11/6/19

Rick Derringer and Joy Behar Videos!

One of the amazing benefits of my job (which includes helping artists keep their music heard by the masses) is that I can work with classic artists that I’ve admired for many years.  Rick Derringer and his first wife Liz were instrumental in getting my career off the ground in New York City 30-plus years ago.

If you’re a fan of an artist, let them influence you in many ways.  Rick taught me the value of being yourself, and learning about yourself, and how much happier it makes you, and keeps you going, professionally. The profound example he used in a big interview we did was of 1980s' superstar Michael Jackson, "50 million people love and 50 million can't stand him."

He worked with Joy Behar, whose speaking voice was loved and hated by millions.  Therefore she turned it into millions as an interviewer with a sense of humor.  Early on, she and Rick collaborated on camera for a cable TV show, Way Off Broadway.  The show, which found its way into music biz gossip columns, was taped in New York City, between 1987-1988, and seen on cable TV throughout the United States.

As of now, here are all the links that have recently resurfaced on the Internet.  

With Meatloaf 


Rick backs Robbie Dupree on his hit "Steal Away."


Rick and superstar guitarist Larry Carlton


Rick and his longtime bandmate/partner-in-crime, Edgar Winter


"Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo"


and "Hang on Sloopy"
Rick and the New McCoys make their U.S. debut at Terra Fermata, in Stuart, Florida on
November 13, at 7 PM.  For more info: https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/349413







10/29/19

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius' New Single "Impostor"


Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ new single, IMPOSTOR, is out and available for the fans on all digital music platforms—stores and streaming media through Melodic Revolution Records. The group premiered the song at ProgStock Festival this October.

IMPOSTOR is also the first song recorded for the band’s upcoming album.

Produced and written by Joe Deninzon, the 8-minute prog recording IMPOSTOR features virtuosity from Joe’s violin, and his bandmates –bassist Paul Ranieri, drummer Jason Gianni, and guitarist Michelangelo Quirinale.  It was engineered by Joe's longtime engineer Rave Tesar, mixed and mastered by Rich Mouser, with special guests Bill Hubauer (Neal Morse Band) & Randy McStine (The Fringe, Stu Hamm, Robben Ford).

The song addresses the Impostor Syndrome, as it applies to all the wrong people having too much confidence and those who need more having not enough. Lyrics about power, celebrity, success, and self-doubt. 

Joe says IMPOSTOR is based on conversations he’s had with many other friends that are actively working in the music world.  “A few years ago, a friend. who is a very successful musician and writer, confessed that she often feels like an impostor, like sooner or later everyone will figure out that she’s actually a fraud. I realized that I had felt this way many times in my life. After some research, I learned that this is called “impostor syndrome” and is common among many people around the world.”

Joe Deninzon has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin,” the group have showcased their “frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world. Their latest album, GUILTY OF INNOCENCE hit number 4 on the Relix/Jamband radio charts, 72 on the European Indy charts. Fresh off the main stage at ProgStock, Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius is a favorite of music festivals and colleges.  Their music has received over 3 million plays online, and the band’s opened for John5, Gary Hoey, Martin Barre, The Levin Brothers (Tony and Pete), Tim ReynoldsMickey Hart, and John Scofield… Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and was named “Best Jam Band” in the Musician’s Atlas Independent Music Awards.

10/6/19

Carmine Appice Remembers His Friend Ginger Baker


Carmine Appice and Ginger Baker, along with the Who’s Keith Moon and Jimi Hendrix’s Mitch Mitchell, pioneered hard rock drumming.  Carmine feels that Ginger's influence is everywhere.

"I admired Ginger's drumming because he combined technical skills, with a jazz feel and innovating double bass drum patterns. He could pretty much play anything in the jazz, rock or afro arenas. His influence is tremendous and it is everywhere. We became friends in 1967 when Cream and Vanilla Fudge toured together, we toured again in later years and Ginger and I also did drum clinics together. Ginger was always the wildest guy on the tour and although he could be quite prickly, we had some mighty good times.

