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THEY’RE NOT CANADIAN, ARE THEY?

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Frank Gutch Jr. continues to entertain and educate, in a way that only he can. This time he writes about Petunia & The Vipers. Don’t ask. Read the review.

 

P&VWell, he evidently is, he being a guy named Petunia (a name, I believe, last attributed to a pig) and whose band, Petunia & The Vipers, are ready for the onslaught.  That onslaught, gathering steam for the past few years, is going to vault the band not only onto many stages but into many music fans’ consciousness not only because they can play but because of what they play. And what is that?  I’ve been trying to figure that out.

It is country.  Some of it.  It is jazz.  Some of it.  It is gypsy.  Kind of.  It is twenties, thirties, and forties.  Here and there.  It is even rock, as if the majority of rock bands can be as creative.  In the end, it is entertaining as hell and music seemingly made for video.

 

 

What say you to that, music fans?  Most of you are too young to have caught the boogie woogie and rag days of bands like Pee Wee King and Jimmy Bryant & Speedy West and a plethora of others.  Hear that beat reminiscent of Bill Haley & The Comets?  Would it surprise you to find that Haley was, before that, Country & Western?  He had a couple of bands, fronting both The Four Aces of Western Swing and Bill Haley & The Drifters (under which name he recorded two 45s), and even gained a reputation as a yodeler, wearing the soubriquet “Silver Yodeling Bill Haley” for a time.  Ol’ Petunia has more Haley in him than most folks realize.  See, before they rocked, they boogied.

 

 

Petunia, it seems, is following old paths taken by such Canadian greats as Hank Snow and Montana Slim, spreading the joy through the music.  While radio P&V!does not have the power it once had nor Nashville the mystique, the live shows could well put him/them over the top.  The tracks on the latest album, Inside of You, grabs the music and runs with it,  certain tracks such as They Almost Had Me Believing and Runaway Freight Train Heart making it hard to believe that they have not been buried in the archives some 60 or 70 years before miraculously reappearing.  This is roots music, sports fans, done better than you have heard it done before.

If you get a chance, catch these guys live.  People tell me they blow the roofs off on an off-night (though the jury is still out regarding whether they ever have off-nights).  Imagine what they could do when the cylinders are clicking.

 

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Frank Gutch, Jr. is an international man of mystery, searching high and low for Indie music most of us would otherwise never hear. Check out more of Frank’s writing at rockandreprise

 

 

 

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BONGO BOY TV-Indie Music From Around The World-Episode 1030

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I felt quite honored when Bongo Boy TV asked me to preview each episode of their Music Videos From Around The World show, and to write a few lines about what I had seen & heard. Rozii Chaos an English entry packs a solid song into a cool, glossy video. “The Beginning Of The End” , a power-pop track with rock instrumentation, has an unforgettable hook. The visuals are dynamite, I mean, there’s not much better than a leather clad woman playing guitar! This is just plain sexy as hell. “Slow It Down“, a U.S.A. entry by The Wild Fruit, is a great rock-blues tune with great vocals and some very cool changes in tempo. The video cuts in and out of footage of the band playing in what appears to be a Louisiana swamp. Americana is captured by the ever present white Camero, and the female drummer may just be sexier than a female guitarist. Way cool. There can’t be a representation of American music without the inclusion of Hip Hop. B Bless ft. The Gipht provide “She’s Looking Good“. With its great vocal effects, and special visual effects, this video is surprisingly entertaining.. Secret Wish, an entry from Belgium offers “Ivory Tower“. A keyboard centered sound helps to create a video filled with young women swaying and dancing to a 1980’s electronic pop song. Wonderful to look at and an interesting listen. A Canadian entry, Blow Flyy,  gives us “My Wings Will Take Me“. The black & white footage presents a wonderful backdrop for the electronic effects of this Hip Hop song. With some visual Film Noire elements, this is fun to watch. Radio Drive, ft. Kevin Gullickson submitted “New Direction“.The fast pace of the video edits is great amid the slower feel of the song, which by the way, has me thinking somewhere between Chris Issak and Chris DeBurgh. The drumming is exceptional, and the lead guitar made this song memorable. Another American entry, Joey Evans‘ “Blue Skies Ahead“, is a cool country-pop song, playing amid quick edits of this singer-guitarist in various guises-cowboy, folk artist & mod rocker, standing in locations befitting his various incarnations. There are way cool transitions into and out of a drum & hand clapping break. The lead guitar work is dynamite, and the bright red Rickenbacker is very cool. Well, There you have it. Check this show out. The songs are good, and the videos are creative & interesting.

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BONGO BOY TV

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2014 by TheManicBlogger

Bongo Boy Records LogoThe folks at Bongo Boy are not so quietly turning New Jersey into the music mecca of the American east coast. Monique Grimme & Gar Francis (the Guru Of Garage) of Bongo Boy Records, launched Bongo Boy TV over 3 years ago, determined to share Independent music with the world. As it enters its 4th season, Bongo Boy Rock ‘n’ Roll, the television show, offers up indie music through music videos, and interviews. This 30 minute show seems to be picking up where MTV left off.

bbtv3Now distributed on 20 TV channels across the United States, the little show that could has more than 3.5 million cable subscribers, with each episode being broadcasted just over 125 times. The latest addition to the format, “Indie Music Videos From Around The World” gives every Indie band with an HD video an opportunity to be on television. This is not web tv!   That’s 20 U.S. markets, 125 times, and distributed by 6 major cable companies. Not a bad deal!!! The shows are packed with videos from everywhere and anywhere you could imagine, interviews with way cool musicians, and all of the information about Indie Music you would ever need.

 

 

 

bbtv2So, what does all of this mean? Well, if you want to have your music video seen, really seen, all you need to do is submit a link of your video to Bongo Boy Records. Bongo Boy will respond to all submissions. Become a sponsor. And then everyone can watch you on tv. Bongo Boy TV. And, to make it even sweeter, there is now a Bongo Boy TV app for your mobile phone. You never have to miss a note. No matter where you are. One way cool idea. One way cool show. Exactly what I would expect from Bongo Boy. Watch it. Live it. Breathe it. I am a fan. I used to want my MTV, but these days, its  Bongo Boy TV I’m after.

You can submit your music videos here: http://www.bongoboytv.com/

 

 

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