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A Look Back at Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Part 3 of 4

  05/22/12 23:21, by , Categories: Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Ben Smith , Tags: 2011, acoustic, ben smith photography, cropredy convention, fairport convention, folkcast, oxfordshire, phil widdows, photos

This is Part 3 of our special look back at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011. We apologize for the unavoidable delay in getting you the last two parts but hope to rush them both to you this week. To take it from the top, click here for Part One and click here for Part Two. Be sure to check out the outstanding photo sets!

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

The weather has a vital role to play at any outdoor festival, and the weather in England – even in high summer – is notoriously fickle. But Day 2 of Cropredy 2011 dawned bright, dry and warm and the crowd stirred from their tents and campers in the fields surrounding the stage. The first job of the day is to find breakfast, and for many that means taking the short walk into the village that gives the festival its name. There the few hundred full-time residents suddenly find they have thousands of weekend guests. They respond by laying on “the full English": bacon, eggs, sausage and toast, plus tea and coffee by the tanker full. Money raised from the sale of breakfasts has helped build and run the community hall and funded facilities at the village school. Later in the day, as an unofficial addition to the music on the festival stage, the two village pubs stage live gigs in their gardens to create the “Cropredy Fringe” and the whole place buzzes with life. No wonder the festival-goers are genuinely welcomed by the people of Cropredy!

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Black Queen Speaks ... with BFMN

  05/01/12 00:31, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Artist Interview, Bands, Review, Carox , Tags: black queen speaks, brett michaels, carox, house of blues, houston, interview, photos
Carox from Houston, TX

Photos and Review by Carox

Carox of BareFoot MusicNews caught up with Black Queen Speaks after their show as support band to Brett Michaels at the House of Blues, Houston.

Black Queen Speaks is a very popular Houston band whose members are: Pez Lopez (Gabriel Lopez III), bass guitar; D2 (Vik Day), guitar; Mike Blas, vocals/lyrics; Josh Skiffington, drums; and Ryan Korn, guitar.

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Steel Panther Balls Out at House of Blues Houston

  04/17/12 03:12, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Review, Featured Artist, Carox , Tags: balls out, carox, feel the steel, house of blues, lexxi foxx, michael starr, satchel, steel panther, stix zadinia
Carox from Houston, TX

Photos and Review by Carox

I was told that I might not get home from the Steel Panther gig if they abducted  me on their tour bus or nabbed me backstage. I was told to “watch for the part when they pull you up on stage” and desperately hoped I would be pulled up on stage. Dressed in appropriate spandex, I arrived to get into the pit at House of Blues in Houston just a few minutes before they came out.

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Fairport's Cropredy Convention, Part 2

  04/04/12 02:49, by , Categories: Music News, Festivals and Events, BFMN Exclusive, Review, Ben Smith , Tags: 2011, acoustic, ben smith photography, cropredy convention, fairport convention, folkcast, oxfordshire, phil widdows, photos

This is Part 2 of our special look back at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention 2011. To take it from the top, click here. Be sure to check out the photo sets!

Review By Phil Widdows
Photos by Ben Smith Photography

2011 was the year that, for the first time, Fairport Convention was not only the finale of festival but also started it, too, playing in their “acoustic” line-up early on the afternoon of Thursday August 11th … although the difference between Fairport acoustic and Fairport electric is a philosophical one only really apparent to their most ardent fans. Simon Nicol leaves aside his electric guitar, while drummer and percussionist Gerry Conway (ex-Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens Band, Pentangle and many more) relinquishes his full rock kit for a collection of hand-drums and a skiffle washboard, complete with home-made thimble-tipped gloves. Bassist Dave Pegg, fiddler Ric Sanders and multi-instrumentalist Chris Leslie remain plugged-in to their amps.

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Jesus and The Mary Chain

  03/27/12 03:59, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Review, Carox , Tags: carox, east kilbride, house of blues, jesus and the mary chain, light fm, smashing pumpkins
Carox from Houston, TX

Photos and Review by Carox

Scottish folk have a sense of kindred pride that lasts a lifetime, so a severe head cold and several doses of anti-cold medicine were not going to prevent me from attending an event that I could “smell” was going to be a good one. Two nights before their show in SXSW Austin, on March 13, 2012, Jesus and the Mary Chain returned to Houston to play one of their first reunion gigs in a mini-tour of Texas.

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Review of House of Blues, Houston Show

  03/17/12 19:55, by , Categories: Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Bands, Review, Carox , Tags: bfmn exclusive, house of blues, houston, iced earth, symphony x
Carox from Houston, TX

Photos and Review by Carox

The House of Blues Houston is a favorite haunt because of the superb lighting and sound you can experience there. It is also a spot I have seen some of my all-time favorite bands. This night was Warbringer, Symphony X and Iced Earth and I was full of the nervous Carox adrenaline which I experience before supporting major bands like these.

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The Good Taste of Meritage at Callaway

  03/08/12 17:07, by , Categories: Guitar, Acoustic, Music News, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, wakitu, Review, Video , Tags: 12-string acoustic blues fusion, callaway winery, chef, dan grigor, meritage at callaway, micheal henry, mike henry, tapas, temecula, wine country, winery

by Wakitu

February 26 was a very special anniversary for Dan Grigor and me, and we decided to start the day in a very special way: clinking wine glasses over Sunday brunch at the Meritage, overlooking the vines of Callaway’s Vineyard and Winery. What an exquisite choice that turned out to be!

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and a live performance video!

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