2012 Millie Award winning rock icon Jimmy Dillon and Lorin Rowan’s San Francisco Music Club release their debut “Love and Freedom” to rave reviews from fans and critics alike while gaining worldwide exposure on KFOG’s Local Scene CD Number 9
Veteran performers and recording artists Jimmy Dillon and Lorin Rowan have been playing music for many years, and now rejoined forces with a group of talented singers and players to form San Francisco Music Club. Their new album, titled “Love and Freedom” is a journey through the back roads of some of the great music traditions and cultures in the US, Caribbean, and Africa. The group’s official CD release party was held at the legendary Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California on May 5th, 2012, and featured a myriad of guest performances by some of the world’s finest musicians, including an appearance by Norman Greenbaum performing his classic “Spirit In The Sky”.
Just one performance in Marin County wasn’t enough for Jimmy, Lorin and San Francisco Music Club, however. On June 3rd, San Francisco Music Club played at Mill Valley’s other legendary venue, 142 Throckmorton Theatre. This event wasn’t just about the music, it was about the children; proceeds from the show, which featured a performance by Saturday Night Live and Wayne’s World alum Dana Carvey and included a surprise performance by Robin Williams, went to Jimmy’s Blue Star Music Camp. This was a truly special night for Jimmy Dillon, who said about the Blue Star Music Camps, “I had been living and touring in Europe most of the 90′s and decided it was time to create a program where kids can learn from professional musicians the craft of contemporary music. I wanted it to be a non-profit that was able to give scholarships to those in need.” Information regarding Jimmy Dillon’s Blue Star Music Camps can be found at bluestarmusiccamps.com.
Dillon then got the news that he won the 2012 Millie Award, given to Mill Valley’s most celebrated artists, putting him in the company of Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, and Bill Champlin, along with many other amazing artists.
The San Francisco Music Club, led by Dillon and Rowan (who were founding members of Marin County’s own The Edge), have now transformed their high energy Roots rock sound into an exciting and colorful cross pollination of styles and genres; a world music experience that draws from Afro-Cuban/Hi-Life, funky New Orleans grooves, R&B, and classic Jamaican music reminiscent of Bob Marley & The Wailers or Toots and the Maytals. Think Paul Simon’s Graceland with an extra helping of Red Beans and Rice, a side of Gumbo, and a Red Stripe. 21st Century Americana meets Contemporary Rock. In an interview for Rock Chicago Magazine, Rowan says that his influences for San Francisco Music Club were “The Beatles, The Band, early Elvis/Rockabilly, Blues, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Bob Marley and other Reggae, Country/folk, African, Cuban, and Brazilian [music].”
Paul Liberatore from the Marin Independent Journal says “Dillon and Rowan are consummate singers and guitarists with a long and impressive history in Marin, but they chose to identify with San Francisco in their band name to give their ensemble a broad appeal. For this new venture, they’ve brought in bassist Eric McCann, drummer Matt Willis, Michael Peloquin on saxophone and harmonica, Jeff Lewis on trumpet and percussion and singer Sakai.
This is a crack band comfortable in the variety of styles showcased on this sparkling San Francisco Music Club debut CD, a culturally rich, exquisitely produced and finely polished album that gives world music an accessible, fresh and fun new sound.”
The Music Street Journal proclaimed, “The blend of music on this album is pretty awesome… it’s quite a strong release that’s sure to please a lot of music fans. These guys pull off every song with class and style.” Greg Cahill of The Pacific Sun went so far as to say that “If the newly revived Bammies gave an award to local musicians who have become living institutions–in this case, nurturing the Marin music scene–then Jimmy Dillon and Lorin Rowan could be shoo-ins for an accolade or two.” The stunning reviews of “Love and Freedom” led the legendary San Francisco Bay Area radio station KFOG to add the hit song “Love Can Be” to their compilation album of local musicians, KFOG Local Scene CD Volume 9.
The San Francisco Music Club brings to the stage an explosive rock-steady rhythm section with fiery guitar interplay, sax & trumpet wrapping around the soulful vocals of Dillon’s baritone growl and Rowan’s clear tenor, along with special female guest singer Sakai who has worked with Train, Stevie Wonder and Santana.
Dillon and Rowan are no strangers to the big stages across the world. Dillon has performed and recorded with Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, John Lee Hooker, BB King, and Sting, and has toured extensively in Europe. He also wrote “Ascension of the Blues”, a critically acclaimed musical that was the original inspiration for the San Francisco Music Club concept, along with his and Rowan’s desire to take their former Marin County Rock/Reggae band The Edge into a wider international musical experience. Rowan is a Grammy award winning songwriter and longtime member of The Rowan Brothers (Peter & Chris) and has worked with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Steve Miller, Levon Helm, Little Feat, David Grisman and Stephane Grapelli, and has toured internationally as well. Together these two and their band of monster musicians bring a fresh sound to what some would consider an “old” scene. At both Sweetwater Music Hall and 142 Throckmorton Theatre they brought people to their feet, and got the crowd dancing from the first note to the last.
What’s most important though, is that when asked about San Francisco Music Club’s message, Jimmy Dillon answered “Positive Vibration all the way!”
“Love and Freedom” are available in both retail stores and online retailers everywhere. The digital version of the album is available on iTunes and other digital retailers. For more information, to arrange an interview, or receive a promotional copy of the album, please contact Billy James at Glass Onyon Publicity, via e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at 828-350-8158.
The San Francisco Music Club is:
Jimmy Dillon and Lorin Rowan/guitar & vocals
Michael Peloquin/sax & harmonica
Jeff Lewis/trumpet & percussion