After having released a total of ten studio albums of which two have won a Grammy in Norway (“Stringmachine” in 2001 and “Illustrated Man” in 2002), Bjørn Berge is going to release his new album “Mad Fingers Ball” on 22 February 2013. The artist with the acoustic guitar has interpreted not only known and unknown songs for the new album in his own way; he has also mixed these with five instrumental songs written by him. On the new album the unique finger play of Bjørn Berge is shown to its fullest advantage and is reinforced by the unusually harsh and deep voice of Bjørn Berge.
During his career he has gained an excellent reputation as a guitarist. The last 15 years he worked primarily as a solo artist what gives him more opportunities for interpretations and improvisations in the studio, as well as live on stage. Bjørn`s music combines several genres which are not easy to categorize; it combines Folk, Jazz or Blues with elements of Rock and Funk.
Dan Hicks’ multifaceted musicality and adroit lyrical aptitude surface on Selected Shorts (2004). Backed by his 21st century reformation of the Hot Licks — including the powerhouse rhythm section of Jim Keltner (drums) and Tony Garnier (bass) — Hicks blends his love of swing and continental jazz into a uniquely modern sensibility. He likewise remains remarkably prolific, penning 11 of the set’s 14 cuts. The eclectic affair opens with a spry “Mama’s Boy Blues” that barrels along, augmented by some piquant Hammond B-3 organ maneuvers from Mike Finnigan. “That’s Where I’m At” is a hot-steppin’ number that would have sounded right at home on the bandstand of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Returning Hot Lick “Symphony” Sid Page (violin), adorns the melody, while Van Dyke Parks (accordion) creates an ethereal gypsy-esque vibe surrounding Hicks’ surreal poetry. The blues-fused original “Hey Bartender” chugs steadily, sporting a humorous call-and-response with the Lickettes. Hicks is joined by Willie Nelson on the ambling “One More Cowboy,” a tune infused with same Southwestern flavor of Nelson’s classic duets with Waylon Jennings. “Barstool Boogie” stands out not only for featuring a co-lead with Jimmy Buffet (vocals), but as a stellar example of Hicks’ deliciously droll dialogue and trademark infectious groove. Another zenith is the remake of “C’mon-A-My-House,” adopting a darker quality compared to Rosemary Clooney’s 1951 version. The album concludes with “That Ain’t Right” and the pairing of Hicks and Butthole Surfers’ frontman Gibby Haynes — whose contributions are derived from a collect phone call — further exemplifies Hicks’ artistic malleability. In this way he enters the ranks of Tom Waits and the aforementioned Van Dyke Parks in terms of relevance to a modern audience. Whether you’re a longtime Dan Hicks enthusiast or a recent convert, Selected Shorts is a heartily recommended entry into his intangible, yet instantly recognizable canon.
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Michael Thomas (aka Arkansas) moved to the Pacific Northwest from Little Rock, Arkansas about ten years ago. Playing open mics around the area, Ark refined his unique sound, mixing swamp rock with soulful southern singing. Josh Street and Ian Hernandez joined him to create a power trio in 2010, and we recently added Dan Herhold on guitar to fill out our sound. We know the sound is good and needs to be heard! So from there, here we are, sit back and relax until you can’t help but dance, and enjoy!
Members: Mike-Vox/Harp/Guitar, Ian-Bass/Vox, Josh-Drums, Dan-Guitar
Sounds Like: The Black Keys, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam, Creedance Clearwater Revival, R. L. Burnside
Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House, to be released in March 2013, was recorded at the historic Vienna Opera House last July during a very special two-week long unplugged tour, played to a limited audience over seven exclusive European shows. Varying from his predominantly electric blues shows, this presentation was an […]
Moddi’s debut Floriography drew a lot of attention, and in his home nation of Norway, the hype machine went into overdrive, geeing up support for the folk singer-songwriter and earning him two Norwegian Grammy nominations – the record was a mighty success. He went on to turn down a lucrative sponsorship with government-controlled Big Oil […]