Friday, December 14, 2018

Rudy and Garry From The Guess Who

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The Guess Who is responsible for countless rock classics, which still retain a major presence on rock radio - “American Woman,” “No Time,” “These Eyes,” etc. The band is set to return on September 14th with their latest album, ‘The Future IS What It Used To Be’, released via Cleopatra Records (available in CD, Vinyl, and Digital formats).

The band is Garry Peterson (Drums, Vocals), D# (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Will E. (Guitar, Harp, Vocals), Leonard Shaw (Keyboards, Flute, Sax, Vocals), and Rudy Sarzo (Bass, Vocals). The album’s first single, ‘Playin’ on the Radio’, will be released on July 17th. It can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services. Also featured on the album are several special guests including, Tommy Shaw (Styx) on vocals, Brent Fitz (Slash, Gene Simmons) percussion, Jim Kale (Guess Who founding member) and Michael Devin (Whitesnake) on bass guitar.

“The song is a celebration of the radio and what it meant to us all.”, explains D#. “Whenever a new great song hit the airwaves, the DJ would say a few words then off to the races! You’d tune in just to hear it over and over again. The character in the song could be any one of us as we move ahead in life. Great music has the innate power to transport you back to so many great memories in an instant. Music is healing. I see it AND feel it every single night in our audience.”

A music video for the track has been filmed (directed by Nigel Dick and shot in Las Vegas), and the song can be pre-ordered on iTunes. The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfCVd1c4XvA

"I love what I do, and I love trains and I love rock n' roll,” explains Nigel about the video. “So, I was honored to be asked to shoot The Guess Who. And when they told me they were available for a day in Vegas and by chance I stumbled on this wonderful rail-yard full of old engines just up the road from the strip - I was in heaven - and up to my axles in dust! It was a perfect day.”

And the band is pleased with the results. “My very first music video…who knew?!” says Garry. “Having the privilege of working with the legendary Nigel Dick, took me back to growing up in an era where music videos told a creative visual story that I always looked forward to seeing by my favorite artists,” adds Will. “This track was no exception, adding a colorful, action packed sequence to a great story.”

Garry Peterson: “I never dreamed that I would get a chance to record an album, after 40 years, in the same way, and with the same recording gear that we used in the 60s and 70s. This was truly a blessing for me and a humbling, cathartic experience for my musical soul. Thank you to all my bandmates, and everyone who helped make it a reality. I hope our fans enjoy it as much as I do.”

D#: “This all started when I wrote ‘Playing on the Radio’. Lyrically and musically, these songs are the soundtrack to my journey with The Guess Who over the last 10 years. This record was a joy and an honor to create. As version 3.0 of this iconic band, we had our work cut out for us. The challenge in this type of situation is always to be true to the heartroots of the original blueprint, as well as being able to journey onwards into an inspired future, incorporating the new energies that we bring to the experience, as you do in any family, generation after generation. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as we did.”

Will E: “I am honored to be a part of this chapter of The Guess Who. We specifically wrote and arranged the music to reflect what people have always loved about the band; great songs with big vocal driven choruses. We accomplished our own sound while maintaining the classic nature that makes The Guess Who an iconic band.”

Rudy Sarzo: “The Guess Who is part of the soundtrack of my life. It’s truly an honor to have performed on the new record. And I’m already looking forward to the next one.”

Leonard Shaw: “It has been quite the trip since I joined the Guess Who 25 years ago, but I am stoked about our new recording of original songs! These songs are fun to play live, and people are digging them!”

And soon, fans will be able to hear the latest work from this legendary band, upon the arrival of the rocking and inspired ‘The Future IS What It Used To Be.’

Judith Hill And Livi Zheng

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Judith Hill – a fan-favorite top finalist from NBC’s “The Voice” -- is a Grammy Award-winning vocalist who sang back-up for artists such as Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and she stars in the acclaimed documentary 20 Feet from Stardomwhich profiles the back-up singers behind the greatest musical legends of the 20th century.  When it came time to find a distinctive sound for her new album, she encountered Nyoman Wenten, an Indonesian composer whose style of Balinese music, known as gamelan, is fading in popularity from his home country.  The two decide to collaborate, blending classic funk with traditional gamelan and their partnership is profiled in the new movie Bali: Beats of Paradise

Tom Stephen

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You want a polite, modest, bland and bleach-y clean biography of a Canadian icon?
This is not it.
You want fist fights, groupies, drugs, drink and trashed hotel rooms (not unlike
the film Road House, in which the band starred), set to the soundtrack of a smoking
hot rock trio fronted by a once-in-a-lifetime guitarist and featuring an all-star
cast, including Bon Jovi, Bill Clinton and two Beatles? Did I mention the book
begins with a blind man driving a tour bus on an icy I-95? Then this is the book for
you.
That said, The Best Seat in the House: My Life in the Jeff Healey Band, by drummer/co-
manager Tom Stephen, is a respectful book. Despite recent acrimony with Healey’s
estate, Stephen clearly loves the man, the music and the memories, and is on an
evangelical mission to get the Toronto guitar god into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.
Who was Jeff Healey? If you even need to ask, then you definitely need to read this
book. A towering, charismatic, blind guitarist who played a unique style of guitar, he
made his mark playing blues-based roadhouse rock, selling a combined three
million copies worldwide of his debut album, 1988’s See the Light and the 1989
soundtrack to Road House (in which Healey co-starred). His biggest hit single was
the John Hiatt ballad “Angel Eyes,” which barely scratched the surface of the depth
of his talent. As a Hendrixian guitarist—with all the virtuosity, curiosity and
eclecticism that comparison implies—he had no shortage of famous fans: Stevie
Ray Vaughn, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Albert Collins, Dr. John, Slash, Jimmy
Iovine, Patrick Swayze, ZZ Top. “You’re a muthafucka,” Chuck Berry once told
Healey after the Toronto trio backed up the rock’n’roll originator. James Brown had
similarly profane praise: “Jeff, you’re one motherfucker of a guitar player and your
band’s cool, too.”
Jeff Healey knew he was brilliant. He wasn’t a modest Canadian, and he wasn’t a fool.
It can be argued, however, that it might be somewhat foolish to piss off rock gods
Keith Richards, Mark Knopfler, Bob Dylan, industry legend Ahmet Ertegun and
even George Harrison. They all encountered what could easily be construed as the
arrogance of the young Canadian hotshot, when really the strong-willed Healey just
thought he was doing what was best for him and the band. And despite everyone in
the biz telling Healey almost nightly to ditch his rhythm section—which happened
to feature his co-manager, Tom Stephen, on drums—the guitarist stayed true to the
trio who drove through blizzards with him and came to his instant defence in
more than one rowdy roadhouse brawl.
There were lots of fights on the way up. And the way down: physical altercations
with patrons, with record execs, with Stevie Ray Vaughn’s manager—but never with
each other. Tom Stephen was the pushy manager who dared to pull double duty
as a musician; an industry no-no, as everyone in the industry told him time and time

again. Maybe they were right: it’s hard to be the disciplinary enforcer in the band
when you were drinking until dawn with the rest of them on the night before the
morning after. (On one such rough morning, Stephen got a “tut-tut” from none other
than Ringo Starr.)
Stephen’s chutzpah in the mid-’80s led him to show up cold in New York City,
hoping to run into fellow Canadian Paul Shaffer and be introduced to someone who
could get Healey a record deal. Days later, he left NYC with a nine-album deal from
Clive Davis of Arista. Stephen had street smarts he learned growing up in Saint
John, New Brunswick, where many of his classmates ended up in a local jail where
the Jeff Healey Band played a gig years later. One of his classmates died in prison
after murdering four people, including two Hells Angels. Today, Stephen is no
tough guy, however; the wisdom of age allows him to fully admit when he was a
total asshole, and his memoir is remarkably candid and self-aware.
The Jeff Healey Band didn’t end well: they became estranged as Healey moved on
from rock’n’roll in the 2000s, and devoted himself to playing the kind of early jazz
that was always closest to his heart; he’d been collecting old 78-rpm records since
he was a kid. Things eventually got so bad between the original trio that Stephen
was disinvited from Healey’s funeral in 2008; Healey died of cancer at age 41.
Facing his own health concerns now, Stephen is worried that Jeff Healey’s musical
genius is in danger of being forgotten, and this warts-and-all, page-turner of a
portrait is destined to secure his legacy. The time for bitterness and bad blood is
over, and now the full story has been told by the man who had the Best Seat in the
House.
Michael Barclay is the author of The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie
and the Tragically Hip

Thursday, December 13, 2018

David Rasche

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David Rasche began at as a member of the cast of Chicago's Second City, and has worked frequently on Broadway, and Off-Broadway, most recently in Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth" at Theater for a New Audience in Brooklyn, and in the musical of Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage, directed by James Lapine.
Film credits include: Burn After Reading, United 93, In the Loop, Just Married, That Old Feeling, Men in Black III, Delirious and Manhattan. On TV, he played the title role in Sledge Hammer!, and has appeared in episodic shows from Miami Vice to Madame Secretary to, this season, Veep and Succession, both on HBO. He is scheduled soon to perform his one man cabaret show, Half an Evening with David Rasche.
David is currently starring in the series Malibu Dan ... The Family Man with Cheryl Ladd and David AR White (seen on Pure Flix streaming). He is starring in the upcoming film SWALLOW with Elizabeth Marvel.
But his best remembered role is the lead in the police comedy spoof series Sledge Hammer! which was used to guide police officers on how NOT to do their jobs.

