ANTHONY WILSON is a guitarist and composer and a native Angeleno, who has always dug deep into his creative reserves to ask big questions and explore new territory. I’m deeply impressed by his fluidity and openness to the blind curves of creativity.
Anthony Wilson taking CicLAvia Break at Union Station
For his new work, Songs and Photographs, Wilson created an “album” in the purest sense: A collection of musical compositions and photographs meant to be taken as a whole and that travel across space and through moods.
I reviewed the collection for KPCC’s The Frame. As well, you can read the text, which went up on here on LAist this week.
Wilson will be performing this Monday evening. For more information and reservations, click here.
THIS WAS incredible news! The in-depth essay I researched and wrote for this beautiful box set, won the Best Album Notes Grammy yesterday. I am still over the moon, especially because it was a project that set its larger goal as getting all three nights — and all sets — of Redding’s run at the Whisky A Go Go that April 1966 in pristine listening shape for the world to hear.
Redding was poised to take the next big step in his career and looked at L.A. as not a stepping stone but a launching pad. These recordings reveal his enthusiasm, prowess and charm.
Here’s a little more here about the set.
And this from the LAT about the Grammy win.
THE OTHER big news really came out of the blue.
I wrote the album notes for the fancy re-issue of Otis Redding Live at the Whisky A Go Go and got the news that the essay received a Grammy nomination. To say that I was surprised is an understatement. I’m really happy that it puts Redding’s legacy in the spotlight. Truly gone too soon.
Here’s a short reaction interview that appeared on the Angel City Press site.
Awards announced this year in New York City, January 28.
THIS IS way back to a Los Angeles of beautiful memory. KCET hosting Leon Russell in “The Homewood Sessions”
Shelter People & Wrecking Crew. Safe Journey.
LOOK OUT, Otis Redding is back.
A new Concord compilation gathers for the first time all three nights and all sets of Redding’s famous Whisky A Go Go run here on the Sunset Strip fifty years ago.
I provided liner notes and the package is gorgeously designed with a vintage-style poster to boot.
Release day, today 10/28.
Got to go get one!