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10/23/09-CAROLINE BLUE nominated @ 3rd Upper State Awards

CAROLINE BLUE has been nominated for an award at the 3rd annual Upper State Music Awards. The nomination is in the category of Best Rock & Roll Original Band. Please go to http://www.usiawards.com/ to vote for us! Deadline is Oct.31,2009 & the awards will be held on 11/7/09. For more info, please visit the USI website.

10/19/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-10/24/09-12 North Sports Bar-Marcy, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOW- Saturday 10/24/09

12 NORTH SPORTS BAR 10125 Mulaney Road Marcy, New York 13403

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Admission-$5.00

Show starts @ 9:00 PM

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own songs as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Alice in Chains, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

Hi everyone!

-Sorry about the delay in doing this show recap. This was an interesting show on several levels. We haven't really played regularly in the Utica/Rome area since 2005 or so-mostly at Albies.. A few hit & run shows here & there since then, but not as much as we'd like to. We ran into a few problems w/ a certain bar owner which probably hasn't helped either. It's been tough getting gigs in the Utica area-which is kinda ironic since our drummer Joe lives there. We finally landed a show at the 12 North Sports Bar. I've tried there before, but always wound up playing phone tag w/ no end. I let Doc call him-since he has more free time than I do-and he landed the show. Originally It was suppose to be on Friday night, but our light guy couldn't make it and, without him, our sound guy couldn't get his gear to the show so we had to re-schedule it for Saturday.-the same night a popular Pink Floyd tribute band was in town and Dashboard Nixon was down the road from us. I did give our promo flyers and stuff to a certain person almost 2 weeks in advance of the show to not only hit the bar, but the college as well. Unfortunately, that stuff was not brought to the bar until 2 days before the show (!). The college wasn't even hit (!!). Nice....

Here's our set list for the evening...

SET 1

-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Dead or Alive
-Deny
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Our Love is Wasted
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Talk Dirty to Me (Poison)
-Breaking the Chains (Dokken)
-Won't Be Home Tonight
-Stay
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-How You Remind me (Nickelback)
-N.I.B. (Black Sabbath)
-Bulls on Parade (Rage Against The Machine)
-Careless Whisper (Seether/Wham)

SET 2
-Mine, Mine, Mine
-You've Got Another Thing Comin (Judas Priest)
-I've Seen The Light Tonight
-Cold Gin (KISS)
-Too Late
-Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
-Hard Life
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Pain
-Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-So we get there early to get everything set up-which was all done by around 6. Which meant then waiting for around 3+ hours before we could go on. I don't have a problem w/ getting to a gig early to make sure everything is set up properly, but sitting on your hands for 3 hours sucks. I can't speak for the other guys, but I know waiting that long doesn't help me w/ performing cause I start getting bored & even a little annoyed. A few other factors did contribute to this though.

-One, there was a benefit going on when we arrived. Not a problem-that was cool. Met some nice people from it and even got a few sign ups on the mailing list. Once it was over though, the bar was for the most part empty. There couldn't have been anymore than 10 people at the bar at any one time when we played. Thankfully the Willie Kramer band showed up for some moral support-thanks guys! I don't know if the flyers would've helped with the draw, but the lack of them definately didn't help....I always do the online promo thing-but even that's not as effective as it used to be cause people are so tired of bands bombarding them with stuff. I don't think we do it bad, but I know of some bands that will send show invites to people and then send reminders several times each day leading up to the show. IMHO-that's stupid-all you're doing w/ that is causing people to delete you.As it is-no one I contacted via online promo was there and anyone who said "maybe" on the show invite online didn't show up either.

-Two-I injured myself before we got onstage. Both my hands were hurting and by the end of the night my hands were not in good shape. They felt pretty sore. With my right hand, I'm not sure what happened but it was like the nail was digging into my right index finger. With my left hand, I put my hand in my pocket and something in there went right underneath the finger nail on my left finger-ouch! It was bleeding for a little bit too. I was also tired-it's too bad I couldn't go to sleep for a few hours before going on-it would've done me a world of good.

-We also found out that normally country bands play here-although they do get rock bands in. But the clientelle (sp) here seems to want the current popular stuff. While we have some of that in our setlist, we don't ave enough to fill a complete set of it-much less 2.

-So even though there wasn't much of a crowd, we still went up and did our show. And we still gave 100%. I know after all was said & done, some of the people who were still there to the end said they were surprised/impressed that we played like we did and that we went the distance instead of calling it early. Course, then came the re-loading of all the gear into the truck/trailer. People who think being in a rock band is all about partying & stuff don't see this part of it.

-After a quick sleep in Johnny's SUV, we reached the pratcice room to unload all the gear. It was pretty cold this night too-nut numbing cold. (how's that for a description?) :) We finished off and went home-well, kinda. I got home, unloaded my gear-and then went right into work! Am I crazy? Could be... But even though I was beat, I would be more so later on and I figured I might as well put in my hours (just my luck I had to work a manditory 8 hours this day) so i coud basically sleep the rest of the day off-which is basicaly what I did. And people wonder why I'm drinking coffee now :)

-So that was our trip to Utica. 12 North is a good sized bar and I'd have no problem w/ us playing here again. We dropped the ball on the flyers though-that shouldn't have happened. It's done and over with though so... Thanks to Doug & Stephi @ 12 North for aving us here-and for Stephi for dancing on stage while we did "She Hates Me" (Puddle of Mudd). Thanks to Art & Johnny for doing a great job w/ sound & lights. And thanks to the people who were there in support. As I told Stephi-all this means is that, on return shows, we have nowhere to go but up.

WWJ

10/17/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-10/17/09-Hotel Adams-Adams, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOW- Saturday 10/17/09

HOTEL ADAMS 4 West Church Street Adams, New York 13605

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Admission-$5.00

Show starts @ 9:30 PM

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own songs as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Alice in Chains, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

Hiya!

-Sorry for the delay in the recaps. Been busy as of late-and my hands have seen better days (see the show recap for the 12 North show which should be up soon after this one).

-The night before we played at Shamrocks in Syracuse-a 4 hour show w/ 1 break. Here we are going into another 4 hour show. How did we do? Read on faithful ones....

-We got there mid afternoon cause we were bringing lights/sound & it's always good to have that set up early in case there are any problems-plus everyone can relax for a bit before having to get to work.

-1st thing we found out was there was going to be an opening band! Nothing like finding out last minute :) Plus we found out our band name is spelled "CAROLINA BLUE" and then "CAROLIN BLUE" (HA!). The opening band was called Warp 8 and they played mostly original material. I felt bad for them cause right on their 1st song one of the guitarists broke a string. They brought a number of people w/ them-some of them looked like they were still in high school. They did a good job.

Here's our set list for this night...

SET 1

-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Dead or Alive
-Deny
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Far Away From Home
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-How You Remind Me (Nickelback)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Piece of Me (Skid Row)
-Pain
-Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)

SET 2

-Love Me or Leave Me
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-N.I.B. (Black Sabbath)
-You've Got Another Thing Comin (Judas Priest)
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-Bulls on Parade (Rage Against The Machine)
-Out of My Life (I Want You)
-Welcome to the Fold (Filter)
-Christian Woman (Type O Negative)
-Whatever (Godsmack)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-Earlier this day, Joe let us know that he was feeling sick. We even had to cut Set 1 short cause he was about to fall over. An hour before the show, I started feeling like crap. Gotta love shared driving right? But within the 1st few songs, I guess the adrenaline kicked in cause I was fine till the end of the night-then I was freezing my butt off!

-We had a good turnout this night. Just like the night before, we were told that there was some heavy competition close by, but we managed to do OK. There were some crazy people here this night. There was this one guy who was all over the place on certain songs. We have this one guy, Mike, who's a hug fan of CB. In fact, he'd rather have us play our stuff than the covers. It's kinda funny watching the video and hearing someone yell out "How about some Nickelback?" and Mike yells right after that "How about some CAROLINE BLUE-fuck you!" :) I did have Mike come up on stage-told everyone what a cool guy he was-and told him to name any CB original and we'd play it-and he did (Out of My Life). There was also this 80+ year old guy there named John who was a trip-he was moving around a lot-more than people 1/2 his age! Course, after the show he told me he might need an ambulance-I hope he's ok! There were even some women who jumped up on the bar & danced while we played. I'll have the pics up from the show soon!

-This show was, IMHO, better than last night's. More consistent. Course, all good things must come to an end. We had a lot of people say we sounded great tonight-which is always great to hear. A lot of credit has to go to our sound guy Art & light guy Johnny-they did a great job-as they always do.

-Then came time to load up all the gear in the trailer. We weren't staying over this night so we had to drive back. Johnny was driving the suburban-the rest of us basically fell asleep on the way to the rehearsal hall. Then we had to unload everything again and then go home. By the time I got back home, I believe it was around 6 AM.

-Big thanks to Keith and everyone @ Hotel Adams for having us. thanks to Warp 8 for opening for us. Thanks to Art & Johnny for the great sound/lights. And most of all, thanks to al the great, crazy people who came out this night to partake in our festivities. We'll be back in December.

Next stop-12 North Sports Bar in Marcy, NY near Utica...

10/16/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-10/16/09-Shamrocks-N. Syracuse, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOW- Friday 10/16/09

SHAMROCKS 109 East Taft Road North Syracuse, New York 13212

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Admission-$5.00

Show starts @ 10:00 PM

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own songs as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Alice in Chains, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

Hiya!

-Sorry for the delay here-I'm been busier than usual this week. Let's get to the skinny shall we?

-A Friday w/ CAROLINE BLUE in Da Cuse! This night we were back at Shamrocks. I showed up a little late-what's new right? :) We'd heard there might be a new system in here, but it all looked/sounded pretty much the same to us. It was just us this night-no opening act. We hit the stage around 10 PM-here's the list....

SET 1

-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Dead or Alive
-Deny
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Far Away From Home
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Pain
-Sex Type Thing (Stone Temple Pilots)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)

SET 2

-Christian Woman (Type O Negative)
-Whatever (Godsmack)
-Our Love is Wasted
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Talk Dirty to Me (Poison)
-Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
-Breaking the Chains (Dokken)
-Won't Be Home Tonight
-Stay
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-N.I.B. (Black Sabbath)
-Bulls on Parade (Rage Against The Machine)
-Careless Whisper (Seether/Wham)
-Cold Gin (KISS)
-Mine, Mine, Mine
-You've Got Another Thing Comin (Judas Priest)
-Wish (Nine Inch Nails)
-Get the Fuck Out (Skid Row)
-Out of My Life (I Want You)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-Long night huh? :) Not bad though. The 1st set went off great. 2nd set wasn't as good IMHO, but we still did ok. I wish they would put up a few light trees in the back and really get the stage illuminated. Or maybe I just need to start using a white guitar :)

-We found out that the #1 drawing band for our style of music in Syracuse-Under The Gun-was playing down the road this same night-and they normally draw most of the night life to their shows. While we didn't have a huge crowd, we didn't have a dinky one either. It was actually bigger than the last time we were here so that was a plus. We saw a bunch of familiar faces in the crowd. Saw some old friends we haven't seen in awhile and made some new friends. Gotta love it!

-Doc lost a contact this night so it was his turn to be 1/2 blind on stage (it happened to me @ the Albany show). Joe got a leg cramp at one point during the show so I had to talk a little more than normal (oh nooooooooooo-HA!) I wish we had a camera back there when it happened-Joe's back there doing hurdle stretches while I'm talking to the crowd. Also, I decided to try on the old dingo boots I used to wear all the time on stage a few years back. After this night, all I could think of was-"How the hell did I wear them onstage for so many years?" My feet were aching pretty bad. Course I wore them hours before we hit the stage too so that was a factor-plus I had to work @ my job earlier too.....

-We had a double birthday sing-a-long happen. In case you don't know, whenever we find out it's someone's birthday, we sing "Happy Birthday" to them-while trying to get the crowd to sing-a-long as well. Course, we add a little "twist" to the song :) All in good fun though.

-In addition, we had a few "guest singers" for a few songs. On "Bulls on Parade", we had a guy named Jeremy (who spoke in class today) come up and sing on the chorus'. Not a bad job. Then on both "Talk Dirty to Me" & "Paranoid" we had a woman named Rebecca come up and sing for us. She did good too-although she couldn't hear herself a lot. I found this out 1/2 way during the Poison song so, being the nice guy that I am, I sang the lyrics in her ear-kinda like being a "live" monitor. That seemed to work. I have to admit though, this was kind of an erotic moment for me. Here I am onstage singing the lyrics to "Talk Dirty to Me" in an woman's ear-while her face is rubbing against mine. Good thing leather stretches right? (HA!). I have to say that this was a 1st for me. It's good to be the singer :)

-From all of us in CB, I want to thank everyone @ Shamrocks for having us this night. Thanks to Jeremy & Rebecca for coming up & singing w/ us. And thanks to all the people who came out to see us this night. It's deeply appreciated.

-Next show-Hotel Adams in Adams,NY in less than 24 hours. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! :)

WWJ

10/5/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-10/09/09-Chugger's Sports Bar-West Seneca, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOW- Friday 10/9/09

CHUGGER'S SPORTS BAR 1800 Union Road West Seneca, New York 14224

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Opening for AC/DC Tribute Band Bon Voyage

Buffalo Joe's Birthday Bash

Admission-$5.00/ $10.00 Kill-a Keg

Show starts @ 10:30 PM

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own songs as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Alice in Chains, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

Hiya people!

-Here we are w/ another CAROLINE BLUE show recap! This time we were @ Chugger's in West Seneca, NY . We'd only been in the Buffalo area once before-last year around this time @ Club W. Back then we played a mostly original set to about 6 people. So how were things this time? Read on oh faithful ones-this one has some drama in it:)

-After a late start (because of me-who else?) we were on our way-a 3 hr. trip thru the cold & rain. At least it wasn't snowing. We got to the bar at around 8. The sound company was here setting up so we got a chance to get our gear set up and relax a little bit. Then I started having problems.

-1st of all-I brought my contacts this time! However, when I went to the bathroom to change them, the left one was gone! I searched all over but nothing. So I just put on the right one and went on stage 1/2 blind basically. I've had to perform like this before-usually due to a contact tearing. At least I didn't get a headache-which is what usually happens when I wear only 1 contact. It was the left contact that was missing-the one closest to the fretboard.

-Then there was the front light tress. Basically, it was just a little bit higher than my head-which meant being blinded by light at times. Add to the mix sweaty hair going all over the place and let the fun begin! :)

-On top of that, one of the sound guys told me he couldn't find his extra boom stand so I had to use a regular straight one. To understand why this is important, if you use effect pedals, you need some distance from the mic so you can see which pedal to hit. Using a straight stand means the mic is basically right in front of you-making it alittle awkward to hit the correct pedal. Plus w/ a boom it's easier to look down on your fretboard from time to time.Add all the above to this and, well, let's just say I was a little apprehensive before going on. but you make due right?

