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.
Singer/songwriter/astrologer/poet Robert Thibodeau released a new album on Hanzie Records called FOLK ROCK LOVE and was recorded mostly from April - October 2014 at Sterritt Sound studio. It contains 14 original compositions and was produced & recorded by Bob Monteleone, who provided most of the instrumentation along with some vocals & banjo by Holly Bernt. It was mastered by Tony Ugval.
The Belle Islanders are nominated for 2 Detroit Music Awards (DMA’s). Best Group in the Reggae/Ska category and Best Recording (NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US) in the Reggae/Ska category. Bob Monteleone is nominated for Best Instrumentalist in the Pop/Rock category. The Detroit Music Awards will be April 25 at the Fillmore in Detroit.
The Hanzie Records family mourns the sudden and unexpected loss of guitarist Brian Silverman. Brian contributed guitar & keyboard parts on the Belle Islander’s self-titled debut in 2008 (CD HR-007). His unique approach was a big part of the sound and template of the Belle Islanders. He also played on and co-wrote the instrumental “Cali-Jam”, which closed the 2nd Belle Islanders album NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US (CD HR-015) in 2013. Brian had lived in Negril, Jamaica since the 1980’s, but had spent much of his last few years in Oak Park, Michigan, USA, a suburb of Detroit, tending to his elderly parents. He leaves behind his lovely wife Toral and many loving friends in both Jamiaca and the USA. He played and toured with such reggae luminaries as the Gladiators and Toots & the Maytals among others. More important than being a wonderful musician, he was a kind, humble man who touched everybody he came in contact with. He will always be missed.
The Look of Love – “Dave Edwards looks to the future with one eye on the past”
Edwards has been fronting the Look since the late ’70s, adding a Detroit edge to the blues-based sleazy hard rock that the Faces did so gloriously, back before Rod got all insecure and asked us all if we think he’s “sexy.”
The follow-up to Belle Islanders’ self titled debut is finally finished and rolling out the showroom door! The Belle Islanders rock harder and groove heavier than ever before! Years in the making, NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US features some brand new originals (the rocking “Kickin’ In The Joint”, the rootsy “It’s Gonna Be Alright” and the Stax flavored “Try One More Time” and more) and some classy covers (“Montego Bay” and April Monteleone’s take on Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”).
Dave Edwards has never sounded so urgent and Mitch Purdy’s drums have never grooved so hard and clear! Bob Monteleone’s production features a wide range of guitar and keyboard textures and Jim Megerian’s bass is, as always, solid as an immovable rock! April’s voice on the top of the 3 & 4-part harmonies give the album another distinctive flavor that sets the band apart from the rest. No sophomore jinx here as the Belle Islanders raise the ante with NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US!
From the iTunes download Pickin’ Singles EP
Recorded live – one take/no overdubs – on WHFR (Henry Ford Community College Radio Station) on July 12, 2012.
Who knew? Not us – that’s for sure. We arrived on a pretty mid-summer afternoon with the intention of performing the songs of Dave Edwards. Dave had picked ten of his favorite songs that he had written over the years.
Everyone set up quietly and quickly. No pressure, we thought we would just play and Dave would talk about some upcoming shows.
You know – have some fun and lickedity split.
The minutes before the 5 PM broadcast turned to seconds. Is everybody ready? Yep. Here we go. The red light, which is a protective sign that warns outsiders not to enter the studio when lit, is on…
Loosen Up begins and you can even hear Dave trying to get comfortable – he’s a little unsure of the opening lyrics*, but everyone goes on spiritedly!
Then, that “IT” thing happened. Where, by God, everyone is knee deep in the pocket and time and space stops for those 5 musicians in the room. It’s one thing to get good performances – they are pros – but it’s truly another to get SPECIAL performances. For me, some of these actually BEAT the studio-recorded versions!
These familiar songs take on a new life with this intimate backing.
This is Dave’s music and show. Dave who is blessed with a voice evocative of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding is in top form. Master of The Box, Mitch Purdy, brings perfect time and subtle rhythmic grooves that are unique to each song. Mitch also plays his mandolin – bringing some funky flavor. There is the deep bottom of the Stand Up Bass that Kenny Pesick is just inside of. April’s sugary voice complements and adds another dimension to the character and color of these songs, and Bob? Forget about it. At one point he sounds like Muddy Waters channeling The Byrds … Eight Miles High era.
