28 August 2019

Prog Ensemble 3.2 Featuring Robert Berry To Tour North America Fall 2019!


“3.2 - The Rules Have Changed” -- Goes Live! 

Things just got a lot better for Prog Music Fans – and fans of genuine classic bands with great players. Robert Berry has assembled a killer four-piece band set to begin playing this year. For those who appreciate the fine craftsmanship of YES, ELP, Keith Emerson, Genesis, Jethro Tull, etc... are in for a real treat. Berry is riding high with his latest release “3.2: The Rules Have Changed” written with Keyboardist Keith Emerson. Berry is well known for his Bass, Vocals and as a multi-instrumentalist who’s written and toured with Carl Palmer, Steve Howe (Yes), GTR and Ambrosia to name a few. Rounding out the group are Drummer Jimmy Keegan (Spock's Beard), Guitarist Paul Keller (Emerson/Palmer), and Keyboardist Andrew Colyer (Circuline, Cell15, Awaken). Aside from all the heavy instrumental lifting, all four band members sing - a pleasant surprise in today's music world. The word has been spreading quickly, and already 3.2 will be headlining at this year's ProgStock Festival - an annual 3-Day Festival in Rahway, New Jersey this October 11-12-13. ProgStock is the gem of the Prog Music Festivals in the North East U.S. and continues to bring in more prestigious acts every year. The band will be touring North America this fall (tour dates below).

About Robert Berry: Berry is an American musician, songwriter, and producer. He's co-written with Steve Howe for the band GTR, he's a former Ambrosia band member. He drew a lot of attention for his work re-arranging/re-recording of the YES hit “Roundabout” for Magna Carta Records, drawing some to label him as a crafty American version of Trevor Rabin. Yes, there are many similarities between the two. Now Robert Berry has announced the live touring band for the #1 Amazon and Billboard charting album, “3.2 - The Rules Have Changed” written with the late Keith Emerson. Emerson and Berry formed the band “3” in the 1980's with Carl Palmer, and had the #9 Billboard hit “Talkin' Bout”. Their debut album “To The Power of 3” charted well on the Geffen label - well known at the time for their other artists like Peter Gabriel.

In 2015, a radio station in Boston unearthed some old tapes from the 1988 “3” tour, and released them as a live album. After hearing that live performance, Keith Emerson was inspired to reunite with Berry, resuming work on the unfinished second “3” album, now titled “3.2”. It was released on the Frontiers Records label. With Emerson's tragic passing in 2016, it appeared the new album might not get finished.

Spring of 2018, and Berry had worked out the details with the Emerson estate and Frontiers to complete and release the record. The first single, “Somebody's Watching” (released May 22, 2018), saw the album debut at #3 on the Amazon hard rock charts, and generated 7,000 YouTube views in the first 36 hours, and over 12,000 views in the first week. A musical phoenix had indeed risen. The album was released on August 10, 2018, and hit #1 on Amazon, selling out in five countries on the first day, and placed on two Billboard charts. The two YouTube videos from the album currently have over 75,000 cumulative views. The new album has met with unanimous positive international acclaim from over 100 magazine articles, blog and website reviews, and FM and internet radio stations. Berry, Keegan, Keller and Colyer began live rehearsals in November 2018, and are looking forward to not only performing the great last work of Keith Emerson, but will also be pulling from Berry's 30-year history of Progressive Rock, and also his work with Steve Howe, some from Ambrosia, some of his solo work, and of course his re-worked tribute albums for the Magna Carta label, which include the music of YES, ELP, Genesis and Jethro Tull .

Prepare Yourself... Robert Berry’s new band is stacked with seasoned players!

More Than Just a Concert – It's An Event: With his 30 year history of playing side-by-side with some of Prog and Rock music's elite, Berry has a few entertaining stories to tell as well. So it's more than just a concert, the shows will include an evening of firsthand stories and recollections sure to raise a few eyebrows along the way. ProgStock is one of music's premiere interactive events where the artists and fans mingle; they hang together, drink together and bond over more than just music. The 3.2 shows will be exactly that as well - and isn't that a welcoming idea - for fans not only to enjoy the music but to jump in the pool with the musicians that create it.



3.2 featuring Robert Berry North American Tour Dates

09/11 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club
09/12 - Redwood City, CA - Club Fox
09/13 - Pleasanton, CA - Firehouse Arts Center
09/15 - San Pedro, CA - Alvas Showroom
10/03 - Montreal, Canada - Piranha Bar
10/04 - Quebec City, Canada - La Source de la Martiniere
10/05 - Henniker, NH - The Lofaro Center of the Performing Arts (w/Randy McStine)
10/06 - Hennifer, NH - The Lofaro Center of the Performing Arts (w/Randy McStine)
10/09 - Kennett Square, PA - The Kennett Flash (w/Randy McStine)
10/10 - Roslyn, NY - My Father's Place at The Roslyn Hotel
10/11 - Rahway, NJ - ProgStock Festival (headlining)
10/12 - Rahway, NJ - ProgStock Festival (Robert w/Rachel Flowers)
10/13 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater (w/Brand X)
10/14 - New York City - Iridium Jazz Club (w/Randy McStine, plus Chris Clark & Kenny Grohowski from Brand X)
10/16 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage (w/ Chris Clark & Kenny Grohowski from Brand X)
10/17 - Cincinnati, OH - TBA
10/18 - Indianapolis, IN - Irving Theater (w/ Chris Clark & Kenny Grohowski from Brand X, plus Andre Cholmondeley from Project/Object)
10/19 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's (with The Cyberiam, plus Chris Clark & Kenny Grohowski from Brand X)
10/20 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
10/22 - Champaign-Urbana, IL - TBA (with Steve Scorfina's Chrome and Steel)
10/23 - St. Louis, MO - FuBar (with Steve Scorfina's Chrome and Steel)
10/24 - Farmington, MO - Centene Center
10/26 - Nashville, TN - Douglas Corners
10/27 - Atlanta - The Vista Room (with Story of a Life and Great Wide Nothing)
10/28 - Asheville, NC - TBA
10/29 - Vienna, VA - TBA
10/30 - Harrisburg, PA - Cliff's Underground Live (formerly Gullifty's)
11/01 - Rochester, NY - The Lovin' Cup
11/02 - Albany, NY - TBA

