Region fans of the late great Jimi Hendrix will be delighted to know an album of previously unreleased recordings by the iconic Seattle guitarist who would have turned 70 this past Nov. 27, is forthcoming via Experience Hendrix LLC (which manages the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix) and Legacy Recordings (Sony).
A musical companion and successor to 2010's “Valleys of Neptune,” the critically acclaimed album showcasing the guitarist’s final recordings with the original Jimi Hendrix Experience – “People, Hell and Angels” – offers new clues as to the musical direction Hendrix was venturing into at the time of his death.
Available on Tuesday, March 5 – “People, Hell and Angels” – features 12 tracks, including "Somewhere," an advance single available for download on Tuesday, Feb. 5. “Somewhere” will be released as a numbered, limited edition vinyl single at independent record stores and as a numbered, limited edition CD single (exclusively at Walmart).
The B-side of the vinyl single is a previously unreleased studio recording of “Power of Soul” by Hendrix with The Band Of Gypsies from August of 1970. The B-side of the CD single is a previously unreleased live recording by Band of Gypsies at The Fillmore East in January 1970.
Recorded at New York's Sound Center on March 13, 1968 and mixed by Hendrix and Eddie Kramer, "Somewhere" features Hendrix on guitar and vocal with Stephen Stills (then of Buffalo Springfield) on bass and Buddy Miles on drums during Hendrix’s first session in America where he assumed the role of producer. While still performing in a trio context, Jimi explored new musical possibilities in "Somewhere." The sixth and final take from reel two, this newly available master recording of the song is wholly different from a previously available version.
The songs on “People, Hell and Angels” encompass a variety of unique sounds and styles incorporating horns, keyboards, percussion and second guitar, elements Jimi said he wanted to incorporate within his new music.
• Although Michigan’s classical folk group, Doug Mains & the City Folk, are on a five week “South for The Winter” tour taking them through Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Southern Indiana, they kick it off with a not too far south gig at Valparaiso’s Cornucopia Coffee Company (210 E. Lincolnway) on January 16 with an 8 p.m. all ages performance. Ticket info: (219) 477-1000.
The quintet blends of folksy roots and classical undertones; utilizing layers of vocal harmonies over acoustic guitar, cello, accordion, upright bass and percussion while showcasing songs from their two self-produced EPs, their debut full-length album, "The Mountain’s King" (2012), and a few newly written songs slated for a new album due out this summer. More: www.DougMainsMusic.com.
• Join me Tuesday for my new weekly NPR radio show, “The Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges,” from 6 to 7 p.m. on 89.1 The Lakeshore. This week’s program will feature Grammy and Oscar-winning Chicago songwriter/performer Jim Peterik. It will be an hour of Peterik-penned music, stories, and a peek at what is planned for Peterik’s latest star-studded “World Stage” concert Jan. 19 at Arcada Theatre (105 E. Main St.) in St. Charles, Ill. Stream the program at: www.thelakeshorefm.com.
• Chicago’s Alligator Records has announced Grammy Award-winning singer and accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Jr., leader of Buckwheat Zydeco, is being treated for early stage cancer on his left lung and a vocal chord. Dural will begin treatment immediately and doctors expect a full recovery. Buckwheat Zydeco will postpone current concert dates, but expects to return to touring this summer. "I feel fine," says Dural. "I'll beat this and be back on the road soon. And you can take that to your best bank!" Alligator publicist Mark Lipkin says fans are welcome to leave messages and greetings for Dural on his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BuckwheatZydeco