Wednesday, August 31, 2022

ONLY THE NEWEST. New bands on JAM 66 Radio from today

 From today, EHRLING, ELENA LEY, ELEPHANT FUNERAL, ELISABETH HOPE, ELISA DAY, EMERSON, ELLINOR SPRINGSTRIKE and many others on JAM 66 Radio. ONLY THE NEWEST.

Many new groups and artists every day on the radio. Every day, the newest in rock, country, folk, blues and jazz music.

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The Blog of JAM 66 Radio, is the blog of the radio that plays rock, country, blues, blues rock, music of route 66 and the newest. 

Every day new stories on radio, new posts, new bands, blues, blues-rock , country, folk and rock music are posted on this blog. Also, updated news on the blog in real time.


 

Judith Owen

 


Judith Owen, a performer whose stylistic range spans rock, pop, classical, jazz, blues, and musical theatre, Owen is also a comedic actress and master storyteller.

Born into an overtly musical Welsh family, Judith Owen grew up in London surrounded by classical music, ballet, theatre, and the fine arts.  Owen was also exposed to many jazz icons and Broadway musicals that her parents loved (the mixture would become her signature sound).

Owen quickly began performing at a variety of different venues around London. Her unique hybrid of classical/jazz-influenced styled sound soon affirmed a regular slot at Ronnie Scotts.

With Thirteen critically acclaimed album releases, multiple live shows (mini-musicals as she describes them), from Ronnie Scott’s to The Royal Albert Hall and Syndey Opera House and her “cinematic” songs featured in film and TV.

Pre lockdown, Judith wrapped up a tour in Europe and the U.K. to adoring fans, during which time she joined Richard Thompson as a featured guest (along with a cavalcade of British rock and folk royalty) at his 70th birthday celebration at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She then joined another legend… bassist Derek Smalls (“formerly of the band formerly known as Spinal Tap”), for a series of concerts in the U.S. followed by a handful of intimate shows in Australia with percussionist Pedro Segundo.

Judith Owen is co-creator and co-host of the annual “Christmas Without Tears” charity variety show that has featured guests including Steven Merchant, Tim Minchin, Catherine O’Hara, and many others.

https://judithowen.net

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Gen2

 


 "Fire of Love" is the first single from Aussie Rockers Gen2's upcoming album "Future History Repeating".

Building on their reputation as one of Australia's most exciting live bands, Gen2 are taking the world by storm, rapidly amassing tens of thousands streams, thousand of new fans, and rave reviews from critics and punters alike - many of whom are now affectionately referring to Gen2 as 'The New Thunder from Downunder'.

And with no fewer than 4 major follow-up singles and an album ready to drop over the coming months, "Fire of Love" looks to be just the beginning for this Aussie powerhouse quartet, as they get set to support the releases with their high-energy live shows.

 Established in Melbourne, Australia in early 2016, Gen2 are renowned for the quality and energy of their live performances and have gained a reputation as one of Australia’s most dynamic and exciting live rock acts.

Combining high-energy guitar rock with strong funk bass undertones, Gen2's original music combines powerful drums and funk bass grooves with crafted guitars and vocals.

Following the release of their successful debut EP ‘Generation One’, Gen2 are currently finalising post-production on their debut album ‘Future History Repeating’, with release scheduled for September 2022.

The first single from Future History Repeating - ‘Fire of Love’ - is already gaining widespread attention on YouTube and streaming services globally.

https://www.facebook.com/gen2music

Monday, August 29, 2022

Novelties: Michael Logen, The Weeknd and others

Michael Logen returns with not one, but two new singles in collaboration with his talented friends!

Blinding Lights” is a cover of The Weeknd by the Six One Five Collective (www.SixOneFiveCollective.com), a collaborative effort and creative brainstorm of four artists that are steeped in the musical mix of Country, Americana, Folk and Pop. Featuring Sarah Darling, Nicole Witt, Jamie Floyd, and Michael.

“Blinding Lights” has been added to the playlists Southern Craft, New In Country, Cross Country, and Fresh New Music.

Something Good” is a collaboration between Michael and Amy Stroup and is featured in Episode 4 of the new season of Virgin River on Netflix.

Both singles are newly released… check them out!

Leah Belle Faser is also prepping two new single releases including the song “Trash Talk” which is coming out on September 2!

 

Sneak Peek: https://soundcloud.com/hubbubmusic/trash-talk/s-3QLLs0a4U5T/

Sunday, August 28, 2022

JAM 66 Radio. New releases from August 28

From this week on JAM 66 Radio, COYOTES, CYGNUS BOX, CRISIE ISBELL, CREEP, CURTIS HOLLAND, CLIFFORD BROWN AND MAX ROACH and many others on JAM 66 Radio.

Many new groups and artists every day on the radio. Every day, the newest in rock, country, folk, blues and jazz music.

Tune in and hear on this blog or through the links on the right column. https://jam-radio.blogspot.com/

Also you can hear us on https://bit.ly/3xAefB1 Stream https://bit.ly/3pTmJQN

The Blog of JAM 66 Radio, is the blog of the radio that plays rock, country, blues, blues rock, music of route 66 and the newest. 

Every day new stories on radio, new posts, new bands, blues, blues-rock , country, folk and rock music are posted on this blog. Also, updated news on the blog in real time.



Robin Rogers

 


 

Guitarist, singer, and harmonica ace Robin Rogers' life was full of hard knocks and sad turns, along with a few delightful coincidences, and she earned the right to sing the blues the tough, old-fashioned way, but sadly, she lived for only a short time after gaining her widest recognition as a solo artist. As a runaway teen in the late '60s she scratched out an existence however she could, sometimes sleeping in parks and abandoned cars as she bummed around the country to places like Richmond, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Coconut Grove, Florida. Eventually she was picked up by the authorities and placed in reform school. When she was released at the age of 15, she went back to her nomadic ways, and soon had developed serious addictions to drugs and alcohol. She also started singing, taught herself guitar, and began performing at house parties, on street corners, and in coffeehouses. In 1979 Rogers relocated to South Florida and recorded for the Sal Soul imprint, settling in Ft. Lauderdale for ten years and eventually kicking her addictions in 1989. A year later in 1990 she moved to North Carolina, where she met her husband, guitarist Tony Rogers. The two began performing as an acoustic blues duo with Rogers turning more and more attention to her harp playing. Producer and drummer Jim Brock heard the duo and recorded a debut album, 2001's Time for Myself, with them. Now working with a full band, which included her husband on guitar, Rogers signed with the 95 North label and released 2004's Crazy Cryin' Blues, which was again produced by Brock. She signed with Blind Pig Records in 2008. Her first album for the label, Treat Me Right, appeared later that year. Back in the Fire followed in 2010, debuting at number three on the Billboard blues album charts, but Rogers learned she had inoperable liver cancer just before the album was released. She died from the cancer on December 17, 2010 at the age of 55.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation

 


In the year 1967 appeared in the United Kingdom, led by drummer Aynsley Dunbar, the group The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, a blues rock band completed by…

Guitarist and vocalist John Morshead
Bassist Keith Tillman
Keyboardist and singer Victor Brox.

Dunbar (born in Liverpool on January 10, 1946) was by this time a seasoned drummer, having worked his way through John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and played with major blues names such as Champion Jack Dupree.

With his new project, from which Tillman dropped out shortly to be replaced by Alex Dmochowski, he debuted on Liberty Records with the LP “The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation” (1969).

The same year 1969 appeared "Doctor Dunbar's Prescription" (1969).

After this last work came the addition of keyboardist Tommy Eyre (born July 5, 1949), who had already played on "Retaliation aka To Mum From Aynsley and The Boys" (1969), his peak album and the most popular of his discography.

After this album, Aynsley left his bandmates, as did Eyre, and created Aynsley Dunbar's Blue Whale in the 1970s, recording a self-titled progressive rock, blues, and jazz rock album at Warners.

The remaining components wanted to continue with the band and recorded “Remains To Be Heard” (1970), a worthy LP that went unnoticed through record stores, which caused the definitive breakup of the group.

Dunbar later played in Journey and Jefferson Starship, also collaborating on recordings by Frank Zappa, Whitesnake, Yoko Ono, Flo & Eddie, Ian Hunter and David Bowie.

Tommy Eyre passed away in the Californian city of Los Angeles on May 23, 2001. He was 51 years old.

http://www.aynsleydunbar.com/

Friday, August 26, 2022

Reverend Raven

 


You know I hate these cookie cutter bios. I know they are necessary but you are only as good as last night's gig. I really haven't done anything special except open and meet B.B. King, play and sometimes headline at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago for 20 years and have the honor of backing up Madison Slim for 10yrs.  Playing with great guys like R.J. Mischo, Cadillac Pete Rahn, Benny Rickun, PT Pedersen SC, Bobby Lee Sellers Jr, Big Al Groth, Bryan Lee, Billy Flynn, Pat Hayes and all the guys in my band present and past. Guys like Rick Holmes, Chico Johnson, Devil Roberts, Diesel, Evil Evans, Craig Panosh, Kern, Barefoot Jimmy, Frankie Panosh, Chuck Might, Mickey Larson, Benny Rickun many more. I get to go to festivals and see my heros, friends like Perry Weber, Jim Liban, Billy Flynn and get paid for it. That is cool. I've been blessed with great love, good friends and family and the ability to earn a living playing guitar and standing on chairs and tables. If I can put a smile on your face and get you to shake your rear end I've done a good job.

Now here is the standard one:

Born and raised in the Englewood neighborhood on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago.  After 16 year hitch in the Navy, Chief Raven moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz, Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healy, Trampled Underfoot, Mike Zito, Nick Moss, Tommy Castro and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy’s Legends where he has been on rotation as a headliner for 20 years.

 https://reverendraven.com

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Mike Dugan

 

 


Mike Dugan has been lighting up stages and studios for over four decades. He is known up and down the East Coast as a master guitarist, bandleader, composer, and instructor. Mike has shared the stage with such legends as BB King; Robert Cray; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; and his personal hero, Les Paul.  His albums have received worldwide critical acclaim, and his guitar mastery has won him a loyal international following. Once an audience hears Mike Dugan play, they never forget him!

 http://mikedugan.com/

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

New releases on JAM 66 Radio

 From this week, JES MARIE, MARTIN MAYER, MIHO WADA, ROB ALEXANDER and many others on JAM 66 Radio. Many new groups and artists every day on the radio. Listen on this site or through your favorite players on the right column.



Sugar Ray and the Bluetones

 


The band Sugar Ray and the Bluetones is in one of the moments of highest recognition of its long career. After completing 4 decades of their way of understanding Blues in 2017, for Sugar Ray & The Bluetones 2018 is a year of full enjoyment. Already in 2016 they were nominated by the Blues Foundation of Memphis as the Blues Band of the Year, and Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci and “Mudcat” Ward received a new nomination on their respective instruments, bringing a total of 26 to the Music Awards obtained by the Bluetones, as well as seven Grammy nominations awarded to its members. Few bands can hold awards size. Among other accomplishments, the band recorded two albums with Chicago harmonica giant Big Walter Horton and toured as a backing band for blues legends Otis Rush, Big Joe Turner, J.B. Hutto, Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Roosevelt Sykes, Junior Wells, and many more.

In 2012 Sugar Ray & The Bluetones were inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Sugar Ray Norcia has been the driving force of the Bluetones since their inception and is considered one of the most powerful and influential blues vocalists, harmonica players, and songwriters of this generation. A three-time Grammy nominee, SRN has received 22 Music Blues Award nominations, winning two of them in 2014. He has also appeared on more than 60 CDs with musicians and bands such as Roomful of Blues (where he was a vocalist), Otis Grand or Pinetop Perkins. In 2016, he and his band released a CD on Severn Records called “Seeing Is Believing,” for which he was nominated for an unprecedented seven 2017 Music Blues Awards, including Traditional Blues Male Artist and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

Little Charlie's bio is no less impressive and can only be succinctly summed up. In 1976, together with Rick Estrin, he formed Little Charlie & the Nightcats and supported huge artists such as Big Mama Thornton, Albert Collins, Floyd Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Gatemouth Brown, Pee Wee Crayton, in addition to presenting their own shows in festivals across the United States. Charlie's versatility and elegance is recognized by all, which has led him to record 10 albums with Alligator, 3 albums with John Hammond in Point Blank (all 3 nominated for Grammys), and to be a guest on albums by Joe Louis Walker, Kid Ramos, Mark Hummel and others. In 2008 Baty decided to leave The Nightcats and concentrate on many other projects, such as the recording of the CD Remember Little Walter, nominated for a Grammy and which won two Blues Music Awards, for Best Blues Record of the Year and Best Traditional Record of the Year. In addition to following his interests in gypsy jazz by leading the Little Charlie Caravan, Baty continues to develop and define his style of guitar playing and his many influences have resulted in a truly unique voice in the world of music.

