Musician – Chris Batson Music http://chrisbatsonmusic.com/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Musician – Chris Batson Music http://chrisbatsonmusic.com/ 32 32 musician pays homage to Marshall’s story with new song | News https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/musician-pays-homage-to-marshalls-story-with-new-song-news/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/musician-pays-homage-to-marshalls-story-with-new-song-news/ American country musician Dale Watson didn’t grow up in Marshall, but has made the small town his home for the past two years. He said the location of the Marshall Amtrak station and the town’s small town feel made it the perfect place for him and his wife, Celine, to settle down. “We had been […]]]>

American country musician Dale Watson didn’t grow up in Marshall, but has made the small town his home for the past two years.

He said the location of the Marshall Amtrak station and the town’s small town feel made it the perfect place for him and his wife, Celine, to settle down.

“We had been thinking about leaving Austin for a while. We wanted something a little more our pace, ”Watson said.

Watson is a world-renowned musician, repeatedly accepted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, as well as the Texas State Musician of the Year award and appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live !, among many other commendations.

He said he has been playing music for as long as he can remember and has spent his life turning his passion into a successful career.

It was the pursuit of this career that led the couple to relocate to Marshall, due to the location of towns between Austin and Memphis – two towns that Watson said he traveled to quite frequently for his work via trains. Amtrak premises.

“I love the Amtrak, really,” he said. “Every Monday I drive him from Marshall to Austin, and do a show there, and then every Tuesday I bring him back. It’s one of my favorite things.

What Watson didn’t expect from his move, however, was Marshall’s rich musical history, which is known nationally as the homeland of boogie-woogie music.

“Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel, he’s the king of boogie-woogie, and I’ve always really loved music,” Watson said. “I love it because the boogie-woogie can be so much. It translates into so many other genres.

But it was Ray Benson’s original boogie-woogie vibes that inspired Watson when he wrote “Marshall Boogie” while riding the Amtrak.{iframe title = “YouTube video player” src = “https://www.youtube.com/embed/_XqGhHTaoO0” frameborder = “0” width = “560” height = “315”} {/ iframe}

The song, which is available on Watson’s Youtube channel, features the story of the train depot and the old style of boogie-woogie music, paying homage to the Texan community.

“It was inspired, really, by the people I’ve met here,” Watson said. “I have really met some great and very nice people here in Marshall. Everyone I have met has been so open and welcoming.

It was through working with these people, like Alan Loudermilk, Glen Barnhart with Memorial City Hall, and Daniel Duke with Marshall City Marketing and Tourism, that Watson said he hoped to start a new music festival in Marshall. celebrating the history of boogie. woogie.

He said he hoped to use the Amtrak station to bring people from across the state to come to Marshall and enjoy the music and vibe of a small town, while also supporting the growth Watson said he is seeing. take place downtown.

“There’s always something going on downtown, there’s all this building and these new businesses, it’s really coming back,” Watson said. “I love the idea of ​​having a festival here to celebrate this.”

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Koady Chaisson of award-winning Prince Edward Island group The East Pointers has died at 37 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/koady-chaisson-of-award-winning-prince-edward-island-group-the-east-pointers-has-died-at-37/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:39:58 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/koady-chaisson-of-award-winning-prince-edward-island-group-the-east-pointers-has-died-at-37/ The PEI musician Koady Chaisson, a member of the Juno Award-winning three-piece group, the East Pointers, has died at the age of 37. Chaisson played banjo and tenor guitar for the group, which included singer and violinist Tim Chaisson and guitarist and keyboardist Jake Charron. The group’s management confirmed his death to CBC News on […]]]>

The PEI musician Koady Chaisson, a member of the Juno Award-winning three-piece group, the East Pointers, has died at the age of 37.

Chaisson played banjo and tenor guitar for the group, which included singer and violinist Tim Chaisson and guitarist and keyboardist Jake Charron.

The group’s management confirmed his death to CBC News on Friday morning. No cause of death has been revealed.

The East Pointers reunited in 2014. They have performed across Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom and have recorded three studio albums, the last two produced by Gordie Sampson.

In 2016, The East Pointers won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Ensemble of the Year. They received the Juno Award for Traditional Roots Album of the Year in 2017 for their debut album, Secret victory.

