Ali Jacko: The Working Man’s Musician  by Eileen Shapiro

After becoming the first Asian to win British, European, Intercontinental and The World Full-Contact Kickboxing championships, British born Ali Jacko woke up one morning and became a rock star sensation. “I had never even sung, even in the bathroom before. My own family cannot believe I can sing. I don’t blame them as I still don’t believe I can sing myself, I’m going to wake up from this dream I am having”.

Ali Jacko can sing….and he has written some of the most emotional and passionate romantic, heart felt love songs, as well as powerful anthemic, message revealing, and thought provoking expressions of today. Pouring his soul into his compositions, Ali Jacko is creating a buzz globally, having his kaleidoscope of tunes featured in films, gaining a huge YouTube audience who loves what he is doing. 

I spoke in depth with the English born anomaly regarding his compelling music and his intentions for the future. His audacious air of confidence and positive energetic spirit causes him to delve deeply into anything he tries, and arise victoriously. The essence of his music and lyrics makes him stand out and be recognized as a special force in the music world…


You’re songs are awesome!

Thank you. Which ones did you like?


There’s not a bad one in the bunch. I love “Working Man”, it’s an anthem. I love the video.

That’s definitely an anthem.


I also am in love with the song that you wrote for your daughters, “You are the Reason”

Both of the girls in the video are my daughters. They’re my actual daughters.


When will your new album come out?

Basically I’m releasing a song every month all the way to November. December I’m going to have a break…..I think I deserve a break….so come January or February I’ll release all the songs I’ve released into an album. So it’s 11 songs, plus I’m going to have 3 other songs added to the album. A total of 14 or 15 songs. It’s going to be called, “Love Rocks”. 


You also are involved in lots of sports? And then you’ve decided to sing, what’s that about?

I’ve done sports all my life. It’s just one of those things that happened. Whatever I do I put 100% into it. I believe in it. I believe in my songs, I believe in my lyrics. Most of my lyrics relate to my life and are inspired by myself. All the songs are a true story. 


For example what was your motivation for “Working Man”?

I’m just trying to find different angles of my life that I can expose in the form of music in order for people to see and relate to. “Working Man” is a song that everyone can relate to. Men can relate to it, the women, the family can actually appreciate it. When a man goes into work he works for his family. The video shows this one person, but in three minutes you can only show so much. 

Have you seen the video of the song, “What If I Loved You Like That?”

Yes I did. That’s a great song as well.

All of my songs I’m very attached to. I’ve put a lot of work into them. Even the ones I’m releasing I believe you’re going to like. Similar kind of influence, similar kind of stories….different melodies, different hook lines…all of my songs have a story. 


Where are you from?

I’m from East London. I live in Stratford, where the Olympics were. My parents are from Bangladesh. My father was the first generation in the UK, I’m the second generation. I was born British. I’m definitely British. Through my fighting all my life I represented England. I won the world championship five times. I’ve only lost one fight and that was due to a cut. Then I beat the guy again next fight.


You were a champion kick-boxer speaking of the Olympics?

I was a kick-boxer, yeah.


What do you want to do with your music?

Well, I want to win a Grammy. That’s what I want to do. My background is Asian. My parents are from Bangladesh. I was born and brought up in the U.K. …so I want to be the first Asian singer to win a Grammy. That’s my mission. I’m still writing, I work with some really good producers…I’ve got some really good stuff coming out. 


Do you write all of your songs?

Yeah, I write all of my songs. There’s some collaborating with other writers just to tidy them up and finish them. They’re all directed, technically composed by myself as well. I’m not a musician but obviously I know how I want some melodies, and I want my songs catchy. Even through my videos you can see I put a lot of effort into it in terms of exposing the story and the song.


They are like short films.

Yeah. I’ve only started doing this for the last couple of years. I’ve not been in it for very long.


Do you play any live gigs around London?

I’ve done a couple of gigs, but I’m quite selective what gigs I want to do and what I don’t want to do. I love to do festivals, I’d like to do some decent shows. I’m a solo artist so I don’t perform with the band, I perform with the dancers. I’ve got a group of dancers who work for me. 


Do you plan to go to New York?

I can just picture myself going up on stage and pretending I’m an Indian but-but-ding-ding stuff, and then I start singing rock songs. That’d be crazy, wouldn’t it?


Yes, it would definitely be different. I’m not sure about the crowd you’d get…

It doesn’t really matter, people would remember it. No one’s ever done it. Just make it look like you’re a proper Indian, go to the microphone, speak like an Indian and sing rock songs…To be honest with you, there’s a film releasing in India on the 15th of June, Two days ago they released a trailer of the film. The trailer has hit more than 50 million views. A friend of mine is an actor. He’s using one of my songs called “I Found Love”. That video, I shot it with my wife. She’s French. He’s taken that song and converted part of it into Indian, so it’s Indian and English. That song is basically the main song of the film. I’m hoping to get hundreds of millions of listeners. Not just 1 million, but millions and millions…. his last song received 1.5 billion views. The name of the film is called Race 3. The song is called “Army of Angels”.

Actor, singer, songwriter, cage-fighter and stuntman, Tom Proctor is currently best known for his role as Horuz in Guardians of the Galaxy and the role of Bidee in 12 Years A Slave, however he will be acclaimed shortly for his superb and overwhelming singing and prolific songwriting artistry. Occasionally in life you come across a rare individual who shines above others for their kindness or unparalleled distinctiveness, such is that of Tom Proctor.

With 70 IMDB credits to his name, Proctor has appeared in many films and television series including: Nashville, Lawless, Justified, Django Unchained, and Westworld. In 2014 he won Best Actor in a Short Film at the Northeast Film Festival. He also won Best Actor in a short film at the 2018 Chandler International Film Festival.

