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Former members of YES and TOTO return with a new band called YOSO!

The term “Super-Group” can only describe the band arising out of two of the most creative bands of the past 30 years:  YOSO is formed out of TOTO’s brilliant lead vocalist Bobby Kimball and the creative force of former YES members, Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, thus equalling the magic of YES with the voice of TOTO

However, YOSO is much more than a combination of two classic rock groups. The band’s debut album “Elements” - which comes together with a bonus live CD where the band plays some old and new classics – presents a fascinating combination of the sound of YES ("90125"/"Big Generator" era) and TOTO, with a very interesting and original sound that truly encompasses the styles. “Elements” will see the light of day on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the USA, where the band has already scheduled a number of tour dates in support of the album’s release, on Frontiers Records

Even though the band's heritage is from 2 classic bands, YOSO intends to become its own identifiable entity in a very short time, YOSO’s collective mission is to make the next decade one where YOSO’s music will be held up alongside their classic rock backgrounds as a band as important as TOTO and YES. Billy Sherwood recalls: "YOSO was started when I suggested to Bobby Kimball we should write some new music and form a band, we had been working together on various tribute projects I was producing and one thing lead to another, before too long we had 5 songs in the can and were well on our way to making a record and thinking seriously about taking it to the next level. Once there was a few songs underway the concept grew into the band we now have, "YOSO". YOSO line-up was later rounded out with two amazingly gifted musicians: Johnny Bruhns as the guitarist and background vocalist and Scott Conner on drums, percussion and background vocals. YOSO does indeed have the magic of YES and the voice of TOTO. However, in 2010 the band intends to convince fans of both bands that the brilliance of YOSO will be just as celebrated in the years to come.

YOSO: Bobby Kimball (vocals), Tony Kaye (keyboards, background vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass, vocals), Johnny Bruhns (guitar, background vocals), Scott Conner (drums, background vocals).

Rod Kinny "Higher Self"

“Truth, meaning, & timelessness are common elements of any great work of art.” That is according to Singer/Songwriter Rod Kinny.

Active in music from a very young age he has become masterful in bringing his compositions to life. From grinding it out as a solo artist on the coffee house circuit to working with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Puerta of Ambrosia and Bruce Hornsby & The Range. Rod’s music combines influences of jazz, folk, & rock with elements of Toto/Steely Dan to the best of British pop. His voice is suited equally well for folk & pop with a pinch of Todd Rundgren and a dash of Al Stewart

Rod Kinny's latest release is titled “Higher Self”. A work of love & adventure with the big brass sound of “Beyond the Impossible”. Ethereal string & pedal steel work on “Between Two Worlds” & “Infinite Love”. From the soaring all electronica of “Infinite Love” (be free) to the ragtime of “Old into New”. “Higher Self” is surefire to please.

Rod Kinny: Higher Self

Peter Frampton "Thank You Mr. Churchill"

Following his Grammy Award-winning instrumental album, 2006's Fingerprints, Peter Frampton returns with Thank You Mr. Churchill, his most personal collection to date. The 11-song set, co-produced and co-engineered by Frampton, features the legendary guitarist at his most incisive lyrically as he tackles the battles that wage within us and the outside forces that rage around us. His searing guitar work flows over every song, setting the mood.

"This album is very autobiographical," Frampton says. "It starts with my birth, which I thank Mr. Churchill for bringing my father back from the Second World War." 

Recorded at his home studio in Cincinnati, Churchill is deeply intimate, weaving tales of loss, love and redemption and the lessons learned along the way. Churchill also includes Frampton's reflective take on troubling world events, including the Wall Street bailout ("Restraint") and even the tragic case of Megumi Yokota, a Japanese girl kidnapped more than 30 years ago by North Korea ("Asleep at the Wheel"). 

Frampton wrote all tracks on Churchill, penning many with longtime collaborator Gordon Kennedy. His co-producer/co-engineer, Chris Kimsey, was the engineer on Frampton's first solo record, 1972's Wind of Change. Co-engineer Don Gunn (Death Cab For Cutie) also contributes to Churchill. Guests include Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, who also played on Fingerprints, and the legendary Funk Brothers, who appear on Frampton's Motown homage, "Invisible Man." 

Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British teen band, the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive, is one of the top selling live records of all time.

Jeff Lorber "Now Is The Time"

By the late 1970s, keyboardist and composer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythm

In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom. 

More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording, Now Is The Time, is set for release on June 1, 2010. The album delves back into his early catalog and reinvents some of the most compelling compositions from the Jeff Lorber Fusion heyday. As a result, the artist once again makes a bold statement in the evolution of jazz. This new incarnation of the Jeff Lorber Fusion includes luminaries like bassist Jimmy Haslip (who co-produced with Lorber and Bobby Colomby), saxophonist Eric Marienthal, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr., and drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl.

Discovered on YouTube!

His name is Sun Ho Lim, and I'm pleased to make you discover this very talented Corean singer who just amazed me when I watched for the first time his vocal performance on that Phil Perry's cover "To Fall In Love". His vocal range reminds me Warren Wiebe in some ways. So, watch it, listen to this video and give us your comments... and if David Foster is looking for an other great singer, he should sign him immediatly!!

