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"Journey To L.A", the new AOR project...


The new Frédéric Slama's AOR cd "Journey To L.A" will  be released on Escape Music early september. The new cd features an incredible cast of musicians & singers (Including Steve Overland (FM), Dane Donohue, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Fergie Frederiksen & Steve Lukather (Toto) & Philip Bardowell (The Beach Boys, Places Of Power)."Journey To L.A" is co-produced by Tommy Denander!

Albert & Gage's new album "Dakota Lullaby"


MoonHouse Records is proud to announce the release of "Albert & Gage – Dakota Lullaby (The Songs of Tom Peterson)". This is the sixth CD for the Austin, Texas duo since teaming up in 1997. Christine Albert and Chris Gage will be continuing their active performing schedule throughout the summer to support the release.

Although Albert and Gage are prolific songwriters, for this project they drew entirely from an extensive catalog of undiscovered gems written by Gage’s old friend from Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Tom Peterson. Virtually unknown outside of South Dakota (although he is somewhat of a legend among his peers in the Midwest), Peterson lived for awhile in Nashville but his songs never found the wider audience they deserve. On the liner notes Gage says “I’ve been singing Tom Peterson songs on stages around the world since 1975, but I had to hear 10,000 other songs before I realized just how great Tom’s are.” And Christine mentions that listening to old recordings of Tom’s music made her feel like she had “just struck gold in the Black Hills”. You can hear the affection and reverence that Albert and Gage have for the songs and for Mr. Peterson himself. Tom Peterson makes his home in Sioux Falls and works in production for a local television news program.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Dare Dukes’ new album, "Prettiest Transmitter Of All"


The songs that make up Dare Dukes’ new album, "Prettiest Transmitter Of All", are a striking combination of incisive intelligence and sweet, doleful hooks. Looking past the shiny surfaces of American life, the Savannah, GA-based singer-songwriter chronicles the everyday world, mining the margins for the eccentric characters and bizarre events that are the heart of his music.

Born and raised in the exurb of San Jose, California, Dare grew up as the state blossomed into what he calls, "exit-ramp culture" — a maze of smoked-glass franchises and cookie-cutter subdivisions that took root along the vast network of interstate freeways. "Everyone knows the clichés about suburbia: It's a stark, sanitized landscape, pretty much soulless,” Dare explains. “No one needs to remind us of that. I'm more interested in the poetry I see there - the weirdness, the anomalies, the resistance. Even in this unlikely grid you can find courageous people and precious things."

Moving to Minneapolis in his twenties, Dare began playing music as bands like Soul Asylum, Babes in Toyland, and the Jayhawks were emerging to define that city's post-Replacements sound. Influenced by seminal post-punk groups like the Pixies and Fugazi, and musical raconteurs like Tom Waits and Kurt Weill, Dare fronted the Penelopes, a frenetic quartet that was a fixture in the city's rock clubs. After moving to New York City, Dare took a hiatus from music to focus on writing and theatre, but began playing out again, backed by friends and expert musicians Mark Boquist and Paul Garisto. This collaboration led to the bulk of the arrangements for the songs Dare produced for 'Prettiest Transmitter Of All'.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

James Harrah "Words Fail Me"


"Words Fail Me" is debut solo album from L.A. Studio guitarist James Harrah, established recording and touring musician who has worked with many of the most noted artists of the last 20 years including Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Herbie hancock, Ray Charles, Joseph Williams, Lou Pardini, & Brenda Russell (to name a few). 
His music blends different styles Folk, Jazz, Blues & Rock, James' unmistakable stamp shines throughout. Things said by listeners: fluid, pristine, beautiful, spiritual, potent. 

James in actually touring Europe with Michael Ruff.

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Legendary Groups Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire create unique music promotion to benefit food banks nationwide.


