"That's the power of music; some people put their foot in the water and they get out but the stage is a jealous mistress and it wants all of you or none of you. When you choose that, there's a lot of things that you give up in life; you could do both, it's all doable it's just that it is a struggle and you do get those glorious moments and I find it worth it. Choices, you've got to choose, to me life is risk; one week you're struggling and then the next you're doing great."
Danny Beissel has made his name by paying dues as well as performing with some of rock music's best known accompanists. Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter (Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan), Barry Goudreau (formerly of Boston) and James Burton (Elvis/Ricky Nelson) have all shared stages with this Philadelphia front man who has kept the trend going with the recording of his latest album at Nashville's Blackbird Studios; once again with some industry heavyweights.
Featherborn is Beissel's latest project and December 6 saw the release of its first single and video for the upbeat, "Blush." So how did this all come together and how did he entice members of Train and The Wallflowers to come on board?
"Well I knew Charlie Colin; I met him at a gig in Anaheim with another band that I played with called American Vinyl All-Star Bandll-," he explained. "He and I hit it off so we started hanging together and writing together and a friend of his named John Elliot sent us to Blackbird Studios in Nashville where Charlie's old drummer Scott Underwood who was the drummer in Train had started to get into production; so he's actually the producer of the song "Blush" and the rest of the album. So it was us three basically doing pre-production on these songs that I had laying around for a couple of years and we decided to bring them to life. So we hired a couple of cats that were in Nashville, one of them being Jimmy Wallace an amazing keyboard player and just an amazing person who I believe still plays with The Wallflowers and Guthrie Trapp who is a Nashville guitarist and basically that's how it all started; we ended up at Blackbird Studios and that's where the magic happened. I am so grateful to have those guys on the album, I feel really blessed; I was over the moon about it."
"Blush" is a well done back to basics sort of tune with an attention grabbing rhythm that is beautiful in its simplicity. The corresponding video is a trip down memory lane for Beissel which, like the song, also holds our attention and leaves one wondering; will they or won't they find each other.
Danny elaborated on his writing style, the video and the reasoning behind it all.
"Most of my writing is something in my life personal; either someone and I mix it with imagination and that was basically about a past love which was interesting because it was about a horrible time in my life. Going through that situation with that girl and then having to write something completely opposite and beautiful like love. So that's how that ended up happening which is very interesting because you never know how it's going to come out; do you know what I mean? It's got the 50's nostalgic vibe to it which I really love, it's like a cool little love song."
"That's where I started, the streets of Philadelphia; basically on South Street and a couple of neighborhood places like Bridgeport and Conshohocken," he said, referencing the chosen shoot location for the video. "So it was kind of cool for me to reminisce and get a nostalgic vibe of that; walking down South Street to the end of it which was pretty cool. I used to play at Dobbs on Monday nights and after our gig; do you know Lorenzo's across the street? The owner Lorenzo himself used to walk in with a pizza at the end of the night; it was great. Can you imagine that? As a musician you're broke and that famous pizza comes walking across the street, it was great; for a musician that was like breakfast, lunch and dinner, I was very grateful(laughs)."
Beissel says that he too faces the dilemma which plagues all artists in the current music climate; how does one release the music to the public?
"In this day and age you really don't know what to do; do you drop the album? Do you drop a single? So we went with the decision to drop the single "Blush" along with the video and we're going to see what happens with that; hopefully it goes good and we drop the next one."
When your career has been filled with ups and downs; is it difficult to keep the passion alive and the fire burning inside? Beissel says that the fire for him is always there but such is the life of an entertainer. He understands the common misconceptions yet knows that the trials and tribulations of the business are what makes the eventual victories no matter how big or small worth the effort.
"I mean sometimes it's easy and I'm really grateful that I am still doing music for as long as I have and the fire is still there absolutely 100 percent but it's a little different from when I first started. That fire, that unknown of where it's going and I think you have that forever really; it just becomes bigger stages and different places. Before, I just wanted to really play on South Street and I was so pumped and I finally did that and then I was at Dobbs and then Pontiac Grill and all of a sudden you're like; OK what's next? So I think for me the fire just keeps growing and I find it through writing music; imagination is the most powerful tool that I use as a writer. People look at it from the outside and it looks like; oh my God I wish I had your life but they don't see the inside of it and it's hard. I mean when it's great it's great but it's a struggle; they don't know those nights where you're struggling to make a buck and you're playing and playing where sometimes there's three people in the room and others there's 300 in the room. I never called being a musician "Work" I didn't like that term but it's work. They think you're being wined and dined and they don't see that the guy across the street was nice enough to bring a pizza (laughs) but it's a beautiful life and I wouldn't change anything. To me it's like that struggle is part of the journey and it keeps it like when you overcome something; talking with you right now, this is my first interview about the national release of "Blush" and this is the payoff. There's struggles and there's payoffs and I think that is the journey and I think that the payoffs are so much brighter because of the struggle. I think the ultimate goal is the unattainable goal, we've got to keep striving towards it because what happens if you end up somewhere and it's like oh my God I made it, this is it; OK now what? People look at my life and think I'm flying around playing rock 'n' roll with these really great people and there's a part of me that thinks, well look, you have this really stable life with kids and a family and that looks great too but it is what it is and I wouldn't change it for the world."
