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September 2, 2014

Here's the first look at the cover of Revolutionary Action, the double CD re-issue of re-mastered versions of Rock Action, Scots Pirates and Revolutionary Means. It's due out October 20 on UK label Easy Action.

September 1, 2014

There's a benefit show for Gary Quackenbush of the SRC September 6 at Club 54 in St Hts (6 1/2 and Van Dyke) and admission is $10

Capacity is limited to 400 and doors open 6pm. Join WCSX and Doug Podell for some of Detroit's best to help cover medical expenses for Gary who has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. The bill includes The Reefermen, Frijid Pink and an after jam with Ray Goodman (SRC) and the Essentials featuring Tosha Owens. Scott Morgan will be the guest MC and will also be performing.

 

May 23, 2014

Scott's moving back into live shows with a vengeance and a new album is being mapped out as well. Both will be with Detroit's magnificent soulful rockers The Sights as his band. New material is being worked up as you read this. Expect a record taking a similar direction to The Solution.

Scott and The Sights will appear at Don Was' Concert of Colors at the Max Fischer Theater in Detroit on July 12. The show is a tribute to Bob Seger's "Silver Bullet" and Scott and the band will be playing "Nutbush City Limits". You can also catch them at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on July 18 and the Heritage Festival in Ypsilanti on August 16.

On the release front, UK label Easy Action is pushing on with re-issues of all of Scott's solo band material. "Revolutionary Means" will lead off.

Also in the pipeline: Scott's autobiography as well as a documentary-style film shot on the road in Europe by Joe Chonto with The Hydromatics.

March 21, 2014

Scott's great friend and Sonics Rendezvous Band bandmate, Scott "Rock Action" Asheton, has passed. Here are the comments Scott gave in tribute to Billboard reporter Gary Graff:

We were in junior high school together, Forsythe Junior High. I met Scott and Ron there, and it was the beginning of a lifelong friendship because we were both into music. The family had moved her from Iowa and my dad was from Iowa, so we had a connection already. As things were going along, I was in the Rationals and he started playing with the Stooges and we were in the same circles again, this time as professional musicians.

And then when the Stooges stopped playing, I was playing with (the MC5's) Fred Smith and thought, "Scott's not playing. Me and Fred and Scott would make a really good band. So me and Fred started working with Scott, and that was the beginning of Sonic's Rendezvous Band, basically. We had been going for awhile and me and Fred had kicked around a lot of ideas, and when we finally settled on Scott as a drummer, that was when the band started to solidify as a permanent thing for the next five years.

During all of that, obviously, we became really close friends and spent a lot of time together. We went up north (in Michigan) fishing every year, just hung out, like friends do -- go to the bar, go to see music and stuff like that. He was not a real talkative guy; he was more taciturn than loquacious. He was a real, super-good friend but not the kind of guy that talked all the time, not the life of the party or yakking away all the time. He was just really to the point in what he had to say and really into music, really into his friends, his family and just normal pursuits like fishing and chess and stuff like that -- not what you'd expect. You'd think he'd be Lemmy Kilmister or something, but he wasn't like that.

When he started out with the Stooges he made his own drum set -- a couple of oil cans with contact mics on them, some timbales for tom-toms, maybe a snare drum and a couple of cymbals. Then he graduated to getting a real drum set when (the Stooges) signed to Elektra and started recording.

As a drummer he was, at first, just real straight-ahead; the Stooges were just basically jamming, and Scott's job was to be solid and hold everything together because everybody else was just going nuts. He pretty much played the same way through the Stooges recordings, and then when he started playing with Sonic's Rendezvous Band, we were doing more stuff like Chuck Berry and some Rhythm & Blues stuff and he had to change his style a little bit. But I think he was better, and getting better every time.

After Sonic's broke up he took some jazz lessons at Washtenaw Community College, and that increased his scope a little more. He was much more fluent as a drummer and could do a lot of different things he couldn't do when he started playing drums -- which I guess is a typical musician's progression; the more you do it, the better. And in Scots Pirates were basically trying to do something we hadn't done before. It wasn't the Stooges. It wasn't the Rationals. It was a whole different trip, and Scott was very well equipped for it.

I think the music for Scott... once Scott found that, he found himself, I think. He found something he could do that was different, that he enjoyed doing, that he could get paid doing and travel -- kind of like a dream job. It really was that for him, I think.

March 16, 2014

R.I.P. Scott Asheton 1949-2014.

March 15, 2014

The venue for the Gary Grimshaw Benefit has changed to New York New York at Chesterfield.

   

 

January 14, 2014

Vale Gary Grimshaw, artistic revolutionary who passed away Monday, aged 67 after protracted illness. Scott is among a host of people scheduled to play "A Night of Grand Love", a fund-raiser in Gary's honour at the Macomb Music Theater, hosted by 94.7 WCSX, on Saturday, March 22.

A showing of Tony D'Annunzio's award winning film "Louder Then Love - The Grande Ballroom Story" will be followed by live performances by Gary Quackenbush from SRC, Scott, and Dick Wagner and Friends from The Frost. The proceeds will benefit Gary Grimshaw's family and wife Laura Grimshaw.

The family has insurmountable bills to pay so the Detroit and Michigan rock community is stepping up to help. There will also be an auction of classic memorabilia (some from Gary's personal collection.) Many more special guests and friends are expected to play. Doors at 4:30 Donation of $15 for movie and concert or $10 for just the concert. Sorry, no advance tickets. Details here. You can join the Facebook event here.

December 28, 2013

Here's Scott's report on his comeback:

Thanksgiving Weekend 2011 was when I played my last show.  It was a promotional club appearance in Detroit for the current album at the time by the Irrationals, eponymously titled Scott Morgan (Alive Records.)

One week later I was beginning treatment for a serious illness I didn't fully see coming.  That lasted for a year.  The next year consisted of getting back in shape and planning.

This was accomplished for the most part, and meanwhile Easy Action Records picked up where they left off with the Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set.  In October of 2013 they released Three Chords And A Cloud Of Dust, a retrospective snapshot of my career in three discs.

In addition to the recordings included there, they began scheduling full releases of Guardian Angel, Scots Pirates and The Hydromatics.
 
On Saturday, December 21 at Detroit's Magic Stick, the winter solstice, I did Sam Cooke's Live At The Harlem Square Club version with King Curtis and The Kingpins "Bring It On Home To Me".  I played with The Sights and 50 of Detroit's top musicians.  This was my third shot at it and i think we nailed it this time.

So I'm back. Thanks to everyone for hangin' in there!

 

December 24, 2013

Scott sang in public for the first time since being diagnosed with liver disease three nights ago at the Magic Stick in Detroit. He was one of a host of special guests joinging The Sights and gave a great rendition of Sam Cooke's version of Bring It On Home.

Scott wishes all of you the best for the Holiday Season and looks forward to a healthy and prosperous New Year.

 

 

October 18

Coming soon on Easy Action Records: Limited edition pressing of the "real" Masonic show by Sonics Rendezvous Band. This is their uncredited five-song support to The Runaways on January 14, 1978 in a run of 300 copies. Read more here.

 

Also, Easy Action is releasing Scott's recording with his post Sonics Rendezvous Band outfit Guardian Angel. Due November, the CD can be pre-ordered here. It will ship with a very special limioted edition CD "From The Desk of Real O Mind Records". More on that soon!

 

July 18:

There's a great review of the box set in Record Collector magazine. One of France's greatest rock and roll zines Dig It has also published a fantastic interview with Scott. The transl;ation appears below.

 

By Patrick Foulhoux
(English translation "Tommy Boy")

Talk about Detroit, and right away you'll think about the MC5 and the Stooges. Only then will Sonic's Rendezvous Band come up. Braves from the same tribe, the same wild bunch, and not playing second fiddle to anyone — it's just that they didn't last as long. Scott Morgan worked alongside Fred Sonic Smith in Sonic's Rendezvous Band. Scott is another of those memorable figures of Detroit rock, raised on rock and soul. He may be lacking in visibility in Europe, but in the US, he enjoys the same status as his fellow Michiganders. Take a good look at his career, and you'll understand what a cornerstone he represents for our rock culture. Following Scott's labyrinthine trail is a daunting task, unless you're a wizened Sioux hunter who's run all up and down the USA. It starts with the Rationals, in the 60s and ends up with The Solution, where he teamed up with Nicke Royale Andersson, the Hellacopters' singer.

We have to thank the English label Easy Action for Three Chords & a Cloud of Dust, a "best of" 3 CD boxset covering Scott Morgan's oeuvre in 62 titles. It perfectly recaps the exemplary career of an outstanding gentleman who always refused, out of modesty no doubt, to burn his wings on fame's illusory flame. Ask Scott a question, you'll get a terse answer. As he does in his music, Scott sticks to the essentials, anything else is superfluous window dressing.

"Three Chords… is a compilation of my entire history. It had never been made before". Many of Scott's records are available, since they're often reissued on CD. However, there are a few unreleased tracks in this boxset, so that fans are incited to purchase this treasure chest put together by Scott himself and friends who "conferred with me on many of the tracks included". Selection criteria : give a good overview of Scott's career. Easy Action chose chronological order to present the tracks. In the course of as versatile a career as Scott Morgan's, one may imagine that there'll be ups and downs. Scott doesn't disown anything and, granted, he never committed any faux pas. That being said, he does have his preferences. When he listens to the boxset from beginning to end, his favorite periods correspond to the band who were most important and visible, Rationals, Sonic Rendezvous Band, Hydromatics and The Solution. In those groups were the musicians he felt most comfortable with.  We think some of them are geniuses, such as Steve Correll (The Rationals), Fred Smith (Sonic's Rendezvous Band) and Nick Royale (The Hydromatics and The Solution), Scott just says, in a typically understated way, that they have "undeniable talent". But those names make our eyes glitter, and he wrote with them some monuments of rock'n'roll.

That relative lack of notoriety, compared to the Stooges or the MC5, never hurt Scott's feelings. "We were all close friends, so it was good to see them play", he says about their respective reunions. He also attempted a reunion of The Rationals : "For about two years we kept the reunion going, but then it was time to move on." They recorded together in 1991, "something Terry Trabandt [bass guitarist] wanted to do". The Sonic's Rendezvous Band regrouped once, on September 11, 1999. The name had been changed to Rendezvous Band, since Fred Smith wasn't there any longer, and had been replaced by Deniz Tek. "That was one show.  Happy trails.  The last we ever did."

It yielded the album Live at The Magic Stick, Detroit (2000, Real-o-Mind). Scott took part in another little-known all-star band with Wayne Kramer, Deniz Tek, Paul Ill and Brock Avery which, luckily, is featured in this boxset, Dodge Main : "We did an album in Hollywood with Deniz Tek and some Midwest shows". Dodge Main was a New Race-like endeavor, concentrating on covers of classic songs, starting with "City Slang", the only song from Sonic's Rendezvous Band to be included in the boxset, in an acoustic version played by Scott on the radio. When reminded that that song is a milestone in musical history, he does stress that "It's Fred's masterpiece". Although Scott may be modest to a fault, and doesn't want to overstate his contribution, it would be professional and deontological misconduct to pass over the other three band members who, alongside Fred Smith, helped create such a song.  As well as quite tactless to Gary Rasmussen, Scott Asheton and Scott Morgan. Nick Royale and Tony Slug suggested to Scott that he form The Hydromatics, then The Solution  : "The Hydromatics were based on Sonic's Rendezvous Band and The Solution on soul music. We felt like doing that one with Nick. We just liked the title "The Solution Will Not Be Televised" (2007, Wild Kingdom) — it was not to pay homage to Gil Scott Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised".

When asked if he's aware of the number of musicians he has influenced, Scott has a cutting answer, alluding to his current state of health : "It's good to be a living influence." In 2013, Scott has to confess that he's not impressed by most current bands : "[Detroit is] nothing like it was due to changes in the music business.  The corporation put it in its grave." Still lapidary !

In this delightful boxset, gathering the finest of finest, complete with an instructive booklet, Scott's five favorite songs are:
 "I Need You" (The Rationals)
- "City Slang" (Sonic Rendezvous Band)
- "Hijackin Love" (Guardian Angel)
- "Runaways Slave" (The Hydromatics)
- "Top of The Stairs" (The Solution)

One of the most beautiful releases of the last few months, for a careeer that is scheduled to go on. We can't wait to see him back in action.

May 10:

Scott's box set is scoring fantastic reviews all over. Here's what David Fricke has to say in Rolling Stone. All Music Guide gives the box a thumbs-up here. You can also listen to samples of the tracks.

The reviews just keep coming! This one is from Scott's friend Roberto Calabrò in Italy's Blow Up magazine...

Here's the translation. Thanks Roberto!

Scott Morgan Three Chords and A Cloud of Dust • 3CD Easy Action • 62t-217:00 ca.

Just as he is fighting the most important battle of his life, surrounded by the affection of his loved ones and his fans, Scott Morgan is celebrated with a triple CD box-set from the small English label Easy Action.

It's an act of love to one of the greatest singers and composers who came out of that meltin' pot that was the US underground in the late Sixties.

Scott Morgan - as Ken Shimamoto reminds us in the liner notes - is a songwriter who, in a better world, would have obtained the same honors of Bruce Springsteen and who is at the same level of people like Mitch Ryder, Iggy Pop, Rob Tyner, Bob Seger. Or, to stay on this side of the Atlantic, Steve Marriott or Rod Stewart.

That's because with his green-eyed soul voice and artistic integrity Scott Morgan has crossed 45 years of musical history: from the primitive R&B of the seminal Rationals, a band still remembered amongst the finest examples of the Detroit sound at the end of the Sixties, to Sonic's Rendezvous Band, the bright comet that for five years in the 70's crossed the Motor City sky illuminating it with its protopunk.

In between, before and after, there are many fantastic musical adventures, none of which have never been kissed by commercial success.

It's one of the many crimes perpetrated against the music, the one with with the capital "M".

Nevertheless Scott Morgan has continued to follow his heart, his dreams and his visions.

His story is told starting from the title of this fabulous anthology (3 CDs, 62 tracks, many of which were unreleased or for the first time in digital format): "Three Chords and A Cloud Of Dust ".

In other words: fall in the dust and get up a moment later with a guitar in his hand and a melody in his head.

The entire epic story of Scott Morgan has been explored: music that vibrates, which sets us on fire, which goes straight to the heart.

It's guitar rock embellished with soul elements with Scott's soulful voice always on top.

There are all the adventures, ancient and recent, of this indomitable lion who has been able in his career to build a bridge between past and future: from the great Guardian Angel (early Seventies) to the collaboration with the Hellacopters - the first of many contemporary groups to pay homage to Scott -, from his personal band to the many projects held in the last 15 years such as Dodge Main (with Radio Birdman's Deniz Tek and MC5's Wayne Kramer), Powertrane, The Hydromatics and The Solution (with Nick Royale of the Hellacopters).

Plus, obviously, The Rationals and Sonic's Rendezvous Band. Songs such as Hijackin 'Love, Soul Mover, Mystically Yours, City Slang, 16 with a Bullet, Satisfier, Somebody, Standing at The Juke, should be included in any record collection that counts. See that they are not missing in yours!

March 10:

First reviews of the box set are in. Here's one from Australian site The I-94 Bar.

Here's one from France by Patrick Foulhoux in Dig It magazine. We've done our best to translate most of it from the original:

Detroit, the city where the wildest rock has mixed its blood with the soul. Scott Morgan ideally embodies the link between MC5/Stooges and Motown , with as much ease as Mitch Ryder.Scott Morgan is Otis Redding by Ike Turner, Detroit gunslinger trend.
His many adventures began in 1965 with the Rationals who competed with the Stooges and the MC5. Helped it must be conceded by a remarkable voice.

He has played with the greatest…like Nicke Anderson (singer Hellacopters), which hit the skins with Hydromatics and The Solution.

There is the famous Sonic's Rendezous Band, authors of "City Slang", considered by many as the greatest rock song of all time! Scott was a member with Fred Sonic Smith, Gary Rasmussen and Scott Asheton. One of the first all-star bands in the history of rock (real). Detroit, the city where the wildest rock has mixed his blood with the soul.

Then there's Dodge Main, in company with Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) and Wayne Kramer (MC5), with only one album, it boasts thermonuclear assets that are a little more powerful than fifteen radioactive Fukushima meltdowns.

Scott Morgan himself has selected 62 titles that includes this set of three CDs and a book retrospective. All of shattered rock hi-energy power as they say on the side of Detroit and volcanic rhythm 'n' blues have interest to pounce on this sublime box, it's all a part of the history of Detroit bomb contained in this rock'n'roll, a colossal monument to be included in the World Heritage of Humanity immediately!

MASTERPIECE 10.

A few weeks ago during a routine scan for his liver, a malignant tumor (a GIST) was discovered on Scott's stomach. We didn't announce anything about this sudden turn in order to simply give you the good news when we had it. Surgery was this past Wednesday.

On Sunday, February 24, Scott's stomach cancer surgery went well: they had to take out less of his stomach than we feared because of the position of the tumor. We don't think there's been any metastasis nor that he will require post-op oral chemo although that is yet to be confirmed. Now we wait to see if his liver can hold up to all the activity. Virtually anything can upset the delicate balance that is his liver (and its little helper that's doing the heavy lifting right now) the shunt. He came home from the hospital yesterday.

As of today, between his pain meds and mashed potatoes and gravy, he probably feels better than all of us. Of course, liver-failure is not over until transplant and he is doing all he can to avoid that ultimate cure: so far, at each critical juncture, he comes through! Scrappy little cus!

On another note, we visited a throat clinic (U of M) and his vocal cords were diagnosed as "clean and clear". He has a slight bowing at the bottom tip of the "V" when the cords come together which allows air (rather than good vibration) but the doctor and speech therapist seem to think he can exercise his way out of that. He will begin that treatment/training in earnest when he has rested up from this latest.

February 27:

Here's the first look inside the CD box set courtesy of UK-based graphic artist Les Clark. Remember - you can buy this from UK label Easy Action and proceeds go to Scott's medical expenses. It's expected to ship any day.

There are options to bundle with a T-shirt and the first 100 pre-orders ship with an EP (later avaiiable separately.) Order here.


 

Meanwhile, there are a limited number of fantastic retro style RESPECT posters for sale in our shop. Snooze and you lose!

 

February 3:

Hi friends – As most of you know, in Mid-October, Scott had a shunt inserted which transports blood around his liver to his heart and which alleviated the Ascites (fluid buildup) in his belly. Since that time, he has gained about 25 pounds and frankly, is looking wonderful. Because in some cases, shunts can be effective as long as 20 years, that's the world we have been living in for the past 3 months. Unfortunately, in investigating a "gray spot" on his MRI, they discovered that he has a half-dollar sized malignant lesion on his stomach (a GIST which you can Wiki). Fortunately, they believe they can remove this along with part of his stomach and that he should be 100% cancer free. At the same time, they will removed the sizeable umbilical hernia which he probably hates more than anything to date. Operation should be scheduled shortly. We will stay in touch as we learn more. Bye for now, Love, Maureen and Scott.

 

January 25:

 

Pre-orders are open for the Scott Morgan box set and you can it with one of these. The Easy Action label is bundling "Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust" with this T-shirt. If you're early, you'll score a bonus disc of unreleased material. The box ships March 18 at the latest so get in now. Here's the link.

 

January 23:

The Scott Morgan box set on UK label Easy Action is not far away. We'll post tracklist details for "Three Chords And A Cloud Of Dust" and other snippets here in the next week or two but it's scheduled for March 18 and proceeds will go towards Scott's ongpoing healthcare costs.

Meanwhile, we're down to the last handful of copies of the "Medium Rare" compilation from the Philadelphia label Real O Mind. When we say "last copies" we're talking single figures. Label honcho and good friend Geoff Ginsbertg has been involved in compiling the Easy Action box so you know anything he's involved in is great! This 2001 collection has been long out of print and copies fetch $100-200 on eBay.

That's a bit rich, in our books. Since you're a friend or supporter of Scott, we're making the last of these available in the shop for $US50, posted anywhere in the world. Scott will autograph them if you wish. This offer will be open for a week or so and if there any left after then, they'll go up on eBay. Click here to place an order. Ask any questions here.

Once they're gone, they're gone, and they're alrready more than "medium rare".

 


January 22, 2013:

Happy New Year! Here's some footage to see in 2013. It's a Scott Morgan Band live clip from the early '80 shot by Rich Dorris. The band was Scott, Brian Delaney (g), Cathy Deschaine (backing vox), Gary Rasmussen (b) and Scott Asheton (d).

 



December 15:  Scott has an appointment with the Department of Laryngology at UM Hospital next month.  On his first appointment, as we understand it, he will see three separate specialists.  His voice is very weak and we are anxious to hear what’s going on.

Scott continues to tolerate his liver shunt insertion very well.  He is gaining weight and his color is good. 


October 30: The 4th attempt at the shunt insertion procedure was finally a success! We didn't announce appointments after the first failure when we learned not to create expectations and that things do not always go as planned.

In any event, now we wait to see how he tolerates it and what effect it has on his Ascites, weight and so forth. It has been a 5 weeks since his last paracentesis (fluid draw) - a milestone of its own as he usually needs that every 2 weeks. His blood tests are getting better and his color is very good.

The doctors continue to say this is a "bridge" and will not replace a transplant but that he is not sick enough for a transplant yet. In the meantime, he continues to get better. Clearly, this creates questions but we'll take it!

August 29: Thanks for all the calls and messages asking about Scott's TIPS procedure (shunt insertion attempt) today. As it turned out, they were unable to complete the operation and they will be scheduling another attempt in a week or so. It is a bit of a setback but we are still optimistic about the eventual outcome. He is feeling OK tonight, no pain and looking forward to going home! We'll let you know how this thing progresses as soon as we know ourselves. It's wonderful to see how many people are concerned. Thank you.

Scott sez:  MAUREEN'S REPORT IS TOTALLY FACTUAL BUT I'LL FILL IT OUT A BIT. SHE AND I WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE SO WE SAW EVERYTHING FIRST HAND. WE GOT UP AT 4 AM YESTERDAY AND WENT STRAIGHT TO THE HORSE'S MOUTH. I'D BEEN READING ABOUT TIPS FOR MONTHS BUT NOW IT WAS TIME FOR THE REAL DEAL.

AFTER THE OBLIGATORY WAIT WE GOT TO THE MEAT OF THE STORY. THEY KNOCKED ME OUT AND WENT TO WORK. THEY GOT ALL THE WAY TO THE LIVER BEFORE THEY REALIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM HOOKING UP THE TWO VEINS. WHEN I CAME TO THEY WERE WHEELING ME TO RECOVERY TO REST UP AND TRY AGAIN.

SPENT THE NEXT DAY EATING HOSPITAL FOOD AND GETTING LOTS OF BLOODWORK. THEY SENT ME HOME MIDDAY AND BOOKED A CAT SCAN FOR TODAY. THAT'S WHERE THINGS STAND. THERE WERE NO EFFECT FROM Anesthesia AND I HAVE BLOOD ALL OVER MY NECK TO PROVE THEY ACTUALLY GOT STARTED.

 

August 14:  At last, some news!  Scott has been scheduled for the TIPS procedure at UM Hospital next Wednesday Aug 22.  TIPS is a shunt going from his jugular vein and inserting to his hepatic vein (that goes to the heart).  This allows some blood to bypass the liver which will alleviate the high blood pressure that causes the Ascites and Esophageal Varices.  TIPS is considered a "bridge" to transplant for those having to wait.  This procedure has a 60% chance of success with a small chance of exacerbating the toxicity of his blood.  That would lead to a separate set of problems.  The results of this procedure may not be known for 6-8 weeks afterward but I will keep you informed.He still is very thin and weak; we have not even approached his vocal cords in terms of rehabilitation but it is on the list!  One of the chief goals that keeps him going is the chance of resuming his career. Once again, thank all of you for your support. He would truly be in a sad situation without your love and generosity.


August 7: I've been posting informally as people ask because we really don't know when a transplant might happen. They have twice as many people who need livers as the have organs so you have to be very ill before you are in the queue and luckily Scott's not there yet . In terms of the day to day: UM taking over for St Joe and trying their various treatment regimens to handle the Ascites which is the swollen belly caused by the liver not being able to filter fast enough. They have talked about a shunt through the liver but the wheels move slowly and I mean it! We've seen his liver dr once and had one educational session since the benefit. He's doing everything right: trying to gain weight and get stronger. He's OK considering the Ascites. Can't/doesn't do much. Just waiting to see what they say next.

June 3, 2012

Advance tickets for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. the Ann Arbor benefit for Scott Morgan will be available for sale starting at noon on Monday, June 4th through the Necto ticket office website. Click here for the Facebook event. In other news, Scott has qualified for Medicaid so the road to a liver transplant is a little easier. He's still battling considerable bills so any support you can give by attending a benefit or buying merchandise is appreciated.. May 22, 2012
The Ann Arbor benefit for Scott has been announced and here's the line-up:

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
The Ann Arbor Benefit for Scott Morgan 
Wednesday, June 20
The Necto
516 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 
Doors 8pm Music 9pm-2am
Silent Auction 8pm-11pm
(Inquiries may be made at morganbenefit@comcast.net)

$10 Minimum Donation at the Door

Seeking Donors for our Bucket Challenge The Vibratrons
 
George Bedard & the Kingpins
"The Michigan All Star Band" 
 Featuring Al Jacquez, Jeff Jones, Mark Gougeon,
Mark Tomorsky, Jim King, Frank Charboneaux, Ray Goodman, Drew Abbott, Dick Wagner, Hiawatha Bailey, Gary Rasmussen, David Swain, Bob Schultz,
with Special Guests!!
Late Night Jam Session
hosted by Brennan Andes of the Macpodz,
with Special Guests
MC Joe Tiboni
Host of the 89.1 WEMU's Big City Blues Cruise

Click here for the Facebook event.


May 21, 2012

Because Deniz Tek, one of Scott's best friends, will not be available for the local Benefits this summer, he decided to fly into Ann Arbor for one day to hold his own benefit.  On May 16, we drove over to Ypsilanti to see the show.  Scott was so happy to see Deniz and Art and Steve Godoy before they left on their European tour for the summer.  Many thanks to them, Chris Box Taylor (whose band Blue Snaggletooth was also on the bill) and the other contributing bands for holding this event.

 

March 20, 2012

Film-maker Tony D'Annunzio is donating proceeds from the screening of his Grande Ballroom documentary go to Scott. It's at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.

March 10, 2012 

A benefit is planned for April 14 at 1477 Grill (formerly Mario's of Troy) to help Scott. Scheduled performers include Amy Gore and Nikki Corvette, Frijid Pink and a Howling Diablos celebrity jam that will feature many of Morgan's musician friends. Guest MC's are Doug Podell and Steve Kostan from WCSX-FM (94.7). Many rock and sports items will be up for auction, including stuff donated by Ted Nugent, Dick Wagner, Ray Goodman, SRC, Alice Cooper, Frijid Pink and more. Admission is a suggested $10 donation at the door.

March 4, 2012

Thanks for your best wishes, merchandise purchases and donations. A spate of benefit concerts are being announced to help offset Scott's medical expenses. One is happening in Winnipeg, organised by Colin Bryce from the Mohair Sweets band:

 


The Facebook event page is here.
Meanwhile, back in Michigan, Doug Podell of 94.7 WCSX is behind this exciting news:
Frijid Pink to play The Scott Morgan Benefit April 14 At Mario's of Troy This is the first time in years that the band will be playing live in there hometown they will be joined by Amy Gore & Nikki Corvette ( Gorevette) Gary Quackenbush and the SRC All Stars , The Howling Diablos and The Celebrity Jam ....more info to follow

There's also an Ann Arbor show being worked on.

 

February 24, 2012

Dear Friends,

Scott Morgan needs your help.  About three months ago, Scott was diagnosed with severe liver disease and ascites (no Hep C).  He is stable and living at home but we still don't know to what extent damage can be reversed.  This healing is a very long and slow process and we simply have to wait to see how his body responds to treatment.  Scott is firmly committed to getting well without surgery and is doing everything in his power to make that happen.  Needless to say, he quit drinking at once.


Many of you have asked about his voice.  It sounds very scratchy and weak at this point and he hasn't even attempted to sing!  Once again, the extent to which it will come back remains to be seen.  He needs to see a specialist for diagnosis.  We'll keep you posted.

Financially, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital has an assistance program that covers part of his bills, (bless them), however, there is still the other part that Scott has to pay, which is significant, plus anything outside their health system such as prescriptions, etc.   Although we have applied for Medicaid and other Social Services, these are difficult days for those funds and nothing has been approved as yet.
In order to show our support and help Scott through tough times, a group of his friends have gotten together to stage a benefit performance and to solicit funds.  The plans for the benefit are just under way so there is little to report as yet, but stay tuned to this page for updates.  If you can help Scott by sending a donation or buying merchandise, that would really help him a lot.  All of the information you need to buy merchandise or send a donation with a check is on the Merch link.  Donations through PayPal can be made by clicking on the Donate button.  If you don’t have a PayPal account, they accept credit cards.


Thanks in advance for anything you can do.

January 8, 2011

Terry Trabandt, bassplayer-singer for the Rationals, died in Florida on December 28th, aged 61. Scott Morgan writes:

 

This is my worst nightmare. i'll live to a hundred and all my friends will be gone. That said, it ain't about me. It's about my friend and fellow Rational Terry Trabandt.

The first time i was aware of Terry he was in the Ann Arbor News with some other guys who were taking guitar lessons. After Steve Correl and I started the band, Steve went to military school, so i had to find some new partners in crime until he got back. I started working with Terry and Bill Figg mostly woodshedding. When Steve got back we convinced Terry to play bass and we had the final Rationals lineup.

We started small, playing mostly private parties and sock hops until we met Jeep Holland. One thing i didn't know about Terry was that he could really sing. If you listen to I Need You, Zip a Dee Doo Dah, or Listen To Me, you can hear the perfect blend of harmonies that Terry and Steve could produce. I think Terry played bass better than guitar. His bass lines were always inventive. I always thought every bass player copied James Jamerson but Terry said he got his ideas from the British groups.

Things really clicked for us after we started working with Jeep, and in a short period of time we were recording, doing television with Robin Seymour and touring. We just kept building on that premise. Our first record was a hit in Ann Arbor, our second sounded a lot like the Kinks and the Beatles, but it was our third that put us over the top. It was the flip side of Leaving Here, Respect.

By now we were so popular in Detroit that the cops were beating girls off our van with billy clubs. I was horrified but it lead to us stopping the show at Cobo Hall and having girls carried away, having fainted at Hudsons Auditorium.

Our friend Deon Jackson said Terry had a "do wrong smile". I think he was kidding. When we played the Grande, Terry did the opening remarks saying he was sorry we had these colds. A typical understatement that Rob Tyner heard as "the sun, the moon and the stars".

Terry was the Rationals just as the rest of us. When we broke up in 1970 we went out in a blaze of glory having just released our fist album in a singles based world, but Terry wasn't ready to give up. We started a band and recorded with Fred Smith, Mike Davis, and Bill Figg which played one show opening for Tim Buckley. Then we moved on to Guardian Angel with my brother David and Tex Gabriel. We got John Sinclair and Pete Andrews to manage us and kept the ball rolling with some new bandmates. That phase lasted a few years and Terry moved to Los Angeles with Fred Smith and I right behind him. He moved back to Michigan and soon headed to Germany where he formed a band. He lived in New York for awhile.

In 1991, we had a reunion that lasted for several years. Terry and I were the last ones in that project until about 1993 after we did one last recording session. After that we decided to put the reunion to bed.

I guess I could say a lot of high and mighty things about Terry but the proof is in the pudding and it's all on record. He was a great musician, my friend, and I'm gonna miss him. See ya soon, brother.

 

 

June 14, 2010

Vale Andy Frost, former drummer for Powertrane and the Hydromatics. Andy (pictured) passed away suddenly at his home in Loveland, Colorado, on May 28. He was aged 32. Andy was an inspiring drummer who lived life to the fullest. You can leave an online condolence message here.

On a brighter note, Scott Morgan and his band, the Irrationals, will perform at a CD-release party at 8 p.m. July 9 at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. 248-544-3030. $10. Support will come from the Howling Diablos.


