State College, PA, March 28, 2008 – BMI affiliated Singer-Songwriter Will Diehl has announced the presale for his new studio release Love and Motion, a CD of original music. The CD contains a mix of rock, pop, jazz and alt-country. A reviewer of one of the songs said, "I thought this song was going in one direction when it started out, and then it … took a new direction ... Loved the sax. Vocals were cool too, it felt like a mix between Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and George Thorogood." One of the unique aspects of the process and creation of this CD is that collaboration was via the internet. Will has never met some of the musicians on this CD – and most of the tracks were recorded in the respective musicians' home studios and then sent back and forth to Diehl. Diehl recorded the initial vocal and guitar tracks at his home studio and sent the tracks to drummer and bass player James Robinson (http://www.internetmusicproduction.com/) in Los Angeles. After these tracks were recorded and rough mixes completed, they were sent to Ian Cameron (http://efiddler.com/) in Vancouver, Canada, who added violin and mandolin tracks. Morris Acevedo, guitarist and owner of the New England Guitar Workshop (www.negw.org) provided guitar, keyboards and organ from the Boston area and John Christensen (http://www.madisonbassplayer.com/John+Christensen/) of Madison, WI added bass. Back in Pennsylvania at Frigo Recording studios (www.frigorecording.com), Diehl met with saxophonist Rick Hirsch (http://hirschmusic.biz/) and mandolin player and guitarist Tom Buckmiller. Recording Engineer Marc Frigo, who has worked with artists such as the The Indigo Girls, Patty Loveless, Jewel, Israel, Erin O'Donnell, Nicole C. Mullen, The Borrowers, Letters to Cleo, and many others is currently working with Will on the final touches for the upcoming release.
Picture the scene: A 13-year-old Ray looking out over a Dorset valley, playing sax solos to a field of cows. "They always looked so bored," says Ray. "I thought if I could get a reaction out of them, I could conquer a stone."
Eckhart Tolle with his best selling new book, "A New Earth" (Oprahs book of the month club), is not alone in instigating change and "Awakening to Your Life's Purpose" through media. Big Fuss Records, Miss Kristin has proudly released a brave new heart healthy collection via Amazon mp3 and Itunes available April 1st with awakening the soul in mind through music and song.
"Pennsylvania Avenue" is the bold new ‘state-of-the-nation' narrative from Alan J. Lipman, aka X-Patriate. 2008 has seen this song reach top popularity status on iTunes. It is taken from the remarkable new album "Greetings From Lafayette Park", newly released on OneSuch Records. This record, with its echoes of Springsteen, Dylan and The Beatles, has been making waves all over the world – first in Italy and France, and now in Japan and the US too, word-of-mouth has drawn over a quarter of a million viewers to X-Patriate's MySpace page. And with other album tracks "Dirty Little Secret" and "Dirty Life" also achieving top popularity on iTunes, it seems that Lipman has something to say that people want to hear.
San Diego, CA, March 25, 2008 — San Diego artist Tracy Johnson (Snowfire Records), an independent singer/songwriter who has had several songs placed in episodes of MTV's The Real World Denver and Newport Harbor (formerly known as Laguna Beach) and has a track licensed for use as the music for the closing credits in the upcoming feature film Winter of Frozen Dreams (2008) starring Thora Birch (of American Beauty), released a new single today called "The Art of Dreaming".
Atols, a Japanese techno/electro pop music unit, released its 5th indie album called "Lesson 1" at Apple iTunes Store, and this is the first time they release an album for the worldwide market. Discover the new techno/electro pop sound with exotic Asian flavors.
SIENNÁ releases the 1st full-album "A Pure Land", a collection of freestyle electronic club-jazz tracks. You will be dancing on her experimental dancefloor, rocking with the stimulating edgy guitars, & even mind-tripping into the enchanting Japanese-inspired art-perspectives. East meets west in her innovatively keen mixtures of soothing but groovy soundscapes.
SALLY ZITO'S NEW CD, CHEAP AND ALIVE-- A SOPHISTICATED JAZZ- INFLECTED POP STYLE ALBUM MAKES ITS' NATIONAL DEBUT San Francisco Giants Pitcher Barry Zito plays guitar on all tracks Daughter of Nat King Cole Composer/Arranger Joseph Zito LOS ANGELES, CA – Sally Zito, the daughter of Joseph Zito, famed composer, conductor and musical arranger for Nat King Cole, continues the family tradition of deep, meaningful writing, placed in a sophisticated jazz-inflected pop style for her debut CD, Cheap and Alive. Asked about what inspired her work, Sally says, "This CD is drawn from the people and life stories I've noticed along the way. The title track chronicles a teen growing up in Las Vegas and trying to be accepted, but looking to all the wrong role models. I think that speaks to a lot of the girls growing up today, anywhere in the world." "The girls are thinking that who they are is not enough and they compare themselves to characters in music videos and TV. They feel, in order to be truly alive, they need to look and act cheap, rather than just learning to love who they are." Being brought up in a musical family, Zito started learning classical piano at age 4, moved into jazz improvisation and performing with several professional bands, even landing as the drummer for a heavy metal cover band in her early teens before going on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Music, Film Scoring, at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Her appreciation for writing was furthered in her early 20s by working for Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated film composer, the late Michael Kamen, whose credits include Lethal Weapon, Mr. Holland's Opus and X-Men, and later with multi-platinum songwriter/recording artist Harriet Schock, ("That Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady", "Ferris Wheel") who encouraged Sally perform her work in her own voice. Soon after, The Sally Zito Project was formed and met with great success. It was also during this period in Sally's career that she met her manager, Peter Bennett, (formerly the promotion manager for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones) who introduced her as "the female Billy Joel" because of her aggressive, yet sophisticated piano playing style. "I'm excited for people to hear my music because I feel it brings a very new and different sound to popular American music, yet draws most strongly from America's primary contribution to music: American standards, improvisational jazz, and rock and roll," Sally says. Filled with the sophisticated musicality of jazz harmonies, the melody and storyline of the standards, and the power rhythms of rock, dynamically performed by Sally on her piano; it is this fusion that make Sally's music so ground-breaking and exciting. In recent months, Sally has appeared as the opening act at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood during a "Benefit For the Animals", hosted by Paula Abdul and for such notable artists as Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers, Tony Maiden of Rufus and Chaka Kahn, Howard Scott of War, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Robbie Dupree ("Steal Away"). Additionally she has worked with Grammy and Oscar-nominated recording artist Stephen Bishop ("Separate Lives", "It Might Be You"), and opened for the legendary Eddie Money in San Francisco for the charity bash benefiting Strikeouts for Troops and the San Francisco Giants' Community Fund, working alongside her brother Barry, the starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Barry plays guitar on all tracks of Cheap and Alive. Sally and her band have been featured on the national television shows Extra and Living Large, and have received press coverage in numerous newspapers across the country, including USA Today, the New York Times, the Boston Herald, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Sally has received radio airplay across the nation and in Canada.
Thirty Two years later, look out world! Jim Skafish is shaking it up again. The man who set the Chicago musical bar so high, envious bands could never top it, is releasing his new CD, What's This? 1976-1979 on the 829 Records label. This masterful CD is a collection of eleven studio recordings from 1976 to 1979, nine of which are previously unreleased. It also features five new commentary tracks by Skafish including the historically accurate story of Sid Vicious' last public event at a Skafish performance in New York. The CD is accompanied by a 36 page booklet featuring liner notes by rock legends Cheap Trick, previously unseen photos and complete lyrics. In the liner notes, Cheap Trick refers to these recordings as "The music that started it all."
Haverford, PA – Rap artist Skip-Dawg returns to the forefront of East Coast hip hop with the release of his third album, "The Illest Emcee". This CD marks an impressive and long-anticipated return for Skip-Dawg, who in 2005 underwent two intensive surgeries on his lungs at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. A top notch college athlete who graduated from Princeton University at age 20, Skip-Dawg's academic and athletic achievements only scratch the surface of this remarkable individual's incredible and inspirational life story.
If you thought the Hot Club music couldn't get any hotter, then you'd be wrong! Armed with a handful of jalapenos and healthy dash of Tabasco, The Texas Gypsies' new album, "Café du Swing" has got just the kick you need.
A two-time survivor of the World Trade Center attacks, New York native Charlotte Doreen Small is releasing her long awaited, full length, More, on February 26th 2008 on Midnite Enterprises. More stands as an exalting testament to Charlotte Doreen Small's extraordinary life, and speaks about love and loss in world of fleeting promises.
Norine Braun's acoustically inclined performance will showcase ambient soul pop with elements of hip hop, jazz and folk from Evolution of the Blood Star, Norine's 6th independent album and songs from her earlier recordings. The evening will be recorded towards a "live" cd. Vancouver drummer-percussionist Sherri Chisholm joins Norine Braun. Sherri has over 25 years experience and played with Siobhan Duvall, She, The Bombshells and Jones Evil Circus and numerous singer-songwriters, theater and orchestral productions. Sherri's influences include Kenny Aronoff, Chad Smith and Peter Magadini. She is a stellar musician, versatile, creative and funny.
As a young man Dan Weintraub played the coffeehouses of Boston warming up for artists such as Tracy Chapman, but he eventually caught the "better have a real job" bug and began a successful career in education. Two decades later, and now as an ex high school principal and soccer coach, Dan has retired early to finally reclaim the music career he never had.
New York native Charlotte Doreen Small is releasing her long awaited full length on February 26th. More stands as a testament to Charlotte's extraordinary life. A two-time survivor of the World Trade Center attacks (both 1993 and 2001), More speaks about love and loss in world of fleeting promises.
Circle H Records announces the release of the new CD from Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and Recording Artist DUSTIN WRAY. The new project, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT IT'S CALLED, is scheduled for a February 7th release date. This is Dustin Wray's third studio CD, however, it is his first mainstream rock release as his music heads in a new direction. 13 new tracks cover such styles as Arena Rock, Pop Rock, Americana, Blue-Eyed Soul, and Country-Western. There is also an introspective cover of the Kansas classic, "Dust In the Wind"?.
New York — MUSIC TALKS SESSIONS (MTS), has launched its 2008 season moving the popular educational event into its 3rd year of helping to educate recording artists. During the past two years, MTS has provided artists with an eclectic and diverse array of live events (sessions) focused on its key disciplines of entrepreneurship, personal development and artist development.
MURPHYSBORO, IL, Feb 7, 2008, – IndieHeaven.com, the leading organization supporting Independent artists in Christian music, is pleased to announce that NATHAN CLARK GEORGE has been chosen as one of five finalists in the category of Acoustic Artist of the Year, in the 3rd annual "Momentum Awards". This prestigious award will be handed out at the upcoming IndieHeaven CIA Summit 2008 conference March 29, 2008.
John Hughes, the Canadian singer-songwriter best known for his well-received single, "Bring 'Em On," will soon release his debut album. Recorded in Nashville in Fall 2007, "TIME" is an album that brings together the experience, spunk and keen lyrical skills of Hughes, a native of Saint John, New Brunswick. Legendary producer Joe Hardy, who has produced the likes of ZZ Top, Steve Earle, and Tom Cochrane, oversaw the production of "TIME."
pfMENTUM, in association with PLOTZ! Music and Sonic Nation Productions, is proud to announce the release of Visions and Nightmares, the debut CD by DR. MiNT, officially scheduled for February 10, 2008. In conjunction with the album release, DR. MiNT will make a small tour of Southern California. Tour dates are:
As the name hints, Sundad is a father/son combo composed of father, John Eurell, Sr. and son, John Eurell, Jr. The father/son duo is backed by the world class percussionist Chet Soares and together the group is creating a new and exciting sound which they will present in concert at the Westchester Arts Council on Saturday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m.
