Day in Rock Report for 05/09/2016

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Axl Rose Plays First Show With AC/DC, Pro-Shot Video Goes Online

(hennemusic) Axl Rose performed his very first show as the frontman of AC/DC in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday (May 7th), and videos, including pro-shot footage, from his debut have been posted online.

Rose fronted the Australian rockers on the opening night of the European leg of the 2016 Rock Or Bust tour in place of Brian Johnson, who stepped aside in March on the advice of doctors in order to prevent further damage to his hearing, which guitarist Angus Young revealed had been an issue from the start of the world tour last year.

AC/DC and Rose pounded through a 22-song show at Passeio Maritimo de Algés that featured most of the tour's standard setlist, with two new adds from 1978's "Powerage", including "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" (first time since 2003) and "Riff Raff" (last performed in 1996).

As Rose continues to heal a broken left foot injured during Guns N' Roses' April 1 club gig at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the singer was once again confined to chair at center stage after using a throne on loan from Foo Fighter Dave Grohl for his band's first series of reunion dates last month.

Axl's AC/DC rig is much smaller that the throne setup while still providing a place to rest his injured foot in its protective brace. Rose is on board for AC/DC's 12-date European spring tour and will rejoin the band sometime later this year for the to-be-rescheduled US Rock Or Bust dates. Check out the videos here.

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Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne Reportedly Split Up

(hennemusic) Various media outlets are reporting that Ozzy Osbourne and wife/manager Sharon have split after 33 years of marriage following accusations that the Black Sabbath singer has allegedly become involved in an affair with a Hollywood hairstylist.

Following a 2013 break-up and reconciliation, UK tabloid The Sun reports Ozzy is staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel after Sharon kicked the rocker out of their Los Angeles mansion last week over accusations that he's been having an affair with 45-year-old celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh.

A source tells E! Online that the couple mutually agreed last week that Ozzy would move out of the house temporarily, while a family spokesperson confirms the news to Rolling Stone, saying, "At this time, Ozzy is not in the marital home." Read more here.

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Unreleased Songs From Late Alice In Chains Singer Layne Staley

(Classic Rock) A batch of eight unfinished songs featuring vocals by late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley could see the light of day. Seattle musician and audio engineer Jesse Holt has asked Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready to help him put the finishing touches to the tracks.

Via Twitter, Holt says: "Hey Mike McCready, help me produce eight unreleased tracks with Layne Staley singing on them. You'd love several of them."

Holt - who mostly works in the games industry - later tweeted an audio clip of a song he worked on with Staley called Daily Bread, but the vocalist never got round to recording vocals for it before he died. Check out the tweets and the song here.

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AC/DC Didn't Fire Brian Johnson Says Angus

(Classic Rock) AC/DC guitarist Angus Young says the band did not fire frontman Brian Johnson after his hearing issue hit the crisis point in March, despite rumors to the contrary.

Last month, the group announced Axl Rose would step in to replace the singer on the Rock Or Bust tour, while Johnson issued his own statement confirming the severity of his health issue.

Young and bassist Cliff Williams clarify what went down with Johnson's departure in a newly-released video. Young explains: "You get a lot of rumors out there; a lot of people think Brian was fired. That's not the case. It was mainly his hearing. He already had a very bad ear, and the good ear that he had left was dropping rapidly. I mean, it was an ongoing issue all the way pretty much through the tour from the beginning."

Williams continues: "He had an instance where there was a marked drop in that one good ear and it came back, but not completely. The doc told him this can happen again and it may not come back. So, you know, you kind of go 'What do you do with that?'" Read more and watch the video here.

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Radiohead Release New Album 'A Moon Shaped Pool'

(Prog) Radiohead have launched their ninth album A Moon Shaped Pool in digital formats. The follow-up to 2010's King Of Limbs will be available on vinyl and CD on June 17, while a special edition will ship in September.

Last week, Radiohead began to systematically erase their entire online presence, before launching a video for new track Burn The Witch. Then on Friday, a promo for the track Daydreaming, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, was unveiled before the band revealed the album would be on sale from 7pm on May 8 (Sunday).

A Moon Shaped Pool is available now on iTunes, Amazon and via the band's website, and it can be streamed on Apple Music and Tidal. The special edition comes with two heavyweight 12inch vinyl records, two CDs and 32 pages of artwork in "a case bound album, inspired by the albums for 78rpm shellac records in the library of La Fabrique, France." It also includes a piece of the master tape from an actual recording session. Read more here.

