Portland, Indie-roots act, Sassparilla release video, “My First Lover”

PORTLAND, OREGON-BASED INDIE-ROOTS BAND, SASSPARILLA RELEASE VIDEO FOR THE FIRST SINGLE OFF THEIR LATEST, THE DARNDEST THING, ENTITLED “MY FIRST LOVER”

Referred to as indie-roots, punk-Americana, and punk-roots, Portland, Oregon-based outfit Sassparilla may bend and cross genres, but the result is always electrifying, especially on their latest, The Darndest Thing.

Comprised of Kevin “Gus” Blackwell (vocals, cigar box guitar, national resonator guitar), the father and son combo of Ross “Dagger” MacDonald (harmonica) and Colin “Sweet Pea” MacDonald (washtub bass), Naima (vocals, accordion, washboard), and Justin Burkhart (drums), Sassparilla offers one of the most entertaining, sweat-soaked live shows in the Pacific Northwest; complete with dancing, sing-along numbers, and plenty of good times.  Despite their reputation for rollicking, fast-paced live sets, it is the subtleties and folk-pop leanings of their latest, The Darndest Thing, that find this five-piece band slowing things down a bit; and growing up musically.  Centered on the structure of the song and the lyrics more so than the party groove and liveliness of their earlier recordings, this record gives fans a new side of the band.

“Every record we’ve done is a little different than the record before it,” comments Blackwell, the band’s primary songwriter.  “They’re all metaphors for what’s happening in my life.  So, the early records were good-time roots-punk records.  Then death happened, a friend passed away, and other life stuff happened.  I had to face the reality that I’m an adult now.  Stuff I wasn’t used to.  And, so The Darndest Thing reflects that.”

Produced by The Eels’ Chet Lyster, his contributions helped ensure growth and maturity with The Darndest Thing.

“This is the first time we’ve worked with a producer,” explains Blackwell. “We did a lot of pre-production on this like we’ve never done before on previous records.  We decided from the beginning to make this record the way it is.  We were very thoughtful throughout the pre-production and recording process.”

Blackwell likens the growth to seeing your children grow up.

“I know people have used this metaphor before, but I feel like my songs are growing up.  It’s like my songs are adults now, learning to manage money and all of that,” he says with a chuckle.

Eight songs, clocking in at thirty-five minutes, The Darndest Thing is filler-free; succinct enough to keep the listeners’ attention throughout, even for those that have never heard the band before, but meaty enough to not leave you feeling empty and cheated.

While previous records have jumped around from genre to genre, The Darndest Thing finds the songs working together, each telling a story, while the music stays consistent.  It’s their first record to truly be an album, rather than a collection of fun-time, entertaining live favorites to get the crowd moving.

A big departure for the band is album opener “New Love”; the most pop-driven song the band has ever written.  A happy, up-tempo song, it instantly denotes that something different is happening with Sassparilla on this release.

“You wear two hats in a band, live shows and recorded product,” comments Blackwell.  “I like the idea of making a beautiful record, then making a show people can dance to.  That, to me, is what Sassparilla is all about.  I feel we accomplished that.  We made a record that is strong; something my peers can respect.  We made a beautiful record; not just a record that was over-the top performance wise, like we’ve done in the past.”

Sassparilla online:

Simple Sweet, releases, debut self titled full length CD

PORTLAND, OREGON-BASED POP-ROCK OUTFIT, SIMPLE SWEET CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT, SELF-TITLED FULL-LENGTH CD, JANUARY 7TH IN LOLA’S AT THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM.

On January 7, 2012, Portland, Oregon-based quartet – Steven Dolbey (vocals, guitar), Justin Hart (vocals/guitar), Rob Throckmorton (drums) and Rob Obregon (bass) – will celebrate the release of their debut, self-titled full-length at Lola’s at the Crystal Ballroom.

Other bands TBD.  Cover is $5.00.  Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.

Simple Sweet’s debut is a collection of ten breezy, warm pop songs that also hint at the collective members’ rock band pasts, Simple Sweet is a band that can create groove-laden songs with hooks, while always making sure the songs’ edges are sharp.

