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ACROSS THE DESK By Whitey & Robin Noll
Today is Thanksgiving. So I thought I would google the definition. Thanksgving - An act of giving thanks, an expression of gratitude especially to God: a hymn of thanksgiving. I am truly thankful to God. He saved my life and is developing a peace in my soul that is beyond description. I wish that I could explain it adequately because everyone would then want to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and enjoy the peace of soul and mind that He alone gives by His Holy Spirit power. With Christmas coming upon us that is the gift I give to each one of you that is reading this, JESUS. He is the reason for the season. He is the first one on the face of the earth that taught unconditional love of the human race. He healed EVERYONE who came to him and He wants to heal all of mankind today. In the hustle and bustle of life it’s nice to be able to read the Word of God and get a heavenly perspective of life and reflect on the healing words of God. So the way to establish a relationship with Jesus is simply to ask Jesus to take over your life. It’s hard for us control freaks to do that but boy, I am glad I did, and I still have to surrender areas of my life that I want to hang onto but oh the joys of knowing Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. He is truly a Savior. Thought I would write about it first this year because I always do. Sorry if it offends some but if even one person gets saved it is worth it. On to what has come “Across the Desk”. It’s been a lot. Mary from Cheers called at the last minute to get her ad in. She is always trying to give her customers what they enjoy and of course to keep them at her establishment and keep coming
back. She has decided to bring back her Black & White Party for New Year’s Eve. Everyone is suppose to wear black and white of course and come and enjoy the evening. There will be Karaoke there as well so if you like to sing go and sing away. It’s $15 per person but includes a pork and sauerkraut dinner along with dessert and a champagne toast at midnight. It’s reservations only so you won’t be able to decide to go at the last minute. Mary is also going to make her establishment a NonSmoking venue. She was telling me all kinds of interesting things about the bar business. It’s not easy running any business, one has to constantly being making adjustments and keep an eye on the bottom line. Market Cross Pub will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with their annual Keg Drop with DJ S-dog. Market Cross is a great pub to eat and drink at. They have great brews, food and entertainment all month long for your enjoyment. Gullifty’s is having limited entertainment this month but the shows they do have are some of their loyal customers favorites including Disco Fever who encourages everyone to come out in their favorite disco garb and dance and party the night away. Coming Saturday, December 21st is a Special Christmas Party with Julian Fist and a host of friends. Then on Saturday, December 28th it’s The Badlees to close out the month. Only 3 shows but 3 shows packed with entertainment and talent. continued on pg. 2 4 ...
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OUT & ABOUT by RACHEL ROCKS! Merry Christmas!!! It’s hard to believe another year of covering live music is over. It’s once again been a wild and crazy year. When I look back on my year it’s hard to believe everywhere I’ve been and everything I’ve seen. Trust me I know there are still a lot of places I haven’t seen and bands I haven’t heard, but I’m not finished yet! Thanks to everyone for all the support and for sharing your talent with me. Thanks also to my wonderful Mom for putting up with all my procrastination and exclamation points!!!!! Love you Mom. By the way December is Mom, aka Robin Noll’s birthday month, December 18th she will be another year wiser!! Happy Birthday Mom!!!! My musical journey started out this month with a night of fun and craziness with my Mom. We were both out delivering the mags and I remembered that Steel was playing at Double K. Mom met me there after a long day on the road and we both had an awesome time! I love how Steel loves and respects everyone who comes out to their shows and makes you feel like one of the family. It was a great night for us to let loose and enjoy the music we work so hard to support. Back 8 years ago, Steel was playing at Angie’s, and Mom told me go out and see Steel (on one of my first nights out on the town), you will love them and their music. Sure enough she was right!! It’s hard to believe my first Steel show was 8 years ago! I’ve made so many great friends throughout the years just because of this one band. Steel plays all of my favorite songs from rock to heavy metal, covers and originals. I heard they even debuted a new rockin’ original last night at a show I unfortunately missed. I’m sure I’ll hear it soon. Check out their schedule in this issue and come on out and bang your head! After another long day of delivering I decided to stop in for SOS’s Halloween party at Johnny Joe’s. All of the guys from SOS were dressed up as an 80’s hair band. Needless to say it was a wild and packed night at Johnny Joe’s. ‘Bret Michaels’ even stopped by and played bass for a couple songs. Plus there were all kinds of super heroes there to save the day, not to mention the big penguin! Out of all of the ‘Halloween’ parties I’ve been to Johnny Joe’s had the most people dressed up and there wasn’t even a costume contest, just a bunch of people ready to have a crazy and wild night partying with SOS. I’m glad I was able to stop out and recuperate from all the driving. The following weekend I headed up to Tubby’s for Kat and the Mad Dogz and the Colt Wilbur Band. When I got there Kat and the Mad Dogz were in full swing, getting the party started. It’s awesome watching Kat with her fiddle. Everyone else does a great job supporting her, singing their own songs, or just harmonizing with her amazing vocals. I managed to get a crazy picture of Kat leaning way back, playing her fiddle. I couldn’t resist and I put it in a photo contest to see if I could get any votes. With only 9 hours left of a two week contest, I continued on page 1 2 ...
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Out & About continued.... and put on one heck of a show. It’s always crazy to see the talent of these touring bands. It’s just a matter of getting the right person to see your show to change your life forever! Keep up the good fight guys! The last night out of the month was very busy, but very fun. I headed out early to go see Nate Myers and the Aces at Big Woody’s. Big Woody’s bands always play from roughly 8-12, so it’s always nice and convenient to start my night there. Nate Myers and the Aces had the place packed as usual. I even had to park in Big Woody’s overflow parking lot. The dance floor is very limited, but the bar stools are comfy enough there were plenty of people bopping along and dancing in their seats. Nate Myers and the Aces have been playing all over the place from Maryland, Delaware and plenty of local places all around the mid-state. Check out their website, www.natemyers.com and get out there and support these guys. It’s always a great night of good music and good times. Big Woody’s does an amazing job of supporting local talent. Tuesdays they kick off the fun with Karaoke with Reese and Rossi, Wednesdays it’s open mic night, Thursdays, sit back, relax, and enjoy some piano music in The Rockville Room, Friday you can have your choice of piano music in the Rockville Room, or a live band in the Pub. Both areas are separated by the bathrooms, so one doesn’t even disturb the other. It’s an amazing set up, and well run by great staff. Not only do they support live music, they also have delicious food. Check out their ad in this issue and plan your next night out on the town. After Nate Myers’s first set I zoomed down to the Racehorse Tavern in Thomasville for Frayed Nott and Take 147. Unfortunately I witnessed an accident and felt like I had to stop and share my info. in case they needed me to talk to the police for any of them. That all took time, and I arrived too late to see Frayed Nott. I heard they did a great job and they’ve learned quite a few new songs that were big crowd pleasers. Luckily Sabrina Kreps was there to see the show so she snapped a couple of pics for me as well. You can check them out in my Hot Shots and online at www.pamusician.net. Thanks Sabrina for the extra help and support!! Frayed Nott is just making their way onto the scene, and hopefully I’ll catch them ‘Out and About’ soon! Racehorse Tavern was a new venue for Take 147 and I was glad to see, as usual, some of their “Takers” made the trip to support them. Take 147 does an amazing job with their covers adding in new songs all the time, but their originals are even better. I’ve seen a lot of bands and so many times their originals sound a lot alike with the same themes, same chords, etc. I don’t think you can make one bands originals any more ‘original’ than these girls do. They sing about every thing with pop songs like “House Party” and their country tune, “Caravan Court”, plus they have their more serious rock songs, “Succumb,” “You”, and their newest song, “Nothing to Lose” that could easily be played on 105.7 the X. “Nothing