Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The Monkees

Sad to hear of the news of Davy Jones passing away. The Best Album they produced is below. It contains some great Nesmith Songs and good performances from all of them. Go and buy the Album!

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Souther Hillman Furay Band

The Souther Hillman Furay Band. Buy the First Album, it's a good one. Still play it on occasions. Who saw them Live? Never got the chance unfortunately. Grab a Beer and play "Safe At Home" at full volume! The Legendary Al Perkins was in the Band!

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Location:Kinross, Scotland.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Fairport Convention Backstage

They are on their way! Fairport Convention play BACKSTAGE. At the Green Hotel in Kinross on Monday 27th Feb. Grab a ticket whilst you can ...there are only a handful left. Looking forward to having a few Beers with Dave Pegg!

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Friday, 24 February 2012

Andy Fairweather Low

Worth noting in your diary. Andy Fairweather Low and his Band play Backstage on Sunday 21st October. Should be a great GIG!

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Guitar Festival

I have been thinking about organising a Guitar Festival maybe in the Autumn. What form this would take is unclear at the moment. Maybe a resident Band and then invite various players along. Last Autumn it was brilliant to see Henry McCullough and John Jorgenson on the same stage and at one point they were trading licks.....suppose you just had to have been there! Anyway we will see what uptake there is across the board and go from there.

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Great article on Mick Taylor playing Backstage 10th March 2012

A great article from The Perthshire Advertiser talking to Mick Taylor re his gig at The Green Hotel Kinross March 2012

Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor talks to The PA ahead of his gig in Kinross

FORMER Rolling Stones star Mick Taylor says he’s put his health problems aside.

The legendary guitarist had to scrap an eagerly-awaited appearance near Perth at the Green Hotel back in October 2010 due to medical issues – but he’s now fit and raring to go ahead of a rearranged show at the Kinross venue on March 10.

Taylor told Music Scene in an exclusive interview that he’s planning to unveil his new band at the Fifestock event, which will be his only Scottish date.

“I’ve been rehearsing in London, playing with different musicians and gradually putting a band together,” he explained.

“I’m looking to play as much guitar as I possibly can. I’m off to Germany in a few days’ time where I’ll be playing with the piano player Ben Waters and Charlie Watts in their boogie-woogie rhythm and blues band.

“We’re doing five shows and I can’t wait to start playing. I have never been a hundred percent healthy but I’m doing the best I can.

“I’m looking forward.”

Now aged 63, Taylor was recently ranked one of the top 40 guitarists of all-time in Rolling Stone magazine.

After a stint with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, he joined The Rolling Stones in 1969 as the replacement for Brian Jones.

Taylor stayed with the band until December 1974 when he opted to join Cream legend Jack Bruce in the wake of strained working relations with Stones mainman Keith Richards.

His first show with the band was a free concert in London’s Hyde Park in July ‘69 in front of an estimated 250,000 fans

“It was an astonishing event,” he says, looking back at the show.

“The year before there had been a concert in the park with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker’s short-lived project Blind Faith.

“That’s probably where Mick Jagger got the idea from. Then of course there was the whole tragedy of Brian Jones dying but we went ahead with the concert anyway.

“I was very nervous but was more nervous before the first few gigs after I joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

“Following Eric Clapton and Peter Green a lot was expected of me quickly, but because I was a lot younger and hadn’t had any experience at all of playing regularly live it didn’t happen that way.”

Taylor says he’s indebted to Mayall for helping hone his musical abilities.

“I didn’t really develop as a guitar player until I joined John Mayall – that was a significant part of my career,” he remembered.

“I was on the road with John doing European and US tours from ‘67 to ‘69 and that’s when I started to develop.

“Being so young, and at such an impressionable age with all the great music that was around, that was a really significant part of my life.

“I would like to write about that period. My whole history as a guitar player goes back to when I was 14 years old and listening to and buying Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry records.

“Credit to John, he just keeps going and going.”

Down the years he’s worked with a host of legends, including Tubular Bells star Mike Oldfield.

“That was an off-the-wall sort of collaboration in the early ‘Seventies,” Taylor declared.

“It was Richard Branson’s idea, I think. It was the beginning of Virgin Records and one of their first major sellers.

“Richard’s taken over Northern Rock and I’m still a struggling blues artist! I’ll always remember seeing him at Gatwick Airport carrying luggage for travellers on his airline.”

