We're pleased to present you this interview with Arnold McCuller shot on July 22nd at the Jazz Festival of Nice (France). Arnold talks about his collaborations with David Benoit, Phil Collins, Bill Cantos, David Lasley and James Taylor, and also about his new projects and some memories... Enjoy!
John Elefante has finished a new album, in a contemporary style that also hearkens back to the best of Mastedon, his Kansas work, and solo albums. Look for it this fall!
John also teamed up with former Kansas guitarist, Kerry Livgren, for the first time since the mid 80's. They collaborated on an 11 minute piece of music that any Kansas fan will surely love!
"What a great and pleasant surprise it was when John invited me to be a part of his latest album. Great songs - I felt right at home with them, as if I had always known them."
Early August, Munich based label Yesterrock will release "Witness", a powerfull melodic hard rock album from start to end with brilliant and strong vocals from Debbie Davis originally recorded in the 90's. This album features guest such as Steve Smith & Neal Schon (Journey), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Danny Chauncey (38 Special) and super guitarist Tim Pierce.
YESTERROCK though stands for the present, for a newly founded Classic- and Hard Rock label based in Munich, Germany, which is specializing in re-issuing records that either haven’t been available for years or previously only released on vinyl but not on CD yet.
The label gains essential support in the search for these hidden treasures from both UNIVERSAL and SONY amongst others. Various independent label’s and artist’s contributions also help that CD’s now can be released which lately - in particular cases - only have been available in used and overpriced status on common internet platforms such as Amazon and Ebay.
Upcoming releases for august & september: Andy Fraser - Fine, Fine Line; West Of Sunset - s/t; China Sky - s/t, Tom De Luca - Down To The Wire; Joe Lamont - Secrets You Keep.
Singer Songwriter's Award Winning Talents (NASHVILLE, Tenn) Legendary musician, songwriter, producer and recording artist Mac McAnally will release his latest album Down By The River on August 4th.
The 11-song collection of new original material is also his 11th release as a solo artist and his debut for Show Dog Nashville. The self-produced album showcases McAnally, one of music's most respected creators, on acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic and electric piano, harmonica, ukulele and percussion. On the title track, you can hear the Muscle Shoals energy in the instrumentation. While songs like "On Account Of You" and "Until Then" allow his vocal and guitar work to shine through.
The album's first single, "You First," offers a poignant series of vignettes in McAnally's direct yet profound simplicity of style. He also pledged his artist royalties from the single to the Wounded Warriors Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The commitment to helping wounded soldiers fits well with the song's theme of brotherly love. Earlier this summer, McAnally performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to honor wounded soldiers as part of The Launching Challenge America initiative. Reports from publications like the Las Vegas Sun praise, "as a wordsmith or tunesmith [he] has tales to tell. He's born to tell stories, this Mac McAnally. Set those to music, and they become hit records for the likes of Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney." And Mac's longtime friend Jimmy Buffett says, "It's great to know that Mac is back, but I want to know where he went to write such good songs as these. I want to go there too!"
Now the eminently respected music maker is poised to hit another high note in his multi-dimensional list of accomplishments with Down By The River. Starting as a Muscle Shoals session musician while still essentially a child, signing as Geffen Records' first artist at the age of 16, McAnally went on to become one of the most respected guitar players in the world. He's played behind or sang harmony for artists including Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Jr., Amy Grant, Jimmy Buffett, Travis Tritt, Linda Ronstadt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dolly Parton and many more. As a producer, he's helmed successful projects by Sawyer Brown, Chris LeDoux and Little Feat, among others.
Mac was named 2008 Musician of the Year by the Country Music Association, the same year he was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. He is also a 2007 inductee to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
I must say I feel like a damn Fool. I never heard about Ilse Delange before Bruce Gaitsch told me about this talented Dutch artist he produced for an album called "Clean Up".
After listening to several songs samples at Amazon, I just fell in love with her voice and her music!!
I'd like to share my enthousiasm with you, so here's a short view of Ilse's carreer:
Ilse DeLange was born in Almelo, Netherlands. She started her career at the age of 8 as a lip-synching artist, which won her several contests. DeLange drew greater attention after switching to a live repertoire in both regional and national talent shows in Hilversum (the Dutch city where most TV-programs are recorded). This helped her book some live-performances on national television. She formed a duo with guitarist Joop Liefland, who introduced her to country music. In 1994 Ilse performed at the Dutch Country Music Awards. She did get in touch with representatives of Warner Music but it took several years of negotiation before Warner Music decided to offer Ilse a contract. In 1996 DeLange joined the popgroup Wij where the group released the single "De Oorlog Meegemaakt" ("Experienced The War").
In 1998 she traveled to Nashville, U.S. to record her debut album "World Of Hurt" with top producer Barry Beckett. She became well-known in the Netherlands because her album was recorded in the capital of country music. Her album received big success in her home country. In Holland, Ilse received a TMF Award and an Edison Award for her musical success in 1999. "World of Hurt" features guest vocals from Vince Gill, and Ilse's cover of Beth Nielsen Chapman's song "World of Hurt", and Patty Larkin's song "Lonely Too".
