Evan Williams American Made Heroes
August 15, 2016
Evan Williams Bourbon, which traces its lineage back to 1792 in Louisville, Kentucky and New York City based advertising agency Xenopsi started its inaugural American Made Heroes Program that featured its ten finalists on limited edition red, white and blue bottles in the summer of 2016. Over 2000 applicants submitted for the singular recognition nationwide. Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran Lem Genovese was selected as one of the honored finalists.
2nd Manuscript Progress
January 28, 2016
There are two large and long sections of the TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour. One concerns timelines for the Civil Rights movement from WW2 > 1960's, the nationwide epidemic of riots from 1965 > 1970, the saga of Medal of Honor Recipient Dwight Johnson and his tragic death in his hometown of Detroit, the subsequent national effort to get PTS recognized by both the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1968 to 1979, the Vet Center Outreach Program and the process of Jan Scruggs and his VN Memorial Commission to get "The Wall" accepted, funded and dedicated from 1979 to 1982.
After about a year of research, revision and editing, the 212 page first big section for the second edition of the CHRONICLES has been accepted for the printing firm Warrior Publishing Group of Los Angeles on final editing and layout. Copies will also be forwarded to Pulitzer Prize winning author Myra McPherson, Congressman John Lewis among others for their commentary on the relevant chapters they lived through and wrote about
The second long section will cover fixing how the Pentagon operates. Yes, we know that sounds oxymoronic, but that section will be completely streamlined to make it more user friendly and more recent boondoggles that have be declassified from contractor fraud in Iraq & Afghanistan will be included. The Pentagon section will be quite a bit different in format than the first edition's focus on the F-35. Descriptions of some of the worst Defense Contractor failures and fraud will be more concise. Recommendations for improving the manner with which the "Iron Triangle" of the Potomac > the Pentagon, Congress & Defense Contractors operates will be streamlined and far easier to read, digest and a healthy bibliography will be included as well.
The Second Edition will also feature brand new articles on Military Sexual Trauma and Traumatic Brain Injury. The two signature wounds from our time in Iraq & Afghanistan. The February 2015 issue of National Geographic's cover story on TBI will be included in the commentary.
Thanks for putting up with all these details. We want to thank those of you out there who have been so patient about Lem not putting out another CD these past few years. The book takes up quite a bit of his time. We hope that you find the second edition worth the wait, the weight ( 500 pages or more ) and worthy of your personal library. Renowned international journalist, photographer and documentarian Don North will be contributing photographs from his archives during his years covering the Vietnam war. Some of them have never been published before, giving the public a rare opportunity to view them for the very first time.
ISU Vets Week Banquet
November 21, 2014
Special thanks goes out to Jathan Chicoine and the ISU Vets Center for allowing this music to be performed on the main stage of the Grand Hall of the Iowa State Memorial Union for their 3rd annual Vet Week Banquet.
We are in the formative stages of a return performance @ ISU in 2015. Stay tuned for updates when they get confirmed.
Working on the 2nd Edition
August 22, 2014
Yes, it's been a year since the last entry in the news/journal section of the website. Still haven't got a decent recording of "Body Count" which deals with the 22.5 suicides by our military personnel & veterans per day. Completed an anniversary song that's taken a year to hone called "One Good Woman" dedicated to the wives and women vets. Cross the Spinners with Hall & Oates.
The second edition of the TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour is getting the manuscript slowly completed. In case you haven't heard, once the entire book is approved, it will be printed by the Warrior Publishing Group out of Los Angeles, California. It's a veteran owned & operated firm that also ties into film work with Marine officer & VN Vet Dale and his wife Julia at the helm.
September 10th finds the tunesmith at the Coulee Region Suicide Prevention Summit at the LaCrosse, Wisconsin Civic Center closing the ceremonies and presentations for the day.
Ritual Cafe Review
June 9, 2013
Ritual Cafe - June 7th, 2013 Des Moines, IA Review:
"DISTINCTIVE, CREATIVE & UNIQUE - he melds generations and bends time with his lyrics and guitar playing. A MUST SEE for all guitar enthusiasts".
