If like me, the name Porcaro sounds familiar because you grew up listening to great music where this name was very often involved in, you will be pleased to discover this movie project launched by Steve and Chris Duddy dedicated to the Porcaro family, "Porcaro, A band Of Brothers".
French Artist Chardeau, just released his new album called "Fauves & Patels". Recorded in L.A. with an incredible cast of musicians including Hank Linderman, Brian Auger, Jerry Goodman, Mark Andes, Drew Hester, Robert Lamm (Chicago) and a big band.
Frédéric Slama's AOR all star project is back with album 14 featuring Paul Sabu helping on the production front.
The new AOR album is called "Return To L.A" and features some legendary singers like Jesse Damon (Silent Rage, Kiss), Tommy Funderburk (King Of Hearts, Airplay), Paul Sabu (Only Child, Kidd Glove), Rick Riso, Bob Harris (Axe, Steve Vai), Erika (Yngwie Malmsteen), Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets) & many more.
For this "Return To L.A" Frederic Slama found his inspiration from bands such as Survivor, Foreigner, Giant, Journey & Toto. If you like his previous works, you'll like this one too.
Grammy Award-winning rock pioneer Boz Scaggs is releasing his new album, A Fool To Care via 429 Records. His most compelling work to date in a celebrated and prolific career, this new collection of songs boasts Scaggs trailblazing blend of rock, soul, jazz and R&B taken to new heights and is the next chapter in the storytelling for which he is beloved. A Fool To Care is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Billboard Chart-Topping album, Memphis that the WSJ called, The Wizardry of Boz; and USA Today calling his vocals, Sublime...
With Scaggs songwriting as distinct as ever, A Fool To Care showcases the masterful patchwork of influences and innovations that make up a Boz Scaggs album. Produced by Steve Jordan (Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, John Mayer) and recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, A Fool To Care features two very special guests Bonnie Raitt contributes slide guitar and vocals on Hell To Pay and Lucinda Williams trades vocal lines with Scaggs on Whispering Pines.
Phil Perry needs no introduction; famous for his #1 R&B hit Call Me , his lead vocals with Foreplay and Najee and Phil s legendary group the Montclairs, his distinctive background vocals with the likes of Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones, and others and his electrifying live performances, Phil Perry is without equal.
A Better Man is loaded with highlights: Stand Up , an inspiring duet featuring the great Howard Hewett. This topical, meaningful song sends a strong message about becoming a better man . I'm So Proud featuring Kim Waters. This inspiring version of the Curtis Mayfield classic is one for the ages. Dreaming s Out of Season Phil's reimagining of his signature hit with the Montclairs. Feelin You featuring Smooth Jazz trumpet star Rick Braun. This collaboration has Smooth Jazz Radio hit written all over it. Co-produced by Phil Perry and longtime collaborator Chris Davis, A Better Man is guaranteed to please Phil Perry's devoted fans.
TOBB is a Norwegian band consisting of first-call musicians working as freelancers in tv and the recording industry. TOBB was started as a playing ground for friends, all with the love for AOR-west coast music, and has since 1987 been touring on and off, mostly playing their own cover versiones of west coast and funk classics. In 2010 TOBB had the great fortune and honor of touring with the legend Bill Champlin, and he encouraged the band to record the ”lost song” Sweet Marie”, a track that didn`t make it on the legendary Chicago 17 album. Inspired by Bill, TOBB started recording their own original material witch had been neglected for years!
The result is The album ”True To Our Sound” wich is being released on the 6`th of february on cd, and the 1`th of may worldwide on ITUNES. The Album consists og 10 songs with a strong emphasis on melody, with extensive vocal arrangements and horns all over every track!
Guest vocalists is Bill And Tamara Champlin on Sweet Marie, a true honor for the band! The album also features a recording of The Tubes classic ballade ”Don`t want to wait anymore” with an intricate horn arrangement added! If you like Chicago, The Eagles, The Tubes etc. You will like TOBB!
For more info on TOBB please visit their page on www.facebook/TOBB
The late Ray Kennedy wrote, recorded and toured with a Who s Who list of musicians, including Brian Wilson ( Sail On Sailor ), Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Mason, Michael Schenker and many more. He also was the K in the supergroup KGB, the group he formed in the mid- 70s with Barry Goldberg and Mike Bloomfield.
But in 1980, he struck off on his own and signed with the Arc label for this solo album, which was produced by David Foster and boasted such big studio names as Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, and Bill Champlin. The record notched a couple of hits with "Just for the Moment" and "Starlight", and this Expanded Edition added an unreleased track, "Dance the Night Away", along with the original mixes of "It Never Crossed My Mind" and "Just for the Moment" mixed by Kennedy and Jack Conrad prior to David Foster's involvement with the project, plus the single mix of "Starlight"!
