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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.

October 11, 2017

Featured Track: Shauna Burns-Scarborough Fair

Shauna Burns' new single is one of the most famous tracks ever recorded and Simon and Garfunkel was one of the most prolific folk-pop duos of all time. They had a ton of hits and one of them was "Scarborough Fair." 

Shauna gives the classic tune her own treatment with a Celtic folk flavor.  Her music can be haunting and this version certainly brings the song new life and puts an entirely different spin on the original.

This is further proof that indie artists like Shauna Burns can be original and interesting, even when doing a cover.


Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck





More About Shauna Burns:


Burns had developed her captivating vocal and playing style while growing up in Miami, Florida where she was inspired by her mother’s love for the piano and groundbreaking pop/rock artists like Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos. After releasing four studio albums and countless singles, Burns has hit FMQB AC Charts, was one of WCH Radio’s “Top Songs of the Year” and hit #1 on “Song Vault Radio.” The Moon and the Fire Circle album was selected as “Best of 2008” by Collected Sounds and The Promise Live. Shauna Burns continues to capture audiences across the globe with her heartwarming music. Her profound lyrics and piano driven sound has built her reputation in the Celtic music world and has also allowed her to tour extensively through the U.S. and U.K.

September 18, 2017

UK Prog Ensemble CAIRO Releases Debut Album "Say" - Available Now!



“Intriguing arrangements with amazing layers, strong vocals and blazing guitar work. I recommend this to all…” - Steve Hackett

London - Touchstone founder Rob Cottingham's latest new band project CAIRO combines keyboard wizardry and electronica with modern rock values, dynamic guitar work and soaring vocals. This creates an enthralling sound that will capture the hearts and minds of modern music fans, as well as traditional and classic progressive rock aficionados. CAIRO has released their highly anticipated debut album “Say” available now on Heavy Right Foot Records via Cherry Red, and is available from all popular retailers around the world.

“I very much enjoyed listening to songs from the album ‘Say’ by Rob Cottingham and his new band, CAIRO. Intriguing arrangements with amazing layers, strong vocals and blazing guitar work. I recommend this to all…” - Steve Hackett

Watch the promotional video: 


After only a few months from launch, CAIRO was featured in the Prog Magazine Readers Poll Top Ten “Tips for 2017.” In March 2017 CAIRO won the prestigious “Best Newcomer” award at the Classic Rock Society's Best Of The Year 2016 ceremony, demonstrating that their sound reaches out to all across the broad rock spectrum.

“A stellar debut...jam-packed with epic moments, memorable hooks and heart-warming melodies!” - John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, Frost*, It Bites, Arena, Kino) 

CAIRO features:
Rob Cottingham on keys & vocals
Lisa Driscoll on vocals
James Hards on guitars
Paul Stocker on bass
Graham Brown on drums

Track List:
CAIRO
SHADOW’S RETURN PROLOGUE
SHADOW’S RETURN
WIPED OUT
SAY
NOTHING TO PROVE
NOTHING TO PROVE REPRISE
KATRINA
SEARCHING
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS PART 1
BACK FROM THE WILDERNESS
DANCING THE GOSSAMER THREAD
KATRINA (BREATHE MIX)

To purchase CAIRO's “Say”:
Amazon CD: http://geni.us/Cairo
iTunes: http://geni.us/CairoDigital

In other news:
CAIRO is thrilled to announce that they will be playing the PROGDREAMS VII Festival at the Boerderij in Holland in the first weekend of March next year.

On behalf of the band, Rob stated: “At a personal level, I have wanted to play this venue for many years, having heard such great things about it – but never managed to get over there, so I am really looking forward to this. For the band, our Dutch market is the second biggest market for our CD sales in Europe after the UK. We have also had some stunning reviews in IOPages and Progwereld, so our music seems to be going down well over there, and we have been keen to find just such an opportunity. It will, therefore, be an absolute pleasure for Lisa, James, Paul, Graham and I to get over to Holland, make new friends and blow the roof off. We are all tremendously excited as this will also be the band’s first ever foreign jaunt – what a fantastic way to get our international gigs started.”

