Kinderhook To Debut New CD at McLoone's

You can never have too much fun. That's been the rallying cry for Kinderhook for 40-some years.  And "Too Much Fun" is one of the tunes on the band's first studio produced CD, simply titled "Kinderhook." 

The country rock band, a hugely popular group in the 70s and early 80s when the music club scene was truly hopping all over New Jersey, reunited on a regular basis about six years ago. They've since recaptured their original fan base, and have acquired many new fans along the way. But it wasn't until late last year that they put the finishing touches on their first studio produced CD. 

"It's never too late," smiled Andy Fediw, bass player/vocals and one of three original members still with the now 6-piece band. "It's something we talked about for a while. We were finally able to put all the pieces together."

"It was truly a group project," added Jerry Kopychuck, another original band member who plays guitar and sings. "It took us a while because we wanted to get everything just right."

Formerly known as Kinderhook Creek, the group has shared the stage with numerous major acts over the years including The Byrds, Alabama, Dickey Betts, Joan Jett, New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Bromberg, Poco, and Commander Cody. In recent years they've performed throughout the state including shows at the Stanhope House, Wonder Bar, Stone Pony, and McLoone's Supper Club in Asbury Park. They've been called upon to play at reunions and many other special events hosted by longtime fans.

A big special event is on tap for Sunday Feb. 17 at McLoone's Supper Club in Asbury Park. Doors for the band's Official CD Release Partyopen at 6 with Kinderhook taking the stage at 7:30.

"Having our CD Release Party in Asbury Park is perfect," said drummer Craig Barry, also an original. "We played so many shows at the shore. In many ways the shore was our home base back in the day." 

Rounding out the current band line-up are Jimmy Ryan, pedal and lap steel/vocals, formerly of another band favorite from years ago, Cowtown;  Jack Kurlansik, who has performed with various groups, on guitar; and Gary Oleyar, violin/banjo/guitar, who has played with several major acts, including Jim Messina.

All the songs on the CD were written by band members. "Run Boy Run", written by Fediw, for example, is about man's best friend. That song has gotten airplay on radio stations around the country. "Good Guys Wear Black" is a tribute to those who ride motorcycles, "Cowboy Union" is a throwback favorite to the group's early days, and "Rumble at the Roadhouse" brings back a time when roadhouses were typical musical stops for bands. Other tunes on the CD, a mix of ballads and high energy, are "Let's Go", "Love Takes a Part of You", "It's Not the Same", and "Cash on the Barrelhead". And showing that the band still has that sense of humor that it has always had, "Unfriended" is a soon to be classic that pokes fun at Facebook. When playing live they mix originals with classic favorites.  

For more on the band, visit kinderhookmusic.com or it's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Kinderhook-225383710838526/. Additionally the CD is available through CD Baby. 

Advance tickets for the McLoone's show are recommended. Go to www.timmcloonessupperclub.com.

Jody Price: Grandson of Vincent Price

Twenty years after his death, Vincent Price still commands the attention of generations of horror movie fans, with one in particular: Vincent's grandson, Jody.

Vincent, a Yale graduate, began by playing the straight man, the lead, but “he fell into horror movies,” said New Jersey resident Jody Price of his grandfather. “He loved camp.”

Born in St. Louis in 1911, Vincent’s first on-screen appearance was 75 years ago as the romantic lead in1938’s “Service de Luxe,” a role far from the face of classic horror he would soon become. It was three years later that his first plunge into sci-fi and horror hit the screens, a movie called “The Invisible Man Returns.”

This led to roles in dozens of iconic movies, from the original versions of “The Fly” (60th anniversary marked this year) and “House of Wax” (55th anniversary), as well as a series of Edgar Allen Poe film adaptations.

For children of the ‘80s, he can be recognized opposite Johnny Depp as the inventor in “Edward Scissorhands” and as the speaker in Michael Jackson’s highly acclaimed “Thriller.”

But Jody’s favorites have always been “The House on Haunted Hill,” which terrified his brother for a full month as kids, and “The Conquerer Worm,” in which his grandfather is hacked to bits with an axe.

“For someone who was not an A-list star, his impact was amazing,” he said.

His name is even tied now to a Facebook fan page, where generation and nation-crossing fans share their favorite Vincent Price moments.

But Vincent Price not only enjoyed playing the horror roles that made him famous, Jody said, but his guest appearances on kids’ TV, from animated guest spots on “Scooby Doo” to the recurring role of Egghead on the ‘60s Batman series. He also had a short but hilarious bit on “The Muppet Show” in which Kermit turns into a vampire.

Jody is a computer programmer and locally-renowned acoustic guitarist who had his own piece of national fame in a 1999 Simpsons episode after that year's Super Bowl in which the ghost of Vincent Price tells Marge Simpson that his grandson, Jody, will deliver the missing piece of a celebrity craft kit. As a musical performer, Jody frequently entertains crowds at restaurants and special events.

But Jody’s fondest memories of his grandfather are not film-related.

He remembers his grandfather as the opposite of the often-evil characters he played, as a life- and art-loving man who had an affinity for storytelling and cooking. When out to dinner with his family, Vincent Price would ask autograph seekers to please wait until after they had eaten. When Jody graduated from Newark Academy in 1980, it was Vincent Price who was the keynote speaker.

Always a champion for education and the arts, it is his personal fine art pieces that are on permanent display at East Los Angeles College’s Vincent Price Art Museum.

Jody enjoys talking with Vincent Price and horror movie fans, reminiscing about films and personal memories alike. He is available to speak at colleges, symposiums, celebrations, or any horror-related event.