Rita: It’s time for me to list my favorite five seasonal songs of summer. Lolita: Only five? From Memorial Day to Labor Day you camp out on the beach and only turn your radio off when you steal food from the seagulls. Rita: We both like shrimp. This year I dig Aerosmith’s “Remember (Walking In The Sand),” “Summertime, Summertime” by The Jamies, “That Summer Feeling” written by Jonathan Richman, “Summertime” the metal anthem done by Bang and “No Surfin In Dorchester Bay” by Unnatural Axe and then The Gremies. Lolita: Great list, great music. One in a row dear sister. Let’s ask our local luminaries “What radio stations do you listen to and who are your favorite DJ’s? STEPH CURRAN (Carissa Johnson/ The Static Dynamic): I mostly listen to 100.7 WZLX. I love classic rock. Sometimes I’ll flip over to 107.3 WAAF when the modern rock mood strikes. Carter Alan and Anngelle Wood are my favorite DJ’s over at WZLX. Carter plays some of my top classic rock artists like Pink Floyd and The Doors. My favorite show is Anngelle’s Boston Emissions. Anngelle does so much for local music community and has been super supportive of my bands through the years. I currently play guitar for Carissa Johnson and we just won the WZLX’s Rock n’ Roll Rumble… so nothing but love for WZLX! *** JEREMY CARTER (Grassroot): I always make sure to tune in to 95.9 fm’s Almost Famous show, hosted by John Shea. They showcase the local music scene every Tuesday night. Support local music! *** A.N.T (Anthony Doucette): I listen to 96.9 for local and internet radio stations, mainly Pandora radio. My favorite DJ’s are dj Frankie Language from Boston and dj Hoppa from Funk Volume because he can rock crouds with a great energetic old school vibe and great scratching techniques and mixes. *** MIKE CHAPPEL (Sweat Cheater/ Hi Def): I don’t listen to any local radio. I enjoy Irockradio out of Hartford, CT. With Mike Karoly. As far as local stuff, I enjoy WEEI sports radio. Kirk and Callahan. Glen Ordway. Lou Merloni. Christian Faurier. I also enjoy Howie Carr and Rush Limbaugh occasionally. I just get sick of hearing the same old songs over and over and commercials every 20 minutes.*** AMY FAIRCHILD (Amy Fairchild): I listen to Patrick Coman on Saturdays on WUMB, he does a great job of giving local artists spins and exposure. Honestly, I mostly listen to Satellite Radio these days and would have to say Mike Marrone on The Loft Sirrius/XM Channel 30 is my fav right now. Eclectic mix and I usually hear one or two songwriters I’ve done shows with or played with. I’m still waiting for him to spin me though.
Rita: How about some fabulous factoids? Now is the perfect time to spread the word about what’s going on in the New England music scene. Lolita: I hate when you make sense. Singer CHRISTINE OHLMAN (Rebel Montez/ SNL) inducted into both the Connecticut and the National Blues Hall of Fame. Congrats Beehive! *** PAUL KOCHANSKY (Swinging Steaks) now in RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS. *** Rhode Island’s AMANDA SALEMI from CONSUELO’S REVENGE just won Best Female Americana Vocalist at the Motif Magazine Music Awards. This woman can sing! Guitarist extraordinaire NEIL VITULLO won Best Blues Guitarist and he sure can play! *** STET HOWLAND (x-Run 21) now pounding for national metal gods METAL CHURCH. *** Artist ROUBEN DOE plays electronic/ industrial rock and his new song “Sorry Not Sorry” has a great rap. The tune plays off a BEYONCE track about not being sorry for herself. Watch for his new musicThrowaways which includes compositions that didn’t make his past project and his first video “Surgin’.” *** Great gig at The Spotlight Tavern in Beverly not for the faint- hearted with PSYCHIC DOG, FOUR POINT RESTRAINTS and BARNS last month. Check out TIGERMAN WOAH on June 2. *** FRED TAYLOR recently let go from his decades of booking Sculler’s is bringing a series of shows to The Cabot in Beverly. Very Cool. There is a newly created scholarship in Music Business Management at Berklee in Taylor’s name now too. *** MAYOR MARTY WALSH and his Office of Arts and Culture announced Heroic Encounters: Artists Respond To City Hall. Marty: “It’s a series of events allowing us to highlight Boston’s local arts scene. They also invited everyone to a bunch of cool events for a hot summer including: the DONNA SUMMER Roller Skate Disco Party on June 23 from six to ten at the City Hall Plaza. It’s the fourth year this enormous event has taken place. Also: CALIENTE: A celebration of Latin music and culture returns to City Hall for it’s tenth year on Saturday, July 22. Enjoy the seventeenth GOSPEL FEST New England’s largest gospel music celebration appropriately on Sunday, August 6. And don’t miss the Friday afternoon concert series in July and August. This concert series will showcase local music at Sam Adams Park. And finally, COUNTRY IN THE CITY let’s you enjoy country music in the heart of downtown Boston during the second annual Country In The City concert September 14 in City Hall Plaza *** Check out Worcester/ Spencer area blues guitarist JIM PERRY‘s new release Meanwhile… I’m Still Thinking. We really dig the song “My Baby’s Bad (And That’s Good)” and so will you. One of his other bands THE SILVERBACKS has Connecticut guitar ace CLIFF GOODWIN (Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez) and sax man DERIC DYER who both are also vets of JOE COCKER‘s bands.*** If you’re looking for a little blast of loud guitar in a roots rock setting to start your day listen to “Narcissus” from JULIET SIMMONS DINELLO‘s recent release No Regrets. Great stuff. *** DAN LAWSON tells us about his new CD Live At The Tupelo Music Hall: “It’s all about the music.” We love his screaming guitar and stinging licks. This cat wails! He was asked to perform the National Anthem on guitar June 16, 17 and 18 for The New Hampshire Motor Speedway during their race days in the morning and then on to play his shows at at Looney Bin in Laconia during bike week in the afternoon. *** Have you heard the new tune from Rhode Island neo post syncretic singer/ songwriter NATE COZZOLINO and his band THE LOST ARTS “Legions”? A beautiful electric ballad. *** BARRY GOUDREAU just had his CD release party for his self-titled Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room at The Lynn Auditiorium. Opening the night was CHARLIE FARREN and JOHN CAFFERTY & THE BEAVER BROWN BAND. In Barry’s band are former RTZ band mates TIM ARCHIBALD and BRIAN MAES and new guy TONY DiPETRO. Doing the backing vocals onstage were Brian’s wife MARY BETH MAES, THERESA Di CHIARA O’SORO and JOANIE BROWN CICATELLI. There was a beautiful moment during the set for a tribute to Barry’s former BOSTON band mate drummer SIB HASHIAN who died last month on a Rock ’n’ Roll Cruise in a band with Barry last month. TUNES ATUNES joined the group and his sax brought down the house. *** Americana artist JIMMY RYAN‘s new band called WOODEN LEG includes MICKEY BONES keeping time. *** X-MICHAELS MESSINA keyboardist JACK LEO is in a band called SOULSHINE on the South Shore. *** MAGIC DICK (J. Geils Band) and SHUN NG play the new City Winery September 16. *** BRAD POULIN tells us to catch his band CAM & THE REASON from Southbridge in Central Mass. They do great covers of AEROSMITH tunes and LED ZEP’s “Good Times Bad Times.” *** TERRY KITCHEN (x-Loose Ties) had a recent great gig at The Armory Cafe as part of The Somerville Songwriter Sessions. Joining him was CONNOR GARVEY an accomplished singer/ songwriter from Maine. *** Plan ahead for Onset Blues Festival’s 25th anniversary party on August 5 at Onset’s common across from the pier. Guitar slinger GIL CORREIA tells us he’s gotten KID BANGHAM (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) out of retirement for the show! *** Trumpeter TOM HALTER (Either/ Orchestra) is also in INTERNACIONAL MARIACHI and the Tex-Mex band has a residency at Casa Vallarta restaurant in three different locations. Sundays and Thursday nights in Northborough and Saugus and Tuesday nights on the Cape, in Falmouth. Great food and great music. We always get nervous when the waitress brings us our chili con carne on a tray while dancing madly to the band. Dios Mio! *** GRACE POTTER announced the line up for the seventh annual Grand Point North Festival in Burlington, VT, on September 16 and 17 continuing their tradition of showcasing home grown talent. Scheduled to perform: TREY ANASTASIO BAND, DAWES, JOSEPH, MONDO COZMOS, SON LITTLE, HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF LOW CUT CONNIE and TANK & THE BANGAS. *** Western MA’s largest summer concert is The Green River Festival celebrating its 31st year. Plan ahead for July 14, 15 and 16 – it has hot air balloon rides too! There will be performances by THE SUITCASE JUNKET, THE DUST BOWL REVIVAL, DAN BERN and a ton of bands – expect to have loads of fun!
