Archive for the Dave Matthews Band Category

Notes… and Stuff I’ve Been Meaning to Get to for a While

Posted in Back Porch Mary, Bonnaroo, Dave Matthews Band, The John Henrys, WDVX, X on June 9, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

*** First of all… Thanks to everyone who responded to my post asking for opinions on the new Dave Matthews Band album. I’ll probably end up picking up a copy of the album later this week. The post was deleted by Blogger yesterday due to copyright infractions even though I only posted a live track from a band that encourages fans to record their live shows and trade the recordings with others. A similar thing happened last week over at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends regarding a post about Pearl Jam.

***Bonnaroo is taking place this week in Manchester, TN and you can catch some of the festivities live on WDVX Saturday. We’ll broadcast a special edition of Tennessee Shines live from “The Other Tent” for eight hours from Noon to 8:00 live on WDVX and wdvx.com with a special simulcast on Nashville’s legendary WSM. The featured acts will be The Steeldrivers, Cherryholmes, The Tony Rice Unit, The Del McCoury Band, and The David Grisman Quintet. Of course, Jim Lauderdale will be there as well… bringing the Bluegrass to Bonnaroo.

***Legendary L.A. punksters X are playing Knoxville’s Bijou Theater on Wednesday night. As part of the current tour, the band is letting the fans vote on which songs they want to hear at the shows. You can vote now over at the band’s website. No matter what songs are picked, expect John Doe, Exene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom to rock the Bijou Theatre like few before them have. I’ve only seen X perform as their cow-punk alter ego band, The Knitters (with Dave Alvin). Even that left my jaw dropped and my ears ringing.

On a more sombre X-related note… Exene Cervenka announced last week that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. You can read a statement from Exene on the band’s site. Ironically, the band’s current tour is in support of an organization called Sweet Relief… a charity started by folk singer Victoria Williams in 1992 when she was diagnosed with MS. The organization helps uninsured musicians with their medical bills.

***I’ll close today with a couple of tracks that I’ve been sitting on for a bit, and just haven’t had time to get to here. I get a lot of new music sent to me, and sometimes it takes a while to work through it all. Today… because I’m in a bit of a country-rock mood… I’d like to dust off and share a couple of albums that I’ve actually been sitting on since last year. First we’ll go north of the border to Canada for some COUNTRY-rock, and then south to Texas for some country-ROCK.

The John Henrys hail from Ottawa and wear their Gram Parsons influence on their sleeves. Their album, Sweet as the Grain, is peppered with songs like “Angel” that feature crying steels and trembling organs to frame a lazy country groove that goes a long way toward recreating Parsons’ vision of Cosmic American (Canadian?) Music.

On the other side of the spectrum (and the Continent) lies Back Porch Mary. A rocking outfit from Austin, TX that makes me wonder if the Braun Brothers from Reckless Kelly and Micky & the Motorcars might have a few more siblings loose in the Lone Star State. “This Band” showcases their hard driving style while painting an accurate picture of what it’s like to choose a life devoted to music.

The John Henrys: Angel (Buy Album)
Back Porch Mary: This Band (Buy Album)

LeRoi Moore: 1961–2008

Posted in Dave Matthews Band, LeRoi Moore on August 21, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

I wasn’t planning on posting anything today, but last night I heard the news of the passing of LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band. Moore was injured in an ATV accident in June on his farm near Charlottesville, VA. He died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital from complications stemming from his injuries.

Admittedly, I’ve lost track of the Dave Matthews Band over the last couple of years, but their music was an ever present part of my college experience. I traded recordings of live shows with other fans, spent too much time on the message boards at (the now defunct) nancies.org, and drove from state to state to attend show after show. The DMB, and Moore’s saxophones, made up a large part of my music listening during those years. I’ve been revisiting some of that music today.

On stage and off, LeRoi Moore was the quiet one of the group. He didn’t dance around like front man Dave Matthews. He wasn’t demonstrative like fiddle player Boyd Tinsley. He wasn’t outspoken like bass player Stefan Lessard. He wasn’t a blur of motion like drummer Carter Beauford. Moore stood on the side of the stage with his shades and his sax and he played. And I listened.

Here are a few tracks that highlight LeRoi Moore and his playing. The first comes from the oft-bootlegged “Lillywhite Sessions,” a collection of songs recorded with producer Steve Lillywhite in 1999 and 2000 that were never officially released. This version of “Bartender” is, I believe, LeRoi’s strongest moment as he plays dueling saxophones during the song’s extended outro. The “buy album” link for this song will take you to the 2002 release Busted Stuff which contains a different version of the song.

The second track, “Lie in Our Graves,” comes from the DMB’s 1997 release, Live at Red Rocks. Dave Matthews said recently that he first fell in love with LeRoi’s playing after hearing his rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at a jazz club in Charlottesville. This version of “Lie in Our Graves” features an extended jam from LeRoi in the middle of the song… as well as a snippet of the tune that first brought him to Matthews’ attention.

Here’s to LeRoi Moore, who today is sittin’ on top of the world with his legs hanging free. He’ll be missed.

Dave Matthews Band: Bartender (Buy Album)
Dave Matthews Band: Lie in Our Graves (Buy Album)