Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Concert Review 1987 (Allentown, PA) - Tommy Conwell Does It His Way

The Morning Call, Saturday, March 7, 1987 

Tommy Conwell Does It His Way
by Paul Willistein 

Tommy Conwell has arrived. You could tell the minute you stepped into the Green Pine Inn, Allentown, where the mood was more that of an arena rock concert rather than a club on a Thursday night. Conwell and the Young Rumblers, performing songs from their album, “Walking On the Water,” didn’t disappoint, presenting one of the best shows – club or concert – in the Lehigh Valley in years. 

For those not familiar with Philadelphia’s latest favorite, Conwell, whose single “I’m Not Your Man” is getting airplay, he could be compared to several rockers. With short-cropped blond hair and a muscular frame, Conwell resembles a nice-guy Billy Idol (if that’s possible). He wrings licks from his Gibson hollow-body like guitarist George Thorogood. Vocally, there are inflections of Graham Parker, Joe Jackson, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and (I thought) Steve Miller. So, wasn’t I surprised when he sang Miller’s “Space Cowboy.” 

Conwell, however, has his own style. His material and presentation has matured from the rockabilly of his previous band. His first set was very pop-oriented, while the second was nearly all rhythm and blues. By the time Conwell walked the bar while playing his guitar – without spilling a drink, it might be pointed out – it seemed like the most natural thing to do. He writes very likeable songs and puts on a terrific, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll show. 

Here is that night's setlist:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tommy Conwell's Young Rumblers - Ambler Cabaret [September 5, 1986]

Video of 3-piece band Tommy Conwell's Young Rumblers performing Ambler Cabaret on September 5, 1986. (Songs are in order of video appearance.)

Tommy Conwell’s Young Rumblers
September 5, 1986
Ambler Cabaret, Part 1

- Intro
- Workout
- It’s Your Life
- I’m Home
- Without You
- Welcome To My World
- Walkin' on the Water
- Roadside
- Million Pretty Girls
- Satisfaction Guaranteed
- Possibilities
- Yeah Daddy
- Truck Drivin’ Son of a Gun
- Time Has Come Today
- Tequila
- Kansas City


Tommy Conwell’s Young Rumblers
September 5, 1986 
Ambler Cabaret Part 2


- Kansas City (continue from Part I)
- 6 Days on the Road 
- Downtown Train 
- Do You Still Believe in Me 
- I’m Not Your Man
- I’m Ready (Fats Domino cover) 
- Crazy Mixed Up World 
- Backs Turn to Love 
- What You Need 
- Little Queenie 
- Sweet Home Chicago 
- I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock n Roll (bad audio, video/sound does not synch) 
- Route 66 (bad audio, video/sound does not synch)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tommy Conwell with SideArm and featuring Johnny O! - Jack's Place, Avalon, NJ

An e-mail announcement from the Tommy Conwell Store:
Hey! I'm playing next Saturday night, July 12th, in Avalon, New Jersey at Jack's Place with SideArm, which is my buddy Bobby Pirylis' band. Bobby is also a member of the legendary Octane, which is all you need to know... The band is KILLER!

Also, as if that's not enough, THE Philly party icon Johnny O is playing with us! Special thanks to my old pal, Al Geary, for putting this show together. I can't wait! See you there, you dirty dogs!

Saturday July 12, 2014
Tommy Conwell with SideArm Featuring Johnny O!
Jack's Place Avalon, NJ

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