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Paul Gray's Daughter Can Sue Over Slipknot Star's Death

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's daughter October can proceed with a lawsuit against a Des Moines doctor over her father's overdose death, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled.

According to the Des Moines Register, the first-of-its kind case will see October head to court against Dr Daniel Baldi for the loss of her father's love and emotional support - known as loss of consortium - even though she was still in her mother's womb when Gray died of a drug overdose in May 2010.

Justice Daryl Hecht noted in his ruling that Gray's daughter could still suffer the emotional effects of her father's death after her birth, making her claim eligible to be decided by a jury.

Hecht wrote: "Whatever deprivation of consortium she is currently experiencing is no less real just because she did not experience it while in utero." Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Making New Album Plans

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch's Jeremy Spencer says that the band will enter the studio this summer. The drummer says they'll juggle touring with recording sessions for the follow-up to 2015's Got Your Six.

Spencer tells 14 News: "Well, we're gonna do some festival touring as well as some of these arena shows this summer, and I think we're gonna hit the studio sometime this summer; we'll begin that process. I'm not sure when it will come, but definitely we'll start recording something this summer."

5FDP are embroiled in a legal battle with their record label after the company sued them over plans for a compilation record and their next original release. The band responded by saying: "Desperate people do desperate things." Read more here.

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Pink Floyd Vinyl Reissue Campaign Announced

(Prog) Pink Floyd's back catalogue is to be made available on vinyl for the first time in more than 20 years. The reissue series will begin with four releases - 1967's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, 1968's A Saucerful Of Secrets, the soundtrack for 1969 film More and the 2LP set from the same year, Ummagumma.

All reissues will be remastered and pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, with release dates and further information to follow in due course. Special care will be taken to replicate the original packaging.

They'll be issued on Pink Floyd Records under the distribution of Warner Music for the UK and Europe and by Sony Music for North America and the rest of the world. Read more here.

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Motorhead Release 'When The Sky Comes Looking For You' Live Clip

(hennemusic) Motorhead have released a performance video of their 2015 track, "When The Sky Comes Looking For You", as a preview to the forthcoming live package "Clean Your Clock."

The tune originally appeared on the veteran UK metal outfit's 22nd album, "Bad Magic." Produced by Cameron Webb, the record landed Motorhead the highest US chart position in their career, debuting at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 11,000 copies upon its release last August.

Due June 10, "Clean Your Clock" captures the band over two shows at the Zenith in Munich, Germany last November on what turned out to be their final tour as founder Lemmy Kilmister passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28.

The live package will be available in multiple formats, including Blu-ray/CD and DVD/CD combos, CD, colored vinyl, digital download and two box set options: one with the DVD/CD and colored vinyl which includes a Motorhead Metal Medal, and a limited-edition package offering the Motorhead Medal in Silver or Gold.

Family, friends and fellow rockers paid tribute to Kilmister at a January 9 memorial service in Hollywood that was streamed live to more than 250,000 viewers worldwide via the band's YouTube channel. Watch the video here.

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Dream Theater Release 'Our New World' Video

(Classic Rock) Dream Theater have released a video for their track "Our New World." The song comes from their concept record The Astonishing, an expansive double-album, two-act tale that outlines a dystopian futuristic society where music is no longer created by people and is, instead, made by machines.

The set was conceived by guitarist and producer John Petrucci, who reveals the video for Our New World - filmed in Milan, Italy during the band's three-night stand in March - captures how audiences have responded to the project in concert.

Petrucci tells The Wall Street Journal: "They're watching two acts of brand-new music, and when we start that song, everybody rises out of their seat. There's this incredible energy as if they're feeling whatever happened in the story is really happening in real life. They're feeling that elation. We wanted to illustrate that." Read more and watch the video here.

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Lacuna Coil Streaming New Song 'Ghost In The Mist'

(TeamRock Radio) Lacuna Coil are streaming the track "Ghost In The Mist" as the latest preview to their forthcoming album 'Delirium.' Due for release on May 27 via Century Media Records, it's the third tease to the Italian outfit's 8th studio effort following "The House Of Shame" and the title cut.

Vocalist Cristina Scabbia previously said: "It's heavier than the previous albums we did, which is kind of surprising, because a lot of bands are going the other way around and getting softer and more accessible."

