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The Dawning of a Big Red Sun [2012]

Brothers Tom and Steve Greely used to play music together as part of their family dynamic. Later they would play in the same Boston-area band that had some success and even got a top-rated single on the radio. Cliff Henricksen and Rick Prince played together in 'The Allstars', a popular rock & blues Philadelphia-area nightclub attraction. Cliff would eventually settle in the Boston area. Be it fate or irony, they met over a recycling bin in 2012 and started talking about a musical partnership. The creative core of the band was formed.

They hadn't played together for 15 years, but Steve's brother Tom quickly signed on to play drums, adding that, 'There's this guitar player who lives next door to me and his band did a show with the Rolling Stones, and he can play anything'. Thus, Rob Guadagno joined as lead guitarist. BRS didn't yet have a regular bass player. For the recording of the first CD, Cliff contacted long-time friend and veteran bassist Rick Prince, who recorded in his home in Philly. Cliff baked it all together and the band all helped mix the tracks. Inspired by a cartoon by Tony Carillo in the Boston Globe ('F Minus'), everyone voted to call the album 'I'll Stop For A Dollar.'

We took Steve's song title 'Big Red Sun' as the name of the band. Steve had known David Mendelsohn for a long time but they had not played together. He invited David to join as a bassist in October, 2012. The band is now working on its second album.
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From Cliff, on 'Tokyo' (5/8/13): Tokyo was written on a JAL flight out of Narita many years ago. Witnessing the JR train in Shinjuku station (the Tokyo commuter rail), I was stunned by the Columbia-river-of-humanity there. I also noticed that if anyone simply ducked down, they would be hidden from sight (ah, harder for me in particular, at 73in tall) and could basically disappear from sight if they wanted. So on the flight home I started to write this fantasy about the guy who was visiting Tokyo with his fiance or girlfriend (or whatever). She dumps him by doing the same thing; ducking and disappearing ('duckin and divin': how could I have missed this?). Hes stunned and, remains in total disbelief and denial, stays in Japan and spends all his time looking for his lost love, showing strangers her photo and scanning faces everywhere. It ends up being a sort of travelogue. My thanks to Akira Mochimaru for helping me with a bunch of cultural details. And, no; it's not autobiographical, thank you.
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