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Guitar Legend Carl Verheyen of Supertramp Releases New CD 'Mustang Run' Feat. Simon Phillips, Chad Wackerman, Jerry Goodman and Bill Evans

“Carl is known as a studio guitar player but he’s much more than that. His records have the great feel of a live player. He plays with a lot of feeling” - John Fogerty

Los Angeles, CA - Much to the excitement of guitar players and Supertramp fans worldwide, guitarist Carl Verheyen has released his new CD 'Mustang Run'. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the f…

New Age Instrumental Review: Steven Chesne and the Luminous World Orchestra-Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers - Pt. 1

Release Date: 2013
Label: Independent Website
Steven Chesne and the Luminous World Orchestra have emerged from four years of silence with a new album titled Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers - Pt. 1. Chesne has a reputation for creating scores for TV series and to date has contributed over 300 episodes of various prime time network shows. The list is long and impressive and his music is as well.
Chesne is not the easiest artist to put in a category as he touches upon several genres with elements of symphonic, world and overall difficult to describe ethereal music that is both relaxing and challenging at the same time. To be more specific coming from the challenging point of view, I mean in regards to enlightening or an awakening within for a perhaps the tired and dulled spirit one may have after a difficult time in life or just a hard day at the office. The music is beautiful, serene and picturesque and you as the listener write the story to all the instrumental tracks.
The lead o…

Learn From The Best - Lang, Coleman, Garstka, Roddy, Borlai and Priester Featured On Drum Channel’s Exclusive, Daily, “Big Drum Bonanza Live” Webcasts, July 2-6, 2014

Special “Big Drum Bonanza” pricing on Drum Channel membership also available

Oxnard, CA - Six of the world’s top drummers will be featured on DrumChannel.com’s live, daily webcasts of Thomas Lang’s “Big Drum Bonanza” drum camp from July 2-6 at 5:30 PM (Pacific Time). The free, hour-long shows— which can be accessed from computers and mobile devices virtually anywhere on the planet— will include appearances by Thomas Lang (stOrk), Chris Coleman (Prince), Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders), Aquiles Priester (Hangar), Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal) and Gergo Borlai (Tribal Tech) as well as special guest John Tempesta (The Cult). Each show will offer a wrap-up of the day’s educational activities as well as discussions and performances by the all-star faculty.

To celebrate the “Big Drum Bonanza”/Independence Day weekend, Drum Channel is also giving drummers a special, limited time opportunity to become members of the award-winning www.DrumChannel.com community. From July 1 through 7, unlimited ac…

Rock Review: Jack Bruce-Silver Rails

Release Date: April 15, 2014 Label: Esoteric Antenna Website Jack Bruce had not released a solo album in ten years and more recently the man came so close to death that it is was a miracle he survived. We can now enjoy his latest work Silver Rails.
His last solo album was More Jack Than God in 2003, which I had the pleasure of covering and I gave it a 5/5 star rating. 2008’s collaboration with Robin Trower and Gary Husband Seven Moons, was nice return to form however there has been 5 year gap since that release arrived. That space has now been forgotten and filled as we move into a new era for the legendary bass player and vocalist. He is another one of those old rockers that is now 70 and still able to create vital music. Even though I refer to him as a rocker his roots are in blues and jazz and his music always mirrors that but he knows how to make it rock!
A list of guest stars populates this excellent recording. Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, John Medeski, Cindy Blackman Santana, Bernie…

Christian Vander's Offering 'Concert Triton 2013' 2-CD/DVD Set Now Available!

Paris, France - Much to the excitement of Christian Vander and Magma fans worldwide, Seventh Records is releasing Offering 'Concert Triton 2013' 2-CD/DVD! In 1983, motivated by the strong artistic impulse to return to his “Coltrane” roots, with a sound that's more flexible than MAGMA, Christian Vander created “Offering”; a new ensemble that focused on vocals, keyboards and percussion. More experimental, leaving a great part to improvisation, this group allowed musicians to explore new musical avenues.

Offering has remained out of the sight and hearing of the younger generations for the past 30 years. In order that they benefit, too, this wonderful “gift” that was “Offering”, Christian Vander and his musicians decided to celebrate this anniversary musically with candles glowing and a flame burning as bright as the first day. This initiative will delight all fans regardless of their ages...Galaxy Magma!

To purchase Offering's 'Concert Triton 2013' 2-CD/DVD :
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Progressive Rock Review: Corvus Stone-Self-Titled

Release Date: 6th November 2012
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Website

This must be the longest time that has passed between an album being released and a review taking place, but as they say, “better late than never!” The album in question is from the band, Corvus Stone and is self-titled, being released back in 2012. This is not a new album to me as there have been several tracks aired on the radio show.