The trio also won the East Coast Music Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2020, after winning ECMA Song of the Year for Two weeks the year before.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which followed the release of It’s up to you to break up and its unique Gaultheria, The East Pointers has kept busy coordinating weekly live readings of the classic Prince Edward Island novel Anne of the Green Gables.

Koady Chaisson read the first chapter of LM Montgomery’s book in this “#Annedemic” project.

The group went on to headline a live reading from Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol at the Confederation Center of the Arts in Charlottetown on December 16, but a second performance on December 17 was canceled due to new public health restrictions linked to COVID-19.

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On Friday, the band’s website still listed more than a dozen upcoming concerts in the UK and US, starting in February.

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Scottish musician Tom Walker recounts ‘top secret rehearsals’ with ‘talented’ Kate Middleton https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/scottish-musician-tom-walker-recounts-top-secret-rehearsals-with-talented-kate-middleton/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 16:04:13 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/scottish-musician-tom-walker-recounts-top-secret-rehearsals-with-talented-kate-middleton/ Scottish musician Tom Walker took a behind-the-scenes look at his musical duo with Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. The Leave A Light On singer-songwriter performed with Kate for the Royal Carols: Together At Christmas service last month. Tom sang as the Royal played the piano in tribute to the “inspirational” people who helped serve during […]]]>

Scottish musician Tom Walker took a behind-the-scenes look at his musical duo with Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

The Leave A Light On singer-songwriter performed with Kate for the Royal Carols: Together At Christmas service last month.

Tom sang as the Royal played the piano in tribute to the “inspirational” people who helped serve during the pandemic to help their communities.

Tom opened up about rehearsals he had with the Duchess ahead of their duet of his specially written Christmas track “For Those Who Can’t Be Here”.




During the performance, which premiered on December 24, Kate played the piano to everyone’s delight and surprise.

Tom told Good Morning Britain about the couple’s “top secret rehearsals” ahead of their big night.

He revealed: “She’s fantastic, a really talented musician.

“We had a top secret rehearsal to make sure we were both comfortable performing together, it was at Metropolis Studios.”

Tom initially met Kate at a charity event last year and they discussed their mutual love for music, with Kate offering to play the piano for the singing service.

He added: “We had a charity event together and had a chat and I was approached after that to ask if I could play the singing service,” he said.

Tom also told The Sun: “It was so well received, I probably owe her royalties now. She sent me a letter thanking me for the opportunity, but it should be me who thank her.

“The song jumped 57 spots on the charts. It was a wonderful experience and it was so warm. She made the effort to thank all the musicians but it was us who felt so grateful to be a part of something. something so special. “

Kate’s mother Carole, father Michael, sister Pippa and brother James attended the performance which was highly rated on social media.

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Who was Nick Colonne and what was the cause of his death? Jazz musician Nick Colonne is dead https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/who-was-nick-colonne-and-what-was-the-cause-of-his-death-jazz-musician-nick-colonne-is-dead/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 17:02:26 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/who-was-nick-colonne-and-what-was-the-cause-of-his-death-jazz-musician-nick-colonne-is-dead/ Who was Nick Colonne and what was the cause of his death? Death of jazz musician Nick Colonne: Another saddest news of 2022 is coming in the headlines that have left everyone sad, especially the music industry. Yes, because another talented musician passed away on January 01, 2022 at the age of 55. However, the […]]]>

Who was Nick Colonne and what was the cause of his death? Death of jazz musician Nick Colonne: Another saddest news of 2022 is coming in the headlines that have left everyone sad, especially the music industry. Yes, because another talented musician passed away on January 01, 2022 at the age of 55. However, the cause of his death is yet to be revealed. News of his disappearance has gone viral on social media. People are shocked after hearing the news and also paying a moving tribute to him and his family. His family is heartbroken after his death. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Through this article, we will give you all the details about the singer and his life. Follow more update on GetIndiaNews.com

Cause of death of Nick Colonne

According to reports, the news of his disappearance was confirmed by contact with the media. He died on the morning of January 1. However, details regarding his death are not yet known. We are trying to get more information about his death. Many of his fans and admirers pay homage to him on social networks. There are no details available if he was ill or died suddenly. Her family is deeply grieved after learning of her death and needs our concern and support.

Who was Nick Colonne?

