Exclusive Premiere Track: Krista Shows Preaches the Gospel of Blind Willie Johnson on ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’

Asheville, NC folk and roots artist Krista Shows — in conjunction with a first-time vinyl release of her debut, Prone to Wander —  is releasing an EP of covers entitled Quarantine Covers, now available. A Bandcamp pre-order for her debut album on vinyl, at this time, will include a Bandcamp code (good) for Quarantine Covers.

Today sees the exclusive premiere of Krista’s interpretation of the Blind Willie Johnson blues-gospel standard, “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” which she undertakes with stunning fervor. Even without the gravel of Blind Willie, the pure grain of her voice sets a personal seal on an undiminished original. The rustic Delta Blues sound is also preserved by Shows’ husband, Scott Sharpe, on slide — bringing fire and brimstone to the words.

Of the track, Krista shares with ABS

When I first heard Nobody’s Fault but Mine, an old recording from 1927 by Blind Willie Johnson, I had been having so much of my own struggle and guilt around religion and spirituality. Just hearing him sing those words honestly changed my life at that moment; it gave me permission to breathe a sigh of relief and courage to take responsibility for my own decisions in the matter.

All the tracks were recorded at home by Krista and Scott Sharpe (guitar and steel), mixed and mastered at Dial Back Sound — the recording studio owned by Matt Patton of The Drive-By Truckers and The Dexateens — by Bronson Tew, assisted by Schaefer Llana.

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Echo Gallery to Release Adam Stothard’s AC/DC ‘The Razor Edge’ World Tour 1990/1991 Poster

ECHO print gallery is proud to release the second print in the AC/DC Poster Series by artist Adam Stothard, entitled AC/DC The Razors Edge World Tour 1990/1991.

Adam’s electric take on Angus Young and Brian Johnson from the “Thunderstruck” era captivates the live energy that AC/DC is famous for. This poster will be available starting Friday, April 2 starting at 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST.

Image courtesy of Jim Merlis

“AC/DC were the soundtrack to my twenties. They saw me through my college and university years and inspired many a night out. I can still remember sitting with friends in the college cafeteria with AC/DC’s music rock’n the jukebox.

“When I was asked to create artwork for the band the first thing I did was revisit their music, to reconnect with the feelings they inspired. The aim of this piece was to capture the sheer power and energy of AC/DC’s music, along with their electric stage presence.” – Adam Stothard

This 7-color screenprint measures 18”x24” and will be available in these limited edition variations: 

AC/DC The Razors Edge World Tour 1990/1991 Gallery Edition – 150 pcs / $55

AC/DC The Razors Edge World Tour 1990/1991 Holographic Lava Foil Variant – 100 pcs / $80

AC/DC The Razors Edge World Tour 1990/1991 Rainbow Foil Variant – 50 pcs / $80

Adam Stothard’s AC/DC The Razors Edge World Tour 1990/1991 will be available at 11AM PST / 2PM EST Friday, April 2.

Go to https://echoprintgallery.com for more information.

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Billy Gibbons Releases ‘West Coast Junkie’ From Forthcoming ‘Hardware’ Album

Hardware, the third solo album from ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons, has wrapped recording and post-production and is set for release June 4th by Concord Records. The album was recorded at Escape Studio in California’s high desert, near Palm Springs, and was produced by Gibbons along with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino with engineer Chad Shlosser providing additional production. 

The album’s release is preceded by the release of the single “West Coast Junkie.” The video for the track was filmed near Joshua Tree, a stone’s throw from the studio.

Sorum, veteran of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and the Cult also serves as Hardware’s drummer and was joined in the album’s core band by guitarist Austin Hanks.  The same Gibbons-Sorum-Hanks aggregation recorded The Big Bad Blues, Gibbon’s earlier solo effort for Concord and winner of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award.

In contrast to The Big Bad Blues and Perfectamundo, Gibbons’ debut solo album, almost all of the Hardware repertoire is original and rock-oriented with eleven of the album’s twelve songs written by Gibbons, Sorum, Fiorentino and Shlosser.  The sole exception is “Hey Baby, Que Paso,” originally recorded by the Texas Tornados.  The album’s title is a tribute to legendary recording engineer the late Joe Hardy who worked with Gibbons and ZZ Top dating back to the mid-1980s.  Sonically, the album was influenced by the high desert circumstance of its recording.  Says Gibbons “The desert settings, replete with shifting sands, cacti and rattlesnakes makes for the kind of backdrop that lends an element of intrigue reflected in the sounds created out there.” 

“Stackin’ Bones,” one of the album’s standouts, features a guest appearance by Larkin Poe with whom Gibbons has been familiar and friendly for quite a while. He initially met them through the good offices of Tyler Bryant, husband of Larkin Poe’s Rebecca Lovell; he had toured extensively with ZZ Top in the past.  Larkin Poe also shared a bill with Billy at New York’s Love Rocks NYC benefit in 2019 and the Hardware collaboration grew from there.

While a truly broad spectrum of approaches is notable on the album’s hard driving tracks there is, to be sure, no mistaking the remarkable tone and growling vocals that are hallmarks of Billy Gibbons’ artistry. Elements of traditional hard rock, neo-metal, country rock, new wave, blues and even surf music make Hardware difficult to categorize and it would be a fool’s game to do so. In fact, “Desert High,” the album’s last track, is a spoken word piece accompanied by a sinewy guitar that evokes the legend Gram Parsons whose death 48 years ago took place very close to where Hardware was recorded.

