Yeah it's bonkers out there.
You know we're making an effort to give you something else, an alternative to all the drama.
We have some pretty strong opinions on what's going on right now, yelling about it won't help. There's enough fury.
We felt it when we were in the US last.
But something else is coming, something better.
The reckoning we've had to have for a while, with our own natures.
The most useful thing I can think to say is to remind you that you are still personally powerful, still an agent for change in your own life and the lives of others.
The best we can hope to offer you is comfort, support and a place to regather your strength for the struggles that must surely come, to regain our group equilibrium, to become influenced once more by the better angels of our natures.
The mills of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.
Stay with it, hold on, to whatever source of renewal and comfort you can find, until once again we regain our goddamn collective sanity.
Until then, when you need it, take shelter in the things that restore your soul.
It's a good time for the 5D project.
Another day's carnage
a second civil war
of the angry
run amok to end an injustice
they can't quite put their finger on
or find the person to blame
except to end themselves
in self murder
or oblige the state the same
through murder of their neighbors
We're at it again.
Michael Hawke played some great stuff on an extended version of 'one in a million'
It was so good we wondered we we didn't do it on the album.
Being 2019, the project was still on Ben's drive.
Nothing to stop us having a crack at it.
So we did.
Now i'm listening to it.
It's either brilliant or completely daft.
I kinda like it so therefore it might be daftly brilliant, or brilliantly daft.
Bill wrote one in a million and I liked it so much that I didn't want to add vocals to it, cos why spoil it right?
Bill was happy when we added vocals (an entirely suspect option as far as I am concerned). He said it completes it. I think my ending was weak. Meh.
Y'see the first verse contains one of my favourite lines so far.
'three hands worth of trouble, only two hands spare, and baggage in the hall'.
V2 is fine. V3 end vocal melody always felt a little weak. If I had thought of better at the time, I woulda done it.
Yes it's subjective of course. but hey, this is my job, right?
Adding this sax phrase pivots the song.
Given the ease with which we can release a digital single, we can put it out and see what you think.
Perhaps the fairest thing is that I think there's more in the song than we have extracted so far.
Hats off to Mr Hawke, great sound.
This song is going to get a solid going over in remixing. Mutate early and often says I.
I got some vid but it was only fragments so it'll wait.
Two new tunes are in active processing, with Crossfire awaiting a key that suits the two singers and Z-Dimention is recording some guide arrangements for a Dancehall/Blues experiment.
Yeah we've been busy behind the scenes.
Planning for the US 2020 has started, plus we have the LOPE project coming up and new songs.
Raelyn wants to have a chat about what we're up to.
Jo's hometown paper carried an article about her comp win.
This has caused some great positive vibes in the local district :-) Well done Ms jo!
Here's the article:
Stormcellar were one of four finalists to compete in the 2019 Blues Player of the Year Competition, in Sydney earlier this month, organised by the Sydney Blues Society. They won the competition and will now perform in the 36th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in January 2020 as Sydney’s representatives.Stormcellar were one of four finalists to compete in the 2019 Blues Player of the Year Competition, in Sydney earlier this month, organised by the Sydney Blues Society. They won the competition and will now perform in the 36th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in January 2020 as Sydney’s representatives.Stormcellar are an innovative roots music band that has spent the last 11 years blending a mix of Roots, Blues, Rock and Folk music. They have released 11 albums and are working on their 12th. They are over the 500 mark of performances and have undertaken four USA tours. For more information about the band and their albums, visit: https://stormcellar.com.au/Stormcellar have spent 18 months as a support act with the Australian Rock Band, the Radiators; they've played USA and Australian Festivals and Community events, bars clubs and street fairs from Tamworth to Nashville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Wollongong and can be found anywhere from late night bars in Newtown to mornings in Bowral.In 2018 Stormcellar created their own music festival in Cooma NSW, the Country, Roots & Blues (C.R.A.B) Festival. The Cooma C.R.A.B. - CRAB TOO! Festival will be held again on Sunday 17th November 2019.Jo Fitzgerald has been working with Stormcellar since they came to Cumnock in 2010 to record their album, ‘Carl’s Chair’ at Mal McCalman’s old farmhouse at ‘Burgoon,’ Cumnock. Jo was in the background singing along to the music when they heard her and she thereafter became a member of the band.Congratulations Jo and to the other members of Stormcellar. It is great to see your innovative and talented band representing Sydney and Australia in an international field of music performers. It is also great that another of our local community members is being recognised for their musical talent.Good luck for the Memphis Blues Challenge in 2020!