'Backyard Blues' project puts Central Pennsylvania musicians on the national map
By: Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania
On March 19, 2021, Backyard Blues was released on digital platforms worldwide via Blue Heart Records. It debuted at #2 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) charts for the Top 50 Pennsylvania Albums for the week of March 6, 2021 and has consistently remained in the top 4. It has also been on the RMR Top 50 Blues Albums and the RMR Top 50 Contemporary Blues Albums charts for nine weeks. Roots Music Report is one of the main industry charts reporting blues airplay.
Four songs have hit the national charts including "A Bad Influence," written by Lewis Bechtold of Lancaster and performed by Blues on the Loose (BOTL); "Trouble All Over The World," written by Bob Wineland of Camp Hill and performed by Bob Wineland and The House Band; "Ball and Chain," written by Gary "Rocky" Rothrock of Harrisburg and performed by Rocky and The House Band; and "Love or Money" written and performed by Roger "Hammer" Franz of Harrisburg.
The nine regional bands represented on the collection are the Ben Brandt Trio, Blues On The Loose (BOTL), Bob Wineland & The House Band, Buzzard Luck, Nate Myers Trio, Gary "Rocky" Rothrock & The House Band, Rose Hudson with Barrelhouse, The Mighty Klucks, and Roger "Hammer" Franz. Every song has been on the Pennsylvania Top 50 Songs Chart at least once. To date, "A Bad Influence" peaked at #2 and "Trouble All Over The World" at #3.
Backyard Blues is a collection of 16 original songs of various blues-based styles performed by local artists and recorded at Right Coast Recording Studio, Columbia, PA in 2019. Blues Jam Coordinator, Gary "Rocky" Rothrock co-produced the CD with the brilliant Bobby Gentilo, who recorded, mixed, and mastered it. Three bonus tracks from award-winning artists who performed at the virtual jam during 2020 are included on the digital release as representatives of the "virtual backyard of Central Pennsylvania."
Blue Heart Records is a partnership between locally-owned Nola Blue Records and Blind Raccoon, based in Memphis, Tennessee. Nola Blue Records, Central Pennsylvania's own international record label, is owned by Sallie Bengtson of Lancaster. UK native Betsie Brown, now residing in Memphis, owns worldwide radio promotion and publicity powerhouse Blind Raccoon. Bonus tracks on the digital release include Global Music Award-winning "Red Walls" by Miss Bix (Malibu, CA) featuring Keeshea Pratt and "Hot Coffee and Pain" by Crooked Eye Tommy (Nashville, TN), 2020 International Blues Challenge finalist; both on Blue Heart Records. "Surrender"
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