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As many have heard we have lost the founder and creator of the PA Musician Magazine. Whitey ‘aka Dad’ went out gracefully surrounded by family and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. This is a special issue of the PA Musician dedicated and about Whitey “The Mighty” Noll. Years ago Dad asked me to read some letters he had wrote down. MYTYT, if pronounced correctly reads Mighty Whitey. That’s Dad always thinking and obsessing over the silliest things. We shared a lot of adventures throughout the years and Dad always had a way of making the most boring tasks an adventure. When he needed that firewood moved and stacked he convinced my brother and I, along with some neighbor friends, that we had only a couple of minutes to get all this firewood moved while we were “under attack” by enemy soldiers. We each ran and dove behind the wood pile gathering up pieces as quick as possible all while avoiding enemy fire. Any chore or trip with Dad always included some odd story line we were following to keep us kids entertained. Following are some early excerpts from the magazine he created. His words of wisdom carry through to this day; First one from 1982, How to “Move On Up” in the Music Industry. “So, you want to know how to get ahead in the music industry, you want people to know who you are and what your music means, but you have one problem, you don’t know how. Well relax, and let me tell you how. That’s right, it’s that simple. First you need a trip –not a vacation or a holiday— but a trip internally into your soul and mind. If you’re in a group, not just you, but the entire group, must endeavor this state of consciousness. Out of this creative state your musical dreams come true. Ask any artist how he really creates, if he is honest with you, that’s how he does it. It’s a mind search. First, of course, I should really mention, your musical talents should have reached maturity. By that I simply mean, if what you play sounds good to you and makes you happy, you’re ready to get on board the music wagon. Music wagon? You know what I mean —records, concerts, shows, videos, screaming fans, autograph seekers, groupies, FM disc jockeys, girls, girls, girls! One of the best ways to get started on a trip is first turn your radio and T.V. off. You’re so busy trying to be like or wanting to be like someone else, you can’t develop your own hidden, one-ofa-kind top-shelf SELF! learning how to play like Rush or doing “Stairway to Heaven” is great for Rush and Led Zepplin, and it does get you gigs. But, what you really need to “move on up” is a trip! Don’t miss step 2 next month---Quit your job!”

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This one from our November issue third year printing when we moved to our old farmhouse on Iron Mountain Road; “Pennsylvania Musician Magazine Moves” “That’s right, we’ve moved our offices from our small one room abandoned school house to the Pfoutz Valley Musical Industrial Park Complex located on the Perry-Juniata county line. Special thanks to Mark, Reg, Ken, Jim, Mick and Rick of the INCITERS and THE WHITEY WILLIAMS BAND for helping us move all those computers and printing presses. If you’d like to stop by the new PA Musician Magazine Complex and say hello to our elite staff you can do so by following the Susquehanna river up to the Juniata river and then up the Cocolamus Creek to the Iron Mountain; we’re right at the foot of the mountain. (Keep your eyes open for the GOOD YEAR BLIMP). We now have two phone lines to serve you better, WHOOPIE!” Last one is from September 1989 Editor’s Note; “I know you’ve heard the phrase “the older one becomes, the faster time goes by”, well it’s a lot truer than “Money can’t buy happiness” let me tell you. I mean you give me a pile of money and I’ll try real hard to be happy, but I can’t do anything to slow down time, and believe me I’ve tried just about everything. My son Christopher graduates this year and that’s something I’ve never done... graduate. Like I told you before, editorially in January ‘84, when I went to school it wasn’t cool to graduate. If you graduated in 1959 that was fine, but if you just left school one day and never returned you were cool, you know like the Fonz. Education gave way to ‘rules of the road’ later to be called ‘street wise’. And life was experienced to the fullest not measured and determined by yearly salary and position but by knowing what was happening. I bet a lot of you college students are lost about now. You’ve got to remember I was extremely good looking, overly talented, and... that was even before I played guitar. Yeah, Christopher is real normal at 17. On his recent birthday he got a $300 dollar car and a $1400 guitar. It’s a little weird that, that ugly black ‘78 Datsun and the beautiful pearly white Gibson SG Elite just sitting there shinning. Chris told me I could use it on my ‘Whitey Rides Again’ album, soon to be released. That is as soon as I get the RIGHT DEAL.. Oh no, here I go again writing about myself...boring,boring. Really Chris is into girls. He says it comes before guitar in the dictionary, but I know in a few years he will realize that the guitar player gets the girls, just ask any old bass player you want to.” He then goes on to talk about all the amazing talent he witnessed that month in the support of live music. We will miss you Dad, God speed, you and Chris are in heaven jamming together and I’m down here with an old rusty Brown Datsun and a Pearly white Gibson SG Elite.

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OUT ‘n’ ABOUT By Rachel Rocks

If you follow me on Facebook, chances are you’ve already seen that Dad, aka Leroy “Whitey” Noll passed away on Friday, January 29th. Even though he just had a clear PET Scan a few months ago, and we were told he was cancer free, on January 12th we were told he had terminal lung cancer and he was going to be sent home from the hospital on Hospice. Needless to say, it was a huge shock. We were told he had months, weeks, or days left to live. Luckily our hospice nurse was actually a good friend from High School, and she shot it to us straight and told us to plan more on weeks… if that. I have to give a HUGE shout out to Homeland Hospice for helping us and guiding us through Dad’s final days. They were absolutely amazing, and helped make this process not be quite so terrifying. Dad was able to say his goodbyes to a lot of family and friends. We were able to tell stories, sing songs, laugh, cry, and just be there for each other. His final week I moved in and helped Mom, it was a time I will never forget. I have to also give a HUGE shoutout to all of my Facebook friends, I know that I was never alone, you were all so amazing and kept us laughing, smiling, and reminiscing til the bitter end. When it was time for the end, we were able to get enough notice to have everyone there: hugging him, loving him, and eventually watching him pass peacefully into his eternal rest. Dad was an amazing Father. We had our differences, but he still taught me many things thru life that I will never forget. He’s had an amazing influence on this music community. We have him to thank for being a trailblazer on how to promote live music, through the PA Musician Magazine.


We really hope everyone will continue to support us and help us keep his legacy alive. We will be having a Celebration of Life for Dad on June 19, 2021 up in Liverpool, PA. Please, mark your calendars, and be ready for one heck of a party! Obviously, this month I was a little preoccupied, but luckily I did sneak out twice to hear some music. Friday, January 8th was my hubby’s birthday. He wanted a steak dinner for his birthday, and there is no better place to go for Prime Rib on a Friday night, than the Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel. We weren’t even aware of the amazing birthday specials at the Eagle Hotel. He got 50% off

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an appetizer, his entrée, and his desert, plus he got a free beer or a shot! Talk about a cheap date! Everything was delicious from start to finish. The icing on the cake, was that while we were eating we were able to enjoy live music by DMC Duo. Kris has heard so much about them, it was awesome that he finally got a chance to hear them. Don’t forget the Eagle Hotel has amazing food specials and they are back open for indoor dining, and/or take-out. The next night I finally made my way up to the Sherman’s Creek Inn for Derek Henry. I haven’t been to The Sherman’s Creek Inn for years. They really fixed it up nice and opened up the dining

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room so they have a lot of seating for their patrons. They also have a nice sized stage, and have been booking full bands and acoustic acts. They have live music every weekend, and even karaoke, open mic nights and trivia during the week. Their food was all delicious and our server was great. I will definitely be back there again to enjoy more entertainment. Derek did a great job at entertaining us all night long. He even had us singing along, and we even snuck up and danced for a few songs! Yes.. DANCED! It was very refreshing.. I’m so glad I was able to have this super special night with my friends. This month is the special month for the Millennium Music Conference. Thanks to Covid the 25th Anniversary MMC will all be virtual. It will take place on February 26 & 27 from Harrisburg, PA. There will be live streamed concerts from 6pm to 11pm EST.. We know it can be difficult to get people together during a pandemic and we got a few artists that have compiled clips from previous live shoots. Please take a moment and check out your Showcase Performers initial listing at: Conference Panels, Workshops and Clinics: They are planning on full days on Friday and Saturday on Feb. 26 & 27 from 10 or 11am to 6pm. All showcase performers will have direct access to the virtual conference content. Others can watch it on our MMC Facebook page for free. The plan is to have a Virtual Exhibition Hall, Lounge and Mentoring for 2 hours prior to the panels and access is only for our selected performers and their team members. So far topics include: Publishing Panel/Royalty Roulette, Navigating the Copyright Maze, Your Music for Film & TV, Legal Issues for Indie Artists, A Streaming Panel and a streaming workshop, Making & Marketing Videos, Revenue Streams for

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at least all see each other and have a few good laughs to unwind after a long day. I’m thrilled to say that the MMC have been giving out awards to people and recognizing them for their support over the years of the MMC, and the first award was given to my parents, Whitey and Robin Noll. It was nice that all of their dedication to the local music scene was recognized. Another special event sneaking up on us is the 2nd Annual Central PA Music Awards. All of the votes have been turned in, and now we are counting them all up. There were over 75k votes this year! The event will be Thursday, March 25th. Unfortunately, the Sunoco Theatre at the Whitaker Center has been sold out, but you can still watch the show through a live Facebook feed for free. Everyone is also welcome to come to Arooga’s on 2nd St. for one crazy after party when the award show is over. There will be special LIVE performances by The Badlees, Jeffrey Gaines, and Pentagon, plus who knows whatever tricks are up their sleeve. One thing I know is I am looking very forward to this show and can’t wait to see who the winners will be! Well that’s all for this month, but thank you once again for all of your love, support, and stories about my Daddy. Getting through such a tough event in life is not easy, but it does make it a little easier when I’m surrounded by so many friends and family. Thank you also to Mom’s Abundant Harvest Church for providing us with delicious food, and thank you so much to my co-workers for providing food to my hubby and boys back home.

It allowed us all the extra time to just focus on Dad and have the strength to do so. Here’s to hoping that February is just a fun, music-filled month! I’m looking forward to going Out and About and seeing some amazing music, and friends. Have any suggestions on where to go, please send me an email to I hope to see YOU Out and About.. Supporting Local Music! Don’t forget to check out our website,

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Greetings Rockers ’N’ Rollers! WHITEY THE MIGHTY! Whitey Noll is the founder of the PA Musician Magazine. He is the reason this publication exists and the reason you are reading this very issue. It all began in November 1982 when Whitey published the first issue with KIX gracing the first cover. Long before the internet, this very publication was the most relevant source to find out about local concerts, bands, venues, etc. The PA Musician Magazine has endured for the past 39 years and weathered thru many trying times and still exists due to the passion and commitment of the entire Noll family, all to the initial idea and creation of Whitey. Sadly, the man who created this legendary local magazine has developed lung cancer and passed into eternity January 29th, 2021 at the age of 79. His memory, his music, his idea and his kindness will forever be remembered. Thank you Whitey for letting me be a part of your idea. God bless Whitey Noll! Sylvain Sylvain, the legendary guitarist and co-founder of the New York Dolls, died January 13 after battling cancer, his

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wife Wanda Mizrahi announced via Facebook. He was 69. The band led a music movement that bridged punk rock and glam in New York City in the early to mid-1970s. The New York Dolls broke up in 1977 but reunited over the years for albums, the last being ‘Cuz I Sez So’ in 2009. While never reaching commercial success, their influence is undeniable. Sylvain was born in Cairo, Egypt, to a Jewish family, but his family fled in the 1950s, first to France and finally to New York. The guitarist announced he had cancer on April 27, 2019. R&B star Jazmine Sullivan and country singer Eric Church will join forces to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on February 7th, where Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful.” The performances will take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa before the big game and halftime show starring The Weeknd. It will air on CBS. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company is executive producing the halftime show for a second year. Lady Gaga sang the national anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration and Jennifer Lopez gave a musical performance on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol when Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president on January 20th. A proper parade and celebratory inaugural balls were not able to take place. Instead, Tom Hanks hosted a 90-minute primetime TV special “Celebrating America” which celebrated Biden’s inauguration. Music performers included Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons. Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method and who later was convicted of murder, died on January 16th. He was 81. California state prison officials said he died of natural causes at a hospital. Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson in 2003 at his castle-like mansion on the edge of Los Angeles. After a trial in 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years to life. Spector had been hailed as a visionary for channeling Wagnerian ambition into the three-minute song, creating the “Wall of Sound” that merged spirited vocal harmonies with lavish orchestral arrangements to produce such pop monuments as “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Be My Baby” and “He’s a Rebel.” By his mid-20s his recording style had resulted in nearly two dozen hit singles and made him a millionaire. John Lennon called him “the greatest record producer ever.” Glastonbury, the U.K.’s most famous music festival, won’t take place this year. After being forced to cancel what would have been the 50th anniversary of the iconic event in 2020 because of COVID-19, promoters announced that 2021 “will be another enforced fallow year for us.” With deposits on tickets being rolled over, the 2022 edition of Glastonbury Festival is already sold out. However, any tickets for which the deposit is refunded, or the balance is not paid, will be made available in a resale in April 2022. Neil Young has become the latest musician to strike gold continued on next page...

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with his song catalogue, selling a 50 percent stake in his music to a British investment company. The Hipgnosis Songs Fund said it had acquired half of the copyright and income interests in some 1,180 songs written by the 75-year-old rock star, composer of “Heart of Gold,” “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Cinnamon Girl.” Terms were not disclosed. The deal comes a month after Bob Dylan sold publishing rights to more than 600 songs to the Universal Music Publishing Group for a reported fortune of between $300 million and a half billion dollars. Stevie Nicks sold an 80 percent stake in her music to Primary Wave for a reported $100 million. In an industry where music sales have dwindled and the concert industry is on hold due to the coronavirus pan-

demic, song publishing is seen as an increasingly valuable asset. The companies generally push for use of an artist’s songs in movies, video games and advertising. Young has released some 70 albums as a solo artist and with bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Dr. Dre says he will be “back home soon” after the music mogul received medical treatment at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. The rapper and producer is recovering at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, “I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team, I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. “One Love!!” Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, was born in the Southern California city of Compton, he broke

out on the music scene as a co-founding member of N.W.A., producing the group’s groundbreaking 1988 debut album, “Straight Outta Compton.” He’s won six Grammys and founded Beats Electronics in 2008 with Jimmy Iovine and six years later they launched a streaming subscription service, Beats Music. Apple acquired both in a $3 billion deal in 2014.

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In Loving Memory of Whitey the Mighty LEROY NOLL June, 16th, 1941 January 29th, 2021

Leroy Noll, 79, of Liverpool, PA went home to be with Jesus, Friday, January 29th, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Robin and their children, Andrea (David) Greene, Joshua (Missy) Noll, Rachel (Kris) Boob. Also survived by Douglas (Angie) Noll, Tammy Noll & Jeff Wolf, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceeded in death by Christopher Lee Noll, beloved son. Leroy was born on June 16th, 1941 in Newmanstown, PA. to Leroy and Elizabeth Noll. A Navy veteran. He was a musician who performed with the Starfires in the 60’s and later did a solo acoustic show as Whitey Noll and performed in various clubs throughout the Harrisburg area. He was a songwriter and an avid ukulele player and collector. In 1982 he created and began publishing the Pennsylvania Musician Magazine to give musicians a way to promote themselves and their music. He also created The Shopper’s Remedy a free classifed paper. Both publications will be carried on by the family. He loved all his children and grand children dearly and we all loved him.

LeRoy Noll Junior was born on June 16th, 1941 to LeRoy and Elizabeth Noll of Newmanstown. His father doted on him and use to take him to the bars with him and LeRoy remembers his dad would stand him on the bar and have him sing. That is his first memory of singing. His dad passed away when he was 6 years old. His mom was talked into having him tested to attend the prestigious Girard College for orphan boys and he was tested with a very high IQ and was accepted. Another boy being sent to Girard at the time was Harvey Bensinger, and Harvey (whose mother was a music teacher) would sing in the bus station and LeRoy, aka Whitey, was in awe of his vocal talent and asked Harvey to teach him to sing like that, so Harvey did. From that day on Whitey’s true career that gave him the most joy and fulfillment was singing and making music. In 1959 he joined the United States Navy and made more money singing in Norfolk than he did on the ship. During his stint in the Navy he tried out for the Blue Jackets Naval choir and they wanted him to join but he didn’t want to be stationed in Chicago he wanted to go out to sea.

