Now that the fervor of the Fourth of July has passed,and everyone has
returned from the beach, or the mountains, or your mother-in-laws'
bungalow, it's time to get back to some serious show-going.
July 7th and 8th brings us the pairing of two performers who have
reemerged this year with fine new releases, and their fans couldn't be
happier. STEVE FORBERT's new CD "Evergreen Boy" returns him to the
songwriting form of his early records, and his new material has a wise
quality that can only come from experience in the world and years on the
VICTORIA WILLIAMS' new CD "Musings of a Creekdipper" comes to us after a
six year absence from the recording scene.In the meantime she has
appeared on the Lilith Fair circuit, bought a few acres out in
JoshuaTree, California, and done quite a bit of travelling and writing
with her husband Mark Olsen of the Jayhawks. Her unique vocals and
charming take on life, even in the face of its' occasional hardships.
remains at the core of her work. And like she says, "Take a dip in the
creek..it'll make ya feel good".
WAR (huh, good god, y'all...what is it good for??). Well, on July 10th
you can find out when the original low riders of west coast soul hit the
stage of the Bottom Line. The band is riding a newfound wave of
popularity as the hip-hop community has rediscovered and sampled the
grooves of platinum hits like "Why Can't We Be Friends" and "The World
Is A Ghetto". Thirty years in the music business proves the adage
"Everything old is new again"
WAR has always been a great live band, so come on down and check 'em out
And speaking of hitmakers, ALEX CHILTON, who plays the club on July
11th had several as lead singer of "The Boxtops". He recorded "The
Letter" ('Gimme a ticket for an airplane...) when he was only sixteen!!
That was followed by "Cry Like A Baby". In the 1970"s, he formed the
British pop influenced band "Big Star" in Memphis. The band was a
critic's darling and released three acclaimed albums of gorgeously
melodic guitar-centered pop before disbanding in the late 70's. Those
records are still considered great finds among vintage vinyl collectors.
In recent years, Alex Chilton"s popularity has taken an upswing as bands
like R.E.M. and the Replacements cite him as an influence, and college
radio has picked up on his quirky solo works.
On July 12th, longtime Bottom Line favorite JOHN HARTFORD brings great
old-time music to the stage with legendary blugrass vocalist RHONDA
VINCENT also on the bill. Traditional music continues on July 14th with
THE DEL McCOURY BAND. They are without dispute the best bluegrass band
in the world (unless there's some outfit in Japan I ain't heard of) and
have garnered every award you can think of in their field. Each band
member has also won accolades for their individual achievements. Put
'em all together around one microphone and it's an evening you won't
want to miss. As an added bonus, acoustic blues master ROY BOOK BINDER
rounds out the evening with his vast repertoire of classic and original
July 25th and 26th, MOXY FRUVOUS hits town with their infectious pop
sensibility, biting wit and seamless harmonies. Their modern day
vaudeville approach has been tempered and deepened with the release of
"Thornhill", an album that establishes their musical credibility, while
they continue to cement their reputation as great entertainers, playing
to thousands of loyal "Fruheads" each year in the United States and
Canada. Two hundred and fifty dates a year can lead to two things. You
either kill each other in the van, or you become an incredibly tight
road unit. Lucky for us, Moxy chose the latter, and we're all better
people as a result.
Moving to the end of the month, we have seminal West Coast jam veterans
QUICKSILVER (nee Messenger Service) coming in on July 27th. As recent
Jefferson Starship shows have proven, the San Francisco scene still has
some legs, and the Quicksilver shows promise to show the new crowd of
jam band upstarts where it all began. Following the West Coast theme,
two original members of the BYRDS come in back to back. On the 28th,
CHRIS HILLMAN, and long time Desert Rose partner HERB PEDERSEN will
bring their band in for a show that covers the full range of material
from Chris's long career in bluegrass, country and rock. On the 29th,
ROGER McGUINN continues the Byrd's attack with songs that continue to
confirm the band's berth in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Well, if that ain't a month of down home, get in the groove, jam your
butt off shows.....See ya next month