2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, HEART, will take their critically acclaimed live show on the road this summer with very special guest JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE. Ann and Nancy Wilson first met Jason Bonham, son of famed Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, when they performed “Stairway to Heaven” together at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Led Zeppelin in December 2012. Over 6 million fans have watched the performance online and purchased the track on ITunes. Now, in addition to a full set of Heart classic hits including “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Alone,” “These Dreams,” “What About Love,” and many more, fans can experience this historical pairing live when Heart and Bonham close each show with a special thirty-minute finale tribute to Led Zeppelin. Read More
Back when I was a child, I’d spend weeks of my summer at some Pentecostal camp or another, usually with my family. When I was about 12 or 13, I was finally old enough to go to Teen Camp on my own, which meant less crafts, less supervision, more sophisticated pranks (quick-set cherry jello in the toilets) and longer church services with age-appropriate topics like the evils of drinking, pre-marital sex and masturbation. Hello, Jesus Camp! Read More
What do the following have in common: Gurf Morlix, Patterson Barrett, Symphony of the Hills, TeXChromosones, Lissa Hattersley, Lisa Fancher, Brigitte London, Penny Jo Pullus, Kem Watts,Amanda Pearcy, Townes Van Zandt, Robert Earl Keen, Cailloux Theatre, Bill Groneman and NYC, Stephanie Urbina Jones, Lisa Morales, Arnold Garcia,George Ensle, Duke Davis and Buckshot, Texas Rangers, Texas History Day in Fredericksburg, Mike Blakely, Doc Blakely, Larry Nye, Dylan, Ginsberg, Leonard Cohen, Dana Cooper, Betsy Clark and Gabriele Rico, Graham Warwick, John Reeves, John Ike Walton and Azul, and Terry Theis? Yep, they all, and more, appeared in my life after writing the last column! Impossible to do justice to any one story or event in this brief space. Time for some listing…ala David Shields and Reality Hunger… Read More
Martha Jane Canary – aka Calamity Jane – has had many things written about her. As the story goes, and I’m sticking to it, she came to me in a way songwriters know can happen sometimes… and she wanted this song written. Maybe it’s because I could relate to several themes implied here. I’m not really sure. A woman as strong as she, in times like those, was certainly a hard pill to swallow for many… Read More
Americana singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile has announced several of the 2013 Hard Way Home Summer Convoy Tour dates in support of her latest release, Bear Creek. To read KMW’s Aileen Ballard’s review of this album, click HERE. The album is an inspired collection of beautiful crafted and deliciously genre-meshed songs, organically developed with her longtime collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth (the twins) and co-producer, Grammy award winning Trina Shoemaker. Carlile’s gearing up for the new tour to support it. The Hard Way Home Summer Convoy Tour will continue to add dates to the growing itinerary. Read More
It is finally going to happen. Rock and Roll Pioneers Ann & Nancy Wilson will be recognized for their body of work, influence and impact on the world of music. On April 18, Heart will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and now you can see their exhibit at the Museum in Cleveland. Check out Nancy Wilson’s electric guitar from the Bad Animals tour, Ann Wilson’s dress from 1976, clothing items from Roger Fisher and Howard Leese, and more! Details on the exhibit and information on attending the April 18 induction in L.A. is available at rockhall.com!
Michigan native Rachel Brooke’s latest album A Killer’s Dream is an excellent evolution in the development of her unique sound and direction. Her haunting and sensual vocals with sparse and eerie arrangements make for a deadly combination. Think Loretta Lynn, Bessie Smith, Peggy Lee, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson and Buddy Holly thrown into a haunted Honk Tonk with ghosts and whiskey and you’ll get a hint of what her music feels like. She’s so original that you actually have to hear her to understand what I’m saying. Backed by a truly great band on this album, Viva Le Vox, Brooke’s voice and songs on A Killer’s Dream are a true piece of art.
If the opening guitar on the Dum Dum Girls’ new EP End of Daze is any indication, Dee Dee (guitar, lyricist, and lead vocals) had a bad 2012, but she has picked herself up, dusted off her coat, and taken brave steps forward. This six-song EP began after the band recorded their second album Only in Dreams and while Dee Dee was coping with her mother’s death. End of Daze is also another magnificent example of the Dum Dum Girls’ powerful psych-shoegaze-wall of sound girl group kaleidoscope. Read More
Red House Records has announced the May 7, 2013 US release of These Wilder Things, the new solo album from Juno Award-winning songwriter Ruth Moody. A member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys, she has made a name for herself as a transcendent solo artist. Read More
KMW is proud to announce that Oklahoma’s Kickass Music Queen BABS MARTIN will now be hosting the KMW Radio – Kickass Music Women Podcast. Babs has a column here on KMW called Rough Road Darlins and she’ll be featuring women she’s written about in her articles as well as her favorite female singer/songwriters from around the globe and, of course, we’ll get to hear the latest out of the Babs Martin original music vault. The KMW Radio Podcast is available for subscription HERE or just tune in every time you visit us here online. Don’t forget to add us on Facebook.