Speaking of Nick Column, he was therefore a renowned guitarist and singer born in Chicago, Illinois in 1966. He was raised with his siblings. At the age of 9, he began to sing and play the guitar under the direction of his stepfather. In addition to performing, he also taught jazz music. When he was young he toured with several famous artists including Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers, The impressions and many more. In 1990, he made his musical debut by releasing “It’s My Turn, Colonne”. In 1996 and 2010, he was nominated for the Malcolm X College Alumnus of the Year Award and the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award, respectively.

How did Nick Colonne die?

After graduating from Malcolm X College in Chicago, Nick was a music teacher and counselor at St. Laurence Elementary School in Elgin for 15 years. Apart from that, he also released numerous albums during his career including No Limits, Keepin ‘It Cool, Just Come On Ine, among others. In April 2020, he released his latest album titled Finger Painting. According to the sources, he has an estimated net worth of between $ 9 million and $ 10 million. He was an iconic jazz star. He died on January 01, 2022 at the age of 55. That his soul rests in peace. Stay tuned with us for further updates.

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Accomplished musician David John Becker dies at 58 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/accomplished-musician-david-john-becker-dies-at-58/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:25:23 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/accomplished-musician-david-john-becker-dies-at-58/ Saturday 01 January 2022 Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home Enlarge + David John Becker, 58, died surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Born August 9, 1963 in West Warwick, David was the son of the late William and Mildred (Case) Becker. David is survived […]]]>

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David John Becker, 58, died surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Born August 9, 1963 in West Warwick, David was the son of the late William and Mildred (Case) Becker.

David is survived by his beloved son, Jace David Becker, his former wife and longtime friend Deborah Destino and his son Jack Graham (Jace’s half-brother), his devoted companion and caregiver, JoAnne Houde, his siblings, Janice B. Place (Philip), William Becker, Jr., and Ruth V. Iavarone. David was predeceased by his beloved brother and sister, James A. Becker and Suzan E. Campagna, and his niece, Erin Iavarone Bourage. David’s twelve nieces and nephews, their children, and countless close friends also mourn his loss.

An accomplished musician, notably on the guitar, but also on the keyboards and the violin, David has played with many groups and organizations. He recently performed with “The Smidge” and the RI Woodshedders, a musician club in Coventry, RI, where he was considered family. A night owl, he would play until the next morning, telling the others, “Just one more song.” He loved to create and record new compositions, a legacy he bequeathed to his son, Jace.

We will never stop missing and celebrating the life of David John Becker. He was full of kindness and love for others. He often ran errands for confined friends and brought them food and supplies, before and during the COVID pandemic. He had an incredible sense of humor, choosing irony in one life situation after another. His texts and messages often made his contacts laugh.

David did the dishes with a smile, albeit poorly, half-mended a lot of things, and forgot to do other things he should have remembered. Yet his family and friends are heartbroken to have lost this truly remarkable father, friend, companion, brother and uncle.

Jace recently described his father in relation to a particular multi-colored dahlia flower – “like a sunset with the beautiful little pom pom in the center”. He said, “It’s red, one of my dad’s favorite colors. And its look really captivates me. From a distance it might look so frenzied and shaggy, but when you look very closely, it’s actually a very chaotic, yet beautiful, pattern that keeps it all together. Anyone who knew David would agree that somehow he held everything together in his own way, with music and his love for others, all woven into the beautiful blossoming of his touching and memorable life.

Visitations will be on Monday, January 3, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Urquhart-Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick.

Due to concerns over COVID, the family respectfully requests that every visitor wear a mask.

Interment will be private.

Those who wish to donate in memory of David can choose Musicians on Call or another charity of their choice.


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“We were forced to go on strike” | San Antonio Symphony closes 2021 on strike https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/we-were-forced-to-go-on-strike-san-antonio-symphony-closes-2021-on-strike/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 01:05:40 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/we-were-forced-to-go-on-strike-san-antonio-symphony-closes-2021-on-strike/ Striking Symphony Musician’s staged a silent protest outside the home of a member of the management. SAN ANTONIO – Members of the Musicians’ Union of the San Antonio Symphony’s Union staged a silent protest outside the home of an executive director of the San Antonio Symphony Society on Thursday. The San Antonio Symphony closes 2021 […]]]>

Striking Symphony Musician’s staged a silent protest outside the home of a member of the management.

SAN ANTONIO – Members of the Musicians’ Union of the San Antonio Symphony’s Union staged a silent protest outside the home of an executive director of the San Antonio Symphony Society on Thursday.

