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Andy Watts Is In His International ‘Supergroove’

Posted December 2020

 


AndyWattsSupergrooveAs Boomerocity followers already know, we LOVE discovering artists that aren’t on everyone’s radar – especially blues artists. This is especially the case with Israeli blues gunslinger, Andy Watts.


In his home country of Israel, Andy is widely considered to be Israel’s Ambassador of the Blues. His live shows in Israel, along in the UK and the rest of Europe, both as a solo act and with his amazing band, Blues on Fire, has earned him a well-deserved reputation as a fiery, passionate blues guitarist and singer.


Andy's has performed with many of the modern blues greats whom Boomerocity has interviewed over the years such as Joe Louis Walker (here) and Johnny Winter (here and here) along with other amazing blues artists such as Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Rick Estrin, Bernard Alison and Eliza Neals, amongst others.


Andy developed such tight musical chemistry with Kenny Neal that Kenny not only co-produced Andy’s new album, Supergroove, but he also released it on his label, Booga Music, in conjunction with the Vizztone label group.


Supergroove is a highly charged album of ten electrifying blues tracks - dusted with a bit of rock, funk and R&B - featuring Andy’s sometimes gritty, sometimes slinky guitar and his soulful vocals along with his great band – including bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, trombone, saxophones and occasional guest harmonica. On this album, the groove is king!


Click Below To OrderSuperGroove CD cover 1400x1400Guest vocalists on the album include Joe Louis Walker and Eliza Neals, plus explosive soul singer Roy Young, along with Danny Shoshan and Gadi Altman.
Half of the songs are Watts originals, while the others are Andy’s versions of classics by Freddie King and Andy’s biggest musical influence, the one-and-only Peter Green, Joe Louis Walker and Rick Estrin.


So, please watch this interview with Andy, share it with your friends, and then order Supergroove by clicking on the album cover! You can also keep up with the latest with Andy by visiting his website, AndyWattsGuitarslinger.com.

Jules Shear - 'Slower' But Impossible To Catch

Posted December 2020

JulesShear 2017photoBoomerocity LOVES chatting with artists – especially singer/songwriters. What a pleasure it was to chat for the first time with Jules Shear. Some of you will know his songs recorded by Cyndi Lauper (“All Through The Night”), the Bangles (“If She Knew What She Wants) or Alison Moyet (“Whispering Your Name”).

Over and above having his songs recorded by other stars, he has been a successful and prolific singer/songwriter himself. His latest, “Slower”, is an excellent case in point. The release of “Slower” afforded us the opportunity to chat with Jules. It was a fun talk that we think you’ll enjoy watching/listening to.

Below is the press release for “Slower” that also gives some more info on Jules that we didn’t cover on the call.

We hope you enjoy the chat. Please feel free to share the link with your friends! Also, you can keep up with Jules by visiting his website, JulesShearShow.com.
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“Slower” Press Release

Click Below To Order Your Copy Of 'Slower'JulesShear“I used to think no one could catch me,” observes Jules Shear on “Until Now,” a track from his first solo album since 2017’s One More Crooked Dance. “But now I’m slower.”

With no worries about radio airplay, streams, sales or even being cool — though he is, effortlessly — Jules Shear has been creatively liberated to pursue his very idiosyncratic muse on Slower, which may describe his current lifestyle, but certainly not his prolific writing pace. The album will be released on November 13, 2020, with the first single, “Smart,” set for digital release on October 16, 2020 via Funzalo Records.

“What else is there to do?”, muses the man who famously wrote Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through the Night,” the Bangles’ “If She Knew What She Wants,” and Alison Moyet’s “Whispering Your Name,” then made his name performing with the Funky Kings, Jules and the Polar Bears, the Reckless Sleepers and as a solo artist. “At this point, I’m just going to keep doing it in the way I feel like doing it. It felt natural to me, so I just kept going.”

Slower finds Jules trying to enjoy the present moment between past and future, yesterday and tomorrow, living and dying, “Hell and Hello,” whether he’s touting the joys of eating “Sugar All Day” (which begins with one scratchy guitar chord and includes a warm, plaintive harp solo from guest and fellow Woodstock denizen John Sebastian), pondering the onset of autumn in “Feels Like Fall,” or singing the praises of companionship in “It Came Down From Heaven,” “It’s Love,” and “Call It Love.”

“Make today like tomorrow for a little while,” Shear croons over the jazzy piano of the new standard of the same name, “Today Like Tomorrow,” then “I don’t know what time it is now/And I don’t know what time it was,” in “Pretty Please,” trying as best as a self-conscious guy like Jules can to be in the moment, which he addresses with the philosophical, tongue-in-cheeky “Smart.”

Much in the vein of his previous effort, One More Crooked Dance, Slower is yet another homegrown effort, again recorded at producer Lee Danziger’s home studio in Woodstock, a 10-minute ride from Shear’s home. The end result works as a whole, a throwback to the Great American Songbook and Tin Pan Alley, late-night Sinatra torch ballads for swinging lovers, as well as Leonard Cohen/Dylan-esque folk dirges, laced with a none-too-self-serious gravitas and a whiff of imminent mortality.

“These songs all started with words, no music, and then I try to figure out what kind of song they sound like,” says Shear about making the new album. “I’ll take it from there and start messing with it, filling in the gaps with melody.”

Slower is a personal album, offering an inadvertent glimpse into the fertile mind of Jules Shear. “You’re supposed to be angry and sad/Is that why people love your songs?” in “Between Hell and Hello,” a tiny glimpse inside the dark side of domesticity.

These days, Shear’s songwriting process is similar to a jigsaw puzzle, juggling lyrics until they click into place, then creating music to “fill in the gaps.” An old-school auteur in an age of multi-writer songs, Jules has tried to collaborate with others, but finds “I don’t think it ever turns out too good.”

A writer of some of the greatest love songs in pop music, Shear continues to explore a hard-won contentment. “I’m not embarrassed to write like that,” insists Jules, “I’m fine with it.” One of the album’s set pieces, “Feels Like Fall,” offers the perspective of someone much closer to the end of life than the beginning. “I’m just trying to be in the present,” he says realizing you can’t eat “Sugar All Day,” but must accept that even love comes with its conflicts. In the end, the process of songwriting proves its own reward.

“I feel like I have to keep writing songs; I don’t know why or what makes me do it, but the fact that I can do it and I like them a lot when I’m done with them, I just feel like I should not ask many questions and just forge ahead.”

Slower is Jules Shear unfettered, transparent and raw, forging ahead as only he can, with lyrics that engage the mind and melodies that touch the heart, which he’s been doing since his very first solo album, 1983’s Watch Dog, produced by Todd Rundgren, the first time Jules remembers being in Woodstock, now his permanent residence. That record included both Jules’ original versions of “All Through the Night” and “Whispering Your Name,” which became hits for Cyndi Lauper and Alison Moyet, respectively.

“I hope people discover these new songs and cover them,” says Jules. “That’s a really nice way to make a living.”

Kelly Hansen Reaches Out To Fans For Foreigner Roadies & Discusses The Band's Future

Posted December 2020


KellyHansen 001 cropped 002Photo by Rick WardMost Boomerocity followers have been to live concerts. Have you ever wondered what goes into putting on a live show? Who gets the band from town to town while on tour? How the stage gets set up and taken down? Who sets up all of the instruments? Who runs the sound? Who makes all of that happen?

It’s the road crew.

Long after we’ve gone home and gone to bed after enjoying an amazing concert, the “roadies” are still working hard, breaking down the stage and loading up the gear . . . just to do it all over again at the next stop of the tour.

Those men and women are the unsung heroes of the artists who provide us great, live entertainment. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full form, we all know that touring virtually stopped this year and into early next year, as it stands now. This means that the roadies don’t make a living and are doing everything they can to scrape together funds to pay their bills and to survive.

The roadies for the legendary group, Foreigner, are no different. Like a lot of folks right now, the crew and their families are suffering financial hardships with no end in sight. Lead singer, Kelly Hansen, and bassist, Jeff Pilson, are especially aware of the stellar work their roadies do and are leading an effort to invite Foreigner fans to join them in helping the roadies financially until the pandemic subsides.

The band is raising money for the crew and their families by selling some cool limited-edition vintage and current Foreigner merch items, along with various items donated by some of the band’s sponsors and vendors, via the Foreigner website. They are also accepting donations on the site.

