MAY 8, 2012
• Paul Thorn
's brand new album hits the streets today, and on this project he tries something fun and different: covering songs he loves by other songwriters. "I wanted to take a break from myself, do something different, and just have fun." It's an album of covers, but it's also a Paul Thorn album through and through.
Tune in tonight for a special webcast in which Paul plays and discusses tracks from his new album What The Hell Is Goin' On?
and you can join in the conversation via Twitter and online chat. This all takes place on the Stageit website on release day, today, May 8th, at 7:00p CDT.
You will be able to ask questions and make comments during the show via Twitter (@pimpspreachers) and live chat on the Stageit site. The cost is $5.00 and proceeds go to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. It's an interactive PT experience, and it's for a good cause. Go to Paul Thorn's Website
and follow the link.
• Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records announced today the release of Last Of A Dying Breed
from Lynyrd Skynyrd
, the band’s first studio album since the September 29, 2009 release of God & Guns
which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 20 and gave the band their highest debut since 1977. Last Of A Dying Breed
reunites the band with producer Bob Marlette who produced God & Guns.
“It was great to get back in the studio with Bob for this new album,” said Gary Rossington “we kind of went back old school this time. All of us playing together in the studio as a band, tracking songs and creating licks. We had a lot of fun and the music really flowed for us, so that’s when you know you are on to something good. We can’t wait to let the fans hear these songs and play ‘em live.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd also has a new bass player, Johnny Colt, an original member of the Black Crowes who has also played with Train and Rockstar Supernova. When asked about receiving a phone call from Rickey Medlocke on behalf of Lynyrd Skynyrd to join the band, Johnny said, “What else do you say to Medlocke, Rossington and Van Zant? We’re talking southern rock royalty. We’re talking Lynyrd Skynyrd. The only thing out of my mouth was when and where!”
• When Jim Dickinson
died on August 15, 2009 at the age of 67, his hometown paper, The Memphis Commercial Appeal ran a lengthy, appreciative obituary chronicling his many achievements and credits. The lead read “The North Mississippi Allstars have lost their father, Bob Dylan has lost a ‘brother, rock and roll has lost one of its great cult heroes and Memphis has lost a musical icon with the death of Jim Dickinson.”
His work in the studio with the likes of Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Big Star, the Replacements, Ry Cooder and others had consistently put him in the front ranks of recording studio “go to” guys, not only in Memphis but in Muscle Shoals and Miami, as well. His own recording career was something else entirely.
His music was powerful, a driving force, marked by explosive spontaneity, it was an outlet for a creative spirit who found inspiration in the artists with whom he worked as well as those who had influenced him early on. Son Luther Dickinson writes in his poignant liner notes, “Nobody could rock as hard as he could.” Yet, for the first fifty or so years of his life, Jim Dickson -- as James Luther Dickinson, his recording artist alter ego -- recorded sporadically and NEVER for the same label twice.
This all changed early in the new century with the release of Jungle Jim & The Voodoo Tiger,
the elder Dickinson’s album debut for Memphis International Records. It was followed, in fairly rapid succession, with the release of Killers From Space
and Dinosaurs Walk In Circles
. Now, despite the fact that he’s departed this mortal coil, comes a fourth for the label, the aptly titled I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone.
It’s Dickinson’s fourth album for the label and set for release on CD, LP and digitally on July 3rd.
It was on Friday, June 2, 2006 that Dickinson took to the stage of the New Daisy Theater on historic Beale Street for a rare and much anticipated show date. Backed by the aforementioned North Mississippi All Stars, sons Luther on guitar and vocals and Cody on bass and vocals along with de facto/honorary son Chris Chew on bass plus session jack-of-all-tracks Jimmy Davis on guitar and vocals. Front and center on piano and lead vocals was James Luther Dickson who commanded the stage for a rollicking set, the cream of which comprises I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone.