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June 16, 2018

Prog Ensemble 41POINT9 Premieres Risqué New Video "Confessions At Midnight"


41POINT9 is great modern prog/metal/jazz/pick-your- drawer stuff – Tony Carey (Planet P)

Prog Ensemble 41POINT9 is premiering the first video and single from the band's forthcoming album “Mr. Astute Trousers.” “Confessions At Midnight” is the risqué new video that has been accepted into a service providing music to over 2500 strip clubs in the US making the single the first ever Prog Rock single and video to be accepted into this type of market. Yes, you heard that right, for the first time thanks to 41POINT9 you can hear Prog in a Strip Club. Gentlemen, you're welcome.

Watch 41POINT9's “Confessions At Midnight”:


Says bassist Bob Madsen, “What started as an inside joke has actually become a pretty cool lil' tune. One evening the band was wondering why you never hear Prog in a Strip Club? That just seemed unfair. So 41POINT9 set out to rise to the challenge and correct this tragic wrong. Hence, 'Confessions At Midnight' was born. For the first time Progsters can now hear 'Prog In A Strip Club.' Gentlemen, yer welcome... This video tells the story of a burlesque dancer that falls in love with her Emcee and the sparks sure do fly! Enjoy!”

41POINT9 came about in a dark, cobweb filled corner of Bob Madsen's mind. One day whilst navel gazing, he thought to himself, “My, there's a lot of lint in there.” Err...umm…scratch that…what I meant to say is... he thought to himself, “If its unlikely I'll ever make money making music, then I'm just gonna make music that I want to hear and that I enjoy making.” With that decided, he went back to wondering why the lint was blue when he was wearing a red sweatshirt…

Such was the genesis of this group of misfits from Northern California. In 2011 they released their debut album “Still Looking For Answers” to critical acclaim and way more success than was warranted based on the small budget they had for marketing.

From 2013 to 2016 the band took a break and dealt with life. In the process the band has consolidated to two core members: Brian Cline (Guitarist/Vocalist) and Bob Madsen (Bassist/Producer). In early 2016 Bob started The Highlander Company Records with renowned Engineer/Producer Tom Size (Journey, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth etc) Tom immediately remixed the band's first album and was halfway through mixing the second, “Mr. Astute Trousers” when he succumbed to cancer in October of 2016. The guys were fortunate enough to enlist the help of Matt Wallace who just happened to be one of Tom’s old students. Matt finished the album in the summer of 2017 and helped get them introduced to AISA, LLC who provided 41POINT9 with access to international distribution and manufacturing. Both albums were remastered by the award winning mastering engineer Dave Collins (Elton John, Soundgarden etc) and the results are astounding.

For the past year Bob and Brian have been producing a series of high quality concept videos for songs on “Mr. Astute Trousers.” These videos are set to be released this summer with the albums slated for release on September 21, 2018.

Here's what some of our friends are saying about the album:

“What a great Progtastic album by 41POINT9. The compositions, playing and production by Bob and the boys is superb. Listen out for some familiar players on the excellent collection of tracks” - John Payne – Asia, Dukes of the Orient

“In my mind this is a band that melds two of my favorite things about music; Pop sensibility and progressive complexity. Delivered in droves by, not only the songwriting but by the vocals from Brian Cline (the original vocalist of Enchant) and the Bass playing of Bob Madsen (who has guested on numerous Enchant releases) Love it.!!!” - Ted Leonard – Spocks Beard, Enchant

“41POINT9 is great modern prog/metal/jazz/pick-your- drawer stuff, driven by Madsen's elegant basslines and composition skill, and genre-busting guitars by Chad Quist. The record sounds fantastic, this is a great mix by Tom Size and Matt Wallace. From a bit Gothic to a bit Fusion to a lot of Metal and performed with skill and confidence, this is good stuff. I wish I'd played on it.” - Tony Carey – Rainbow, Planet P, Tony Carey Solo

For more information:
www.41POINT9.com
www.TheHighlanderCo.com
https://www.facebook.com/41POINT9/

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

June 14, 2018

The Pineapple Thief, The UK's Future Art Rock Stars, Reveal More Details on New Album Dissolution - Released August 31 on Kscope

Premiere of first single “Far Below”

(photo credit James Cumptsy)

The Pineapple Thief  have revealed their first single, entitled “Far Below” from forthcoming new studio album Dissolution. The highly anticipated follow up to 2015's Your Wilderness, is the band's second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree virtuoso drummer Gavin Harrison.

Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Soord explains the song's evolution “'Far Below’ began life as a bit of a jam session between myself and Gavin. Gavin had this distinctive 6/8 rhythm going and it didn't take long for me to find the melodies. And so, a song was born. Is it my favourite track from the album? Impossible to judge as the album covers so much ground. But it does showcase what the four of us want The Pineapple Thief to be about and I for one can't wait to play this one live.”



“we just want you back from the life that claimed the life of you”
LISTEN TO NEW TRACK “FAR BELOW” HERE:


Bruce Soord reveals more about the themes within Dissolution“broadly speaking the title reflects the disintegration of relationships and the undoing of our social fabric. We're living in a time when supposedly we are more connected than ever before, but, I personally am at my happiest when I unplug that connection.”

Bruce Soord elaborates on the writing and recording process “We've once again been joined by Gavin Harrison. It's been a real collaborative journey between the 4 of us writing and recording this record, with the songs taking on a life of their own. When everyone pulls in the same direction, amazing things can happen. The Pineapple Thief is a different proposition with Gavin. This time he was with me from the inception of 'Dissolution' and together we took the songs into territory I wouldn't have found on my own. We found ourselves pushing each other so much further, both technically and artistically. There were times in the depths of the writing and recording process, which took 6 months, that I felt so exhilarated but at the same time exhausted and overwhelmed, that I couldn't imagine us ever finishing the record. Every day we found ourselves finding that extra something we didn't know we had. None of us would let anyone or anything get in the way of what we felt the album should become. I look back on the process with immense pride”

Gavin Harrison stated “It's been fantastic to collaborate with these guys again – especially as this time I've been involved from the ground up. It's been a most inspiring effort and I think it will prove to be the best yet.” 

Dissolution was recorded across the UK at the band member's various studios, Bruce explains “The drums were recorded and mixed by Gavin at his studio, 'Bourne Place' in London. He has the best sounding live room I have heard and gets an incredible drum mix. Gavin would send me a stereo drum mix that he would constantly tweak as the songs progressed. Jon records his bass at his studio north of Leicester. Steve records his keyboards at his mastering studio in Exeter and I record and mix the rest here in my studio (Soord Studios) in Yeovil, Somerset. It may seem odd that we were able to create something as 'a band' when we are so far apart. But we talked almost daily. Technology means ideas can be shared instantly. We were effectively jamming a lot of the time. Just a bit further apart.”

Dissolution features cover art artwork from iconic design agency Stylorouge, who have produced artwork for the likes of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Blur and the British film Trainspotting.

The Pineapple Thief have grown to become one of the leading lights of Europe's experimental rock domain, Your Wilderness produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London's Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release Where We Stood.



Dissolution tracklisting
Not Naming Any Names [02:05]
Try As I Might [04:26]
Threatening War [06:37]
Uncovering Your Tracks [04:29]
All That You've Got [03:27]
Far Below [04:36]
Pillar of Salt [01:25]
White Mist [11:05]
Shed A Light [05:20]

Dissolution will be released in the following formats – all available to pre-order now HERE: https://thepineapplethief.lnk.to/DissolutionPR
CD
Black LP - pressed to audiophile 180g vinyl
Limited Edition Crystal Clear LP edition - pressed to audiophile 180g vinyl
Blu-ray - features a 16-page booklet, the album plus bonus music in a 24/96 DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound mix and 24/96 hi-res stereo audio
Deluxe 4 disc edition - features 52 pages containing exclusive additional artwork, the original album on CD plus a second CD of bonus music, and is topped off with a DVD and Blu-ray featuring the album and bonus material in a 24/96 DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound mix and 24/96 hi-res stereo audio.
All digital & streaming platforms 

The Pineapple Thief will be taking Dissolution on the road starting in September 2018, with new dates added for March 2019. This tour includes their biggest show to date at London's prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – tickets are on sale now and selling fast: http://www.pineapplethief.com/tour/ ;

The Pineapple Thief – Dissolution Tour 2018/2019
Sep 15 – FR – Paris - La Maroquinerie
Sep 16 – BE, Brussels-  La Madeleine
Sep 17 – DE, Bremen - Schlachthof
Sep 18 – DE, Hanover - Musikzentrum
Sep 19 – DE, Berlin - Lido
Sep 21 – PL, Warsaw - Stodola
Sep 22 – CZ, Olomucany - S-Club
Sep 23 – CZ, Prgaue - Rock Cafè
Sep 25 – AU, Wien - Szene
Sep 26 – DE, Munich - Backstage Werk
Sep 27 – DE, Aschaffenburg-  Colos-Saal
Sep 28- DE, Cologne - Live Music Hall
Sep 29 – NL, Amsterdam – Melkweg
Oct 4 – UK, Edinburgh – Liquid Rooms
Oct 5 – UK, Sheffield – Leadmill
Oct 6 – UK, London – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

2019
Feb 22 - IT, Roma - Largo Venue
Feb 23 - IT, Milano - Santeria Social Club
Mar 3 - DK, Copenhagen - Vega
Mar 5 - SE, Stockholm - venue tba
Mar 6 - NO, Oslo - John Dee

The Pineapple Thief are:
Bruce Soord - vocalist, guitarist, composer
Gavin Harrison - drums
Jon Sykes - bass
Steve Kitch - keyboards

The Pineapple Thief online:
Website: www.thepineapplethief.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thepineapplethief
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pineapplethief
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thepineapplethief
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/4lrBMUSk8PiNnCEZfsmPAk
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE6401DB011BD837E
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/the-pineapple-thief/id278648772

Kscope: 1st floor, 52 Lisson Street, London, UK NW1 5DF

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

June 9, 2018

Featured Track: Erik Scott-Wings

Erik Scott is getting ready to release another solo album titled A Trick of the Wind.  This is following his critically acclaimed In The Company of Clouds, which I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing.

To give you a taste of what is to come we are presenting the track sampling of "Wings," the opening track on the album.

Erik takes his bass and makes it a lead instrument on every track and "Wings" is a fantastic curtain opener.

Erik knows how to make his bass sing and it takes the listener off the ground, seemingly allowing you to spread your "Wings" and fly away.

Erik Scott is a gifted musician delivering the goods once again through tracks like "Wings."

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


More About Erik Scott:

http://erikscottbass.com


Best known for his work with Alice Cooper, Sonia Dada, and Flo & Eddie, "Erik "Eski" Scott has a recording career that stretches back to 1969, making albums with Northern Illinois groups "Food" and "Jambalaya". It was in 1974 he met and played bass with Zappa cohorts and Turtles members Flo and Eddie, and would later record and tour with Alice Cooper. He was a founding member and worked fifteen years with Sonia Dada...READ MORE

May 30, 2018

Bassist John Ferrara of Prog Ensemble Consider The Source Announces June 13th Album Release, Summer Tour of New Duo Project


John Ferrara, bassist for globetrotting psych-fusion stalwarts Consider the Source, brings his powerful solo compositions to life with the aid of virtuoso percussionist Seth Moutal in their debut album “Frail Things in Sharp Places” to be released on June 13, 2018.

“We wanted our debut to be an honest representation of ourselves,” John says. “While there’s a lot of shredding, Indian rhythms, looping and tapping, each song has immense emotional significance. We took our time to make sure nothing was gratuitous. This album is who we are. I play a 5-string bass and loop chords and melodies while playing basslines on my homemade Taurus pedals. Seth plays drum set, tablas, and a variety of hand percussion instruments. We play everything you hear on the album, and we try not to record it if we can’t do it live.” Moutal's plethora of percussive timbres blends with Ferrara's trademark cascading loops and growling hand-built synths to create an immersive tapestry of sound and groove.

In support of their debut album, The John Ferrara & Seth Moutal Duo will bring their visionary blend of progressive rock, jazz, minimalism and world music to select shows in the northeast. Take a listen to some tracks from “Frail Thing in Sharp Places” for a taste of the album's vibrant world of hypnotic percussion and soaring melody.



Videos:
“Jackie Chan” by John Ferrara and Seth Moutal:


“Song for Ramida” by John Ferrara:


“30 Tyrants” by John Ferrara and Seth Moutal:


Summer Tour Dates:
6/14-6/16 - Hammonton, NJ Beardfest
6/22 - Downsville, NY JetLАG Festival 6/30 - Boston, MA - Cafe Luna
7/1 - NYC, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
7/6 - Charlotte, NC - Rock University (Master Class)
7/6 - Charlotte, NC - The Rabbit Hole
7/7 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House Music Hall
7/8 - Florence, SC - Private event
7/12 - Baltimore, MD - 8X10
7/14 - Reading, PA - Private Event

To pre-order John Ferrara and Seth Moutal's “Frail Things in Sharp Places”: https://johnferraramusic.bandcamp.com

Visit John at his website and on social media:
http://www.johnferraramusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/johnferraramusic/
https://www.instagram.com/john.ferrara.bass/

John Ferrara's Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm8sfBbAbY8l23dkctbmLFg?view_as=subscriber

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

May 21, 2018

Sixties Psychedelic-Rock Legends The Chocolate Watchband Release Two New "Far Out" Singles


San Jose, CA - When discussing legendary psychedelic garage bands of the 1960s, the Chocolate Watchband is at the top of the list. The Chocolate Watchband formed in San Jose in 1965. The band's music was described as “a blend of 1960s-style garage and psychedelic rock with a distinguishable 'Rolling Stones'  San Francisco sound. Produced by Ed Cobb, the group's early music combined the influences of blues with a psychedelic edge that featured terse lyrics and  instrumental experimentation. The Chocolate Watchband appeared in the 1967 film “Riot On Sunset Strip” and the 1968 film “The Love Ins.” The band released three highly acclaimed LPs from 1967 to 1969 before disbanding in 1970. In 1999, they reunited at the San Diego event 66/99 in San Diego, CA,  organized by musician/journalist Mike Stax. They continue to play today at garage rock festivals in Europe as well as the States with Little Steven, The Yardbirds, Love, The Zombies, Bo Diddly, Iggy Pop, the Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Electric Prunes.

