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Ambrosia "Biggest Part Of Me" video

Ambrosia "Biggest Part Of Me" video.

Pure pop and art rock defined the musical stylings of Los Angeles quartet Ambrosia. Their style ranged from progressive to experimental, and they were equally at ease playing hard rock as they were playing slower, melodic ballads. The founding members hailed from Southern California, where they grew up listening to the Beach Boys and the Beatles. Guitarist/vocalist David Pack, bassist/vocalist Joe Puerta, keyboardist Christopher North and drummer Burleigh Drummond got their first break in 1971 when Philharmonic conductor Zubin Mehta featured them in his "All American Dream Concert" at the Hollywood Bowl.

Their fourth album "One Eighty" was released in 1980, and changed direction to mainstream popular music. This album added new members to the band, and earned the band three Grammy nominations, including Best Pop Vocal Group. The title of the album, "One Eighty" was believed by fans to signal the group's 180 degree change in direction. 1980's "Biggest Part of Me" hits No. 3 in The USA.

From Ambrosia "One Eighty" album (1980)

Palo Duro Records new releases!


Texas singer/songwriter, Darryl Lee Rush, was born in the small town of Markham; a small farming community in south central Texas. He later moved to Austin where he was the lead singer and songwriter for The Big Johnsons. He currently resides in Dallas, where he was the lead singer and songwriter for the popular folk rock band Fast Train. Darryl now works under his own name with bass player and backup singer, Mike McShane, the extraordinary harmonica of long-time sidekick Don Gallia, and Andy Mayer on drums. He is a lively musician and storyteller who develops a strong rapport with his audience.

Like many great Texas songwriters, Darryl's songs reflect the landscapes and the human condition of the places he's lived. In his song A Town Too Tough To Die, he describes growing up in a "town down along the Coastal Bend, where there's miles and miles of milo and cotton, and that warm Matagorda wind." From the perils of picking up women in convenience stores in urban Lakewood in 7/11 to the 69 Chevelle sitting on blocks in the front yard of his White Trash Paradise, Darryl paints a lively, humorous and often irreverent picture of the Texas landscape, urban to rural.


In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener and dance floor. Each album has been a mix of well-crafted original songs and cover songs so thoughtfully chosen and so representative of the band, that fans think they are as original as the band themselves. Challenged by their fans to create a sound that mirrors the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor, the Derailers have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60s pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores long after the last drink has been served. In terms of sound, the Derailers have gotten smoother with age. As Hofeldt puts it, “I think we have retained the path we are going for. But we have certainly grown as players and allowed other influences to come in.” Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music. Hofeldt describes his view of country music as, “finding out what love really is, versus what you thought it was when you were a kid.” For all the fans of the Derailers, love is all you need.


To discover more about Palo Duro' catalog, here is the new compilation "Texas Unplugged, Volume 2"!

"Love wins" new standards for the new millennium, Bill Cantos's brand new album has arrived!


We've been waiting for it! Now, it is released... "Love wins, new standards for the new millennium", the new Bill Cantos album.
As Bill Cantos (singer/songwriter/pianist) says “I'm not trying to be presumptuous in calling these songs 'new standards' - just the opposite. It's my way of paying tribute to all the great music, classic songs, and amazing writing that's come before me.” You can hear it in the music - thirteen of Bill’s originals in the style of classic standards, passionate and smooth, performed by an all-star band.

Listen songs previews here!

JAZZIZ magazine singled out Bill as an artist to watch. His songs have been recorded by Ramsey Lewis, Flora Purim, Brenda Russell, Kevyn Lettau, and Cheryl Bentyne (of Manhattan Transfer); and he has contributed to countless recording projects, including albums by Dori Caymmi, John Patitucci, Brian Bromberg, Justo Almario, Steve Amerson, Jay Graydon, Peter Friestedt and Kirk Whalum.

His versatility with both keyboards and vocals has enabled him to tour with an amazing variety of artists, including Phil Collins (his continuing worldwide "First Final Farewell Tour"), Sergio Mendes, Diane Schuur, Flora Purim and Airto, Marc Antoine, Gal Costa, Debby Boone, and Vikki Carr. In addition, Bill and his wife, pianist/composer Mari Falcone, are currently producing the new CD by R&B legend Deniece Williams.