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CONCERT REVIEWS

Cheech and Chong
Events Center - Seneca Niagara Casino
November 26th, 2016

Concert Review - by Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

Cheech and ChongIconic counter culture comedy duo Cheech and Chong paid a visit to the Events Center located inside the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY on November 26, 2016. The stoner centric comedians, who at one time seemed dangerous with their cannabis culture comedy but now seem mainstream, have made their mark with their stand up routines, movies and record albums and have plied their act for decades. The ninety minute performance before a sizable crowd of their devotees started with a brief warm up set from comedian Shelby Chong, wife of Tommy Chong, before she introduced the comedy duo and acted as MC. The show was divided into segments of comments and anecdotes, revered skits from their salad days, a Cheech and Chongmedley of parody songs with Chong admirably handling guitar duties and individual routines from each artist. While most of the material elicited chuckles some hasn't aged well with racial epithets and stereotypes and words long removed from the vernacular. Some of the highlights from the evening included the skits "It's me. Dave", "Low Rider", a special appearance of Cheech alter ego Alice Bowie performing the hit "Earache My Eye" and a song medley featuring "Basketball Jones" and other album hits. Conspicuously absent from the set was the bit "Santa Claus and his Old Lady" considering the time of year it was notable for its omission. Another bright spot was a serious run through of the Motown hit written by Chong and covered by The Supremes "Does Your Mama Know About Me". A few expected riffs on pot legalization, a blind bluesman bit and the movie character Redneck rounded out the bits before a show closing take on their hit "Born in East L.A." sent the crowd home happy. For more upcoming shows at Seneca Casinos visit www.senecacasinos.com

The Wailers
Bear’s Den - Seneca Niagara Casino
October 28, 2016

Concert Review - by Bob Silvestri
bobsilvestri@bestofwny.com

The WailersThe Wailers, performing the timeless music of the musical prophet and visionary Bob Marley, played the Bear's Den at the Seneca Niagara Casino on October 28, 2016. The nearly full house was treated to a two hour set of Marley classics and a few Wailers originals. Recent legal woes with another band also calling themselves The Wailers had to be ironed out before the original members could perform under The Wailers moniker.

The line up performing at the Bear's Den included original Wailers Aston "Familyman" Barrett on bass, Junior Marvin on guitar and Donald Kinsey also on guitar along with Aston Barrett Jr. (Familyman's son) on drums, Javaughn Bond on keyboards and harmony vocals, Owen "Dreadie" Reid on rhythm guitar, Shema McGregor (daughter of I-Three's singing group that backed Marley and the Wailers, Judy Mowatt and Reggae legend Freddie McGregor) on harmony vocals and Josh David Barrett (a cousin of Familyman) on lead vocals and guitar. Barrett has the most difficult task of the group in having to replicate Marley's stellar vocals and he succeeds admirably.

The WailersThe band kicked things off with a simple one drop groove and the call and refrain of "Irie!" which is Jamaican Patois meaning "feeling good or alright" from there it was on to the Marley classics including"Natural Mystic", "I Know A Place' and "Rastaman Vibration". The crowd rose to their feet and danced and swayed along to "Is This Love", "Lively Up Yourself" and "Three Little Birds" and The Wailers track "My Friends". The positive vibes continued as the band played stellar versions of "Concrete Jungle", "Waiting In Vain" and "Roots Rock Reggae" before ending the set with "Jamming". The band returned for an encore and offered up a new song "Stand Firm" along with "Could You Be Loved" and "Get Up Stand Up" before closing the show with "Exodus". Truly an outstanding performance from one of the most influential bands of all time. Irie indeed! Jah Rastafari!

For more great shows at Seneca Casinos go to www.senecacasinos.com for more information about The Wailers check out www.thewailers.net


ALBUM REVIEWS
by Bob Silvestri

Neil YoungNeil Young
- Peace Trail -

Neil Young 's latest release titled Peace Trail finds the wily yet cranky septuagenarian in fine form with some of his most thought provoking lyrics about the state of the world and country. Young wrote all the songs since last June and the release of his previous album Earth. Peace Trail was recorded at Rick Rubin's Shangri- la Studios and features Young on vocals and guitar, Jim Keltner on drums, and Paul Bushnell on bass and was produced by Young and John Hanlon. The ten mostly acoustic tracks harkens back to Young's After the Gold Rush era but with very topical lyrics about saving our watershed, global terrorism, Indian rights, technology and their consequences . The album on a whole is a mixed bag with a couple of tracks being instant Neil classics while a couple fall far short of appearing on any future greatest hits albums.
Highlights include the title track "Peace Trail" one of Neil's epic grunge rock offerings and the bluesy "Can't Stop Working" with its distorted harmonica, the shuffling "Indian Givers", "Terrorist Suicide Hangliders", "Glass Accident" and a couple of acoustic numbers "My Pledge" and "Show Me". A few miss the mark including "John Oaks", "Texas Rangers" and "My New Robot".
While some artists seem to lose their muse with age Neil's is alive and well. Long may you run Neil, long may you run. For more information about Neil Young and his latest album Peace Trail visit www.neilyoung.com


Solitary ListeningSolitary Listening
- JN Couvutsakis -

Solitary Listening, the third release from James Couvutsakis, is a heady mix of jazz, pop, classical and New Age instrumental music. Couvutsakis is a local songwriter/composer who has done work with independent video productions and educational and documentary video projects whose knowledge of field is movie film scores and their composers. He wrote and performs all the music on the album.
On Solitary Listening, Couvutsakis borrows a page from the Ennio Morricone playbook with experimentation while channeling the mysterious melodies of Angelo Badalamenti. The sixteen tracks on the album are split into three parts each comprised of individual compositions. Highlights from the first part include "Circle of Time", "Sentimental Rain" and the upbeat "Disco Dance". Part two boasts the tracks "Gray Horses Run" and "All Fall Down" and part three weighs in with "In a Glass of Wine". One other track of note "In the Morning Sun" appears twice on the album in two different versions.
For more information about JN Couvutsakis and his latest release Solitary Listening visit www.DigitalPosterArt.com or www.cdbaby.com/cd/jncouvutsakis3


Robert "Freightrain" ParkerRobert "Freightrain" Parker
- Freightrain Live -

Musical dynamo Robert "Freightrain" Parker has released his debut album titled Freightrain Live which was recorded at the Sportsmen's Tavern on January 31, 2016 before an enthusiastic crowd of family, fans and supporters. Surrounded by his crack band consisting of guitarist Grace Lougen, drummer Damone A-Miracale Jackson and keyboardist Greg Leech, Freightrain has his friends Willie Haddath, Jony James, Jim Bohm, Kenny Parker and Jeremy Keyes sitting in and lending a hand as well. They kick off the disc with a sweet cover of Robben Ford's "Cannonball Shuffle" followed by Walter Jacob's "Up The Line". Parker is a virtuoso bass player one who always finds the sweet groove and lays right in the pocket but as a band member he let's all the musicians get their solo and turn in the spotlight. Ever so humble is he. Other highlights include a cover of Allen Toussaint's "Get Out of My Life, Woman", "Barefootin'" a Parker original, "I Need Somebody" and the blues shuffle "Live My Life Too Fast". The live show was engineered by Jae Daniels and mixed and mastered at Black Rock EPS by Jason Hall. There is also a bonus studio track "Club 48" an original funky instrumental composition from Parker and Lougen recorded by Dave Costantino that closes out the album.
For more information about Robert "Freightrain" Parker and his album Freightrain Live please visit www.robertfreightrainparker.com or www.facebook.com/Robert-Freightrain-Parker-193225864071403


Heather LingleHeather Lingle
- Welcome To Blue Town -

I am always amazed at where the tentacles of Buffalo born musicians will reach, this time its Butte, Montana where Buffalo born Mark Iwaniak has teamed up with the talented Heather Lingle for a sweet and tender slice of Americana music. Tales of lost love, found love, heartache, heartbreak and a dose of salvation blend in harmony on Lingle's album Welcome To Blue Town. Lingle handles guitar and vocals and did most of the songwriting while Iwaniak handles the rest of the instruments, engineering and producing of the album. Floyd Luker also lends a hand on a couple of tracks. Highlights among the twelve tracks include "First Snowflake", "Blue Town", the bluesy drawl of "Miss the Train", "Luna Moon", and the slow lover's lament "Melancholy Stew", "Man of Mine" and "In This For Good". Lingle has turned in a fine slice of Americana music with an assist from our own Mark Iwaniak. It's nice to see the influence of the Buffalo sound making music in the Big Sky Mountains out west. For more information about Heather Lingle and her latest album Welcome To Blue Town go to www.heatherlingle.com or www.facebook.com/heatherlinglemusic


