Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2021. The picture to the left is David Hood, myself, Ed Greene, and Clayton Ivey, tracking in Muscle Shoals a few weeks ago. We're presently finishing up the overdubs, setting up the cover, and then mix and pressing. We hope to release the second week of February. Please visit our store to preorder the album.
We started a campaign to get the new Tony Sarno blues album done in Muscle Shoals, and we want to invite you to be a big part of it. We normally record on a shoestring budget, but we feel that this project is too important to operate that way. We're basically asking people to pre-buy the cd and other merchandise, and in return, you'll be the first to hear the music, and even see the progress.
Please click on the picture to the left, and pass it along to anyone else who might like to be a part of it.
Thunderhawks video shoot
Shooting videos for The Thunderhawks songs "Spirit" and "Punchin' the Clock" in Ringold Georgia on 4th of July weekend. Standing in for Keith Christopher is Michael McLaughlin. Michael sang background vocals on the recording of "Punchin' the clock" and was Tony's long-time guitar tech extraordinaire (Michael....MORE GAIN!).
The Thunderhawks "One & Done"
The final incarnation of the Thunderhawks first and only album of songs will be released on May 28 on all digital formats. Titled "One & Done", it contains the nine songs written by the band. The songs have been streamlined, and they're finally in the form that producer Tony Sarno had envisioned. Although there are still a few recorded songs still unreleased, this will be the only album by the hard rock band, thus the title "One & Done". It will be available on ITunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and dozens of other download and streaming services.
"Before the Soundcheck" May 5th
All new radio show Sunday morning in Nashville and the world! I feature the great session musician Clayton Ivey. Clayton was a member of the famous Muscle Shoals rhythm section known as “The Swampers”. My show is called “Before The Soundcheck”. I'm interviewing fellow artists, musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, crew, music biz execs, crew, music teachers, anyone involved in making the music that we all love. The show airs Sunday mornings on Hippie Radio 94.5 in Nashville at 6am CST (7am EST, 10pm Sydney Australia time, and 1pm in Europe), online at https://www.hippieradio945.com, IHeart radio, and Tunein. It will also be available after the broadcast on my site tonysarno.com.
*Thanks to our sponsor, Subsurface Technologies
Before the Soundcheck radio show
I start my weekly half-hour radio show on Hippie Radio 94.5 in Nashville, Sunday morning, April 5th. It's called “Before The Soundcheck”. I'll be interviewing fellow artists, musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, crew, music biz execs, crew, music teachers, anyone involved in making the music that we all love. The first show airs this Sunday on Hippie Radio 94.5 in Nashville at 7am EST (10pm Sydney Australia time and 1pm in Europe), online at https://www.hippieradio945.com, and will be available on my site tonysarno.com.
Concerts come to a halt!
With no one touring or playing local gigs these days, the only thing we have left is live streaming. We're working on doing some Skype guitar instruction/coaching, and a live Facebook/Instagram/Youtube studio webcam to see how I record sessions and demos, so stay tuned and stay safe. Say hey in our guestbook or email email@example.com
Keith touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd
Our friend and bass player, Keith Christopher, is now playing with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Keith was the founder of The Georgia Satellites and co-founded The Thunderhawks with Tony and played on all of Tony's recordings, starting with "It's a blues thing", and including "The Thunderhawks" and "Tony Sarno" (self-titled). Keith has toured Australia with Tony, and they've played gigs together all over the United States.
Keith Christopher is making Skynyrd's farewell tour a really special event, as he's bringing great new energy to that classic American rock band.
*Photo- "It's a blues thing" sessions @ Crosstown recorders by Mirjana Antic
Happy New Year!
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to getting out there and playing for you in the new year.
Southern Ground Studios
Tony Sarno recently produced songs for Rusty Gear at Zac Brown's Southern Ground Studios in Nashville. Pictured here is singer extraordinaire Bekka Bramlett singing Rusty's song "Sorry Excuse for a Man".