Track Listing 1. They’re Gonna Let Me Die (Doogie White) 2. You’re No Angel (Eric Martin) 3. Meaning of Love (Jeff Pilson) 4. Celebration (Randy Jackson) 5. Tears & Turpentine (Brandon Reid Allen) 6. Evening Rain (Cristina Sanchez) 7. I Want You To Take Me There (Pale Angel) (Van McLain & Ronnie Platt of Shooting Star) 8. Jump Back (No Sky Today feat. Fin Muir) 9. Glory Train (Doogie White feat. Rex Carroll) 10. Gypsy Moon (Derek St. Holmes) 11. Road to Walk (The Michael Sean Affair) 12. It’s Up To You (HiFi Superstar) 13. Slowdriver (Kimberly Dahme) 14. Blues Gonna Take Me Away (Robin McAuley) 15. Long Way to Go (The 77’s) 16. Feel It’s Time For Love (A Gain of Ten) 17. Love is a Bandit (John Kelly Gannett)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bill Schenk
CREATIVE CONSULTANTS: John Schenk and Johnnie Bolin
PRODUCERS: Chuck Giacinto, Christopher Peterson, Randy Jackson, Van McLain,
John Kelly Gannett, Joe Viers, Troy Luccketta, Wayne Findlay, Michael Roe, Glen Mikes and Keith Semple.
Track by Track Artist Profiles
They’re Gonna Let Me Die:
Doogie White has been the singer for both Rainbow with Richie Blackmore
and Yngwie Malmsteen of Alcatraz. He has amazing pipes and traits of
David Coverdale and Glen Hughes. He says one of his fondest memories
was seeing Tommy Bolin with Deep Purple in that famous rock’n’roll city of
You’re No Angel: Eric Martin is best known as the front man for Mr. Big and having sang their
#1 hit "To Be With You." Eric came on to this project a huge fan of Tommy’s
song “Ode To G”. Eric said, that was a great fan of the song’s advanced arrangement as American classical meets heavy metal. “She’s No Angel” reunites Eric with his old band mate, drummer Troy Luccketta of Tesla fame, who produced the track and played drums. Troy also produced "Tears and Turpentine," and played drums on five of the project's tracks overall.
Meaning Of Love: Jeff Pilson has recently been touring with Foreigner. His career before that was with hard-rockers Dokken. Aside to being known as an amazing bass player, Jeff is a world class singer in his own right, which shines through on "Meaning of Love." Jeff was enthused with Tommy’s entire career. Yet, Jeff has a particular fondness for Tommy’s psychedelic playing in the innovative jazz, rock and blues of Zephyr.
Celebration: Randy Jackson is best known for his band Zebra. They had been seen as a Yes and Led Zeppelin hybrid of great promise when being signed to Atlantic Records as the next Led Zep. Randy remembers Tommy as a breathtaking guitarist who took no prisoners live on cuts like “Marching Powder”. Rachel Barton is also on this cut. Rachel was the first chair violin player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has played behind Page and Plant among others.
Tears And Turpentine: Brandon Reid Allen is an amazing Americana type singer mixing rock and folk styling with a heartfelt baritone. Tears & Turpentine caught his ear for it’s amazing lyric and plaintive chording. Thus, he recognizes it as a Dorian Gray type lament for the portrait of modern man in a very calculating time and captures the melancholy mood of his track that bursts into an anthem like lament. This track has the grandeur of a classic like “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
Evening Rain: Christina Sanchez is the background singer in R. Kelly’s band, whose soulful alto is what helped her win the coveted, “Late Night At The Apollo” spot. Christina loved the ambience of Evening Rain. Keith Semple, member of Chicago-based band 7th Heaven, produced the track and played guitar on the number as well. Keith felt that Tommy’s phrasing on it was similar to Django Reinhart’s gypsy jazz as an acoustic work out adding an exotic element to this adventurous tune.
I Want To Take You There (Pale Angel): Shooting Star was a platinum band out of Kansas City. Their songs became radio anthems that are played today on classic rock stations across the country. They were excited to be on this CD as their producer, Dennis McKay, also produced Tommy Bolin’s Private Eyes record. Van stated that brought his ‘A’ game to the tune in that Tommy could inspire no less.