Ray Kennedy self titled debut is reissued by the label REAL GONE MUSIC
Tracklist: 1. It Never Crossed My Mind 2. Isn’t It Time? 3. Just For The Moment 4. Can’t Seem to Find the Time 5. My Everlasting Love 6. You Oughta Know by Now 7. Sail On Sailor 8. Starlight 9. Let Me Sing You a Love Letter 10. Dance the Night Away (Unreleased) 11. It Never Crossed My Mind (Unreleased Original Mix) 12. Just for the Moment (Unreleased Original Mix) 13. Starlight (Single Version)
SURVIVOR founding member JIM PETERIK discovers a new voice in MARC SCHERER and creates RISK EVERYTHING – to be released on Frontiers in April
Frontiers Music SRL presents an album from legendary Grammy Award-winner and founding member of Survivor, Jim Peterik, created around the 5-octave instrument that is Marc Scherer's voice. The resulting CD, Risk Everything, is slated to drop on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America.
Jim discovered Scherer's talent while Marc was recording vocals for his band at Jim Peterik's World Stage International studios in Burr Ridge, outside Chicago. Impressed with what he heard, Peterik chose Marc to demo the tunes he wrote for the Pride of Lions album, Immortal. Scherer's back-up singing blended so seamlessly with frontman Toby Hitchcock's voice that Peterik was then inspired to write songs specifically for it.
'When I first heard Marc's amazing voice pouring through my studio door, I could not believe my ears', says Jim. 'Truly, one of the best voices I've heard – and I've worked with the best!'
One of the songs originally intended for Immortal - Change Everything - became Marc's debut single on a compilation of melodic rock artists titled MRCD - 15 Years Later, which is available from www.melodicrock.com.
Risk Everything, co-written by both artists and produced by Peterik, provides the perfect frame for Scherer's gift – a voice of such astonishing clarity and glass-shattering power that it is hard to believe he isn't already a major star.
An integral part of Peterik's genius is his ability to tap into and perfectly utilize the talent that surrounds him. For this project, he called on Pride of Lions drummer Ed Breckenfeld and Buddy Rich's grandson, Nick Rich, for percussion. Then, he got bassists like Klem Hayes (also from Pride of Lions), Survivor's Bill Syniar and noted studio musician Bob Lizik to contribute. POL's Mike Aquino was smoking hot on guitar, along with Jim, who doubled on keys. Guest vocalists Toby Hitchcock, Santana's Alex Ligertwood and Broadway star of Wicked, Shoshana Bean, rounded out the creative brain trust.
As Scherer says, 'Jim and I have had a few near-miss opportunities to work together, but the stars didn't align until this project. I am utterly in awe of the man's songwriting, producing and musical talent. He takes guitar playing to another level. His work on Cold Blooded is so nuanced and expressive, it's like another voice singing along with me.'
One listen to that Survivor-inspired track or the Styx-influenced Thee Crescendo proves that Risk Everything has brought out some of the finest songwriting of Jim Peterik's phenomenal career, enhanced by Scherer's powerful, off-the-chain, melodic rock tenor.
Where the Cascade mountain foothills meet the sea, from the fertile farmland of Skagit Valley in Washington State, comes the lush “dream folk” of The Sky Colony. Dancing around traditional folk and classic sounding song structure, The Sky Colony blend a myriad of sounds from varied influences to create a unique musical tapestry all their own. An age-old story from the pages of folk music, a blade of bluegrass, a twang of roots country, and even the pristine toned riff of an electric guitar, are all illuminated with an emphasis on intricacy and harmony. “Dream folk” is the sound of nature and everything that would be here if we were not. The sound of a walk in the woods or a cool summer night around the campfire.
Their debut album "In A Dream" was recorded at a converted former Catholic church on a 24-track analog reel to reel tape machine by Nicholas Wilbur at Unknown Studio in Anacortes, WA. The antiquated structure with its majestic architecture, and resonant wood hall, was the perfect sanctuary to create the kind of sound the band was after; a raw, warm, bright, inviting, celestial record that invokes the collective subconscious where the reverie of dreams spring forth.
The origins of the Sky Colony date back to 2012 and along the way have flexed through several incarnations, with the steadfast backbone of the band always consisting of principal songwriters and lyricists Kyle Findley-Meier (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Ben Meyer (electric guitar, vocals). Featured performers on “In A Dream” and frequent touring partners, Molly Hazel (banjo, upright bass, electric bass, vocals) and Jeff Lacy (drums, choir conducting) round out The Sky Colony family. Additional musicians on the album include Ben Goe (Cello), Brittany Ash (vocals on "Time"), with a collective chorus on "The Hills" contributed by: John Meier (Slim Fat Lips), Liz Findley, Matney Cook (Mudflat Walkers), Ted Jonsson, Luuk Honey and Hannah Stephens (SiLM), Mike Olsen (Gallowbird), Shailer Tuell, Tanner Lawrence (Love Bone), Bobbie DaRezbex, Caleb Hazel, and Thomas Neitchze.
The lead off track “Be Loved” opens with the enchanting melodious intersection of finely picked banjo and lightly picked electric guitar, nourishing a delectable female and male vocal interchange. The bouncy indie-jugband tune “Cosmic Living Room” is a fun take on the universal ponderings of our place in space. The title track “In A Dream” typifies the bands “dream folk” sound that is sprinkled throughout the album in tracks like “Time” and “Gods.” Pleasantly reminiscent of fellow Northwest band Fleet Foxes is the track “Joben” with its blended effortless harmonies. “Don’t Wait for Me” has a more traditional folk approach as does the anthemic “The Hills” with its beautiful choir and sacred harp singing.