After his stint in the Navy he started singing with local groups in the Lebanon, Hershey, Harrisburg area. He sang with The Invaders and than joined the Starfires. One of the many highlights of his singing career was the opportunity to sing for a John Kennedy fund raiser held at the Democratic club in Enola. At the age of 28 he finally picked up

Interment will be private A Celebration of Life will be held on June 19, 2021 in Liverpool, PA more details to follow. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the PA Musician Magazine to help support live music music and keep Whitey’s legacy alive. PAYPAL: or send to PA Musician Magazine, 178 Andy Stroup Road, Liverpool, PA 17045. Share condolences with the family at Noll 12

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the guitar and started an acoustic show where he played the Beachcomber on a regular basis [I might have that name wrong] He had full time jobs and his music was his secondary income as he went through life, marriages, and children. He had three children during this time, Douglas & Tammy Noll and Jeff Wolf. In 1971 he was living with a group of single men in a house owned by Mike Staub. “Debzee” a manager at the Roy Rogers, where I [Robin] worked, told them to stop in for leftover food. I was out sweeping and mopping up the floor and Whitey came in and started talking to me and dropping his ashes on the floor saying, you missed some. Anyway, later on I was walking home and he followed me in his car and asked if I wanted to go for a ride and the rest is history. That first night he took me under a bridge where his voice would echo and sang to me, “Old Shep”, “I Believe,” and “Miss Otis Regrets”. I was truly smitten. He moved to Florida because Lani (from the Starfires) was living there and he wanted to start fresh. He was still keeping in touch with me and while he was in Florida I found out that I was pregnant so he came back to take care of me and the baby. He told me if this baby started calling him Daddy, don’t expect him to ever leave. He felt bad about his first three children and failed marriages and looked at our relationship as God giving him an opportunity to get it right and have a lasting relationship.

Whitey & Andrea looking at birds & ships One of the things he gave up was singing in clubs (temptations were too great for him) He would still bring home musicians he met along the way to come to the house and jam and listen to music. He continued to learn how to play the guitar and wound up doing some gigs. He started making spoon rings and unique jewelry out of twisted forks. He made some beautiful pieces. As was the case for every thing Whitey started the demand got to be so high that the silver ware companies started making their own and selling them in magazines and eventually the price of silver got to high and he lost interest. A few more children entered our lives, Andrea, Josh and Rachel and Whitey was working for Mike Staub once again but wasn’t making enough money to sustain our little family so we went of welfare for awhile. February, 2021

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Robin, Whitey & Chris first issue In 1982 Christmas was coming and money was short and he was telling Mike (who owned the publication, “The Apartment Guide” and a few other assorted businesses). He use to pick Whitey’s brain for ideas and Whitey gave him a few that increased his income (actually doubled it) so in turn he told Whitey, you need to start your own publication. Whitey said, right, I don’t have any money. Mike told him to do one thing at a time. First up was to pick what kind of publication. Standing at the news stand there were Real Estate pubs, Auto Locators, Fish Finders and there was “The Musician Magazine”. Fish Finder/ Musician…He loved fishing and he was a musician. Wouldn’t it be neat to have a Musician Finder he thought to himself, I would have loved a publication like that to promote myself when I was performing thus, the Pennsylvania Musician Magazine was borne. He was working at a car salesmen when he got up from his desk and announced, “I’ll see you guys, I just became President of The Pennsylvania Musician Magazine.” He went to the state Library and found a book entitled, “The Have and the Have Nots” and the rest is history. One day while we were driving to Scranton to meet up with Ken Williams he started talking about doing The Shopper’s Remedy for Perry and Juniata Counties. It would have 7 Remedies in it and a pretty picture on the cover. We did start the Shopper’s Remedy but it’s more ad related with free classifieds in it. Both publications have February, 2021

sustained our family for 39 years. We started with nothing and it’s always been tight but we raised four kids and have never gone hungry or been homeless. THANK YOU to all who have supported us over the years and how exciting it has been to watch musical careers expand and succeed for 39 years knowing we had a small part in that success for success in life is working together and helping one another along the way and we truly appreciate all those that have helped us along the way. So much has happened in our 48 years together that I could and should write about but time and space limits me. We lost our Christoper in 1990 and Whitey went on to record a CD, “Between the Curtains & the Clouds” because Chris wanted him to. We are so thankful that he did and it will be available at the Celebration of Life. Little did we know he would loose that wonderful voice. Whitey first got cancer of the throat in 2010 and thanks to Dr. Levin and our Heavenly Father he was granted 10 more years with us. During that time he reconnected with his daughter, Tammy Noll and her children. He was very thankful for that opportunity. He also developed a stronger relationship with Jesus and showered love upon his family,

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Rachel, Whitey & Josh we have many precious memories of time spent together. He went home to heaven to be with our Chris, his Mom and his brother Lenny whom all preceded him on Friday, January 29th, 2021. We were married for 48 years. We will have a “CELEBRATION OF LIFE” on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 (his 80th birthday would have been June 16th) in Liverpool on private property. We want to have a rockin’ good time with family and friends and EVERYONE!! Josh Noll, our son, has taken over the PA Musician Magazine. It does not make the money it use to but he is determined to keep it going so we ask in lieu of flowers that you would help him get a boost by donating to paypal AND please continue to promote your music and your business through the pages of The Pennsylvania Musician Magazine. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to one and all who read, and use the PA MUSICIAN MAGAZINE without you, we wouldn’t be. And we are most thankful to Jesus and our Heavenly Father that has drawn us to Him over the years through trials and tribulations and has been with us in our life long journey here on earth and will be with us for all eternity. PRAISE GOD FOR GIVING US LIFE & LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY!! 13

