"The blues for me made sense of everything. I love Jimi Hendrix and I love a lot of rock 'n' roll music but when I heard B.B. King it all came together for me. It was sort of like I was on the outside looking in and when I heard the blues I was on the inside for the first time. I understood what was out there and it was a great feeling; so the blues to me is the truth."
Anthony Gomes is from Toronto Canada, currently calls St. Louis, MO home, has 13 albums, is still full of passion for his craft, touring and blues music. A skilled guitarist and front man, he is very much in sync with today's music and the role that the blues played and continues to play in music regardless of the genre.
"The blues is the truth, it's the foundation and it's about passion, personality and soulfulness," he stated with confidence and conviction. "It's great that fans of other bands take these wonderful journeys but that journey gets limited sometimes to a certain period of time and then you have a hundred bands that sound like each other and you've sort of exhausted that experiment and after that people have to come back to the touchstone. It's sort of like visiting your parents; you go back home to mom and dad and you realize where you came from and I think the blues does that for people; it really reminds them of where the music came from."
After a recent show at The Stanhope House, where he delivered a, "High energy, soul infused, fist pumping, guitar face melting extravaganza” that rocked the joint to its very core; he spoke openly about his latest disc and his career today.
"Yeah I released, "Peace, Love & Loud Guitars" in October and it's doing really well for us.”Blues Rock Review" and "Sound Guardian Magazine" both voted it album of the year and we made most of the blues lists for the best album. It was our thirteenth release and it's pretty cool to make the best album of your career in your forties; a lot of my peers are sort of hanging it up or not gigging as much as they used to and I feel like we're just actually beginning the story and starting to catch our stride and it's just a wonderful feeling."
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'I think that when you make an album it's so different than when you play live and most people are used to you playing live. When you're making an album you're sort of like a kid in a candy store; you can try 17 guitar overdubs and you can have a lot of fun experimenting and creating but I think the essence of who you are when you play live gets lost. I think on this record I really tried to capture that live essence and who I was as an artist and people have really responded to that and it's also a lot more rocked up than a lot of our other releases and I think that the world is ready for some blues rock 'n' roll; I think that's what it is."
When Gomes hits the road he does so with a different set of players than the ones he records with in studio but he has no problem giving credit where it's due.
"We have a different band that we tour with than we record with; on the album I have Greg Morrow who is the most recorded drummer I think in history, period. He's the most recorded drummer in country music, he's played on so many other records, Billy Gibbons albums, Lynyrd Skynyrd records; he's just a superb drummer. I have Michael Brignardello who used to be in a band called Giant back in the day and he's a fine, fine bass player; we had the power trio from Hell (laughs) and it was a lot of fun."
Fun is the name of the game when you're a working musician or at least that's how it all starts out; Gomes has a great mind set about the careers of others as well as his own.
"I just think that we have a different outlook; in the '60's and '70's it was "Better to burn out than fade away" and now Jeff Beck is 74 and playing guitar like a beast. People are taking care of themselves and if you keep yourself in a real healthy place you can have a lot of longevity as an artist and still be relevant artistically. Then on the other side you still have the artists that are still doing the big money grab and they should've hung it up a long time ago. A lot of these guys like Paul Rodgers who is in his late sixties is a great singer and is still singing and he's better than ever."
Classic rockers, blues artists and all musicians had to start somewhere; most get influenced by a family member and others not so much. Gomes was lucky enough to have influences as well as one of the greatest players of all time as a, "Mentor."
"My dad listened to classical music and my mom listened to Elvis and Chuck Berry so I heard those things around the house and then I started listening to my mom's Elvis albums and I started to dig on that and then the first band that I really liked was AC/DC. I was 10 years old when "Back In Black" came out and I wore that thing out, so I tended to gravitate towards blues rock music. So AC/DC or Zeppelin or Hendrix or Aerosmith or anything like that and what I realized later on was that it was the blues part that made the difference to me."
"I was in college and I was playing at a little jam night and somebody came up to me at the end and said, "Hey man it's great that a young man is into the blues; who's your favorite guitar player?" I said, B.B. King and he said, "I thought so, I'm his bus driver" and he really was B.B.'s personal bus driver so I got to meet B.B and every couple of years we got to do a little stretch of dates with him and he was a great mentor. So when he left us it was a hard blow to the blues but to me personally, to have that guy who was so humble and so nurturing to so many people was a great loss. B.B. was a great mentor to me personally as well as many other people."
With the success of "Peace, Love & Loud Guitars" which has topped several charts and been called, "His best yet;" does he feel any pressure to top this effort with his next release?
