Playing upwards of 200 dates a year, more than 3,000 shows in their career and selling more than 30,000 CDs independently, Zac Brown Band has only begun its ascent. The band's aggressive touring has helped it develop a fanatical grassroots following by winning over believers one person at a time. Driven by awe-inspiring musicianship, skillful songwriting and a dynamic live show that inspires word-of-mouth buzz, Zac Brown Band is already embraced by audiences who sing along with every word.
"It's kind of crazy how we can go to a place where no one's heard of us before and by the time we leave people are singing the songs," bandleader Zac Brown says. "We've got a great following." It's not an easily pigeonholed crowd either; loyal country music fans, jam lovers and seemingly everyone in between are enjoying the shows. The Zac Brown Band has already landed support slots with artists such as Sugarland, ZZ Top, Travis Tritt, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, Willie Nelson and BB King.
Zac Brown gigged as a solo artist for several years with jaw-dropping flat-picking skills and an extensive catalog of originals, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of popular songs. He formed the current incarnation of the Zac Brown Band four years ago. Members of the band include bassist John Hopkins, fiddler Jimmy De Martini and more recent additions of guitarist/organist Coy Bowles and drummer Chris Fryar.
While one wall of the band's rehearsal space sports a whiteboard chock full of upcoming coast-to-coast tour dates, the other is graffitied with hundreds of song titles--sharing space on a wall that also includes a Bob Marley banner and a framed portrait of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. "Everything has to do with the song," Brown observes. "Every song is born and wants to go its own direction. When audiences hear a new song for the first time, if at the end of it they're going crazy and cheering, you know you've pulled it off." As important as the songs are, the band is equally serious about its ability to perform, holding the virtuosity of a bluegrass outfit like Alison Krauss & Union Station as the standard for musicianship. "Everybody in my band is able to burn his instrument down to the ground," Brown notes, matter-of-factly. "I'm blessed because the people I play with are just fantastic."
The Foundation is the band's third album, and one could hardly hope for a better calling card for new fans. Brown's love for musical diversity is apparent from the first single and which is already showing early promise at radio, "Chicken Fried," an utterly authentic take on his Georgia-bred existence during which audiences routinely are pressed into service to sing the choruses; "Toes," which calls Jimmy Buffett to mind in its ode to beach life; and "Free," which has turned into an audience anthem during recent tour stops.
And music only scratches the surface of what Zac Brown is all about. The Dahlonega, Ga.-raised husband and father is a chef and former restaurant owner renowned for his homemade special sauces and savory Southern cooking.Additionally, he's developing a charitable foundation to run a children's camp (lending even more resonance to the album's title). Despite all the irons in the fire, Brown nonetheless calls his foundation and camp plans his "life's work." "Having the camp and giving back is important for me," he says. "I'm very blessed to have what I have, and I know a lot of that's on credit for what I do down the road. It's very important for me to keep that in mind. I want to leave something behind that does some good after I'm gone." But the Zac Brown Band is far from gone. And no one will be having a better time along the way. "We laugh all the time," he observes. "You're either sleeping or up laughing and having a good time. Or we're playing music. It's better than I could have dreamed of."There are probably a few thousand--or hundred thousand--shows between now and the end of the line. And Brown is confident more will want to join the party.
Known for their energetic stage shows and slick-sounding fast songs as well as their heartfelt ballads, One Night Rodeo is a band that not only is appealing to a more youthful demographic, but has gained fans of all ages from all parts of the U.S.
The accomplished, credentialed band One Night Rodeo is the poster band for balancing a childlike creativity with a grown-up sensibility. Playing at well known venues all over their native state of Florida, Jack Tamburin, Cory Hildreth, Duane Allison, Mike Elrod , and Danielle Jorgensen clearly have a blast performing, trading off lead singing duties (with no weak link among the strong voices) and all of them brandishing riffs at one another, this group definitely puts on a commanding performance you wont want to miss.
The Bradenton-Sarasota based band has been together over a nine year period with almost the same lineup — an impressive feat in the capricious music world. They've regularly played the famous Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, and its cousin in Orlando. They've opened for Rascal Flatts four times, Keith Urban twice, and Montgomery Gentry among many other seasoned professionals they've had the pleasure to share the stage with. It would be a much shorter list to mention the artists that they haven't performed with than to try to list the ones that they have.
Watch them play and their high-test bio won't surprise you — the band is excellent: tight, well rehearsed, versatile and energetic. They'll present the best of country music on the radio now, a smattering of classic favorites, and a handful of their own original tunes from one of their four self-written and self-produced records.
Hildreth has a solid, fine singing voice along with the crowd pleasing stage personality that every front man desires while swapping the keys for mandolin and acoustic guitar.
Allison's bass playing style has the relentless, in-your-face presence that defines every One Night Rodeo song they perform, and not surprisingly has a snap-to-attention voice that lends the powerful high-tenor to their songs, whether he's singing harmony or lead vocals.