to Lose” has such an awesome beat they had new fans up dancing before the chorus! Take 147 has a few more shows in December, one is December 6th at Tubby’s, that is guaranteed to be a crazy night. Check out their schedule in this issue and get out there rockin’ with these girls soon! You might think my night was over… but there was still time for one more stop… I zoomed almost home, but then took a side trip to Double K for Booby Trap’s anniversary party. These guys were celebrating 15 years of providing live entertainment to the masses. They started back in 1983 as the band 2 Stuck Dogs, and are currently playing the local scene as Booby Trap. They had a full house at Double K celebrating with them. Booby Trap plays all your favorite good rock ‘n roll songs that get you up and moving and smiling remembering the good ‘ole days while making new memories for the future. Congrats guys on making it 15 years in the music industry! We all know how hard that truly is. Well that’s all for this month. I have a crazy busy December filled with birthdays and holidays. It’s hard to believe my littlest man is going to be 8 on December 5th! Happy Birthday Mason! And Happy Birthday again to Mom and my big brother Josh! Not to mention the most important birthday of them all, Happy Birthday Jesus! I hope you all have a very blessed Christmas and create lots of great memories with your family and friends. If you see me ‘Out and About’ please stop me and say Hi. If you have any questions or comments, e-mail me directly at RachelRocks@pamusician.net. Thank you for Supporting Local Music!! 14
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FIERCE — Performers Who Deliver a Powerful & Intense Show By Rachel Rocks
Fierce is a great name for this band. The definition of Fierce is: a feeling, emotion, or action showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity… When you are at a Fierce show that is exactly what you get. Fierce is a five piece, all-girl band based out of Lancaster. When they originally came up with the name, back in 2011, they didn’t think it quite fit, but since then I have personally witnessed that they represent that definition and then some. Fierce’s lead singer is Deborah Guy. This is her first time being in a band, but she is a true professional. She can be singing your favorite top 40 song, and then switch it up easily to a soulful blues song, to rock, and then back again. She might be new to the band scene, but she’s not new to the music scene, she’s a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, she’s worked at Guitar Center for a few years, plus she also works at Lanark Records based out of Lancaster. She’s a very busy girl, but still manages to find her inner diva and take control of the stage for Fierce shows. Mary Emelio is the lead guitar player and one of the songwriters of the band. She’s been playing throughout the music scene in different bands, Dirty Girls, Delta Jelly, and Sisterbeat, just to name a few, for over 35 years. One of Mary’s original songs, “Where You Been Boy” is currently charting on Reverbnation. Mary is the whip cracker of the band. She has a great ear for music and makes them keep practicing songs until they get out all of the kinks. She’s also the main booking agent and works hard to get their gigs lined up throughout the midstate and beyond. Jerri Leininger is their drummer and also another key songwriter of the band. Jerri is the driving force behind the name. Her drum beats definitely help keep the girls in line and rockin’ the night away. Jerri has been surrounded by music Vicki Poole for as long as she can remember. She’s lucky to have a very musical family all the way back to her Grandma, Mamma Grace, Deborah who even has had songs Jax Lynch published years ago. Jerri has also played in her fair share of bands throughout the years, all the way back to The Rockin’ Chipmunks in 1968. More recently she’s played in Easy Street where she was the lead vocalist and the drummer, plus she’s also played in Dirty Girls with Mary. Jax Lynch has been playing guitar since she was 7 years old, but this is also her first experience in a band. She has always loved music, but unfortunately she was very shy. Jax considers Mary one of her main mentors. Mary encouraged her to help start up Fierce, and has taught her so much, now she can’t imagine not playing in a band. She loves every minute of it, and she even breaks out on lead guitar in a couple of songs. Jax travels the furthest for practice. She lives close to Wilmington, Delaware. She says it’s well worth the drive, plus she helps them get shows in Delaware, so it’s a win-win. Vicki Poole, on her 5-string bass, is the most recent addition to the band, even though it feels like she’s been playing with these girls forever, she joined the band in October of 2012. She also played in Sisterbeat, so when Mary asked her about joining them in Fierce, she was very excited. It was great to be back playing with Mary again. Vicki has been playing
numerous instruments since she was 9 years old. She’s played some of those instruments in the Westminster Municipal Band. At most shows you’ll also get to see her pull out her saxophone. A sax is something you don’t see too often in local shows around here. It’s a great addition to the band. I’ve only had the privilege of catching one of their shows live, but I can tell you for sure, it was “fierce” to say the least. Their set list is crazy and all over the place, they play everything from Rock, Pop, Blues, Americana, and more. Plus, they also have their originals. Their show is very intense because you never know what they are going to play next. Some of the crowd favorites are “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zepplin and “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon. Then they’ll change gears and everyone will be just as excited to hear “Red House” by Jimi Hendrix or “Stormy Monday” by the Allman Brothers. One of the bands favorite songs to play is “Paris” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and all of their originals. Their shows are filled with a powerful intensity that will have your emotions all out of whack, and chances are you’ll walk out at the end of the night shaking your head saying, “Wow! That was Fierce!” Speaking of their shows, you can have your own chance to check them out at The Field House in Etters on December 28th. Plus they are currently talking to the Rusty Nail in Ardmore about being featured on their weekly radio show, you can check it out at www.thenail1.com. All of the ladies of Fierce had a long list of people to thank for getting them started and helping them continue on with their musical journey. They are very thankful for their sound guy, Adam Dandridge, not only does he do a great job with the sound board, he even comes up and sings a couple songs now and then. Their cover shot and all of Jerri Leininger their promo pics on their website were taken by Deborah Swanger Photography. She did an amazing job. They have Guy great merch goddesses, Mary Emelio Aubrey and Angela, and their super roadie Kimmie. Jolene has also been a key Photo by: Deborah Swanger Photography component to keeping their band together, and for that they are very grateful. Their mega fans are Angela and Denise and Sharon and Mike Rappo, plus everyone else that comes out and supports their shows every chance they get. Being in a band wouldn’t be very much fun without the fans to appreciate all of their hard work and talent. They all wanted to thank their parents and their families for getting them started on their quest as a musician and especially for continuing to believe in them day after day. A huge thank you also goes out to Deb Carrieri for putting up with all of their practices, and all of their gear going in and out of the house. Having a good practice spot is a key element to a good band. Last but not least to all the venues that have opened their doors and have supported live music. You can keep an eye on Fierce and hear some of their originals at their main website, www.lancasterfierce.com which is updated on a regular basis. You can also “Like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lancasterfierce. To get Fierce booked at your venue or private party, please give Mary a call at 717-413-0204.
“Fierce is: a feeling, emotion, or action showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity…”
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Lady Gaga will be the final act to play New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom. The venue’s impending closing represents an end to an era. Having first opened on Broadway as an indoor ice-skating rink, the venue moved to its present West 52nd St. location in the 1950s. Lady Gaga will give the building a proper send-off March 28th, 30th, 3st, and April 2nd. The March 28th show at Roseland is also Lady Gaga’s birthday. Journey is donating $350,000 to help relief efforts in the Philippines, and its lead singer has a message for his homeland: “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Arnel Pineda and the rest of the band announced the donation will go to the United Nations World Food Program, which is providing Filipinos with food assistance. The donation should provide 1.4 million meals. The Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, which has left more than 3,600 dead and displaced 600,000.
NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman
Greetings Rockers ‘N’ Rollers! With winter upon us, it seems National tours are becoming less frequent. However, there were a few surprises the past month. It started off a bit odd with young artist Selena Gomez at Hershey’s Giant Center. Gomez rose from child fame on the Disney Channel to a national recording artist today, with a hit “Come & Get It.” It wasn’t a typical concert for myself but it was cool to recognize the production and to observe a different crowd and element of music. A concert atmosphere is always fun. My thanks to Tommy Presite of The Lebowskis for the hook up! It was then off to Washington DC for possibly my most anticipated show of 2013! California garage punk band FIDLAR returned on a headlining tour. After discovering FIDLAR (opening for The Hives), their debut cd become my favorite this past year. The band’s energy is incredible and their sound could be considered a mix of skate punk and AC/DC. Chicago based band The Orwells opened the show and were fantastic! Completely out of control, inciting a riot and maybe the best performance in 2013. Music reminiscent of The Strokes, these teenagers are on the way to greatness. The next day Pearl Jam played Baltimore for the first time in the band’s 23 year existence. I can’t remember the last show I attended that was completely sold-out —14,000 strong at the Baltimore Arena for over 2 hours of classic Pearl Jam. The band was very good and played their catalog of hits including “Alive,” “Black,” “Better Man” and completing the night with Neil Young’s “Rockin In The Free World.” Pearl Jam are currently on tour for their latest album “Lightning Bolt” which sold 166,000 copies in its first week and reached number one on Billboard. A highlight for the month happened on November 6th at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Cherie Currie, former singer of the all female rock band The Runaways performed live. Joan Jett and Lita Ford were also original members of
Eric and Mario Cuomo of the Orwells The Runaways which began their music careers in the 1970’s. The band’s most recognizable song “Cherry Bomb” was featured in the band’s recent biographical movie ‘The Runaways’. Miss Guy singer of NYC punk band Toilet Boys made a rare appearance opening the show and was a huge reason for me wanting to attend. Guitarist Mayuko Okai (formerly The Binges) is touring with Currie and was kind enough to place me on the band’s guest list. Upon arrival I was given an “All Access” pass, possibly a first in my music entity. Within minutes I found myself backstage with Okai and Currie in the band’s dressing room sharing music tales and meeting Miss Guy and Debbie Harry of Blondie. A truly good night of music history. Here’s the NATIONAL News: Forbes Magazine released it’s annual list of the higest paid musicians of the year. 1. Madonna ($125 million) 2. Lady Gaga ($80 million) 3. Bon Jovi ($79 million) 4. Toby Keith ($65 million) 5. Coldplay ($64 million) 6. Justin Bieber ($58 million) 7. Taylor Swift ($55 million) 8. Elton John ($54 million) 9. Kenny Chesney ($53 million) 10. Beyonce ($53 million). Touring is the biggest revenue. Estimates reflect pretax income before deducting fees for agents, managers and lawyers; only living artists are eligible for the list. Otherwise, Michael Jackson would top with $160 million.
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“LIVE REVIEWS” By Jim Price First and foremost, I wish all of our readers a very safe and happy holiday season; Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, or have the best times celebrating whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of year, even “a Festivus for the rest of us!” Benefit concerts have provided notable live music highlights in recent weeks. Last month’s third annual Patched Together Benefit Concert was the biggest and best yet; as area musicians, fans, volunteers and businesses came together at Altoona’s Bavarian Hall to raise more than $10,000 and awareness for Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch program, which provides counseling and mentoring services to children and teenagers coping with the loss of loved ones. The day’s music took place on two stages. The main stage entertainment began with Cottonmouth, who played classic and southern rock favorites. Hunter James filled in on bass, joining singer/guitarist Kirk “Otto” Tonkin and drummer Ken “Moon” Slovikosky on numbers by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Allman Brothers and more. (Thanks to Cottonmouth for inviting me up to provide a little djembe and wood block assistance!) Next was the debut of The Overtones. Singer/guitarist Jeff Reid, singer/upright bassist Rik Golden and drummer Mike Wax offered up vintage rock’n’roll with a go-for-broke slant, doing numbers from Eddie Cochran, Bobby Fuller, Stray Cats, Carl Perkins, Surfaris and more. Midway through their set, Bobbie Golden joined the group and demonstrated a stellar voice on Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man,” Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel,” Johnny and June Carter Cash’s “Jackson” and more. Pure Cane Sugar then sweetened up the room with their beautiful vocal harmonies and captivating arrangements on a selection of rock, folk, country favorites and originals. Singer/guitarist Kate Twoey, singer Natalie Race and singer/percussionist Molly Countermine brought forth tasty three-part harmonies on such numbers as The Band’s “The Weight,” Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and their original “My Favorite Song,” flanked by guitarist Junior Tutwiler and drummer Daryl Branford. A special collaboration of musicians converged on the main stage next as The Benefit Band, offering their own strong and distinctive takes on classics and favorites. This line-up featured Smoke Run Band singer Wendell Hullihen, Hunter James on bass, Kyx guitarists Bill Ferrell and Bill Moyer, Harold Hayford on keys and Ken Slovikosky on drums. A late replacement after Dirtkicker had to withdraw from the event, Lies, Inc. made an impressive showing with their brand of progressiveflavored hard modern rock. Original songs like “Plaster Apparent,” “Hypnotic” and “Losing Ground” all sounded strong, but the moment that brought the house to full attention was Lies’ Inc.’s stunning read of Rush’s “Temple of Syrinx,” with Lily Taylor’s operatic-styled vocals seizing the house! A favorite from last year’s concert, the Sun King Warriors lifted spirits with their percussion-based brand of music; blending worldbeat, soul and rock rhythms into energetic grooves that quickly filled the dance floor. Singer, guitarist and ringleader Jim Donovan, guitarist Dan Murphy, singer/keyboardist Brandon King, bassist Kent Tonkin, percussionists Harry Pepper and Bryan Fazio, and drummer P.J. Roduta mixed original songs with select covers; including their funk-rocking twist on the traditional Ghana-based folk song “Kpanlogo” and the set-ending take on the Ohio Players’ “Love Rollercoaster,” with fans young and old plus band members mixing into the dance floor action. Mama Corn shifted the flavor into their style of bluegrass and folk sounds, mixing traditional bluegrass canons like the Stanley Brothers’ “How Mountain Girls Can Love” with original songs like “Shenandoah Mountaintops” and “Stoney Lonesome,” even Banjo & Sullivan’s (Rob Zombie’s) “I’m at Home Getting Hammered (While She’s Out Getting Nailed).” The Hawks Blues Band brought electric blues and blues-rock during their set, mixing original songs like “Bottom Shelf Woman” and “Blue Light Blues” with classic blues from John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon and more. Nobody’s Heroes then kicked up their brand of punk-fueled country, folk and bluegrass, mixing original songs like “Moonshine” with takes on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Dion’s “Runaround Sue” and more. Finishing the show was Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band, who fired up a funky and sassy groove fest that inspired dance moves. Namesake, singer continued on page 2 0 ...
