Cherry Blue Storms

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Cherry Blue Storms

Shortly after Glen Laughlin returned to Los Angeles from the Stukas Over Disneyland tour as second guitarist/keyboardist with punk rock legends The Dickies he was involved in a motor vehicle accident on the way to the studio. His left hand was crushed, seemingly ending his career as a musician. As we know, the story didn’t quite end there. With his hand still in a cast, Laughlin formed The Skin Trade. Seven months later The Skin Trade played their first show, featuring Laughlin on lead vocals and two-fingered bass. He later rejoined The Dickies as bassist and then as guitarist for several years. He also began to use the many non-standard tunings he developed as a result of his hand injury. Following The Dickies’ Idjit Savant tour, Laughlin purchased part of the studio where “Idjit” was recorded. Since then, in addition to The Cherry Bluestorms, he has produced The Dickies, movie star Heather Graham, tracks for CSI: Las Vegas and indie artists Neil Ormandy, Reuben “Big Reub” Vigil and The Reloaders, The Ben Gunn Society, and The Greatcoats. He has also performed with David Swanson (The Pop), Buffalo Springfield Again (featuring Dewey Martin), legendary songwriter P.F. Sloan and seminal New Wave band The Furys. Having landed a development deal with A&M Records which led to collaborations with recording world luminaries Chris Lord-Alge, Mike Clink and with engineer, Jon Ingoldsby (Madonna, K.D. Lang), Deborah Gee placed several songs from her debut solo album “Portal” in TV and films. She was looking for a collaborator for her next venture. After meeting Glen at a coffeehouse and discovering their mutual love for ‘60’s guitar-based melodic rock, the two began working on what was to become The Cherry Bluestorms’ debut album, Transit of Venus. TOV was noted as one of the top 100 indie albums of 2007 by International Pop Overthrow’s David Bash. TOV has been critically praised by L.A. Weekly, Glasswerk UK, Powerpopaholic, Not Lame, Absolute Powerpop and others, many singling out the bands’ version of the Beatles’ “Baby, You’re a Rich Man”. The band subsequently entertained crowds and enjoyed critical praise from their hometown Hollywood haunts to Canada and the UK, including The Cavern, famous home of The Beatles. Following the success of Transit of Venus, the band released Bad Penny Opera, an ambitious concept album. “Violent Heart” from TOV and “A True Heart Wears A Thorny Crown” from BPO were placed in hit Stephen Cannell television shows. Meanwhile, Gee has also begun tracking her second solo album, Geeology, with Laughlin co-producing. The band is also working on their third album with new drummer Mark Francis White, who has also performed with Laughlin in The Furys . Podcast of the interview Download:
 

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