Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Enjoy your holiday season and listen to "Kinda Christmasy" by Tommy Conwell, a music video by George Manney. Cool!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Psychedelic Santa - Buzz Zeemer

Psychedelic Santa by Buzz Zeemer is from the CD "Season's Greetings Philadelphia." Other Buzz Zeemer tunes can also be found on iTunes.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Philly Spectrum - Thanks for the memories!

Thanks for the memories, Philly Spectrum! After four sold-out Pearl Jam shows this week, the Spectrum will be no more.

Philadelphia Weekly has a brief interview with Tommy Conwell about his Spectrum Music Memories.

On playing the Spectrum for the first time:
“The first time we played there as a legitimate opening act, we opened for Bryan Adams. I’ll never forget: We went on the stage and the lights went down and we just start our first song, and you could see all the people rushing in from the exits and you could see the silhouettes—it was like an ant farm or something—all moving down to their seats because the show had started and it was us. That was really like a wow moment.” 

Audio Rumble also remembers The Spectrum by showcasing Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers' breakthrough performance on live television. A performance on PRISM, Feb. 20, 1987, after the Philadelphia 76er's game:

Concert song links -

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tacony Free Concert

Courtesy of nusound on YouTube.

→ Tommy talks about the legendary rock and roll club, JC Dobbs. (A George Manney Film.) From the documentary in production, Meet Me On South Street, The Story Of JC Dobbs. (Note: Removed from YouTube, 1-4-12)
→ Tommy caught live in Tacony for a Free Concert performing his hit, "I'm Not Your Man". (A George Manney film.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tommy Conwell at Tacony

In concert! Tommy Conwell at the Final Tacony Summer Concert in NorthEast Philly!

When: Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:30pm – 9pm
Where: Disston Rec Center, Disston and Glenloch streets (MAP)

Food will be available for purchase. Just bring a lawn chair!

Headliner - Tommy Conwell (His hits and some oldies)
Opening Act - The Miffed (Hard rock sound)

Thanks to the Philadelphia Speaks forum for links to this information!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

WMMR Radio Interview with Tommy Conwell - 1990 Guitar Trouble

Here comes Guitar Trouble!

A radio interview from 1990 -- it's Tommy Conwell on WMMR 93.3' s Street Beat with Cyndy Drue. Promoting the release of Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers' sophomore release, Guitar Trouble.

Listen to Part 1.

Listen to Part 2.

Songs played during the interview but not included with this interview:
- Guitar Trouble
- Nice 'n Naughty
- I'm 17
- Let Me Love You Too
- Rock With You

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sadly, 25th year commemorative t-shirts are sold out at TommyConwellstore.com, but this is DJ Caterina's colorized version...enjoy!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tommy Conwell, Berue Revue Photo

Images of Tommy Conwell on Beru Revue Share at the 2nd Annual Beru Revue Miniature Golf Classic Invitational, Northeast Philadelphia in September 1985.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tommy Conwell at Haddon Lake Park

Tommy Conwell at Haddon Park, 2009. Click here for larger image.

Tommy Conwell appearance on Sat., June 13, info courtesy of Philly Blurbs:

Haddon Lake Park, 13th Avenue, Park Drive and Prospect Boulevard, Haddon Heights, 856-216-2170. Saturday: Jersey Jam 4 MS (benefits Multiple Sclerosis) with Tommy Conwell, Carsie Blanton, Bo Rains and local singer-songwriters, 3 to 7 p.m., free.

Update: Reviews and images from this appearance can be found here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ellipsis Plays the Music of Ray Charles featuring Tommy Conwell

A concert featuring the jazz trio Ellipsis, playing the music of Ray Charles with Tommy Conwell on May 6, 2009. The Ellipsis website has posted images and mp3's of that night's performance.

It's like a mini-concert for your brain!

Tommy Conwell, vocals and guitar
John Stenger, wurlitzer
Paul Gehman, bass
Justin Leigh, drums

1. Bye Bye Love
2. Mary Ann
3. Just a Little Lovin'
4. Greenbacks
5. Half as Much
6. You Don't Know Me
7. Let the Good Times Roll
8. Roll With My Baby
9. Hallelujah I Love Her So
10. Hey Good Looking
11. Sinner's Prayer
12. Georgia on my Mind
13. Unchain My Heart
14. Mess Around
15. I Got a Woman
16. What'd I Say
Encore (with special guest Alexandra Day):
17. Hit the Road, Jack

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tommy Conwell and Ellipsis - An Evening of Ray Charles

Yo! What does DJ Caterina say?

On Wednesday, May 6, see Ellipsis with Tommy Conwell playing the music of Ray Charles.

