Damon Johnson Talks About Touring With Skynyrd and Raising Brother Cane

Posted August 2022

Damon Johnson Lynyrd Skynyrd 768x436If you’ve followed Boomerocity since the beginning, you already know that we LOVE Damon Johnson.

He was first interviewed by Boomerocity eleven years ago (here) while he was still one of Alice Cooper’s axe men. Since then, he has been our guest five more times (counting the interview below).

One thing that I’ll saw about Damon Johnson is the boy never sits still nor rests on his laurels and accomplishments. He’s always creating. Always playing. Always checking out something musically knew that he may learn and adapt.

Did I already say we love Damon Johnson?

Since Damon last chatted with Boomerocity, he has brought his most notable band, Brother Cane, back together. He’s also been seen on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s stage, filling in for a recuperating Gary Rossington.

It is for those two reasons that Damon sat and chatted with Boomerocity. You’ll definitely want to hear what he has to say about both and some other things he shared with us.

After watching the interview below, be sure to keep up with the latest with Damon at his website, DamonJohnson.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Tne Boomerocity Interview With Damon Johnson

 

Jason Scheff Talks About Generation Radio, His Dad, and What's On His Radar

Posted August 2022

Jason Scheff 1bJason Scheff.

Son of Jerry Scheff, legendary bassist for Elvis, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Chris Hillman, and many others.

At age 23, young Jason joined Chicago, replacing Peter Cetera.

Chicago. Age 23. Wow.

It’s Jason’s voice that we hear on the band’s 1986 remake of their 1970 hit single, “25 or 6 to 4” and “Will You Still Love Me”.

I had the occasion to meet Jason and his son backstage at a 2019 Nashville fundraiser hosted by his dad’s former bandmate: the legendary James Burton. It was a brief conversation, but we parted ways agreeing that an interview was in order.

Fast forward to today.

With Rascal Flatts bassist, Jay Demarcus, Scheff has formed the super group, Generation Radio, with Journey drummer, Deen Castronovo, and guitarist Chris Rodriguez and Tom Yankton.

If you love Chicago. If you love Eagles. If you love Rascal Flatts. If you love Journey. If you love all of those bands, then you will absolutely LOVE Generation Radio.

You’ll also love this interview with Jason Scheff. Fun. Insightful. Informative. After you watch it, share it. Follow the band at GenerationRadio.net and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also follow Jason on his website, JasonScheff.com, and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Be sure to order the debut album by Generation Radio by clicking on the album cover on this page underneath the interview, below.

The Boomerocity Interview With Jason Scheff

 

Press Release

Generation Radio CoverClick Above To Order Your Copy

RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2022

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the upcoming self-titled debut album from Generation Radio, a colossal new rock group centered around the combined talents of Jay Demarcus (Rascal Flatts) and Jason Scheff (ex-Chicago), on August 5, 2022. Fans of classic AOR in the style of Journey and Chicago are going to absolutely lose their minds when they hear Generation Radio's stunning debut.

In the beginning of 2020, Generation Radio came together with the intent to form a band with a purpose - to bring classic 80’s rock back to life. As their self-titled debut illustrates, mission accomplished! Two-time Grammy award winning bassist Jay Demarcus of the hugely popular country act Rascal Flatts and Jason Scheff, who was lead vocalist and bass player for the multi-platinum band Chicago for over 30 years, are joined by drummer/vocalist Deen Castronovo (Journey, Revolution Saints) guitarist Chris Rodriguez and XXX Tom Yankton in Generation Radio. 


"This music is the best of all of us. Everyone in this band sings and contributes in a huge way. Jason is not only one of my best friends, but he is also one of my all-time favorite singers, and his performances on this record are stellar. Deen is among the very best drummers in the world, but he is also a world-class singer. In fact, I’m convinced Journey heard him with us, and immediately wanted him back in the band! I’m kidding, of course, but we were fortunate to have him on this 'journey'. Finally, Chris and Yankton are veterans and some of my favorite musicians and singers. Chris and I go back to our early days together in Christian music. It is a true honor to make music with people who you respect so much, and hold in such high regard," says Jay Demarcus.


"My partner Jay [DeMarcus] had the idea to fuse Rascal Flatts with Journey and Chicago, so that's what we did. Jay had several songs over the years that he'd co-written, exhibiting all his influences. There was no surprise he listened to a lot of Journey and Chicago! Those songs became the catalyst for the band and we rounded it out with some songs written specifically for the album that were in keeping with that theme. There's no other way to put it other than when you listen to this record you will hear a beautiful blend of Rascal Flatts meets Journey meets Chicago, not to mention having the best of the best in the production, recording, and mastering department. A team of all current hitmakers," adds Jason Scheff.


