Welcome To Rate The Tracks

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 31, 2016

Featured Stream: Hennie Bekker-Letting Go

Hennie Bekker is an award winning artist with numerous recordings to his credit. His most recent release Beyond Dreams brings you Brain Entrainment and Relaxation Music. No, that is not a typo! Entrainment is the practice of entraining one's brainwaves to a desired frequency.


Bekker presents the desired frequency with the featured track here titled "Letting Go." The accompanying visual is purposely basic for a focus point, which is traveling through space. The music is beautiful and trance like. Bekker's piano is graceful and it expresses the feeling of floating away. All you have to do is listen and watch the video.


Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Hennie Bekker:

http://henniebekker.com

Hennie Bekker is an award winning, multi-platinum selling musician whose eclectic career spans decades, continents, generations and genres. Best known for his New Age sound on the Solitudes, Kaleidoscopes and Hennie Bekker's Tranquility album series, he was also a creative force behind BKS, one of Canada’s most successful techno/dance bands.
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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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August 10, 2016

Featured Stream: Bunny Sigler-Stand Up

Bunny Sigler has become a regular contributor to this site. His veteran
presence commands the respect he deserves.


With "Stand Up" he is again on track to capture the hearts and ears of those who love R&B, Soul and Pop, or any combination thereof for that matter.

Bunny sings with tremendous confidence and conviction as the music rolls along so does the singer.

"Stand Up" is a made for radio hit just waiting to happen so check it out now!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
 




More About Bunny Sigler:

http://www.bunzmusicandrecords.com/

Well , where do we start...The singer was born Walter Sigler in Philadelphia on 27th March 1941. Bunny recalls,  "They called me Bunny right off because I was born two days before Easter. The first singing I did was in church - Sunday school. I wouldn't say it was very funky, just straight...READ MORE...

August 6, 2016

Stream Feature: Bill Wren-Enchanted Kingdom

Bill Wren creates an "Enchanted Kingdom" on his new release Road to Chiang Mai. The track is a new age and world trek through the great mountains in Asia. The music gets as wondrous as the challenging hike to the top of the magnificent Mt. Everest and the music consuming your body and soul, pushing you the one additional step on your journey towards the clouds.

World instruments combined with new age textures and orchestrations make this an exciting musical journey.

I felt the emotion and beauty of nature come over me while listening to this superb music! Stream it now and feel the music.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 


More About Bill Wren:

http://billwrenmusic.com

All of my life I have loved the magic and mystery that music creates. At times, I have been so entranced in beautiful melodies that my imagination runs wild. And it is only then that the muses in my mind paint and display a perfect tapestry, a musical picture, and display it before my eyes. One Day in a Life was meant to take the listener on this same type of journey. Sure, the album reveals the feelings and events of my own life. However, more importantly, it causes one to ponder their unique journey in life...READ MORE...

August 5, 2016

The North Coast Release Dazzling Single ‘With You’



Hailing from different locations across the north coast of America, The Northcoast’s three members come from New York, New Jersey and Seattle. They are the perfect example of how distance is no barrier to making music and with the aid of technology they have been emailing projects to each other and making music for over 10 years.

"With You" is their latest sparkly single, produced by Tom Lord-Alge, and is the perfect accompaniment to a long road trip or lazing on the grass on a summer's day.

Each member of the group has played at least three instruments since childhood and this, combined with their multi-cultural backgrounds, has given the group a plethora of musical influences and experience. Combining the pumping beats of Michael Jackson and bass lines of Passion Pit and Chvrches, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Northcoast have realised their childhood dream of both making and performing music. Having made an impact on the stages of Vans Warped Tour and played alongside big names such as Gia Farrell, their future is already looking bright!

Links:


                                           Watch/Listen to "With You" here:

August 3, 2016

Featured Stream: Charles Wright – Looking For An Ugly Woman

Charles Wright is "Looking For An Ugly Woman" so he can get some respect and keep his money!

