Jim McCarty Talks About His Latest Book and the Yardbirds

 

 

Jim McCarty croppedIf you're a baby boomer and have been deep at all into rock and roll music and the history of it, then one band that would have to come to mind would be the Yardbirds. That band, of course, is where Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton all got their big starts.

Known for iconic songs from back in the 60s such as “For Your Love,” “I’m A Man,” “I Wish You Would,” and several others, the band is still in existence today. In fact, their original drummer and co-founder, Jim McCarty, is still alive, well, and in that legendary band.

Jim has done a bunch of other work with other bands as well as his own solo work - SheWalksInBeautyCoverClick Above To Order Your Copyacoustic kind of stuff, stuff a little bit different than what you might expect from Yardbirds. He's also written a couple of books. A year or so ago, he wrote a book called, “Nobody Told Me: My Life with the Yardbirds; a phenomenal book you'll definitely want in your personal library if you like collecting books as I do.

Back in August of this year, Jim came out with another book called, “She Walks In Beauty”. The book is about a very dark period in Jim's life wherein he, unfortunately, lost the love of his life back in 2020. This book was part of his healing process, but it also gets into where Jim feels like he's been contacted by his late wife. He talks about visits with mediums and things of that nature so it may not be a book for everybody It is an interesting read. It’s not just about the - for lack of a better word - paranormal type of things. It's also about his career and relationship with Keith Richards and a bunch of other people. A book you'll want to have in your library, as well.

Keep up with the Yardbirds at their website, here, and with Jim McCarty at his website, JimMcCarty.com, as well as on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The Boomerocity Interview With Jim McCarty

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Bruce Cockburn 50 Years On

Posted December 2021

 

bruce cockburn walk of fame 2021 croppedI first heard of Bruce Cockburn back in 1980- 81. I was an assistant manager at a Christian bookstore in Phoenix, Arizona - Christian Discount (later called Christian Emporium) at 810 West Osborne Road in Phoenix, Arizona, and I remember when Dancing In The Lions Jaws had come out. It was a huge crossover hit from “secular” music and to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). I remember that we sold that album by the box loads. Those sales were helped when Bruce performed on Saturday Night Live around the same time the album came out.bruce cockburn tourdatesClick Above For Tour Dates Near Year

I've always been intrigued with Bruce's career ever since then have kept an eye on him occasionally. When I learned that Bruce was doing a 50th-anniversary tour (postponed from 2019 thanks to “you know what”) I just had to interview him. He is now launching that tour this month. The interview took place a couple months ago, ahead of Cockburn’s tour prep.

The tour launches December 7th. The press release for the tour is beneath the interview video, below.

Keep up with Bruce Cockburn at his website, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Bruce Cockburn

 

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Press Release

bruce cockburn tourdatesBruce Cockburn Gets Back On The Road

ATLANTA, GA - We’re all so happy to announce that Bruce Cockburn is getting back on the road with live concert tour dates starting in December, 2021.

Bruce’s last live concert show was November 23, 2019, in Monterey California at the Golden State Theatre.

Here’s what Bruce has to say about getting back on the road: “As 2020 rolled up on the horizon, it was shaping up to be an exciting year — the fiftieth anniversary of the release of my first album. A considerable number of shows had been booked. The expectation was that much of the year would be spent on tour in celebration of that first step into what has been a pretty interesting professional life.

“My expectations, like everyone else’s, took a big hit from the pandemic and all that has gone with it. That “Big 50th” was not to be!

“Now, as we poke our heads up to see where this past year-and-a-bit has brought us to, I’m getting excited again about getting out and sharing my songs with all who will do me the honor of listening — in actual rooms! With people who are physically present! The 50th Anniversary Tour: 2nd Attempt…May we all stay safe and functional so it can happen!”