 

May 8, 2010

Scott's new album on Alive Naturalsound Records is called "Scott Morgan" and is out now. You can order a copy direct from Alive (who also have it on LP) or from Amazon. Click on the Alive link to hear a sample. Here's the label screed:

The legendary Scott Morgan (Rationals, Sonic's Rendezvous Band, The Solution) has teamed up with some of Detroit's most highly regarded underground luminaries to make his definitive solo album. Scott Morgan is a first rate rock singer, admired by everyone from Mitch Ryder to Nathaniel Mayer, from Rob Tyner to Iggy. Since his 70's stint in Sonic's Rendezvous Band, Scott has made a lot of great music with a variety of bands, a lot of loud motor city style stuff, and some straight up soul music as well, but this is his first proper solo outing. Scott Morgan, the album, is a point where Detroit soul tradition meets Ann Arbor music history in a blast of Downtown Detroit contemporary rockn'roll culture. It is brought to you by the producers responsible for records by Nathaniel Mayer, The Go, The White Stripes, The Sights, Outrageous Cherry, and a whole lot of other good stuff!

The critical accalim is already flowing. Bill Holdship's review in the Detroit Metro Times is here. Michael Toland has also reviewed it in the online version of The Big Takeover magazine.

March 23, 2010

Powertrane is officially on hiatus after nearly a decade of hard rockin' rhythm 'n' blues. While that's sad news, Scott's new solo album will be out on Aliive Records at the end of April. Watch for live dates.

There are hopes that the original Rationals will do a series of shows later this year. It's dependent on the schedules of all concerned but it looks promising with more archival recordings on their way.

February 27, 2010

More cool Big Beat news, again courtesy Alec Palao: "Big Beat's contribution to International Record Store Day on April 17 is Rationalism! by soulful Michigan garage legends The Rationals. This limited edition 7" EP contains 'I Gotta Go Now' and 'Poor Dog,' the two most dancefloor-friendly cuts from the recent Big Beat CD anthology of their A-Square years, Think Rational!, along with an astounding, recently uncovered seven minute Yardbirds-like studio rave on 'Wang Dang Doodle,' full of mangled guitar and honking harp. Further vinyl Rats releases planned for later this year include a reproduction of their hideously rare Fan Club album.

February 7, 2010
Scott just finished recording a new solo album with the guys from the irRationals, who've been backing him to promote the "Think Rational" compilation, with Chris Box Taylor of Powertrane and Mazinga also on board. The new album is out on Alive/Total Energy Records in May and was recorded at Jim Diamond's Ghetto Recorders in Detroit.

Early opinion is that it's a cross between "Some Girls" Stones crossed with some strong soul influences. It'll be a mix of covers like "I Move You" (Nina Simone), "Mississippi Delta" (Bobbie Gentry") and "Soothe Me" ("Sam and Dave") and originals.

Photos from the session are by Doug Coombe.

December 3, 2009

November 16, 2009

Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson (ex-MC5), Scott Morgan and Deniz Tek (ex-Radio Birdman) will play a one-off show at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor December 18. The Ann Arbor Rock and Roll Revival promises to be one of the big shows of 2009 and the first chance to see these three together on-stage since Dodge Main in the '90s. Guests are Hiawatha Bailey and Mazinga.

Tickets are available online here.

Meanwhile, Michigan multimedia producer Ed Primeau has unearthed some Scott Morgan Band and Sonic's Rendezvous Band tapes entrusted to him for safekeeping back in the '80s. More on Ed and his company Primeau Productions here. There was also a film clip of "She's Wild" by Scots Pirates (featuriung Gary Rasmussen and Scott Asheton) which we're featuring for your viewing pleasure:

Ed and his studio staff have also made available some audio from one of those 1979 Sonic's Rendezvous Band tapes. Here's a montage that goes with the audio of Gone With The Dogs:

 

October 15, 2009

Scott brings the music of the Rationals to the Beachland Ballroom. Cleveland, on Saturday, November 7.

Here's a review of Think Rational! from UK magazine Mojo.

September 30, 2009

Scott brings the music of the Rationals to Ann Arbor. He'll be joined at the Blind Pig on Saturday, October 24 by special guests DJ Jermey Wheeler of The Bang!, Chris "Box" Taylor of Mazinga, Eddie Baranek of The Sights, Dave Shettler of SSM and Jim Diamond of Ghetto Recorders.

Blind Pig
Saturday, 24 October 2009 at 21:30
Blind Pig
208 S. FIRST ST.
Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: 7349968555

September 25, 2009

There's a fantastic series of interviews with Scott and a stack of great photos on fellow A2 resident Retrokimmer's blog here.


September 23, 2009

UK-based Record Collector magazine gives major props to Think Rational!. Read it here.


July 4, 2009 - Happy Fourth of July!

A quick update: Powertrane plays the Don Was Super Session at Concert of Colors on July 18.  The venue is Symphony Hall, Detroit. On July 24 Scott is doing an evening of Rationals music with Matt Smith of Outrageous Cherry, Dave Shettler, formerly of the Sights, and Dirtbombs (and a million other bands) member Jim Diamond at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, Michigan. 

The 2-CD "Think Rational" retrospective set is scheduled to be out this week on Ace/Big Beat Records. Order it on Amazon.com



May 21, 2009

Upcoming on the Big Beat label out of the UK: "Think Rational!", a 2CD compilaiton of Scott's original band The Rationals. Some info here.

Meanwhile, Powertrane will play this year's Concert of Colours, Detroit's 17th annual free musical celebration of cultural diversity.

May 3, 2009

Scott's old friend and master drummer Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson (MC5, The New Order, DKT, New Race and others) has kicked off a blog and it's one of the best reads on the Internet. Go take a look and sign up for updates. It's a must for anyone with an inkling for rock and roll in the Motor City.

April 5, 2009

FRI 04/17/2009 07:00 PM - THE FILLMORE
2115 WOODWARD
DETROIT, Michigan 48201
US
Cost: $20
Description:POWERTRANE PLAYS THE MOTOR CITY MUSIC AWARDS 313 961 5451
DOORS AT 7
POWERTRANE AT 7:20

March 15, 2009

Footage from the recent Ron Asheton Tribute Night at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. That's Hiawatha Bailey of the Cult Heroes with Powertrane on "I Wanna Be Your Dog." Thanks to "Wizard of Livonia" for the clip.

March 1, 2009

It's Motown's 50th birthday. Scott figures in the Detroit News list of local celebrities polled for their opinion on great soul music. Have a read, listen up here. If you feel like watching some classic soul and the stories behind it, have a look at this feature from the Detroit Free Press.

January 30, 2009


Supports for the Ron Asheton tribute night at the Blind Pig on February 28 have been finalised. They are:

POWERTRANE FEATURING HIAWATHA

KYOTO CUTOUT

GORVETTE

MAZINGA

THE CULT HEROES

There's a radio interview with Iggy Pop about Ron's passing available for listening here. The Metro Times also ran a great tribute piece you should read here. Rolling Stone has posted some interviews about Ron and his influences here.For all things Stooges and a host of Ron coverage you should go to iggypop.org, run by Cathy Benson-Burke.

January 20, 2009

Scott on the passing of close friend Ron Asheton:

The first time I saw Ron was opening day at Forsythe Junior High School. He was just in from Davenport, Iowa. That's close to where my father grew up.

When we both decided we were going to be musicians, come hell or high water, that's when we got to know each other better. Everyone thought they had the top card, but in realty it was all just a friendly game of cans (which was a game we used to play with Dave Alexander in the breezeway of Dave's house, throwing empty beer cans in the trash.)

I don't think Ron's loss really hit me at first. I had just spent a quiet evening at his home on Christmas Eve. It was an annual tradition and very pleasant. We would have a holiday spread and a few small sips of his favorite whisky.

Ron loved his cats and even called me from London when he was worried about them. I admired him so much for taking care of Larry Fine in the actors' home. I think we're all in the Three Stooges fan club. We're coming to you're house to break up the joint.

As I've said before I believe Ron, Fred Smith and me were the first to use what I call a five chord. There is no third in it. Well, when we play 1969, Down on the Street, and I Wanna Be Your Dog, I believe the vibrations go straight to the Ashetons' basement.

Powertrane will host a memorial show for Ron:

SAT 02/28/2009 09:30 PM - THE BLIND PIG
208 SOUTH FIRST STREET
ANN ARBOR, Michigan 48104
Description:POWERTRANE HOSTS A TRIBUTE TO RON ASHETON. PROCEEDS TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY. SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED. www.blindpigmusic.com 734 996 8555

December 22, 2008

The band has recorded a RED HOT version of the 1968 Bob Seger System single "2 + 2 = ?". It's so good that Rolling Stone critic David Fricke has raved about it in his column, which you can read here.

This will be coming out on a double CD compilation and a single in the near future.

December 21, 2008

FRI 01/16/2009 08:00 PM - THE ELBOW ROOM
6 SOUTH WASHINGTON
YPSILANTI, Michigan 48197
Description: POWERTRANE IS BACK AT THE ELBOW WITH KYOTO CUTOUT AND GORVETTE!


October 16, 2008

THUR 10/30/2008 07:00 PM - THE CROFOOT
1 SOUTH SAGINAW
PONTIAC, Michigan 48342
US
Cost:$10
Description:40TH ANNIVERSARY OF KICK OUT THE JAMS.
POWERTRANE, MAZINGA, MUGGS, ORBITSUNS & MANY MORE. POWERTRANE AT 10 PM. www.thecrofoot.com 248 858 9333

October 15, 2008

Out they go: Powertrane Midwest and East Coast Tour t-shirts are reduced to $9.99 (US) and $11.99 (overseas) postage included in the Shop. Get in and grab them before they go here.

October 6, 2008

The latest Powertrane dates are confirmed:

FRI 10/24/2008 08:00 PM - THE ELBOW ROOM
6 S WASHINGTON
YPSILANTI, Michigan 48197
Description:POWERTRANE PLAYS THE ELBOW
WSG MAGIC SHOP & MY BIOGRAPHY
FRI OCT 24
Details: 734 483 6374
www.ypiselbow.com

Show Time: Thursday October 16, 2008 - 9:00 PM
Venue: TNT’S
Address: 35101 HARPER
City: CLINTON TOWNSHIP
State: Michigan
Country: US
Zip Code: 48035
Cost: $5
Description: POWERTRANE PLAYS AT 10:30 WSG NO JUSTICE & SOUL CIRCUS WRIF PRESENTS W SPECIAL GUEST DOUG PODELL www.tntsbar.com 585 792 l435
www.tntsbar.com
Call: 585 792 l435

September 21, 2008

There's a radio show with Scott and Powertrane for free download at Michigan college radio station WHFR-FM's website.

"The Second Chance" live CD by Sonic's Rendezvous Band gets another glowing review here.

Here are some photos from the recent Powertrane tour with Deniz Tek, courtesy of filmmaker Joe Chonto, shot during the band's visit to New York City where they played two gigs and an in-store at ex-Detroiter John Varatos' clothing store, on the site of the old CBGB club on The Bowery:


Scott and Deniz outside Charlie Parker's former residence on Avenue B in Manhattan.


