Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Blue Moon Boys / Johnny Lighter


Jason Hoffman

Whatzup Features Writer

Published August 1, 2002

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This time around the band consists of Nic Roulette on vocals, Kenny Taylor on guitar, Jamie Simon on snare and kick drum and Patrick Borton with the always classy 1940s Kay bass on the first track and J.C. Sparkman taking the low-end on the remaining songs.

Throwing the rule book out the window, this EP clocks in at 45 minutes. The title track contains more guest musicians than there are members in the regular band, plus it contains two bass solos! From the wailing harmonica to electrifying guitar solos to the ignitable energy emanating from their charismatic souls, if this track is any indication of what’s to come on the new album, Fort Wayne (and the Midwest in general) had better dust off their dancin’ shoes. The second track, “Little Black Book,” bears the influence of early Beatles, or perhaps both The Beatles and BMB are drawing from the same well. Regardless, this tasty track, along with the studio recording of the concert favorite “Toss, Turn & Roll,” is available only on this EP.

The final track is a live recording of their September 2000 show at the Embassy Theatre, opening with “Toss, Turn & Roll,” ending with a fiery version of “Roll Over, Beethoven” and including a bevy of BMB favorites in between. This “bonus” track, at 35 minute long, captures much of the energy and spirit that makes the Blue Moon Boys such a great live draw.

Like their forthcoming album, this EP was recorded at Tempel Recording Studios (plus four other studios sprinkled throughout the South) and is available at live shows and through their web site at www.bluemoonboys.com.

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