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Rob Mathes "Wheelbarrow"


"This is the long lost brother/sister to my most personal record Evening Train. Shawn Pelton, Will Lee, Billy Masters and I went into the studio with a whole slew of post Evening Train songs in August of 2007. We had blazing sessions where we recorded a bunch of tracks live in the studio. All that needed to be recorded to finish those tracks was horn section parts, strings and a few other tidbits. took over. I left it unfinished. I kept promising I would complete it but I ended up traveling around with Sting, writing music for Springsteen, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Obama Inauguration and a hundred other things. Exciting and wonderful things to be doing of course, but I went silent on the home front. I listened to the tracks early this year and they floored me. I realized this was the sequel Evening Train begged for, music descending from: The Band, The Staples Singers, Dylan, Steve Earle, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, The Neville Brothers, Sister Rosetta and Blue-Eyed Soul. Containing all new original material and two of my best Dylan arrangements, "Ring Them Bells" and "Dignity," it is a record I am deeply proud of. It is a record I can't wait for you to hear."


Rik Emmett & RESolution 9


Rik Emmett and his new band, RESolution9 will release RES 9 on November 11, 2016 via Mascot Label Group/Provogue. Much of the album was recorded and mixed at the famed MetalWorks Studios, where Rik re-connected to his own roots. In fact, the other two founding members of Triumph (Gil Moore and Mike Levine) reunite with Rik as special guests on "The Grand Parade", a song that conjures 1979's "Suitcase Blues".

Additionally, legendary guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush performs on two stellar tracks, with James LaBrie of Dream Theater contributing extraordinary guest vocals on two cuts

Jonathan Cain "What God Wants To Hear"


2016 solo release form the Journey/Babys keyboardist and songwriter. Jonathan Cain, longtime keyboardist and rhythm guitarist in Journey, co-writer of "Don't Stop Believin'," as well as writer of "Faithfully" and cowriter of "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms" and many more international hit songs, releases his solo album, What God Wants to Hear.

Cain, who continues to tour the world with Journey, one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, crafted this solo album from his personal faith-journey that started in Chicago when, at a young age, he wanted to be a priest. His faith was challenged after he survived a horrific fire in third grade at his school, Our Lady of the Angels School, where 92 of his fellow students along with three nuns died that day. Cain found healing and redemption in music, and his long 'journey' eventually led him back to the seminal faith of his youth.

Micelle Willis "See Us Through"


Prior to launching a solo career, British-born, Canadian-raised singer/songwriter Michelle Willis amassed an impressive résumé through a variety of collaborations and work as a session keyboardist and background singer. After graduating from Toronto's Humber College jazz program, Willis became active in the city's music scene, eventually expanding beyond its limits to work with a variety of different acts like David Crosby, Zac Brown Band, and Parachute Club, among others.

She came from a family of "let's sing that James Taylor song again" kind of people at holidays. Her music is inspired by years spent lifting Carole King and Ray Charles records, singing in choirs and finding a home in the songwriting and artistry of musicians like Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, and Donny Hathaway.

A 2009 collaboration with acclaimed Toronto alt roots band The Henrys led Willis to form a new group with Henrys' slide guitarist Don Rooke and veteran violinist Hugh Marsh. Thus began Three Metre Day. The trio recorded the 2012 album Coasting Notes, and scored the 2013 independent film Still Mine, the latter of which earned them a best original score nomination from the Canadian Screen Awards.

During one of their tours, Willis and the band befriended an unlikely ally in Iggy & The Stoogesguitarist James Williamson, who eventually brought them out for some shows and enlisted them to play on Pop's 2013 album, Ready to Die.

By 2015, Willis was busy balancing her schedule opening for Brooklyn-based instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy, backing up indie folk artist Peter Katz, all while wrapping up sessions for her first release as a solo artist.

Her debut solo record, See Us Through, was released on GroundUP Music, a label started by friend and Grammy Award-winning founder of Snarky Puppy, Michael League. She has since toured her album across Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore.

Marc Cohn "Lost Songs and Rarities"


After winning a GRAMMY for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.

Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him "one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade" and Bonnie Raitt declared, "Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for."

Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn's early records for Atlantic, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998, Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with Join The Parade. Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.

About his album Listening Booth: 1970, a collection of reimagined classics from that seminal year in music, Rolling Stone said, "Cohn has one of rock's most soulful croons - a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own." In late 2014, Cohn released, “The Coldest Corner in the World,” the title song to the documentary Tree Man and his first original song released in more than seven years.

On March 25, 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Marc proudly released Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities and the bonus album, Evolution of a Record, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut and the Grammy Award that followed.

In addition to releasing new music, Marc has put together a 25th anniversary concert tour where he is performing his debut record in its entirety from start to finish. To make these shows even more intimate, photographs and video from Marc's personal archives will be shown, allowing fans to not only hear the music that has become part of their own personal soundtrack, but to also see some of the people and places that populate those songs.

FM "Indiscreet 30"


30 years on from it's original release, FM have decided to record a modern-day version of their now classic debut album, Indiscreet

The band was asked many times to consider re-recording some of these tracks using today's modern technology and recording techniques to give the songs a makeover and now that wish has finally been granted.

