Cleveland singer/songwriter Chris Allen's new album Everything Changes But The Rodeo has actually been available for a few weeks now. You can get the mp3 download on iTunes, the CD on CD Baby or stream it on Spotify. But if you want a limited edition vinyl copy of it you best be at the release party tomorrow night at the Happy Dog.
This is the first solo album for Allen since Acetate, four years ago. Though his long running band Rosavelt came out with a very impressive album a couple of years back. The new album is more of the same from Allen. That is, songwriting from the heart of a guy who where's it on his sleeve.
Full disclosure. I'm going to miss the show Saturday night as I'll be attending the Rock Hall Masters Series tribute to The Everly Brothers. Luckily I caught the band at a private release party for financial backers of the album a couple of weeks back. And, believe me, if I weren't at The State Theatre I'd be sitting on a bar stool at the Happy Dog Saturday night. So you can have my seat.
Rob Duskey started playing music less than ten years ago. In that short period of time he's become one of Cleveland's most impressive singer/songwriters. He's headed groups like The Rounders and The Higbees (who should've enlisted Halle Berry in the band) and works the local live circuit as a solo artist on a regular basis.
Duskey has a new band, Forest City, who've recorded demo material and are looking for patrons to help make the new album. They're using a music-centric crowdfunding site called Indiegogo. Who just so happen to be the first such funding site to use Apple Pay, though I pitched in the old-fashioned way by credit card.
It's Duskey's first attempt at using the crowdfunding model. You can choose different levels of patronage with each ascending donation offering cooler premiums, of course. Here's the link, Forest City-Rob Duskey Album.
Next week Glen Campbell releases a two hour long documentary, titled I'll Be Me, about his career and recent public battle with Alzheimer's disease. Here's the trailer.
I loved Glen Campbell as a child. I still consider "Wichita Lineman" to be my favorite song of all time. I should have gone to see him on his final tour, which is showcased in the documentary, but I just couldn't bring myself to it. A combination of fear in seeing him fail and my own personal dealings with Alzheimer's.
Campbell was more than a pop/country singer and TV star. He played a terrific guitar. He was a member of The Wrecking Crew, the famous session band who played on so many songs in the 1960s. He can be heard on songs by The Monkees, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and others.
In conjunction with the documentary Campbell also released his final song, poignant down to the title, "I'm Not Going To Miss You".
After the game I told my friend I'm not going to reach out to anyone I know in Pittsburgh. They had stopped harassing me whenever the Steelers would beat the Browns which was a twice a year occurrence. So why would I shoot my mouth off. After all, they beat us in the opening game. But friends from Pittsburgh have been contacting me, saying that they now know how I've felt for far too many years. All I can say is it's about time. Have a great week Cleveland.
I'm in the midst of catching four great Cleveland bands in four consecutive nights. And it sure is fun.
Wednesday night it was Chris Allen & The Guilty Hearts at a private party for executive producers of his new album Everything Changes But The Rodeo where we dined on food catered by Stone Mad, drank beer in the Indigo Imp Brewery (where they played as well) and got a tour of Gotta Groove Records, where the vinyl album was being pressed.
Last night I saddled up to my favorite bar stool at The Happy Dog for a second Thursday of the month ritual. That is, to see The New Soft Shoe, a Gram Parsons cover band who traveled down to Waycross, Georgia (Gram's hometown) a couple of weeks back to play for their annual GP fest.
Tonight I head to the Greenville Inn to see the last show of the year by Jack Fords, one of the premier rock bands in Cleveland with a repetoire of original music that can't be beat. And word is a new album will finally be coming out in early 2015.
Finally, on Saturday night I'll be at Smedley's to see Kathleen Turner Overdrive, a cover band that plays deep tracks. The first time I caught them they opened the set with "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" by The Monkees and then went into The Who's first attempt at a rock opera, "A Quick One". I was sold.
Oh, and then there's that Browns vs. Steelers game on Sunday.