Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams will release individual solo albums on February 26.

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Steve Lukather's "I Found The Sun Again" was co-produced by Ken Freeman. The players feature many dignitaries that have been in Luke's life for decades. Amongst those are drummer Gregg Bissonette, keyboardist Jeff Babko, and bassists Jorgen Carlsson and John Pierce. Lifelong friend and TOTO bandmate David Paich performs piano and organ across the album, while Joseph Williams sang on multiple tracks alongside writing string and horn arrangements and tracking keys on the aforementioned "Run To Me". Other co-writers include Stan Lynch, Jeff Babko, and, of course, Joseph Williams.

Joseph Williams's "Denizen Tenant" was produced by Williams outside of the compositions "Black Dahlia" and "No Lessons" which were arranged and produced by Jay Gruska and mixed by Dave Way. The musicians and singers who made contributions in the studio reads like a who's who of players that have been in the artist's life over the past four decades. Amongst these contributors are bandmates from TOTO, David Paich and Steve Lukather. Simon Phillips, Leland Sklar, Lenny Castro, Nathan East, all of whom enjoyed tenures in TOTO, are also featured players on the album. Additional contributions include performances by Oscar Bugarin, Jay Gruska, Mike Landau, Barbara Gruska, Steve Overton, Dylan Ronan, Hannah Ruick, Steve Tavaloni, Weston Wilson, Ray Williams and Mark T. Williams. The album was produced and mixed at Digbyroad Studios in Sherman Oaks, California.

"Denizen Tenant" features a dozen new recordings. Amongst these are a cover of THE BEATLES' "If I Fell", which Williams cites as the one specific song that taught him about the power of harmonies and vocal arrangements. On Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up", a very special guest performance is featured in his daughter Hannah laying down a vocal track. Across the recorded repertoire, there is a consistent presence of performances by guitarists Steve Lukather and Mike Landau alongside percussionist Lenny Castro

The recordings will be available individually on both CD and LP, alongside all streaming services globally. A limited-edition deluxe edition is available with the two titles bundled together.

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Firefall "Comet"

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Firefall's first album of new music in 25 years. Formed by the former members of the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Spirit and Zephyr, Firefall's commercial success includes three Gold albums, two Platinum albums and eleven chart-topping singles. The band's biggest hit, "You Are the Woman" has been played on commercial radio more than 8,000,000 times and has also appeared in over 75 films and television shows. Over the past four decades, Firefall has toured the world and shared stages with other iconic bands such as Fleetwood Mac, The Band, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Journey, Heart, ELO and Marshall Tucker Band. Currently touring with three original members (Jock Bartley, David Muse, Mark Andes), longtime drummer Sandy Ficca and talented newcomer Gary Jones. Includes the singles "Nature's Way," "A Real Fine Day," & "There She Is."

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Martin & Garp "Sentimental Fools"

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Musician and producer Phil Martin has always been interested in the West Coast music scene and distinctive sound from the late 70’s era. Artist like Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles all featured heavily in his diet of music when he was growing up.

As a producer and song writer, Phil has historically been more active in soul and jazz music. He has produced albums for successful projects such as The Jazzinvaders, Laura Vane and the Vipertones and The Soul Snatchers, all busy touring bands with radio support. After working on a project with singer Lo van Gorp (Garp) from the Netherlands, Phil found the perfect vocal fit to his recordings for his own West Coast flavoured pop album. Together with other song writers like Joel Sarakula and Laura Vane he began writing and producing songs.

Lo van Garp is a well known backing singer and saxophonist in Holland, recognised for his work backing many bigger artists like Marco Borsato, Paul Carrack, Roger Hodgson, Chaka Khan, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Al Jarreau to name a few. The sound of Martin & Garp can best be described as feel-good, radio friendly melodies romantically looking back to California in the 70’s. In amongst the catchy guitar and synth licks and luxurious harmonies, the theme is the unifying effect of music in the quest for sunny optimism. This album spills groovy rhythms, together with jazzy harmonies and smooth vocals. Imagine that ‘feel-good record’ that has to be played loudly in your convertible, cruising down the coast with the wind in your hair, darting in and out of the shade created by beach-side palm trees.


