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Dave Rawling Machine "A friend of a friend"

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"A Friend Of A Friend" is the first record by Dave Rawlings, the guitarist, producer, singer, and songwriter best known for his work with Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show. These long time compatriots join Rawlings on this record, beside newer friends Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers, Karl Himmel, and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes.

The notion of recording as Dave Rawlings Machine began in 2007. Of the nine songs on the playlist, Rawlings wrote seven. The other two are “The Monkey and the Engineer,” a country blues by Jesse Fuller, who died in 1976, and a medley consisting of “Method Acting,” by Conor Oberst, and “Cortez the Killer,” by Neil Young



Rawlings’s sly and succinct guitar playing is embedded within ensemble play as opposed to carrying the bulk of the arrangement. The songs are exuberant, sturdy, and carefully constructed, but they also reverberate poetically. The music on "A Friend Of A Friend" is cousin to the deftly modern and haunting music that Welch and Rawlings are known for, but it has here been expanded; the crowd is larger, the party more robust, but the room is the same room.

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Brian Howe is back with a brand new album “Circus Bar”!

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Frontiers Records is delighted to announce the release of BRIAN HOWE’s forthcoming solo album entitled “Circus Bar” on February 26th 2010 in Europe and March 9th in the USA. Long regarded as one of rock's legendary voices, Brian Howe started his career in 1983 as lead vocalist for Ted Nugent on the "Penetrator" album and fronting its band on the subsequent world tour. 

In 1984, drummer Simon Kirke and guitarist Mick Ralphs asked Brian to replace Paul Rodgers as the lead singer in Bad Company. Brian decided to accept the offer and continue the legend of the band. This was not an easy task, but along with Kirke and Ralphs, Brian created, wrote, recorded and toured for the following 10 years, headlining every major venue around the globe. Along with Bad Company's highly acclaimed 1993 live CD "What You Hear Is What You Get - The Best of Bad Company - Live", Brian wrote and sold with Bad Company something like 19 million of records, highlighted by such radio and video hits as "Holy Water”, "If You Needed Somebody," "No Smoke Without A Fire," and "How About That," - not to mention a few of the group's previous hits as recorded on the "live" CD. Thirteen years after the release of his debut solo album “Tangled in Blue” (later renamed “Touch” in Europe), Brian is back and ready to unleash his awesome new solo album entitled “Circus Bar”.


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“When I decided I wanted to make a new CD” tells Brian, ”I wanted to try to make everything memorable and enjoyable. Therefore I set aside a week for writing with my new producer Brooks Paschal and I decided we would go down to my favourite place in the entire world: Lake Atitlan , Guatemala, an incredibly inspirational place for me to be. We realized after three days that we had written enough songs for the CD and that took any pressure I had been feeling away and it soon became obvious that the CD should be named after that wonderful little bar where we spent our evenings eating, drinking and listening to the local music. The bar was started by circus performers and still has posters and pictures of all the great circus acts from throughout  the years”

Some friends helped Brian in shaping up “Circus Bar”, an album, which promises to be a career landmark for this amazing singer: Wayne Nelson of Little River Band dropped by the studio for a few days and also Pat Travers popped in and played guitar on "My Town". “I didn't want to have too many "established" musicians on the record because I wanted to keep the feel somewhat fresh and spontaneous”, explains Brian. The album includes also two stunning – newly recorded - remakes of the Bad Company hits “How ‘Bout That” and “Holy Water”.


History of Orleans on DVD!

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Greg Rike, Nick Miller and the people at Living Legends Music
have done a PHENOMENAL job of capturing the story 37 YEARS of the band Orleans in this feature length DVD. Full of interview footage with the musicians who have been there on the front lines of this journey and performance videos from ALL time periods
dating back as far as 1973, this is the definitive, authorized, 100% accurate and official history of Orleans!

Eugene Ruffolo "Even Santa Gets The Blues"

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This is the long -awaited Christmas CD by fans of New York City singer/songwriter Eugene Ruffolo. Known for his soulful and hearfelt music, Ruffolo delivers this collection of holiday music with his unique musicality, adding new life to timeless classics, and introducing the audience to a number of lesser known gems. 

In addition, listeners will be treated to a few Ruffolo orginals that were written specifically for this project, including the whimsical title track "Even Santa Gets the Blues", and "The Sweetest Part", which picks up where Joni Mitchell's holiday classic "River" left off- a beautiful love song written against a Christmas backdrop. A must have Cd for any holiday collection, "Even Santa gets the Blues" was recorded in Northeim Germany on Europe's most highly renowned audiophile label Stockfisch Records

The Cd features guitar work by Ian Melrose, backing vocals by Margaret Fiellin, and two previously unreleased instrumental tracks by Chris Jones, Ian Melrose and Peter Ratzenbeck.

You can order "Even Santa Gets The Blues" at CdBaby

 


Santa Fe &The Fat City Horns "When the Curtain Goes Up"

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Since their second Live recording "Let The Healing Begin" I was waiting for a studio album with original material by Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns. This band is a reunion of amazing musicians and singers playing a music that reach in the best of Soul, Funk, "Westcoast" and jazz. Their new album "When The Curtain Goes Up" is now available and is just a pearl of great music. The band has is own sound signature but you'll probably hear some great inspirations as Tower of Power "I'll Pack it Up", Jay Graydon "Into the light", Bill Champlin "My Land of the Sun", "Love Jungle", Chicago "This Time"... and of course Michael Ruff on their cover of Ruff's "Wishing Well".

