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January 28, 2016

Bassman75 - 'Don't Judge Me'




Legendary R&B artist Bassman is set to release ‘Don’t Judge Me’, his stellar follow up to hit ‘Jamaican Grind’. Although it carries on the dance tangent it is very much a personal ode.
Inspired by hardship and medical trauma Bassman felt the best way to convey his emotions was through the medium of music. After an allergic reaction to penicillin and the concept of death very much a reality Bassman decided it was time to write about his experiences. Music saved him and he is now intent on sharing his artistry with as many people as he can.
Inspired by the music and dancing of Michael Jackson but with a more modern urban sound, Bassman is already turning heads with major urban tastemakers such as The Source Magazine and Hip-Hop Weekly. And now, with new music garnering comparisons with Flo Rida, Pit Bull and Rick Ross, he’s set for his latest assault on the music industry.


Bassman filmed ‘Don’t Judge Me’ in Las Vegas and his ability to perfectly compliment music with visuals enables him to be a forerunner in the business. The video is a brilliant amalgamation of everything Bassman is and perfect representation of his life so far.

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January 26, 2016

Jazz/Swing Stream: Sasha's Bloc-Breakfast

How can a song make breakfast so appealing? Sasha's Bloc knows how with their track "Breakfast" from their album Heart On Fire.

This band is keeping the tradition of jazz, swing and cabaret alive with their tasteful and expressive music.

Sasha's Bloc is like a Broadway show set to some of the best jazz and swing you will hear in our modern technical age.

So as they say in the song "Start the day with a smile and stop to enjoy!" I think that holds true if you have the track "Breakfast" playing to help give you that incentive.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Sasha's Bloc:

http://sashasbloc.com


Alex Gershman – Bass Guitar

“Alexander Gershman is not a jack of all trades; rather he is a master. He wears many hats and wears them all well: physician, surgeon, philanthropist, bandleader, songwriter and bassist to name a few.

The 8-piece small group which is Sasha’s Bloc sounded nothing short of amazing as they dazzled the capacity level VIP crowd. Songs like “Feels Like Jazz” and “Breakfast” were guest favorites, along with the sweet and melodic duet “Black and Blue.” Speaking of the songs, they are Gershman originals. And from my perspective, his writing is right up there with some of the classic songsmiths of the first part of the 20th century.” -International Review of Music by James DeFrances


Brandon Fields - Saxophone

Brandon Fields is one of the most talented and renowned saxophone players in the world. His debut recording “The Other Side Of The Story” was recorded in 1986. Three additional concept albums followed with great success.

World class Saxophone player who performed with Earth Wind & Fire, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Luis Miguel, Al Jarreau, Robben Ford, Nancy Sinatra, George Duke, Engelbert Humperdink


Mr. McChesney – Trombone


Mr. McChesney one of the most talented and renowned Trombone players in the world.


Some of his film credits include Rocky Balboa, The Pursuit of Happiness, Everyone's Hero, Shepherd, Mystic, Rush Hour, The Cooler, Space Jam, and many others. TV shows featuring his work include The Simpson’s, Family Guy, American Dad, Happy Hour, Looney Tunes, JAG, King of the Hill, Futurama, and more.

He can be heard as a jazz soloist on his own "No Laughing Matter - The Bob McChesney Quartet Plays Steve Allen", Horace Silver's It's Got to Be Funky(1993), Bob Florence's Grammy 2000 winning CD "Serendipity 18", along with others.

Alex Budman – Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone

Since his move to Los Angeles from San Francisco in 2005, Alex Budman has been in heavy demand as a session musician and soloist, recording on a wide variety of albums, TV shows and movies. His command of the saxophone, clarinet and flute keeps him busy playing in the top tier of LA's musical community. Alex can be found touring with songwriter Christopher Cross and has been fortunate over the years to perform or record with artists including Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Clare Fischer and Rosemary Clooney.

Kye Palmer – Trumpet

Trumpeter Bobby Shew first got Palmer his start on the Woody Herman Orchestra; Palmer toured 1988 through 1990 with the group. Palmer currently performs and records with the Chris Walden Big Band, Bill Cunliffe’s “Imaginacion” and other groups in the Los Angeles area. He has also performed and recorded with LeAnn Rimes, Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, and Diane Schuur, as well as touring Japan with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Poncho Sanchez Latin jazz band. Television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman.

Palmer continues to teach trumpet and is serving as an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton.

