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We are interested in providing a home for artists that want to have their tracks evaluated by seasoned professionals in the music business and fans alike. If it's a demo or the finished product we want to hear your tracks! This is intended to be interactive between the artists and listeners. Providing feedback to the artists will assist them in developing their music.

August 27, 2016

ZAP Feat. Zappa Vocal Legend Ike Willis, Chip Z'Nuff & Sean McKee Release Digital Single “Air Traffic Control” on Steve Vai's Favored Nations


Chicago, IL - New band ZAP has released a digital single called “Air Traffic Control” on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. The band is made up of Emmy-nominated composer Sean McKee, who is also collaborating with Jon Anderson from YES on a concept album project, Ike Willis, the voice on numerous Frank Zappa albums, and Grammy-nominated bassist Chip Z'Nuff (Enuff Z'Nuff, Missing Persons, Adler's Appetite).

“Air Traffic Control” started as a 60 second piece that was commissioned by Lee Abrams (Co-Founder of XM Radio) to have McKee write a piece of music in the style of Frank Zappa, and produce a video to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his passing. McKee wrote and performed all instruments, including recording the keyboard parts using a then-prototype Lineage MIDI guitar from Inspired Instruments.

Besides being a musician, McKee is known as a pioneer in the field of image processing, creating technology used for new movies and classic film restorations, along with 2D to 3D conversions, with the technology he led development on being used daily in Hollywood. For several years, one of his clients was Gail Zappa, Frank's widow, and he worked on restoring film elements from Frank's archive, and also helped to recover lost video masters that Gail hadn't seen in years.

According to McKee, “When I heard the news of Gail's passing last October, I was deeply saddened, she was very kind to me, and an incredibly smart woman who pioneered the concept of artists' retaining the rights to the master recordings. I decided to take the 60 second piece and finish it as a proper song, as a memorial to Gail and tribute to Frank, who was a big influence on my playing.”

McKee crafted the song starting from the existing 60 second guitar solo, building a complete song around it, similar to methods Zappa incorporated. He then asked Ike Willis to sing on the track and add another guitar solo. Die hard Zappa fans will also notice a lyrical reference to the infamous 'White Zone'.

McKee continues, “The original solo I wrote is what ends the song, and Ike takes the first guitar solo. If you close your eyes, you can see Frank and hear the lineage. When Frank got sick, he asked Ike to carry on his music, and while this is a new, original song, his playing and voice carries the torch for both the legacy fans as well as a new generation of listeners.”

McKee then asked Chip Z'Nuff to play bass on all parts except for the bass under the solos, which McKee had recorded originally.

The end result is a modern interpretation and homage to a timeless and unique style.

Watch the video:


To purchase:
http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1146099690?ls=1&app=itunes
http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1146099690

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/ZAP-BAND-1618003005158499/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

August 24, 2016

Stream Feature: Cody Webb-More Than A Little

Cody Webb enters the country music scene with a lot of energy and charisma. His self titled EP says it all and when you hear his single "More Than A Little," it sounds like a polished professional stepping out from Nashville ready to take on this big world.

Watch out ladies, if those big pearly whites don't grab you his voice will. Cody's voice is spot on and clear concise country without a doubt and it's all radio ready.

Check out Cody Webb's country music it will make you smile and want to take a cruise down the nearest dirt road and breath in the country air.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Cody Webb:

http://codywebbcountry.com

Singer, songwriter, musician, and touring artist Cody Webb has played hundreds of dates across the East Coast, Midwest and beyond, earning thousands of fans with his expressive tenor and deft guitar work. Recently relocated to Nashville from his native South Carolina, he’s finishing work on his debut EP and has assembled a team of top music business pros for his first push onto the national scene...READ MORE

August 23, 2016

Featured Stream: Angie and the Deserters-The Gift

Angie and the Deserters will steal your heart and soul with their new EP Blood Like Wine

The featured track here is "The Gift" and man is it ever a knockout punch! Angie's voice is sexy and emotive but it has just enough grit to make sure her point gets across with some impact.

The guitar playing really resonates and seems to bounce off the walls while Angie wails "I will cry for you, I will die for you."

Pure emotion with great alternative country is the right combination for this band. Check out this track, I guarantee it will satisfy and have you looking for more.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Angie and the Deserters:

http://www.angieandthedeserters.com

Born in Upstate NY in a small town called Potsdam in what many refer to as the North Country, singer-songwriter Angie Bruyere spent her childhood running through the backwoods and roaming the train tracks, living the simple life that inspires imaginations of which lyrics and melodies are made. Settling in Southern California at a young age, Bruyere began a modeling career that took her on a journey around the world...experiences that can be felt throughout many of her songs.  Pen and paper always in hand, she began writing poetry and playing her guitar, lending itself naturally to combining her two passions into what has become a body of musical work that she continues grow daily...READ MORE...

August 18, 2016

Featured Track: The Ann Wilson Thing – Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush cover)

The Ann Wilson Thing #2 was released on August 12th. The second installment of classic rock covers takes some of the best songs you have heard over the years and gives it that Ann Wilson stamp. 

Her name is synonymous in the world of rock and she continues to record quality music with Heart and her solo work is exemplary as well.

"Don't Give Up" is a classic tune from Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush however as the track begins she lets the crowd now she will be covering both parts which is not difficult for a Gemini.

It is a heartfelt effort that is given its due by Ms. Wilson and it goes without saying that the musicianship is excellent as well. I can say that I have always enjoyed her music and this is yet another one to add to the list.

Turn it up and enjoy!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Ann Wilson:

http://www.heart-music.com

As a songwriter and lyricist, she has created a truly impressive body of work ("Crazy on You," "Barracuda," "Magic Man," "Dog & Butterfly," "Straight On", "Even it Up," "Mistral Wind," and many, many more). However, her greatest gift, and first "calling" is singing. Her voice is considered to be among the best ever, with its vast range, amazing power and sheer musicality. It has inspired legions of great singers, across every genre of music. Witness the number of times "Alone" has been performed on American Idol! READ MORE...

August 12, 2016

Pink Fireball Release Wild Rock Single 'Cool Rider Crunch'



Pink Fireball are a four-piece rock group from Paris, reviving classic rock whilst introducing several of their own idiosyncratic twists.

Their previous single ‘Turn Around’ was a chugging rock anthem that incorporated trumpets accompanied by a fun rollercoaster-themed music video. Now the band are back with this new guitar-driven single ‘Cool Rider Crunch’. It features some big vocals, breaking into a mean guitar solo for the second half of the track.

The music video is equally exciting and sees the band riding a 1965 Ford Mustang. The video also features appearances from Moulin Rouge dancer Chloe Alexandra Atherton and models Aline Tran and Petula Goldfever. 



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