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Carmine Appice Discusses Dio and Monsters & Heroes

August 2020

 CarmineAppiceLegendary drummers and brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice released a new video to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the passing of the late, great Ronnie James Dio, who passed awayon May 16, 2010 from cancer.

Boomerocity spoke to Carmine by phone as he and his family were in the midst of packing for a move to Florida. Our chat was relaxed but informative and focused mainly about the song and some memories surrounding it. Carmine is a great guy as you may already know from his many years of granting interviews.

Check out the “lockdown” version of Dio’s ‘Monsters and Heroes’, below. To the right is our chat with Carmine. Pleas check it out and let your friends know about it.

 

 

 

Also, please visit the following websites for more information on Carmine, Vinnie, and Ronnie James Dio:

Carmine Appice Website

Carmine Appice Wikipedia

Vinny Appice Website

Vinny Appice Wikipedia

Ronnie James Dio Website

Ronnie James Dio Wikipedia

Greg Harris - CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted August 2020

greg.headshot.2020As Boomerocity readers and followers already know, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a friend of ours for over ten years when we first interviewed their then CEO, Terry Stewart. In the years proceeding that interview, Terry would provide comments on any inductees we interviewed during his tenure at the Rock Hall.

Upon Stewart’s retirement, he was followed by the hall’s current CEO, Greg Harris. Greg has been equally as gracious and supportive of Boomerocity with his contributive comments about the inductees we’ve interviewed. Since he began his leadership at the Rock Hall, I’ve threatened to interview him about what is taking place under his leadership. With the pandemic affecting business globally – and, yes, even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Greg and I thought it was high time for us to have that long overdue chat.

The video to the right is the illustrated audio of that chat. We welcome you to give it a listen and please let your friends know about it. Also, please visit RockHall.com to check out its online offerings that Greg discusses during our chat as well as to help you plan your visit there.

Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown Ain't Done Yet

Posted July 2020

Savoy Brown Hi Res PR Color Photo by Juan Junco CroppedPhoto by Juan Junco CroppedThe video to your right is of a recent interview with Kim Simmonds, guitarist and founding member of the legendary British Blues-Rock band, Savoy Brown. It is our second interview with the blues icon. Our first interview took place eight years ago (here).

Savoy Brown will release their exciting new album, “Ain’t Done Yet,” August 28th on Quarto Valley Records. The CD format of “Ain’t Done Yet” can be pre-ordered from your favorite music sources. “All Gone Wrong,” the album’s first single is currently available at http://smarturl.it/3eu4t3.

The new album follows their critically acclaimed 2019 release, “City Night.” Bruce Quarto, QVR founder and CEO said, “Quarto Valley Records is honored to continue working with Savoy Brown on this second QVR release, “Ain't Done Yet,” which is now one of my all-time favorites. It’s full of great energy that is the trademark of all their blues-rock music. Everyone who hears it will immediately agree that Savoy Brown ain't nowhere near done yet.”

“The new album continues the approach I’ve been taking with the band this past decade,” says guitarist/singer/songwriter
Kim Simmonds, who formed the band in 1965 in London, England, and is one of the longest-running Blues-Rock bands in existence. “The big difference with the new album is the multi-layer approach I took to recording the guitar parts. It’s all blues-based rock music. I try to find new and progressive ways to write and play the music I’ve loved since I was a young teenager.”

Simmonds has been the group's guiding hand from the first singles released in 1966 through this newest effort, Savoy Brown’s 41st album. On the new record, Simmonds (guitar harmonica, vocals) is joined by his long-running bandmates Pat DeSalvo (bass) and Garnet Grimm (drums).

“Ain’t Done Yet” was recorded at Showplace Studios, Dover, New Jersey. Simmonds produced the album and worked closely with studio owner and engineer Ben Elliott. It’s a studio he’s used many times before and it has a rich history of blues-rock musicians recording there, including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Leslie West.

KimSimmonds012“This is the sixth album I’ve made with Ben Elliott since the 1990s, and on previous ones I’ve had various guests join me, including Hubert Sumlin, Lonesome Dave Peverett and Duke Robillard,” continues Kim. “Shortly after making “Ain’t Done Yet,” Ben Elliot died. I have dedicated the new album to him. It will be the last album recorded at Showplace Studios.”

