2006 was a big year for Blaze; his new-found energy was more than a match for the challenges ahead of him. It was all about the payback: giving back to all of his fans that had shown him so much love over all the years. On the Fxck the Fxck Off Tour, Blaze hit the road along with the Subnoize Souljaz and, recently label mates, AMB, supporting Shaggy 2 Dope of ICP on his first full-length solo release. Then it was back to basics: Twiztid and Blaze on the Guillotine Tour, bringing to all the fans that kinetic flow that harkens back to the start of it all.
Prior to his Gathering of the Juggalos 2006 appearance, Blaze went through the archives of his earlier works. The result of this was the special release entitled “1 Less G in the Hood – Deluxe G Edition”. This album was a culmination of tracks from the hard-to-find Ya Dead Homie EP and original 1 Less G album, each re-releassed and remastered. The Deluxe G Edition was a release to open the eyes of new fans to his original songs and a thanks to the Juggalos of old who have grown with Blaze through his music.
Shortly after the summer festival, Blaze began his first headlining tour ever, the Tombstone Terror Tour. Once again on the road with AMB and Boondox, the latest solo act, he went across the nation, yet again filling shows to capacity. When it comes to showing his appreciation to his loyal listeners, Blaze is an unstoppable force.
It has been a rollercoaster of a life for this son of Detroit but, as we all know, the street ain’t easy. Fear can keep even the strongest man down – it takes more than muscle and hustle to make it in this business. When it comes to running the underground circuit in this rap industry, it takes character, heart, and the willingness to make changes happen that keeps you on top of the game. Blaze is already back in the studio, working hard to finalize his next major release: “Clockwork Gray”, another view through a new facet onto his persona. He continues to evolve and change, impressing his old fans and earning new ones along the way. His facepaint may change along with his name, but he’ll keep bringin’ it real, because it all fall back to the man behind the image.
Billy Strings will release his sophomore studio album, ‘Home,’ this September and confirmed an extensive fall tour in support of the Rounder Records LP.
Mandolin player Jeff Austin, the former co-founding member of Yonder Mountain String band current Jeff Austin Band leader, has died.
Widespread Panic will return to Mexico with a number of their musical friends for Panic En La Playa Nueve in January.
This Halloween weekend, Umphrey’s McGee will present a “festive surprise” on the 31st in Washington D.C. before heading to Philadelphia.
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard will issue her solo debut album ‘Jaime’ in September and support the LP with a tour. Howard has shared the album’s first single, “History Repeats.”