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Vince Gill "Love Songs"

Vince Gill's very first "Love Songs" collection compiled & sequenced by Vince Gill himself. Tracks are drawn from 15 years of hit recording and includes the smash hits: "You And You Alone," "Whenever You Come Around," "When Love Finds You," "Faint Of Heart," and many more. This is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day or any romantic occasion.

Vince Gill will produce LeAnn Rimes' next album. The project will be a collection of country love songs that were initially hits for male artists.


John M. Keane “Everything Changed”. John Keane New Album!

John Keane, born and raised in Los Angeles, began his career as a recording artist at an age when most kids are still trying to decide what instrument to pick up as a hobby. At the age of eleven, John along with older brother Tom, made up the popular duo The Keane Brothers, and in 1977 released their first single, “Sherry,” on their self-titled debut album, for 20th Century Records. Later, they became the youngest entertainers in history to host their own variety television program (The Keane Brothers Show). Over the next five years, John continued his career as part of the Keane Brothers, releasing four more albums with producers such as David Foster

After the group disbanded, John Keane set out on his own and showcased his individual songwriting by releasing his first solo-debut album “Any Other World” in 1996 followed by “Straight Away” in 1999. Since then, John has built a remarkable career as a Composer, Recording Artist, Songwriter and Studio Musician.

As a composer, John Keane created the groundbreaking sound and continues to score the worldwide hit series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, currently in its 10th season and the No. 1 scripted show on television. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on CSI in 2007 as well as 12 BMI and ASCAP awards in the years that the show has been on the air. John also composed the main title theme music for the Emmy award winning reality series “The Amazing Race”. Working as a studio musician, John has also been a first call session drummer for acclaimed artists such as Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Chicago and Richard Marx, to name a few.

John has now embarked on a new musical journey, in creating his latest solo album “Everything Changed”. The album draws from both his life experiences and vast scoring background. Rich sweeping strings along with emotive piano arrangements accompany the thoughtful lyrics about life and love. The title track “Everything Changed”, which chronicles a man’s poignant homecoming, best exemplifies the overarching theme of the album. Other tracks such as the soulful “Wounded Angel” and the whimsical “Picasso’s Dog” continue the theme to create powerful images in our minds eye. John’s love and appreciation of many musical genres such as Classical, R&B, Pop and Country, make “Everything Changed” John Keane’s most ambitious project to date. 

The album is being released on January 26, 2010 through Laycut Records.

David Diggs revisits Westcoast!

David Diggs’ album - Streetshadows - was a top ten entry on Billboard Magazine’s Jazz Chart for 26 weeks. David has arranged and/or produced for Jonathan Butler, George Duke, Irene Cara, Quincy Jones, Richie Furay, The Brothers Johnson, Eric Gale, Debby Boone, Pat Boone, Heat, Bob Carlisle, Racing Cars, Sandy Patti, Sweet Comfort, Modern Folk Quartet, Chet Atkins, and many others. His film & television credits include California Dreamin’, The Tonight Show, The Midnight Special, Better Homes & Gardens Special, many World Vision films, and various jingles and commercial.

David’s own CDs and surround sound DVD-Audio have been featured on Air Force One & Two, United Airlines, and Volvo & Kenwood Audiophile Samplers. 

"Westcoast Revisit" features songs performed by Bob Carlisle and Dianne Reeves and four instrumentals dating from the recording sessions of David's "Westcoastal" recorded in the 80's and considered by many fans like a classic of "Westcoast" music! 

"Westcoast Revisit" is available at cdbaby and Itune!

John Batdorf "Old Man Dreamin'"

Starting with the 70's as a recording artist with Batdorf and Rodney and Silver. John Batdorf made records and toured US and Canada for most of the 70s. headlining many shows, but as an opening act his band got to play with a lot of great groups like America, Seals and Crofts, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Bread, The Youngbloods, Hall and Oats, just to name a few! 

He spent the 80's as a staff songwriter writing songs for America, England Dan, The Curry sisters and Kim Carnes, and as studio singer singing on hundreds of jingles, movies, and TV shows. Then came the 90's and He started producing records and commercials. During that time He met and went on to write some great songs with my friend, Michael McLean. They have recorded 4 CDs together. In 1996 he got his first chance to score a CBS TV prime time show, "Promised Land". He went on to compose music for another CBS drama, "Touched By An Angel".

Now entering into the new millennium, John has recorded a new CD with James Lee Stanley "All Wood And Stones" (a highly original take on early Rolling Stones songs, done acoustically with tight harmonies) along with his first solo EP, "Side One." His first full length solo CD, "Home Again" is an acoustic guitar and vocal enthusiasts dream come true! John's 2008 CD, "Still Burnin'" teams him up again with Mark Rodney. The duo recorded a live show at XM Studios in Washington D.C. revisiting many of their great songs from the 70s. Also John and Mark have recorded two brand new songs in LA that are also included in the package. This marks the first new Batdorf and Rodney recordings since 1975! 

Now in June 2009, at last, after one year from writing to mastering, Johns' finest CD ever, "Old Man Dreamin'" is taking on the world! Check it out... When you hear John sing songs about things that really matter to him, and you'll understand why they mean so much to his fans that have spanned over three decades. 

  Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Will Hoge "The Wreckage"

On January 26, 2010, venerated songwriter Will Hoge steps to the fore with "The Wreckage", (Rykodisc/ADA), his most impassioned album of rugged and powerful rock and roll to date. 

The new album, Hoge's first since 2007's acclaimed 'Draw the Curtains,' features eleven new songs of heartfelt choruses and raw, emotive power that curse life's wrong turns and celebrate its triumphs.

Recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium with producers Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and Charlie Brocco (George Harrison) and mixed by Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash), the new album was crafted with a depth of sound and musicality that undeniably breaks new ground for Hoge.

Routinely performing 200 + dates per year, Hoge was temporarily sidelined by a serious traffic accident in 2008 on his way home from a recording session. After spending several months recuperating, he completed the album and recently returned to the stage with a string of sold out hometown shows in Nashville.

Will Hoge will return to Europe in January 2010 for a number of live dates to promote the album.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Bill Price "With The Eye Of A Skeptic & A Few Other Stories"

In 2000 Bill Price recorded his first album of original material, "Bones & Apples." It received airplay in the US and Europe on college and independent radio. He also teamed up with Indiana bluesman, Gordon Bonham to form "The Brains Behind Pa" - a three, sometimes five-piece band inspired by Bob Dylan's songs and influences. "Gordon and I both have a love of Dylan's music and much that inspired him, so we started a side project to kind of explore all of that music." The result was "Old Hat," an EP CD that contained seven traditional, folk and blues songs. 

A songwriter that is in a band inspired by Bob Dylan is bound to take the next logical step - that is, write original music for his band. "It's an obvious extension of what we were exploring in all the old songs and Dylan's music. It was time to apply those qualities that we like in all of that music, to our own music. Carve out our own identity." The resulting album, "Better For The Deal," released in May of 2006, has fifteen original songs and strongly reflects the band's influences. He has continued to play and record music both with The Brains Behind Pa and other musicians. Price released "The Circus & The Gallows" 3-song CD single in 2007. 

In 2009 he released "With the Eye of a Skeptic...", a full-length, acoustic-based CD. Price's music has continued to gather momentum both locally and in Europe and Scandinavia where the last few CD releases have seen healthy airplay and positive reviews from independent radio and media. Started over three years ago, this record is acoustic in nature with an emphasis on a more narrative approach to songwriting. Although acoustic, the album features a full band on each of the original thirteen songs. 

"What I wanted to do, was record a more 'singer/songwriter' type of album, that contained songs that were more direct and a little less abstract than some of my other recordings," Price says. "But at the same time, I didn't want it to be too soft and mellow, so there a full band on all of the tracks." 

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

"Shouda Been Gold", I See Hawks in L.A.'s first Greatest Hits...


Never mind their clear-as-country-water name. "The band name was a code, a question, a diffident invitation: If you see hawks, then maybe we should talk." Formed by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony Lacques, I See Hawks in L.A. was established on an Echo Park front porch in 2000, the last year of the Clinton administration, or as the band recalls, "mellow's last gasp." Now, four albums later -- each the source of radiant reviews in publications like Spin, USA Today, Village Voice, Uncut and the Los Angeles Times -- the band released Shoulda Been Gold, a 17-song greatest non-hits collection including five previously unheard songs (including the haunting title track "Shoulda Been Gold"). 

