Check out the interview with Davy about his current pledge campaign, working with Steve Chrisanthou on new material ("Steve has definitely pushed me here, and it was hard work, but I really feel it is paying off"), getting back on the road and the fan based incentives that form his Pledge campaign.
Pre-order the upcoming EP and album and a host of live experiences, all while helping out WhyHunger
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DAVY PLAYS 'RED HOUSE' WITH HENDRIX's BASSIST
Davy Knowles continues to tear it up Stateside!
Tonight (May 23rd) he's special guest in New York at the Rory Gallagher tribute night 'One More Rory', while on Saturday, he was invited onstage for the encore of the "Experience Hendrix" show at Dana Point California, to play 'Red House' alongside Band of Gypsys bass player Billy Cox. Thanks to Bob Merlis for this pic of the two together.
Davy has several more festival dates to play across the States this Summer, along with an extra special show back on the Isle of Man for new festival 'The Garden Party'.
Also released this week, Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam "Live From Melbourne" CD album, which you can buy at upcoming gigs or fromthis link.
CORINNE INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Corinne took part in an all star concert at the White House to honour fellow Brit Paul McCartney. The Beatles legend received the third "Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" at the concert, which
aired on PBS stations nationwide.
The concert featured a tribute by major stars, who performed the songs that propelled McCartney to legendary status in music and humanitarianism around the world. The lineup of performers included Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne and remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.
The two previous recipients of the Gershwin Prize, which
is awarded to musicians whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins, are Paul Simon (2007) and Stevie Wonder (2009).
Corinne returns to rapturous reviews.
"..pretty soon, you'll wonder where these songs have been all your life" - this is the kind of reaction Corinne has been getting from the handful of appearances she's made recently, airing songs from her forthcoming 2nd album.
Taken from Mark Sutherland's excellent article in the Independent, reviewing the recent gig at the London Tabernacle, it's one of many plaudits around her return to the music scene following the tragic loss of her husband Jason last year. Songs from the new album, titled 'The Sea' and due for release January 26th (US) and Feb 1st (UK), are much rockier and raw compared to those on her multiplatinum selling debut record - as described in this review inthe Times.
Davy Knowles jams with Satch (and with Mike McCready, oh & then with Peter Frampton...)
Our young Manx guitar slinger took to the stage with Joe Satriani recently, as the two jammed out a battle style guitar play-off. Davy and his band Back Door Slam were wrapping up their tour with supergroup Chickenfoot at the Gibson Amphitheatre in California, when singer Sammy Haagar invited Davy onstage to jam with Joe, bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. After the show, the band presented Davy with a signed Chickenfoot guitar.
Joe Satriani called Davy his 'favourite new modern day bluesman' in the Sunday Times earlier this year. The following night in LA, Davy and his band were joined onstage at the Mint by fellow British guitar legend Peter Frampton, who produced Davy's second album 'Coming Up For Air'. And all this just days after surprise guest Mike McCready took a break from Pearl Jam duties to join the Manx wunderkind onstage in Seattle - and a few weeks after Davy was invited to play a song from NASA Mission Control to Astronaut Nicole Stott while she orbited the earth on the Space Station.
"WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE EP" brings together over 30 artists to celebrate the first Green TT
A cover of the John Mayer song, arranged & recorded by Dave Armstrong entirely on location on the Isle of Man. All proceeds from the sale of the disc go to the MGP Helicopter Fund. Features performances by Running Media artists Christine Collister, Anna Goldsmith, Simon Rea and Christy DeHaven, along with dozens of other Isle of Man artists, all brought together for this special project to mark the very first TTXGP.
NEW CD FROM 'ONE OF THE WORLD'S FINEST' (Q mag), CHRISTINE COLLISTER
Christine took some time out of her whirlwind, continent-crossing life recently to record a superb collection of songs for Stereoscout Records. Collaborating with fellow Manx songwriter/performer Rob Cross, who also accompanied her on her last UK tour (on guitar & vocals), the album's worth of new material is described as 'An exclusive selection of studio demos and live recordings'.
Recorded at DAM Studios Isle of Man with Dave Armstrong (who produced Back Door Slam's internationally acclaimed record 'Roll Away' and who's worked with Christine on her past few releases), 'Under Construction' contains songs some of which Christine wrote while living in LA, and some which were written with Rob. Available now from Stereoscout, you can also get your hands on a copy when Christine tours the UK this Autumn.
Check out her website for audio clips and all tour dates.
