New Playlist: Thank you, Greta & Pete, from the musicians

I dedicate the hashtag #IKnewYouWhen to a man that was “a great radio teacher,” who also sang folk music with my fellow classmates at Fredonia State. Dan Berggren taught me how to listen—really listen, which is one of the reasons I keep listening to new music.

It’s a joy to watch my teacher grow his career, and a blessing to spread the word about his songs about the environment. Dan’s song “Looking for Answers” is about a daughter asking her father if we’ll have a future because of what’s going on with our environment. This past November a review in the Saratogian described Dan, “Resembling a young Pete Seeger.” YEAH!  😊 

All my songwriters have a little Pete Seeger in them. In fact, John and Johanna Hall worked with him on the Clearwater. John's influence on teaching us about the environment is earth-shaking, especially the No Nukes concerts in the 1970s. He and Johanna Hall, who had the sync to end all syncs STILL THE ONE have a vintage song WAKE UP from Orleans II. With classic Orleans’ harmony and trumpet, this is a hooky song with clever lyrics.  Note that WAKE UP is with Sony Publishing, and is NOT a ONE-STOP.

WAKE UP Orleans  Adult Album Alternative, trumpet, group harmony, wake up, people, “wake up!” environment, pollution, “stop throwing plastic in the sea/can’t you let the fishies be!” ecology, snow, lightning, birds in flight, seasons, signs of life, “the day’s gonna come” air pollution, water pollution, MusiciansUnitedForSafeEnergy, This song is co-written by John and Johanna Hall, the couple that wrote the most incredible sync, “You’re Still The One.”  

GLOBAL WARMING Phoebe Legere  Singer Songwriter, Piano and soaring female vocals and strings, vocals in English and French, rising sea levels, oceans, "I place a piano on the tongue of the world to give it a voice to cry.”    

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS Dan Berggren Folk, daughter asking about what the environment will look like when she grows up. Long term / Short term materialism, greed, easy answers, ask questions, learn what's ahead.  

DON’S THEME Joe Olnick Instrumental guitar, influences like David Gilmour, Alex Skolnick, Kyuss, Roy Bucchanan. Emotional, atmospheric, sad, orchestral, slow, dirge    Mellow and quite proggy,pretty. The guitar soloing is slow and expressive. As it continues a bluesy edge is introduced to the piece. This continues to grow with style and class.  

BEES AND ZOMBIES Rebecca Loebe Theatrical Folk, Gilbert & Sullivan-y. If Jim Carrey was a soprano, singing a train-of-thought song with symphonic piano backup singers. About the environment. Rebecca telling someone about environment problems, and the person takes another seat. At the end, someone else tells her about the bees, and guess what! She moves away... The video is a delight, like a school play with children and a slightly panic’d male teacher. 

THIS DARKNESS Rachael Sage Pop, Dream Pop/Chamber Pop, female singer with CSNY protest guitar sound, environment, the song is about the Dakota Pipeline, keywords:  see myself, grieve myself, somebody's fool, hate, “I don’t know why you’re full of hate."

A TERRIBLE PICKLE  Dean Friedman  A Music Hall song with ukulele about the world being in a terrible pickle. Some mentions of Australia-related nature-- Koalas and eucalyptus trees, all kinds of mentions about the environment, the oceans are rising. Kyota accord.  

MARY MAGDALENE Gary Lucas & Jann Klose Upbeat folk song with Irish singalong energy, singer sounds like Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran. About Superstorm Sandy, hunkering down and praying during a horrible storm that took place in Long Island, 2012. The City never had a hurricane like this.  It told New Yorkers that global warming is real

NOBODY KNEW Carmine Appice’s Guitar Zeus Hard Rock, Like the heavier parts of the Beatles’ “I’m the Walrus” and “Strawberry Fields,” Brian May guitar, vocals by Kelly Keeling. “Nobody knew who’s running the White House,” gas, all we wanted, here we are, Hear me now. Nobody Knew where they were going. “There’s a hole in the blue sky” "Thought it would last."

Spotify Playlist dedicated to Greta Thunberg
Thank you from the musicians


"Switchin to Glide" w/ The Kings in NYC, January 19

 A Perfect ‘80s Night at Bowery Electric W/ the Band that Gave Us "Switchin' to Glide"/"This Beat Goes On"

The Kings return to New York City for a concert at Bowery Electric on January 19, at 6:30 pm. Bowery Electric is at 327 Bowery (next door to Joey Ramone Place), in New York City.

Tickets are $10 ADV with service fees/ $12 at the door.The Ticket Buy Link is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-kings-tickets-82294267369?aff=odwdwdspacecraft. The Facebook Event page is https://www.facebook.com/The-Kings-Are-Here-129367440437699/. The venue phone is 212-228-0228.The website is https://theboweryelectric.com.

The Kings last played New York City on September 11, 2011 to support survivors from Ground Zero. Originally known as WhistleKing, the group (made up of three members from Toronto, and one from British Columbia) formed in Vancouver, BC and Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

The Kings feature original members David Diamond (lead vocals, bass guitar, songwriter), Mister Zero (guitar and songwriter), and Peter Nunn (keyboards) who joined in 1994, and Todd Reynolds (drums) since 2009.  

While recording their first album at Nimbus 9 Studio in Toronto, world famous producer Bob (Pink Floyd) Ezrin dropped by to visit and checked the band out and liked what he heard. He agreed to mix the tracks The Kings had recorded but soon discovered that the whole thing needed to be re-done. He approached Elektra Records in Los Angeles with The Kings’ tapes and the unknown band was signed to a world-wide deal. Ezrin and The Kings re-record the songs for the album “The Kings Are Here."  

Radio picked up the infectious, 5:43 song “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide” and it caught on all over the USA and Canada with huge airplay in every major market, staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for six months. It was named one of the Top 100 U.S. Radio Programmers Picks of the Decade by Album Network Magazine and The Kings were named most promising group by Cashbox Magazine, and nominated for a Juno Award.

An amazing appearance on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” helped spread the word as well. The album “The Kings Are Here” went gold in Canada, and since it was re-released on cd as “The Kings Are Here and More,” combined sales have passed platinum status.
The second Ezrin-produced Elektra effort “Amazon Beach” did not fare as well and the band left the label and signed with Capitol Canada which released “RSVP” which contains the holiday classic “This Christmas” which gets lots of airplay every yuletide season.

The next studio project was called “Unstoppable” and the title track reached the Top 10 in Canada.

Next came the studio album “Because of You,” which once again showed the depth and versatility of the songwriting from The Kings. After that came other different projects, “Anthology One” which is a collection of rare early unreleased tracks, and what has become The Kings amazing “Live Trilogy,” “The Lost Tapes of a Seventies Bar Band,” “Party Live in ’85,” both audio only, and the DVD “No Covers-Live at O’Tooles Roadhouse,” all of which document the energy of the band in concert. And also the great documentary about the band’s biggest hit: “Anatomy of a One-Hit Wonder” where the guys tell their own story with trademark candour and humour.

Earlier 2019, The Kings released a two-song segue, “Circle of Friends/Man That I Am” which has all the energy and feel-good hooks the band is known for, and mixed in Nashville by their champion Bob Ezrin.

In 2020 The Kings will release "Live at Heatwave" a half hour concert movie shot in 16mm film at the famous 1980 "Heatwave Festival" which was held at Mosport Racetrack near Toronto which featured Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, the B-52's….  The Kings’ footage is the only surviving film from the event.  The lead-off single is a bodacious cover of the Beach Boys classic "California Girls."  


L to R:  Peter Nunn, Todd Reynolds, David Diamond, Mister Zero.


Slambovian Holiday Shows: December 2019

“Like a snowball full of heart and unabashed beauty with songs of hope and resistant joy." - Jambase.com

The Hudson Valley’s 'best band' brings Christmas songs “with a Slambovian twist” and rockin’ original holiday tunes for a fun ‘outside the box’ holiday show. A rootsy psychedelica that hints at Dylan, Bowie, Neil Young, The Beatles, Incredible String Band, Waterboys, and Wilco with the perfect mix of Christmas tradition and cool vibes for all ages and persuasions. Celebrate the holidays and have "A Very Slambovian Christmas"!

This just in: The Slambovians will be performing at Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival this August 14.

“They take the stage by storm!” – New York Times

“The cool end of Americana” – Maverick Magazine, UK

“One of the finest American bands" – All Music

16 + recommended.

