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Meet Citizen K...

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Citizen K was born on August 4, 1966. The bastard son of a beautiful go-go-dancer, and a famous rock'n'roll star. The story goes, that during a few weeks in November 1965, K's mother happened to meet George Harrison, Brian Jones, Syd Barrett, Keith Moon, Dennis Wilson, Gene Clark, John Phillips and Frank Zappa on separate occasions, and she had brief affairs with all of them - 9 months later, K was born. During his childhood, K never knew who his father was. His mother always told him that his father died in a boating accident before he was born, and he never seemed to question this fact. 

Two years ago, on his mother's bed of death, the truth was finally known, and K finally understood it all - Where he came from, who he was and what he was destined to do in this life. Work began on what was to become "Meet Citizen K" - The forthcoming debut album, and tribute to all of his eight possible fathers.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt - Hemifran


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band "Speed Of Life"

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -- the iconic and profoundly influential group often cited as the catalysts for an entire movement in country and roots music -- have finished work on their first studio album in five years, 'Speed of Life.' Out September 22 on NGDB Records, distributed by SugarHill, the new album finds the band at their laid back, ramshackle best, eschewing the large collaboration approach here for a set of songs anchored by the remarkably deft musicianship, and diverse songwriting and vocal styles of the core band of Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, and John McEuen

Recorded in Nashville's Blackbird Studio and produced by legendary recording guru George Massenburg and GRAMMY award winning singer/songwriter Jon Randall Stewart, 'Speed of Life' kicks off with Jimmie Fadden's blistering harmonica on the opening track "Tulsa Sounds Like Trouble to Me," setting the tone for an album that spans the gamut from the wistful and flawless vocal harmony of "Resurrection" to "Lost In The Pines," John McEuen's evocative banjo showpiece. 'Speed of Life' features 13 tracks, including new tunes penned by the band (with help from a handful of friends) and two covers: the Woodstock classic "Going Up The Country" and "Stuck In The Middle." Not to mention a blazing two-step throwback nod to bluegrass progenitor Jimmy Martin, on the aptly named "Jimmy Martin."

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Gov't Mule new album "By A Thread"

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Gov't Mule wildly creative and fearsomely talented rock band lauded by Rolling Stone for Successfully bringing the classic power-trio sound of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience into the 21st Century has completed work on "By A Thread" - their first studio album in 3 years. 

Recorded largely at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio in 2009, the album s origins are apparent from the first track, "Broke Down On The Brazos", named after the nearby river, with a deep Texas stomp for the backbeat and featuring the trademark guitar-work of ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons

Marked by incredible critical and fan support they ve had over 2 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTrack.com Gov't Mule has released nearly a dozen acclaimed and bestselling albums while emerging as a major touring force, routinely headlining festivals, amphitheatres and pavilions.

 


Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers "Levitate"

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Following a critically acclaimed box-set, a duet recording with Ricky Scaggs and a jazz trio album w/ Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette, the beloved songwriter/pianist/vocalist Bruce Hornsby returns to the format that has brought his greatest commercial success. Accompanied by his seasoned touring band the Noisemakers, Hornsby's stellar new songs are presented in dynamic arrangements with his signature blend of rock, country, pop & jazz and featuring some of the finest vocal performances of Bruce's illustrious career. 

The title track is the end theme for Spike Lee's documentary Kobe at Work about the NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Bruce also wrote the score (his first). Hornsby has a featured role (as himself) in the film World's Greatest Dad opening August 21st starring Robin Williams directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and featuring several Hornsby songs including the Levitate track "Invisible" A

The album is the first Hornsby release co-credited to his longstanding touring band the Noisemakers, an appropriately eclectic outfit that includes bassist J.V. Collier, guitarist Doug Derryberry, drummer Sonny Emory, reeds player Bobby Read and keyboardist John "J.T." Thomas

Levitate (which Hornsby co-produced with studio vet Tony Berg) also features guest appearances by Eric Clapton on "Space Is the Place" and fiddler Andy Leftwitch, a longtime mainstay of Ricky Skaggs' band, on "The Black Rats of London." 

The album is dedicated to the memory of Hornsby's talented nephew R.S. Hornsby, who frequently performed with Bruce as guest guitarist, and who was killed in a car accident six days after recording a memorable solo on "Continents Drift."


David Foster on the cover of SUCCESS Magazine

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David Foster is featured on the cover of the September issue of SUCCESS magazine and on the SUCCESS CD. This issue is now available on newsstands across the country. 

Click here to view the digital edition of the magazine.

David Foster wrote and produced a new song for Japan Airlines (JAL) called “I Will Be There With You” performed by Katharine McPhee. Here's the TV commercial!


"Heart of the Valley", Jeff Larson's new album!

