Northwest Indiana’s Bad Cadillac has been rocking every Sunday night for the past several months at Goodfellas Bar & Grill in Cedar Lake, but this Sunday will be an extra special night for the nearly two-year-old quintet and their fan base.
On Sunday, Goodfellas - 11200 West 129th Ave. – (219) 374-6700 – is the site for the official CD Release Party for Bad Cadillac’s long awaited debut album, “Dance the Night Away,” recorded over the winter months at The Spot Studio in Schneider with producer John Huber.
“We’ve had a busy year recording and playing and making music,” reported keyboardist Bill Hayden. The first video for their lead single, “Fade to Rust,” has gotten more than 100,000 views in the short time since being uploaded to the Internet, according to Hayden.
Bad Cadillac describes their collective sound as “classic rock country” since their live shows not only include their twangy Southern-infused originals, but also cover songs running the gamut from Steve Miller and John Mellencamp, to Garth Brooks and Dwight Yoakum.
Rounding out the Bad Cadillac line-up is vocalist/guitarist Darrell Terry, bassist Joe Cyprian, drummer Izzy Martinez and harmonica player Josh Neal. View the “Fade to Rust” video at: http://epresskitz.com/kit.php?p=video&u=35259705 More on the band at: www.badcaddy.com
“JUICE” JETS IN
Native South Side singer/songwriter Julia Lucafo – aka “Julia Juice” -- is flying back to the region with her guitar from her current home base in Los Angeles to be the in-studio guest on Tuesday for the 89.1FM-The Lakeshore music program, “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.”
As the daughter of guitarist/composer/vocalist Phil Lucafo (co-founder of Chicago’s internationally famous mid-1970s country rock group Heartsfield), being a musician is in the genes for Julia, whose original folk-influenced rock songs have generated a lot of attention from music biz big wigs and lots of YouTube viewings from the public. There’s a big buzz on this twentysomething artist with a knack for writing lyrics that touch hearts and souls. Check out Lucafo on Facebook for more info.
FEDDERSEN ALLIES WITH ALBINI
Crown Point singer/composer Robert Rolfe Feddersen -- a “go to” guy for tunes used on various MTV programs and in film projects over the years -- has gotten moved out of his home studio to make his latest solo album, “American Loser.”
From the few songs this columnist has already heard, it seems Feddersen’s new 10-song collection of original songs will be more rocked up and edgier than his last few CDs (“Milkman,” “Get A Rope,” etc.). Part of that could be due to “American Loser” being recorded and mixed by Chicago’s studio wiz Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Pixies, Cheap Trick, etc.).
“Working with Steve has been great,” said Feddersen. “This weekend, the tracks for the album are being mastered at Chicago Mastering Service. The CD release date will probably be sometime in July.” More: www.robertrolfefeddersen.com.
• Chicago power-pop perennials – The Handcuffs -- have welcomed new lead guitarist Susie Q to their garage-glam team. The fiery Ms. Q. joins the ranks alongside lead vocalist Chloe F. Orwell, bassist Emily Togni, keyboardist Alison Hinderliter and legendary drummer Brad Elvis.
We are now 80 percent female, 20 percent male and still 100 percent rock,” noted Brad Elvis, adding he enjoys the view from his drum throne ever more now. Keep up with the band at: www.thehandcuffs.com
• Smashing Pumpkins’ honcho and Chicago music icon, Billy Corgan, has announced he will produce sessions for former MCA/Interscope artist, turned indie rocker Sierra Swan (daughter of ‘70s pop singer Billy “I Can Help” Swan). This will be the fourth career album from Swan and her first since 2009’s “Girl Who Cried Wolf.” This will be the first time in over a decade Corgan has agreed to produce a project other than his own. More: www.sierraswan.com.