ORPHEUS by A.J. Wachtel While everyone may know that Orpheus is the ancient Greek god of poetry and music, the majority of you may NOT know that Orpheus, the great soft rock/folk rock band, is from Worcester, the “Heart of the Commonweath.” Their debut 12-inch peaked at #119 on Billboard’s album chart in 1968 and their big hit “Can’t Find The Time” reached #80 on that publication’s “Hot 100” in 1969. How many of you out there know that this great group is still around and … Read More >>

JB Amero

Editor’s note: This story was published in the July/August 2014 print issue of The Noise but was never posted online. Now it can easily be read ’round the world. JB AMERO by Lois A. McNulty JB Amero of Gloucester is known around the North Shore of Massachusetts as The Blue-Eyed Soul Brother.  His initials stand for James Brian, but they might as well stand for James Brown. You might see him these days in a neighborhood bar like the Rhumb … Read More >>

Vance Gilbert

VANCE GILBERT by Kathy Sands-Boehmer I knew it could be dangerous to interview Vance Gilbert. He’s an outspoken person on and off the stage. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram got it right: “… the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god.” That sums up Vance Gilbert all right. I attempted to ask some questions about race relations below and I admit… I come off looking like a naive and stupid white woman … Read More >>

Willie J. Laws Band

THE WILLIE J. LAWS BAND   by A.J. Wachtel Willie J. Laws is a Texas transplant to our area who plays a hardcore, authentic and soulful mixture of Southern Texas blues mixed with zydeco, R & B, funk, country and rock ’n’ roll. He calls himself “The Last Prophet of Funky Texas Blues”: and that’s both a truism and an understatement; he is a whole lot more. This cat can play! Noise: You’ve spent the past 25 years performing your music all over … Read More >>


NRBQ by A.J. Wachtel Founded in 1967 and known for their incredible live shows and their unique blend of rock, pop, jazz, and blues in their music, NRBQ has a strong connection with New England. They have decades of legendary local shows under their belt, and in 1994, when their guitarist, Big Al Anderson, left the band to write songs full time in Nashville, original bassist Joey Spaminato’s younger brother Johnny replaced him. Johnny was and still is a member of the Cape … Read More >>

Lynne Taylor

  LYNNE TAYLOR  by Lois A. McNulty With Lynne Taylor, what you see is what you get.  She writes the songs, she sings them, and she accompanies herself on the piano. She is a one-woman act, but there is no acting involved.  It’s all Lynne Taylor, and her music is anything but sweet, often rocking, sometimes waltz-like, and as raw as it gets. She is “pushing conventions and boundaries in the realm of social and personal awareness. Her lyrics range from dark … Read More >>

Tumbling Bones

TUMBLING BONES MAKE MAKE  BEAUTIFUL MUSIC  TOGETHER— IN THREE-PART HARMONY  by Kathy Sands-Boehmer Tumbling Bones is a young string band with an old sound.  Their voices combine in a musical pastiche that is reminiscent of years past but they’re actually a contemporary band hailing from Portland, Maine.  Pete Winn (guitar, percussive dance), Jake Hoffman (banjo, upright bass) and Kyle Morgan (guitar, upright bass) sing three-part harmonies that would make bluegrass pickin’ angels jealous.  Their sound is timeless. Pete and and Jake met as … Read More >>

The Empty Hearts

THE EMPTY HEARTS by A.J. Wachtel What do the great vocals on power pop/new wave band The Romantics’ “What I Like About You,” the iconic signature guitar lead in new wave group The Cars’ “My Best Friend’s Girl,” the thumping bass on retro/garage rock ensemble The Chesterfield Kings’ “I’ve Got A Way With Girls,” and the powerful pounding on punk/new wave quintet Blondie’s “One Way Or Another” all have in common? The gifted artists who brought us these audial pleasures, Wally Palmar, Elliot Easton, Andy Babiuk … Read More >>