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-The bar was open till 4 AM so the bands start later. We were to go on from 11-12:30. By 11:15 the sound company was still setting up their equiptment and we didn't end up going on till around 11:40 or so. We still had to stop at 12:30 so a good chunk of our list was chopped.

-In addition, before we went on stage, this wave of feedback filled the room for a few minutes. That's right-minutes. I was told it was an analyzer or something. All I know is that a number of people here were very annoyed by it.

-Here's our setlist for this evening

-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Sober (Tool)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Tears Are Falling (KISS)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-The Needle & The Spoon (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)

-There weren't as many people here as expected but we still do what we do. It was Buffalo Joe's Birthday party too so we dragged him up on stage and sang "Happy Birthday" to him. We did get a number of people added to our mailing list (thanks Jen!), some nice compliments and gave away a bunch of sampler CDs so that was cool.

-So with all that was happening w/ me-did I fall apart on stage? Nope. I did make a few errors as a result of the circumstances this night-having only one contact on does mess w/ one's depth perception There was a huge monitor between me & Doc that worked on the last song-none of the others. There was feedback hitting us from time to time-that analyzer perhaps? My low E string went a little flat around Sandman & I didn't catch it. Plus I forgot the lyrics to "The Needle & Spoon" so that was fun.....On top of that, when we launched into "Living After Midnight" I realized I didn't change my tuning so it was instant transposition time. Not too hard on this song, but still one more thing to deal w/. That one sound guy wanted to come up and sing it so I let him cause I could concentrate on transposing more. I jokingly said after we finished the song "And now that the karaoke portion of the show is over..." :)

-From time to time I'll just ask the audience what the'd like to hear. If we know it we'll play it. Our drummer Joe hates when I do that-but if the crowd's not getting into it, I feel you have to switch gears & play stuff they'll respond to-within the limits of what we know. What happened tonight was kinda funny. I'd say, for ex., 'Do you wanna hear some Stone Temple Pilots?" & it would be dead silent-to which I replied "Nope." :) That happened to a few more times that I called out songs till we'd hit something people wanted to hear. We were told to heavy up on our 80's-90's covers here but, at least this night, the crowd seemed more into the 70's stuff. Make sense considering we were opening for a 70's era AC/DC tribute band. The exception was "Enter Sandman"-much to Joe's dsappointment, the people wanted to hear "Enter Sandman" over "Seek & Destroy." He was so heart broken :)

-Given all that was happening, I think we did ok. We normally do a lot better though. As we were tearing down, that one sound guy told me he knew what happened to his extra boom stands-they were being used for drum mics. Oh well. We tore down our stuff and got ready to hear Bon Voyage.

-These guys were damm good. They had the look & sound of Bon Scott era AC/DC. Scott-the singer-sounded just like Bon Scott and they had that classic 70's Marshall sound going. "Bangus" was even using one of those old Marshall heads that didn't have a master volume on it. Great job by the whole band in re-creating that classic sound.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-Unfortunately, they had problems w/ the sound company too. Not only did they also have feedback/monitor problems but at the beginning of the show the vocal mics weren't even working right. It wasn't till about 4-5 songs in that things got better. You'd hear Scott singing and then he'd drop out...or he'd be feeding back like crazy. It was pretty bad. He was even telling the sound company to stop fooling around w/ the knobs. It got so bad, that they stopped mid-song and basically waited till the sound company got things together. That sound guy came up and grabbed the mic from Scott and and basically chucked it to the ground (almost hitting Buffalo Joe btw- yelling that someone had sabbotaged his system. Then he yelled at me asking if WE had sabotaged his cables. WTF? You've got to be kidding me! Of course not! Then I'm hearing a number of times thru out the rest of the night that one sound guy was telling Buffalo Joe-the promoter for this gig, that CAROLINE BLUE had switched all his cables and stuff. We had nothing to do with the problems that were going on w/ the sound system. In case he didn't notice, we had a lot of problems with the sound during our set as well. That "analyzer" crap was enough to drive people out of the bar. Maybe if they'd set up properly (most sound companies are set up a few hours before the 1st band has to go on) and done a sound check-or even a line check-this crap wouldn't have happened. But for all this stuff to happen and then for CB to get blamed for it? That's just a bunch of crap.

-Things did finally stabilize sound wise and Bon Voyage played till around 4. I felt bad for them cause they came all the way from Ohio & they had to go thru all this. They were cool though & hopefully we'll be able to do some more shows w/ them. Then we took Buffalo Joe home. He told us his place was 6 blocks away from the bar. 20 minutes later we're STILL driving around South Buffalo trying to find his place! What a way to end the evening. At least we got some food & a place to stay (both FREE) for the night from Buffalo Joe. On top of that, despite all the difficulties this night, the owner of the bar was there & told Buffalo Joe that he had no problem w/ us being booked there again so that was good. The next day we hit the road and was back in our area around late afternoon.