Part of the struggle is planning promotion and marketing of your product. Beissel says that he's going to see where the music has traction and work within those parameters and beyond; "We'll see where it's buzzing and it looks like I'll plan a tour around that in early 2020."
Check out the video for "Blush" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnhUDnHwpHI and to discover more about Danny Beissel and Featherborn, please visit www.featherborn.com
That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!
Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton
Sat. 7 p.m. Cafe Improv. $2
19 Everett Alley Trenton
Sat. 12 p.m. YAL: "Animae ll"
Bill's Olde Tavern
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton
Sat. 8 p.m. "Ugly Sweater Party"
Sun. 7 p.m. Karaoke
11 Amboy Road Bordentown
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Karaoke Night
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. (5 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Dave Dales Trio
Sun. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Bob Egan
Broken Goblet Brewing
2500 State Road Bensalem, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mike Estabrook's "5th Annual Grinch's Night Out"
Fri. 8 p.m. Righteous Jolly's "A Very Levittown Christmas"
Sat. 8:30 p.m. The Sherwood Brothers "5th Annual Rockin' Christmas Spectacular"
Sun. 1 p.m. School of Rock Newtown "Holiday Show"
All Shows 21+
24 Passaic Street Trenton
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam. $5 (Includes hot buffet)
Sat. 3 p.m. (TBA) $10 (cover charge/$10 Minimum includes buffet)
931 Chambers street Trenton
Mon. 8 p.m. "Art Chill Night"
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor
Fri. 9:30 p.m. "80's Party" w/ 80's Undercover
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
125 South Main Street Hightstown
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. The "11th Annual Rock On Radio Christmas Spectacular" w/ multiple guest appearances, original holiday music and more.
540 East State Street Trenton
Thurs. 6 p.m. Cha-Cha, Bop, 2-Step w/ Instructor "EL" ($12 walk in fee $40 monthly)
Tues. 6 p.m. Line Dance Classes
411 Hobart Avenue Hamilton
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. "Karaoke at The Cook" Hosted by Superstar Entertainment
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
Thurs. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour (9 p.m.) "Late Night Thirsty Thursdays" w/ DJ Chillio Ortiz. Ages 21+
Fri. 4 p.m. Paradise Happy Hour"
Sat. 9 p.m. "Saturday Night Social" w/ Rotating DJ Entertainment 8 p.m. "Saturday Night Fever" Disco Down w/ The Discoteks. ($15 advance includes dinner buffet and show / $8 show only)
Sun.11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch"
All Events Ages 21+
Curly's at the Nest
1492 Woodbourne Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Scattershot
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
Fri. 8 p.m. New Pony
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale (8 p.m) Ray Palmer
Sun. 11 a.m. "Sunday Brunch" feat. Keli Vale
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia
First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown
320 North Main Street Hightstown
Fri. 7 p.m. 3rd Friday Open Mic. Hosted by Rob & Bob Belloff
116 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Sat. 8 p.m. Inca
1031 Washington Boulevard Robbinsville
Sun. 5:30 p.m. Open Mic and Karaoke
90 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Musical Chair" (Rotating Live Music)
Fri. 9 p.m. Four Lanes End
Sat. 9 p.m. Stage Left
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Sam Ryan Music
Wed. 8 p.m. Trivia Hosted by Dwayne Dunlevy
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. 6:30 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Anker
4617 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square
Sat. 7 p.m. Kevin Toft & The Alternators
Hamilton Tap & Grill
557 US Route 130 North Hamilton
Fri. 9 p.m. Ant & George
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Latin Holiday Party Hosted by Hotsalsahot feat. De'Jon and Clo.Ages 21+, $10
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
Fri. (8:30 p.m.) Phoggers. $7 (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Bigg Romeo. $8 (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 2 p.m. John Eddie's "All Ages" Christmas Show. $15 (adults) $10 (kids)
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne "Christmas Colors"
5 South Greenwood Avenue Hopewell
Sat. 8 p.m. Pyrenesia "Holiday Show" and Dinner Offer. $15, $17.50, $20
Sun. 7:30 p.m. The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Presents: "A Very Slambovian Christmas" and Dinner Offer. $26.50, $28.50
Hopewell United Methodist Church
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell
Sat. 6 p.m. Hopewell Hayride (Old Time Country & Bluegrass). $15 (Suggested donation adults)
Sun. 2 p.m. Kids and Teens Open Mic
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn
15 East Broad Street Hopewell
Thurs. 6 p.m. "Jazz On Broad" Hosted by Phil Orr feat. Phil Orr and More. $15 (Ages 22 and under $5)
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
Thurs. 6 p.m. Dark Whiskey
Fri. 6 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. Deb & Mike
Sat. (3 p.m.) Silent Q (6 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. (TBA)
Sun. 2 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Mark Feingold
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
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ugly Sweater Party"
Fri. 9:30 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
Thurs. 6 p.m.
