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The Hooters – Great Songs with Mandolins, Accordion, Recorder…

The Hooters are one of the bands that have been playing their music since the 1980s and who are still very active and successful with their music. And the Hooters are one of the bands who make use of the mandolin in their songs. Eric Bazilian plays the mandolin or mandola, John Lilly plays mandolin too in some songs. The Hooters do also use the recorder, the accorion or the melodica in their songs.

Some of the songs by the Hooters are well known and very popular, like Johnny B., All you Zombies or Satellite.

There are some live videos from the 1980, but I haven’t discovered a video with the mandolin from that time. But in the videos from recent years I have found many examples of songs with one or two mandolins. In some videos Eric Bazilian plays a doubleneck instrument with electric mandolin and guitar.

Let’s start with the song Karla with a K which has a long introduction with mandolin and accordion:

The Hooters – “karla with a k”

Another famous song is Johnny B. which starts with a recorder melody:

The Hooters – Johnny B (live in Hamburg Fabrik am 09.06.09)

Concert in Arena of Pop – Mannheim 2009 – with mandola and mandolin

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Reignwolf – Mandolin Song – A Great Performance with…

Some time ago I have discovered this video by  Reignwolf (Jordan Cook) on twitter. Jordan Cook plays an electric mandolin.

Reignwolf – Mandolin Song & The Chain – Rockwood Music Hall NYC 2012-11-13

An incredible performance, guys, catch him if he’s playing anywhere near you. Loved that rendition of The Chain (Fleetwood Mac)…..

Reignwolf has been named one of the 10 artists you need to know in 2014:

10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2014

Playlist Reignwolf

Videos with guitar and some other versions of the mandolin song. In the first video Reignwolf plays a solo with guitar or mandolin and plays the bass drum with his feet. In the third piece (Chain) you can see his mandolin technique very well – mostly he plays with the thumb and middle- or ringfinger, and holds the pick with the index finger to be able to play with the pick as well.

More videos:

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Canadian Indie Rock Band Land of Talk – Segal…

I am just listening to the latest Canada Live podcast featuring Land of Talk – a Canadian indie rock band:

Indie-rock band Land of Talk is joined by special guests from The Besnard Lakes for this hot concert recorded at the Segal Centre in Montreal.

From Wikipedia: Land of Talk is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2006 from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band consists of singer and guitarist Elizabeth Powell, bassist Joseph Yarmush and drummer Andrew Barr.

You can download the Canada Live podcast from: http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/podcasts/canadalive.html

I just found another podcast from CBC Radio 3 Sessions with Land of Talk: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/podcasts/CBC-Radio-3-Sessions/Land-of-Talk-LIVE-in-Concert

Land of Talk plays great rock music – I like their sound very much!

Land of Talk are releasing their second full-length album, Cloak & Cipher on August 24th.

Here are some videos with Land of Talk:

Land Of Talk – It’s Okay

The next video has much energy and a great sound:

Land Of Talk – Sea Foam – live at Fearless Music

Land Of Talk performing Sea Foam live at Fearless Music, NYC. www.fearlessmusic.com – recorded in 2008

The last video was made very recently in Quebec, the sound of this live videos is not so good, but it may give an impression about how the Band performs today:

Land of Talk It’s Okay – FEQ 2010

Land of Talk au Festival d’Été de Québec 2010.

Links about Land of Talk

Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/landoftalk

Homepage: http://www.landoftalk.com/

Wikipedia about Land of Talk: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_Talk

another interesting Blog post about Land of Talk: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2010/07/land_of_talk_an.html


Colin James and Band – Blues and Blues Rock

For this weekend I would like to recommend another Canada Live podcast. The podcast of January 15th is dedicated to Colin James, it was recorded in Vancouver, where the winter olympics were opened today.

I liked this concert very much, I am just listening to it for the second time. Colin plays fantastic on his guitars and is a great blues and rock singer, and his band too makes a big sound.

(podcast no more available)

On the concert on demand page I have found the following introduction for  Colin James:

Born and bred in Saskatchewan, Colin James has long called Vancouver home. Colin was still in his teens when he was discovered by blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.

As a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Colin James has had a varied musical career, from blues to rock, pop and swing, following his muse without regard to fads or trends. A dozen albums later, Colin’s an established rock and blues institution who’s never gone away and just keeps on getting better.


  • Colin James – vocals & guitar
  • Craig Northey – guitar & vocals
  • Pat Steward – drums
  • Eric Webster – keyboard
  • Steve Hilliam – saxophone
  • Terry Townson – trumpet
  • Doug Elliott – bass

Here is a video with the second to last song of the concert, Into the mystic, a  Van Morrison cover:

Colin James – Into the mystic

Playlist with more Colin James videos:

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Homepage Colin James: http://www.colinjames.com/