Janie Hendrix and John McDermott Discuss Their New Book, "Jimi"

Posted November 2022

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The name conjures up images, memories and sounds as individual as those who hear the name. I said something similar in the opening of my last interview with Janie Hendrix.

I’ll continue with that thought for this interview. As I referenced the last time, one of the first images for me is a vague memory of my late best friend in sixth and seventh grade, Jim Hughes, turning me on to Jimi. Additionally, I think of any number of segments of Hendrix’s amazing catalog of legendary music.

For some of you, it may be remembering seeing Jimi in concert, maybe even at Woodstock. Others will remember how his music Jimi CoverClick Above To Order Your Copiesinfluenced your own musicianship or even changed your life.

Regardless of what comes to mind, it all validates the fact that Jimi Hendrix made a permanent imprint in society and in history. His sound was unmistakable and countless guitarists have made it their goal to emulate their guitar hero’s sound.

As everyone knows who has the slightest knowledge of Jimi Hendrix has even, he passed away far too soon at the tender age of 27.

Think about that for a moment.

Many of you baby boomers have grandkids older than that now. Sobering.

Had Hendrix lived, he would turn 80 years old this month. It’s hard to imagine an 80-year-old Jimi Hendrix because he’s forever young in our minds.

To commemorate Jimi’s 80th birthday, Janie Hendrix and co-author and Experience Hendrix L.L.C. catalog director for approaching three decades, John McDermott, have published, “Jimi”. It’s the official 80th birthday edition with lots of interesting and even never-before-published items in the book.

The book is excellent and is chock full of amazing photos and commentary by Janie and John. It is the perfect addition to the personal library of any music and/or Hendrix fan on your gift-giving list. You can order those gifts by clicking on the book cover shown on this page (the press release for the book is below).

Please watch the interview. We hope you enjoy it. Afterward, please share it with your fellow Hendrix fans. Follow the latest offerings from the Jimi Hendrix estate by following their three websites, JimiHendrix.com, AuthenticHendrix.com, and ExperienceHendrixTour.com. They are also on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. There’s also a public Hendrix playlist on Spotify.

The Boomerocity Interview With Janie Hendrix and John McDermott

Press Release

JIMI is the ultimate tribute to the greatest guitar player in rock and roll history, celebrating what would have been Jimi Hendrix's 80th birthday on November 8, 2022. This comprehensive visual celebration is an official collaboration with Jimi's sister, Janie Hendrix, and John McDermott of Experience Hendrix L.L.C. JIMI significantly expands on the authors' previously published titles, including An Illustrated Experience, and features a new introduction by Janie, extensive biographical texts, and a trove of lesser known and never-before-published photographs, personal memorabilia, lyrics, and more. Additionally, JIMI includes quotations by legendary musicians, such as Paul McCartney, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton, Drake, Dave Grohl, and others who have spoken about Hendrix's lasting influence.

In the four years before his untimely death at age 27, Jimi Hendrix created a groundbreaking musical legacy, one that includes revered classics such as "Purple Haze" and "Voodoo Child." His signature guitar playing, provocative songwriting, and charismatic performances have continued to inspire legions of musicians and fans alike.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Author Biographies:

Janie L. Hendrix is the president and CEO of Seattle-based Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Authentic Hendrix L.L.C., the family companies of Jimi Hendrix, which were founded by James "Al" Hendrix in 1995, as a means of keeping Hendrix's legacy alive. Janie ushered the companies into the 21st century with the dream of her father and brother in mind.

John McDermott is the director, writer, and producer who has long been associated with the legacy of Jimi Hendrix. He has served as the catalog director for Experience Hendrix L.L.C. for nearly three decades. Together with Janie Hendrix and Eddie Kramer, McDermott has coproduced every Jimi Hendrix CD and DVD release, including 1999's Grammy Award–winning Band of Gypsys, 2014's Emmy Award–winning Hear My Train A Comin', and the recent Grammy-nominated Music, Money, Madness: Jimi Hendrix In Maui.

