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A form of popular music which evolved from rock and roll and pop music during the mid and late 1960s.

Doogie White and Ritchie Blackmore

Doogie White- A Scottish Rock Vocalist

Doogie White

La Paz, Iron Maiden, and Rainbow

“Doogie” White is a Scottish rock vocalist. His first band, La Paz, in 1984, was with guitarist Chic McSherry. The band played throughout Scotland, and released two albums during 1988. Doogie joined the band, Midnight Blue in 1988, and they released one album in 1994. Doogie auditioned for Iron Maiden in 1993 after vocalist Bruce Dickinson left for a solo career.  He was a close contender, but lost out to Blaze Bayley. Not too long after the Iron Maiden audition, Doogie received a call from Ritchie Blackmore, as he was looking for singers.  Ritchie had heard Doogie’s demo tape given to his management a few years earlier and called him to audition for the new Rainbow he was putting together.  Doogie’s audition was a success and went on to record the new Rainbow album, Stranger in Us All.

Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, and more

After the end of the Rainbow in 1997, Doogie worked with former Midnight Blue guitarist Alex Dickson, and the band Cornerstone. In late 2000, Doogie joined Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, and stayed through 2007. In 2008, he joined the band, Tank, as well as the Michael Schenker Group (MSG) and continues to play with Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock. Doogie also has many other projects over the years, including his solo album in 2011.

Video interview with Doogie White

Doogie White with Ritchie Blackmore

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Angus Clark

Angus Clark-Guitarist for Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Angus Clark – Guitarist

Kitaro and Rock of Ages

Angus Clark is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He has toured with Grammy-winning, New Age artist Kitaro, and has recently toured with Cher. He was the guitarist for the Broadway musical, Rock of Ages. Angus has been a touring guitarist with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra since 2001..

Trans- Siberian Orchestra

Angus’ history with TSO goes back when he was part of a guitar workshop that Marty Friedman of Megadeth attended in 1994. Years later, while at a Kitaro show in LA, Marty attended a backstage party (Kitaro had previously helped to produce one of Marty’s solo albums) and reconnected. Sometime later, Al Pitrelli of TSO and who was in Megadeth at the time, told Marty that he was looking for another guitarist for TSO. Marty recommended Angus and was soon touring with TSO.

Producer, Teacher, & More

Angus has written and/or produced album projects with Anna Phoebe (Jethro Tull), Peter Shaw (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Jill Janus (Huntress), and many others. In addition, Angus has written and recorded music for television (A&E’s “Parking Wars”), video games (“Top Gun 2” for iPad/iPhone), and more.
Angus has been teaching guitar throughout his career. He teaches guitar at the National Guitar Workshop, a music school; as well as private lessons. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music from NYU and a Bachelor’s from USC’s Studio/Jazz Guitar Program.

Video interview with Angus

Trans-Siberian Orchestra- “The Mountain”

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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

Full Interview

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Chuck Burgi

Chuck Burgi- Drummer

Growing up in Montclair, NJ with Joe Walsh

Chuck Burgi’s musical career is simply amazing! He started out in Montclair, New Jersey, and he went to the same school as Joe Walsh, who has been a family friend to this day. Currently, Chuck is the drummer for Billy Joel, and has been for the last 12 years.

Allman Brothers Band, Al Anderson & Brand X

After high school, Chuck went to Berklee in Boston, with his friend, Al Anderson. They got a chance to meet The Allman Brothers Band when they came to town, and even jammed with them. Jamming with The Allman Brothers Band was the turning point for both he and Al. Chuck went on to a successful career, and Al eventually became the lead guitarist for Bob Marley. Chuck’s career has never been dull or status quo. He has played and recorded with many artists, including Brand X, Hall & Oates, Glen Burtnik, Rainbow, Meat Loaf and many more

Billy Joel & Tokyo Motor Fist

In 2002, Chuck debuted on Broadway drumming for the smash musical, Movin’ Out, which featured the music of Billy Joel. Movin’ Out lasted three and a half years before closing in 2005. While playing the final shows of Movin’ Out, Chuck was approached by Billy Joel to join his band.
He also appears with former Rainbow bandmate and bassist, Greg Smith, Danger Danger vocalist, Ted Poley, and Trixter guitarist, Steve Brown, on the hard rock-styled Tokyo Motor Fist. Their sophomore album, Lions, was released in 2020.

Interview with Chuck Burgi (Part 1 of 3)

Tokyo Motor Fist “Pickin’ Up the Pieces”

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Darion

Darion – Fire and Ice

Solo Career and Pat Benatar Tribute

Darion is a solo artist and the lead singer for the Pat Benatar Tribute Band- Fire & Ice, the only Pat Benatar tribute band from the Northeast that is endorsed by Pat.
Darion was born, raised, and lives in the New York City area.  She began singing before she was able to walk, but didn’t pursue her career in music until 1990, when friends and family encouraged her to sing professionally. Darion released her first album in 2001, “See it Believe It.”  Her second album was an EP titled, “House of Love,” released in 2003. One of her original songs, “Fly Away,” has become a song of hope, and adopted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization near and dear to her heart.

Meeting Pat Benatar

Darion performs some of her own music along with Pat Benatar’s in concert. She first met Pat and Neil Giraldo after one of Pat’s concerts, where Darion was surprised that they both knew of her and were impressed. Pat and Darion bonded immediately, and because of their common bond with Darion’s son, Joshua, and a friend of Pat’s having Cystic Fibrosis, they are still close friends to this day.

Video interview with Darion

Darion’s “Fly Away”

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Dan Baird

Dan Baird  

The Georgia Satellites

Dan Baird’s career took off when his band, The Georgia Satellites’ single, “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” became a massive hit in 1986 from their debut album, Georgia Satellites. The song reached number two on the charts, and the album spawned off another radio favorite, “Battleship Chains.” The band released two more albums and had another hit with “Hippy Hippy Shake” for the movie Cocktail. In 1990, Dan decided to call it quits and go solo, but the band still carries the torch.

Solo Career and Homemade Sin

Dan released his first solo album, Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired, in 1992, produced by Brendan O’Brien with Executive Producer Rick Rubin. The album produced hits, “I Love You Period,” and “The One I Am.” Dan has released 15 solo albums in total with his band, Homemade Sin, which features former members of the The Georgia Satellites, including Mauro Magellan. Dan decided in 2019 that he would stop touring at the end of the year.

The Bluefields and The Chefs with Stan Lynch

Just because Dan is no longer going to tour, he is always coming up with new projects, including playing bass in the the band, The Bluefields. The band includes Warner E. Hodges and Joe Blanton (Royal Court of China). A new collaboration is The Chefs, with just Dan and Stan Lynch, the former drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The album titled, Heated and Treated, is an instrumental that has the flavor of the 60’s surf music, especially with Hippy Surf Party, Hurricane, and Keep Calm.

Video interview with Dan Baird

The Chefs “Hippy Surf Party”

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John Scarpulla- Saxophonist Extraordinaire

John Scarpulla

Diana Ross, Billy Joel, and the last play at Shea

John is a well known and established saxophonist, best known for his work with Diana Ross and his association with Billy Joel, and being a part of the Movin’ Out musical. After Movin’ Out, he continued to work with Tony nominated Michael Cavanaugh, playing the music of Billy Joel and more with symphonies all over the world.
He has recorded and performed with many music icons, including: Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Ricky Martin, Hall and Oates, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper,  BB King, and Billy Joel, just for starters. Besides working with Diana Ross, he performs with quite a variety of bands, as well as working with Funk Filharmonik, and with the Billy Joel Tribute band, ”Big Shot” led by Mike DelGuidice. John’s versatility allows him to pursue many avenues of the music culture and many styles of music.
John has had many highlights throughout his career, including as musical director and co-musical director for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Awards, since it’s inception since 2004. He was asked by Billy Joel to join his band for the historic “Last Play at Shea,” the last two concerts at Shea Stadium where the band was joined by such icons as Don Henley, John Mellencamp, Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltry, and Garth Brooks. As if that were not enough, Sir Paul McCartney closed out the second show.

Funk Filaharmonic, Tower of Power, and East 4th Horns

John took up the saxophone at an early age and later attended Berklee School of Music and studied with many teachers, including Joseph Viola. While  continuing his studies in Boston, he was hired by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. When John went back to New York City, he was soon auditioning for Funk Filharmonik and was hired. At the same time, he and John Wheeler started another horn section they called the “East 4th Horns,” and quickly became men-in-demand horn section. In 1996, John received a dream phone call from Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power. Shortly after John sent the demo, he was in the band and stayed through 1999.

Video interview with John Scarpulla

“Work To Do” Brent Carter and Friends with John Scarpulla

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