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"Dream And Deliver", Dreamtide's new album!


An English music journalist once wrote about the band: “only for those who like music” and suggested “Crank it up before you go out on a Saturday night. Crank it up before you eat breakfast on Wednesday morning.” He definitely was right: Dream And Deliver, the third album by the Hannover based rock band is a perfect choice for any lover of highly melodic, diverse music. 

After the releases of Here Comes The Flood (2001) und Dreams For The Daring (2003), Dream And Deliver will hit the shelves in Europe on August 28th, 2008. Japan already released the album on May 21st and it hit the charts instantly on position number 14.

The record once again offers what the fans of this five-piece love about them the most: high quality musicianship, catchy arrangements and great refrains – “song-orientated rock music with hit potential”, as guitarist Engelke describes the band’s sound himself. 

In the year 2008, Dreamtide still consists of guitarist Helge Engelke, drummer CC Behrens, keyboard player Torsten Lüderwaldt and singer Olaf Senkbeil. Engelke, Behrens and Lüderwaldt are also members of the German Melodic Rock band Fair Warning. New in the line-up is bassist Francis Buchholz who joined the group in 2007 when replacing Thunderhead’s Ole Hempelmann. The skilled bass man is well known for his time with the Scorpions which he was a member with until 1992. Buchholz and singer Olaf Senkbeil during the previous two years also have been members of the band of guitarist Uli Jon Roth – another former member of the Scorpions. 

As the two predecessors, "Dream And Deliver" once again offers distinctive guitar riffs, intelligent arrangements and catchy melodies. Musically centered around the skilled vocal performance of Senkbeil and the unique guitar playing of guitarist Helge Engelke with his unmistakable high - sometimes even violin alike - solos, the 14 included compositions truly become stand outs. Fans and media both undoubtfully will rave about this release again. 

Randy Newman: First album of new material in nine years!


Nonesuch Records will release Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years August 5, entitled "Harps and Angels". The recipient of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Original Song, 17 Oscar nominations, five Grammy Awards, 13 Grammy nominations, and two Emmy Awards, Newman is a singular figure who over the course of his career has explored various styles and sounds of the cannon of 20th century American music.

Having focused on film scores, live performances, and career retrospectives since 1999’s Bad Love, Newman returns with this album that already has a successful single. Harps and Angels’ “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country,” originally released exclusively via iTunes in 2007 and published as a New York Times op-ed piece, was named the #2 song of 2007 by Rolling Stone (“right behind Jay-Z and ahead of Rihanna,” Newman helpfully points out).

Co-produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow) and former Warner Bros. head and longtime Newman collaborator Lenny Waronker, Harps and Angels showcases Newman’s myriad talents as a political and social commentator, balladeer, and storyteller. The arrangements have a Dixieland feel, with Newman on piano fronting a club-size combo; several tracks feature his lush orchestrations, as grand as anything he has produced on his film scores. According to NPR, “Singer and composer Randy Newman’s wry and sometimes raw musical commentary has become a big part of the American cultural landscape.” The Los Angeles Times says “Newman is a brilliant songwriter who, like Paul Simon and a few others, bridges the gap between the classic American Songbook craftsman tradition and the more personalized singer-songwriter style of the modern pop age.”

Richie McDonald Releases His Debut Contemporary Christian Project June 3, 2008


One of Country music’s premiere vocalists and respected songwriters, Richie McDonald (Lonestar), released his debut Contemporary Christian project, "I Turn To You", on June 3, 2008. The CD was produced by McDonald’s long-time friend, Frank Myers, and McDonald co-wrote all but two songs on the album. The project will be distributed by Lucid Artist and will be available at retail outlets nationwide including Family Christian stores and Walmart.

“I’ve always wanted to do this kind of album. I just thought it was time,” says McDonald. “I just feel like I’m doing music that really makes a difference. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing now and it feels right in my heart.”

"I Turn To You" is a compelling project with songs that give hope, encourage faith, and give glory to our wonderful God. The title song is the first single that will be going for adds at radio on March 14th. Other songs include, “He’s Alive,” that makes a powerful Easter message with the confirmation that Christ is alive and active in our lives, “Handle With Prayer” is a testimony about the power of prayer and the results it has on our lives, and “What Would He Do,” which is about living a life faithful to Jesus’ teachings. “Hey God” will be familiar to McDonald’s fans as it’s an acoustic version of the Lonestar hit that he wrote for the band.

McDonald is the former vocalist for Country’s supergroup, Lonestar, and surprised the music row community by leaving the band after 16 years to pursue a solo career. McDonald wrote three #1 songs for Lonestar, “My Front Porch,” “Mr. Mom,” and “I’m Already There,” and was honored by BMI as Songwriter Of The Year in 2003. McDonald’s music is now on mainstream rock stations as the best-selling English group, Westlife, has done a cover version of “I’m Already There,” which was co-written by McDonald, Frank Myers, and Gary Baker.

Ian McLagan's new album, "Never say never"


In December of 2007 Ian 'Mac' McLagan and Glyn Johns, his old pal from Small Faces and Faces days, met at Sphere Studios in London to mix and master Ian McLagan's beautiful and emotionally raw CD, "Never Say Never". The self produced and directed album features McLagan's award winning Bump Band: 'Scrappy' Jud Newcomb, Don Harvey and Mark Andes, and includes all original songs written by one of the best-loved musicians of our time. Patty Griffin graces "Never Say Never" with her soulful vocals and she and the Tosca Strings can be heard on the final track, the heart wrenching "When The Crying Is Over". McLagan recorded and produced Never Say Never at The Doghouse Studios in Manor, Texas, and recorded Where Angels Hide on the Steinway in The Edythe Bates Old Chapel at The International Festival-Institute in Round Top, Texas.

"Never Say Never" was released on Proper Records in the UK/Europe on July 7, 2008.

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Bossa Nova Hotel featuring Janey Clewer, Bruce Gaitsch & Michael Sembello


A cd compilation will see the light of day soon at Pronto Coffee shops in Japan. It will contain 2 cds and will feature Janey Clewer, Bruce Gaitsch and Michael Sembello under the name of Bossa Nova Hotel for 4 songs: "La Isla Bonita", "Maniac", "A day in the life of a fool" and "It was love".
An album of Bossa Nova Hotel would follow this release!

You can discover Bruce's new record "Sincerely" whish is now available!


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Ole Børud "Shakin' the Ground".


Ole Børud a newcomer in the Norwegian music scene, released his debut album "Shakin' the Ground", very inspired by American "Westcoast" music, funk and soul classics.

Ole Børud has been a full-time musician, with numerous bands and artists including the gospelgroup Arnold B Family, the internationally acclaimed metal band Extol, Sofian and Torun Eriksen and Andrae Crouch.

"Shakin' the Ground" marks Ole Børud’s debut as a solo artist. It offers close harmonies and sophisticated arrangements with west coast flavor, whith rhythms deeply rooted in funk and R&B. You can easyly hear inspiration from artists such as Steely Dan and D́angelo performed by a clear and powerful voice and played with some of the best Norwegian musicians. Don't wait for discover that great music of Ole Børud!