Blues on the Bridge: Binghamton’s Blues Fest

You may have read that Binghamton has been found in Gallup polls to be the most depressed city in America. Well, you wouldn’t have known it today! Or… if this is what depressed looks like, we’ll take it, thankyouverymuch. I guess all that depression makes for some great blues, and a fabulous festival! Mother Nature even seemed in a good mood, as it was all blue skies all day long. It really was a great day, and a perfect way to cap off the summer. Highlights for us included: Bob playing Frampton with his teeth (yes, his teeth!), Dana pumping up the crowd, Reverend Mo-Love-Taylor preachin’ it on Tush, Tom laying down the grooviest of grooves from start to finish, Al’s all-out passion-filled drumming, the thrill of rocking out in front of well over a thousand people in such a beautiful setting, getting asked to sign a guitar afterwards for Magic 101.7, getting so many high-fives and fist-bumps and shout-outs as we made our way through the crowd at the end, and as always, the crowd’s very enthusiastic reception of our own songs (thanks, everyone! you can buy them all on iTunes, you know!). Who knew having the blues could be this awesome… (Scroll down below the pics for a video montage of the performance.)

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Spring News: Voodoo Highway on the Radio

More radio success for Voodoo Highway! Both “Why” and “Don’t Go Lookin’ for Trouble” have continued to grace the monthly Top 10 lists at WOSR at Live365.com (and of course we’re still celebrating their inclusion in the Top 50 of 2012 countdown!). And since early April, you can hear “Bad Girl” on WOSR, every Friday from 5-6 (EST) on their “Women Who Sing The Blues” show. (See below for links to that station and several others that are currently playing our songs.) And… we just did our first ever radio interview! On WHRW, with DJ (and entertainment writer for the local paper) Chris Kocher. Link forthcoming… We also got word that “Walmart Killed Main Street” has been getting some airplay on a morning show on WHRW, and has been lighting up the switchboard with calls (all positive!). A huge thanks to Joe Gabriel at www.whrwfm.org for the airplay! And, of course, you can still hear us every Friday on Binghamton’s classic rock station WAAL 99.1-The Whale; Big Wally and LeeAnn Taylor are airing our rockin’ ad song ”50 Shades of J&R” every Friday morning as part of the station’s $50 gas-giveaway promotion. Listen on the web here, if you like.

January 2013 News

2013 is off to an amazing start for us!!!  Women of Substance Radio just came out with their top 50 Indie songs of 2012 and BOTH of our songs that they played last year made it! One in the top 20 and one in the TOP TEN!!! Of the YEAR!!! “Don’t Go Lookin’ for Trouble” was voted #18 and “Why” came in at #7. “Don’t Go Lookin'” made the monthly top 10 last fall and “Why” has been in the monthly top 10 every month that it’s been played on the station, so we knew we had a few fans, but we are over-the-moon about making it into the top songs of the year. Woo-hoooo!

You can hear their 4-hour, Top 50 Indie Countdown show several times over the next month (Jan 22-Feb 27): Every Wed., Sat., and Sun from 3-7PM (Eastern) at http://www.live365.com/stations/breenoble (see below for instructions on how to hear it on your iDevice). And of course, you can still hear “Why” every Friday on their “Women Who Sing the Blues” show.

And still more exciting news: we now actually have a song playing on Binghamton’s classic rock station WAAL 99.1-The Whale! Ok, so, it’s an advertisement–but we did write the lyrics and record it. It’s called 50 Shades of J&R, and you can hear it every Friday morning as part of the station’s $50 gas-giveaway promotion. Listen on the web here, if you like. (And a big thank you to Big Wally for collaborating with us and putting us on the air!! We love you, Wally!)

Off the Hook at On the Roxx

Our pre-Christmas gig at On the Roxx was a crrrrazy good time! It was our second gig with guest bassist Tom Westcott, and we were obviously feeling, well, groovy, and ready to party… And ended up playing several songs that were not on our set list and that we had never even rehearsed….

