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Bob Burger- The Weeklings and More

Bob Burger

Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter

Influences and Bands

Bob is from Erie, Pennsylvania, who transplanted himself to the New Jersey music scene in the 1980’s. His biggest influences are: The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty, all to whom he does occasional tribute concerts. Bob has played with many well-known musicians from New Jersey and is part of the Max Weinberg band, “Jukebox.” Bob released his first solo album in 2003, titled Cymbals at Dawn and is working on his fourth.

Who are The Weeklings asks MUSICXPLORER?

The Weeklings are a band whose music is inspired by The Beatles.The band came together as a result of Glen Burtnik and the Beatles tribute shows he was doing. Since the launch of their first album in 2015, the band has received great reviews. The band’s latest release “3” (their third album) is doing extremely well. Check out their song and video below of their latest single, “In the Moment.”

Video interview with Bob Burger

The Weeklings “In The Moment”

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Bruce Engler

Bruce Engler-Singer/Songwriter

Bruce Engler

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist

A Passion for Blues and Rock

At an early age, Bruce was fascinated by guitars and built his own guitar when he was just seven years old, and he has been playing ever since. Bruce is a blues-based singer-songwriter, and his influences are: Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, and Jackson Browne to name a few. Bruce has played with many well-known musicians including, Wings’ drummer Steve Holley, bassist Paul Page from the Ian Hunter Band, and DownTown Mystic guitarist/vocalist, Robert Allen, and many more. Bruce has appeared onstage playing blues-rock music at New York City, Los Angeles, and San Diego venues for over three decades. Bruce’s songs have been featured on prime time TV shows in the U.S., as well as internationally. Bruce has also had a career in the audio side of the music world as an audio technician for music videos, movies, radio, and more. His song Goodbye was used in the television show, ZOO. His publishing company is called Twincliff Music.

Steve Holley and Bruce Engler
Steve Holley and Bruce Engler

New album in the works for 2020?

Bruce’s new album is not yet titled, but the first single was recently released titled, Not You and Me. The album will be Bruce’s first new album in seven years.  His previous two releases are Go Back (featuring Steve Holley, Paul Page, and Robert Allen) released in 2012, and Hudson River Anthology, released in 2013. The single and video from the album, Somewhere In-Between, has received a lot of attention. The video was directed and shot by Netherlands based DP, Roeland Bentvelzen.  Music features Brett Engler on Drums, Dave Hedden on Percussion, and Angus McEachern on Bass Guitar.

Jamsphere Magazine had this comment

“Bruce Engler’s vocals are captivating all the way through and the songwriting writing is just brilliant.”Jamsphere Magazine, January, 2020

Video interview with Bruce Engler

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Video of “Not You and Me”

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Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald – Guitarist for the Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band- TUSK

Scott is a founding member of the highly successful band. He discusses the band, Lindsey Buckingham, and his upcoming solo album.

MUSICXPLORER asks what is the history on Tusk?

The band has been together for almost 12 years. Scott and Tom Nelson have known each other ever since they were toddlers. They were both mutual friends with Kathy, Kim, and Randy since the early 1990’s. A mutual friend of the band suggested to them that they form a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, and the rest is history. The band has been playing to sold-out theaters across the country, and will be going to Hawaii for the first time this April. Their Youtube video of The Chain has reached over two million views!
We did our interview with Scott at the Count Basie Theater in Redbank, NJ. The band played to an almost sold-out crowd of 1,400. In the video interview, you can see Bruce Springsteen’s guitars in a case as the backdrop.

The band recently had one of the rarest opportunities for any band, to be able to play with an orchestra.

Scott- “We did the show with a 65 piece orchestra. We met Jim Ross, a viola player with The Desert Symphony, who had played with The Eagles recently, and they were top-notch pros. It was a fantastic experience. We performed a 75 minute set to an audience of approximately 900 plus people.

Tusk with the Desert Symphony
Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band -TUSK
Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band -TUSK

 

New solo album to be released this year.

Scott is working on his latest solo album, and it is being produced by Brian Anthony, set to be released later in 2020. Tom from Tusk is on most of the album, while the other members of Tusk are on some songs. The album is going to be more hard rock than Fleetwood Mac songs, but will still have pop elements. MusicXplorer will follow up with Scott after his album is released,

Video interview with Scott McDonald

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Marc Jonson Singer/Songwriter

Marc Jonson

Critically Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter

Who is Marc Jonson asks MUSICXPLORER?

