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CANDLEBOX DISAPPEARING IN AIRPORTS

Photo Courtesy: Pavement Records

Photo Courtesy: Pavement Records

After four years, Candlebox recently released its sixth project, Disappearing in Airports, but it went about things differently this time.  The CD showcases the group’s introspective and poetically candid songwriting with their signature musical immediacy. 

Since it was announced in July 2015 that longtime guitarist Peter Klett and drummer Scott Mercado were amicably departing Candlebox, the Seattle group hit the studio with two new guitarists: Mike Leslie and Brian Quinn (formerly of Octane).  And it purposely limited its time in the studio.

“We knew that if we limited ourselves, it would force the creative nature of the band,” singer Kevin Martin tells Billboard. “[Former Pearl Jam drummer] Dave [Krusen], [bassist] Adam [Kury] and myself have played together for years and written umpteen songs together, so we knew what we were capable of.” 

The band formed with a recommitment to creating music that is “pissed and urgent”, as well as bringing a new energy to the live show is at this record’s core.  And that’s how the revamped lineup knocked out four songs in the first day and recorded the whole album in just 13 days.

“I discussed it with Adam and Dave that if we just forced ourselves to be creative and allow the songs to open themselves up to us, I think we’d have a great shot at getting the songs we need to get done done, and then we could spend some time working on maybe writing some stuff in the studio,” continues Martin.  “That was the process going in: ‘Let’s not overthink things, let’s not overcomplicate the songs.  We know what we’re capable of.  Let’s see what Brian and Mike can bring to the mix.’  And they brought greatness, in my opinion.”

JENNIFER NETTLES PLAYS WITH FIRE

Photo Courtesy: Big Machine Records

Photo Courtesy: Big Machine Records

Grammy-winning artist, Jennifer Nettles is returning to musical home base with the May 13 release of her second solo album, Playing With Fire.

“I am so proud of this record,” Nettles said in a release.  “I can’t wait to share it with my fans and hear their reactions.  It is a ton of sass and emotion and fun.” 

Playing With Fire was produced by Dann Huff and includes the Sugarland singer’s songwriting collaborations with Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Jessie Jo Dillon and Lori McKenna.  The album’s first single Unlove You was co-written with Clark and Nettles recently said, “It offers a different kind of emotional stirring to perform it than it does to write it or to hear it actualized in a recording than it does to perform it.  For example, each of them offer something really special, but when you hear it all together, and I’m able to listen to it as a listener as well, it does offer a different power when it’s fully realized.”

Currently, alongside Clark and others, Nettles is currently on a 30+ city trek across the U.S. and Canada for the CMT 2016 Next Women Of Country Tour.

ERIC CLAPTON STILL DOES

Photo Courtesy: Bushbranch/Surfdog Records

Photo Courtesy: Bushbranch/Surfdog Records

On May 20, Eric Clapton will put out his 23rd solo album, I Still Do.

The singer teamed with producer Glyn Johns, who has previously worked with the Rolling Stones, Eagles, Led Zeppelin and the Who and on Clapton’s own 1977 LP Slowhand, with hits such as Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight and Lay Down Sally.

“This was a long and overdue opportunity to work with Glyn Johns again, and also, incidentally, the 40th anniversary of Slowhand,” Clapton said in a statement.

Some of the songs on I Still Do are Clapton originals.  The musicians on the record include many who have worked with Clapton in the past, including drummer Henry Spinetti, bassist Dave Bronze, guitarist Andy Fairweather Low and organist Paul Carrack, among others.

At age 70, it’s uncertain how much Slowhand has left in the tank.  Long considered one of the greatest guitarist of all-time, Clapton was recently ranked second (behind Jimi Hendrix) in Rolling Stone‘s poll of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Like many musicians of his generation, Clapton has toured extensively throughout his career and recently hinted at curtailing his touring due to the “unbearable” demand of the road.

In 2014, he admitted to Uncut magazine that he is considering wrapping up life on the road.

“There are tons of things I’d like to do, but I’m looking at retirement too,” Clapton told the magazine.  “What I’ll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio.  I don’t want to go off the boil to the point where I’m embarrassing myself.” 

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Local Vibe

CHICAGO MOB

The Chicago Mob came together in 2009 as a funky, danceable blues and Motown band that really knows how to have a great time. They play everything from the Doobie Brothers to Robert Johnson’s Sweet Home Chicago, and give audiences one heck of a “Mob” shake down.  Funk with the Mob on:

– May 13: 6:30 pm at La Grotta Italian Grill in Fort Myers, FL.

– May 15 & 22: 12 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.

– May 20: 7 pm at Sandy Parrot in Fort Myers, FL.

THE YARD DOG CHARLIE

Boogie to what they call “Florida’s Swamp Music” with one of Southwest Florida’s greatest entertainers, Yard Dog Charlie.  Mixing blue grass music, country, Cajun, rock, blues, and more, Charlie makes sure no one is left without a smile thanks to his unique sound.  Dance to Florida’s Swamp Music on:

– May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: 3 – 6:30 pm at Three Fishermen in North Fort Myers, FL.

– May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: 6 pm at Woody’s Waterside St. James City, FL.

– May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: 6 pm at Anthony’s on the Blvd. in Cape Coral, FL.

– May 5, 12, 19, 26: 5:30 pm at Bayside Grille in Fort Myers Beach, FL.

– May 6, 13, 20, 27: 6 pm at Island Café on the Bay in Cape Coral, FL.

– May 14: 8:30 am at Cape Coral Farmers Market in Cape Coral, FL.

GYPSY LANE

Gypsy Lane is one of Southwest Florida’s most entertaining party bands.  With everything from reggae to Motown, funk to dance, this band is composed of nothing but the best.  The group has backed musicians such as The Village People, Ritchie Family, Patti La Belle and many more.  Jam with Gypsy Lane on:

– May 20 & 21: 9 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.