A gift and a gig to kick off the summer. Yes, it is that magic time yet again. I will be sharing my album (for free!) for a few short weeks in hopes of spicing up your summer soundtrack. You are cordially invited to my show at the Living Room on May 23rd. After quite a long winter, let’s celebrate the change to come. Click the link to experience my album “People Are Just People”
For those not familiar with Rene Lopez, he is a good friend of Rogers Stevens and played in 2 bands with him: Extra Virgin and The Tender Trio
“…We’re not coming over in February. I assure you that Europe is part of our plans and unless one of us runs for President in ‘08, we’ll be there. We’re going to have an album release date soon as we are working out the details of our deal. We’ll let you know…”
At the end of June, Rogers Stevens made a post on the blindmelonforum. Talking about the new album, here is what he said: “We’re going to get it all mixed and then go out and figure out a record deal or something. If there’s time before we have to turn in masters, we may even track more songs. There are WAY too many songs for us to get to right now…some really good ones that I’m bummed we haven’t gotten to. Everybody is writing so much that it has been tough to keep up…..”
Also, some new song titles were given on the blindmelonforum: Curse You, Cheetum Street, So High, Down on the Pharmacy, Father Time, Tumblin’ Down, The Right Set of Eyes…
Travis T Warren played a solo acoustic show in LA a few days ago. Not that a solo show actually! Rogers Stevens was there with his guitar and joined Travis on stage. The guys played The Pusher, Sleepyhouse and some of the new songs (Hypnotize, For My Friends and To Spain I Stay).
“…People in the audience were crying when we played Sleepyhouse”…”Also, the crowd was singing the ‘gooddamns’ on The Pusher at top volume…”Rogers wrote on the blindmelonforum.com.
That’s the first time these two guys play together in front of an audience “the show was fun… it was eye-opening and awesome because he has no fear of being up there. You get the sense that he owns the stage and everyone else is just borrowing it…”Rogers also wrote about Travis.
Travis will be playing 2 more acoustic shows on April 17th in San Luis Obispo and another one in LA in May. Further information on his myspace.
Extra Virgin was Rogers Stevens‘ band after Blind Melon officially broke up.
From 1999 to 2002, his collaboration with singer Rene Lopez resulted in many great songs, a studio album entitled ‘12 Stories High’ and many concerts in the New York area mainly. The band split up during the recording session for a 2nd album so many things didn’t come out.
Thanks to Matthew Flood who ran the Extra Virgin website and with kind permission from both Rogers Stevens and Rene Lopez, here are demos, unreleased songs and never seen before pictures from the Extra Virgin days. Click here and enjoy!
Many thanks to Rogers Stevens, Rene Lopez and Matthew Flood