In addition to the re-recording of the original album, Indiscreet 30 also features seven bonus tracks including brand new song Running On Empty and a new recording of Let Love Be The Leader.

Gerry Beckley "Carousel"


2016 solo album from the singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Grammy-winning band America. Recorded at his Los Angeles studio Human Nature, the shimmering 12-track album plays to all of Beckley's strengths; the singer, songwriter and musician played most instruments on the album.

"With a solo project I'm really a committee of one," says Beckley. "There's only myself to please. Having said that, it's not always easy. Each project is a snapshot in time. The material on Carousel came from a wide scope of inspiration."

Carousel contains original standouts such as the deeply personal "Lifeline", "No Way I'm Gonna Lose You" (co-written with Dan Wilson who won an award for his work with Adele) and "Tokyo", of which Beckley says: "The song actually came to me while I was waiting to board a flight home from Japan. I seem to remember I lost track of time and almost missed the flight." There are also three covers on which Beckley puts his distinctive spin: Spirit's "Nature's Way", Gerry Rafferty's "To Each and Everyone" and Gerry and The Pacemakers' "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying". "I've fortunately never been short on inspiration for my original material but I do love to record a cover every so often," says Beckley. "These three are of course from my long list of fave songs."


Jerad Finck "Criminal"


Ever the optimist, even in the midst of the darkest trials of his life and career, Jerad Finck wrote his powerful and provocative 2011 anthem “Runaway” about not giving up on your dreams, no matter how hard things get, and dealing with his issues head on instead of trying to escape them.

The title of the track became the perfect metaphor for the wild success of the track, which has propelled the tireless Spokane, WA, based singer and songwriter and road warrior to new heights in his career, including collaborating and co-writing tracks on his latest upcoming full length album with top producers David Hodges (Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Christina Perri), Steven Miller (Pink, Dave Matthews Band, Switchfoot), Andrew Williams (Five For Fighting, Jessica Simpson), and Nathan Meckel (Sara Haze, Autumn Hill). Hodges helmed “Criminal”, the infectious power-pop ballad set to be the new album’s lead single. Jerad has recently signed his new single to Kobalt Music and is preparing to launch his full length album to the radio and the public.

At one point in 2011, “Runaway” was the #1 independent song in the country, peaking at #33 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, #42 in Hot AC and #25 on the Hot AC Indicator Chart. While inspiring popular remixes by Ajax and DJ Lynnwod, the song was used by the NBA and NHL as the backdrop to videos created for each league’s finals that celebrated wins by the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Bruins. In addition to leading to Jerad’s signing with Rock Ridge and ADA/Warner Music for further distribution, the song’s enduring popularity led the Gibson Guitar endorsee to add to his already breakneck touring schedule with a near constant slate of performances everywhere from small towns in Texas to the entire east coast.

Growing up in Spokane and spending his childhood summers on his family’s farm in Odessa, Washington, Jerad has been playing music his whole life, starting with trumpet and playing jazz heavily until college. Since releasing his self titled debut album, produced by John Seymour in 2011, he’s been on the road practically non-stop, opening for and/or touring with Daughtry, Christina Perri, Edwin McCain, DADA, Vertical Horizon, Parachute, One Eskimo, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Hires, Red Wanting Blue, Ron Pope, Cracker, Ingram Hill, Tony Lucca and many others. Jerad credits his experiences touring with the highly fan interactive Sister Hazel for helping him develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with his own audiences, both onstage and off.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN

Glenn Alexander & Shadowland


Glenn Alexander is a guitarist, composer and vocalist. Currently touring the world as a guitarist and member of the legendary Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, he has received extensive airplay and critical acclaim from around the world on his recordings ”Stretch” (Half Track 1984), ”Glenn Alexander” (Chase Music Group 1987), ”The Connection” (Shanachie 1992), ”Rainbow’s Revenge” (Shanachie 1993), ”Oria” (Palmetto 1996), ”The Coalition” (Midlantic/Fractal 2004), ”Northern Lights” (Scott Healy-Glenn Alexander Quartet, Blue Dog 2011).

He has played everywhere from bars to theaters, to concert halls, to stadiums and live on both radio and television. He has performed and or recorded with some of the biggest names in music, including, Chico Hamilton, L Shankar, Jan Hammer & The Mahavishnu Project, The Max Weinberg 7 (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Randy Brecker, Bruce Springsteen, Levon Helm, Elvis Costello & AllenToussaint, Tom Scott, Brenda Russell, Regina Bell, Liza Minnelli, Manolo Badrena (Weather Report), Dave LaRue and T Lavitz (The Dixie Dregs), Deniece Williams, Bill Champlin, Little Sammy Davis, Darlene Love, Gary US Bonds, Jon Bon Jovi and many, many others.

Glenn has recorded on countless CDs as a sideman, recently appearing on jazz saxophone great Jon Irabagon’s “Outright, Unhinged”, to which Downbeat gave 5 stars and singled out the guitar work, calling it “fusionistic, face melting guitar solos”.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN