THE COMMANDER CODY BAND
PROFESSOR LOUIE & THE CROWMATIX
Sellersville Theater 1894, Sellersville, PA
Dave O'Connell - Elmore Magazine
The Commander Cody Band skated into the Sellersville Theater for their annual visit on a frosty night. Cold weather and hot licks usually make for a tasty combination, and this was no exception.
Launching into "Too Much Fun", we were off on our rock'n'roll ride. They delighted the crowd with their favorite tunes, including "Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette), "House of Blue Lights" and "Hot Rod Lincoln." Besides Commander Cody (George Frayne) on piano and vocals, the rest of the band consisted of the long-serving Mark Emerick on guitar, Steve Barbuto on drums and the more recently arrived Jimmy Thunder on bass - all of whom sing.
The up-tempo show didn't slow until the classic ballad "Down to Seeds and Stems Again" gave the crowd a chance to catch their breath before winding up with "Lost In The Ozone" and the gift encore of "Rockin' Over China. It was time to head back into the cold, tired but happy.
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix joined the Cody Band onstage for well over half the show, adding tasteful accordion and vocals. The Crowmatix opened with 40 minutes of excellent original material and some covers of the Professor's former employers, The Band. The Professor Aaron Hurwitz, produced last year's Commander Cody album Dopers,Drunks and Everyday Losers, and has a new disc of his own Whispering Pines.
The Professor and The Commander made a great team, live and on CD.
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