"It’s good pressure, it's sort of like I feel that I've made one really great album and I think I have a better understanding on how to do that. So I'm more excited and I've been writing up a storm and I'm more excited than intimidated by recording a new one. I think this fall we'll be back in the studio or maybe summer and I think we'll be doing the release a record tour for a year, release a record tour for a year for the next little while. I don't think it gets better than that when you can create music then go out and support it. We released this in October and it's still doing really well; this album has a lot of legs. Today it seems like you release a record on Friday and by Saturday it's old news; I'm very fortunate."
There have been articles written, statements made and more said about blues and rock music being, "Dead" or "Passé" and yet Gomes doesn't see it that way.
"I'm a white boy from the Toronto suburbs; I tell people if your white and Canadian it's like being white twice," he said with a hearty laugh. "I just found the blues or it found me, it came knocking and it's a testament to the music that somebody from Canada can be turned on by the blues. Look at all of the great blues rock people from England or Rory Gallagher from Ireland, there are people in Japan playing the hell out of the blues, China and now even South America. It's really exciting, the blues started in Mississippi and started from horrible conditions of slavery and injustice and discrimination and it has grown into a beautiful music that's inclusive and includes everybody around the world; that's a testament to the healing power of the blues. I think there's a lot of great blues and rock 'n' roll coming out now; it's exciting that people are making this kind of music again."
To discover more about Anthony Gomes, please go to www.anthonygomes.com
This week's event listings
19 Everett Alley Trenton
Sat. 12 p.m. YAL:Art of the Graphic Novel
Bill's Olde Tavern 2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
Thurs. 9 p.m. Trivia
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton
Fri. 8:30 p.m.
Sun. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Jam
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. David Dales Trio
Fri. (4 p.m.) Ottmar (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Jean Therapy
Sun. (12 p.m.) Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Ryan Shubert
Wed. 6 p.m. Gary Reed & Arturo Baguer
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room 19 E. Union Street
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Byrd
Sat. 10 p.m. Kenny Raye
Wed. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Kinky Quizzo
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo
Caffe Galleria 23 North Union Street Lambertville
Fri. 7 p.m. Bundlebox
Candlelight Lounge 24 Passaic Street Trenton
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam feat. The Mojo Gypsies
Sat. 3 p.m. (TBA) $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)
Tues. 6 p.m. "Tuesday Jazz Jam" Open Session feat. James Stewart / Tom Littwin Trios. $5 (Lite appetizers)
Cedar Gardens 661 Route 33 Hamilton
Fri. 8 p.m. Don't Call Me Francis. $10
Sat. 5 p.m. Masterpiece
Championship Bar 931 Chambers street Trenton
Mon. 8 p.m. "Art Chill Night"
Tuesday 8 p.m. "Jam Night" Hosted by Nikki & Caleb
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
Mon. 9 p.m. "Malibu Mondays"
Tues. 9 p.m. Trivia w/ Jessie & Chelsea
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich Genoval
Clubhouse at Mountain View 850 Bear Tavern Road Ewing
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. Ernie White & John Bushnell
125 South Main Street Hightstown
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. (on vacation will return 6/2)
Cooper's Riverview50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Thirsty Thursday" w/ DJ. Desisto. Ages 21+ (Ladies free before 10 p.m. w/ college ID)
Fri. (3 p.m.) Paradise Happy Hour feat. Live Acoustic Music & DJ Dance Party. Ages 21+ (7 p.m.) Out To Lunch
Dacey's Pub215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Power House
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo
Diamond's of Hamilton 661 Route 33 Hamilton
Sat. (6 p.m.)= "The Blue-Eyed Balladeer" Jason Wingerter
Wed. 6 p.m. Tony Malandro
Dog & Bull Brew House 810 Bristol Pike (Rte
. 13) Croydon, PA.
Fri. 9 p.m. Mike Estabrook
Sat. 11 a.m. "Saturday Brunch" feat. Mike Leggerie
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale
Tues. 7 p.m. 90's Trivia
Fedora Bistro Cafe 2633 Main Street Lawrenceville
Wed. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk
Freddies Tavern 12 Railroad Avenue Ewing
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Country Night" Hosted by Jeremy Line Dance. (FREE event)
Sat. 9 p.m. Paul Plumeri Blues Band
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Joe Vadala, Falcey & Marc Hoffman
Greenhouse 90 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Jam With The Band"
Fri. 8 p.m. The Dan Beaver Band
Sat. 9 p.m. Back On Track
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Sam Ryan Music
Grounds For Sculpture 80 Sculptors way Hamilton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Sing Along with Sculpture" w/ Seward Johnson
Grover's Mill Coffee House
Princeton-Hightstown Road Princeton Junction
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
Halo Pub 4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square
Sat. 7 p.m. Jerry Monk & Jim Matlack
Hamilton Tap & Grill 557 US Route 130
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 8 p.m.Trivia Challenge
Havana New Hope 105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. Rocky & His Friends
Fri. (8 p.m.) (11 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. (1 p.m.) (6:30 p.m.)
