Much of the last year has been spent preparing for the new album. I’ve been working with some great writers and a kick-ass live band to flesh out the material. I’ve teamed up with Henning Gehrke again in Germany. Henning and I have a great history together. When I was living in Germany we developed a production and publishing company that created some very commercial product for Sony and other labels. Henning is one of the most creative producers and songwriters I’ve ever worked with.
I’m working for the first time with Anthony Krizan (member of the Spin Doctors and collaborator of Lenny Kravitz, John Waite and other prominent artists). Anthony is an exceptionally talented producer, songwriter and musician. He’s a real triple threat and a true rock star in his own right. I’m looking forward to recording some of Anthony’s material as well as writing some news songs with him.
Jerry Marotta and I began working together after my great friend, Pete Levin brought him in to hold the drum chair for the new band. (The band also features John Cariddi on guitar and Sue Williams on bass. An amazing line-up and exactly what I needed in order to hear the songs in their best possible light.) Jerry’s talents extend far beyond the drums. He’s a world class producer and songwriter and has a powerful intuition when it comes to making great music.
I’ve received the honor that I will be inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. It was a gracious invitation. I hope the work I continue to do will help draw attention to Blues Music and the many great artists who have contributed to the legacy of one Americia’s greatest art forms.
Induction Ceremony Concert
Hosted By The Michael Packer Blues Band
February 11, 2015
Doors Open: 6pm
Featuring special guests Bobby Radcliff, Chris Bergson, Rev. Yolanda’s Old Time Gospel Hour, Hugh Pool, Brian Mitchell, French Cookin’ Blues Band, Ben Elliott, Joseph Rosen (Photographer), Irving Louis Lattin, Dave Dawson, Sari Schorr, Ric Frank, Pat Azelby Arochas (Promoter), The Sidney Green Street Band featuring Steve Holley, Mikey G. Merola
Thanks to Michael Packer for hosting the event and for his tireless work to keep Blues alive in New York!
New York’s Metropolitan Room will shock the entertainment world with an unprecedented, pull-out-the-stops programming initiative to kick off 2015. For three days — Thursday January 1 at 7pm to Sunday January 4 at 7am — the intimate concert venue will stage its first “Marathon Variety Show,” with continuous entertainment for 60 hours straight.
This is an official Guinness World Record-eligible event. The marathon, which is eligible to become a Guinness World Records record-holder for longest variety show ever, will feature over 235 Metropolitan Room performers — from its most prominent stars to its most promising emerging talents.
I’ll be doing my part on Friday, January 2nd from 10:45 – 11:00pm.
Get your tickets here!