MORE SUPER STATIONS
Lolita: Enough gossip! Let’s get back to asking another local legend about their surest station selections. *** BRIAN ALEX (Entrain): The majority of the time I find music on Spotify these days. I pay the $10 per month so artists can get their $1 royalties for every ten bazillion streams. I find it more enjoyable to listen without commercials. I don’t subscribe to XM/Satellite radio, but enjoy Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Radio when I have the opportunity to listen. My favorite traditional radio station is easily The River 92.5. Love the music and they are so supportive of local acts. They’ve always been very good to my band Entrain over the years. We were given a great deal of spins before just about anyone. And my favorite show they had was when Lisa Garvey did her Brunch By The River. The best radio show I’ve ever heard by a long mile. The diversity of music was incredible. Old Stevie Wonder one minute, Sinatra the next. *** JEFFREY ALLEN SHAW (Jeffrey Allen Shaw Band): I listen to the blues channel on XM radio, but I also like listening to Karlson & McKenzie Those guys are funny! When you got the blues you gotta be able to laugh! *** LIZ NISAYAS (Crimsong): I listen to a lot of Internet radio stations, but the local ones I like are Lazer 99.3 (WLZX) and Radio 104.1 (WMRQ). I like Pat Kelly from Lazer as he is very entertaining and also promotes local artists at the end of his show every night. Fisch from 104.1 always has a good story and cool insights about music artists. *** TONY PARENTE (Tony Soul Project): I listen to a lot of classic rock WZLX. My girlfriend has a connection with them and I like Karlson & MacKenzie in the morning. I don’t have much use for any others as I get what I want through YouTube. I am a sports radio guy too.
Lolita: Back to babbling! To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut performance, HUMAN SEXUAL RESPONSE will return to the House Of Blues on November 3 for a one night only blowout – UNNATURAL AXE opens. *** THE GOBSHITES are playing September 13 at Fenway Park post game on the Budweiser right field roof deck. *** Psychedelic blues axeman TED DROZDOWSKI (Scissormen/ Vision Thing) came back to town and had a killer gig at Thunder Road with PETER PARCEK and RYAN LEE CROSBY. The walls of the club were shaking. *** MATT STUBBS and his band THE ANTIGUAS have a Monday night residency at The Sinclair – DANA COLLEY (Morphine), DUKE LEVINE (The J. Geils Band) and BRIAN TEMPLETON (The Radio Kings) have been guest artists. *** Local artist TONY BETANCOURT once played in a band with JIM WEIDER and RANDY CIARANTE two members of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame who were inducted with THE BAND. But Tony’s band was more jazz jamming. His other group JamJAZZ has RODNEY HOLMES, JERRY BERGONZI and PHIL GRENADIER. Listen to their Live at The Spot Underground 2014-09-18 which has a few of The Band’s classic hits including “The Weight” done in their own very funky, very jazzy way. Very cool. *** BOB GIFFORD and MARK SUTTON from THE RINGS, BAMBOO GANG and THE WICKERMEN have a new band called LOCATING ROLLIE and recently released new old music containing previous songs redone and incomplete songs from the past finally finished. Check out Crazy Parade – we really dig their new wave influenced rocking dance music. *** KAREN DiBIASSE and DAVE SIMMONS from GIRL ON TOP have a new business Axegrinder – a local Boston luthier and music school. *** Go see THE KOSHER KID DAVE ROBBINS and his headliner harp at Blue Monday Blues Sessions featuring his band THE INCREDIBLE AMPLIFIERS and friends every Monday night at The Miller’s Lounge in Middletown, Connecticut. *** June 8, 10 and 11 THE BOSTON POPS with CHACHI LOPRETE (WZLX) celebrate four lads from Liverpool who changed the course of popular music. *** AMY FAIRCHILD‘s new record Nobody’s Satellite is out and available on her website. *** ROOMFUL OF BLUES long time guitarist CHRIS VACHON has a side project band LIL’ SHAKY AND THE TREMORS with a new CD called AFTERSHOCK out with ED WRIGHT on vocals, screams and bass, JEFF CEASRINE on piano and organ and LARR ANDERSON on drums. Their killer cover of BOBBY WOMACK‘s “It’s All Over Now,” made famous by THE ROLLING STONES turns the rock ’n’ roll classic into a ripping rural blues tune with stunning slide guitar work done by ED VALLEE. Mick and Keith would like it. BRIAN JONES would love it. *** SANDY MARTIN (Girls Night Out) has a nephew RED MARTIN who is the guitar player with the long hair in KINGDOM OF GIANTS. Check out their song “Damaged Goods” off their All The Hell You’ve Got To Spare release. Sandy was overheard saying “Don’t forget your earplugs.” *** ROBERTO MIGHTY (Roberto and Kathryn/ x-Hypertension) has a daughter KATE TAYLOR MIGHTY who is as great a singer as he is a guitarist. Kate just had a gigantic gig at The Hard Rock. *** BARRY TASHIAN (The Remains) once toured with THE BEATLES (George was his favorite) and has a son DANIEL TASHIAN who wrote a song for country artist JOSH TURNER that recently reached number two on the country rock charts. “Hometown Girl” is a super song. *** HEAVY METAL HORNS saxman HENLEY DOUGLAS can be heard every second and fourth Tuesday in the month at The Rhumbline in Gloucester. HENLEY DOUGLAS R&B is fantastic. Check them out. Bandmate guitarist PETER CALO (Carly Simon Band) released a new CD Time Machine. *** Porchfest in Somerville was a huge success. On one porch were BILLY LOOSIGIAN, TIM JACKSON, ASA BREBNER, TRICK WALLACE and DANA COLLEY. They opened with JONATHAN RICHMAN’s “Road Runner.” Asa played that song with Jonathan in the 1970s. Fun fact about this porch group: There were three major label contracts (from when having one was the necessary goal) associated with its members. Dana with MORPHINE (MCA), Billy with THE BOOM BOOM BAND (Warner Brothers), and Asa and Tim with ROBIN LANE & THE CHARTBUSTERS (Dream Works). *** WARREN ZANES (The Del Fuegos) working on a new album. *** WILLIE LOCO ALEXANDER just got a citizenship award from the UU Church in Gloucester. The walls of the holy hall shook when he entered in respect. *** Last month Once Ballroom had a super show with local tribute band COSMIK DEBRIS in a concert of FRANK ZAPPA material along with an 11-piece piece ensemble called THE FZMBBQ BAND. AXEMUNKEE and COUNT ZERO opened the festivities. EITHER/ ORCHESTRA’s RUSS GERSHON was in the horn section. *** SIX CHAIR PRODUCTIONS announces the lineup for the 2017 Festival At The Farm in Canton, MA, on September 16 and 17. LETTUCE, BRETT DENNEN, LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS, THE BALLROOM THIEVES, JULIE RHODES, MATT STUBBS & THE ANTIGUAS, LUX DELUXE DWIGHT & NICOLE on Saturday and for Sunday: THE WOOD BROTHERS, MARTIN SEXTON, RYAN MONTBLEAU, THE MARCUS KING BAND, KAT WRIGHT, SESSION AMERICANA, TWISTED PINE, SEAN McCONNELL and JOSH & THE JAMTONES. *** BETH HARRINGTON tells us that her production company has a great new project called The Musicianer. A digital series with an Americana music driven narrative and a supernatural bent! We have seen the trailer and it’s very cool. If you dig JIMMY ROGERS you’ll really like this. She has a kickstarter page right now so contact her on Facebook or on her website to help support her work. Beth was a back up singer for JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS in the early ’80s and is also the talented sister of LEE HARRINGTON bassist for THE NEIGHBORHOODS. DAVE MINEHAN (The Neighborhoods) tells us “She blew everyone away with her documentary The Carter Family: The Winding Stream. It’s a must see.”
