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Like a lot of musicians with cultish fame and lengthy careers, Dave Ray’s recordings are spread out over a wide swath of record labels, including quite a few that – like the Minneapolis acoustic blues hero himself -- are no longer around. At last, though, one of Ray's oldest cohorts and the Twin Cities' longest-running label have taken on the hard task of sorting through Ray’s unreleased material and compiling it into one thorough and deservedly bulky anthology.
Red House Records announced today it will release the three-disc set “Legacy: Rare and Unreleased Recordings from an American Blues Master (1962 - 2002),” due to arrive Oct. 28. “Long in the making,” are the first words of the press release for the collection, which was “painstakingly” compiled by Ray’s longtime collaborator Tony Glover.
The collection includes some leftovers from Ray’s most famous group, Koerner, Ray & Glover – you know, the one that influenced everyone from Bob Dylan and John Legend to Bonnie Raitt and Beck – as well as tracks as a duo with Glover and various solo work.
Here’s the breakdown of what’s on each disc, per Red House:
The anthology will include a 32-page booklet with photos and liner notes. Here’s a taste of what Glover had to say for the collection: “To me he was a brother from another family – the family of sound. He brought a vitality to the blues that the scholars who’d been on the scene couldn’t muster.”
Ray died on Thanksgiving Day in 2002. Click here for the story we ran at the time on Koerner, Ray & Glover’s legacy, which was in the works at the time of his passing.
Red House is helping organize a release party at the Minnesota History Center on Nov. 9 with performers yet to be announced (details here).
With fervor building over the remade Replacements’ one and only hometown show Sept. 13 at Midway Stadium, many local scenesters are making sure the band’s former guitarist Bob “Slim” Dunlap doesn’t get lost amid the hubbub with a series of tributes/fundraisers.
Dunlap’s mounting medical bills from a severe stroke were what first spawned the Replacements rebirth last year in the form of the “Songs for Slim” EP. The beloved singer/songwriter/guitarist and former First Ave janitor is still bed-ridden and receiving care at his home in south Minneapolis, where he just marked his 63rd birthday last week.
First up is “Kinda Like Some Artists: The Replacements Poster Show,” a charity art sale and musical tribute happening Sunday in downtown St. Paul at the Hamilton Ink Spot space and the nearby Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Twenty locally rooted graphic artists have designed posters to commemorate the Midway Stadium show, including the Aesthetic Apparatus crew, Kii Arens, Tom Hazelmyer and Sam Anderson. The sale starts at 4 p.m. at Hamilton Ink, 375 Wabasha St. N. The music at the Amsterdam – mostly Replacements tunes and Dunlap’s solo material -- will kick off at 7 p.m. and run all night with performers including Curtiss A, Crossing Guards, St. Dominic’s Trio, Sons of Gloria, Doug Collins & the Receptionists, Pocket Genius and more.
On the eve of the Midway Stadium gig, Sept. 12, the Parkway Theater will host another multi-faceted show, “We Can’t Hardly Wait: A Slim Dunlap Benefit,” featuring an edited-down screening of the fan documentary “Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements” and another live tribute. Performers have not been named yet, but co-organizer Jon Clifford of Hi-Fi Hair & Records’ also promised “a slew of our local heroes”
The Cabooze also just announced "Lovesick Blues: A Birthday Tribute to Hank Williams," led by Curtiss A and doubling as a Dunlap fundraiser later in September, on the 26th. Curtiss has been earning raves for his Hank tribute sets over the past year or two, and Dunlap frequently covered the late Alabama music icon's tunes during his shows, too. Dunlap got his start playing with A’s team. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. for $10.
And there's still plenty of great merchandise to be hand in the "Songs for Slim" bin, too.
MOTHERLAND BENEFIT FRIDAY AT ICEHOUSE: Not related to Dunlap’s cause other than it’s also meant to offset medical bills and lend moral support, the Icehouse is hosting another worthy charity gig Friday dubbed “Motherland: A Benefit for Bobbie and Jeannie.” Hard-grooving electronic dance-pop favorites Apollo Cobra – whose song “Motherland” provided the name -- will play their first show in a couple months as headliners, with Verskotzi and Astrobeard for openers (10 p.m., $10 minimum donation, tickets on sale here). The subjects of the show, Bobbie Anderson and Jeannie Piekos are moms of some of the event’s organizers, each of whom were diagnosed with cancer around the same time. The concert will also feature a silent auction with items donated from around the music community and elsewhere.
Go big or go home. That must’ve been Jeremy Messersmith’s thinking as he headed to the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan yesterday to make his network TV debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
In addition to his regular, four-piece backing band, the Minneapolis pop craftsman brought the Laurel Strings Quartet and his non-touring guitarist Brian Tighe with him all the way to New York for the show – the same large ensemble he employed at Rock the Garden in June. He admitted via Twitter afterward that his entourage was too bulky to fit in the “Late Show’s” puny dressing rooms. “Lots of hanging in the hallway,” he said. Long before the performance aired, Messersmith posted a selfie on Instagram during the band's ungodly early 4 a.m. rehearsal on the Letterman set (reposted to the right).
Not only was the band big, but so was the song. He picked one of the grander, more challenging tunes from his “Heart Murmurs” album, “Bubblin’.” I’d say it paid off, but judge for yourself in the clip below.
Touring hard since February, Messersmith will scale back to his smallest incarnation for the next few weeks playing a string of the "supper club" solo shows he has long favored. He and the band do have one big gig in the area coming up soon: a pairing with Mason Jennings at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato on Sept. 5.
Jeremy Messersmith/photo by Tony Nelson
Local pop artist Jeremy Messersmith is scheduled to perform Wednesday night on "The Late Show With David Letterman." We emphasized "scheduled" because of the evening's other two guests: Kathy Griffin and Ken Burns, both of whom have a tendency to talk and talk and talk -- to the point where Messersmith could get bumped.
Unlikely, though. Letterman seems to be enjoying his Minnesota music these days. Trampled By Turtles made a triumphant appearance last month.
While Messersmith's gig has nothing to do with Robin Williams, we can't help but mention how touching it was Monday to watch Letterman pay tribute to the late comic. If you haven't seen it, check it out:
Today is the day to announce new albums. Taylor Swift did it. So did Bob Seger and Ani DiFranco and someone representing U2.
Taylor’s “1989” (that’s the year she was born) will be in stores on Oct. 27. It contains 13 – her favorite number – songs. A deluxe version, with three additional songs, will be marketed through Target stores. She describes it as “my very first documented, official pop album.” As if “Red” wasn’t. Swift has released a new single, “Shake It Off,” on iTunes. (See below).
Seger’s “Ride Out,” his first album since 2006, is slated for a Oct. 14 release. The new single, “Detroit Made,” addresses America’s love of automobiles. It was one of three tracks that he previewed on his 2013 tour.
DiFranco’s “Allergic to Water” is also set to drop on Oct. 14. It was recorded in her Victorian home in New Orleans. Part of the album was recorded when she was 6 months pregnant and part of it was recorded when her baby was 6-months-old.
Rollingstone.com reports that U2’s album – first promised for this year and then postponed until next – will indeed be released this year. No dates, no details bur reports from newspapers in France and Ireland about a video being shot and a single due in September. Only Bono knows for sure. Stay tuned.
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