Michael Houser was a founding member and lead guitarist of the band Widespread Panic. He appeared on 7 studio albums during his 16-year tenure with the band from 1986 till 2002 and he is featured on 4 live albums by Widespread Panic, as well as several archive releases, live video concerts and compilations. Michaels adolescent nickname was Panic due to his frequent panic attacks, Widespread Panics large rhythm section, and John Bells virtuosity as a rhythm guitarist, allowed Michael to pursue an atmospheric lead guitar style that often lingered behind the primary melodies. In 1996, during an acoustic tour known as the Sit and Ski tour, he was reminded of how much more comfortable, Houser returned to playing all shows seated in 1997. His playing style used a pedal for sonic effect, rather than just for volume control. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring of 2002, he died August 10 of that year, a solo album of his instrumentals entitled Door Harp was released after his death, and was followed by Sandbox in 2006.
He is survived by his wife Barbette and two children and Eva, Widespread Panic has continued to tour and record after Housers passing as was his wish. Houser played a discontinued Fender Telecaster Deluxe Plus and this guitar is a Telecaster body with Stratocaster hardware. Houser purchased his first Telecaster Deluxe Plus second hand in 1991, a guitar lasted him about five years, needing to be replaced cause sweated into so much. Fender made two custom-remake replacements with his preferred discontinued Firestorm finish, Houser didn’t like to use a whammy bar, preferring to pull up on the tail of the bridge instead. The mini switch is in between the volume and tone pots and this allows for a wider array of tones than a standard Telecaster. On most Telecasters, you can choose neck, bridge, or both pickups simultaneously, with the dual Reds in the bridge being splittable, you can choose neck, bridge dual, bridge single, or combinations of neck and dual bridge as well as neck and single bridge.
Housers signature sound was due to his use of Soldano SLO-100 Super Lead Overdrive Heads through a Mesa Boogie Quarterback 2x12 Cabinet. He played Medium Gauge DAddario Strings, - Flip Records 1997 To the Extreme - with Widespread Panic - American Recordings 2002 Crowd Around The Mic Vol.6 - with brute. - WNCW Records 2002 Live From Bonnaroo - with Widespread Panic - Sanctuary Records 2003 Carved In Stone - with Widespread Panic - Harvest Media Group
Ain't Life Grand (Widespread Panic album)
Aint Life Grand is the fourth studio album by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. The band held a CD release party at Smiths Olde Bar in Atlanta on August 28,1994 and it was first released to the public by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on September 6,1994. It would be re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group, on July 3,2014 the band announced that Aint Life Grand would be reissued on Vinyl in August,2014. The reissue will be distributed via ThinkIndie distribution and sold only at participating independent record stores, the band got minor airplay for their cover of Bloodkins Cant Get High, as well as their own Airplane. They performed the song Aint Life Grand at Morehouse College in Atlanta, the band begun rehearsing for the album by recording pre-recording sessions at John Keanes home studio like their first album, Space Wrangler. They were so pleased with the results that they decided to use the sessions for Aint Life Grand instead of going into the studio on a date with their producer Johnny Sandlin.
The album reached a position of #84 on the Billboard 200 chart. All songs by Widespread Panic except where otherwise noted. Little Kin –5,04 Aint Life Grand –4,48 Airplane –4,11 Cant Get High –3,49 Heroes –5,06 Raise the Roof –4,44 Junior –4,34 L. A
J. J. Cale
John Weldon J. J. Cale was an American singer-songwriter, recording artist and guitarist. He is considered to be one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, country, in 2008 he, along with Clapton, received a Grammy Award for their album, The Road to Escondido. John Cale was born on December 5,1938, in Oklahoma City and he was raised in Tulsa and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1956. As well as learning to play the guitar he began studying the principles of engineering while still living with his parents in Tulsa. After graduation he was drafted into service, studying at the Air Force Air Training Command in Rantoul. Cales knowledge of mixing and sound recording turned out to play an important role in creating the sound of his studio albums. Along with a number of other young Tulsa musicians, Cale moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, while living in Los Angeles he cut a demo single in 1966 with Liberty Records of his composition After Midnight. He distributed copies of single to his Tulsa musician friends living in Los Angeles.
In 1970, it came to his attention that Eric Clapton had recorded a cover of After Midnight on his album in 1970. As a result of this, it was suggested to Cale that he should take advantage of this publicity and his early use of drum machines and his unconventional mixes lend a distinctive and timeless quality to his work and set him apart from the pack of Americana roots music purists. In his 2003 biography Shakey, Neil Young remarked, Of all the players I ever heard, its gotta be Hendrix, in the 2005 documentary To Tulsa and Back, On Tour with J. J. Cale, Cales guitar style is characterized by Eric Clapton as really, really minimal and his biggest U. S. hit single, Crazy Mama, peaked at #22 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972. Cale declined when told he could not bring his band to the taping, Cale moved to California in 1980 and became a recluse, living in a trailer without a telephone. His 1983 album #8 was poorly received and he asked to be released from his contract with PolyGram, when asked how he had spent the 1980s he replied, Mowing the lawn and listening to Van Halen and rap.
