HuDost, led by Kentucky-based musicians and activists Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines, have released a powerful video for their forthcoming single, “Our Words Will Be Louder” — available now.
The new song is a vital message for positive, collective action to be taken in this vulnerable and polarized time. “Our Words Will Be Louder” was co-written with Dan Haseltine (GRAMMY Award-winning band Jars of Clay) and Guitar World magazine’s “Acoustic Guitarist of the Year,” Christie Lenée.
Specifically, the song addresses how inadequate people can feel until they give their voices to a larger purpose, and the video has several cameo performances from artists and activists — including Jars of Clay, Kevin Hearn (The Barenaked Ladies), Kevin Clash (creator of Elmo), Cy Curnin (The FIXX), Gangstagrass, Jai Uttal, Hymn for Her, The Accidentals, JP Durand, Liza Carbe (Incendio), and others.
Proceeds from “Our Words Will Be Louder” will be directed to The Poor People’s Campaign, a non-profit organization committed to lifting up and deepening the leadership of those most affected by systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation as well as to building unity across lines of division.
At the end of HuDost’s music video is riveting footage of peaceful protests and the voice of The Poor People’s Campaign’s main leader, Reverend William J. Barber II, saying these words:
“We will stand up again, we will march again, we will preach again, we will organize again. We are black, we are white, we are latino, we are native American, we are democrat, we are republican, we are independent, we are people of faith, we are people not of faith, we are natives and immigrants, we are business leaders and workers and unemployed, we are doctors and the uninsured, we are gay, we are straight, we are students, we are parents, we are retirees, we are America, and we are here and we ain’t going nowhere!”
The power of his voice and this unyielding proclamation, summarizes the message of the song and music video. Sommer and Hines both have learned a great deal by acting as congressional district representatives for ONE, a non-profit advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty globally, in Kentucky for almost six years. Through advocacy work, they have come to know how to be a voice for people who are not being heard and have been amazed by what can happen with the power of collective voice. In this desperate time, they feel profoundly pushed and inspired to work locally and nationally. Their music is a direct expression of this drive and they hope that it will be part of what motivates others to take action in this time.
In addition to benefiting The Poor People’s Campaign, HuDost also hopes that this song will encourage early voting. There has never been a greater need for all voices to be heard.
HuDost were recently honored with an Independent Music Award for their song “Rise Together” in the “Social Action” category (also co-written with Dan Haseltine from Jars of Clay).
The show is set to go on: Toronto’s acclaimed Kensington Market Jazz Festival has announced the first lineup of artists set for feature in their first-ever virtual edition this November 7th and 8th — including Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy, Dave Young, Robi Botos, Mike Downes, Larnell, Billy Newton-Davis, and more!
The weekend will also include two yet-to-be announced special guest performances from Champian Fulton and Brandi Disterheft.
While the Festival’s format streamed to KensingtonJazz.com may look a little different this year, the spirit remains the same, steadfast in its commitment to delight audiences far and wide with some of the country’s best in jazz.
“Over the past five years, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival has been proud to showcase hundreds of established musicians on the Toronto and Canadian jazz scene in one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods in the heart of Toronto’s heritage district,” says Festival founder, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist Molly Johnson. “However, in these pandemic times, we are all forced to experience a different capacity of life. This year, we’ve had to make some tough choices and, though producing within a limited schedule was very difficult for the KMJF team, we are pleased to present a two-day festival with online shows that can be enjoyed by Canadians coast to coast!”
The Kensington Market Jazz Festival 2020 Lineup:
Saturday, November 7th — (Hosted by Garvia Bailey)
Before Covid reared it’s ugly head, the music industry was wobbling in recent years.
Too many people have grown up thinking music is free. Through no fault of their own – recent music fans and even older ones have been taught to listen and download tunes at little or no cost. Cd or album sales, once upon a time – paid (if not all) a good part of an artist’s costs. Add concert and merch sales – a living could be eked out.
Covid has killed the concert scene and CD or album sales are practically non existent. Musicians are scrambling to make money. Live streaming on social media platforms helps to keep their names and music fresh yet all platforms are set up to allow musicians to take only donations if a fan feels they want to.
That is where Odiance comes in. A platform that will be in essence – a one stop shopping platform to go to when new and live music is wanted. Personalized performances by artists who not only need money to grow and pay bills – they also require peace of mind to concentrate on learning their craft.
Individual shows will be scheduled and for a minimal ticket price – a music fan can learn of the new music that is out there and invest in the future of music. The only difference between pre Covid and now is the stage. A fee to see live music at the local club was not even worth a complaint. Why should a show in the comfort of someone’s living room be any different?
Odiance will be live shortly. I am looking for musicians to set up the scheduling. If you are a musician who writes original music and can plug into a computer – Odiance is the place to promote your site, sell merch, put on a quality music concert and make money.
Please send your info to Rickkeene2@gmail.com. You will be contacted to explain everything.
Watch below to one artist that will be performing on Odiance – Mr. Adam Karch
AXS TV and Good Cop/Bad Cop Productions—the company behind Live From Daryl’s House—continue their strong partnership, bringing 10 additional episodes of the acclaimed music series to the Network’s lineup this fall. In addition to eight fan-favorite episodes, viewers will be able to enjoy two never-before-seen entries when the series returns to AXS TV with a new day and time, airing Thursday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The series kicks off with a pair of star-studded sets broadcast for the first time worldwide, starting with Hall’s jam session with STYX front man Tommy Shaw on October 1, featuring intimate performances of STYX signatures “Blue Collar Man,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” and “Renegade,” as well as Daryl Hall and John Oates’ hits “Delayed Reaction”, and “It’s A Laugh”. Then, on October 8, Hall joins Ty Taylor, lead singer of L.A.-based R&B quartet Vintage Trouble, for a night of music featuring Vintage Trouble originals “Another Man’s Words,” “Nobody Told Me” and “Can’t Stop Rollin’”. They also perform The Spinners’“I’ll Be Around,” which was covered on the Daryl Hall and John Oates album “Our Kind of Soul.”
Live From Daryl’s House was created in 2007 by Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Daryl Hall, who wanted a creative refuge from the grind of touring where he and his talented friends could hangout and rock out in a relaxed atmosphere. The Webby Award-winning program quickly took the music world and the internet by storm with its unique format, as Hall welcomed a new artist into his domain each week to enjoy some local cuisine and conversation, before hitting the studio for an unforgettable jam session. Since that time, Live From Daryl’s House has transformed into a nationally syndicated television series, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry and amassing a loyal cult following of fans eagerly anticipating the next new episode.
Other highlights include appearances and performances by guitar mastermind Joe Walsh (Oct. 15), chart-topping Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik (Oct. 22), jazz and soul songstress Kandace Springs (Oct. 29), Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick (Nov. 5), R&B trailblazer Smokey Robinson (Nov. 12), alt-rock mainstay Ben Folds (Nov. 19), legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons (Dec. 3), and iconic soul outfit The O’Jays (Dec. 10).
In regard to the upcoming season’s lineup, Daryl Hall said, “There are so many great moments.
The O’Jays one gets to the core of what I’m really all about.”
“I’m excited that AXS TV is debuting the Tommy Shaw and Ty Taylor episodes, as the fans have been asking for new episodes. Our partnership with the team at AXS TV keeps getting stronger, so I’m proud that we’re able to deliver new content, especially during these challenging times,” said Executive Producer Jonathan Wolfson.
“Live From Daryl’s House really resonated with our viewers when it debuted on our Network last April,” said Lucia McCalmont, Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, AXS TV. “We strive to give our audience the best seat in the house to unforgettable performances and unprecedented access to their favorite entertainers, and this series is a perfect reflection of that. We are proud to have the opportunity to feature it in our programming lineup once again, and we are pleased to be able to extend and build upon this successful partnership with Good Cop/Bad Cop Productions.”
Live From Daryl’s House Fall Schedule: October 1 – Tommy Shaw October 8 – Ty Taylor October 15 – Joe Walsh October 22- Johnny Rzeznik October 29 – Kandace Springs November 5 – Cheap Trick November 12 – Smokey Robinson November 19 – Ben Folds December 3 – Billy Gibbons December 10 – The O’Jays
A person listens to a lot of music in fifty -five years.
Almost immediately upon birth, music is introduced. Chances are a soft nursery rhyme or perhaps classical music is dangling above your head as you lay comfortably in a crib. More likely; Mom is singing you to sleep.
Please listen below to some of the songs that started my love affair with music over the past fifty-five years.
If The Beatles did not play live, there would have been no records and no radio airplay.
What would the world of music and the world itself be like if that did not happen? Artists need to grow and be heard if music will continue to soothe the souls of the planet. The souls need music more than ever right now.
Please listen below to some of The Best New Music and Some Music News
Born to a middle-class African-American family in New Jersey, Bey formed a vocal group with her brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas), known as Andy and the Bey Sisters. She performed in local clubs and toured North America and Europe. After moving to Toronto in 1964 and playing the jazz club circuit, she became known as “Canada’s First Lady of Blues”.
Bey appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the cast album. She put together a blues & jazz cabaret show on the history of black music, Indigo – which earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance. The show was later taped for TV networks.
Bey recorded two albums with Horace Silver, and released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
She was part of the Canadian super-group Northern Lights which performed the charity single “Tears Are Not Enough” in 1985. Bey can be seen in the music video for the song singing the line “Every woman, child and man” with Mark Holmes of Platinum Blonde and Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club.
Beginning in her early sixties, Bey began showing signs of dementia. As of 2011 her illness had progressed to the point that she could no longer perform.
“We hear that phrase when presidents or judges come into the room,” says Porter, “but I’m thinking all of us rise – not just one person being exalted. We are all exalted and lifted up by love. This is my political thought and my real truth. It comes from my personality, my mother’s personality, the personality of the blues, and of black people. It’s this idea of making do with the scraps, of resurrection and ascension, and of whatever the current situation is, it can get better through love.”
– Gregory Porter
Selwyn Birchwood is a master storyteller—both lyrically and musically. He’s an impressive, hard-crunching, modern blues guitarist. His fretwork is high-energy, raw and vivid…knife-edged leads and roadhouse-rattling grooves. He is graced with a depth and maturity that would be impressive in a grizzled veteran, let alone a fresh-faced young man.” —Living Blues
Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will.” —Chicago Tribune“
Champian Fulton Celebrates Charlie Parker’s Centennial with Birdsong Featuring Tenor Saxophonist Scott Hamilton
Due out August 28, 2020
Jimmy Heath, a prolific saxophonist, composer and bandleader who played alongside some of the biggest names of jazz, including Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died.
Heath died Sunday morning in Loganville, Georgia of natural causes, his grandson told NPR. He was 93 years old. His family was at his side, including his wife of 60 years, Mona Heath, his children Mtume and Rozie, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.
In a career that spanned seven decades, Heath brought the bebop he loved to big bands — and into the 21st century.
Heath is best known as a saxophonist, but he wrote and arranged music throughout his life. In 2013, when he was 87 years old, he told NPR it was important to be a complete musician. “Not just to stand up and improvise,” he stressed. “You know, you got to compose. I want to be a person who can compose, and leave something here for posterity.”