LOS ANGELES, CA. (By Michael Jensen/ Jensen Communications) - Landmark Sunset Strip venue The Whisky A
Go Go has been the epicenter of rock and roll
in Los Angeles since it opened its doors in 1964. In fact, its hallowed
walls have perhaps given shelter to more legendary rock performances
than every other club in America
combined. In the great tradition of showmanship that has defined the Whisky, veteran music industry
producers, promoters and men about town Cy Langston and Benford
Standley launch a new weekly Monday night series -- ROCKIN COUNTRY
NIGHTS -- at the club on June 12 with a show from Austin, TX-based
singer/demon guitar player Junior Brown. The series is produced under
their banner RCN Presents, which also encompasses Standley's West
Multimedia, which will Webcast the entire ongoing series online
whose wild hybrid of rock 'n roll and kick-ass country has won him
major crossover success, is the ideal artist for kicking off the honky
tonk heaven of ROCKIN COUNTRY NIGHTS, which Langston and Standley
describe as, "so rock you can roll with it… so country you can step in
it." The night also features special guest Buck Page, "the last of the
Singing Cowboys." As the series builds, the partners guarantee that top
acts featured will encompass, "western, country, country rock, roots,
alt-country, bluegrass and country folk music from tune-town Nashville
to the Austin Outlaw scene, the Village in New York, the Haight in
Frisco and back to our very own LA Rockin' Country sound... with some
blasts from the past each night." Tickets are available through
www.studioclub.com/rcn/ and at the Whisky box office (310-652-4202).
Future dates scheduled include June 19
with legendary singer-songwriter and ultimate rock 'n roll session man
Leon Russell (plus special guest Adam Hood) and June 26 with Texas-born
country/rock icon Joe
Ely and special guest Dave Somerville, former lead vocalist for The
Diamonds. To be confirmed soon are Mondays with contemporary
trad-country hitmaker Jack Ingram, Asleep At The Wheel, Rosie Flores,
Commander Cody and others.
Appearing every week will be the RCN
house favorites The Bunkhouse Band, comprised of stellar members Skip
Edwards, Jay Dee Maness, Larry Mitchell, Cary Park, Taras Prodaniux and
Sellers, who have all played with a who's who of music legends, and
will get things going each week with a raucous celebrity jam before the
headliners take the stage. Rounding out the evening's festivities are
the smokin' RCN Go Go Cowgals, whose dance/DJ/fashion show carries on
the Whisky's legacy as the birthplace of the go-go girl!
Cy Langtson started his storied career as a professional guitarist in
his native England. He went on to become an internationally renowned
sound engineer and producer, and has worked with artists including The
Who, Led Zeppelin,
Humble Pie, Arthur Brown and Ginger Baker. His long association with
The Who, collectively and individually, has also involved sound
production on five of their films,
including "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia." Cy managed John Entwistle until
his death in 2002, and continues to work closely with Roger Daltrey. He
is also actively involved with David Fishof and JBL as a director for the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.
Benford Standley - who's been known to ride bulls and rodeos - has an
amazing and colorful four decades experience producing concerts, music,
rodeos, wild west shows and more with luminaries including Kris
Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Hoyt Axton, Ramblin'
Jack Elliot, Aaron Neville and more. Recently, he has been working with
the Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan camps, Merle Haggard and other legendary musicians on a DVD project related to "The Father Of Country Music," Jimmie Rodgers.
pioneer in the world of webcasting, Standley's West Multimedia produced
one of the first-ever online audio/video webcasts in 1995 - an all-star
concert from L.A.'s Troubadour nightclub -- and has continued to
deliver major online events including projects with Willie Nelson and
Yahoo.com. He launched StudioClub.com in 1998, "A Virtual Entertainment
InterNetwork on the World Wide Web" that will webcast ROCKIN COUNTRY
NIGHTS for one and all!
ROCKIN COUNTRY NIGHTS: So rock you can roll with it... so country you can step in it!
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.studioclub.com/rcn/