Your crusty chronicler is an individual who generally does his own thing. Still, when Examiner asked for support for their new “List” format, it was nigh impossible not to be open-minded about it. So, with the spirit of teamwork and unity in mind, your rockin’ reviewer presents this series—“Track by Track” in which we review certain select CDs literally “track by track”. This edition we (ahem) examine Richie Onori’s Blues Messenger’s debut disc In The Name Of Freedom.
For those not up on these independent artists, Onori is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist (lead vocals, drums, guitar and harmonica) best known as the drummer for the iconic 1970s band The Sweet--“Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox On The Run”—he first hit the scene at the age of 16 as a member of ? and the Mysterians (famous for the classic “96 Tears”). He was also in the group Satyr where he opened for such other acts as Aerosmith and Alice Cooper.
(View the list to learn more about Onori’s music.)