Something about the hot weather makes me wanna drink sweet tea with bourbon and play Lynyrd Skynyrd real loud while sitting on the grass, basking in sunshine. I’ve just got back from two weeks down in Tennessee and Kentucky, where I listened to nothing but Country and Bluegrass, so I’m in the mood for something more rowdy. Sadly, most of my Southern Rock records are back in Melbourne, and so while I’m trying to build my Canadian collection, I’ve been on the hunt for new southern sounds. I came across a very well organized and thorough resource for discovering new bands on PureSouthernRock.com. You can browse through 80+ groups, with bios, sound clips and YouTube videos for each. I dig it!
DIRTY YORK RECORDING NEW ALBUM
Australian struttin’ hard rockers Dirty York are working on album #3, picking the best tracks from over 40 demoed songs. They’ve just finished a massive European Tour, a follow up to their debut appearance at 2011’s Azkena Rock Festival in Spain. The group was formed in 2005 by guitarist Luke Teys, who was initially the frontman, until discovering Shaun Brown (“Browny”) and promptly offering him the singing role. They’ve gone through several line up changes over the years, and the current band is a solid mix of Melbourne’s finest players. The new album will be released in September 2012 and available on vinyl or digital download. You can listen to material from the previous 2 albums here.
GREGG ALLMANN IS A DIRTY, DIRTY DOG
That’s the impression I was left with after reading his just released autobiography, My Cross To Bear. A self confessed “cock hound”, alcoholic and drug addict, the bio is a pretty seedy read. After reading about his six failed marriages, and hearing that he’s now engaged to wife #7 (a 24 year old), you wonder if he ever learns from his mistakes! Perhaps for an old dude of 64 with ailing health, this is a last gasp attempt at reliving his “glory years”. The book does have a lot of great stories about the Allman Brothers Band and a big focus on the group’s founding guitarist, Duane Allman, so I recommend reading it. And it does make me hope that the Allman Brothers tour through Canada this summer (only US tour dates so far). I enjoyed Gregg’s solo album, Low Country Blues, and his appearance at the 2011 Americana Awards at the Ryman was pretty special (he mentions it in his book as the best performance of “Melissa” he’s ever done). I waited in line for a few hours at BMI in Nashville to get a signed copy of the book for my mom, where Gregg sat like a tourist attraction while a rep from the publishing company snapped photos of each customer:
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