We hit the ground running, but things really heated up when Mo went into his red-hot rendition of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get it On. Then, soon after, during a guitar change, Tom started thumping the beat from Rapper’s Delight. Some folks in the crowd starting singing Another One Bites the Dust, which has a very similar bass line. But Dana recognized it for what it was (it’s a longtime favorite of hers) and jumped on the mic with “I said a hip, hop, hippy to the hippity hip hip a hop…”, and the rest of the band jumped right in as well. When we saw the immediate, enthusiastic crowd reaction, we ran with it, and ended up doing most of the song (well, the radio edit, anyway!) The people in the other room who had been rocking in their seats at the bar all night were suddenly up on their feet, and joined the rest of the crowd in the room where we were playing… in what looked like a fair amount of shock, to see us pulling off a rap song! Good times, people!

The crowd kept asking for “something Christmas-y”, and weren’t placated by Dana’s attempt at selling Folsom Prison as a Christmas tune (though there was some fun banter about a very, very naughty Santa!), so we finally gave ’em what they were asking for and went into an impromptu version of Feliz Navidad. The next surprise came during our jam at the end of I Shot the Sheriff. We love jamming at the end of that song, and it’s different every time, but it must be said that this time it was “more different” than ever…. The band seemed to still be in the R&B vibe from Dana’s earlier foray into rap, as the reggae jam took quite the funky turn all of a sudden. Mo realized that what we were playing was compatible with the song Poison by Bell, Biv, Devoe, and started singing it, and once again Tom was right there and all over it! But we weren’t done yet! Clearly inspired by the evening’s events, Mo next busted out with a Heavy D rap! (Somebody for Me.)  Yes, all still in the context of the I Shot the Sheriff jam. So. Much. Fun!

This blog post would not be complete without a mention of one awesome group of girls–friends of Mo’s–who were rockin’ and a-rollin’ with us all night. They brought some seriously fun energy to the gig, and we loved it!

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Back at Mickey’s

The day after Thanksgiving we returned to Mickey’s, this time with a guest drummer, Bob’s former bandmate Mitch Mitchell. Some of us had jammed with Mitch before at our “jam club” that we hold from time to time in our basement practice space, and it was a real pleasure to get to perform with him in Waverly, on his home turf. We rocked with everyone until the wee hours of the night, grooving and dancing off those mashed potatoes and gravy…. A highlight of the evening was surely when Mo made use of his cordless trombone mic and took a stroll through the crowd–it sorta felt like we had been transported to a parade down the streets of New Orleans!

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Kickin’ off Thanksgiving with our debut at the Blind Tiger

About a week before Thanksgiving we got word from the Blind Tiger that they had an opening for the night before Thanksgiving and wanted to know if we were free… we were, and were psyched to play in another new place. We knew that the stage was on the small side, and we weren’t quite sure how we were going to fit, but we were ready to find a way.

Well, that turned out to be the least of our challenges that night, as a few hours before the gig our bass player suddenly got quite ill (don’t worry–he recovered!) and told us he couldn’t do the gig. We wanted to avoid canceling at the last minute at all costs, and lo and behold–Mo tells us that he plays not only keyboards and trombone, but also bass. Really?! Ok, we say; let’s go for it! Even though we’ve *never* practiced with him on bass and we’d have to make some adjustments in the set list since we wouldn’t have keys (or trombone, lol). Hey, at least we’d have one less band member to try to fit onto the stage area!

Well it turned out that Mo not only plays bass; he plays it really well, and we had a groovy, awesome gig. People were up and dancing in front of us and all the way out in the side room, and the staff rocked out pretty hard all night as well! Toward the very end of the night, Mo’s friend Tom Westcott, the bassist from local blues band Badweather Blues, took over the bass for the last two songs and Mo sat down at the old piano that was adjacent to where we were playing, and pulled up his microphone to it, and so we actually had keys for a couple of songs (Pride and Joy and Mojo).

We had a great time, and can’t wait to go back. (Hopefully, we’ll get some pictures next time.) A big thanks to Maria and everyone at the Blind Tiger!

November News

We’re number 1.. again! Last month we told you that our song ”Don’t Go Lookin’ for Trouble” had been voted the top blues song of the month by listeners of WOSR (an internet radio station at Live365.com); now we are just as thrilled to report that our second song that they are playing–”Why”–has been voted the top blues song! And it was number 5 on the Top 10 songs across all genres played throughout the month on the station. And three more stations at Live365 are also currently playing our songs (Blues City Radio, Boogie ‘N Blues Radio, and Blues Train–which broadcasts out of England on FM radio as well). Woo hoo! And you can say you knew us way back when ;-)

Of course, you can also come hear us live, and we hope you will! Next up are two Thanksgiving gigs: the Blind Tiger (Johnson City, NY) the Wednesday before and Mickey’s (Waverly, NY) the Friday after. Come kick off the holiday season with us, at either or both places! After that, we’ll be at Jonathan’s (in Endicott, NY) on December 14, and then three more gigs coming up later in December. As always, check the Tour Dates page for details on all our gigs.

To hear our music on internet radio: “Why” will be on Women of Substance Radio every Friday for at least the next few months between 5-6pm (Eastern), as part of a show called “Women Who Sing the Blues”. To listen to Women of Substance Radio on your iPhone/iPad/iPod, download the (free!) Live365 Radio app, then search for Women of Substance Radio once you’re inside the app. Please check it out, and give our song a thumbs up when it plays, to help us make it into the weekly top 10! You can find the blues stations by searching for them by name (or just search for “blues”–they’ll all come up on the first page) on the Live365 app or at Live365.com. They don’t publish their playlists in advance, so we can’t tell you exactly when we’ll be on, but they do have great music on all the time. Remember to give our songs a thumbs up if/when you hear them!

Halloween Party at Gallagher’s

There’s a great new bar in town, and it’s Gallagher’s. Ok, so it’s not *that* new, but it’s new to us, and it’s a very nice place! Delicious food, great atmosphere, wonderful staff, and lots of live music. And it was definitely rockin’ on the Saturday before Halloween….

The whole place was done up for Halloween, so you couldn’t help but be in the party mood when you set foot in the door. Actually, as soon as you even got to the door. (See pictures below for the cool decor.) And as the night continued to wear on, more and more party-people-in-costume filed in until the place was full of pirates, tigers, an alien Marilyn Monroe, 80s hair band rockers, and more. At our set break the staff announced the winners of the house costume contest, and our very own Mo Taylor won an award for his Chef costume.

We loved the music-loving crowd and can’t wait to go back again! Thanks, Heather, and everyone at Gallagher’s!

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We’re Number 1!

We’re number 1! No, really, we are! We are thrilled to report that our song “Don’t Go Lookin’ for Trouble” was voted the top blues song of the month by listeners of WOSR (an internet radio station at Live365.com). In fact, it was number 3 on the Top 10 songs across all genres played throughout the month on the station. Woo hoo! You can check out all of the Top 10 songs here. WOSR is now playing another song of ours (“Why”), and three more radio stations have picked up our music this month: Blues City Radio, Boogie ‘N Blues Radio, and Blues Train. All three stations can be accessed at Live365.com, and Blues Train broadcasts out of England on FM radio as well.

To hear our music on internet radio: “Why” will be on Women of Substance Radio every Friday for at least the next few months between 5-6pm (Eastern), as part of a show called “Women Who Sing the Blues”. To listen to Women of Substance Radio on your iPhone/iPad/iPod, download the (free!) Live365 Radio app, then search for Women of Substance Radio once you’re inside the app. Please check it out, and give our song a thumbs up when it plays, to help us make it into the weekly top 10! You can find the blues stations by searching for them by name (or just search for “blues”–they’ll all come up on the first page) on the Live365 app or at Live365.com. They don’t publish their playlists in advance, so we can’t tell you exactly when we’ll be on, but they do have great music on all the time. Remember to give our songs a thumbs up if/when you hear them!

Rockin’ Cubestock

Cubestock is a multi-band charity event that we’ve played every year for the last 4 years. It’s always a great time, and the proceeds go to a different charity every year. This year it was the Alzheimer’s Association (Central NY chapter).

We weren’t sure if people would want to dance or not (sometimes they do, and sometimes they’re more into listening), so we had a flexible set list mapped out (if the crowd is dancing, choose a song from column A; if not, choose one from column B…). Well, we needn’t have bothered with column B! From the first song of our set to the last, it was definitely a full-blown, multi-generational dance party, and we loved it. Our only regret was that Mo wasn’t able to join us (darned B-Sens hockey game schedule!), but… maybe next year.

In any case, a big thanks to the organizers and to all of the attendees, and the staff at Endwell Greens, as well as to the other bands who played that night (Swagger, Nova City, and Pawn Shop)—it was a pleasure sharing the stage with you!

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