Kevin Winard – Drums

 
When he was just twenty years old, Kevin began touring the country backing up one of the most successful pop duos in musical history—The Captain & Tennille - touring and recording with them for over ten years. In the summer of 1988, Kevin traveled the United States with the pop group Times Two, opening for Debbie Gibson on her Out Of The Blue tour, and went on to accompany French rock star David Hallyday for his European tour and live album, followed by a world tour with pop icon Paul Anka.

Andy Langham – Piano

Andy Langham studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas. His touring credits include Poncho Sanchez, Natalie Cole, Christian McBride, Ernie Watts, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, New York Voices, John Heard, and Dewey Redman. His recording and/or performance credits include John Abercrombie, Gary Bartz, Terence Blanchard, Arthur Blythe, Debby Boone, Randy Brecker, Bobby Caldwell, Pete Christlieb, Ravi Coltrane, Larry Coryell, John Fedchock, The Four Freshmen, Terry Gibbs, Gerry Gibbs, Tom Harrell, Jon Hendricks, Dave Liebman, Don Menza, Roy McCurdy, James Moody, Sam Rivers, Christian Scott, Bobby Shew, Lew Soloff, Mike Stern, Clark Terry and Steve Turre.

Steve Cotter - Guitar

Steve Cotter's first interest in jazz and studying guitar came about in his 17th year. Cotter excelled at the esteemed college playing in the One O' Clock band and obtaining the graduate teaching fellowship. At UNT he played along side distinguished jazz performers including Marc Johnson, Buster Wiliams, Gerry Muligan, and Randy Brecker.


He has performed with such notables as Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy Smith, Dave Pike, John Pisano, Bill Perkins, Dale Fielder, Jane Getz, Bob Maize and Ernie Watts.


In 2005 to the present he has toured extensively with vocalist Steve Tyrell to Europe, Japan, Russia, and the U.S. including residencies in New York City. While in Los Angeles he started playing with Sasha’s Bloc Band

Tony Galla – Vocal


Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Tony Galla was discovered in Buffalo, New York by renowned disc jockey Joey Reynolds, recording his first hit single, “In Love” (Swan Records). Climbing quickly up the Billboard charts, “In Love” became a national cult hit in the U.S. and throughout the UK and Europe, where it currently remains a popular hit.

After releasing their first album, Live at the Inferno (Discovery Records), rock legend Jimi Hendrix helped Raven land a recording contract with Clive Davis and Columbia Records, releasing a second album, Raven and the single, “Feeling Good.”

Soon Tony could be found jamming into the wee hours of the night with Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin at local nightclubs in New York City. Tony toured extensively with Raven gaining worldwide attention and opening for prominent groups like Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harem, The Byrds, The Young Rascals, Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy. He is Now performing with Sasha’s Bloc

Jane Monheit

“Everything I’m singing now is a reflection of my truest self,” says Jane Monheit. “After all this time in the industry, after touring for 13 years, it’s time to just be me, with complete and utter freedom.”

It can be felt in her wide- ranging choice of material, in the unique arrangements, and in her own fearless performances and interpretations. The diverse and very personal set of songs includes both familiar standards and compositions by Lennon/McCartney, Randy Newman, two songs by Ivan Lins, recorded in the original Portuguese, and, for the first time, a Monheit original. She is now performing with Sasha’s Bloc.

Alvin Chea – Vocal


Alvin Chea was born in San Francisco, California. A graduate of Oakwood College, he earned a double-major Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications. As a veteran of the music industry, his singing voice has been heard on scores of movie soundtracks and music recordings, and he has been a Voice-over artist anchoring numerous commercials. A founding member of ten-time Grammy® award winning ‘Super group’ Take 6, Alvin Chea has toured the world extensively and shares glimpses of that life in his autobiography, BassLines. Over their twenty-year history, in addition to becoming the most nominated R&B, Gospel, or Jazz vocalists in Grammy® history, Take 6 has garnered several venerated music industry honors. In addition to the aforementioned activities he is also pursuing a Juris Doctorate in Entertainment Law.

He is now performing with Sasha’s Bloc.

Nora Rothman - Vocal

Los Angeles native Nora Rothman has been singing jazz professionally since age 16, when she was bewitched by the freedom, expressiveness, and honesty of America's classic art form.

