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Jeannie Seely - An American Classic and Country Music Treasure

Posted October 2020

 

jeannieseelyBoomerocity readers and viewers know that we love and cover classic rock, blues, R&B, and country music. We especially love chatting with those who have helped make country music some of the best and most memorable music that our great country has produced.

One of those legends who has contributed greatly to that accomplishment in the country genre is the perennially lovely and immensely talented Jeannie Seely.

Ms. Seely’s publicist, Bev Moser, says it best:

Jeannie Seely celebrated 53 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Sept 16, 2020. Her current album, An American Classic, was released by Curb Records and produced by Don Cusic. The album includes collaborations with Bill Anderson, Rhonda Vincent, Steve Wariner, Lorrie Morgan, The Whites, Vince Gill and more. The project includes her duet with Willie Nelson, “Not A Dry Eye In The House”, was released as a single on her 80th birthday, July 6, 2020. She was honored by Lincoln Memorial University during its Fall Commencement exercises on December 14, 2019 in Tex Turner Arena where she received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. June 21, 2019 Ms. Jeannie Seely was honored and recognized for her contributions to the entertainment industry by the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women in Business. Announced by country music icon and friend, Willie Nelson, The Standing Ovation Award was presented to Ms. Seely at the inaugural Influencing Women Awards Gala.

With the release of Jeannie’s latest album, ‘An American Classic’, Boomerocity had the opportunity to chat with this member of country music royalty via a video call. As you’ll see by watching the chat, she’s an amazingly easy and gracious woman to talk with. We fell in love with her all over again as we have each time we heard her singing her hits on the radio from the mid-sixties through today and we know you will, too.

After watching this interview, why don’t you order your copy of ‘An American Classic’ as well as extra copies as gifts for the country music fan on your gift list for any occasion?

Also, keep up with the latest news on Jeannie Seely by following her at the following links:

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Jimmie Vaughan - 'The Pleasure's All Mine'

Posted October 2020

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Long time Boomerocity readers know that not only are we huge blues fans, but we are also big ol’ fans of Jimmie Vaughan!

Our first interview with Jimmie was last year (here) wherein we discussed his then new album, ‘Baby Please Come Home’. We also talked about the untimely passing of his brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as the state of the blues and the music business.

This time around, we discussed his new album, ‘The Pleasure’s All Mine’, the history of the blues as he knows it, and how the pandemic is affecting the music business.

The viewer on the lest is a slide show enhanced audio of our latest chat. As with all of our interviews, they’re laid back and intended for you to feel that you’re right there with us, listening in on the conversation. After listening to it, please tell your friends about it and invite them to listen to it, as well.

Below is the press release for ‘The Pleasure’s All Mine’. It’s chock full of background information about the album. To order the album, just click on the album cover, below. Keep up with the latest on Jimmie at JimmieVaughan.com.

 

 

 

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Label: The Last Music Co.
Release Date: October 30, 2020

A decade ago, Jimmie Vaughan released his definitive album Blues, Ballads and Favorites. It was a stunning collection of 15 of his favorite songs, from Billy Emerson’s “The Pleasure’s All Mine” to Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and featured guest vocals from band members Lou Ann Barton and Bill Willis. Vaughan followed the album up in 2011 with More Blues, Ballads and Favorites, digging deep into the music that had helped shape his life in the blues.

On October 30, 2020, the Last Music Co. will release a special 3-vinyl LP set of these two albums titled The Pleasure’s All Mine, spotlighting the music of one of the true pioneers in showcasing the roots of American music. It will also be available on a 2-disc CD collection.

“When I talk about country and blues, they’re the same thing,” Vaughan says. “Muddy Waters and Hank Williams, Webb Pierce and Jimmy Reed. When I was a kid, I didn’t understand the difference. Everybody was always asking me, ‘Why do you want to play blues? Why don’t you play country?’ But I would listen to the country guys and they would be doing a Jimmy Reed song. They’re playing the same lick. And Ray Charles, Little Milton, Guitar Junior, Lonnie Brooks, B.B. King — they all did country songs. Is Bob Wills country blues or jazz? And the answer is, it’s American music. I’m tired of trying to pigeonhole everything. I want to bring it together; it comes from the same place.”

When Jimmie Vaughan was a young teenager in Oak Cliff, Texas, his father told him to take guitar lessons if he wanted to really learn the instrument. But when Vaughan’s teacher told the guitar student it wasn’t going to work because the student “was too far gone” to learn from the lesson books, Jimmie knew he was on his own. Which was perfect for him, because the blues would be his teacher for life. For those who find themselves living inside this true American music, it becomes a way of life, something that provides a musical force to follow forever.

Vaughan became possessed by his instrument, and the blues songs played on the Black radio station in Dallas. It has been that way ever since: more than a half-century of playing the blues the guitarist hears in his head and feels in his heart. When something this strong takes over, there is no way out. Rather, it becomes a pursuit that goes deeper and deep inside.

When Jimmie Vaughan first heard songs like Phil Upchurch’s “You Can’t Sit Down,” The Nightcaps’ “Wine, Wine, Wine,” and B.B. King’s many hit songs in the early 1960s, he knew he had found his music. And ever since then, it’s been a constant quest to play blues, whether it was in early 1970s Austin bands like Storm and then the Fabulous Thunderbirds, or later with brother Stevie Ray Vaughan on their Family Style album, and on his own releases throughout the 1990s and in 2001.

Then the solo albums stopped, until in 2010 Jimmie Vaughan had an idea to start recording the Great American Blues Songbook and found a home with Proper Music in the U.K. to release the music. He assembled the kind of band most musicians can only dream about and began recording his dream set list at the Top Hat and Wire Studios in Austin. Never one to back down from a great idea, in 2011 Vaughan and band went back into the same Top Hat Studio and recorded a second collection of some of his favorite songs, zeroing in on the music’s ability to light a fuse wherever it was heard.

To help celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the first album’s release and setting the stage for Vaughan’s 70th birthday in March 2021, the Last Music Co.’s Malcolm Mills wanted to mark the special occasion with these undeniable collections. Also included for release on the same date is the vinyl reissue of 2016’s Jimmie Vaughan Trio featuring Mike Flanigin, and the Live at C-Boy’s release, which featured songs recorded at the venerable Austin nightspot that Vaughan and crew call home when they are in town.

In true Texas fashion, Jimmie Vaughan has helped give new life to the music that has been his lifeline all these decades, becoming a hero to those who know the life-giving strengths of America’s real gift to musical history. Even better, Vaughan still feels like he’s just getting started, devoted to making sure he is able to give back to the music that has given him so much. The blues is in his blood and has been there since the start. And will stay there forever.

Eric Davis Puts the Shoe on the Other Foot With 'Negative Exposure'

Posted October 2020

 

E Warren Davis Pastor Kingsley 6.6.1 cropIf you’ve read Boomerocity much at all, you know that we typically focus purely on entertainment and the artists who produce it. However, I was recently given the opportunity to preview a rough cut of a new film, Negative Exposure, and interview its creator, Eric Davis.

Negative Exposure is timely with all that we’re seeing on our TV screens and news feeds online. What I particularly like about this movie is that it exemplifies a phrase and method that I say and use when dealing with conflict resolution: Put the shoe on the other foot.

The reason why I chose to chat with Eric about this movie is because I genuinely, sincerely believe that not only can there be substantive, productive dialog that will lead to solid solutions to the racial divide that our country is currently experiencing. After watching ‘Negative Exposure’, I feel that the film can be an effective and useful tool to initiating the appropriate dialogue towards real solutions.

Please watch the video of our interview with Eric Davis. Then, when you can closely watch, ‘put the shoe on the other foot’ and click on the movie poster on this page to rent or buy ‘Negative Exposure’.

