Review of December 8th
Radio Airplay Review of December 8th
Veteran Boston rock duo Willie T and Doctor X commemorate the untimely demise of music icon John Lennon, with their release of "December 8th." Paying homage to such a legendary artist is no small feat, yet these seasoned songwriting partners managed to accomplish this by approaching Lennon's assassination with total reverence and aplomb. This track features a shuffling, uptempo blues boogie played by a top notch rhythm section, and an inspired vocal performance that will send chills down the listener's spine. Highlighted by multiple musical phrases and lyrical quotes taken from various works composed by the former Beatle, "December 8th" recounts that fateful night in 1980, when the world lost one of its most beloved cultural figures. Rock audiences of all ages and backgrounds absolutely need to experience the magic and appreciation of Willie T and Doctor X's "December 8th" first hand.
Strongest Point(s): Wonderful piece of song craft. So many great little touches; from all the lyrical nods, to the "Love Me Do" harmonica, to the chord progression in the chorus. Even the groove itself feels like it could've been lifted from the Imagine sessions. It's amazing how cathartic this tune feels, more than forty years after his passing. The playing on this is tight and focused, and the vocals are well delivered, also possessing that Lennon-esque splash of reverb for an even more authentic sound. Production is good, it's a very solid, well balanced mix overall. Really just a truly fantastic song, and a fitting tribute to a bonafide legend. I think John himself would absolutely love it!
—Steven Azami, Radio Airplay (Posted December 5th, 2021)
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“Living proof that the major labels miss the best musicians By the Wizard, fkap Saturday nights at the Honky Tonk have never been more fun! Willie T & Doctor X have the energy, enthusiasm, talent and attitude that make music captivating (not to mention downright fun). Listen to this album 3 times and you'll find yourself wondering how Hollywood has missed them. This is chart topping stuff! Realizing that Internet Radio was the ONLY outlet for unsigned artists, Willie T & Doctor X have led the fight to save Internet radio and prevent the RIAA and majors from driving the new medium out of existence. Internet Radio has returned the favor by embracing this great duo. You'll hear this group often on the Internet, but I recommend you buy the CD to hear all nine songs. My personal favorite is "All's not Quiet on the Western Front" but "Such a Tricky Word" may be one of the best, most thoughtful songs on the album. In short, you can now enjoy Saturday Night at the club "24/7" just by listening to this album.” --The Wizard, FKAP Wizard Radio, Kosciusko, MS Live365 Network
“A small pearl in a very large oyster bed” - Francis DiMenno, The Noise, Cambridge, MA
“Willie T And Doctor X. Pop/Folk/Blues. CD title"Hogs On Ice" One track sideloaded from LIVE365 music library. All's Not Quiet At The Western Front" and I've also added from the same CD title two more tracks "Pagan Dreams" and "Running 'Round In Circles". Great Music. Deep vocals and nice acoustics. I love the entire CD. --Joymusique89, IMIXRADIO.com, Chicago, IL Live365 Network
“...These guys have a great folky songwriter style to their songs - so much that we could phantom the possibility of this band opening up for 'Blues Traveler'.” --Dert Online, Picks & Nix (Cindy Pop, Reverend Dan, Dawn Laureen) https://dertonline.com/willie-t-and-doctor-x-hogs-on-ice/
Reviews by CD Purchasers:
"Benefit purchase--pleasantly surprisedI purchased this to help benefit the music program in Winchester MA without knowing anything about the music. When it arrived I popped it in the CD player and was pleasantly surprised. It's great!" (Sandy - Bristol, CT - CD Baby Customer)
"A Strong Recommendation For "Hogs on Ice". What can I say? This record is pure class. Clever lyrics and understated arrangements hit you like really strong coffee after a hangover from too much indie rock rubbish...Refreshing." (Eric Doberman, Cambridge, MA - CD Baby Customer)
"Wonderful cd...each and every song. a must buy!” (Andy Baron, Cambridge, MA - Amazon customer)
Willie T & Doctor X are available for pub, coffeehouse, and nightclub bookings, and also for house concerts, parties, and other events! If you'd like us to perform at your event, please email Willie T at: WillieT@WillieTandDoctorX.com