What you will hear are jaw dropping performances of the highest order.
Roger & Margaret White were the perfect hosts, helping create this sonic biography of the four decade career of Dave Edwards, founding member and vocalist of The Look.
There is one song that Dave did not write on this recording (but did record on his Lone Survivor record) – the broadcast closing Can’t Keep A Good Man Down, which was written by Bob Monteleone. We have added a new song Music Everyday that was recorded just after Pickin’ Singles (our last effort) was put to bed at Tree Farm Studio and additionally includes Myles Rutledge on the drums.
We hope at some point that you will be able to listen to this record in it’s entirety. You will hear the singer and this collective of musicians not only walking, but dancing along the tightrope of performing live music.
Hanzie’s own Bob Monteleone and his lovely wife, April have just finished and released IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME, a collection of some of their Christmas holiday favorites. Featuring classics like “Winter Wonderland”, “Sleigh Ride” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”
This 10 song collection authentically covers styles from jazz (“The Christmas Song”), country (“Blue Christmas”) and old time rock & roll (“Run Rudolph Run”). The title track, “It’s Christmas Time”, was written by Bob and recorded by Dave Edwards for the Mitch Albom charity project CHRISTMAS IN DETROIT 3 years ago.
Bob & April were helped out by Stumbling Mice drummer Myles Rutledge and Acoustic Madness bassist Ken Pesick played upright on “Blue Christmas”. Other than that, it was Bob laying down all the different guitar, bass & keyboard parts at Tree Farm Studio.
So let IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME be a part of the soundtrack of your holiday season! Available Now!
Hanzie Records is proud to announce the release of SUNDAY MORNING SMOKE, a vinyl only EP from The Reefermen! Recorded at Tree Farms Studio by Bob Ebeling these 4 songs will literally EXPLODE out your speakers! 1960’s garage classics “Psychotic Reaction”, “7 & 7 Is” and “Talk Talk” are included with the Stones’ psychedelic era “Citadel”. Included with the 12” 45 RPM record is a DVD video of “Citadel” being laid down live in the studio! This is the 1st vinyl record in the Reefermen’s storied career and we at Hanzie Records are real proud to have them part of our family here. The cover art is by renowned Detroit artist Mark Arminski and is a HUGE part of the whole “album” experience.
Order the 12” EP record with DVD HERE.
Hanzie Records CEO Bob Monteleone and his wife April have been filling in for Junior and Shirley Mae Whitall for their weekly video webcast “Adventures with Sugar & Jr.” The Whitalls publish the international magazine BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES and when they go on the road to blues festivals, BOB & April step in for them. The 1 hour show, 8-9PM Mondays, is streamed live at WWW.UDETROIT.COM and takes place at the UDetroit Cafe in Harmonie Park, in downtown Detroit. Bob and April have been and continue to feature Hanzie artists such as Dave Edwards (July 30), James Wailin of the Reefermen (July 30) and the Refreshments’ Brian Blush of Luck and Trouble (August 27). Other notable artists that have appeared on the show include Motor City Women, Robert Thibodeau and Stephanie Hamood. Watch for the BOB & APRIL SHOW for most (if not all) of October. If you miss it live, don’t forget every show is archived at WWW.UDETROIT.COM
Hanzie CEO Bob Monteleone moved his recording studio (and Hanzie headquarters) to a new separate location this year. Nothing Fancy Studio has been reborn as Tree Farms Studio. Artists that have come by to lay tracks down include Robert Thibodeau, Lady Luck, Invisible Bridge, The Reefermen (more on THAT later), John Cohassey, RiF and Jeff Main. Work on future projects by Hanzie artists Belle Islanders, Acoustic Madness and Dave Edwards has commenced at the new studio. Also, work on the upcoming concert DVD of Bob’s 50th Birthday Bash at Callahan’s Music Hall featuring many Hanzie artists including Luck & Trouble and a rare appearance by the legendary Black Market.
