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HAPPY NEW YEAR! What a whirlwind December was but it seems as if we’re moving into the winter solace only with nice weather but it seems my mind is settling. Last month when I finally had a moment to check out the December issue of the PA Musician Magazine, I’m thinking, wow it’s a nice print job this month when all of a sudden I came to page 14 and realized it was November’s page 14. Oh man, totally bummed. When I got home I checked my files to make sure I sent the printer the right one and I did (sigh) Nobody in the print business likes to make that kind of mistake. I’ve made my share of mistakes over the years and it’s never fun. The printing business has a way of keeping me humble. But that was last month and it’s a New Year with a new beginning. I’ve been running a little later than I have wanted to lately and this month on Christmas day I had the stomach

bug, it put me DOWN for a few days. I couldn’t even sit at my desk and do anything, yuck, glad that’s over as well. I feel great today and when you’re that sick and you get over it it is a fantastic feeling. Everything happens for a reason and if I would have printed when I wanted to I would have missed being able to share with you the passing of Chris Altland. Life & Death exist together and lately we have just been loosing too many to death. The good thing about death, just as when one is sick, is one appreciates life and it makes us stop and think about what is important to us in this life. On December 29th Chris Altland passed on to another life. He was an awesome bassist and performer and person. He had found his soulmate, Jen some years back and has 3 beautiful children that he loved and loves dearly. He was only 44. Chris was currently performing in Angels and Saints and his band honored him by performing their New Year’s Eve gig at Rainmakers which I’m sure many were there. Many in the music community knew him and of him. Shadow Rising, Disorderly Conduct, Black Widow and Defying Gravity have joined together to organize a benefit for Jen and the Kids in memory and love of Chris. The event will take place on January 28th at The Tourist Inn, in Hellam.

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Let’s pack the place and raise some funds. Due to all the recent passing of so many great musicians and friends I have decided to start doing an Obit area in the Mag. It will only be for PA Musicians all the others have other venues to use. The PA Musician Magazine is

about those who are alive and thriving but also we need to honor those who have lived, loved, performed and been a part of our music community. January is offering many musical choices for you. The Ryan Alan Band has been laying low but will be appearing at Tubby’s on January 13th and a few other places. There are changes coming in Ryan’s band so come out and enjoy them Ryan is one talented musician. The 17th Annual Y2K New Year’s Eve Party is on at The Racehorse Tavern on Saturday, January 14th with the famous and extremely talented Ray Rossi. All those in attendance are guaranteed to have a great time. Ray has years of experience even though he looks too young to have any experience trust me, he does. Jim is changing up his entertainment and events. He’s still bringing in the best of live entertainment but he is constantly looking for new ways to keep you coming back. They will be dropping a horse (not a live one) at midnight. Don’t forget January 27th Take 147 is taking the stage at Gullifty’s and the benefit of doing minimal gigs is that when you do get on stage you are more than ready to put on a great show for your fans. The bad part is this is the only date you will see them so mark your calendar. Don’t forget that Gullifty’s has great food and they are known for their pizza. I know management is striving to make “Live Music” thrive at Gullifty’s. Also on January 27th SLP Concerts presents Whiskey Myers at The Chameleon. I found the following information about Whiskey Myers on their website and thought it would be of interest to our readers: It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since Whiskey Myers was last in the recording studio. Over two whirlwind years, the gritty Texas band hit #1 on the iTunes Country Chart with their breakout third album ‘Early Morning Shakes,’ earned raves everywhere from Rolling Stone to USA Today, and toured the US and UK relentlessly, slaying massive festival crowds and sharing stages with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, and more along the way. You’d be forgiven, then, for expecting things to work a little differently this time around when the band reunited with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb for their stellar

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Happy New Year!!! It’s hard to believe it’s already 2017. Y2K was really 17 years ago?!? Time surely does fly whether you are having fun or not. This past month was tons of fun. More family fun than band fun, but tons of fun regardless. The holidays are always crazy, but yet memorable. The month started out memorable when the printer accidently printed page 14 from our November issue instead of the December. Whoopsie! Accidents happen and no one is perfect. The good news is none of our advertisers were on page 14, just the end of my article and the beginning of Eric’s Nationals column. One thing for sure is it makes it a collector’s item.

So, in my last month’s article at the end I mentioned that it was my son Mason’s 11th Birthday on December 5th, Mom’s Birthday, December 18th, and my big brother Josh turned 41 on December 19th. Obviously with all of those birthdays we had plenty of days full of family celebrations. I know it’s belated, but Happy Birthday to all three of you!! I love you all very much!!! I also wrote a huge thank you to Stan Levistone from SLP Concerts, Steve Toepfer from Madison Ticket Agency, Tim Louie, and everyone else involved, for the amazing tickets to take my son Zack to his first big concert to see Five Finger Death Punch at the Giant Center. I would’ve never been able to afford to give Zack, his friend Everett, and my friend Laura that amazing experience. Our tickets were more of a “side stage” seat, but that was super cool for a 1st concert because we were able to watch all of the band changeovers and see all of the equipment, etc. We totally missed the first band, I was shocked that the music actually started at 6, I thought the doors

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Out & About continued kids from the GA area. After they were all safe on the stage they said, “Let’s show these kids a real rock show…” The middle of the pit turned into a mosh pit for one song. It was cool to see that from a safe distance! After the song all of the kids were returned safely to their parents. It was a very cool part of the show. It was slightly devastating when Phil messed up the lyrics to “Bad Company”, you saw how upset he was by the mess up, I really just wanted to go up there and give him a hug.. We could see him back stage between the next song trying to pull himself together, but I can’t image the pressure. He only had 2 or 3 days notice before he had to cover for Ivan. I hope he understands that no one expected him to be perfect, we are just glad the tour went on. They said that Hershey was the only sold out concert and they definitely didn’t want to disappoint. Overall it was still an amazing show. Another super bonus to the show is Zack totally lost his voice!! Haha!! He’s definitely hooked to the whole concert experience and is ready to go again!! Thanks again to everyone at SLP Concerts for making Zack’s first concert experience one we will definitely never forget! The next big night Out & About was out to Double K to see Latimore Sky. I’m so glad Karen gave these guys a chance. They play rock and roll the way it should be with lots of passion and emotion. It was unfortunately Jeff Zepp’s last show, but I’m thrilled to announce they found a new bass player! One nice thing about Jeff moving away is that he was able to give the band plenty of notice so they were able to find a replacement and the show can go on. Sid brought all of his amazing crazy lights to the show, they were even the fancy ones that they can hook into the drum beats of the song. Latimore Sky doesn’t cut any corners, when they get the opportunity to play anywhere they come out with all guns blazing! I got

there a little late because I was out delivering, but I was pretty excited they saved their original song “Rain” for me, definitely by far one of my favorite songs. Hopefully we will be seeing more of Latimore Sky at Double K in the near future. My next and final night out this month was a last minute invite from Vickie Morris to come to the open mic night at Spring Gate on a Wednesday night. I was at a photo shoot for Youth Sports, but as soon as it was over I headed to Spring Gate. I got there just in time for Bob from Smokin Gunnz, and Ben from Six Bar Break took the stage in what they were calling “Six Gunnz”… Everyone else from both of their bands were busy, but they didn’t let that stop them. They got together and discussed the plan and jammed as best as they could and I’d have to say they killed it! It was a lot of fun just to watch two great musicians having a good time. It was a great laid back open mic so we could all just relax and have a good time. John Kelly took the stage next, he was also the host of the open mic. He did a great job running the open mic. He played his songs with a looper machine which always amazes me. It’s a pretty cool way to make a one man band, that’s for sure. To end the night John walked around the room inviting all of the musicians that were left to jam with him. Ben and Bob and Zack King from The Flat Wheels all joined in. It was an awesome way to end an open mic when there are so many great musicians in one room. I love jams and wish there were so many more. I always think when you have those shows with so many original

bands all on one bill, instead of making one of the poor bands play at midnight just end the night with a crazy jam with everyone involved. I really think that is something that would keep all of the fans from all of the bands there til the end of the night. Yeah sure, it’s not your original music, but it’s music that everyone knows and can play too, and if your original songs aren’t too complex, well you might just be able to still teach everyone to play your original song too. I’ve seen it done before at the MMC! Thanks Vickie for the last minute invite. Proof once again that ya just never know where I’m going to show up next! It doesn’t hurt to ask. With my life as crazy as it is, those midweek open mics, and other events are a great opportunity for me to get out and see a lot of different musicians at once. If you are heading out to one, please let me know. If I’m sitting at home being a video game widow, you might just get me to come out. Sometimes I just need to know that I will know at least one person in the room… Hit me up at, even if you are already sitting continued pg. 14...

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Fell From Zero has been playing area stages for almost three years, and they are hoping that 2017 is their best year yet! All of the guys in the band have years of stage experience and some of them currently play in other bands, but their intense love for heavier rock and metal music brought them all together to create Fell From Zero. Luckily they all knew each other’s strength, talents, and abilities, so it was just a matter of a few phone calls until Fell from Zero was born.

Bob Patterson Bob Patterson is the man behind the mic, singing songs that not many bands can pull off in this area, especially an entire night of songs from bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, and more! He makes it look so easy, even as the veins are popping out of his neck! Don Price rips away on the guitar along with Donny Swigart, both guitar players switch between leads, and sometimes play simultaneously just to amaze their audience even more. Having two guitar players adds so much more texture to every song, really giving it that hard rock feel. Finishing up the band is Andy Brightbill laying down the bass lines and Jake Gochenaur banging out the beats. Jake also pretty much shares some of the lead vocal responsibilities while he’s banging away, but he also can add in those guttural screams to help finish off the much needed part of any hard rock/metal band. One thing about every member of Fell From Zero is their stage presence is off the chain! Their number one

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bouncing around in their heads. Their first official original, ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ was written as a collaboration. Don Price (DP) wrote it and recorded the main riff one night, and Donny Swigart helped him come up with the remaining parts. They have a few more nearly completed originals that they hope to finish up very soon. All of their originals have pretty much been a collaboration where they are constantly bouncing ideas off of each other. The final piece to their song is when Bob writes the lyrics to put their final piece on their puzzles. They are currently recording three of their originals for a demo, and they hope to have it in everyone’s hands very soon. They do have a few shows lined up already in 2017, but they are constantly looking for more dates and new venues to play in, they are also more than happy to play Pennsylvania Musician Magazine

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Out & About continued there reading this article. Spontaneity is the Spice of Life! January is another month filled with birthday celebrations in my family. My sister Andrea Greene’s birthday is January 6th, if you’re reading this in Newville, please wish her a Happy Birthday the next time you stop in at Cornerstone Federal Credit Union in Newville. My hubby Kris’s birthday is January 8th. So I’m sure that will be a weekend of celebrations for sure. Speaking of celebrations another big one this month is Racehorse Tavern’s 17th Annual Y2K New Year’s Eve party with the one and only Ray Rossi! I’m sure that is going to be one wild party. Racehorse Tavern has a month full of great bands, check out their full schedule in this issue! Well that’s all for this month. Thanks again for all the love and support throughout 2016. It’s been a great year and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! If you have any comments or questions you can e-mail me at Happy New Year!! And get out there and Support Live Music!!

NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman

Dirt Cheap Happy New Year Rockers ‘N’ Rollers! 2016 ended with the return of KIX to Camp Hill’s Radisson Hotel. The annual event is always incredibly successful with a massive turnout. York natives Dirt Cheap provided a great hard set to open the show. KIX have always been legendary in Central PA with shows covering the past four decades. The band has released 7 studio albums in their career and since reuniting in 2003 has found new success. Congratulations and thank you, to promoter John Harris on bringing this show every year. The Sounds returned from their homeland of Sweden for a Northern American tour of 20 dates. The tour celebrated the ten year anniversary of their most successful album, “Dying To Say This To You”. The Sounds played the album in its entirety including other hits. Zipper Club and My Jerusalem were openers for the outing. The Sounds recently released a new single titled “Thrill.” It was an incredible show at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club with immense energy. Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch played Hershey’s Giant Center on Dec 2. A music genre I’m not very familiar with but is very popular on today’s radio. It was the tour’s first and only complete sell out with over 13,000 fans. Five Finger Death Punch’s lead singer Ivan Moody is currently in rehab and was replaced by Philip Labonte of All That Remains on vocal duties. Shinedown performed a good set with plenty of pyrotechnics. My gratitude to Pam Saunders and Zach Myers of Shinedown for the show experience. Dec 9 required a trip south to Baltimore’s Soundstage 14

for The Bouncing Souls. The iconic Jersey punk band is currently touring for their latest record “Simplicity”. The Bouncing Souls continue to play incredible concerts with their fast light-hearted songs. The band formed in 1989 and have produced 10 studio albums. They are considered a staple and an asset in the punk rock world. The crowd sang along to 26 songs including “Hopeless Romantic,” “True Believers” and “Gone.” There were great local bands as well this past month.

Jeffrey Gaines, Bryce Connor (Jellybricks) & Shea Quinn Shea Quinn performed his tribute to David Bowie with two more shows at Gullifty’s and Hollywood Casino. Shea Quinn also performed with local success Jeffrey Gaines for a really great show on Dec 21. The Give Take were amazing at Gullifty’s on Dec 23. And The Martini Bros. played 3 final shows before calling it quits after 22 years and the departure of bassist Mike Mead. Words cannot express what that band, the Martini Bros, meant to me. So many incredible shows and great times, being a huge part of my music life and being one of the best bands ever in Central PA. Thank you Deuce, Mike, Reg and Chad. NATIONAL NEWS: Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Journey, Electric Light Orchestra, and Yes will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2017. Pearl Jam and Tupac were nominated in their first year of eligibility, and Joan Baez was inducted after being nominated for the first time. This year’s list of nominees also included Chic, Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson, Bad Brains, Kraftwerk, Jane’s Addiction, MC5, Chaka Khan, the Zombies, and the Cars. While Chic were not inducted this year, Nile Rodgers has been given the Award for Musical Excellence. The 2017 induction ceremony will take place on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The top two global tours of 2017 grossed more than a half-billion dollars in what has been a great year for the concert business. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band takes the top spot with a worldwide gross of $262 million, just edging out Beyonce who took in $256.4 million. The Boss played 75 shows in 65 cities while selling 2.35 million tickets at an average price of $111.41. The Top 5 Tours included Coldplay in third place at about $241 million followed by Guns N’ Roses and Adele. As reported last month, Live have reunited with original vocalist Ed Kowalczyk, announcing 2017 tour dates and currently recording new music. The split was reportedly acrimonious and there was an extended legal dispute over an existing publishing agreement. Dec. 31 will mark the 25th anniversary of the band’s debut album “Mental Jewelry”. Regarding what led to the reunion, bassist Patrick Dahlheimer said “Live needs no better reason to reform than to spread some light in this time of confusion and unease.” Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers have announced their 40th Anniversary Tour to kick off in April with 35 dates, and more to be announced. Over the past four decades the band has released 13 studio albums. Its most recent, “Hypnotic Eye”, was released in 2014. Joe Walsh and

Chris Stapleton appear as special guests on select dates. Dates include: July 1 – Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center and July 23 – Baltimore, Md., Royal Farms Arena. PJ Harvey is headed to 15 North American cities in 2017 to bring the masses the live PJ experience. She played a few shows in Los Angeles and New York last year, but this is the first extended for PJ Harvey in North America since 2009. Her full routing is a legitimate global tour. PJ Harvey’s 2016 album “The Hope Six Demolition Project” is up for a Grammy, Best Alternative Music Album. This year marks the seventh time the alternative songstress has been nominated, but she has yet to win a Grammy. PJ Harvey visits Philadelphia’s Fillmore on April 21. Beyonce is the leader of the 2017 Grammy Awards with nine nominations, including bids for album of the year with “Lemonade”, and song and record of the year with “Formation.” The singer, who already has 20 Grammys, is also the first artist to earn nominations in the pop, rock, R&B and rap categories in the same year. Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, all scored eight nominations each. Adele is also nominated for album, record and song of the year. With 62 nominations over the years, Beyoncé is the most-nominated woman in Grammy history. Her

The Martini Bros. w/ Eric album Lemonade has sold 10 million copies in a year. The Grammys will be presented in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017. David Bowie, who died from cancer in January, earned four nominations for his final album “Blackstar”. Stevie Nicks is extending her “24 Karat Gold Tour” with special guest The Pretenders. The tour is named after Nicks’ 2014 album, “24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault”, which features new versions of demos she previously recorded. The 2016 U.S./Canada outing began in late October and wrapped up last month on Dec 18. The tour returns in 2017 with dates including: March 26 – Baltimore, Md., Royal Farms Arena and March 31 – Pittsburgh, PA., PAPPG Paints Arena. Guns N’ Roses sold a million tickets in one day for their forthcoming 2017 Europeon tour. GN’R also revisits North America for Summer 2017. Their “Not In This Lifetime Tour” reuniting Axl Rose with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, will visit Hersheypark Stadium on August 13. GN’R visited Hershey once before in July 1991 as part of their “Use Your Illusion Tour.” UPCOMING SHOWS: . Kings of Leon Baltimore National Harbor Jan 12. KIX Lancaster Chameleon Jan 13 & 14. Bash & Pop Philadelphia Johnny Brendas Jan 17. Kings of Leon Philadelphia Wells Fargo Jan 19. Wednesday 13 Harrisburg HMAC Jan 19. Twenty One Pilots Allentown PPL Center Jan 24. Junior Brown Sellersville Theatre Jan 26.

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We turn the corner into New Year 2017. It promises to be a very interesting year in a lot of ways. Domestically and internationally, there is a lot of crazy stuff going on in this world. There are no quick fixes to the craziness, but we can all work toward a better world by starting with ourselves. I hope that everyone will make the resolution to do whatever they can to be the best person they can be each day. It starts when we look in the mirror. Each of us has the power to make the world a better place in our own unique way, every day. Smile. Help others. Help your community. Volunteer. Build bridges. Find common ground. Love. All of these things take little effort, and they all make a difference. Let’s all do this, and make a better world in the New Year! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cresson native Josh Gallagher’s journey on NBC Television’s popular reality singing competition program, The Voice reached its conclusion last month, as he finished fourth during the show’s finals. The show’s four finalists; Josh, Billy Gilman, We McDonald and Sundance Head vied for audience votes during the December 5th program, with the voting results revealed during the December 6th program. The son of 1960’s hitmaker Roy Head, Sundance (who was picked over Josh by team leader Blake Shelton earlier in the season) won first place, scoring $100,000 and a recording deal with Universal Recording Group. In the aftermath of The Voice, Josh continues to work out of his current home base, Nashville. He will perform several area concert appearances during the coming year, including two performances at

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Altoona’s Mishler Theatre on January 28th, a June 23rd concert during Johnstown’s annual Thunder In the Valley motorcycle rally, and at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton on August 6th. It should be noted that another western PA musician, Pittsburgh native Tarra Layne was also a contestant on The Voice, and was briefly one of Josh Gallagher’s teammates on Blake Shelton’s “Team Blake” before being eliminated in October. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Tarra is a featured singing voice for Mattel doll brands Barbie and Monster High.

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Closer to home, area bands and artists provided their own worthy highlights on stages in recent weeks. For the second year in a row, Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors performed on Black Friday at Hollidaysburg’s U.S. Hotel. The evening opened with graduating St. Francis University senior, singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist Alyssa Smith. Alyssa sang with a clear, soaring voice as she performed several original songs such as “Chasing Dreams” and “In My Soul.” Her words were hopeful, and her performance was bright and uplifting, setting the perfect tone for the headliners. Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors followed with their rousing set, mixing songs from their self-titled CD with several new songs from their forthcoming second album and select covers. Singing and playing guitar, Jim, former drummer for Rusted Root, led the group on popular original songs such as “I’m Doing Fine,” “Oolala” and “You’ve Got to Believe It.” Highlights along the way included guitarists Kevin McDonald and Dan Murphy picking dual man-

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Dana “DD” & Art Martino of DD & The Pub Crawlers dolins during the original number “Can’t Stop Falling,” the Rusted Root double-shot of “Send Me on My Way” into “Back to the Earth,” and the ensuing percussion jam leading into percussionist/shaman Harry Pepper’s improve spoken-word essay “Allies.” When the large audience demanded an encore, Jim and his Warriors returned to finish the night with the double-shot of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” into Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” To quote one observer, “There is a new Sheriff in town named...Agent Smith!” He was referring to new area rock collaboration Agent Smith during their Thanksgiving Eve performance at 30 Something in Altoona, with special guests Hand Of Doom. Agent Smith merges longtime frontman Steve Oswalt with the This Albatross triumvirate of guitar man Phil “Philly Grooves” Wagner, bassist Mike Stanley and drummer Shawn Gioiosa. Agent Smith did a variety of hard rock spanning the 1960’s to 1990’s, with tunes from Nirvana, Cracker, Bil-

ly Squier, Led Zeppelin, Silvertide, Alice In Chains, Van Halen, Golden Earring, Police and many more. I knew I was in for a good night shortly after my arrival when Steve unleashed his Geoff Tate vocal display on Queensryche’s “Jet City Woman,” one of many highlights during this show. Other highlights included Mike singing lead on Cracker’s “Low,” Hand Of Doom guitarist Matt Wineland joining the group for Mad Season’s “River of Deceit,” the brief This Albatross interlude when singer Autumn Shiffler joined Phil, Mike and Shawn for versions of Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know” and Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” Autumn and Steve sharing stunning dual vocal leads on Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” and the second set-ending take on Iron Maiden’s “Two Minutes to Midnight.” When the crowd demanded the encore, Agent Smith responded by hailing 30 Something’s proprietor with the legendary “Claudio chant,” leading into The Cult’s “Fire Woman” to end the night. Vocals and harmonies were strong, and Agent Smith’s instrumental execution was tight and powerful. Between their sets, Hand Of Doom celebrated the Ozzy Osbourne era of Black Sabbath with a strong set of early Sabbath favorites. Singer Mark Oswalt, guitarist Matt Wineland, bassist Todd Batzel and drummer Dan McConnell thundered with sturdy renditions of “War Pigs,” “Paranoid,” “Iron Man,” “Electric Funeral,” “Fairies Wear Boots” and the group’s namesake song, “Hand of Doom.” Two out-of-state bands made their first visits to area stages in recent weeks. Northern Virginia’s Plank Stompers brought their unique style and sound to the new location of Locality Art Space in Bedford early last month. My own gigging duties up the street prevented me from seeing openers Asbury Lane, but I learned that guest harmonica man Jack Coyle performed with them this night, and they were received well. Based near Winchester, Vir-

ginia, Plank Stompers began their career as more of a bluegrass/string band, but soon started experimenting and mixing different styles and instruments into their music and presentation. That stew of sounds was on display this night, as Plank Stompers – mandolin and harmonica player Erik Burnham, bassist Ben Walters, keyboardist and trumpet player Rudy Bzdyk, singer, guitarist and whistle player Will Spawdling and drummer Danny Shyti – merged bluegrass and string band elements with romping funk, rock, blues, ska and jam grooves. With their varied instrumentation, Plank Stompers performed inventive original jams, each with a different vibe and flavor. Catchy melodies, vocal harmonies, skillful musicianship and freewheeling jams were plentiful, and the group never stayed in one musical place for long. They performed at least one cover song, their funky spin on Ween’s “Roses Are Free.” Plank Stompers triggered dancing and grooving, and had the Bedford audience happy and smiling by night’s end. The early word is that this group will be back in the area later this year; they obviously won a new legion of fans this night! continued on pg. 20...

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The Professor continued As Penn State students were making their exodus from Happy Valley for the holiday break late last month, Baltimore’s Hollywood Blanks arrived to demonstrate their original indie-rock sounds at Zeno’s. Featuring lead singer/guitarist Jimmy O’Keefe, bassist/singer Rich Kolm, guitarist, keyboardist and singer Trevor Shipley and drummer Adam Farkas, Hollywood Blanks displayed a sound rooted in classic garage rock, but incorporating unpredictable styles and elements. Each song was distinct and interesting, and the group never stayed in one musical place for too long. Original numbers like “Savior in Denial” and “Nuclear Submarine” provided grungier distortion rock. Other original songs mixed in varied tempos, progressive arrangements, touches of blues, funk, even a circus-like vibe on one number. Although the aforementioned student exodus depleted crowd attendance this night, those who did attend cheered their approval for Hollywood Blanks’ original slant; the group returns to

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Zeno’s April 23rd. In what is becoming an annual tradition, Don Jamieson, comedian and host of VH1’s That Metal Show, returned to McGarvey’s during Thanksgiving weekend to host a sixband birthday bash for venue proprietor Rich McGarvey. The music transpired on two stages, with X’s For Eyes, Fÿre, Darkness On the Radio and Hate Grenade performing prior to my arrival. Naildriver was in progress when I got there, slamming forth their original power metal. Recently-retired bassist Scott Bush returned to the fold for this night, and former drummer Kevin Siegel also sat in on a song; joining frontman Matt Watson, current drummer Jamie Kmett and guitarists Scott Botteicher and Todd Dale. Naildriver stirred the McGarvey’s crowd into a frenzy with established original song favorites like “Seal the Exits” and “The Enemy Within.” Host Don Jamieson then presented a brief stand-up comedy routine, referencing the recent presidential election, marijuana legalization and music world happenings. Bedford’s Fueled By Ignorance then closed the night, starting heavy with their version of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” before triggering some dance floor action with a blend of rock and pop favorites. Singers Ronnie Sheirer and Jerrichah, alternating guitarists/bassists Travis Ickes and Dustin Lybarger, and drummer Kevin Easter demonstrated their versatility and volatility on tunes from Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Volbeat, Bruno Mars, Kid Rock, Def Leppard, Guns N’Roses and more. They returned to the heavier side of the rock spectrum to end the night, closing with a Metallica medley and Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” Originally from Altoona but now calling Pittsburgh their home base, The Lampshades played their first Altoona show since 2009 at McGarvey’s early last month, headlining a triple-bill with UFO Crash Site and Float.

Harry Pepper & Joe Marini of Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors I arrived after UFO Crash Site’s set, but got to witness the latter half of Float’s set. Guitarist/singer Adam Stager, bassist Tony Didomenico and drummer Rich Stever demonstrated their progressive-edged brand of alternative rock. Float did original tunes such as “Montego,” and I enjoyed their captivating set-closer (the title which I didn’t catch), where the song’s verses alternated with a repetitive, progressing guitar rudiment. The Lampshades then re-established their brand of garage rock-rooted musical maelstrom, doing songs from their “Numbskull Nothinghead” CD and some newer tunes such as “Gotta Do.” Singer/guitarist Jaren Love, bassist Chris Kibler and drummer Dane Adelman created their own distortion and feedback-strewn rock universe and conquered it; their musical terrain was noisy and rowdy, but their melodies clicked, even referencing retro 1960’s pop styles on a few continued on pg. 22...

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tunes. And Jaren knew exactly what he was doing when he made his guitar scream, hiss and generate chaos. The Lampshades’ presentation was chaotic, but it was their own identifiable chaos, and the folks in front of the stage at McGarvey’s cheered their approval. The Lampshades plan to issue a new full-length CD later this year. Another area band to be excited about in the New Year is Matt Otis & the Sound, who returned to McGarvey’s stage last month. They performed as a trio this night; namesake Matt on vocals and guitar, bassist Kent Tonkin and drummer Charlie McClanahan blended thoughtful original tunes and select covers against the visual backdrop of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas playing on a projection screen. Matt & the Sound did numbers from Matt’s various CDs, plus a few newer songs such as the just-written “So It Goes,” and select songs from Bob Dylan, the Outfield, Walk the Moon and more. The group stretched many of the songs out into energetic, passionate jams, with Matt sinking heart and soul into each tune. Matt will perform both solo and with The Sound in the New Year, and has show dates through-

out the state in the coming months. It was one year ago in late December that I had received a Facebook message inviting me to come see a new band called Zach Wade & the Good Grief during an open mic event at Joe & Mary’s Tavern in Altoona. A year later, Zach Wade & the Good Grief are quickly building a loyal fan base, and are poised to issue their first recording shortly. During their return visit to McGarvey’s last month, Zach Wade & the Good Grief fired up the party, getting a good-sized crowd moving and grooving with their fresh blend of original songs and select covers. Namesake Zach on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, lead guitarist Rogan Allen, bassist Devin Pierce and drummer Keegan Allen introduced upbeat new originals such as “Four Winds,” along with established crowd-pleasers like “From a Coma,” “Anthem,” “I’ll Survive,” “Halfway Man,” “@ the Bitter End” and more. They also delivered their own fresh-sounding slants on Dave Mason’s “Feelin’ Alright,” Foo Fighters’ “My Hero,” ZZ Top’s “Tush” and Rusted Root’s “Send Me On My Way.” Other highlights included the happy crowd sing-along version of Michael Jackson’s “Let Me Love You,” Rogan display-

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ing his guitar fireworks on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” and guest C. Leo Bloomfield wailing harmonica on some numbers as well. Zach Wade & the Good Grief are another reason to be excited about this area’s music scene in the New Year; make a resolution to discover them soon if you haven’t yet experienced them! Shallow 9’s dance party continues to be a hot commodity in the New Year. During their Thanksgiving weekend appearance at Altoona’s Four Dees Lounge, Shallow 9 fired up the rock, pop and dance hits, and steadily filled up the dance floor over their three sets. Singer Erika Marino took charge early and delivered it all – excellent voice, confidence, poise and abundant energy – supported by the tight and pulsating backdrops generated by lead guitarist Greg Larrimore, alternating guitarists P.J. Kelly and Ryan Weaver (who also sang some lead), bassist Mitch Neuder and drummer Todd Harshbarger. A variety of hits from Neon Trees, Soft Cell, Wheatus, Lady Gaga, Cee Lo Green, Jimmy Eat World, Alanis Morisette, Paula Abdul, Michael Jackson, No Doubt, Kings of Leon, DNCE and more kept the dance floor full and hopping. Highlights included Ryan’s former On The Run bandmate John Ross Green helping front the group on Lit’s “All the Small Things,” and the overall high energy and fun vibe that permeated this show from start to end. Make plans to hit the dance floor when Shallow 9 returns to the Four Dees Lounge on January 21st. Todd Harshbarger was also behind the drum kit during D.D. & the Pub Crawlers’ early December performance at Hollidaysburg’s Old Canal Inn. The backdrop of Penn State’s Big Ten Championship come-from-behind football win over Wisconsin on the upstairs television screens combined with the Pub Crawlers’ fun stew of rock, blues, funk, ska, swing, reggae and more downstairs to provide an exhilarating night. Armed with a horn section that was four members strong at points, plus Tim Boland on keys and Jim Howsare on guitar, the Pub Crawlers mixed up tunes from Sam & Dave, the Blues Brothers, Amy Winehouse, LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and more. Highlights this night included Jimi Hendrix’s “Redhouse,” with successive solos from Tim on keys, Adam Lingenfelter on trumpet, Ryan McCracken on sax, Jim on guitar, Art Martino on bass, and singer/group namesake Dana “D.D.” Martino herself with a scat-singing solo; also the swinging double-shot of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies’ “Zoot Suit Riot” into the Andrews Sisters’ “Boocontinued on pg. 23...

