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Lionville... new AOR super band!


Avenue Of Allies is extremely proud to present Lionville, a high profile project dedicated to pure AOR, drawing inspiration from acts like Toto, Richard Marx, Survivor, Boulevard and Bad English. The record was produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Eden's Curse, Glenn Hughes, Axe) and it features a cast of top flight musicians and song writers. Lars Säfsund of Work of Art is handling all lead vocals, musicians include Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx, Chicago, Peter Cetera), Tommy Denander, Eric Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse), Sven Larsson (Street Talk), Arabella Vitanc (Alyson Avenue) and the Shining Line team.

Most of the songs on the album were written by Stefano Lionetti including co-operations with Pierpaolo “Zorro” Monti, Robert Säll (Work of Art), Lars Säfsund, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Sven Kronqvist (Issa, Crash The System) and Tommy Denander. An exclusive track for the album comes from Bruce Gaitsch, co-written with Richard Marx and Amy Sky.

Check out both tracks again - Download: Thunder In Your Heart and Here By My Side.

Alyson Avenue "Changes"


Avenue Of Allies presents "Changes", the second smokin' hot release and highly anticipated comeback of the female fronted Swedish Melodic Rockers Alyson Avenue. The album introduces powerhouse vocalist Arabella Vitanc. All songs were co-produced and mixed by Chris Laney (Crazy Lixx, H.E.A.T., Brian Robertson).

The album includes a duet with Michael Bormann and guest appearances by Rob Marcello (Danger Danger, Marcello - Vestry), Anette Olzon (Nightwish, ex-Alyson Avenue), Fredrik Berg (Street Talk, Bloodbound), Tommy Stråhle and Mike Andersson (Cloudscpae, Planet Alliance). The gents in Alyson Avenue on Arabella's side are main song writer and keyboard player Niclas Olsson, Thomas Löyskä on bass and guitar, Fredrik Eriksson on drums and Tony Rohtla on guitar.”

Avenue of Allies new releases...

Avenue Of Allies will release five high quality albums to kick of the new series of high quality re-issues called “Avenue Of Allies Archives”. The first run of 1000 copies of each “Avenue Archives” CD comes as a Special Limited Edition in a jewel case with an additional numbered slipcase. The CDs include extensive booklets incl. lyrics, new liner notes by the artist, track-by-track musicians credits and if available exclusive bonus tracks. Volumes 1 to 5 are high profile AOR and Westcoast albums featuring am impressive line-up of musicians and song writers. All CDs are available for the first time outside of Japan.

King Of Hearts – 1989 (Avenue 1105 0025 – Avenue Archives Vol. 1)

The unreleased debut album from 1989. Songs in the Tim Feehan meets Richard Marx vein. King of Hearts are: Tommy Funderburk, Bruce Gaitsch, Kelly Keagy & George Hawkins, feat. Bill Champlin (Chicago), CJ Vanston (Richard Marx, Steve Lukather), and the Eagles members Timothy B. Schmit & Randy Meisner.

George & G. - So Much To Say (Avenue 1106 0026 – Avenue Archives Vol. 2) incl. 2 bonus tracks.

Originally released in 2006, George Grunwald's album is a Westcoast AOR dream coming true. Classic sound à la Toto and Chicago, feat. Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Jason Scheff, Warren Wiebe, Alex Ligertwood, David Garfield, Eric Marienthal, Lou Pardini and more.

David Roberts - All Dressed Up (Avenue 1107 0027 – Avenue Archives Vol. 3)

One of THE all-time Westcoast classics, recorded in 1982. Remastered sound and for the first time track-by-track musicians credits feat. Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon, David Foster, Greg Mathieson, Mike Porcaro, Paulinho Da Costa, Bill Champlin, Joe Chemay, Tom Kelly and many more.

David Roberts - Better Late Than Never (Avenue 1108 0028 – Avenue Archives Vol. 4)

The much-anticipated 2008 recording comeback of one of the great AOR song writers (Bad English, House Of Lords, Signal, Starship, Jimmy Barnes, Lee Aaron, Boulevard, Nielsen Pearson). Songs co-written with John Waite and Randy Goodrum. Feat. Michael Landau, Mike Baird, Luis Conte, Fred Mollin, Abraham laboriel Sr., Pat Coil, Shannon Forrest, Brent Mason and many more.

David Roberts - The Missing Years (Avenue 1109 0029 – Avenue Archives Vol. 5) incl. 2 bonus tracks.

15 newly remastered songs from David's archives. Feat. Stan Meissner, John Albani, Anthony Vanderburgh and Arnold Lanni.

Richard Marx "stories To Tell" new edition at Walmart.


Richard Marx's new album "Stories To Tell" will be released at Walmart in a 3 cds/dvd set.

The 2 cds traclist is: Endless Summer Nights, One Thing Left, Hazard, Over My Head, Angelia, Now And Foreve, Keep Coming Back, This I Promise You, Loved, Should've Known Better, Right Here Waiting, When You Loved Me, Don't Mean Nothing, Should've Known Better, Endless Summer Nights, Keep Coming Back, Take This Heart, Hold On To The Nights, Angelia, Hazard, Too Late To Say Goodbye, Satisfied, Right Here Waiting & When You Loved Me

DVD features Live performances shot in London: Endless Summer Nights, Take This Heart, One Thing Left, When You're Gone, Hazard, Through My Veins, Always On Your Mind, Angelia, Everybody, Should've Known Better, Don't Mean Nothing, Right Here Waiting.

2nd edition of Classic Rock magazine featuring Toto's story and lot more....


