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Cold Chisel "No Plans"

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No Plans – Cold Chisel’s first new album in 14 years – is out right now. It features Everybody, All For You and 11 other stunning new Cold Chisel tracks. No Plans also features the final recordings of Steve Prestwich and is closed by Steve’s haunting song I Got Things To Do.

“In late 2009 the five of us made plans to record together again and do a tour,” said frontman Jimmy Barnes. “After lots of twists and turns that’s exactly what we’ve ended up doing but due to Steve’s passing those plans changed a lot along the way. The last two years have reminded all of us that sometimes life deals up things you don’t expect. You can’t take anything or anyone for granted. Sometimes it’s best to have no plans.”

COLD CHISEL 
Jimmy Barnes: Vocals 
Ian Moss: Guitars / Vocals 
Steve Prestwich: Drums / Vocals 
Phil Small: Bass / Vocals 
Don Walker: Keyboards / Vocals  Charley Drayton: Drums/Vocal


Kate Campbell "1000 Pound Machine"

Kate

Singer-songwriter Kate Campbell learned the piano at age seven before switching to the guitar as a teenager during the folk-rock heyday of the 70s'. Since then she has written, recorded and performed almost exclusively on the acoustic guitar.

On "1000 Pound Machine" Campbell returns to the instrument of her childhood and enlists Will Kimbrough (2004 Americana Music Association’s 'Instrumentalist Of The Year') to produce the eleven-song disc.

Campbell’s subtle piano and crystal-clear voice are accentuated by sparse arrangements featuring Kimbrough’s consummate guitar playing and soulful sounds from the legendary Spooner Oldham. Muscle Shoals ace David Hood (electric bass) and Americana stalwarts John Deaderick (keyboards), Dave Jacques (string bass), David Henry (strings), and Paul Griffith (percussion) add to the mix.

Emmylou Harris lends haunting harmony on a true narrative about death-row prisoners who find peace through meditation while Sloan Wainwright’s exquisite background vocals lift “Wait for Another Day” to emotional heights.

Campbell’s southern-flavored tunes weave cohesively throughout the album and include a gem that imagines Rosa Parks and George Wallace sitting side by side on a bus ride (Montgomery to Mobile), a paean to the Alabama landscape ("Red Clay After Rain"), a tribute to Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Spooner Oldham ("Spoonerville"), and a beloved civil rights anthem ("Walk With Me").

"1000 Pound Machine" is Kate Campbell’s note of gratitude to piano teachers everywhere who believe that “a simple pair of hands” can inspire and carry us to “the music of the spheres”.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran


Silence "City Days" & "City Nights"

Silence

Regarding Melodicrock.com, The duet Bruno Levesque and Ben Venet are proud to announce the release of their brand new Silence albums City (Days) and City (Nights) by Perris Records! This will be the labels first time is releasing two CD's at once by the same artist.

Perris Records President Tom Mathers was very excited to hear enough great music from one artist to accomplish this. The project Silence was created in 1996 by guitarist / keyboardist Bruno Levesque. In 1997, Bruno recorded the first Silence CD called The Fifth Season, an instrumental album only released in CD-R format. In 2000, Bruno recorded an instrumental album called Trouble in Paradise, under the French Melodic Metal label Brennus Music. The good reactions of people encouraged him to carry on with the Silence experience, in the company of a singer. The meeting with the Jerome Cazard's voice took place in early 2001 and 2 albums were released: Utopia (MTM Music - 2002), and Nostalgia (Vinny Records -2005).

A new chapter opened in 2008 with the arrival of new singer Ben Venet from the belgian band Jayhawkers. The first result of this new collaboration was the album Open Road, released by Kivel Records in 2008.

Silence: City (Nights)
Silence: City (Days)

Glenn Frey "After Hours"

Frey

The EaglesGlenn Frey will release his first solo album since 1992 in May. Titled After Hours, it will be a collection of pop standards, re-recorded by Frey in a “cocktail lounge” style. Apparently, Frey was motivated enough by Rod Stewart’s recent Great American Songbook covers albums to make one of his own, and it will be released on May 8.