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The Professor continued... keyboardist Chris, bassist Mike Stanley, guitarist C’Jay Castello and drummer Randy Servello did several new and old original songs, and incorporated numbers like Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman” and Dr. John’s “Right Place Wrong Time” into their own distinctive style. Second stage entertainment duties at Patched Together were divided through the day between The Backyard Rockers, performing their mixture of acoustic-geared classic rock, folk, blues and country; and G-Street, offering a more modernleaning brand of acoustic-geared sounds. Featuring singer/guitarist Rick Thompson, singer Ben Wolford, guitarist Ryan Petryshak, bassist Alex Wolford and percussionist Jimmy Hale; G-Street performed crisp takes on tunes from Third Eye Blind, Michael Jackson, The Clarks, Sublime, Old Crow Medicine Show and more. Also happening on the second stage was a performance of a special song written for this year’s event called “Patched Together,” performed by the Patched Together AllStars. The AllStar cast during this live performance included show organizer and the song’s composer, Kent Tonkin on bass; along with Jarret Bickel, Chris Kane (Dirtkicker) and Bob McGarvey (Rapid Fire) on guitars,
singers Lily Taylor, Becky Keefe and Fernando Hernandez, and the hand percussion session of yours truly and Punk Fiction’s Ed Hofer. Also during the course of the event, Kent paid a special tribute to recently-deceased local superhero Cambria GreenMan (Bryan Haluska); and GreenMan’s mother, “Cambria GreenMom,” made an official donation and helped announce the start of a new annual award in GreenMan’s name toward special individuals who help their community simply for the sake of helping. The onstage activities, in addition to the door prizes, children’s activities, efforts of all the Patched Together volunteers and everybody who attended made this year’s Patched Together a huge success. Planning will soon be under way for next year’s Patched Together benefit. The Cresson American Legion and several area bands got an early jump on the holiday season early last month by hosting their fourth annual Toys for Tots fundraiser. Punk Fiction Project commenced the music, as singer/guitarist Gary McCloskey and hand percussionist Ed Hofer played songs by the Lumineers, Phillip Phillips, Van Morrison, The Clarks and more. The Backyard Rockers followed with their unique acoustic spins on numbers by The Band, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Elton John, Animals and more; triggering some of the
first dance floor activity of the night. The Lux Republic then introduced the large audience to their brand of surging original modern rock, performing selections from their forthcoming debut EP “Limitless”. Singer/keyboardist Carly demonstrated her intense, soaring vocals on numbers such as the single “Blind,” “Stand,” the title track “Limitless,” “Drowning” and more; flanked by guitarists Channing and Jay, bassist Chris and drummer Gunner. Hometown country performer Josh Gallagher then displayed a clear, strong voice and friendly personality as he performed a blend of original songs and modern country favorites; doing numbers by Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and more. Next was the debut performance of Root and the Fifths; featuring former Rhythm Sharks guitarist Kayla Feaster and bassist Bethany Helsel, lead singer/guitarist Jamie Smith and drummer Tyke Dodson. Root and the Fifths played a wide-ranging mixture of tunes from the 1970s to now; including numbers from Tom Petty, Social Distortion, Black Keys, Alice Cooper, Collective Soul, Dwight Yoakum and more. Strings Radio kept the mood festive with their upbeat mix of favorites; singer/guitarist (and show emcee) Dan Myers, bassist/singer Chris Myers and hand percussionist Mike Crocetti offered their own distinctive takes on numbers by Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Beatles, Animals and more. Dan and his Locked & Loaded cast then brought the show to a rocking close, mixing up hard-rocking favorites from the 1970s to now. Dan, guitarists Dan McConnell and Mark Pettenati, bassist Mike Lacovitch and drummer Matt Stephens filled the dance floor as they drilled numbers by Lenny Kravitz, Alice In Chains, Van Halen, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, the Clarks, Ted Nugent, the Gov’t Mule take on Humble Pie’s “30 Days in the Hole” and more. Dan Myers’ voice was in excellent form, and Locked & Loaded’s enthusiastic presentation earned two encores from the audience to end the night. This year’s Toys for Tots benefit was the most successful yet, raising $8,785 and 593 toys to help the Marines brighten the holidays for area children and families. Downtown Hollidaysburg’s 8th annual Pumpkin Festival in late October filled Allegheny Street with an abundance of pumpkin-based food items, children’s activities, community organization tables and tents, and live music and other entertainment on two stages. With an early morning autumn chill still in the air, the Backyard Rockers kicked off the music on the Diamond stage with acoustic classics. With Punk Fiction’s Ed Hofer sitting in on percussion, Born and the Beanstalk later fired up the party with their fast-paced performance of acoustic favorites. Ed, singers/guitarists Sean Osborn and Ben Bowers kept the mood festive despite arriving clouds and drizzle with songs from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Van Morrison, Dave Matthews, Doobie Brothers, Lumineers, Grateful Dead, Beatles and more. Meanwhile up the street at the Courthouse stage, Dan & Galla entertained youngsters with kid-friendly sing-alongs and hits, and triggered a hula-hooping frenzy in front of the stage. Closing out the afternoon on the Diamond stage was the duo of Pat McGinnis and Chuck Knepper, who mixed acoustic rock, folk and blues classics. Their selection included numbers by John Prine, Neil Young, Guy Clark, Grateful Dead, Stephen Stills and more. When former Misfits frontman Michale Graves comes to continued on page 2 1 ...
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The Professor continued.... your hometown to play on Halloween night decked in the group’s trademark skeleton facepaint, how can you possibly pass it up? I didn’t, and was at Aldo’s on Halloween night when Graves and his band visited. The Whatleys opened the night on Aldo’s ornately-decorated ‘haunted forest’ stage with their high-velocity, roaring punk rock, and Nobody’s Heroes followed with their punk-driven Americana sounds. Michale Graves and his band commenced their set by inviting fans decorated in skele-crow facepaints to join the band onstage for a video shoot; the fans became part of the footage as the group performed the song “Lost Skeleton.” Graves and his group then mixed new original songs with Misfits classics, keeping the crowd fired up and cheering. Before the group returned to perform a lengthy encore, Graves welcomed a couple onstage to carry out a marriage proposal. Graves and the group then finished out the night with more familiar Misfits classics, including “Astrozombies,” “Teenagers from Mars,” “Skulls,” “Last Caress,” “Night of the Living Dead” and the ballad finisher “Crying on a Saturday Night.” Graves told the crowd he will embark on an acoustic tour starting in December, and a return to Aldo’s as part of that tour is likely. Halloween season served up several other entertaining parties as well. Saving Jake headlined a Halloween party in late October at Glenn’s Place in Claysburg. Singer James Musselman embarked on a mission this night, to deck out as each of the Village People characters through the course of the night; flanked by guitarist/singer Jordan Ferraro, bassist/singer Josh Michael and drummer Sam Thurau. Saving Jake kept the Glenn’s Place dance floor filled throughout the night with their blend of classic and current rock/pop favorites plus originals. Their song selection this night spanned Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times” and AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” to Volbeat’s “Warrior’s Call” and Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy.” Many contestants entered the night’s costume contest; winning entries were a ‘Lego Man,” a Taco Bellthemed outfit and Abraham Lincoln. The Backyard Rockers opened the evening, with Jordan and Sam from Saving Jake joining in on several songs. Felix & the Hurricanes took up on the high seas of Lake
Raystown for another Halloween Blues Cruise aboard the Proud Mary riverboat in late October. With costumed crazies populating the boat’s top deck, The Hurricanes trio of Felix Kos, Bob Watters and Jeff Clapper played a variety of original songs, classic rock, southern rock and blues during the two-hour journey around the lake. Guest guitarist J.K. Black joined The Hurricanes on a rendition of the Allman Brothers’ “Sweet Melissa.” Some of the more interesting costumes aboard this year’s Blues Cruise included “Darth Hendrix” with working light saber, and a human dart board. According to The Hurricanes, more Blues Cruises are in store for 2014. Johnstown rockers Bazooka Joe served up a little Halloween flavor during their early November visit to Ebensburg’s Castle Pub. As I arrived, the group was in full Kiss regalia and doing
provided a commanding presence up front that pulled the crowd into the show, with his support cast crunching it out nicely behind him. Bazooka Joe plays throughout Cambria, Blair and Bedford counties; watch for their return to the Castle Pub soon. Also at the Castle Pub last month, I caught up with the updated roster of western PA party rockers UnDerCover. Now with former Inside Out frontman Jason Riek singing lead, UnDerCover mixed up charged rock and hit favorites. These guys sounded strong; Jason still has the voice and charisma, guitarist/singer JJ Mason was cranking out some smoking leads, Barron Shipley’s bass was sounding big and Chuck Sloan’s beats propelled it all forward. UnDerCover triggered some dance floor action along the way with their mix of tunes from Black Crowes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Journey, Def Leppard, Buckcherry, Guns N’Roses, Kiss and more. It’s not often that your musical instruction book mentor shows up to perform in your hometown. But for this ukulele student, it happened last month when Lil’ Rev —who authored several ukulele instruction books in the Hal Leonard Method series— visited Altoona to perform at Temple Beth Israel. Armed with ukuleles, banjo, mandolin, harmonicas and kazoo; Lil’ Rev, real name Marc Revenson, played an hour performance that took the audience on a fun, pleasant and insightful journey. Lil’ Rev told stories of his beginnings as a performing musician emerging from Jewish heritage in continued on page 2 2 ...
