One of Cincinnati’s finest Indie acts ever, the brilliant Bad Veins, has split in two. At the end of January, BV’s singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/“programmer” Benjamin Davis took to the group’s website to announce that co-founding member, drummer Sebastien Schultz, has decided to “move on from his time with Bad Veins.”
Schultz — previously the drummer for local Indie rockers Cathedrals — had been a member of Bad Veins since almost the very beginning; Davis’ first Bad Veins show was a solo affair opening for late Cincy duo wil-o-ee. As the pair told me for a 2008 CityBeat cover story, Schultz was at the show (though he left early) and joined shortly after. He’s played on all of BV’s releases, including the most recent LP, The Mess We’ve Made, and toured extensively with Davis for the past five-plus years.
Thankfully for BV fans, this is not the end of the group. “The show must go on!” Davis said in his post, expressing excitement for Bad Veins’ future.
“I’m going to use this opportunity to do something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and take Bad Veins in a bigger direction, adding other members, bass, keyboard etc.,” Davis wrote.
We had heard rumblings about the “split” prior to last month’s Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. Davis ended up opening the ceremony solo (with taped backing), closing his set with a great, orchestral version of The Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection.” (The CEA show was filmed and will be airing locally on cable; a special, limited-edition DVD will also be available — stay tuned.)
Davis has quickly made it clear he isn’t putting Bad Veins to bed while he reconfigures — just last weekend, he performed with a guest musician on a couple of sold-out dates with local RCA recording artists Walk the Moon.
Bad Veins is booked to make its first appearance in Cincinnati since Davis’ announcement — an all-ages show presented by the Counter Rhythm Group this Saturday at Rohs Street Cafe in Clifton Heights, joining excellent Indie Rock trio PUBLIC and the always dazzling The Ridges from Athens, Ohio. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 (available in advance through CincyTicket.com).
Brian Olive Gets Grammy Love
Akron, Ohio’s Dan Auerbach and The Black Keys were The Grammys’ big story this year, winning five trophies, the most of any artist. While the Keys won the Grammys for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, Auerbach scored two solo Grammys for his production work, winning the trophy for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) and also winning one for producing Dr. John’s Locked Down, the Blues Album winner.
Grammys for album winners are usually given to the producers, engineers, mastering engineers and artists, so hopefully Cincinnati’s Brian Olive will receive one for his extensive work on the LP. Auerbach — who has produced albums by both Olive and Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers — enlisted Olive (an original member of Cincinnati’s Greenhornes) to work on the Dr. John album. Olive has songwriting credits on every track on Locked Down, and he’s also credited with playing guitar, percussion and woodwinds, as well as providing background vocals.
Olive is currently working at his local studio on the follow up to his great 2011 full-length (and Cincinnati Entertainment Award winner for “Album of the Year”), Two of Everything, which was produced by Auerbach, as well. (brianolive.net)
WNKU Announces ‘Studio 89’ Lineup
Northern Kentucky independent radio outlet WNKU (89.7 FM; wnku.org) announced the upcoming season of its great in-studio concert series, Studio 89. As usual, the lineup is a solid mix of local acts and national (and international) artists. Studio 89 begins airing this Monday, live at 7 p.m.
Monday’s season-opener features local Blues rockers the Kelly Richey Band, which recently relaunched with a new lineup that includes bass superstar Chris “Freekbass” Sherman. Richey’s new album, Sweet Spirit (featuring Sherman’s first recorded appearance with the group), is set for release on March 19. Local fans will get an early listen if they attend the local release party for the album March 1 at Legends Nightclub in Cheviot.
The rest of the local artists on the Studio 89 schedule include former Uncle Six frontman and current singer for Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (Feb. 25), local singer/songwriter whose film acting debut was featured in Sundance fave, I Used To Be Darker, Kim Taylor (April 1) and Oxford-based singer Lisa Biales, joined by Ricky Nye and The Parisians (April 22). For the full lineup, visit wnku.org.
Studio 89 welcomes fans to watch performances, held at NKU’s Digitorium in Griffin Hall, for free (a $5 donation is suggested). There is limited seating; fans can sign up Tuesday-Thursday before each Monday performance for a chance at seats. Details are available at wnku.org.
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