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After the refreshing "Left of a Dream", Jeff Larson comes back with a new album "Heart of the Valley". This time, Jeff worked in collaboration with Gerry Beckley (America) to write 11 new songs which will please all lovers of breezy soft rock sound. There isn't a single weak track on the album. It's filled with awesome acoustic guitars, interesting lyrics, sweet vocals, lush harmonies and memorable melodies. Gerry already participated on several Jeff's album in the past but "Heart of the Valley" is more like a common project... like Jeff Larson meeting America. Gerry and Jeff share the lead vocals on "Sudden Soldier", one of my favorite song of the album where we feel the two musicians performing with the same level of music passion and feeling. 

"Heart of the Valley" special guests include Dewey Bunnell (the other half of America) Rich Campbell, Jeff Foskett and Rusty Young (Poco). A classic pop album in both style and substance.

 


Steve Overland's second solo "Diamond Dealer"

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Hot on the heels of “Break Away”, Steve Overland released second solo album with Escape Music titled “Diamond Dealer”, a record that bursts with fresh ideas and originality.

Steve Overland is a legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name? He has a history that goes way back into the late seventies, his first major recording was with the band “Wildlife” in 1980, their first album “Burning” was a fine introduction to his vocal prowess. The second album “Wildlife” in 1983 extended his popularity, the album also featured Simon Kirke (Bad Company) on drums. After the demise of “Wildlife” Steve went on to form the cult British melodic rock band “FM”, a band that released many great albums throughout the eighties and nineties. Their popularity has always been at the forefront of British Hard Rock. Steve originally teamed up with Escape Music to provide lead vocals for the Boston Tribute album, singing 'Amanda', one of the album highlights. With Steve working alongside Escape Music, the 'FM' radio came out of the closet once more, a fine triple album “Long Time No See” featuring the three albums “Paraphernalia”, “Aphrodisiac” and “Live at the Astoria” and the double disc “Long Lost Friends”. More recently Steve teamed up with Steve Morris of “Heartland” fame to record the much acclaimed “Shadowman” albums “Land of the Living” and “Different Angles” and a classic third recording “Ghost in the Mirror”. Steve has also fronted two releases by “The Ladder”, which is a dream come true for all fans of FM as the band is an extension of the great FM themselves. “Future Miracles” was welcome by fans old and new and it was hailed by many as the best album of 2004. More recently “Sacred” is an album that hones the identity of “The Ladder”. Steve’s first solo album “Break Away” had fans divided as it was so much different from his work with FM, but many grew to love it as it was something different from the norm. 

For the second album Khalil Turk introduced Tor Talle to Steve and they started writing together materials for the past 12 months and they decided to take this album towards more AOR/Rock which Steve Overland well known for and much loved for, and the result is "Diamond Dealer" What Steve gives us with his second outing is a more classic approach to melodic rock, with great songs that have feeling and depth. Songs such as “Brave new world”, “I’m Still Breathing” and “Heart’s don’t lie”, "Bring Me Water" all hit home with maximum effect. They are sung from the heart and it is another testimony to the fact that Steve is probably the most passionate vocalist that the UK has ever produced.

 


Great news from Zinc Music...

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So what is happening in the world of Zink Music? Quite a bit actually, and you will during the fall and winter see the results of what they have been up to lately! 

They have as promised some pretty cool re-releases coming up, together with some new interesting albums. They are also building a new website and to that they will ad a brand new webshop, updated with credit card payments (and not only the PayPal option). They will be selling more titles than just their Zink Music releases, so be prepared to soon find many Westcoast Classics along with new cool albums - all on the same place! 

While they are building it up they will give you a small taste of what is to come, so in their current store, you can now purchase Bill LaBounty’s new album “Back to Your Star” ( it features among others Larry Carlton, Robbie Dupree and David Hungate), Ole Børud’s new album “Shakin’ the Ground” available (a cool mix of Westcoast, Soul and R&B in the vein of Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire and George Duke), Andreas Aleman and his new album “This is Life” (the album is made together with Brian Hobbs and is a cool blend of Funk, Soul and classic Westcoast), French musician and song-writer Frédéric Slama with his new album “Journey to L.A.” under his moniker AOR (More AOR than Westcoast this time, but still very interesting with lead-vocal performances by Bill Champlin, Dane Donohue, Fergie Frederiksen, Steve Overland and Philip Bardowell. It is produced by Tommy Denander and also features Steve Lukather and David Diggs!), Daniel Nelson (cool Westcoast featuring Nick Brown, Allen Hinds, David Derge and the Vine Street Horn section) and the highly acclaimed debut album “Artwork” from Swedish act Work Of Art (a fantastic slice of totoesque Westcoast).

GO VISIT ZINC MUSIC WEBSTORE HERE!

 


Songs and Stories by George Benson

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George Benson is truly a legend; a guitarist of unparalleled chops and a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication, and his latest release finds him at his very best! "Songs and Stories" is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century such as James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Lamont Dozier, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, Christopher Cross and several others. The album also includes guest performances by David Paich, Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Lee Ritenour, Norman Brown, Patti Austin, Steve Lukather, Tom Scott and many more.