Classic Buffalo RocksClassic Buffalo Rocks
- Volume 1 -

This 2006 release which benefited Music Is Art and offered a musical overview of the Buffalo home grown scene at the time is getting a revisit as Bob James who put together the album is launching a new music endeavor Buffalo Blues www.buffaloblues.org to assist veterans. The disc featured artists from the McVans/Continental scenes and from the more "commercial" bands playing The Barrelhead, Uncle Sam's and He & She's.
Offered up over the twenty four tracks are classics tracks from Talas "See Saw", Weekend "Everyday", Cheater "Ten Cent Love Affair", Alyn Syms Group "Can't Keep A Good Band Down", Mike Mazur's Blue Collar Band and his regional hit that name checks Buffalo "Queen City Bound", The Road "Night In The City", Actor "Checkin' Out" and Benhatzel "Undeniable".
The more DIY bands roar back with Third Floor Stranglers "The Long Letter", The Enemies "Contender", The Jumpers "South of the City", The Elements "Hurtin'", Mark Freeland "My Baby Got A Thing For Me", The Vores "Forget That Guy", Davy & The Crocketts "Stage Zero" and The Restless "It's Over".
Classic Buffalo Rocks volume 1 is a nice time capsule from one of the most vital and vibrant era's of the Buffalo music scene. Check out www.buffaloblues.org for more information.


Jim Crean InsatiableJim Crean
- Insatiable -

Buffalo's reigning king of rock, Jim Crean, has released a new album tiled Insatiable featuring some of the top names in rock lending support to the project. Crean, who has played the Whiskey A Go-Go and Rainbow Room in Los Angeles and toured with many national acts calls in some favors and offers a who's who of rock artists helping out including Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart/Ozzy/Vanilla Fudge/Cactus), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio/Derringer), Mike Tramp (White Lion), Tony Franklin (The Firm), Phil Lewis (LA Guns), Jimmy Bain (Rainbow/Dio), Phil Naro (Talas), Colleen Mostrocovo (Hair Nation) Dave Costantino (Talas) and many more.
The album kicks off with an introduction from Don Jamieson host of VH1's That Metal Show before launching into the Crean penned title track "Insatiable". Crean also wrote the tracks "Touch", "Follow Your Heart", "Shut Your Mouth", "Turn It Around" and the power ballad "Miss Me". Crean also picks some interesting cover songs to round out the disc including the Dio classic "Caught In The Middle", the big kick ass rocker "Over The Edge" from LA Guns and two bonus tracks "The Whole World Is Gonna Know" penned by Billy Sheehan and the Kiss classic "Magic Touch".
If you love the sound of big power chords and endless arpeggio runs, chest thumping bass and thunderous drums galore then pick up a copy of Insatiable from Jim Crean. To find out more about Jim Crean including tour dates, shows and how to purchase Insatiable go to www.jimcrean.net or www.facebook.com/jimcrean24


Mike ZogariaMike Zogaria
- self titled -

Buffalo based singer songwriter Mike Zogaria has just released his third album a self titled effort of catchy adult contemporary and rock based songs. The six songs were recorded at GCR Audio with engineer extraordinaire Justin Rose manning the board and have that ready for radio sound that many artists try to achieve. Fellow musicians assisting Zogaria on the disc include Mike Vealey (Guitars), Mike Argento (piano/drums), Rishon Odell Northington (bass), Mike Campbell (drums), Brad Peace (guitar), Chris Oursler (bass), Dan Reino (bass) and Joe Suplicki (drums). Vealey also mixed and produced the album. Zogaria writes about a range of ideas including odes to love "Never Leavin'" and "When It Rains, It Pours", ballads "Right Now (Song for Dad)" the bar life "Good Idea (I Must Be Drunk)", life in the Queen City "Buffalo Winter" and gets his Reggae groove on to my personal favorite on the album "Use Me Up". Zogaria is a regular performer throughout the area, to find out where he is playing and how to purchase the new self titled album check out www.mikezogaria.com and www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Zogaria