At age 19, she moved to Providence, Rhode Island to earn her B.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University. While in college, Nora sung in ICCA award-winning jazz a'cappella group "The Higher Keys" and also toured Florence, Italy with the Nora Rothman Trio. In 2013, Nora returned to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a singer/songwriter/actress. She joined Sasha's Bloc in the fall of 2014, and made her live radio debut with Jane Monheit and Alvin Chea for the "Heart on Fire" release show on Kjazz 88.1 this spring.

Nora has already performed with such respected jazz stalwarts as Marcus Miller, Alan Pasqua and Bob Shepard. She can be found singing jazz in every corner of town--Vibrato, Catalina, the Dresden--with L.A.'s finest players.

Sasha’s Girls:

Glynis Leflore


Glynis LeFlore is an aspiring singer from New Orleans. She joined Sasha’s Bloc, September 2014.

Darah Fortier


Darah is an amazing singer, infectious and captivating performer, and an inspiring and prolific songwriter.. Thanks to some direction from special key figures in her life, the world now has access to a moving, touching and inspiring force. She joined Sasha’s Bloc September 2014.

Octavia Pace


Octavia is a successful and very talented background singer. She joined Sasha’s Bloc September 2014.

Jasmin Handon


Jasmin is a very talented vocalist who has been touring as a lead and background singer. Her passion is in R&B and Jazz. She joined Sasha’s Bloc February 2015.

Symphonic Rock Icons Renaissance To Tour The US & UK In Support of New DVD Release “Live at The Union Chapel”


Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US & UK in support of their new DVD release “Live at The Union Chapel”! Filmed at The Union Chapel in London UK on April 16, 2015 by Paul Green Productions, with lighting by Russell 'Tigger' Matthews, the DVD features Renaissance performing such favorite classics as “Carpet of the Sun”, “Ocean Gypsy”, “Mother Russia”, “Ashes are Burning” and newer pieces “Symphony of Light” and “Grandine il Vento” to an ecstatic audience! The DVD is NTSC all-region, with LPCM stereo and Dolby Digital surround audio tracks. A Blu-Ray version is planned in 2016.

Watch the trailer: 


Renaissance Winter 2016 US & UK Tour Dates:

USA
Feb 12 - The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA - tickets
Feb 13 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA - tickets
Feb 19 - The Newton Theatre - Newton, NJ - tickets
Feb 26 -  Renaissance on the Moody Blues Cruise - Miami, FL - tickets

UK - (dates April 17 through 26 with Curved Air)
April 14 - Trading Boundaries - Fletching
April 15 - Trading Boundaries - Fletching
April 17 - Opera House - Buxton
April 18 - The Stables - Milton Keynes
April 19 - Robin 2 - Wolverhampton
April 20 - Academy - Newcastle
April 21 - ABC - Glasgow
April 24 - Academy - Bournemouth
April 26 - Shepherds Bush Empire - London

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band's career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

In the early years Renaissance toured Europe extensively. It wasn't long before influential progressive rock stations in the US, such as WNEW (NYC), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (Washington) were turning on America to Renaissance. Before too long the band started thrilling concertgoers on the world's most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in NYC with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the Royal Albert Hall in London with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. In 1978 they had a top ten hit in the UK with 'Northern Lights', which has become a classic radio favorite, still demanding regular airplay to this day.

The band eventually disbanded in the late 1980's at which time Annie Haslam launched a solo career. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original founding of Renaissance, Michael and Annie in 2009 decided to form a new touring band. More recently they have toured the UK, Belgium, Holland, Israel, Portugal, North America, Canada, Japan and South Korea and produced their first album in 13 years entitled “Symphony of Light”. The album is a testament to the unforgettable melodies that Michael Dunford infused into his work, Michael died prematurely in 2012.

Renaissance toured Europe in April 2015, the first in over 35 years! The tour was very successful and the fans loved every minute!

The current personnel of Renaissance include: Annie Haslam lead vocals, Rave Tesar keyboards, Tom Brislin keyboards, Mark Lambert acoustic guitars, Leo Traversa bass guitar, and Frank Pagano drums.

Watch Renaissance's new video for Cry to the World: 


To purchase Renaissance “Live at The Union Chapel” DVD: http://renaissancetouring.com/store ;
The DVD will also be sold through Amazon. A signed copy by Annie Haslam will be available through Renaissance online store.
The Audio version of Renaissance “Live at The Union Chapel” will be available at Renaissance online store, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Rdio, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, Microsoft Groove, and MediaNet

For more information:
www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

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

January 25, 2016

R & B Stream: Bunny Sigler-Lavada

Bunny Sigler just keeps on keepin' on with yet another single release to keep that energy flowing and rolling along. There still remains a fire burning inside this man and with "Lavada" that is quite evident.

His smooth delivery and stories of love and life make him sound like a man half his age. His vocal style is so pleasing and from the heart that you cannot help but buy in from the first note.

They broke the mold when they made Bunny Sigler. He surely is a unique and consistent force in the music industry. One listen to "Lavada" will be all the proof you need that he is here to stay.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Bunny Sigler:

http://www.bunzmusicandrecords.com

 Bunny Sigler Is "Mr.Emotion"...

Creating serveral hits over the span of his career that today's generation keep sampling, Bunny continues to write, produce and Record new material. He is the co-writer of the song, "The Ruler's Back" which was an opening song for the Jay Z's album, Blueprint. He has a brand new TV show coming out called "Bunny and Friends" and  a brand new CD as well. At 70 years old "there ain't no stopping us now" claims "Sigler"...Lets face it !! They don't build them like this anymore and Bunny Sigler is the "Real Deal."


He's a living legend alright and a huge part of music history. Whether it's performing, writing or producing he gives it his all....

It's no wonder why the Industry has nicknamed him "Mr. Emotion."

January 23, 2016

Featured Stream: Kathryn Kaye-Learning To Waltz With Clouds

Kathryn Kaye's latest release is There Was A Time.

Kathryn's recording output has been totally consistent and complete quality for many years and I would anticipate another wonderful group of tracks on the new album.

One example that surely indicates that is the focus track "Learning To Waltz With Clouds." The title alone suggest something so beautiful and spiritual that it cannot miss hitting you just the right way. Her piano playing is gorgeous and you can envision getting in step with the billowing clouds above. The thought of it brings a quiet to your inner being and of course the music leads the way.

This is a great introduction to her latest outing and I certainly look forward to hearing more of the same!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Kathryn Kaye:

http://kathrynkaye-music.com

Kathryn Kaye grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southeastern Kentucky.  She began playing piano at the age of four, and music immediately became an essential part of her life.  She majored in voice and keyboard in college, after which she moved to Germany to further her training.  Prior to and during her years in Germany, Kathryn performed professionally as a folk singer and soprano soloist in concerts, recitals, and operas, and she has appeared as a solo performer on television in both Germany and the United States.

Kathryn has been influenced by the simple harmonies of the folksongs and hymns that she heard, sang, and played as a child, by her years of experience with classical music, and by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains where she now lives.  Her music ranges from compositions with strong, emotional melodies through more contemporary, meditative, instrumental pieces.

January 22, 2016

Check Out Sensational Young Singer-Songwriter Robyn Regan’s New EP ‘This Love’





Robyn Regan brings a brand new soft release with “Oh I”, a song about something that everyone can relate to – the big teenage crush!

You can check out her video here:

 


Robyn’s previous releases have gained high praise from radio stations and critics alike, plus plaudits from an even higher source, with tracks already making the top 10 in the iTunes’ songwriter chart!

She has performed on stage at some of London’s most prestigious venues, including The London Palladium, Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Hackney Empire, The Globe Theatre and The Barbican. Robyn has also been able to pick up performance spots on TV and in advertising, working on a campaign for the British Heart Foundation and appearing on kids TV shows ‘The Crunch’ (Nickelodeon) and ‘Smile’ (CBBC).


‘Oh I’ is taken from Robyn’s new EP ‘This Love’ radi.al/ThisLove available on iTunes now!


Links:

https://twitter.com/robynlouregan

https://www.facebook.com/RobynReganOfficialFanclub

https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperRobster15

Marcus Nand Releases ‘Time And Tide Wait For No Man’



The great new single by Marcus Nand is ‘Time And Tide Wait For No Man’, a melodic soft pop/rock track which is set to be released on 22nd January. The single is the first release from his album of the same title. Marcus is best-known for his work as a guitarist, and session musician, having played with many well-respected musicians, as well as expertly crossing-over between genres such as rock, pop, flamenco and blues.


‘Time And Tide Wait For No Man’ is structured as a typical pop song but with Marcus’ own unique spin. Straight away the song begins with a full band, with Marcus’ uplifting vocals right at the focal point. The song starts off quite mellow but soon becomes rockier during the chorus. The lyrics tell the story of sell-expression, determination and motivation to achieve what you want in life. With this powerful message and masterful, capturing guitar work, along with a strong backing band, this makes an excellent first single and we’re excited to hear the rest of the album.  


