4/16/17

Rest In Peace Allan Holdsworth (August 6, 1946 - April 16, 2017)

Music Industry Friends Share Appreciation for Allan Holdsworth

Hello to my friends and colleagues in music. Along with Manifesto Records’ Dan Perloff, it’s been a pleasure to work Allan and his two new reissues: the box set:“The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever” which has all of Allan’s solo albums, and “Eidolon,” a 2 CD collection that Allan chose the songs for.

Between April 4 and April 10, Allan played 3 SOLD OUT shows in Southern California. He left us on a high chord!

A tech-savvy man of 71, he taught me to have fun with my cellphone, as he always requested that we text important notes to him. No email, just texting! He got me using emojis like the British flag, pictures of snowmen, and broken hearts. Allan’s favorite was a smiley guy that gritted its teeth.

I will be making MP3s available for radio programmers, music supervisors, and other accredited journalists—please email me if you’re interested.

This note is a scrapbook of remembrances from friends of Allan’s. Chris Hoard’s two paragraph recollection will give biographical insight and personal remembrances. I’m also including links to video, writing, and a podcast interview. In the next few weeks there will be a variety of articles on Allan—interviews conducted by Bill Kopp for PROG magazine and Joe Lalaina for GUITAR WORLD.

One of the fans posted on his Facebook page, “I swear he made some chords up.”

Robben Ford dubbed Allan “the John Coltrane of the guitar.”

This instructional video, put out by Alfred Music in the 1980s, shows Allan explaining how he comes up with his chords: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h-MdM7JCGs

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a number of industry people that have worked intently with Allan through the years: Manifesto Records’ Dan Perloff, manager Leonardo Pavkovic, music writer/researcher/Allan friend Chris Hoard, guitar maker Jim Reiske, photographer Glen Laferman. Under their thoughts are links to some of my favorite interviews that Allan did in the past few months. Eric Harabadian was the last person that interviewed Allan.

NOTES FROM FRIENDS AND THE MEDIA

“I feel very fortunate to have been the producer on the recent Allan Holdsworth reissue projects for Manifesto Records. Getting to know Allan over the last year and putting together something for him that will honor his great legacy was a privilege. Allan hadn’t played out in a while, but had recently done four sold out shows in Southern California, that’s what I call going out on a high note!"
-Dan Perloff, Manifesto Records,

  "There is no greater measure of a life well-lived than the amount of people he had impacted, and by that measure the artist Allan Holdsworth lived a very good life. This man took a plank of wood, a few strings and some wires and transformed people's lives in a way that few others have. The ultimate genius of the rarest kind. So much history with Allan."
–Leonardo Pavkovic, MoonJune Music (associated with Allan Holdsworth between 2001-2016)

“Allan is a celebrated musical legend among so many great contemporaries, and among today’s younger generation of master musicians whom he performed and collaborated up until his sudden passing.  So many of the most revered musicians of the half-century consider Allan Holdsworth to be one music’s leading musical innovators and most original voices. Those close to him knew him as a humble genius with a wonderful sense of humor, and a generous and kind soul at his core.  Allan’s many collaborations are now the stuff of legend, as were his friendships, collaborations, touring performances and recordings with so many jazz and rock luminaries, among them the late Tony Williams, Jack Bruce, Gordon Beck, and John Wetton among others.   

“Allan’s career began as a London-based journeyman sideman who captivated the attention and imagination of guitarists world over was unparalleled in modern times—he recorded and toured with Soft Machine, U.K., Bill Bruford, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gong, Stanley Clarke, and performed as a member of HoBoLeMa, the improvisatory “supergroup” ensemble which last performed in 2014; it was formed by Frank Zappa/Jeff Beck drummer Terry Bozzio, with drummer Pat Mastelotto, and bassist/stick player Tony Levin.  In 1980 Holdsworth launched a successful solo career with drummer/keyboardist Gary Husband, which began a succession of self-produced studio albums band leader and principal composer featuring his singular “Holdsworthian” conception.  Allan had just released his solo career retrospective 12-CD box set of 11 studio albums, and one live disc, aptly titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever.  Holdsworth strongly resisted the proposed name, but eventually allowed it, having been lobbied by many friends and fellow musicians that it was indeed an accurate view of how his fellow musicians and fans viewed his contribution to music and the evolution of his instrument.”
-Chris Hoard  

