For those of you who gloriously followed our "Pure Prine" project, we have great news to share: the new touring-friendly. concert-only production "Prine: A Tribute Concert". Same tremendous line-up of 30-plus John Prine compositions, and same tremendous cast - with one notable exception: the very talented (and very pregnant) Jenni Gregory has been replaced by delightful Chicago-based singer-songwriter Megon McDonough. Lou Harry, in the Indianapolis Business Journal, just listed "Pure Prine" in his "Ten Best Of The Year" column, and here's what he says:
"The Phoenix Theatre not only staged, but created. “Pure Prine” transcended the usual jukebox musical to such an extent that it was brought back for a revisit just months later. It’s also likely to have an afterlife, with a concert version opening this month in Chicago. See what happens when great raw material, a first-rate cast, and an ideal set are managed by a talented director with a passion for the material? This one made it look easy, but anyone who knows theater knows it wasn’t. Kudos to all involved. Some of the “Pure Prine” crew were also involved in the infectious, surprisingly joyful “Hoosier Dylan” at the Athenaeum..."
The shows run Friday, Saturday (two shows) and Sunday, starting January 14th. (No show on Jan. 29). Hope you can make it! Who doesn't love Chicago in the winter, you babies!
Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men, everybody! Different Beat Radio returns just in time to close out the year with the long-awaited "Episode #7: That Time Of The Year: 2010 Holidaze Edition." A cornucopia of seasonally aural delights of all creeds and denomination, including:
+ "That Time Of The Year", the original recording of Tim's holiday chestnut that appeared on the 1995 WTTS-FM "Overeasy Xmas" CD that also featured holiday fare from Matthew Sweet, Lisa Germano and Henry Lee Summer...
+ Two tracks produced by Tim for the Phoenix Theatre "A Very Phoenix Xmas" franchise: "How Do You Spell Channukkahh" (written by Adam Gardner of Guster fame) and "Toys", from a sketch written by Tim and Bryan Fonseca for this year's "Regifted" production...
+ A wonderful "found" gospel medley courtesy of Emmett Cooper and Lloyd, Avanell, Bertha and Floyd, recorded in southern Indiana sometime in the early to mid-1940's...
+ The quirky "I Saw Santa Driving A Hearse" from Louisville's quirky "Rock and Roll Grandpa" Lynn Charles (Chuck) Foster...
+ The soon-to-be-holiday-classic "May Your Light Shine Brightly" from Detroit's Rosetta Pebble, from their upcoming album which may or may not be titled "Three"...
Plus, a holiday gift for you from Ben Wah Salami,
and information on the upcoming January, 2011 Chicago production of the new "Prine: A Tribute Concert".
Just a quick note: I have been pre-empted for awhile at Scotty's Lakehouse. So no gig tonight or on 11.18. The return of "Thursday Night Football" means I can work instead on all the music that is due soon for the upcoming "A Very Phoenix Xmas #5: Re-gifted", which opens the day after Thanksgiving at - of course - the Phoenix Theatre. More on all of this later - hopefully back at Scotty's after football season! And don't forget to thank all the folks in your life who've served in the Armed Forces today .....
Our little musical, "Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine" will hit the road for the first time later this month in a stripped-down, "theatrical concert" version debuting November 19th and 20th at the Riverrun Theatre in Madison, IN. Presented by the Cultural Continuum of Madison, and co-produced by both the Phoenix and Riverrun Theatres, the show will differ somewhat from the original Phoenix production of earlier this year - mostly in the lack of the elaborate bar set (we'll suggest the bar on a mostly-bare stage with some tables, a jukebox, etc.) Also, lovely and talented Jenni Gregory (waitress "Angel" in the show) must be pretty darn well showing her marvelous pregnancy by now, which is going to add in interesting dynamic to the various overlapping love triangles onstage.
As you may know, "Pure Prine" was conceived by Phoenix Artistic Director Bryan Fonseca, a near life-long Prine fanatic, and it tells the interwoven stories of six characters in a bar, playing and singing approximately 30 Prine classics, with no dialog - the songs tell the story. Besides myself and Jenni, the rest of the cast is: the marvelous talented couple of Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas-Grimm. Bloomington singer-songwriter Bobbie Lancaster, and Phoenix stalwart Michael Shelton.
Showtime is 7:30PM each night, and the Rivverun Theatre is at 125/127 E. Main in beautiful, downtown Madison. Click here or the title of this entry - to get your tickets now. In related news, a deal is in the works to bring "Pure Prine" for a run in Chicago early next year (it's coming right up, you know...) Stay tuned for details.
When I saw Todd Rundgren last year at Depauw U., he mentioned recently being on Daryl Hall's internet TV show, "Live from Daryl's Place". I finally looked it up. Wow. Great band, great arrangement of this great song from Todd's great 1978 "Hermit Of Mink Hollow" LP. Both of these guys still possess amazing voices, eh?
It varies. It's a life work in-progress. It's whatever little musical bender I'm on at the time. It's a hell of a lot of fun. We've gotten to a place in the band where some shows we throw THE LIST of tunes we can do out there and let the audience call the show. (Inspired, I mean ripped-off, from my brother Chuck's favorite bar band from Vancouver BC, The Bobcats.) Tried it for the first time in a Broad Ripple bar last week at the Monkey's Tale, and it was a bloody blast, moments of the true cosmic throb, cel phones were ignored. Rock and Roll is like democracy, it's a participatory sport. (We're back at the Tale, 10:30PM, on October 9th - which would have been John Lennon's 70th - and the 22nd.)
1A Long December COUNTING CROWS
2A Song For You LEON RUSSELL
3Across The Universe BEATLES
4Ain’t Too Proud To Beg TEMPTATIONS
5Alison ELVIS COSTELLO
6All Along The Watchtower DYLAN/HENDRIX/DMB
7All I Want Is You U2
8All Over Now ROLLING STONES
9Ain’t No New Girls Around TB AND THE BH
10America SIMON AND GARFUNKEL
12Amoreena ELTON JOHN
13Ash and Blame (One Day, Jack) TB AND THE BH
14Baby, It’s You BEATLES/BURT BACHARACH
15Babylon DAVID GRAY
16Back In The USSR BEATLES
17Bang A Gong (Get It On) T. REX
18Behind Blue Eyes THE WHO
19Bennie and the Jets ELTON JOHN
20Brandy LOOKING GLASS
21Carolina In My Mind JAMES TAYLOR
22Casey Jones GRATEFUL DEAD
23Cinnamon Girl NEIL YOUNG
24City Of New Orleans STEVE GOODMAN
25Close To You CARPENTERS/BACHARACH
26Country Road JAMES TAYLOR
27Crazy Mary PEARL JAM
28Dancing With Myself BILLY IDOL
29Daydream LOVIN’ SPOONFUL
30Dead Flowers ROLLING STONES
31Doctor My Eyes JACKSON BROWNE
32Don’t Think Twice DYLAN
33Domino VAN MORRISON
34Downtown Train TOM WAITS
35Drift Away DOBIE GRAY
36Duncan PAUL SIMON
37Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere NEIL YOUNG
38Fire BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN/POINTER SISTERS
39For What It's Worth BUFFALOSPRINGFIELD
40Friend Of The Devil GRATEFUL DEAD
41Good Morning, Hackensack TB AND THE BH
42Gone Daddy Gone V. FEMMES/GNARLS BARKLEY
43Got To Get Back Home TB AND THE BH
44Hallelujah LEONARD COHEN
45Have A Little Faith In Me JOHN HIATT
46Have I Told You Lately? VAN MORRISON
47Here Comes A Regular REPLACEMENTS
48I Ain’t Ever Satisfied STEVE EARLE
49I Am A Patriot JACKSON BROWNE/LITTLE STEVEN
50I Can't Tell You Why EAGLES
51I Saw Her Standing There BEATLES
52I See You In Everything TB AND THE BH
53(I Want To Give To) Charity TB AND THE BH
54I Wish I Was Your Mother MOTT THE HOOPLE
55I Won’t Back Down TOM PETTY
56I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight DYLAN
57I’m A Believer MONKEES/NEIL DIAMOND
58I’m On Fire BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
59I’m So Tired BEATLES
60If Not For You BOB DYLAN/GEORGE HARRISON
61Into The Great Wide Open TOM PETTY
62Is She Really Going Out With Him? JOE JACKSON
63It’s Only Rock and Roll ROLLING STONES
64It’s Over (The Fat Gal Is Singing) TB AND THE BH
I have been incredibly remiss in not congratulating Jim Walsh and all the folks at our (relatively) new community radio station, WITT-FM, for recently celebrating their first year on the air. An incredible achievement of pure dedication by longtime hip broadcaster Mr. Walsh, and an excellent implementation by all involved! A-Squared Radio, Matt Masters' Rock N Rhythm Revue, and Stuck In The Psychedelic Era are my current fave shows. I hope to track the hosts down and interview them soon. Thanks, folks - for brightening our lives!
Different Beat Radio returns with the long-awaited Episode #6! Tim gives you the rundown on the remounting of "Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine", which is playing now thru September 12, 2010 at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. The show features Tim playing and singing with amazing cohorts Michael Shelton, Jenni Gregory, Bobbie Lancaster, Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas. Tickets are available at www.phoenixtheatre.org.
The cast of "Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine"
Plus, fabulous music from three acts from The Wilds Of Indiana:
The Elect is an incredibly tight 6-piece rock band from Indianapolis. Listen to the groovin' cut "Use Me Up", from their latest LP, "In Your Heart There's A Light".
The Punkin Holler Boys are a long-running singer/songwriter collective who have just released a career-spanning retrospective, "Tin Ears (Ten Years)". Listen to to fabulous Ralph Jeffers-penned "You Changed Your Mind."
The Punkin Holler Boys
Simon Brawl is a loud and wild rock trio, featuring Kentucky-born guitarist/vocalist Garson Combs. Now living in Indy, check out Garson's sprawling epic inspired by his grandfather, "Head To The Mountains".
Garson Combs of Simon Brawl
Plus, (in honor of the release of the Major Motion Picture "Howl" - featuring James Franco as Allen Ginsberg) spoken word from poet/painter/singer/songwriter Lon Ohnder. Dig his poem, "Life".
The latest episode of my new "Different Beat Radio" show/podcast is up and out. You can read all about it here, listen by right-clicking on the title to this entry, or go to www.differentbeatradio.com and subscribe. Or subscribe via iTunes. It's all so damn confusing, I hope you can figure it out and give it a listen!?!? (I still think the easiest way is to subscribe at the DBR site, and it will just show up in your e-mail!) Happy Spring, all.......
Different Beat Radio, Episode #5:"Pure Prine: The Music Of John Prine", danny flanigan, Paul Matthew Lauck and Richard Torres, 4.30.10!
Ah, Episode #5, an eclectic offering rather quickly compiled by the currently rather time-crunched Mr. B. Featuring a quick preview of the upcoming "Pure Prine: The Music of John Prine", a theatrical concert experience at the Phoenix Theatre conceived and directed by Bryan Fonseca, starring Tim Grimm, Jan Lucas, Michael Shelton, Jenni Gregory, Bobby Lancaster, and the currently rather time-crunched Mr. B. We don't want to give away to many details, but it is going to be an enlightening and entertaining overview of the work of Mr. Prine, one of the wittiest and warmly wryest American singer/songwriters of the past 40 years. We believe it's going to be a pretty wild acoustic rock and roll theatre ride, Jim! There are 7 performances - May 7-9, and then May 13-16. Click and go to the Phoenix Theatre website for tickets!
In honor of Mr. Prine, we then feature music from two area singer/songwriters continuing the classic American singer/songwriter tradition.danny flanigan(he prefers lower-case, like e.e. cummings) is a Louisville, KY resident, and Paul Matthew Lauckis from Greenfield, IN. As you'll hear, they both know how to write a pretty damn good song. Then, a good bit of a little post-bop tenor from Tim's long-time saxophonist colleague Richard Torres, with "L.A. Stomp" of off his "From Kenton To Now" release with sometimes Steely Dan drummer Peter Erskine!
And news of our new sponsor, Greek's Pizza, who besides sponsoring Different Beat Radio, is now featuring Tim performing outside on their groovy, vibe-laden Broad Ripple outside deck Wednesdays and Sundays at 6PM (and Paul Matthew Lauck on Thursdays). We aim to reclaim Pottersville. people! Approx. 25 minutes, 2010)
Episode #4 of our new Different Beat Radio show/podcast is live and on-the-air for you to listen to or download at www.differentbeatradio.com! (Or click on this entry title.) Go subscribe at the DBR website, will ya? This episode features a fabulous new rock band, Low Flying Helicopters (featuring the songs, voice and guitar of Ray Lincks) and comedy segments from noted Mad Man/broadcaster Tom Gulley.
Plus, we just passed a milestone - our 212th download. To celebrate, we shall drink some delicious Bell's Beer.
With deep regret, I share the sad news of the passing of Indianapolis jazz piano great Claude Sifferlen, at the age of 69. Claude was a musical hero of mine, who I first saw perform in 1986 at the Chatterbox. His playing - the pure beauty of his other-worldly harmonic architecture, the intellectual power and spiritual grace of his improvisation, and his simultaneous fathomless complexity and quiet simplicity - was one of my favorite things in the world. Claude was an inspiration that truly altered my life's trajectory, and that of so many others. I will never forget the moments of brief grandeur he found - and shared - with us.
I did not know him well as I would have liked to, but I heard him perform probably hundreds of times through the years and had the sublime opportunity to record him on a session at Hit City a few years ago. The fact that he even knew my name was a great pleasure to me. Claude was a true gentleman and one of those rare virtuosos whose ego did not overshadow his amazing gifts. I would like to offer my condolences to his family, collaborators and friends, and let you know that there are two musical celebrations scheduled (to both honor his infinite spirit and pay some earthly medical expenses): March 31 at the Jazz Kitchen, and at the Chatterbox on April 8.
Last week saw the successful launch of Episode #3 of my new Different Beat Radio show/podcast, featuring music by and interviews with Richard Sullivan and J.J. Pearson. You can click on the title of this entry to listen, or better yet, go to DifferentBeatRadio.com to subscribe to future episodes via iTunes, RSS or e-mail....
And in related news, this morning we passed our 112th download! I know it's rather ridiculous to be excited about that when iTunes just passed it 12 Billionth Download, or something like that, but hey, somewhere out there, you are listening - and for that we are incredibly grateful......
The second episode of my new Different Beat Radio podcast/radio show is out, and after a two-week, rather steep learning curve (for this old-school sort) - it's now an actual, honest-to-Gawd podcast. You can- and I urge you to! - subscribe in a variety of ways:
If you are like me, iTunes is the easiest way to subscribe, download and listen to podcasts. You need to have iTunes on your computer, then go to:
which is where the podcast "feed" lives. You can read up on each episode, listen or download, and subscribe via a variety of "podcatchers" (such as iTunes) or - in a handy feature - subscribe via your good, old-fashioned e-mail - each new episode will be delivered to your mailbox. Sweet!
And, finally, while I will continue to post the episodes here, there is a new site specifically for the radio show, and that is:
This episode was a blast to do. Mostly, because as I neared the end of it I realized I was actually going to do at least two of these things.
But really mostly because of the music. This episode features Indianapolis singer-songwriter Scott Sanders, and Louisville-by-way-of-Portland, Oregon Chuck Foster. Plus a track-in-progress from your's truly.
Tim Brickley is a singer/songwriter, producer/engineer, and rock/jazz vocalist and bandleader from Indianapolis, Indiana. He writes songs w/ Seattle guitarist/poet/visual artist David Rheins. They've released two albums of their material w/ band the Bleeding Hearts: "Be apart." (1995) and "Everything that ever was." (2005). Tim's home base is his full service audio and multi-media studio, Hit City Recording, where he wrangles Different Beat Records (including on-line Different Beat Radio) and fantasy, I mean "virtual" television network The Happy Channel.