How many guys can say they tour manage Morrissey and Lucinda Williams, have records produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Steve Cropper

AND The first seeds of thier musical life were sewn in a field as rich as it is American. Raised first in a small mountain town in Southern California, his was a deeply religious household headed by a career Navy man that his siblings called “The Captain.” There was daily prayer, the study of Scripture, and as it often goes in such homes, very little popular music — Jesse would not hear his first Bob Dylan song until his early 20s. But it was a home of great musicality all the same, for among the wildflowers and mountain streams of this idyllic California scene, Jesse often sat at the feet of his grandfather, listening in awe as the old man performed the songs of TheSound of Musicon a battered ukulele. During those adolescent years Jesse studied guitar, banjo, mandolin, oboe, saxophone, piano and clarinet. By age ten he had begun composing songs of his own along with his six brothers and sisters, recording some of those efforts in the family’s coal cellar.

While singing outside of honky tonks on Music Row in Nashville, TN, Jesse struck up a friendship with Al Bunetta (John Prine). Bunetta served as a mentor to the young artist, encouraging Jesse to tour full-time in the years to follow.

Jesse currently resides in Nashville and continues to write, record, and perform. His latest album “Violensia” (produced by Joe Chiccarelli) releases in fall 2022. His collaborative project, Juni Ata, features releases produced by Steve Cropper alongside arranger Jacob Rosswog. Their latest single, “Someone Else’s Rising Sun”, arrives in summer of 2022, with an ensuing EP release to follow.



Hotel Congress Plaza

Saturday, September 24th

$20 adv / $25 DOS 

$35 for both Plaza & Century Room shows


Formed in the heart of the deep American Southwest, XIXA are a guitar-slinging six-piece, uniquely attuned to the desert and their Latin roots. Combining gritty guitars, the bumping grind of chicha, and desert blues into a mesmerizing stew. They’re also a band whose time had come to define what they call “The New Southwest”-intense, sun-bleached music shot through with an inky gothic horror that scans like the long-lost soundtrack to a cult, macabre B-movie Western.

Their debut record, 2016 “Bloodline,” saw them inject heavy fuzz guitars and Latin pulses into sandy rock and roll, a potent mix that took them all over the world for two whole years. For 2019s EP “The Code” they blended psych-rock, cumbia, goth rock, cowboy folk and windswept desert blues into a dark, simmering occult.



In addition to the excitement of a new client who fits RajiWorld like a glove, I am thrilled to invite all of my NIVA friends (agents and buyers) to join us at Beachland Ballroom 7/12 for a live performance!

Produced by Don Dixon & Dore; Recorded by Mitch Easter 

Features Jeremy Chatzky (Springsteen) on bass, Peter Holsapple (The dB’s) on guitar, Will Rigby (The dB’s) on drums and Mark Spencer (Son Volt) on guitar

Professor by day and rock star by night, Florence Dore has been dwelling in the space between music and literature for most of her adult existence. All the different strands of her life and career come together on Highways & Rocketships, her first solo album in 21 years. Following a series of singles, the 10-song collection will be out June 10 on Propeller Sound Recordings, the new imprint run by former R.E.M. manager Jefferson Holt and Music Geek Services founder Jay Coyle.

Highways & Rocketships hits the sweet spot between classic rock, Americana and 1980s-vintage college radio. The hooks, ambience and arrangements are impeccable, evoking both modern-day pop sense and vintage blue-eyed soul, featuring contributions from some of leading lights of the past four decades of American indie-rock – Son Volt’s Mark Spencer, sometimes-Springsteen bassist  Jeremy Chatzky, dB’s members Will Rigby (Dore’s husband since 2004) and Peter Holsapple,  Southern Culture on the Skids bassist Mary Huff, Mipso fiddler/vocalist Libby Rodenbough and legendary R.E.M. co-producers Don Dixon and Mitch Easter among them.  

A native of Nashville, Dore made her first album way back in 2001, Perfect City. She was already teaching by then, too, and becoming a mother with the 2005 birth of her daughter took Dore off the road for some years. Literature became more of a focus, and she’s made her living at academic institutions like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her professional address since 2010.

But music has always been a part of Dore’s endeavors, as she taught college classes in songwriting along with contemporary fiction and the American novel. She has also put on programs and conferences at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and National Humanities Center with musical as well as literary stars like Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Jonathan Lethem, Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus. She has emerged as an acclaimed author herself, writing and editing books and magazine articles– about rock, the blues, and Bob Dylan, among other things. Her latest book, The Ink in the Grooves: Conversations on Literature and Rock ’n’ Roll, will be published in October 2022 by Cornell University Press, featuring contributions from Daniel Wallace, Rick Moody, Warren Zanes, Dave Grohl, John Jeremiah Sullivan and others.

Most of the material on Highways & Rocketships emerged in a songwriting binge over several months in 2019, “when I decided to play hooky from academic research,” Dore says. What emerged was a set of 10 lived-in, deeply personal songs about crossroads and transitions, mostly based on people she knew. What would eventually be the album’s title track emerged early in the process. 

She and her bandmates convened at Easter’s posh Fidelitorium Recordings studio in the summer of 2021, with Dixon as producer – who Dore singles out for praise, along with multi-instrumentalist Holsapple.

The first single “Sweet to Me” – a song about Dore’s grandmother – also features her 16-year-old daughter Georgie Rigby and sister Katherine Dore on backing vocals. “Sweet to Me” is emotional enough that Dore has difficulty getting through it without crying, and it’s one of several songs written expressly about family members.  

Indeed, the presence of drummer Rigby (who also earned a co-writing credit on the dB’s-styled “Lighter,” for rhythmic mojo that helped shape the song) makes “Highways & Rocketships” something of a family affair. “Wifi Heart” was inspired in part by Rigby’s phone calls home during his years as Steve Earle’s regular drummer. “Rebel Debutante” was written about Dore’s mother.  But the songs are also plenty clever.  Jordan Mainz put it well in his review of Dore’s recent set opening for Steve Earle, saying the new songs are “reflective and funny and semi-autobiographical, while still finding room for a little acid.”

The album’s closing note is a triumphant one with “And the Lady Goes,” which is her band’s usual onstage show-closer; the band keeps playing as she waves goodbye and leaves.  “It’s a pop song about menopause and mortality,” Dore says, laughing. “That was another song where the phrase of the title just sort of visited me and sounded cool. It had to be written. Songwriting puts you in tune with aspects of life and the human condition you might otherwise gloss over. It gets your antenna up, and it’s wonderful to be in touch with those nether reaches again.”


The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) shared a preview of the featured panels for the inaugural edition of their industry conference which will take place in Cleveland in July.

Set for two days – July 11 and 12 – at multiple NIVA member venues around Cleveland, the conference will address multiple aspects of the industry with programming, education, networking, entertainment and more.