Meeting via a mutual friend, Steven Dolbey (vocals, guitar) and Justin Hart (guitar, vocals) originally intended to record a few of Dolbey’s songs at Hart’s home studio, with Hart producing them.  However, with the two collaborating on Dolbey’s songs, soon they found themselves writing together, and things began to take shape.

Even at this point, however, they were merely consumed with making demos – for fun.  The result, their self-titled debut showcases the quartet’s ability to shoot straight from the hip, creating an honest, mature pop-rock sound that is equal parts guitar-driven hooks and heart-on-the-sleeve integrity.

The album carries a varying style of melodic rock including “Weightless,” a spill-over pop number that is a rock song at heart, but fits in comfortably on adult alternative radio as well.  Meanwhile, “Simple Life” is straight-ahead guitar rock, soaked with Simple Sweet’s sugary melodic glow.

Other album standouts, such as “Something Sweet,” finds Simple Sweet pulling no punches, creating one of the loudest songs on the record.  Then there is the fierce, fiery power-pop of “Summer Song,” complete with crunchy guitars and a hip-shaking rhythm section.

The band gets tender on the ballad-esque “The Light,” a poignant, heartening song that shows the band can write slow, simmering folk-pop as well as they can rock.

From the opening of “Rain,” the album’s lead song, Simple Sweet demonstrate they can play rock music with hooks and a gorgeous underbelly.  Ending with “Sunny Days,” a song that would have fit in perfectly with the 90s alt. rock explosion, the album is a journey of rock music that is unabashed in its love of melodic pop and guitars.

Music aside, the album is also strong lyrically, filled with hope, love, depression, loss, and searching. Whether it’s the story of lost love during a natural disaster (“Rain”), remembering the carefree days of your youth (“Summer Song”), filling holes in your life with drugs and alcohol to find acceptance (“Weightless”). Or just trying to get along with someone in a relationship, whether it’s a lover or a friend (“Something Sweet”), Simple Sweet is able to craft songs with depth and a story behind them.  All while combining them with hook-laden, driven melodies that make you want to dance and sing along, without over-saturating you with sweetness to the point of forgetting the meaning behind the songs.  Not an easy task, especially considering one of the biggest obstacles coming into this record.

Hart and Dolbey had been front men in all their previous projects.  The two had never collaborated in prior outfits, other than allowing band members to accompany them on their songs.  This time around, though, they had to learn to trust each other, give up on some of their own ideas in favor of the other’s idea – choosing what was better for the song, not the ego.  In the end, it helped both grow tremendously, not just musically, but personally as well.  And helped them write a stronger album, one they are much more proud of than previous accomplishments.

Not bad for a band that began recording something with no plan and no expectations, just two new friends, creating music for fun, and helping each other become better songwriters.

Check out Simple Sweet online at:

http://www.simplesweetmusic.com

The Bangles

the Roseland Theater, November 6 th 2011

text and photos by Brent Angelo

With the release of their newest cd, Sweetheart of the Sun, the Bangles took to the road in support of the cd and to celebrate their 30th anniversary in music. The band brought their show to the Roseland Theater. Before the show, the Bangles treated their fans to a rare in store record store appearance at Portland’s own Music Millennium. It was a real treat to see all of the Bangles up close and personal. Debbi Peterson, Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson all were present and gave their fans that chance they always wanted. The ladies seemed very happy and glad to be there. The concert that followed was simply put – a blast. The Bangles came out to an enthusiastic crowd. They wasted no time by kicking off the show with Anna Lee, their cool first single of the new album. The new cd, Sweetheart of the Sun is classic Bangles filled with great harmonies and music that is straight from the heart. It was great to hear those new tracks live and they went over like they were long time favorites. The Bangles also treated their fans to tracks from throughout their musical history. They touched on every album they have put out really giving old and new fans a good mix of live songs to hear at the show. A show highlight and I could even say a tour highlight might have been their impromptu encore of Dover Beach. That song is simply a hardcore Bangle’s fan favorite. I personally have wanted to hear it for like 25 years. It doesn’t get played live very often, but from a simple request from me, they played it. How awesome is that? These ladies are the real deal. There are no egos here folks. It is a rarity in music to find people like them, who still care that way for the fans. They all put on a great concert, sounded in great form, looked incredible (like they haven’t aged a day) and left the fans wanting more. I hope the wait will not be as long for the next show. I thank the Bangles for their trip to Portland, their kindness at the record store and for still putting on a great show live. If you are looking to buy a cd, let me recommend Sweetheart of the Sun and if you want to see an awesome live show, you missed it.

