Tuesday October 21

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Show #215 - Devon Allman (10/13/14)
Despite his famous last name, Devon Allman has forged a path uniquely his own, beginning with his band, Honeytribe in 1999, then more recently, the Royal Southern Brotherhood, and his solo career. Now, hot on the heels of 2013’s Turquoise comes Allman’s finest work to date, Ragged & Dirty, an...
Show #214 - Ruthann Friedman (10/6/14)
Ruthann Friedman wrote “Windy,” which became a #1 smash for the Association in 1967.  With it, she became only the third woman to write a number one hit on the Billboard charts.  This led to Constant Companion, considered by many to be a great lost folk classic, released in 1970. ...
Show #213 - Davina & the Vagabonds (9/22/14)
Davina & the Vagabonds inject a fresh approach to a very classic style of music, a mix of blues & New Orleans-style jazz.  The Minneapolis band has just released a brand new record called Sunshine (read our review) , and we mean record, it is available on vinyl as well...
Show #212 - Seth Walker (9/8/14)
Singer / songwriter Seth Walker has perfected his own unique blend of blues, soul & folk over his last few records.  His eighth album, Sky Still Blue, continues in that vein, proving that people can actually still put together an entire record of good tunes.  He talks about moving to...
Show  #211 - Ken Caillat (Making Rumours) ((8/28/14)
He played a major role in shaping one of the biggest selling albums of all-time, Rumours.  Ken Caillat co-produced the classic Fleetwood Mac album with Richard Dashut.  We know the stories of how the band members were breaking up, but what about creating the songs?  Caillat gathers his recollections of...
Show #210 - Tommy James of the Shondells (8/18/14)
Tommy James of the Shondells was our very first interview on Icon Fetch.  Now, 209 shows later, he returns with an extensive talk about the stories behind some of his biggest hits: The unbelievable tale of his rise to fame with "Hanky Panky," the party classic "Mony Mony," the...

In Tony's Blog

Rockin' Orchestra - Brass Transit - the Music of Chicago (review)

Rockin’ Orchestra - Brass Transit - the Music of Chicago - 10/4/14, Schuster Performing Arts Center (review)

What happens when a cover band is actually better than the band that they’re imitating?  That is most certainly the case with Brass Transit, a Chicago tribute band that joined the Dayton Philharmonic to kick off the 5th season of their Rockin’ Orchestra series at the Schuster Center in Dayton, OH.  And imitate is not the right word, Brass Transit embodied the music of Chicago.

The band featured a stellar horn line that faithfully recreated the sophisticated arrangements of the original group (they even jumped into the crowd to solo at one point).  Guitarist Bob McAlpine showed incredible versatility, laying back for the quieter moments like "Call on Me," then firing off searing licks that captured the spirit of original fret man Terry Kath, especially on their tremendous take of “Make Me Smile.”  Drummer Paul Delong was a monster, even doing a wild drum solo during a medley of “I’m a Man” and “Free.”

The person that elevated the entire show into the stratosphere was vocalist Neil Donnell, whose multi-octave range had already graced several other Rockin’ Orchestra performances of the past.  Here, Donnell nailed everything - he was gruff on “Color My World,” soared to dizzying heights on “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” and was buoyant on “Saturday in the Park.”  His range and depth is truly unparalleled.

The band was delicate with ballads like “If You Leave Me Now,” (which sounded phenomenal with orchestral accompaniment), but managed to rock heavily on tracks like “Dialogue Parts 1&2.”  The encore of “25 or 6 to 4” was truly moving.  The typically subdued crowd was on their feet, furiously clapping along.  The band even did an original song of theirs called “Last Time This Time,” which fit right in with the classic material.  The audience was so moved that a large number of them stayed after to purchase CD's and get autographs.

I’ve seen Chicago 25 years ago, and they were nowhere near this good.  Brass Transit led a high-energy, hit-filled evening that, with or without orchestra, is a must see.  I've been to just about every performance of this Rockin' Orchestra series over the last five years - this was the best one, by far.    —Tony Peters


This Day in History

Wednesday, 21 October 1942
Happy Birthday To...

elvin bishopGuitarist Elvin Bishop, best known for his 1976 hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."  Bishop has had a long career playing mostly blues music and is known for his excellent slide guitar work.  Listen to his interview with Icon Fetch.


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Michael Bloomfield - From His Head to His Hands to His Heart from Sony LegacyMichael Bloomfield - From His Head to His Heart to His Hands (Columbia / Legacy) review

Colossally important, criminally under-appreciated - Michael Bloomfield gets his due

 

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Guitarist Mike Bloomfield may not be a household name, but every rock fan owes him a huge debt.  A new 3-CD/1-DVD “audio / visual scrapbook” From His Head to His Heart to His Hands sheds light on his incredible genius.


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