Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By ELLEN BECK, United Press International  |  Feb. 12, 2003 at 3:00 AM
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Danny Wood, former member of New Kids On The Block, will release his debut solo CD, "Second Face" (Empire Music Werks/Damage/BMG) April 15.

"I'm very excited about my album," Wood said. "I put my heart and soul into it, and I think it really shows a lot about the person I am today."

When he was still in his teens, Wood became an international star as a member of the first in the new wave of pop boy bands. New Kids sold 60 million albums worldwide and broke every sales and attendance record at major venues around the world.

This album was two years in the making. Wood formed his own record label and has been producing other artists, including former bandmate Joey McIntyre, and Marky Mark, brother of fellow New Kid Donnie Wahlberg. All 16 songs on the album were written by Wood, showcasing an eclectic mix of rock and pop, combined with memorable melodies. The album was recorded in Miami at West End Studios and House of Sound.


Radical Records will sponsor the 10th annual Valentine's Benefit for God's Love We Deliver -- delivering hot meals to homebound people with AIDS -- on Friday. It stars a consortium of New York City independent artists including Tuff Darts, MaMa Gütay (Radical Records' press guy, Johnny Chiba's Guitar Trio), Black Flamingo, Porn Rock and others.

It features Master of Ceremonies Frankie Wood and his infamous raffle (dinners, bar tabs, clothes, lingerie, etc.) and the hot DJ Robert Lund. The event will take place at Rare, 416 West 14th St. (formerly The Cooler).

Black Flamingo founded Music and Love in late 1993. Her brother, Richard Kesten, who died of an AIDS-related illness on Dec. 8, 1989, inspired her to organize the annual Valentine's Benefit for God's Love We Deliver in honor of what would have been Richard's 37th birthday on Saturday.

Other bands on the bill include Queen V, Mad Juana, Mother Goddess, She Wolves, Plastic Heroes, Joe Bendik and Red Sky Morning.


Tucson-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark Insley has a new album, "Supermodel," scheduled for April 22 release on Rustic Records. Originally from Kansas, Insley spent 17 years as a mainstay of the Los Angeles roots rock scene, recording his debut CD, "Good Country Junk," in 1996.

Insley quickly developed a reputation for his raucously entertaining live shows at local venues such as the legendary Palomino, as well as club and festival appearances around the country. His touring band often included such stellar musicians as guitarist Tony Gilkyson (X, Lone Justice, Chuck E. Weiss) and bassist Taras Prodaniuk (Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams).

"Tucson," Insley's Rustic Records debut, further stretched the boundaries of his music, exploring the territories of hard-core country and Americana, but with his own unique take on subject matter. Tucson was co-produced by Mark Insley and Paul DuGre, who's worked with Los Lobos, Tracy Chapman and Dave Alvin, among others, and featured such guest players as Tony Gilkyson, Dave Alvin, Greg Leisz, Albert Lee, Rick Shea and Clare Muldaur.

"Supermodel" was co-produced by Insley and DuGre and features an all-star cast of players, including Clare Muldaur, daughter of roots music legend Geoff Muldaur, on vocals, multi-instrumentalists Greg Leisz and Rick Shea, Dan McGough (Tom Waits) on various keyboards, David Raven (Jim Lauderdale, Butthole Surfers) on drums, Bob Glaub on electric bass, David Jackson on acoustic bass and Don Heffington (Bob Dylan, Buddy Miller) on jaw harp.


David K. Wilcox, One of Canada's greatest guitar masters and most exciting live performers, has a new album, "Rockin' the Boogie," set for release. The CD, co-produced by Wilcox, Colin Linden and Sadia, is a collection of Wilcox' best songs, plus three new compositions, from his 25-year career. He's released numerous gold and platinum-selling albums in Canada, where he is one of the most popular touring acts. Canadian Olympic Gold Medal winners Jamie Sale and David Pelletier skated to the title cut "Rockin' The Boogie" in their internationally televised exhibition skate at the end of last year's Winter Olympics. Wilcox' song, "That Hypnotizin' Boogie" was featured in the Tom Cruise film "Cocktail."


"A Taste of Heaven," by the late New Orleans gospel great Raymond Myles, was released independently in 1995 by producer Leo Sacks. Now the newly remixed and remastered album is being reissued by Sony Music/Legacy Recordings in time for Jazz Fest.

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