Colin James Hits The Open Road

Posted March 2022

Colin James 2If you have followed Boomerocity much at all, you already know that I absolutely love the blues. I'm not an expert on it, but I “knows what I’s likes.” And I can tell you that I really likes Colin James. He is a phenomenal blues artist and I've been following him for quite a while and have wanted to interview him for quite a while. The opportunity has finally presented itself as our schedules finally synched up to where we were able to have a chat.

The main purpose was to talk about his tour kicking off with the legendary Buddy Guy. Can you imagine touring with Buddy Guy? Colin has been friends with Buddy for many years, so we got together to talk about that, his latest album (Open Road – order it by clicking on the album cover to the right of the press release, below), some of the people he's known in the past - especially Stevie Ray Vaughan. All in all, just a great conversation that I'll know you'll enjoy listening in on.

After you’ve watched the interview, below, share it with your friends. Also, the press release for the tour is posted below it. Check it out to see if they’re performing near you. You can keep up with the latest with Colin by visiting his website, here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Colin James

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Press Release

Colin James to Hit the Open Road as Special Guest on Upcoming Buddy Guy US Tour Dates

Colin JamesVancouver, BC — Ever since the November 2021, release of his latest Stony Plain Records CD, Open Road, praise for Colin James’ latest album has only added more luster to the storied career of this multi-award-winning, chart-topping, and multi-platinum-selling guitarist. Open Road was mixed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, and the new album was released on both CD and vinyl LP formats. Colin also landed a spot on the Big Blues Bender multi-day music extravaganza in Las Vegas openroadcoverClick Above To Order Your Copyfor a second time in 2021.

And now Colin will begin his first dates in support of Open Road as special guest for the upcoming US tour dates by legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

Colin James is effusive in his excitement about joining Buddy Guy on this tour. “I am seriously looking forward to touring with the great Buddy Guy on all these American dates,” Colin says. “It will be so amazing to be able to see and hear one of the greatest of the second-generation Chicago blues legends, night after night. What an honor and experience this will be!””

Buddy Guy US Tour Dates with Special Guest Colin James

3/13 The Saban Theater Beverly Hills, CA
3/15 California Center for the Arts Escondido, CA
3/16 Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler, AZ
3/17 Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ
3/19 House of Blues Houston, TX
3/20 Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater Austin, TX
3/22 House of Blues Dallas, TX
3/25 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Atlanta, GA
3/26 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
3/27 Lexington Opera House Lexington, KY
3/30 Count Basie Center for the Arts Red Bank, NJ
3/31 Academy Center of the Arts Lynchburg, VA
4/1 Paramount Arts Center Ashland, KY
4/3 The Palace Theater Greensburg, PA
4/6 The Wellmont Montclair, NJ
4/7 NYCB Theatre Westbury, NY
4/8 Kodak Center Rochester, NY

Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons and Why Life Is So Strange

Posted March 2022

Dale Bozzio 1The interview you're about to listen to is with Dale Bozzio, co-founder of Missing Persons - one of the 80s most distinctive bands…musically, stylistically, and, primarily because of Dale, fashion-wise.

She recently released her sizzling hot autobiography entitled Life is So Strange – Missing Persons, Frank Zappa, Prince & Beyond, through Los Angeles-based label Cleopatra Entertainment. As its press release says, “The book is a riotous, humorous, sexy, intimate, no-holds barred story of Bozzio’s life in and out of music. She has absolutely no qualms about sharing stories of all aspects of her life that will amaze, titillate, impress, and endear her to those who read her fascinating life journey. This book is the ultimate kiss and tell story!”

Bozzio’s book is an incredibly thorough overview of her childhood all the way through her life in the fast lane. Included are stories from the 70’s as she worked at the Boston location of the Playboy Club, earning her the distinction of its Playboy Club Bunny of the Year before moving to Los Angeles. There, she met Frank Zappa who became a major influential presence in her life. She starred in his rock opera, Joe’s Garage, his film, Baby Snakes, as well as in his musical, Thing-Fish. It is clear in her book that her platonic relationship with the rock icon has resulted in a touching reverence of him and his legacy.

Here's more from the book’s press release:

“Bozzio also writes of her professional – and personal – relationship with Prince, both as a performer and as lovers. In fact, her book reveals intimate and steamy details of Bozzio’s many affairs she’s had throughout her life…let’s just say Dale is not the shy, retiring type…

“The book is not only a revealing look into her personal and professional life but also features incredible never-before seen photos from Dale’s personal archives as well as lyric sheets and poetry, along with a collectible 7” vinyl with recut versions of Destination Unknown and a remix of Mental Hopscotch by Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus.