Now much to the excitement of the band's fans around the globe, the Chocolate Watchband are releasing two new singles destined to be classics! - “Judgment Day” and  “Secret Rendezvous”! The tracks were recorded in 2017 at Kingdom Voice Productions, Santa Clara, CA.



Says lead vocalist and founding member David Aguilar, “I wrote 'Judgment Day' as the country was still in recovery after every dollar you might have had invested suddenly tanked thanks to Wall Street. People were getting laid off, they were moving backwards in income, homes were being foreclosed on. Families were living in their cars. It was a terrible time for the American dream. But this was pure opportunity for those who enjoyed stratospheric wealth. Wall Street gangsters, bailed out by American taxpayers, were rewarded for their massive greed and stupidity. They immediately started buying up everything they could, hotels, new corporate jets, restaurants chains, radio stations, small businesses, big businesses, casinos, 300+ acre ranches with 16,000 square foot homes in compounds near Aspen, on Long Island, or in Florida. Their trophy wives were pampered like pet poodles….

“It resulted in the anger that put the current president into the White House. And it's ironic, Judgment Day didn't come for the political party that remains the mouthpiece for the fat cats. And now the White House is filled with more Wall Streeters! The Who were wrong, Americans can get fooled again!



“'Secret Rendezvous' changed names a few times, lyrics were quick and fast, the whole song came from the opening riff…I recorded it in about 40 minutes. I like songs like this-they write themselves as you track it. I recorded drums and guitar together, added bass, horns, cowbell, (yeah say it-“more cowbell”) and vocals. When the band got a hold of it, they ripped it! I can't wait to sing this song on stage!”

Watch the band's new live video “I'm Not Like Everybody Else” (the Acid Test 5/7/16): 


The Chocolate Watchband:
David Aguilar - Lead Vocals, harmonica, percussion, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars
Gary Andrijasivich- Drums, backing vocals, percussion
Tim Abbott- Lead guitar, sitar, backing vocals
Derek See- Guitars, backing vocals
Alec Palao- Bass

Tim Abbott- Engineer/ co-producer,
Ross Peterson- Mix Engineer/ co-producer
Joey White- Mastering Engineer.

To purchase “Judgement Day” single: 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/judgement-day-single/1384988843
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D3GJN8Y

To purchase “Secret Rendezvous” single: 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/secret-rendezvous-single/1385018605
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D3GDT1F

Spotify:
“Judgement Day”: https://open.spotify.com/album/5eMrgSJN4Eapy8DZsmbd40
“Secret Rendezvous”: https://open.spotify.com/album/3v7ZALFFucwVrzEp6g3UOC

For more information:
The Chocolate Watchband official band website: http://www.thechocolatewatchband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chocolatewatchband/

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

May 10, 2018

The Man From RavCon Another World


Charlotte, NC - Since 2010, The Man From RavCon (aka, Mike Brown), has been creating adventurous, atmospheric instrumental music featuring Mellotron enriched arrangements accentuated by piano and organ, interweaving synths, bass, dynamic percussion, and melodic guitar. Blending influences of 70's classic FM album rock (Stones, Kraftwerk, Steely Dan, Supertramp) with a melodic prog flavor, The Man From RavCon's ninth release, “Another World,” may be considered a somewhat more accessible work than his most recent offerings, but is no less adventurous in scope. With contributions from special guests, guitarist Larry Smith, and flutist Jeff Eacho, “Another World” features a more lighthearted, breezy vibe making it the perfect soundtrack for Summer 2018 and beyond.

Having founded, performed and recorded for over a decade with now defunct Charlotte, NC power-pop outfit, The Ravelers, multi-instrumentalist Brown, has taken full advantage of the freedom of his solo project by pushing his music beyond the expected. While early Man From RavCon releases explored the sounds of spaghetti western, surf/instro rock, blaxploitation and B-Horror Cinema, more recent outings were enhanced by a classic progressive rock influence. As a result, UK publication PROG Magazine proclaimed “Skyscraper” (2013) to be “a straight-up classy affair” and Progression Magazine praised “Strange Universe” (2016) as “an alluring musical time capsule fueled by analog synth timbres, psychedelic prog motifs and spacey rockin'/ambient hues that entrance, charm and certainly keep you guessing what might come next.”

And now much to the excitement of fans worldwide, The Man From RavCon's eagerly anticipated new album “Another World” will be released on June 22! Brown is clearly enthused about this effort, “This one was a bit of a surprise. It came together so naturally! Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have talented friends like Larry and Jeff, who really helped take the tracks they played on to another level.”

Check out The Man From RavCon’s YouTube channel where, along with videos from all previous albums, you'll find the brand new video for “Satellite Flight”:


Track List:
1. Colossus (feat. Larry Smith)
2. Satellite Flight
3. Max The Cat (feat. Jeff Eacho)
4. Code Red
5. Promised Land
6. The Garden (feat. Jeff Eacho)
7. A Peaceful Transition
8. Another World
9. Pole to Pole

To purchase The Man From RavCon's “Another World”: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TheManFromRavCon ;
Also available on most digital platforms

For more information: www.manfromravcon.com

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

IZZ Vocalist Laura Meade to Release Her Debut Full-Length Studio Album Remedium on May 18, 2018


New York, NY – IZZ vocalist, Laura Meade's debut full-length studio album, Remedium, is scheduled for release on May 18, 2018.

Meade's background in musical theatre helps define her unique approach as a lyricist and musician. Remedium combines Meade's love of art rock with the emotion of musical theatre. In addition to being a vocalist for the progressive rock band IZZ, her career includes performances around the world with many different artists and on a multitude of stages.

Remedium features progressive, adventurous extended tracks such as “Sunflowers at Chernobyl” and “Dragons” as well as songs with art-pop sensibilities such as “Conquer the World”. Meade's incredible range and versatility as a vocalist is evidenced throughout the album and particularly on songs such as “Every Step” and “What I See From Here”.

Meade is joined by her IZZ bandmates on several songs as well as Randy McStine (The Fringe, Lo-Fi Resistance) on “Sunflowers at Chernobyl” and Jason Hart (I and Thou, Renaissance, Camel) on “Irradiation”.

Watch the new video for “Sunflowers at Chernobyl”:


Laura Meade's Remedium will be available for purchase on iTunes, at Amazon.com and at your favorite online retailer as well as on all streaming music services on May 18, 2018.



Track Listing:

1. Sunflowers at Chernobyl
2. Conquer the World
3. What I See From Here
4. Never Remember
5. The Old Chapel at Dusk
6. Dragons
7. Home Movies
8. Your Way
9. Every Step
10. Irradiation

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

For all other inquiries contact Doone Records: info@doonerecords.com
www.laurameademusic.com
www.facebook.com/laurameademusic
Twitter and Instagram: @laurameademusic

April 25, 2018

Guitarist Ramin Partovi To Release His Breakout Album Feat. Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern


Featuring all-star line-up!!!

Los Angeles - Aviator and Hollywood guitar player Ramin Partovi is about to release his breakout album “27 Faces Of A Broken Heart” with a completely new concept. The album features an all-star line-up with Scott Henderson, Simon Phillips, Carl Verheyen, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Stern and several others. The double CD is a unique idea where several well known musicians demonstate peak performances on the same song structure and all align to portrait a united message.

Ramin Partovi early on in his life gravitated towards his love for music, learning guitar and other instruments and founding/playing in several original bands. To meet means end be pursued a pilot career, collected over 10000 hours in the air on large jet aircraft, became a commercial Boeing 737 Captain and recently developed an interest and passion for aerobatic flying. His heart and real passion however was and will always be in music. He studied guitar and music business at Musicians Institute Hollywood and currently resides in Los Angeles.

“Ramin's record is a concept album with an entirely new idea: twenty six guitarists playing on the same song progression. Each one provides a different approach and musical direction with a huge range of styles. Some heavy hitters for sure!” - Carl Verheyen



The music reflects several emotions, such as heartbreak and pain. Says Ramin, “The idea connecting to my musician friends and musical heroes was to having them connect to a time of broken heartedness (something most of us have been through) and now tell THEIR story in their unique musical way and showing the listeners 'another face' of a broken heart bringing the message home that one is not alone in these kind of times and that many people have been through this and eventually overcame it as time passed. We are all unique yet all connected at the same time in our journey. That's why I wanted to show different faces and yet connect them and wrap them together in a unique way.

“In the song '27' I connect with and reflect on a time 2007 where I've been very heart broken. After 9 months of a very turbulent relationship it felt as if she ripped my beating heart out alive, stepped on it with long high heels and started twitching. I moved 1550 miles away and it took me 1 and a half years to digest this emotionally. The song reflects on the moods, my pain and struggle at this time, the emotional wounds and the overcoming of this demon over the following years. Have you ever been in front of an art painting and thought 'yeh, its kind of nice but it doesn't really speak to me' and then someone explained you a few things about the artist, what he had in mind when he created the work and what he was trying to say with it, and suddenly the painting lit up and shone in a complete new light for you and you saw it with completely different eyes and loved it? I attempted to paint a picture like that with this song using music instead of a brush.”

Watch the promotional video:


Ramin recently received an endorsement by Little Walter Amps. Says Ramin, “I'm very humbled to have selected my dream amp and then having the CEO standing behind you like that.” Ramin is planning to work on new material by the end of the year. As usual it's probably going to be something completely different. In the meanwhile Ramin will be flying commercial Airline Jets this summer and  looking for musical inspiration while visiting several countries.

In closing Ramin has this to impart, “I called my friends and heroes, asked them to reconnect to a time when they found themselves in a similar situation and to tell their story with their instrument for you, on the same canvas. See what they have to say! My message for you is that no matter how hard it hits you in life, give it enough time and with a little help from your friends and inspiration from your heroes you will be fine. May this be a healing force for people going through a similar experience and remind them that they are not alone and that time will heal their wounds.”

To purchase Ramin Partovi “27 Faces Of A Broken Heart” DBL CD:
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/raminpartovi2#
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/27-ervin-toucets-version-feat-simon-phillips-jimmy/1359235870?i=1359236319

@Ramin.Partovi instagram: instagram.com/Ramin.Partovi

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

April 18, 2018

Featured Track-My Creative Laziness-Just Great

My Creative Laziness (Ricardo Flores) sounds like he got some energy and put it to good use by recording a jumpy track called "Just Great."

I think the track really is "Just Great." It has an alternative garage rock kind of sound that I really enjoy. 

Tracks like this prove that less is more and Rick shows how its done with riffs that reminded me of Weezer.

The man definetly has talent and knows how to channel that laziness! So yes, his "creative laziness" did work out well with this snappy track!

Give it a listen and see what you think. If you feel its "Just Great," then leave your comments.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck 

  
Website: https://www.facebook.com/mycreativelaziness

About:
 
My Creative Laziness is my solo artist name. I like to record using a multitrack and have been doing so since...long long long. My music is... well me.
 

April 17, 2018

Multicultural European Singer-Songwriter EMILY JOHNSON Releases Her Debut EP OPEN YOUR HEART Produced By NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN


“She has an extraordinary voice, superb.” - John Mclaughlin

San Rafael, CA - Sometimes known as “The Lady of Heart,” EMILY JOHNSON is a Bulgarian-born Nigerian singer, songwriter, and composer. Having performed around the world for many years, she is releasing OPEN YOUR HEART, her debut EP, on May 11, 2018, with the help of Tarpan Records in the United States. This EP was produced by NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN and features 4 original songs.

EMILY JOHNSON was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, at a time when the country was still under the influence of the Soviet Union. Her mother is Bulgarian and her father Nigerian, a mix which made her quite different from the other children in her own neighborhood and even her own country. Different by color, but also different in her heightened sensitivity which is expressed so wonderfully in her music.

“Open your heart,” EMILY JOHNSON sings on her soon to be released debut EP of the same name. To her this statement is more than words; it is a way of life. On this release of original songs, she creates her art with something beyond passion, giving herself to her audience with a great generosity, energy, and sincerity. Emily brings others together to ignore prejudices, erase borders, and overcome difficulties. She shares with them a simple pleasure which is to SING!

Emily has been fortunate to work with some music industry greats, including the incredible guitarist John McLaughlin who invited her on stage for an emotional performance of “Redemption Song.” Another is the world famous, Grammy Award-winning American producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin), who graciously opened the doors of his Tarpan Studios to produce OPEN YOUR HEART.

Ever since John McLaughlin discovered EMILY JOHNSON on stage on the Côte d'Azur, the Mahavishnu Orchestra founder has consistently praised her as an artist he already considers “a star.” Emily would certainly reply that she also owes much of her success to his friendship and support. John McLaughlin says, “If one day EMILY JOHNSON is on the top of the charts, it will be because of her talent. She has an extraordinary voice, superb. She has it all! An inner and outer beauty. She can sing everything.”

Emily appreciates this immense compliment coming from an artist with such a career. “He is more than a musician; John McLaughlin is a Legend and a great friend and I am so blessed to know him!” she says. They have performed together several times both live and in the studio. Their relationship is more than beautiful; it is strong, sincere and much more than words.

Even better, John invited EMILY JOHNSON to cross the Atlantic to join NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN, the former Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer who became one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Ten Producers of all time. “John has opened up new horizons for me,” says Emily. “He is not only a friend but also my Light.” “The Light,” as she sings on the track from OPEN YOUR HEART that she wrote and dedicated to him.

