It's inconceivable, as they say in Princess' Bride! 25 freaking years old!! Come celebrate with us one more time at Minglewood Hall Saturday, November 30th. The Grifters will be there! The Grifters will be there, one more time! Our friends from Goner Records, Ex-Cult will be there. A night to remember, after 25 years to remember!
There them Grifters go again: making videos celebrating over 20 years of the deliciousness of One Sock Missing. This dual bonus rock 'n roll showpiece is out to coordinate with 2013's Rekkid Store Day. Get you sum!!! Special thanks to Grifters' partners in crime Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky for the bodacious video and stroll down memory lane. Things was good then, huh. Yup. Yessir. Good day. 2013: the Year of the Grift.
The Vinyl District has chosen the Grifters' "Bummer" video for maximum worldwide exposure and enjoyment! Check out the 1st official video ever made from the award-winning One Sock Missing record--as featured on the Vinyl District's pick website below! 1,000 Grifters' fans can't be wrong!
It was 20 years ago today, that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...well, not exactly. No one ever really taught the band how to play, and we are all better off for that. But, 1993 was, indeed, a great time to be a Grifter's fan as One Sock Missing came out of the nowheresville at-the-time music scene of Mid-Town Memphis. The Grifters released one of the all-time great records recorded off Lamar Ave. on Deadrick St. in South Memphis at (the former home of) the great Easley-McCain recording studios as well as in the back room of the flower shop on Poplar, which after this record and all the great reviews came out, got upgraded to the fancy name of "the Shops of Ann Adler" (Everyone got a raise!) It was an honor and a privilege to watch these guys work--through the long running cords, jamboxes, smoke, flowers, Doug & Davis jumping on & off of the control board--all members creating something special. Night after night of good times, almost communal--Roy Berry was there twistin' knobs and what not; Jim Cole was there; even Robert Gordon dropped on by for the bonus track jam! They were exciting times, and it was the true beginning of Shangri-la Projects, trying to figure out this whole independent record business thing with no budgets. One Sock Missing didn't receive any local radio play then or thereafter (hasn't since!!!), and it barely got reviewed in the local papers, but, it busted the band out nationally and internationally. Now, today, this 1st official video for "Bummer" comes out--20 years hence for Grifters' fans past, present, and future to behold and enjoy throughout the world. Pop the champagne, enjoy the video, & hug a Grifter today!
Well, if I had a dollar for every time someone axed when the original Grifters were going to recreate those blissful early '90s glory days of rock 'n roll, I'd have 35 or 40 bucks right now. As most of you fans know, the band has decamped into two distinct sections: the rhythm, & the guitarists. For reasons I do not fully comprehend & all Grifters' fans gnash their teeth at, all reonion requests have been rejected.
However, hardcore Grifters fans can dance nakedly around a mulberry bush to the news that one faction will be tributing the Grifters with a set at Steve McGhee's fundraiser the weekend of July 29-31! It's just like the good ole days: Grifters save the day for the Antenna Club rent fund!
Spring is in the air & Shangri-la Projects Bands are Too! Come on out, America, & keep this economy rolling along! You work, you ride. Easy credit here.
Any area of the country has access to Shangri-la Projects goods this week:
East Coast: Catch the Strapping Fieldhands at Fishtown Festival live (this looks like a free show) & pick up their newly reissued cdDiscus. No regrets on this seminal record (remember those???)
Memphis area Shangri-la Projects fans can enjoy some tasty live music at the Westin Sole patio the next two Wednesdays (free music! beer & burgers specials!) with Good Luck Dark Star solo from cocktail hour til 9ish--in the heart of the Fedex Forum/Gibson Guitar area of Beale St.
Also, Grifters' side-project Dragoon will play a record release party atBuccanneer Saturday night!!
Sweet Home, Alabama folks can meet & greet author Ron Hall at Charlemagne Records in Birmingham, Alabama, Saturday, April 24th from 1-3 p.m signing copies of Sputnik, Masked Men, & Midgets: The Early Days of Memphis Wrestling as well as Playing for a Piece of the Door: A History of Garage & Frat Bands in Memphis, 1960-1975 & the supremely ltd. edition The Memphis Garage Rock Yearbook. Tres cool stuff! Come on out, Birmingham!
And those of you lucky enough to live in Austin, Texas, can check out our award-winning pop stars For Her And The Snow, who will be revisiting their former home base for the first time in years at Flipnotics Friday night! Check out this excellent live show!
Thanks for all your supports and keeping the economy bubbling up! Over 21 years of kissin' ass & taking names!
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