Jimmy Carpenter and The Lousiana Record

Posted August 2022

Jimmy Carpenter Hi Res Photo by Paul Citone scaledSax music is a favorite here at Boomerocity. We interview sax players as often as we can. The likes of Mark Rivera (Billy Joel’s band and Ringo’s All-Starr Band) and the late, great sax man for the Rolling Stones, Bobby Keys.

When Boomerocity received the new Jimmy Carpenter CD, “The Louisiana Record” and listened to it, we were blown away (pardon the pun). So much so that we just had to interview the man himself.

The interview, below, is the first of what we hope are many more interviews to come. Our chat with Carpenter was fun, informative, and enlightening.

We ask that you invest the time to watch or listen to this fun interview with Jimmy Carpenter. Share it with your friend. After you do, please click on the album cover in the press release shown below the interview and order your own copy for your listening library.

 

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Jimmy Carpenter

 

Press Release

2022 Blues Music Award-Winning Sax Player Jimmy Carpenter Explores His Crescent City Roots on The Louisiana Record, Due September 16 from Gulf Coast Records

Two-time Blues Music Award-winning sax player Jimmy Carpenter (2021/2022), who’s also been nominated recently for a Blues Blast Magazine award for best horn player, has something special in-store for his fans with the release of his new CD, The Louisiana Record, due September 16 from Gulf Coast Records.

“When Mike Zito, my old friend and co-owner of Gulf Coast Records, called to say it was time for me to make another record, I was super excited,” Carpenter recalls. “When he told me about his idea for a Louisiana-themed cover album, I admit I was skeptical; but the longer I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. As Mike pointed out, there is no doubt that my time in New Orleans redefined me as a musician and changed me forever on many levels. When he suggested we go down to Dockside Studios, situated on the lazy Vermilion River south of Lafayette, Louisiana, record with iconic New Orleans engineer, Mr. David Farrell, AND work with some of my dearest friends and finest musicians in the Crescent City, I was absolutely sold. From a very long and amazing list, we chose songs by some of the most important songwriters in American music, artists like Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, and Dr. John. The Louisiana Record is my tribute to the mash-up of Blues, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, and Rock-n-roll that is New Orleans Music.”

Joining Jimmy Carpenter (sax and vocals) for the red beans and rice run of 11 songs on The Louisiana Record are: Mike Zito – guitars; Casandra Faulconer - bass guitar; John Gros - piano/organ; and Wayne Maureau – drums.

Now based in Las Vegas, Jimmy Carpenter lived and performed in New Orleans from early 2004 until 2016, and his time there clearly influenced his music.

“Without question, New Orleans and the music that flows out of that great city have had a huge impact on me, musically and personally,” Carpenter says. “These are songs by iconic American songwriters, just a few of my favorites that helped shape me and my approach to writing, playing, and living. It is impossible to overstate the influence New Orleans, its music and its musicians have had on me, as player, songwriter, and performer.

"The musical bar in New Orleans is set very high, and it's both terrifying and inspiring. I got used to being in over my head and hanging on for dear life. But as daunting as the music can be, I was welcomed and encouraged by the musicians and the community. My friends that recorded this album with me were all huge parts of my ‘upbringing” in that scene, and I'm so happy we came together again to record these songs.
"There are so many songs that I've come across in my life that originated in Nola. I did ‘I Hear You Knocking’ and ‘Travelin' Mood’ years ago, but hearing Fats Domino and Dr. John do them - right in front of me - really gave them new meaning.

"As I searched for songs for this record, the one that I was sure I wanted to do was the beautiful ballad, ‘All These Things. Written by one of the world's greatest songwriters, Mr. Allen Toussaint, and recorded originally by Art ‘Poppa Funk’ Neville, it is the epitome of New Orleans soul: simple, melodic, grooving and a great song for some pretty sax.

