Record Store Day’s Back To Black Friday to feature free John Dyer Baizley print

In an effort to encourage people to buy more music and fewer bad ties for Christmas gifts, indie record stores will be stocked with special and unique releases on Black Friday, thanks to Record Store Day.

John Dyer Baizley(Baroness) created an exclusive poster for “Back to Black Friday”, which will be available in limited quantities at participating stores. Both Graveface Records and Curiosities and Vinyl Vibe are expected to participate in the event.

Here’s a photo of Baizley’s contribution to the Stattsfest silent auction and a handful of images from the Baroness show at the Music Farm in Charleston this past May.



More photos after the jump.

Tix now on sale for Futurebirds at The Jinx for Stopover announcement party

If you want to go to this show, you’d better buy tickets in advance. I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t sell out.

Futurebirds, New Madrid, and Triathalon will be playing the Savannah Stopover 2014 announcement party on 11/21 at The Jinx. Click here to buy tickets, which are just $10. The last time Futurebirds played Savannah was during the 2012 Savannah Music Festival in a gig at Trustees Theater, which has a capacity about 10 times that of The Jinx.

I really like this recent video of Futurebirds playing “Tan Lines’ in the studio at KEXP in Seattle:

Photo by Jason Thrasher

Photo by Jason Thrasher

Triathalon launches Kickstarter for first tour

Triathalon will be heading out on their first tour in December, with plans for 19 gigs in 19 days. The detailed schedule will be announced on November 1st.

It’s great to see the surf-garage-soul-rock quartet getting out on the road, but they need some dollars to get rolling. Today they’ve launched a Kickstarter that hopes to raise $5,000 in two weeks:

Frontman and lead singer Adam Intrator is joined by Hunter Jayne on guitar, Alex Previty on bass, and Chad Chilton on drums. I was pretty much wowed the first time I heard Triathalon’s self-recorded 2011 EP Relationchips and started seeing them live in gigs around town.

top 10 faves from CMJ

From hissing lawns contributor Kayne Lanahan:

Peter Robaudo and I spent last week up in NY at the annual CMJ Music Marathon. This is the 2nd year we’ve gone up as part of our scouting for Savannah Stopover, Revival Fest, and MusicFile Productions. It makes such a big difference when you get to see an up and coming band live; it changed our minds on several and opened up our ears and hearts to many new ones. We also love that on any given day, we will run into Stopover alum bands in venues and on the street, all who say how much they love and miss Savannah, and that always puts smiles on our faces.

Over the course of 5 days we saw over-hyped bands and under-hyped bands and even a band with the regrettable name Harmonica Lewinski. We got over that one and moved on. After some hand-wringing and narrowing down, here are our 10 favorites from CMJ:

Sanders Bohlke’s “Serious” video now playing on MTV

Somehow, I’m not surprised that Sanders Bohlke has a little game:

“Serious” is now in rotation at MTV.

Sanders Bohlke, now based Birmingham, performed at both the 2011 and 2012 Savannah Stopover. Both shows were magical in their own ways.

Yip Deceiver and Wild Moccasins at The Jinx Thursday

Danceable, theatrical, fun.

Here’s Yip Deceiver‘s “Get Strict”:

And “Obnoxia”:

Here’s Wild Moccasins with “Gag Reflections”:

Wild Moccasins and Yip Deceiver take the stage at The Jinx on Thursday, Oct.24, in another show presented by MusicFile Productions. There’s an $8 cover. Click here for the Facebook invitation.

Gregg Allman tribute concert at the Fox in Atlanta in January

From Rolling Stone’s Gregg Allman Tribute Concert Will Feature All-Star Lineup:

The Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole and more will pay tribute to 65-year-old rock icon Gregg Allman at a special concert next year. The event, dubbed “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman,” will take place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on January 10th, and it will be filmed and recorded for a future release. “Once-in-a-lifetime collaborations” are expected from the participants, who’ll also include Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Sam Moore, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Martina McBride, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic and many more.

The rock legend of course spends a lot of time these days at his home in Richmond Hill outside of Savannah.

Here’s a video of “I Can’t Be Satisfied” recorded a couple of years ago as part of the “Savannah rehearsal sessions” at Elevated Basement Studio.

Gregg Allman – I Can’t Be Satisfied (Savannah Rehearsal Sessions) from Rounder Records on Vimeo.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour 10/22-10/29/13

Hey guys,
Wow!  What a week for music last week.  I saw two excellent shows at a venue that does not get as much mention as the tried and true Congress Street venues.  I saw Protomen at The Wormhole.  A very theatrical show, I did not know the band, but I found it to be very exciting.  The next Wormhole show was the Band Of Horses Secret Show on Saturday.  I didn’t really know BoH, but they now have a new fan.  There are not many shows you go to in Savannah that feel like an “event”, but this was definitely an event.  There was a long line to get in, and there were 10-20 people waiting for spare tickets and a chance to get in.  Happily, I heard that all of those people in the “loser line” (not my term, I think they chose that name themselves) did make it into the show.  This was definitely one of my favorite events in recent memory and I hope that everyone had as good a time as I did.

Enough about last week, let’s talk about this week.  Another hit and miss week, but so was last week.  And it ended up being lots of fun.  Be sure to check back, I will try to keep the site updated, a lot of stuff doesn’t get circulated until later in the week.

Tuesday 10/22/13 – Probably worth just bouncing around to all of theses shows, and find what you like.  Two blues shows (Warehouse and Bayou), the show at Hang Fire will be more rock.
HitmanThe Warehouse (8p)
Eric Culberson Jam – Bayou Café (9p)
Cult Babies, Sauna Heat, Wet SocksHang Fire (10p)

Thursday 10/24

James Lee Smith and Randy CubaWarehouse (8p) – James Lee Smith is an amazing guitarist.  Definitely worth the trip to River Street.
The Accomplices – Rivers Rock! Benefit at Moon River; a fundraiser for the Ogeechee Riverkeeper
Band Of OpportunityMolly MacPherson’s (10p)

Yip Deceiver & Wild MoccasinsJinx (10p) – DJ afterward, so maybe it will end at a decent hour.

Friday 10/25 – Another wandering around night.  City Hotel is always good.  I am looking forward to seeing Dare Dukes again.
City HotelThe Rail Pub Courtyard (6pm)
Dare Dukes, John Wilkes Boothe & The Black Toothe, Viking ProgressSentient Bean (8p)
Bottles & CansJazz’d
Greg WilliamsZunzi’s II    Danielle Hicks – Zunzi’s II (9p)
Aly KatsMolly MacPherson’s (10p)
Tent CityCongress Street Social Club (10p)

Saturday 10/26

Food Day at Daffin Park (1-5p) – Lots of bands, and it’s daytime.  Not sure of order of bands right now, they have listed Accomplices, Eric Culberson, A Nickel Bag Of Funk, Cranford & Son & Basik Lee.  This could be an opportunity for some of you to see these bands that normally play much later at night!

Bottles & CansJinx Happy Hour (6-8:30)
General Patton and The Heads Of State – Dub’s

Bottles & CansRocks On The Roof – you could see them twice tonight!
HitmanMolly MacPherson’s (10p)
JuBee And The Morning AfterCongress Street Social Club (10p)

Monday 10/28
Brett Trammell and Ben KeiserThe Warehouse (7p) – You will find me here most Mondays, enjoying Brett’s regular gig at The Warehouse on River Street.  He is usually joined by his Epic Cycle bandmate, Ben Keiser.  It is basically an acoustic version of one of my favorite local bands, Epic Cycle.  Ben is a phenomenal guitarist and Brett has a unique voice.

Open MicAbe’s On Lincoln (10p) – Another regular Monday stop.  The open mic is run by Craig Tanner, one of the highlights is the opening set by Craig and Mr. Williams, a true blues artist.

Once again, I will ask that you consider going and seeing some live music this week, it is good for your soul.  And if you like it, throw a couple of bucks in the bucket.

Graveface Records presents Jel, serengeti, Knife tonight at Hang Fire

Graveface Records is celebrating two years of the label’s retail store in Savannah with a series of events from Oct. 21 to 26. Click here for all the details.

Tonight (Monday, Oct. 21), Graveface presents a show at Hang Fire ($5 cover) with serengeti scheduled for 10:30 p.m., Knife for 11:15, and Jel for midnight.

serengeti, who appears on both Graveface and Anticon, is a hip hop artist from Chicago:

Jel, on Anticon, is also an alternative hip hop artist.

Knife is of course a Savannah-based performer:

After tonight, the week of celebratory events continues at Graveface Records & Curiosities at 5 West 40th St. with various performances, a movie night, a board game night, and a full lineup of bands/Halloween party on Sat., Oct. 26.

more photos of Band of Horses at The Wormhole in Savannah

I’ve had a bit of luck when it comes to Band of Horses shows. I had the privilege of seeing them record their Austin City Limits show in 2010, still one of my favorite live music experiences ever. It was flat out jaw dropping amazing. Not terribly long after that, we happened into some pretty great seats for the Johnny Mercer Theatre show during the Savannah Music Festival.

Somehow, though, when I got advice that I would want to be downtown Saturday, and The Wormhole Facebook page started teasing the “arena size band, who played Johnny Mercer the last time they played Savannah”, it never occurred to me that it could be Band of Horses. I am enough of a music nerd to make sure I checked hissing lawns and The Wormhole’s sites shortly after 5 on Thursday, though. I immediately hit the “buy” button. The page loaded and I was crushed to read it was sold out. Oh no. Wait…. Refresh….Sold out….Refresh…..Sold out….Refresh……Add to cart? Hell yes, add to cart. Like I said…lucky.

A couple of photos, with more after the jump. (Click here for Bill’s set.)



Kickstarter campaign hopes to record new versions of Blind Willie Johnson songs

What a great project:

Tom Waits, Sinead O’Connor, Lucinda Williams, Luther Dickinson, Cowboy Junkies, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Rickie Lee Jones are among the artists who have already committed to appear on God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, an effort spearheaded by Jeffrey Gaskill (in the video above).

The $125,000 Kickstarter goal seems like a pretty modest one, especially considering the quality of the perks at various levels of support.

The campaign is off to a strong start (click on through for more:

Band of Horses at The Wormhole in Savannah – photos

Remember when you caught that famous band way back in the day, before they were playing festivals and racking up a million Facebook fans, when they were just a great bar band that could electrify a room?

Well, last night, apparently in preparation for a set today at Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, Band of Horses came down from Charleston and played at The Wormhole here in Savannah.

The capacity is technically 300 or thereabouts, but the ceilings are so low that I can touch them. The stage is little more than a foot off the ground. The last time Band Of Horses played Savannah, they sold out the cavernous and soulless Johnny Mercer Theatre at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival.

So, an amazing night for those of us who scored tickets, which were just $10.

More interested in enjoying the show than in just getting good shots, I was a lazy photographer last night and didn’t move around. The venue is a tough one for photos anyway — especially when there’s a bright light on the bass player, dim red lights on everyone else, and the lead singer’s eyes are obscured by a cap . . .

So here’s a shot of the set list and then some of the show, with more after the jump (click for larger versions and click here for Tom’s set):