Friday, January 26, 2007

Drams-BT Week in Review

Happy Birthday to Nurse Doubleshot!


The Drams

Off to see The Drams in San Luis Obisbo today then back to San Francisco for their Cafe du Nord show. Hopefully I'll have many tales and pictures from the weekend to share next friday.

If you haven't seen them on their latest tour with Will Hoge.... then what the fuck is your problem. Check out the dates and get your ass out to support The Drams!


Dangerous Highway - Eddie Hinton

One of the beauties of doing this blog are the folks that I get to meet through the intertubes.

Earlier this week I received an email from a 'Buttholeville refugee' named Deryle Perryman. Deryle has produced a documentary on Eddie Hinton that is getting play at various film festivals across the country.

Deryle currently resides in (left turn at...) Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is the CEO of a non-profit youth development organization called the Cornstalk Institute.

So let's do a quick tally: (1) From Buttholeville but got the hell out. (2) Before he left was infected with the music fever that seems to grab a lot of us Buttholeville expats (3) produced a documenatry on Eddie Hinton (4) Created a non-profit that helps kids.

Yeah, Deryle is good people. Damn good people.

If you aren't familiar with Eddie Hinton then you might just be a newbie to DBT and the various artist in the DBT solar system.

Sandwiches for the Road was written by Patterson about Eddie Hinton. Also, if you've been to a DBT concert then you have most assuredly heard some Hinton because The Matador, Matt D (DBT's most excellent sound man) always, ALWAYS plays some Hinton for pre-show music.

I'll let the pros tell you more about Eddie and the doc. Below are some blurbs, links and pictures that Deryle forwarded to me:

Eddie's passport photo

SF Film Festival: Living - and dying - dangerously
"According to Deryle Perryman — who made Dangerous Highway with his Albuquerque neighbor Moises Gonzalez — some of the people interviewed were not above romanticizing their subject or stretching the truth, but most of the more outrageous stories about Hinton’s erratic behavior wound up on the cutting-room floor. Eddie’s mother wasn’t happy about broadcasting her son’s troubles with alcohol and drugs to the world, let alone acknowledging that he had further emotional problems. Consequently, the finished film does its best to sidestep the severity of Eddie’s demons, though the point is not lost."


Chicago Reader: Music Reviews:
The Godfather of Blue-Eyed Soul
"It’s too late for Hinton to get the recognition he deserved, but there’s still plenty of time for people to discover his music. Thanks in part to a small army of dedicated proselytizers—Gonzalez and Perryman, Peter Thompson at Zane Records, even southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers (“Sandwiches for the Road,” on their 1998 debut album, is a tribute to Hinton)—his reputation is still growing. Last year the Australian label Raven released the first-ever career-spanning Hinton collection, A Mighty Field of Vision: The Anthology 1969-1993, and Zane is prepping a fourth disc in its series of songwriting demos. Connecticut author and musician Jonathan Kehew is working on a biography, and Dangerous Highway is scheduled to screen at several film festivals this summer and fall before arriving on DVD. Maybe before Dylan finishes the second volume of his Chronicles—reportedly in the works—he’ll see fit to put in a good word or two for an old soul singer he used to know."

The movie is narrated by musician Robert Cray, an avid Eddie Hinton fan and a player cut from the same musical mold. The cast of most-interesting talking heads includes producer Jerry Wexler, Muscle Shoals bandmated Jimmie Johnson and David Hood, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, bluesman Jimmy Thackery, the Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood, and songwriters Donnie Fritts and Bill Blackburn

"Duane Allman invited Hinton to become a charter member of the Allman Brothers Band. Hinton turned Allman down, however. He fell in with the players at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and was soon invited to join the fabled studio’s house band. The list of artists Hinton worked with as a sideman, songwriter, or producer includes Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Cher, Waylon Jennings, Boz Scaggs, Lulu, Herbie Mann, Otis Redding, Little Richard, The Box Tops, Percy Sledge, Tom Jones, Wilson Pickett, and Dusty Springfield — the roster is breathtaking."

From a self-taught guitar player who played on over 200 albums and wrote hundreds of songs to recording with the London Symphony Strings to living in a rescue mission, Eddie Hinton may be the greatest unknown musician you've never heard. The Muscle Shoals singer-songwriter wrote, produced, arranged and played for legends like Elvis Presley, the Staples Singers, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Dusty Springfield, Jimmy Cliff and UB40. DANGEROUS HIGHWAY features Jerry Wexler, Donnie Fritts, Dick Cooper, Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Chuck Leavell, Paul Hornsby, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, Patterson Hood, Jimmy

The documentary will be shown as part of the Noise Pop 2007 festival in San Francisco during the first part of March. If you are in NoCal and are interested in attending below are the tentative time and place for Dangerous Highway but be sure to check the Noise Pop website as these things can change.

Dangerous Highway
March 4th, 2007
2:00 p.m.
Artists Television Access
995 Valencia Street @ 20th Street


One last note on Deryle. In his initial email to me he attached the following picture labeled:

Buttholeville Pic of the Week

Deryle's response to the signage: "A Building Full of Assholes Don't make it Holy".

Like I said, damn fine people.


Aztec Graphics - Rob Malik

When I put up the first post of the Thanksgiving Alabama Theatre DBT show, I highlighted folks that were part of the DBT family that we could all support by purchasing their products, using their services, or supporting their artistic endeavors. I believe my exact quote was, "'These are just a few members of the DBT family we can support with our referrals, dollars and clicks."

I left someone out of that post and have been meaning to highlight him and his business for the past 2 months now and it has just slipped my feable ass mind to do so. I'll correct that bit of stupidity today:

Rob Malik owns Aztec Graphics out of New Jersey and he is the man that does most of DBT's merch. Recently Rob donated the t-shirts for 'Songs of Adam's Housecat!' benefit show for Sabina Hartley-Burke.

If my endorsement isn't good enough, well, then Jenn Bryant called Rob and Aztec Graphics "the best little t-shirt shop in the world..."

Helps out the DBT.... Helps out kids in need.... Again, damn good people.

Check out Rob's website and throw some business his way. Keep it in the family!


Jason Isbell Tour

Firstly, a little birdie has it that Jason's spring tour will be much more expansive than the few dates he has listed so far. That should bring some joy to all of us in the outer reaches of the U.S.

Also, here are a couple of links to the folks who will be opening for Jason:


DBT Info

Members of the DBTs on Bonus Track from New Moaners Album


Other Music News

Russellville man inks recording contract:
"RUSSELLVILLE -- When Cody Bowen graduated from high school three years ago, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do.

Now, the 21-year-old Russellville graduate knows exactly what he wants and is working toward that goal.

Bowen re-cently signed a recording contract with TMA Productions, of Nashville, and has cut his first single, 'One Day Too Long.' The single can be played at
You can listen to Cody Bowen here.


Nugent is a fucking douche:

Nugent Performance At Perry's Inaugural Ball Raises Eyebrows:
"(January 18, 2007)--Not everyone who attended Gov. Rick Perry's inaugural ball was pleased with rocker Ted Nugent's performance.

Using machine guns as props, Nugent appeared onstage as the final act of the evening wearing a cut-off T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag.

He shouted some remarks about non-English speakers that were offensive to some in the audience."

The insanely great songs Apple won't let you hear.
'Killer Tune' is just that: It sounds like the Killers, and it is killer. It's one of the most popular iTunes downloads for the band Straightener—but you haven't heard it.

You can't hear it."
Here is the Japanese tune the article refer to. I fucking LOVE it:


The Avon Lady said...

SO SO SO Jealous you get to see the doc!! I have to drive to Muscle Shoals to see it...Dick Said he'd show it to us but we had to come to him...but it sure is beautiful up there so I don't mind...

Have a Dram-Tastic Weekend!!


AAW said...

Shit, Kelly, get you and Matt on a plane and come see it out in SF! :-D

I'm pretty stoked about it myself. There's going to be a Eddie Hinton tribute party after the showing so that should be a ton of fun. I'll derfinitely blog about it.

Dram-tastic doesn't even begin to explain the time I had. More on friday.