Micky Dolenz's latest release, Dolenz sings Nesmith - The E.P., arrived last week from 7a Records on 10" colored vinyl, compact disc, and digital/streaming platforms. Read more about the extended play and listen to a sample below, featuring Micky's interpretation of "The Crippled Lion."
Thank you to Live Almanac contributor Ben Belmares for sharing his scans of the E.P.!
THE COMPACT DISC
Listen to an engaging and spirited conversation with Monkees author and producer Andrew Sandoval as he joins hosts Joe Kennedy and Dave Gebroe on an episode of the Discograffiti podcast. The trio assess the recorded works of The Monkees beginning with their 1966 debut all the way through 1967's Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., and everything in between. And be sure to stay tuned for Part 2!
UPDATE 3/28/2022: Andrew Sandoval joins Joe and Dave to continue the saga of The Monkees, covering the years 1968 to the present:
Here he comes! This spring, Micky Dolenz will pay tribute to his fellow Monkees bandmates, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, during a special limited run of shows. "Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees" opens on April 5, 2022 at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
"We will be fully delving into The Monkees' songbook, as well as Micky's personal archive of films and photos to create a unique evening of memories," said manager Andrew Sandoval when the tour was announced in February. "It will give Micky and the band an opportunity to share the music he made alongside Davy, Peter, and Michael and reminisce on their journey as brothers for five decades. We have also been talking about Micky singing some songs he's never done on stage before, as well as pulling out older Monkees album tracks that have not been performed in many years."
Watch Micky talk about the "Celebrates The Monkees" show in the video below, which includes some snippets of rare footage from his archives featuring The Monkees, Jack Nicholson, and more:
Joining Micky onstage will be members of "The Mike & Micky Show" band: Wayne Avers, Coco Dolenz, Emeen Zarookian, Rich Dart, Alex Jules, John Billings, and Pete Finney. Tickets are currently on sale.
To commemorate Micky's opening night at the Ryman in Nashville, several fan festivities are being planned by Wine Down Nashville, which has been owned and operated by Amy and John Billings since 2019. John is a veteran musician with a long list of credits who was the bass player in The Monkees' touring band and continues to perform at Micky's solo shows. This weekend on Facebook, he previewed the unique events that will take place in the lead up to the performance at the Ryman:
As John said in the video above, be sure to like and follow the "Monkee Mania Weekend" page on Facebook for updates on guests, events, and all the fun that will usher in the Nashville concert.
In what surely will be an entertaining event, John will share the stage at Wine Down Nashville on Saturday, April 2 with drummer Rich Dart, who has performed with The Monkees since 2012 and with Micky Dolenz for even longer. (UPDATE: This event is now sold out.)
On Sunday, April 3, Wine Down Nashville will welcome Pete Finney, the pedal steel extraordinaire who was a member of Michael Nesmith's First National Band Redux and also played with Micky and Michael on the various "Mike & Micky Show" tours, along with the multitalented singer-songwriter Chris Scruggs. Pete and Chris will be joined by host Jay McDowell for an evening of music and memories of Michael Nesmith. Purchase your tickets to this event by clicking the image below:
On the day of Micky's show at the Ryman, take a moment at Wine Down Nashville to celebrate Coco Dolenz's birthday with a special "Birthday Brunch" in Coco's honor. Tickets are now available!
And if that's not enough to get you ready for Micky's Nashville opener on his "Celebrates The Monkees" tour, Jodi Ritzen of Monkee Meet and Greets is sponsoring several different get togethers (featuring the likes of Wayne Avers and Sandy Gennaro), including a preshow event at Wine Down Nashville before Micky's concert at the Ryman.
Be sure to watch this post for future updates, and get your tickets now for "Micky Dolenz Celebrates The Monkees"!
The fantastic Monkees Pad Show has returned, this time with special guest Coco Dolenz. Host JR's conversation with Coco covers the Dolenz family's entertainment roots, her solo and Monkees career, philosophy of life, and much, much more in this exclusive interview.
Coco's history with The Monkees traces back to the 1960s. She provided harmony and background vocals on such Monkees tracks as "Shortly Blackwell," "Little Girl," "Midnight Train," and "Mommy and Daddy." She wrote for teen magazines at the height of her brother's fame, and in the late 1970s, Coco toured with Micky and Davy after the dissolution of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. In 1987, Coco released her own album, One Voice. She joined The Monkees onstage in a supporting role when Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork reunited in late 2012 for a series of concerts after the passing of Davy Jones.
Enjoy this interview with Coco via the link below, and be sure to follow The Monkees Pad Show on Facebook and Twitter!
Dolenz Sings Nesmith - The E.P. was released yesterday and immediately landed on the US iTunes charts! Available on 10" colored vinyl, compact disc, and via all digital platforms, the extended play features four songs from the sessions that yielded Micky Dolenz's critically acclaimed 2021 solo album Dolenz sings Nesmith (produced by Michael's son, Christian), including "Soul-Writer's Birthday," a previously unreleased Michael Nesmith composition that Nez originally copyrighted in October 1967 but never recorded.
Congratulations to 7a Records for another stellar release, and don't forget to pre-order 7a's newest undertaking, a 50th anniversary edition of Michael Nesmith's classic 1972 album, And the Hits Just Keep on Comin'.
Michael Nesmith's friend, photographer and videographer Ed Heffelfinger, recently shared this video footage of "Listen to the Band" and "Circle Sky" recorded live during a June 8, 2018 performance of "The Mike & Micky Show" in Stockton, California at Bob Hope Theatre. Thanks, Ed!
7a Records announced today that a special 50th Anniversary Edition of Michael Nesmith's album, And The Hits Just Keep On Comin', will be released on both compact disc and colored vinyl on May 13, 2022.
The LP, Michael's fifth effort for RCA Records, was originally issued in 1972. It has been remastered and expanded with four bonus tracks. The CD edition comes with a 28-page color booklet, featuring extensive liner notes and previously unpublished photos. The vinyl edition comes in a gatefold sleeve and is pressed on 180 gram honey colored vinyl.
Read more about the anniversary edition of Hits below, courtesy of 7a's official press release, and pre-orders are now available via Deep Discount!
By 1972 both Nesmith and his then record company RCA were dismayed at Nesmith’s lack of commercial success, following his early 1970 departure from The Monkees. Nesmith took the opportunity to blatantly poke fun at the situation he found himself in, titling his new album - that certainly would not yield a Top 40 hit – And the Hits Just Keep on Comin'. The album was a departure from his previous solo records, as it featured just Nesmith on acoustic 12-string guitar and the excellent Red Rhodes on pedal steel guitar, no other musicians were involved. The approach was simple, but it exposed a beauty in the poetry of Nesmith’s lyrics which was matched perfectly by Rhodes’ inspired playing. And The Hits Just Keep On Comin’ became Nesmith’s most critically acclaimed album and it is today generally viewed as an iconic ground-breaking marvel in the annals of country-rock music. To mark the album’s 50th anniversary, 7A Records have remastered the album and included four bonus track that will see their first ever release on vinyl. The album is released on CD with a 28 page color booklet featuring extensive liner notes and previously unseen photos, as well as on 180g colored vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.
UPDATE 6/1/2022: The latest issues of Record Collector and Mojo feature glowing reviews of 7a's 50th anniversary edition of Michael Nesmith's And The Hits Just Keep On Comin'. Thanks to Glenn Gretlund for sharing both on 7a's Facebook page.
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