Hank Williams Jr., Gregg Allman, Alabama to perform in Dayton area

Published: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 11:06 AM
Updated: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 2:01 PM

“Bocephus” is coming to town and he’s bringing Gregg Allman along.

Hank Williams Jr., who was given that nickname by his legendary father Hank Williams, will perform with Allman as part of their “Anything Goes” concert at Fraze Pavilion 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

“These American legends will bring the sounds of American blues and country to the Fraze stage,” a press release from the venue located at 695 Lincoln Park Boulevard in Kettering says.

Tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13.

ALABAMA will perform at the Fraze 8 p.m. Friday, July 26. Tickets for that show go on sale 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20.

ALABAMA’s show is the day before the Fraze’s Cajun-zydeco music festival Swamp Romp.

Although born in to a well-known musicians, Hank Williams Jr. long ago made his own name with hits that include “Family Tradition,” “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound, ” and “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down).”

The winner of the 2006 CMT Music Awards Johnny Cash Visionary Award, released the album “Eleven Roses”“Old School New Rules” last year. It includes the songs “We Don’t Apologize for America” and “I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams.”

Rock and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Gregg Allman is a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. His solo endeavors include “I’m No Angel” and “These Days.”

Allman’s was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011 for his solo album “Low Country Blues.”

ALABAMA’s long list of hits include “Mountain Music,” “Feels So Right,” “Dixieland Delight,” and “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band).”

Tickets can be purchased Fraze FanFare Store at Town & Country Shopping Center, 300 E. Stroop Road in Kettering; Online at etix.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.

Contact this blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:19 PM


            Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

The two surviving members of the Beatles came together in a studio on Sunday for their first recording session together in seven years, according to a social media post from drummer Ringo Starr.

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"Thanks for coming over, man, and playing great bass," Starr wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of himself laughing with Paul McCartney. "I love you, man. Peace and love."

Starr's publicist confirmed to Billboard that McCartney was in the studio to contribute to Starr's upcoming album. The album is set for release this year, although no date has been announced, the site reported.

Starr also shared an image of the pair posing with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Starr's brother-in-law.

"What a day I'm having," he wrote.

Starr shared the photos just days after TMZ reported that McCartney, Starr, Walsh, actor Tom Hanks and musician Dave Grohl went to dinner together in Santa Monica.

Starr and McCartney last collaborated on the drummer's 2010 LP "Y Not," according to Rolling Stone. McCartney sings on the song "Walk With You" and plays bass on "Peace Dream."

Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:04 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:04 PM


            Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Rocker Bruce Springsteen gave an Australian teenager the thrill of a lifetime when the Boss invited him onstage to perform a song with the band, and he stole the show Thursday night at a concert in Brisbane.

Nathan Testa, 14, was holding up a sign that said he skipped school to be there and wanted to perform “Growin’ Up,” a hit song from Springsteen’s 1973 debut album “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”

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The Boss, 67, noticed the sign and asked Testa if he knew the song. When the teen responded that he did, Springsteen brought him up onstage to play, and Testa did not disappoint, playing the song and sharing a mic with the rocker.

The legendary musician also gave the boy a few pointers on how to look like a rock star onstage.

“When I was your age, I bought my first guitar, and I realized it wasn’t how well you played it, but how good you looked doing it,” he said.

“So I go in front of the mirror trying out different poses.”

As it turns out, though, Testa has been onstage with Springsteen before. When he was 11, he did the same thing, the Courier-Mail reported. He held a sign up at a concert asking the Boss to perform a song and Springsteen brought him up to play “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.”

@springsteen An amazing experience that I will never forget. Got the job done. Thanks, Mr Springsteen - Nathan Testa 18 Feb 2017#GrowingUp Nathan and Bruce  <3

Posted by Boss Talk on Sunday, February 19, 2017

‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1:43 AM


            ‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, whose 20-second drum break to open James Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer” became one of hip-hop’s most popular samples, died Saturday, Rolling Stone reported. He was 73.

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His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalized for a few days, she said.

Stubblefield performed on several of Brown's hits in the 1960s and early 1970s, including "Cold Sweat," ''Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud," ''I've Got the Feelin'," and the album "Sex Machine."

But he was best known for his solo on "Funky Drummer." Rolling Stone said it was sampled on more than 1,000 songs and served as the backbeat for countless hip-hop tracks, including Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride," LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" and Run-D.M.C.'s "Run's House." It even turned up on Ed Sheeran's "Shirtsleeves" and George Michael's "Freedom '90," the magazine said.

"We were sitting up in the studio, getting ready for a session, and I guess when I got set up I just started playing a pattern. Started playing something," Stubblefield told Rolling Stone. "The bassline came in and the guitar came in and we just had a rhythm going, and if Brown liked it, I just said, 'Well, I'll put something with it.'"

Stubblefield was not listed as a songwriter on the track and therefore didn't see many royalties from the decades of sampling.

"All the drum patterns I played with Brown was my own; he never told me how to play or what to play," Stubblefield told SF Weekly in 2012. "I just played my own patterns, and the hip-hoppers and whatever, the people that used the material probably paid him, maybe. But we got nothing. I got none of it. It was all my drum product."

"People use my drum patterns on a lot of these songs,” Stubblefield told the New York Times in 2011. They never gave me credit, never paid me. It didn't bug me or disturb me, but I think it’s disrespectful not to pay people for what they use."

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1943, Stubblefield served as a session musician and toured under Otis Redding before becoming Brown's drummer from 1965 to 1971, Rolling Stone reported. He had lived in Madison, his wife's hometown, since the early 1970s, she told the AP.

When Prince heard in 2000 that Stubblefield was suffering from bladder cancer and was deep in debt with medical bills, he paid $90,000 to cover his chemotherapy expenses, Hannon told the AP. In 2002, he had a kidney removed, and he suffered from end-stage renal disease over the last decade, Rolling Stone reported. 

"We lost another Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk," Bootsy Collins, who performed with Stubblefield on “Sex Machine,” wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. "Mr. Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency.”

We lost another Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk. Mr.Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency. I am...

Posted by William "Bootsy" Collins on Saturday, February 18, 2017

Legendary jazz musician Al Jarreau died Sunday at 76

Published: Sunday, February 12, 2017 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2017 @ 1:39 PM


            Legendary jazz musician Al Jarreau died Sunday at 76

Fans are mourning the death of legendary jazz musician and Grammy Award-winning artist Al Jarreau.

Jarreau, 76, passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles, according to a statement on his website.

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“He will be missed,” the statement said.

“His 2nd priority in life was music. There was no 3rd. His 1st priority, far ahead of the other, was healing or comforting anyone in need.”

Friends and colleagues on social media are sending their condolences and remembering their work with Jarreau.

Singer Chaka Khan tweeted "U were EVERYTHING Jazz & beyond with an unrivaled improvisational genius. Love & prayers 2 his family & fans."

Guitarist Steve Lukather, known for his work with Toto, tweeted out "RIP Al. It was an honor working with him and there was no one like him! Unreal.."

The Reverend Jesse Jackson also tweeted "RIP #AlJarreau. Pray for his family."

The seven-time Grammy winner and R&B singer, known for songs like “We’re in This Love Together,” “Boogie Down” and the theme from the TV series “Moonlighting,” had been hospitalized recently and cancelled tour dates, according to a recent announcement on his website.

Jarreau is survived by his wife, Susan, and their son, Ryan, news outlets reported.