US 70's Proto-Metal Power Trio BANG To Tour Europe For First Time Ever!


Free Download of “Questions” Now Available!

Philadelphia, PA (USA) – Often called America's answer to Black Sabbath, one of the most unsung bands in the history of US hard rock music, BANG, is back! With the heaviness of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with the groove of Grand Funk Railroad, BANG released three critically acclaimed albums on Capitol Records in the early 1970's before disappearing for a number of years. 2016 marks the 44th anniversary of BANG's critically acclaimed debut album and the band is celebrating with a major European tour! This will be the very first tour of Europe for the legendary power trio, which will take them through the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark. Sweden, Spain and Portugal!

Says lead vocalist and bassist Frank Ferrera, “BANG is extremely grateful for the opportunity to play in front of our European fans...this will be our 1st time overseas and we're excited to share our music with you...”

Bang European tour dates:

April 14 - Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, The Netherlands
April 15 - Immerhin - Wurzburg, Germany
April 16 - Kulturbahnhof - Jena, Germany
April 19 - Borderline - London, UK
April 20 - Truckstop Alaska - Gothenburg, Sweden
April 21 - OCCII - Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 22 - Bassy - Berlin, Germany
April 23 - Goldgrube - Kassel, Germany
April 24 - Glazart - Paris, France
April 26 - Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark
April 27 - Grand - Malmo, Sweden
April 28 - Geronimo FT - Stockholm, Sweden
April 29 - Rocksound - Barcelona, Spain
April 30 - Sound Bay Festival - Lisbon, Portugal

To listen/download BANG's “Questions”:



Says Frank Ferrara, “Needing one more song for the BANG album...we had Questions....our producer didn't think the song was strong enough to be on the record... we disagreed and convinced him  to add it to the BANG album...Lo and behold it became our first single....it goes to show that sometimes the "BAND" knows best....”

The 1971 self-titled debut album 'BANG' is considered an important forerunner to the early Doom Metal genre. Undoubtedly one of America’s heaviest 'proto-metal' bands from the period, BANG also had a strong sense of melodic power. The band's versatility and songwriting skills are second to none. Highly regarded as a cult act by many for years, it’s now time for this truly amazing rock band to be enjoyed by a new audience worldwide!

Back in the spring of 1972, BANG was shaping up to be the proverbial 'next big thing'. Signed a few months earlier to Capitol Records, the band's first single “Questions” was taking off in the Billboard Hot 100. With the enthusiastic support of their record label, the trio's self-titled debut album was also climbing in the charts. The group's management had them opening shows for just about every major band of the era. Moreover, BANG had recently opened for their all time favorite band Black Sabbath, and by common consensus of opinion, stole the show! With two band members, guitarist Frank Gilcken and lead singer/bassist Frank Ferrara, still in their teens, and drummer/lyricist Tony Diorio, BANG seemed to be unstoppable!

Somehow, though, it didn't quite work out. Even as “Questions” was charting, a corporate shakeup at Capitol saw the band's supporters moving on and replaced by A&R men who had their own signings to promote. With the band's producer, Michael Sunday, also leaving the label, BANG's support system was crumbling. Their new producer engineered a change in personnel that led to drummer/lyricist Tony Diorio’s departure. Meanwhile, the label insisted that BANG develop a more mainstream, pop oriented sound. Trying to keep the dream alive, they changed management companies. With a much more commercial approach, the group released a 3rd album, 'BANG Music' in 1973, which, although did contain some great songs and performances, failed to chart. By 1974, just a couple of years after their initial success, a tired and disillusioned BANG had lost their direction, momentum and self-belief. They went their separate ways.

Despite the relative briefness of their career, BANG left behind a powerful recorded legacy: four albums, including their unreleased 1971 concept album 'Death Of A Country', as well as a trio of non-album tracks that were recorded as singles when their deal with Capitol was about to expire. In 1996, much to everyone's surprise, BANG reunited! The band recorded and released in 1998 a new album titled 'Return To Zero', with the more metal-oriented album titled 'The Maze' (featuring new versions of old favorites “Love Sonnet” and “Bow To The King”) following in 2004, proving once again that the band still had the magic that made them great back in the early 70's!

And now, much to the excitement of their fans, BANG will be performing live in Europe in 2016! Says Frank Ferrara, “The three of us realized that BANG was still a musical force. And even though a lot of years have passed, we were writing songs as if it were yesterday. The dream is alive, and with renewed thirst and love of the music, we are resuming our quest.” With drummer Jake Leger, and the Franks, the band will remain a three piece, sounding just like the records!

Finnish label Svart Records is re-releasing Bang's 4 classic records: Death of a Country, Bang, Mother/Bow to the King , Music Album. They are being re-pressed on both vinyl and CD and will be available early 2016.
http://www.svartrecords.com/

Please visit http://www.bangmusic.com to explore and download BANG's complete record catalog, including the band's latest CD releases 'Return To Zero' and 'The Maze'. Also the website contains never seen videos of BANG! http://www.bangmusic.com/videos/ as well as the BANG story – a must read and see! http://www.bangmusic.com/bangstory/

For more information:
http://www.bangmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/Bangtheband
Instagram: @bang_the_band

Management: taryn.waldman@gmail.com

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

January 18, 2016

Mechanical Man Album Review


Mechanical Man’s powerful and ultimately enthralling eponymous eight-track album is taking metal rock to a new level. Whilst adding interestingly refreshing elements of brief and almost jaunty piano interludes this body of work manages to remain within the spheres of the muscular riffs and soaring vocal energy that usually form the attributes for great metal records.

Having shaken up the music scene in Russia, this band is introducing a splendid reinvention of traditional metal sounds. With outstanding tracks such as ‘Madhouse’ or ‘Queen Of The Night’, the five piece has created an album which easily touches upon the genius of bands like Metallica or Black Sabbath. Mechanical Man have proven an outstanding ability to fuse melody with the gripping force of hard rock.


The album ‘Mechanical Man’ will be out on 30th January 2016.
Links:

January 16, 2016

Featured Stream: Joe Heinemann - Lenape

Joe Heinemann's new release Gratitude says how the artist feels about life and he then translates that in his music.

The track of choice is "Lenape." It is a beautiful dance of grace and sound. Joe's fingers are the translator and his piano is the messenger.

The soft intro pulls you in and grabs your attention. The pace is purposeful and meaningful. 

"Lenape" is one example of what is in store for the listener on the new release. Lovers of instrumental, classical and new age music will find this an enjoyable piece to listen to.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Joe Joe Heinemann:

http://www.joeheinemann.com

Some music career voyages start early, some start late, but each one shares a point where the commitment to working on one's craft becomes

important. For pianist Joe Heinemann, that happened at the young age of 7, shortly after he began taking piano lessons. His mother was the only

member of the household “really into music,” and was the guiding force in his early musical development and the emergence of his performing

talent. “My mother pushed me when I was young, which was key, because I wasn’t aware of what I was developing completely. I wasn’t self-driven.

There were many small steps to feeling good about becoming a really proficient player and side-man, and that made making music more valuable as

I aged."

Joe Heinemann grew up in Portland, Oregon, and studied classical piano from the age of 7 until he turned 20 (including a brief stint at the

Music Conservatory in San Francisco). His professional playing career began smack-dab in the middle of that spell, at a mere 13 years old. As a

young teen in Portland, he found himself drawn to jazz by listening to albums at friends' houses. In his twenties, he heard a Keith Jarrett

album and a light bulb went on over his head. “I was a strong solo pianist and always wanted to do that most. When George Winston appeared [on

the scene] I thought it was great that he could do concert halls with a casual appearance. I wasn’t at a point in my life to follow a similar

path to [Winston's], though.”

After his formal studies, Heinemann funneled his energy into jazz and dance music, as well as a great amount of freelancing (he would end up

playing piano and keyboards with an assortment of bands until he turned 45). For two years in the mid '80s he lived in Amsterdam, playing local

gigs and touring Europe, performing and recording, including dates with saxophonist Archie Shepp. These years represented his most intensely

focused jazz-playing period.

Moving back to the States, he launched a career as a jazz and blues keyboardist in both Portland and San Francisco, most notably touring and

recording with Charlie Musselwhite's Band. Between 1992 and 2001, Joe recorded and shared the stage with many well-known artists (e.g. Robert

Cray, Steve Miller, Bonnie Raitt, and Albert Collins, to name just a few), developing a reputation as the consummate sideman. He also fronted

his own group, releasing six recordings under his name. One of his earlier songs, "Straight Ahead," placed in the top ten in a Jazzizz magazine

national keyboardist contest. As accomplished as he had become, something was missing. “I knew in 2001 I had to leave freelancing and playing in

other people’s bands. I needed to take time to develop my music and discover my true voice. I knew it would be a long process and I had to make

a living, so I built a private piano teaching business in the Bay Area and left performing for a living to teach while I wrote and developed my

own piano repertoire. That lasted about 12 years.”

In 2012, he and his wife moved to New York City (where they currently reside) and Joe spent time “getting to know himself” as a different kind

of piano player and composer. “I fully realized I wanted to (and needed to) find a way to be a solo pianist, perform for respectful audiences on

nice pianos, express my original music in a relaxed and mature environment.” This process of discovery slowly took shape, culminating in the

artist reaching out to noted producer Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records and currently part of one of the hottest producer/engineer

tandems in music alongside Tom Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in rural Vermont. It is here that Joe recorded his latest work, Gratitude. While

subtle elements of jazz can be heard on the album, “...with this music I’m doing now, melody is primary. Will stresses this and I think it’s

part of why his judgment is so valuable. I will probably revere melody more for the rest of my life because of Will’s influence.”

As Joe Heinemann continues to evolve, those first glimpses of this new direction his music would take all those years ago (with the discovery of

Jarrett and Winston) have crystallized. “This solo piano, original music, played on great pianos, with quiet listeners that want to hear you,

working with the greatest producer in the business, and an audience ready for my music, is all I really wanted since I was very young.

Ultimately, I want to leave something behind after I’m gone. The music I’m making now will allow for that.”

January 15, 2016

Healthy Junkies 'Box of Chaos' Review



Healthy Junkies are a band that lives, breathes and suffers punk rock. This is most evident in their latest album ‘Box Of Chaos’, a truly magnificent ode to the manic depression that plagues the residents of a 21st century world.



Although full of social commentary about how screwed this planet is in songs like “Watch Out” or “Captive” Healthy Junkies don’t drown into a nihilistic kind of self pity. Instead, they are punk rock enough to scream “I don’t give a damn” and “Je suis free”, demonstrating that our day and age isn’t necessarily an easy one to live in but that ultimately they’re going their way regardless – and that’s brilliantly inspiring!


January 11, 2016

Featured Stream: Robert Linton-Aside The River Bend

Robert Linton has a new album coming out titled Beyond The Clearing. The focus track is "Aside The River Bend."

The track is much like walking alongside a long and winding river observing the fluctuation of the flow and all the activities one may witness during that stroll.

Robert's guitar is poignant, expressive and beautiful as the nature it emulates. The track is soft yet it makes a strong point as it makes its way into your soul. It touches your senses and you really can relate to the title so much once you listen.

I look forward to hearing the rest of this album as it sounds like it will be a wonderful experience.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Robert Linton:

http://www.robertlinton.com

Robert Linton is a musician of deep thoughtfulness, this sensitivity is evident on his recordings of lyrical guitar instrumentals. Linton plays finger-style nylon-string guitar, his songs exude such tranquil beauty and peaceful solace that they work their way into your soul without you even realizing it. They become part of your being without any conscious effort or mood-setting required, which is the essence of true musical artistry.

Robert's first recordings can be found on his 2001 demo, which featured (among others) the songs "Scent of Rain," "Mountain Mist," and "Autumn Moon." These tracks would later be re-recorded and released on his CD Pale Shades. By 2005, Robert had released his second CD Within the Outline. It was while promoting Within the Outline that Robert first connected with noted guitarist and founder of the ground-breaking label Windham Hill, Will Ackerman, (currently the hottest producer in contemporary instrumental music via his Imaginary Road Studios). Agreeing to produce Robert's next CD, Whisperings at Nightfall, Ackerman added other instruments to Robert's sublime guitar compositions, calling on the members of a crew of accompanists who have since been featured on many excellent recordings from Imaginary Road. After the release of Whisperings at Nightfall, Robert took time away from recording his music to write music for the library of Harpo Productions.

In February of 2011, Robert released Throughout the Autumn Light. Mixed, mastered and co-produced (with the artist) by the highly regarded studio engineer and overall sonic wizard Corin Nelsen, the album features a stellar cast of guest artists: Stephen Katz on cello, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Tracy Silverman on violin, Jill Haley on English Horn and Jeff Pearce on EBow guitar. In March and April of 2011, Throughout the Autumn Light reached number two on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airply charts. By the beginning of 2012, the CD had been nominated for Best Instrumental Acoustic Album by radio broadcasters reporting to Zone Music Reporter. Also during this time, Throughout the Autumn Light and Whisperings at Nightfall were added to the music library of The C.A.R.E. Channel, a program of Healing Healthcare Systems, which is played in more than 700 leading hospitals around the country.

