MICHAEL HUND’S GRAFFITI
LIVE @ CLUB PARADISE (www.clubparadiseonline.com)
Friday February 22nd
PLENTY OF POP IN THE CORK….“OOWATANITE”
it will be this Friday Night as the
II BACK Entertainment
welcomes consummate CANADIAN
Rock and Rollers
The celebrated classic Rockers have been the toast of
CANADIAN music for nearly forty years. They also
spent the better part of the 1980’s spilling over to the U.S.
Billboard Charts on the strength of their vintage vinyl hits
“Roller”, “I Like To Rock”,
“Sign of the Gypsy Queen”
and the bewitching ballad
Between You and Me”.
could have just chilled out and enjoyed the fruits of their
success from their copious collection of timeless tracks singer/
and company continue to get better with age.
The band released a fine selection of eight new songs
in 2006 titled “Roughly
Speaking”; while short
and sweet the tracks flow nicely across a gamut of musical
styles from the Blues to the Classic Rock sound that
had the chance to “Say
Hello” to founding member and
MYLES GOODWYN as the
band gets set for “Back
II Back” shows here in Blasdell
on Friday with a return engagement at
in TORONTO on Saturday.
Ross CAT- Great to speak with you
thanks so much for the vine.
pleasure we are looking forward to our visit with our neighbors
from the north, we’ve always appreciated the support we’ve
gotten from the
Western New York area over the years.
Ross CAT-I’ve received many inquires from
readers about the current APRIL
WINE line-up which includes
yourself a founding member; tell us who will be taking the stage
with you this Friday Night at
MYLES- I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to
play with so many great musicians in the almost forty years
since we’ve pulled this thing off the shelf back in 1969.
Although the band went through some changes early on
drummer JERRY MURCER and guitarist BRIAN GREENWAY have been with
the band for over thirty years.
We’ve recently added some fine talent to
the APRIL WINE team as bassist BREEN LeBOEUF joined this past
CAT- Like so many of the vintage
APRIL WINE classic songs, you’ve
once again written all the tracks for the bands most recent
release “Roughly Speaking”
with the exception of, ironically enough “NIGHTLIFE”.
Tell us about that track?
MYLES-Funny you should ask, no one is really sure
who wrote that song, it’s been credited to a few different
artists, I was told it should be credited to the great WILLIE
NELSON so that’s how that came about. I believe ERIC CLAPTON
most recently covered the song as well.
I’ve enjoyed singing that particular song for
years, the first version I was ever aware of was from the LOVIN’
SPOONFUL in the late sixties. While I didn’t write the song
I’ve used my own lyrics within the structure of the song, I just
thought it fit well with
what we were striving for in the “Roughly Speaking” sessions
it really is a unique collection of
songs in the fact that it was recorded in what might be
considered today an antique style of making
On this particular record we decided to go back to a recording
format that I’ve used for many years which is analog, using two
inch twenty–four track recording.
We decided to record this without all the bells and
whistles that the digital age offers. Pro-tools are a useful
device when used in a proper manner; I prefer not to tamper with
the organic style of making music. There really is nothing like
listening to a pristine vinyl recording, it truly enriches the
Personally I prefer to use analog as
far as recording technique goes; I have several projects in the
works through UNIVERSAL CANADA both with APRIL WINE and as a
solo artist and intend on using the same approach.
CAT- You’re songwriting prowess is legendary as you where
awarded the EAST COAST
MUSIC AWARDS Lifetime
in 2003 tell us about what that honor meant to you.
something you don’t really think about in terms of creating
music, I still feel that I’m moving forward as an artist so it
really doesn’t allow you too much time to look back.
I will say that I’m extremely proud of this band
and its accomplishments including its longevity; it is truly an
honor that lyrically our music has been recognized by others in
CAT- Sounds like 2008 is going to be an exhilarating time for
yourself and the band, could you ever have imagined this almost
forty years after you began your distinguished career?
MYLES- In all honesty music isn’t just what I do it’s who I’
am. I’ve tried to slow things down in the past, played a little
golf, kind of dabbled in the semi- retirement thing; it’s just
not for me.
As a songwriter creativity is just a constant after a
while. The two most important things to me are what drive me
every day and that’s my
family and music.
CAT- Speaking of family for those that aren’t aware you have a
son who suffers from
you’ve been a huge proponent in
helping find a cure through your status in the music industry,
how is you’re son doing?
MYLES- Thank you for asking, today isn’t such a
great day, but he’s a fighter, more then anything else he’s an
inspiration to me.
My family, the band, and so many of our friends both
inside and outside the music community have been tremendous in
their support for this cause.
I truly feel that we can find a cure within his
lifetime and I hope I’m still here to share in that joy with
Ross CAT- We certainly
hope so as well, anyone interested in finding out more
and how you can help please go to (www.jdrf.org).
Ross CAT- Lets talk about the new music that your
currently working on, I heard through the grapevine that you
have a taste for the blues and are looking to cleanse your
MYLES- What do
you know a rumor that’s true, I’m actually half way through the
first of two blues albums I’ve been recording. It’s called
MYLES GOODWYN & FRIENDS OF THE BLUES; I’ve been working with
a slew of unbelievably talented musicians from both
CANADA and the
on these records and it’s been a blast.
went into my record collection and couldn’t believe how many
blues albums I had worn out back in the day, guys like B.B.
KING, HOWLIN’ WOLF, TAJ MAHAL. I spent a year delving back into
my blues catalog; it really inspired me to let my creative
juices flow in a different direction.
It’s been a stimulating experience to collaborate with the likes
of RICK DERRINGER, DAVID WILCOX, FRANK
MARINO, KENNY “BLUESBOSS” WAYNE, AMOS GARRETT, to name just a
few. There are far too many amazing players to name each one
individually, all I can say is I feel blessed that all of these
supremely talented musicians involved didn’t hesitate for a
second when asked to participate.
Ross CAT- Lastly tell
us about what’s in store in 2008 for
MYLES- We have
another really interesting undertaking in the works with
CANADA for APRIL WINE. It’s a three disc deal; all the
recordings will be part of a series called the “VILE SERIES”.
I know that sounds kind of well “Vile” we think we’ve
put together a cool and cleaver concept in releasing some new
material. The plan is to record everything on 8-track that will
include cover songs, re-issues of our own songs and some new
The idea is take fans into the APRIL WINE cellar, sort
of like a garage band jam session and just let it fly. We have
so many great ideas from the music to the packaging; we are
hoping that fans will appreciate sharing some atypical moments
with the band.
would like to thank MYLES GOODWYN
for taking time out for us. Be sure to check out the bands
for news about the upcoming new releases and tour dates.
Be sure to tune into 97 Rock this Thursday morning for
a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show as LARRY NORTON
and the morning team chat with
APRIL WINE guitarist