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Janie Hendrix Discusses Jimi, Coda Collection, Maui, and More

Posted February 2021

jimimeJimi Hendrix.

The name conjures up many images of the late sixties and right on up through September 18, 1970, when he passed away at the tender age of 27. His passing made him the second member of the “27 Club”, joining Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones as one of the classic rockers who passed away at the age of 27.

Hendrix’s otherworldly guitar playing; his unique wordsmithing; his treatment while covering other people’s songs (i.e., completely changing the sound of Bob Dylan’s ‘Along the Watchtower’); his flamboyant clothes and stage presence; his soft, gentle demeanor; all of it made an indelible impression on all who listened to or observed him.

In the years since Jimi’s passing, his baby sister, Janie, has been managing his estate and legacy. She has done so in a classy way, serving up items that fans both new and old always eagerly await.

The audio on this page is of my recent phone conversation with Janie. We discussed her Jimi 1920x720Homemadecollaboration with Yoko Ono for the new Coda Collection on Amazon; the Jimi Hendrix Park; the new Jimi Hendrix Live In Maui offering; the two signature guitars offered by Gibson Guitar; as well some touching insights into the relationship between her and her big brother.

Please listen closely to all of this interview. Please watch all of the photos displayed with it. After you’ve finished, I ask that you, a) share this interview with anyone you know who you think would enjoy listening to it; and b) seriously consider directly donating to pay off the debt for the Jimi Hendrix Park by clicking here. Also, please check out the other official Jimi Hendrix websites listed below.

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Nancy Lee Andrews Gives Us An Overdose of Rock 'n' Roll

Posted January 2021

NLA Main 001Photo Courtesy of Nancy Lee AndrewsI am so thrilled to be able to finally get this interview out for y’all to watch/ listen to. I introduced myself to Nancy Lee Andrews about a year ago after I purchased her amazing book, A Does of Rock ‘n’ Roll (which I HIGHLY recommend that you add to your personal library).

In that book, you’ll see some of the incredible, candid photos she took of some of the biggest names in music. In addition to the obvious people (Carl Radle and Ringo Starr), she snapped George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Band, Keith Moon, Carl Perkins, Bernie Taupin, Gregg and Duane Allman, Leon Russell, Donovan, Hoyt Axton, Harry Nilsson, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, and many more.

Oh! And she also shot some album covers. Most notably, Ringo the 4th and Bad Boy for Ringo Starr. 6874ACD5 8957 4408 ACE8 5DB204C67E25Photo Courtesy of Nancy Lee Andrews

Back to the interview.

Consequently, I floated the idea to her of interviewing her for Boomerocity. We chatted by phone some. Met up for dinner a couple of times. We had a first pass at interviewing but we wound up chatting about everything else but what this interview is about. We eventually had two Zoom chats that stayed on the related topics. Those topics are:

C3CFEFA4 31BC 4FE1 9B97 5C4F72FEE23CPhoto Courtesy of Nancy Lee AndrewsHer discovery by Arthur Godfrey and his introduction to Eileen Ford of the Eileen Ford International Model

Her romance with Derek and the Dominos Bassist, Carl Radle

Her years with Ringo Starr

Her acting career

Her career as a renowned and much sought-after photographer

Her work as a popular speaker/guest at Beatles related gatherings around the world

 

After listening to this two-part interview, you will – as countless others have – love her for the person that she is: warm, friendly, gracious, approachable, and accommodating. She’s a wealth of information and insight into the people and the events of our youth and young adulthood and is an absolute blast to know and chat with.

 

 

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 Part Two

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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.”

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.

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’.