It saddens me that so many of my early contemporaries are gone -Keith, Mitch, and now Ginger. I believe we were four that pioneered the underground rock music movement. Everything was new, including the drumming which combined elements of old and new, and gave birth to the hard rock, progressive and psychedelic genres. God bless you, Ginger. RIP."
-Carmine Appice


PHOTO from Guitar Center's Rockwalk Hall of Fame induction. Carmine, Ginger and Alex Van Halen. 1991. Also inducted that day: Buddy Rich, Keith Moon, John Bonham.


9/26/19

Leslie Gold On The Art of Persuasion In Public, OnLine, and in Print

Public Speaker Leslie Gold shares success secrets about persuasive speaking in the mass media with two podcasts now. Leslie also appears on the cover of Pat Altvater’s SOAR TO SUCCESS magazine and in her podcast. A good go-to-link for both is https://soartosuccess.eliteexpertsnetwork.com/.

Also, listen to Jessica Lorimer’s SMART LEADERS SELL’s podcast. The episode “SLS231 Six Figure Success Series with Leslie Gold” at at http://bit.ly/SmartLeadersSellPodcast. 


“It’s my mission to demystify the concept of persuasive speaking,” says Leslie.   

A Harvard Business School graduate, Leslie's story is that of a successful female entrepreneur in male dominated industries (construction, radio, TV, real estate...)  Known as "The Radiochick," Leslie built an army of over 1 million rabid followers in her decade-plus on the air in New York City.  Upon being fired from her on-air position, her devoted listeners mobilized, sending 10,000 letters to her employer, CBS Radio, demanding that she be re-hired...which she was.  In her prior life, as a 26-year old CEO of a 165-employee window manufacturing company, she defeated a union organizing effort with a story and negotiated terms from her suppliers unprecedented in her industry.  Now she is giving back by sharing her secrets--most notably as a public speaker. 

Podcast host Jessica Lorimer’s mission is “Wealthy Women will change the world.”  Leading a movement for female business owners, who are ready to make a huge impact, her goal is to teach them to ethically generate huge income for their bank accounts.  Her brand, “Smart Leaders Sell” is a book and a business.  Formed in 2014, it rocketed to a multi-six figure coaching and consultancy business in less than 3 years. Ms. Lorimer teaches her simple “three step sales system” to entrepreneurs who want to learn to sell as individuals with integrity and helps them rapidly skyrocket their sales success and profit margins.

LeslieGoldSpeaker.com 

9/25/19

Dean Friedman East Coast Tour October-November


Recording-artist, Dean Friedman, embarks on a 14 city east-coast tour of the US, kicking off Sat. Oct. 5th at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, Long Island, NY (co-bill w/John Batdorf), as well as providing support for the Steven Page Trio (founding member of Barenaked Ladies) as "special guest' on a dozen dates of the east-coast leg of Steven Pages’ US tour. 

            American recording artist, Dean Friedman, best known to US audiences for his chart hit, "Ariel" and the Barenaked Ladies’ cover of "McDonald’s Girl"; and to UK & Ireland audiences for those songs and other classic hits, "Lucky Stars," "Lydia." "Woman of Mine," will be playing 14 dates in October/November. The tour includes a headline concert at Randy’s ManCave in Bordentown, NJ, Oct. 25th , a co-bill with John Batdorf at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY, Oct 5th, and a dozen dates as "special guest" on the east-coast leg of  Barenaked Ladies’ co-founder, Steven Page’s, US tour.  

            Friedman’s connection to Steven Page and Barenaked Ladies dates back to the early 1990’s when Barenaked Ladies recorded a cover of Friedman’s song, "McDonald’s Girl." which garnered significant radio airplay on CFNY in Toronto, becoming one of Barenaked Ladies’ first radio hits. Later in the 1990’s Steven Page sang background vocals on Friedman’s critically acclaimed album, "Songs for Grownups."

