Arthur Hanlon . . . Hallelujah!

Posted December 2021

arthurhanlon001I know when you check out Boomerocity, you usually expect to see a conversation with someone from classic rock, blues, country, even jazz and R&B. Once in a great while, you'll see that I will talk to somebody from the world music or from other genres of music.

In this case, you're going to hear someone from the Latino music world. He’s a phenomenally successful artist by the name of Arthur Hanlon. Arthur currently has a special on HBOMax that you can watch on-demand. And folks, let me tell you, that show is phenomenal. He and I talked about that show as well as his brand-new Christmas EP that he just put out.

We had a lot of fun during this interview. It's my first time talking with Arthur. He's a phenomenal human being. He has an incredible heart and warm spirit. All those kinds of things that make talking to people fun and Arthur's is one of those special people that I look forward to talking to many more times in the coming years.

We talked about his career. He's from Detroit, of all places. You wouldn't expect to hear a Latino artist coming from Detroit. By the way, he's not Latino. He is Irish American and comes from an Irish American family. Yet here he is, rocking the Latin music charts, and boy, does he ever do a phenomenal job of it.

Trust me on this: If you feel that you’re not into Latin music or world music, please still watch my interview with Arthur Hanlon, below. I promise you that you’ll come away from it loving Arthur and become interested in his work. Please share it with your friends. Watch his special on HBOMax. Follow him at his website, ArthurHanlon.com, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

The Boomerocity Interview With Arthur Hanlon

 

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Gangstagrass Shows Us How They Hip Hop Over The Genre Divide

Posted December 2021

 

gangstagrass 001Whenever I talk to many of you, and I'm sure if I haven't talked to you, if I were to ask you this question, which would be, “What's your favorite kind of music?” More times than not what I hear is, “Anything but rap.” And quite honestly, folks, I would answer the same way.

Until now.

I was recently turned on to a group who has taken hip hop and blended it in with bluegrass. I know what you're thinking because I thought the same thing.

“No way! That's just going to suck!”

It doesn't. Trust me on this.

It. Does. NOT. Suck.

This band, Gangstagrass has blown me away. Through their publicist who handles Colin Blunstone (of the Zombies) and others – it was she who turned me on to this group. When she sent me the link and asked me to give it a listen, I thought, “No way.” But before the song was over, I was going to their website and listening to other work. It's great!

If you're open-minded at all, you're gonna love this because it takes the best of hip hop and rap and blends it in with the best of bluegrass and the result is a phenomenal outcome.

So, I beg you to listen to this interview. It was so much fun to talk to R-SON and Rench, both of the group, Gangstagrass. We had a great chat about what they're doing. I believe in what they're doing. I'm a big fan now!

After you watch the interview, below, please share it with your friends. Then, check out their website, Gangstagrass.com, and sign up for their newsletter. You can also follow them here on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, and even Twitch.Tv.

The Boomerocity Interview

With R-Son and Rench of Gangstagrass

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Candice Night Talks About Winter Carols

Posted December 2021

 

candicenight004Frequent Boomerocity visitors might remember earlier this year when I talked to Candice Night, who is the wife of guitar, great, Ritchie Blackmore (here). Ritchie, of course, was in Deep Purple. I don’t know about y’all, but I played a lot of mean air guitar to many of Ritchie’s recorded guitar riffs – especially “Smoke On The Water”.

Additionally, Blackmore led his own band, Rainbow, as well as a ton of session work. Over the last twenty-plus years, he has partnered with his lovely wife, Candice, that focuses on minstrel music that has been extremely well received. They call themselves Blackmores Night and they do a phenomenal job with this genre.

They've recently re-released their 2006 Christmas album called, “Winter Carols”. They've remastered it, added another song or two and recently come out with a new video to accompany it. It's great, great seasonal background music while you're having the family over, have the fireplace going, while enjoying your family’s various holiday traditions. It's amazing work with a lot of songs you will know and some surprises in there that you won't know.

Candice and I recently had a phenomenal chat about the re-released album and many other topics. We just kind of let ‘er rip. It's always an enjoyable time talking with Candice. I think you'll enjoy watching it and listening to it. If you don't already have this album, i's a two-disc set and is a phenomenal value for your money, especially for the holiday music. You can order it by clicking on the album cover shown with the press release shown underneath the interview video, below.

