Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New single from Jack White- "Love Interruption" available for download now

Jack White's Blunderbuss is coming April 23/24 from Third Man/XL Recordings/Columbia.  The first single, "Love Interruption", is available for download now.  The 7" single is available February 7th.

Download from iTunes HERE

Pre-order 7" HERE

Take a listen now-

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Paul McCartney taped MTV's Unplugged this day in 1991

Paul McCartney taped an episode of MTV's hugely popular "Unplugged" show.  While other artists plugged in their acoustic instruments into amplifiers, Paul and his band were 100% unplugged with mics strategically placed near guitars, piano, etc. to pick up the sound.  A recording of most of the songs appeared on an album in the summer of '91.  "Midnight Special", "Mean Woman Blues" and "Matchbox" were among the songs that did not make the final album.  Some of the songs that did make the album include "Be-Bop-A-Lula", "Here, There and Everywhere", "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", "We Can Work It Out", "Blackbird", "Hi-Heel Sneakers", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "I've Just Seen A Face", "And I Love Her" and 8 more.  Here's some select songs from the evening:

"We Can Work It Out"

"Good Rockin' Tonight"



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dion's Tank Full Of Blues is released today!

Dion's Tank Full Of Blues is available now!  Rolling Stone Magazine talked about the single "I Read It (In The Rolling Stone)" recently saying:

Half a century after 'The Wanderer,' the great Dion DiMucci is still a true rock & roll badass - as heard on this tasty, bluesy tribute to his favorite magazine. Damn, D. you're making us blush!

Read our review of the new CD HERE and check out the INTERVIEW.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Benefit concert with Billy Burnette

Spring Station Middle School's Destination Imagination team presents Billy Burnette in a benefit concert Saturday, January 28th at 7pm in Spring Hill, TN at Summit High School Auditorium.  All proceeds and donations are going directly to local charities including The Well, The Tennessee Children's Home and Habitat For Humanity.  Vendor booths open at 4pm.  Come enjoy family events like face painting, games, food from Logans and Chick-Fil-A and a silent auction.  Tickets are $10, $30 for families of 4-6.

Check out Billy's interview HERE!

John Foster: Picking Up Soul Vibrations

I imagine one of the hardest questions for John Foster to try to answer is, "What is your favorite kind of music?"  The versatility in his career shows that not being nailed down to one style is just fine with him.

What are some of your biggest influences musically while growing up in Oklahoma City? 
John at 17
I actually grew up in a mid size Southern Oklahoma town, Ardmore, during my formative years.  Besides the Beatles being the main influence, I was heavy into AM classic pop and rock--Anything from John Denver, Barry Manilow, Eagles, Boston, Kansas, etc....to the "one hit wonders": "Brandy(You're A Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass, "Alone Again(Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan.  When I got into high school, I got deep into classic hard rock: Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, Foghat, etc.  This was the genre when I began to develop as a lead guitar player.
While other artists get pigeonholed with one particular style or another, you've managed to jump in whatever the need may be....whether it's country, pop, surf, soul, rock, gospel, etc. Do you attribute this to your many music influences growing up?
Absolutely.  I am a fan of ALL MUSIC.  I cannot and never have been able to be anything but all over the board as far as being a music fan. 

John with Bruce Johnston

You spent some time in The Beach Boys' touring band. Tell me about how this came about. 
Divine Intervention.  I did a one night club gig in Nashville with fellow "Okie", Michael Summers.  Greg Jennings of Restless Heart was also on the gig.  A few months later, Greg was touring somewhere in the Midwest and met Bruce Johnston.   As they were visiting, Bruce told Greg that they were looking for a guitar player with a high falsetto who might be able to cover the original Brian Wilson parts.  When Greg got back to Nashville, he phoned my friend Michael--who in turn phoned me and suggested that I call Greg about the opportunity.  I called Greg, and he immediately gave me Bruce's phone number and really encouraged me to call Bruce right away.  So...the following day, I phoned Bruce's number.  He answered, and I quickly told him who I was and that Greg Jennings suggested I called him.  Without a blink, Bruce said, "Sing 'I Get Around' in the original key".  I put the phone down, grabbed my guitar, and sang about 30 seconds of the song from the top.  I picked up the phone and said, "Hello...are you still there?".  Bruce said, "Sing 'In My Room' in B".  I immediately sang a verse and the bridge.  After I got back on the phone, he said that the Beach Boys were going to do a State Fair in Illinois within a few weeks, and would I come meet the band and sing with them backstage.  So, I drove a few hours, did just that...and that was my audition process.

Foster, Dean Torrence, Bruce Johnston and Mike Love

How crazy was it knowing you were doing Brian Wilson's falsetto parts live? 
Surreal.  Some shows, I couldn't let myself conceive that I was singing with the Beach Boys.  It was too heady to wrap my brain around because the first record album I owned and wore out was, The Beach Boys In Concert!.  Now, I was on stage with Mike Love and Bruce!

Did you have some favorites to play during the Beach Boys sets? 

Opening with "California Girls" was always a rush.  The crowd was so happy and into it.  I would have to say that my favorites were "Good Vibrations", "I Get Around", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "In My Room", "Hawaii", "Darlin'", "All Summer Long", and "Do It Again".

You covered "God Only Knows" on your Right Out Of My Soul project which really is a fresh arrangement of the classic. Did Bruce or Mike Love hear your cover? 
Thank you.  I played it for Bruce, and he was very kind and complimentary.

Charlie Daniels had you on staff for several years as a writer with his CDB Music Publishing company.  How did this help shape your songwriting skills? 
I think it did help; in the sense that because I was being paid, I could abandon myself to writing all of the time.  I would often wake up in the middle of the night, go down to the publishing office, let myself in, and work on songs.  And I was constantly arranging the songs for the demo process.  This was invaluable to my producing/arranging skills.

You're really able to give back some assistance with demo work and song mentoring from your career experience.  Tell me about the satisfaction of helping others achieve their music goals. 
Because I'm so passionate about life and music, being able to help others move forward in their music--whether it's singing, playing, composing, arranging, etc.--it really confirms that I am walking in my calling. This is a tough business, and I have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in "the biz". Helping others just makes all of the heartbreak worth it. 

with The ConSoulers
You tap into your soul music side with The ConSoulers in Nashville.  All of you are professional songwriter and session guys. How did this come about? 
Divine Intervention.  Tim Buppert, who I also play with in FAB (Nashville Beatles tribute band), gave me a call about 3 years ago.  He asked if I wanted to be part of this soul band that would do a few gigs at the Elm Hill Marina for $100 a piece, per gig.  Because the marina is only 3 minutes from my house, I took it immediately.  I just thought it would be another thrown together thing for a few dollars.  I knew Tim was great.  I had no idea how talented Steve Williams or Don Barrett were.  I didn't even know Steve or Don--though they only lived minutes from my house.  They inquired about a sax player.  I put the call in to Randy Leago, who I've known for years.  We rehearsed maybe twice, then played the first gig.  What I really had no idea of was what an amazing chemistry The ConSoulers would have.  I would not have guessed this would become what it has in a million years.  I like to call it, "The Power of Showing Up". 
with FAB

I was told of you hearing The ConSoulers' cover of Johnnie Taylor's "Gotta Get The Groove Back" coming out the sound system on a cruise recently.
I was playing on the Delbert Blues Cruise with Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie.  We had just finished our set.  As I was getting my gear off the stage, I heard the PA blasting "Gotta Get The Groove Back", which is a ConSoulers song written by our bass player, Don Barrett, and his longtime friend, Johnny Barranco.  I couldn't believe my ears!  I went back to the soundboard and asked to see the compilation CD being played by the house mixer and there it was.  I still don't know how it ended up on the compilation.  Truth is stranger than fiction.

Where can people order your music and keep track of when you're out playing? 
They can listen to soundbites and order music from I-Tunes.  Right Out Of My Soul and The Lost Nashville Chronicles, which is more of a country/Nashville record.  People can friend me on Facebook to keep track of where and when I'll be out gigging. Just Google "John Foster Facebook Nashville" to find me.

The ConSoulers

Monday, January 16, 2012

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, here's a song made popular by Dion that pays tribute to him along with other fallen leaders- "Abraham, Martin & John".

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin? 
Can you tell me where he's gone? 
He freed a lot of people, 
But it seems the good they die young. 
I just looked 'round and he's gone.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

King Mob release 2nd single Va Vah Voom

Following the recent release of their stunning debut album Force 9, brand new English beat combo, KING MOB will issue a new single, Va Vah Voom, on 16th January 2012.

The video for Va Vah Voom is now live on YouTube:

KING MOB comprises Stephen W Parsons aka Snips – vocals (film composer and vocalist of legendary 70’s band Sharks), guitar legend Chris Spedding (Roxy Music, Elton John, John Cale, Paul McCartney), Glen Matlock - bass (Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Faces), Martin Chambers – drums (Pretenders), and hot new guitar talent Sixteen.

Force 9 is an album that draws on the collective experience of all KING MOB’s members to create something totally unique. They bring the raw power of the ‘Spirit of ’69’ into a contemporary setting. It is thrilling, visceral stuff and it comes as no surprise that SPV/Steamhammer were quick to sign an exclusive recording deal for the World (excluding North America) with KING MOB.

KING MOB began life when vocalist Stephen W Parsons (aka Snips) approached his old friend and ex-Sharks colleague Chris Spedding with the idea of forming a new band. During time out from a highly successful film and advertising career, Stephen found himself DJ-ing at The Axe club on Hackney Road. Every weekend the joint jumped to Stephen’s old school music in the form of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Ike & Tina et al, and Stephen realised that these pre-1977 sounds were going down a storm with the younger crowd. Happily, Chris Spedding agreed to form a new combo, and the pair brought in exciting young guitarist Sixteen, whose Rockabilly credentials and dynamic style led to exciting musical sparring between the two guitarists. Chris Spedding asked Glen Matlock to join on bass and he in turn suggested that Martin Chambers complete the combo on drums.

Live dates, around the world, are currently being set up for 2012 so watch this space for details on how to catch this brilliant new band’s live show.

For further information, videos and track samples head to the official website and Facebook page:



Elvis Presley records "All Shook Up" this day in 1957

Elvis Presley recorded "All Shook Up" this day in 1957 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood.  It hit the top of the charts and stayed there for 8 weeks.  It also became his first UK #1 and stayed there for 7 weeks.  Here's Presley's version along with select covers by Paul McCartney and

from '68 Comeback Special

Paul McCartney

Jeff Beck Group (w/ Rod Stewart & Ron Wood)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tank Full Of Blues review

What can you say about an artist that is already in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, been recording for 55 years and has over 30 studio albums to his credit?  Dion refuses to slow down on his most passionate project to date with Tank Full Of Blues.  That's saying quite a lot considering his career accomplishments.  This is the 3rd in a trilogy of Blues albums recorded by Dion starting with 2006's Bronx In Blue.  What makes this one different is that these tunes were almost entirely written by Dion.  The album kicks off with the title cut and clever lyrics like, "I've got a woman who really wants me, I've got another who wants me gone".  It sets the pace for the journey you're about to embark on.  Other standouts include "I Read It (In The Rolling Stone)" which pays tribute to the iconic magazine as well as a nice shout out to his friend, Robert Plant.  "Ride's Blues" is the center piece of the album detailing a fictional conversation with Robert Johnson as he's driven to the Crossroads.  Pay special attention to the lyrics and imagery in this and many of the tracks on this project.  Not only are the lyrics delivered passionately, it also describes Dion's guitar playing on this project.  You hear it in every note.  It's almost like this album has been welling up inside him for decades.  Listen to the slow blues burner "Two Train" and you'll see what I mean.  "I'm Ready To Go" has a bit of a Rockabilly shuffle that would make Carl Perkins proud.  He might even be channeling some of Carl's guitar mastery here too.  "Bronx Poem" is one of the more unique and refreshing ways to close out at an album.  It's a spoken word delivery over some tasty blues with Dion speaking from the heart.  If a generation needs a blueprint for "keeping it real", this is it.  Tank Full Of Blues not only will appeal to fans of Blues but also fans of current projects by the likes of Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Gregg Allman and others.  Dion has a tank full of inspiration and we're all the better for it!
-James Riley/ www.rockabillynblues.com

Hear "I Read It (In The Rolling Stone)" from Rolling Stone magazine HERE

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Remembering Freddie Milano of The Belmonts

Freddie Milano from The Belmonts (pictured far left above) passed away at age 72 on January 1st, 2012.  He was one of the original members with Dion (pictured middle) and The Belmonts that had their first hit in 1958 with "I Wonder Why".  They were also part of the Winter Dance Party from 1959 as pictured below (young Waylon Jennings far left on bass...Milano second from right).

Dion & The Belmonts were inducted in the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame in 2000.  Here's some clips to remember Freddie Milano...

"I Wonder Why"- Dion & The Belmonts

"Teenager In Love"- Dion & The Belmonts

"Swingin' On A Star"- Dion & The Belmonts

"Smoke From Your Cigarette"- The Belmonts