Here are Bruce’s first confirmed dates, with more to follow:

DEC 7 GRASS VALLEY CA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
DEC 8 SANTA CRUZ CA RIO THEATRE
DEC 9 BERKELEY CA FREIGHT & SALVAGE
DEC 10 BERLELEY CA FREIGHT & SALVAGE
DEC 12 EUGENE OR SORENG THEATRE
DEC 13 BEND OR TOWER THEATRE
DEC 14 GRANTS PASS OR ROGUE THEATRE
DEC 16 PORTLAND OR ALADDIN THEATRE
DEC 17 PORTLAND OR ALADDIN THEATRE
DEC 18 SPOKANE OR BING CROSBY THEATRE
DEC 19 SEATTLE WA NEPTUNE THEATRE
FEB 24 BURLINGTON VT HIGHER GROUND
FEB 25 ALBANY NY THE EGG
FEB 26 NORTHAMPTON MA ACADEMY OF MUSIC
FEB 27 BOSTON MA WILBUR THEATRE
MAR 1 WATERVILLE ME OPERA HOUSE
MAR 2 FALL RIVER MA CENTRE FOR THE ARTS
MAR 4 RIDGEFIELD CT RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
MAR 5 NEWTON NJ NEWTON THEATRE
MAR 6 NEW YORK NY SYMPHONY SPACE
MAR 8 ANN ARBOR MI THE ARK
MAR 10 CHICAGO IL OLDTOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK
MAR 11 CHICAGO IL OLDTOWN SCHOOK OF FOLK
MAR 12 MADISON WI BARRYMORE THEATRE
MAR 13 IOWA CITY IA ENGLERT THEATRE
APR 19 PETERBOROUGH ON SHOWPLACE CENTRE
APR 21 KITCHENER ON CENTRE IN THE SQUARE
APR 22 TORONTO ON MASSEY HALL
APR 23 OTTAWA ON NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

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Chris Jagger Talks About His Book, New Album, and His Big Brother

Posted November 2021

 

90ab75d9e1cbce923e8a41ab 526x350I first became aware of Chris Jagger when I was a preteen. Two of my cousins were big Rolling Stones fans, and because of that they were in touch with everything rock and roll at that time. I wasn't quite there yet. But I was about to be.

I remember distinctly we were all at my paternal grandparent’s farm, and those two cousins were reading through the Atlanta paper that they had brought up with them from Atlanta (the farm was in Madisonville, Tennessee). They saw an ad that Chris Jagger was going to be performing somewhere in the Atlanta area. So that's where I first became aware of Chris. A few years later, when I became more of a music connoisseur and music history nut, I check in to see whatever he was doing from time to time.

When I recently heard that he was coming out with both a book called, “Talking To Myself”, and an album called, “Mixing Up the Medicine”, I was hoping that I would be able to interview Chris. As luck would have it, the opportunity made itself available to me. I recently had a great chat with Chris via a Zoom video call. It is probably one of the most laid back, informal conversations that you'll see here on Boomerocity, which makes it among my favorites on this site. It’s not very slick; we're both just kind of kick back and talking. He's on Zoom via his smartphone in England so it's a little jumbly here and there but we were having a great time chatting with each other. It's a long chat but I think you'll like it. We talked a little bit about his brother but mostly about the book, the album, and, of course, about music.

Please watch the interview below. Share it with your friends. Buy and read the book as well as buy and listen to the album. You can purchase them both by clicking on their images on this page. Below the interview is the press release for them. Read them for more info that we may not have covered in the interview.

You can keep up with Chris at his website as well as his social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube).

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Chris Jagger

 

Press Release

CHRIS JAGGER ADDS TWO NEW CHAPTERS
TO HIS CREATIVELY ECLECTIC CAREER
WITH THE RELEASE OF HIS ALBUM MIXING UP THE MEDICINE
AND HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY TALKING TO MYSELF

MixinUpTheMedicineClick Above To Order Your CopyChris Jagger always seems to be busy with one project or another. So, it’s not surprising that he kept himself quite busy finishing his memoir, which he’d begun the year before, during the pandemic, and the fruits of his labor can be enjoyed on his latest album, Mixing Up the Medicine, and publishes his autobiography, Talking to Myself.