FINAL SUPER STATIONS
Rita: And now for the last of our Super Stations. JOE MACK (The Joe Mack Band): I sometimes listen to WAAF, but mostly I’m listening to songs that I want to learn or get some inspiration from. DJ Tommy is a good friend, that’s why I’ll listen to him and the radio station because they play some good music and I’ve been on some of their commercials. *** CHRISTINE MAGUIRE (The Gobshites): WAAF and Bay State Rock with Carmelita. She is a staunch supporter of the local music scene and has a great knowledge of rock. On the internet I like Mike O’Connor’s Some Good Craic. He is a big supporter of live music and bands, especially from New England. There are great live performances and a witty Irish news segment by Johnny Ra. On Sirius I like Larry Kirwin’s Celtic Crush besides being a great Irish musician he is a genius of a writer and always weaves a spell. He also has access to a great private record collection. Larry Kirwin was the founder of Black 47 and is now an independent musician. *** JIM ARMENTI (The Lonesome Brothers): I’m a news junkie but also I listen every Saturday night to the night show of David and Michael Sokol’s Sokol’s Heroes on WRSI The River 93.9. I’m also a great fan of UMass, WMUA (Ken Mauiri), WXOJ Valley free radio late night mix ups and random Cowboy poet shows on the internet. *** BETSY-DAWN WILLIAMS (Lil’ Bee Dee & The Doo-Rights): So let’s see. My radio listening is primarily XM satellite programming with my top stations being The Underground Garage Channel and specifically Little Steven’s Underground Garage. He digs up some fabulous stuff! I also listen to Willie’s Roadhouse, and the Bluegrass Channel, and the ’50s and ’60s channels. Locally, I pretty much listen to WFCR Public Radio when I’m driving around. *** JIM PERRY (Jim Perry’s Hot House): I’ve given this a little thought because the shows I listen to mean a lot to me. So, here goes… The stations I frequent are WICN 90.5, WCUW 91.3, and WUMB 91.9. College radio is alive and well. WICN (Holy Cross) has the great Michelle Willson, who hosts The Blend from noon to three daily, and plays a great mixture of jazz, soul, and Nawlins. She always has a great story to tell, too. Also on WICN is Tom Shaker on Monday evenings for Soul Serenade. Anything from James Brown to Etta James. WCUW (Clark U) has Mike Warren spinning the blues, as he has been for over 25 years. WUMB (U Mass) has the World Cafe, which always has an interesting blend. Also, Saturday mornings with Albert O doing Highway 61 Revisited is excellent. Rita: Great answers! Sounds like a good time to end the column. Lolita: Send us your band’s news and come see us again for our next column July first. Have fun folks!
R.I.P. Grandma WALTER DELNIGRO, resident Dead Head, hippie biker and scene supporter in Allston since 1980. A kind soul who will be sorely missed by many. He was 60 and came from Rhode Island.