The second sensational edition of Classic Rock Presents AOR is now available for pre-order. Among the top stuff in AOR issue No.2:  Cover story: the epic, chaotic, multi-platinum tale of Toto, the band who invented AOR.

Features on Houston, Mr Big, The Babys, Roxette, FM, King Kobra, Moritz, Ten and more.

Interview with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, a review of the band’s new album Eclipse, and a major live review of Journey and Night Ranger from Las Vegas.

An exhaustive A To Z Of AOR, covering everyone from Alexa Anastasia to Richie Zito.

The phenomenon known as Yacht Rock – featuring interviews with Christopher Cross and Kenny Loggins!

A celebration of the 35th anniversaries of two key albums: Blue Öyster Cult’s Agents Of Fortune and Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive!

The second edition of AOR also comes with a sensational FREE 15-track CD: Lovin’ Every Minute Of It. Among the tracks on the CD are an exclusive, never-before-released live version of Toto’s Pamela, plus a brand-new studio song from Journey called City Of Hope. Classic Rock Presents AOR issue No.2 goes on sale on May 6. But you can pre-order your copy today – with free UK delivery!

Go here for the full pre-order details.

Chris Cook "Remembering"


"Remembering" is Chris Cook’s second release for Nashville-Boston based Tree O Records (6th overall). It is a twelve-track cornucopia of Chris Cook’s great singing, songwriting and exceptional musicianship. Co-produced by Tim Carter, who adds his infectious banjo to Ferrell Stowe’s dobro and Guthire Trapp’s mandolin, the record is a classic Americana music melting pot, of roots, rock R&B and blues. Nashville legends, Kenny Malone (drums, percussion), Drake Leonard (bass), Johnny Neel (keyboards) and Ken Fradley (trumpet, flugal horn) round out the players who combine skillfully to enhance the groove, without overshadowing, the laid-back songs all the while allowing Chris’ great singing to shine.

A throwback to the journeyman days of musicmen, Chris averages two-hundred dates a year, touring regionally and internationally showcasing strong vocals, his trademark multi-dimensional musicianship and exceptional songwriting.

Chris Cook: Remembering

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Little Green


It may seem unlikely that one of the most interesting bands in the genre often referred to as Americana, resides in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. This is, however, a fact, and Little Green's stunning new album “Innocent Again” is here to prove it.

Thanks to bouts of touring and that reliable phenomenon called ‘word of mouth’, Little Green are starting to make waves in their home country, as well as on the international scene.

“Innocent Again”, their 3rd album, is arguably their best so far. With its inventive variations on country, folk, southern rock and jingle-jangle guitars, it will most likely be the album that takes this already highly-respected band to the next level.

On “Innocent Again”, Little Green leave the folky tendencies of their last album behind, and go for a fuller, more electric sound, with some surprises thrown in for good measure. Basic recordings were made in Sven Karlssons and Hasse Carlssons Studio Lydde in the spring of 2010. Additional recordings were done in the States and Thomas Pontén’s home studio.
The album is full of highlights. To begin with, it features two duets, “This Is Our Life” (featuring Lisa Pedersen), and “I Can Talk Again” (featuring Keith Miles). “Innocent Again” features background vocals by Kimmie Rhodes, whose songs have been recorded by several major artists, including Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler. A songwriter’s songwriter who enjoys a lot of respect from her peers. Ted Russell Kamp, with whom Little Green will do their fourth tour in August, adds backing vocals to a couple of tracks. The subtly Dave Matthews-inspired “Upside Down” describes a poor person’s upbringing, from a Swedish point of view. “Don’t Tell Me It’s Over”, an old song that was re-worked for Little Green, now features a southern rock groove that let the rhythm section stretch out a little. The majestic closer, “The Band Played On” is reminiscent of The Jayhawks and Ryan Adams, with a touch of swedish folklore.


Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran

Neil Young "A Treasure"


Neil Young will release a brand new album, entitled 'A Treasure', on June 14th, 2011, on Reprise Records. It will be available in stores on CD and Blu-ray, as well as on iTunes and through all participating digital retailers. The limited-edition vinyl pressing will precede the CD street date, hitting shelves on May 24th, and will be pressed on 180-gram double-disc vinyl featuring special artwork etched into the fourth side. The vinyl edition will be sold through the official store and participating Record Store Day Independent Music Retailers only.

Digital buyers should note that iTunes, Amazon and all other digital retail outlets will launch a pre-order on April 12th. Fans can also look forward to a full line of brand-new exclusive merch plus 'Le Noise' tour items and Archives-related goodies, which will launch in the Neil Young Online Store in April.

America in concert in Paris!


Groove Production is pleased to announce the return of the American Music Legend in Paris. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell will perform AMERICA 's Greatest Hits at Casino de Paris on April 19th (Sold Out) and April 20th, 2011.

The new French folk sensation Madjo will present her first album "Trapdoor" as guest artist of the evening. Don't miss that event!!

Get the last tickets here: and

Exile "People Get Ready"


Exile is thrilled to announce that a new five-song EP of new Exile material has recently been released. When they re-formed a couple of years ago, they thought it would be natural to continue the Exile saga of original music. So, the band went into the studio and recorded five new tracks, four co-written by Exile writers JP, Sonny and Les, plus a remake of an R&B classic!

The disc is entitled "People Get Ready", and features the title song, which they've received tons of requests for; the concert favorite "Bread On The Table", and three more never-released songs.The material, along with more Exile merchandise, is now available on their website, as well as at Exile live shows.The EP is available on Exile's new record Records.