Jerry Velona continues to surprise and expand his musical boundaries with his sixth release featuring tricked out rock, new twists on classic soul, raw funk, country and Christmas blues all with his eclectic signature vocals and wry lyrics.
Love Radio is the sixth release by prolific Boston singer, songerwriter, musician, Jerry Velona.
The album features a quartet of blistering, straight ahead rock tunes starting with a cover of the Long Ryders' "Looking for Lewis and Clark". Of that cut, Sid Griffin who wrote the and sang the original version says: "Jerry Velona once again proves his musical worth in a balls-to-the-wall cover version of the Long Ryders’ ‘Looking For Lewis & Clark’, a pounding yet melodic take which begs the question: where are the great and fearless leaders of the present day? Velona’s committed vocal and approach to the lyric may not provide a complete set of answers but oh Mercy, they frame the question so very, very well.”
The three other rock tunes are all penned by Velona and include the whimsical "When I Wake Up", the subtlely political "Bureau of Whatever" and the semi-autobiographical "First To Last". All feature Velona on drums and vocals along with the twin guitar terrors of Billy Loosigian and David Minehan.
On the soul and funk side, Velona updates the Donny Hathaway song "Ghetto" with original lyrics and a different spin in "The Ghetto (Ain't Going Back). The song features an epic arrangement with rhythm section, percussion, strings, vocal chorus and features Debbie Pierre on lead vocal and the spoken word brilliance of J Ivy. Not to be missed! Velona also updates an obscure but wonderful soul chestnut "Baby What'cha Got (for me)" first recorded in 1967 by the late Darrell Banks. "Our Own Devices" again showcases Velona's wry lyrical style over a churning, burning funk track including the "Boston Horns" - Gordon Beadle and Phil Grenadier.
"Forbidden Fruit" recorded by the Band and written by Robbie Robertson gets a country rock treatment with violin, accordion and a great guitar track by Duke Levine.
Finally, just in time for the holidays comes "Just Don't Feel Like Christmas", a bluesy, introspective treatment featuring Velona's plaintive vocal and a great horn arrangement by Paul Ahlstrand.