Article Search...

Joey Molland Talks About ‘Be True To Yourself’

Posted September 2020


Joey Molland Reduced 3Like all of the rest of you, I heard Badfinger hit the airwaves with a lighthearted vengeance. I was pre and early teen as the hits kept on comin’ for too few years but effortlessly burned into my mental DNA.

For me, each time I hear “No Matter What”, my mind flashes back to a family trip as where driving through West Memphis on our way back home to Phoenix from visiting our family in East Tennessee. Saddened that a fun time with family had come to an end, Badfinger brought a youthful sound of hope and lightheartedness that seemed to help ease the pain of having to say goodbye.

Whenever I have the radio on and Badfinger comes on, I turn it up just a little so that my mind can drift back to 1969 thru 1971 when innocence abounded and I had my whole life ahead of me. And though I more life behind me than ahead of me, Badfinger music still puts a smile on my face.

So it comes as no surprise that it was a genuine thrill to be able to recently chat with the remaining member of Badfinger, Joey Molland, about his new solo album, Be True To Yourself. We talked about the pandemic and its effects on Joey’s touring. More importantly, we chatted about his exciting new music.

I think you’re really going to enjoy this chat so please give it a listen. When you’re finished, click on the album cover on this page and order a copy or three of “Be True To Yourself”. It’s PHENOMENAL!

  Molland Be True To Yourself OV 402Click Here To Order Your Copies Today! 

 

Bobby Rush Is Rawer Than Raw

Posted September 2020


Bobby Rush at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, 1150 Lakeland DriveJackson, Mississippi 39216. Photos for the album "Sitting on top of the Blues." © photo by Bill SteberWe at Boomerocity fell in love with Bobby Rush when we had the opportunity to chat with him (here)shortly after his first ever Grammy win three years ago. He’s got an amazing heart and attitude in addition to his mind-blowing blues talent. We just love the guy!

Bobby recently released his latest album, Rawer Than Raw - a stripped down, acoustic tribute to the rich blues history of Mississippi featuring songs from a handful of blues greats from his adopted home state.

The record, on the 86-year-old’s own Deep Rush Records label in partnership with Thirty Tigers, is a follow-up to Rush’s Grammy-nominated 2019 album Sitting on Top of the Blues, and his first project since his acclaimed cameo in last year’s Golden Globe-nominated Eddie Murphy film hit Dolemite Is My Name.

Rawer Than Raw Cover Click On This Album Cover To Order Your Copies Today!Partly inspired by the popular series of intimate solo concerts Rush has made a mainstay of his concert calendar in the years since his first all-acoustic album (titled Raw), Rawer Than Raw casts a spotlight on five Mississippi Blues Hall of Famers: early acoustic blues greats Skip James and Robert Johnson, and Rush’s contemporaries on the music scene of the ’50s and ’60s,Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Muddy Waters. The record features a half dozen covers of some of their best-known songs rendered in Rush’s own inimitable, acoustic style, characterized by wailing harmonica and a stomping foot to keep the rhythm. There are also five Rush originals — “Down in Mississippi,” “Let Me in Your House,” “Sometimes I Wonder,” “Let’s Make Love Again,” and “Garbage Man,” all credited under his given name, Emmett Ellis, Jr. — whose country vibe matches the songs that inspired the album.

The video to the right is a slide show over the audio of a brief conversation we recently had with the blues great. It’s worth your time listening to. After listening to it, why not go ahead and order a few copies of Rawer Than Raw. One for your own listening library and some as gifts for the upcoming holidays. You can also keep up with Mr. Rush at his website,

Tom Fuller Discusses 'Waterfall'

tomfullerlivecroppedOne thing that Boomerocity LOVES is being pleasantly and surprisingly introduced to talent we’ve not heard before – especially if they’ve been around for a while. Such is the case with “maverick pop-rock troubadour”, Tom Fuller.

If you read nothing else from this review, read these two bullet points:

  1. Boomerocity LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Tom Fuller’s “Waterfall”. We really, truly do!
  2. Buy it.

