Black Rose Record Party

Excerpt From:
The Grog Restaurant Newsletter
Sunday, October 14
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Black Rose Record Party

Al Cocorochio a.k.a. Al C. has spent many a Sunday at the Grog over the years as a friend and mentor to “T.H.” Hambridge (an original Black Rose artist), Susan Tedeschi, Sal Baglio.  Tonight we get to meet Al C. as he shares many of the fine artists featured on his Black Rose Record Label.  Founded 20 years ago, Black Rose has become a tight knit family of blues artists who’s projects have intertwined not only because of their common denominator in musical style, but, like any fine ensemble, are backboned from the bottom up with a solid foundation.  Tonight the chores are handled by a pair of Grammy Award winners from “The New Hawks” – drummer/vocalist Leroy Pina and bassman/vocalist Kenny Krumbholz.  Besides adding his touch to many of the Black Rose projects, guitarist “Silvertone” Steve credits include stints with J.B. Hutto and The New Hawks, Eddie Clearwater, Sunnyland Slim, Carey Bell, Eddie Kirkland and Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson.  Drummer Diane Gately (Liz Lannon Band, “Weepin” Willie) will add her touch to the proceedings.  Vocalist Liz Lannon (“Blues Party,” “Live at the Bluetrain.” “Liz Lannon Band” rocked this house last year with a surprise guest appearance with Shirley Lewis.  Liz has stormed the New England music scene.  Vocalist/guitarist “Big” Bill Rauworth (“Handful of Gimme” “Mahogany Hall”) and I first met in 1992.  It was my six week hiatus from the “Blues Party” and the transition from the open jam to my partnership with Fly Amero took place.  Things seemed pretty low my first week away and a force of nature compelled me to “The Blue Note” in Lynn, Massachusetts and “Big” Bill’s jam session.  It was a wonderful night and I knew on my ride back home to Maine what I had to do to make everything all right.  The rest is history.  Thanks Bill.