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King Mike V

(NEW!) "I Shoot the Bus Driver"

"I Shoot the Bus Driver" by: Mike Vanderhoof -  14inx11in Acrylic on Canvas - For Sale: $250 plus shipping Contact my email for inquiries. Prints Available for $10 on my store page

Mark Mathews

The Girl Video!!

Brothers and Sisters!!!

Here is the wonderful video, Directed by Pardeep Sahota, for the latest single, The Girl!

AND...Here is the interactive videos where you can play the role of "The Girl" or "The Boy"!

I am so pleased with these and I hope you are too, believe!!


Join me on Snapchat and Frankly.Me: @markmathewssong

Buy Tracks here: 


Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride
A Flash In The Pan
Moments and Movements
London Lives (Single)

Al Pitcher


hej hej folks ,


hope all is great , i am working hard on tour , please get your tickets and lets have shitloads of fun


Viva le Sverige 


heres all the DATES


puss puss



Spain The Band Song To Appear On MTV's "Finding Carter"

Spain's song "The Fighter" will appear in episode 8 of MTV's original program "Finding Carter", debuting August 19, 2014. "The Fighter" is from Spain's 2014 album Sargent Place. Spain's MTV Artist page is here.

I'm Still Free
Blue Moods Of Spain
She Haunts My Dreams
I Believe
Spirituals: The Best of Spain
Every Time I Try
Blue Moods Of Spain: A History, Pt. 1
Blue Moods Of Spain: A History, Pt. 2
The Soul Of Spain
The Morning Becomes Eclectic Session

Petty Theft

Friday @NelsonWinery, Saturday @mammoth_rocks and 8/29 @TheChapelSF

Hey Folks,

We have enjoyed an incredible summer and want to thank everybody who has turned out at our shows. We have some really fantastic shows coming up to close out the summer.


Friday, 8/22 we return to Nelson Family Vineyard in Ukiah for a wonderful evening of good food, drinks and dancing in the Redwood grove. We will be playing two sets starting in the early evening (6PM). TICKETS are available NOW here.

Saturday, 8/23 we make our debut at “Mammoth Rocks – A Taste of The Sierra” Tribute band Fest at The Village in Mammoth Lakes. This is a FREE show. We will be performing from 4-5:30PM. Come join us or tell your friends in the area about the show!


Friday, 8/29 we are back in San Francisco to make our headline debut at The Chapel, a fantastic new live music venue in the city. We are very excited to be playing this club so grab your friends and help us bring the “Petty Party” to the city and make it a night to remember. Two full sets (no opener).

Get your tickets in advance HERE:

Saturday, 8/30 we return to the Los Gatos Brewing Company in San Jose for a fun evening in the South Bay. Tickets will be sold at the door. Come join us for some dinner, fine beer and dancing on the outdoor patio.

"Called Tokyo long distance and the Queen came for tea…Might mean somethin' to you…It ain't nothin' to me"



We have men’s and women’s tees along with women’s tank tops available NOW online here. Keep up on the latest updates and other cool Tom Petty info by following us on TWITTER, like us on FACEBOOK (and invite your friends) and INSTAGRAM'ERS follow us.

You can also track us on BandsInTown and Subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out our latest live clips. Be sure to 'like' and leave a comment.

We love to play parties...please CONTACT US to book Petty Theft for your party now!


***Get your tickets in advance as many of these shows are expected to sell out.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Unraveling a mystery: Where is Bing Crosby's storied denim tux?

Unraveling a mystery: Where is Bing Crosby's storied denim tux?

Updated 11:06 pm, Sunday, August 17, 2014

Carolyn Schneider's quest to track down an unusual tuxedo that belonged to her uncle - the legendary Bing Crosby - has become a hobby bordering on an obsession.

In a dossier in her Las Vegas home are documents, photos, newspaper clippings and other evidence, clues in a puzzle she has been putting together over the past decade.

"I guess I watch a lot of murder mysteries or something," she said. "It's kind of a detective story."

At the heart of the story is a one-of-a-kind piece of clothing with a singular backstory - a double-breasted denim tuxedo jacket that Levi Strauss and Co. gave Crosby in 1951 to right a wrong.

Schneider's search for the suit, and her certification by Levi's as a forensic expert on the garment, are a tribute to a man with whom she feels deeply connected.

She knows that she may never locate it. But Schneider hopes her exhaustive investigation will at least iron out what she sees as rampant wrinkles of misinformation.

"I've met some very interesting people and heard some very interesting stories," she said. "But I want the truth - the truth of the jacket."

Uncle Bing

Schneider, who declined to reveal her age, grew up in Alameda and went to San Jose State on Crosby's dime. After graduating, she lived with him in Los Angeles, while briefly considering a career in acting.