“There is an indisputable truth suspended in all the music Allan created. The burden of being a mortal, saddled with this answer to a universe of creativity, weighed heavily on Allan. He was the temporary flame keeper, like Parker and Coltrane before him. His musical genius was searing. I will miss his humbleness and hospitality. Seldom has a man walked so unassuming a walk and influenced so many fellow human beings. Rest in Peace Maestro.”
—singer/songwriter Jim Reiske built several guitars for Allan, “We have been friends since mid 1980s. He was like a brother.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the loss of my friend and client, Allan Holdsworth. I have been Allan’s photographer nearly 33 years, and just saw him live last week. His box set was just released. Condolences to his family and circle of friends. He and Gary Moore are drinking with God. Goodbye my friend, and thank you for your music and friendship.”
-Glen Laferman, photographer

More Allan info for you:

George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune Obituary:
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/music/sd-et-music-holdsworth-obit-20170416-story.html

Eric Harabadian conducted Alan’s last official interview for DOWNBEAT:
http://downbeat.com/news/detail/qa-with-allan-holdsworth-the-man-who-changed-guitar-forever

Friends of Dan has friends and fans of Allan talking about his guitar chops interspersed in a very spiritual interview about playing his instrument:
http://www.friendsofdanmusicpodcast.com/allan-holdsworth/

Delightful overview on Allan’s boxset by John Kelman
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/allan-holdsworth-the-man-who-changed-guitar-forever-by-john-kelman.php

4/15/17

Photo Opp: Phoebe Legere, Mike Keneally, Joe Deninzon at The Iridium

Electric Violinist/Singer Joe Deninzon & Singer/Songwriter/Keyboardist Phoebe Legere turned out for Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins’ two night residency at New York City’s Iridium. All three artists have a powerful mutual respect for one another.

Legere is celebrating the release and Top ten success on the Alternate Roots chart, plus Top 30 on Roots and Americana Radio of her new album, HEART OF LOVE. The Hamptons, NY will be playing host to Fourth of July with Phoebe this summer. Look for events leading up to a big party and concert on July 4 at Stephen Talkhouse. She recently signed with Jeff Miller for booking her Cajun Jamboree in PACs and Casinos. Look for an announcement for a new record deal for an all-French album, something this treasure of an artist has always wanted to do. Visit www.PhoebeLegere.com.

Deninzon is finishing up a new album. GUILTY OF INNOCENCE, with his band Stratospheerius, and special guests Rave Tesar (keyboardist, Renaissance) and Alex Skolnick (guitarist) for release this fall. Look for an announcement of him being signed to an great prog label early May. They will be playing Chicago’s ProgtoberFest this fall. Enjoy photos and stories of Joe’s work at www.joedeninzon.com/category/news/. www.joedeninzon.com/category/news/.

Mike is writing new songs with Devin Townsend. Mike will be touring in Europe this summer with a trio called the Mike Keneally Report, and touring the west coast in August with his longtime band Beer For Dolphins (who will also appear at Progtoberfest in Chicago this October). In the works is a semi-secret new band project with former members of Zappa Plays Zappa and a current member of Umphrey's McGee. Hey, Mike also appears on a song on Mastodon’s new  album "Emperor Of Sand.”  Visit his website at Keneally.com, and check out Mike’s  recent albums including Scambot 2, Sluggo!, and Wing Beat Fantastic which features songs he co-wrote with XTC’s Andy Partridge.

4/5/17

Planet Heart’s 10th Anniversary World Peace Earth Day Celebration and Benefit on Saturday, April 22

Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew – 263 West 86th Street
Cross Streets: Corner of West End Avenue and 86th Street
Nearest train: 1
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 6:30PM Sharp-10PM - Doors Open & Registration at 6pm. 
$25 Adv., $33 Door

For tickets and more information, visit our website at http://www.planetheart.org, or call 212-222-5432 or email earthday@wetheworld.org.

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Come join us in NYC for A Very Special Evening with our Conscious Community as we Gather in Unity, Honoring Mother Earth & The New Earth. Listen to Inspirational Talks, Experience Live Music Performances, Inspired Poetry, along with Guided Meditations. Heal, Awaken & Be Ignited through Vibrational Sound Activations & Inner Shamanic Journeys, as well. There will be Vendors, Celebrations & Prayers for World Peace, Planet Earth & All Inhabitants. 

Featuring Myra Jackson (Evocateur of the Sacred), Julian Michael (Celebrity Numerologist), Jodi Serota (Metaphysical Educator, Channel, Vibrational Healer, Professional Artist), Bethany & Rufus (Bethany Yarrow is the daughter of Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary), Rev. Deborah Moldow (Representative to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society), Olivia Olkowski (Shamanic Healer, Peruvian Pachakuti Mesa holder (Shaman), with host Mark Becker (creator and producer of the NEW LIFE EXPO).  

