Hanzie Records will soon release a couple collections from our artist roster
- The Best of the Belle Islanders will combine the finest songs on the reggae band’s two Hanzie releases, The Belle Islanders and Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us along with four live cuts.
- 11Years of Luck and Trouble: 2002-2013 will be in a double-CD format containing the entire contents of Malfunction Junction and Valpo plus two tracks recorded in early 2013 along with live recordings. Also, look for a vinyl version of Malfunction Junction later this year.
- Also, look for a Special 2oth Anniversary vinyl edition of Malfunction Junction by the end of this year.
Acoustic Madness is nearly finished with a brand album tentatively title Tiffany. Look for a vinyl version as well as a CD version here.
Bob Monteleone is putting the finishing touches on the long awaited 2CD+DVD Bob’s 50th Birthday Concert recorded in 2011 at Callahan’s Music Hall outside Detroit. It features great live performances from the reunited (especially for that event) Black Market, Luck & Trouble, the Belle Islanders, the Stumbling Mice, Dave Edwards and the Look and more.
The 2021 Detroit Music Awards was held virtually on April 11 for the 2nd year in a row due to the pandemic. Hanzie related artists were nominated for 10 awards and the Reefermen WON for Outstanding Rock Group and Bob & Coltrane WON for Outstanding Family Act. Robert Thibodeau was nominated for 3 awards including Outstanding Songwriter in the Americana category, Acoustic Madness members Bob Monteleone and Jorian Olk-Szost were nominated for Outstanding Instumentalist in the Americana category, Bob & April were nominated for Outstanding Artist/Group and Outstanding Recording (the 2020 lockdown single “Never Thought I’d End Like This/Coronavirus Song”), both in the Americana category and Bob for Outstanding Songwriter Americana category.
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?”.