Currently Tom is engaged in three unique projects. There’s an album soon to be released entitled “Tom Proctor & the A-Listers WORKING MAN”, a release with some of the most heartwarming, story-telling songs on the planet. His genre defying songs and harmonious vocals are not only impressive, but compelling and addicting. The album was recorded in the famous “Dark Horse Recording Studio”, an establishment that has seen the likes of: Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Jeff Beck, Matchbook 20, Reliant K, Alice In Chains and many others…

He, along with Creative Producer & Editor Margie Rogers and Creative Producer and Director Trudy Sargent are also creating a TV show that will be called, “Tom Proctor & the A-Listers WORKING MAN TOUR”, “where the music hits the road”. The concerts of “The Working Man” tour and the television program features Tom riding cross-country on his Harley with his very cool biker friends, and performing at Back Yard BBQs. Proctor will do this in hopes of giving back to all of the hard working people who have inspired him to write and record his music.

Lastly, there will be a break-out, stand-alone, 1-hour Documentary: “Making of Tom Proctor & the A-Listers WORKING MAN”, which is also being helmed by Creative Producer, Director and Editor Margie Rogers. The A-Listers are Billy “Thunder” Mason, Geoff Butterworth, Mark Corradetti, and Mark Thomas.

The A-Listers are a group of seasoned, talented musicians who have worked with the biggest names in the history of music, and have collectively worked with Tim McGraw, George Strait, Luke Combs, Zakk Wylde, Travis Tritt, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, Florida Georgia Line, and many, many more. Tom Proctor and the A-Listers are getting ready to take the Country Music world by storm.

I had an in depth, very intimate and personal heart to heart with Tom Proctor, and by the time we were finished I felt as if I knew him all of my life. Aside from his endearing talent and warm heart, Tom is also quite candid and very funny…..

I’m in love with your songs.

It’s kind of amazing. They worked out really well. They’re a good band.

There was a good singer in there too.

I don’t really know what chords I’m playing. I won the guitar in an arm wrestling match like six years ago. I just started playing. I was gonna sell it, but then when I started just messing around with it, I found it relaxed me a lot, and if I play guitar all the time I don’t yank as many people out of the car. It sounds crazy but it’s true. It’s like therapy of some kind. I don’t know.

I knew you’d be funny.

Funny, the people I yank out of the cars usually aren’t laughing. I’m glad you found it funny.

So, do you write these very passionate and prolific songs?

Yeah. Well…I kind of wrote them. The guy that did write them is buried somewhere in between Texas and Louisiana so he can’t prove it.

What inspires you when you write these songs?

Ok…the song “Lost in New Orleans” about the stripper…it really wasn’t a song about a stripper. When I was down in Louisiana I had some accidents doing stunt work and stuff that put me out of work. Literally with that guitar I played on the street and was able to make a living. There was a girl in my apartment complex who was the best mom in the whole world. So I made up the story about her being a stripper. Maybe deep down inside I wanted her to be. But she was just a really, really good mom. Then I played her the song and told her I wrote this song about her. She loved the song. Then I left New Orleans for a couple of years and came back to meet some investors and she was working in this real high-end restaurant waitressing. She came over to me and looked at me as if she had seen a ghost. Then I got up to go to the bathroom when she cut me off and asked to talk to me for a minute. I asked her what’s up? She asked me to please not tell anybody that she was a stripper. I told her I didn’t know she was a stripper. And she said “but you wrote that song, and you knew about Johnny.” I said, “I knew about who?” She said “I would have never dated a client, except for your song”. I said, “Who the fuck is Johnny” she told me that now he was her husband.

So you guessed all that kind of?

Yeah…that inspired that song. “Delete You” is very obvious what inspired that. I broke up with a woman who was really good with computers and everything. I couldn’t figure out how pictures came off my phone and then I would come back and they would be back on my phone. How did she do that?

So you’re a singer, a songwriter, an actor, a stunt man, you ride a Harley, you’re a dad….is there anything that you still dream of accomplishing?

I’ll probably wind up doing it…whatever it is. I’ve been really fortunate in my life. I was convinced that I was going to die before I was 30 because I have a bad heart valve. So I decided to live fast and furiously. So I’ve always just done what I did. I broke horses, I have won film awards for stunts with horses I’ve trained, I made a quarter-mile drag record back in the day when I crossed the finish line facing the starting line, I fought full contact fights, heavy weight and super-heavyweight. My grandma was just my absolute love. I loved her to death when I was a kid. She was the one who encouraged me to tell stories and sing. She liked me to sing for her. I didn’t play guitar at the time so I would make up songs….”I love my grandma and my grandma loves me”… She was an amazing woman, and a psychic. She was a real psychic, she talked to dead people …she’d tell your fortune. Her last day she told me to always sing, “your voice and your songs ….your ability to sing…just make sure that that’s what you do”. So when she died, I started playing drums and my older brother played guitar, and we played together.

You are like a superhero…nothing is going to stop you….

You know everybody has their thing, Superman has kryptonite and I have cigarette smoke. That’s the only thing that can kill me. We used to play the clubs and I would be back there drumming, with a bucket to throw up in during the break. I just couldn’t do it. It was making me deathly sick. So I gave it up. Then it resurfaced again when I won the guitar in an arm wrestle. I should have known it would because my grandmother has never told anybody something that has not been true.

She sounds amazing and here you are.

Yes, she was a wonderful woman, and this is where we are now, it’s very exciting.

How many kids do you have?

I’ve got nine.

You’ve had a very interesting life thus far.

I don’t think my wives would have picked me.

Well how many wives have you had?

There’s some I shouldn’t count. Do the ones that got annulled count?


Then I have to go with seven. One of the last ones all I remember was I was sitting at a blackjack table in Battle Mountain Nevada, which happened to be a whore house, so how I wound up married I don’t know. It definitely wasn’t a get laid thing…. The last thing I remember I had won $1700 and I wanted another wild turkey in water, woke up in Reno, with my cars radio all full of sage brush. I apparently got off the road somewhere along the way and left my best buddy in a phone booth. But it turned out to be OK because the next day he was still in the phone booth.

So you’re a real authentic cowboy?


So what do you hope to do with your music? Do you intend to play stadiums?

