Free Music from The Reaper

Derek Grant, drummer of Alkaline Trio, has released a free solo album as The Reaper. Another great free download.

October 18&19 Gauiter Mullet Festival

A Message From The Chairman of the Gautier Mullet & Music Festival
The 18th Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Fest

Free Admission
NEW! Free Park n Ride from Singing River Mall to the Festival (Hwy 90 west parking lot)
Shuttles are sponsored entirely by V. T.
Halter Marine

2008 Festival Dates: Sat Oct 18th 11am – 6pm & Sun Oct 19th 11am – 4pm
Location: Under the Oaks on The Old Place Estate on the bank of the singing River
at Highway 90 in Gautier Mississippi.

We offer great shopping for unique hand crafted items and delicious Gulf coast food. Learn about the Gulf Coast in our “hands on” Heritage & Education area. Kids will have a blast in the FREE Kids area. Enter our famous Mullet toss Contest – you’ve definitely gotta see how far you can throw a mullet! There is a Car & Motorcycle Show on Saturday. Bring your folding chairs and your dancing shoes – there are 2 entertainment stages to keep your toes tapping.
There is fun for ALL ages at the Gautier Mullet & Music Fest!!! There were over 30,000 attendees last year, won’t you come and join the fun in 2008?

The Gautier Mullet & Music Fest has become a Gulf Coast Region festival. We promote our music festival regionally and draw attendees from along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, from Memphis, and from along the I-10 corridor through Northwest Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. Each year our festival has grown tremendously. Over 30,000 folks enjoyed the music while attending last year’s traditional one day festival. This year we have expanded the festival to two days.

The focal point of our 2008 Gautier Mullet & Music Fest is our Major Entertainment Stage featuring many popular live bands ( Before Nine and Castor Troy ) for attendees to enjoy. We also have out community Entertainment Stage which features local bands playing to gain exposure on the coast, as well as, coast school and community entertainment groups. The Heritage & Educational Area will highlight a variety of Historical, Wildlife, ecological and Fisheries Exhibits, as well as Community Goodwill and Health & Safety Exhibits. The Heritage & educational Area will also showcase local craftsmen given live demonstrations of their craft. The Gautier Mullet & Music Fest will host a Car & Motorcycle Show, out famous Mullet Toss contest – yes we throw a fish!, an Arts and Crafts Show, dog exhibitions and a variety of other entertaining activities. This year we will continue our festival’s new tradition of hosting a FREE Kid’s Area sponsored by Northrop Grumman.
This year’s Northrop Grumman FREE Kid’s Area will feature a giant “Pirates of the Caribbean” blow-up multi-activity ride, a giant double slide, a Velcro wall, a blow-up boxing ring, several blow-up jump centers, FREE Train rides around the festival grounds and more!

Anna Simpson
Gautier Mullet & Music Fest Chairman

Hey Monday Posts “Homecoming” For Free Download

Hey Monday has made their song “Homecoming” available for download. The band’s debut album, Hold On Tight, hits stores October 7th.

Geez, another band giving away a free download!

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint Celebrates it’s 5th Year of Bring the Blues to the Coast with Headliner Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

It’s time to get fed at the Shed this Saturday!

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, Ocean Springs, Ms is preparing for the largest turnout yet at the 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival on Saturday, September 20th. To celebrate its fifth year, The Shed has added a second stage for acoustic performances. Other artists appearing at the Festival this year will be Walter Wolfman Washington, Ernest Guitar Roy, Jimbo Mathus Knock Down South, Lisa Mills Walter Waiters, Rochelle Harper, Roster Blues and 3 Karat Diamond winner of the from Shed to Chedigny blues challenge.

The legendary Kenny Wayne Shepherd will headline the Festival. Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a four time Grammy nominated, platinum selling artist with four No. 1 blues albums to his credit, including Billboard Magazine’s # 1 Blues Album of 2007, a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles, two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award, and a Blues Music Award. Blues enthusiasts will certainly take great pleasure in the performace of Double Trouble’s Chris “Whipper” Layton appearing with Shepherd.

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint is an award winning BBQ restaurant and music venue. The Shed is known for its “Down Home Southern BBQ” and its eclectic taste for live Blues on Friday and Saturday nights. The Shed won two first place trophies at the world championship of BBQ at Memphis in May 2008 and were voted Best Pork Sandwich in America 2001 by the National BBQ News Magazine. For the non BBQ lovers there will be other types of food available such as Fried fish, hamburgers with all the fixings, etc.

The 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival brought to you by Miller Lite, Harley Davidson of Gulfport, Clear Channel Radio Group. Tickets are $25.00 for the all day event and are on Sale now at the Shed and at the door. There will be on site parking for motorcycles and offsite parking for cars with a bus running continuously to and from The Shed. As always at The Shed children are welcome. Children under 10 are free. Bring your lawn chairs and wear your festival garb. No coolers allowed. Rain or Shine. Gates open at 2 O’clock continuous music until 11.

The 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival
September 20th, 2008
The Original Shed BBQ & Blues Joint
Hwy 57 North 1,000 yards
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39565
228-875-8577 Shed Office
228-324-7311 Marketing

Aura posts new song

The band Aura from Ocean Springs, MS has posted a ‘Life From The Top’ to their myspace. Aura consists of former members from Joshua Sun and Tyler formerly of Subsist. You can catch their first show this Wednesday night at Thunder’s Tavern in Pascagoula, MS. They will be opening for Midnight to Twelve and Egypt Central.

The differences between Aura and Joshua Sun are not that drastic. You have both Chris’s on guitar and Jake is still on bass guitar. Dean, the former singer of Joshua Sun, is now on drums and backup vocals. Tyler is now the new front man of the band. A new face and a new sound, let’s hope this is a winning combination.

I am a fan of both Joshua Sun and Subsist. Tyler wrote the greatest lyrics in the world. When the chorus of your song is, “I scream, you scream, we all screm for ice cream”, you know you have hit on your hands. I look forward to hearing more songs from this band. Hopefully Aura won’t be plagued by the problems that resided in Joshua Sun. I hope they will actually work together and try to be successful instead of sitting in the slow lane and watching everything pass them by.

Check them out here and listen to ‘Life From The Top’.

Aura
Aura

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Heads To His Southern Roots

Headlines 5th ever Shedhed Blues Festival

Renowned blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is heading back to his southern roots. On September 20, 2008 Kenny Wayne will headline the 5th annual Shedhed Blues Festival in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

The 5th ever Shedhed Blues Festival will take place at the award winning Shed BBQ and Blues Joint, 7501 Highway 57, Ocean Springs, MS. Tickets will be $25.00 and will go on sale on August 10, 2008 at The Shed.

To celebrate its fifth year, The Shed has added a second stage for acoustic performances.

Other artists appearing at the Festival this year will be Walter Wolfman Washington, Ernest Guitar Roy, Jimbo Mathus Knock Down South, Lisa Mills and many more.

About the festival Shepherd said, “I’m really looking forward to the show, seeing some great blues artists and trying some of that award winning BBQ.”

Prior Festivals have included Big Joe Turner, The North Mississippi Allstars, Bobby Rush, James Blood Ulmer, Coco Robicheaux, The Burnside Family, T Model Ford, Grayson Capps, and Kipori “Babywolf” Woods.

About Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a four time Grammy nominated, platinum selling artist with four No. 1 blues albums to his credit, including Billboard Magazine’s # 1 Blues Album of 2007, a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles, two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award, and a Blues Music Award.

About The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint:

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint is an award winning BBQ restaurant and music venue. The Shed is known for its “Down Home Southern BBQ” and its eclectic taste for live Blues on Friday and Saturday nights. The Shed won two first place trophies at the world championship of BBQ at Memphis in May 2008 and were voted Best Pork Sandwich in America 2001 by the National BBQ News Magazine.

35 Sites to download free legal music

Are you a music downloading ninja? Do you download a mp3 and hide from the RIAA in your closet wielding your sai’s and throwing stars to fend the bad men away? Well, the guys over at download squad have come up with a list of 35 sites that offer free download of music.

Just an idea, but some of the sites include Stereogum, Garageband, and iLike.

Do you have any other sites that you can add to this list? Come on, share that free stuff as I am a free stuff loving whore.

I also want to mention that no ninja turtles were hurt in the writing of this article.

Gina Turner posts “Birds of a Feather” video

Gina Turner
Gina Turner
The infamous Gina Turner has posted her video to “Birds of a Feather” on youtube. I have to say that I have been a huge stalker of Gina for several years now. Ever since I first met her at the Julep Room, I have been mystified by her transpiring performances. Her lyrics are deep and captivating, plus her smart ass comments make me feel warm inside like a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup when you are sick on a cold winter’s day.

I actually started an interview with Gina three years ago that I swear one day she and I will finish. I’ll share one question that we had:

GCB: Do you think there is an ambient or atmospheric quality to your music?

Gina Turner: My music is all about atmosphere. I try very hard to alter my listeners’ sense of awareness when I perform. It’s really cool to feel the vibe in the room sync up to the mood of the music.

The infamous Gina Turner will be performing at the Julep Room in Ocean Springs on Friday, September 26. I highly suggest you make it out and catch her is beautiful and intriguing performance. The show should start around 10pm. So go there early, and request that she plays “The Wheels on the Bus”. You won’t be disappointed.

Check out the video to “Birds of a Feather”

Top 20 Video Sharing Sites for Musicians

Google Video – This easy-to-use video sharing site, because it’s owned by Google, is recommended to help get traffic via search traffic on Google.com. It is simple, well organized, and has a huge database of various videos from different categories like comedy, animation, music videos, TV shows, and sports. Look to these different niches and upload your video with related keywords to attract traffic.

YouTube – Also owned by Google, YouTube is the most popular video sharing website in the world. Its colossal database attracts millions of visitors everyday and sharing videos, either via email or web site, is easy. If you upload your content to only one web site, it should be YouTube. Videos may be rated and comments on videos are encouraged.

MySpace – As a musician, you’re probably already using MySpace to promote yourself. Videos uploaded to MySpace may be shared and posted to MySpace profiles other than your own, so take advantage of this by uploading your content and letting your circle of friends know. The majority of bands and musicians on MySpace are not using video, so take advantage of this by claiming your place on personal pages now.

Blip – A great site for video bloggers, users can set up your own “blog” quickly and drive traffic to it by posting videos from several different categories. Because of this, your video needs to be here.

AOL Video – The video section from aol.com contains a large variety of videos from both commercial and non-commercial providers. Very easy to use, due to the simplicity of its design and strong search options, AOL Video easily allows users to find the latest news about their your favorite musicians and bands.

Revver – A video-sharing platform built and committed to the artist, Revver has the best sound and video quality of any video sharing site on this list.

Vimeo – Another free and easy service for sharing videos with friends and family. Recently launched, this website unfortunately does not bring anything new to the table. Still, as part of a complete promotion, it’s a good idea that you post your video here.

MetaCafe – Metacafe is another popular media and video sharing community. Unlike other major video-sharing platforms, Metacafe offers a desktop application, mainly targeted at users who are downloading several videos per week.

Daily Motion – Nothing special here, but worth noting. The videos are sorted in groups, which make it easy to browse and find what you are looking for. Simple by design, Daily Motion contains a numerous variety of videos, from music videos, to non-entertainment topics such as science & technology.

EyeSpot – Not your average video sharing website. Besides a variety of videos EyeSpot offers its users the chance to play with copyrighted media, without having to download elaborate software or learn new skills. This platform will allows you to edit, mix, and remix your favorite videos, photos or music.

Grouper – Dedicated to video-sharing, this website is devoted to three things: watching, creating, and sharing. Just like all the other sites on this list…

JumpCut – Another video-sharing platform that allows you to edit and mix your videos. You can easily upload your videos, photos, and audios, but what’s more interesting is that you can make your own “movie” with Jumpcut editor.

VideoEgg – With a variety of video formats, VideoEgg contains a section where you can easily blog or share your Flash videos. VideoEgg currently has almost 20 million unique viewers each month.

BuzzNet – Primarily for music videos, BuzzNet also gives users access to the latest news in the world of music.

Vmix – This attractive, easy-to-navigate site has several options which are great for promoting independent music. If you like to create your own slide shows, you can get an easy-to-use creator, Photo Jockey 180. Uploading videos is very intuitive, as well.

Blinkx -Blinkx is a video search engine which allows users across the world to search through the entire Web for the videos they want. Users can also browse through a large variety of categories like world news, entertainment, business, sport, and user generated videos.

Veoh – Veoh offers free downloads of all videos posted. There is a section for music videos. Veoh.com is not that special from other video-sharing platforms, but it offers the chance to get the VeohPlayer, so users can download videos from thousands websites and watch them at anytime.

ClipShack – ClipShak is a video-sharing site that looks a lot like YouTube. Not as much popular as YouTube but with the same feedback options. Users can post videos, restrict the videos to a select group, post videos to their blogs, and lastly, have access to Google Maps so that you can map your content and search by location.

vSocial – vSocial enables content owners, site operators, and online marketing organizations to custom brand, target, virally distribute and monetize their message via video.

BigContact – This is a publishing and promotion platform where users may publish audio and video podcasts, customizable streaming mp3 and video sites, news feeds, shareable streaming radio channels, and more. A free FeedPlayer is available dow download, which can play, share, and promote podcasts immediately.

Juke Joint Jam Out @ The Shed 04/03/05

Juke Joint Jam Out @ The Shed 04/03/05
By Jimbo Sage

After the water went down, the sun came out and the music went up on a lazy Sunday afternoon and evening at The Shed barbecue restaurant in Ocean Springs. Three days earlier parts of The Shed House and Camp Journey’s End were swamped with liquid sunshine that overflowed from the banks of the bayou, and even swamped into The Shed Party Bus. “Never fear the ShedHeads are here” brought a successful rescue mission executed with the help from Rick the Mechanic.