“Missing Persons was founded in 1980 in Los Angeles by guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, vocalist Dale Bozzio, and drummer Terry Bozzio. They went on to add bassist Patrick O'Hearn and keyboardist Chuck Wild.

BozzioBookCoverClick Above To Order Your Signed Copy“Dale's quirky voice and creative, unique fashion sense helped make the band’s blend of futuristic, electro-pop sensibilities a favorite in the burgeoning New Wave scene of that day, while newly launched MTV embraced the band’s catchy music and played the band’s videos in heavy rotation. They were also a top draw on the 80s concert circuit, including a memorable appearance at the US Festival in 1983, which also featured David Bowie, the Pretenders, U2 and Stevie Nicks, amongst others.

“During the band’s initial six-year run, Dale sang and was front and center on the band’s memorable hits - Destination Unknown, Windows, Give, (all three of which she co-wrote), Walking in L.A. and Words.
“The band’s debut album, Spring Session M, charted at #17 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in 1982 and is certified gold. The band’s two follow-up albums, 1984’s Rhyme & Reason and 1986’s Color in Your Life also charted at #43 and #83 respectively.

“She remains the driving engine behind Missing Persons to this day, recording and touring with the band’s current lineup.”

In the interview, below, you’ll get to listen into our phone chat as it’s set to photos of Dale and her work. As with pretty much all Boomerocity interviews, this chat is laid back and insightful. The thing that I love about Dale and her incredible story is that doesn’t see herself as a victim. She’s a strong conqueror who is an amazing example and encouragement to anyone who has faced – or is facing – major adversity in their lives and needs to hear that they, too, can be a conqueror.

Listen to this interview as I think you’ll enjoy it. Share it with your friends. Order Dale’s book, Life is So Strange – Missing Persons, Frank Zappa, Prince & Beyond. You can order an autographed copy directly from Dale by clicking on the book cover on the left.

The Boomerocity Interview With Dale Bozzio

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Mike Zito Serves Up Blues For The South Side

Posted February 2022

MZ PROMO 2020If you’ve followed Boomerocity very long at all or followed Boomerocity very long at all, then you know I love the blues and love covering blues artists, love catching their shows and albums - the whole nine yards.

Very early on in Boomerocity’s existence, I caught Johnny Winter at the Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas. That's when I lived in Dallas. There was a gentleman that opened for Johnny by the name of Mike Zito and I became an immediate fan of his. I fell in love with his music, especially his song, Pearl River. It just blew me away. Johnny did too, of course. I've been following Mike ever since then.

I did an interview - my first interview with him - was 10 and a half years ago at the Dallas International Guitar Festival (here). I don't know why it took so long for us to get back together after that, but we have. Since that first interview, he has started a record label called Gulf Coast Records. He's got some great blues artists on that label, as well as himself.

We had a great chat about his new live album called, Blues For The South Side. It was recorded in his hometown of St. Louis. It's a phenomenal album, I highly recommend that you get it (and you can do so by clicking on the album cover on this page). We obviously talked about the album. We talked about the state of the blues, how the pandemic affected his business, and some of the other people he knows. There's are a couple names dropped that I think you'll really like to hear about.

Watch the video of the interview, below. Enjoy what’s being talked about. Share it with your friends.

Follow Mike at his website, MikeZito.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Mike Zito

Press Release

MZ Blues Southside CoverClick Above To Order Your CopyMulti-Blues Music Award-Winning Guitarist Mike Zito Blasts Off with New Double Live CD Set Recorded in St. Louis, Blues for the Southside, Coming February 18th from Gulf Coast Records

Nederland, TX –With numerous Blues Music Award honors under his belt, Mike Zito, co-owner of Texas-based Gulf Coast Records (which has birthed a number of critically-acclaimed blues/rock albums since its 2018 inception), announces a February 18th release date for his new double live album set, Blues for the Southside.

Recorded on November 26, 2021 at the Old Rock House in St. Louis, Missouri, and produced by Mike Zito, Blues for the Southside showcases Zito (guitar and vocals) and his stellar band in full fury: Matthew Johnson - vocals/drums; Lewis Stephens - piano/organ; Doug Byrkit – vocals/ bass, with special guests including label mate guitarists Tony Campanella and Dave Kalz, plus guitar wizard Eric Gales.

The song list for that special night included tunes from Mike’s earlier albums such as First Class Life, Gone to Texas, Make Blues Not War and his Tribute to Chuck Berry, plus his takes on songs popularized by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Tampa Red, as well as a new song, the album’s title track.