Actually I like to play backyard barbecues. That’s what we’re going to set up. Where I just load the guitar and go on Harley’s across America and go to backyard barbecues. You meet great people at backyard barbecues.

I love that idea.

Then they could set up stations for the band. I have a big disconnect here in Hollywood because I’m use to people saying exactly what they mean. I didn’t know that “good luck with that” means that “I hope you and your project rot in hell”. I thought that “good luck with that means”….good luck with that …somebody should have told me.

This is going to be the wildest interview I’ve ever done.

Oh, this is an interview? When I do an interview I’m usually on my good behavior.

No need to, you’re perfect just the way you are.

Well then instead of saying “I” said this…can you say “a friend of mine said”… I had a film company who I had a falling out with. They didn’t follow up with the stuff they said they would. Then all of a sudden they realized they had a contract with me. It was a short film where I won best actor. Instead of them being happy that I won best actor it was pinned and posted on Facebook that I won best actor because of the writing. It was nominated for the best woman’s film, but it was not a woman’s film. All of the actors in it were male. The only one that was female was the writer. The other films were all really female. So we got to talking and I suggested we just go by the contract. Then he put out a claim that I grabbed his wife’s butt on the Red Carpet. So his attorney told my manager that if I didn’t drop their contract they were going to pursue that and ruin my reputation. I started laughing. I told him that they can’t ruin my reputation. I told him that if “I am on the red carpet and someone said that I didn’t grab their ass, then that would ruin my reputation”…..which I absolutely did not.


This is the Gods honest truth…. I have beat up more bullies than anyone I know. I hate bullies. In school I would beat up the bullies especially those who bullied handicapped kids. It was terrible at our school. But I figured out that my beating up bullies was in fact bullying. It wasn’t the right way to handle it. I have a Facebook friend that mis-took me for Mark Boone from The Sons of Anarchy. He offered me $500 to go down to his nephew’s school, grade school and pick up his nephew on my bike from school. I said “why would you do that”? He said the kid had autism and he’s never talked but when he finally did talk they kept bullying the boy. He threatened them by saying “My uncle is the Son of Anarchy.” Of course they all laughed. I said, ” ok, you don’t owe me a dime but make sure the kid has all of my pictures and videos. I pulled down there with 39 motorcycles, and me looking like the friendliest one of the bunch. We had not even finished parking when 6 cop cars showed up. When the cops asked me what I was doing I told him I was there to pick up my nephew. He asked me what was really going on so I told him. And the cop said to me, ” if this works I’ve got another school to send you to”. So the kids came out along with one of the bullies with the kid that had autism. This kid is an adorable little kind of chubby redhead with eyes of an angel. One of the kids yells, ” holy shit it is the Sons of Anarchy”. That little kid put his hands on his hips in a superman pose and stepped off the sidewalk and said, “and he’s a Guardian of the Galaxy”. Then he comes running over yelling, “Uncle Tom, Uncle Tom”… and jumped on the motorcycle.

That’s the cutest story ever!

To kick off the stories of the backyard barbecues, there’s just things that happen there that right themselves. I have a pilot license. And I had this friend growing up which was one of the people I wouldn’t let people bully. His name was Terry. And Terry had something wrong in his brain and his heart. He wanted to be a cowboy so bad that he would show up in these Australian outback costumes with a cowboy hat. Everything that a dime store cowboy could buy. His dad was always threatening me, telling me that he was going to die and that he didn’t want him on horses and things like that. Terry wanted to go up in the plane. I wanted to take him up in the plane, but his dad said if you take him up he was going to sue me because he has a bad heart and he’s going to die. I told his dad he is dying anyway. He was 34 years old, and that we were all dying one day at a time. I’ll only live till I die. But I will live right until I die! So I took him up in the plane and had him call his dad from a cell phone. We were riding over him while he was in the tractor. I told him to tell his dad to step out of the tractor and look up. I put the plane into a full on spin….well Terry did finally pass away. It wasn’t in a plane, or on one of my horses. He was doing nothing which was a damn shame. We weren’t meant to die in a bed. A man should die fucking or fighting….that’s the way we were meant to go out.

I love you !

Thank you. I’m just me and I never really fit in anywhere. It’s just like my songs, nobody knows what they are. These aren’t country, they aren’t rock…what are they ? These are fucking songs!

You’re songs can’t really be labeled to a genre I think.

If you’re listening to it and trying to categorize it you would be wasting your day. You just listen to it with your heart and you’ll have a good day.

When is the album coming out?

Ok, the whole album… we recorded 10 tracks, and the last one we got back there was a story behind too. Sometimes in my songs I think I might’ve gotten a little of my grandmothers psychic ability to see future and stuff.

They say it’s hereditary.

The thing with the stripper turned out to be a true story. My sister damn sure got it. There was one song called, “When Did You Put it in A Song.” I had had a real bad surgery and I couldn’t do any movie work at all. I was literally living on the streets in New Orleans. I lived under a bridge, that’s where this song, “Why Don’t You Go Home,” came from. That song, I did not write it, I dreamt it. I woke up and really quickly played what I heard. I recorded it on my phone so I wouldn’t forget it. So I went to play it down by the Royal Oyster House and these guys were all impressed and thought I sounded like Bob Seger. Well, I packed up and I was going home and I went past this one bar there and some of the guys that had been there saw me and asked me to come in and play a song. That’s a no-no in Louisiana. Musicians just don’t go in bars. But the bartender was getting huge money everywhere. So the bartender told me to come in and play one song. So as I’m walking up there I saw this couple sitting at this table with some paperwork. I always think of paperwork as being a script. I always think of it as a movie thing that I can get in. I was looking for work. So I was kind of looking to try and see if it was a script. But then I figured out….. no, these guys are getting a divorce. But neither one of them were happy about it. If you’re getting married you should be happy about it, and if you’re getting a divorce you should be happy. Neither one of them were happy about it. So this song started coming in my head. I was paid $150 to play “Simple Man”. But when I got to that stage, “Simple Man” just wouldn’t come out. This other song did.

I think you’re giving me the psychic chills.

It was called “When Did You Put it in A Song”. The lyrics in it say,

“It was at that café bar when we got our start, we were saying our final goodbyes. The lawyers had the papers drawn up and mine were already signed, to leave it all behind. He walked to the stage, picked up his guitar and a shot and he started to tune. He looked in my eyes like he knew who I was and said son this one’s for you, but I hope it isn’t true.” Then it says, “Much to my surprise, tears soon filled their eyes, and the pain came flying off those strings. And the next thing I know we were holding each other tight, and putting back on those wedding rings.” The chorus says: ” How did you know about me and my wife, how did you know about my whole damn life? How did you know about all the things I’ve done wrong, and when did you put it in a song?” Then the verse came up: “He knew about the day my little boy was born, and the way that I felt when they sent him off to war. The way that I lost my mind when he didn’t make it home, and how I left her all alone. And he knew I took my pain to another woman’s bed, he knew word for word everything I had said. But somehow from his song she understood, and it was all good.” The last verse said, “I don’t know who you are, but it seems that we’ve been down the same road or two, but I’d hoped it wasn’t true.” In the last chorus the singer said, “Cause I was just singing about me and my ex-wife, I was singing about me and my whole life. I wanted to stop someone from doing what I’d done wrong, and that’s when I put it in a song.”


Bit for bit, including the son that went to war, and the marriage fell apart was all true for that couple. I don’t know about now but as of five years after I wrote that song they were still together. Kind of funny, huh?

You’re really a Psychic song writer.

I have 5 sisters, 5 daughters and every one of them have a world that looks like a shrine to me. I learned to fight, I have a black belt in five different systems and I wanted to come up with a way to make sure nobody could hurt my sisters or my daughters. I have this really protective thing for women because at the point you’ll see me in the picture on my grandmother’s lap…. my grandmother had made a mistake by marrying this guy that was grandpa Jesse. He was an alcoholic. And grandpa Jesse would get drunk and beat her up. At that age I pushed a chair across the room and slammed it into his knees. He was beating up my grandmother. He hit me and knocked me out cold. When I came to my grandmother had been beaten up really bad and had to be taken to the hospital. I felt at that point no one would ever knock me out again. I would never be knocked out no matter what. And after 250 full contact fights, and how many bar fights, and all the stunt work I’ve done, I ain’t been knocked out since.

You’re some kind of anomaly. In the best possible way….

Well sometimes it’s a good way. Sometimes it’s a way that people don’t understand. I make deals on a handshake and expect people to stick to it. I must be doing something right because look at this band that dropped in my lap….. this is Tim McGraw’s goddamn band. The reason I named them the A-Listers, is because they are the A-Listers….of Nashville. Everybody thinks my songs and all are good, but you could put a trained monkey on with these guys and he would sound good. They’re amazing! They are all on board and they want to be part of the “Working Man Tour.”

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Listen to Tom Proctor and the A-Listers first single from “Working Man” called “In Hollywood” on Reverbnation here:

“NO”:   Revolushn by Eileen Shapiro

I’m not sure if he’s on the brink of insanity, or the smartest person on the planet…..however I do know that “NO”, the mastermind behind Revolushn is one of the best musicians in this realm of the universe, and probably one of the nicest free spirits one can ever hope to meet. 

Starting his musical endeavors at age 5, when stealing his brother’s guitar, “NO”, had his first band at age eleven. He became one of the most sort after studio guitarists , hanging output with artists such as Rod Stewart, Devo, Berlin, No Doubt and other top headlining bands. Finally deciding to craft his own sound, he formed  Revolushn , a protest, Psych factions….and the rest is destine to become history …..

Explain “Weird Little Minds”, the inspiration behind it, the message behind it and the video….

The song is about the times we are living in now. We might be at a kind of crossroads now and in this important time, well, look who is calling the shots. And I don’t just mean Trump. Take your pick, Putin, that crazy fucker Duterte in the Philippines, Than Shaw in Myanmar. And the thing about all of them is that while they might have street smarts, none of them are really smart, like 21st century smart, none of them are big thinkers or creative, loving humans. They are just Weird Little Minds that invade our consciousness. With small hands!

But the song is positive, as we believe there is sufficient protest happening all around the world to eventually put an end to those kinds of leaders. The young people are not like that and will change the world for the better.  We hope that will be the distinction of the new generation.

What’s next for Revolushn?

Well, first I have to get over my fucking existential crisis! As the singer for Revolushn it is now up to me to figure out which songs to sing and how to sing them. And that will give a direction and a style to the next album. I mean everyone helps but I am the one who has to put a facenoise the songs. So my problem is that we have so many styles and types of music that we can do well that it makes it hard to choose. It is like I am a kid in a candy store. Everything tastes good but where do you start?

So anyway, at the moment Revolushn is in the song writing and recording mode. Dekay and I are writing up a storm and I am in the studio pretty much every day. Revolushn is made up of very talented, working musicians so we all have other projects we are into as well. Q is the lead singer for The Wyatt Act and plays bass for several other bands, Decay is in like 10 other bands and projects, Young Son is in Wyatt and Doctor Striker with Q, Ileen has a very popular podcast in Russia and does our videos on top of being a master artist as well. She gets art commissions all the time.

But even with all that going on I expect we will be releasing a single in mid-May and have an album by end of July. We now have over 60 new songs to choose from so the issue is picking the ones that stand out and fit together. Oh, and that I can sing well.


NO, give the world some history of whom you really are musically… who you’ve played with, what influences your music, and when you started playing music.

Well, I like to think that I just started yesterday. I mean I am constantly learning how much I don’t know. I have been lucky to play with a lot of really great musicians and artists, too many to name really. I was a studio cat in Los Angles back in the day. That is where Dekay and I met. The two of us, along with a really great bass player were kind of like the Wrecking Crew because we played on hundreds of tracks. A lot of unknowns but several big names too. We worked like every day. I was also in a band called The Rub that had a local hit in LA and we played live a lot. We were coming up about the time Berlin had their first album and we did shows with those guys. As for influences, Hendrix was a big influence on me as was Carlos Montoya. I was also into Claude Debussy and Mozart when I was very young. Never was knocked out by Schubert though.

