We of Cactus Rose are big, lifelong fans of the father of Cosmic American Music Gram Parsons & honored to finally be paying him homage in sound. Come the end of September, we are heading down to Gram’s hometown of Waycross, Georgia, to perform in the 20th year of the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull & Tribute Festival, with headliners including the great Kentucky Headhunters (who I wrote a seminal Village Voice review about back in the day); & we are very pleased to have special guests joining us: Stanley Booth & Lauren Barth. Take a gander at the purty poster that’s circulating & prepare to come join us down Georgia way when we shall be singing a set that combines Cactus Rose originals & select Gram Parsons classics – A’ho!
May 3, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, California, CaliforniaCountry, CaliforniaDreamgirl, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicCountry, CosmicLadies, Country, Forager, Georgia, GeorgiaPeach, GeorgiaRoots, GramParsons, GramParsonsGuitarPull, JoshuaTree, LaurenBarth, Los Angeles, Music, NativeAmericana, News, NudieSuit, StanleyBooth, TheTrueAdventuresOftheRollingStones, Waycross | Leave a comment
I am still recovering from the sonic & social whirl of this past week in Connecticut where we were engaged in mounting the #DavidBowie & #Prince memorial conference “Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign,” organized by my dear friend & Yale University scholar Dr. Daphne A. Brooks. A good deal to reflect upon from all I heard from my former rockcrit colleagues including Ann Powers of NPR Music & Michaelangelo Matos & Greil Marcus, as well as those of the Academy such as Tavia Nyong’o of Yale & Eric Lott of CUNY Graduate Center. I do appreciate the wide audience that my session with Sherae Rimpsey & Alan Light — Everybody Still Wants To Fly — garnered due to our being the lead-in to Solange Knowles’ keynote address. My take on Prince as Mystery Cult via the prism of what Harold Bloom has denunciated as “California Orphism” was interesting to some folks (smile). And my Texan bandmate KAR / Kimberly Robison kindly traveled up from the Hamilton Grange to support me in my presentation & also did some vital research at Yale on Emily West aka the Yellow Rose of Texas for an upcoming project we wish to mount – stay tuned!
I was also very sad to learn upon my arrival in New Haven that Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks was gone to Glory. A lot of flashing on my time spent on-and-off the Road that goes on Forever with the Allmans is surfacing & I am doing a lot of listening to my favorites among their compositions — particularly one of my 3 most treasured songs: “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.” So, more to come after a spell on what transpired last week…yet here’s two precious souvenirs of my time spent in New Haven — meeting one of the scions of the great Escovedo family of American music that has had a profound influence on me since I initially grew up in a colony of Aztlan, a Chicano barrio in Chocolate City; I am very much a follower as a singer-songwriter of Sheila E. & her uncle Alejandro Escovedo…& as a past film school graduate and lover of concert cinema, I have also been influenced by D.A. Pennebaker who made my beloved Monterey Pop. An honor all ’round to briefly share space with them…A’ho*
( Sheila E. & Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose @ Yale University last Friday night, New Haven, Connecticut )
( Kandia Crazy Horse of Cactus Rose & legendary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker @ Yale, after screening of his 1973 David Bowie documentary “Ziggy Stardust” )
February 2, 2017 | Categories: Live, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, Afrofuturism, AfroNative, AlejandroEscovedo, AllmanBrothersBand, alternativespirituality, BettyDavis, BlackstarRisingandthePurpleReign, BurnedOverDistrict, ButchTrucks, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, California, Camille, Connecticut, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicLadies, cosmogonies, DAPennebaker, DaphneBrooks, DavidBowie, DevonWilson, EdenAhbez, ElectricEden, electricity, ElectricLadies, England, Esquerita, FatherYod, GeorgeClinton, GlitterGlam, HerculineBarbin, HierosGamos, Hippies, JehovahsWitness, JoniMitchell, Kandia Crazy Horse, Karline, KarlMay, KimberlyRobison, Lebensreform, LisaColeman, LittleRichard, MetalHurlant, MidnightRider, MilleriteGreatDisappointment, MontereyPop, Mormonism, Mothership, Muses, Music, MysteryCult, NativeAmerican, News, Nightbirds, Oakland, PaisleyPark, PaisleyUnderground, Pleiades, Prince, religion, Romanticism, SacredAndrodyne, SeventhDayAdventist, SheilaE, SisterOfTheRoad, Skymama, SongbirdAquarian, SourceFamily, southernrock, Spiritualism, Spirituality, StevieNicks, SunRa, Technopagans, TheRoadGoesOnForever, Transcendentalism, transvocalizing, VisionaryState, WendyandLisa, WendyMelvoin, WhiteWingedDove, YaleUniversity, ZiggyStardust | Leave a comment
Dearly Beloved, I hope you shall join us this week @ Yale University in New Haven for the Prince – David Bowie conference: BlackStar Rising & The Purple Reign
In the lead-in to the Solange (Knowles) keynote address, I shall be holding forth on Mystical Prince, the Afro-Native spirit of his jazz belle mother Mattie & his Muses including my key sonic foremother Stevie Nicks (of course, Stevie & Prince collaborated on “Stand Back” & among other thangs, Prince clearly derived some of his famous style from Stevie’s bespoke sartorial aesthetic). Rather than due to Prince’s most adored blackface-wearing, jazz fusioneer heroine Joni Mitchell (who transformed from Saskatoon prairie flower trilling songbird into a black pimp who punked the Asylum gang royalty of LA with her own alter-ego Art Nouveau), I am a latter-day Lady of the Canyon because of my heroine Stevie Nicks — & a select elite of cult favorite canyon muses including Wendy Waldman, Essra Mohawk, Claudia Lennear & Judee Sill; they are all collectively the Muses behind songs of mine such as “Quartz Hill,” “Cowgirls,””Songcatcher,” & “Rare Bird” (& yes, my sophomore album was titled Canyons). As a sonic & spiritual acolyte-turned-Adept of Queen California’s Electric Eden (who possesses the Source Family lineage name Songbird Aquarian), I am looking forward to being purified anew in the purple-hued waters of Lake Minnetonka.
