Our New EVENTS Page

Many of you have asked if we’re going to be doing any appearances to coincide with the publication of our first book, “A Little More Les“. 

The answer is yes. 

And, we’re going to be involved with some pretty cool concert events, too.

And to help you find out when HimNHer might be landing inside your radio or TV or at a location near you, here is a link to our new events page.

There are a lot of “in the works” things that we haven’t added to the page, yet.

As events are confirmed and/or as we know more about a particular event we’ll update the page, so you might want to check back regularly.

BTW, as you will see, some of our book related appearances are at libraries.  If you know of a library or independent book store that might be interested in being involved with one of our appearance/book signing events, they can contact our publisher: bantrybaypublishing@gmail.com, or (312) 208-4296.

 

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It was “About” time …

With the amount of new developments that have taken place in our universe recently, we thought it was about time that we updated our “About” page.

So, we did.

You might want to click on the above link and take a look.

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Chicago Air & Water Show Memories

This weekend’s Chicago Air & Water Show is an event that brings back some pretty special memories to us.

Well OK, if you insist, we’ll share the story.

It was 1982, we were with WIND, then the home of the Air & Water Show. The promotions dept, determined to get us together, had us broadcasting from Oak St. Beach.

S&J broadcasting from the WIND trailer at Oak St. Beach. Steve doing his best not to look at Johnnie's white shorts. Johnnie doing her best to look casual.

S&J broadcasting from the WIND trailer at Oak St. Beach. Steve doing his best not to look at Johnnie’s white shorts. Johnnie doing her best to look casual.

Things were going fine up to the point a guy walking the beach with a live boa constrictor around his neck surprised Steve while they were broadcasting live. Steve knew something was up when, mid-sentence, Johnnie threw it to him and ran into the trailer.

Steve hadn't yet realized that the man next to him was walking down the beach carrying a BOA CONSTRICTOR!!!

Steve hadn’t yet realized that the man next to him was walking down the beach carrying a BOA CONSTRICTOR!!!

In spite of the fact that Her left Him with crazy snake man, this day was a turning point in our relationship. After the show we walked Michigan Ave. and, in the Hancock Center’s photo booth, captured the realization that we were kinda liking each other’s company.

The end of the day marked the beginning .....

The end of the day marked the beginning …..

We started dating after the Air & Water Show and were engaged a year later.

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We catch up with Delbert McClinton!!

Shame on us!

With all of the other pieces of the whirlwind that is our life these days swirling around us (How the heck did we do all this stuff when we were still doing a five night a week show?) we forgot to post here about our video interview with Delbert McClinton.

Even though we posted it on Facebook, Twitter and some of our other social network sites, we know that some of you don’t choose to hang out there and just follow our blog.  To those of you who fall in that camp, our apologies for being a smidge tardy in posting this.

We’ve been VERY fortunate to call Delbert a friend for many years and when we found out that he was going to be playing at Chicago’s City Winery we knew we’d have to make plans to be there and play a little catch up.

When we arrived, Delbert invited us on his bus and our conversation and part of Delbert’s performance are now posted on our WGN Radio page.  Just click the link and climb on Delbert’s bus with us.

Delbert McClinton performing at Chicago's City Winery

Delbert McClinton performing at Chicago’s City Winery

An evening with Delbert McClinton is a one-of-a-kind good time.  If he’s EVER in your area make sure you catch him.  Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

Now, the question is, when is he coming back?

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2015 Lincoln MKC Video Road Test

Our Video Road Test, of the 2015 Lincoln MKC has just been posted on Consumer Guide Automotive’s Daily Drive website.  So, do we agree with Matthew McConaughey that the 2015 Lincoln MKC is “Awright, Awright, Awright?”  Just click on the link and see for yourself.

2015 LIncoln MKC

2015 LIncoln MKC

And don’t forget, if you want to check some of our previous road tests and some of the other goodies we’ve been pouring into the Daily Drive tank, just point your browser right here.

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R.I.P. Bob Young

We may have told you before that some posts are harder than others to write.  Well … this is one of those.

As we started typing this into our desktop it was a half hour until Midnight.  We were still sorting out some very sad news we just got and would be sharing with Nick Digilio on WGN Radio, at 4 AM, as we joined him to remember, and pay tribute to, a dear friend who just happened to be one of the most talented singer/songwriter/musicians we’ve ever known … Bob Young.

An early promotional photo of Bob Young.

An early promotional photo of Bob Young.

We just got word late Tuesday night that Bob passed away.

For any of you who might not know, along with writing, singing and performing on any of a number of incredible musical creations that sound as good as, or better than, much of what you hear coming through your radio today, Bob also wrote “The WGN Song” and our “Steve and Johnnie – Johnnie and Steve” theme.

We first encountered Bob at one of WGN Radio’s Taste of Chicago broadcasts.  We knew right away he was a REAL talent, but didn’t really get to know how much of a talent or how dedicated a performer he was until he joined us onstage at the WGN Tornado Aid concert at Joliet’s Rialto Square Theatre.  That concert was organized to raise money for the tornado that devastated much of Plainfield in 1990.  Bob and his band had another gig booked that night, but insisted on playing BOTH gigs because he wanted to help.  He backed us on the infamous version of “Johnnie B Goode” that not only saw Steve singing and playing but, in a “we’ll never forget this” moment, saw Johnnie burn her accordion ala Jimi Hendrix.

After playing his own set and backing us, when the curtain closed, Bob and his band quickly ran off the stage to the other gig where they had stashed additional instruments.  It was not long after that Bob wrote “The WGN Song” which is currently being used in radio and television commercials.  The original, sung by Bob, debuted on Bob Collins’ show one morning during the days Johnnie was still doing traffic on the show.  Bob Collins said to Johnnie “Johnnie Gail, Bob Young has sent us a song called “The WGN Song” let’s give it a listen.”  It was the first time anyone had heard the song and before it was over both Collins and Putman and, we suspect many listeners, were drying their eyes.  It was an instant favorite and opened the door to Bob Young regularly opening the door and saying “Hey kids, I just wrote something new.  Wanna hear it?”  The answer was always “Yes.”  Bob Young was the rare performer we would pop a tape or CD in and play on the air without auditioning because we totally trusted him and knew it would be something really good. He never let us down.

Bob Young with the "Star Guitar" he'd just signed.

Bob Young with the “Star Guitar” he’d just signed.

As we got to know Bob, a real friendship developed.  For years Bob and his wife, Mary, spent holidays and birthdays with us at our house or on our show at WGN.  One morning we got the terrible news that a fire had left Bob and Mary homeless and without a life’s worth of possessions.  In a very short order, almost overnight, Bob Collins joined the two of us and Phil Vaughn, the head of Nation Records in organizing the “Friends Again” concert.  The Ides of March, The Buckinghams, The Cryan’ Shames, Ronnie Rice, Stormy Weather, Pete Special and a ton of WGN listeners came together on a rainy Sunday afternoon in an airplane hanger to participate in the “Friends Again” benefit to help out Bob and Mary.  We auctioned off everything from guitars to Johnnie’s homemade cakes.  It was a HUGE success and gave Bob and Mary the means to get back on their feet.  By the way, “Friends Again” was named after one of Bob’s songs.

Bob Collins and Bob Young at the "Friends Again" concert.

Bob Collins and Bob Young at the “Friends Again” concert.

One of the many nights we’ll never forget is having Bob in the studio and getting a call from Bob’s brother, Steve.  They hadn’t talked to each other in years.  During the news they talked off the air and reconnected.  This reconnection resulted in Steve Young helping produce Bob Young’s first album “Who’s Bob Young.”  Both brothers were in the studio with us for a CD release party that saw the album sell out.  The guys literally had operators standing by and before our show ended they told Bob and Steve that all the copies they had pressed were sold out.  Talk about a reunion!

Bob’s follow up album, “American Stories,” contained many listener favorites like “Hey Baby,” “Friends Again,” and “Her Mother’s Daughter.”  “Her Mother’s  Daughter” was written for Bob’s wife Mary and her daughter and, as we know from many listeners, was played at many a wedding.  If you’d like to hear some of “American Stories” the album and downloadable  tracks are available by clicking right here.

Bob Young's "American Stories" CD

Bob Young’s “American Stories” CD

If you’d like to hear our theme, “The WGN Song,” and “The Yacht Lyle Dean” and see a video of Bob performing, just click here for WGN Radio’s tribute to Bob Young.

Unfortunately, recent years found Bob grieving the loss of his beloved Mary and spending more time surrounded by doctors and nurses than he would have liked.  Through it all he remained amazingly upbeat and would always want to talk about his next project or song.

There is so much more to say about Bob and we shared some of our thoughts with Nick Digilio this morning.  Click here if you’d like to hear the conversation we had with Nick remembering Bob.

Suffice it to say, we loved Bob not only for his talent but for his humor and his big heart. His passing leaves a hole in ours.

He lived to play music and we’d like to believe he’s sitting on that front porch he always told us about and strumming his guitar for Mary.

Another Bob Young black and white

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Our “First Look” Preview of the 2016 Nissan Maxima

This past Thursday, along with other members of the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), we went to a special preview of the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima.

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

Our long-time friends Tom Appel and Frank Peiler, from Consumer Guide Automotive joined us to make a few comments. This was just a preview, not a complete video road test, but we thought you might like to see our “first look” video.

So, just click here and join us on our “first look” walkaround preview.

And don’t forget, if you want to check some of our previous road tests and some of the other goodies we’ve been pouring into Consumer Guide Automotive’s Daily Drive tank, just point your browser right here.

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