Hi Guy. I ran across an old video of you and Notting Hillbillies, a “pre tour” special on Rock Steady, I think. About 2/3 thru, you all sang Weapon of Prayer, the old Louvin Brothers song. (I had forgotten it was on the NH album). I thought you might be interested in this tidbit, Ira and Charlie Louvin were actually Ira and Charlie Loudermilk. Louvin was their stage name. They are very distant cousins of my husband, also a Loudermilk. Ira and Charlie are reputed to have been tough SOBs, as evidenced by a story from Charlie’s book, written after Ira (who was a notorious drinker and wife abuser) died in a car crash. In February 1963, Ira Louvin wrapped a telephone cord around his wife’s neck. She shot him six times with a .22-caliber pistol, and when the police arrived on the scene she was said to have told them, “If the blankety-blank don’t die, I’ll shoot him again.” Ira lived, and Charlie stuck by him (and, amazingly, the wife) . Ira and Charlie were also 1st cousins of John D Loudermilk, the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame songwriter, who wrote such hits as Tobacco Road, Waterloo, Talk Back Trembling Lips and others. In our family, the Louvin Brothers album “Satan is Real” has always been a bit of a humorous thing, if you have not seen the cover, check it out. If any fans would like to watch the video of you on Notting Hillbillies interview, it is here (LINK) : Very good bit. Thanks!! Shawn Loudermilk
Hey Doc – band session this past week. Very good or stunning? There’s a difference. Hope all good.
Don’t want to know what you are working on or when it will be done. But can you tell us if you are also performing the producing and engineering duties on this project? Just curious. For some strange reason I find that interesting.
Hi Doc, Are you familiar with the Norwegian record label Kirkelig Kulturverksted? Not only have they released a lot of great records musically speaking, but the production is world class. Stunningly great-sounding records, highly acclaimed among audiophiles. Some albums I like in particular: Tolv rustne strenger (Jonas Fjeld and Ole Paus), Bedre enn stillhet (Sigvart Dagsland), Som den gylne sol (Iver Kleive, Povl Dissing and Knut Reiersrud), Løsrivelse (Kari Bremnes). You’ll find them all on Spotify. All the best, Tom
Saw the lovely Pieta Brown last night, Postcards a great bunch of songs.
The only thing missing was you and Mr. MK.
Nice job on the “Street Tracker” cut.
Hi Doc. One more secret is revealed.
One of my spies has informed that, after the Bongos sessions with Mr. Bieber, Ziggy Marley and The Wailers alongside David Guetta are recording some Japenese tablas for the new record called 'New Horizons'.
Was informed to me that the recording sessions was interrupted few times by the fire alarm.
So, after shut down the alarm, Mr Marley & Co, can continue make some smoke. For religious purposes, of course.
Please, continue to keep the real secrets alive.
Hello Doc. Thanks for the information about the full band session recording. It´s totally understandable that you can´t say anything else, actually, I rather know where more or less can be an announcement of whatever this project is, than what´s about the project itself. There is any aproximate date you can mention, even some vague “at summer/autumm/winter as sooner”?
Here is a blast from the past: I’ve been ripping my old CDs as lossless files, and was doing some Buddy Guy stuff – and I ran across “Where Is the Next One Coming From” with you-know-who on guitar. Fun hearing MK play like that. Do you recall much of that session? Released in 1991 on Buddy’s “Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues” disc. I would guess that MK added his work to an existing recording, as opposed to doing it in studio with BG.
One month ago in my little town i've had the chance to see for the second time Elliott Murphy for a show.
Approximately 200 persons in the hall and just Elliott and his guitarist Olivier Durand for 2 hours.
A very very good evening with a very very nice man and as he says " Rock and Roll is here to stay and who will be left to play ?"
Any official news anytime soon? This is taking way too long. How long since you went into the studio, september i believe………………
Patience is running out. hahahaha, i’m sure you’ll understand….
Hello Doc. I have a question that I hope you can answer about the “many musicians involved in this project”, did all of them went to BG to play this parts or their parts were sent by mail (or e-mail) like MK does lately with some colaborations? thanks for the very little you can say about this project, it helps with the waiting 🙂
Guy, a few weeks back I sent a post about local PGA golfer Adam Hadwin shooting a 59. Well, today he won his first tournament, the Valspar Championship and earned his way into the Masters this year. That being said he is getting married on the 24th of March and I guess will have to cancel the honeymoon to Tahiti. Hope the future wife likes Augusta, Georgia. The 1.1 million USD he won today doesn’t hurt either.
I have just finished “Testimony” by Robbie Robertson-a pretty good read for anyone into the history of rock and roll in my opinion. Those guys (the Band) made some remarkable and unique music. It’s a shame that only two of them are still with us. They obviously had a class connection to Bob Dylan as have you, Mark and your band. Did you or Mark ever have the occasion to meet or work with any of those musicians?
Hi Guy, Another thought. Is the new project similar in style to The Travelling Wilbury’s?
Morning Guy, Joining the debate on recording project currently nearing completion (hopefully). This month it is 21 years since Mark produced his first solo album, so I was wondering whether he is preparing a `celebratory anniversary` type work?? Also Dire Straits was formed in 1977 some 40 years ago now, but Mark has said he is not resurrecting Straits again, so it can`t be that, can it?? Does he have anything else to celebrate? apart from playing with some of the best musicians (GB & USA) throughout his his majestic career.
I was watching a documentary about 10cc and it struck me that there are several similarities between them and you and British Grove. Specifically Eric Stewart being in the band while also serving as producer and engineer. Also they built their own studio (Strawberry) and had pretty much unlimited time to experiment musically. These results in a series of albums that, at least in my opinion, were very interesting both technically and musically. I was wondering if you had ever paid any attention to them in your past.
Today I found that Neil Jason is the one who play bass on "One World" in Brothers In Arms records, quite funny discovery as I always thought that slap bass was more a Tony Levin thing so, I wanted to ask you, if you remember about it, in which songs Tony and Jason plays bass… Neil Jason play bass on "One World", there is some bass parts in the "Why Worry" outtro that sound different, so maybe Tony Levin playing fretless? Or is Jason again? "Your Latest Trick" has also some bass lines that sound like Jason or Levin… I know, too long ago to remember…
Unreleased for good reason? I recall that it was mentioned by you or other people involved in the MK recordings along the years that very often, very good songs are left out of the records not because they are not good songs but because they didn´t fit with the rest of songs, and sometimes, as individual songs, are even better than some of the ones that get released, but they didn´t fit with the rest, so they are left out, and they are forgotten for next projects because of the "always looking forward" motto, titles like "bonafide" or "bonfire´s night) came to mind. About this, I always put the same example, Led Zeppelin´s Physical Graffitti. Considered by most of their fans (including me) as one of their best records, made with songs left out of the previous records, because they didn´t fit, but were good enough to have a chance one way or the other…
@Steven Butler: nah man,i am really talking bout the unreleased pearls, rotting away in the artist/record company/ies safe.
seriously, there’s SOOOOOO many unreleased songs, live recordings, video recordings, early days (the box needs to be profitable) the new days (my favourite days) etc…
demo tapes, we have a few of those out there, illegally spilled, on every demo, the dire straits rehearsals (the record, not the band) etc…
mooooore then enough options. again, look at the Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Bob Dylan etc.. boxes.
About “Last Exit To Brooklynn” film score, there is always a question I had in mind for you… You played almost everything for that music score, and it worked very well, but I wonder why it was made that way instead of using a real orchestra, was it a MK/you decision or was it because the budget of the film score was small to hire an orchestra? By the way, you did a great work.