Produced by Andrew Kaen in Association with We, The World (fiscal sponsor), and Jodi Serota.

“This is Planet Earth, yet, we are also living on Planet Heart. Where our hearts beat as one - We Are One. We just have to remember. This event is about bringing people together to remember who we are, to heal the world. ” – Founder, Andrew Kaen.

www.PlanetHeart.org

3/21/17

Guitar Legend Allan Holdsworth 12 CD Box Set Collection and Accompanying Double CD Collection

THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER Box Set
EIDOLON-a 2-CD Best Of To Be Released on Manifesto Records on April 7th.

Los Angeles, CA-based Manifesto Records will release a new, complete 12-CD box set by guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, along with a 2-CD updated and expanded “best of” collection selected by the artist, titled Eidolon.

Manifesto Records referenced the box set’s seemingly portentous title from the cover story title featuring Holdsworth in Guitar Player magazine’s April 2008 edition. Given his humble nature, Holdsworth is a bit embarrassed by the title and finds the notion that he changed “guitar forever,” somewhat overblown—more befitting of names like Orville Gibson, Leo Fender, or Ned Steinberger.

Holdsworth, born in Bradford England in 1946, embarked on a solo career as composer and bandleader exclusively in 1979. Holdsworth’s career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist’s 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.

From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and the archival 2003 live release, Then!, recorded live in Tokyo in 1990. All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Also included are the Grammy-nominated Road Games, (1983), Metal Fatigue (1985), Sand (1987), Secrets (1989), Wardenclyffe Tower (1992), Hard Hat Area (1993), None Too Soon (1996), The Sixteen Men of Tain (2000), and Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie (2001).

Holdsworth has been recognized by many of the world’s most accomplished and unique rock and jazz guitar virtuosos. Luminaries including Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, Tom Morello universally expressed reverence and astonishment at Holdsworth’s pioneering approach to his playing and vast vocabulary of “uncommon” chord voicings.

He further expanded the guitar’s orchestral potential with a range of electronic effects, then moved on to become one of the early innovators of guitar-based synthesizer controllers. In the nearly five decades Holdsworth has been touring, collaborating, and recording, he has created an immense sonic and musical legacy.

In the ‘70s he played with legendary Miles Davis drummer, Tony Williams and Cream bassist Jack Bruce as the band Lifetime, and toured with Soft Machine. He worked with former Yes and King Crimson drummer, Bill Bruford’s first solo project, Feels Good To Me, and subsequent recordings with Jean-Luc Ponty, and Gong. Bruford suggested Allan for the progressive-rock “supergroup,” U.K., which, along with Bruford, also featured John Wetton and Eddie Jobson. Both The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever and Eidolon will become precious to those who love the world’s great guitarists. Fans of deeply unique, sonically rich and pristine recordings of great musicians taking their music to the next level and beyond, will also be in awe of these collections.

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www.Manifesto.com | facebook.com/allanholdsworthmusic

Amazon Preorder Links: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever
https://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Changed-Guitar-Forever/dp/B01N5P4DLD/ref=pd_bxgy_15_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=114FQBNT8G0S6NJR2KE9

Eidolon
https://www.amazon.com/Eidolon-Allan-Holdsworth/dp/B01MZ9MJN8/ref=pd_bxgy_15_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01MZ9MJN8&pd_rd_r=WRMTGKTVCWHHRABY2813&pd_rd_w=XGPWl&pd_rd_wg=pntBS&psc=1&refRID=WRMTGKTVCWHHRABY2813

Anne & Her Artists Remember Chuck Berry

  When you lose someone you love, you tend to compare notes with friends.  Four of my artists and I have things to say about Chuck Berry’s impact on our works.

“I thought he was just great.”
-Allan Holdsworth 

“I saw Chuck Berry open for Frank Zappa, Oct. 8th, 1971 at the New Haven Arena with Syracuse legends Bobby Comstock and the Counts backing him up (and they were damn good too, no ‘sloppy back-up band” from my hometown)… and I recall thinking, “This is the greatest rock’n’roll show I have ever witnessed.”
-Gary Lucas  

“Chuck Berry was the TRUE king of Rock’n’Roll! A revolutionary performer with a dynamic stage presence. He created the duckwalk, revolutionized slide guitar and rock guitar soloing. He created the blueprint that we follow to this day. Long live the king!”
-Joe Deninzon    

