The Driftwood Newsfeed: September 22, 2010

It’s a newsfeed full of video. We all need a break from blocks of text sometimes.

Before we get to the newsfeed, I wanted to welcome Ken Bays, former editor of Blues Revue, to Driftwood. Ken has considerable experience as an entertainment and arts editor and writer at all levels and will be a considerable asset to the magazine.

Delta Spirit has a new music video out for the song “911,” from their most recent album, History from Below.  The roots rock band is getting some good recognition for passionate performance and songwriting.

Lead singer Matt Vasquez explains in the press release:

The song was written while the band was reading Howard Zinn’s “The People’s History of the United States” and “is about class struggle, The World Bank, The American Empire, and our general apathy toward the fact we’re in a war that has killed more innocent people in the first year than the terrorists did on 9/11.”

You can view it at http://vimeo.com/15002069.

That box set of Haitian music recorded by Alan Lomax that Driftwood covered last week has gotten the PBS treatment. You can watch some of the video here: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/culture/video-haitis-lost-music/3147/. Check your local PBS listings—folk music shows tend to get recycled frequently on PBS stations, at least around these parts.

Levon Helm of The Band fame has joined forces with the amazing Ray LaMontagne for a tour through the southeastern U.S. that includes stops in Jacksonville, Mobile, Memphis, and Austin. www.levonhelm.com or www.raylamontagne.com will getcha whatcha need. You might have pegged LaMontagne as a blue-eyed soul singer after his first album. Here’s a song from LaMontagne’s newest that makes the connection to Helm’s southern roots rock a little more explicit:

Driftwood will have a review of God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise soon, we promise.

And the Playing for Change Band will kick off its fall tour on October 9.

Their 2010 fall tour is highlighted by the addition of famed guitarist Ilon Ba (Senegal) to the stellar Playing For Change band, which includes percussionist Mohammed Alidu (Northern Ghana), vocalist Clarence Bekker (Netherlands/Suriname), vocalist/harmonica player Grandpa Elliott (New Orleans), vocalist/percussionist Mermans Kenkosenki (DRC Congo), bassist Reggie McBride (Detroit), drummer Peter Bunetta (Los Angeles), guitarist Jason Tamba (Kinshasa, the capital of DRC Congo) and vocalist Titi Tsira (Gugulethu, African township in the Western Cape).

Here’s Playing for Change’s latest video:

The cross-country tour starts in Park City, Utah, and concludes within spitting distance of Driftwood with back-to-back gigs at the Ram’s Head in Annapolis and the Birchmere in Washington, DC. [www.playingforchange.org]

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3 comments on “The Driftwood Newsfeed: September 22, 2010

  1. Clicking on the latest Playing For Change video brings me the message “This video is not available in your country” (I am in Germany). Why do I find this ironic?

  2. Thanks for the tip. It worked. Seems to be down to some petty restriction imposed by YouTube.

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