With CD titles such as "Me So Chorney" and "Chornographey," one can see that there is a light-hearted side to LINDA CHORNEY.
This past Sunday I was fortunate enough to have Linda and New Jersey music legend TONY PALLAGROSI join me in the ROCK ON RADIO studios. Fresh off of her recent trip to Africa, CHORNEY brought her quick wit and top-notch songwriting abilities by for an hour plus of informative, fun, and, at times, quite comical radio.
Originally from Massachusetts, but now a New Jersey resident, CHORNEY has been playing guitar since the age of ten. Like many of my previous guests, Linda started out on the piano. However, she picked up the guitar and never looked back. In her own words, she also began writing "really bad" songs at the same time. Thankfully for us, her music has evolved into a brand of well-written, lyrically touching and thought-provoking compilations that fall into the category of "must hear music."
On air, after she gave us an in-studio demonstration on penguin sex and a vivid description of the elephant mating ritual, CHORNEY played us a tune, that is going to be on her soon-to-be released-still-untitled sixth CD, called "Cherries." This was perhaps a microcosm of her picture-painting lyrical/songwriting abilities. "Cherries" takes you on a ride from early childhood to the end of one's existence. To this radio show host, "Cherries" had me drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue." Please don't think that I'm saying she sounds like Dylan, or in any way is imitating him, it was the the grace with in which she tied the lyrics together into flowing verses of reality that caused me to do so.
Currently still in studio putting the finishing touches on this new double CD, CHORNEY jokingly calls this effort a collection of "more dysfunctional songs about her life."
On this new CD, Linda used former MIAMI HORN and in-studio guest TONY PALLAGROSI on backing vocals. PALLAGROSI, who played and toured with Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Diana Ross, as well as many others, currently heads up his own production company called CONCERTS EAST. TONY is also a co-founder of LIGHT OF DAY, a charitable organization which benefits the research into Parkinson's Disease. Every January, many extremely talented local and nationally-known artists come together at three venues in Asbury Park, New Jersey - The Paramount Theater, The Wonder Bar and The Stone Pony - to put on shows and a concert to raise money for this great cause. This year the event is scheduled to take place on January 14, 2011. For more information go to www.lightofday.org.
Also on the CD are Will Lee (David Letterman), Sean Pelton (Saturday Night Live), Lisa Fisher (Rolling Stones), as well as a host of other local heavy hitters.
Along with her great musical ability, CHORNEY also has an amazing quick-witted, engaging personality. On- and off-air, she relayed stories of her worldly travels and experiences. A scuba diver, Linda spoke of how she would barter dive time in exchange for her musical talents in the local tavern later on that evening. Literally having performed all over the U.S., as well as the world, she seems to have a fast-paced existence that fits her persona.
I could go on forever about LINDA CHORNEY, but I feel that you should definitely see and hear what she is all about for yourself. You can do so at www.lindachorney.com.
This Sunday, October 3, at 10pm EST, my guest on this week's ROCK ON RADIO is Philadelphia-area band HANGMAN'S CRY. They'll be discussing their soon-to-be-released CD as well as their big gig opening for SKID ROW next week.
Turn on... Tune in... and, as always... ROCK ON!