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Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and deliver amazing, high energy, performances. "I realized some time ago that the key to the BoDeans identity is the fans' connection to our
music -- nowhere is that more evident or rewarding as when we come together live. We love to connect with fans who have supported us for so long and brought
us so much inspiration." said Kurt Neumann, the band's founder and frontman, "We will continue to play as long as they continue to come out and sing along."
Chart topping songs like "Fadeaway", "Only Love," and "Dreams" won them Rolling Stone's readers poll for Best New American Band in 1987. They were part
of a small contingent of bands that inspired a new radio format known as Adult Alternative, Album Rock-Triple A. Their reputation for delivering a dynamic live show garnered support slots with U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie, and appearances at Farm Aid,
Summerfest, and ACL, among others.
In the 20+ years that followed the release of Love & Sex & Hope & Dreams, the band released several albums which embody songs played heavily at radio, in tv shows, and movies and defined a sound that a generation embraced-songs like
"Good Things," "You Don't Get Much," "Idaho," "If It Makes You," "Closer to Free", "Stay," "American," and, "All the World," which was recently featured on CMT.
BoDeans now reside in that small group of bands that have managed to survive the ups and downs of the industry, remaining true to their sound and their style, for nearly 30 years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has them
permanently displayed as part of their Midwest Artists exhibit.
In 2012, BoDeans released American Made, their 11th studio record, which finds the group embracing their heartland roots and celebrating the American spirit.
That year, they also released the double live CD Amped Across America which was recorded during the summer/fall of 2012.
Summer 2013 marked the return of legendary drummer, Kenny Aronoff, who has played with the band both live and in the studio off and on since the mid 80's.
Many of the band's biggest hits feature Kenny on the drums with longtime bassist Ryan Bowman, David Duffy on fiddle and mandolin, Stefano Intelisano on the keyboard and accordion, and Sam Hawksley with the acoustic guitar and vocals.
The team joins Kurt and Kenny on the road and in the studio with a new record due out 2014.
More Concert info & music samples at: http://copernicuscenter.org/bodeans/
Last December a few friends got together in Nashville to record a bunch of songs. Songs about love, betrayal, murder, hope and redemption.
The session started off casually. As the songs and the sound began to unwind an album was realized. Lex Price produced and engineered.
The Westies were born a few months later when a band was put together to play the songs live. The Westies are:
Michael McDermott - Guitar, Vocals
John Pirruccelo – Guitars: Pedal, Lap Steel, and Mandolin
Mike Davidov - Bass
Robert Dicke - Drums
Dan Ingenthron – Piano, Organ
Heather Horton - Fiddle, Vocals
The album will be released in the fall of 2013 and they'll be playing a few shows here and there leading up to it.
That's about it for now.
Oh, except that the reference point for the band's name is not cute little white puppies. It's the ruthless gang of Irish American punks that ruled and terrorized Hell's Kitchen in the '70's and '80's.
Call it, "ameri-gangsta-cana."
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