Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wise Words for Wednesday : Happy Birthday Aretha!

"Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well."  Aretha Franklin

Happy Birthday to the Queen of SOUL!

New Additions to the Library of Congress

Each year, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings showcasing the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness. The diversity of nominations received highlights the richness of the nation's audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.

This year, among them, one of my favorite albums - 

"Stand!" (album)—Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
This 1969 album had twin objectives—to urge people to get along despite cultural differences and to encourage people to get out of their chairs and move. The album was propelled by an impossibly smooth horn section, a funky organ and dangerous maneuverings of the guitar and bass. Its key selections—"Sing a Simple Song," "I Want to Take You Higher," "Stand!" and "Everyday People"—are all instantly recognizable and serve as foundational statements in the music of the late 1960s and as precursors of the 1970s’ soul and funk. Prior to forming the group in 1967, leader and vocalist Sly Stone had been a fixture of the San Francisco music scene, playing in several bands, deejaying for radio stations KSOL and KDIA, and successfully producing Bobby Freeman, The Beau Brummels and The Mojo Men. Having produced the multiracial band’s previous three albums, Stone was amply qualified for this, the group’s fourth studio effort. The resulting record remains one of the most heavily sampled records of all time and was the undisputed high point of this band’s recording legacy.

Check it out and let me know your favorites! 

 -- MMT 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Thanks and a few links...

Sam and me in 2014
at the Sweetwater.
We were planning to
write some songs together. 
Hey Everybody!

Just want to send a quick shout out to all who came to Celebration of Sam's life last night.

If you would like to help to defray the cost  of medical expenses incurred by Sam's family, please continue to donate at this link :

There is also an Ebay auction if you are into that sort of thing.

I was honored to be asked by Sam's dear wife Elise to sing a song written by Sam to close the first set. It was wonderful to reconnect with some old friends and make some new ones.

I promise to get back to my songwriting and Arne and I will finish the recording as soon as we are able.

If you would like to help fund the next album, just buy the last one or preorder it so you can stream some rough tracks. 

Thanks again for your friendship and love.
Hope to see you soon.


Monday, March 16, 2015

Sam's Celebration of Life : March 22, 2015

Doors 4 pm
Show at 5 pm

Gathering of friends to celebrate the life of Sam Andrew. And what a life it was.

-- Mari


Thanks to everyone who has donated so far to Sam Andrew Memorial and Medical Expenses Fund. Ten weeks in the hospital can get really expensive.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Empress Ramble Recap, Sam Andrew Celebration of Life : March 22, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came out to join in on the fun at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo last Wednesday. We had fun and I managed to squeak out a set of tunes despite this nasty head/chest cold that seems to have me and so many of my friends and neighbors feel as if we're hacking up half a lung for most of the day. 

Don Bassey dragged himself out of a sick bed (he's been fighting pneumonia) to play bass on a couple of tunes and MC the evening, despite the fact that he hired Steve Ehrmann (Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Rancho All Stars, many others) to fill for him. 

Artista sister Yana Negri/Hippie Uprising took video of a few tunes. Check them out on her You Tube account. Not my best, but hey, it's real. We need more real in this world. Just my opinion, of course. 

Next Appearance: Sam Andrew Celebration of Life : March 22, 2015

I'm honored to join this lineup of excellent players to pay tribute to our friend Sam Andrew, a pioneer of the psychedelic San Francisco sound; a true Renaissance man who left this earth on February 12, 2015. 

Dinner and show tickets are already sold out, but General admission tickets are still available as of this posting

Sam's Stars lineup: 

Peter Albin (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Stefani Keys (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Nick Gravenites (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Kristina Kopriva-Rehling (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
David Aguilar (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Mari Mack (Big Brother & The Holding Company)
Snooky Flowers (Kozmic Blues Band)
Kurt Huget (Sam Andrew Band)
Bill Laymon (Sam Andrew Band)
Barry “The Fish” Melton (Country Joe & The Fish)
Banana (The Youngbloods)
Roy Blumenfeld (The Blues Project)
Linda & David Laflamme (It’s A Beautiful Day)
Peter Lewis (Moby Grape)
Brad Jenkins (Lester Chambers)

Big Brother and the Holding Company will follow Sam's Stars. 

--- MMT

Monday, March 2, 2015

This Week : Empress!

Reminder : This Wednesday at  the Empress in Vallejo - early nite - starts at 7:00

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Social Media Updates, Second Album on Hold, Next Week in Vallejo

Hey There, Friends -

I am getting around to updating my various social media accounts. Admittedly, I have allowed myself to get distracted by too many things besides music.

Finally got the first album up on Soundcloud . Second album is on hold due to budget constraints. If you know of any philanthropic blues lovers looking to do a good deed so we can recut a couple of tracks, get this puppy mastered and pressed and all that, tell him or her to give me a shout. Otherwise is it waiting until I sell everything I own...

Kind of bummed that I caught a head cold of some sort. Hopefully, it will be gone by the weekend. Then, with a couple of days' rest, I'll be good to go for next Wednesday's Ramble at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo. Worst case scenario, I will sound raspier than usual.

In the meantime, thanks for your patience and have a wonderful day.

Much Love,