Bassist Michael “Mudcat” Ward recorded and backed bluesmen like J. Geils, Jimmy Rogers, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, and Rockabilly legend Sleepy LaBeef. His recording with Hubert Sumlin also included Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Levon Helm, and is part of the more than fifty recordings in which he participated. Drummer Neil Gouvin has been with Sugar Ray since they were in Jr. High School together, and has been on every Bluetones recording. He has also participated in a CD with John Hammond Jr. called Found True Love (Virgin) which was nominated for a Grammy, and has made multiple recordings with Otis Grand, Joe Houston, and other great artists.

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones are:

Sugar Ray Norcia: Harmonica and vocals

Little Charlie Baty: guitar

Michael “Mudcat” Ward – double bass

Neil Gouvin – drums

http://www.sugarrayandthebluetones.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Homemade Jamz Blues Band

 


 

Homemade Jamz Blues Band’s (HJBB) unique sound and style is a product and compilation of the trio’s hunger and thirst for the music (blues) that they so love. Their passion and dedication has proven to be electrifying and energetic to witness. HJBB’s astounding sound blends Mississippi, Chicago, and Contemporary juke joint blues that will surely get you on your toe tapping, knee bending, and foot stomping stance, copping the gritty slickness of the former and the dirty soul of the latter—never betraying its authors’ age. The trio exudes nothing but confidence and attitude as they sing of betrayal, love, hard times and other bad things gone down as if they've lived a life rich in strife. They are sure, a veritable blues explosion poised to continue making the big sound.

HJBB started in Baumholder, Germany.  Young Ryan found a Stratocaster copy among dad’s, (Renaud Perry’s) bags and wanted it. A week later, Ryan had composed a short instrumental tune, (which he’d play at his school talent show) and was playing along to commercials. When the family relocated to Tupelo, MS, the passion stayed with him. Returning home, Ryan, dove head first into the blues.  “I heard and emulated B.B. King, Albert King, Jimmie Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan,” he recalls.  Having found his passion and direction, Ryan progressed like tenfold.

Ryan Perry, now 23, the oldest of the trio, has vocals that are mind blowing and beyond his years.  It’s almost as if he was an old soul, reincarnated into a new generation of the blues.  Some of his early music influences are Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, BB King, and Junior Kimbrough, while modern blues influences includes the likes of the late Michael Burks, Bernard Allison, and Gary Clark, Jr.  Ryan has managed to captivate and mesmerize the minds and hearts of his followers with his raspy and gritty vocals.  His electrifying and soulful guitar picking is sure to entice and seduce your most inner soul.

Two years later, Ryan was joined by little brother Kyle, then nine years old, wanted in on the action.  Kyle, now 20, first took up piano and guitar before he found his calling playing the bass, teaching himself the nuances of the instrument, and its role in the blues. Before long, he was performing with his brother Ryan in small venues and local restaurants, as confident as any wizened old pro and digging his role. “[I] keep the timing and lock down the beat along with the drummer, which allows the lead guitar player to do his own thing while everyone is juking to the beat.”

Little sister Taya, then seven years old, was not going to be left out.  Her determination to give the drums a shot came after Ryan and Kyle reluctantly allowed her to play along during practice.  Taya, now 16, already possessing a rhythmic sense from playing tambourine, settled onto the stool, and in no time was providing the beat behind Ryan and Kyle.  Learning by ear, she taught herself the beat and rhythm that binds the complete sound of the trio.  “I love being a drummer, especially being a girl drummer. I feel energetic when I’m playing the drums,” she says.

It’s likewise energizing and invigorating to watch Homemade Jamz perform; the exhilarating trio was a hot ticket, and well on their way to becoming one of the youngest blues bands actively traveling the blues music trail. Ryan’s raspy, gruff vocals along with visceral, stinging, guitar licks, Kyle’s solid rumble and Taya’s cool stomp have electrified festival goers across the country, Canada, Europe, Legendary Blues Cruise, and music festivals all over. 

The trio saturated their local media, appearing numerous times in several local papers and national blues magazines, and on local and national TV—including feature segments on CBS Sunday Morning Show, The Today’s Show, The Monique Show, and The Tavis Smiley Show.  As well, HJBB won the 3rd Annual MS Delta Blues Society of Indianola’s Blues Challenge (2006), were the youngest band ever to compete in the 23rd International Blues Challenge (2007), taking 2nd in a field of 93 seasoned bands, youngest blues band to sign with a major blues label (NorthernBlues Music) (2008), and the youngest Blues Music Award Nominees for Best New Artist (2009).  

 http://www.allsaintmalohotels.com/hmjamzbluesbandcom/

Monday, August 22, 2022

Sam Maghett

 


No blues guitarist better represented the adventurous modern sound of Chicago's West side more proudly than Sam Maghett. He died tragically young (at age 32 of a heart attack), just as he was on the brink of climbing the ladder to legitimate stardom, but Magic Sam left behind a thick legacy of bone-cutting blues that remains eminently influential around his old stomping grounds to this day.

Maghett (one of his childhood pals was towering guitarist Morris Holt, who received his Magic Slim handle from Sam) was born in the Mississippi Delta. In 1950, he arrived in Chicago, picking up a few blues guitar pointers from his new neighbor, Syl Johnson (whose brother, Mack Thompson, served as Sam's loyal bassist for much of his professional career). Harpist Shakey Jake Harris, sometimes referred to as the guitarist's uncle, encouraged Sam's blues progress and gigged with him later on, when both were Westside institutions.

