Chad & Jeremy

When a group has been together off and on for more than 40 years, they can build up a bit of a back story…

Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde have come full circle. In the 1960s, they were thrilling audiences all over the world, and the duo is doing the same more than 40 years later. Whether on stage, on their brand-new albums, or through archival releases of unheard material, you can be sure that Chad and Jeremy have a lot more to say.

Don’t miss their Infinity Hall appearance on September 16th! –Tickets–

Interview w/ Joe Louis Walker

Joe, you just won “Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar)” in the 2010 Living Blues Awards! What an Honor! What was it like growing up in the Bay area blues scene?
The bay area in the sixties was great and in retrospect, the diversity in music, people, political & humanitarian activism was a good environment to grow up in.

You play with Shemekia Copeland! She is wonderful isn’t she?
Mrs.. Copeland is probably one of the few singers that can sing blues , soul, rock, anything. I’ve known her over a decade, and performed a duet with her on her first cd.

Do you prefer your 4 chord to be major or minor? Or a healthy mix of both?
I like to mix it up.

We’re looking forward to your show at Infinity Hall on September 2nd! –Tickets–

Taylor Hicks!

Get pumped! Taylor Hicks is at Infinity Hall on September 15th!! -_Tickets_-

With his raspy, soulful voice and salt-and-pepper hair, Taylor Hicks was one of the unlikeliest contestants to make it to the final round of American Idol, but his quirky charm and rousing delivery of songs like “Takin’ It to the Streets” won Hicks a devoted legion of fans called the Soul Patrol and the title of the fifth-season American Idol.

Ronnie Spector’s – ‘Beyond the Beehive’

Ronnie Spector came from Spanish Harlem, and before her 20th birthday changed the look, style and sound of Rock & Roll forever.

As leader of the quintessential ‘Girl Group’ the Ronettes, Ronnie was still in her teens when she was touring the world with such groups as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds as her opening acts. From being personally requested by the Beatles to open up their final tour, to holding court with the Stones and Dylan at Ondines, Ronnie was on top of the Rock & Roll world in the turbulent 60’s.

As bright as her star shined, all of that would be taken from her–the stage, her fans, the recording studio and ultimately her identity. It all ended suddenly behind electric gates, barbed wire, guard dogs, amid nonstop psychological and emotional torture that robbed her of her first love–performing–at the very peak of her career. Ronnie Spector would not be seen anywhere, let alone on stage for many, many years.

In her captivating one woman show, ‘Beyond the Beehive’ Ronnie Spector details her unique odyssey from the Peppermint Lounge to Beverly Hills to CBGB’s to performing for the leaders of the free world…and eventually being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

In ‘Beyond the Beehive’, Ronnie tells her story in words, pictures and song, and how she transformed herself from Victim to the ultimate Rock & Roll survivor.

Don’t miss Ronnie’s September 11th performance @ Infinity Music Hall! Get your tickets now!!

I’m Gettin’ the Blues… With John Lee Hooker, Jr.

There is no doubt that John Lee Hooker, Jr. was influenced and inspired by his father’s formidable career in the world of blues music. However, John Lee Jr. has gone on to push the envelope of contemporary blues with an innovative vision all his own.

In fact, John Lee Jr.’s voice has been described as smoother, richer and stronger than his father’s. John Lee Hooker Jr. has won numerous blues awards and has performed alongside world-class musicians such as ZZ Top, Jimmy Reed, BB King, Bo Diddley, Lenny Kravitz, Taj Mahal, Koko Taylor and Etta James.

John Lee Hooker Jr. will grace the stage of Norfolk’s Infinity Music Hall on Friday, August 20th. His show, which he personally describes as a fusion of blues, funk, soul, jazz and R&B starts at 8pm.

This afternoon, I had the honor of conducting a brief phone interview with the bluesman himself. Thanks to the help of many Facebook friends and Infinity Hall supporters, I was able to pull together a list of pertinent and creative questions to ask Mr. John Lee Hooker, Jr. His succinct but thoughtful answers offer insight into his life, his music career and personality.

A Brief Interview With John Lee Hooker, Jr.:

1. As the son of the late, great blues legend John Lee Hooker, you were exposed to the world of music from a very young age. You have gone on to follow in your father’s footsteps, enjoying your own prestigious career as a world class blues musician. In your mind, what is the most valuable piece of advice or guidance that your father left you with?

“My father left me with three valuable lessons that I most value: #1) Work Hard. #2) Respect all people, regardless of race, creed, religion, orientation, etc. #3) Always be honest. Even if the lights are off.”

2. Is there anything about your life or your music career that you would like for people to know about you that they probably do not already know?

“Even though I am a blues musician, I truly love all genres of music. Also, I simply love people! I love the underdog. I love seeing smiles, I love turning sadness into gladness.”

3. I’m aware that your live recording policy has been quite strict. Do you think there is any likely hood that any of your older material will be released in the future?

“Let me bring you up to speed. There is a new CD that was just released in the spring of 2010. This album, titled “Live in Istanbul” features three of my newest songs – all live performances, as well as several of my previously unreleased covers of much older songs written by my father.

The “Live in Istanbul” album also contains a bonus gift – a very unique DVD that features the first ever animated cartoon set to my blues music. Actually, this comic book-style animated episode boasts yours truly as the superhero…”Bluesman”, a crime-fighting musician, singing in clubs by night and cleaning up the streets by day. The first episode features the song Blues Ain’t Nothing But a Pimp. It’s just terrific really; a blues/hip hop animated music video!”

4. What is the legacy that you would like to leave this world? What advice or guidance would you give to emerging artists (singers/songwriters/musicians) to help keep them on a path of integrity?

“Leave Drugs and alcohol alone! Love and respect people no matter what status they have in life. Dare to be different. Where there’s a will, there’s a way… and God is the way-maker.”

Don’t miss John Lee Hooker, Jr. on Friday, August 20th!! –Get Tickets–

Ruth – Wailin’ Jennys

I got a chance to ask Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys some questions! We can’t wait for their show at Infinity Hall on Sunday, August 15th!!

You and the Wailin’ Jennys are playing many shows! What is your favorite thing about being on the road?
My favorite part is the performing. The traveling part of it can get exhausting but when we get on stage to perform it all feels worth it. I feel lucky to be in a position to be able to sing and play for people for a living, especially with this band. Other than that I do enjoy seeing new parts of the world, and discovering new restaurants….

When writing songs, where do you find your greatest inspiration?
I suppose I find it in my personal experiences – what’s happening in my life or what’s happening around me and how I process these events. It tends to be a heart thing more than a brain thing for me. If something moves me or makes me feel something then I often start writing without really thinking about it. If I’m lucky I can stay in that zone long enough to get something down before my brain starts to interfere. I also find nature very inspiring, as do Nicky and Heather.

Your solo album “The Garden” is great, what is the concept behind it?
It’s a bit of a window into my personal journey in the last few years, I guess. The song itself is a call to be awake and aware, and to turn to the wisdom of nature in today’s ever increasing chaotic world, with so many forces trying to numb us. The Garden, for me, is a spiritual place with its own rhythm and cycles – with so much potential for beauty and growth if we are committed to it! It symbolizes something very important and inspiring to me and I think there is much to be gained from trusting that wisdom.

I see you showcased at SXSW this year, how’d that go?
It went really well! My official showcase was through mine and the Jennys’ record label, Red House Records, so I was in good hands and had a lot of support. It’s a great festival. The Jennys have played SXSW twice before as well and we’ve always had a good time. More than a thousand bands showcase at the event so there is an insane energy throughout the city and it’s definitely a case of over-stimulus by the end, but it’s a great chance to meet other artists and connect with people in the industry. And to see great music, if you actually have the time.

We’re looking forward to your Infinity Hall appearance with the Wailin’ Jennys!!
Thanks, we’re looking forward to it too! It’s been a while since we played in CT!

Crazy for Christmas – Dan Hicks

Interview with Dan Hicks!

You have an upcoming release! What is the title? Tell me more about it…
It’s called Crazy For Christmas and will be released October 12th on my longtime label, Surfdog Records. It features twelve Christmas songs — seven of my new originals and five holiday classics. And, we brought back the same killer production team from our recent Tangled Tales — producer Chris Goldsmith and engineer Jimmy Hoyson. Crazy for Christmas is a DH & HL first — we’ve finally recorded a holiday album!

Are you previewing some songs off the new album on tour now?
You bet!

Will we hear some of this new material at your Infinity Hall show?
Yeah, jazzed to do it! — we will premiere “Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit” and “Santa’s Workshop” among other tunes.

Are you playing with the same line-up from Tangled Tales?
Yes, same band and Crazy for Christmas also has some hot dog LA studio musicians including gypsy find Gozalo Bergara on guitar.

We’re looking forward to your return to Infinity Hall on August 21st!!
Right back ‘atcha!

Get your tickets for the show!! –Tickets–