Thursday, December 7, 2017

MASON WILLIAMS CHATS ABOUT "CLASSICAL GAS" ...THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS... AND MORE

M  A  S  O  N    W  I  L  L  I  A  M  S
CELEBRATING '50 YEARS' 
OF A TIMELESS 
MUSICAL MASTERPIECE
"C L A S S I C A L   G A S"
Mason Williams emerged in the late 1960’s as a strong force in television and music circles.  In 1968 he won two Grammy awards with his unique composition for guitar, Classical Gas. That same year he also won an Emmy award for his work as a comedy writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Mason is perhaps most widely known as a composer and recording artist.  He has recorded more than two dozen albums, five on the Warner Bros. label (The Mason Williams Phonograph Record, The Mason Williams Ear Show, Music, Handmade, and Sharepickers).  Classical Gas was released as a single from The Mason Williams Phonograph Record in 1968.  Classical Gas won three Grammys that year for: “Best Instrumental (theme) Composition”, “Best Instrumental (theme) Performance”, and “Best Instrumental Orchestra Arrangement” (Mike Post, arranger).
In 1987, Mason teamed up with MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER of Fresh Aire fame, to release a new album on the American Gramaphone label.  The Album, titled “CLASSICAL GAS”, includes a remake of his 1968 Grammy award winning song.  Another cut from this album, “Country Idyll”, was a 1988 nominee for a Grammy in the Country Music category for “Best Instrumental Performance by a Soloist, Group or Orchestra.”  This album went Gold in 1991, and is now approaching platinum.
Mason has released (on the Real Music label) an acoustic instrumental album of Christmas/Holiday music tititled “A GIFT OF SONG”, featuring arrangements of traditional carols and original compositions.  In 1992 the Vanguard label released “MUSIC 1968-1971”, a compilation of cuts from his five Warner Bros. albums recorded in the late 60s, early 70s.
As a comedy writer, Mason has written for more than 150 hours of network television programming.  Writing both music and comedy, Mason was a prime creative force for CBS’ controversial SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR.  His extensive repertoire in folk music gave him the background for many of Tom and Dick’s comedy routines, and with co-writer Nancy Ames, he also composed the shows’ musical theme.  He also created and perpetuated the 1968 PAT PAULSEN FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN, the most elaborate political satire in recent history.
Other major television personalities he has written for include: Roger Miller, Petula Clark, Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Dinah Shore, and Steve Martin. In 1980 Mason was head writer for NBC’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.  In 1988 Mason received his third Emmy nomination as a comedy writer for his work on THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS 20TH REUNION SPECIAL (CBS).
He is also the creator of the world’s largest sunflower.  Originally intended as a short film, the sunflower concept was conceived as a slow-motion aerial ballet in which an old biplane skywrites (“draws”), the stem and leaves of a sunflower in the sky beneath the sun, the sun thereby becoming the blossom of the flower.
Approaching the 50th Anniversary of Classical Gas gave Williams an opportunity to reflect on his career and collect many of his art, writing and music projects into a fantastic retrospective presentation that has been and continues to be exhibited in galleries around the country.

Mason is also currently working on events around the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Classical Gas including writing, composing and performing in a variety of venues which con­tinues to this day. 


MASON WILLIAMS

and friends




A GIFT OF SONG

AN ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTAL CHRISTMAS ALBUM

available at amazon




For more information about Mason Williams visit …
Purchase the critically acclaimed ‘A Gift of Song’ by Mason Williams … 
an acoustic instrumental Christmas album available for the holidays 
at amazon .com

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Friday, November 24, 2017

NONA HENDRYX 'LABELLE' LEGEND: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

N   O   N   A    H   E   N   D   R   Y   X
'LABELLE' LEGEND TALKS ABOUT
 HER ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER 
& NEW PROJECT
WITH GARY LUCAS 
'THE WORLD OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART'

