While his early gigs didn't pay much, he struck up friendships with a number of noted musicians and began studying with his hero, Reverend Davis. Bromberg's guitar skills didn't go unnoticed, and he began accompanying a number of Village folk acts both on-stage and in the studio, including Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Richie Havens. Bromberg was playing guitar with singer Rosalie Sorrels when she was booked to play the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival in Great Britain; Bromberg played an impromptu solo set after Sorrels was done, and he went over well enough that he was offered a deal with Columbia Records as a solo artist. Bromberg's self-titled debut was released in 1971 and featured the song "The Holdup," a radio favorite that Bromberg co-wrote with George Harrison. Between 1971 and 1976, Bromberg recorded six albums for Columbia and toured extensively as well as maintaining a hectic schedule of session work, lending his talents on guitar, Dobro, mandolin, and fiddle to albums by Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, the Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, Doug Sahm, and many more. (Bromberg also produced an album for Dylan that has yet to be released in full.) In 1977, Bromberg signed a new record deal with Fantasy Records, and issued his first album for the label, Reckless Abandon; three more records of new material followed, but in 1980 Bromberg decided he was tired of the rigors of touring and took a sabbatical from the road, occasionally playing sessions for friends and staging occasional live shows but devoting most of his time to studying at the Kenneth Warren School of Violin Making in Chicago. It wasn't until 1990 that Bromberg released a new album, Sideman Serenade, and it was in 2007 when his next studio set appeared, Try Me One More Time, which earned a Grammy nomination as Best Traditional Folk Album. In the meantime, Bromberg had established a successful business building and repairing violins as well as dealing in quality instruments, and in 2002 he opened a shop in Wilmington, Delaware, simply called David Bromberg Fine Violins. In 2011, Bromberg returned with a new and ambitious solo album, Use Me, in which he performed new songs written at his request by some of his favorite tunesmiths, including John Hiatt, Guy Clark, Dr. John, Keb' Mo', and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Riding the critical success of that release, he returned two years later with Only Slightly Mad, a diverse set of new originals and a handful of well-curated covers produced by Bob Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell. His next album, 2016's The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, offered tasteful renderings of tracks by Sonny Boy Williamson, Ray Charles, and many others. Returning in 2020, he again worked with Larry Campbell, who produced Big Road, a typically eclectic album featuring Bromberg and his band recorded live in the studio. AMG.listen here
quinta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2023
terça-feira, 28 de novembro de 2023
Charisma was an American progressive rock group from the early 70s. Charisma came about from diverging roots emanating from 3 directions. The core of Charisma was Rich Tortorigi (drummer) and George Tyrell (bass player). Both were members of a New Britain, Connecticut soul band called The Mantiques. In 1968, Rich Tortorigi recruited Tom Majesky to play guitar with The Mantiques. Tom then enlisted Bernie Kornowicz, former bassist of The Last Five, to share guitar and organ duties. The final addition to the group was folk singer Mike DeLisa to sang lead. Tom and Bernie brought the rock and roll element to the Mantiques and Mike brought the band an element of folkiness.
It was in 1969 that The Mantiques signed with Roulette Records as a convenient tax write-off to record an album. The album was produced by Ed Vallone and most of the songs were penned by Bruce McGaw. During the recording of the album, the band fought over a new name with their new management. Finally given an ultimatum, The Mantiques became Charisma, a name they hated. The album was recorded at Incredible Sound Studios in NYC.
During their career, Charsima ended up releasing two albums both sold better in Europe than they did in the USA. Charisma was offered the option to record a third album for Roulette Records, but let it pass by. Probably for the best, seeing that all the income from the two albums went to Roulette Records and the band ended up with nothing. In 1976, Charisma disbanded.listen here
With a warm, strong baritone voice and a knack for phrasing that gave his performances a down-home sincerity and believability, Charley Pride was one of country music's biggest success stories in the late 1960s through the mid-'80s. Most at home with relatable stories of love and life, with tuneful arrangements supporting his vocals, Pride racked up 36 number-one country singles and 12 gold albums in his 1966 to 1983 heyday. For a time, Pride was second only to Elvis Presley among RCA Records' biggest-selling acts, and he remained a popular live attraction long after his traditional style fell out of favor on country radio. Part of what made Pride's initial success so remarkable was the fact that he was the first African-American artist to break through to major stardom in country music. In the mid-'60s through the '70s, a time when race was a hot-button issue in America, Pride demonstrated that there was room for Black artists on the Nashville hit parade, and he was the most consistently successful African-American performer in country music throughout his career. Pride was born on a cotton farm in Sledge, Mississippi, where his father was a sharecropper. When he was 14 years old, Charley bought a guitar from Sears Roebuck and taught himself to play by listening to country music on the radio. Two years later, he turned his attention to baseball. Pride signed on to play with the Memphis Red Sox, a team in the Negro American League. After playing ball for two years, Pride joined the U.S. Army, where he served for two years. Upon his discharge, he intended to return to baseball, but he sustained injuries that affected his throwing arm. Discouraged that he couldn't qualify for the major leagues, Pride worked construction in Helena, Montana, while still playing in the minors. Eventually, he earned a tryout for the California Angels in 1961, but they turned him down; the following year, the New York Mets rejected him as well. With his career in baseball seemingly over, Pride turned his attention to music, and in 1963 he sang "Lovesick Blues" for Red Foley and Red Sovine backstage at one of Sovine's concerts. The veteran musicians were impressed and told Charley he should go to Nashville. Heeding