“This album really started with me and my friends getting together late at night, trying to recreate that ‘70s country feel of a classic Don Williams album,” he says. “I’d bring a bottle of Irish Whiskey, we’d listen to some records, then I’d pull out a song I’d written that fit that era. We’d all play it live, two or three times, and that was it. It really started out just for fun.”
– Stephen Simmons on his latest release, Hearsay
Last night I went to Haugesund to catch a concert with the singer/songwriter Stephen Simmons. He didn’t disappoint, it was a very nice evening out. We were too few, but we were very happy with the show.
I got to have a little chat with him, what a nice guy. I taped three of the songs on my camera and Stephen Simmons said I could post them here, but first a short bio from his website (in between some pictures from the concert):
Growing up in a small town in central Tennessee, Stephen Simmons kept his radio tuned to the country station, where the sounds of Don Williams and Waylon Jennings were never more than a few tunes away. Simmons treated those songwriters like school teachers, showing Simmons how to deliver a story, turn a phrase and pack a punch. By the time he released his debut album in 2004, though, Simmons had also learned how to rock.
Years later, Simmons has a few more roots-rock albums under his belt… as well as a new one, Hearsay, that doesn’t fall into the same category. Full of old-school twang and classic storytelling, it’s the sound of an artist getting back to his roots.
I prefer his country/folk tinged stuff to his more heartland rock. Here is a first taste, the wonderful I ain’t lonely (I’m just lonesome) from the new album Hearsay:
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Last night we went to Oslo to see The South, it was our first show with them after the new album, The Further Inside You Go... and we were excited. It is safe to say that they fulfilled all expectations, they are the best live band in Norway at the moment. They are playing in Bergen tomorrow and in Stavanger the 16th November (we’ll be there), run out and get tickets, folks. You will not se a better Norwegian band this year!
They played two sets with a ten minute intermission (just like Zimmy does these days) both sets were fantastic, but when the y “take off” on the longer jams in the second set, I’m in heaven. Be sure to clap them back on stage after the final song, they really gave us a treat last night, the encore started out as a fun and fairly faithful rendition of Scarlet Begonias (Grateful Dead) but then they switch gears and ends up into a rip-roaring version of Allman Brothers’ Jessica. Perfect! (the piano solo from the original was included and it was so fun and so great!)
Well, as you’ve already guessed, we had a tremendous time in Oslo and we are really looking forward to the Stavanger concert.
For Someone Else
Birds of a feather -> into Keep on Growing (Derek and The Dominos)
Can’t Find My Way Back Home
End of the day
Second set + encore:
Nothin’ but my shoes
I’ll be the one
The Further Inside You Go…
Scarlet Begonias (Grateful Dead) -> into Jessica (Allman Brothers Band)
I think this was the set-list, but I may be mistaken on the sequence or some of the songs, don’t be too mad at me 😉
Very fine show from Austin City Limits, aired 2 Nov 2013, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. The Country legends return to the ACL, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.
Pancho and Lefty
Red Dirt Girl
The Rock of My Soul
Invitation to the Blues
Back When We Were Beautiful
Chase the Feeling
Dreaming My Dreams
Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight
Old Yellow Moon
Stars on the Water
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Steve Fishell – steel guitar, dobro
Byron House – bass, vocals
Jedd Hughes – guitar, vocals
Jerry Roe – drums
Chris Tuttle – keyboards
with special guest
We miss Lou Reed dearly and want to remind people of the great artist that he was. His legacy is great!
We have dug up two very good documentaries about The Man on YouTube, hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
…and we also found a fine concert.
The first, Rock’n Roll Heart is a bio of Reed and focuses on his life and musical legacy:
The second one, Classic Albums: Transformer is, of course, about his break through solo album, Transformer:
We’ve included a fine concert as a bonus treat. This video is an intimate visual record of Reed’s sold out performance at The Bottom Line in New York City in 1983. For Reed, whose career began in Greenwich Village when he founded The Velvet Underground, this was a homecoming concert.