Saturday, June 26, 2010

"No Depression" Buzz Zeemer Article - 1999

The following is an overheard exchange between DJ Caterina and a  co-worker this past week.

Co-worker: So, what kind of music do you listen to again?

DJ Caterina: Well, when it comes to music, I just love me some Philly. Y'know, that late '80's stuff from Tommy Conwell, the Hooters, Flight of Mavis. It's all Daryl Hall's fault. Even these days, I just can't get enough of his show, 'Live from Daryl's House" -- it's sweet

Co-worker: Uh...yeah. Hooters? I thought you didn't like that restaurant? Hey, some friends and I were going to go see the Celtic Thunder concert in the fall. Up for it?
DJ Caterina: Geez, Celtic Thunder. That music and performance has about as much to do with Ireland as McDonald's does to fine dining. Nah, I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to see Frank Brown perform at The Grape Street Pub -- oh, I mean, The Grape Room -- in Philly on a Tuesday night without losing at least three working days.

Co-worker: Hmmm...OK. Right. (steps away slowly)

DJ Caterina: No, seriously! My time on the weekend is so spent. I still have at least two PRISM concert performances to post from Buzz Zeemer on YouTube. But since I won't have that much time this weekend, I'll post a July-August No Depression 1999 Buzz Zeemer Article written by Phil Sheridan...hey, where did everybody go?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tommy Conwell Set List, Summer Solstice

Set list from last night's Tommy Conwell concert at the Summer Solstice Celebration at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall in Philadelphia. (Thanks, Joe!)
Here I Come
Everything They Say Is True
Tonight's The Night

I'm Home
Goin' Back to Philly
Love's on Fire
Guitar Trouble
Goin' On Down Here
Do You Still Believe In Me
I'm Seventeen
Million Pretty Girls
Walkin' on The Water
I'm Not Your Man
Alabama Jubilee  (Jerry Reed cover)
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (Bachman Turner Overdrive cover)
I Want To Walk You Home (Fats Domino cover)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Per e-mail to his fans today, a message from Tommy Conwell:

Hi, you guys. I started a new band that's gonna play all my songs from the 80's. No blues, no jazz, no country, no 50's, no punk rock--I swear! Tommy Conwell songs from the Young Rumblers days, that's it. I've got Joe Gallo on guitar, Brian Falcone on bass, and Jimmy McCloskey on drums, and we rock. We're playing the Kimmel Center's Summer Solstice festival, in the main room, on June 19th at 11:15 P.M. We're pretty excited about it. Tickets are $10, and you can buy them at the door or at We'd love to see you there!  Tommy
Amazing announcement! Yes, the 80's really ARE back!  

  • Connect with the Facebook event page for updates and RSVP!
  • Visit Tommy's store and get re-acquainted with some original Rumblers tunes.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tommy Conwell Interview on WMMR - 1996

Tommy Conwell and the Little Kings were rockin’ in that late 90’s-era of swing music that also featured Bryan Setzer and his 17-piece big swingin’ band and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy featured in the movie,  “Swingers.” Vegas, baby!

This interview with Tommy Conwell is the 2nd to the last episode of Cyndy Drue’s Street Beat, a Philly radio standard from 1986-1996 on WMMR.

And what does Tommy discuss? Buzz Zeemer, the end of the Young Rumblers, thoughts on his talent for songwriting (he says he's not a songwriter - whatever, Tommy!) and Frank Brown's greatness, the MCA record that was never released. Except that it was - eventually. (See Thanks But No Thanks at the Tommy Conwell store.)

Songs featured during this interview (but not included in this clip are):
  • Smarty Pants – Hi Ho Silver! – Tommy Conwell and the Little Kings
  • Break My Heart – PlayThing – Buzz Zeemer
  • Love’s On Fire – Walkin’ on the Water EP – Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers