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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...8/18/16

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 08/18/2016

>He has performed or worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Vince Gill, Joe Perry, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter and a host of others, yet Paul Nelson is often overlooked by those outside of the recording and music industry. 

This engaging, talented guitarist is also a top notch producer, performer and manager and is currently on what is perhaps one of the best rolls of his career. "I signed with Sony," said Nelson with enthusiasm. "I'm getting ready to go back out on the road with the Paul Nelson Band to support my new CD, "Badass Generation." The album is a combination of '70's style jam rock, blues and a mix of electric and semi-acoustic material and my band is just incredible. I've got Morten Fredheim on vocals, bassist Christopher Alexander and drummer Chris Reddan and the caliber of their talent is just outstanding." 
Along with the new record and alliance with Sony, Nelson is still performing and touring with the Johnny Winter All Star Band and this Saturday August 20 Nelson and his band mates will be at the New Hope Winery in New Hope, PA. "There's going to be a lot at this show, a tribute to Johnny, which I've done before and I've been joined by people like Edgar Winter and Earl Slick and so many others; I never know who is going to want to perform with us. There will be some classic Johnny songs, lots of new stuff from his last album and maybe from my new one; the night is definitely going to be a great one."  
Touring isn't all that keeps Nelson busy. Being a producer for artists like Winter, James Montgomery and blues master Joe Louis Walker have kept him on his game and his schedule full. "I just produced James Montgomery's record and it came out really well. He used horns and the band was slamming. I also just finished up Joe Louis Walker's latest. He and I are supposed to perform on the White House lawn in September; we're pretty excited about that."  
Recent fruits of his production labor were the Johnny Winter discs, "Roots"  and the eventual Grammy winner "Step Back," as well as being a guitarist and a songwriter on the Grammy nominated,"I'm A Bluesman." "I think," said a reflective Nelson; "I think that Johnny winning that Grammy showed that he was back. Johnny and I performed with the "Late Night" band when the "Roots" album was out and then on Jimmy Kimmel to promote "Step Back;" Lady Gaga was also on that program. I remember her coming out in a dress made of coffee filters (laughs) but sure enough, she asked for a picture with Johnny." 
Nelson also executive produced and appears in "Down and Dirty," a movie about his late boss, friend and stage mate. "I think this film is an important piece of rock and blues history," he stated confidently. "This really is a great rock doc and I'm proud to say that this film shows what I did for Johnny. It shows how I got him off of methadone and helped him get his health back and get back to being Johnny again; it's really a good story and I'm glad to help tell it." 
With the current success of "Badass Generation" comes an even more hectic schedule and even though he's currently just returned from the road; Nelson is not letting any moss grow under his feet. "Ya' know, I'm really happy with this album so far; it's doing well. I plan on going back on the road, touring here and then maybe over to Japan because the album is doing very good over there. I've got a "Blues Cruise" in October with Los Lobos, Buddy Guy and Warren Haynes; we're cruising to Jamaica. I've been asked to produce another project based on the music of Jr. Wells; so I'm going to be busy but that's fine with me." 
Tickets for the New Hope, PA show can be found at and to discover more about Paul Nelson; please visit

