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Seattle's Ayron Jones & The Way Take Their Blues Rock On The Road

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2014 04:19am | Post a Comment
     

Seattle's blues rock guitarist/singer Ayron Jones is an artist to watch out for. A protege of hometown rap star Sir Mix-A-Lot his music is by no means hip-hop but more along the lines of the two artists that he's been most frequently likened to, Stevie Ray Vaughan and (to a slightly lesser degree) Nirvana, with a nod to Jimi Hendrix when describing his hybrid style of guitar playing as front man of Ayron Jones & The Way. This three-piece blues rock band also includes DeAndre Enrico on bass and Kai Van De Pitte who replaced Conrad Real on drums. The trio who formed four years ago have been steadily building a following among music fans in Seattle including the aforementioned Sir Mix-A-Lot who was so impressed that he produced last year's debut album Dream.

After conquering their hometown market the trio are now about to take their blues/rock fusion on the road with a short West Coast tour that kicks off today in Portland and ends up at the 9th annual Joshua Tree Music Festival in two weeks with stops along the way including October 8th at the Hotel Utah in San Francisco, and October 9th at the Viper Room in LA. Check out their brand new music video for "My Love Remains" that was shot in Seattle and features a cameo from Mix-A-Lot.

Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Posse On Broadway"

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2014 09:34am | Post a Comment

Sir Mix-a-Lot "Posse On Broadway" (1988)

While Sir Mix-a-Lot is often wrongly dismissed as a rap one hit wonder for his international crossover mega-hit single "Baby Got Back" the Seattle rapper/producer actually boasts a rich catalog of quality posse on broadwayhip-hop - much of it in the years, on his own Nastymix Records label, leading up to his well worn 1992 hit single about him "liking big butts and I don't know why" and the Def American released album Mack Daddy from where it was culled. In fact he released his very first record seven years before "Baby Got Back." And four  years before his big hit propelled the now 50 year old artist born Anthony Ray into mainstream status he released his debut full-length album Swass which included the hip-hop 'golden age' classic "Posse on Broadway."  A single off the album released on the successful North West indie rap label that he himself founded, "Posse" struck a nerve with rap fans not just in Seattle but everywhere at the time. This was thanks to such factors as its great lyrics, the track's irresistibly powerful 808 kick-drum fueled beat, and also because listeners made the song lyrics relate to their own town's "Broadway" (every city has a Broadway it seems) whether they were in Oakland, San Francisco, New York City or wherever. Of course, the "Broadway" Sir Mix-a-Lot (who called the Bay Area his second home and spent a lot of them there) was referencing in "Posse On Broadway" was the street in his own hometown of Seattle.  Located in Seattle's Capitol Hill district, it was on Broadway where he and his "posse" famously "stopped at Taco Bell for some Mexican eatin' But Taco Bell was closed, The girls was on my tip. They said go back the other way we'll stop and eat at Dick's. Dick's is the place where the cool hang out. The Swass like to play and the rich flaunt clout. Posse to he burger stand so big we walk in twos." (Scroll down to see full song lyrics.)  A few years back when I interviewed more recent era Seattle underground hip-hop artist D. Black and asked him if Dick's Drive-In, the famed Seattle fast food institution immortalized in "Posse On Broadway," was still in business? "Yes, Dick's is still there on Broadway, although I don't eat there anymore cos it's not Kosher," added the next generation Seattle emcee, who practices Judaism. In fact today's best known Seattle rapper Macklemore filmed his (The Heist featured track) "White Walls" video at Dick's. 

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The Art of the LP Cover- The Power Part 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 15, 2011 01:00pm | Post a Comment
Another batch of musicians with the hi-pro glow. Since most of these are from the late 70's and early 80's, I think it's safe to say that in many cases the "power" may have been fueled by cocaine. Check out my original gallery in 2009 here. Amazingly, back covers from Night Ranger LPs appear in both of my posts.