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Danny Amis

A message from Danny Amis

Dear Friends...

I can't thank you enough for your generosity.
Thanks to your help, and the upcoming benefit shows,
I no longer need to stress out over my medical bills. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Cancer in 2010.
This forced me to stop working and touring.
The type of cancer I've been told I have is called
"Multiple Myeloma", cancer of the bone marrow.
I was caught off guard without insurance, but thankfully was able
to obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act which
passed congress last year and for which I am eternally grateful.
Without that insurance I wouldn't have been able to get a necessary
procedure to save my life called a Stem Cell Transplant.
I underwent that procedure in May, and it seems to have been successful.
I now face a couple of months of recovery.

Your generosity has helped immensely, it's a very expensive procedure.
Unfortunately, high medical costs are something I'll have to face the rest of my life,
as this disease is incurable. I can only hope to knock it into remission for a while.
I'm going to leave this donation button up for those who still want to help.
Simply be aware that I'm not set up to accept tax-deductible donations.
Again, I can't thank you enough for your help!

That donation button is at Danny's website, as is a list of upcoming benefit shows including the one taking place at Maxwell's in Hoboken on June 29. The Raybeats, The Individuals, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley (of Yo La Tengo), The Schramms, and Tall Lonesome Pines all will play the NJ benefit for the sick member of the instrumental surf group Los Straitjackets. Tickets for the Hoboken show are on sale. Conan O'Brien is performing at the LA one which is also still on sale.

Los Straitjackets go on a very long tour of their own without Amis this summer. The tour stops at City Winery on June 23 and 24 with Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones. Tickets are available for both shows. It also hits Maxwell's on August 4 with Bill Kirchen. Tickets are on sale. All LS dates and benefit dates, below...

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Nick Lowe

[Nick Lowe] is a rarity in popular music: an artist who enjoyed a first flush of success as a younger man, then took time to reinvent himself, embracing his maturity and advancing age. "I think of my career in two halves," he said.

Back in the 80s, a realisation struck him about pop music: "If you were in your mid-30s (as he then was) you'd had it -- unlike jazz, for instance, or country-and-western. You couldn't be too old to be a blues singer. So I thought, well, I'll find a way to use the fact that I'm getting older, this thing that everyone tries to disguise and hide in the pop business. I'm going to shove it up front and use it as an advantage.

"The way I wanted to record myself, which I knew wasn't for everybody, I'd never get mainstream success, was for my records to have a certain under-produced, handmade quality to them."

These days, then, he deliberately foregrounds his own songs: "I'm anxious to have them covered," he said. "It's one way I earn my living. I like other artists to think: 'That's a good song, I could do it better than him.' [Telegraph UK]

Nick Lowe is playing shows across the US in October. He comes to NYC's City Winery for performances on October 13th (tix) and October 14th (tix). Both of those, and other dates, will be with classic country guitarist Bill Kirchen.

Some best-of videos of Lowe and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Nick Lowe - 2009 Tour Dates w/ Bill Kirchen (City Winery)"