Powertrane drummer Alex King and bass player Chris "Box" Taylor in discussion inside the store
with owner John Varatos and friend.


Scott contemplates upgrading his wardrobe before his bank manager gets wind of his plans.


Some creative billing at the Brooklyn gig.


September 17, 2008

The Metro Times has a nice Powertrane interview with Scott and Robert Gillespie here.


August 17, 2008

Early reviews of the "Live at Masonic" disc are glowing. Read what Canadian website herohill has a lot of good things to say here. The I-94 Bar gives it a high rating while French speakers will appreciate the take that Gonzai has.

No, that's not a mirage. UK label Easy Action has a 2CD set "The Second Chance" coming any tick of the clock.

August 1, 2008

Scott has more Powertrane tour t-shirts than he could ever wear so they're going out at close-out prices. They're now just $14.99 in the Continental US and $17.99 for the rest of the world which includes shipping. Specify your size upon checking out. Go find them in the shop here.

Two more Powertrane live dates have been announced:

FRI 08/29/2008 06:30 PM - HAMTRAMCK LABOR DAY FESTIVAL
HAMTRAMCK, Michigan
US
Cost:FREE
www.hamtramckfestival.org

09/19/2008 09:00 PM - LAGER HOUSE
1254 MICHIGAN AVE
DETROIT, 48226
US
Cost:$7
Call 313 961 4668 www.myspace.com/lagerhouse

July 6, 2008

Scott thanks everyone that came out to the Powertrane shows on the recent Midwest-East Coast tour. His quick summary:


"It was supposed to say 'Welcome Powertrane and puppet show"'.

"We had a great Powertrane tour with Deniz Tek. We played The Ring in Milwaukee, Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, and Ypsilanti's The Elbow Room. We played and invitation-only in-store at John Varvatos' clothing salon at the old CBGB in Manhattan, Southpaw in Brooklyn, and Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. The finale was an interview with Dave Marsh for his Sirius radio show "Kick Out The Jams" where I performed "Guitar Army" solo with special guest Rick Reil on guitar."

Tour t-shirts will be on sale via this site in the next couple of days.

In other news, the CD digipak issue of the Masonic Sonic's Rendezvous Band disc from the box set is out on Ramalama Records via Alive. This is re-mastered for this edition. Copies will arrive in the Scott Morgan Music store in the next few days. Drop us a line here to be notified when they arrive. Here's the skinny on the CD:

This is the is the CD version of this great live show, remastered from a Maxwell C-90. On a cold January night, the SONIC'S RENDEZVOUS BAND took the stage opening for the RAMONES in the 3,000 plus seat auditorium. They were personally asked to be on the bill by the RAMONES, who had befriended the band on the many occasions they played together at the Second Chance in Ann Arbor. But this night the SRB performed with an urgency previously unheard.

Songs include an amazing version of Fred Smith's "Sweet Nothin'", as well as "Electrophonic Tonic" "Asteroid B-612" "Gone With The Dogs" "Love And Learn" "Song L" and the classic "City Slang."

Spawned from the remnants of the MC5, STOOGES, RATIONALS and the UP, Fred "Sonic" Smith (MC5) joined forces with Scott Asheton (Stooges), Scott Morgan (Rationals) and Gary Rasmussen (The Up), to make legendary music that for the most part remained unheard by fans around the world. Until now.

A release produced for ROCK-A-RAMA RECORDS by Robert Matheu, nominated for best reissue at the 2008 Detroit Music Awards.

"Sounds like a punk Cream, but with a first-rate singer. A must have for Detroit diehards." - Mojo.

If you're a turntable person, Bomp have a limited run of purple vinyl LPs on sale here.


May 31, 2008

That Powertrane show in Chicago has been switched to Reggies:


FRI 06/20/2008 08:00 PM - REGGIES ROCK CLUB
2109 SOUTH STATE STREET
CHICAGO, Illinois 60616
Cost:N/A
Description:SCOTT MORGAN’S POWERTRANE FEATURING DENIZ TEK (RADIO
BIRDMAN) WSG THUNDERWING www.reggieslive.com www.mpshows.com
http://www.myspace.com/reggiesrockclub
Phone 312 949 0121

May 23, 2008

Be in the TV studio for a live Poweertrane recording session. Details where and when it goes out via PBS, when it comes to hand:

SUN 05/25/2008 08:00 PM - GREENESTUFF STUDIO
22675 MORELLI
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Michigan 48036
US
Cost:FREE
Description:POWERTRANE FILMS LIVE FOR PBS. FANS INVITED. IF YOU GET
LOST CALL 586 549 2879
Directions here

April 25, 2008

Another Powertrane date with Deniz Tek:

The Ring
Thu 6/26
wsg IRock Z
113 W. Virginia, Milwaukee, WI
$10
9pm
http://www.myspace.com/theringlivemusic

April 24, 2008

Powertrane is about to do a run of U.S. dates with ex-Radio Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek on board as special guest. Keep checking back but the first two confirmed dates are:

Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
Fri. 6/27
SCOTT MORGAN'S POWERTRANE feat. DENIZ TEK (of Radio Birdman)
$12
8 pm doors/9 pm show
18+
Tickets available at TicketWeb
125 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718.230.0236
www.spsounds.com

Maxwell's, Hoboken, NY:
Thur. 6/28
Scott Morgan's Powertrane feat. Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) $12
Tickets Available at TicketWeb
Telephone: (201) 653-1703
1039 Washington Street, Hoboken,
www.maxwellsnj.com

April 21, 2008

Another Powertrane date:

05/09/2008 10:00 PM - THE ELBOW ROOM
6 SOUTH WASHINGTON
YPSILANTI, Michigan
Cost:$5
Description:POWERTRANE W/SG THE FAREWELLS AND ROYALE
www.ypsielbow.com
734.483.6374

April 5, 2008

There are finally copies of the latest Hydromatics album "The Earth Is Shaking" (CD only) back in stock in the shop. NB: Scott's shop is the only United States outlet with these.

Also available in the shop is the brand spanklin' new split single by The Solution and Powertrane on Electrophonic Records.

There's a compilation of A Squared Records releases out too,featuring The Rationals plus others like the MC5, The Prime Movers and the Scott Richardson Case. Go here to read about it, score it on Amazon.

March 7, 2008:

Watch Jim Heneghan's brilliant film clip for The Solution's "You Gotta Come Down":

Here's Jim's back-story:

"The Solution’s “You Gotta Come Down” promo film was shot on one roll of Super-8. A roll of Super-8 runs for about 3 minutes and 20 seconds of moving pictures. The song “You Gotta Come Down” runs 3 minutes and 23 seconds. So Super-8 was a perfect choice for a one-shot, one-take Super-8 promo film.

"But The Solution had logistical problems to solve. Since Nicke is in Stockholm and Scott is in Detroit, we had Scott shoot a close-up of himself on his crappy VHS camera gear and send it to us in Stockholm. Then we played that VHS tape on a TV and let Nicke drum along with Scott on the TV.

"But that crappy video had playback issues and what you see in the video is the grainy result, for better or worse.

"The Solution will not be televised indeed!"

March 2, 2008

Italian rock writer Roberto Calabro has a great review of the new Solution album here.

There's a review of the Hydromatics "The Earth is Shaking album" on the Lords of metal website here.

Michigan blues trailblazer Michael Erlewine (The Prime Movers) has posted a great Rationals photo montage on YouTube to the soundtrack of their sizzling cover of "Smokestack Lightnin'".

And while we're at it, here's Michael's clip for "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Daa":

February 4, 2008

Powertrane play with special guest Mitch Ryder up front at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9632 Conant St, Hamtramck, Michigan on March 8. It's part of the Metro Times Blowout. Call 313 871 8888 for tickets.

January 31, 2008

Swedish media are taking to the new Solution album "Will Not Be Televised". Here's an English language clipping from Visions-Weekly e-magazine. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

January 26, 2008

Another Powertrane gig:



Check out the Sounds page for some new MP3s.


January 21, 2008

Robert Harm (formerly of Detroit band Little Leon and the Caravan, who recorded on Inkster Records) recently got in touch to share some photos from a triple-bill at Cobo Arena that they shared with The Rationals and another band, the name of whom no-one can recall. Here's what Robert wrote:

"Here are some more pix of that KDB teen gig on June 23, 1968 in Detroit with the Rationals, Leon and the Caravan, and another group I can't remember. After driving up to Michigan, talked to Leon's "homies" who are trying to find out his whereabouts. If I can contact him, I'll let him know you inquired and have him drop you an e-mail line. Enjoy the memories of when we were younger".

View an album of the photos here.


January 9, 2008

Big news from Sweden: The new Solution album "Will Not Be Televised" has hit number six in that country's charts - quite an effort considering it's competing with Swedish Idol releases and trhe usual crop of major label Christmas CDs. Watch out for copies in this website's shop soon.

For those 7" single fans among you, there's a limited quantity of platters available in the shop pairing Scott with Minneapolis songstress Miss Georgia Peach. "Put The Blame On Me" b/w ""All Talk, No Action" in the shop.


January 8, 2008

Scott spent Christmas Eve at a party at Ron Asheton's Ann Arbor house where the host turned up this promotional photo of The Rationals circa 1965 or '66.

December 20, 2007

There's a great Scott interview in the Real Detroit Weekly. Click here to read it online.

In case you're wondering, Scott's been in Sweden promoiting the new Solution album "Will Not Be Televised", due December 27. Watch an interview on Sweden's top breakfast TV show, see him run through two acoustic songs here.


November 29, 2007

POWERTRANE featuring rock & soul legend SCOTT MORGAN will be featured on SOME REAL MUSIC the next two Wednesday nights (11/28 & 12/5) at midnight in Manhattan on Time Warner cable channel 57, RCN cable channel 84 and streaming worldwide at MNN.org (select channel 57 under "Watch
MNN live"). Featured will be footage from a recent (typically incendiary) performance at the famous Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI.

November 25, 2007

Plenty of news afoot. Firstly, the Detroit Metro Times has compiled a list of the Best 100 Detroit Songs - and both the Rationals and Sonic's Rendezvous band get honorable mentions. Go here to read it and look out for numbers 34 and 69.

The Hydromatics album continuesd to impress good judges. Italy's Roberto Calabro has a review translated and posted here. You can do your part to keep The Hydromatics in The Lowlands Top 25 chart by casting a vote here. You can vote for up to five albums or as few as one. Check the box and scroll down to the "stem" (vote) button.

The Solution's long-awaited second album is in the shops in Sweden on December 27. "The Solution Will Not Be Televised" is right up to the mark of the debut album with the same spirited but classic soul sound. European dates will be locked in for early 2008 and import copies of the CD should be available via this site.

October 30, 2007
There's another outstanding review of the new Hydromatics album by Fort Worth rock scribe Ken Shimamoto here.


October 26, 2007
Some overlooked stock of the Powertrane live album, Ann Arbor Revival Meeting, and the Scott Morgan rarities collection, Medium Rare, have surfaced. This is probably the only retail stock of either of these releases anywhere in the world. You'll find them in the Shop but don't delay, they won't last.