For more information: http://www.robertberry.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

27 August 2019

Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance Announce 50th Anniversary Fall Tour 2019

ASHES ARE BURNING with Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance Featuring Annie Haslam  


In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, Symphonic Rock Legends Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam are embarking on a 10 concert date tour of the US. Including five special dates with The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra!

Annie Haslam says, “I joined the band New Years day 1971, now 48 years later we are still performing and bringing our unique style of music to more and more fans all over the world. This very special Anniversary tour will be a retrospective celebration of Renaissance Classics including a special guest appearance from Jim McCarty, Renaissance and Yardbirds co-founder. He will be joining us at The Keswick Glenside show on October 12th which will be filmed for our first high definition Blue Ray DVD.”

Renaissance will be performing songs with the orchestra that have never been orchestrated before including their most notably “Ashes Are Burning”!


photo: Richard Barnes

Renaissance are: Annie Haslam -  lead  vocals, Rave Tesar - keyboards, Mark Lambert - guitars/vocals, Geoffrey Langley - keyboards/vocals, Leo Traversa - bass guitar/vocals, Frank Pagano - drums/percussion/vocals

Renaissance Tour Dates:

10/10 - Annapolis, MD @ Ram's Head On Stage
Link: https://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/1858778/

10/11/19 - New York, NY @ Town Hall (orchestra)
Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/030056B1AA971B4F

10/12 - Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre (orchestra)
Link: https://www.axs.com/events/374102/renaissance-tickets

10/13 - Harrisburg, PA @ Whitaker Center (orchestra)
Link: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/02005691C9A58C93

10/15 - Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre (orchestra)
Link: https://thebasie.org/events/renaissance-ashes-are-burning/

10/16 - Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse (orchestra)
Link: http://tickets.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/ordertickets.asp?p=2938

10/17 - Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall
Link: http://tickets.tupelohall.com/Renaissance

10/18 - Boston, MA @ City Winery
Link: https://citywinery.com/boston/ashesareburningrenaissance50thanniversarytour201910182019.html

10/19 - Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre (orchestra)
Link: http://www.theegg.org/event/ashes-are-burning-renaissance

10/20 - Wilmington, DE @ The Grand Opera House
Link: https://tickets.thegrandwilmington.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=6454

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, the band's career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford. They are widely considered to be the band that most successfully and routinely utilized the sound of a full orchestra in their recordings.

The band has toured throughout the world and has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and additionally at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Chorale Society. Renaissance had a top ten hit in the UK with their song “Northern Lights” that still demands airplay to this day.

For more information:
www.renaissancetouring.com
facebook.com/renaissancetouring
www.anniehaslam.com
facebook.com/anniehaslamart

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

26 August 2019

Contemporary Instrumental-Smooth Jazz Review: Todd Mosby-Open Waters

Release Date: August 1, 2019
Label: M M G Records

Todd Mosby went to the right studio to record Open Waters.
This album reminded me of getting up late Sunday morning and turning on the local “Quiet Storm” station out of San Francisco, KBLX. I see that station is still in operation and wondered if it has changed any. That is one reason why I love jazz so much, particularly smooth jazz, which Todd presents a good example of in many tracks.

The title track I found quite compelling so I added it to my New Age Music Reviews Spotify Playlist. The steady flow of relaxing music allows a listener to pause to reflect, look inward or just kick off your shoes and clear your head. All of that from my point of view, allows you to empty your mind and just fall right into the music. Todd makes that act so easy with twelve tracks on this album.

“Water Dance” was an excellent track with vocals, a step away from the norm, but a nice transition. The beautiful vocals of Noah Wilding made it one of my favorites. “Western Sky” was another that got my attention. They all were enjoyable, to be honest, I found it easy to get absorbed in Todd’s amazing acoustic guitar work. He truly knows how to make the six-string speak.

Open Waters reminds me of why music is so important and something I simply cannot live without. It is my number one healing tool any time day or night. This is the kind of combination of instruments that make for a great session. The excellence of bass player Michael Manring weaves in and out throughout the entire release. He is one of the top bass players in the world and contributes to many recordings at The End of the Road Studio headed up by Will Ackerman. This album reminded me of some of Will’s early work back in the 80s when he launched his Windham Hill Label.

The combination of instruments, chemistry, and production came together for Open Waters and that is evident from the first track onward.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
August 24, 2019

Founder of:

Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews

Tracks:
01. Drifting
02. Atlantica
03. Open Waters
04. Coming About
05. A New Land
06. Western Sky
07. Dolphin Song
08. Water Dancer
09. Island Song
10. So Far Away
11. Windward
12. Sea of Joni



22 August 2019

Cosmic Guitarist & Songwriter Roy Herman To Release Two Debut Albums - Uncle Roy & The Band From Another Planet "Save The Universe" & Uncle Roy's Spaceship "How Do We Get To Earth"


Two completely different music projects! Released September 1 & 2, 2019!

WELCOME THIRD ROCKERS FROM THE SUN!!!
UNCLE ROY AND THE BAND FROM ANOTHER PLANET “SAVE THE UNIVERSE” 5-song EP is the very first release for U.R. and the B.F.A.P and will be released on September 1, 2019. The five, alternative rock-pop rock vocal tunes, range from sweet and ethereal, to a heavy blend of rock, alternative rock, classical rock, progressive rock, power pop rock and modern, pop rock musics. There are wonderful stories in the lyrics and lyrics that will make you feel and think about life. You can hear many different musical influences, within the sounds of U.R. and the B.F.A.P.. “This is all about fun! Enjoy!,” says Uncle Roy. Included with the physical CD is a beautiful 8-page booklet filled with fun, sci-fi stories and thoughts, pictures, song descriptions and lyrics written by Uncle Roy. There is also a cool, inventive and “top secret” alien photo file attached to the CD of Alien Uncle Roy.

WELCOME EARTHLINGS!!!
UNCLE ROY'S SPACESHIP “HOW DO WE GET TO EARTH?” is a 5-song EP and the very first instrumental release for Uncle Roy's Spaceship and will be released on September 2, 2019. The music is a progressive, instrumental recipe of several genres of rock music, blending time signatures and tempos, within instrumental rock, progressive rock, fusion, classical rock, space rock, jazz rock and other cosmic sounds, at this moment in space and time. There is a galaxy of musical influences from many light years of playing, that you can hear within the sounds. Sometimes, the soundscapes will be light and breezy and dreamy. And sometimes, the soundscapes will be heavy, thick and creamy. Some tunes may have a bit of both, with a sprinkling or splashing of other musical textures and moods from soft to intense…Uncle Roy says,“Instantaneously, music finds our emotions and at the speed of light, brings them out! Music, stimulates our imagination! Fun, with music! Enjoy!” Included with the physical CD is a beautiful 8-page booklet filled with fun, sci-fi stories and thoughts, pictures and song descriptions written by Uncle Roy.


Uncle Roy & The Band From Another Planet “Save The Universe” & Uncle Roy's Spaceship “How Do We Get To Earth” is ROY LEONARD HERMAN. All music, lyrics and stories are, composed, performed and written by Uncle Roy. Roy Leonard Herman is the creator of original, multi-genre, styles of rock music from alternative rock to progressive rock and more. When asked, Uncle Roy says: “Music is a vehicle to bring the mind, the spirit, the soul and the body together. Music, inspires our greatest emotions to emerge. Music, inspires millions upon millions of people to enjoy a fantastic moment of living, simultaneously. Music, heals the heart and opens it up to life. Music is, magical! Music is, a state of happiness and freedom! I hope to create music for people of different musical tastes. Some will like vocal tunes and some will like instrumentals. Some will like pop music and some will like progressive music. And, I hope to give them all, some of what they love to hear. It inspires me to do different projects to please everyone I can who loves music. There is a third project, different from these two, that is materializing!”


“SAVE THE UNIVERSE”
Uncle Roy says, “For 'Save The Universe' I wanted to create a set of tunes that were not one style of rock or just heavy or just light. I wanted to have some of the musical ingredients, from several rock stylings, within the scope of the music. I wanted the recipe for this project to be more universal, with a mix of rock genres. Therefore, each tune has its own musical and lyrical difference and character from the others. There is soft guitar and screaming guitar. There are dreamy, orchestral keyboards to, thick, and rockin' keyboards. The drums may lightly and tightly groove for a section of a tune and then, be pounding. The bass will be subtle at times and then, sometimes big and fat. Vocally, you will find the voices of the songs going from the mellow and grand to heavy rock to a little, talk-singin' and preachin'. For every letter of the alphabet, there is a musical influence that has manipulated my musical, genetic makeup, over a few light years. The world's music is broad, cultural, always evolving and it is what influences me musically, as well, all the time.”

The song list:
“COSMIC HAPPINESS” is a fun, alternative pop rocker that begins with a spacey, rock intro, as the cosmic, long distance romance story in the lyrics, unfolds. The tune rolls from a classic, bouncy, rock boogie groove, to a cool, hooky and rockin' chorus.
“THE ISLE OF RIFF ON THE WORLD OF TONE” - this alternative rock tune opens with a tight, soaring rock motif that flows into a sweet, thick and grand alternative rock/pop rock verse. The verse slides into a heavy rock bridge that crescendos into a catchy, power pop, alternative rock chorus. The words tell the story of a peaceful, majestic, utopian world, where everyone is welcome.
“A WORLD OF MIRACLES” is a mellow, beautiful, dreamy, ethereal, philosophical, thoughtful song. With a couple of harmonious, chiming guitars, a pulse, and crisp and bright vocals, the song is filled with fairytale lyrics that create visions about some of the enchanted things we all would love in our lives.
“FATHER TIME” mixes an explosive, rock beginning that, ascends into the verses, as the music takes on the magic and vibe of an old, traditional 'pub' sing along song that evolves into an alternative-progressive, power pop rock finale. The lyrics remind us of the power and importance of, time.
“IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER” is, an alternative rock tune with a world music vibe. The tune begins with an airy and misty music and vocal section. The song builds into a catchy, pop rock bridge that develops into a thumping, driving, preachin', talk-singin' chorus. The words address the whole world issue of racism, prejudice and equality across the Earth.


