The Boston Rock And Roll Anthology Vol. #21 is about to happen!
The goal is to write on this page daily and keep people entertained and informed. Check out this great rendition of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny”
Sunny by Bobby Hebb Kit Morgan – guitar Jerry Crozier-Cole – guitar
This performance was recorded and filmed on the 8th March 2018 Guitar Extravaganza live at Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School. Recording and editing by Dom Balchin see Bobby Hebb Dot Blogspot Dot Com https://bobbyhebb.blogspot.com/2020/04/sunny-by-bobby-hebb-kit-morgan-guitar.html
My Malden Observer interview/ article on Preacher Jack
By Joe Viglione / email@example.com
Posted Sep 5, 2008 at 12:01 AM
Updated Sep 5, 2008 at 5:16 AM
For those who love the unique piano sound heard on the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise/Sydney Pollack movie “The Firm,” the hard-working piano man from Malden offers that style of ivory tickling and so much more.
“Preacher Jack” (a.k.a. Jack Coughlin), commands the stage like an evangelist explaining his “religion” of rock and blues with a raw, distinctive voice that cuts through better than Jimmy Swaggart or Jerry Falwell could ever hope to — probably because when The Preacher dives in to “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” resplendent in Gospel overtones and backing vocalists, you believe him — and understand he believes in what he’S singing and playing.
The Malden Observer caught a performance by Jack on May 8, 2008 at Club Bohemia, the downstairs of the Cantab Lounge in Central Square, Cambridge.
It’s a dark den of sin in need of redemption that Preacher Jack lovingly provides as he bangs away on his traveling keyboard. Offstage, he’s a very personable — and quite reserved — individual, pleasant and engaging.
Here’s a bit of background that the Boston-area legend provided us.
Observer: How long have you lived in Malden?
Preacher Jack: I was born in Malden Feb. 12, 1942 and lived there until the late 1970s. I moved to Salem, Mass., and have resided at the Lafayette Hotel on Washington Street ever since
Observer: Did you first start playing music in Malden in school?
Preacher Jack: Yes. I was influenced at an early age by my mother, who was a runner up on the Major Bowes Radio Show in 1939, and my father, who was an amateur vocalist with a sort of baritone type range. My brother is also a singer with great success.
Malden Observer: What were your first bands?
Preacher Jack: Well, my first band could be considered Malden’s first garage band — we were called “The Jupitors” (sometimes called Jack and the Jupitors) in 1956 with boyhood pals Irving Fineberg on Guitar (self taught, I may add) and Charlie Peavy (later to work at his family’s business “Peavy’s Speed Shop” on Main Street) on drums.
Malden Observer: What were your first live gigs?
Preacher Jack: We played gymnasiums, the YMCA, churches, private parties, lots of clubs that are long gone from the North Shore, and later on worked with Arnie Woo Woo Ginsberg at his famous “Sock Hops” in Saugus on Route 1.
Malden Observer: How did the Rounder album come about?
Preacher Jack: George Thorogood spotted me at the Shipwreck Lounge on Revere Beach, took a liking to me, and brought me to the attention of Ken Irwin at Rounder. We recorded two albums for Rounder with the Delaware Destroyers and Sleepy LaBeef as my backup band(s).
Malden Observer: What was “the demo that got the deal” with Rounder Records?
Preacher Jack: Well, George liked the Luke The Drifter (Hanks Williams alter ego) pieces I was doing and Ken was also a huge Hank fan so I think it was the C & W part of my rep that won the folks at Rounder over.
Malden Observer: Let’s talk about your new disc, “Tales From Life’s Other Side.” What about the double entendre title?
Preacher Jack: It is actually “Pictures From Life’s Other Side,” a play on the Hank Williams song “A Pix From Lifes other side.” Peter (Levine), my manager, and Lady Eleanor (Ramsey) came up with the title. We sat around, listened to the diverse selections on the disc and thought a lot of these songs are snapshots of people’s lives, not necessarily my life, combined with my love of Hank we thought it would be a nice companion title for these tales.
Malden Observer: When did you start developing this album?