Listen to samples from the album: 


Watch the album's title track video: 


For more information: http://cairorocks.com/

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


September 2, 2017

Featured Track: Bunny Sigler - Angel Eyes

Bunny Sigler's smooth vocal style is perfect for reaching back to times that have past. The days when jazz and lounge singers were most popular. Think Sinatra, Bennett etc. and yes Mr. Bunny Sigler. He is not a household name but he can sing a song and tell a story just as well as the folks that are legendary in that realm. The main point here is that he is still doing and very well mind you.

The video provided is in black and white to provide the proper setting for his "Angel Eyes."  This is a significant remake of an Ella Fitzgerald song and a fitting tribute to her legacy.

Kick back, turn it up and relax to Bunny Sigler's "Angel Eyes" - with the video or stream and set the way back machine to way back....

 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 31, 2017

Featured Track: Souleye - Wildman (Ft. Lynx)

Souleye is a home boy from Sturbridge, Massachusetts!  It's great to hear such an innovative artist hailing from my home state.

Our featured track is "Wildman (Ft. Lynx)." It is a marvelous concoction of pop, hip hop, rap and a few slices of R & B for some extra mojo.

I generally do not care for the rap or hip hop but when it's done tastefully with a mixture of different styles of music then it has a chance. In this case I actually loved it! The combination of the beautiful vocals of a young lady and Souleye really finds a way to get under your skin, in a good way.

Check out the Soundcloud stream, this is music that defines "out of the box."

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



MORE ABOUT SOULEYE:
http://www.souleye.net

Souleye’s musical career began in the trunk of a car. The rapper, hip-hop artist and songwriter was on his way to a party in pastoral New England hill country in a car so laden down with his friends that he and another teen hopped in the trunk. The year was 1996, and Souleye was still Mario Treadway, a high school kid and basketball player who had spent his entire life in the New England backwoods around Sturbridge, MA ...READ MORE...

August 30, 2017

Featured Track: Marc Daniels-Summer Song

Marc Daniels continues releasing some great tracks off his recent release The Starting Line.

This time out we get a slice of summer right before it ends. Sweet memories are already starting to fade with the change of season right around the corner. No worries though! Marc is here to sing you a "Summer Song." This is country rock style folks. 

If you listen to the radio or ever did, this is the kind of music you would crank rolling down the highway.

Check out the streaming video now and feel the warmth of the sun come through the music

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


Marc Daniels continues the next chapter of his music career in Northern California with the release of “The Starting Line” - a montage to all the great memories for those carefree years back home. 

Pick up your copy today on CD Baby, Amazon or iTunes/Google Play and follow Marc on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marcdanielscountry


August 27, 2017

Featured Track: Jonathan Cavier - Blue Room

Jonathan Cavier has become a favorite regular on the Rate The Tracks site. This is his 4th outing featuring one of his many singles released over the last year.

We are featuring his latest production of rock and pop titled "Blue Room." And of course we have included the stunning video with his lovely co-star. He seems to find the most attractive ladies to sing to in his videos!

Jonathan's pop sensibilities come shining through once again on "Blue Room," which is actually the video mix of the track. So you get the double shot of sound and vision in one feature.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Jonathan:

http://caviermusic.com


Originally from Northern California, Cavier (“cav-AIR”) moved to Phoenix, AZ where he performed as Alan Clark in the atmospheric pop duo, EyeTalk. Over the course of 10 years and five albums, this venture saw their music reach international audiences in Italy, the UK, and Australia. After five albums and hundreds of shows played throughout the US, Alan Clark reintroduces himself under the pseudonym Jonathan Cavier.
...READ MORE...

August 18, 2017

Americana Music Artist Tokyo Rosenthal Releases New Album "This Minstrel Life"


Chapel Hill, NC - Rock & Sock Records announced today that they will be releasing "This Minstrel Life" from their recording artist, Tokyo Rosenthal. This will be Rosenthal's seventh album on the Rock & Sock Records label.

The CD contains six original studio recordings and four live recordings from various locations with an assortment of accompanists. This follows the theme of the new record which is about the lives of touring musicians, today and yesterday. The new recordings include the politically driven single, "Now I Believe There's A Devil" and an updated version of the previously released, "The Immigrant", now entitled "The Immigrant Revisited". In light of the present climate regarding immigration, Tokyo wanted to revisit this subject.

