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Powerhouse Records and Tom Principato is proud to announce the Aug.18, 2009 release from Fender Telecaster icon and guitar legend and virtuoso Roy Buchanan of the CD "Roy Buchanan Live: Amazing Grace" from their "Guitarchives" Series.
These recordings are rare and unreleased never heard performances and many come from the Roy Buchanan estate. Most are unknown even in "collectors" circles, and date from the period 1972 - 1983 and feature many great musicians such as Dick Heintze, Malcolm Lukens, Tom Hambridge, Robbie Magruder and many others accompanying Roy at such notable venues as the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, the Lone Star Cafe' in New York and the legendary Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. There are 8 tracks total from 7 venues and a CD length of 45 minutes of pure Roy Buchanan at his best. A stunning version of Roy solo doing Malaguena from 1972 is a highlight. Topping off the artwork package are two archival photos taken by legendary Rolling Stone photographer Jim Marshall at one of Roy's concerts in San Francisco, Ca. in 1973.
Although the release date is Aug. 18, 2009 Powerhouse Records is offering the opportunity to select fans to buy directly from Powerhouse Records and receive shipment before the release date in USA for $15 + $5 postage and handling. Make checks for $20 payable to Powerhouse Records
P.O. Box 2213 Falls Church, Va. 22042
The track listings are as follows:
1. Hot Cha Lone Star NY 1983
Records is proud to announce the release of Wammy award winning singer
Tommy Lepson's new CD "Putty and Paint":
THE NIGHTHAWKS EXPLORE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE ON NEW CD, DUE FEBRUARY 3, 2009 FROM POWERHOUSE RECORDS
1ST STUDIO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS FROM SEMINAL ROOTS BAND CONTINUES TO TRAVERSE A VARIED TURF OF BLUES, SOUL, ROCK, R&B AND SWING SOUNDS
The Nighthawks, one of the premier seminal American roots bands of the past 35 years, will release their first studio album in five years, American Landscape, on February 3, 2009 via Powerhouse Records, distributed nationally by Redeye. The new CD marks the studio album debut of the band’s current lineup, in place for the past five years, with original members Mark Wenner (harmonica, lead vocals) and Pete Ragusa (drums, vocals) joined by Paul Bell (guitar, vocals) and Johnny Castle (bass and vocals). American Landscape was produced by The Nighthawks and recorded/mixed at several studios in the band’s hometown area of Washington, DC.
the group formed in 1972 and released its first album in 1974, The Nighthawks
have been one of the hardest working, most consistent bands of its generation,
averaging over 250-275 dates a year and endearing themselves to audiences
all over the world with their blue-collar work ethic and universal musical
appeal. Two ingredients in the band’s sound have remained constant
over the years: the searing blues harp and soulful vocals of Mark Wenner
and the solid, rhythmic drumming and vocals of Pete Ragusa.
That tradition continues on American Landscape, as the “new blood” additions of Bell and Castle meld seamlessly with founding members Wenner and Ragusa, to create an even stronger power and energy in The Nighthawks that’s clearly evident from the driving, bluesy opening track, “Big Boy.” The Nighthawks continue to mine the American roots songbook on the rest of the album, with unique covers of music from Lazy Lester (“Made Up My Mind”), Ike Turner (“Matchbox”), Sam and Dave (“Don’t Turn Your Heater Down”), Marvin Gaye (“Try It Baby”), Dan Penn (“Standing In the Way”) and Bob Dylan (“She Belongs to Me” and “Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine).” The band also tips its collective hat to acclaimed writer/director David Simon by dedicating the album to him and performing the title song of his fantastic HBO series, The Wire, “”Down In the Hole,” written by Tom Waits. Over the years, Simon has been a big supporter of the band and featured them onscreen in the second season of The Wire, as well as his NBC series, Homicide: Life on the Street, also using The Nighthawks music throughout both show’s soundtracks. The two original songs on American Landscape are penned by bassist Johnny Castle: the funky, hook-laden rock of “Where Do You Go” and the Cajun/Zydeco-flavored-meets-country-blues of “Jana Lea,” guaranteed to get fans on the dance floor. Continuing the group’s tremendous creativity and versatility, they close out the new CD with “Fishin’ Hole Theme” from The Andy Griffith Show, translating the whistle-along to a country blues/swing number that will surely bring a smile.
Both Johnny Castle and Paul Bell are no strangers to The Nighthawks, having played in several side aggregations with band members over the past several decades. Johnny Castle also spent a number of years with Bill Kirchen’s band; and Paul Bell has previously played with Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen) and Tommy Lepson (Tom Principato). Bell and Castle first appeared on disc as members of the band three years ago when The Nighthawks released a live CD/DVD set, Blue Moon in Your Eye: Live at the Barns at Wolf Trap.
The Nighthawks will tour endlessly in support of the new album’s release, with booking representation by Blue Mountain Artists http://www.bluemountainartists.com. For more information, visit http://www.thenighthawks.com
Powerhouse Records is proud to present the latest release from our "Guitarchves" Series--"Danny Gatton Live In 1977-The Humbler Stakes His Claim" This release is comprised of newly discovered and previously unheard recordings made by Danny Gatton's sound engineer Chris Murphy throughout 1977 and 1978. What distinguishes these recordings from other live recordings is that these recordings were actually made with microphones placed in the audience, so there is a real feeling of being right there in the club with glasses clanking and audience responses, rather than the more sterile sound of a "board mix".
The set list features some Gatton repetoire standbys such as "Harlem Nocturne" two very different versions (one which features a cameo by the late Dick Heintze on Hammond Organ), "Fingers On Fire", Nit Pickin'", "Canadian Sunset" and two scorching renditions of "Sweet Georgia Brown" as well as obscure songs like Cal Tjader's "Soul Sauce" and two Blues numbers: the slow blues "Danny's Blues" and the shuffle "Walkin' With Danny".
Powerhouse Records Re-releases Tom Principato "In the Clouds" Re-Mastered with Two Bonus Tracks
Originally released in 1995, Tom Principato's "In The Clouds" is back with superior re-mastering and two bonus tracks recorded the same year: J.J. Cale's "Livin' Here, Too" and the Albert King/Booker T. Jones classic "The Hunter". This re-release now contains 10 studio tracks and two stunning live performances recorded at Tornado Alley nightclub in Wheaton, Md.
Here are some press quotes from the original release year:
"Principato plays with pristine beauty and riveting emotional power; he's quite remarkable, and his meaty blend of blues, R&B, and rock will restore your soul"...Dave Richards-Erie, Pa. Time
"Excellent! He has an enormous talent at telling stories in his solos, he doesn't play only 'standard' licks. Guitarist Pat Metheny in an interview with "Guitarist" Magazine (Paris, France) upon hearing "In The Clouds".
CHECK IT OUT! The Nighthawks have just released a new TWO-DISC SET (audio CD/video DVD) called "Blue Moon in Your Eye." The release captures the Hawks during a recent high energy performance at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia - a highly regarded venue in the Washington, DC area.
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