Tony Scheuren's album 'Gaining on You' and Barbeque Bob Maglinte's 'Live at The Waterfront' are now both available in the Wham Records store!
Overcoming primitive conditions and using only
the most basic equipment Tony's original self-engineered
analog recordings range in sound from gorgeous to stark.
Though these songs were intended originally as demos, due to
Tony's uncompromising nature these self-produced efforts do
not sound like artifacts - they live and breath, modern in
their timelessness - and virtually beg for discerning ears.
Though much of its beauty lies in its simplicity, his
arranging skills and virtuosity with the four-track recorder
enabled him to construct subtle layers of instruments and
vocals to be enjoyed by those who wish to delve deep between
the grooves, sure to bear pleasure again and again with
"Like every great artist, he
has left us with a landmark to his heart, soul and spirit." -
Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
This is a recording that instantly stirs the
emotions. Beautifully structured, and passionately written
from different perspectives - a timeless microcosmic picture
is provided of longing, living, loss, and acquired wisdom
through experience. Ranging from breakneck to breathtaking
full-band arrangements to heart-warming, whisper-close
solitary acoustic piano or guitar accompaniments, the styles
interact to create a truly distinctive album, unfolding as a
conversation. Sparse or complex an end result is often
reminiscent of a cinematic experience. The accompaniments set
up the lyrics and underlie the melodies very intentionally,
whether in a earthy way, or at other times more pristine.
Nothing glib, nothing offhand. Every stroke is deliberate,
purposely chosen and deeply felt, provoking images as the song
is accurately and compassionately conveyed heart to
- Scheuren single-handedly created these
pearls - with his talents and impeccable voice of range and
ability - it's a no gimmick approach.
- Posthumous release. Tony died at the age of
- Comparisons from James Taylor to Rosie
Thomas; Brian Wilson to Sondre Lerche; Nick Drake to Townes
Van Zandt, Carole King to Ron Sexsmith.
- Frequent contributor to National Lampoon
Radio Hour; songwriter/performer of Neil Young parody
"Southern California Brings Me Down"
"The amazing thing about 'Gaining on You'
is that Mr. Scheuren doesn't just recapitulate, but resurrects
the style of 70's country-pop and pop-rock - he ups the ante
at every turn." Phil Rogers (read
the full review)
"Through his family's efforts, Tony
Scheuren may find his place as another fabled musical
archetype, the creative artist more recognized in death than
in life." Matt Whorf, The Hingham Journal (read
the full review)
"Gaining On You proves once again
that obscurity doesn't necessarily obscure true talent, and
that the fears of the artist towards his or her muse might be
the only thing holding them back from deserved greatness."
Joseph Kyle (read the full review)
Whatever song you start with this CD takes off
from there and rolls along the best Americana highway of rock,
pop, folk, backporch, and heavenly. Each song illuminates the
next with character, inviting listeners of all ages. A few
songs with spiritual connotations, while powerful, are
soothing and reassuring. Sensitive to magic you want to share.
The first of an eventual four releases, making available all
of Scheuren's self-produced recordings, this promises to be a
deep well of refreshing, life-giving music.