The San Antonio Symphony closes 2021 without a single performance for the season due to the ongoing dispute between the symphony society and the musicians’ union.

Although they are known for the sounds they create, on Thursday they walked in silence.

“We are silent right now because we were forced to go on strike,” said Mary Ellen Goree, second concertmaster and chair of the musicians’ bargaining committee.

“We were forced to go on strike because our leadership imposed intolerable conditions that they knew we would find intolerable,” she said.

Musicians from the San Antonio Symphony, dressed in their black concert gowns on an 80-degree December day in Texas, picketed outside the home of Symphony Society executive director Corey Cowart.

“Just as we are silenced on stage, we will remain silent outside his house,” Goree said.

They hope to convince him that they are serious.

“The message we are sending is that we are serious, and that we are united, and it is not just the bargaining committee sitting across from him that is saying these things. We all say these things.

In a recent statement, the Musician‘s Union said the finances of the Symphony Society are in a better position than they have been since 2014. Thanks to the cancellation of PPP loans, other grants obtained during the pandemic and the Lack of costs associated with setting up performances, the Symphony Society held assets of over $ 2.7 million at the end of November 2021.

“The truth is the pandemic has been good for the Symphony Society, and the truth is the pandemic has been very good for the donor class as well. So yes, I can speak from personal experience that musicians have been injured by the pandemic. there is no reason why fundraising has been as compromised as it obviously has been.

The Symphony Society told KENS 5 in a statement:

“The Symphony’s current position in net assets is roughly where we were when we went through difficult times in our history. “

Also adding: “The path to maintaining stability and moving to sustainability is to focus on growing reliable and renewable annual income, while embracing new financial discipline for the long term. “

They also pointed out that of that $ 2.7 million, $ 2.2 million is held in restricted endowments that are not under the control of the board of directors or management of Symphony.

Goree said the musician was focusing on stage again. But only with a full symphony under a fair contract.

“My colleagues and I would love to start making music for our fellow citizens in San Antonio again, but not at the cost of agreeing to terms that will ensure the demise of the San Antonio Symphony.”

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Sound clips: Local musicians choose the best of 2021, New Year’s Eve music | Music news + Views | Seven days https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/sound-clips-local-musicians-choose-the-best-of-2021-new-years-eve-music-music-news-views-seven-days/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 15:03:34 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/sound-clips-local-musicians-choose-the-best-of-2021-new-years-eve-music-music-news-views-seven-days/ Click to enlarge Courtesy of Jacquelyn Potter Marcie Hernandez I have screamed at so many magazines in my life. I just threw them across the room, shouting obscenities so profane I would normally only utter them in extreme moments of road rage. I once took a lighter and looked at a Rolling stone and said […]]]>

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I have screamed at so many magazines in my life. I just threw them across the room, shouting obscenities so profane I would normally only utter them in extreme moments of road rage. I once took a lighter and looked at a Rolling stone and said out loud, “Don’t think I won’t, you bastard.”

Hi, my name is Chris, and I was violent with the paper. I am not proud of it. It’s just that sometimes listings can be aggravating, especially if you add some sort of ranking. Offense Rolling stone was a ranking of the 100 greatest drummers, I think. Maybe they were bass players.

I don’t remember exactly, but the point is: one of those stupid lists left out someone I really liked, or maybe it just put them below other musicians I find draws, which is almost worse. How the heck can you say Noel Gallagher is a better guitarist than Graham coxon? Are you on narcotics? Who am I screaming at right now? What list am I talking about?

Sorry. I think we can all see why I can’t trust a list just yet. That’s why I take a pass on a long time Seven days tradition and not compile a list of my favorite Vermont music of the year.

I’m sure I’ll climb this mountain sooner or later, but I was just in a different state of mind in 2021. I was so grateful to see the records, singles and videos and shows all coming back, my brain has consumed more than it cataloged. The algorithms had a hard time hanging up on me.

So instead of making my own list, I chuckled – er, I asked around to find out what music, local or otherwise, has moved other Vermont set designers this year. The answers were all over the map. Some people have looked at comfort and nostalgia; others have found new favorites. I did not give any parameters; I just asked what they were listing this year.