Nona Hendryx is an American vocalist, record producer, songwriter, musician, author, and actress. Hendryx is known for her work as a solo artist as well as for being one-third of the trio Labelle, who had a hit with "Lady Marmalade." Her music has ranged from soul, funk, and R&B to hard rock, new wave, and new-age. Her family's last name was originally spelled with an "i"; she is a cousin of American musician Jimi Hendrix.
Nona Hendryx was born in Trenton, New Jersey where she met fellow New Jersey native Sarah Dash and later met Philadelphia-born singer Patricia Holte (Patti LaBelle). After a short-lived tenure as a member of the Del-Capris, Hendryx and Dash formed a singing group with Holte (once the lead singer of a girl group in Philadelphia called The Ordettes). In 1961, Cindy Birdsong, from Camden, New Jersey, became the fourth member of the group, who became the 'Bluebelles' and signed their first deal with Newtown Records. 
After the release of their debut hit, 1962's "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman", their name altered again to Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Hendryx's husky alto differed from Dash's sharp soprano, LaBelle's mezzo-soprano and Birdsong's second soprano. During this tenure, the group became known for their emotional live performances and their renditions of classic standards such as "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Over The Rainbow"and "Danny Boy". The group often found themselves competing against girl groups such as The Chantels, Shirelles and The Supremes. In 1967, Hendryx, LaBelle and Dash were shocked to discover that Birdsong had secretly joined the Supremes after Florence Ballard was ousted from the group by Motown. Different members of the group were in touch with Birdsong over the years. Birdsong's relationships with the Bluebelles healed and they came together again for the ceremony when the group won an R&B Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.
Back to the current release in question: Gary Lucas and Hendryx starred in a symphonic Captain Beefheart Tribute with Amsterdam's famed 65-piece Metropole Orchestra at the Paradiso a few years ago.  The album was co-produced by Gary and Jesse Krakowand recorded at EastSide Sound in NYC. The World of Captain Beefheart is being released by Knitting Factory Records on November 10th
The World of Captain Beefheart strikes a fine balance between the more bluesy and groove-accessible songs in the good Captain's oeuvre and the more extreme, darker and weirder side. 
Nona Hendryx is a longtime fierce admirer of Don Van Vliet's music, and possesses the huge voice and the commanding stage presence necessary to do full justice to repertoire that originally featured Beefheart's unforgettable multi-octave voice. Although she's best known as a funk/soul great thanks to her long tenure with international hitmakers Labelle (as well as the group's antecedent, Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles) as well as her own excellent R&B-rooted solo outings, she is no stranger to experimental rock territory, having been featured as guest vocalist with cutting-edge ensembles including Talking Heads, Bill Laswell's Material, and Jerry Harrison's Casual Gods. 

To this day, Don Van Vliet remains a cult hero, relatively unknown in mainstream circles. If any album is able to change that, it's The World of Captain Beefheart.

THE WORLD 
OF 
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

Featuring

NONA HENDRYX
AND 
GARY LUCAS


available now
 at
amazon.com



 The World of Captain Beefheart featuring Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas from Knitting Factory Records available NOW at amazon.com
For more information about Nona Hendryx and concert dates visit  www.nonahendryx.com



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Thursday, November 9, 2017

KIM SIMMONDS LEGENDARY GUITARIST FOR SAVOY BROWN: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

  I    M        I    M    M    O      D    S
S A V O Y   B R O W N
LEGENDARY ROCK/BLUES GUITARIST
INTERVIEWED ON 
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Anyone who witnessed Savoy Brown leave the blocks in 1965 would speak of a similar epiphany. Back then, the band were the spark that ignited the blues-boom, signing to Decca, opening for Cream’s first London show and boasting a lead guitarist who was being namedropped in the same reverential breath as peers like Clapton and Hendrix (with whom Simmonds jammed). Already, the guitarist was emerging as the band’s driving force. “I had a vision,” he reflects. “When I started the band back in 1965, the concept was to be a British version of a Chicago blues band. And the exciting thing now is that vision is still alive.” 

Soon, Savoy Brown had achieved what most British bands never did – success in America – and became a major US draw thanks to their high-energy material and tireless work ethic. “There’s far too much said about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll,” Simmonds told Classic Rock. “It’s a cliché. We were all extremely hard-working guys. When we came over to America, we were like a little army. I look at that time as being filled with incredible talent.”
Times changed, of course, and by 1979, Simmonds had moved from a London he no longer recognized – “The punks were everywhere!” – to settle permanently in New York. The Savoy Brown band members came and went, and the music scene shifted around him, but the guitarist stuck thrillingly to his guns and reaped the rewards, performing in iconic venues like Carnegie Hall and the Fillmore East and West, releasing thirty-odd albums, and later enjoying a well-deserved induction into Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame.

Even in the post-millennium, while his peers grow soft and drift into semi-retirement, Simmonds retains a vision and an edge, spitting out acclaimed albums that include 2011’s Voodoo Moon, 2014’s Goin’ To The Delta, 2015’s The Devil To Pay – and the emphatic new addition to Savoy Brown’s catalogue, Witchy Feelin’. “I'm amazed that I still have the energy inside me to play guitar, create music and write songs,” he considers. “I’ve been blessed in my life and I thank God for that. I’ve never been a believer in holding on to the past – I don’t look over my shoulder and congratulate myself. I always want to climb the next mountain – and I’m very pleased with this new album…”

You can purchase Witchy Feelin’ the new album by Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at Amazon.com.