The new studio cuts touch on a variety of subjects including a family tragedy, a life gone wrong (co-written with Moira Saucer), politics, immigration policy, the music business, and ultra marathon running. Yes, ULTRA MARATHON RUNNING!!

"Toke" is joined once again by a stellar crew of musicians including the dB's Chris Stamey, Allyn Love,  Chatham County Line's John Teer, Charlie Chamberlain, and Juanito Laguna. Backing Tokyo on the live tracks are The Sap Boilers, Manguss, Charlie Chamberlain, Logan Matheny, and Kieran O'Malley. The live recordings took place in Pittsboro, North Carolina on The Tokyo Rosenthal Program, Knoxville, Tennessee on WDVX's Blue Plate Special, SXSW in Austin, Texas, and Keighley, UK.

"This is a very different album for me and I'm excited by this project", said Rosenthal. "I like being able to present what I sound like on tour with a group of different touring partners from over the years. As always, the studio experience was great and enhanced by the magnificent musicians who joined me in Chris Stamey's facility. Navigating the music business these days is very difficult and I feel we've come full circle from the original days of traveling minstrels. I see myself, and my colleagues, mirroring the way things were back in the 1800's. In other words, we go from gig to gig, often getting room and board, selling our wares, and of course performing our original tunes. Today we travel by car, back then by horse. I believe the new songs are complimented by the live tracks as they expand on the 'Minstrel' theme."

Rosenthal intends to begin touring in the fall in and around his Chapel Hill home area and the Southeast US. Then early next year he will begin visiting the Midwest, the Northeast, The UK, Ireland, and other locales.

The video of Toke's single, "Now I Believe There's A Devil", spells out the lyrics from this dramatic indictment of the present administration. The video can be viewed on You Tube at:


Purchase download: www.cdbaby.com/cd/tokyorosenthal12 ;

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

August 12, 2017

Featured Track: Amilia K Spicer - Lightning

Amilia K Spicer's music hits you like a hurricane and strikes you like a bolt of  "Lightning." 

Her strong and sensuous vocal style draws you in and latches on. She dangles the carrot of temptation with strong words and images in her video and stream for the new single. 

If you like to sail away with the music Amilia has the power to get you there.

The combination of folk, roots rock and Americana is a vital combination and her voice will win you over in seconds!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Amilia:

http://amiliakspicer.com

It may be her haunting, husky voice that first grabs a listener, the way it glides over melodies like smoke, but it’s the songwriting that Spicer really wants you to hear.  It fuses together the different places she calls home:

Raised in rural Pennyslvania, currently residing in California, spending half the year in Austin, the topography covers languid farm landscapes, red dirt Americana, and an occasional turn down a dark alley with flickering neon...READ MORE...

August 7, 2017

Chilean Prog Ensemble Aisles To Tour US For The First Time In Support of Critically Acclaimed Album "Hawaii"


Chile - Aisles, the acclaimed South American prog rock sextet, will tour the United States for the first time in their career to play five dates, including the festivals Progstock in Rahway, New Jersey, and Progtoberfest, in Chicago, Illinois.

Aisles will be performing part of their latest record, “Hawaii,” a two-disc concept album about human colonies established in space after the destruction of the Earth. Its twelve tracks explore the dilemmas and challenges that the individual and the human spirit would face in this futuristic scenario. Regarding the theme and sound of the album, guitarist and producer Germán Vergara states: “Without a doubt it's our most profound work so far. With 'Hawaii' we dug deep in search of a concept that could really move us. Our objective was to write music that would emotionally and mentally take us to the place where the events in the album occur: Space.”

“All the music on the album was written with our hearts and minds set on the idea of these human colonies, a small group of people who are able to preserve some of the heritage of mankind after the Earth is destroyed. Musically speaking we had never taken so many risks, tried so many different approaches and allowed ourselves this level of freedom to improvise and experiment. I am really proud of what we’ve achieved this time,” Vergara adds. “Hawaii” has been acclaimed by specialized media like Prog magazine, Neoprog and All About the Rock.

