Monday January 26

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Show #223 - Gary DeCarlo of Steam (1/20/15)
It's one of the strangest stories of any #1 hit.  "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" was credited to a fictitious band called Steam, but it was actually recorded by vocalist Gary DeCarlo and some studio musicians.  But, because of some bizarre circumstances, he wasn't able to take credit...
Show #222 - Lisa Mills (1/6/15)
Lisa Mills hails from Mississippi, and there must be something down there in the water, as she’s put together one of the finest, most honest records of last year. I’m Changing, is a mix of blues, rock, soul, Gospel and even a sprinkle of country.  Add to it Lisa’s gritty...
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...

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, 26 January 1957
Eruption

eddie van halenHappy Birthday to Eddie Van Halen, whose band Van Halen pioneered a new brand of hard rock with their debut in 1978.  Rumors have been flying of a David Lee Roth reunion album in the works.  Click here to preview Van Halen tracks on Itunes.


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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

 

View this box set on amazon.com

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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