Thursday, May 31, 2012




AUSTIN , TX – Seminal Austin-based roots music artist Omar Kent Dykes announces a June 19 release date for I’m Gone, on his own imprint, Big Guitar Music, distributed nationally by Burnside Distribution. I’m Gone is Omar’s 50th anniversary CD and represents the first Omar & the Howlers release with all new material since his Boogie Manalbum in 2004. Omar and the band will celebrate the release of I’m Gone with a special CD release show at Austin ’s fabled Continental Club on Thursday, June 21 at 10:00 pm. Omar will be joined onstage by special guest Casper Rawls on guitar, as well as many current and former members of the Howlers.

With a recorded history of over 20 titles, this is the first release on Omar’s own Big Guitar Music label, with more planned from this still active 21st  century bluesman. The Howlers include Wes Starr on drums and Bruce Jones on bass, who have been playing  with Omar since his Big Leg Beat album in 1980 and are still playing with him today, as well as drummer Mike Buck, bassist Ronnie James and guitarists Casper Rawls and Derek O’Brien. Omar says, “I wanted to put out a CD with everything I like on it. It includes rockabilly, country, and blues, which are genres of music that I grew up with.” Fans have been waiting eight years for a new Omar & the Howlers CD, and finally, the wait is over. I’m Gone delivers everything the fans have been waiting for and more!

“All of those amazing musicians recorded all 12 tracks in 2 days, with vocals and basic rhythm section parts all recorded simultaneously. A couple of tracks they did in only one take,” recalls Omar about the sessions. “Both days were recorded at Wire Recording, the legendary studio on South Lamar in Austin that lost its lease and had to move after being there a very long time, and having recorded some of the most famous artists in Austin in that building.”

Omar was the last artist to record at the South Lamar location. The over-dubbing, mixing, and additional instruments were added at Wire’s new location.  Because all of these players have known each other for so long and played on so many gigs and recording sessions together, it’s worth noting that there were no rehearsals prior to recording.  Musicians just listened to the songs that Omar recorded on a CD and showed up at the studio to record.

The result is a recording of endless grooves, as Omar and the band take a tour of virtually all of his musical influences, including rockabilly, country, rock ‘n’ roll and blues forms ranging from Texas and Chicago styles to Memphis and Delta rhythms. I’m Gone contains 11 original tracks exemplifying Omar’s diverse talent and musical roots, plus “I’m Mad Again” by John Lee Hooker, which Omar often plays at live shows.

After recording two CDs with Jimmie Vaughan in collaboration with many other amazingly talented friends, Omar was ready for a new Howlers project. “I absolutely loved doing On the Jimmy Reed Highway and Big Town Playboy as a solo artist with my friends. I was also ready to work on a new Howlers record. This is my 50thyear of playing music, so I just did what I wanted to do. There’s a little bit of everything I like on here,” says Omar. “I like to call it my Americana CD.  From rockabilly to a ballad, and from country to blues, it’s all over the place.”

This quote from the album’s liner notes about Omar’s formative years in McComb , Mississippi , perfectly captures the spirit and essence of the music it contains: “He snuck out at night after his parents went to sleep, walking through the darkness and across highway 98 into Bear Town where the black community lived.  It was there Omar learned how to play the blues.  It was there Omar became extraordinary.  The lessons Omar learned in Bear Town laid the foundation for a life-long love affair with the blues….”

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Jim Dickinson's first posthumous album I'M JUST DEAD, I'M NOT GONE out July 3

JAMES LUTHER DICKINSON AND NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS                                                                                                       I'M JUST DEAD, I'M NOT GONE                                                                                                                                                                                     OUT JULY 3                                                                                    
“I will not be gone as long as the music lingers.” – James Luther Dickinson
When Jim Dickinson died on August 15, 2009 at the age of 67, his hometown paper, The Memphis Commercial Appeal ran a lengthy, appreciative obituary chronicling his many achievements and credits.  The lead read “The North Mississippi Allstars have lost their father, Bob Dylan has lost a ‘brother, rock and roll has lost one of its great cult heroes and Memphis has lost a musical icon with the death of Jim Dickinson.”
His work in the studio with the likes of Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Big Star, the Replacements, Ry Cooder and others had consistently put him in the front ranks of recording studio “go to” guys, not only in Memphis but in Muscle Shoals and Miami, as well. His own recording career was something else entirely.
His music was powerful, a driving force, marked by explosive spontaneity, it was an outlet for a creative spirit who found inspiration in the artists with whom he worked as well as those who had influenced him early on. Son Luther Dickinson writes in his poignant liner notes, “Nobody could rock as hard as he could.”   Yet, for the first fifty or so years of his life, Jim Dickson -- as James Luther Dickinson, his recording artist alter ego -- recorded sporadically and NEVER for the same label twice.
This all changed early in the new century with the release of Jungle Jim & The Voodoo Tiger, the elder Dickinson’s album debut for Memphis International Records.  It was followed, in fairly rapid succession, with the release of Killers From Space and Dinosaurs Walk In Circles.  Now, despite the fact that he’s parted this mortal coil, comes a fourth for the label, the aptly titled I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone.  It’s Dickinson’s fourth album for the label and set for release on CD, LP and digitally on July 3rd. 
It was on Friday, June 2, 2006 that Dickinson took to the stage of the New Daisy Theater on historic Beale Street for a rare and much anticipated show date.  Backed by the aforementioned North Mississippi All Stars, sons Luther on guitar and vocals and Cody on bass and vocals along with de facto/honorary son Chris Chew on bass plus session jack-of-all-tracks Jimmy Davis on guitar and vocals.  Front and center on piano and lead vocals was James Luther Dickson who commanded the stage for a rollicking set, the cream of which comprises the tunestack of I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone. 
I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone is a reflection of Dickinson’s lifelong affinity for songs that have style, substance and, are at the same time, truthful.    The blues root of his art is present in songs from the Furry Lewis and Sleepy John Estes catalogs along with tracks emblematic of Jim’s career-long relationship with folk and soul music, all which he alchemically transformed into sanctified rock ‘n’ roll in the barrel house tradition.   Dickinson is very much alive on these incendiary tracks reaffirming the prescient contention that gives this remarkable set its title.
I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone
1.     Money Talks (5:35)
2.     Ax Sweet Mama (3.55)
3.     Codine (6:28)
4.     Red Neck, Blue Collar (4:47)
5.     Kassie Jones (4:55)
6.     Rooster Blues (3:05)
7.     Never Make Your Move Too Soon (4:01)
8.     Truck Drivin’ Man (4:24)

9.     Down In Mississippi (5:33)

Monday, May 21, 2012

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List of Music Festivals

Jerry, I am passing on this Huge List of Music Festivals


We get a ton of questions about music festivals going on throughout the US and abroad that we thought we would take a minute out and write a quick article about music festivals and also list a few of the festivals we know of going on throughout the year. 

As an up and coming act, playing music festivals is 100% in your best interest. Festival venues are usually style specific with the music that they feature so for acts that don’t have a huge fan-base, it’s a great opportunity for them to connect with new fans that like and support the style of music that they do. Take a look through this list of 50 festivals going on and see if there are any in your area that you could connect with and possible play at. To get more specific information an each festival just copy and paste the name into google and their site should come right up.  

Good luck!
  1. Name                                    Location                                        Date
  2. 80/35 Music Festival            Des Moines, Iowa                            July 2-3
  3. 93.5 KDAY’s Fresh Fest ’11  Nokia Theatre Los Angeles                    Sept 24th
  4. 94.5 Country Stampede          Manhattan, Kansas                         June 23-26
  5. Adams Avenue Street Fair      San Diego                                  Sept 24 & 25
  6. Ann Arbor Folk Festival            Ann Arbor, Michigan                          Jan 27-28
  7. Appel Farm                         Salem County, New Jersey                 6/2/2012
  8. Artscape                          Baltimore, MD
  9. Athfest                                   Athens, GA                                     June 20-24
  10. Atlanta Dogwood Festival       Atlanta, GA                                      April 20-22
  11. Atlanta Jazz Festival           Atlanta, GA                                       May 26-28
  12. Audiotistic                         Los Angeles, CA
  13. Austin City Limits             Austin, TX                                       Oct. 12-14
  14. Bass Island                          New York City                                                 8/13
  15. BayFest                         Mobile, AL                                           Oct. 2-7
  16. Beale Street Music Festival    Memphis                                           May 4-6
  17. Bele Chere                         Asheville, NC                                         July 29-31
  18. Belgium R&B Festival           Peer, Belgium                                         July 13-15
  19. Beloit Riverfest             Beloit, WI                                  Not yet posted
  20. Bestival                          Isle of Wight, UK                              Sept 8 -1
  21. Big Spring Jam            Huntsville, Alabama                          Sept. 23-24
  22. International Jazz Festival     Birmingham, England                      Not yet posted
  23. Blind Willie Blues Festival      Thomson, GA                                  Not yet posted
  24. Blistered Fingers             Litchfield, Maine                      Not yet posted
  25. Bloomin Barbeque & Bluegrass Sevierville, Tennessee                May 18-19
  26. Blue Balls Festival             Zurich, Switzerland                             July 20-28
  27. Bluegrass & BBQ             Branson, Missouri                   May 10 - June 3
  28. Bonnaroo Music Festival        Manchester, Tennessee                  June 7-10
  29. Bumbershoot                         Seattle, Washington                                Sept 3-5
  30. Camp Bisco                          Pattersonville, NY                               July 7,8,9
  31. Cheltenham Festivals          Cheltenham, England
  32. CMJ                                     New York                                          Oct 18-22
  33. Coachella                         Indio, CA                     April 15-13 & April 20-22
  34. Country Stampede Music Festival Manhattan, Kansas last weekend in June
  35. Culture Collide Festival  Los Angeles, CA                                   Oct. 5-9
  36. Decibel Festival              Seattle, WA                              Sept. 28- Oct. 2nd
  37. DeLuna Fest                         Pensacola, FL                                  October 13 - 16
  38. Detroit Electronic Music Festival  Detroit, Michigan          Memorial Day weekend
  39. Dillo Day                           Northwestern University                    5/28/2011
  40. Doheny Days                         Dana Point, CA                              Sept 10th & 11th
  41. E.T.D. Pop                         San Francisco                                              May 29th
  42. Eagle Rock Music Festival Eagle Rock, CA                                     Oct 6th
  43. Electric Daisy Carnival  Las Vegas, NV                    Jun.8th-10th.2012
  44. Electric Forest                         Rothbury, Michigan              June 28 – July 1, 2012
  45. Electric Zoo                         NYC, NY                    Labor Day Weekend 2012
  46. Forecastle Festival              Louisville, Kentucky                                  July 13-15
  47. Free Press Summer Fest Houston, Texas                                    June 2-3
  48. Fuck yeah fest                         Los Angeles, CA                                  Labor Day
  49. Fun Fun Fun Festivals Austin TX Nov
  50. Harmony Festival Santa Rosa CA Jun 10-12


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