Be sure to follow the band on social media (links below) to stay up to date on announcements about live shows, new singles, and of course, the release of the debut album on August 5th.

“Generation Radio” Tracklisting:
Why Are You Calling Me Now
Angels
All Night To Get There
I Hope You Find It
Time To Let It Go
Lights Go Out In Paradise
Don’t Go
Smoking
Anything But Us
Waiting On Your Sunshine
Finally Got It Right

Cody Brooks Deals with First World Problems

Posted July 2022

CodyBrooksBoomerocity loves introducing our visitors to great musical secrets before the rest of the world is aware of them. Such is the case with Cody Brooks. What turned me on to Brooks’ work is the raw, grimy, grittiness of his blues. Afterall, isn’t that supposed to be the blues?

The press release for his debut album, “First World Problems,” starts off by saying, “Gutbucket blues. Gypsy jazz. Back porch rock n’ roll. Cody Brooks plays it all, whipping up a raw, rootsy racket on his debut album, First World Problems.”

That’s a brilliant summary of Cody Brooks.

Cody is one of those few blues men who, when he talks, sounds the blues. The blues oozes from every pore of his body; in every sound in his voice; in the look in his eyes.

Cody Brooks is the new breed of blues man who lives the life of a journeyman blues artist.

Watch the interview below. Share it with your fellow blues lovers. Buy “First World Problems”. Keep up with the latest with Cody at his website, CodyBrooks.Rocks, or on social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube).

The Boomerocity Interview With Cody Brooks

 

Rudy Gatlin Talks About His Brothers and the Music Business Today

Posted August 2022

gatlinbrosprshotIf you were listening to country music back in the seventies, you will remember the Gatlin Brothers. Larry had started off solo. In the late seventies, the Gatlin Brothers released their first album, Straight Ahead. That album gave the brothers a hot number one hit with their song, “All The Gold In California.” The album was certified platinum, topping out in the U.S. at number seven and in the Canadian charts at number five.

The brothers went on with other hits that still resonate with fans and brings back memories. Each time songs like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You)”, “She Used To Be Somebody’s Baby”, “Talkin’ to the Moon”, and “Love of A Lifetime” are heard, fans are taken back in time and are crowd favorites at Gatlin Brothers shows all over the country.

Larry (6 years old), Steve (4 years old), and Rudy (two years old) started singing southern gospel music as they listened to the greats who were recording it at that time. They recorded a total of four gospel albums.

Larry was noticed by Dottie West who encouraged him to write music. He wrote eight songs for her which she recorded. This led to Larry meeting Kris Kristofferson who took him under his wing and introduced him to all the right people. Shortly thereafter, Steve and Rudy joined Larry in Nashville and formed the group we know and love today. The rest, as they say, is history.

Rudy Gatlin called me to chat about what he and his brothers have been up to and what fans can expect from the show at the Bijou Theatre. The brothers have been in the music business for an astonishing sixty-seven years, but Gatlin wants fans to know that he and his brothers Larry and Steve survived the pandemic and are doing well.

Listen to the interview below. Please share it with your friends. You can also follow the Gatlin Brothers on their website, here, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Rudy Gatlin

Jack Starr Is In Search of The Souls of The Innocent

Posted July 2022

JackStarr001Heavy metal fans no doubt remember the heavy metal band from the early eighties, Virgin Steele. Founded by its guitarist Jack Starr, it’s a band who still enjoys a loyal following to this day.

After three years, Starr went on to work on his own projects as well as with other bands and artists. His mainstay, however, is his band, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, his solo band that he created shortly after leaving Virgin Steele. Heavy metal fans love Starr’s work regardless of who he shares the stage with and that is especially the case with StarrAlbumCoverClick Above To Order Your CopyBurning Starr.

Jack Starr’s Burning Starr has a new album out, “Souls of the Innocent,” and fans are going to be thrilled with what they hear. With the new album comes rounds of interviews with lots of outlets like Boomerocity and we were privileged to be able to chat with Jack about the new album, the music business, and its pandemic-induced changes, as well as what’s on the band’s radar for the next year or so.

You can order Souls of the innocent by clicking on the album cover on the left or visiting wherever you order your music from.

We hope that you’ll watch, enjoy, and share this interview. You can keep up with Jack Starr’s Facebook page.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Jack Starr