Warrior Publishing Signs On
June 2, 2013
Warrior Publishing of Los Angeles, California has agreed to accept a revised manuscript for the memoir -The TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour and publish it when it meets with their final approval. Once that is done, First Aviation Publishing will allow copies to be printed in a larger second edition making Lem Genovese truly a PUBLISHED author from a highly respected firm led by retired Marine Captain VN Veteran Dale Dye and his wife Julia. Thanks in particular to Julia Dye for her support and interest.
Book Review in VIETNAM Magazine
June 2, 2013
Don North's critique of the memoir - The TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: A Musical History Tour was featured on pages 63 & 65 in the August issue of VIETNAM magazine. The issue's headline has the 45th Anniversary of the Siege of Khe Sanh as the headline.
Memoir on Amazon.com
January 8, 2013
TUNESMITH CHRONICLES: On AMAZON.com
The 525 page Ebook version of the memoir is available for $5.99 through Nook and Kindle on www.amazon.com
The softbound 8.5" x 11" coffee table sized first edition is only available by contacting 1st Aviation Publishing by email or phone for $35. This includes USPS Priority mail in a strong cardboard box and the author will sign your copy with a special inscription should you so choose !
The Ebook version is available through Barnes & Noblem and Amazon's websites for under $8.00.
July 10, 2012
The 14 song analog cassette studio tapes have been re-mastered with better sound quality and have been delivered to Yankee Medic Recording Company's office."RIGHTEOUS RECONNAISSANCE" is over an hour's worth of music spanning 1978 > 1987 and the SECOND CD from the Yankee Medic Recording Company. Single downloads and the entire CD are available on www.CDBaby.com. The CD contains over an hour's worth of material including a rare, live concert recording of "An Iowa Song".
Trotter's Cafe Review
April 21, 2012
Some communication breakdown as to starting time and who's got the PA system ? made for an interesting strictly acoustic two hour stint. I mention this kind of architecture in my memoir. Even with a PA system, live music in places like this is an after thought. TWO separate rooms with a middle service area. Felt like part of the furniture again. Do not expect a return engagement at this venue.
Froth House Review
April 4, 2012
" Thanks for the GREAT show the other night. Lots of FUN !"
--Julia McConahay Proprietor
Froth House - Madison, WI
March 29th, 2012
NVRC Benefit 2012
December 28, 2011
Java Joe's 4th Street Theatre
Saturday, May 19th 2012
Armed Forces Day Benefit Concert
National Veterans Recovery Center
Longest chapter in memoir complete > 91 pages covering the civil rights movement, the tragic life of CMH recipient Dwight Johnson of Detroit, MI, the VN vets movement to get PTSD recognized and the VN Vet Memorial.
"BODY COUNT" Well Received
May 25, 2011
Lem Genovese' latest original song -"BODY COUNT" which concerns the glaring increase in the number of active duty, guard, reserve and veteran suicides was well received at its inaugural performance at the benefit concert on May 21st.
Reading from passages from the chapter of his memoir with the DOD & DVA statistics, the audience was receptive and warm in its support of the effort to alert the public to this dangerous trend.
NVRC Benefit Concert
May 25, 2011
The National Veterans Recovery Center Project's inaugural benefit concert was held @ the 4th Street Theatre in downtown Des Moines, Iowa on May 21st.
The NVRC wants to convert the old Knoxville VA Hospital facility into a world class holistic PTSD treatment center.
While the concert was not a sell out, the attendees were all enthused by the performance and the NVRC wants to continue to work with veteran tunesmith for future concerts @ Iowa universities.
Military Writers Society of America Article
March 13, 2011
The Military Writers Society of America publishes an online monthly news magazine called DISPATCHES each month. A familiar cover photo graces the latest edition with a chapter from the TUNESMITH CHRONICLES - "Elegy For The Fallen" as its cover article.
Access the website @ http://www.militarywriters.com/
and hit "EVENTS" for the publication. The article starts with a biography on page ten and runs to page 16.