The Hawks imagined an America post-oil, fertilizer and gated communities, and an American folk music with tendrils cracking concrete to reach people aware of the ground they stand on. 

With Shoulda Been Gold, the band has broken its every-other-year CD release spell, coming on the heels of last year's Hallowed Ground. The new collection contains only one song from the previous release, "Highway Down," but as they note, "it has the flavoring of all the songs -- a lonely road through the San Joaquin Valley, wounded land we love."_ Rob and Paul were driving around musing on a title for a greatest hits record that contains no hits, and the title song resulted. It was recorded at drummer Nourse's house along with two duets between Rob Waller and Textone/producer Carla Olson: "Laissez Les Bon Tempos Roulet," containing real deal Cajun fiddle from Lisa Haley, and David Allan Coe's minor '70s classic "Bossier City," featuring honky-tonk pedal steel from John McDuffie.


Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Doc Schneider & Eugene Ruffolo "Songs & Stories LIVE"


Eugene Ruffolo has an amazing voice and is a gifted songwriter. He is right up there in the pantheon of great singer-songwriters with James Taylor, David Wilcox, Dar Williams, Paul Simon, Pierce Pettis, Livingston Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carole King and John Mayer. He is also a guitar virtuoso. Doc Schneider is a lawyer by day and night, and a songwriter in between. Eugene and Doc started off on separate journeys, one from Long Island, the other from the city that never sleeps, twin sons of separate soldiers, unknown to each other, until they met over a song in 2005. What followed was the neatest part.

Having collaborated on Second Chances (2007), a collection of Doc's songs, that saw surprisingly strong distribution, usually by overnight delivery across the United States and in Europe, especially Belgium and Holland, Eugene and Doc launched off on a series of projects together.

One sunny Saturday in April 2009, Eugene and Doc decided to bring it to the people in a live concert at one of the countries most famous singer-songwriter venues -- Atlanta's Eddie's Attic. They might have called it a rose for Lia. Their afternoon concert was a little afternoon delight, captured on shiny CD's by the most peaceful sound guy in the business. Their homemade songs sounded so good that afternoon, they decided to bottle it, with the stories included -- and this LIVE CONCERT -- an intimate afternoon with these friends is the result. After hearing the live recording with 15 Degrees of EQ, Eugene and Doc spent time in the Screaming Tranny studio in New York, trimming and tweaking. They then turned to award-winning producer, Ben Wisch, to master the 2-CD set that captures the best moments of one memorable and spontaneous concert.

"Songs & Stories LIVE" is available at



Discover Dynamo Bliss...

Formed 2005 in Umeå, Sweden. Dynamo Bliss, North Swedish art rock trio that fuses together the musical styles of The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper Era), Pink Floyd and Electric Light Orchestra with the lyrical styles of John Lennon, Neil Young and Roy Harper.

They also include elements of jazz (Miles Davis, Bill Evans) and classical (Bach, Bartók, Dulufré and Prokofiev) and, of course, the inevitable melancholy that only really long and cold winters can bring.

Mikael Sandström: vocals, guitars and bass, Stefan Olofsson: vocals, keyboards and bass, Peter Olofsson: drums and percussion.

The members of the band have all been active musicians since many years and have worked with most notably Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Donald Fagen), Jason Scheff (Chicago) and 2-time Grammy winner Jay Graydon (Kenny Rogers, Al Jarreau).

Visit their site and their MySpace.

Tom Hansen "Brazilian Night"

Songwriter Tom Hansen is based in the city Tønsberg located 10 miles south of the Norwegian capital city Oslo. On his debut album "Brazilian Night" Tom Hansen has been working with 6 different arrangers, all with inspiration from artists like David Foster, Jay Graydon, Chaka Khan, Mezzoforte, Larry Carlton, Shakatak, as Tom are saying "all arrangers has been raised up with David Foster and has been playing Through The Fire many times", so you can really hear this at the album. 

On "Brazilian Night" the vocalist Victor Brooks and musicians from Lava and other great Norwegian studio musicians are featured at the album. 

More information about Tom Hansen and the release Brazilian Night here.