A tribute band to Airplay from Norway called... Airplayin'!


AIRPLAYIN' is a happy bunch of musicians from Norway who wants to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary AIRPLAY album, which was released in 1980. The two brilliant producers/musicians David Foster and Jay Graydon were the masterminds behind the production, and together with vocalist Tommy Funderburk (and Bill Champlin with a few TOTO friends) they formed the album which was to be the "mother of all westcoast albums". Unfortunately, AIRPLAY never became a real band. The songs from the album have rarely been performed live, and this is what triggered AIRPLAYIN' to start rehearsing all the complex songs from the album. AIRPLAYIN' is a humble tribute to Graydon/Foster, and will be ready for live performances in Norway/Scandinavia by spring 2010!

Melissa Etheridge "Fearless Love"

“This album had to be about the songs,” says Melissa Etheridge of her tenth studio album, Fearless Love. 

This is typical of Melissa, because putting the songs first is one of the hallmarks of her career. From our introduction to her in 1988, and throughout her illustrious career, Etheridge has never forgotten that it all begins with the songs. She has poured everything into those songs and they have served her well. Those songs—“Bring Me Some Water,” “Ain’t it Heavy,” “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window,” “I Want to Come Over,” “Angels Would Fall,” “I Run for Life” and “I Need to Wake Up” among them—have rewarded her with five Platinum albums (including the multi-Platinum sets Melissa Etheridge, Your Little Secret and the six-million-selling Yes I Am), a pair of Grammys®, an Oscar®, an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year honor and the ASCAP Founders Award. 

In early 2009, Etheridge began to think about her next album. She was thinking about what to write about and it hit her. “Everything is either fear or love,” she says. “As I started writing, the working title of the album was Songs of Love and Fear because each song had an ingredient of love and fear, and the battle between the two.” 

The first new song, a dramatic number called “To be Loved,” came out much darker than the album as a whole. As more songs were written, potential singles began to emerge: “Indiana,” a ballad-cum-monster-of-a-rocker that relates the story of a girl who has overcome a difficult childhood in the Heartland; “The Wanting of You,” a classic Etheridge rocker based on the story of a small-town, Midwestern girl who lives in fear of the life-changing choices she’s made; and “Company,” a mid-tempo rocker that will all undoubtedly amass plenty of airplay in 2010. 


Eryn Shewell "4th & Broadway"

In venues such as the legendary Stone Pony, The Saint, The Cutting Room, Bluebird Café, Café Coco, Six Flags theme parks, as well as popular clubs throughout New Jersey, New York City, New Orleans and Nashville, many crowds and hearts have been won over by the power and sweet sound of the young talented singer and songsmith, Eryn Shewell.

Born in Washington, DC, Eryn moved to New Jersey at an early age. She found inspiration in her musical family, and chose music as her career at an early age. 

In 2007 Eryn began a musical partnership with guitarist Pat Ruh when the two began writing songs together. Two of these songs, 'Window Pane' and 'One More Melody', were featured on Eryn's 'Window Pane' album. 

In 2009 they formed Rewbie Music, LLC and together produced Eryn's second album '4th & Broadway' which also includes many songs co-written with Pat. 

Eryn embraces every opportunity to perform and write music. She is sought out by other artists as a backup singer because of her natural ability to harmonize. While in New Orleans she was honored to record vocals for blues veteran Walter "Wolfman" Washington's album 'Doing The Funky Thing'. “

Eryn's debut album, 'Window Pane', was released in late 2008, and was nominated for Top Local Release at the 2008 Asbury Music Awards. 

'4th & Broadway', Eryn Shewell's sophomore album available early in 2010, continues to showcase her ability to create music that is an inviting fusion of genres blending blues, soul, country and pop into a unique yet somehow comfortable and familiar sound.

Eryn Shewell: 4th & Broadway

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Matt Keating "Quixotic"

Matt Keating's three albums 'Tell It To Yourself' (1993), 'Scaryarea' (1995) and 'Killjoy' (1997) established a distinctive sound that split the difference between folk-rock and power pop, and favored words and music over angst and posture. While Keating's music is often labeled Americana, it is in fact inspired by a broad range of influences; traditional country, old school punk and classic songwriters.

For his 4th album Matt decided to choose an endangered format (the long-playing record-album) to perform some much-needed resuscitation on the great lost art of the album. It's exactly the kind of implausible, foolishly romantic, unabashedly retrograde quest that deserves a title like 'QUIXOTIC'. And so it seems perfectly natural that QUIXOTIC should also be a double CD collection of 23 new songs. 

However, 'QUIXOTIC' is no rock opera. Instead, like two sides of a vinyl LP, each of the 40-or-so minute discs are, essentially, two perfectly paced legs of the same destination-anywhere road trip.

Matt has just signed a deal with Red Parlor Records to release his brand new album, 'Between Customers' worldwide in mid 2010.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran