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Earwig

Brian Harman

June 23, 2012

 

Artist: Tommy McCoy

Title: Late in The Lonely Night

Label: Earwig CD 4966

 

Tommy has been playing the blues since nineteen sixty-two and two early heroes for him were Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, fast on the heels of these two guitar legends was the British Blues invasion of America and Tommy was instantly smitten by bands such as; The Animals The Pretty Things and the Yardbirds. Their raw rockin’ interpretations of Delta Blues encouraged him go on to perform  the music he so loved much. After years of fronting a number of his own  bands  he had a playing stint with Johnny Thunders that lasted five years; he went on to play with such esteemed artists as  Commander Cody, Levon Helm and Lucky Peterson. In  the late nineties he played in  the U.K. (The Blue Dragon Festival) and went down so well that was voted the top festival  act, after this he recorded an album with the British Blues Band Parker’s Alibi entitled “Live in The U.K.” Now, with this rather splendid album I have found that the eleven numbers here have a rather distinct feel and sound about them, definitely not the comfortable feel of his recent Americana influenced albums. No, a closer to the bone feel that is mostly commonly associated with British blues; this seems to have become rather an advantage for on the title number his clear ringing  guitarwork meshes tantalisingly with the harsh breathy almost wheezing B3 organwork of  Tim Heddon. On the footapping “Never Shoulda Listened,” Tommy has a sparking duet with Karen Denham and features a splendidly swinging Honky tonk Piano and saxophone a real groove. “My Guitar Won’t Play Nothin’ but The Blues,” eloquently displays his razor sharp emotion filled playing.

A inviting and highly satisfying album.

 

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Nashville Blues Society’s Blog

June 2, 2012

TOMMY MCCOY

LATE IN THE LONELY NIGHT

EARWIG CD 4966

 

LATE IN THE LONELY NIGHT--ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER, DEVIL ON MY BACK--MY GUITAR WON'T PLAY NOTHIN BUT THE BLUES--LANGUAGE OF LOVE--CARS BARS AND GUITARS--NEVER SHOULDA LISTENED--IT'S TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW--TREAT HER LIKE A LADY--SCATTERED AND SMOTHERED--LIFE'S TIDES--DANCE YOUR PANTS OFF--SPACEMASTER

 

Guitarist supreme Tommy McCoy has been playing the blues most all his life. He's recorded with Garth Hudson and Levon Helm, Commander Cody, and Lucky Peterson, to name a few. Filling up dance floors all over sunny Florida for the last several years, he has just released his debut CD for Michael Frank's Earwig label. It is entitled "Late In The Lonely Night," and features twelve cuts, ten of them originals. He's backed predominantly by old friends Pug Baker on drums, and Big Al Razz on bass, plus a few special guests to round things out.

 

Check out the leadoff title cut, a minor-key classic tale of a man wondering all night what went wrong with his latest love. "Cars, Bars, And Guitars" tells us where all his money went, altho it sounds like it was one helluva ride! Rick Hatfield's harp feuds with Tommy's lightning lead licks on the slightly-naughty "Dance Your Pants Off," a guaranteed rump-shaker! He caters again to the shag crowd with two choice covers from fellow Floridians Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, "Treat Her Like A Lady," and "It's Too Late To Turn Back Now." Tommy chose to cut these two without backup singers, preferring instead to fill in the breaks with his own lead lines, spicing them up quite nicely, indeed. Joel Tatangelo adds a spaced-out slide straight outta the Jetsons on the funky "Spacemaster," where Tommy's "got a rocket" and is looking for "a planetary lady with a place to dock it!"

 

We had two favorites, too. The poignant tale of struggling with good versus evil is "Angel On My Shoulder, Devil On My Back," again featuring slide from Mr. Tatangelo. And, a clever, alternating-line duet between Tommy and Karyn Denham tackles typical male-female problems with a humorous touch, and is called "Never Shoulda Listened."

 

Just like he sings in what could be his autobiography, "my old Gibson don't play nothin' but the blues," and blues fans are the winners. No pun intended, but "Late In The Lonely Night" is the real McCoy! Until next time....Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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CD Review – Tommy McCoy

“Late In The Lonely Night”

Blue Barry Faust – Smoky Mt. Blues Society

June 2012

 

Tommy McCoy has just gifted us with a wonder new CD “Late In The Lonely Night.”  A true blue veteran of the road, and the country, Tommy has penned 9 originals for our delight.  Having played guitar since middle school, and on both coasts, he has some good stuff to offer us.  The lead track shows off his strong vocals and very tasty lead guitar work.  “Late In The Lonely Night” is a great opener.  In fact I’m not sure there is a weak spoke in the wheel.  Helping out on vocals are Karen Caruthers, and Karyn Denham.  Both lovely ladies bare their souls adding to the cause.  He sings about spending all of his money on “Cars, Bars, and Guitars.”  There is even a picture of his room full of guitars.  Liz Pennock plays piano on a very tasty “Never Shoulda’ Listened.”  Rick Hatfield plays harmonica on “Dance Your Pants Off.”  Finishing up strong with “My Guitar Won’t Play Nothin’ But The Blues.”  Tommy nails down a great CD.  Oh yea, and there are also two covers that are done very well.  “It’s Too Late To Turn Back Now,” and “Treat Her Like A Lady.”  Overall I have to say that Tommy can really play, really write, and sings great.  I’m jealous.  One of the most enjoyable aspects of his new CD is that he never gets excited and overplays.  He just moves right along from one song to the next and I appreciate that.  Have fun with this one.  Your friend, blue barry.

