Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Regional Rumble Goes National

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers' Rumble. [July 9 - August 9]

New Kids In Town
Los Angeles Times
October 23, 1988 | Byline: Chris Willman

Band: Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers

Personnel: Tommy Conwell, vocals, lead guitar; Paul Slivka, bass; Jim Hannum, drums; Chris Day, rhythm guitar; Rob Miller, keyboards, guitar

History: Conwell and the Young Rumblers are a bonafide example of a regional success story gone national. They're hometown heroes in Philadelphia (an independent debut LP two years ago sold a reported 70,000 copies in the area), where their popularity may soon come to rival that of the Hooters (ex-Hooter Andy King co-produced the indie debut, and current Hooters contribute to the band's new major-label debut). The band's first Columbia album, "Rumble," was overseen by hit producer Rick Chertoff and released in July. The rollicking leadoff track, "I'm Your Man," hit the No. 1 spot on the national AOR (album-oriented rock) radio charts a few weeks ago, though the song inexplicably stalled on Top 40 formats.

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