“HOW DO WE GET TO EARTH?”
WELCOME TO THE STORY AND JOURNEY OF UNCLE ROYS SPACESHIP!!!
“After trying for a few light years of time, to repair the navigational system of my spaceship, due to a small ice particle smashing into the lens of the interstellar space guiding system, at the nose of this ship, I suddenly realized that my course direction had changed, drastically! None of the constellations or orbiting bodies were familiar. Distant solar systems were out of place in the twilight! The galaxy I was orbiting, was not, the Milky Way! I must have drifted into a wormhole while working on the repair. Which didn’t work. I need a few parts. Good thing is, at least, I found a map of our solar system and the Milky Way under my drivers seat. If I get close to home, it could help. 'Let's see. The map says, 'Map of the Solar System,' 1987..What!?  What!? 1987! Oh man! This map is, ancient! Talk about, lost in space! Hopefully, I'll meet someone out here who knows where I am, where I can get some parts and how I can return home…I guess I'll just play some music while I survey my surroundings and give this galaxy a couple of orbits, so I can get comfy in my new neighborhood..Man! Whatever universe this is, it sure is a beautiful, sparkling place! Navigation by the stars! Oh yeah! I need some drivin' music! Hmmm…Some of my Uncle Roy's Spaceship music will do just fine! One thing about outer space is that, no one care's about how loud or how long you play it! Everybody, everywhere, loves Earth music!!!” The adventure, begins…

Uncle Roy says, “I love instrumental music! From soloists to small groups to orchestral instrumentals, through a variety of music, the dynamic sensitivities within instrumental music makes me feel a rollercoaster of sensations and emotions!!! So, I thought that creating a project of some tunes with the ingredients of a few instrumental rock music genres together, would be fun! Instrumental rock, progressive rock, fusion, spacey rock, classical rock and jazz rock are all a part of the music in, 'How Do We Get To Earth?' There are moments of soft, sweetness and moments of roaring and throbbing sounds. There are cruising, floating rhythms that groove and heavier, driving rhythms that rock. The dreamy and bright soundscape moments will make you drift. Each tune has a different mood, feeling, atmosphere and style from the others.”

The song list:
“SPACE NOODLEIN” is a a fun, screamin', six string, jammin' rocker! The intro starts as a fat drum beat that, leads into a progressive, classical rock section. Followed by a whimsical, ascending then descending musical theme, for that, 'noodlein' underbelly feel, as the music breaks open into a heavy, roaring, rock development.
“MOOONBEAMS AND THE COSMIC BANG” begins with a syrupy, melodious and harmonious guitar melody and sounds, shooting in the background, to the soothing rhythms being played. The music moves suddenly, to a heavy, punchy and crunchy, progressive metal rock passage of the composition and into the powerful crescendo.
“THERE IS NOTHING MORE BRIGHT THAN THE STARS AT NIGHT” is a fusion instrumental that begins with an edgy tension creating tone, into a very cool, smooth cruisin' groove, with light textured keys and tasty, sonic guitar, throughout. The tune bounces sweetly, drifting in to get the fusion ensemble rolling. This tune cruises nicely.
“IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE MILKY WAY” is a beautiful and dreamy soundscape. The song is a pretty, flowing, melodic and rhythmic composition that has a wonderful, warm, serene feeling and quality. The composition makes you drift thoughtfully and imagine. Subtle and sweet orchestration, gives the song its appealing ambiance and mood. Softly, singing guitar notes provide sweet textures and voice. The tune leaves one with a good vibe, inside.
“FLIGHT OF THE ANCIENT ALIEN” is an energetic, progressive rock tune. This tune crescendos all the way from start to finish. The music gives you the feeling of flying with this ancient adventurer. The intertwining guitar melodies, harmonies and pulsating rhythm, from the start and throughout create a soundscape perfect for a sci-fi movie adventure.

I hope those in the universe, hear a little something within one or both of the projects, a tune or more, that touches them in a way that makes them happy, thoughtful, adrenalized and ready to rock the cosmos! I hope, all of you, find a tune or more you enjoy, that uplifts your soul to a state of happiness, helping you to fly to your own inner and outer space, where all the boundaries of the universe disappear and music, fills the air!!!
Cheers and peace always,
Uncle Roy


Check out https://www.uncleroysalienmusic.com/ for all things from UNCLE ROY AND THE BAND FROM ANOTHER PLANET & UNCLE ROY'S SPACESHIP…and become a fan at the website and at the Facebook Page at Uncle Roy's Alien Music, http://fb.me/uncleroysalienmusic.

UNCLE ROY AND THE BAND FROM ANOTHER PLANET “SAVE THE UNIVERSE” & UNCLE ROYS SPACESHIP “HOW DO WE GET TO EARTH?” digital albums are available at the website, https://www.uncleroysalienmusic.com/. and as a Pre-Sale order at iTunes. They will be available at most major on line streaming music services and at most major on line music retail stores, as a digital album and single and as a physical CD, starting on the release dates for each album…

Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

21 August 2019

New Age Progressive Dance Review: Paul Avgerinos-Devotion

Release Date: August 16, 2019
Label: Round Sky Music

I would be willing to bet you have never heard a new age recording like this! Devotion is a new age progressive dance album. I think Paul Avgerinos just created an entirely new genre! I have heard many eclectic recordings this year that fall into the new age category but I have to say that this was very unique and exciting to hear.

Devotion is a superb album because it takes ancient teachings and mantras and makes it all fresh for an entirely new audience. I think that is the point here: to make it more accessible and Paul certainly did this in the ten tracks on the CD.

This makes new-age meditations fun and energy driven, instead of meditating you will want to dance. But who’s to say you cannot mediate while dancing? Why not? It’s fun, relaxing, and it all has a very strong meaning. Everyone has different ways to learn and absorb things and this is a recording that is a perfect example of that approach.

Devotion is very exceptional in many ways, and after listening to this album you will never forget the name Paul Avgerinos. Paul has also done two albums with Deepak Chopra and I am familiar with the work of both men so right from the start there was a comfort level for me as a listener.

