Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chris Hillman hosting a Christmas Show

Chris Hillman, rock legend Hall-of-Famer and perhaps best known as co-founder of the The Byrds is Celebrity Host for Every Now and Then Theatre and Conejo Players Theatre's world premiere radio presentation of “Wearing Santa's Suit." The show will air on NewsTalk 1590 KVTA December 24th at 3pm and 9pm, then on December 25th at 7am, 12pm and 8pm.

Based on actual happenings, the production allows you to enter the mind of Santa as he encounters all types at a harborside art festival, chamber mixer, private club, radio station listener party, children's shelter, his next-door neighbor, a panicked girlfriend, and one family's personal appearance request.

Hillman, a Ventura County resident, is often cited as one of the early pioneers of the country-rock genre. His past bands include Manassas, The Desert Rose Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Souther-Hillman-Furay. As Every Now and Then Theatre's chosen Celebrity Host, Hillman will open the show and set the scene for the hour long broadcast. At the breaks, he takes us back in time with recorded Christmas comments from Ventura County's children- who are now adults. Hillman will wrap up the broadcast revealing the ensemble cast, nearly all of whom played multiple characters. 

“Wearing Santa's Suit” was directed by Shawn W. Lanz of Camarillo. Script and producer was James Wortman of Ventura. Onsite sound engineer was David Tuomi of Thousand Oaks. Post Sound Producer was Bob Allen from KVTA. The broadcast was made possible with resources from Barkerductions in Ventura for equipment, and Goldcoast Broadcasting for air time. CD copies of the broadcast are made available to cast and crew in trade for donations to KVTA's Children's Services Fund.

Now in its 24th year, the all-volunteer Every Now and Then Theatre has won 35 international, national, and local awards for radio drama excellence. They are now part of the American Radio Archives in Thousand Oaks. Chris Hillman's website is www.chrishillman.com.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Original DESERT ROSE BAND lineup to reunite next month for Albert Lee's 70th birthday celebration

Guitar legend Albert Lee is celebrating his 70th birthday with a special performance at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, CA on January 9, 2014.

The show will feature special guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Desert Rose Band (Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, John Jorgenson, Jay Dee Maness, Bill Bryson, Steve Duncan), Peter Asher, as well as surprise guest appearances. 
Lee has worked both in the studio and on tour with many famous musicians from a wide range of genres, including the Everly Brothers and Eric Clapton. He has also maintained a solo career of his own and is a noted composer and musical director. In addition to his 70th Birthday Celebration, Lee's next big projects include a solo album, documentary and concert project celebrating his illustrious career in music.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Gene Clark's NO OTHER to be performed on tour

No Other is the 1974 album by Gene Clark, a founding member of the the Byrds. At the time of its release, it was viewed as a critical and commercial failure, but over time, it's become a cult favorite. Next month, that album will be celebrated on a brief tour where it'll be performed note-for-note by a supergroup featuring Beach House, plus members of Fleet FoxesGrizzly Bearthe Walkmen, and more.
The band will include Beach House's Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. Lead vocal duties will be handled by Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen, the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Legrand. The rest of the band features Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, plus members of Lower Dens, Cass McCombs' band, Celebration, and Mt. Royal. 
Beach House wrote this statement on the album:
Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark's songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels overbearing: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark's very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It's one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.
Before the performances, they'll show an edit of a new documentary on Clark and No Other called The Byrd Who Flew Alone. Check out a trailer for that documentary below. DJ BLT, aka Brad Truax (Soldiers of Fortune, Black Mountain, Spiritualized), will also open with a set of music related to No Other.

No Other Tour:
01-22 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
01-23 Baltimore, MD - Floristree
01-24 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01-25 New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Gene Clark, Emitt Rhodes, Lambert & Nuttycombe 5 CDs Box Set now available

Gene Clark, Emitt Rhodes, Lambert & Nuttycombe

JAPAN 5 titles Mini LP SHM-CD 

+ PROMO "At Home" BOX 

Japanese Digital Mastering !!!

CDs and Promo Boxes are made in JAPAN. 

Promo box is an officially sanctioned release, made in Japan by Disk Union.

Gene Clark / White Light (2CD set)
Gene Clark / Roadmaster
Gene Clark / Two Sides To Every Story
Emitt Rhodes / Emitt Rhodes
Lambert & Nuttycombe / At Home