Preacher Jack: It is a combination of two sessions, one in 1982 with Dick Berwun at his home studio in Lexington and another done in 1996 at Sound Technique in Boston, which was financed by Gary Cherone of Extreme. When Bill Hunt from Cow Island Music approached us about signing me we had the material just sitting around, so it all came about quickly last year. We released on Feb. 12 of this year and it has been a wonderful relationship with Bill at Cow Island.
The MySpace http://myspace.com/thepreacherjack is full of information on Preacher Jack, including a 10-minute YouTube video posted on the front page.
Jack’s in great voice and the deep piano sounds resonate through the computer as he dips into more gospel: “Preacher Jack is at your service.”
Over a dozen gigs are booked through Oct. 25, including key ones at The Beehive (beehiveboston.com) located at 541 Tremont St. in Boston (617-423-0069) Sept. 10 at 8 p.m., and The Pawtucket Film Festival, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, R.I., on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. (www.mirrorimage.com/mi/film.html).
Check out http://www.myspace.com/thepreacherjack for more dates or go on to You Tube and put in the name “Preacher Jack” to watch the videos that are getting thousands of hits, taped live at Dodge Street, Sandy’s Jazz & Blues and other venues.
April 25, 2020 I didn’t have the strength to post…Smokey Joe passed away at 8 am under my bed…peacefully… I petted his head and told him he was loved. Here’s a photo of Smokey in the rafters…he loved playing in secret places. It’s difficult to go through the thickness of the day when a long-time pet goes on to the next journey. My little double-pawed kitty.
Varulven Records Page on Facebook Established April 24, 2020 https://www.facebook.com/Varulven-Records-100670684968158/
See my page AMG Reviews by Joe Viglione http://joeviglione.com/?page_id=113
Sometimes I forget my own resume’ … I can’t believe ten years have slipped by …today, Friday, is cold and rainy – a strange sort of rain, not sprinkling but kinda on and off showers…so Thursday March 4, 2010 at Bookends author Noah Boyd stopped by.
Welcome to the Thursday, 4-23-2020 edition of JoeViglione.com Joe V is an expert on pop culture, psychic phenomena and rocket science. In fact, he’s quickly speeding towards his sixty-sixth travel around the sun! And proud of it. In fact, having survived obstacles that would make the Mos Eisley spaceport blush with envy, he has the street cred to say:” You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” We filter out the craziness so that you can enjoy this humble yet fascinating website. Who needs a site menu when as above so below. Above is our table of contents, below the page pertinent links to other like-minded genius types.
Adam Ezra in today’s Boston Globe https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/24/arts/adam-ezra-raises-glass-with-his-nightly-concert-series/
Dec 2, 1978 The original show that packed the house, that rocked the house, and that launched Unnatural Axe, Thrills and the Neighborhoods into the Paradise. http://joeviglione.com/?p=1257 Show put together by Joe Viglione and Jon Macey, the second of 49 performances by JV at The Best Concert Club in New England. Our first show was June 29, 1978
THE LOST BALL N CHAIN RECORDING FROM THE 1980S
TWO BONUS TRACKS FROM JOE BLACK – talk about seeing red! 5:28 pm in the wind and rainstorm I fetched this photo of the emerging flower. Today at 4:44 pm it is a cold 44 degrees…I did not plan all the fours in a row, five fours, play that number! Cloudy and windy it feels like it is in the 30’s here five miles north of Boston.
Your daily Boston Rock & Roll pop culture. Our Keyword for today is ROBUST Welcome to Monday, 20, 2020 of April, enjoy the numbers as you won’t be seeing that date again for centuries to come. I believe Genya’s June 9, 1995 letter was regarding the Anthology #19. We are doing plenty of publicity during COVID-19 and want to thank Only Rock Radio and Lonely Oak Radio for playing Mad Painter. We’re also thankful for Only Rock Radio playing “Space and Time” by Pamela Ruby Russell and “Counting Down to Zero (From One)” by Greg Walsh’s New Ghosts. Follow the information on my Twitter https://twitter.com/JoeViglione
Joe Viglione’s BIOGRAPHY of Genya Ravan on AMG https://www.allmusic.com/artist/genya-ravan-mn0000165261/biography