The Smithereens & Mark Bray On Talking Hendrix
Friday Night on www.activatemedia.org
By Ed Wrobleski
We have two great guests this week our first guest is a drivin’ drummer from the group the Smithereens we have Dennis Diken and he’s coming with the Smithereens with a special guest frontman none other than Marshall Crenshaw they will be rolling into town on Saturday night December 15th at The River Club Music Hall in Scitua, Massachusetts more information on the gig below:
The Smithereens remain one of America’s musical treasures. Formed in New Jersey in 1980, the band’s timeless power-pop sound – rife with strong, catchy melodies, meaningful lyrics and walls of layered guitar, bass and drums – remains intact.
Huge fans of Buddy Holly and the 60s British Invasion (particularly the Beatles, Kinks and the Who), along with Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe, the band incorporated these influences and wore them proudly on their musical sleeves as they developed their own original style and sound.
Anyone who has heard them on record and seen them live knows they are in for a bold and brash treat, with the band’s creative mix of melodic pop structures, lyrical prowess and crashing waterfalls of high energy sound enabling them to continue to be one of power-pop’s most interesting and entertaining bands.
Signature songs like Blood and Roses, A Girl Like You, Only a Memory, Behind the Wall of Sleep and a raft of critically-acclaimed albums (Especially for You, Green Thoughts, 11 and many others) have cemented the band’s place in the hearts, minds and ears of their devoted worldwide fan-base.
The band continues to tour with three original members (Babjak, Diken and bassist Mike Mesaros) despite the unfortunate death in 2017 of founding lead singer, songwriter, guitarist Pat DiNizio.
The band is currently fronted by another noteworthy veteran of the power-pop scene, Marshall Crenshaw, who is enjoying his time touring with the band while also having established his own noteworthy career, which includes having a Top 40 hit in 1982 with Someday, Someway. Marshall does a great job of carrying on the tradition and high standards the band have set for themselves and for their fans over the years.
For more information see the Smithereens official website below:
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Our second guest is singer/songwriter Mark Bray from Baltimore,, Maryland:
Bar Frog Music and Baltimore, Maryland recording artist Mark Bray finds the common ground with everyone and draws each fan in with his music. His current single, “I Just Need A Drink,” is currently climbing the charts and sits at #43. His first single “For Love”, reached #36 on the Music Row Country Breakout charts. This up beat song was the first release off Bray’s album, which is scheduled to be released later this year. This down-home artist has been racking up miles touring and visiting radio visits where his “easy country charm and laid back delivery” is resonating with radio programmers and media outlets alike —deeming him “the one to watch.” With show reviews such as, “If Garth Brooks and The Eagles combined, it would be Mark Bay and the Steel Soul Cowboys,” this guy isn’t stopping anytime soon. He recently took on his biggest role yet, being a dad. Bray and his wife Erin welcomed their baby girl Charlotte Ann into the world at the end of February, 2018.
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