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nual Spirit of Christmas Parade. With Matt performing at the rear of the venue, observers could enjoy the venue’s tasty craft brews and indoor warmth, the parade passing by the front of the venue outside and Matt’s music inside all at the same time. Matt performed a wide variety of song material, spanning numbers from Pearl Jam, the Spin Doctors, Smash-

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Matt Burns watching the Steelers on TV in their living rooms during a blustery, wintry late November Sunday afternoon, I hit the road and journeyed to Brookmere Winery in Belleville after learning that Mycenea Worley was in the neighborhood to serenade wine tasters and shoppers. This Brookmere location is part of the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail, so traffic this day was steady as travelers along the “trail” stopped in to sample and purchase wines. Mycenea kept them pleasantly entertained with her mix of original songs and select covers, all done in her distinctive voice, style and cadence. She performed songs from her “Siren” EP plus newer numbers, and I enjoyed her unpredictable selection of cover material, which she owned with her own flavor. She did versions of U2’s “With or Without You,” Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” The

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Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” Elvis Presley’s “That’s Alright,” her acoustic blues take on Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” Bill Withers’ “Just the Two of Us” and more. Mycenea’s presentation was friendly, conversational and happy, and her performance was well worth braving the elements and making the roadtrip! Again last month I had the pleasure of seeing both Matt Burns and Bill Ferrell in action on succes-

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mouth, Deep Blue Something, Talking Heads, Incubus, Fuel, Nine Inch Nails, Hank Williams III and more. My favorite highlights, though, included Matt’s surprise acoustic rendition of Rush’s “Distant Early Warning,” as well as answering a request for Robin Trower’s “Too Rolling Stoned” to end the performance. The following Thursday, Bill Ferrell mixed a variety of classic rock and other favorites. I was impressed with Bill’s acoustic arrangements and finger-picking talents, and several surprises you would never expect to hear in an acoustic setting. Bill tackled several Pink Floyd classics, including a totally unexpected take on “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” along with “Comfortably Numb,” “Breathe” and Matt Otis & The Sound “Brain Damage/Eclipse.” Other highlights included his sive Thursday evenings versions of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer,” the combined Eric Clapton unplugged/ at Altoona’s Railroad Derek & the Dominoes version of “Layla,” a Christmas song medley, several original City Brewing Company. instrumental numbers and Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” And thanks Bill for breaking out Matt’s performance took the version of Mason Williams’ “Classical Gas!” place on the same night as News and notes…A new area bluegrass festival event has been announced for later the City of Altoona’s an- this year; the inaugural Wills Mountain Jamboree will take place on June 30th and July 1st at the Port Royale Farm, located south of Bedford…Hate Grenade has found their new bass player, Donny Weissinger… After six years at the vocal helm, Matt Watson has announced that he is stepping away from Altoona metal rockers Naildriver; the departure is a friendly one…Pittsburgh’s Bill Deasy has issued a brand new CD; Bill, frontman and guitarist for former nationally-signed recording group The Gathering Field, released the new album, Timeless Things, in late November… Reading-based singer/songwriter Caroline Reese has issued her new album, called Tenderfoot…Happy Birthdays this month to Felix Kos and Jeff Clapper (The Hurricanes), Bob Helbig (The Boomers), Shawn Gioiosa (This Albatross/Agent Smith), Brian Mannarino (Lost Cause), Randy Wilson (Ganister/Way Down East), Jared Carnevali (Night Train), Jim Zemlock, Hiro McNulty (The Whatleys), Jared Mondell (44Mag), Kip Woodring (Ambush), Kelly Countermine (Biscuit Jam), Mike Crocetti (Hot Wax/Strings Radio), Dave Parry, Scott Jeffreys (Wine Of Nails/), Sean Osborn (Born and the Beanstalk), Stevie Moses, Adam Mundok, Lisa Fazenbaker and Claudio (30 Something). Please send correspondence and recordings to: Jim Price, 1104 S. Catherine St., Altoona, PA 16602. You can also e-mail me at And if you’re into social networking, look me up on Facebook or Google+. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC IN 2017! Pennsylvania Musician Magazine


Across the Desk continued..... new album, ‘Mud.’ But as it turns out, success doesn’t change a Southern gentleman, and they don’t come any more Southern than Whiskey Myers. Fueled by largerthan-life performances honed tight from countless nights on the road, ‘Mud’ finds the band scaling new heights of songwriting and musicianship, with searing guitars, soulful vocals, and indelible hooks. While their approach to the music and humble, hard-working attitudes may not have altered, there have been developments in the Whiskey Myers world, most notably with the arrival of new faces. For the recording sessions, the band’s five founding members—Cody Cannon on lead vocals and guitar, Cody Tate and John Jeffers on guitars, Gary Brown on bass, and Jeff Hogg on drums—fleshed out their sound with the addition of fiddler/keyboard player Jon Knudson and percussionist Tony Kent, who are both now fulltime members. “They bring a great energy, and I think it’s really helped our sound and makes the band more versatile,” explains Cannon. “There’s less room onstage now, but sometimes a family grows.” Sounds like a band that will be filling stadiums soon and you won’t be able to catch them in a large club environment. Get your tickets today, it will probably sell out. On Saturday, January 28th the Cheyenne Band will be performing at The Eagle Hotel in Fredericksburg. While getting a photo for MIke’s ad I happened to read the following about the band and thought it would be of interest to our readers to let you know this is a very talented area band that you just might want to check out: Steve Clark (drums) has been playing drums since the age of 15 ,playing in locals bands for a number of years. He then went on to tour professionally with Ted Nugent,


Beck Bogart, and Appice.Healso spent a couple of years with Cactus touring with John Lennon, Patti LaBelle and Gene Moore of The Platters. Steve has now retired from the road to enjoy playing locally with some very talented musicians. Jim Hinnershitz (lead guitar) is an old school guitarist with decades of experience. From the Reading area he has played with The Compliments, The Spadesmen, Nostalgia and various duo’s and trios in Berks Co. He takes inspiration from B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamasso. He can play anything from blues to rock and country to pop! John Kraft (bass guitar and vocals) has been playing bass guitar and singing for as long as he can remember.He is now retired from the road where he toured with Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge, Albert King( B.B. Kings Brother),and Donnie Van Zant of 38 Special! His vibrant personality and In-The-Pocket sound adds such dimension to this band. Harry Stock (rhythm guitar and vocals) was born and raised in Staten Island, New York and moved to Pennsylvania in the 60’s. He has been playing since the age of 13. He has performed with Full Circle Music Society. He is a singer/songwriter and has been playing in the Berks, Montgomery and Lebanon counties for many years. His textured, smooth style is soothing to experience. Jess Pesta (lead vocal) comes to us directly from the band, Flies in December. She is a Lebanon County native and her performances of tunes from Grace Slick, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Elle King, Susan Tedeschi and many more showcase her powerhouse voice.She will surely keep you entertained all evening! Coming in February is Gettysburg Rocks Kids Benefit, Millennium Music Conference #21 and Lancaster Roots and Blues. Next month’s issue will be packed with information about all the talent coming to PA. Last year

Rachel had a chance to attend the Lancaster Roots and Blues and she said it blew her away. Pennsylvania does not lack in providing a plethora of live entertainment. Just a gentle reminder we are solely dependent on our paid advertisers to keep these pages coming to you. If you’re a business owner and want and need an additional tax write off please consider using our pages. 1/4 page full color ad is $130 per month, a business card is just $30 per month. Read the following this month by Dr. Myles Munroe and it hit home about the Pennsylvania Musician Magazine and what we have always strived to do for 34 years… — Nothing in life is ever successful without the corporate effort of many gifted people who are willing to network and submit their talent, experience, and passion for a common goal — Enjoy life and music and may God hold you and keep you in the palm of His hand always. Call me at 717.444.2423 or email LOVE & HUGS!!


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PENNSYLVANIA MUSICIAN MAGAZINE REVIEWS TOOTHLESS – TOOTHLESS EP (no label) Surfacing from the Wilkes-Barre area in 2015, hard-hitting quintet Toothless captured Metal Act of the Year honors at last year’s Steamtown Music Awards. Their self-titled, six-track EP defies their name, as Toothless delivers a toothy, savage, metalcore-rooted bite. Guitarists Eric Novroski and Brian Zannetti, bassist Scott Wood and drummer James Slattery generate menacing backdrops that blend elements of power metal, hardcore and punk rock, topped by Travis Antoniello’s feral bark. This group knows their turf – their riffs stir the hornet’s nest and quickly escalate the tension factor on each song, and beneath the turmoil reside well-crafted melodic structures that ingrain themselves on the cranium. The disc-opening prelude “Code Blue” sets the monstrous tone, building up to the

frantic “Parasite” and its rant about social leeches. With its multi-tiered melody, “Two Worlds Apart” is darker in tone, paying homage to a fallen friend. Toothless incorporates math-rock maelstrom into the torrid “Sensory Deprivation,” modeling its melody around an ever-changing multi-tempo structure. Choosing words wisely provides the lyrical emphasis of the fast and furious “Speak,” while the tense disc-closer “Ennui” addresses societal lethargy. Toothless plays these numbers with all-out ferocity, yet their execution is tight, clean and coordinated. The guitars snarl where they should, the rhythms dynamically batter and punish, and Travis’ vocals ride the edge between melody and rage. Recorded, mixed and mastered by the band, Toothless sounds appropriately thunderous and dangerous, enabling the group’s songs to achieve full brutality. Toothless bares its fangs on their debut EP, a convincing calling card that fans of aggressive metalcore need to look into. (The EP can be obtained through the group’s website,

SHERRI MULLEN – RISE (no label) Her sixth studio album, Rise is Middletown-based singer/songwriter Sherri Mullen’s follow-up and companion piece to her early 2015 piano-driven album Shadows. While Shadows purveyed darker tones and a theme of life’s struggles, Rise offers more hope and a theme of rising up and moving forward from those struggles. In embracing her hopeful theme, Sherri explores some different modes of musical terrain over the album’s 11 tracks, assisted by her son Shane on electric guitar and vocals, Dave Kelly (who co-produced the album Bring TH IS Ad & with Brian Levering) on Receive guitars, Doug Stockton on bass, Dennis McLaughlin on drums plus several other musical cohorts. With its rising, spacy and ambient arrangement, the album-openAny Purc ing prelude “Daylight” signifies the start of a new day, hase over $10 and turning of a new page. Sherri dabbles in electroni0! ca with the trip-hop-edged “Halo,” her ode to trying to follow life’s higher road. Another adventurous highlight is the rhythmic a cappella number “Geography,” about staying in touch. Sherri follows a theme of resiliency on hopeful numbers such as the acoustic-driven “Not Done Yet,” the proud and harder-rocking title track “Rise,” and “Worth Dying For,” about seizing the moment. Other songs are more reflective and contemplative, such as “Everything’s Changed,” “Life Is” and the darker-toned disc-closer “Blind Faith.” Sherri’s expressive voice rings strong throughout the album, as she runs the gamut from sullen lows to joyful highs plus various emotions in between. Her melodies engage and captivate, and her range of styles keeps Rise sounding fresh from start to end. The production is sharp and clear, enabling Sherri’s voice to shine while complementing her with instrumental variety and depth. Rise presents a compelling listen, and provides closure to Sherri Mullen’s two-album examination of life’s adversities and the strength to overcome them. (The CD can be purchased through Sherri Mullen’s website,






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