Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Blue Ash At Youngstown IPO 2008!

Blue Ash Video from Youngstown International Pop Overthrow!

Blue Ash (Frank Secich, Jim Kendzor, Bill "Cupid" Bartolin, Jeffrey Rozniata & Bobby Darke) performing "Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?" & Anytime At All" during the IPO at Cedars in Youngstown.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blue Ash At Barrow Civic Theater January 17TH!

Blue Ash will be appearing at the Barrow Civic Theater in Franklin, PA on January 17, 2009. Also, on the bill are the Max Schang Blues Band & Ransom. More info available at:

Blue Ash's debut album is now available in CD at:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Youngstown International Pop Overthrow

International Pop Overthrow Youngstown
Here is the schedule for the first ever IPO Youngstown & more info!Friday, November 14: Cedar's Lounge23 N. Hazel St.Youngstown 330 743-6560$88:00 The Smith Bros.8:30 SKooBER9:00 The Speeds9:30 Gems10:00 Saul Glennon10:30 Yellow Delicious11:00 The Zou11:30 The Deadbeat PoetsSaturday, November 15: Cedar's Lounge23 N. Hazel St.Youngstown 330 743-6560$88:00 The Plastic Hearts8:30 The Dreadful Yawns9:00 Pale Hollow9:30 The Jellybricks10:00 Triggers10:30 Sky Dragster11:00 The Infidels11:30 Blue AshSunday, November 16: Cedar's Lounge23 N. Hazel St.Youngstown 330 743-6560$68:00 Billy Sullivan8:30 Good Touch, Bad Touch9:00 Greenlawn Abbey9:30 Wino Riot10:00 The Tamboureens10:30 Readymade Breakup11:00 First In Spacehttp://www.internationalpopoverthrow.comAlso, Blue Ash "No More, No Less" release info with bonus CD's at:
Not Lame

Kool Kat Musik

At Collectors Choice:
This is the press release fron Collectors Choice.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 6, 2008BLUE ASH'S 1973 POWERPOP MASTERPIECE NO MORE, NO LESS TO BE REISSUED ON COLLECTORS' CHOICE MUSIC ON OCTOBER 28Youngstown, Ohio band, signed to Mercury by Paul Nelson (New York Dolls), never hit the big time but are worshipped by the pop cognoscentiLOS ANGELES, Calif. — When England's Guardian newspaper assembled its list of "1,000 Albums to Hear Before You Die," the 1973 debut album from Blue Ash made the grade alongside all the established classics — pretty remarkable considering the album in question, 1973's No More, No Less, had been out of print for 30 years. Thirty-five years after its release, on October 28, 2008, Collectors' Choice Music will reissue the album, complete with liner notes from founding bass player (and band historian) Frank Secich.Blue Ash formed in 1969 with a clear set of influences — The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Searchers, The Hollies, The Beau Brummels and all the British Invasion and West Coast bands of the mid-'60s. They developed a following in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. Wilson Pickett even stopped by a session and remarked, "You guys aren't bad . . . for white boys."The band was signed to Mercury Records in 1972 by legendary rock critic and A&R man Paul Nelson. At the time, bands like Badfinger, Big Star and the Raspberries were reviving pop in the era of prog rock excess and singer-songwriter self-absorption. Nelson had just signed the New York Dolls, who commanded some of the highest critical accolades of their day but never caught on at radio, which was in a confused state between free-form and what was to become album-oriented rock. This fate would befall Blue Ash as well, despite a chiming pop single titled "Abracadabra (Have You Seen Her?)."No More No Less was released in May 1973 and immediately received rave reviews Rolling Stone, Creem, Fusion, Phonograph Record, Rock Scene, Rock, Bomp!, Zoo World and dozens of other magazines throughout the country. The band opened for the likes of Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent and Nazareth. Dick Clark played them on American Bandstand. Alas, in June of 1974 the band was dropped, with Nelson fired soon after. The band recorded one more LP in 1977 for Playboy Records before calling it a day in 1979.The story could have ended there. But a funny thing happened on the road to oblivion. Blue Ash somehow became cult heroes. In 2004, Not Lame Records released a two-CD set of previously unreleased Blue Ash demos and outtakes called Around Again. Soon after, the band reunited for the first time in 25 years for half a dozen Midwest gigs (the band will appear November 15 in Youngstown as part of the International Pop Overthrow Festival). They remain good friends to this day, and maintain a MySpace page at, which streams the band's classic songs. The late Bomp Records founder Greg Shaw once told Secich, "You guys made a great album with No More, No Less, and whether an LP sells 5 million copies or 500 copies, nothing will ever change the fact that you made a great album."The first-ever CD release of No More, No Less by Collectors' Choice has been long awaited by Blue Ash fan worldwide. It will also give a whole new generation insight into this archetypal power-pop band. As Secich wrote in the liner notes, "Somewhere, Paul Nelson and Greg Shaw are smiling."For more information on Collectors' Choice Music, please contact conqueroo:Cary Baker •†(323) 656-1600 •

Friday, October 17, 2008

Blue Ash "No More, No Less" With Special Bonus CD's!

There will be a special limited free bonus CD when ordering Blue Ash's "No More, No Less" from Not Lame or Kool Kat Musik. The Not Lame bonus CD will feature unreleased songs from 1973 that were done " live in Peppermint Studios.

The tracks are:
Hippy, Hippy Shake
(Chan Romero)
Baby You Lied
(Secich- Bartolin)
Now All You've Got Is You
She Cried For 15 years
One After 909
I Thought I Knew You
Say Goodbye
Give Me Love
Paper Bag Blues
Be My Girl
When I Get You
Make It Easy

The bonus CD album with Kool Kat Musik will feature a "live" performance of 12 songs recorded on January 31, 1974 at the Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio! The band was opening for the Raspberries at this show - and, as you'll hear, they definitely had their "game face" on as they rock through these covers and originals:

Hippy Hippy Shake
One After 909
Do You Love Me
Anytime At All
Start All Over Again
Plain To See
What Can I Do For You
She's So Nice
Baby Baby Come On
All I Want
Twist and Shout
My Generation

It must be noted that this is an audience recording (the only type that exists according to the band) that, while not of the highest audio quality, captures the band at a magical moment in their career, and serves as an archival testament to the power they exhibited as a live band! You'll still be awfully glad you snagged this little piece o' Power Pop history!

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Blue Song In Film Trailer!

Blue Ash Song In Film Trailer For New Movie!

"Can't Get Her Off My Mind" written by the Blue Ash songwriting team of Frank Secich & Bill Bartolin and performed by Blue Ash appears in the film trailer of an upcoming comedy called "Smother". "Smother" stars Liv Tyler, Diane Keaton & Dax Shepard. "Can't Get Her Off My Mind" appears at 1:51 of the trailer. The trailer will be in theaters this coming weekend and the film will be released September 26th in America.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Blue Ash "No More, No Less" Out On CD!


Blue Ash's debut album "No More, No Less" has been issued for the first time on CD by the good folks at Collectors' Choice. Here are the details: