MOTOR CITY MUSIC - A Holiday Gift for Detroit




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Published on Nov 2, 2012


Motor City Music, Dick Wagner's newly penned anthem is a tribute to and celebration of the decades of Detroit music and its worldwide influence.

The donated net proceeds from Motor City Music will help Franciscan Friar, Brother Al Mascia purchase supplies to expand his services to those in need. Through his downtown Detroit Ministry, Brother Al selflessly delivers hot drinks, food and warm clothing to the homeless every day of the week but Sunday.

In recent years, the city of Detroit has lost recognition as the great cultural and vibrant economic force it has been in contributing so much to the identity of America. Wagner felt that through honoring the music in a most visceral, historic way, he could contribute to refocusing much needed attention on the City.

"Motor City Music" was borne from this concerned and concerted effort to revitalize and uplift Detroit's image. Through a chance meeting with Brian Pastoria, owner of Detroit's Harmony Park Studios, the idea of embracing Brother Al's charity provided the perfect platform to convey a message of pure commitment to the City's neediest people while at the same time helping to promote Detroit's pro-active revitalization.

"Motor City Music" is a retrospective through the intense days of Detroit Rock and Roll. Dick Wagner is a local Detroit rock legend guitarist/songwriter (Frost, Ursa Major, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper)—a home town boy saluting his former home town heroes with a passionate reflection on the great Motor City artists.

Dick assembled a group of top tier Detroit musicians, bringing together a fusion of Detroit rockers and Motown soul artists to celebrate the spirit of influential Detroit music, well loved and emulated worldwide. Participating musicians: Dick Wagner, Robert Wagner (Dick's son), Prakash John, Ray Goodman, Jim McCarty, Dennis Burr, Johnny Bee Badanjek, Jimmie Bones and Ty Stone. Adding a taste of Motown and African percussion were artists Gary Jones and Maruga. Joining the rockers was famed Motown vocalist Pat Lewis, whose distinctive background vocals have graced the recordings of thousands of Motown and Detroit hit records since the mid-1960s. The sessions were recorded at Harmonie Park Studios.

Michiganders and Detroiters and former Michiganders and Detroiters the world over, will all revel in the images and energy of MOTOR CITY MUSIC, a brand new anthem to a city in need of reminders of its greatness, past and future.


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