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The Raging Peanuts / Blog

Valentine Love

What a fun show we had last night at Universal Bar & Grill! We really enjoy playing there. A lot of friends come out and party hard with us all night long. It's a really special day for the both of us when it happens. Especially when we have drunk Jimi Hendrix in the crowd screaming about how awesome Nirvana and Tom Waits are. Daniel Cleland started us off with some great tunes. I swear I've heard his songs in romantic movies before. He has a great voice and is a fabulous guitar player with some really catchy lyrics. The audience loved it. Even drunk Jimi came around after a couple of songs that sounded nothing like Nirvana or Tom Waits. You can check out some of Daniel's music at www.thesoundabout.com. Next up was Hannah Bolton. A gorgeous 19 year old singer/songwriter fresh off the boat from Indiana. And I mean fresh off the boat. She's only been here for a month and this was her first show in LA. What a great first show she had! She sounds like Britney Spears. Except she doesn't need the filters and auto-tuning that Britney needs. Hannah is simply awesome and I think Hannah Indiana would make a much better role model than Hannah Montana. And she's waaaaaaay cooler. She has some music up for you to listen to at www.myspace.com/hannahboltonmusic. And pictures guys... Then we had the awesome pirate-rocking, whiskey drinking sounds of Byron Blocker & the Offbeats. If you've never had the pleasure of watching these guys perform, you're really doing yourself a disservice. The trio blew the audience away, which was pretty much at full capacity at this point. People were dancing and taking shots and having a great time listening to Byron's throaty, Tom Waits-ish voice. Too bad drunk Jimi stumbled out the door once Hannah was done. I think he was love struck and needed to find a pillow, but he would have really loved Byron & the Offbeats. Speaking of them, we are opening for them at the R Bar in Koreatown on Friday, February 25th. It's Byron's 30th birthday and the bands CD release party. This show will be awesome. Details on that to come soon. But for now, go check out some of their music at www.byronblocker.com. You'll be glad you did. Before I mention TRP, I also wanna give a quick shout-out/thank you to Matt Kerr for coming out on his birthday to hang with us and play some sad songs for everyone. Matty, we love you and your sadness because that's what makes you such a happy friendly dude to be around all of the time. You get your sadness out on stage. And you really do get it out! Also to Ken Huntington, best sound guy in the biz, came all the way from his hometown of Long Beach to rock out and play a couple of funny songs he's written. If any of you go to the Puka Bar in LBC where Ken runs the sound, get him up onstage to do some songs. You'll crack up! Speaking of Ken, he's the one who recorded our songs that are on the ReverbNation site. So extra special thanks to him! The Peanuts closed out the night with a special guest in attendance; Mary's sister Theresa came out from NYC for the weekend and witnessed her first TRP show. From what I can tell, she had fun and so did everyone else. I'm serious when I say we might not have a ton of fans yet, but we have the best fans. You guys are the 3rd member of the band because you really contribute so much to each show we do. We wouldn't want to do this if it weren't for you. So from the bottoms of our hearts, on this Valentine's Day, thank you so much. We love you!!! See you at the next show!!

Cory & Mary theragingpeanuts