The guitarist was reunited with Stones mates past and present Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman at a benefit concert for the band’s original piano player and former road manager Ian Stewart in London last March.

“Everybody needs to keep on playing, even old Stones,” he quipped.

“I saw Mick (Jagger) a couple of years ago when I did overdubs for a previously unreleased track on the remastered version of Exile On Main Street.

“It felt so comfortable. I just did it in a hour. It was just a backing track with no vocal until he wrote a song around a chord sequence and I added some guitar.”

But it’s not all backward glances from Taylor when it comes to music, as he stresses he keeps a keen eye on today’s scene.

“I usually take notice of exceptional singing talents,” he states.

“The last really good singer was Amy Winehouse. Ask my 15-year-old daughter who lives in Florida and she would probably say Adele.

“She gravitates towards what’s popular and current now. Adele bucks the trend and sells a lot of records.

“There’s always somebody who comes along and surprises everybody.

“Because of downloading and because the business has changed so much since I started there’s no one trend.

“Everybody’s doing different things really. Anyone that’s not really popular is called alternative, even if it’s not that radical.

“It’s just labels really, but it’s sad that all the independent record shops have gone out of business.

“Most young people have a Tesco music culture – that’s where they hear it.

“You don’t have to sell many, only 30,000 to have a number one.”

And he insists that despite a nine-year hiatus since his last album, he’s ready to relaunch his recording career.

“I’m planning to record here, there and everywhere but haven’t started yet,” he said.

“I’ve got lots of ideas and lots of songs, and some unfinished demos. There’s some good material to work on.

“My next task is to sort out the practical things about who to work with. I need to try out different people.

“I’m sure the band will be bass, drums, keyboards, maybe an extra guitar player and maybe a female vocalist.

“It’s early days though.”

Following the disappointment felt by fans after his last Kinross gig was scrubbed, he insists he wants to make up for lost time at the intimate Green – though he’s only too aware of the potential pitfalls of playing small venues.

“I took a break for a while because of health problems but now I’m itching to play again,” he insisted.

“It’s just a warm-up gig at Kinross. It’ll be one of potentially many all over the place.

“I hope everyone enjoys it, but if not, I’m a bit of a stand-up comic in my spare time so I’m ready.

“I have been heckled, but that’s a story I would like to keep for my book when it comes out!”

Main Street Blues

Main Street Blues play Backstage on Sat 3rd March. Tickets £10 .

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Location:Kinross, Scotland

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Johnny Barbata

Here's a recent Picture of the Legendary Drummer, Johnny Barbata. You will know him from being these following Bands / THE TURTLES, CROSBY STILLS NASH AND YOUNG, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE and JEFFERSON STARSHIP. How amazing is that! I just love playing C.S.N.Y. and the 4 Way Street Album. Just listen to Southern Man and Carry On....WOW! Or Jefferson Starships Spitfire Album with St.Charles or Dance With the Dragon. Pour yourself a Drink and PLAY LOUD!

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Location:Kinross, Scotland!

Another Day in the Office!

Some great shows coming up here with MUNDELL MUSIC. Thought I would mention two shows that will be one of those "You Should Have Been There". Make the effort and remember KEEP MUSIC LIVE! Billy Walton Band play Backstage on Thursday 26th April and the Jensen Interceptors on Sat 9th June.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Acoustic Strawbs play the Inn At Lathones

Book tickets on 01334 840494

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Mick Ralphs Blues Band

Saturday 17th March. Book Tickets on tel 01577 863467.

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Location:Backstage / Green Hotel Kinross.

Gallagher and Lyle

Tickets for the two shows here in Kinross at Backstage/Green Hotel are now very nearly SOLD OUT. I believe there are apprx 12 tickets left for the Friday Night. And with Tom Morton interviewing Graham Lyle on Radio Scotland this week they will be sold very quickly? Hope to see some of you at the shows.

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Atlanta Rhythm Section

Do yourselves a favour and checkout some Albums by the ARS!
Dog Days, Red Tape or a Rock And Roll Alternative for starters!
Let us know how you get on!

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Location:The Office

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

New PDF Gigs added to the site

New PDF gigs added to the site
Backstage at The Green (You can print these and leave them in your nearest shop/work).
Click on the site for Backstage and for the Inn at Lathones.