Boomerocity reached Kelly at his home in Southern California to discuss his and Jeff’s efforts as well as what Foreigner’s outlook is, tour and music wise, for next year. The video to the right is a slide show set to the audio file from our chat with Hansen. It was a fun chat about a serious matter. Please give it a close listen. Afterward, please consider helping Kelly and Jeff help the roadies by clicking on the Foreigner band photo, below. You will be taken to their website where you can purchase merchandise to help the roadies or make a direct donation to help them.

On behalf of Kelly Hansen, Jeff Pilson, and Foreigner, Boomerocity thanks you in advance for your kindhearted generosity!

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Snowy White - Boomerocity Finally Has Something On Him

Posted December 2020

vox 1 2000 1Hard-core blues and Pink Floyd enthusiasts have certainly heard of Snowy White. For those of you who haven’t, we have “borrowed” Snowy’s biography from his website, SnowyWhite.com. We have it posted, below.

Admittedly, Boomerocity has just recently become aware of Snowy via his new album, ‘Something On Me’. What a tremendous disc! We highly recommend adding it to your listening library.

Because we became an immediate fan, we reached out to him, requesting an interview to which he graciously accommodated. The audio of that chat is on the right. Suffice it to say, he’s as an amazing a person as he is a guitarist. We love the man on both counts!

On the call, we chatted about the new album, touring, and what’s on his radar in the next year or so. After you listen to the interview (and as we said a minute ago), we highly recommend ordering your copy of ‘Something On Me’ for your own listening library as well as order a copy or two for your friends who love the blues. You can do so by clicking on the album cover on this page.

We also suggest that you keep up with Snowy by visiting SnowyWhite.com.

Snowy White Bio

Snowy White is one of a handful of classic, blues-orientated British electric guitar players - musicians whose sound, technique and style has echoed the originality of the blues with the excitement of contemporary rock.

At the age of eleven he first heard the urban blues sound that had been emanating from the United States, people such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Albert King, and was immediately aware that this was the music that he wanted to incorporate in his playing. He has developed his own style of ‘English’ blues, a combination of clear, clean blues phrases and harder-edged riffs that are a recognizable feature of his very personal songs.

Arriving in London in the early seventies with the classic ‘few pennies in his pocket’ he gradually made a name for himself Click Below To Listen To Our Interview With Snowy White among the local musicians and became respected as a tasteful player and an easy guy to get along with.

In 1974 he toured the east coast of America, getting as far south as New Orleans and discovering that he thoroughly enjoyed being ‘on the road’. He had by then become friendly with the now legendary English blues guitarist Peter Green and they spent a lot of time jamming together.

During the mid-seventies Snowy played on various sessions, developed his skills in the studio environment, and started writing his own material.
In the Autumn of 1976, he was invited to tour America and Europe with the Pink Floyd as their first augmenting musician, a gig which took up most of his time throughout 1977.

In 1978 the band’s keyboard player Rick Wright asked him to play guitar on his solo album, entitled 'Wet Dream,' which he recorded in the South of France.

In 1979 Peter Green decided to head for the studio once more and invited Snowy along to jam. The result was the album entitled ‘In the Skies’, now something of a collector’s item.

He was then asked by the Pink Floyd to go to America to rehearse their new show entitled ‘The Wall’, and, at the same time, the rock band Thin Lizzy invited him to become a full-time member. So, after the completion of the Floyds’ US dates, he returned to England and went straight into the studio to record his first Thin Lizzy album 'Chinatown'. This album includes some songs co-written by Snowy, notably the title track. Two and a half years of world tours and recording with the band followed, including the making of Snowy’s second album with them, entitled ‘Renegade’. Snowy again co-wrote some of the songs and the title track. After this long period of work he decided that it was time to do his own thing and quit the band in 1982.

In the following twelve months he got together with musicians that he had known and admired for a long time - drummer/percussionist Richard Bailey, keyboard player Godfrey Wang, and his good friend for many years, bassist and producer Kuma Harada. Together they came up with Snowy’s first solo album, ‘White Flames.’ A single, the timeless ‘Bird of Paradise', written by Snowy, which was taken from the album, became an international hit.

