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BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA 22

March 28, 2014

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA 22
songs of a coal miner’s son
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A BLOG FOR MUSIC-LOVERS

With Gene Christy & Rod MacDow

episode twenty-two . . .

What a St Paddy’s season this year! Great craic! Just the way we like it this time of year!

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But today, we move on to a new season of spring springing—if it ever does!—today is yet another day of the cold brittle sunshine we’ve been “enjoying” in this year’s “endless winter” !!—and our theme is taken from Glenn Boden, who is, with Vinni Brandi, the other big half of the duo called the Malibu Brothers (we needed a little “Malibu” this winter!)—and Glenn Boden, when I caught up to the M-Bros, one night at, where else”—Portsmitt’s!—made the comment,

“I think live music may be coming in again!”

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Well—stranger things have happened! Things do go in cycles!

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT AT PORTSMITTS_n

Last week The Dossers, my own Irish-themed, Celtic-rock band, was our featured artist on our blog here at

    BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA

And we have a brilliant schedule of the Berkshires’ finest live music acts coming up soon on this website, including the likes of the Jeff King Blues Band, (not to be missed!) and singer-songwriter Robin O’Herin—the “Bonnie Raitt” of the Berkshires!—Tom Gardner, veteran rocker, Dave Healey, aka the Man in Pink, Patrick Gray, the Bard of North County, and others too numerous to list here—let’s just say

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we have to admit that there is happening right now in our special corner of the world

A LIVE MUSIC REVIVAL !!

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and we’re going to explore, investigate, and celebrate that here on

    BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA

And so without further ado, let’s introduce our

FEATURED ARTIST OF THE WEEK

THE BOYS R GETTIN INTO IT

The MALIBU BROTHERS!

Vinni Brandi

VINNI BRANDI

and Glenn Boden

GLENN BODEN

have been around the Berskhires a lot longer than I have, so I’m just gonna get out of the way and let them play & sing for you!

Here we go with a little something from James Taylor, apropos of the Berkshires—it’s called “Country Road”—performed live at Portsmitt’s by Vinni and Glenn—Vinni on the lead vocal–

COUNTRY ROAD

Didja hear the story about this song by Sweet Baby James? Seems that one night after a gig in Washington, DC, when Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, and John Denver sat up all night polishing off a new song, which Denver was eager to record, and which he called “Country Roads”– when Denver went up to New York to record what would become his immortal world-wide hit song—they advised him that James Taylor had just put out “Country Road”—and that’s how the world got the state song of West Virginia, “Take Me Home, Country Roads!” John Denver had to revise the title of what would go on to become his signature song!

Here are the Malibu Brothers with their rendition of Green Day’s 1997 hit, “Time of Your Life–” this time with Glenn

GLENN ON LEAD VOCAL

singing lead–

TIME OF YOUR LIFE

Last week, on Sunday evening, down in Lee, MA, our host, Robin O’Herin

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did a wonderful job staging an open mike, well-attended, at the Spectrum Playhouse

SPECTRUM PLAYHOUSE
THE SPECTRUM PLAYHOUSE IN THE FORMER ST GEORGE’S ON FRANKLIN STREET IN LEE, MA . . .

—another example of the thriving live music scene in South County.

Tom Gardner

FEATURED ARTIST TOM GARDNER AT SPECTRUM SUN EVENG 23 MAR 014 LEE, MA

was the Featured Artist, and Norm Schaffer

NORM SCHAFFER

and myself, Gene Christy,

GENE CHRISTY AT SPECTRUM

were also on stage—all of us have been, or will soon be, featured here on

    BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA

BTW !! I’ll be back at the Marketplace Cafe on North Street in the heart of downtown Pittsfield doing my solo act, singing the vocals all the way from the Big Band era down thru the days of Classic Rock, on Thursday, April 3rd, 6.30 – 8.30 pm, and again on two Fridays, May 16th and 30th, same times–so come on down and check out me and THE SQUEEZEBOX!!–

TOP O' THE LINE ROLAND!  ALL-DIGITAL!

TOP O’ THE LINE ROLAND! ALL-DIGITAL!

the magical 21st century marvel of musical engineering, all-digital Roland that plays bass guitar, piano and tenor sax!–all at the same time!

Now back to this week’s feature-creature, the Malibu Bros, for a couple more before we leave . . .

DRIFT AWAY by DOBIE GRAY !!

Coming next week – the JEFF KING BLUES BAND ! (not to be missed!)

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And for this week–last-blast from the Malibu Bros!

(Always go out on an up-tempo CCR — if you can!–I always say!)

As for our followers out there in the blogosphere, catch us next week, same time, same station, here at

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA

Meanwhile, visit our friends:

Robin O’Herin at http://www.robinoherin.com/

**** HEADS UP! ROBIN WILL BE OUR FEATURED GUEST TWO WEEKS FROM NOW!!

Bobby Sweet at http://bobbysweet.com/
Rakish Paddy at http://www.rakishpaddyband.com/

Eddie Dillon at http://clancybrothersandtommymakem.com/ed_01.htm

***** WOW !!! SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT *****

Eddie Dillon – will be coming to the Berkshires this fall! All you devotees of the Celtic scene out there—who know Eddie as a member of the national touring cast of the Clancys–stay tuned for further details, to be announced as soon as available—here on

BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA

Eddie Dillon EDDIE –WHO’S THE OTHER DILLON ????

And don’t forget Jessica Roemischer at http://pianobeautiful.com/

You can also follow all the doings at Tara’s Tipperary Tavern at

http://www.tarasfamilypub.com/

Fair thee well, Titanic!

_harland & wolf Titanic

_ Titanic in the ways at Harland and Wolff in Belfast . . .

BTW !!! HEADS UP !! BERKSHIRES MUSIC BEAT USA HAS NOW LINKED UP WITH BERKSHIRES 24-7 ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE ON-LINE!! SO, PRESS THE BUTTON BELOW MARKED–THE BERKSHIRES 24-7 DOT COM !!





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