Live at Tritone! 1509 South Street in Philadelphia...

Below is a clip of Tommy Conwell covering Ray Charles, courtesy of urbanluver1 at Photobucket.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tommy Conwell and the Swingin' Turkeynecks

Tommy Conwell and the Swingin' Turkeynecks will perform April 24, 2009 at The Elbow Room in Roslyn, PA.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Audio Rumble - Dames of PA Mention

Dames of PA is Pennyslvania's source for discovering great music and entertainment in the state, promoting music, arts and entertainment. Audio Rumble is listed as one of their favorite links!

DJ Caterina thanks Dames of PA for the shout-out!

DAMES of PA ceased operating on March 31, 2012 and is now Key Rock Review.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Don't Hang Up - Buzz Zeemer

DJ Caterina's favorite
Buzz Zeemer song from Play Thing is "Don't Hang Up." The song is not featured in the band's 1996 PRISM performance, recorded live at Philly's Theatre of the Living Arts. 

To correct this rock 'n' roll wrong, DJ Caterina has created a video mash-up of Buzz Zeemer's TLA performance clips--with audio of "Don't Hang Up."

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sweet Home Chicago (live) - Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers

Enjoy hearing Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers perform "Sweet Home Chicago" live at The Bottom Line in New York City, Oct. 4, 1988. One of my favorite live and rockin' blues version of this song ever! (Audio version only.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'm Not Your Man - 1988 Article

Tommy Conwell shoots first video from News of Delaware County, July 20, 1988.

"This was the scene this past Monday at Ardmore's 23 East as Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers shot their first video, "I'm Not Your Man," for Columbia Records. The band invited 200 fans to participate in the taping. The first Columbia album is due in early August...."

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thanks But No Thanks - Neuroticus Maximus

DJ Caterina just purchased "Thanks But No Thanks," previously unreleased music from Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers online at the Tommy Conwell Store:
"Never released music by Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers - Originally titled Neuroticus Maximus, recorded at A&M Studio in Los Angeles and produced by Ed Stasium (Ramones, Smithereens, Soul Asylum) in 1992, this album has never seen the light of day until now..."
- Tommy Conwell Store
"Around 1992 The Young Rumblers made an album that MCA paid for, but never put out. It's a good recording, was a little different for us at the time, and is pretty good, I think. I don't like the original title, so I renamed it Thanks But No Thanks. It's available now for the first time ever at tommyconwellstore.com. I hope you like it."

Tommy Conwell, 2009
DJ Caterina has heard Neuroticus Maximus many times, both the original and the demos. Favorite track is "Up Around The Way" - dig the opening guitar riff and the lyrics:
"...it's what you are, not who you know."

Purchase Thanks But No Thanks today!

1. Up Around The Way
2. More Than This
3. Punktuality
4. Terrified
5. I Wanted You
6. I Wish
7. The Devil's Touch
8. I Like You
9. You've Given Up

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Million Pretty Girls [live] at the Spectrum

Million Pretty Girls! Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers perform "Million Pretty Girls" live at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, February 20, 1987.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Guitar Trouble Review

Guitar Trouble longbox image.

          Sony tapped longtime Dwight Yoakam producer Pete Anderson to helm Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers' sophomore LP Guitar Trouble, outsourcing the majority of songwriting duties as well. The end result is a corporate roots rock record with none of the cheeky bar band charm of Conwell's debut effort, Rumble, spelling the swift end of the group's major-label tenure. The album seems slapped together from spare parts; the youthful nihilism of Conwell's self-penned "I'm Seventeen" is completely at odds with Anderson's slick adult alternative production, which adds Bruce Hornsby's elegant piano to further distort the song's intent, while entries like "Rock with You" and the title cut are distressingly mundane, scrubbed clean of all their grit and passion. Guitar Trouble is frustrating proof that not only can you take the band out the bar, but you can take the bar out of the band as well.

~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tommy Conwell and the Little Kings, Grape Street, 1995

Images of Tommy Conwell and the Little Kings at Grape Street in 1995, courtesy of Billy Kerns, playing bass in the background. (And Darryl Ray, too!)

See a Tommy Conwell and the Little Kings performance on YouTube, performing "I'm Not Your Man" live on PRISM at the Chameleon in Lancaster, PA 1997.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers: Walkin' On the Water [1987]

News article from The Gloucester County Times Advertiser, Wednesday, January 14, 1987.
[By Gerard Shields, Staff Writer]

PHILADELPHIA - The rock music scene in Philadelphia has achieved national acclaim thanks to the Hooters, who have become a favorite on MTV and radio stations throughout the country.

Other Philly acts have also received radio attention over the past six years; bands like Robert Hazard and the Heroes and the now-defunct A’s.