Although the term has become much more inclusive over the last decade, traditional punk rock music is without question, an all encompassing lifestyle that gave birth to a soundtrack. Much more than an aimless middle finger, or a collection of noise and angst, punk music has always been synonymous with the working class and rooted in a real sense of family and community. Steadily cultivating their own niche within the diverse, and always discerning Southern California music scene, Longway have managed to not only capture a sound reminiscent of punk before it was embraced by MTV, and have become a new generation of musicians who wear the fundamentals of the culture proudly with every song they write.
The residents of Miami have always united behind their beloved sports teams. But now local artist, Dirty Lowdown, has gone one step further and produced an anthem that he hopes will have the Magic City stomping its way to victory.
After 20 years of successful recording (3 critically acclaimed CD's) and touring with his rockin' blues band "Garry & the Moodswingers", bandleader Garry Segal embarked on a solo career. Seeking a more personal connection with his audience, Garry got back to basics with a guitar, his voice, pencil, paper and the insights gained from many years on the road, marriage, love and betrayal.
20 year-old singer/songwriter Shane Cooley spent his fall semester at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, traveling back and forth to Charlottesville, Virginia to spend grueling hours recording his eleventh and strongest album yet, titled Whirlpool. Cooley describes his long days and countless hours in the studio and on the road as a pleasurable exhaustion. He will debut songs from Whirlpool, his second studio album in two years, during the half time shows at two William and Mary basketball games.
State College, PA, January 14, 2008 – BMI affiliated Singer-Songwriter Will Diehl has released his sixth CD of original music, entitled Makena Sunset. Recorded on the island of Maui and on the mainland of the US, the CD is what Diehl calls an "environmellow" release. Last year, Diehl released Rain and Thunder Meditation, another CD with a similar new age sound.
Evolution of the Blood Star by Norine Braun charts again for the ninth consecutive month climbing to number 3 on Outvoice in December and #10 overall for year. Norine joins artists kd lang and Melissa Ethridge on this month's and yearly GLBT Top 40 Chart . OutVoice is the online GLBT Top 40 Chart since 1996.
Vernon Neilly the award winning contemporary jazz guitarist/producer who's latest CD "G-Fire II" went Billboard Chart Top 10 Retail, has hit the big screen once again in his third major motion picture release entitled "Walk Hard" currently in theaters nation wide. Vernon who has previously appeared in Universal Pictures "Along Came Polly" and Warner Bros Pictures "Starsky And Hutch", got the call to join the Columbia Pictures set of "Walk Hard" a week before he was set to go on tour in Japan. Neilly says, "The timing worked out perfectly because the scenes that I was involved in took 3 days to shoot, and I was done, although those were some pretty long days!" "I love being involved in films, I have always had a great passion for films and acting, so it's always a pleasure and a joy for me because it breaks up my normal routine of writing, producing, and performing music. John C. Reilly (Dewey Cox) is an incredibly funny guy, and was a lot of fun to work with on the set, as is Tim Meadows ( Sam) both actors are formerly Saturday Night Live cast members so are experienced at delivering laughs!"
(Ottawa) 10 January 2008 - On January 1st, The Noble Son released the first track in a series of downloads available without charge at www.thenobleson.com. Each track comes complete with artwork and lyrics, and reflects the range of The Noble Son's repertoire. The first track is a mostly acoustic song entitled "The Shelf".?? The Noble Son is Gene Greer-Kondusky, a Canadian who's unique brand of loop-based acoustic music has been impressing audiences in Japan, Turkey, and most recently, the UK. His music has also drawn praise from media all over the globe. Returning to Canada last summer, his shows in Ontario, PEI and Nova Scotia received warm reception from media and fans alike.
Kiko Loureiro (Lead Guitarist of the Heavy Metal group "Angra") will be bringing his intense guitar prowess to the US in a very rare stateside appearance at the annual music industry professionals-only convention, NAMM Show 2008 in Anaheim, Ca being held at the Anaheim Convention Center, January 17 thru January 20th. Kiko will be demonstrating his signature pedal released by Zoom Effects on January 18th at 12:30 – 1pm and January 19th at 12 – 12:30pm as well as signing autographs during afternoon sessions with well-known guitarist George Lynch, formerly of the International rock group "Dokken". Guitar Player magazine recently honored Kiko in their November 2007 issue with a 3-page feature on the guitarist career and his virtuosic style of playing and composing.?? Kiko who is signed to Boosweet Records, USA will also be making a special appearance and performing at the world famous Musicians Institute (MI) in Hollywood, CA later in the month on January 31st between 3pm – 4pm. This performance at Musicians Institute Hollywood will mark a milestone in Kiko's career as he has performed previously at all other MI schools in Japan. Boosweet Records will be on hand at this performance supporting Kiko and will have some free giveaways to support this event. Kiko currently has 2 solo CD's ("No Gravity"," Universo Inverso") being distributed through Boosweet Records in the territories of Europe, Australia, US, Canada, Central America and South America, with the exception of Brazil. Boosweet Records exclusively handles all digital rights and sales internationally to these projects. You can purchase these recordings at www.boosweet.com, amazon.com, msn.com, emusic.com, and all major internet retailers. These CD's can also be downloaded at boosweet.com, Apple I-Tunes.com, Rhapsody.com and all major digital download retailers.?? For more information on Kiko Loureiro, his performances or his current and upcoming projects please contact Boosweet Records, USA at email@example.com.
On January 1st 2008, international award winning vocalist Simone Awhina will release her third CD, Born to Fly. This album contains beautiful original as well as well-known songs that encourage, inspire and uplift. She has mixed the classic sound of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland with the contemporary sound of Michael Bubble and Josh Groban to a unique style that no contemporary female artist is doing today.