Her affection for her uncle inspired her to write "Me and Uncle Bing," a book published in 2002 that details growing up knowing the celebrated crooner and actor.

But it wasn't until 10 years ago - well after Crosby's death in 1977 - that Schneider set her sights on the tuxedo.

In doing so, she dug into how her uncle got the jacket, a story that went viral decades before the Internet and endures as part of Levi's folklore.

Legend has it that sometime in early 1951 - when Crosby's fame was at an all-time high - he and a friend were on a fishing trip near Vancouver, British Columbia.

When the two went to get a room at a local hotel, they were turned away because Crosby, whom the clerk didn't recognize, was wearing a dingy denim jacket.

The hotel manager, though, spotted the star, apologized and offered a room.

The tale traveled all the way to San Francisco, prompting Levi's to make the singer a custom, Western-style, double-breasted denim tuxedo jacket, complete with a riveted boutonniere, made from the iconic red tabs that flag the back of Levi's jeans.

It was a statement by the company that denim could be appropriate for any occasion.

On June 30, 1951, local dignitaries presented Crosby with the jacket at the Silver State Stampede, a rodeo in Elko, Nev.

"As Bing's career and fame grew, he became interested in property, especially ranch property," Schneider said. "Once Bing bought those ranches, he became involved with the community. He was considered a friendly fellow rancher."

Popular figure

Crosby was so well-liked in the small cattle town that he had been made honorary mayor and presented a key to the city in 1948.

At the rodeo, Elko's mayor, Dave Dotta, also got a jacket from Levi's. On the inside of each tux was an oversize leather patch signed by the president of the American Hotel Association.

The patch was a "notice to hotel men everywhere," which entitled the wearer "to be duly received and registered with cordial hospitality at any time and under any conditions."

The event was a publicist's dream.

Soon the story - along with pictures of Crosby wearing the jacket - was printed in newspapers around the country.

Paramount Pictures was set to release the star's newest film, "Here Comes the Groom," and executives jumped at the chance to parlay the press into promotion.

A month later, the film premiered at the Hunter Theater in Elko, and standing proudly out front was Crosby in his denim tux. After the premiere, though, the jacket disappeared.

But as the picture opened in other cities around the country, Levi's urged its retailers to exploit the story by sending them promotional window displays with replica tuxedo jackets, each with the leather patch that said, "Presented to Bing Crosby."

The jackets, Schneider said, were supposed to be shipped back to Levi's, but few were.

Over the years, she said, the replicas circulated around the world - one traveling to Japan and another to England. She ended up with one herself.

The sad truth

Many owners knew the story about Crosby and the Vancouver hotel, and after looking at the patch figured they had his jacket. At the time, few understood there were replicas.

Schneider's job has been to break their hearts.

She said she could pick the real jacket out of a lineup of look-alikes - and was even ordained as an expert by a former Levi's historian.

"Mrs. Schneider is eminently qualified to examine any Bing Crosby tuxedo jacket and determine its authenticity," reads a letter given to her by Levi's.

But Schneider won't say how exactly she can identify her uncle's jacket, explaining that she fears someone might alter it. Several replicas have been auctioned on eBay for thousands of dollars.

So far, Schneider has contacted more than a dozen people with jackets, including a museum in Elko that has the original tuxedo given to Dave Dotta.

Detective work

As part of her investigation, she either tries to see a jacket in person or asks the owner to send her detailed photos of the front, back and inside.

"I would love for you to have Bing's jacket, but what you have is a replica," Schneider recently told Rex Allen Jr., son of famed Arizona singing cowboy Rex Allen.

"Generally speaking, the owners are not happy to hear from me," she said, "because they love Bing."

One such fan and jacket owner is troubadour and cowboy folk hero Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who lives in Nicasio in Marin County and turned 83 this month.

"I've always been utterly charmed by (Crosby's) rather relaxed way of wording and singing his songs," Elliott said. "It sort of makes you want to tap your foot and smile."

Elliott was given his jacket as a present from a friend who used to deal antiques. In 1995, he wore it to perform at the Grammys in Los Angeles, where he accepted the award for best traditional folk album.

'It looked splendid'

"It looked splendid and it used to fit me. Now it's a little tight on me," he said. "Its made out of old-fashioned, tough, thick denim the cowboys used to wear."

Schneider spoke briefly on the phone with Elliott a number of years ago, and asked for pictures of the coat - but he never sent her any. For all she knows, he might have her uncle's original denim tux.

This year, Levi's reissued the jacket with a limited run of replicas. A display set up at Levi's headquarters in San Francisco mimics the Silver State Stampede stage where Crosby was first presented with his jacket.