Roger Earl

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Rock n’ Roll, Blues and a dash of Country are being served “Shaken & Stirred” in the latest release by the ‘Earl and the Agitators All Star Band’. “Shaken & Stirred” (a follow-up to their 2016 self-titled EP) will be released on Friday, October 26th, 2018. Earl & the Agitators is the brain child of Foghat founding member/drummer Roger Earl, singer/guitarist extraordinaire Scott Holt (former 10-year Buddy Guy alum) and Foghat lead/slide guitarist Bryan Bassett. Rounding out the line-up for the live bonus tracks are Foghat bassist Rodney O’Quinn, guitarist Tony Bullard and percussionist Mark Petrocelli.

 A pre-order and stream of the album is available here: http://smarturl.it/listenEATA

“This band was born out of a passion for American Music,” explains Roger. “Rock, Blues & Country. Scott Holt, who played with Buddy Guy, one of my musical heroes, for many years, channels this music with a joy and mastery of a seasoned pro. With his fireballing guitar and soulful vocals, we had a blast writing and recording!  And since we are all big Johnny Cash fans we also included a couple of his songs for fun. I love making music with Scott!”.

“So, you're in a band and you have some friends that are in another band,” adds Scott. “You get together and hang out, writing and recording music. You share a love for old rock n’ roll, blues and country, so you jam on a Tommy Tucker tune and even take a swing at a Johnny Cash cut from the Sun Records days. You're having so much fun that you give it a name and even take it onstage! The recipe is simple; take your Chess and Sun 45's, throw them in a blender with a dollop of thundering drums, thumping bass and searing electric guitars...I'm pretty sure that's the recipe for rock n’ roll!”

Bryan also realized that EATA were on to something special, straight away. “Over the years of playing professionally I have come to recognize and appreciate musical chemistry. When you meet someone that you just hit it off with, both as a friend and as a musical collaborator, special things happen. And so it was when I met Scott Holt. Our instant chemistry for writing songs and the way we just naturally blended as guitar players lead to us having many tracks recorded for no other reason than we loved writing, playing and recording together. Roger and I have been comrades in arms for many years and now we had all these songs recorded and ready to go. That left us with a conundrum...what do we do with them? Well what we did was come up with a *fun name, ‘Earl and the Agitators’ and we decided to put the songs out there so our friends and fans could listen, and I hope like what we've come up with. It certainly was a great musical experience for Rog, Scott and I and all our fellow collaborating ‘Earls’.”

Brian Tichy

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Tell it like it is.  When you love Christmas and the music that shapes so many memories you do all you can to participate with the celebration.  One of Rock's greatest drummers knows his way to the North Pole.  He takes Classic Rock fans and their families on a hard guitar sleigh ride through every atmosphere showcases.  Brian breaks down the songs while putting focus on the other sides of his creative life and style.

Albert Lin

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National Geographic’s critically acclaimed documentary series EXPLORER has returned with all new episodes every Monday night at 10/9c. Albert Lin is very literally a high-tech explorer and correspondent for National Geographic EXPLORER.  Having become part-man, part-machine due to the recent addition of a high-tech prosthetic leg, Lin explores what he calls the “human frontier.” 

We know that there would be no life on earth without plants … they provide food, clothing, shelter, medicine, fuels, air and water.  But what might surprise you is that new research has revealed trees can talk to each other. Correspondent Albert Lin has gone to great heights – in the wilds of British Columbia - to get to the root of this amazing phenomenon.


Getting to Mars will be hell on your body. In deep space, human muscles break down, brains swell, and there are limited protections against radiation bombardment. But if humans can take a cue from the fat-tailed dwarf lemur and hibernate for the nine-month journey, we’d not only survive long trips into deep space—we’d thrive. Explorer joins astronauts, medical researchers, and a colony of bug-eyed lemurs to unlock the human potential for deep space torpor.