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The Bastards of Rock and Rotten Records: Confused Little Girl’s Record Deal

On June 8, 2011, Rotten Records announced that they would be signing with the Orlando band Confused Little Girl. Rotten Records supports and is home to at least 33 extreme metal and hardcore acts. Confused Little Girl is among the newest to sign a contract with them.

Though this is the first record deal for Confused Little Girl, it is not their first album. The band previously recorded three albums, according to Orange Amps. Their most recent album, Southern Gentlemen, was released on January 22, 2011, and they sold-out their CD release show for that album at the Social in Orlando, FL. The band’s website confirms that the first album that Rotten Records will release will be the rerelease of Southern Gentlemen. The album will be available this September.

To promote their new album, Confused Little Girl is teaming up with Swamp Sitters for the Behold the Broken Eardrums Tour. According to their website and sister fanbridge site, the tour will have over 200 stops. The tour will commence in July with 20 East Coast dates. The dates and venues of the first leg of the tour, borrowed from their site, can be viewed below.

Source: Confused Little Girl's official page (www.bastardsofrock.com)

Confused Little Girl is made up of four musicians who consider themselves a “deep fried southern swamp rock band.” They formed in 2005 and have toured throughout much of the continental United States. They have opened for underground rock acts such as Stinking Lizaveta, Artimus Pyledriver, Alabama Thunderpussy, Dark Castle, Abdullah, Earthride and more. They have also performed at the House of Blues and Hard Rock Live, as well as on the radio, including Orlando’s 1041 FM WTKS and 101.1 FM WJRR.

Their album Southern Gentlemen includes 12 tracks, which can be viewed on Music Bay.  (The songs are no longer available for download, as they will soon be available from Rotten Records.) The themes of their music include drinking whiskey, murder, and selling your soul to Satan. One review of the album (by Jake Ball and Bill Goodman of The Soda Shop) called their music “heavy in all the senses that one would expect.” The authors described the songs as “catchy and have you nodding your head in unison to the rifts.”

Their music can be previewed on their website.

Musicians for Tuscaloosa: Local Musicians Coming to the Aide of Alabama’s Tornado Victims

It may take many years for tornado torn areas in Alabama, such as the city of Tuscaloosa, to rebuild. In the weeks since the April 27th tornado outbreak, efforts have been taken to help the victims recover.

All over Alabama, local artists have become frontrunners in the efforts to raise money for tornado relief. Through their music, they help encourage others to donate to the cause so that Alabama can begin to rebuild.

The below video, a collaboration of four R&B/hip-hop artists (a2z, Silent D, Michael Battito, and Kadesh) is one such example of the efforts of local musicians. They wrote and performed this song and put together the video. According to the information they provide, all proceeds from downloads of this 99 cent song will go toward relief efforts in Tuscaloosa.

Keith Moody at the Rocking for the Red Cross in Montgomery, AL

Alabama songwriter/singer Keith Moody organized the Rocking for the Red Cross Benefit, a 3 concert tour which began in Nashville, TN on May 19th. Two following shows were held in Montgomery, AL on May 22nd and Fairhope, AL on May 30th. The latter two shows featured Alabama natives. At the Fairhope show, Keith Moody told MSNBC that, “We raised $3,000 in Montgomery, $1,200 in Nashville … Hopefully, if we can get anywhere between that, I would love to match the total so far.”

According to his website, the benefit has raised over $4,000 so far, although there has been no confirmation on an exact amount.

This past Friday, June 7th, Buffalo Wild Wings in Trussville, AL, held a benefit concert featuring four bands from around the Birmingham area. Recovery Alabama reports that 100% of the proceeds from food and alcohol sales would be donated to the tornado relief. This event, hosted by Erica with Erica Soulshine, also included the sale of t-shirts designed by Natalya Spicker and signed by the bands, and face painting for the kids, as well as text-based scavenger hunt and a raffle.

An American flag is attached to a tree in a tornado ravaged area of Eclectic. / Amanda Sowards Advertiser

Perhaps the largest benefit concert in Alabama to date has been the Roll Tide Relief Benefit Show, held in Tuscaloosa, AL, the city most damaged by the April 27th tornadoes. From 2 P.M. on June 4th until 2 A.M. on June 5th, 50 local bands performed at 5 venues in Tuscaloosa. For $10, music lovers could purchase a wristband and visit as many shows as they desired. 100% of the proceeds went to the United Way of West Alabama.

The amount of money raised for the benefit was not made immediately available.

A group of University of Alabama students and local community members organized the event to help raise the money to rebuild their city. The event organizer, Anne Miles Wilkerson, told Ben Flanagan of al.com, “As residents of Tuscaloosa who were here during the storm, we are in awe of the amazing generosity and compassion of this city and cannot wait to enjoy the day with our friends and neighbors.”

(RTR Promotions)

Like the community, the musicians were also eager to help out in any way they could. At the Rocking for the Red Cross Benefit show in Montgomery, the owner of the Rock Bottom Pub, where the event was held, told The Local Scene that he had to stop calling musicians because too many were agreeing to come perform.

At the Roll Tide Relief show, local musician Blaine Duncan (frontman for Blaine Duncan and the Lookers) told Ben Flanagan that, “soon after the tornado struck and the realization set in across the community that a lot of people were in need, our bass player, Kendall Rich, said to me, ‘If there’s any kind of benefit, I’d be willing to play it.’”

He added that, “Priority number one is to get everyone back on their feet, which I hope this benefit accomplishes.”

Indeed, that seems to be sentiment of many local musicians who are singing their hearts out to help the victims of these tornadoes.

It will be a long time before things return to normal in Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama that were affected by the tornadoes. But thanks to the support of so many wonderful musicians, the venues that support them, and the wonderful people of Alabama, there has been a positive start to the rebuilding efforts.

Grooving along with Motor Gruve

BAND: MOTOR GRUVE

GENRE: ROCK

VENUE: IT’LL DO TAVERN, MONTGOMERY, AL

For some reason, it comes as a surprise to people that my favorite genre of music is hard rock. Sure, I like most genres, including orchestral. (I’m still debating whether I prefer Mozart or Tchaikovsky.) But there is something about the hard, fast drumbeats and the shredding and quick chord progressions on the guitars, coupled with that deep, throaty tenor, that sends something primitive in me to dancing. It doesn’t hurt any that I’m in love with the sound of the guitar, be it electric, acoustic, or bass.

When I was invited to hear Motor Gruve at the It’ll Do Tavern here in Montgomery, I leapt at the opportunity.

I know I complain about cover bands sometimes. Okay, a lot. It’s mostly because I was spoiled by the bands in St. Augustine, most of whom played mostly  originals. But I will admit that, when a cover band is good, damn is it good!

And Motor Gruve? They were pretty damn smoking hot!

They had the right look, the right sound, the right energy. They are one of those bands who know how to feed off the crowd and really make them get their butts out of their seats and dance. They do it without having to tell the audience, or cajole them, to get up by the stage. Their music, and how they perform it, does the work for them.

I will add this about local musicians in Alabama (well, the ones I met in St. Augustine, too!). I have seen very few who aren’t good down-to-earth great guys (and girls), and who aren’t an absolute blast to hang out with, even when they’re not playing. Alabama musicians, I (almost) hate to admit it, but you all are turning me on to cover bands.

And hey, don’t worry if you missed out on Motor Gruve when I went. They have an upcoming show this Friday, June 10th, at the Blue Iguana in Prattville (a pretty awesome venue) and another on June 24th at Club Rewind (another nice small-town feel bar, just a little bigger than the It’ll Do Tavern, and practically right next door) in Montgomery. Go check them out!

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Local Music in the Community

So, what else is going on in the music scene in Montgomery? It may seem like all that’s happening are bands playing at bars, but I assure you, that is just the beginning. The Montgomery Advertiser provides a pretty good source for some of the other events going on in Montgomery this week.

This past Thursday (today as I’m writing this), June 2nd, the local Guitar Center store had its finals for the fifth annual King of the Blues contest. Local musicians competed to reach the semi-finals (with aim for the national finals) to discover the next great blues guitarist. Five lucky hopefuls from across the country will be chosen to perform at the King of Blues finals at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, where they will play alongside Warren Haynes before a panel of celebrity judges.

Pete Anderson

The musicians are competing for over $50,000 in prizes, which includes studio time with Grammy Award winning producer Pete Anderson. (Photo courtesy of guitarcenter.com)[1]

This Saturday, June 4th, several local bands and performers will be performing at the Union Station Train Shed in downtown Montgomery. Musicians will include Wishbone, Dr. Feelgood, Jessica Williams, Mac Cone, and David Jackson.

This family friendly event (BYOC or “Bring Your Own Chair”) will begin at 6 pm and last until approximately 10pm. A percentage of the ticket sales will be donated to The Women of Hope, a charity that offers counseling and support for breast cancer patients. More information can be found on Facebook via “BYOC/Wishbone.” [2]

Did you know that, for just $10, you could get a CD version of Hail the Titans’ soon to be released album, signed by the band? Or for $500, you could get the band to not only perform at your house, but to also cook you dinner? Want a hand-decorated didgeridoo? A donation of $175 could get you that and more!

The Montgomery-based instrumental progressive rock band, Hail the Titans, has set up this clever campaign strategy to raise money for their debut album, “Hymns of Mare Nostrum.” Information can be found at http://www.facebook.com/HailtheTitans or at http://www.indiegogo.com/HailtheTitans.

Their Facebook page allows you to demo their music. It is quite brilliant and very unique.  Check it out! And once you fall in love with their amazing sound, as I have, make sure you donate so that you, too, can get a piece of their talent. I, for one, would love to get my hands on that didgeridoo… [3]

Don’t forget that Kanye Twitty has their official debut show this Friday, June 3rd, at the Rock Bottom American Pub! Also playing this Friday, at Club Rewind, is Mama Said! Be at one, be at the other, or hop from one to the other (both are on the Eastern Blvd!). Just be sure to be there!

Well, that’s it for this week’s exciting news in local music. Stay tuned for more!

[1] http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20110531/GO/110531015/Guitar-Center-s-King-Blues-Montgomery-store-final-take-place-Thursday

[2] http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20110518/GO/110518025/COLUMNISTS

[3] http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20110531/GO/110531024/Montgomery-based-instrumental-band-want-cook-dinner-you