Bazooka Joe a Kiss tribute set, with singer/guitarist Pat Conway convincing in the Paul Stanley role, bassist Richard Vargoii as Gene Simmons, guitarist John Bunting as Ace Frehgley, and drummer Phil Hautz as Peter Criss. Bazooka Joe represented Kiss well, sounding strong on classics like “I Stole Your Love,” “Shock Me,” “Heaven’s on Fire,” “Detroit Rock City” and “Shout It Out Loud.” Their Kiss inception got called back out for an encore, doing “Cold Gin” and “Rock and Roll All Night.” Bazooka Joe then went unmasked for their final set, mixing ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s rock from Jackyl (with singer Pat brandishing chainsaw), Doors, Grand Funk Railroad, Fuel, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Golden Earring and more. Masked and umasked, Bazooka Joe was impressive; Pat
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The Professor continued... Milwaukee, and performed a selection that spanned Yiddish folk songs to ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-era songs, western songs and more. Lil’ Rev brandished his tenor ukulele on the Broadway medley of “Ain’t She Sweet,” “5 Foot 2” and “JaDa Ja-Da Jing Jing Jing.” He demonstrated his mandolin talents on a singalong rendition of Gus Cannon’s “Walk Right In,” wailed harmonica on “I Want My Mama” and “Home on the Range,” and picked his banjo on “Magic Quilt.” Lil’ Rev greeted audience members after the performance and autographed books; I ended up purchasing two more of his instructional books to further my own ukulele chops! Pittsburgh-based blues rockers Billy the Kid & the Regulators paid their first visit to Northern Cambria’s City Hotel in late October. Namesake Billy Evanochko sings and plays guitar, flanked by guitarist Jonathan Vallecorsa, keyboardist Fred Delu, Northern Cambria native Matt Williams on bass, and drummer Brian Edwards. Billy and the Regulators mixed blues and blues-rock originals and classics, with Billy’s guitar fireworks often front and center on each song. Some highlights included takes on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” Spencer Davis Group’s “I’m a Man” and Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle” during the initial performance, and the Jimi Hendrix doubleshot of “Little Wing” and “Voodoo Chile” during the encore. This group displayed top notch chops and musicianship throughout the evening, and kept the City Hotel audience captivated from start to end. Recent winners of the 2013 Pittsburgh Blues Challenge, Billy the Kid & the Regulators will represent western PA next month in the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Besides Thanksgiving dinner, I enjoyed another Big Feast recently at State College’s Bar Bleu. Featuring lead singer/guitarist Nick Agostini, guitarist/singer Connor O’Flaherty, bassist Alexander Roll and drummer Matt Nestor; Big Feast blended jam and funk styles on a selection of original songs and covers. Their instrumental execution was tight and precise, as they generated intricate grooves and rode them out to full impact and intensity. Big Feast did original numbers such as the funky “Mean Love,” and also performed selections from the Grateful Dead, Black Crowes, Phish, Ween and The Band. Two highlights included a jam-geared send-up of Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” that veered into Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” and a feisty version of Robert Palmer’s “Sneaking Sally Through the Alley.” Big Feast is served up onstage most Thursdays at Bar Bleu. Baltimore’s Rebel Inc. paid their first visit to Aldo’s in late October, providing the middle leg of a triple-bill with Hate Grenade and Klockwick. A power trio featuring bassist/singer Josh Brubaker and guitarist Dave Charlton, Klockwick launched the night with solid, melody-based, jagged-edged heavy rock. The group introduced numerous original songs, such as “It’s On,” “Full Circle,” “Radioactive” and the political-themed “Winds of Change.” Klockwick also broke out a version of Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave.” Rebel Inc. then introduced their incendiary brand of streetsavvy, Rage-like hard modern rock. Frontman Adam Armstrong, guitarist Kevin Sychta, bassist Keni Luck and drummer Brian Haverlock provided constant action and musical volatility as they tore through a selection of original songs with social and political themes. Their on stage intensity quickly captivated the Aldo’s crowd. Hate Grenade kept that intensity up as they delivered their heavy modern rock sound, continued on page 23...
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The Professor continued... rooted in the terse terrain of Korn and Deftones. Frontman Jeff Glace, guitarist Chuck Lavera, bassist Rich Johnson and drummer Mike Powers lobbed explosive new original songs at the Aldo’s audience, including tunes from their soon-to-bereleased EP. Jeff provided a surprise toward set’s end, donning a set of bagpipes to play during the night-ending Korn doubleshot of “Shoots and Ladders” and “Blind.” All three bands offered exciting styles of heavy modern rock; watch for each to return to Aldo’s soon. Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ brought their country party throwdown to Aldo’s last month. The group brought an aspiring guest, as Altoona’s Eric Husick entertained between sets, singing original numbers. Eric heads to Nashville this month to record his first country album. Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ triggered dancing and cheers with their upbeat blend of modern and classic country, southern rock and original songs. Namesake Chris guided the party with his sturdy voice and cordial on stage personality; and was flanked by the strong support cast of guitarist/singer Mike Gambardella, bassist Paul Rainey and drummer Zac Grace. The party continued to heat up as the night progressed, culminating in an exciting third set. During that set, guest Kira Burley joined in to sing lead on Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” and several more songs, before Eric Husick joined in on the group’s rendition of “Wagon Wheel.” Then for the finale, Chris, Paul and Zac brought their instruments out in front of the stage and invited the crowd to gather around them for a raucous rendition of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark.” Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ do shindigs throughout the state; watch for their return to Aldo’s soon. Other bands I saw recently included the hard-hitting doublebill of NailDriver and Black Sun at Aldo’s, and the doublebill of On The Run and Triple Threat at Pellegrine’s. News and notes: After nearly two decades of providing musical dance floor fun on the state’s stages and beyond, Green Eggs is bidding farewell; their final show is December 21st [editor’s note: maybe]. The Caring for Kids Benefit will take place on Saturday, December 14 at Johnstown’s Turner Hall to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; taking part will be 3 Weeks Yesterday, Free Beer Bandits, Lucky Lad Green, Beyond the Purge, AKA, Paragon, Jason DeWitt and Inside Out. 44Mag has parted ways with guitarist Josh Welteroth, citing creative differences. StarChild has a new drummer, as Bobby K replaces Lonnie Eckert. Roaring Spring native-turned Nashville recording artist Angela Dodson returns home to perform later this month, playing songs from her “Lonesome Time” CD at Glenn’s Place in Claysburg Dec. 28. Former Like A Movie frontman Jimmy Mowery is issuing a new EP, and will be back in the area to perform a special release show Dec. 26 at The Island in Altoona. Happy Birthdays this month to Dom Peruso (Wine Of Nails/Groove Gathering/Black Cat Moan), Chris Vipond (Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band), Adam Zimmer (Mafia Ink), Natalie Kurchak (Midnight Graffiti/Flood City Brass), Victor Synn (Hair Force One), Nate Woods (Black Sun/The Hawks Blues Band), Dwane Edmiston (Wood’n’Strings), Tony Mollick (Synesthesia), Luke Henry (The Lawn Darts), Paul Johnson (This Albatross), Anthony Irvine (Ganister), Mark Pettenati (Locked and Loaded), Jen Brickner (Gypsy Caravan), Jordan Thompson (Nightcrawlers/Royal Benson), Sam Thurau (Saving Jake), Bob Ruffing (Ruff Tymes), Wally Archer (Banditos), John Bunting (Bazooka Joe), Tim Eckenrode (Untyed), Gerry Stanek (Roy Handy & the Moonshot), Russ Patterson (Emberstitch), Shawn Hocherl (All Natural), Mike Wertz (The Good Seeds), Matt Otis, Sterling Koch, Denise Baldwin, Duane Sipe (Dunnings Creek), Michael Hughes, Rob Berkhimer, Harry Sr. and Natalie (Pellegrine’s), Rob