There was one thing I noticed and one small thing I wanted to add. The Bangles have two strong women out front in concert being Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson, but I think Debbi Peterson gets overlooked at times being behind the drums. There was a moment when both of the spotlights were on Susanna and Vicki while Debbi was in the background. Debbi is a strong drummer and great singer as well. Her vocals are key in songs like Going Down to Liverpool and Live not to mention she has the most famous whistle on record. I just wish she could be more up front with the other two Bangles. I loved the acoustic segments as they brought her from behind the drums and up front in her deserving spotlight as well. In bands like Night Ranger, they bring the drums up front and I think the Bangles could benefit from that too. Each member of the group is just as important as the other and I think the fans would love to have them all up front. All in all, the Bangles are amazing women and musicians….we love each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing what is next from the Bangles…..come back soon

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

REVEAL NEW COVER ART FOR ‘AMERICAN CAPITALIST’

5FDP HEADLINES SHARE THE WELT TOUR IN US

NEW SINGLE “REMEMBER EVERYTHING” SHOOTING UP THE ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have already made headlines with one of the year’s biggest rock album debuts.  American Capitalist entered at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 in early October and has already sold over 165,000 copies in just a few weeks. Fans can purchase the album on iTunes here. Now, less than two months after the release of the record they’ve got some more news.

Starting this Tuesday, November 22nd, fans will be able to get the brand new cover art for 5FDP’s current album. It features an illustration of the band’s ubiquitous “mascot,” Knucklehead over the backdrop of Time Square in New York City.

“We are the people’s band, and a lot of fans really liked this alternative artwork we had on the tour posters. So many times we heard, “THAT should be the album cover” – so we figured we’d make it happen,” explains Bathory.  “If you like the original cover, that’s cool too – I guess the original will be somewhat of a limited item from now on, so there you go.”

The new Knucklehead illustration will only be replacing the regular edition album version of American Capitalist, while the deluxe edition artwork will remain the same.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH are still out on the road on their headlining Share the Welt Tour with All That Remains, Hatebreed, and Rains. The tour has been a massive hit, selling out most venues along the way – getting rave reviews for its solid line up and over-the-top visuals.

Jessica Mero, Head of Marketing at Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee relates. “5FDP‘s show was an intense metal spectacle – a perfect show by a great rock band! Over 4,000 frenzied fans filled the venue and we had to turn away hundreds who showed up too late to buy their tickets at the door.”

5FDP recently released their second single from American Capitalist, “Remember Everything,” which is rapidly shooting up the Active Rock charts.  Fans can listen to a stream of “Remember Everything” here.

SHARE THE WELT TOUR: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH w/ ALL THAT REMAINS, HATEBREED, RAINS

For a full list of remaining Share The Welt dates visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com or their Facebook page.

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“Remember Everything” audio embed: http://www.thenewrecord.com/swf/the-new-record-small-player.swf?parameter=http://www.thenewrecord.com%2Ftracks%2Fembed%2F941%2F1137.xml

American Capitalist on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/american-capitalist/id462974316

Official Site: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fivefingerdeathpunch

 

Poor Boy’s Soul

Poor Boy's SoulPoor Boy’s Soul is Trever Jones, who makes bone-rattling acoustic stomp music for those pissed off and left behind. Songs on Outlaw Blues such as opener “Burn Down This Old House” or “Movin’ To The City” are caught up in the currents of fate and myth; gratifications and torments of the flesh; today’s news and tomorrow’s final reckoning. It is the perfect drinking music for a sobering nation, full of kick drum, tambourine, and the chattering riffs of an old National guitar.

This is no bullshit stripped down rock, made to look fans in the eyes and not relent, whilst enjoying a whiskey, created by a guy who loves underground hip hop, Woody, and Son House, and doesn’t like to talk to cops. “When I was 10 years old I got my first guitar and that is when I really knew that I wanted to be a musician,” Jones says. “At first I played metal and thrash, then on to punk. When I was nineteen I started traveling around the country hitching and riding trains. So I bought a cheap acoustic and started learning folk, bluegrass and blues from folks on the road. That’s when I started developing the style of music I play now.”

Poor Boy’s Soul officially started in 2008, when Jones was winding down Portland band Biketramp. “The name Poor Boy’s Soul comes form a line in an old time song called ‘Wild Bill Jones,'” Trevor says. “In the song a fella is defending himself and his girl from Wild Bill and he ‘pulls out his gun and destroys that poor boy’s soul.’ And I just love that line.” When he took his second album Everything I Had out on tour, he’d made the decision to go one man band. “I want to reach as many people that I can with my music and keep doing it till I get too old to hold my guitar. And of course make a bit of dough doing it! I don’t want to be a rock star,” he says. One listen to the festival-filling blues-punk come-on overflow of “54 Ways” though, it sounds like it’s going to happen anyways.

Jones finds inspiration in gaunt blues shaman Mississippi Fred McDowell in rants like “You Gotta Move.” Keeping his rocking spare like the original bluesmen, just his nimble grind on the six strings, spasms of laughter and disgust in concert with his fellow wayfaring souls. “That’s when I finally learned how to yell!” he sings (“Nails In The Pines”). His clap and rasp-along rockers have the barest whiff of Waits, because it seems as though Jones is more like a character in one of the down-bound train songs the king of the sad noise is growling about. Jones music is without kitsch, much bar-room sentimentality, or layers of sound affects.

The new release ends on the lovely, terrifying rant “Annalisa”: “You’re stronger than those demons in your head,” he sings. “That is the most different song on the album. It is also the most intimate song too. It is about my sister. She has had a lot of road blocks thrown up in front of her over the years. She has risen above so much and the song is for her and about her. I really feel that lyrically it is one of the best songs I have ever written. It is really a song that comes from my heart, straight to a person that I care for dearly. And I want her to live a better life than the one she was given.

“Songwriting for me is many different things,” Jones continues. “Sometimes it’s a release. When I need to get something off my chest or I am just so overwhelmed with life. So I pick up my guitar and let it come out.” “Annalisa” shows a singer-songwriter as deft as Springsteen, but with many more butterfly knife-sharp poetic details in the wide-open lyrics.

“I am inspired by a little voice in my head that tells me to keep going and to get these words and songs out of my skull. And if I stop I would most likely go crazy. The process of making and performing music seems to me to be like breathing,” he says. He also loves reading books on history, and telling from the topical insouciance of his lyrics (and his love for Dead Prez’s “Let’s Get Free”), has a thing or two to say about politics.

“I think that it is very important to keep politics in music and for artists of all types to challenge the norms of society,” Jones says. “Music that moves me challenges me to think of the world in another way. My favorite musicians are all revolutionaries. We live in a world full of isolation and selfishness. I believe it is our job as artist to pull people out of the modern-techno make-believe world: Facebook, Twitter, and Google news.”

For many years Trever Jones was a farmer in southern Oregon on a small scale organic farm. That may be why his music sounds like it’s made by someone who’s gotten his hands as dirty as his honest thoughts. “Well, I recorded and released my own album because that is the only way I know how to do it. I have no record deal and didn’t want to wait around for somebody to tell me it was time for me to record. I never wait for people to tell me it is time to do anything.” He knew he could produce a great album and he did just that

Currently featured in Performer Magazine http://performermag.com/2011/10/03/spotlight-poor-boys-soul/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spotlight-poor-boys-soul

AND featured in back to PRINT issue of MAGNET next month!