NIVA ‘22 featured sessions include: 

A “Lyte” Breakfast and Live Podcast Recording
The illustrious Lawrence Peryer is recording the latest episode of his Spotlight On podcast in front of a live audience. Lawrence Peryer, Chief Strategy Officer, Lyte
Special Guests:
Shahida Mausi, President & CEO The Right Productions, Inc., Aretha Franklin Amphitheater

State of the Union
Rev. Moose, Executive Director, Co-Founder, NIVA & NIVF
Dayna Frank, NIVA Board President and CEO, First Avenue Productions
Hal Real, NIVF Board President and Founder and President, World Cafe Live
Boris Patronoff, NIVA Advisory Board Chair and CEO See Tickets North America
Frank Riley, NITO Board President and Founder, High Road Touring

Backstage with Andrew Dreskin 
The Youngest OG discusses the current state and future of streaming, ticketing and festivals. In conversation with Andy Gensler, executive editor of Pollstar.
Andrew Dreskin, Co-Founder and CEO, Flymachine
Andy Gensler, Executive Editor of Pollstar and Venues Now

Achieving Equity through Programming
Moderator: Marcus Dowling, Nashville Country Music Repotrer at Tennessean/Gannett
Kae Burke, Co-founder and Creative Director, House of Yes
Erika Elliot, Executive Artistic Director SummerStage/Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Ryan Smith, Agent, Liaison Artists
Lachi, Artist and President of RAMPD

National Advocacy in 2023 
Moderator: Casey Higgins, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump
Tyler Grimm, Chief Counsel for Policy and Strategy, House Committee Judiciary
Adam Hartke, NIVA Advocacy Co-Chair and owner of Wave in Wichita
Jamie Simpson, Chief Counsel, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts

Left Out Or Undersubscribed With Sponsorships? 
Moderator: Cathy Applefeld Olson, Forbes
Monika Julien, Senior Manager, Culture Marketing, Red Bull North America
Jesse Kirshbaum, Founder and CEO, NUE Agency
Mikey Lee, Co-founder of

Effective Marketing: What worked yesterday is obsolete. So now what? 
Moderator: Jamie Loeb,  VP of Marketing, Nederlander Concerts
Adam Gaynor, CRO, Gamut
Betsy Lashaway, Client Solutions Manager, Meta
Alix Rosenberg, Senior Manager of Artist Partnerships, TikTok
Fabrice Sergent, Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Bandsintown

The Catch 22 of Venue and Neighborhood Success Threatening Survival 
Moderator:  Marcus Dowling, Nashville Country Music Reporter at Tennessean/Gannett News
Chris Cobb, Owner, Exit/In
Mark Davyd, CEO, Music Venue Trust/Own Our Venues
Rebecca Greenwald, independent researcher and journalist on cities and the creative economy

Backstage with artist Meshell Ndegeocello
With a career spanning three decades starting with GoGo and filled with jazz, funk, poetry, live performances, soundtracks and a Grammy — hear about activism through music plus touring independent venues, and the future.

Enhancing Revenue Streams
Moderator: Cathy Applefeld Olson, Forbes
Allyson Jaffee, Co-owner of The Improv
Andre Perry, Executive Director of Hancher Auditorium and the Office of Performing Arts & Engagement, University of Iowa
Katie Tuten, Founder and Co-Owner of the Hideout
Donna Westmoreland, COO, I.M.P., 9:30 Club, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Lincoln Theatre


my live music love story

As we enter festival season and tour madness, I am thinking of the decades past and although my clients and I were in the thick of it, I am happier now. The quarantines allowed us to each re-boot. Most of my roster have kids, so in a few cases, a year may have passed with no communication! It was a blur but as one who is generally available 24/7 (25/8 as we call it at RajiWorld), this was new. It was fascinating too as I have found we each landed on the same page with respect to touring and that even includes our beloved festivals.

The current fan-base has reached out for privates, house-concerts and corporates as those came back first. They have loved these events and creativity and as you may know, this kind of booking is my specialty. They have ALL recorded and have learning to share music in new ways.

I just wanted to tell the world how much I love and respect them each and let you know that you can find them on all of the platforms as well as booking your own show directly with me for just about any of them!

RajiWorld LLC is your women-owned, COVID19 compliance certified, WBE & DBE and HUB Partner for producing, curating and booking your events! 

I look forward to working with you! 

Roggie Baer, founder/ agent discovering talent /connecting talent with events, brands and fans/mentoring/producing results

BOOKING IS EASY, just click on the artist of your choice.


@Limusic Studios Can you beehive how fab this will be!?

 Session ONE Saturday, Oct 29 – Saturday, Nov 5 2022!!!

Session TWO Monday, Nov 7 – Sunday, Nov 13 2022!!! (SYNC REPORT) info here

We are so excited to announce that we have made special arrangements with our friends at Limusic Studio in Limoux, France to help us host our next SOUL KITCHEN CREATIVITY WORKSHOP!  Located in the heart of the Languedoc wine country, steeped in the spiritual history of the Cathar region – where Medieval castle spires and the Pyrenees mountains seem to touch the heavens themselves – we can’t imagine a more creative place to delve into your craft and explore your creativity!

This special Creativity Lab that we call Soul Kitchen is designed for musicians, artists and creative folk from all genres: 

– to invigorate your creative spark

– to meet other musicians and creative folks from around the world in an open atmosphere that promotes collaboration and exploration

– to hone your performance skills

The creativity exchange will include ample time for rehearsals, new creations and collaborations and of course performances – The Suga Lip Lounge will be in full swing as well!   This is a great opportunity for professionals to work on their craft and for the novice to learn from top notch international teachers, no matter your language skills!   You will not be alone… all sessions will have translators available… we got you!  

We are living in a very challenging, socially isolating time. One of the most important activities for creative thinking is the sharing of resources and mentorship. Together we can conquer any obstacle or nemesis. Our goal is to enhance and respectfully sustain the craft of songwriting. – Vinx

Each Soul Kitchen retreat is unique because every group of artists are unique and have different challenges individually and collaboratively. We tailor each experience based on the wonderful people that attend each retreat!

Scroll down to get directly to the registration details!!!

SESSION ONE Oct 29-nov 5th 2022

Here are examples of exercises that have been part of past Soul Kitchen retreats:

Meet your genius – introduction to yourself (critical listening) Expose your unique opinion and creativity (authentic self) / vocal stylings / what’s between the notes

Twinkle Twinkle – it’s not a song it’s just a bed or base for you to decorate with your own style

Appreciating Diversity – Learn to respect and listen to the creative process and truth of others (true diversity) gender switching, role playing – true diversity is appreciating the subtle differences in how we view shared experiences

Mic Mechanics – learn from the best how to work that mic … do you know what mic is best for you and your range?

Lyric Lessons – don’t fear the corn!  punch line set-up, just because it rhymes doesn’t make it a song. Word-smithing

See and hear beyond the obvious – inanimate objects can speak, so can photos, nature, history and the world around you  

Master our melody challenge – (Create 5 melodies from 1 groove) Discover harmony as scat – explore your choices 

Finding ways to be inspired – (triggering the artist within) a picture says a thousand words

Etiquette in the Studio – what to do and NOT to do or say to your live or recording sound engineers!!!  Take charge of your sessions or live sound events

SESSION TWO Nov 7- Nov 13th 2022

This second week will restart and focus on exploring with experts from The Sync Report and clinics from music supervisors, film makers, composers, publishers. Work with notable songwriters and continue to connect your unique stories into synchable content for other artist and media request. more information


COMPLETE REGISTRATION DETAILS TO FOLLOW SHORTLY – We have a maximum of 20 slots available per week so check back here often and please go ahead and send Jennifer an email at

PRICE – $1500 which includes your food and lodging, the workshop fee and studio time (airfare to Toulouse airport is not included but at this time of year should be about $800 or less)

DEPOSIT – $300 due by the end of the end of April, 2022 (please note that this fee is non-refundable excepting in cases like COVID). We have a few spots left in each week, and it’s filling up fast, so don’t delay!!!

