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Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...12/9/21

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 12/09/2021

Yeah, the music still sounds good and people still want to hear it; there’s nothing like it is there? I was listening to some of the old be-bop and blues the other night and they still sound great; it’s timeless,” stated founding member of the Yardbirds, drummer James McCarty.

McCarty was referring to music of bygone eras as well as his own band’s classic hits but it is here and in the now that has him excited as he has written a follow-up memoir to his original book, “Nobody Told Me” called “She Walks In Beauty.

However, this one was born from an interest in the great beyond, how it affects the present and circumstances that have greatly altered his life.

“She Walks In Beauty” is quite different from the other book,” he began deliberately; “This book is all about sort of  slightly paranormal. It all really started last year when my wife passed over, she had cancer and had been sick for a couple of years. It was such a shock that I decided to try and find out where she had gone (laughs) and what had happened to her. So, I did this journey and looked up various mediums and near death experiences and all of that thing and at the end of the story, I actually managed to communicate with her quite strongly and I have lots of evidence that it was her and it was quite pleasing and it helped with the grief a lot. So, I decided to put it all in a book; I go back to the early years when I was in the band and the experiences that I had then and then come forward to all of the things that had happened with her.”  

With a new lease on the after-life, Jim felt more free to discuss what led him to write the first book and what allowed him to continue with the second. He writes of his visits to China, the Himalayas and India and how they relate to what he felt was a connection between, “The living and the dead.” He also relates stories from these jaunts as well as tales of his musical adventures.

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“It’s quite left field; isn’t it? He said with a laugh. “The more you know the bigger the world gets; doesn’t it? Everything is connected, everything gets bigger, it’s amazing, it’s an amazing thing. This book was a direct result of her passing; I had the other book as you know and that went quite well. This actually came up in a medium session, the medium in question said that Lizzie my wife was suggesting that I might want to do a blog about these experiences and then it turned into a book. So, I contacted Dave Thompson the rock writer who did the other book with me who is English but lives in America and I thought he won’t be interested in something like this but I’ll ask him and he said yes. He said he loved all of this stuff, that he was really into this and that he had studied on it and it worked out really well with him. It took me only about six months to write it, it is much shorter than the other one but I think it is a good read, most people really like it.”

Best known as the drummer of Yardbirds, McCarty also has another side; that of a singer-songwriter and it seems that although the book is his main focus at the moment; he has been busy in a couple of other ways as well 

“Well, prior to the lockdown we the Yardbirds were supposed to be playing in October somewhere in New Jersey and we were going to come over and do a tour but that was cancelled and is pushed off until April now. We’ve not really been rehearsing but we have been bouncing some live recordings around; we’ve been involved from the inside. We found some live recordings and we’ve been working on those and sort of polishing them up. I’m trying to write some of my own things but right now we are basically working around the subject of the book and see were that goes. I am always happy to write more songs, I have lots of ideas going on; I like writing and singing but that’s separate from the band.”

So, if or when this tour happens; will you be using New Jersey’s own Kenny Aaronson on bass?

“We’ve not done a gig for a while but Kenny will be our bassist when we do; he’s very good.”

Visit to discover more about James McCarty.

That's it for this week! Please continue to support live and original music and until next week....ROCK ON!