Hudson Gray, Burlington musician and co-host of “Face for Radio” on 105.9 FM the Radiator, Distinguished Remi Russin‘SEP, Maths for poets. The bassist of independent rockers Community garden released The Solo Effort in July, a six-track collection of shoegaze that included Gray’s favorite song, “Most People Kill Plants.”

“Her laid back approach to hope and positivity was the perfect way to stay sane at the end of 2021,” Gray said of her choice.

Cricket blue‘s Laura Heaberlin has diversified a little more geographically for its favorite music this year.

“The album that I listened to over and over was Stories, through Alisa amadorHeaberlin said. “Alisa is a Boston-based musician. She has one of the most special voices I have ever heard. And her songwriting is as emotionally available as a conversation with a good friend. ”

Amador, who recently caught the attention of NPR and the Boston Globe, opened for Cricket Blue in 2019 when the Burlington folk duo released their LP Serotinalia. Having witnessed this spectacle, I can vouch for Amador’s ethereal pipes and his engaging writing.

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Marcie Hernandez, who made one of the best local efforts of 2020 with Amanecer, chose not only a local album, but also a first album.

“My favorite track of 2021 should be that of Burning sun“Hernandez said. The singer-songwriter particularly liked” Muted Greens “off the album. Bone marrow.

The record was the first for the group, called Ruby before becoming the fiery sun. The project was started by Katy hellman and Steven lebel, formerly Burlington rockers Julia Caesar. Bone marrow shows that Hellman continues to write captivating songs, layered with beautiful harmonies and dreamy arrangements, aided by Benny Yurco, who designed the record and supplied the guitar and synths.

“Katy’s voice just draws you in,” Hernandez said. “I love the force with which she sings as the song progresses.”

The band plays New Years Eve at Radio Bean for those who want a closer look.

Internationalize, Robert resnik, host of Vermont Public Radio’s All the Traditions, selected COMO LA PIEL, the second LP of Rita Payés and Elisabeth Roma, for his best of the year. The record is an evolution of the sound of the mother-daughter duo based in Barcelona, ​​Spain, incorporating jazz, classical and bossa nova music.

“Rita sings beautifully in at least three languages ​​and is a jazz trombonist to die for!” Resnik is delirious. “And Elizabeth is an amazing guitarist. They make great music together.”

Of course, I wasn’t going to do a survey without talking to the chief correspondent / megafan Tim lewis. No one in Burlington sees as many shows as Lewis each year; it’s not even close. Lewis also broadcasts a huge collection of Vermont music on his Thursday night radio show “The Sounds of Burlington” on the online station WBKM.

“Obviously you hate me if you want me to pick just one,” Lewis joked when asked about his favorite track from 2021. After marrying his love for the whole local music scene and how she continues to inspire her, Lewis reduced her to one: “Queen of Flowers” by veteran rocker from Burlington Ankle Tassey.

Describing the song as Tassey “coming back to power,” Lewis said he had high expectations as he had been a fan of the singer-songwriter since the ’90s, particularly his time with the Circle of kisses.

“The new song blew me away,” Lewis said. “He has heavy guitars and powerful vocals, but also these catchy lyrics. They intertwine our spiritual relationship with the world and the growth, death and rebirth of flowers.”

What were your favorite songs of the year? Email me or comment Seven days‘Social media.

The sounds of New Year’s Eve

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Didn’t he rage as 2020 happily gave way to the New Year? Yeah, nobody really did. Fortunately, there are some quality New Years Eve events this year. If you’re looking to start 2022 in style, big shows abound.

Read on for a selection of fun options, with one important caveat: This column was written in mid-December, just as the Omicron variant appeared in Vermont. The pandemic situation could be very different by December 29, the release date for this column, so check with the event organizers. And be safe there, folks.

In Burlington, Highlight, the New Years celebration that replaced the traditional First Night shindig a few years ago, has a stacked lineup. In addition to a slew of activities, facilities and the return of Circus smirkus, there are a lot of musical acts on tap.

Indie rock and folk singer-songwriter Ryley walker plays a concert at BCA Studios on Pine Street. If you haven’t seen Walker live since moving from New York to Vermont this year, I highly recommend you do. His last, Fable lessons, was one of the best albums of 2021, full of progressive folk rock songs and exciting guitar work.

The main stage of Highlight at the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain features sets from Zach Nugent play the music of the Grateful death, plus Marcie Hernandez and the jazz outfit Clyde Highway. This is just a preview of what’s going on at Highlight, so be sure to take a look at the full lineup.

