Youngblood Lowell “Banana” Levinger’s solo album “Get Together — Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics” offers due homage to a band whose unassuming demeanor made them as much a forewarner of essential Americana as The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield or any California contemporary.
Where Are They Now?
There’s a lot going on in the world according to P.F. Sloan. For starters, his biography, ‘What’s Exactly The Matter With Me?,’ reads like a musical version of ‘Forrest Gump.’ (And that doesn’t even touch upon the parts of Sloan’s memoirs that even he admits are bizarre.) So what is reality? Sloan has offered up his take here; we’ll leave it up to you (and a box of salt) to decide.
Glen Phillips isn’t the type of person to put all his eggs in the proverbial single basket. One of the mainstays of the ’90s chart champs Toad the Wet Sprocket, Phillips has diversified his efforts into a solo career, a successful stint with WPA, an Americana super group of sorts, and at least a trio of other affiliations on an occasional basis.
A versatile singer, songwriter, guitarist and record label owner, Charlie Farren found national success in the ’80s with his rock trio, Farrenheit, and in the Joe Perry Project, alongside the famed Aerosmith guitarist. Although Farren may not be a household name outside of the Boston area, he is a favorite son of New England who enjoys great regional success and a loyal fan base spanning 40 years, thanks to his ongoing musical projects.
As one of America’s staunchest defenders in musical resistance to the British Invasion of the 1960s, Gary Lewis and The Playboys racked up seven Top 10 songs on the Billboard charts between 1965 and 1966. Despite their chart success, the group tends to be dismissed as a footnote to an epic era, and that’s a shame.