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

Amarones Windsor Inn
29 Church Street Windsor
(609) 448-7144
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. "Simply Piano" feat. Carla Gaiser
Fri. 8 p.m. Lonnie Youngblood
Sat. 8 p.m. Tony Malandro
Wed. 6:30 p.m. "Simply Piano" feat. Carla Gaiser
Backstage at Championship Bar 
931 Chambers Street Trenton
Thurs. 7 p.m. Merithius, Eikthyrnir, Fiakra, (TBA). All ages, $10
Sat. 5 p.m. Uncrated, Inari One, Iron Front, Agents Of Aggression, (TBA). All ages, $10 
Sun. (2 p.m.) Princeton School of Rock Presents: "A Tribute to The Beastie Boys." All ages, $10 (5 p.m.) SNAFU, Sick Shit, No Nothing, Bahscumbug, Crack Filler, Anatomy Of An Outcast. All ages, $10
Mon. 6 p.m. Reaping Asmodeia, Nihilum, (TBA). All ages, $10/$12
Blend Bar & Bistro
911 Highway 33 Hamilton 
(609) 245-8887
Tues. 8 p.m. Triviajam 
Bowman's Tavern
1600 River Road New Hope, PA
(215) 862-2972
Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Neil Podgurski Trio
Fri. 8 p.m. Bob Egan
Sat. 8 p.m. David Dales Trio
Sun. (12 p.m.) Ottmar (6 p.m.) Lorenzo
Mon. 6 p.m. Andy Prescott
Tues. 6 p.m. Lovey Williams
Wed. 6 p.m. Lorenzo
Candlelight Lounge 
24 Passaic Street Trenton
(609) 695-9612
 Sat. 3 p.m. Leslie Harrison Quartet. $10 (cover charge includes buffet)
Chickie's & Pete's
183 US Highway 130 North Bordentown
(609) 298-9182
Tues. 8 p.m. Acoustic Music Night feat. The Dawgs
Wed. 9 p.m. Quizzo Trivia 
Cream Ridge Winery
145 Route 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 259-9797
Sun. 1 p.m. John & Maggs
Dempster's Pub
437 Pine Street Mount Holly
(609) 261-0500
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. DJ DNIAL
Fri. 9 p.m. DJ Chris
Dog & Bull Brew House
810 Bristol Pike (Rte. 13) Croydon, PA.
(215) 788-2855
Thurs. 8 p.m. Dick Gratton
Fri. (4 p.m.) "Happy Hour Jam" feat. Cecil Middleton (9 p.m.) Mike Estabrook
Sat. (11 a.m.) "Saturday Brunch Jam" feat. Jazz 180  (9 p.m.) Wizard Duo
Sun. (11 a.m.) "Sunday Brunch" feat. Joe Robinson Brunch Jam (3 p.m.) Soul Custody Trio
Wed. 8 p.m. Twin Ghost
Fedora Cafe
2633 Main Street Lawrenceville
(609) 895-0844
Wed. 6 p.m. Jerry Monk
Fran's Pub
116 S. Main Street New Hope, PA.
Sat. 8 p.m. Blue Meanies
Mon. 8 p.m. Open Blues Jam
All shows age 21+
Havana New Hope
105 S. Main Street New Hope, PA. 
(215) 862-9897
Thus. 10 p.m. "College Beat The Clock Night" DJ Dance Party
Fri. 8 p.m. An Evening with Gary Hoey. Doors at 6 p.m., $35 (advance)
Sat. 8 p.m. "A Tribute to The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band" w/ Old Soul Revival. Doors at 6 p.m., $15
Mon. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Wed. 8 p.m. "Live, Local, Unplugged" Hosted by Pat Foran
Hopewell Valley Vineyards
46 Yard Avenue Pennington
(609) 737-4465
Thurs. 6 p.m. Jeff Brown Trio
Fri. 6 p.m. Christina Havrilla
Sun. 2 p.m."Jazzy Sundays" feat. Sergio & Lars 
Iron Plow Vineyards
26750 Mount Pleasant Road Columbus
(732) 306-9111
Fri. 6 p.m. Don "The Medicine Man"
Sat. 1 p.m. Jeff & Karen
Sun. 1 p.m. Bob Daley
Ivy Tavern 
3108 S. Broad Street, Hamilton
(609) 888-1435
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Fri. 9 p.m. Blues In Disguise
Sat. 9 p.m. The Stage Hamz
Tues. 7 p.m. Teddy Z Jam
All shows 21+
John & Peter's 
96 S. Main Street New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-5981
Mon. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 9:30 p.m. The Invitational
All shows 21+
Killarney's Publik House
1644 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road Hamilton
(609) 586-1166
Thurs. 5 p.m. Live Music (TBA)
Sat. 10 p.m. Dance Party w/ DJ Jimmy G
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road New Egypt
(609) 752-0200
Thurs. 7 p.m. "Farm to Table" Winemakers Sunset Dinner. $99 (Reservations Required)
Fri. 7 p.m. "Awesome 80's Dance Party" 
Sat. "Laurita Late Summer Food Truck Festival" (11 a.m.) Shore Syde Band (2 p.m.) 80's Undercover (6 p.m.) Big Bleu Band
Sun. "Laurita Late Summer Food Truck Festival" (11 a.m.) Nikki Briar and the Sweetbriar Band (1:30 p.m.) Nash East (5 p.m.) Let's Be Frank  
Wed. 7 p.m. 2016 "Laurita Idol" Singing Showcase Junior Tryout 
Levitt Amp Trenton 2016 Music Series
