May 2023- The Thunderhawks to play the music of AC/DC
Original Thunderhawks members Rick Donley and Tony Sarno, along with bassist Mark Corradetti and guitarist Ken McMahan are playing a set of Bon Scott-era AC/DC. With the expansive catalog of great songs to choose from, it will be hard to limit it to a 90-minute set, but needless to say it will be rocking from the first chord. Pictured are the original lineup with the late Eddy Shaver and Keith Christopher (now with Lynyrd Skynyrd) who will be sorely missed, but their substitutes are certainly no slouches. The first date so far will be the band’s very favorite rock club in the world; RT. 33 RHYTHM AND BREWS in Wapakoneta Ohio on December 16th. Additional dates will be posted as they are added.May 2023- Tony Sarno Band Plays the music of Muscle Shoals
Aretha Franklin recorded hits in Muscle Shoals, as did The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Bob Scaggs, and so many more. There was even some great reggae recorded there by Jimmy Cliff.
We just released our Muscle Shoals album on cd, and we think we’ve captured some of the magic of that amazing territory. We’re now presenting “The Tony Sarno Band plays the music of Muscle Shoals” LIVE ON STAGE. With the core rhythm section, full horn section and female vocals, the band will play songs from the album, as well as some of the great Soul and Rock music recorded in Muscle Shoals. It will make for a great concert, or any other event that needs some rockin’ party music. We’ll see you out there!June 2022- It’s A blues Thing Too cd released
Tony Sarno “It’s a Blues Thing Too” is released on Bandcamp.com. It was recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama in December and mixed by 2021 Grammy Award winner Jason Hall. https://tonysarno.bandcamp.com/album/its-a-blues-thing-too-muscle-shoals-editionMay 2022- Tony Sarno sings to open Galen Cisco Field
Tony had the honor of singing “America, the Beautiful” in St. Marys Ohio, for the opening of their new baseball field. It’s named for (pictured here w/Tony) veteran Major League Baseball pitcher and coach Galen Cisco.April 2022- Press Release
NASHVILLE, APRIL 1, 2022 – On May 27th, acclaimed American blues/rock guitarist, vocalist, and recording artist Tony Sarno will release It’s A Blues Thing Too; a powerful record that went to one of the fronts of America’s music roots, Muscle Shoals, Alabama to infuse this finely crafted yet passionate outing with the legacies of rock & roll and blues music. Throughout It’s A Blues Thing Too, Tony’s own blistering guitar work and soulful singing is complemented by support from such icons as FAME Studios’ keyboard wizard Clayton Ivey on the Hammond B3, drummer Ed Greene (Barry White, Jeff Beck), legendary Swampers founding member and bassist David Hood, and Tina Turner’s longtime saxophone sidekick Deric Dyer. Sarno, a gifted songwriter within the blues-rock idiom, reached into the genres’ deep songbook to assure a well-rounded experience. In addition to his own songs, such as the raucous and risqué shuffle “Don’t Hold that Against Me,” written with award-winning composer Fred Koller, and “Funky Bourbon Street,” a groove instrumental that defines “funk,” Tony cut Elmore James’ classic “The Sun is Shining” and the Frankie Miller/Troy Seals dance-floor regular “Heartbreak Radio.” Recording at East Avalon Studios in Muscle Shoals, Tony teamed up once more with producer Mark Maynard, a Memphis music icon who also produced Tony’s first two LPs. Rounding out the production crew is two-time Grammy Award winner Jason Hall, who’s also worked his mix magic for artists including Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, and Little Big Town.
“I love the sound of the records that have come out of Muscle Shoals,” Tony says of that tiny dot on a map but whose outsized influence has shaped so much of contemporary music for the last half century. “I found that there really is something extraordinary about the musicians, studios, engineers, and vibe there.” And just as it had for countless artists before, from Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett to Paul Simon, the Rolling Stones and others, it all coalesced there for It’s A Blues Thing Too, as well. “It came together with great serendipity,” says Tony. “Having David Hood, one of the original swampers, available; getting Ed Greene, one of the great session drummers of all-time; having Jason Hall mix — it all just came together beautifully.” And like many of the magical masterpieces that Muscle Shoals has produced over the years, It’s A Blues Thing Too also has a little hidden gem that can bring listeners and artist just a little closer together. “There might have been a dog barking outside while we were recording one track through the studio’s custom-built echo chamber!” he recalls. “You really have to listen closely, but as a dog-lover, I love that it’s in there somewhere.”
