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Cover art

I’ve received numerous compliments on the cover art on Box 1. I would be completely remiss if I did not publicly thank Cindy Regan of Cindy Regan Design. Cindy is an old friend who does incredible work. She’s got “mad skills” on both the creative and technical aspects of design.

I had a few rough Ideas I had sent her. She fired back several…all excellent. The very last one was of a fire alarm pull station. As soon as I saw it, the gears started turning: A call box! Cindy replied that was her idea, but that she didn’t have a photo. The sun was still up, but heading down fast. I jumped into some flip flops, grabbed my camera and ran out to the corner of my street to get the image of the Gamewell box that is now on the cover. Cindy did the rest. Yes. The title came from the image, not the other way around.

Thanks Cindy!


Box 1 now available!

Download Box 1 by Mean Old Fireman & the Cruel Engineers


The long-awaited CD from Mean Old Fireman & the Cruel Engineers, is out. Spanning genres and pushing beyond the horizon, Box 1 features 11 tracks, from blues classics high energy originals. Follow Slide Guitarist Ned Bolle as he takes you on a musical odyssey, from the East to the West, from the Delta to the Mountains and everywhere in between!

Download Box 1 by Mean Old Fireman & the Cruel Engineers

“Box 1” set to drop 8/1/2019


“Box 1”, the debut album by Mean old fireman & the cruel engineers is scheduled for release August 1st. Musically, it spans the spectrum from blues jazz rock fusion with some rock and meth-grass thrown in for good measure. The single “Mean Old Fireman” is available for download now at Mean Old Fireman single – CD Baby (as well iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon and all major outlets, as well as streaming services.

“On your Marc” will be available in advance (7/25) on iTunes. The full album will be available (download and CD) August 1st. (Cover art by Cindy Regan Design)

Debut single drops!

I’m proud to announce that the first single from Mean old fireman & the cruel engineers is available. “Mean old fireman”, credited to Jeremy Spencer, of Fleetwood Mac is the first release from the upcoming full-length CD “Box 1”.

Recorded at The Bridge Sound and Stage, the track features Rick Plourde on bass, Chuck Whiting on Keys, and Joey Pafumi on drums and percussion. Available now at CD baby.com and all major download and streaming services.

Single release: 6/6/2019!

I am thrilled to announce the debut single release of “Mean old fireman”, by Mean old fireman & the cruel engineers. This classic delta blues gets a swampy remake, heavy on grit and slide guitar.

The is the first release from last year’s sessions at The Bridge Sound and Stage. Featuring vocals and slide guitar from Ned Bolle, the cruel engineers are filled out by Chuck Whiting on keys, Rick Plourde on Bass and Joey Pafumi on drums and percussion.

Produced by Ned Bolle and Alex Allinson, it is the first track of the forthcoming full length CD, “Box 1”. “Mean old fireman” will be available for download through Cdbaby.com and all major outlets for download or interactive stream.

Almost there!

It’s just about a year to the day that I headed into The Bridge Sound and Stage with Joey and Rick to start the basic tracks for the then unnamed album. It’s been a long road, but last night, I emailed approval on the final mixes, and “Box 1” is heading to the mastering stage.

Along the way, more tunes got added, a couple were written, Alex Allinson, engineer extraordinaire, got promoted to partner, I hit the “pause” button on this project to produce The Screwtop Sommeliers debut album, “Uncorked” and Joey has taken to the road with The Paul Nelson Band.

It’s been an incredible journey. While it has taken longer than I anticipated, I’m delighted with the music we captured and honored to have been joined by such talented musicians.

There is still work to be done…graphics, mastering, copyrights and publishing…but can see the light at the end of the tunnel, shining like “a headlight on a Northbound train!”