Miss Pamela Des Barres was a member of the GTOs (Girls Together Outrageously) an all girl group of rock groupies, mentored and produced by Frank Zappa. After several years, she began writing about her madcap days as "the world's most famous groupie," chronicling her relationships with rockers such as Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, Jimmy Page and Keith Moon in I'm With the Band . She followed that 1987 New York Times Best Seller with Take Another Little Piece of My Heart- A Groupie Grows Up in 1992. Rock Bottom - Dark Moments in Music Babylon was published in 1997, and her most recent offering, Let's Spend the Night Together -Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies came out in 2007. Her new VH1 documentary Let's Spend the Night Together: Confessions of Rock's Greatest Groupies (adapted from her 2007 book Let's Spend the Night Together: Backstage Secrets of Rock Muses and Supergroupies), which follows Des Barres on a cross-country road trip sharing stories with other former groupies aired on VHI December 15, 2010. Miss Pamela is following this up with live appearances to read from the books and lecture on the history of one of the most exciting times in music history.
Glow, the new album from Richard Barone, frontman of cult faves the Bongos, is a sonic delight, like a lost solo Beatle album from a glam-rock future-world. After taking a break from performing to produce others and write a book, Barone is back, and working with producer Tony Visconti (along with Steve Addabbo, Jill Sobule and others). The album started as a somewhat casual collaboration between Barone and Visconti. The album utilizes lots of vintage synthesizers and obscure music-making devices that Tony had accumulated from working on sessions with Brian Eno, David Bowie, T. Rex and others. In the last decade Barone has worn many hats, writing with others and producing large musical events. Moby recently got involved with a re-mix of the Bongos classic track "Bulrushes." The B-52s’ Fred Schneider has tapped him to produce, arrange and co-write on numerous occasions. Tom Moon on NPR said, "Barone knows the alchemic formula for converting an everyday thought into a powerful refrain." "Singer/songwriter Richard Barone is about as diverse a musician as you're ever going to hear and his latest release, Glow, showcases his gift for buoyant lyrics and effusive musicianship. This collaboration with legendary producer Tony Visconti has resulted in a bubbly mixture of glam-rock and golden pop-rock tracks that speak to love, life and music.
Wanting to bring something new to the Dallas music scene, Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme create their own modern blend of folk, pop and rock in Smile Smile. Their songs range from heart wrenching ballads to foot stomping sing alongs. Jencey’s classical piano background teamed with Ryan’s self-taught guitar style combine to create sounds which both soar above you and pull you in tight at the same time. Smile Smile has toured nationally with acclaimed acts including Metric and Bob Schneider. “A sort of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Mazzy Star hybrid of sing-along folk, buzzy country-leaning tunes and uptempo/downtempo swings, with brilliantly unconventional songwriting and smart harmonies anchoring the whole deal.” ~Dallas Observer. “This boy-girl duo give me goosebumps with their lovesick punch. Two voices, drum machines, a guitar and a keyboard equal undeniable chemistry. It's emotional without being in-your-face – almost like you're eavesdropping on some pillow talk.” ~Quick DFW.
Over the years, Billy Harvey has been playing his own brand of Post Modern Pop, working not only as an artist but also as a producer (Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider, Slaid Cleaves, and Steve Poltz are among his credits). A prolific writer, he has been the recipient of the International Songwriters Award for Best Rock Song “Frozen Through”, and broke into the Top 100 on the CMJ Charts with his 2007 release “Bearsick”. This caffeine-addled do-it-yourselfer has also been quietly directing, animating, and editing the accompanying music videos to his records. Harvey’s latest release The Everlasting War plays like a love letter… to a girl… to himself…ultimately to us as we are invited to participate in the clear honesty of the music. This record teems with raw emotion and heartfelt sentiment so succinct it is impossible not to be affected by it. Billy’s website has won various media and internet awards including the Interactive Design Award at South By SouthWest and the Flash Forward award in NYC.
