Thursday December 18

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Show#221 - David Lanz (12/15/14)
David Lanz has been putting out music for over 30 years, so you’d think there wouldn’t be any “firsts” left for the award-winning pianist.  Yet, his new record, Forever Christmas, is his first-ever album to feature a songwriting partner from start to finish, and his first record prominently featuring a...
Show #220 - Eric Von Haessler - Drivin n' Cryin Doc (12/9/14)
Director Eric Von Haessler has just put out Scarred But Smarter - the Life n Times of Drivin n’ Cryin, an in-depth look at this legendary Georgia band.  Through extensive interviews with bandmates & managers past and present, as well as people, like Peter Buck of REM, Ed Rowland of...
Show #219 - Jason Falkner (12/1/14)
TV Eyes was a short lived supergroup featuring Jason Falkner & Roger Manning Jr, who spent time in the power pop band Jellyfish, and drummer Brian Reitzell, who was in the equally melodic Redd Kross.  The trio teamed up in the early 2000’s for a debut record that combined elements...
Show #218 - Dwight Twilley (11/12/14)
Some call it Power Pop, others call it melodic rock - either way, Dwight Twilley has been crafting like-minded tunes for over 40 years now.  His first hit was the Top 20 smash “I’m On Fire” in 1975.  Then, he was back in the Top 20 with “Girls” in 1984. ...
Show #217 - Duke Robillard (11/4/14)
Duke Robillard was one of the founding members of Roomful of Blues in the late Sixties.  Then, he replaced Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1989.  But, his solo career has been arguably more adventurous than either of those two bands.  Duke’s love is delving into the various facets...
Show #216 - P.F. Sloan (10/27/14)
PF Sloan wrote an impressive list of songs in the mid Sixties, including Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction,” Johnny Rivers’ “Secret Agent Man,” as well as hits for the Mamas & the Papas, Grassroots, Herman’s Hermits, the Turtles and others.  He met Elvis & the Beatles, and hung out with...

In Tony's Blog

Rockin' Orchestra - Brass Transit - the Music of Chicago (review)

Rockin’ Orchestra - Brass Transit - the Music of Chicago - 10/4/14, Schuster Performing Arts Center (review)

What happens when a cover band is actually better than the band that they’re imitating?  That is most certainly the case with Brass Transit, a Chicago tribute band that joined the Dayton Philharmonic to kick off the 5th season of their Rockin’ Orchestra series at the Schuster Center in Dayton, OH.  And imitate is not the right word, Brass Transit embodied the music of Chicago.

The band featured a stellar horn line that faithfully recreated the sophisticated arrangements of the original group (they even jumped into the crowd to solo at one point).  Guitarist Bob McAlpine showed incredible versatility, laying back for the quieter moments like "Call on Me," then firing off searing licks that captured the spirit of original fret man Terry Kath, especially on their tremendous take of “Make Me Smile.”  Drummer Paul Delong was a monster, even doing a wild drum solo during a medley of “I’m a Man” and “Free.”

The person that elevated the entire show into the stratosphere was vocalist Neil Donnell, whose multi-octave range had already graced several other Rockin’ Orchestra performances of the past.  Here, Donnell nailed everything - he was gruff on “Color My World,” soared to dizzying heights on “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” and was buoyant on “Saturday in the Park.”  His range and depth is truly unparalleled.

The band was delicate with ballads like “If You Leave Me Now,” (which sounded phenomenal with orchestral accompaniment), but managed to rock heavily on tracks like “Dialogue Parts 1&2.”  The encore of “25 or 6 to 4” was truly moving.  The typically subdued crowd was on their feet, furiously clapping along.  The band even did an original song of theirs called “Last Time This Time,” which fit right in with the classic material.  The audience was so moved that a large number of them stayed after to purchase CD's and get autographs.

I’ve seen Chicago 25 years ago, and they were nowhere near this good.  Brass Transit led a high-energy, hit-filled evening that, with or without orchestra, is a must see.  I've been to just about every performance of this Rockin' Orchestra series over the last five years - this was the best one, by far.    —Tony Peters


This Day in History

Saturday, 18 December 1943
Hail Keef!

keith richardsCelebrating a birthday is Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who may very well outlive all of his contemporaries.


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Random LP of the Day

Michael Bloomfield - From His Head to His Hands to His Heart from Sony LegacyMichael Bloomfield - From His Head to His Heart to His Hands (Columbia / Legacy) review

Colossally important, criminally under-appreciated - Michael Bloomfield gets his due

 

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Guitarist Mike Bloomfield may not be a household name, but every rock fan owes him a huge debt.  A new 3-CD/1-DVD “audio / visual scrapbook” From His Head to His Heart to His Hands sheds light on his incredible genius.


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