With Mixing Up the Medicine, Jagger has made a joyful, life-enhancing album that distils his affinity for a wide range of musical styles into ten tight tracks. To create these songs, Jagger again teamed up with his long-standing musical wingman, multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hart (Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, Wreckless Eric); however, they also had an unusual, and unexpected, collaborator for three songs: the obscure 19th-century poet Thomas Beddoes. As Jagger explains it: “I was reading this book by Ezra Pound, and he mentioned Beddoes. I found this book of his called Death’s Jest Book, in which he wrote these kinds of weird plays. I read some of his verse and took them and put them to music.”

The Beddoes-bred songs include the irresistible Madness-like ska-pop opening track, “Anyone Seen My Heart?,” the sea TalkinToMyselfClick Above To Order Your Copyshanty-ish “Loves’ Horn,” and the voodoo soul-infused Wee Wee Tailor.” The Jagger/Hart numbers, meanwhile, draw upon Jagger’s rootsy interest and Hart’s being something of a “jazzer,” as Jagger described his pal. This loose, lively mix surfaces sublimely in the New Orleans sass of “Merry Go Round” (also the album’s first single), the in-the-wee-small-hours croon and groove of “A Love Like This,” Jagger’s autobiography-inspired “Talking to Myself,” and the comforting bluesy lament of “Hey Brother,” a lovely ode to lifelong fraternal bonds.

One thing, however, unites all the songs: a relaxed, raw quality that conveys the warm sense of a band of brothers having a ball. “Let’s face it, we’re coming to the end of our careers,” Jaggar concedes. “You never know if it’s gonna be your last record. So, with all the players I got the feeling that they were going out to show that they still had it, and they would put more into this than if this was just a regular session. They were totally committed.”
Jagger’s backing band of brothers not only featured old pals of his, but highly talented and experienced musicians as well. He reveals that “mostly the tracks were cut live in the studio as that’s what I know.” Contributors include guitarist John Etheridge (Soft Machine, Stéphane Grappelli); double bassist Olly Blanchflower, percussionist Jody Linscott (The Who, Billy Bragg) and drummer Dylan Howe (Ian Dury, Yes). The veteran producer John Porter (The Smiths, Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello) brought in guitarist Neil Hubbard (Bryan Ferry, Joe Cocker), alongside a couple horn players Nick Payn and Frank Mead (both Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings vets) who were South London mates of Hart’s. This musical brotherhood also included Jagger’s older brother Mick, who contributed some backing vocals.

Working out of a studio in South London near Hart’s Lewisham home, at Jagger’s farmhouse, and down the line to each other when lockdown restrictions were being enforced, Jagger and Hart worked intensely. The result is, in Jagger’s words, “the most collaborative record we’ve done.”

Jagger’s debut album, an eponymous effort, came out in 1973 and a second, Adventures of Valentine Vox the Ventriloquist, followed in 1974. While both were well received, he didn’t record another album until 1994’s Atcha, which Hart also played on. Jagger, as is his wont, stayed busy during those in-between years and the time since. He has been a journalist, worked in theater, designed clothes, acted in movies, made blues documentaries for the BBC, was a partner in a guitar company, and wrote songs, including contributing to several Stones tunes.

He has chronicled his many life adventures in his new memoir, Talking to Myself. It’s a rich, detailed, hilarious and gossipy tale that digs deep into he and his older brother Mick’s upbringing in Dartford, Kent. The book plots the siblings’ emergence into adulthood and shared lifelong appreciation for the blues. It also chronicles the younger Jagger’s musical adventures from the 1970s onwards with entertaining detours into his travels to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Israel, where he acted in a production of the musical Hair.

“I thought about starting a book in the 1990s, because I began writing some journalism pieces,” Jagger explains. He returned to this project in 2019, and really concentrated on it during the pandemic. “Writing took longer than I anticipated. I did find I had to give it my full attention, and it was a lot harder than I thought. It’s all very well linking a lot of stories together, but what’s your style? I wrote it myself — I didn’t have a ghost writer — so I had to find my voice.”

