Previous month:
September 2011
Next month:
November 2011

Hunter Hayes "Hunter Hayes"


Fans and critics are already rave about multi-talented musician, writer, producer and performer Hunter Hayes, with such high praises as: "Hunter Hayes, a prodigious talent...drawing on modern pop and country sounds including Keith Urban, John Mayer, Rascal Flatts and Jason Mraz" (Billboard) and "If this Louisiana singer is as good as this single ["Storm Warning"], he s about to be a big country star" (USA Today). On Hunter's self-titled Atlantic Records debut, he wrote/co-wrote every song, co-produced with veteran producer Dann Huff and played every instrument on the album.

Hunter s highly anticipated 12-track album includes the infectious Top 30 hit single, "Storm Warning." The album boasts a strong, honest, mix of music, lyric and passion from the heartfelt "Wanted" to the heartbreaking "Somebody's Heartbreak" to the up-beat, carefree confessions of "Love Makes Me."

The Breaux Bridge, Louisiana multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, electric guitar, ganjo, mandolin, keys and more) is making some noise as he continues to draw attention from thousands of fans. He has co-written songs for renowned artist such as Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry and has shared the stage with Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, to name a few.

Mac McAnally "Live In Muscle Shoals"


Recorded last year at a show for the famed WC Handy Music Festival, "Live In Muscle Shoals" represents a retrospective of Mac McAnally's multi-faceted career.  An artist, songwriter, producer and 3-time CMA Musician of the Year, the album boasts 18 tracks along with Mac's great storytelling of where the songs came from and fun anecdotes.

From his first majorcrossover hit as an artist with "It's A Crazy World" to songs he has written like "Down the Road," his duet with Kenny Chesney which was a #1 hit and as a bonus, a great rendition of "Heard It Through The Grapevine," the album gives you insight into the many talents of Mac McAnally.

TRACK LIST: It's A Crazy World, New Orleans Intro, Blame It On New Orleans, Down the Road Intro,   Down the Road, Down by the River, Dark Ages Intro, Dark Ages, Pop Top Hop Intro, Pop Top Hop Miracle, Café on the Corner Intro, Café on the Corner, Opinion on Love Intro, Opinion on Love All, These Years Intro, All These Years This Time Intro, This Time, Bound to Get Down, Little Blue Pill,  On Account of You, Last Man Standing, Back Where I Come From Intro, Back Where I Come From, It's My Job,  , I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

Marco Taggiasco & Friends "Things And Moments LIVE"


The record features Marco’s signature songs like "April In My Heart" and "This Moment", as well as his recent hit "Got To Believe This Time", written with Robbie Dupree and played live for the first time, in addition to the classic "Never Too Late (For Love)". But the big surprise are two gorgeous ballads performed by emerging vocal talent Daphne Nisi (Breathless and Wish On A Star), along with a soulful rendition of Marco’s Healing Rain, performed by Danish singer-songwriter Claus Leonhardt. Of course most of the show relies one more time on Andrea Sanchini’s brilliant vocals, who brings new life to the tracks from "Thousand Things", re-arranged especially for the event.

“The idea behind the project is: I had some unreleased songs - Marco explains - songs that didn’t find a way on my records, good songs in my opinion, and I also had the songs from my very first cd, which was made with a massive use of programming and very little live playing so Riziero (Riziero Bixio, album producer) and I thought it would have been nice to gather round some friends and make a concert to share those songs and give them a chance to be heard in a fresher way”.

Marco Taggiasco & Friends: Things and Moments Live

Jerry Lopez's new album "Mis Raices"


"I’ve talked about doing this project for many years. It’s a real departure from the R&B Funk Jazz Salsa stuff I’ve done in the past. It felt great returning to my musical roots! All the songs except for “Dejem Que me Emborache” are songs written or co-written by my father Gilberto Lopez. The majority of the songs date back to the 1960’s when my father was a guard in the “tower” of the New Mexico state penitentiary. The others were written not long after that. Although other artists have recorded some of these songs, my brothers and I have not really ever recorded them. At least not this way, the way Dad always wanted to hear them." Jerry Lopez

Jerry Lopez: Mis Raises

Mitch Malloy releases new album "II"


Mitch Malloy released Mitch Malloy II, his highly anticipated follow-up album to the RCA Records melodic rock debut, Mitch Malloy, on October 1, 2011. “For years my core fans have asked me to give them another album full of Melodic Rock and I'm proud to say that Mitch Malloy II is just that. For me, this is my real 'second album' – the true follow-up to my major label debut – the record that I've wanted to make for a long time.” Mitch's core fans have always appreciated and supported his vast spectrum of work and are especially curious about the time he was tapped to replace Sammy Hagar as the lead singer of Van Halen. But these days, Mitch is living the dream and creating the music he was born to make. In February, Mitch sequestered himself with the sole mission to take his major label debut to the next level. He reached out to his peers and the momentum began to mount. Collaborations and contributions have poured in from co-writers, acclaimed musicians and even top industry executives. Mitch teamed up with long-time friend and musical accomplice Victor Brodén to co-produce and the result is Mitch Malloy II, pure melodic rock at its best.