OPEN YOUR HEART features some amazing performances, with NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN playing many instruments and featuring performances by Chris “Heist” Walden (Keyboards/Electronic Drums, “Open Your Heart”), Jim Reitzel (Guitar, “Open Your Heart”), and Cornell “CC” Carter and Deedee Simon (Back-up Vocals, “The Light” and “Open Your Heart”). The song “I’m Blessed” features Rapper G-Dub. OPEN YOUR HEART was recorded at Tarpan Studios by Jim Reitzel and mixed by Dave Frasier.

Today this beautiful story continues with new collaborations on both sides of the Atlantic and with the release of her first project, simply titled OPEN YOUR HEART. An obvious choice, isn't it?

For more information about OPEN YOUR HEART or live EMILY JOHNSON performances please visit her website: www.emilyjohnsonofficial.com

To Pre-Order OPEN YOUR HEART on Digital Platforms worldwide please visit: http://radi.al/EmilyJohnsonOYH

To see the video for the title song “OPEN YOUR HEART” please visit:


For Press and Interview inquiries, please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR: glassonyonpr@gmail.com or (828) 350-8158

April 8, 2018

Chilean Prog Ensemble Aisles Premieres Third New Video "Still Alive"


Chilean Prog ensemble Aisles, South America's most acclaimed prog band of the last 10 years, is premiering the third video of their “Live from Estudio del Sur” sessions, for the song “Still Alive”, which was originally released on their latest album “Hawaii”.

Watch Aisles new video for “Still Alive”:


Says Aisles guitarist, German Vergara, “ 'Still Alive' is one of the most representative songs, and maybe the saddest, on our latest album "Hawaii". Capturing that feeling of hopelessness was a challenge both for the band and for the director of the video, Bernardo Quesney. Sonically, it is different from the album version because it is much less processed. What you hear is Aisles organic live sound, just like you'd hear it at one of our concerts. Even the tempo of the song changed as a result of that search”.

The “Live from Estudio del Sur” sessions started with the video for the song ‘Clouds Motion’, and it will continue with more videos coming soon.

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 eclectic approach. The group has played in South America and Europe, and their albums have been released 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 Concha: 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/

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

April 6, 2018

Flav Martin & Jerry Marotta Release Debut Album Soul Redemption


Peter Gabriel's rhythm section of his classic line-up, Jerry Marotta and Tony Levin, reunite for the backbone of this album!

Soul Redemption is the debut release from singer/song writer Flav Martin and drummer Jerry Marotta. The duo harmoniously blends modern adult rock with traditional world pop. Whether performed in a cafe in Italy or on the polo fields of Indio, these songs would feel comfortably at home in either environment.

Soul Redemption is a harmonious blend of modern adult rock and traditional world music.

Credited as one of the most innovative acoustic guitar players on the scene today, Flav Martin blends beautiful melodies with intricate technique, voicing, and a percussive style that leaves people saying “How does he do that?”. Throughout his career Flav has performed with David Crosby, Al Stewart, Suzanne Vega, Tommy Emmanuel and more. Flav’s many writing credits include Saturday Night Live, PBS, Canon Films. All but two of the songs on this album were written
by Flav.

World renowned drummer, touring and session musician/producer Jerry Marotta has left his mark on countless recordings by Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, The Indigo Girls, Marc Cohn, Sarah MacLachlan, and John Mayer to name but a few. He first entered the music scene as the drummer for Orleans with the hit single “Still the One” followed by a decade of performing and recording with Peter Gabriel. His rhythmic drumming and world music inspired percussion complement the acoustic flavor of Flav’s guitar.

Fans of Peter Gabriel will delight as Jerry Marotta and Tony Levin, the rhythm section of his classic line-up, reunite for the backbone of this album. Also backing up the duo are their long time friends Peter Primamore (piano), Thor Jensen (guitar), Marc Shulman (guitar), and Gary Schreiner (harmonica/accordion).

Watch the official Soul Redemption video: 


Tracklist:
1) Soul Redemption
2) Please
3) Drinking You
4) I Knew It Was You
5) Tell Me To My Face
6) Rio De Janiero
7) Wild Moon
8) Coffee Song
9) How Could You Leave Me Now?

Produced by Jerry Marotta

For more information:
www.jerrymarotta.com ;
www.flavmartin.com ;

To purchase Flav Martin & Jerry Marotta's Soul Redemption:
Bandcamp: https://flavmartinjerrymarotta.bandcamp.com/releases
PledgeMusic: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/martin-marotta-soul-redemption
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soul-redemption/1342410635
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Redemption-Martin-Jerry-Marotta/dp/B07B5THYL8/

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

March 29, 2018

Tangerine Dream to Release Quantum Gate / Quantum Key 2CD Set on April 20th Through Kscope


The celebrated studio album celebrating 50 years of Tangerine Dream now complete with Quantum Key EP

Following the release of Tangerine Dream’s latest studio album, Quantum Gate, Kscope are set to release the album as a 2CD set with the inclusion of the EP Quantum Key.

Quantum Gate released on September 29th 2017, to coincide and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the band, was the first studio album since the passing of Edgar Froese Tangerine Dream's visionary founder, by the remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane.

The Quantum Key EP preceded Quantum Gate, and both delivered an updated, contemporary development of their trademark sound: sequencer-driven electronica covering a wide range of moods and atmospheres from ambient soundscapes to energetic, upbeat moments. The Quantum Years material began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Froese before he passed away in 2015. Remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane worked together to realize Edgar's visions and expectations of a conceptual body of work that attempts to translate quantum physics and philosophy into music. New member Ulrich Schnauss comments: “At the moment hardly any other area of science questions our concept of reality (linearity of time etc.) as profoundly as research in Quantum physics - it's no surprise therefore that Edgar was drawn to these ideas since he had always aimed at reminding listeners of the existence of 'unopened doors'.”

This version of Quantum Gate with the inclusion of Quantum Key EP, brings together Edgar's vision as a 2disc set for the first time.


(photo credit Jim Rakete)

Watch Tangerine Dream’s studio performance of “Identity Proven Matrix”: 


Tangerine Dream have been a fundamental influence on electronic and progressive music since their formation in West Berlin, 1967. Inspiring genres, musicians and other art forms, from The Future Sound of London to Porcupine Tree, the widely popular TV show Stranger Things (for which their music also featured in) to seminal video game Grand Theft Auto V (for which they helped to write the soundtrack). The group have also received seven Grammy nominations, written over 100 studio albums and were led by Edgar Froese, who developed an instantly recognisable synth-based instrumental music based on a meditative musical experience that came to prominence in the 70s and 80s.

The current line-up are currently supporting their latest material with a string of headline events in Europe, including a two-night booking at London's Union Chapel plus the opening event for Amsterdam's cutting edge electronic music summer festival, Dekmantel.

