New Sinatra Tribute LP Has Real Roots – Davi Sings Sinatra

Heard on the Michael Savage radio program… When you hear Robert Davi sings Sinatra you’re not hearing some  flavor of the day try to sing the songs of someone before his time devoid of the feeling of the era. Robert Davi grew up during the 50s and 60s, heard Sinatra during his prime and even met and talked to the original! So, let’s say Davi has all the qualifications to do Sinatra justice.  In so doing, his new LP, just out, uses a full orchestra and was recorded in the same LA Capitol studios where Sinatra recorded many of his classic albums. Even the recording producer and engineer were from THE ERA, having worked with Sinatra and others during the day ..It was quite a moving / nostalgic interview with Davi on the Michael Savage show 10/21. Whatever you think of Savage’s politics, Savage lives and breathes the 50s/60s era including many great vignettes from the era plus  music you won’t hear on other talk shows.  He spends much of his time off politics, especially Rock and Roll Fridays… give a listen for a rare treat in this day and age.  Back to Davi, when I first heard a snipet of song on Savage’s show I thought it the real thing. Though Davi doesn’t claim to be a mimic, his sound is very close to the real thing.  Check out  or below.  PURCHASE DAVI SINGS SINATRA:


Best known for playing the villainous drug lord in the James Bond classic, “License to Kill,”   actor Robert Davi apparently also has a license to sing. Armed with a 30-piece orchestra, Davi is set to release his first album on October 24: “Davi Sings Sinatra — On The Road To Romance.” And like “Old Blue Eyes,” Davi chose to record his work at the famous Capitol Records Building in Hollywood, where Sinatra recorded much of his music. The album features all new arrangements by composer Nic. tenBroek and is produced by 14-time, Grammy-winning producer Phil Ramone. Sinatra author, producer, and historian Charles Granata described Davi’s tribute to the “Chairman of the Board” as a “superb love letter to the man who defined 20th century popular music. It’s theatrical, heartfelt, and beautifully sung, while incorporating a swagger and style that evokes Sinatra.” Sinatra standards take him back to his Italian-American roots, Davi told Newsmax. “During my parents’ time, while our country faced many difficulties, this music helped it glow with promise and optimism,” he said. “It reminded them that our country was a place where dreams came true, and inspired people from all over the world to find for themselves the magic that was America — and Frank Sinatra’s voice was the soundtrack for their lives.” Backed by a 50-piece orchestra, Davi has been performing Continue reading “New Sinatra Tribute LP Has Real Roots – Davi Sings Sinatra”

Isaak Band’s Pilgrimage to Sun Records – New Sun Tribute LP

Isaak Band’s Pilgrimage to Sun Records Results in  New Sun Tribute LP

 Lib at Large: Isaak drummer Kenney Dale Johnson’s day in the Sun

By Paul Liberatore
Marin Independent Journal
Posted: 10/14/2011 08:20:00 AM PDT

Kenney Dale Johnson, the drummer for Chris Isaak’s band, with his drum set in his San Rafael home on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Isaak’s band will be headlining at Sonoma Jazz Plus on May 24th. (IJ photo/Jeff Vendsel) Jeff Vendsel

KENNEY DALE JOHNSON, longtime drummer for Chris Isaak, called the other day all excited about the new album the band recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., one of the birthplaces of rock ‘n’ roll.

“That was the most fun I’ve ever had making a record,” said the San Rafael resident. “I looked around as we were playing and thought, Oh, my God, I can’t believe I’m here. We had a ball.”

That’s what impresses me about Kenney. He’s been with Isaak for more than 25 years, and in other rock bands before that, but he hasn’t become jaded. Far from it.

He and his buddy Isaak are self-described “music geeks.” They grew up (Kenney in Texas, Isaak in Stockton) listening to early
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rock records by Elvis and Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis and the other future classics that were recorded by Sam Phillips at Sun.

“We were both influenced by those records,” Kenney said in his personable Lone Star drawl. “All those great songs were made right there in that little room.”

Aptly titled “Beyond the Sun,” the album was released this week on Vanguard, the band’s new label. The concept arose while they were on tour a year ago. Passing through the South, they made a pilgrimage to Sun, one of rock’s holy shrines, and were invited to jam using the studio’s instruments.

“We had no intention of recording there when we went, but after we jammed all night, Chris goes, ‘Why don’t we make a record of Sun cover songs?'”
Kenney recalled. When no one could think of any reason whey they shouldn’t, they forged ahead.

“Half the battle was figuring out which ones we were going to do.”
They ended up recording 36 tunes in 11 days, selecting a dozen for the album, a mixture of the familiar and the obscure, including Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Jerry Lee’s “Great Balls of Fire,” Carl Perkins’ little-known rave-up “Dixie Fried” and a delightful rarity called “Miss Pearl” by a cat named Johnny Wages, whom Isaak discovered one night on YouTube.

“You can really hear the room in some

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