Energetic blues has been the calling card of the band from the beginning, but Simmonds infuses the 10 tracks on “Ain’t Done Yet” with a new spirit and vitality - plus some serious guitar chops - in a variety of styles and roots sounds that transcend the Blues-Rock idiom. “I emphasized song content on the new album, and left room for band improvisation,” he admits. “For instance, there are two acoustic-based songs and also two six-minute songs where I’m able to stretch out on guitar solos.”

“Ain’t Done Yet” kicks-off in high gear with the album’s first radio focus track, “All Gone Wrong”. “I’ve always liked ‘All Gone Wrong,’ and it’s one of my favorites on the album,” declares Simmonds.

The three-piece line-up of Kim Simmonds, Pat DeSalvo, and Garnet Grimm has established itself as the longest-running consistent line-up in the band’s history, now going strong for more than 10 years.

Please give this interview your attention and feel free to share it with your friends!

You can keep up with Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at SavoyBrown.com.

Mary & Randy Travis Talk About Their Marriage & "Fool's Love Affair"

Posted July 2020

HyperFocal: 0Photo by Robert TractenbergEarlier this week I had the privilege of participating in a group ZOOM call to chat with Mary and Randy Travis about his first single since 2013 entitled “Fool’s Love Affair”. In the course of the call, I asked Mary and Randy a question about their marriage that is, obviously, the polar opposite of the premise of Randy’s new single. The video of that exchange is on this page. Below is a run-down of the new single. Please check out both . . . and share it with a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

RANDY TRAVIS DROPS “FOOL’S LOVE AFFAIR” ON THE 35th ANNIVERSARY OF “ON THE OTHER HAND”

Marking the 35th Anniversary of Randy Travis’ first radio single, “On The Other Hand,” the Country music icon and famed actor releases his first never-before-heard single since his 2013 stroke, “Fool’s Love Affair.” Recorded as a demo, the song was stuck in storage until one of the writers, Charlie Monk, discovered it and sent it to Randy and longtime producer Kyle Lehning to bring up to 2020 standards. Country fans have long awaited the chance to hear the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s voice - which Rolling Stone calls "distinctive" and "influential" - on a new song. And though he still deals with aphasia and cannot record, Randy is bringing them just that. Download and stream the song on all digital retailers here.

In 2017, Garth Brooks said to Rolling Stone: “Think about it: when is there ever, in any format, an artist that has come on the scene that has turned a format 180 degrees from where it’s heading, back and made it bigger than it ever was? That’s impossible. I’ve only known it to happen once, ever and Travis would be the name I’d stick on it.” Of course, he was talking about Randy’s effect on country music in the mid-'80s with “On The Other Hand,” “1982,” “Forever and Ever, Amen” and more.

Fools Love AffairClick Above To Download Your Copy of Fool's Love Affair Now!Billboard's Tom Roland announced the song on Monday, with, "the tone is rich and reedy, the delivery is steady and understated, and the emotion is convincingly resigned."

The song has already seen early unprecedented support from the music industry. Fellow country artists have shared sentiments on social
media. Spotify has featured "Fool's Love Affair" across various major playlists including Hot Country, New Boots, Wild Country, Forever Country, and more. Apple Music has featured on Hot Tracks and a special promotion on Randy Travis Essentials. Major radio conglomerates Cumulus, iHeartRadio, Townsquare, Entercom as well as SiriusXM and countless more Country radio stations have featured it throughout Wednesday morning. WSM 650 AM, the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, have a special hour of Randy Travis programming planned and featured the song on Coffee, Country and Cody.

The Tennessean called the song "a classic ballad tinged with steel guitar and carried by the warm croon that sold millions of albums and helped shape a generation of country stars to come."

The song was produced by Kyle Lehning and written by Keith Stegall, Charlie Monk, and Milton Brown. 

Travis’ impact on country music has been long-lasting. Countless artists credit him as an influence and inspiration in their music and career. His legacy is cemented in history as a member of the Grand Ole Opry (1986) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (2016) and his music will undoubtedly continue to impress both listeners and artists for the rest of time.

Joe Louis Walker Talks About the Pandemic and His New Album

Posted July 2020

Joe Louis Walker Cropped  To the right, you will find a video of sorts of a recording of our recent interview with blues great, Joe Louis Walker. It was our first interview with Joe and it took place while he was on the road somewhere in the state of New York. Consequently, the audio is a little less than desirable but you can still hear what all Joe has to say.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Joe Louis Walker, here’s a bit of background on him courtesy of Joe!

Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. His new album Everybody Wants A Piece cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues. Looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues. Sometimes I feel I’ve learned more from my failures, than from my success. But that’s made me stronger and more adventurous. And helped me create my own style. I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records, they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.'”

Always an artist deeply expressive lyrically, Walker continues to write and Listen to the Joe Louis Walker Interview Above sing about themes that are universal. On “Black & Blue” he talks about a love affair that’s falling apart, but there’s an effort to keep it going. He offers, “The lyric ‘Let’s find a quiet place, A place out of town…We Need to talk this thru, Be honest & True’ says it all in trying to save the relationship.” He cites the title track as a composition that might not have a deep meaning, but in presenting the thought, “Everybody wants a piece of your love,” offers a double entendre that speaks for itself. With a deep history and background in gospel, Walker looks towards Wade in the Water” as an instant all-time favorite. He reveals, “The inspirational lyric ‘The water is deep, the water is cold, it chills my body, BUT NOT MY SOUL” is expressing my belief that the spiritual will carry you through when the physical can’t.”

This time out, Joe has brought on Paul Nelson to produce his album which was recorded at his famed Chop Shop studio on the east coast. Nelson is a Grammy-winning guitarist/producer who was rock/blues legend Johnny Winter’s guitarist, and who also appears as guest guitarist on two tracks on Everybody Wants A Piece.

A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and prolific songwriter, he has toured extensively throughout his career, performed at the world’s most renowned music festivals, and earned a legion of dedicated fans. Walker’s 1986 debut album Cold Is the Night on HighTone announced his arrival in stunning fashion, and his subsequent output has only served to further establish Walker as one of the leading bluesmen on the scene.

Born on December 25, 1949, in San Francisco, at age 14, he took up the guitar. Just two years later, he was a known quantity on the Bay Area music scene, playing blues with an occasional foray into psychedelic rock. For a while, he roomed with Mike Bloomfield, who introduced him to Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. Walker even made a brief pilgrimage to Chicago to check out the blues scene there. In 1975, burned out on blues, Walker turned to God, singing for the next decade with a gospel group, the Spiritual Corinthians. When the Corinthians played the 1985 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Walker was inspired to embrace his blues roots again. He assembled the Boss Talkers, and throughout the 1990s merged many of his gospel, jazz, soul, funk, and rock influences with his trademark blues sensibilities on recordings released by Polydor/Polygram. These albums feature Walker’s collaborations with a diverse group of first-rate artists including Branford Marsalis, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Ike Turner, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Walker has steadily released recordings since the turn of the millennium, and recently signed to Provogue / Mascot Label Group.

NPR Music has called Walker “a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues,” and he is already being referred to within the blues world as a living legend. However, at this stage of his life, Walker profoundly shares, “I’d really like to inspire younger musicians to carry on the legacy of blues/roots music. But play, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. There’s no right or wrong way. Just the way you wanna express yourself. And above all, ENJOY YOURSELF.”

Follow Joe Louis Walker at his website, JoeLouisWalker.com.

DISCOGRAPHY

2020 – Blues Comin’ On

2019 – Joe Louis Walker - Viva Las Vegas Live (Cleopatra)

2018 – Journeys to the Heart of the Blues (Alligator/V2) 2

015 – Everybody Wants a Piece (Provogue Records)

2014 – Hornet’s Nest (Alligator)

2012 – Hellfire (Alligator)

2010 – Blues Conspiracy: Live On The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise (Stony Plain)

2009 – Between A Rock And The Blues (Stony Plain)

2008 – Witness To The Blues (Stony Plain)

2006 – Playin’ Dirty (JSP)

2004 – New Direction (Provogue)

2003 – Ridin’ High (Hightone)

2003 – She’s My Money Maker (JSP)

2002 – Guitar Brothers (JSP Records)

2002 – Pasa Tiempo (Evidence Music)

2002 – In the Morning (Telarc)

1999 – Silvertone Blues (Polydor/Polygram)

1998 – Preacher And The President (Polydor/Polygram)

1997 – Great Guitars (Polydor/Polygram)

1995 – Blues Of The Month Club (Polydor/Polygram)

1994 – JLW (Polydor/Polygram)

1993 – Blues Survivor (Polydor/Polygram)

1992 – Live At Slim’s, Volume Two (Hightone)

1991 – Live At Slim’s, Volume One (Hightone)

1989 – Blue Soul (Hightone)

1988 – The Gift (Hightone)

1986 – Cold Is The Night (Hightone)