Paul Moffett

Down On The Corner
By Paul Moffett

Band Tidbits.

Several new groups and rearrangements of old ones have come to our attention this month. Here saquick summary:

Blind Ambition. Band members are Ricky Lee, guitar, Greg Hardin on bass, Kerry Mefford on drums. They all last played with Southern Impulse.

Pure South. A new group whose members are: Mike Grever, guitar; Gayle Larlmore, keyboards; Byron Pendleton, bass; Jeni Dockery, vocals; Jeff Forrest, drums.

Paul McGarry & the Shuffle. Paul McGarry has put together another hot trio. Besides McGarry, the Shufle includes Dave Marasco and Jim Bauer.

Techno rock/dance band Modern Principle has signed up with Triangle Talent.

Ditto The Unknown, a classic rock act and Sundried Prophets, a college band.

Bliss Me, Baby, Eight to the Bar. Fish N' Brooks Records' premiere release, Celestial' Journeys, has been selected for the relaxation channels aboard several major airlines, including TWA and United.

A Moveable Open Stage. Rick Wagner has moved his Songwriter's Showcase / Open Stage show, a.k.a. "Rick Wagner and Friends" to the Flashback, 2126 Preston. The show will happen on Tuesdays.

Competitive Angst Dept. The KYANA Blues Society's Amateur Blues Contest is set for August 6. Call Keith Clements at 451-6872 for more information.

Banjo Bands Wanted! Ozark MusicMakers is looking for banjo bands for their First Annual Banjo Festival in NW Arkansas, October 6 & 7. Call Bonnie Smith at 501-453-7387 or write: Ozark MusicMakers, P. O. Box 1123, Flippin, AR 72634.

Big Al & the Heavyweights have a new CD, That Ain't Nice, on Rollin' & Tumblin' Records. Ever since Big Al called the LMN offices, we've been feeling guilty about not writing these guys up. Maybe now?

• Songwriter Dan McGrew has released a cassette of his songs on Music Man Records. Contact Music Man Records at P. O. Box 303, Springfield, KY 40069.

WFPK has a new Arts Information Line. Dial 329-0900 and get info about concerts, art gallery openings, ballet, opera and theater dates. 'FPK;s sister station WFPL has been running a Jazz Line at 329-0893 for some time.

Wanna Go to Rome and Play? The Southem Arts Federation has announced the Southern Regional Visiting Artists Program, anew project funded by the John and James L. Knight Foundation. The project will provide three-month residencies for selected artists at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Contact Lisa Richmond, Visual and Media Arts Coordinator, Southern Arts Federation, 181 14th St. NE, Ste 400, Atlanta, GA 30309, or call her at 404-874-7244. Ciao.

Artists-in-Residence Dept. Jefferson Community College has selected Time Change, The Jefferson Chorale, Ars Vocalis and Trio Con Brio as Artists-in-Residence for the 1995-96 academic year. The groups will perform at the JCC Music Refectory during the year.

Free Barbershop Music. The Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus will give a free performance at the Spalding University Auditorium on Thursday, June 29, at 8 p. m. The chorus is set to compete for the gold at the 57th Annual Convention of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, to be held in Miami Beach, Fla., on July 8. Wish 'em luck — this chorus has won seven times previously!

Speaking of Singing Section. The Ursuline School of Music and Drama is looking for new members for the Ursuline Voices, an adult community choir. The group meets on Tuesdays, 7-9 p. m. Call Anna Jo Paul at 897-1816 for more info.

Sunny Shade Serenade. A press release received from Ms. Paul on Deadline Day invites the public to a free concert by the Ursuline Campus Orchestra on July 9 at 2:30 p. m. to celebrate Independence Day. Lemonade will be available at the outdoor event on the grounds located at 3105 Lexington Road, but bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Call 897-1816 for more info.

And You Thought All the Fireworks Happened on the Fourth. The Louisville Jazz Society has scheduled a monster player jazz show at the Silo Brew Pub on July 5. The show is the culmination of a week-long jazz symposium run by jazz educator Jamey Aebersold. The concert will feature three bands assembled from the faculty members. Here's the lineup:

Group 1: Bobby Shew, trumpet; Jack Wilkins, tenor sax; Mark Levine, piano; Todd Coolman, bass; and Ed Soph, drums.

Group 2: Gary Campbell, tenor sax; Barry Ries, trumpet; Harry Dickens, piano; Bob Simcrope, bass; and Steve Davis, drums.

Group 3: Jim Snidero, alto sax; John Fedchock, trombone; Walt Weiskopf, tenor sax; Hal Galper, piano; and Barry Ries, drums.

All that for $8. The show starts at8:30 p. m.

Call Todd Lowe at 458-2023 for more information.

• A memorial service will be held for Jimmy Raney on July 16, at 2 p. m., in Wyatt Hall at Bellarmine College. Organized by Jeff Sherman, the service is free and open to the public and will feature performances by many of Raney's friends, both local and national.

A Reminder to Songwriters. Call your member of Congress about H. R. 789, which would allow businesses to use recorded music for free. Even if you haven't got any cuts, think about your future.

Songwriting Contests: July 15 is the deadline for entries in the 12th Annual Mid Atlantic Songwriter's Contest. Call 804-220-3637 for more information.

The Portland (Oregon) Songwriters Association is staging their first songwriting contest. Deadline is July 31, 1995. Contact Portland Songwriters Association, 1920 N. Vancouver, Portland, OR 97227 or call 503657-6078.

Mark and Angie Maxwell welcomed Remington Elizabeth Maxwell, 7 lbs, 8 1/2 ozs., to their family on June 16. Maxwell works at his family's music store, Mom's and last performed with Maxwell and Spanky Lee.

So Long as They Spell My Name Right Dept. Robert Fiandaca of Music Warehouse was quoted in an Aquarian Drum article written by Roy Burns. Ah, fame. Does it add up, like thirty seconds of the fifteen minutes you get?

Note-able Quote Dept. "Touring with guys is just a blur of boxer shorts and under-arm hair … I like it. It also allows you to sample different regional approaches to auto repair." (Tips & Pointers by Karla Shikele, of the New York City band Beekeeper, as quoted in the 1995 edition of The Musicians Guide to Touring and Promotion, Summer/ Fall Edition, available in most music and book stores. )

Snail & Rocket Productions will host the "Harvest Showcase" on September 22 & 23 at Stage Door Johnnies. The showcase raises money for Kentucky Harvest. Artists interested in submitting material for consideration should send one original song on cassette to: Snail & Rocket Productions, c/o Harvest Showcase, 806 Fountain Ave., Louisville, KY 40222. Deadline is August 15, 1995.

Key Changes

Dennis Dale (Denny) Lile, 44, died on May 30. Lile was a performer and songwriter who had a Top Ten hit "Fallin' Out," recorded by Waylon Jennings. He was also a Louisville area rocker and played with Elysian Fields, Soul, Inc. and Midnight Special.

"What a singer, what a songwriter," is how Marvin Maxwell characterized Lile. Maxwell, a longtime friend of Lile, said he was "a great melody writer."