Craig mitchell bring his show Violet: Tribute to Prince to foam brewers. Higher Ground hosts New Queers Eve, the annual LBGTQ + dance party, and Nectar’s a Lamp, a funk and jazz fusion trio including Trey Anastasio Group alums Russ lawton and Ray paczkowski. Or grab the 80s synthesizers Night protocol at the monkey house in Winooski.

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I’m not gonna lie: I did a double take when I saw what Zenbarn had in store for New Year’s Eve. The Waterbury restaurant and venue bring Cappadonna and Inspection bridge of Wu-Tang Clan for one of the most unexpected reservations in recent memory. The night schedule is crazy.

Tickets include a “decadent” buffet dinner, according to Zenbarn, followed by a showcase of local talent hosted by Jimmy kang of Wu-Tang Management and Str8up Entertainment Group. Showcase winner secures distribution deal with Sony Music affiliate The Orchard. That alone is worth the trip: a night of hungry MCs looking for deals.

Wu-Tang in Waterbury. If that doesn’t sum up the weirdness of 2021, I don’t know what’s going on. Or maybe it’s more about the shape of things to come for the New Year. Here’s hoping!

Whatever your plans for New Years Eve, stay safe, make your night’s soundtrack and I’ll see you all on the other side to hear what 2022 brings.

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Q&A with musician Eddie Phillips | Community news https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/qa-with-musician-eddie-phillips-community-news/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 18:06:00 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/qa-with-musician-eddie-phillips-community-news/ Local musician Eddie Phillips grew up in Lancaster, South Carolina, and is a retired electrical engineer. He describes himself on his Twitter page as “my blood runs blue” in terms of his love of blues music. He’s been a predominantly blues musician for 50 years now. My blues guy Ron Gill and I met him […]]]>

Local musician Eddie Phillips grew up in Lancaster, South Carolina, and is a retired electrical engineer. He describes himself on his Twitter page as “my blood runs blue” in terms of his love of blues music. He’s been a predominantly blues musician for 50 years now. My blues guy Ron Gill and I met him through the local music scene, I’m probably thinking of the Montreux Bar & Grill when they hosted blues nights on Monday. Eddie plays the blues really well – it’s nice to see him play on stage. I last saw him play music with Ross Bon and the South Carolina Blues Alliance when Montreux hosted a Blues BBQ & Oysters event on November 13th – it was great fun.

In addition to the SC Blues Alliance, his other ensembles are Dog House Road, a traditional harmonica-focused blues band, and the Front Porch Rockers, a classic rock cover band.

Régan: Eddie, how did you get started in music? Your Twitter page has an interesting quote on imperfection.

Phillips: From a young age I was totally fascinated and loved music of all types, but I especially loved rock and roll. I got my first “real” but inexpensive Kay guitar when I was 8, learned a few chords and generally just got into them. I didn’t seriously start learning to play the guitar and develop an interest in playing in bands until I was 15, in 1969. I learned to play by listening to records and playing. with other guys, eventually playing in various I was in high school and during my college years. I appreciate that you found my favorite quote interesting: “I am perfect in my imperfection.” I saw it scribbled, in Spanish, on a wall by the side of a street in Cali, Colombia, while I was there on tour with a band in 1989. It immediately became my motto as I work to achieve a certain level of perfection in everything I do, fully knowing well that I am certainly imperfect in trying to do it.

A: Is blues your favorite type of music? Who do you admire the most in the genre and why? Do you have originals or mainly covers of games?

P: I listen to many different genres of music, but the traditional blues, folk and “Americana” singer-songwriters are my favorites. Their sincere musical styles generally reflect the real-life experiences and emotions of the artist. My favorite blues artists that I listen to most often and who have had a significant impact on my playing style are Freddie King, Chuck Berry, Magic Sam Maghett, BB King, Otis Rush, Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green, Duane Allman, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker and Albert Collins. The current groups of which I am a member only perform covers. I have been part of bands in the past that have recorded and performed their own original music.

A: What other types of music do you play – country, rock?

P: I like to play country-rock / Americana / folk music with soul / R & B and classic rock from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

A: Are you a regular member of the South Carolina Blues Alliance? What is your favorite musical memory on stage? Have you played with someone famous?

