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Love Radio

by Jerry Velona

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.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Looking for Lewis and Clark
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2. When I Wake Up
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3. The Bureau of Whatever
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4. Our Own Devices
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5. The Ghetto (Ain't Going Back) [feat. J Ivy]
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6. Forbidden Fruit
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7. Just Don't Feel Like Christmas
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8. Baby What'cha Got (For Me)
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9. First to Last
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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.


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Steve Morse - former staff music critic at the Boston Globe for

Love Radio
"Jerry Velona is a superb craftsman. He shows a striking versatility on his new album by moving easily from energized rock covers of the Long Ryders and Robbie Robertson to original songs with a Southern-style Memphis grit. The variety is entirely believable as Velona teams up with an all-star cast of Boston musicians such as Duke Levine, Billy Loosigian, and David Minehan. This is music for music's sake -- and Velona's honest spirit is refreshing and blissfully indifferent to trends."
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streethead

Right on time
The music is awesome and Jerry's vocals couldn't be stronger. It reminds me of U2's cyber release with a return to guitar driven rock that can't stop moving you. Speaking of which, Boston singer my sphincter. This kid has Jersey written all over him. U2 went to the Remones for inspiration, Boston is going to Jerry Velona for their hard rocks,\. hey boo boo
John Street
Hackensack, NJ
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Max Bowen - The Noise - Boston, May 2015 issue

Love Radio - 9 Tracks
This album is rich and flavorful like a meaty stew with tastes that cross multiple palettes. “Our Own Devices” has a jazzed-up light rock sound that brings me back to my childhood as I listened to the radio on the long drives to Salem. “Just Don’t Feel Like Christmas” is more mellow, somber, and thoughtful, and it hits all the right emotional chords as he tells a tale of love lost around the holidays. “The Ghetto (Ain’t Going Back)” features the elegant vocal work of Debbie Pierre and J Ivy, who adds another layer of talent to this already impressive album. “Looking for Lewis and Clark” is a fine, intense rock homage to a Sid Griffin classic. Jerry’s vocal work is powerful, and the varied instrumentation creates a great tapestry to work on. All in all, a wide array of styles make the most out this album. (Max Bowen)
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Doug Sloane - Metronome Magazine

Top 5 albums, January 2015
"... Jerry Velona always manages to reinvent himself from album to album...but in his latest offering Love Radio, Velona rocks out with a vicious...sentiment...reminiscent of well-produced 70's/80's radio rock. JV hits it way, way out of Fenway on Love Radio. Outstanding!
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