On top of playing the normal busy schedule, Acoustic Madness has been and will be making several appearances at various festivals around Michigan. In June Acoustic Madness played at the Wixom fireworks celebration and in July opened for the Guess Who at Port Huron’s Blue Water fest. August 20 they appear at the Pontiac Power Week opening for Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels. Saturday, September 3 (8PM) they headline the Acoustic Stage at Royal Oak’s massive Arts, Eats & Beats festival. The following weekend Acoustic Madness play Rochester’s Arts & Apples festival (Sat. Sept. 10, 5PM) and headline the Plymouth Fall Festival (Sun. Sept 11, 4PM).
Two track’s from the Hanzie release HEART’S DESIRE (HR-018) by the Dave Edwards Band are nominated for a Detroit Music Award. “Tell Me About It” (w/Jill Jack) for Outstanding Country Recording and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” for Outstanding Gospel/Christian Recording. Both songs were recorded & produced by Bob Monteleone at Sterritt Sound studio.
The Reefermen, whose EP SUNDAY MORNING SMOKE was released on Hanzie Records (HR-012), are nominated for Outstanding Blues Artist/Group. Reefermen guitarist Bobby East is nominated for 2 DMA awards: Outstanding Rock Instrumentalist and Outstanding Blues Instrumentalist.
Hanzie CEO Bob Monteleone is also nominated for 2 DMA awards: Outstanding Americana Instrumentalist and Outstanding World Music Instrumentalist. The Detroit Music Awards will take place April 29 at the Fillmore (formerly State) Theater in Detroit.
The Dave Edwards Band filmed two videos from the 2015 Hanzie Records release HEART’S DESIRE at Josh Ford’s Sound Shop studio in Chesterfield, Michigan. The Sam Cooke cover “Bring It On Home” featured Jimmie Bones (from Kid Rock’s band) dueting with Dave and playing some tasty piano and organ licks.
Top Michigan recording artist Jill Jack came out to re-create her Tammy Wynette part to Dave’s Delbert McClinton in the country track “Tell Me About It”. Emilee Pastrishkoff did an excellent job filming and editing.
Acoustic Madness also shot two videos with Emilee Pastrishkoff. “Why Did They Kill the Radio?” was shot on location at Oakland University’s WXOU studio and at Nashville session legend Bob Wilson’s house. One scene was filmed at Bob & April Monteleone’s backyard featuring their boys Miles & Coltrane and Emilee’s son Kaiser dressed up as radio/record executives totally destroying a bunch of radios.
“Leaving Welinoph” was shot right after Christmas on the stage upstairs at the Utica, Michigan venue Hatchy’s. Pete Kahn was featured on alto sax on this video track.
Legendary Nashville session keyboardist Bob Wilson (Bob Dylan, Charlie Daniels, George Jones, Freddie King and too many to name here) came by Sterritt Sound studio and played on 2 tracks from upcoming Acoustic Madness project: “Why Did They Kill the Radio?” and “Day Dream”.
Incredible jazz saxophonist Pete Kahn (Laith Al-Saidi, Pat Metheny and more) played soprano & alto sax on 3 upcoming Acoustic Madness tracks: “Leaving Welinoph”, “Let It Go” and “24/Seven”.
Finally, radio personality (and excellent blues guitarist, by the way) Mark “The Paz” Pasman came by to do a rant/monologue dissing today’s listening habits at the end of “Why Did They Kill the Radio?”.
Hanzie artist Acoustic Madness headlined the Acoustic Stage at the huge Art, Eats & Beats Festival in Royal Oak , Michigan, USA on Labor Day weekend. Acoustic Madness also headlined the Plymouth Fall Festival and performed at the Arts & Apples Festival in Rochester, Michigan.
In July, Hanzie Records artist the Dave Edwards Band performed at the international Windsor Blues Fest along the banks of the Detroit River across from the Motor City in Windsor, Canada. Dave tore it up performing many songs from Hanzie releases like LONE SURVIVOR & HEART’S DESIRE as well as nuggets from his former band, The Look.
Hanzie artists Dave Edwards & Bob Monteleone have been nominated for 5 Detroit Music Awards, to be presented April 10 at the Fillmore in Detroit. Dave is up for Best Vocalist & Best Songwriter in the World Music category. Bob for Best Instrumentalist Americana category and Best Songwriter World Music. Dave & Bob are members of Hanzie artist, the reggae band The Belle Islanders, which last released an album, NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US in 2013. “Bring It On Home”, from Dave’s HEART’S DESIRE, is nominated for Best Recording Rock category. It features Jimmie Bones and was produced & recorded by Bob Monteleone at Sterrit Sound.
Dave Edwards has released his 5th Hanzie solo record. Recorded at Sterritt Sound from January-October 2014, HEART’S DESIRE was produced by Bob Monteleone and features special guests Jill Jack (on “Tell Me About It”) and Kid Rock keyboardist Jimmie Bones (“Bring It On Home”). Myles Rutledge of the Stumbling Mice plays drums on 4 tracks and Ken Pesick contributes on 2. The album also features various Dave Edwards Band members Rusty Russum, Jim Megerian, Jason Van Doorn & Dave Mazzara. April Monteleone sings on the title track & “Good Times”. Tony Ugval mastered.