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Sedona "Golden Valley"

Avenue of Allies is proud to announce the release of Sedona "Golden Valley" on the 26th of March.

Westcoast AOR always enjoyed great popularity in France, the native country of Sedona. The members of the band, Patrick liotard and Stephane Larribat are accomplished instrumentalists, who also know how to sing those typical Westcoast harmonies. The songs range from rocking tracks like “Surfing State Of Mind” and “The Story”, in the vein of Tim Feehan, Joseph Williams, Jay Graydon’s Planet 3 and Beckett, to the midtempo cuts “Golden Valley” and “California Ballad” à la King Of Hearts, L.A. Cowboys and Michael Ruff. The album will also be embraced by friends of classic bands like Toto, the Little River Band, Dakota,Boulevard and Nielsen/Pearson.

Sven Larsson "Sunlight and Shadow"

Avenue of Allies is proud to announce the release of Sven Larsson on the 26th of March. 

Sven Larsson is best known for his work on the albums of the Swedish Westcoast AORsters Street Talk. Sven’s solo debut “Sunlight And Shadow” is an album of excellent musicianship and well written rock songs, with a fine sense for melodies and harmonies. The record includes ultra catchy Melodic Rockers, AOR-laced tracks, Westcoast/AOR ballads while adding a little edge with a few hard rockin‘ Fusion-influenced cuts.

Jon Strider "Fresh tracks"

Jon Strider, a 5th generation, native Californian, began performing music in the (San Francisco) Bay Area, emerging with an artistic destiny shaped by the cultural and artistic upheavals of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. As the father of a form of music described as "rhythm'n'folk", Strider has synthesized the rock and acoustic worlds, a hybrid of storytelling, grooves and keen empathy. 

Strider’s latest album "Fresh Tracks", takes his West Coast/Austin/Nashville-influences to amazing new heights of singer-songwriter brilliance. A true tale of an American immigrant. Scandinavia bound. Songs of love, hope and disillusion, hearthache and joy. Helped by rising star producer, Amir Aly, the album’s breakout hit single, “Apple Pie Song”, is a slice of pure pop perfection. Indeed, everyone of these “Fresh Tracks” is a sonic delight.

Strider has toured the world, recorded 6 solo albums, produced dozens of other artists, found a radio audience, built recording studios, scored films and television shows.

 Jon is also a dynamic, hardworking and captivating live entertainer. His 400+ original song catalog, brims with a colorful life, fully lived.

As a keyboardist/back-up vocalist Jon toured with 

Eddie Money, Larry Graham, Van Morrison, Mink Deville, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Dan Hicks, Boz Scaggs and as a producer/singer-songwriter/session musician, Jon have produced or co-written or recorded with the musicians from the bands of Paul Simon, Elton John, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, George Thorogood, Steely Dan, Tori Amos, John Hiatt, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Allman Brothers Band, Whitney Houston...

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Jess Klein "Bound To Love"

A folk troubadour whose talents have been lauded on the national and international scene for almost a decade, Jess Klein writes songs that tell the story of the soul – from wrenching heartbreak to finding the strength to pick up and move on.

Now, on her seventh studio album, "Bound To Love", Jess Klein has created an Americana gem that speaks to the troubadour in all of us. Inspired by a move to Austin in summer of 2008, she evokes the dusty roots of Texas songwriters and melds them into her own blend of spot-on, speak-to-the-heart lyrics, percussive guitar and a voice as sweet as it is strong.

Jess Klein emerged from the Boston music scene in 1998 with her independent release, "Wishes Well Disguised", but it was her later releases – 2000’s "Draw Them Near", 2005’s "Strawberry Lover" and 2006’s "City Garden" that would capture the attention of critics and fans worldwide.

Recorded at The Aerie in Austin, TX with producers Mark Addison and Scrappy Jud Newcomb during December 2008 and January 2009, 'Bound To Love', shines as her most confident work to date. From jubilant anthems to delicate and beautiful moments, the running theme is moving to a new and better place – emotionally, geographically and more.