            Dean Friedman will be performing the following dates solo (*), as a co-bill w/ John Batdorf (+) and as ‘special guest’ opener (#) with the Steven Page Trio on the following dates:
·         October 5       Roslyn, NY  My Father’s Place +
·         October 7       Atlanta, GA  City Winery #
·         October 9       Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall  #
·         October 10     Fort Lauderdale, FL  Amaturo Theatre @ Broward Center  #
·         October 11     Ponte Vedra Beach, FL   Ponte Vedra Concert Hall  #
·         October 12     Charlotte, NC   Blumenthal Performing Arts Center  #
·         October 14     Annapolis, MD   Ramshead On Stage  #
·         October 15     Kent, OH   The Kent Stage  #
·         October 25     Bordentown, NJ  Randy’s ManCave *
·         November 1   Niagara Falls, NY   Rapids Theatre  #
·         November 2   Tabor, NJ   At The Tabernacle  #
·         November 3   Washington, DC  City Winery  #
·         November 5   Philadelphia, PA   City Winery  #
·         November 6   Bethlehem, PA   Musikfest Café  #

DeanFriedman’s full tour itinerary, including the Steven Page Trio dates, as well as Friedman’s solo dates, can be found at www.DeanFriedman.com.

Steven Page Trio’s full US tour itinerary, as well as TICKET ORDER links, can be found at www.StevenPage.com. 

Pioneering British Blues-Rock Band, The Yardbirds, October 2019

October 10 in Rockville, MD and October 13 in Riverhead, NY
The Yardbirds, the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the 1960s, the band that brought the world Eric Clapton in 1963, Jeff Beck in 1965 and Jimmy Page in 1966 (who played in the band with Beck for four months), the band that continues to inspire artists worldwide, will perform two dates in October starting October 10 in Rockville, MD.

The current  lineup includes critically-acclaimed original drummer/composer Jim McCarty, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist John Idan, whose tenure with the band began in 1992, bassist Kenny Aaronson, who’s lent his considerable talents to Billy Idol, Joan Jett and Hall and Oates over the years, lead guitarist Godfrey Townsend, an amazing player who has performed with numerous rock luminaries including John Entwistle and Jack Bruce and Myke Scavone, ( who is also lead singer in The Doughboys) on harp, percussion and backing vocals.

Known as much for their strict allegiance to the blues as for their international chart-topping hit “For Your Love,” The Yardbirds have never lost their drive and jet-propelled beat, due mainly to Mr. McCarty. Their “Train Kept A’ Rollin’” inspired Aerosmith to tackle the same song. Their early forays into heavy rock inspired Page to form his own band, originally named The New Yardbirds, but ultimately named Led Zeppelin.

The Yardbirds, electrifying, eclectic and way ahead of their time, melded heavy rock, wild jams, the blues, and an improvisatory feel, and continue to influence generations of bands and artists. Go to a Yardbirds show and you'll find crowds filled with 20-somethings to baby boomers all thrilling to this band's legendary power.  Watching The Yardbirds in action is experiencing rock’n’roll history.

In addition, Jim McCarty will be the special guest of Renaissance’s 50th Anniversary performance at the Keswick in Glenside, PA, on the 12th of October. McCarty co-founded the group, and—initially—hired Annie Haslam as the group evolved into an all new lineup.

The Yardbirds 2019 Tour Schedule:
October 10 – Robert E. Parilla PAC – Rockville, MD http://mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/reppac/yardbirds/
October 13 – Suffolk Theater – Riverhead, NY http://www.suffolktheater.com/event/066ee961676dd8f912704bd1b0047e78


9/13/19

Fall Songs from Soul Moves Music

Meet Josh Lewis, who fronts Anita Squeeze. They've got great hard rock sound with influences of the Black Crowes and Rolling Stones.  Josh's yearning tenor reminds me of Axl Rose.  I heard ZZ Top-style guitars on his song THROW ME A LINE.  It's about the loss of a father, and how his "ocean of tears lead me to dry land... Throw me a line." 



Phoebe Legere is touring, writing songs, and teaching children at her Foundation for New American Art. Earlier this year her children's chorus performed songs created in New York City's Lower East Side from the days that Native Americans ruled Manhattan till now, with a rewrite of a Ramones' hit!
This versatile songwriter's LOCAL WINE has delicious double-entendres like “wrap myself around you like a grapevine,” This is the New York version of the song.  We'd love to personalize it for you.





Rebecca and "Kathy Mattea" rhyme!
 Rebecca Loebe loved her debut on Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV.  In addition to Rebecca, featured performers were Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, and Kacy & Clayton.  This broadcast was hosted by Kathy Mattea.

Rebecca's comforting song, GHOSTS has a great lyric, "Give up the ghosts, at least the ones you love the most--they'll never hold you as close." Her friends and mine, Darin and Denby at Blue Corn Music are administering the songs on her latest album, also called GHOSTS! 832-649-7147, denby@bluecornmusic.com, daria@bluecornmusic.com   



Dean Friedman and John Batdorf perform at the legendary MY FATHER'S PLACE on Oct. 5.  He is the "special guest" for the Steven Page Trio on select dates in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey.  Steven was in Barenaked Ladies, who covered Dean's "McDonald's Girl," a teen idol song from the point of view of a 15-year old baseball player to an "angel in polyester" working at McDonalds. The song was also used in a McDonalds' commercial.   

One of my instrumentalists, Joe Olnick has a new fusion album, IGUANA is available for syncs.  "Don's Theme" features his electric guitar in a thoughtful vibe similar to Pink Floyd, Alex Skolnick, Kyuss.


Listen to Rob Bonfiglio's WARM LOVING CHRISTMAS.  He's one of Brian Wilson and Carnie Wilson’s long time musical partners.  Wilson Phillips also recorded this song with all the imagery of mistletoe and writing our names in the snow!  


We just got word that my partner Karen Besbeck has a song, HIGH LOVE will be in Netflix's "Sweet Magnolias" in 2020!  Yay!  It's like Kelly Clarkson updating Dottie West's "Country Sunshine."

BEHIND THE CURTAIN by Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius is knocking it out of the ballpark.  It's an aggressive rock song about deception OR transparency and lack of.  Uses “Wizard of Oz” keywords, especially “Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain.” Joe and his band Jason Gianni-drums (The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages, Neil Morse Band), Michaelangelo Quirinale-guitar (Thrilldriver), and Paul Ranieri-bass (Mark Wood, Circuline, Rock This Town) have been streamed 3 million plus times on social media.

ProgStock is happening in Rahway, NJ on Columbus Weekend, along with Jane Getter, Robert Berry, Nektar, Rachel Flowers, and Saga.  Saga's leadsinger Michael Sadler was blown away by electric violinist Joe Deninzon at late night showcase at ProgStock last year. said, "I never heard someone approach the instrument that way. Reinventing the way you look at the violin. It’s taking a traditional instrument, and doing your way."


Joe Deninzon and I co-wrote "The Greatest Lives" about what Muhammad Ali would want us to know.  It's going to be on an album by South Africa's Thembeka Mnguni.  Look for a US release on sports radio Jan. 17, 2020.  Thembeka is a superheroine version of Etta James and Cissy Houston combined.  




FAIR WEATHER by Gary Lucas & Jann Klose is a fingerpicking guitar blueser about dealing with psychopathic "friends." Gary has a number of film score performances including “Dracula Vs. Frankenstein” at the Chutzpah! Festival, in Vancouver on Oct. 30  and the 1931 Spanish-language “Dracula” in Mexico on Nov. 2 and 3.  More dates at GaryLucas.com. Jann's vocals was described recently by No Depression as a "Folk version of Sam Cooke!" He opens for the Yardbirds on October 10 in Rockville, MD, has a song in the upcoming movie, MARRIED YOUNG, and sings Gandhi's words in the soundtrack of ONE LITTLE FINGER. Email me for ONE LITTLE FINGER. Visit http://www.theyardbirds.com/tour.html.