The band are playing dates on a newly-launched month-long tour of North American with rotating guests Butcher Babies, 9Electric, Painted Wives and Stitched Up Heart. See the dates and stream the new song here.

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Tesseract Expanding 'Polaris' For Special Edition

(Prog) Tesseract will release a double-disc tour edition of third album Polaris in September. The launch ties in with their North American tour alongside Gojira, and features reworked versions of album tracks Survival, Cages, Tourniquet and Seven Names on the second disc, which is entitled Errai.

Frontman Dan Tompkins - who returned to Tesseract ahead of Polaris recording sessions - says: "It's been fantastic to revisit some of the tracks from a different angle, and with the benefit of time and space."

Live producer and sound engineer Aidan O'Brien adds: "It was a thrill and an honor to have a much more involved role. I'm extremely proud of the result. It's still unmistakably Tesseract - but from an angle I think a lot of people won't have heard before." Read more here.

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Metallica Stars Help Clean Up A Beach

(Classic Rock) Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo helped clean up a San Francisco beach as part of the band's partnership with the Surfrider Foundation.

The guitarist and bass player joined volunteers and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija on San Francisco's Ocean Beach to collect litter and improve conditions for visitors.

Metallica have supported the Surfrider Foundation for some time, along with the city's MLB baseball team the San Francisco Giants. Proceeds from the band's most recent 'Metallica Day' at the Giants' AT&T Arena went to the Surfrider Foundation and Amnesty International. Read more here.

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Big Big Train Release 'Folklore' Video

(Prog) Big Big Train are premiering the video for their track Folklore with Prog. It's the title track from the band's upcoming ninth album, released on May 27 on CD, 2LP and digital formats. They previously issued a teaser video for the Folklore album.

BBT say they ignored the famous advice of never working with children or animals in the promo video. Vocalist David Longdon says: "When we set out to make a video to illustrate the title track of our new album, Folklore, we decided to try to capture an impression of what it was like to be the listener to the ancient folklore stories which have come down to us through the ages.

"Folklore tales are an integral part of who we are and who we think we are and help to form the bedrock of our cultures. These tales were told to fan the flames of our imaginations. They were stories of love and words of wisdom." Read more and watch the video here.

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Hellyeah Release 'Human' Music Video

(TeamRock Radio) Hellyeah have released a video for their track "Human". The song from the band's upcoming fifth album "Unden!able," due for release on June 3 via Eleven Seven Music.

Guitarist Tom Maxwell previously said: "We are moving forward with the path that we've taken with Blood For Blood. It's a really, really savage album, and we're really excited for fans to hear it."

Hellyeah are currently on tour in North America and last week released a 360 degree video for their track X. See the tour dates and watch the new music video here.

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The Alchemy Streaming Full 'Modern Age' EP Online

(TeamRock Radio) The Alchemy are streaming their debut EP 'Modern Age' in its entirety with TeamRock. The up-and-coming British rock outfit, from Canterbury, release Modern Age on May 9 and launch it with a gig in their hometown on May 13, followed by a short tour.

The Alchemy tell TeamRock: "Modern Age - an EP inspired by observations of our current generation which appears to be on a path of self destruction and segregation whether it be through global issues, racial divides or sexual discrimination.

"The artwork for the EP depicts a character who craves perfection of self in a narcissistic way and yet appears miserable and almost worthless, represented by the mannequin - a fake, plastic portrayal of him or herself - emphasizing the unobtainable goals of perfection that our generation are obsessed with." Stream the EP here.

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Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson Reunited With 'Axe Victim' Guitar

(Classic Rock) Former Be Bop Deluxe frontman Bill Nelson has been reunited with a guitar that featured on the sleeve of their album 'Axe Victim' and which he hadn't seen since the 1970s.

Nelson was pictured with the white Hoyer Les Paul lookalike on the rear cover of the band's 1974 debut album, but he sold it soon after to a local musician in his hometown of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in the UK.

Now a group of fans have tracked the guitar down and, after paying what modest Nelson considers an inflated price, have returned it to him. Nelson tells TeamRock:

"The guitar originally went from me to Ada Wilson of the band Strangeways who then sold it to Stuart Adamson of The Skids. When I first worked with The Skids, Stuart wanted to give it back to me as he thought it had become iconic and that it should remain with me, but I told him he should keep it and look after it." Read more here.

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Akercocke Stream New Song Inner Sanctum, Announce Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Akercocke have announced a UK and Ireland tour for later this year. The band also recently released the track "Inner Sanctum" from their upcoming album Renaissance In Extremis.

