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Big Slim & The Blues Invaders LIve at Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub in San Diego, CA [PHOTOS]

Big Slim & The Blues Invaders LIve at Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub in San Diego, CA

Big Slim & The Blues Invaders– “When We Were Young”

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From BIO:  “Born in Muncie Indiana, John “Big Slim” Anderson started playing music at 9 years old. He played most of the brass instruments and by the age of 16 played the trumpet in his first professional band. Since that time, Big Slim has been in many bands, playing many styles of music. He switched to the bass and has never looked back. Since moving to San Diego, Big Slim has played in several bands as the front man. During this time, he began writing and performing his own music, a mix of blues, rock, and R&B…”

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Caleb Hawley – Harlem, NY [NEW MUSIC]

Caleb Hawley is a pop folk artist from New York that brings more than catchy melodies and incredible talent to his music.  Caleb combines soul and passion into his music to surround his voice, humor, and songwriting.  After seeing him play this spring, I was hooked.  That’s because his intricate guitar playing and incredible sense for melody and groove in songs is far above average.  Hawley continues to impress people with his music by receiving honors in the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010).  He has written and produced three albums in his career as a songwriter, and he continues to tour the country playing a variety of venues and festivals.

The real inspiration to be a songwriter came after Caleb graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition.  He then decided to fully pursue his passion and moved to New York City.  He has since shared the stage with industry greats such as Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins, and Edwin McCain.  Caleb Hawley can cover a wide range of music because of his talent and influences.  While one song may seem as relaxed as James Taylor, another may capture the soul and passion from a singer like Stevie Wonder.  Add riffs and rhythms that you might find in music like John Mayer or Dave Matthews, and you have Caleb Hawley.  Seeing him perform was definitely one of my favorite shows in the last six months.  He gave his audience energy, joy, and laughter from the first song to the last.

Caleb Hawley may have talents like some other artists mentioned above, but he has his own original style and sound.  He is an outstanding guitarist that is capable of producing riffs rarely heard by his contemporaries.  You can tell he hears the whole song when he writes it because the feel is so dialed in.  From his first album titled “Greatest Hits” to his latest “We All Got Problems,” you will hear the cleverness and the excellence that is Caleb Hawley.  From personally purchasing and listening to his second album “Steps,” I definitely recommend that you check him out.  Listen to Caleb Hawley’s music and see his tour schedule here.

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Ben Harper – Give Till It’s Gone [NEW MUSIC]

Give Till It’s Gone is the tenth studio album by Ben Harper. The album was released in Italy on May 10, 2011 and worldwide on May 17, 2011 by Virgin Records. It is Harper’s first solo album since Both Sides Of The Gun, released in 2006.

The album was preceded by the single “Rock N’ Roll Is Free”, released as a free download on March 22, 2011. In Italy, the first single from the album was “Don’t Give Up on Me Now”, released on April 1, 2011.

In the album, Ben Harper collaborates with the ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, who co-wrote and played the drums in the tracks “Spilling Faith” and “Get There from Here”. Another song from the album, “Pray That Our Love Sees the Dawn”, features American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne

Give Till It’s Gone.

According to an issued press release, the end result seeks to examine “the disparity between the man [Harper] is today and the man he endeavours to become… While its songs are highly personal, Give Till It’s Gone illuminates the universal struggle to find meaning and fully engage with life and one another.”

to keep up to date with all things Harper go to his Website

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC 

Dawes – Nothing is Wrong [NEW MUSIC]

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Dawes is an American rock band comprising brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, and Tay Strathairn, hailing from Los Angeles, California. Dawes was formed from the band Simon Daweswhen co-songwriter Blake Mills left, abandoning their post-punk sound in favor of folk rock.

Dawes is part of the Laurel Canyon sound, whose influences include Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young, among others, centered in the North Hills area of Los Angeles. At the invitation of producerJonathan Wilson, the band joined an informal jam session in the area that included Conor Oberst, The Black Crowes’s Chris Robinson, and Benmont Tench. The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called “authentically vintage”. Wilco multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone is also credited with appearing on the release.

On October 26th, 2010, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith told the crowd at a show in Saint Louis, Missouri, that the band took off the month of September to record a new album which will most likely be released in May of 2011.

In an interview with the UCLA Daily Bruin, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith said their new album will most likely be released in June of 2011. In a February 21, 2011 comment left on the same interview, Lenny Goldsmith confirmed that “Alex Casnoff left the band a few months ago. Tay Straithairn was before, and is NOW the keyboard player.”

Dawes performed with Robbie Robertson on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s The View in support of his new album, How to Become Clairvoyant, featuring Taylor Goldsmith on background vocals.

Dawes are steeped in rock tradition, whether backing Robbie Robertson live or working on their own: “Fire Away,” from their second album, sounds like a lost B side from Jackson Browne (and features Browne himself on backing vocals). The arrangements are all vintage, the guitar leads hot, and fraternal harmonies of drummer Griffin and leader Taylor Goldsmith are gorgeous.

to keep up to date with all things DAWES check out thier BLOG

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Behind The Board : Mick Cronin [Interview]

Q01 Who are you, What do you do & where are you based?

Mick Cronin. Producer, engineer, drummer. Transmission Studios, Drumlish, Ireland.

Q02 What album,track,gig or producer inspired you to end up behind a mixing board?

I was always intrigued at how sounds were made, Strawberry Fields was a real big one for me as a child.

Q03 Where did you study your trade?

I’m basically self taught. I have picked up some great tips and tricks from some of the people I have worked with. The likes of Phil Vinall, Karl Odlum and Richard Formby taught Me alot. I was never one of those musicians who left or started playing computer games as soon as they had finished their parts, I always stuck around and asked questions.

Q04 What advice do you have for any budding engineers out there?

Just do it, record on anything you have from a 4 track to an mbox. The more you do the more you learn.

Q05 What people in the biz do you look up to or aspire to be like?

There are plenty. Ger McDonnall who my band The Aftermath is a great inspiration at the mo. His jobs are so varied from classical things with The Priests to The Manic Street Preachers new stuff. His approach to sound is always get the best out of the song.

Q06 Analog or Digital? Tape or DAW? Outboard or Plugin?

I don’t think it matters anymore. The most important thing in any recording is performance.

Q07 What 3 pieces of gear could you not live without?

At the minute my new focasrite isa 828 pres. The old SE R1 Ribbon mics and a 57.

Q08 What do you think is the best mixed record of all time?

I think the first side of Van Morrison’s Moondance is absolute sonic perfection but most of that is down to the songs/performance.

Q09 What do you do on your downtime from Studio/Live?

At the moment not a lot but I do like  exploring exotic city’s.

Q10 If you werent an enginneer, what would you be doing instead?

I have no idea, I’d probably be on the building site.

Q11 What was your 1st professional album,mix/master job?

Hard to say as I worked on a lot of bits and pieces of albums but from start to finish tracking and mixing would be “Crimson’s Untamed Underground Unwell

Q12 What is some of the recent works you’ve been part of?

A lot going on new album by Matt McManamon from the Dead 60s. Really enjoying work with Shayne Thomas Byrne. Duncan Patterson album tracking just finished and I’m also due to do some recording the actor Patrick Bergin in a few weeks.

you can keep up to date with Mick on Facebook

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

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The Weeknd – “The Noise” [NEW MUSIC]

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Alright everyone I apologize for not throwing this track on the last Weeknd post for “Rolling Stone” but it really deserves it’s own glory as most of his songs do. So along with this latest release of “The Noise” we’ve dug deeper on understanding the man behind the growing genius of R&B soul. It had come to my attention that Drake… That’s right DRAKE had been promotin’ the shit out of this cat on his blog since he dropped House Of Balloons. At first it seemed like a respect thing just showin’ some love for a clearly amazing album release, but it was a bit deeper than that. ‘The Noise’ happens to be a later track that Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd ghostwrote for Drake in 2009. I was wondering how this guy was blowing up so quickly. It’s great to have great friends! Can’t wait to hear more from this crew.

