Doug Brons fourth album has just been released. With "Audio 1985", Doug Brons took pleasure in paying homage to the music of this golden era by offering us 11 new songs inspired by artists such as Whitesnake, Toto, Foreigner, Mike & The Mechanics, Amy Grant or Mr Mister. Doug's magnificent voice is brilliantly accompanied by Tom Hemby, Dan Needham, Pat Coil, Mark & Graham Dowdy, Bill Compeau and Andrea Di Puccio. If like me you are nostalgic for this 80's soft rock music, you will love "Audio 1985".
"Welcome to my latest project, "Walk Another Mile." The songs span a range of different themes, aiming for a unique approach, a few twists on familiar topics, and a touch of humor. Things like finding one's place and purpose, love and loss, facing and overcoming challenges, reflecting on the past and dreaming about the future, can all be found weaving their way through the track list. If there is some common theme to be found, a larger arc that spans the trajectory of the entire work if you will, I'd like to think it's a positive, inspiring message. As a writer, I think the only way to give meaning to potential cliches such as "love is the answer," or "never give up," is by keeping it real and drawing on personal experience.
Walk Another Mile in its essence affirms that we are all on a journey, full of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and punctuated by milestones and life-changing moments. Along the way hopefully we grow, become better at love, and closer to the best version of ourselves. This album is a window into my journey, and I hope that somewhere along the way you see yours in there as well.
The full album will be available everywhere on May 19th. Download digitally or splurge and go old-school, get the physical album that you can hold in your hand (yes, apparently they still make those). In the meantime, enjoy the clips available here on the site-wide player. You can also purchase my first studio album, "Surrounded," right now. Thanks for visiting, reading, and most of all, thanks for listening!"
"In 2019 Robbie LaBlanc (Blanc Faces/ Find Me) hooked up with Escape Music to do a “70’s and 80’s vibe” record and Robbie loved the idea. The result is this solo record, written and produced by Steve Overland and Tommy Denander.
The songs are fresh and vibrant, just what we need in these troubling times and with Robbie’s powerhouse vocals leading the way then we are all in for a real treat."
After the acclaimed debut album At Last, the talented and unique 'Backman Johanson and The Others' (BJATO) are back, and thrilled to announce the release of their follow up album Crazy Game Of Love.
BJATO'S music is well known for its West Coast Rock/AOR style. With a strong emphasis on well-arranged songs and chorus's, this new album has an exciting line up, with many of the musicians and singers who worked on the At Last album returning.
BJATO is delighted to have the talent of singers such as Viktor Johansson, Stefan Nykvist and Frode Vassel, to name a few, with the well known musicians Lenny Castro, Shem von Schroeck and Tomi Malm also performing on the Crazy Game of Love album. Most of the lyrics have been written again by UK lyricist Mellina Barnett (Melsi).
The Crazy Game Of Love album includes ten tracks - Mixed and Produced by Joakim Styren and assisted by the Swedish duo Kaj Backman and Mats Johanson.
Vince DiCola is a musician / songwriter from Pennsylvania and relocated to LA in 1981 to advance his career. This proved to be a wise move (see a partial list of credits below). Vince grew up listening to bands such as Genesis, Yes and ELP so progressive rock was high on his list of influences. In the early to mid-eighties Vince was involved in some well-known film scores such as “Staying Alive”, “Rocky IV” and “The Transformers:The Movie” and his song writing abilities shone through at a very early stage.
Fans may also remember Vince’s collaboration in the 1990’s with Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) and Rick Livingstone (Agent) on the highly regarded “Storming Heaven” release. Vince has been involved with some of the best musicians in the business over the years and the 13 songs listed here have been co-written and feature artists such as Bobby Kimball, Jason Scheff, Steve Walsh, Rick Livingstone, Roger Voudouris, Stan Bush, Mark Boals and Ellis Hall. The songs are just fantastic and the progressive element is particularly highlighted in the epic “Suffer the Children” featuring Steve Walsh.