ANNA GOLDSMITH COLLABORATES WITH LONDON METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA
Anna was invited to appear with the 72 piece London Metropolitan Orchestra as part of the 2009 TT celebrations. The concert featured a world premier symphony specially commissioned for TTXGP to celebrate the launch of the world’s first clean emission grand prix. The unique event included a modern repertoire of film classics and rock/pop anthems and a special PA by Anna Goldsmith." (courtesy www.isle-news.com)
Anna performed an exclusive piece at the event - an orchestral version of fellow Manxies The Bee Gees major hit 'Night Fever', specially arranged for the concert by Dave Armstrong of the Running Media Group. You can now see the video of Anna's version of Night Fever, made by DAM Productions Isle of Man.
Listen to songs from Anna's debut album on her myspace
Ian Thorpe and his Pump Aid team - who are doing incredible work in Zimbabwe and Malawi (see news story below) - have just won ANOTHER award. Hardly surprising considering what they achieve on a daily basis! This time, it's recognition for the design of the Elephant Toilet, which we were lucky enough to witness being built and installed when we visited Malawi with Corinne last year. Read about Pump Aid, our Malawi adventure and watch the short videos we made about the project on here. And check out the full story about the latest award for Pump Aid here
The young Manx bluesrockers recently completed a Stateswide tour opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock. The boys were invited to join the "Rock & Rebels Arena Tour" with the two major players - at the same time as Kid Rock enjoyed his first UK number 1 chart hit with the Skynyrd homage 'All Summer Long'.
The Slam are now set to join US blues-rock act Gov't Mule, on their "Kinder Revolution Fall Tour" starting in October. Gov't Mule were formed by members of the Allman Brothers Band in '94, and have been building an enormous global fanbase ever since. They were Grammy nominated in 2003, and in 2005, band member Warren Haynes was ranked no.23 in Rolling Stone's list of all time top guitarists.
But before they hit the road with The Mule, Back Door Slam will support Joe Bonamassa ahead of their appearance at Austin City Limits, where they will open for Jakob Dylan.
Corinne, Christine, Bob and a small team from Running Media have just returned from Malawi, to witness first hand the incredible work of the charity 'Pump Aid'. Formed 20yrs ago by Yorkshireman Ian Thorpe, the organisation has now installed thousands of 'Elephant Pumps' in Zimababwe & Mozambique, and is now making a massive difference in Malawi.
The project is amazing - the pumps cost a mere £250 and provide clean water for up to 500 people for life. And unlike other pumps, the villagers are taught how to maintain them, all parts are made from materials that can be made by the villagers themselves, and the simple 'handle' mechansim is simple enough to be operated by 1 small child.
Corinne agreed to be Goodwill Ambassador for Pump Aid following a phonecall from Paul Martin of Thirsty Planet water earlier this year. By guaranteeing 50p from each pack of water goes directly to the charity, Thirsty Planet itself has already raised enough money for over 1000 pumps - that's clean water for half a million people.
A video is being made of the trip, which will appear on Corinne's website soon. In the meantime, please take two minutes to check out this incredible organisation and its partners:
OK, now she's just getting greedy ;0) As if the triple Grammy nomination wasn't enough for her, Corinne has also been nominated for three 2007 Brit Awards - Best British Female, Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Single for Put Your Records On.
Nominations were announced at the weekend for the 49th GRAMMY Awards, to be held on February 11th 2007 in Los Angeles. And Corinne is up for three! 'Put Your Records On' is up for the much desired 'Record of the Year' title, and also for the songwriter award of 'Song Of The Year', with Corinne herself nominated for BEST NEW ARTIST.
Pic Right - Corinne with her hero...How excited is that girl?!
Anna Goldsmith returned from Malta last night, clutching one of the major festival awards. She spent five days on the Island, meeting and performing alongside some of the world's most respected singers as part of the International Song Festival, as well as taking time to explore the history and major sights of the country. She performed her own song 'Older Than My Years' on the first night of the festival itself, then took home the award for Best Interpretation of a Song on the 2nd night, after performing her own contemporary version of competition track 'Trying To Be Free'. Full story, pictures and video of the event can be found on her website.
ANNA TO MALTA, BACK DOOR SLAM TO TEXAS
It's a big week for two of our fledgling artists - Anna Goldsmith is taking part in the Malta International TV Song Festival; meanwhile, Back Door Slam have just had confirmation that they will be playing at next year's South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas - former home of Davy's idol
Stevie Ray Vaughn. To say they're excited would be an understatement! Keep checking back for updates.
Congratulations to Corinne Bailey Rae who won a Mojo Award for Best New Act last night (050606). Hopefully this will be the first of many for her! Corinne is now heading Stateside to promote her debut album at a number of sold out shows, and she'll be appearing on various American TV shows while she's out there, including Good Morning America, Regis and Kelly and Jay Leno
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