Among the songs covered on After Hours are Caroline, No (originally by the Beach Boys), The Look of Love, Route 66, and The Shadow of Your Smile.


Joe Walsh "Analog Man"

Walsh

Grammy Award winning rock and roll legend Joe Walsh returns with Analog Man, his first solo album in two decades to be released on June 5th, 2012 from Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group. Analog Man is both modern and timelessly soulful, packed with Walsh's beloved wit, charm and chops; it delivers an incredibly raw and intimate sound.

"It's been 20 years and I have a lot to say," said Walsh. "These songs come from the heart." Walsh, best known for his powerful guitar licks, joined the Eagles in 1976 and is credited for bringing a harder rock sound to the band with the acclaimed Hotel California, The Long Run and Eagles Live. A singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Walsh has entertained for more than four decades, not only as a solo artist, but as part of admired bands like The James Gang and Barnstorm.

As a self-proclaimed Analog Man, also the album name and title track, Walsh refers playfully to the new digital age; one in which he has adapted to, but notes in the song, "I am what I am - I'm an Analog Man." Walsh developed the album over the last 10 years, drawing on personal experiences to breathe life into each track. "I just really feel like it's all come together and finally I feel like a complete person and a complete musician," said Walsh. "I think there is some confidence in there that I never had. That's what I was hiding." Walsh credits his wife of four years, Marjorie, for encouraging him to be the man and artist he is today and fondly dedicates this album to her.

The 10-track album was produced by Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh with Tommy Lee James co-writing some of the tracks. "Lucky That Way," one of Walsh's favorites off the album, speaks to the extraordinary life he's lived, even through the hurdles, and features Ringo Starr, his real life brother-in-law, on drums. The song ironically serves as a mature sequel to Walsh's famed "Life's Been Good" and for Walsh, life is just that.


"LE TOUTA", the new place in Paris dedicated to Country Music!

Touta

Country Music lovers will be pleased to find a new place to listen and dance Country Music while having a good diner. "Le TOUTA", 34 quay de Clichy 34 (between Clichy and Asnieres's bridges), opens on friday 13 april with a special night dedicated to Johnny Cash featuring Eddy Ray Cooper. For more informations and reservations call Allison at 01 30 42 42 42 or visit Music Box website!


Rascal Flatts "Changed"

Rascal

Rascal Flatts new album is called Changed. Gary LeVox explains the title, "Actually there's a song on the album called 'Changed' and it's a really, really special song. And we thought that title of that song really captures what this new season of our career is cause everything in our professional career has changed...(we) thought the title was appropriate."

Rascal Flatts worked with their long-time producer Dann Huff on their new album but they also decided to produce a few of the tracks on their own. Changed comes after Flatt's first Big Machine Records album release, Nothing Like This, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country albums sales chart.

Rascal Flatts is one of only four country acts to debut seven consecutive studio albums at #1. Nothing Like This went on to become a platinum-selling album, featuring two #1 hits including the certified platinum "I Won't Let Go" and the gold-certified "Easy" (with pop sensation Natasha Bedingfield). Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold over 21 million albums, 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the charts.

Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, they've sold over 6 million concert tickets, and counting. Their Thaw Out Tour earned a slot on CMT's "Top Tours of 2012."


The Wilson Phillips "Dedicated"

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Inspired by their parents and profoundly proud of their musical lineage, DEDICATED is the album their fans have been waiting for since their debut single "Hold On" topped the charts around the world. Born into rock royalty (Carnie and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of Beach Boys legendary writer and producer Brian Wilson, and Chynna Phillips is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of Mamas and Papas fame), WILSON PHILLIPS' album DEDICATED pays homage to their shared musical heritage. Featuring faithful renditions of The Beach Boys and Mamas & The Papas songs in their unique harmony-rich sound, DEDICATED includes classic songs such as "California Dreamin'," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Dedicated to the One I Love" and "God Only Knows."