June 6, 2014

In memory of the great singer-songwriter and performer Billy Preston, the "Fifth Beatle", who passed 8 years ago on June 6, 2006.

At a young age, acts like Little Richard, Mahalia Jackson or James Cleveland had a huge impact on him. 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 the opening act, and as the story goes Preston was the one who made sure they got fed. Some years later Preston was named the Fifth Beatle as he played keys on Let it Be, The White Album, Abbey Road, amongst others. But he also played on the Rolling Stones's hit Miss You, appeared regularly with Eric Clapton, and did the organ work on the greatest hits of Sly & the Family Stone. More recently, he can be heard on albums by Neil Diamond and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His last recorded live concert was in 2004 at Megabien´s Legends Rock TV show in the south of France.

Preston´s own hits includ 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 thanks to George Harrison 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
March 23, 2014
Billy Peterson is getting ready for several projects at George Benson´s old recording studio "Lahaina Sound" in Hawaii, now known as Maui Recording, together with producer/engineer Lynn Peterson.

For some of the recording projects Peterson will be joined by Mick Fleetwood (from Fleedwood Mac), Sam Ahia (native Hawaiian guitarist), and others.

Look out also for live performances on the islands, Hawaii and Mauii.

Written by Megabien
March 3, 2014
On Friday, March 14th the Bridge Series at Jazz Central in Minneapolis features the "Peter Schimke Group".
Piano giant Peter Schimke will be filling the air with jazzy warmth, accompanied by such talented Twin Cities´ musicians as Brandon Wozniak on saxophone, Zacc Harris on guitar, Graydon Peterson on bass, and Pete Hennig on drums.
The Bridge Series is a new series, aimed to bridge the gap that the AQ’s closing has left, assembling a different cast of fantastic musicians each Friday evening.
When:     March 14th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where:     Jazz Central, 407 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis
Further Info:     www.jazzcentralstudios.org
Written by Megabien
Februray 15, 2014
Ricky Peterson is currently on tour with Robben Ford in Europe, where they present Ford´s latest record “A Day In Nashville".

As the album´s title hypothesizes, the record has been entirely produced in Nashville in last November. Apart from Ricky Peterson on keys, Ford´s band also comprises Brian Allen on bass and Wes Little on drums. Ford was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by the Musician magazine.

A great album with an outstanding rhythm section not to miss out for any blues music fan.

Written by Megabien
February 13, 2014
Doug Pettibone, who has been wowing audiences with Lucinda Williams and John Mayer for years, officially released his new solo record "Gone" on Tuesday February 4th, 2014.  From the opening fuzz rock tones of "Love Sick" to the closing rolling blues of "Baby What You Want Me to Do" this album takes its listener on a diverse journey with dirty stunt rock licks, tender pedal steel, haunting harmonies, ... . The record includes also contributions of artists such as singer songwriter Lucinda Williams or Chris Pierce, who are adding tasty backing vocals.

Gone is the guitarist´s second solo album after "The West Gate", which was released in July of 2006.

Written by Megabien