To make your deposit, please follow this link:  DEPOSIT LINK

ACCOMMODATION week #1– check in, Saturday Oct 29 – check out, Saturday Nov 5:   week #2 check in, Monday Nov 7 – check out Sunday nov 13: 

Limusic Studio, Limoux FRANCE, a gorgeous renovated wine domaine in the heart of the Languedoc wine country!  This is NOT a hotel, please note!  This is a beautifully renovated former private home, stables and vineyard … the owners have created a series of bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate 20 people.  Most bedrooms have 2 twin beds and share a bath on the same hall with one or two other rooms, but everything is top notch.  Our affordable pricing reflects this musician’s reality AND is how we have always run Soul Kitchen … it’s a grown folks slumber party!  If you wish private lodging or more luxurious lodging in the area, please send Jennifer an email ( and she can recommend nearby hotels or rentals.  In this situation, you would need a car and we would credit you with part of the registration fee as you would be making any other arrangements privately.   LIMUSIC RESIDENTIAL RECORDING STUDIOS

We strongly encourage you to stay at Limusic Studios … plan a few days before or after to have a little extra vacation nearby or in any European city as all of Europe is so easy to access!

Transportation will be available from Toulouse airport or Carcassonne train station on week #1 Saturday, Oct 29 & week #2 Monday Nov 7. Then returning on Week #1 Saturday, November 5 & week #2 Sunday nov 13 at a minimum extra charge.  Please inquire… 

Want to get started right away????   JOIN US at the weekly Vinx Virtual Workshops … click here for info!

“Thank you for opening my eyes to the possibilities within my story.  I am re-energized” – Libor H., CZ                      

“I am now using my voice in ways I never thought possible.  Thank you, Vinx, for your inspiration!” – Florence J., Luxembourg

“I have studied voice for many years, but you have single handedly blown open a whole new way of thinking about my art” – Patti M., USA

“How do you know when you have mastered your craft?” I don’t think I can answer that for anyone, but I do believe that true Mastery like Excellence, arrives with an empty cup so that it can grow, evolve and continue to improve. I’m here for it and excited for my next session with Vinx!” ~ Hedda Kim, Las Vegas USA

What Is The Soul Kitchen Retreat?

The Songwriter Soul Kitchen is a Creativity Exchange, a meeting place for artists of all levels… singers, musicians, engineers, producers, painters, poets, sculptors, film-makers, story-tellers and just plain creative folk.  For one full week or weekend, you will experience hands on recording studios, workshops, creativity sessions, writing sessions with groups and as an individual, multiple live performance opportunities and much more.  Soul Kitchen is the brainchild of International world class performer, Vinx De’Jon Parrette. He is a former Berklee College of Music educator, songwriter, recording artist, ethnomusicologist, a mutiple award winning documentary film subject and a great coach.

During the week / weekend, each session is crafted to present and develop tools for critical listening to help you better understand the source of your inspiration.  We all have a life filter that houses our library of experiences and memories. This filter allows us to color and embellish all information that is received through it.  Yet we rarely recognize that our true genius walks within our own unique creative process.  “My ART is my opinion and my CREATIVITY is in the telling of it.” – Vinx
 DETAILED INFORMATION: contact Jennifer Parrette at


Hailed as a band with “galactic ambitions,” Blato Zlato is a powerhouse Balkan music collective that weaves the magic of traditional Eastern European folk music with contemporary textural majesty. The group captivates listeners with dark and haunting three-part vocal harmonies and thunderous odd-metered rhythms. As a part of the Balkan musical diaspora, Blato Zlato explores the immigrant experience and seeks to build meaningful cultural and musical bridges between continents, with particular focus on Bulgarian folk songs and Bulgarian language-based compositions.

Based in New Orleans, Blato Zlato has gained a loyal international following after touring in both the U.S. and Europe. The group has been featured several times on Bulgarian National Television and Radio and has appeared on Folk Radio UK, NYC Radio Live, and the Village Voice.  In 2019, Blato Zlato released their anticipated sophomore album, In The Wake, which charted at #33 on the Transglobal World Music Chart’s 2019-2020 Top 100 Albums. Other highlights include an array of diverse musical collaborations with such artists as Nels Cline (Wilco), Binky Griptite (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), Leyla McCalla, Carl LeBlanc (Sun Ra Arkestra), Helen Gillet, and Wendell Brunious (Preservation Hall Jazz Band All Stars).


Firstly. Please help me congratulate Akina for her song placement in the popular TV show Walker, You can catch her song, “Broke,” on the CW! It’s the penultimate episode of the season (called “Bygones”), airing this Thurs. 4/28 at 8/7c

Next, we are thrilled to take part in a new series at TRACE at The W Hotel in Austin.

Bring your friends every Wednesday, 6-8pm, for live music in the Living Room from artists we love, benefiting a different music-focused nonprofit each month.

May’s nonprofit partner is HAAM. Many Austin musicians are self-employed and have no access to health insurance or basic healthcare. That’s where HAAM comes in. HAAM provides access to affordable healthcare for greater Austin’s low-income, working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.
To learn more about HAAM visit: …So thrilled to have client Akina Adderley take part in this wownderful new brainchild of Sarah K. Wolf. When Health Alliance for Austin Musicians – HAAM calls for anything we answer and we hope that you will too!



I cannot say enough good things about SXSW22.

It was my 32nd festival and it brought back all of the excitement, hope, camaraderie of the first couple years when I was in college and The University of Arizona paid my way to scout bands for the annual Spring Fling, for which, I was the Student Entertainment Director. I scouted this year too, and I am very excited to share my newest clients with you along with those success of my current roster. It was definitely one for the books!

Without further ado, please meet Creamer, who I met via Alejandro Escovedo’s annual, (I cannot -miss, favorite day of SXSW) Sunday night fundraiser at my home away from home, Continental Club and this one was the sweetest as it was the first in many years and the first most of us had seen each other since the world-wide pandemic began. I spent the night dancing by heart to Al and by feeling to Creamer. They were so on point with delivering what the crowd wanted to hear and in a 3 1/2 vocal range!

As Rolling Stone framed it in naming Philip Creamer an “Artist You Need to Know” in 2018, “Creamer has honed a howl that registers somewhere between Freddie Mercury and Jeff Buckley.” But even those lofty touchstones—and let’s throw in Rufus Wainwright and Muse’s Matt Bellamy, for good measure—don’t do much to explain the way Creamer’s soulfully crafted lyrics and gorgeous rock mini-operas upend expectations.

Creamer’s first singles out of the gate for 2021 continued that heady balance of musical ambition and spiritual connection, which is the real key to Creamer’s message, animating the classic rock balladry on “Peace & Understanding” and lifting the oceanic, piano-driven “Disconnect.”

“Hideaway,” an expansive take on the kind of Big Piano rock track that icons like Queen, Sparks, and Elton John traded in, rising and cresting with the chordal colors of a stage production. That blend of surging energy and deep harmony, says Creamer, owes as much to his roots singing in a Lone Star State church as it does to his deep study of rock epics by bands like Led Zeppelin and Jellyfish.

My second signing is really a cheat as I did not technically see him play SXSW, although he did many, many times, but we stayed in good touch during the festival and after. Jesse Daniel Edwards is an award-winning songwriter, and charting artist from the small mountain town of Cuyamaca, CA. There, he and his 6 siblings grew up in a remote, rural environment without tv, internet, or significant exposure to the outside world. As a young songwriter, Jesse relocated to Nashville after busking throughout the U.S. and abroad. In Music City, he became a protege of Al Bunetta (John Prine). Honing his art songwriting in Nashville in the years to follow, JDE crafted his raw talent into the passionate vocals and clever lyrics that would evolve into his signature style. Jesse’s heartfelt sound has endured with fans through his raw DIY recordings and incendiary live performances. His music has been featured in radio, TV, and independent films and can be heard exclusively on SoundCloud. His album Saudade, produced at RCA by Steve Cropper (Otis Redding) and Liam Watson (White Stripes), reached the top 50, and his forthcoming album Violensia, produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, The Shins) releases in 2022.

I also want to share some visuals, audio and accolades for a few stand out performances of my long-time clients.

