Kelly Jones & Willie Wisely – Big Night Out At Kulak’s Woodshed

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$12 PRE-SALE TICKETS $30 BIG NIGHT OUT PACKAGES Friday Nov. 15th Willie 8p/Kelly 9p Kulak’s Woodshed 5230 Laurel Canyon Blvd., N. Hollywood When I first heard Kelly sing she was a disembodied voice in my head phones. I was singing lead on Steven Fox’ Secret Friend project and Kelly had recorded her part of our […]

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The Singles Series: Always Leave The Tape Rolling

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Transparent recording process reveals all. Archivists know that the most illuminating moments in music often come when the engineer leaves the tape machine in recording mode, as the musicians talk about whatever suits them. This week Shelly Peiken and I finished writing a song we started last Spring. It’s called Better Not To Care. For […]

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The Singles Series: “In The Back Of A Taxi” – Demo

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Transparent recording process reveals all. On June 18, 2009, Linus of Hollywood, the producer of my Parador album, is house sitting at some Hollywood Hills chalet, and is writing songs for his next album. He’s been producing albums for a ton of other artists and is now wanting to make music suited for his muse. […]

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We Are Not Farms – But Sometimes We Play Them On Tour

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This month the original Willie Wisely Trio is doing four back-to-back dates in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Gig info is here. We start out with a gig at Skalski’s Farm in Northfield — the city in which many years ago I walked through a mirror, figuratively. It involves the heiress to the world’s largest distillery fortune, […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Electric Guitar, Piano, Bongos, Conga & Triangle

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Transparent recording process reveals all. I’ve known John Fields a long time. It’s a friendship that veers between collaboration, BBQ, the camaraderie of our same-aged daughters, and our passion for the great music. With long-time relationships, comes funny stuff. Truth becomes unavoidable. Walls come down. And elephants in the room suddenly begin screaming. He and […]

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Scooped To The Right – The Monsters Of Lite Rock

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A Tribute Album: Well now isn’t this the height of revisionist hypocrisy! That we, some 30 years on, sit here creamin’ over Ambrosia, Climax Blues Band, Firefall, Andrew Gold, Little River Band, Rupert Holmes and all manner of 70’s and 80’s musical polyester. In their heyday, this crowd of artists felt like sonic grave stones […]

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Wisely band plays the C.I.A. in North Hollywood – Sat. June 15th, 2013

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Freaky gig, Freaky venue. Pay fealty to the the shrines of The California Institute of Abnormal Arts––the most absurdly wonderful music joint in Los Angeles. No, it’s not a front for Scientology! It’s just a great place to see my band play on Saturday, June 15th. We headline at 11:30pm with an artist I dig, […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Slide Guitar, Mellotron, New Drums

Brass slide on Guild guitar neck with mid-60's Gibson 125 on the floor.

Transparent recording process reveals all. After years of not playing the slide guitar, “Invisible” beckons to shake off the rust. It’s something I love to do, having learned how in the 90’s, playing along to “Love In Vain” on The Rolling Stones‘ “Let It Bleed”, and J. B. Hutto & Lightning Hopkins records. It got […]

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Direct From The Lyric Book — “The Kensington Lows”

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With friends like these…. On the day I finished writing this song it seemed that these were among the best lyrics I’d ever written. They were concise, narrative driven, and autobiographical––about an ill-fated recording session and record label meeting in London. That evening, I recorded an acoustic demo on a cassette, and threw it in […]

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The Singles Series: “Invisible” – Tracking Bass

John Fields plays bass in a recording studio to a new song called "Invisible" by Willie Wisely

Transparent recording process reveals all. Originally I’d shown up at John Field’s studio to talk him through my drum vision for “Invisible”, a new song by Cliff Hillis & myself. Instead, John picked up his trusty Harmony bass, and got to work laying it down. Without any thought or discussion we kept last week’s rough […]

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