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Local Music Notebook: Patti Smith, Little Walter, Gary Richrath & Bloodshot's Latest Badass Signing

1. Jesus Died For Somebody's Sins, But Not Hers.

"Sex as sacrament, youth as state of mind, religion as rock 'n' roll - Patti Smith jumped right into that deep, wide river at the outset of her sold-out concert Monday at the Vic Theatre," Greg Kot writes for the Tribune.


And from St. Louis a day earlier: Patti Smith Lights Up The Contemporary Art Museum With Sound And Stories.

2. There Is A Little Walter Music Festival In Alexandria, Louisiana.

"Playing with the legendary Muddy Waters and with his own band recruited from the Chicago club scene, Little Walter, according to some music critics and historians, changed what people thought was possible with the harmonica," the Town Talk there reports. "In addition to harmonica, Little Walter played guitar, sang and wrote songs.

"Music journalist Bill Dahl called him 'the king of all post-war blues harpists . . . without a solitary doubt. The fiery harmonica wizard took the humble mouth organ in dazzling amplified directions that were unimaginable prior to his ascendancy.'

"Little Walter died in Chicago at 37. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 in the Sideman category."

3. Gary Richrath Comes Out Of Hiding For Charity.

This was at a Make-a-Wish event with the band Angeles.

4. Bloodshot Signs (Another) Epic Badass.

"We are very excited to share the news that we have officially signed the epicly badass, garage rock/soul punk legends Barrence Whitfield & the Savages. The Boston-bred collective will release a new album with us this summer - their first since 2011's Savage Kings - entitled Dig Thy Savage Soul (CD/LP/Digital). Following the release date the band will tour the east coast, Europe, and then eventually other select cities across the United States.

"Barrence is a soul screamer of the highest order, and the Savages lay down a groovy racket that's so thick and greasy, you'll need to keep moist towelettes near the hi-fi. Bloodshot Rob caught them a dozen times in college in the '80s and those were some sweaty dance parties. Barrence and the boys are to soul what the Cramps are to Rockabilly - a gateway musical drug to America's demented roots underbelly.

"When we first heard the tunes from the new album, halfway through the first song, our jaws were left hanging. Somebody in the office walked by, absolutely floored, and asked if the Dirtbombs had come unhinged. Age has not mellowed these cats one bit and, if anything, they are wilder, rawer and more exciting than ever. We LOVE this record and could not be happier to lay it out there for you. We here at Bloodshot have been lucky enough to work with people who blew our minds when we were nascent, dewy-eared music geeks: Alejandro Escovedo, the Mekons, Charlie Pickett, Andre Williams and now Barrence Whitfield & the Savages! Dig thy savage self!

"Barrence Whitfield & the Savages are made up of Barrence Whitfield (vocals), Peter Greenberg (guitar), Phil Lenker (bass), Andy Jody (drums), and Tom Quartulli (sax)."

Here's a sample:


6. The Rolling Stones Are Having Trouble Selling Tickets.


Comments welcome.


Posted on May 7, 2013

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