Funktional FlowFunktional Flow
- Time Will Tell -

Summer seems to be the time when everyone looks for that song or album that they can blast out at the beach, the backyard pool party or cruising around town with the windows down. Well look no further than the latest release from Buffalo based band Funktional Flow and their album Time Will Tell. The twelve tracks are filled with roots rock, funky beats and island riddems that make you want to shake your hips and point your face to the sun. The band (Jeffrey Kuebler-guitar/vocals, Ben Whelen-bass, Joey Lewis-guitar/vocals, Matthew Lester-keys/vocals/sax and Jim Edgar-drums) recorded the album at Sonic Farms Studios in Colden, NY with Scott Nadolinski, Dan Brace and Nick Sonricker and produced it themselves. From a strictly music geek point of view this is a superbly done disc. Everything from the mix to the production and overall sound is astounding. And for the non music geeks who just want the music to move them or their feet, well you're in luck also.
The album kicks off with the driving up tempo rocker "Back Door" followed by "Trouble" featuring some nice sax riffing from guest musician Matt Harris. Those one drop Reggae vibes shine on the tracks "Gone", "Dreidel", "Moving On" and the title track "Time Will Time" with its funky bass breakdown. Also of note is "Strong Feeling", "New Haven" and the twin guitar attack of "On The Way (Baby Song)". Time Will Tell is a great album from a very promising band so grab yourself a copy along with a cold beverage of your choice and enjoy the summer and the music. Funktional Flow has a busy national touring schedule as well as local dates sprinkled in. To find out where they are performing or to purchase Time Will Time visit www.funktionalflow.com or www.facebook.com/FunktionalFlowMusic


Parade ChicParade Chic
- One & Only Secret Dream -

The dreaded "how to categorize this band" dilemma raises its ugly head again with the debut album from Parade Chic. Parade Chic is a Buffalo based outfit and the brainchild of musician Colin Griffin and his band mates Laura Bowen, Brett Griffin, Nathan Miloszewski, Pat Neveu, Jeff Proehl and Jeremy Stock. The band describes their music as chamber pop but I call it adventurous, quirky, palette pleasing and sonically outstanding perhaps the resulting musical love child of a Radiohead and Wilco tryst. Highlights amongst the ten tracks are "Red", "Dilemmas", the title track "One & Only Secret Dream", "The Birds", "Thievery", "Ten Years' Time" and the album closer "Yes & No". To paraphrase Duke Ellington, there are only two kinds of music, good and bad and everyone's opinion of that is different. File Parade Chic under the good category. To find out more about Parade Chic and their new album One & Only Secret Dreams go to www.facebook.com/paradechic or paradechic.bandcamp.com


Bonnie BishopBonnie Bishop
- Ain't Who I Was -

Grammy winning artist Bonnie Bishop has released her sixth album Ain't Who I Was that features ten new tracks, six written by Bishop, and produced by David Cobb who has worked with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. It's a wonder the album ever saw the light of day. About two years ago Bishop had a crisis of confidence about the direction of her music career and walked away. She pursued other interests and had moved on when produced Cobb offered to spearhead her career revival. It paid off in spades as Bonnie Raitt recorded her song "Not Cause I Wanted To" for her album Slipstream that won Raitt and Bishop a Grammy and was named song of the year by the New York Times. Raitt has since recorded another Bishop song and her work has been features on the television show Nashville. The comparisons to Raitt are obvious but Bishop has a distinctive sexy purr combined with just the right amount of blues and roots inflection in her voice. Helping Bishop on the album are David Cobb (acoustic guitar), Chris Powell (drums), Brian Allen (bass), Jimmy Wallace (keyboards) and Leroy Powell (electric guitars). The lyrics lean towards themes of love, redemption and empowerment rounded out in a soul and blues styles.
Outstanding cuts include "Mercy", "Done Died" with outstanding guitar work from Leroy Powell, a couple of ballads "Poor Man's Melody" and "You Will Be Loved", "Broken" and the country blues swagger of the title cut "Ain't Who I Was" that shows off Bishop's amazing pipes. Bonnie Bishop is back and we should all be glad for that. Check out Bonnie Bishop at www.bonniebishop.com or at www.facebook.com/bonniebishop


