitarist Mihali Savoulidis to sit in on the song “Last Winter In The Copper Country,” originally written by Steppin’ In It. The GSBG favorite was only accentuated by Mihali’s rocking tones, and he gelled well with dobroist Anders Beck during the performance!Thanks to izeoftheworldphotos on YouTube, we can watch this exciting sit-in below. Enjoy!
The King of All Media, Howard Stern, has announced that he has put together a special all-star cast of musicians to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Revolver album. All of the songs were recorded by artists in various studios around the world, and will be featured on a special via the media icons Sirius/XM’s Radio show this coming Friday, October 7th at 5pm EDT.Artists such as Joe Bonamassa recorded “Taxman” live at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, with James Taylor recording a version of “Here, There and Everywhere” in a hotel closet while the singer-songwriter was on tour. The performances will be played in album form on the Stern show special.Here is a list of the other performances:– Cheap Trick “She Said She Said”– Grace Potter “Good Day Sunshine”– Gov’t Mule “And Your Bird Can Sing”– Grouplove “For No One”– O.A.R. “I Want To Tell You”*– Living Colour “Tomorrow Never Knows”*– Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear “Yellow Submarine”– Jewel “Eleanor Rigby”– The Milk Carton Kids “I’m Only Sleeping”– Rachael Yamagata “Love You To”– J Mascis “Doctor Robert”– Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “Got To Get You Into My Life”* Recorded in Howard Stern’s Sirius/XM Studio[via Billboard]
Prince‘s Paisley Park residence has witnessed some incredible recording sessions over the years. And just weeks before the icon’s untimely passing, he hooked up with legendary bassist MonoNeon to record a track titled “RUFF ENUFF” during a session back in January 2016.Also featured on the recording is New Power Generation drummer and long-time friend Kirk Johnson and saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield. “RUFF ENUFF” is a funky instrumental in the same vein of a Parliament-type joint, that was released as a TIDAL-exclusive “Purple Pick of The Week.” Give it a listen below:[via Okayplayer]