Jump Back: No Sky Today is hard rock super group which features Finn Muir of Waysted on vocals. Wayne Finley comes to the mix from the Michael Schenker group and loves to flex his own guitar muscle on this track. Quiet Riot’s Kelly Garney is on bass. And, most interestingly, Randy Rhoad’s brother Kelly is on keyboards. Kelly stated that after Randy, Tommy is his favorite guitar player. Finn enjoyed this monster musical work out in that it was Tommy’s own story put to music.
Glory Train: Doogie White returns for a second track on the CD. This time with Rex Carroll on guitar. Rex played in Whitecross, one of the most successful metal bands from Christian Rock genre. In 2004, he also rated third in a hard rock competition sponsored by Guitar Player Magazine. Rex's sweeping slide attack mimics that of Tommy's and Rex seems to channel it in from the heavens.
Gypsy Moon: Derek St. Holmes is best known as the voice behind the Ted Nugent Band. Derek’s voice can be heard wailing daily on radio as the singer of “Stranglehold” and “Hey Baby” respectively. Opening with Ted Nugent, Derek said that he used to watch Tommy in Purple bring down the house in cities like Miami. Derek reveals a bit of his Detroit Motown capabilities on this number backed by Dave Uhrich on guitar.
Road To Walk: Fronting the Michael Sean Affair and Belleview Suite keeps this singer busy. Michael Sean is not considered one of Chicago and Milwaukee’s preferred exports. Michael also sat in with Fuel for a time and his band often backs Disturbed. Michael felt that Tommy’s “Road To Walk” was a song that spoke to him as a “Rock Star’s Lament” in a way that only his voice could communicate.
It’s Up To You:
Hi-Fi Superstar is a group M-TV voted the 4th most likely to break the charts within the next year. Mike Peterson’s vocal style was perfect for the mid-tempo “It’s Up To You”. Michael was amazed that Tommy wrote a song in a style “The Smashing Pumpkins” popularized two decades after his death.
Slow Driver: Kimberly Dahme currently plays bass and sings in Boston. On her own, Kimberly can be thought of as a Bonnie Raitt type sultry vocalist. On “Slow Driver”, Kimberly delivers an intimate performance to put it mildly. Her singing is backed by the slide playing of John Bartle. John has backed Joe Walsh and played with Tommy since he was 13. Also on this track, Johnnie Bolin plays drums bringing the players full circle since their stint with Iowa Hall of Famers, DVC.
Blues Are Gonna Take Me Away: Robin McCauley has played with some of the best guitar players in the business. Originally fronting MSG, then billed as the McCauley-Schenker group, made Robin a Gold record singer and top 40 voice with the stirring, “Any Time”. Robin has gone on to front Survivor and appears here with Johnnie Bolin again on the skins with a promo for V2 Ecig Coupons.
Long Way To Go: The 77’s ruled the 90’s as a college radio staple, and they have a cult following that continues to this day. Singer Mike Roe turns in a Little Feat/Rolling Stones style rave up Mike describes as "swampy as Hell.” Roe described hearing Tommy on Billy Cobham’s Spectrum as a revelation. “No one did anything like it in a rock sense up until that time. I thought Tommy had three hands.”
Feel It’s Time For Love:
A Gain of Ten is a young modern band combining the techno qualities of Postal Service with the emo sensibility of “Death Cab For Cutie.” Pete Severson commented, “This song has an amazing melody on the level of the Beatles. It is an honor to bring Tommy’s soulfulness to a newer generation.” As new as the sounds may be, the echo laden solo backed by congas is a 21st Century take on Tommy’s solo in “Bustin’ Out For Rosey.”
Love Is A Bandit: John Gannett and Emily Ann Smith are from the New York night club scene that gave us Nora Jones. Emily has a band called “Emme and the Swedes”. This song has traces of a 70s singer songwriter type hit from the 70s. No matter how tuneful, the guitar belies its sound with a great complexity. John was known to muse, “The guitar part I had to play was as hard as Segovia. I should know—I play Segovia!”