In 1999 Ilse released a live album called: "Dear John", a limited edition release, on which Ilse covered songs by singer/songwriter John Hiatt as a tribute. The album went platinum in the Netherland
2000 saw the release of "Livin' on Love", which was a musical departure from her debut, leaning more toward pop/rock. "Livin' on Love" still went platinum though. With this album, Ilse gained even more State-side interest (although not released in the States) due to her covers of 2 songs by popular American singer/songwriters Buddy and Julie Miller (I Still Cry and Ride the Wind to Me), and other songs written by Patty Larkin, Jude Cole and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Alison Krauss also provided guest vocals.
In 2003, Ilse DeLange and her partner Bart Vergoossen went to America for 9 months to work on her third studio album "Clean Up" produced by Bruce Gaitsch. This album continued with the pop/rock sound she experimented with on "Livin' on Love". Her songwriting on "Clean Up" was autobiographical. Ilse was satisfied with the results and the album became a big success. During this time DeLange donated a contribution to the charity foundation War Child. Together with Trijntje Oosterhuis and Jacqueline Govaert she performed "Because" during a "Friends of Warchild" concert. In October Ilse released a compilation album called: "Here I Am - 1998/2003". The album went Platinum and contained DeLange's best work in a single release.
In 2006, Ilse began working with top producer Patrick Leonard (Madonna, Peter Cetera, 3rd Matinee) on a new album called "The Great Escape". A week after its release, the album went Gold, and Platinum. A second single was released "The Lonely One" which peaked at #18. Her third single, "I Love You", was released in February 2007'. It peaked at #23. The song was included on the soundtrack for the Dutch movie adaptation of "Steel Magnolias" (based on the movie with Julia Roberts).
"Incredible", her new record was released this year!
On August 4, 2009, DreamMakers will release the long anticipated new solo album from legendary singer songwriter Bill Champlin.
This new record "No place left to fall" is one of Bill's best record to date and features the smooth, thoughtful song-writing you've come to expect from Bill. Soul infused grooves and undeniable hooks pave the way from start to finish, and songs like the title track are a reminder of why Mr. Champlin has been in the game so long. Bill and his band are joined by some very special guests including Peter Cetera, Steve Lukather, Bruce Gaitsch and Michael English.
This album consist of 13 new songs with a total length of 68 minutes, featured is also a 70 minute DVD (region free) featuring a documentary of the recordings plus some extra cool stuff - all nicely packed in a slipcase.
Born and raised around Jackson, Tennessee, Joshua Singleton comes from a musical family that includes a grandfather who hung out with Elvis, a mother who is a long time singer/songwriter and a brother who has two number one country hits under his belt. He's been musically inspired since he could walk the delta blues from Memphis, rockabilly from Jackson, and country from Nashville.
He cut his teeth in the clubs on Beale Street in Memphis and Broadway in Nashville, and went on to tour most of the U.S., France, and Sweden. In 2004, after two years of living in France, Joshua returned to the U.S. and took a serious step into songwriting, and today he is becoming a welcome new roots rock sound in the U.S.
In life, Joshua is pure politeness with a hint of mischief, a southern gentleman with a strong set of values that his father, a preacher, gave him. The stage is his confessional and his audience his confessor, where he confronts love and whiskey, hurts and triumphs with raw power and a spellbinding voice.
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt - Hemifran
The latest Survivor release on the market is a Japanese CD version of a laser disc Live in Japan 1985. The recording was never released on CD at the time, but more recently appeared as a budget release in the USA titled Extended Versions. However, this release was incomplete - it dropped 2 tracks.
Now the set has been restored with fresh Sony 2009 mastering and is now available in Japan. There is no word yet on a USA release. Track Listing (click on CD cover for Japanese order link): Feels Like Love, Broken Promises, First Night, High On You, Popular Girl, I See You In Everyone, The Search Is Over, It's The Singer, Not The Song, I'm Not That Man Anymore, I Can't Hold Back, Eye Of The Tiger, Caught In The Game.
Escape Music are pleased to announce their next release - the new AOR album Journey To LA, due for release in Europe on August 28, produced By Frédéric Slama and Tommy Denander.
Frédéric Slama was born in Paris, France but lived in L.A. for more than 10 years where he became friend with many famous artists & studio players. After releasing a couple of solo albums in the 80's and producing some French and American artists, Frédéric decided to start a "one man band". This marked the birth of his project AOR, always using the cream of U.S session players. Several albums have resulted since and now in 2009, the magic trio is back: Frédéric Slama, Tommy Denander & Philip Bardowell (The Beach Boys, Places Of Power) has teamed up again for a new album Journey To L.A, taking Westcoast and AOR music to a new level of perfection.
With the help of top session players such as Steve Overland (FM), Steve Lukather & Fergie Frederiksen (Toto), Dane Donohue, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Bruno Levesque (Silence), David Williams (Michael Jackson, George Benson) & many more, Frédéric delivers by far his most impressive and melodic work in the vein of Toto, Foreigner or Survivor, mixing elements of Westcoast with more aor rock oriented songs.
Classic Westcoast lovers won't be disappointed too with several songs taking you back to the L.A. music scene of the early 80's. Tommy Denander's production on Journey To L.A is without a doubt one of his finest and the melodies and the solos will haunt you thru' this incredible AOR journey.
Europe, Sweden's biggest selling hard rock band, are pleased to announce the 14th September release of their eighth studio album Last Look At Eden - the first studio album since 2006's critically acclaimed "Secret Society". The album will be released by Edel Germany's international rock music label earMUSIC September 14.