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One of the best places to
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check out some of the upcoming shows at
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Buffalo River Fest Park, Downtown Buffalo
Canal Banks, NT
Light the Lakes
One of the largest fireworks displays in North
Langford Tractor Pull Grounds Rt.75 & Rt.249
North Collins, NY
62 Eden, NY
Summer Music Festival Weekend music festival,
fireworks, arts & crafts
Ave. Festival of the Arts
An eclectic arts celebration. Elmwood
Annual Falling Leaves Festival
Arch, Fort Erie, Canada
4th at Riverside
Riverside Park, Buffalo NY
Cheektowaga Town Park
Greek for a day!
Hellenic Orthodox Church
Lewiston Jazz Festival
Village of Lewiston
Food & Heritage Festival
comes to Buffalo!
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A Weekend of events,music & Food. June 1st-3rd
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is Art Festival
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Bear's Den - Seneca Niagara Casino
May 14, 2016
Review - by Bob Silvestri
third greatest thing to ever come out
of New Jersey, The Smithereens, played
a show at the Bear's Den inside the Seneca-Niagara
Casino in Niagara Falls, NY on May 14,
2016. The power pop provocateurs played
to a not quite sold out show and featured
songs from throughout their thirty plus
year career and a couple of classic Who
and Beatles covers over the ninety minute
set. Front man and vocalist Pat DiNizio,
recovering from recent arm surgery and
was unable to play guitar, who posses
one of the finest rock voices ever was
in fine form. The charismatic DiNizio
told bad jokes, bad puns and great yarns
between songs much to the delight of The
hit the boards promptly near the 8PM scheduled
start time and opened with "Behind
a Wall of Sleep" followed by "Top
of the Pops". They continued to blister
the paint in the Bear's Den with scorching
versions of "Sorry", "House
We Used to Live In", "Only a
Memory", "Especially For You",
"Time and Time Again" and "Blue
They also tore through "Acid Queen",
"I'm Free" and snippets of "Overture"
from The Who's Tommy and did a superb
run through of the Beatles "Please
Please Me". They closed the show
with "Blood and Roses" before
returning for an encore and playing "Girl
Like You". The band hung out at the
merch table after the show signing autographs,
posing for photos and having fun with
their fans. Oh and in case you were wondering
what those two other great things to come
out of New Jersey were. That would be
Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. For
more about The Smithereens go to www.officialsmithereens.com
for more great upcoming shows at Seneca
Casinos visit www.senecacasinos.com
Center for the Arts - SUNY @ Buffalo-Amherst
May 7th 2016
Review - by Bob Silvestri
Trucks and wife Susan Tedeschi have always
had a soft spot for WNY when touring either
as solo artists or as Tedeschi Trucks
Band. They always seem to make a tour
stop in the area but this went one better
and scheduled a two night stand at Center
for the Arts on UB's North Campus. To
say that TTB is one of the strongest and
best outfits on the road would be an understatement.
Once you see this powerful juggernaut
in concert it dispels any doubt about
their stature as a premier band.
Out in support of their latest album Let
Me Get By the twelve piece band wove a
tapestry of blues, rock, soul, country
and even a few jazz riffs behind Trucks'
slide guitar playing and Tedeschi's soulful
croon over their two hour set. The groove
driven arrangements spread out time and
space for the artists to solo but in a
more sophisticated manner than just a
show contained a mix of selections from
the new album, a few standout covers and
a couple of tunes from their previous
albums. Highlights from the new album
included the show opener "Laugh About
It", "Anyhow", "Cryin'
Over You", "I Want More"
and "Don't Know What It Means".
They turned in one of the night's strongest
performance with a cover of Derek and
The Dominoes "Keep on Growing"
and also tackled Leonard Cohan's "Bird
on A Wire". They closed the set with
one of the most beautiful and transcendental
songs ever "Midnight in Harlem"
followed by the title track from their
latest album "Let Me Get By".
They returned for an encore with a version
of the ZZ Top chestnut "Goin' Down
To Mexico" before wrapping up the
evening with "Bound For Glory"
from their Revelator album.
For more show coming to the Center for
the arts check out www.ubcfa.org
and for Tedeschi Trucks Band go to www.tedeschitrucksband.com
Fling Rock AF 2016
First Niagara Center - Buffalo NY
March 28th 2016
Review - by Dylan Kallay
Buff State Journalism Major
Fling Rock AF 2016 has been going on since
March 11th when it started in Fresno,
C.A. Since then, the tour has traveled
coast to coast bringing along some of
the best indie rock talent that the world
has to offer. The tour turned its head
to the First Niagara Center on Monday,
was headlined by Cage the Elephant, who
has gained mainstream success and popularity
after four albums. The Kentucky based
group boosted the crowd with a massive
amount of energy mainly due to frontman
Matt Shultz. Shultz had the swagger of
a madman running from each end of the
stage with an in your face attitude that
boosted the crowd.