If "City Garden" was Klein finding solace in Motown and old blues, "Bound To Love" is self-remedy in Americana and country; it’s kickin’ up some dirt in the south and sweating out your worries on the back porch.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Allison Moorer "Crows"

Allison Moorer released "Crows", on February 10, 2010. Produced by R.S. Field (Buddy Guy, John Mayall) at the House of David Studio in Nashville, the 13-track album is a refined and lyrically honest collection of songs that is a marked stylistic departure from her previous work. "Crows" is the anticipated follow up to her critically acclaimed 2008 album, 'Mockingbird', which was a celebration of songs composed by a stunning cast of female songwriters including Nina Simone, Patti Smith, Cat Power, her sister Shelby Lynne, and more. It also follows Moorer’s first Grammy Award Nomination for the song “Days Aren’t Long Enough,” a composition she co-wrote with her husband, Steve Earle, for his Grammy Award Winning 2007 album 'Washington Square Serenade'.

Speaking with Billboard Magazine regarding 'Crows', Moorer stated “I really just set myself free and just threw all the rules out the window.” Regarding the album’s title, Moorer offered “We have crows in the yard at our place up in Woodstock. I am a little obsessed with birds, and have been told that they are indeed our messengers from the other side. So I decided that instead of letting the crows make me uneasy, I would start to consider them as friendlies, and that they were actually bringing me a message of comfort.”

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Come Together Now- Help for Haiti

“Come Together Now (Music City Unites for Haiti)”, the brainchild of Contemporary Christian artist, Michael W. Smith, who wrote the song with David Mullen and Cindy Morgan, is now available for purchase and download on iTunes and Amazon. 

Spurred by the 7.0 earthquake that hit the island nation on January 12th, the song was written on January 15th and picked up momentum from there. Two short weeks later, the day began with a choir of 250 children from New Hope Academy in Nashville and ended with a choir of over 100 (adult) artists from various genres of music joining voices. Among the talent roster were The Oak Ridge Boys, Point of Grace, Casting Crowns, Restless Heart, Wynonna Judd, Matt Maher and Donovan Tea of The Lettermen. Voices also added were Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Toby Mac and Stephen Curtis Chapman. With everything donated for the project, 100% of all funds raised will go to Samaritan’s Purse and the American Red Cross to aid in the relief efforts in Haiti. 

Go to to purchase the song.

Welcome to "Super-Group" Yoso!

The term “Super-Group” can only describe the formation of two of the most creative and musical legendary bands of the past 30 years into the new band YOSO. Formed out of TOTO’s brilliant vocalist Bobby Kimball and the creative force of YES members, Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, it does indeed equal the magic of YES with the voice of TOTO. However, YOSO is much more than a combination of two classic rock groups. YOSO has combined their musical talents to produce an album of new music as well as a live DVD, which will be released in mid 2010. 



Here comes State Cows...

After releasing the album "Days in L.A." to rave reviews in 2008, Daniel Andersson and collaborator Stefan Olofsson decided to embark on a full-fledged, no-compromise Westcoast/AOR project. The project eventually turned into the band STATE COWS and an upcoming album of brand new songs featuring great names such as Jay Graydon and many others. 

Smooth guitar lines, half-time shuffles, funky bass lines, slick harmonies, real Fender Rhodes, tight horn sections and some California sunshine... Discover the new project here!

Photography by Seth William Page

Photographer Seth William Page lives for one thing: To document stories and capture candid moments in a relaxed, non-traditional style. Seth is, first and foremost, a photojournalist, and believes the ship has sailed on traditional wedding photography. 

Seth has been a photographer for the better part of his 28 years. From always being the guy in high school with Kodak 35mm disposable cameras, to shooting weddings & engagements with professional DSLRs, Seth understands that it’s not so much the gear involved, as having the eye and ambition to capture something great. 

Born in the desert highlands of California, Seth relocated to the Midwest and received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University. After photojournalist stints for 3 years at various Minneapolis indie rock magazines, Seth decided that a full time career in wedding photojournalism would be more rewarding, and in the summer of 2007, he packed up his 4Runner and headed for the desert. 

"The reasons I chose to introduce Seth to you is first for the beauty of his works and second, for the exceptional promo shoot in Malibu of one of my all time favorite singer Richard Page. Arnaud"