Friday, April 30, 2010

Bononia Sound Machine In the Studio

Bononia Sound Machine is currently in the studio cranking out a new CD.  They will be traveling to Sacramento In May, to put the final touches on their newest project.  The CD is being mastered at "The Track Shack" in Sacramento as it is being produced by former Tower of Power guitarist Jeff Tamelier.  The Horn arrangements for the CD were written by yet another former TOP member, Greg Adams. Guest artists on the CD are Jeff Tamelier, David Garibaldi, Rocco Prestia, Doc Kupka, Mic Gillette, Stef Burns, and Emilio Castillo. Check out the in studio video of one of the tracks "Doin' It TOP Style". 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

TOP Ten advantages of Tower of Power being from Oakland when visiting Japan next month By: Al Carlos

10.Can win big yen, three on three basketball with Doc as the post up center.
9. Smart enough not to wear slippery church shoes on bullet train when going to the restroom.
8. Most folks were afraid of you, because they think you’re a Black panther, Hell’s Angel, or even worse an Oakland Raider fan.
7. Not being afraid to take off shoes before entering someone’s home, secure in the knowledge that only water-skiers and snow boarders would steal them.
6. Everybody who thinks that Larry is Michael Jordan get free noodles.
5. Checks made out to Geisha Girls won’t clear until they are stateside.
4. Sake vaccination, roll up the floor.
3. They can sing, "Who is sushi, and what is she to you?"
2. The ability to avoid Baby Mama-san, Drama-san.
1. We don’t know Karate, but we knows Ka-Razor.

Monday, April 26, 2010

New Music from Scott Martin, Ava Lemert, and Ambergris plus new playlist added.

This week we are adding some new music to  We have new music Scott Martin and Ava Lemert, as well as music from the short lived early 70’s band Ambergris

Scott Martin has a brand new CD out this week titled “Only Trust Your Heart”.  As the CD liner notes say “Scott Martin’s fourth CD; invites you to sit back, trust your heart and journey with him through the brilliant colors that reflect the vibrant and sensuous soul of Brazil”.  We have three songs now in our rotation from the CD “A Night In Rio”, “LOMB” (Land of Make Believe), and “Tangerine”.  For more information on Scott Martin, go to  You can purchase "Only Trust Your Heart" from cdbaby, just click the "Buy The Album" link below:

Scott Martin: Only Trust Your Heart

Ava Lemert saxophonist/singer from Sacramento, CA. has a new CD out titled “From My Soul”.  About Ava..."Soulful, jazzy, saxy, funky, fresh blend of powerful vocal and saxophones by Ms. Lemert. Seductive, addictive real instruments, music made the way it used to be but with a contemporary soul and vibe. Some fast funk, some smooth sexy, for sax lovers!"  In our current rotation we have three offerings from this CD,  “You Know You Got It”, “I Wanna Funk It Up”, and “Rhodelea”.  Check Ava out at her website  Ava's new CD can also be purchased at cdbaby just click the "Buy The Album" link below:

Ava Lemert: From My Soul

Finally, we have added three songs from the 70’s group Ambergris.  One of the founding members of the band was Jerry Weiss, who had just left "Blood, Sweat and Tears" to start Ambergris.  We have three songs from their only album “Ambergris”. As a side note, this album was produced by the great “Steve Cropper”.

For all the music added to the rotation please see the list below.  As always the list is in Artist order and not in order of play:

Ambergris\Home Groan
Ambergris\Play On Player
Ambergris\Walking On The Water
Ava Lemert\I Wanna Funk It Up
Ava Lemert\Rhodelea
Ava Lemert\You Know You Got it
Blowzone\Pocket Change
Brecker Bros.\Some Skunk Funk
Brian Bromberg\Bass Face
Brooklyn Soul Organization\Trouble in the house
Candy Dulfer\Sax-A-Go-Go
Chad Rager Groove\Whipping Post
Chuck Brown & Eva Cassidy\Let The Good Times Roll
Cold Blood\I Just Want To Make Love To You
Cracked Ice\New Shade Of Bue
David K. Mathews\Airegin
Dyke & The Blazers\Let A Woman Be A Woman - Let A Man...
East Bay Soul\Five To Eleven
Eric Bolvin\Panama Red
Evie Sands\Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Freeport\Get Back
Freeport\Keep it Up All Alone the Line
Funk Filharmonik\If We Make Love 1st (We'll Make Love Last)
Grant Smith And The Power\Keep On Running
Greg Adams\Felix The Cat
Greg Adams\'Sup With That
Here Come The Mummies\Booty
Himlaväsen\Ain´t No Stoppin´ Now
Horney Funk Brothers\Come Together
Isaac Hayes\Don't Let Go
Jack Mack & Heart Attack\A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Jacob Merlin\Hammerhead
James Brown\Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
James Brown\The Payback
Jay Beckenstein\Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Jeff Golub\Cold Duck Time
Jerry Lopez\San Diego
Jimmy Hall\Wonderful Girl
John Németh\Blue Broadway
Jules Broussard\Love Won't Let Me Wait
Kim Wilson\When The Lights Go Out
Kool & the Gang\Funky Stuff
Lee Fields\Live My Life Without You
Les McCann\Funk It
Levon Helm\Take Me To The River
Liquid Soul\This And That
Little Royal\Razor Blade
Lowell Fulson\Black Nights
Luther Kent & the Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks Showband & All-Star Revue\Pocky Way
Maceo Parker\Chicken
Mann Brothers\Afternoon Delight
Mark Dolin\Can't Stop Thinkin' About Ya
Marva Whitney\What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You
Mellow Fellows\I've Got To Find A Way
Mic Gillette\Abaco
Mighty Sam McClain\I'm Sorry
Molasses\Wrap It Up
Natalie Cole\This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
Neville Brothers\Vodoo
Nils Gessinger\Jam It Up
Nils Landgren\Simple Life
Norbert Stachel\Likeside Shuffle
O.V. Wright\Trying To Live My Life Without You
Otis Grand\You Win, I Lose w/Curtis Selgado
Pamela Rose\The One That Got Away
Patrick Allen\Good Lovin' Woman
Patti Drew\Hard To Handle
Paul Craver\Macon Memphis and Muscle Shoals
Paul Langille\Bing It On Home To Me
Paulo Mendoca\Respect
Percy Sledge\Percy Sledge - It Tears Me Up
Pete Escovedo\All This Love
Peter Friestedt\There ain't nothin' (wings of joyful thinkin')
Players Association\The Closer I Get To You
Prime Time Funk\When Your Hot Your Hot
Raphael Wressnig & Alex Schultz\Turtle Walk
Raphael Wressnig & Alex Schultz\What's Going On
Ray Charles\Still Crazy After All These Years
Reuben Wilson\Movin' On
Richard Smith\Sing A Song
Rick Braun\Down and Dirty
Ricky Peterson\Drop Shot
Ridin' Thumb\Know What I Mean
Rippopotamus\Fanfare Of Funk
Robbin Thompson & Steve Bassett\Sweet Virginia Breeze
Roger Smith\Hopscotch
Ron E. Beck\2 Saxe
Rufus Thomas\Barefootin'
Sage\Party Goin' On
Sanford & Townsend\Smoke From A Distant Fire
Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns\Wishing Well
Scott Martin\A Night In Rio
Scott Martin\Lomb (Land Of Make Believe)
Scott Martin\Tangerine
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings\The Collection Song (Bonus Track)
Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes\It's Your Thing
Soul Stew\Love And Happiness
Soulbop\Open The Door To Your Heart
Soulpatrol\Get Up!
Soulpatrol\Soul With A Capital "S"
Spyro Gyra\Catching The Sun
Steely Dan\Deacon Blues
Stefan Redtenbacher\Fred's Haus
Steve Hilliam\Take Ur Pick
Stevie Wonder\I Wish
Strokeland Superband With Glenn Walters\Diamond Billy's Uptown Bar-B-Que
Strokeland Superband\Color Me Gone
Stuey Blue\Sweet Temptation
Tad Robinson\Too Late To Turn Back Now
The Butanes Soul Revue\Victim of circumstances
The Chops Band\Up For The Downstroke
The Edgar Winter Group\I've Got News For You
The Groove Hogs\The Real Love
The J.B.'s\Pass The Peas
The JB Horns\Bop U
The Memphis Horns\Soul Bowl
The Mike Reilly Band\Back To The Basics
The Rascals\Jungle Walk
The Sons Of Champlin\Hold On
The Tubes\Tip Of My Tongue
Tom Saviano\Over The Top
Tom Scott\Sarah, Sarah
Tommy Castro\High On The Hog
Topper Headon\Leave it to luck
Totally Wired\Time & Space Theme
Tower of Power\So Very Hard To Go
Tower of Power\What Is Hip?
Van Morrison\Domino
Vernon Garrett\Crossroads-Live
Warren Hill\Easy
Was (Not Was)\I Can't Turn You Loose
Wet Willie\Soul Sister
Whiskey Howl\Everythings Gonna Be Alright
Willie Hutch\Love Runs Out
Wilson Pickett\She's Lookin' Good
Yoichi Murata\Everybody (Knows It's All Right)
Zapp Zapp\Heavy Pooh
Zen Blues Quartet\Messin' With The Kid

