Marjani Viola Hawkins/MVHPhoto Interview Exclusive Part 1/2

Interview segment where I chat about my latest music addictions, superpowers and future aspirations! Check out Part 1 and stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon!

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2013 Blues Music Awards Weekend: Hard Rock Cafe Memphis, & Rum Boogie Cafe

Saturday May 11, 2013 was a party from sunrise to sunset! First stop was Hard Rock Cafe, Memphis where I witnessed such tremendous talent congregate on one stage. King Fish, a newcomer to the blues scene, stunned the audience with his guitar playing and vocals that one would never expect from a 14 yr old.

By nightfall, Beale Street was alive with the spirit of the blues-check out the amazing video footage of the performances @ the Rum Boogie Cafe!

Stay tuned! Up next tomorrow is photo/video of our trip to Helena, Arkansas and show highlights from Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi.








































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2013 Blues Music Awards-Part 1

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2013 Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN. The week-long trip included much sightseeing, and visits to popular local nightclubs to watch amazing musical performances in Tennessee, and Mississippi.

I also visited Cherry Street-a historical entertainment district located in Helena, Arkansas. I met so many talented blues musicians and singers, such as: Diunna Greenleaf, John Primer, Cassie Taylor, and Mud Morganfield – to name a few. Here is the photo documentation of my trip! There are more photographs to come (as well as video) so stay tuned!

























































































Clubs/bars featured: Hard Rock Cafe Memphis, Ground Zero Blues Club, B.B. Kings Restaurant & Blues Club

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Lately

What a great week of jazz and blues! I had an amazing time at David Riley‘s birthday celebration at The Rhythm Room, and listening to a spectacular collection of 45s with Bob Corritore!











Jim James-Regions of Light and Sound of God

Kentucky-born “psychedelic” rock band, My Morning Jacket had me mesmerized when I discovered the original demos from their debut album Tennessee Fire (1999) many years ago. The stripped down, acoustic songs captivated me with not only the rawness of the chords but the sincere lyricism about love, change and the process of maturing.

 Jim James., Image courtesy of Google

Fronted by the emotive and eloquent, Jim James, the band has achieved much success in the indie music scene as well as securing mainstream notoriety with songs such as “Wordless Chorus,”(Z, 2006), “Just Because I Do”(At Dawn, 2001) and the heart-breakingly beautiful track, “Golden.” (It Still Moves, 2003).

 Jim James., Image courtesy of Google

Regions of Light and Sound of God (2013), is the first solo album for Jim James, delivered in his signature vocal style (impressive, and sweet falsettos, followed by moments of vibrato so rich in texture that it pulsates your bones). The album addresses many topics ranging from holy devotion, and belief, to being aware of (and challenging) deceiving messages about life.

The songs flow together cohesively in a manner atypical of My Morning Jacket; the music is soaked in hipster obscurity (vocals that blend almost too seamlessly, that are accompanied by stirring melodies that significantly slow the heart rate) and casts a introspective mood from the first tune to the last. Also true to his style, James effectively uses lyrics to make social commentary

Regions of Light and Sound of God, Jim James., Image courtesy of Google

In the opening track, “State of Art (A.E.I.O.U)” he expresses frustration and weariness for the technological age, and reliance on various gadgets in order to communicate:

“I used the state of art technology/supposed to make for better living/are we better human beings/we’ve got our wires crossed/our tubes are all tied/and I’m straining to remember/what it’s like to be alive.”

There are some downsides to this 40 minute album: if you do not focus on the differences of every song, there is little way to distinguish one ballad from the next, and the record generally requires a few listens to grasp the concept. But aside from the blurriness, Jim James has succeeded in expressing his emotional and musical growth-and has presented a bewitching compilation that only cements him as a talented figure in the pop-indie scene.

 

The Rhythm Room-Dave Riley and Bob Corritore

The Rhythm Room in Phoenix is the place to be on a Saturday night if you are a blues aficionado in search of an exceptional show. On January 19th, Dave Riley and Bob Corritore performed a mesmerizing line-up of jazzy -blues with a folk edge, like a dream collaboration between Leadbelly and BB King.








Lead vocalist and guitarist, Dave Riley smoothly transitioned through each enchanting melody, inspiring the crowd to take to the dance floor. The songs were skillfully accompanied by Corritore, on harmonica, who dazzled the audience with his resplendent musical ability.









The celebratory engagement marked the 8 year anniversary of the bands’ origination; and the group certainly impressed their fans and gained many more with their excellent performance. The Rhythm Room never fails to deliver with amazing music, delicious drinks, and great people!










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