P: I am a founding member of the SC Blues Alliance (with me the main members are John Picard, Brian Widlowski and Ross Bon). Along with the other two bands mentioned above, I occasionally play with other bands that recruit my services. I have many wonderful memories of playing music on stage, but some of the most memorable were in front of large crowds at the 2007 Chicago Blues Festival; performing on numerous occasions at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris; jamming with former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor at Bert’s Bar on Sullivan’s Island in 1990; and performed in front of about 10,000 enthusiastic and wonderful people at a festival in Cali, Colombia in 1989. I was fortunate enough to have played a variety of concerts and festivals all over the east coast, in many countries in Western Europe, Colombia (South America) and two visits to Macau, China. I have played in the backing group of blues notables such as Lazy Lester, John Primer, Billy Branch, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Eddie “Guitar” Burns, Michael Burks, Chick Willis, Bobby Radcliff, Detroit Junior and my dear friend from the upstate, Wanda Johnson, among others. I opened for artists such as BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Jorma Kaukonen.

A: Tell us about other ensembles you play with including Front Porch Rockers (where you play etc)?

P: Dog House Road was formed in the summer of 2021 (members Chuck “The Cat” Morris, Chris Grant and I; consider adding a fourth member soon). We play traditional Chicago Blues with a harmonica focus. We played several concerts. Right now we are focusing on creating a promotional package, videos and creating a Facebook page. The Front Porch Rockers were formed three years ago. A group of us (current members Jeff Trimble, Jerry Newman, Stan Boothby, myself and newer Bruce Szego) have come together to perform classic rock music, mostly hits from the ’60s Top 40 and 70. We have played at private parties and are mostly at Ireland’s Own in West Ashley.

A: What’s next for you?

P: I certainly hope to get back to playing at pre-pandemic levels if and when it calms down and the places recover.

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Musician Hasenhuttl hopes to strike the right note at West Ham https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/musician-hasenhuttl-hopes-to-strike-the-right-note-at-west-ham/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 22:30:00 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/musician-hasenhuttl-hopes-to-strike-the-right-note-at-west-ham/ As Ralph Hasenhuttl strives to make his voice heard on the pitch during the holiday season, he’s also been looking to find the right marks on some Christmas classics! The Patron Saint is an avid pianist who has shown his musical talents to his team in the past. And the 54-year-old revealed he refreshed a […]]]>

As Ralph Hasenhuttl strives to make his voice heard on the pitch during the holiday season, he’s also been looking to find the right marks on some Christmas classics!

The Patron Saint is an avid pianist who has shown his musical talents to his team in the past.

And the 54-year-old revealed he refreshed a few Christmas carols while playing his beloved instrument in his apartment.

Asked by the Daily Echo if he knew any Christmas songs on the piano, Hasenhuttl replied: “They’re mostly Austrians, I only know the German versions!”

“Silent Night – I don’t know their names but you would.

“My neighbor on the 18th floor said he hears it and he listens to how I learn the new ones, but they get better. At Christmas, they are perfect!

Making him understand that all his neighbors in the block must be able to hear his interpretations, Hasenhuttl replied: “Yes, maybe so. The only guy who sometimes accompanied me with the elevator is the guy on the 18th floor. He tells me about it.

“So far no complaints from the neighbors!”

The win over West Ham on Boxing Day would be music to Hasenhuttl’s ears and give St Mary’s side their fourth league win of the campaign.

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In view of a better contract of employment, musicians in concert dress complete the picket at the home of the president of the board of directors of the symphony orchestra in San Antonio https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/in-view-of-a-better-contract-of-employment-musicians-in-concert-dress-complete-the-picket-at-the-home-of-the-president-of-the-board-of-directors-of-the-symphony-orchestra-in-san-antonio/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 23:49:21 +0000 https://chrisbatsonmusic.com/in-view-of-a-better-contract-of-employment-musicians-in-concert-dress-complete-the-picket-at-the-home-of-the-president-of-the-board-of-directors-of-the-symphony-orchestra-in-san-antonio/ Eighteen musicians dressed in concert attire marched in silence Thursday afternoon outside the home of the president of the board of directors of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, continuing their efforts to encourage symphony leaders to negotiate fair employment contracts. The silent picket comes after the 72 musicians went on strike in late September amid […]]]>

Eighteen musicians dressed in concert attire marched in silence Thursday afternoon outside the home of the president of the board of directors of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, continuing their efforts to encourage symphony leaders to negotiate fair employment contracts.

