With Savoy Brown &
|Kim Simmonds & Savoy BrownSavoy Brown was formed in London, England in 1965 by guitarist Kim Simmonds. Originally a UK version of a Chicago blues band, the group developed into a classic and highly original rock band but always managed to keep its blues roots intact.
The first album Shakedown in 1967 on Decca records was one of the major UK releases that year that helped spark the British Blues Boom.Later albums such as Hellbound Train on London records in the 1970’s cracked the Billboard Top 40 charts and the band is therefore one of the very few blues band ever to have such commercial success.Kim Simmonds has always led the band, through many personnel band changes and is considered one of the best and most underrated blues/rock guitarists in the world today.Savoy Brown music, along with Kim Simmonds’ guitar style, has been a major influence on countless bands and musicians stretching from Jaco Pastorious in the jazz field to Judas Priest in the heavy metal genre.In later years, albums such as Voodoo Moon on Ruf records in 2011, stayed in the Amazon top seller blues sales for many weeks continuing a legacy that allows the band to tour the world successfully with trips to Europe, Japan, Brazil, Canada and throughout the United States.Currently in 2013 Kim and the band, now comprising of Pat
DeSalvo on bass guitar and Garnet Grimm on drums, have a brand new DVD/CD release Songs From The Road released by Ruf records that is, as of June 1st, in the top 30 of worldwide Amazon blues sales.
Looking ahead, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown have a new album release planned for January 2014 entitled “Going To The Delta”.
Although not reaching the dizzy heights of top of the charts and more to the point, not concerned to, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown have carved a special niche within the music world and have become one of the longest, continuously running blues/rock bands in the world today.
The Weber Brothers
There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life.
At an age when most boys are still dreaming of rock stardom, the Weber Brothers were too busy working to care. Four sets a night, four nights a week, the brothers perfected their hard-won sound in Maryland dive bars they were often too young to frequent. Inspired by their intense love of Scorcese’s classic concert film “The Last Waltz,” Ryan and Sam sent off a self-recorded demo tape to the legendary Ronnie Hawkins, the elder statesman of rock whose former protégés (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, et al.) went on to reshape the music history as The Band. Duly impressed by the pair’s immense raw talent, Hawkins promptly invited them to audition for his storied backing band, The Hawks.
One quick decision and one long van ride later, they arrived at Hawkins’ rural Ontario home, and after surviving the intense musical apprenticeship of his fabled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bootcamp,” they were in: full-blooded Hawks. Ten years and six self-released albums later, the Webers have spread their wings, shared the stage with icons like Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Leon Russell, Derek Trucks and Kris Kristofferson, and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
“Left Right Left Right,” their seventh release, is nothing less than a rebirth of The Weber Brothers sound. A double album of 26 original songs, it fuses the stomping country rock learned at Hawkins’ knee with the brothers’ own love of pop music in all its splendor, from gorgeous “Pet Sounds”/ “White Album” vocal harmonies to blacktop-burning 50’s rockabilly, full-throated Crazy Horse anthems to classic corner group doo-wop. Tightly focused in execution yet epic in scope, “Left Right Left Right” is the Weber Brothers at their finest.