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It's already christmas for Michael McDonald's fans!


Have yourself a soulful little Christmas. Grammy winner, gold- and platinum-selling artist, former Doobie Brother, the extraordinary Michael McDonald lends his distinct and recognizable voice to classic holiday tunes on This Christmas, a 12-track CD that's sure to become a seasonal favorite each and every year. 

Not only do you get a dozen festive songs, but you also receive a five-track bonus CD--created especially for QVC--on which Michael McDonald puts his magic baritone touch on traditional favorites like Deck the Halls/Jingle Bells, and Auld Lang Syne/O Tannenbaum.


Discover Native Window, the new band project by Kansas members.


Not long ago, the members of Kansas found themselves in a bit of an uncertain situation, to say the least. "Three to four years ago, the main writers for Kansas - Steve Walsh and Kerry Livgren - stated that they would no longer be writing for the band Kansas," explains drummer Phil Ehart. "That didn't mean that Kerry might not write a song or two for a special project, but that the two of them were done writing any album length material for Kansas. The four of us decided that we were not done yet, and Native Window was born to scratch that 'new material itch'." 

Soon after, Ehart found himself with his other Kansas bandmates, Richard Williams (guitar), Billy Greer (vocals/bass), David Ragsdale (violin), to see if the non-Walsh fronted line-up could work. It turns out it certainly can, according to Ehart. "We had no idea what it would sound like! We had one criteria - the song had to sound good acoustically. If it sounded good with just acoustic guitar and vocals, then we developed it from there." 

CdOn June 23rd, Native Window released their self-titled debut album via StarCity Records (run by Jeff Glixman, who produced some of Kansas best-selling releases). Produced by Steve Rawls and Native Window, the album will certainly grab the attention of longtime Kansas fans, as well as admirers of smartly penned, melodic rock. "We could all carry a tune and sing in pitch," says Ehart, "But could we actually sound good together? It took some work to get over the hump of singing harmonies, but once we did, you couldn't shut us up! The lyrics were a total group effort. Someone would have a title, a one liner, a chorus, and the lyrics just sprung from there. Sometimes Billy would have a bunch of lyrical ideas, and we'd brainstorm from there." Greer himself also offers nothing but praise about the newly launched band. "The writing and recording process on this project was more rewarding and fun than any I have been involved in a very long time. Vocally, this was one of the most challenging and rewarding CD's I have ever recorded!"


Unreleased material by Kevin Gilbert, now available!


The long awaited singer songwriter Kevin Gilbert (Giraffe, Toy Matinee) releases, Nuts and Bolts. Each CD contains 11 songs including the studio version of “Kashmir” on Bolts. There is no “B” material on these discs. Every song on each disc was mastered carefully by John Cuniberti. Both packages are beautifully done Digipaks with bookending images and liner notes by Cintra Wilson
A limited edition (1,000 units) DVD/CD combo of Welcome to Joytown – Thud: Live at The Troubadour. The DVD itself contains a 3 camera video of the entire live performance, freshly mastered sound, and over 30 minutes of extras including an extensive interview of Kevin and rare live footage. 
The re-mastered CD now includes previously unreleased versions of “Tears of Audrey” and “Smash.”

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Dwayne Ford "On the other side"


Dwayne Ford, the founding member of the band Atkinson, Danko and Ford and with well known album "Needless Freaking" released in 1981 and produced by David Foster comes back with a new record titled "On the other side". In 2000, Dwayne moved back to his hometown of Edmonton from Palm Springs, California. His hometown news paper "Edmonton Journal" has reviewed this album with Ford's comment about this album on 5th August. 


Bill Champlin leaves Chicago

Regarding the article by Ed Payne at, Classic pop rock band Chicago and Grammy-Award-winning songwriter Bill Champlin have parted ways after nearly three decades together. 

"After 28 years with Chicago, singer-songwriter-keyboardist Bill Champlin is parting ways with the classic jazz/rock band to focus once again on his solo career," Champlin's publicist Judi Kerr said of the split. "This music is callin' me," said Champlin, whose new solo album "No Place Left to Fall" was released last week on the DreamMakers label. "I'm really looking forward to playing more intimate venues and hearing what fans think of the new music. I can't wait to spend some one-on-one time with my old and new fans!" Champlin has scheduled a string of concerts along the West Coast in November to promote the new album. 

Lou Pardini, a Grammy-nominated keyboardist who has played with Stevie Wonder and Santana, will replace Champlin, according to Chicago's management. 

Guitar, studio wizard Les Paul dies at 94


Les Paul, whose innovations with the electric guitar and studio technology made him one of the most important figures in recorded music, has died, according to a statement from his publicists. Paul was 94. 

Les Paul, whose innovations helped give rise to modern pop music, played guitar into his 90s. Paul died in White Plains, New York, from complications of severe pneumonia, according to the statement. 

Paul was a guitar and electronics mastermind whose creations -- such as multitrack recording, tape delay and the solid-body guitar that bears his name, the Gibson Les Paul -- helped give rise to modern popular music, including rock 'n' roll. No slouch on the guitar himself, he continued playing at clubs into his 90s despite being hampered by arthritis.

The Story behind the songs of "All The While", Taylor Mesplé's new album!


Taylor Mesple just released his new CD "All The While", seven years after his first full-length release "Victory land" which features many of the best studio musicians in the world including Abe Laboriel Jr., Tim Pierce and Mel Brown to name a few. The musical and sonic sophistication of the record has garnered comparisons to the best "studio bands" around like Steely Dan, Alan Parsons and Eric Johnson. 

"All The While" is the result of many years working with great artists and finding the true inspiration to offer 10 new sophisticated songs performed by a voice often compared to Sting and Richard Page. To talk about the new songs, who's best than the author himself? Taylor Mesple is pleased to introduce you to "All The While", song after song... 


Avenue Of Allies Music releases FabBox & Toja...


Two new releases due September 11 via Avenue Of Allies Music:
"The first album is the great Westcoast AOR gem "Music From The Fab Box" by the Italian Duo. Westcoast AOR with Pop leanings is the trademark of the debut album of Fab Box. The Italian duo has a knack to create highly melodic songs, showcasing a winning combination composed of super catchy hook lines, vocal harmonies with guitar riffs and solos, all based on a foundation of acoustic guitars. The outcome is a striking rock album, rooted in the sound of The Eagles, Little River Band and Orleans, that will appeal to fans of Richard Marx, John Waite, Rick Price, King Of Hearts, Mark Spiro, as well as to devotees of Bryan Adams, Glass Tiger, BB Mak and Toto. The album includes the song "Together" (co-written with Joseph Williams, former lead vocalist of Toto) and "Always" (co-written with Danny Vaughn, lead singer of Tyketto and From The Inside)

The second September release comes from the German Heavy Rockers ToJa. "Train Of Life" is the third album by German Heavy Rockers ToJa and their most ambitious one to date. The band has created ten songs with an impressive musical range, pushing back the common genre boundaries. The powerful tracks will appeal as well to fans of Gotthard and Zeno, Kamelot and Masterplan, as to followers of classic stuff by the likes of Judas Priest, Savatage and Accept. ToJa admirably manages to create a Rock solid musical unit of hymn like Melodic Rock songs, fast paced Heavy Rockers, acoustic ballads and sophisticated epics with pompous orchestral parts.

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