The silent picket comes after the 72 musicians went on strike in late September amid a labor dispute with the Symphony Society of San Antonio, the nonprofit board that runs the orchestra. The musicians and the board had renegotiated the contract for the 2021-22 season. The musicians unanimously rejected a proposal that would cut wages and eliminate 30 full-time positions. Musicians who lost their full-time jobs would be offered part-time contracts without health insurance.

The picketing lasted about an hour near the house on East Hollywood Avenue. A few passers-by expressed their support by shouting or honking their horns.

After the board of directors imposed the contract in September, the musicians went on strike. The board has since canceled health insurance and other musicians’ benefits, and both parties have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. Six concerts have been postponed or canceled.

Members of the San Antonio Symphony march in protest outside the home in Monte Vista of San Antonio Symphony Board Chair Kathleen Weir on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Musicians urge board and management to negotiate a fair contract. The musicians have been on strike since the end of September.

Jerry Lara / San Antonio Express-News

Many more musicians wanted to attend Thursday’s event, according to Mary Ellen Goree, chair of the San Antonio Symphony Musicians’ Bargaining Committee and Principal Second Violin, but many worked out of town to make ends meet during the strike. .

“We were silenced by our board and management, who essentially forced the strike by imposing conditions that were intolerable and that they knew we would find intolerable,” Goree said in an interview before the picket line. . “So we’ll be there, dressed in our concert clothes, and silent as we are silenced on stage.”

The board of directors and musicians last met on November 23. The board of directors offered to resort to arbitration, which the musicians refused.

The basic symphony salary – the minimum amount a musician earns – was already low. The contract negotiated in 2019 was for $ 35,775 per year, well below the national average for symphonic musicians, which is $ 47,706, according to employment site ZipRecruiter.

“If we were to accede to the demands of the board, we would be signing the death warrant for the San Antonio Symphony,” Goree said.

Although musicians have been picketing at other locations, such as outside the symphony orchestra’s offices on Navarro Street, Goree said it was the first silent event and the first outside someone’s house.

Members of the San Antonio Symphony demonstrate outside the Monte Vista home of San Antonio Symphony Board Chair Kathleen Weir on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Musicians urge board and management to negotiate contract fair.  The musicians have been on strike since the end of September.

Members of the San Antonio Symphony demonstrate outside the Monte Vista home of San Antonio Symphony Board Chair Kathleen Weir on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Musicians urge board and management to negotiate contract fair. The musicians have been on strike since the end of September.

Jerry Lara / San Antonio Express-News

“I think it’s safe to say that” Symphony Council President Kathleen Weir Vale “was not present or anywhere around when we picked up Navarro Street,” Goree said. “So if she’s working from home, we’ll take her where she is.”

Bassoonist Brian Petkovich has been part of the symphony for 26 years. He is a representative musician on the symphonic council.

“Cuts are not a solution,” he said. “They are a symptom. We really need to fix the economic engine of the symphony before we can talk about going forward and partnering with a leadership that doesn’t seem to know where it’s going.

“We have been suffering for decades without endowment,” he continued. “The community supported the performing arts by building the Tobin Center and renovating the Majestic Theater before that, and we need to see an investment in people. “

Vale did not respond to a phone call for comment. Her husband opened the door to the Express News minutes after the picket ended, saying he had just come home and his wife was running an errand.

Anamaria Suescun-Fast, CEO and Managing Partner of talkStrategy, sent a comment from San Antonio Symphony Executive Director Corey Cowart via email.

“To date, the musicians’ union has not responded to our December 10 request to continue negotiations, nor has it returned to the negotiating table with a counter-offer,” the commentary reads. “They also denied the Symphony’s request for mediation and binding arbitration. We hope to hear from the Musicians’ Union soon so that we can continue productive efforts to return to negotiations and a strike resolution. “

Daniel Wang, violist, has been part of the symphony for almost six years. He said he marched alongside his colleagues on Thursday to fight for his profession.

Wang said he considered staying in San Antonio for life, but sought employment elsewhere due to the conflict.

“It pains me to say this,” said Wang, “but it’s hard for me to see a long-term future here until our leadership shares the same desire to have an artistically excellent organization here.”

Editor Deborah Martin contributed to this report.

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