Wednesday, July 6, 2022

New Single from Lee Bains + The Glory Fires "(In Remembrance of the) 40-Hour Week"

Lee Bains + The Glory Fires have released their newest single from their up coming August 5th release Old-Time Folks on Don Giovanni Records

Bains commented on the song and the labor movement it is based on:
"In all the discussion around the cost of living and economic realities the last few years, I've kept hearing "40 hours a week" in public discourse, particularly from people in power, and have thought how out of step that is - how difficult, if not impossible, it is for so many of us to make it on only 40 hours a week of work. That ideal of the eight-hour day and two-day weekend was fought for and won by working-class people around the turn of the last century against all odds and the powers that be - bosses, politicians, talking heads.

And now, over 100 years after that battle was won, and almost 40 years after country songs like Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" and Alabama's "40-Hour Week (For a Livin')" were seen as celebrations of hardworking Americans, we are living in a time where 40 hours' worth of wages is woefully insufficient to get by in this country for the average person, and where the powerful tell us that working only 40 hours a week is slacking off (while their average employee's work ethic puts theirs to shame, no less).

These are the exact same conditions that our ancestors faced over 100 years ago. This song is a celebration of those heroic movements of working people coming together to demand their fair share, from coalmines to warehouses, from textile mills to offices, from farms to restaurants. Angela Davis says freedom is a constant struggle, and this is a hymn to those whose spirits and bodies remain in that struggle."
Listen below:

Album Review: Nova Twins - Supernova

Hey all, got a review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!

It is of Nova Twins sophomore release Supernova.

This is a wild album.  

Support the artist, buy the album, read the review and peep some video below: 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Album Review: Mavis Staples & Levon Helm - Carry Me Home

Mavis Staples & Levon Helm 
Carry Me Home
**** out of *****

Back in June of 2011 Mavis Staples and long time friend/collaborator Levon Helm brought both of their touring bands together to perform and record at Helms studios in Woodstock, NY. The resulting show/playing has finally been released as the fantastic Carry Me Home

The record was produced by Larry Campbell and both bands were involved. Mavis Staples Band: Mavis Staples - Vocals Yvonne Staples - Harmony Vocals Donny Gerrard - Harmony Vocals Vicki Randle - Harmony Vocals Rick Holmstrom - Guitar Jeff Turmes - Bass Stephen Hodges – Drums and Levon Helm Band: Levon Helm - Drums, Vocals Amy Helm - Harmony Vocals Larry Campbell - Harmony Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin Teresa Williams - Harmony Vocals Brian Mitchell - Piano, Keyboards Jim Weider - Guitar Steven Bernstein - Trumpet Jay Collins - Tenor Sax Erik Lawrence - Baritone Sax Byron Isaacs - Bass Clark Gayton - Trombone.

The full power of the combined outfit is evident from the get go as "This Is My Country" delivers soulful horns, great drumming, guitar, backup vocals and a damn good lyric; this is some righteous protest music. Along with the excellent "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" that sense of fighting for equality and respect is delivered with firm grace by Staples who still sounds glorious, but also perturbed she still has to sing songs like these. 

The album dips heavily into the gospel roots of both artists as "Wide River To Cross" uses sweet sounds of spiritual healing and the full energy of the band, "Hand Writing On The Wall" adds just a touch of country rock to the gospel while "Farther Along" is a full on hymn. The outfit keeps the gospel feel while dipping more into blues based offerings with the slower guitar work out "Trouble In My Mind" and a pair of organ drenched slow burners "Move Along Train" and "This May Be The Last Time". 

Mavis is in fine vocal form throughout (as are the back up singers) but the full outfit truly explodes on "When I Go Away" which is gorgeous combination of everything both of these bands do so well. The bass and drums lead the ominous sounding rendition of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" before the grand finale of "The Weight" as Levon contributes his strained vocals for the first time, during his last years (Helm died in 2012) Levon's vocals were very few, so it is nice to hear him at all.        

Two old friends who brought their backing bands together for a triumphant celebration of soulful, gospel based, roots rock and roll, Carry Me Home is a joyous capturing of fine musicianship from legends of the genre. 
Support the artists, buy the album, peep some video below:

Monday, July 4, 2022

Dylan Cover #537 The Kennedys "Chimes of Freedom" Live

Continuing our ongoing Monday's Dylan Cover Series, this week we present The Kennedys performing a live cover of "Chimes of Freedom" .

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
This song is a giant one in Bob's catalog, but it has always been one of the classic Dylan anthems that never really struck a chord with RtBE.  For some reason when we talk about Dylan moving from protest singer to full on poetic songwriter, this is the tune that comes to mind. It seems to be stuck between those two worlds and the version on Another Side Of Bob Dylan just doesn't connect on many personal levels. I may be in the minority but this has never been a great Dylan song in my eyes...which in-turn does make it ripe to cover... 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is the first time we are hearing The Kennedys

Thoughts on Cover:
Fun story to start.  Good live cover with playing and harmonies. Figured this was a good one for today, Happy Fourth of July here in the USA. 

Enjoy The 4th of July with the Grateful Dead

The United States celebrates it's Independence today, and while the country has deep rooted issues and problems we are dealing (and not dealing) with, it is still the best country mankind has founded in our sordid history. So enjoy the outdoors, hanging safely with friends and living life. What better soundtrack for that is there than The Grateful Dead?!?!

We took the opportunity a few years back to talk about the Best American Band question on July 4th. Now we are just giving you our answer in concert form, the Grateful Dead's July 4th 1989 concert. What a doozy! It is the perfect time to bust it back out and get Truckin' Up To Buffalo.

This was played/filmed up at Rich Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills and captures the Dead in one of their better late period shows, pro audio and video to boot. From the opening "Bertha" to the 1st set closing "Deal" Jerry is just on and seems to be in a great mood, playing and singing with energy, leading the band as only he could. A few personal favorites of RtBE's are in their ("Stagger Lee", "Row Jimmy") adding to us digging on this set.

Not many setlist surprises, just on point playing from the group. The second set starts with their lone hit "Touch of Grey" before the reggae tinge of "Man Smart, Woman Smarter".  "Terrapin Station" is always a welcomed second set addition and Garcia takes over for a whirlwind "All Along The Watchtower" and "Morning Dew" mid set combo. RtBE are always a sucker for Brent's work on "I Will Take You Home" as it just melts our hearts and what better encore for the 4th of July then "US Blue's"?

The full set list is below, Enjoy:

Set 1
Greatest Story Ever Told
Cold Rain and Snow
Walkin' Blues
Row Jimmy
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Stagger Lee
Looks Like Rain

Set 2
Touch of Grey
Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Ship of Fools
Playing in the Band
Terrapin Station
I Will Take You Home
All Along the Watchtower
Morning Dew
Not Fade Away
E: U.S. Blues

Friday, July 1, 2022

Live Streams: Phil Lesh & Friends - Live from Hartford

We are now heading into the new normal with live music during the Covid-19 era. Live shows will need to be flexible and live streaming is a great way to keep music going. Streams have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. Things are (hopefully) improving on the pandemic front but live streams will be an option for artists during the foreseeable future. We will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and as a way to help out the artists. You can check out our weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past and as always, please support the artists any which way you can.

Today we highlight: Phil Lesh & Friends - Live from Hartford

A great gathering of Phil and Friends is happening tonight up in Hartford CT and you can stream it from anywhere. This is a dynamite group of friends with Warren Haynes, John Molo, John Medeski, John Scofield and Amy Helm joining Phil to jam out. Grab the stream here

To get in the mood here is some live Phil and Friends video:

Full Show Friday: Otis Redding - Live Olympia Paris 1966

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Otis Redding!

We go into the 4th of July weekend here in the United States with a full show Friday from one of the best we here have produced. Otis Redding.  This show from Paris back in 1966 backed and is a doozy. Pro Shot, Pro Sound, full set list below. Enjoy:

0:00 Intro 3:00 Shake 7:53 Don’t Mess With Cupid 10:43 My Girl 14:18 I’ve Been Loving You Too Long 19:21 Respect 21:14 My Lover’s Prayer 24:28 I Can’t Turn You Loose 26:50 Satisfaction(I Can’t Get No)/Outro