This week's event listings

Al's Airport Inn
636 Bear Tavern Road West Trenton
(609) 883-5252
Sat. 5 p.m. Joe Hutchinson
Sun. (12 p.m.) Sunday Brunch (6 p.m.) "Sunday Funday" w/ DJ Spinning
Mon. 5 p.m. Rob Silvers
Tues. 7 p.m. Just Jeff
Wed. 7 p.m. Mark Sacco
Arts Council of Princeton   
102 Witherspoon Street Princeton   
(609) 924-8777
Thurs. "Annual Member Show" (Runs daily thru 12/21)
Sun. 12 p.m. “Second Sunday Poetry Reading” feat. Shannon K Winston & Michael Simms. (Takes place at Princeton Shopping Center 301 North Harrison Street)
Bill's Olde Tavern   
2694 Nottingham Way Hamilton   
(609) 586-0192   
Mon. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
Tues./Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ "Super" Dave Curtis
Ages 21+
Bordentown Elks 
11 Amboy Road Bordentown 
(609) 298-2085
Sat. 8 p.m. Best of The Eagles
Boro Bean
9 East Broad Street Hopewell
(609) 466-6681
Sat. 11 a.m. John Abbott
Bowman's Tavern   
1600 River Road New Hope, PA   
(215) 862-2972   
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Gary Reed & Arturo Baguer
Fri. (5:30 p.m.) Bennett Lee (8 p.m.) Bob Egan
Sat. 7 p.m. Patrick & Debra
Sun. (12 p.m.) Steve Guyger (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Wed. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Candlelight Lounge   
24 Passaic Street Trenton   
(609) 695-9612   
Thurs. 6 p.m. Thursday Night Blues Jam Hosted by The Mojo Gypsies. $5 (Includes hot buffet)
Catch A Rising Star (Hyatt Regency Princeton)
102 Carnagie Center Princeton
(781) 568-1471
Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m. Joey Callahan / Jack Assadourian. $23.69 (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
City Streets   
510 Highway 130 South East Windsor   
(609) 426-9400 
Sat. 8 p.m. Jim Delre Band
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Wine Down Wednesdays" w/ Rich G. Aveo   
125 South Main Street Hightstown   
(609) 241-7103
Sun. 7 p.m. "Rock On Radio" feat. Matt & Eryn O’Ree
Cooper's Riverview
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Thurs. (7 p.m.) “Ugly Sweater Party” w/ Sara and The Sound. (9 p.m.) Club Night feat. Rotating DJs (inside event)
Fri. 5 p.m. "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere Happy Hour" 
Sat. 8 p.m. Spare Parts 
Sun. 11 a.m. " Sunday Latin Jazz Brunch" w/ Victor Tarassov 
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ Michael Hoffman
Wed. (12 p.m.) "Wine Down Wednesdays" (7 p.m.) Blues Jam on the Deck / Disco Hustle Night (Inside)
All Events Ages 21+
Cross Pollination Gallery
2 North Union Street Lambertville
(609) 213-6734
Fri. 5 p.m. "Friday Happy Hour." (Talk art, wine and musicians who bring instruments)
Dacey's Pub
215 West Philadelphia Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-4838
Fri. 6 p.m. Acoustic Music Night
Wed. 8 p.m. Quizzo
Dadz Bar and Grill
744 Main Street Lumberton
Thurs. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night Hosted by Edgar Anderson
Fri. 7 p.m. Family Affair
Sat. 8 p.m. Karaoke Party w/ DJ Dubbs
Dog & Bull Brew House   
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.   
(215) 788-2855   
Fri. 6 p.m. Mike Brill
Sun. 4 p.m. Vince Schneider
Gleason's Bar
6700 Mill Creek Road Levittown, PA
(215) 943-4781
Fri. (6 p.m.) "Happy Hour"  (9 p.m.) Flip N’ Mickey’s
Sat. 9 p.m. Never Enough
Grounds For Sculpture 
80 Sculptors way Hamilton 
(609) 586-0616   
Sat. 1 p.m. Winter Wreath Making
Havana New Hope   
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.   
(215) 862-9897  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Funk n' Blues Jam
Fri. (8 p.m.) Legacy (11:59 p.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sat. (8:30 p.m.) Big House (12 a.m.) DJ Dance Party
Sun. 6 p.m. Bruce Springsteen Tribute w/ “The B Street Band.” $25
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Dwayne
Wed. 7 p.m. Jumper Duo
Hopewell United Methodist Church 
20 Blackwell Avenue Hopewell 
(609) 466-0471 
Sat. 6 p.m. Hopewell Hayride Holiday Edition (Old Time Country & Bluegrass). $15 (Suggested donation adults)
Hopewell Valley Bistro & Inn   
15 East Broad Street Hopewell   
(609) 466-9889
Fri. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Sat. 5 p.m. Grant Peterson and Martin Goldberg
Hopewell Valley Vineyards   
46 Yard Avenue Pennington   
(609) 737-4465   
Fri. 4 p.m. "Music & Merlot" feat. (5 p.m.) Brian Erickson
Sat. (1 p.m.) Living The Dream (5 p.m.) "Music & Merlot" feat. Country and Holiday Songs w/ Glenn Robets
Sun. 1:30 p.m. "Jazzy Sundays" feat. Steve Kaplan
Hurricane Jacks Bar and Grill   
7759 New Falls Road Levittown, PA   
(267) 914-4517   
Fri. (6 p.m.) Happy Hour  (9 p.m.) Troublemakerz
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam    
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula & Sam    
Iron Plow Vineyards   
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus   
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Bud Belviso
Sat. 6:30 p.m. Ed Wilson & Carol Brooks
Sun. 2 p.m. Carlie Grouser
Iron Plow Vineyards Tasting Room
61 High Street Mt. Holly
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Wayne Palmer & Friends
Ivy Tavern   
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton   
(609) 888-1435   
Thurs. 9:30 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 8 p.m. Cover Up
Sat. 9 p.m. The Dance Band
All shows 21+     
John & Peter's   
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa   
(215) 862-5981  
Thurs. 9 p.m. Mickey James
Fri. 9 p.m. Dave Devlin & The Brothers Gruff, Dan Gober, Parker Barrow
Sat. 9 p.m. Honey Spot Blvd.
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic (Sign-ups start at 8 p.m.)
Wed. 9 p.m. The Invitational   
All shows 21+ 
Killarney's Publick House   
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton  
(609) 586-1166  
Sat. 9 a.m./11 a.m. "Breakfast w/ Santa" (Reservations required)
Laurita Winery   
85 Archertown Road New Egypt   
(609) 752-0200 
Thurs. 5 p.m. “Fire Pits & Wine”
Sat. 10:30 a.m. "Santa's Here" / Christmas Brunch. $47
Sun. 1 p.m. "Santa's Here" 
Wed. 12 p.m. Girls Night Out: “Cupcake Decorating.” Ages 21+
Logan Inn   
9 South Main Street New Hope, PA   
(215) 862-2300 
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Rob Tait
3535 U.S Highway 1 Princeton (Center Courtyard)
(609) 452-7777
Mon. thru Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Visit With Santa”
Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Visit With Santa”
Marie's Kozy Korner
111 Trenton Road Fairless Hills, PA
(215) 943-3131
Wed. 6 p.m. “Ladies Night: Shopping”
McGuinn's Place   
1781 Brunswick Avenue Lawrence   
(609) 392-0599  
Tues. 9 p.m. Karaoke   
Ages 21+   
McStews Irish Sports Pub   
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA   
(215) 949-9570   
Sat. 8 p.m. Steal Your Face
Tues. 7:30 p.m. Trivia Night
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam
Millhill Basement   
300 S. Broad Street Trenton   
(609) 989-1600   
Fri. 9 p.m. Stuyvesant, Zero for Conduct, Candy Cavity
More Than Q
13 Klines Court Lambertville
(609) 773-0072
Sun. 2 p.m. Packy’s Sunday Brunch feat. Sim Cain, Dave Haneman, Keith Hartel
Music Mountain Theater
1483 Route 179 Lambertville
Fri. 8 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” $25
Sat. 3 p.m./8 p.m. “A Christmas Carol” $25
Sun. 3 p.m.  “A Christmas Carol” $25
Naked Brewing Company
212 Mill Street Bristol, PA
(267) 544-7129
Sat. (11 a.m.) Holiday Brunch (7 p.m.) Joe & Krista Christmas Party
New Egypt Flea Market Village
933 Monmouth County Road Cream Ridge
(609) 758-2082
Thurs. 5 p.m. Holiday Market  
Fri. 7 p.m. Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Sun. 8 a.m. December Scavenger Hunt. Hosted by The Pyrex Man (Bldg. 24)
New Hope Winery  
6123 Lower York Road New Hope, PA 
(215) 794-2331 
Thurs. 7 p.m. Raul Malo. $85, Doors open at 6 p.m.
Fri. 8 p.m. The Matt Freeman Band. $35, Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sat. 8 p.m. “Kick” The INXS Experience. $40, Doors open at 7 p.m.
Sun. 6 p.m. Rocco Definis and Guests. $25, Doors open at 5 p.m.
Newtown Brewing Company
103 Penns Trail Newtown, PA
(215) 944-8609
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. “Disney Original Movie” Trivia Night
Fri. 6 p.m. Nicholas Mich
Sat. 6 p.m. Frank Cervantes
Sun. 1 p.m. Slim & The Perkolators Trio
Nick's Roast Beef
4501 Woodhaven Road West Philadelphia, PA
(215) 637-5151
Fri. 8 p.m. Secret Service
Sat. 8 p.m. SideArm
Sun. 4 p.m. Le Compt
NJWeedman's Joint
322 East State Street Trenton
(609) 437-0898
Sun. 2 p.m. Zig
Nottingham Tavern   
9 Mercer Street Hamilton Square   
(609) 587-6623   
Thurs. 9:30 pm. Karaoke w/ Super Dave Curtis
Sat. 9:30 p.m. ArHouse
Old Hights Brewing
123 West Ward Street Hightstown
(609) 469-5976
Thurs. 7 p.m. Trivia
Fri. 5 p.m. Fire Pits (Weather permitting)
Sat. (12 p.m.) “Hop & Shop” (5 p.m.) Fire Pits (Weather permitting)
Sun. 12 p.m. “Hop & Shop”
Old Town Pub   
135 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown   
(609) 291-9232  
Thurs. 7 p.m. Quizzoholics Trivia 
Sat. 8 p.m. Mario & Frank
Wed. 6 p.m. “Paint Night” w/ Jayme Canavera
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental)
Fri. 4 p.m. "Skating On The Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental)
Sat.12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Princeton University’s Tiger Tones / Strolling Santa
Sun 12 p.m./4 p.m. "Skating On the Square" $10/$12 (Includes skate rental) Harmonics Quartet / Strolling Santa
Patriots Crossing   
1339 River Road Titusville   
(609) 737-2780  
Thurs. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night
Sat. 8 p.m. The Rounders
Wed. 7 p.m. "Quizzo" 
Patriot's Theater at The War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive Trenton
(609) 984-8400
Sat. 1 p.m. / 5 p.m. American Repertory Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker. $25-$45    
Pete's Steak House   
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton   
(609) 585-8008   
Fri. 9 p.m. Mark Giovi & Friends
Princeton Folk Music Society (Christ Congregation Church)
50 Walnut Lane Princeton
(609) 799-0944
Fri. 8 p.m. Guy Davis
Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street Princeton
(609) 924-9529
Sat. 12 p.m. "Artist Chalet Winter Village" (Takes place daily on Hinds Plaza thru December 19)
Princeton University (Richardson Auditorium)
Nassau Street Princeton
Thurs. 7:30 p.m. “Projects in Jazz” Performance od Original Student Compositions and Arrangements Presented by Angelica Sanchez. (FREE event takes place in the Taplin Auditorium)
Fri. 8 p.m. Creative Large Ensemble Under the Direction of Darcy James Argue. (FREE event but tickets required for admission)
2295 2nd Street Pike Newtown, PA
(267) 491-5408
Fri. 8 p.m. Shameless
River House at Odette’s
274 South Rive Road New Hope, PA
(215) 682-2022
Sun. 10 a.m. Santa’s Brunch
Sherman Theater/Penn Community Bank Amphitheater
2400 Byberry Road Bensalem, PA
Sat. 5 p.m. Drive Through Visit with Santa
Slackwood Volunteer Fire Company
21 Slack Avenue Lawrence
(609) 392-4018
Fri. 6:30 p.m. Country Dance. $10
Small World Coffee   
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton   
(609) 924-4377 x2 
Sat. 6 p.m. Rich Seiner
Stars & Stripes Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA
(215) 752-9400
Thurs. 6 p.m. Ladies Night Out
