July - August 2011
Hollow Reed (Gwyn Waller, Laura Thurston with David Keller.)
I was recently in Hendersonville, NC strolling down their beautiful downtown area with some friends when we came across The Blue Note club.
As we made our way upstairs to the lounge we found ourselves in a 60's era coffee house. The seats were occupied by old hippie-types and the atmosphere was very relaxed.
We got a table up front and ordered our drinks as Gwyen Waller and Laura Thurston (Hollow Reed) took the stage. The stage was actually the floor in front of an upstairs store front window.
After a short time setting up their equipment they began to play. I was immediately blown-away. They are a true Americana group performing a wide-range of tunes including many they have written themselves. They play everything from folk, traditional to blues.
Hollow Reed is an act you should check out. Based out of Charleston, SC they perform at clubs and coffee houses across the Southeast.
I see a bright future for these two talented women.
They are currently working on a CD and as soon as I get the information I'll pass it on to you.
Check out Hollow Reed on
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Meet the Meetles
Did You Know?
The Meetles are a Beatles & 60's/70's music tribute band, currently playing in the New York City subway systems under MUNY (Music Under New York) program. The Band was named in a poll that took place in the NYC Beatles Meetup group. You may also have seen them at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, or at the Fest for Beatles Fans in NY/NJ, or any other Beatle events in NY metro area. The Meetles are available for private parties and corporate events.
These musicians are very talented and seem to enjoy performing in the subway systems of New York. I'm really surprised they haven't recorded yet, if they have I've not been able to find anything other than Youtube uploads.
The Meetles bring out a free spirit in people as they perform.
If you're ever in New York you may want to check them out. Here is a link to their website The Meetles.
Also check them out on . This is a performance they did of "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Notice how the crowd reacts to them.
The Beach Boys we knew in the 60's are not the original Beach Boys?
We remember The Beach Boys as Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine & Mike Love but before them were the Original Beach Boys. There is very little information available about the orginal Beach Boys except that in 1959 they were musicians who provided the vocals for the Charles "Bud" Dant Orchestra with the single "Island Melody" released on the Coral label. Shortly afterwards, the same 'Beach Boys' released the single "Bathing Beauty" and "The Beach At Sunset" on the Kapp label. Click on the title to hear the song.
The Beatles fisrt recording was as The Quarrymen?
Before they became the Beatles they were the Silver Beatles but before that they were the Quarrymen. The first known recording was on *acetate in 1958. They recorded the Buddy Holly classic "That'll Be the Day." Click on the title to hear the song.
The Quarrymen consisted of John Lennon (1956–1960) – guitar and vocals
Pete Shotton (1956–1957) – washboard
Eric Griffiths (1956–1958) – guitar
Rod Davis (1956–1957) – banjo
Len Garry (1956–1958) – tea-chest bass
Colin Hanton (1956–1959) – drums
Paul McCartney (1957–1960) – guitar and vocals
George Harrison (1958–1960) – guitar and vocals
*What is an acetate record?
The Dave Clark Five hadn't planned on being succesful?
When Dave Clark formed the DC5 it wasn't for the love of music but to raise money for his soccer team. Dave wasn't a musician but bought a set of drums and taught himself how to play. After the band was formed they found themselves with a regular gig backing up singer Stan Saxon in a North London club. Some of their earlier recordings included "That's What I Said" on the Congress label, followed by "Do You Love Me" on the Pye label but it wasn't until they released "Glad All Over" that the band skyrocketed to success.
The band was originally called 'The Dave Clark Quintet' in 1957 with Dave Clark on drums, Dave Sanford on lead quitar, Chris Walls on bass, Roger Smedley on piano and an unidentified sax player. The band went through several changes over the next couple of years and in 1962 changed their name to The Dave Clark Five with the lineup we know today. Dave Clark on Drums, Mike Smith lead vocals and organ, Dennis Payton on tenor and baritone sax, Lenny Davidson on quitar and Rick Huxley on bass. Click on the title to hear the song.
Pretty World Records has released Nathan Osmond's "Sweet".
Nathan is the oldest son of Alan Osmond of the Osmond Brothers, a popular pop band from the 70's.
"Sweet" reached the #1 position on the IndieWorld County Charts.
For more on Nathan Osmond visit his website at nathanosmond.com
and Pretty World Records of Claremont, NC at prettyworldrecords.com (Pretty World Records currently has another #1 hit on the IndieWorld Country Charts with "You Don't Know Me" by Jacke Greene & Lorrie Morgan.
Watch Nathan Osmond's "Sweet" on
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Featured label: Ripete Records
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Since 1979 Ripete has made its highest priority the restoration and preservation of the musical heritage of the region, Carolina Beach and Shag music.
The Carolina Beach Music legacy began in the late 40's when certain danceable releases from seminal R&B labels like Atlantic, King, Federal and Savoy began catching on as favorites at pavilion juke boxes in the Myrtle Beach, S.C. vacationing area. Jump R&B really came into its own in the 50's with great additional releases from labels like VeeJay, Chess, Alladin, Duke/Peacock, Wand/ Scepter and Fire/Fury. By the 60's, people in the Southeast were referring to the songs heard mostly and sometimes only on Grand Strand jukeboxes as "Beach Music". By now Motown and Stax/Volt were pouring out hits like an assembly line and many of them also became instant beach classics. Furthermore, local white garage bands from the region began emulating their black heroes with "soul" recordings of their own. Out came yet another form of so called "Beach Music". The equation was now complete.
These labels and local artists provided the back bone of what Carolina Beach Music has become today. It has been Ripete's ultimate goal to reissue as many of these lost treasures from the past as possible, all the while fostering and nurturing emergent artists and legendary performers who seek to recreate in new recordings the sound and magic of by-gone eras.
It has been with great pride that Ripete has had the opportunity and privilege to produce new recordings by such notable performers as The Clovers, The Impressions, Maurice Williams & Zodiacs, The Embers, Rosco Gordon and Bill Pinkney and The Original Drifters: Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Jimmy Hall, Jerry Butler,The Chi-Lites and Johnny Adams. Whether you're an old devotee of this music or a recent convert, you're sure to find something here to please the most discriminating palate. From gutsy blues to gritty rhythm and blues - from 60's sweet soul and garage band beach to highly polished shag dance numbers of the 80's and 90's and on into the new millenium with it's Northern Soul craze. It's all here. "Beach Music - Catch the Wave!"
Some of Ripete Records artists:
Band of Oz
The Fantasic Shakers
RIPETE RECORDS WEBSITE