BURGERVILLE RECORDS TO RELEASE THE SHAKERS’ SESSIONS

BURGERVILLE RECORDS/SHAKERS’ SESSIONS LAUNCH PARTY:  November 15th at Hawthorne’s Burgerville

Artists to perform:

  • Rob Barteletti
  • Ken DeRouchie
  • Nick Peets
  • Steve Wilkinson
  • Bart Ferguson
  • Rob Stroup
  • Casey Neill
  • Plus plenty of “guest” back-up musicians, background vocalists, etc.

Rob Barteletti and Brian Grant Video

BURGERVILLE RECORDS TO RELEASE THE SHAKERS’ SESSIONS, A BENEFIT ALBUM FOR PARKINSON’S PATIENTS THROUGH THE BRIAN GRANT FOUNDATION; ALBUM TO BE SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT BURGERVILLE RESTAURANTS.

On November 15th, kicking off with a launch party at their Hawthorne location and sold throughout the rest of the year at all of their restaurants, Northwest-based, locally supportive fast-food chain, Burgerville will launch Burgerville Records with The Shakers’ Sessions.  Artists to perform include Rob Barteletti, Ken DeRouche, Nick Peets, Steve Wilkinson, Bart Ferguson, Rob Stroup, and Casey Neill.  Also, there will be “guest” musicians, background vocalists, etc. to make this event a fun time and the perfect launch for The Shakers’ Sessions.

The Shakers’ Sessions is a compilation of Northwest musicians singing songs written by Portland musician, and Parkinson’s patient, Rob Barteletti.  The album will see one-hundred percent of profits going to the Brian Grant Foundation, a non-profit organization that is an informational and inspirational resource for a community of people empowered to live unique and fulfilling lives with Parkinson’s.

More than 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative, neurological disorder that that gets worse over time. Parkinson’s is a loss of cells in the brain that produce dopamine which is a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting signals to coordinate movement.

Every day, 195 people are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and it affects more than just the person who has it – it also affects the entire family dealing with Parkinson’s disease.  One such person is songwriter (and former high school teacher) Rob Barteletti, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2002.

“At the time I was teaching a theology course that asked the question, ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ As I had learned from reading Harold Kushner’s book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, ‘Why?’ is the wrong question; the better question is ‘What are you going to do about it?  How are you going to make the most of the bad things that happen to you and your loved ones?'” Barteletti says without hesitation.  “Perfect,” I thought.  “My chance to put into practice what I have been teaching.”

He continued teaching for more than five years after his diagnosis, retiring in 2007 after 31 years.  After retiring, Barteletti, who realized the clock was ticking on his songwriting, his ability to play and write music on the guitar, dove into his music full-time, writing constantly.

Following a conversation with close friend, and recording engineer/producer Rob Stroup from 8 Ball Studios, the idea was born to do a benefit album for Parkinson’s patients, with local musicians coming in and signing songs Barteletti had penned.

“I had just written a series of swampy, tongue-in-cheek, sad, hopeful songs.  I brought rough demos to Rob Stroup for his opinion.  As we discussed this, we came up with the idea to invite the best singers in Portland and the Northwest to each record one of my songs.  The album would be sold as a benefit, with all profits earmarked for Parkinson’s support organizations,” recalls Barteletti .

Phone calls were made.  Emails were sent.  Soon, Barteletti found Northwest musicians more than willing to participate, including Storm Large, Pete Droge, Fernando Viciconte, Ian Moore, Mike Coykendall, Casey Neill, Bart Ferguson, Steve Wilkinson, Ken DeRouchie, Rob Stroup, and even the one-time student of Barteletti at Jesuit High School, Nick  Peets.

“There are three irrefutable cold, hard facts about Parkinson’s disease: it is chronic, it is progressive, and it is incurable.  Every Parkinson’s patient hears this somber mantra upon diagnosis,” informs Barteletti. “I now understand the reality of those words more than any time since I was diagnosed seven and half years ago.”

He continues, “Over the past few years, my musical skills have diminished, but it’s as if my songwriting has been set free by the disease.  This fills me with hope and inspiration.”

Honored that so many Northwest icons were willing to participate in the making of The Shakers’ Sessions, Barteletti hopes to inspire others with the disease, educate those unfamiliar with its impact on lives, and ultimately raise money to help those living with the incurable disease.

