The triple disc (2CD/DVD) “Bob’s Birthday Concert” is now available here.
And if you are in the Metro Detroit area you can purchase it at any performance of the following acts:
Dave Edwards & The Look
the Stumbling Mice
Bob & April
The concert celebrated Hanzie Records founder Bob Monteleone’s 50th birthday and featured many Hanzie artists like Luck and Trouble, the Stumbling Mice, Dave Edwards Band, the Belle Islanders, Robert Thibodeau, Acoustic Madness and featured the reunion of the seminal Detroit reggae band, Black Market. Recorded & filmed at Callahan’s Music Hall in Auburn Hills, Michigan on March 11, 2011, “Bob’s Birthday Concert” was mixed by Bob & Josh Ford at Sound Shop Studios and the DVD was edited by Bob & Barry Ryan at Echo Multimedia. The 29 songs spread over two CDs features the best material of 8 different artists and the 60 minute DVD contains live footage from the concert mixed with vintage performances, Belle Islanders rehearsal footage and a rare interview with Luck and Trouble founder and ex-Refreshments guitarist Brian Blush. Also included is a double-sided 14" x 9.5" full color poster with photos by noted rock photographer Steve Galli.
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.