MAMAView – New Local Music

MAMAView – New Music
By Chris Murphy

TieHead – Bounce
So excited to have new music out in our community. We are really excited for this new full CD called Bounce by Tie Head, a.k.a. Keith Boggs. Many people know Keith as the Deputy County CEO, but many also know Keith as the 80s big hair nuwave rock band lead singer, poet, artist and multi-instrumentalist. After decades in public service, Keith is no ready to Bounce into a post work life and this CD is the perfect way to announce it.

Recorded transcontinentally with long time collaborator and former band mate Rob Warren who lives in Florida now, this album is truly a big jump for Keith and the compositions, the musicianship and the catchy hooks in these new songs are a great new step. The title track really pulls you in with the ticking of a clock and cool trippy intro just sucks you in make you want to get away from “clock watching soldiers” and get in the car, put the top down and Bounce toward freedom, or is it bouncing off the walls? My other faves were the Jocky with cool slightly compressed vocals that remind you of Jude Cole or Glen Phillips with lyrics the sense an escape from bureaucracy. The self-reflective What Would Joni Do is a straight up tribute to Joni Mitchell and fits perfectly in this lane. The CD should be dropped by the time you read this and please go to I-tunes and Amazon and search for Tie Head Bounce.

Gravel and Grace – Bringing the Blues
Just released is the new debut CD from Gravel and Grace called “Bringing the Blues”. This is one of the most perfect band names as it features the gravel of Big Earl Mathews and the Grace of Ava Grace. This is a captivating CD loaded with sweet blues. The tracks alternate with Ava and Earl taking leads and a beautiful duet harmony on “When I’m Hungover”. The lyrics are really fresh, both bemoaning the time between jobs to the optimistic when Earl Matthews sings “Let’s get together and have a real good time/You bring your friends, and I’ll bring mine.” Yes, Earl, we are ready to get together. This has some powerhouse traditional blues, some cool modern beats and amazing musicianship. They are backed by Isaac Lewis on guitar, Ricky Galvan on guitar, Joshua Broom on bass, Ray Vazira on drums, William Melendez on saxophone, and Bart Szopinski on organ and piano.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.