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REMEMBERING STEVE KELSEY By Jim Price It was during my teen years in 1976 when I started hearing word from friends at Altoona Area High School that somebody on WFBG-AM 1290 was playing “underground rock” on the overnights Friday and Saturday nights. A fan of such music, I soon tuned in and discovered air personality Steve Kelsey and the fledgling stages of his popular “All Night Album Rock” program, which ran from 1975 to 1986. I fast became a devoted listener to the program, and my weekends were soon planned around my being in front of a radio between midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. I began to call the show to participate in such features as “Battle of the Bands” and the “Instant Request” contest; and through those phone calls, got to first meet Steve and develop a friendship. Little did I realize then that he would be the first professional contact in my future radio career. As I neared graduation from high school in 1979 and was looking at career options, I often asked Steve questions about the radio business, and he would answer me openly and honestly, telling me that it would be tough to get my foot in the door, and that I would probably work part-time for a while and have to live at home. Despite Steve’s warnings, I still chose radio as a career. Then seven months after graduating Penn State in 1983, I got a call from Steve, asking how quickly I could show up at WFBG with a resume and aircheck. He hired me that day for my first professional radio job, working part-time weekends on WFBG-FM 98. Steve would become my boss and mentor for most of my early career in “The Swamp” (nicknamed because of the surrounding marshland), and he became a good friend as well. Like many people on Monday morning, November 18th, I too was shaken with the news of Steve’s unexpected passing over the weekend from a stroke. Steve - real name Rob Terdiman - was 56. He was a friend, mentor, and Altoona area institution. You instantly recognized his voice when you heard it on the air, during his later morning stint as the “Frogman” on WFGY Froggy 98 (which began in 1991), radio commercials and more. Heck, I will even miss hearing his Saturday weather forecasts on WVAM-AM 1430, when he would pick an obscure past Pittsburgh Pirate player to use as his weather forecaster name! Steve was a huge influence on me as I developed as a broadcaster, and he set a great example of what to be; not just on the air, but in life. What you got on the air from Steve, you got off the air as well. He was a bright personality in or away from the studio, genuine and not a facade. You rarely ever saw him without a smile. He became involved in his community and was a positive force. Many came to know Steve from the many teen dances he hosted through the years, at places like the Ashville Firehall, Garver YMCA in Roaring Spring and more. Young people met their future soulmates at his dances, and then would hire Steve to deejay their wedding receptions. He endeared himself not just to radio listening audiences, but the community and region. He was involved in charity work, serving with the American Heart Association, Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Christmas Carol Foundation and more. As I listened to the special memorial tribute to him that Monday morning on Froggy 98, I heard listeners phone in from all over - Bedford, Houtzdale, State College, Clearfield, Huntingdon, even as far away as Pittsburgh. He was an area institution and icon. And Steve Kelsey impacted this region’s music scene. Many musicians currently playing on the area stages were fans of “All Night Album Rock” back in the day, and picked up instruments and formed bands after being inspired by music he would play on that program. Steve was a trailblazer with that show, turning on local rock fans to names such as AC/DC, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Ramones, Def Leppard, the Clash and others months and even years before they became superstar names. He built a special listener community on Friday and Saturday nights that was so dedicated, that fans still rave and recall “All Night Album Rock” in these parts more than 20 years after its cancellation. Personally, I am forever thankful to Steve for his impact on my life. My career and the direction of my life never would have happened had it not been for Steve, his “All Night Album Rock” show and their impact on me as a teenager, and his support and mentoring along the way. I would not be covering the local music beat for Pennsylvania Musician, teaching news writing or mass media in a college classroom, or playing in a band myself had it not been for the seeds Steve planted in my life in 1976. His loss leaves a huge void in my life, the Altoona area community and local broadcasting landscape. Thank you for your friendship and impact on my life, “Blade.” Your memories will never fade...
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Across the desk continued.... GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, the world’s first and greatest allgirl tribute to Motley Crue, has taken the world by storm since their breakout performance at a New Jersey strip club in 2007. Back by popular demand, they return to Eastern Pennsylvania for the first time since their TLA performance in Philadelphia this past May. The group consists of four dynamic women whose energies explode in unforgettable performances when hitting the stage. GIRLS covers all eras of Motley Crue yet retain some of their own sparkling originality in the process. These ladies embody the same decadence and fierce spirit of rock that the world’s most notorious rock band made famous. Blonde heartthrob VIXEN NEIL charms and captivates
audiences with fierce vocals and outrageous stage antics. MERCEDES MARS, a featured HagstromGuitars Artist and accomplished musician with years on the NYC metal and punk scene, rips up the fret board with ease and eye-popping finesse. Tiny powerhouse drummer TAWNY LEE provides the hard and steady backbone while occasionally wooing the crowd on other songs that call for keyboard or rhythm guitar. Sassy newcomer LUCKY SIXX, smaller than Nikki but larger than life, puts the badass in bass while channeling the over-the-top stage moves that NIKKI SIXX made famous. An impressive resume includes opening for the YEAH YEAH YEAHS; being featured on VH1 Classics “That Metal Show” in a hilarious segment on tribute bands; performing a special set at the request of New York Times best-selling author CHUCK KLOSTERMAN; playing Orleans Arena in Las Vegas with
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Guns & Roses’ GILBY CLARKE; playing the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day festival at RFK Stadium in D.C., as well as touring the Northeast on a regular basis. Most recently GIRLS were a featured act in Colorado’s biggest outdoor festival ROCK JAM, featuring a main stage appearance, warming up the stage for LYNYRD SKYNYRD, QUEENSRYCHE and KORN, while performing all three nights as the main side-stage entertainment. You have the opportunity to catch these world-renowned rockers in concert while they perform on the Reverb main stage December 6th. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Reverb is located at 1402 N. 9th Street in Reading. Admission is $5. The show is 21+.Symbol of SANITY provides the opening entertainment. I love well written press releases, they make my job so much easier. Please feel free to send one to me if you’re having a show at one of our advertisers or if you’re an advertiser. Last month I got to see TWO live shows. After delivering all day I made it to Steel’s show at Double K. The party was going full blast when I got there. Trevor, their drummer is amazing. While everyone else took a break he did an amazing drum solo. He keeps that strong Steel beat going the whole time they’re at a show even when the rest of the band takes a break. It was jaw dropping amazing. If you’re a drummer and haven’t experienced the amazing Trevor of Steel be sure to make a point to catch a live performance. I also made it to the True Becoming show at Gullifty’s and had a great time. Those boys love performing and it shows. They have just completed an amazing tour and now are in the studio working on recording so their fans can enjoy their music every day. It was a great line up and New Day Dawn was a last minute add on and it was a bonus for me as we have become good friends when we hooked up at the Millennium Music Conference. It was an amazing night and it makes me want to get out to hear even more live music. Speaking of the Millennium Music Conference they have extended the deadline to December 8th so be sure to submit. Those who submit, even if you don’t get chosen to perform get to attend the conference part. I’m out of room!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MASON, JOSH, KEITH HUMMEL, AMBER and of course JESUS! May the love of Jesus keep you, heal you and guide you in the year a head. Comments: Rnoll@pamusician.net.