MORRIS MILLS not only got the attentions of super sponsor Blockchain Creative Labs who dropped an NFT for him at our showcase but he also laid down an incredible Perfromance the next day for Purple Bee and some VR projects coming soon! You can see the show here. Next, Our matchmaker, Peter Blackstock, inadvertently turned me on to Grey when I first read about her in his No Depression so it was very fun to eavesdrop on this interview. Local Austin hometown favorite Warren Hood really made himself known this year, his first SXSW Showcase in a decade. We have booked a show a day in the 10 days following his showcase and he has been asked to record with and sit in with multiple bands who heard him perform! The rest will live in my heart as the best part of my career. I am blessed that the work I love also allows me see Dolly, Beck, Charlie, Chuck, all my best girls, all the cute boys and even sneak off to The Salt Lick with my daughter! I nearly moved back full-time ;)!

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We welcome you to SXSW 2022! This year, I am proud to present Goldy, an LA based four piece, who makes rock ‘n roll pop music. Their songs are very catchy and melodic and this is their first conference. The came to me via Producer Marvin Etzioni who has been very busy in the studio this year, also working with client’s Grey DeLisle and Eddie Clendening in The Roughhousers project I wrote about last month. Expect a sneak peak as the media is chomping at the bit! Grey will serve as out Emcee and comic relief on this magic carpet ride. Eddie will showcase his hot Rock-a-billy band from Vegas.

Annie Marie Lewis and Danny B Harvey will be in tough competition this year for cutest family band! As a guitarist, producer and composer Danny has played and recorded with such great artists as Levi Dexter, Tim Polecat, Johnny Ramone, Nancy Sinatra, Lemmy Kilmister, Lee Rocker, Slim Jim Phantom and Wanda Jackson. In recent years he has have been performing and recording with the very talented singer Lynda Kay Parker as 1/2 of the Duo called THE LONESOME SPURS. Their first CD was released in the fall of 2006 on Cleopatra records to critical acclaim. He is also well known as a founding member of the “take no Prisoners” rock’n’roll trio THE HEAD CAT. A band he started in 2001 with Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats. In recent years Danny B started a Gothabilly Group with Jyrki 69 from the Finish Goth Band 69 EYES which they call The 69 Cats. They have two records out in Cleopatra Records. The most important new musical project Danny B is involved with his with his new wedded wife Annie Marie Lewis. She is none other than the niece of the “Killer” Jerry Lee Lewis and it was at his concert that Danny B first saw Annie Marie opening the show for the rock’n’roll icon. They are just back from the Outlaw Country Cruise.

We expect to see their Family Band competitors there next year;) Please meet NOCONA, I am very excited to kick off a great season with this new band to the roster.
Nocona begins with the husband/wife team of Adrienne and Chris Isom. The Isoms – who played in New York, Austin, and Toronto before finally relocating to Los Angeles. Nocona is a rock band who draw their roots from Country, Folk, Punk, Rock and psychedelia. Known for taking the psychedelia of the 13th Floor Elevators and mashing it up with the Bakersfield sound—Roky and Buck; Love and the Burrito Brothers, their previous albums, Nocona and Long Gone Song drew rave reviews and the band has played some of the biggest festivals in America – Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, and Stagecoach. Los Dos out July 10, 2020 finds the band digging deeper into its bracing melding of hard-edged Americana and a keen punk-bred sensibility. Right up my alley, right?

What can I say about beloved hometown fiddle hero Warren Hood? He is a class act, he has recently shared stages with Wilco, Alejandro Escovedo and Sheila E. You do not want to leave Austin without dancing to Warren’s top notch band!

Texas native, Morris Mills returns home to headline our Atomic Music Group’s first night for showcases. Join us Thursday, 3/17 at 1am at Lambert’s, in the heart of Austin’s touring concert district. Mills & band will bring their nostalgic Funk/Rock appeal to the Lone Star festival. With remnants of legends past, Mills set will embody a dynamic, energetic performance that will wow the masses. Those present with receive a freshly minted NFT compliments of Morris and SXSW super sponsor Blockchain Creative Labs. I bet it feels good to be King! This year will be special and I am very happy to be back in the throne in my old stomping grounds!

Speaking of me (lol), I am Mentoring again and would love to answer your booking questions. I am game to go deep with the things no one else will about life on the road. After three decades, I have some stories and some answers and tricks!

Rsvp is required, Mar 18, 2022 4:00pm – 5:15pm CT Hilton Austin Downtown Room 406



Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle, former recording artist for Sugarhill/Vanguard is about to release her debut album for Regional Records. The covers album, aptly titled “Borrowed” features a James Bond theme song “You Only Live Twice” featuring The Satellites Four (originally recorded by Nancy Sinatra). The single will be released Oct, 20, 2021 and the album will drop in 2022. She’s also releasing an all-original album for kids in February of 2022 with her band The Roughhousers featuring Eddie Clendening, Deke Dickerson, Murry Hammond (Old 97s) and DJ Bonebrake (X).

Grey DeLisle Griffin is also known as the most prolific voice actress in American animation history, having performed over 2000 cartoon voices since 1996. Grey is also a comedian who launched her first stand-up comedy special, “My First Comedy Special” on Amazon Prime which has received rave reviews.

Grey’s most iconic roles include ‘Vicky’ from “The Fairly OddParents,” ‘Samantha “Sam” Manson’ from “Danny Phantom,” ‘Mandy’ from “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy,” ‘Frankie Foster,’ ‘Duchess’ and ‘Goo’ from “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” ‘Yumi Yoshimura’ from “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi,” ‘Azula’

from “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” ‘Kimiko Tohomiko’ from “Xiaolin Showdown,” as well as ‘Lola,’ ‘Lana’ and ‘Lily Loud’

from “The Loud House”, Monster Girl on Invincible, Delilah Briarwood on Critical Role’s Vox Machina, Ms. Chalice on Cuphead and ‘Prince Puppycorn’ from “Unikitty!.” She has also been the voice of ‘Daphne Blake’

in “Scooby-Doo” cartoons since 2000.

Her film roles include ‘Grandma Sanchez’ in “The Book of Life,” ‘Arcee’ in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Bumblebee,” ‘Dewdrop’ in Pixar’s “Onward” and Setsu Oiwa’ in Studio Ghibli’s final film “When Marnie Was There.” She is also a Grammy-winning recording artist. Grey is a single mom to her 3 kids (ages 5, 7 and 15) and she’s basically kicking butt.

Eddie Clendening

Eddie Clendening brings with him over two decades of experience on the stage. Having appeared with early ROCK & ROLL greats like Scotty Moore, James Burton, Pat Cupp, Hayden Thompson, Billy Lee Riley, EarlPalmer, Dale Hawkins, Gene Summers, Jimmy Lee Fautheree, Jerry LeeLewis, Little Richard, and scores of others. Contemporary musicians are also taking notice of this explosive and handsome young frontman for not only his vocals, but also his work on the electric guitar. Eddie has toured extensively and successfully with his own backing group “The Blue Ribbon Boys” in not only the U.S. but Europe, Asia,Australia, and elsewhere.

He has also worked with other well known groups such as Deke Dickerson’s Ecco-Fonics, Big Sandy, The Hi-Qs, LloydTripp… the list goes on and on. He has been invited to perform at dozens of international music festivals, The Rockabilly Rave, Viva Las Vegas, Hemsby, Le Blues Autour du Zinc Rockabilly and so on… not only with his own combo but also as the vocalist for the reunion of “Go Cat Go”, one the largest selling roots ROCK & ROLL groups of the 90’s who tragically lost their singer in 1993.

He has appeared on several ad campaigns for fashion brands likeW.H. Ranch Dungarees, J.S. Sloan, and Ralph Lauren, coast to coast, prime time, and regional television programs such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Today Show and more. He has also been a regular voice on various satellite/AM/FM/internet radio programs. Eddie originated the role of, and was featured as Elvis Presley in the hit Broadway musical “The Million Dollar Quartet”, where he performed 8shows a week to packed houses racking up over 2200 performances! He also helped create and starred in the show “Heartbreak Hotel” which is currently the only Elvis Presley stage bio endorsed by the Elvis Presley estate, SONY Music and RCA.

He’s continued to be seen on stage in plays and tribute shows to many of the other greats as well, Buddy Holly, JohnnyCash, and Carl Perkins to name a few. And he continues to be in demand wherever fans of ROCK & ROLL gather. It seems Eddie is also beginning to get some much-deserved acclaim, thanks to the release of his four studio albums to date; “Sometimes It Rains”, “Eddie Clendening Is… Walkin’ And Cryin’”, “Eddie

Grey DeLisle, Eddie Clendening, Deke Dickerson (Ecco-Fonics), Carl Sonny Leyland (Big Sandy and The Fly Rite Boys), Murry Hammond (Old 97’s), and DJ Bonebrake (Founding Member of X and The Knitters).

 You will never forgive me if you do not get your eyes on these videos first, grab your kids and the naughty neighbor, have a party. You will never be the same again;)


Hello Gimme Country listeners!
 Happy New Year! Here at Gimme Country, we hope 2022 is everything we hoped 2021 would be.

It’s a new year, but we’re holding to the same idea that having your favorite artists host Guest DJ Specials makes our programming unique and truly special – so we’re planning to keep that up in 2022. Below are just SOME of our upcoming Guest DJ Specials:

Julie Christensen – Guest DJ SpecialFri, Jan 21You don’t earn a pedigree like Julie Christensen’s without a high level of authenticity, and you don’t get to play the blues until you’ve paid your dues. Altho she is perhaps best known as the co-founder of the influential alt-country band The Divine Horseman, Christensen has been willing to explore a wide variety of musical styles, and has worked with everyone from Chris D to Leonard Cohen to kd Lang to Lou Reed, among a select few. After being a guest on many Gimme Country shows, we thought it was time for Julie to host her own!

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Dillinger Days 2022

Dillinger Day Pre-Party

Saturday, January 15th 7:00- 10:00pm Hotel Congress $10 Ages 21+

Celebrate the first night of Dillinger Days with live music, Johnny Hotshot’s gun trick show, burlesque dancers, whiskey specials, & more!

Break out your favorite 1930s digs and come on down for an evening of live music, Johnny Hotshot’s gun trick show, burlesque dancers, whiskey specials, and more at the historic Hotel Congress! Dress to impress, because this year we’re adding in a best dressed contest! 

If you’d like to dine at the Cup, we highly recommend reserving your table well in advance! Reserve your table here. The Plaza Eats food truck will be open and serving up delicious fare throughout the evening. 

A portion of proceeds goes to the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation to assist with unmet needs in the fire service community in the areas of advanced training, technology, survivor’s help, education campaigns, firefighter health and wellness, and other support services.

Come to the annual spectacle in honor of the capture of America’s most notorious outlaw by the Tucson Police and Fire Departments!

About this event

Step back in time with vintage cars, live music, 1930s entertainment, local vendors, reenactments of Dillingers capture and more!

Experience the re-enactment of John Dillinger’s downfall at the hands of Tucson law enforcement, famously known for succeeding with Dillinger’s arrest when the FBI couldn’t. Mobs of history buffs, fans of the 1930s, and pop culture enthusiasts crowd the historic Hotel Congress annually to pay homage to the man that famously earned the title Public Enemy No. 1 and his nationally-renowned apprehension.

Re-enactments are at 11am, 12:45pm, and 3pm


10am: Desert Melodies

11am:  Dillinger reenactment

11:30 am:  Desert Melodies

12:45 pm: Dillinger reenactment

1:15pm: Lecture: “History of Hotel Congress” by Ken Scoville 

1:30 pm: Dillinger Historic Walking Tour

2:00-2:45pm: Prison Band

3pm: Dillinger reenactment

4pm: Lecture: “The 1930s, Tucson’s Last Quiet Decade” by Ken Scoville

5pm: Mr Boogie Woogie

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Thank you to our sponsors!


Crest Insurance Group

Focus HR

Mission Linen

Life Along the Streetcar

National Bank of Arizona


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We love music. We also love our guests, our employees, and the artists who entrust us to host their performances. We believe it’s in the best interest of all these groups to ensure their safety as best we can. To that end, we are following the science as we understand it and asking that all guests that enter our indoor club space be vaccinated or show a 72 hour negative Covid test result.

Our outside plaza space will not have this restriction, but we will be following CDC, and local health guidelines, and strongly recommend mask wearing whenever possible. THAT BEING SAID, we will honor any covid restrictions that any artist requests around their performance on the plaza stage.  Please check our concert listings for those details. We appreciate your patience, and appreciate you pivoting with us we navigate this very weird time.


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I am very proud to share with you what I have been working on in Tucson. This is an all ages- family, free, outdoor event featuring Tucson local Jazz Bands, UA Jazz Bands and a world class performer Kendrick Scott who is our 2022 Artist in Residency.

We will have a hand-curated array of local food trucks for you as well. Can’t wait!

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Video Premiere: Julie Christensen “Gloryland” (By Kevin Gordon)

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Julie Christensen — “Gloryland” (by Kevin Gordon)

Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Julie Christensen’s version of Kevin Gordon’s song “Gloryland.” Christensen has a forthcoming album 11 From Kevin — Songs of Kevin Gordon, due to be released on January 21 via Wirebird Records. The album was produced by Julie Christensen and Brett Ryan Stewart and mastered by Mark Chalecki.

Basic and Overdub tracks with Chris Tench, Sergio Webb (guitars, dobro, banjo) and Chris Benelli (drums) and Irakli Gabriel’s pump organ, Gregory Boaz’ bass parts,

“Glorlayn” is Julie Christensen on lead vocals; Brett Ryan Stewart and Rosemary Fossee Stewart on backing vocals; Sergio Webb on electric guitar lead (stereo left); Chris Tench on electric guitar (stereo right + atmosphere); Chris Benelli on drums; and Gregory Boaz on electric bass.

Julie’s typical punk sensibilities a là the Divine Horsemen and The Flesh Eaters is applied here in an dark and serious twist.  “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The song’s not meant to attack anyone’s beliefs–just the negative effects of that idea of ‘Gloryland’ when it gets manipulated by politicians and priests–the old ‘Bible wrapped in a flag’ trick…the very real human costs in the here and now. I was thinking, with each character, about empathy and when that is lost – what bad things can happen. — Kevin Gordon

I wanted to record this song because it deals with longing, frustration and doubt, power, and lack of it. I edited the video that my husband John Henry shot of me, and a bunch of old foreign movie footage (thanks to a giant box of DVDs that Chris D gave me) and news stuff from the web. Kevin says they seem to match the visions in his head from back when he wrote the song and put it out 10 years ago in. — Julie Christensen

The Video

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RYAN HAMILTON: 1221 out November 26, 2021



Ryan Hamilton — Photo credit: J Moreau

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Ryan Hamilton and his band were booked to play multiple UK festivals during the summer of 2020, among them Maverick festival (Americana) and LeeFest, where they were fourth on a bill headlined by Brit-rockers Ash. Then, of course, the world ground to a COVID induced halt…

During 2021, with touring still off the agenda owing to the pandemic, Ryan has been releasing a new track a month via Wicked Cool for his project ‘1221’. Collaboration has been the abiding theme, with artists & friends such as Bob Schneider and Chuck Prophet offering up previously unreleased original songs for the record. Nestled among originals of his own, ‘1221 also features a smattering of choice covers where Ryan does his very own take on songs by the Spin Doctors (How Could You Want Him…), Catherine Wheel (Satellite) and the Refreshments (Banditos).

Working with go-to producer Dave Draper, the singles came together in pandemic isolation with Ryan recording at his home studio in Texas and Dave sprinkling his magic from the U.K.

Today, Ryan and his label Wicked Cool Records have released all of these monthly singles as a full album, titled ‘1221.’ Stream the album at:


December 2021

VINX SOUL KITCHEN returns to ATLANTA December 15 – 19, 2021!!!

We are so excited to announce that VINX will be back in the USA to host another episode of his famous SOUL KITCHEN CREATIVITY RETREATS!   This event will take place at the Stone Mountain Marriott resort on the lake in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

TO REGISTER please follow this link:  REGISTRATION PAGE

VINX SOUL KITCHEN on CLUBHOUSE … Sit at the table with Vinx where all of us connoisseurs unsheathe the music and magic from our ARTIST WITHIN!!!   Follow this link…

And if you want to take your creativity to the next level JOIN US at the Vinx Virtual Workshops … click here for info!

This special Creativity Lab that we call Soul Kitchen is designed for musicians, artists and creative folk from all genres: 

– invigorate your creative spark

– meet other musicians from around the world in an open atmosphere that promotes collaboration and exploration

– hone your performance skills. 

The creativity exchange will include ample time for rehearsals, new creations and collaborations.   This is a great opportunity for professionals to work on their craft and for the novice to learn from top notch international teachers, no matter your language skills!   You will not be alone… all sessions will have translators available… we got you!

Welcome to the Songwriter’s Soul Kitchen, Vol 31! We are expecting an incredible group

of artists, singers, poets, musicians, and producers from across the US. No doubt, it will be

a classic funky good time. Until then, here are some important details to share.

Workshop Location All Workshops will take place at:

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort

4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083 USA

Meals & Beverages

This is the Soul Kitchen, right?!?! One of the best experiences of the Soul Kitchen is the

fellowship over great food and drinks. The Conference Resort has a restaurant and there is

ample food establishments nearby so we will build some natural breaks for Lunch and

Dinner. For those who are up for it, we can all chip in and order together.. For all those

who plan to sip during the weekend, please to bring your favorite wine, beer, or liquor.

1. We endeavor to create a very organic songwriting experience. Everyone has something

unique to contribute which gives each of us a chance to step out of our own box and

grow. With that being said, let’s see where the vibe takes each songwriting team.

Experience has taught us that spontaneity is the beauty of the Soul Kitchen vibe. We

never really know what kind of “groove gumbo” will be cooked up! If you have current

ideas for a song, we ask that you reserve your material for special moments throughout

the weekend. As time permits, Vinx and others will be glad to listen and provide ideas

to develop your personal songs. If, however, you choose to include/share your music or

lyrics with a songwriting team, your work now becomes part of the collective

songwriting process including copyright and publishing rights.

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I spent last week in Hollywood with long-time clients and friends Grey DeLisle and Miss Pamela Des Barres which one would imagine to be enough glitz and glamour and rock and roll to do ya but NOPE, Grey brought me a surprise, sure he would be a great fit for my roster and lo and BEHOLD, she knows me well. Not a huge fan of tributes, I would never have discovered him on my own so I really got lucky! In addition to rounding out our shared fun with his funny, witty and sweet natural personality, he writes, records and plays beautiful music of his own. To me, the best part is the collaboration between the two of them coming soon! I will not say too much yet but there will be a kids show, record and more AND an adult cabaret show so public, private and festival stage will all get a chance!!

Eddie Clendening brings with him over two decades of experienceon the stage. Having appeared with early ROCK & ROLL greats like Scotty Moore, James Burton, Pat Cupp, Hayden Thompson, Billy Lee Riley, Earl Palmer, Dale Hawkins, Gene Summers, Jimmy Lee Fautheree, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and scores of others. Contemporary musicians arealso taking notice of this explosive and handsome young front man for not
only his vocals, but also his work on the electric guitar. 

Eddie originated the role of, and was featured as Elvis Presley in the hit Broadway musical “The Million Dollar Quartet”, where he performed 8 shows a week to packed houses racking up over 2200 performances! He also helped create and starred in the show “Heartbreak Hotel” that is currently the only Elvis Presley stage bio endorsed by the Elvis Presley estate, SONY Music and RCA. He’s continued to be seen on stage in plays and tribute shows to many of the other greats as well, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins to name a few. And he continues to be in demand wherever fans of ROCK & ROLL gather. 

He has appeared on several ad campaigns for fashion brands like W.H. Ranch Dungarees, J.S. Sloan, and Ralph Lauren, coast to coast, prime time, and regional television programs such as, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Today Show and more. He has also been a regular voice on various
satellite/AM/FM/internet radio programs. 

Eddie has toured extensively and successfully with his own backing group “The Blue Ribbon Boys” in not only the U.S. but Europe, Asia, Australia, and elsewhere. He has also worked with other well known groups such as Deke Dickerson’s Ecco-Fonics, Big Sandy, The Hi-Qs, Lloyd Tripp… the list goes on and on. He has been invited to perform at dozens of international music festivals, The Rockabilly Rave, Viva Las Vegas, Hemsby, Le Blues Autour du Zinc Rockabilly and so on… not only with his own combo but also as the vocalist for the reunion of “Go Cat Go”, one then largest selling roots ROCK & ROLL groups of the 90’s who tragically lost their singer in 1993. 

It seems Eddie is also beginning to get some much deserved acclaim, thanks to the release of his four studio albums to date; “Sometimes It Rains”, “Eddie Clendening Is… Walkin’ And Cryin’”, “Eddie Clendening Is… Knockin’ At Your Heart”, and “Eddie Clendening Is… The Rage Of The Teen-Age!”, as well as several singles and compilation inclusions. 


2021 with client JOLYNN J CHIN

Many artists beloved to us each spent 2021 creating and we each have emotions that connect easily with art. Well, I am very blessed that June of 2021 brought me the riches of JJC and I cannot wait to return the favor! Ya’ll this doll has got TALENT and my Austin AMG office would love to bring her to each and every city in North America in 2022. Enjoy~This is a performance at NAMM 2020, we cannot wIT FOR 2022!


CD Release for the Austin City Limits Tribute to Walter Hyatt. Tickets HERE!!!! and they will sell out.

The Warren Hood band will play live, with special guests to celebrate the  CD of the Austin City Limits tribute to Walter Hyatt that featured David and Champ as well as Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Junior Brown, David Halley and Allison Moorer. It was recorded 25 years ago in October. The CD has a release date of 10/1

People ask Warren Hood a lot of questions at the end of a show – what was the name of that song you played – it sounded like Stephane Grappelli maybe, right after the Doug Sahm cover? How did you learn to play fiddle like that? Are you playing anywhere else this week? How old are you? Warren always obliges to answer all of the questions, that’s just his character (the answers are usually something like, “Black Cat”, hard work and listening to the right records, yes, definitely, and older than you think). He cares deeply about the experiences of the people who come to his shows and buy his records and works hard to create memorable live performances and albums.