DENVER based artist ERIC ROBERTS is among a diverse group of independent musicians competing in the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition. The track "Cella's Song", written for his wife, is the first prize winner in the "instrumental" category from his debut CD, "IN A SILENT PLACE" featuring world renowned cellist, David Darling.: "In A Silent Place" is an album of sublime instrumental guitar sounds." – 20th Century Guitar Magazine. "Eric Roberts plays guitar with a sincerity and emotive technique that rivals the finest players we've heard" – earbuzz.com.
Here is a peace & justice song, 'The Request' by Thomas Easaw, the founder of the Justice Theory. The Justice theory proposes the replacement of the capitalist and communist theories with justice for everybody. The song is available on Youtube for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBmjHiiylOU and all details about the author, his music and his theories are available at his website,
Romania, a nation rich in cultural heritage, has not really ever given the world a genuine pop star – The Cheeky Girls aside, of course. Now, the world must get ready for a new Eastern European musical personality, one set to earn the acclaim of the fickle Western market.
The Bonedaddys, lead by percussionist Mike Tempo, are L.A.'s original "Worldbeatniks" (since 1985) and one of the very first American bands to be described as Worldbeat. The Bonedaddys still take a "wide stance" stylistically, and claim influences ranging from Charles Ives to Burl Ives -with the common musical demoninator being a fun, dancable party ambience.
(Los Angeles, CA) --Candygram For Mongo (C4M)--an unsigned, Los Angeles rock-and-roll band have nabbed the opening slot for mega-stars Hootie & The Blowfish's upcoming show on September 29, 2007 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.
September 27, 2007 (Colorado Springs, CO) -- Mark Magnuson , a guitarist and arranger from Colorado Springs, CO, has recently released his second album "Acoustic Wedding". The CD contains 20 wedding ceremony classics, played in beautifully simple acoustic guitar arrangements.
The cool is back…On October 2 2007 Virginia Hip-Hop artist Trew will finally release his first album D/R Period presents The Big Chill on his own Inner Circle Entertainment Records with full worldwide internet distribution courtesy of Ingrooves and Rockboy Records.
Los Angeles---Ahhh, the holiday season: tinsel fairies flitting through the snow, whispering sweet nothings into your ear as you relax by the fire drinking hot egg nog with the ones you love that you only see once a year because more frequent meetings may be dangerous to your health as you fend off firey wails for the latest gizmos, gadgets and over-merchandised cartoons as well as wade through inquiries of why you had to settle for becoming just a doctor and not a surgeon like your sister (if only you'd listened). Stop the chaos! Isn't the holiday season supposed to be about rest, relaxation and rejuvenation? Yes, it is, and PrimaVista Records has just the soundtrack: Christmas Healing, the 3-volume holiday music release by Diane Arkenstone and Misha Segal.
Yarngo Music has announced the release of Songs of the African Coast: Café Music of Liberia. This unique and historical CD was recorded in the late 1940's in Monrovia, Liberia, and featured artists who were among the most popular in Liberia at that time.
After years of playing live around the St Louis area with great success, Charles Wells is finally ready to release his first album. It's My Turn is the culmination of hard work, natural talent and the innate passion of a man steeped in the musical heritage of the sixties and seventies, the groups he has played in, and the gospel music he was brought up with.
This summer saw the release of the debut album from one of the most exciting acts to come out of North Carolina in years. Nasty Fashion is the first LP from Mickey Biscuit and The Jefferson Christ Action, available from the band's web site.
Philadelphia's newest local blues heroes, Union Street Blues, are delighted to announce the release of their debut album By Any Means Necessary. The band will mark the release with a launch party in West Chester, PA on October 26, 2007.
Every two weeks, starting October 2, 2007, Warren will compose a song from information provided by the friends and families of the soldiers. Warren will record a song every two weeks from varying regions of the United States, starting with the Midwest. He will also record a song about active soldiers and also one about a veteran of war. Warren wants to give a voice to our fallen soldiers in a way that will bring long-term awareness to the overall effects of war. He feels the ones who have sacrificed for our country need a vehicle to share their experiences and should be focused on.
Missouri Valley, Iowa, September 10, 2007 – The National Traditional Country Music Association (NTCMA) presented their Rising Legend award to Country Music Singer/Songwriter Dave Jorgenson, following his performance on the main stage during the 32nd annual Olde Time Music Festival in Missouri Valley Iowa, held this past week. This award is presented to young song writers and performers with exceptional talent that are just beginning to be recognized by the industry, as determined by the NTCMA Membership. "Dave Jorgenson has a very nice traditional country music voice, and we think he is going to do well in the country music business" said Bob Everheart, President of NTCMA as he presented the award. "We are proud to present this award to Dave." "I am honored to receive this award from such a great organization" Dave said. "Writing and singing Country Music is my passion, and it is wonderful to have my efforts recognized" he added.
New York-based group Stand's fourth album "Travel Light" takes the band's music to new levels and will surely garner them high praise from fans and critics alike. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, this quartet blends lush melodic arrangements around the vocals of the band's two distinct voices, offering audiences a sound that combines thoughtful lyrics with one-of-a-kind melodies. "Stand's brooding but energetic and melodic rock has drawn comparisons to Coldplay, Pink Floyd, and Gang of Four," says Kay O'Day from Buffalo's Art Voice. "'Travel Light' is quite different from anything they've done in the past, concentrating on the strengths surrounding the band's two lead vocalists."
As a follow-up to the fiercely uncompromising power trio project, Slaughterhouse 3, bassist Gary Willis delivers a potent punch to the solar plexus with Actual Fiction, his solo debut on the premier fusion label Abstract Logix.
April 24, 2007 (Los Angeles, California) New Wave/Electro-Rockers FOLIO will be releasing their debut EP--Great Divide, on the 11db Music imprint on May 8, 2007. FOLIO's sound is a blend of modern edge infused with the brightness of New Wave. Fans have described FOLIO's music as a mid-air collision of Duran Duran, The Killers, Interpol, New Order, Shiny Toy Guns and Franz Ferdinand.