Cassette Recordings transfer
December 26, 2010
14 songs from the original analog tape masters of Lem's first three cassette recordings on the Vinh Long Delta Surplus recording label are in the process of going through the legal and digital transfer, mixing, mastering and production for the 2011 spring release of "RIGHTEOUS RECONNAISSANCE:
The Cassette Archives 1978 > 1987".
This will include a rare live recording of his old duo "Longknive"
from a 1978 benefit concert.
Max Cleland Letter
August 5, 2010
...Also, your music is terrific.
I'm so proud of you and your ability to make something of your life after Vietnam. You are an inspiration to me and I'm sure you motivate a hell of a lot of people through your life.
I'm going to send a copy of your letter to my dear friend, Jim Mayer.
He may be able to line you up with some gigs at Walter Reed. He is my former Admin Assistant when I was at the VA. He is currently with the Wounded Warriors Project in D.C.
Thanks again for the goodies !
Same Song / Same Refrain
July 21, 2010
LZ Lambeau: Finally
May 18, 2010
"LAST DISPATCHES" 3rd CD
May 4, 2010
Yankee Medic Records has finally secured the analog tape masters from Actual Sound Studios in LaCrosse, WI and had them digitally transferred at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN. The 8 songs contain session work from Violin virtuoso Randy Sabien, Lap Steel and Dobro ace Andy Dee and guitarist Paul Bergen from their 2006 sessions.
"Elegy For The Fallen" on Film Soundtrack
May 4, 2010
Waltzing Matilda film productions has selected the 12 String instrumental "Elegy For the Fallen" for its memorial service scene in its independent documentary on the 1/5 Marines in Afghanistan - "PATROL BASE JAKER".
The song will also be on the soundtrack CD as well as the film score.
"Elegy For The Fallen" on compilaton CD
November 6, 2009
Music For the Troops has selected Lem's moving 12 string guitar instrumental composition - "Elegy For The Fallen" written for the Gold Star Families of the US as part of its second compilation to be released on Veterans Day - November 11th, 2009.
The Compilation CD will be a free download to all active duty military personnel, and available at Post Exchange outlets.
April 24th Zablocki VA Med Center
May 29, 2009
From Sandi McCormick - RMT
May 20th, 2009
Thank you for sharing your time and talent with our Adult Day Health Care Veterans, Staff and volunteers. Your music brightened up everyone's day. Your enthusiasm is contagious. We are all so glad to "catch it" !
The amount of effort that goes into writing, arranging, rehearsing, making the time to commute out here from LaCrosse, transport all of your equipment and find parking is all so very much appreciated. We realize that the joy you bring while you perform is backed by a lot of time, miles, dedication and love !
For all you do, we are grateful !
Thank you for sending the pictures ! We put them on our bulletin board immediately ! They serve as a wonderful reminder of our afternoon with you.
Music filled our rooms the whole rest of the day ! No one, neither veterans nor staff could stop themselves from humming, singing and/or tapping there toes ! We thank you again and look forward to your next visit with us !
"Six Lazzeri Lane" CD Release
August 24, 2008
Lem Genovese's SECOND CD - "Six Lazzeri Lane" has been released on Yankee Medic Records. It is an AUDIOPHILE single speed glass mastered quality compact disc sure to delight his ever growing fanbase.
Percussionist Scott Sheridan and ace recording engineer, producer and mastering honcho Michael von Muchow also found the time to lay down some tasteful bass grooves on this one.
While Lem's first CD endeavor - "The LAST Audition" was more of a performing songwriter solo effort, the crew here @ Yankee Medic Records finally convinced Lem's 2nd cousin - Vicenzo Vittorio ( aka "Vinny One-Take" ) Palermo to add
some lethal blues harmonica tracks to three of the songs. One need only listen to the title track to understand that this is an exceptional blend of roots, Mekong Delta Blues, swamp rock & Americana blended into an exceptional package. Please click on the LINKS section to sample the tunes or make a purchase online.