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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

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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 8 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 8 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

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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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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

8/30/09-NFTI CD Review-Stryke Virtual Metal Magazine & Promotion (Brazil)

Here's a review from Fred Mika for Stryke Virtual metal magazine & Promotion-based in Brazil. We used Google Translator to go from Portuguese to English-and kept the translation as is. Enjoy!

This band is from the U.S. city of Syracuse, NY The sound of Caroline Blue is very similar and the Kiss (in which the timbre of lead singer Wayne W. Johnson is also so much like that of Stanley). Wayne is also the lead guitarist.

Besides the obvious influence of Kiss in their sound, note also elements or influences of other groups of Californian hard rock eighties-like Dokken and LA Guns, and even something heavy / thrash like Megadeth in the sound of Caroline Blue.

Well, this band has released two albums, Slave To The Hourglass in 2004 and this latest, in 2007 and sold separately through the Internet. And in the latter contains ten compositions (and still having the main influence Kiss) which vary as well between them, some heavier and faster as the opening track on the album, "Our Love Is Wasted", "" Love Me or Leave Me " , "Pain", "I've Seen The Light Tonight, "" Inside "and" Nothing Will Satisfy You. " These tracks are then overflowing energy embedded in hard rock with sharp guitars and well in the face distorted. Focus on the compositions as a whole and the good voice and creativity of the singer.

There are also tracks with a heavy but progress has more rhythmic, more drawn as in "Deny," "Out Of My Life (I Want You)," "Will not Be Home Tonight" and "Dead Or Alive." They are tracks that have a job but fits perfectly straight and steady bass and drums, respectively Andy "Doc" Gore and Joe Boyle. Moreover, as could not be any hard rock band so if prey, the Caroline Blue has a few ballads on tracks like "Stay" and "Far Away From Home". While the former is more animated, almost a ballad pop-rock if not for the dramatic interpretation of the singer, the second is more melancholy ballad, with a slower tempo and strumming guitars.

The band also received positive reviews in various reviews around the world and probably tried to close with a good manager and a producer responsible, Caroline Blue could already be climbing many steps up the musical world today. Take for example the booklet of the album Not For Innocent, which could be better produced. Everything is very simple to make like a pirate sleeve, though within the same include the essential and indispensable today (lyrics, credits and contact information) contributed to the recorded music market worldwide. That the band had the conscience to put the booklet in any case should be better prepared and better prepared and appearance.

What about the music, as I said earlier, they are very varied and never left the hearing with that feeling of boredom and also have a good audio production, all well mixed and well mastered.

It is a band that does not add anything new to the style, but do your homework and does well not dropping the ball at any time. Who is a fan of Kiss should probably also enjoy the Caroline Blue.

(Fred Mika)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Essa banda é proveniente da cidade americana de Syracuse, N.Y. O som do Caroline Blue se assemelha e muito ao do Kiss (sendo que o timbre do vocalista Wayne W. Johson é também parecidíssimo com o de Paul Stanley). Wayne também é o guitarrista do grupo.
Alem da notória influência do Kiss no som deles, nota se também elementos ou influências de outros grupos de hard rock californiano oitentista como Dokken e L.A. Guns e até de algo do heavy/thrash como o Megadeth no som do Caroline Blue.
Pois bem, essa banda já lançou dois álbuns, Slave To The Hourglass em 2004 e esse mais recente, em 2007 e os vendem de forma independente através da internet. E nesse último contém dez composições (e ainda tendo o Kiss como principal influência) que variam bem entre elas, algumas mais pesadas e rápidas como a faixa de abertura do álbum, �Our Love Is Wasted�, ��Love Me Or Leave Me�, �Pain�, �I�ve Seen The Light
Tonight�, �Inside� e �Nothing Will Satisfy You�. Estas daí são faixas que transbordam energia embutida num hard rock cortante com guitarras na cara e bem distorcidas. Destaque para as composições como um todo e pela boa empostação de voz e criatividade do cantor.
Há também faixas pesadas porém com um andamento já mais cadenciado, mais arrastado como em �Deny�, �Out Of My Life (I Want You)�, �Won�t Be Home Tonight� e �Dead Or Alive�. São faixas que possuem um trabalho reto mas bem encaixado, bem constante de baixo e batera, respectivamente Andy �Doc� Gore e Joe Boyle.
Alem disso, como não podia deixar de ser a toda banda de hard rock assim que se preza, o Caroline Blue apresenta algumas baladas como nas faixas �Stay� e �Far Away From Home�. Enquanto a primeira é mais animada, quase que uma balada de pop-rock se não fosse a interpretação dramática do vocalista, a segunda balada é mais melancólica, com um andamento mais lento e com violões dedilhando.
A banda ainda recebeu várias críticas positivas em varias resenhas pelo mundo todo e, provavelmente, se tentasse fechar com um bom empresário e com um produtor competente, o Caroline Blue poderia já estar galgando vários degraus acima atualmente no mundo musical.
Vejamos por exemplo o encarte do álbum Not For Innocent, que poderia ser melhor produzido. Tudo é muito simples que faz até parecer um encarte pirata, apesar de que no interior do mesmo constar os requisitos essenciais e atualmente indispensáveis (letras das músicas, ficha técnica e informações para contatos) para o concorrido mercado fonográfico mundial. Isso a banda teve a consciência de colocar no encarte que de qualquer forma deveria ser melhor produzido e melhor elaborado quanto a aparência.
E em relação às musicas, como disse anteriormente, elas são bem variadas não deixando o ouvindo com aquela sensação de tédio e também contam com uma boa produção áudio, tudo bem mixado e bem masterizado.
É uma banda que não acrescenta nada de novo ao estilo, porém faz o dever de casa e o faz bem feito não deixando a peteca cair em momento algum. Para quem é fã do Kiss provavelmente deverá gostar também do Caroline Blue.

(Fred Mika)

8/19/09-WWJ on-Buffalo Underground Music Examiner

Here's an interview WWJ did with Peter Taboni for the Buffalo Underground Music Examiner. You can also check it out by going HERE

Caroline Blue, a melodic hard rock band from Syracuse, New York, consists of members Wayne Johnson, lead vocals and guitar, Andy Gore, bass and vocals and Joseph Boyle, drums and vocals. The following is an interview with Caroline Blue's lead singer, Wayne Johnson. Pete: How would you describe Caroline Blue's style musically? Wayne: Our music has been described as being similar in style to KISS - with touches of L.A. Guns, Type O Negative, Chevelle, Motley Crue, Dokken, Megadeth. Pete: Where is everyone from Caroline Blue from and how did you meet? .... .... Wayne: I met Joe (Boyle) through a guy named Roy Coston. I was looking for a drummer at the time and Roy suggested Joe. I met Andy 'Doc" Gore a year before that when CAROLINE BLUE did a show with the band he used to be in called Silence Bleeds. He was the only other guy besides us who wore leather pants. Since, in the past, the lineups for CAROLINE BLUE have been unstable, I had my eye out for potential players in case someone decided to leave. That happened and I gave Doc a call.

Pete: What, and who, inspired you to start a band? .... .... .... .... Wayne: I've been in a number of different bands throughout the years, with great guys and musicians. The problem was (that) everyone (in those bands) knew how to get to a certain point. Once that point was reached, the bands tended to stagnate and/or break up. I wanted to take things as far as I could go and see what I could do if I was in charge. So CAROLINE BLUE was born. I have many musical inspirations, but my main one is KISS.

Pete: How did you think of the name Caroline Blue? .... .... Wayne: I used to work in a retail store where their code word for emergencies was called "Carolines". A color would be after that to designate a type of emergency. For example, "Caroline Red" meant a fire had broken out. "Caroline White" meant a tornado was coming . And "CAROLINE BLUE" meant medical emergency. I just liked the way the name (Caroline Blue sounded and went with that.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Pete: What has Caroline Blue accomplished musically that you are the most proud of?
.... ....
Wayne: I'm very proud of everything CAROLINE BLUE has accomplished and most appreciative of all the people who have been in the band at various times. You have all helped move the band forward thruout the years and some have even helped move it backwards (HA!). Some of the things I'm proud of is getting our 2 CDs recorded and released, getting positive reviews in Europe and the U.S., knowing that people are able to buy CAROLINE BLUE CDs at a store in Japan, having our STTH Disc distributed by Hellion Records in Germany & Melodic Revolution Records in the U.S., selling CAROLINE BLUE CDs via CDBaby throughout the U.S./Europe/Asia, having one of our CDs being nominated for a SAMMY Award (Syracuse Area Music Award) in 2006, having pro videos made via UVTV, winning an award for best Original R&R Band at the 1st Annual Upper State Music Awards a few years ago and the honor of being able to play our music in front of all the great people who come out to our shows.

Pete: If Caroline Blue is pursuing a record label, what would that label be and why?
.... ....
Wayne: It depends on what type of label. In terms of distribution, we already have a little bit of that already. It's always the first thing any label offers. The last thing they offer - which most bands need - is tour support. Unless they have a guarantee that they'll make their money back - and then some - you won't get that. Obviously, the ideal would be to be with a label that can give you all that you need - without robbing you blind in the process. While there can be trade offs, a label that is up front on what they want and able to submit a contract so our lawyer can go over it would be a good start. You want a label for the things you can't do due to time, money and/or lack of networking - someone who can help the band reach the next level where it's a win-win for everyone involved. I personally would also like fair terms in regards to publishing and recording - none of that "band records music for CD/label doesn't like music/ label locks music in their vaults and band can't use it at all" crap!