Talking to Myself is the only book — so far — to document the life of growing up in the Jagger family in Dartford, Kent. “I said to (Mick), ‘I’ve almost finished my book, now let’s do yours’ and he laughed,” Jagger shares. “He’d do a fantastic book.” Jagger also admits that “writing can be quite prosaic and descriptive. It doesn’t have to be all poetry. I have even included some recipes in [my book] too.”

If Talking to Myself finds Jagger reflecting on his past with warm memories and witty anecdotes, Mixing Up the Medicine reveals him to be an inspired artist making dynamic, high-spirited music for people to enjoy today, tomorrow, and many days ahead.

Jim Peterik Unleashes His Tigress On The World

Posted December 2021

 

jimboguitarcroppedJim Peterik is not a stranger to music aficionados or to Boomerocity readers/followers over the years. I won’t repeat his incredible resume in this piece because you can read all about in the previous two Boomerocity interviews with Peterik here and here.


This long overdue chat came about to learn more about Jim’s latest project, Tigress – Women Who Rock The World. Read about it in the press release shown underneath the interview video below.


In this interview (below), Jim and I have a blast talking about – and laughing about - a myriad of things. However, we mostly we chatted about Tigress, which, by the way, is a great album! It is an album by women artists, singers, and musicians. The guitar work on this thing is just incredible. You’ve go to listen to it just for that guitar work if nothing else but all the songs are great. The vocals are great. The musicianship is phenomenal as well. You’ll definitely want to order your copy and can do so by clicking on the album cover on this page.


Watch the interview. I hope you enjoy it. Please share it with anyone you think might enjoy the chat!
Also, you can keep up with Jim at his website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Jim Peterik

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Dion Shows Us Around His Stompin' Ground

 Posted November 2021

dion3Say the name, “Dion” (as in Dion and the Belmonts), all sorts of great songs come to mind. Tunes like I Wonder Why, No One Knows, A Teenager In Lover, The Wanderer, and Runaround Sue are among the many songs Dion DiMucci has burned into the memory of baby boomers the world over.

Since those wonderful days in the sixties, Dion has continued to record so much great music, crossing genres and remaining fresh and relevant all the way to today.

For proof, one only must purchase his new album, Stompin’ Ground, to hear how strong, fresh, and catchy DiMucci’s new music is. He’s joined on the disc with other great artists such as ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons, Bruce Springsteen, Boz Scaggs, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, and several others.

During my recent conversation with Dion, we talked about the album. When asked how this album is different from all the other albums he recorded, DiMucci shared that it was Angel In An Alleyway and the story behind it. You can hear that story along with a lot of other stories and anecdotes on the interview video below. Underneath that video is the press release for Stompin’ Ground.

After watching the video, please share it with your friends. Then, purchase Dion’s new album, Stompin’ Ground. It’s available wherever you choose to buy music. You can also order it from his website, DionDimucci.com, where you can also keep up with the latest from Dion. You can also keep up with Dion at his social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube).

The Boomerocity Interview With Dion

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Press Release

SET INCLUDES COLLABORATIONS WITH BOZ SCAGGS, MARK KNOPFLER, PATTI SCIALFA, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, KEB’ MO’, BILLY F GIBBONS, RICKIE LEE JONES, MARCIA BALL, PETER FRAMPTON, JOE BONAMASSA AND G.E. SMITH WITH LINER NOTES BY PETE TOWNSHEND

stompinggroundcoverClick Above To Order Your CopyDion is following up his critically acclaimed and commercially successful 2020 album release Blues With Friends with Stomping Ground, a new album that finds him collaborating yet again with music greats with whom he shares mutual admiration. Set for release November 5, Stomping Ground was produced by Wayne Hood with Dion and will be released through Joe Bonamassa and Roy Weisman’s KTBA Records. The album will be available digitally as well as on CD and as a two LP set.


