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Showing posts with label Tommy Marsh. Show all posts
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Plano Road Publishing artist: Crooked Eye Tommy - Butterflies & Snakes - New release review

I just received the debut release, Butterflies & Snakes, from Crooked Eye Tommy and it's actually quite good! Opening with a cool blend of John Bonham style rhythm and early Lynyrd Skynyrd swagger, this track tells a crazy myth of Crooked Eye Tommy. West coast vocalist/guitar player/songwriter Tommy Marsh leads this band in what is undoubtedly his strongest effort. This is a cool track with nice slide work joined by Paddy Marsh on guitar as well as Glade Rasmussen on bass and Tony Cicero on drums. Very cool. Next out of the box is Come On In with a much richer Latin R&B feel sung by Paddy. This is a really hot track putting me in the theme track from the Wire (Cable TV show), Way Down In The Hole, written by Tom Waits. This is a really great song with euphoric guitar work throughout and super drum work by Cicero and joined by Jimmy Calire on sax and keys. Excellent! Jimmy Reed style track, I Stole The Blues, stays tight in the groove with rich vocals from Paddy and hot sax work from Calire. Funky jazz rocker, Time Will Tell, shows off some Allman Brothers style guitar lead with a twist of Larry Carlton/Denny Diaz flash for a poppy radio style track with a cool melody. Tide Pool is a really clean soul track featuring paddy on lead vocal with a rich melody and vocal harmonies. Solid keys carry the load and Marsh gets great guitar tone on his smokey solo making this another super radio track. Somebody's Got To Pay has a nice easy swing and casual guitar soloing. Calire isn't messing around when he steps up with his sax blowing the top off. Love Divine has a lot of 70's styling with and some really nice over the top guitar lines. With it's bright but funky beat and tight vocal package and twin guitar leads, it hits the line. Very nice! After The Burn is a hot, Latin influenced rock number that drives. Marsh plays a really crisp guitar solo on this track reinforcing what we all knew all along... he's damn good! Calire lays out another smooth key solo and Marsh is back again bolting the door closed with nicely articulated guitar phrases. Very nice! Texas style rocker, Mad And Disgusted, gets the joint rockin' with a driving beat and super piano work from Calire. Getting the Southern swagger going again, Calire really kills it on this one. Marsh's vocals really work well with this band and his brother's vocals, a deeper shade of blue is a great contrast. Soulful, Over And Over, has a real nice slower pace, digging for rich blues. Calire brings it on sax again and Marsh grinds out a super solo of his own. There is a female vocalist on this track singing background that is very reminiscent of the Dark Side Of the Moon. Very nice! The release is wrapped up with a pop country track, Southern Heart which could easily make a run on the country radio market.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tommy Marsh And Bad Dog Win "Best Blues Band" At Ventura County Music Awards

 

  Tommy Marsh performing at the 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival.
   
Tommy Marsh And Bad Dog Take Home "Best Blues Band" At 2013 Ventura County Music Awards! 
     
   (Ventura CA) - Proving that hard work does pay off, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog took home the "Best Blues Band" plaque at the 2013 Ventura County Music Awards this past weekend, in a lavish ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel.
   Marsh - who fronts his band on lead guitar and vocals - for over a year has hosted "The Session," a weekly Wednesday night blues jam also featuring some of Southern California's finest talent sitting in as Special Guests each week, sponsored by the Ventura County Blues Society.  Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog often play as many as three gigs a week in venues throughout Ventura, Ojai and other SoCal locales. 
  Tommy recently performed at the 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival with Michael John and the Bottom Line and is quickly becoming known as one of the finer guitar players on the Southern California blues/music circuit.  
 
Tommy Marsh (pictured with fiancee Tammy Aren) at the recent Ventura County Music Awards. Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog won "Best Blues Band."

"Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog is a red-hot blues outfit. He has a strong crowd showing up on a weekly basis seeing great out-of-town talent with some very hot locals. The Ventura Blues Society sponsors the weekly event, with a featured artist showcased, (with) Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog backing that person. Afterward there is a jam with Bad Dog, that is fun to watch. At some of these jams you can see some real talent come to life. The room was humming with people casually dancing, some more intense than others - all having a wonderful time."                
                            - B Noel Barr/Random Lengths News
 

  Additional Information On Tommy Marsh And Bad Dog Or Interviews:
           

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog Welcome Guitarist Dave Widow To The Session This Wednesday

   
Fresh off their win for "Best Blues Band" at the Ventura County Music Awards, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog welcome smooth-sounding blues/r&b guitarist Dave Widow as their Special Guest to The Session this Wednesday, May 22 the at Bombay Bar & Grill in Ventura.
   
   (Ventura, Calif.) - Fresh off their win for "Best Blues Band" at the recent Ventura County Music Awards,  Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog welcome smooth-sounding blues/r&b guitarist Dave Widow to The Session at The Bombay this Wednesday, May 22. Sponsored by Ventura County Blues Society) - 143 S. California Ave.; 8-11 p.m. No cover. Info: (805) 643-4404 or https://www.facebook.com/events/464023660344150/.
    The Chicago blues and soul-inspired music of acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Dave Widow can be heard to fine effect on his recently-released album "Waiting For The World To End," touted by the prestigious Blues Foundation as a Top Five Finalist in the category of "Best Self-Produced CD."  The record has received sparkling reviews and both national (and) international radio airplay. Other recent Dave widow accolades: 2012 "Hot 100 Artist of the Year" selection by noted trade publication, Music Connection; and "Musical Group of the Year" nominee by the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards. www.davewidow.com.
                                 
Tommy Marsh performing at the recent 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival with Michael John and The Bottom Line. (Photo by Joy Neely)

           Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog To Perform At Finis Tasby Benefit in June

     Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog are proud to be taking part in a benefit concert for longtime Southern California bluesman Finis Tasby on Saturday, June 15. More on that event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/303322909796529/
About Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog 
                     
   "Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog is a red-hot blues outfit. He has a strong crowd showing up on a weekly basis seeing great out-of-town talent with some very hot locals. The Ventura Blues Society sponsors the weekly event, with a featured artist showcased, (with) Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog backing that person. Afterward there is a jam with Bad Dog, that is fun to watch. At some of these jams you can see some real talent come to life. The room was humming with people casually dancing, some more intense than others - all having a wonderful time. If you are in Ventura you need to check out The Tavern. It is a fantastic place with good food and spirits." -  B Noel Barr, Random Lengths News.
    Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
   
     Check out an interview with Tommy in a recent issue of Blues E-News
 
  

Monday, May 13, 2013

Two Big Shows This Week For Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog: The Session (Wed). With Kelly Zirbes and Perry Robertson; The Jester (Sat.)


     
Two big shows this week for award-winning blues band Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog: Wednesday, 5/15 at Bombay Bar & Grill, Ventura; and Saturday, 5/18 at The Jester, Ojai.   

   
   (For Immediate Release ) - Two big shows take place this week for award-winning blues band Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog: The Session at The Bombay (Wed., May 15 featuring Kelly Zirbes and Perry Robertson from L.A. blues faves, Kelly's Lot; sponsored by Ventura County Blues Society) - 143 S. California Ave.; 8-11 p.m., no cover; and the band's return to The Jester in Ojai on Saturday, May 18 (139 E. Ojai Ave., 9 p.m., no cover). 
                                 
Tommy Marsh performing at the recent 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival with Michael John and The Bottom Line. (Photo by Joy Neely)
Tommy  Marsh and Bad Dog Win "Best Blues Group"  
At Saturday's 2013 Ventura County Music Awards  

    Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog won for "Best Blues Group" at the 2013 Ventura County Music Awards that took place this past Saturday at the Crown Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. More to follow in a separate press release.

           Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog To Perform At Finis Tasby Benefit in June

     Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog are proud to be taking part in a benefit concert for longtime Southern California bluesman Finis Tasby on Saturday, June 15. More on that event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/303322909796529/
About Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog 
                     
   "Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog is a red-hot blues outfit. He has a strong crowd showing up on a weekly basis seeing great out-of-town talent with some very hot locals. The Ventura Blues Society sponsors the weekly event, with a featured artist showcased, (with) Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog backing that person. Afterward there is a jam with Bad Dog, that is fun to watch. At some of these jams you can see some real talent come to life. The room was humming with people casually dancing, some more intense than others - all having a wonderful time. If you are in Ventura you need to check out The Tavern. It is a fantastic place with good food and spirits." -  B Noel Barr, Random Lengths News.
    Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
   