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At press time, I learned the sad news of the passing of the man who created Pennsylvania Musician Magazine almost four decades ago. LeRoy “Whitey” Noll passed on January 29 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 79. Whitey was a longtime member and friend of the state’s music community, and his magazine has through the years become a valuable and trusted resource that serves, informs and connects the state’s musicians and music industry. And he was a friend, mentor and influence to me who helped change the trajectory of my life and career. I share my heartfelt sympathies with Robin, Josh, Rachel, Andrea and the entire Noll family, as well as all of Whitey’s friends and colleagues. February means MMC time…The 25th annual Millennium Music Conference & Showcase in Harrisburg is still happening this year, but will have a different look. The conference takes place February 25-27 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Harrisburg. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will follow the current Pennsylvania health and safety guidelines to offer a hybrid event including a virtual and in-person conference and showcase. Plans for a limited physical event are being provided in further updates as more information becomes available; check or the conference’s Facebook page for details. On to the music…Although the state’s holiday season COVID-19 restrictions curtailed in-person live music celebrations for the New Year’s holiday, several online music events still enabled me to ring in New Year 2021 in musical style. My New Year’s Eve festivities began early, as Bret Alexander performed a lunchtime live stream show via the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame’s Facebook page. Bret played guitar and sang for 2½ hours nonstop, honoring many requests that had been submitted to him beforehand. A lot of those requests were for music he created or helped create while in The Badlees – such as “Poison Ivy,” “Tore Down Flat in Jackson,” “Gwendolyn,” “Song for a River,” “I’m Not Here Anymore,” “Fear of Falling,” “Like a Rembrandt,” “Luther’s Windows,” “A Poet,” “Ore Hill” and more. Bret also did numbers from his solo albums and other projects, including “Drive Back Home,” “Bleeding Heart,” “I Want to Win in This World,” the title track from his album (and subsequent band) “Gentleman East” and more. And Bret did a few covers from influential artists – such as Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” the Allman Brothers’ “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” (on which he played

mandolin), Van Morrison’s “Jackie Wilson Said” and “Into the Mystic,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” “Battle of New Orleans,” Johnny Cash’s “Cocaine Blues,” the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” Live’s “Lightning Crashes” and his closing rendition of The Band’s “The Weight.” It was all good, as Bret sang with a strong voice and purpose, and shared reflections, insight and stories about many of the songs. I bounced between two online events during the final hours of 2020. The Blues Society of Central PA presented a five-hour New Year’s Eve Party gala, featuring several live-streaming performances plus several pre-recorded segments. The Nate Myers Duo – Nate Myers and Pete Netznik – opened the festivities with a pleasant mix of blues-rooted and Americana sounds. Nate on vocals and harmonica and Pete on acoustic guitar played such numbers as bluesman Jack Johnson’s “Fishin’ Musician,” “Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now),” plus original songs like “Everything Will Be Alright If I Can Get Away From Me,” “Mean People” and the set-closing “Rise Above It,” which transitioned into an “Auld Lang Syne” ending. Next was the Dillsburg-based Southbound Band, celebrating the music of the Allman Brothers. Featuring guitarists and singers Bob Creed and Bill Wasch, Eileen Creed on drums and vocals, Jeffrey Goodall on keys and vocals, and Jesse Larrimer on bass, the Southbound Band did solid work on Allmans classics such as “Midnight Rider,” “Statesboro Blues,” the instrumental “Hot ‘Lanta,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” “One Way Out,” “Soulshine,” the closer “Whipping Post” and more. Illness sidelined Harrisburg area trio The Mighty Klucks from performing live, so an earlier performance of theirs was shown instead. Scranton’s Clarence Spady then performed a set of traditional blues and original songs. Clarence sang and showed nice technique on acoustic guitar as he did numbers such as Willie Dixon’s “Let Me Love You Baby” and Screaming Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You,” along with the original song “The Addiction Game,” about the ongoing heroin addiction crisis in Scranton and other communities. Next was a prerecorded performance from southeastern PA’s Peter Veteska & Blues Train. Leading up to midnight was a showcase of prerecorded performances from independent blues artists from around the country and world. Included were sets from Australian blues artist Fiona Boyes; Austin, Texas-based duo Kathy Murray & William Jones; Ventura, California duo Crooked Eye Tommy Marsh & Craig Williams; Colombian blues artist Carlos Elliot, and Alexandria, Virginia’s Moonshine Society. It all made for a tasty and bluesy homestretch to 2020. Check out the Blues Society of Central PA’s weekly Virtual Jam, which happens Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. on Facebook, with different performers every week! I also checked out “Celebration Johnstown,” which was streamed online during New Year’s Eve and also was presented on public access television in the Johnstown area. This featured a

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wide variety of presentations and holiday greetings by community leaders, plus entertainment, holiday season sights and sounds, and even a televised (and online) fireworks display. Music was a part of it, with a variety of Johnstown performers appearing throughout the presentation in prerecorded segments. Among them were the father and daughter duo of Micah and Eliza Mood. Micah strummed acoustic guitar and young Eliza played the fiddle; both sounded good as they did pleasant renditions of the “Beaumont Rag,” “We Three Kings” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” A few minutes later in the event, Rachel Allen played harp and sang several numbers. Rachel offered words of hope and encouragement to viewers as she performed three songs – Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Matisyahu’s “One Day” and an original number, “This Is the Life I’m Given.” Other musical performers during “Celebration Johnstown” included Micah with his folk/Americana group Striped Maple Hollow, Johnstown polka favorites Rosie & the Jammers, The Evergreens, Matt Otis, The Irish Pretenders, former NBC Television “The Voice” finalist Josh Gallagher, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown continued on next page...

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Symphony Chorus and more. This was a nicely put-together presentation, and a display of community spirit to help transition into the New Year. With his bi-weekly Friday live stream presentation coinciding with New Year’s Day, Pittsburgh favorite Norman Nardini kicked off 2021 as only he can. With his bandmate Harry Bottoms “playing the tuba part” on acoustic bass, Norman’s “New Year’s Day Spectacular” blended original songs from his catalog with witty and humorous observations for the “high-quality people tuned in,” as Norman was “talkin’ loud, sayin’ nothin,’ comin’ on strong and staying on long.” Switching between acoustic guitar and keys, Norman did such songs as “Look What You Done,” “My Old Man,” “Have’s and Have Nots,” “She’s Crazy,” “Game On,” “Pittsburgh PA,” “The Kingfish,” “Three Times Your Fool,” “The Man Who Loves You,” his closer “Happy New Year to You” and more. Along the way, Norman extolled the joys of being Italian, and spotlighted “Guys Who Were Easy to Like” in the music world – including Joe Walsh, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin (“He had smooth…he owned that s**t!”), Muddy Waters, Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Johnny Cash, Louis “Effin’” Armstrong,” Louis Prima, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, and late Pittsburgh guitar great Glenn Pavone. As he put it, Norman was “falling in love with the humanity behind the music.” This presentation set the tone for a whole New Year of Norman Nardini live-streaming fun (at least until music can go on live stages again) – watch for “The Norman Nardini Show” on Facebook and YouTube every other Friday night (Feb. 12 and 26).

