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Henry Lee and WTHR's Scott Swan

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  • Henry Lee and WTHR's Scott Swan

Henry Lee Summer continues his slow climb back into the public eye. This week, he sat down for an interview with WTHR's Scott Swan, in a piece that will air sometime next week on the Indy TV station. I've seen Henry a half-dozen times over the past year or so, and each time, his voice is better, his confidence growing and more of his original songs included in the setlist. When I interviewed him last spring for NUVO, he expressed a desire to take one more shot at recording his own music. Here's hoping he gets there...

Flogging Molly brings the Celtic punk to The Egyptian Room March 10. With their Green 17 Tour, started in 2004 as a countdown to St Patrick’s Day, the band will be playing songs from their career and previewing new songs from their upcoming new album, scheduled to be released in May 2011. They finished recording the new album in Asheville, N.C., with producer Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers).

Bob Seger has announced some dates for spring tour, with shows in Michigan and Ohio so far. Reportedly, Seger told his people to get shows booked on short notice because he wants to play. He has a new album about halfway finished, according to rollingstone.com. Seger came through Indianapolis in 2007 after his Face the Promise release, and rocked a packed Conseco Fieldhouse - one of the best shows I'd seen in a while, and a nice surprise. My bet? Indy will be on the new schedule.

Two albums of note slated for release next Tuesday: The Low Anthem has Smart Flesh coming out, while Johnny Cash - Bootlegs 2: From Memphis to Hollywood, a collection of rare recordings from Johnny Cash's early career, will be released as a double album Feb. 22 . The first album covers Cash's career in Memphis from late 1954 to late 1957, beginning with a Memphis radio broadcast hosted by Cash, as well as a dozen demos (11 previously unreleased) and seven outtakes from Sun Records. The second disc gathers Cash's non-album singles, outtakes and B-sides he recorded for Columbia from 1958 to 1969, following his move to Los Angeles.

Truth & Salvage Co. hits Radio Radio next Saturday night (Feb. 19) and a full show, shot in Nashville with one camera by an audience member, has been posted to youtube.com. Get your Flying Burrito Brothers flowered shirt ready for next weekend and take a look at the video — it's a nice primer for the show here in Indy.

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