I am continually in search of something new and fresh to listen to and Devotion was just what the doctor ordered for this patient. I just survived another heart issue so I think the universe is trying to deliver a very important message to me. I am alive and well for a reason and I must reach an inner understanding of my true purpose. Music like this always gets me on the right path to the realization of self. This is something we all need and the reason why many of us enjoy music like this!

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
August 19, 2019

Founder of:

Review Provided By New Age Music Reviews

Tracks:
01. Ganesha
02. Hanuman Sharanam
03. Lalita
04. Only Love
05. Hare Krishna
06. Jaya Ram
07. Shanti Mantra
08. Om Namah Shivaya
09. Om Guru Mata
10. Jai Jai Ma


LA Songwriter Bob Beland Releases New Album "Welcome" Plus 3 Unreleased Studio Albums!


Los Angeles – Bob Beland is an American born musician/songwriter from Los Angeles, CA, where he has performed, written and recorded original music from 1973 to the present. Much to the excitement of his fans worldwide, Bob has just released his much anticipated seventh studio album “Welcome” on his own Wrong Way Works label. Along with the release of “Welcome”, Bob recently collaborated on a track for 10cc/Godley & Creme legend Kevin Godley for his forthcoming solo album!



“Welcome” is my seventh self produced solo album release and was written and recorded over 2018 at Wrong Way Works, Mar Vista, California. Extra special credit should be given to my good friend Greg Embrey for all of his help and involvement along the way. The opening track, “Rocky Up! (love theme from “The Bang Bang Theory”) is an instrumental version of a song I co-wrote earlier last year with Kevin Godley, from the acclaimed UK band 10cc and groundbreaking art rockers Godley & Crème fame, which is called “The Bang Bang Theory” that will be included as part of his first solo album “Muscle Memory” due out soon on the UK label state51conspiracy.

Bob Beland decided to release three other studio albums that he recorded over the last three years but never released until now.



“Forward and Backworks” is a conceptual idea for orchestra that I recorded in 2015. The title refers to the four opening tracks and music that has a reverse or “mirror” counterpart. The album also contains four other original compositions. The sole guest musician on the album is classical violinist Paula Kuhr from the acclaimed multi Ethnic orchestra MESTO.



“Mar Vista” was recorded in 2016 and features the only guest musician on the album, Grammy award winning classical percussionist T.J. Troy whom I met as a member of the MESTO orchestra.



“Mano Sinistra” Latin music terminology for “to be performed with the left hand” was recorded in 2017 and features the talents of acclaimed pedal steel player Greg Leisz who has recorded and performed with renowned music artists such as k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and whom I first met as a member of the Funky Kings with Jules Shear, Jack Tempchin and Richard Stekol way back in 1975. Peter Curry on drums and bass is better known as the bassist for Los Straightjackets. I’ve also worked with Pete before on my first full album “Amnesia Lane” as well as co-writing a few instrumentals for his surf group the Halibuts. Pedal steel player and premier microphone designer Dave Pearlman, The Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw on keyboards, bass, and vocals, bassist Joe McGrath and vocalist Remy Beland round out the rest of the musical guests on the album.

Now, a little background on the players who contributed their time and talents to “Welcome.”

Greg Embrey was the co-founder of the mid 70’s L.A. rock band the Furys whom I later joined as their lead guitarist in the mid 80’s. A.K.A. The Legendary Fontenelle DuClaw

Bob Gross is someone I’ve known since the early 1970’s. Among the other acts he’s worked with was Delaney Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie fame and currently can be seen and heard gigging with the Deanna Bogart Band. Bob is also playing on “The Bang Bang Theory” for Kevin Godley as well.

Richard d’Andrea is a friend and former Furys alumi who’s been a mainstay in the L.A. rock scene since the 70’s most notably founding the Know with Gary Valentine and working with musicians such as the Roosters and Carla Olson. Richard’s just released his first solo album under the handle Raw Terra called “Mars 12 Earth 0.”

Bobby Pickett is another dear old friend who worked extensively with the great Etta James, Sugarloaf, Detective, Jimmy Page and many other top names in music.

Doug D’Martino is from an earlier incarnation of the Furys

Marty Korth is a long standing friend of mine who also spent some time in the Furys and has played bass on other songs that I’ve written and recorded over the years. He’s a great film animator as well working on many classic Walt Disney and Hanna Barbarra features.

Stephen Linsley is a new friend I met through my old buddy Jules Shear. Stephen was the original bassist in the Jim Carroll Band and is also a fine portrait photographer.

Joe Conte is yet another former member of the Furys who came in at the last minute and played some very cool harmonica for me on “Rocky Up!’

Allie Menapace is an acoustic bassist I met through my old friend Peter Curry from Los Straightjackets fame. Pete suggested Allie for my song “Welcome Me” and she came through with flying colors.

Kevin Louden is a fine pedal steel guitarist, dobro, and multi-instrumentalist I’ve gotten to know over the past few years who’s based in Frederic, Wisconsin and plays all throughout the state.

Me? I’m just a musician. You can tell me by the way I walk… Enjoy!
Bob Beland
Mar Vista, Ca

Bob Beland's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bbeland

All of Bob’s music is currently available at these on line music retail outlets – CD Baby, Apple MUSIC, iTunes, Pandora, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal, Facebook, Amazon Music Spotify and most other streaming subscription music services as well as SoundCloud and for licensing opportunities – Songtradr.

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

19 August 2019

King Crimson To Release 5 Discs Of Live Music In Their "Audio Diary 2014 - 2018"


Back in 1969, King Crimson made its reputation as a live band – initially with the hipsters, scene setters & other musicians who frequented the likes of the Speakeasy & The Marquee in London, then, more broadly, with a breakthrough gig to a vast mainstream audience as guests on the bill with The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in July of that year. So it’s appropriate that the current incarnation of King Crimson was to be found just opposite the entrance to Hyde Park at the end of June 2019 almost 50 years on from that concert, playing a trio of packed gigs at the Royal Albert Hall.