     Check out an interview with Tommy in a recent issue of Blues E-News
 
 
  

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Session: Ventura County's Premiere Weekly Blues Showcase Returns To The Bombay Beginning May 1

 
The Session: 
Ventura County's Premiere Weekly Blues Showcase/Jam Session 
Returns To Bombay Bar & Grill - Wednesdays Starting May 1,
Hosted Once Again By Tommy Marsh And Bad Dog, 
Sponsored By The Ventura County Blues Society 
 
     
   (Ventura) - Beginning Wednesday, May 1, The Session at The Bombay is once again Ventura County's destination point every Wednesday night for the best blues showcase and jam session in Southern California. Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog will once again host this weekly event sponsored by the one of the most active blues societies around, the Ventura County Blues Society.
   This Wednesday, May 1  - The Session's first event at The Bombay  - kicks off with an incredible lineup of guitar playing greats Teresa Russell, Guy Martin, and Mikey Mo, plus Ashford Gordon (the latter coming in all the way from Mesa, AZ). Toss in talented electric banjo player Ian McFayden (from area faves 50 Sticks of Dynamite) plus other special guests - and this truly shapes up as a night to remember! 8-11 pm. No cover. The Bombay is located at 143 S. California St., Ventura.  (805) 643-4404  or https://www.facebook.com/bombaybarandgrill.
                                 
Tommy Marsh performing at the 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival with Michael John and The Bottom Line's band on Saturday, April 27. (Photo by Joy Neely)
    
                     
   "Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog is a red-hot blues outfit. He has a strong crowd showing up on a weekly basis seeing great out-of-town talent with some very hot locals. The Ventura Blues Society sponsors the weekly event, with a featured artist showcased, (with) Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog backing that person. Afterward there is a jam with Bad Dog, that is fun to watch. At some of these jams you can see some real talent come to life. The room was humming with people casually dancing, some more intense than others - all having a wonderful time. If you are in Ventura you need to check out The Tavern. It is a fantastic place with good food and spirits." -  B Noel Barr, Random Lengths News.
    Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
   
     Check out an interview with Tommy in a recent issue of Blues E-News
 
 
  

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Fabulous Ms.Shari Puorto Is Special Guest For Wednesday's VCBS Jam In Ventura

                     
THE FABULOUS MS. SHARI PUORTO IS SPECIAL GUEST FOR VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY-SPONSORED JAM  - THIS WED., APRIL 10 AT THE TAVERN IN VENTURA 
   
    (Ventura, CA) - Holy Crap! The special guests just keep getting bigger and better each week at the weekly Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored Wednesday night Jam session. This Wednesday night, April 10, host band Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog welcome that blues-singing dynamo, the fabulous Ms. Shari Puorto. It all takes place at The Tavern, 211 Santa Clara Ave. from 8-11 p.m. And there's no cover! Info: (805) 643-3264
                                    
   "Shari Puorto's vocals meld Susan Tedeschi self-taught soul, Bonnie Raitt country-rock sweetness and just a touch of Melissa Etheridge rasp. On the slide guitar-laden "Don't Mess With Me," off her most recent release Real, Puorto unleashes a similar raw self-assuredness that brings to mind greats like Etta James and Ruth Brown, themselves masters of evoking feeling," writes the Monterey County Weekly. The 2010 L.A. Music Awards winner in the "Best Americana Roots or Blues" Song of the Year category will also be performing at this year's Kern Rock & Blues Fest September 27-29. http://www.bluesrockmusic.com/.
                      