 

About The Film


Negative ExposureClick Below To Rent Or Purchase This MoviePROLOGUE

American history has had a significant and symbolic role in shaping the attitudes within society. Racial and socioeconomic stereotypes have emerged from constructed beliefs created out of bias, ignorance and intolerance. The need for a conscious awakening and exploration of a paradigm shift is long overdue.

THE STORY

“Negative Exposure” is a compelling and heart-wrenching story that could take place in any urban city in America. Jayson Gresham is a white man trapped in a cycle of poverty and despair amidst daily occurrences of police brutality and harassment from officers who disdainfully refer to community residents as “unruly animals”.

Gang violence, drugs and spiritual decay haunt Jayson’s community, and as a single father of a baby girl, he desperately wants to break away and build a better life for his daughter.

Jayson’s dreams come crashing down when he is forced into a dangerous confrontation spearheaded by the privileged black son of a local elite, religious leader.

Negative exposure is a film that does not play down to the audience as it cleverly deals with issues of societal complexities while providing answers and solutions to racial, religious and ethnic tensions as are seen today.

Pablo Cruise Encourages The World To 'Breathe'

Posted October 2020


Pablo Cruise Jan 18 01 3I don’t know about y’all but when I hear a Pablo Cruise song – especially ‘Whatcha Gonna Do?’, I’m instantly taken back to my fun-filled, carefree days of my late teens. I didn’t have a care in the world and I thought I knew everything. When the song would hit the radio, my shades would slide on, the car window would slide down, and the warm Arizona air would blow back my then-abundant hair.

The band’s signature upbeat sound is once again being presented to us via their new single, ‘Breathe’. It’s a great, uplifting song of encouragement with a positive admonition to stop and take a breath in these anxious and tumultuous times.

When the song hit, Boomerocity immediately knew that we wanted to chat with the band, who graciously made themselves available for a Zoom interview. As in their music, the group immediately put a smile on my face that lasted throughout the call and returns when I think of the conversation with them as well as when I . . . “Breathe”.

Please watch the video of this fun, informative, and positive interview. Also, please listen to ‘Breathe’ and then download it from wherever you purchase your downloads. We’re providing the link to Amazon if you prefer to purchase it from there.

Also, you can keep up with the band’s latest activity by visiting and subscribing (for free) at PabloCruise.com.

 

Cindy Blackman-Santana Asks, 'Give The Drummer Some'

Posted October 2020

CindyBlackmanSantana01 PhotobyJimmyBruch2b reducedOne of the biggest compliments we can ever receive here at Boomerocity is when an artist sits for an interview with us – especially more than once.

Such is the case with world-renown drummer, Cindy Blackman-Santana. She is the driving rhythm for guitar greats Lenny Kravitz Click Above To Watch The Interview as well as for her husband, Carlos Santana. However, she’s making quite a name for herself with her own notable solo work.

We interviewed Cindy the first time almost two years ago (here) when she released her album, ‘Africa Speaks’. During that interview, she spoke of another album she was already working on, ‘Give The Drummer Some’, which happens to be the main subject of our more recent chat with her earlier this month.

As during our last conversation, she was quite conversational and very generous with her time and was willing to share insight into her life and her craft.

Below is the press release for ‘Give The Drummer Some’ but, suffice it to say, we strongly encourage you to pick up copies of the album – not only for your own listening library but also as gifts for the music fan on your holiday shopping list. You can order it by clicking on the album cover on this page.

We hope you enjoy the interview and share it with your friends!

Press Release

Virtuoso drummer and vocalist Cindy Blackman Santana will release a 17-song tour de force album on September 18, 2020. The album highlights Cindy's incredible versatility both behind the drum kit and in front of the microphone and features the creme de la creme of guitarists, including eight songs with Carlos Santana, two songs with John McLaughlin, three songs with Vernon Reid, and one song with Kirk Hammett. With multiple tracks produced by Grammy Award-winning Narada Michael Walden, the album is an eclectic mixture of old school funk and radio-friendly rock/pop combined with rock and jazz instrumentals.

Content will be distributed through a partnership with The Orchard and made available to fans listening on Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Apple and sharing on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

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