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Going for it

posted Jun 21, 2017, 1:00 AM by Steve Sauer   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 1:37 AM ]
Back to Amy performed at the Ribhouse last Thursday, and this Amy Winehouse tribute will be today's final performer at Valley Forge Casino, at the closing of the Rotation Records industry mixer. We think we've got a pretty hot band, including a jazz quartet always "going for it" in the instrumental warm-ups before the brass section and our fearless singer Su Teears hit the stage. Last week we played material by George Benson, the Meters, Bobby Hebb, and a standard by George Gershwin. Who knows what we might try next?

AM Radio had its most productive concert in a long time at the Ribhouse on Father's Day, as we debuted several songs we'd all been listening to like crazy this week: "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me," "Sunshine Superman," and "Call Me" to name a few. We had special guests drop in for a few unplanned songs: "What's Going On," "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Blue Sky." We fielded requests: "Top of the World," "Hush," and "White Rabbit." A video of me singing "Love Me Two Times" hit the YouTubes. There were a few more songs we were meaning to get to, but we were already going overtime. Everything new we attempted really paid off in a big way. It is great to be associated with another band that's constantly "going for it"!

In other news: During the acoustic show I played with Dan Zdilla last Wednesday at Tellus360, I glanced at my iPad to find out the next song of the set. It was called "Front Porch," and it was Dan's second time performing this song live that he hadn't yet gotten to record. From rehearsals, my understanding of the song is that it's very personal to Dan as it's about a pet he once had. Remembering this, I looked away from the iPad and toward Dan as I uttered his former dog's name to him. Maybe hearing Nelly's name might prompt him to tell a story before playing the song. Dan just smiled at me and told me that was the new name for the song. It's so simple, "Nelly" it is! Now his studio recording sessions have officially included "Nelly."
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