“ 'Hawaii' is a work of genius. A mind expanding experience” - All About the Rock 

“A joyous expression of individuality. One of the year's highlights” - Prog

“A masterpiece” - Neoprog

“Symphonious, mellifluous and happily nostalgic. One of the most far-reaching and rewarding progressive albums of the year” - Raw Ramp

Aisles will tour in the United States after playing five shows in Mexico. These are the dates:

MEXICO
Sat. Aug 12, Fest Prog Jazz, Foro Fausto Vega, Mexico City
Wed Aug 16, Underground Bar, Saltillo
Thu Aug 17, Salón Morelos, Monterrey
Fri Aug 18, Metal Brothers, Mexico City
Sat Aug 19, Centro de las Artes de Querétaro, Querétaro

UNITED STATES
Sat Oct 14, Progstock festival, The Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway, New Jersey, Tickets
Mon Oct 16, Ferguson Theater, University of Pittsburgh (w/Valdez), Greensburg, Pennsylvania Tickets
Wed Oct 18, Buffalo Iron Works (w/Turning Virtue), Buffalo, New York Tickets
Thu Oct 19, Elkhart, Indiana (venue to be announced)
Fri Oct 20, Progtoberfest, Reggie’s, Chicago, Illinois Tickets

With four studio albums and a career spanning twelve years, Aisles have become South America's most acclaimed prog act of the last decade. Their daring combination of rock, fusion, jazz and world music illustrates the band’s uniquely liberal and eclectic approach. The group has played in South America and Europe, and their albums have been published in Europe, the Americas, and Japan.

In 2009, their second album, “In Sudden Walks”, was nominated for Best Foreign Record in the Italian Prog Awards and the group was invited to open the 11th Progressive Rock Festival Crescendo in France. Their third album, “4:45 AM” (2013) was widely acclaimed worldwide and was chosen among the best albums of that year in a number of specialized publications. “Hawaii” (July, 2016), their fourth studio album was called a “masterpiece” and named one of the albums of the year by media outlets such as Prog (England), Neoprog (France), Raw Ramp (England) and Chile's premiere rock magazine, Rockaxis.

Aisles are:
Germán Vergara: guitar, vocals
Felipe Candia: drums, percussion
Sebastián Vergara: lead vocals
Rodrigo Sepúlveda: guitar, vocals
Daniel Baird-Kerr: bass
Juan Pablo Gaete: keyboards

For more information:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6J59KdFHCHPSmiGhN5JoKb
Aisles official store: http://www.aislesproject.com/aisles/store/hawaii.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aislesproject
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aislesproject
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aislesproject/
Upside Down video:


Club Hawaii lyric video:


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

July 14, 2017

The Romantics Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter Michael Skill To Release New Solo Single "67 Riot"


New song evokes time when Detroit burned during “Summer of Love”

Detroit - From the man who crafted such hit singles as “What I Like About You,” “Talking in Your Sleep,” and “One In A Million,” comes a new gritty blues-rock single about the riots that forever changed his hometown of Detroit in 1967. Michael Skill, who has played both bass and guitar for the power-pop rock 'n' roll band The Romantics, was a budding teenager in 1967 when five days of racially charged riots tore apart Detroit in July. When it was over, 43 people lay dead, 1,189 had been injured, more than 7,200 had been arrested and more than 2,000 buildings had been destroyed.

Skill lived on Detroit's East Side and says that although the violence took place several miles from his home, he nonetheless saw its effects up close. “I remember the National Guard right down the street from my house,” he says. “People watching the riots on TV were afraid that rioters would come into our neighborhood. People were freaked out.” The riots changed his beloved Motor City forever. “A lot of my friends' families took off for the suburbs after that,” he says, noting his family chose to stay in the city.

The riot's effects – and the fact that many of the issues they raised, from police brutality to economic decay – stayed with Skill, culminating in his desire to write “67 Riot.” Loud, powerful and evocative of tough tunes by such rockers as Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix and Skill's fellow Detroit rockers, The MC 5, “67 Riot” is both a haunting look at the past as well as a timely allusion to the present, in a world where racial and social tension still threaten to rend our nation in two.

