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Get A Haircut, Get A Real Job

Piet Botha was born on the 18th July 1955 and passed away on the 2nd June 2019 (today a year ago).

Piet Botha

I created a mix inspired by attending a variety of Piet’s gigs over the years, and discovering some of his many and varied influences.

I have only just scratched the surface here, as Piet’s repertoire was vast, including Southern Rock, Metal, Blues, Reggae, Folk and more.

I have chosen some of the songs that Piet covered in concert, but for a bit of variety I have chosen different artists versions, such as The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers” done by Poison and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” by Albert de Wet.

Some other Piet Botha-related mixes

Posted in Brian's Best, Music

First Five – Rick Wakeman

This is part of series called “First Five” which features tracks from an artist’s first five albums. I usually exclude the big hits and /or popular songs, but not always. Also I prefer not to include live albums or compilations, but sometimes I do.

Rick Wakeman albums featured in this mix:
The Six Wives of Henry VIII [1973]
Journey to the Centre of the Earth [1974]
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table [1975]
Lizstomania [1975] soundtrack
No Earthly Connection [1976]

Disclaimer: Piano Vibrations, an album of cover versions, released in 1971, is not considered a Wakeman album, even by himself, so I have not included it here.

Posted in Brian's Best, Music, Top Ten Tunes

Top Ten Tunes: Tin Machine

My top ten favourite songs from David Bowie’s short-lived Tin Machine project.

“Tin Machine were an English-American hard rock band formed in 1988, famous for being fronted by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. The band consisted of Bowie on lead vocals and guitar, Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Tony Sales on bass, and Hunt Sales on drums. Guitarist Kevin Armstrong was an unofficial fifth member of the band, playing on both the first studio album and first tour.” – Wikipedia

 

Posted in Deep Purple, Golden Oldies, Music, Playlists, Remember The Mixtape, Rock Lists, Rodriguez

Remember The Mixtape: The Story Of Rock 1973 to 1974

Originally compiled in 1989 on a C90 cassette, this was part of a series of mine featuring some of the hits from rock history as well as tracks off a few of my favourite albums.

Artists include Rodriguez, Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers Band, Deep Purple, Focus, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Xit, Shawn Phillips and many more.

This tape is on page 13 of book 7 (of 8) of my hand-written mixtape archive.

Posted in Brian's Best, Cape Town, Favourites, New Music Now, Radio, Resources, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest

PJ Powers in Cape Town

PJ Powers and Brian Currin at KFM
PJ Powers and Brian Currin at KFM

Spent a wonderful two days recently in the company of music legend PJ Powers, taking her around to various Cape Town radio stations for interviews.

She is promoting her brand new album, “Destiny“, which is written from the heart and is a very vulnerable album.

The radio stations were so enthusiastic to see her and to experience their obvious love for her, her music and her story was just amazing.

Posted in Brian's Best, Cape Town, Events, Favourites, New Music Now, Performances, Photos, Resources, SA Music, SA Nostalgia, SA Rock Digest, Vagabond Blues

Table Mountain Blues Summit – 22 – 23 November 2013 Durbanville.

Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013

Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Dates: 22- 23 November 2013.

The Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013 is set to give you a musical thrill that`s gonna groove your mojo soul! SA`s premier Blues Festival has found a new home at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and on 22 and 23 November, the Cream of South Africa’s Blues- Rock Artists will be taking the stage:

Friday 22 November – 16h00 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete (2 song intro)

Mean Black Mamba
Robin Gallagher Band

Ballistic Blues
Them Tornados
Combustion R1500 giveaway
Blues Broers
Pebbleman
Dan Patlansky
Fox Comet

Saturday 23 November 12h30 – 24h30
Tombstone Pete
The Jo Martin Band
Kevin Floyd and Guests
Crimson House Blues
Robin Auld
Natasha Meister
Dave Ferguson
Ann Jangle
Fender Guitar Giveaway

Gerald Clark
Albert Frost Trio
Boulevard Blues and Guests
Black Cat Bones

Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and also Paul Bothner Music, The Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to hit awesome and epic status in 2013.

poster blues summit final

History:

Mike Combrinck started the Blues Summit on the 15th November 2006 at the Tafelberg Tavern in Cape Town. This debut of the festival saw the reunion of the Blues Broers for a special summit performance, and with the help of Boulevard Blues, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Delta Blue, Piet Botha and Southern Gypsey Queen, it was a great success.

In 2007 Mike entered into negotiation with long time bastion of Blues Rock, Richard Pryor to co-partner him in managing the Blues Summit. Richard ‘a solid man of Rock’ had an axe to grind and was sharpening his blues pencil to take the summit up a notch.His mandate was a musically successful summit with financial independence.

Tapping into his own musical resources, database and Blues Wigi Boards, Richard secured the sponsorship of Combustion Technology to help out financially.

Paul Bothner Music joined as a sponsor in 2009 and they have been a mainstay supporter and sponsor ever since. Fender threw some muscle into the event as well by offering a Genuine Fender axe giveaway at every summit.

Whats on the Blues Menu?

  • 20 top Bands over 2 days.
  • Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig.
  • Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
  • Hillcrest Quarry an awesome place and one of the most dramatic outdoor venues in SA.
  • Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars. Note: Own food and drinks are not allowed.
  • Plenty of free and secure off street parking.
  • Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prize R1500.

Ticket sales are open and are available at Computicket:

Friday R160 and entry into the Fri Night Combustion Cash Prize Draw.

Saturday R220 and entry into the Sat Night Fender Guitar Lucky Draw.

Full Weekend R320 and entry into both Lucky Draws

Camping Ticket R160 (separate and limited to 200 tickets) Camping is only available for both nights.

Free entrance for children under 10 years.

Note: Only presales tickets qualify for the lucky draws. Winners of the main competitions must be there to claim their Prizes.

Direct Computicket booking link here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2013/750817225/0/55801813

Media contact: Liny Kruger – LK Mediabook 082 464 1926 / liny See www.bluesfest.co.za for more information.

Regards,

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

Posted in Album Covers, Brian's Best, Favourites, New Music Now, Resources

Golden Horus Name by Cosmic Trip Machine directly inspired by Ramases | SpaceHymns.com

Golden Horus Name by Cosmic Trip Machine
Golden Horus Name by Cosmic Trip Machine

The Golden Horus Name project was the return of Cosmic Trip Machine on stage then, from May 2012, in studio, with a new line-up: Will Z (vocals, keyboards), Majnun (guitar), oG (bass) and Sammy.

The album tells two different stories melted: the celestial cow Egyptian myth in broad outline and the story of Barrington, a cursed rock star, a Great Pharaoh reincarnation, who lived in the Swinging London and fell into a deep depression. The character is directly inspired by the life of the musician Ramases who recorded during the 60’s and the 70’s some singles and two beautiful albums.

Golden Horus Name is a return to heaviest roots of the band, with progressive structures. The release (digital and LP) is planned for 13 September 2013.

FORMAT

LP: Nasoni Records

Digital: itunes, spotify, amazon and many others…

PREVIEW

http://www.cosmictripmachine.be/golden

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