Fri. 6 p.m. Frank Stagliano
Sat. 1 p.m. Gregg Parker
Sun. 2 p.m. Jerry Steele
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly
Thurs. 7 p.m. Jerry Steele
Fri. 7 p.m. Bob O
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Melissa Wegfahrt
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Tour de Force
Sat. 9 p.m. Asylum Choir
All shows 21+
869 Bustleton Pike Richboro, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Ladies Night"
Jimmy's Firestone American Grill
140 Route 130 South Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Bar Games and Trivia"
John & Peter's
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa
Thurs. 9 p.m. Treble Inc
Fri. 9 p.m. Keith Kenny
Sat. (3 p.m.) The Real Fugitives (9 p.m.) Lowlight, JoF, El Noord30, The Cavanaghs
Sun. (3 p.m.) The Fermenters (9 p.m.) "Fisherman's Mark" Benefit
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic
Tues. 9 p.m. Bill and Fred's Excellent Adventure
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publick House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
Thurs. (5 p.m.) "Girls Night Out" (8 p.m.) Ugly Sweater Party
Fri. 5 p.m. Chin & Blum
Sat. (6 p.m.) Joanna Caruso (10 p.m.) Tone Rangers
Wed. 8 p.m. Christmas Night Party
Lambertville Elks Lodge #1070
66 Wilson Street Lambertville
Sat. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
Sat.1 p.m. Half Brothers-Christmas Carols
10 West Ferry Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Russell Norkevich
Sun. 11 a.m. "Jazz Brunch"
572 Klockner Road Hamilton
Wed. 7 p.m. Karaoke
Marcellos Coal Fired Restaurant & Pizza
206 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Sun. 10 a.m. "Blues Brunch"
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Thurs. 10 p.m. "Beer Pong Night"
Fri. 9 p.m. "Ugly Sweater Party" w/ Fish Out Of Water
Sat. 9 p.m. "Customer Christmas Party" w/ The Fredz and Santa
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Video Trivia
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
Fri. 10 p.m. The Cryptkeeper Five, Honah Lee, White Cactus
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
909 Ray Avenue Croydon, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Holiday Movies" Trivia Night
Sat. 6 p.m. The Pietasters, Spring Heeled Jack, No Such Noise, Nikki Nailbomb and The Amorphous Blob Orchestra. All ages, $20
New Hope Winery
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. "Charlie Brown Jazz" An Evening w/ Eric Mintel Quartet. Doors open at 7 p.m., $25
Fri. 8 p.m. Eaglemania. $39 (SOLD OUT please check for ticket availability)
2043 Route 130 South Florence
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia Tuesday w/ Quizoholics
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Fri. 9 p.m. X IT
Sat. 9 p.m. The Nott Christmas Party w/ DJ Chris Barlow
Old Town Pub
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Thurs. 8 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
Thurs. 8 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. (4 p.m.) "Skating On The Square" $10 (Includes skate rental) (5:30 p.m.) "Hanukah Celebration" w/ The Jewish Center of Princeton
Sat. 12 p.m. "Holiday Entertainment" feat. Hampton Brass (12 p.m./4 p.m.) "Skating On the Square" $10 (Includes skate rental)
Sun. 12 p.m. "Holiday Entertainment" feat. Courtney's Carolers w/ Strolling Santa. (12 p.m./4 p.m.) "Skating On the Square" $10 (Includes skate rental)
Tues. (12 p.m.) Spiced Punch (5 p.m.) "Calling All Carolers" Christmas Eve Open Caroling Around the Christmas Tree.
1339 River Road Titusville
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo"
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
Fri. 9:30 p.m. The Polish Nannies
Sat. 9 p.m. Tour de Force
Piccolissimo Italian Grille
23203 Columbus Road Columbus
Thurs. 5 p.m. Williamsboy
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Thurs. 7 p.m. Richie Cole's "Bad Santa" Holiday Concert. $15
Fri. 7:30 p.m. "A Rockabilly Holiday Party" w/ Dibbs Preston & The Detonators. $15
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Hammell On Trial for The Holidays w/ Ed Hammell. $10
Sun. 1 p.m. Moe Howard Impersonator as "Santa Moe." (FREE event).
River Cat Cafe`
142 South Main Street New Hope, PA
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Jazz"
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-4377 x2
Sat. 8 p.m. Matt Trowbridge
Starbucks Coffee (Trenton Community Store)
102 South Warren Street Trenton
Sat. 3 p.m. Open Mic
101 Scotch Road Ewing
Sat. 8 p.m. Richie Cole's "Alto Madness" Orchestra Presents:"A Richie Cole Christmas." $20
Sun. 5 p.m. TAAC Kwanzaa Celebration
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown
Fri. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong
Sat. 10 p.m. Ned Ryerson & The Groundhogs
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
Fri. 9 p.m. Complicated Matter
Sat. (8 p.m.) "Tavern & Tiaras" Drag Show- 2019 Slay Ride. (9 p.m.) Extreme Measures
5 South State Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 7 p.m. Blues Open Mic Hosted by Steve Guyger
Fri. 7 p.m. Kate Sottile
Sat. 7 p.m. AL4L "Deck the Hall and Oates" Event
Tues. 7 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
The Big Easy
111 South Warren Street Trenton
Sat. 7 p.m. / 8:30 p.m. Cosmic Krew. $10
The Birdhouse Center For The Arts
7 North Main Street Lambertville
Sat. 7 p.m. "8th Annual Community Solstice Sing" Hosted by Bronwyn Bird & Justin Nawn feat. Historical Harmonies/Colonial Revelers, Not Just Nyckleharpa Orchestra. $5
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Not Just Nyckleharpa Orchestra
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong (Miller Lite Sweater Party)
The Cure Insurance Center
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
Check website for upcoming events
The Deck Restaurant and Bar @ the Bucks County Playhouse
70 South Main street New Hope, PA
Sun. 6 p.m. Aidan Holtz
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA
Fri. 7 p.m. Gabriel Donohue
Sat. 7:30 p.m. The Willy Lynch Band
The Five Four Bar & Grill
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
Fri. 9 p.m. Wellstrung
Sat. 9:30 p.m. Se7en
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
Fri. 8 p.m. DJ Entertainment
Sun. 1 p.m. Open Circle
Wed. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Rockin' Ron
Sat. 10 p.m. Nancy & the No Bad Days Band
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv
Wed. 10 p.m. DJ Dujour
The Pines Tavern
6217 North Radcliffe Street Bristol, PA
Sat. 9 p.m. Barefoot Bobby & the Breakers
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
Fri. 8 p.m. No Bad Days
Sat. 8 p.m. The Suspects
Sun. 4 p.m. Dick Gratton
The Sticky Wicket
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sycamore Grill
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA
Thurs. 8 p.m. Jamie Stem
Fri. 8 p.m. Joe Robinson
Sat. 8 p.m. Mid Life Crisis
The Union Firehouse
18 Washington Street Mount Holly
Thurs. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour (7 p.m.) "Jam Night" Hosted by Joe Vadala
Fri. (4 p.m.) Happy Hour w/ One Hot Mess (8 p.m.) The Nutcrackin' Fruitcakes. $7
Sat. (5 p.m.) Happy Hour (7 p.m.) Zachademy, Cat In The Wall, Ricky Hess Band. Doors open at 6 p.m., $12
The Vibe Lounge at Mastoris
Route 130 and Route 206 Bordentown
Thurs. 5 p.m. Dave Boucher
Fri. 7 p.m. AudioPilot
Sat. 6 p.m. Tymes2
Third State Brewing
352 High Street Burlington
Sat. 7 p.m. Tim Gleeson
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
Fri. 7 p.m. Williamsboy
Sat. 6 p.m. Will Knapp
All Shows 21+
702 Pine Street Trenton
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic.
Sat. 10 p.m. "Buzzed Saturdays" w/ Bockman
449 South Broad Street Trenton
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" Hosted by Jay Kountree
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
Thurs. 8 p.m. Trivia
Fri.10 p.m. Foxcats. $5 (cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Little Red Rooster Blues Band. $5 (cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Stage
All shows 21+
VFW Post 491
9 Fisher Place Yardville
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
All shows ages 21+
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
Thurs. 9 p.m. Ernie White
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock Night
Mon. 9 p.m. "Moonshine Mondays" Trivia
Working Dog Winery
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown
Sat. 1 p.m. Ginger Coyle
Yankee Doodle Tap Room
10 Palmer Square Princeton
Wed. 11:30 a.m. Christmas Day Buffet
Yardley Inn Restaurant & Bar
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
Sat. 8 p.m. Jonathn Ashe
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.