January 23, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Adept, Afrofuturism, AfroNative, Amazons, AroundTheWorldInADay, AscendedMasters, Black, BlackAtlantic, blackcontemporaryart, BlackCrow, blackface, BlackHistory, BuckinghamNicks, California, CaliforniaDreamgirl, Camille, CosmicAmericanMusic, CosmicLadies, Cults, DavidBowie, ElectricEden, electricguitarevangelism, electricity, ElectricLadies, EssraMohawk, FreakPower, guitar, Hejira, HerculineBarbin, HolyUrges, JoniMitchell, JudeeSill, Kandia Crazy Horse, LadiesOfTheCanyon, LindseyBuckingham, LisaColeman, Los Angeles, LoveSymbol, Minneapolis, Mixed, MixedChicks, Mothership, Muses, Music, Mystic, NewAge, News, NewWeirdAmerica, PacificOcean, PaisleyPark, Parade, Pleiades, Prince, Purple, Purpleaxxxe, QueenCalifia, Reaganism, religion, rock, Spirituality, StevieNicks, SusannahMelvoin, Theosophy, Ulysses, VisionaryState, WeirdWest, WendyandLisa, WendyMelvoin, WendyWaldman, WhiteWingedDove | Leave a comment
Hope y’all enjoyed the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday; I spent mine meditating on the post-60s emanations of The Dream — as well as its limits as manifest in the oeuvres of Black Atlantic & Heartland rockstars David Bowie & Prince. I am finally at liberty to invite y’all to join us in New Haven @ the end of the month for the “Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign” rock conference. Courtesy of an invite from my longtime dear friend of the Black Rock scene, former Princeton professor turned Yale scholar Dr. Daphne Brooks, I shall be presenting on Prince & activism @ Yale University; my evening program on 25 January also features Solange (Knowles) as keynote speaker & former SPIN magazine editor Alan Light.
The program also includes Sheila E., Kimbra, Questlove & others + a closing concert by TV On The Radio. More info & registration instructions linked: KANDIA CRAZY HORSE presentation @ YALE UNIVERSITY for Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign 1/25
Looking forward to my rebirth in the purifying waters of Lake Minnetonka: HARTFORD COURANT on BLACKSTAR RISING & THE PURPLE REIGN
January 18, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 70sbabes, ACaseOfYou, acidwesterns, Afrofuturism, Afrohippies, AfroLatino, AroundTheWorldInADay, Azteca, Aztlan, CactusRose, CaliforniaDreamgirl, Californios, CanyonMusic, CarlosSantana, Chicanos, CosmicLadies, CountryandWestern, countryrock, countrysinger, CynthiaRobinson, DavidBowie, DevendraBanhart, electricity, ElectricLadies, FrankZappa, GlitterGlam, groupies, GTOs, Hippies, Jazz, JoniMitchell, Kandia Crazy Horse, LadiesOfTheCanyon, LadyGrinningSoul, LaurelCanyon, LAWoman, Legends, LisaColeman, Los Angeles, LosAngeles, Minneapolis, MinneapolisSound, Mountains, Muses, Music, News, NewWeirdAmerica, NewWeirdWest, Oakland, Parade, PatriceRushen, Prince, PsychedelicRock, Questlove, Reaganism, RoseStone, SanFrancisco, Santana, SheilaE, SignOTheTimes, singersongwriter, Sisterhood, SlyandtheFamilyStone, Solange, StandBack, StevieNicks, studiowizards, SusannahMelvoin, Sylvester, SylvesterandtheHotBand, TheCockettes, TheLongSixties, TheMythOfTheWest, TheRoots, TheWreckingCrew, transvocalizing, TVOnTheRadio, WendyandLisa, WendyMelvoin, WhenDovesCry, Witches | Leave a comment