Tamburin, the founder of One Night Rodeo, plays dancing-fingered electric guitar with the charisma of any great guitarist to date, and takes lead singing duties with a commanding growl of a voice and has a long-haired rock-star attitude. He is the composer and lyricist of all their original material. Elrod, keeps a progressive rhythm on drums and is the driving force behind the music that makes the fans want to get out on the floor and dance. He also lends harmony vocals every now and then.
Jorgensen, the most recent member of the group started with the band in 2005 at the tender age of 16, she has quickly matured into a versatile musician, trading the fiddle for both the acoustic guitar and electric guitar with flash and flair, bringing cheers and wild applause from the audience. They're seasoned pros, not only for their compelling sound but the way they read their audience, alternating fast-paced songs, line dance numbers and slow dances, while mixing in their top notch originals. Once you have seen them perform live you will definitely become a lifelong fan.
Will Champlin just released his new record of 13 songs with special Live features included. Will offers us very mature songs he co-wrote for the major part with Tamara Champlin, Bill Champlin, Michael Caruso and J. Storm. Tim Pierce brings his amazing guitar work on several songs. Tracklist is California, The answer, Pocket Call, Now that we're fallin', Timebomb, Back to yes, Breakin the rules, Downtime, Red Handed, One World, Forget 2 breathe, Fall like Rome and Something tells me.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. - in addition to being exposed to music and the music industry since birth. At the age of 21 years old Will Champlin holds his own among an industry of giants. Will is an ever-evolving multi-talented artist. As an accomplished and versatile piano player and Attended the Berklee College Of Music in Boston MA. Some of Will's greatest musical influences are: Stevie Wonder, Billy Preston, Bruce Hornsby, as well as many others.
Will’s father, Bill Champlin, has been a lifetime member of the infamous rock band CHICAGO. In 2006, Will toured extensively as Frontman and Lead Singer for The Salvador Santana Band - opening for Carlos Santana and The Los Lonely Boys in major concert venues across the U.S.
Will is a poet with an R&B/Rock/Pop style that has been inspired by the honest heart of a dreamer, the spirit of a romantic, coupled with a transparent lyrical message. He is able tell a story thru thought provoking lyrics, in which his current project and fans will attest too. Whether performing solo on piano or guitar or with his band, Wills tenacity and passion is always evident. His charisma and soul is portrayed in every one of his songs. Will's greatest aspiration and determination is to touch many peoples lives thru his music and lyrics ....
The band Orleans is pleased to announce both the release of their new Obscurities CD. "Obscurities" is a collection of 13 never-before-released STUDIO tracks (from '77 to '08) to add to your Orleans collection.
Unlike their "Still the One: Live - 30th Anniversary" Retrospective, which culled it's gems from their personal vaults of concert performances, "Obscurities" gets its juice from their secret stash of ALL STUDIO CUTS!
Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin), Gary Novak and Dave Carpenter released that record "First take" as a trio, making it up in the studio and grew into a bit more of a collaboration with Don Grusin, Scott Kinsey and Brandon Fields. If you like amazing guitar instrumentals... this cd is a must have!
Mandoo was born under the impulsion of Pierre Vanier and Esther Ben Daoud, a duo both on stage and at home. One is a bassist and a singer, the other is a pianist and an arranger. They played together for several years in diverse jazz, pop or rock groups. In 2003, they decided to be the masters of their own fate and created their own group. First a sextet inspired by the soul-funk American repertoire, the group progressively evolved along a more personal line.
After several changes, Pierre Vanier, Esther ben Daoud and Fabio Marchesan, a guitarist and lifelong friend, invited drummer Moussa N'diaye (Tarace Boulba), saxophonist Olivier Laudrain (Mory Kante), trumpeter Vincent Payen (Cabaret, Alpha Blondy) and Audrey Lesieur (Lyrics writer) to join them.
As years go by, Mandoo's experiences and collaborations keep increasing. They play in all Parisian clubs (Etage, Balle au bond, Belvédère,...), give one concert after the other in the Club Med villages in France and abroad (Athenes, Marrakech, Kemer...) and for professional events.
At the end of 2007, the group got into a studio to record their first five titles at PFL Studios with Xavier Duthilleul and Pascal Santos (Minu Cinelu).
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the European release of Tall Stories’ second album, “Skyscraper”, on January 23rd. Tall Stories first rose to prominence upon the release of their self-titled debut album in 1991. At the vocal helm is Steve Augeri who previously provided the lead vocals for Journey, following Steve Perry’s departure from the band. Formed by Augeri with Jack Morer on guitars, Kevin Totoian on bass, and Tom DeFaria on drums, Tall Stories represents a group of musicians who were exposed and inspired by such diverse sounds ranging from: Blues to Rock, Funk, Punk, Country and Reggae.
As a result, their music isn’t typical of the standard rock genre. Signed by Bud Prager’s ESP Management (Foreigner, Bad Co., Mountain, Damn Yankees), Tall Stories’ first album was produced by Frank Filipetti (Deep Purple, Kiss, Foreigner). While the musical climate in the United States in 1991 was going through a metamorphosis of its own, Tall Stories’ debut album was a breath of fresh air in the melodic rock scene at the time. The band’s unique musical core immediately became a sensation with rock fans and critics alike.
A tour with Mr. Big followed, but despite the great response from fans, the evolving musical climate forced the band to take a step back and hibernate during that period. Steve Augeri went on to join Tyketto and then Journey but, along the way, the band continued to collaborate and write songs, while waiting for the right time to regroup as a band.
Tall Stories’ rebirth offers its fans the opportunity to partake in what would be the band’s second chapter. Due to schedule conflicts, Tall Stories hired a handful of stellar guest drummers to complete the picture. First, the talent of Rodney Howard (Avril Lavigne) contributed to “Stay” and “No Justice.” Then the legendary Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, The Lizards) on the bombastic “River Rise.” And last but not least, Nir Z (Genesis, Chris Cornel) on “Original Sin,” “Eternal Light,” and “Pictures of Summer” to name a few.
Produced by guitarist Jack Morer, Skyscraper stays true to the genesis of Tall Stories: music and songs that are as melodically rich and diverse as the band members themselves. From the opening track, “Tomorrow,” an uptempo song reminiscent of U2 and Led Zeppelin, to the final song, “You Shall be Free,” a Gospel number in every sense of the word, the new album is a musical tapestry of different colours and textures.
Thanks to Marco
With the success of his 2008 chart-topper "Home" (written by David Foster), Blake Shelton took a long career step forward. With the release of Startin' Fires, he leaps to a whole new level. "Home" took Shelton into new musical territory, stretching him vocally and stylistically, helping him expand his audience to include those who might have missed the more traditional approach he'd taken to that point.
Startin' Fires, his fifth album, completes that journey, establishing him in the process as one of country music's most talented and versatile song stylists. "This is something I've been wanting to do," he says, "exploring richer melodies and challenging myself as a singer."
Blake's stature as a singer has grown steadily through the years, and his presence everywhere from network television to Youtube has raised his profile even more. Now, with the release of Startin’ Fires, Blake steps into the forefront as both one of the country’s premiere vocalists and one of its true personalities.
Long awaited 2008 debut album from the teenage Filipino singing sensation (full name: Charice Pempengco). From youtube.com to Oprah and Ellen, Charice's amazing voice has enchanted millions of new fans all over the world. The album is a bit overdue, held back by a busy schedule that saw her traveling to Sweden, Korea, the United States and England, as a sought-after guest on TV shows that beamed her awesome, lung-busting vocal skills globally.
Charice performed on May 23, 2008 at The Event Center at the Mandalay Bay Resort to participate in a one night only live concert tribute to legendary producer David Foster. Charice had the honor of singing Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" and "I Will Always Love You" from the hit movie Bodyguard. Whitney and Kevin Costner, the stars of Bodyguard thanked Foster via video for writing and producing the mega hit songs for the movie. Charice then sang "And I Am Telling You" from the movie Dreamgirls. She received roaring standing O's for each one of her performances.
Robert Berry is one of the most well known musical talents of the San Francisco area. He has been performing for years in venues ranging from the tiniest clubs to the largest stadiums. His fans have followed him through diverse circumstances starting with Hush, a super group comprised of some of the best Bay Area musicians in the 70’s, to his front-man role with “3”, a band put together by the legendary Keith Emerson, together with Carl Palmer in the mid 80’s.
Robert has also been involved with another 80’s super group GTR. Together with former YES guitarist Steve Howe (taking the place of none other than ex Genesis Steve Hackett) he wrote and recorded several tracks which sadly have never been officially released by the band which split before the recording of the second album.
During the 90’s Berry kept busy composing, arranging, and performing either as a solo artist (he has released 3 solo albums, with “Pilgrimage to a Point” particularly being considered as a true Melodic Prog masterpiece of its era) or as a producer-session player. He also toured for years with the band Ambrosia, where he took the place of another Rock giant, David Pack.
In 2008 his band Alliance (together with members of Boston, Sammy Hagar and Night Ranger) released their critically acclaimed 3rd album, “Road To Heaven”. An award winning producer and multi-instrumentalist, Robert Berry has always displayed an uncanny knack for great melodies and exquisite playing either in the classic Progressive Rock style or in a more Melodic Rock oriented musical environment.
“The Dividing Line” is Robert Berry’s newest solo effort. Recorded at Soundtek Studios during the year 2008, the album stylistically leans towards timeless Melodic Rock, similar to what Robert has been playing and composing for “3” and GTR during the 80’s. The song themes deal with life, love and human relationships and show the most personal side of Robert Berry’s artistry and vision. All in all an exciting and revealing release which should not be missed by any serious Rock fan.
Thanks to Jee