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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 11:40 AM
HAMILTON — It’s been 45 years since a Hamilton band called The Brotherhood performed together at Taft High School, but the group now has record deals on two continents.
An earlier version of the band, The Revised Brotherhood, also has a deal with a German company for a single released in 1971 called “Tragedy.” Both the album, called “Stavia,” and the single have cult followings worldwide.
The number 45 must be their lucky number, because last year — 45 years after the Revised Brotherhood issued a 45-rpm single called “Tragedy,” they reached a deal with a German label to reissue it. In an unexpected quirk, the band called The Revised Brotherhood actually existed before The Brotherhood.
Recently, “We were contacted by a small record label in Spain, saying that they wanted to reissue Stavia,” said John Hurd, 64, lead singer of both groups and a Badin High School graduate. The label, Guerssen Records, wrote him, with an opening sentence of, “I guess you know your album was bootlegged in France?”
“I already knew that,” Hurd said with a laugh.
Hurd insisted that the deal, for the production of 500 copies of Stavia, be non-exclusive, in case another label also wanted to make a deal. It’s a good thing he did, because Shake It Records in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood, which is a record store and a label, also plans to reissue 500 copies of the album, probably in early 2018.
Hurd visited Shake It, asking if they would be willing to sell copies of his 45, and the man told him, “I’ve been looking for you for a long time, couldn’t find you.” Hurd said the man told him, “I want to make you an offer to re-release your album, Stavia. That’s a great album.”
Darren Blase, a co-owner of Shake It, said Stavia “has always been this fascinating record, because there’s sound like Blood, Sweat and Tears, and there’s parts that sound like Neil Young, and then there’s this organ and flute,” Blase said. “It’s just an odd record for this part of the country, and it’s always been this pretty mysterious record.”
Band members of The Brotherhood included Donny Hoskins on drums; Jeff Hanson guitar and vocals; Hurd on Hammond organ, electric piano and vocals; MJ Coe on flute,guitar and vocals; and Bill Fairbanks on bass guitar piano and vocals.
“You know, you ask around, and nobody really knows about it, said Blase, who calls Stavia a southern Ohio “Holy Grail record that I’ve always been wanting to find more about, and I found out that John worked with one of my employees’ lives at Miami University.”
Here’s how Blase describes Stavia: “It’s not a psych(edelic) record, it’s not a rock record, it’s not a soul record. It inherits this kind of odd space, and there’s not a lot of records that sound like that. And I’m a big fan of Rite Records, a company down here that put it out. And there’s people down here that just collect Rite stuff. “
Stavia will be part of a Shake It reissue series called Reissues from Ohio.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Hurd said. “It was one of the best days of my life, as far as being a musician, being in a store, surrounded by all these famous people’s records, and then this guy, knowing who I was, and then offering me a record deal.”
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 8:35 AM
Organizers of the monument made the announcement on its website Friday.
John’s donation brought the fund within $3,600 of its $42,000 goal.
John and Leon Russell collaborated on a 2010 album, “The Union.”
Russell, an Oklahoma native, died in Nov. 13, 2016 at the age of 74.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:54 PM
— Garth Brooks played a never-before-released song on his Facebook series, “Inside Studio G,” this week in support of Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez and the upcoming “March for Our Lives” protest happening across the country this Saturday, March 24.
In the final segment of his March 19 Facebook show, Garth read excerpts from Emma’s letter explaining the purpose behind the march to end gun violence.
She writes, “This isn’t a political rally. It’s literally a march for our lives. Please help us amplify our voices by using yours. Be part of this moment in time. I believe the young people in this country can change the world, and wouldn’t that be something?”
Garth was moved by her statement and said, “OK, Miss Emma. It’s not yours to change, it’s yours. You understand that? You’re the future. Our children are our future. Your parents are fine with this. Trust me. All parents are. So, this is your world. Take it. Shape it. Mold it.”
Garth also gave Emma and the rest of the marchers some advice on how to deal with those who oppose their efforts.
“Just remember when you march, you have a voice, and you’re representing yourself when you march,” Garth said. “So, how you march is so important. Be patient. Be loving, because there might be some cross voices that enter in this march. Be tolerant. Be loving. Do not let hate win.”
Garth also told Emma that she wasn’t just marching for herself and her friends who were lost in the Stoneman Douglas school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida. She’s also marching for the generations to come.
Garth explains, “Try to remember this — in the blink of an eye, you’re walking for your children that you haven’t had yet. Because this is something new. Your generation is the generation for the school shootings. Let’s make sure the next generation is not. Fair enough?”
After that, Garth performed a song he’s never released that fit in perfectly with his message for Emma and her fellow marchers. Garth got visibly emotional as he sang the lyrics about working for positive change for future generations.
Check it out starting at just before the 25 minute mark in the Facebook video above.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:21 PM
NEW YORK — Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen is doing so well on Broadway, he’s staying for the rest of the year.
The veteran musician’s mega-successful one-man show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” has already been extended twice. Now, The Boss has decided to add 81 more shows between July 10 and Dec. 15 for a third and final extension.
Tickets for the new dates at the Walter Kerr Theatre will go on sale at 11 a.m. March 28 through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. Only fans who previously registered and have not purchased tickets will be eligible to receive an invitation to the onsale. Those who are eligible will receive additional information on March 26.
A digital lottery will continue to operate through the extension of the show for those interested in purchasing tickets after the March 28 onsale. For details, visit www.luckyseat.com.
“Springsteen on Broadway” opened Oct. 12, 2017. By the end of his run in December, Springsteen will have played 236 performances.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:19 PM
— The widow of country music legend Glen Campbell is telling her side of the story in the legal battle over her late husband’s estate. Kim Campbell also addresses allegations that she barred his children from seeing him.
Campbell is breaking her silence on the legal battle currently playing out in court over her late husband’s reported $50 million fortune. Several of the country crooner’s older children have claimed their step-mother barred them from seeing their father when he was in an Alzheimer’s care facility in Nashville. She’s denying the allegations.
“I never ever denied them a visit — ever,” Campbell told “Inside Edition.” “They never, ever called me to see how he was doing or if they could help.”
Three of the musician’s older children, including his eldest son, Travis, have filed a lawsuit seeking what they claim is their piece of the family fortune. They were left out of their father’s will, and Kim Campbell says she had nothing to do with that decision.
“That was all done in 2002, and that was a choice that was made by Glen — not me — and there were reasons for it,” she said.
Campbell also claimed Travis Campbell did not visit his father in the 20 years before the superstar’s death in 2017. She said the allegations against her by the children have been difficult.
“It has been very painful and hurtful. It’s a nightmare to have people on the internet threatening to kill you because they think you are this horrible person who wouldn’t let people visit, which is totally false,” she said.
Campbell is also speaking out about her husband’s former girlfriend, country star Tanya Tucker, who released a song about him titled “Forever Loving You,” following Campbell’s death last year.
“This Tanya Tucker, who dated my husband for a hot minute 35 years ago, going on TV the day after my husband dies, [promoting] ‘Forever Loving You,’ [and] exploiting my husband,” the angry widow said.
The proceeds from that song benefit Alzheimer’s disease research, and Tucker maintained her motives were pure in writing and releasing the song.
A statement from Tucker’s press rep reads, “Tanya has nothing but love in her heart for the entire Campbell family. Tanya released ‘Forever Loving You’ last year in tribute to Glen and to raise awareness for all those suffering with this heartbreaking disease.”
Meanwhile, Kim Campbell is moving forward with her advocacy work for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. She has teamed up with the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation and ride service Lyft to help provide transportation for people with the disease who are participating in clinical trials.
“It’s devastating to lose someone to this disease. It’s heartbreaking, but I want to bring something positive out of it,” she said.