Sat. 10 a.m. Breakfast with Santa
1675 Spirits
2685 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA
(215) 645-1445
Fri. 7 p.m. Joe & Krista
1867 Sanctuary   
101 Scotch Road Ewing   
(609) 392-6409
Sat. 7 p.m. “Alto Madness Tribute” A Holiday Tribute to Richie Cole. $35, Doors open at 6 p.m. (Tickets must be purchased in advance)
Tara's Tavern  
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road, Wrightstown   
(609) 286-2300   
Fri. 9 p.m. Castles In The Sky Duo
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Big Daddy G
Tavern On The Lake    
101 Main Street Hightstown   
(609) 426-9345    
Wed. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Temperance House   
5 South State Street Newtown, PA   
(215) 944-8050   
Tues. 8 p.m. Trivia w/ Righteous Jolly
Wed. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Cara Cartney
TGI Fridays
3535 U.S. Route 1 North #275 Princeton
(609) 520-0378
Fri. 5 p.m. Lisa Bouchelle
Sun. 1 p.m. Rory D’Lasnow
The Buck Hotel
1200 Buck Road Feasterville, PA
(215) 396-2002
Thurs. 7 p.m. Kevin Kirk
Fri. 7 p.m. Love Junk
Sat. 9 p.m. Bigg Romeo
Tues. 6 p.m. Danny Lynch
The Cool Cricket   
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro   
(609) 291-9110   
Thurs. 8 p.m. DJ Ran D
Fri. 8 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 8:30 p.m. El Ka Bong
The Dubliner 
34 North Main Street New Hope, PA 
(215) 693-1816
Fri. 7 p.m. Na Bodach
Sat. 7 p.m. Gerry Timlin
Sun. 2 p.m. David Falcone
The Five Four Bar & Grill 
8919 New Falls Road Levittown, PA 
(215) 547-5525 
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke w/ Paula and Sam
Fri. 9 p.m. WitZend
Sat. 9 p.m. Bambu Weasels
The Irish Horne Bar & Restaurant
882 2nd Street Pike Richboro, PA
(215) 942-4000
Thurs. 8 p.m. Live Irish Music
The Ivy Inn   
248 Nassau Street Princeton   
(609) 921-8555   
Fri. 10 p.m. The Polish Nannies
Sat. 10 p.m. DJ Darius The 1st
Tues. 8 p.m. Quizzo w/ Bob E Luv  
Wed. 10 p.m. Total Request w/ DJ Rockin' Ron
The Morrisville Tavern
376 West Trenton Avenue Morrisville, PA
(215) 295-5310
Mon. 7 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Tim
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic
Wed. 7 p.m. Trivia Night
The Roost   
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge   
(609) 208-0050 
Thurs. “Christmas Light Walk-thru” (Daily thru January 1, 2022)
Fri. 8 p.m. The Diablo Sandwich Band
Sun. 9:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. Brunch w/ Santa
The Sycamore Grill   
255 North Sycamore Street Newtown, PA   
(215) 908-6326   
Fri. 8:30 p.m. Kickbax Acoustic Trio
Sat. 8 p.m. Brian Elliot
Tindall Road Brewing Co.
102 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown 
(609) 526-8651  
Sat. 7 p.m. Tiltin’ Catz
Tir Na Nog   
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton   
(609) 392-2554 
Sat. 5 p.m. "Irish Sessions" Hosted by David & Ellen Anderson
Trenton Social    
449 South Broad Street Trenton   
(609) 989-7777  
Thurs. 5 p.m. "Happy Hour Throwback Thursday"
Sat. 6 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Mon. 6 p.m. "Monday Night Karaoke"
Tues. 8 p.m. Open Mic Night w/ Tobias & Lea (Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m.)
Vault Brewing Company
10 South Main Street Yardley, PA
(267) 573-4291
Fri. 7 p.m. The Tom Tallitsch Duo
Sat. 7 p.m. Paul Lingerman Trio
Village Idiot Brewing Company
42 High Street Mount Holly
(609) 975-9270
Sat. 4 p.m. “7th Annual Lighting of The Leg”
Working Dog Winery   
610 Windsor Perrineville Road Hightstown   
(609) 371-6000
Sat. 12 p.m. Catmoondaddy
Sun. 12 p.m. Jersey Sure Cats

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 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.

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