PA MUSICIAN MAGAZINE REVIEWS CLYDE FROG - “YELL OUT” (no label) Formed by five college students and named after one of Eric Cartman’s stuffed animals from the South Park cartoon, Williamsport’s Clyde Frog blends elements of modern indie rock with retro flavors on their second CD, “Yell Out”. The Clyde Frog cast of singer Tess Marshall, guitarists Dylan Rockoff and Torey Harding, bassist Garrett Gaetano and drummer Chris Kohler merge R&B, doo-wop, blues and even surf rock with infectious grooves and jangly guitar work to craft a fresh and invigorating sound over “Yell Out’s” 10 tracks. Marshall, Harding and Rockoff share lead singing duties; each can capably carry a tune on Clyde Frog’s catchy melodies, and all three blend their voices for some impressive harmonies. The Harding-fronted “Do You Ever Think of Me” commences the disc as a classicflavored soul ballad with a big chorus, while the Marshallsung R&B piece “Gonna Find Another Man” creeps along a ‘60s-geared organ riff, and “One, Two Three” offers an updated slant on a modern doo-wop ballad. “Dance Across the Sun” bounces along a boisterous tempo, while “Harlem Girl” offers hard-nosed soul, and “Stand Up Wake Up” rides a driving groove and irresistible chorus harmonies. Marshall fronts the group’s country-rocking entry “Stay Away,” and she belts out the voice on the group’s surf-toned rocker “Bad Road.” Clyde Frog mixes their flavors well, but it’s their knack for catchy and memorable song hooks that powers “Yell Out”. The vocal performances are strong, and the group’s enthusiastic instrumental chops lift each song to the ceiling and beyond. The production and mix are bright and full, enabling these songs to take off and shine. “Yell Out” is a fun album that will make listeners yell out with joy, as Clyde Frog states their case for being one of the freshest rising band names on the state’s music scene. ( www.facebook.com/clydefrogband) –Reviewed by Jim Price JD EICHER & THE GOODNIGHTS - “INTO PLACE” (Rock Ridge Music) By the sound of “Into Place”, the third album by Pittsburgh’s J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights, it becomes clear that group namesake J.D. Eicher has ascended into place as a top notch pop songcrafter, and his band has settled into place as seasoned, efficient musicians. A happy vibe, irresistible song hooks, eloquent and thoughtful lyrics, clear vocals and tasteful performances all converge into place among eleven remarkable numbers through the album’s duration. Front and center, Eicher’s voice is crisp and understandable, and he sings his clever wordplays with personality, feeling and sincerity. His lyrics are observational, personable, witty and even literary in scope; the gearshifting disc opener “Ode to the Underdog” celebrates those who struggle to gain their footholds in life. Perhaps the most infectious number on the album, “Give It Up” finds Eicher satisfied with who he is. He wittingly calls out a litany of everyday grievances on the tongue-in-cheek “You’ve Got a Lot of Growing Up to Do,” and celebrates a time traveler on the whimsical “Edgar Greene’s Time Machines.” Eicher & the Goodnights welcome O.A.R. December, 2013
sax player Jerry DePizzo and guest singer Joy Ike on the playfully bluesy “Lately Lady.” The group shows a more serious side several times; the acoustic ode “People” laments those who disappoint us, the sullen “Oh My God” offers a soul-searching prayer, and the album-ending title song doubleshot “Into Place” is Eicher’s ultimate realization of his niche in life. Keyboardist Ben Portz, bassist Jim Merhaut and drummer Dylan Kollat efficiently and tastefully support Eicher with clean, bright arrangements and fills; and Dustin Burnett’s production and engineering gives the set a crisp sheen and polish. “Into Place” marks the ultimate arrival of J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights as something truly special. This album offers delectable ear candy pop rock we only wish we could hear on a radio these days...Good night! www.jdeicherandthegoodnights.com. –Reviewed by Jim Price IT IS WRITTEN - “IT IS WRITTEN” (no label) Since 2007, State College’s It Is Written has been forging their no-nonsense brand of hardcore-laced heavy metal across the state’s stages. On their ten-song, self-titled CD, “It Is Written” - lead vocalist/guitarist Ken Hawkins, bassist/singer Bob Krebs and drummer/singer Darl Johnstonbaugh - merge fierce and terse heavy metal tenacity with progressive-leaning and dynamic song arrangements, resulting in an intense sound positioned comfortably between Pantera and Lamb Of God. It Is Written’s words are topical and observational about the current path of humanity and the world. Life, death and the hereafter guide the themes of tracks like the escalating crasher “Bed of Misery” and “Sworn Judgment.” Militaristic minds and global conflict concern the group on brash numbers like “War for Years” and “Lambs to the Slaughter.” “It Is Written” explores a murderous dream on “Homicidal By Sunrise,” and explores the symbolism of the witchhunt on the dark disc-closer “Burn the Witch.” “It Is Written” goes for broke and their aggression keeps things constantly exciting. Hawkins’ Phil Anselmoinformed feral howl is front and center in the mix; although fierce and over-the-top, his sense of melody guides each track and provides cohesion through the disc’s course. The group does an effective job generating the metal maelstrom as a trio; some of the songs could benefit from a thicker mix. But in all, “It Is Written” convincingly shows their teeth on their debut, and their uncompromising brand of thrashy metal shows that this band is moshpit-ready and capable. (www.reverbnation.com/itiswrittenstatecollege.) –Reviewed by Jim Price Send your CDs t o be Reviewed to Jim Price - 1104 S. Catherine St. Altoona, PA 16602 or PA Musician Magazine PO Box 362, Millerstown, PA 17062
PAY EVERYONE BUT THE MUSICIAN by ANDRE CALILHANNA on NOVEMBER 18, 2013 28 comments in BUSINESS FORUM,FAST FORWARD DIY artist Whitey lashes out at big media when asked to give away music for free - and he calls for a “public discussion” It’s compelling when an artist takes a concept and crystallizes it into words you wish you had come up with. For example, let’s say you want to send a message to all the big media companies that are looking to use music from a DIY artist for their television shows but claim “budget restrictions” when it comes to paying for the music they want to license. Enter Whitey, AKA Nathan White, a Berlin-based electroPENNSYLVANIA MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
rock multi-instrumentalist/composer from London who apparently shuns many standard DIY promotion tactics (like having an official website). He has, nonetheless, crafted a 10year indie music career and has landed songs on Breaking Bad and The Sopranos, in addition to releasing multiple albums and scoring other notable licensing placements. Whitey’s making headlines for his recent spat with Betty, a London-based TV production company that “makes modern and high quality popular formats and factual television series” (i.e. reality TV). Betty wanted to use his song “Stay On The Outside,” claimed budget restrictions when asking to use the track, and basically asked him to give away music for free. This was too much for Whitey, and he posted the transaction on his Facebook page. Here it is below: From Betty: Hello, Thanks for emailing me, I have emailed your label but not heard back yet so thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately we don’t have any budget for music but would be great if we could use the track but it is up to you, but would appreciate anything you could do? Many thanks, Zoe From Whitey: Hello Zoe, Firstly, there is no label - I outright own my own material, so I’m not sure who you’ve been emailing. Secondly, I am sick to death of your hollow schtick, of the inevitable line “Unfortunately there’s no budget for music”, as if some fixed Law Of The Universe handed you down a sad but immutable financial verdict preventing you from budgeting to pay for music. Your company set out the budget. So you have chosen to allocate no money for music. I get begging letters like this every week - from a booming, affluent global media industry. Why is this? Let’s look at who we both are. I am a professional musician, who lives from his music. It took me half a lifetime to learn the skills, years to claw my way up the structure, to the point where a stranger like you will write to me. This music is my hard-earned property. I’ve licensed music to some of the biggest shows, brands, games and TV production companies on earth; from Breaking Bad to The Sopranos, from Coca-Cola to Visa, HBO to Rockstar Games. Ask yourself - would you approach a Creative or a Director with a resume like that, and in one flippant sentence ask them to work for nothing? Of course