Warren started playing classical violin at age 11 in the school orchestra, later studying privately with Bill Dick. He won classical music competitions, including the Pearl Amster Youth Concerto Competition and the Austin Youth Award, which gave him the opportunity to perform as a soloist on “Lalo Symphonie Espagnole” with the Austin Symphony, conducted by Peter Bay. Warren later balanced studying at Austin High with touring with Charlie Robison and the South Austin Jug Band. After high school, Warren earned a rare scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he majored in Violin Performance, played with Steven Tyler and formed an acoustic string band, Blue Light Special. At Berklee, Warren earned the coveted String Achievement Award, an award chosen by faculty to honor talent and as a vote of confidence on future success.

Leaving Berklee, Warren returned to Austin and was in demand as a sideman, playing with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, and joining The Waybacks, a band he would play with for the next ten years. Through all of this, Warren played with the South Austin Jug Band when he could, especially as a part of their Sunday night residency at Momo’s on W 6th St in Austin. When the residency ended for SAJB, Warren gathered a group of friends and took over Sunday nights under his own name, starting his first solo venture and releasing his first studio record, “Warren Hood”, an eclectic mix of both songs and legendary Austin players including Marcia Ball, Cindy Cashdollar, and Ephraim Owens.

The Momo’s Sunday residency lasted seven years and was a testing ground for Warren where he found his sound, learned how to lead a band, and gave the artists he shared the stage with space to shine – something he had plenty of experience with from the other point of view, having been a sideman for 10+ years. The way Warren ran Sunday nights had a lot in common with the residencies he grew up around in Austin – his father, Champ’s, ‘Singin for your Supper’ at Threadgill’s (Marcia Ball, Butch Hancock, Ruthie Foster, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore) and Toni Price’s ’Hippie Hour’ at The Continental Club.

The band Warren plays with now (Marshall Hood and Willie Pipkin on guitar, Nate Rowe on bass, and Jordan Cook on drums) is the current version of the band he started back in 2004 at Momo’s. This band plays every week at ABGB, drawing a mix of “old Austin” and newcomers, musicians and music lovers, and dancers who stay on the floor from the first to last song. The Warren Hood Band plays a mix of their own songs, classic country, and blues, with a nod towards their Texas roots with a few Uncle Walt’s

Band songs mixed in. Warren recorded “Warren Hood Band” in 2013, an album produced by Charlie Sexton and released by Red Parlor Records. A multi-instrumentalist (violin, guitar, mandolin) and accomplished singer-songwriter, Warren is described in the press a lot of different ways: “virtuoso” ”seven time Austin Music Award winner – Best Strings” ”Texas fiddler” ”Chet Baker crooner” “bluegrass picker” – but for him it all kind of blends together into everything he does (and what he does doesn’t always have fiddle). Warren says slyly that “playing different styles of music is like speaking different languages – the difference between violin and fiddle is how you roll your Rs. The more languages you speak the more people you can talk to.”

Warren’s greatest influence is certainly his father, Champ Hood. Champ was a member of Uncle Walt’s Band, an acoustic folk trio from Spartanburg, South Carolina that also included Walter Hyatt and David Ball. They moved to Austin in 1975, prime time for the zeitgeist of the Austin heyday, playing at Waterloo and the Armadillo and building a cadre of lifelong fans. Their intricate harmonies and creative songwriting inspired their contemporaries, many of whom are today’s best loved and most respected songwriters and artists, and continue to touch those who discover their records today. Warren spends as much time with his band as he does playing and recording alongside other artists: David Ball, The Bodeans, Hayes Carll, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Earl Keen, Ben Kweller, Little Feat, Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Toni Price, Bob Schneider, South Austin Jug Band, Redd Volkaert, Jerry Jeff Walker The Waybacks, Bob Weir, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis and more.

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Vote For Your Favorite Albums Released In August 2021

August 2021 Favorite album poll: Vote for three. (Mine were Divine Horsemen, Cruzados and Willie Nile! You have to scroll half way down the page to see poll..

Poll is open until the end of the day September 30.  Top winners will be featured in our playlists.

Albums Of The Week: Divine Horsemen | Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix

Chris D. & Julie Christensen saddle up & hit the ground running after 33 years.

By Darryl Sterdan



UPDATE: Here are a few current motivators;)

ALL MUSIC – review, 9/1. Link here

AMERICAN SONGWRITER – song/video premiere (“Handful of Sand”) and news break, 6/17.

AMERICANA HIGHWAYS – Bill Bentley will review in Bentley’s Bandstand; probably other reviews as well, 6/17; John Apice reviewed, 8/17.  Link here

ANTI-MUSIC – Julie wrote Singled Out column, 6/28; Kevin Weirzbicki to review, 8/23; Singled Out ran 8/26.  Link here

BEATSVILLE – review, 8/25. Link here

BROOKLYN VEGAN – premiered “Stony Path” audio on 7/1 ; and posted later that same day in New Songs Out Today roundup, 7/1. Link here

COACHELLA VALLEY WEEKLY (Palm Springs/Joshua Tree, CA) – Eleni P. Austin to review, 6/17; review ran on 9/9

COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT – Loring Wirbel reviewing, 8/13

DAGGER ZINE – Tim Hinely will review and raved about it on Facebook, 7/19; review ran 8/26. Link here

DESERT STAR WEEKLY (Palm Spring/Desert Hot Springs) – Robert Kinsler reviewed, 8/16. Link here 

EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE – review, 9/3. Link here

GIMME COUNTRY – Jimi Palacios to interview, 7/29

GILDE – interview feature by Hannah Means-Shannon, 8/24

GOLDMINE – Lee Zimmerman reviewing, 8/14; also Peter Lindblad reviewed, 8/25. Link here

JERSEY BEAT – Jim Testa reviewed, 8/27. Link here

JP’s MUSIC BLOG – review, 8/17. Link here

KCSN 88/5 FM (Los Angeles/SoCal) – Kat Griffin interviewing on Americana show, 8/20


PASADENA WEEKLY – review by Bliss Bowen, 8/25. Link here ; and online version, 8/26. Link here

PUNK GLOBE – review/feature, 9/7. Link here

REVENGE OF THE ‘80s RADIO – Chris Cordiani interviewed Chris D, 9/3. Link here

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TRUTH – Robert Kinsler reviewed, 8/8. Link here

STAGE 1 PRESS – Bill Samaras to interview Chris 7/30

TAKE EFFECT – Tom Haugen will review, 6/17

THE ALTERNATE ROOT – posted “handful of Sand” video, 6/21. Link here

THE BIG TAKEOVER – Michael Toland reviewing (also pitching feature), 7/29; also Marcel Feldmar reviewimg, art sent, 816; Toland review ran 8/26. Link here ; premiere pitch for video, 8/27

THE SCHMOOZE BUTTON – video podcast, 9/3.

TINNITIST – “Handful of Sand” video posted in Thursday Mixtape, 6/17. Link here ; and “Stony Path” posted in Thursday Mixtape, 7/1. Link here ; Album of the Week, 8/27. Link here ; and doing Zoom interview, 8/27

TWANGVILLE – Q&A feature ran 8/10. Link here

Divine Horsemen, the fiery, eclectic ’80s group that rode the unique vocal chemistry of Chris Desjardins (aka Chris D.) and Julie Christensen, return to the musical stage with Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix. Co-produced by Desjardins and Craig Parker Adams (who engineered I Used To Be Pretty, the 2019 release by Chris D.’s groundbreaking ’70s punk band The Flesh Eaters), the new 13-track album comprises the first new music by the Horsemen in 33 years.

Founded after the dissolution of The Flesh Eaters and launched with the 1984 album Time Stands Still, billed as Chris D./Divine Horseman, the band released three albums and an EP on SST Records, all of which featured the searing harmonies of Desjardins and Christensen, who were married at the time. The couple split professionally and personally just prior to the release of their January 1988 EP A Handful of Sand. However, the two musicians remained in touch over the years, and Christensen contributed vocals to five tracks on I Used to Be Pretty, which reunited the 1980 “all-star” edition of The Flesh Eaters heard on the Ruby/Slash classic A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die. By then, the idea of reviving Divine Horsemen was already percolating.