Watch the interview. Then order this great Christmas collection. Then share all of this with your friends.

The Boomerocity Interview With Candice Night

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Press Release

WinterCarolCoverClick Above To Order Your CopyNew York, NY (October 22, 2021)--Following traditional Holiday music back to its roots, Blackmore’s Night (Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore) approach Christmas songs with their own unique styling. On November 19th, 2021, they will celebrate the holidays with the relaunch of their classic album Winter Carols, available as a high-quality 2CD Digipak Edition and digital album (earMUSIC).


Originally released in 2006, this 2021 version has been carefully remastered and contains these four tracks that were previously unavailable in this format: “Here We Come A-Caroling”, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”, “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” and “Silent Night”. Additionally, Winter Carols includes a remastered version of their timeless Christmas single “Christmas Eve”.


A brand-new song, “Coventry Carol”, is an English Christmas carol dating back to the 16th century with additional lyrics by award-winning lyricist / vocalist Candice Night and new musical arrangements by legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.


Mastering the mix of Rock and Folk elements, Blackmore’s Night have always perfected the art of creating music for family, friends, and fans to come together and celebrate. Winter Carols provides the perfect backdrop for the holiday season.


Track Listing:


CD 1:

  1. Coventry Carol
  2. Deck The Halls
  3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  4. O Christmas Tree
  5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful
  6. I Saw Three Ships
  7. Winter (Basse Dance)
  8. Ding Dong Merrily On High
  9. Ma-O-Tzur
  10. Good King Wenceslas
  11. Simple Gifts (Lord Of The Dance)
  12. We Three Kings
  13. Wish You Were Here (2021)
  14. Emmanuel
  15. Christmas Eve
  16. We Wish You A Merry Christmas


CD 2:

  1. Crowning Of The King
  2. Here We Come A-Caroling
  3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  5. Silent Night
  6. Christmas Eve (2013 Version)
  7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful (Live From Minstrel Hall)
  8. Emmanuel (Live From Minstrel Hall)
  9. We Three Kings (Live From Minstrel Hall)
  10. Ma-O-Tzur (Live From Minstrel Hall)
  11. Good King Wenceslas (Live From Minstrel Hall)

 

Al Staehely Gives Us A Musical Hello

Posted December 2021

Al StaehelybyHill Taylor White croppedPhoto by Hill Taylor WhiteA few years ago, you may remember hearing a lot in the news about a lawsuit that was going on between the estate of a gentleman by the name of Randy California from the band, Spirit. They were known primarily for a couple of big songs. One was called “I Got a Line On You”, and another was called “Nature's Way”. The lawsuit alleged that Jimmy Page had knocked off a song by Spirit called “Taurus” in Zep’s song, “Stairway To Heaven”. Ultimately, Led Zeppelin prevailed.

Well, this interview is not about that lawsuit, although we do talk about it towards the end of the interview. But the thing I wanted to tell you about is the gentleman I’m interviewing, Al Staehely, played in Spirit for a time and was very aware of what was going on.

Something more importantly that was discussed at length is Al's got some new music coming out. He has spent most of his adult years as a very successful entertainment attorney in the years since his stint with Spirit. What many people didn’t know until now is that Al recorded a bunch of solo stuff after leaving Spirit. Some of it saw the light of day, but most of it didn't. Here it is, all these years later, in a new album titled, “Hello”.

I’m going to tell you straight upfront, it's phenomenal stuff. It sounds very recent, very relevant. I encourage you to get the album which you can order by clicking on the album cover on this page. The press release for the album is located underneath the interview video, below.

Al also . . . . well, let's just say he gives us a little bit of a heads up about what's coming down the pike from him.

Al and I had a great, long conversation with Al Staehely, and I think you will enjoy sitting in with us and listening to it. As always, after watching this interview, I hope you’ll share it with your friends. Also, why not order his album, “Hello”, containing the collection of songs that we talked about. You can keep up with the latest with Al by visiting his website, AlStaehely.com, and signing up for his newsletter.

The Boomerocity Interview With Al Staehely

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Press Release

Veteran Singer-Songwriter and Musician Al Staehely (Spirit, Staehely Brothers) Releasing 'Post Spirit 1974-1978 Vol. 1' On October 7th
14 Track Album of Rare Solo Recordings From His Days in Los Angeles

Recently Unearthed Single "Wide Eyed and Innocent" Now Streaming

Staehely Hello CoverClick Above To Order Your Copy"The '70s L.A. music scene was a special time. Today, in 2021, many try to recreate the '70s analog experience in their songwriting and recordings. I was lucky to have been writing and making music during that time. These never before released recordings from my "Vault" are the real thing- written and recorded in L.A. during that era in some of the best studios, with some of the best musicians working at that time. Enjoy!"- Al Staehely

Acclaimed Texas-based singer-songwriter and musician Al Staehely (Spirit, the Staehely Brothers) is releasing 'Post Spirit 1974-1978 Vol. 1' - a fourteen-track album of rare solo recordings from Staehely's days in Los Angeles. The album follows on the heels of the "Wide Eyed and Innocent" single, which debuted in late August.

While known to many as the lead vocalist, bass player, and principal songwriter on Spirit's fifth album, 1972's 'Feedback', Staehely went on to enjoy a lengthy career in bands like the Staehely Brothers, and The Nick Gravenites / John Cipollina Band, while also writing songs for the likes of Keith Moon, Bobbie Gentry, Patti Dahlstrom, Nick Gravenites, John Cipollina, Marty Balin, Peter Cox and Hodges, James & Smith and more. A segue into a successful career as a Houston, TX entertainment attorney hasn't deterred Staehely from continuing to write and perform music regularly, which he does to this day.

'Post Spirit 1974-1978 Vol. 1' is an audio time capsule that captures the essence of 70's Southern California rock.

"The '70s L.A. music scene was a special time. Today, in 2021, many try to recreate the '70s analog experience in their songwriting and recordings. I was lucky to have been writing and making music during that time," says Staehely. "These never before released Post Spirit 1974-1978 recordings from my "Vault" are the real thing- written and recorded in L.A. during that era in some of the best studios, with some of the best musicians working at that time. Enjoy!"

The single "Wide Eyed and Innocent," was recorded in 1978, while the recently released re-recorded version of the song was done during sessions in Marfa, TX in 2020, offering a unique contrast between Staehely's storied history and his exciting future.

Looking back at his early days in Malibu and Laurel Canyon, Staehely laughs, “We were wide eyed- but not that innocent!”

 

John Lodge Discusses The Royal Affair and Beyond, The Moody Blues, and Graeme Edge

Posted December 2021

 

johnlodgeThink about this for a minute. How old were you - and what song was it, and where were you - when you heard your first Moody Blues song?

For me, I was in my pre-teens or had just entered my teens. My mom had given me one of the shoebox-size clock radios that all it had was AM on there and a little knob on there to serve as a timer so that you can have the radio on to go to sleep to and it was shut off. I used that to help me go to sleep at night because I had a hard time sleeping even at that young age. The music put me to sleep.

I remember lying in bed in Phoenix, Arizona, and one of the local AM radio stations is on that radio. Suddenly, this song - this very ghostly song came on. Honestly, it kind of spooked me a little bit because I'm a kid lying in bed trying to sleep, and this song comes on. It was Knights in White Satin. Every time I heard it, I would stop and listen - especially the poetry at the end.

That was when my first exposure to the Moody Blues that I remember. I'm sure I've heard other Moody Blues songs before then. But that was the song that made me aware of the Moody Blues and I kept track of them ever since.

So, when the opportunity came recently to talk with John Lodge, the bassist for the Moody Blues, of course, I jumped at it. We talked about the new album, The Royal Affair and After, a new live album out where he's presenting the Moody Blues music; some of the hits that we royalaffairandaftercoverClick Above To Order Your Copyall know and love. We had a good talk about that. We also talked about his friend who just recently passed: fellow bandmate, Graeme Edge; the pandemic, and the music business too.

Unfortunately, this interview is just partially video (my end of the conversation) and audio-only because John had some internet issues on his end of the chat, so he could only click in through onto the Zoom call audio.

Still, it’s a great chat that fans and music historians will enjoy listening to. So, please click on the video, below, and listen to this fun chat. Afterwards, share it with our friends and then click on the album cover on this page to order your own copy of The Royal Affair and After.

Keep up on the latest with John Lodge at his website, here, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With John Lodge

 

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