Dave Edwards has just released “PICKIN’ SINGLES”, a 6-song EP for digital download and is now available on iTunes and CDBaby. “PICKIN’ SINGLES” was produced or co-produced by Hanzie CEO Bob Monteleone and recorded over the last 10 months at Nothing Fancy and Harmonie Park Studios. Featuring a warm blend of acoustic guitars, mandolin, accordion and upright bass, “PICKIN’ SINGLES” represents a new “back to the roots” approach by the longtime Detroit classic rocker. Lending a hand are prominent musicians keyboardist Jimmie “Bones” Trombley (from Kid Rock’s band), drummer Myles Rutledge (Stumbling Mice), bassist Ken Pesick and mandolin player Mitch Purdy (both from Acoustic Madness), vocalist April Monteleone (Belle Islanders), accordion player Mark Iannace (Jill Jack’s band) and pedal steel player Larry LaBeck (the Orbitsuns). Dave’s live band The Look roar through the Frankie Miller song (and only cover in the set) “Be Good To Yourself”.
“PICKIN’ SINGLES” includes “I’m Wondering” and “Rock And Roll Fever”, both released in early 2011 and receiving airplay on WDET/101.9 and WCSX/94.7. The EP also includes “I Found Love”, whose video achieved extreme exposure across the US and Canada.
Brian Blush is coming into Metro Detroit (via Tennessee) to perform a full set of Luck and Trouble material (plus some Refreshments?) with Bob Monteleone on Friday, May 13th. This performance will be a part of the weekend long Party For The Planet festival outside the Rochester Mills Beer Co. in downtown Rochester (400 Water St., Rochester, MI 48307). The band, with Brian & Bob on guitars and vocals, includes Ken Pesick on bass, Kent Elder on keys and Myles Rutledge on drums. The set will also feature special guest Ken McCauley. Music starts at 6PM with Hanzie artist Dave Edwards, followed around 7PM by Luck and Trouble and then at 9PM Broken Bravado featuring Scooter Jennings’ guitarist John Schreffler.
Dave Edwards has just released “I’m Wonderin’” and “Rock And Roll Fever” as a single. Both tunes were recorded at Hanzie Records’ Nothing Fancy Studio in Utica, Michigan and produced by Bob Monteleone. The single features the rhythm section of drummer Miles Rutledge (Stumbling Mice) and upright bassist Ken Pesick (Barefoot Girls, Acoustic Madness). Mitch Purdy (Acoustic Madness) supplies mandolin to both tracks and April Monteleone provides sweet harmonies on “I’m Wonderin’”. The two uptempo tracks (written by Dave) represent a slight shift in direction for the classic rocker. A more organic, rootsy sound is apparent as Dave & Bob’s acoustic guitars set the table as Ken’s upright provides the bottom for Dave’s unmistakeable voice to soar over. Buy this single NOW on iTunes.
Hanzie Records recording artist The Stumbling Mice are headlining top Metro Detroit venue Callahan’s Music Hall on Saturday, September 11th. In just a couple of years, Callahan’s Music Hall, in Auburn Hills, MI, has become one of the top live music clubs in the Midwest. Legendary blues and rock performers like Johnny Winter, Sonny Landreth and Albert Lee among many others have chosen Callahan’s to be their favored Detroit area stop while touring the US. Featuring first class sound & lights and excellent viewpoints, Callahan’s is a fantastic place to see a show. The bands Mule Drive and Big B and the Magic Bullet opens. Showtime is 8PM, doors 6:30PM. Tickets are only $5 and available at the door.
The “Mice” will feature plenty of material from their self-titled debut CD (CD HR-010) as well as some surprises.
Hanzie Records recording artists Dave Edwards Band and the Stumbling Mice will be performing at the Arts, Eats and Beats Festival this year. The festival, which takes place every Labor Day weekend, is going to be held in the streets of downtown Royal Oak for the first time, after being in Pontiac since it’s inception.
The Dave Edwards Band will perform Sunday, September 5th, at 5PM on the “Rock Stage”. His set will contain material from his 3 Hanzie Records solo CD’s as well as a couple of gems from The Look.
The Stumbling Mice will jam Monday (Labor Day), September 6th, at 11AM (that’s right, 11AM! Get there early, you’re not workin’!) also on the “Rock Stage”. The “Mice” will play music from their self-titled debut disc on Hanzie Records as well as some surprises. Come on out and say hi to everybody at the Hanzie Records booth/table!