Schultz larger than life stage presence
did not overshadow the rest of the band.
Whether it was the angst filled attitude
of rhythm guitarist Brad Shultz, or the
short raunchy solo's of lead guitarist
Nick Bockrath, each member of the band
contributed to an excellent set.
was stage diving and crowd surfing. Matt
Shultz was all but required to do so after
stage diving at Canalside during the 2014
Kerfuffle. He did it again as his final
magic trick before the concert officially
ended. The audience took a part in some
of the antics. I saw a woman crowd surfing
only to be eventually toppled by gravity
and a lack of helping hands.
had the shortest set and was also the
opening act. The Group from Brooklyn is
very experimental in their sound. The
synth-pop group also uses treble heavy
guitar riffs and echoed vocals from vocalist/guitarist
Dylan Rau. Showcasing songs for their
next release shows that they are refining
and expanding their sound.
came on next. The Band out of Oxford,
England was a more fitting opener for
Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant.
While Bear Hands showed their experimental
touch, Foals brought that initial spark
of energy, a foundation the remaining
musical acts would build on.
can be just as entropic as they are melodic.
"Olympic Airways" from their
2008 album Antidotes shows that they can
be calculated and math rocky. "Providence"
is a buildup song that's starts off as
a snowball that's turns into an avalanche.
The second half of the song is a fast
paced jam session that's attributed to
the urgent drumming of Jack Bevan, the
heavy chord progression of rhythm guitarist
Jimmy Smith and a nice tremolo guitar
rift from frontman Yannis Philippakis.
This song is the highlight of the set
and just as energetic as anything Cage
the Elephant did later that night.
Pickups had a great set, but between the
powerful performances of Foals and Cage
the Elephant, they were not as memorable.
They sounded great, poppy synth was a
nice background to the heavily distorted
guitar of frontman Brian Aubert. The Smashing
pumpkins influences in their sound are
evident; the soft trembling vocals of
Aubert contrasting the heavy sound of
the band are a clear resemblance. Listening
to them live it was hard to tell a difference
from their studio albums, they have really
fine tuned there live performances. Unfortunately,
they couldn't provide the same energy
that Foals and Cage the Elephant did.
Pickups ended their set with the ballad
"Lazy eye" the song that first
got them to critical acclaim. It's a beautiful
song, but also changes the pace from fast
paced gems like "Panic Switch".
Giving an audience a cool down period
before Cage the Elephant tore up the place.
& the Six String Preacher
- Why You So Wild Crocodile? -
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
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
- World War Willie -
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
- Daydream of Hope -
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
- Side Pony -
Pony the latest album from Lake Street
Dive is a joyful slice of music harking
back to the halcyon days of AM radio gold.
Led by the indomitable spirit and vocal
prowess of lead singer Rachael Price along
with band mates Mike Olson (guitar/keys),
Bridget Kearney, (bass, background vocals)
and Mike Calabrese (drums) the band have
crafted a soulful funky rollicking good
album. Any of the twelve tracks would
stand alone as radio hits but they retain
cohesiveness as an album as well. Standouts
tracks include the funky title cut "Side
Pony", "Hell Yeah", "Can't
Stop", "Close to Me" and
"Spectacular Failure". The three
best tracks, which happen to all be penned
by Bridget Kearney, "Call Off Your
Dogs", "So Long" and "How
Good It Feels" all offer lyrical
candy for Price to wrap her gorgeous voice
around. Check out Lake Street Dive and
their new album Side Pony at www.lakestreetdive.com
Mark & The Van Dorens
- Stowaways -
Mark's recording output has spanned many
genres from roots to rock to country and
R&B. But his tenth album titled Stowaways
www.radiationrecords.com finds Mark exploring
an alternative style of Cabaret and blues.
Whether crooning with his sandpapery growl
or giving a good old fashioned saloon
singer rant Mark sometimes is the only
sane person in the crazy world of his
songs. He has seen it all with world weary
eyes and is unabashed in conveying what
he has seen and lived. "How Do The
Blind Become So Famous?", "Reputation
Tango", "Stow Away", "Interesting
Times" and "Bridge To Nowhere"
all shine as do "Once Upon a Weekend"
a duet with Tess Primack, "Degraw
Avenue" and an outstanding run through
the Kurt Weill/Bertoit Brecht opus "Mack
The Knife". Stowaways is an unflinching
album from an uncompromising artist. For
more information about Paul Mark go to
- 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
- self titled -
Forever Green is a musical collaboration
between musicians Dan Manzella and Joseph
Militello AKA Joe Tell and the title of
their new five song EP. Treading territory
somewhere between Father John Misty and
Hot Tuna the album is a stripped down affair
with most tracks feature just guitar, bass
and vocals with the occasional harmonica
or percussion. "Fall Down Blues"
and "When You're Near Me" are
straight up acoustic blues numbers while
"I'd Find My Way" is a slow ballad
and "Joey's Song" an instrumental
is almost in the realm of psychedelic mysticism
with its experimental sounds. Rounding out
the album is "Waves" a track that
was recorded live at the Tudor Lounge. For
more information about Forever Green visit
them on the web at www.reverbnation.com/forevergreen2
- 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
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
- Love Songs for the Damned - (Volume
One of the nicest success stories to come
from the Buffalo music scene has been the
rise of Dirty Smile. The band (Megan Brown-Vocals,
Erik Eimiller-Drums, Jesse Raderman-Guitar,
Mike Suda-Bass and Gus Walters-Guitar) was
formed a few years back with a bright future
but in need of direction it seemed. Since
heeding the advice of industry professionals
and having legendary Canadian singer songwriter
Ron Hawkins as a fan and mentor their stock
has risen and they are now a well respected
musical outfit opening for national touring
acts, selling out their own club shows,
numerous awards including Hard Rock Rising
and regular slots on waterfront festivals.
They have now released their album Love
Songs for the Damned-(Volume 1) which they
recorded locally at GCR Audio with Justin
Rose and was mixed and produced by Ron Hawkins.
The six song album blends alternative pop
with classic rock and soul and showcases
the mesmerizing Megan Brown's vocals. The
band ain't shabby either keeping a solid
tight groove throughout the album. The album
kicks off with "Don't Lie to Me"
a tale of betrayal featuring a soaring chorus
and stinging guitars. A couple of rockers
"Insanely Ever After", "Sirens"
and "Mona Lisa" let the band shine
while the more laid backed numbers "The
Vow" and "My Own" feature
Brown's sweet vocals. For more information
about Dirty Smile including concert dates
and how to purchase their album Love Songs
for the Damned -Volume 1 go to www.dirtysmileband.com
- 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.
- Same Soil -
Since the demise of his beloved former outfit
Dive House Union, David Michael Miller has
wasted no time on his solo career with the
release of his second album titled Same
Soil. Mining the same mix of blues, soul,
funk and folk as his first solo album Miller
knows his way around good songwriting and
about getting an impeccable recording in
the studio. The twelve cuts on Same Soil
feature Miller on guitar and vocals along
with Shannon Street, Mike Brown, Carlton
Campbell and Josh Miller on drums, Robert
"Freightrain" Parker, Tom Vayo,
Richii Valentino and John Kibler on bass,
Jason Moynihan and Barry Arborgast on saxophone
and Jeremy Keyes on harmonica. My vote for
unsung hero on the sessions is keyboardist
Jim Ehinger who always seems to play the
right part. Highlights on Same Soil include
the opening track "All The Blues To
You", the recorded live rave up "Got
Them Blues", the slow burning blues
number "Friend of Mine" with great
sax blowing from Moynihan and "Needle
to the Wheel" dedicated to the "Last
Real DJ" Anita West. Other keepers
include "Born to Lose", "Too
Early in the Morning" and "Doing
Me In, Doing Me Wrong". For more information
about David Michael Miller and his latest
release Same Soil go to www.davemillermusic.com
For fans of Ry Cooder,
Allman Brothers, Little Feat.
- For E-V-E-R -
London, Ontario based outfit Nikki's Wives
have released their debut album titled For
E-V-E-R. The band, Nikki Whitehead (vocals/keyboards),
Dylan Lauzon (guitar) and Nate Baylor (drums),
recorded the album at GCR Audio in Buffalo
with Justin Rose and Brad Lauchert behind
the board along with Alastair Sims and Alex
Krotz and features a bevy of Western New
York talent. The string section consists
of Mary Ramsey and Kate Weissman while the
horns include Phil Sims, Tim Clarke and
Eric Wozniak. Richie English did the string
and horn arrangements and compositions.
The six song disc has a dreamy dramatic
flair and highlights Whitehead's vocals.
Tracks of note include the haunting title
cut "For E-V-E-R", "Fight
Song", the up tempo "Another Lie"
and the bouncy "Lonely Being Cool".
