Sunday, May 25, 2014

8 Year UK Tour Anniversary

Eight years ago today, my band Rush Hour Soul embarked on its first tour of the United Kingdom. It was an exhilarating time. Not only did we perform a slate of shows, we had a recording date at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales and a music video to shoot for A Talent For Loving in London.

We played all over the North of England (oop North) in towns like Sheffield, Huddersfield, Barnsley and York. I did the driving on the "other" side of the road. Talk about adventures.

The highlight was a series of shows in Liverpool, including the historic Cavern Club, as a part of the International Pop Overthrow Festival. As a Beatles fanatic, it was incredibly meaningful and moving to play their hometown, trod their streets and to visit their childhood homes.

So many indelible moments that I shared with Bryan and Doug; and Patty and Molly, our touring party. Even as time, space and life has separated the group, that magical season is ours forever. I am thankful for them and I still love them dearly.

I have since returned to the UK to play for friends and fans three more times; and I plan to return in 2015. Thanks to everyone who supported and befriended us on that first and each subsequent visit. You have truly blessed my life and my musical dreams.

If you care to, revisit my blog posts in the Rockwell from 2006. Or dig the short subject doc shot by Will Archer on YouTube that captures just a little of the lunacy of being in a band. We look so young! But I won't wax nostalgic for long. There is new music on the horizon.

Peace & Disco Beats


Saturday, May 03, 2014

Songs For National Train Day


In honor of National Train Day next Saturday, I thought I would rattle off 14 of my favorite tracks about riding the rail.

Mystery Train - Junior Parker or Elvis Presley
Last of the Steam Powered Trains - The Kinks
One After 909 - The Beatles
Subway - Bee Gees
Night Train - James Brown
Ghost Train - Gorillaz
Love Train - O'Jays
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry - Bob Dylan
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight and the Pips
The Day We Caught The Train - Ocean Colour Scene
The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad
The Last Train To Clarksville - The Monkees
Downtown Train - Tom Waits
I've Been Working on the Railroad - Pete Seeger

Mystery Train is hands down the best; and you can flip a coin for which version.

What Am I Doin' Hangin' Round? by the Monkees is another one I love, but the train is in the lyric not the title. Train in Vain by the Clash is a heavy favorite, but the lyric is not about trains. And Grand Funk gets the nod over Little Eva today because RR is in their name.

I've performed one of these with some frequency: Love Train. It's just a great song and recording. O'Jays just nailed it. I'm sure there are more songs you could add. Nilsson's Nobody Cares About the Railroad Anymore immediately springs to mind. Well, gimme yours and we'll hop a freight car with the Urbane Hobos!