Anni PiperAnni Piper
- More Guitars Than Friends -

Award winning bassist, vocalist and songwriter Anni Piper often referred to as the First Lady of Australian Blues has released a new album tilted More Guitars Than Friends on her own record label Sugar Daddy Records. www.sugardaddyrecords.net Since moving to Cocoa, Florida over a year ago she has been making inroads on the US blues circuit with her fiery performances and slick playing. Helping Piper on the album are Dave Kury (guitar), Frank Hetzler (drums), Mike Franklin (keys), Sam Zambito (trumpet) and from Hall & Oates band saxophonist Charlie de Chant. Seven of the ten cuts on the album were written by Piper and her band mates while the remaining three are covers from Saffire! The Uppity Blues Women ("Cold Pizza and Warm Beer"), Roscoe Gordon ("Just A Little Bit") and Memphis Slim ("I'm Lost Without You"). Stand out tracks on the album include "Wonder Woman" and its kiss off refrain "I'm a wonder woman. I wonder what I saw in you", the smoking title cut "More Guitars Than Friends" with its film noir ambience, "Blackberry Brandy" and the island vibes of "Shotgun Wedding". For more information on Anni Piper go to www.annipiper.com and www.facebook.com/AnniPiper.music


MudcrutchMudcrutch
- 2 -

Mudcrutch, Tom Petty's pre-Heartbreakers band has released a second album titled Mudcrutch 2. The album itself isn't groundbreaking but is another fine addition to the Tom Petty catalog of music. Besides Tom Petty members of Mudcrutch include Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers along with Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh. Guests musicians include uber session ace Herb Pederson and Josh Jove on a couple of tracks. The band and album has an egalitarian attitude as each member add to the songwriting and each has a turn on lead vocals. Highlights from the eleven tracks include "Trailer", the slow and evocative "Beautiful Blues", the barn burner "The Other Side Of The Mountain", "Welcome To Hell" a Blasters styled rocker and "Victim Of Circumstance". Petty seems to do some of his finest work outside of the constraints of the Heartbreakers as evidenced by his solo works, his work on the Traveling Wilburys projects and his albums with Mudcrutch. Good to see the creative juice still flows through Petty's veins. For more information on Mudcrutch check out www.mudcrutchmusic.com


Carina & the Six String PreacherCarina & the Six String Preacher
- Why You So Wild Crocodile? -

Purveyors of jazz noir Carina &The Six Sting Preacher have released a new album titled Why You So Wild Crocodile that harks back to the heady days of 50's and 60's jazz. Reminiscent of the work of Les Paul and Mary Ford or the spectacular sessions of Stan Getz/Antonio Carlos-Jobim with singer Astrud Gilberto the music is both haunting and romantic mysterious and sensual. With Carina Mastrantonio on vocals and Vincent Mastrantonio on guitar along with John Brady on drums they weave musical magic with a simplistic approach. Clean, fluid and inventive guitar lines dance between Carina's sultry purr and seduces your ears and mind alike. But like all good seductresses she always leaves you wanting more.
Highlights from the album include "Forget About Me", "Cheap Perfume", "Cabin Fever" and the Latin tinged "A Man I Could Love". For more information about Carina & The Six String Preacher visit www.carinaandthesixstringpreacher.com or www.facebook.com/CarinaandTheSixStringPreacher


Willie NileWillie Nile
- World War Willie -

Like a fine wine Willie Nile seems to get better with each subsequent album release. His latest World War Willie was recorded mostly live with minimal overdubs with his incredible touring band (Matt Hogan-guitars, Johnny Pisano-bass and Alex Alexander -drums) and has a raw garage band sound that captures the power of their live shows. "Forever Wild" could be a long lost Springsteen classic, "Let's All Come Together" shouts with unbridled optimism and "Grandpa Rocks" proves the geezers still got it. Nile and the band get bluesy, greasy and dirty on "Citibank Nile", "Hell Yeah" and "Bad Boy" all standout tracks. Other tracks of note include "When Levon Sings" a joyous ode to the late great Levon Helm, the title track "World War Willie", "Trouble Down In Diamond Town" and a killer cover of the Lou Reed classic "Sweet Jane". To find out what's happening with Buffalo's own Willie Nile go to www.willienile.com or www.facebook.com/willie.nile


Jefferson GrizzardJefferson Grizzard
- Daydream of Hope -

Singer songwriter Jefferson Grizzard has released a new album titled Daydream of Hope. You may recognize Grizzard's name as he has played numerous shows in town over the last few years and has toured with Willie Nile. On this his third and quite possibly best album to date Grizzard has tightened and honed his songwriting both lyrically and musically with a sharper focus of ideas. Helping out on the disc which was recorded in Nashville are Mike Brignardello (drums), Will Denton (bass), Steve Brewster (drums), Dennis Wage (keyboards), Aubrey Hayne (violin/mandolin), Eric Darken (percussion), Dan Dugmore (pedal steel), Kim Keyes (backing vocals) and Ben McRee (guitars/backing vocals) who also produced the album. Highlights include "We're Just Kids Babe" on which Grizzard gets on his best Tom Petty croon, "Adelaide", the jangly guitar rocker "All That We Can Do Is Try" and two ballads "Lonely Senorita" and "Honey, You Can Treat Me Wrong". The two best cuts are "Sinner's Like Me (Can't Be Saved)" with its South of the Border flair and "Fallout Frenzy" with a guitar riff straight out of the Led Zeppelin playbook. For more information on Jefferson Grizzard, his new album Daydream of Hope or sign up for his mailing list go to www.jeffersongrizzard.com