New Wave/Electro-Rockers FOLIO will be releasing their debut EP--Great Divide, on the 11db Music imprint on May 8, 2007. FOLIO's sound is a blend of modern edge infused with the brightness of New Wave. Fans have described FOLIO's music as a mid-air collision of Duran Duran, The Killers, Interpol, New Order, Shiny Toy Guns and Franz Ferdinand.
Sultry New Yorker Jasmine Jamillah has a new EP available, entitled Estimates (Live Cuts EP). Recorded over two nights in Fall 2006, the EP is an eclectic array of truly remarkable material crossing many genres including soul, folk and indie, and always with the breathy vocal tones of Jasmine.
Drew Pilgram, the massively talented singer-songwriter, is pleased to announce the release of her debut album, Magnetic Sideways Pull. One of the finest debuts you are likely to hear, Drew has concocted a mesmerising set of songs that address, with often heart-breaking poignancy, sadness, anger and bitterness. Yet it is still uplifting, quietly strong and often smiles sweetly.
In what is a major new innovation, two men - one lyricist, one composer - are undertaking the challenge of writing a musical. Not so special you might say, but Robert Gray and Christian Calcatelli, in a brilliant idea and a significant challenge, aim to compose this original musical theatre show entirely over the internet.
Daryll Dobson, The Electric Avant-Garde Guitar Master of psychedelic rock and fusion technology, has returned with a CD/DVD Progressive Rock Set "REALITY CHECK" and he has now TAKEN IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL! Three years in the making, Daryll's fourth release - REALITY CHECK - represents a major achievement in the merger of musical performance and audio-visual-internet technology! As a Producer, Daryll has created a total Musical and Visual Excursion into his unique world of Sights and Sounds! See the videos now at solarguitars.com & darylldobson.com
Los Gallos, a band acclaimed from Austin to the Rio Grande, announce their CD release party for the album Getting The Groove at Speakeasy's, Austin, Texas, on January 31st, 6:30pm-9:00pm. The party also sees the debut of the music video to the single Maria Marisol.
PLOTZ! - the neo-traditional, electro-gypsy, Balkan dance band is proud to announce the release of, Extraordinary Renditions! This CD features fast-paced, sideways-groovin' original compositions and traditional Balkan party tunes
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, January 11, 2007 -- Illusion 33's debut CD, "18 Shades," will be released nationwide by Dummy Boy Records on January 15, 2007. Hailing from Sandpoint, Idaho, the new-school rock trio serves up melody drenched pop-punk with enough edge to rattle the speakers and big-game hook that demands attention. Previews of the album have already garnered positive reviews and radio airplay in the Northwest.
The music world is eagerly anticipating the new single from Diane McKoy, the brightest star of gospel working today. Entitled "Are You Going There, Too?", a Ben Freed production, released on Canadian-American Records, it is looking to build on the great success of a diverse talent with a sound - as has been written - "to lift the spirit, soul and feet".
The Day After Tomorrow is the debut album from Postscripts, aka the remarkable talent that is Darvin Serge Jones. The release is courtesy of Jones' own Projection Projects, a small independent label based in Austin, Texas.
Award-winning international children's artist DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has teamed up with a popular music website - SongsForTeaching.com- to offer a free song download about the life and work of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The song is called: "I Have A Dream" and speaks in simple and singable terms about the wonderful vision of equality and dignity brought to life in the famous "I Have A Dream" speech.
"I consider this one of the most personal and introspective albums I have heard in years. It was a joy to listen to from one end to the other, It is not a collection of singles but a single great piece of art that stands on its own. I will also say that I have played this CD as walk in music at concerts and I have never failed to have several people ask me about it or where they could find it. Class A production and sound. I cannot recommend this album enough."
Kountreeboyz Entertainment are delighted to announce the signing of Sean 'Barney' Thomas and Sean Kristopher, two of the most exciting emerging talents in the United States who look set for great things in 2007. Sean is a platinum-selling producer who most famously has worked for none other than Dr Dre. He was also behind the mixing desk for Snoop Dogg's hit single, Murder Was The Case.
Wayfaring Stranger is guitarist and songwriter Dan Cunningham's third album. The West Virginian's innate gift for melody is fused with his genuinely unique fingerpicking guitar style, to produce a truly bewitching album.
It may be the hippest and most 'insider' classic rock interview and music show you've ever heard. The first show features a candid conversation with a legendary musician who's recorded and performed with artists such Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller, Jackson Brown, Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt and others. There's even a segment called 'Classic Rock Hits of the Future' that features Christopher's predictions of what songs of today will be classic rock hits of the future. Christopher aka Chris McCarty is the songwriter (& musician) who's penned classic rock hits like "Swingtown" for the Steve Miller Band.
September, 2006, MARATHON, FLORIDA KEYS - Former Marathon Mayor John Bartus has just re-released his Keys Disease CD after being term-limited out of office in a city he helped found. Even though John served as an elected official for six years, performing his Buffett-and-Taylor-style tropical rock music has been his "day job" for 25 years. He has shared the stage with acts like Kansas, Rick Derringer, 38 Special, Edgar Winter, and more. Between his musical and political exploits, John makes for a compelling and entertaining interview.
New Jersey-born musician Al Garcia has released a new album, Alternate Realities, that has quickly garnered rave reviews. Following the runaway success of his debut album, Make It So, Garcia has combined his eclectic influences - jazz-rock fusion, progressive rock, classical, jazz, latin, space rock, electronica, and cinematic music - to create a sound that transcends traditional music boundaries. "Alternate Realities is a journey through the universe of jazz rock and progressive fusion blended by a master musician," says JazzWorldQuest.com.
