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California Dreaming on Direct Star : a TV documentary exclusively about Westcoast Music this evening on a French TV channel

An event at a major french TV channel September 16, 2012 (8:40 pm): an exclusive 1 hour documentary about WestCoast Music / AOR : StarStory "Le rêve californien" (California Dreaming) on DirectStar TV Channel. You can try this live video feed to see it. The video replay will be available at this address.

What will be featured? A story about Westcoast Music / Californian Rock since The Sixties 'til nowadays. The documentary has been shot in 2011 and 2012 in California, in The USA as well as in France by Stephane Basset as a director. See the video teasers at the end of this article.

Discover again the hits of this amazing music ("Hotel California", "Ride Like The Wind", "Long Train Running"... The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Randy Newman...) along with great images and exclusive interviews:

Bobby Kimball (Toto), Christopher Cross, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin, Michael Sembello, Arnold McCuller, Alessi Brothers, Sam Andrews (Big Brother), Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane), Henry Diltz (photographer), Gael Benyamin (Geyster, NightShift)...

Also in the documentary "California Dreaming" some interviews of french medias and hosts that take care here in France about this music : Georges Lang (RTL), Jean-Michel Canitrot (RFM, Skyrock Connection, Rock Connection), Arnaud Léger and Jean-Luc Raymond (Westcoast Rendez-Vous)...

"Star Story: California Dreamin' " will be broadcasted again on September 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm (french hour).




Crédit images : PylaProd : Christopher Cross, Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jat Graydon and Bill Champlin featured in the documentary.

Discover Dirty Loops!

The question is often raised, since the substantial amount of music from Sweden is dominating the charts globally, through the enormous success of super producers Max Martin, RedOne the artist Robyn and Swedish House Mafia. And now...a new Swedish sensation is raising eyebrows in every corner of the world, through the innovative way of discovering talent now via Youtube called DIRTY LOOPS!

The band, has already attracted the attention of such industry giants like Desmond Child, Dallas Austin and Andreas Carlsson, who recently signed them as songwriter's and artists to his newly formed management company on their version of Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" alone.

"Just Dance," their first video released in November 2010, became a huge success and without any promotion, was viewed over 100,000 times and shared on Facebook by over 10,000 people within two months.

Formed in 2009, Dirty Loops is a Swedish power trio that twists pop music in a way never done before.
The long time friends and fellow musicians - Jonah (vox, keys), Henrik (bass) and Aaron (drums), all have very unique individual skills which contribute to the "Dirty Loops Sound."

Where modern hits get a new soundscape of bouncy beats, interesting re-harmonizations, but still with the hit melody in focus presented by Jonah's incredible, wide ranged vocals. Their unmatched musicianship and unique arrangement skills are a rarity in today's world.

Dirty Loops is currently working on their own material due to be released soon and will be guest on the new David Foster & Friends tour!!

Lee Ritenour "Rhythm Sessions"

"Hi everyone, I'm happy to announce that my new album, entitled "Rhythm Sessions" will be released on Concord records September 25! On this project, I've had the opportunity to perform with some of the greatest rhythm section players including Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Dave Grusin, Christian McBride Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Sonny Emory, Melvin Davis, Larry Goldings, Patrice Rushen, Oscar Seaton, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Wil Kennedy, Tal Wilkenfeld, plus singers Kurt Elling and South Africa's Zamajobe.

This is just a sampling of some of the fantastic guests artists making an appearance on the album. We also have the winners of the 2012 "6 String Theory International Rhythm Section Competition" performing Dave Grusin's Punta Del Sol on the CD. These 4 great young musicians won a very intense competition that included applicants from 52 countries. The winners came from London, Holland, New York and Michigan. It was very exciting for me to work with everyone on the project, including the new talent and established legends. I hope everyone enjoys the album!"

Lee Ritenour

Craig Bickhardt "Live AT Sellersville Theater"

On this LIVE CD Craig Bickhardt demonstrates that he can hold his own with just about anybody on the musical stage, and unlike many of his contemporaries, he doesn't require a bag of recording studio tricks to make it all sound great. Accompanied by sparse but rock solid musicianship from Tom Hampton (mandolin, lap steel, baritone guitar and backing vocals), Michael G. Ronstadt (cello), and Tommy Geddes (drums and hand percussion), the set was captured exactly as it went down (sans Bickhardt's story-telling between songs). Recorded on a single evening in digital multi-track, the mix perfectly showcases Craig's pristine finger-picking, leathery-smooth vocals, and the band's tasteful underscoring. Even the handful of ballads in this set manage to convey an enthusiasm and excitement he obviously feels when he's in front of a receptive audience.

The songs, several of which appear on previous CDs, sustain Craig's reputation as a master of the craft. The newer tunes reveal him moving in a more lyrical direction, with "Men And Rivers" and "Crazy Nightingale" being obvious standouts. Also included here is an ass kicking cover of Richard Thompson's "From Galway To Graceland". Others have recorded a few of these Bickhardt gems before; Johnny Cash, The Rice Brothers, Charlie Louvin, and Trisha Yearwood to name a few, but with this release we finally catch a glimpse of Bickhardt's engaging stage persona. This is a listening experience that invites you to sit back and enjoy a veteran entertainer, picker and songwriter at the top of his game.

Larry Ahearn