March was a very busy and exciting month for us here at Eclipse culminating with recording Kevin Costner and Modern West. They stopped between dates on their current US tour and worked on music for the History Channel’s mini series about the Hatfields and McCoys set to air Memorial Day. Kevin stars as “Devil” Anse Hatfield. During the session, Kevin recorded vocals for several hours and they also tracked guitar, drums and worked on some new material under the watchful eye of producer/engineer and band member Teddy Morgan. A video-grapher filmed most of the day which I think will be used as a “making of” show about the mini series. They’ve promised to send us some stills when they get a chance and we’ll share them when they do.
(below) kevin Costner at Eclipse
(below) John Coinman and his beautiful Gibson J-185
(below) Kevin’s producer, engineer and lead guitar player, Teddy Morgan with Eclipse Engineer Tom Pisani.
Kevin was just as down to earth as his film characters normally are and was a true pleasure to work with. At one point, for the camera, he talked about his process of “getting into character” to play Anse Hatfield. It was fascinating listening to him and how he compared it to his preparation for ” Dances With Wolves”. Harmony, a long time Costner fan, was very nervous about meeting him. Kevin turned on the charm and genuinely put her right at ease.
Denny Laine Performing for Art Breakers May 19th at the Fountain of Youth
Denny Laine of the Moody Blues and co-founder of Wings will perform on Saturday May 19th, 2012 along with “The Cryers” and
local favorites The Falling Bones, the band Jim plays in, as part of our 2012 Music and Art Festival at The Fountain of Youth.
1st Annual Music & Art Festival May 18-19!
Artbreakers with the help of St Vincent’s Medical Center is proud to present our first annual Music and Art Festival May 18 and 19 on the grounds of the Fountain of Youth. “Proceeds from the event are used by Artbreakers to assist local cancer patients who may be uninsured or under served”, said Artbreakers co-founder Pier Fitts.
The event, a part of the 2012 Romanza Week opens on Friday night with Artbreakers 3rd annual Evening of Vaudeville followed by a dance featuring a variety of ballroom and swing music .On Saturday afternoon local artists and sculptors will present “Art in the Park” an art show that will include interactive demonstrations. There will be live music throughout the day and there will be Health and Awareness Fair the will provide information and some health screening. The event will close with a British Invasion theme concert featuring three great acts. Local favorites “The Falling Bones” will open the show with a Rolling Stones tribute and a few other British Invasion hits. The Bones will be followed by “The Cryers”, a Philadelphia based band best known for it’s Beatles covers. The concert will conclude with the co-founder of Wings and former Moody Blues member Denny Laine. “From 1965 through 1976 Denny Laine played around the world as part of two of the era’s biggest British bands” said Artbreakers President Gaye Jones. “Denny along with Paul and Linda McCartney formed Wings and Denny will play a number of hits from his days with Sir Paul as well as Moody Blues Classics”
Tickets go on sale March 1st and will be available online.
Tickets for Friday nights Vaudeville Show and Dance are $10. Concert tickets for Saturday are $20 or you may buy a weekend pass for a discounted price of $25. Admission to Saturday’s Art and Health Fair is FREE for St Johns County residents.
Rick Levy Adds Guitar to Tommy Roe Tour
Epiphone artist Rick Levy (Jim’s Falling Bones bandmate) is preparing for spring and summer dates with the legendary Tommy Roe. Rick, pictured here with his Epiphone Sheraton, will serve as guitarist and band leader on the tour and will be playing Epiphone instruments exclusively.
AN EVENING WITH TOMMY ROE is a new show featuring hits like “Sheila”, “Everybody”, “Hooray For Hazel”, “Sweet Pea”, “Jam Up and Jelly Tight” and “Dizzy”, plus less familiar tunes and new material as well. The show features full band, unplugged and solo segments and is sure to satisfy long-time Tommy Roe fans.
Tour Dates: April 7-8 – Riverside Casino – Riverside, IA April 14 – Seneca Niagara Casino – Niagara Falls May 8-10 Miss. River cruise May 25 – Century Casino – Edmonton, AB, Canada June 16 – Fountain of Life Fair – Gray, TN June 17 Ponte Vedra, Fl. June 18 – The Villages – FL August 31 – DiamondJo Casino – Dubuque, IA September 1 – Winnavegas Casino – Sloan, IA
September 2 – Hall of Fame Induction – Arnolds Park, IA
New CD Releases
(Steve Bennett) Vinny Vance Band “I’ll Follow The Light”