I’ve been having a rare old time these past few weeks collaborating on other projects for 2014. I recently recorded with my friend Silvia Ryder from Sugarplum Fairies and we did a cover of ‘Moment of Fame’ originally by Son Of The Velvet Rat. The song is going to be featured on the new Sugarplum Fairies long player, ‘Godspeed & Silver Linings’ due for release May 27th. The song was premiered on BBC Radio 1 Scotland by my old friend Roddy Hart last week. I’m so happy with how this collaboration turned out and you can listen to the track here. Silvia and I are talking about working on more material later this year so I look forward to that when it happens.
The Second night of the residency at Hotel Cafe (May 28th) is now confirmed and I’m pleased to announce our guests for this date…..
Victoria Williams is an American songwriter and musical legend. Brandi and I met Victoria at a house party in Yucca Valley when we all played in a mutual friends front room. I’ve seen Victoria perform several times since then and have been spellbound every time by her unique voice and incredible songwriting. She is also an absolute darling! In 2006 Victoria was ranked #89 on Paste magazine’s list of the Top 100 Living Songwriters. Although her debut album, Happy Come Home was released in 1987, Victoria was largely overlooked until artists like Soul Asylum, Lou Reed, Evan Dando, The Jayhawks and Pearl Jam recorded her songs for the 1993 Sweet Relief tribute/benefit album, the proceeds helped cover Victoria’s medical expenses in her battle against multiple sclerosis. We are very honored to have Victoria play with us at The Hotel Cafe.
I’m so happy to have Miranda Lee Richards come back and play with us at Hotel Cafe again. Miranda has been playing at some of my events round LA recently and playing songs form her forthcoming album which sounds absolutely incredible. Miranda got her professional start in the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and that led to her subsequent appearance in seminal documentary DIG! Miranda landed a record deal with Virgin Records, who released her debut album, The Herethereafter, in 2001. Since it’s release, Miranda has collaborated in the studio or on stage with Tricky, Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Neil Halstead (Mojave Three), Tyler Hilton, Harper Simon, the Jesus and Mary Chain and The Lovetones.
Georg Altziebler is the front man of Austrian starlets, Son Of The Velvet Rat. Georg has collaborated with Lucinda Williams amongst others over the years and has created a unique style and sound with SOTVR’s beautiful poetry and music. We’ve played a lot of shows together this year but Georg had to go back home to Austria recently so I was delighted when he let me know he’d be back in town for this show. Always a pleasure to share the stage with ‘The Rats’.
DJ Sean Patrick will be taking care of our ears between bands and tickets for all 3 nights are priced at $10.
The rest of my time has been spent with Brandi Emma getting a set of brand new material ready for the first show at Hotel Cafe on May 14th. Tickets went on sale this week and can be bought via The Hotel Cafe website.
I will be announcing the June 11th line up very soon.