Monday September 15, 2014
En Fuego! As they say in Spanish, Pop Evil is on fire right now as their first Number One song, "Trenches", was followed by a second smash, "Deal with the Devil", and now a third track, "Beautiful", is hot on their trail and currently headed north on the charts. We're always eager to catch up with the Grand Rapids based band, but prior to the release of their latest album, "Onyx", there were some changes in the group, so some catching up needs to be done. The way this show was scheduled is the very definition of serendipity. We had been trying to find a compatible date to welcome Pop Evil to the show, but our available dates didn't mesh with their schedule and vice versa. So, on a hunch we contacted some of the band's representatives to see if there was a chance of getting them on the show. As it turned out, vocalist (and the glue for Pop Evil) Leigh Kakaty (rhymes with Tecate') was in Los Angeles the week of this show, which put him in a position where he was able to join us face to face in our studio. It doesn't get much better than that. Visit the band at PopEvil.com
The band has been involved in some massive tours since the release of "Onyx". Expect that to be the new normal for the Michigan band as they become more and more popular; it's time to add headliner to their resume'. We're curious about the personnel changes in the band, how much of the new album they're playing, what their experience recording with famed producer Johnny K was like as well as working with tune doctor, Dave Bassett and a bazillion other questions. Of course, you'll have your own questions too, so expect a spirited evening in the Trenches with Leigh Kakaty.
Join us for Pop Evil exclusively on our next ROCKLINE! Muy caliente!
Wednesday September 17, 2014
Benmont Tench may not be a household name to the casual Rock & Roll fan, but anyone who has given more than a passing thought to the lush, luxurious, driving, dazzling and perfectly intoned keyboards in the music of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers realizes Mr. Tench is an integral force whether it be on piano, or as the man throttling that one-of-a-kind sound only the Hammond B3 organ can be coaxed to provide. It's not limited to just the Heartbreakers either, Ben is also one of the most coveted keyboard session men in music history, not just rock, in all music history. From Johnny Cash to the Rolling Stones and Alainis Morrisette to Warren Zevon, from Punk to Country and Brit Pop to Soul, Tench seems to know just what a particular song calls for. So, when word came down that he was releasing a solo album the query wasn't why, but why did it take so long? Let's also not limit Ben to piano and organ either, his arsenal includes several other keyboard based instruments along with guitar, bass, drums and more; a few vocals here and there seem to suit the Gainesville, Florida native as well because on this, his debut solo album "You Should Be So Lucky", Benmont not only finds his voice, but he embraces it with resounding confidence too.
We're not sure if that vocal confidence is newfound, but for whatever reasons Tench finally decided to tap into the talents of famed producer Glyn Johns (who wanted to produce a solo album with Benmont at least a decade ago) and along with a few key friends such as Jackson Browne, Paul Simon and the like began some low key jamming at Ben's crib and formulated some basic song structures. Some were ideas from decades ago, others from moments ago. Ben surrounded himself with a great core band featuring Don Was on bass, Ethan Johns (Hurt) on drums and Blake Mills on guitar along with a coterie of famous friends including co-Heartbreaker founder Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, Ryan Adams and plenty more. Benmont is lead vocalist on the album comprising all new songs save two. It all came down to an eleven day window to get the album recorded because that's when the players were available. Wait until your hear what thirty years packed into eleven days sounds like.
Join us for heartbreaker Benmont Tench exclusively on the next Rockline...."You Should Be So Lucky!"