Kathy Garver Talks Family Affair, Writing Books and . . . Moses?

Posted November/December 2022

Kathy Garver 001Once upon a time in America - specifically on television in America – we enjoyed good, wholesome programming on our TV sets. There were the big three networks and, in many cases, an independent station or three (depending on where you lived).

Swearing was almost non-existent. Problems were relatively simple. Kids reflected respect to their elders. Elders didn’t abuse their kids. Sex? Not until the late sixties was that subject more aggressively broached.

You probably remember what I’m talking about and would remember, as kids, watching some of the great shows on TV. Shows like The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Green Acres, Gilligan’s Island, My Three Sons, and so many more. There was just so many great TV shows back then.

But one in particular that I remember watching and watching a lot - and I think I've seen every episode at least twice (if not more) is the wonderful family TV show called, “Family Affair”. I know you remember it. It starred Brian Keith (who played the bachelor uncle) and Sebastian Cabot (Keith’s “gentleman’s gentleman”).

In the show, Brian's brother and his wife get killed in a car accident, and he was left to take care of their three children, Buffy (played by the late Anissa Jones), Jody (played by Johnny Whittaker and Cissy (Cissy being the oldest sister), played by Kathy Garver.

I recently had the wonderful opportunity of speaking with Kathy Garver. Most known for playing Cissy, she also played a whole lot of other parts and a whole lot of other venues and media, especially when she was a little kid. She was in the movie, The 10 Commandments” with the great Charleston Heston. I mean, she got the play with Charlton Heston. How cool is that? She was also in “The Night of the Hunter” as well as guested on many TV and radio shows, commercials, and Broadway productions. Oh! She is an accomplished and acclaimed author and is a much sought-after voice over actress, as well.

Needless to say, I was quite stoked and honored to be able to chat with Kathy. We talked about her career growing up as well as what she is doing nowadays. It’s a fun and informative conversation that I truly believe you’ll enjoy watching so please take the time to do so. Afterwards, please share it with your baby boomer friends and, while you’re at it, why not order her books for your personal library and as gifts for your friends?

You can keep up with Kathy on her website, KathyGarver.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Boomerocity Interview with Kathy Garver

 

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Steve Luongo Talks of Oxhuming Rare Works of His Late Friend, John Entwistle

Posted November/December 2022

Steve Luongo 002bI like to talk a lot with people who are behind the scenes, or at least people who aren't always the ones in front of the microphone center stage or playing lead guitar. I like talking to the engineers, the producers, the drummers, and the bass players.

They have such a unique insight into things that give a whole new view of some of the music we've listened to and some of the people who produced it.

That's the case with Steve Luongo.

I honestly didn't recall hearing of him until a while back. Then, lo and behold, recently, I come to find out that he's behind a new project that just came out of the archival music from the late John Entwistle, bass player for the who.

Yes, that John Entwistle.

Who doesn't love The Who? I mean, we all can think of all our favorite songs by The Who and how their music has been one of the benchmarks of our youth.

And so, when I found out this rarities album called, “Oxhumed,” was coming out - this volume one (so that means we're going to have more volumes to look forward to), I knew I had to talk to the people behind it. And so, it was made possible for me to talk to John's very good friend and producer this album, Steve Luongo.

Steve has played bass, drums and engineered for some of the biggest names and rock and roll people like Eddie Money, Jack Bruce from Cream, Leslie West (who we've interviewed here a couple of Screenshot 2022 11 02 at 4.42.10 PMClick Above To Order Your Copytimes), Alan Parsons, Todd Rundgren, Ritchie Blackmore, Mark Farner, among others. but what we were really focusing on this time around are: Steve's work on “Oxhumed,” his relationship with John Entwistle as well as his amazing works of art that is sought after globally. It is phenomenally unique. He produces a line of clothing. I’m especially stoked about his line of shirts. They are amazing and they, too, are literally works of art.

Steve Luongo is a wonderful guy, very insightful, knows how to tell a story and he tells several good ones in this interview. Please watch and listen. It is worth your investment of time. Afterward, share it with your friends. Also, be sure to order “Oxhumed” by clicking on the album cover on this page. You can also follow Steve on his website, SteveLuongo.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview with Steve Luongo

Press Release

JOHN ENTWISTLE‘S RARITIES OXHUMED - VOLUME ONE, FEATURING UNRELEASED AND REMASTERED STUDIO TRACKS, DEMOS, AND LIVE RECORDINGS IS COMING OCTOBER 21ST. PREVIEW TRACK “I’LL TRY AGAIN TODAY” IS OUT NOW.

John Entwistle is best known as the legendary bassist for the Who. Nicknamed the Ox and Thunderfingers, Entwistle's music career spanned over four decades and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of the Who in 1990. Renowned for his musical abilities, he was voted as the greatest bassist of all time in a 2011 Rolling Stone magazine readers' poll and in its special "100 Greatest Bass Players" issue in 2017. Bass Player magazine named Entwistle at number seven.

Rarities Oxhumed - Volume One is the first in a series of posthumous releases coming from John Entwistle as part of a new partnership with Deko Entertainment and longtime friend and collaborator Steve Luongo. This first one has unreleased and remastered studio tracks, demos, and live tracks with gems like “Bogey Man” featuring Keith Moon, “Where You Going Now” (demo for the Who), and a raw live version of “Trick of the Light” recorded during the John Entwistle Band’s final tour in 2001. We will also take you behind the scenes with an expanded booklet with never-before-seen photos and a look into life on the road with John Entwistle. As Steve Luongo comments, “John and I began touring together in 1987. Every tour was more fun than the last. That was the idea. Play loud aggressive rock & roll, have fun, laugh our asses off, travel to the next gig, and repeat. During the 15 years that we worked together as a rhythm section, we remained true to that cause. Along the way we recorded some records and created a sizable catalog of ideas and material for the future. The future is now.”

The album cover concept was conceived by Steve Luongo and Chris Entwistle (John’s son). It gives a nod to John’s dark sense of humor and includes many of John’s favorite things. The two also worked with celebrity designer Queenie (Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Cardi B) to create two commemorative pieces of jewelry based on the Entwistle Crest. These are limited to only 300 each of both a necklace and keychain. As Deko president, Bruce Pucciarello, states, “Hearing the foundation of sound that John Entwistle provided Pete Townshend on Live at Leeds was transformational for me. Watching Steve find these never heard gems from John’s career and making them available to the public is an honor for everyone involved.”

The first preview of what’s to come is the remastered release of “I’ll Try Again Today.”

Pick up Rarities Oxhumed - Volume One and special limited bundles via https://bit.ly/john-entwistle

Product Includes:

  • One (1) Rarities Oxhumed - Volume One CD
  • One (1) Rarities Oxhumed - Volume One 12-page Expanded Booklet with Exclusive Photos, Recording Info, and Unreleased Photos.
  • One (1) Entwistle Crest – Necklace or Keychain

Rarities Oxhumed - Volume One Tracklist:

  1. “Bogey Man”
  2. “Darker Side Of Night”
  3. “I'll Try Again Today”
  4. “When You See the Light”
  5. “Back on the Road”
  6. “Left for Dead” (Alternate Version)
  7. “I Wouldn't Sleep With You”
  8. “Don't Be a Sucker”
  9. “Life Goes on” (Demo)
  10. “Where Ya Going Now” (Demo)
  11. “Trick of the Light” (Live)
  12. “Under a Raging Moon” (Live)
  13. “Shakin' All Over” (Live)

Watch for music previews, lyric videos, and more on Spotify and YouTube.

Michael Cheval Shares His Contemplations

Posted November 2022

Chevl Photo 001I love the work of Michael Cheval. That’s been no secret ever since I posted my first interview with the Russian American artist last year (here). He's a wonderful artist, unique. You won't see very much like his work out there. But once you see it, if you love great art, you're going to love Michael Cheval’s work.

For that matter, if you watch my first interview with Michael – as well as my second interview with him, below, you are going to become an instant fan of – not only his work but of the man himself.

I have become a huge, huge, huge fan of his work. But, as I said a moment ago, I’m a fan of Michael as a human being. He has such a wonderful, loving, giving, gentle spirit. He also loves rock and roll and has ever since he was growing up in in the Soviet Union. He brings such a freshness to this world when you listen to him talk about – not only his love of art, but his love of family and love of rock and roll.

He has a new book out called, “Contemplation,” that he collaborated on. It's a wonderful book and I encourage you to click on the book cover on this page and order your copy. Right after we chatted, Michael released another book titled, “Truth and Tales.” You can order it, as well, by clicking on the cover on this page.

I encourage you to follow Michael Cheval on his website, here. You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. On any of those sites, you can check out where Michael does exhibitions all over the country, especially in Florida.

Watch. Enjoy. Share.

The Boomerocity Interview with Michael Cheval

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The Jorgensens Are the Soul of Americana and Blues

Posted November 2022

Jorgensens 001Brianna & Kurt JorgensenAs frequent Boomerocity visitors already know, I love turning people on to acts that they may not have heard of. That is especially the case with The Jorgensens. They're up in the Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Jorgensens and their band really put together some great music. When I got their CD, I immediately fell in love with this album, Americana Soul. It is a wonderful album to add to your collection. Also, the Jorgensens are a great band to begin following and become a fan of because they are very good.

Listen to the guitar playing by both, the vocals by both, and how they harmonize. It's phenomenal. Trust me on that.

Keep up with The Jorgensens at their website, here, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also listen to them on Spotify.

The Boomerocity Interview with The Jorgensens

Album Press Release

JorgensensCoverClick Above To Order Or ListenOn November 4, celebrated musical collective The Jorgensens, led by harmonizing duo Kurt and Brianna Jorgensen, will proudly present their new album Americana Soul on November 4, 2022 (Paramour Records).

Specializing in an honest, authentic style of roots rock/AAA/Americana-steeped sound, The Jorgensens’ have earned a loyal fanbase and press adulation for their signature steel-sharp musicianship, honey-soaked harmonizations, and relatable lyrics, which have drawn comparisons to Delaney and Bonnie and Alabama Shakes. Kurt’s mix of vintage guitar, bouncy basslines, and modern technology blends with Brianna’s classically-trained multi-instrumental talent, as she deftly commands keyboards, guitar, and mandolin, among others. Add the remaining members unique, diverse talents, and the result is a mix of vintage classiness, hip style, and a love of fun (which beams out of their music videos). Blending influences from the blues, bluegrass, traditional earthy spirituals, and jazz into a unique, distinctly America-bred musical style, their story in and of itself is that of a bond between various personalities.

The roots of The Jorgensens were set in 2014 in St. Paul, MN, when singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brianna Tagg was introduced to fellow vocalist/songwriter/guitarist/producer Kurt Jorgensen. Embarking on a musical journey with their first album Jorgensen/Tagg, they continued to write music as their bond grew stronger. As both were getting sober, Kurt was also suffering the weight of a recent divorce – seeing each other through these difficult times forged an incredible connection.

Something amazing happens when soulmates create music; when kismet seeks to bring two creative forces together in a way that allows them to express kindred emotions and sentiments through song. Originally starting as collaborators, Kurt and Brianna would go on to marry, give birth to a son, and infuse their kinetic energy into The Jorgensens, which blossomed with the additions of Andra Lee Suchy (vocals), Brenda Lee King (Bass Guitar), Jeff King (Saxophone, Clarinets), Jeff Levine (Trumpet), Mark O’ Day (Drums, Percussion), and C Harris (Percussion).

It’s this closeness that radiates through every note, twang, and lyric of their songs, as evidenced on the current feel-good single “Old Black Crow”, which is already making waves at radio. This simpatico energy burns bright on Americana Soul.

Paramour Records
Paramour Records is a new division of The Paramour Group, a multi-facet entertainment company with a long history as a boutique international agency and management company. The label, which is distributed by MVD Entertainment Group, specializes in creating an environment for music artists to explore and expand into a broad spectrum of media, blurring the lines between art mediums, including film, music, publishing, television, and games. In addition to offices in Los Angeles, Melbourne (FL), Troy (MI), and Neillsville (WI), Paramour Records has strategic partners in NYC, Hamburg, Germany and Glasgow, Scotland, perfecting their global reach.

TRACK LISTING:

Side 1
Old Black Crow
Miles
Boom Boom Boom
Hey Baby
Shake It

Side 2
Out of My Mind
Leave Your Light On
Dark Road
Twenty Years
State Line

Orianthi: Rock Candy and . . . Marriage Proposals?

Posted November 2022

ORI ROCK CANDY Promos 2I remember watching the Michael Jackson documentary, This Is It, when it first came out thirteen years ago. It covers the rehearsals and behind the scenes activity of what was supposed to be a 50-show run at London’s O2 Arena. Sadly, due to Jackson’s untimely passing, those shows never happened and all the world got to see were the rehearsals documented in This Is It.

While watching the documentary, there was an individual who caught my – and the world’s – attention. She was a petite, blonde guitarist who had a mystique about her that commanded attention. Her solo on Beat It was every bit as captivating and compelling as the original. Prior to that, she was seen as Carrie Underwood’s guitarist at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. After Jackson O2 shows fell through, Orianthi took the place of Boomerocity friend, Damon Johnson, in Alice Cooper’s band.

I've waited a long time to land this interview. Just a heads up: there were some technical glitches that prevented us from pulling it off the way we wanted to. But we didn't let it stop us. We went with a phone interview with the legendary, perennially beautiful, and incredibly talented Orianthi. Her stands on its own. You can put her up against anybody else - male or female - and not put up pictures to show who’s playing and she would be right in there with some of the top players in this business.

Her amazing talent stands so strong on its own. But when you add to that talent her looks, her vibe, her – again, I’ll use the word, “mystique,” it brings a whole different kind of attraction to her as it does with others in her in her field.

568730Click Above To Order Your CopyIn addition to having done great work with Carrie Underwood, Michael Jackson, and Alice Cooper, she has also done lot of collaboration with stellar talent such as Brian Ray (Paul McCartney's guitarist who we've interviewed here), Cyril Niccolai, another good friend of Boomerocity. Her talent brings her in front of some of the best in the business because she is among the best in the business.

Orianthi and I talk about her new album, Rock Candy, the music business, her adoring fans, and . . . marriage proposals?

Yes. Listen to the interview.

Please watch and share this interview. Buy Orianthi’s new album, Rock Candy. Visit her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. If you prefer to stream Orianthi's music, you can do so on Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify.

The Boomerocity Interview with Orianthi