3 Minute Record

"We learned more from a three minute record baby than we ever learned in school..." -from No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen

Filtering by Tag: The Blasters

Open Highway Festival kicks off tonight, runs through August 9th

Those of us here at 3minrecord.com are excited for the kickoff of the Open Highway Music Festival tonight at Off Broadway. In just three short years, the festival has expanded to five nights of shows at two different venues in St. Louis. We recently discussed the festival with John Henry on Episode 10 of our podcast which you can listen to here. Here is just a quick summary of each night's shows. So many nights of great music ahead of us this week. We hope to see you at every night!

Night One: Cory Chisel's Soul Obscura
Date: August 5, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $15 ($3 minor surcharge)

Night one brings Cory Chisel back to the Off Broadway stage with his new project, Cory Chisel's Soul Obscura. This night promises Stax-era soul music, and I cannot wait to see the band that Chisel has formed for this project. Come dance your booties off!

Night Two: The Baseball Project w/Water Liars
Date: August 6, 2014
Place: The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: 21+
Price: $15


Night two sees The Baseball Project make their return to The Duck Room. The Baseball Project consists of members of Dream Syndicate, The Minus 5, and some little band you may have heard of, R.E.M. The Baseball Project create well-crafted pop songs about the only sport that matters, baseball. Their performance back at Twangfest 15 was an extremely fun night and this appearance is not to be missed. St. Louis' own, Water Liars, open the show so you definitely want to get there before the show starts at 8.

Night Three: Sturgill Simpson w/The Dock Ellis Band and Brian Henneman and Kip Loui
Date: August 7, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $14 advance, $16 day of show ($3 minor surcharge)

If you are not familiar with Sturgill Simpson, you will be very soon. Simpson is blowing up with his latest release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. For the folks that have been waiting for country music to sound like country music, Simpson is your guy. Get on out and see this artist in a small club environment while you can. Opening the show will be the one and only Dock Ellis Band and Brian Henneman and Kip Loui. If you have not seen The Dock Ellis Band you truly are missing out on one of the finest bands St. Louis has to offer. Such a great mixture of humor, songwriting, and musicianship. Brian Henneman really needs no introduction in this town. Henneman has been writing, recording, and performing tunes with his band The Bottle Rockets for well over 20 years now. Those that caught Henneman and Loui opening for Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis recently at Off Broadway know what a great treat is in store for their set on this night.

Night Four: Justin Townes Earle w/Emily Wallace
Date: August 8, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7:30PM, show at 8:30PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $23 advance, $25 day of show ($3 minor surcharge)

Justin Townes Earle makes his way back to St. Louis for a highly anticipated show at Off Broadway on the fourth night of the festival. Although fans will be looking forward to hearing their favorite JTE songs on this night, there is the added excitement of hopefully hearing some of the new material from his upcoming release, Single Mothers. That record will be out on September 9, 2014 and is being released on Vagrant Records. Opening the show will be Emily Wallace, who John Henry said will be one of the St. Louis artists he expects to be doing big things very soon.

Night Five: Dave and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones w/Candye Kane
Date: August 9, 2014
Place: Off Broadway
Time: Doors at 7PM, show at 8PM
Ages: All ages
Price: $25 ($3 minor surcharge)

I should just get this out of the way before writing anything else about this show. I love Dave Alvin. I love The Blasters. I might be just a little excited for this show. The Blasters are a band I wish everyone knew about, and Dave Alvin is someone that I think everyone should go see live any chance they get. Dave and Phil started The Blasters in 1979, with Dave leaving for a solo career in 1986. Dave plays with The Blasters every once and a while, but it usually happens nowhere close to St. Louis, so this may be one of the few chances I ever get to see Dave and Phil on the same stage together. Add the fact that The Guilty Ones (Dave's current backing band) will be backing the brothers Alvin, and this will be an amazing night of music. The brothers are out on tour promoting their recent release, Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill BroonzyLooking at reviews and set lists from recent shows, attendees can look forward to hearing a lot of the Big Bill Broonzy material from the record mixed in with other blues covers and plenty of Blasters favorites. I really do not think I can stress how badly you should want to go to this show. Blues artist Candye Kane gets the night off to a rollicking start.

Such a great week ahead and a major tip of the hat goes to John Henry and Steve Pohlman for putting together such a great lineup. Head on over to www.offbroadwaystl.com to pick up tickets ahead of time to all the shows, they all look to be well attended so get those tickets before they are gone. See you there!

 

Play ball! Baseball inspired songs.

The Major League Baseball season kicked off in Australia on March 22-23 with games between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last night, the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres kicked off the season in the States. But around here, Opening Day is today as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, OH. Last year saw the Cardinals capture their nineteenth National League pennant and expectations are high going into the 2014 season.

I thought it would be fun to post some of my favorite baseball songs to celebrate today. I decided to stay away from any songs by The Baseball Project, just because that seemed it would be way too easy to pick. I have also included two songs on here that are not directly about baseball, but bring back baseball related memories. I also did not post any of the obvious choices such as "Take Me Out To The Ballgame", "Centerfield" by John Fogerty, and "Glory Days" by Bruce Springsteen, just to name a few.

I hope all the baseball fans out there enjoy this highly anticipated day and wish everyone's teams a good season. Let's get ready to "root root root for the home team" and I will see you down at the ballpark!

Stan The Man

It just wouldn't be right being from St. Louis and a huge Cardinals fan to make a post about baseball songs and not include this one. The greatest Cardinal ever and one of the best to have ever played, period. A legendary player and a legendary man. "The Man" was retired long before I was born, yet was one of my favorite players growing up. Probably had something to do with the fact that I was a lefty, as was Mr. Musial. I remember hearing this song in St. Louis Cardinals: The Movie as a kid and loved it. Still love it to this day.

"The Kid From Spavinaw" by Tom Russell

All to often we raise the superstars of the game to such a level we stop looking at them as being human. Mickey Mantle is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, but struggled with alcoholism throughout his life. Mantle has stated in interviews that he began drinking heavily to help cope with the pain when his father passed away at the early age of 40 from Hodgkin's disease. I love how this song is a tribute to one of the giants of the game, yet is done in a somber tone to reflect the struggle inside the man. Such a beautiful song.

"A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request" by Steve Goodman

It wouldn't be a baseball season in St. Louis without giving Cubs fans a little ribbing. Even better when the ribbing comes from a Cubs fan himself. Such a great, humorous take on what it must be like to be a Cubs fan. I'll just let these lines from the chorus finish my thought on this one. "When I was a boy they were my pride and joy, But now they only bring fatigue, To the home of the brave, The land of the free, And the doormat of the National League"

"America's Favorite Pastime" by Todd Snider

Todd Snider is an amazing songwriter. Todd Snider is also not one to shy away from talking about his recreational use of various substances. So is there really anyone better to write a song about Dock Ellis' no-hitter? Ellis threw the no-hitter on June 12, 1970 and later stated he did so under the influence of LSD. Such a fun song of an artist interpreting what it may have been like to be Dock Ellis on that fateful day.

"So Long Baby Goodbye" by The Blasters

Though this song is not specifically about baseball, it was used in one of the best baseball movies ever made, Bull Durham. You can hear this great Blasters tune in the movie during the montage where the Durham Bulls start their winning ways and play some good ball. And with a great tune like this as your background music, how could you not win?

"The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey

Another song not specifically about baseball, yet brings back baseball memories for me. This was played on St. Louis radio station KHTR, 103.3 FM, during the 1985 season. Cheesy on so many levels, yet such a completely awesome memory from childhood. Somewhere I still have a bumper sticker that was given away that year that says "The Heat Is On" with a Cardinals log on it. I really need to find that. Love the point where they add the "We are really red hot" soundbite towards the end.

So those are some of my favorite baseball related songs. How about you? Let us know in the comments!