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Joe Louis Walker Talks About Being Eclectically Electric

Posted October 2021

Deneher JLW feb2017 0365As you already know, if you have followed Boomerocity for very long at all, we absolutely love the blues. It has given the roots to rock and roll and has its roots in gospel and Boomerocity loves them all.

One of my favorite blues artists, right up there on the shortlist is none other than Joe Lewis Walker. You may recall that last yeareclecticelectriccoverClick Above To Order Your Copy was my first interview with him. We don't have the audio up there yet, but we will, and we'll set a slideshow to it. This time we have a Zoom call with Joe Lewis, and it was wonderful. We had a great chat in which we solved world hunger; I think.

We talked about the pandemic we talked about some of the controversy with some of the artists like Eric Clapton and others. It was a great, very open and frank chat and I loved it. And, of course, we talked about Joe Louis’s new album. Eclectic Electric. Of course, you don't even need to hear me tell you that it’s a great album so you may as well just go order it by clicking on the album cover on this page. The press release for the album is below the interview video on this page.

So anyway, we had a great chat. I know you'll love to hear this one. After you watch it, why don’t you share it with all your friends who love the blues – especially if they’re not already a Joe Louis Walker fan. After you’ve shared the interview, order Eclectic Electric. Then, go to JoeLouisWalker.com to start following him. You can also follow him here on Facebook and Instagram.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Joe Louis Walker

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker Releases New Album
Eclectic Electric
November 12th on Cleopatra Records

Featuring Jimmy Vivino, Doyle Bramhall II, Waddy Wachtel, Bette Smith, Steve Berlin, Murali Coryel, and the B.B. King Blues Band

Los Angeles - Soulful blues force of nature and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Joe Louis Walker is joined by a host of talented friends and peers on his superb new studio album, Eclectic Electric.

The album features outstanding guest performances by fellow guitarists Doyle Bramhall II, Jimmy Vivino, Murali Coryell (Larry Coryell’s son) and Waddy Watchel, plus New York soul/R&B singer Bette Smith, the B.B. King Blues Band and Steve Berlin from Los Lobos.

This album explodes with the passionate playing and soulful melodies that have made Walker a favorite among true blues aficionados including the Rolling Stones.

“From the opening track to the final note, the guests and fellow musicians on this album made this one of the best musical journeys I've ever had. I hope it's the same for you!” reveals Joe.

Originally from San Francisco, Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and four-time Blues Music Award-winner, celebrates a career that exceeds a half century. His musical legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues is proven by his recorded catalog of 27 albums.

A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer, and prolific songwriter, he has toured the world extensively throughout his career, performed at the world's most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans.

NPR Music has called Walker “a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues,” and within the blues world, he is already being referred to as a living legend.

The release date for the full album is November 12, 2021. It will be available digitally and on digipak CD and on vinyl.

Chris Hillman Talks About The Byrds, Today, and Time Between

Posted October 2021

Chris Hillman 002 croppedIf you're a baby boomer, then you already know just certain sounds when they come across the radio, you know immediately who they are. Those songs take you back, maybe even as far as almost 60 years. That would certainly be the case with the band, The Byrds. The band consisted of Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, and Chris Hillman.

Chris Hillman tells his story in his book, Time Between. In it, he talks about his days with The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers (with Graham Parsons), Manassas (with Stephen Stills and Joe Lala and others), the Souther, Hillman, Furay Band, and The Desert Rose band.

All of these band names are just like bringing back all sorts of instant memories and music associated with them. It's no TimeBetweenCoverClick Above To Order Your Copywonder that all of this great body of work attributed to Chris's becoming an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Speaking of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I invited another inductee and former bandmate of Chris’ to speak about Chris and how they met. Of course, I’m talking about Richie Furay. It was incredibly kind and gracious of Richie to contribute to the introduction of this interview via video.

Chris’s phenomenal book is a must-have addition to anyone’s personal library who is keenly interested in the music of our generation. I read it I couldn't hardly put it down until I was done reading it. It’s a great book – and fun book - to read. If you haven't already bought it and read it, I encourage you to do so. You can click on the little image of the book cover on this page and order it right away. An audio book is now out and it’s now out in paperback, too.

Please give this interview, below, your attention. Afterwards, please share it with your friends. After you’ve done that, click on the photo of the book and it will take you to Chris’s website so that you can order your own copy (or multiple copies as gifts) of Time Between.

You can keep up with the latest on Chris by visiting his website, ChrisHillman.com, as well as Facebook and Instagram.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Chris Hillman

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Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites

Posted October 2021

Marshall ThompsonI don't know what it was like when you were a teenager. I was a teenager back in the 70s, mid the late 70s. I remember especially after I got my driver's license, driving around on the streets and roads of Phoenix, Arizona, having the radio on, and hearing great songs.

My mind would just wonder, as teenage minds often do. I have fond memories of hearing the songs by The Chi-Lites; especially, Oh Girl, and Have You Seen Her. And ifchiliteswalkoffamephoto I was fortunate enough to go to a high school dance or two, and the DJ would play those songs (and since I'm not a good dancer), a song like those would come on and be a nice slow dance, and I'd find whoever I had to crush on and ask them to dance.

Ah, the memories! The Chi-Lites have such an incredible presence on the soundtrack of our youth! Recently, they were honored with a star on the Walk of Fame. The remaining co-founder of the group, Marshall Thompson, was gracious enough to chat with me about the star and the career it honors.

It was such a privilege and an honor to talk to Mr. Thompson. To say that it touched my heart deeply would be an understatement. This interview isn’t a very long one – about 15 minutes or so. But it is a fun and informative one that you will want to share with your friends.

Enjoy and share.

Keep up with The Chi-Lites at: Chi-LitesOfficial.com     Facebook     Twitter     Instagram

The Boomerocity Interview With Marshall Thompson

Bruce Sudano Discusses Ode To A Nightingale

Posted October 2021

NewBruceImage Unless you are deep in the weeds on the background of a lot of big artists, Bruce Sudano may not be someone you have heard of before. However, I'm pretty sure that you've heard of his late wife or some of the people he's written songs for. His late wife is Donna Summer, who we all lost nine years ago but her music is still living on today and being played a lot on radio and satellite radio and in establishments all over the world. She's never been forgotten, and her memories still cherished especially by your family.

Bruce not only wrote songs with and for Donna and worked with her in her career, but he also wrote songs for Dolly Parton, Reba McIntyre, Michael Jackson, as well as hits as a solo artist and with his band, Brooklyn Dreams.

He's been writing and producing his own records for the last several years and he owns his own record company called Purple Heart Recording Company. His new album is called Ode To A Nightingale that is loaded with seven great songs. The official press release for the album can be found below the Boomerocity interview with Bruce.

The interview on this page is my first time talking with Bruce. I wanted to focus the new album but we both agreed that at another time, we will talk about his late wife and the other artists that he’s worked with, so you'll want to keep an eye on Boomerocity for that.

After you have watched the interview, please share it you’re your friends. Also, please order Ode To A Nightingale at Bruce’s website, BruceSudano.com. You can also order his previous albums while you are there.

The Boomerocity Interview With Bruce Sudano

 

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OdetoaNightingaleClick Above To Order Your CopyEsteemed singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano releases Ode to a Nightingale, available worldwide on October 1st via Purple Heart Recording Co. Ever the vanguard, Sudano reveals the latest incarnation of himself with another immediate yet highly introspective album. He touches on his thoughts of romance, social consciousness, and his Italian-American heritage by intentionally juxtaposing the depth of these topics with high-spirited, rhythmic guitar riffs and harmonies.


Ode to a Nightingale emanated from Sudano’s solo sessions in his part-time, home studio in Milan, Italy; he had remote assistance from producer Randy Ray Mitchell and various instrumentalists. Inspired by his time as part of the R&B/Soul group Brooklyn Dreams and the Doo-Wop era that surrounded him during his upbringing, Bruce Sudano revisits his vocal prowess. He explains “I delved more and more into my harmony thing – the ability to do harmonies, to create harmonies, is a gift that I’ve kind of ignored in this evolution of myself as a solo singer-songwriter.”


Composed of seven Folk/Rock offerings, Ode to a Nightingale succeeds his duo collection of 2020 mini-albums: Spirals Vol. 1: Not a Straight Line to Be Found and Spirals Vol. 2: Time and the Space In Between, which were released in April 2020 and October 2020 respectively. The album lifts off with the jubilant, soaring song “Cosmic Ride,” setting a lighter tone that balances the serious elements of Sudano’s material. Referencing prior hits “American Sunset” and “For the Sake of Humanity,” the new tracks “Ode to a Nightingale” and “All Hands” err towards a similar political charge. Specifically in “All Hands,” he cautions against complacency in society, weaving solemn guitar instrumentals with lyrics about the vicissitudes of social consciousness.


With the first release from the album “In Shadowland,” Bruce Sudano deliberately leaves his interpretation up to the listener – it’s an illusion sonically and lyrically. The music video, directed by visual artist Furio Ganz and featuring Italian actress Maria Roveran, further dabbles in ambiguity with its striking visual effects.

Bruce Sudano’s second single “Do Be Do (Daytripping)” elicits a feeling of escapism, as he draws on inspiration from the spirit of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” and the cool breeziness of The Rascals’ “Groovin.’” Basking in his blossoming love with his wife Francesca, Sudano’s momentary bliss is accompanied by an equally joyous, animated lyric video of a couple on a journey. The song “Fatal Love” further explores the power that genuine love can possess while the song “Not Your Hero” offers a contrasting tale of detaching oneself from their past lovers.

Commenting on the namesake of both the title track and album, Sudano describes the symbolism of the nightingale. Derived from imagery in the work of Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, he says, “I see the nightingale as a voice in the darkness, hopefully singing beautiful melodies that are leading us out of the darkness and into the dawn and the light of a new day.” This optimism is characteristic of Sudano’s attitude towards life, and it radiates throughout his sound.


In all, Bruce Sudano views Ode to a Nightingale as an excellent summation of his musical capabilities’ breadth. “I tend to write five kinds of songs – a philosophical song, a spiritual song, a love song, a socially consciousness song, or a story song. As I look back on this record, I think, OK, you hit all the points, all the kinds of songs that you would write.”


Bruce Sudano lives and breathes music, establishing a burgeoning reputation. Throughout his career, Sudano has experimented with every kind of music imaginable with his passionate soul as a constant fixture in his work. He’s written hits for Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, and Michael Jackson; performed with the group Brooklyn Dreams; helmed his own label: rebranded himself as a singer-songwriter; and toured the globe to perform at everything from family gatherings to sold-out stadiums.

 

Chuck Leavell Talks About His Documentary, Career, & Stones Tour

Posted October 2021

CL Trees cropped001Long time Boomerocity followers already know that I am a huge Rolling Stones fan. I have been following them since I was a teenager and was turned on to him as a pre-teen by a couple of my cousins. So, to say that I'm a fan would be an understatement.

And as you also already know, I've had the privilege of interviewing three or four of the people behind the scenes (Lisa Fischer (here), the late Bobby Keys (here), Bernard Fowler (here, here, and here), and Chuck Leavell (here and here). The previous interviews with Chuck were done by email. But this time, I had the privilege of being able to link up with Chuck via Zoom and what is especially flattering to me about this is he did this while on the road with the Stones as they're on their current tour. In fact, we linked up while he was in Pittsburgh and me here in East Tennessee.

In this interview, we talk about the documentary on him, “Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man”. If you're not very familiar with Chuck, you may be wondering why “tree man.” Well, he's a world-renowned conservationist, especially in the area of forestry, tree conservation and harvesting as well as salvaging trees. It is something he learned as a result of his lovely wife, Rose TreeManCoverClick Above To Rent This FilmLane, inheriting her family’s plantation in Georgia. Just like his incredible expertise in music, Chuck is quite the expert on most things “trees.”

The documentary (which I really encourage you to watch. I've watched it three times and ordered my own copy of it!) talks about his conservation work; about him and his relationship with the love of his life: his lovely wife, Rose Lane; as well as, obviously, the music that he's been involved with his entire adult and pre-adult career. So, yes, the documentary is fascinating and a must-watch.

This interview (below) is equally as fascinating. We had a good, long talk (around 45 minutes), and you're going to pretty much see it all from beginning to end. So please give it a very close watch. Let me know what you think. You can also keep up with Chuck at his website (here) as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Watch it. Share it.

The Boomerocity 2021 Interview With Chuck Leavell