Treehouse – “Pocket Life” [MUSIC]

treehouseNot too sure how I let these guys slip by there but it may have something to do with this hip-hop trios limited track selection, keeping them a hidden gem in the independent hip-hop community. Treehouse‘s first track released early February of 2011 and really set the tone of originality holding an old-soul jazz feel native to their Chicago, IL roots. Their have been some hints towards an album release with shouts of recording sessions in the works, so lets hope to see something late this year! So kick-back and get a glimpse of the “Pocket Life”

To help back that previous statement concerning a possible album drop in the near future, Treehouse just recently released a new single entitled “Ana”. Apparently this one is ‘in ode to a fine Spanish chika named ‘Ana”. Simple enough… Let’s hear what they have to say!

The Weeknd – “Rolling Stone” [NEW MUSIC]

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The Weeknd just dropped his latest tracks on youtube last week and for some reason it has been removed because it violates Youtubes Terms and Services!!!! DUMB!!! Thanks to soundcloud we were able to grab the original version of this instant acoustic-vibin’ hit brought to you by 2011’s top R&B artist. Definitely staying consistent with his quality continually raising the bar higher and higher for himself. Here is “Rolling Stone”

So we finally got ahold of that track, but that’s not all that’s going on in the music world of The Weeknd. Since his infamous release of House Of Balloons earlier this year, many fans have been comprising music videos for the artist to show there never-ending support. Some videos weren’t really recognized by the Weeknd but others kindly caught his graces such as the most recent release for his track “Wicked Games”. Directed by Storm Saulter

Gavin Glass – New Studio Demos [Video]

Gavin Glass is a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter from Stillorgan, Dublin, Ireland.

His first album “I’d like the world to teach me to sing” 2004 was a lo-fi home recording which saw the musician trying to find his feet as a solo artist.
Prior to this, Gavin, had played guitar with various unsuccessful Dublin rock bands.
Having returned from Germany after his band Gramophone’s label went bust (weeks before the album’s scheduled release), Glass began writing and recording songs at his home studio in the sleepy suburbs of Killiney in Dublin.
The album showed promise but it wasn’t until his second release “Gavin Glass & The Holy Shakers” (2007) that Glass began to find his own voice.

Gavin Glass :: Better left alone from Steve Mogerley on Vimeo.

The “Shakers” record had an unashamed old-school feel and was steeped in traditional country, soul & gospel flavours all augmented by Glass melodic sensibilities and delivered by a very seasoned band of accomplished musicians.
The album was critically acclaimed by the Irish press and provided Glass with a strong late night radio following along with some very high profile fans such as Clarence Clemons of the E-Street Band & Garth Hudson of Glass’s musical heroes, “the Band”.

In 2008 Glass joined Lisa Hannigan’s band as a multi-instrumentalist and spend most of 2008 & 2009 touring North America & the UK.
It was after Hannigan’s performance at SXSW 2008 that Glass headed to Nashville to record his third album “Myna Birds” which was released last May, 2010.

An introduction to Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes after a show in Boston led to an invitation to record in Nashville. Gorman made some calls and put together an all-star dream band that featured a rather impressive array of fine luminaries: Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Train, Dixie Chicks), Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and Jen Gunderman (Jayhawks).
Gavin set-up camp in Nashville’s Eastwood Studios and recorded the album on the endangered format of analogue tape over an intensive two-weeks in March of last year.
The album was then completed with the help of friends back in Dublin in between Hannigan’s hectic touring schedule.

Glass continues to run his own studio and in 2010 produced albums by Our Little Secrets, Gallie, Emma Jane Leeson, Steve Young & The Union.

catch more info here @ his Facebook & Twitter sites

Gavin Glass :: Good Fortune from Steve Mogerley on Vimeo.

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland |@shaynewithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC