SixHandsMouth is a fun little party band I play bass in. Based in Merced, CA. the band is Paul Gibbons on guitar, Adam “Atom Bomb” Oneal on drums, Loren Qualls on vocals, and myself on bass.
I picked up bass three or four years ago, playing with a Merced cover band, the Killer Jays. Been lovin’ bass ever since. Check out this original song, written by the band, “Messiah.” It’s basically about taking the initiative to make positive change — a opposed to waiting for divine intervention.
I first became acquainted with Hubert Sumlin several years ago after Grammy-winning blues great Robert Cray recommended that I watch “The Howlin’ Wolf Story: The Secret History of Rock N’ Roll.”
Wolf’s longtime guitar player Hubert Sumlin is featured in much of the documentary. I specifically recall how Hubert spoke of how when he first auditioned for Wolf, he was told to learn how to play guitar with his fingers, rather than a flat-pick. He learned, and eventually became Wolf’s right hand man. His skills became so highly regarded, even Muddy Waters tried to steal him away from Wolf at one point.
Sumlin’ blues fingerstyle definitely played a role in how I approach the instrument, as I find myself putting the pick aside more often than not, since watching video footage of him playing.
Sumlin was highly praised by, and influenced a wide range of guitarists including Hendrix, Clapton and Page. He will certainly be missed.
Check out this footage from the 2006 Don Letts documentary ” Tales of Dr Funkenstein.” The title is “Funky Woman” from the 1970 Parliament album, “Osmium.”
I first learned of Baby Lemonade back in the late-90s, after reading an article in the LA Weekly about these brothas who were influenced by the Beach Boys and a host of other 60s bands. They rose to prominence during the mid-1990s, a time which produced a number of notable LA rock bands like The Wondermints and The Negro Problem.
Many folks know Baby Lemonade (named after the Syd Barrett song) as the backing band for the late great Arthur Lee of the 60s Sunset Blvd. band Love.
On their own, Baby Lemonade pack quite a punch, as evidenced from the below clip, “Pop Tarte” from their album “68 Percent Pure Imagination.” Not to mention, the founding members of the band, Rusty Squeezebox and Mike Randle, are two of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet.
The band can still be seen on occasion, playing under the name “Love Revisited” with Johnny Echols, Love’s original guitarist.
If you’re interested in getting a preview, check out “The High Life Suite,” their 2001 album which features the band at the apex of their creative powers. Mike Randle also keeps a blog with tourdates and other info.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello joined Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York this week, performing acoustic songs as his alter ego “The Nightwatchman,” according to Rolling Stone. The magazine reported Morello’s set included a rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” Morello also spoke with reporters at the event about his take on Occupy Wall Street and some of his feelings about President Obama
Had a helluva good time playing the Rhythm Lounge in Long Beach this past weekend, where United Districtz was the backing band for Finn the Groove Operatah. Sold out show, and the crowd was off the chain, showing us love all the way. Definitely want to give a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Finn and United Districtz.
More shows coming soon.
Been a hot minute since I’ve checked in, but I am back.
Check out my band, United Districtz’s, new site when you have a chance:
Me and the guys just played the One Love, One Heart festival in Sutter County, where we had a great time playing amid the cool vibes and laid back reggae rhythms on the banks of the Sacramento River. Not to mention, some really outstanding acts from far away as Jamaica.
Gearing up right now with the band for shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Reno and more. Will have dates soon. Cheers and One Love ya’ll.
Per TV on the Radio’s Twitter page, the band’s latest album, “Nine Types of Light,” drops April 12. Here’s the first slice from the album, a transcendental ditty titled “Will Do.”
Good news for the West Coast as well. The band will play 4th and B in San Diego on May 14. For tix: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/tvontheradio/