Thanks to Genius Donny at All That’s Sacred keeping the dream alive – here’s a couple of catchup news items about Mike and Stone:
First, a reminder about resident PJ Shredmaster Mike McCready’s guest appearance on Wednesday August 18th at Los Angeles, California’s Spaceland. Here is the information:
Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs at Spaceland Aug. 18
Americana darlings Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs create “haunting Northwest alt-country” (Seattle P-I) on their sophomore release The Only Thing That Matters. On tour throughout August, Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs will perform at Spaceland in Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 18 with special guest Mike McCready of Pearl Jam sitting in for a few songs.
Quote from Star Anna’s Website: “Star Anna is an American original. I am a huge fan of her music and especially her voice. She sings from a place of beauty and pain that translates to my soul and takes me to a higher place. In the vein of Neko Case and Lucinda Williams , Star is on her way, I hope to great musical heights.”— Mike McCready
Second, Donny (that’s Anderson, you know!) also wrote a fabulous review of Brad’s in-store appearance at Seattle’s Easy Street Records that appears on the record store’s blog. You can read the full review here, complete with pretty pictures, but here are excerpted highlights:
It’s never set well with me when people call the band Brad “a Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam rhythm guitarist) side project.” I’ve always felt like it diminishes the talents of the other principal members, singer and pianist Shawn Smith (Satchel, Pigeonhed, All Hail The Crown) and drummer Regan Hagar (Satchel). And like all great bands, it’s the collective sum of the parts that catapults the musical collaboration to someplace special. One gets the sense that if these guys weren’t so busy with their day jobs, Brad would be a much bigger and well-known band.
Seeing Brad live, you really get a sense of what great musicians these guys are and, more importantly, how well they complement each other’s contributions to each song. (Keith) Lowe and Hagar solidly anchor everything allowing Gossard to understatedly weave his guitar around Smith’s keys and vocals. Add (Mike) Berg’s pitch-perfect harmonies on accompanying vocals and keys and one thing becomes abundantly clear: This is a damn good band.
Damn right, Donny. Rock!