Interview: Shirley King (New Album: Blues for a King)

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Shirley King’s latest album, Blues for a King, releases June 19, 2020, via Cleopatra Records.

Just in time for Father’s Day, Shirley King, the daughter of iconic Blues legend B.B. King, releases a new album, Blues for a King, today via Cleopatra Blues, a division of Los Angeles-based Cleopatra Records.

In this latest offering, Shirley steps out of her musical comfort zone to cover diverse range of musical genre including soul, R&B, rock, and her native Blues. The album also features a roster of legendary guitarists including Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs), Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues/Fabulous Thunderbirds), Elvin Bishop (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), and Junior Wells to name a few.

Parklife DC’s Ari Strauss had an opportunity to speak with Shirley by phone recently to discuss the new album, her career, and what it’s like to be the daughter of Blues royalty.

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Livestream Preview: Whitney @ Noon Chorus, 6/4/20

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Whitney (Photo by Olivia Bee)

Indie rockers Whitney released Forever Turned Around, the band’s sophomore album last year, prompting Playboy to declare it “finds the pair once again at ease with and in complete control of their sound.”

The gents are now taking the time to support the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) with a livestream show via Noon Chorus on Thursday, June 4, presented by 9:30 Club.

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Snapshots: G Herbo @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 3/3/20


G Herbo performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on March 3, 2020. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

Herbert Randall Wright III, better known as G Herbo, released PTSD, his fourth album via Machine Entertainment Group and Epic Records a few weeks ago. Only a few days ago, G Herbo commanded the stage at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Chris Castillo was there to shoot the show.

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Live Review: Twin Peaks @ Black Cat — 12/11/19

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Twin Peaks (Photo by Cooper Fox)

“Nothing is forever, but don’t let it get you down”

Although surely accustomed to the cold, Chicago’s Twin Peaks received a fiercely warm welcome on this sub-30 degree night recently in our nation’s capital. The 5-piece rock band delighted the nearly sold-out room at Black Cat, showcasing a wide range of musical styles and catchy tunes, not to mention some heavy guitar petting.

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Live Review: Pigface @ Baltimore Soundstage — 11/20/19

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Pigface performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 20, 2019. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Pigface is a musical juggernaut like nothing else — a long running collective of rotating musicians anchored by none other than Martin Atkins. The supergroup is undertaking an extensive tour of the United States for the first time in 14 years, and the collective dropped by Baltimore Soundstage recently.

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Snapshots: Lil Durk @ The Filmore Silver Spring — 11/17/19


Fans reach for Lil Durk at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 17, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

Innovative master artist Lil Durk dropped by The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, after dropping a new hit album, Love Songs 4 The Streets 2, and Chris Castillo shot the show.

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