Friday, April 16, 2010

TOP Ten reasons Poncho Sanchez has a bushy beard Al Carlos

10.Huge fan of Gabby Hayes. (Goggle him)

9. Wants to be the ZZ Top of congas.

8. Saved hundreds on wisk brooms.

7. Hides his nation of Islam standard issue bow tie.

6. Sanchez Claus.

5. Likes to be frisked at airports.

4. Pancho has a real old school middle eastern barber.

3. Hasn't had a chest cold in 45 years.

2. Wants Cubans to know, that Fidel wants to look like him.

1.Trademark, see the beard behind the bongos and it's on...

Monday, April 12, 2010

Revised Playlist for 04/12/2010

Listed below is a revised playlist for 04/12/2010.  Songs were just uploaded.  They are in Artist order and not order of play:

Average White Band\Oh, Maceo
Average White Band\Soul Mine
Average White Band\Work To Do
Back To Basic\Good, Good Time
Back To Basic\Key To Your Heart
Back To Basic\No Mumbo Jumbo
Barela\Tower Pops
Big Band Der Bundeswehr\Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
BIG HORNS BEE\Vamp Intro (Reprise)
Bing & the Bingtones\Bump At The Pump
Bing & the Bingtones\Mr DJ
Blood Sweat & Tears\Nuclear Blues
Blood Sweat & Tears \God Bless The Child
Bononia Sound Machine\Childred Of The Sun
Bononia Sound Machine\Very Little Good Time
Boston Horns\Dyno-mite
Brian Culbertson\Hollywood Swinging feat. Musiq Soulchild & Gerald Albright
Brian Culbertson\You Got To Funkifize feat Chance Howard
Bull City Syndicate\Brother Man
Bull City Syndicate\You Make Me Feel
Carmen Grillo\Dr. In The House
Chase\Get It On
Chase\Handbags And Gladrags
Chicago\25 Or 6 To 4
Chuck Brown & Eva Cassidy\Let The Good Times Roll
Cold Blood\Back Here Again
Cold Blood\Down To The Bone
Cold Blood\You Got Me Hummin
Delbert McClinton\Givin' It Up For Your Love
Delbert McClinton\Take Me To The River
Doctor Funk\It May Be Very Good
Doctor Funk\Livin In Bump City
Doctor Funk\Step Up To The Plate
Down To The Bone\Bump 'N' Hustle
Down to the Bone\Get on It
Dyke & The Blazers\Funky Broadway, Pt. 1
East Bay Soul\iHope
East Bay Soul\Jump, Shout & Holler
East Bay Soul\Survival Of The Hippest
Eddie Floyd\Groove Me
Eddie Floyd\Knock On Wood
Edgar Winter's White Trash\I've Got News For You
Fontella Bass\Rescue Me
Francis Rocco Prestia\Don't Play Around
Frank Biner\Frankie B. Is Back In Town
Funk Filharmonik\Everybody Get Down
Funk Filharmonik\Gimme Lovin'
Funk Filharmonik\We Get The Notion
Funkiphino\Hold On
Gangbuster\Mercy Mercy
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band\There's The Rub
Gota Yashiki\What's Up Charlie
Heavy Metal Horns\Horns In The House
Heavy Metal Horns\You're Still A Young Man
Here Come the Mummies\Bump
Hip Service\Hip2DaFunk
Jack Mack & The Heart Attack\Hooray For City
Jack Mack & The Heart Attack\Cardiac Party
Jacob Merlin\Madness (Featuring Mic Gillette)
James Brown\Mother Popcorn
James Brown\Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
James Brown\Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud)
Johnny Guitar Watson\Ain't That A Bitch
Jules Broussard\Cajun Moon
