Nipper’s News: Winterpills, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils, Doc Scanlon’s Pan Atlantic Swingsters

February 13th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg


“We are thrilled, excited and nervous as a school-boy/girl to inform you of the upcoming release of our new full-length album on February 14,” reports Philip Price of Winterpills. The follow-up to their 2010 “Tuxedo of Ashes” EP, the band’s upcoming 13-song album is titled “All My Lovely Goners” and will be released on the Signature Sounds label. In addition to CD and digital download formats, the band is also planning a vinyl release of the album in April.

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Five Firsts: C.B. Smith of C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils

April 5th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg

C.B. Smith

NAME: C.B. Smith
BAND AFFILIATION: C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils
INSTRUMENT: Martin D-35, Telecaster, mandolin

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” by the Byrds (in their brief bluegrass incarnation with Clarence White and Gram Parsons)

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … Peter, Paul and Mary at the Commack Arena during the Folk Scare of the early ’60s

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a Sears Silvertone acoustic guitar. I had seen the Lovin’ Spoonful on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” with John Sebastian strumming an autoharp, and (being a lazy kid) I asked for one for Christmas. My mother couldn’t afford an autoharp, so she bought me the Silvertone. Decades later I told Sebastian this story, and he said, “Yeah, I asked for an autoharp for Christmas once and didn’t get one either. It wasn’t till I had a hit on the radio playing one that my father finally admitted it was a pretty good instrument.”

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