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The Crunchy Western Boys at Tony's Italian Grille & Pub
So I'm sitting at the back edge of the tent with some fellow singer songwriter guys, Mike Conner and Jim Tyrell, deep in conver- sation about music and enjoying a beverage when we all stop mid-sentence and stare up at the stage. Morris Manning has just pulled off another one of those amazing guitar licks. It is just these kinds of moments that humble guys like me who think they are pretty good at pickin' only to hear a Morris riff that seems impossible for the human hand to accomplish, curse you Morris!
Yes its the Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend and I'm sitting here at Tony's Italian Grille & Pub listening to one of the best musical acts in the region. For that matter as they were the winners of the Northwest String Summit Band Competition in August of last year in Oregon and the fact that they regularly tour Ireland and the Caribbean...well lets just say their fan base is not limited to our area. The Crunchy Western Boys or CWB have been at it for the better part of a decade run- ning the full gambit from the
occasional wedding to being featured artists on the Folk Show on NHPR. Although the set up is somewhat Blue Grass in nature, CWB defies catego- rization conceding only that their genre is "Crunchy". And it really does make sense as the band regularly pulls off their own versions of Bob Marley and U2 songs along with a deep collection of originals. Spanning the spectrum and pushing the boundaries with songs such as the ultra smooth reflectionary tale "Driving with the Windows Down" to the tra- ditional ballads like "Summer of 29"; CWB is a prime example of what it is like to be well rounded and ungrounded.
The line up consists of Jim McHugh on mandolin and gui- tar, Steve McBrian on stand-up bass, Jacob stern on fiddle and of course Morris Manning on guitar and dobro (They all sing and harmonize). "A drinkin' band with a music problem..." a tongue and cheek way of expressing their constant desire to have a good time wherever they play, the crowd at Tony's tonight has been treated to an exceptional evening under the tent. A diverse audience for sure, I spoke with one family who were represented by three generations. Angelo and Jonna of Hanson Mass, along with sis- ters, uncles, grandparents and cousins say they always try to see the CWB's everytime they venture north, and locals such as Guy and Sherry from NO.Woodstock told me that this
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performance got them to finally check out Tony's. From toddlers to seniors, CWB and Tony's can count this as a successful night of connecting a diverse crowd of folks with great live music.
"It seems there was a great orig- inal live music scene in the 90's and then it seemed to disappear" Says Anthony Pierce, propitia- tor of Tony's and he goes on to explain his passion and vision to bring a live music venue back it the area. A musician himself ( I still remember 'Chasing Rabbits') Anthony has been suc- cessful in attracting great regional acts keeping his ears open for the best Blues, Jazz, Rock and Folk the area has to offer. "Huge response to the live original music" he goes on to say and judging from the amount of happy folks here tonight I'd have to agree.
You can access more info on the Crunchy Western Boys at www.crunchywesternboys.com
and Tony's Italian Grille & Pub is located on route 3 in Thornton by the Jack-o'-lantern golf- course.
Publisher’s Note: I would like to thank Sky King for taking on this column. Sky, being a local musician himself, I figured I’d ask, well, plead with him to do a local music column. Again, as with “Skiing The Sky Way”, Sky came up to bat and I think this will prove to be a very popular column in the paper.
In keeping with our mission to support all things local, I thought it imperative to support our local musicians and music scene from the White Mountains of NH to the Green Mountains of Vermont. We have some of the best musicians out there and they should be recognized. Enjoy...
Crunchy Western Boys
2. Little Anthony & the Imperials, in 1960. The doo- wop group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
1. Who first sang "Come Softly to Me," and when?
2. Name the group responsible for "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko- Bop."
3. Name the Brewer and Shipley song that in 1971 caused Vice President Spiro Agnew to call the duo "subversive to youth."
4. What is the "Time Warp"?
5. Who released "Let the Little Girl Dance," and when?
6. Who sang "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"
Answers 1. The Fleetwoods in 1959. The song hit No. 1. The trio had another No. 1 hit the same year, "Mr. Blue."
3. "One Toke Over The Line." When the song was performed on the conservative "Lawrence Welk Show," however, Welk called the song a "modern spiri- tual." The song was written as a joke.
4. "Time Warp" is an audience participation song from the 1970s play and subsequent movie "The Rocky Horror Show." It's popular at weddings and other group gatherings.
5. Billy Bland, in 1960. The song was being cut in a studio by another singer, and Bland showed him how to sing the song. Bland's version ended up being used.
6. Culture Club, in 1982. The group had a No. 1 hit the fol- lowing year with "Karma Chameleon."
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