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Don Felder's first solo album in nearly 30 years, "Road To Forever"!


Don Felder’s masterful new album "Road to Forever" - remarkably, only the influential guitarist and songwriter’s second solo album, and first since 1983 — features twelve rousing, guitar-driven original tracks anchored firmly in the classic LA-rock sound he perfected as guitarist for the Eagles for 27 years.

Filled with songs that reflect on life, love's gains and losses, and redemption, the album is a return to center stage for the celebrated musician. Road to Forever was conceived during a long period of introspection that also resulted in his hit book "Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)."

After his acrimonious separation from the Eagles and the dissolution of his 29-year marriage, Felder was inspired to "write out the stories of my life as songs. After I collected myself, I found I needed to go out and play music again, and that's how I began recording the album. In the process, I found out who I really am - I had to find out what happened when I almost lost it all. "

Felder wrote or co-wrote all the songs and performs guitar and lead vocals on the set, which boasts a long list of iconic guest performers -- long-time cohorts and friends including: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills; Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro of Toto; Randy Jackson; Tommy Shaw and others. Produced by Felder along with Robin DiMaggio (Paul Simon, Steve Vai), "Road to Forever" will be released October 9 on Rocket Science Ventures.


Richard Page "Songs From The Sketchbook"


Richard Page's latest release "Songs From The Sketchbook" is now available. This is a collection of some wonderful tracks Richard recorded over the past few decades that have yet to find a home.

Newly remixed and mastered, the CD includes stories about the history of each track and lots of pictures. For 1 week only, "Songs From The Sketchbook" is available exclusively to fans on Little Dume email list for only 10 bucks. Click HERE to get it!

This is a really personal project for Richard, hope you'll check it out. This offer contains: Falling Into Place, I Think It's Gonna Rain, Every Day's a New Day, I Wouldn't Change a Thing, Don't Let Me Down, Just Keep Lovin', Long, Long Road, I'm With You, Love Rescue Me, What Is A Friend.

Larry Hoppen passed away. RIP


We are very sad to announce that legendary Larry Hoppen (from the band Orleans) has just passed away. For those like us who had had the chance to communicate with Larry for so many years, to do 3 interviews with him, to discuss with him a lot, we can tell how he was not only an amazing artist but also a great person. RIP and condolences for the family.

Here are some of the latest pics we have taken of Larry Hoppen during Orleans concert in Amsterdam, October 26, 2011. Pics taken by J.-L. Raymond.

Here is the official message from Lance Hoppen (member of Orleans and brother of Larry Hoppen):

"Larry Hoppen, one of the founding members of the band Orleans, passed away on July 24th, 2012.  Born on Long Island, New York, Hoppen was 61 years old.
Between 1969 and 1971, his Ithaca, NY- based band, Boffalongo, made two LPs for United Artists. The second included the original recording of "Dancin' in the Moonlight", later a hit by friends King Harvest. Soon after Boffalongo disbanded in late 1971, Larry got a call from (former US Congressman, D-NY, 19) John Hall, inviting him to come to Woodstock, NY to join with the late Wells Kelly and John to form Orleans which he did in early 1972. Larry's younger brother, Lance, joined the band the following fall. Tens of millions know Larry's uplifting tenor from the Orleans hits "Still the One", "Dance With Me" and "Love Takes Time".

Larry Hoppen also performed and/or recorded with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Livingston Taylor, Lulu, Graham Parker, Blues Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Michael Franks, Levon Helm, the late great Michael Brecker, the late great Chet Atkins, the late great Artie Traum, John Sebastian, Bela Fleck, Felix Cavaliere, Edgar Winter, Robbie Dupree, Spencer Davis, Rick Derringer, Mark Farner, John  Ford Coley, Jimi Jamison, John Cafferty and many more notable artists.

Larry Hoppen released 2 solo albums: "HandMade" and "Looking for the Light", the latter being a flagship fundraising vehicle for his 501(c)3 nonprofit Sunshine for HIV Kids.

Larry Hoppen was still touring with Orleans, including brother Lance and youngest brother Lane, and was scheduled to appear on Fox TV's nationwide "Fox & Friends' All-American Concert Series" show this coming Friday, July 27th.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith Hoppen and his daughters, Claire and Maeve, as well as his bothers, Lance and Lane and his sister, Lynda.

The Family asks that since Larry passion was feeding hungry people, his friends and fans can honor his memory by making a contribution to their local food bank in his name.

Patricia Smith Hoppen and her daughters ask the media to please respect their privacy at this difficult time."


John Fogerty "Wrote A Song For Everyone"


Legendary rocker John Fogerty has announced that he will be releasing a new record, titled WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE his first on Vanguard Records. The album is a celebration of Fogerty's iconic songbook -- it is a collection of classics and deep tracks from his remarkable canon of hits as well as some brand new songs, performed alongside an array of today's biggest superstars, including Foo Fighters ("Fortunate Son"), Bob Seger ("Who'll Stop The Rain"), Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, My Morning Jacket, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and more.

In addition, besides as-yet-unannounced contributors from the upper echelons of the country, pop and rock worlds, the album will also see Fogerty teaming with acclaimed new bands like Dawes, all of whom are eager to acknowledge the groundbreaking songwriter/guitarist's titanic influence. WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE will be released on Vanguard Records.

A new cd "Fanatic" and a book for Heart


Heart's 14th studio album, Fanatic, ranks as one of the Wilson Sisters most rock & roll albums to date. With Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink at the helm (who also produced their last album, Red Velvet Car), these ten essential performances by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson are a celebration of their life spirit: Ann and Nancy are fanatics about love, art and truth. Includes the title track "Fanatic," "Dear Old America," and "Million Miles."


The story of Heart is a story of heart and soul and rock ’n’ roll. Since finding their love of music and performing as teenagers in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson, have been part of the American rock music landscape. From 70s classics like “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” to chart- topping 80s ballads like “Alone,” and all the way up to 2012, when they will release their latest studio album, Fanatic, Heart has been thrilling their fans and producing hit after hit.

In Kicking and Dreaming, the Wilsons recount their story as two sisters who have a shared over three decades on the stage, as songwriters, as musicians, and as the leaders of one of our most beloved rock bands. An intimate, honest, and a uniquely female take on the rock and roll life, readers of bestselling music memoirs like Life by Keith Richards and Steven Tyler’s Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? will love this quintessential music story finally told from a female perspective.

Focus on Garth Webber...


What do Miles Davis, Gregg Allman, Bill Champlin, Lydia Pense/Cold Blood, Merl Saunders, John Lee Hooker, Mose Allison, Boz Scaggs and Kingfish all have in common? Guitarist: GARTH WEBBER

Long recognized by his peers for his dynamic style and technical dexterity, Webber is perhaps most highly regarded for his signature guitar tone. A first call player in the Jazz, Blues, Funk and Rock arenas, this Berkeley based musician is always in demand. Equally comfortable sharing the stage with Miles Davis as he is with John Lee Hooker, Webber has the unusual distinction of playing with people who are reknown for one specific style.


On the international road, Garth has toured Europe and South America with Miles Davis; the good old U.S. with Bob Weir and Kingfish; and the West Coast with Gregg Allman, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Merl Saunders, and The Blue Meanies. Webber has also released three internationally sold solo CD's and has a fourth on the way! He has played on commercails for Levi's Jeans, Mattel Toys, Sizzler, AM PM Mini Market and more. When Garth isn't playing, he's busy in his fully professional 48-track recording studio producing CD's for Bay area bands.


Garth Webber: Get A Grip On The Blues

Chasing Violets "Outside Heaven"


Singers/Songwriters Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine are certainly no strangers to small sold out clubs. During the last five years, they developed a strong following performing in the west country of their native France. Their unique style reflects an influence of Melodic and Classic rock by bands that range from The Eagles to Yngwie Malmsteem, Giant, Dakota,Toto and Survivor.

In a chance meeting with Frédéric Slama of AOR fame (who played with members of Toto, FM, Chicago, Dakota among many others) their careers, and their new band « Chasing Violets » took an exciting turn and they decided to record their first English CD “Outside Heaven” produced by Frédéric Slama.

« Chasing Violets » reflects Sarah & Mélissa’s passion for AOR music: Melodic rock with a touch of sensuality.  « Chasing Violets » is the answer to their dreams - Two female lead singers fronting the band with the best Aor musicians in the world. “Outside Heaven” is sure to become an instant AOR classic, following in the footsteps of other Aor great’s Robin Beck, Fiona and Heart.

Produced by Frédéric Slama and co-arranged by the legendary Tommy Denander (Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley from Kiss, Toto, Jimi Jamieson etc.) with the help of Paul Sabu (Only Child, Shania Twain), David Diggs (Quincy Jones, Richie Furay), Christian Tolle (CTP, Cooper Inc.), and various top arrangers including Frédéric Slama of AOR fame, “Outside Heaven” is a pure stroke of genius taking Aor music to a new level of perfection.

With “ Outside Heaven”, Chasing Violets delivers a first class melodic rock album, with a twist of Journey, Toto and Heart, which will certainly be among the finest releases of the year !

Renegade Creation "Bullet"


Michael Landau, Robben Ford, Jimmy Haslip and Gary Novak have achieved status as masters of their craft. "Bullet" is their 2nd collaboration.

"Bullet" is a guitar tour de force riding on the fierce rhythmic foundation of bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Gary Novak. Delivering a set of rootsy blues rock crossed with hypnotic vocal tunes, the band draws on the unique guitar interplay between guitar giants Robben Ford and Michael Landau who inspire each other to new personal bests.