Hosted by: LouLombardi aka “Loudini” and Kevin O’Connor
Tonights Episode: Tribute to Gary Richrath of REO Speedwagon
Episode Notes: Lou and Kevin pay tribute to unsung guitar hero Gary Richrath… plus find out if Kevin is a Slut! 😉 Music by Alex Sax, Jeff Fetterman, My Alien Mojo and David Michael Miller
Time: 09/16/2015 07:00 PM EDT
Richrath wrote many of the band’s songs including “Golden Country” from 1972, Ridin’ the Storm Out (1973), “Son of a Poor Man” (1973), “Flying Turkey Trot” (1976), “Only the Strong Survive” (1979) and “Take It On the Run” from 1981. In 1977, he and other members of the band took over production, which resulted in the band’s first platinum album.
Richrath sang several REO Speedwagon songs including “Find My Fortune” (1973), “Wild as the Western Wind” (1974) and “(Only A) Summer Love” (1976). He left REO Speedwagon in 1989, and released a solo album titled Only the Strong Survive in 1992 under the name “Richrath.”
On November 22, 2013, REO and Styx announced a benefit concert titled “Rock to the Rescue” to raise money for the affected families of the tornado in central Illinois. The concert was held on December 4, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois. Richrath reunited with REO for a performance of “Ridin’ the Storm Out” to end REO’s set at the sold-out concert. Richrath stayed on stage to help with the encore of “With a Little Help From My Friends” along with REO, Styx, Richard Marx and others. Richrath was originally from the town of East Peoria which was damaged during the storm. Families affected by the storm and first-responders sat near the stage for this special concert and REO reunion.
Richrath died on September 13, 2015, as confirmed by his former REO Speedwagon associate Kevin Cronin. He was 65.
Alex Sax(Oleg Zhovanik-Shevchik) was born in Russia .. He grew up in Ural, where he attended high school. Alex began playing saxophone at age 18!!!. He started college at Moscow University, but finished at the National High Colledge of Music in 1989 with a Bachelor of Music degree with diploma as artist of orchestra, conductor of wind orchestra.
Alex was a member of the Jazz College Band in 1989, and was one of the Composers for Pop World Studio Teens in 1990.
Alex began his own project as composer and arranger with jazz singer Paola in 1992-1997,then opened the Acid pop recording studio in 1998.
Literally having traveled the world playing smooth jazz, Alex Sax has earned a reputation as a versatile saxman, , and creative arranger. He is poised to step up and take his place on the larger international jazz scene.
Alex Sax based in Dubai,in present time working as freelancer performer.
The smooth jazz fiesta 1998
The Rainbow,International competition of musicians 2000
Composer of Paola Project (pop,acid jazz, dance funk)1999-2002
skills: arrangement,composing(jazz,rock, pop,funk)
JFB has formed a brotherhood of blues and beyond that is undeniable for music lovers of raw, energetic, high intensity shows. No show is ever the same with their spontaneous set changes and off the cuff arrangements of any song they feel they want to play at the moment. They are a spur of the moment band which keeps the shows interesting and unique.
JFB is a blues/rock band that has been performing orginal and cover music for more than a decade. The band has 2 CD’s to their credit that showcase their writing and instrumentation: Ordinary Man and The Long Hard Road.
From their work on The Long Hard Road,the band was awarded a 3-song publishing contract with Transition Music Corp in California.
They have also had songs featured in film and television, including The Closer, Passions, and the Spanish film Tough Guy. JFB has shared the stage with acts such as Molly Hatchet, Buckcherry, and Three Dog Night.
JFB continues to play live shows to promote their original music
“David Miller’s music is earthy and soulful. A bluesy rock style, a rich voice and guitar, along with years of experience, it adds up to a musical pilgrimage that attracts attention and stimulates a crowd. People get interested, and that’s golden!” – Holt Vaughn, Founder and CEO of the Award Winning group of media companies TheEastcoGroup.com
“Miller is one of the finest soul-based singers in our region, and throughout “Poisons Sipped,” he proves he’s also one of our most vibrant songwriters. Elements of gospel, R&B, electric blues and singer-songwriter leanings collide here to form a collection of elegant, stately and eminently grooving songs, delivered with consistent passion. This is incredibly spirited stuff, and it represents a new high-watermark for Buffalo-born recordings.” – Jeff Miers, Buffalo News
“Dave has a great soulful voice that may be the best sounding to have come out of WNY since Billy McEwen, his songs are catchy, funky, full of meaning as is his tasty guitar work.” – Tommy Z, International Recording Artist
“Poisons Sipped is a perfect cocktail of Blues, Soul, and Gospel flavors! Do yourself a favor and treat your ears to one of the best albums of the year!” – Selwyn Birchwood, Alligator Records Recording Artist
“From “old-school” blues/ rock to sweet soul and gospel David Miller knows his stuff. A singer/songwriter and storyteller singing from what he has experienced, Miller is one of those guys who plays it from the heart. The notes falling from his guitar are drenched with passion and, when he opens his mouth and begins to sing, you know it’ nothin’ but the pure unadulterated truth. David Michael Miller is the real deal. If I had to label Miller, I would most likely call him a soul singer but, he is so much more. With each time that I listen to Poisons Sipped, I hear something new. This is an album that is destined to become a classic, passing down through the ages as one of those things that we all come to know and love.” – Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue
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