March 12, 2016

Chad Cromwell, one of the most respected Nashville studio drummers, is going on tour again with the legendary Joe Walsh. Chad shares a long history of live and recording experience with Joe Walsh, with whom he first started recording and touring back in 1986. For more information on tour dates click here.

Last month Chad was interviewed by the WorkingDrummer. Chad talks about how he got his first gig with Joe Walsh and Neil Young in 1986/87, his awesome snare sound, what advice he gives to young players, and many more topics. The interview is available as podcast here.

Besides his longtime, ongoing collaborations with Joe Walsh, Neil Young and Mark Knopfler, Chad has also worked with many other notable artists including Dave Stewart, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Lady Antebellum, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton, Allison Moorer, Chris Knight, Joss Stone, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, and Stevie Nicks.

Written by Megabien
December 15, 2015

It is great to have the Peterson Family back on stage for "The Jam Before Christmas" Show. This holiday show has been a family tradition for many years.

The Peterson Family, Minnesota’s First Family of Music, has been performing locally, nationally, and internationally for many years. Besides Billy and Ricky, the family consists of sisters Linda and Patty, brother Paul as well as nephew Jason.

Come out to the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 5pm. Make sure to get tickets before, as by experience it is a for sure sellout!

Written by Megabien
October 27, 2015

Legends Rock drummer Chad Cromwell has been interviewed by ARGOSY, the leading designer and manufacturer of high-end technical furniture for recording, post-production and film studios and high-tech facilites worldwide.

During the in-depth discussion the legendary drummer, who has worked with a long list of renown recording artists including Joe Walsh, Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, Lady Antebellum and many others, shares valuable insights into his career path and his artistic approach to music in general.

Besides revealing that drums and experimenting with sounds have always come naturally to him, Cromwell tells the story of getting one of his big breaks after hanging out with Joe Walsh one night, who asked him to play a few days later with him at KLOS Shoreline Amphitheatre. “My first gig with Joe Walsh was at this big radio festival in front of 20,000 people; we were supposed to rehearse, but we never did,” he says. “So my first gig with Joe Walsh was cold. And that took me to a whole new place in my career, and people started calling.”

Interested in more? To watch the interview click here

Written by Megabien
August 5, 2015

In honor of a career spanning more than 60 years, rock-and-soul great Sam Moore will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
The voice behind such hits as “I Thank You” and “Hold On I'm Coming" joins singer/songwriter Gregg Allman, composer John Barbe, producer John Huie, and numerous others to be inducted in a ceremony on Sept. 26 in Atlanta.

Moore catapulted to international fame as the lead voice of the 1960s duo “Sam and Dave”. The duo performed together for 20 years producing a string of hit albums. Especially the tune “Soul Man”, recorded in 1967, cemented their place in music history. After a storied career with his duo partner Dave Prater, Moore went on to enjoy a long solo career that lasts until today.

In 1992, Moore was inducted, along with the deceased Prater, into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame capping a career that included a Grammy, honors from the Vocal Music Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Moore is the recipient of the first ever MOBO Living Legends Honor. He also received the AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and a NARAS Hero Award in 2003.

Sam Moore celebrates his 80th birthday this coming October.

Written by Megabien
June 6, 2015

In memory of the great singer-songwriter and performer Billy Preston, who passed 9 years ago on June 6, 2006.

At a young age, acts like Little Richard, Mahalia Jackson or James Cleveland had a huge impact on Preston. He was then actually mentored by Ray Charles with whom he went to Germany in the early 60s. This is where he first met The Beatles, who were Ray Charles´s opening act. And as the story goes, a few years later Preston was named the Fifth Beatle as he performed on Let it Be, The White Album, Abbey Road, amongst others. Preston also played with the Rolling Stones, appeared regularly with Eric Clapton, and did the organ work on the greatest hits of Sly & the Family Stone. He can also be heard on albums by Neil Diamond or the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His last recorded live concert turned out to be at Megabien´s  TV show Legends Rock that was produced in the south of France.

Preston´s own hits include Nothing from Nothing, Will it Go Round in Circles, and You Are So Beautiful, which Joe Cocker turned into a global hit. He became the first act signed to Apple Records resulting into the album That's the Way God Planned It.

Billy was not only a spectacular, genius performer and songwriter who put everything into the music, but also a wonderful human being with a mile wide smile and open heart.

Written by Megabien