100% Paul Cotton: Authentic, True music from an American Master
Paul Cotton, remembered most for his stellar work with Poco, has released 100% Paul Cotton, a new record, with eleven songs. The unique voice and lyricist for iconic tunes like “Heart of the Night” and “Bad Weather”, has been a resident of Key West, Florida for the past nine years.
“I feel really fortunate to live here and be surrounded by the multitude of talent-musically and theatrically, every kind of artist,” says Cotton. “I stay really busy with my group of musicians here, perform in venues and devote time to fund-raising and philanthropic projects.” Fans are delighted to find Cotton performing around Key West. “It’s always such a joy to meet fans and I’m encouraged by them to continue my career.”
Cotton’s career has spanned decades. He’s known best for his seminal work with Poco and counts among his musical friends from Poco – Richey Furay, Jim Messina and Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles. He still performs with legends from other bands in the country rock and rock and roll genre.
“I’ll be reunited with the members of Poco in January for our induction into the Colorado Hall of Fame along with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Manassas (Chris Hillman and Stephen Stills), Firefall and Steve Martin,” says Cotton. “There’s the big Paul Cotton Band Cruise from February 27- March 02, 2015. And I’ll be touring the US during the spring and summer.”
London native and Key West resident Ian Shaw, with Warmfuzz Records (Bill Blue, Matt Backer), mixed Cotton’s latest record.
“Coming from England, I’d heard of Poco, but the only track of theirs that I knew was”Rose Of Cimarron” which was a hit in the UK,” says Shaw. “I think in some way, this gave me some advantage in mixing new versions of some of Paul Cotton’s greatest songs, as I didn’t get bogged down by what the original versions sounded like.
“Working with Ian was an absolute pleasure,” adds Paul. “His knowledge and professional background was invaluable to me and my engineer, Russ Scavelli. Ian’s gear is vintage and modern. He is extremely creative in his approach to mixing. The legendary Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering in Scotland did a great job mastering 100% Paul Cotton.” Cotton notes this newest release is a volume one, and he is working on plans with Ian Shaw for a volume two along with more recordings featuring new material. “The first 500 copies of 100% Paul Cotton are autographed and the response for pre-sales have been overwhelming!” says Cotton.
Showdate: 30 January 2015
Rock Division with Matt Backer and Phil Spaulding
Support act: Faye Clements
The Horseshoe Inn
Tickets: free show
*Matt Backer’s new record Get Backer was just voted #1 Blues Record of 2014 by Birmingham’s Sunday Mercury
*Matt was voted Favourite International Artist of the Year by The Independent Music Network for 2015. He also garnered the award for 2014.
*Matt loves interviews! Let us know if we can arrange a time for you to speak with Matt
Matt Backer is the guitarist with 80’s super group ABC and can be heard
on double BRIT nominee Laura Mvula’s album “Sing To The Moon” as well
as albums by Rumer, Dionne Bromfield, Julian Lennon and many more. He
has appeared on stage, television, and toured the world with a
multitude of artists including Belinda Carlisle, Bananrama, Steve
Earle, Emmylou Harris and Alan Partridge. His 2013 album “Idle Hands”
featured duets with Martin Fry and Julian Lennon and received airplay
on UK commercial and BBC stations including Radio 2. He and Julian Lennon won “Top 40 New Group/Duo of the Year” from New Music Weekly in 2013. Matt was chosen “Favourite International Artist of 2014″ by the Independent Music Network in LA and “Top 40 Breakthrough Artist” of 2014 by New Music Weekly.
My dear friend Jason Hausman captured at work perfectly by photographer Mitchell Kearney
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Jason Hausman operates in the realms of the heart and the mind, to create touching musical messages…
In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all, but very interesting.
So… we were asked to solve a particular problem… I did as directed… “Now find another solution.” I did. “Another.” Again, I found one. “Another” and so on. Finally, I said “There are no more solutions.” So then, what is the principle underlying all of your solutions?
by John Cage from Silence
Who: Rick Booth, Intrepid Artists International
What: 20th Anniversary Celebration “A Rock n’ Roll, Soul & Blues Revival”
When: Saturday February 7 2015 from 7pm until 2am
Where: The Historic Neighborhood Theatre
Tickets: $12/$15 All Ages
Music from Selwyn Birchwood Band (Albert King GuitarAward Winner), The Steepwater Band (Chicago Rock n’ Roll), Simplified (Local Favorites), “The Original” Tishamingo feat. Jesse Franklin (Brantley Gilbert), John Nemeth (2014 Soul/Blues Artist of the Year), Hadden Sayers (Singer/Songwriter and guitarist for Grammy nominee, Ruthie Foster), Nick Schenebelen (Albert King Guitar Award Winner and lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Trampled Under Foot). More Special Guests to be announced
Intrepid Artists International celebrates 20th Anniversary
Rick Booth is the President and founder of Intrepid Artists Int’l. Booth is a native of Charlotte, born February 7, 1965 at Presbyterian Hospital. He is a graduate of Charlotte Latin High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at Wofford College in 1987 and has been an active member in the Charlotte Community ever since. Over the years, Booth has represented the likes of Dickey Betts, Walter Trout, Leon Russell, Jimmy Thackery, Joe Louis Walker, Tab Benoit, Bobby Blue Bland, The Blue Dogs, Simplified and countless other Blues and Roots Rock musicians.
The music business is rife with agencies that pop up and disappear in the blink of an eye. The world of booking original, live music is an art and science and must be approached with passion and perseverance. It’s not for the fainthearted or frightened. Rick Booth knows this and has approached his corner of the music business with integrity and honesty. He’s a connoisseur of music and has made it his life’s work to put musicians in front of audiences world wide. He’s taken his passion for live music and a dedication to artists and talent buyers and parlayed it into one of the most prestigious, internationally recognized booking agencies in the world. In a business that is often marred by unethical behavior and downright greed, Rick remains a stalwart leader of a team of professionals who respect and believe in their award winning artists as well as the buyers who keep them busy.
“I believe in cultivating relationships,” says Booth from his office overlooking the beautiful skyline of Uptown Charlotte, NC. “I’ve always wanted Intrepid Artists to be thought of with honesty and integrity. When we make a commitment to an artist , we take care of them. When we make an arrangement with a talent buyer, we value that arrangement and relationship. It really is all about treating people right. “I am not that religious but I firmly believe in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, You know, treat others the way you would like to be treated. Respect is not something that is given to you. You earn it. So many people just don’t seem to get that these days.”
“You must also surround yourself with good people and allow them to do their jobs. I could not do it all by myself. I have a great staff and most grateful for all of their hard work!”
Intrepid was voted Best Agency by The Blues Foundation in 1997 and 2011. Blues Wax Magazine has cited them as The Best in the Biz. American Blues Scene says,”“ Intrepid Artists may have more class than any other agency and in the meantime provides some of the best music being made to a worldwide audience.”
The event will take place Saturday February 7 at The Neighborhood Theatre and celebrates 20 years of Intrepid Artists history and will feature live music by multiple national and regional Acts and Artists. The event has a limited number of tickets and is open to the public.
Crawdebauchery 2015 is scheduled for March 21, 2015 at The Pompano Beach Ampitheatre.
Southern Comfort Jam Stage features:
Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, The Lee Boys, The Soul Rebels Brass Band and Maggie Koerner and Slow Burn
Abita Zydeco Stage features:
Gal Holiday and the Honkytonk Revue, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, and Grammy winner Chubby Carrier
The best New Orleans Cuisine at The Crescent City Bistreaux from
Shuck-n-Dive, Blue Moon, Texas Hold’em, Smoke BBQ, The Funky Biscuit, Catfish Deweys, and the Roast Chicken Shack
Questions, comments, interviews with the bands and organizers?
The Second Annual CrawDebauchery Festival is Saturday March 21, 2015 at Pompano Beach Amphitheater Field, Florida
Official website: http://crawdebauchery.com
Second Annual CrawDebauchery Festival in Pompano Beach capitalizes on New Orleans crawfish, music and fun March 21, 2015
Crawdebauchery organizer, Don Matthews, remembers his motivation to bring a slice of New Orleans to the Fort Lauderdale area. “The old crawfish festivals are remembered with great fondness,” says Matthews. “That was the motivation to host CrawDebauchery 2014. It’s heartening to hear how happy people are when they learn what they treasured about past festivals- the New Orleans/Zydeco vibe, crawfish, music and food- will return with CrawDebauchery II in 2015 . We had over two thousand people show up at our first festival and are hoping to at least double that number this year.”