 

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Blind Racoon/Earwig Music Artist:  Tommy McCoy

Late In The Lonely Night

New Release Review

Friday, May 25, 2012

 

http://youtu.be/dsAyR9P7MtA

 

I just got a copy of the new Tommy McCoy release, Late In The Lonely Night. McCoy has worked in the past with such names as Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Commander Cody, Lucky Peterson and the Double Trouble rhythm section but here McCoy teams up with his own band, Big Al Razz on bass and Pug Baker on drums. McCoy plays a contemporary style of rock blues pushed by a strong base and stinging guitar riffs. he wrote 9 of the 11 tracks on this release. Late In The Lonely Night is the release opener with soul style blues in the vein of Robert Cray. Karyn Denham contributes vocal lead to Never Shoulda Listened and Liz Pennick does some really nice piano work as well. Language Of Love is a cool funky blues and possibly the best track on the cd. It features some nice backing female vocals as well as some smart guitar riffs by Mc Coy. Dance Your Pants Off is a straightforward blues rocker that has strong commercial airplay opportunities. McCoy demonstrates his guitar acuity and the song moves along really well with great sax honkin' by Bob Saccente in the mix. The release is wrapped up by My Guitar Won't Play Nothing But The Blues, a clever slow loper which gives McCoy another chance to demonstrate his flare on guitar.

 

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Rock Over America

Artist: Tommy McCoy

Album: Late In The Lonely Night

Label: Earwig Music

Reviewer: Melissa Martinez

Date: May 21, 2012

 

It seems to me that more modern, electric Blues is making a bit of a resurgence, at least in terms of what I’ve been getting lately to review. The latest offering to come my way is Tommy McCoy’s ‘Late In The Lonely Night’. Tommy has played with the great Levon Helm, as well as Double Trouble’s rhythm section, among others. It’s easy to see why he’s done so well.

 

With twelve tracks overall and ten that are original compositions there is a lot to like about Tommy’s seventh CD. Full of great guitar work, and really solid compliments throughout using the B3, sax, harp, and rhythm each track sounds tight.

 

I really like the boogie-woogie feel to “Never Shoulda Listened”. While the guitar feels like the Blues, the rest of the duet with Karyn Denham has a real swing to it. “Cars, Bars and Guitars” definitely comes across as one mans life set to music. Even if you haven’t blown it all on the same things we’ve all been to the point where we really needed that next check to get by. Tommy seems to have a talent for writing music that anybody can relate to.  “My Guitar Won’t Play Nothin’ But The Blues’ lets Tommy’s skills shine with some really tasty licks.

 

While Tommy may be better known to people for his recent releases in Americana, this CD shows that his roots in the Blues are solid, and that he’s not a pretender. The original songs are very well written with witty lyrics that should get a few chuckles, especially when you listen to “Dance Your Pants Off”. It’s an enjoyable CD worth checking out.

 

 

 

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     September 5th is the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Benefit Concert at Up A Creek tavern in Howland, Ohio. Last years event was a nice success and this year's concert will be another impressive reunion of many local music pioneers that contributed to the N.E. Ohio music history. The line up for the show this year will feature musicians from the Warren/ Howland area, dating back to the mid 60s early rock and roll era. "The Holes in the Road" will make an appearance with remaining members: Doug Thomas, Gary McCoy, Dave Pack and Gary Sloas.  Glass Harp, the Shaddows, L.A.W. MF Rattlesnake, Mom's Apple Pie, My Uncles Army Buddies... are some of the other bands from that era being represented this year by: John Sferra, Dave Mazzochi, Steve Acker, Dennis Csiszer, Ron Koloskee, Bob Miller,  Doug Thomas and Grammy winner Roger Hatfield. Plus many more... 

    Organizer and founder of this event, Tommy McCoy, will be the host again this year with help from Madam Weez and Damian Knapp.     Mark Matash, owner of Up a Creek, will again be donating the barbeque and the venue for this great cause. Chef Anthony will be contributing his talent with a little help from TJ Taylor. The Music Center in Niles, will be donating an auction guitar again this year. Last years guitar sold at $1,000.00. Many of the artists donate CDs and T-Shirts and there will be a forthcoming DVD from the Professor of last year and this year combined, with some old footage from a 1966 dance at the Howland Canteen (courtesy Richard Obertots).

    This years corporate sponsor is Microphome.com . This is a new disinfectant/deodorizer foam for mics and audio equipment. All of the musicians are donating their time and talent, many traveling from out of town. All proceeds are donated to a comfort fund for breast cancer patients at the Ireland Cancer Center at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren ( in honor of Vicki Taylor McCoy RN who passed away from breast cancer in 1997.)  Dorothy Kvesich is donating A Beatle collection of her late daughter Susan Kvesich, for auction as well. The cover charge at the door is $10 dollars and the event is planned from noon to 10pm Sept. 5th.