I started playing music when I was four or five. My brother had a guitar he never played and I would sneak into his room and play all day while he was at work.

Why is it that you have this very special sense of freedom or free spirit that seems to be the essence of your persona?

Wait, I am married. What freedom? Ha ha. Just kidding Ileen. I don’t know, I remember when I was very young I fell out of a tree and for a couple minutes thought I would die. But I wasn’t scared and from that point on I thought that if dying is the worst thing that can happen and it isn’t that bad, well, why worry. As a teenager I decided to eliminate fear from my life. Still working on that one.

About 10 years ago I was in a plane crash that reminded me of the time I fell out of the tree. Well, except a lot worse. And while I got banged up I lived through that one too. Another thing might be that I have not had a real job for at least 20 years. I mean every once and a while I take labor jobs just to stay humble but there is no pressure to even get paid.  No real bosses except myself so I am more or less free to do whatever. I still have responsibilities but now it is only the ones that I choose to have. Like showing up on time for a gig. I never miss a gig.

Can you recall your proudest moment in the music business?

Well, I wouldn’t call it proud but I know what you mean. I have had those moments often but recent ones were when Dinosaurs (song from the album Further!!) hit 100,000 views. Wow. And when we hit the next big thing playlist on Spotify. And when we did a show in New York City and Randy Jones from the Village People sat in with us. He is such a sweet guy. I was never a big Village People fan and never thought I would play be playing YMCA, much less have such a blast doing it.

How has your life changed since meeting Ilene?

So I don’t spend half my time looking for girls anymore. But seriously, she has made me a much better person. She is such a wonderful. beautiful woman and she likes me for who I am. She says I am an alien. She finds that interesting. Having her in the band was hard a couple of times but we now have a system for dealing with the BS. Sometimes I look over at her while we are doing a song and it is the coolest fucking thing on earth.

Any more words on Revolushn ?

I think Revolushn will be one of those bands that stays together for 40 years. We get along great, there is no real outside pressures that get through our bubble and we like each other’s songs. What could go wrong?

Revolushn will begin putting together a new set soon and start doing shows in July or August. Maybe September. Due to our backwards nature we seem to like touring in the winter. The shitty weather makes us play better.

Any new projects for No?

Oh yea. So I am doing a punkie, bluesy-rock album with the band I was in when I was in high school. Couple years back they (Ed O’Meara and Eddie Spaghetti) sat in with Revolushn at a concert we did in Wisconsin. It was awesome seeing them and to find out they could still play well.  So two months ago we got together in California and wrote and tracked several songs. I am now in the process of mixing and mastering that album. It is real good. I am also playing bass with a band called Ryvo and the Revolving Door that has a jazzy, folky type of sound. Real good.

And for fun I am putting together a sort of rap, rock, EDM set that I can do live. I use a ton of effects on my guitar and a high-end drum machine that I can program on the fly. That is scary and fun.

During my last ayahuasca ceremony the spirits told me to get out and play live more often for humans so I am going to start busking in San Francisco. I have a friend who does that at the Bart Station and he says it is a hoot!

For more info if you dare:

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Paolo Fosso: “Armonite” by Eileen Shapiro

One of the most modern and prolific composers to arrive on the music scene is Paolo Fosso and , “Armonite”, an audacious and vibrant electronic band consisting of keyboards and violin. A compelling duo, “Armonite” is about to unveil their newest release entitled: “And The Stars Above”. The album is set to release this May via Cleopatra Records.

The duo consists of Paolo Fosso, the mastermind of “Armonite”, who has also composed the entire album, and is the keyboardist and Jacopo Bigi, on violin. The album is marked by a massive orgasmic rush of electronic instrumentals and some atmospheric vocals, and genre all it’s own, although some would identify it as progressive rock. It’s more of a sonic revelation, combined with an earthly sensibility.

I spoke with keyboardist and composer, Paolo Fosso, who is based in Milan, Italy. He was not only brilliant, but passionate about his artistry, and proud of his new release…..


As a trained and relevant composer, what promoted you or inspired you to choose the music industry, a very tough field, and then to record the very unique music that you release?

It’s both a matter of attitude and technique. I’ve always been a keen observer and a frequent thinker, I take a giant step back into myself and watch everyone else go by, like from a window. Everything puts my mind in motion and when there’s something worth of special attention, I need to portray it with music, which is the language I feel closer to. Then comes the technique, because I want to sound original but also transparent and comprehensible.


What influences your music the most?

Movies, technology, videogames, books, philosophy, travels. This is the most of me. When you read a book or watch a movie, imagination is stimulated and new ideas come to mind in a sort of domino effect. I’m a great lover of movies and TV series. Thinking of music like a sort of movie sequence helps me a lot when it comes to composition.


Whom are your own personal musical influences both now and growing up?

The Beatles, Deep Purple, Yes, Rush, EL&P, Jethro Tull, Queen, Metallica, Pantera, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Dream Theater, Queensryche, Spock’s Beard, Porcupine Tree, Yanni, Vangelis, Andrew Lloyd Weber – just to name a few that spring to mind, plus classical and world music as well. When I was 16, I listened to Dream Theater’s ‘Images and Words’ for the first time. I’d been into classical music for more than 10 years at the time, and that was something new to me, a perfectly-fitting listen for my teenage years. That music totally changed my perspective.


Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?

I have a really clear idea about this: Don’t lose your time. Understand what you love the most, what you think you do best, and work hard to reach your goals. This is the trickiest part though, because everyday life will try to push you away from your natural gifts and talent is rarely sufficient to open the way for a career as a professional artist.


Tell me about your new release about to be unleashed to the world.

As with the previous album, ‘And the Stars Above’ is an instrumental mix of electric violin, keyboards, bass, and drums. It’s a journey through 12 tracks, starting with “The March of the Stars” inspired by Dante’s Paradise and ending with “Ghosts”. The album also features two bonus tracks – a polyrhythmic piece for piano solo, ‘The Fire Dancer’, and the String Quartet “A Playful Day”. Throughout the album, lingers a ghostly female voice, appearing and disappearing here and there before fully emerging in our first song with lyrics, “Clouds collide”. I’m confident this is going to be a great release, with a rather peculiar view.


What makes this new album different than the other music you’ve released?

The sound is more oriented to soundtrack music with textures that feel very immediate. ‘The Sun is New Each Day’ had a heavy compact sound… ‘And the Stars Above’ is groovy, with different vibes across a bunch of genres. There’s something indie in this new sound that we’ve never explored before.


If you could tell your fans and followers anything, what would that be?

Support the music underground. Today’s emerging bands need your attention more than before. Ten years ago, live clubs and venues were full of people. Now people prefer to watch a band on YouTube, many venues shut down, promoters are cautious, and the entire gigs market became uncertain. If you like a band, please follow their social networks, try to interact with them, and help them out with a concert maybe.

You have written all of the songs on your new album, what motivates your song writing?

Life and people offer a boundless supply of inspiration. Channeling concepts without the support of lyrics might be hard, but it’s also very universal. Silence is a great enabler. The more you keep quiet and observe, the more you have something to say. I believe in the power of compression. All the forces supposed to be used externally first need to gather internally, so that they mature by compression and then, at a certain point, they blow up with maximum energy.


Is there a next project in the works yet?

Currently, I’m producing a few demo tracks for the movie industry. Scoring for film and TV is my absolute dream job. After the release of the new album, we’re going to tour to promote our music. Then I will start composing for the next Armonite work.


What is your favorite thing about playing live?

Create a connection with your audience, vehicle yourself, talk about your feelings and your ideas behind music, and share it with your public. This is the most important thing for any artist.










Hub Reynolds Jr.: “Country Star of the Ages”

Incredible!  That’s the only way to describe the music and persona of country western sensation Hub Reynolds Jr.  I have to admit although I’ve interviewed thousands, Hub Reynolds has the most compelling story, similar to a Phoenix rising from the ashes. His foreordination lies within his music, and a career that was unexpectedly essential for him to pursue. 

Lyrics come easy for him and his confidence runs high. He has  magically created a road that spells success for himself even after a difficult, and impossible couple of years. Aside from being a songwriter, story teller and singer, he is also an inventor, having created a unique product explained within our conversation. 

A true country artist, Hub was raised in the midst of song and music, but wound up with a construction business. Eventually losing his business, millions and a couple of wives he wound up homeless, destitute, and hopeless. His experiences have helped him tell a story, and has motivated his success…here is his destiny…a tale of hope and inspiration…

“I really shouldn’t be here…I’ve got a life you wouldn’t believe”…from the artist.

Hub, how are you?

So…what do you wanna do, how do you wanna do it, and what do you wanna know…?

Talk to you, ask you questions, and everything you want the world to know…we already know that you’re a musician, but you are also a unique inventor …..let’s start there.

Well.. while I was homeless, you know I was homeless for six years and I finally got out of the street after six years last September… and while I was in the street in my little trailer box that I made a house out of I was working with Gypsy Rose Jewelry. I met Tracie and she was a photographer. I started out making jewelry for her company. I was hands-on, I can do anything with my hands, and I helped her out. Then she gave me some leather and I started making my own leather jewelry. I made leather raps like the Gladiators wore and called them HRJ Leather Raps. I was initialing them and selling them for studio money. I sold a couple of hundred of them for about $30-$50 each. Well, while I was homeless a biker crew came over to Walmart where I was living. They would bring me food or money or party and come over to visit with me and treat me like a person, not a homeless person. They all had these oil pens that they smoked, …. marijuana pens. I was making leather bracelets and everything and one of them said “why don’t you make a something to put these things in to kind of hide it”? I told them I would figure something out, and I invented this Leather  holster for these oil pens that has the marijuana in it. I invented it for the Harley Davidson bikers and they bought a couple of hundred of them. So now I’m releasing it. It’s called, “The Hubster”.  I tied in my name, it’s a holster which keeps it western and ties it into country music….I love marketing. It’s called “The Hubster” for your quick draw convenience. My invention has just been released to the world…

You’re an amazing person.

I don’t know why God gave me such energy Eileen….and you know what, I almost committed suicide. I almost took an overdose twice, I fell asleep behind the wheel, got hit by lightning, and almost hung myself twice….over a woman….over a wife. After I lost my corporation, I lost millions, but I paid everybody back, and I was broke afterwards….and she threw me in the street. But look, I’m still alive for a reason, because I believe in God and I believe I’m alive for a reason because he wants me to do something. I did 25 years of construction, and then somebody heard me singing while I was trying to reproduce Hub senior’s old classics and sent me to Nashville…. because they thought I was good enough to sing. Since then I’ve had two movie studios interested in my life story. God put me in a box and I’ve written 30 songs out of that story. I have documented this entire journey.

I didn’t know why I did it, but I did it. I took videos of this entire journey. I did 33,000 miles across America six times in my truck. I had no water, no electricity, and nobody knows that because I didn’t carry myself like a homeless person. I figured out how to wash, I figured out how to keep my clothes clean, and I walked the street like a man, but I went to bed at night in a 6 x 10 box trailer for 1920 days. Nobody knows that. I don’t want to die, and if I can’t go back to construction, and God thinks I can sing, I will use my talent and my brains and good looks, and get back home to my two boys who are in Georgia. They are my heart. My wife threw me in the street and I almost killed myself because of her. So now, I’m going to come back as Frank Sinatra. The best revenge is massive success….

So when did you start singing?

I was born on September 24th, and my real name is Russel Melvin Reynolds. My nick name is Rusty. I almost went with Rusty Reynolds as a country western artist, but…it just didn’t have the ring and I had to get a fan base. Hub Reynolds already had a fan base. He’s my supposed  Uncle… Hub Reynolds was my uncle, Melvin Reynolds was my father. Hub Reynolds got out of the service and went to live with his brother Melvin for a while. His brother thought he was fucking his wife and there’s a chance that Hub Reynolds my uncle is my real father. I graduated school with three “F’s”, two “A’s”, ….I hated school. I was dumb as shit. Then I got smart as hell out of school. I had no clue I could do all this. I decided what I was gonna do when I was living on the street and I put Hub’s music on cassette and I found a record label producer in Atlanta who would help me. I was in an $80,000 dollar Mercedes heading to Atlanta with a producer. We had a cassette on the seat plugged into the CD of his car and Hub’s old songs playing while I was singing to them. He turned off the radio and said, ” boy keep singing”. I kept singing and he said “I don’t understand why you aren’t doing what your uncle or your father or whoever he was did”. He said, ” dude you got exactly what it takes”. He said, “Let’s start on one of yours”.

So one of the first ones I wrote was “Country Girls Smile”. They sent me to Nashville on September 11, 2013 on a Sunday. I came there to the studio on Monday morning and I had never been in a vocal box in my life. I dressed for success. I had my uniform on, bucket hat, belt, you name it. No one knew me, I shook hands, and they thought I was a star, but I was nervous as hell. I went in the vocal box and they started playing the music that the studio house band put together, and I was singing to it. They started picking and playing to my style and I came out of the box after 45 minutes. Those young college kids in the band were so inspired by my style…they thought I it was awesome. The music came out great. I did the vocals in two cuts, they waved me out of the box and I was so nervous. I said, ” I know I could do better”… he said, ” what are you talking about, that was magic”.

I walked out with a CD and thanked the lord and hit the streets, getting it out there as much as I could. I went right to a radio station in Lebanon that had a contest called “Buy it or Burn it”. I walked in and asked for the production manager, she came out, and I gave her my song. It usually takes 30 days for a song to be played and she played mine the next afternoon. They played me at 4:00 and the fans voted and I won the contest. Then they played it again at 6:00 in Nashville on Tuesday evening. Thursday I got so confident I walked right in to Hank Williams Jr’s office and I talked to someone in his camp. He told me I was a star but that I needed 40/50 thousand dollars for him to represent me and I said, “Fuck man, I’m a homeless Son of a bitch”. I walked out of there and thought ” If I ain’t got the money, I’ll do this by myself”! Ever since then I’ve been working 18 to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, I swear on my children’s life to make this work. You know what….I just want a simple house and to go back to my children. If the fame and fortune comes, I’m going to help a lot of people, and they are going to have to listen to my story. 

I know you get a lot of support through social media and radio throughout the country, do you have any particular supporters you would like to thank?

My biggest and number one supporter and mentor for me and my music has been Bruce Jackson from the Blast FM Radio Network. Check him out at Follow him on twitter @BruceWayne22

Check out Hub Reynolds Hit Single “Hell I’m Just Me” on Reverbnation Here:

“Hell I’m Just Me” is being re-released worldwide on May 10th, 2018

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Follow The Original Hubster on Twitter @TheHubsterHRJ

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Jacob Needham & The Blue Trees: “Southern Americana Groove Rock” by Eileen Shapiro

Nashville based Alabama raised band, “Jacob Needham & The Blue Trees” have recently released a sexy, bluesy, rock n’ roll single via Spectra Music Group, entitled “Alabama Baby”, which is accompanied by a salaciously fun-loving video. “Alabama Baby” is the first single off their debut album being released on April 6th  called, “Procrastinated Memoirs”.

I spoke with the band as they explained their music in depth and why it’s so much fun…they not only have a lot to offer the world musically, but also came up with some of the best conversation I’ve ever had with a band…

Why don’t we begin by you all properly introducing yourselves?

Jacob: My name is Jacob Needham, I’m the singer and the rhythm guitar player.

Ben: Ben Trexel, the leader of the pack so to speak. I co-produce and play the bass.

James: James Cody, I’m the lead guitar player, co-writer, co- producer.

RaShaun: I’m RaShaun Whetstone, and I play the drums.

How’d you all get started?

Jacob: We formed I guess around three years ago. The band has been together for two, but I met James and we started playing and doing some songwriting stuff. Then Ben the producer came on but also played the bass, and then RaShaun came on, and it’s been a steady climb ever since.

Who wrote “Alabama Baby”, its very sexy and a lot of fun?

Ben: We all pretty much write together. Someone will have a seed of an idea, and we just work it out organically. I feel that that’s sort of one of our unique qualities. We are able to bring all our influences to the table when we write a song, so it comes out sort of unique.

What influenced this particular one?

Jacob: “Alabama Baby”, …we were in Cleveland Ohio, and we were playing a show there. It was cold, and it snowed, and we were in the room one night…and some of our songs come spontaneously. Someone will play a riff, and we’ll tell them to keep playing it. So, it just kind of came. We were all jamming, and the idea of Alabama just came into my mind. Lyrically I was thinking of another way of thinking “Sweet Home Alabama”. Not that it takes the place of “Sweet Home Alabama”, but just something that gives something to Alabama again, and Alabama has beautiful women and we’re all from Alabama. So, then I thought, “why don’t I write something about that”? That’s kind of how that song came into our playing rotation.

James:  Yeah, Jacob and the band…how we write is very unique. We’re able to just get in a room and can write a song in about 5 to 10 minutes. We are just very fortunate to have that magic, and that cohesiveness among all four of us. We just gel, we’re very fortunate to have that in today’s world.

Ben: Each of our songs have a different type of feel to it. “Alabama Baby” is sort of fun, and light. We like to share that side of our band, but we also have a more serious side. We have a pop side, we have a harder edge side, we just allow different songs to embody the different approaches. I think when our album comes out it’s going to take people to listen to it more than once to really get a full idea of what we are. If you listen only to “Alabama Baby” you won’t get a full picture of what the band is, but then that’s the case with almost every song, so you have to sort of hear a combination of songs to hear where we’re coming from. That’s why we were so proud of this first album.

“Procrastinated Memoirs” is your debut album?

Jacob: We had done a little demo album a year and a half ago, and we never did anything with it. Then Spectra Music came a long and wanted to work with us, so we signed with them and this is going to be our debut. So, we are really excited, we’ve been working really hard just to get to this point.

Ben: We also realize that in today’s world a record is just a part of your product, but it’s not your entire product. So, we’re going to have to play for everyone over the country and sort of take our product out there and let people know who we are. That’s our goal.

Do you plan on heavily touring?

Ben: We plan on lots of touring this year. Lots of touring.

You guys have really cool accents…

James: We are all from Birmingham Alabama. We moved to Nashville this past February, so we’ve been up here about a year. It’s been really cool, I would say about half of our album we wrote within the span of the year. Just being in Nashville and how the different environment effected our growth as musicians and our sound. We call our genre, “Southern Americana Groove Rock”. We have a little southern influence, a little rock influence, a little groove influence…we like to have fun, we like to rock out, so it’s just sort of our self-pinned genre.

According to that video, looks like you like to have fun.

Jacob: It’s a lot of freshness from moving into Nashville….We did some recoding in Fort Knox studio…. just a lot of good things have happened here…I’m really excited about it.

What do you enjoy most about playing live?

RaShaun: Really, the freedom of playing live is just like not having to stick to the one particular script all the time. As long as we just get the music to fit the song and hope that everything else will. I pretty much have the freedom to have as much fun as I want, and I like the energy of live crowds, even though sometimes it makes me a little nervous, I still feed off it. That’s one of the things I like about it.

If you guys could say anything to your fans and followers, what would it be?

Jacob: I would definitely say to get ready for this album, get ready to fall in love with what we’re doing, what we’re creating and get ready this year for seeing some awesome live shows. Just thank you to everybody that is supporting us already, and pushing for us…and to the new people that come on and are following us…we thank you for your support. You’re a blessing to us …without you guys we would not be able to do what we do.

James: I just want to add that when our fans come to see us, we want them to know that we really are an organic, legitimate rock band. We do what we do because you chose us, and we didn’t choose you. We do actually have the passion to be able to pursue what we really want to do, and we are really very blessed to be able to do that. We want the fans to know that it’s completely real and genuine, it’s The Blue Trees.

Jacob Needham & The Blue Trees new single “Alabama Baby” is available now at iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, Spotify and more! Check out the music video for their latest single on You Tube. “Procrastinated Memoirs” will be available worldwide on April 6th, 2018.

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Paisley Field: “Glitter and Sawdust” by Eileen Shapiro

On April 27th, the new release from Paisley Field will be officially unleashed to the entire world. The country sensation and front man James Wilson will be celebrating its release with the band and a host of many at C’Mon Everybody, and you’re all invited…


The album has one of the coolest names on the planet, “Glitter and  Sawdust”, as well as many great new country tunes.  In support of the album the band will be heading out on tour and also will be playing Detroit Pride. 


I spoke with James and below is a full itinerary of his whereabouts, or how you can find him aside from playing piano at some of New York’s finest clubs and bars. 


With your album coming out so soon, what do you have planned for an album release party?

We’re throwing a big party at C’Mon Everybody April 12th with our good friends Karen & the Sorrows and Mylo! It’s a night to celebrate the album with everyone, play some music and have a good time. The album officially comes out April 27th, but you can hear the new songs live and pre-order a copy of the record at the show. Tickets are available now:

How are you preparing for Chicago Pride?

It’s actually Detroit Pride! Listening to a lot of Smokey Robinson. Detroit has such a rich musical history. 


Since we last spoke what have you been up to?

We just finished up a residency at Hank’s Saloon which was amazing. I love that place and it was a thrill to have our first NYC residency be at Hank’s. We put out “The Door”, the first single from Glitter & Sawdust, and we started taking pre-orders. Now we’re gearing up for April 12th and preparing for our tours this spring and summer.

Are you planning to tour in support of the album?

Yes! We start touring the end of April with dates in Toronto, Rochester, Ottawa and Kingston. In May we are heading to California to play with some of our musical inspirations Lavender Country. They were the first band to put out a gay country album and it’s revolutionary. You need to hear it if you haven’t. Our good friend Eli Conley hosts the Queer Country West Coast shows at El Rio where we’ll be playing in San Francisco. This concert series was created by Karen Pittelman and it’s really grown. We’re thrilled to be a part of it. We have a whole bunch of other dates including a big queer music festival I’m putting on June 2nd at Drom in NYC. You can find a full list of dates in the tour section on our website.


Who named the album and what was the inspiration?

I’ve been thinking a lot about gender identity and gender roles lately. Glitter & Sawdust is about embracing both the masculine and feminine sides of yourself. There are always those people who want to put you in a box and say you’ve got to be this way, or you’ve got to be that way. I’ve always felt like a bit of an enigma and I’ve never really fit into one category. And I don’t think as humans we are meant to fit into one category. Even when it comes to the gay community. Like as a gay dude you’re expected to be a twink or a bear or a theater queen or whatever. I never identified with any of that. I always thought, can’t I just be me? Glitter & Sawdust is my clumsy way of trying to explain that. I came up with the title, but the album itself is very collaborative. 


I loved your behind the scenes video, where can someone view it?

Thank you!! You can see it on our youtube channel. Subscribe while you’re there!

What will your next single be off the album?

The next single is “Keep Swimming,” the first track on Glitter & Sawdust. I’m excited to be working with director Matthew Pandolfe for the first time. We’re coming up with some really fun ideas for the video.  

Anything I forgot?


I think that pretty much covers it! We are ready to get out on the road and for people to hear Glitter & Sawdust. 



Follow Paisley Fields on Twitter @ThePaisleyField