Glass Productions will host The Kids’ Zone at Crawdebauchery, open until dusk, with face painting, airbrush artists, jugglers, clowns, storytelling and interactive games, crawfish races and more. The Crawdebauchery vendors alley will feature art and artists from across the southeast.
Food is a focus at Crawdebauchery. The event had a dedicated food area called The Crescent City Bistreaux, presented by Shuck-n-Dive. Restaurants will feature the best in New Orleans fare from a massive crawfish boil, to classic New Orleans dishes like po’boys, beignets, redfish, gumbo, etouffee, pralines, and jambalaya.
“The things that New Orleans represents-the love of food, music and good times- is something I have a passion for, and all the positive feedback from CrawDebauchery 2014 has me convinced all the long days of planning were well worth the effort,” says Matthews. “We hope CrawDebauchery will continue to prosper and expand and we’ll be able to present the unique experience of New Orleans to patrons for a long time.”
This is so beautiful!
Originally posted on Charlotte Hoather:
The Palais Garnier is a magnificent building which seats 1979 people and was built between 1861 and 1875 for the Paris Opera. The architecture is in the Baroque style and designed by Charles Garnier who won the opportunity to design the new Opera House in a competition, (the project was designed by Napoleon III). It is situated at 8 rue Scribe, Place de l’Opera a stroll away from the Louvre and it’s ranked 4th out of 752 places to visit by tripadvisor. The interior is as stunning as the exterior complimented by its spectacular gold statues that glinted in the summer sunshine.
We did a self-guided tour which costed 10 euros for an adult and 6 euros for a student aged 10-25 years. There was an opportunity to…
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Originally posted on Small Town Music Lessons:
With the recent animated musical movie phenomenon, several levels for the piano music has become available. :) Most students who were interested in having the music are set now, but a new level was recently released… for 5-finger piano players (the easiest version I have found). Yes, that would seem to apply to most of the population, but this one is designed for a more simple two-handed piano endeavor. Take a look at the link and order one if you’d like. :) If you prefer I order it for you, I’d be happy to do so. Thanks!
Having a dedicated corner of the world to unleash and implement your musical plans creates a lightening rod between you and Source. When you place yourself at your launch pad, intend to use the space only for the manifestation of dreams. Allow yourself a few minutes to simply connect with your place and open a grateful heart for the blessing of your talent. Ask Spirit’s guidance as you conduct the business of music. Ask for clarity, direction, purpose and success. Ask for help and focus and know, because you have created a space to pursue your dreams, the best will manifest for you in totally right and harmonious ways.
Music people are typically right-brained, tuned more into artist thinking than analytical tasks. You may have to spend a little time training your neglected left brain as you learn to book and manage your business. Musicans are seldom tuned to sitting down to work out budgets, plan and implement a tour, send posters and make phone calls. You may have to trick your artistic side to cooperate as your daily routine involves typical business tasks to move your band forward.
The world of a traveling band requires specific jobs and most importantly JOB DESCRIPTIONS. As you pull together a tour support staff, be sure you’re assigning tasks and duties in a specific way. A written job description is an easy way to keep everyone on task and the tour rolling in the proper direction.
While booking agents tell you where to be and publicists let everyone know you’ll be there, the on the ground support staff of tour managers and techs and roadies are indepensible.
A tour manger, as we’ve discussed, advances shows, books rooms, hires vehicles, books flights, and takes care of day to day management of the traveling ensemble. Guitar/drum/equipment techs and stage managers/roadies may also have a place on the bus as members of the tour team.
Some bands travel with merchandisers who set up tables for tee shirts, cds, stickers, etc. A merchandiser may help with load in and then be responsible for his own retail corner. Merchandisers are in charge of the all important mailing list and may walk around with the list at set breaks, adding names and talking up the band to individuals and groups in the audience. It’s his responsiblity to make sure all merch is clean and presented neatly. He is customer service!
A tech is just that. A person with technical expertise in specific instruments. A guitar tech should know how to do a basic set up and change strings and keep instruments clean and in good repair. If an instrument is damaged, she should know who to call for service. Techs also encompass lighting and sound engineers and some bands tour with both or with one person handling both jobs. Roadies are also an essential element in the basic organization of the tour and duties may include setting the stage (placing water and drinks and towels for artists and making sure the stage and backstage areas function efficiently and safely) , running errands and loading in.
Each person on a tour team has duties and obligations that allow the band to be artists and to focus on writing and shows. The tour team is the foundation a band is built upon.