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time around we give a listen to some new
releases with a connection to Western
- Cheat'N Man -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
Parks has been singing her entire life
and belting out the blues now for many
years. Highly respected among her peers
in both the local and national music scenes,
evident by her multiple music awards,
national tours and festival appearances,
Parks has released her first album titled
Cheat'N Man. The nine original tunes which
were penned by Parks along with longtime
musical collaborator Guy Nirelli feature
a blend of blues and soul aimed to bring
you to the dance floor. The core band
is comprised of veteran players Nirelli
(keyboards), Nick Veltri (bass), John
Riggi (guitar), Pete Holguin (drums) and
the West Side Horns (Gerry Youngman, Nick
Salamone and Paul Vancore). Guest musicians
include Gary Mallaber, Mike Phelps, Ray
Hagen, Carol Jean Swist, Sammy Guarino,
Jimmy Ehinger and many more. Check out
the autobiographical track "What
I Had to Be" and the tender tear
jerker ballad "Mama" both of
which showcase Parks vocal range. The
slow blues "Happy You're Mine",
and "Baby Don't You Know" are
both keepers as are a couple of other
outstanding tracks "It Ain't Right"
featuring a scorching guitar solo from
Charles Buffamonte and the title track
"Cheat'N Man" both low down
blues numbers about cheating men. For
more information about this dynamo performer
check out www.pattiparks.com
- Moon Chillun -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
veteran of decades on the local blues
scene Willie May has released his fourteenth
album this one titled Moon Chillun. May
surrounds himself for these sessions a
vast array of local talent to play on
the songs. Among them Dwane Hall, Jim
Whitford, Evan Laedke, Kevin Espinosa,
Mark Panfil, Owen Eichensehr, Randy Bolam
and Tom E. Corsi who bang, strum, squeeze
pluck and blow a variety of guitars, upright
bass', Dobros, accordions, banjos and
harmonica to name just a few instruments
in this musical gumbo. May's husky yet
smooth vocals keep it gritty on tracks
"Riverside Blues", "Jason
Twisted My Arm" and "On Vacation".
May gets reflective on "Sometimes"
and adds a Reggae beat to the blues on
"Blues Parade". May recorded
half the album at Black Rock Entertainment
with Dwane Hall behind the console and
California Road Studios with Josh Myers
handling the duties there. For more information
on Willie May check out www.williemaymusic.com
.the Mid-Life Crisis Sessions -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
formed in 2009 when the songwriting team
of Ken Willcox (vocals) and Scott Kent
(guitars) got together to write songs
and form a group with other musicians.
After a few lineup changes and members
the current core of Willcox and Kent along
with bassist Mike Copp, guitarist Chris
Hannen and drummer Ken Pruchnicki gathered
in the studio to record a new album. The
results is their latest release titled
the Mid-Life Crisis Sessions a twelve
song slab of riff heavy songs and arpeggio
soaring guitar solos fit for alternative
rock. Choice cuts include the opener "Creeper",
"Broken Radio" featuring a cameo
voice-over from Ted Shredd of 103.3 The
Edge, "A Little Time for Me"
and the title cut "Mid-Life Crisis".