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Once the holiday COVID restrictions on eateries, bars and venues were lifted, live music returned to the stages of a few rooms, including McGarvey’s in Altoona. Ed N’Born provided the first in-person live show I witnessed in 2021. Ed Hofer on percussion and Sean Osborn on acoustic guitar and lead vocals played a wide variety of hits, classics and mash-ups. They broke out tunes from the Beatles, O.A.R., Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, Grateful Dead, Cage the Elephant, Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tears for Fears, Weezer, Garth Brooks, and even a take on Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time!” They also did the mash-ups: fusing together O.A.R.’s “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker” with Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” Smash Mouth’s “All Star” with Semisonic’s “Closing Time,” and an extended melding of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe,” Neil Young’s “Down By the River,” Black Keys’ “Weight of Love” and Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Ed N’Born kept the mood happy, taking requests along the way and conducting a tip jar poll to find if audience members preferred ranch or bleu cheese dressing with their hot chicken wings. (According to the bills in the jars, ranch appeared to win by a landslide.) Taking advantage of mild January weather and good road conditions, I ventured up the hill for my first-ever visit to The Break Room in Twin Rocks to see Crawdad Joe in action. Featuring group namesake Joe Dedon singing and playing acoustic guitar, David Blake on djembe and license plate stomp board, and Christopher Volpe on keys, trumpet, harmonica. melodica and backing vocals; Crawdad Joe mixed up classic rock, soul, blues favorites and a few original tunes. Their performance this night included numbers from Big Head Todd & the Monsters, ZZ Top, Tom Petty, Otis Redding, Allman Brothers, B.B. King, The Band, Steve

Miller Band, Pure Prairie League and more. Highlights were numerous; including a version of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” with Chris playing melodica, a fiery take on the Joe Cocker version of “The Letter” with Joe delivering his throaty howl and Chris playing trumpet, a swamp blues take on the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Runnin,’” an audience-energizing version of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats’ “S.O.B.” and more. Crawdad Joe also performed original tunes such as the upbeat and bluesy “Full Of It.” It all sounded good; Joe’s big Louisiana howl was in good form, and the group was instrumentally solid. And the Break Room’s BBQ Jack Burger and fries were excellent! I’ll be back! Wind, rain and a little bit of snow didn’t thwart me from travelling to Bedford last month to finally catch my first in-person look at Ed Varner as he performed at Bella Terra Vineyard (formerly Briar Valley Winery). Singing, strumming acoustic guitar and buzzing the kazoo, Ed set out to get the small audience of onlookers into a festive mood, and did so with his blend of rock and pop favorites from the 1960s through 1990s. Ed wasted no time pulling the stops to get folks into the music, moving his mic stand out toward the tables and coaxing a sing-along on Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309/Jenny.” He also demonstrated his kazoo and ooga-chaka-ing skills on B.J. Thomas/Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling,” and mixed hits and classics from the Eagles, Dion, The Cars, Queen, Ben E. King, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins, Green Day and many more. During his latter set, Ed rallied the audience by breaking out a version of Chuck Berry’s “My Dinga-Ling,” challenged them to reach the high notes on Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer,” and showed that hard rock and metal are continued on next page...

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part of his musical vocabulary with versions of Alice In Chains’ “Down in a Hole” and Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” Near show’s end, Ed welcomed guest Samantha Diehl (wife of long-

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time Bedford area musician Mark Diehl, also in the house) up to the microphone to sing lead on the Everly Brothers/Linda Ronstadt’s “When Will I Be Loved” – her voice shined, and she and Ed combined for some great harmonies! Ed Varner showed that he knows how to work and fire up a crowd on any given night. He returns to Bella Terra Vineyard next month. Back to the online live-streaming realm, where I caught an intriguing live-streaming double-bill in late December. Organized by Sascha Damon Frost, the “December Moon Stream” event on Facebook featured performances from both Sascha’s electronica project Memory Collector and area soul/hip-hop artist Sijel Bee. With keys and electronics set up, the masked Sascha opened the music by performing the 8-song entirety of Memory Collector’s just-released “Future Eyes” album. The tunes were interesting,

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with captivating melody lines, interesting chord arrangements and progressions, various beats and changing electronic landscapes. Most of it was instrumental, but Sascha did grab the mic to sing on “Masque.” Although encountering technical issues early on, Sijel did soon get to follow with his set. With a changing video backdrop cascading behind him, Sijel presented a number of original song creations, blending sung and spoken passages along the way. He showed a knack of positioning his words both with and counterpoint to his beats, plus layering of voices and harmonies, timely use of reverb and other effects. I didn’t catch many of Sijel’s song titles except for one that stuck in my head afterward, his song and philosophy statement called “Know Yourself,” with an infectious hook that stayed in my cranium the rest of the evening. This was a good live stream that exposed continued on next page..

