Monday, November 30, 2009

The Vincent James Explosion

Vincent James, Master Guitar Player. Pick up VJXs latest CD, Blown at Music City.
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Righteous R&B Bassist and '09 BMA award winner, Jerry Sampson.

Jim Linsner, drummer extraordinaire and multiple BMA award winner.

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For some displaced paradiddle licks by Jim goto

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ezekial at the B.M.A.s '09

Richie and Bob Avino enjoying a brew @ the BMAs.

Ezekial circa '05
Goto for more info on Ezekial.

Visit for info on 1 of Chris' past music projects.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bitter Sweet, Buffalo, NY

Bitter Sweet, "Buffalo's Hottest New Party Band!" Nick from Bitter Sweet and Maria from Hey You enjoying the festivities @ the B.M.A.s.
Big Dangerous World... Nick from Bitter Sweet, Tim from eXit!, Kelly from Hit 'n Run and JoTell circa 1998.
No Split Image is not playing tonight, this is an old B&W pic I scanned from an old Gusto I had stashed away.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Vincent James Explosion "Jammin' with J.T." 2006

Jammin' with J.T. is the first release from The Vincent James Explosion, it was released in 2006 and it features Vincent James on Guitar, Tom Zielinski on Bass and Jim Linsner on Drums.
This entire CD is defined by an Out Of Phase, slightly Distorted, Chorusy & Leslie cabinet rhythm guitar sound, in other words a good, solid, very listenable guitar sound. The guitar playing is technically sound but never too technical, a rock/blues/metal edge is always waiting to explode onto yer eardrums at any given moment. Track #1 features a excellent Explosive! guitar solo. Track #2 features a very impressive bass solo. Track #4 combines fairly laid back, clean jazz/distorted rock guitar sounds, reminiscent of Steve Vai, with some awesome drum playing and a bass solo to boot! This CD isn't just about solos though, it's a jazz/rock fusion instrumental delight, sure to please fans of Jeff Beck & Jimi Hendrix.
Pick up your copy @ Music City or Record Theater today.

Thrown To The Wolves

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Flyers courtesy of

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Revelation by The Vincent James Explosion 2007

The Vincent James Explosion is an innovative, explosive, outstanding, accomplished & polished trio of musicians who mix Rock/Jazz/Jazz Fusion/Blues/Funk/Acid Jazz Blues styles with a little bit of vocals thrown in for good measure. I ask you how can you go wrong when mixing these styles? You can't, these guys stir the pot up resulting in a very interesting and unique sonic brew which is highly palatable to even the most discerning of eardrums.
The Vincent James Explosion is compromised of Vincent James - Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals, Jerry Sampson - Bass, Vocals & Jim Linsner - Drums, Percussion, this CD is significant because it marked the inclusion of Award Winning bassist Jerry Sampson into The Vincent James Explosion replacing former bassist Tom Zielinski.
This CD features also features some excellent saxophone playing by Eric Crittenden on Track 3, JB's Bounce.
The Vincent James Explosion sound can best be compared to Jeff Beck Jazz/Fusion era, Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughn to name a few.
Track #4 Jialu is a Must Listen to...for any serious guitarists out there, way cool effects going on throughout that instrumental.
Track #2 Into The Light has some impressive tremolo bar/fuzz work.
If you're looking for something new & exciting to listen to pick up a copy of this CD today @
For further info on The Vincent James Explosion goto

Monday, November 16, 2009

Female Musicians Fighting Breast Cancer '09

The beauty and the brains behind the benefit, Ida. with Maria, Thank You, Ida. Great Show, Great Bands, Awesome Cause!


4th band up and worth the wait...Passion Works.

3rd band up...East Of Eden.

2nd band up...Whatsie.

First band up... Mystic Traversion.

A few of the guitars so generously donated for the benefit.

Violin donated by Music City.

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Thank You Ida & Music City.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dogghouse Rocks!

Dogghouse is a Rockin' cover band who play a wide range of music from the 60s to 2009.
Aiming to please, Dogghouse also plays cover tunes in the Alternative, Easy Listening, Grunge & Reggae style. I recently had the pleasure to be invited out a Dogghouse gig where I took a few photos.

Dogghouse is comprised of Scott K - Guitar and Vocals, Frank C - Guitar and Vocals, Chris W - Bass and Vocals, Dave L - Lead Vocals & Mark K - Drums and Vocals.

If you're sent out to the Dogghouse don't be sad, be glad, because these guys will rock yer sox off.
Goto for upcoming dates & booking info.

For Marks MySpace pg, goto

Special Thanx to Mark & Chris for letting me sit in.
Thank You Dogghouse!

Joseph Michael Mahfoud

Joe in action.

for more info on The Stevie Project.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mystic Traversion "Tattooed In You"

Check out Mystic Traversion online @
*3 Time Buffalo Music Award Nominees
July 2008 Messa Music Artist Of The Month
*Watch "Miss You" video @

*7/27/10 Update
I recently picked up a sealed copy of this CD @ A recent Library Sale and I enjoy the mellow, melancholy feel of this all original CD, the liner notes explain the meaning behind of every song.
Kudos to M.T. for being honest and fairly revealing on the liner notes, most Buffalo bands are not that honest, if at all.
I'm looking forward to seeing M.T. live again and listening to their next release.

Monday, November 9, 2009

MUSIC CITY, Buffalo N.Y.

Check out Music City for all your Musical Instrument Needs.
Music City is located at 3236 Main Street in Buffalo, N.Y.
Goto Music City for all of The Vincent James Explosion releases, Check out
for info on The Vincent James Explosion.
Once again, tell 'em JoTell sent ya!

Monday, November 2, 2009

BM Linx "Black Entertainment"

bm linx is a Highly entertaining, Very original and Extremely Talented Rockin' 3-piece band from New York City.
bm linx consists of Tony Diodore (vox, guitar, production) & Andrew Griffiths (drums).
Their latest CD "Black Entertainment" released by Craze Factory Entertainment is a Techno/Dance/Punk/Alternative/Acoustic Rock masterpiece, yup that's right I said Masterpiece, in the world of formula, replicant music their musical direction is a refreshing breath of sonic air.
Check out their website for tour dates & how to get your copy of "Black Entertainment" & their 1st release "The Portable Genius". They're also on MySpace, FaceBook, YouTube, iTunes etc. etc.
bm linxs latest CD "Black Entertainment" is a must have for drivin' 'n cryin, jumping up and down, feeding your ears, etc. etc...all that good, fun stuff.
Special Thanks to bm linx.
They frequently play Mohawk Place so check them out Live and tell 'em JoTell sent ya.