The Peterson Brothers - keyboard player Ricky, bass player Billy, drummer / guitar player Paul and their nephew, saxophonist Jason - are true brothers in arms, Minneapolis institutions, members and survivors of that city's musical revolution. Natural talent by the yard and years of playing with the some of the best of the best - from Prince to Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Harris to Mose Allison, Dave Sanborn to Boz Scaggs, Fleetwood Mac to Bob Dylan, and that barely scratches the surface - make this tribute to a legendary musical family a back-slapping, finger-popping good time. The fact that it took a couple of decades to get these world travellers together into the same room for a couple of days only proves that when the time is right the real deal is on the table.
I love these guys. The French duo of Frédéric Dechavanne (songwriting, vocals, keyboards) and Sébastien Montet (songwriting, guitars, keyboards, background vocals) have now created 3 great European melodic rock albums. Their last was so good I put it out on my old MRR label.
Now with AOR Heaven, I’m pleased to say that the guys have further upped their game. Once again featuring the same team as the last album – Steve Newman (production, mastering, backing vocals), Dave Bartlett (bass, backing vocals) and Rob McEwen (drums), 50/50 is an album filled with catchy and memorable AOR songs, mixing keyboards and guitars equally in a way only the Europeans seem to be able to do.
Page99: A brilliant return to the classic sound of U.S. West Coast AOR and Yacht Rock! The new album is out now! Echoes of Toto, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs & more...
Mark Spiro’s new solo album “Traveling Cowboys” comes about one year after the career spanning “Best of” album which Frontiers released as a celebration of this great songwriter’s career. Once again, Mark Spiro continues a legacy of excellent songwriting, which he has always done in a very personal and heartfelt way.
LEVARA's self-titled debut album will be released on Mascot Records on May 14, 2021.
LEVARA's union merged in Los Angeles. Singer Jules Galli emigrated from France, while drummer Josh Devine chose L.A. as home versus his native United Kingdom following success behind the kit with One Direction. There they found common vision with Trev Lukather (guitar), son of Toto’s Steve Lukather. Every tune on the band’s debut emanates from inspiration culled from their lives, and their mission is to rally the globe to connect and groove with the band. These songs display a larger than life sound. A realized vision. Anthemic tunes written and recorded visualizing a mass audience becoming one with the body of work. Integrating their personal voices to the live experience. Or simply as a personal soundscape cruising the asphalt with the car stereo cranking.
The Daisies have started the next chapter welcoming new band member Glenn Hughes. Also known as "The Voice Of Rock", Glenn has taken over lead vocals and bass guitar, joining guitarists Doug Aldrich, David Lowy and drummer Deen Castronovo.
With the addition of Glenn Hughes, The Daisies supercharge their front line through his rock solid bass grooves and unmatched vocal intensity. As all fans know, the man is a true original, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, with a rich history of music that features heavy weights like Deep Purple and Black Country Communion as well as a successful solo career. One might say: "They don't build rockers like him anymore". Followers can expect more High-Voltage Rock songs, indomitable grooves and spellbinding lyrics, all the ingredients that have made this music so timeless, out-living trends of the modern day.
The sound of The Dead Daisies is entrenched in the Hard Rock way of life we all love but as a living, breathing rock band, they are constantly evolving & bringing new dynamics to a classic style.
After 25 years, Steve Perry made his long-awaited 2018 return with TRACES. The expression of love, inspiration and renewal resonated with fans worldwide. On Alternative Versions & Sketches, he revisits the favorites, stripped down to their raw, acoustic essence. Sun Shines Gray, No Erasin', No More Cryin' and Most Of All take on new, intimate meanings. His iconic voice glides, vibrant and clear, with support from guitarist Waddy Wachtel. Produced by Perry and longtime collaborator Thom Flowers.
Transatlantic - the Prog Supergroup of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas - are pleased to announce their fifth studio album 'The Absolute Universe', set for release on the 5th February 2021. Representing the band's first new music since 2014's 'Kaleidoscope', with 'The Absolute Universe' the band have done something unique and created two versions of the record: 'The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)' & 'The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)'.
Lee Ritenour Celebrating 60 years of playing guitar with a first ever “solo guitar” album, entitled Dreamcatcher!
For Lee Ritenour, there aren’t many ‘firsts’ left to achieve. During his dazzling five-decade career, the fabled LA guitarist has taken his music to the outer limits, alighting on every genre and occupying every position in the rock ‘n’ roll firmament. He’s been an enfant terrible of ’70s fusion, a crossover star of the ’80s pop chart, an honorary exponent of Brazilian jazz, and the fingers behind ’90s supergroup, Fourplay. Ritenour’s accolades include: 45 albums,16 Grammy nominations, Alumnus of the year at USC, Los Angeles’ Jazz Society Honoree (2019), plus thousands of sessions with legends such as Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, among others.
And yet, when he checks the rear-view mirror, the 68-year-old acknowledges he’s never made a record like Dreamcatcher. “People have been telling me for years: ‘Rit, you gotta make a solo guitar record’. In the past, I’ve always been the band guy, the ensemble guy, the collaborative-guitar-player guy. So this was the one project I hadn’t done. And this year, I knew it was time.” Weaving tapestries of instrumental guitar and conjuring eclectic moods, the 12 tracks of Dreamcatcher rank amongst the most melodic and tinglingly beautiful in Ritenour’s catalogue. But there’s a power and purpose here, too, hinting at the darker circumstances that sparked this new record. “Our house and my studio in Malibu, California burnt down in 2018,” he recalls. “About 100 of my guitars went up in the fire, plus 40 amps, lots of music, the history of my whole career, pretty much. A week after the fire, I went to the hospital, which I’d never had to do before, for surgery to replace an aortic valve. So those incidents and the support from my family and friends absolutely went into this music. Making this record was a life-saver for me.”
“The Big Fantasize” marks the Canadian music icon Kim Mitchell’s eight studio album – plus five as the leader of pioneering rockers Max Webster and his first studio album since 2007’s “Ain’t Life Amazing”. But where its predecessor was a fiery and fierce rock album anchored by big riffs and bigger swagger, “The Big Fantasize” is more dynamic and musically expansive effort that perfectly encapsulates Mitchell’s prowess as a pure and compelling songwriter.
Kim’s latest studio album is co-produced by close friend and Grammy-winning hitmaker Greg Wells (Keith Urban, Taylor Swift). To cut it short “TBF” still offers a pretty sweet and sexy ride – just one where the focus is less on what’s under the hood and more on life’s journey itself !