their advice, Pride traveled to Music City, but he couldn't break into the industry. However, both the Reds and Webb Pierce kept recommending the fledgling singer to their associates and eventually helped him secure a management deal with Jack Johnson. Through Johnson, Pride met producer Jack Clement, who sent a demo tape of Pride's to Chet Atkins at RCA, who signed the vocalist in 1966. Later that year, Pride's debut single, "The Snakes Crawl at Night," was released but was issued without a publicity photograph, since the label was uncertain if radio programmers would support a Black country singer. Both "The Snakes Crawl at Night" and his second single, "Before I Met You," gained a small audience, but it wasn't until "Just Between You and Me" that Charley became a star. Released at the end of 1966, "Just Between You and Me" climbed to number nine and began a virtually uninterrupted streak of Top Ten singles that ran until 1984; out of his 54 singles issued during those 18 years, only three failed to crack the Top Ten. Though he was praised upon the release of "Just Between You and Me" and won a Grammy Award for the single, there remained resistance in certain quarters of the country audience to a Black performer. Nevertheless, the consistent quality of Pride's music and the support from his fellow musicians helped open doors for him. On January 7, 1967, he became the first Black artist to perform on the Grand Ole Opry since DeFord Bailey in 1925. Over the next two years, his star steadily rose, and between 1969 and 1971 he had six straight number-one singles: "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)," "I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again," "(Is Anybody Going To) San Antone," "Wonder Could I Live There Anymore," "I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me," and "I'd Rather Love You." All of those singles also charted in the lower regions of the pop charts, giving evidence of his smooth country-pop crossover appeal. "Let Me Live," taken from his gospel album Did You Think to Pray?, temporarily broke his streak of number-one singles in the spring of 1971, but it won a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance. Directly after "Let Me Live," two of his biggest hits -- "I'm Just Me" and "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" -- arrived, earning him his greatest success on both the country and pop charts. Throughout the '70s, Pride continued to chart in the upper regions of the country charts, earning number-one singles like "It's Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer" (1972), "She's Too Good to Be True" (1972), "A Shoulder to Cry On" (1973), "Then Who Am I" (1975), "She's Just an Old Love Turned Memory" (1977), and "Where Do I Put Her Memory." During this time, he remained loyal to his country-pop style, though he promoted new performers and songwriters like Ronnie Milsap, Gary Stewart, and Kris Kristofferson. Pride's success continued during the first half of the '80s, as he continued to have number-one hits like "Honky Tonk Blues" (1980), "Mountain of Love" (1982), "You're So Good When You're Bad" (1982), and "Night Games" (1983). During 1984 and 1985, however, he grew frustrated with RCA Records, which began to promote newer artists at the expense of veteran performers like Pride himself. He left the label at the end of 1986, signing with Opryland's 16th Avenue label, where he returned to working with his old producer, Jerry Bradley. Pride had a number of minor hits for the label, highlighted by 1988's number five "Shouldn't It Be Easier Than This," before the company went under. Pride moved on to Honest Entertainment in the early '90s, where he released My 6 Latest & 6 Greatest, featuring duets with the likes of Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt. Though he wasn't heard as often on the radio, Pride continued to be a popular concert attraction. On each of his shows, he was supported by his son Dion Pride, who played lead guitar. In 1994, Pride was given the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award. While staying busy as a live act, he continued to record occasionally in the 21st century, releasing Choices in 2011 and Music in My Heart in 2018.
In November 2020, the Country Music Association presented Pride with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, with the head of the CMA declaring, "Charley Pride is the epitome of a trailblazer." For the CMA Awards broadcast, he sang "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" as a duet with Jimmie Allen. It proved to be Pride's last major public appearance; he died in Dallas on December 12 due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. He was 86 years old. AMG.listen here
Cheval Fou gave the first whinny as a French rock trio around the frontman and a guitarist named Michel Peteau in 1971. Michel had got pretty impressed by the European Rock scene, especially the Who, and strove to make a similar impact by playing guitar, which could be crystallized as an incarnation of the Heavy / Psych / Krautrock movement by three talented underground musicians in Paris - Jean-Max Peteau (guitar, bass), Stephen Rossini (drums), and Michel (guitar, saxophone).
Cheval Fou had recorded some material from 1971 until 1975, that had not been released in their active days. Fortunately, a short-lived French independent label Legend Music compiled their material and released it in 1994 (and this compilation was reissued and rereleased via Psych Up Melodies in 2011). Michel announced he would reform the band sooner or later.listen here
quarta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2023
quinta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2023
In 1973, he formed Jonathan Kelly’s Outside, with Snowy White - on guitar and Chas Jenkel - on bass among the members. Snowy White went on to play with Pink Floyd, Peter Green, Thin Lizzy, and Chas Jenkel and was central to the wonderful British funk of Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Led by Ledingham, this line-up made one album together, which was 1974’s ...Waiting On You.
"Waiting On You" was something Jonathan had always wanted, at heart he was always a bit of a Rock and roller. This album cover was designed by Tim Staffell. However, this album wasn't as warmly received and Jonathan was hurt by some of the criticism of it, the music press wanted him pigeonholed as a folk singer. A single was also released to coincide with this album called 'Outside' backed with 'Waiting on You'. Jonathan was particularly fond of Outside because it encompassed the musicians and styles which he enjoyed and which had influenced him and the type of music they played covered rock through to jazz and not forgetting the soul influences! Thanks to Rckasteria.listen here