Then, as now, it’s the live performance that’s key to the band.

The current line-up - the longest surviving in Crimson’s half century of existence – started touring in September 2014 & hasn’t stopped since. Now routinely spoken of in terms of ‘best live band in the world’, the band’s reputation has been further enhanced via a series of live releases beginning with the “Live at the Orpheum” mini-album (2015) & running to last year’s 3CD/Blu-Ray “Meltdown” set, drawn from a series of concerts in Mexico in 2017.

With a vast repertoire covering material from the debut album “In the Court of the Crimson King” (including ‘Moonchild’ which was never performed in 1969) through to works from “Lizard” which, likewise, was never performed at the time, Crim classics from “Islands”, “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic”, “Red” & other studio albums, through to compositions from Fripp’s solo album “Exposure” (‘Breathless’), radical reinterpretations of 80s material (‘Neurotica’, ‘Indiscipline’), to songs from the current KC band precursor album by Jakszyk, Fripp Collins (‘A Scarcity of Miracles’, ‘The Light of Day’) and newly written pieces for this line-up, (‘Meltdown’, ‘Radical Action’), this 5CD set provides a comprehensive overview of 5 years’ worth of concerts – one year per CD – with performances selected from that first concert in Albany New York in 2014, to the band’s penultimate 2018 concert in Tokyo.

CD1is fully mixed from multi-track tapes by Robert Fripp & Jakko Jakszyk, while the other 4 CDs are taken from the band’s stereo soundboard recordings, the most accurate recorded representation of the live band in the opinion/ears of many of the band’s hardcore fans.

Packaged in a rigid slipcase featuring artwork from the beloved and dearly missed Francesca Sundsten, containing 3 gatefold sleeves containing the 5 individual CDs, plus a 24-page full color booklet with previously unseen photographs.

“Audio Diary 2014 - 2018”

TRACKLISTING

CD ONE (2014)
HOODOO
LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC, PART ONE
A SCARCITY OF MIRACLES
LEVEL FIVE
ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE
INTERLUDE
BANSHEE LEGS BELL HASSLE
THE TALKING DRUM
21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN
THE LIGHT OF DAY

CD TWO (2015)
RADICAL ACTION I/MELTDOWN
INTERLUDE
SAILOR’S TALE
THE LETTERS
THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
STARLESS
EASY MONEY
PICTURES OF A CITY
SUITABLE GROUNDS FOR THE BLUES
THE CONSTRUKCTION OF LIGHT
LEVEL FIVE

CD THREE (2016)
LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC, PART TWO
EPITAPH
DEVIL DOGS OF TESSELLATION ROW
RED
BANSHEE LEGS BELL HASSLE
CIRKUS
RADICAL ACTION II
PICTURES OF A CITY
PEACE
LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC, PART ONE
EASY MONEY
21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN

CD FOUR (2017)
CIRKUS
STARLESS
THE LETTERS
HEROES
INTERLUDE
LAST SKIRMISH
INDISCIPLINE
DAWN SONG
PRINCE RUPERT’S LAMENT
THE ERRORS
FALLEN ANGEL
NEUROTICA
ISLANDS

CD FIVE (2018)
THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
SUITABLE GROUNDS FOR THE BLUES
PICTURES OF A CITY
MELTDOWN
BOLERO
RADICAL ACTION
ONE MORE RED NIGHTMARE
MOONCHILD
EASY MONEY
LEVEL FIVE
PEACE
CADENCE AND CASCADE
BREATHLESS

To pre-order: https://shop.schizoidshop.com/king-crimson-live-2014-2018-audio-diary-p1812.aspx

Distributed in North America by Amped Distribution.

Catch King Crimson's North American tour:

SEP 03, 2019 - GREEK THEATRE, Los Angeles
SEP 05, 2019 - FOX THEATER, Oakland
SEP 06, 2019 - FOX THEATER, Oakland
SEP 08, 2019 - PARAMOUNT THEATER, Denver
SEP 10, 2019 - AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY, Chicago
SEP 12, 2019 - WARNER THEATRE, Washington D.C.
SEP 14, 2019 - BUDWEISER STAGE, Toronto
SEP 17, 2019 - ST DENIS THEATRE, Montreal
SEP 19, 2019 - BOCH CENTER WANG THEATER, Boston
SEP 21, 2019 - RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City
SEP 23, 2019 - THE MET, Philidelphia
SEP 25, 2019 - HARD ROCK ROCKSINO, Cleveland
SEP 27, 2019 - THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM, Nashville
SEP 29, 2019 - THE COBB CENTER, Atlanta

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16 August 2019

French Music Legends Magma To Release New Album “Zëss” On Limited Edition Gold Colored Vinyl


Limited edition of 1500 numbered copies on 180 gram audiophile gold colored vinyl

Magma's critically acclaimed newest album Zëss is a 38-minute musical work by Christian Vander. Composed in 1970, Zëss had long been plagued by its incompleteness, its recording was deferred for years. Four decades after its first draft, the work has finally been recorded in an orchestral version that gives it both its true dreamlike dimension and its transcending power. The first public performance took place in Bourges in 1979. It is the last piece in a series of unfinished compositions from the 1970s. During the last 15 years, they finished and released all these different pieces. Zëss is described as a work that touches the philosophical domain by its treatment of the idea of nothingness and its evocation of the theme of time.