Cale often acted as his own producer and session player and his vocals, sometimes whispery, would be buried in the mix. He attributed his unique sound to being a recording mixer and engineer, Because of all the now you can make music yourself. I started out doing that a time ago and I found when I did that I came up with a unique sound. His catalogue is published for the world excluding North America by independent music publishers Fairwood Music Ltd, Cale died at the age of 74 in La Jolla, California, on July 26,2013, after suffering a heart attack
Don't Tell the Band
Dont Tell the Band, is the seventh studio album released by the Athens, GA based band Widespread Panic. It was released on June 19,2001 in two forms, a disc and a double disc release. It was the release through the bands own label, Widespread Records. The album covered a variety of styles, from rock to Latin and grunge to soul. Randall Bramblett, a musician and member of Steve Winwoods touring band. Big Wooly Mammoth, a crowd favorite sung by John JoJo Herman, was finally brought to the studio for this release. Unknown at the time, this would be Michael Housers last studio album with Widespread Panic, track 1, Action Man, appears in its original instrumental form unlike the album version, which contains lyrics. The songs Action Man & Give appeared in the EA Sports video game NASCAR2001, the album reached a peak position of #57 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album reached a position of #12 on the Top Internet Albums chart. All songs by Widespread Panic unless otherwise noted, Widespread Panic John Bell - guitar, vocals John Hermann - keyboards, vocals Michael Houser - guitars, vocals Todd Nance - drums, vocals Domingo S
The performances of these bands typically feature extended musical improvisation over rhythmic grooves and chord patterns, and long sets of music that can often cross genre boundaries. The Grateful Dead continued to grow their fanbase in the half of the 1980s. Many of todays jam bands have brought widely varied genres into the scene. A jam band festival may include bands with electronic, folk rock, blues rock, jazz fusion, psychedelic rock, southern rock, progressive rock, acid jazz, hip hop, hard rock, and bluegrass sounds. The electronic trend has been led by bands as The Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Lotus, EOTO. Umphreys McGee, Assembly of Dust, The Heavy Pets and The Breakfast have carried on the rock sound mixed with exploratory jams. Members of the Grateful Dead have continued touring in different configurations as The Dead, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Phil Lesh and Friends,7 Walkers, Furthur. The contemporary jam scene has grown to encompass bands from a diversity of musical genres. Today the term includes some groups completely outside of rock, such as those playing world music, electronic music, progressive bluegrass.
By the late 1990s, the types of jam bands had so grown that the term became quite broad, some artists such as The Derek Trucks Band are known for resisting the jam band label. A unique feature of the jam band scene is fan taping or digital recording of live concerts, while many other styles of music term fan taping as illegal bootlegging, jam bands often allow their fans to make tapes or recordings of their live shows. Fans trade recordings and collect recordings of different live shows because improvisational jam bands play their songs differently at each performance, by the 2000s, as internet downloading of MP3 music files became common, downloading of jam band songs became an extension of the cassette taping trend. Archived jam band downloads are available at various websites, the most prominent ones being etree and the Live Music Archive, more bands have been distributing their latest shows online. In the 1980s, the Grateful Deads fan base included a core group which followed their tours from show to show.
These fans developed a sense of community and loyalty, in the 1990s, the band Phish began to attract this fan base. The term jam band was first used regarding Grateful Dead and Phish culture in the 1990s, Phish has become one of the largest listened to jam bands to this day. Phish has fans all over the world coming from many different age groups. In 1998 Dean Budnick wrote the first book devoted to the subject and he founded Jambands. com that year and he is often credited with coining the term
George McConnell is an American guitarist from Vicksburg, Mississippi who played for Widespread Panic, Kudzu Kings, and Beanland. He attended the University of Mississippi where he was in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, McConnell co-founded Beanland in Oxford, Mississippi in 1985 with guitarist Bill McCrory. After some early shuffling, the bands consisted of McConnell and McCrory on guitar, John Hermann on keyboards, Ron Lewis on bass. The band recorded a debut album in 1991 and toured extensively, mainly around the south and southwest. McConnell went on to play for years in the country rock band Kudzu Kings. Initially McConnell sat in for a few songs per show to add support to Housers playing, McConnell was named as the new lead guitarist in the band following Housers death in August 2002. McConnell served as Widespread Panics lead guitarist for four years from 2002–2006 and his last show with the band was July 30,2006, in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2008, McConnell began performing with a new band, George McConnell & The Nonchalants, McConnell is debuting his new batch of tunes exclusively via digital download on his new website http, //www. georgemcconnell. com.
