For Every End, a New Beginning: Local Musicians Carry on Lasting Legacies



Ever Noticed THE RAIN?: Rob Connolly serenades the Surf Metropolis Lodge crowd on a stormy Friday afternoon. Among sets, he shares his perception into the creating of his new single ‘Goodnight Nowadays,’ available on all streaming platforms. (Photo by Jack Reynolds)
The planet proceeds to mourn Charlie Watts, the revered heartbeat of The Rolling Stones for around 58 several years. The iconic drummer, identified as “the gentleman of rock ’n’ roll” by countless numbers, passed away abruptly at the age of 80 on Aug. 24. Aside from entrance person Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, Watts was the only band member to be showcased on just about every single Stones album due to the fact 1963. Watts’ past performance was in August 2019, at the Tricky Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla.
Before in the period, when the new music sector cracked open up revealing the return of stay concert events, the Stones manufactured the long-awaited announcement of tour dates, rescheduled from the canceled 2020 No Filter Tour. Having said that, in early August, the band declared Watts would not be a part of the tour, thanks to an crisis operation, following which he was believed to be steady and on the mend.
Steve Jordan, a longtime affiliate of the Stones, was assigned to fill the monumental footwear for the tour. Jordan drummed for Stevie Wonder’s task Wonderlove and was also the home drummer on “Saturday Evening Live” for a quantity of a long time. In addition to his do the job on drums, as a singer, songwriter and producer Jordan has contributed to records by these types of artists as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks and John Mayer. “It is an complete honor and privilege to be Charlie’s understudy,” Jordan reported in a public statement when he was named to the process.
Even though Jagger had expressed searching ahead to Watts’ return, just a couple of weeks afterwards the band introduced a somber statement: “It is with enormous unhappiness that we announce the demise of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London clinic previously currently surrounded by his relatives. Charlie was a cherished partner, father and grandfather and also as a member of the Rolling Stones just one of the best drummers of his generation.”
An mind-boggling torrent of tributes flooded the net by hundreds of prestigious performers and thousands and thousands of fans – each of them a testament to Watts’ exquisite model, grace and loyalty, the two on and offstage.
With Jordan on drums, the No Filter Tour will kick off on Sept. 26, as scheduled. The band and its enthusiasts are surely in for an psychological trip.
Pleasant DUO: Ryan Zimmerman (correct) is joined by Taylor Stokes (remaining), creating a little Catcha Fish Duo action. Future 7 days, Zimmerman will embark on a nationwide tour to advertise the approaching release of his most recent EP. (Image by Jack Reynolds)
In a different corner of the entire world, Jamaica’s prime minister verified in an online announcement that Lee “Scratch” Perry passed away on Aug. 30 in a Jamaican medical center at the age of 80. Perry was a Grammy-winning, avant-garde reggae artist, and an early pioneer of dub tunes and other cross-cultural fusions to stem out from reggae between the ’60s and the new millennium.
Perry apprenticed for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd and Joe Gibbs at the label Studio A single, wherever he developed a quantity of singles. His 1967 one “I Am the Upsetter,” which gave him just one of his long lasting nicknames (in addition to Scratch, which will come from his solitary “Chicken Scratch”) was a jab at Dodd, with whom he experienced a tumultuous connection. In 1968, he embarked on his very own enterprise, opening the label Upsetter, yet another direct dig at his former associate. Before long following, he unveiled the strike “People Amusing Boy,” which blatantly outlined criticisms of Gibbs. The tune hit the charts in England and has since been declared just one of the first reggae recordings.
Perry’s profession peaked following his get the job done with Bob Marley’s trio The Wailers. Shortly immediately after, he developed a backyard studio, the Black Ark, in which he made a plethora of hits with The Wailers, The Congos and Junior Murvin, amongst quite a few others. He even went on to function with the Beastie Boys and The Clash.
Nevertheless he peaked in the ’70s, he ongoing to rock-continuous, as it were, during his life time. In the most up-to-date season of his daily life, he received a Grammy for Greatest Reggae Album in 2003. He would go on to rack up awards and accolades for the remainder of his lifestyle, all even though frequently making and releasing new new music and movies, and even showcasing an show of his personal visual artwork.
Perry, after named “the Salvador Dali of music” by Keith Richards, allowed his lifestyle to move freely in the route of what he felt was divine inspiration. He became regarded for the eccentricities that characterized not only his manufacturing model, but also his outfits design and style, his temperament and his total way of everyday living. Offbeat as he was, he celebrated a lengthy, satisfying vocation, generating unlimited contributions (equally culturally and technologically) to new music. His innovations in the studio with regard to studio outcomes and remixing on reggae recordings informed how audio is manufactured these days.