About Tony Sarno:
Tony Sarno is an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and recording artist who has recorded numerous critically-acclaimed rock and blues-themed albums. Tony has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Argentina, and Mexico with his own band, sharing stages with artists like B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hall & Oates, Johnny Winter, and Little Feat, as well as touring with artists including Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Peter Tork of the Monkees in their bands. Tony’s music can often be heard on television, radio, and film, including production music used by CBS Sports. And in a truly unique credit, Tony was a Resident Artist at the Bose Corporation, aiding in the development of their ground-breaking L1 portable sound system.
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For more information, contact: Mark Corradetti @ email@example.comJune 2021- It’s A blues Thing Too released digitally
Tony Sarno “It’s a Blues Thing Too” is released on Spotify and all streaming platforms. It was recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama in December and mixed by 2021 Grammy Award winner Jason Hall. The first track was released as a single on April 23rd is called “Don’t Hold That Against Me”, written by Tony and Fred Koller. The physical cd will be released in July on Amazon, and is currently only available at www.tonysarno.com/store.March 2021- It’s A Blues Thing Too
The new Tony Sarno Album is finished and ready for release. It was recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama in December and mixed by 2021 Grammy Award winner Jason Hall. The first track to be released on April 23rd is called “Don’t Hold That Against Me”, written by Tony and Fred Koller. The full album will be released on May 7, and available for download on iTunes, and streamed on Spotify and all digital platforms. The cd will be available for sale at www.tonysarno.com/store.January 2021- Happy New Year!
Wishing everyone a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year. Thanks to all who have supported my music all of these years.October 2020- Blues in Muscle Shoals
We started a crowdfunding campaign to get the new Tony Sarno blues album done in Muscle Shoals, and we’re inviting everyone to play a big part in it. 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. Thanks for checking it out, and please highlight the link below, cut and paste it into your browser. And please paste it in an email, and send to anyone who might like to be a part of it too.June 2020- Back in the saddle
Nashville has started to open up, and bands are getting back to the clubs. Tony Sarno and his band played at Bowie’s rock club on June 10th and will be there again on the 17th. The club is the new “Home of Rock” in Nashville, and features a big stage and state of the art sound and lights.
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.
I start my weekly half-hour radio show on Hippie Radio 94.5 in Nashville on Sunday 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 show airs Sundays on Hippie Radio 94.5 in Nashville at 7am EST (10pm Sydney Australia time and 1pm in Europe), online at IHeart radio, Tune-in, and https://www.hippieradio945.com, and will be available on my site tonysarno.com. after it airs. It will be an interesting look behind the scenes. Hope you like it!
*Thanks to our sponsor, Thinstroke Design, a communication and graphic design studio, and their new book “Love Letters,” by typographer and illustrator Tony Di Spigna. The book highlights his classic American Spencerian-style font and lettering designs, the kind you just can’t do on a computer.
With no one touring or playing local gigs these days, the only thing we have left is live streaming. I’m working on doing some solo and band gigs live on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, so stay tuned and stay safe.February 2020- Keith Christopher with 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.December 2019- 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”. The band included Muscle Shoals legends keyboardist Clayton Ivey and bassist Bob Wray. Additionally, Rusty Gear- guitar,vocals, Ken Coomer- drums, Sam Bacco- Percussion, Doug Moffet- saxes, Hannah Bethel- vocals, and Tony-guitars. Leslie Richter and Dan Davis engineered the session. Stay tuned for record release and availability.September 2019- New EP
Tony Sarno is currently in preproduction for his third solo album. The EP will consist of five Bob Dylan songs in Tony’s blues style. Look for it on Spotify, Pandora and all digital platforms. It will also be available on CD and LP at www.tonysarno.comApril 2019- New Big Fish Audio Project
Tony Sarno is currently in preproduction for his second project for Big Fish Audio. It will consist of 21 songs in the classic rock vein. The songs are instrumental and can be used for commercials, incidental music for Movies/TV, and for songwriters to write lyrics too. Tony’s project “Highway Blues” was a best-seller for Big Fish Audio. www.bigfishaudio.comJan. 2019- Tony Sarno to produce Rusty Gear at Southern Ground
Artist Rusty Gear will be recording his second effort at Zak Brown’s Southern Ground Studio in Nashville with Tony Sarno producing. The band will consist of veterans of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, Clayton Ivey on Keys, and Bob Wray on bass, along with Craig Krampf on drums and Pat Severs on Pedal Steel. Tony will play guitar and add vocals to the project. The record will be available on Amazon, Itunes, and all record store websites. The songs will be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and other popular streaming services.
.Sept. 2018- “Essential Tony Sarno” set for Release
Featuring songs from Tony’s Icehouse, Marconi, and Bandwidth Records releases, this compilation shows an overview of Sarno’s recording career. Produced by Mark Maynard, it will be available on Amazon, Itunes, and all record store websites. The songs will be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and other popular streaming services.May 2017- Tony Sarno returns to Australia
Tony Sarno has done two tours of Australia and looks forward to getting back. “It’s been a minute” says Sarno. Returning back to the Thredbo Blues festival and a number of club dates around the country, the band features Chris Nable on drums, Jacko on guitar, Al Britton on bass, and Mike Gubb on keyboards.April 2017- Tony Sarno and his large event band
Tony Sarno has toured the world with his bands, ranging from the 3-piece skeleton crew playing at nite clubs and bike rallies, to the 11-piece Event band playing at special events,including galas for presidents of the United States. “As much as I like playing with the smaller bands, the most fun is having the additional female vocalists and full horn section”, says Sarno. “We’ve been known to whip audiences into a sweaty frenzy at some of these events!”. Being based in Nashville, the band is made up of some the best musicians in the world, and they all love what they do. Whether it’s a milestone life event, wedding, or just a celebration, Tony Sarno and his large band will rock the house. For booking information please call 615-854-9271.February 2017- Tony Sarno enlists colleagues in new consulting venture
Tony Sarno has been in the music business for a long time, and would like to help anyone who needs advice or direction for themselves, a family member, or their company. With his vast network of music professionals, Tony has started a venture called “Music Resource Partners” to help companies and individuals with anything music. He claims that he can consult on anything pertaining to the music business, and if he can’t, he knows who can. For more information, please visit www.tonysarno.com/consulting.February 2017- Tony Sarno set to tour with new band
Tony Sarno has assembled a Rocking new band featuring Bill Ferri on bass, Andy Peake on Drums, and David Boisvert on Saxes. Tony describes it as “Led Zeppelin with sax”. They are doing local Nashville dates before hitting the road for a late spring tour. They will be performing at Bridgestone Arena on February 7. Please visit www.pollstar.com for dates and tickets.November 2015- Tony Sarno to tour with Felix Cavaliere
Tony Sarno is Playing guitar for the legendary Felix Cavaliere on his December Christmas Tour. “Felix and the Rascals were really the American Beatles, and it is a true honor to be playing those great songs with Felix”, said Sarno. Please visit www.pollstar.com for dates and tickets.April 2015- Tony Sarno interviewed by Greek Magazine
Michalis Limnios’ in-depth interview with Tony Sarno ended up being more like a brief history of Sarno’s career. click hereJanuary 2015- Happy New Year!
Tony Sarno and the band would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts, house concerts, or parties this year.November 2014- Tony Sarno Band
Tony Sarno is currently rehearsing with his new Band. Drummer Aaron Westine and bassist/vocalist Paul Henn recently relocated to Nashville from Malibu California. They are gearing up for a performance at the Bridgestone Arena on Thanksgiving night. They will be joined by Ashira on vocals and percussion.September 2014 – Thunderhawks now on Pandora
The Thunderhawks cd released on Bandwidth Records is now available for streaming on Pandora. The album is also available for streaming at Spotify, Rhapsody, GooglePlay, and Rdio.August 2014 – Sarno debuts new band at Greer SC BBQ Festival
Tony Sarno and his band will be kicking off the Sooie’t Relief Barbecue festival in Greer South Carolina on August 22nd at 7:30 pm. The band will be playing Blues-Rock music from Sarno’s Thunderhawks release as well as his solo efforts. The Altanta-based rhythm section of drummer Phil Lowman, bassist Mike Norwood, and keyboardman Eric Sinclair, “raise the rhythmic bar on my music” says Sarno. “We’re taking my rock and blues music and creating a whole new rhythmic stew. After spending the last few years up north, it’s good to be back in the south, home of the music that I love, and my home since 1986”. For more info please visit Greer ReliefMay 2014 – Thunderhawks play AC/DC in clubs
Tony Sarno has announced that he will be playing a club tour soon, playing songs from their 2005 release, and a set of vintage AC/DC from the Bon Scott years.March 2, 2014 – Tony Sarno Interviewed for Greek online Magazine
Michalis Limnios’ in-depth interview with Tony Sarno ended up being more like a brief history of Sarno’s career.January 31, 2014 – Tony Sarno in Pre-production with Jason Hall
Recording Artist Tony Sarno is presently working on new music at Jason Hall’s studio in East Nashville. Since getting his start at Sarno’s studio in the late 90’s, Jason has accrued an impressive body of recorded work; http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jason-hall-mn0000218737 Sarno and Hall are writing music and doing demos for the recording project. “Jason brings a refreshing approach to my music, which will translate into an exciting new sound”, says Sarno. The first two songs will be released on Itunes and other music services in 2014.