Archive for November 2007

One More Girl On a Stage Dec 7

One More Girl On a Stage, will be hosting an evening of music at Junies Lounge at The Southgate House in Newport , KY. Performers include some of the most talented female musicians in the area: The Tammy Whynots, Tupelo Honey (2007 CEA Award winners) and The Dishes.

12/7/2007 – One More Girl on a Stage
The Southgate House
24 E 3rd St.
Newport, KY 41071

One More Girl On A Stage
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Shawna James CD Release Party 11/30/2007

Shawna James Release Party

also performing:Frontier Folk Nebraska, Nathan Holscher

Northside Tavern
4163 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, OH

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The Rock House Method Releases Freekbass Instructional DVDs

The Rock House Method is now taking pre-orders on the new Freekbass instructional DVDs Learn To Play Funk Bass (Levels 1 & 2). There is a pre-sale special price for each in time for the Holiday Season.

To find out more click to: Funk Bass with Freekbass Read more

Getting to Know Chris Walker, part 2

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Christopher Walker

I received so many thoughtful and kind responses from people I asked to tell me what Chris means to them and The Cincinnati music community, I decided to split the article into 2 parts. That way I can include everybody’s kind words.

JC:Chris Walker is a constant smile and a ready hand shake and hug. He’s quick to get you a shot, and eager to share an evening talking; even as the conversation sometimes moves on from insightful commentary to inebriated rambling.

Though we have from time to time, Chris and I don’t often expressly call each other to meet up. We’re confident in the fact that we often cross paths, and are glad to hang with each other when we do. Read more

Photos – Friends for Chris Walker Benefit, 11.21.07, 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH



More Photos – Friends for Chris Walker Benefit, 11.21.07, 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH

Freekbass, SHAG, Animal Crackers, Misc/Crowd Pics

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Show Review – 11/21/2007 Chris Walker Benefit Show, 20th Century Theater

11.21.2007 – Chris Walker Benefit Show
20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH

review and photos by Scott Preston

What an incredible night of music. The 20th Century Theater was packed with people and a lot of money was raised for Chris Walker. There was a guitar, 2 amps, numerous autographed items, among many other things that were auctioned off. The Friends of Chris Walker were there in full force making sure everything was running smoothly. I also must say Angie did a great job of putting the silent auction together.

The hosts for the evening was Bootsy and Patsy Collins. They took the stage right before Freekbass performed to get the crowd excited. What impressed me was that Bootsy took the time to take numerous photos with fans and sign whatever they had. Bootsy and Patsy both then took in the funk for Freekbass’ entire set. Read more

Interview with Jon Justice

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Jon Justice

Interview by Scott Preston
Photos by Chuck Madden

I had a chance to ask one of the better blues players in the city, Jon Justice a few questions while he is in the studio working on his next cd.

Cincy Groove:How long have you been playing music?

Jon Justice:Started getting paid when i was 12, at that time I was playing drums. I was making as much money as the rest of the band. I toured with some bluegrass and gospel groups.

Cincy Groove:When did you get your first guitar?

Jon Justice:I always loved to write, whether it was short stories or haiku. I asked for a guitar when i was 15, finally got one when I was 16. I would sit down with a flat top acoustic, it would end up sounding like a folk song.

Cincy Groove:Who are some of your influences?

Jon Justice:All the Delta and Chicago blues guys, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy. I actually became friends with Buddy over the last couple years. He is so relaxed and chill. I also like soul artists, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder.

Cincy Groove:What was the first concert you went to?

Jon Justice: My dad took me to see the Black Crowes and ZZ Top in the early 90’s. I think i was about 11. The Black Crowes came out first , the whole tour was sponsered by Miller Lite. I think Chris Robinson was drunk or something. Chris Robinson said everything we’re doing is coming out of our pocket, Miller Lite is giving us nothing. Then they were kicked off the tour 2 days later. I could see both sides of the story. Read more

CEA 2007 Review & Award Winners

article/photos by Scott Preston

What an incredible night of music! Lots of great music and had a chance to see many friends as well. The Fairmount Girls were interviewing people on the red carpet (photos) as they went inside. Each of the performers played 3 songs and it was the first time I had seen a few of them: Over the Rhine, Buffalo Killers, Bad Veins, Wussy, Angels of Meth and Tropicoso. The late H-Bomb Ferguson was also inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame. The lovely ladies from Barnyard Burlesque presented the awards to the winners.

There were some interesting acceptance speeches, Kim Taylor (won singer/song writer), had her young son accept for her who was being held up by his dad feeding him what to say. The Rumpke Mountain Boys, who won for Best Bluegrass Group, were down a man when they accepted (Josh the banjo player happened to be in the bathroom). As they walked off the stage Josh ran up on the stage and gave the crowd a Woohoo!!! and threw his hands in the air and ran off the stage.

My head is a little sore lol (seriously never forget earplugs) but here are the award winners:

Jazz: Blue Wisp Big Band
Folk/Americana: Tupelo Honey
Country: Straw Boss
Bluegrass: Rumpke Mountain Boys
Singer/Songwriter: Kim Taylor
Hip Hop: Animal Crackers
Alternative/Indie: The Sundresses
Punk: Caterpillar Tracks
Experimental/Electronic: The Seedy Seeds
Rock: 500 Miles to Memphis
World Music: Pinstripes
R&B/Funk: Freekbass
Blues: Sonny Moorman
Hard Rock/Metal: Banderas
Best Live Act: 500 Miles to Memphis
Best Musical Ambassador: Over The Rhine
New Artist of the Year: The Seedy Seeds
Album of the Year: Wussy
Artist of the Year: Buffalo Killers

Getting to Know Chris Walker part 1

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Christopher Walker

I have decided to split this into a 2 part article do to the fact I am getting so many heart felt responses from Chris Walker’s friends about what he means to them and the music community. Look for part two in the next few days.

Just to update whoever doesn’t know Chris Walker (like that is possible unless you have been living under a rock) , Chris was in a serious car accident on Sept 14, 2007 on his way to a gig leaving him paralyzed from the chest down with limited movement in his arms.

Chris plays in what seems like almost every band in the city. Bands Chris currently plays with or has played with in the past: Heavy Weather, The Walker Project, Is What?, Knotty Pines, Conrail Saints, Big Whiskey, Holly Spears, Whitney Barricklow, Derrick Sanderson Soul Expression, Venus Mission, Kelly Evans Trio and The Naked Redheads. I’m sure I am forgetting a few, but thats what I remember off the top of my head.

I had a chance to chat with Carole Walker (Heavy Weather, The Walker Project), and asked her how everything is going in the Walker clan.

Cincy Groove:So how is the Walker family holding up since the accident?

Carole Walker:I can say under the circumstances we are good. We realize how very lucky we are to have Chris with us and It has made us allot more appreciative of the friends and family that we have. We have or bad days just like anyone else but we know that we can lean on each other. Read more

11/18/07 – Rivertown Music Club 2007 Grant Winners

11/18/07 – Rivertown Music Club 2007 Grant Winners

from Rivertown Music Club:

Hey Ya’ll,
I’ve put up a song from each of the 2007 Grant Winners! Check ’em out when you get a chance! The winners will also be announced this evening at the CEA Ceremony.

Brad Andress recording grant winners–Junior Revolution
Sam Nation recording grant winner–Liz Bowater
Red MacCormack recording grant winners–Straw Boss Read more

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