Marc Jonson, is a singer/songwriter from Merrick, New York. Marc got his start in 1972 producing his own album, Years, with Vanguard Records. He has worked with a lot of artists over the years, and a number of them have recorded his songs, including Dave Edmunds, Robert Gordon, Paul Butterfield, and many others. Marc has also co-written songs or performed with Willie Nile (appearing on most of his albums), The Smithereens, Lisa Loeb, Shawn Colvin, and Suzanne Vega to name a few. His latest recordings will appear on his upcoming album, When, to be released in 2020. Marc’s latest collaboration is with a band from Spain, Compañía de Sueños Ilimitada, and their first single together is, My Girlfriend Doesn’t Like the Ramones.

Rolling Stone Magazine Review of Marc Jonson’s “Across The Night”

One of Marc’s most recent songs, Across The Night, was written for the SS United States Conservancy to help raise awareness of the historic ship’s fate performed at the Union League in Philadelphia. David Dalton, author and founding editor for Rolling Stone Magazine, said this about the song: “So great! I felt like I was on that liner leaning on the rail looking out at the stars in the night sky, and the lapping waves.”

 

Marc Jonson and Marianne Faithfull
Marc Jonson with The Smithereens

 

Video interview with Marc Jonson

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  • Video of “My Girlfriend Doesn’t Like the Ramones”

    Marc’s tribute to Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens

    Rainy Day Dues

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Deerfield Cay, by Nobuddy Famous/Bud Castaldi, NJ Singer/Guitarist

Buddy Sparrow- New Video Interview

Buddy Sparrow/Nobuddy Famous

The man, myth, and legend of Deerfield Beach Island

MusicXplorer asks, who is Buddy Sparrow?

Buddy Sparrow/Nobuddy Famous, is a talented singer/guitarist from New Jersey who was very active in the 1980’s and 1990’s with his band, Direct Touch. Direct Touch was a popular local act in the New Jersey club circuit, and released several albums that received radio airplay. During the late 1990’s, Bud moved to Deerfield Beach, Florida. He continued to write songs and perform, and he was involved with several bands that also played his original music. In the early 2000’s, Bud decided to go under the moniker Nobuddy Famous, releasing an album in 2016 called “Deerfield Cay” to help support the Surfers for Autism, as well as getting the Deerfield Beach area’s attention. The album was produced by Tom Root in his home studio in New Jersey. Buddy is working on the follow-up to Deerfield Cay, to be released in 2020.

Trailer video of the interview with Buddy Sparrow

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Below is the video of “Freedom Ride,” a song from the Deerfield Cay album. This song is dedicated to the children that have autism, as well as the organization, Surfers for Autism. “It really is an amazing, beautiful thing to see these kids surf on surfboards and their symptoms disappear,” said Bud.

“Freedom Ride” — Buddy Sparrow and Surfers For Autism

 

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The Outcrops

​The Outcrops release their debut album

The Outcrops are a new band to hit the scene in New Jersey. Their album will be released October 13th.

MusicXplorer asks, who are The Outcrops?

Cassidy Rain and Bryan Schroeder are the founding members from Sussex County, New Jersey, both of whom are self-taught musicians. Cassidy is the lead-vocalist and plays rhythm guitar, while Bryan is the lead guitarist.

Prior to The Outcrops, Bryan was the drummer in two other bands. His father, a guitar player, was a big influence. Cassidy says she has always been singing, and took up guitar at the age of 14; playing a lot of open mic nights. In addition to her work in The Outcrops, Cassidy also plays in a female duo, Second Hand Smoke. Upon seeing the Allman Brothers Band, she was taken away and knew that their style was the inspiration she needed to hone in her own style.

The Outcrops formed in 2016. Their debut album, Peace of Mind, produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, is scheduled for release October 13, 2019. Their music is a flavor of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, old country, and jazz.  Their influences include: The Allman Brothers, Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, BB King, and Buddy Guy, to name a few. Citizen Band Radio will be hosting their album release party at Bernie’s Hillside Lounge in Chester, New Jersey. The show starts at 6:00 PM.

Soul in the music

When Jay Jannuzzi of Blue Raven Entertainment, contacted MusicXplorer about interviewing Cassidy and Bryan to promote the band and the release of the album, it was obvious he was really excited about them.  After meeting them and listening to their music, it was clear right away what he saw. They have a style of playing you don’t see everyday with new artists. Cassidy has such soul in her voice, and with Bryan’s skilled guitar playing, they are a great combination. With their songs Peace of Mind, Skeleton Key, and Lost Days, you get a true sense for what they are reaching.

Past gigs and future plans

The Outcrops have received great reviews prior to the release of the album, and won the Second Annual SOPAC Blues Challenge. They have shared the stage with John Ginty, Tim Carbone, and Grammy-nominated artist, The Alex P. Suter Band, among others. The band will be going on the road to support the album, and will be playing at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC.  They will also be at the Newton Theater in March, 2020.

 

Trailer video of the interview with Cassidy and Bryan of The Outcrops

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