Comparisons to Toto, Chicago, Kansas and many other melodic rock bands can be heard throughout. “Only Time Will Tell” is indeed a great album. Any one of these songs could easily be part of a big movie soundtrack and each song has its own individuality. And of course this album features some outstanding vocalists and musicians. A highlight of 2021!
One of the long lost records of the ‘80’s, L.A. based Life By Night’s self-titled debut album is finally getting some way overdue recognition! Formed by lead vocalist and bassist Tom Croucier, the brother of Ratt bassist Juan Croucier, Life By Night had the songs and the look, but sadly not the traction, thanks to the usual story of music business politics to take things any further than they did. Having played in a variety of different groups through years, Tom has been a part of Roger Romeo’s group “Romeo” as well as A&M record’s Bobby Dazzler and Santana.
In 1981 Tom Played on the excellent “Down to the Bone” album in 1981 by Vic Vergat. The band played all over Europe before they went to the States to open for Nazareth. Tom also played bass on the Scorpions “Blackout” album. After returning to the States following the break-up of the Vic Vergat Group, Tom began writing songs and would eventually put together a new band project with drummer Bryan Hitt (REO Speedwagon), and it was then that a band called “Life by Night” was formed.
In the mid-eighties Life by Night recorded their debut album with Richie Zito behind the production desk. The songs were melodic AOR with poppy overtones and it was all set to be released when the label at the time just dropped them. It happened so quickly, and as a result this fine album from 1985 never saw the light of day. Here it is though, fully remastered on CD for the very first time. “I was blown away when I heard it,” says Tom. “I love the way it sounds. I’m really happy with it. The way ‘Angel’ sounds especially is just great. I always felt that should’ve been the first single when it was originally released back in 1985. It just had so much crossover potential.”
A new era of hope, survival, and prosperity comes calling on STYX's Magnum Opus, Crash of the Crown, the band's first studio album since 2017's The Mission. Though the 15-track album takes a hard look at some inherently dark subjects, the prevalent light at the end of the tunnel eventually becomes each song's focal point - a persistent fervor to keep moving forward and achieve the greater good. Featuring "Crash of the Crown," "Reveries" & more, available on CD.
Robin McAuley's new solo album, “Standing on the Edge" showcases the desire of the respected Irish rock singer to make a strong musical statement in a period that was more creative than ever for him! After reemerging on the recording side of the music industry with guest spots on Michael Schenker Fest albums and fronting the hard rock supergroup Black Swan, McAuley is feeling invigorated and ready to explore even more creative output, letting the world see that his voice is as powerful as ever.
McAuley is widely recognized as one of the great singers of a golden period in hard rock music. His voice can be heard on albums from Grand Prix and Far Corporation, and of course on the chart topping MSG records “Perfect Timing,” “Save Yourself,” and “MSG”. Through these releases, he was introduced to hard rock fans around the globe, who no doubt recognized the inherent talent and skill in his vocal abilities. Since departing MSG, he released one solo record in 1999, then joined AOR legends Survivor, and then re-grouped with Schenker in Michael Schenker Fest on their recent records "Resurrection" and "Revelation". And of course, in what was an absolute revelation to hard rock fans around the world, in 2020, he came out swingin' as the frontman of the supergroup BLACK SWAN, where he joined forces with Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, ex-Dokken), and Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr Big).
McAuley spent the latter half of 2020 working on a new solo record, one which truly encompasses all music styles he is known for. Hard Rock and Melodic Rock superbly performed as only he can do it. Envisioned, overseen, and creatively directed by Serafino Perugino, President and A&R director of Frontiers Records with production (and co-writing) by Alessandro Del Vecchio, McAuley offers up a true gem of an album in “Standing on the Edge". Included are a splendid songwriting collaborations with his former Grand Prix bandmate Phil Lanzon (currently longtime Uriah Heep keyboardist) on “Like a Ghost”, Howard Leese (of Bad Company, ex-Heart) on “Supposed To Do Now," and Tommy Denander on “Do You Remember” and "Chosen Few”. Robin McAuley’s “Standing on the Edge" is an album that will surely thrill and delight melodic hard rock fans in 2021. Stay tuned....