“The Way Life Goes” – Interview with Tom Keifer

Tom Keifer, former lead singer and guitarist for the 80’s rock band Cinderella has had a long career built around doing what he loves the most: playing the guitar, singing, and entertaining crowds all across the world. In 1986, Cinderella broke onto the hard rock scene with their debut album Night Songs and became one of the most beloved and easily recognized rock bands of the era.

Beth Hart Brought ‘Fire on the Floor’ 2017 Tour to Atlanta’s Center Stage on Feb. 11

Beth Hart embarked on the first official stop of her Fire on the Floor 2017 North American Tour at Atlanta’s Center Stage on Saturday, February 11 for a dynamic bluesy filled night with Rachael Sage in support. I love powerful, strong women who tell stories. Not just about love, betrayal or heartache, but songs that are political – that make a statement about the world we live in, and that’s is exactly what Rachael Sage does, especially with her brand new song “This Darkness” it’s a song about the trials and tribulations of what the people at Standing Rock are enduring. Both Rachael and Beth are fierce women with fire running through their veins.

Beth feels more like the living embodiment of Janis Joplin mixed with a splash of Billie Holiday and a dash of Etta James, simply speaking Hart is utter undiluted rawness. Hart is out in support of eighth solo studio album, Fire on the Floor, which made its North America release debut on February 3. The 13-track album illuminates Hart’s bluesy rock, jazz infused funk that is filled with heart, compassion and empathy – and that is exactly what you get when you see her perform live. First and foremost, you get honesty blended with the joy of love and all the perils of heartache to match.

Center Stage was the perfect place to host an intimate Beth Hart experience, as she performed a collection of songs that transcended her career, from “Rhymes” to “One Eyed Chicken” to the sensual as hell “Close to My Fire” and of course no Beth Hart show would be complete without “La Song,” the song that put her on the map in the late 90s. From compassion to pure blues, the set felt like a love letter to the past, while still embracing the now with “Jazz Man” and “No Place Like Home.” Hart divulges pieces of her soul, not only through her lush smoke-infused golden voice, but each night she gets on stage to perform, she let’s out all her demons and gives a hell of a performance.

Seriously this woman is one of my all-time favorite artists. Beth is fierce, unafraid at the depths at which she rawly exposes her flaws and embraces them as truth; not only on stage but in real life as well, with a fire-lit performance that leaves you wanting more, yet thoroughly sated by the knowledge that you’ve spent an evening with greatness. And that is exactly what Beth Hart is, she is the embodiment of passion, with a brazen heartache and redemption all rolled together. From playing in Los Angeles clubs in the early 90s to traveling around the world to sold out shows with greats like Joe Bonamassa, this is a woman who is finally comfortable in her own skin. And there is nothing more glorious, than to see an artist fully come into their own.

Beth Hart is an artist you need to see, she will set your blood on fire with pure saturated goodness. Her voice is honey-tinted shades of bits of heaven as she mesmerizes you with pain, love and the journey of life. How this singer-songwriter expresses herself through her music breath-taking, and a must see. Don’t miss out on The Fire on the Floor 2017 Tour, it runs through March 25, ending at The Chicago Theatre.

Full Photo Coverage of Beth Hart

Full Photo Coverage of Rachael Sage

Live Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band ‘Wheels of Soul’ Tour on July 17

Review and Photos by Danielle Boise

It was a glorious night on Friday, July 17, as the ‘Wheels of Soul’ Tour rolled into the Alpharetta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre as it provided the perfect blend of soul and blues. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicked the night off in splendor, with a rousing soulful funk with an edge of retro Motown thrown in for good measure. The Dap-Kings warmed the crowd up for a few songs with The Dapettes followed shortly after by Jones herself, draped in magenta sequins with fringe. Jones passionately entertained the crowd in an electrifying way. I was absolutely blown away by Jones’ stage presence with robust energy and stunning voice. But what made the evening great, was Jones herself, her ability to play to the crowd and have fun at the same time.

If you’ve never been to a Tedeschi Trucks Band show before in your life, then you are truly missing out on one of the greatest musical experiences a person can have. Their sound was truly magnificent with the amalgamation of rock roots, mixed with blues, Americana that was composed in a jam-band style infused funk. Susan Tedeschi’s angelic voice (and guitar) balanced out perfectly with her husband’s, Derek Truck, epic guitar skills while being rounded out by expansive nine-piece powerhouse of a band with an impressive horns and percussion sections.

Tedeschi Trucks Band started their set out with “Made Up Mind” followed by “Do I Look Worried,” “Midnight in Harlem,” “I’ve Got a Feeling (The Beatles cover),” “Get What You Deserve (The Derek Trucks Band cover),” “Let’s Go Get Stoned” (The Coaster Cover – with musical guest star, Tommy Tolton, founding member of Cowboy, with Capricorn Records in Macon, “Break In The Road (Betty Harris cover),” “I Pity the Fool (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover),” “Idle Wind” and ended the regular set with “The Storm.” For the encore Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings joined Tedeschi Trucks Band on stage for two covers. The first song was a cover of Joe Cocker’s “The Letter” followed by Sly & The Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song/I Want to Take You Higher.” The ‘Wheels of Soul 2015’ Summer Tour runs through August 4, grab your tickets while you can.

 

Wheels of Soul Summer Tour

July 22 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 24 – Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier
July 25 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
July 26 – Readington, NJ @ QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
July 29 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 31 – Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes
Aug. 01 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Concert Pavilion
Aug. 02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Aug. 04 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheatre

Full Photo Gallery of Tedeschi Trucks Band

 

Full Photo Gallery of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

 

Full Photo Gallery of Encore with Tedeschi Trucks Band & Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

 

Live Review: Flow Tribe

I am the type of strange, southern female that you hear about that doesn’t care about organized fighting a.k.a. football a.k.a. every time I look up at the television men in sports pads are standing around doing nothing a.k.a. what ruins my friendships every fall. So, last Saturday I ditched my top-tier football loving friend group to go to a concert with a former coworker.  I’m going to tell you right now, I made the right decision.

Flow Tribe’s website states:

“Straight out of New Orleans and into your earholes, Flow Tribe comes at you with the delicacy of a sledgehammer. They create ‘backbone cracking music,’ a soul shaking mixture of styles and sounds guaranteed to drive you wild. These are 6 seasoned performers who have shared the stage with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Juvenile, and BIll Summers just to name a few. A relentlessly touring band that plays major venues and festivals around the country bringing with them a heat and passion best described as ‘bizarrely irresistible.’”

That is a statement I agree with because I witnessed it first hand.

The band is six piece male Funk/Rock/Psychedelic/Blues infusion and the band’s amazing performance got the crowd moving at Smith’s Olde Bar.  It played a slew of its original funk tunes, as well as popular cover songs everyone already knew.

 

 

Among its cover songs, Flow Tribe performed “Jump in Line (Shake, Shake Senora),”  the song Winona Ryder was seen getting funky to at the end of “Beetlejuice” and Juvenile’s “Back That Azz up.” The latter of which was rapped successfully by the keyboard and washboard player and got all the white people (including myself) shaking what their mamas gave them on the dance floor.  I also should mention that washboard/keyboardist also had some crazy dance moves.  In fact, the entire band could be on “Darrin’s Dance Grooves 31” as the soundtrack and back up dancers if the band were inclined to do so.  So Darrin, if you’re reading this, you should team up with Flow Tribe.

I had so much fun.

For more information about Flow Tribe and to purchase the albums visit Flow Tribe’s website, like the band on Facebook  and follow the band on Twitter .