........Caroline Blue has performed at venues that include:........
.... ....
-Boneshakers Tavern (Ogdensburg, NY)
-Hotel Adams (Adams, NY)
-Shamrocks (N. Syracuse, NY)
-Albie's (Utica, NY)
-Club W (Buffalo, NY)
-The Doghouse (Utica, NY)
-The Lost Horizon (Syracuse, NY)
-D.S. Humphreys (Oswego, NY)
-Gatherings By Design (Phoenix, NY)
-Mac's Bad Art Bar (Mattydale, NY)
-Northern Lights (Clifton Park, NY)
-Legends (Gales Ferry, CT)

A list of Caroline Blue's upcoming shows is available at: carolineblue.com/page4.html
Caroline Blue has also released two albums titled, "Slave to the Hourglass" (2005) - recorded at Eastwind Studios in Syracuse N.Y. and "Not for the Innocent" (2007) - recorded at Strangeland Audio in Pheonix, N.Y.
For more information on CAROLINE BLUE, please visit the links below.

carolineblue.com/
www.myspace.com/carolineblue
www.facebook.com/pages/CAROLINE-BLUE/7569814282
twitter.com/caroline_blue

8/18/09-CAROLINE BLUE Music Used in New Brian Hewiit Video

Brian Hewitt-"This is video of the CNY area that I video taped. I wanted to share a friends song and help show his talent of himself and his band Caroline Blue."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ1QkUioMmw&feature=player_embedded

8/10/09-2 CB Shows-8/15/09-Hotel Adams-Adams, NY & D.S. Humphreys-Oswego, NY

2 CAROLINE BLUE SHOWS- Saturday 8/15/09

D.S. HUMPHREYS 271 Barker Road Oswego, NY 13126

CAROLINE BLUE will be one of several bands performing at the 2009 Moosefest at D.S. Humphreys in Oswego, NY on Saturday 8/15/09. Other bands include Krooked Cain, Silicone Sky, Shovelhead, Drop Clutch, F5 & The Born Again Rebels.

Gates open at 11 AM & CAROLINE BLUE opens the show at 12 Noon-Admission is $12 before the show and $15 the day of show.

And then later on the same day....

HOTEL ADAMS 4 West Church Street Adams, NY 13212

Special Guests-Flat Black

Show starts @ 9:00 PM-Admission: $5.00

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

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 8 years ago)

-Hi there! At least I'm a little quicker in getting things done this time :) Here we are again with 2 shows on the same day. Didn't we just do this? :) It's ok though-we had a good time w/ both. Let's get to the skinny of it all...

-Saturday started out great for me with the door on the driver's side of my car not being able to open for some unknown reason. One day I'll have a vehicle with no problems-at least for awhile....I meet up with the guys and it's off to Oswego for us. A very hot day this was I might add.

-The 1st show was opening up the 2009 Moosefest @ D.S. Humphreys at 12 noon. Usually when you're opening something like this, there aren't a lot of people there yet. This was also outdoors so it would be nice & toasty when we went on-although not as bad as the band who would be playing around 3 PM. So we arrive & get ready to unload when we' see there are 2 guitar rigs, a bass rig, and a drum kit onstage. Someone was going on before us? Nope-we were told all the bands would be using this backline. Joe looked like someone had taken his last beer (HA!). He was able to add to the kit there so it was OK. Doc was looking forward to playing thru an Ampeg setup and I had a Marshall half stack to use.-with a DSL 2000-just like the one I used for a number of shows back in 2005. I was looking forward to using one again-or at least I was.....

-We got set up and sound was all set. I believe we actually went on at 12:15 and played for an hour. Here's the setlist...

-Enter Sandman (Metallica)
-Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Love Me or Leave Me
-Pain
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Seek & Destroy (Metallica)
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Nothing Will saisfy You
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)

-Due to the weather I told my guys to just wear normal clothes for this show. No use wearing wet leather all day long like we basically did 2 weeks ago. A few mistakes were made but we made it thru. We got some response, but most people that were there just stayed underneath the large tents that were set up. In hindsight, I would've used my Fender Metalhead Amp instead of the Marshall. I know-hearsy! :) But I forgot-not having used a tube amp in awhile-how much playing outside effects a tube amp. I couldn't seem to get enough gain out of it-plus, the Fender has a built in noise gate-and the Marshall doesn't so I had to deal w/ some feedback issues. Although a solid state-the Fender Metalhead is comparible to a Marshall and has 500 watts to boot. But you make due right? Towards the end, my low E started going out of tune for some reason so that made things...interesting :) I have to invest in a pedal tuner...Doc's wireless wasn't working (but it did later on at Hotel Adams). And Joe mixed up the intros to "Mine, Mine, Mine" & "Love Me or Leave Me" again :)

-We couldn't stay too long cause we had to get to our next destination-Hotel Adams. On top of that, Doc didn't get much sleep the night before so he was looking forward to getting to our rooms so he could sleep for a few hours. I tried to do that myself, but -although tired-I wasn't so tired that I fell asleep. We ate at the hotel-they have great food here-and then hung out for the next several hours. Doc was sleeping, Joe was watching Tiger Woods on TV at the bar and I was in my room trying to go to sleep, but ended up watching TV instead. The calm before the storm so to speak....