-On behalf of CB, I want to thank Buffalo Joe, Bon Voyage & Chugger's for having us play Friday. We look forward to working more w/ all of you. We also want to thank all the new friends we made this night and we hope to see you all again at another show.

-Next week-2 four hour shows back to back. Can we handle it? Keep checking back here to find out! Cya!

9/30/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-10/4/09-The Dublin Underground-Albany, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOW- Sunday 10/4/09

THE DUBLIN UNDERGROUND One South Pearl Street Albany, New York 12207

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

With Falling from Fate & Ordain (Australia)

Show starts @ 8:00 PM

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own songs as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Alice in Chains, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

Hi Everyone!

-This time CAROLINE BLUE headed out East to play at The Dublin Underground (still currently known as Savannah's) in Albany, NY. This would be our 2nd time playing in the Eastern NY area. After a few hours on the road we arrived in Albany to find ourselves going thru some detours. The police had blocked off several blocks right on the road where we were suppose to be on. Apparently, a film was being shot there-I think it was called "The Other Guy?" All we saw was a helicopter come down real low and then fire off twin machine guns before taking off. I got a distant shot of it.

-We actually arrived before the doors opened to the bar. Once inside we were told to put our gear in this long corridor near the bar and to make sure the outside door was locked or "the homeless people would let themselves in & rip off your gear." It was a good thing we brought our hand cart.

-Being a Sunday night, the place wasn't packed. There was about 20-25 people here tops. A number of them came with the 1st band-Falling From Fate. They were the heavy band of the night and-if I got this right-I believe this was their 1st show. They did a good job and i'm sure you'll be hearing more about them soon.

-Next up was Ordain-a band originally from Australia, but now based in Canada. They played a great set-very tight. They were the "modern" band of the night. We got a chance to talk w/ them for a little bit about touring & stuff. Very cool guys. They were telling people stuff like "Australia" is not next to Germany :) Check them out if you get a chance.

-Then it was our turn. Here's the set list...

-Nothing Will satisfy You
-Dead or Alive
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Hard Life
-Our Love is Wasted
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-I've Seen the Light Tonight
-Won't Be Home Tonight
-Far Away From Home
-Pain
-Stay
-Mine, Mine, Mine
-Deny
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Out of My Life (I Want You)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-Yes, we did play a set that was mostly our songs. The Dublin Underground actually is one of the few places (that we know of) that supports bands performing their own songs. It was actually a lot of fun performing mostly our own stuff. That's the eventual goal.

-This show was a 1st of sorts for me. I forgot to bring my contacts so this is the 1st CAROLINE BLUE that I had my hair pulled back & that I was wearing my glasses. It felt pretty weird for awhile. I felt like such a nerd (HA!). Part way thru the show,the sweat hit me and wrecked havok w/ the glasses. I managed to hold it together though. The stage, sound & lights were good and made performing even more fun. There was a buzzing on Doc's side of the stage but that's ok.

-Another 1st for the band is Doc bringing out a new bass to play. Not just any bass-but a custom 1973 Rickenbacker. On top of that, the CAROLINE BLUE logo is all over the body of this bass! Pretty cool. I played it a little bit-this bass has a VERY fast neck. Check out the pics of the show to see it.

-Although the crowd was small, we got a great response from them. In addition, the manager of the bar was here and liked what we did too. In fact, we're now talking with their booking agent to get us back on a Friday (originals) and/or Saturday (cobers) night. We did what we set out to do and now it was time to go home.

-We did stop for dinner in Utica-and to recover. I have a tendancy to fall asleep on long rides (hell-even on short ones)-and Doc has a tendancy to shout in my ear to wake me up! ;) This time he also startled Joe-who thought we'd hit a deer or something. That's ok-cause Doc is just trying to get back at me for those pics I took of him when he fell asleep a few road trips ago.

-I did take a sip of what Doc calls "Real Beer"-I believe it was called a Black & Tan? I can't stand beer, but I was willing to take a sip-maybe the "real" stuff would taste better....Check out the pics to see my reaction to "real" beer :)

- For al of us at CAROLINE BLUE, I'd like to thank Matt for booking us and all the staff @ The Dublin Underground for their hospitality. Thanks also to both Falling From fate & Ordain-hopefully we'll be able to do some more team-ups in the future. And, of course, a huge thanks to all the people who came out this night-we saw some old friends & made some new ones (Thanks maryLynn for taking those pics!). We hope to see you all again next time we're in the area.

-Next stop-the other side of NY in West Seneca @ Chugger's. Cya soon!

9/21/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-9/25/09-Station 58-Syracuse,NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOW- Friday 9/25/09

STATION 58 3504 Brewerton Road Syracuse, New York 13502

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Special Guests-Bone Yard from Rochester, NY

Show starts @ 10:00 PM with Bone Yard followed by CAROLINE BLUE

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own original material as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Alice in Chains, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

Hi Everyone!

-This show finds CAROLINE BLUE in Syracuse, NY playing @ Station 58. The band last played there in January of 2008 on one of those Winterfest shows that Nick Fuoco puts together. CB had a different line up back then. History buffs take note- Doc was at that show as well, but as the bassist for one of the other bands that were on the bill-Silence Bleeds.

-In regards to this show, we were contacted by the band Bone Yard from Rochester & asked to open up for them-this was their show. We said sure. There were thoughts of maybe adding another band into the mix, but it was scrapped. One of the rules that Station 58 has is if there are multiple bands, they all have to share the same drum kit-whether it's from one of the bands or the house kit that they have there. Drummers can be very touchy at times when that subject is brought up. Bone Yard's drummer had no problem using someone else's kit so Joe's set was used for both bands. About a week before the show we found out that, while this was still Bone yard's show, they'd be going on 1st and for an hour and then we'd go on till 2 PM. This was because of the distance they had to travel, plus we had a lot more songs via the covers we do. Not a problem with us. Kinda funny-one of the guys in Bone Yard came up to me saying-"Do you mind if we go on at 10:30?" I said-"sure-it's your show-you can go on whenever you want." :)

-It's been a long time since I've been to Sation 58-probably not since the last time we played there. They had a fire break out there several months ago and they did a lot of renovations. I have to say, the stage was very impressive.

-Bone Yard went on-yes, at 10:30 :) and played an all original set. Good stuff-I got one of their discs after the show. Hopefully we'll be teaming up for some more shows in the future.

-Then we went on. Kinda interesting in that-while Bone Yard did all originals-we had a majority covers set-at least that's how it was planned. How things have changed. Here's the set list....

-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Dead or Alive
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Mine, Mine, Mine
-You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Judas Priest)
-Breaking the Chains (Dokken)
-Talk Dirty to Me (Poison)
-She hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Deny
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Seek & Destroy ( Metallica)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

*a small break to change camera tapes & release bladders for a certain band member :) *

-Tears Are Falling (KISS)
-N.I.B. (Back Sabbath)
-Wish (Nine Inch Nails)
-Stay
-Pain
-Won't Be Home Tonight
-Out of My Life (I Want You)

-There was a decent amount of people here tonight. With us, a lot of people came forward when we launched into "Detroit Rock City." and stayed for awhile. It was cool to look out & see people wearing CAROLINE BLUE shirts. We had a lot of our demo discs taken too-so that was good. The lights were great-but I wasn't used to that many lights being on stage-or with them flashing so much. Here's a good one, during the last verse in "Bad Girlfriend", there a point where everyone just stops for a moment before the vocal brings in the rest of the band. Usually, at that point, Joe throws his stick up in the air & catches it right in time to come in. Well, that point of the song arrived, Joe thru his stick up-and the stage went pitch black! You'll have to ask him if he caught it or not. :)

-Soundwise,. I could hear myself, but that may have been because of my ear plugs because, I don't know how else to describe it, I could hear myself singing but it was hard to distinguish what I was singing. Both Doc & Joe said they basically had no monitor and I know when they were singing, I couldn't hear them. But we made due & overall, I think we did a good job.

-On behalf of the band, I want to thank Bone Yard & Julie B. for having us on the bill tonight. Thanks to the staff who were there @ Station 58 this night for treating us good and thanks to all the people who came out to the show this night-especially Suzie who drove over an hour to see us!

-Cya next time & keep rockin!

9/7/09- CB Show-9/12/09-sickenberger Lane-Utica Music Fest-Utica, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOWS- Saturday 9/12/09

Sickenberger Lane (as part of the Utica Music Fest) 628 Varick Street Utica, New York 13502

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Show starts @ 1:00AM-Admission: $25.00forall3 days of the Utica Music Fest

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE plays their own original material as well as songs by KISS, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Black Sabbath, Godsmack, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Motorhead, Nickelback, Motley Crue, Nine Inch Nails, Type O Negative, Alice in Chains, Theory of a Deadman,Tool & many more...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-A little bit of history before I start with the show recap. For those of you who have been long time FFF's (Fans, Friends & Freaks) of CAROLINE BLUE, you may have noticed that ,in the past, the lineups of CAROLINE BLUE have been a little unstable :). It was about a year ago that the current lineup played it's 1st show together at last year's Utica Music Fest. So it was interesting to see how things were one year later.

-Last year we played at The Dog House in the afternoon. This year we got the last slot at Sickenberger Lane on Varick Street-where a good chunk of the bars having bands for the UMF were. A few people thought this would be awesome for CB cause we'd be where the main action was. I have to admit that was skeptical about that cause we were one of the last band on the last day-to me, most of the people would be wanting to go home at that point. On top of that, it was raining off & on thruout the night-which sucked. Basically,I was right.