13/04 - DE, Halle/Saale - Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Halle
14/04 - DE, Dresden - Philharmonie Im Kulturpalast
23/04 - UK, London, Union Chapel - SOLD OUT
24/04 - UK, London, Union Chapel
12/05 - DE , Duisberg - Theater am Marientor;
01/08 - NL, Amsterdam - Dekmantel Festival (http://www.dekmantelfestival.com )
04+05/08 - HU - Dádpuszta, O.Z.O.R.A. Festival ( https://ozorafestival.eu )
12.08.18- FI, Helsinki - Flow Festival (https://www.flowfestival.com ) - first TD concert in Helsinki/Finland:

DISC 1 – Quantum Gate
1 Sensing Elements [13:33]
2 Roll The Seven Twice [06:25]
3 Granular Blankets [05:03]
4 It Is Time To Leave When Everyone Is Dancing [06:36]
5 Identity Proven Matrix [05:18]
6 Non-Locality Destination [09:59]
7 Proton Bonfire [08:25]
8 Tear Down The Grey Skies [06:17]
9 Genesis Of Precious Thoughts [09:10]

DISC 2 – Quantum Key
1 Genesis Of Precious Thoughts [09:10]
2 Electron Bonfire [05:03]
3 Drowning In Universes [11:04]
4 Mirage Of Reality [07:24]

Pre-order Tangerine Dream's Quantum Gate / Quantum Key 2CD: https://burningshed.com/tangerine-dream_quantum-gate-quantum-key_2cd?filter_name=quantum%20key&filter_sub_category=true

Tangerine Dream online:
http://www.tangerinedream-music.com/newtd/
https://www.facebook.com/TANGERINEDREAM.OFFICIAL ;
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1BGN1IdyiSR0ZYrkoKNchl  ;
https://soundcloud.com/tangerinedreamofficial2015
https://www.songkick.com/artists/16746-tangerine-dream
https://twitter.com/QTangerineDream

For hi-res images: www.kscopemusic.com/media/tangerine-dream

Kscope: 1st floor, 52 Lisson Street, London, UK NW1 5DF

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

March 17, 2018

Dave Kerzner Releases New Music Video "Dirty Soap Box" Featuring Steve Hackett


Sound of Contact co-founder Dave Kerzner has released a new music video from his second solo album “Static”. It's for his song “Dirty Soap Box” which features a guest appearance from the legendary Steve Hackett, former guitarist of Genesis.

“I wanted to make reference to my deep rooted influences of early Genesis in this song,” says Kerzner. “Having Steve Hackett join us for this modern day 'Broadway Melody' type adventure through current events completed the picture for me.”

Watch the music video for “Dirty Soap Box”:


This is the second guest appearance from Steve Hackett on Kerzner's songs. Previously Hackett guested on Kerzner's song “Stranded” from his debut album “New World”. Other musicians featured on “Dirty Soap Box” are guitarist Fernando Perdomo, drummers Nick D'Virgilio of Big Big Train and Derek Cintron with bassist Matt Dorsey also from Sound of Contact.

Kerzner's previous music video from “Static” was “Chain Reaction”:




Dave Kerzner's album “Static” is available from iTunes, Amazon and popular download sites. It's distributed on CD world-wide by Cherry Red Records and available here: http://geni.us/Static ;

“Static” is also available from Kerzner's Bandcamp page: http://sonicelements.bandcamp.com ;

For more info: http://www.davekerzner.com ;

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

February 28, 2018

Norwegian Art-Rock Prog Ensemble Gazpacho to Release New Studio Album Soyuz


Norwegian Art-rock progressive outfit Gazpacho are set to release their brand-new studio album Soyuz through Kscope on 18th May 2018.

Known for their distinctive art rock that balances tense and beautiful arrangements, sinister and soulful melodic lines, Gazpacho's Soyuz furthers their experimental output. To launch Soyuz the band have revealed their first single “Soyuz One”. Watch the video here:


A band who are used to seizing headlines with bizarre stories, including The Independent (UK) branding Molok as “An album that could destroy the world”, Gazpacho have a holistic approach to the album writing process, imbuing each with a captivating concept. The themes of Soyuz were born from the idea of how beautiful moments pass and cannot be “saved for later”, so within Soyuz are interconnected tales of people and lives “frozen in time”. Taking inspiration from a multitude of eras and subject matters, including the doomed Russian space capsule Soyuz and its iconic captain Komarov; the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice in “Sky Burial”; the inclusion of the oldest recording of the human voice from 1860 and the Hans Christian Andersen inspired “Emperor Bespoke”.

Recorded at Krypton Planet & St. Croix Fredrikstad in Norway, engineered by Thomas Andersen, Kristian Torp and Mikael Kroemer, mixed by John Rausch and mastered by Sonovo Mastering's Thor Legvold. The artwork, designed by painter Antonio Seijas, is inspired by Russian Cold War colours and fonts from the Soyuz One flight era.

Soyuz Tracklisting 
1. Soyuz One
2. Hypomania
3. Exit Suite
4. Emperor Bespoke
5. Sky Burial
6. Fleeting Things
7. Soyuz Out
8. Rappaccini

Soyuz will be released on CD / LP and digitally (with pre orders receiving “Soyuz One” as an instant download) and is available to pre-order: http://smarturl.it/GazpachoSoyuz

Gazpacho have confirmed they will be taking Soyuz on the road this summer with a series of headline shows and an appearance at Be Prog! My Friend Festival in Barcelona, with more dates to follow

Soyuz Tour 2018
24/05 – NL -  Maastricht, Muziekgieterij,
25/05 – NL-  Uden, De Pul
26/05 – NL-  Zoetermeer, De Boerderij,
28/05 – UK - London, The Dome
31/05 – DE - Aschaffenburg, Colos-saal
01/06 - DE - Cologne Die Kantine,
02/06 – NL – Leeuwarden, Neushoorn,
23/06 – NO – Oslo, John Dee
30/06 – ESP – Barcelona, Be Prog Festival
For tickets see www.gazpachoworld.com



Gazpacho are:
Jan Henrik Ohme (vocals)
Thomas Andersen (keyboards, programming)
Jon-Arne Vilbo (guitars)
Mikael Krømer (violin, mandolin)
Kristian Torp (bass)
Robert Risberget Johansen (drums & percussion)

Follow Gazpacho online:
https://www.facebook.com/Gazpacho.Official.BandPage
www.gazpachoworld.com

Kscope: 1st floor, 52 Lisson Street, London, UK NW1 5DF

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

February 16, 2018

French Bassist Shob To Release Second Album "Karma Obscur" In April 2018


Talented French bass player Shob, who has collaborated with many artists (Roger Biwandu (Zawinul Syndicate), Patrick Rondat (G3), PapaGuyo (Sly & Family Stone), Patrick Bebey, Charles X, Eths...), will be releasing his second album “Karma Obscur” in Spring 2018! His critically acclaimed debut “Pragmatism” (2015) received over 500,000 hits on youtube, more than 600 physical copies sold, 10,000 downloads sold!

