Singer-songwriter Rick Spreitzer will be celebrating the release of his new CD on Thursday, July 18, at the Evening Muse. The disc is titled Meanderthal and features 14 original tracks. For the recordings, Spreitzer, who handles vocals, guitar and harmonica, was joined by Mike Strauss (guitar), Steven Carpenter (mandolin), Jill Lurie (backing vocals) and Aaron Brindle (banjo). Jon Strauss engineered the project and Joe Kuhlmann mastered the material. For more details, check out www.rickspreitzer.com.
The Albemarle-based band VooDou will celebrate the release of their debut album on Invisible Records on Friday, July 19, at the Hungry Duck, 607 W. 5th St. The CD is titled The Blessing of Curses and will officially be released by the label on July 23. To help them celebrate the release, Chris Connelly of Ministry fame (and also of Pigface and the Revolting Cocks) will also be appearing at the show. Connelly is the band's label mate and VooDou singer Michelle Walters contributed backing vocals to Connelly's latest release, Private Education. (The label also released Sugarsmack's album Top Loader.) The all-ages show starts at 9pm. For more details, check out www.voodou.org. A new Charlotte band will make their debut next week. On Thursday, July 18, Flamigo featuring Eric Gilstrap (ex-Borghal Rantipole), Laurie Ruroden (ex-Tokyo Machine) and Gary Guthrie (of Leisure McCorkle) will perform at the Double Door Inn along with The Noise.
The Dead Kings have completed a new full-length album titled For All Those Hot Black Chicks. The disc will be released on Scat Boy Records here in the US in August and on Scarey Records (Italy) in Europe. The band will also have a song featured on the upcoming soundtrack for the indie flick, Come Get Some (Fatal Sushi Pictures). Currently, they're planning a tour of the Eastern US. For more details, check out www.thedeadkings.com.My So-Called Band will begin recording their next CD in August at the Recording Den with Mark Puerello. The new release will be titled Always Something There To Destroy Me. Live At Leatherwood's, a bluegrass concert featuring different regional acts presented every Saturday night at Leatherwood's Olde Tyme Opry in Shelby, is now a weekly radio show airing every Tuesday at 12midnight on WSGE-FM 91.7 from Gaston College Radio. The show can also still be heard on WGWG-FM 88.3 from Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs every Friday from 8:30-11:30pm and Saturday beginning at 11pm. LiveStream RealAudio webcasts are also available at www.liveatleatherwoods.com or ww.wgwg.org.The band once known as Hipshack is now officially called the Scott McCloud Group. There's also a new wed address for the band at www.scottmccloud.net.Mars Music, located on Westpark Drive, is offering free guitar and drum group lessons every Saturday in July from 10-11am. Mars will also supply the instruments, and no purchase is necessary. For more details, call the store at 704-522-9253 or go to www.marsmusic.com.Status Flow will have a track featured on the new What Exit II surfing DVD which will be released this summer. "Turn A Shade" will be included on the soundtrack. For more info, visit www.statusflow.com.