Derek Sherinian Points Us To The Vortex

Posted June 2022

dTOzCgZV 400x400The Caligula of Keyboards. That’s what Alice Cooper called Derek Sherinian. If you’ve heard Derek’s work – and there’s a better than even chance that you probably have whether you realize it or not – then you would be inclined to agree with Uncle Alice.

You see, Sherinian has played the keys for a wide range of artists. In addition to Alice Cooper, Derek has played with Kiss, Billy Idol, Black Label Society, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Dream Theater. He also co-founded Planet X and Black Country Communion.

Sherinian has also recorded seven solo albums that included the likes of Steve Lukather, Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Al Di Meola, Allan Holdsworth, and Billy Sheehan. This is a testament to the level of musicianship as well as the respect that he has from the the world’s best musicians.

Derek has a new album out titled, “Vortex,” and we connected for the first time in years (click here to read that first interview) to talk about the album. You can order it by clicking on the album cover on this page.

You can keep up with Derek Sherinian at his website (here) as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview with Derek Sherinian


DEREK SHERINIAN shares new single “The Vortex” from upcoming album

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World acclaimed keyboardist Derek Sherinian, (Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion), one of the most significant keyboard players of the modern era, will be releasing his upcoming new album, ‘Vortex’, on July 1st, 2022 on InsideOutMusic. Returning alongside Sherinian is legendary drummer Simon Phillips, who once again co-wrote and co-produced the album, as well as Tony ‘The Fretless Monster’ Franklin, on bass.

Today, Derek is pleased to release the title track from the album.




1 The Vortex feat. Steve Stevens
2 Fire Horse feat. Nuno Bettencourt
3 Scorpion
4 Seven Seas feat. Steve Stevens
5 Key Lime Blues feat. Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather
6 Die Kobra feat. Michael Schenker, Zakk Wylde
7 Nomad's Land feat. Mike Stern
8 Aurora Australis feat. Bumblefoot

The Vortex is available as:
Ltd. 180g white LP+CD
Ltd. CD Digipak
Digital Album

Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge Asks Us To Pray For Peace

Posted June 2022

d6bf9300 4f6f 1ef2 fc24 cdffa55fe5ccBaby boomers the world over know who Vanilla Fudge is. For almost sixty years the band has etched itself into the musical psyche of Furthermore, baby boomers who have been regulars here at Boomerocity know that Vanilla Fudge co-founder, Carmine Appice, has been our guest here a couple of times (here and here).

Until now, Carmine has been the only Vanilla Fudge band member interviewed here. The opportunity to interview band co-founder/keyboardist, Mark Stein.

After recording as part of Vanilla Fudge and collaborating with others, Mark Stein has finally come out with his first solo album titled, “There’s A Light.” A music video for his song, “Pray For Peace,” was recently released and is is shown on this page.

Mark and I chatted about the song, the album, and some other things relative to his career. If you love the music of Vanilla Fudge and the music from back in the day, you’ll definitely want to watch this interview and share it with your friends.

You can keep up with Mark Stein on his website (here). You can keep up with Vanilla Fudge on their website (here) and on Facebook and Twitter.

The Boomerocity Interview With Mark Stein


 For Immediate Release

Mark Stein, the Voice of Vanilla Fudge, Releases Video and Single Asking Everyone to “Pray for Peace.” All Proceeds Go to UNICEF for Ukraine’s Refugees.

The formation of Vanilla Fudge with Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, and Vince Martell, allowed Mark Stein to first come into prominence. In addition to his many years within Vanilla Fudge, Stein has also worked extensively with such rock legends as Alice Cooper, Dave Mason, and the late guitarist Tommy Bolin. He has also made guest appearances with Deep Purple, Carl Palmer, and Steve Miller. He once sang and recorded with Michael Jackson. Stein has recently released a new collection of songs through Deko Entertainment about hope, unity, concern, and redemption titled There’s a Light.

Now Stein and Deko Entertainment are releasing a new single and video for “Let’s Pray for Peace” with all the proceeds going to benefit Ukrainian refugees through UNICEF. Stein had this to say, "I wrote ‘Let's Pray for Peace’ during the time the world was being ravaged by terrorist attacks…today, it's my dedication to Ukraine." Deko president, Bruce Pucciarello, continues, “This Ukrainian news footage is personal to me. Genocides become reality when we let bad people distract us from our commonality to justify aggression. This video is Mark’s love letter to us all, reminding us how the healing starts. Let’s pray for peace. Tonight.”

“Let’s Pray for Peace” audio can be downloaded directly from the Deko Entertainment website, and additional contributions can be made direct to UNICEF from this page.

