Grammy Day!

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Five.  That’s the number of people and bands I know up for a winning a Grammy today. Four of them happen to be in the same category and the fifth I just met the other day and posted about (What are the odds?).  You won’t be seeing them during the prime telecast but the pre-show festivities are available to watch via the Grammy Webcast.   Oh those artists I mentioned. Well around here we’ll be rooting for Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Pop Ups and The Okee Dokee Brothers. Not forgetting my recent adveture with Keb Mo who has a few nominations of his own.  Good luck everyone and you’re all Grammy Worthy, even if you don’t win!

What are the odds?

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What do Keb Mo and I have in common?  We  both think Midwest Buy and Sell is one of the coolest guitar stores in the world.  This postage stamp of a store is filled with guitars, amps and assorted other music equipment. If  your’re driving  by looking for it at 6019 W. Irving. A few doors west of Austin Avenue don’t blink, cause you’ll miss it!  What was once a pawn store is now one of the coolest music places around.  I have bought  guitars, amps, monitors, etc. at great savings thanks to Wayne and his staff.  It’s a no pressure place when purchasing an instrument and they never try to “sell” you.  So you ask how I came by the fact that Keb Mo is a fan of Midwest Buy and Sell.  Last Monday I happened to be in said store (buying guitar strings) when Wayne and a customer were talking about how Keb Mo hadn’t stopped by the store in awhile and how he used to always stop when he was in town.  As I was working the upcoming Keb Mo show I informed them Keb Mo was going to be in town on Saturday.  There was a bit more conversation and I thought nothing of it till I went with Missy (Keb Mo’s tour manager) to pick up Keb Mo at the mall.  Upon picking up Keb I informed him how of the conversation I had earlier in the week. He mentioned he liked the store and asked how far it was. I said “20 minutes”. After a brief discussion with Missy he said “Let’s go!” with a big smile on his face.  Which totally made my week.  How often do you get to drive one of your favorite artists to your favorite guitar store?  First time in my life that 20150131_145726happened.  Do yourself a favor.  Go listen to Keb Mo ‘s new album cause it’s really good and then go buy it! Don’t forget to visit Midwest Buy and Sell either and tell them I sent ya!

Keb Mo and Laurie Berkner?

That is how my weekend is looking.  First Up is Keb Mo and I shall be the show runner which is a fancy word for gofer for the band.  Most importantly this allows me to see the show backstage and if you haven’s seen him perform he’s pretty darn good. His new album is well worth a listen.  A couple tickets are still available  at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts Skokie website.

Then Sunday Morning I shall be headed to see the superstar kindie singer  Laurie Berkner with my son at the Park West.  This will be the first concert I go to with just him. Up to now my daughter has been my partner in crime but it’s time to give the lad his due.  We’re looking to have a lot of fun as Laurie is one of the best for the younger set.

This Years Rymer Recipient

It’s with a bit of irony that the man who I named the award for best Children’s Album that should of been nominated for a Grammy but wasn’t is himself nominated for a Grammy this year. Brady Rymer.  He latest effort Just Say HI!BradyRymerJustSayHi is pretty darn good.  Almost as brilliant as the one I started this award about (Love Me For Who I Am) and another excellent effort. A big congrats too getting the Grammy Nomination this year as he is an artist well deserving of it.  So are his fellow nominees Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Pop Ups and previous winners The Okee Dokee Brothers.  The fifth spot is filled not by a musical artist but by the book reading of the inspiring story and Nobel Peace prize winning – I Am Malala.  I have already spoken on how I think this has been placed in the wrong category in a previous post (Comparing Apples to Steak…).  No the guys whom I thought put out the Best of the Best musically this year for “Children” this year did it all analog. I am referring to those guys from Seattle – The School Break Primates. Better known to the public at large as Recess Monkey! The put out one smoking hot CD  called WIRED Cover Art_Recess Monkey_72 dpiWIRED which filled my number one spot this year on my top ten  (and my amended top ten). In fact all the nominees except for the book reading were in my top ten!  So please go check out WIRED as it is a superior product as well as the rest of the nominees as they are well worth the listen. Go support an independent artist today.

 

A Year of life, laughter, music and family

What a year 2014 has been. My daughter Just turned ten and all I can think is where does the time go. I swear it was yesterday I had just become a firefighter. Now I got a wife, two kids and my dog just passed away at the ripe old age of 14. He is missed. My son mentioned that very fact just yesterday stating “I miss Henson”(he was an Original Poochamungas). The music took a back seat to work and life this year which made me even more grateful when I had the chance to perform including taking the stage at Lollapalooza. That and the opportunity to bring my daughter along too Lolla was pretty cool (thanks Rymer family!) The older I get the more I appreciate my family and friends and the less I worry about inconsequential crap
The reason I so enjoy playing music is the shared experience of doing something for the joy found in doing it. A paycheck helps make it possible you can do it more often. There are also those I will miss. My Uncle Pete who always had a smile and a laugh. Mike Mann who seemed to have such honest insight on life and music. So glad to have known you both. Go hug your family and friends. Share a beverage on a cold night by a bonfire. Enjoy the moments shared with the ones you love and go find your own music. That which gives you joy. Never let the hate win. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have a great 2015!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May your holiday be filled we health and happiness for you and your loved ones.

We saw them first at Fitzgerald’s!!!

When I wrote my review of the amazing American Music Festival at Fitzgerald’s this summer I mentioned the band that caught me by surprise was Girls, Guns and Glory with super talented Sarah Borges (My New Favorite Festival)  Well it seems the Triple G guys have found themselves on the web pages of Rolling Stone Magazine with a nice article and new video for the holiday season.  It’s pretty darn good indeed!  Check it out below and check  out the rest of their music  cause they totally rock!