Articles By Danny Coleman
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/23/21
"I had moved to New York City a while back and I can't tell you what a thrill it is to be back in that area. I'll probably have some friends come to the show; we don't get up there that often and I'm really looking forward to it,” said Atlanta Rhythm Section original and current lead singer Rodney Justo as he enthusiastically discussed their upcoming October 8 “Ultimate 70’s Show” at the Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ with Pure Prairie League and Orleans.
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/16/21
"We were slammed and that's the weird thing; we all kind of joked that we couldn't wait to get back to work so we could stop working so much,” laughed Styx keyboardist Lawrence Gowan as he talked about the band’s workload during the COVID pandemic, their new album “Crash Of The Crown” and the ever changing fan base to which they’ve grown accustomed. “It was really fun actually, because we kept ourselves extremely busy working on this record and I'm really glad that we did because it has already connected so well with people. We did a bunch of streaming things too so we could stay connected with the faithful out there throughout; let's call it, "The Break."
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/9/21
"The significance of the title is; I was in Los Angeles and it is where I was from when I first met Gary. I'm a mid-westerner just like Gary but we actually met in Los Angeles. A song that he wrote in the seventies was called "L.A. Is Mine" but he never actually finished it, I finished the song and put it out on this new 10 track album that we have now," relayed guitarist and vocalist Michael Jahnz as he discussed his relationship with REO Speedwagon’s Gary Richrath, the Richrath Project 3:13 and their recently released album.
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...9/2/21
When a band leaves the comfort zone of its own backyard and tests the waters beyond their own sphere of influence, a.k.a. friends, family and local venues; there is a certain amount of trepidation and perhaps self-doubt. Will these new audiences like us? Will they like our music? Our stage show? Will the venues and sound guys work with us? These are all legitimate questions and have kept many new road warriors awake at night and then there are others who welcome the challenge, throw all caution and concerns to the wind and view any failures or setbacks as experience and part of a learning curve.
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...8/26/21
"Both albums are very good; one has a retro feel about it and the Long Shadows Dawn uses all of the new technology and that one is bang on the money and the other is 11 years old and was done 13 years ago but it took me two years to get a deal for it," said a laughing Doogie White about his recent releases, proving that what was once old can easily be new again.
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...8/19/21
When you are a multi-platinum selling rock band who rose to fame in the mid-eighties, toured your rear-ends off and lived the "Lifestyle" full tilt for a decade; why would you ever split? Better yet; what caused the split and how or why does one re-unite?
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...8/12/21
"Cosmo's vault of course," he said with a hearty laugh, "it is out there and chuck full of musical delights which will eventually see the light of day and we've got one of the best ones right now; The Clifford/Wright Project. This has some really terrific players on it; it sounds great. I actually listened to it like a guy who just picked it up at a local record shop (laughs); I sat and listened to it and I don't do that too often."
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...8/5/21
"Jazzforpeace.org is the website; there is a lot of stuff on YouTube and Vimeo but there is a recent livestream that took place at a club in Upstate New York and you can Google Jazz For Peace, Rick DellaRatta or Caffe Lena which was the name of the place and you can see a very recent performance."
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...7/29/21
"OK, let's see, I grew up on Long Island, New York and then moved upstate to Ulster County to go to college at SUNY New Paltz where I studied Public Relations and started my first band. I kind of fell in love with the area and I've lived in Ulster County ever since where I've played a lot of music in a lot of bands throughout the years and about 10 years ago I started playing with this band; not all the same members but The Ark-Tones formed around 2011/2012 I believe and since then we have released three albums of original material, have toured extensively around the country, a little bit in Europe and just put out our third studio album. My husband and I also play as a duo called The Gold Hope Duo and we released a live album a couple of years back."
Rock On! This Week's Sound Bites...7/22/21
"Whole Nother World," it's eight tracks and it came out on May 28 and it hit number one on roots charts for soul/blues album, it hit number two on International Broadcasters in the UK so there was a lot that has happened and it's not just me it's the whole project. The musicians are just experts in what they do and the sound engineer; the recording was done in Baton Rouge but he resides in my area and the guy has elephant ears (laughs) and that really was the end point, the mastering was incredible."
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