As I write these words I’m listening to Lem Genovese’s new CD, “6 Lazzeri Lane” on Yankee Medic Records, and I’m here to tell you it is a terrific collection of first-rate, mellowly rocking music. Genovese is a guitar whiz, and he shows off his talents on the nine tunes that make up this long-awaited CD. All of the tunes—especially the instrumentals that he performs on his Taylor maple Kottke Model 12- and 6-string acoustic guitars—are snappy, soaring and soulful.
All of the tunes on the CD, which was produced, engineered, and mastered by Michael von Muchow at Actual Sound Studios in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, are originals. They are the work of a man who has been playing music for more than four decades. Genovese served for twenty years in the U.S. Army and Iowa National Guard. His service included tours of duty in Vietnam and in the first Persian Gulf War as a combat medic.
Genovese’s military service continues to have an impact on his music. On the new album he dedicates several tunes to today’s troops, to Desert Storm veterans and to Gold Star Families.
For ordering info on this first-rate CD, go to http://www.digstation.com/DigstationBio.aspx?AlbumID=ALB000022094
Genovese also is a terrific performer on stage. Here’s a list of his upcoming concerts:
Thursday, Oct. 2 – Cafe Diem , 229 Main Street, Ames, Iowa
Friday, Oct. 3 – Cafe Diem, 2005 So. ANkeny Blvd., Ankeny Iowa
Saturday, Oct. 4 – Java Joe’s , 214 Fourth St., Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, Oct. 11 – Acoustic Cafe , 77 Lafayette St., Winona, Minnesota