For Just about every Finish,
A New Starting
It’s been penned practically every week this summer, but the world’s recent state of affairs has each day been illustrated below by a grand orchestra comprised of unpredictable and impressive thunderstorms, highlighted by a myriad of nearby, are living scores.
On Friday, the Surf Town Hotel saw a average group involving lunch and dinner, as a sinister shroud filled with wet, electrical fury barreled throughout the sand bar, eclipsing what was a quintessential beach working day. Swimmers and sunbathers experienced to collect on their own, assemble their land legs and make haste to Strategy B.
All those with sandy soles and sun-kissed faces who wound up at Surf City Hotel to dry off and partake in lunch and libations were being delighted to obtain singer/songwriter Rob Connolly, singing a fragile tribute to America’s jovial “Sister Golden Hair.” Like a beam of light-weight in a monochrome melodrama, Connolly positioned himself – and his acoustic guitar – dryly in the middle of the included patio, the place he executed a medley of uplifting tunes, ranging from the mid-’60s to modern day day.
“It’s a small appealing remaining out here in the thunder,” he explained, smiling. Correctly, he performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” just for the situation. Then he spellbound the audience with a lilting tribute to the straightforward Beatles common “All My Loving.” Far more-the latest hits integrated Jack Johnson’s beach-y tune “Bubble Toes” and John Mayer’s propelling “No This kind of Matter.” Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Received You” designed for the fantastic apex of his established, showcasing his psychological tonality and total vocal vary. A wave of chills reverberated throughout the patio, inspite of the oppressive warmth and humidity.
Visitors were being likely caught by (nice) shock, but locals nicely know Connolly, an Island indigenous. As a youngster, he sang in the St. Francis Church children’s choir. He commenced doing at the age of 12 at everyone’s beloved burger joint, Woodies Travel-In, and was accomplishing comprehensive time by the age of 16. Though attending Southern Regional Substantial College, he formed The Double Negatives, a psychedelic rock/pop band that has obtained nationwide accomplishment in excess of the last ten years.
Connolly is a lighthearted artist with significant selection, whose singing design and style virtually appears involuntary – a divine channeling from the depths of his soul. Just about every syllable is strung alongside one another in resonant rhapsody, as he simply leans into placing falsetto. Dipping down into his mid-variety, he captivates with a masculine roar, reminiscent of The Animals’ Eric Burdon, one of his influences, in addition to Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, to name a number of.
Of system, he pulls inspiration from all around, this kind of as from Prince and new wave groups like Duran Duran. Harry Kinds, Halsey and Phoenix are a handful of the modern-day artists he’s been tuning into. “I like to continue to be knowledgeable,” he shared with regards to staying up on what audio is providing and why. He expressed an admiration for artists who are blurring the strains involving genres and closing the hole between business pop and far more obscure, experimental new music.
Connolly’s to start with year of university, he educated toward becoming an operatic singer, but went on to attain a tunes company diploma. When he returned dwelling from school he made a decision to go after tunes with entire force, amongst touring with The Double Negatives and supplementing with solo exhibits. “I went challenging – also difficult,” he said, describing a regimen of three- and 4-hour gigs for far more than five times a 7 days was just not sustainable for the overall health and longevity of his voice.
Just one 12 months back this 7 days, Connolly unveiled his one “Just to Me, From You,” which was a late-evening psychological spill he penned at age 18 following abruptly leaving school – and his relationship. The younger female for whom the music was composed had often shared how her mother and father, who attended diverse colleges, would hold engaged as a result of hand-created letters. Connolly’s tune brings hope to the sentiment, but ultimately acknowledges ending the romance as the ideal matter to do. There is also a paradoxical simply call back to the Beatles’ passionate assure, “From Me to You.”
Connolly cited the Beatles as “absolutely quantity one,” in phrases of inventive inspiration. When he was a boy or girl, his loved ones nurtured him with a like for the Beatles and other ’60s and ’70s sensations these types of as Elton John and America. “I fell asleep to Abbey Street every night time,” he shared, joking that he under no circumstances produced it past keep track of 6, “I Want You (She’s So Significant).” Connolly dedicated his left shoulder to them – a whimsical scene tattooed by local artist Tara Keefe, made up of things from “The Yellow Submarine,” and other symbolic references, these as to “The Octopus’ Back garden.”
The sensitive artist has a inclination towards adore tracks, prepared throughout stream-of-consciousness ramblings late at night. He sits down at the piano, or with his guitar, and allows lyricism to spill out. Afterwards, he goes again in and picks aside the function till the essence is in grasp. “It’s my treatment,” he explained. “It’s exactly where I get my real truth off.”
This slide, Connolly is transferring to Bushwick with two friends in hopes of re-developing himself in the music scene there. However, he reassured admirers that he will continue to be in standard rotation on LBI. Due to the fact final year’s release of “Just to Me, From You,” Connolly’s obtained 10 first music in the performs, and he’s moving them, one by just one, on to the front burner.
In August, he comfortable-launched his most recent song, “Goodnight Now,” which he wrote two yrs ago whilst residing in Queens with his older brother, Ken – who is identified to the club scene as Avanti, an achieved DJ and tunes producer.
“It was extremely substantially a spur of the instant form of detail,” he recalled. “I was just participating in guitar in my space. Ken, my brother, opens up the doorway and he’s like ‘turn on your recorder.’”
Like very last year’s single, “Goodnight Today” was blended and produced with the enable of Ken/Avanti. “He’s outstanding at mixing,” Connolly shared of his brother. “He’s taught me a large amount.” Connolly coated vocals, keys and guitar, and wrote all the string pieces. He outsourced whatsoever he could not engage in himself. Whereas the very last single was a punchy fusion of Connolly’s acoustic sensitivity and Avanti’s 808 and lure drums, “Goodnight Today” accommodates the songwriter’s tender lyricism with a extra organic and natural seem.
The song outlines a dreamlike longing. “It’s incredibly much a partnership that’s been completed for a while … and late at night, I’m reflecting on it,” he expounded. The initially verse is a yearning curiosity. The second verse is an illustration of recollections revealing themselves to Connolly in shadows on his bed room walls. The bridge and refrain both convey a rejection of truth and a begging to continue to be in a dream of togetherness. “I’ll feel negative about it afterwards, but permit me appreciate it now,” he explained laughingly.
“When you shut your eyes
Do your desires sense like they’re alive?
Am I in any tonight?
Am I wrapped in twilight?
When you connect with me darling
I consider I can see, oh,
So remember to no alarm correct now, when I say
I like you in each individual way
So really don’t say goodnight, nowadays
And in the light I see
All of your attributes
They are actively playing between
The shadows they dance with your ft
Will you still dance with me?”
Next in queue to be unveiled is a single titled “Fade to Black.” Fans can remain tuned in with Connolly by subsequent him on Apple Songs, YouTube and Spotify. This Thursday he will carry out at Tucker’s Tavern, kicking off a whole weekend of displays on LBI.
Connolly’s ultimate sentiment prior to resuming his functionality acknowledged that while comprehensive-time musicianship is most undoubtedly a occupation as hard as any other, “Being ready to do only music has been absolutely nothing but the very best, each individual single time.” He smiled and, with out missing a conquer, resumed his dry patch of gravel and serenaded his rainy-day audience with CCR’s “Have You Ever Noticed the Rain?”
Detour
At the Causeway
Individuals earning an endeavor to depart the Island right after Connolly’s display may well not have manufactured it more than the Causeway, enticed by the name on the modest marquee board to veer into The Gateway. Inside of, the phase was established for Ryan Zimmerman, who was billed to engage in an acoustic demonstrate.
Nevertheless, in genuine jam style, Taylor Stokes (The Danksters, Catcha Fish) joined Zimmerman on bass, creating anything to the result of a Catcha Fish Duo. With the use of percussive strumming and a medley of pedals, Zimmerman produced a groovy fusion of jam-satisfies-reggae, dishing up all the bizarre surprise of psychedelia – minus the existential dread – wrapped up in the warm hug of reggae. Soon after a funky just take on The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek,” guitarist/keyboardist Dan Galvano dropped in, carrying a guitar scenario embellished with the Deadheads’ sacred Stealie and transformed the Catcha Fish Duo into the Catcha Fish Trio. He designed his grand introduction by throwing down some epic electrical qualified prospects on Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing.”
The set list meandered via a host of feel-superior jams, which include group pleasers such as the howling “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon and an prolonged tribute to Peter Tosh’s reggae strike “Ketchy Shuby.” They also took some deep-reduce detours, covering Jerry Garcia’s “That’s What Love’ll Make You Do” and Eric Clapton’s “Bell Base Blues.”
Zimmerman is a longtime staple on LBI, and set himself apart early on by producing, doing and releasing first new music. “I would like to feel I advanced (musically) on an uphill slope, with some peaks and valleys in concerning,” he reported of his journey in music, which started when he was just 13 decades previous.
To explain Zimmerman’s spectrum of songs as large would be the understatement of the yr.
“I would say my initially guitar hero was Ritchie Havens,” he explained. “I absolutely mimicked his whirlwind rhythm style and adore the open up tuning. I participate in incredibly loud like him.”
From a technological standpoint, Keller Williams, Michael Hedges and Olu Dara motivated his acoustic participating in. He cited The Wailers, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Nolen, Frank Navetta, Keith Richards, Steve Kimock and Trey Anastasio as inspiring his electric seem. He credits his songwriting chops to some of the finest legends of the very last century, rattling off Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Mark Sandman, Paul Westerburgh, Beck, Robert Hunter, Buju Banton and Bob Marley.
“I could go on for times,” said Zimmerman. “I’m affected by writers who go deep.”
He performed in bands all over higher school and immersed himself in the restaurant industry to help his passion. “I bartended, cooked, waited tables to pay the costs and did music on the aspect,” he defined. Enjoying at the very same venues in which he worked and experienced typical clients served him perfectly as no cost promotion.
On the other hand, the hustle did just take Zimmerman to some darker sites in his everyday living.
“To be straightforward, for a while I would get so drunk that I could hardly sing, and have been asked to leave on event,” he candidly confessed. “Needless to say, those days are long gone, and I really feel I’ve evolved into a hyper-centered musician that’s focused to what he’s doing.”
Prior to the pandemic, Zimmerman celebrated his most profitable 12 months of doing, obtaining played 212 gigs in the year 2019. He appears to be ahead to the return of normalcy, as the new music field regains its footing.
“I enjoy new music, specifically stay new music,” he professed, conveying reside audio is critical for body, mind and spirit. “(There is) a thing about having collectively with your friends, or by you, to go see music – whether or not it be in a smaller club, theater or stadium – that just resonates with me so a lot, and I actually believe it’s an vital section of our society.
“Before Spotify and all the streaming likely on, I made use of to place out a collection named ‘The Winter season Samplers,’” he shared. “I assume I created it to Volume III right before the technological know-how switched.” He elaborated, “It was a collection of self-recorded and created songs I commonly did on my four-monitor and also bundled stay recordings from the summertime year beforehand. I would melt away them on to a CD and hand them out.” He regrets not saving any copies, and asks any followers who could possibly even now have one to access out.
Later on, he recognized his possess label, RZP Data, and has introduced two entire albums, Working Musician and No Overhead No Liability, and one EP, Ephemeral as a Kiss. On Sept. 3, he will launch his 2nd EP, A Chatter in the Cranium, available on all streaming platforms. In advance of the release, he dropped monitor a single as a one, titled “The Ebright Azimuth.” In comparison to his before do the job, which is a reggae-encouraged funk fusion, his most current EP is comprised of mellower tunes, leaning far more towards folks and Americana. “I nevertheless do that (funk/reggae) dwell, but this collection hits a little closer to household,” he mentioned.
“We all experienced some spare time on our hands,” Zimmerman quipped in reference to the excellent pandemic shutdown of 2020. “So I received to creating. I have some a lot more product, but required to launch it in batches, as opposed to a single major album. I figured this would give me time in concerning to play dwell and go on the street a bit to encourage them,” he spelled out.
The recordings are just the automobile for him to supply product to reside listeners – his correct calling. “I actually skipped being on the street, and the tracks in this batch sort of reflect on what I was performing in advance of COVID, which was traveling and executing a ton.” Each and every of the four tracks on Chatter refers to a various kind of location for Zimmerman to develop or carry out audio.
Next 7 days, he will embark on his tumble tour, touring around the region to execute and endorse his newest EP. To stay up to date with him, stop by ryanzimmermanmusic.com.
Despite the obstacles presented by 2020, Zimmerman compares himself as an artist to an earlier variation of himself, and sees significant progress.
“I’ve undoubtedly come to be additional organized with my participating in as properly as my business enterprise affairs,” he stated confidently. His dedication is what keeps him on the straight and slim. “I program, encourage and execute all my recordings and tours myself. It’s a labor of appreciate that can help maintain me on keep track of.”
As with so quite a few other factors, to give it absent is to genuinely keep it, regardless of whether it be an emotion, commitment or point out of staying. His mission is to share with listeners the very same power he gets throughout a are living exhibit. “That’s the flag I want to fly.”
monique@thesandpaper.net

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