Schneider hopes her search ends soon - so she can track down her uncle's famous jacket before more people come out of the woodwork falsely claiming to have the original.

She is adamant that she has no interest in possessing the tux. She simply wants to set the record straight, and she clearly takes pleasure and comfort from the adventure.

Schneider hopes whoever has the jacket is taking good care of it.

"It's become," she said, "kind of a holy grail for me."

Evan Sernoffsky is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Twitter: @EvanSernoffsky

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack: Original Soundtrack


Dance To Tipperary Announce 'Greatest Hits' Album and Single 'Seven Drunken Nights'.

Dance To Tipperary

Dance To Tipperary are pleased to announce the release of a 'Greatest Hits' album later this year. The retrospective set will be supported by the release of a single Seven Drunken Nights which will be available to download from October 24th 2014. 'Greatest Hits' will then follow on November 7th 2014 and feature all the hits, fan favouites and a few of Dance To Tipperary's other top downloads.

Dance To Tipperary have released four studio albums including their chart topping self-titled debut.

"It's over 15 years since we were busy in studio making our first self-titled debut album Dance To Tipperary and since then it's been one incredible ride."

"We had many consecutive hit single releases, played a fair few crazy enjoyable gigs, had some pretty heady days as well as experiencing and living through the extremes of lifes highs, lows, happiness and sorrow."

"We wanted to release something to mark this milestone, send you all on a unique Irish and Celtic music journey which we are most proud to have created and to say thank you to everyone"

Dance To Tipperary 'Greatest Hits' track listing and pre-order details will be announced during September 2014.

Carry On

Crab Shack Shows Cancelled

Hey all, due to some unexpected scheduling difficulties, our shows at the Crab shack in New Port Richey have been cancelled for August and September. Please keep checking our calendar for updated shows, and I will try to keep everyone up and informed on whats next.


Carry On!

The Alien Nation


Follow @AlienajCustoms on IG! Know why? Because they are doing free photoshoots compliments of Bohemia Studios™ for special clients! All you have to do is follow them and you'll see the details! This special ends September 18th so hurry and get your free photoshoot!

Mark Mathews

Watch the new video!!

Brothers and Sisters!!

Just wanted to let you know that on Wednesday August 20th my latest music video for the upcoming single, The Girl, will be exclusively premiered over at my good friends, House In the Sand:

House in the Sandhave been a really supportive and friendly music blog towards me here at Mathews HQ and so I couldn't think of anyone else I'd rather have playing the video out for the first time!

Another little surprise is that there will be some interactive features to this music video! Exciting times!

Also, for those of you in London or that can make it to London, in celebration of the release of, The Girl, and the fact it is the last Saturday of the month, myself and my band, The One Ts, will be headlining The Barfly on 30th August! You have got to get down to this one!

We are well up for it and so should you be, believe!


Join me on Snapchat and Frankly.Me: @markmathewssong

Buy Tracks here: 



Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride
A Flash In The Pan
Moments and Movements
London Lives (Single)

High Five for Fisting

Thank you for coming by to visit!

As a thank you for coming to visit our brand new website, we invite you to obtain a free download of our demo on us!  Just enter the code "givememusic"! And while you are at it, stop by our Facebook page and give us a like!


Terrible Musicians


Come see us live at the 2014 Cortland Celtic Festival.  We will be playing 2:30, Saturday, August 23, in the small pavillion.  It is bound to be a blast!!

Loner's Junction

Barberville this fall

hello guys! this year Unfortunately we will not be playing both days at Barberville! We have a wedding to attend! so many weddings! we will greatly miss being with you all on Sunday the 2nd! Have fun for us!

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son to play Light of Day Canada 2014

Light of Day Canada has announced Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son as one of the billed acts for its 2014 edition of its annual concert series.

The organization announced the following Tuesday, with a photo as well:

"#LODCanadaLineUp announcement!
They were so damn good on their 3 day mini-tour of Canada that we just had to bring them back! Opening the show in Niagara & Toronto, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son!! Bobby will be doing an acoustic set in Kingston!"

Earlier in the day, the organization teased the appearance with the following photo, a callback to the first track on Friends in Low Places:

As noted in the release, the band will play the first two shows on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto and the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls, respectively. Bobby will then play solo acoustically at the BLUMartini Bar & Grill on Nov. 8 to close out the leg.

The shows will benefit Parkinson's Disease research, as all Light of Day events do.

"I have been supporting Light of Day for the last three years, in both Canada and New Jersey," Mahoney said. "And I can't wait for the full band to partake in this year's festivities. Such a great string of shows for such a worthy cause. We are very excited."

Prior to Tuesday's announcement, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band alongside Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan had been the only acts confirmed thus far for the shows. More acts are expected to be announced shortly. 

As noted in the release, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son recently completed a short tour of Canada, playing NiagaraToronto and Kingston in promotion of the new Friends in Low Places release.

"The energy we saw at the [Niagara] show was enough to make us want to have them open the Niagara and Toronto shows for Light of Day Canada," David Rotella, head of Light of Day Canada said. "Look out Canada, the New Age Outlaws are coming back across the border - we're just around the corner."

Tickets for all three shows go on sale Aug. 15 through the organization. More information on Light of Day Canada can be found here.

Bloody Diamonds

Halloween in Newfoundland!

The week of Halloween we're going to be playing some shows across Newfoundland. We'll be spending Halloween night in St. John's making stops in Stephenville, Corner Brook, and Grand Falls-Windsor along the way. We haven't been home from the North American tour for long, but we're already itching to get back on the road. Excited to be back in Newfoundland again. Haven't been there in almost a year and it's one of our favourite places to play!

Monday October 27th
Stephenville @ Clancy's Pub

Tuesday October 28th
Corner Brook @ The White Horse Lounge

Wednesday October 29th
Grand Falls-Windsor @ Kelly's Pub

Thursday October 30th
St. John's @ The Levee

Friday October 31st
St. John's @ CBTG's

Saturday November 1st
St. John's @ CBTG's

Sunday November 2nd
Corner Brook @ The White Horse Lounge

More details at

They've Got Secrets
Monsters 7"


New Song-The Song Writer Blues Lyric Video

Bone Ya The Acoustic Sessions
Country Troubadour:The Ultimate Collection 2 Disc Set
Blame My Gypsy Soul
A Home To Run To
Angry When I Pray


New Record in the works

Bone Ya The Acoustic Sessions
Country Troubadour:The Ultimate Collection 2 Disc Set
Blame My Gypsy Soul
A Home To Run To
Angry When I Pray

Kick Bricks

Beta Dogs @ G&L 7.17.14

Beta Dogs @ G&L Tavern, Chicago  7.17.14  Download it here!

Insignificant Others


Hot August Nights at Woodham's

Stop by and join us Friday, August 8th for a night of dancing and tunes at Woodham's Lounge.

9pm - 1am   No Cover!


Come on by and say Hello...

For a great evening of Rock N Blues with The AfterSunset Band at JJ's Blues.

August 20th  - 9pm till closing time

No Cover! 


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Free Download of "Tonight's on Me"


Bone Ya The Acoustic Sessions
Country Troubadour:The Ultimate Collection 2 Disc Set
Blame My Gypsy Soul
A Home To Run To
Angry When I Pray

Akua Kamau

The Eleggua Cometh

Akua Kamau

A tribute to the Eleggua and also in memory of my dear departed Mama Mzazi who commenced her journey in the spiritual world at 6:30pm on Tuesday 13 August 2013. I send sincere greetings to the Eleggua and I ask that you guide my beloved Momzee and that you usher her to the realm of the Ancestors. To my dearest most beloved Momzee I say, I miss you so much. Uhuru. Uhuru. You are now free from that dibilitating illness. I wish you could have spent much more time with me but I understand that your journey must continue in the land of the Ancestors. You have done very well dear Momzee and I will love you ever. HUGS and KISSES to you. CHEERS and HUGS too!!!

My Island Darling EP
Blades Of Grass - SINGLE
The Medicine Man (Rain Chant) - SINGLE
Nakupenda (Studio Version) - SINGLE
My Island Darling - SINGLE
Cries Of The Ancestors - SINGLE
What Am I To Do - SINGLE
Alkebulan (Land Of Origins) SINGLE
Oh Land Of Afrika (Swahili) SINGLE
Eleggua Meets Mama Mzazi SINGLE

The Alien Nation

We Here Now!

Majestic Bohemians(1000 B) have released another mixitape!! "Young Brothers" You can find it in our music tab, soundcloud, datpiff, &! The mixtape is short & sweet! The beats are all wicked samples that you have never heard being produced by Legacy Beats( also member of 1000 B) Checkout the cover art below!!



Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Show Report - The Mansion, 8/9/14

All good things must come to an end. But that doesn't mean they have to go out quietly, as Saturday night's Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son show brought an electric ending to the Friends in Low Places Tour Canadian leg.

The venue was The Mansion in Kingston, Ontario, and Tim Gysin would once more set the stage for the gang. Gysin's strong stage presence behind the keyboard is one that can hardly be replicated, no matter how seasoned the performer may be. As he ripped into cuts from his new album Chapter Next..., the crowd appreciated his intimacy and passion with every song.

Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh

As Gysin took his final bow, the boys hit the stage, and the town, with a forceful version of the second track off the new album. The always popular "Danger Dan" and "New Age Outlaws" made way for a second, more polished verion of the new "Don't Ask Me Why," with Bobby bringing into question encounters of the past with the final line of the chorus, "why the hell are you surprised?"

Photo courtesy: Ann Mahoney

Three more cuts off Friends in Low Places concluded with an enormous, impromptu rendition of "Scoundrels," with Bobby, Dan, Tim and Jon portraying the lost voices of those from the east side. The song was perhaps the highlight of the entire tour, and continues to be a staple in the sets.

After working through some more standards, including "Left For Dead," "It's a Long Way to the Top," and "Delicate Fall From Grace," the new "Running Away" made its return to the set once more. The infectious chorus had The Mansion crowd grooving, and the band was in control.

The rest of the set saw the band dabble in more standard tracks, though an intimate version of "Guilden Street" also pleased the crowd in the process.

Photo courtesy: Ann Mahoney

"Another Deadbeat Summer" closed the night, with all the performers up on stage sending out the Canadian night in style. Between Gysin and the band, the leg was an enormous success, and big news will be following soon. Until next time...


1. Hit The Town

2. Danger Dan

3. New Age Outlaws

4. Don't Ask Me Why

5. Star-Crossed

6. Can't Stand Mysefl

7. Scoundrels

8. Left For Dead

9. It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (cover)

10. Delicate Fall From Grace

11. Running Away

12. Thick As Thieves

13. Meeting Up

14. Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine (cover)

15. Self-Induced Exile

16. Guilden Street

17. Light of Day (cover)

18. Teenagers Too

19. Another Deadbeat Summer

For more information on Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son sets, click here.

High Five for Fisting

Demo has been Released!

Hey there Fisters!  Our Demo is now live, you can stream it here in the music section or also from Reverbnation in the links area!

Goat Leaf

Bitch & Moan

That's right, Bitch & Moan, mother fuckers. We got a new disc on the roll promoting our latest track "White of the Eye" Recorded at Goat Leaf HQ, The Noise Works, in June 2014. Displaying a tougher, fatter, hairier side to the Unholy Goat, freshly baked tones for 2014. Limited to 100 pieces only. Get some.

Yesterday morning at 10:30am we open the Bloostock Open Air Festival 2014. Shit! We couldn't have asked for more! You people are fucking legends. A super huge massive thank you to all freaks that came out to play. Good times!

A Lack Of Oxygen - Tales of crashing satellites

The Devious Angels

New T-Shirts

**BRAND NEW** DVS Baseball Tee's in the SHOP section!


Getchyoo one!  While you're at it, getchyoo two!



Steevie n' JD



The Devious Angels

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Show Report - Cadillac Lounge, 8/8/14

Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh

Fresh off the hot start of the Canadian leg of the Friends in Low Places tour, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son took to the legendary Cadillac Lounge in Toronto, Ontario.

After the trek, the day saw the guys visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in the city (after all, they are tourists). In the process, they took a picture with Lord Stanley himself, a moment that made Dan Cohen "as happy as a little girl," (his own words).

Night 2 of the tour saw a 25-song set and kicked off with the second appearance of "Running Away," once again relying on its quick, intense verses and catchy chorus. "Meeting Up" would follow up a few cuts off the recently released album, showing that the new tracks are also here to stay.

Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh

A welcomed showing of "Delicate Fall From Grace" led way for a brief acoustic session with Bobby and Jon. The two delved into two more Delicate cuts, "Ultimatum" and one of Jon's favorites, "Crazy Dreams." Bobby even let Jon take one of the transitions on vocals, much to his surprise. Bobby would then take the stage solo for a performance of "Until The Wind Changes."

The band joined back on stage with a combination of more Friends in Low Places material alongside a showing of "Left For Dead."

After a break, things heated up once more with an encore of mostly covers, including an impromptu jam of AC/DC's "Gone Shootin'" and D Generation's "Degenerated." The major highlight of the encore, however, was the live debut of "Don't Ask Me Why," the fourth song debuted in the two shows so far.

Photo courtesy: Felicia McIntosh

Eventually, Bobby would finish the show with his ode to his idol with a solo performance of "Thunder Road." With his eyes on Kingston to wrap the leg of the tour, the band goes in hot, ready to strike.

1. Running Away

2. Can't Stand Myself

3. Star-Crossed

4. Meeting Up

5. New Age Outlaws

6. Danger Dan

7. Delicate Fall From Grace

8. Ultimatum

9. Crazy Dreams

10. Until The Wind Changes

11. Hit The Town

12. Left For Dead

13. Scoundrels

14. Teenagers Too

15. Self-Induced Exile

16. Another Deadbeat Summer

17. Pink Cadillac (cover)

18. Light of Day (cover)

19. Bitch is Back (cover)

20. Worrisome Child

21. Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine (cover)

22. Gone Shootin' (cover)

23. Don't Ask Me Why (debut)

24. Degenerated (cover)

25. Thunder Road (cover)

For more information on Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son sets, click here.


We Hit The NE Heights!! Once Again!

Scrap Rabbit

The Monthly Articles

this is issue #008 for The Monthly Articles

Storm Seizure features a new edition to my comic series packed with new improved imagery. Also Scrap Rabbit is open for new members to join, contact by contact page will go to my emal. Located southwest Minnesota. And the video of the month is Goblin's Grove   . The reason is one of the neighbors who hate me's kids were out screaming as I started this video it got quiet which is why it's a favorite.

The Wrath Child (single)
Rollin' On (single)
Head Confusion (single)
Scorched Earth (promo)
The Collector Of Lost Souls
Acoustic Accusations
Desolate Mass Waste
The Lost Archives
Dumpster Divers & The Receptacle Kings
Industrial Waste
The War Machine
The Dream Dimension
Vodgeny (single)

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Show Report - Yanks Old Niagara Bar & Grill, 8/7/14

Photo courtesy: Ann Mahoney

After nearly 10 hours in a vehicle the day prior, and various Canadian encounters, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son took to Niagara Falls for the first of three shows in Canada.

Thursday saw the band hit Yanks Old Niagara Bar & Grill as the first stop, and from the start of the evening, anyone in attendance could tell something special was about to unfold. Tim Gysin, who last opened for the band at The Stone Pony in June, brought a killer set in honor of his new album Chapter Next... Tim's impressive powerful voice and stealth way of working a keyboard drew big numbers inside the bar, and opened the eyes of those watching him.

And when eyes are open, anything at a Seventh Son show is possible.

"We had a long trip up yesterday," Bobby said. "But we're excited to be here. You ready?"

Out of the gate, the outlaws from Jersey burst into the now-rare "Thick As Thieves." "Thieves" is a one of a kind Mahoney/Alba composition, dominated by clever notations from the rhythm section and driving vocals that gets the crowd going.

Following this would be a three-peat off Friends in Low Places, led by the always fun "Hit The Town" and going into "Danger Dan." An intense rendition of "New Age Outlaws" (which was preceded by Bobby sarcastically bemoaning to the crowd that it "hurt him" to have Jon's riff played) followed, with Bobby once again taking the spotlight with his ear-splitting solo.

Photo courtesy: Ann Mahoney

"Meeting Up" would then make its second showing in a Seventh Son showing, with members of the packed crowd at Yanks picking up on the "hey girl" motif in the bridge. The Niagara faithful, however, were unaware that wouldn't be the only tease of new material they'd get Thursday night.

Bobby then said it was time to introduce his group of scoundrels, with the dynamic track of the same name following. Enamored with the big sound, he then felt it would be time to try something new.

"Pack your bags Maria," he whispered into the microphone under an arpeggiated familiar lick. He had referred to it at shows before, but now it was happening: the premiere of the extended, initially cut, verse of "Star-Crossed." Two times through, and the rest of the band came crashing in, creating a surreal sense of sound perhaps never heard at a Seventh Son show. 

But why stop there?

"Star-Crossed" opened up for another new track penned by the two who banged out Friends in Low Places, entitled "Running Away." Pounding drums opened for a year 2000-esque bass line by Joe, and an infectious chorus drove home what will surely be a welcomed edition to the Seventh Son catalog.

A dedicated "Guilden Street" with Tim on keys slowed things down for the time being, with those in attendance grabbing their loved ones and investing in the serenity of the moment. But then, one of the most interesting turn of events to ever happen at a Seventh Son show went down.

"I see we have a birthday," Jon said, as he looked towards the back of the bar to reveal a 20-something year old man with a birthday princess hat and strap on. "And he doesn't look a day over 16."

Photo courtesy: Ann Mahoney

Predictibly, the feedback for "Teenagers Too" quickly started, and Zack the birthday boy joined the stage and quickly picked up on the song's chord progression. During the breakdown, Jon offered Zack a piece of advice:

"Zack...tonight is the night, the night we reign free, where the good boys go bad, and the bad boys boogie. Your manhood will ignite, and the fire will burn to the dawn. You'll break down all the walls you've built, you'll take no liberties. For tonight is the night your parents procreated, and dictated that you must stand down...stand down...and resume blind faith." 