But the excitement in Philadelphia is now at it peak with the debut album by one of its youngest bands, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers.
Conwell and the Rumblers have been a premiere Delaware Valley club band over the last two years, largely thanks to their kick-it-out live performances that leave audiences yearning for more.

Fans who want to take Conwell’s streetwise blues home with them need wait no more. “Walkin’ on the Water,” the band’s first album, is a combination of their trademark, high-powered blues and a new, more mature and controlled Conwell – a side some avid fans may have a hard time getting used to.
Conwell built his reputation with fast-and-wild blues guitar and raw vocals that prompted some critics to compare the band to George Thorogood and the Destroyers. But the Rumblers have gone one step further on “Walkin’ on the Water,” incorporating another guitar and supporting keyboards – an instrument that had been foreign to the group.

The line-up in now Conwell on guitar, Paul Slivka on bass, and Jim Hannum on drums, fleshed out be Chris Day on guitar and Rob Miller (a former member of both the Hooters and Hazard’s Heroes) on keyboards.

In a recent interview, Conwell acknowledged that creating a bigger band was his idea.

“That was really me,” said the Bala Cynwyd, Pa. native. “I did it because I want to be a band. I want to have the big sound.”

Conwell built a following from the ground up. He started in Newark, Del., where he was a member of various punk bands while attending the University of Delaware as an English major.

But his main love was jazz. Conwell spent many Saturday nights in jazz clubs watching bands like the Danny Mento Orchestra at the Cherry Hill Holiday Inn.
“To me, blues was a link between jazz and rock and roll,” he said. “I like rock, but I couldn’t see myself doing it.”

Conwell borrowed $1,000 to get the Young Rumblers started in 1984. The band originally consisted of drummer Brad Fish and bassist Chaz Molins. After buying a truck for $500 and a mixer for $200, the band paved its way to local popularity with Conwell’s simple formula for success.

“It’s so basic,” Conwell said. “When you go to a club, you have to be good enough so that those people want to come back and see you again and the club wants to hire you back again, so that the next time you play the club, there will be more people.” “It’s as simple as that, and that’s the one thing we could always do,” he said.

Conwell’s independent attitude was also the fuel for the new album, which was released on Antenna Records, the label that carried the Hooters to a national contract. The Rumblers also share the Hooters’ management company, Cornerstone.

Conwell said that the album was made with the money the band had saved over the last two years.

“No one gave us a cent and I’m really proud of that,” he said.

Although Conwell is confident that the new album can land him a contract with a major label, he is not concentrating on being successful, just making music.
“I consider the album a reward in that if it sold two copies it would still be a reward,” he said.

“Success is not a goal; success is a reward,” he added. “I want to make good music. I want to be the best that I can be.”

The album was co-produced by Andy King of the Hooters and contains a few songs co-written by Robert Hazard. The influence of the two is evident in a synthesized pop sound.

“Walkin’ on the Water” can be dissected into three parts – the new sound, the traditional rock and roll Conwell, and a fusion of the two.

Songs like “Love’s On Fire” and “I’m Home” are fresh Conwell, with straight-ahead rhythms, smooth guitar hooks and keyboard support that seems aimed at attracting radio play.

Conwell calls the songs his biggest departure. “They actually are pop songs, but I want to do that,” he said. “I want to do both. I want to do it all.”
Although some fans may frown upon the departure, the new songs add variety to Conwell’s powerful live appearances and showcase his lyrics, which – although not prolific – show promise.

“You’ve got to realize you’re dealing with different formats,” Conwell said. “Live, you can feel it…On the radio, if you make something too wild, too hectic, or too loose, it’s going to sound trashy.”

The album’s backbone, however, is the blues that made Conwell famous. “I’m Not Your Man,” the first single, has all the elements – a relentless rhythm, straight three-chord base and searing guitar riffs, with great background vocal support.

Likewise, “Tonight’s the Night” and “Million Pretty Girls” are all blues, with the keyboards taking a break. It’s guitar, guitar and more guitar, with rowdy lyrics that serve as the height of a Rumblers concert.

“I’m really glad we put that stuff on the record,” Conwell said. “I’m proud to be a blues man.”

Two of the best tracks on the LP combine the new and the old. “Do You Still Believe in Me” is an excellent ballad with a haunting guitar intro. The song allows Conwell’s lyrics to shine, with lines like “If my grave’s got to be dug/I’ll dig it myself.”

Although Conwell’s voice is raw, he sings with a sincere snarl that makes you stand up and listen. The album is a gift for Rumblers rooters, but Conwell adds that the songs are a little more controlled that the band’s live show.