From Nippertown to Beantown: The Boston Music Awards

November 15th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

It’s just a short ride on the Mass Pike…

The 24th annual Boston Music Awards will held this weekend at the Liberty Hotel in Boston, so it should come as no surprise that once again a couple of former Nippertown musicians have garnered nominations in some of the most prestigious categories.

John Powhida – formerly of Albany band the Staziaks – has earned another nom as Male Vocalist of the Year for his work at the microphone with his band the John Powhida International Airport.

And the Roy Sludge Trio – featuring former Capital Region bassist Jim Haggerty – has picked up a nomination in the Album of the Year category for their recent release, “Too Drunk to Truck.”

Sludge and Haggerty will also be performing at the awards ceremony on Sunday evening. And sitting in for the night for the trio’s regular guitarist Duke Levine will be none other than Troy’s own red-hot guitarslinger (and Haggerty’s former Rocky Velvet bandmate) Graham Tichy.

Good luck, guys!


Barrence Whitfield Covers Rocky Velvet

August 3rd, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

The latest single by Boston-based veteran soul-rocker Barrence Whitfield and his band, the Monkey Hips, features not one, but TWO covers of songs by the late, great Cropseyville rockabilly rebels, Rocky Velvet.

The brand new single – featuring the tunes “Built Like a Rock” and “I Love Her So” – has been pressed in a limited, individually numbered edition of 500 on yellow vinyl by the fine folks at Q Division’s Q-Dee Records. The tracks were produced by Ed Valauskas, and the seven-inch single was released two weeks ago.

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LIVE: Peter Wolf @ The Egg, 5/21/10

June 4th, 2010, 1:24 pm by Greg

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf

Holy smokes! At age 64, Peter Wolf has not lost one iota of the power, drive and charisma that he was known for when fronting the J. Geils Band so many years ago.

The J. Geils Band’s hits built around Peter Wolf’s voice in the late ’70s and early ’80s dominated the Billboard charts. Memorable tunes like “Looking For Love,” “Love Stinks,” “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold” are still classic-rock radio staples today.

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Flashback: Buddy Holly Died 51 Years Ago Today

February 3rd, 2010, 9:55 am by Greg

Today marks the 51th anniversary of the plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.

Yes, it’s the Day the Music Died, as Don McLean sings:

Nippertown music fans can celebrate the lives and music of Holly, Valens and the Big Bopper at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday, February 20.

In the mid-’80s, some of the best area musicians put on a The Day the Music Died show at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany. In 1999 on the 40th anniversary of the crash, another performance played to a packed Ale House in Troy. Now again in 2010, Johnny Rabb, John Tichy, Graham Tichy, Jim Haggerty and Pete Vumbaco will present a reprise of the show at The Linda – right across the street from the now-defunct Pauly’s Hotel.

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