Best track is the ready for radio cut
"Make It Through". Check them
out at www.reverbnation.com/swill
- Finds the Present Tense -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
fine selection of songs from master songsmith
Gurf Morlix on his latest Finds the Present
Tense. A great album title in its own
right Morlix (Buffalo Music Hall of Fame
Class of 2005) always hits you with his
sardonic wit and heart aching eloquence
sometimes mixed together. Song titles
such as "My Life's Been Taken",
Small Window", "Series of Closing
Doors", "These Are My Blues"
and "Empty Cup" strike a chord
on these themes. "Lookin" For
You", "Present Tense" and
"You Walk Away" also showcase
Morlix gifted knack for creating compelling
songs. Morlix surrounds himself with a
stellar cast on the album including longtime
drummer Rick Richards, Faces keyboardist
Ian McLagan, Ray Bonneville, Eliza Gilkyson,
Nick Connolly, Patterson Barrett and Gene
Elders. For more about Gurf Morlix and
his latest release Finds the Present Tense
go to www.gurfmorlix.com
- American Ride -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
Rice wrote "For one the one great
scorer comes to write against your name,
he writes not if you won or lost but how
you played the game" words that can
surely apply to Willie Nile. A songwriter
and poet among the Dylan's and Springsteen's,
Nile (BMHOF Class of 2005) has sometimes
rather quietly too, created some of the
finest lyrical and musical albums to rival
and surpass the aforementioned artists
over his career. Sometimes in the spotlight
often in near anonymity always soldiering
on undaunted. Backed by the incredible
talents of his band (Johnny Pisano-bass,
Matt Hogan-guitars and Alex Alexander-drums)
and help from some guest artists among
them Steuart Smith and James Maddock it
comes as no surprise that Nile's latest
release American Ride is close to perfection.
His song palette is heartfelt ("There's
No Place Like Home"/"She's Got
My Heart"), political ("Holy
War"/ "God Laughs") or
poetic ("Sunrise in New York"/"American
Ride"). A rocker at heart Nile kicks
out the jams on "This is Our Time",
"Life on Bleecker Street" and
a cover of the Jim Carroll classic "People
Who Died". Check out and purchase
Willie Nile's latest album American Ride
and other merchandise at www.willienile.com
- Animal -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
Nunn, you first fell in love with her
when she and the band Berlin burst on
the scene with 1982's banned from radio
smash "Sex (I'm a
from 1986's even bigger smash "You
Take My Breath Away" from the Tom
Cruise film Top Gun. And how could you
not love that exquisite sultry voice?
Her model good looks didn't hurt either.
Well Nunn and Berlin are back sounding
and looking better than ever with their
first new release since 2005 this one
titled Animal with Buffalo's own Dave
Schulz (BMHOF Class of 2008) now a member
of the band and manning the keyboards,
vocals and more. The band also includes
Carlton Bost on guitars, Chris Olivas
on percussion and Derek Cannavo on drums,
bass and guitars. The album immerses itself
in an EDM pop rock style all showcasing
Nunn vocals. The title track "Animal",
"Break the Chains", "With
the Lights On" and "Secrets"
are filled with funky beats and hot sounds
catered to the dance clubs. "It's
the Way" with vocal help from Windy
Wagner and a cover of Jefferson Airplane's
"Somebody to Love" are both
keepers as is the album closer "Animal
(Remix)". Check them out at www.berlinpage.com
- Carnival Nature -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
Ruby Spirit guitarist Alex Pulec has a
new project titled The Nursery and a new
release Carnival Nature a raucous fun
sounding set of songs. Pulec, who is based
out of Toronto, is familiar to our area
with numerous visits with Ruby Spirit
and has logged studio time at GCR Studios
with Justin Rose and Richie English. The
Nursery has already played our area including
a memorable set in the pouring rain at
this year's Music is Art Festival. On
Carnival Nature, Pulec is assisted by
a bevy of musicians notable among them
Tony Malone, Michael Ursini, Julian Bigras
and Sam Morton. The six song disc kicks
off with the jaunty pop of "Lysergically
Yours", the New Wave Avant-garde
vibe of "It's a Sin" comes next
and slides into the jangly foot stomper
"Lucy". Rounding things out
are "Domino", my personal favorite
"This Wild Heart" and the music
box ballad "I Was I Was Someone Else".