S A V O Y 

B R O W N


WITCHY FEELIN'


NEW RELEASE!


available 
at 
amazon.com


For more information and concert dates for Savoy Brown visit … www.savoybrown.com
Visit Savoy Brown on Facebook at … www.facebook.com/SavoyBrown65/timeline


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Friday, October 27, 2017

CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA SPECIAL GUEST ON THE RAY SHASHO SHOW

C  I  N  D  Y
B  L  A  C  K  M  A  N
S   A   N   T   A   N   A
VIRTUOSO DRUMMER
CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. 

SANTANA has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the '80s through the present day, touring the globe and making albums at the top of her game—including the critically acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010). In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group—also known as Another Lifetime—Cindy was part of the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band called Spectrum Road with Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, and John Medeski. From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 & 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz's band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums. In 2010, she was part of the all-star line-up performing “Bitches Brew,” a tribute to Miles Davis' seminal album staged at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and NYC Winter JazzFest. 
More recently, Cindy has become the regular touring drummer for Santana. Having met several years earlier at a festival in Europe while she was touring with Kravitz, Cindy first played with Santana in spring 2010, when drummer Dennis Chambers had a previous commitment. “They have a great band vibe. It's nice to play with people who have grown together, built a sound together, and stayed together,” she says. “When that happens, you can create so many different levels of communication. That's what they've done, and I love reacting with it and being a part of it.”
Electricity onstage generated chemistry offstage— Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana proposed to Cindy during a July 2010 concert, and they married in December. Looking ahead, they will collaborate artistically as well, on projects that will no doubt reflect their shared passion for improvisation, and belief in the transcendent nature of music. Cindy was an integral part of the new Santana/Isley Brothers release Power of Peace, featuring the song “I Remember,” which she wrote and sings. “To me,” she says, “music is completely spiritual, it's the way you connect with your higher self, with the universe. It's also a way to share light with millions of people. They don’t need to speak your language, have your beliefs, or be in the same place you are. The music speaks; it channels good energy, and makes a difference in people's lives. Carlos and I are both conscious of doing that.”
The past few months have been a blur for CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA, who is currently touring and performing with her husband Carlos Santana, is featured as a vocalist, drummer, and songwriter on “Power of Peace,” the new Santana/Isley Brothers collaboration, and has been busy touring with her own band and recording tracks in the studio with the legendary producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN. Together through Walden's Tarpan Records label recently released the new single “FUN, PARTY, SPLASH” featuring Carlos Santana on all digital platforms. 

CINDY BLACKMAN 
SANTANA

FUN PARTY SPLASH

NEW SINGLE
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON.COM


You can purchase the “FUN, PARTY, SPLASH” single on amazon.com and iTunes:  For more information about Cindy Blackman Santana, please visit her social media pages or Website at: www.cindyblackmansantana.com
You can also purchase the latest album by The Isley Brothers and Santana called Power of Peace at amazon.com


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SANTANA 
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Friday, October 13, 2017

MALIK SHAKUR: RADIO HOST & COUSIN OF TUPAC SHAKUR REVEALS THE STUNNING TRUTH ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON,PRINCE AND WHITNEY HOUSTON

MALIK SHAKUR 
COUSIN OF TUPAC REVEALS: 
I KNOW WHO MURDERED
 MICHAEL JACKSON ...PRINCE... 
AND WHITNEY HOUSTON
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!

Malik Shakur is the host of THE KNOWLEDGE SHOW a very Unique, Controversial, Educational, and Entertaining Talk Show that broadcasts live. Malik Shakur is the cousin of the late Tupac Shakur and has earned several trophies, awards, and accolades for the show and the live conversations on the show. Shakur asks the real questions and gets the real answers and delivers the truth, but some can't handle the truth. If you are one of the few that can, then this is the show for you. They cover conspiracy theories, current events, controversial discussions and topics, and talk about subjects that no one else is talking about, but the community needs to know about by any means necessary.

The Knowledge Show airs every Sat & Sun 6:30 pm ET … visit blogtalkradio.com/theknowledgeshowlive to listen in.

Tupac Shakur was a sensitive, precociously talented yet troubled soul who came to embrace the 1990s gangsta-rap aesthetic and paid the ultimate price — he was gunned down in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996 and died six days later. His murder has never been solved. He began his music career as a rebel with a cause — to articulate the travails and injustices endured by many African-Americans, often from a male point of view. His skill in doing so made him a spokesperson not just for his own generation, but for subsequent ones who continue to face the same struggle for equality. In death he became an icon symbolizing noble struggle, though in life his biggest battle was sometimes with himself. As fate drove him towards the nihilism of gangsta rap, and into the arms of the controversial Death Row Records impresario Suge Knight, the boundaries between Shakur's art and his life became increasingly blurred — with tragic consequences. Hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur was embroiled in a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers and was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996, leaving behind an influential musical legacy at the age of 25. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide.

Visit Malik Shakur on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KnowledgeShow
Malik Shakur on Twitter at Malik Shakur @Da_Real_Shakur

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