Saturday, 8 September 2012

Lena Mashkina: two hand Six Strings & Soul and Iskala

8 finger TAPPING guitar: Lena Mashkina "Six Strings & Soul" by Dmitri Maloletov
Lena Mashkina - guitar, tapping

8 finger TAPPING guitar: Lena Mashkina - Six Strings & Soul (by D. Maloletov)

Земфира "Искала" - Lena Mashkina - 8-Finger Tapping - "Iskala" - Zemfira

Lita Ford: San Antonio Metal Music Examiner interview

Lita speaks with the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner on a variety of topics before headlining The Korova. Stay tuned here for the show review with slideshow and videos, and check out the "San Antonio Metal Music Examiner" page on Facebook for many other exclusive interviews and band coverage.

Lita Ford interview (Sept. 6, 2012, San Antonio, Tx.)

Lita Ford: "Dancin' On The Edge" (Sept. 6, 2012, San Antonio, Tx.)

Lzzy Hale: Halestorm US tour dates announced

Nov. 08 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
Nov. 09 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
Nov. 10 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
Nov. 12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Nov. 13 - W. Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
Nov. 14 - Chico, CA - Senator Theater
Nov. 16 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Nov. 17 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Nov. 18 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Nov. 20 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center * (w/ ALICE COOPER)
Nov. 21 - Garden City, ID - Revolution Event Center * (w/ ALICE COOPER)
Nov. 23 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Nov. 24 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Nov. 25 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Nov. 27 - Jackson, WY - Pink Garter Theatre
Nov. 29 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
Nov. 30 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
Dec. 01 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Dec. 03 - Sioux Falls, SD - The Vault
Dec. 04 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Dec. 05 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Dec. 07 - South Bend, IN - Club Fever
Dec. 08 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Dec. 10 - Richmond, VA - The National
Dec. 11 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
Dec. 12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Dec. 14 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
Dec. 15 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Dec. 29 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
Dec. 31 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage

November 8 - December 15: "Jägermeister Presents Halestorm"except *

Erja Lyytinen: Songs from the Road CD/DVD

Songs From The Road (CD + DVD) (Ruf 1179)
The latest entry in Ruf Records' award-winning Songs from the Road series (the follow-up to Luther Allison's live set, chosen "DVD of the Year" at the 2011 Blues Music Awards) comes from Finnish artist Erja Lyytinen. The singer/songwriter/guitarist emerged on the international scene as part of the Pilgrimage project in 2005 and has since become a fixture in clubs and concert halls throughout Europe. Lyytinen's songs skillfully blend slide guitar-driven, down-home blues with elements of rock, pop, jazz and soul.

The two-disc CD/DVD set Songs from the Road documents a November 2011 performance at the Savoy Theater in Helsinki, Finland – the same venue in which Thomas Ruf discovered Lyytinen six years earlier. The concert focuses on material from her 2010 release Voracious Love while mixing in a smattering of cuts from previous studio albums. Included are outstanding originals like "Voracious Love" and the hard-driving "Everything's Fine," Blind Willie Johnson's unforgettable "Soul of a Man," a revamped "Crossroads" and Tony Joe White's swamp classic "Steamy Windows."

But there's a major difference here. Onstage, Erja and fellow musicians Davide Floreno (g), Roger Inniss (b) and Miri Miettinen (d) like to expand upon what she has delivered on record. The CD's 13 tracks thus shed new light on Lyytinen's music, showing off more of her ingenuity as a guitarist than any of her studio recordings. Long-time second guitar player Floreno is also a strong presence as he takes turns soloing with the bandleader. (Their successive solos on "Not a Good Girl" are among the show's many highlights). The band as a whole never veers off course. Instead, the four musicians ride the groove, play off one another and take each song to new places.

The DVD – clocking in at over 80 minutes – includes a brief interview and two bonus tracks not found on the CD. The crisp Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound brings out every facet of Lyytinen's voice, from sensuous whisper to toothy shout. Cameras capture the bittersweet emotion of the solo-acoustic "No Place Like Home" and take us along on Erja's crowd walk during "Skinny Girl." For some reason, the hometown audience chooses to remain seated for the entire evening. But this is no reflection on Lyytinen. Songs from the Road presents a confident and multi-talented performer at the height of her powers.

Erja Lyytinen - Not a good girl

Erja Lyytinen - Dust My Broom

Shani Kimelman: Blowtorch - wow scorching!
Superb cover of the Paul Gilbert classic...

Paul Gilbert - Blowtorch (cover by Shani Kimelman)

Shani Kimelman posted this one a year ago and it has 235,000+ views

Racer X - Technical Difficulties (Shani Kimelman)