Billy sums up the album’s ecumenical construct, “We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of the summer and that in itself was pretty intense. To let off steam we just ‘let it rock’ and that’s what Hardware is really all about. For the most part, it’s a raging rocker but always mindful of the desert’s implicit mystery.”

All songs were written by Billy F Gibbons, Matt Sorum, Mike Fiorentino, and Chad Shlosser — except “Hey Baby Que Paso,” written by Augie Meyers and Bill Sheffield. Video visuals supplied by director Harry Reese.                          

                                      

Hardware Tracklisting:

Video visuals supplied by director Harry Reese.

My Lucky Card

She’s On Fire

More-More-More

Shuffle, Step & Slide

Vagabond Man

Spanish Fly

West Coast Junkie

Stackin’ Bones (featuring Larkin Poe)

I Was A Highway

S-G-L-M-B-B-R

Hey Baby, Que Paso 

Desert High

 

Pre-order Hardware

 

*Featured image: Screengrab of video

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Devo Get Their Own Holiday Ahead of Rock Hall Selections7

“We are, and will continue to be, immensely proud to be the home of Devo and will be rallying this great community to help them achieve the recognition they deserve,” Akron, Ohio, Mayor Dan Horrigan said



Johanna Samuels – “All Is Fine”

The LA-based singer-songwriter Johanna Samuels is gearing up to release her new album Excelsior! in May. Samuels recorded it in the Catskills with Sam Evian, and she’s got some notable friends singing and playing across the album — including Courtney Marie Andrews and Lomelda’s Hannah Read. So far Samuels has shared one single, “Nature’s Way.” Now, she’s back with another one.



Keyboardist Alan Pasqua Discusses Playing With Bob Dylan

What is it like for a keyboard player to work with Bob Dylan?  That opportunity is a dream for many musicians, and one that only a select group of players can claim on their musical resume. Alan Pasqua is one of those few, and he recounts his time in an engrossing, wide-ranging interview which you […]

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6. LA ROUX – SUPERVISION

Never heard of La Roux, and they apparently haven’t been around for half a decade. Is this record a worthy comeback? Not really, no.



Burna Boy Pays Homage to Michael Jordan in ’23’ Music Video

Burna Boy has released a lush music video for his single “23” from his 2020 album Twice as Tall.

Produced by Skread and directed by Clarence Peters, the video features several references to basketball player Michael Jordan, whose jersey number gave “23” its name. Burna Boy looks to Jordan as an icon for pursuing and achieving your dreams, and he pays homage through several characters with ambitious goals for themselves in honor of Women’s History Month: an aspiring basketball player who is wheelchair-bound at birth, a young singer-songwriter, a dancer, and a music producer.

Last month, Burna Boy collaborated with Latin artist Becky G on the single “Rotate.” He also teamed up with Sia on “Hey Boy,” which served as the closing track to her album Music – Songs From and Inspired by the Motion Picture.

Burna Boy released Twice as Tall, his fifth studio album, in August of 2020. The LP was awarded Best Global Music Album at the 2021 Grammys. His most recent one-off solo single is “20:10:20,” inspired by the Lekki massacre in Lagos, Nigeria, during which security forces shot peaceful protesters demonstrating against police brutality.

“The proceeds of this song will be used to support families of victims and people suffering affliction as a result of the Lekki shootings,” Burna Boy said in a statement. “May the heavens open and celebrate all our fallen heroes who have died for this movement from the very beginning. Rest in peace to all the beautiful lives lost.”



Declan O’Rourke Confirms ‘Arrivals’ Album Launch Livestream from Dublin’s Abbey Theatre

In celebration of the release of his brand new, Paul Weller-produced album Arrivals, award-winning Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke has teamed up with Irish Arts Center New York and Moment House to bring you his first live concert since 2019, in a global live-streamed event from Ireland’s National Abbey Theatre on Wednesday 14 April at 8pm BST.

Declan will be joined by very special guests, and will play a collection of songs from his new Arrivals album, out on April 9.

Buy tickets here: momenthouse.com/declanorourke

 There will also be the option to purchase tickets to the Afterparty for exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and in-depth conversations with Declan and his guests.

In late January, Declan once again enhanced his reputation as a formidable live performer with a showcase as part of the prestigious UK AmericanaFest: “The breakthrough act who took it to another level was Declan O’Rourke” – Holler.

This special album launch show will be a treat for fans around the world, and a chance to hear unique live versions of the much-praised new songs on Arrivals.

Recorded over six days at Black Barn studios in Surrey, with Paul Weller producing, Arrivals sees Declan O’Rourke present the most emotionally raw and affecting album of his career.

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O’Rourke’s last album Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine, documented rare first-hand accounts from that devastating period of Irish history and garnered numerous awards. His writing is much admired and covered by fellow artists, most notably his classic 2004 song “Galileo” which has been recorded by Eddi Reader and Josh Groban amongst others.

Declan O’Rourke with very Special Guests – Arrivals Album Launch

Livestream from the Abbey Theatre Dublin

 IE/UK/EU – 8pm BST/9pm CEST (14 April)

Americas – 9pm EDT/6pm PDT (14 April)

Australia/NZ/Asia – 8pm AEST (15 April)



Anna Fox Rochinski – “Everybody’s Down”

Back in January, Quilt frontwoman Anna Fox Rochinski announced her solo debut Cherry. So far we’ve heard a couple songs from it, including its title track and “No Better.” Today, ahead of the album’s arrival this Friday, she’s back with one more. Read more ›



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