& Soul Christmas Concert
-Transit Road, Clarence NY
December 19th 2009
TO THE LOCKER ROOMÖ..In
2001 TOM SCHOLZ & GARY PIHL of
set out to remedy vacancies in the rhythm section as they
planned to tour to support
the ďCooperate AmericaĒ album.
They roamed into the Sit ĎNí Bull Pub in
to see Buffalo Native & Dynamic Musician/Producer TOM HAMBRIDGE
looking for a drummer dude when they stumbled upon one Ms.
who happened to be playing acoustic
SCHOLZ had ďMore
Than a FeelinĒ
after witnessing the stage presence & vocal
prowess of the multi-talented enchantress who was on the cusp of
branching out on her own successful solo career.
The only women to ever grace the band
has written, recorded & toured with the band since 2001. While
that may seem like a full schedule in itself the single mother of
two has managed to record five more solo records in the interim
and shows no signs of slowing down in 2010 both with
& on the solo front.
Her most recent release ďYou
Make Me BelieveĒ
finds her penning her most poignant songs to date. The record
was released in Europe in October to rave reviews worldwide under
the title ďCanít a
Girl Change Her MindĒ
the opening track on the eleven
The Rock Rapport
had the pleasure of talking with
from her home in Nashville about her visit to
this Saturday Night as part of the
Rock Ďní Soul Christmas
sharing the bill with Rochester Rockers
Thanks so much for taking time
out for the Rock Rapport,
is looking forward to bringing you to
Thank you it will be exciting to be in
Buffalo again during the Holiday Season, I think my last winter
visit was with HAMBRIDGE and it was cold & snowy.
Congratulations on the
success of your
latest solo release ďYou
Make Me BelieveĒ
an awe-inspiring collection of
songs wrapped around your velvety voice.
really kind of you to say. This has been an exciting time for me
professionally I have a few different projects Iím working on
Iím working on another acoustic album this will be my first
since the ďBerlin
record in 2000 which spawned the song ďWith
really looking forward to doing a Rock Oriented Trio kind of thing
something in the spirit of CREAM, Iím ready to kick things up a
notch on a Rock record.
Lets talk about the musical
diversity immersed in the veritable lyrics.
Tell us about the title track ďYou
Make Me BelieveĒ, which includes a
little help from
bandmates GARY PIHL & JEFF NEAL.
It was some pretty tough going for a
little while in my life and it was family, friends & fans that
really gave me hope & the support to move forward; I began to
realize that you should count your blessings in life.
This album was a catharsis for me and particular song was a
message to all those who supported me thorough those dark times.
GARY & JEFF were a huge part of this record they
contribute on a number of tracks.
- Tell us about the song ďThe
Only ManĒ sounds like that
hits close to home being a single Mother of two in a ďRock
Ďní Roll BandĒ?
most of the songs on this record it was about reflection, healing
& moving forward. Iíve been blessed in so many ways most
importantly with two wonderful children that Iím extremely
thankful for every moment of the day.
After writing that song it took me a couple of years to be
able to sing it without breaking down. Being an emotional person
I feel so fortunate to be able to express my feelings through
music, hopefully it touches others.
Everything I write is from the heart I have no problem being
brutally honest thatís the only way I know how to be in every
facet of my life.
This album crosses over a
spectrum of musical elements; Country, Rock, Pop & Gospel; ďIt
is a sexy Blues track co-written with Donna Nolan-Wilson, tell us
about that song?
that was just a couple of gals having some fun, we just spit that
song out in like twenty minutes over the phone.
Iím finding out through working with GARY PIHL that a
lot of the songs can be arranged in so many different ways; he did
an amazing job helping me with the direction on a lot of the
- ďLove Donít Leave Me KnowĒ
is another great song featuring GARY & JEFF once again,
with a special guest appearance by GLEN BURTNIK (Styx)
who contributes some sweet guitar licks.
How did BURTNIK get involved?
Thatís one of those songs that changed
up as we went along; I had originally written it with a
Bluegrass vibe, it ended having a whole new take when it was
GLEN is just talented on so many levels, heís an all
around sweet guy, Iím so lucky to work with him and call him a
Iíve had the honor of playing GLENíS X-Mas Xtravaganza
which is this weekend at the Count Basie Theater in New Jersey.
- The final song on the
album is the aforementioned ďWith
YouĒ an alluring acoustic
track you wrote for the ďBerlin
This particular song was hand picked for the 2002
album by TOM SCHOLZ, the guitar wizard who also plays the Bass
& Electric guitars on it.
Tell us about your feelings when you found out it was
included on the
I was absolutely floored as I think
everybody else was. When I started to work with
TOM I had
given him the Unplugged CD never thinking anything of it beyond
giving him an idea of what I had to offer as a performer when
funny thing is that song was done one mic, one take so when TOM
selected it for the album I begged him to re-record it, so we
did but he chose to go with the original, he obviously heard
something that I couldnít.
TOM is simply a musical genius, I absolutely love working
with the man. Heís made me a much better person, performer,
writer, producer & singer.
Heís definitely helped get the twang out of this Nashville
Girl & brought
out the Rocker in me & Iím having the time
of my life.
Lets delve into how the Lovely Lady
made her way into the legendary band
Not only are you the only women to ever be in the band you had
to learn how to play the Bass Guitar for the audition, tell us
about that amazing feat?
It was nuts, I was playing with
HAMBRIDGE at the time when
TOM SCHOLZ & GARY PIHL
walked into the Club.
I had heard they may be coming in looking for a new drummer
for the next
tour so naturally they came out to see ďThe HammerĒ.
At that time I was playing acoustic guitar, after the gig
TOM came over an introduced himself and asked if I could play
the Bass guitar my response was ďSure Yeah I can learn thatĒ.
I went back to Nashville got a Bass Guitar at a pawn shop;
literally within a month I auditioned for the band got the gig & a
month later I was on stage at the Fiesta Bowl on New Yearís Day
playing the National Anthem with
Tell us about that harrowing
experience of playing in front of 75,000 people & a national
television audience, not to mention your first ever public
performance on Bass Guitar?
All I could think was WOW! I was so
scared, I wanted to be so good for everyone; it was the longest
minute and a half of my life.
I didnít breath, I donít remember taking a single breath from
the time I stepped foot on stage until the time I was
hyperventilating backstage after the show. To this day I still
donít know how I did it; somehow the guys pulled me through.
After that performance I really got busy learning the Bass, I
gave everything that I had learning how to play. Iím still doing
it to this day itís a process that Iíll gladly continue for the
rest of my life; it really is a beautiful instrument.
The first time the
had the pleasure of seeing you perform was
at the BRADLEY DELP Celebration shortly after his sad &
untimely death, tell us about your emotions surrounding that time?
Thankfully I was with my son
when I received the news of
passing; I just fell to
my knees, honestly itís still really tough to talk about even now.
From the day that I walked into the rehearsal hall he was
nothing but Kind & Generous. BRAD was really a mentor for
me in so many ways graciously guiding me through the growing pains
of life on the road with
Iíve toured all my professional life but not quite on the scale
of going out on the road with a band of that stature so I was very
He was a really quiet guy but with a sense of humor that would
just knock you off your feet with laughter.
I feel so blessed to have known & worked with such a wonderful
human being. I just cry when I listen back to some of the shows
we did together, the introductions he would give me on stage were
just so sweet he always went above & beyond for his bandmates &
Itís been a difficult process but I feel his presence; this
last album was a lot about healing for me, part of that was coping
with the loss of BRAD.
These songs have helped me move forward, Iím celebrating life
and I know thatís what he would want from all of us.
Ross CAT - BOSTON
embarked on a massive World Tour in 2008 with over 50 dates
welcoming a couple of new vocalists, internet sensation TOMMY
DeCARLO & MICHAEL SWEET of
Tell us about that tour which included a stop here in
Western New York at the Seneca Allegany Casino?
It really was the best tour that Iíve been
a part of with the Band, I know
TOM has said the same
thing and heís played in every single show with
At the end of the day when a Band like
out on the road itís about the fans and bringing them along for
the ride and I think we accomplished that.
whatís in store for BOSTON
in the New Year, word has it that
some new material may be in the works for the new lineup?
Absolutely, as always
is coming up with some really amazing
going to be huge; Iím so thrilled to be part of it, stay tuned.
would like to Thank
for taking time out from her very busy schedule. We would also
like to Thank Donna Nolan-Wilson from ITS
Entertainment for setting this up.
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Donít miss KIMBERLEY
performing an acoustic set this
Saturday Night at INFINITY
on Transit Road in Clarence as part of the
Rock Ďní Soul Christmas Concert
opening for Rochester Rockers
featuring DON MANCUSO (Lou
Gramm Band, Cheater) & PHIL NARO (Talas,
Peter Criss Band).
Doors open @ 7pm tickets are available at
716-270-4990 or @
or by calling 716-989-4809.