In 2012, George McConnell was asked to fill in for guitarist John Neff for a series of shows for the Drive-By Truckers. On March 27,2014, George McConnell was the subject of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting television show, Oxford Sounds, the TV show was broadcast statewide on public television. George McConnell & The Nonchalants played three songs on the show, including A Thousand Things, Must Not Mind, and the Beanland classic Doretha, McConnell was interviewed by Cooters frontman Newt Rayburn
Widespread Panic (album)
Widespread Panic is the self-titled, second studio album by the Athens, Georgia-based band Widespread Panic. It was first released by Capricorn Records and Warner Bros. Records on July 30,1991 and it was re-released in 2001 by Zomba Music Group. The album will be issued on vinyl for the first time ever on July 29,2014, the vinyl-only reissue will be distributed via ThinkIndie distribution and sold only at participating independent record stores. The band had recorded material in September 1990 at producer/collaborator/friend John Keanes studio in Athens. Moms Kitchen, was never released because the band signed a six album deal with Capricorn Records in January 1991, recording of the album proper took place at Emerald Sound Studios, Kiva Studios, and Duck Tape Music Studio. The album features T Lavitz on keyboards and was produced by Johnny Sandlin, the band played the album in its entirety at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago on September 2,2009. All tracks written by Widespread Panic, except where noted, send Your Mind –3,00 Walkin –4,32 Pigeons –6,24 Mercy –6,51 Rock –5,10 Makes Sense to Me –3,13 C
Pedal steel guitar
The pedal steel guitar is a type of electric steel guitar that is built on legs or a stand and is fitted with foot pedals and knee levers which change the pitch of certain strings. The word steel comes from a piece of polished steel held against the strings and moved back, like other electric guitars, the musical instrument produces sound by the vibration of its strings which are converted by magnetic pickup connected to an amplifier. Pedal steels may have one or two necks that typically have 10 strings each, but may have as many as 14, unlike most other guitars, pedal steel guitars have reference lines on the fretboard where frets would be, but no actual frets. The player changes the pitch of one or more strings by sliding a metal bar from one position to another or vibrating them with a mechanical device, Pedal steels are typically plucked with a thumb pick and fingers, or two or three fingerpicks. The distinctive feature of pedal steel guitars are the namesake pedals as well as knee levers.
The pedals are mounted on a bar below the body. While there are fairly standard pedal assignments, many advanced players devise their own setups. The range of copedents that can be set up varies considerably from guitar to guitar, aftermarket modifications to make additional copedents possible are common. The pedal steel evolved from the steel guitar and lap steel guitar. Like the console steel, a pedal steel may have multiple necks, the pedal steel, with its smooth portamenti, bending chords and complex riffs, is one of the most recognizable and characteristic instruments of American country music. A pedal steel guitar is typically rectangular and has no specific resonant chamber or conventional guitar body and these are mounted on a stand and equipped with foot pedals and usually knee levers. Many models feature two necks, the nearer to the player most often using a C6 tuning and the farther away using an E9 tuning. The most common configuration is one or two necks of ten each, but eight-string and twelve-string necks are popular.
Three-neck instruments are less common than those with one or two, but are not unknown, the pedals and/or knee levers on the underside allow the performer to tighten or relax one or more strings in combination to specific tuned notes, changing the instruments tuning during performance. Several people have been credited with the innovation, the Hawaiian style of playing was very popular in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. To increase the volume of the guitar, a resonator cone was added by the Dopyera Brothers to create the resophonic guitar. By the 30s, the guitar body was abandoned for a flat slab of wood or metal and the addition of an electric pickup. It was the first electric guitar to achieve commercial success, several pioneering manufacturers of the electric guitar were first famous for their work on the more popular electric steel guitar, among them Adolph Rickenbacker, Paul Bigsby and Leo Fender
A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a keyboard. The most common of these are the piano and various keyboards, including synthesizers. Other keyboard instruments include celestas, which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and carillons, the term keyboard often refers to keyboard-style synthesizers. Another important use of the keyboard is in historical musicology. Particularly in the 18th century, the harpsichord, the clavichord, and the piano were in competition. Hence in a phrase like Mozart excelled as a player the word keyboard is usefully noncommittal. The earliest known keyboard instrument was the Ancient Greek hydraulis, a type of pipe organ, the keys were likely balanced and could be played with a light touch, as is clear from the reference in a Latin poem by Claudian, who says magna levi detrudens murmura tactu. Intent, that is “let him thunder forth as he presses out mighty roarings with a light touch”, from its invention until the fourteenth century, the organ remained the only keyboard instrument.
