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Posts Tagged ‘Black Keys’

RIP, Jessi Zazu (September 12, 2017) Lead Singer Of Those Darlins

Posted by themusicsover on September 12, 2017

Jessi Zazu Wariner
1989 – September 12, 2017

Jessi Sazu, Center. Photo Credit: Guitarplaya1525 via Wikimedia Commons

Jessi Zazu, the lead singer of popular Nashville indie garage band, Those Darlins has lost her battle with cancer. She was 28. Formed in 2006 after Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, and Kelley Anderson met at a Rock and Roll camp, the band released their self-titled debut to positive reviews and local fan acclaim.  This afforded them the opportunity to tour with the likes of the Black Keys, Dr. Dog and JEFF the Brotherhood which expanded their fan base even more. Those Darlins’ early sound leaned Americana and Traditional, but over the next few years, they took on a more garage rock vibe. The band’s line up changed as well – bassist Adrian Barrera replaced Anderson who left the band in 2012. Throughout their run, they released one EP, three albums and several singles.

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Died On This Date (May 7, 2009) Matt Mugridge / Cleveland Music Impresario

Posted by themusicsover on May 7, 2010

Matt Mugridge
1966 – May 7, 2009

mugridgeCleveland’s Matt Mugridge was a constant in the city’s changing music scene.  A passionate music fan and punk musician himself, Mugridge co-founded the legendary Grog Shop on Cleveland’s east side in 1992.    Thanks to Mugridge, future stars like Flaming Lips, Oasis and the Offspring played early gigs at the Grog Shop.  In later years, Mugridge opened a couple of other clubs and started his own film company where he shot live concert films for acts such as the Black Keys and Neko Case.  Mugridge passed away in his home on May 7, 2009.

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Died On This Date (January 17, 1998) Junior Kimbrough / Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on January 17, 2010

David “Junior” Kimbrough
July 28, 1930 – January 17, 1998

Like Fat Possum label mate, R.L. Burnside, Mississippi bluesman, Junior Kimbrough found a career spike during the twilight of his life. Kimbrough picked up the guitar as a youngster and by the late ’50s, he came into his own as a performer and songwriter.  He made his first recordings in 1966 but all but disappeared during the ’70s and ’80s, resurfacing occasionally to make a record or two.  In the early ’90s, he opened his own juke joint, Junior’s Place.  The Chulahoma, Mississippi venue became a favorite diversion for members of U2 and the Rolling Stones during its heyday.  It wasn’t until 1992, that Kimbrough released his debut album, All Night Long, on Fat Possum.  The record was a critical smash and a hit with young blues and indie-rockers alike.  The Black Keys were such fans that they recorded an entire album, Culahoma, of songs written by Kimbrough.  He released two more albums before he passed away.  Junior Kimbrough suffered a fatal heart attack on January 17, 1998.  He was 67 when he died.

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Died On This Date (January 1, 2006) Bryan Harvey / House Of Freaks

Posted by themusicsover on January 1, 2010

Bryan Harvey
April 27, 1956 – January 1, 2006

Bryan_HarveyBryan Harvey was the lead singer and guitarist for ’80s two-man indie rock pioneers, House of Freaks.   Johnny Hott played percussion.  Playing an energetic and remarkably full sound of folk and blues, House of Freaks were instantly embraced by college music fans around the country.  There unique sound was the blue print from which the White Stripes and Black Keys drew heavily from.  Besides with House of Freaks, Harvey could be heard as part of Gutterball, an indie supergroup of sorts that also featured Steve Wynn of Dream Syndicate.  Although the House of Freaks broke up in 1995, both Harvey and Hott continued to stay active making music ever since.  Harvey was also a beloved man throughout his community.  On January 1, 2006, Bryan Harvey, his wife and two young daughters were brutally murdered in the basement of their home, victims of an apparent botched robbery.  One perpetrator was later convicted to death while the other was sentenced to life in prison.

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