Yahoo Music has debuted the music video for The Rev's new single, "Ain't Gonna Name Names." Writes senior editor, Wendy Geller:
"The Reverend Shawn Amos has plenty of experience in the music world — not only is he a lauded bluesman and singer-songwriter who’s released five full-length studio albums, he’s also spent time working with A-list talent as a record label executive, and he’s additionally a longtime Yahoo Music contributor/music expert as well."
Read more and watch the full video here.
"Ain't Gonna Name Names" — the new single from The Rev — will be available at iTunes and all digital music platforms. The single was produced by James Saez and features Steve Jordan on drum and Larry Taylor on bass.
The Rev starts a run of spring tour dates starting this Saturday in San Diego. Complete tour stops are below. Click 'tour dates' for full venue information.
March 25 - San Diego, CA
April 6 - Los Angeles, CA
April 13 - San Francisco, CA
April 14 - San Francisco, CA
April 28 - Vlieland, NL*
April 29 - Groningen, NL**
May 18 - Houston, TX
May 19 - Austin, TX
May 20 - Springfield, MO
May 21 - St. Louis, MO
May 24 - Nashville, TN
May 25 - Muscle Shoals, AL
May 26 - Memphis, TN
*Here Comes the Summer Festival
**Rhythm & Blues Night 2017
The Rev spent yesterday in the studio with Doctor Roberts, Steve Jordan, Larry Taylor, and producer/engineer James Saez working on a new single. Here's a peak at the session (Hammond B3 overdubs).
Herb Alpert has shaped my musical life at three important moments: as a young boy first falling in love with music, as an A&R executive entrusted with a piece of his legacy, and today as I am named Artistic Director for his Los Angeles music venue, Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz.
I spent my childhood on the A&M Records lot — an 80,000 sq. foot former orange grove in Hollywood originally owned by Charlie Chaplin. It was built as his film studio, then purchased in 1967 by the young trumpet player and his business partner, Jerry Moss. My father had offices at A&M next door to Quincy Jones. I snuck into recording sessions, execs’ offices, and every other corner of this musical playground.
Many years later, Herb would reappear in my life when I was given the honor of overseeing the re-release of his 1960s A&M Tijuana Brass recordings which included a new remix album of his seminal Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Herb was generous enough to invite me onto The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to play alongside him and Ozomatli.
Thirteen years ago, Herb and his daughter, Eden, opened their jazz club, Vibrato Grill Jazz, at the top of Mulholland Drive. In 2015, they invited me to bring blues to the room for the first time. I have also sat many nights in the audience learning from masters just as I did on the A&M lot as a kid.
I’m so thrilled to be entrusted with another piece of Herb’s legacy. Vibrato gives me another playground to explore my continuing passion of bringing good music and good food together. It’s another platform to keep vital American music alive on the world class stage one show at a time.
Thanks to Herb, Eden, and the entire Vibrato staff. Thanks to all of the musicians who have come through the room and who will soon play for the first time. May all of our 2017 be filled and fueled with music.
"The Reverend Shawn Amos, a showman not to be missed, and if I can rely on my gut feeling we will see this guy really going to encounter the upcoming festival season. The Reverend Shawn Amos is a stage sensation."
I am totally in the blues after this set [by Lance Canales] and that feeling continues with The Reverend Shawn Amos. Shawn Amos is from New York; nowadays he lives in Hollywood. He has played with none other than Solomon Burke, Mark Olson and The Blind Boys of Alabama. He learnt the trade from his mother who was a famous night club singer. What a tight and exhilarating show, fantastic! With his mouth harp and voice channeled through a vintage microphone, he totally captivates the hall. At a certain time he leaves the stage and continues his wonderful show in the middle of the crowd. There are a number of covers in addition to his own work, such as David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” and Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”. A super performance, make sure you see them again in the near future.
A glowing review of The Rev's debut European show from writer, Chris Bernasco at 3voor12.
The Rev plays November 4 at France's premiere blues festival, Blues sur Seine. Watch video below for the full festival lineup (The Rev appears at the 7:35 mark).