Sunday, December 9, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
A vintage Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers black t-shirt, circa 1988.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
A review of "Rumble" in People Weekly, Dec. 19, 1988...so this writer seemed to think that Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers sounded too much like the Hooters? Hmmm...
DJ Caterina is a long-time fan of The Hooters, too, but finds nothing whatsoever in common with these two bands.
RUMBLE by Tommy Conwell and the Young RumblersThis debut is more of a compliment to the work of another Philly rock band, the Hooters, than it is a singular, distinctive statement of its own. True, Conwell has a passionate voice and has demonstrated a more than acceptable working vocabulary of guitar riffs. But it's more than just the contribution of Hooters Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian as songwriters (on Half a Heart) that might saddle the Young Rumblers with the tag of being clones. Conwell's vocal inflections and lead guitar are awfully Hooteresque too. Conwell, who oddly lists Charlie Parker as one of his influences, does take one giant step for individualism with the hit single I'm Not Your Man, and he delivers on the Bo Diddley-inspired Tell Me What You Want Me to Be, but there is little in between to differentiate him and the Rumblers from the prolific crop of roots-rock bands struggling for that one big break. While Conwell does occasionally summon up a growl from his throat a la George Thorogood, that's more often tedious than distinctive. Having acknowledged their affiliation with their fellow Philadelphians to everyone's satisfaction, Conwell and his band need to strike out in search of some different, more promising musical territory. (Columbia)
Friday, November 23, 2007
It's the 6th Annual Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Extravaganza with opening act Tommy Conwell at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA! This show is sold out, per PhillyBurbs.com.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
DJ Caterina absolutely loves the wit and wisdom of HotWingJones, especially after reading a couple of their MySpace bulletin posts promoting their upcoming gig with Tommy Conwell at Gullifty's Underground:
Date: Nov 15, 2007 8:03 AM
Subject: Tommy Conwell, The Barnstormers, and HWJ
Just a reminder that HWJ will be appearing with Tommy Conwell and Quentin and The Barnstormers tomorrow night (Friday, November 16th) at Gullifty's Underground in Camp Hill.
I promise you that this show will kick ass. Tommy is one of the baddest-ass guitar players you will ever see anywhere...
Date: Nov 16, 2007 9:49 AM
Subject: Emergency Announcement
The owners of Gullifty's in Camp Hill wanted us to make an emergency announcement. Those of you with heart conditions, lower back problems, or are subject to the gravitational pull of the moon: you will need to step outside into the lobby when Tommy Conwell takes the stage tonight. Those of you who do not heed this warning are deemed to be proceeding at your own risk. Injuries to your legs, ears and asses may occur, resulting in permanent injury, heightened states of euphoria, or at least a sure fire trip to the emergency room.
For the rest of you rowdy drunks and rebel rousers: TONIGHT!!!!!!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Concert poster courtesy of the HotWingJones MySpace page.
Tommy Conwell headlines a concert tonight at Gullifty's Underground in Camp Hill, PA!
According to Lanark Records, "two other bands will be playing: Quentin and The Barnstormers and HotWingJones. Quentin and Sharks drummer Doug Phillips will be backing Tommy."