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two of this area’s up-and-coming creative talents. I discovered the world of Brother Jack’s Lost Cause early last month. The solo artist alter ego of Ride the Song’s Jeremy Jack, Brother Jack’s Lost Cause presents his “Happy Hour” performance every Tuesday afternoon on Facebook. Armed with acoustic guitar, harmonica and his happy-go-lucky personality, Brother Jack “rode some songs” and brought some smiles with his lively and jovial performance of original folk numbers and folk-flavored favorites. He did a number of his originals, including “Weird Folk,” “Pancakes” (which prompted a discourse

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with several online audience members about the merits of pancakes vs. crepes), “Bleeding Time,” “Chicken Skin Shake,” “Snake Ate the Radio,” “Hen House,” “Boom Boom Ticka Ticka” and more. He also did his own folksy variations on the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” John Prine’s “Fish and Whistle,” the traditional folk comedy song “Seven Old Ladies (Locked in the Lavatory),” Slaid Cleave’s “Breakfast in Hell,” and his set-finishing rendition of Andrew Gold’s “Thank You for Being a Friend.” Brother Jack kept the mood happy and lighthearted throughout his performance, and kept things moving along at a lively pace. Check out Brother Jack’s Happy Hour at 4 p.m. Tuesdays, and watch for his periodic breakfast live streams as well! I came across the Somerset-based duo of J.D. & Cindy Ross as they presented a live stream performance last month. These two are always enjoyable; this day they blended several 1960s and 70s classics with their own original songs. Both shared and swapped lead singing duties, with J.D. brandishing acoustic guitar, bass, harmonica and flute; and Cindy playing two different acoustic guitars and bass. Their cover selection included some songs I do not often hear; they opened with a rendition of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air,” and also did takes on Carly Simon’s “Anticipation,” Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” Rosanne Cash’s “Modern Blue,” the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee” and Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” It’s always cool to witness J.D. breaking out the flute; he did so on The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” and the duo’s original song “Rise Up.” They also did their original tunes “Who You Are,” “The Sky Is Blue,”


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“Black Crows” and their finisher “Hope for the World.” J.D. & Cindy’s presentation was pleasant and jovial, and their voices and instrumental talents were in very good form. I came across State College area favorite SGT Bob Timney as he did a live stream performance last month. Spotlighting his original songs this night, SGT Bob demonstrated his gift for both strong melodic and strong lyrical hooks in his creations. His songs provided easy-to-digest lyrical themes of life, love, feelings in the moment and more. SGT Bob sang and strummed his Martin acoustic guitar on such song creations as “Crystals,” “Today continued on next page...

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Ed Hofer of Ed N’ Born drum instructor. He was well-liked by his musical peers and fans alike…And Lewistown-based musician Aaron Bossinger passed away unexpectedly on January 15 at age 35. Aaron was a gifted singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist who lived on the West Coast for several years, and was once nominated for an Emmy award for his music composition of “The Tree That Visited New York City for the Holiday.” He was currently a member of the State College-based alternative rock group Relic Hearts, and was a guitar instructor at D.P. Music Center in Lewistown…We at PA Musician extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of both men. News and notes…A multitude of Pittsburgh area musicians joined forces to create a new song and video to raise funds and awareness for local music venues financially impacted and endangered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The original song, “SOS 2020” (Save Our Stages), was written by Eric Rodger of the band Royal Honey, and involves an all-star lineup of musicians including members of 27 bands, more than 60 artists total. Participants include members of Rusted Root, The Granati Brothers, A Common Crown, The Legendary Hucklebucks, Skell, Black Ridge, The Cheats, Chip & the Charge Ups, Royal Honey, The Borstal Boys and more. Proceeds from sale of the song will benefit Save Our Stages and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) Emergency Fund. For more information about the song and project, visit the website A four-weekend virtual concert series involving 12 of the bands kicked off


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THE JEREMY EDGE PROJECT – THE JEREMY EDGE PROJECT (Deko Entertainment) Pennsylvania music followers have come to know Jeremy Edge over the past 25 years as the guitarist and driving force behind popular regional rock juggernauts Backstreet Law and Til December, and – more recently – nationally-acclaimed rockers Candlelight Red. Jeremy sets out to reconnect with his influences with his self-named project, The Jeremy Edge Project, and the project’s self-titled debut album channels those influences into a vibrant, powerful mixture. As he tips his hat to such influences as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons and others, the overall style here is a blend of hard rock, blues, metal and alternative fla-

vors over the album’s ten tracks. Of course, Jeremy plays guitar throughout the album, and sings on the leadoff rocker “Firedancer” and the southern rock-flavored closer “Sunrise.” Bassist John DeLowery and drummer Dave Shaffer provide the rhythms, and Jeremy Baum colors the mixture with his Hammond B3 organ presence. And two guest singers – Crobot’s Brandon Yeagley and Dark New Day frontman Brett Hestla – split their vocal firepower across three songs each. Brandon displays his hearty howl on the bluesy love song “Sing My Blues,” the groove-driven rocker “Hot Lava” and the slower Led Zeppelin-toned blues-rocker “Lies,” where Jeremy is joined by blues guitar virtuoso Josh Smith. Brett flexes his pipes on the crunchy rocker “Holding In,” the milder-leaning “Indifferent” and the hard-grooving “Outlive Yesterday.” This is a strong album from start to end…The songs connect and the performances dazzle, from Jeremy’s precise and inspired guitar work to the robust contributions of his guests. Recorded and mixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Mike Feretti (who has worked with Warren Haynes and Sevendust), The Jeremy Edge Project sounds broad, clean and potent. In touching base with his influences, Jeremy Edge crafts a good-sounding album