Considering the show was sponsored by Light of Day Canada, "Light of Day" found its way into the set with a large portion of the crowd singing along. Things were brought down for the always intense "Self-Induced Exile," before Bobby called upon Light of Day Canada head Dave Rotella's son Evan to sing his favorite tune: "Another Deadbeat Summer." The youngster killed it, commanding the stage alongside Bobby as the audience rooted on.

Photo courtesy: Ann Mahoney

Thirteen songs in, the train only continued to roll. A now-shirtless Joe took on lead vocals and guitar for The White Stripes' "Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine," where tons of Niagara residents flocked outside the windows of Yanks to get a glimpse. "Can't Stand Myself," the last tune to be played off Friends in Low Places, led way to an extended and epic version of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" closing the main set for the electric crowd as the band toasted a shot in honor of the tour's start.

The band left the stage, but Bobby stayed on to do two electrically on his own. "Called it Quits" made its second appearance in one of his sets, but as Jon assured Bobby to do one more, he made things interesting. "Anna, where did you go, you said you'd be somewhere between my heart and the shore?" he asked, and "Anna" debuted before the audience. It was catchy and had some audience members tapping their feet, but it was time to bring the band back for the encore.

A mostly spontaneous version of Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac," complete with dueling guitar and keys solos by Bobby and Tim respectively, got all the patrons singing. One of the more reckless versions of "Left For Dead" allowed for "Worrisome Child" to bring an end to a 21-song night of rock, friends and fun. 

All that in just the first night of the Canadian shows. The beauty of it? There's more surprises to follow. Stay tuned.


1. Thick As Thieves

2. Hit The Town

3. Danger Dan

4. New Age Outlaws

5. Meeting Up

6. Scoundrels 

7. Star-Crossed

8. Running Away (debut)

9. Guilden Street

10. Teenagers Too

11. Light of Day (cover)

12. Self-Induced Exile

13. Another Deadbeat Summer

14. Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine (cover)

15. Can't Stand Myself

16. It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) (cover)

17. Called it Quits

18. Anna (debut)

19. Pink Cadillac (cover)

20. Left For Dead

21. Worrisome Child

For more information on Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son sets, click here.

rob marcus

Rob Marcus Performing at the 25th Annual San Jose Jazz Festival

Join us in San Jose this weekend for the 25th annual Jazz Festival. I'll be performing at the Caffe Frascati Patio Stage from 5-8pm. 


Where's The New EP

Well, the last post did make reference to it, so we ought to own up and say that the EP has been delayed until Autumn. But this is no bad thing. The band have been working really hard, not only on new material, but also re-vamping some of the older songs to make better use of some new instrumentation, as well as other enhancements. The running order for the EP has also been revised, which has also led to the slight delay.

Hey People has gone back to the factory for another overhaul, largely because we need to figure out how to balance the full studio, multi-layered production with a version that we can also do live. We've nearly got it sussed, but it looks like it'll miss the EP. But no worries - Think Of Love will be on it, as well as another brand new track.

We've got a couple of free gigs coming up to promote the new EP and we'll be Tweeting details as soon as we get the confirmation signed off. Keep the start of September free....!

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Ramblin' Jack Elliott to the Mid West

Look for dates to be posted in days....for Jack's tour of the mid-west coming soon!

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack: Original Soundtrack

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Happy 83rd, Ramblin' Jack by Lauren Daley

Raise what you're drinking to the last cowboy.

The last of the rail-riding poets.

Ramblin' Jack Elliot -- the living link between Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan -- celebrated his 83rd this weekend.

Happy birthday, Jack.

I've been lucky enough to see Ramblin' Jack twice now, including at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, where, he surprised Beck on stage to duet on Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting For A Train." He hobbled on stage in his dusty boots, his skinny legs clad in pale blue jeans, wearing his signature bolo tie, flannel shirt and ten-gallon hat.

It didn't look like he planned it, either -- he had a Poland Spring bottle in his hand that he didn't put down, and when he couldn't raise the mic, the octogenarian knelt down to sing on his knees.
It was an epic moment for everyone there, including Beck, who said after Jack left the stage, 
"Well that was an honor. I think I'm done now."

I saw Jack for the first time back in 2011. I covered his concert at a southeastern Massachusetts venue for my music column:

He wore almost exactly the same outfit, and his hour-long set included an incredible rendition of Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter," "House of the Rising Sun," a cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice (It's Alright)," Woody Guthrie's "1914 Massacre," and "Falling Down Blues."

Of course, you don't earn a name like "Ramblin' Jack" without being a talker. Jack can talk.

Throughout the evening, he had the audience gathered 'round and listening like kids listening to a wise ol' granddad.

He told us tales of meeting Woody Guthrie, singing with Bob Dylan, and a Tall Tale about sneaking into folk singer Tim Hardin's house disguised as a house painter.

