New Jersey Pops from the Basement[CD]
Jimi Pappas was born in New Jersey to a musical family. He made his mark as an ace heavy rock drummer and lead singer. In the late 70's and early 80's he played with many top bands in New York/New Jersey area, always searching for that elusive BIG record deal and contributing as a song writer from behind the drums. Some of his former band members did hit it big, and went on to become members of Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osborne, White Lion, and Hall & Oats. During his heavy rock days, Jimi had other ideas that were taking him in a different musical direction, towards a brighter more melody oriented pop sound. Drawing from his earliest influences of The Beatles, 60's/70's radio classics, his teenage love of 70's progressive rock (i.e. Yes, Genesis, Supertramp), and the mellow sounds of acoustic bands (i.e. Eagles, James Taylor), he was slowly putting together songs that were completely different then the music he was performing on drums at the time. Finding he was more comfortable playing an acoustic guitar, then pounding it out on drums under the hot lights of a huge Jersey rock club, he left the heavy stuff behind. In the mid 80's Jimi began playing drums for tribute acts and various international concert/casino shows, The Cast of Beatlemania, and Eddie U and The Turns, to name just a few. This all lead to a spot as drummer/road manager with legendary Chubby Checker (The Twist). In 1996, multiple world tours later, Jimi became a founding member of The British Invasion, A Beatles, 60's revival show at Disney's EPCOT in Orlando, Florida; where he remains today, more than 10 years running. Being off the road has enabled him to go back and clean out his musical closet, and that's what this "New Jersey Pops-From the Basement" is all about. Digging through ideas and takes, he has finally rerecorded some of his tunes from the late 70's and early 80's. Jimi performs all vocals, drums, and guitars on this album, with help from producer/engineer Frank Starchak on bass and keys. "Retro power pop meets acoustic rock with progressive sophistication, is how I describe this CD. I hope you enjoy it. My next project is in a more acoustic vain, and I'm looking forward to it's simplistic production, for live performances. I have met so many wonderful people, friends, musicians, and fans all over the world, because of music; including my #1 fan my incredible wife Shelley! It is great to be able to do what you love and love what you do. I feel blessed every day that I can make music and the music makes me!" -J.P.
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