I have to say I agree Joe Kent can be an ass, we go to Graceland atleast three times a year and we happen to run across the Joe Kent show which on all other occasions has been a great show. We even turn down going to Beale Street just to see his show and after in the middle of a conversation he starts cursing and gets up and runs out, it is not only rude and obnoxious it has ruined it for us and all our friends that go with us to see him. If you need to go get drunk and fight at the VFW then you don't need to be performing.
They are bringing sexy back this Saturday night!
This is one of the very best bands to have ever come out of Memphis TN.
As one of the gingerbread house builders in this display, I was extremely disappointed to see that the photograph shown here is a stock photo of a sweet but standard, teensy house. I would not be interested in visiting Gingerbread Dream based on this picture. The real gingerbread village at the Botanic Gardens is amazing; the buildings are huge and intricately decorated by professionals. Please- if you can't represent this event with a photo of the actual display, don't use a photo at all!
I am sorry to see the negative comments about Joe's behavior after the show. It might give people the idea they should avoid the show and that would be a disservice to Joe the performer. The show was top notch and was the perfect finale for our trip to Graceland. Highly recommend it to anyone.
I was lucky enough to spend my 15th wedding anniversary listening to the beauty that is James Govan and the Boogie Blues Band-look out! We are coming in June 2011 to spend our 20th listening to James again!! Can't get enough :D
Much Love to James and the Band
From Martha (pronounced Mawthur) and Jeff
I participated in this workshop in Pensacola last month. Awesome event. Finally, a great "Eastern" philosophy discussed by an American Buddhist monk in a way a "Westerner" can easily understand and practice with positive results.
The quality of art just keeps getting better and better, and this year is definitely the best. With 50 artists showing work, there is SO much to choose from. Fortunately, there is the opportunity to preview the art the week before the show during school hours - good for those of us who have a hard time making up our minds! It's a great way to support your local artists and find some very impressive art for your home.
Mirimichi's patio parties are awesome - and this one is going to be the best! I love the Def Tonz, and it will be so much fun to dress up, enjoy dinner and have a good time!!
This is one of my favorite Memphis art events! 50+ artists. Live jazz. Wine (available) and delicious hors d'oeuvres! All for $5 admission on Saturday night= a great evening of art and entertainment! (The Sunday afternoon opportunity to see the art is new this year. A nice outing in daylight, too!)
Just an observation...this is a press photo from the DC production, not the Memphis production!
Rock & Roll Heaven! I recently had the pleasure of seeing a part of my teenage years come back to life right before my eyes! I was a big fan of "The Gants" from Greenwood Ms. I remember being tucked in bed late at night listing to WLS Chicago and the thrill I got when The Gants came on with their regional hit Road Runner! I had seen them perform in Greenwood and to hear them being played along with the Beatles and all the others bands was a great thrill!
They say you can't go back but I got that same old feeling at Ground Zero when The Gants took the stage. Sid Herring has one of the best rock & roll voices any where and he was cooking! Sid has gotten his hands on some young, very talented, guys and Presto! GANT MAGIC! Keep it coming Sid!
Love you Brother! Doug
Ease up on SlowHand... you're comparing apples and oranges. RT answers to a different calling and blends development with desire. We're all here to do our best and comparing critically only detracts from what we're focusing on here and now.
Marketed by guitar nerds? Please. Did you see him perform live the other night ? Some people are just not willing to accept the fact that some of the non-mainstream guitarist like Thompson, Hillage, Zappa, etc are more talented then the ones played constantly on the radio. At 61 years old I could not believe what this man was still capable of doing during a nearly 3 hour performance. And try to get a ticket to see him when he plays in NYC. Already sold out.
Wow, they're still around? They used to be great, as I remember them. I'm trying to remember where it was they used to have a regular gig. Wasn't it that place on Poplar where the Taco Bell is now (near the theater that was turned into a bookstore)?
While I'm at it, what was the name of the group that used to have a regular gig at Gonzales and Gertrude's in Overton Square? They had a Hispanic guy (as I recall) who was a hearthrob for the ladies as their lead singer.
If you don't know anything about a preformer, just admit it. Who knows about every brilliant performer? Or at least listen to their work but just to make stuff up?? Richard Thompson has never been "folk". Early Fairport Convention pioneered British folk/rock but man that rock element was a cornerstone. Heck, when Richard Thompson plays the acoustic he plays with more passion and originality than kids half his age.
You did get the brilliant songwriter part right though. And that you can't buy for love or money.
These days Eric Clapton is a one-dimensional mediocrity whose best days are over three decades behind him. Richard Thompson is an order of magnitude better as a guitarist, both in his versatile virtuosity and sheer musical breadth/depth -- and that's not even considering the stunning quality and quantity of his songwriting and the powerful emotional impact of his vocals. Thompson has some peers as a "triple threat" player/writer/singer -- Buddy Miller and Darrell Scott, both now touring with long-time Thompson admirer Robert Plant, come to mind -- but Eric Clapton isn't one of them.
You never spent a better $25.
Have you ever actually heard Richard Thompson play? Try "Hard On Me" - folk!?!?!
I could not shake your Clapton comparison last night. It reinforced my enthusiasm for Bruce/Baker and Whitlock/Duane. I love Cream and Derek, but given Clapton's lazy subsequent output, I have only contempt for the guy. Clapton never played like that.
Thompson's song craft and lyrical soloing are of a much higher order. Last night was a demonstration of showmanship, composition and technical brilliance WAY beyond Clapton's abilities or ambition.
The show was so good. But your comparison made me sad!
Major respect to the sound guy, who kept it from being too loud.
Hard to come up with a better Tuesday.
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