The band originally came together by the power of the social networks, when the core trio of the band started to work together and realized that they were producing amazing music through their collaboration. This original trio, Colin Tench (guitars), Petri Lemmy Lindstrom (bass) and Pasi Koivu (keyboards) expanded to include Robert Wolff (drums), Blake Carpenter (vocals) and, whilst not a musician, still an integral cog in Corvus Stone, Sonia Mota (artist). It is Sonia’s stunning artwork that adorns the cover and CD insert of the album. There are also contributions from Stef Flaming …

Twenty First Century Rock ‘n’ Roll

PUT A FORK IN IT: Twenty First Century Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Rock Critic By Erin E. Bruno


CREEM brings you a distinct look at fashion, art, and design and puts them in perspective with other cultural mediums. CREEM tells compelling stories, inspires others to do the same, and provides a platform for emerging and established talent alike…Our audience is made up of rebels, visionaries, and trailblazers.   Join us.  (From Creem Magazine’s “Manifesto” on their current website)

     In March 1969, “America’s only rock ‘n’ magazine” was born. It was called Creem. Barry Kramer and founding Editor Tony Reay were the originators, but it was Lester Bangs, an in-your-face brash Dionysian music critic, who gave birth to the idea of music being evaluated like literature or film. Now, 35 years later, Creemmagazine has officially called it quits as of January 2013, although its level of intimacy with music and its history of honest rock 'n' roll critiques will go down in history as a one of kind…

Physical Distribution of Your Music

Last week I discussed an overview of distributing your music online. This week’s article is a discussion about the physical distribution of your music.
Today, physical music is more than just the CD.  The packaging that goes with your music conveys your style and the style of your music.  Make it eye catching, add some images from a stock library, add some effects to the images, and then layer them one on top of the other.
I use these three main software programs to do the graphics on my CD cases. ·Adobe Illustrator ·Adobe Photoshop ·Perfect Photo Suite ·A variety of effects from Photomorphis
I usually use a photo that I take of myself, and then add a bunch of effects to it, add some text like my name and the album title, and then convert that to a PDF or JPEG for printing.  You can do that for the cover jacket, the back jacket,  and the inside cover. Don’t forget the image for the CD itself. Try something that matches the album cover so that they all tie in together.
Don’t forget liner notes…

Guitar Virtuoso and Former Supertramp Member Marty Walsh Releases New CD Featuring Guest Appearances By Members of YES, Rufus and a Host of LA Studio Legends

Boston, MA – Much to the excitement of guitar aficionados across the globe, celebrated guitarist Marty Walsh released his eagerly awaited debut instrumental solo album 'The Total Plan' on June 16th 2014! Making the release even more thrilling is the array of guest artists appearing on the release – Billy Sherwood (YES/CIRCA:), John “JR” Robinson (Rufus, Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield/Steve Winwood) and a multitude of LA Studio Legends.

Says Marty, “Everyone on the album are musicians that I have close personal and working relationships with. Billy and I did an album that was released in 1996 under the band name The Key. People like John Robinson, Abe Laboriel, Michael Ruff and everyone else on the album I have worked with for years. When I came up with this idea I asked all of these wonderful musicians if they would play on one track for me. Graciously they all accepted.”

Marty Walsh is an assistant professor in the Ensemble and Music Production departments at Berklee College of Mu…

Drum Legend Corky Laing Is Presented The 'Bonzo Bash Legend Award' At John Bonham's Bonzo Bash By Kiss's Peter Criss!

“As the drummer for Mountain, Corky Laing shares the title as one of the best players of his genre. He's also the same good guy he used to be.” – Levon Helm

NYC - Much to the excitement of drummers worldwide, one of rock's icons, drum legend Corky Laing, recently received the prestigous 'Bonzo Bash Legend Award' at the Bergen PAC in New Jersey on May 31st. The award was presented by original Kiss drummer Peter Criss!

Corky says, “It was a tremendous honor and a total surprise when Peter Criss (from Kiss) presented the 'Legend Award' to me at the John Bonham 'Bonzo Bash'. And to receive the award in front of all these brilliant drummers was a real rush. There seems to be a kind of 'magical crazy glue' that keeps the drumming community tightly wrapped. It's not like the 'Super Bowl of drumming', there is no competition. Every drummer has his/her own uniqueness. We aspire to reach out while digging deep with a passion to become the very b…

Badfinger Legend Joey Molland Releases 'Demos Old And New' and 'This Way Up' CDs On Gonzo MultiMedia

London, UK – On the heels of his critically acclaimed new solo album 'Return To Memphis', Bandfinger legend Joey Molland has released two hard to find, sought after albums on UK's Gonzo Multimedia - 'Demos Old And New' and 'This Way Up'! Signed to the Beatles' Apple label in 1968 as The Iveys, the band quickly changed their name to Badfinger by 1969. The group would go on to score four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: “Come And Get It” (written and produced by Paul McCartney), “No Matter What”, “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue”. In 1971, a cover of the Badfinger song “Without You” by Harry Nilsson became a number one hit on the Billboard charts. Though the band suffered major tragedies throughout its career, surviving member Joey Molland has continued to keep the Badfinger flame alight through concerts and recordings over the past 30 years. And now he is back with a fantastic new album 'Return To Memphis', which was produced by Carl &…