Archive for August, 2012

THE PLEASE PLEASE ME

Posted in Kickstarter, Please Please Me with tags , on August 27, 2012 by damngoodtunes

JESSIE TORRISI & THE PLEASE PLEASE ME band from Austin Texas need your help!

Jessie in the recording studio

Jessie Torrisi has been a contributing writer for Damn Good Tunes since 2008 and is also an exciting and original performing artist. In fact, we don’t think there is anyone on the planet quite like Jessie! Her band follows suit with total originality and style and they refuse to be bordered or caged with a genre. Please follow the link provided here to see the video and find out how you can help Jessie Torrisi and the Please Please Me!

 WATCH JESSIE NOW !

 

 

 

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Canadian Country Music to the DGT!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 26, 2012 by damngoodtunes

    Photo by Suzanne Sagmeister Photography Damn Good Tunes is happy to announce the arrival of Countrified, a new section of our magazine where only the latest Canadian Indie Country music will be found. Countrified has been around for several years and, not unlike DGT strives to help unsigned and independent artists to gain the publicity and recognition they deserve. Some of the best artists in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Country have come from Canada and although many Americans thought that Superstars like Rush, Anne Murray, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive and even Ian Tyson were their own native sons and daughters of music, they were all from our beautiful neighboring Canada! So it is without question that much of the perceived “ American “ music scene is actually home-grown in the neighboring north of our shared continent and we are grateful to be able to bring you, our readers from all over the globe, some of the very best new Canadian Country music now via Countrified. In this issue today! COUNTRIFIED IN  DAMN GOOD TUNES NOW !

Michael Grimm

Posted in America's Got Talent, Bill Medley, Michael Grimm, MIssissippi with tags , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2012 by damngoodtunes

Seasoned guitarist and lead-vocalist with eleven years experience on the Las Vegas strip, Michael Grimm had been playing six nights a week in some of the finest Hotels and Casinos such as Ceasars’ Palace. Although seldom mentioned while vying for the title in America’s Got Talent, Michael actually had been a professional musician / entertainer since he was just twelve years old, playing in bars and clubs in his hometown and neighboring communities. He auditioned for the show in 2009 and didn’t get very far but he was determined and coaxed by family and friends to give it another shot in 2010. And we are grateful that he did just that, for Michael Grimm stepped onto that stage with just an acoustic guitar and, perched upon a bar stool sang a rendition of the classic “ You Don’t Know Me “ made famous by artists such as Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. The entire audience was on their feet when the lights went back up and all three judges were completely blown away, oozing rivers of compliments to a misty-eyed Michael Grimm. Instantly, Michael won the hearts of millions of viewers who would remain glued to their seats with their voting hands on their smart-phones, ready to propel him within a matter of weeks to the top, which incidentally made Grimm one million dollars richer! This summer I was fortunate to spend part of an afternoon over the phone with Michael, and in a laid-back fashion he and I just talked about music, guitars, show-biz and life as though we’d known each other for half our lives.

Here is an excerpt from that discussion where we discuss his friendship with the legendary Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers:

Damn Good Tunes:  Now you’ve also done extensive work with Bill Medley, who of course is famous in his solo career but as one-half of the Righteous Brothers. Tell me what it’s like to work with him and further, to hang out with Bill. I mean he’s got more fire and passion in one little finger than some people have in their entire bodies!
Michael Grimm: Man, I will tell you what; I admire that about Bill. He’s a big supporter of younger generation music. His daughter, McKenna Medley is a great singer-songwriter herself. I was playing at the Big Apple lounge at New York NY and Bill came out there with his wife, son and daughter to see me play about five years ago. That night he sat in with the band and I have just become very close with Bill and his family. Prior to that night he called me one day out of the blue and said hey Mike, this is Bill Medley. At that point I really didn’t put two and two together and just thought it was some other guy from town. I didn’t really hear Medley and you know, it’s not every day you get a call from Bill Medley. And he says “I like your song and I’d like to record it and I’d like to meet up with you. You sound good kid! “. I’ve just become well acquainted with him since then and been to his houses many times in Newport and in Branson and I’ve worked with his band. He’s been quite an inspiration to me and he’s always calling, finding out what I’m doing and what he can do for me. Bill is just a one-of-a-kind guy.
Damn Good Tunes: That’s so good to hear Michael because I’ve been a fan of his and of course Bobby Hatfield all my life. It was a sad day when Bobby passed away in 2003, but it’s great that Bill has been able to keep it going, keeping it fresh and creative. He’s a real jewel.
Michael Grimm: He just won’t stop and he holds honor to Bobby I’ll tell you what. There’s been a lot of people who have been coming at him wanting to know stories and make movies about the Righteous Brothers, but Bill is sticking to his guns honoring Bobby. He really loved him a lot you know.

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Free Song for Aurora Victims Benefit

Posted in Aurora Colorado with tags , , on August 3, 2012 by damngoodtunes

This came to us at DGT just a couple days ago from Lauren and Dustin of Brave Song Circle, our July Artists Of The Month – who happen to live in the Denver Colorado area:

 

FREE SONG : http://bravesongcircle.bandcamp.com

We have all been affected. We’ve cried, we’ve bled, and we’ve lost sleep; the community is hurting and our neighbors still need help. This has brought a group of friends together to do what we do best: write music. We’ve written a song as part of our donation to the community, and now we want to share it with you. We are asking for donations for the download of “Villain (Precious Humans)”. 100% of the proceeds of this recording will go to benefit the victims, their families, and other community members in need of assistance through The Aurora Victim Relief Fund at GivingFirst.org.
Please donate generously. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to assist those in need. Thank you in advance from the bottom of our warm hearts.