Carnival Nature is a solid first effort
for Alex Pulec and The Nursery. Visit
their web site at www.thisisthenursery.com
- Not Guilty -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
Hip guitarist Paul Langlois has released
his second solo album this one titled
Not Guilty. The ten song disc features
Langlois' signature guitar sound and his
low key crooner vocals laid down on a
throbbing blues rock beat. Fellow Hip
guitarist Rob Baker along with bassist
Jeff Montgomery and drummer Mauro Sepe
form the band behind Langlois. Hip bassist
Gord Sinclair and Greg Ball lend a hand
with some backing vocals. A short recent
tour featuring Langlois and the band stopped
at The Waiting Room in Downtown Buffalo
for a show. Lots of good stuff on the
disc including "Capital Punishment",
"Everything We Were", "Table's
Been Set" and the title cut "Not
Guilty". A couple of outstanding
tracks include the jangly guitar rocker
"Watching You" and the slow
blues rock number "Common Ground".
For more on Paul Langlois and his new
solo disc Not Guilty check out www.paullanglois.com
- Mr. Rightplace -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
Kingston, Ontario native Greg Ball has
released a new disc, his sophomore effort,
titled Mr. Rightplace. Ball recently made
his U.S. concert debut in Buffalo when
he opened for the Tragically Hip's Paul
Langlois at The Waiting Room. Mr. Rightplace
is released on Langlois' Ching Music Label.
The eleven song disc has a harder edge
Canadian country rock feel with lots of
guitar, mandolins and high lonesome vocals.
Ball handles guitar and vocals and is
backed by Joe Carscallen on guitar, Paul
Muller on bass and Rob Radford on drums.
Langlois adds backing vocals as well.
Ball lyrics tend to be in the observational
mode a lot of that crafted during his
time working as a bartender. Highlights
include "My Forte", the piano
driven "Silent Treatment"; the
title cut "Mr. Rightplace",
"Jackie's Song" and the broken
romance weeper "Ex-Wife". For
more on Greg Ball and his new album Mr.
Rightplace go to www.gregball.ca and www.chingmusic.com
- In Our Nature -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
a band can be unfairly judged against their
own best work. Blue Rodeo hit a benchmark
with their 1993 masterpiece Five Days in
May and it seems every release from the
band thereafter was compared to that album.
As I stated judged unfairly as some of those
songs from some of those albums have turned
into staples of their live show an element
where the band truly shines. And yes some
of the material is best left to historians.
However Blue Rodeo's new album In Our Nature
does hold up as some of the best work of
their career. The band has under gone some
changes in their live show due to health
concerns for Greg Keelor's hearing but those
changes seem reflected in the new songs
also. Softer arrangements, the use of brushes
for a softer drum sound, using outside writers,
doing a cover song and just the passing
of time have the band doing some of the
best work of their career. Highlights include
"Wondering" that features a nice
in the pocket Crazy Horse drum sound from
Glenn Milchem, "Mattawa" and the
soulful singing of Jim Cuddy on "When
The Truth Comes Out". Other gems include
the title tune "In Our nature"
a classic mysterious sounding nugget from
Keelor, "Made Up Your Mind" and
the country waltz of "Tell Me Again".
The album delivers a big payout with "Paradise"
a song that plays like a late night conversation
and career summation of the band. The album
closes with two of the best songs Blue Rodeo
has ever recorded in their more than twenty
five year history. First comes "Tara's
Blues" a bittersweet tale of lost love
featuring a pleading vocal from Keelor.
His sobbing pronunciation of the word "blue"
will melt the coldest of hearts while Bob
Egan's mid song pedal steel solo elevates
the song to astounding heights. The same
goes for the final cut a take of Robbie
Robertson's "Out of the Blue".
Another outstanding vocal from Keelor and
ghost like back ground vocals make this
an instant classic. For more on Blue Rodeo
and their latest release In Our Nature visit
Wilkins and The Mystiqueros
- Wildcat Pie & The Great Walapateya
Review - By Bob Silvestri
troubadour Walt Wilkins has released another
fine collection of songs this one with
his longtime amigos The Mystiqueros titled
Wildcat Pie & The Great Walapateya.
Wilkins has made Western New York one
of his regular summer stops and has made
lasting friendships in the area. His shows
here are always a mix of friends, family,
food, fun and good music. The seventeen
songs on the disc are a mix of choice
covers and songs from Wilkins or various
Mystiqueros own pens. Lonesome harmonies,
splendid guitar work and great songs are
the order on any Wilkins release but he
scores big with these new additions to
his musical arsenal. "It's Only Rain",
the soul fried nugget "Somebody",
the whimsical "King For A Day"
that seems to found its way to Texas through
the Caribbean and "Love and a Good
Buzz" are all highlights. Other highlights
include "If I Had a Little Truck",
"This Old House" and "Believe".
Highlights among the covers songs include
Eric Clapton's "Give Me Strength",
"Beautiful Texas Sunshine" from
another Texas troubadour the late great
Doug Sahm and the immortal Harlan Howard/Tompall
Glaser country classic "Streets of
Baltimore". To find out more about
Walt Wilkins and The Mystiqueros go to
with Hopeless Records founder
DEVIL WEARS PRADA SET TO HEADLINE SUB CITY TAKE
ACTION TOUR 2014
The Devil Wears Prada will make an appearance
at Town Ballroom in Downtown Buffalo on April
1st, 2014 headlining the Take Action Tour. Also
appearing on the bill are The Ghost Inside,
I Killed The Prom Queen and Danger Kids. We
asked Hopeless Records founder Louis Posen about
the tour and label. Here's what he had to say.
Silvestri- What made you start Hopeless Records?
Louis Posen- When we started Hopeless Records
in December 1993, it was a dare at first, then
it became a passion to effect people through
an art I love.
MS- Who was the first band you signed to Hopeless
LP- The first release was a 7inch called 11oz.
from the band Guttermouth whom I had directed
a music video for a few months before the release.
The first band we signed was Funeral Oration,
a punk band from the Netherlands who I found
out about when I bought one of their records
when traveling through Amsterdam.
MS- How many artists are currently on your roster?
LP- We typically have fifteen to twenty active
bands on the roster. We have over 300 records
in the catalog.
MS- Which of those releases do you think brought
the most attention to Hopeless Records?
LP- Avenge Sevenfold and All Time Low have sold
the most albums but different bands have affected
different people in different ways.
MS- Let's talk about the Take Action Tour featuring
The Devil Wears Prada that comes to Buffalo
on April 1st. What is it all about?
LP- The Take Action Tour was started in 1999,
the same year we launched our non- profit organization
Sub City to connect bands, fans and causes they
are passionate about. The first tour was headlined
by Fifteen, a Bay Area punk band who was also
the first signing to release records with the
Sub City name and concept. To date Sub City
and the Take Action Tour have raised more than
2 million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations
including this year's Take Action Tour benefiting
charity The Living the Dream Foundation.
MS- What types of artists are you looking for
to play on the tour?
LP- We want bands who want to make a difference
with their talent, resources and voices. In
the early years of Take Action we'd have to
search hard for bands who felt strongly about
causes and connecting them with their band but
in recent years bands have come to us wanting
to do the tour.
MS- Any thoughts of expanding the tour?
LP- Yes, we've organized the tour with partners
in Australia and we'd love to do it in other
MS- Thanks for your time. Is there anything
else you'd like to add about Hopeless Records
or the Take Action Tour?
LP- The Take Action Tour donates 10% of the
gross ticket sales to a non-profit organization
chosen by the headlining artist. The bands also
communicate about the cause at the shows and
off stage. Depending on the charity there may
be other events and activities in the local
community of some or all of the shows. This
year Living the Dream is organizing several
"Dream Days" for kids who want to
come to see Devil Wears Prada and the other
thanks to Louis Posen founder of Hopeless Records
for taking the time to answer our questions
and to Natalie Schaffer and Stefanee Alcantar
at Big Picture Media for arranging the interview.