-We got to the bar early and the 1st thing we found out was that the sub-woofers on the PA there were blown. Since we were there early, I did wander around a little bit. Ran into a few people I knew. At The Dog House this year were all the heavier bands-The Born Again Rebels, Brand New Sin, Augustine, Crow's Cage. I was there for a little bit (and got soaked in the rain while going there, but I was helping a friend get back to the bar). I saw a few songs from Brand New Sin and they sounded good-but they did have some PA/sound problems-like the 1st song it seemed like someone forgot to turn the lead vocal on. On an unrelated note, it was funny that on the way there I ran into a girl who was with my friend who said that a year ago she was yelling at this guy at The Haunt whon she thought was me! Never did tell me details-although she blurted out it was due to some girl we both know from last year.OK...

-Anyways we get the gear loaded up in the bar. Sickenberger Lane is like this long narrow room. The 3rd to the last band on the bill pulled a no show so the band before us went on. They were called Branded With Fear and they were from Atlanta, Georgia. Good stuff. A 14 hour drive to play for free-now that's dedication.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-Then we got everything on stage the best we could. Here's the set list....

-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Nothing Will satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Man in the box (Alice in Chains)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Out of My Life
-Pain

Encore

-Wish (Nine Inch nails)

-That was a very cramped stage up there-although the skyline on the back wall was a nice touch. The way my amp was set up, I could barely hearmyself when I was soloing, but I couldn't move it directly behind me cause I would've gone thru a feedback nightmare, so you make due. Joe actually had toclimb over some of my gear to get to his kit. Outside of crampness & postioning, we had a good mix onstage.

-We originally had planned for 5 more additional songs but due to time constraints I had to cut songs off the list.Things were kinda going ok until we got to KISS, then we got a reaction so I changed our list and we started to play the more old school stuff-plus some of our heavier originals. During the encore, the group there actually wanted to hear us play Type O Negative-but I didn't bring the 7 string guitar so then NIN was called out-which we could do! A number of CD samplers were taken so that was good.

-An interesting moment for me.I was talking to this one girl after the show and she said she remembers seeing CB when she was 15-she's now almost 22. Wow.A couple of other people I ran into remembered the band from last year or when we used to play at Albies back in 2005 or so. Time flies....

-For all of us at CB, I want to say thanks to Joe Sweet & the UMF staff for having us here and the staff at Sickenberger Lane for putting up with us (HA!). A huge thanks for the people who were here tonight in support. We'dlove to play in the Utica area more often. If anyone has any suggestions on how we can do that, let us know. Thanks!

-Next-a week off from shows and then we're @ Station 58 in Syracuse doing a split show with Bone Yard (we go on 1st). It's on Friday Sept. 25. Hope to see y'all there!

8/31/09-CAROLINE BLUE Show-9/5/09-Third Rock Cafe-Painted Post, NY

CAROLINE BLUE SHOWS- Saturday 9/5/09

THIRD ROCK CAFE 304 South Hamilton Street (Holiday Inn) Painted Post, NY 14870

FREE SAMPLER CDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND (While Supplies Last)

Show starts @ 9:00 PM-Admission: $3.00

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! (and bring some friends!)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

Hi everyone!

-This one's gonna be about CAROLINE BLUE's show at the 3rd Rock Cafe in Painted Post, NY. This was our 1st time ever to play here and the 1st time the band has ever played at a Holiday Inn. Here's the recap of this very long journey...

-We started from the practice room at around 1 AM. The trailer that we rented was just a tad small-we got all the equipment we could in there, but I still had to have a drum tom on my lap on the way there. That's ok cause I fell asleep 1/2 the time & it came in handy. :) We went in John C's suburban-which can take up to 8 people. Doc was VERY happy that someone else was driving for a change.

-We arrived at around 4ish and got everything set up. Nice sunny day. Very nice place too. We had dinner and got ready to play.Here's the setlist...

SET 1

-Nothing Will Satisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Mine,Mine, Mine
-You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Judas Priest)
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-T.N.T. (AC/DC)
-Tears Are Falling (KISS)
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Pain
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Deny
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-The Needle & The Spoon (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Welcome to the Fold (Filter)
-Christian Woman (Type O Negative)
-Whatever (Godsmack)

SET 2

-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Hard Life
-Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine)
-Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue)
-Where the River Flows (Collective Soul)
-Cold Gin (KISS)
-Pain
-Stay
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Dead or Alive
-Out of My Life (I Want You)
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-This was an interesting night for several reasons. One was that I was using some new gear-new for me anyways. Doc let me use his cabinet-which is specifically made for the Fender Metalhead Amp. In addition,last rehearsal the guys were telling me they liked the sound of Doc's Les Paul over his Fender Strat so I decided to try it out live. The guitar, as you can see in the pics, is all black so if the stage wasn't lit well enough, I'd have problems seeing the fretboard. The pickup is a very hot passive pickup-and I was having feedback problems. The amp has a built in noise gate but the problem is if it's set too high then my solos get cut off at times-especially if I'm holding a note. The Les Paul has a great crunch, but with the settings I currently have, the lead sound isn't what I like-I'll have to play around with it. In addition, the acoustic sound is too bassy for my tastes. I preferred that sound with the Strat.