Sam's tremolo-rich staccato fingerpicking was an entirely fresh phenomenon when he premiered it on Eli Toscano's Cobra label in 1957. Prior to his Cobra date, the guitarist had been gigging as Good Rocking Sam, but Toscano wanted to change his nickname to something old-timey like Sad Sam or Singing Sam. No dice, said the newly christened Magic Sam (apparently Mack Thompson's brainstorm). His Cobra debut single, "All Your Love," was an immediate local sensation; its unusual structure would be recycled time and again by Sam throughout his tragically truncated career. Sam's Cobra encores "Everything Gonna Be Alright" and "Easy Baby" borrowed much the same melody but were no less powerful; the emerging Westside sound was now officially committed to vinyl. Not everything Sam cut utilized the tune; "21 Days in Jail" was a pseudo-rockabilly smoker with hellacious lead guitar from Sam and thundering slap bass from the ubiquitous Willie Dixon. Sam also backed Shakey Jake Harris on his lone 45 for Cobra's Artistic subsidiary, "Call Me If You Need Me."

After Cobra folded, Sam didn't follow labelmates Otis Rush and Magic Slim over to Chess. Instead, after enduring an unpleasant Army experience that apparently landed him in jail for desertion, Sam opted to go with Mel London's Chief logo in 1960. His raw-boned Westside adaptation of Fats Domino's mournful "Every Night About This Time" was the unalloyed highlight of his stay at Chief; some other Chief offerings were less compelling. 

Gigs on the Westside remained plentiful for the charismatic guitarist, but recording opportunities proved sparse until 1966, when Sam made a 45 for Crash Records. "Out of Bad Luck" brought back that trademark melody again, but it remained as shattering as ever. Another notable 1966 side, the plaintive "That's Why I'm Crying," wound up on Delmark's Sweet Home Chicago anthology, along with Sam's stunning clippity-clop boogie instrumental "Riding High" (aided by the muscular tenor sax of Eddie Shaw). 

 Delmark Records was the conduit for Magic Sam's two seminal albums, 1967's West Side Soul and the following year's Black Magic. Both LPs showcased the entire breadth of Sam's Westside attack: the first ranged from the soul-laced "That's All I Need" and a searing "I Feel So Good" to the blistering instrumental "Lookin' Good" and definitive remakes of "Mama Talk to Your Daughter" and "Sweet Home Chicago," while Black Magic benefitted from Shaw's jabbing, raspy sax as Sam blasted through the funky "You Belong to Me," an impassioned "What Have I Done Wrong," and a personalized treatment of Freddy King's "San-Ho-Zay."

Sam's reputation was growing exponentially. He wowed an overflow throng at the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival, and Stax was reportedly primed to sign him when his Delmark commitment was over. However, heart problems were fast taking their toll on Sam's health. On the first morning of December of 1969, he complained of heartburn, collapsed, and died.

Even now, more than a quarter-century after his passing, Magic Sam remains the king of Westside blues. That's unlikely to change as long as the subgenre is alive and kicking.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Janiva Magness

 


Singer-songwriter-author Janiva Magness makes a forceful return on June 24 with the release of Hard to Kill, the Los Angeles-based musician’s first new collection in three years, on her own label Fathead Records.

The seven-time Blues Music Awards recipient (and the 2009 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, the Blues Foundation’s highest honor) and 2016 Grammy Award nominee will simultaneously release the Fathead audio book edition of Weeds Like Us, her frank, profoundly moving 2019 memoir. Los Angeles composer and musician Matt Cartsonis produced.

LA Weekly named the volume its “Book of the Month,” while No Depression said, “[Magness] plumbs her own emotional depths, carrying us with her through her own hells and back to the other side. Ultimately, Magness’ memoir is a story of hope and the refusal to let the worst experiences of life kill you.”

Magness, who co-wrote four of the dozen new compositions on Hard to Kill, says of her boldly honest and affecting new collection of songs, “I feel like it’s a retrospective — not just of my musical life, but of my life. At this point, with what I’ve been through in my life, top to bottom, you know what, the gloves are off, and the rules are, there really aren’t any rules.”

The musician sees a direct link between her new album — which leads off with the autobiographical track “Strong As Steel” — and her book, an unflinching and shattering look back at a life shaken by physical and sexual abuse, the suicides of both her parents, years in foster care, drug addiction and alcoholism, and teenage pregnancy and motherhood. It also details the beginnings of her distinguished musical career, for which she found early inspiration in the work of such blues titans as Otis Rush and Etta James.

“I like true stories,” Magness says. “My dad said something to me a long time ago; the meaning of it has changed over time, as things like that do, if we wake up. He said, ‘The truth will set you free.’”

Sitting on the bedrock of blues, soul, and funk, the music on Hard to Kill is so tough and assured that it comes as a surprise when Magness says she was initially uncertain about undertaking the making of a new album.

She recalls, “Coming out of the pandemic, I had gotten to a pretty dark place.” She chuckles, adding, “I laugh, because how is that a surprise? Is this news of some kind? I’d gotten there just as many of us had, and I had lost myself.”

Magness turned the corner creatively after her husband suggested that she should talk things over with Dave Darling, her longtime producer, guitarist, and friend.

“He’s a scrapper like me,” Magness says of Darling. “He’s pragmatic. I said, ‘I don’t know if I can do this again. I don’t know if I should.’ And he goes, ‘Of course you should.’ I said, ‘But why?’ And this sounds really simple and stupid, but he said, ‘Because it’s what you do. Because it’s what we do, as artists, and you are a f___ing artist. So cut it out.’”

Magness began writing new material in the spring of 2021. Looking back, she now realizes that her new songs were tied to the intense memories and feelings she had exposed in Weeds Like.

 https://www.janivamagness.com

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Debbie Davies

 


Debbie Davies’ rise to the upper echelon of blues music started at an early age as she absorbed the music heard constantly in her home. Her (professional) musician parents were either sitting at the piano or spinning discs on their turntable, filling the air with the sounds of big band jazz, harmony vocal groups, or the pop icons of the day. But the young Davies was particularly attracted to the bluesier sounds of her father’s Ray Charles records, and by the age of 12 realized that her affinity for an instrument was not for the piano, but for the guitar.

Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, she found that being a female guitar player meant only one thing: acoustic guitar. Electric guitars were still toys meant only for boys. But when Debbie heard the sounds of the British blues-rock bands, particularly the electric guitar of Eric Clapton with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, she became completely captivated. Going against the grains of society’s accepted roles of the time, Debbie pursued her dream with the passion of an artist and the soul of a rebel.

Davies cut her teeth playing in blues and rock ‘n roll bands in the San Francisco Bay area before returning to Los Angeles in 1984, where she landed the lead guitar spot in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, an all-female band led by wife of British blues pioneer, John Mayall. In 1988 she was recruited by Albert Collins to join the Icebreakers, and for the next three years she was a featured guitarist performing behind one of the most innovative bluesmen of all time. “I stepped through a door into the real blues world when I joined Albert’s band,” Davies says. “It’s one thing to listen to the records and pull off the licks, or sit in the audience watching these artists play. But actually going out and touring with one, turned the blues into something completely three-dimensional for me. I knew then what a special opportunity this was, but I know it even more now.” During her tenure with Albert, Debbie was invited to perform on John Mayall’s 1990 album, A Sense of Place, and in 1991 she recorded with Albert Collins and the Icebreakers on the Grammy nominated self-titled release for Point Blank/Virgin Records.

In the summer of 1991 Debbie became lead guitarist for Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfingers Revue, which served as the opening act for Jimmy Buffett’s “Outpost” tour. In September 1993 she came out with her debut solo release, Picture This, on Blind Pig Records, which featured a cameo by Collins on “I Wonder Why.” People like to ask Debbie if she learned her technique from Collins, to which she gently points out that she had to play well from the start to hold her own with Albert at every performance. However, the experience taught her lessons in being a better musician, both onstage and off. Says Davies, “It was the most powerful band I had ever played with, so I learned to dig even deeper into myself to pull out the music. Albert was a man of so much grace and kindness, so I can only hope that I was able to absorb some of his humanity too.”

Since 1993, Debbie has produced 13 solo recordings and two collaborative CD’s, one with guitarists Tab Benoit and Kenny Neal, and another with guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Otis Grand. The roster of other artists who have joined Debbie in the studio on her recordings reads like a who’s who of the blues: Albert Collins, John Mayall, Ike Turner, James Cotton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya, Duke Robillard, Tommy Shannon, Chris “Whipper” Layton, Sugar Ray Norcia, Mudcat Ward, Charlie Musselwhite, Bruce Katz, and Noel Neal.

In 2009, Debbie Davies released the ground-breaking and acclaimed all instrumental CD, HOLDIN’ COURT on Vizz Tone Records. That year also found Davies teaming up with blues singer and harp player, the late Robin Rogers to tour the country with performances at many festivals, until Robbin passed away in 2010.

Davies then joined Tommy Castro’s Legendary Rythym and Blues Cruise Revue that same year, performing both on the land and at sea with fellow guest artist, Joe Louis Walker.  Debbie Davies is featured on the 2011  Alligator Records release of THE LEGENDARY RHYTYM and BLUES REVIEW performing the tune ALL I FOUND. 

 https://www.debbiedavies.com/

Friday, August 19, 2022

Sam Watkins

 


Nashville Recording Artist Sam Watkins is a Country/Rock/Blues Singer-Songwriter who currently resides in Las Vegas. He recorded his second single “No Shame’ in the world-renowned Music Row in Nashville, with some great musicians including Chris Leuzinger who tours and records with Garth Brooks. The song is based on a true love story.

Sam Watkins was born and raised in Texas by his grandparents. His influences were: George Strait, Waylon Jennings and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Sam’s band “Sam Watkins & Fate Train” have a set list of over 1000 originals and covers of various genres, but consider themselves a Country / Rock / Blues Band, Sam knows all songs by memory.

He is known by his friends and family as the “Walking Jukebox”

 https://itnsradio.com/sam-watkins

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Mark Ruebery

 

 

Pandemic blues having become a trope of our times, it’s not surprising that seasoned artist Mark Ruebery’s new single, "Get Away", his own pandemic tune, penned on a cruise ship stuck for a month between Southampton and Oz, lacks despair, conversely celebrating positive escapism!

There again, Mark Ruebery has a lot to be happy - and proud - about. Graduating in style from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Mark wasted no time racking up notable kudos, debut album "Because of You" rocking BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Wales. Mark’s talent, honed onstage from London to New York and Shanghai, and an award-winning songwriter, since his last album "One Night One Chance" en route to his next, Mark knocked out this cabin fever mini-classic and continues to 'get away' with his show on the biggest cruise liners in the world. Unsinkable? You could say!

 https://www.markruebery.com/

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Scott Van Zen

 

 

Guitarist Scott Van Zen has released his debut solo EP "Trouble" on Love Conquered Records. Co-produced by Scott, John Hopen and Grammy winner Khaliq (Khaliq-O-Vision) Glover, he has co-written for rock legends Kiss; won a Dove Award with Ken Tamplin; toured with top artists, and had over 1,000 songs placed in films, TV, and commercials (everything from The Green Hornet and Cars movies to McDonald’s ads).

Scott is Influenced by six-string greats like Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, and Johnny Winter – but also appeals to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Joe Bonamassa, etc.

"Trouble" is a raucous virtuoso romp to survive through life’s dark desires and dilemmas. Songs like "Devil on Both Shoulders" and "Born in Darkness" tell gritty stories fueled by Van Zen’s fast and furious fingers.

Scott has also been a first-call session player and sideman for decades plus a world-class songwriter.

 

Official website: https://scottvanzenofficial.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

New Releases of the week.


 

This week we release new music from : BJORN HELGE KURSETH, TODD BARROW, YOU ARE AMONG FRIENDS, THE METAL BYRDS, MARCO DROETTO, CHRISTIAN PETERMANN and others.

The Blog of JAM 66 Radio, is the blog of the radio that plays rock, country, blues, blues rock, music of route 66 and the newest.

Every day new stories on radio, new posts, new bands, blues, blues-rock , country, folk and rock music are posted on this blog. Also, updated news on the blog in real time.

Tune in and hear us on this blog or through the links on the right column. https://jam-radio.blogspot.com/

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Muddy Moonshine

 


Muddy Moonshine was founded in summer 2014. Original idea for this project was to have a small three person blues band (Jonne Rytkönen, Tero & Jarmo Ikala), to perform few pub shows. Moonshiners quickly developed own material and they needed to add some man power, so Saku Manninen joined to play drums and Jaakko Ruusulampi on bass guitar. 3rd guitarist slot was for Niko Turunen. This lineup  recorded the bands first EP “ Distilled in Finland” in Porvoo Magnusborg studios 2015. 

Muddy Moonshine continued to make their own music and played shows in good pace. Jaakko decided to left the group and was replaced by Kim Sandström. Niko was replaced by Stefan Granroth. Just before Moonshiners were about to start recording their debut album, Tero’s health issues started and he was replaced by Aleksi Ahokas.

Debut album Muddy & Wild” 2016 was recorded in Porvoo Magnusborg studios and was published via Inverse Records affiliated company Secret Entertainment worldwide.

Due to musical differencies Aleksi left the group to follow his own path in music and Muddy got an experienced former frontman of: Iconofear, Doperman, Hedonist & Zombie Rodeo Thomas Vee in vocals. Transition was easy and natural, since our paths had crossed before and there had been talks about collaboration before.

Moonshiners made more material and gig pace was good. It was almost time to enter the studio and publish their second album. Stefan decided to focus on family. Muddy Moonshine didn’t recruit anyone to replace him. 2 track single “Charm of Drinking Hard” was released in september 2021.

Sencond single “Crystal Riders” leads this path for the forthcoming album “Are We There Yet?” which will be released on March 18th 2022 via Secret Entertainment.

 

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/officialmoonshine
http://www.muddymoonshine.com
https://www.instagram.com/muddy_moonshine
https://muddymoonshine.bandcamp.com

Monday, August 15, 2022

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Marco Luponero & The Loud Ones

 


 

Finnish hard rockers Marco Luponero & The Loud Ones return with the second single from their upcoming debut album. ”I would describe ‘The New Dark Ages‘ as a straightforward punk rock banger with a strong message”, says Marco. 

”I wrote it while reflecting on the current state of the world.”

In spirit of the track’s title, the band collaborated with Frank Berger of folk music act Ratatosk, who brought some true medieval flair to the song with the help of a hurdy-gurdy. ”It’s a fascinating instrument. It has a massive sound, at times very reminiscent of a bag pipe”.

The hurdy-gurdy has a rich history and is associated with several different parts of the world, perfectly fitting for Marco’s original idea. ”I knew I wanted the song to have some Old Norse flair, but I also wanted the sound to resonate with other cultures, because that’s what I was after lyrically, as well. The basic message is that no matter who we are and where we’re from, one thing is for sure: If we succumb to ignorance and fundamentalism, we’re on a dark path.

 https://marcoluponero.com/

Sunday, August 14, 2022

El Mocambo & Sam Grosso Present: Sue Foley, Live Recording


 

There’s an unmistakable magic that comes with — not only being in the room with live music — but live music captured live-off-the-floor and forever archived in album form. Now such experience is on the horizon with multi-award-winning powerhouse blues guitarist and singer Sue Foley and the upcoming show recording this September 8th at the El Mocambo. 

   

Presented by El Mocambo and Sam Grosso, the JUNO-nominated and Blues Music Award and Toronto Maple Blues Award-winner’s Live Recording event joins an iconic roster of previous live releases at the legendary venue — including The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Elvis Costello. 

 

Sue is a 5-time JUNO Award nominee and 2001 winner for Best Blues Album and a few weeks ago, was also named as the winner of the Traditional Blues Album, and Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year at the 2022 Blues Music Awards in the US. Last month, she won Guitarist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards, and her new album, Pinky’s Blues has been on the Roots Music Report’s Canadian Chart top 10 albums for the last 27 weeks.

 

Sue Foley’s Live Recording will take place on September 8th at El Mocambo. Tickets are $40, and $20 for students with a special meet and greet VIP ticket for $80. 

 

 

Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sue-foley-tickets-372124874517?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&keep_tld=1


Saturday, August 13, 2022

Red Eleven

 


 

“Handled with Chaos” is Red Eleven’s long-awaited fourth full-length album that was released on April 23, 2021. The band’s previous album “Collect Your Scars” accumulated fans and positive feedback from around the world and “I Follow” -music video was premiered at Germany’s Metal Hammer. The new record brings an alternative rock and groovy metal with 80´s nuances to your stereo player. Red Eleven has found its own sound but has not forgotten its inspirers, such as Faith No More.


In the 11 tracks of the “Handled with Chaos” -album, the low-tuned guitars are supported by eighties synths and the rolling is hard, guaranteed Red Eleven quality. Additional spices to the sound world of the album are brought by using instruments such as didgeridoo and saxophone.


By now Red Eleven has released 3 singles and videos from the upcoming “Handled with Chaos” -album. The fourth music video will be released in connection with the release of the album. One of the singles - Starry Eyes - was backed by a high-budget music video that has garnered winnings and nominations from numerous international music video competitions.

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/redelevenband
http://www.redeleven.info/
https://www.instagram.com/_red_eleven_/

 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Kruunu

 


 

Mustan Kuun Lapset's seventh album Kruunu is the band's first fully acoustic recording, and also the first production with an international group of singers and musicians. The material is a melancholic and beautiful atmosphere familiar to Mustan Kuun Lapset, now even more than ever. In addition to acoustic guitars and pure male and female vocals, the album has e.g. bowed lyre, French horn and ukulele!

Kruunu is a genuine product of the Corona era. Not just because of its name, but in such a way that it was implemented completely remotely. Pete Lehtinen and Heikki Piipari made arrangements together, after which each singer and musician recorded their part, with a few exceptions, remotely. Still, the end result sounds like the band played and recorded it in the studio together.

 

Listen "Kruunu" on music services:
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/3dOwjQ3
Bandcamp: https://mustankuunlapset.bandcamp.com/
Apple Music: https://apple.co/3uz1ViB
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Mqh6JB
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/201789662
Tidal: https://listen.tidal.com/album/170462763

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Astral Bazaar

 


 

A Sudden Realization is the second album by the Finnish art rock band Astral Bazaar and is scheduled to be released in March 2021. The album is influenced by various modern psychedelic rock artists such as Tame Impala, Pond and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. During the making of the album, the band spend a good deal of time experimenting with different kinds of guitar and vocal effects. As a result A Sudden Realization has a more psychedelic and experimental sound compared to its predecessor. The album’s eight songs feature atmospheric vocal harmonies, delicate guitar arrangements, occasional saxophone licks and various percussions. Moreover, there are a few improvised and frisky jam sections that have been recorded live in the studio and tend to have a rather jazzy feel to them.