Five to OneFive to One
- LIVE at the SPORTSMENS TAVERN 09.18.15 -

The venerable Sprortsmen's Tavern has been the home to many incredible performances from a wide variety of artists over the years. Often as I watched shows at the venue I wished that the magic on stage was being captured for posterity. Homegrown talents Five to One have bottled some of that magic with the release of their new album LIVE at the SPORTSMEN'S TAVERN 09.18.15. Expertly recorded by Jay Hall with Bob James mixing and Geno McManus handling the mastering the recording has a polished sound that truly captures the essence of the musicians and the songs.
The band (Abby Unger-vocals/percussion, Bill Kita-guitars/vocals, Bill Nowak-bass/vocals, Bob James-guitars/vocals, Bill Solak-drums/vocals and Mario Nunez-percussion/vocals) offer their take on eleven classic rock songs among them The Stones "19th Nervous Breakdown", "Long May You Run" from the Stills-Young Band, Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" and The Zombies "She's Not There". The band really locks tight on a couple of outstanding cuts including a rollicking run through the Swinging Medallions classic "Double Shot of My Baby's Love", a beautiful take on one of Steve Earle's many gems "You're Still Standing There" and a bonus studio take of Richard and Linda Thompson's "Dimming of the Day" that is gorgeous. For more information on Five to One check out www.fivetoone.org or www.facebook.com/Five-To-One-

Goo Goo DollsGoo Goo Dolls
- A Boy Named Goo - 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition -

It's hard to believe that twenty years have passed since the release of the Goo Goo Dolls landmark breakthrough album A Boy Named Goo. This would also mark the final album with original drummer George Tutuska who left the Goo's shortly after the release of the disc. Now Warner Brothers Records www.warnerbrosrecords.com has released A Boy Named Goo-20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition featuring the original album along with previously unreleased live material. Most of the songs on A Boy Named Goo have become beloved concert staples of the band including "Long Way Down", "Naked", "Slave Girl", "Flat Top" and the smash hit "Name". Even after twenty plus years the album and the Goo's music in general has remained fresh and relevant. Bonus material included here are seven previously unreleased tracks recorded live at The Academy in NYC on November 21, 1995. On these tracks you can hear a band that sounds so young and full of energy and ready to conquer the world. Highlights on the live tracks include "Impersonality", "Don't Change" and their cover of The Plimsouls "A Million Miles Away" a regular part of the show back in those days. To find out more information about the Goo Goo Dolls including how to purchase A Boy Named Goo-20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition go to www.googoodolls.com

Jessie GalanteJessie Galante
- The Show Must Go On -

Buffalo's own First Lady of Rock Jessie Galante has released a new album titled The Show Must Go On. The album has a bittersweet under story. While recording the album, Galante's husband musician, music impresario and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member Larry Swist died unexpectedly. Understandably Galante shelved the recording to deal with her tragedy. Realizing after some time that she was ready to move forward and as Swist had titled the album Galante knew the show must go on and returned to finishing the album. The disc was recorded all over the world at various studios in NYC, L.A., Italy, Germany and Western New York with a bevy of musicians too long to list here. The eleven track disc features Galante's signature anthemic rock style with a few change ups for good measure. Highlights include "Diamond in the Sky", "Drown" and "Mamma Said" all rockers at heart while the ballad "Mamma (I Get A Little Crazy)" and a duet with Alessandro Del Vecchio on "More Like Love Divine" add balance. A cover of Elton John's "Border Song" and the title track "The Show Must Go On" a reworked Queen cover that appears in both English and Italian sung versions are stand outs as well. The most poignant moment is Galante's heartfelt tribute to her husband on "Beautiful Man" where her love and devotion for him shines in her touching performance. Check out www.jessiegalante.com for more information including upcoming performances and how to purchase The Show Must Go On and more.