Jason Mendonca, David Gray, Paul Scanlan and Nathaniel Underwood reunited last month after being inactive since 2011. Shortly after the announcement, the band confirmed they'd play a set at this year's Bloodstock at Catton Park, Derbyshire on August 11-14.

Now they'll embark on a run of shows in the UK, Ireland and Jersey, in September and October. Mendonca says: Circus Akercocke returns to the road at last. After our five year break from the live circuit, the band is charged, primed and ready to unleash our signature metal assault.

"Expect a barrage of rampant beats, face-melting guitar work, fan favourites from the past and killer new tunes from the present. See you down the front." Stream the new song and see the tour dates here.

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Modern Baseball Release 'Wedding Singer' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Modern Baseball have released a video for their track Wedding Singer. The song comes from the band's forthcoming album, Holy Ghost, due out on May 13.

Three tracks from the release, Apple Cider, I Don't Mind and Everyday, were made available to stream earlier this year. Last month the band released Tripping In The Dark, a mini-documentary which shed light on frontman Brendan Lukens' struggle with bipolar disorder and substance abuse issues.

He said: "The last few months have meant a lot and it's changed the way I look after myself and write. We feel now with Holy Ghost that we've written the most open and honest songs to date. We're hoping that with opening our personal lives up to so many people, that our fans can open up to everyone in their lives." Check out the new video here.

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Singled Out: The Only's 'Bad Clark'

Today The Only's mastermind Mark Poseler tells us about the new single "Bad Clark" from his eponymous debut album, which will be released on July 5, 2016. Here is the story:

It was an experiment I wanted to try that involved recording in complete isolation from the outside world. I'm sure it's not the first time it's been done, but the idea was new to me none the less. No producers, engineers or record guys, no friends or family, no band mates, no one. I wasn't sure what I was going to record, but I knew I only had 2 days to get this song done. I was hoping that having the mental freedom of being completely uninhibited by any fear of judgment from the outside world, would unleash a monstrous ball of creative energy that I could roll onto my first solo record. I spent the two days creating and recording a song called Bad Clark, which personally I really enjoy. However, the time has come to open the gates to the harsh elements of the outside world, and let the people decide for themselves.

The structure of Bad Clark is a gradual build from beginning to end. Every instrument I played on the track had a repetitious part that gradually builds in intensity. Everything from the egg shaker and tambourine, to the drums and guitar hooks, repeats over and over as it builds towards the end. Lyrically, I went with a good vs. evil theme and the internal struggle that people sometimes face.

When I was a kid I loved Superman, seems fitting that the Man of Steel is the main character in this song. As the story unfolds you realize he's tired of always being the hero, and wants to live for himself and be "Bad Clark". There is also an element of feeling unstoppable and taking over the world that underlies the entire song.

The Only's is recommended for fans of Awolnation, Beck, Twenty One Pilots, Queens Of The Stonage, The Arctic Monkeys. Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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Steve Hackett Releases The Total Experience Trailer

(Prog) Steve Hackett has released a trailer for his upcoming live DVD. The Total Experience Live In Liverpool will be released on June 24 on 2CD, 2DVD and Blu-ray. It was recorded in the English city during the guitarist's Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited Tour last year.

Hackett said: "When Inside Out told me that I could film a gig on the British leg of the 2015 tour for release, I thought that we should do it away from London and I felt doing it in Liverpool had a certain ring to it.

"This is an extraordinary city and the Philharmonic Hall is an extraordinary venue. And as a huge Beatles fan, I also know the landmarks there, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields - I have been on the Magical Mystery Tour. So, the city means a lot to me from that point of view as well. The Beatles set the benchmark for all of us who have followed. We take our imagination from them." Watch the trailer here.

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Rainbow Singer's Lords Of Black Premiere 'Cry No More' Video

(Classic Rock) Lords Of Black have released a video for track Cry No More. The song is lifted from their latest album II, which was released in March. Frontman Ronnie Romero was personally chosen by guitar icon Ritchie Blackmore last year for Rainbow's 2016 summer shows.

Guitarist Tony Hernando said of the release: "The new album, being the follow-up to a first record that was so greatly received, had to get to a higher place.

"After an intense year of writing and producing, along with the live performances, we came up with songs that are still deep and complicated in some arrangements, but have been written with the live performance in mind."