Magma turned fifty this year, catapulting into the very exclusive circle of bands who for five decades have never laid down their instruments, nor turned down their volume! The oldest French band still in existence has always played at full sail, never yielding to the siren song of passing trends. The fiercely original music has tirelessly adhered to the highest artistic standards while still reaching a wide audience of all ages.

Zëss is available for pre-order as a limited edition of 1500 numbered copies on gold colored vinyl. The package includes a 4-page booklet. The vinyl edition will be released on September 20, 2019.



180 gram audiophile vinyl
Brand new album
Gatefold sleeve with UV spot varnish
4-page booklet
Limited edition of 1500 numbered copies on gold colored vinyl

More information about this release: 
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Magma's official website: https://www.magmamusic.org/en/home/

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13 August 2019

New Age Meditation Review: Crystalline Dream-Seventh Chakra

Release Date: July 1, 2019
Label: Independent
Website



The seventh chakra is a tool that helps us communicate with our spiritual nature and access higher levels of knowing. Finding an entire album of tracks devoted to that very important chakra is a good way to tune in and allow the gateway to open and allow knowledge and healing to take its natural course.

Seventh Chakra is the most recent release from Crystalline Dream, their fourth proper release. The driving force behind these projects is Richard Ross, a very talented and diverse musician. He also runs a full-service recording studio called Threshold Studios.

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Music Composition so it looks like he has all points covered to compose, create, and record music as he sees fit. And above all, he has the natural talent to employ the combination of those skills and education to create some beautiful music.

The seven tracks included on this recording are ranging in tempo and texture and employ various instruments. The diverse array of sounds presented makes this album very interesting and enjoyable. Upon first listen, you don’t know what to expect. I was very pleased with the selections and how the track titles meshed so well with the audio and vibration levels. The variety on Seventh Chakra is what makes it such a strong release. The music is a tool to reach a higher level of consciousness thus the perfect title and number of tracks!

Amazing people like Richard Ross are a gift to the universe and should be cherished and appreciated. The music this man creates is a slice of heaven and the kind of sounds that will allow you to separate yourself from the material and physical worlds and focus entirely on meditation to a higher level of clarity. It is always up to each listener however this is my belief of what this music can accomplish for you.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
August 11, 2019


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Tracks:
1. Grounding
2. Sensual Waters (feat. Peter Phippen)
3. Inner Will (feat. Korey Ross)
4. Unstruck Heart
5. Inner Voice (feat. Alex Kelly)
6. Subconscious (feat. Alex Kelly)
7. A Thousand Petals of Light

07 August 2019

Instrumental New Age Review: Jill Haley-The Winds of Badlands

Release Date: May 17, 2019
Label: Coranglais

Jill Haley and I go back to 2014 and her Mesa Verde Soundscapes recording. She is a sought-after musician and can be found on many other recordings from similar artists as well in the new age genre.

Fast forward to 2019 and her continuing series on National Parks leads you to The Winds of Badlands. Jill’s expertise with the English Horn, oboe and piano lends itself well with the sights and sounds of every track that mirror the winds and their effect on the badlands.

Once again, the CD is packaged beautifully in tri-fold cardboard book format that includes various pictures of the landscape with comments from the artist. What you get is the complete experience and hopefully engaged enough to follow the photos and musical passages to make you feel like you were with Jill experiencing every day she spent there at of one our national treasures.

Each track is a special tribute to the badlands and every mood, time of day and night, and color comes through her music. I wonder how one person can experience the magnificence of nature and all its gifts and translate it through a chosen instrument. Jill has that gift and she presents everything so perfectly in sync with her surroundings.

I choseCliff Shelf Breeze” to add to my New Age Music Reviews Spotify Playlist and once I made that selection I realized if I had to pick again, I would be quite perplexed. Every track is so beautiful and each one has its individuality, sound, pace, texture, mood, and color.

What Jill Haley accomplishes is two-fold. Her innate sense of musicality and how it relates to the music and nature then the gift of conveying her spirituality through the instruments she plays. It is a powerful message to each listener, particularly those that believe our environment is so important and to invest in protecting our Mother Earth for future generations. These parks should be held with the highest respect and love. Those of you that are here to provide the teachings and stewardship to the current generations and beyond are essential to moving forward in this process.

Artists like Jill Haley and projects like The Winds of Badlands carry a very strong message and lesson to us all. Stop, look, listen, and appreciate the environment around you, that is what this poignant artist has accomplished with all of her recordings. It is a great way to enjoy music and also give some thought to what this is all about.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
August 4, 2019

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Tracks:
01. Whirlwind
02. Wind Hymn
03. Cliff Shelf Breeze
04. Silhouettes at Dusk
05. Western Meadowlark Call
06. Sculpted by Water
07. Floor of the Sky
08. Rustles of Green and Gold
09. Moon Over Badlands
10. Uplift
11. Sage Creek Basin
12. Prairie Grass Dance

 

Classic Rock Guitar Maestro PAT TRAVERS Strikes Up The Big Band And Lets It Swing On His New Album!


Los Angeles, CA - After 40 plus years of slinging his six-string all over the world, you’d think Pat Travers would be slowing down, settling into his well-worn blues rock groove that has earned him great critical acclaim as well as a massive worldwide fanbase. Instead Travers appears to be ramping up and looking for new horizons to conquer! On the heels of his superb 2015 album Retro Rocket, Travers brings what is sure to be called one of the most unique records of his distinguished career: a full album of swinging big band classics from the ‘40s & ‘50s given a whole new sound and energy courtesy of Travers’ superb skill as an arranger and interpreter. The album is called simply Swing! and it features full band rock arrangements of Louis Prima’s “Sing Sing Sing,” Duke Elington’s “Take The ‘A’ Train,” Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood” and many more! The result is an incredible listening experience of familiar tunes played like you’ve never heard them before.

Mr. Travers explains the genesis and creation of the album: “A little while ago I had the ‘40s channel on satellite radio playing and I started thinking that it would be fun to get into that Big Band Swing era music. I thought that I could find a place for my guitar style in there and I asked the people at Cleopatra Records if they thought so too. They did and with Cleopatra’s endorsement, I started to research the music and the bands and players from that time period.

The first thing I discovered was that these Big Bands were a lot like the rock bands that came along in later years. They had a lot of power (sixteen horn players!) and the bass players and drummers were powerhouses. The soloists, guys like Ray Anthony on trumpet, had a ton of flare and chops and I found them very inspiring.

I was fortunate to have my friend and great keyboardist Michael Franklin help me with the horn arrangements and getting the players for the recording sessions. Working with a baritone sax, trombone, alto sax, and trumpet was one of the best studio experiences I’ve ever had. These guys can play! Plus having Michael Franklin’s brother Tim Franklin playing the upright bass just made everything legit.

I also wanted to have my trio of Tommy Craig (drums) and David Pastorius (bass) try out some of the classic ‘40s tunes in a more rocked out minimal style. I think that we have been very successful in adapting the Big Band sound to a more contemporary blues/rock thing. Classic Big Band hits like ‘Sing Sing Sing’ and ‘In The Mood’ were a ton of fun to record.

All in all I think what we’ve done here is make that great old 1940s era Big Band music sound accessible to contemporary audiences and it certainly does swing!”

Swing! will be available on both CD (in a special digipak package) and vinyl in your choice of BLUE or RED as well as digital!

Track List:
1. Sing Sing Sing
2. Opus One
3. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
4. In The Mood
5. Take The 'A' Train
6. Let The Good Times Roll
7. Apple Honey
8. Tenderly

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05 August 2019

Extreme Metal Band National Wrecking Company Releases Debut Album Featuring Final Recording of Guitar Legend Bernie Torme!


Featuring members of The Lizards, Cactus, Humble Pie & The Plasmatics!

The National Wrecking Company featuring members of  The Lizards, Cactus, Humble Pie & The Plasmatics are releasing their highly anticipated debut album. The new release features one of the final recordings by guitar legend Bernie Torme, best known for his work with the Ian Gillan Band and Ozzy Osbourne, who passed away this year. The song is a bonus preview track from the upcoming National Wrecking Company II release “Overture/Mechanized Confusion.”

A heavy diverse discourse on the current state of politics, war, religion and greed. The view from our vantage point of a global catastrophic claustrophobic dystopia.

We've included this ultra special bonus preview title track of National Wrecking Company II:(Overture/ “Mechanized Confusion”). In dedication to and featuring Bernie’s simply stunningly artful fretwork.

God bless Bernie Tormé, a true gentleman and a monumental talent. 

All songs were written on bass first, then arranged by JZ Barrell. He also produced, recorded, mixed and mastered the album. The band features 2 guitarists; 23 year old shred prodigy Jesse Berlin and  Phil Bader, a 60 something finger stylist in the vein of  Beck and Knopfler. The bass is handled by Randy Pratt, best known for his work with The Lizards and harpist for classic rock legends Cactus! The drummer TC Tolliver is best known for his work with Wendy O Williams & The Plasmatics! Drums are also handled by Neil Cicione. Jimmy Kunes is featured on lead and backing vocals and Scott “The Doctor” Treibitz on keyboards.Together the National Wrecking Company crank out some weird and extreme metal!

For more information and purchase:
genius@optonline.net
Hyperspace Records
P.O. Box 1374,
Manhasset, NY 11030

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02 August 2019

ALAN DAVEY Forms The First HAWKWIND Supergroup HAWKESTREL, Releases New Album THE FUTURE IS US Featuring 9 HAWKWIND Alumni Plus Special Guest WILLIAM SHATNER!


Los Angeles, CA - DO NOT PANIC, Hawkwind fans! Alan Davey, the former bass player of that legendary UK rock band, has put together an incredible project involving no less than 9 members of the Hawkwind family including co-founder Nik Turner, original bassist Lemmy Kilmister, drummer Ginger Baker, violinist Simon House, original guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton, Paul Rudolph, Mick Slattery, and Bridget Wishart. It’s an epic undertaking worthy of the band that united these accomplished musicians, and continues to gain new followers with every new generation of music lovers.

The album is called The Future Is Us and it features brand new compositions alongside several re-workings of Alan Davey’s solo songs plus a very special new version of the spoken-word Hawkwind classic “Sonic Attack” with the Captain himself, William Shatner!

Davey shares his thoughts on the project, saying “It has been so much fun making this album with my ex-Hawkwind friends. This is what the fans have wanted from us ex-Hawks for some time and now it’s here! Cleopatra suggested the idea and then gave me free reign to contact everyone, write the songs, mix and produce the whole project. The ex-Hawks and William Shatner all did exceptional performances for the album as they always did. It’s been a real honour for me to work with them all again and end up with a great, historically important album which has reminded me what great musicians we all are! Bravo everyone and huge thanx to all at Cleopatra!!”

The Future Is Us will be available everywhere August 9 on both CD in an attractive digipak as well as on a special limited edition BLUE vinyl 2LP set in a gatefold jacket.

Track List:
1. Do What You Need To Do
2. World For Fear
3. Sea Of Sand
4. Nyx Of Khaos
5. The Future Is Us
6. Sonic Attack
7. 12 String Shuffle
8. May Sun
9. Goodbye Death Valley
10. Free Like Us
11. Old Dinah
12. Hawkestrel
13. Bad Boys For Life (2019 AD Version)

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