Bernie Chiaravalle "Maybe One Day"

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"I'm proud to announce that my 11th solo CD, MAYBE ONE DAY, will be released on Oct 10 on both CD and digital formats. Most of these songs were written from Feb through Sept 2020 during the "shelter in place" era. All of them were recorded and produced in this period with me handling all the instruments and vocals. I'd like to say it's my best but I'm always more partial to newer stuff I write. But I do believe I was more focused on this album than any other. Some of the lyrics are very timely for the times we live in.

I'm also proud to have co-written 3 songs with a couple of stellar songwriters. I co-wrote 2 with the great Bill Lloyd; "All Heat, No Light" and "Washed Too Clean". Anyone who knows Bill and his work knows how great he is! It was a thrill to write with him and I love the 2 songs we wrote!

The other co-write was with my longtime friend and bandmate (so to speak), Michael McDonald. That song is "Promise of Love". The basic idea has been around over 30 years or so. It was one of the first things we wrote together but we never finished it. It came up on my iPhone on shuffle a few months ago and I decided to give the song a try in the studio. I'm pleased with it and I believe you can hear the McD influence in it!

I'm so excited to share the record! I'll be letting you all know on Oct 10 were to get it. I'll also be offering personally signed CDs. peace and love!

Bernie"


"Soft Rock" by Arnaud Choutet

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"SOFT ROCK", The first book « in french » devoted to soft rock which massively occupied the airwaves during the seventies and eighties. 100 albums that marked this musical period are told by Arnaud Choutet in this book to be released on October 22nd.

Born in Paris in 1968, Arnaud Choutet lived for a few years in the United States in the 1990s. Since his return, he has reported on his various discoveries and musical passions in various reviews, and several books published by « Le mot et le reste »: Country rock (2014), Bretagne (2015), Malicorne (2016) and Rock Sudiste (2019). He now lives in Brittany.


You like Bill Champlin, Chicago... Discover the music of Viktor Jacob-Jonsson!!!

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Hailing from a small town in northern Sweden’s Lapland region, Viktor Jakob-Jonsson now resides in Stockholm with his wife Jana and newborn son Benjamin. While he’s working with communications, journalism and graphic design for a living, music has always been a strong passion in his life. In many ways, this was to be expected, being the youngest in a big and musical family with the town’s music teacher as father. Early introduced to Westcoast music by his older brothers, he found the center of his musical universe early on. Michael McDonald, Richard Page and Al Jarreau were just a few of the artists that ruled the airwaves in the Jonsson household. Viktor was especially hooked by the brilliant R&B infusions of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Bill Champlin and, fueled by youthful enthusiasm, created a website dedicated to Bill’s career at the mere age of 12 – a heartfelt project, which he took care of every night after school throughout his teens.

Needless to say, it kept him out of trouble but it also gave him a good reason to stay out of the practise room. Having started out on saxophone only to realize that he had more in common with a mallard than with Michael Brecker, he quickly switched gears to piano. Playing chords opened up a whole new world of possibilities as to what he could do with the melodies he kept hearing in his head. Through songwriting, he found his way of approaching music. Viktor is the singer of Swedish pop trio Stalon and is constantly working on a new song in his suburban cellar studio. During the covid-19 pandemic of 2020, he decided to start releasing songs in his own name. First out is the single “A Little Denial”, slated for release on August 25. When not making music or changing diapers, he enjoys being in the nature, especially in the beautiful area of his childhood, Vilhelmina.

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It’s About Time: Jeff Porcaro – The Man and His Music

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One of the most recorded drummers in history, Jeff Porcaro became a music superstar held in equal esteem by fans and music professionals alike. A founding member of Grammy-award winning group Toto, Jeff also recorded and toured with a list of artists that reads like a who’s who of popular music in the late twentieth century.

