Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By JOHN SWENSON, United Press International


The Mystic Knights of Mau Mau have announced the lineup for the second annual Ponderosa Stomp, which will take place April 29 through May 1 at the Rock'N'Bowl Mid City Lanes in New Orleans.


Last year's three-day Ponderosa Stomp was an unqualified success, featuring the best blues, rockabilly and rock'n'roll musicians in the world, from the historic reunion of New Orleans' own Cosimo Matassa studio band to seldom heard blues players, original rockabilly stars and show-stoppers galore. More than 1,000 people attended the three-day event.

For the past eight months, the Mystic Knights have continued their quest to bring lost blues, rock'n'roll, country and soul to the forefront. The line-up for the Ponderosa Stomp:

April 29 -- "I Don't Want No Bald Headed Woman Telling Me What To Do." Starring Nathaniel Meyer, Gino Washington, Billy Boy Arnold, Hubert Sumlin, Jody Williams, Henry Gray, Eddie Kirkland, James Blood Ulmer, the Kenny Brown Band, the Sun Ra Arkestra, John Primer, Nick Holt, Sam Carr, the King Lloyd Band, Jamaladeen Tacuma, G. Curtis Weston, and Jimmy "T99" Nelson.


April 30 -- "Train Kept A-Rollin' Or Rocket Number 9 To Venus." Starring Paul Burlison & Rocky Burnette, Scotty Moore, James Burton, DJ Fontana, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Jerry McCain, Lazy Lester, Warren Storm, Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics, Rudy Richard, Tony Joe White, Lil Buck Sinegal, Billy Lee Riley, Jay Chevalier, Joe Clay, Ray Sharpe, Dale Hawkins, and Guitar Gable and the Musical Kings featuring King Karl, Lil Bob, and Jimmy Lee.

May 1 -- "You Got To Swim In Mojo Hannah's Sea of Love to Reach the Promised Land." Starring Herbert Hardesty, Ernest McLean, Earl Palmer, Salvador Doucette, Eddie Bo, Harold Battiste, Chuck Badie, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Tammy Lynn, John Boudreaux, Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Rev. A.D. "Gatemouth" Moore, Calvin Newborn, Warren Storm, Tommy McLain, T.K. Hulin, Johnny Allen, Rod Bernard, Bobby Page, Roy "Boogie Boy" Perkins, C.C. Adcock, Phil Phillips, John Fred, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Charlie Miller, Rockie Charles, and Tom Worrell and Sheba Kimbrough.

Tickets are $30 per night or $80 for a three-day pass, plus $1 surcharge for all ticket orders. Tickets are available at the Louisiana Music Factory, the Rock'N'Bowl Mid-City Lanes, via and by mail order from the Mystic Knights of the Mau-Mau.



Spinal Tap's Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer return to the virtual stage with "A Mighty Wind" at The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival. The film, directed by and starring Guest, is a mockumentary from the creators of "Waiting For Guffman" and "Best In Show." The reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen is captured as they prepare for a show at Carnegie Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter. The cast features Guest, Shearer, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Catherine O'Hara and Fred Willard. The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary March 7-15 in Austin, Texas.


BMG Heritage completes its reissue of the Lovin' Spoonful's catalog this week with the release of "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful" and "Everything Playing," the band's last two albums, complete with previously unreleased tracks, unpublished photos and authoritative notation. With restoration by acclaimed reissue producer Bob Irwin (Bob Dylan, Byrds, Janis Joplin) from the long-lost original master tapes, these releases mark the first time the albums have been remastered since the original recording sessions. Within a year of their debut in 1965 the Lovin' Spoonful were superstars, anchored by the charismatic frontman John Sebastian and guitarist Zal Yanovsky. Containing all of the classic tracks from the originals in addition to a wealth of unreleased highlights, these two key albums chart the sound of a generation-defining band at their peak.


"This re-issue of 'Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful' is criminally overdue," noted R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck in January 2003, calling it "the best, most consistent record by America's most underrated band." The reissued

"Hums..." is enhanced with five previously unreleased bonus tracks, highlights including a rare demo version of "Darlin' Companion," plus instrumental versions of album tracks "Rain on the Roof" and "Full Measure." The Lovin' Spoonful's fourth studio album "Everything Playing," recorded in 1967, turned out to be John Sebastian's last recording with the group. Included here are remastered versions of three Top 20 hits "Six O' Clock," "She's Still a Mystery," and "Money" plus "Younger Generation," a Sebastian classic made famous at Woodstock.


Last week, on a rare night off from her current gig playing violin in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, violinist/singer/songwriter Soozie Tyrell was reunited with two old friends, John Hammond and David Johansen. Hammond and Johansen were playing a co-billed show at New York's Bottom Line, to help the venerable club ring in its 30th year. Tyrell, who plays on Hammond's new album "Ready For Love" (Back Porch Records), and who was a member of Johansen's band during the Buster Poindexter years, came to the Bottom Line intending to cheer her old friends on from the audience. But when Hammond called Tyrell to the stage to join him on violin and vocals for two tunes from his new album -- George Jones' "Color of the Blues" and the Freddie Hart ballad "Easy Lovin'" -- she couldn't resist. Tyrell complimented other top-notch players in Hammond's band, including keyboard legend Augie Meyers, and percussionist Stephen Hodges. Tyrell steps to center stage April 8 with the release of "White Lines" (Treasure Records), her debut album.



Rock iconoclast Frank Zappa is depicted in an unusual manner in a new book put together by his younger sister, Patrice "Candy" Zappa. Zappa's sibling has collected the charming "My Brother Was a Mother: A Zappa Family Photo Album" (California Classics), featuring more than 60 previously unpublished candid shots of the Zappa family. Candy reminisces about life back in Baltimore, where the Zappa family lived before moving to California.

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