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

-We then find out that the sound compnay that had been hired to be at tonight's show couldn't make it. Something to do w/ a water main breaking if I recall. We had an opening band from the area tonight-Flat Black-and they went & got their practice PA to use for sound. Lights were just house lights. That was fine-as long as we can see on stage.

-Flat Black went on around 10:15-10:30 and and did a good job. They had a wide range of covers-from The Eagles to Judas Priest to Seven Mary Three. I believe Keith had them play 3 more songs over their time. Cool. Then it's our turn.
Here's the list....

SET 1

-I've Seen The Light Tonight
-Detroit Rock City (KISS)
-Won't Be Home Tonight
-How You Remind Me (Nickelback)
-Man in the Box (Alice in Chains)
-For Whom The Bell Tolls (Metallica)
-Our Love is Wasted
-Voodoo (Godsmack)
-Careless Whisper (Seether/Wham)
-Shout at the Devil (Motley Crue)
-Living Dead Girl (Rob Zombie)
-Bad Girlfriend (Theory of a Deadman)
-Sober (Tool)
-Far Away From Home
-Mine, Mine, Mine
-You've Got Another Thing Comin (Judas Priest)
-She Hates Me (Puddle of Mudd)
-Dirty Deeds (AC/DC)
-Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
-Enter Sandman (Metallica)

SET 2

_Ace of Spades (Motorhead)
-Dead or Alive
-Hard Life
-Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
-Deny
-Slave to the Hourglass
-Stay
-NIB (Black Sabbath)
-Pain
-Out of My Life (I Want You)

-We actually had planned on doing a lot more songs ( about 15 more actually), but due to time constraints we had to shorten things-which is ok. Soundwise-things were better than expected, but people out front did say they had trouble hearing me sing. We do tend to be loud instrument wise. The power here is 110 & dirty so I couldn't use my wah pedal-it caused waaay too much feedback when I tried it. There was a big AC unit on in the room so that was a blessing.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

-There weren't as many people at this show as the previous 2. With Pirates Weekend @ Alexandria Bay ,it being a nice day for people to be outside & it being the last weekend for the Renaissance Fair-it shouldn't have been a surprise. That's ok-we had a wild time w/ the people who were there. Towards the end, I was going to start "Seek & Destroy" as the last song, but the people that were still there wanted to hear "Out of My Life (I Want You)-one of our originals. Hearing people call out our originals always make me feel great-even though, at that moment, I was sweating so much I looked like a wet hairy dog-and probably smelled like one too (HA!). At all 3 shows, the people here have asked us to play more original music-even though they enjoy most of the covers we do as well. Not a problem!

-Outside of a few mistakes, I think we did ok. Nothing too major-maybe a few I did (Oops!). Starting "Living Dead Girl" with the intro to "Bad Girlfriend" was one that comes to mind. For a guy who basically had a bowl of cereal and large hamburger & fries as his only source of food all day, I held up ok. Found out I can actually drink Ginger Ale before the show and not have it cause "frogs" in my voice-like normal soda would do.

-We retired to our rooms after loading up the van and then slept for maybe 4-5 hours before getting back on the road. We unloaded the gear at our practice place and went home. Course, when I arrive at home, the damm door to the car finally gets unstuck-go figure....

-On behalf of the other guys, I want to give a big thanks to both D.S. Humphreys & Hotel Adams for the opportunities to play at their places. Thansk also to Bill and his sound team at the DS show and Flat Black for letting us use their sound gear. And a HUGE thanks to the people who were there to watch us-especially at Hotel Adams. You are some crazy people! Kudos for Tony & Judy for coming all the way from Syracuse to see us-hope you guys enjoyed it. We also want to give special thanks to the builders of Hotel Adams for building it in a way that the room right above the stage (Doc's room) didn't collapse on top of us while we were playing due-at that moment-to some people testing the bed springs ;)

-We have a week off and then we're back at D.S. Humphreys on the 29th. Join us won't you...

8/6/09- WWJ Interview-Metal to Infinity Website (Belgium)

Below is an interview WWJ did with Belgium (yes-in Europe) Website Metal to Infinity. This is a long one & it's reported that it took the ever busy WWJ quite awhile to get it done. You can read the interview by going to http://metaltoinfinity.00freehost.com/Interview2CAROLINEBLUE.htmlMETAL TO INFINITY WEBSITE and/or read below-Enjoy!

I still remember the time that I was reviewing the EP ‘Slave To The Hourglass’ of Syracuse based metal outfit Caroline Blue. The comment that a lot of Kiss influences were present in their songs was only a positive remark, as the vocal chords and arrangements have a lot in common with the material of Gene and Paul. It’s time to hook up with Wayne to hear what the band is up to right now!

Q: Wayne, what’s up? How you’re being doing lately?

A: I've been doing good-albeit busy as usual. Actually, I've been busier than that as of late-hence why I'm so late in getting this interview back to you. Sorry!

Q: This is the second chat with Metal To Infinity from Belgium. What were the major changes for the band since our last conversation?

