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 TEXAS SPECIAL PART TWO…VAN WILKS

OK, so I’ve just had my mind blown by DAVID GRISSOM last night at the “SAXON PUB” in Austin TX, when my friends and family tell me I have to go and see VAN WILKS, who happens to be on at the same bar the next night.TALK ABOUT HAVING YOUR MIND BLOWN !!!! This is the man who, when he has a birthday, ERIC JOHNSON and CHRISTOPHER CROSS come to play with him onstage !!

This is the man  to whose house BILLY GIBBONS of ZZ TOP goes to for jam sessions, leading to songs like DRIVE BY LOVER ( see  full story below)

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When you think Texas blues-rock, you think Van Wilks. There are few names that have lasted and flourished within the Texas music scene like Wilks. Fads come and go, but Van Wilks is here to stay, as evidenced by his latest release, 21st Century Blues.

Like the steam engine on the cover, 21st Century Blues, his first studio album in 10 years, is a powerful beast that keeps on rolling from start to finish. Recorded at studios in Austin and France, 21st Century Blues is the real deal. This diverse collection of songs highlights Wilks’ impressive guitar styling with his striking lyricism to create a contemporary blues-rock masterpiece.

As Wilks says, “This is not a typical “blues” record. This is “MY BLUES” and even though the songs jump from one feel to another the common thread that holds it all together is my guitar. It’s just that ‘Low Down, Wound Up, Rockin’ Texas Blues.’”

Born in Galveston, TX, Van Wilks began playing guitar at a young age as a youthful refuge while his family constantly moved around Texas. Influenced heavily by the British Invasion, Wilks began to hone in on his sound early on. He moved to Austin in the early 70s, a time when guitar was defined by volume and power. Combining previous influences and his own style, Wilks brought his guitar muscle and class to the people of Austin through his popular band, Fools. Wilks’ distinct and unique ability caught the attention of many notable industry names, including ZZ Top manager, Bill Ham. In 1979, he signed with Mercury records and released his first record, Bombay Tears, in 1980.

Since his first release, Van Wilks has built an illustrious career that includes six solo albums, one live album, and multiple globe-spanning tours with acts such as ZZ Top, Heart, Van Halen, Journey, Aerosmith, and countless other. His career has led him on a scorched earth path from Texas to Moscow, the Virgin Islands to India, and everywhere in between. Along with that, Van Wilks was featured on ZZ Top’s Live at Montreux Jazz Festival DVD.securedownload-8

Throughout the years, Wilks has acquired an impressive trophy collection, winning multiple Austin Music Awards, being voted best electric and acoustic guitarist in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, and being inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame. In addition to that, Wilks guitar prowess has been featured on albums such as the Geezinslaw Brothers’ The Eclectic Horseman (w/ Willie Nelson), The Texas Christmas Collection (Duet w/ Eric Johnson), Texas Guitarslingers Volume I, Double Trouble’s Been A Long Time, and KLBJ-FM’s Local Licks.
Van Wilks credentials highlight his successful and storied past. 21st Century Blues lets us know that Van Wilks will continue to be a trendsetter that is here to stay.

Take a listen now, to some of the songs that show just how great VAN WILKS is.!!

DRIVE BY LOVER

As described by Wilks, the path to having “Drive By Lover” on the album was long and winding. “We played around with the idea for years in late night hours at my house on Elizabeth St. in South Austin. It was forgotten until Billy asked me if I could revive it or even remember it! I sent him a few vignettes from a barely working cassette and a few hours later he played me the track from a LA studio. ‘Whip up some words, Dusty’s ready to give it a go’, he said. So I put the pen to the paper and the, long in the making, tune ends up on ZZ’s ‘La Futura.’ Billy came out to the studio and we “messed it up” just right for my take on our tune.”

Just Walk Away

Beautiful guitar tones and chords in this tune, evoking a smokey lonesome night in some faraway jazz/blues nightclub.Van Wilks gets all the deserved accolades for his songs and guitar playing, but he also possesses a great singing voice, showcased here on Just Walk Away.As you would expect, the guitar breaks  ooze feel and emotion.

THERE’S A SIN IN THERE SOMEWHERE

Very authentic old blues intro, sounding like a lost Robert Johnson song, but then things really take off and the song morphs into a furious slidefest of a rocker, featuring another stunning guitar solo, after which the song takes another twist and turn before kicking back in with the main guitar riff.Glorious stuff.What I love about Van Wilks is that he takes great care in keeping things interesting.There is always a surprise in store just when you start to get easy in the song.

BADLY MISTAKEN 

Explosive track from the album TEXAS JUKIN’ kicks off in half time guitar bass and drums then hammers into a full steam ahead rocker which matches THIN LIZZY at their peak of powers I kid you not !!Superb drumming on this too and yet another killer solo section from Van Wilks with its customary twists and turns to keep up the interest.Killer track which I cannot stop listening to.

