Saturday, 22 February 2014

Black Angel Q&A

Your name:   
J. C. Martin.

Where are you from?  
Riverside, California, USA.

Name of band: 
Black Angel.

Who is in your band? 
J. C. Martin, singer/guitar/producer; Pat Woods, drums, Mike Stever, bass; Rubin Ray, guitar.

How would you describe yourselves?  
We are a rock 'n' roll band in the vein of The Rolling Stones; Tom Petty: Bob Dylan; ZZ Top, etc.

Who are your main influences musically?  
The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, John Lennon.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Worldwide fame.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?  
Having our song, One Beer, selected as the Song Of The Year for 2007 by Chuck Eddy, senior music editor of Billboard Magazine; Being offered slots to open for Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver and The Beach Boys. Playing in front of 10,000 people during Fleet Week in San Francisco while the Blue Angels, acrobatic jet flying team, roared overhead.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?  
The times when we were offered major record deals just as the band was falling apart.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?  
Probably....."I've Got My Eyes On You, Baby".........This song has been a favorite song to play live.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask? 
Black Angel originated in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in 1999 with J. C. Martin leading the band and with Audrey Madison Turner (lead singer of Ike Turner and The Kings of Rhythm and also Mrs. Ike Turner) as a vocalist and Ronnie Turner (only son of both Tina and Ike Turner)
on bass. The band was originally called The Prophets and played in major Los Angeles and Santa Barbara clubs such as The Roxy, Jack's Sugar Shack, Luna Park and the Wildcat Lounge. The Prophets released one CD, "The Prophets EP", in 1999. Since then the band has released five full-length albums, "13 Stories" (2001); "Real Music for Real People" (2003); "O' California"; and "O' Santa Barbara" (2007) and “O’ San Francisco” (2009).  “O’ Los Angeles” is a completed but is an unreleased album. 
Other prominent band members in Black Angel over the years include Danny Darling (former drummer for Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and Leon Russell); Tiffany Lowe (granddaughter of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and daughter of Carlene Carter and Nick Lowe; Jason Ball (Animotion); and Ernie and Cory Orosco (The Strawberry Alarm Clock).

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