The feature track is without a doubt "Ghost"
a slow brooding number featuring Whitehead's
earthy smoky vocals. Outstanding! For more
information about Nikki's Wives and their
debut album For E-V-E-R go to www.nikkiswives.com
For fans of Lights, Marina
and The Diamonds and Lordes
- The Resurrection Of Rock And Roll -
A few years back Forewarned founder and
creative force behind the band was diagnosed
with a life threating medical condition.
Both during his treatment and recovery he
sought solace in his music the result being
Forewarned's ambitious double album The
Resurrection Of Rock And Rock. The band
delves into a 70's classic rock sound that
not many bands are making today with lots
of synths, big guitars, big choruses and
songs of epic length. The band, Steve Supparits
- Vocals/Guitars, Lynn Carol Schriver (she
of music royalty Ramblin' Lou Family)- Keyboards/Vocals,
Shawn Kilbourn - Lead Guitars, Aaron Anson
- Lead Guitars, K. William George - Drums
and Percussion, Dement Ormond - Bass Guitars
and Marilyn Hudson - Background Vocals,
get some help in the studio from Kenny Hawkins,
George Puelo, Jerry Livingston, Jim Wynne
and a host of others.
The album, a mix of soaring rockers and
metal style ballads, starts with a spoken
word disclaimer stating that no Auto tune,
samples, beats, loops, arpeggiators etc.
were used on the album and that all parts
were played live.Highlights among the twenty
two tracks include the rock orientated "K.M.A.",
"On The Road Alone", the instrumental
"Demonic Rise" and the lengthy
opus "Hero" and its nearly as
long counter parts "No Tomorrow"
and "March 1st". Standouts among
the ballads include "Unsure",
"Angel" and "How Will I Know".
In a nod to their classic rocks roots they
also tackle Meatloaf's "Bat Out of
Hell" with success.
For more information about Forewarned and
to purchase The Resurrection Of Rock And
Roll visit www.forewarned.net
For fans of Rush, Kansas,
Boston and Styx
and The Kings
- Bold & Unsteady -
When Savannah King started playing music
she set out as an independent solo alternative
folk artist with a guitar, great voice and
plenty of well written songs. Along the
way she picked up three amazing band mates
(Mark Bamann -lead guitar, Loren Metzger
-drums and Scott Gergelis -bass) andmorphed
into a front person for her band Savannah
and The Kings.
Their new release Bold & Unsteadyis
filled with memorable melodies and King's
lilting voice all framed by the band's no
frills approach. Touches of jazz (courtesy
of Gergelis' outstanding upright bass playing),
pop, folk and indie rock meld together for
a cohesive sound. No self-indulgent doodling,
no gimmicks, no unnecessary window dressings
among the arrangements. Highlights among
the twelve tracks include the album opener
"Sour Milk", "Rabbit Run",
"Are You Salt?", "Let Me
Go" and "Houdini". The tracks
"It's Just Water" and "Fruit
Tree" are standouts as well. King and
her band keep a busy live calendar playing
everywhere from intimate clubs to large
summer venues. To see where Savannah and
The Kings are performing or to purchase
their new album Bold & Unsteady visit
For fans of Haim, Natalie
Merchant and Sarah McLachlan
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
- 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.
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- Shaken Tree Blues -
Review - By Bob Silvestri
May is arguably one of the most prolific
independent blues/roots artists around
today and his 15th album titled Shaken
Tree Blues is arguably one of his finest
efforts. Once again May has surrounded
himself in the studio with a cream of
the crop group of musicians including
Dwane Hall who also recorded many of the
tracks on the album, Evan Laedke, Jim
Bohm, Jim Whitford, Kenny Parker, Kevin
Espinosa, Mark Panfil, Owen Eichensehr,
Randy Bolam, Robert "Freight Train"
Parker, Ted Lambert and Ray Hangen. Multi
Grammy nominee Mark Hummel also adds his
harmonica talent to the disc.
The album starts off with the exotic Latin
tinged instrumental "Dos Teresa"
followed by the rollicking blues "Talk
is Cheap". May breaks out the ukulele
on a couple of tracks including the title
number "Shaken Tree Blues" and
"I'm Goin' Home" and fires up
the accordion for the Acadian Cajun romp
"Greta". May takes on the persona
of a lonely lover on "Everybody But
Me", digs deep into his soul for
"Heartbreak" a song about his
finding a murdered woman near his rural
property and beats the blues right out
of the haunting dirge "She's Leavin'".
Shaken Tree Blues shows that even with
15 albums under his belt Willie May is
still full of fresh musical ideas and
adventures. For more information about
Willie May and his latest release shaken
Tree Blues visit www.williemaymusic.com
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