The band will play a number of live dates and festivals over the coming months. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Buddy Guy Wins Album Of The Year At Blues Awards

(The Blues) Buddy Guy has won Album Of The Year and Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year at the 2016 Blues Awards. The 37th annual ceremony at Memphis's Cook Convention Center in Tennessee saw Guy top the two categories for his record "Born To Play Guitar."

The Cedric Burnside Project's Descendants of Hill Country was chosen for Traditional Blues Album of the Year and, for the fifth time, Burnside was named top drummer.

Walter Trout, who overcame life-threatening liver failure, scooped the Rock Blues Album prize for his studio effort Battle Scars, while his track Gonna Live Again was named the Song of the Year. Read more here.

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Eluveitie Parting Ways With Three Members

(TeamRock Radio) Eluveitie have announced they'll part ways with drummer Merlin Sutter, vocalist Anna Murphy and guitarist Ivo Henzi after next month's Nijmegen Fortarock Festival in the Netherlands.

The band claim that conflict of interest, rising tension within the band and the "different goals, wishes and ideas" of each member caused the split - but insist they wish the best for their former bandmates.

Eluveitie say: "Over the last years we all had to deal with interpersonal challenges within the band. Instead of pulling together, our days have rather been shaped by wearing friction and constant clash of interests. And thus we felt that we have become something we shouldn't have - that we've diverged from what Eluveitie was always meant to be - a band, a family, a passionate and deep-rooted group of musicians." Read more here.

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Beartooth Premiere New Song 'Loser'

(TeamRock Radio) Beartooth have released an online stream of their track Loser. The song comes from their upcoming album Aggressive, due out on June 3. It follows the video for the title track last month.

According to the band "the resulting songs have as much in common with stomping metalcore as old-school punk, vintage screamo and harder-edged pop punk, combining circle pit-inducing bangers with soaring choruses and bridging raw authentic intensity with accessibility."

Last month the band confirmed they'd split with drummer Brandon Mullins after completing recording sessions for the follow-up to 2014's Disgusting. Stream the new song here.

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Electric Wizard Begin Work On New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Electric Wizard have begun work on what will be their ninth album. The news was confirmed by their label Spinefarm Records - who report that the follow-up to 2014's Time To Die should be out by Halloween.

Spinefarm had the following to say: "The whereabouts of the band and the recording and mixing details are not currently known, but more news should follow in due course."

Last year, frontman Jus Oborn told the Guardian the band had a fantasy about "getting busted for having Satanic sex orgies," and added: "We were always the greatest band that you've never heard of, but it's starting to turn around. The world's our oyster now." Read more here.

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After The Burial Faced Tragedy With Help From Friends

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial's Anthony Notarmaso says that their friends in Veil of Maya and Born Of Osiris have been "shoulders to lean on" following the death of their bandmate Justin Lowe last July.

The frontman says playing with their labelmates on the Sumerian 10 Year tour has been the "perfect" comeback for After The Burial following the launch of their fifth and most "difficult" record, Dig Deep earlier this year.

It's their first record without their longtime guitarist Justin Lowe, who was found dead last July after having suffered an apparent mental breakdown following his split with the band.

Notarmaso tells New Noise Magazine: "People were asking to see After The Burial, Born Of Osiris, and Veil Of Maya together forever. We have a new record, we went through so much, and I feel like timing was just perfect for us to come out and do this tour with those guys, especially being some of our best friends.

"They all had very close, personal relationships with Justin, all the guys in Veil Of Maya and Born Of Orisis. There wouldn't have been a better tour than this one to come back and release a record on.

"When you go through hard times, you need some shoulders to lean on sometimes, and that's what these guys are for us. They've always been that way towards us. It's nice, comforting." Read more here.

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The Rides Found Chemistry And Diversity Together

(The Blues) The Rides say their "powerful" studio chemistry helps them when they're writing music. Guitarist and singer Kenny Wayne Shepherd admits that nobody expected the trio to hit it off so well during their earlier jamming sessions.

He says: "Originally the concept behind this band was, 'Let's just throw these three guys in the studio together and see what happens.' Nobody knew when we got together and started writing songs, that the chemistry would be so powerful that we'd form a band.

"The blues is the common thread between the three of us, but we have all these diverse musical backgrounds so you hear all these different influences. But this was originally going to be a straight-up blues band, so our music is a nod to that original idea. We just had to have a couple of blues songs on the record." Read more here.

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