December Holiday Tour Dates

Thursday, December 5: Skyloft, 1 Crossgate Mall Rd., suite #200, Albany, NY

Friday, December 6:  Roy’s Hall, 30 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ

Friday, December 13: Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA

Saturday, December 14: Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center Street, Northampton, MA

Sunday, December 15: Six on the Square, 6 Lafayette Street, Oxford, NY

Friday, December 20: Mauch Opera House, 14 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA

Saturday, December 21: The Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY

Sunday, December 22: Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ  08525 (Mercer County)

Monday, December 30:  World CafĂ© Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                         Our Annual New Year’s Eve-Eve Show 


Join Anne’s Crowdfunding Campaign for “The Greatest Lives”

Inspired by the Life of Muhammad Ali, A Lyric for Our Time

Anne Leighton is crowdfunding again.  This is to help press up an EP and promote a song she co-wrote and co-produced with electric violinist/client Joe Deninzon. “The Greatest Lives” is about one of Modern History’s most famous real-life super-heroes, Muhammad Ali. The EP features two versions of the song by South African Voice finalist Thembeka Mnguni. (Listen also for “The Greatest Lives” on Thembeka’s upcoming album for Universal South Africa.)

Currently finding radio airplay with her “life-after-abuse” song “Khalazome, Thembeka relates to “The Greatest Lives”’ lyrics. She loves the first line, “I won't look down on those who look up to me.”  Feeling music belongs to the masses, she says, “It's my job to give people hope by being honest, by being true, by being relevant and sensitive all at the same time. It's important to always remember that I'm nothing without my supporters ‘cause they drive me by just looking up to me. Though it's a heavy load but it comes with the job.”

A poet/pacifist/teacher/and champion boxer, Muhammad Ali called himself “The Greatest” as one of the ways to promote his spectacular boxing career of 56 wins and only 5 losses.  In 1967, Ali had his championship title taken away from him, because he refused to fight in the Vietnam War.   For more info, visit: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_v._United_States.

As a school age student, Anne was inspired by the Midwestern-born personality’s creativity and conviction. I wanted to write an anthemic chorus about his and our mission: “The Greatest Lives for the Greatest Lives. There’s light and there’s fight in our inner child.” In addition to a successful crowdfunding campaign for her poetry book, “The Leighton Explosion,” Anne’s personal projects including contributing a voice over for the movie, “One Little Finger” and singing backup and doing an interview for Lisa Sniderman’s “A Light in the Darkness,” book and music video, “Lisa was impactful in having me do write for myself; when you’re 60 years old, a songwriting deal is a gift.” 

Co-writer Joe Deninzon’s been a client of Anne’s for 20 years. Joe leads the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius (Melodic Revolution Records). Joe is an in-demand session player, recently with the Who, Renaissance, 50Cent, Game of Thorns. He has syncs in over 100 film and TV scenes.  Inspired by “The Greatest”’s unshakeable confidence, Joe says, “in the music world, you gotta fight to prove yourself. Never give up.” 

The campaign features the music on digital and CD, plus historical swag from Joe and Anne, their books, recordings, and low-cost PDF files and MP3s from their archives.  Conversations, custom-made poems, and a new work in progress (due December 2020) from Anne are available as perks.

Visit the crowdfunding and support the pressing and promotion of THE GREATEST LIVES at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/supporting-the-greatest-lives/x/30442#/

Anne talks about #crowdfunding for Promotion for "The Greatest Lives"

Listen to both versions of THE GREATEST LIVES at

Quotes about the Greatest Lives:

“She’s very good.” (re: Thembeka’s performance on the song)
-Harris Allen, WFAN Sports Radio -New York

“Outstanding. Yes, it has all the elements to go R&B, Urban AC and Gospel. Strong message, well produced, and the vocals are great. I can hear this song on all Urban and R&B stations.”
--Spider Harrison, WLAC-Nashville  (Hippie Radio)

“I remember when most music had lyrics of hope and brotherhood. Nice to bring some of that back!
Carter Alan, WZLX-Classic Rock- Boston

“Great chorus.”
-Terry Ellis, founder: Chrysalis Orchestra, co-founder: Chrysalis Records 


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


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 mĂ©lange 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.


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.


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.



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 CafĂ©  #

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