A dream-team of musical guests appear on Mitch Malloy II including Phil Collen (Def Leppard) who also co-wrote the song he plays on, “As Long As I'm With You.” Mitch brought on Keith Scott (Bryan Adams) to co-write “Love Song” and the renowned Randy Goodrum to co-write “Take It All,” a classic rock power ballad. Other featured guitarists are Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem) and Keith Howland (Chicago, Rick Springfield). And for a flash-back to the self-titled album, Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper) appears on bass and C.J. Vanston plays keys and co-wrote on Mitch Malloy II. And for a vocal treat, Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger) and Brett Walker offered their voices to the choir on “I'm The One.” And as a special surprise to Mitch, his original band from high school, “Lightening,” flew in for a birthday celebration and to join the chorus.

Mitch will celebrate the launch of Mitch Malloy II during his highly anticipated return to Firefest in Nottingham, England on October 23, 2011. “I'm really looking forward to returning to Firefest and Nottingham…great event, amazing city and the fans who attend the festival are die-hard melodic rock fans. It's like a night in AOR paradise for me!” Advance praise has already begun for Mitch Malloy II. Here's what some of the biggest names in AOR/Melodic Rock are saying: “Man, what a voice! Power, pitch, feeling, tone…he's got it all. A great talent. Mitch's new CD is rockin'. He's never sounded better and the songs hook you the first time through.” Sir Arthur Payson

"Mitch is one of the finest voices I have heard… He has it all and is a really nice guy, too. Buy this and let's get this man the attention he deserves!" Steve Lukather

"It's finally here, he's finally back…my bud and one of the finest singers/songwriters of our time, Mitch Malloy, ready to slay us with his eponymous 2nd album…of course it couldn't be released without some backing vox by yours truly, ha-ha, but I am so happy the world gets more of Mitch Malloy again, so go GET IT!" Jeff Scott Soto

Mitch Malloy II is produced by Mitch Malloy and Victor Brodén and features 12 songs all written or co-penned by Malloy.

AOR Issue 4 out!


Possibly the mightiest and chock-filled issue of AOR yet, this month's issue is packed to gills with the fruitiest and most epic melodic rock bands of all stripe. The cover story this month centres around Bon Jovi and their landmark 1986 Slippery When Wet opus. Featuring previously unpublished pictures from the album sleeve session by official band photographer Mark Weiss including token buxom bikini ladies, we investigate the making of Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi's make-or-break third album which subsequently catapulted them into superstardom.

The action continues apace via a moustachioed exclusive interview with Franke Previte of Franke & The Knockouts on the enduring legacy of his band not to mention his Oscar-winning movie theme songwriting.

We of course pay our respect to recently and sadly deceased songwriter and frontman Jani Lane with an in-depth look at his life in and around Warrant.

A retrospective on folk-rock croonsters America and their dominance of the early 70s singles charts is followed up by a look at Canadian rock heroes, Coney Hatch. We also speak with Diane Warren, Bai Bang, House Of Lords, Lionville, Steve Newman and Toby Hitchcock and investigate how the enduring AOR power ballad is finding a whole new audience in the UK. An AOR field trip UK's leading AOR gathering, Firefest ramps up the excitement and it's all polished off with all the latest new album reviews plus reports of Toto, Mötley Crüe and Chicago on the road.

This month's accompanying disc of 15 carefully-chosen AOR tracks, titled Get Your Wings featuring FM, Issa, White Widdow, Seb Bach, Riverdogs and more. All this and much more, AOR issue 4 is on sale from September 28. Purchase Internationally via:

Interview with Kiki Ebsen at Insidemusicast


Kiki Ebsen’s career has taken her full circle. From the beginning as a young pianist, she has had the pleasure of having many musical influences, including her mother, aunt, and her cousin – keyboardist Jim Pugh- who is a member of the Robert Cray Band. But it was during her successful college career at the California Institute of the Arts, where she won the Collegiate Entertainer of the Year award and embarked on a touring career with the legendary band, Chicago, as a keyboardist and MIDI technician. Two tours and one record later, she moved on to a musically challenging tour with Al Jarreau. This put her on the map as an ‘A-List’ player, and she has since had the opportunity to play with artists such as Boney James, Belinda Carlisle, Tracy Chapman, Michael McDonald, Colin Hay, Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop and many more. Today Inside Musicast welcome her as she launches her latest solo release, “The Beauty Inside.” Inside MusiCast welcomes the lovely and talented Kiki Ebsen.

Kiki Ebsen: Love Loud