not. Because your industry has a precedent of paying these people, of valuing their work. Or would you walk into someone’s home, eat from their bowl, and walk out smiling, saying, “So sorry, I’ve no budget for food”? Of course you would not. Because, culturally, we classify that as theft. Yet the culturally ingrained disdain for the musician that riddles your profession leads you to fleece the music angle whenever possible. You will without question pay everyone connected to a shoot- from the caterer to the grip to the extraeven the cleaner who mopped your set and scrubbed the toilets after the shoot will get paid. The musician? Give him nothing. Now let’s look at you. A quick glance at your website reveals a variety of well-known, internationally syndicated reality programmes. You are a successful, financially solvent and globally recognised company with a string of hit shows. Working on multiple series in close co-operation with Channel 4, from a West London office, with a string of awards under your belt. You have real money; to pretend otherwise is an insult. Yet you send me this shabby request - give me your property for free. Just give us what you own, we want it. The answer is a resounding and permanent NO. I will now post this on my sites, forward this to several key online music sources and blogs, encourage people to reblog this. I want to see a public discussion begin about this kind of industry abuse of musicians… this was one email too far for me. Enough. I’m sick of you. - NJ White Of course, there’s the ongoing debate regarding whether DIY artists should give away music for free, and it can be tough, especially as a budding indie musician, to say “no” to opportunities that are pitched as benefitting you in ways other than monetary compensation - the old “we can’t pay you, but you’ll get a ton of exposure” line. We want affirmation that our work is worthwhile, or seek that gateway to reach an unknown audience that can result in new fans and record sales. But the question of when and why your music should be undervalued or why you should be expected to give away music for free is a relevant one. An actor or director wouldn’t do a commercial for a major product and not expect payment. They wouldn’t see it as a chance to gain exposure and other work. Why would that be true for the DIY artist, musician, or composer? Whitey’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WhiteyOfficial
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TIME WITH FAMILY IS IMPORTANT Sitting here in my room in London for the holidays with my family I was thinking about how important family is to everything we do in life. Also remember your family is not just the one you are born into but also your friends and band mates. These days, everyone seems so busy that it can be hard to find time for activities with family and friends whether they are weekend trips (not work or gig related) week long vacations, gathering for lunch or dinner, or even just brief visits. Committing to be with parents, siblings, children, and extended and blended family and friends communicates with actions that these people are important and worth the effort involved in making the journey. They are the people who know everything about us and accept us anyway. In spite of stressful times, this loyalty is a powerful connection. The feast is integral to the tradition. The entire family, or as many as can, sit at the table during dinner and offer thanks and prayers to the Almighty. It is also a time for those living in different places to come together, share this special meal, and celebrate. Everyone should plan for family holidays and they should also be careful to not avoid any one of importance in such a time. It should be considered a rare opportunity to strengthen the affection and attachment between the members of your family and friends by talking each other, eating together and enjoying non-work related time together. Who knows one of these holidays might be the inspiration for a future song?!
Nationals continued.... When Soundgarden hits the road next year you won’t find Matt Cameron behind the drum kit. The drummer is taking 2014 off because of prior commitments to hit the road with Pearl Jam as well as “the desire to have more time at home with my family.” Cameron added, “I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career. This is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden. Chris, Ben, Kim and I are in the process of finding the perfect substitute for the upcoming Soundgarden dates in 2014. Thank you all for listening and the Years of Support!” Lou Reed, the influential songwriter and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist died on October 27th. The 71 year old singer died of complications from a liver transplant at his home in Springs, NY. Reed left the bulk of his estate to his wife, musician Laurie Anderson. The longtime couple married in 2008. Anderson wrote, “Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.” Reed collaborated with Metallica last year, to mixed results, and explained to Rolling Stone, “my bullshit is worth more than other people’s diamonds.” After sharing the stage earlier this year during a benefit, Paul Simon and Sting are hitting the road together in 2014 for a North American tour. “After we finished it we both looked at each other and said: ‘Wow. That’s pretty interesting,’” Simon told the New York Times. Titled “Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together,” features 18 dates with a visit to Hershey’s Giant Center on March 9th. Both musicians once lived in the same building on Mahanttan’s Upper West Side. Darius Rucker returns to the road in early 2014 for his “True Believers Tour.” Traveling with the Eli Young Band and special guest David Nail, the tour hits Hershey’s Giant Center February 13th. Supporting his third album, Rucker said “As an entertainer, there’s nothing like seeing the fans react to your music. I’ve been blessed to have country radio take six of our songs to No. 1, so we thought it was the perfect time to take the True Believers Tour on the road.” The Who’s Pete Townshend told reporters in London that the band would celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2015 with a
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Cherie Currie & Miss Guy global tour before calling it quits…forever. Townshend talked about the band’s final hoorah “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.” Townshend and Daltrey are the last surviving original members of The Who. Drummer Keith Moon died in 1978 after taking an overdose of an anti-alcohol abuse drug. John Entwistle died of a heart attack brought on by cocaine usage, in Las Vegas the night before The Who was to launch its 2002 North American tour. Kings of Leon have announced a U.S. headline tour for their new album, “Mechanical Bull.” Marking the band’s sixth studio album, the LP was released in September. The 2014 outing is Kings Of Leon’s first lengthy U.S. tour since 2010. Gary Clark, Jr. will provide support and visit Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on February 19th and Washington, D.C., Verizon Center on February 21st. UPCOMING SHOWS: Spacehog / Sponge Baltimore Soundstage Dec 6. Pink / The Hives Philadelphia Wells Fargo Dec 6. Misfits Reading Reverb Dec 7. Steel McSherrystown Moose Dec 7. The Hives Washington DC 9:30 Club Dec 10. Black Francis Philadelphia World Cafe Dec 13. KIX Lancaster Chameleon Dec 14. Rightstart Harrisburg Gingerbreadman Dec 28. —You can find Eric on facebook.com/Eric S. Hoffman to follow more of his musical adventures.
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CLASSIFIED NOTES EQUIPMENT FOR SALE FOR SALE: Gallien Krueger 212 Neo cabinet. I have two for sale, excellent condition, $300 a piece.570-412-7614. FOR SALE: Ensoniq TS-12 Performance/Composition
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CLASSIFIED NOTES also a mean tambourine player. My interests are classic and newer rock and maybe some heavy metal. I live in Altoona, PA and hope to find some people either from my area or close by. I have gotten a few replies from people but they were too far out. Please contact me at my email address: Prissy550@yahoo.com Thank you for your inquiries. Priscilla Gati WANTED: Bass player for a laid-back band (in our 30’s). Covers, some originals, mostly 90’s rock and other songs. Practice in Yo r k . E-mail: email@example.com WANTED: Guitarists. Working Lebanon based female fronted Modern Country band is auditioning for a bass or guitar player. Vocals a plus. Visit www.quickdrawband.com and call John @ 717-222-9599. WANTED: Singer/Front
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Published on Dec 6, 2013
The PA Musician Magazine is an entertainment magazine for the state of Pennsylvania. It is the magazine for not only the people who make mus...