However, the idea of becoming a ‘singles’ artiste, with the consequent concern about where the next hit record was coming from, did not appeal to him, and he took a break to rethink his musical direction. During that time, he put together a gigging blues band, 'The Blues Agency', with drummer Jeff Allen, his old friend Kuma on bass, and, as he wanted to concentrate only on playing the guitar, singer and harp player Graham Bell. Between 1986 and 1989 the band played in the UK and Europe, and recorded two albums, ‘Change my Life’, followed by ‘Open for Business’ (which was released in Europe as ‘Blues on Me’.)

In June 1990 Roger Waters, having split from the Pink Floyd, asked Snowy to perform with him on the spectacular ‘The Wall’ show in Berlin.
In 1991 Waters again called upon Snowy, this time to play at the ‘Guitar Legends’ concert in Seville as part of Expo.

After this concert Snowy decided that it was time that he returned to the mainstream of things so he set about putting down songs that he had been writing during the previous few years. The result was the album entitled ‘Highway to the Sun’. Recorded in the Summer of 1993 it contained ten original songs plus a version of Peter Green’s ‘I loved another Woman’, a long-time favorite of Snowy’s. The album also has guest appearances by Chris Rea (slide guitar on the title track), David Gilmour and Gary Moore. It also introduced two new brilliant Dutch-Indonesian musicians, Juan van Emmerloot (drums/percussion) and Walter Latupeirissa (bass and rhythm guitar). Kuma Harada also played bass and rhythm. John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick featured on keyboards. The video of the title track has Chris Rea guesting on slide.

‘Bird of Paradise’ then came back into the picture when KLM airlines decided to use it on their new TV advertising campaign, resulting in the single reentering the charts in Europe and the compilation album ‘Birds of Paradise’ doing extremely good business for most of 1994.

Snowy’s next album project was released on the UK record label RPM. Entitled ‘Gold Top’, after his well-known Gibson Les Paul ‘Goldtop Standard’ guitar, it features material in which Snowy has been involved from as far back as 1974 right up to 1996. This album includes two tracks from Thin Lizzy, jams from the Peter Green ‘In the Skies’ session (with Peter on 2nd guitar), Al Stewart live in Philadelphia (1974), and the only complete version of the Pink Floyd song ‘Pigs on the Wing’, featuring Snowy’s original guitar solo (never before released), as well as some live Snowy White blues and some previously unreleased material. Dave Gilmour and Chris Rea also appear on tracks taken from his recent ‘Highway to the Sun’ CD. The album closes with the hit single ‘Bird of Paradise’.

Snowy then recorded three albums with his White Flames band, “No Faith Required' in 1996, ‘Little Wing’ in 1998 and 'Keep Out: We Are Toxic’ in 1999.

Another compilation, entitled ‘Pure Gold - The Solo Years’ was also released in 1999.
Also, in this year Snowy joined Roger Waters for his bands' ‘In The Flesh’ US tour, which was so successful that, in the Summer of 2000, Roger again toured the States, this time recording a live album and making a film of the show.

Early in 2000 ‘Little Wing’ was released in the States under the title ‘Melting’, and in July of that year Snowy White & the White Flames played a showcase gig at BB King’s Blues Bar off Times Square in New York.

Click Below To OrdersomethingonmecoverA final White Flames album (as a three-piece), entitled 'Restless,' was released in May 2002. Tracks include 'Blues is the Road', 'Restless', 'The Time Has Come', 'Soldier of Fortune', 'Softly', 'It's Your Life', 'New Day...Maybe,' ‘You Can't Break My Heart’ and 'Too Far Away'.

From February to July 2002 Snowy toured the world with Roger Waters.
Spring 2005 saw the release of a new White Flames cd, entitled "The Way It Is", with a basic four-piece outfit consisting of Richard Bailey (drums/percussion), Walter Latupeirissa (bass) and Max Middleton (keyboards). Guest musicians include Juan van Emmerloot on drums/percussion, Kuma Harada on bass guitar, James Lascelles on Hammond, Dawn Knight on backing vocals and Ray Carless on saxophone. Track listing: No Stranger to the Blues, Bird of Paradise, Black Magic Woman, What I'm Searching For, Angel Inside You (parts one and two), Falling, The Way It Is, A Piece of Your Love, This Time of My Life, Easy, Sweet Bluesmaker.