“I wrote the song from a sense of frustration that people never came together after the riots to really address what happened, to look each other in the eye and say, 'How can we repair this? How can we move forward?'” The song's lyrics are written from this point of view. “4 AM/Down the street/Cops roll in/With all the heat/Blind pig roaring/Kickin' their heels/Soldiers home/Just gettin' real,” the song opens. “Rooftop sniper/Set the sight/Burning cocktails/Flash in flight/Broken city/Broken dreams/Things aren't always what they seem/67 Riot!”

Recorded in Skill's own studio, the song features him on guitar, bass and vocals, and also features drummer Russell Ayers, who engineered the tune. The co-producers sought to create an aural equivalent of what it was like to live through this violent time, Skill says, but he adds that he wanted the song to end on a note of hope because Detroit has rebounded in recent years.

“Try to warm your heart/Dream your dreams/Break the chain/Let's start clean,” he adds in his song, noting it’s time to break the chain of racism that has shackled generations before, during and after “67 Riot.”

Watch the “'67 Riot” video: 


“'67 Riot” first single solo release from upcoming Debut LP.

The Romantics are still touring, still recording and currently feature 3 original band members on the front line up, Rich Cole, Wally Palmar and co-founder Michael Skill. Drummer Brad Elvis joined The Romantics in 2004 and has been the longest seated drummer with the band. Rich Cole rejoined the band in 2010, reviving the band's 3-part harmony allowing The Romantics to perform songs from their first two albums live for the first time since his departure.

To purchase Michael Skill's “'67 Riot” single:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/67-riot-single/id1253879847
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Michael_Skill_67_Riot?id=B3a7rg4gdourwt5xm2kvt26twte&hl=en
http://cdbaby.com/cd/michaelskill

Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/mike.skill
https://twitter.com/MikeSkill2  @mikeskill2
https://www.instagram.com/mjskill/ @mjskill
https://www.facebook.com/67Riots/
https://www.facebook.com/romanticsdetroit/

Interviews:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7597106/the-weeknd-secrets-the-romantics-mike-skill-talking-in-your-sleep
https://musicfrenzyradionetwork.podbean.com/e/classics-in-30-the-romantics/#.WQkLeV6m0oE.facebook
https://www.mixcloud.com/gilmartindeirdre/mike-skill-of-the-romantics-interview-on-the-independent-stage-01142016/

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

July 7, 2017

Featured Track: Ashley J- Trapped

Ashley J feels "Trapped" and the whole world is going to know it once they hear the latest single.

She is back again for all you lovers of fast moving and energetic dance grooves.

Ashley's powerful and emotive vocals move with the pulsating beats and if you listen long enough so will your body.

Check out "Trapped" and get ready for your blood to get pumping!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Ashley:
http://ashleyj.net
At first glance, Ashley J exudes a vivacious and seductive youthful energy that’s wrapped in her free-flowing blonde locks, natural good looks and voluptuous body frame. However, beneath her eye-pleasing visual facade, she has a fascinatingly diverse background, artistically and musically and packs a wallop of a voice that fuses an infectious blend of vocal dexterity, moods and range ...READ MORE...

July 3, 2017

Featured Track: Elle Casazza-Too Bad

Elle Casazza has new release out titled Proof. Not to use a pun on words but I could not resist it. Her single and video "Too Bad," streamed here, is "proof" she has what it takes to play in the big leagues.

Her voice has a warmth and clarity that belongs on your favorite summer time radio station.

"Too Bad" is a great bouncy pop tune with a reggae beat to keep things moving nice and steady. You get the bonus of dancing along with her and the girls in the video. Your choice of course...

 Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Elle:  
http://www.ellecasazza.com/

Elle Casazza diversifies the pop scene with her own refreshing and authentic blend of jazz, soul, funk and pop rhythms that are seamlessly crafted into her songs. Elle’s commanding vocals, defying songwriting and versatile approach produces infectious and timeless music that garners fans worldwide...READ MORE...

July 1, 2017

Track Feature: Marc Daniels-Redheads

Marc Daniels takes country music and rock and turns it into a steaming plateful of rockin' and soulful adulation of "Redheads."

This is a killer single and video to kick start his new release The Starting Line.

The music is in a non-stop groove with all the images to match. You can watch the video or stream the track, your choice.

And who said blondes have more fun?

Fair warning, those redheads may catch you on fire!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 




 
More About Marc Daniels:

"Its something for the Redhead girls out there"
-  COUNTRY MUSIC LIFE


Now Marc Daniels continues the next chapter of his music career in Northern California with the release of “The Starting Line” - a montage to all the great memories for those carefree years back home.  

Pick up your copy today on CD Baby, Amazon or iTunes/Google Play and follow Marc on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marcdanielscountry

Spain's Progressive Rock Legends Kotebel To Release Highly Anticipated New CD "Cosmology"


Spanish prog legends Kotebel have released their 7th studio album titled “Cosmology.” It is their first studio album since the release in 2012 of their acclaimed “Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble” (in the list of 100 All-time best symphonic albums in Progarchives and “Best Instrumental Album” in the 12th edition of the Independent Music Awards).

The band's new album features, among other tracks, the “Cosmology Suite”; An ambitious work comprised of four pieces that represent different conceptions of the Cosmos.

“Cosmology” marks the return of the flute into their soundscape, by the masterful hands of virtuoso Omar Acosta. It also presents the debut of Adriana Plaza as a composer for Kotebel.

To watch a visual taste of “Cosmology”:


Here's what the press has said about Kotebel:

“This is simply a stunning tour-de-force of impeccable musicianship, clever arrangements, and well-composed instrumental progressive rock” (Piano Concerto – ProgArchives)

“This is an instant classic cd for me that already enjoy instrumental music, this band don't stop to amaze me with the quality of their music.” (Piano Concerto – ProgArchives)

“Crossing genres so seamlessly, effortlessly is what makes this album, IMO, a sure fire masterpiece of progressive rock music. Well done Kotebel! This will be a tough album to beat for 2012 Album of the Year!” (Piano Concerto – ProgArchives)

“This is one stellar disc of symphonic progressive rock!” - Jerry Lucky – The Progressive Rock Files

“This is a masterwork!” - Vitaly Menshikov – Progressor

“Outstanding symphonic prog!” - César Inca – Progarchives

“One of the great contemporary prog rock bands!” - Nuno – Prognosis

“Kotebel appear to be content on exploring and extending the boundaries of their chosen genre, and are definitely a band to watch out for.” - Dave Sissons – DPRP.net

“The musicianship is top-notch!” - Yves Dube – Sea of Tranquility



Watch Kotebel’s interpretation of the “A Bao a Qu” story, as narrated by Jorge Luis Borges in his “Book of Imaginary Beings”: 



Kotebel's line-up for “Cosmology”:
Carlos Franco Vivas – drums and percussion
César Garcia Forero – guitars
Jaime Pascual Summers – bass
Adriana Nathalie Plaza Engelke – piano, keyboards
Carlos G. Plaza Vegas – keyboards

Very special guest: Omar Acosta - flute

To order Kotebel’s Cosmology, and listen to selected fragments, visit:
http://www.kotebel.com/e-store/cosmology.php

For more information: www.kotebel.com

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

June 27, 2017

A Symphonic Journey With Renaissance - Music Legends Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam To Play Selected Dates With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra!


Renaissance Fall 2017 US Tour!

Following their successful South American tour, Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam will be back in the US Northeast in October and November 2017 debuting their “Symphonic Journey” tour. This tour will include four very special concerts featuring a “10-piece Chamber Orchestra” (a handpicked assemblage of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion); October 26th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT, October 27th at the Keswick Theater in Glenside PA, Town Hall in New York City October 28th and The Egg in Albany NY on October 29th. These performances will be the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform on stage with a “live” orchestra and, in addition, 2017 marks the 48th year since the band's formation and its ninth consecutive year of touring since their reactivation in 2009.

Plans are currently being made for the group to film the October 27th Keswick Theatre show for an upcoming DVD release, which will follow the success of their 2015 London Union Chapel DVD. Additional tour performances without the chamber orchestra are currently being scheduled. A crowd funding campaign has been started to raise the significant funds to produce the new live DVD

For more information: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/renaissance-chamber-orchestra-live-concert-dvd

Renaissance leader and vocalist, Annie Haslam remarks, “The band keeps getting stronger and stronger and the addition of the chamber orchestra will be the most exciting event for the band in years. This addition of 'live' orchestral musicians will add an incredible dynamic to our big numbers like 'Mother Russia,' 'Carpet Of The Sun' and 'Song For All Seasons,' all of which included an orchestra on the original recordings.”