Music legends Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire have announced that they will raise money for local food banks nationwide on their 30-city national co-headlining summer concert tour beginning June 5 in Orange Beach, AL (dates below). In exchange for cans of food or a donation, fans will be able to download three new songs recorded earlier this year.

Although the fans will recognize two of the songs, the recordings will catch them by surprise, as Chicago recorded Earth, Wind & Fire's "I Can't Let You Go," and Earth, Wind & Fire recorded Chicago's "Wishing You Were Here." Together the bands created a new original song written by Earth, Wind & Fire entitled, "You." These newly recorded songs will be available during the summer tour with a donation by the concert goers.

The donation promotion of "Three songs for Three cans or Three dollars" will benefit specific food banks in each city. Coordinating the effort will be World Hunger Year, Inc. (WHY). WHY is dedicated to fighting the root causes of hunger and poverty by supporting grassroots organizations that create self-reliance, economic justice and equal access to nutritious and affordable food. 
The organization will collect the cans and/or donations, and in exchange, the fans will be given a download card to access the three songs. For those fans interested in participating, but unable to make it to the shows, they can go to to make a donation and download the songs.

Toto to be Inducted to the Musicians Hall of Fame


Founding Toto musicians and members to be inducted at Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville on October 12, 2009 David Paich, Steve Lukather, Jeff Porcaro (In memoriam), Steve Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and David Hungate will partake in the induction on October 12, 2009 at the Musicians Hall Of Fame in Nashville. 
Other nominees this year include Chet Atkins, Charlie Daniels, Billy Cox, Victor Feldman, Fred Foster and Paul Riser. Previous inductees include The Funk Bros, The Wrecking Crew, Booker T and the MG's, The Memphis Boys and Al Kooper.

Little River Band - Live Exposure: Live in Texas


Released 29/06/09. An immediate supergroup in their native Australia - Little River Band went on to enjoy success worldwide. Glenn Shorrock, Beeb Birtles and Graham Goble were all well-known, chart hitting musicians in Australia in their own right before coming together in the mid-1970's to form Little River Band. 
Their country-rock sound, reminiscent of The Eagles, was geared toward American success and they enjoyed the fruits of this with their third album, Diamantina Cocktail, which included the hit single "Help Is On Its Way" - and the follow up album Sleeper Catcher became the first recorded in Australia to hit the number one spot in the US chart. "Live Exposure" features a concert the band played in Houston, Texas in October 1981 - and features US hit singles "It's A Long Way There", "Help Is On Its Way", "Happy Anniversary" and "Reminiscing".

Crosby, Still & Nash demos


This 12 song compilation of previously unreleased demos from 1968 to 1971 offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the earliest days of one of rock's most legendary partnerships. After four decades as 'three together', the creative partnership of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash is one of the most enduring and influential in contemporary music. 

This compilation of previously unreleased material takes an unprecedented look at the earliest days of their collaboration with 12 demos from 1968 to 1971-destined to be classic songs that would later be featured on CSN's studio albums and solo titles. While a number of demos feature members performing solo (and one finds them joined by Neil Young), the set opens with the trio harmonizing on 'Marrakesh Express', recorded four months before their self-titled debut LP was released in 1969.

Cheap Trick's new studio album "The Latest"


Multi-platinum rock band Cheap Trick returns with The Latest, a self-released album and their first new studio album since 2006’s Rockford. The Latest, produced by Julian Raymond & Howard Willing, continues Cheap Trick’s reign as power-pop progenitors as they celebrate their 35th anniversary together. The album features the original line-up of Robin Zander - vocals and guitar, Rick Nielsen - guitar and backing vocals, Bun E. Carlos - drums and backing vocals & Tom Petersson - bass and backing vocals. 

According to producer Julian Raymond, “Cheap Trick are fun to record because they are each a master of their craft, and there are so many great new songs on this record. But we also included an old one called ‘When The Lights Are Out.’ I couldn’t believe it wasn’t released in ‘76 when the band did it. I insisted they put it on the record just as it was.”