Billboard Bits: Vanguard Folk, Motorhead, Sense Field

News on Vanguard Folk, Motorhead, Sense Field

NellyHeralded folk label Vanguard has assembled a three-disc compilation that traces the growth of the genre, from its roots in protest songs of the Depression and through the popular revival of folk, jug band, and blues music. Due Aug. 13, "Vanguard: Roots of Folk" features archive studio recordings from the cream of the label's roster as well as vintage performances from the Newport (R.I.) Folk Festival, which the label had the exclusive rights to record from 1959 through 1965.

Disc one boasts such early folk anthems as Paul Robeson's "Joe Hill" to Cisco Houston's recording of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and Judy Collins' performance of "Turn, Turn, Turn." The second disc features artists who popularized folk throughout the 1960s, such as Buffy Saint-Marie ("Universal Solider"), Phil Ochs ("I Ain't Marching Anymore"), and the Chambers Brothers ("People Get Ready"). The collection's final disc spotlights artists of the blues revival, such as Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Dave Van Ronk, John Hammond, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Lightnin' Hopkins.

Due out that same day is the Vanguard Sessions Series compilation "Earl Scruggs, Classic Bluegrass Live 1959-1966," compiled from the banjo virtuoso's appearances at the Newport Folk Festival in 1959 with Hylo Brown and the Timberliners, and 1960 and 1966 with Lester Flatt and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Along with such favorites as "Wabash Cannonball" and "John Henry," the 18-track set also boasts never-before released recordings of "Girl in the Blue Velvet Band" and "Love and Wealth."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Veteran British heavy metal act Motorhead will release the DVD "25 & Alive 'Boneshaker': Live at Brixton Academy" Sept. 3 through SPV Entertainment. The disc caps more than a year of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the band, and features a 23-track performance of some of its best-known material, such as "Dead Men Tell No Tales," "Ace of Spades," and "Orgasmatron." Captured by eight cameras, the band's Oct. 20, 2001, show featured such guests as former Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clark, Queen guitarist Brian May, Medicine/Life of Agony/Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane, and Doro/Warlock vocalist Doro Pesch. In addition to the concert, the DVD also boasts several bonus features, including four songs from Motorhead's performance last year at Germany's Wacken Open Air Festival and an acoustic version of "Ain't No Nice Guy." Also included is an archive of photos, television appearances, and interview clips, music videos for "Sacrifice" and the band's version of the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen," and some hidden extra content only accessible through the SPV Web site .

A benefit concert last night (July 30) in Orange County, Calif., raised $4,800 for Sense Field guitarist Rodney Sellars' 4-year-old daughter, who was left paralyzed from the neck down after an automobile accident on May 12. Right Here Now: A Benefit for Leilani was held at Anaheim, Calif.'s Chain Reaction, and featured Sense Field, Gameface, K-Luna, Crashcart. The event collected $3,800 through ticket sales and an extra $1,000 from the sale of special T-shirts donated by local independent Revelation Records, Sensefield's former label. The Orange County-based act released its 2001 set, "Tonight and Forever," on Nettwerk. Leilani was riding with her mother/Sellars' girlfriend June Gutierrez in nearby Costa Mesa when their Ford Explorer was broadsided by a driver who ran a red light, according to reports. The force of the collision caused the vehicle to roll three times and ejected Leilani from her car seat. The concert was held to help pay mounting medical expenses for Leilani, who may need lifelong medical attention. Those wanting to contribute to Leilani's medical costs can send checks and money orders to Leilani Gutierrez, c/o Globe Packaging, 179 E. 17th St., Box 400, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. The 12-year-old Sense Field scored commercial radio exposure with the "Tonight and Forever" tracks "Save Yourself" and "Beatles Song." The band, which played without Sellars for a brief time after the accident, recently opened for a stretch of Goo Goo Dolls tour dates.