from the usual open mics/karaoke on Monday-Wednesday, I have a new gig at Shots
in Allendale on Lake Michigan Drive on Thursday. This will be funon the deck weather
permitting. Please let your friends know so I can keep this going through the summer!
Also we will be live on WGVU with Shelley Irwin Friday morning around 10:30. I will
be at Coral Gables that night from 5-9 & then the band will be at Gipper's on
Kraft 7-11 Saturday evening. Thanks all & see you next week!
ps Guitar Marc Kozac will be
at Shots tonight (Monday, 17th) PLEASE SUPPORT HIM FROM 6-9!
Grand Rapids, MI
As opposed to the usual singer/songwriter fare, this man obviously knows how to use
a band. Ranging from soul to country, rock, ‘50s balladry and something you’d
hear at a backwoods blues festival, Sanger really makes the rounds with his group
of professionals. Recorded and mastered in sparkling hi-fidelity by Joel Ferguson
and Al McAvoy respectively, this sometimes-experimental yet deftly idiomatic Midwest-blues
revue is sure to light up the stereos of many a summer concert series goer. Travel
down the dirt path to facebook.com/pages/John-Sanger to see what’s going down,
but make sure to pick up a six of microbrew beer on the way.–Ryan Cunningham"
— Ryan Cunningham, Recoil|
If anything confirms John Sanger’s knack for songwriting sparked by personal
experiences and dynamic vocals, it’s the tracks “Stop on a Dime”
and “Drawing Ever Closer.” Clearly, the Grand Rapids singer-songwriter’s
latest self-titled studio album reaps the benefits of years of playing cover songs
in bars and restaurants across the region. Sanger has honed his talent for entertaining
diverse audiences so skillfully that his original songs seamlessly integrate elements
of rock, country, pop, blues, soul, funk … and humor. It’s what fans
have come to expect from the rootsy Sanger, and this album – recorded at Joel
Ferguson’s Planet Sunday Studios and featuring instrumental backing from Ferguson,
Mike Sanger, Bob Tedlock, Nelson Wood, Jeff Moehle, Mike Davis and Marcus Malone
– marks his signature effort.
Upcoming show: 2 p.m. Sunday, Last Chance Tavern & Grill, 1132 Burton St. SE,
Grand Rapids (CD-release s"
— John Sinkevics, Local Spins (Album Reviews)|
|"Years of playing
other artists’ songs as well as his own on almost a nightly basis has imbued
John Sanger with a confident passion that makes audiences sit up and take heed.
Sanger, who opened earlier this
year for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Midland
County Fair, is most intent on taking the
next step to showcase insightful, rootsy
songs that reflect “the roller-coaster
of life’s trials and tribulations.” So he’s
taking “a lot of time to make sure the
parts are right” on the new album, which could come out later this year.
Get more information about
Sanger online at ReverbNation.com/
— John Sinkevics, The Holland Sentinel|