Price in the studio
Billy Price has a new project in the works. The Pittsburgh R&B legend will be in New England this month recording with producer Duke Robillard, of Roomful of Blues, and singer Otis Clay.
"Otis is on two of my albums, 'Soul Collection' and 'Night Work,'" the singer says. "Duke and I are old friends and we've played gigs together, but I've never recorded with him."
Bands rise for Ashes
*Pittsburgh bands will gather Friday at Altar Bar, Strip, for Rising From the Ashes, a benefit for model Amanda Tooch and her son Brayden, who lost their possessions in April in a New Castle fire.
The event, hosted by Ron Short Photography and Sardonyx Productions, will feature Steel Hollow, Echoes Never Lie, Sea of Heads, Sincere and Killing Precious Time.
The show is for all ages and begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door; www.thealtarbar.com.
HIS KINDA COUNTRY
Christian Beck, a 20-year-old country-rocker from Freedom, releases his first full-length album, "Wreck My Train," with a BBQ Bash at The Venue at Harmony Ridge in Ambridge at 4 p.m. Saturday.
He cowboys-up with an opening track, "My Kinda Country," written by Dave Pahanish (who wrote "American Ride" for Toby Keith), nods to the Duke on "John Wayne Way" and honors veterans on "Warrior's Heart."
Tickets are $20-$50; see Christian Beck on Facebook for details.
Stout's new anthem
*Political rockers Mike Stout and the Human Union will unveil the new song "Health Care Is a Human Right" along with a video during a concert at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh in Shadyside 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
He calls the song "perhaps the world's first single-payer universal health care anthem" and says proceeds from the show will go to Health Care 4 All PA -- a nonprofit devoted to achieving a single-payer health care system in PA.
Tickets are $15; RSVP at email@example.com.
New from 9Sundays
Pittsburgh post-grunge band 9Sundays will release its new CD, "Cage," with a show at the Hard Rock Cafe at 10 p.m. Saturday.
You can also hear the band play live at 9 a.m. Friday on the WDVE Morning Coffee House at 102.5 FM. For more on the band, go to Facebook.
Jimmer at the Winery
*Along with opening for The Clarks at Stage AE on July 12, Jimmer Podrasky (of the Rave-Ups) will play with a group of local all-stars on July 11 at 7 and 10 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip. Tickets ($20) can be purchased online at pghwinery.com.
R.I.P. Taylor Sinclair
*Guitarist Taylor Sinclair, who made his mark here in the early '90s with Room to Move and Bill Deasy's band, died May 23 at age 50.
The Pittsburgh native attended Shady Side Academy and Allderdice High School and earned two degrees from Duquesne University, where he also taught music. He later left Pittsburgh to live in St. Paul, Minn.
"Taylor had a reputation as a bit of a gunslinger before our paths crossed," Mr. Deasy said. "I was always amazed by his eagerness to put that aside and just play what was right for the song. He was a gentle soul and a good man and I am grateful for the friendship and the music we shared."
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