Radio Drive's Kevin Gullickson Shares the Latest About the Band

Posted November 2022

Kevin Gullickson 001As Boomerocity visitors know, I love finding those unheard of musical gems. I’m speaking, of course, of those that are just coming up and beginning to be known. This is the case with Kevin Gullickson and his group, Radio Drive.

I hadn't heard about him until his publicist got ahold of me and I listened to his work. I really liked it. He’s s 70s and 80s style of music, which I'm sure you do, too, or you wouldn't be tuning in to Boomerocity. You're going to absolutely love Kevin's work. If you like Beatles or Zeppelin then you're really going to love Radio Drive and Kevin Gullickson’s work in it.

We had a really good chat. I really love the spirit of Kevin and where his heart is musically and where his heart is towards the world. I honestly feel like I've made a new friend, too.

I can't wait for you guys to listen to this interview. Also, please go check out his music. I have links on this page for you to access it. It's on all the streaming services, but I encourage you to buy the music and help support artists like Kevin.

Keep up with Radio Drive and Kevin on their website (here) as well as on Instagram. You can also listen to them on Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.

 The Boomerocity Interview with Kevin Gullickson

 

Alan Chiasson Talks About Postcards Through Hell

Posted October 2022

Alan ChiassonThe U.S. war in Afghanistan that ended last year was the longest military war in our country’s history. It was a war that was staffed, fought, and ended like none of our other wars. History will judge its justification and whether it was successful. What is not in question is the bravery and sacrifice of those who served there.

Two of those people are Alan Chiasson and Edward Ford. These two men served on a team of private security contractors, working high-risk contracts, making important deliveries all of Afghanistan and encountering the enemy. Alan and Edward have written a book , Postcards Through Hell, that details some of their experiences as the Afghanistan Pony Express.

Chiasson shares, “The book covers a period from 2009 to 2012. Initially, we were tasked with delivering critical supplies to operational detachment Alpha outposts throughout Afghanistan. Eventually we picked up a Department of Defense Contract for the US Mail. We were responsible for taking mail from Kabul and Bagram and we would drive it in convoy to all these different locations. The main route was called Ring Road. It was laden with Taliban and plenty of attacks almost on a daily basis. We Postcards Through Hell CoverClick Above To Order Your Copiessuffered quite a few ambushes. We lost 10 Guys in three years. Rest in Peace guys. They called us the Pony Express.”

Alan continued about the book, “The story is about my team leader, Edward Ford. He and I were there for a lot of the things that happened, but we were on different teams. He had a memoir, and I had a journal and we kind of combined those two together to create a timeline. That was that period from 2009 to 2012. Unlike Iraq, we never saw the enemy. But in Afghanistan, if they attacked you, then the fight was on. If you get ambushed, and you get a vehicle down, you’ve got to cross-deck, you have to return fire. Sometimes, you have to kill the enemy just to get out.”

Time has a way of making people forget certain things. We must never forget what our men and women who have served our country and its interests all over the world. One way to never forget is to purchase a copy or two of Postcards Through Hell by Edward Ford and Alan Chiasson. It is available wherever books are sold.

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Alan Chiasson

 

Kenny Neal Talks Blues the Louisiana Way

Posted November 2022

Kenny Neal 001 cropped 2Kenny Neal is a phenomenal blues guitarist born in New Orleans and raised, and living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My lord can this guy play the blues! His DNA is nothing but the blues. He just can't help but play the blues. That could be because he was raised by - and learned from - his dad, Raful Neal, who was a great harmonica player.

Because of that connection, he got to sit with many of the greats like Buddy Guy, Slim Harpo, and those types. He got to meet so many other great people and develop friendships with them, as well.

As you might recall, last year I interviewed Tito Jackson, one of Michael Jackson's older brothers, and Kenny produced the album that Tito and I were talking about. Well, fast forward to this year. Since that time, Kenny has released his own album called Straight from the Heart. It's a Louisiana themed album and it comes straight from Kenny's heart.

When you listen to that album, it's going to blow you away because it's some of the most amazing blues you're ever going to hear. I promise you that.

I’ve wanted to interview Kenny ever since I became aware of his work. Kenny and Tito are touring together and when I got the press release announcing the tour, I knew couldn’t wait any longer. I had to reach out to Kenny and see if we can get an interview together.

Despite myriad technical problems that delayed our call, we made the thing happen. In this interview we talk about what he did during the pandemic, his remodeling projects, and his new venture at his one of his homes in Baton Rouge where he brings artists together, has performances, gives them a place to stay, a full-function restaurant, among other things.

Straight From The Heart CoverClick Above To Order Your CopyKenny was gracious and so much fun to talk to. I think you're really gonna love just listening in on this conversation.

The video is kind of rough because he's holding his phone showing me around his place during the video call.

Yes, he gave me a tour of the place and you’re coming along with us! We’ll see his sisters working in the kitchen and his cousins and nephews working on the grounds there to get things ready for his then-upcoming birthday.

Please take some time to watch this interview. Share it with your fellow blues loving friends. Buy Straight from the Heart if you haven’t already (you can buy it by clicking on the album cover on this page).

Follow Kenny at his website (here) as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. If streaming's your thing, then listen to Kenny on Apple Music and Spotify.

 The Boomerocity Interview with Kenny Neal

 

Diego "Bull" Avello Is Herding His Buffalos To Worldwide Succes

Posted October 2022

Bull Red GuitarLong-time Boomerocity followers know that we are not least bit afraid to reach out and talk to bands from elsewhere other than the US or UK. Interviews that come to mind Tak Matsumoto from Japan, of the group, B’z. They're huge in Japan and tried to make a breakthrough here in the US.

I did an interview with him by email. I also interviewed my good friend, Jan Carlo DeFan of the great rock band from Mexico called Elan. That developed into a very good friendship from that interview.

Consequently, it brings me a lot of joy to bring to you my interview with Diego “Bull” Avello from the band, Bull Y Los Buffalos. I genuinely love this band. They bring American rock and roll from the heart of a man from Spain, if you can imagine that. They play in Europe, the US, and Mexico. They’re winning fans over very fast when you listen to their music and I encourage you to do so, too - especially the video I have embedded on this page. I think you're going to become a fan right away. He's good ol’ rock and roll - and how ironic it is from a man from Spain.

Follow Bull and the band on their website (here) as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. You can also listen to them on Spotify.

The Boomerocity Interview With Diego "Bull" Avello

Press Release

PARAMOUR RECORDS KICKS DOWN THE DOOR WITH NEW RELEASE FROM

BULL Y LOS BUFALOS
FURY

~UNLEASHED ON October 7, 2022 ~

Fury CoverClick Above To Listen To FuryNew York, NY(September 27, 2022) – “Stubborn Rock”... a bold statement describing an unrelenting, powerful musical force, born from fiery passion and fierce determination. This is how musician / singer / songwriter / creative force Diego “Bull” Avello has dubbed his sound. On date, his band Bull y Los Bufaloswill deliver an aptly-titled new EP Fury (Paramour Records).

A sonic blend of Texas blues-rock, Rock and Roll, and a hint of Spaniard flare, Bull y Los Bufalos’ is the latest music endeavor by Bull - a Texas-by-way-of-Spain journeyman who forged his own path by fearlessly taking the road less traveled. The sound reflects his driving ethos of never backing down to achieve his goals. With a repertoire of both English and Spanish lyrics topping fire-roasted riffs and rhythmic grooves, Bull y Los Bufalos has caught the ear and attention of unique crowds worldwide, landing them everywhere from the famed Whisky A Go Go to the largest biker festivals in Latin America. Above and beyond a reputation for powerhouse live shows, the rugged theatricality of Bull’s brand of rock led his music to be featured in the globally distributed television series Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans MC.

Bull hails from Asturias - a captivating region of Spain that’s home to religious sites, historical medieval architecture, and rugged mountains. That rich, cultural tapestry informed his creative spirit, which he carried with him to Madrid, where he began his musical journey. He then spent several years in various parts of Mexico before making his way to the US, where he started Bufalo y Los Bufalos. Amidst the course of his travels and career, Bull has released three studio albums and a live album, with several successful national and international tours under his belt. Fury marks the next chapter of his story, as he continues to establish a blazing, burning legacy with no signs of stopping – the soul essence of “Stubborn Rock”.