Most of the album’s songs were written by Dion and his songwriting partner Mike Aquilina. Guest artists appearing on tracks with Dion include Boz Scaggs, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen, Billy F Gibbons, Keb’ Mo’, Sonny Landreth, Joe Menza, Mike Menza, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Vivino, Rickie Lee Jones, Wayne Hood, Joe Bonamassa and G.E. Smith with Pete Townshend’s liner notes which Dion characterizes as “amazing.”


The album’s voluminous notes include an intro by Dion that succinctly summarizes the philosophy behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s latest recorded endeavor:
“When I was young, I was always striving for accolades and admiration. Those were my goals. But when I reached them, they didn’t satisfy. I discovered joy when I leaned to stop caring about all that – when I learned to relax and make music with friends… music that would make more friends for us through its joy. To make music with friends, and to make friends through music: I can’t imagine a better life than this. I am grateful to my friends who made Stomping Ground with me – and my new friends who are listening.”

The album was preceded last month with the release of “I’ve Got To Get To You,” a track featuring Boz Scaggs along with the father and son guitar team of Joe and Mike Menza. This week marks the release of “Take It Back,” on which Dion is joined by Joe Bonamassa. Next month (10/13) will see the release of “Angel In The Alleyway” that features Patti Scialfa (vocals) and Bruce Springsteen (guitar and harmonica).


The album’s notes include a foreword by Pete Townshend, which reads, in part:
“Dion, like a circling star that never fades, generates the energy and fire we need to pull ourselves up and start again. Dion is a star who knows well how to start again, how to keep shining. He looks at his watch every few years. Damn! Let’s make a record. Take care. This one will blow those little white things in our ears right into your brain.”

Beyond Townshend’s literary contribution, Dion provides a track-by-track description of all the album’s 14 selections, the sole non-original being “Red House,” the Jimi Hendrix song that has become a blues standard. On Stomping Ground, Dion is joined by Keb’ Mo’ on that song. Dion notes, “We had a blast grooving on ‘Red House.’ I’m honored to have him join me on this Jimi Hendrix cover/tribute. We did it as only we could. I think Jimi would approve!” It’s worth mentioning that the follow-up single release to Dion’s 1968 smash hit “Abraham, Martin and John” was “Purple Haze,” serving to underscore the connection that Dion has long had with the legacy of Jimi Hendrix.


There’s more Dion news. The Wanderer, a musical based on the life and music of Dion will stage its world pre-Broadway premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ on March 24, 2022. Michael Wartella (Wicked) stars as Dion, alongside Christy Altomare (Anastasia) as Susan, Dion’s wife. Original New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre (Waitress) plays Johnny, Dion’s best friend. The Wanderer was written by Charles Messina (A Room of My Own) and directed by Kenneth Ferrone (Cruel Intentions) and choreographed by Sarah O’Gleby. Tony Award-winner Beowulf Boritt is the scenic designer. The Wanderer is produced by Paper Mill Playhouse in association with Jill Menza and Charles Messina.

Stomping Ground track listing (LP version -- CD version follows the same order)


Side A

  1. Take It Back with Joe Bonamassa
  2. Hey Diddle with G.E. Smith
  3. Dancing Girl with Mark Knopfler
  4. If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll with Eric Clapton

Side B

  1. There Was A Time with Peter Frampton
  2. Cryin’ Shame with Sonny Landreth
  3. The Night Is Young with Joe Menza and Wayne Hood

Side C

  1. That’s What The Doctor Said with Steve Conn
  2. My Stomping Ground with Billy F Gibbons
  3. Angel In the Alleyways with Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen


Side D

  1. I’ve Got To Get To You with Boz Scaggs, Joe Menza and Mike Menza
  2. Red House with Keb’ Mo’
  3. I Got My Eyes On You Baby with Marcia Ball and Jimmy Vivino
  4. I’ve Been Watching with Rickie Lee Jones and Wayne Hood