Hanzie Records recording artist Dave Edwards is nominated for Outstanding Country Recording for the song “It’s Written All Over Your Face” from the Hanzie Records 2009 release LONE SURVIVOR (CD-HR009) and also for Outstanding National Indie Label Artist/Group. The Detroit Music Awards will be on April 16 at the Fillmore Theater.
Those of you listening to Detroit’s classic rock station WCSX/94.7 FM may have noticed a certain Hanzie Records presence in the last few weeks. On the morning of Nov. 21, Pam Rossi played I NEED YOU from Dave Edwards 1st solo disc, TAKE ANOTHER LOOK (CD HR-005) on her “Over Easy” show that airs every weekend morning from 7-10AM.
The next night, Nov. 22, Dave and Bob Monteleone were interviewed on WCSX/94.7’s “Motor City Blues Project” by host Mark Pasman. They discussed, among other things, Dave’s latest release LONE SURVIVOR (CD HR-009) and the Stumbling Mice’s self-titled debut (CD HR-010).
The Paz played Dave’s LOW DOWN, which features Kid Rock’s Jimmie Bones on piano, and then The Stumbling Mice’s KNOW YOU RIDER.
They then talked about and played the recording of IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME, an original song by Bob that Dave recorded at Harmonie Park Studios for the upcoming CHRISTMAS IN DETROIT 3 benefit CD.
Speaking of IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME, Dave & Bob performed it during WDIV’s (Channel 4) telecast of the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade. Look for CHRISTMAS IN DETROIT 3 (with artists like The Howling Diablos, Jeff Daniels, Sun Messengers, Hell Drivers, Stuart Franke, Mitch Albom, Tim Diaz and others) in Metro Detroit stores (Bigby’s Coffee, Tubby’s, etc..)Dec. 10 and available for download NOW.
If you want to hear Hanzie Record’s artists on the radio, like Dave Edwards, The Stumbling Mice or the Belle Islanders, PLEASE call the WCSX/94.7FM’s request line at 313-298-WCSX. Here are the shows and the times that you have the best chance of succeeding… “Over Easy” Sat. & Sun 7-10AM “Motor City Blues Project” Sunday nights 9PM- midnight “Michigan Mondays w/Steve Kostan” Monday nights 10-10:30PM
Stumbling Mice’s debut disc “THE STUMBLING MICE” is finally out and ready to be enjoyed! It opens with blues “shout out” AIN’T DRUNK and closes with Steve Earle’s country gem SOMETIMES SHE FORGETS. In between are inspired performances of KNOW YOU RIDER, ROUTE 66, DUST MY BROOM and many others. THIS IS A GREAT PARTY DISC!! Check it out HERE and also look for it on iTunes in November.
On Sunday, July 26th, Dave Edwards performed 2 songs on WCSX/94.7FM “Over Easy” show. Dave played, with Lou Abraham on guitar, “It’s Written All Over Your Face” and “Ain’t No Cure For Love” from his latest Hanzie release, LONE SURVIVOR. Dave also talked about his new album with cordial host Pam Rossi.
Look for Dave to promote LONE SURVIVOR around town the rest of the year, including Sept. 4th, opening for Randy Bachman (Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive)in downtown Detroit.
Dave Edwards’ LONE SURVIVOR is finally out and available right here! 3 years in the making, LONE SURVIVOR takes the listener on a journey around the world of Dave Edwards and his unmistakable voice. LONE SURVIVOR was produced by Hanzie CEO Bob Monteleone and mostly recorded at Hanzie Records’ Nothing Fancy Studio. Musicians as diverse as Rusty Russum & Lou Abraham (The Look), Jimmie Bones (Kid Rock) and Dylan McCarty (Steller Drive) make appearances as well as noted bassist James Simonson and the legendary drummer Johnny Bee Badanjek. THIS RECORD WILL ROCK YOUR WORLD!!!
The Stumbling Mice are a kick-ass 5 piece blues/rock/country outfit that has been playing the Detroit area for over 3 years. They recorded about 15 tunes over one weekend in March at Nothing Fancy Studio and are putting the finishing touches on an as yet untitled debut disc.
Look here for a late June release (and July on iTunes) for what looks to be a great party disc. The band just set up and played the live show that they normally play at biker bars like the Erin Pub in Fraser, Michigan.
Rockers like ROUTE 66 and Delbert McClinton’s WHY ME flow into blues numbers like WILD ABOUT YOU, DUST MY BROOM and Albert Collins’ I AIN’T DRUNK, I’M JUST DRINKIN’. There’s a couple of Stones covers, a couple of “old school” country tunes and a Grateful Dead cover to boot.
The Belle Islanders will perform a full set PRECISELY at 7PM Friday, November 21st (the Friday before Thanksgiving) at Rock-A-Billy’s in Utica.
The Belle Islanders will feature material from their self-titled debut disc as well as some surprises. The CD, plus tee-shirts (Big “D”!!)will be available for purchase. Also, all other Hanzie releases (Dave Edwards, Poppie & The Stable, Luck and Trouble, Scuba la Boobala, etc…)will be available! So stock up and get some early Christmas shopping out of the way!
Rock-A-Billy’s is one of the last standing of cool indy record stores in Michigan. More in-store appearances & un-plugged shows by bigtime acts happen at Rock-A-Billy’s than any other store. Why buy at a big-box store when you get anything at Rock-A-Billy’s cheaper or the same price?!
Rock-A-Billy’s is at 8411 Hall Rd.(M-59), Utica(586)731-0188 next to Sullivan Funeral Home, on north side of Hall Rd.(M-59)between Old Van Dyke and M-53
Poppie & The Stable’s debut CD Thick Like Grits is out and available right here, right now! You can also find it at most Metro Detroit independent record stores (Rockabilly’s in Utica , etc..) and coming this Monday 5/19 to cdbaby.com. It will available for download on iTunes in June and at other digital stores as well.
You can pick up your copy of the whole CD for only $12 Detroit music supporting dollars Right Here.
The Belle Islander’s self-titled debut CD is finished and will be available at their debut gig Friday, March 21st at Sindbad’s Sohar Room. Showtime’s 9:30PM. Sindbad’s is at 100 St. Clair in Detroit, on the Detroit River (across from Belle Isle!) right next to the Roostertail.
“The Belle Islander’s” will be officially available at the end of April/beginning of May. Look for it on iTunes and other digital downloads some time in May.
Song titles include “Feeling High”, “Country Living”, “High Tide Or Low Tide”, “Soon Come”, “I’m Gonna Love Ya” and 5 others.
Dave Edwards’ 2nd installment of Second Look is almost ready. Second Look is the follow-up to Dave’s debut CD, the Hanzie/Scorpio 2004 release Take Another Look. Second Look is being released in four 4-song installments. Volume 1 was released earlier this year, and featured the Edwards/Shawn Murphy duet “Soul Deep”, that recieved airplay on Detroit radio stations WCSX 94.7 and WRIF 101.1. Shawn Murphy is Bob Seger’s longtime back-up singer and currently is a member of Little Feat. She also toured & recorded with Eric Clapton.
Dave is currently in NYC/New Jersey with his band showcasing some of the new material for some industry insider events. When he returns to Michigan, he’ll put the finishing touches on Second Look Vol 2.
One final note: Vol 2 features an ace version of Carole King’s “It’s Too Late”.
Former Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes is interested in singing on a couple of tracks on Hanzie Records recording artist The Belle Islander’s upcoming debut CD.
Derek is the voice behind many of the Nuge’s most beloved hits, including “Stranglehold” & “Snakeskin Cowboy”. How about a reggae version of “Hey Baby”, which Derek wrote?
The Belle Islanders is a reggae group consisting of The Look’s singer Dave Edwards and members of Black Market.
A live Raggamuffin album is coming out in the fall of 2007. Tentatively titled “RAGGAMUFFIN LIVE:2 BREAKS & A PARKING LOT” will feature covers of Bob Marley’s “Rebel Music”, Johnny Cash’s “Folson Prison Blues” and the Neville Bros. “Yellow Moon”. It will also feature some Elmore James and Stones and maybe some Led Zeppelin.
Raggamuffin started out as a side project of legendary Detroit reggae band Black Market. Bob Monteleone (guitar, vocals), Mitch Purdy (drums) and James Megerian (bass, vocals)would slip in trio gigs between Black Market dates, taking a free-form approach to genres, whether it be country-blues, Hendrix, or psychedelic reggae.
Raggamuffin continues that tradition today, playing steadily in metro Detroit and all over the Midwest.
This live CD, recorded over several gigs in 2006 & 2007, captures the improvisational nature and versatility of this unique band.