“Julie had asked me about six or seven years ago about doing Divine Horsemen again,” Desjardins says. “I told her I wasn’t quite ready yet, though I did want to do it eventually. Then in 2015 The Flesh Eaters started doing reunion shows. In 2018 we did it some more, and we recorded the album, released it in early 2019, and we went out on tour and supported it. Since the beginning of 2018, Julie and I had been talking about Divine Horsemen again.”

Christensen — who had moved on to work with Leonard Cohen in the 1990s and release seven albums of her own work — adds, “We recorded I Used to Be Pretty in April of 2018. Previous to that we had started plans for a Divine Horsemen tour in the fall, playing older stuff. Chris had song ideas and cover ideas for a studio album — it was just kind of forming in his head. I started looking for covers, too. I did some of The Flesh Eaters ‘live’ gigs the first three months of 2019, and found out that we were getting along really well.”


The singers’ plans called for reuniting with such onetime Divine Horsemen as guitarist Peter Andrus (who had appeared on A Handful of Sand and the 1987 album Snake Handler) and bassist Robyn Jameson, who had worked with Desjardins on the majority of his recordings between 1982 and 2004. However, Jameson tragically died in 2018 following a street assault; Bobby Permanent, Andrus’ longtime musical collaborator, was recruited to take the late musician’s slot on the new recordings. Andrus is also a veteran of bands Crowbar Salvation and Detroit’s The Volebeats. Permanent (under the name Robert Pollard) has also contributed to various movie soundtracks, most notably John Cassavetes’ final film Love Streams.

The 2021 Divine Horsemen lineup is completed by drummer DJ Bonebrakeof the incomparable L.A. band X; he also was a member of the 2018 recording and 2019 touring editions of The Flesh Eaters (which also included X’s John DoeDave Alvin and Bill Bateman of The Blasters, and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos). Keyboardist Doug Lacy, another veteran of the Snake Handlersessions, returns to the fold; he and Christensen both later sang backup for the duo of Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks, and Lacy has appeared on several of Parks’ other projects.

The release of Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix was prefaced in late 2020 by the release of the vintage recordings Divine Horsemen ‘Live’ 1985-1987 and two Bandcamp singles: Mystery Writers, a new composition by Desjardins and Andrus, and Mind Fever Soul Fire, a song that originally appeared on Love Cannot Die, a 1995 Chris D. solo album. (A new rendition of that set’s title song is also heard as the concluding track on the new album; a high-intensity re-recording of Handful of Sand, the 1988 EP’s title number, is also featured.)

The new material on the album reflects a diversity of sources. “I wanted to mash up some European folk material,” Desjardins says of No Evil Star, a madrigal-like composition. “There are a whole bunch of sites on the internet that have public domain folk songs from Europe, specifically England, Scotland, and Ireland. These are all from the 1700s and 1800s. The music for the verse is from one folk song I found on a Celtic folk site. The words are all original. But the chorus music is not Celtic, it’s more Latin — they also had a few Spanish folk songs on there. Peter joked when we were working up that tune that it was our Jethro Tull song.”

Like Ghost Cave Lament — the sprawling number that concluded I Used to Be Pretty — both Barefoot in the Streets and Stony Path= reflect Desjardins’ ongoing fascination with Spanish flamenco. “Those songs are linked lyrically,” Desjardins says. “Stony Path is a continuation of Barefoot in the Streets. They’re both murder ballad-styled songs. The lyrics of Barefoot in the Streetsis flamenco-inspired, but the music is not really Spanish — Julie came up with the music.” Christensen says the writing of the latter number came late in the recording of the album: “Chris called and said, ‘You know, I’ve just been remiss. I feel like we should write a song together, and I have this “barefoot in the streets” idea.’ He’d already written the lyrics. He had a little bit of a melody idea, too, but not much of one — there was just the scan of it.” She adds that singing Stony Path presented some unique vocal challenges: “Flamenco singers break their voices in order to do what they do.” The song was left for the end of the album sessions, and she nailed her demanding part in a single take. Christensen is represented as a co-writer on another song, Falling Forward, written with Lathan McKay. “He’s an actor and musician who lives in Austin,” Desjardins says. “He’s also the foremost authority on Evil Knievel!”

Beyond her writing, Christensen served an invaluable function by finding outside compositions for the album. “I found a couple of covers from Tennessee writers,” the former Nashville resident says. “Any Day Now is byTim Lee and Susan Bauer Lee. They used to have a band called Tim Lee 3, he was also in a band called The Windbreakers, and now Bark. They used to get hold of Divine Horsemen LPs and hand them out to people – ‘Here, you’ve gotta hear this.’ We got to be fast friends, and their song Any Day Now just floored me. Strangers is by another Tennessee writer named Johnny Duke — he wrote it with Will Kimbrough. I originally heard it acoustically, just him and a guitar. I spoke to him after I heard him play it, and I said, ‘I don’t know if you’d be into this, but I have this band, and I’d love to try doing it with them as a Neil Young and Crazy Horse kind of thing.’”

Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix is rounded out by a typically diverse selection of covers. 25th Floor is a Patti SmithIvan Kral original, heard on the 1978 album EasterIce Cream Phoenix was a vehicle for the vocal harmonies of Grace Slick, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner on Jefferson Airplane’s 1968 LP Crown of Creation. But the album’s greatest curiosity may be the raucous, profane Can’t You See?, an oddball tune that had obsessed Desjardins for years.

He says, “That’s a song written by Charlie Cuva and Robert Downey Sr., for Downey’s movie Pound. I’d heard that song at the Fox Venice Theatre in 1972, in the intermission of a double feature. Robert Downey Sr. had pressed up 100 or so copies of five songs from Pound to send out to independent theaters, as a promotion. It was never commercially released as a record. I had not heard it in years, and the guy who put out my book A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die sent me an MP3 of it. When the prospect came to do this album, I thought, we’ve got to do this. I played it for Julie and Peter, and they went through the roof over it.”

In all, Hot Rise Of An Ice Cream Phoenix stands as a bracing new achievement by a distinctive musical partnership that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Like The Flesh Eaters’ recent reunion, it’s a welcome return that plays to the group’s historic strengths. “It was really good for both of us,” Desjardins says “and we really enjoyed it. There’s also — unintentionally — context in some of those songs about what happened between us as a couple.” Christensen adds, “One thing Chris has always been adept at is taking a song, and you hear the raw bones of it, and then he casts the band so well, and he runs a rehearsal like a tight ship. We would fashion these gems of songs out of rocks. He’s always been really good at directing a song toward what it’s supposed to do.”

It should be noted, in addition to producing (or co-producing) all of his Flesh Eaters and Divine Horsemen efforts, Desjardins has a modest but important legacy as an A&R man/in-house producer at Slash/Ruby Records from 1980-1984, co-producing with Tito Larriva seminal work by The Gun Club(their debut album Fire of Love), producing The Dream Syndicate (Days of Wine and Roses) and Green on Red (Gravity Talks), and mixing with Glenn Danzig and The Misfits (Walk Among Us). He also shepherded The Lazy Cowgirls on their eponymous debut. Last but not least, Desjardins produced Soulsuckers on Parade, a wildly unhinged, never-available-before-to-the-public 1984 session by Jeffrey Lee Pierce (with a backing group of then-BlastersDave AlvinBill Bateman, and Gene Taylor, and Green on Red’s Jack Waterson) that is only now being released in 2021 — 36 years later!”

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