Ms Haslam will be joined on stage by long time musical associate Rave Tesar on piano along with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.

Tour dates:
Oct 26 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 27 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 28 - Town Hall - New York, NY Tickets RSVP  (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Oct 29 - The Egg - Albany, NY Tickets RSVP (With 10-Piece Chamber Orchestra)
Nov 01 - City Winery - Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 02 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD Tickets RSVP

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.

The band has toured throughout the world and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and additionally at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. Renaissance had a top ten hit in the UK with their song Northern Lights that still demands airplay to this day.

Watch the recent Renaissance/Annie Haslam music video for “Cry to the World” (with Ian Anderson on flute!):


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

June 17, 2017

FEATURED TRACK: Project Grand Slam -"Fishin" (feat. Mindi Abair)

Project Grand Slam or PGS, is Robert Miller's inspiration and driving force. I have heard consistently good music come from the vaults of their recorded works over the years.

A new release is due at the end of the month and we are giving you a sneak peak of what to expect. The PGS Experience will be sure to delight listeners and once you hear "Fishin," I think you will agree there is a lot to look forward to.

The video provided is a beautiful take on the island experience. The music is a blend of jazz and reggae and it sets the stage up quite nicely. Smooth jazz with an island sound and all the images to go along with it...I am ready to go!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Project Grand Slam:

http://projectgrandslam.com

The brainchild of acclaimed bassist/composer Robert Miller, Project Grand Slam is a Jazz Rock Fusion band with a twist of Classic Rock and Latin, which has earned over one million video views while defying genres, languages and geographic boundaries. Gashouse Radio says: “Robert Miller’s Project Grand Slam deserves mentioning as among the best musical acts produced by American culture in the last quarter century!”  READ MORE

June 7, 2017

FEATURED TRACK: Fiona Joy - Galloping from Into the Mist

Fiona Joy gives us a taste of her most recent release Into The Mist with the video stream titled "Galloping."

The piano takes center stage and Fiona orchestrates yet another beautiful piece via the ivory keys. This time we get images of the artist floating through the air and sounds adorned in satins.

The music is as delicate and soft as the clothing she is wearing. Fiona is dancing to the music and thereby becomes the music with her movements and expressions. It is like the ballet of her soul on display.

"Galloping" is like a painting on canvas brought to life through sound and movements.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


Read More About Fiona Joy:

http://www.fionajoy.com

Into the Mist epitomizes the art of contemporary solo piano recording in today's music. This is Fiona Joy's 2nd solo piano recording on Blue Coast Records where she once again teams up with Cookie Marenco, producer and engineer known for her contributions to the world of audiophile recordings.

June 4, 2017

TRACK FEATURE: Peter Calandra-Morning Dove


Peter Calandra has a new album coming out on July 1, 2017. The album is titled The Road Home.

Peter is one of the guiding musical voices in the new age instrumental world. The pre-release single "Morning Dove," is a glimpse of what to expect in another month.

The video provided is a gorgeous soundscape with incredible footage of mother nature in all her glory.

The video is actually awe inspiring and the music is in perfect sync with the images. This is the way it supposed to be...a superb combination of music and images, a work of art!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck



More About Peter Calandra:

http://www.petecalandramusic.com

You may not know the name Peter Calandra, but chances are that you’ve heard his original music, his film or television scores, his sports anthems, or his Broadway performances.  This prolific New York City-based composer and keyboard player has been immersed in music for most of his life; he has scored over 50 films, written over 2000 compositions for television broadcast (including over 40 theme packages for nationally broadcast sports shows ...READ MORE...

May 17, 2017

Featured Rock Stream: Roadcase Royale-Not Giving Up


Roadcase Royale is back with another red hot release titled "Not Giving Up." Nancy Wilson and friends team up for a real rocker full power and soul.

Nancy's larger the life six-string is given full compliment by Liv Warfield (vocals), Dan Rothchild (bass), Chris Joyner (keyboards), Ben Smith (drums) and Ryan Waters (guitar). 