Capital Green @ 201 Barrack Street Trenton
Sat. 7:30 p.m. Akua Allrich
Mamma Rosa's 
572 Klockner Road Hamilton 
(609) 588-5454
Thurs. 6 p.m. Open Mic. Hosted by Richard Schneider
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Road Levittown, PA
(215) 949-9570
Thurs. 10:30 p.m."Beer Pong" w/ DJ Codie
Fri. 9 p.m. 44 Fridays, Matter Of Fact
Tues. 7 p.m. Quizzo hosted by Mike
Mercer County Park Amphitheater
MC Park Festival Grounds/Edinburgh Road West Windsor
Fri. 6 p.m. Kendra Morris
Sat. 6 p.m. Best of The Eagles / Human Wheels (Eagles/John Mellencamp tributes)
Millhill Basement
300 S. Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-1600
Tues. 10 p.m. "Local Artist" Hip Hop, Experimental EDM and Bass Music Showcase
O'Connor's American Bar & Grille
1383 Monmouth Road Easthampton Mt. Holly
(609) 261-1555
No music in August
Olde Liberty Tavern
2114 Liberty Street Trenton
(609) 396-2262
Sat. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Palermo's Of Hamilton
310 Klockner Road Hamilton
(609) 838-7979
Thurs. 9 p.m. Karaoke
All shows 21 +
Patriot's Crossing
1339 River Road Titusville
(609) 737-2780
Fri. 8 p.m. Kevin Toft & The All Stars
Sat. 8 p.m. Blues In Disguise
Pete's Steak House
523 Whitehorse Avenue Hamilton
(609) 585-8008
Fri. 9:30 p.m. Ernie White and Tom Reock
Sat. 9:30 p.m. The Drunk Monkeys
Randy Now's Man Cave
134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown
(609) 424-3766
Sat. 8 p.m. Moot Davis & Bill Corvino
RHO Waterfront
50 Riverview Plaza Trenton
(609) 393-7300
Fri. 8:30 p.m. The Amazin' Grace Little Band
Small World Coffee
14 Witherspoon Street Princeton 
Sat. 8:30 p.m. Michelle Wiley Trio
Mon. 7 p.m. Mic Monday                  
1867 Sanctuary 
101 Scotch Road Ewing
(609) 392-6409
Fri. 8 p.m. Tom McDermott. $20
Sat. 3 p.m. Hazelrigg Brothers Jazz Trio. $20
Tara's Tavern 
1 Cookstown-New Egypt Road Wrightstown
(609) 286-2300
Fri. 10 p.m. El Ka Bong
Sat. 10 p.m. Mr. Lucky
Tavern On The Lake
101 Main Street Hightstown
(609) 426-9345
Fri. 9 p.m. ArHouse
Sat. 9 p.m. El Ka Bong
Wed. 8 p.m. Karaoke Night 
The Cool Cricket
216 Burlington Street Fieldsboro
(609) 291-9110
Fri. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Sat. 9 p.m. Radio Fiction
The HOB Tavern
146 Second Street Bordentown
(609) 291-7020
Sat. 9 p.m. Karaoke
Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Wed. 8 p.m. John & Maggs
The Ivy Inn
248 Nassau Street Princeton
(609) 921-8555
Thurs. 10 p.m. Karaoke w/ DJ Ron
Fri. 10 p.m. DJ Darius the First
Sat. 10 p.m. Little Mac & the People's Champ
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 Roost 
181 Rte. 539 Cream Ridge
(609) 208-0050 
Fri. 9 p.m. Kim Yarson Duo
Sat. 9 p.m. Bob Solo
The Sticky Wicket 
2465 South Broad Street Hamilton
(609) 439-0007
Fri. 9 p.m. Never Enough
Sat. 9 p.m. Off The Record
Tues. 7 p.m. Karaoke
The Sun National Bank Center 
81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton
(609) 656-3200
Check website for upcoming events
Tir Na Nog 
1324 Hamilton Avenue Trenton
(609) 392-2554
Thurs. 7 p.m. Mary Courtney
Fri. 9 p.m. David Fallone
Sat 9 p.m. Kevin McCloskey
Sun. 3 p.m. "Irish Sessions" w/ Diarmuid MacSuibhne
Tues. 9 p.m. Open Mic Hosted by Jerry Monk                   
All shows  21+
Trenton Buzz
702 Pine Street Trenton
(609) 392-6000
Fri. 8 p.m. Live Band & Open Mic. 
Trenton Social
449 South Broad Street Trenton
(609) 989-7777
Fri. 4 p.m. First Friday 
Mon. 9 p.m. Monday Night Karaoke w/ Benny P
Tues. 7 p.m. Open Mic. Night
Triumph Brewing Company (New Hope, Pa. Location)
400 Union Square New Hope, Pa.
(215) 862-8300
Fri. 10 p.m. Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers. ($5 cover charge)
Sat. 10 p.m. Love Whip. ($5 cover charge)
Sun. 7 p.m. Open Jam Night (Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m.)-
Wed. 9 p.m. Paleface
All shows 21+ 
Wildflowers Inn
2572 Pennington Road Pennington
Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock
Tues. 9 p.m. Ed Wilson
All shows 21+
Yardley Inn
82 East Afton Avenue Yardley, PA
(215) 493-3800
Sat. 8 p.m. Jon 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 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.

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