Steve Blaze of Lillian Axe Takes Us From Womb To Tomb

Posted August 2022

LILLIAN AXE apocalypse NO LOGOLillian Axe has been around since the early 80’s. They’re one of those bands who are steady as she goes. Known for great, intricately written, bombastic rock, the band has a core base of fans who have remained loyal even though it’s been ten years since they last put out an album.

The wait is over . . . and it’s been well worth it.

From Womb To Tomb is the album and it’s you will love it! It’s a sixteen-song concept album but don't let that phrase scare you. Because, believe me, while I’m not usually much of a fan of fromwombtotombcoverClick Above To Order Your Copyconcept albums either, there are some I do, and this is definitely at the top of my list of those that I love.

Band guitarist, Steve Blaze, founded Lillian Axe and it was my distinct pleasure to chat with him about From Womb To Tomb and what the future plans are for Lillian Axe. It was a lot of fun and very informative. He knows his stuff and he knows what he wants to accomplish.

Please watch the interview, below, and share it with your friends. You can order From Womb To Tomb by clicking on the album cover on this page. You can keep up with Steve Blaze and the band at LillianAxe.com as well as on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Boomerocity Interview With Steve Blaze

Walter Trout Takes Us For A Ride Full Of Great Blues

Posted August 2022

Photo taken in Los Angeles  on 02/21/20.Photo by Alex SolcaLong-time visitors to Boomerocity know that we’re huge fans of blues legend, Walter Trout. Since 2012, he has sat for four interviews with us.

In that time, we’ve cheered him on as he released new albums, prayed for him as he battled health issues, and breathed sighs of relief as he came through those health battles victoriously.

At the bottom of this page, you can view our fifth interview with Walter. The interview took place as he dealt with travel challenges while on tour in Europe.

As always, Walter was fun to chat with, gracious, insightful, and informative. He is his typical open and candid self as we chatted. It’s one of the multitude of reasons why we love Walter Trout and always welcome him here to Boomerocity.

ridecoverClick Above To Order Your CopyThis time around, we talk at length about his new album, Ride. If you’re a Walter Trout fan, then you’ve probably already ordered it. If you haven’t, do.

If you’re one of the few who aren’t familiar with Walter and his music, Ride is an excellent album to begin the Walter Trout wing of your listening library.

Either way, if you haven’t already, order Ride by clicking on the album cover on this page (after watching our interview, of course!). Share the interview with others. Also, follow Walter at his website (here) as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Walter Trout

 

Damon Johnson Talks About Touring With Skynyrd and Raising Brother Cane

Posted August 2022

Damon Johnson Lynyrd Skynyrd 768x436If you’ve followed Boomerocity since the beginning, you already know that we LOVE Damon Johnson.

He was first interviewed by Boomerocity eleven years ago (here) while he was still one of Alice Cooper’s axe men. Since then, he has been our guest five more times (counting the interview below).

One thing that I’ll saw about Damon Johnson is the boy never sits still nor rests on his laurels and accomplishments. He’s always creating. Always playing. Always checking out something musically knew that he may learn and adapt.

Did I already say we love Damon Johnson?

Since Damon last chatted with Boomerocity, he has brought his most notable band, Brother Cane, back together. He’s also been seen on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s stage, filling in for a recuperating Gary Rossington.

It is for those two reasons that Damon sat and chatted with Boomerocity. You’ll definitely want to hear what he has to say about both and some other things he shared with us.

After watching the interview below, be sure to keep up with the latest with Damon at his website, DamonJohnson.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Tne Boomerocity Interview With Damon Johnson

 

Al Basile Is Totally Through With Cool

August 2022

Basile Outside Hi Res 1 by Meghan SepePhoto by Meghan SepeBoomerocity has followed blues man, Al Basile, for over seven years. I’ve been a fan of his since I first heard his 2015 album, B’s Expression.

So, that begs a question: Why haven’t I ever interviewed this incredibly talented musician?

The truth is, I honestly don’t know. I. Just. Don’t. Know.

But I have now corrected that egregious error.Through with Cool Hi Res Cover ReducedClick Above To Order Your Copy

The interview you are about to watch below is my first interview the Al Basile and, while I still kick myself for not having interviewed him sooner, I’m glad that I did. I look forward to many more interviews with him and hearing much more amazing music from this man.

In this interview, we discuss Al’s latest album, Through With Cool, as well as his other things on his plate so please watch this interview. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did conducting it and also hope that you share it with your friends. You can order Through With Cool by clicking on the album cover on this page.

Follow Al Basile at his website, AlBasile.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Al Basile

 Press Release

Eight-Time Blues Music Award Nominee Al Basile Is
Through with Cool on His New Blues/Roots CD Due August 19 from Sweetspot Records
RUMFORD, RI – Eight-time Blues Music Award-nominated singer/songwriter/cornetist Al Basile announces an August 19 release date for his latest CD, Through with Cool, on Sweetspot Records, distributed by City Hall Records.

Through with Cool benefits from Al Basile’s quickly- growing skills as his own producer, refining the sound of his last two production efforts Last Hand and B's Testimony, as Basile directed all the aspects of the new project, recorded by Jack Gauthier at Lakewest Studios in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Basile (vocals and cornet) is joined on the new disc by his veteran crew of New England music all-stars: Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums, Doug James on tenor sax and Jeff “Doc” Chanonhouse on trumpet, plus the guitar wizardry of multi-Blues Music Award nominee Kid Andersen. And fans of Basile’s signature cornet work will be pleased to know that his horn playing has reached another level on the new disc.

Basile will help promote the new disc with a 200 station national radio promotion by Todd Glazer Promotions, and a long-term publicity campaign by Mark Pucci Media; plus print ads in blues magazines, and a CD sampler track in Relix Magazine.

“Through with Cool is the most completely realized of my 19 albums – the closest to what I heard on my head when I first conceived of the songs,” Basile says. “I've worked with Mark, Bruce, and Brad on ten CDs, and they know my music inside and out. The horns have been together on my projects multiple times. And Kid Andersen has outdone himself on his second time out, coming up with great rhythm parts and a rainbow of different guitar colors, each an enhancement to the songs. His versatility and taste show his nomination as best guitarist at this year's BMAs was apt, and I turned him loose on a few extra-long solos that are spectacular. We've also stepped up our production game, with seamless teamwork between Jack Gauthier in the studio and Glenn Halverson in mastering on this, their second project together. It's my best sounding record.”

Other changes make this an improved Al Basile effort. “After a couple of years of vocal difficulties, which were finally diagnosed and healed, I'm singing with more ease and control on this one,” he reveals. “My voice is more responsive, and my phrasing has gained a smoothness that lets me do more with the words. And I spent many more hours practicing my horn during COVID, which has resulted in more control over my cornet sound and lots of fresh ideas. It's great to be improving at these things I love to do as I enter my mid-seventies. Of course, in the end it's really all about the songs – that's why I make records. I express myself by writing poems, plays, and songs – in the poems I'm on my own, but with plays and songs I need help to realize the vision. I'm blessed to have great collaborators who bring out the life in my writing and back me up like champs. We're all proud of Through with Cool. It's the product of many lifetimes spent by the guys and me, learning and refining the skills you hear on it.”

Through with Cool Track Listing

  1. Keep on Living
  2. My Hero
  3. I'm Waiting
  4. Say My Name
  5. Two Legged Mule
  6. Take your Time
  7. Couldn't Live With It
  8. Not Anyplace at All
  9. We Belong Together
  10. Uh Huh
  11. Turnabout is Fair Play
  12. You Better Change Your Tune
  13. We Lie on Your Grave
  14. Through with Cool

About Al Basile:

Al Basile’s previous album releases have consistently made the top 20 on the Living Blues charts. He’s been nominated eight times for a BMA as Best Horn Player, and his 2016 release, Mid-Century Modern, was nominated as Best Contemporary Blues Album. He’s written hundreds of songs, some of which have been covered by Ruth Brown, Johnny Rawls, and the Knickerbocker All Stars. Guests on his own releases have included the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sista Monica Parker, Sugar Ray Norcia, Jerry Portnoy, and jazz great Scott Hamilton.

Celebrated for his mastery of lyric writing as well as music, Al's skill with words extends to his other career as a poet: he is published regularly in leading journals, has won prizes, and has three books in print collecting his work from the Seventies until the present day. For the last four years he has taught lyric writing, led panels, and performed at poetry conferences.

Born in Haverhill, Mass., on the north shore of Boston, Al was the first to receive a Master's degree from Brown University's writing program. He was the first trumpet player for Roomful of Blues in the mid-Seventies, and he's enjoyed a long relationship as a co-writer and sideman during Robillard's solo career since the Eighties, garnering credits as songwriter and trumpet player on a dozen of Duke's CDs and DVDs. In 1998, he released his first solo CD on his own Sweetspot label. He also taught English, music, and physics in a private Rhode Island high school for 25 years before devoting himself to music and poetry full time in 2005.

Jason Scheff Talks About Generation Radio, His Dad, and What's On His Radar

Posted August 2022

Jason Scheff 1bJason Scheff.

Son of Jerry Scheff, legendary bassist for Elvis, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Chris Hillman, and many others.

At age 23, young Jason joined Chicago, replacing Peter Cetera.

Chicago. Age 23. Wow.

It’s Jason’s voice that we hear on the band’s 1986 remake of their 1970 hit single, “25 or 6 to 4” and “Will You Still Love Me”.

I had the occasion to meet Jason and his son backstage at a 2019 Nashville fundraiser hosted by his dad’s former bandmate: the legendary James Burton. It was a brief conversation, but we parted ways agreeing that an interview was in order.

Fast forward to today.

With Rascal Flatts bassist, Jay Demarcus, Scheff has formed the super group, Generation Radio, with Journey drummer, Deen Castronovo, and guitarist Chris Rodriguez and Tom Yankton.

If you love Chicago. If you love Eagles. If you love Rascal Flatts. If you love Journey. If you love all of those bands, then you will absolutely LOVE Generation Radio.

You’ll also love this interview with Jason Scheff. Fun. Insightful. Informative. After you watch it, share it. Follow the band at GenerationRadio.net and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also follow Jason on his website, JasonScheff.com, and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Be sure to order the debut album by Generation Radio by clicking on the album cover on this page underneath the interview, below.

The Boomerocity Interview With Jason Scheff

 

Press Release

Generation Radio CoverClick Above To Order Your Copy

RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2022

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the upcoming self-titled debut album from Generation Radio, a colossal new rock group centered around the combined talents of Jay Demarcus (Rascal Flatts) and Jason Scheff (ex-Chicago), on August 5, 2022. Fans of classic AOR in the style of Journey and Chicago are going to absolutely lose their minds when they hear Generation Radio's stunning debut.

In the beginning of 2020, Generation Radio came together with the intent to form a band with a purpose - to bring classic 80’s rock back to life. As their self-titled debut illustrates, mission accomplished! Two-time Grammy award winning bassist Jay Demarcus of the hugely popular country act Rascal Flatts and Jason Scheff, who was lead vocalist and bass player for the multi-platinum band Chicago for over 30 years, are joined by drummer/vocalist Deen Castronovo (Journey, Revolution Saints) guitarist Chris Rodriguez and XXX Tom Yankton in Generation Radio. 


"This music is the best of all of us. Everyone in this band sings and contributes in a huge way. Jason is not only one of my best friends, but he is also one of my all-time favorite singers, and his performances on this record are stellar. Deen is among the very best drummers in the world, but he is also a world-class singer. In fact, I’m convinced Journey heard him with us, and immediately wanted him back in the band! I’m kidding, of course, but we were fortunate to have him on this 'journey'. Finally, Chris and Yankton are veterans and some of my favorite musicians and singers. Chris and I go back to our early days together in Christian music. It is a true honor to make music with people who you respect so much, and hold in such high regard," says Jay Demarcus.


"My partner Jay [DeMarcus] had the idea to fuse Rascal Flatts with Journey and Chicago, so that's what we did. Jay had several songs over the years that he'd co-written, exhibiting all his influences. There was no surprise he listened to a lot of Journey and Chicago! Those songs became the catalyst for the band and we rounded it out with some songs written specifically for the album that were in keeping with that theme. There's no other way to put it other than when you listen to this record you will hear a beautiful blend of Rascal Flatts meets Journey meets Chicago, not to mention having the best of the best in the production, recording, and mastering department. A team of all current hitmakers," adds Jason Scheff.


Be sure to follow the band on social media (links below) to stay up to date on announcements about live shows, new singles, and of course, the release of the debut album on August 5th.

“Generation Radio” Tracklisting:
Why Are You Calling Me Now
Angels
All Night To Get There
I Hope You Find It
Time To Let It Go
Lights Go Out In Paradise
Don’t Go
Smoking
Anything But Us
Waiting On Your Sunshine
Finally Got It Right