   "Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog is a red-hot blues outfit. He has a strong crowd showing up on a weekly basis seeing great out-of-town talent with some very hot locals. The Ventura Blues Society sponsors the weekly event, with a featured artist showcased, (with) Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog backing that person. Afterward there is a jam with Bad Dog, that is fun to watch. At some of these jams you can see some real talent come to life. The room was humming with people casually dancing, some more intense than others - all having a wonderful time. If you are in Ventura you need to check out The Tavern. It is a fantastic place with good food and spirits." -  B Noel Barr, Random Lengths News.
   Tommy Marsh will be performing with Michael John and the Bottom Line at the upcoming 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, Saturday, April 27 at Moorpark College (click on the link here for additional information). Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... Drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
   
     Check out a great interview with Tommy in a recent issue of Blues E-News
 
 
    

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Laurie Morvan Is Special Guest For Ventura County Blues Society Jam This Wednesday

 
                     
GIRL WITH GUITAR: LAURIE MORVAN IS SPECIAL GUEST FOR VENTURA COUNTY BLUES SOCIETY-SPONSORED JAM THIS WEDNESDAY AT THE TAVERN  - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH   
   
  (Ventura, CA) - The special guests just keep getting bigger and better at the weekly Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored Jam session. This Wednesday night, March 27, the very talented Laurie Morvan is the special Guest of "house band," Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog. It all takes place at The Tavern, 211 Santa Clara Ave. 8-11 p.m. No cover! Info: (805) 643-3264. 

     No stranger to Southern California blues fans and music lovers, Morvan is the 2010 Blues Foundation winner for "Best Self-Produced CD." Playing a blistering brand of red-hot blues-rock, the popular Long Beach-based band's most recent release is 2011's "Breathe Deep."  

   Tommy will be performing with Michael John and the Bottom Line at the upcoming 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, Saturday, April 27 at Moorpark College (click on the link here for additional information) . Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... Drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
    Check out a great interview with Tommy in the most recent issue of Blues E-News
 

 
    

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Blues Guns A'Blazin: Johnny Main, Tex Nakamura of The 44s Play The VCBS Jam This Wednesday!

 
          Johnny Main (l) and Tex Nakamura (r) of the celebrated blues group The 44s are the very
       Special Guests at this week's Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored jam, Wed., March 6.
                     
JOHNNY MAIN, TEX NAKAMURA OF CELEBRATED SOCAL BLUES GROUP THE 44S ARE IN THE HOUSE AT VCBS-SPONSORED JAM THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6@THE TAVERN 
                                                              
 
   (VENTURA, Calif.) - Someone better alert the Ventura Fire Department that the flames sure to be emanating from The Tavern in Ventura this Wednesday night, March 6 aren't from the popular nightclub catching fire; but rather, from the sure-to-be blazing performances of guitarist Johnny Main and harpist Tex Nakamura, who join host Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog for this Wednesday night's Ventura County Blues Society-sponsored Blues Jam. Main and Nakamura are one-half of Rip Cat Records' recording artists The 44s, one of the most in-demand blues groups in the Southland. The Tavern is at 211 Santa Clara Ave. 9 p.m. And best of all...it's free! Info: (805) 643-3264
      
    Check out a great interview with Tommy in the latest issue of Blues E-News
 

 
    

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ventura Is Ground Zero For SoCal Blues: Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog Shows Why

                  
                  Wed., Feb. 20: VCBS Weekly Jam             Fri., Feb. 22:  Village Jester           
                                                              
   Ventura Is Ground Zero For SoCal Blues: Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog Shows Why! 
   (Plus The 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival; Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival; And More)

    (VENTURA a/k/a/ Blues Central) - Can there be any question that Ventura is Ground Zero for the Southern California Blues scene? Case in point: The 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival on April 27;  Blues Brews & BBQ Festival, September 21; and the best Weekly VCBS-sponsored Blues Jam to be found anywhere in the Southland, hosted by hard-working  Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog  (this Wednesday, Feb. 20 featuring special guest, Ventura-based guitarist-vocalist, Shawn Jones) at The Tavern, 211 E. Santa Clara, Ventura (8 -11 p.m., free). Marsh and Company take the stage again two nights later, Friday, February 22, at The Village Jester, 139 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai (9 p.m.-till ?, free).
    Other upcoming Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog Shows: Friday, March 9 - The Whale's Tail. Upcoming VCBS Blues Jams and each evening's Special Guest: Wed., Feb. 27 - Donna Greene; Wed., March 6 - Johnny Main and Tex Nakamura; Wed., March 13 - Jodi Farrell; Wed., March 20 - Bill McPherson; and Wed., March 27 - Laurie Morvan. 
      
    Check out a great interview with Tommy in the latest issue of Blues E-News

 

                    ...and here's Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog performing live: