Cover of FMQB (aka Friday Morning Quarterback)—a trade magazine covering the radio and music industry in the U.S.—featuring Tommy Conwell. Dated September 7, 1990.
Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, “I’m Seventeen,” Columbia
Philly’s hottest export since the cheesesteak throws a curve ball on this sophomore lead off. Strapping on his acoustic guitar, Tommy turns out your basic across-the-boarder, an easy rockin’ piano-guitar-organ record that’s uncharacteristically Conwell. Hell, even Bruce Hornsby’s right hand does its unmistakable ivory dance. “I’m Seventeen” shifts gears into a Bo Diddley interlude before the nimblest of slide bar solos take over. Tommy’s development as a writer and lyricist is very apparent here, and we fell it’s the perfect follow-up to 1988’s #1 AOR track, “I’m Not Your Man.”