BLUES FOR DELPHINE

Another track from TEXAS JUKIN’, this is all instrumental which I would describe as  a slow Fusion Blues featuring stunning guitar work from Van Wilks who manages to keep the interest at its peak with his trademark twist in the musical plot.If JEFF BECK came from Texas it would sound like this !!Breathtaking.

21ST CENTURY BLUES

Title Track from the latest Van Wilks album, and what a cracker it is.A slow paced blues boogie tune that rocks along with gorgeous guitar tones and sumptuous slide breaks.

Truth is I could have featured every track on every album by Van Wilks and you would not be disappointed.The Man has a knack for crafting perfect guitar tones within an endless supply of great songs which are much more than cobbled together riffs.These are real songs composed by a master musician who also possesses a great voice, and, like all true Greats of the music business, is a genuinely engaging man to boot.

If you do not have a VAN WILKS album in your collection , you need to rectify that right now, and if you ever visit Austin Texas, you simply have to track this man down at one of his shows to see how he does this in the flesh !! And tell him I sent you !!!!!!!

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ADRIAN FISHER

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BOB DEE with PETRO

Bob Dee with Petro New York City’s premier rock band with a sound reminiscent of Cheap Trick, has developed a significant worldwide fan base, as well as selling CDs & Video’s on all major internet sites worldwide.

Bob Dee  has toured Japan, Europe, Canada and several East coast and West coast US tours, the band’s hard driven melodic pop resonates well with fans.Bob Dee with Petro released their new single and video “Socially Awkward” on AMG/Universal Records.SOC AWKWD.jpg

The hit single is getting major airplay around the world and received a whopping 5,000 mobile app downloads in one week, making it the highest charting single of the band’s career. The video “Socially Awkward was picked up by Zoom Media placing it in heavy rotation in 5,000 major Gym’s in the USA.
The band’s full 12 song LP “Pretty Things” released worldwide on AMG/SONY Records with songs featured on the Hit TV Reality show “Bondi Ink” broadcast in over 30 countries.PRETTY THINGS

Bob Dee has graced the pages of Japans’#1Rock magazine “Burrn” magazine, RockHard Italy, Rocknation,USA, Fireworks, UK, UberRock,UK, MelodicRock,UK, Relix,USA, “Performing in Japan” a book by Duane Levi, Japan & Hardrockhaven, Czech & The New York Times.
Bob Dee with Petro’s radio playlist hitting the UK this year with Hit Single “Socially Awkward” off of “Pretty Things” CD stations currently playing Petro include : radio legend UK’s Jackson Cooper show, Dr. Johns Rock Surgery Show ,RockNAtion Radio and Kerrang Radio, Croydon Radio, JAmes Whale show, Dunoon Radio, Tameside RAdio, Audio Grafiti, Brooklands radio and the DJ Yorkie show
Bob Dee guitarist and founder formerly of RCA recording artist “Beg Borrow & Steel”,was signed by “Joe Galante”. Bob also signed a publishing deal with Famous/Paramount Music, co-writing“A Simple Heart” with “Desmond Child” (Bon Jovi, American Idol)
Petro’s debut CD “Bullets and Bandaids” released on America’s biggest hard rock label “PERRIS” records, Petro also featured in “bands on the rise” in “RELIX” magazine with single”WE ARE STARS” as a CD pullout. 
Bob Dee scouted by Japan’s Metal Guru “Masa Itoh” of “Burrn Magazine” “Dee is the next big thing”Masa Itoh” is also host of “Rock The Nation” radio Japan. Bob Dee also recorded with Legendary producer “Nick Blagona” (Deep Purple) at “Metalworks” studios in Toronto, Canada and at “The Sound Emporium” in Nashville.Single “Lips That heal” mixed by “Eric Greedy”(Kelly Clarkson, Smashing Pumpkins) in Los Angeles, CA. Film credits include 2 videos with director “Nigel Dick” (Britney Spears, Oasis) for Jimmy Barnes on Atlantic records and Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam. Beg Borrow & Steel live at CBGB’s by Lucas Films “Outta My Face” directed by Malasian director MoMo featured as top hit on Asian TV, 2 video’s “We Are Stars” and “Mother Says” released in Europe on HorizonVUMusic, Paris, France.

BOB DEE with PETRO UK TOUR JUNE 2017

BOB DEE is coming to the UK in June for an 8 DATE TOUR

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Bob Dee is endorsed by DR strings and Voodoo Amps

“SOCIALLY AWKWARD” A slice of power pop and current hit single.Bob Dee describes the inspiration behind the song.”I wrote this from being at a famous party one night in New York City. I was like a wallflower I didn’t say anything all night. I was so shy I felt out of place like I did not fit in.. Every time I tried to talk to some girl at the party, words would not come out of my mouth and yes, it is true, there was a Jenny at the party, she was the one that was looking at me it was a surreal time for me because when I get onstage I am not shy I own it!!

“LIPS THAT HEAL” GREAT SONG!!And great video to go with it! Bob says “I was in a long term relationship and I always have my female friends that I hang out with, so one night we were all out drinking and one of my long time friend’s got a little too drunk,when I came down the corridor in the bar, she grabbed me threw me up against the wall and gave me a full hot sexy mouth to mouth long kiss like in the movies, then she walked away!! wow we never talked about it ever again, we remain friends but I will never forget that kiss, so I wrote a song about it and made a video too for it!!

“MOTHER SAYS” A brooding slow rocker about a fallen Angel! Bob Dee says “this is a funny story. I live in Queens, NY, you know where the accent is real New York here, so I ran into this girl’s Mother and she kept telling me to date her daughter, she is so sweet and kind, hmmmmm so I started dating her daughter, but this girl was a wild one she was a party girl out every night.. She drove me crazy.. so when a girl’s Mom says My daughter is so sweet with a nice personality, run for the hills!!!!!

“WE ARE STARS” A pounding Rock Anthem with a great guitar riff and catchy chorus.Bob’s insight on this one “This song is an Anthem for all the people that are having a rough time in life, getting put down every day, the only place they feel good is talking to their shadows: when we play this song live I want everyone to feel hope. We all shine, we are all stars so we hide our scars

“TAKE MY HAND” Haunting ballad which Bob describes as “We had a huge storm in New York City called “Sandy” and I was stuck inside my apt with my girlfriend at the time and we were in a big fight.She was in one room and I was in the other, we had no power so we lit candles all over our apt. It was a real New York story, living in a high rise apt on the Upper West Side, the rain was hitting the windows hard and I just started playing my guitar writing this song, she laid down beside me and we made up.

Bob Dee is a huge talent and a great songwriter.His albums have hit songs on them, one after another.For more info, got to BobDee with Petro.com , Facebook , Amazon plus all usual outlets.

SEE BOB DEE and PETRO live in the UK JUNE 2017.(SEE POSTER ABOVE FOR DATES)

ADRIAN FISHER

 

TEXAS SPECIAL…………………..DAVID GRISSOM

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David Grissom has toured and recorded with John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, Storyville,The Allman Brothers Band, The Dixie Chicks, Chris Isaak, Robben Ford, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ringo Starr, Buddy Guy, Bob Schneider and John Mayall among many others. His songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, John Mayall, Shannon Curfman and Storyville,to name just a few. Over the years, he has been featured in Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and Vintage Guitar magazines several times.

David moved to Austin in 1983 and quickly became a stalwart on the vibrant local scene. Playing first with Lucinda Williams, he then joined Texas legend Joe Ely’s band in 1985, touring and recording nonstop until 1991, when he joined John Mellencamp’s band. David made three records with John and toured extensively from 1991 through 1993. After, Mellencamp, David went back to Austin to form Storyville, the band that included the Double Trouble rhythm section and powerhouse vocalist Malford Milligan. Storyville released two CD’s for Atlantic Records,which were well received at various rock radio stations. Since 2000, David has divided his time between recording sessions, including the last three Buddy Guy CD’s, among scores of other releases, touring with the Dixie Chicks, Bob Schneider and also playing hundreds of his own gigs, while still finding time to produce his CD’s and two releases for Ryan Beaver.

In 2007 Paul Reed Smith Guitars introduced the DGT, David’s signature model guitar, which represents the culmination of a 25 year relationship working with Paul on the design and improvements of their guitars from a touring/session players perspective. David’s two PRS signature amps the DG-Customs, were just released in the Fall of 2013. David makes frequent appearances around the world giving guitar clinics and performing for PRS with their other artists, such as Orianthi, Brent Mason and Santana at NAMM, Musikmesse-Europe, Experience PRS-Japan / U.S., among various other shows.

David has three prior solo releases, “Loud Music”, “10,000 Feet” and “Way Down Deep” which was released in 2011. His fourth CD, “How It Feels To Fly” includes eight new original songs recorded in studio and four extended live cuts, of which two find David paying homage to fellow hometown guitarist, Billy Gibbons with a blistering version of the Z.Z. Top classic “Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings”and the other, to his ex-band mates the Allman Brothers with a spot on performance of “Jessica”. “How It Feels To Fly”  shows David confidently settling into the role of bandleader and solo artist, fitting nicely with his well established Guitar Slinger reputation.

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I had the pleasure of a holiday in Austin Texas during October 2016, and was lucky enough to catch David Grissom live at the Saxon Bar on 3 occasions.I could not believe that such a world class musician and his equally talented band were tearing people’s heads off with the music they were playing……at tea time….For Free !!!!

Using his signature PRS DGT Guitar  and  PRS GRISSOM AMPLIFIER, David Grissom’s guitar tone is so thick, you can stand your pint on it, but the clarity is there too.

The first night I only caught the last 30 mins, but that was enough time for me to start picking splinters out of my chin as my jaw hit the deck time after time.

The second night saw the addition of guitarist Carter Arrington, whom I thought was there to play rhythm.Wrong !!!!!Carter is a world class player in his own right and now I was getting two for the price of none !My chin now needing scaffolding.Complementing all of this is bass player Scott Nelson who gets enough limelight to show he too is a class act.

Here is a selection of songs showcasing the talent of DAVID GRISSOM

 

WHAT PASSES FOR LOVE .. STORYVILLE

From the Album: A Piece Of Your Soul and based around a Texas shuffle,this song features the trademark Grissom open string riffs which fill the song with sound.The twist and turns in this song allow Grissom to infuse the instrumental sections with impeccable taste throughout.Great vocal performance from Malford Milligan, giving the song a soulful quality.

GOOD DAY FOR THE BLUES….STORYVILLE

Tasty acoustic intro kicks this song off for the first verse before the full band hits with a gorgeous groove full of punch and melody. A reference to BB King in the lyrics encourages David Grissom to pull off a great BB-style guitar solo. I was lucky enough to be there when Milligan got up with the DG Band and did this song live. What a great song from a great band.There’s the added bonus of the David Grissom solo version on his album “10,000 FEET” which has a more bluegrass sound to it.

NEVER CAME EASY TO ME

Swampy-sounding tune from the album “How it Feels To Fly“.David Grissom is synonymous with virtuoso guitar playing, but on his albums he concentrates on songwriting.Sure, the guitar playing always amazes, but his albums showcase what a fine lyricist/singer/songwriter he is.You can tell he takes time to get the lyrics right for the song, which is always King.

WAY DOWN DEEP

Title track of the same named album, Way Down Deep begins with a nice Beatles -Esque opening guitar chord leading to a funky guitar motif.Then the filthiest of texas swamp guitar oozes from the speakers, sparking the song into true texas style action with a guitar sound thicker than Rio Grande mud !!The textures of the guitar solos weave between grit and beauty to keep things interesting, showcasing why David Grissom is a world class talent.

SKIMMING THE SURFACE

From the album “WAY DOWN DEEP”

Very funky instrumental featuring a riff guitarists would have nightmares trying to decipher !!The studio version is great but check out the live versions which are usually double the length and enable David to really stretch out and show an incredible depth of influences in his playing.

TAKE ME BACK TO TEXAS.

A sentimental choice for me with this song.I had an amazing time in Austin TX and this song echoes many of the sentiments I feel every time I hear this tune.I look forward to going back to Austin next year and hope to catch more shows from the truly awesome

DAVID GRISSOM !!!

PS !! STAR INTERVIEW WITH DAVID GRISSOM COMING NEXT

ADRIAN FISHER

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“BLOWSIGHT”

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Sweden has always been a guarantee for the export of epic Pop melodies and famous rock-bands. However, this rarely combined in one band. Blowsight have internalized the essence of both worlds.With no fear and always with a tongue-in-cheek attitude the band maneuvers through all facets and colors of modern rock music. Even in reflective moments they maintain a touch of lightness. Despite all diversity, Blowsight always put the fun in music first and they never stop short at playfully crazy ideas to show it off.

Fresh, melodic and powerful! This is rock, who’s beat is not only the heartbeat of zeitgeist, but mainly convinces listeners with sophisticated songwriting. This is music that works – on small or big stages.

Nick Red (lead vocals/guitar), Seb (guitar/vocals), Mao (bass/vocals), Fabz (drums/vocals)
Sounds Like: 30 Seconds to Mars, Trivium, My Chemical Romance, Bullet for My Valentine, Foo Fighters
THE SUN BEHIND THE RAIN
Big dirty guitars combine Nickleback style rocking at its heaviest with big catchy choruses with beautiful chord changes to perk the interest and a quirky guitar solo !! Niiiccceee.
MAGIC EIGHT BALL
Almost Classical music intro segues into powerful drums n guitars.
It’s great to hear modern power with inherent melody and top class production.
Lots of musical twists and turns keep the listener on their toes.
LIVE DIE SURRENDER
Theatrical guitar start pounds hard into an uptempo rocker again with great vocal melodies
very exciting and inventive guitar solo, keeps you guessing as the song drops to lush vocal harmonies before smashing back into the power chords again.
Shit these guys are good !!!!!!
OVER THE SURFACE
Another ear-catching intro of modern keys lulls you into a great power ballad with killer melodies once more.This band don’t sit on tired old sounds and chords, they are always looking to try something different. MUST BE A SWEDISH THING !! AND I LOVE IT !!!!
ADE FISHER