“Chuck Berry: Took the classic slide guitar double stop and simplified it to its orgiastic essence.
Chuck Berry shaped the vocabulary of rock n roll with a wizard smile and the flesh of a single finger.
Chuck served it up smoking hot, real and golden brown to a mass audience of sex-crazed pubescent malcontents,
Chuck exposed the dark and grinning demonic scatalogical backside of the American Dream,
He transformed Ida Red to Maybelline in a brilliant stroke of Commercial Pop Art savvy.
He made us shiver with joy at the sound of of his libidinous luminosity.
Chuck also tortured 3 generations of mercenary pick-up bands who shit in their pants just trying, in vain, to please him.”
-Phoebe Legere

“I’ve stolen so much from him.I loved that he created the phrase ‘motorvating over the hill.’ I stole that for a Motivational article I posted; Wayne Kramer wrote me a note, and gave me thumbs up. I’ve stolen from Wayne, too!  Hail hail rock and roll!”
—Anne Leighton

3/14/17

Allan Holdsworth Record Release Party, April 4 in Venice, CA

Please share this downloadable flyer of Allan's Record Release Party in Los Angeles County on April 4.
Manifesto Records is presenting a special record release party for Allan Holdsworth on Tuesday, April 4, at 8:30 PM, at the Del Monte Speakeasy in the Venice Townhouse.
The Venice Townhouse is at 52 Windward Ave., in Venice.
Allan's band features Virgil Donati (drums), Steve Hunt (keyboards), and Evan Marien (bassist).
Opening is Cameron Morgan.
This is a 21 and over show.
Admission is $20.
the venue phone is 310-392-4040.
The website is www.townhousevenice.com
Tickets are available online at nightout.com/events/alan-holdsworth/tickets
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/503430859827506/

Allan Holdsworth has two reissue packages coming out on April 7. There is his 12 CD Box Set, THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER and a 2-CD retrospective, EIDOLON, which features songs handpicked by the maestro, himself.

Guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist’s 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.   

From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and ending the archival 2003 live release, THEN!, recorded LIVE IN TOKYO in 1990.  All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits. Also included are the Grammy-nominated ROAD GAMES, (1983), METAL FATIGUE (1985), SAND (1987), SECRETS (1989), WARDENCLYFFE TOWER (1992), HARD HAT AREA (1993), NONE TOO SOON (1996), THE SIXTEEN MEN OF TAIN (2000), and FLAT TIRE: MUSIC FOR A NON-EXISTENT MOVIE (2001). 

Holdsworth has been recognized by many of the world’s most accomplished and unique rock and jazz guitar virtuosos. Luminaries including Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, Tom Morello universally expressed reverence and astonishment at Holdsworth’s pioneering approach to his playing and vast vocabulary of “uncommon” chord voicings.  

He further expanded the guitar’s orchestral potential with a range of electronic effects, then moved on to become one of the early innovators of guitar-based synthesizer controllers. In the nearly five decades Holdsworth has been touring, collaborating, and recording, he has created an immense sonic and musical legacy.     

Both THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER and EIDOLON will become precious to those who love the world’s great guitarists. Fans of deeply unique, sonically rich and pristine recordings of great musicians taking their music to the next level and beyond, will also be in awe of these collections.    

Allan Holdsworth online: facebook.com/allanholdsworthmusic/

3/8/17

Elliott Murphy: "Could have written a novel, but wrote an album" is now obsolete! :)

ELLIOTT MURPHY BOOK ADVISORY

In addition to his thirty-five albums and a globe spanning forty-four year career in music, ELLIOTT MURPHY has written and published two novels MARTY MAY & POETIC JUSTICE, a collection of short stories PARIS STORIES, and a book of poetry FORTY POEMS IN FORTY NIGHTS that are all receiving rave reviews. Join his ever increasing throng of delighted readers - visit the ELLIOTT MURPHY author page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Elliott-Murphy/e/B004MQG6P6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1488489154&sr=1-2-ent
OR BITLY: http://amzn.to/2lMcsmQ

Downloadable photo art of Elliott's books at https://www.flickr.com/photos/8320698@N05/albums/72157611847817960/page2

www.ElliottMurphy.com

3/7/17

Ian Anderson: Tour. New Album: The String Quartets

“Loco (Locomotive Breath),” from the new JETHRO TULL- STRING QUARTETS’ album by Ian Anderson and the Carducci String Quartet, just premiered at billboard.com. “Loco” is a string quartet arrangement of “Locomotive Breath” Jethro Tull’s 1978 hit of the group’s album, BURSTING OUT. CLICK HERE to read Billboard's new interview with Ian, conducted by renown music journalist Gary Graff. ​ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7708994/jethro-tull-string-quartet-locomotive-breath-premiere?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

The STRING QUARTETS’ version is an instrumental features violin, viola, cello and bass, and Ian Anderson on flute. It was arranged by Ian’s keyboardist John O’Hara, whose mission was to “delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work.” O’Hara also felt “a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song.”

Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. With nearly 50 years’ history, the band has performed more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year. Now, Ian Anderson, John O’Hara, and the Carducci Quartet are set to release Jethro Tull - The String Quartets, a collection of 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band’s vast catalog in a new way.

About The Carducci Quartet:  Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC.  Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works.

The album will be available in the U.S. on March 24, 2017 via The End Records/BMG. CLICK HERE to reserve your physical copy today!

01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses) **
07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song) **
10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells) **
12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)

After the album’s release, Ian Anderson will return to the United States this May, June, August, and November to present multi-media JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson concerts in the Mountain States, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, the Midwest, Florida. He will be accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), and Scott Hammond (drums). Please see below for concert dates and ticket links.  More shows to be announced.

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson - U.S. Tour
05/23: Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
05/26: Red Rocks Amphitheater; Morrison, CO (with the Colorado Symphony)
05/27: Route 66 Casino; Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM  
05/28: Plaza Theatre PAC; El Paso, TX  
05/30: Smart Financial Centre; Sugar Land (Houston), TX  
05/31: ACL Live at the Moody Theater; Austin, TX 
06/01: Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater; Durant, OK  
08/08: Bethlehem MusikFest, Bethlehem, PA
08/15: Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC
08/17: Interlochen, Interlochen, MI
08/18: Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI
08/19: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
08/20: Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum,Windsor ON
08/22: First Niagara Presents Tuesday in the Park, Lewiston, NY
11/1: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ
11/4: Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
11/5: France-Derrick PAC-Hippodrome, Baltimore, MD
11/7: Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
11/8: Walt Disney Theater, Orlando, FL
11/9: The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
11/10: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL

www.Jethro Tull.com
www.twitter.com/JethroTull

3/4/17

Phoebe Legere's Heart of Love Album

Heart of Love is Phoebe Legere’s 17th collection of original songs; she continues to build on her legendary reputation as an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and artist.

Studs Terkel at NPR called Phoebe Legere “an American original” whose “beautiful voice will take your breath away.”

Phoebe Legere, from an Acadian/Cajun and Native American family, has been playing Americana with “La Famille Legere Band” since she was five years old. Her cousin Ray Legere, a Canadian bluegrass/acoustic fiddling and mandolin legend, joins her on this album.

Heart of Love album is a paean to freedom from the outlaw ecstasy of life on the road to the changes in relationships. Legere writes songs that are folk-country tall tales. Legere twists grief into humor and counters existential angst with a whoop of joy. The song “Heart of Love” is about being on the road, and “Men From Boys” is the freedom to choose an inspirational loved one. “Hello Friday,” which features Phoebe’s powerful piano chops, is the freedom we all need to enjoy the weekend.

Legere deals with family, romance, disillusion, birth, homecoming and death, such as “Mama,” “Brother (Love Is Everywhere),” and “NY Nightmare.”

Her French-English “Cajun Moon” begins with Legere singing a chanson about a woman in a hurricane; then she suddenly changes the channel to spin a yarn about riding an alligator while making love and drinking bourbon out of a to-go cup! “OK Cupid” is a song about computer dating with a surprising twist.

Legere’s Native American heritage is the basis for much of her flashing nature imagery: In “Blue Canoe Blues,” we hear her singing in Abenaki, the language of her ancestors.

On “Wrong Honky Tonk,” Legere plays masterful honky tonk piano throughout, and wields her accordion like a spiritual sword.

Phoebe brings it home on Hank Williams’ classic song, “Jambalaya,” adding new lyrics and some French singing to the song.

Known for her singing, and piano and accordion playing, Legere’s down-to-earth Lightnin’ Hopkins-influenced blues guitar playing can be heard on the Heart of Love album. She has surrounded herself with some of the best musicians in the business including Dave Malachowski (Guitar, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Shania Twain), Eric McDonald (Mandolin), Ray Legere (violin), Paul Smitty Smith (Lap Steel Guitar), Rob Mitzner (drums), and Dae Bennett (background vocals).

Legere’s voice goes easily from a “soprano of winsome sweetness” to a “low down blues growl.”

Legere has performed thousands of shows, from Country Fairs to NPR, from Folk Festivals to the Pow Wow circuit, from Songwriter Circles to a CBS Sunday Morning feature about winning First Runner-Up in “America’s Hottest Accordionist Contest” in Branson, MO. Her live performances have included opening for David Bowie’s National Tour, and recently for Activist signer-songwriter John Hall, and blues greats The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Martin Barre (Jethro Tull guitarist).

Phoebe Legere’s previous radio hits have included: “Trust Me,” “Marilyn Monroe,” and “Amazing Love.”

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www.PhoebeLegere.org
www.twitter.com/legere

For more information or tax-deductible donations, please mail:  Foundation for New American Art, 224 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003.  
Visit:  www.foundationfornewamericanart.org

2/20/17

Phoebe Legere & Rachael Sage in support of the Palisades Parks Conservancy at Mexicali Live, March 5

Singer-songwriters Phoebe Legere and Rachael Sage will be performing in support of the Palisades Conservancy at Mexicali Live, in Teaneck, on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 7:00 PM.
Mexicali Live is at 1409 Queen Anne Road, in Teaneck, NJ.
Admission is $15.
The venue phone is 201-833-0011.
Website is mexicalilive.com.
Dinner seating begins at 6:00 PM. 
For dinner reservations: Email us at reservation@MexiCaliLive.com or call 201-833-0011.

THE PALISADES CONSERVANCY

A percentage of the door’s proceeds will help support the  Palisades Parks Conservancy, which works throughout the Hudson Valley and Northern NJ to improve, protect, and conserve the 29 parks and historic sites owned and operated by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission which serve more than 6 million annual visitors.

Together Rachael and Phoebe’s teams, and the Palisades are creating an online auction on EBay with contributions from a variety of New Jersey musicians. Already contributing autographed items are Tony Bennett, Richard Barone and the Bongos, Metropolitan Entertainment, Matador Records with special vinyl releases from Yo La Tengo, alternative violinist Joe Deninzon, and Glen Burtnik’s band the Weeklings.

This is the link for the auction: www.ebay.com/usr/palisadesparks?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

Phoebe and Rachael say that one of the first things they notice when entering New Jersey, and driving along the Hudson for work and pleasure are the Palisades.

PHOEBE LEGERE

The New York Post raved: “Phoebe Legere is magnificent!” Her "virtuoso piano playing" her "huge natural voice that moves easily from winsome sweetness to a sultry blues growl” and “brilliant, masterful songwriting” have made Phoebe Legere a legend. She has played with Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Steve Martin and John Hartford. Legere has performed thousands of shows from Country Fairs to NPR, from Folk Festivals to the Pow Wow circuit, from Songwriter Circles to a CBS Sunday Morning feature when she won First Runner-Up in “America’s Hottest Accordionist Contest” in Branson, MO.

Legere’s spectacular physical appearance has lead to numerous musical movie and TV shows including her starring role in one of the top 10 cult movies of all time: “Toxic Avenger” 2 and 3 in which Legere plays a blind accordionist married to New Jersey’s most famous environmental superhero. Phoebe Legere’s new  Americana CD “Heart of Love” is out on Valentine’s Day. 

RACHAEL SAGE 

A soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter and producer Rachael Sage is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 100+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, & Europe. She has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, Jamie Cullum, The Animals and Ani DiFranco.  She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several Independent Music Awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the “Fame” soundtrack, and in the last 3 seasons of Lifetime’s controversial reality series,"Dance Moms.”

Ms. Sage co-produced her latest album, CHOREOGRAPHIC (MPress Records) with Grammy winning producer Andy Zulla (Idina Menzel, Rod Stewart).

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2/13/17

Guitar Legend Allan Holdsworth 12 CD Box Set Collection and Accompanying Double CD Collection

THE MAN WHO CHANGED GUITAR FOREVER Box Set and EIDOLON-a 2-CD Best Of To Be Released on Manifesto Records on April 7th.

Los Angeles, CA-based Manifesto Records will release a new, complete 12-CD box set by guitar innovator, jazz, and progressive rock legend Allan Holdsworth titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, along with a 2-CD updated and expanded “best of” collection selected by the artist, titled Eidolon.

Manifesto Records referenced the box set’s seemingly portentous title from the cover story title featuring Holdsworth in Guitar Player magazine’s April 2008 edition.  Given his humble nature, Holdsworth is a bit embarrassed by the title and finds the notion that he changed “guitar forever,” somewhat overblown—more befitting of names like Orville Gibson, Leo Fender, or Ned Steinberger.

Holdsworth, born in Bradford England in 1946, embarked on a solo career as composer and bandleader exclusively in 1979.  Holdsworth’s career as producer, bandleader, and lead composer is documented in this box set, and with the artist’s 28-track selection of favorites in Eidolon. Both packages include extensive liner notes, and an updated 2016 interview with Holdsworth discussing each release, his history, and approach to the instrument.   

