Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of its original title "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows. Most scholars believe that All Hallows' Eve was originally influenced by western European harvest festivals and festivals of the dead with pagan roots, particularly the Celtic Samhain. Others maintain that it originated independently of Samhain. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as "guising"), attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Ryan Adams - HALLOWEENHEAD – David Ryan Adams is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career, and as a former member of alt-country band Whiskeytown, with whom he recorded three studio albums.
In 2000, Adams left Whiskeytown and released his first solo album, Heartbreaker, to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for the Shortlist Music Prize. In 2001, Adams released the UK certified-gold Gold, which included the hit single, "New York, New York".
He released five albums with the rock band The Cardinals and in 2009 Adams married singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore. Adams left The Cardinals and announced that he was taking a break from music. He resumed performing in October 2010 and released his thirteenth studio album, Ashes & Fire, on October 11, 2011. Taken from his CD Easy Tiger, 2007.
Keith Richards - WICKED AS IT SEEMS - Keith Richards is an English musician, singer, songwriter and founding member of the English rock band the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine credited Richards for "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him tenth on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Richards' notoriety for illicit drug use stems in part from several drug busts during the late 1960s and 1970s and his candour about using heroin and other substances. Chris Spedding says Richards' guitar playing is "direct, incisive and unpretentious". Richards says his guitar playing is focused on chords and rhythms and the avoidance of flamboyant virtuosity, which he refers to as attempting to be the "fastest gun in the west. Richards prefers teaming with at least one other guitarist and has almost never toured without one. Chuck Berry has been an inspiration for Richards, and with Jagger, he introduced Berry's songs to the Rolling Stones' early repertoire. In the late 1960s Jones' declining contributions led Richards to record all guitar parts on many tracks, including slide guitar. Jones' replacement Mick Taylor played guitar with the Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974. Taylor's virtuosity on lead guitar led to a pronounced separation between lead and rhythm guitar roles, most notably onstage. In 1975 Taylor was replaced by Wood, whose arrival marked a return to a guitar interplay Richards he called "the ancient art of weaving", which he and Jones had gleaned from the Chicago Blues artists. From his Main Offender CD, 1992.
The Sean Healen Band - JOURNADA DE LOS MUERTOS - Sean Healen is an award winning singer/songwriter. With music and lyrics reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and a style at once intricate and eloquent, Sean is rapidly achieving the national stage. A long time resident of New Mexico, his recent album "Floodplain" was awarded Best Rock CD 2009 at the New Mexico Music Awards. A more recent project was produced by legendary producer Malcolm Burn (Dylan, Emmy Lou Harris, Patti Smith etc,). Sean was a featured artist in a New Mexico Music Commission video that also featured tributes to Buddy Holly and the Crickets, LeAnn Rimes and Ryan Bingham. Taken from his CD "Floodplain", 2009.
Etta James - BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN - Etta James was an American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch. James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. First released by Albert King in 1967, taken from the House of Blues “Essential Blues” Collection, 2003.
Gary Moore – COLD DAY IN HELL – was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognized as a singer and guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. King, Albert King, Colosseum II, George Harrison, and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. From his CD, “After Hours, 1992.
Creedence Clearwater Revival - BAD MOON RISING - Creedence Clearwater Revival — sometimes shortened to Creedence or CCR — was an American rock band popular in the late 1960s and early '70s. The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty (John's brother), bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed the roots rock and swamp rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they portrayed a Southern rock style, singing about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern iconography. Creedence Clearwater Revival's music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplay -- the band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Rolling Stone ranked the band eighty-second on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time Their musical influence can be heard in many genres including southern rock, grunge, roots rock, and blues. From their 2-disc “Greatest Hits Collection” 1998.
Bob Dylan – TOMBSTONE BLUES - Bob Dylan is an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the culture of the folk music revival, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" radically altered the parameters of popular music in 1965. His recordings employing electric instruments attracted denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement. Dylan's lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many of the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and swing. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered his songwriting. "Tombstone Blues" is the second track of Bob Dylan's album Highway 61 Revisited is the sixth studio album by Bob Dylan, released in August 1965
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - DEVIL’S TRAIN – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is an American rock band from Vermont. Formed in 2002 they began their career as an indie band, self-producing their albums and touring extensively in the jam bands and music festivals circuit, playing as many as 200 gigs in a year. In 2005 they signed for Hollywood Records; they have published four studio albums, encompassing rock subgenres such as blues rock, folk rock, hard rock, and alternative rock.
The band is fronted by lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter (born 20 June 1983), who is known for her vocal qualities—evocative of blues rock singers like Janis Joplin or Koko Taylor—as well as for her vibrant energy on stage. Besides playing with the Nocturnals, Potter has also released solo material and collaborated with other artists. From the soundtrack to the film ‘The Lone Ranger”, 2013.
Drivin’ & Cryin’ - STRAIGHT TO HELL – Drivin' 'N' Cryin' is an American Hard rock/Southern rock band from Atlanta, GA. The band was formed in 1985 in Atlanta. The band’s name, Drivin’ 'N’ Cryin’, was chosen from one of their many songs that reflected the two directions of their music. From their “Ultimate Collection” compilation CD, 2000.
Elvis Costello - SPOOKY GIRLFRIEND - Elvis Costello is an English singer-songwriter. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British new wave movement of the mid-to-late 1970s. His critically acclaimed debut album, My Aim Is True, was recorded in 1976. Shortly after recording his first album, he formed The Attractions as his backing band. They toured and recorded together for the better part of a decade, though differences between Costello and members of The Attractions caused them to split by 1986. Much of Costello's work since 1986 has been credited to him as a solo artist, though partial reunions with some members of The Attractions have been credited to the group over the years.
Steeped in wordplay, the vocabulary of Costello's lyrics is broader than that of most popular songs. His music has drawn on many diverse genres; one critic described him as a "pop encyclopaedia", able to "reinvent the past in his own image". From his “When I Was Cruel” CD, 2002.
Warren Zevon - SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED TO A CLOWN - Warren William Zevon was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for the dark and somewhat bizarre sense of humor in his lyrics. Zevon's work has often been praised by well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. His best-known compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978). Other well-known songs written by Zevon have been recorded by other artists, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (a top 40 hit by Linda Ronstadt), "Accidentally Like a Martyr", "Mohammed's Radio", "Carmelita", and "Hasten Down the Wind". From “Mutineer” ,1995.
Joe Tullos - HOPELESS THE CLOWN – The Scoundrel's Waltz is the debut album from Joe Tullos. Born and raised in Louisiana, Tullos and his guitar are part of the New Orleans music scene where he's played all the city's hottest clubs. He's played and recorded with some Big Easy big names including The Neville Brothers, Better Than Ezra, The Meters, and others. Tullos performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to rave reviews. The Scoundrel's Waltz, named for the overindulgent's gait, tells 11 stories from Joe Tullos' life. And Tullos sings lead and backing vocals, plays guitar, organ, dobra, and banjo. While he could have been a one man band here, he elected to bring together a truckload of 7 talented musicians. From Blind Melon comes drummer Glen Graham, bassist Brad Smith, lead/rhythm guitarist Rogers Stevens. From the hot band Squirrel Nut Zippers comes Jimbo Mathews (banjo, piano, horns, backing vocals), Ken Mosher (sax, backing vocals, guitar), and Tom Maxwell (guitar, clarinet, backing vocals). The wide variety of instruments and musicians adds a level of professionalism and texture to the album. A newcomer who can pull this together has to be taken seriously. The seventh musician is producer Mike Napolitano (Blind Melon's Nico) who does the honors on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bass. Class act Trina Shoemaker, Grammy award winner for her work on Sheryl Crow's album, was the engineer. Released in 1997.
Jono Manson - THE BONES UNDER THE STONES – Santa Fe resident Jono Manson is a prolific singer/songwriter and seasoned performer, with a long track record that includes major-label releases as both recording artist and producer. During a career spanning almost four decades he has performed everywhere from the local dive to Madison Square Garden, from house concerts to festival stages. He has released numerous albums and amassed a vast catalog of original material. His songs have been recorded by Grammy Award – winning artists and have been featured in major motion pictures, on network television and in national advertising campaigns. He continues to collaborate with a wide range of artists as a co-writer and producer, and as a member of numerous side projects. He also owns and operates a recording studio in the hills north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Most recently, three of Jono’s songs were featured on the new album by “American Idol” alum Crystal Bowersox (2013 Shanachie Records), and another was recorded by Blues Traveler for their most recent release (2012 429/Savoy Records). Four of his songs are featured in the new family film “I Heart Shakey” (2012 Amarok Films). He has also been collaborating closely with the Colorado – based band “Brother’s Keeper”, who are wrapping up the recording of their debut album. Manson plays and sings on the album which he is co-producing along with the band, and he also co-wrote much of the material for the project. Jono plays live with Brothers Keeper as often as schedules allow. He has also been touring extensively throughout the continental United States as a solo artist and as a member of John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours and also performed three European tours in the last two years. While not on the road, Jono has spent most of his time writing songs and producing records.