LIVE: The Tichy Boys @ the Troy Chowderfest, 10/15/11

October 17th, 2011, 11:06 am by Greg

John Tichy

John Tichy of the Tichy Boys cranks it up at the Troy Chowderfest on Saturday afternoon…

Photograph by Tim Livingston


Another Video From Wizapalooza

March 4th, 2011, 11:31 am by Greg

Over at Albany’s Hibernian Hall, last Saturday’s benefit concert to honor the late great John Wisniewski brought together a great batch of Nippertown’s finest musicians for a day-long blast of fine music. So much music, in fact, that we thought we’d give you some more.

Earlier this week, we published our review of the day’s festivities, as well as a video of Johnny Rabb (with his band, the Jailhouse Rockers, and a batch of friends) duetting with the Stomplistics’ Dave Macks on the classic “California Sun.”

Here’s another clip – Special guest John Tichy taking over the microphone for a rave-up on Buddy Holly’s “Midnight Shift” with Rabb and his wrecking crew:

The line-up on this one features: Scotty Mac, Dave Maswick, Mark Foster, Johnny Rabb, Buck Malen and John Tichy

Video by Tom Lindsay

John Tichy, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

February 16th, 2010, 3:00 pm by Greg

John Tichy performing with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen at the Hollywood Bowl in 1974.

John Tichy performing with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen at the Hollywood Bowl in 1974.

“Well, I got interested in records in the pre-album era, so I used to buy 45s by the gazillions.

But I believe that the first album that I ever bought was by Little Richard on Specialty. It was called ‘Here’s Little Richard.’ I can picture it – the Specialty label, a yellow and black thing and Little Richard looking real wigged out. Yeah, that was it.”

Founding member of Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen, guitarist-vocalist John Tichy teams up with Johnny Rabb, Graham Tichy, Jim Haggerty and Pete Vumbaco for “The Day the Music Died” – an all-star tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper – at The Linda in Albany on Saturday (February 20).

Photo by Leahtwosaints, used under a Creative Commons license.)

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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