This is one of those kinds of albums that sound “classic” while having the freshness of being totally new music. Well written. Well played. Well sung. Well recorded. The whole package. Read our review of it here.

After hearing the album, Boomerocity wanted to chat with Tom to find out more about the man and his music. I called him at his home in the Chicago area and we immediately hit it off and had an amazing visit. The video to the right is of the Zoom chat we had. Check it out. After watching it, please be sure to order Waterfall by clicking on the photo of the album on the left.

We consider Tom a new, fond friend and look forward to many more years of music from him. Keep up with him like we are by visiting his website, OfficialTomFuller.com.

waterfallcover

Michael Cheval & His Absurdly Brilliant Works of Art

Posted September 2020

michaelchevalI’m not an art expert. I don’t even play one on TV. I’m not sure if I can articulate great art. However, as the old saying goes, I know it when I see it.

That was the case about a year or so ago when I was visiting the home of Boomerocity contributor, Jim Kroemer (see his Album Art articles on this site). While checking out his collection of collectibles, books and albums, I noticed two works of art hanging on his office walls. To learn the rest of this story, watch the video to the right.

What I will say is that the artist behind the two amazing works of art is a gentleman by the name of Michael Cheval. The more that I dug into his work, the more I dug his
story.

Here There EverywhereHere, There and Everywhere - 2019Consequently, I knew that had to interview the man. After a few months of inquiries and exchanging notes, we recently connected via a Zoom call. What a refreshing, positive experience!

Michael is a modern day Dali/Picasso - our own absurd surrealist that captures a view of culture in ways that burn themselves in our – and society’s – psyche. He has the uncanny ability to tap into our subconscious, add a big dash of absurdity, and create magnificently, beautifully brilliant worlds of art. Even If you don't consider yourself an art enthusiast, watch this interview anyway. You'll come away with a great appreciation of Michael, his work, and even of our great country.

After watching our interview with Michael Cheval, please tell your friends about it. While you are at it, check out his website, chevalfineart.com, to peruse his amazing work. While there, order a print or four and/or one of his books. After all, the holidays are just around the corner. 

Cosmo Clifford & Stu Cook Talk Cosmo’s Factory at 50

Posted August 2020


Cook Clifford 02When Creedence Clearwater Revival’s album, Cosmo’s Factory, first came out, I wasn’t quite eleven years old and the only music The Stu Cook Interview I’d listen to was anything by Elvis Presley and The Archie’s “Sugar Sugar” that I got off of the back of a cereal box. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I was exposed to CCR and Cosmo’s Factory. One of my friends (“Bernie”) in the Phoenix neighborhood that I lived in played the guitar and was in a band. The band focused on CCR’s music and were wearing the grooves of their copy of Cosmo’s Factory and that’s when I started noticing the band.

As always, I’m late for the party.

Like a large majority of baby boomers, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s catalog of music makes up a huge portion of the soundtrack of my youth with several songs from Cosmo’s Factory being a part of it. Songs like, Travelin’ Band, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Run Through The Jungle, Up Around The Bend, Who’ll Stop the Rain, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, and Long as I Can See the Light. To this day, when any of those songs come on the radio, the volume gets turned up a notch or two.

With all of this as a mental and emotional backdrop, the 50th anniversary Cosmo’s Factory snuck up on me and when it did, I The Cosmo Clifford Interviewreached out to Stu Cook (bassist and co-founder of CCR) and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford (drummer and co-founder of CCR). Over the years, Boomerocity has interviewed Stu twice (here and here) and Cosmo once (here) so, naturally, I reached out to them again to share their thoughts and memories about the album.

Stu joined my Zoom call from his home in Honduras and Cosmo from his California home (separate calls). As always, the guys were kind, gracious, and generous with their time and thoughts. The two videos you see on this page are from those Zoom calls. For the most part, they’re unedited so that you can feel that you are part of that call. The atmosphere during both calls was laid back and the conversation free flowing.

So, sit down with your favorite beverage, get comfortable, and spin up both of these fun and insightful chats.

Re-Order Your Copy By Clicking Belowcosmos factory cover