Often, the organ did not feature a keyboard at all, almost every keyboard until the fifteenth century had seven naturals to each octave. The clavichord and the harpsichord appeared during the 14th century—the clavichord probably being earlier, the harpsichord and clavichord were both common until widespread adoption of the piano in the 18th century, after which their popularity decreased. The piano was revolutionary, because a pianist could vary the volume of the sound by varying the vigor with which each key was struck. The pianos full name is gravicèmbalo con piano e forte meaning harpsichord with soft and loud but can be shortened to piano-forte, which means soft-loud in Italian. In its current form, the piano is a product of the late 19th century, in fact, the modern piano is significantly different from even the 19th-century pianos used by Liszt and Brahms. See Piano history and musical performance, keyboard instruments were further developed in the early twentieth century. Early electromechanical instruments, such as the Ondes Martenot, appeared early in the century and this was a very important contribution to the keyboards history.
Much effort has gone into creating an instrument that sounds like the piano but lacks its size, the electric piano and electronic piano were early efforts that, while useful instruments in their own right, did not convincingly reproduce the timbre of the piano. Electric and electronic organs were developed during the same period, more recent electronic keyboard designs strive to emulate the sound of specific make and model pianos using digital samples and computer models. Concerns celebrated keyboard players and the various instruments used over the centuries
It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by blues and blues and country music. Rock music drew strongly on a number of genres such as electric blues and folk. Musically, rock has centered on the guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar. Typically, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse-chorus form, like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis. Punk was an influence into the 1980s on the subsequent development of subgenres, including new wave, post-punk. From the 1990s alternative rock began to rock music and break through into the mainstream in the form of grunge, Britpop. Similarly, 1970s punk culture spawned the visually distinctive goth and emo subcultures and this trio of instruments has often been complemented by the inclusion of other instruments, particularly keyboards such as the piano, Hammond organ and synthesizers.
The basic rock instrumentation was adapted from the blues band instrumentation. A group of musicians performing rock music is termed a rock band or rock group, Rock music is traditionally built on a foundation of simple unsyncopated rhythms in a 4/4 meter, with a repetitive snare drum back beat on beats two and four. Melodies are often derived from older musical modes, including the Dorian and Mixolydian, harmonies range from the common triad to parallel fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions. Critics have stressed the eclecticism and stylistic diversity of rock, because of its complex history and tendency to borrow from other musical and cultural forms, it has been argued that it is impossible to bind rock music to a rigidly delineated musical definition. These themes were inherited from a variety of sources, including the Tin Pan Alley pop tradition, folk music and rhythm, as a result, it has been seen as articulating the concerns of this group in both style and lyrics. Christgau, writing in 1972, said in spite of some exceptions and roll usually implies an identification of male sexuality, according to Simon Frith rock was something more than pop, something more than rock and roll.
Rock musicians combined an emphasis on skill and technique with the concept of art as artistic expression, original. The foundations of music are in rock and roll, which originated in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Its immediate origins lay in a melding of various musical genres of the time, including rhythm and blues and gospel music, with country. In 1951, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing rhythm and blues music for a multi-racial audience, debate surrounds which record should be considered the first rock and roll record. Other artists with rock and roll hits included Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis
Michael Edward Mike Mills is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer who was a founding member of the alternative rock band R. E. M. Though known primarily as a bass guitarist, backing vocalist, and pianist, his repertoire includes keyboards, guitar. He contributed to a majority of the musical compositions. Michael Edward Mills was born in Orange County and moved to Macon, Mills met Bill Berry, who would be his bandmate in R. E. M. in Macon. Mills and Bill Berry started out in bands together, early projects included the band Shadowfax. Mills attended the University of Georgia in Athens, which is where R. E. M, in particular, R. E. M. s 2004 album Around the Sun was heavily shaped by Mills piano and keyboard contributions. In addition to providing backing vocals, he has sung lead vocals on the songs Texarkana, Near Wild Heaven, The Clique cover Superman. Mills said there is no possibility of an R. E. M, Mills described it as 31 wonderful years and the opportunity to end it on our own terms.
The band had been talking about disbanding since 2008, Mills continues to write music and perform with friends on various projects. In 2012, Mills contributed piano playing to a Record Store Day single released by Drive-By Truckers member, Patterson Hood, in protest of a Walmart development being built in Athens, Georgia. Mills is a member, along with Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Mills performs as part of singer-songwriter Joseph Arthurs band. On April 3,2014, while performing with musical guest Joseph Arthur, known as Big Stars Third, the concerts have taken place in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. A longtime Big Star fan, Mills wrote the notes for the 2014 reissue of the bands first two releases, 1972s #1 Record and 1974s Radio City. In 2016, he toured to support a Concerto for Violin, Rock Band,1984 – Hindu Love Gods – Gonna Have a Good Time Tonight/Narrator. as straight. Mills is a fantasy sports player, with interest in NFL, NBA. He is a fan of Georgia Bulldogs football, the University he attended in Athens, GA.
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