Randle and the Late Night ScandalsRandle and the Late Night Scandals
- Cheap. Boozey. Dangerous -

Randle and the Late Night Scandals have finally released their debut album titled Cheap. Boozey. Dangerous. a twelve song collection of blues, rock, soul and funk. The band has been building a steady buzz over the last three years with some truly memorable live performances throughout the region so anticipation for an album was building. The band (Amanda Markovich-vocals, Luke Bennett-guitar, Marty Peters-guitar, Kimberly Mason-Alto Sax, Rob Schmarder-bass and Naminga-percussion) recorded the disc at One Flight Up Studio in Lancaster and were assisted by Reggie Evans on drums for the session. Other guests include Dan Harper on harmonica and Joe Rozler on keyboards. Markovich and Bennett wrote all twelve tracks as well. Highlights include "Whiskey Pillow", "Catwalk Blues", "Edwords' and "The Itch" along with the track "All Gonna Die" that features some awesome piano from Rozler. For more information about Randle and the Late Night Scandals their debut album and live performances go to www.ratlns.com

For fans of Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Lou Ann Barton, Amy Winehouse

Nick DiStefanoNick DiStefano
- Life Lessons -

Nick DiStefano made a name for himself with the pioneering local rock band The Road. They went on to some success signing with the Kama Sutra label, a couple of hits and a live touring schedule. Eventually when The Road disbanded, DiStefano headed to Nashville and began touring with artist such as Billy Joe Royal, T. G. Sheppard, Kathy Mattea and Marie Osmond to name a few. He also was an active house writer penning hits for Joe Cocker and Johnny Van Zant among others. All this while he was writing his own songs and music hunkered down in his home studio. After some Nashville musician friends called him out on it he showed them the trove of music he had assembled. They quickly got him into the studio again and put together his new album Life Lessons.
The twelve song collection, all written by DiStefano, has an adult classic rock vibe and features a host of Nashville veterans including Spady Brannon, Joe Hesse, Bruce Dees, John Dees, David LaBruyere, Larry Chaney, and Lisa Silver and Vickie Carrico. Highlights include "Feels Like Forever", "Whatever Moves Your Heart (for the troops)", "Right With The World", "Sometimes The Sun Breaks Thru (for Roddy Pahl)" and "As Long As There's Love". On the web check out www.nickdistefanomusic.com for purchasing info and more.

For fans of Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Steve Winwood


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by Bob Silvestri

Tom Stahl & The DangerfieldsTom Stahl & The Dangerfields
- This World Right Here -

The bard of Buffalo, singer songwriter Tom Stahl, strikes again with his latest album another eclectic mix of lyrical imagery and memorable melodies and like Shakespeare, Stahl always seems to spot the canker in the rose. Stahl along with his longtime well respected outfit The Dangerfields, Gary Kowalski (drums), Gary Gorski (bass), Mark Stahl (keys) Sam Stahl (guitar) and Jim Whitford (pedal steel) lend solid backing on the eleven tracks. The album was recorded at Audio Magic and Black Rock EPS with Myron Deputat behind the board and producing the disc along with the Dangerfields.
Highlights include the jangly guitar rocker "Spinning Around", "Dad's Song" an ode to Stahl's father and dads everywhere, "I Know Everything", "End of the World Again" in which Stahl waxes poetic and sarcastic about the state of humanity, "With The Out Crowd", "Hang On" and "Long Way Home". Stay tuned for the hidden bonus Christmas track as well.
This World Right Here is another great addition to Stahl's recorded legacy. Check out www.tomstahlandthedangerfields.com or www.facebook.com/TomStahlBand for upcoming shows and how to purchase This World Right Here.


Mom Said NoMom Said No
- Motivation -

Formed about a year and a half ago, Buffalo based band Mom Said No has created quite the buzz around town with some jaw dropping performances including their much talked about set at this year's Elmwood Arts Festival. On the heels of all that the band, Elliott Hunt (guitar/vocals), Ben MacFadyen (bass), Tim Jackson Jr. (vocals), Chris Lillis (keyboards), Aaron Schapiro (lead guitar)and Mike Lillis (drums) has released a five song EP titled Motivation an energetic slice of slick radio ready alternative power pop. All good stuff here including the keyboard driven confessional "The Intro" featuring The Arkells Anthony Cardone, the quirky melodic "Cruising" and its SKA like vibe featuring Mars Williams, the haunting "Never Ending Something" featuring 10,000 Maniacs Mary Ramsey and the dramatic kiss off "Song to You" also featuring The Arkells Cardone. "Song to You" also appears as a radio friendly edit. Loaded with charisma, showmanship, stage presence and good songs that belie their young age Mom Said No is a band to keep your eye on. For more information about Mom Said No visit www.momsaidnoband.com or www.facebook.com/momsaidnoband


Willie MayWillie May
- Maiuke -

One of the more versatile and eclectic musicians from our area Willie May has released a new album titled Maiuke a twelve song cycle featuring the ukulele as the primary instrument. The album was recorded at Black Rock Entertainment with Dwane Hall behind the board. May is joined on the disc by Evan Laedke on melodica, Mark Panfil on harmonica and accordion, Randy Bolman on drums along with Hall on backing vocals. May handles the rest of the duties including vocals, ukulele, guitar, bass, kalimba and ocarina. The album kicks off with ""Go Back Home" a song of rumination and reflection of life followed by "See You Smile" and "Another Moon Song". May goes on one of his classic blues rant with "Damn That Gubmint" as he howls "damn that Gubmint, taking everything from me left me with a block of cheese". Other highlights include "Shaken' Tree Blues", "Wish You Could Stay", "Hey Big Fannie" and the ominous sounding "Zombie Dance'. For more information about Willie May visit www.williemaymusic.com


Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadGiant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
- Make It Better -

Hailing from Rochester, NY and internationally known Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad have released a new album titled Make It Better which debuted at #1 on both the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. GPGDS's last album Steady also reached #1 on those charts. Formed in 2004 the band, James Searl (Bass, Vocals), Chris O'Brian (Drums, Vocals), Dylan Savage (Guitar, Vocals), Dan Keller (Guitar, Vocals)and Tony Gallicchio (Keys) has honed their sun kissed island riddem sound with a relentless touring schedule and studio and live albums. On Make It Better they continue their streak of providing a laid back vibe to cure your ills. Highlight's include the title cut "Make It Better", the cool island breeze of "Live and Travel", "Really True" a slow love jam, the social issue themed "What Kind of World", "Greatest of Days" and the album closing ballad "Gone". For more information about Giant Guerilla Dub Squad and their new album Make It Better visit www.livepanda.com and www.facebook.com/giantpandadub/


Castle CreekCastle Creek
-…The Only Life -

Castle Creek is the name that Kim Monroe uses to record and perform under with a rotating cast of musicians. Monroe hails from the Syracuse area and has been making inroads with her songwriting, performing and her angelic voice. She has collaborated with Buffalo's own Robby Takac along with John Popper from Blues Traveler and others. On her latest release tilted …The Only Life, Monroe enlists Chris Eves to handle guitars, vocals, keys, bass and drums while Monroe handles vocals, guitar, bass, keys, percussion and cello. Bruce Monroe shows up to play lap steel as well. Monroe has stated that a lot of her songs start out in the folk format before morphing into a country blues rock hybrid. Monroe's vocals are the highlight here along with some razor sharp fret work from Eves in the SRV/Jeff Beck style. Things kick off in fine style with "The Only Life I've Ever Known" and the downright funky "Brand New Blues". Other tracks that leave you wanting more include "New Reality" a guitar scorcher, the pop inflected "Glass Heart", "Brace For The Heartache" and the film noir smokiness of "The Saddest Love Song" all powered by Monroe's vocals. Eves handles vocals on a couple tracks including "Dragging My Heart Around", "New Normal", "Bigger Than The Two Of Us" and "Flown Away". Kim Monroe and Castle Creek is without a doubt a star on the rise and her album …The Only Life is a big step along the way. Check out www.castlecreekband.com and www.facebook.com/CastleCreekBand


Paul MarkPaul Mark
- Heartfull of Soul - (CD single)

Musical chameleon Paul Mark has released a track from his upcoming album a reworking of the Yardbirds' classic "Heartfull of Soul". First charting for the Yardbirds in 1965 the song was written by Graham Gouldman who would go on to help form 10CC and co wrote that band's hits "I'm Not in Love" and "The Things We Do for Love". Here Mark slows down the tempo and invokes the great tone from the spaghetti westerns soundtrack days. He plays the track on a Contessa arch top a vintage guitar that has rich tones and harmonics. For more information on Paul Mark and his new single please visit www.paulmark.com


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