For 30 years Santa Fe has been one of Las Vegas' Crown Jewels, never giving less than 100% to their audiences.
This band has been a "farm club" for many big acts, shows, and bands, and many incredible musicians have honored it's ranks. The latest incarnation of this band features Tony Davich, Gabriel Falcon, Danny Falcone, Jamie Hosner, Jose "Pepe" Jimenez, Tyriq Johnson, Gil Kaupp, Lenny Lopez, Bob Mader, Jerry Merra, Dave Richardson, Nathan Tanouye, Rochon Westmorel, Phil Wigfall and founder and leader Jerry Lopez.

Jerry released a well aclaimed solo cd "Negrita" and appears on Bill Champlin's new album "No Place Left To Fall" singing the duet "Stone Cold Holliwood".

The band has never had publicity or marketing of any kind, and continues to fill the rooms it plays in by word of mouth alone. Most of the audiences are made up of talented musicians and entertainers from all walks of life, and Jerry has been known to remarked more than once that “half the audience could do this gig”, and if you look at the people that make up this band's audience, you know he means it. Great Music is medicine for the heart, soul and mind,.. and Santa Fe & T.F.C.H. brings it! 

"When the Curtain Goes Up" is Santa Fe third album and is now available!

 


Eric Woolfson passed away. RIP

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Musician Eric Woolfson, singer and songwriter best known as co-founder of progressive rock group Alan Parsons Project, has died. He was 64. Woolfson died in London on Wednesday after a battle with cancer, according to his website. A songwriter since the early 1960s, Woolfson created 10 albums with Alan Parsons. Their biggest selling album was 1982's Eye in the Sky. Other albums included I Robot and Tales of Mystery and Imagination, which was based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Alan Woolfson was a lyricist and singer for the group, writing songs that became hits, such as Time, Don't Answer Me and Eye in the Sky. Before working with Parsons, he wrote songs recorded by more than 100 artists, including Marianne Faithfull, Frank Ifield, The Tremeloes, Marmalade and Dave Berry. He also had success as a producer, most notably with Carl Douglas, who recorded the 1974 hit Kung Fu Fighting. In the 1960s, Woolfson worked alongside two then-unknown writers, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

After he and Parsons split, while working on the album Freudiana, Lloyd Webber encouraged him to try his hand at musical theatre. His first attempt was called Freudiana, a musical based on the life of Sigmund Freud, which premiered in 1990 in Vienna. He had great success in Germany with the musical Gaudi, based on the life of the Spanish architect, which ran five years. Another musical, The Gambler, toured in Japan and Korea. He also returned to Poe, whose work had long fascinated him, with a musical that premiered at Abbey Road Studios in 2003 and was playing in Berlin at the time of his death. 

Woolfson is survived by his wife Hazel and two daughters.

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Interview with Eric Tagg on InsideMusicast!

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If you were 20 years-old, traveling in the Netherlands and your money, identity and your airplane ticket to get you back home was stolen, what would you do? If you were Eric Tagg, you’d borrow some money, use it to put an ad in the local paper and begin your career as a vocalist. It was this episode in Eric’s life that thrust him into becoming one of the quintessential voices in the West Coast genre. 

Traveling back to the States to record his first album “Smilin’ Memories” in 1975 is when Eric first met guitarist Lee Ritenour, which blossomed into a long-lasting musical relationship. Eric was Ritenour’s feature vocalist and writing partner on two of his biggest albums, “Rit” and “Rit 2”, including the song “Is It You”, which hit the top 15 on the pop chart and number 1 on the R&B chart in the USA. During this period, Eric released two additional solo albums, “Rendezvous” in 1977 and “Dreamwalkin’” in 1982. It wasn’t until 1997 that he released his fourth solo record “Through My Eyes.” He now spends his time in Greenville, Texas working and writing music for his ministry. Inside MusiCast welcomes Eric Tagg.

 


Peter Mayer & Friends "Goodbye Hello"

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The music of the Beatles is and still is an inspiration for so many musicians. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Peter Mayer just released a new cd "Goodbye hello" like a tribute to the fabulous band. Don't expect to find here just a list of cover songs but a selection of hits, played from the inside in a very emotional way.

Tracklist is: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Come Together,  Here Comes The Sun,  Penny Lane,  Michelle,  I Feel Fine,  Fixing a Hole,  Norwegian Wood,  Strawberry Fields Forever,  Fool on the Hill,  We Can Work It Out,  Rocky Raccoon,  Blackbird,  Hello Goodbye,  Something  


Max Meazza "Race Against Destiny"

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Singer/ songwriter Max Meazza, leader of legendary mid seventes italian band PUEBLO returns with his brand new album "Race Against Destiny", 13 songs in the best rock blues and ballads‘ vein. Special guests includes ROB TOGNONI / TIM JONES / GIGI CIFARELLI ,WALTER CALLONI and more. “Rage Against Destiny” presents a unique rendition of JOHN MARTYN‘s immortal anthem "SOLID AIR", ready to the bone versions of "DOWN AND DIRTY " and "ROCK STEADY" by BAD COMPANY plus a touching original wonderful ballad called "AS A FALLING LEAF" dedicated to the Late Great NICK DRAKE. 

Max Meazza wrote some hit songs for POLYDOR produced by LABIONDA like MARIPOSA ,SONG GIRL, LONG KNIFE JACKSON...... From 81 he started a succesfull solo career recording many albums : SHAVING THE CAR / PERSONAL EXILE (with SKIP BATTIN of the BYRDS) / BETTER LATE THAN NEVER / NIGHTIME CALL / ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS, SUMMER OF 71.......the last cd is WEST COAST HOTEL.