I have to say that I love this music! It sounds so alive, fresh and original. For these ears, it does not get any better than that.

I hope to hear the entire album very soon from Roadcase Royale. Rock on Nancy! You keep the music alive every time you play.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




Led by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield, and Nancy Wilson co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. 
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May 7, 2017

Featured Track: Jonathan Cavier-When You Come Around

Jonathan Cavier pays us a visit again on Rate The Tracks with a new single titled "When You Come Around."

Cavier's vocal is inviting and made for a pop-rock audience. The single is radio ready and sounds like it could be the theme song for the summer.

The instrumentation is the perfect backdrop for Cavier's backdrop. So sit back, crank it up, and listen to
"When You Come Around." It is like the songs we used to hear on the AM radio dial back in 70s and that is good thing if you are familiar with that decade of music!


Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck





More About Jonathan Cavier:

http://caviermusic.com

Phoenix-based singer-songwriter and pop performer Jonathan Cavier is no stranger to writing catchy tunes that blend wide-ranging influences into a multi-faceted yet cohesive sound.
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May 2, 2017

Featured Stream: Brielle Von Hugel feat. B.o.B - Stronger (Exodus x Sweet & Sour Remix)

Brielle Von Hugel has a new single we are streaming. The "Stronger (Exodus x Sweet & Sour Remix)" track features the rapper B.o.B. I have never been a fan of rap however I can appreciate the difficulty and pace that you have to keep up with sing that way. I certainly could not do it, I would loose my breath and turn blue! It is an art form no doubt and it has many admirers. To be honest I liked what was presented here and thought it worked well.

Brielle has a powerful and emotional touch to the vocals she delivers. Her style and flair are a perfect match for the music, which is a mixture of pop, dance and electronica. She steps aside to let the pro B.o.B. handle the rap duties which he does with ease.

Check out the stream and the video of what inspired Brielle to sing this song. You will be able to understand the emotion and purpose that drives this track once you watch her video.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Briell Von Hugel:

http://www.briellevonhugel.com



Brielle’s dynamic, soulful, emotive voice and personality can be described as modern-day vintage. This singer/songwriter mixes pop-edge with yesterday’s bluesy, smoky tones to give her musical storytelling grit—unapologetically honest and straightforward—commanding her audience ...READ MORE...






April 25, 2017

Featured Track: Bunny Sigler-Till I See You Again

The saying "They don't make them like that anymore" and "they broke the mold" applies to Bunny Sigler.

"Till I See You Again" is from his new  album Young At Heart.

Not everyone can pull off a love song like they mean it and sound so good. Bunny sounds great! He is just like fine wine, getting better as the years pass.

"Till I See You Again" is a great pop and R&B track that I can hear playing on the radio, it is tailor made for that format. It is smooth as silk and it hits you right where it counts, in the heart.

Bunny Sigler is back strong as ever so check it out now!

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Bunny Sigler:
 
http://www.bunzmusicandrecords.com

 Creating several 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."

April 9, 2017

Featured Track: Nancy Shoop-Wu-Rainbow Road

Nancy Shoop-Wu recently released her new recording Rainbow Road. The title track is featured here to give you a taste of the excellence she commands on the violin.

The track is a tapestry of colors and atmospheres one can only deliver if they are surrounded by a beautiful environment. In this case it is so because Nancy is located in Hawaii.

It's as if she becomes one with mother earth and her instrument opens the door to the "Rainbow Road." Have a listen and find the beauty and peace within one beautiful song. Stream the track and watch the video.

Read My Full Review of the Album.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck




More About Nancy Shoop-Wu:

https://www.nancyshoopwu.com

Known for her soulful and expressive playing, violinist and singer/songwriter Nancy Shoop-Wu blends her classical training as a symphony violinist with the impressionistic magic of the Islands of Hawaii. From the moment she set foot in the Aloha State, Nancy found herself under the islands' magical spell. The result was a burst of creativity for the consummate musician as she blended her love of New Age and Classical music, combining them with the musical culture of her new home, to craft beautiful music with appeal across a variety of spectrum's...READ MORE...