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Badfinger’s Straight Up starring Joey Molland
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- Monday, Oct 23, 2017
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Badfinger’s Straight Up starring Joey Molland Media
with special guest Courtney Yasmineh
About Badfinger’s Straight Up starring Joey Molland
Badfinger’s “Straight Up” live and complete starring Joey Molland
It’s the 45th anniversary of the greatest album by Badfinger, 1972’s Straight Up, and the band’s legendary guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Joey Molland –along with his dynamic band–brings the album to the stage in a bracing live show. Featuring 5 tracks written by Joey, Q magazine described Straight Up as “brimming with mature melodies and bracing verse/chorus interplay,” while NME deemed it “[a] stone cold beauty of an album” and advised: “Love it like your mother …” George Harrison produced four tracks on the album, “Name of the Game,” “Suitcase,””I’d Die Babe,” the latter two written by Molland, and Pete Ham’s “Day After Day,” which gave the group a Top 5 U.S. single. AllMusic says ” there’s absolutely no filler and everybody is in top form.” The album, which also featured “Baby Blue,” stayed on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart for 32 weeks.
From their legendary lineup, Joey Molland continues the unforgettable legacy of Badfinger. One of the original signings to the Beatles’ Apple Records label, they had their first hit single with a Paul McCartney penned song, “Come and Get It,” which went to #7 in the U.S. charts. Badfinger followed this with their own compositions “No Matter What,” “Day After Day” (produced by George Harrison), and “Baby Blue,” which went to #8, #4 and #14 respectively. During this time American singer Harry Nilsson placed Badfinger’s song “Without You” on top of the charts, and Mariah Carey did the same in 1994. VH1 produced a “Behind The Music” documentary about the band, whose songs continue to heard in films (The Departed, etc), on television (Breaking Bad finale et al), and of course on Classic Rock and oldies radio; Harry Nilsson’s version of “Without You” was featured in the 2016 film starring Tina Fey, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” Joey Molland and Badfinger played on John Lennon’s Imagine album and joined George Harrison for the Concert for Bangla Desh. Joey Molland released a new record, titled “Return to Memphis,” in 2014, and he is working in Hollywood on a follow up.
About Courtney Yasmineh
Honesty is a quality getting rarer and rarer in rock and roll, but you can see, hear and believe it in Courtney Yasmineh. The Chicago/NYC/Minneapolis singer, guitarist, songwriter draws from a poisoned well that runs deep; harsh reflection, brutal frankness, bittersweet inspiration, brief flights of sexual fantasy and blistering romance, but most of all, transcendent saving graces.
Imagine a songsmithing family of not-so-evil stylistic sisters comprised of Lucinda Williams, Liz Phair, Alanis Morrisette. Now imagine Courtney as Cinderella in that fairtytale musical equation … and leaving the ball on her own terms.
Although she’s been writing songs and performing for virtually her entire adult life, it’s only in the past decade that she’s begun to record and release albums and EPs – 7 in all, including two in 2015; Red Letter Day and Red Letter Day Unplugged (released in April and September, respectively). Garnering more acclaim and building a bigger following with each consecutive release and tour, these two new releases have brought a whole new level of national radio exposure.
What makes her body of work so enthralling is the way she subtly weaves her personal narrative into immediately memorable songs whose appeal spans a wide range of ages and musical tastes.
Sans booking agents, managers and a stretchable budget Yasmineh has successfully booked nearly a dozen European tours, logged countless jaunts across the US, shot many music videos, and garnered local and national media attention here and abroad. Her live performances showcase her prowess as a bandleader, and front woman; she’s sexy, smart and somehow simultaneously shy and brazen, beckoning the audience to join her for the ride.