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Thompson Gunner at Radio Bean November 23, 2013   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing Thompson Gunner last night at Radio Bean. I worked 2-10:30 and somewhere around 7 I looked out the window and the snow was flying like crazy. I quickly walked the icy sidewalks home, did a quick turnaround, swapping sneakers for the boots, and headed downtown.

I walked in around 11:15 and Thompson were just about to go on. Dave Anderson was not there, but the rest of the guys were set up and ready to play. The lit in with country tinged rock and roll and played a great set . They slowed things down a little for a couple of songs, but most of the set just rocked. Caleb Thomas sang deep gritty vocals and played rhythm guitar, Conor McQuade did a bit of guitar shredding and played some cool electric piano, Jeremy Woods rocked the bass, I forgot the name of the new solid rocking drummer, and Aiden Lenihan played more of a lead guitar pedal steel. They played great versions of The Rutland Song, California’s Burning, and Dead Summer. They played a new song that was a bit more country, but at a rock pace and volume. They tossed in the cover of 16 Tons and they wrapped the night with a killer Empress Of Ireland. You would think with all of the guitar, that Dave’s lead guitar playing wouldn’t be missed much if at all. If you did not know the parts he played, you likely had a great time. I missed his leads and harmony vocals dearly, but still had a great time anyway.

After they finished, I grabbed my coat, said a couple of quick goodbyes and took the icy walk home. The ice was nice and chunky, so I kept a good pace, while singing Dead Summer in my head.

Radio Show 17 Thursday June 20, 2013 9-10pm Eastern US Time WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

I just got back from radio show 17 on WBKM.ORG.  It felt really smooth, like everything was in place.  I felt like the arc from the blues, into Black Sea Quartet, into the rock, then back to the blues, flowed right.  I was dancing like a fool to most of the songs, had the windows open, and the sound cranked.

Song before: A Day in the Life/Give Peace A Chance – Paul McCartney



From our small city to the great big world, these are the sounds of Burlington.  Even though the rain has stopped and the sun is out, I’ve got the blues, and the cure.  This is Big Joe Burrell on WBKM, and this is Burlington’s kind of music.


1.) Every Time I Hear That Mellow Saxophone – Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band

2.) The Mechanic – Blues for Breakfast

3.) The Red Army Liberates North Winooski Ave – Black Sea Quartet


Said I never met Mike Deutsch, but saw him play a few times, and he was good.  It was sad to learn that he passed away at 41 years old.  Talked about knowing Mr Charlie for years and having tons of respect for him.  He and Blues for Breakfast play often.  Talked about how Joe moved to town and taught us how to play the blues.  Talked about the statue for him on Church st.  Said it’s time to check out the next song on New Appreciation For Sunshine.


4.) Distance – The Cush

5.) Mary – Plan B

6.) American Proxy – The Hero Cycle


The Hero Cycle sound like pure joy to me, and I was dancing around the studio.  One of the fun things about this gig, is pulling out old CD’s and listening.  OMG, how did I not remember the song Mary.  The Cush, a slice of sonic heaven.  Tomorrow Thompson Gunner are going to play at Nectar’s


7.) The Rutland Song – Thompson Gunner

8.) Sunny Side of the Couch – The Lestons

9.) Wall To Wall – The Lava’s


The Austin sisters have made great music in this town for a long time.  Pulled out the Lestons CD today, and loved this song.  May have to go see Thompson tomorrow.  Last Saturday I saw Cave Bees, Parmaga, Black Rabbit, and a band play the Pixie’s album Doolittle.  The band was Bobby Hackney jr from Rough Francis, Caroline O’Connor, and from Blue Button, James Belizia, Jason Cooley, and Eric Olsen, and what a tremendous job they did playing those complex songs.  Last night, I went out to see Persian Claws and Barbacoa.  The first band on, Violette Ultraviolet were really good too.


10.) Confession – Violette Ultraviolet

11.) Bobfred – Seth Yacovone Blues Band


Seth is another local legend, always playing out.  I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town.  Let’s do it again next week, shall we?



Song after: Faith Healer – Fish