Download song here.

There’s a Light, Mark’s first ever solo album is a thematic collection of ten songs which weave a remarkable story of what America was, has become, and may or may not face in its future. Critics are taking notice.

“Stein sounds as inspired as ever, and the message he shares is underscored by the clarity of both his passion and purpose.” American Songwriter,

Matthew Nelson Remembers His Famous Father On His 82nd Birthday

Posted June 2022

MatthewNelsonNothing personifies the baby boomer generation and their early days as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet radio show. That show spawned a feature film, Here Come the Nelsons, which, as it turns out, also served as a pilot for the iconic television series, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their sons, David and Ricky, the series was a staple of American television for fourteen years. While not the longest-running television series, it’s believed to have presented more episodes (435) than any other program.

In addition to engraving the Nelson family into the American psyche as pop culture icons, it served as a launching pad for his music and film career of Ricky. His first hit was B-Bop Baby in 1957. Later, Ricky had a #4 Billboard RickwithMatthewandGunnerhit, “Believe What You Say,” from his album, “Ricky Sings Again.” On that album was a young guitarist that Ricky signed on. His name: James Burton. Burton, of course, went on to play with many of music legends. Most notably of those?

Elvis Presley.

Boomerocity interviewed James Burton several years ago (here).

Arguably Nelson’s most notable hit was Garden Party in 1972. If you’re not already familiar with the story behind that song, you can bone up on it here.

Sadly, Rick Nelson’s life and career came to an abrupt and tragic end in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1985. He left behind five children, including twin sons Matt and Gunnar who enjoy a successful music career of their own, known as Nelson.

This May, Rick Nelson would have turned 82 years young. Boomerocity recently spoke with Matt Nelson who reflected on the life and legacy of his father as well as his talented family. The video of that interview is below. Watch it. Enjoy it. Share it.

You keep up with all the latest with Matt and Gunner at their website, here, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Boomerocity Interview with Matthew Nelson

Mitchell Cohen Talks About Looking For The Magic

June 2022

looking for the magic coverWhen most people think about the music business today, they think that it is still very much like how it was back in the 1970s and early 1980s: Lots of money being thrown around. Limos and private planes. Lots of publicity and adoring fans.

One of the handful of labels that were associated with that image is Arista Records. Mitchell Cohen worked at Arista during that time and saw how the musical sausage was made back in those days. Now, he has written a book about the view from the inside titled, Looking for the Magic.

The publisher says this about the book:

This cultural-historical remix presents a fresh perspective on Arista Records, how the label reflected its place and time: New York City in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Through interviews with dozens of artists and executives, music journalist Mitchell Cohen, who did A&R at the label, goes inside the business of making and marketing music during this vibrant and diverse period. Under Clive Davis, rock, pop, punk, jazz, R&B, disco, cabaret and Broadway were all represented on Arista. The label sounded like the city it was at the center of.
From its inception as a new entity built on the pop and soul foundation of Bell Records to signing groundbreaking artists like Gil Scott-Heron and Patti Smith to revitalizing legends like the Kinks and Aretha Franklin and up to the launch of its biggest star, Whitney Houston, Arista Records’ story has never been told like this.

Cohen sat with Boomerocity to chat about the book and his view of the music business. Articulate. Insightful. Informative. If you want the inside view of one of the legendary record labels during one of the most exciting times of its life, then you’ll want to watch this interview, below, as well as purchase Looking for the Magic – which you can do so by clicking on the book cover on this page.

The Boomerocity Interview With Mitchell Cohen


Carla Olson Hits The Americana Railroad

Posted June 2022

22VIf you've hung around Boomerocity for very long at all, you already know that we think the world of - as well as are we huge fans of - our good friend, Carla Olson. She and her husband, Saul, have been supportive of this publication with their time over the last few years.

That has been the case again recently when Carla took the time out of her busy schedule to talk with me about her new album, Americana Railroad. It will come to no surprise to Carla’s fans or Boomerocity viewers that she collaborates with other amazing talent in the making of her latest project.

You’ll hear the likes of John Fogerty, John York, Brian Ray, Rocky Burnette, Dom Flemons, Dave Alvin, Stephen McCarthy, and others. The result is amazing, memorable covers of americana treasures and our country’s railroads. Listening to the album will bring out the inner-Woody Guthrie in anyone who listens to it. The press release for the album is at the bottom of this page. You can order Americana Railroad from wherever you purchase your music.