-We didn't have a lot of people here this night. The people who were there though seemed to enjoy what we did. A number of songs got requested and we did our best to fulfill them. "Tears Are Falling" was quite a surprise-we haven't touched that song since last October-yet a number of people were saying that was the MVP song of the night. We also added a few new covers ("Whatever" and "The Needle & The Spoon") and we ended up repeating a number of songs in the 2nd set cause some of the people who came in later wanted to hear them so we obliged. Sound & lights were good-just wish there were some more front white lights.

-Like I mentioned before we had some crazy people here. We played a Judas Priest song and 2 songs later this one guy goes "Play some Judas Priest!" I told him we just did that 2 songs ago and he says "Well, play some more..." (HA!). The event of the night though was when we were doing "Bulls on Parade." About 3/4 thru Art yells at me to look out the window. This big guy who was in earlier was in the middle of the street. Not only was he gyrating to the song, but he was also taking off all of his clothes! He was butt naked at one point-there's a distance pic of it on the show pics. I started laughing before the song ended & couldn't stop. I think Doc went blind (HA!)

-We got a number of people on the mailing list and some CDs & other merch sold. Then it was time to pack everything up and go home. We could've stayed overnight and maybe next time we will. The trip back was something else.

-We left around 2 AM I think. I was way in the back w/ Joe & 2 drum toms-plus all my carry on stuff on my lap. Big Jim was where I was cause he was a little tipsy & Doc was up front with John. Art & his wife was next to Jimbo. I basically fell asleep 10-15 minutes into the ride, but woke up at several times thruout.One of them was when we discovered that Jim's door wasn't locked and he was sleeping right next to it-and the door was loose! You ever try waking up Jim? He proceeded to sing the chorus to "Evil Woman" by ELO in a high pitched voice for awhile after that. I think Doc is bringing a taser on the next trip (HA!).

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 5 years ago)

-Next time I woke up we were pulling into a resturant. Turns out we were in Vestal (and we were on the road already for 2 hours). There was heavy fog out so we had to drive slower. Jim was asking quite loudly why the girls that were there were hanging around with their guys-or as Jim called them "those dorks!" Where's that taser when you need it? (HA!). That's ok-we were all tired.Kudos to John for staying awake for the whole drive. I know I couldn't have done it.

-We didn't get back to the practice room till around 8 AM (!) Sunday. We were in rough shape. My legs were going pretty numb in the back. Joe got a really bad charlie horse trying to get out of the vehicle. I know Doc injured his forearm at the show as well. I think it seized up on him 1/2 way thru the show. We unloaded the gear and all went home. What a trip!

-Big thanks to Tammy (owner of 3rd Rock) for being very kind & helpful to us thruout the night. It's much appreciated & we look forward to being back on 10/3. Also a big thanks to the people who were there and made us feel welcome. Not a huge crowd-but an active one. And we can't leave without giving huge kudos to Art, Mel, Jimbo & Johnny for all the work they did for us. You guys are awesome!

8/30/09-NFTI CD Review-Limelight Magazine (Spring 2009)

-Here's a review of the NFTI CD by Joe Milliken from the Spring 2009 Edition of Limelight Magazine-based in Massachusetts (USA).

CAROLINE BLUE POISED TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD BY JOE MILLIKEN

CAROLINE BLUE, a melodic-metal band hailing from Syracuse, NY, is well, not so much a traditional metal band during the recording of their disc Not For The Innocent, as it is mostly the musical brainchild of one singer/ songwriter/ guitarist (and now) bassist Wayne W. Johnson.

Reminiscent musically perhaps of a current L.A. Guns or Dokken, while vocally most certainly that of KISS' Paul Stanley, Johnson wrote and recorded the 12 original tracks on Not For The Innocent almost entirely on his own, due to mostly scheduling conflicts with band mates Joe Boyle (drums) and Johnny Sniper (bass). Not an easy task, when you consider the project took over a year to complete.

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Scott Patnode at Strangeland Audio Studios in Phoenix, NY, Johnson handles not only the guitar and vocals, but also takes over bass duties as well. "Monster" Mike Merrifield also pitches in on drums.

Not For The Innocent certainly runs the gamut of metal textures, from fist pumping anthems like "Our Love is Wasted" and "Love Me orLeave Me", to the slowed down and heavier "Pain" and "Deny" to the acoustic power ballad "Stay." The track "Far Away From Home" seems to even have a classic 70's, acoustic UFO feel to it, although the vocal aspect fall a little short. However the effort to change things up is there.

Overall Not For The Innocent is certainly a step up in style for CAROLINE BLUE, who in the past have been pinned as a "KISS clone." Yet Johnson gets kudos here for creating different textures and tempos, showing that he is not only willing, but capable of expanding his repertoire.

Vocally it needs to somehow get stronger in order to match the power of the songs, but this band is on the right track. Oh, and the man can also cut one hell of a guitar solo! CAROLINE BLUE seems poised to take another step forward, so let's get the whole band in there and perhaps a guest vocalist for some stronger vocal harmonies and let's see where Johnson & company can go next.

Joe Milliken is a freelance writer & music journalist based in Vermont. Check out his website at www.jemwriting.com