A Sudden Realization is a concept album whose events take place far in the future. The album’s lyrics are written from the perspective of a single person, who struggles to find the right interpretation of reality and gradually makes his way towards enlightenment. The album’s musical choices, ranging from compositions to guitar sounds, aim to describe the varying moods of the narrator, whereas the mixture of different musical styles represents his eventual internal conflict.


Three singles will be released to promote the album: Embrace the Reverb in August 2020, The Girl with the Purple Hair in November 2020 and The Y10K Problem in February 2021. The band has also shot two music videos and has made plans for a series of live shows around Finland.

 

https://es-es.facebook.com/AstralBazaar/

 

 

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Everture

 


Sometimes great hardships evoke beautiful things. Concerning this album it applies to both creating the music and actually producing the songs.
 
While our previous single releases ’Rightly Accused’ and ’Long Way Down’ were being recorded in early 2019, the idea of creating something bigger came up. The time was right. By the summer we had gathered the best and most co-fitting songs and in September we were already in the pre production phase. Soon after that the drums were already on tape. Things looked very good... 
 
Emerge starts off big time as all good albums do! The songs ’In Between’ and ’For Tomorrow’ get your mood up immediately with their cool intensity and melodic phrasings. They view life as something to be respected and feared. ’Undersky’ is a big one, a perfect song to be played at stadiums. It tells a story of clinging onto hope under oppressive powers.

Then we turn it to eleven with ’The River Flows’, the unheard side of Everture until now. It is a furiously raging, dark metalcore beast that still has quite a beautiful melodic side to it. As a good continuation, we get ’Promises’, the compassionate ”ballad” of depression, a combobreaker and the ending of the ”A side” of the album.

...Recording the bass came and went easily enough but when the turn for the guitars came, trouble began. Our schedules started to strecth more and more because of various factors. The time of long winter and despair had come. We had to rely on our nonexistent patience and make the ends meet. We got lead vocals done quite succesfully considering the circumstances but some guitars had to be rescheduled to February and the very last of them had to wait until the summer 2020. We recorded all of the vocal harmonies in our singers Jere Kuokkanens home, mostly in February. We also had some trouble regarding the mixing; we had to test at least four different options during spring/summer 2020 before finding the service provider that fitted to our needs...

The darker ”B side” of Emerge starts a bit more politically in a metal way. ’Ivory Tower’ addresses peoples way of having blinkers on their eyes and chasing things they don’t really need or even want whilst losing all they have. ’The Unfortunate End’ is the wild one with highest tempo on the album. This song includes aggressive drumming and Göteborg styled riffs. Oh, and the catchiest chorus ever. Then we get to the nighty mood parts of the album. Fittingly enough ’White Lies, Black Skies’ was written during a long nightshift which gives this song its dark doomy feel. The song has some of the most well written vocals in Evertures catalog dealing with moral self reflection.

Before dawn we dwell deep in ’My 52 Shades’, the gloomy and a bit Twin Peaksy, yet incredibly beautiful song. It’s about all the worries that haunt you. In addition to the touching vocals and guitar solos the song really takes off with furious cathartic riff sections.

The closing track ’Closure’ is the perfect wrapping for the journey soon ending. The song is definetly brings light of dawn along and the mood for a party. It’s the understanding things in the end of events and internal struggles. It’s all about the beauty born among hardships. About the fact that one must do their best to keep good things alive and accept that nothing will ever be perfect. Having understood that, we have grown and emerged.

...so now having spent countless hours of time and quite a bit of money on this thing. We must ask ourselves: ”Was it worth it?”. I would say it totally was!

The struggles and despair gives personality and feel to this album also from the point of the listener. This is what in given time have been able to do and we are proud of it. 


Links:
https://www.facebook.com/evertureband
https://www.instagram.com/evertureband
https://spoti.fi/3iZbu38
https://everture.bandcamp.com

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Metal Byrds

 


The Metal Byrds launch a new single, VICIOUS CIRCLE. The band from Texas is promoting its new song. 

The Metal Byrds band are born musicians. London born Suzanne Birdie, has a power-pop rock voice, that compliments Sly Rye's ripping rock riffs and lead guitar solos in every song!

These catchy songs are throwback to a time where female front-women dominated the radio waves with rocking sounds. A time where Hair Bands and Classic Rock & Roll ruled the world.

More info on their website  https://www.themetalbyrds.com

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Murray McLauchlan


 

He’s been hailed as one of Canada’s most culturally conscious songwriters of the 70s’ but Murray McLauchlan’s sympathetic song portraits of ordinary folk have appealed to our social conscience for more than five decades. The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is pleased to announce the Induction of singer-songwriter Murray McLauchlan, composer of more than 35 hit singles including the SOCAN Classics Farmer’s Song, Down by the Henry Moore, and Try Walkin’ Away.

Marking its first in-person songwriter induction ceremony since the pandemic, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is partnering with Mariposa Folk Festival to recognize McLauchlan on Saturday, July 9 on the Festival’s main stage. Since 2018, the CSHF began partnering with music events and festivals across the country to connect with fans and celebrate the songs and songwriters to their musical roots. McLauchlan will be officially inducted at Mariposa by long-time friend and CSHF Inductee Gordon Lightfoot and honoured with a special tribute performance by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.

“I am honoured to join my respected friends Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, and so many others in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,” says McLauchlan.

Murray McLauchlan was born in Scotland, and raised in Toronto ON, where he studied art and began singing in coffeehouses at age 17. He frequented Yorkville’s The Riverboat, a hub for the folk-rock music scene in the 70s where fellow singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, and other Canadian icons would play – that was also a favourite tour stop for American artists including Simon and Garfunkel, and folksinger Tom Rush. McLauchlan would play his bittersweet compositions Old Man’s Song and Child’s Song on the backsteps of The Riverboat for Tom Rush, who became the first artist to record one of McLauchlan’s insightful songs. Child’s Song was recorded by Tom Rush in 1970; and would later garner McLauchlan three JUNO Awards for Folk Single, Country Single, and Songwriter of the Year.