NEVER TAKE LOVE FOR GRANTED by the warm folk singer Dan Berggren is one of my favorite Christmas songs with the hook, “You’ll never take love for granted if you always give love in return.”  


9/10/19

"Iguana," the new album by Joe Olnick


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Avant fusionist available for all media
Joe Olnick’s new avant-fusion album, IGUANA is out, and available on every major streaming/download platform online in the world: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon, Google, CD Baby. Look for the album on Bandcamp, plus CDs through CDBaby. Here's the SmartUrl: http://smarturl.it/4a8362   
The media is giving a thumbs up to IGUANA, which is Joe’s 7th album.  

Jeff Collins, host of Hard Rock Hell’s radio show, The Rock Jukebox” calls IGUANA “one of the best of the year!  a magnificent album!” KOCF Eugene, Oregon’s Andy Goldfinger says Joe’s album has “that feel of cool. It crosses the boundaries of genre and lets the listener just feel the music." Vents Magazine’s Steve Kinrade offers an eclectic comparison in his review of the album, mentioning its range from musical styles from Yes, Ian Dury, James Brown to an obscure British singer-songwriter named Peter Greenwood. He writes that the album is “worth a thorough investigation.”

Olnick, and bandmates—bassist Jamie Aston and drummer Stew Bradley are performing live, "Our live shows have become a really cool multimedia experience, with custom videos being projected during most of the show. And our concerts have always expanded on themes from the recordings, using exciting improvisational techniques that come from playing for many years. Every concert is unique, and a lot of fun.”   

Along with the album release, the group's second track is “Don’s Theme,” an introspective instrumental based on the Iguana (from the album cover) walking into the room in a slow and thoughtful way.  

Designed by artist Ron Good (of the horror series, God-Awful Comics), the album art tells the story of a misunderstood iguana named Don, who struggles to find his own hot rock to rest on. Joe says there are parallels of the animal’s life and his career, as it’s a struggle to find support for creating original, instrumental music!     

Joe calls his music “avant-jam” and fusion like Medeski, Martin & Wood and New Mastersounds. In addition to guitar, Joe plays sax and bass, plus works as a recording engineer. In 2012, he released his first CD, and continued self-producing with albums from ambient to jazz/rock genres.  

 

FYC "Mothers Space"

Best Metal Performance AND Best Rock Song

Carmine Appice
Featuring Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

(Song written by Carmine, Kelly Keeling, Tony Franklin)
Appears on Carmine's GUITAR ZEUS

"such a cool groove, even with all the powerhouse jamming" says Music Street Journal

"a huge bottom end will give your woofers a workout, and Thal's guitar work is just so impressive" writes Sea of Tranquility

MOTHERS SPACE  
By Kelly Keeling, Carmine Appice, Tony Franklin

VERSE I
We’re dodging all the raking 
Of thunder and lightning,
Designing in our path by our
Winters so cold

Everyone it seems should be
Given sign language
Some form of code
Not getting through
Waiting on you. 

