Monday, December 31, 2007

In Memory of Bruce Steinberg

Bruce (pictured at left) with Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power

Our friend Bruce Steinberg passed away on December 30, 2007. Bruce is best know in the music industry as a rock photographer and art director and designer for most of Tower of Powers album covers. and many others, including albums by the Doobie Brothers, Janis Joplin, Azteca, Michael McDonald, the Headhunters, and many more. Bruce was a great friend to and we will miss him dearly.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Featured CD

JON R SMITH: Jon R Smith
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This week our featured CD is from Jon Smith and is self titled Jon R. Smith. The CD was released earlier this month. We have two songs from this new release in our rotation "You Are My Sunshine", and "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans". Below is a brief bio on Jon:

It can safely be said that Jon Smith is a Gulf Coast music legend. Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jon, along with childhood friends Edgar Winter and Jerry LaCroix, formed the now legendary Edgar Winter’s White Trash band in the latter part of 1969. Though that band was only together for a too-short period of time, they left an indelible mark on popular music. Jon R. Smith's full, round tenor sax sound and his superb horn arrangements contributed greatly to the success of that group.

Also known as a member of Louisiana legends, The Fabulous Boogie Kings, Jon contributed greatly to the blue-eyed soul sound they popularized throughout the Gulf Coast.

For over 40 years, the unique and powerful sound of Jon Smith’s saxophone has been sought out by some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Edgar Winter’s White Trash band, Albert Collins, the Grammy Award-winning group Toto, Boz Scaggs, Philip Glass, Dr. John, Randy Newman, The Rascals, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Doobie Brothers, and European superstar Peter Maffay, just to name a few.

A self-taught musician whose first job came at the age of 13, Jon plays as if he was born with the saxophone in his mouth. Some who have heard him play compare his distinctive sound to that of Gene Ammons, Pias Johnson, and David "Fathead" Newman.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas....we have quite a few "Soulful" Christmas Tunes in the Rotation for the next few days. One of our favorites is "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" from the one and only Mike Finnegan.
Happy Holidays Everyone.