“The collaborative goal is to bring these songs not just public artistic recognition, but more importantly to share this music to bring awareness and funding to The Brian Grant Foundation, to further their cause, and help them provide assistant to those less fortunate than me, who are also living with Parkinson’s.  My dream is to see the day when a cure can be found for this insidious, relentless disease.

But, in the mean time, I hope The Shakers’ Sessions can inspire and offer hope to others like me.  Much like it has done for me,” Barteletti says.

The result is a 12-track collection of roots-oriented, folk-pop-tinged Americana, with each guest vocalist adding their own interpretation to Barteletti’s rustic Americana songwriting style.

The track listing:
  1. Being Jesus Again – Rob Stroup
  2. Queen of Sheba – Fernando
  3. Mr. Heartache – Nick Peets
  4. Ask Me Why – Pete Droge
  5. The Box – Ian Moore
  6. Voices – Storm Large
  7. Fool that Is Me – Bart Ferguson
  8. Bird on the Wing – Steve Wilkinson
  9. Reckoning Day – Mike Coykendall
  10. Wild Woman Blues – Ken DeRouchie
  11. Under Icy Falls – Casey Neill
  12. Her Man, Her Lover, Her Friend – Rob Barteletti

The record will be available exclusively at all thirty-eight Burgerville locations starting November 15th through January 1st.

About The Brian Grant Foundation:

Established in 2010, the Brian Grant Foundation supports efforts to build awareness and education of Parkinson’s disease in order to increase earlier diagnosis, educate patients and their families, and provide a viable forum for people affected by Parkinson’s. Its mission is to be an informational and inspirational resource for a community of people to live unique and fulfilling lives with Parkinson’s disease. Recently, the Foundation launched its new website, www.poweringforward.org, designed to support newly-diagnosed Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. After playing professional basketball for 12 seasons in the NBA, Brian Grant was diagnosed in November of 2008 at age 36 with young onset Parkinson’s disease. Since, he has become an advocate and an inspiration for those living with PD.

http://www.briangrant.org

Ronnie Montrose a guitar legend.

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Ronnie Montrose‘s guitar work helped shaped the sounds of classic rock greats like Edgar Winter, but it was his band, Montrose that put him into the spotlight to showcase his many talents. With the help of Sammy Hagar on vocals, Denny Carmassi on drums, and Bill Church on bass, they made the kind of music that defines rock n roll. The band Montrose with Ronnie’s blazing guitar work inspired generations of guitar players to come. There were many bands that strived to achieve that powerful rock sound that Montrose achieved and some bands even did their own recorded versions to show just how much love they had for that music. The song Rock Candy for one is a classic rock staple for its huge drums and powerhouse electric guitar sound. The Montrose songs are some of the most loved rock n roll songs out there. Soon after, Ronnie went on to do a solo career that produced creative instrumental and inspired rock albums. He also played in the rock group Gamma. He did some music scores for video games, some amazing acoustic work at times and continued to work with all kinds of musicians in his musical quest. A few years ago, the original lineup of Montrose got together again to record a new track for Sammy Hagar’s Marching to Mars and soon after they all got together again onstage doing some encores for fun on Sammy’s solo tour. Ronnie was then sidelined by some health issues, but he was strong, got through it and is back better than ever. Rock music has missed one of its favorites and he is back to take control of the stage once again. Ronnie and his band will be playing the Aladdin Theater in Portland on September 18. It has been a while since he Rocked the Nation and we all are glad to have him back.

Ten Questions with Ronnie Montrose
By Brent Angelo

It is great to have you back playing live. How is it being back on the road?

I’d like to use the old adage, “It’s like riding a bicycle”, but it’s much heavier than that… You’ll have to see the show!

It is amazing to think that it has almost been 40 years since the first Montrose album. It would be great to see some remasters put out, maybe get to hear some bonus tracks, or even see some kind of live video from back then make it to DVD. Are there any plans to celebrate the 40th year anniversary?

Not at the present time, there simply is too much going on for all of us individually to consider it…

Your guitar work is very respected by musicians and music fans. How does it make you feel to be thought of as a guitar hero?

Honored and humbled… I’m so very comfortable in my own skin now that I have the luxury of not trying to prove anything but simply enjoy myself and play harder, more focused, and with a re-discovered ferocity…

You have always had a great rock sound. I saw at one time Big Industries made a cool Ronnie Montrose amp. Have you ever considered having a signature guitar model or maybe a Montrose pedal? That would be really cool.

I’m always working on projects such as amps and preamps with talented craftsmen and may have some sort of “signature” line soon, as a matter of fact…

When the original lineup of Montrose reunited for the recording of “Leaving the Warmth of the Womb” for Sammy Hagar’s Marching to Mars cd, how was that experience being back in the studio with all the guys?

Like we never left! Same guys joking, laughing and having fun playing music!

What was it like getting back onstage with Sammy, Denny and Bill during Sammy’s recent solo tours? That is still on my rock n roll bucket list too.

See answer to 5. 😉

Through your music career, you have played with all kinds of musicians. Is there anyone you may not have played with that would interest you to write songs with or play onstage with?

I would love to jam with my hero Jimmy Page in some sort of fashion, and would always welcome any opportunity to jam with Paul Rogers…

You have an amazing catalog of music, you have played all over the world, and after all that time with all those experiences, do you have any goals that you would still like to achieve in your music that you haven’t done yet?

Only to continue to evolve and be able to express myself more completely with any style of guitar I do… Rock, Instrumental, and Acoustic…

In the hearts of many rock fans, you and your band is one of the best. I personally as well as many others believe Montrose should be in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. There are a lot I know who would back me on this. What would it mean to you to be inducted?

A free trip to Cleveland! LOL!

So what are your musical plans after the tour? What is next for Ronnie Montrose?

More of the same right now, playing with my new band – Kevin Casey Vocals, Dan McNay Bass, and Steve Brown Drums is so satisfying and powerful that I’m extending my original plan for being out on the road…

Thanks for taking the time and sharing with your fans. You have been an important person to me and in my love of music. I wish you the best and I will speak for Portland as we all can’t wait to see you play live again. Come back soon too.

My pleasure! See you soon!

THE REEKERS ARE BACK!

THE REEKERS ARE BACK!  The “one hit wonder” band from the 1960’s (“What A Girl Can’t Do”) recently had there first single “I Can’t Believe” b/w “Don’t Call me Flyface” re-issued as a 45 r.p.m. on Mo-Shee Records (Portland, Oregon) and distributed by Mississippi Records (Portland, Oregon).  The “Meet The Reekers” CD is available on cdbaby.com.

Reekers lead guitarist, Tom Guernsey is currently living in Portland, where he is making a film about The Reekers, “The Girl From California”, with plans to re-unite the band in Portland in early 2012. Below are links for the Reekers 45 re-issue (the first of three), their one hit, and a few short clips from the film:

The Reekers: “I Can’t Believe” (2011) (“A” side of 45 rpm
reissue…filmed in Portland, OR)

Reekers “Don’t Call Me Flyface” (“B” side of 45 rpm reissue…filme
in London)

The Hangmen (The Reekers) “What A Girl Can’t Do”
(The Reekers #1 east coast hit that bumped The Beatles “We Can Work It Out”/Day Tripper” to #2)

The Reeker’s biggest fan (from the film “The Girl From California:

Reeker’s Tom G visits KBOO FM in Portland, Oregon

Outtake reel from The Reekers film, “The Girl From California” (filmed in Portland, Oregon)

Joey Lomelo passed away.

Early Saturday morning (july 30th) Joey Lomelo passed away in his sleep. Joey a metal music fixture in Portland was loved by all who knew him. He was much too young to be leaving us. Guitarist extraordinaire Joey made his Mark playing and teaching.

Notice there has been a time change

‎****TRIBUTE TO JOEY LOMELO****
Sunday, August 14th
*5 pm to 12:30 am*

BIG DADDY’S OT
10514 NE Fourth Plain Rd.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 892-5047

There will be ample opportunities for ALL who would like to share and pay their respects to Joey on open mic throughout this TRIBUTE.

Any other info about services I will post when I get it.

Joey’s Facebook Page