"‘Something You Got,’ by Chris Kenner, is a standard in New Orleans, but I did not realize how many artists, from all over the world, have recorded it. I think we put a very cool, funky, greasy spin on it, and it's gonna’ be in my regular set hence forth.

"This record is very different for me, recorded almost completely live, with simple instrumentation, and no frills. Strong melodies, laid back, grooving, iconic songs that were a real pleasure to play and sing, especially with this group of musicians, and literally on the bayou at Dockside Studios."

The Louisiana Record Track Listing

  1. I Hear You Knocking - Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King
  2. I Got Loaded - Camille Bob
  3. Something You Got - Christopher Kenner
  4. Barefootin’ - Robert Parker
  5. All These Things - Allen Toussaint
  6. Travelin’ Mood - James Waynes
  7. Cry to Me - Bert Russell
  8. Those Lonely Lonely Nights - John Vincent Imbragulio, Earl King
  9. Pouring Water on a Drowning Man - Drew Baker, Danny McCormick
  10. Bringing It On Home to Me - Sam Cooke
  11. Rockin’ at Cosimo’s - Lee Allen


Jimmy Carpenter Social Media:
Website: https://jimmycarpenter.net/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimmyonSax1
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoEhCZKIZm12nWp7haIRk9w

David Paich of Toto Shares His Forgotten Toys

August 2022

David Paich 01For those who have visited Boomerocity for any length of time at all, y’all already know that we and Toto have a pretty good working relationship with each other. As proof, one only needs to check out our interviews with Steve “Luke” Lukather and/or Joseph Williams (the links to them are listed further down this page beneath the press release for "Forgotten Toys").

Boomerocity has had the privilege of meeting Toto’s founder on a couple of occasions backstage at Toto concerts but never had the opportunity to interview him.

Until now.

Despite of all the albums he has played on and all the songs he has written and performed (as well as performed and recorded by many others), it is only now that David Paich has decided to release an album of his own.

Titled, “Forgotten Toys,” it is seven masterfully written, performed, and recorded songs with the most amazing musicianship (both Paich’s and a few of his well-known friends) that you would come to expect from a group Paich written tunes. Intricate. Precise. Full. Consuming. Illuminating. These words and more hopefully give you an idea of what you can expect while listening to “Forgotten Toys”.

Our interview with David Paich, below, is relaxed informative, and fun – much like what you would expect – not only from Boomerocity interviews – but especially from interviews with any of the boys from Toto. In his signature graciousness, Paich shares with us all the story behind “Forgotten Toys” and what was involved in putting the album together.

If you’re a fan of Toto or any artist or band that our generation loves, then, a) David’s probably had something to do with 80% of those songs or artists; and b) you’ll definitely want to watch this interview and share it with others. You can order your copy of “Forgotten Toys” by clicking on the album cover on this page.

You can follow David Paich on Facebook and Instagram and with his band and band mates at TotoOfficial.com.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With David Paich

 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DAVID PAICH AND THE PLAYERS CLUB / MASCOT LABEL GROUP

ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF HIS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

TITLED FORGOTTEN TOYS ON AUGUST 19

Screen Shot 2022 05 31 at 10.28.21 PMClick Above To Order Your CopyLos Angeles, CA -- David Paich and The Players Club / Mascot Label Group have announced the release of his debut solo album titled FORGOTTEN TOYS on August 19. Paich shares, “This is a recurring dream about a distraught girl, riding neath the moonlight.  It has perplexed me over many a night…”.

Boz Scaggs. Mötley Crüe. Steely Dan. Bryan Adams. George Martin. Michael Jackson. Quincy Jones. P!NK. Aretha Franklin. Miles Davis. The Doobie Brothers. Stevie Nicks. Dolly Parton. Jessie J. Cher. Rod Stewart. Tina Turner. Michael McDonald. Joan Baez. Ray Charles. Elton John. Barbra Streisand... and countless others. If you’ve listened to music in the last 50 years, including any of the iconic artists above, you were hearing David Paich. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, and David is one of its architects.

He initially embraced music by his father—jazz icon, musician, and arranger Marty Paich. “I met Jimmy Webb when I was 10 years old, when my father was working with him,” he recalls. “My dad nudged me towards songwriting because I had the ability to write poetry. Somehow, my father saw my lyrical potential. I followed in Jimmy’s footsteps until Elton John’s first record came out in 1970. That really cemented my musical path. I continued to soak up all the great songs from then on.” Together, Paich and his father notably co-wrote “Light The Way” for Ironside, winning an EMMY® Award for “Best Song or Theme” back in 1974.

With Boz Scaggs, he co-wrote the songs "Miss Sun", "Lido Shuffle", and Grammy Award-Winning "Lowdown" from the multi-platinum album Silk Degrees

Around that same time, Paich and childhood friend, iconic studio drummer Jeff Porcaro wiggled their way onto two Steely Dan albums, which helped form some of their musical direction. Paich and David Foster co-wrote “Got To Be Real” with Cheryl Lynn, catapulting her to disco stardom. All these accolades solidified him as one of the go-to studio musicians for music’s A-list. Paich decided it was time for him and Jeff to form their own band, which you now know as Toto.

With his TOTO bandmates, David arranged and performed songs on Michael Jackson’s legendary albums, Bad and Thriller. “One of my greatest memories is collaborating with Michael Jackson, on the bestselling album of all time, Thriller, Helping arrange the Jackson/Paul McCartney duet, “The Girl is Mine”, is still a musical highlight in my career.”

Over the past several years, David, along with TOTO has had a major renaissance in popularity like few bands at this point in their career and now have a multi-generational global fan base. In fact, “Africa” has amassed over 1 billion streams worldwide and is one of the most covered and sampled songs in music history, including by Jay-Z, Pitbull, Ellie Goulding, and Weezer.

As a six-time Grammy® Award Winner, Paich has contributed to over 2,000 albums, shaping the sound of popular music as a songwriter, performer, producer, arranger, vocalist, and primary composer of the seminal band TOTO. With TOTO, Paich has released 17 albums, sold over 40 million records, and garnered over 3 billion streams worldwide. Paich wrote or co-wrote TOTO’s biggest hits, "Hold the Line", "Rosanna" and “Africa”.

Like most treasured mementos and keepsakes, we hold on to songs forever. We dust them off when we need them, put them back on the shelf, and discover them again months or sometimes years down the line. With his diverse catalogue, he has been kicking around song ideas for a solo album for some time.  The COVID lockdown presented Paich the opportunity to revisit those songs, and the result being a collection of tunes that he has carried in my head for years. He shares, “It seemed like it was time to put something together. Some of these really are forgotten toys. It had been a while since I’ve been in my studio, and I found myself listening to these little pieces continuously. I kept rediscovering them, hoping to fit the tracks together like a musical puzzle.”

For as much as it may be a “solo” album, Paich couldn’t help but invite a few friends to play. Joined by Joseph Williams as co-producer and sometimes co-vocalist, he welcomed everyone from Toto’s Steve Lukather to Brian Eno, Michael McDonald, Ray Parker Jr., Don Felder, and Steve Jordan of The Rolling Stones.

The album cover artwork provides a poetically nostalgic representation of the concept. It features a variety of memories Paich’s wife has held onto over the years. “I hope this will give everyone a glimpse into another side of me, one they’ve never heard in a musical context.”

Music is the soundtrack of our life. For David, music is much more than the soundtrack of his life. As one of its architects, it is his life.

Boomerocity Interviews With David's Band Mates, Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams

Walter Trout Takes Us For A Ride Full Of Great Blues

Posted August 2022

Photo taken in Los Angeles  on 02/21/20.Photo by Alex SolcaLong-time visitors to Boomerocity know that we’re huge fans of blues legend, Walter Trout. Since 2012, he has sat for four interviews with us.