Now based in Nederland, Texas, Mike Zito states that "Blues for the Southside is a special album for me. I have wanted to do a live blues album playing songs from my catalog with my current band for a while now. I wanted to go back to my old neighborhood in South St. Louis to make the recording. That's where it all began for me, where I fell in love with music. I knew friends and family would fill the Old Rock House and bring the energy I was looking for in this recording. I wanted Tony Campanella and Dave Kalz to join me as guests. I grew up with both of these guys playing in the scene in St. Louis in the 1990s. They are also both Gulf Coast Records artists. I was surprised by my dear friend Eric Gales who happened to be in town for a rehearsal. He showed up and I got him onstage to do an impromptu version of the original ‘Voodoo Chile,’ which turned out to be 12 minutes of pure guitar bliss. I am proud of this album and my band. I’m most proud of my hometown and my neighborhood, South St. Louis."

A.J. Croce . . . By Request

Posted February 2022

Promo 4 by Joshua Black WilkinsSay the name, “Croce,” in front of music-loving baby boomers or people who love the music of our generation and great music comes to mind. Songs like, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” “Time In A Bottle,” and “I Got A Name” instantly come to mind.

That’s because the writer and singer of those songs, Jim Croce, achieved musical greatness with those songs – songs that I still heard on the radio and in establishments all over the world every day. That greatness and timelessness came from a career that lasted only eighteen months. Sadly, Croce met an untimely death in a plane crash. A death that left a loving wife, Ingrid, and a son, A.J., who turned two years old eight days after his death.

Ingrid and A.J.’s story from that moment on is one of serious challenges and rising above them. In the case of A.J., as a successful artist and musician in his own right. With eleven solo albums and CROCE black.white1Click Above To Buy Tickets To A Show Near Youcountless collaborations under his belt, A.J. tours to connect with his fan base. Croce’s latest album, By Request, is already a fan favorite and tunes from it will be featured on his current tour.

The interview featured in the video, below, focuses on A.J.’s career, influences, and what fans can expect from his current tour. Whether or not you are a fan of his dad’s work, I genuinely believe that you will thoroughly enjoy the conversation that A.J. and I had.

You can buy A.J.'s music and keep up with him at his website, AJCroceMusic.com, as well as on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Watch. Enjoy. Share.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With A.J. Croce

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Chris O'Dell Talks About The Beatles, Leon Russell, And Life After Apple Records

Posted February 2022

ChrisODell001How many of you can say that you’ve had a song written about you? Heck, how many people in the history of humankind have had a song written specifically about them?

Hold that thought for just a moment.

I have waited a long, long, long time to interview this lady that you're about to watch me interview. Her name is Chris O'Dell. She is, as she puts it, a normal person who has been involved and witnessed some of the most remarkable things in rock'n'roll history. She worked at Apple Records.

Yeah. THAT Apple Records.

She was there and saw the Beatles seemingly every day that she worked there. She was a guest in their homes. She watched a lot of things take place. In fact, you may recall the George Harrison song, “Miss O'Dell”. That song is about her.

You can now let go of that thought I asked you to hold a moment ago because – as the old Ronco commercials use to say – “But wait! There’s more!”

Two other songs written about her by none other than Leon Russell. One song was “Pisces Apple Lady” and the other one was “Hummingbird”. In addition to those, she’s “the woman down the hall” in Joni Mitchell’s song “Coyote,” and the “mystery woman” shown on the “Exile on Main Street” by the Rolling Stones.

MissODellCoverClick Above To Order Your CopyAfter her tenure at Apple Records, she was elsewhere to watch a lot of other rock and roll history. She was a tour manager for lots of people. She worked with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones. She was an assistant to Peter Asher who, as some of you may remember, I interviewed a couple of years ago (here). A fascinating guy to talk to and the brother of Paul McCartney's first fiancée. Miss O'Dell is also still close friends with my dear friends, Nancy Lee Andrews (interviewed here) and Ken Mansfield (interviewed here, here, here, and here), Pattie Boyd, May Pang, and others in the various inner circles across the Beatles universe.

So, you can see this is such a small, very interesting world that Chris was involved in, and she has so many stories. First, I highly recommend getting her book. You can order it by clicking on the book cover shown on this page. It's so good I bought two of them. It's still in print. It's still in print in paperback. You can probably find good use copies of the hardback online.

You'll hear some more talk about the book in our conversation. So, if you're a rock'n'roll history fan; if you're a Beatles fan, Eric Clapton fan, and others from the world of classic rock royalty, Chris O’Dell has dealt with many of them. You’ll want to watch this interview. Tell your friends about it. Share the link to it. Buy the book. You can also follow her on Twitter.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Chris O'Dell