Folk-Rock Mama Edie Brickell’s Big Comeback is Blissfully Nostalgic

by Marisa Torrieri Bloom

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians in the late-late ’80s, when Casey Kaseem played a video clip of “What I Am” — highlighting the ditty as one of the week’s hot movers on the Billboard 100 chart. I was young, and loved pop music like Debbie Gibson — but also loved Guns N’ Roses — and Edie Brickell was unlike anything I’d ever heard (my parents played the Beatles, The Zombies and Elvis, but never any Jimi Hendrix, Eagles, Grateful Dead or Woodstock-worthy rock).

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Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians in Portchester, N.Y., on 11/08/18

I was instantly hooked on the dizzy, slide-guitar tune from the six-piece band that I wanted to use my allowance on the band’s debut record, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. I’ve never looked back. The hours I spent listing to “The Wheel,” “Nothing,” “Little Miss S,” “She,” “Circle,” and — of course — “What I am” were well spent.

But I’d never seen Ms. Brickell (who some refer to as Ms. Simon, per her famous husband).

Turns out, she was busy being a mama (of three kids, no less), and dabbling in musical side projects all of these years. So when I found out her band was coming to my area, I went nuts!

Thursday night’s performance at the Capitol Theater in Portchester, N.Y., was epic. Yes, Edie’s voice has changed (the timbre is a little different), but she sounds terrific. And the New Bohemians, with their drums-percussion-keys assault, play in perfect harmony. I loved every second of it, from the classics to the new tunes off the just-released album Rocket like “Eyes in the Window.”

I’m hoping for more great shows like that in the future!

Marisa Torrieri is the editor and founder of Rockmommy.

These Rockin’ Mamas and #GranniesWithGuitars Decry Stereotypes About Who Can Play a Killer Solo

By Francesca Farruggio

Everyone uses the term “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” in different contexts…

Food for thought: your sweet and innocent granny can totally shred on guitar. Let that sink in for a moment.

I know, it’s weird to imagine grandma rockin’ out (at least for some of us) but we all have hidden talents from our youth that tend to get suppressed over the years. And why should we snuff out these sparks in our personality as we age?

All we’re saying is, don’t let these special parts of you slip away — embrace them! Play drums till you’re 80, or finger-tap a Van Halen-worthy solo till you’re 90.

And now … here’s a #RockGranny absolutely killing a quick set. Much respect!

 

We also fetched a couple of great articles from ABS-CBN News and VIR capture 81-year-old guitar-slinging Singaporean granny Mary Ho discussing her still-growing relationship with music. “Maybe it’s just my nature, it’s the love of doing things, learning things… I don’t ever get tired,” she said.

All hail Mary!

So if you can’t find the motivation to pick up your axe and shred, ladies like these should be your inspiration. If you’re a newbie who always wanted to play an instrument, these ladies should convince you it’s “too late” to try. Mary Ho didn’t start playing until she was 60! 

And of course, let’s not forget the clip of pearl-wearing Paula Jo Taylor, going to town at NAMM 2017 in Nashville, which has garnered nearly a half a million views.

Yes, we’ll say it again: You’re never too old to let your inner Rock God out — music has, and always will be for the soul, where age is simply a number, my friends!

Francesca Farruggio is a contributing writer for Rockmommy.

These 5 Beautiful Orange Guitars are So Perfect for October

by Marisa Torrieri Bloom

October is a gorgeous month in so many parts of the country, especially New England and the Mid-Atlantic, with tapestries of changing leaves and tree filled landscapes, as pumpkin mania takes hold. Guitars aren’t necessarily seasonal, but as parents of young children turn their attention toward Halloween prep mode, we’re seeing orange-and-black everything. 

Some of the most beautiful and sturdy rockin’ guitars, too, remind of us pumpkins, leaves and dark, scary nights. Here are five of my favorites:

This Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Single Cutaway Hollow Body (with Bigsby Orange Stain) simply screams “rockabilly band.” Reviewers rave about its cool vintage look and sound. 

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Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Single Cutaway Hollow Body

 

The neon-orange Jackson X Series Soloist SL3X in Neon Orange is a Solidbody Electric Guitar with Basswood Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3 Humbucking Pickups, and Floyd Rose Tremolo.

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Jackson X Series Soloist SL3X

If you love Joe Satriani, check out the Ibanez JS2410 Joe Satriani Signature Electric Guitar Muscle Car Orange — a striking, bold beauty featuring a rosewood, 24-fret fingerboard with Joe’s favorite DiMarzio pickups wired to some advanced electronics.

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Ibanez JS2410

If you like a good fade-out, check out the striking Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO Electric Guitar in Heritage Cherry Sunburst for that pop of color that goes from red to yellow. 

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Epiphany Limited Edition Les Paul Traditional PRO

Blues cats, behold this Taylor T3/B Semi-Hollowbody with Bigsby Electric Guitar in Orange, featuring Taylor’s high-fidelity full-size Vintage Alnico humbuckers, blended with a unique coil-splitting application to give players killer humbucker and single-coil sounds in one guitar.

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Taylor T3/B Semi-Hollowbody

I love all of these beauties! Happy Fall, everyone!

Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the founder and editor of Rockmommy.