Vanessa Collier - Blues, Sax and All

Posted September 2022

Vanessa Collier 01Boomerocity is a huge fan of saxophone music and the players who play it. Early on, interviews with greats like the late, great Bobby Keys of the Rolling Stones and Mark Rivera with the Billy Joel band and Ringo’s All Starr Band had taken place.

It’s always exciting to be made aware of talent that the rest of the world hasn’t quite discovered, yet . . . at least, not in huge numbers. Then, when everyone else catches on, we get to smile and say, “Yeah, but we knew them back when . . .”

Such is the case with sax virtuoso, Vanessa Collier. She writes. She plays (both solo and with others like blues great, Joe Louis Walker). She records. She teaches. All of this is resulting in a solid, stable upward trajectory in her musical career. Her skills as a songwriter, musician, and performer show maturity and depth well beyond her youth.

A seven-time Blues Music Award nominee, she recently won “Contemporary Blues Female Artists of the Year” at Memphis’ 2022 Blues Music Awards. This is in addition to her prior Blues Music Award wins – two for “Horn Player of the Year” in 2019 and 2020 and her nomination for 2022 Blues Blast Award in the “Horn Player of the Year” category.

This interview with Vanessa is a fun one to watch and listen to. Share it with your friends – especially those who love and/or play blues or the sax. She will endear herself to them as well as inspire them.

Follow Vanessa on her website, here, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Vanessa Collier

 

Doug "Cosmo" Clifford Talks California Gold, the CCR at the Royal Albert Hall Doc and More

Posted September 2022

Cosmo 2022I’ve said it a lot over the years. In fact, I said this the last time I interviewed Cosmo Clifford (last year): “It’s always flattering when an artist sits for a Boomerocity interview for their second (or more) time. They have a lot of demands on their time so when they take the time to chat with me about their new projects, I never take it for granted.”

Well, to say that I’m honored to be chatting with legendary rock and roll drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford for a fourth time would be a severe understatement.

To talk to Cos about a previously unreleased album he pulled from the archives he recorded with the great Bobby Whitlock? Well, let’s just say that I had to change my pants when the interview opportunity presented itself.

The album is called, “California Gold”. As with the other three interviews with Cosmo, this one is laid back and we cover the story behind the album and even talk some more about CCR’s performance at the first Woodstock and the just-released documentary, “Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall”.

Any time you have the chance to chat with and listen to legends in any field of endeavor, it’s an honor and an opportunity to gain their unique insight into not only their work but the life they’ve lived and the world we presently live in. That is certainly the case in this interview with Cosmo.

Please watch and listen to it carefully. Share it with your friends. Then, please order your own copy of California Gold as well as copies for the music lovers on your gift list. You can read the official press release about the album at the bottom of this page (just under the interview video).

Keep up with all the latest with Cosmo at his website, here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Doug "Cosmo" Clifford

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 30, 2022

CALIFORNIA GOLD DISCOVERED IN COSMO’S VAULT
Two legendary rock musicians, Doug Clifford and Bobby Whitlock joined forces with a host of incredible players to create a gem that is finally being released on September 9.
Pre-order/pre-save link : https://orcd.co/DougCliffordCaliforniaGold

California Gold FINAL ReducedRENO, Nevada -- Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, the iconic Creedence drummer, has a treasure trove of unreleased recordings he’s produced over the years, all safely stored in Cosmo’s Vault.

This past summer he re-discovered what he thought was a long-lost album called California Gold. It features Bobby Whitlock on lead vocals, singing 10 original songs he and Cosmo co-wrote together. The album was recorded at the infamous "Cosmos Factory" and various other San Francisco Bay Area studios and the result is indeed a newly unearthed treasure.

The rock luminaries joined forces to create a perfect good time rock-n-roll record.
Doug Clifford is known for his powerful drum style in one of the most popular American bands from the late 60s and early 70s, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Co-founder of Derek & The Dominos, Bobby Whitlock is well known to rock fans, critics and music aficionados. As well as being a singer/songwriter, guitarist and Hammond B-3 player, the musician has enjoyed his own string of hits in collaboration with Eric Clapton including “Layla,” “Bell Bottom Blues,” "Tell The Truth" and more.

Doug and Bobby gathered other top shelf musicians along their journey including producer/writer and bassist extraordinaire, Donald "Duck" Dunn who ushered in the sounds of Stax and played bass on literally thousands of recordings. Other musicians include Tom Miller on bass and David Vega and Mike O’Neill on guitar.

The songs are a combination of roots rock and melodic blues, all natural with no filler. Whitlock’s powerful and distinctive vocals are in top form and Cosmo’s drumming is rock solid, stretching beyond his well-known Creedence grooves.

For reasons that shall remain a mystery, California Gold was somehow lost in time. But now that the album has been re-discovered, perhaps its time is here and now.

The California Gold release date for streaming and downloads is Sept. 9 via Cliffsong Records, distributed globally by BFD/The Orchard. CD available for pre-order now at https://orcd.co/DougCliffordCaliforniaGold

Pam Tillis Talks About Touring, Recording and . . . Fairwood?

Posted September 2022

Pam Tillis Green HatPam Tillis is no stranger to Boomerocity. She last spoke with us a little over two years ago to talk about her then-new album, Looking For A Feeling. The beautiful and multi-talented daughter of late country icon, Mel Tillis, Pam began forging her own career in her own way back in early eighties. First, it was with her pop hit, “Above and Beyond The Doll of Cutey”.

Later, she put out her first country album, “Put Yourself In My Place. That debut country effort produced two number one singles, two top-five singles, and one top-twenty single. Ultimately, that album was certified gold.

Not only has Pam made her mark in country music, but she is also an accomplished actress who graced the Broadway stages in New York and on our TV screens. Fans will remember her appearing in such legendary TV shows as L.A. Law, Diagnosis Murder, Promised Land, and the TV series “Nashville”. This year, her acting credits have extended to her appearing as “Candy” on “Fairwood” (on the streaming channel, Crackle). Regardless of what Pam pursues in her career, fans support, love, and adore her.

Pam and I caught up with each other to discuss her upcoming concert in the Knoxville, Tennessee area as well as what she has been up to since our last chat and her role on Fairwood.

You can keep up with the latest going on in Pam Tillis’ world by signing up to her email list at her website, PamTillis.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Pam Tillis

 

Nick Binkley Talks About Stardust Angels Ghosts and Free To Rock

Posted September 2022

Nick Binkley 01Odds are pretty good that, unless you live in the San Diego area (or have a knack for finding great music by talent who lives far away from you), you have never heard of Nick Binkley.

In some ways, Nick is like you and me: We work our day jobs to finance what our true passion is. The late Charlie Watts was able to pursue his passion for playing jazz because of his income from the Rolling Stones. Ronnie Wood can paint because of the same reason. I work a day job to publish Boomerocity.

And Nick Binkley? Well, he was an international banker, serving as Bank of America Corp’s vice-chairman and bank board director. He also partnered in Forrest, Binkley & Brown, the Newport Beach, California-based venture capital company. Additionally, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

But his passion is music and film making.

His story lies not just within his music but how it's created a path to his success - seeing he obviously has been a high achiever all his life. Nick Binkley is arguably another example of how music and business can not only coexist but even harmonize and complement each other.

To listen to Nick’s music, in my mind he sounds one part Woody (and Arlo) Guthrie, one part Dylan, and all parts Binkley. That’s on Nick’s musical side and is all captured on his latest album, Star Dust, Angels, Ghosts.

Closely related, Binkley was a key player in making the documentary, “Free To Rock.” The documentary chronicles how rock music led to the downfall of the Soviet Album4Click Above To OrderUnion and what rock music is like there, today. Fascinating. Informative. Riveting. Watch it (here).

My chat with Nick Binkley is also fascinating, informative, and riveting. We discuss his career, his new album, and Free To Rock. I hope that you watch – and listen to – the interview closely. Afterward, I hope that you will, a) share it with your friends and, b) order Nick’s latest album by clicking on the album cover on this page. You can also keep up with him at his website (here).

 

The Boomerocioty Interview With Nick Binkley

 

Edgar Winter Talks About Brother Johnny, Ringo, and Woodstock

Posted September 2022

Edgar WinterBoomerocity was launched in April 2009. At that time, it wasn’t intended to be an interview and review publication. Other types of writing were going to be featured with (possibly) the occasional interview with a few people that I had connections with.

The second interviewee for the fledgling publication was Rick Derringer. That interview led to my first interview with his good friend, Edgar Winter (here). Almost a year later, I had my first of two interviews with Edgar’s big brother, Johnny (here and here).

Sadly, Johnny passed away eight years ago. I don’t want to take away the thunder of the second Boomerocity with Edgar, below. However, I will say that we are all thrilled to finally have a tribute album to listen to by Edgar dedicated to the memory of Johnny.

The album is Brother Johnny and it’s well worth your investment. Helping Edgar are such greats as Ringo Starr, Billy F. Gibbons, Michael McDonald, Steve Lukather, Keb’ Mo, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, David Grissom, and John McFee.

Buy it.

We talk about Brother Johnny (both the album and his brother), Ringo Starr, Woodstock and . . . well, watch the interview. Share it with your friends. Keep up with the latest with Edgar at his website, EdgarWinter.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Edgar Winter