Saturday, June 25, 2011

Walkin' On the Water Radio Interview, 1986 - Tommy Conwell, Paul Slivka

A December 1986 interview with Tommy Conwell and Paul Slivka on 93.7 WSTX-FM with Bob Bowersox.

Tommy and Paul discuss the new release of Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers' first independent album on Antenna Records, Walkin’ On the Water. Tommy reminisces about the first Young Rumblers gig at University of Delaware in Newark - Skid Row Beach Party, Feb. 24, 1984.

The boys also talk about the addition of two new members: Chris Day and Rob Miller and Walkin' On the Water's record producer, Andy King, bass player for The Hooters.

You can purchase the Walkin' on the Water CD at the Tommy Conwell Store.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Cover Song | Let Me Love You Too - Boni

The following is an excerpt from an article originally found on

Guitarist/songwriter - Javier Hernández Boni - accidentally stumbled across Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumbler's Guitar Trouble in the early 1990’s and subsequently took the music to Let Me Love You Too and recorded Por Que No? for his first solo record. Sounds pretty vanilla, except for the fact that Boni is from Spain and is a guitarist for one of Europe ’s biggest classic rock bands. 

Read this transcontinental story prepared by Mario Martin, manager of Barricada.

Javier Hernández Boni is the rhythm guitarist and 50% singer of Barricada, a Spanish rock and roll band that has been together since 1982. Boni is a shy guy, seems quiet and calm. Everything changes when he is playing live; when he becomes a savage guitar player!  Boni’s guitar influences include Rory Gallagher, Slade, Sisters of Mercy, The Recovers, Sex Pistols, and The Clash.

In 1992, Boni went into the studio to record Peligroso Animal de Compañía [translation: Dangerous Pet], being helped by a couple of friends and his brother playing drums, as well as two Barricada band members.  This was a personal experience for Boni, to play with close friends and his brother.

Boni wrote all the lyrics on Dangerous Pet, but two of them: The first, written by Barricada´s other lead singer, Enrique Villarreal, and a second song, based on a song written and performed by Tommy Conwell, Let Me Love You Too.

For some reason, Boni seemed to like that song so much and chose it for his very first solo album. (The song was actually discovered by Boni’s brother.) Today, it is very common for Spanish recording artists to record cover versions of very popular songs. Boni decided to take the risk of recording a cover version of a song not known at all in Spain. So, he took the music and a few parts of the lyric and recorded Por Que No? (translation: "Why Now?”).

His record, Dangerous Pet, was a personal success; he never toured for the album because his drummer/brother had an accident and broke a hand. Boni’s dream was to record a solo album, and if it wasn’t possible to play with his brother, he didn’t mind not touring. His success was to record it.  Nowadays, Boni still records and plays with Barricada, harder and louder than never!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

In the Pocket - "You Can't Sit Down" Fan Video

Steve Acito's fan video compilation from In the Pocket's all-star Philly jam at World Cafe Live, celebrating the release of their new single, "You Can't Sit Down." 
 "The Dovells had a signature Philly sound. I remember hearing 'You Can't Sit Down' as a kid and thought it rocked," explains Uosikkinen. "When it came time to record it for In The Pocket, I knew the only guy who could pull this off with total command was Tommy Conwell. And he does not disappoint!"
                                                                    - David Uosikkinen

Musicians include David Uosikkinen, Graham Alexander, Eric Bazilian, Richard Bush, Tommy Conwell, Jay Davidson, Greg Davis, Rick DiFonzo, Jeffrey Gaines, Cliff Hillis, Rob Hyman and Jerry Blavat. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers Live (1989)

Videos of Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers performing "Gonna Breakdown and "Workout" at the Pennsylvania State Fair, in Bensalem, PA, Memorial Day, 1989.