Rodeo & The Devin Cuddy Band
Hamilton Place - Hamilton, Ontario
February 27th, 2014
review by Bob Silvestri-
to beat a case of the winter doldrums and cabin
fever, the Traveling Buffalo Concert Caravan
decided to brave the elements and venture north
to Hamilton, Ontario for a show with Blue Rodeo
on February 27th, 2014. Nothing was to deter
us. Not the heavy dusting of snow we received
as we were about to leave or the Polar Vortex
raging towards us. Heck not even the dreaded
Peace Bridge/Customs hassle could stop our journey.
We arrived safely and settled into our seats
and for the next three and one half hours our
winter blues seemed to melt away.
Now normally in these reviews and musings the
opening act is regulated to a paragraph, if
that, at the end of the article but that's not
the case here. Opening the show was the Devin
Cuddy Band and yes it is the son of Blue Rodeo's
Jim Cuddy and to use an old axiom the fruit
doesn't fall far from the tree. This is one
talented young man. The band (Devin Cuddy-keyboards/vocals,
Nichol Robertson-guitar, Devon Richardson-bass
and Zach Sutton-drums) has been a fixture on
the Toronto scene for years and has deserved
their shot opening this tour. Their thirty minute
set featured songs mostly from their debut album
titled Volume One. Highlights from the set included
"Sidewalks in the South" and a rollicking
set closer "Catfish Blues". Cuddy
has a great voice and the keyboard driven funky
country/cabaret sound is unique and refreshing
yet very accessible too. Here's to a promising
a brief intermission to reset the stage Blue
Rodeo started the first of their two sets of
the evening. Out on the road in support of their
new release In Our Nature the band was playing
the second of two sold out nights at the Great
Hall at Hamilton Place. That album, one of the
finest in the band's career, would comprise
nearly the entire first set. Starting off with
"New Morning Sun" followed by "Mattawa"
and "Wondering" the new songs seemed
to invigorate the band. Songs were prefaced
with stories of their origins or meanings and
showed a relaxed and comfortable band not afraid
to challenge the audience with the new material.
They did throw in a cover of the Stones "The
Last Time" just for good measure. Other
highlights from the first set were "Never
Too Late", a stunning "Tara's Blues"
and the set closer "Truth Comes Out"
featuring Jim Cuddy's soaring vocals.
The second set consisted of sixteen classic
Blue Rodeo songs and could have comprised a
whole concert on its own. From the opening notes
of "Diamond Mine" to the final encore
of Jim and Greg sharing a spotlight and sporting
acoustic guitars on the beloved ode to the Erie
County Fair "What Am I Doing Here"
the band and performance bordered on perfection.
"Disappeared", "Dark Angel"
and a show stopping "After the Rain"
all stood out as did "Five Days in May",
the hoedown throw down "You're Everywhere"
and "Hasn't Hit Me Yet". First encore
included audience favorite "Try" and
"Lost Together" with the Devin Cuddy
Band returning to lend a hand before ending
with the afore mentioned "What Am I Doing
Here". We headed back out into the cold
Hamilton evening for the ride home satisfied
and knowing that the warmth of spring is right
around the corner. For more on Blue Rodeo visit
www.bluerodeo.com and the Devin Cuddy Band at
First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
January 30th, 2014
review by Dylan Kallay-
(bestofwny.com teen reporter.)
Thursday January 30th The First Niagara Center
and the citizens of buffalo that bought the
tickets were able to witness quite a show. Jay-Z
is a multi-million dollar entrepreneur, Grammy
winning artist, producer, founded the popular
record label Roc Nation, he even owns his own
sporting agency (Clients include: Robinson Cano,
Victor Cruz, and Kevin Durant). Despite all
these responsibilities of the 44 year old, he
still writes, comes out with albums (Magna Carta
Holy Grail came out in the summer of 2013,)
and tours. The Magna Carta World Tour took a
stop in Buffalo, so 125$ later I tagged along
with a packed house at the FNC to witness one
of my favorite MC's perform and I wasn't disappointed
in any sense of the word.
seats I had were great. I was eye level and
very close to Jay-Z despite the fact they weren't
floor seats. The concert was supposed to start
at 8:00pm but there was almost a one hour delay,
fortunately there was a DJ to fill the gap and
kept us busy. But when HOV finally appeared
he put on a show. I don't remember the whole
setlist (you could probably find it online),
but it was versatile. He opened with "U
Don't Know" to set the tone for the entire
show. He did his classics as well as his new
stuff that kept me off my seat and rapping along
to the lyrics. Even though Jay-Z has an estimated
net worth of $500 million that keeps on growing,
he performed like he was trying to get a record
deal, he performed like he had nothing to lose.
The way he performs he definitely earns his
pay. At one time during the concert he performed
"N***** in Paris" then "Tom Ford"
then "PSA" in succession. The entire
FNC crowd was livid, including me. Playing 3
of his most popular, upbeat, tracks. Everyone
was hype, throwing up their dynasty signs cheering
for HOV. The Whole crowd got a lot of energy
from Jay-Z, and Jay-Z got a lot of energy from
the crowd, it was a cycle that kept the concert
going. He did "Run This Town" before
walking off stage. But the FNC wanted more.
Cheering for an encore, Jay-Z came back out
and fittingly did "Encore" along with
introducing his live band he brought with him.
Each band member did their own little solo to
show off their skills, which was really cool.
Then the final songs he did were "Empire
State of Mind" celebrating New York, two
classic songs with "Izzo" and "Hard
Knock Life." Jay-Z ended it with "Forever
Young" which was a song he used in tribute
to the late Nelson Mandela. They turned off
all the lights in the FNC and told the crowd
to light the place up. Everyone brought out
there camera lights and lighters to illuminate
the place. It was like staring into space. After
all that, the concert was over. It was an experience
I'll never forget to say the least.
Everything about the concert was perfect, Jay-Z's
performance, the crowd, the music as a whole
was flawless. If you're a fan of Jay-Z or of
hip-hop in general and didn't go to the concert,
you missed out. I personally need to see Jay
again, the way he gets into his music you can
tell that he really cares about his craft.
time out our Local Artist Showcase features
some old and new faces on the local music scene.
Remember to support local music and support
those venues that feature local artists.
a fresh adult alternative style Monday Night
Mistake stands out from the carbon copy sound
of most bands these days. Founded in 2009 the
original two piece collaboration of Frank Tierney(guitar/vocals)
and David Pfeiffer (vocals/guitar) tinkered
with their sound until they honed it into the
current six piece outfit (Mike Lindstrom (drums),
Cameron Powell (guitar), Cliff Obrist (keyboards)
and will Tierney (bass).
With a couple of outstanding gigs around town
including at the Town Ballroom and The Waiting
Room, Monday Night Mistake could have a bright
them out at www.facebook.com/mondaynightmistake
no prisoners and pulling no punches are the B-Side
Dubs a psychedelic cornucopia of rock, electronic
and alternative sounds all pinned down by a fierce
Reggae dub beat. Beside a plethora of local gigs
the band manages to play a significant amount
of festivals and the constant touring has made
them a very tight musical outfit with a sizable
following. Hard to believe, real musicians making
real and incredibly good music these days.
them at www.thebsidedubs.com/home
inspiration from 60's pop, garage rock and Surf
music are the young Turks in Brimstone Blondes
Matthew Danger Lippman - Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards,
Joseph Scrinchin Barth - Drums/Vocals, Alex Mersinger
- Bass/Vocals and Jacob Cohen - Violin/Guitar/Vocals.
Their new release When We Where Blonde was recorded
at GCR Studios with Justin Rose at the knobs and
captures the band's raw primal sound. Dare to
be Blonde with the Brimstone Blondes.
download at brimstoneblondes.bandcamp.com
or for information go to facebook.com/brimstoneblondes
the finest band currently making music on the
Western New York scene is Dive House Union consisting
of some of the finest musicians in the area (
David Michael Miller - Lead Vocals/Guitar, Todd
Eberwine - Lead Guitar/Vocals, Shannon Street
- Drums/Vocals, Dave Herr - Bass/Vocals, Tom Scime
- Keyboards and Barry Arbogast - Sax). Their power
house sound and legendary live performances have
earned them a nonpareil reputation among musical
aficionados. You can often find them playing on
Thursday nights at CPG's Blues Night with Anita
Go to www.divehouseunion.com
for more information.
a musical sound that was forged from the sticky
floor of the legendary Mohawk Place when the stage
was still in the front for you young whippersnappers
is Handsome Jack (Jamison Passuite - Guitar/Vox,
Joey Verdonselli - Bass/Vox, Phil Allport -Organ/Guitar
and Chad Salmeri- Drums). Many a summer Thursday
night the best band in town wasn't the headliner
at the Square it was Handsome Jack peeling the
paint from the walls of the Mohawk after the Square
shows had ended. You can almost still smell the
hot dogs cooking out front of the place. While
their sound has mellowed somewhat the band forges
on releasing new material and playing wherever
the road takes them.
to find out more.
of the most talented and respected musicians in
the area, Bruce Wojick is a tour de force. The
Niagara Falls, NY native has held a spot in both
God's Children and Klear before embarking on a
solo career which includes his duo with Jamie
Holka and a spot in Strictly Hip. His music has
appeared on television ("Buffy the Vampire
Slayer", "X-Files", "ER",
"Touched by an Angel") and movies ("Vegas
Vacation", Disney's "Man of the House"
and the Meryl Streep and Jason Robards piece "A
Thousand Acres") and he has opened and performed
with major artists (The Goo Goo Dolls, Chuck Berry,
Kid Rock, Alice Cooper, Government Mule and Puddle
of Mudd). He also has appeared on numerous album
releases over the years.
him up at www.facebook.com/bruce.wojick
CD Reviews - by Bob Silvestri
Bonneville -Easy Gone-
know the commercial says otherwise but Ray Bonneville
may be the most interesting man in the world.
The French Canadian born, stateside raised and
current Austin, TX resident has been a cab driver,
bush pilot, drug addict, foreigner in many countries
and a Vietnam vet. And a self-taught musician
who didn't start playing music till his 40's
he has been nominated twice for a Canadian Juno
Award and has won once. Some of his worldly
adventures include joining the Marines as a
teen to escape a strict upbringing and promptly
being sent to Vietnam. Returning he moved through
Boulder, Co., Alaska, Seattle and Paris, France.
From there it was off to New Orleans where he
trained pilots to fly and played gigs at night.
The city and its musical culture would have
a big influence on Bonneville. That in turn
lured him back to Quebec where took a job flying
sportsmen into the remote wilderness till one
evening while flying in the fog Bonneville nearly
clipped a power line, ran out of fuel and had
to land on a lake. That ended his flying days.
Thank goodness he took up music full time first
settling in Arkansas before finding a home in
Austin. Falling in with likeminded musicians
Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Mary Gauthier,
Eliza Gilkyson and Buffalo born Gurf Morlix,
Bonneville finally found a musical home in Austin.
On his latest Red House Records www.redhouserecords.com
release Easy Gone Bonneville delivers a gritty
voodoo gumbo of tight grooves and mysterious
haunting people. Bonneville gets help from his
friends Morlix on bass and Glenn Aresenault
on drums for most tracks with session aces Will
Sexton and Rick Richards on bass and drums respectively
show up for a couple of cuts. Gilkyson adds
vocals and Richie Lawrence adds piano on a couple
of tracks as well. Bonneville wrote all tracks
sans one a cover of Hank Williams "I'm
So Lonesome I Could Cry". "Who Do
Call The Shots", "When I Get to New
York" and "Mile Marker 41" all
conjure up some seedy characters. The bluesy
"Love is Wicked" and "Lone Freighter's
Wail" are also standout tracks.
Even if the guy in the commercial is the most
interesting man in the world after all Ray Bonneville's
Easy Gone is still a great and interesting album.
For more on Ray Bonneville go to www.raybonneville.com
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