Music Tonight: Locals Shiny Old Soul, the eclectic, acoustic Folk/Jazz/Rock/Roots band formed by members of the Gregory Morris Group, is the Southgate House’s Artist in Residence for August, performing for free in Juney’s Lounge each Wednesday this month at 9 p.m. SOS will have various local and touring artists playing with them each week of the residency. Tonight, the band is joined by fellow local Folk/Pop crew Zella Whelms and New Orleans “Gypsy Folk” band Hurray For the Riff Raff (pictured), who have been featured on the N'awlins-based HBO series, Treme. Check Hurray out below in a clip of the group performing “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” the Hank Williams classic recorded at Cincinnati’s Herzog studio (in the same building as CityBeat’s world headquarters) over 60 years ago. (Beneath that, click to check out the video for the group’s original tune, “Bricks.")
• Popular Virginian Roots rockers Carbon Leaf are out supporting their latest live album the best way possible — by playing live, which is how the group originally built its now giant nationwide following. The band plays Oakley’s 20th Century Theater tonight on its current tour promoting Live, Acoustic … and in Cinemascope, the two-CD/one-DVD package the jammy, Americana-influenced band released in May.here and check out a clip from the Cinemascope collection below.
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for Aug. 3
On this day in 1971, since the other band he was in wasn’t doing anything anymore, Paul McCartney announced he was forming a new band — Wings — with his wife Linda. With Wings — which lasted a decade before calling it quits in 1981 — McCartney added several solid albums and songs to his already stellar discography, including “Jet,” “Junior’s Farm,” “Let Em In” and “Live and Let Die.” Sir Paul has been playing those Wings tunes and more on his current tour, which comes to Cincinnati tomorrow. There are still lots of good seats available for the first big concert event ever at Great American Ballpark, from Tickets.com, as well as some of those online ticket-scalping sites.
Born This Day: Musical folks with an Aug. 3 birthday include popular vocalist/performer Tony Bennett (1926); the man who gave ’70s Latin Funk band War its low-ridin’ low end, bassist B. B. Dickerson (1949); aerobic stand-up bassist for Rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats, Lee Rocker (1961); Metallica singer/grunter/guitarist James Hetfield (1963); late South African Reggae artist Lucky Dube (1964); and Post Punk and Industrial music legend (thanks to stints with Public Image Limited, Killing Joke and Ministry, as well as his own amoebic supergroup Pigface), drummer Martin Atkins (1959).
Atkins’ Pigface was formed while Ministry was touring in 1990 and its “revolving-door” membership resulted in some seriously diverse recordings. Pigface has had hundreds of artists in its ranks since forming, which probably still puts them behind Guns ’N Roses and Menudo in the race to become the musical group to feature the most ex-members. Pigface alumni include Flea, Frank Black, Tool’s Danny Carey, Steve Albini, Genesis P-Orridge, Lydia Lunch, Jello Biafra, Dean Ween, former Cincinnati musician (Roundhead, Afghan Whigs) Barb Hunter, Faster Pussycat’s Taime Downe, all three ladies from Shonen Knife, famous “band aid” Cynthia Plaster Caster and Trent Resnor, who later re-recorded and fleshed out his Pigface contribution, “Suck" (which he sang), on 1992’s Broken by his day-job band, Nine Inch Nails. Listen to both versions below.