Although his new release The Naked Flame is his first album under his own name, Ivan Julian has been one of rock’s most celebrated players and most in-demand collaborators for more than three decades. The Naked Flame draws upon Julian’s extensive musical background, while exploring some exciting new songwriting territory. Indeed, Ivan Julian has spent his life soaking up a wealth of experiences, musical and otherwise. In 1977, Julian settled in New York, just in time to become a key participant in the emerging punk rock movement. He became a founding member of the seminal Richard Hell & the Voidoids After the Voidoids disbanded in 1980, Julian stepped out front to form the Outsets as a vehicle for his own vocal and songwriting efforts, incorporating rock, funk and African rhythms. The Outsets became a beloved fixture on New York’s burgeoning club scene, winning considerable critical acclaim for such releases as the debut single “I’m Searchin’ for You”/”Fever,” a self-titled Garland Jeffreys-produced EP and the posthumously released The Punk/Funk Voodoo Collection. Julian’s next band, the Lovelies, which teamed him with Bush Tetras singer Cynthia Sley, also won substantial local attention, releasing the acclaimed Mad Orphan in 1988.. He recorded with the Clash (on their Sandinista album), Afrika Bambaataa, Tomas Donker of Defunkt and Bernie Worrell of Parliament/Funkadelic fame. He also joined England’s Shriekback for two tours, and spent much of the 1990s touring with Matthew Sweet. In recent years, Julian has concentrated mainly on studio work, producing and/or engineering albums for the likes of Jon Spencer’s Heavy Trash and the Fleshtones. He’s also developed his analog/digital recording studio N.Y. HED into one of New York’s hottest new recording facilities, working with numerous local, national and international bands. As The Naked Flame makes clear, Ivan Julian’s musical fire continues to burn as brightly as ever.
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Video: License Plate Eyes; Steve and Jewel performing Silver Lining on VH1
You have not experienced true entertainment until you sit in the audience at a Steve Poltz show. The former singer from The Rugburns (Mercury Records) is best known for his hilarious storytelling and witty personality, defying all traditional definitions in the songwriting genre. This is a rare artist who is as comfortable touring with such noted national acts like Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Jewel, The Wallflowers, Bare Naked Ladies, Rusted Root and Lucinda Williams in arenas, as well as performing intimate living room shows in any city in America. Successfully shattering the traditional troubadour mold, Poltz has most gloriously been compared to unique performers and songwriters like John Prine and Tom Waits. Steve wrote and appeared in the video of the 1995 hit, "You Were Meant For Me" helping launch Jewel's debut CD to triple platinum. Steve is now touring the country in support of his new acclaimed album Dreamhouse. “As fiercely idiosyncratic and iconoclastic as Joseph Arthur, Poltz sings songs with a satirical double-edge that can make you laugh and cry at the same time.” ~LA Times. “I proceeded to be blown away by the depth and excellence of his tunes; his sharp, witty lyrics; his voice—which alternately reminded me of Jeff Tweedy and David Lowery; and his hysterical storytelling and rants.” ~Seattle Weekly.
The Mother Truckers are a kick-ass rock 'n' roll band from Austin, Texas! Their music is high-octane Americana, blending elements of Country and Blues with loud guitars, big choruses and powerhouse vocals. Their creative songwriting and high energy live performances lift you up to a place that’s somewhere between a honky-tonk and a mosh-pit! The Mother Truckers song "Summer of Love” has been chosen as one of the "Coolest Songs in the World" on the Little Steven's Underground Garage. SIRIUS XM. In 2008 “Streets of Atlanta” was chosen for this same distinction. Once again, Michael Corcoran from The Austin American Statesman has responded with high praise, “... The Mother Truckers have penned an instant pop classic with ‘Keep It Simple’ from their new Van Tour CD. … Zee and Collins are probably the most talented guitarist/vocals tandem in Austin.” The Mother Truckers have performed with such acts as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Asleep At The Wheel, Reba McIntire, Hank Williams III, The Charlie Daniels Band, Robert Earl Keen, SHeDaisy, The Flatlanders, Dave Alvin, Michelle Shocked, The Supersuckers, The Drive-By Truckers, and many more!
The hardest working garage rockers in the U.S., The Fleshtones return with its first long player since 2008's Stocking Stuffer. Clocking in at just slightly more than 30 minutes, BSS is one part covers record, one part originals all mixed with an R&B chaser. "It's a covers record fortified with originals and fortified with an original approach to the covers," Fleshtones' Zaremba said. Added to the mix, legendary Patti Smith guitarist, music writer and longtime Fleshtones friend Lenny Kaye guests on every track, with the exception of "Bite of My Soul" and "I Can't Hide." In addition to the regular release, Yep Roc will also issue a limited deluxe edition of Brooklyn Sound Solution packaged with the brand new DVD documentary on the band Pardon Us for Living But the Graveyard Is Full, directed by Geoffrey Barbier as well as a 7-inch of "Bite Of My Soul" b/w non-album B-side and popular live favorite "Remember The Ramones'." Brooklyn Sound Solution finds the band doing what they do best, producing soul-tinged fuzzed-out garage rock that's as instantly classic as it is danceable. Click here to stream The Fleshtones' new record, Brooklyn Sound Solution and to view a trailer for a new documentary on the band's career, Pardon Us For Living But the Graveyard is Full.