"It was a hoax, so I could get right up there on the ladder and look down his throat, to see how he sang and learn how he played," Jack told the crowd.

He had a sore throat and allergies, and the night was also peppered with one-liners like: "Thanks for clapping. If I heard someone sing like I just sang, I'd head for hills." And, "I'm not a music-lover, thank God. I like dogs, boats and trucks."

The irony, of course, is that Jack Elliott loves music more than almost anyone.

He's the kid who ran away from his Brooklyn home at 14 to join the rodeo and learned his guitar from a real live cowboy.

In 1950, he sought out Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and rode the rails with Woody from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters.

Woody Guthrie, it seemed, had a magic that captivated young folkies, and made them want to be just like him.

Bob Dylan, as we know, imitated the way Woody walked, talked and dressed. But before him, Jack Elliott was so enthralled with Guthrie that he absorbed the inflections and mannerisms, leading Guthrie to remark, "Jack sounds more like me than I do."

In 1954, Jack journeyed through Appalachia, Nashville and to New Orleans to hear authentic American country music. In 1955, he got married and traveled to Europe, inspiring a new generation of budding British rockers -- from Mick Jagger to Eric Clapton -- with his American cowboy folk repertoire.

When he returned to America in 1961, he met another young folksinger, Bob Dylan at Woody Guthrie's bedside, and mentored him.

In 1995, Ramblin' Jack received his first of four Grammy nominations and the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, for South Coast (Red House Records). In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal of the Arts.

According to Jack's Web site, at age 80, he's "still on the road, still seeking those people, places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide and forged metal. You'll find him in the sleek lines of a long haul semi-truck, in the rigging of an old sailing ship, in the smell of a fine leather saddle."

The lucky roomful of people at the Narrows Center who saw him saw a living legend and a true entertainer.

As Bob Dylan said in his "Chronicles: Volume One:"

"Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them. Jack went out and grabbed you... Jack was King of the Folksingers."

Here, here.


The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack: Original Soundtrack


Friday Night at Woodham's

Long Train Runnin'

Long Train Runnin' at Charley's Friday, September 12th

Don't miss Long Train Runnin' at Charley's Friday, September 12th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. 

Charley’s LG is located downtown in the heart of Los Gatos at 15 North Santa Cruz Ave. A local establishment since 1972, and back under original family ownership, this burlesque themed night club exudes sophistication and style. A tradition of good times for 40 years has earned Charley’s the distinction as one of the hottest clubs in Northern California. Voted best place to dance and best venue for live music in the Silicon Valley, Charley’s LG offers a little something for everyone. Nightly live entertainment includes everything from jazz to country to rock and cover bands.  On weekends some of the most well known DJ’s in northern California host a nightclub experience unlike any you’ve ever experienced with sparklers, laser and lighting effects, dramatic visuals,  classic cocktail program, friendly staff, VIP bottle service, and more. Join us for the absolute best in after dark entertainment!

For more info go to:

Demo Songs

Rhema Soul


RHEMA SOUL’S ‘PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE’ TO BE FEATURED ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF ‘HIT THE FLOOR’ Catch our song, “PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE” from our recent release DOPE BEATS GOOD NEWS 2, featured this evening on one of VH1's hit shows, ‘HIT THE FLOOR’. The song has an all star cast of artists, [...]

Dope Beats & Good News
Worn Soles

Trademark Jazz Ensemble

Latest News from Trademark Jazz

One final piece of exciting news.

First, the long awaited first CD is....almost there. Sometimes enthusiasm and dollars come at differing times. Our enthusiasm is still high and the mastering process is complete. Look for 2 EPs in late summer 2014: "Somewhere" featuring Kelsey Thielen-Carey and "At Last" featuring Kelly Hibbs. So, look for these from Trading Fours Music LLC to show up in a distribution place near you.

Luis Ogando

New Video Uploaded

A bit of a fun video has been uploaded to the Videos section of the website. Click the link on the Menu Bar at the top of the page to access the Video area.

While idly surfing the internet some time ago, Luis stumbled across the chords for Learn To Fly by the Foo Fighters. It's a well-loved song by Luis, but he'd never actually thought of playing it. So, in a fit of intrepidation and Devil-may-care, he decided to video himself covering the song as a first take. No prior run-throughs. No practices. He didn't even check out the video in YouTube to remind himself of how it went!

"Normally, I wouldn't dream of posting anything unless I had run it through a dozen or so times, recorded it a few times, and then picked the best one. But in this case it's a bit of fun and a really great song. I don't think I did that bad for a first attempt."

This video was shot some time ago, and Luis has since covered the song live at The Big Friday Night event last July.

"Hope you like it!" [Luis]

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