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Movies Rock on CBS with David Paich from Toto


David Paich, famous composer and singer for Toto now works for a new project: Movies Rock on CBS in the USA that will be broadcasted December 2007. Movies Rock 2007 on CBS is a Conde Nast production in which David Paich is the musical coordinator. The goal: artists will do covers of some of the biggest hits in movie history.

The first edition of Movies Rock 2007 will feature: Marc Anthony, Tonny Bennett, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Nelly, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood, Usher,

David Paich is a member of Toto although he is not touring again with the band. David Paich has recently done a trip in China where he has worked for composing a music theme for the Beijing Olympic Games 2008. Toto has a new double live CD out entitled "Falling In Between Live" recorded live in Paris back in 2007. The DVD version of this concert will be released in early 2008 (on Eagle Vision).

City fritter: From the ocean to the desert


Combining the best elements of country, folk and classic rock, Topanga Canyon’s CITY FRITTER presents “FROM THE OCEAN TO THE DESERT”, their debut full length CD release.

What ARE the best elements of country?
The simple honesty and grit of Loretta Lynn and Buck Owens
The storytelling of Bob Dylan and the harmonies of CSNY.
Classic Rock?
The ringing guitars and energy of The Beatles, Byrds and Stones.
A fried-up tasty mix of all those influences flavored by the experience and creativity of songwriting duo Jewels and Johnny Nation. Incorporating and reflecting all of the varied environments and circumstances that have shaped the band and their sound.Rooted firmly in the present, listening to what’s come before,with eyes to the future -  this is timeless music.
“FROM THE OCEAN TO THE DESERT” is like a road movie:
The story of Jewels and Johnny Nation as they came together in music and in life.
The 10 tracks were written in Topanga Canyon and Joshua Tree, California,  Baja, Mexico, on Kauai, Hawaii and on the journeys between them. Each song is a little side trip down a different path – internal or external.
One of the songs, the ridiculously catchy “Don’t You Know”, can be heard in the 20th Century Fox film “FLICKA” starring Tim McGraw. Listen carefully during the rodeo scene!
Recorded with producer Eric Corne at Dusty Wakeman’s Mad Dog Studios, headquarters of LA’s rockin’ Americana sound, “FROM THE OCEAN TO THE DESERT” features Johnny’s warm acoustic and twangy electric guitar work perfectly complemented by Chris Lawrence’s shimmering pedal steel, 12 string and b-bender.  Jewels’ expressive harmonica accents add a rootsy quality to “See You” and “I Know What To Bring” the latter a pied piper sing along that adds mandolin and banjo on the way. Holding everything together, master drummer Fabian Jolivet kicks out a wide variety of drum styles from dirty Bakersfield shuffles to jazz  inflected fills. Eric Corne lends his considerable skill on the bass as well as his incredible ear and knowledge of the vintage Neve 880 board. Jewels and Johnny’s organic harmonies float over the carefully layered instrumentation.
The result?
A beautifully crafted album, each song realized to it’s fullest potential collectively adding up to a  whole more than the sum of it’s parts. A complete work -  clocking in just under 40 minutes, listeners will want to let it spin and take the trip “FROM THE  OCEAN TO THE DESERT” again and again.

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Discover "Rockin' at the spotlight" by Chris Towzey!


The music of singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Towzey is a journey through classic R&B, rock, and world styles bound by clever and spiritually enlightened lyrics, delivered by our honest, soulful, all-American vocal tour guide. On his debut CD, Rockin’ At The Stoplight, the title track welcomes you to the party with an R&B tinged, horn-driven romp through the city streets. Each song tells a story, embracing sounds that embody the characters and moods being explored, from a honky-tonk homage to fine women, to bluesy commentary on the state of the world’s consciousness.

The beginnings of Towzey’s own musical journey can be traced back to his audio upbringing, which included barbershop quartets, country, R&B, blue-eyed soul, and Italian tenors. The latter came during a time when his family spent four years living in Italy, where Towzey’s lifelong fascination with the electric guitar began. At the age of only twelve, he started a band and played his first real gig in Italy for the seventh grade dance. Later, as a music major in California, Towzey explored his fascination with recording equipment and built an analog studio, tying it into a pilot class in recording engineering at Sonoma State University.

Bored with the life of a sideman in a long line of local bands, Towzey decided to take a leap and become an artist in his own right. He started taking long-distance songwriting lessons with hitmaker Harriet Schock to transform his first artistic ramblings into accessible lyrics. Towzey soon moved from Marin County to Los Angeles and put together a dream team of backing musicians, engineers, and recording and mastering studios to bring life to his vision, even calling on L.A. horn superstar Chris Tedesco to spearhead the three-horn section heard throughout the record.

World influences are apparent in Chris’ music, and his keen interest in Shamanism and non-western philosophies and spiritual orientations have steadily helped him to return to his original passion of playing music and releasing this CD. Plans for the future include writing music using more world instruments, and performing opening spots for major artists.

"Chris Towzey released a very inspired album. Sometimes, listening to the songs, you think to artists such as Bill Champlin and Tower of power. My favorite tune is "Ocean of love"... a real "westcoast" sound pleasure!" - Arnaud

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Kevin Dubrow passed away on november 26th, 2007. RIP


Kevin DuBrow, lead singer of Quiet Riot, was found dead at his home in Las Vegas, Drummer Frankie Banali confirmed. He was 52. The cause is not yet known. He is survived by his wife Andrea Barber.
Born on October 29, 1955, he recorded songs with Quiet Riot including "Cum On Feel The Noize" and "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)".
In 2004, DuBrow recorded a collection of cover versions for his solo album, "In for the Kill".

Quiet Riot hit the top of the charts with its 1983 album, "Metal Health," considered by some sources as the first heavy metal album to hit No. 1. The album was driven by the group's cover of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize," which hit the Top 40.

"Songs from my living room", new dvd by Lenny LeBlanc and new cd "All for love" released in August!


There's a new sound rising from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the birthplace of southern rock, southern soul and country soul. It's the sound of revival! Recorded LIVE at Faith Church in Florence/Muscle Shoals, "All For Love" features worship artist/songwriter Lenny LeBlanc with 12 fresh, new worship songs pouring out of a church that's in revival and reclaiming the Muscle Shoals sound for the Kingdom of God. From the upbeat Ascend to the R&B sounds of "Walls Come Down" to the incredible "Make Way For The King", this album invites all who listen to experience revival.

Lenny LeBlanc has been writing and recording music for over 30 years. He is the co-author of many well-known songs including "Above all", which earned him a prestigious Dove Award for "Inspirational recorded Song of the year" in 2003. His accomplishments as a singer/songwriter have spanned three decades yielding success in the Gospel, Pop and Country genre's, including the 1978 Pop Smash Hit "Falling" and the 1996 number 1 Country song "Treat her right" as recorded by Sawyer Brown.


With his new dvd "Songs from my living room", Lenny invites you into his living room
where He performs nine of his classic songs and shares the story behind each one. The recording took place at Faith Church in Florence, AL. where he joined the staff as Worship Leader in 2002.

Wolfgang's Vault: Where LIVE Music Lives


There's only one place you can hear Bill Graham introduce the Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East, Steve Miller ask for more PA volume at Winterland, or Robert Plant kill time with the Fillmore audience while Jimmy Page re-tunes in the background. It's the same place you can listen to the greatest live music of all time in full concert format.
It's not Heaven, though it may feel like Heaven to rock music purists. It's the Concert Vault, the world's greatest collection of vintage concert recordings.
Where does it come from? In 2003, Wolfgang's Vault acquired master recordings from the archives of Bill Graham Presents. These live concerts were recorded at legendary venues like the Fillmore East and Winterland between 1965 and the late 1980s.

In early 2006, we augmented the Graham archives by acquiring the archives of the King Biscuit Flower Hour, the nationally famous syndicated rock radio broadcasts of live concerts from the 1970s and '80s. We also added the Silver Eagle Cross Country archive of country music concerts in 2006, and we haven't stopped there. Keep an ear out for additions to the Concert Vault in the near future.


Boz Scaggs and The Blue Velvet Band concerts


Boz Scaggs now plays in The States under the name of Boz Scaggs and The Blue Velvet Band ; a band that seduced the passionate the US audience and features two musicians of Bonnie Raitt backing band. Line-up of the Blue Velvet Band : Buddy Miller (guitars), Jon Cleary (piano and keys), Ricky Fataar (drums), Dennis Crouch (bass) and Greg Leisz (several instruments).

Boz and The Blue Velvet Band plays old songs in a more Country and traditional vein: Hank Williams, George Jones... Is it just a project for Boz and his band or a new way to explore music and rock ? To be followed...

America Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame


The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was created to present the music of the Inducted Vocal Groups to people of all generations, to educate, entertain and enlighten the world to the astounding legacy of music left by these Vocal Groups of the past and to pave the way for Vocal Groups of the future. The band America (Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell...) will be soon inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame for the 2007 edition. That's now official!

Induction ceremony and information will be made available at The Vocal Group Hall Of Fame website (Sharon, Pennsylvania).

Terence Boylan CD reissues


The Appletree Theatre "Playback"

Back in 1967, Terence Boylan (before the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt era among others...) worked with his brother John Boylan and with great Jazz musicians Larry Coryell and Eric Gale, he founded the project The Appletree Theatre with an experimental album released the same year: "Playback" (Verve Forecast). This concept album features two nice songs "Hightower Square" and "I Wonder If Louise Is Home". Some weeks ago, Terence has just rereleased "Playback" for the first time ever on his own label Spinnaker Records with two different frontcovers for the CD (for Europe and North America).

Terence Boylan "Suzy"

In addition, after the reissue of the self-titled album "Terence Boylan" (1977) on Wounde Bird in 2007, a great westcoast music LP (feat. Don Henley, Donald Fagen, Timothy B. Schmidt, Steve Lukather, Victor Feldman...), the same label Wounded Bird will rerelease "Suzy" January 8, 2008 which is the third Terence Boylan solo album back in 1980 (originally on Asylum Records). On this LP, we must mention the incredible list of musicians: Jeff Baxter, Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, Don Felder, Mike Porcaro, Jay Winding, Michael Omartian, Russ Kunkel, Victor Feldman, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley... Some lovely tunes on it: "Shake Your Fiorucci", "Dump It In The River" and "$50 an Hour". Don't miss it!

Toto 30th anniversary with an event concert and a new live DVD


In the Rock newsroom of their daily news show (November 23, 2007), the french-speaking radiostation Classic 21 (based in Belgium) has announced that Bobby Kimball told them that Toto would hope to set up an event concert for the 30th anniversary of the group in 2008. This very special show would gather some special guests and the band hope to have Boz Scaggs and Michael Jackson on stage, to what Bobby Kimball said. A DVD release of this anniversary concert would be shoot according to the Toto member.

Toto has just released a new double live CD entitled "Falling In Between Live" recorded in Paris, France, March 26, 2007. A DVD of this concert is also planned to be released early next year (on Eagle Vision). Steve Lukather says more about it at his official website

Toto will tour in Mexico in january and february 2008 and in Japan in March. For Japan, they will share the bill with their friend Boz Scaggs.