A DVD, 'The Way It Is - Live', filmed in Vilnius, Lithuania, was released in 2005.

From April to October 2006 Snowy toured Europe and America with Roger Waters.

The Autumn of 2006 saw The White Flames Band performing in the UK and Europe.

From January to July 2007 Snowy toured Australia, New Zealand, South America, China, India, Europe and North America/Canada with Roger Waters.

A live album from the White Flames Band, entitled 'Liveflames,' was released in October 2007.

April to June 2008 Snowy toured again with Roger Waters, after which he started work on a new White Flames Band album entitled 'Realistic', with Juan van Emmerloot, Walter Latupeirissa, and Max Middleton. The recording of this album continued through 2009 and into 2010.

In the Autumn of 2008 Snowy formed The Snowy White Blues Project, with Matt Taylor (guitar/vocals), Ruud Weber Jnr (bass guitar/vocals), and Juan van Emmerloot (drums), recording a blues-orientated album, 'In Our Time of Living.' During 2009/10 the band were gigging throughout Europe. They released a live album 'In Our Time...Live' in 2010.

In the Summer of 2010 Snowy completed the recording of 'Realistic', which was released in early 2011.

Autumn 2010 saw Snowy touring the USA, Canada and Mexico with Roger Water's 'The Wall' show, which then continued throughout Europe in the first half of 2011 and returned to the USA in 2012.

In between these tours he found time to record a live DVD, 'After Paradise', featuring many of the musicians that have played with him over his long career. Tracks included are: I'm Getting Ready, Midnight Blues, I'll Be Moving On, Red Wine Blues, Judgement Day, Blue To The Bone, Slabo Day, Tears In My Eyes, Lucky Star, Bird Of Paradise, The Journey (Parts1 and 2), Falling, On The Edge Of Something, Ongoing..., Can't Get Enough Of The Blues, At The Crossroads. Plus: interviews and "The Making Of".

The final ‘Wall’ tour covered Europe in 2013.

Snowy has released four more albums during the period 2014 -2020, ‘Released’, ‘Reunited,’ ‘The Situation’, and the latest, in 2020, ’Something On Me’.

Joseph Williams Talks Denizen Tenant

Posted December 2020


Joseph WIlliams 015 c Alex Solca Photography ReducedPhoto by Alex SolcaLong-time Boomerocity followers already know that we are HUGE TOTO fans. We’ve interviewed its guitarist, Steve “Luke” Lukather, six times (our most recent interview here as well as here, here, here, here, and here).

However, we’ve not had the privilege of interviewing the band’s lead singer, Joseph Williams, until now. Williams and Lukather recently settled a lengthy and expensive lawsuit regarding the TOTO name and ownership and are now back into the swing of things, musically. They’re rehearsing material for a new album and tour as well as releasing solo albums. Williams forthcoming album is entitled “Denizen Tenant” and is an amazing disc that you will definitely want to order. You can do so by clicking on the album cover on this page.

It is about that album and a few other subjects that we Zoom called Joseph at his home in SoCal. You can watch that interview on the right of this page.

You can keep up with the latest with Williams and TOTO here.

For those of you who aren’t quite familiar with Williams’ broad career, here’s some background info for you:

At age fifteen, Williams began his career as a radio and television commercial singer. Joseph also achieved success as a television and film composer in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. He fronted Toto as a lead vocalist from 1986 to 1988, and was featured on the albums Fahrenheit (1986) and The Seventh One (1988). He also appeared on the 2006 release Falling in Between, sharing lead vocals with Luke on “Bottom of Your Soul.” In 2010 he returned to the band, becoming front man and lead vocalist, a tenure that continues through today. He has released ten solo albums, and is an Emmy Award nominated film composer. His career as a session vocalist has placed his voice indelibly in pop culture through the dozens of performances in the medium of film, amongst which is his role as the adult Simba on The Lion King. Williams voice is featured on “Hakuna Matata” alongside “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” He is the son of film composer John Williams and actress Barbera Ruick.

Read much more about Joseph’s accomplishments here.

 

 

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