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#40 The Milwaukees: American Anthems Vol. 1

By Gary Wien

originally published: 01/26/2012

For years, The Milwaukees’ band name mystified me.  Who names a band from New Jersey after a city in Wisconsin? But with the release of American Anthems Vol. 1, it suddenly all made sense.  The band, which has had a series of personnel changes through the years, was the true personification of American rock and roll.  And what city in America represents the average blue-collar American more than Milwaukee?

Based out of Jersey City, The Milwaukees originated way back in the early ‘90s when lead singer and songwriter Dylan St. Clark was still in high school.  Rumor has it the band was once called Love Pond, a name that makes even less sense than The Milwaukees!

The true core of the band came into play around the beginning of the decade when guitarist Jeff Nordstedt joined just before the release of their first real album.  Together, Dylan and Jeff have kept the idea of the band going strong in the midst of several changes to the rhythm section.  With Patrick Fusco on drums and Donovain Cain on bass, the band finally put a steady lineup in place.  And with the release of this album, the evolution of their sound was complete. 

Every facet of this album is tremendous from the production to the songwriting to the instrumentation.  It’s got a classic rock sound like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with a little Jersey grit to it.  Songs like “Highway To The Sun” and “Save Me” are on the list of great tracks that radio DJs should have played from coast to coast but sadly missed.

The album had such broad appeal that Marvel Comics interviewed the band on Marvel.com after its release; they talked about Captain America and even offered up their ultimate iTunes playlist of songs in tribute of the superhero.

Highlights include “Highway To The Sun,” “American Girl,” “Crown Royal,” “Save Me”, “Marigold,” and “Oak Ridge.”


From the book Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists by Gary Wien

 






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Event calendar
Sunday, Dec 16, 2018


MUSIC

CHRIS GULLACE BAND - A BENEFIT FOR ST. JUDE @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 2:00pm

SOLAR CIRCUS / DOOBIE DECIBEL SYSTEM @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

ELEVEN ELEVEN @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 2:00pm

SUNDAY JAZZ @ Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 10:00am

Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 4:00pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

A Christmas Story @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm

Seussical @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm

Peter pan @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 1:00pm and 5:00pm

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 3:00pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

A Wonderful Life @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

A Charlie Brown Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me" @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 5:00pm







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The Nutcracker: The Russian National Ballet @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Carol of the King: The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 3:00pm

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