Mon. (10 p.m.) (12 a.m.) Karaoke
Tues. 8 p.m. Funk 'N' Blues Jam Hosted by Sidewinder Blues Band
Wed. 8 p.m. "Local Original Music Showcase" Hosted by Pat Foran feat. Wade Alan Prestridge
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn 15 East Broad Street Hopewell
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions"
Hopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Avenue Pennington
Thurs. 6 p.m. James Popik
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. A Little Bit Off
Sat. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Acoustic DuoVer
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Hopewell Valley Vineyards Jazz Ensemble
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill 7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paul Kircher
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam
Irish Rover Station House 1033 Bellevue Avenue Langhorne, PA
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Sun. 3 p.m. "Chill Sunday Acoustic Afternoon"
Iron Plow Vineyards 26750 Mount Pleasant Road
Fri. 6 p.m. The Grouser Girls
Sat. 2 p.m. Mario & Frank
Sun. 1 p.m. Budd & Maggs
Ivy Tavern 3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd.
Sat. 9 p.m. Union
All shows 21+
Jake's Eatery 869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Night
Jimmy's Firestone American Grill 140 Route 130
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Bar Games and Trivia"
John & Peter's 96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa
Thurs. 9 p.m. RAM
Fri. 9 p.m. Mike DiAlto's Comedy Night feat. Garland Green
Sat. (3 p.m.) Perpendicular Universe (9:30 p.m.) Chris Harford and the Band of Changes
Sun. (3 p.m.) "Miss Pumpkin's Drag Show (9:30 p.m.) Night Cap
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic
Tues. 9 p.m. Something Is Happening
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House 1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
Thurs. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Bay Nice
Mon. 7 p.m. "Paint Nite"
Wed. 8 p.m. Drop the Beat Bingo
Laurita Winery 85 Archertown Road New Egypt
Thurs. 7 p.m. Manasquan Music and Dance Academy. (FREE event)
Fri. 7 p.m. Awesome 80's Dance Party
Sat. 1 p.m. The Bergers
Sun. 1 p.m. Brandon Broderick
Wed. 6 p.m. "Girls Night Out"
Logan Inn 10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6 p.m. Zach Drew
Fri. 7 p.m. Jager Soprano
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Robert Viola
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch" feat. Zeke Stambovsky
Mamma Rosa's 572 Klockner Road Hamilton
Sat. 6 p.m. Monk & Monk
Marcellos Coal Fired Restaurant & Pizza 206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sun. 10 a.m. "Blues Brunch"
McGuinn's Place 1781 Brunswick Avenue
Thurs. 6:30 p.m.
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke
McStews Irish Sports Pub 5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beer Pong Night"
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Wed. 9 p.m. "Karaoke Time" w/ Kirchner Entertainment
Millhill Basement 300 S. Broad Street Trenton
Fri. 9 p.m. The Cryptkeeper Five, The Vansaders, Tim & Dim. Ages 21+, $6
Sat. 9 p.m. Basic B-tches, Puppyboy, TV Tramps, Fangers
Sun. 8 p.m. Coach's Son, Heckdang, Groomers, Ditz, Douse.
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
Mill Hill Park
Corner of South Broad & East Front Streets Trenton
Sat. 10 a.m. "The Official Sixth Annual Pork Roll Festival"
New Jersey WeedMan's Joint322 East State Street Trenton
Fri. 8:30 p.m. "420 Meet & Smoke Black Market Networking Event"
Sat. 9 p.m. Jazz Night
Sun. (2 p.m.) "Old School Sunday" (4:20 p.m.) "Sugar Magnolia Sundaze"
Wed. 8 p.m. "420 Game Night"
Nook's PourHouse 2043 Route 130 South
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics
Nottingham Tavern 9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Drunken Clams
Sat. 9 p.m. South Side Wanderers
O'Connors American Bar & Grille 1383 Monmouth Road
Thurs. 5 p.m.
Fri. 6 p.m. "Guinness Keep The Glass"
Old Town Pub 135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Fri. 9 p.m. The Bar Band
Sat. 9 p.m. Bitonti Boys
Old York Cellars
(Quakerbridge Tasting Room)3320 Brunswick Pike
(US Rte 1) Lawrence
Fri. 5 p.m. Russell Norkevich
Sat. 4 p.m. Joe Pahlow
Palermo's Of Hamilton 310 Klockner Road Hamilton
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
1339 River Road Titusville
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Sean Cavalier
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo
River Cat Cafe` 142 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz"
Salt Creek Grille 1 Rockingham Row Princeton
Fri. 8 p.m. Party of 3
Sat. 8 p.m. Brad Mandigo
Small World Coffee 14 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8 p.m. Easha & Shravva
(Trenton Community Store) 102 South Warren Street Trenton
Sat. 3 p.m. Open Mic
1867 Sanctuary 101 Scotch Road Ewing
Fri. 8 p.m. Chamber Music. $20
Sat. (2 p.m.) Musichick $20 (8 p.m.) John Kizzie $20
Sun. 3 p.m. Victoria Sadowski $20
Wed. 8 p.m. Girls from Mars $20
Tara's Tavern 1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
Fri. 10 p.m. Karake w/ Big Daddy G
Sat. 10 p.m. Bent Mushroom
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
Fri. 9 p.m. Complicated Matter
Sat. 9 p.m. Relic
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night
Temperance House 5 South State Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guygert
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo
Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road Princeton
Sun. 1 p.m. "Spring Sunday Music Series" feat. Jerry Steele
Tessara Restaurant Bar812 Route 33 Hamilton
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ Superstar Entertainment
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts 7 North Main Street Lambertville
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Folk Jam
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
The Cure Insurance Center 81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
Check website for upcoming events
The Dubliner 34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. JB Rocks
Sat. 7 p.m. Gabriel Donohue
Sun. 3 p.m. "Traditional Irish Session" Hosted by Corey Purcell & Deirdre
The Five Four Bar & Grill 8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 9 p.m. Bambu Weasels
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Big Whiskey
Wed. 7 p.m. "Lyrical Conundrums" w/ Cara & Righteous
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Tues 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
The Ivy Inn 248 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Rockin' Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Fatha Ramzee
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. "Wednesday Wheel Night Spin To Win Karaoke" w/ DJ Rockn Ron
The Pines Tavern 6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
Sat. 9:30 p.m. (TBA)
Sun. 3 p.m. "Sunday Funday"
The Record Collector 358 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sat. 8 p.m. Slim Kings feat. Liberty DeVitto. All ages, Doors open at 7:30 pm., $20 (advance)
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
Fri. 7 p.m. No Bad Days
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
The Sticky Wicket 2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
Thurs. 9 p.m. "Throwback Thursday" w/ DJ Chillio
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sycamore Grill 255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. Steve Tesluk
Fri. 8 p.m. Stranger Than Normal
Sat. 8 p.m. Jenny and Brian
Sun. 3 p.m. Jenny and Brian
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
Thurs. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ Andrew Moorer (7 p.m.) "Local Thursday"
Fri. (4 p.m.) Acoustic Happy Hour w/ Al Snyder (8 p.m.) Suburban Sensi, Andy Mowatt's Frequency Movement
Sun. 5 p.m. "New Jersey #1 Hip/Hop 1 Year Anniversary Industry Networking Event" w/ Tray Bando, Syphe Dublin, Rackboy, Cam, Trey Twizz, Nyah G, Varscity609, Jeff Lyte, Mbmfranko, Samad Savage, Mir Trillz, J-Lui, Zu-Life, Big Boss Noff, Jay Vereen, Montyyy, Soovegaz, Izy Blatt, Ki Bohiti, Mike Hardy, Modernday Generation, Prince Akeem, S.B, Dejaun Whaley, (TBA)
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Open Jam w/ Blue Light Digital Sound
Tir Na Nog 1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
Sat. 9 p.m. Kevin McCloskey
All Shows 21+
702 Pine Street Trenton
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman
Trenton Social 449 South Broad Street Trenton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" Hosted by Jay Kountree
Sat. 10 a.m. "Trenton Pork Roll Festival." $5/$45 (VIP Hospitality) (FREE for children 12 and under/uniformed first responders/military)
Tues. 7 p.m. "Social Musicology Series" / Open Mic Night
Triumph Brewing Company
(New Hope, Pa. Location) 400 Union Square New Hope, Pa
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia
Fri.10 p.m. Katie Henry. $5 (cover charge)
Sat.10 p.m. A tribute to Elton John w/ "Philadelphia Freedom." $5 (cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage
Wed. 8 p.m. Goose Creek Pioneers
All shows 21+
Triumph Brewing Company
(Princeton Location) 138 Nassau Street Princeton
Fri. 10 p.m. Rainbow Fresh
Wildflowers Inn 2572 Pennington Road Pennington
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Tues. 9 p.m. Ed Wilson
Working Dog Winery 610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
Sat. 1 p.m. The VooDudes
Sun. 1 p.m. Frank Cervantes
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar 82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
Sat. 8 p.m. Kate & Bob
Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.