In 1971, McLauchlan signed with True North Records and recorded his debut album, “Song from the Street,” that reached Top 40 in Canada. His first Top 10 single came from The Farmer’s Song which drew attention to the industrial forces decimating family farms, while earning him his first JUNO Awards for Best Songwriter, Folk Single, and Country Single. His follow up album “Sweeping the Spotlight Away” earned him a JUNO for Best Country Vocalist; and his homage to Toronto, Down by the Henry Moore, became his first No. 1 hit to cross over on both pop and country charts.

McLauchlan’s first gold record came with the 1976 album “Boulevard,” which included the hit single On the Boulevard. Through the 1980s, McLauchlan enjoyed further success with hit singles like Do You Dream of Being Somebody?, Somebody’s Long Lonely Night, Little Dreamer, and Never Did Like That Train. He rounded out the decade with the anthem If the Wind Could Blow My Troubles Away,participation in Tears Are Not Enough, and his JUNO-nominated album “Swingin’ on a Star.”

His most recent endeavors include his 2012 hit albums “Human Writes” and “Love Can’t Tell Time.” and 2021’s Hourglass that has made numerous Top 10 lists in Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world. He was won 11 JUNO Awards throughout his esteemed career and is among the Top 20 most-winning JUNO artists of all time.

McLauchlan’s songwriting, whether in his earlier narrative style or his later impressionistic one, has definite grassroots appeal. And the visual sense he developed while studying art as a youth still inspires his songwriting: “I always try to write visually, to put someone into their context,” he explains.

His love for songwriting and art came together in 2021’s “A Thomson Day”, a tribute to the work of Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson that resulted in a collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Recently, Child’s Song was featured in the hit NBC TV show “This Is Us;” and Widespread Panic recorded a hit rock cover of McLauchlan’s dark ode Honky Red. Others to cover McLauchlan’s work over the decades include Bonnie Dobson, John McDermott, Renée Claude, David Wiffen, George Hamilton IV, Waylon Jennings, Kathy Mattea, David Bromberg, The Ennis Sisters, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, R. Harlan Smith, Walter Ostanek, Bob Neuwirth, 3’s a Crowd, Melanie Safka, and Junkhouse.

 https://www.murraymclauchlan.com

Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Vulcan Straight

 


David Findley and Marc Reynolds formed The Vulcan Straight just prior to lockdown, recording all the demos for their spectacular debut album in their respective homes, sharing online until each song was completed. 
 
Since releasing their debut album they have been broadcasted by BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester, played worldwide and have gained the recognition they deserve.
 
Mastered by world-renowned multiple gold record engineer Adam Fuest at his Twin Peaks Studio, ‘You and me’ is a track suited to ears loving classic rock from all eras, but especially the heights of the Seventies.
 
 

Friday, August 5, 2022

The ZINVANDELS

 


The ZINVANDELS have had a busy year of recording during the course of 2022 as well as headlining The Newton festival to 4,000 on their last tour.
 
The ZINVANDELS released debut single ‘Heartbreaker’ to great acclaim with radio support from John Kennedy, Bethan Elfyn and Tom Robinson, gaining over 30,000 youtube views. They were featured as BBC introducing artist of the week on two occasions. Following this, the band self-released the next 4 singles in anticipation of completing this debut album, which has recently been finished.
 
With new member Matt on board in '22, the ZINVANDELS have evolved their sound with their latest tunes. The band see next single 'Blackholes' as a statement of intent ahead of their debut LP release.
"Blackholes is a thunderous return to the scene for Welsh rockers The Zinvandels.
 
A powerful release that rocks with an urgency and leaves you excited to seek out their upcoming album. It's great to have you back." Pete Devine Pete's Rock News and Views.
 
 
 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The mythical original 'skin' of the WinAmp player was auctioned as NFT in Open Sea for solidarity purposes

 


Winamp sold a non-fungible token (NFT) linked to its media player’s original 1997 graphical skin, becoming the latest company to blend nostalgia and crypto. Winamp did put the NFT up for auction through OpenSea between May 16th and May 22nd, followed by a separate sale of 1997 total NFTs based on 20 artworks derived from the original skin. The proceeds will go to the Winamp Foundation, which promises to donate them to charity projects, starting with the Belgian nonprofit Music Fund.

The NFT sale appears to be a combination of a publicity move and a fundraising effort. Winamp is sourcing the derivative art NFTs by asking artists to submit Winamp-based works between now and April 15th, then giving selected artists 20 percent of the proceeds from each sale of their image as an NFT. Nineteen of the pieces will sell in editions of 100 copies, and the remaining one will have 97; they’ll all sell for 0.08 Ethereum — around $210 at current exchange rates. The artists will get 10 percent of any royalties on later sales, where the seller will set their own price.

 Winamp’s head of business development Thierry Ascarez tells The Verge that buyers will get a blockchain token linked to an image of either the original skin seen above or one of its derivatives, which is a common setup for NFTs. Buyers will have the right to “copy, reproduce, and display” the image, but they won’t own the copyright. Likewise, selected artists will agree to transfer all intellectual property for their work to Winamp, according to a page of terms and conditions.

Winamp isn’t precisely the service you might remember from the ’90s. The MP3-playing software was acquired by AOL in 1999, then sold to online radio company Radionomy in 2014 after a long decline and shutdown. Radionomy (and later its majority stakeholder AudioValley) revamped it as a mobile audio app, then announced a broader relaunch for this year. There’s also a long-running community update project for the original app.

 However, there’s a stronger connection between Winamp’s current form and its original one than some crypto projects. Venerable peer-to-peer file-sharing service LimeWire recently “relaunched” as an NFT marketplace, but it shares effectively no connection to its previous iteration; a new company apparently just bought the domain name and revived an expired trademark. It’s a little closer to a resurrected RadioShack’s plans to launch a cryptocurrency marketplace, except that this NFT sale is a small part of its relaunch as a music service, not a broader move into crypto — at least so far.

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