Mike Eldred, guitarist from Lee Rocker's Big Blue has formed his own
trio with Blasters rhythm section John Bazz and Jerry Angel. Eldred
handles the vocals and blazing guitar. The CD is described as being a
combination of blues, boogie, and rockabilly. What ever it is, it's
hot! The band is heading toward great things. Now through a limited
mail-order offer, an advance promo limited pressing is being made
Send $15 to Mike Eldred Trio PO BOX 5120 Bellflower CA 90707 - 5120
Have you heard of these Yahoo on-line fan clubs? Well I've set one up
for the Blasters and Dave Alvin called American Music. Below are
instructions to get there:
click on "more" (only if clubs is not listed on main page)
then click on"clubs"
enter "American Music" (with quotes) in Search box
club will come up as a match to the search, click on it.
In the upper right hand screen will be the button to join.
You must be registered with Yaho? to join a club. Although it's not
necessary just to search through clubs or read posts, only members can
post themselves or chat. On the clubs screen will be a link for
signing up - then just follow their directions. Don't worry...Yahoo
accounts are free.
Mike Lynam writes:
I thought I'd take the opportunity to pass along the following
information which I am sure you will be interested in. My label, Run
Wild Records, will be releasing an 18-song tribute album to the Blasters
on or about the 19th of August. It will be quite a rave up with the
likes of the Blacktop Rockets, Billy Hancock, Lucky 7, Josie Kreuzer,
Hot Rod Lincoln, The Sabrejets, the Sloe Gin Joes, Highway 13, Libbi
Bosworth, and more. The songs are all Dave's and span the recordings
which were done between 1979 and 1985.
Here is an attached photo of the cover if you want to include at the
website somewhere. Also, if you want to set up a link to me for anyone
who might have questions, feel free to do so. As I said, the disc will
be available right around the 19th and will cost anyone $12 (ppd) via
Run Wild Records
PO Box 123
Lebanon, NJ 08833
Johnny Bazz has been touring with the T-birds, filling in,
at least for the moment. (Don't worry, it's not
permanent; Johnny should be done this month.)
Phil meanwhile has been spending time
with his computer, trying to get it ready to record home jam
sessions for instant internet distribution. Would be quite cool if
something happens. Keith is about to start recording a Blues
guitar instructional tape called, Blues Guitar Tone.
His solo band is called the Crying Knobs and has a
track on a Musicians Institute compilation CD coming out this
summer. Word is a Blasters Tribute CD is in the works. Looks
like it's featuring a lot of Austin/TX musicians. Tom Clifford,
of Austin, writes: A new tribute to the Blasters CD will be
out this summer on the Run Wild label out of New Jersey. We cut two
tracks for it here in Austin -- Libbi Bosworth singing "Hey Girl" (she
said "boy" ) and I'm doing "Trouble Bound." Matt Eskey, Mike Middleton
and Pete Gordon (Mojo Nixon's band) along with Paul Skelton on guitar
(Cornell Hurd and Wayne Hancock) backed us up. It kicks ass!.
Also mentioned as contributors are the Blacktop Rockets, Sloe Gin Joes,
Billi Hancock, Lucky 7, and Josie Kreuzer.
Bill Bateman, drummer with the Blasters from the start until 1992, has
recently joined ranks with the Jamers Harman Band. Expect a Spring tour.
As many of you know, it is getting very hard to find Blasters material any
more. Even the "Collection" CD seems to be out of print and is vanishingly
hard to find. The good news from the rumor front, however, is that the
band is currently negotiating to release their original Rolling Rock record on CD. Save those pennies - it's
a must album for true fans.
Word from the band is the Blasters' new guitarist is
Keith Wyatt. An official announcement should be coming soon.
Private Music Plans Web Page.
Private Music, a division of RCA is planning on
setting up a Web Page for the Blasters new album when it comes out. You can
bet you will find the link here. They are quite excited about the project and
rumor has it, are continuouslyt inquiring about the Blasters lineup problem.
Let's hope they find a guitarist soon. Wonder if Bob Weir
needs another regular gig?
James Intveld Quits.
Guitarist James Intveld quit the band to pursue acting and
independent musical projects. There appear to be no hard feelings
and the band will miss him. Says Phil, "James is one of the best musicians
I ever played with. It was an honor to play with him and to contribute
anything to him. My intention the whole time was to see James take some
musical growth. It was clear that ultimately James was going to sing his
songs and I was going to sing mine.... He is a gentleman who will always
be one of the great Blaster guitar players. James is a good friend and will be
for the rest of my life."
James's last Blasters gig was on Dec. 26, 1995 at
Jack's Sugar Shack in Los Angeles. Interviews are currently underway for a
new guitarist. Ian Espinoze filled in temporarily for a one-night gig
on 31Jan, 1996.
Due to the recent departure of guitarist, James Intveld, the new
live Blasters album, The Blasters @Home has been
delayed. Some, if not all, of the tracks will be redone with the
new guitarist. No new target date has yet been announced.
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Last modified 27Dec00.