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Elaine Blake - 'The Back Door Man' Review



The Back Door Man’ by Nottingham musician Elaine Blake is a song as joyous as the singer herself. Elaine is a wonderfully quirky newcomer who has previously worked with various jazz bands and girl gospel groups. With ‘The Back Door Man’ she is now entering the realms of pop in the most rosy and cheerful way. The song is a great pop track that lifts the spirits and manages to put a smile on everyone’s face. With this kind of music we’re definitely ready for springtime!

Listen here: 


The new single from Elaine Blake is out on February 12th
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January 8, 2016

Macon Blind Guitar Legend Joey Stuckey Working On New Blues Album Feat. Chuck Leavelle, Jimmy Hall and Renowned Producer Ross Hogarth


Macon, GA - Joey Stuckey is a blind guitarist, producer, educator, recording artist and media personality.

Born in Green Cove Springs FL, a city that has honored him with the key to the city and now residing in Macon GA, for whom he is the official music ambassador, Joey Stuckey is a power house of music talent. He has worked with icons from Alan Parsons to Ted Nugent and Joe Solo, producer of Macy Gray to Sammy Nestico, arranger of the Count Basie orchestra.

Last year saw him take on the UK where he toured and released his latest single “Blind Man Drivin'”.


The song and it's accompanying video was a runaway hit and became the official theme song for the Visually Impaired Musicians Lives Conference, held at the University College of London where Stuckey was also a keynote speaker and performer.

While in the UK, Joey also became friends with research teams from Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmith's University and has worked with them extensively to improve music technology for the blind. As a blind person, a studio owner, producer and professor of music technology at Mercer University, this was a roll Stuckey took on with ease.






2016 is already shaping up to be a land mark year as Joey prepares to release the full length album “Blind Man Drivin'” in early summer.

Says Stuckey, “Music is the thing that makes me know I am a live. It is my spiritual bread and butter and the best way I know to encourage and provide comfort and inspiration to others, while at the same time entertaining and sharing stories about who I am. When I first started making my own music it was a combination of southern rock sensibilities mixed with bands like The Smiths and The Cure, I used to think of myself as the Morrissey of Macon. I have played a lot of jazz and my jazz album 'Mixture' was number 9 on the top 40 CMJ jazz charts for 5 weeks back in 2013, but, the thing that really seems to enthrall my audiences is blues and that is now what I am focused upon.”

And no wonder that blues is what Stuckey fans want to hear! With his versatile voice that can whisper or shout with equal alacrity and his guitar playing that can make one note cry or explode like a super nova with seemingly a thousand notes a second, blues is Stuckey's true calling.

To make this debut blues project truly memorable, Stuckey is working hard to gather old and new friends alike to add some truly one-of-a-kind performances.

These artists include:
Ross Hogarth – Producer (John Melloncamp, Van Hailen R.E.M...)
Chuck Leavelle – Keyboards (Rolling Stones, Alman Brothers, Black Crows...)
Jimmy Hall – Sax and harmonica (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck, Hank Williams JR...)
Shannon Forest – Drums (Toto, Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts...)
Additional drums by Brandon Khoo, Maypex endorsed artist.
Charley Hoskyns – Bass guitar (Shayne McGowan, The Popes and Pete Maher...)

For more information:
www.joeystuckey.com
www.Joeystuckeyproductions.com
www.shadowsoundstudio.com
www.twitter.com/@jstuckeymusic

Check out Joey's Radio Show at www.audio-style.com

Get a free copy of the “Blind Man Driving” single at www.blind-man-drivin.com

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

'Just Do It' By Timotion - Review



Seitlos featuring Timotion have reawakened 21st century pop music. The performers collective Seitlos consists of a diverse and multifaceted bunch of gleeful music lovers who have made it their mission to upgrade pop and spice up the current music industry.

‘Just Do It’ is definitely a step in that direction, demonstrating song-writing skills as well as an appetite for cracking melodies. This mood booster is a fabulous way of overcoming pretty much everything in life that causes stress or disappointment. It’s an optimistic message of joy and carefree existence. ‘Just Do It’ invites you to dance your way through life!