From the ridiculous…
…to the sublime, Merry Christmas everyone. May we all have a holiday full of laughter and love.
Silent Holy Night – Bo Bice (vocals and guitar), Andrea Young (vocals and violin), arranged by D. Scott Miller.
I’ve been rummaging around in my pile of oldies but goodies lately, and I came across this great Seven Bridges Road/Midnight Rider duet with Bo and Gary Nichols, plus Tommy Lee on keyboards. The screaming, the harmonies, all that hair – it’s awesome! Hope you enjoy the flashback as much as I do.
Thomas here… we got to meet up with Bo Bice last night. Yes, THE Bo Bice. The guy from American Idol. The guy that changed the face of the show. He’s the one responsible for blowing the doors open for rockers to appear on those types of programs.
I had the opportunity to tour with Bo for years after he finished AI, playing keyboards and guitar. We did so many shows all over the country, and I was lucky to perform live on shows such as Regis & Kelly, Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Kimmel. Bo and I have remained good friends, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to see Bo perform again.
Before the show, Bo sat down with us for a while, telling everyone some hilarious stories about the time with me on the road. It was fun reliving some of those moments… like the time we all got locked out of the bus and had to push Bo through the small driver side window. We all thought he would get stuck, but he somehow managed to wriggle through and save the day.
What a show! Bo has been touring with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and WOW his voice sounds incredible. I was stunned. I sat back in my chair and said, “Wow,” a few times. The look on Kaity’s face told me that she agreed.
Bo’s right, Tommy, you should run for president. This can be your campaign song.
Today we heard the sad news that singer and songwriter Ben E King has passed away. His great Stand By Me is one of those songs that will last forever – just a few months ago, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry, an archive which”safeguards the words, sounds and music that embody who we are as a people and a nation.”
King’s own recording of the song will never be surpassed, but of course peeps are also very fond of Bo’s version from American Idol.
I’m also huge fan of Ben E’s work with The Drifters – those harmonies!
He was an amazing talent.
I fell into the youtube rabbit hole last night when I read that it was Bonnie Raitt’s birthday. Such a great singer and songwriter! Here’s to many more years of music ahead.
Since this is a Bo Bice blog, though, I’ll let you youtube Bonnie on your own, and give you Bo covering one of my favorite Bonnie covers, the John Prine classic Angel From Montgomery. (Did that sentence make any sense?)
While we’re talking Bonnie Raitt, I’d dearly love to hear Bo take on I Can’t Make You Love Me.
Bo’s winding down his touring for the year, which means we’re mostly going to have to get by on rumors and speculation for the next few months. I’ll start with this one: is BS&T going to include a cover of Mercy on the new album?
The song was a big hit for Duffy back in 2008, and since then it’s been covered by a lot of bands, as well as become a bit of a TV show darling. Still, it doesn’t feel overdone, and BS&T crowds have been loving hearing the band tear it up all year. After the show up above, BFB member ncbice posted:
Oh I have to agree that MERCY gets to me every time. I think they plan on putting it on the CD. At both shows last weekend he said that they were planning on a CD in 2015 and that they would like to try out some new songs then he would go right into Mercy.
What do you think, peeps, good choice for the album or not?
Look who’s going to be working with Bo tomorrow!
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Need to chill and get psyched for the week to come in Nashville. Monday writing with my pal Bo Bice for the new BS&T cd. He is the new lead singer. Good move Bo and BS&T! If you woulda told me this would someday happen when I was 18 watching them at the Kinetic Playground I woulda said “Shut the door! No way”. Of course I was channeling their singer David Clayton Thomas when I recorded Vehicle in 1970. What a crazy world! If you hang on tight you’ll see it full circle.
Wonderful news – Jim knows how to write great songs for big bands. I bet they come up with a barnburner. And we know that everytime those two get together, they rock…
Here they are meeting for the first time at Tin Pan South in 2010.
The two of them singing the hell out of Vehicle at a music camp for high school kids.
Getting down (and up) with Witness.
Have fun, boys!
One of the highlights of Bo’s run on American Idol was his sincere and lovely version of Time In A Bottle.
We all know that the performance led to a friendship between Bo and the Croce family, but we didn’t know how it all started. Until now.
Bo Bice wanted to perform Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle,” but music supervisor Susan Slamer wasn’t sure she could get permission. When the song cleared she called Croce’s widow, Ingrid, to thank her. Ingrid said she was going to say no, but her son A.J. was a fan of Bo’s. When Slamer said that Bo was a fan of her late husband, Ingrid asked to speak to Bo.
Bice was rehearsing on stage when Slamer handed him her cell phone and told him to place a call to a certain number. As the phone rang, Slamer told him the woman about to answer was Jim Croce’s widow. Bo started talking and the rest of the top 11 could see tears streaming down his face. They rushed over to see if he was all right. “Everything’s great,” Slamer assured them. “When Bo hung up, he said it was the most amazing moment of his life.”
Altogether now – awww. Yet another reason that Bo has never been anything but grateful for his AI experience.