Keep up with the latest with Carla by visiting her website (here), Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Boomerocity Interview With Carla Olson

Press Release


The album features tracks from John Fogerty, Dave Alvin, Rocky Burnette,
Dom Flemons, Stephen McCarthy, Carla Olson and more

418466154035 360LOS ANGELES, CA -- The idea of a new album of traditional and contemporary railroad songs had been percolating for a decade or so before recording began for Americana Railroad. After talking about artists and songs and label partner possibilities every few years producers Carla Olson and Saul Davis decided to just begin and see what was possible.

The first artist asked was Stephen McCarthy (Dream Syndicate, Jayhawks, Long Ryders) to see if he would be interested in such a project, followed by Robert Rex Waller Jr (I See Hawks In L.A.), John York (Byrds), Dave Alvin, Rocky Burnette, Gary Myrick and James Intveld. Rock’n’roll, Rockabilly, Americana ~ the genre or category is for the listener to decide. The goal was simple – railroad songs performed by great expressive artists.

After recording the nine tracks that Carla produced, the thought turned to locating a record company partner.

Executive David Hirshland noted, “When Saul brought this to me for possible release by Renew / BMG it instantly made sense. There is such a deep history of trains in the American musical canon I felt that we should expand the project and get more artists on board. Every artist we subsequently approached was eager to join in.”

Since the overwhelming number of train songs requires hard choices, this anthology’s selections attempt to cover significant historical ground. Elizabeth Cotton’s “Freight” Train is covered lovingly by A.J .Haynes in a style evocative of the ‘50’s in which it was written. Dom Flemons takes the true story of ex-slave and Pullman porter Nat Love (aka Deadwood Dick) and spins it into a narrative of spiritual survival and ultimately triumph via original track “Steel Pony Blues.” Steve Goodman’s epic “City of New Orleans,” a portrait of the disintegration of an entire way of life, is given added poignancy by John Fogerty’s vocals and Micky Raphael’s harmonica. Peter Case’s treatment of “This Train” echoes Woody Guthrie and the world of depression era America. Americana Railroad is thus meant to entertain and educate albeit subtly.

Prior to Americana Railroad’s June 17, 2022 CD and digital release, it was issued as a limited edition vinyl piece for Record Store Day in November 2021.

Producer/performer Carla Olson observed that “Growing up in Austin, Texas during the 1950s the fascination with trains was the stuff childhood dreams were made of. Walking home from school the temptation to put your ear to the track to hear if the train was close was a daily routine. We lived five blocks from the railway and heard the whistle of the trains well into the night. For some the call was a way to escape small town blues, for others thoughts of exotic destinations lured many to hop a freight and disappear over the horizon. The Americana Railroad album is a collection of both history and metaphor for your listening and thought provoking pleasure.”

Full track listing with songwriter credit notated in parenthesis and performers and special guests:

Here Comes That Train Again ~ (Stephen McCarthy)
Stephen McCarthy & Carla Olson

The Conductor Wore Black ~ (Chip Kinman, Tony Kinman)
Robert Rex Waller Jr with Chip Kinman on guitar

Mystery Train ~ (Herman Parker, Sam C. Philips) ~. (CONTINUES OVER)
Rocky Burnette with Barry Goldberg on piano

This Train ~ (traditional, arranged by Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
Peter Case

City Of New Orleans ~ (Steve Goodman) ~
John Fogerty with Mickey Raphael on harmonica

Marrakesh Express ~ (Graham Nash)
Dustbowl Revival

Train Leaves Here This Morning ~ (Gene Clark, Bernie Leadon)
Kai Clark with Byron Berline on fiddle

Train Kept A-Rollin’ ~ (Tiny Bradshaw, Howie Kay,
Sydney Nathan)
Gary Myrick

Southwest Chief ~ (Dave Alvin)
Dave Alvin

500 Miles ~ (Hedy West)
Alice Howe

People Get Ready ~ (Curtis Mayfield)
Deborah Poppink

Steel Pony Blues ~ (Dom Flemons)
Dom Flemons

Runaway Train ~ (John Stewart)
John York

Waiting For A Train ~ (Jimmie Rodgers)
Paul Burch & Fats Kaplin

Freight Train ~ (Elizabeth Cotton)
AJ Haynes of Seratones

Whiskey Train ~ (Keith Reid, Robin Trower)
Carla Olson & Brian Ray

Mystery Train ~ (Herman Parker, Sam C. Phillips)
James Intveld with Barry Goldberg on Hammond B3 organ

Midnight Rail ~ (Steve Young)
Robert Rex Waller Jr with Todd Wolfe on guitars

I Remember The Railroad ~ (Gene Clark)
Stephen McCarthy & Carla Olson