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The next leg of Graham Parker's US tour begin's tomorrow in Chicago! If you're in Chicago tomorrow night, see Graham perform at City Winery - he's been selling out venues across the country...don't miss this! Event here - https://tinyurl.com/y3qj9qxu
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Story time! Announcing Stories from Storytown at Caveat. Hosted by Storytown bandleader Guy Story, this bimonthly series will mix storytelling with live music from the band Storytown. Each storyteller will share their personal experiences in NY’s music scene over the years. And Guy’s band Storytown will play live in between the stories – new songs as well as songs from their debut album Welcome to Storytown. It’s a variety show of sorts about music in NY, then and now, intimate and personal.

Buy tickets here: https://www.caveat.nyc/event/storytown-5-1-2019

Check out their Youtube Video here too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofWwpZXFOjY&feature=youtu.be
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Did you catch Captain Kirk Douglas in Rolling Stone last month? Mark your calendars for May 24th, the release of his first solo album, Turbulent Times, under the moniker Hundred Watt Heart.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/the-roots-captain-kirk-douglas-turbulent-times-solo-album-810853/
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Thanks to everyone in the UK who has supported their local independent record shop by purchasing a copy of Squeezing Out Sparks - Solo Acoustic 40th Anniversary on limited edition blue vinyl for Record Store Day!

There are a very small number of unsold copies which will be available online next week. Fans in America will be able to order these copies. An announcement about that will be posted later this week.

The album is now out on digital services, listen on Spotify at the below link.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6NllQLQo2TSzV85Bdu0yTs?si=Cv4HadaKSYGkeuovHQCIPA
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It's a terrible irony that it should be today - Record Store Day - that I have to tell you how shocked and saddened I am to hear of the death in Los Angeles of my dear friend Gary Stewart. I don't think I ever met anyone from any record company who was as passionate about the music they put out as Gary was.

I first met him in the 1980s, when he worked for Rhino Records, an indie label that had grown out of the LA record store where Gary worked. His speciality was putting together CDs by artists that had been overlooked by pop history. Whenever I came to LA, he'd have a double CD retrospective of Johnny Rivers to give me, or an Elvis Costello bootleg. My own CD of obscurities 'Reaching to the Converted' was one of his projects - he came up with the title too.

He was also very active in progressive grassroots politics. He worked, among other causes, with LAANE, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, working on crucial initiatives like the city's Living Wage Ordinance. Whenever I was in town, he'd give me a briefing on local issues and usually bring half a dozen activists to meet me after the show.

I saw him in February at the Troubadour Club. He'd been instrumental in getting the city council to declare 22nd February as 'Billy Bragg Day'. It was a huge honour for me and it made him smile.

His passing will be deeply mourned by the LA progressive community and by all those in the record industry who genuinely love music.
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My skiffle documentary is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer for the next month

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