THE CHICAGO SONGWRITER EPISODE 11 INTERVIEW WITH PETER JOLY NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM OR DOWNLOAD. I HAVE TO SAY THIS IS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEASON. HAVE A LISTEN AND SEE WHY PETER JOLY IS SLOWLY BECOMING ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT CRAFTSMAN IN THE CITY.
BE VINNIE BARBARINO!!!
….Southsider Alert System…..
7-10pm There will be electric guitar twang…
Drum rumbling… Bass pumpin’…keyboard clanging and general roots rockin…
…Come hear for yourself the new lineup of A.M.Drinkers…. With BC Brian Carter on Guitar and Tom Alekno on Piano. Mike Dumont of course will be dressed in his finest bubble Suite and Jack Conelly on the Drums.
I have just a few shows left before I get the knife on this shoulder…
….and we are forced to live like John Travolta in a plastic bubble……
This saturday night at The Blue Island Beer Company. BIBCo.
nO Fear just Fun – Don’t Be JOHN TRAVOLTA on SATURDAY NIGHT!!
BE VINNIE BARBARINO AND HAVE SOME FUN
Thursday, January 2nd 7:30-8:30pm
Wednesday, January 15th 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, February 8th 7:30-9:30pm
The guys at Blue Island Beer Company asked me to put together a day of music. Al said “I want you to put together a “Fairly Folk Festival” with the songwriters you feature on the podcast and some bands.” So here is the rundown.
There will be 14 acts on two stages. Running simultaneously starting at 3pm. Below is a complete rundown with times and links to the artist music. Kids are ok with an adult, pets ok as long as they are leashed.
Taco Truck On Site
10:00pm Ragged Timbers – Roots Instrumentalist from Michigan
9:15pm Jimbo Delta – Americana Slide Master
8:30pm Ryan Walsh – Young Turk Singer Songwriter
7:45pm Rich Krueger – 2018 Kerrville Folk Festival Winner
7:00pm B.C. Carter – South Side Workingman’s Songwriter
6:15pm Becky Levi – Chicago’s Best Kept Secret
5:30pm Meg Meredith – 14 Year Old Singer Songwriter
4:45pm Danny Glikis – Southside Singer Songwriter (Juke Shakers)
4:00pm Justin Howl (National Touring Bluesman)
3:00pm David H. O’Leary (Americana)
10:00pm Grit n Gravel – South Side Super Group
9:00pm Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders (Americanafest – Best Honkytonk Band Nominee)
8:00pm Erin Edmister & Three Tons (Powerful Southern Tinged Original Band)
7:00pm Joe Rian & The A.M. Drinkers (Midwestern Roots Music Makers)
My little interview with Chicago Singer – Songwriter Michael McVady. Hope you enjoy. Smooth, contemporary songwriting with the hint of a good 70’s cognac.
We talk about songs, recording on the the lake Michigan beaches and open fire hydrants in the hot Chicago Summer.
Our next live taping will be Wed. September 18th at Blue Island Beer Company 6-9pm. I will be interviewing Becky Levi Andy Seagram and Erin Edmister. Free, Kids Ok.
Just a quick update on the next couple months of show and podcast schedule.
Hope to see YOU out there!
Aug 7 – Reggies Music Joint, Chicago 9pm (BAND)
Aug 21 -Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (Brian Carter / Rob Fishbeck)
Aug 23- Firewater Saloon, Mt Greenwood (BAND)
Aug 24 – Chesty P’s PoloIL (BAND)
Aug 28 – Montrose Saloon 8pm (TRIO)
Aug 30 – Outaspace, Berwyn 8pm (TIO)
Sept 13 – Law Office Pub, Yorkville 7pm (BAND or TRIO)
Sept 18 – Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (Becki Levi, Erin Edmister, Andy Seagram)
Sept 21 – Bernice’s Tavern, Chicago 10pm – 1am (BAND)
Oct 10 – Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn 10pm (BAND)
Oct 12 – Star Union Spirits, Peru IL (TRIO)
Oct 16 – Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (Justin Howl , Danny Gilikis)
Oct 26 – Fairly Folk Festival BIBCO (BAND) +jim Solo
Nov 20 – Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (Richard Prizdia, tba)
Dec 18 – Chicago Songwriter Podcast, Live Taping, BIBCO 6-10 (TBA)
The Chicago Songwriter Podcast / Live Taping
JUNE 26th- 7pm Blue Island Beer Company
FREE – KIDS OK
Do you like ukulele teenage singing sensations? Ever wonder what it’s like
to record a record on the beach? Wonder what it’s like winning a singing competition? Is it crazy to record a 33 Song record at Chicago’s 31st beach …with your shirt off??
7:00pm Meg Meredith Robinson
Join me this Wednesday, June 26th for interviews and performances from two very talented songwriters. First up is 14 year old Meg Meredith Robinson. You may remember her from a house concert I hosted last year or maybe you have seen her open for some of my shows. She has played the bluebird in Nashville, won plenty of singing competitions and in my opinion has all
the potential to become something bigger than the room. If you have a
child who is into music – this is the young person you’d want them to see
Did I mention that it’s OK to bring the Kiddos?
8:30pm Mike McVady
Ever wonder what it would be like to record a record music with sand in
our toes, shirt off and the sound of the waves crashing? I’ve known
Michael McVady a few years now. He is a highly intelligent Songwriter
with a gigantic batch of original material. Some of it is easy listening,
some of it 70’s pop and lush landscapes of vocal harmonies.
Wednesday July 26th 7-10pm
FREE – KIDS OK
Did you miss my first podcast with award
winning songwriter Rich Krueger?
In 2012 I was working for a salon furniture manufacturer in Chicago. This particular company was a small mom and pop place that used to be a big thing back in the day. The owner had taken his father’s company to the next level by building a large distributorship across the country. He would regularly service the accounts visiting each account twice a year. In 2012 the owner was now in his 70’s and he had long since forgotten about his distributor network, instead concentrating on large, profitable corporate deals. Building 10 or 20 stores at a time for Fantastic Sams or a giant beauty school chain became more important than than the small orders from the mom and pop distributors.
I joined him in 2010 after the big recession. In fact I had concentrated on only playing music and odd jobs from 2006-20011. I was broke and the recession just killed me. My now wife and I toured the summer of 2009 in support of my second record “Should It End”. I guess in some ways it did. I was turned off. The internet was changing everything. It seemed people suddenly would only buy a t shirt and let the hard copy of your music sit on the merch table. I retreated into the garage to work on vintage motorcycles and picked up a design job with this salon furniture manufacturer. After a year or so i was starting to get my feet back financially. I asked my wife to marry, we bought a house and very soon after a child was being formed.
It was this time while being out on the road visiting distributors and designing furniture when I wrote this song called Baltimore. I had been on the road for a good week. I traveled up and down West Virginia coal country, through Pennsylvania, Buffalo, Cleveland, and somehow ended up at the Baltimore airport with a half a day left after returning a very stinky rental car.
I didn’t mind getting out on the road every month for this company. Hell, it was kind of like being on tour. but instead of playing to 10 people in LA or 1 person at the Women’s bookstore in Portland (yes the same on that was in Portlandia all the time); I was on the road, getting paid and seeing one or two people at a distributor and being told “what happened to you guys..it’s been years”. Well the later part was fairly lame but the driving on the road was great.
I had recently watched All The Right Moves at a hotel room. You know – the Tom cruise movie where his dad and brother worked at the steel mill and he got kicked off the team – and blew his chance at the big scholarship. Craig T Nelson was so mean!!!
This got me wondering where it was shot at…which got me wondering about a lot of things I guess. You see I grew up in a steel and farming town much like that movie. I had also flunked out of college. I did get a little scholarship to play some ball, but that sucked. About the only thing I like do do was art. . All of this reminiscing made me want my guitar. The next day I went to the town were that was movie was filmed and I picked up a little travel guitar to bang around on. I can remember my dad coming home from the steel mill, I could remember the angst of being that age. I hadn’t been writing any songs anymore. I had kind of given up on the music. It had beat me. So this job at least gave us some money and I did still get to travel a bit. I didn’t even have to worry about gas money to get to the next gig!
Drive and drive, stop and talk, drive and drive, stop and talk, drive and drive, get hotel. Think about that movie. Think about the 80’s and how vibrant the middle class here in the rust belt used to be. Sad state these days indeed. but that’s a whole nother story..right.
After a week of this I found myself sitting under the escalator at the Baltimore Airport. Drinking beer and fingerpicking away. The only place you could really hear this little guitar was in small spaces and the space under the escalator by the glass windows was pretty nice. There was also a bar…so that was nice as well.
Drink a beer, have a smoke, play guitar, wash and rinse ’till the boarding time.
My wife was pretty darn pregnant, I was a little homesick. very tired and was wondering if we’d have a girl or a boy. The line in the song “tuck the baby girl in tight” was my gut feeling knowing that when I got home soon I’d have a little girl to tuck into bed. I remember trying to play this song for my wife when I got back home. She got kinda teary eyed and so did I. Sometimes it’s just nice to be home!
You can listen to Baltimore on any of the digital streaming channels as of today! March 15th.
I am going to donate $2 for each person that follows me on Spotify for the month of March, April and May. Giving the money raised to the American Cancer Society. Two of my good friends right now are doing rounds of chemo as I type. Maybe something like this would be a neat incentive. Life is short so it’s best to make the most of it.
See you out there!
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