New video: Spin Doctors - If The River Was Whiskey

The rollicking clip for the title track of Spin Doctors' acclaimed blues/rock album "If The River Was Whiskey" was shot over two days in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is a combination of concert, studio and street footage. It was directed by Satuday Night Live's long-time still photographer Mary Ellen Matthews.

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Spin Doctors On Tour In Europe!

This fall the Spin Doctors will be on tour in Europe in support of their new album If The River Was Whiskey!

Oct    3     CH Aarburg, Moonwalker        
Oct    4     CH Rubigen, Mühle Hunziken        
Oct    5     CH Zürich, Escherwyss        
Oct    7     D Augsburg, Spectrum Club
Oct    9     D Dortmund, Piano            
Oct    10   D Lindewerra, Gemeindesaal
More tour dates: here.

RIP Bob Brozman

Internationally Beloved World Blues Musician, Bob Brozman, Passes Away at Age 59

foto-bobBob Brozman was a friend, an outstanding musician, and an amazing character. One of the sharpest and most critical brains I had the pleasure to have conversations with... He leaves a hole and we will miss him. Farewell Bob - wherever you are off to in your transition to your next existence. Much love - Thomas Ruf

Santa Cruz, California (April 25, 2013)   Bob Brozman was found dead at his home in Santa Cruz, CA in the evening of April 23, 2013.  Brozman, the steel-guitar innovator who got his start playing on the streets of Santa Cruz, died at age 59.
A legend in the world of blues and roots music, who integrated styles from around the world, Brozman was one of the world’s most beloved musical figures. His uniquely bold playing style and banter with the audience gave him the opportunity not just to entertain with his sharp wit, but also challenge core assumptions about the function of rhythm and sound.
“Bob is beloved to me, and to so many in so many countries,” says long-time friend and pianist, George Winston. “His legacy will live on and will no doubt become the standard-bearer to musical innovators for decades to come.”
Born in New York on March 8, 1954, Brozman was a world traveler who thrived on collaborating with the best musicians he could find from many different musical traditions. Known as the “King of the National Guitar,” his trademark guitar sound came from National steel guitars that he discovered at age 13.  He wrote “The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments,” and was the world authority on vintage and modern National Reso-Phonic guitars.  
His body of recorded work spanned 30+ years.  His most recent release was last year’s Fire in the Mind.  Since his first solo album in 1981, Bob's repertoire of recordings has grown by over 30 titles to include 14 solo projects and at least a dozen collaborations with international friends. His ability to use the guitar as a portable translator of culture - coupled with his empathetic nature (through music, culture, and language) and seemingly boundless energy – enabled him to establish genuine musical friendships based on respect and love of music.
Bob is survived by his wife and partner of 15 years, Haley Robertson Brozman, brothers in NYC, and daughter Zoe Brozman, 20, along with a tremendous international community of friends and fans.  It is their desire to carry out Bob’s vision in the creation of a foundation, Global Music Aid, to help third-world musicians obtain instruments, strings, tuning gears, and basic recording equipment. To donate please go to

Devon Allman: New video!

After releasing his first solo record „Turquoise“ on Ruf Records in February Devon Allman now also presents a music video of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”. This rock classic is a duet with label mate and Blues Music Award winner Samantha Fish, whose vocals are sassy and smart; melding with Devon’s strong rich voice. Directed by Mark Bergeron with Nate Tape as Director of Photography and Arthur Reed as producer, the three were able to use the city of New Orleans and all its romance to give the desperate song some vivid color. For the video shoot, they took to the streets of New Orleans, where the “romantic couple” are walking the streets trying to find each other. They filmed it at various points, the famous Chickie Wah Wah’s music club, a little streetcar riding and cameos were made by Royal Southern Brotherhood members, Cyril Neville and Charlie Wooton.

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