October 20, 2007
The Shop is open again and there are a small number of copies of the new Hydromatics studio album The Earth Is Shaking. These are probably the only copies in the USA right now so get them while they're here. There's a review of the album at the I-94 Bar. if you're wavering.


September 18, 2007
Reviews of the Powertrane album are surfacing. Here is a classic write-up from Allmusic.com and a glowing recommendation from the I-94 Bar e-zine.


September 17, 2007
The Hydromatics tour of Europe is about to start with band rehearsals underway in Amsterdam. Here's a photo of the recording line-up (which included Kent Steedman of Australia's Celibate Rifles, although he won't be on the road with the band.)

The new album "The Earth is Shaking" will be available at shows and thereafter in good shops around the world. It's on the Suburban label. Copies will be in our shop in mid-October.

September 10, 2007
The final Powertrane gig before Scott heads to Europe to join the Hydromatics will be at The Elbow Room, Ypsilanti, on September 14, supporting SikSik Nation with Cuckold and the Veloras.


July 31, 2007
The new Powertrane website is operational here.

July 18, 2007
Copies of the new Powertrane CD "Beyond the Sound" are finally shipping! It was a long time in production for (record label) reasons beyond the control of the band, and then a masterring fault meant one song was omitted from the initial pressing, but the fully-fledged album is here. Apologies for those sweating its arrival but you'll agree it was worth the wait. Access the link to buy a copy using your credit card (via Paypal) via the link in the Scott Morgan Music shop here N.B. Please don't money to Scott Morgan Music as the orders are fulfilled at the offficial Powertrane site.

June 30, 2007
Hydromatics tour manager Benno "Benito" Goldewijk (pictured right) has been tragically killed in an accident while breaking down the Rolling Stones stage in Spain. The full story is here. Benno was an experienced tour manager, friend and assistant to the Hydromatics and was involved in mastering the soon-to-be-released new studio album. He'll be sadly missed when the Hydros hit the road later this year.

June 12, 2007
Mark down June 20 and 27 if you have access to Time Warner cable channel 57, RCN cable channel 84 and worldwide on the web at mnn.org (select channel 57) to catch a two-part special - each of one-hour apiece - focusing on Scott Morgan, Radio Birdman and the Hellacopters. SOME REAL MUSIC is a regular program that is just that. Each show will feature exclusive live footage from The Hellacopters' March 2006 show at New York's Bowery Ballroom and Radio Birdman's Irving Plaza concert last summer. Also Scott Morgan's collaborations with Nicke Andersson and Deniz Tek will be discussed, as well as an overview of Scott's discography. Tune in or log on at midnight (and if going to mnn.org, you must view this in real time as it's not archived.)

In other news, you can catch Scott in an online special by the publishers of the Detroit Free Press reflecting on 40 years of Aretha Franklin's smash hit "Respect". The Rationals had a regional hit with the song first. Scott reflects on that fact - and pays tribute to Aretha's subsequent version.

May 25, 2007

Scott was recently profiled in a Detroit Metro Times "Cribs & Rides" piece by Doug Coombes about local identities, their cars and their homes. Read it here. Doug also took the photos. one of which appears above.


May 13, 2007
Powertrane just scored the July 8 support to Radio Birdman at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.

Sonic's Rendezvous band fans will enjoy this live clip from YouTube, circa 1978. It's rough quality but where else can you see the band run through a live "City Slang"?

May 4, 2007

Another Powertrane date: Catch them with The Sights and The Muldoons on Saturday, June 16 at the Blind Pig, Ann Arbor.


April 26, 2007

The Powertrane album is coming! Watch this space in the next few days and we'll give you a link to buy a copy!

Meanwhile, there's a hard-to-find compilation, "Death, Rattle & Roll", featuring two Hydromatics songs in the shop right now.


March 20, 2007

The STOOGES + POWERTRANE APRIL 13TH FOX THEATER.

Iggy and the Stooges will rock Detroit's Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13. Powertrane is set to open the show.

Tickets ($35 & $59.50) are on sale now and may be purchased at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge) and all Ticketmaster locations, including Macy's. To charge tickets by phone, call (248) 433-1515 or purchase online at OlympiaEntertainment.com or Ticketmaster.com. For additional information, call (313) 471-6611.

Guests are reminded to plan accordingly due to the construction on the Lodge. For more information, please visit OlympiaEntertainment.com.


March 11, 2007

The Hydromatics have been re-activated and will record a new studio album. Scott will re-unite with Dutchman Tony Slug (Nitwitz, Loveslug) with Ries Doms on drums and Theo Brouwer on bass. Also along for the ride will be Australian guitarist Kent Steedman of the Celibate Rifles. Two weeks of writing and recording await. Stay posted for live dates after the album release.


February 28, 2007

Powertrane plays the annual Metro Times Blowout on March 8. The band will be at the New Dodge Lounge, 880 Jos Campau, Hamtramck at 12.45pm. Supports are the Prime Ministers, Sik Sik Nation and Johnny No Stars. More details here and go here for a map to get you there.

News from the Shop: We're discounting the price of Sonic's Rendezvous Band box sets by $5. That's $55 for US buyers and $60 anywhere else in the world, postage included! You won't find them cheaper, we reckon. Go to the Shop now to take advantage of this offer.

February 6, 2007:

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And when you're done there, Scott now has a Myspace site here. Become a Friend, spread the word.


January 29, 2007

More Scott on YouTube. This is a segment by independent producer and music enthusiast Joe Chonto that aired on NYC public access TV. Joe's program is called The Real Music, which is fitting, and you can contact him here.

January 28, 2007

Copies of the Sonic's Rendezvous band box set are in the shop right now. The price includes shipping costs. Grab one here before they run out.

December 2, 2006

Here's a translation of Roberto Calabro's Freakout-online review of the Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set:

SONIC’S RENDEZVOUS BAND - Sonic’s Rendezvous Band (Easy Action)There’s always been a sort of cult-status for Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, one of the most legendary bands in rock history. Maybe because this extraordinary Detroit super-group, formed by guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith after the MC5’s split, had left just one shining gem on black vinyl: the seminal single “City Slang”. Even if the band left only that lonely discographic legacy, its fame has grown during the years in every part of the planet.

The band was really the “crème” of the Motor City hi-energy rock’n’roll scene: there were former Rationals’ singer and guitarist Scott Morgan; former Stooges’ drummer Scott “Rock Action” Asheton; former Up’s bass player Gary Rasmussen; and - last but not least - former MC5 lead guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith. For years we could listen to the SRVB thanks to some lo-fi quality bootlegs, until the sudden release of two records on Mack Aborn in the 90’s: “Sweet Nothing” and “City Slang”. When those records sold out and they were never re-printed, a cloak of oblivion came down on SRVB.

But the cult was still strong, fueled by new fans and new bands who admitted their devotion to the legendary Detroit band (a name for all: the mighty Hellacopters). Now, thanks to the UK label Easy Action, here it comes a fantastic Sonic’s Rendezvous Band six-CD’s box set, made to tell the whole artistic adventure of that supergroup extraordinaire. It contains five live albums and one with rare studio material, for a total of 66 songs, 47 of which were never released before, even on bootlegs. The first CD, dated 1975 , is a precious document of a concert with the first embryonic line-up. In the band IS the very first bass player Ron Cooke, who’s also author of a couple of songs, and the live-set includes several covers such as Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land” and Bo Diddley’s “Let The Kids Dance”.

The second album is a pic of a 1976 live-concert at Madison Heights’s Lampere High School: the band is now stable and gets along very well, and the majority of the songs are written by Scott Morgan: “Dangerous”, “Asteroid B612”, the splendid “Slow Down (Take A Look)”.

The third one, recorded at Detroit’s Masonic Auditorium in 1978, is almost perfect: it starts with the “Electrophonic Tonic” attack, then shows a series of incredible numbers such as the fabulous “Sweet Nothin’”, “Love & Learn”, “Song L” and, above all, “City Slang”. Another groundbreaking show is recorded in its whole length on the fourth CD (“Second Chance, Ann Arbor 1978”), but the real gems of this box-set are hidden in the last two records.

On the fifth - “The Melancholy: Various Basement Tapes and Live Rarities” – there are 15 fantastic tracks, most of which coming from rare demos. Between them there IS a superb number called “Step By Step” featuring Patti Smith Group’s Lenny Kaye on guitar, and a cover version of the Rolling Stones’ obscure anthem “Flight 505”. More rarities appear on the sixth CD: other than THE band’s classic anthems, the long, dilated and psychedelic “American Boy” stands out with Fred “Sonic” Smith playing a free-form saxophone too.

The box set is the definitive retrospective on the story and music of the legendary Detroit’s super-group, “Sonic’s Rendezvous Band” that the fans and Motor-City rock lovers were waiting for the last 30 years. No doubt about it: this is a “must”. - ROBERTO CALABRO’


November 29, 2006

Vinyl fanatic? You need the 180gm version of the Masonic Auditorium gig from the Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set, out now on Rock a Rama Records through Total Energy. It's a magnificent rendering of the January 14, 1978 show on thick, black vinyl. Feels fine, sounds glorious. Read about it, order it here.

French Rolling Stone has given the box set a resounding thumbs up, as has the forthcoming Christmas edition of Record Collector.

November 28, 2006

Multi-lingual? Here's a great Italian review by Roberto Calabro of the Easy Action Sonic's Rendezvous Band boxset from Freakout-online. For the good oil from closer to the source, try the review from the Real Detroit Weekly.

Live Powertrane: Get along to The Lagerhouse at Corktown in Detroit on 16 December to catch the guys playing with The Last Of The Badmen, the down and dirty punk combo whose ranks include Radio Birdman's Ann Arbor native, Deniz Tek, as well as out-of-staters i-rock-z


November 5, 2006

Scott has written a moving tribute to friend and Sonic's Rendezvous Band associate Joe Hurley, who passed away suddenly in Florida on October 31. Read it here.

FOOTNOTE: Joe's cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2270 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, 48104, beginning at 9 am on Saturday, November 18, followed by a Memorial Mass at 10 am.


November 4, 2006

The Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set has gone Top Ten on Amazon.com. It's floating in and out of the top reaches of their top-selling list (last time we looked, but it's updated hourly). Check out where it's sitting here. Amazon is offering 10 percent off the store price but a few minutes ago were saying they were almost out of stock. The good news is that there are more copies on the way. Already got it? Add a review here.


October 26, 2006

There's a new review of the Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set at the I-94 Bar. Read it here.

A new film clip for your viewing pleasure: Sweden's Hellacopters cover Scott's "Slow Down, Take a Look" at the Bizarre Festival, Köln 1999.

October 22, 2006

Rolling Stone's David Fricke gives the Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set a resounding thumbs up in the magazine's U.S. edition. Read Fricke's Pick here.

Paul Trynka is similarly glowing in his assessment of the box set in the UK-published Mojo magazine. You'll find his review here.

October 20, 2006

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore names the Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set on Easy Action as one of the hottest things around for Rolling Stone's Hot Issue. Read about it here.

October 16, 2006

View the two film clips by The Solution (You may need a free download of Adobe Flash Player to watch these):


"My Mojo Ain't Working No More"



"I Have to Quit You"

October 1, 2006

Here's a link to a movie trailer that fans of Detroit rock and roll will appreciate. Wayne County Ramblin' features cameos from many Michigan music names.

The new Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set received a plug in the Detroit Free Press.

September 25, 2006

Big news for fans of Sonic's Rendezvous Band, the legendary Michigan outfit (whose ranks included Scott Morgan) that burned a trail through the Midwest in the second half of the 1970s. UK label Easy Action has launched a six-disc box set, the vast majority of which has never been released, either in authorised or bootleg form.

This set was compiled with the co-operation of surviving band members Scott, Gary Rasmussen and Scott Asheton and spans the SRB's earliest days in 1975 to latter day experiments and demos. Packaged spectacularly well with a detailed booklet, it was compiled by Executive Producer Robert Matheu, who shot many of the photos that fill the accompanying booklet.

You can order the set directly from the label, and while you're waiting for it to arrive you can read an I-94 Bar review here or an interview with Robert Matheu here. There's also a retrospective history of Sonic's Rendezvous Band by Ken Shimamoto here.


June 30, 2006

Two more Michigan dates for Powertrane, both with extra special guests:

8 July
1716 Michigan Avenue, Detroit,
Powertrane will be appearing with Mitch Ryder at the Corktown Tavern Chooper Fest along with many other acts!

15 July 2006
Ann Arbor, MI
Cost: $10
Powertrane featuring Deniz Tek from Radio Birdman. Opening the show will be Detroit darlings the Dollfaces, and Ann Arbor rockers The Avatars.

May 28, 2006

Powertrane is backing Mitch Ryde on the Coors Light Rock-on-Stage at this year's San Diego Country Fair on June 16. The set runs from 10.30pm to midnight and full information is here. Drummer Dave Knepp is back after a lay-off through a broken hand in which ex-Powertrane drummer Andy Frost sat in for him.


December 20, 2005

Powertrane is appearing at the Masonic Temple 4th Floor Shrine, Temple Ave, Detroit on January 14 on a Loco Gnosis Productions bill with Carjack, the banana Convention, the Esperantos, Cortez, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and Hellen. $7 admission and bands start at 7pm. Giveaway CDs for the first 33 payers.


December 7, 2005

Powertrane returns to the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on December 17. Supports are The Muggs and Fifth Period Fever.

October 25, 2005

More live shows for Scott and Powertrane. They play with Fifth Period Fever, Hotness and Motor City Boys Choir at Small's in Hamtramck and hit the stage at 11.30pm. More details at the Small's website. Powertrane plays an all-soul set at Clutch Cargos in Pontiac on Wednesday, November 16 with The R & B Pioneers featuring Joe Weaver.


October 19, 2005

Spanish promoter and Safety Pin Records operator Enrique "Kike" Turmix passed away two days ago from liver cancer. Scott penned this short note:

"I first met Kike in 1999 in Bilbao and Madrid, when the Hydromatics toured Spain with the Hellacopters. He turned out to be an avid Rationals fan. He did an interview with me, and offered to bring the Rationals to Spain. When the Hydromatics returned several times he was the promoter. He worked so hard he had a heart attack on our second tour. I last saw him in stockholm when we were recording The Solution album. He was there for the Hellacopters' 10th anniversary. When last seen he was sipping a beer at the local watering hole. Rest In Peace, King of Spain!"


September 8, 2005

Powertrane featuring Scott Morgan will play a special New Orleans Benefit at the Northfield Roadhouse at 9.30pm, Monday September 12.  The Northfield Roadhouse is  just north of Ann Arbor at US23 and North Territorial Rd. Watch here for late changes.


August 24, 2005

Powertrane featuring Scott Morgan with special guest Mitch Ryder at the Hamtramck Festival at 8pm on Friday, September 2. Head for the South Stage. Details here

June 30, 2005

Powertrane Featuring Scott Morgan is playing the Pure Detroit Stage at the Coamerica TasteFest 2005 on Saturday, July 2. Venue is the Motorcity Casino's Fisher Building Parking Lot. Powertrane hit the stage at 5pm and admission is free.

April 25, 2005

The Hellacopters, the Swedish band led by Scott Morgan collaborator Nicke Royale, are about to unleash a new album. Universal (Sweden) has set a June 8 release date for the new long player, "Rock and Roll is Dead". The follow-up to 2002's "By the Grace of God", "Rock and Roll is Dead" was produced by Chips Kiesbye at Atlantis studio in Stockholm and was mixed by Michael Ilbert at Megaphon Studio.

"Rock and Roll is Dead" track listing:

01. Before the Fall
02. Everything's on TV
03. Monkeyboy
04. No Angel to Lay Me Away
05. Bring It on Home
06. Leave It Alone
07. Murder on My Mind
08. I'm in the Band
09. Put out the Fire
10. I Might Come See You Tonight
11. Nothing Terribly New
12. Make It Tonight
13. Time Got No Time to Wait for Me

"Everything's on TV" is said to be a likely first choice for a single, although this has yet to be officially confirmed. The group's fifth studio album, "By the Grace of God" was certified gold in Sweden for sales in excess of 30,000 copies. It is the second gold album for The Hellacopters, who achieved the same feat with their previous release, 2000's "High Visibility".

April 20, 2005

Celebrated Detroit photographer Sue Rynski is staging a show as part of the Motor City Music Conference. "Sue Rynski: Past and Present Music Photography" is running at the Majestic Cafe, Detroit, from Monday, April 18th through Wednesday, April 27th.

It features black and white photographs from Sue's archives of Detroit's legendary late '70s rock scene, many previously unpublished, and more recent work capturing Detroit's current talent.

Artists pictured include Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Sonics Rendezvous Band, Destroy All Monsters, Mitch Ryder, The Dirtbombs, and The Detroit Cobras.

One of Sue's photos of Scott, playing with Sonics Rendezvous Band, appears at right.

For those wanting to catch Powertrane at the Motor City Music Festival, showtime at The Shelter on April 21 will be 1am.


April 5, 2005

The Powertrane long-haul road trip to Austin, Tx, for SXSW went well. The I-94 Bar has a review here.

There are some some new live dates, just to whet your appetite for the forthcoming Powertrane album:

Friday, April 15 - Scott Morgan with Gary Rasmussen at Northfield Roadhouse (outside Ann Arbor on N. Territorial Road @ US 23. Showtime is 8pm-midnight.) Call (734) 327-3693 for details.

Powertrane
Thursday April 21 - The Shelter, Detroit - Motor City Music Festival
Saturday, May 21 - Howell High School w/ special guest Mitch Ryder 

March 8, 2005

Last copies of "Communicate!" in our shop have sold out.


March 3, 2005

Powertrane Featuring Scott Morgan plays the mammoth event that is SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Thursday March 17. Catch them at the Times Beach Records Party from 2-5pm at Friends Bar, 208 E 6th Street (call on 512 320 8193).

February 23, 2005

Scott and former Sonic's Rendezvous Band bandmate Gary Rasmussen are playing a blues gig together on March 12. Venue is the Northfield Roadhouse outside Ann Arbor on N. Territorial Road @ US 23. Showtime is 8pm-midnight. Call (734) 327-3693 for details.

Powertrane have now moved to the 11.30pm slot at the Hamtramck Blowout at Knights of Columbus on March 3. Also on the bill is Crud fronted by Vinnie Dumbrowski from Sponge.


February 3, 2005

Forthcoming Powertrane dates -

Thursday, March 3 - with Crud (11.30pm), Knights of Columbus, Hamtramck (Hamtramck Blowout)
Thursday, March 17 - Freinds Bar at 208 E Sixth Street, Austin, Texas, from 2-5pm
April 14-16 - Motor City Music conference. Specific date and venue t.b.a.

February 3, 2005

Been a while between drinks, we know, but our Webmaster has been offline and Scott has been playing the odd gig with Powertrane and recovering from his Scandinavian tour with The Solution. Speaking of which, you can check out his latest Tour Diary here.

There are only a handful of The Solution's CD albums left in the shop, so get the lead out if you want one.

Stay tuned for big news about the forthcoming Powertrane album.


December 14, 2004

The Merch shop is now shipping orders again. Get your stuff for Christmas! Don't forget the Powertrane show at the Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, on December 18.

November 20, 2004

For a limited time only: Watch the film clip for The Solution's new single "My Mojo Ain't Working No More" here.


November 15, 2004

News from the road and The Solution tour rolls around Northern Europe, playing to packed houses, Scott reports. The band is all over the European media. Back home, Scott and The Solution have made the American November edition of Rolling Stone magazine. David Fricke lauded "Communicate!" in a generous critique in his monthly "Out There" column, and you can read it here.


November 14, 2004

Powertrane featuring Scott Morgan are back at the Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, for a special pre-Christmas show on December 18. The Cyril Lords will be supporting.


November 7, 2004

That London date for The Solution has been cancelled. On a brighter note, thanks to fate and someone knowing Nicke Royale, Scott's '67 Telecaster has been recovered after being lost on the Stockholm subway earlier this year.


October 31, 2004

We're still taking orders via the shop but regret that Scott's touring commitments mean they won't ship until December 7.

Scott did an interview with Ann Arbor paper The Current this week. You can read it part one here and part two here.

October 18, 2004

Tour dates for The Solution in Europe have been announced. Most shows are in Sweden, Norway and Finland with selected dates in Germany and the UK. Check with venues for confirmation closer to the event:

9 November KB, Malmö (S)
10 November Stora Teatern, Göteborg (S)
11 November Platens Bar, Linköping (S)
12 November Kino, Kalskrona (S)
13 November Tivoli, Helsingborg (S)
14 November Berns, Stockholm (S)
16 November Prisma, Västerås (S)
17 November Garage, Oslo (N)
18 November The Cod, Strömstad (S)
19 November Vega, Köpenhamn (DK)
20 November Train, Århus (DK)
24 November Lock 17 (Dingwalls), London (UK)
26, November Aland (S) tbc
27 November Katalin, Uppsala
30 November Tavasita, Helsinki (F)
tba - Dec 3, 4

October 14, 2004

At Last! New import stock of "Communicate!" has hit our online shop. Get in quick, as copies are limited. You can buy them here.

Watch this space in coming days for exciting news about the Powertrane album and new recording and a European tour for The Solution.


September 2, 2004

"I Have to Quit You" is at number six! Help make The Solution Numero Uno! Go here to vote for the guys to go hi-rotation on Scandinavian MTV.

September 1, 2004

Still awaiting copies of "Communicate!", thanks to most of Sweden being on vacation this time of the year. They won't be long!

Meanwhile, Powertrane Featuring Scott Morgan headlines over a very cool line-up of rock and roll at the Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Pontiac, Michigan, over the Labor Day Weekend. They're playing the Miller Lite Rock Stage on Sunday, September 5 at 9pm, proceeded by Back in Spades, The Cult Heroes, Dick Wagner and Question Mark and the Mysterians. More info here .

August 7, 2004

Sad news through that vocalist for Detroit band BlameThrower, Don Moss, tragically lost his life at his job as a construction inspector on July 29. Scott guested on BlameThrower's debut album. "In Staccato Libido". Sympathies are extended to Don's family and friends.


August 3, 2004

If you're waiting for more copies of the "Communicate!" album by The Solution, they're now in transit from Europe. Meanwhile, you can view Scott's Solution tour diary here.

Here's a great review of "Communicate!" from the New Music Express in England and another in Freakout e-zine from Italy (with thanks for the translation from the author, Roberto Calabro).

The next Powertrane show is on Sunday, September 5 at Art, Eats & Beats in Pontiac, Michigan.

July 24, 2004

Wow! Response to what copies we had of "Communicate!" was staggering. We're temporarily sold out but more stock will be here in five or six days.

There's a glowing review of the album at the I-94 Bar.

July 15, 2004

Scott's back in the US after successful shows with The Solution in Europe. Also, we finally have copies of "Communicate", the album by The Solution, in stock at the merch page. Also in, a CD single with a non-album track.


June 17, 2004

A missive from Scott, on the road in Europe with The Solution:


Here's the latest. The single is # 2 on rockradio.se and the album is # 13 on the Swedish national chart after one week.  it's out in all of Scandinavia now. It's selling real well.  We played a ballroom called Nahlin Monday for about 500.  It's a beautiful old room from the '30s. We had 14 people onstage and did two encores.  We play Hultsfred Friday and you can learn more at the Hultsfred/rockparty website.  Looks like Helsinki July 1 and Roskilde July 4. 


In response to numerous enquiries, copies of The Solution album and single will be available here as soon as Scott returns in early July. You can view the video clip for the single "I Have to Quit You" here.

Also coming down the pipeline: The Hydromatics' live album. That's the good news. The bad news is that it'll be a posthumous release. Read about The Death Tour here.

June 11, 2004

The film clip for Scott and Nicke Royale's band The Solution is available. It's the single "I Have to Quit You" and it's here in Windows Media format. The Solution's debut album is out now and will be available from the Scottmorganmusic Shop in early July, while the band is launching it with a series of European dates, including the prestigious Hultsfred and Roskilde Festivals. Here's the update from Nicke at the Hellacopters website:

THE SOLUTION
Me and Scott Morgan got together as SOULMOVER to record an album in March together with The Duke of Honk (DIAMOND DOGS) on the keys and James J. Heneghan (ex CHROME LOCUST) on the bass. I played the drums and some guitar while Scott sang and played guitar. We got a horn section and back up singers and we turned out to be THE SOLUTION. Check out www.scottmorganmusic.com for Scott's diary of the process. People are very opinionated about what's what when it comes to music (about everything really) so I won't bother with describing the sound except I think it's GOOD. You'll hear it if you want to when "Communicate!" comes out on Wild Kingdom Records June 9 in Europe and a little later same month on Sweet Nothing Records in the UK. There'll be a single out May 19 in Scandinavia called "I Have To Quit You". We will play the Hultsfred festival June 19 and a couple of shows in Sweden just before that. Hopefully a tour later in the fall.


May 6, 2004

Powertrane Featuring Scott Morgan launched its split single in fine style with a show at Smalls in Hamtramck on May 1. Next show is slated for the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on July 9. Supports will be the Cult Heroes and Back on Spades.

There's a review of the "Beyond the Sound" single at Creem Magazine online. The Powertrane album deal is not far from being wrapped up. Go to our store to grab the single or hear a sample.

The Soulmover project has changed its name and will be known as The Solution. The album is mastered and artwork done. There's a preview here. The album title is "Communicate!" and the first single is "I Have to Quit You" b/w "I'll Be Around" (a Johnny Copeland cover). It'll be released in Europe by Wild Kingdom Records on May 19 with the album to follow on June 7.

There will be a release party in Stockholm on June 9 and The Solution will play the Hultsfred Festival on Saturday, June 19 at midnight.

April 6, 2004

The 3 Assassins live CD featuring Scott and Radio Birdman's Deniz Tek on a European tour just landed in the shop. Go grab a copy.

April 1, 2004

The new split single is available for purchase in the store. There's also a sample of Beyond the Sound in MP3 format for download.

Check out the other band for Powertrane bassist Chris "Box" Taylor. The Avatars web site can be found here.


March 27, 2004

Things have been moving on the Soulmover front with the album due out in June. Read Scott's diary of his recording sessions in Sweden with Nick Royale of the Hellacopters here.

January 15, 2004

Powertrane marked Scott's return from the Hydromatics' European tour with a show at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor with Back in Spades as support. Back in Spades are a great young Detroit band featuring the considerable guitar talents of Jackson Smith (son of Patti and Fred Smith) and they do a rip roaring version of the Sonics Rendezvous Band classic, "City Slang".

No more Powertrane shows for a while as guitarist Robert Gillespie is committed to an extensive German tour with Mitch Ryder for the time being. Powertrane's new album is in the can, however, and negotiations are underway with a couple of prospective labels. Expect to hear it later this year.

A Powertrane single on American Ruse Records is imminent. As previously announced, "Beyond the Sound" is a split 7" with Sweet Justice, the L.A. band fronted by Frank Meyer (Streetwalkin' Cheetahs). Check the label's web site to place a pre-order. Tell Bryan Scott sent ya. The cover art is at right.

Also in the pipeline is a live album from the Hydromatics on a yet-to-be-determined label.

The big announcement is the advent of Soulmover, a band with a heavy soul influence and fronted by Scott and Nicke of Sweden's fabulous Hellacopters. This will be the whole nine yards with a horn section and chick singers and they'll be recording an album and undertaking a European tour later in '04.

On a sadder note, Scott's dad passed away at his Ann Arbor home shortly after his son's return from the Hydromatics tour. Scott and his family appreciate the many messages of condolence they received.

January 13, 2004

If you're in Detroit, Michigan, you could do worse than make your way down to the Hard Rock Cafe this week. Homegrown photographer Sue Rynski is displaying her images of the late 1970s rock and roll underground scene there.

Many of these images have never been seen before in the United States. These black-and-white photographs feature iconic performers such as Iggy Pop and Patti Smith, as well as local guitar heroes Fred "Sonic" Smith and Ron Asheton and their ex-MC5 and Stooges band mates, in a definitive portrait of one of the most exciting periods in rock history.

Recently shown in Paris, where Rynski now resides, the Detroit exhibition includes many images that will be seen for the first time in the United States.

Sue's photography truly embodies the spirit of Detroit's underground scene, and has been published in magazines Creem, NME and Rock Scene, Rynski also served as chief photographer for Detroit's legendary White Noise magazine. Nominated for "Best Photographer" in the first Michigan Rock Awards, she captured, up-close and personal, the underground scene and explosive stage presence of cult groups such as Destroy All Monsters, Sonic's Rendezvous Band and Sirius Trixon and the Motor City Bad Boys.

The transfer of energy from subject to photographer is evident in her work, which catches the performers in the movements that express their genuine passion. According to an article published in the September 2003 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, France, "Rynski's photos take us into the heart of an epic period...she captures convulsions and hallucinations then delivers us to the minimalist rites of punk."

Selections from the Rynski's archives are also currently on display at Detroit's CPOP Gallery and at Rockarchive in London. Her photographs will also be featured in Ivan Suvanjieff's upcoming film "Detroit Punks." The online Sue Rynski Vintage Detroit Rock Photos gallery can be viewed at www.motorcityjams.com There's also an interview with Sue at the I-94 Bar

The exhibition runs for the next week in front of the new Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, in the atrium of the Compuware Building. It is visible for all to see, you don't have to go into the restaurant. The address is 1 Campus Martius, Woodward Avenue at Monroe Street . It runs until January 23.

If you want to contact Sue, you can do so here.

Photos on this page of Scott Asheton and Scott Morgan and of Fred "Sonic" Smith used by permission © Sue Rynski.

November 7, 2003

Next show for Powertrane Featuring Scott Morgan is November 29 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor. Supports are Broadzilla and Back in Spades, the latter the band for Jackson Smith, son of Fred and Patti. Street date for the split single on American Ruse Records is some time in November.


September 10, 2003

The Scandinavian leg of the Hydromatics tour has had to be shelved for the time being. The good news is that the Hydros are heading into the studio for three days of recording, inbetween shows, and have been furiously writing on the road. Updated tour dates are here.



August 26, 2003

One more date added to the tour - Wed 8/27 - Fantomas, Toulouse. Full list of dates here.



August 23, 2003

New label American Ruse Records have announced that their first release will be the studio debut for Powertrane featuring Scott Morgan. "Beyond the Sound" is a tune Scott co-wrote with Nicke Royale of the Hellacopters and will be one side of a split single on American Ruse, along with the first effort from Sweet Justice, the new band for L.A.-based Frank Meyer of the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs.

A handful of new dates have been announced for the Hydromatics European tour, which will mark the debut in Hydros ranks of bass player Laurent Ciron. Lauren's credits include playing for long-running French band The Dogs, as well as stints with Freddie Lynxx and Kevin K.

Check the dates page.

 

July 9, 2003

Latest from the Powertrane camp is the final songs for the album are worked up and ready to go to tape at Ghetto recorders in Detroit. They're called One Eyed Jacks, Talk is Cheap, and Mixed Up Shook Up World.

June 22, 2003

Powertrane do it again at the Blind Pig on August 2. Probably the last show before Scott hits Europe to do a run with the Hydromatics. We'll have those dates here for you, but the itinerary includes an appearance at the serie z festival in Spain with Radio Birdman and possibly with Wayne Kramer, as well as another German gig with Birdman.

Scott looks like doing some more work with Nicke from the Hellacopters later this year. Stay tuned for details.

June 1, 2003

Scott Morgan's Powertrane returned to the live forum with a typically rocking show at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor last night. Supports were The Sights, The Cult Heroes and The Avatars, the latter featuring Powertrane bass player Chris "Box" Taylor on guitar.


May 23, 2003

Scott and guitarist Robert Gillespie are writing new material for the soon-to-be-completed Powertrane album. Eight tracks have been recorded at Detroit's 40 Oz Studio with most figuring in the current Powertrane set. They are:

Beyond the Sound, Chilly Willy is Missing, Pearl, Ain't No Time, Taboo, Welcome to My Nightliner, I Stole Everything and Inner Flight Head Royale.

Taboo, a Gillespie tune,was previously recorded by the MC5's Rob Tyner. Inner Flight Head Royale was a Gillespie co-write with the late MC5 singer.


May 22, 2003

The Hydromatics have been confirmed for the Serie-z Festival, in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on August 30. Also playing that day are Radio Birdman and the Hellacopters.

Plans are underway for members of all three bands to play together on a massed guitar City Slang!

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