Posts Tagged ‘Chapel Hill’

The sad 2017 demise of Tom Petty has increased the interest in this renowned rocker. Petty had just clocked up forty years of success before the cruel hand of fate robbed the world of his prestigious talent. A seventies Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released a dynamic debut album that had this American band setting a new template. Not quite old school but not quite new wave Petty and his posse wrote some good tunes which were radio friendly with an edge. Other top tunes followed but as regards a long player I did not go any further.

However, on the back of a golden yesteryear era, it is time to take further stock of a rock n roll icon. This 16 track, 72 minute long live set picks up on a 1989 US FM Broadcast. Petty is the main songwriter – but, there are allegiances with Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne and Dave Stewart in different formats across half a dozen of the songs, a Benmont Tench tune and there is also a Chuck Berry cover. This 101% music maverick offers stage stamina and both quantity and quality. On a selfish note, Breakdown from the fresher release is present and that means an extra credit – and, an alternative approach to the sonic sculptures adds extra spice. This is a great FM recording from North Carolina featuring some of the new songs from both “Let Me Up” and “Full Moon Fever”, and of special note is the middle section with new acoustic renditions of ‘Even the Losers’, ‘Listen to Her Heart’, and the rarely subsequently played ‘Face in the Crowd’ (in an absolutely beautiful version). Other highlights are the rarely performed ‘Something Big’ from “Hard Promises” and a new, more rockin’ arrangement of ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’.

Tom Petty made a significant contribution to rock n roll across five decades and in no manner was it a petty one! This 2018 “Strange Behaviour” set has a sadly lost legend breaking hearts and setting standards. Great quality sound and some different takes on certain songs, worth it for the version of “A Face in the Crowd” on its own. The original source on this was Westwood One Superstars In Concert. This was part of the Strange BehaviourTour, which ran from July to September, 1989 in the U.S., and this was the only date in North Carolina. The next leg of the tour continued in January-March of 1990,

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Chapel Hill, NC – September 13th, 1989

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In another era, when the wallop of a supreme rock band and the wail of a powerful singer were as good as gold records, Reese McHenry might have been a superstar—a howling poet of the defiantly broken-hearted. But the 13 tracks of her gripping “No Dados”, a breakup album about fighting the urge to break down, are an unapologetic testament to the form’s real eternal power: to wrestle with our most primordial feelings, like lust or loss. One of rock’s most commanding current singers, she wrangles—or, rather, roars—these urges into a riot act of one.

Reese McHenry (Dirty Little Heaters) sings, plays guitar and writes catchy, heavy rock and roll songs. Releasing album No Dados on April 12th through Suah Sounds, McHenry has been touring with members of Drag Sounds.

Band Members
Reese McHenry, Thomas McNeely, Mike Wallace, Mark Conner, Kaitlin Grady

Sarah Shook sings from the perspective of a problem child of the highest caliber: impulsive, unapologetic, and impassioned. The songs she sings and the music she makes with her band the Disarmers on their latest record Years is the kind of stuff that defies a calendar. Could be 1962, could be 1974; that it’s 2018 only makes these songs sound more ageless. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies. Shook’s original songs take on the usual country spin on shitty relationships, bad decisions, and excessive alcohol consumption for damn good reasons. I’d certainly accompany each listen with a bottle of whiskey too, cos these are great drunken tunes about life’s ups and downs.

from the Bloodshot Records album YEARS

Flat Duo Jets

Flat Duo Jets – Wild Wild Love [2LP+10”] (first time on vinyl, 12” booklet will contain reprints from tour posters, flyers, concert tickets, live photos, limited to 800, indie-retail exclusive)

Flat Duo Jets was an American psychobilly band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Athens, Georgia. They were a major influence on several bands of the 1990s and 2000s, including The White Stripes. In interviews, Jack White has often acknowledged Dexter Romweber’s influence.