From 1982 through 2003, Holdsworth recorded a dozen albums that have been lovingly put together for The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever collection. Featured on the box set are eleven remastered studio albums, starting with the 1982 studio release, Allan Holdsworth, I.O.U., and the archival 2003 live release, Then!, recorded live in Tokyo in 1990.  All feature additional bonus tracks added for special editions or the original Japan releases, along with the original artwork and studio credits.  Also included are the Grammy-nominated Road Games, (1983), Metal Fatigue (1985), Sand (1987), Secrets (1989), Wardenclyffe Tower (1992), Hard Hat Area (1993), None Too Soon (1996), The Sixteen Men of Tain (2000), and Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie (2001). 

Holdsworth has been recognized by many of the world’s most accomplished and unique rock and jazz guitar virtuosos. Luminaries including Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Joe Satriani, Tom Morello universally expressed reverence and astonishment at Holdsworth’s pioneering approach to his playing and vast vocabulary of “uncommon” chord voicings.  

He further expanded the guitar’s orchestral potential with a range of electronic effects, then moved on to become one of the early innovators of guitar-based synthesizer controllers. In the nearly five decades Holdsworth has been touring, collaborating, and recording, he has created an immense sonic and musical legacy.   

In the ‘70s he played with legendary Miles Davis drummer, Tony Williams and Cream bassist Jack Bruce as the band Lifetime, and toured with Soft Machine. He worked with former Yes and King Crimson drummer, Bill Bruford’s first solo project, Feels Good To Me, and subsequent recordings with Jean-Luc Ponty, and Gong. Bruford suggested Allan for the progressive-rock “supergroup,” U.K., which, along with Bruford, also featured John Wetton and Eddie Jobson.  

Both The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever and Eidolon will become precious to those who love the world’s great guitarists. Fans of deeply unique, sonically rich and pristine recordings of great musicians taking their music to the next level and beyond, will also be in awe of these collections.    

Media: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183, anne@AnneLeighton.com, LeightonMedia@Aol.com

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Amazon Preorder Links: The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever
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Eidolon
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12/30/16

A HOMAGE TO ALPHONSE MOUZON from Patrick Moraz

It is with extreme sadness that I have heard about the passing of Alphonse Mouton! had the great privilege and honor to work with him during the recording of my first solo album “i”, (a.k.a. “The Story of i”).

Alphonse Mouzon, a fantastic musician in all respects, was already at the time, one of the most extraordinary drummers in the world and he will always remain “TIMELESS & FOREVER” at the top of that rare summit!

Patrick Moraz 12-26-2016

10/26/16

World Peace - Spoken Word Album, ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED with UNESCO-USFUCA

ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED features over 300 international artists from over 30 countries featuring Alan White, Martin Barre, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, Patrick Moraz, Jann Klose, Annie Haslam, Janis Ian, Colin Andrews, Dan Ackroyd, Julian Lennon, Kathy Sledge, Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej, Lillias White and many other artists!

Also on the album are artists I currently work with: Phoebe Legere, Laura Sullivan, Amy Otey, Jody Quine. I helped with a hook for a poem that Martin Barre reads on the album.

ACTION MOVES PEOPLE UNITED, a World Peace Project with the UNESCO - USFUCA, is produced by Grammy® Winner Kevin Mackie, award winning producer Krista Wallhagen, and Guinness World Record® holder musician and award winning filmmaker Rupam Sarmah. Through media initiatives, in collaboration with artists, authors, and organizations from all around the world, AMPU’s mission of establishing a peaceful planet and a healthy biosphere will be an ongoing commitment. “One of the goals for the project is to pair up artists who live in opposing countries for collaborations that go beyond politics, religion and borders,” says Krista.

The team has produced a musical spoken word album that will exchange ideas, stories, and information focused on bringing about World Peace through individual responsibility, Education, and helping each other. Kevin says, “We endeavor to raise awareness of environmental and humanitarian crisis and find actionable solutions.”

“Our individual actions can make a big difference, but our collective actions can move the World, Inspire Change,” says Rupam.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) strives to promote peace and security among nations through education, science, and culture.

Dan Aykroyd says, “I pray for the moment of mass consciousness when we all wake up and bring peace into our own hearts and souls. It’s a challenge and it’s going to take every one of us to make it happen.” The double CD album with 45 tracks of Musical Spoken Word and Songs will be officially released on Sept 21, 2016. The album is available for digital download in iTunes, Amazon, and other stores worldwide.

Please visit the site for details: www.ActionMovesPeopleUnited.org!.

Media Contact:
Kevin Mackie,
 AMPU *AT* UNESCOUSA *DOT* org 215-432-4510

Superstorm Sandy Survivors Still Needing To Get Their Homes Fixed

Gary Lucas & Jann Klose’s Music Video "Mary Magdalene" Supports Island Park Fire Department Gary Lucas, Jann Klose and Dan Beck, who co-wrote the story song and created the music video, “Mary Magdalene” about Superstorm Sandy’s effect on shoreline towns, are stunned to discover that Island Park, NY-- the village and residents are still struggling to get the town back together FOUR years after the storm (October 29, 2012).

*Village Hall is still located in a TRAILER across from the Fire department.

*The Long Beach hospital is still closed. People from both Island Park and Long Beach have to drive to Oceanside—one town over and a 10 minute drive from Island Park.  The hospital is two towns and a 15 minute drive from Long Beach.   

*Houses are still being raised. This is an expensive procedure to fix the foundations of houses, and get rid of all sewage; it's generally about $50,000. Savings, earnings and FEMA Grants are what residents use to raise their houses.

The Island Park Volunteer Fire Department and community members say, "We want to get the message out that we're having a rough time getting Island Park back to normal."  

The music video “Mary Magdalene," by Gary Lucas & Jann Klose, was filmed throughout Island Park, and shows footage of condemned homes, the firehouse and a favorite pub The Local Ale House.     

In addition to cinematography in Island Park, the video uses footage of Breezy Point supplied by Getty Images Editorial Footage/Getty Images.

That Music Mag calls the song “Mary Magdalene,”hauntingly beautiful.”  MOJO’s Mike Barnes writes of the album that has "Mary Magdalene," “Stylistically STEREOPTICON marries a roots blues approach with echoes of acoustic Zeppelin and flashes of refined pop songwriting craft.”  

Gary and Jann both worked on the movie GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Films/Focus World/Universal). Jann is the singing voice of Tim Buckley, while Gary consulted and played guitar. Tony Award winner Frank Wood plays Gary in the film.  Both have won multiple awards, have worked with a variety of artists, record and tour around the world. More info at www.GaryLucas.com and at www.JannKlose.com.  

Their co-writer Dan Beck, who lives in the South Shore of Long Island, has written with legendary rockers Dion DiMucci and the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere.  

We encourage donations to the Island Park Volunteer Fire Department, 440 Long Beach Rd, Island Park, NY 11558.

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  Background articles

1010 WINS: newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/10/29/song-brings-attention-to-people-still-struggling-2-years-after-superstorm-sandy/

Shelli Sonstein, Q104.3: www.q1043.com/media/play/26475454/

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www.LucasKlose.com

8/23/16

John Hall's Memoirs: STILL THE ONE: MY ROCK'n"ROLL JOURNAL FROM CONGRESS AND BACK

John Hall's memoir, STILL THE ONE: MY ROCK'N'ROLL JOURNEY FROM CONGRESS AND BACK is available in hardcover and Kindle.

The Kindle version is now on sale on the Amazon.com Kindle store for $4.99. The direct link is: https://www.amazon.com/Still-One-RocknRoll-Journey-Congress-ebook/dp/B01K8AA0E2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1471017275&sr=1-1&keywords=john+hall

The book is also available for mail order, as a personalized autographed book, right now via email and phone from Oblong Books & Music. Here is the link: http://www.oblongbooks.com/still-one-paperback-signed-john-hall. The phone number is 845-876-0500.

John Hall is doing an in-store at Oblong Books, in Rhinebeck, on the 22nd of September at 6 pm. This is the store's website,http://www.oblongbooks.com.

More in-stores to be announced to local media and on John’s Facebook page at 'www.facebook.com/JohnHall.memoir/?fref=ts

Best known as the founder of the band Orleans, with hits including “Still The One,” and “Dance With Me,” John co-wrote Janis Joplin’s “Half Moon,” Steve Wariner's #1 country hit "You Can Dream of Me," and also “Power,” which became the theme of the NO NUKES concerts in the 1970s. John has collaborated in the studio or on the stage with Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, Chet Atkins, Carly Simon… 

His environmental concerns led him into community activism, which got him on the road into politics, first serving in the Ulster County, New York legislature, then as trustee and president of the Saugerties school board.  Hall won a seat in Congress in 2006, and returned to music in 2011 with Orleans.  

John is looking forward to taking the book on the road where he’ll tell stories, play songs, sign books, and talk with fans and anyone interested in crossing from a "normal" career to politics.  

John’s optimism comes through in stories from his life in the musical and political worlds in STILL THE ONE: A ROCK’n’ROLL JOURNEY TO CONGRESS AND BACK.    

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