Shob's new album “Karma Obscur” is a progressive rock/funk album with a really tight and meticulous production. Sixteen guests have participated in the recording, all amazing musicians. The album is described as “Dark Funk,” which was really Shob's state of mind when it was written. Throughout the record, you will encounter crazy beatbox parts (Beasty), amazing soul vocalist (Laurène P Magnani), insane metal guitar solos (Pierre Danel/Kadinja), body-builded drum parts (Morgan Berthet), African percussion and grooves (Ludo Lesage)….Always cleverly mixed.

In support of his forthcoming album, Shob is preparing to tour Europe in April 2018 covering 7 countries: France, Germany, Holland, Slovaquia, Italy, Austria, Norway. His band features Morgan Berthet (Myrath, Eths, Klone, Kadinja) on drums, Denis Cornardeau on guitar and Tony Lavaud (Charles X, Santa Machete) on keyboards.

Shob's music is described as intense progressive rock/funk played live by amazing musicians, and has been compared to Snarky Puppy, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Oz Noy, and Larry Graham. He has played more than 1000 shows over the past 6 years, and his solo project allowed him to open for great Jazz artists such as Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, and Gary Novak. He played some of the greatest places such as: Hell Fest open air (Mainstage France), Graspop fest (Bel), Wacken Fest (Ger), Ziget fest (Hung), Madrid electric fest, Elysée Montmartre (Paris), ST Emilion Jazz festival, Moscow, Rio, Sao Polo, Santiago Chile, Barcelone, St Barth, and Europe.

One thing defines Shob's shows: GROOVE. Audience must be prepared to burn the dance floor out on this crazy fusion funky sound. This said, technical virtuosity lovers won't be disappointed. Shob's quartet are some of the greatest musicians in their category. Also, there's a large part of improvisation during the ensemble's shows, in which each musician can express himself, and interact with the audience…which makes every show UNIQUE.

Shob “Karma Obscur” Tour 2018
02.04.2018 FR-Marseilles, venue TBA
05.04.2018 AT-Frauental, Bluegarage
06.04.2018 SK-Bratislava, Museum
07.04.2018 AT-Vienna, Reigen
08.04.2018 AT-Linz, SMARAGD CC     TBC
09.04.2018 DE-Passau, Cafe Museum
10.04.2018 DE-Fürth, Kofferfabrik
12.04.2018 DE-Karlsruhe, KOHI
14.04.2018 NL-Tilburg, Paradox
16.04.2018 DE-Celle, Herzog-Ernst
17.04.2018 DE-Göttingen, Nörgelbuff
19.04.2018 DE-Unna, Kühlschiff
20.04.2018 DE-Nordhausen, Cyriaci-Kapelle
21.04.2018 DE-Rodgau, Maximal Kulturinitiative Rodgau
22.04.2018 NL-Zoetermeer, Boerderij (afternoon show)
24.04.2018 FR-Nancy, MAI France

Shob also has been teaching master classes since 2010 with his amazing musician and friend Morgan Berthet (drums for Myrath, Klone, Eths, Kadinja...) He's also known for his tutorial bass video on youtube and bandcamp. Shob is sponsored by Sandberg basses, Aguilar Amplification.



“Best fusion album of the year” - Planet Waves / 2014

“Not only for bass players, those who look for groove and various musical colours will be pleased.” - Pavillon 666

“This kind of album is timeless and in 50 years from now, we still can play it, it won´t get old at all” - Metal is the Law / Webzine

Watch Shob's new video: 


To purchase Shob's “Karma Obscur”: 
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/karma-obscur/id1228600280 ;
Bandcamp: https://shob.bandcamp.com/ ;

Videos:
Shob's youtube channel has more than 500 000 hits and 2500 followers: www.youtube.com/user/shobkubiack
Shob “Karma Obscur”:


Shon “Green Elephant”:


Audio/Video sample “Sacerdoce”:


Audio/Video sample “Enclosures”: 


For more information: www.shob.fr

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January 26, 2018

Southern Rockers OTIS To Tour Europe & US In Support Of New Album "Eyes Of The Sun"


“Stunning!” - Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

From the American South, Kentucky, comes southern blues rock champions, OTIS, who released their critically acclaimed second album “Eyes Of The Sun” on Purple Pyramid Records in September 2017. The album was Executive Produced by Grammy winning Blues/Rock guitar great Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter, PNB). Now in support of the release OTIS is hitting the road in Spring 2018!

Says OTIS, “We’re excited to hit the road again to share our music with our fans all across the world by looking to the example set by fellow home town friends ‪Black Stone Cherry‬ and ‪The Kentucky HeadHunters.‬ Their guidance and support over the years has been very humbling for us and has helped us develop into the band we are today.  We are thankful and blessed to be able to be ourselves whenever we get to play live onstage and that’s all that any artist could every really hope for. Can’t wait to see all of our Otis family on the road in Europe and the US in 2018!”

OTIS Europe & US Tour Dates:
02.03. UK London - Boston Music Room
04.03. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
06.03. DE Düsseldorf - Pitcher
07.03. DE Hamburg - Hafenklang
08.03. DE Köln - Blueshell
09.03. DE Frankfurt - Nachtleben
12.03. DE Munich - Backstage Club
13.03. AT Klagenfurt - Mammut Bar
14.03. AT Wien - Arena Beisl
03/22 - The Local, Nashville TN
03/23 - Midtown Billiards, Little Rock AR
03/28 - Preservation Pub, Knoxville TN
03/29 - Sidetracks Music Hall, Huntsville AL
03/30 - The Hummingbird, Macon GA
03/31 - Thirsty Devil, Tupelo MS
04/04 - Backstage Lubbock, Lubbock TX
04/05 - Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque NM
04/06 - LoudHouse Rock and Roll Bar, Phoenix AZ
04/07 - Arcadia Blues Club, Arcadia CA
04/11 - The Walnut Room, Denver CO
04/12 - Duffy’s Tavern, Lincoln NE
04/14 - Gibson Music Hall, Appleton WI
04/19 - Winchester Music Tavern, Cleveland OH
04/21 - Riblickers Smoke Shack, Glasgow KY
04/28 - Reggies, Chicago IL
05/18 - John Browns, Marion IL

“If ever there were a band to fill the new top spot in the Jam Blues Rock scene and the void left by loss of groups like the Allman Brothers... 'OTIS' is it. This tight unit of talent from the back woods Kentucky has everything it takes to become one of music's next great classic Blues Rock Bands!”- Paul Nelson

The band has earned accolades from ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons who hailed the band's “fine singing, sweet guitar tones...all around enjoyable listening!”

Check out the video for the band's new single “Blind Hawg”:


Deep in South Central Kentucky authentic music is alive and well through native musicians who are still testifying to brothers and sisters all around the world. OTIS has taken in a steady diet of Roots, Blues, and Classic Rock and Roll, and created their own unique sound. OTIS draws from the raw electric sounds of Muddy Waters and stirs in a heavy influence of Southern sounds, courtesy of The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and more. This sums up what the sound of OTIS is musically and gives a glimpse into the sound and soul of the four-piece band.

The members of OTIS consist of Boone Froggett vocals/guitar, Steve Jewell guitar, John Seeley bass, and Andrew Gilpin drums. The members of OTIS share the same vision of writing and creating organic music while taking their audience to church by hitting on all emotions. If a stage filled with vintage music gear and Blues flavored Rock and Roll music is something you enjoy, then it's time to drink from the healing waters of OTIS! The OTIS electric Rock 'n' Roll revival is coming soon to a town near you!

www.theotisband.com
https://otisbluesband.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmOaiHc36_M

To purchase OTIS's “Eyes Of The Sun”:
Buy the CD: https://www.amazon.com/Eyes-Sun-Otis/dp/B073W334CW
Buy the digital version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eyes-of-the-sun/id1274340760?ls=1&app=itunes

Press inquiries: 
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Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

January 10, 2018

Drummer Bob Holz To Release Third Album Feat. Bass Legends Stanley Clarke and Ralphe Armstrong!


“Bob Holz's CDs keep getting better n' better!...this one is just great!” - Randy Brecker
     
Jazz-fusion composer and drummer Bob Holz will be releasing his third album “VISIONS: Coast to Coast Connection,” featuring  bass legend Stanley Clarke on February 23, 2018! “This collaboration with the jazz star and Return to Forever bassist/composer, Stanley Clarke involved the recording of new compositions I wrote taken from my roots in jazz, classical, blues and rock music,” says Holz. Joining Holz and Clarke is former Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Ralphe Armstrong who currently plays in Holz's touring band, Bob Holz and A Vision Forward featuring Jamie Glaser and Ralphe Armstrong. “My compositions have plenty of room for interplay between both bass players,” adds Holz. Bob Holz is presently managed by Roy Holland Productions and is signed to MVD Entertainment Group.


“I'm really honored to record with Stanley Clarke as his music has been a strong influence on me,” added Holz. Clarke has written the music for over 70 major motion pictures in addition to his successful solo career and long tenure as a member of Return To Forever with Chick Corea, Al Di Meola and Lenny White.

“I enjoyed playing this music very much. Good players along with good compositions is always a winning combination!” - Stanley Clarke

The recording took place in Los Angeles with famed sound engineer, Dennis Moody recording, mixing and mastering the performances. “Dennis mixed my last album and really knows how to create a world class record,” continued Holz. Moody also helped out with mixing Holz's band live last May at Catalina Bar and Grill Jazz Club in Hollywood, California. Stanley Clarke also attended that concert which led to the upcoming recording session for Holz's next album. Additionally, Executive Producer Rob Stathis once again contributed his production skills to the making of the record. Rob Stathis has been involved with producing Holz's past collaborations with guitarist/composer the late Larry Coryell. “The loss of Larry Coryell last February was really rough. Bob and I want to continue in the tradition which Larry excelled in,” says Stathis.

“Many years I have been friends with Stanley Clarke, we talked about recording together!! Bob Holz made it happen on this recording!” - Ralphe Armstrong

Since the February 2017 release of Holz's second album, “Visions and Friends,” Holz's touring band, Bob Holz and A Vision Forward featuring Jamie Glaser and Ralphe Armstrong has played numerous live concerts from New York to California. The band features guitar guru Jamie Glaser (Chick Corea, Jean Luc Ponty, Bryan Adams) and bass virtuoso Ralphe Armstrong (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Herbie Hancock). Los Angeles based keyboardist Billy Steinway has been an integral contributor to Holz's efforts playing both live shows and recording sessions. Steinway also joined Holz, Clarke and Armstrong on the recordings for the new album.

To purchase Bob Holz “VISIONS: Coast to Coast connection” CD: 
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bob+holz+visions+coast+to+coast+connection
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/visions-and-friends/id1177697242

For more information: http://www.bobholzband.com

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

January 8, 2018

Innovative Guitarist Jon Durant Releases Solo Guitar Album "Parting Is"


Boston, MA - Following three acclaimed CDs with his group Burnt Belief, Jon Durant has returned with his first solo album since 2011's “Dance of the Shadow Planets.” Unlike his previous solo albums, however, “Parting Is” is a completely solo guitar album.

A deeply emotional and personal record, “Parting Is” takes the idea of a solo guitar album and transforms it into a stunning sonic landscape of texture and color. Many of the sounds on the album bear no relationship with traditional guitar, but there are no synthesizers employed at all. Everything is played by Jon Durant on guitars (with Durant also playing fretless bass on four pieces).

Durant commented: “In recent years, I have been spending a lot of time away from people and places I love very much. My two boys are out of the house, one graduated college and the other is a senior in college this year. We have a wonderful time when I get to see them, but then they go away and there is a bit of a pang as we part. Also, we have a second home on the other side of the country (Portland, OR) where I spend a fair bit of time, and is also where much of this album began. Frequently my wife will join me for a long weekend, and I will stay on for another week or so, and of course there's the sadness when we part. What is reflected in this music is the sweet sorrow that comes from this parting - recognizing that it's temporary but still longing for more time together.”

About the music, Durant stated: “On most days, one of the first things I do is grab a cup of tea or coffee, and begin to experiment with my guitar. The music that comes out is not done with any intention of becoming a composition, or a recording, but is rather more of a meditation. However, a friend heard a brief recording of one such piece and asked why I didn't record more of them. When I began to do so, I felt a pattern was emerging that might be worth exploring.

“Many pieces begin as loops that I would play a melodic lead over. I recorded several of these, then began to deconstruct the loops and record the various parts as separate components which could become less loop like and more dynamic and flowing. The track, 'Open Window' is a perfect example of how that played out.”

That track, “Open Window” also provides an opportunity to explore the unusual sound and textures that Durant creates. The primary guitar which began as a loop is an electric 12 string. From there, multiple electric 12 string parts were layered in a minimalistic way. The melodic guitar is a fretless electric guitar, and the low tones (which sound a bit like the old Moog Bass Pedals) are generated from the fretless guitar. Also, swirling around in the background are Jon's unique cloud guitar sounds, notes which hang in the air like clouds with no discernable beginnings or endings.

There are three solo cloud guitar pieces (“Clouds in Advance”, “Before the Rain Falls” and “Willamette Fog”) and two pieces which remained as a loop with lead guitar over the top. “The Room Where She Waits” is a loop of electric 12 String and the lead is fretless guitar. On “Evolve in Place”, the loop is an electric guitar with fretless guitar over the top.

Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks. As executive producer of Alchemy Records, he produces recordings for internationally acclaimed artists in his small home studio. Alongside Durant's six solo albums and three Burnt Belief records (with Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree), Alchemy has also released albums by artists Michael Manring, Gary Willis, Leni Stern/Wayne Krantz and others.

To Purchase Jon Durant's “Parting Is”:
https://www.amazon.com/Parting-Jon-Durant/dp/B077319LXV
https://burningshed.com

Video for Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic”:


Video for Burnt Belief, “Dissemble”:


Video for Burnt Belief, “Semazen”:


Jon Durant's official website: http://www.jondurant.com

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