Part comedy troupe, part fire throwing extravaganza, and part metal band Naked Flames continues to celebrate the recent release of their second album, "Animal Love." This original fourteen-track album celebrates the world and all its clich%E9s, twisting classical tunes into parodies, cultural symptoms into lyrics, and traditional performance styles into unique, good-solid fun.
Singer-songwriter, blues guitarist, and author Pete Mitchell alias Stratmaster continues his musical career of over 30 years as an accomplished touring musician with the release of his new solo album, "Cutting the Mustard." This compilation of ten original songs highlights Mitchell's love of the blues guitar tradition in a unique blend that he calls "Crossover Electric Blues/Country-Rock."
June 19, 2006 (Baltimore, MD) -- Andrew Luttrell, a singer/songwriter and performer from Baltimore, MD, will release his brand new studio album "Luttrell, Noon & Wenger: Scorched Sentiments" first week of August, 2006. The CD contains 12 original tracks recorded with two talented local musicians, Skip Noon and John Wenger. "With powerful songwriting, which beams incredibly intense lyrics and soulful melodies, Andrew sings and plays acoustic guitar and harmonica from the heart, while ranging the musical gambit of Blues, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, and Alternative," Ryan Kearns of Premier Records writes.
New Mexico seems to be preparing for its own musical Desert Storm with great new bands like Soular and The Shins. Another hot alternative band making their way down from the enchanted desert is Racecar who is working on the follow up to their modestly successful debut. The self titled disc received awards from VH1, Radio Indy and Radio Gets Wild.
Rocking thru America, acting as the guise of charismatic Boston folk/country rock singer-songwriter Lee Herterich, has stormed the internet charts, tallying up an impressive three number one chart toppers in three months - not bad for an artist whose presence has only been known for little over a year. His third number one, 'Miss Liberty', received over 1,600 internet plays in one day alone, and this summer his many devoted legions of fans will be able to get their hands on the much anticipated Star Album that features all his top internet hits.
The purpose of the Atlantis Music Conference & Festival, which began in 1998, is to present the greatest platform for the discovery of new talent in America. A small group of individuals dedicated to seeing the event through remain dedicated to that initial mission statement. After 8 years, Atlantis remains true to its mission and thus, is quickly growing into an international conference!
With a sound as soothing as it is inspiring, classical and jazz guitarist and bassist Eric Roberts's debut album, "In a Silent Place" (MusicMagic Productions, 2005), continues to dazzle New Age listeners worldwide. Upon the album's release in March 2005, it quickly jumped to number one on Newagereporter.com's Top 100 Recordings, and it has continued to receive positive listener feedback. This thirteen-track collection features accomplished cellist and former Paul Winter Consort member David Darling, as well as guitarist Robert Weinstein and percussionist Ed Contreras, and offers its listeners a unique sound that Roberts himself describes as "jazzy, non-commercial New Age."
May 18, 2006---Jazz historian, published author and devoted fan Walter Kolosky has a self-proclaimed mission: "to promote jazz and progressive music." His new book, Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra, published by Abstract Logix Books and available May 22, is no exception.
May 15, 2005 (Scottsdale, AZ) -- Talia, a 14 year old pianist, composer, arranger, singer and songwriter has released her third CD "My Notes". The album contains 8 originals tracks and one cover tune. Talia's music fuses jazz, pop, world music, hard beats, and classical into a sound that is unique.
Blam! Registration is underway as bands from across the US representing all genres and styles of music get set to Rock in the 8th Annual "B.O.B." 2006 Battle Of the Bands Festival! The Festival starts June 2nd and ends September 16th! Bands are competing for cash and prizes in the biggest festival of its kind! Some of this year's sponsors include: Poison Tree Records, Sam Ash Music, gogirlsmusic.com and Hot Topic!
April 6, 2006 (New York, NY) -- Just John, a veteran singer and songwriter from England, has re-released his critically acclaimed album "Back To Australia 2005". The CD contains 14 tracks of golden oldies from the 1950's. Just John is an ex Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy) pilot who rejected a contract from Decca records in 1957 to pursue his military career. Now, after 65 years of singing on literally every coast of every ocean, Just John returns what many have called his 'definite masterpiece'.
Almost 15,000 songs by amateur and professional songwriters from 82 countries were submitterd to the 2005 competition, consolidating ISC's status as the leading songwriting event globally. Over $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among 50 winners, including a cash prize of $10,000 (US) to the 2005 Overall Grand Prize winner.
April 5, 2006 (Champlin, MN) -- Janet Bosshart, a Christian singer from Champlin, MN, has just released two CDs "Down To Earth" and "Servant Of God". The first contains ten inspirational love songs. "Either someone has a broken heart or they are still with the their loved one," Janet comments on her choice of songs. "Servant Of God" is a divine collection of some of the best contemporary Gospel around today, containing tracks such as 'Spirit Blowing', 'Holy Is Your Name' and 'The Holy City'. "I am most grateful for the many blessings the Lord has given me and for the chance to spread His Gospel and Teaching through the blessing of song," the singer says.
April 4, 2006 (New York, NY) -- Radio Direct X will launch an international radio campaign today of the newly mixed and re-mastered CD "Wonderful To Be" by jazz singer and composer Tammy Allen. The CD contains 11 tracks of contemporary jazz with strong classic soul and Latin flavors. Lyrically, Tammy's songs reflect her love of life and music. She has the support of the Atlanta's finest musicians on the album. "Tammy Allen is a wonderful vocalist with a powerful message. I love the song 'I am Free'," DJ Rene Williams of Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK writes.
March 27, 2006 (Chicago, IL) -- Mbconn, a psychedelic noise rock artist from Chicago, IL, will release his debut album "From Black To Purple" on April 4. The CD contains 10 songs and a 17 minute hidden track - 78 minutes worth of music, sounding like nothing on the radio. "Yeah, it may be a hard listen at first, but that's what I wanted," Mbconn says. "I wanted something with musical resonance, and I think I succeeded. I could've been like most bands and written four minute pop rock, but that's too easy and gets old real quick."
acks and a DVD with archival footage of the band's notable National Performances, (including an ABC Special), as well as modern interviews with each of the band's members, Private Stash is the definitive collection for Woodheads."
March 14, 2006 (Washington, DC) -- Hoover's G-String, an indie rock band from Washington, DC have released their 3rd full-length CD ELEPHANT PARTS on Red Tide Records. The CD contains 12 tracks of fun-loving pop rock, with all the guitars you can squeeze onto a 1-inch tape. "Roots-pop trio Hoover's G-String may not be a household name, but after nearly a decade of releasing dependable albums, here's to hoping they reach a few more ears. RIYL: early Wilco, Bill Lloyd, Breakup Society," writes Stephen Haag of Pop Matters.
Here's an interesting item for those who may wish to submit their music for inclusion in Action Sports Films. Apparently, they have some amazing footage. If you are interested, please send directly to the address below with some sort of reference to Burgundy Morgan (from whom this tip comes) on the package or in a letter so Stephane will review it. All music styles may work, but generally, rock, industrial rock, rap, hip-hop, reggae, Americana, and punk work best with the footage.
The Los angeles Music Network was created to promote career advancement, continued education and good will among music industry professionals. We sponsor industry gatherings, workshops, private dinners and seminars with top executives; publish bulletins which feature interviews and business coverage of the music industry; and provide professional development opportunities and career services, such as job listings and a Mentor Network, to our members. LAMN has grown to include members from around the nation and the world with branch operations being established in New York and London.
Blam! Last summer some of the hottest and coolest bands representing all genres and styles of music competed for cash and prizes in the 7th Annual "B.O.B." Battle Of the Bands Festival! The finals took place in Las Vegas in January, and when the dust had finally settled, the winning band was Tubby from San Diego, CA!
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 18, 2006) _ The sixth annual DIY Convention: Do It Yourself In Film, Music and Books has set the first panelists for its 2006 education sessions, to be held February 5-12, 2006 at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood.
Urban Network, the Los Angeles-based premier entertainment industry publication, online portal and multi-media company, continues to spread its successful music industry conference model%97this time by partnering with Out of the Ashes Inc.%97bringing the Seattle music community of aspiring recording artists, independent music industry professionals, and entrepreneurs a 3-day event aptly called the Northwest Music Explosion, to be held September 28 through October 1 at the SeaTac Hilton Hotel and Conference Center.
Blam!'Some of the'hottest and coolest bands representing all genres and styles of music from accross the Western U.S., Canada, and Mexico'will be competing for cash and prizes in Worldfolk's (The folk stands for people) 7th Annual "B.O.B." Battle Of the Bands Festival!
We have a winner! Of the single elimination at least. Any guesses? Well he won the single elimination last year and does sick one-handed back loops. Yes, Josh Angulo ruled the day and just got better and better as each heat progressed. But there is more to the story than that...
It's that time of year when people begin to reflect (usually after one too many sherries) on the past twelve months. Thanks in no small part to you lot we've had our best year ever. So get ready for some sickening mutual appreciation and back-patting...'
If I had a dime for every person I heard say during the Sessions Men's Rail Jam held in Vail, Colorado, 'Man, Shaun White always wins,' I'd be ! nowhere near as rich as he is (but I'd definitely have some money in the bank). You see, Shaun White does always win, and for good reason%97he's good! So it really was no surprise to anyone on Friday evening when the prolific shredder walked away with a return title for this year's rail event by flying around and taking a different line almost every run, 50-50 to gapping the kink on his way up, and then 50-50ing back down the kinked rail to 360 out. He also 270ed onto the kink and tore apart both C-rails. Yeah, he kinda just did it all.
In front of over 3000 cheering fans Ricardo Campello (JP, Neil Pryde) and Daida Moreno (North Sails, Mistral) have taken overall victories following another insane night of indoor action here in London. The show finished in spectacular fashion tonight, when US sailor Josh Angulo clinched the jump title from Ricardo Campello, with his final jump of the session. Earlier in the day Nicolas Akgazciyan (AHD, Neil Pryde) of France took victory in the freestyle while in the afternoon session Ricardo Campello managed to fend off a concerted challenge from Ben Proffitt (Fanatic) to clinch the race victory. In the women's competition Iballa Moreno (Mistral, North) took overall victory in the jumps while Daida (Mistral, North) cleaned up in both race and freestyle.
The kids' Christmas list just isn't the same anymore. No more dollies and wagons, no more toy trucks and electric trains. Now it's skateboards and ramps, streamlined inline skates, a kayak and a pass to snowboard at Chestnut Mountain.
The Cleavers' debut CD, Television Mind, not only depends on great original music written and performed by the band (even if I do say so myself!), but also computer technology that allowed our band to record and promote this CD with less cost and total control. This melding of science and art has created new opportunities for the independent artist. The Cleavers have been able to master the various tasks needed to record, manufacture and promote this CD by taking advantage of these computer technologies:
Next to your instrument, your network will be one of the most important things in your career as a musician. Whether you're signed, or an indie artist, it's not just who you know that's important, but who knows you. Having a working network can make the difference between playing an empty club and opening for a platinum-selling band.
Plan your record release as if you were an actual record label, taking on the role of both the Product Manager and the Director of Promotions/Marketing. Imagine that your label will be releasing a CD in three months. (This plan presumes the project is currently wrapping things up in the studio and should be ready for mastering.).
This summer, a love of music and games are coming together on a computer screen near you. Combining forces with Got Game Entertainment, Australian musician, artist, and game developer Cos Russo, conjures music and mystery in "Alida", an intricate first person 3D graphical adventure game. If you're already a gamer, think "Myst" with a rock 'n roll attitude. And if you're not, this is the kind of game that could make you one.