VERSE II
We know you’re listening to Mother’s Space.
How much longer?
Longer in this zone and being in this rat race
What on earth are we preparing for
Contemplated
Running our space
Too little too late

VERSE III
Thanks for all the rescue
And saving our lives
Poisoning we’ve done to
The ground and skies   

SOLO

Something’s gonna break
I believe that it timely
Mother earth
How can we go on
Blue we’re counting on you
We’re not getting through 
Depending on you

Don’t look away
Mothers space
Mothers space Answer Mothers Space 
Are we too late  Answer Are we too late

Copyright 2018 by Carmine Appice, Tony Franklin, Kelly Keeling, All Rights Reserved

8/12/19

Soul Moves Music Holiday Songs

Very active summer with new jamband fusion music coming in from Joe Olnick, a TBA film placement with my music director Roberta Piket.  Phoebe Legere playing the Congres Mondial Acadien, in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia's Coal Fuel Festival.  She is finishing a collaboration with one of Canada's greatest poets. Gary Lucas performs at Vancouver's Chutzpah Cultural Film Festival this October. The Movie, “One Little Finger” premieres at the Laemmle Monica Film Center on August 16, at 7 PM. The event starts at 5:30 PM with a Red Carpet Opening. 

We have more holiday music, including some Dean Friedman songs for Rosh Hashanah and Hanukah... or is it Chanukah? 

IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME by Jon Mullane: the joys of Christmas, and getting ready for it.  Sounds like Maroon 5. Tempo exactly like BandAid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmastime…



REINER THE RHINESTONE REINDEER Phoebe Legere  
LGBTQ-friendly about a well-dressed reindeer that lit up the sky with all his bling! bling! bling!


AULD LANG SYNE Tony Moore  Reflective and gentle tenor, singing about the Old and New Years. 




WHY CAN’T EVERYDAY BE LIKE CHRISTMAS (punk metal rock) Tang   Metal Punk, Fast drums, crunch guitar, female vocals



SOME SAY CHANUKAH Dean Friedman: Live Recording, a singalong with kids, that includes laughter Ha-Ha-Ha-Hanukah AND singing comments on how “Cha-NU-Kah” could be pronounced!  They sing about other seasonal customs in this fun song. 



WARM, LOVIN’ CHRISTMASTIME Rob Bonfiglio  Bouncy Brian Wilson-y, from one of Brian AND Carnie Wilson’s long time musical partners.  In fact, Carnie and Rob have recorded this, and so have Wilson Phillips! Imagery of mistletoe and writing our names in the snow!

If you are looking for jamband /fusion substitutes like the Dixie Dregs, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Mastersounds, ask me for a Joe Olnick zipfile.

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8/11/19

“Sticky Floor Nightclub,” an introduction to Joe Olnick’s Unique Avant-Jam Fusion. Instrumental, Rock


Listen Only On YouTube 
New Album Everywhere on September 6


STICKY FLOOR NIGHTCLUB, the first song from Joe Olnick’s 7th album, IGUANA, is out on YouTube.  The instrumental’s funky rock vibe features Joe’s soaring guitar and dirty grooves with a tight rhythm section made up of bassist Jamie Aston and drummer Stew Bradley. The song's ending section gives way to a rowdy crowd in a club, giving a cinematic feel to the musical story unfolding.

Joe is self-releasing IGUANA on September 6. Based in the fusion genre, IGUANA has rock influences, from Talking Heads to Pink Floyd to REM to the Allman Brothers. Comic book artist Ron Good (of the horror series, God-Awful Comics) designed the album art about the story of a misunderstood Iguana named Don, who eventually—after lots of struggles ultimately gets his own hot rock to rest upon!  “There are parallels of Don’s life with my own career,” Joe says. “I’m an artist producing original instrumental work, so it’s a struggle at times to get my music out there.” “Meet” Don in the Youtube video!

Joe’s music has a rocking vibe of “avant-jam” and fusion like Medeski, Martin & Wood and New Mastersounds.  His previous album DOWNTOWN received unique feedback from a range of journalists.  MUSIC STREET JOURNAL called his music “classy.”  BURNED OUT BORDERS proclaimed his music great for, “Any fans of hard-hitting, rock-leaned instrumental music with a progressive, experimental backbone.”

In addition to guitar, Joe played sax and bass, plus worked as a recording engineer. In 2012, he released his first CD, and continued self-producing with albums from ambient to jazz/rock genres.