Yes Charles is back with his sense of humor intact and his own special brand of vocal delivery and funk and R&B to get your body in motion and the laughs rolling.

Of course many beautiful woman are featured in the video and he never does find that ugly one to take the place of the doll causing him so much grief.

Good funky music with a great storyline is what Charles provides again. He always seems to come through.

Check the stream and the video, a double shot for ya all!
 

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Charles Wright:

http://www.expressyourself.net

Charles Wright was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he grew up and was musically inclined by playing the guitar and singing in several doo-wop groups including, “The Twilighters, “The Shield” and “The Gallahads”. Wright briefly worked as A&R Director for Del-Fi Records and was responsible for the "Hit" recording of "Those Oldies But Goodies" (“Remind me of you”) by Little Caesar and the Romans in 1961. By 1964, Wright formed his own band called Charles Wright & the Wright Sounds which included, John Raynford, along with Daryl Dragon, "Captain" of Captain & Tennille. READ MORE...

August 2, 2016

Blind Chart Topping Producer Joey Stuckey Releases All-Female Southern Artist Compilation


Macon, GA - Blind producer Joey Stuckey, the official Music Ambassador for his hometown of Macon, Georgia—a true music city—has released an all-female musical compilation, “Joey Stuckey Presents Ladies of the South”, that encompasses twelve incredible artists that he has produced over the past 6 years.

Stuckey's roster of musical legends with whom he has worked includes Alan Parsons, Chuck Leavell, Jimmy Hall, The B-52s, Mike Mills (REM), Trisha Yearwood, Hughie Thomasson (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws), and many others.

The decision to release this compilation was made after Stuckey's co-writing the album's feature song “What You See Ain’t What You Get” with Charlie Hoskyns (The Popes), Will Morrison (Modern English), and Paul McGuinness (The Pogues). Says Stuckey, “We wrote this amazing song about incredibly strong women and loved it so much that we had to record it. We chose long-time friend and Georgia treasure Sue Wilkinson (aka Sue Lu) to perform the lead vocals on this track. We needed the attitude of Janis Joplin and the vocal chops to go with it and Sue was the perfect woman to bring the song to life. After 'What You See Ain't What You Get' was completed, I realized that I knew and had worked with so many amazing female artists across all genres that it was time to share that talent and 'Joey Stuckey Presents Ladies of the South' was born.”

Whether you are a fan of rock, pop, singer/songwriter, country, or contemporary Christian, this compilation has it all!

The artists and songs included in this southern exposé are:

  1. The Shadow Bandits featuring Sue Lu “What You See Ain't What You Get”
  2. Kim Meeks “Everybody’s Pretty”
  3. Hugh Hession featuring Camille Scoggins & Sue Tomlin “Start Over”
  4. Someday Merry featuring Eline Chavez “With You”
  5. Vanessa Moses “Danish Cookies Is My Name”
  6. Tyler Moore featuring Camille Scoggins “Box Labeled Questions”
  7. Katherine Daniel “Lonely Boulevard”
  8. The Vineyard Band featuring Amber Pierce and Heidi Clinite “Letting Go”
  9. Louise Warren “Home”
  10. Doc Henderson featuring Kim Meeks “Lately (Morning Dove, Mourning Sparrow)”
  11. Stacy Hostler “Something More”
  12. TATB featuring Rachel Elkins “Johnny 9 (Blind Man Remix)”

To learn more about these artists please visit:
www.ladiesofthesouthmusic.com
https://itun.es/us/GDHOdb
http://cdbaby.com/cd/joeystuckeypresentsladie

Also make sure to check out the music videos for “What You See Ain't What You Get” and “Danish Cookies Is My Name”.
“What You See Ain't What You Get” Music Video


“Danish Cookies Is My Name” Music Video


For more information about producer Joey Stuckey:
Www.joeystuckey.com
Www.joeystuckeyproductions.com
Www.shadowsoundstudio.com
Facebook.com/joeystuckey
Twitter.com/jstuckeymusic

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