that should please fans of fundamental classic, blues and hard rock. (The album can be obtained through the website SINCERELY S.P.A.D.E. – FIRST CAPITAL’S FIRST KING (no label) Born in Philadelphia but now based in York, Michael Devonte Lee Hatcher battled and survived adversity early in life, and – adopting his hip-hop/rap artist alter ego Sincerely S.P.A.D.E. – faces his struggles, demons, critics and future on his latest album, First Capital’s First King. Through eight tracks, S.P.A.D.E. passionately recounts life’s adversities to assert his own individuality and establish his dream of rising above to bare his art and soul for others to experience and learn from. S.P.A.D.E. starkly documents his early struggles on the autobiographical passage “The Prodigy,” from being forced into manhood when his mother left him at age 3 to losing his father to incarceration, to street corner survival – “…swimming with the great whites (sharks)” and “running with the wolves.” On “Like Your Daddy,” dodging his father’s fate and becoming a teenage dad himself strengthens S.P.A.D.E.’s resolve to survive, better himself and provide for his own family. He acknowledges and leaves his own sins behind on “Big Dumb Young Boy,” learns from the mistakes of others on “Talk Heavy,” and acknowledges his own vulnerabilities on the album closer “S.P.A.D.E.” “Cause N Effect” makes the realization that a relationship needs to end, while sincerity and integrity are questioned on another relationship-themed track, “Insecurities.” And S.P.A.D.E. dresses down overhyped hip-hop wannabes on the album’s opening track, “Lies.” Sincerely S.P.A.D.E.’s performance is emphatic and heartfelt, with his intent and intensity driving each track. He displays a clear knack for timing and rhyming, as his cadences play off the rhythms and beats to create a true sense of beat poetry. Use of various vocal effects, female singing voice intros and outros, and echo chambers of voices (especially used for great effect on “Like Your Daddy”) all add depth and context to the presentation. The mixing is crisp and clean, with S.P.A.D.E.’s voice front and center, and the musical backdrops effectively supporting him. Real life is often the best inspiration for music, and Sincerely S.P.A.D.E.’s life experiences

and lessons – and his sincere perspectives on them – make First Capital’s First King a compelling listen. (The album is available through Amazon, Pandora, Apple Music and other digital platforms.) TIM WOODS – VORTEX (no label) Western PA music patriarch Tim Woods taps inspiration from the natural world and life’s journey on his latest album, Vortex. Tim crafts 10 songs rooted in rock, blues, folk and Americana music as – moved by a recent journey to the American Southwest – he explores his connections with Mother Earth and his philosophies about life moving forward. Helping Tim shape and bring his songs to life is Codetalkers co-founder Bobby Lee Rodgers, who plays guitar, bass, drums and keyboards, and also produced the album. The album’s mystic title song, “Vortex,” documents Tim’s journey to Sedona, Arizona and the sensation of natural energy he experienced while there, which then triggered explorations of his own life and purpose; Tim’s sons, Derek and Ryan Woods, chime in on backing vocals here. Other songs tie into this central theme as well; tapping an Allman Brothers-type vibe, “Sometimes” suggests accepting what life offers rather than hanging on to the past, while “Destination Unknown” – with piano accompaniment by renowned Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels producer and collaborator Paul Hornsby – celebrates life as a continuous journey rather than a destination. Playful blues provides the vehicle for Tim to muse about his own carefree attitude on “I Don’t Know Yet,” while raucous rockabilly paces Tim’s advice to grab life by the horns and make your own difference on “This Mess.” Tim delivers a feisty funk workout on “Some of Your Love,” paints an instrumental picture of the southwestern landscape on “Sage,” and crafts a tranquil and reminiscent ballad with “Take Me Away.” Tim closes the album with a message to protect one of Earth’s most vital resources for future generations on “Water Is Life.” Tim’s voice and words sound hearty and heartfelt, and the arrangements and musicianship bring forth the full power of each song. The overall production sounds smooth and consistent, broad and full. Like the experience that inspired it, Vortex itself evokes a soulful energy, as Tim Woods makes us feel the fascination and wonder of his journeys. (The CD can be obtained

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through Tim’s website, JS BLUES – JS BLUES (Razberry Productions) JS Blues is the blues project incarnation of Jim Thorpe native Johnny Searfoss, who has been making music since 1978. JS Blues’ self-titled CD introduces us to a smooth-sounding, well-rounded blend of blues-infused styles over 10 tracks, including five new songs and select tunes from Johnny’s two previous albums under his own name. Johnny sings, plays guitar and bass, assisted by seven other musicians – including drummers Chris Condel and Nick Lauro, keyboard players Matt McGasko and Harry Sipler, backing singers Joe Bogwist and Carolyn Falzone,

and clarinet player Mike Pryor. JS Blues gets down to business on the opening number, “A Good Good Woman,” a slow and slinky blues display where Johnny gets to stretch out and showcase his guitar talents with nice solo displays. He and bandmates step up the tempo on the rollicking swing/jump blues of “Roll Me Over, one of two carryover songs from Johnny’s self-titled 2013 album; the other being the hard-edged blues-rocker “Blindsided Blues.” Johnny also resurrects three numbers from his 2015 album Bring Back My Radio: the slow and soulful “A Beautiful Sunny Day,” the delta blues-geared “Devil on Sunday” and the funk-edged “On the Run.” Of the other new songs, “Let’s Have a Party” exudes a playful and upbeat vibe, “Social Media Blues” shares Johnny’s witty observations on modern-day communication and its users and abusers, and Mike’s clarinet talents take the spotlight on the jazz-flavored instrumental album closer “Sometimes I Wonder.” Johnny also gives a reverent update of Bill Withers’ 1971 soul/ blues classic “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Johnny demonstrates a good singing voice with range and clarity, and displays clean and tasteful guitar work that serves the flavor of each song. His support cast gives solid performances as well, with both keyboardists coloring the songs with piano and organ textures, and the rhythm players keeping the paces steady and in the pocket. Recorded and mastered at SI Studios in Old Forge, and engineered by Joe Weglesski and Tom Borthwick, this album sounds clear, smooth, balanced and consistent from start to end. JS Blues is, simply put, a fundamentally solid and tasty blues album, showing Johnny Searfoss’ skills and versatility; clearly a satisfying listen. (The album can be obtained through the website

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