In 2010, Who Was I joined the main stage: Mayham at the Magic Circle Festival, held at Metal Camp 10 in Tolmin, Slovenia! This seven day festival hosted powerhouses such as: Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse, Devil Driver, Exodus, Soulfly, Crobar, Holy Hell, Manowar, Arch Enemy, Epics, Immortal, Overkill, and Obituary, just to name a few! Who Was I had honors of sharing the stage with these incredible musicians!
This International experience inspired Who Was I to return home to the States and immediately began work on their second CD. Critics are saying, "It already brilliantly compliment's their debut CD, "Tragedy". As Who Was puts the finishing touches on this epic recording, you can see them live, on stage at some great venues in and around Florida such as: The Hard Rock Live, The House of Blues in Orlando, Fla. or an occasional home show at The County Line in Melbourne. They also play many rock festivals that roll through the area, so check those venues often! You can always hear us streaming in rotation 24/7 on SickWorldRadio.com. If you are looking for a new, fresh sound or a live performance of non-stop metal in your face, do yourself a favor and see the monstrosity called Who Was I! The musical revolution starts here!
Since the release of his 2010 debut CD “Ain’t No Big Deal”, John D’Amato’s guitar prowess and soulful vocals, has landed him on stage with many notable musicians: B.B. King, Billy Cox, Eric Gales and Joe Louis Walker, who was so impressed with John’s abilities he asked John to perform with him on his new Alligator Records Release “HellFire”, produced by Grammy Award Winning Producer, Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy and B.B. King). John is one of the new generation of hard rockin’ blues men with elements of the styles of music that have influenced John: T Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, B.B. King, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and a host of other genres of music. John has an ability to bring a song to the next level with his incendiary yet tasteful solos combined with his unique vocal style make his music a cut above the rest. John’s debut CD “Ain’t No Big Deal” climbed to #9 on the “Airplay Direct Blues Charts” in November of 2011, and to #45 on the “Roots Music Report National Blues Charts” within three weeks of its release. “Real Blues Magazine” added it to its list of “The Top 100 Blues CDs” and “Ain’t No Big Deal” continues to receive extensive airplay worldwide. John's 2012 Tour dates begin July 13th & will continue through September when he heads back to the U.K. & Amsterdam for a fall tour. Ian McHugh of “Blues Is The Truth” on UKJazzRadio has described John’s music as “Spectacularly Frenetic, and his passion flows through it”............. Michael Molenda of “Guitar Player Magazine” said “He [John] just keeps spewing out wilder and wilder phrases until you succumb to giddy delight or vertigo”........ Mark Tucker of F.A.M.E. Magazine stated “[John’s music is] inventive and original yet true to the genre”. All these quotes add up to one thing. Jaw Dropping, Show Stopping blues guitar and vocals that will please any blues fan anywhere.
Connections to the blues were forged with the living blues men he’s sat with since childhood. Born in 1957, Beard is the son of Joe Beard, a fine blues guitarist who grew up on Beale Street in the 1950’s before moving to Rochester, NY. When family friends like Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Buddy Guy stopped by, young Chris became their willing pupil.
After years playing the clubs in and around Rochester, Chris was offered the opportunity to record. In 1998, he released his debut recording, Barwalkin’, on JSP Records. That record earned Beard a W.C. Handy nomination as Best New Blues Artist. Chris produced his follow-up disc, Born To Play The Blues in 2001 to the critical acclaim of the blues press and earned Beard the title, Prince of the Blues. Then, in 2005, Beard released Live Wire, a stirring combination of live and studio performances for Northern Blues “Blues is my roots,” says Chris. “I grew up as Joe Beard’s son in the house of the blues. I grew up around Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy. The influence of Buddy has been major. All he has to say to me is ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing.’ Matt always told me that the guitar has to become an extension of you. That will always stick with me.”
On this new record, Beard, a world class guitarist, devoted time and energy into establishing his unique and compelling voice. With the combination of Beard’s assertive voice and his exciting guitar, this record is a seamless combination of traditional blues with a contemporary edge. On the title cut, Chris called upon his dear friend Ronnie Baker Brooks, another talent who grew up in a blues house. In fact, Beard and Brooks teamed up to write three of the first six songs. Ronnie once told me how Bernard Allison gave him the confidence to play the blues. Ronnie paid it forward by giving Chris the confidence to write again. Who I am and What I do....Backed by two different bands with musicians that Beard has toured and recorded with for many years gives Beard the confidence to stretch voice and guitar. At the same time the in-house production of he and his brother Duane built the record with the right sound.
Chris's best Cd to date!!
Chrome Horse is a classic rock & blues band based out of Central Florida’s Space Coast region. The band consists of Michael Brown on guitar & vocals; John Little on bass & vocals; Bill Deitz on drums & vocals; Jim Pacelt on keys & vocals. All are experienced performers with a wide ranging repertoire. They are currently the backing band touring with Michael Allman (Son of legendary Greg Allman) in support of his latest release "Hard Labor Creek". The band is also available for recording sessions & side projects.
Chrome Horses formed in early 2010 after the “Breaking Your Back for The Man” summer Tour with T.C. Ridge of South of Georgia / Michael Allman, and on occasion also backs Recording Artist Shane Wooten. The band has performed at the Laconia, New Hampshire bike week; High Jack's in Cleveland, Ohio; Mike's Barn in Elyria, Ohio; Wright's Seafood Inn in Heidelberg, PA; Ace’s Lounge in Bradenton, Florida; Thirsty Lizard Lounge in Satellite Beach, Florida and Neon Stage in Sparta, Tennessee. Gator Harley-Davidson in Leesburg, Florida.
Some of the venues they frequent in Brevard county are Siggy's All-American Bar; Lou’s blues; Cocoa Beach Casablanca; Main Street Pub; The Wet Spot; The Thirsty Lizard; Spanky's Pub; City Limits Restaurant & Lounge; Space Coast Harley-Davidson; Gator Harley-Davidson; Wynfields Sports Bar; Earl's Hideaway Lounge and The Beach Shack. Chrome Horses offers a good time for most any event or venue.
The Chrome Horses is influenced musically by artists like The Allman Brothers Band; Eric Clapton; Stevie Ray Vaughan; ZZ Top; Santana; The Doors and many others. Plans for 2012 include entering the studio for their Debut Release.
One Possible Option is a band from Rijeka (Croatia) which was formed in 2008 by an experienced band leader Zdravko “Piggy” Kasapovic. He invited Edvin Nad and Dejan “Deva” Adamovic to join him and his son Deni Kasapovic to create and play music together, and to share his strong and clear vision. At the very beginning we found out that we think and feel the same way and have the same great passion for the music we make. This is obvious especially at live performances where we find a strong chemistry between us. After excellent feedback from our local audience we develop a desire to share our patiently made music with all people in the world. For that matter we now write all of our material in English so that a broader audience is now able to understand what we are singing about.The thing is that Piggy's lyrics aren't just empty earcatchy words, they talk about reality, about real problems and their solutions on the global level, they are strong messages and reflection of our statements.
The band has a full album finished, along with most of the second, and is currently working to start our adventure by releasing our first record and playing music all around the globe.