Even though it is now, practically, an "independent" musician's world, more and more, we are reading how increasingly important it is for unsigned and independent recording artists to have professional third-party representation in the forms of record promoters and media publicists.
A studying multi-instrumentalist since the age of ten (Guitar, Bass, and Keyboards), Steve Steckler in 1989 founded the very big sound of Big Sound Studio. Having composed original scores for "National Geographic Explorer." "MTV," "The Discovery Channel," he is currently writing new music cues for the library of Fox TV's "America's Most Wanted."
Subtext: The do-it-yourself approach to marketing and promoting music that began back in the 1970's and, perhaps, as early as the 1950's as an experiment that was often an exercise in futility, but has, ironically, become the standard by which we all exist, also comes with its own sets of blessings, curses and limitations.
There comes a point in every artist's life when they need to go beyond simply scratching the surface and truly invest every ounce of their soul in the creative process. Though powerhouse vocalist Rachael Lampa's consistently belted out reflections from the heart, this self-titled outing finds her letting loose with no holds barred abandon, upping the expository level and relating to her audience with new found candor and maturity.
Over the years, musician Johnny Clegg has worked hard to merge two worlds %AD the English-speaking and the African American culture of South Africa %AD and succeeded in doing so with the formation of the first interracial band - Jaluka. However, the group formed around the time of apartheid, which brought upon unforeseen complications including the banning of their first album by the South African government. Having to deal with so many uncontrollable issues, the group broke up in the mid-80's, and Clegg formed another band with Savuka, combining European pop music with South African melodies.
align%3D"left">CatDesigners hail from London (the UK love their cats, even more than the US, ya know), and have developed an introspective indie feel that trips into a marriage between David Bowie's Scary Monsters and Earthling. Maybe more toward Scary Monsters, but with a great sense of modern mixing and scheming.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is honored to release an historic set of music with The Who's legendary concert performance Live At The Isle of Wight on DVD on August 10, 2004. Supported with a nationwide theatrical premiere at Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters across the country on August 9th, the concert event will also be broadcast in high definition on INHD later in the month, beginning August 14th.
Another fresh face has emerged from the musically fertile landscape of Alberta, Canada, and its name is Freddy. Or rather, his name is Freddy, a.k.a. Frederic Litwiniuk. "I decided to just go by 'Freddy' so people wouldn't have to worry about trying to pronounce my last name," explains Freddy. "The first name is maybe a little easier for people to remember. My last name gets butchered pretty well," he adds, laughing.
Jennifer Brantley says she is obsessed with writing great songs. It shows. On the Other Side, her compulsively listenable new CD for Blue Room Records, demonstrates that the young Nashville-based singer and songwriter is equally committed to the craft of making great records.
For my first 10 years of playing music, I was in a succession of bands that went nowhere. Armed with the foolhardy belief that we were destined to succeed just by playing out and releasing product, we played gig after gig to dismal audiences and sent out hundreds of CDs to radio and media, yet received little notice. After years of frustration, I channeled my energies into a solo techno project. I hit pay dirt and was signed to a record company after sending out only 20 cassettes.
Another fresh face has emerged from the musically fertile landscape of Alberta, Canada, and its name is Freddy. Or rather, his name is Freddy, a.k.a. Frederic Litwiniuk. "I decided to just go by 'Freddy' so people wouldn't have to worry about trying to pronounce my last name," explains Freddy. "The first name is maybe a little easier for people to remember. My last name gets butchered pretty well," he adds, laughing.
Over the last few years, as my band faded from the press and as we tried to find a label crazy enough to release another one of our records, I watched radio become exactly what Pete Townsend said it would become in his never-realized sequel to "Tommy" - "Lifehouse." In his story, Pete says that "Tommy" is no longer physically deaf, dumb and blind, but emotionally deaf, dumb and blind. His senses are overrun and subsequently deadened by advertisers, the media, and the like. In Lifehouse, the government has assumed control of the radio, and the citizens are not allowed to listen to anything but mundane, boring, safe, Muzak. Betcha didn't know you'd be so right so soon, huh, Pete? Leave it to Janet and Justin to be the downfall of freedom of speech - or the necessary wake up call.
If not lyrically, that's what this album is all about spiritually for McCain. His first proper studio release since the end of a long tenure at Lava/Atlantic Records, Scream and Whisper was created at a time when the Greenville, South Carolina, singer/songwriter was at a crossroads both personally and professionally.
No matter how many music conferences I go to, no matter how many panels I sit on, I continue to hear the same half-baked advice doled out to unsuspecting artists. I've come to call them the 3BL-- the three biggest bits of non-advice given to musicians. Here they are:
No, that's not the name of rock singer extraordinaire Leiana's newest CD, but it could be - with no apologies to 50 Cent, who could learn a few things about lyrics, power and pain from this lady. This will come as a shock to those who think that someone blond and beautiful has it made and that a brother from the ghetto who got all shot up has a corner on the harshness of low level life and survival, a/k/a "keepin' it real."
With the release of his fourth CD as a leader, DRUM N BASS SOCIETY - Vol. 1 (Blue Canoe Records - 2004), Joseph Patrick Moore captures a variety of moods, sound textures, and grooves - yes, he always grooves. His musical inspiration comes from a diverse range of musical styles and is motivated by the influences of various legendary artists of many different musical genres. Yet, his music still retains the right creative balance between familiarity and uniquely original in context.
Fresh new threads from a company aimed at quality product for little to no dough. Broke Ass Riders brings your new t-shirts sporting the BAR logo in a variety of flavors, and of course the newly reclaimed hat style, the trucker. BAR gear is cheap, arrives quick, and is something that will definitely turn heads.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.)--USA Cycling was saddened to learn today about the death of NORBA member, Mark Jeffrey Reynolds, 35, of Foothill Ranch, Calif. as a result of an apparent mountain lion attack in nearby Mission Viejo.