In that time, we’ve cheered him on as he released new albums, prayed for him as he battled health issues, and breathed sighs of relief as he came through those health battles victoriously.

At the bottom of this page, you can view our fifth interview with Walter. The interview took place as he dealt with travel challenges while on tour in Europe.

As always, Walter was fun to chat with, gracious, insightful, and informative. He is his typical open and candid self as we chatted. It’s one of the multitude of reasons why we love Walter Trout and always welcome him here to Boomerocity.

ridecoverClick Above To Order Your CopyThis time around, we talk at length about his new album, Ride. If you’re a Walter Trout fan, then you’ve probably already ordered it. If you haven’t, do.

If you’re one of the few who aren’t familiar with Walter and his music, Ride is an excellent album to begin the Walter Trout wing of your listening library.

Either way, if you haven’t already, order Ride by clicking on the album cover on this page (after watching our interview, of course!). Share the interview with others. Also, follow Walter at his website (here) as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Walter Trout

 

Steve Blaze of Lillian Axe Takes Us From Womb To Tomb

Posted August 2022

LILLIAN AXE apocalypse NO LOGOLillian Axe has been around since the early 80’s. They’re one of those bands who are steady as she goes. Known for great, intricately written, bombastic rock, the band has a core base of fans who have remained loyal even though it’s been ten years since they last put out an album.

The wait is over . . . and it’s been well worth it.

From Womb To Tomb is the album and it’s you will love it! It’s a sixteen-song concept album but don't let that phrase scare you. Because, believe me, while I’m not usually much of a fan of fromwombtotombcoverClick Above To Order Your Copyconcept albums either, there are some I do, and this is definitely at the top of my list of those that I love.

Band guitarist, Steve Blaze, founded Lillian Axe and it was my distinct pleasure to chat with him about From Womb To Tomb and what the future plans are for Lillian Axe. It was a lot of fun and very informative. He knows his stuff and he knows what he wants to accomplish.

Please watch the interview, below, and share it with your friends. You can order From Womb To Tomb by clicking on the album cover on this page. You can keep up with Steve Blaze and the band at LillianAxe.com as well as on social media at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Boomerocity Interview With Steve Blaze

Al Basile Is Totally Through With Cool

August 2022

Basile Outside Hi Res 1 by Meghan SepePhoto by Meghan SepeBoomerocity has followed blues man, Al Basile, for over seven years. I’ve been a fan of his since I first heard his 2015 album, B’s Expression.

So, that begs a question: Why haven’t I ever interviewed this incredibly talented musician?

The truth is, I honestly don’t know. I. Just. Don’t. Know.

But I have now corrected that egregious error.Through with Cool Hi Res Cover ReducedClick Above To Order Your Copy

The interview you are about to watch below is my first interview the Al Basile and, while I still kick myself for not having interviewed him sooner, I’m glad that I did. I look forward to many more interviews with him and hearing much more amazing music from this man.

In this interview, we discuss Al’s latest album, Through With Cool, as well as his other things on his plate so please watch this interview. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did conducting it and also hope that you share it with your friends. You can order Through With Cool by clicking on the album cover on this page.

Follow Al Basile at his website, AlBasile.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Al Basile

 Press Release

Eight-Time Blues Music Award Nominee Al Basile Is
Through with Cool on His New Blues/Roots CD Due August 19 from Sweetspot Records
RUMFORD, RI – Eight-time Blues Music Award-nominated singer/songwriter/cornetist Al Basile announces an August 19 release date for his latest CD, Through with Cool, on Sweetspot Records, distributed by City Hall Records.

Through with Cool benefits from Al Basile’s quickly- growing skills as his own producer, refining the sound of his last two production efforts Last Hand and B's Testimony, as Basile directed all the aspects of the new project, recorded by Jack Gauthier at Lakewest Studios in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Basile (vocals and cornet) is joined on the new disc by his veteran crew of New England music all-stars: Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums, Doug James on tenor sax and Jeff “Doc” Chanonhouse on trumpet, plus the guitar wizardry of multi-Blues Music Award nominee Kid Andersen. And fans of Basile’s signature cornet work will be pleased to know that his horn playing has reached another level on the new disc.

Basile will help promote the new disc with a 200 station national radio promotion by Todd Glazer Promotions, and a long-term publicity campaign by Mark Pucci Media; plus print ads in blues magazines, and a CD sampler track in Relix Magazine.

“Through with Cool is the most completely realized of my 19 albums – the closest to what I heard on my head when I first conceived of the songs,” Basile says. “I've worked with Mark, Bruce, and Brad on ten CDs, and they know my music inside and out. The horns have been together on my projects multiple times. And Kid Andersen has outdone himself on his second time out, coming up with great rhythm parts and a rainbow of different guitar colors, each an enhancement to the songs. His versatility and taste show his nomination as best guitarist at this year's BMAs was apt, and I turned him loose on a few extra-long solos that are spectacular. We've also stepped up our production game, with seamless teamwork between Jack Gauthier in the studio and Glenn Halverson in mastering on this, their second project together. It's my best sounding record.”

Other changes make this an improved Al Basile effort. “After a couple of years of vocal difficulties, which were finally diagnosed and healed, I'm singing with more ease and control on this one,” he reveals. “My voice is more responsive, and my phrasing has gained a smoothness that lets me do more with the words. And I spent many more hours practicing my horn during COVID, which has resulted in more control over my cornet sound and lots of fresh ideas. It's great to be improving at these things I love to do as I enter my mid-seventies. Of course, in the end it's really all about the songs – that's why I make records. I express myself by writing poems, plays, and songs – in the poems I'm on my own, but with plays and songs I need help to realize the vision. I'm blessed to have great collaborators who bring out the life in my writing and back me up like champs. We're all proud of Through with Cool. It's the product of many lifetimes spent by the guys and me, learning and refining the skills you hear on it.”

Through with Cool Track Listing

  1. Keep on Living
  2. My Hero
  3. I'm Waiting
  4. Say My Name
  5. Two Legged Mule
  6. Take your Time
  7. Couldn't Live With It
  8. Not Anyplace at All
  9. We Belong Together
  10. Uh Huh
  11. Turnabout is Fair Play
  12. You Better Change Your Tune
  13. We Lie on Your Grave
  14. Through with Cool

About Al Basile:

Al Basile’s previous album releases have consistently made the top 20 on the Living Blues charts. He’s been nominated eight times for a BMA as Best Horn Player, and his 2016 release, Mid-Century Modern, was nominated as Best Contemporary Blues Album. He’s written hundreds of songs, some of which have been covered by Ruth Brown, Johnny Rawls, and the Knickerbocker All Stars. Guests on his own releases have included the Blind Boys of Alabama, Sista Monica Parker, Sugar Ray Norcia, Jerry Portnoy, and jazz great Scott Hamilton.

Celebrated for his mastery of lyric writing as well as music, Al's skill with words extends to his other career as a poet: he is published regularly in leading journals, has won prizes, and has three books in print collecting his work from the Seventies until the present day. For the last four years he has taught lyric writing, led panels, and performed at poetry conferences.

Born in Haverhill, Mass., on the north shore of Boston, Al was the first to receive a Master's degree from Brown University's writing program. He was the first trumpet player for Roomful of Blues in the mid-Seventies, and he's enjoyed a long relationship as a co-writer and sideman during Robillard's solo career since the Eighties, garnering credits as songwriter and trumpet player on a dozen of Duke's CDs and DVDs. In 1998, he released his first solo CD on his own Sweetspot label. He also taught English, music, and physics in a private Rhode Island high school for 25 years before devoting himself to music and poetry full time in 2005.