KIM WILSON'S 'LOOKIN' FOR TROUBLE'
Fabulous Thunderbirds singer and harmonica player Kim Wilson has his first studio album in six years, "Lookin' For Trouble," due out June 10 on M.C. Records, the label's first release under its new distribution deal with Minnesota-based Navarre Corp. "Lookin' For Trouble" is a showcase for Wilson as a singer, songwriter and harmonica player. The album features his regular touring band of Troy Gonyea on guitar, Mark Stevens on keyboards and Jon Ross on bass. It was recorded in two sessions at the beginning and end of 2002, the first with Steve Ramsey on drums, the second with Richard Innes. Guest horns on several tracks are performed by "Sax" Gordon Beadle on tenor sax, Doug James on baritone sax and Scott Aruda on trumpet. The new album features nine songs either written or co-written by Wilson, including two versions of the title song, one done as a blues shuffle and the second as a rock 'n' roll tune. Wilson also puts his unique stamp on five cover tracks: the Willie Dixon classic "Love My Baby," Dave Bartholomew's "Hook Line and Sinker," Jimmy Rogers' "Money Marble and Chalk," Snooky Pryor's "Tried To Ruin Me" and L.C. McKinley's "Down With It."
The television program "Louisiana Jukebox" is taping its final set of performances this week for this season's shows. Free tickets are available for the tapings, which will be held at Generations Hall in New Orleans. Zydeco princess Rosie Ledet, cajun stars BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet, the jazz ensemble Los Hombres Calientes and R&B group Nu Beginnings perform Wednesday's early show, followed by Eureka, Bingo and Damon Troy. To reserve free tickets call (504) 304-7345, ext. 2378, or e-mail email@example.com.
Metal innovators Anthrax has added additional material to the band's new CD, "We've Come For You All," including an official bootleg video and new photos of the group. The album will be released May 6 on Sanctuary Records. The official bootleg video, shot in Chicago in 1999, features a performance of "Got the Time" in addition to a very rare "Among the Living/I'm the Man/Caught in a Mosh" medley. Vocalist John Bush, guitarist Scott Ian, bass guitarist Frank Bello, drummer Charlie Benante and new guitarist Rob Caggiano currently are on tour in Europe. Anthrax will hit the road in May for a North American tour with Motörhead beginning May 6 in Philadelphia through May 29 in Los Angeles, stopping in New York, Montreal, Cleveland, Chicago and Milwaukee with additional dates to be announced.
RAY BARRETTO 74th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Conga master Ray Barretto will be honored by some of the greatest names in Afro Carribean music April 29 at New York's Swing 46 Jazz Club. The show features the Ray Vega Sextet with special guests Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Candido Camero, Larry Harlow, Jimmy Sabater, Eddie Montalvo, Nicky Marrero, Bobby Sanabria, Ray Mantilla, Robby Ameen, Jimmy Delgado, Gilberto "Pulpo" Colon, Ralph Irizarry, and others. One of the first true crossover artists to blend Latin and jazz rhythms, Barretto's artistry has graced more recordings than almost any other conguero of his time. Barreto's nickname is "Hard Hands" due to his driving, compelling technique.
HEAVES AND SMOKING
New York's recently enacted anti-smoking laws have created a new kind of underground rock band. The Heaves, a popular post-punk band based in the Park SLope neighborhood of Brooklyn, is advertising this Saturday's performance at Kenny's Castaways in Greenwich Village as an opportunity to flaunt the anti-smoking law. "Come and see The Heaves and smoke all you want!!!" reads the band's advertisement, noting the club will allow smoking until May 1 while it applies for a special dispensation from the city. The band will be playing material from its new release, "Beggar's Opera."