Any Ethiopian person worth his weight in honey wine would know the song “Abbay Mado.” A simple Ethiopian folk tune, it’s about a farmer who calls to his ox from across the Blue Nile, the majestic tributary that flows into Sudan from Ethiopia’s northwestern highlands.
Sam Moore is not happy with The Styletones. A former member of the R&B duo Sam & Dave, he’s been in a litigious mood since hearing the local soul-funk band’s take on the 1966 Sam & Dave classic “Hold On, I’m a Comin’” in a “Got Milk?” ad.
Big changes are in store for Paul Remund. He’s no longer playing in the performance-art group Cathedral X. He’s quit his job and sold many of his belongings, including his guitar and amp. Later this month, he’ll shove off for a new home in New York City.
Jesse Lee Hofbauer wasn’t expecting much when The Paragraphs got invited to The Lost Ark Studio last year. Boasting a dizzying collection of vintage gear, the Pacific Beach studio seemed like it would be too pricey for his humble band.
Indie-jazz singer Miss Erika Davies doesn’t get caught up in the sonic cobwebs of so many other contemporary roots acts. While she channels the spirit of Billie Holiday with her mesmerizing voice, Davies explores a range of styles and moods on her new EP, Part the Sea.