A: Quite alot actually-especially since it's been about 4 years. We've had a few line up changes and the band has released 2 CDs-an EP called "Slave to the Hourglass"(STTH) and a full length CD called "Not For The Innocent."(NFTI) We have done 3-4 music videos in conjunction w/ the STTH CD. We also have distribution of the STTH CD thru Hellion Records in Germany. We've had alot more of reviews & interviews. The STTH CD was nominated for Best Rock Recording at the 2006 Syracuse Annual Music Awards and the band won an award for Best Rock & Roll Original Band at the 1st Annual Upper State Indie Awards in Central New York. CAROLINE BLUE songs have also appeared on a few CD Complilations-including Thunderground Radio, Sexy Killer Records Vol.10, Buffalo Rockers For Life 2007, Metal Vs. Rock-Vol.4 % The 2009 Fingerlakes Metalfest Sampler Disc.

Q: Do you feel that the band got more respect and recognition from the European metal heads, or is it a kind of status quo?

A:The response we've received from our Fans, Friends & Freaks in Europe via our My Space & Facebook pages has been awesome! We will continue to keep working on spreading the virus of CAROLINE BLUE as much as possible!

Q: ‘Slave To The Hourglass’ drew my attention, not only because I’m a huge Kiss fan myself, but also because of the own typical style of the band and the way that you arrange and compose songs. The tracks on ‘Slave To The Hourglass’ didn’t follow any trends at all, it seems like you got stuck to the good old hard and heavy sound with a slight underground feeling… Do you agree?

A: I would say the majority of CAROLINE BLUE music does follow the tried & true, but with some modern touches-some songs more than others. It's not really a conscious decision though. What comes out comes out. There might be an arrangement change here & there but for the most part it's like the song dictates how it comes out.

Q: How was the overall comment on that EP?

A: It's still selling so somebody must like those songs :)

Q: Was there also much interest from other states in the US and perhaps from other countries and continents?

A: There seems to currently be a higher response rate to the STTH CD in Europe than for the NFTI CD. It could be because marketing & promotion for the NFTI CD was slow to begin with. We're working on getting that caught up though so we'll see...

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Q: Can I say that this was the first ‘big dream’ that came true. This was the next step on the ladder of Caroline Blue?

A: You mean releasing the STTH CD? Yes, that was definately a dream come true.

Q: When people reach a goal, it doesn’t take long to long for the next one. Which one was it? Perhaps promoting the EP as much as possible live, getting recognition from the press and fans, or just write and compose new stuff and focus on new material and recording sessions?

A: All the above! :)

Q: Caroline Blue is a band from Syracuse, upstate New York, and in a way it’s also the region where legendary Kiss started as a rock’n roll party band. How is the scene nowadays? Are you able to promote the band live, do you have many clubs in your area, or is it really difficult to get gigs?

A: KISS was actually more of a New York City band whereas we're in Central New York. The scene is tough for bands that that play hard rock/heavy metal originals. CNY is more about cover bands-but I would say that's true with most cities. It seems, in general, more people would rather hear what they're familiar with than listen to something new. Along with that would be-if it's not on the radio-they don't pay as much attention to it. But we still keep at it and do our best to reach out to as many people as possible.

-Having said that, we played shows in Ogdensburg,NY at a place called Boneshakers Tavern. They hired us based on our originals (even though we did mix some covers in) and played in front of 200-300+ people who had a great reaction to us. It was just an awesome show in all aspects.

-There are a number of clubs in CNY-but not too many that cater to originals in our style of music. Most of the places want the cover bands. That's ok-I believe there's room for everyone. As long as we have a place to play in any town/city, I'm happy.

Q: Is it still necessary that you have to be +18 or +21 to attend a gig, like it was years ago? I remember that I have been in clubs to see a regular hardrock act, and people below the age of 18 were refused. That was back in 1988, so I hope that the situation changed through the years?

A: Yes-it's still true for the most part. You can have under 18 shows-but those are more like special events than the norm. On top of that, in New York, they now have a smoking law where it's illegal to smoke inside most bars. If you want to smoke, you have to go outside. I see both good & bad with that, but there's not much we can do so we just deal with it and keep moving....

Q: If not, perhaps Barack Obama might give it an legal adaptation, because that’s a stupid statutory, isn’t it?

A: I doubt Obama will even notice it-he has his hands quite full w/ the US economy among other things....

Q: Talking about Barack. Have you been to the inauguration in DC? It’s not that far away from where you live, and it is a historical moment, isn’t it?

A: No, I didn't go to the inauguration, but I did see parts of it on TV. It's actually several hours driving distance from where I am. Seeing parts of it on TV was fine with me.

Q: However the whole event took place in front of the majestic Lincoln Memorial Building, nobody wrote or talked about the fact that Lincoln is murdered. The chance that a moron, a racist or extremist brews on a deadly attack is and will be continuously present…

A: I have to admit, while watch parts after the inauguration, seeing Obama and his wife get out of their car and walk for awhile down the main street was a bold & surprising move. I'm glad nothing bad happened.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Q: Let’s hope that all of this won’t happen at all. If so, the security services might use ‘a Caroline Blue’ as an emergency code. In the previous interview you explained the name of the band… A Caroline Blue is a part of a code word for a retail store that you used to work for in the late 90s. Their code words for emergencies were called ‘Carolines’ and a different color would signify a different type of emergency, isn’t it?

A; Yes-but it was in the early 90's though :)

Q: How about today’s life. Are you able to live from a band like Caroline Blue, or do you all have daytime jobs to pay the bills?

A:I still have my day job-but it's not w/ a retail store. I work in a shipping department for a company that makes connectors/cables for cable TV, satellites, fiber optics, etc. The other 2 members of CAROLINE BLUE do not have jobs-I'm the only stubborn one left! :)

Q: What kind of jobs are you and the rest of the band doing for example?

A: Looks like I answered that in the last question :)

Q: Is it the intention to keep Caroline Blue as a great chance to express oneself, or do you all strafe for a promising musical career?

A:Both. I've always said I want to take CAROLINE BLUE as far as I can. I now have a lineup that has potentially unlimited potential...how's that for a word bite? :)

Q: Do you believe that it’s still possible nowadays, where everybody is downloading a lot?

A: It's possible-but the rules have changes alot. The main thing is getting your music out to the people. Downloading helps that in a lot of ways. Any way you can get people exposed to your music is good. For example, we give out sampler CDs at our shows. If we were tied to old school thinking, we wouldn't do that unless we got paid 1st. I can tell you though, giving away sampler CDs has helped us get the music of CAROLINE BLUE to ALOT of people-many of whom would probably never have heard our music otherwise. That's all you can really ask for-get the music to the people. What they do with it is their choice. Besides, downloading is now a fact of life-you can't go backwards. It's better to figure out how to work it to your advantage than to sit there complaining & doing nothing....

Q: The internet is a really helpful tool, but also results in lesser support to the bands who want to sell their music and albums…

A: I believe the lesser support is more of a result of their being a lot more bands out there than ever before-the internet has really opened that door. There are so many quality bands out there-as well as crappy ones. It tends to be overwhelming. For example, do you have a My Space page? How many bands drop by and bombard you with stuff? Now imagine you're a label and multiply that amount. Just because of that there will be less support from labels and such. Course, the internet has also brought a DIY approach which is most welcomed. Marketing, Promoting & Networking have become the big things to do-and you have to do it yourself. No one is going to care more about your band than you do. You have to get out there and do the work or you'll be no more than just a drop or water in a sea of bands...

-In addition, you really have to make things happen yourself-for the most part-these days. The labels who can actually do things for you won't put any money forward for things like tour support (the last things they'll give a band btw) unless you can prove that you can not only make it back but make a profit.

Q: Okay, back to the EP and present time. What about the line up? You have a new drummer and perhaps, there have been other line up changes as well?

A: Joe Boyle has been the drummer for CAROLINE BLUE since June 2008. Andy "Doc" Gore has been the bassist for CAROLINE BLUE since August 2008.

Q: Can I conclude that the present line up of Caroline Blue is the strongest one to date?

A:You may and I know for a fact both Doc & Joe will love you for it :)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Q: We received the full length album ‘Not For The Innocent’, but it was already recorded and released in 2007, am I correct?

A:Correct

Q: How comes that we received it at the beginning of 2009?

A: We're too cheap to pay for decent postal service-HA! Seriously-the CD was finished in early 2007, but since the launch of the CD (mid-late 2007), the promotional/marketing efforts have been messed up for a number of reasons-mainly lack of financing. We are still independent with no backing after all. There were major problems w/ the artwork initially. Then the duplicator/distributor we were using not only messed up some of the orders we did, but also went out of business just before we sold out of our 1st run of CDs! So it was a huge mess for awhile. It wasn't until almost a year later we were able to get a decent amount of CDs for sale/review. In addition, while that was going on, there were a few lineup changes in the CAROLINE BLUE ranks as well so, for awhile, things were on shaky ground so to speak.

-On top of that, I'm also the one who does the majority of the booking/promotion/marketing/web site upkeep & networking as well as playing guitar/singing. Add this to normal daily life stuff & there are times when I tend to be a tad overwhelmed :)

Q: Perhaps you focus on a local release first in stead of mailing out packages to stations and zines all over the globe. The direct contact with the fans is in your own territory, isn’t it?

A:Looks like I got ahead of myself here again :) In regards to that last question, there are actually more Fans, Friends & Freaks of CAROLINE BLUE outside of CNY than within it (based on My Space/Facebook).

Q: How was the reception of the album in your hometown and beyond?

A: We had a pre-sale of the NFTI CD and it sold 10 times the amount that the STTH cd did in it's pre-sale. From what we've heard, the majority of people who have heard this CD have said it's alot better than the STTH CD.

Q: Did you play a lot of gigs so far to promote the album?

A: Thruout 2007 and most of 2008 we didn't play many shows for various reasons, but since the inception of the current lineup, we've been catching up....

Q: Did you had the chance to open for a major band, or do you have to pay to play?

A:We have yet to open for a major label band, but I have been told that part of being able to do so-in many ways-involves pay to play. We did play a festival in mid 2007 that also had Brand New Sin & WWIII on the bill-that was pay to play....

Q: What is in your personal opinion the main difference between this album and the previous EP, if you talk about structures of the songs, arrangements, etc…?

A: Well, the song structures aren't too different for me. I think there's more vocal variety in NFTI and we kinda stretched the musical boundaries of CAROLINE BLUE alittle more. Some of the NFTI songs I think are catchier/more melodic.... The main difference between the 2 CDs-to me-is the production.

Q: Can we say that the band improved a lot in song writing, or did you focus mainly on the identity of the band, without talking too drastic changes?

A: On the STTH CD, those songs are older songs from bands I'd been with in the past and were all collaborated with other people. On most of those songs, I was only involved in writing the music. On the NFTI CD, I did all the vocal lines & lyrics and most of the music. It came from within me. One interesting thing that I hear alot is that with NFTI, the way they hear those songs on CD & live are very similar whereas that's not the case w/ the songs off STTH. Course, it also depends on who's in the band at that time....

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Q: You recorded in the same recording studio, with the same engineer? How comes? Perhaps it was a natural decision because you spent already time at the Strangeland Audio Studio, and you already knew Scott Patnode?

A: Actually we didn't. STTH was recorded at Eastwind Studios. We were the last band to record there before it closed down. NFTI was at Strangeland. I've known Scott off & on for years. In fact, Scott was bugging me for awhile to come record the next CAROLINE BLUE CD at his studio so I checked it out and he had some great sounds and a very reasonable price. On top of that he's very easy to work with and the sound quality is higher with NFTI than with STTH. Maybe we should remix the STTH at Strangeland....

Q: What is the deeper meaning of the album title ‘Not For The Innocent’?

A:Anyone who reads the lyrics to the majority of the songs on the NFTI CD will realize that most of the songs are about relationships gone bad and/or bad moments during relationships. I guess you could say that, in my own way, I was trying to say that relationships are "not for the innocent" because if you enter one that way, you will not have your innocence when you leave. The ending of a relationship will change you and that's why sometimes relationships are "not for the innocent."

Q: And the link between the front cover artwork and the title? Is there a story to tell as well?

A: As cool as it would be to say there was a deep meaning/connection between the 2, in reality I just thought that image looked cool & it just seemed like a natural thing to do for it. The cover shows a different side of me that most people haven't seen. Maybe to symbolize the changes one goes thru when your innocence is taken away? Maybe I'm thinking too much into it....

Q: I know that you are the mainman of the band, that this is your, so called, little baby. Is that also the reason why your picture is on the backside of the album? How did the other members of the band feel when you decided to work it out this way?

A:When the recording started for the NFTI CD, I was the only one in the band! This was actually very similar to the recording of the STTH CD. With the NFTI CD, Monster Mike Merrifield (currently drumming for Joey Belladona) was hired to do all the drum tracks. He had also performed on 3 of the drum tracks on the STTH CD. Also on NFTI, me, Monster Mike Tom Catera (Wishpool) & Nathan Angell (Zadoc...& The Nightmare) did backing vocals on the song "Pain." All the rest of the vocals & all the guitar & bass playing was done by me. Towards the end of the recording Johnny Sniper was in CAROLINE BLUE but he wasn't able to get down to the studio (he lived 3 hours away) to take part in the recording. The CD was already done when a new CAROLINE BLUE lineup was formed so I just had my pic in the back.

-In addition, there's another reason I did that. On the STTH CD, when it was 1st released, I used on the back cover a band pic of the current lineup-even though the bassist & drummer in that pic didn't play a single note on the CD. Unfortunately, I was hearing thru many sources how one of those band members was shooting off his mouth on how great he played on the CD. So, out of respect for the person who did play on it, I changed the back cover to what it currently is now. Of course-all CAROLINE BLUE CDs list the people who played on the CDs in the booklet.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Q: Perhaps, people might think that Caroline Blue is a solo project of Wayne W. Johnson?

A:I can see how people would perceive it to be that way-and, in some ways it kinda is. Everyone in the band has a say in anything the band does, but I have the final say and everyone else in the band has agreed to that. It's only right though-I started this band and am the only one to have been there since day 1. Having said that, don't think that Doc & Joe are just "Yes" men. They contribute quite alot to CAROLINE BLUE and the band wouldn't be where it is now without all the hard work they've put into it.

Q: Have you seen reviews yet?

A: We've seen some and, for the most part, they've been favorable. We received this great review from a website in Belgium named Metal to Infinity :)

Q: Metal To Infinity already wrote an interesting review on the album. Do you agree with the comment, with the personal vision of Stefan, who wrote the review?

A: Well, it's a positive review so how can I not like it? (HA!). I thought it was a great review-but I'm alittle biased so....

Q: If a band pays attention to positive reviews, you also have to pay attention to negative reviews. How is the situation so far? What would be the average score if you put all the reviews that you have seen, together?

A:We get our share of bad comments/reviews-just like any other band. To date, the good has outweighed the bad. It's OK-people are entitled to their opinions. There's no band/musician that is universally liked by everyone so....

Q: In the meantime, the band got already spins in my radio show OVERDRIVE on Radio Active. The people seem to dig it, so we’ll keep on spinning some tracks. Do you have some favourite songs do you like to request?

A:That's awesome-thank you very much! It's hard for me to say cause I love them all. Over here "Love Me or Leave Me" is getting the most response-followed by "Pain", "Deny" & "Out of My Life (I Want You)".

Q: Did you pick these tracks because they combine the whole idea of the band, or perhaps you like them most to play?

A: Both-plus they get the most reaction from the people we play our songs to.

Q: Do you agree that a lot of Kiss influences are present on the album?

A:There are some :) Maybe you could start a new drinking game. Listen to a CAROLINE BLUE CD and for every KISS influence you hear-take a shot :)

Q: What other bands influenced your way of composing? For whom do you bow your head?

A:I feel that anything you listen to-if you do it enough-will find it's way into your writing. In terms of bowing my head, I only do that when I'm nibbling on a woman's...ah..."cookie." (HA!)

Q: It would be really cool if you could play as an opening act for one of the mentioned bands isn’t it?

A: It would be awesome!

Q: What are the future plans of Caroline Blue? What can we expect within months from the band?

A:We're looking into making some music videos for songs from the "Not For The Innocent" CD. We're also working on expanding our playing radius and exposing more & more people to the music of CAROLINE BLUE. Hopefully before year's end, we'll start working on a brand new CAROLINE BLUE CD-which we'll make sure you get a review copy in a timely matter this time :)

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Q: Please tell us where people can buy or order the album?

A:There are several places....

-THE CAROLINE BLUE ONLINE STORE -

http://carolineblue.com/page15.html

-CD BABY

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CarolineBlue

-ITUNES

http://www.itunes.com/carolineblue

-AMAZON.COM

http://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Blue/dp/B000QJRGMK/ref=sr_f1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1218943479&sr=101-1

-RHAPSODY

http://www.rhapsody.com/caroline-blue

-HELLION RECORDS (GERMANY)

http://www.hellionrecords.de/

-ROCK STAKK RECORDS (JAPAN)

http://www.rockstakk.com/index2.html

-CD CONNECTION

http://www.cdconnection.com/search/Caroline_Blue?s=fGmvLgc4qddT&source=googbase

-WALMART

http://mp3.walmart.com/store/artist?artistId=448640&referralLink=%3Ca%20href=%27/store/search/all%3Fkeyword%3D%2522caroline%20blue%2522%27%3ESearch%20Results%3C/a%3E

Q: And if there are shows in the near future, just mention them here as well!

A:Right now the shows we have booked are based in NY State. Out of all the sites we have, the CAROLINE BLUE My Space page is the place to go to find the most recent up to date news & show dates http://www.myspace.com/carolineblue

Q: A lot of American bands hope to cross the ocean for a European tour or some gigs at the major Summer Festivals like Graspop, Wacken Open Air, Bang Your Head, Summer Breeze, Sweden Rock etc… what about Caroline Blue?

A: We would love to play shows in Europe-that would be awesome! We were in communications w/ a booking agent in Europe, but the negotiations fell thru. Perhaps next year....

Q: What are the expectations, what do you know about Europe and its metal community?

A:I feel that hard rock/heavy metal is more popular & accepted than here in the U.S. The community is very well versed & passionate about their music & bands are judges by a higher standard. I feel that our music could go over very well there-and we look forward to one day being able to do that.

Q: As we are from Belgium, what do you know from our little country? Can you position it on the European map; do you know the specialities of Belgium?

A:I know where Belgium is & can point it out on a map. I unfortunately do not know much about the country and/or it's culture. We do look forward to being there & learning someday! Doc did tell me that the beer in Belgium is awesome.

CAROLINE BLUE
CAROLINE BLUE  (about 8 years ago)

Q: In case you didn’t know we have the best beer in the world. So if you come over, just drop us a note and we will hook up with you guys. Unnecessary to tell that the beer’s on us!

A:Oh, I can't let my drummer read that (HA!). We'll definately let you know when we're there.

Q: I want to thank you for your time to fill this form out. I do hope that the band will get the attention that you deserve and once we will meet! If there is a last thing that you want to tell, this is your spot…

A:Thank you for the great interview-I'm just sorry that it took me so long to get it back to you. We look forward to one day coming over to Europe to play. To anyone reading this, please go to the CAROLINE BLUE My Space page http://www.myspace.com/carolineblue and find the "DEMAND CAROLINE BLUE" box and do so. Also feel free to add our songs to your music players. And, on behalf of the band, I want to give a HUGE thank you to all our Fans, Friends & freaks! You people are the best!

Q: Wayne, give our best regards to the rest of the band and Stay Wild!

A:You betcha!