Hendrix Trib Concert DVD Arrives

 

 

News for all you Hendrix freaks from Experience
Hendrix, LLC… but don’t you already have bootlegs of this anyway?

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Experience Hendrix is the continuing concert phenomenon that brings
together contemporary guitar greats to celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi
Hendrix.  It is also the title of the
first-ever DVD release that chronicles blazing concert performances by top name
artists in tribute to Jimi Hendrix.  Experience
Hendrix
, released through Image Entertainment this month, features
highlights of two star-studded concerts featuring such notables as Kenny Wayne
Shepherd, Double Trouble, Living Color, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Indigenous,
Robert Randolph, Mick Taylor, Kenny Olson of Kid Rock’s band, Hubert Sumlin,
Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers, Buddy Guy, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Miles, Billy Cox
and others.

 

Fourteen of the performances
seen in Experience Hendrix were filmed at the Paramount Theater in
Seattle, Jimi Hendrix’s home town. Three bonus songs were filmed at San Diego’s annual Street
Scene.

 

The connection between the
participating artists and the legacy of Jimi Hendrix is undeniably direct.  According to Kenny Wayne Shepherd, “Without
the music of Jimi Hendrix, I might never have been so inspired to explore the
music possibilities and push the envelope of the guitar.”  

 

Billy Cox the bassist, who
met Jimi Hendrix in the U.S. Army and performed and recorded with Hendrix with
both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Band of Gypsys, stated, “It’s a thrill
for me to play Jimi’s music for audiences now as it was in the past.  The Experience Hendrix shows illustrate just
you how timeless this music really is.”

 

The Experience Hendrix cast includes musicians who performed or recorded with Hendrix during his
lifetime including the aforementioned Cox as well as original Jimi Hendrix
Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and the late Buddy Miles who was, with Cox,
the rhythm section of the Band of Gypsys.  Before going on to join the Rolling Stones, Mick Taylor jammed with Jimi
Hendrix while still part of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.  Likewise, before he worked with Stevie Ray
Vaughan, Double Trouble’s Tommy Shannon enjoyed a friendship with Hendrix and
once lent his bass guitar to him so that he could join a late night jam session
with Johnny Winter and Stephen Stills at New
York’s famed Scene Club.  Hendrix’s love for the blues and the critical
role it played in his sound was acknowledged by the participation in this
special DVD by two of his favorite guitarists, Hubert Sumlin and Buddy
Guy.  Sumlin, whose distinctive lead
guitar served Howlin’ Wolf for three decades, joined Jimmy D. Lane, the son of fellow Chess
Records blues giant Jimmy Rogers to perform “Killing Floor” a signature song
Hendrix loved and had selected to open his American debut performance at the
1967 Monterey Pop festival.  Hendrix had
also admired the work Buddy Guy had done for Muddy Waters and as a solo artist
for Chess Records.  Guy and Hendrix also
enjoyed a friendship.  Hendrix, says Guy,
explained to him that “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” came from his love for
Muddy Waters and desire to take the blues into new, uncharted territory.  Guy, whose version of Hendrix’s “Red House”
has long been a staple of his repertoire, can be seen on the new Experience
Hendrix DVD performing a version of “Hoochie Coochie Man”, a Muddy Waters
staple Hendrix loved [Hendrix’s own version can be heard on his BBC Sessions album]

 

Produced by Janie Hendrix and
John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, LLC, the family run company charged with
preserving the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, the DVD was mixed by Eddie Kramer.  Kramer, one of history’s most lauded recording
engineers was a long-time associate of Jim Hendrix’s who worked on every one of
his albums from Are You Experienced? onward as well as numerous live
recordings including Woodstock.
Kramer mixed portions of the Experience Hendrix DVD at Electric Lady
Studios, the Greenwich Village recording
studio he helped construct for Hendrix in 1969.

 

Janie Hendrix, CEO of
Experience Hendrix, LLC commented, “Everyday, we see how Jimi’s musical
legacy continues to transcend generational and cultural boundaries.  This
DVD release reflects the genius of his unifying spirit.”

 

 

Experience Hendrix track listing:

 

Seattle Paramount

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd &
Double Trouble: “Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd &
Double Trouble: “Voodoo Chile”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd &
Double Trouble “I Don’t Live Today”

Indigenous: “Hear My
Train A Comin”

Living Colour: “Power of
Soul”

Living Colour: “Crosstown
Traffic”

Eric Gales: “Purple
Haze”

Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy D. Lane &
Double Trouble: “Bleeding Heart”

Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy D. Lane, Mike
McCready & Double Trouble: “Killing Floor”

Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox
& Andy Aledort: “Freedom”

Paul Rodgers, Mitch Mitchell,
Billy Cox, Andy Aledort & Kenny Olson: “Stone Free”

Buddy Guy, Andy Aledort &
Double Trouble: “Hoochie Coochie Man”

Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin,
Andy Aledort & Double Trouble: “Five Long Years”

Ensemble: “Voodoo Child
(Slight Return)”

 

San Diego Street Scene

       

       1. Robert Randolph & Double Trouble:
“Purple Haze”

       2. Mick Taylor & Indigenous: “Red
House”

       3. Eric Gales, Billy Cox & Buddy
Miles: “Foxey Lady”

 

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