With It’s About Time: Jeff Porcaro,The Man and His Music, author Robyn Flans provides insight into Jeff’s musical career. Starting with his childhood and formative years, the book recounts his establishment on the L.A. scene, rise to stardom with Toto, and legendary career as one of the most sought-after studio drummers in the world until his tragic death in 1992 at only 38 years of age.

The author’s own interviews with Jeff, plus exclusive discussions with other stars provide a fascinating and revealing portrait of Jeff’s life—as well as how he was perceived by his fellow musicians. Bruce Springsteen, Donald Fagen, Ron Howard, Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Richard Marx, David Gilmour, Peter Frampton, and many others share personal experiences and memories that recall Jeff’s larger-than-life playing and personality in vivid detail.

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Japanese Label P-vine reissues Michael Stosic 1982 album!

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A miracle reprint. The refreshing breeze of the west coast comfortably tickles your ears.

American singer-songwriter Michael Stosic, who is currently active in the Gospel/CCM scene, released his first self-titled album in 1982. The original LP is rare and contents wonderful songs that will please "Soft Rock" fans. Sounds featuring brilliant horns, strings and high-level arrangements. Musicians are Tony Savage, Ray Kinman, Buddy Emmer, Jerry LaCroix, Mark Ishikawa, Jim Stipech, Lynn Groom, Scott Young, Larry Kinman and all the horn and string players including Edgar Winter. The names of David Batteau and Moon Calhoun are also in the composition.

From light mellow AOR to light urban boogie and sweet ballads, this is a masterpiece boasting rare music quality that sets it apart from most reissues!


LeRoux "One Of These Days"

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Louisiana's LeRoux announces the release of its seventh studio album, One of Those Days, was out on July 24th, 2020 worldwide.

Guitarist, Tony Haselden says, “It’s the best combination of LeRoux's musical palette and represents the abilities of the band better than any album we’ve probably ever done. It covers a wide spectrum of blues, southern rock, and zydeco.”  

One of Those Days was produced and engineered by Jeff Glixman at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans, LA. Jeff infused the band's latest effort with his signature punchy sound, and brilliant musical guidance that can be heard on Kansas, Gary Moore, The Georgia Satellites, and many other classic albums. 

Michael Doherty's Music Blog review: "The album opens with its title track, “One Of Those Days.” The exact moment this song had me was on the line “I put on a pair of jeans and Deadhead T,”...And, like a Dead song, this one has a good jam section, one you can dance to, and with a little nod to CCR on guitar. I seriously dig the percussion on this track. From the moment those drums start, there is no doubt that “Lucy Anna” is one of those great Louisiana songs designed to get us off our asses and dancing around. This is a song that effectively shouts New Orleans to us, and features some lively backing vocals and more delicious work on keys. But it is that groove that really grabs me. This is a ridiculously fun track."

Additional Musicians: Tab Benoit, Alexey Marti, Tim Courville, Keith Landry, Travis Thibodaux, Chapel Hart, Bobby Kimball & Bill Champlin


Wendy Moten "I've Got You Covered"

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Wendy Moten may have launched her career as a pop/R&B artist and taken cool detours into jazz throughout her fascinating career, but her heart clearly belongs to Nashville. Living and immersing in Music City for the past 23 years, the multi-talented vocalist has toured with Faith Hill & Tim McGraw (2005-2018) and Martina McBride (2014-2016) – and since 2016, has been on the road with the legendary Vince Gill (the man she calls “Emperor of Nashville”) when he hasn’t been touring with the Eagles. Their dynamic working relationship, and the 21-time Grammy winner’s long-held appreciation for Wendy’s versatility, culminates now in I’ve Got You Covered, an extraordinary passion project she’s had in her sights for years.

Produced by Gill and featuring the elite among Nashville’s most legendary hit making session musicians, the nine-track collection is the singer’s long-awaited moment in the country music spotlight. Effortlessly and intuitively inhabiting classic but lately little heard songs hand-picked by Gill, Wendy finds her groove – and her spiritual musical home – celebrating the gloried history of traditional country music by singing what she calls “real stories and real songs.”

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