So on this beautiful afternoon as it was, it was meant to be, we find Jimbo’s (thats me) Juke Joint Jam shining under a perfect blue sky accompanied by Butch on Bass, and Scott Rico on Guitfiddle. No drummer here today, so all rythmn and pulse is powered by my patent pending Salad Bowl Drum. What a blast! Some new cat came outa nowhere and played some really sweet SRV and classic oldies that jammed us all silly. His name was Robert Killen, and yea he was truly fashillon, with the eyebinez guit and peeevy sweetone amp, all bone, bringin it down home, in your face, lets do it again, he says yeah, see ya next week ! Loved Stevie”s “Tin Pan Alley” and Jimi’s “Hey Joe”, as did Butch, as did Rico!

Well who was next but good old friend, fresh from a long night at The Julep, Brad Jordan, who brought his flight case of harps and blew some serious Mississippi Saxophone. Hailing from the delta, Brad has got some serious blues chops and plays a mean piano and guitfiddle too! Look for him and his sweet lady Brenda at The Julep (Saturday’s) and The Tiki Room (Wednesday’s).

Next we were treated to local resident and new Vancleavian, Doc- Al, who sings to the seventies and really nails those timeless classics, he promises to bring out his band from N.O. and jam with us all. Sounds like fun Doc! ..Surprise for you, Surprise for me,… my favorite “Mississippi Hippie Chick” Ms. Rochelle Harper got caught in a blues,gospel,twostep,whirlwind and stomped on me salad bowl drum, luv ya Roe! See ya Saturday on the 23rd (twenty days aways) right here at The Shed. Don’t ya-all miss Her! Lastly Anthony Ainsworth got some stage time and brought us all back while strumming on his sweet Telecaster guitfiddle. I took a major time warp with Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” made me feel sweet sixteen again!

Anything else? Well of course, I have only just hinted upon the fun and good vibes had by everyone present today! We all enjoy one another and I try to keep this gig as free and laid back as possible cause it’s only just three chords and the truth! It’s time for me to call it a night, I hope to see you all next Sunday!

Your Humble Bluesman,
Jimbo Sage

On the Bus

On the Bus
by Jimbo Sage

“Jimbo, you’re gonna get your face melted off tonite, are you ready?” Thats what Brad O said to me as we loaded The Shed Party Bus and headed onward and ‘further’ to downtown Mobile to see the North Mississippi Allstars play the Soul Kitchen last Saturday night. “Was I ready?” I thought, hell, there’s no turning back now. “You’re either on the bus or you’re off the bus” Ken Casey reasoned 40 years before. Tonite Jimbo Sage was “on the bus!” With the cooler overflowing with spirits, the mirrored ball tripping the light fantastic and the pretty girls shaking to the righteous beat of Robert Randolph, our portable back-porch party arrived on time and in fashion. We were stylin alright, feeling good and anxiously excited, and it was only just beginning! Hanging out in the street for awhile along side the bus the buzz was getting buzzier, fellow freaks waved back and forth and giant smiles were exchanged. The North Mississippi Allstars bus pulled in just ahead in front of the Soul Kitchen and a standing crowd gave up a cheer, their show was about to begin, our little party from Ocean Springs was about to peak.

Inside the Soul Kitchen, I was instantly immersed, kinda like drowning like in a dream but breathing and exhaling the ageless memories that live and thrive in this historic dance hall room. I could only imagine to know the stories but I could feel their presence, and as I’d look up from street level below, or down from the balcony overhead, the vibe of an era long gone but not forgotten, remained. And so true to that parlor room etiquette the North Mississippi Allstars filled the evening vapors with their old timey hill country electrified blues. The brothers Luther and Cody Dickison along with bassist Chris Chew combined the best styles of delta blues, gospel, R&B and modern psychedelia that their namesake and native state could offer. What more to say,…. well their “shakin on down” two step numbers, RL Burnside covers, hypno-trance-dance and a wild solo excursion by percussionist Cody on the electric washboard left this old/young bluesman next ta dyin for more. It was after 3:00 am when the band called it a night to remember at The Soul Kitchen and we all fumbled out onto Dauphin street. “Well the clock says it’s time to close now,.. know I have to go now,… really want to stay here all night,…. all night,… all night!”…. No,.. not really but I had to throw in those mojo risen lyrics to end my story/journey. Special thanks go out to “Brian the bus driver” that got us all home safely (even with a broken water pump) and to Butch and Elsie Johnson my new friends. And of course thanks to Brad Orrison and all the fellow Shed Heads.