Archive for May 2008


freekbass, grooveyard*THE NEW FREEKBASS LIVE CD “grooveyard” IS NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK TO Leeway’s Home Grown Music Network TO ORDER.

Protege to funk-bass pioneer Bootsy Collins, fellow Cincinnati native Chris “Freekbass” Sherman and his band have inherited the Buckeye State’s funk flag. Recorded live at the 20th Century Theatre in Cincinnati, Grooveyard is just that – a wide-open space full of dance-inducing, hard-hitting and sweaty electronic funk that listeners can let their ears run wild and get lost in!

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Interview with Amy LaVere

Amy LaVere

Amy LaVere

Interview by Scott Preston

Amy LaVere was born in a small Texas/Louisiana border town, nurtured by musical parents with a passion for traditional country. Her family moved 13 times by the time she entered high school, ultimately landing in Detroit where Amy fronted the infamous punk band Last Minute while still in her teens. From there, her musical journey became a wild ride of impetuous travels, sudden elopements,and itinerant vinyl siding sales. The early ’90s found her in Nashville as part of the burgeoning Lower Broadway scene, where she began to play upright bass as half of the popular roots duo The Gabe & Amy Show. By 1999, she’d moved to Memphis where the city’s diverse music community quickly embraced her unique style. “Memphis doesn’t allow you to be trite,” she explains. “It not only forces you to be original, it’s an accepting and supportive place for that which may seem unusual anyplace else. There’s very little music ‘industry’ here, but plenty of musical freedom. ”

Two years, hundreds of gigs, and a whole lot of liven’ later, Amy went into the studio with Jim Dickinson to craft her much-anticipated new album, Anchor & Anvils, released in 2007. “She has the whole package,” the Memphis music legend says. “You run across artists all the time that have part of it, but Amy has it all. And it just keeps growing.” Dickinson – whose celebrated work as a musician includes classic records with Ry Cooder, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers) and Bob Dylan (a 40-year relationship that’s extended from Blonde on Blonde to Time Out Of Mind), and whose landmark role as producer includes such eclectic classics as Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers, The Replacements’ Pleased To Meet Me and his sons’ seminal The North Mississippi Allstars – captured Amy and band at his Zebra Ranch recording barn/’art project’ in rural Mississippi. “As a producer, you take the artist out to the edge of the cliff, where they have to learn to trust you,” Dickinson explains. “And of course, you push ’em off. A lot of them fall. But Amy has the wings to fly. In fact, I think it’s one of the best records I’ve ever made. There’s an underlying darkness that’s kind of ‘Twin Peaks’-ish to me. Plus she can triple-slap the upright bass like Willie Dixon on steroids.” (from Read more

Bootsy Collins Suits Up For ‘Prizefighter’ Theme

Bootsy Collins produced an exclusive, original theme song that sets the mood for 2K Sports’ “Don King Presents: Prizefighter” videogame, due in stores June 10.

To accurately capture different eras of the boxing atmosphere, more than 70 songs appear on the soundtrack, either in their entirety or in truncated ring walk versions. Indelible rock, rap, metal, soul and funk cuts are rampant, from Survivor’s iconic “Eye of the Tiger” to Run-D.M.C.’s “It’s Tricky,” ws well as James Brown’s “Turn Me Loose, I’m Doctor Feelgood” and Parliament’s “Give Up the Funk.” Read more

Photos – Spring Hookahville 2008

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Spring Hookahville Miscellaneous photos
ekoostik hookah (sound check), 5.23.2008
LOTUS, 5.23.08 Read more

Musician ‘Mr K’ dies in crash

Musician and former radio DJ Gerald Ken “Mr. K” Glidewell died this morning from injuries a Memorial Day motorcycle crash one mile east of Brookville, Ind.

“He missed a turn, got caught on the berm and tumbled,” says Earnie “The Fat Man” Brown, a long-time friend from WEBN-FM (102.7) who was riding with Glidewell and three other bikers Monday afternoon.

“He was a couple of bikes behind me. I just happened to look in my mirror and see him tumbling and stop. It was just a freak accident,” Brown says. Read more

Cincy Blues Challenge June 8, 2008 Germania Park – Cincinnati, OH

The top bands will win slots at this summer’s Cincy Blues Fest and will also be competing in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next winter.

Cincy Blues Challenge
Germania Park
3529 West Kemper Road
Cincinnati, OH 45251
(513) 742-0060

Sunday June 8th, 2008
Gates open at 11:00am
Bands start at 12:00pm
4 solo/duo acts and 24 bands!

Adults: $15
Children 16 and under: free
Members who present a membership card: $5 discount
Anyone who joins the Cincy Blues Society at the Challenge gets in free Read more

Interview with Erin Zindle from The Ragbirds

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Erin Zindle from The Ragbirds

Interview by Scott Preston

The Ragbirds began in 2005 with songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle and world percussionist Randall Moore in their search to create fresh, original songs sprouting out of their common love for world music and their desire to weave these distant sounds into more familiar genres. With the addition of guitarist/vocalist Matthew Melody, bassist Dan Hildebrandt, and percussionist Tim Dziekan, who share the vision of creating honest, creative, and original music combining these global and local elements, The Ragbirds fully realized their unique sound.

In late 2005 The Ragbirds released their debut CD, Yes Nearby, an independent, full-length album consisting of 12 well-crafted songs. After receiving scores of critical acclaim for Yes Nearby, the band hit the road that summer and has been touring all over the country ever since. In June, 2007 the band released its second studio release, Wanderlove, which has a world travel theme with a pop appeal and was called “Highly Impressive” by USA TODAY.

In live performances the band incorporates variations on traditional African drum pieces, each member trading their instrument for a nearby hand drums. The band has a strong belief in the lyricism of poetry and positive music, and the power of dance-able rhythm.

Cincy Groove: How and when did the Ragbirds first get together?

Erin Zindle: The Ragbirds started with these songs I (Erin) just knew I had to record. Randall was my boyfriend at the time (we’re married now) and he had just started playing drumset, after studying world percussion for many years, so I had him learn the songs quickly and lay tracks down on the record. We gathered band mates as the recording progressed and started rehearsing to perform the songs live. None of us knew where it would all end up, and the cast has changed completely since then, but that was the beginning. Each time we advanced one of our band mates dropped out and we went through an audition process to find a replacement. That is how we ended up with our current lineup. Read more

Interview with Brian Gorby from Seven

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Brian Gorby from Seven

Interview by Scott Preston

SEVEN is a two piece acoustic configuration, refining energy and positive vibrations through music. SEVENs purpose, no small task, is to use their passion and love for music to turn on everyone who is searching for something fresh and uplifting. Brian Gorby is a virtual melting pot of musical influences, all lending something to his complex and fluid playing style. His innovative percussion playing and vocals are a true testament to his spiritual love of music. Adam Snoderly, a uniquely refined picker, exhibits the bands already tight and melodic style, contributing to SEVENs fully intensified sound. The collaboration of the two artists equals SEVEN. Seven is a touring acoustic act from the hills of WEST VIRGINA who has shared the stage with many national acts including: Hackensaw Boys, David Gans, Del McCoury, Ekoostik Hookah, Drew Emmit Band, The Recipe, Dark Star Orchestra, Donna Jean Godchaux, BoomBox, Poverty Neck Hillbillies, John Cowan Band, The Poogie Bell Band ,Commander Cody ,All Mighty Senator’s,The Boogie Hustlers, Melvin Sparks ,Yonder Mountain String Band,Blues Traveler, Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Herring Rogers & Sipe, New Riders Big Leg Emma, JJ Grey & Mofro .

Cincy Groove: How long has Seven been together?

Brian Gorby: We have been together going on 5 years now. We actually played together in a band in high school. We then broke out of that and played our acoustic thing. At the time we were playing more alternative music. I then moved away for a little while then we got back together around 2002. Read more

Interview with Gordy Quist from Band of Heathens

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Gordy Quist from Band of Heathens

Interview by Scott Preston

The formation of The Band of Heathens is as natural and organic as the music they create. In early spring 2006, the three principle songwriters, Colin Brooks, Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist, were sharing the bill every Wednesday night at the venerable Austin club Momo’s. Originally, it started as each songwriter performing his own set. But in a short time they started sharing the stage equally and collaborating on each other’s songs, with bassist Seth Whitney as the anchor of the rhythm section. The Wednesday night series was billed as “The Good Time Supper Club.” Largely improvised and unrehearsed, the shows quickly gained in popularity and word spread throughout Austin that if you wanted live music on Wednesday night, Momo’s was the place to be.

With a new release out in May, the band will be touring extensively this year; expanding their existing markets and entering into new key regions. The excitement that Austin shared with the band at the very beginning is being felt in places like Denver, Nashville, Atlanta and beyond. The band has been approached about touring with some of the top names in alt-country, and the level of interest from both industry insiders and fans is steadily growing. They will continue to bring their unique brand of Texas twang and country soul to anyone who is curious, willing to listen and hungry for the American rock ‘n’ roll that The Band of Heathens deliver. (from

The Band of Heathens will be releasing their next cd self titled “band of Heathens” May 20, 2008 at Waterloo’s in Austin, TX.

Cincy Groove: How long did it take you guys to get your latest cd recorded?

Gordy Quist: It probably took 10 days total. 4 days of tracking and the rest of the time was spent having guests come in and overdub some parts. Patty Griffin and Stephen Bruton came in to put there parts in. It came together pretty quick for a studio record. We pretty much just set up in a room at the studio in Dripping Springs. Ray Wylie Hubbard was producing the record and wanted to capture the energy of a live performance. Read more

Interview with John Mullins from ekoostik hookah

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John Mullins from ekoostik hookah

Interview by Scott Preston

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One of the most original and energetic acts around today, ekoostik hookah is the nucleus of a family drawn to its lucid, improvisational treatment of psychedelic rock ’n’ roll, blues, funk, jazz and bluegrass layered with rich harmonies. Born early in 1991 in a smoky basement bar, the band has been continually evolving, cultivating a sound that has perked the ears of contemporaries and attracted fans who travel miles to hear them play. (from

ekoostik hookah’s next show is next weekend at Hookahville 29 at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH. They will be playing on Saturday and Sunday night. The lineup for this springs hookahville is one of the strongest in recent memory – Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Outformation, Lotus, The Ragbirds, Greensky Bluegrass, Papadosio, Emmitt Nershi Band, Fat City Reprise, Boogie Matrix Mechanism, Macpodz, The Werks, 56 Hope Road, Woodbox Gang, Seven.

Cincy Groove: So does ekoostik hookah have any new projects in the works?

John Mullins: Not at the moment, just getting ready for hookahville. We always rehearse a bunch before hookahville. We probably rehearse more right before hookahville than any other time of the year. We are trying to figure out what we want to do for encores and things like that. There’s definitely some songs that I haven’t brought in yet or maybe have done once that I want to go over. But hell Dave has put out 3 or 4 really good songs in the last few months. I have to start keeping up the pace. Read more

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