L.A. Boppers\Where Do The Bop Go?
Lenny Williams\Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh
Lighthouse\One Fine Morning (Canadian Mix)
Line Drive\You've Gotta Believe In Something
Little Milton\Some Kind of Wonderful
Lon Bronson All-Star Band\This Story Must Be Told
Lon Bronson\I Gota Run
Lon Bronson\If You Aint Got Love
Low Budget Blues Band\Can I Get a Witness
Luther Kent & the Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks Showband & All-Star Revue\Flip, Flop And Fly
Luther Kent and Trick Bag\Hoochie Coochie Man
Luther Kent\Who Will The Next Fool Be
Maceo & The Macks\Soul Power '74
Manu Dibango\Soul Makossa
Mic Gillette\Funky Good Time
Mic Gillette\Tell Mama
Michael Grimm\I've Been Loving You
Michelle Shocked\Barefootin'
Mike Reilly\Whos Been Sleeping In My Bed
Mingo Fishtrap\Baby Money
Mingo Fishtrap\Catch The Bus
Mingo Fishtrap\People Person
New York Horns\Bring That Friend Of Yours
Nils Gessinger\Soulmusic
Nils Landgren\Give it up
Otis Grand\Finish Line w/Curtis Selgado
Pancho Sanchez\Squib Cakes
Pat O'Donnell\Tee Time
Pee Wee Ellis\Cold Sweat / Licking Stick Licking Stick
Players Association\Ride The Groove
Poncho Sanchez\Shotgun Slim
ReUnion\Willing to Learn
Richard Elliot\The Boys From The Bay
Roger Smith\Horn-Afication
Rufus Thomas\That Woman Is Poison
Sage\Make It Funky
Sage\The Monkey Don't Dance For Free
Santa Fe And The Fat City Horns\Turn Your Love Around
Santa Fe And The Fat City Horns\When The Curtain Goes Up
Santa Fe\Soul Trilogy
Scott Martin\Fried Neckbones
Scott Martin\Menudo And Gritz
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings\100 Days
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings\Humble Me
Sly & The Family Stone\Dance To The Music
Sly & The Family Stone\Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Smokin' With Superman\2 Sweet Fine Hams
Soul Stew\Love And Happiness
Soulbop\Midnight Hour
Steve Bassett\On A Saturday Night
Strokeland Superband\Funky White Blood
Strokeland Superband\It Is What It Is
Strokeland Superband\Just Like The Movies
Ten Wheel Drive With Genya Ravan\Tightrope
The Boogie Kings\Hold On, I'm Comin'
The Buckinghams\Kind of a Drag
The Chops Band\Scrapple And Grits
The Groove Hogs\Blues Is My Business
The Ides of March\Vehicle
The Spyders\I Don't Care
The Super Groovers\Super Groover
Tony Adamo\Groove Therapy
Tower of Power\Can't You See (You Doin' Me Wrong)
Tower of Power\Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
Tower of Power\Flash In The Pan
Wayne Cochran\Goin' Back To Miami
Wilson Pickett\Do You Like Good Music
Yoichi Murata\The Chicken
Zen Blues Quartet\What A Life

Friday, April 9, 2010

News From Roger Smith

Roger Smith (keyboardist for Tower of Power) is currently in the process of re-releasing his 1996 solo CD "My Colors".  Also, Roger is in the final stages of the Rosco 2 (Jazz Rosco).  This CD will be released in the next few month's.  We will keep you informed as the date draws nearer on both releases.  For more information on Roger Smith you can find him at: